Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 30th May 2020
Wednesday 15th February 2012, 9:12am
Cloud, light rain
It remained a cloudy day throughout yesterday, lightening up slightly in the afternoon before evening arrived. But it remained mild and didn't feel like a mid-winter day.
All the resorts around town early on seem to be saying it is cloudy this morning, but after driving around and walking a bit in Yuzawa this morning I can report that it was definitely rain coming down on my windscreen and head! Not heavy kind but rain all the same. We are hoping that it will be snow before long, but for now it's a cloudy and wet kind of feel to the morning. It's another mild morning, but not as mild as yesterday and right now about +1 degree in town. So not the best start to the day.
Tomorrow we might get to see some sun in the morning but hopefully by the end of the day it will be snowing properly this time and potentially a decent amount due to fall into Friday and the weekend.
A cloudy start to the morning today and no new snow to report. It's mild again this morning and just about keeping under zero. Lots of fog around this morning and so early on visibility isn't good, but I would expect that to improve as the morning moves along. All of the resort should be open today again.
We might just see a bit of snow later on today, clearer conditions tomorrow morning and then decent snowfall is due Thursday night into Friday and perhaps into Saturday morning as well.
Lifts currently operating: Lift No3B aside, all lifts and runs look set to open today. Official snow depth: 280cm Read more ...
Wednesday 15th February 2012, 9:28am
Cloud, fog, light snow
I can't see much of anything at all this morning. Cloud and fog mean that the resort could have moved on somewhere else for all I know! Well, not quite. But visibility is poor this morning. Another relatively mild start but still in minus territory and just a dusting of snow overnight. Oh yes and light snow. Even up at Utopia it is only -4 this morning again.
It looks like we can expect it to start getting colder from tonight, though the forecast for the next few days is a mixed and difficult-to-call bunch..... cloud, snow showers at times, the sun from time to time? I think the best conclusion is nothing extreme for through until early next week.
Official snow depths (15th February 12) Utopia - 275cm Chuo - 240cm Paradise - 260cm Uwanodai - 180cm
Operating lifts (15th February 12) All Ropeways (Skycable, Zao Chuo Ropeway, Zao Ropeway) operating. All the runs at Zao are open. Read more ...
Shiga Kogen Now!
Wednesday 15th February 2012, 9:35am
No new snowfall really to report as what was at times falling half-heartedly yesterday didn't amount to much just a thin film of snow on rooftops this morning.
This morning the clouds are low, it's foggy and poor in higher areas, fairly decent still in places. But another generally grey/silver day with mild temperatures similar to yesterday. It looks set go get colder as the day progresses today though and it should be colder as from tonight and tomorrow. Something like back to normal. It also looks like we should see snowfall on Friday which would make for a good topup for the weekend.
Nighta operations this evening planned at the following resort areas:
- Ichinose Family
Official resort snow depths as of Wednesday 15th February 2012 AM:
It was just cloudy a bit earlier on but word from Kagura is that light snow is now falling in Kagura while it's sleet and more rain-like down to the car parks. Here in Naeba it's the same we can just about call it snow I think. Hopefully it will turn to proper good snow soon.
There's a bit of wind today that is affecting Kagura. The Kagura No4 lift is not open yet meaning that the Tashiro to Kagura connection isn't going at the moment. Mitsumata to the Kagura No1 quad and Tashiro to the Tashiro No6 pair is what is open as I write this, but depending on conditions that may well change.
The Dragondola is also on stand-by this morning.
Perhaps an appearance by the sun tomorrow? Then snow on Friday. That's what the forecast says right at the moment.
Resort Operations, 15th February (subject to change) Naeba: Mostly normal weekday operations, with some courses closed. Same as yesterday early on. Kagura: See report
You can feel the weather starting to turn today; it never did rain yesterday (one correct prediction), although it was a bit warmer. Today very light snow is falling, and things have gone really gray, with a fog moving in. The word is that the snow will once again be coming down seriously from tomorrow; maybe even another (yet another) heavy fall over the next few days. Don't get me wrong, we love the powder, but it's been a year of just barely keeping ahead of the masses of snow/weight on everything. If you're visiting, you'll love it; if you live here, it's stil impressive, but I figure I've buffed up the arm muscles plenty already. After all, 30cm is plenty for fresh powder skiing, right? Myoko has been delivering a lot more on a daily basis this year.
But no complaints! The fog is going to turn to something better, and we'll be smiling when we're away from shovels and out on the hill.
We have been greeted with a warm morning today again and no new snowfall, but temperatures are on their way down as the day progresses. It is currently 2 C in the valley and we should see a low of -6 C. We are experiencing overcast skies with very limited visibility up top of the resorts with clearings projected for tomorrow and possibly glimpses of the sun.
The melt freeze cycle up on the hills will have created variable conditions as a crust will have formed over areas that were affected by yesterdays warmth. Up on the resorts it is forecast to range from 0 C to -5 C down low and up top a chilly -6 C to -10 C with a wind chill of -17 C. The freezing level will drop and should keep things below melting point through the weekend where we are expecting some new precipitation. Winds are light and breezy coming from the NW and W directions.
The afternoon may see some clearing skies and this trend should continue through the night and into Thursday. Thursday night, clouds are projected to roll back in and precipitate until mid weekend where we will have some more clearing skies accompanied by colder conditions by Sunday.
Official snow depths and operations @ Wednesday 15th February 2012 AM:
Hakuba Goryu: Hakuba Goryu reporting no new snowfall this morning. All weekday lifts operating (not Alps No2 and No4 pair) Official snow depths: Alps daira - 325cm; Toomi - 180cm; Iimori - 140cm
Hakuba 47: Hakuba 47 reporting no new snowfall overnight. All weekdays lifts operating (not Line D). Official snow depth: Upper - 235cm Lower - 130cm
Happo-one: Ski lifts/courses: All lifts apart from Usagidaira, Central and Kita-one No3 pair lifts operating. Official snow depth: Usagidaira - 200cm; Sakka - 110cm; Nakiyama - 100cm.
Strong winds today in Minakami. Been spotting with rain on and off lower down and there are grey clouds overhead. The snow is still pretty good though slightly heavy and rain affected lower down. The wind is likely to cause a few interruptions to lift operations throughout the day.
The forecast is for colder temperatures for the rest of the week and into the weekend. Light snow is likely as the weekend draws closer though it is looking like Sunday could be a blue sky day. Read more ...
Wednesday 15th February 2012, 13:14pm
Snow, clearer at times, strong winds
It's a windy one out there today! Hold on and bolt down everything you own. The upper mountain is suspended mostly due to wind at the moment. Definitely a good day to give the shins a rest. The current blizzard conditions are making the roads pretty unsafe as well so if you do have to drive please be careful. It can turn from being able to see to seeing nothing but white in a matter of seconds.
With all this wind drifting there will be some serious issues in backcountry terrain. I also expect they won't open the backbowls for a decent period of time as well.
Yesterday got warm as well. With that sun layer, we will need to do some proper research before being able to tell what avalanche conditions are like, but for right now they are dangerous.
Grand Hirafu / Hanazono: Top - 385cm Bottom - 210cm
Niseko Village: Top - 420cm Bottom - 240cm
Annupuri: Top - 450cm Bottom - 230cm
Niseko Avalanche Report:
Mountain base 6am: 0C, 20cm of snow in the last 12 hours. Low pressure snowfall. Japan Sea: Benkei Cape WNW16m/s, Kamui Cape wave 1.0m, pressure 1016 hpa, Annupuri Peak W 6.6m/s, temp -8.1C, Moiwa Peak -4C blizzard conditions, snowdrifts increasing. Snowfall: Wind and snow are increasing due to a low pressure front passing early this morning. Snow from a small low pressure system on 13/14 Feb contained dust & dirt particles from the mainland, this snow was very slow to ride on. Snow drift development is expected to increase rapidly. Hazard Evaluation: The avalanche risk in the Niseko mountains is increasing rapidly today. It is predicted the 13 Feb layer will fracture, new drifting is at approximately 30cm and increasing. Above and below the tree line avalanches could occur easily. Snow Pit Data: When determining the avalanche risk you should consider not only your snow pit observations but also the current weather conditions. As snow drifts develop many layers form(ie: weak layers), an avalanche will occur when one of these layers fails. 13 Feb, 4 Feb, 22 Jan layers can be observed. Caution: Whether the gates are open or closed is determined by Niseko Rules policy. Disregarded Niseko Rules, ducking ropes and entering strictly off limits areas is not OK. We take such violations very seriously. The Niseko Rules are there for the safety of everyone using the ski resorts. Gates will be closed today. Blizzard conditions today, be careful and be safe.
The wind has settled down and snow is falling tonight. It's actually fairly peaceful since the past few days have had turbulent winds. It's looking like we are going to get some snow tomorrow. We're not looking at massive totals but a nice addition to the wind deposited snow.
From what I have heard today, snow stability is not very good. I still have yet to make an assessment myself, but several reputable people have stated the wind loading is pretty severe. Just looking at cornice sizes, there is a bit to worry about. The next warm day will bring a lot of pressure to the cornices and they will start to fall. It is important not to hang out near looming cornices. If you are going into the backcountry, please keep this in mind. Charge up your energy for tomorrow, it should be pretty good in the wind-favored areas! Read more ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Wednesday 15th February 2012, 15:41pm
Fog and light snow
We woke up to a pretty bleak start to the day here in Nozawa with fog blanketing most of the resort and even some rain down low.
It has given way as the day has moved on to some light snow down low and heavier up high. Visibility is pretty non-existent and it is more like an English ferry crossing up high at the moment. But there have been a few come back and say the snow quality is pretty nice up top. They have decided to hit an onsen and wait for better views tomorrow!
Down low is not as bad and if you are keen sure you could link a few turns together.
We should get a bit of sun tomorrow then a good dump from tomorrow night. All going to plan that should carry into Saturday then for the first time in a while I am seeing some sunshine on the menu for Nozawa. Kind of looking forward to it!
May give some spring type conditions but with so much base this year I think we are in for a great spring ski season.
Wow was the word this morning with at least another 20cm of new snow in the village. The wind has been gusty throughout the morning and because of this the Kitanomine Gondola lift operations have been suspended. With the winds whipping up the fresh snow visibility will at times be very limited. Temperatures are once again mild and have been sitting just under zero at village level. Powder skis will be order of the day. Read more ...