Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 27th May 2019
Monday 16th January 2006, 8:35am
Clear skies and sunny
Bluebird, cold and crisp! No clouds, sunshine and still lots of snow, however it will be crusty and hard out there until the sun warms up the snow. Get out the sun cream.
**EXTREME AVALANCHE WARNING** Warmer tempretures combined with rain on the snow pack will cause surface slides, as well as possible slides to the ground. Extreme caution necessary.
In two recent pits in the Tsugaike area the following was found of southerly facing slopes.
05/01/08 Tsugaike shizenen, elevation 1800 metres, aspect S Compression Test Easy @ 38cm from surface on new snow, needles, columns with some faceting occuring size 0.5~2 mm, sudden collapse.
Rutsch Block 2 @ 38 cm
Slope Test. Ski cut, produced size 1 soft slab, 40 cm hieght of crown, 20 x 20 metres in area, deposit stopped mid track.
05/01/09 Tsugaike Tengupara, elevation 2000 metres, aspect SE Compression Test Easy ~ Moderate @ 33 & 37cm from surface on fist density new snow underlaying wind crust and overlaying 1 finger density snow, with some faceting occurring just above 1 Finger layer, size 0.5 mm, Progressive Compression
Rutsch Block 5 @ 33 cm
Multiple slope use resulted in no slides on South East facing slopes in the Tsugaike area.
Finally the snow has returned. Funny how we claim we want a break from all the snow but within a few days of little falling we are hanging out for it to dump once again.
Yesterday the cloud lifted from the peak and heaps of people made the trek up for the great views and awesome lines back down. The piste was fast and reminded me of skiing on a good day back home in Australia. Off piste was variable with crusty areas but there was some powder to be found out there.
It's currently snowing pretty heavily and should continue for much of the week. There won't be any bottomless turns out there yet but give it a couple of days and the deep pow we're used to will have returned. Read more ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Monday 16th January 2006, 9:25am
Blue sky day
A wonderfully sunny day today, calm with a great outlook for the rest of the day.
The weather last night was perfect for the fire festival although snowfall always added a bit of a magic touch in the past. The crowd last night was huge with a very high percentage of film crews and western faces around. In fact a "team" of westerners were helping prop up one of the "Toro" totems that was eventually thrust into the huge bon fire. They wore head bands and some had the job of dishing out the free sake in bamboo cups. There was wonderful Taiko played last night just before the finale, very fast and very rythmic. The fireworks was awesome as well and the final fire was massive.
Today there are few people around on the mountain so there is plenty of space to have fun in and it all looks groomed and great. Read more ...
Monday 16th January 2006, 9:27am
Yesterday turned out to be a fair day - not as warm as it was on Saturday but still above what you might expect for mid-January. The warmer weekend did give the town and resorts a chance to get to work with the still huge amounts of snow that we have, and the roads are noticeably wider this morning!
Snow conditions over the weekend were not perfect - the word 'heavy' comes to mind - but it looks like we might be getting a top-up tomorrow.
This morning it is a cloudy start with the sun shining through at times and it looks like it might clear up and be a fine day. Read more ...
Shiga Kogen Now!
Monday 16th January 2006, 13:48pm
Temperatures still below zero - but only just.... that makes it another mild day for a Shiga Kogen mid-winter day. The snow conditions might have taken a hit over the warmer weather, but we're holding up better than other regions that are not as lucky to be as high up as we are.
The sun is out at the moment with just some clouds hanging on. Looks like the next snow might be due from tomorrow.
Hardly anyone out there today, so no crowd worries at all. Read more ...