Today we have a little something to smile about, as we had a light snowfall last night and early this morning. If nothing else it makes the place look beautiful once again!
Today on the slopes you can expect nice groomers with a couple of cm's of fresh on top, it's still reasonably warm so what is on top is quite heavy and will soon disappear. Also watch out for icy patches and hard chopped up, compacted snow to the sides of the runs. As the day warms up so of course will the snow, making it similar conditions to the previous few days.
Tonight we have a clear cold night, followed by another warm day tomorrow, which by the looks of it will sadly bring more rain with it. Mid-week will stay dry and sunny, so that would be the time to get out and enjoy the sunshine and slush!
We have an improvement to report this morning. It is now 3 degrees and some very wet 'snow' is falling in Yuzawa. I think we can just about call it snow but it won't be giving us a new fresh layer of powder.... but it is better than the warmer temps and rain for sure. Kagura this morning is reporting 1cm of snow up top. Cloud is pretty much covering the mountains down to town level and so visibility out on the slopes will be poor this morning.
Things are forecast to clear up later on this afternoon and the day may end up clear. Unfortunately the forecast for the coming week isn't too encouraging with a mix of cloud and rain and hopefully some sprinkling of snow here and there so we are going to have to sit tight for that next snow.
See you in March when hopefully we will get some colder conditions!
1cm of new snow up at Kagura reported by the resort and light snow is falling at the moment. It's wet, but it is white! It is a noticeably colder morning as well, which is a good thing and it was under freezing earlier on in the village and just hovering around 0 now. According to the forecast things should clear up a bit later on in the day.
The next few days looks like bringing us generally cloudy conditions but look out for some more rain on Monday night perhaps even up to the top of the mountain. (Sorry!)
Yesterday remained very cool and apart from a few light snow showers it was quite sunny through much of the day. Today is similar and apart from the amazing clear views there's not much good can be said about the skiing unless you actually like cruising on groomers all day. At this stage we can expect a little snow tonight and then more substantial falls Tuesday night into Wednesday and they are still forecasting a good dump on Thursday night. So by next weekend we may actually be skiing in some reasonable powder once more.
Current Official Snow Depths:
Grand Hirafu: Top - 285 Bottom - 165
Niseko Village: Top - 370 Bottom - 200
Annupuri: Top - 350 Bottom - 220
Avalanche Information: (Information as of this morning)
Niseko Avalanche Info No.75
Moiwa base 6am: -7℃, overcast, no snowfall. Coastal data: NNW2m/s at Benkei cape, SW2m/s, 0.6m waves and 1017hPa at Kamui cape. Annupuri peak: WSW5.2m/s, -13℃. The pressure gradient is gently shelving over the Sea of Japan. No snow-clouds are present and no snowdrift development can be observed in the mountain. The warm up on the 26th made the surface snow melt as deep as 30cm at 600m, and the following cold made this layer to refreeze. Dwarf pines are now visible in some 1200m areas and other bush have came out in 1100m Higashi-One area. The snow condition is very bad. Beware of slipdrops and crevasses. “Potato fields” appearing due to grooming of frozen snow blocks can be found in some places within the courses. Be careful not to loose control by hitting those. Peak gates are scheduled to open at 9:30. Although the avalanche risk is low, there are many other dangers to be aware of in snow-mountains. The visibility is bad, be careful not to loose your way. Outside the gates is not the ski resort anymore. The risks of full depth avalanche cannot be predicted. The only way to avoid those is to always remain away from the avalanche path.
Yes it has been snowing here overnight and this morning and some places reporting up to 10cm of fresh snow which is a nice change and most welcome. On my car, I would say there was about 4-5cm. It is still snowing lightly and most certainly colder than it has been - right now -2 degrees in Maruike - but the forecast to clear up as the day progresses and we might end up with just cloud or even clearer skies.
So excitement this morning... how about the week ahead? Looks like a mixed bag of easily changeable conditions. We may see rain again on Tuesday night though if it can keep cold hopefully that might be snow. We'll keep you posted.
Nighta this evening planned at the following resort area:
- Ichinose Family
Official resort snow depths as of 28th February 10:
For now it seems the surprise warm up we saw last week is at least temporarily over. Last night it got down to -10, which seems to be a world away from the +10's we saw on thursday. Although temperatures have cooled down a bit over the past 48 hours, conditions on the ski slopes are still less than optimal. I spent about five hours on the mountain yesterday, and there were plenty of icy spots and gritty, chunky snow to hamper what would have otherwise been a great day for skiing weather-wise. It won't stop you from enjoying your runs, but it is quite a change from the dry powder conditions we are used to here in Furano.
The official forecast calls for snow from midnight tonight until the early morning hours of tomorrow, and that is exactly what the mountain needs right now to cover over those slick spots caused by the early, but temporary, return of Spring. The temperature has already hit -2 at 11:00am, but the sky is overcast and that should prevent the creation of new icy patches. New snow, come quickly. Read more ...
Sunday 28th February 2010, 11:37am
This morning started off very cloudy with poor visibility down to the lower slopes but has gradually been clearing up as the morning progresses. While it is still mild for the time of year, at least is is colder this morning getting into the minus regions overnight.
There is just a slight wind this morning. With no new snow to report, the slopes this morning are icy in places. There's a lot of people getting some real speed up and more than a few getting out of control out there! Keep in mind those spring-like conditions out there at the moment.
Relatively mild temperatures look set to continue in the coming week, though hopefully on the better side of 0 for the most part on the mountain. We can perhaps expect some light snow at times, though nothing deep on the short range forecast right now.
Warm temperatures continue though it is not quite as hot as yesterday. We awoke to sleet this morning but it was soon replaced by sunshine for most of the day. The snow is still spring-like and the last few days of warm weather have noticeably decreased the piles of snow lying around and the coverage on the surrounding hills.
The forecast is for another warm day tomorrow and for next week there is a good chance of precipitation. Temperatures are set to drop but by how much is the question? Read more ...
Sunday 28th February 2010, 15:08pm
The mountains are shrouded in cloud today in Myoko and we have seen light snow and a sprinkling on the mountains - maybe a bit more higher up. Right now is is just very cloudy.
There has been generally poor visibility on the slopes today generally as the clouds prevent you seeing much more than 20m in front of you.
More cloud forecast for tomorrow but it doesn't look currently like we are going to be able to avoid the rain lined up for tomorrow night. After that we have mixed conditions for the rest of the week, but more than sprinklings of snow before next weekend seem unlikely as the forecasts stand now.