A very early report today as I need to go over to Nagano City this morning. Luckily, it's an easy one to report as it's nice and sunny and going to be a fine day here. Morning at least anyway, with temperatures forecast to rise to about +4 in the village this afternoon. It might cloud over later on and then we should get some fresh snow overnight. So hoping to be able to report some fresh tomorrow morning.
More snow this morning, with close on 20cm of fresh to report from Hirafu. A bit heavy and wet by the looks of it, but hopefully that will fix up with the snow still coming down.
Nice and cold, nice and snowy.
Limited visibility on the mountain though but if that means fresh snow, I'm not sure too many will complain too much. Just be careful where you're going. Be prepared though as it's due to continue coming down through the day and into tomorrow. We might see a bit of a warm up around Thursday but should be back to snow and colder conditions from Friday once again.
Niseko Avalanche Report
Niseko base 6am: -4C, 20cm new snow in the last 12hrs. Moiwa 800m: -6C, 30cm new snow. Annupuri 1150m: -6C, wind SW25m/s, snowdrift development. Hirafu 1000m: -6C, wind and poor visibility. Annupuri peak 1308m: -7.2℃, wind SSE5.8m/s. Cape Benkei: W12m/s, Cape Kamui: SSW22m/s, wave 1.9m, pressure 1003hPa.
Rapid snow drift development with the increase of wind and snow as low pressure system passed. The avalanche risk above 800m is rising. Avoid riding open steep slopes, knolls and leeward slopes. Beware cracks are starting to appear under knowls. Take care riding slopes for the first time and falling into one.
From current observations the avalanche risk is rising in Strictly Off Limit south facing slopes like Haru no Taki. Do not try to sneak past Patrol into these areas. Lately there have been many incidents of people ducking ropes. Niseko Rules are there for the safety of everyone. One person ducking the rope will lead others to follow. Ducking ropes is NEVER allowed in the Niseko area. When in Niseko, you must respect the Niseko Rules. Gate openings yet to be decided. Please respect the Patrols decisions. Today the snow in the trees is superb. Be aware of a sudden change in the weather.
Official snow depth numbers and lift news at time of writing:
No new snow to report this morning, rather a mixture of overcast and fine conditions as of 8am. Sun is forecast for the morning and while it's a cold -5C now, it will warm up to around +3 this afternoon.
OK so recently we haven't had a huge amount of regular refreshes have we. So what we all want to know is when we get back to mid-winter snow. Well, while we might get some overnight tonight and then on Thursday, weather patterns seem to want to remain out of those mid-winter conditions. We are going to have to wait a bit longer.
Over at Happo-one, the 'Happo Banks The Snow Park' opens from Saturday 1st Febraury and there'll be some events going on over there on the Kitaone Number 3 course area to celebrate.
Official snow depth numbers and operations (as of 28th January 2014):
Hakuba Goryu: Reporting 0cm of new snowfall. Upper - 280cm Toomi - 160cm Iimori - 140cm
Hakuba 47: Reporting 0cm of new snowfall. Upper - 260cm Lower - 90cm
Happo-one: Reporting 0cm of new snowfall. Usagidaira - 245cm Nakiyama - 80cm Sakka - 100cm
The forecast was spot on and we have woken up to 10cm of new snow in the village.
It is snowing heavily at the moment and the snow is accumulating quickly on the ground. Nedless to say with yesterdays 20cm, and todays 10cm, there are going to be some very inviting powder stashes. Visibility is fair but there will be some low light areas due to the cloud and snow precipitation. The current weather will continue throughout the day and the snow looks like it will continue all week.
Temperatures are not cold today but will dive down to double negatives tomorrow.
Morning from Zao. -3C down in the village base area, fine early on but a moderate wind. Hopefully it won't affect lifts during the day.
It's the Juhyo (Ice Monsters) Festival on Saturday and so preparations are being made around the village for that including lots of snow sculptures and interesting shapes emerging. It's going to be a busy weekend in Zao and as well as the festival there will be quite a few visitors coming to celebrate the Chinese New Year here as well.
For the moment sun is forecast for Saturday so we'll just have to keep watch on that.
Official snow depths (28th January 14): Utopia: 245cm Chuo: 190cm Paradise: 225cm Uwanodai: 135cm
Yesterday around 10 cm of new snow at the valley then a clear cold night last night with blue skies and sun today. Temps will rise to around 5 deg C today before a small storm passes tonight bringing a smattering of snow.
Tomorrow and Thursday look like high temps which will create spring conditions at the lower resorts in Minakami. A small amount of snow on the forecast for Friday but temps dont really return to winter until mid next week when we are expecting the next decent storm.
A fine day yesterday and this morning started off nice and clear as well but cloud has been appearing.
Cold earlier but warming up though we might get some more fresh snow overnight tonight. Temperatures are going to remain relatively mild over the next few days on the whole and we can just hope that we can avoid rain.
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