It's another sunny day, although high thin clouds are moving in, along with the low pressure cell that should bring some fresh snow for tomorrow. That should help in the backcountry as well, where the sun of the apst two days made for some crusty conditions.
It was actually nice to see some crowds on the slopes over the weekend, as things have been pretty quiet this year. Apart from the big school groups, the schools are having a tough year (so support your local ski/board school, or something like that).
The forecast got things wrong yesterday. After thant cloudy snowy start, around mid-morning the clouds started clearing up and by lunchtime the sun was out and it turned out to be a very fine day with lots of blue sky. It was also rather mild once again and a fair bit of snow melt going on out there.
It is a colder start to the day here and while earlier on the sun was out, it has clouded over in the last hour or so and it's grey/silver skies all around at the moment with cloud or or perhaps periods of sun forecast for the day. Later on though the snow clouds should be back and tomorrow we should be back to winter conditions and snow throughout the day.
After that it is looking likely we'll see the sun again on Wednesday with another mild spell before the cold coming back next weekend. As you know, though, things can change very quickly....!
Yesterday turned out to be a bright and sunny day with the clouds quickly moving on. This morning started off fine as well but it has clouded over and we're probably on for just a cloudy day. It's a slightly colder start though it is still relatively mild but we have colder temperatures forecast for tomorrow along with snow. After that, perhaps another milder few days before the cold comes back late week and possibly into the weekend.
It's very changeable at the moment... would be good to see a more solid cold front come in to keep things going as good as they started this year. Still, good conditions out there.
Sunny weather and blue skies for the most part yesterday and while today looks set to be another fine one, it's not quite as blue as it was. And for the forecast has clouds moving in later on and a good chance of snow later tonight and into tomorrow.
It's a fairly mild morning (for late January) but still thankfully keeping below 0 and so the snow is keeping good. A good new cover of snow by tomorrow would be just the ticket.
The resort areas are looking very uncrowded now after a fairly busy weekend on the mountains.
Nighta this evening planned at the following resort areas:
- Ichinose Diamond
Official resort snow depths as of 25th January 10:
It's another fine day here in Zao - though more cloudy than it has been. Another mild one too with the temperature outside now hanging around the 0 degrees mark at the moment. Having said all that snow is forecast for later on in the day and hopefully tomorrow too.
I'd say we could do with some new snow now as the milder conditions means right now conditions out there are crustier than we are used to in places lower down on the mountain - while generally still pretty good, a good new blanket of snow would be most welcome.
Hakuba is under high flat cloud today, making it bright and visibility clear. The day should warm up nicely, getting up to around 2 degrees later in the day. This will help soften the hard pack after a very cold night last night.
You can expect powder, chopped powder and crud as well as smooth groomers out there today on the hill. It is progressively getting warmer as the week moves on and later this afternoon we can expect a light dusting of snow. Winds will be picking up throughout the day coming in from a north westerly direction.
Over the next couple of days the conditions will stay much the same, sunshine and cloud with light winds.
Current Avalanche Bulletin:
Alpine: Considerable Tree Line: Moderate Below Tree Line: Moderate
This morning we awoke to a realatively mild day at -2deg at the base of the mountain. Early morning to mid morning there was moderate snowfall with a total accumulation of 5cm in the village. The snowfall stopped around 10am and then the sun broke through the clouds. There is good skiing on well groomed runs topped with fresh powder. Evidence of warm temps could be seen by the amount of melt on the roads. Kitanomine roads were busy with the snow clean up crews - so our streets are now substantially wider and snow banks straighter than they were. Read more ...
Monday 25th January 2010, 13:57pm
Yesterday was a great day on the mountain with only light snow falling, little wind and some very deep snow to be found out through some of the gates. It cleared up in the evening making for some great night riding for those still with the stamina to keep going.
From about midnight some more snow started moving through as the warm front approached the region. The winds turned around to the SW early this morning and temperatures have moved up to around freezing at the base of the mountain there has been snow falling but it's a little heavy down low. Cooler air is on the way though as the low pressure system moves further to the east. Tomorrow's top temp in the village is expected to barely get much above -10 degrees!
Currently it is snowing fairly heavily in the resort with strong winds up high which are keeping the top lifts on wind hold. Wind will be a bit of an issue over the next couple of days it seems. Wednesday and Thursday will become a little milder once more before what appears will be a reasonably prolonged period of sustained cool temps and snowy weather.
Current Official Snow Depths:
Grand Hirafu: Top - 270 Bottom - 160
Niseko Village: Top - 310 Bottom - 170
Annupuri: Top - 285 Bottom - 190
Niseko Avalanche Info No.41
Moiwa base 6am: -3℃, 5cm of humid snow overnight. Coastal data: -3m/s SSW at Benkei cape, 22m/s SW, 1.5m waves and 1003hp at Kamui cape. Annupuri peak wind: 2m/s SE at 6am, predicted to pick up to 30m/s WSW at noon. This pre-low snowfall is foreseen to form a potential trigger layer under the coming storm. The avalanche risk is low this morning, however will start to rise from higher altitude as the wind and snow pick up. Most avalanche related accidents happen during snowstorms. Many weak interfaces form in suddenly developing snowdrifts, it may appear solid and stable but are very easily collapsible with the slightest stimulation. A skier got lost and finally found in the Backbowl yesterday. This valley is not a regular route to Annupuri ski resort, better not blindly listen to what other people say. Don’t go if you don’t know where you’re going. Gate 2 (Annupuri), 3 (Hirafu) and 4 (Fujiwara) will be closed today. Gate 6 (Moiwa) will open at 9:30 but may close anytime. Respect the ski patrol’s decisions. Don’t duck ropes!