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Sunday 9th February 2014, 7:42am
An early report this morning and so the numbers won't have changed on lots of below (as if they would anyway!) but I can tell you that it is still snowing this morning... not as heavy as it was when I posted the report yesterday. Visibility is better. But we are still in a good winter mode here.
It should keep cold again today but less snow is forecast for today and after today we might be looking at a run of clearer conditions.
Tuesday is a national holiday in Japan, so will be busier than a normal weekeday.
Official snow depth data, as of Sunday 9th February 2014):
Some of the images coming from Tokyo and surrounding areas are interesting - all that snow! Of course, those people aren't used to the snow and causes all sorts of problems. Take care out there on the roads! On the other hand, of course, we always want that snow where we are here in Nozawa.
Yesterday it was snowing all day and we got up to another 20cm or so on all but the base areas of the mountain, and this morning there's another 10cm being reported on Yamabiko and 5cm on Uenotaira areas.
Conditions up there today should be great once again. People on the first lifts in particular in for a treat.
The snow has eased off since last night and it's just a cloudy morning. Fog being reported on the top area. It's around -3 degrees at the moment here in the village.
Perhaps more snow overnight tonight, then it looks like the coming week might be somewhat drier and clearer. But hopefully keep cold.
It's foggy today in Myoko; nothing unusual in that, really.
We're near the ocean, we get a lot of fog.
Very fine snow is also falling, adding to the 20cm plus we had yesterday.
It's kind of funny when Tokyo gets more snow than Myoko, but this has been an interesting year.
No official reports are in this morning, was everybody out partying to celebrate the return of good snow?. As usual, the depths below are from yesterday; add a few centimeters because the snow did fall during the day.
Heavy snow (for them - the most they have had in a long time) caused havoc in some areas of Honshu including Tokyo yesterday. They just aren't used to it and while we of course love snow as much as is possible, it's much less welcome down there. While I'm sure it was fun for some who are not used to it, lots of accidents, power cuts and transportation problems were reported; which of course is not good at all. No doubt it will have messed up some plans for people coming up to Hokkaido as well. Hopefully that will fix itself out today quickly.
So with all that snow down there, how much snow did we get here in Niseko?
Yes, there's no snowfall to report this morning from the region. It's still very cold, just no fresh snow. And after a Saturday so with no refresh expect it to be tracked out.
It's a cloudy/overcast morning here at the moment. We are hoping to see snow start to fall sometime this afternoon.
Tuesday is a national holiday in Japan and so expect more locals out on the mountain that day, though it won't affect the number of overseas visitors. The peak of the Chinese New Year holidays is now of course behind us but there are many people in the region here to enjoy the Sapporo Snow Festival at the moment.... as well as the Niseko powder of course. (So, powder refresh please!)
Niseko Avalanche Report
Niseko base 6am: -10C, no new snow in last 12 hrs. Moiwa 800m: -12C, light winds, no new snow. Annupuri 1150m: -12C, calm. Hirafu 1000m: -12C, calm, no new snow. Annupuri peak 1308m: -15.2C, light winds. Cape Benkei:, Cape Kamui: no data available.
Currently we are under the influence of high pressure system resulting in light winds and no new snow. The snow pack is generally stable and avalanche risk is low. However take care crashing into trees and falling into cracks. The mountain is tracked out but snow is still good.
Do not be tempted to duck the ropes to enter strictly prohibited areas - Haru no Taki, Mizuni no Sawa, or Yu no Sawa. If you want to ride outside the ski areas, leaving from the ski areas, you MUST leave through one of the gates. Accomodation providers in the Niseko area have a duty and responsibility to convey this correct information to their guests. Anybody who ducks ropes, regardless of nationality, will have their passes confiscated.
All gates are expected to open this morning. Please listen to the patrols advice before leaving. Take care, outside the gates is not the ski area and is not patrolled.
Official snow depth numbers and lift news at time of writing:
Snow and more snow yesterday as it fell pretty much throughout the day, leaving us with about 25cm during the day on the mountain, according to Hakuba 47. Add another 10cm that they are reporting this morning to get an idea of what to expect this morning. Hakuba Cortina in their morning update today are giving us up to 30cm on their slopes. Happo-one reporting 25cm on top of what we reported yesterday.
This morning it's not that cold, around -2C at the moment, and the snow has eased off for the moment. It's a bunch of different conditions at the moment actually with sun shining through the clouds in places, thick clouds in others and what looks like thick fog in some places. It could go either way, perhaps it'll clear up some and we'll end up with a sunny day - purely a guess, by the way.
So anyway, we have enjoyed a decent snow refresh so what's ahead in the coming week. The chance of snow showers at times over the next few days but Tuesday onwards the forecasts point to clearer skies. This time, keep cold please!
Should be a good day for everyone venturing out today. My guess is that due to the heavy snow in lots of places that don't usually expect snow yesterday, there may be less people out and about today.
One more bit of information, Tuesday is a national holiday in Japan.
Official snow depth numbers and operations (as of 9th February 2014):
Hakuba Goryu: Reporting 15cm of new snowfall at Iimori, 10cm at Toomi and 10cm up top (overnight). Upper - 285cm Toomi - 165cm Iimori - 140cm
Hakuba 47: Reporting 10cm of new snowfall at base and 35cm up top (since yesterday). Upper - 285cm Lower - 105cm
Happo-one: Reporting 25cm of new snowfall at Riesen area (since yesterday). Usagidaira - 225cm Nakiyama - 75cm Sakka - 90cm
It was snowing for the day yesterday, with another 10cm or so down here in town during the day and perhaps another 5cm or so this morning. Kagura report 10cm of fresh; Maiko Snow Resort report 10cm. Tokyo reports more than that. Yes, Tokyo got more snow than us yesterday which is... odd. They don't need it, let it fall here! Looks like the snow down in the capital and other regions to the south has caused some real problems.
Above problems may well affect the slopes today here as many people who made plans to be here this weekend will not have made it or just cancelled their plans. I am hearing of cancellations at hotels in the town, for example.
OK so we have had 5cm or so more snow overnight and it has been snowing lightly this morning though as I write this seems to have stopped. Snow showers on and off during the day is what the forecast currently says. For today and for tomorrow too.
Light snow falling at the moment as the mountain is engulfed in cloud (fog?) and there's really not much to see at all.
10cm or so reported by the resort since yesterday and I'd say around that, perhaps more, on the cars at base. Snow/cloud forecast for today and tomorrow, with a chance of conditions clearing, then clearer weather is likely from Tuesday. Fingers crossed it will remain cold this time when it doesn't snow.
For now though, very nice conditions to enjoy. As you might have seen on the news, many parts of Japan that don't usually get snowfall were affected by heavy snow yesterday which has disrupted traffic (as well as cause lots of accidents and issues). This may mean that today is less busy here than it would normally be.
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Another 20cm of snow accumulated from yesterdays storm with currently scattered cloud and some snow falling in the upper mountains. The forecast is for mostly snow today through until tomorrow morning.
The Kanetsu expressway to Minakami is still closed as are the normal train lines due to heavy snowfall in the Kanto plains. The bullet train and low roads are working and if you are in Minakmai then the slopes should be relatively empty today, so enjoy!