Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 23rd March 2019
Saturday 2nd January 2010, 9:02am
A fantastic start to the winter of 2010! Hakuba valley has received approximately 60cm-80cm of snow over the past two days! Powder and packed powder conditions are to be found all on resorts and in the trees you can still find nice lines.
Presently high winds in Hakuba have shut down the upper lifts and most resorts gondolas are not running due to the high winds. If the winds lighten up the gondolas should be open and people can access the upper slopes. Expect some wind crust on exposed ridges and filled in hollows and wind lips.
The forecast is calling for more snow today and through next week. Cold temps should prevail as well to keep the powder light and dry.
Avalanche Conditions: Alpine: Extreme Tree Line: High Below Tree Line: High
Heavy snow fall and winds at all elevations have put rapid load on the already weak upper snowpack. Watch for large sluffs in steep and complex terrain. Take caution on wind loaded lee slopes and around cornices. The prevailing winds have been Moderate to Strong from the North West and have left South and East facing aspects loaded. This new storm snow is over riding the faceted sun crust of last week. Take care as wind slabs develop in cross loaded aspects (North and North East). Slab avalanches in the Alpine will come with great size and consequence.
Enjoy in bounds riding or well supported, simple terrain. Always ride with a beacon and a buddy that knows how to use one! Make route plans and inform someone of your plans. If you are unsure stay in-bounds on the great powder on the resorts.
Currently sunny, with light snow; likely to increase
It's turned sunny this morning — although the weather report says that won't last. A good 30cm or so fell overnight, with some high winds causing a little drifting. Only the Akakan isn't reporting additional snowfall today; they've been pretty reserved about jacking up the figures too fast. All the reported depths seem pretty accurate, though.
It's a beautiful morning, with the promise of more fresh — perfect skiing.
Still snowing lightly after another night of heavy snowfalls. The town has been blanketed with snow these past 2 days leaving roads, cars and lodges buried beneath light fluffy powder.
The groomers have been out on the slopes throughout the night creating beautiful corduroy for those seeking it. For those looking for powder, there will plenty on offer between the runs and in the trees.
Visibility should be a best in the morning with a new front coming in this evening. We should see another nice dump overnight ensuring another fantastic day tomorrow.
Get up there and enjoy some of Japan's famous champagne powder.
What a few days it has been... it brings back memories of the crazy snowfall we had in December 05/January 06. We're not there yet, but it has certainly snowed in style (if such a thing is possible!) in the last two days.
Iwappara are reporting that we have seen 130cm of new snow since it started a few days ago. I can personally vouch for 1m or so, and it is still snowing. What a start to the year.
Anyway as I said the snow is still falling and while we still had some very strong winds yesterday, right now it is a bit calmer. Having said that, Kagura is still being affected by the winds so limited operations there though Gala Yuzawa appears to be open as normal this morning.
It's not quite as cold either with a current temperature of -2 in Yuzawa town.
The forecast is for more snow tomorrow and actually it doesn't look like generally snowy conditions will let up for a while - though perhaps we are past the peak of this particular storm!
Mid-winter conditions continue this morning with the snow still falling and temperatures down there in minus double figures again. I was out on the snow yesterday and blizzard like weather aside, the snow was incredible. Some people may have be put off by the weather, but once this storm clears up it is going to be perfect conditions here.
There has been at least another 20-30cm of snow. Actually, today the winds aren't as strong and the snow is falling slower, so it is a good day to be out there enjoying all this new powder.
So when is it going to clear up? Well we have more snow forecast for the rest of today and tomorrow as well. It's looking like Monday may offer us some clearer weather but generally for the next week or so the cold and wintery like conditions should continue, though not as extreme as it has been the last few days. Monday will also see the resorts start returning to 'normal mode' as many people will have returned after their New Year trip.
Nighta this evening at the following resort areas:
Sun Valley Ichinose Family Ichinise Diamond Yakebitaiyama Kumanoyu
Heavy snow and strong winds continued through yesterday but last night the winds really picked up and blizzard conditions prevailed across the region. These conditions have continued into this morning and there's only a few lifts able run around the entire resort and these are only accessing the beginner slopes at the base. Frankly you'd have to be pretty desperate for some turns to be heading out today. A lot of snow has fallen since the last report but it's kind of hard to tell what's fallen and what's been blown around. I'd put it at around another 50cm or so but there has been drifting overnight to well over a metre in places. I'm sure though that they must have chosen one of the most exposed areas to take the snowdpeth at the base of Hirafu as they've recorded a drop in depth since yesterday. Even Kutchan is now reporting a higher snowdepth which is clearly ridiculous. And it doesn't appear the guys over at Annupuri have updated depths from yesterday at all. Anyway once all this wind calms down there will definitely be some deep riding out there. The winds are expected to ease later today so possibly after lunch they may be able to get a couple more lifts running but really it's probably a good day to have a rest from the slopes and try out something different like snowmobiling, snowshoeing, look around Kutchan or just stay inside with a movie or two.
Current Official Snow Depths:
Grand Hirafu: Top - 230cm Bottom - 90cm
Niseko Village: Top - 220cm Bottom - 140cm
Annupuri: Top - 200cm Bottom - 140cm
Niseko Avalanche Info No.18
Moiwa base 6am: -2℃, stormy. 80cm of snowdrift consisting of hail and collapsed/irregular snow crystals. Coastal wind: 19m/s NW with 8.9m waves. Niseko mountain range has been under a strong storm for the last 2days, making snowdrifts develop up to 150cm and still growing in some highly wind-effected leeward slopes. 21m/s WNW gale is blowing at 1000m Mizuno no sawa this morning. Extreme avalanche hazard is persisting. Surface slab (±50cm) slides are regularly happening in many steep gulley slopes. Major scale avalanche (80cm) are to be highly considered in 1100m areas of Osawa SE face, Mizuno no sawa and Kozan no sawa (Back bowl). All gates will be closed today. Don’t duck ropes to step out of bounds. The wind should calm down around noon, however avalanche risk will remain high until late afternoon. Remember that most accidents happen during or just after poor weather. Read more ...
Saturday 2nd January 2010, 11:07am
The snow continues!
The winds are still with us as well and as such the Dragondola and top lift are closed this morning. It looks like it may calm down later on this afternoon though it is unclear if that would get the lifts moving again. Over at Kagura, the Gondola from Mitsumata to the Kagura area is operating as well as the No1 pair lift at Kagura, so it's just that area and Mitsumata open today there.
Lift operations don't seem to be affected further down at the resorts in Yuzawa town area today though.
It feels like the snow rush might have passed it's peak now and visibility is better this morning. Snowy conditions do look set to continue for a while though and over the coming week it looks like it might be snowing any day.
Fantastic conditions await anyone coming up here over the coming week or so.
The mid-winter conditions continue in Zao with another morning of snow and wind. Another 40cm+ of snow to report this morning and there has been by my reckoning at least 1m of new snow over the last few days. Nice.
I have heard that there is now 140cm of snow up top but I would guess it is a fair bit more than that and perhaps the wind being so strong the last few days has been blowing it around a lot and affecting the official numbers.
Anyway, snow again this morning and perhaps not as strong winds but it is bitterly cold out there once again down at -10 degrees.
The resort is fully open though and excellent snow conditions out there.
The snow looks likely to continue on and off until around Tuesday with Wednesday looking likely to be the first we might see of the sun.
This week's wintry weather continued throughout this morning, leaving a fresh 10cm+ layer of powder on top of those well-worn runs and helping the Kitanomine Zone catch up with the Prince Hotel side as far as base powder is concerned. It seems to have dumped more snow this week than in the past month, so this should make for a lot of happy skiers as Furano has finally managed to get her hands on her share of the snow. All the lifts are operating, and if you don't mind a bit of a stiff wind and some precipation to go along with your skiing, today is a great day to get out there and get in some fresh runs.
Down here in the village, we seem to be walking a thin line around the freezing mark, so accumulations may subside somewhat should the temperature decide to get any warmer. However, with snowy conditions supposed to persist throughout the early evening hours, it may feel like winter will never stop, but tomorrow is supposed to clear things up a bit. We may even see some of that clear sky we have been missing lately come tomorrow night. Read more ...
Saturday 2nd January 2010, 13:05pm
Light snow with strong winds
The snow continues but has eased off compared to the last few days. The wind has also put in an appearance with strong gusts making it feel pretty cold and disrupting some lifts. Still masses of snow about both on and off piste and going up the lifts you frequently have the bizarre sight of both skiers and boarders meerkatting - a head suddenly appears from the snow, has a look around, and then proceeds with the arduous task of digging itself out.
The last couple of days have seen some of the deepest snow we have had around these parts in the last few years. Read more ...