Sunny day this morning with the sun burning off the light dusting that fell overnight. It didn't amount to much in the valley but there are a couple of centimetres up at the resort.
Should be a fantastic day today and although it was very cold last night it should soften up a bit with the sun on it throughout the day. The forecast is for the cloud to come in though and the weather is due to worsen tomorrow. Read more ...
Sunday 14th February 2010, 10:00am
We had a sprinkling of snow overnight after a day of, for the most part, cloud yesterday and a cloudy start to the day but right now clouds are clearing up and it is turning into a fine day.
(Kagura reporting 5-10cm by the way...)
It is a fairly cold start to the day and at the moment is -1 degrees in town with just a slight wind.
The forecast for tomorrow is for fairly mild temperatures and a mix of cloud/sleet/snow, so lets hope for the latter. The next decent snowfall still looks likely later on in the week.
The sun is out this morning and as the morning progresses more and more blue skies appearing from behind the clouds.
We had a sprinkling of new snow in the village last night and while that has pretty much gone by now down here, Kagura are reporting 5-10cm of fresh snow this morning so it should be pretty decent up there. Kagura almost always pulls through. :)
It's a busy weekend on the mountain but good to see the weather conditions co-operating for once! Tomorrows forecast is for cloud/snow with fairly mild temperatures. We will perhaps need to wait until later on in the week to get the next decent blanket of snow.
The weekend crowds have been in for a treat - with the views at least!
After the fine weather yesterday it is another clear and sunny day in Zao with some fine views around resort. After a colder start it is now about -3 degrees in the village and -10 up top. Overnight we have been treated to a slight snowfall - just a few cm or so. There is just a slight breeze.
So, great conditions for enjoying all that Zao has to offer today.
Yesterdays bluebird start didn't last and later it became overcast and snowy again. Snow continued on and off through the night into this morning and there's been another 15cm of excellent quality powder since last report. Just enough to mostly fill in yesterdays tracks and keep the great conditions going. Some aspects on the lower slopes got a little sun crust from yesterday but that'll hardly be felt under the new snow. Currently there is a little light snow falling with the occasional brief glimpse of blue sky and sun. Winds have remained mostly light and avalanche danger continues to be low making it a great time to head out the gates to enjoy the best terrain Niseko has to offer. The snow should continue for much of the day but will probably clear later tonight. Similar weather is likely to continue through into next week. No big snowfalls on the horizon but we should get regular falls that will continue the very good conditions up there.
Current Official Snow Depths:
Grand Hirafu: Top - 320 Bottom - 205
Niseko Village: Top - 385 Bottom - 240
Annupuri: Top - 330 Bottom - 210
Niseko Avalanche Info No.61
Moiwa base 6am: -8℃, 15cm of overnight snowfall. Coastal data: WNW7m/s at Benkei cape, WSW8m/s, 0.8m waves and 1021hPa at Kamui cape. WNW15m/s wind is forecasted at noon at the peak. Although the wind below 1000m is seen to remain mild, moderate wind & snow will persist in higher altitudes. No drastic development of snowdrifts can be observed and the general avalanche hazard is low. Couple of weak layers (@20cm and 45cm) has been observed in Yu no sawa 800m SE slope yesterday, however may not induce a major surface slab slide as the top layer is yet to turn into a large slab. Possibilities of a major scale avalanche from deeper layers is rising in western face around 1000m due to increasing snow accumulation. Should a slide happen, it would run all the way and reach the blocked road. Carefully choose your touring route. Haru no taki, Yu no sawa and Mizuno no sawa must not be entered at anytime. Unwanted trouble is happening too often. We’d like to demand the people living in the area to take part and inform about the basic rules and the strictly off limits areas to visitors. Peak gates are scheduled to open at 9:30.
We saw nothing more than a light dusting throughout the night and into the morning, the kind of dry, powdery snow where you can clean your entire car off just by running your wipers once. It is still fairly cold. It got down to -16 last night, but with the break in the clouds we've been seeing since 9:30am, we should hit -5 by the mid-afternoon hours. There is a slight breeze blowing, and again we have been promised another chance for snow come evening, but it most likely won't add up to more than a few centimeters. If you are going out on the mountain today, be sure to bundle up! Read more ...
Sunday 14th February 2010, 11:16am
Clear & Sunny
It's a beautiful bright sunny morning today, clear skies and warm weather will make to day a nice day on the slopes. Softening the ice form the cold night last night as the day warms up. We had a light dusting of snow over the past 24hrs, and light snow flurries are set to continue throughout the week.
The slopes this weekend will be very busy as the holiday period is now in full swing. Throughout the week the temperature will continue to drop and snow falls will be getting heavier towards the end of the week. The weather will stay generally calm, with only light winds and some cloud cover for the rest of today.