Snow and weather reports posted on Tuesday 20th November 2018
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Thursday 15th March 2018, 7:03am
Clear and sunny
We saw a bit of rain falling in the morning yesterday, though it was quite light and passed by lunchtime. Tops of 8C with some light winds.
Today it’s looking nicer out there, with clear skies and tops of 13C (definitely in spring here), with some moderate winds for the most part. We might see some rain showers into the evening which should turn to snow overnight and continue doing so into tomorrow morning.
Week ahead is looking fairly... well, boring. After Friday where we might be lucky enough to see a couple of centimetres of snow, it’s mainly sunshine and light winds. Perfect beach weather.
Friday: light snow, moderate winds & tops of 1C Saturday: mostly sunny, calm skies & tops of 1C Sunday: mostly sunny with some late evening rain, calm skies & tops of 7C
Well, after some sunny skies yesterday, this morning it is a very mild start here and generally overcast skies.
Rain is possible (likely?) later but we are hoping that it will be snowing later in the day as temperatures drop once again.
Strong winds and poor visibility are likely going to be messing around with lift operations as well today. I'm writing this too early for info so if you are keen on riding today it's probably a) best to get an early start and b) check with the resorts.
Here's to the chance of being able to report snow tomorrow.
Niseko Avalanche Report:
Niseko base 6am: +3℃, no snow/rain fall, cloudy. Moiwa800m: -0.6℃, S2.8m/s, thick fog. Annupuri1150m: -2℃, S10m/s, no snowfall, poor visibility. Hirafu peak: -3℃, strong wind, bad visibility, no snowfall. Benkei cape SSW8m/s, Kamui cape SSW14m/s, 1009hPa, 0.7m waves.
Warm air is flowing into the low-pressure on the Sea of Japan and the snow-melt will continue. A thick fog is present above 700m elevation and a strong southerly wind is blowing above 1000m. All peak gates will be closed today and Gate 11 is now closed for the season due to rising of glide avalanche risk. The patrol is thankful to everyone who used the specially controlled “Mizuno no Sawa” area and relieved that no major accidents occurred in there.
The mountain is quickly shifting to Spring. Beware of falling into swelling creeks. The snow surface is choppy, remain in control and beware of hitting trees. Glide avalanche hazard is rising in south facing valleys such as the Backbowl and O-sawa. Stay away of the valley bottoms in order to avoid crucial situations. Some fresh snow on the forecast for tomorrow. Have a nice day.
Thursday 15th March 2018
Resort specific information (operations subject to change):
Lifts scheduled to be operating: - All lifts should be operating as planned (Country Road Chair lift not operating)
Official snow depth: - Top: 430cm - Base: 220cm
Floodlit 'nighta' skiing - until Sunday 18th March
Night skiing is planned for every evening at the Niseko Grand Hirafu, Niseko Village and Niseko Annupuri areas. There is no nighta at the Niseko HANAZONO area. Ski lifts that are scheduled to be operating for nighta are noted below (subject to change):
* Niseko Grand Hirafu - Ace Family quad, Ace Number 2 quad, Hirafu Gondola, Holiday Number 1 pair * Niseko Annupuri - Jumbo Number 1 quad lift * Niseko Village - Village Express, Upper Village Gondola, Community Chair Read more ...
Thursday 15th March 2018, 8:33am
Pretty good conditions yesterday afternoon at Tenjin.
The warm weather has softened the snow into creamy soft corn. Very rip able stuff. I presume it's probably soft from 10am but I only made it out in the afternoon and it was much better than expected. That said, the forecast isn't great with the potential for rain tonight followed by colder weather and some snow tomorrow. Some snow here usually means enough for a reset but that hasn't been the case this March. Let's hope this is the one.
Supposed to hover just above and around zero at 1500m over the weekend so good conditions or bad? It's just too hard to call.
Please note that the snowfall numbers posted in this report will be observed from close to the base Tenjindaira Ropeway station - which is often much more than in the central town area of Minakami. Read more ...
Thursday 15th March 2018, 8:45am
Another warm day is lined up for today and there is going to be more snow melting away in the warmth.
Tomorrow should be colder and we are forecast rain overnight that might hopefully change into snow in the morning.
The report today was written before 9am but appearing later (with webcam images from lunchtime).
Images today from GALA Yuzawa, NASPA Ski Garden and Yuzawa IC exit (Route 17).
Updated: Thursday 15th March February 2018
Ski resorts in Yuzawa:
Checked and updated every morning. Note that some ski resorts may not have updated their own info at the time this report is published.
Good morning from Naeba! This morning so far is not looking as clear as it has the previous few days, with some high, thin cloud watering down the sunshine. The air temperature is already reading 4°C, meaning that today is likely to be even warmer than yesterday. Highs of 15°C are predicted at the base of Naeba, meaning we will ave very wet and slushy snow at the bottom of the ski area. Clouds should role into the valley this evening, bringing some light rain. Alongside this, the wind will pick up into tomorrow morning. The air temperature tomorrow is predicted to drop back below 0°C at the base of the resort.
Looking forwards, tonight's clouds won't clear until Friday, but then the clear blue skies and sunshine will be back. The air temperature on Friday will be significantly higher again, with highs of 6°C predicted. Sunday will begin the same, but with highs of 10°C, however on Sunday afternoon some moist air will move in bringing moderate rainfall over Sunday night and into Monday. Again, with this system, the wind will pick up a little. If there is any snow up top, accumulations will be modest. Read more ...
Thursday 15th March 2018, 9:18am
Sun again; it really was a spring backcountry day yesterday, with well-settled snow and a nice soft top (meaning fun). Almost no one at the resorts - it is still a weekday, after all, and the big international crowd has diminished - but a lot of fun on the soft snow.
It might get a bit cooler today as the freezing level comes down a bit, but not much and not for long.
The warmth is continuing today but things should be changing tomorrow with a dip in temps expected. It should be good to see them get back down into minus numbers after the current conditions that are more like late April than mid March.
We may see some rain but we are expecting some fresh snow on the ground. And I look forward to reporting that.
Official snow depths numbers reported by different areas of Shiga Kogen:
Please note that these numbers are the official numbers that ski resorts publish and we check and update them each morning.
Phew, I was down in Yamagata city this morning and it was... warm. The temperature reading by the side of the road said, wait for it, 20C!
Happily it is not quite that warm up here in Zao of course, but it is still warm and there is inevitable melt going on. And the lower slopes are looking a bit 'dirty' in places, though there is excellent snow cover still.
The sun is out and there's some thin high cloud around.
Tomorrow and Saturday, colder temps are forecast which is nice to see though the chance of some rain is less welcome (snow higher up maybe?)
Lifts and course info:
- All lifts should be moving as planned - Exceptions are the Diamond Number 1 and Karamatsu lifts which are now closed for the season - All main areas apart from Karamatsu are open
It is a warm day and above is cloudy conditions. It is +5c now but will go even higher up to +7c by afternoon. There is wind around the village and it is likely to be stronger at the top of the resort. Light rain is expected from base to the top of the resort. Read more ...
Thursday 15th March 2018, 11:37am
Clear and sunny
Hello and (just about) good morning from Madarao.
More of the same though perhaps things are going to get colder by tomorrow. Rain and (then) snow looks to be on the forecast.
I'll let you know what's going on tomorrow morning. Fingers crossed folks.
Official snow depth:
Number 1 lift Number 2 quad lift Super quad lift Number 11 lift Number 12 lift Number 13 lift Number 15 lift
Powder Wave I Powder Wave II River Line Powder Theater Free Ride Park Adventure Aisle Crystal Bowl Ninja Sawa Rabbit Kamoshika Bear
You want more sun and warmth? We got it! (Too much of it!)
Yes, this run of unseasonably warm early spring weather continues across the whole region today and it's just above 10 degrees now and going to rise a bit further.
Tomorrow is forecast to be much colder and actually quite close to zero in the daytime. We might get some rain overnight but there is apparently a chance of some snow falling. That would be very nice, so let's look forward to seeing what happens.
(Any snowfall won't be prolonged as we are due for sunny skies again and milder conditions come Saturday).
Thursday 15th March 2018
Fresh snowfall since yesterday (as reported by the resort):
Good afternoon and apologies for the late report today.
Noting unexpected though with the sunny blue skies and warm conditions continuing today.
It's spring ザラメ雪 (zarame yuki) or 'course/granular snow' conditions (as my dictionary tells me) here. It's a lot of fun in its own way and we need to embrace it as we should probably be thinking of any fresh snow now as a bonus.
And talking of which - we might get a bonus tomorrow! Though it will likely start off coming down as rain. Definitely going to be considerably colder tomorrow though so it is going to interesting to see how thing shape up over the next 24 hours.
Ski resort information on Thursday 15th March 2018 (at time of writing):