Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 1st April 2018

Yuzawa Now!

Monday 12th March 2007, 8:13am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Excellent news this morning as winter is back!

We have had a really decent amount of new snowfall in the region overnight - some resorts reporting up to 50cm of fresh snow - and it feels as though we are back in mid-winter with the snow continuing to fall. It is currently -1 degrees and the temperature may well not rise above zero today as we have snow forecast throughout the day and into tomorrow (and maybe even into Wednesday).

The Ishiuchi Maruyama resort is saying they have 50cm of new snow and that we can now once more ride down to the bottom of the Chuo entrance area.

Early on this morning it is currently unclear how this new snowfall will affect operations of lifts and courses at all the resorts that have been scaling back operations over the last few weeks, but this new snow will certainly will patch all the courses up and make conditions really good at all the resorts that are open.

We will update this page again later in the day with the latest.


PM update:

The snow has continued falling today. At the moment it has eased off a little but the snow clouds are forecast to stay with us for the next few days. It's how mid-winter should be!

This new fresh snow is giving resorts a new lease of life late on in the season here. Runs that were previously closed are now suddenly opening up again -- with good snow conditions.

Iwappara have started nighta operations once more and from tomorrow Ishiuchi Maruyama will be almost all skiable (including all three entrance areas).

Snow is forecast for tonight and tomorrow as well - with 20-30cm of new snow forecast before early tomorrow morning! Look out for stronger winds tomorrow though.    Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Monday 12th March 2007, 8:21am
Weather conditions: Snow!
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Good morning, and a good morning it is - there is lots of fresh fluffy snow to report. Temperatures are down and since last night we have received a gift of 20-30cm (on top of the car this morning) and the slopes will have more than that.

It is feeling like winter once more and people in the region over the next few days will be in for a treat. Wrap up well and be prepared for the cold as this cold front is forecast to be with us for (hopefully) a few days.   Read more ...

Naeba Now!

Monday 12th March 2007, 8:21am
Weather conditions: white sky
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Up to the knees it is! And that's just in the village at the 900 metres mark. More up top for sure. Dai 2 Gondola is opening at 8:30am apparently. It's -5 and there's not too much of a strong wind - not like was forecast, so even Kagura may be open today, but it's difficult to know what wind is howling up top from down here - have to keep an eye on things, currently Kagura is reporting the high winds, so no top lift open as of yet.

All on the ground is looking good. Very good.   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Monday 12th March 2007, 8:27am
Weather conditions: Snowing.
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
It tried to snow on and off for much of the day yesterday but only really set in around 5 or 6 pm. At midnight it was still snowing heavily. Overnight 10-15cms has fallen in the village and 20cms up high. It has come with a strong westerly wind so expect it to be much deeper on leeward (east facing) slopes.

The forecast is for more snow during the day and again getting heavier overnight. However the wind will also remain strong today which will affect the upper lifts.

Today the conditions will be great out there. With more snow coming on Tuesday and Wednesday get prepared for even deeper powder.    Read more ...

Furano Now!

Monday 12th March 2007, 8:30am
Weather conditions: Snowing.
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Yesterday morning there was some great powder to be found for those who were looking, there weren't many of us as usual! I got up to 'Challenge C' course around 9.30am and managed to grab first tracks through beautifull smooth powder. The snow wasn't as light as earlier on in the season due to the warmer temps, but still great stuff.

It is snowing fairly heavily again this morning but only 1cm on the ground so it must have only just started. The forecast is now giving snow all day today and tomorrow which is just what we need as long as the temperature doesn't rise too much during the day. It is -5 at the moment. There are some moderate gusts coming through.   Read more ...

Minakami Now!

Monday 12th March 2007, 8:43am
Weather conditions: Overcast and snowing
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Powder! Over 20cm of fresh snow on the ground at the village level with up to 30cm of fresh in the upper mountains. The snow should continue for the remainder of the day and also some of tomorrow.

The wind was quite strong at times yesterday afternoon and is predicted to become very strong again this afternoon which will transport any snow in exposed areas to sheltered valleys creating pockets of powder up to 50cm deep.

The remainder of the week looks like temperatures will remain reasonably low which is good for snow conditions for next weekend.    Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Monday 12th March 2007, 8:58am
Weather conditions: Snow.
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Smiles all round this morning as we woke up to a fresh 25cm in the village! Up top is even better with at least 40cm of fresh powder to play in today. Everyone is heading to the hills for fresh tracks! Updated base depths are 220cm at Yamabiko and 150cm at Uenotaira. Hikage has 40cm and Nagasaka 30cm. Temperatures remain cold. At present it is -10c at the top and -3C in the village. It continues to snow lightly.

The outlook is good. More light to moderate snow is expected to fall consistently for the next 3days. Winds will range between 20 and 45km/h.
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Hakuba Now!

Monday 12th March 2007, 9:47am
Weather conditions: Overcast to obscured
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
The skiing is great: get out there and get at it you Buckeroos and Buckerets!!

N.B. A recent report has it that the Tsuga Ike Lift Company gondola is closed because of high winds. Also the upper elevation chairs-lifts seem to be closed but this may change, although the valley winds are forecast to stay the same (6 m/sec from the west) for the rest of the day.

The Hira Kawa Snow Study Plot (830m a.s.l.) 0700 hr. reading is:

Sky: Overcast
Temperature: Present: -4.5 C
Maximum: 1.0 C
Minimum: -4.5 C
Wind at surface: Light from the west
Winds aloft: Nothing visible
Precipitation: Snowing at the rate of less than 1 cm an hour accumulation
Barometer and trend: 909 hPa and rising slowly
Height of new snow in 24 hours (HN24): 20 cm
Total depth of snowpack (HS): 81 cm
Foot penetration: 35 cm
Surface: New snow, rimed, 1.5 mm
Density of surface snow: 80 kg per cubic metre
Crust: not observed
Cloud ceiling: a few hundred metres up the hill side

For guidelines to snow and weather observations see:

Above tree line: High

Tree line: High

Below tree line: Considerable

N.B. As was noted yesterday: these hazard levels will increase with the daytime warming and increased load and wind transportation (local increase of load).

Travel Advisory:
Yesterday above the Tsuga Ike Lift Company terrain (Hiyodori Mine to 1,960 m a.s.l.) the wind was blowing strong from the south-west and the snow was definitely forming soft slabs on all lee features. Yesterday an avalanche course was finding several "compression test moderate" shears in the new snow. The increased and probably persistent wind and precipitation has increased the hazard to "High" above and at tree line. With visibility probably continuing to be poor concern with the threat from above would be a wise course of action. Whether the avalanche trigger is natural or human, if you are caught in it you are no longer having fun, period.

Down 68 cm between two melt freeze crusts there was some faceted crystals observed. These sorts of deep instabilities can sometimes be preserved and reactive for a surprisingly long time. For an interesting paper see:

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