Snow and weather reports posted on Wednesday 20th March 2019
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Wednesday 13th January 2010, 8:36am
Cloudy with moderate snow and high winds.
There was a light dusting of new snow throughout the village overnight, with significant falls forecast for today and tonight.
With strong winds and clouds moving in fast the gondolas have been put on standby. For those heading up, remember to dress warm and prepare for gusty winds.
With a good dump expected over the coming days this weekend promises more powder. So if you're looking for something to do over the weekend, Nozawa Onsen is a good choice. Should be lots of powder to enjoy.
Storm has begun here with not blizzard conditions but kinda close. Around 15 cms of new snow in the valley this morning which fell overnight, all that came down yesterday was dandruff compared. Goryu are also reporting around 15 cms on top. Temperatures have come down and look set to continue to drop through tomorrow down to nearly -10 in the valley.
Aside from snow obscuring visibility out there today the main concern at this stage is wind with Norikura getting strong NW gusts that could throw some spanners in some lift's/gondola's moving parts; also cold wind chill that way with -19 degrees measured at 8:00 AM this morning at 2500m.
Happo is copping it also, not quite as extreme but -16 degrees at 2000m and Moderate SE winds. -5 degrees right now in Wadano so you can imagine it'll be cold up there in the wind, wear extra layers and get your backpacks out with extra glove inners and a spare pair of goggles kids.
It looks more like the peak of Everest than Myoko outside today. Extremely high winds are ripping through the trees, with blowing snow bringing visibility down to zero at moments. The morning started with some of the promised heavy snow, but as the winds grew a bit of sun came through, and it's now impossible to tell if it's fresh snow or simply blowing off the surface.
It's doubtful if many lifts will be operating, especially on the south side of the mountain (meaning Suginohara to Akakan). The gondolas are especially vulnerable, as are lifts on more open slopes (and, with windchill a real issue today, you wouldn't want to be sitting on an exposed chairlift anyway!). It is cold, so protect exposed skin.
The local forecast is for winds to taper off in the afternoon. Upwards of 80cm of snow have been predicted for today, though, so maybe it's a good day to find a good place to get a good cup of coffee, enjoy the view outside — nature at its rawest and all that stuff — and get ready for the powder to (hopefully) follow.
Last night we were expecting snow, right? It didn't quite turn out that way. For a short period yesterday late afternoon it was snowing/sleeting/raining but it pretty much eased off towards the end of the day and this morning instead of a good portion of new snow to boast about.... it's sunny!
[Kagura are reporting 10cm of fresh snow overnight and other resorts up to 5cm in the town area, so there was a slight snowfall on the mountains!]
So yes, the sun is out and blue skies in Yuzawa early on this morning. Apparently it is snowing to the north though and the snow is still on it's way to this region and the forecast is for snow all day - actually a lot of snow with an average of 40cm and a maximum of 80cm to fall in the region between now and tomorrow morning at 9am, so lets see how tomorrows report shapes up!
While there is a moderate wind in town, the wind seems to be causing all of Tashiro to be closed today and Mitsumata is only open from the Ropeway to the No1 pair lift at Kagura. All other resorts around Yuzawa town area are open as normal.
Clouds moved in one Yuzawa around lunchtime today.
This afternoon it really started snowing heavily to the north in Minamiuonuma with 20-30cm quickly building up and apparently more than a few accidents on the road as strong winds along with the snow made for some very poor visibility. Those conditions continue in Minamiuonuma but here in Yuzawa it hasn't really got going yet. It is snowing now but the heavy snowfall is still to arrive though we do have 30-50cm of snow forecast to fall between now and 9am tomorrow morning.
Gala Yuzawa has been closed and lifts up at Kagura and Naeba affected all day. If the winds continue tomorrow along with the heavy snow that is forecast, expect more of the same... Read more ...
Wednesday 13th January 2010, 10:01am
Only a few light snow flurries since last report and last night actually cleared up for much of night allowing temperatures in the valley to plummet down close to -18 degrees. It's overcast again this morning though and the wind and temperature has picked up a little. Most of the more popular areas will be getting tracked out now but up high and out through the gates there will still be some fresh tracks to be found. The snow is still in good condition though with cold temperatures persisting. Snow is forecast to hit the region today and get pretty heavy overnight. Temperatures will remain cold so it shoud be great quality. Tomorrow will be windy and it is likely upper lifts may be on wind hold. Good snowfalls can be expected to continue through to Tuesday next week. If you're heading up high today beware increasing winds with very cold windchills and sudden changes in the weather and visibility. It is already quite windy up high on the mountain.
Current Official Snow Depths:
Grand Hirafu: Top - 210cm Bottom - 120cm
Niseko Village: Top - 230cm Bottom - 140cm
Annupuri: Top - 240cm Bottom - 150cm
Niseko Avalanche Info No.29
Moiwa base 6am: -9℃ with slight overnight snowfall. Coastal data: 6m/s NNE at Benkei cape, 0.9m waves & 999hp at Kamui cape. Annupuri peak: -13℃, 10m/s NNE with good visibility. The wind is forecasted to pick up to 15m/s NW at noon. 16m/s NW wind was blowing in upper Mizuno no sawa, drifting snow and developing cornices. Surface snow below 800m is turning into a denaturalized hoar layer (Jan 13th layer) due to incoming cold air. The snow above 1000m has been drifted due to stronger winds and yesterday’s tracks are remaining in lower altitude. No drastic developments of snowdrifts can be observed and the avalanche hazard is low. Peak gates will open at 9:30am. The weather can suddenly turn bad as the low-pressure system develops. Stepping outside the gates should never be taken too easily. Be aware that once you step out of bounds, you are entering uncontrolled & unsupervised backcountry area. Additionally, whoever entering strictly off-limits areas will be severely penalized. Do not seek fresh tracks in off-limits areas. Beware of the weather transitions and have a nice day. Read more ...
Wednesday 13th January 2010, 10:06am
Blue skies but the cloud is slowly rolling in
A pretty cold, clear night last night so plenty of ice on the roads this morning. Blue skies first thing but the cloud is slowly creeping in so we will see if the promised snow materializes.
The conditions up in the resort are perfect at the moment. Some of the deeper snow that was causing some riders problems has had a chance to pack down a bit. There are still some good pockets of soft stuff to be found if you go looking. Read more ...
Wednesday 13th January 2010, 10:12am
Cloud, light snow
After the light snow of yesterday, we have just a few cm of new snow in Zao since the last report. This morning it is cloudy again with light snow falling higher up and more on the forecast for later today and the next few days.
It's another fairly mild morning though again with that new snow that is forecast temperatures are likely to drop later on today and we are entering another cold snap.
The Ice Monsters are coming on fine up at the top of the mountain - still looking a bit on the thin side, but definitely getting more monster-ish. I will try to get some photos up fairly soon of how they are going.
Heavy snow was forecast for today and we may well get it but right now the sun is shining down on Naeba and it's a fine clear sunny start to the day. One of those curious ones, though things can change quickly and they often do. Get this - the official forecast has "up to 80cm" of snow to fall in this area between now and this time tomorrow morning. Now wouldn't that be a treat.
It's windy this morning and that is affecting lifts at the resorts. Tashiro is closed while Mitsumata/Kagura is only open up to the No 1 pair lift. The Numnber 1 Gondola at Naeba is closed (weekday) and the Number 2 is currently preparing to open (which might in effect mean that it won't open because of the winds!)
I hope to bring news of bountiful new piles of fluffy snow in tomorrows report.
Well, I'm not going to be able to report that heavy snow this morning. It is snowing, but not much although it seems it has just been delayed a bit on it's way to Shiga. It is a cold one though - currently -9 degrees in the Maruike area - and some fairly strong winds blowing about and causing some lifts a few problems in some areas of the resort. I can't see that changing much during the day as snow clouds are set to roll in to bring us some significant snowfall over the next 24 hours. Looks like we are set to have a number of cold and snowy days in the region, perhaps into the weekend.
Nighta this evening planned at the following resort areas:
- Ichinose Family
Official resort snow depths as of 13th January 10:
There has been no new snow overnight. It was -13deg at the top but felt colder than this. The use of a face mask offered comfort to those that had such an item. The day started with flat light due to cloud cover on the upper mountain. This lifted early in the morning and clear visibility returned. There were some stunning views of Tokachidake. Overall good packed powder conditions with extensive grooming. The Giant Course is closed again today due to competition. There has been a terrain park constructed in the last few days on the Kitanomine side next to the high speed quad lift. Read more ...