Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 18th May 2019
Sunday 12th February 2012, 8:04am
It's supposed to be pretty windy today. A lot of the people around Hirafu are going to call it a down day. By the popularity of last night's bar scene, I would say it looks like there are going to be a lot of regrets in about an hour. If for some reason (quite possible) it doesn't get windy, the snow that fell last night should be enough to cover tracks and refresh the area.
We are looking at a couple clear days and then potentially a lot of snow to fall around Thursday and Friday of this week. Again, this is later in the week, so it's hard to predict. At the moment, we can just hope for the best.
Current Official Snow Depths:
Grand Hirafu / Hanazono: Top - 395cm Bottom - 220cm
Niseko Village: Top - 420cm Bottom - 250cm
Annupuri: Top - 445cm Bottom - 230cm
Niseko avalanche report:
Moiwa base 6am: -10C, 20cm of snow in the last 12 hours. 30cm of broken snow crystals in the last 24 hours. 800m elevation poor visibility, westerly wind and wind driven snow. Benkei Cape NW 20m/s, Kamui Cape wave 2.1m, pressure 1013 hpa, Annupuri Peak NNW 19.7m/s, temp -18.5C, Snowfall: At 800m elevation on the north and west side of the mountain, snowdrift and cornice development over 150cm. The new snowdrifts will easily fracture. Snow Pit Datal: 12th Feb, 50cm heavy windslab. Above 4th Feb layer is compacted and stabilsed. 29 Jan low presure snowfall layer. Hazard Evaluation: A strong wind continues along with blowing snow and snow drift development. Not a lot of snow has fallen but it has been transported to leeward slopes all over the mountain. Caution: Coordinates C4-D5, E6-F5, H7-H8 ,open steep slopes a 50cm avalanche will easily occur from skier stimulation. A lot of accidents occur during low pressure storms or shortly after. If the slope orientation, elevation and snow conditions are right an avalanche will occur. If there are people there there will be an accident. Gates: For skier safety all gates over 800m will be closed today. Please respect the ski patrols decision. Dont duck ropes and enter off limit areas, you will loose your pass. Please read and understand the Niseko Rules Have a safe day
It was a windy one today! We saw some terrible visibility and a TON of car accidents. While the snow was super deep in the gulleys at Rusutsu, the very cold temps, poor visibility, and wind made it quite the adventure. It was definitely a well earned day. The weather is going to be all over the place tomorrow. Some wind, warm temps, snow, and sunshine are looking to make themselves present. The snow is going to be amazing once the low pressure moves out.
Please, please, please be careful if you are wanting to travel in the backcountry. The slopes are going to be heavily windloaded and cornices will fall. In addition to this, the amount of snowfall we saw today was around 20cm, so don't be in a rush...it will be there. Stay warm and safe! Read more ...
Sunday 12th February 2012, 9:40am
Good morning from Naeba. There's not much to see this morning as we are having a windy, cloudy and snowy morning. The No2 Gondola is moving but the Dragondola and No1 Gondolas are both waiting for the go - and it is going to depend on the winds.
The wind is affecting operations at Kagura as well this morning. As well as the Dragondola cutting the connection with Tashiro, the Tashiro area is open from the Ropeway to the Tashiro No1 quad and they plan to hopefully get the No6 pair and No8 pair lifts moving if conditions allow later on. From Mitsumata Ropeway to the Kagura No4 pair lift is open from that side.
So while a big area is actually open, it's a bit disjointed for those wanting to move around between the different parts of Mt Naeba.
Oh yes, this morning Kagura is reporting just 10cm of new snowfall with Naeba saying 10-20cm. Winds blowing it around don't help giving an accurate number!
Resort Operations, 11th February (subject to change) Naeba: Some lifts waiting on conditions this morning. All courses apart from Splash Bowl and Mens Slalom course officially open. Kagura: Limited operations this morning, see above - possibly changing if the weather permits.
There was a bit of snowfall yesterday, just a few cm, but this morning we have around 15cm of new snowfall in Zao. Strong winds are blowing the snow about this morning and so in places less and in other places more. Snow was falling just before but as I write this it has cleared up a bit. Just like yesterday there are fast moving clouds and a bit of blue sky visible from time to time, soon to be covered by cloud again. I have a feeling it might just end up fairly settled today, but don't quote me on that!
Really nice snow conditions out there yesterday, I would think today as well.
Clearer conditions seem lined up for the next few days as well, along with milder conditions.
Official snow depths (11th February 12) Utopia - 275cm Chuo - 240cm Paradise - 260cm Uwanodai - 190cm
Operating lifts (11th February 12) All Ropeways (Skycable, Zao Chuo Ropeway, Zao Ropeway) operating. All the runs at Zao are open. Read more ...
Shiga Kogen Now!
Sunday 12th February 2012, 10:43am
Still very wintery this morning in Shiga Kogen and we have stronger winds to content with as well - expect some lifts to be either closed at times or slowed down.
It's pretty wild conditions out there this morning actually and my guess is that more than a few people are going to have a late start! The snow is coming down, there is a strong wind blowing the snow around and making it feel really very very cold, and visibility isn't too good. So the slopes don't seem as crowded as they might had conditions been clearer. So much for the chance of clearer spells today - doesn't seem likely at least not at the moment.
Difficult to put a number on new snowfall as it has been blown around but I would guess at between 10-20cm.
Clearer conditions are promised for the next few days though when we should see calmer winds and milder temperatures as well.
Nighta operations this evening planned at the following resort areas:
- Ichinose Family
Official resort snow depths as of Sunday 12th February 2012 AM:
It's still snowing folks. The resort says 20-30cm of new snowfall since yesterday and I can vouch for that. It has needed to be moved from the tops of cars and the locals are busy moving the snow around once again from around their properties.
There's a moderate wind out there today and visibility is poor.
Looks like all the resort is open course-wise with just the No3B and 13 lifts rested today.
This snow storm should be moving on by the end of today and we can look forward to some clearer conditions perhaps over the next couple of days. Going to get warmer as well and the temperature may even venture into positive numbers on Tuesday but gradually getting back to cold after that.
Lifts currently operating: Lift No3B and No13 aside, all lifts look set to open today. Official snow depth: 300cm Read more ...
Sunday 12th February 2012, 11:00am
Snow yesterday and guess what... snow today too. A really cold day and night yesterday and more of the same today. Actually it is really coming down this morning. Resorts around town are reporting up to 30cm or so of new snow since last night and right now it is really snowing heavily. It just keeps on coming.
10-15cm more snow is forecast to fall in the Minamiuonuma and Yuzawa region before this evening but after that the forecasts seem to point to things getting calmer with less snow and less wind. We might even get to see the sun tomorrow. While tonight seems set to be another very cold night, it should be getting milder tomorrow and Tuesday when we might see temperatures rise to around +5 degrees in town.
Earlier on strong winds meant that parts of Kagura were closed but they seem to have opened up now with most of Tashiro-Kagura-Mitsumata now open, though the Dragondola connection with Naeba remains closed at the time of writing. At Naeba itself some of the upper runs are closed due to terrible visibility along with the wind.
Other than that resorts around town seem to be open as normal.
Another day of light snow in Minakami. It has been coming down for most of the morning with varying levels of intensity. Great conditions on and off piste thanks to this last snowfall. Plenty of soft stuff around and you don't have to go far to find it.
If the forecast is to be believed we have a chance of some sun for the next couple of days but it is just a brief respite with the snow returning during the middle of next week and the temperatures dropping again as the next front moves in. Read more ...
Sunday 12th February 2012, 13:07pm
We got coated again with 15cm+ of new snow last night, pushing the official total to the 200cm mark. Looking back at this date a year ago, the official depth was a mere 120cm. That's quite the difference, and those of you out there enjoying it all are sure to feel it. It's turning out to be a great winter for snow here in Furano.
Temperatures have been steady at -9, and it looks like the snow should continue for the rest of the day and into the evening. Plenty of powder out there, but be sure to bundle up and protect your face. Winds are relatively light at 2 m/s, so things shouldn't be too bad out there, but it's better to be safe than shivering.
It looks like there might be a brief break in the snow for Monday, but after that it should be all snow for the rest of the week! Read more ...
Sunday 12th February 2012, 13:17pm
Some cloud, blue skies
More snow to report today from Hakuba. It was snowing earlier on this morning and another 10-15cm or so on lower slopes and more up top (see individual resort reports below), but since then it has cleared up somewhat and now around lunchtime the is an increasing amount of blue sky up there and the sun is shining down as I write this. Some dramatic clouds remain over parts of the village and parts of the mountains, but it has turned into a lovely early afternoon.
Strong winds in places have spoilt the fun a bit today with the top parts of Happo closed and other lifts in other resort areas also liable to be stopped today.
We might see more of the sun over the next few days as well, along with cloud and milder conditions. Hopefully less wind. Tomorrow and Tuesday look like temperatures will rise again, especially on Tuesday, but we should be back to the cold from around Wednesday.
There was a large skier-triggered avalanche reported yesterday on the North Bowls out of bounds and behind Happo One. Second hand reports indicated that it was triggered by a skier cutting across the top of the large steep headwall just above and lookers' right of the Happoike Sanso hut at the top of the lifts and ran full path, crossing the river at the bottom of the valley. No one caught; but a very close call.
Take extra care out there today; winds were strong last night and remain strong on the ridges, heavily loading lee slopes that already have a deep persistent weak layer.
Official snow depths and operations @ Sunday 12th February 2012 AM:
Hakuba Goryu: Goryu reporting 30cm on upper slopes and 10cm of new snowfall on lower slopes. All lifts planned to be operating but strong winds have been affecting operations up top this morning. Liable to change. Official snow depths: Alps daira - 340cm; Toomi - 180cm; Iimori - 140cm.
Hakuba 47: Hakuba 47 report 25cm of new snowfall this Saturday morning. All lifts operating though Line E being affected by winds and sometimes not moving. Again, liable to change as per current conditions. Official snow depth: Upper - 242cm Lower - 151cm
Happo-one: Ski lifts/courses: The top areas of the resort are not open this morning due to strong winds. The Gondola is moving and most lower-mid area lifts. Official snow depth: Usagidaira - 200cm; Sakka - 120cm; Nakiyama - 110cm.
Woke up to blizzard like conditions this morning in Nozawa - again a bit unexpected. We were expecting light snow and even a bit of sun but it is wild and wooly out there now. Official reports are showing about 20cm has fallen but the measuring sticks are probably a bit out with all the wind. My windscreen is telling me it is about 30cm of fresh again.
Today will have been challenging but rewarding on the mountain and there should be plenty of fresh tracks on offer with the snow still falling heavy outside this afternoon.
Yesterday was belissimo on the slopes the snow gave way to glorious sunshine in the afternoon and with half a meter of fresh snow it was magic in places. A lot of the well-worn slopes did get tracked out and moguled up with the weekend crowd though. Down low too the snow was a little on the wet side as the day quickly warmed up.
But could not fault the conditions and the town was bustling last night with a few events on and plenty of happy skiers lining the main street.
I am a little shy at making any outlooks as the forecast has been under estimating the snow fall for a while now. However it looks although we may see a nice pattern of sun and snow coming over the next few days so happy times ahead.
What an interesting day.... Last night the moon came out, and the majority view was, "Oh, the snow is over." Wake up at 6 (automatic snowblower mode engaged), checked the fall, and not much. Back to bed. Seven a.m., the snow is just coming down like mad - several centimeters per hour. Climb to a peak: sunny and windy. Ski back down: deep fog and more snow. Ah, the variety that is life in Myoko.
The wind did cause some slowdowns of lifts, but no stoppages that we heard about.
In the backcountry, we saw a major slab avalanche on the north face of Maeyama (down to the rain crust at about 65cm); today, lots of crown lines in all directions. It's really unclear out there right now, so good knowledge, full gear and some restraint are all required tools for the adventurer.