Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 30th May 2020
Thursday 27th March 2014, 8:20am
Clear and sunny
It's a lovely morning again here in the Niseko area - blue skies, set to quickly warm up once again.... and hardly any wind as well.
Just taking a look at the forecast; if we didn't know it already, I think we can pretty much wave goodbye to the hope of any more fresh conditions, aside from some early April event. We just have to sit back and enjoy the spring now, anything else would just be an amazing bonus.
Generally sunny/cloudy conditions lined up, though after tomorrow when it's going to warm up considerably, it should get a little colder. Still, temperatures to remain in positive numbers.
Niseko Avalanche Report:
Niseko base 6am: 0C, no snowfall, bluebird. Moiwa peak: no data. Annupuri peak 1308m: NE7.3m/s, -0.9C. Coastal data: cape Benkei SSE3m/s, cape Kamui E4m/s, 0.6m waves, 1012hPa. Annupuri snowpack 370cm. Hirafu 1000m: 0C, courses are frozen.
Bluebird morning in the high-pressure, the mountain is frozen early morning. Temperature will start rising from 9am, up to +5℃ at noon. The streams will swell as the snow melts, beware of collapsing snowbridges. Rescue can be extremely difficult if one falls in. Be careful of snowballs falling off the cornices. Avoid approaching cracks, if you can’t see wrinkles under the cracks, the slope might slide from the ground level. Avalanche hazard from deeper layers is rising in leeward slopes above 900m. These slides occur from ground level and run through the valley in high-speed for an unbelievably long distance and are extremely devastating. Do not ski the bottoms of big valleys such as Osawa and Backbowl. Peak gates will open from the morning. Have a nice spring day. ---
Official snow depth numbers and lift news at time of writing:
So yes, we did get the rain moving in to the region yesterday and mid afternoon it was around +8 degrees in the village.
This morning it is raining still I'm afraid - temps didn't dip much below 5C overnight so it kept quite mild, but it's not forecast to get much warmer beyond that today either during the daytime. Hopefully this rain will ease off this morning leaving us with clouds for the rest of the day.
A look at the webcams shows that visibility is right down, the resort reporting fog covering the upper area of the mountain.
We should be back to sunny conditions tomorrow and also back to warmth, with Saturday due to be particularly warm. Chance of rain again on Sunday and so the safer bet for the weekend is probably Saturday.
Lifts Weekday operations - all lifts operating except: Yunomine pair Mizunashi triple Challenge pair Utopia pair Hikage Number 2 pair B
Courses All courses open except: Grand Prix Kandahar West Kandahar East Read more ...
Thursday 27th March 2014, 8:40am
Cloud; foggy too
Yesterday never really warmed up that much, probably because the sun was hiding for the day.
By afternoon we had rain falling as forecast and it is raining lightly now, not sure whether it has been raining through the night or not. Unfortunately even higher resorts like Kagura and GALA Yuzawa are not escaping the rain.
Lots of cloud and fog this morning, so it's not going to get that warm today either - high of up to about 8C?
Tomorrow is forecast to be warm and sunny, and Saturday warmer still. We might see temperatures rise to 20 degrees in town on Saturday. Come prepared!
Here's the latest on when Yuzawa skijo intend to be open until:
All but the lower areas of the mountains covered in cloud and fog this morning - very poor visibility in some places at the moment.
Continuing on from yesterday afternoon, it has been raining this morning but it seems to be easing off and that's what the forecast tells us to expect as well with cloudy conditions for the rest of the day. Might even get to see some sun. We'll almost definitely get to see lots of the sun tomorrow with another sunny and warm day forecast, and more of that on Saturday as well.
The Freestyle mogul competitions are on at Hakuba 47 again today. Personally I don't like moguls at the best of times and try to avoid them, but watching these folk negotiate them - in not the best of the conditions as well - is really fun. Gambatte kudasai!
Official snow depth numbers and operations (as of 27th March 2014):
Hakuba Goryu: Reporting 0cm of new snowfall. Plans to be open until early May. Upper - 235cm Toomi - 195cm Iimori - 65cm
Hakuba 47: Reporting 0cm of new snowfall. Plans to be open until early May. Upper - 190cm Lower - 40cm
Happo-one: Plans to be open until early May. Usagidaira - 200cm Nakiyama - 40cm Sakka - 40cm
Tsugaike Kogen: Plans to be open until early May. Tsuganomori - 288cm Maruyama - 85cm Kanenonaruoka - 140cm
Hakuba Cortina: Reporting 0cm of new snowfall. Plans to be open until 6th April. Upper - 290cm Lower - 160cm
Hakuba Sanosaka and Hakuba Norikura plan to be open until 31st March.
Hakuba Iwatake and Hakuba Minekata are already closed. Read more ...
Thursday 27th March 2014, 9:19am
We have woken up to a solid frost which is a bit of a contrast to the warm overnight temperatures recently.
This will mean good skiing on firm and fast slopes.
The sky is blue with no clouds in sight and it will stay like this for most of the day. Tommorrow temperatures are forecast to be warm, with rain on the radar for Friday night and Saturday morning.
Kitanomine Zone is now closed for the season including the Link Lift and Link Course. Read more ...
Thursday 27th March 2014, 9:48am
Blustery, spring weather
The rain started yesterday in the mid-afternoon; this morning the weather can't decide what to do. We started the day with some rain, but with patches of blue skies overhead as well. The rain has turned to very light mist, but the wind is up now as well.
Hopefully that means high pressure is moving in - it's supposed to get sunny later in the day.
Warm weather ahead, too, as the freezing line moves way up and above the peaks.
Akakura Kanko: 260cm Spring operations: Currently all lifts except Champion No. 1 are operating. From this weekend the Myoko Kogen Sky Cable gondola and hotel No. 3 lift will stay open until May 6, or whenever the snow runs out. Spring rates from March 24 are adults ¥2,500, junior high students and seniors ¥2,000, kids ¥1,500.
Akakura Onsen: 190cm Open until Sunday 30th March; no night skiing.
Ikenotaira: 170cm Planning to stay open until Sunday 6th April.
Myoko Suginohara: 160cm Back in the game until the 30th; gondola and No. 2 lifts operating.
Seki Onsen: 400cm Says it hopes to stay open until mid-May—at least for Golden Week, snow allowing.
Myoko Ski Park: 240cm Open until Sunday 6th April.
Myoko Kyukamura Runrun 250cm Closing Monday, March 31.
Tangram Ski Circus 155cm Running the No. 3 lift only from March 31 until April 6. Read more ...
Thursday 27th March 2014, 20:51pm
A rainy start to the day today with it dissipating by midday. Looks like a sunny few days coming up so should be a nice slushy spring snow weekend.