Snow and weather reports posted on Friday 22nd November 2019
Thursday 13th March 2014, 7:23am
It looks more cloudy than overcast this morning - generally grey and dull.
It is around 3 degrees now and likely to warm up to around +10 this afternoon which almost totally sees the chance of it being snow rather than rain disappear I would surely think - down here in town anyway. Higher elevations might escape the 'r' completely.
It might get cold enough later on and overnight for some wet snow to fall and snow is still on the forecast for tomorrow as well.
Official resort snow depths @ Thursday 13th March 2014, AM: Some not updated today too early at time of writing Naeba: 300cm Kagura (Tashiro): 300cm Kagura (Mitsumata): 350cm NASPA Ski Garden: 294cm Gala Yuzawa: 440cm Iwappara: 245cm Yuzawa Kogen: 320cm Yuzawa Nakazato: 220cm Yuzawa Park: 250cm ---- Maiko Snow Resort: 330cm Ishiuchi Maruyama: 300cm Joetsu Kokusai: 250cm Read more ...
Thursday 13th March 2014, 7:51am
Just a dusting of snow overnight and early on the sun is out and it's another fine morning. After a fairly warm day yesterday we expect today to be similar with temperatures likely to be hovering around zero in town this afternoon.
Calm, sunny, hardly any clouds around... yes, a fine day. Groomers should be good first run.
What about snowfall, you ask? Have we seen the last of it? While it is very unlikely that we have seen the last of the snow for the season, the chances of another deep refill are lower now of course as we head towards the second part of March. March sometimes throws in some surprises, sometimes it doesn't. On the weekly forecast there's not much sign of significant snowfall as it currently stands - perhaps just a thin dusting from sometimes snow showers.
Niseko is of course gradually getting quieter now. There's lifts moving until early May though, so quite a long ways to go yet.
According to all observation and data evaluation, the general avalanche risk is low apart from south facing strictly off-limits areas. Spring climax avalanche hazard is rising in Haru-no-Taki, Yu-no-sawa and Mizuno-no-sawa. These slides can be expected as cracks opens, temperature rises and rainfall. Sometimes starts sliding as soon as they fissure. Cases of climax slides from ground level are also to be expected in heavy snowdrift-load slopes of Kozan-no-sawa (Backbowl), Osawa and Higashi-One; as the snowpack grows heavier, it could cut deeper layers and trigger larger slides. All and every risks should always be considered in any mountain activities. One track was left under the Niseko Village gondola, sneaking into strictly off-limits area from the top. The Niseko Rules has been implemented for the safety of all resort users, no matter their nationality. It is really unfortunate to see that people still make light of the Rules.
Official snow depth numbers and lift news at time of writing:
We are escaping it at the moment but rain is due today, though if it can get a bit colder (which we are expecting it to) we might see it turning into snow tonight and tomorrow. Can I report fresh snow in the morning? Would be nice.
For now though a grey and cloudy start to the day and mild.
Operating lifts (planned):
Number 1 Number 2 Number 3A Number 2 quad Number 5 Super quad Number 11 Number 12 Number 13 Number 15 Moving walkway Kids Park
Not good news this morning unfortunately as rain falls here in the valley and quite a way up the mountains as well. Tsugaike is reporting snow on upper slopes but otherwise the resorts around town are saying it's rain this morning. Hmmm not the best conditions that is for sure.
Right now it is about +3 degrees in the village.
The good news (hopefully) is the chance that we'll come out of this on the other end with snow to show for it as temperatures drop into tomorrow. Tomorrows report could be quite interesting...
Official snow depth numbers and operations (as of 13th March 2014):
Hakuba Goryu: Reporting 1cm of new snowfall on top slopes, otherwise 0cm. Upper - 270cm Toomi - 150cm Iimori - 125cm
Hakuba 47: Reporting 0cm of new snowfall. Upper - 250cm Lower - 80cm
There has been a small amount of fresh snow overnight which is now sitting on top of a firm base. Temperatures today are mild but there is a fair bit of wind blowing and the wind chill is making things feel rather cold. Kitanomine Gondola is closed due to the windy conditions.
Due to ski competitions the following courses are closed: Spies and Ropeway courses are closed until 16/March, Panorama & Technical closed until 14/March.
Furano Ropeway 8:30am-4:00pm Furano Downhill Swift Lift #1 9:00am-8:00pm Downhill Romance #2 chair 8:45am-4:00pm Downhill Romance #3 chair CLOSED Prince Romance 8:30am - 4:00pm Read more ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Thursday 13th March 2014, 10:20am
The mild/warm conditions continue today here in Nozawa for just for the moment rain is holding off... but it's forecast for soon and with a temp of +6 down here in the village there's not much chance of it falling as anything but. Up on Yamabiko the temp is +3 according to the resort as of 10am.
Grey skies and none of the sun that we had yesterday.
Even with the expected rain though, it's supposed to turn into snow if we are lucky with the it cooling down by tomorrow morning so I am hoping to be able to bring good news in my report tomorrow morning on that. Even if not in the village, there should be some fresh up top tomorrow.