Snow and weather reports posted on Thursday 22nd March 2018
Monday 9th January 2012, 7:43am
Good morning from Yuzawa. The snow continued falling for most of the day yesterday, just easing off later on and making way for a fine evening. This morning it is not snowing and early on just a cover of grey cloud.
We have to do some important work on our Forums this morning, and will post another report on Yuzawa Now later on today with more info and the snow depths.
Well, today just goes to show how things can change so quickly.
Early on when I made the report this morning it was really grey with complete cloud cover and looked like it could snow. In fact, apparently it was actually snowing lightly in some higher regions. Since then though clouds have gradually cleared up and now we have a fine, sunny day in Yuzawa. Still a fair few clouds, especially to the north in Minamiuonuma, but the sun over Yuzawa has a lot of space right now and is and casting shadows everywhere. A very fine day. It is fairly mild as well with a current temperature of +1 in the town area.
It's looking like tomorrow should be a clear day from the get-go, after a chance of there being a light dusting overnight tonight.
Tomorrow is back to normal after the three day weekend.
It is the last day of the three day weekend and there are still plenty of cars in the car park at the resort this morning.
No new snow to report this morning but the snow seems to be returning to replace the stuff that was taken away by the holiday crowd. Visibility is deteriorating this morning and it is getting colder, so conditions will be a little more testing than the previous couple of days. Definitely a day for your face mask and extra cold protection. Only light snow is forecast however for the rest of the day.
Enjoy your last day before the working week starts again!
Lifts currently operating: All of Madarao is scheduled to be open today. Connection with Tangram Ski Circus open.
There was little to no new snow over night but we saw some during the day yesterday. For a good portion of the day we saw some heavy periods of snowfall during the day and afternoon. The snow should be good today and it's a great time to get into the backcountry a bit. The visibility is not the best, but not terrible. Touring in familiar territory and with a competent group will make the backcountry a good place to be today.
We are expecting a bit of low pressure to hold over today and the next couple days. Cloudy with intermittent snow and sometimes periods of moderate snowfall should bring us into the middle of the week.
Current Official Snow Depths:
Grand Hirafu / Hanazono: Top - 290cm Bottom - 140cm
Niseko Village: Top - 290cm Bottom - 190cm
Annupuri: Top - 290cm Bottom - 180cm
Niseko Avalanche Report Reads:
Niseko base 6am: Coastal data: WNW10m/s at Benkei cape, 1.2m waves & 1018hPa at Kamui cape. 15cm of crystal snowfall in the past 12 hours, 40cm total in 24hours. No snowdrifts development can be observed at the base of the mountain. Yesterday’s tracks remain in the trees below 800m. Snowdrifts have slowly developed in wind-exposed area above 800m and soft 40cm slabs of drifted snow are present in leeward slopes. The snow pack is rounding, slopes are mostly stable and the general avalanche risk is moderate. However, hazards of 40cm thick surface slab avalanches are still not to be disregarded in areas within coordinate E7F7F4E4, north of D4 and around H8 area (coordinates referring to the Niseko Rules’ map). A crack/crevasse has been observed in SE of H7 area, be careful not to fall in. The snow is good, but fast. Watch your speed and watch out for trees. Better not put too much trust in the gears. Do not enter O-sawa area by ducking the rope between gate 1 and 2. Always use the gates to access out of bounds areas. Have a nice day.
There was a 5-10 cm snowfall in the area today. The visibility was certainly hit or miss depending on the hour. It's currently snowing the nice light fluffy stuff we all love to float on! Looks like tomorrow will be filled with more intermittent snow and a bit more wind than previous. Tomorrow would be a good chance to get out and get some of the fresh tracks that weren't quite touched in the backbowls (hint hint Annupuri). After I came down around 4pm there were still lots of fresh tracks! Read more ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Monday 9th January 2012, 11:40am
Snowing lightly at times and sunshine too
For the first time in a while we saw a few stars in Nozawa last night. It was a full moon too so with all the white snow everything looked really bright, was pretty nice.
Woke up this morning thinking we were in for some sun but it was still snowing lightly. Has fined up a bit now and should be a nice day on the slopes. Yesterday there were great conditions again but one of the busier days of the season so far with even a few lift lines appearing!
Some decided to head to near by Togari Ski Resort today in search of some new untracked goodness. Togari is a great little hill just 20 minutes from here with some fun terrain and have night skiing most nights. The elevation is not much different to Nozawa Village so is not so good on the shoulder season but great this time of year. There is a daily shuttle from Nozawa Onsen too to Togari Onsen ski resort and on to Madarao. Only 800 yen return and if you are here for a long time well worth a day trip.
Looking like should be a bluebird day tomorrow so will be nice on the slopes and give us a chance to clean up the snow in the village ready for the next arrival on Tuesday night!
It has been a snowy morning in Hakuba. When I woke up at around 6am this morning there was about 5cm of snow on the top of the car, and looking at resorts they are reporting between 5cm and 10cm of fresh snow overnight. It has been snowing all morning but not the kind of snow that builds up significan cm... it's just kind of... snowing. So I don't thing we can expect it to make much difference to the snow depths out there. New fresh flakes on the mountains are always welcome though, of course.
Because of the snow and the clouds covering the mountains, visibility on the hills has not been the best this morning, though it will have been fine in the trees. I'd say that today is definitely a good low light lens day.
Right now it is hovering around 0 degrees in the village.
It is gradually improving though as the day progresses and the snow clouds will probably have cleared up by this evening. A cloudy night is forecast but tomorrow it looks like we might get to see the sun again with clearer skies. The snow looks set to be back by the evening though and then a decent snowfall is currently forecast for Wednesday. The wind will hopefully behave but like I have been mentioning, it looks like those slabs formed by the westerly wind are getting sketchy. So need to be careful if you are going up to BC area.
Official snow depths and operations @ Monday 9th January 2012 AM:
Hakuba Goryu: All lifts operating. Official snow depths: Alps daira - 215cm; Toomi - 100cm; Iimori - 100cm.
Hakuba 47: 10cm of fresh snow reported, all lifts/courses open. Official snow depth: Upper - 196cm Lower - 80cm
Happo-one: Ski lifts/courses: All lifts apart from top Grad lift operating at Happo (hopefully that will soon be able to operate). Official snow depth: Usagidaira/Kurobishi - 150cm; Sakka - 90cm; Nakiyama - 90cm.
Just a slight dusting of new snow this morning both in Naeba and Kagura. Makes a change from that usual 20-30cm! No worries, very nice conditions remain of course. The weather has been a really changeable one so far today. Very early there was a bit of sun beaming down from behind some clouds and then as the lifts opened it all went very grey. Since then things have picked up again and actually some really nice conditions out there. Lots of clouds have moved on or just gone 'pop' and we have lovely blue skies above Naeba right at the moment. Looks like similarly clouds are clearing over Kagura as well, so a really good day to be out there.
If some of the forecasts are correct, tomorrow will be a clear and sunny one. Blue skies. More snow is due to fall on Wednesday though.
Today is the last day of a long weekend of course but things don't look really too busy out there. Certainly more than a normal Monday, but nothing that is causing any congestion at Naeba and the Kagura webcam doesn't look bad either.
Resort Operations, 9th January (subject to change) Naeba: All open as normal. Daishamen pair not operating. All courses available. Kagura: All open as normal.
Cloud, fine - more blue skies as the day progresses
This morning started off very calmly... almost no wind and a very light snow falling lazily from the skies. It was all very pretty. As the morning has moved on though clouds have cleared up somewhat and right now the sun is shining through my window here and it is very bright and sunny out there. There is still a fair bit of fast-moving cloud out around but more and more blue sky on show over the last few hours. Basically a very fine day to be out there.
Today is still a national holiday as I have mentioned before, but things are noticeably quieter this morning as I suppose lots of people decided to start making their way back home. So uncrowded slopes are left for those staying behind and we will be totally back to normal come tomorrow.
Talking of which, it is looking like it will be a clear and sunny day tomorrow. Keeping cold of course and well below zero and get colder in the evening when snow clouds are due back in the area. In fact, we can hopefully expect some decent snowfall on Wednesday.
Nighta operations this evening planned at the following resort areas:
- Ichinose Family - Ichinose Diamond
Official resort snow depths as of 9th January 2012 AM:
Good morning. There is no new snow to report on this cold morning in Zao. Earlier on this morning I could see the top of the mountain and there was good visibility but as the morning has become the afternoon clouds have moved in over the mountain and we are back to the top being shrouded in cloud - and poorer visibility on the slopes. For now it is just cloudy but there's a chance of light snow falling. Come tomorrow night and into Wednesday that will probably be more moderate to heavy snowfall, and after that it does not look like the snow clouds are ready just yet to give us a break. Temperatures will remain cold. This is all good news of course for the famous Juhyo Ice Monsters at Zao that are coming on nicely this season. Cold temperatures overnight and regular snowfalls is all contributing to what should be a fine season for the Ice Monsters, bless 'em!
Of course, for lots of people coming to Zao, seeing the Ice Monsters is a big part of their experience. We don't get a huge amount of clear, blue sky days here but when they do come Zao does look spectacular. Wouldn't it be great if we could have 30cm of fresh snow each night overnight (after the Light Up closes of course), and then clear blue skies during the day? If you do come to Zao, good luck with the weather! :)
Back to a normal weekday from tomorrow.
Official snow depths (9th January 12) Utopia - 155cm Chuo - 145cm Paradise - 150cm Uwanodai - 115cm
Operating lifts (9th January 12) All Ropeways (Skycable, Zao Chuo Ropeway, Zao Ropeway) operating. All the lifts/runs at Zao are now open/accessible. Read more ...
Monday 9th January 2012, 13:02pm
Finally some blue sky and sunshine. It looked like it could have gone either way this morning with grey cloud lingering overhead, but the sun has fought its way through and is now beating down.
Tomorrow is predicted to be more sunshine so will give those struggling with a backlog of snow clearing a bit of a breather but the snow is due to return from Wednesday onwards. Read more ...
Monday 9th January 2012, 14:55pm
Fair and sunny
It's a bluebird day in Myoko. The day started with some nice light snow and increasing sun, with the sky completely clear by noon. NIce to have a little break in the snowfall; it will be starting up again very soon. The forecast is for moderate snow on Wednesday, and every time that has been the forecast we've gotten heavy snow. So a little bit of everything good....