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Monday 1st February 2010, 9:12am
Light rain, cloud
The sun was out yesterday morning but it turned out to be one of those silver-cloud days rather than bright blue for the most part.
Late last night I heard rain falling and this morning we have slightly wet conditions. The roads are wet and it is raining lightly and probably trying to snow at higher elevations right now. So not the best start to the week in terms of weather, but never fear we should be seeing snow by the end of the day and then hopefully a fair bit of snow from Tuesday night. Bring it on!
Relatively warm conditions with blue skies and light winds.
The snow is on it's way!
We've had our sunshine and blue-sky, now it's time for the next dump. Today should be a relatively clear day with snow forecast to start falling from tonight through until next Saturday. The biggest dumps should be tonight and Friday, with almost a meter of snow expected over the next 5 days.
It's a cloudy morning with a hint of wet snow / sleet in the village but light snow is falling higher up on the mountain.
Yesterday it was another mild one and some bordering spring-like conditions especially at lower levels. Hopefully we are now heading into a period of colder weather and more importantly fresh snowfall. Snow is forecast for today, though not heavy, but look out for some decent snowfall later tomorrow and it should be snowing through the week - heavy at times. Fingers crossed for another heavy dump of snow on the region to freshen things up.
Naeba and Kagura all open as normal this morning and currently 0 degrees in the village.
It is -2 degrees this morning in the village... no new snow to report and only a slight wind. It's a cloudy morning but patches of blue sky as well and it is fairly bright. We might see the sun later on and also tomorrow but after that the cold front is moving in and we can expect to see what we really want to see --- snow!
Yes, looks like the snow should arrive sometime tomorrow and then we are on for a string of snowy days with heavy snow at times right through until the weekend. Some fresh deep powder would be just the thing to top up the slopes, feed those Ice Monsters and get back to top conditions.
The Lightup has been popular so far with lots of people taking the trip to the top of the mountain in the evening to see the fantastic scenery up there. Even if you have been up during the day, it takes on a whole new look at night with the coloured lights.
Hakuba is now preparing for a week of snowfall, today looks set to be the last warm day for the rest of the week, as temperatures drop and the snow clouds move in. It is quite overcast this morning, but the sunshine is doing it's best to come through. Hopefully by midday the clouds will have lifted and visibility at the top of the mountain will be better.
On piste today you can expect nice groomers, the sides of the runs will have compacted and crusted powder. As the day moves on the snow will be much the same as the past couple of days, heavy and wet. Towards the afternoon it is due to start lightly snowing and get slightly heavier in the evening, this will cause the slopes to get quite icy in the late afternoon.
The forecast is for snow, snow and more snow, with the heaviest snowfall on Friday.
Avalanche Observations 31st Jan 2010:
Happo Sawa 1800m ~2000m Multiple (5) Size 1.5~2‚ S on NE aspect in steep gully terrain. Bed surface (滑り面) ice crust. New storm snow released NATURAL on seemingly cross loaded gully features during the night or at first light. Debris ran to middle of run out.
Karamatsusawa‚ 1200m Multiple size 1‚ L on S aspect and 1 size 2‚ S to the ground (前奏) just above ski out at usual ski change up area below summer access road to water reservoir. Could have been dangerous as it is a high use area.
Kuzurisawa‚ Multiple size 1‚ L on S aspect and some old size 2‚ S on S aspect at 1600m ~1200m.
CTHB(27)down 90cm on DF size 1 on NE aspect at 2200m on 33 degree slope. Hand test showed easier results and seemed more sudden. Synopsis:
There is still a solid wind slab over lighter density snow down 50cm ~ 90cm‚ on N and NE aspects that could still pose a problem‚ but things seem to be bonding quickly. There is‚ however‚ still the chance to get surprised by big slabs on big terrain features in steep stressed areas.
S and E aspects are experiencing a lot of glide cracks. It is possible that the moist snow on the ground is continuing to slide and dry slab on top is being stressed and could fracture due to this phenomena and continue to S avalanche when unexpected.
Stay to supported planar terrain features when possible and avoid steep side loaded terrain‚ large convexities‚ steep solar radiated rocks and trees as well as cornices. Watch out for wide glide cracks and holes in the snow.
The sun is out again this morning. Some cloud in the sky but for the most part blue skies and a fine morning. It's fairly cold at -6 degrees.
It looks like we are in for a week of changeable conditions, though I am hoping that the snow will win out. Snow is forecast for later on today but clearer weather again tomorrow before the snow clouds are back from tomorrow night when we can perhaps expect some fairly heavy snow.
We haven't seen much snow fall in recent days and while it has been generally mild for Shiga Kogen, with our elevation snow conditions are holding out pretty well. Having said that, we don't want spring-like conditions at this time of the year and we could do with a healthy new snowfall so lets hope we will see that happen in the coming few days.
Nighta this evening planned at the following resort areas:
- Ichinose Family
Official resort snow depths as of 1st February 10:
Just when you think you've had your fill of snow, it snows again. There was 25cm of very high quality powder overnight. Much of the Kitanomine side has been left ungroomed which is good for those of us who like to ski powder - who doesn't? The weather is overall very good with clear conditions at the moment and sun. There is some wind which is making things feel rather cold, especailly compared to yesterday. On the Kitanomine side of the mountain the Giant Course has been closed as it is being used for ski competitions - it will be closed through until Feb 7. Read more ...
Monday 1st February 2010, 12:29pm
Gray; fog lifting slightly
It's snowing lightly this morning; good news, because there was a bit of rain overnight. Hopefully this is the beginning of the snow that is promised for tomorrow (we could use a good, heavy snow).
So another nondescript day; still good to be out there, though.
A weak low pressure system moved through last night and there was a reasonable amount of snow and a hell of a lot of wind. The winds have caused a lot of drifting and lee slopes today are quite unstable so most of the top gates have been kept closed. Gate 5 accessing Fujiwara no Sawa bowl on the Hanazono side was open though and I had a couple of very nice, up to thigh deep runs down there this morning. The snow actually cleared this morning and the sun even poked through briefly and winds weren't too strong. I could certainly get used to overnight snow greeted with morning sun but that's not going to happen too much here. A low up in the Sea of Okhotsk is really going to crank it up over the next couple of days and we'll get very cold temperatures, good amounts of snow and unfortunately quite a lot of wind. Still in a few days time when the wind abates it's going to be awesome up there.
Current Official Snow Depths:
Grand Hirafu: Top - 295 Bottom - 180
Niseko Village: Top - 340 Bottom - 200
Annupuri: Top - 295 Bottom - 200
Niseko Avalanche Info No.48
Moiwa base 6am: -8℃, 10cm of snowfall during the night. Coastal data: NW12m/s at Benkei cape, NNW10m/s, 2.6m waves and 1018hp at Kamui cape. Annupuri peak: WNW16.9m/s at 6am. Yesterday’s pre-low snowfall, effected by the warm temperature, formed a layer of wet grains underneath the newly formed snowdrifts in areas below 800m. According to the wind speed transitions, the snowdrifts in areas above 1000m have grown up to 80cm (8pm-3am) and are still very unstable. The avalanche hazard in leeward slopes above 800m in the Niseko range and surrounding mountains is high. Gate 2 (Annupuri), 3 (Hirafu) and 4 (Fujiwara) will be closed today. Gate 6 is still undecided. The slopes that were good yesterday can be dangerous today. The snow condition is ever changing. Cornices, knolls and snowdrifts developed due to strong winds should be avoided in the morning today. The snow in the trees is relatively good.
Nothing but blue in the sky yesterday and nothing but grey in the sky today. It has been overcast all day and although it looks quite threatening nothing has fallen yet. The drip on the roof sounds like rain but is just the snowmelt, as the temperatures again are a little over freezing. Hopefully though today is just the start of a week of snow showers which may or may not kick off this evening. If it does come in and makes the snow a bit softer it will be a welcome change from the last few days. Read more ...