Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 24th March 2019
Friday 29th January 2010, 8:59am
Well yesterday there ended up being a wet and rainly one - more like drizzle than heavy rain for the most part, but rain all the same.
This morning, wet snow is falling in Yuzawa early on and it is currently +1 degrees. There's a sprinkling of snow around town and Kagura are reporting 5cm on the slopes. While snow is forecast for the day, it will only be light and may well ease off and leave us with another cloudy one. The mountains are shrouded in cloud but visibility isn't too bad out there.
Tomorrow looks like it will just be a cloudy day with Sunday looking like it will be warmer again. There is going to be a chance of (boooooo...) rain once again over the weekend, perhaps especially on Sunday so let's remember that forecasts can and often do change and hope that's the case here!
I will update this page tonight with the latest for the weekend.
It's light snow this morning. Fairly wet but better than the very wet rain we saw at times yesterday. But lets conveniently forget that lot!
So snow and the temperature around -2 degrees in the village. There isn't much to report in terms of cm of snow, just a sprinkling, but Kagura are reporting 5cm of fresh snow up at the top of the resort there. Visibility is fair and there isn't much of a wind and so fair conditions to be out there and all of the resort areas are open as normal.
On to the forecast for the weekend? It looks like we can expect snow showers and/or just cloud over the weekend. For the next heavier snow, look towards around Tuesday/Wednesday when a fairly strong cold front looks set to arrive.
After yesterdays tropical weather things have returned to winter. Don't expect to be sweating out on the mountain today unless you are really going for it. The snow looks like it will continue all day. There has been an accumulation of 6cm in the village so far. The mountain looked totally empty at 8:30am this morning so there shouldn't be too much pressure on the fresh stuff - get out there now and enjoy it. Read more ...
Friday 29th January 2010, 9:30am
After the mild comes the cold and wintery conditions once again.
This morning we have 10cm or so of fresh snow to enjoy and it is still snowing and should be for most of the day. We have poor visibility today with the mountain covered in cloud/fog along with some fairly strong winds blowing the snow around. This means that conditions out there will be variable - soft and cushiony in places and crusty in others.
Right now it is -4 degrees in the village and it's around -10 up top.
Clound and snow showers is the forecast for the weekend and not too cold.
Pleasantly surprised to wake up to quite a considerable snow fall last night, around 20cm fell overnight and the snow will continue throughout the morning. Thankfully covering the slush thaw conditions of yesterday. However, this will in turn cause some instability within the snow-pack, the heavy layer underneath and this now falling lighter snow level needs time to allow it to settle.
On the slopes today will be a lot of fun, the mountains will be quiet and powder to be found everywhere this morning. There could be hard crust and chopped powder from earlier in the week to be found underneath, but for the most part the groomers have done a good job of smoothing all that out. Visibility will be extremely low for the majority of the day, possibly clearing up later in the afternoon.
The forecast for the coming week is a slight rise in temperature over the weekend, which could possibly bring some light rain with it. Throughout the rest of the week temperatures are set to drop back down and bring with it more snow, the heaviest snowfall is predicted for Tuesday.
There were reports of naturals from steep low elevation terrain around cornices and glide cracks as well as a reported skier triggered slab avalanche below tree line‚ 1100m‚ Happo One Ski Resort north aspect. Size 2‚ 100cm crown‚ wide slab propagation‚ 100 metre plus length of slide‚ 200cm deposit at the toe‚ non burial. Suspect weakness was due to rapid increased load of rain on the well bonded past Stm Snow of 100110~100115 over riding persistent buried surface hoar / facets.
The rain layer has now had time to freeze on the surface in to a melt freeze crust‚ however‚ there are still some areas with remaining wet grains (Melt Forms) under the crust. These melt forms will stay wet or moist in lower elevations until temperatures remain cold enough to freeze through the whole pack.
The past 3 days have brought 30cm in the valley and more at elevation along with strong winds in the Alpine and at tree line that has deposited greater amounts of snow on the East and South East lee slopes. There are now areas of wind slab and exposed rain crust; extreme spacial variation.
Take due care in avalanche terrain as new snow accumulates and stability decreases through wind transport and the creation of slabs. Watch out for unsupported steep cross loaded slopes and leading in from shallow snow areas where the wind slab will be more reactive and easier to trigger. Be aware that Cornices are once again growing and will be tender. Stay away from cornices all together. And remember to travel with partners in the backcountry.
All change once again. After the warm weather of yesterdaty we are back to the colder version of Shiga Kogen and I am happy to report 10cm or so of fresh snow on the mountain. It is still snowing but looks likely to clear up by early afternoon leaving us with just cloud.
For the weekend it looks like we could be in for anything ranging from just cloud to snow to sun. Happily not including rain. While it may well snow, we can't expect a heavy snowfall though the next cold front seems likely to be moving in around Tuesday of next week.
Have a good weekend.
Nighta this evening planned at the following resort areas:
- Ichinose Family
Official resort snow depths as of 29th January 10:
Colder today which is refreshing after yesterday's higher temperatures and hopefully this is the temperature to see us through the weekend and into next week. The sun is out right now and blue skies all around with a few clouds floating about. The forecast is predicting that the clouds are going to close in and then we have to wait and see what will come for the weekend.
The snow has improved dramatically with the lower temperatures. Yesterday's stickiness has gone and although the snow off trail is still really heavy, at least the slopes are skiing well again. Read more ...
Friday 29th January 2010, 11:15am
The colder air started moving through after midday yesterday and there was a bit of nice snow falling in the afternoon. It didn't last long though and it cleared in the evening and there was no snow overnight. This morning thankfully it is back and currently it is snowing heavily. Hopefully this will continue for much of the day. Obviously it's not real deep out there yet but conditions will improve rapidly if the snow keeps falling as heavily as it is currently. The forecast is still looking great with some very cold air and big snowfalls coming through especially from Sunday night onwards. The winds look like they'll pick up again though as well. The first of the pack ice flowing down out of Sea of Okhotsk appears to be reaching the coast of northern Hokkaido. With a NW airflow set to predominate over the next couple of weeks the whole northern coastline should become icebound. You can go on icebreaker cruises out into the ice from a couple of northern towns which I reckon would be very cool. The Sapporo and Otaru Ice Festivals are also starting soon which are must sees if you haven't done so previously. Both are easy day tours from Niseko.
Current Official Snow Depths:
Grand Hirafu: Top - 260 Bottom - 160
Niseko Village: Top - 330 Bottom - 190
Annupuri: Top - 285 Bottom - 190
Niseko Avalanche Info No.45
Moiwa base 6am: 0℃, no new snowfall, cloudy. Coastal data: W13m/s at Benkei cape, W17m/s, 1.4m waves and 999hp at Kamui cape. Annupuri peak wind: S8.5m/s at 6am, predicted to pick up to W15m/s at noon. According to data analysis and observation, the general avalanche risk is relatively low today. Cracks are forming in steep terrain and are hardly visible from above. 10cm wind-slabs are present in Higashi-one’s steep slopes. Be careful. Peak gates will open at 9:30. Precise reasoning and correct judgment is required from everybody stepping out of bounds. Think again of the potential risks before your descent. Appropriate observation is not to cling to one aspect of the phenomenon, but to wholly watch the bigger picture. Beware of sudden weather changes.
A late start to reporting today; the day began with some good snow—30cm or so at the base—and moved to a nice partly-cloudy day. Snow conditions are good, although the snow packed pretty fast into hard bumps. Not great for the school groups now all over local resorts; better for those going high and getting the powder.
Looks like more snow showers into the evening and tomorrow, so a great weekend ahead.