Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 30th May 2020

Niseko Now!

Monday 22nd January 2007, 9:05am
Weather conditions: Mainly clear skies.
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Today has dawned with sunshine and light winds. There was no new snow overnight and hasn't been any new snow for the past 48 hours. Currently it is around -4 degrees in the village and the visibility is very good.

Today is forecast to remain mostly clear with light winds and good visibility. The cloud cover should increase later in the afternoon/early evening with the wind increasing from the North, North West. There is some new snow forecast overnight and this should carry on into tomorrow with heavier falls expected tomorrow night.    Read more ...

Yuzawa Now!

Monday 22nd January 2007, 9:06am
Weather conditions: Sun, blue skies
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Well, it has started off with beautiful clear blue skies once again and there is no new snow to report this morning. It wasn't so cold overnight but there is still a blanket of fog early on in the valley just to the north of Yuzawa. At the moment it is 0 degrees outside the office, but that will probably warm up to around 4 during the day.

It looks like we are set for clouds to move in during the day and then hopefully snow to be falling before the evening and overnight. Having said that, we can't really expect any heavy snow, with just cloud forecast for the best part of tomorrow.

The resorts were fairly busy over the weekend with lots of people coming out to enjoy the fine weather - from talking with a number of resorts, it seems it was the busiest weekend of the season so far. Kagura has some fine snow conditions and other resorts too - especially in higher areas - but conditions at lower levels in places are getting rather spring-like and the ground is even showing through on a couple of runs.... so we could do with some more fresh snow to fall and give everywhere a good topup.   Read more ...

Naeba Now!

Monday 22nd January 2007, 9:13am
Weather conditions: Blue Skies!
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Again, crystal blue skies today, with a cool -5 on the temperature scale.

Powder reports coming back from Kagura yesterday, although the reports were a bit loose about detail so know idea exactly what it was like. Oh, hold on, now I think about it, there were reports back from Naeba about heavy sludgy snow in certain places. Also reports came of hard conditions on the gelande, though I checked the half-pipe out myself and had no icy problems there - the temperature became fairly warm which created a soft flat-bottom and transitions to the pipe. All in all, yesterday afternoon - the end of the weekend, turned out to be a bit of a lazy sunny, afternoon with punters seen sitting out in the sun listening to music while knocking back bottled beer.... nice.

No wind today either, so could be set for a warm one. Snow is forecast for tonight, so could be a good morning up top tomorrow!

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Minakami Now!

Monday 22nd January 2007, 9:20am
Weather conditions: Sunny
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
The much anticipated snow has not arrived! It is another beautiful blue sky day in Minakami with no wind. The forecast has now changed to snow starting from this evening and continuing through to tomorrow morning. After a few warm days some fresh snow would be much appreciated with some little shoots of sasa starting to show through in the village level ski areas.

There is also more snow forecast for this comming weekend, for both Saturday and Sunday. So Sunday especially could be good for powder hounds!   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Monday 22nd January 2007, 9:42am
Weather conditions: Sun, blue skies
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
The run of fine weather continues. After a very fine (almost spring like) day yesterday, the blue skies are still with us early this morning. It may not be like that all day though, with the forecast telling us to expect clouds this afternoon and then snow overnight.

The weekend saw more people arrive in the area and the slopes were at times fairly crowded but nothing too bad - not much waiting time at all.

We are now back to weekday operations, meaning that the resorts that will be open for nighta this evening will be just Ichinose Family & Diamnond.   Read more ...

Furano Now!

Monday 22nd January 2007, 10:12am
Weather conditions: Overcast with sunny spells.
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Yesterday was a great day for admiring the views and taking photots, the snow was still great, especially on the wider groomed runs, despite the lack of fresh snowfall.

There has been only a light dusting of new snow in the last 24 hours but the temperature is remaining low enough to preserve the snow quality. It was -10 at 8am this morning and isn't predicted to get higher than -5 today although it will probably feel warmer in the sun. It is currently overcast with sunny spells but it should snow later on this afternoon and then again tomorrow afternoon.   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Monday 22nd January 2007, 10:38am
Weather conditions: Clear
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Good morning. After the sun rose there was a light mantle of cloud draped along the crest of the Shirouma (Hakuba) San Zan. Just above that there was a thin ribbon of lenticular-like cloud. This is possibly indicative of high winds aloft. Other than this singular phenomenon the sky was clear. The forecast though is for overcast with some snow in the late afternoon.

The valley bottom forecast is for overcast, -3C to 3C, light winds from the north-west and snow for a few hours in the late afternoon.


The Hira Kawa Snow Study Plot (830m a.s.l.) the 0700 hr. reading is:

Sky: Few clouds
Temperature: Present: -5.5 C
Maximum: 3.0 C
Minimum: -7.0 C
Wind: Very light from the west
Winds aloft: suspected moderate from the north-west
Precipitation: Nil
Barometer and trend: 921 hPa and rising
Height of new snow in 24 hours (HN24): 0 cm
Total depth of snowpack (HS): 65 cm
Foot penetration: 22 cm
Surface: facets, size 3.5 mm
Density of surface snow: 160 kilograms per cubic meter
Crust: there is a weight bearing crust where the sun had much affect on the surface

Above Tree Line: Moderate

At Tree Line: Low

Below Tree Line: Low

N.B. The hazard may increase with daytime warming and/or increased load.

Travel Advisory:
The snowpack is generally continues to settle well. There seems to be a bit of competition between the formation of a surface melt-freeze crust and the surface recrystallization as a result of the relatively cold, clear nights. Probable surface hoar was reported by a drive-by observer in the valley bottom rice fields this morning.

Yesterday afternoon a "test" snow profile was dug at 1,600 m a.s.l. at the Tsuga Ike Panorama Way tram base station. The height of snow (HS) was generally 185 cm at this location. There is an active temperature gradient in the upper 50 cm. A single "compression test" (time constrains precluded further tests) gave no startling results. There were three "compression test moderate (CTM)" resistant planar shears at 9, 14 and 20 cm down from the surface. There was a "shovel test" shear down 90 cm from the surface. This was a non-planar break with 7mm faceted crystals at the interface. At 130 cm there is a 1 cm ice layer with a weaker layer above that (about 2 cm thick).

Note the daily increase in the density {three days ago: 80 kg/cubic metre (m3), two days ago: 110 kg/m3, yesterday: 140 kg/m3, today: 160 kg/m3}.

Daytime warming will probably raise the level of the hazard as would increased loading.

N.B. Yesterday a local ski-tour guide reports observing point releases below 1,200 m a.s.l. on north and south aspects of the ridges that radiate from the Happo One Lift Company area ridge south into the Hira Kawa valley. This was attributed to the day-time warming and not jus the direct effect of the sun's rays.
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Nozawa Onsen Now!

Monday 22nd January 2007, 12:04pm
Weather conditions: Fine and clear, snow expected later.
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Another picture perfect start to the day today in Nozawa; like yesterday the sun is shining and there is very little breeze. Snow is still expected for later this afternoon, and although the slopes are still in very good condition, it will be a welcome top up. The base depths are a little down on yesterday. Uenotaira has 125cm, and Yambiko has 170cm. The visibility for the moment is great, although that will change later this afternoon. Temperatures are -5C on the mountain and -3 in the village.

The forecast still says snow for today with around 6cm expected. Winds will pick up significantly, and light snow should continue at least until Wednesday night.
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