Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 16th December 2017
Wednesday 9th March 2011, 8:06am
sunshine, light snowfall around 5pm
Sunshine and clear skys all day in Madarao with the resort receiving a light dusting of about 5cm fresh coverage overnight. While there are predictions of another light dusting of snowfall around 5pm tonight, lasting until 7am tomorrow morning.... with only more sunshine to follow after that.
Visibility conditions across the mountain are going to be excellent throughout the course of today, definately a day for a ride on number 13 lift (top of the mountain) as the Japan Sea might just be visable! Temperatures are going to remain mild, currently sitting at -6.0 C but to only become warmer.
Overall a great day ahead for week day riding, fresh conditions, great warm weather and just a reminder to stick to the patrolled courses of the ski resort where avalanche control is carried out daily.
Madarao Speed Challenge event, held on the 13th and 20th of this month.
Lifts currently operating:
No 1 lift No 2 quad lift No 3 a lift No 5 lift Super Quad No 11 Lift No 12 Lift No 13 Lift No 15 lift Tangram No 2 Lift
Moving Belt at Kids Park Snowboard beginner course
Yesterday ended up mostly cloudy but the local Niigata weather forecast last night was looking promising for a decent amount of fresh snow overnight - up to 20-40cm according to some forecasts. It might have seemed unlikely but I'm always happy to hear those numbers.
Anyway late evening and night and it was raining in the region and it did get cold overnight but unfortunately we haven't received that snowfall. In fact, we have blue skies over Yuzawa this morning and hardly a cloud to be seen to the north at all, so the forecast has been a big miss this morning. Kagura is actually reporting up to 10cm of snow, so it does seem as though it was snowing higher up and there is a dusting of snow on the trees this morning but it's dissapointing not to get what we were hoping for. Rant over! and the forecast now tells us that it should be snowing from this afternoon and into tomorrow so if that comes off we can expect things to cloud over fairly quickly today.
It is currently -1 degrees in town with a high of around +2 forecast for later on.
Weekend still looking good for clear conditions.
Official snow depths @ Wednesday 9th March 2011 AM
Last evening snow flurries started and the snow was coming down heavy around midnight. In a short time 5cm built up around the village and that is what we have woken up to this morning. I would expect more to have fallen up on the ski area. Temperatures this morning are well below zero so the new snow will be in perfect condition. Conditions on mountain are groomed snow, blue sky with some broken cloud.
Due to ski competitions the following runs are closed today: Technical Course, Panorama Course, Spies Course, Ropeway Course. Read more ...
Wednesday 9th March 2011, 9:11am
Glorious spring day today with blue skies as far as the eye can see. Not a cloud to be seen at the moment but the forecast has us down for snow from mid-afternoon and into tomorrow. Something will have to change if that is going to happen.
Yesterday was much of the same. The prediction of snow showers didn't materialize but no complaints here as we had blue skies for the whole days which made for a great day on the slopes. Temperatures remained pretty cold though there was plenty of melt going on down in the valley.
We have to wait and see if the snow is going to materialize for today and tomorrow. The temperatures should stay cold either way so the slopes are going to be good. Read more ...
Wednesday 9th March 2011, 10:11am
Cloud, sun for short spells
The sun is trying to shine through in Zao this morning and successfully at times too. There's a lot of cloud around though but it is fast moving and not delivering us any snow. Snow is likely to be falling sometime later on today though and through until Friday, though perhaps nothing significant in terms of cm - just a thin topup perhaps.
It's a cold one though keeping right down to -9 degrees in the village early this morning. Great that we are seeing these conditions on 9th March, long may they continue!
The official Zao place is still classifying snow conditions as S (the best powder snow) on their website. I'm not sure I would go that far as I have definitely had better, but conditions are still pretty good I would say and certainly great for the time of year. Read more ...
Wednesday 9th March 2011, 10:16am
Finally Baron Von Dumpenhausen is back in town. The snow started getting heavier in the evening yesterday and this morning it's been dumping very heavily times. I'd say we've had at least 30cm fall so far with much more accumulating on lee slopes. The snow is set to continue through much of the day so plenty more to come yet. In more exposed areas you'll still feel a hard base under the new snow but out in the gullies through the gates it's going to be deep with bottomless turns to be had. Nothing better than that feeling of just floating down through powder. Get out there and enjoy it!!
Current Official Snow Depths:
Grand Hirafu: Top - 400 Bottom - 200
Niseko Village: Top - 390 Bottom - 190
Annupuri: Top - 380 Bottom - 200
Peak gates are scheduled to open around 10am, but is subject to lift operation and weather conditions. Outside the gates is not managed or patrolled like within the resort boundaries, just a pure winter mountainous area. Having the gates open does not mean in any sense that it is safe to go out. Be conscious of the various dangers and the risks you’re taking before you step out of the gates. Annupuri peak 6am: -15℃, SW9m/s. Annupuri 800m: -11℃, SW5m/s. The snow & wind that picked up from last night has left 20cm of fresh snow at the base of the mountain. The new snow is a mixture of small graupels and small-rimed crystal snow. The wind shifted from a strong 20m/s NW between 8 and 10pm, to westerly 12-15m/s later in the night. Some snowdrifts of up to 30cm is found in high altitude and is sitting on top of a low density layer. Avalanche risk is considerable in typical avalanche terrains, namely the Backbowl, Osawa, Higashi-One cornice areas and other leeward slopes of more than 30°gradient. Be cautious and enjoy safely.
Well, it did snow for a big part of yesterday but didn't really leave us with much. Perhaps up to 5cm in places. Just a thin layer really. Good snow conditions though (just been out for an hour or so) and the low temperatures are keeping things good.
It's actually not quite as cold as yesterday but still around -4 degrees outside at the moment. The sun is out at the moment with just a few fluffy clouds up there, but it shouldn't get too warm. Lovely day.
In fact, it should if anything get colder as we have potentially moderate-heavy snow due tonight and into tomorrow and those snowy conditions should be continuing up until the end of the week. So if that lot comes off, conditions should once again be really very good for the weekend.
Nighta operations this evening planned at the following resort area:
- Ichinose Family
Official resort snow depths as of 9th March 2011 AM:
The sun is out this morning and some nice blue skies early on. Even earlier on this morning we woke to a dusting of new snow lower down at base and up to 10cm of snow on the upper slopes of Kagura resort.
The clear conditions are a bit of a surprise actually as we did have snow/cloud forecast, but likely the clouds will be moving in later on and snow is forecast to be falling by the end of the day. The Niigata forecast is predicting 20cm (and a maximum of 40cm) of fresh snow to fall between now and 9am tomorrow. That would be great, bring it on please! Looking good for some decent snowfall until Friday which would be a great run up to the weekend... which is still looking likely to be clear and sunny.
Snow started to flutter lightly last night but in the valley we were left with only a sprinkling; a little more up top with Goryu reporting around 10cm on top with 2cm at the base.
Snowfall has begun again and is currently falling lightly though it hasn't really begun to accumulate yet at the time of writing. The forecast is for a decent amount of snow today/tonight so we can expect this snow to continue. Visibility isn't the best up at altitude but good enough to enjoy yourself.
Temperatures are remaining fairly low - 0 degrees in the valley and -6.5 at 1400m, so the snow we get should be pretty decent. No real wind either so should be fairly consistent accumulation throughout the resorts provided it doesn't pick up and blow our fluffy light friends all over the valley.
The forecast is for light-moderate snow showers through this week up to the weekend when it looks we will have great weather; should be a good one for those coming from out of town start making some travel plans!
Official snow depths and operations @ Wednesday 9th March AM:
Hakuba Goryu Goryu reported 10cm of fresh snow at the top and a few cm below on Wednesday morning. Night time operations from 6pm until 9:30pm. Alps daira - 290cm; Toomi - 155cm; Iimori - 120cm.
Hakuba 47: 47 was reporting another 5cm of fresh snow on upper slopes on Wednesday morning. Normal operations today. Snow depth (upper) - 197cm.
It started to snow very lightly while heading to the Onsen last night at about 11pm and was coming down heavy when I left. Must not have lasted long though as we only had a dusting on the neighbouring roofs this morning.
May have been a little more up top.
The sun has been out this morning and it is looking like another glorious day, though set to change soon. Snow clouds are set to roll in and should bring with them some good falls over the next 48 hours setting up for a fine and snow filled weekend ahead.
Yesterday was magic on the slopes with clear skies and nice snow under foot. It was pretty warm down low but the snow was not bad especially in the morning. A few of the guys found some good untracked powder around the mountain too.
All except the following Kandahar Hachiman Uenotaira Half Pipe Karasawa Wave Park
The day started sunny, with a light wind from the west; we're seeing a little light snow now, with light winds from the north. I hope that will turn into something a little more than just light snow (actually, it has started to pick up while I write this).
No snowpack reports from the town today for some reason; nothing much has changed since yesterday excerpt the usual compaction between snowfalls.
So a fairly boring report for you, but it's Tuesday, officially the least interesting day of the week. A good time for a gentle cruise around the slopes....