Snow and weather reports posted on Tuesday 21st May 2019
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Thursday 11th February 2010, 8:45am
Good conditions with light winds and good visibility.
The rain changed to snow yesterday evening leaving us with about 10cm up top and 5cm in town. This should have helped to improve conditions up on the hill.
Today's weather should be quite good, with light winds and good visibility. This combined with the empty mid-week slopes should be more than enough reasons to get up the hill. It is a national holiday today so perhaps slightly busier than a normal one.
Tonight should see another decent dump, hopefully erasing all signs of the rain that we have recently had.
The rain didn't really ease off at all yesterday during the daytime but did turn into some very light snow later on in the evening. No new snow to report this morning though in terms of new cm.
Right now, it is just cloudy. It is colder than it was yesterday, currently -1 degree in town, and that forecast still has snow lined up for later on and then more encouragingly snow all through tomorrow. So if we can get some decent snowfall before the weekend that would be good.
Not much else to report this morning - all resorts open as planned today with just a slight wind. All in all better than yesterday, though the snow conditions have taken a hit with the rain we have had..
After the miserable weather we had yesterday, it's a grey and cloudy start to the day. Unfortunately, there's no new snow to report this morning - but we are still told to expect some this afternoon. It is definitely colder than yesterday and thankfully in minus territory once again right now, as it should be, and as I write this it is -4 degrees.
So, better than yesterday but we could really do with some new snow to freshen things up.
Today is a national holiday in Japan and some people may be taking tomorrow off to make it a long weekend but I doubt we should see too much of a difference in crowds.
Official resort snow depths as of 11th February 10:
Better news this morning. Just a sprinkling in the village but there has apparently been 5-10cm of fresh snow fall at the top of Kagura this morning. It's a fairly dark and grey cloudy morning but fair visibility out there. Importantly it is colder again after some warmer temperatures and it is a chilly -3 degrees in the village with Naeba reporting -7 up top.
We're still in need of a new blanket of snow to cover up the damage done by the warmer temperatures and sometime rain of yesterday and the good news there is that there is a good chance of snow clouds moving in later on in the day and snow is forecast for all of tomorrow so here's hoping for some decent snowfall before the weekend.
It is colder again this morning - feeling more like winter once again - and there is a few cm of fresh snow to report in Zao though right now conditions are just cloudy.
There is not a huge amount of new snow on the short term horizon (coming week) but perhaps some more today and then just cloud and light snow showers for the few days after and perhaps clearer weather around Sunday. It should stay cold but not crazy cold so it looks like for the most part we are going to have to play in what we have got for the time being....which is fair conditions out there.
Today is a national holiday and with some people taking tomorrow off work and making it a long weekend it should be busier than a normal weekday.
Unfortunately, the snow that we were hoping for yesterday did not happen and instead we got rain.
Hakuba currently is sitting under cloudy skies and with light snow expected today once more but right now it is still rain mode.
Ski hill conditions today will be hard and icy as the rain permeated snow has frozen up as the temperatures dropped overight. As rain has been reported right to the top of the hills, one would expected to find some rain crust on pretty much all aspects. With the rain as well the snowpack has settled and melted quite a bit.
Skiers and snowboarders would be best to have nice sharp edges out there today, and maybe enjoy some smooth groomers and park where firmed up snow is ok for riding.
Stay out of the backcounrty, stay to the groomed piste or make it a clean up the house and have an onsen day. But if you must go into the backcountry stay to very low angle slopes, stick to the ridges and be aware of hazards above you. Stay well back from cornices as they are heavy and will step back at least twace as big.
Alpine: High Tree Line: High Below Tree Line: High
Light snowfalls continued through yesterday and a little overnight, not much accumulation but keeping surface conditions pretty good out there. By all accounts there's some fairly deep snow to be found out in the bowls and today the peak gates have opened again giving access to fresh lines for those prepared to earn their turns. Currently there is only light cloud around the mountain with some light snow falling but the sun is also poking through. Winds are mostly light but still a little brisk around the peak. It's also quite cold and the snow is very dry. Similar conditions are expected to continue over the next few days.
Current Official Snow Depths:
Grand Hirafu: Top - 320 Bottom - 200
Niseko Village: Top - 370 Bottom - 230
Annupuri: Top - 320 Bottom - 210
Niseko Avalanche Info No.58
Moiwa base 6am: -7℃ and slight snowfall. Coastal data: NW6m/s at Benkei cape, N7m/s, 1.5m waves and 1020hPa at Kamui cape. Annupuri peak: -15℃ and a 15m/s WNW is predicted to blow around noon. Upper Mizuno no sawa: NW6.7m/s, -11.5℃ and 10cm of new snow. There are no notable developments of snowdrifts and the general avalanche risk is low. Peak gates are scheduled to open at 10:00. Most accidents occur during a storm when the development of snowdrifts are drastic. Take not only the layer configuration but also the past weather transition into consideration when performing a snow pit evaluation. A persisting storm is already a good reason to risen the avalanche hazard. The snow in the trees is good/mostly reset although yesterday’s tracks are remaining. Be careful not to hit trees. NEVER duck ropes!
The rain has ended, and a light dusting of snow fell in the early night. There are still some horrible crunchies under the soft new stuff, but that should soften up again once some more snow falls — and the forecast is for more during the day. That does mean a bit of caution offpiste, though, as new snow sits on what could be a smooth, hard surface.
Freezing rain fell until about 8pm last night (very strange; it was about -2° at base level), but no official reports this morning of lift closures or delays due to icing. Time for the next cycle to move in and erase the gray!
Furano turned on great weather this morning with blue skies and sunshine. There was a dusting of fresh snow in the village - nothing to get too excited about, but on the mountain itself there was around 5cm of fresh powder. Being a public holiday the car park is reasonably full but the slopes don't seem to be that busy - where are all the people hiding? Read more ...