Snow and weather reports posted on Friday 24th May 2019
Sunday 15th February 2009, 7:03am
Sunny-snow in the afternoon
Sunny until lunchtime today, then we'll have light and steady snows from late afternoon. Tomorrow, Monday the 16th will see HEAVY SNOWS, heavier than any seen this season, so please be aware and cautious. 7-9cm piling per hour tomorrow. Keep tuned for wind advisories. Read more ...
Sunday 15th February 2009, 8:23am
Clear blue skies
After a relatively cold starry night last night (-3deg C) the sun is out in Minakami this morning and it looks like it will remain sunny for most of the day. The snow may be a little hard first thing on the slopes but should soften up fairly quickly to make for Spring snow conditions.
Tomorrow evening the temperatures are forecast to drop and the snow should hit in the evening as a low pressure system descends from Northern Japan. The snow is expected to continue (intermittently) until Thursday. Read more ...
Sunday 15th February 2009, 8:45am
Cloudy, scattered snow.
Yesterday's horrible slush blizzard has abated, with last night depositing about 2 cm of "pellet snow" (snow formed right around the freezing point, which packs rapidly).
With many runs closed yesterday, there were some worries if we would get the good news promised by the weatherman last night. As if on cue, the Kitanomine Ropeway started moving, and at exactly 8:30, soft gentle flakes started appearing as the ski report fax started chattering away with the news we wanted... "ALL LIFTS OPEN!"
We are looking at snowy skies with temps just below freezing today. Southerly winds are light, up to 10 kph at the top. Visibility is average to poor with snow flurries predicted off-and-on throughout the day.
Should clear up this evening, with another cold snow system moving into the area overnight. Hopefully we will have a stack of fresh ready to go for first lifts tomorrow...
We have awoken to a beautiful sunny day here in Nozawa Onsen. It is currently 1 degree in the village and -2 degrees up on Yamabiko where the snow depth has fallen another 5cm to it's current level of 175cm. There is a moderate westerly of 20km/h at the top. Uenodaira is reported as having 120 cm of snow.
The weather is expected to close in bringing light snow to the top of the mountain by tonight, with a mixture of snow and rain predicted for the lower slopes and the village. The freezing level is going to drop from tonight and more snow is forecast throughout the week - around 80cm is forecast to have fallen by Friday night.
With the recent warm conditions and rain we have lost a lot of snow especially on the lower slopes. Conditions are likely to be quite icy in the morning and getting softer as the day goes on. Some areas will be beginning to show a distinct lack of cover, so this week's snow is coming just in time...
All lifts are expected to operate today.
All courses will be open except Kurokura and Hachiman. Read more ...
Sunday 15th February 2009, 9:17am
Through yesterday the temperature slowly dropped and the drizzle turned to sleet and then a little snow. Currently there is a complex low pressure system that stretches all the way from Russia to the Aleutian Islands in the Barents Sea. Currently there's still a ridge of low pressure out to our west which is blocking the real cold air from reaching us. Over the next 24 hours though this whole system will move to the NE of Hokkaido and really start to drag cold air down out of the north with plenty of nice, dry snow with it. This morning is still relatively mild but snow has been falling since about 7am and looks set to continue for much of the rest of the day with temps dropping later in the afternoon. Conditions on the mountain are not great with the surface being a very icy crust and only a little fresh on top. If you're heading up the best runs will be on the groomers. Ski patrol are likely to keep all gates closed today. Snow is forecast throughout the outlook period so conditions should just get better day by day.
While not what we expect in mid-February, yesterday wasn't perhaps as bad as it could have been. The rain for the most part eased off by mid-afternoon leaving us with a cloudy day. It was mild too, getting up to near double figures.
This morning the sun is out and we have blue skies. It is currently 5 degrees. Good news though in that by the end of today we should be seeing fresh snowfall and also into tomorrow with a good chance of further snow throughout the coming week. Fingers crossed!
Nighta tonight is at the following resorts in Yuzawa: Naeba Iwappara
In Minamiuonuma just to the north, nighta at: Ishiuchi Maruyama Centleisure Maiko Joetsu Kokusai
After that very mild day yesterday, thankfully the temperatures are back down in the territory they should be - below zero. It is a much colder day and currently the thermometer outside is saying -3.
The sun is out this morning and it will be a fine day until later on when it is forecast to cloud over and it will likely be snowing by the end of the day. And get this - a decent chance of heavy snow tomorrow! We could do with that. In fact it looks like we will be in for a snowy week in the coming week so I hope to be bringing you good news of fresh powder in the coming reports!
The following resort plans to be open for nighta tonight: Ichinose Family Yakebitaiyama
Official resort snow depths as of 15th February 09:
Things turned out to be bright and sunny yesterday afternoon and whilst reports came in from Tokyo about 'summer conditions' things got a little warm up here too with real spring like conditions. The area cooled off quite a bit later on and so the 'nighta' (night ski) as they call it was pretty icy and hard last night.
Beautiful blue skies this morning with sun again, though things feel ever so slightly cooler. No wind out there either.
We are experiencing another unwelcome sunny day here in the Hakuba Alps. There is plenty of slush and mudd at the bottom of the slopes but groomers worked throughout the night doing their best to cover the damage that the rains we experienced on Friday damages. The weather predictions predict colder temperatures so we are crossing our fingers for some near future snow!
It is crazy for us to be experiencing this spring-like weather this time of season but we are going to stay optimistic and wait patiently for colder weather and nice powder days again.