Snow and weather reports posted on Wednesday 13th December 2017
Saturday 9th January 2010, 7:16am
Cloud with light snow
The forecast said cloud for this morning but neglected to mention that the snow would be lightly falling too. It's still reasonably early but it is pretty cold here this morning with a light dusting of snow on the ground - just enough to hide the patches of ice! With the warmer temperatures yesterday and then the freeze last night the roads are very slippy this morning so take care if you are driving, and if you are using chains fit them early.
We were hoping for a bit of sun today but although the cloud looks a bit patchy, there is a good chance that this light snow will keep up for most of the day.
After a day of sunshine mixed with occasional flurries, we're back to the snow again this morning. It started out as very light, fine flakes, but it looks like it get more Myoko-style — great big accumulated flakes (the "botan-yuki" or peony snow). The snow has been pretty heavy, though; it's light as it falls, but then quickly forms bonds, so it's heavy shoveling in town. Hopefully this also means a stable snowpack, too, as the snow forms strong bonds and sits happily on the mountainsides.
Sorry for missing the report yesterday, but race season is also here (meaning your writer, member of the local Ski Club, rides an early lift, carries a bunch of stuff around, sits by the gates all day and goes to the obligatory party right after). They haven't figured WiFi on the slopes yet, unfortunately!
There has been some snowfall over the past two days, so I'm using Ikenotaira today as our official snowfall report. I notice that some of the resorts are a little slow in reporting, so there are some sudden jumps of more than the actual snowfall (or increases on days when no snow is falling. They're probably pretty busy, too....
Hakuba is presently sitting under clouds with the sun trying to break through. Cold temperatures overnight have kept the dry snow dry, but any wet snow will be frozen hard until the temperatures warm up or the sun gets to it. A light dusting of about 1-2 cm of snow fell in the valley overnight with approx 5cms up on the higher slopes of the resorts.
Expect nice corduroy on the groomers, packed powder and chopped powder on the edges of the runs and still some nice lines to be found through the trees. The resorts will be a bit busier over the weekend, but still rarely are there big lift lines.
The weather is expected to remain below zero throughout the weekend, and get even colder next week with more snow on the works for late next week. Not a lot of precipitation on the forecast for the weekend but with the current snow accumulation and nice powder around we should be able to play out there happily for a while longer.
Present Avalanche Conditions: unchanged (see yesterdays report)
Avalanche Hazard: ALPINE: High TREE LINE: Considerable BELOW TREE LINE: Considerable
Just a bit of new snow overnight, perhaps up to 5cm or so, and this morning it has been snowing on and off very lightly earlier on but at the moment just cloudy. Fairly good visibility though and right now it is quite bright.
All resorts open as normal this morning with just a slight wind, so no problems there.
Today is the first day of a 3 day weekend, and so the popular slopes will surely be fairly busy this weekend. It looks like tomorrow will be similar conditions today - cloudy with the chance of light snow at times and perhaps clearer on Monday.
Yesterday was an amazing day on the mountain with blue skies and deep fresh powder. Whilst there hasn't been any new snow overnight there are still plenty of fresh tracks to be had, so get up there and enjoy it.
We're expecting some light snow today with moderate winds from the west. The visibility up on the mountain will be cloudy throughout the day so get in the trees for the best runs.
The forecast for tomorrow seems to be promising more of the same and perhaps just cloud on Monday. Today is the first day of the three-day weekend and so it will be one of the more popular of the season.
Good morning from Zao where this morning it is snowing again and very poor visibility early on with the mountain completely covered in cloud. There is just a light wind this morning and 3-4cm of snow in the village overnight. With the snow falling this morning I would expect that to increase as the day moves on.
It's one of the peak weekends of the season as Monday is a national holiday and early on there are already quite a lot of people out there. The fog and thick cloud isn't helping with visibily and you won't be able to see much out there this morning. It might clear up though later in the day, so fingers crossed.
Light snow and cloud forecast for tomorrow and Monday as well. Enjoy the holidays!
Just cloudy this morning in Shiga Kogen though there was some very light snow falling a little eariler on so it is a bit of a grey start to the day.
Temperatures remain low and it is right now -8 degrees but not much of a wind so if you get wrapped up well you're good to go! Similar conditions are likely tomorrow and there is a chance of clearer weather and perhaps even the sun making an appearance on Monday.
Monday is of course a national holiday in Japan and so it should be lively out there over the next 3 days.... lots of space for everyone though.
Nighta this evening planned at the following resort areas:
- Sun Valley - Ichinose Family - Ichinise Diamond - Kumanoyu
This morning has started cloudy in Naeba though we are told to expect some light snow later on and it looks like it might be snowing at the top of the mountains right now. No new snow to report this morning and it is -4 degrees in the village at the moment.
All resort areas on Mt Naeba are open as normal this morning and there should be no problems over the weekend as similar conditions are forecast for the next few days, perhaps with things clearing up more for Monday.
It's one of the busy weekends of the season as Monday is a holiday. It's only 10am but things look pretty manageable out there at the moment, but naturally it might get fairly crowded out there particularly today and tomorrow.
Some light snow overnight and this morning has deposited 5-10cm of snow around the mountain. Not exactly face shot stuff but it's certainly better than nothing. The light snow showers can be expected to continue throughout much of the day and this evening. Breaks in the weather and cloud can be expected from time to time and the peak is open. Time it right and you can get some amazing views from the top right down to the Sea of Japan and of course across to Mt Youtei. Even if you're not up to hitting some of the back bowls a climb to the peak can be very worthwhile just for the view. You can come back down the way you walked up very easily and safely if you can handle black runs easy enough. Rug up though as it can be very cold and windy at the peak even if it's relatively mild and calm elsewhere. Everything is still looking good for some big snowfalls to come through next week so enjoy the views whilst they're here!
Current Official Snow Depths:
Grand Hirafu: Top - 190cm Bottom - 90cm
Niseko Village: Top - 220cm Bottom - 140cm
Annupuri: Top - 210cm Bottom - 140cm
Niseko Avalanche Info No.25
Moiwa base 6am: -5℃ and 5cm of fresh uniform crystal snow, not influenced by the wind. Coastal wind: Benkei cape 15m/s WNW, Kamui cape 1.8m waves and 1010hp. Annupuri peak wind: 6.9m/s SSW at 6am, predicted to pick up to 18m/s at noon. Hirafu patrol reported strong gusts (15m/s SW) along the peak ridge with 30cm of newly formed snowdrifts. The wind in upper Mizuno no sawa is blowing at 15m/s NW with no snow deposit. According to snowfall transition, snow pit observations and data analysis, the developments of snowdrifts are small and the avalanche hazard is LOW. Avalanches are mostly occurring in steep slopes with a sudden and large snow deposit, developed due to storms. A 50cm thick naturally triggered surface slab avalanche has occurred in “Mikaeri no.2 gulley” during heavy wind on the day before yesterday. Avalanche risk will rise again once the next storm comes in. The next predicted trigger layer is Jan 8th. The snow condition is better than yesterday. Peak gates will open at 9:00am. Do not duck rope to step out of bounds. Beware of sudden weather changes, the mountain condition is ever changing. Ask the ski patrol’s advice before stepping out the gates. Read more ...
Saturday 9th January 2010, 10:57am
Things have been relatively dry here for the past few days, but we are looking at a significant chance for some snowfall from noon on until the evening hours. The wind has been light all morning, and looks to stay that way for the rest of the day, so at least the windchill won't be a huge hinderance to those going outdoors.
Right now it is all clouds and some seasonably cool temperatures, but with relatively warm temps (around -2) forecast for the afternoon hours, this could be a really good day to hit the slopes if you are a fan of a light dusting of powder in your face while you are flying down a mountain. It might be a good idea to bring some snow goggles. Read more ...