Snow and weather reports posted on Tuesday 21st May 2019
Monday 24th February 2014, 7:09am
Partly cloudy, blue sky and sun
Early morning here in Yuzawa and the sun is out over the town. Some cloud around but not much and lots of blue sky. Temperatures dipped to -6 degrees overnight and we're expected to warm up to around +3 today.
Yesterday was a mix of conditions - light snow at times, sun at times, there was even a bit of dare I say it rain just to the north of Yuzawa though that didn't last long. But it was quite a mild day and I have heard various reports on snow conditions... ranging from really good up at Kagura to a somewhat less good and wetter further down near town.
The forecast seems to have changed from lots of sun to less and even the chance of snow (or sleet) at times tomorrow. Warmer conditions still seem very likely this week with the peak around Wednesday/Thursday after which we will hopefully go back to colder conditions.
Too early for some of the resort numbers below to be updated for the day.
Another Monday; indeed the last one of Febraury. Can hardly believe that at the end of this week we'll be into March. Where does the season go? (Perhaps a good idea to point out for those who might not know that parts of Niseko plan be open through until the first part of May, so there's plenty of time left).
No new snow this morning to report but a cold start to the day.
It's a beautiful morning. Blue skies, just a few clouds around, and calm.
We are told to expect similar conditions tomorrow. Nudging up getting a bit warmer mid week before the cold due to return by the weekend - hopefully bringing with it some fresh snow. I don't think we can expect much more out of Febraury in terms of snowfall though.
Niseko Avalanche Report
Niseko base 6am: -6C, no overnight snowfall. Moiwa 800m: -7C, SW6m/s, no snowfall. Annupuri 1150m: -11C, no snowfall and calm. Hirafu 1000m: -7C, no snowfall. Peak 1308m: NW12.2m/s, -9.3℃. Coastal data: Benkei cape SW2m/s, Kamui cape SW16m/s, 1.3m waves, 1024hPa.
Calm morning under a high-pressure system with occasional strong winds. There are no newly formed snowdrifts and the general avalanche risk is low. Peak gates will open from the morning. Large temperature change due to radiation cooling, notably in south facing slopes under 800m could lead cracks forming in steeper grades. Full depth avalanches are still unlikely to occur, however better be aware and prepared for it. Do not duck ropes to enter strictly off-limits areas; Haru no Taki and Yu no Sawa. Today's surface layer will form a notable Feb 22nd-23rd layer in the future snowpack. The snow condition has been good. Beware of over speeding, hitting trees, falling into cracks and too much drinking.
Many hazards are present in winter mountains, but most can be avoided if being prudent. Have a nice day.
Official snow depth numbers and lift news at time of writing:
As expected, the sun is out this morning and there's blue skies around.
Cold to start the day off but it should warm up a bit today - but warm up more in the coming few days. The warmer it gets of course the more the snow conditions will be affected of course, so let's just hope it doesn't go wild on this mild spell and there's a return to colder conditions by the weekend. We're getting ahead of ourselves there though, for now should be a good morning.
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
A fine day yesterday, warming up in the sun in the afternoon and mostly clear skies; quite a lot of cloud forming around the mountains by the time the lifts closed for the day.
There has been no new snowfall since yesterday.
Temperatures of around -8C overnight and again this morning the early morning cloud has quickly disappeared over Hakuba leaving us with clear blue skies and stunning views of the mountain peaks. A high temp. of around +1C is expected today.
Mixed forecasts for tomorrow ranging from cloud/sun to the chance of some light snow showers from time to time. Wednesday and Thursday are still due to warm up certainly more than we'd like.
Official snow depth numbers and operations (as of 24th 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
Sun, blue skies... bluebird! Cold start too and at least today it should remain cold even with the sun out.
We're told to expect similar conditions over the next few days (apart from the chance of some light snow showers later tomorrow?) but warmer temperatures mid-week and by warm I mean venturing into numbers above zero. (One forecast even has rain down for Thursday, so I'm hoping we can avoid that of course).
Official snow depth data, as of Monday 24th February 2014):
Lots of blue sky above Nozawa this morning and the sun is shining down on us. It was cold overnight again and still down at around -5 degrees, a high of around +1 degree is forecast for today. So not getting too warm, and snow conditions should keep.
Tomorrow due to start sunny but the chance of light snow showers later followed by clearer skies again mid week along with that warm up we are expecting particularly around Thursday (high temps of around 7C?). Let's hope the forecast adjusts itself before then and it doesn't warm up so much.
For now though it should be a very good morning to get up there early and that's just what I'll do from now.