Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 27th May 2019
Sunday 21st February 2010, 6:04am
Cloud, light snow
An early report from Yuzawa this morning.
After that start to the day yesterday, by mid-afternoon it was snowing - and it was snowing into the evening. Just light snow in town but perhaps up to 10cm or so on the mountains. This morning there is just a sprinkling on the car outside and it is still snowing lightly.
It looks like we are on for a clear and sunny day once the remaining clouds move on and more fine weather tomorrow as well.... getting particular warm tomorrow, perhaps up to around +6 degrees (a high of around +2 is forecast for today).
We've had another light top up this morning with about 5cm falling in the village and 8cm up top. Combine this with blue skies and sunshine and you have a fun day ahead. There may even be enough fresh snow for some skiing through the trees up at Yamabiko. Just make sure you're up there before the crowds.
Unfortunately our wait for a big dump continues. There isn't any snow forecast for the coming few days and long range forecast shows some rain on the horizon.
Some light snow fell from yesterday afternoon bringing 5cm of fresh snow to the valley and up to 20cm in the upper mountains. It continues to snow very lightly this morning but should clear by 10:00 to leave a clear blue sky day.
The remainder of this week is looking warm with rain forecast at the valley level on Tuesday and Friday but snow expected above 1200m. This means Spring snow conditions at most resorts in Minakami.
The Japan Met. office is forecasting cooler temperatures in March so hopefully the mid-March snow storms should top up the snow for the end of the season.
Everything turned out perfectly these last two days; there was snow and wind, but it came at the end of the day, after everyone went home. So now we have a bluebird day, with maybe 20cm of fresh powder and mild temperatures.
The official reports aren't out yet, but add about 20xm to the listing below, and you've got the situation (everyone still has at least two meters of base, so things are good, to say the least). Time to go out and play, and we'll catch up on the latest base figures shortly.
Sunny skies and already warming up this morning here in Hakuba as the sun beams down on the resorts. Some clouds still lingering around this morning but hopefully these will burn off soon with the warming today.
One can expect to find some nice springish conditions on the lower slopes today and still find good dry packed powder up higher. There are some serious mogul fields forming out there on the resorts for those of you who enjoy the bumps, but also good chopped pow and crud on non-groomed runs.
We were expecting to have sunshine today and happily are enjoying a good weekend ski day with warm temps and soft springlike snow. Get your sun glasses and sun cream out as it is going to be bright!
Sorry for the late report today - there were a few technical problems this morning that prevented me from posting... but better late than never!
Today has been a busy day on the slopes of Zao. Started off partly cloudy with some blue sky but it has generally been a cloudy day even though we were expecting more clearer conditions. Lunchtime there was a huge queue for the main Ropeway going up to the top of the mountain -- some people waiting for over an hour -- but this is one of the peak weekends of the season so to be expected. Once up there, for most of the time it was low visibility and the scenery showing itself just every so often. So quite changeable conditions and tomorrow looks like it will be similar with just cloud on the forecast.
Today I spent about five hours boarding around the mountain, and I was not the only out enjoying the day's excellent conditions. The sun was shining, and the ski resort was packed. I don't think I've seen real lines on the Kitanomine side for the Gondola this year (which was up and running again yesterday), but today, people were out in droves, and rightly so. The temperature hovered around -5 degrees for the majority of the midday hours, but with all that sun it felt like spring.
Yesterday, the texture of the snow had a rough quality to it that made it less enjoyable than usual, but even though we didn't get any new snow to speak of overnight, it felt like a new mountain. The ungroomed black diamond runs are the place to go if you are looking for practically untouched snow. There were still piles of powder to be had on the lesser-travelled runs, which should be supplemented by snow showers forecasted for later this evening. Temperatures will fall slightly overnight, but it will remain relatively mild throughout the rest of Sunday. The wind made it up to about 3 m/s, but with the clear skies you will be too busy enjoying the scenery to notice. Happy skiing! Read more ...
Sunday 21st February 2010, 16:27pm
It has been a fine day here in Naeba. A busy one too.
The people have been up there were treated to 15cm or so of fresh snow this morning but the snow eased off morning and there were some very good conditions up there to be found.
The sun made an appearance too and it looks likely that tomorrow will be a fine sunny day and fairly warm as well with the temps likely to reach around 5 degrees.
After that we can expect the warmer conditions to continue but with a chance of rain as well so fingers crossed that doesn't happen.
Another busy weekend in Shiga Kogen is almost over and the resorts have been quite crowded at times. We had just a sprinkling of snow last night and fine weather from early on with the sun out and some fine blue skies.
Tomorrow looks like it should be pretty much similar conditions followed by a run of mild fair weather days.
Nighta this evening planned at the following resort area:
- Ichinose Family
Official resort snow depths as of 21st February 10:
Got back to the Niseko area just a little while ago and it looks like I missed a glorious, mostly sunny day. Yesterday we had good snowfalls through much of the day but the wind up high remained strong. There was around another 15cm of snow since last report and due to the winds a lot more drifting onto lee slopes up higher. With the new snow and moderating winds it would have been a very nice day up on the mountain today. As I came past Mt Youtei quite a few line could be seen from people who'd taken advantage of the clear skies and did the climb up. An approaching low pressure system will see conditions deteriorate tomorrow and winds strengthen later in the day with reasonable amounts of snow to fall tomorrow night into Tuesday. Currently still looking like mild temps and rain likely on Thursday but hopefully turning back to snow on Friday.
Current Official Snow Depths:
Grand Hirafu: Top - 340 Bottom - 220
Niseko Village: Top - 390 Bottom - 240
Annupuri: Top - 355 Bottom - 230
Niseko Avalanche Info No.68
Moiwa base 6am: -7℃, mild breeze with 15cm of overnight snowfall. Coastal data: NW7m/s at Benkei cape, N3m/s, 1.6m waves and 1020hPa at Kamui cape. Annupuri peak 6am: NW9.2m/s, -13℃. Strong gusts have persisted during the night, topping NW45.2m/s at 20:00. Snowdrift developments are drastic, max 120cm in leeward ridgeline above 1000m. The stabilization of these deep and heavy slabs is slow. Considerable avalanche hazards (60cm or greater) are present in Higashi-One steep slopes, upper Backbowl, Osawa cornice slopes and Mikaeri no sawa knoll area. Potential trigger layer is Feb 19th or the weak lines within the snowdrifts. Surface slab slides occur suddenly and a wide surface collapses simultaneously. The running speed is also very fast, mostly impossible to escape. Peak gates are scheduled to open at 10:30, however keep in mind that the avalanche risk is high today. Avoid wide-open slopes with wind-ripples and steep slopes, especially near knolls and cornices. The snow in the tree below 800m is starting to stabilize. Avalanches do happen, be conscious. Better not overestimate technology and knowledge. Do you have your beacon switched on?