Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 30th May 2020
Friday 13th January 2006, 8:17am
There has been no new snowfall overnight and at the moment the sun is out. There is still a fair bit of cloud cover but with almost no chance of snowfall during the day it is a nice day to be out on the slopes. It isn't as cold as it has been and the forecast is for temperatures to rise to around +4 degrees midday.
Naeba have cancelled their planned fireworks for Saturday night due to the chance of the noises causing avalanches in the region.
As you may well have seen on the national news, the main road between Niigata and Nagano in the Tsunan/Sakae town region is still blocked with snow. Sakae is next to Nozawa village and so this is the main road that people in this area of Niigata use to get to Nozawa. So at the moment the only way to get there will be by going round to the north and through the Myoko region.
We'll post another update this evening with the latest for the weekend.
It has been a strange day - it turned out to be cloudy and actually very windy up on the mountains... Gala decided to call it a day, as did the Tashiro area of Kagura.
So how about the weekend? All the reports are pointing towards rain moving in tonight and for tomorrow to be a warm and rainy day all over Niigata. Temperatures may even climb to an unseasonably warm 13 degrees in Yuzawa, which is quite a sudden change from the conditions we have experienced this winter so far. Even higher up resorts seem to be in for rain tomorrow. Instead of the usual reports telling us how much snow to expect overnight, tonight they are giving us reports on how much rain to expect - around 70mm of rain over the next 24 hours - with that rain forecast to be coming down heavily at times. This area is certainly good at extremes!
Rain on all of the snow that has fallen so far will of course increase the chance of avalanche incidents, and this serious subject is dominating both the local and national news at the moment. If you are planning on hitting the slopes tomorrow just be aware of the situation and be careful especially in places that might pose danger.
Longer term, for the next week or so temperatures are forecast to be above average (though not as high as they will be tomorrow) and then returning to normal/average after that. Read more ...
Friday 13th January 2006, 9:05am
Strong winds, cold temperatures and heaps of snow hit the region yesterday. Most of the higher lifts remained on wind hold all day but lower down in more protected areas there was plenty of deep, dry powder.
The winds and snowfall eased overnight and the temperature dropped to near -18 in Kutchan. Areas closed yesterday should be opened today and fresh tracks will not be hard to find. Some areas are almost up to chest deep with all the new and drifting snow. The peak will probably open later and will offer some incredible views and runs back down.
Currently the mountain is reasonably quiet with virtually no lift queues. The only time queues are forming is when a school group of around 200 kids all head for a lift at the same time.
It is a fine morning here in Shiga Kogen. Some clouds hanging on but a fair bit of blue sky as well.
It is not as cold this morning as well as temperatures rise a little - and the weekend should be even warmer as temperaturs might even rise above 0 for a change. Good conditions out still and not many people out on the slopes. Let's hope we just avoid rain over the weekend. Read more ...
Friday 13th January 2006, 9:24am
Sunny skies and cold crisp weather.
Arose to sunny skies and cold crisp weather. No new snow to report overnight, but great conditions abound all over the Hakuba Valley. Fantasic views of the Alps today as well so bring your camera. Calm winds at base and top reported today.
Winds have been fairly strong over the last few days and have created wind slab in most areas in the alpine and at tree line. It is possible for this wind slab to slide on steeper slopes from areas of tension. ie. around rocks, from steep convexing terrain, corniced areas and from tensioned ridge areas that ave heavy wind deposits below.
In two recent pits in the Tsugaike area the following was found of southerly facing slopes.
05/01/08 Tsugaike shizenen, elevation 1800 metres, aspect S Compression Test Easy @ 38cm from surface on new snow, needles, columns with some faceting occuring size 0.5~2 mm, sudden collapse.
Rutsch Block 2 @ 38 cm
Slope Test. Ski cut, produced size 1 soft slab, 40 cm hieght of crown, 20 x 20 metres in area, deposit stopped mid track.
05/01/09 Tsugaike Tengupara, elevation 2000 metres, aspect SE Compression Test Easy ~ Moderate @ 33 & 37cm from surface on fist density new snow underlaying wind crust and overlaying 1 finger density snow, with some faceting occurring just above 1 Finger layer, size 0.5 mm, Progressive Compression
Rutsch Block 5 @ 33 cm
Multiple slope use resulted in no slides on South East facing slopes in the Tsugaike area.
**AVALANCHE DANGER** HIGH Natural avalanches possible. Human triggered avalanches likely. Use caution in steeper terrain on certain aspects. Read more ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Friday 13th January 2006, 9:42am
No snowfall but low overcast clouds
Overcast and gloomy and very cold today. No wind but instead a threat (or promise) of more snowfall sometime today. No crowds at all which is very nice.
People are taking it easy in Nozawa today and most probably preparing for the big fire festival, the day after tomorrow.
Unfortunately, rain and warm temperatures are forecast for tomorrow... Read more ...