Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 25th May 2020
Sunday 27th December 2009, 9:19am
Hakuba didn't receive any new snow last night and awoke to flat cloud cover this morning. This cloud cover should clear through the day and allow the sun through as the day progresses. Temperatures today are warm again today, but unlike the past couple of days there isn't the sun to soften the slopes this morning.
The holidays have officially started in Japan which means the slopes will be very busy today. There could be some congestion on the main slopes of the resorts, with lift lines getting longer by mid-morning.
Conditions on the runs will be much the same as yesterday with chopped and packed powder and hard pack. Again the sun over the past couple of days did a great job of melting the south facing aspects, this in turn causing freeze crust.
Snow is expected this coming week, which will add to the already good base that we have.
Present avalanche conditions: Considerable (in the alpine) Considerable (in the tree line) Considerable (below tree line)
More settlement in the snowpack over the past days have decreased the avalanche level from high to considerable. Still there is a good wind slab out there and leeward slopes will have inconsistent depths in the snowpack. South facing aspect will have had a lot of solar radiation and thus in afternoons will be softenin up, wet snow slides will be possible on these aspects. Due caution should be taken entering steeper start zones in the alpine as snowpack will be variable and possible instability around convex ridges and rocks.
The was a snow storm starting yesterday afternoon which lasted through until late evening. This left 25cm of new snow on the ground. The snow is a little heavy and it is likely to be wind affected on the mountain.
A nice calm day on the mountain this morning with good visibility. It is currently snowing lightly. There is some cloud cover around the top runs. Temperatures are very cold, so it may be wise to grab a hot coffee from a vending machine and hold on to it once your fingers say "im cold". With all the fresh snow around there will be some very happy skiers today.
Kitanomine Gondola is operating for the first time this season. From the top of the gondola the only course open is the Premium Zone which is definitely for advanced skiers only.
Night skiing is open on both sides of the mountain until 8:30pm. Read more ...
Sunday 27th December 2009, 9:54am
After a mostly cloudy day, it started raining later on in the evening though (wet) snow falling in higher areas - just a sprinkling. Down at town level there was light rain falling earlier this morning too but right now it has cleared up and it is just cloudy. It looks like the weather should clear up as the day moves on.
Wednesday night is on the radar for the start of another bout of decent snowfall on the forecast.... with some heavy snow forecast from then through into New Year. As you can no doubt see with the official snow depth numbers below, they have been decreasing the last few days with the milder temperatures and rain having their influence, so the new snow will be very welcome.
Expect conditions out there today to be fairly heavy snow and perhaps get icy in the shade later on.
It is colder this morning and just cloudy as I write this. Currently around -4 with Kumanoyu reporting a temperature of -6 degrees. It might even clear up as the day moves on, but no chance of snow today. We might see some snow falling tomorrow though and then we have a very good chance of seeing snow clouds bring us some considerable cm of fresh snow over that New Year period, probably starting around Wednesday evening. Fingers crossed for a snowy New Year.
Yesterday the slopes weren't really busy at all and today looks like things will be the same - perhaps it will be from Wednesday when the New Year crowds start appearing and make the slopes seem busier......
Official resort snow depths as of 27th December 09:
We are enjoying more fine weather today here in Zao, but it is much colder than it was yesterday. There is a lot of fast-moving cloud around but some blue sky as well from time to time.
Snow clouds might be with us this evening though and a chance of snowfall overnight - nothing considerable though. From Wednesday afternoon though we can expect a few days of healthly snowfall as the next winter snap moves in so it looks like it will be a cold and snowy new year period.
The next significant snowfall seems to be due around New Year.
Kiri is such a nicer word than "fog," but we have some foggy conditions on the slopes today. We do get our share of fog here, I overheard a family say that it was "Myoko-rashii" (Myoko style) today.
A full day of sun yesterday, with a dusting of snow overnight; probably 5cm or so. The snow conditions have remained pretty good on the slopes, however, with the few small thin spots more due to aggressive grooming than to lack of snow. So far.
The local forecast is for snow for the rest of this week—perfect for the holiday crowds if the weather people are correct.
Akakura Onsen: Ginrei No. 3, No. 5; Kumado No. 1, No. 2 No. 4, No. 6; Yodel Super Quad; Chuo Lift; Maruyama Triple; Sekimi Pair Lift. Operating 8:30 to 4. Night skiing at Kumado, 5 to 9 p.m.
Akakan (Akakura Kanko): All lifts open. Operating 8:30 to 3:30.
Ikenotaira: All lifts open.
Myoko Suginohara: Gondola 8 to 4; Suginohara No. 1 Romance, 8:15 to 4:30; Mitahara No. 2, 3.
Seki Onsen: Open
Myoko Ski Park: Open
Tangram: Lifts No. 3, 4, 5 and 6. Operations 8:30 to 6.
Yesterday it clouded over more as the day progresses and while we had some sleet down at lower levels, there was some light snow overnight on the mountain. Just a bit though with Kagura reporting 3cm of snow this morning.
It is a chilly -2 degrees in the village at the moment.
After some generally mild temperatures over the last week or so, it looks like we are entering another colder period and we can expect some more snowfall in the coming days. Perhaps not much over the next few, but from around Wednesday heavy snow is on the forecast into the new year.
As forecast a warm front passed through the region late yesterday morning and for a brief period it was very windy and snowy. It all calmed down again from around 2pm and the temperature continued to climb until 4pm reaching almost 2 degrees at village level. Things settled overnight though and the temperature dropped back to -5 degrees. This morning there's been a few light snow showers which may continue on and off through the remainder of the day. More snow expected tomorrow and through much of the rest of the outlook.
Current Official Snow Depths:
Grand Hirafu: Top - 170cm Bottom - 100cm
Niseko Village: Top - 190cm Bottom - 120cm
Annupuri: Top - 195cm Bottom - 130cm
Niseko Avalanche Info No.12
Moiwa base 6am: -2.5℃, 5cm overnight snowfall. Coastal wind: 10m/s N with rising wave height 2.8m. Last night’s irregularly formed snow particles are typical shapes of passing Low snowfall and would probably turn into a weak layer underneath future snowfalls. Deeper snow accumulation is stable. There are no notable developments of snowdrifts (except some in upper eastern slopes) and the avalanche risk is relatively low. A 15m/s northerly wind is predicted to blow at the peak. Gates 1 (L-ji), 4 (Fujiwara) and 6 (Moiwa) are scheduled to open if the conditions allow. Be aware and be prepared of the dangers in winter-mountains. Traversing below cornices, resting at the valley bottom or rushing into the same slope at once are typical signs of ignorance. Learn the basics before you step out of bounds and pay attention to the ski patrol’s instructions Read more ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Sunday 27th December 2009, 13:34pm
Cloudy start to the day here with promise of the Sun to shine thru later No new snow to report over night but there were a few light attempts Busier on the slopes with the weekend but still no major waits Pretty quiet in town except for a few bad Karaoke singers!
Not long until New Years so will see some bustle in town and looks like a good dump on the way to usher in the New Year
Another beautiful day up at the Minakami ski fields. The roads were wet this morning from some light rain in the early hours, though higher up there was a light sprinkling of snow by the roadside. It looked pretty miserable this morning with low, gray cloud covering everything but this slowly lifted throughout the morning until the sun came through. It felt cold this morning but once the sun came out it warmed everything up.
The snow is holding up well at all of the local resorts which is no mean feat considering the higher temperatures of late. Today was easily the busiest day of the season and it was good to see so many people out enjoying the snow.
It's now all eyes on the forecast to see if some snow will fall before New Year. Read more ...