Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 26th May 2019
Saturday 21st February 2009, 6:24am
Another 25cm last night fell, bringing back memories of last season (when 25cm was an average night). Temperatures are expected to go very low today (-6C at Akakura), so dress warm and cozy. The snows should be thinning out and stopping by noonish. Read more ...
Saturday 21st February 2009, 8:44am
Light snow continued through much of yesterday and the winds didn't pick up to fairly late in the evening. Overnight though gale force winds and snow hit the region and it's not that easy to tell exactly how much snow fell due to the amount of drifting. The winds are still strong this morning and all but the lowest lifts will likely be on hold for much of the day. There's been drifting of up to 2m on higher lee slopes and in exposed areas all the recent fresh snow has likely been stripped away. Avalanche danger is very high and slides have been reported by ski patrol even within the resort boundary. Conditions are expected to moderate later today. Snowfalls are expected to continue through Monday night and then fine up on Tuesday. So not the best day today but once the winds ease and the lifts can open once more there's going to be a lot of fresh tracks to be had around the mountain. The snow though will not be the super light, fluffy stuff as it will be very wind affected a little more compacted. It'll depend on how much snow continues to fall once the winds have abated.
There is about 15-20cm or so of fresh snow on the car this morning and the Naeba resort is reporting about 30cm (but hearing of more on the floor from first hand reports).
So very good to hear that news this morning! Last night the rain turned into snow in the evening and started to stick and as forecast there are some fairly strong winds this morning, though perhaps not as strong as we were expecting. It is currently -2 degrees in Yuzawa and the snow is still falling, though not too heavy right now.
As far as I can see right now, the wind is having the following effect on resorts:
Naeba - gondolas closed, other lifts open; Kagura - just 2 lifts at Mitsumata open right now; Yuzawa Kogen - closed; Iwappara - some lifts may be slowed or stopped depending on the winds; GALA Yuzawa - planning to open 10am
Other lifts may be affected but winds will probably calm down as the day progresses.
It's quite bright though and even just before looked like it was going to clear up, but then the snow started again. The snow clouds are however forecast to clear up by this evening and it is looking like tomorrow will be one of those fine, sunny days with temperatures warming up once again.
The snow depths have added a fair few cm in the last week which is good news. I'm not quite sure why the official Kagura numbers seem unmoveable on 230cm, but new snow there has been! Right now, conditions out there today should be very good.
Nighta tonight is at the following resorts in Yuzawa: Naeba Yuzawa Nakazato Iwappara
In Minamiuonuma just to the north, nighta at: Ishiuchi Maruyama Centleisure Maiko Joetsu Kokusai
Great night of snow in Nozawa last night and it has not stopped. 50cm fell on Yamabiko over night and the base depth is now 270cm with more to come. There is 200cm at Uenotaira. The snow condition is great with very large flakes still falling. It will be an epic day on the mountain! It is currently -11C at the summit and -5C in the village. Visibility is not great and there is a 35km/h westerly blowing that will ease slightly this afternoon.
Light snow should continue to fall all weekend, and monday. Temperatures will get milder as the weekend progresses.
Over 40cm of fresh snow has settled at the valley level and up to 60cm in parts of the upper mountains. It is still snowing at a rate of 3cm/hour an looks like it will continue until midday. The afternoon may see the weather clear up an we may even see the sun.
There have been some strong winds this morning causing Tenjin to close but it seems to have calmed down at present.
Tomorrow looks like a blue sky sunny day with light winds and 40-60cm of fresh powder. Get amongst it! Read more ...
Shiga Kogen Now!
Saturday 21st February 2009, 10:14am
The winds did die down a bit yesterday only to be back later on in the evening when the snow was back and it is still snowing this morning. You might notice some decent jumps in the official snow depth numbers below - always good to see - but to give you an idea this morning I had to move about 15cm of snow off the top of my car. Nice light snow it was too, the conditions out on the ski hills will be very good this morning.
It's a cold morning, with the thermometer outside telling me -11 degrees.
The cold snap does not seem set to continue for long though as fine weather is on the forecast for tomorrow along with much warmer temperatures. Lets hope it can stay as low as possible to keep the snow in good condition.
Official resort snow depths as of 21st February 09:
Again today there are plenty of fresh tracks to be found, with another moderate snow fall again last night. Not as much as was expected, but enough to keep everyone happy. The biggest problem today is the wind, already lifts are closing and so there will probably be limited lift access throughout the day.
As it is also the weekend the congestion on the lifts is photo worthy this morning at Happo One. If you see a ridiculously long line try another lift, often shorter lifts have shorter queues. It may mean that you have to change a few times to get to the top of the mountain but I am sure it will be faster than waiting for the longer lifts, and it will definitely be warmer.
The temperature is meant to warm up again tomorrow, with expected temperatures of around 9 degrees. This will change snow conditions dramatically, with snow getting wet a heavy. So make the most of the day today, enjoy the sunshine and be careful on the slopes today, as they will be extremely busy.
So my friend says to me yesterday about the snow in Hakkai-san the other day (just up the road an hour thirty minutes from here) - the most he's witnessed yet this season!
Well last night it was supposed to snow a little (15cm or so) in Naeba and it did - plus an extra 45cm or more - we have 60cm on the table outside and on the floor it's way past the knees and up to the waste in most places. The wind is still howling and so not a lot is visible on the roads with snow drifting into buildings and giving us 1 to 2m drifts against buildings causing a bit of a struggle to open the door in the morning.
All gondolas and Dragondola are closed at Naeba with the usual wind stopping limitations on the top quad at Kagura which is closed. Read more ...
Saturday 21st February 2009, 14:08pm
Snow in the morning, now sunny.
Greetings powder fans! It was so windy last night that it's hard to tell how much snow has fallen, but fallen it has.
I took the liberty of personally & thoroughly inspecting conditions today, and by carefully skiing into as much powder as I could find, I have concluded that precisely 20 cm of snow fell overnight.
We had some pretty stiff winds today, by Furano standards. Only the Kitanomine quad and the Prince Romance lifts were open in the morning, but they have opened the upper lifts after lunch, with the exception of the gondola.
The sun has broken through, and it's a beautiful day to get some turns.