Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 25th May 2020
Thursday 14th March 2013, 8:25am
Yesterday ended up very overcast, windy and 'r' later in the day. But on that note I will move swiftly on to tell you that it turned into snow overnight and this morning. A few cm at Naeba and up to 5cm at Kagura. Feels much colder too. Yey.
Strong winds persist though.
Kagura is limited to just the Mitsumata Ropeway to Kagura No1 pair lift, and Tashiro Ropeway to Tashiro No2 pair lift early on. If the wind eases off, more might open up.
We seem to be ok here in Naeba for the moment but subject to change of course.
This snow will ease off today and then we will very probably be back to warmer conditions and clearer skies from tomorrow through the weekend.
Official resort snow depth: Naeba - 300cm Kagura - 390cm Read more ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Thursday 14th March 2013, 8:46am
We have some light snow in Nozawa Onsen at the moment.
After the rain we got last night the precipitation turned to snow delivering 10cm of fresh up high, 3cm was recorded lower down in the village.
The conditions should be good for skiing and boarding today with that bit of new snow, cold temperatures and again very quiet slopes. Tree runs will be the pick trapping deeper stashes and offering improved visibility. The groomers should also be in fine form today with fast soft corduroy created for your carving pleasure, courtesy of the Nozawa grooming team. We expect moderate winds to decrease as the day moves on with even some sun a possibility this afternoon.
Yesterday was another of those unusually warm days for this time of year. Hot sunshine and temperatures of 17C in the village meant t-shirts were more than appropriate for the conditions. The best riding was had in the morning before the extreme warmth, when conditions were slushy but fast. Later in the day all but the most well ridden areas became fairly sticky, especially the lower slopes. Winds did indeed affect some of the lifts yesterday, but hopefully we'll have none of that today.
During the next few days predictions tend to indicate a general clearing trend with a couple of days of sunshine and cool temperatures before another spring warming trend takes hold on Sunday.
Lifts operating: All except: Challenge pair Utopia pair Hikage Number 2 pair B line
Courses open: All courses open except Grand Prix Kandahar East Challenge 39
It was cold with strong winds overnight and there will be some icy conditions this morning on the slopes so take care out there.
Strong winds are affecting some slopes again this morning. Tenjindaira is open with limited operations at the moment. Other than that resorts do seem to be open though you might expect some lifts to be operating at reduced speed.
From tomorrow we can expect clear skies and calmer days until Monday. Read more ...
Thursday 14th March 2013, 9:15am
After yesterday's spring like melt we are back to wintery conditions with tempertures down to what would be expected in Jan or Feb. It will be a bit crunchy underfoot on the lower slopes but the fresh snow overnight has helped a lot, and more snow is forecast through the day. Read more ...
Thursday 14th March 2013, 9:41am
Back to colder conditions once again this morning in Niseko and right now it is around -5C.
Unfortunately, wind is hampering things once again with upper lifts at all of the resort areas closed. Niseko village is reporting winds of up to 22m/s up top.
A small amount of new snow since yesterday, just a few cm. The wind is blowing things around this morning and so the new cm won't be covering up the somewhat icy conditions out there at the moment.
It looks like it is going to remain cold over the next few days - at least no significant warm up on the horizon - and we should see a mix of cloud and snow showers from time to time.
Official Resort Snow Depths
Grand Hirafu & Niseko Hanazono Top - 505cm Bottom - 245cm
Niseko Annupuri Top - 400cm Bottom - 250cm
Niseko Village Top - 470cm Bottom - 240cm
Niseko base 6am: -7C, 2cm new snow. Moiwa 800m: -12C, wind NW15m/s, snow drift and cornice development. Annupuri peak: -15.3C, wind predicted to be WNW15m/s at noon, snow depth: 400cm at 1000m. Coastal data: wind NW17m/s, 2.6m waves, pressure 1004hPa.
Typical winter weather pattern with strong NW wind, rapid snow drift growth from wind blown snow. Potential for knolls and cornices to easily collapse. Leeward slopes above 800m and open steep slopes the avalanche risk is HIGH. Although there has been little new snow, due to high wind, slabs have developed rapidly. There is potential for up to 60cm surface layer avalanche. Assess the dangers before riding a fresh line.
All peak gates will be closed, other gates depend on lift operations. Please respect the patrols decisions. We highly recommend carrying beacon, probe & shovel when leaving resort, however don't overestimate this equipment or your knowledge. Read more ...
Thursday 14th March 2013, 9:44am
Rain it was. But how about this.... 15cm of new snow being reported by the resort this morning. More like 5-10cm here where I am but good to hear that we can get a nice new layer out on the slopes.
It's much colder as well with temps right back down to -5 degrees.
Quite strong winds and poor visibility, but we might not get that many more chances of fresh snow this season so it's definitely worth getting out there.
Lifts planned to be operating: Number 1 Number 2 Number 3 Super quad Number 5 Number 11 Number 12 Number 15 Kids Park --- FreeRide Park Powder Wave I Powder Wave II Usagi Riverline Powder Theater Adventure Read more ...
Thursday 14th March 2013, 9:53am
Not a huge amount, but snow all the same. And definitely better than the rain that was falling last night. Yesterday got really warm - even up to around 16 degrees!
Glad that it turned into snow and there's just a few cm on the ground in town areas and 5cm being reported by Gala Yuzawa and Kagura at higher elevations. Wind is strong in places and seems to be affecting Kagura with limited operations up there this morning.
It's more than likely going to clear up by this afternoon with clearer skies forecast for this evening, another cold night and then lots of sun tomorrow with a high back up to around +6. For now, it's hovering around 0 degrees in Yuzawa.
Official resort snow depths @ Thursday 14th March 2013, AM:
After the very warm spring of yesterday, this morning we are back for a short blast of more winter like conditions in Hakuba. A modest dusting of fresh snow in places at village level, and resorts reporting a few cm at base and up to 5cm this morning. Not enough to cover the generally hard and icy conditions under it of course, but hey... it's snow!
Mixed weather conditions this morning so far. Earlier on I saw quite a bit of blue sky behind the bank of clouds up there, but now it has really clouded over with some very poor visibility. A quick look at the Happo and Goryu upper webcams shows that visibility is down to almost nothing, but decent around the gondola at Hakuba 47.
A moderate wind on mountain but resorts seem to be open as scheduled.
Anyway the forecast tell us to expect the clouds to clear up today and expect clear and sunny weather along with warmer temps tomorrow.
Official snow depths and operations @ Thursday 14th March 2013 AM:
Hakuba Goryu: 5cm of new snowfall reported on upper slopes of Hakuba Goryu Official snow depths: Alps daira - 265cm; Toomi - 115cm; Iimori - 100cm
Hakuba 47: 3cm of new snowfall reported by Hakuba 47 since yesterday. Official snow depth: Upper - 200cm Lower - 100cm
The fingers crossed thing must have worked because this morning there's 5-10cm of new snow on the ground. Much colder too after that really balmy day we had yesterday which is something of a relief - almost felt like summer was round the corner yesterday!
It's still snowing now as well so come on let's have a bit more before it's due to ease off and make way for clearer conditions tonight.
Expect a sunny and warmer day tomorrow as spring returns.
Nighta operations planned for tonight at the following resort areas: Ichinose Family
Official resort snow depths as of Thursday 14th March 2013 AM:
Light snow earlier, but it has stopped now and there's breaks in the clouds. The clearing for the day has started. Just a dusting in the end but it is certainly a colder start to the morning - down to -10c up at Utopia. A moderate wind but all of the lifts on the mountain are up and running for the morning.
Another warming up pattern due to start from tomorrow, and we will very probably see lots of sun over the next few days.
I kind of feel like I'm repeating myself, as these cycles of warm, sunny, rainy, colder, snowing keep going on.... After some pretty heavy rain yesterday, we're back to snow again, with some occasionally strong winds from the north that could slow down some lift operations. Probably not a whole lot of new snow - maybe 5-10cm - but we are getting some mini-cornices forming outside the house, so the real ones are probably also getting bigger. Again (careful, backcountry adventurers, in the sunny days ahead).
And (wait for it...) it will be sunny again from tomorrow! I would say another cycle, although this time it looks like the freezing line will be staying pretty high, meaning warmer temperatures over the weekend, sun for the next couple of days until (blech) it starts to rain again, perhaps even pretty heavy around Monday. Although, to be an optimist, you have to admit that a little rain can lubricate that sticky spring snow on the ski runs.