Snow and weather reports posted on Wednesday 13th November 2019
Saturday 15th December 2007, 8:18am
The wet snow from yesterday offered up some interesting challenges all over the mountain as bumps and clumps challenged the balance of all skiing abilities. Despite the challenging conditions the snow only added to the base.
The winds are coming from the west and the temperature should drop a bit giving the snow a lighter quality than yesterday. It should be between -3/-8 with the cloud cover making light flat and causing some vision issues on the higher parts of the mountain throughout the day.
The weekend is arriving and now the town is bustling with activity in snow filled streets. Read more ...
Saturday 15th December 2007, 8:45am
Cloudy Snowing through the day
Hakuba currently is cloudy and snowing. Snowed on/off all night with accumulations of 5-6cm in the valley and 15-20 cm up on top of the mountain. Skiers and boarders will have no trouble finding fresh powder on the hill today.
Visibility may be an issue as snow flurries are expected to continue throughout the day. Looks like snow will creep down the lower runs and the whole mountain should be open shortly.
Finally it seems that winter is unleashing it's fury upon the North Alps - we accept that with open arms!
Rain on the slopes to 2000 metres will have produced a warm layer beneath the new snow that should bond well as temperatures cool at tree line and below. Not so in the Alpine where rain did not fall and winds were high through the night. In the Alpine expect to see natural loose and slab avalanches through the day. If traveling in the backcountry be very cautious of triggering slab avalanches of 30 cms or greater. The new snow combined with the moderate to strong North west winds over night will have created cornices that will be very unstable and easy to fall with added human weight.
There's enough snow now to produce large scale avalanches big enough to bury a person. Travel with caution if going back-country/off-piste. Also watch for partially buried rocks/stumps etc. under shallow snow-pack and potential human triggered slides in wind deposited convex rolls and gullies. Be especially cautious with warming and rain today.
The snow is falling here in Nozawa Onsen, as it has been since yesterday morning. Nice fat flakes and it looks like the doorstep is going to need a good shovelling. The village is still very quiet and hardly a soul was seen in town last night.
Fantastic conditions on the mountain yesterday and it should be much of the same today with a fifteen cm increase in snow base at the top of the mountain since yesterday and a lot of fresh powder I imagine! Visibility is average - poor.
The forecast is for more cold weather with loads of snow over the next three days and temperatures dropping to minus 11 at the top of the mountain on Sunday morning. Hopefully this will continue and lift operations can expand as they are limited to the top runs at the moment. Read more ...
Saturday 15th December 2007, 10:23am
Still, sunny but cold up to about 900m, with dense cloud slowly descending.\r\n\r\n
Good falls over night well down into the valleys and now a clear bright still morning down low. Slow to thaw, with a blanket of heavy cloud looming along the range and gathering winds up high keeping the tops cold.
Air pushing over the range from the N - NE is likely to bring snow with it in the afternoon as the temperature drops with a good freeze tonight.
As usual, snow cover is concentrated from about Minakami upwards.
Just a sprinkling of snow to report down at town level in Yuzawa this morning which is a bit disappointing, but there is a good chance of snow on and off today as well as all through tomorrow.
It was snowing for most of the day up at Kagura and in Naeba yesterday, though the official snow depth numbers over there have not changed. Probably 10cm or so of fresh snow though with more falling this morning at Kagura - which is now completely open with all courses open.
Yuzawa Kogen will manage to open one run from 1pm today, but apart from that the other resorts that were planning to open today aren't able to.
A few more lifts at Naeba have opened up now for the weekend including the second Gondola.
Snow is forecast on and off for the day with snow all through tomorrow, so hopefully the cold front will strengthen and we'll get more snow.
A bit more snow to report this morning - around 5-10cm depending on the region - and more of the resort is slowly beginning to open up... now most of the individual regions of Shiga Kogen are at least part open, though connectivity between the areas is still limited as the snow cover still isn't that deep.
This morning is colder than it has been for over the last week or so, with the thermometer on -6 at the moment and we can't expect it to warm up. Overnight and tomorrow looks set to be colder and a good chance of heavier snow throughout the day. Fingers crossed. Read more ...
Saturday 15th December 2007, 11:34am
Cloud, snow at times
The snow continued yesterday for most of the time, though actually it wasn't what you could call heavy snow.... so much so that the resorts official snow depth numbers are unchanged.
There is a fair bit of cloud higher up the mountain but good visibility lower down and not snowing at the moment. Both of the Gonodolas at Naeba are moving this weekend as the resort opens up a few more runs. From today the entire Kagura resort area (including all of Tashiro and Mitsumata) is now open, and a temperature of -6 up at the main course at Kagura, so cold up there and currently snowing.
More snow forecast for today and all through tomorrow. Read more ...
Saturday 15th December 2007, 12:57pm
clear blue skies, with periods of cloud. bright sunshine with snow expected tonight
The Gondola is now open!
Excellent skiing today with blue skies and bright sunshine. The temperatures are a bit warm in the village which is melting the snow off the roads.
With the gondola now open the mountain is in full operation, with only the challenge run still closed in the Furano Zone.
The glory of the Kumaotoshi course is now available as well. It opened at 11am today and is expected to open on the hour every hour for just 10 minutes. This is how ski patrol try to control the flow of traffic and the stability of this steep run.
A good bit of snow and no wind for this opening day at Suginohara. While the village only had 10cm of snow, the slopes had around 30cm. Driving conditions were good and sliding conditions even better. Pure powder up at Seki Onsen and Suginohara's upper reaches, a situation that should descend down to the mid-area of the slopes by mid-weekend.
The Nagano side of Myoko didn't see much snow today, but has kept its integrity and depth. Read more ...