Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 23rd February 2020
Saturday 13th February 2010, 7:33am
Yesterday continued with the mix of very light snow showers but mainly overcast and cold all day. This morning is fitting straight into that pattern with the cloud already camped out for the day. Nothing much to report overnight. There was a very light dusting but down in the valley it is only enough to colour the tarmac. The roads are clear which should make the normal circus on the roads up the resorts a little easier than usual.
It was a cold night so the slopes should be in good condition after an overnight grooming. Off trail is likely to be hard and choppy but the pisted runs should be running fast and stay good all day. It's going to be pretty cold all day with the possibility of some light snow so wrap up and enjoy. Read more ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Saturday 13th February 2010, 8:39am
Good conditions with light cloud and winds.
Today should be a nice day up on the hill with sunshine expected this morning and some light cloud in the afternoon. The groomers have been out in force making sure all the runs are perfectly manicured and with the top-up of snow we received there shouldn't be any icy patches this morning.
The forecast for the coming days shows a sprinkling of new snow with sunny days and light winds.
The sun is trying to break through the clouds here in Hakuba this morning. It is a nice bright Saturday morning, with light winds and it is currently snowing lightly as well. Trace amounts of new snow over the last 24hrs, nothing substantial but anything right now is more than welcomed.
Conditions on the resorts today will be chopped powder, hard packed and groomers again. Still that icy rain layer out there to watch out for, but good coverage and fairly decent snow can still be found on the mountain, but you have to look.
The weekend forecast is calling cloudy skies to continue today with light snow flurries and then it looks like Sunday is going to be sunny. Sharpen your edges and carve up the hardpack til the next powder day comes!
Some (very) light snow last night and also earlier on this morning but since then clouds have quickly started clearing up and right now there is a fair bit of blue sky on show. Looks like it will be a fine day after all. Having said that the local forecast has some light snow again overnight and more cloud tomorrow - but that is what they said for today, so who knows!
Kagura reporting 2-5cm of snow by the way... just a sprinkling in town.
What a day to start the Chinese New Year holidays! Bluebird skies and barely a hint of a breeze. It was a little chilly first thing this morning though with the clear skies with Kutchan recording -20 degrees. It's warmed up now to a balmy -13. Snow did continue into the early afternoon yesterday before things started to clear up and since last report we've had about 10cm of fresh snow. Not enough overnight though to cover yesterdays tracks. Still the snow up there is in great condition and with the clear skies I'm sure people will be able to scope out some fresh lines, especially off the peak. With the light winds the snowpack has settled well and avalanche danger is considered low today. Even if you aren't up to skiing the bowls it'd be worth climbing the peak today just for the incredible views. There's the possibility of a few snow showers through the day but it'll likely remain mostly fine. More snow is forecast though tomorrow and into next week. Enjoy the sun and great visibility whilst it lasts.
Current Official Snow Depths:
Grand Hirafu: Top - 320 Bottom - 200
Niseko Village: Top - 380 Bottom - 235
Annupuri: Top - 325 Bottom - 210
Niseko Avalanche Info No.60
Moiwa base 6am: -13℃, clear sky with 10cm of fresh overnight snowfall. Cold morning due to radiational cooling. Coastal data: N2m/s at Benkei cape, NNW2m/s, 1.2m waves and 1022hPa at Kamui cape. Annupuri peak wind: WNW15m/s during the night and calmed down to 10m/s or less from 3am; -17℃ and good visibility. Mostly no drifting of snow. According to all data and observations, the general avalanche risk is low. Possibilities of cracks forming in leeward slopes above 800m are rising due to considerable amount of snow deposit on top of Jan 31st layer. Be careful not to fall into cracks. Tension in deeper layer is rising due to increasing snow accumulation, carefully choose your traversing route in gully terrain in Western face or Eastern ridge (Higashi-One). Avoid knolls and cornice slopes and ride keeping space in between each other. The Niseko Rules are set for the sake of all resort users. Selfish interpretation or neglecting them will end up in restricting the present freedom of out of bounds riding in Niseko. Peak gates are scheduled to open at 9:30. Listen to the ski patrol’s instructions.
Mixed weather this morning. Light snow has been falling since last night and still doing so in some parts of Shiga Kogen - though not really making much difference in terms of new cm - but while it is generally cloudy now it is looking like at times things could clear up as the day progresses. It is cold though and right now -7 degrees.
The current forecast for tomorrow is cloud/sun so it may well end up being a fine day.
This weekend will be one of the busiest of the season so expect some crowds both today and tomorrow.
Nighta this evening planned at the following resort areas:
- Sun Valley - Maruike - Ichinose Family - Ichinose Diamond
Official resort snow depths as of 13th February 10:
Less than 5cm of snow overnight at Kagura and just a sprinkling of snow lower down the mountain and at Naeba.
The forecast is for cloud and light snow at times, but right now the sun is shining through some clouds and some blue skies on show too - it's a bright morning and good visibility.
Tomorow there's a good chance of it being a fine, sunny day. Snow conditions may not be perfect right now after that week of milder weather, but still a lot of fun. This is one of the peak weekends of the season, so there's a fair few people out there this morning.
Another beautiful day here in Furano. The sun was out all morning, making the -10's feel more like -5's, and with only the slightest of breezes to bring the windchill down, I didn't even notice that I wasn't wearing a face mask when i was out enjoying the excellent weather this morning. It is a bit bright outside, so you will at least want some goggles to keep that pesky sun out of your eyes. I do have to mention that even though it snowed about 10cm yesterday, you could barely tell by the conditions on the slopes. Any new snow that fell the night before had already been chewed through by those on the mountain earlier than myself, so I had to dig hard to find the fresher tracks on the Tree Line Course and the sides of the more heavily traveled runs.
For those of you enjoying a touch of night skiing, this condition should be ameliorated somewhat come this evening by a fresh blanket of light snow. We are forecasted to receive a few hours of powder come supper time, but right now the skies are so fair it doesn't even seem like a real possibility. However, the weather here changes so quickly I would not be surprised if we saw a few centimeters on top of everything come supper time. Read more ...
Saturday 13th February 2010, 16:17pm
Overcast, with snow and some fog
Another day of light snow helped to erase the last traces of ice on the slopes. Up high there was still a pretty hard breakable crust, but it was the fog and flat light that was more of a problem. Things were much better on the slopes, where early-morning fog dissipated enough for general good visibility.
Light snow is continuing to fall in the afternoon, although a little bit of blue sky keeps trying to peek out. Tomorrow should be a nice day, with the temperatures staying cold enough until the end of the day. The forecast has the possibility of light rain on Monday, but let's hope that the pattern of most of the season holds true, and that instead we actually have snow.