Snow and weather reports posted on Wednesday 17th January 2018
Thursday 9th January 2014, 8:29am
Only a light dusting overnight unfortunately so that snow forecast overnight didn't happen, but the snow is forecast to hit hard from midday and temps will drop. This should bring 30-40cm in the next 24 hours, and with the storm looking to continue through until Monday we should get a substantial amount of snow over the weekend.
Even when it gets milder up here, the snow never seems to be far away in season! One of the things to surely love about Niseko.
Anyway, it is colder this morning and it's set to get colder still over the next few days. Snowfall is forecast right through until next week as well so we should be seeing regular topups. Hopefully the wind will behave
I hope you can be here to enjoy it. Remember to wrap up well!
Niseko Avalanche Report
Niseko base 6am: -7C, 5cm of dry snow flakes. Moiwa 800m: -10C, 10cm of fresh and light development of snowdrifts. Annupuri 1150m: -12C, NNE8m/s, moderate development of snowdrifts. Annupuri peak 1308m: NNW7.6m, -14C. Wind forecast at noon: NW15m/s. Coastal data: Benkei cape NNW8m/s, Kamui cape: NW8m/s, 1.6m waves, 1009hPa. Snowpack at Mizuno no sawa knoll: 280cm.
Significant cold air-mass is approaching and will make snow & wind pick up later today. General avalanche risk remains low this morning; however will rise from higher altitude slopes as the snowdrifts start to develop. Peak gate will open from the morning. Pay attention to the ski patrol’s advices and make sure to carry backcountry safety equipment when stepping out of bounds. Beware of sudden weather changes. Do not forget that outside the gates is outside resort management. Cornice slopes above 1200m, such as the Backbowl’s sidewalls, should be avoided today as slides from Jan 7th layer are to be expected. Most avalanche accidents are caused by fractures of developing snowdrifts (surface slabs). Niseko terrain is generally gentle, however avalanche accidents do happen if the conditions are right. Please do respect the Niseko Rules to protect the freedom and safety of resort-access backcountry skiing. Do not duck ropes. Mizuno no sawa educational program is starting from today.
Official snow depth numbers and lift news at time of writing:
We did eventually get rained on yesterday, but up on the mountains it was snowing by mid afternoon and we have some fresh cm this morning.
Goryu reporting 10-25cm, Hakuba 47 reporting 20-30cm, Cortina reporting 15-30cm, Tsugaike adding 20cm to it's tally. That probably gives a good idea of what to expect.
The snow is somewhat wet and heavy here at village level but hopefully lighter as you get higher. And snow should be falling throughout the day today even if it looks like from tomorrow it might become more sporadic rather than consistently falling from the skies. Having said that, down here at village there are even signs of a bit of blue sky and the sun at times. But as I said, forecast is for cloud/snow.
It's still not that cold this morning and currently around 0 degrees at base. We will probably see temperatures drop from this afternoon and tomorrow be much colder.
Official snow depth numbers and operations (as of 9th January 2014):
Hakuba Goryu: Reporting 10cm of new snowfall at Iimori, 10cm at Toomi and 25cm on upper areas. Upper - 275cm Toomi - 160cm Iimori - 125cm
Hakuba 47: Reporting 20cm of new snowfall at base and 30cm higher up. Upper - 250cm Lower - 120cm
After that generally grey and gloomy and a bit wet of yesterday during the daytime, it was snowing nicely last night when I looked out the window and we were looking forward to huge epic massive dumps of light fluffy powder this morning all over the mountain.
It didn't quite turn out like that, with just a dusting really at base and 8-18cm of snow reported by the resort, most up top on the Yamabiko and Uenotaira runs of course.
Temperatures didn't drop much below zero overnight and they're still around that now here in the village. It should please hopefully onegai shimasu get colder this afternoon and then into tomorrow and snow is forecast still for the day. It just doesn't feel like we are on the verge of a blizzard, which is frankly what we want!
But anyways, head up top for the best conditions this morning.
It's not that cold this morning but there's 15cm or so of new snow to report. On the mountain the resort is reporting up to 30cm in places - actually over 30cm in places - so a decent overnight and start to the day meaning we can forget the wet conditions we had for a time yesterday because they don't matter anymore!
Visibility not so good as the mountain is covered in cloud and it continutes to snow. Should to at least into tomorrow.
Go out prepared and some fine conditions should be found.
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Not so cold this morning just under 0 degrees at the minute. I have a few cm of fresh snowfall to report from base, so hopefully a bit more than that higher up. Light snow is falling at the moment and visibility has improved a bit since earler this morning and it's not too bad at the moment.
Snowfall forecast through until the end of the weekend in the region so should be getting regular topups.
The Juhyo Ice Monsters are doing really well this year with the good December that we got. I would say better than they have been for a few years. Let's hope it continues over the next few weeks.
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Thursday 9th January 2014, 9:55am
Good morning from Yuzawa.
As expected we got some rain yesterday as temperatures remained fairly mild and not going down into negative numbers. It turned into light wet snow overnight but we don't have a whole lot to show for it, not down at town level anyway. Just a thin coating of new snow with the most being reported by Kagura at 5-10cm.
It is snowing now though and we should be seeing continued snowy conditions now for the next few days and so we're hopefully for a big delivery.
The local Niigata forecast just published tells us to expect up to 6cm of snow between now and 4pm today in Yuzawa.
I will of course let you know how it all turns out tomorrow morning.
Nothing much to report yet, though I see that Suginohara are reporting 10cm of fresh, and then a short while later 20cm (and up to 40cm of fresh). Somewhat confusing. But anyway, not much to see this morning either - see the webcam images posted below - but let's hope it keeps going.