Snow and weather reports posted on Wednesday 22nd May 2019
Sunday 22nd February 2009, 6:43am
Despite the nice weather yesterday, temps stayed low, keeping the powder intact and squeaky on the landings. Today will be even sunnier, but the heat will come with it, making the slush a problem in the afternoon and maybe as early as late morning. But more snow tonight; heaps of it in fact, falling until noonish tomorrow. Read more ...
Sunday 22nd February 2009, 7:11am
Early on it is a fine morning here in Yuzawa and it looks likely to be a sunny morning, perhaps clouding over later this afternoon. Unfortunately it is looking like we might be in for some rain overnight and tomorrow as those temperatures rise again.
Major storms ripped through Hokkaido and Northern Japan yesterday, with Furano remaining relatively unscathed. It even cleared up for a few hours, inviting picture-perfect bluebird runs on untouched powder.
Elsewhere in Hokkaido, over 100 flights were delayed, canceled, or divereted, and even the JR train system experienced major delays and cancellations. Many people visiting Furano didn't even realize the severity of the storm as we enjoyed good conditions but rather high winds. Sometimes it's good to be in the middle!
Light snow fell off and on all day yesterday with a little more overnight, resulting in 5 cm new accumulation in the past 24 hours.
Despite a moderate southerly wind, the ski hill has advised that they expect all lifts at full operation today. The wind should die down this afternoon, with temperatures warming to near freezing. Patches of light snow are predicted throughout the day.
Again today there are plenty of fresh tracks to be found and nice freshly groomed runs to be found also. The sun is shining in full-strength so runs may be getting a bit icy at bottom as the day progresses. The wind has died down a lot compared to yesterday which left many lifts closed. We can expect to see shorter lift lines since people will have more of a variety of lifts to choose from, however, it is still the weekend and many weekend-skiers will be out leaving a bit more of congested runs and lift lines.
The snow is likely to be wet a heavy today with all the sunshine we are receiving. We are expecting it to warm up even more tomorrow so go out and enjoy the snow and find some of those snow patches that have yet to be discovered. Make the most of the day today, enjoy the sunshine and be careful on the slopes today, as there will be the usual Sunday crowds.
Heavy snow and gale force winds continued yesterday into the early afternoon. The wind then started to abate and only snow showers passed over the region through the night. This morning though the snow is back in force and more reasonably heavy falls are expected throughout the day. The wind is much lighter and the snow falling is great quality this morning. This snowfall is from another weak low pressure system moving in from the west and a little milder air will move in as the day progresses. Expect the temp to get near freezing later in the afternoon and the snow will get a little heavier. Temps though will drop back well below freezing tonight. The peak gates including gate 4 are likely to remain closed today as avalanche danger below Higashi One ridge remain very high and will need another day or so to stabilize. Numbers in the village are starting to drop off significantly so finding fresh lines out there shouldn't be a problem. Tomorrow is expected to be mostly fine at this stage although there may be a few snow showers clearing in the morning. Beyond that more snow is expected mid week and next weekend.
It is a crystal clear morning this morning in Nozawa. No new snow fell last night. Base depths are 240cm at Yamabiko and 200cm at Uenotaira. Snow condition is still very good at the summit; powder. On the lower levels of the resort however, there is now an icy crust after sun in the afternoon yesterday. Visibility is very good. It is currently 0C at the summit and 4C in the village. There is a westerly breeze of 30km/h.
New snow should fall high on the mountain tonight and tomorrow morning, but with the warmer conditions rain may fall in the the village and on the lower parts of the resort.
A bit warmer this morning, 4 degrees outside. No wind and the sun is out. All operational at Naeba and Kagura along with crowds of people.
No new snow to speak of today but there is still lots of powder to be found in the usual sneaky spots. Read more ...
Shiga Kogen Now!
Sunday 22nd February 2009, 14:36pm
Sun > cloud
Yesterday was a cold one but those temperatures are back up today... starting off not too bad around -5 this morning but with a hazy sun kind of day in the region it warmed up a bit and was above zero earlier this afternoon. The hazy blue has turned into a more silver grey as the afternoon has moved on though and we might even be in for some snow overnight tonight though perhaps can't expect much more than a few cm.
Looks like it is once again going to be the rather mild this coming week.
Official resort snow depths as of 22nd February 09: