Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 30th May 2020
Friday 10th February 2012, 7:08am
This morning has provided us with overcast skies and slight snowfall. Throughout the day today we are expecting light snow and cloudy skies in Hakuba. Yesterday we experienced a dusting of snow on the breakable rain crust that formed earlier this week. 9 cm of new snow have been recorded in the valley with around 10-15 cm new reported on the resorts.
It is currently -6 C in the valley and -9 C up on the resorts. It is expected to remain cool throughout the day with the freezing level remaining close to sea level. The mountains are expecting to range between -3 C and -4 C with a wind chill making it feel like -9 C down low and up in the alpine we will still be experiencing cold conditions with temperatures reaching -12 C and a wind chill of -21 C. Winds will be light at a rate of 2 m/s coming from WSW and WNW.
Tomorrow it is projected to have clearings throughout the day and light snow showers to round off the weekend. After that it looks like it might get milder again around Monday/Tuesday bringing with it the potential for more sunny conditions.
Official snow depths and operations @ Friday 10th February 2012 AM:
Hakuba Goryu: Goryu reporting 15cm on upper slopes and 3cm of new snowfall on it's lower slopes this Friday morning. All weekday lifts operating (not Alps No2 and No4). All lifts will be running tomorrow for the weekend. Official snow depths: Alps daira - 325cm; Toomi - 180cm; Iimori - 140cm.
Hakuba 47: Hakuba 47 report 12cm of new snowfall this morning. All weekday lifts operating (not Line D). Official snow depth: Upper - 255cm Lower - 145cm
Happo-one: Ski lifts/courses: All lifts apart from Usagidair pair, Happo No1, Central pair and Kita One No3 pair should be operating today. Official snow depth: Usagidaira - 210cm; Sakka - 120cm; Nakiyama - 110cm.
Yesterday was pretty fun and from what I heard Rusutsu got a bit more and lighter snow than Niseko yesterday. Niseko was still good by any means, but if you get the chance to diversify where you ski today why not take it?! We got some more snow overnight and it looks like cold temps and some snow are still on their way. Right now we are 1.5 meters over our average snowfall, so ski and take advantage.
Stability is still under question as the layers begin to settle. I would be aware before doing any backcountry skiing that there are some areas (especially north facing) with stability problems. If you do notice any crowns or major avalanche activity please report it to us as it would help ensure safety for others.
Current Official Snow Depths:
Grand Hirafu / Hanazono: Top - 395cm Bottom - 220cm
Niseko Village: Top - 410cm Bottom - 240cm
Annupuri: Top - 435cm Bottom - 230cm
Niseko Avalanche Report:
Moiwa base 6am: -9C, 20cm of broken snow crystals in the last 12 hours. 40cm in the last 24 hours. Benkei Cape NW 14m/s, Kamui Cape wave 2.4m, pressure 1013 hpa, At 800m elevation, 40cm snowdrift development of crushed snow crystals. Snowfall: A 15m/s westerly wind, with gusts to 20m/s, accompanied by intermittent snow has continued. Snow drift development has been inconsistent and unstable. Snow Pit Data: 9th , 7th, 6th, 4th Feb, 22 Jan layers are visible. Above the 4th Feb layer is unstable due to temperature gradient and a fracture could easily occur. Above the 9th Feb layer the drifted snow will also fracture easily. Hazard Evaluation: Leeward slopes at 800m elevation and 700m southward facing slopes the risk the avalanche risk continues to be HIGH. Be aware cornice slopes, knolls could easily slide today, do not enter. Because of the wind driven snow, even in the trees the snow is slow. Do not stand or wait in the creek bottoms, that is where the avalanche path will run. Visibility is expected to be poor until around noon. Gates: Peak gates are expected to closed today. Please respect the ski patrols decision. Have a safe day Read more ...
Friday 10th February 2012, 8:53am
Good continual snow yesterday has put a good layer of fresh stuff all over the mountains of Minakami yesterday. It was grey skies this morning but the snow has started and it looks as if it could continue for the rest of the day. It is cold again and there is a light breeze blowing. Great conditions all over the mountain.
The forecast is still saying snow for the rest of the weekend with the slightly higher temperatures early next week possibly bringing some fine weather. Read more ...
Friday 10th February 2012, 9:25am
Cloud, light snow
Clouds still cover the mountain here at Zao this morning with more light snow falling from time to time.
There is just a bit of snow to report this morning, so the snow that was falling yesterday didn't really amount to much in terms of new cover. There's less wind this morning, just a slight wind out there, and not as cold as it was yesterday. Earlier on before I let the thermometer said -6 degrees and the resort is reporting temperatures of -12 up at Utopia but around -6 nearer the village.
Snow is forecast tomorrow night but it looks like there is a chance of clearer conditions over the weekend during the daytimes with the sun about to show up as well? We'll see. Would be good for the weekend visitors to get a good view of the scenery around Zao.
Official snow depths (10th February 12) Utopia - 275cm Chuo - 220cm Paradise - 260cm Uwanodai - 185cm
Operating lifts (10th February 12) All Ropeways (Skycable, Zao Chuo Ropeway, Zao Ropeway) operating. All the runs at Zao are open. Read more ...
Friday 10th February 2012, 9:29am
There just seems to be no let up with the snow that we are receiving and a total of 25cm has fallen in the village since yesterdays report was posted. The overnight winds have dropped and it still continues to snow heavily with fair visibility out on the mountain. If you are heading out expect plenty of deep powder everywhere. Time to ditch the carvers and get some powder skis. Read more ...
Friday 10th February 2012, 9:32am
Cloud > light snow forecast
A cloudy start to the day here with just a few more cm of fresh snowfall to report around Madarao - the resort officially reporting 3cm. Light snow seems to be on the forecast for today and tomorrow and perhaps into Sunday as well, followed by a few days of milder conditions and some sun shining through.
For now, the mad days of huge snowfall every day seem to be taking a rest!
As yesterday it seems that the Tree Run courses won't be open due to 'conditions'. Presumably they will try to get those open for the weekend if at all possible and seem to be announcing that intention on the official site. Free Ride Park and Zip Line look set to be open today though.
Lifts currently operating: Lift No3B aside, all lifts look set to open today. Official snow depth: 280cm Read more ...
Friday 10th February 2012, 10:18am
Cloud, light snow at times
Another interesting day yesterday as we saw some changeable conditions once again in Yuzawa - heavy snow to clearer skies. In the end, the snow kind of eased off during the day before coming back in the evening and this morning there was probably another 20cm or so to show. Up on the mountains up to 30cm is being reported. This should have definitely gone some way to repair some of the damage from earlier in the week and that rain and with some more snow due today hopefully more.
Not a whole lot of snow falling this morning, with just some very light snow falling at the moment. And it looks like more of the same is forecast for over the weekend by the looks of things - just light snow and cloudy conditions, fairly mild and not much of a wind though perhaps moderate wind in higher, exposed areas.
It looks like clearer weather conditions are due around Monday and Tuesday.
Similar report to yesterday really. Fine, light snow is falling again this morning but the way it is falling we can't expect much of a new cover. In fact, the sun even seems to be trying to break through from behind the clouds in some areas from time to time. Almost feels like it might clear up, though the forecast says cloud and light snow.
It is a cold morning with the thermometer down to -13 degrees earlier on.
The forecast is pretty vague for the weekend. It should stay cold but we might get to see the sun tomorrow and it looks like we can't expect that much snowfall up until at least the middle of next week - if it does snow just a sprinkling here and there.
Nighta operations this evening planned at the following resort areas:
- Ichinose Family - Ichinose Diamond - Kumanoyu
Official resort snow depths as of Friday 10th February 2012 AM:
Morning from Naeba. Earlier on there was a bit of blue sky up there and the sun poking through but now it is a more cloudy state of affairs and it looks like it might soon be snowing... that's what the forecast tells us what to expect as well.
For the weekened? More light snow and cloudy conditions perhaps with a chance of clearings from time to time, is what the forecast is telling me now.
Some people have asked us what "Splash Bowl" is. Well, Splash Bowl is a new course area for this season, running sort of next to the Daishamen course in the central area of Naeba. With an average steepness of 35 degrees and apparently a steepest gradient of 45 degrees, this approx. 200m ungroomed course area is for people confident in their abilities - and certainly not for beginners. It's not open every day - dependent on snow and weather conditions. From now I'll try to mention if it is open on a day in these reports, but please keep in mind that they can open and close during a day depending on conditions. Today, it's closed.
Resort Operations, 10th February (subject to change) Naeba: All planned weekday lifts operating including Dragondola and Prince No2 Gondola. All courses apart from Splash Bowl and Mens Slalom course open. Kagura: Open as normal.
Yesterday turned out to be a pretty awesome day on the mountain. The snow just kept falling most of the day and filled tracks and created some nice stashes around the place. There were some happy campers at the end of the day getting more than they had expected.
This morning was much the same with the snow falling after the lifts closed yesterday and then a little more this morning. There were actually huge saucer size flakes floating down while I was having my morning cup of coffee.
The outlook for the coming days is still for fairly consistent falls but only light at this stage. May even get some sunshine on Monday or Tuesday. After a pretty cold weekend temps may spike a bit again too.
Don't forget that the 30m rail contest is on Sunday too and could win a 30kg bag of rice. What more could you want?! That should feed the family for a few weeks. Only in Nozawa!
The heavy snow hasn't hit yet, but it still is possible. We've had ongoing light snow since morning, and it's snowing heavily down the hill in Joetsu, by the japan Sea coast. It's all good, though; we have some nice fresh new snow on the hill for the weekend.
The quick rain and warmer weather earlier in the week do send up a few signals for those planning to head offpiste; it's likely that there is no hard layer lurking under the new snow, but without digging around a little you can't be sure. be careful, especially on steeps, and on south-facing slopes (which may have gotten more sun, and therefore have a weaker layer in the snow). In general it looks pretty good, but if we do get a pretty big snowfall overnight it can get a little more touchy. Use a little caution, and have (safe) fun.
One interesting aside: watch the snow report from Kyukamura over the past week or so: today we've lost a meter of snow; earlier we gained one overnight (without fresh snow).