Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 30th May 2020
Tuesday 22nd December 2009, 9:42am
Very light snow overnight. It's stayed cold, too, which has meant very good early-season conditions, although there's the threat of warming — maybe even some light rain — tomorrow. Shouldn't last, though.
Pretty gusty this morning, although the winds died out in time for the start of lift operations.
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
The snow was falling for a good part of yesterday and since the last report here I would say that was have welcomed another 20-30cm or so of snow down to town level. Things are looking good, and the resorts will all be very happy and relieved that they have so much snow before Christmas and New Year. There's enough snow now for surely most runs at resorts to be open up.
Kagura are now reporting 150cm of snow with an additional 5cm overnight.
Today will be a very fine day to be out on the mountains. Early on the sun is out and hardly a cloud in the sky - despite a 'cloud' forecast for today. Clouds are there to the north though and may well be moving in as the day progresses. For now though, great weather, great snow and some very empty looking slopes.
Looking a bit further ahead it seems we are in for a milder spell with not much snow lined up over the next week or so - and perhaps some rain as it gets a bit warmer. Lets hope we can avoid that.
Not much change overnight since my report late yesterday. There was some occasional light snow through the night that will keep the piste in great condition but not enough to fill in yesterdays tracks off-piste. Occasional light snow showers will continue through today and the next couple of days with temperatures getting close to freezing at village level during the day. So we should see all the new snow around start to settle and compact down. Still some great deep turns to be had out there today though, especially in lee slopes. All gates accessing the side country are still closed and will remain so for the next few days until avalanche danger subsides. Still looking good for another system with reasonably good falls to come through from Boxing Day and then further out it looks like a fairly major system will see out the end of the year with a return to very cold and snowy weather.
Yesterday we were experiencing some blizzard-like conditions at times that affected resort operations. Lots of snow blowing around as well.
Things have cleared up for this morning and we are being treated early on to some bright blue skies and the sun is out. It remains very cold with Kumanoyu reporting a temperature of -14.5 degrees C. So a fair few layers needed!
Snow conditions out there are really very good right now. Still not huge snow depths but what's there is good. It's quiet too, so today is a great day to be on the slopes.
Tomorrow more of the area will be open - close to fully opening? - and expect more people to be in Shiga Kogen as it is a national holiday.
Over the next week or so there it looks likely that it won't be as cold and we can't expect huge snowfalls... more like a mix of fine weather with the odd snow shower. Lower down in Nagano there may well be rain this week but Shiga Kogen should escape that...
Official resort snow depths as of 22nd December 09:
Snow is still falling in Zao this morning, though the winds are not as strong as they got to be at times yesterday. Perhaps 10cm or so since the last report so the snow depth on the mountain is gradually increasing. It isn't quite as cold this morning with temperatures in the minus single figures - but this is Zao in winter, so it's still cold!
Tomorrow is a national holiday in Japan so it will likely be the busiest day so far. The mountain is big though, enough space for everyone and the snow conditions are good. Most of the courses are now open except for the steepest runs.
Sick conditions over the last few days with something for everyone and a much deserved powder hit taken by those in need.
The sky came out a bit today and morning groomers with chopped (or not) powder off the sides is better than a coffee any day of the Winter. It looks like clouds are forecast to come in this avo with some light snow possible. Wind is strong up top and at last report the Happo Alpen lift was still closed due to strong wind.
More of the same forecast for tomorrow with the sun poking his head out Christmas Eve hopefully, also temperatures look a little higher (low zeros to 6/8) over Christmas.
Observed snow over the past 24hrs: 5cms (at Happo Base)
Currently open: Sun Alpina, Sanosaka, Goryu, Hakuba 47, Happo-One, Iwatake, Tsugaike, Cortina.
The weather is changing quickly here - this morning we're back to the sun and fine weather. Yesterday was a bit of a wild one with at times blizzard like conditions and surely another 30+cm or so on the mountain. Down in the village the snow depth is looking pretty good as well and there are smiles all round as we can suddenly get the season off to a decent start.
The sun may be out but it's cold, minus 8 degrees cold in the village. I suspect that will rise a bit as the day progresses and over the next few days it looks like we are on for some milder weather... and perhaps we won't be seeing much new snowfall for a few days, lower down the mountain at least.
Conditions are great out there now though, so no complaints. Santa is set to make some appearances on the 24th and 25th - and it's rumoured that he'll be dealing out candy to the kids, so look out for him if you are making your way to Naeba at Christmas.
Tomorrow is a national holiday so expect things to be busier than a normal weekday.
The snow started around 7pm last night and has coninued on and off up until now. There was an accumulation of 7cm in the village since the last report. Today there are great powder conditions on the mountain, with plenty of the amazing light and dry Furano powder. Conditions on the mountain are not particularly cold today which will make carving through the powder just that much better.
The big news for today is that KITANOMINE is OPEN! The Kitanomine Swift Lift No.1, Kitanomine Romance No.2, and Link Lift are operating but not the Gondola. The skiable terrain in Kitanomine is limited to the Link Run and Rinkan Course.
Night skiing is availble on the Furano Zone side until 8:30pm. If you are on the mountain on Dec 24 and 25 keep your eyes peeled for Santa Claus who will take a break from his work to sample the Furano powder. Read more ...
Tuesday 22nd December 2009, 12:14pm
A beautiful clear day after the snow of the past couple. Lines appearing all over the mountains as people take advantage of the fresh snow and perfect visibility. The sun is out and trying hard to melt the snow off the trees.
Well after the fine snowfalls over the weekend the forecast was for light snow today but it has generally turned out to be a been a fine day with the sun making extended appearances. It has clouded over somewhat later on in the day but currently this evening just cloudy.
It's looking like tomorrow should be a fine day with the sun appearing once again and rather mild too with temperatures perhaps rising to around +4 degrees in the village. Things should cool down later in the day though with a chance of snow especially high up on the mountain.