Snow and weather reports posted on Thursday 25th May 2017
Saturday 8th March 2014, 8:05am
The snow front continues with another 15cm overnight making it a fine time to be in Furano. Today will rock your socks with fantastic powder and with less tourists at this time of the year make sure you get out and explore every run. No need to rush out there as it will continue to snow all day. There is a little swirl in the winds which will not effect things and visibility is reasonable.
Nearly another 20cm of snow this morning in Hirafu as this storm continues.
If only there was less wind... yesterday the wind caused lots of lift disruption and this morning strong winds persist and top lifts are once again now open. The good news is that the wind should hopefully ease off during the day today, so fingers crossed that will be sooner than later.
It remains cold and visibility is very limited in places this morning. If you brave the weather though you're likely to be rewarded by some great snow. Avalanche report advising people to stay on the slopes today and not take risks in these conditions.
This snowfall is forecast to contine a while longer so I'll give you an update on that tomorrow.
This first part of March is looking good indeed!
Niseko Avalanche Report
Niseko base 6am: -8C, 30cm of fresh, developing snowdrifts. Moiwa 800m: -12C, stormy, bad visibility, large development of unstable snowdrifts. Annupuri 1150m: W16m/s, -13C, developing snowdrifts. Hirafu 1000m: -12C, snowdrifts and knolls growing big in Higashi-one. Peak 1308m: W17.6m/s, -16.3C. Coastal data: cape Benkei NW12m/s, cape Kamui W16m/s, 3.2m waves, 1005hPa.
According to coastal data and present status, the wind is starting to calm down, however still strong and snowdrifts are continuing to grow. The avalanche risk in the Niseko range and the surrounding mountains is extreme. Snow-crystal needles brake under strong wind and forms heavy slabs of broken crystal snow. Characteristic of this snow is that it’s slow, catchy and not much spray. They are also very unstable, especially in steep slopes and can easily trigger a slide. Most accidents occur during and just after storms. Do not traverse across to the other side of the valley from gate 8 (located next to Annupuri gondola exit). Very hazardous today. Same for gate 4, do not traverse across to access backside Higashi-One. Let the storm pass and the snow stabilize before accessing the out of bounds areas. Accidents can be avoided by acknowledging the risks. Better stay inbounds today. All gates above 800m will be closed; do not duck ropes. This information is being written for the sake of all resort users.
Official snow depth numbers and lift news at time of writing:
The good news continues today. Snow through the day yesterday - the morning clearing and blue sky was only temporary - and more snow overnight. There was at least 10cm yesterday, and 20cm on my car this morning so I'm calling for at least 30cm in town.
Kagura report 30-50cm (and still does not change it's snow depth number!)
Maiko report over 30cm.
(My car reports over 30cm as I said).
GALA Yuzawa snow depth is now up to 4m.
Some of the official snow depth numbers are higher now after this snow than they have been at any other time this season. Goes to show hey? March is generally seen as something of a gamble for weather/snow conditions, but anyone around at the moment is on a 'win' for sure.
The exact numbers aren't important, what is important is all that fresh snow.
As yesterday, this morning the snow has eased and the clouds have broken and we have some blue sky. Like yesterday, it perhaps won't last as we are expecting the snow clouds to be around for the day.
There's not much of a wind now, but stronger forecast for later. Right now though all resorts open as normal.
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Saturday 8th March 2014, 9:10am
The skies gradually got greyer and greyer as the day went on yesterday, and then the snow came. Temperatures down to about -6 overnight and at 9am not much warmer just above -5. Lots of cloud around, some breaks in the cloud and even a bit of blue sky at times, but the forecast is for cloud/snow showers today. Looks like it is snowing now at higher elevations.
As noted below resorts around the valley are reporting upo to 20cm of fresh snow in places this morning.
Strong winds up there too as well I'm afraid and as I write this the lifts on the top area of Happo including Skyline and the Alpen quad upwards are on hold, as well as the top area of Goryu/47. So wind is a factor today. Let's hope it calms down quickly and lets those lifts get moving.
Some sun tomorrow maybe but followed up by more snowfall Sunday night into Monday.
Official snow depth numbers and operations (as of 8th March 2014):
Hakuba Goryu: Reporting 5cm of new snowfall at Iimori; 7cm at Toomi; 20cm on upper areas. Upper - 270cm Toomi - 165cm Iimori - 120cm
Hakuba 47: Reporting 10cm of new snowfall since yesterday at base and 15cm higher. Upper - 255cm Lower - 85cm
It is another really very cold morning here as winter almost seems to be tightening the grip on proceedings - we won't complain!
-8C here at base just earlier on, a few cm more of snow on the ground. Snow is falling, poor visibility on I would guess all of the mountain. A real winter day.
The forecast is telling us that this snowfall should ease today and tomorrow should start off clearer. We'll be back to snow by Monday though.
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Shiga Kogen Now!
Saturday 8th March 2014, 9:30am
Clearer earlier on this morning with a bit of sun, but now we have mostly cloud over the Shiga Kogen region. Some more snow since yesterday as well but not falling right now though it may well be by the end of the day.
Forecast for tomorrow is another clearer start with snow returning overnight into Monday. It will be keeping cold.
Very nice conditions at the moment.
Official snow depth data, as of Saturday 8th March 2014):
Good snowfall overnight; looks like 20cm or so of very nice, light fresh stuff... although the ski areas aren't reporting much; I wonder why they're being shy about this good news?
Right now it's sunny in Myoko, but there are clouds all around and snow on the schedule for the rest of the weekend and into Monday. Could even be some heavy snow tomorrow. It would be fun to actually see those great big flakes and non-stop snowing that is the more usual rule around here; haven't seen this that often this season!