Snow and weather reports posted on Thursday 25th May 2017
Monday 9th March 2015, 7:24am
Warm up here today!
You know spring is on its way when the temperatures start to venture back up above zero. For nearly the first time this season that is the case today, we have a temperature of 3 degrees celsius at the base and zero degrees celsius up at the peaks.
Unfortunately it is also quite windy up the tops, approximately 20-25 knots which has forced the upper mountain lifts ( Nagamine 2, Asari 2 and the Gondola) to remain on hold for now. Looking at the forecast it seems unlikely that they will open up today as we are due for some pretty serious weather starting tonight through to the next couple of days.
On the lower mountain the winds aren't quite so bad but there will still be moderate breezes.
Snow conditions today are variable, machine packed on trail and as it is quite warm it appears to have a distinct 'spring snow' feel to it. There was no new snow overnight.
Looking forward to seeing what the storm blows in, with any luck we will get a fair old dumping of snow! Read more ...
Monday 9th March 2015, 7:52am
Overcast with some cloud
Good morning from Yuzawa and it's an overcast-cloudy start to the day here, one that promises to be very mild. It may reach 10 degrees and beyond today down here in town. It didn't get cold overnight and we are already at 6 degrees now at 8am.
But don't worry. We are still expecting that forecast blast of winter to be with us tomorrow - very likely with some rain beforehand, possibly starting tonight.
There has been a lot of snow melt in recent days of course, so a good thick new layer of fresh would be fantastic. I was taking a look back at photos from this season and last season yesterday. It's amazing how much more snow we still have compared with a year ago at this time.
Nighta 'night skiing' - where some slopes are floodlit for skiing and snowboarding in the evening - is available at the following resorts in the area.
Ishiuchi Maruyama: Every day until 21st March (until 8:50pm) Iwappara: Every day until 22nd March (until 8pm on weekdays and Sundays, 9pm on Saturdays) Joetsu Kokusai: Every day until 22nd March (until 9pm) Kandatsu Kogen: From 'all night' on Fridays and Saturdays (6pm or 10pm until 4am the next morning) Maiko Snow Resort: Every day until 14th March (until 8pm) Naeba: Every day until 29th March (until 9pm) All night on 14th March (10pm until 6am) Yuzawa Nakazato: Saturdays until 14th March (until 8:30pm)
Hello and welcome to another Monday morning, and the start of what promises to be a vetr interesting week.
There's no new snowfall to report to you this morning, but all eyes are looking to the next few days and what's about to happen.
A significant low pressure system is on the way and it's one that should be bringing with it lots of snow and strong winds. Expect lift disruptions over the next few days. It's probably the price we are going to have to pay for potentially (and very probably) large amounts of fresh snow.
The day has started off mild and overcast, foggy too up there. Stronger winds higher up already with top lifts not going to open at the start of the day.
The mild conditions may well continue into tomorrow, bringing with it rain before the main event which is due sometime tomorrow.
I'm quite excited actually. (Well, not about the rain and wind!) But looking forward to reporting what goes on - let's see what nature brings us.
Resort specific news as of 8:30am - subject to change during the day
Niseko base 6am: +2C, mild wind, no snowfall & overcast. Moiwa 800m: no CAT track data available. Annupuri 1000m snowpack 330cm. Hirafu 1000m: S5m/s, -3C, no snowfall. Peak data: S10.9m/s, -3.4C. Benkei cape SSE13m/s, Kamui cape NE4m/s, 1022hPa, 0.7m waves.
A low-pressure system is approaching from the Sea of Japan, the temperature will rise and wet snow & wind will start above 600m, making the avalanche hazard rise again. Many of the avalanches occur in slopes with heavy snowdrift slabs. Approaching leeward steep slopes during drastic snowdrift development is a very bad idea. Most of the accidents are caused by misjudgments during poor weather. Risks of climax (ground) avalanche from 1100m is rising earlier than usual due to warm weather, stay away from valley bottoms in order to minimize the risks. Gates are expected to open from the morning, however may close anytime due to various reasons. Please respect the ski patrol’s decisions. 200cm thick ground avalanche are also likely to occur in steep slopes under lift line and cliff terrain under 500m altitude. Stay away from cracked slopes as they might slide without warning. Most accidents can be avoided with precautions. Please respect the Niseko Rules.
Official resort snow depths:
Grand Hirafu / Hanazono: Top - 410cm Base - 140cm
Niseko Village: Top - 300cm Base - 180cm
Niseko Annupuri: Top - 370cm Base - 180cm
Night skiing will continue until Sunday 22nd March. Lifts open for night skiing:
Niseko Grand Hirafu Ace Family Pair lift, Ace Number 2 Center Four lift, Hirafu Gondola, Holiday Number 1 Pair lift
Niseko Hanazono Resort No night skiing at the Hanazono area
Niseko Village Community Chair and Banzai Chair
Niseko Annupuri Jumbo Number 1 Quad
Floodlit night operations are due to continue until Sunday 22nd March.
There was lots of cloud around yesterday and 'gas' too making for very limited visibility at times, depending on where you were of course. A bit of rain over at Hakuba 47 (when I was there), and then a bit of sun later in the afternoon. It kept pretty warm through the day and we are expecting more of that for today.
About 4 degrees currently at village level, so I would expect another spring-like day. Visibility improved on yesterday.
It might rain as well before the end of the day...
But! Forecasts are still looking very good for winter to take over proceedings as we go into tomorrow and possibly even through until the end of the week. If it all happens like we are being teased, late week and next weekend should be very good indeed.
Let's not get ahead of ourselves, one day at a time. Until tomorrow!
Official snow depth numbers and operations at time of writing on Monday 9th March 2015. Subject to change during the day:
Hakuba Goryu: Reporting 0cm of new snowfall higher up. All courses planned to be open (except Adventure Course).
Hakuba Goryu: Toomi area every day until 31st March. 6pm until 9:30pm. Hakuba Happo-one: Nakiyama area every day until mid March. 5pm until 9pm. Hakuba Cortina: Every day until 31st March. 5pm until 8pm. Tsugaike Kogen: Karamatsu-Shirakaba on Saturdays in March. 6pm until 9pm. Kashimayari: Every day until 15th March. 4:30pm until 9:30pm. Read more ...
Monday 9th March 2015, 8:57am
Hello from Zao village and it's going to be another mild day here.
Unfortunately we had some rain fall on us last night but for now it's just cloudy, with a lot of fog (gas) hanging around the mountain making visibility limited in places.
The weather is due to take a turn though starting today. Colder, windier.... and snowier. Is that a word?! Whatever, while we may see some more rain in the village, it's set to be snowing hopefully as we get into tomorrow to be followed by a few days of winter like conditions. Strong winds may cause a problem for some lifts.
Anyway will update you tomorrow with the latest on what may well be the last proper blast of winter for the season.
Cloudy skies hover above the resort as do mild temperatures that are already sitting above zero. Today and tomorrow will see a freeze thaw cycle, meaning firm snow conditions in the morning and softening through the day. Light rain is expected this afternoon which will change to snow by tomorrow and then heavy snowfalls are forecast for Tuesday evening through until Wednesday evening. Winds are light at the moment but unfortunately will start to increase this afternoon and peak tomorrow morning with severe winds expected, gradually reducing to light winds by Friday morning.
Ski race competitions are being held on the Furano Zone this week so it is a great opportunity to watch some ski racing. The following courses will be closed until March 15 for the competitions:
Today we have a warm overcast day, with temperatures above zero (+2). We did not have any new snowfall last night. Visibility at the base of the mountain is good, but the visibility worsens the further you head up the mountain.
A bit of a weather warning, we are expected to get heavy snowfall this evening. As long as the temperatures do drop tonight if not we are in for some heavy rain.
Tomorrows weather is temperature dependent, we will either have a lot of snow or rain!
Takenokoyama lift closed this morning at Naeba. Otherwise normal weekday operations.
Stronger winds are currently affecting parts of the Tashiro part of Kagura this morning with a few lifts not moving and the connection between Tashiro and the main Kagura area closed at the beginning of the day. That may change with weather conditions during the day.
Official snow depths:
Naeba: 280cm Kagura: 370cm
0cm Naeba 0cm Kagura
This Naeba Now report started updating for the 2014/2015 season on 31st January 2015. As such, the 'observed snowfall season' numbers shown at the bottom of the report will only reflect data from that date onwards. Please read our Yuzawa Now daily reports section for more information on the first part of the season in the Yuzawa region. Read more ...
Monday 9th March 2015, 9:43am
Cloudy, but high clouds
Warm and windy in Myoko today; warm enough that the top lift at Akakan was closed for a while.
Today is also Yama no Kami, an event at the little shrine right in the middle of the Akakan area, just above the hotel, to give credit to the powers that be in bringing snow (and guests).
Also a good excuse for the old guys in the area, including your writer, to tie one on mid-day at the Kanko Hotel.... A local culture.
Looks like there could be a lot of snow coming from tonight; never sure, but there's a big low-pressure area forming off the east of Hokkaido again.