Snow and weather reports posted on Tuesday 21st May 2019
Saturday 15th February 2014, 8:05am
It's snowing heavily this morning.
And we have a fair bit as well.
30cm on my car, 20-30cm being reported by Naeba, 30-40cm by Kagura and 30+cm being reported by Maiko Snow Resort. (They are the places that clearly state new cm each morning and so why they get the mention!). So you can get the idea. It is still snowing fairly heavily now though as the forecast told us yesterday - it's not that cold. Hovering around 0 degrees now and forecast to slowly rise through the day and overnight. Yesterday we were told to even expect the snow to turn into rain later today, though fingers crossed we can avoid that. We might have to get away with sleet / wet snow.
I also believe that the Kanetsu Expressway is closed from Tokyo up through to Tsukiyono at the moment. Also hearing that the Joetsu Shinkansen is undergoing checks early this morning due to the conditions. That will stop a lot of people who were planning on being here this weekend from coming and so I would expect the slopes around town to be quieter than normal.
Snowy and windy conditions expected through tomorrow.
Because of the wind, Kagura are only part open this morning - Mistumata up to the quad at Kagura, and Tashiro to the number 1 quad. Other skijo appear to be open as normal this morning though I might expect a few exposed lifts to be moving slower than usual and there's always the chance of changes.
Official resort snow depths @ Saturday 15th February 2014, AM: Some not updated for the day yet Naeba: 230cm Kagura (Tashiro): 270cm Kagura (Mitsumata): 320cm NASPA Ski Garden: 223cm Gala Yuzawa: 290cm Iwappara: 215cm Yuzawa Kogen: 290cm Yuzawa Nakazato: 185cm Yuzawa Park: 175cm ---- Maiko Snow Resort: 255cm Ishiuchi Maruyama: 230cm Joetsu Kokusai: 200cm Read more ...
Saturday 15th February 2014, 8:27am
Just a few cm to add this morning and it's an overcast morning here in Hirafu.
Once again on the news we are hearing about heavy snow in Tokyo and large areas of that region of Japan, and them getting more than snowfall us. And once again, it feels odd.
Things are looking more promising now, hopefully starting from later on today, with snow lined up well into the coming week. It should be keeping cold as well. At the moment it is -6 degrees here at base.
Another busy weekend out there. Hope you can enjoy it.
Niseko Avalanche Report
Niseko base 6am: -10C, 3cm in the last 12hrs. Moiwa 800m: -11C, minor snowdrift development. Annupuri 1150m: -11C, wind SW5m/s, minor snowdrift development. Hirafu 1000m: -11C, trace new snow. Annupuri peak 1308m: -9.2C, wind NE5.0m/s. Cape Benkei: S9m/s, Cape Kamui: E3m/s, wave 0.5m, pressure 1028hPa.
Currently we are under influence of a high pressure system which is bringing light winds and a little snow. There has been only minor snowdrift development overnight and general avalanche risk is low. The cold clear weather on Feb 13 has produced a weak frost layer in the snowpack. The possibility of 50cm slab on northeast slopes around 1000m remains. Peak gates are expected to open this morning, please listen to the patrols advice before going through the gates. Skiing down in groups is dangerous, the cracks are hard to see from above, take care loosing control and hitting a tree. Dont stop in the bottom of a gully, that’s where an avalanche will run.
Ducking ropes is strictly forbidden in Niseko. The groomers are in great condition. Have a safe day.
Official snow depth numbers and lift news at time of writing:
No official new snowfall number from Tsugaike, but they have added 40cm to a few of their snow depth numbers.
Lots down at village level as well which is obviously great to see.
The snow was coming down nicely yesrterday and by evening there was 15cm or so down here. It has been nice and light as well, and really nice big flakes coming down right this morning.
Traffic problems and closed roads caused by snow to the south in the cities will again mean that it will probably be quieter than usual for a mid season Saturday here.
For those here, it should be a fantastic morning. With more snow due through the day today and overnight, tomorrow should be great too.
Oh yes one more thing. Two actually. It's not mad cold this morning. In fact it's close to zero at base, obviously colder higher up. We hope it remains colder than warmer, obviously. Also stronger winds later on which may potentially affect some lifts.
The other thing is that this week on SnowJapan we have a Hakuba Alpen lift ticket Giveaway. 15 people will be winning two lift ticket vouchers that can be used at Hakuba Happo-one, Hakuba Iwatake or Tsugaike Kogen. For more information on that and how to enter, please go here. Good luck!
Official snow depth numbers and operations (as of 15th February 2014):
Hakuba Goryu: Reporting 0cm of new snowfall. Upper - 290cm Toomi - 180cm Iimori - 150cm
Hakuba 47: Reporting 0cm of new snowfall. Upper - 285cm Lower - 100cm
Happo-one: Reporting 15-20cm of new snowfall. Usagidaira - 240cm Nakiyama - 120cm Sakka - 140cm
So today, most snowfall on... Nagasaka?! Interesting. But bottom line is there's a good wad of new light fresh snow over all the mountain as we feel like we are back to winter again. Although it's strangely mild and just about keeping in the negatives for now. We are being told of the chance of the snow being sleet later on down here at base, but I hope we avoid that.
Just a few less exciting things to report. First of all it looks like early on the popular Skyline course is closed, as well as the Kamoshika course. I don't have any details on that or whether they will open later on in the day.
The other is that this weekend again heavy snow is falling in places where it often doesn't - down to the south including the Tokyo area. There seems to be widespread disruption to traffic with roads closed and trains cancelled. This will mean less people getting here, which while sad for those people it means less crowds for those who are here.
Courses All courses open except: Skyline Kandahar West Kandahar East Kamoshika Read more ...
Saturday 15th February 2014, 9:08am
Yaaaa, sugoi! Lots of snow this morning and lots more on the way be the looks and feel of things.
Not the coldest of mornings but it's a day to be prepared for heavy snow conditions, but not heavy in the bad sense. Great quality snow on the ground at the moment.
Unfortunately heavy snow is cause tons of traffic problems for lots of people actually getting to north Nagano this morning and probably won't improve during the day. As last week I expect that will mean less people actually here. For those here though, it should be a very powdery day. Tomorrow too.
Number 1 Number 2 Number 3A Number 2 quad Number 5 Super quad Number 11 Number 12 Number 13 Number 15 Moving walkway Kids Park
It's probably no surprise to anyone anywhere in Japan that it's snowing; seems like the whole country is covered in white.
It is really starting to come down—and, as the SnowJapan forecast predicted, the winds are really picking up.
It's a good day to stay on the slopes, where it should be as snowy as out in the woods (and safer). With wind, heavy snow and slightly warmer weather, anyone going out in the backcountry may find themselves in snow heavy enough that they will be breaking trail down as well as up, except on the steepest slopes (been there, done that). So a good day for caution/restraint in the hills. It will be better as this settles.
Me? I dinged a knee, so I'm inside. Or throwing snow as rehabilitation. First time in nearly 20 years here.... wishing I was out there in the winds and deeps...ahhhhh.
Heavy snow this morning in Shiga Kogen. I was planning in being back there this morning but traffic issues prevent me from getting back so this is from a friend on the phone who just said it was really stormy conditions up there (as it has been down in lower areas as well) and there's a good layer of new snow.... along with some lifts being affected by the conditions.
Snow may ease off by Sunday and I will definitely be back up there to see what it's like for myself.
Official snow depth data, as of Saturday 15th February 2014):
Both the roads connecting Zao have been closed so people here are kind of stuck and people wanting to get up here... well, perhaps they should give up and plan something else, as none of the lifts are moving at all. Zao Onsen skijo has been very much closed.
Anyway let me just report the 30cm of snow earlier this morning along with more today but winds have been blowing it all around like crazy so a number is difficult. I'll put 40cm down as that seems reasonable.
Snow might ease off tomorrow but winds are still probably going to be with us. Probably best to leave thoughts of Zao until this storm passes properly - perhaps Tuesday when a bit of sun might happen.
Stay safe out there!
Official snow depths (15th February 14): Utopia: 270cm Chuo: 220cm Paradise: 250cm Uwanodai: 165cm Read more ...
Saturday 15th February 2014, 17:23pm
Sorry for the late report. We had to dig ourselves out....
Too much snow!
Over 70cm of snow at the valley level and reportedly up to 140cm of new snow in the last 24 hours in the upper mountains. Pretty mad numbers those, but with the way it has been coming down.....
The expressway is currently closed from Tokyo to Minakami and all train are also not in operation. There has also been several avalanches that have covered the main road in Minakami blocking traffic. The road connecting Gunma with Naeba in Niigata is also blocked this afternoon I believe due to snow blocking the road.
The snow is currently still falling although quite light at present it is expected to strengthen this evening bringing another 20-30 cm to the valley. This is lilely to cause further issues for transportation and resorts.