Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 17th November 2019
Monday 21st December 2009, 8:48am
More fresh dry powder today here in Hakuba! Continued snow flurries over the last 24hrs have made for great conditions all over the hills. Sweet powder lines all over the resorts and skiers and boarders should have no trouble finding deep snow to play in.
Chopped powder, packed powder, and groomed runs....right now the resorts have it all.
Light snow expected throughout today. Then cold temperatures expected until Wednesday...then light rain is forecasted. Hopefully this will fall as snow.
Observed snow over the past 24hrs: 24cms (at Happo Base)
Currently open: Sun Alpina, Sanosaka (pair lift only), Goryu, Hakuba 47, Happo-One, Iwatake (only Gondola and 3 chair), Tsugaike, Cortina (3 lifts open & limited runs)
Changeable weather conditions continue in Yuzawa. Yesterday started off with the sun out and a lot of blue sky and it was a fine day until the evening. Later on the snow started coming down and this morning there is about 15cm or so of fresh snow to clear up and it is coming down pretty good as well as I write this. Hopefully we can expect more cm today as it looks like things will clear up and get slightly milder from tomorrow for a stretch. There's a chance that lower down at town level we might see rain falling with that being snow higher up the mountains. Fingers crossed that holds off.
Conditions over the weekend were pretty good out there. There's still not a huge amount of snow but fairly decent cover and especially higher up some very nice snow conditions. Kagura in particular was busy though resorts in town that were open didn't seem to generally be that busy.
Nunoba will open today, Ludens on 25th and Nakazato Snow Wood when there's more snow, but other than that all of the ski and snowboard resorts in Yuzawa town are now at least part open.
Naeba is running the Number 2 Gondola, 3 quads and 2 pair lifts with a good chunk of the resort now skiable. Kagura is reporting another 30cm of snow (but the official snow depth currently remains unchanged!) with all of the areas now open. GALA Yuzawa is also almost fully open - both the central and northern parts of the resort. Yuzawa Kogen is also open apart from the downhill course.
Yesterday was a great day to be out there and quite a lot of people were! It's back to winter again this morning though and since last night another 30cm or so has fallen at Kagura with around half of that amount down in the village.
Because of fairly strong winds early on, only a small part of both Tashiro (Ropeway to No 6 pair lift) and Mitsumata (Ropeway to No 1 pair lift) are open. The winds are forecast to continue today and so it seems unlikely at the time of writing that more will open up.
At Naeba the No 2 Gondola is moving along with 3 quad lifts and 2 pair lifts.
We can expect more snow today then things should calm down by tomorrow and then more snow lined up for around Wednesday night. Read more ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Monday 21st December 2009, 9:29am
A beautiful snowy morning here in Nozawa Onsen. The current base depth at Yamabiko is 140cm and there is 80cm in the village. The temperatures are -8C at the summit and -4C down here in town. There is a 25km/h Easterly wind at Uenotaira, and the visibility at the summit is poor.
Yesterday the weather cleared and the sun was shining for most of the day. The snow conditions were very good. Great day on the hill! Snow began to fall again late in the evening and has continued up to now.
The forecast is for moderate to light snow to continue to fall all through today, Tuesday and Wednesday. Winds will remain fairly high, peaking at around 35km/h at the summit on Tuesday.
After that day of sunny skies and fine views, we are back to winter mode this morning in Shiga Kogen. The snow is falling and as well as the snow some areas are seeing some fairly strong winds blowing around. Yokoteyama and Shibutoge are waiting on the winds to calm down to open up the top lifts and other resorts might be slowing down the lift operations depending on those wind conditions.
We do have snow on the forecast for the day and it is a very cold feeling -10 degrees at the moment out there. Tomorrow looks like it should be just cloudy, then more snow due on Wednesday. At this stage in the season in particular, the more the better!
Resorts that aren't currently open are aiming to do so by this coming Wednesday (23rd) which is a national holiday.
Official resort snow depths as of 21st December 09:
Sorry for there not being a report yesterday - technical issues preventing it being posted.
After a brief let up in the wintery weather yesterday, things are more mid-winter like once again in Zao this morning. The snow is falling and it's a cold one early on, in fact the thermometer is telling me that it is a bone-chilling -12 degrees outside at the moment.
We should see continued snow until around Wednesday and currently looks like we might see some fine clearer weather around Friday. In the meantime, as much snow as possible please!
Most of the resort is now open with most of the lifts moving - and importantly some very good snow conditions out there.
Official snow depths on the resort: 100cm (Chuo area) 90cm (Paradise area) 95cm (Utopia area) Read more ...
Monday 21st December 2009, 10:11am
30cm of fresh snow overnight with the snow forecast to fall until early evening. This should bring an estimated total of 50cm of new snow to the valley level and up to 70cm in the upper mountains.
There has been a light dusting of 3cm since last night. There are good powder conditions on the mountain today and all lifts in the Furano Zone are operating. Snow is forecast today so hopefull we will get a substantial fall so that Kitanomine can be opened up. Although Furano had a little yesterday, it seemed to miss out on what was being shared around in Asahikawa City, where it was snowing quite heavily. Night skiing is open unitl 8:30pm on the Furano Downhill Swift Lift No.1 (high speed quad). Read more ...
Monday 21st December 2009, 11:02am
Cloudy with occasional sun; snow light to moderate.
Another night of heavy snow; winds caused a lot of drifting, so about 30cm (observed by your reporter during snowblowing) below the area base—the first time I've reported more than the ski area is saying....
It's cold, too, so the snow is more like February than December—some nice powder for early arrivals at the areas.
Some slight lift delays due to wind-blown snow, but not much complaining with these conditions.
Akakura Onsen: Ginrei No. 3, No. 5; Kumado No. 1, No. 2 No. 4, No. 6; Yodel Super Quad; Chuo Lift. Operating 8:30 to 4
Sorry about the late report but better late than never! Overnight there was around another 20cm of snow and then first thing this morning it was mostly clear with views right to the summit of Youtei. And although there was a storm warning issued at village level it was relatively calm. Plumes of snow could be seen streaming from the peaks though, an indicator of the approaching storm. Mid morning the storm hit with strong winds and plenty more snow, 15cm+. With all the unconsolidated snow from the last week there has been a lot of drifting. Up high there will have been rapid cornice development and loading of lee slopes so avalanche danger will be pretty high for the next couple of days. Snow will continue on and off for the next few days and at this stage Christmas day looks like it will be mostly fine. It will also warm a little towards the end of the week. Another big storm system looks set to move through the region later on Boxing Day.