Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 26th May 2019
Saturday 1st February 2014, 8:45am
Lots of snow falling yesterday - as well as wind blowing - and this morning I have an additional 20cm of fresh to report from the Hirafu village area.
At the time of writing, resorts aren't open as planned with strong winds especially over at Annupuri where upper area winds of up to 23m/s reported keeping all of the lifts there from operating. At Niseko Village just the bottom three lifts are moving. At Hirafu here the top Ace 3 and 4 lifts as well as the King 3 and 4 lifts are not moving due to strong winds, and the top two lifts at Hanazono are similarly affected. And here we were thinking we might catch a break with the wind this morning! If they can't get those opening up unfortunately it's inevitably going to create some congestion this morning. And there's lots of people around as well.
The current snow is forecast to ease off during the day and leave us with just cloud. Should be cold overnight again but warm up tomorrow and we might see temperature rise to around 0 or possibly even slightly above. Hopefully there will be less wind.
We should be getting back to the cold we expect though early in the week.
OK as promised here's a quick look back at January and the numbers. And a good January it was of course. We logged (observed) 461cm of snowfall here at base in the month. The same observed number from the same spot in January last year (2013) was 443cm.
Observed snowfall since the beginning of the season (2012-2013, last season): 979cm Observed snowfall since the beginning of the season (2013-2014, this season): 869cm
Interesting. The main difference so far being more snowfall in December 2012 than December 2013. Both pretty amazing numbers, and of course we have over three months left of the season.
Let's take a quick look at the JMA numbers recorded in Kutchan town...
January 2013: 268cm January 2014: 317cm
As always remember that the JMA numbers are from Kutchan town and our numbers are observed close to the base of Hirafu - so there's more falling on them there mountains. And also worth pointing out that this is not a science project, just presenting them to you because we find them to be interesting.
JMA statistic for February last season (2013): 228cm SnowJapan Niseko Now statistic from February last season (2013): 406cm
Long may the impressive snowfall numbers continue. (Oh yes... and light, dry and powdery please!)
Niseko Avalanche Report
Niseko base 6am: -7, 20cm new snow in last 12 hrs. Moiwa 800m: -12C, wind NW15m/s, poor visibility, blizzard conditions, highly unstable snowdrift and cornice development. Annupuri 1150m: -11C, wind W15-20m/s, major snowdrift development. Hirafu 1000m: -12C, 50cm snow drift growth. Annupuri peak 1308m: -16.4C, wind NW20.9m/s. Cape Benkei: NW16m/s, Cape Kamui: W12m/s, wave 2.7m, pressure 1017hPa.
The cold air flow bringing us strong northwest wind (>15m/s) and snow continues both on the coast and mountains. From current observation and snowfall trends the avalanche risk in Niseko and surrounding mountains remains HIGH. The storm is expected to calm down this morning however open steep slopes and cornice slopes above 800m should be considered dangerous and avoided. Peak gates will be closed. Please respect and follow the patrols decisions. Do not duck ropes to enter Osawa, Kozen no sawa, Hanazono cornice area or Mizuno no sawa. Any avalanche will be large. The snow is good in the trees. Dont be overconfident or rely too much on your equipment. Beware falling into cracks, dont stop at the bottom or in gullies.
Official snow depth numbers and lift news at time of writing:
Good morning from Hakuba and welcome to February. Where did January go?!
Around -3 degrees at 9am this morning and there'll be some hard snow conditions early this morning but it's going to warm up this afternoon with the sun out and perhaps a high of up to around +7 degrees. So expect some heavy conditions later on in the day.
Nice and bright early on with a rather overcast feel to the morning so far.
So before we get back to snow, we need to experience tomorrow of course and it's still looking like rain is going to happen during the day with a high of 8 degrees now forecast. It doesn't look like upper slopes will escape either, but we can hope.
Come Monday though it will get colder again and snow is due later in the day and through Tuesday.
The Happo Banks opening event will be taking place at 9:30am this morning - access via Sakka Kitaone Quad over at Happo-one.
Here's to a very snowy February!
Official snow depth numbers and operations (as of 1st February 2014):
Hakuba Goryu: Reporting 0cm of new snowfall at base. Upper - 280cm Toomi - 160cm Iimori - 140cm
Hakuba 47: Reporting 0cm of new snowfall at base. Upper - 255cm Lower - 90cm
The snow yesterday morning didn't amount to much but it was of course better than that pesky 'r' stuff falling!
This morning there's no new cm to report, and it's a sunny morning. Not deep blue skies, but more overcast as the morning moves on. A feel good morning all the same, even though snow conditions are of course not perfect at the moment.
Local forecasts still tell us to expect it to rain tomorrow. Whether it will higher up or not is unclear but if you are out tomorrow higher up is definitely recommended. Temps tomorrow might approach double digits, so it will be very mild borderline warm.
We want cold of course and happily we can expect a return to more winter like conditions from Tuesday. Hopefully some decent deliveries of fresh snow as well.
So for now hope you have a good weekend and enjoy it for what it is.
Winter always goes too fast, though with Nozawa open into May we of course have over 3 months left.
This morning the sun is out and it is bright though it's more overcast than bluebird. No new snowfall to report this morning and it has started off quite cold. Temperatures were down to around -5C overnight and as of 9am it's still down at about -3C. It is going to warm up to around +3C though this afternoon.
Tomorrow it might even be getting on for close to +10C. Yikes. Rain seems inevitable sometime during the day tomorrow, we can just hope it is limited.
As we get into early next week it is still looking promising. Back to cold from Monday night and potentially decent snowfall Tuesday and Wednesday. Fingers and (any) other things crossed!
From today, lifts and gondolas close 30 minutes later.
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Saturday 1st February 2014, 9:31am
Clear blue skies
The snow was intermittently falling for most of yesterday but only amounted to around 10cm. This morning the sun is out for a blue sky day with temps looking like they will get up to around 7 deg C by midday.
The rain that was forecast tomorrow has turned into snow for the morning (higher up anyway) but the remainder of the day will be cloudy and warm with temps forecast to hit double digits.
Snow looks set to hit on Tuesday, Wednesday with low temps before another temp rise on Thursday Friday. A bit of a mid winter roller coaster at present.
This will be creating a lot of instability in the snow pack, so caution is advised if you are thinking of heading into the BC.
No new snow to report but a lovely sunrise and nice weather this morning. If we can't have fresh, let's have this kind of weather!
Cold overnight but warming up and warm to continue into tomorrow. Forecast is still saying decent chance of rain sometime tomorrow but cold and snowing from later on on Monday and for the first half of the week which would be nice.
Fireworks after nighta tonight. Be there or... miss the fireworks!
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Bit of a wild day yesterday with all of the Ropeways having a rest from the conditions and a fair few lifts as well. All a bit limiting.
All change for this morning. Lovely clear blue skies. Cold start but going to get milder today and more so tomorrow. Perhaps even some rain still according to the forecast. No, please not rain! Return to cold early in the week.
As I mentioned in previous reports this week, it's the Fire and Snow event tonight, starting at 7:30pm at Uwanodai. Should be fun and a good chance to mingle with locals and other visitors.
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Shiga Kogen Now!
Saturday 1st February 2014, 10:18am
Clear and sunny, overcast
Clear and sunny this morning but getting more overcast with it mid morning. Something of a contrast with yesterday. We are looking at a few days now of warmer conditions. Tomorrow possibly even into positive numbers.
They should be right back down into minus double digits by Tuesday though and a decent chance of some good snowfall to follow.
I would expect today to be busier than tomorrow as people might have been put off by the forecasts for a possibly wet day tomorrow. It seems we might avoid that now but it's all up and down at the moment and hard to read.
Official snow depth data, as of Saturday 1st February 2014, 9am):