Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 25th May 2020

Yuzawa Now!

Wednesday 14th December 2005, 8:03am
Weather conditions: Heavy snow
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
It's still snowing folks! Full updated data coming soon.....


The incredible snowfall continued overnight and we've got maybe another 50-60cm since last night. And the forecast is telling us to expect yet another 60cm by the end of the day! A look outside the window and at the snow depths data at resorts and it really feels like it is late-January.

It's hard to keep a track on exactly how much new snow there is, but officially GALA is now reporting 210cm, Iwappara reporting 200cm with Kagura on 160cm.  We'd have thought there would be more up there, but they are the official numbers anyway. There's near on two metres of snow piled up at the side of some roads and a friend who lives in the Kandatsu area just called to tell us of 250cm outside their house! We're hoping we might get a picture of that, but we will definitely take some photos today and get them online soon.

The snowfall is causing a fair bit of havoc on Route 17 and other roads - especially between Yuzawa and Ishiuchi where some trucks are having some serious problems getting up the hill. This means that traffic is either crawling or stopped in some areas and journeys are taking much longer than they normally would.

It goes without saying of course that when the clouds eventually clear up, it is going to be epic conditions all round. This is like no other mid-December in recent times.

Just out of interest we took a quick look back at the reports from last year on the 14th December - there was no snow at town level and here's the report from that day:

"The rain went on for most of the day yesterday, a pretty miserable day all round. Today has started off very different - a bright sunny start to the day, with similar conditions forecast throughout the day (and a 0% chance of snow/rain!)" (Dec 14th, 04)

Remember you can check archived reports by using the links at the bottom of the page.



The snow let up a bit in the middle of the day but it has pretty much been snowing since then, and another 20-30cm or so during the day. And believe it or not the forecast is telling us to expect maybe another 30-60cm before 9am tomorrow. Mad. That's what it is.

A selection of crazy snow photos will be uploaded tomorrow morning.   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Wednesday 14th December 2005, 8:41am
Weather conditions: Snowing Heavily
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Yesterday the morning snowfall cleared to a fine afternoon making turns in the fresh powder all the more enjoyable with views to Mt Yotei and beyond. With not a breath of wind and clear skies the temperature plummeted to -21 last night in Kutchan. In the early hours of this morning though the snow has returned and it is currently snowing heavily again.

A little update on the snowfall back on the 11th. Found out that we actually received about a metre of snow that day making it the heaviest single day snowfall in the last 10 years. No wonder the snow clearers couldn't keep up!

Just a word on why my reported snowdepth varies somewhat from the official snowdepth. I know in most ski resorts in the world the main problem is that official depths are often misleading in that they overstate things. In Niseko I get the feeling they do the opposite. Just this last week we had close to 2.0m of snow fall and this was on top of a 1.4m base. Now even allowing for a fair amount of compaction the official depth of only 1.75m seems unlikely. The official depth may be a reasonable indicator of the depth on piste where there is a lot of compaction but I believe my reported snowdepth is a better indicator of the off-piste depth.

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Hakuba Now!

Wednesday 14th December 2005, 9:36am
Weather conditions: Cloudy with patches of blue sky
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Patches of blue ski and finally good visibility! ONLY about 20 cm of fresh snow on the top of Happo gondola and a dusting at the bottom. Chance of more snowfall this afternoon and plenty more snow expected this week. So all you people stuck grinding it out at work till the weekend, don't worry cause there will still be plenty of snow waiting for you when you hit the slopes this weekend. See ya up there!   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Wednesday 14th December 2005, 9:55am
Weather conditions: Light snow
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
More snow again this morning, probably about 30cm or so. More snow is forecast over the next few days as well and if we do get that, it is expected that quite a bit more of the region will open up for the weekend. It's very cold out there - minus double figures in places so you need to wrap up. We're not seeing the snow as heavy as other nearby regions though and so it's not snowstorm conditions out there.    Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Wednesday 14th December 2005, 13:17pm
Weather conditions: mostly sunny, some clouds
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Well, the results of the last few days intense snowfall are much easier to take in, due to a generally sunny day with about 30% cloud cover and blue skies. Snow is predicted today (sometime) but tomorrow is supposed to be clear, so its anyones guess really at this point. The deep powder conditions are so good and the fact that there are virtually no skiers or snowboarders "up top" means that anyone who gets themselves up there today or during the week will basically have a powder fun park all to themselves. The villagers of Nozawa are using this break in the weather to dig themselves out as much as possible and so the streets are full or dozers and shovels etc,. "Making haste while the sun shines"   Read more ...

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