Snow and weather reports posted on Friday 24th May 2019
Saturday 20th February 2010, 7:04am
Snow is falling on this Saturday morning, nice, light snow. Looks like it could accumulate if it keeps going; as of 7 a.m. it's starting to pick up. Not great for the kids who have a race today; better for the rest of us who want some fresh.
The forecast is for some fairly strong winds and snow, so the wind chill might be a factor today; dress warm, keep a mask in your pocket etc. So far it's not blowing much, so hopefully things will stay quiet, and it will be a great day for sliding around.
Just a very light sprinkling of snow overnight and up at Kagura they are reporting 2cm of new snow. This morning has started off cloudy but there's a fair bit of sky on view as well though we are told expect cloud and some light snow later on in the day and overnight. It's a shame the snowfall we were hoping for yesterday and there's a fair few warmer days lined up along with some rain next week still.
Tomorrow might well turn into a fine day after a cloudy start and more of the same due on Monday.
This morning, the village was awakened early by sounds of shovels scraping off the 15-20cm that fell between yesterday morning and the wee hours of today (with most likely much more significant amounts on the mountain.) Well, maybe not the sound of my shovel, but at least my neighbors were at it very early. Yesterday saw buckets of snow poured all over town, and we are just now digging out. Perhaps some of you like to ski or board on a hefty layer of fresh snow. If so, then today is your day. With -5 temperatures making it feel like summer out there, a few hours of sunshine, relatively gentle wind conditions, and all those mounds of the white stuff as far as the eye can see, this morning the conditions are close to perfect.
We should be in for another round of steady snow come 3:00pm today, but the temperatures will stay fairly consistent throughout the day. This is the best day for winter sports we have seen in Furano for a while. I do not know yet if the Gondola in Kitanomine will be up and running this morning. I will see you on the mountain. Read more ...
Saturday 20th February 2010, 9:36am
I bring good news this morning with 15-20cm or so of fresh snow to report in Zao village and possibly more high up on the mountain. Right now with the cloud we can't see much of the mountain from the village but with the new snow I don't suppose most people will be too worried. Conditions out there will be very nice!
It is snowing still and right now around -4 degrees in the village.
The forecast for the next few days seems to have changed from generally fine and sunny to cloudy with sunny spells but for the rest of the day it looks like it will be cloudy with light snow.
A dusting of new snow overnight in Shiga Kogen - just a few cm - but while we were expecting snow this morning to continue, the weather has cleared and it is a fine morning. It is keeping cold but from later on tomorrow into Monday it looks like we are on for a run of milder warmer days.
Lower down the mountains there's some rain looming on the forecast for the coming week - while Shiga Kogen will get warmer than usual we can just hope that we dodge the rain.
For now though, have a fun weekend.
Nighta this evening planned at the following resort area:
- Sun Valley - Ichinose Family - Ichinose Diamond - Kumanoyu
Official resort snow depths as of 20th February 10:
Hakuba awoke this morning to about 5 cms of very light dry powder. Quite possibly some classic dust on crust skiing to be had out there today, but one can expect more snow at higher elevations and where wind transport has blown it in. The weather presently is partly cloudy skies with some big blue patches poking through. Hopefully the sun will burn through and we can get some nice weekend sunshine and mountain views.
Conditions on the resorts in Hakuba today will be powder, chopped powder and crud and some very fast icy groomers. Still pretty hard under foot so be careful hitting the bumps or catching air, icy hardpack is like concrete in some places.
The forecast is calling for light snow today and sunshine for Sunday. We would be happy to see some sun as it has been pretty cold and cloudy recently. Enjoy the weekend slopes and nice conditions on the resorts today
The snow finally did come yesterday and it continued right through into the evening dropping at least 20cm of pretty good quality powder. It fined up a bit overnight but this morning it's back and currently there is a band of heavy precipitation on not too far to our west that is expected to pass over the area in an hour or so. There's actually a thunderstorm warning issued for the region. It's a bit colder today and the new snow has freshened up all slopes around the mountain. There should be some great turns to be had out there today. Winds up high are reasonably strong though and currently all the top lifts around the mountain are still closed. The snowfalls should continue on and off through most of the weekend and through until around Tuesday. Still some very mild air and possible heavy rain expected later next week. The forecast models are still not all in agreement of exactly what will occur though and I'm hopeful it isn't too bad. Snowfalls and cooler weather will follow any rain though. I'm heading away tonight and won't be back until later tomorrow. I won't have access to a computer so the report won't be up until fairly late in the day.
Current Official Snow Depths:
Grand Hirafu: Top - 340 Bottom - 210
Niseko Village: Top - 385 Bottom - 235
Annupuri: Top - 350 Bottom - 220
Niseko Avalanche Info No.67
Moiwa base 6am: -6℃, 20cm of snowfall due to a passing low. Coastal data: S3m/s at Benkei cape, SW9m/s, 1.3m waves and 1008hPa at Kamui cape. The wind off-shore topped WNW16m/s at midnight, WNW25.5m/s at 22:00 with temporary stronger gusts at the peak of Annupuri. The wind has calmed down to WSW7m/s (6am) at the peak. Hirafu patrol 7am peak report: -13℃, S5m/s, mild conditions. Repetitive snowfall has continued and made some 40cm heavy slabs around 1000m. Those slabs are now stable, however the wind & snow is predicted to pick up from 11:00, which will make the avalanche hazard to rise again. Refrain from dropping into steep cornice/knoll slopes such as in the Backbowl. Avalanche accidents usually happen in snowdrift slopes developed by storms. The snow in the trees around 800m has been reset and is in good condition. Peak gates will open at 9:30, however may close depending on the future weather conditions. Do not duck ropes, step out of bounds through the gates. Do you have your beacon switched on? We strongly demand the respect of the Niseko Rules in order to protect the safety of all resort users.
It is a cloudy morning in Naeba though fairly bright and some breaks in those clouds as I write this. We had just a sprinkling of snow overnight and high up at Kagura the resort is reporting just 2cm of new snow, so not much. It was colder earlier on with the temperature -8 degrees at the base of Naeba and right now it has risen to around -3 degrees.
It's still looking like other than a few flurries of snow we are still on for a run of clearer sunnier days. Some forecast have rain lined up with the warmer temperatures while others are more encouraging telling us we might avoid it - so mixed signs at the moment though it does look very likely that it is going to get warmer from around Monday onwards.
Should be fairly busy out there this weekend and all the resort areas are fully opened as planned.
Again a day of two halves. Blue skies this morning and the sun was pretty warm up until about lunchtime and then the clouds came in, the wind picked up again, and the snow topped it all off.
The slopes were hard this morning, softened up with the sun and were starting to get hard again at the close of play. Snow is falling lightly now and set to continue for a while longer so it is looking like it will be good first thing tomorrow.