Snow and weather reports posted on Wednesday 20th March 2019
Monday 18th January 2010, 7:43am
Yesterday it was snowing for most of the day once again though it didn't amount to much in terms of new cm of snow as there was less than 10cm of snow to move from the car this morning. It's icy though early on.
It is looking like today should be a fine day. It's still early as I write this but already there are blue skies on show as the remaining clouds seem to be moving on - perhaps we will be seeing the sun for the first time in a while today. With all that new fluffy snow out there to enjoy, it should be a fine day to be out on the slopes.
A high of 3 degrees forecast for today and a few more days of milder, fine weather forecast.
The sun is already out this morning and while there are clouds hanging on it seems likely we are on for a good day with some fine views. The weekend crowds might have appreciated that, but the people out on the hill today certainly will. So far this season we haven't had many clear days but according to the forecast this week should see a few of them with some warmer temperatures and less cloud and more sun.
It's still cold though at the moment and -4 degrees in the village, but it might move into the + territory as the day progresses.
Yesterday we did actually see some snowfall from time to time during the day but not much and in terms of a new layer on the ground it didn't make much difference. This morning from early on the sun is out and it feels like we are on for a spectacular day. Some clouds remain but there is a lot of blue sky and it's going to be one of those days when everything is just right - snow conditions close to perfect and lots of it, weather great and uncrowded slopes. Wonderful.
We should be on for a few days of similar conditions this week as it gets warmer for a spell. Having said that, it is a very cold start to the day today with Kumanoyu reporting a temperature of -15 degrees! I would expect that to change during the day!
Nighta this evening planned at the following resort areas:
- Ichinose Family
Official resort snow depths as of 18th January 10:
It is a cold morning in Zao (-8 degrees in the village now) but only a slight wind and more importantly blue skies and today will be a fine day in Zao.
We should be seeing some fine weather in Zao over the next few days and while temperatures will be mild for mid-winter, they should stay under 0 degees. It should be getting back to colder temperatures from later on in Wednesday and then perhaps more snow clouds moving in on Thursday and Friday.
In the meantime, continued excellent snow conditions on the Zao resort and we are back to weekday mode so tons of space for everyone. Enjoy!
Yesterday was supposed to be sunny, but it ended up snowing for most of the day.
Today the clouds have cleared and its a blue bird day. With fresh packed powder on the groomed runs that will be the place to be today. There will still be some powder around for anyone who has not had enough.
There's a chance of snow tonight thought it should only be light and then it might be cloudy with a chance of more sun tomorrow. It's looking like Wednesday will be a very fine day with sun and warm temperatures with a chance of rain on Wednesday night, hopefully turning into snow again as temperatures once more drop.
The day has started well again today with a blue bird sky, light wind and great visibility. Towards the afternoon it may start to cloud over slightly, but overall conditions will be good throughout the day.
Within the resort you can expect groomed hard pack runs with packed and chopped powder to the sides of runs. Temperatures have stayed low which has kept the snow in good condition, so if you are venturing outside of the resort the snow should be fresh and clear lines are still to be found.
Tomorrow the weather is set to be spring conditions with high temperatures and clear sky, in the evening it could possibly bring some rain and high winds. This will of course cause conditions to become extremely icy as the temperature is due to drop back down on Thursday. Make the most of the sunshine and soft conditions throughout the day and let's hope that the rain misses us completely!
There is snow forecast for later in the week, this will be adding to the already great snow that Hakuba has received already this season.
It's a perfect day in Myoko, with deep blue skies and pristine white mountains. The trees are still loaded with snow, too, so it's very much a Christmas-card, white world out there. Don't forget the sunscreen!
A little light snow fell during the day and into evening yesterday, but no significant accumulation. That's a good thing, too; the snow needs to settle a bit before the next powder day. Apparently there were scenes of carnage on some of the steep, ungroomed slopes as people tried to take on the deep powder and ended up stuck or without skis. No injuries except to prides....
I still don't know where the weekend's big snow went in the official reporting, because some are showing a decline for today (natural with the mild temps here). Can't accuse them of over-stating the snow depth, anyway.
Blue skies today for the first time in a while and the conditions are fantastic. It is one of those days that you dream about. Plenty of fresh snow about with the sun out and perfect visibility. The view from the top all the way down the valley was stunning. There was a little cloud high up early on but that has cleared now to reveal some great shots of the mountains.
Tenjin was where the best action was to be found this morning with plenty of people hiking to their favourite spots for virgin runs down. There was a bit of a wait for the right hand lift to open this morning as patrol carried out the essential safety checks. To the untrained eye it looks as if they are just slashing their favourite line and drops at high speed, but I am assured is all a necessary part of avalanche control.
A good 10cm of fresh powder over the whole mountain provided great snow conditions. Much of the mountain had been left ungroomed which was great. Temperatures were -10deg, which was comparatively warm compared to yesterdays -20deg.
Sorry about the late report but sometimes the best way to bring you an accurate report of conditions is to get up on the mountain! Yesterday after a brief period of reasonably heavy snow in the evening it mostly fined up. So with little new snow to cover yesterdays tracks and the mountain being fairly tracked out I decided to spend the day over at Niseko Moiwa. Ended up being a great choice with only a handful of people over there skiing the off-piste. So easily found fresh tracks in up to hip deep powder all day long. On some lower western facing aspects there was a little sun crust from the previous day but the bowl accessed from Gate 6 was all good. Light snow fell for most of the day and got a little heavier around lunch time but there's not been much additional accumulation. Tomorrow will remain mostly fine and then on Wednesday we can expect it to get quite mild ahead of the next snow bearing system. Some rain or certainly wet snow/sleet can be expected at village level at first as the system approaches. Colder air should move in Wednesday night with plenty more snow to see out the rest of the week.
Current Official Snow Depths:
Grand Hirafu: Top - 280 Bottom - 170
Niseko Village: Top - 300 Bottom - 180
Annupuri: Top - 275 Bottom - 190
Niseko Avalanche Info No.33
Moiwa base 6am: -8℃, light overnight snowfall. Coastal data: 11m/s WNW at Benkei cape, 9m/s W, 1.2m waves and 1022hp at Kamui cape. Annupuri peak wind: stagnating around 12 m/s westerly, predicted to calm down at noon. No notable weak layer has been observed during snow pit evaluations and the accumulation is stable. Avalanche risk is low. Peak gates will open at 9:30am. The whole mountain is tracked out with a thin blanket of fresh snow on top. Do not seek fresh lines in strictly off limits areas. Don’t ski too far down towards Ambetsu river in the west of Moiwa, there’s no way out but a waterfall waiting at the end. The educational program will be performed in Mizuno no sawa. On-piste condition is fantastic. Beware of over-speed, lost of control and hitting trees. Seek for ski patrol’s advice at the gates. Enjoy your day.