Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 26th May 2019
Monday 10th February 2014, 8:24am
No new snow to report again this morning from the area, other than a light dusting. It is snowing lightly at the moment and snow is forecast for today, so hopefully I will have fresh numbers to report tomorrow morning.
In the meantime it's not as cold as it has been - though still well below zero - and calm.
Runs were really tracked out yesterday and with the lack of fresh snow overnight again it's going to be a similar story this morning. As the report below says, probably a day for groomers.
(I will readily admit to being spoilt being based in Niseko - we expect powder every day and instant refreshes! And often get it of course. To not have that is just... annoying!)
It does look like this week ahead should remain fairly cold but isn't looking like we can expect huge amounts of snowfall unfortunately. As the forecasts stand now, there's more sun lined up than snow.
We will of course just have to see how it turns out.
Niseko Avalanche Report
Niseko base 6am: -8C, no new snow in the last12hrs, calm. Moiwa 800m: -13C, wind N5m/s. trace new snow. Annupuri 1150m -14C, wind N10m/s, no new snow. Hirafu 1000m -9C, no new snow. Annupuri peak 1308m: -12.4C, WNNW11.4m/s. Cape Benkei: NW6m/s, Cape Kamui: ESE2m/s, wave 0.5m, pressure 1014hpa.
There is no significant pressure gradient and both ocean and mountain are calm. Without any significant snow cloud over the Sea of Japan we cannot expect any snowfall. Off piste is tracked out and a little difficult to ride. Today is a good day for carving the groomers.
Do not duck ropes. If one person ducks a rope, others will follow increasing the chances we will have an accident. Peak gates are expected to open this morning. Please listen to the patrols advice before exiting the gates. There are many other dangers on the mountain besides avalanches. Take care hitting trees, crashing into cracks and cornice collapse. Outside the gates is not the ski area, there is no patrol. Have a nice day.
Official snow depth numbers and lift news at time of writing:
The winds over the weekend that made conditions feel exceptionally cold have gone now. Overnight there has been a small amount of fresh snow amounting to 4cm in the village. More snow light snow is forecast all through today, although at the moment the snow has not arrived.
Fingers crossed that the forecast is correct and the snow does arrive later today.
Well, yesterday it ended up snowing with generally poor visibility on the mountain from late morning. From the places reporting numbers, Hakuba 47 say they got 5cm by late afternoon. While it was still falling in the evening at Goryu nighta (where I was), this morning resorts are generally saying 0-5cm, apart from Cortina who are reporting up to 20cm of fresh snow (presumably including what fell yesterday...). Confusing hey?
It was still busy yesterday but probably not as busy as it should have been - the heavy snowfall in places that aren't used to it was still affecting transportation.
This morning the sun is out and we have lots of blue sky above Hakuba, though a big overcast looking over east. Some white cloud around the Hakuba peaks early on. At 9am it's around -6C here in the village.
More clear weather forecast for tomorrow and perhaps Wednesday as well. The next snow worth mentioning looks due around Friday and Saturday, even though currently it looks like it might warm up a bit for the weekend. Stay cold please!
Official snow depth numbers and operations (as of 10th February 2014):
Hakuba Goryu: Reporting 0cm of new snowfall at Iimori, 0cm at Toomi and 5cm up top. Upper - 285cm Toomi - 165cm Iimori - 140cm
Hakuba 47: Reporting 0cm of new snowfall overnight, 5cm during the day yesterday. Upper - 280cm Lower - 100cm
Was it just me or was Nozawa less busy than usual yesterday? The news of all of the traffic problems due to snowfall for people coming here from the south in particular no doubt meant that some people who were planning on being in Nozawa either couldn't get here or gave up. Hopefully things can get back to normal today after the problems the snowfall caused people.
Anyway, some snowfall on the mountain overnight and adding it onto the snow that fell during the day yesterday the resort reports the following:
Yamabiko - 13cm Uenotaira - 20cm Hikage - 1cm
So head up to the top for the freshest conditions this morning.
It's -2 degrees in the base area just after 9am this morning, with a temperature of -9C being reported from Yamabiko earlier on this morning. Snow showers forecast for the day today, but at the moment it is not snowing and actually the sun is out with quite a bit of blue sky above the village, though more cloud hanging around the upper areas of the mountain.
Tomorrow we can expect clear conditions, though it will fingers crossed keep cold. It is a natio
Next decent snowfall? Looking to be around Friday-Saturday.
A break in the snowfall today, with the sun shining and the hills sparklingly white. Nice.
The air temperature is still cold, although the sun is warm. In short, a really good day for being out there on this day before a holiday. Hopefully some of our domestic travelers took today off for a nice four-day weekend.
Looks like sun today and tomorrow before the snow starts up again later in the week.
(The 30cm added in the report = over the last few days).
Yesterday the snow was falling for most of the day again though not a huge amount to show for it really. 10cm being reported around resorts since yesterday.
The Kanetsu Expressway was closed all the way from Nerima to Tsukiyono (in northern Gunma) until mid-afternoon yesterday due to the heavy snowfall in the Kanto area on Saturday. That meant that lots of people planning to visit by car on Sunday coming from the south very probably gave up on the idea. From what I saw of the slopes around town, it seemed less busy than usual for a mid season Sunday. Hope you didn't get stuck in traffic and encountered problems due to the weather over the weekend.
OK this morning we have that bit of new snowfall. Half an hour ago the snow had eased off and we even got some blue skies appearing, it looked like we were going to have a fine day. But in the last 10 minutes or so it has clouded over again and snow is once more falling. Snow is indeed forecast for the day. But might the clouds break again? They seem to be in neighbouring regions this morning, so there's definitely a chance.
Clear skies are forecast for tomorrow, which is a national holiday so should see popular places busier than a normal weekday.
After that the next snow even seems to be lined up for around Friday.
Those official numbers don't seem to have budged, but there has been a lot of new snow over the last two days. But we're not complaining, just get out there and ski or board on it.
This morning it's cold and earlier was clearer but has clouded over since.
The cold should continue but we seem to be headed into a drier spell with no more snow forecast until we close in on the weekend. Expect sunnier skies over the next few days.
Official snow depths (10th February 14): Utopia: 270cm Chuo: 220cm Paradise: 240cm Uwanodai: 165cm Read more ...
Shiga Kogen Now!
Monday 10th February 2014, 10:01am
Cleared up and sunny
More snow yesterday and earlier this morning too but for now lots of the clouds have moved on and we have nice blue skies over us and the sun shining down. Looks like it should be a fine day, and we are ok with that as we have the fresh snow to enjoy as well.
Tomorrow will probably be sunny too. National holiday time and so if it seems a bit busier than usual for a weekday - that's the reason!
Talking of which, the snowy weather in Tokyo and other areas over the weekend prevented lots of people getting up here. The situation seems to be back to normal now.
Official snow depth data, as of Monday 10th February 2014):