Snow and weather reports posted on Tuesday 21st May 2019
Sunday 23rd February 2014, 7:53am
Just a few more cm of fresh snow to report this morning.
After the clear start to the weekend yesterday, we're back to more cloudy conditions this morning. Light snow earlier but no snow falling right now as I write this. There's just a light wind and a temperature of about -6 degrees. So just a cloudy day today perhaps?
The forecast continues to tell us to expect sun and clearer skies again tomorrow and the first part of the week. It is also going to be milder and temperatures at base may venture into positive territory.
Niseko Avalanche Report
Niseko base 6am: -8C, 2cm of snowfall since dawn. Moiwa 800m: W6m/s, -9C, 5cm of fresh. Annupuri 1150m: WNW7m/s, 5cm of new snow. Hirafu 1000m: -8C, light dusts. Peak 1308m: NW10.4m/s, -12.2℃, 12 o’clock forecast NW10m/s. Coastal data: Benkei cape NNW10m/s, Kamui cape SSW3m/s, 0.7m waves, 1027hPa.
Calm morning in spaced out isobars wintry pressure pattern. The overall avalanche risk is low. Peak gates will open from the morning. Please refer to the ski patrol’s advice before stepping out of the gates. The mountain is tracked out, but the snow remains good except in south facing slopes. Beware of over-speeding, hitting trees and falling into cracks. Many hazards other than avalanches are present in the mountain. This information is made to secure the minimum safety of people skiing in Niseko. Thoughtless actions can lead to serious consequences. Never overestimate yourself and be prudent. Precaution is key to avoid accidents.
Official snow depth numbers and lift news at time of writing:
Another 10cm since yesterday - the car didn't move yesterday and that's what is on the top of the car this morning. It is a bit early for some of the resorts to report and so the numbers below are not updated for today - but from what is available, Maiko are reporting 10cm, Kagura are reporting 5cm and Naeba just a dusting. It was snowing for pretty much all of the day yesterday.
There was very light lazily falling snow earlier this morning but it seems to have stopped now, at least here at town level and probably continuing on the mountains.
Cloud and light snow showers seems to be the general forecast for the area today, followed by clearer conditions tomorrow and beyond. Or perhaps before as I can see that there's some blue sky already over the Kagura and Naeba areas. We might get to see some of that a bit later here too...
Should be good snow conditions this morning.
By all accounts it is going to warm up considerably from Tuesday. Daytime temps up to around 7 dgreees around Wednesday perhaps.
Nice blue skies over Madarao this morning. Just a few fluffy clouds joining in. It is nice and cold.
Should be a very good day.
Now, ahead of us we have more blue skies and sun over the next few days, along with gradually warming up temps as well. Especially around Wednesday and Thursday we can expect it to be perhaps almost spring-like warm (nooo!) and there looks like there's a chance of rain as well (noooooo!). Forecasts can change so let's hope that bit does. What does look certain though is that we are down for a warmer patch of weather this coming week.
Operating lifts (planned):
Number 1 Number 2 Number 3A Number 2 quad Number 5 Super quad Number 11 Number 12 Number 13 Number 15 Moving walkway Kids Park
The forecast was right; after a lovely day in Hakuba yesterday - blue sky but a few clouds hanging around for the views - we had another very cold night and there's no new snow overnight to report.
Clear blue skies over Hakuba this morning with the early morning cloud that we had at sunrise quickly disappearing and currently hardly a trace of cloud to see.
It's cold too so the snow should be good this morning. Temperatures are set to approach zero today down at base.
There's quite a lot of clear weather on the forecast for the coming week and a distinct lack of fresh snow. Around Wednesday/Thursday it's set to really warm up but hopefully cold will be back in time for next weekend.
Official snow depth numbers and operations (as of 23rd February 2014):
Hakuba Goryu: Reporting 0cm of new snowfall. Upper - 280cm Toomi - 180cm Iimori - 160cm
Hakuba 47: Reporting 0cm of new snowfall. Upper - 260cm Lower - 95cm
It's a cold and calm morning here in Zao with just cloudy conditions at the moment, hardly any wind.
There's a chance of light snow showers apparently but from tomorrow should be the first day of a period of a few days of clear weather conditions and a warming up as well especially as we approach mid week.
No sign of serious dumpage on the other side of the wamrer patch just yet, but hopefully (obviously) something like that will not be far behind...
Official snow depths (23rd February 14): Utopia: 310cm Chuo: 260cm Paradise: 300cm Uwanodai: 180cm Read more ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Sunday 23rd February 2014, 10:05am
Morning from Nozawa.
I'm posting this at 10am and there's less cloud than there was earlier on. At the moment the sun is shining down on us here in the village and most parts of the mountain too. Clearing up set to continue would be my guess.
Temperatures went down to as cold as -7C overnight but at the moment it is +1C and might rise just slightly more today. -6C up on the top Yamabiko runs.
As for new snow, the resort reported 5cm at Yamabiko and 3cm at Uenotaira overnight, none on lower slopes.
Clear and sunny conditions forecast for the coming few days still along with those warmer conditions I think I mentioned. Mid week in particular is going to really warm up and we might see temps of up to +7 degrees in the village and the freezing level right up beyond the top of the resort at over 2000m.
The photos in the report today (see below) are from yesterday. As you can see, very fine weather!
Courses All courses open except: Kandahar West Kandahar East Read more ...
Sunday 23rd February 2014, 11:22am
Clear on the slopes, cloud above
Yesterday's sunny start turned to snow and some fog up high; today it's sunny below with clouds/fog above the ski areas. Not a bad combination - good visibility on the slopes; not too much sun on the snow for the backcountry crowd. Basically not much wind, either.
The region is expecting warmer conditions in the coming week, especially as we get to mid week.