Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 28th May 2018

Myoko Now!

Tuesday 30th December 2008, 6:34am
Weather conditions: Partly cloudy
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
A partly cloudy morning in the area with huge dumpings on the way late tonight.
Some icing today at Togakushi, Madarao and Suginohara. Akakan will likely have minimal icing, but watch for slow stuff until tomorrow.

The village is difficult to maneuver through if coming by car this weekend, but besides Akakura Onsen, crowds will be centered near the gelandes.   Read more ...

Naeba Now!

Tuesday 30th December 2008, 8:03am
Weather conditions: Dark low cloud
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Things are looking a little unusual this morning.

It's dead quite (because it's early) with no wind, and there is a dark, heavy, low cloud hanging over the Naeba hill - which runs down even lower than the top of the far right-hand quad lift that runs next to the park.

It IS cold though, which doesn't seem to match the dark cloud. So you know what that must mean? Snow! Check the forecast, we're expecting heavy snow tonight which should trim things up a bit around here - as things just started to get a bit icy in the well used areas of the mountain.

Good powder reports came in last night from Kagura and also the sneaky areas around Naeba and Asagai which surprisingly were un-touched up until yesterday afternoon.

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Hakuba Now!

Tuesday 30th December 2008, 8:16am
Weather conditions: High cloud over the mountains
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Japanese holidays have started and everyone was treated yesterday to one of the best days of the season so far with bluebird skies after the last snowfall and sweet stashes of windblown powder all over the mountain. Ticket and gondola lines were super busy in the morning as everyone wanted to be the first up there.

Warm last night, no real precipitation but there was a real slight drizzle almost rain-like and water is dripping from roofs this morning with the mercury sitting at 4 degrees at 800m and measured at plus 1 this morning on the top of Goryu.

Forecast for snow today so hoping the temperature drops a few degrees early! Tons of snowmen on the radar though temperatures don't look like they're gonna stay fully in the minuses. The next snowfall is really what we need to get our base on.


Clear skies and warm temperatures today meant rapid settlement in the snow pack allowing bonding to take place. The snow depths are extremely varying over terrain‚ shallow in wind scoured ridges and around rocks and very deep in lee ward pockets. This varying snow depth means that there are areas heavily loaded with thin fragile borders at the ridges. Be very careful entering into steep complex terrain from scoured areas into loaded areas.
Stay out of steep conplex terrain as avalanches are likely. Especially on complex lee or cross loaded slopes.

Faceting has been found above and below the melt freeze crust of Dec. 23rd. These facets will be gaining in size in shallow snowpack areas‚ around rocks and on scoured ridges. However should start to bond in areas of deep snow pack. Tests on east facing wind deposits today found Hard or no compressions at the crust at a depth of 110 cm below snow surface.

Due to the strong winds a wind slab varying in thickness can be found across the Hakuba range.

Be aware of rapid changes in the snow related to solar radiation and rising air temperatures.

Extreme caution around cornices and below cornices on steep convex terrain.

High danger of falling snow from rooves
High density new snow over lower density snow layer
Rapid air temperature decrease
Cornice fall
Rapid settlement of surface snow causing load on buried weak layers
Increased instability of solar aspect start zones especially under cornices and very steep slopes.
Development of cornices in lee slopes
Lee side loading
Windward scouring of ridges and rock out-crops creating uneven loading of slopes
Due caution on cross loaded slopes
Poor bonding at or around buried crust
Stay away from steep and convex terrain

Danger level 4 : High

Natural and human triggered avalanches likely.
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Shiga Kogen Now!

Tuesday 30th December 2008, 8:32am
Weather conditions: Sun, cloud
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Great day out on the slopes yesterday and relatively mild as well. This morning the weather is still looking fine but clouds are moving in and it should be snowing by the end of the day. It's also fairly mild this morning but temperatures will drop as the day progresses. It's looking like we can expect a fair amount of snow over the next week with cold temperatures.

The following resorts will be open for nighta tonight:
Sun Valley
Ichinose Family
Ichinose Diamond

Official resort snow depths as of 30th December 08:

Sun Valley:
Ichinose Family:
Okushiga Kogen:
80cm   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Tuesday 30th December 2008, 9:06am
Weather conditions: Low cloud
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
The mountain is shrouded in cloud this morning. Visibility is poor up on Yamabiko where there was no new snow overnight and the snow depth is still reported at 120cm. The cloud is just above village level and there is still 15cm of snow on the ground down here.

The wind is expected to strengthen throughout the day and bring with it some light snow, turning to heavy snow in the evening. That should continue on and off until the weekend. With the based growing all over the mountain things are looking better and better - most of the courses are now open, and the biggest worry is the holiday crowds! With New Year holiday makers flooding the slopes be sure to stay safe and ride in control at all times.

All lifts are expected to operate today except Kandahar

Courses open:
Yamabiko A, B, C, D and E
Kokenashi A and B
Yunomine A and B
Mizunashi A and B
Paradise Link
Hikage A
Rinkan Shortcut
Nagasaka link
Karasawa link
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Yuzawa Now!

Tuesday 30th December 2008, 9:21am
Weather conditions: Cloud, light rain
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
After the fine weather of yesterday, this morning the clouds are back with only the bottom parts of the mountains visible. Light drizzle is in some places at the moment so hopefully that will stop (or turn into snow) soon. There is no new snow to report this morning, but this time tomorrow we will more than likely be reporting new snow as the snow clouds are on their way back and the forecast has little snowmen lined up right through until Sunday.

Currently in Yuzawa it is +3 degrees.

Nighta tonight at the following resorts in Yuzawa:
Yuzawa Nakazato
Yuzawa Park
NASPA Ski Garden

There will also be nighta at Ishiuchi, Centleisure Maiko and Joetsu Kokusai to the north in Minamiuonuma.

Official resort snow depths @ 30th Dec 08, AM:
Mt Naeba:
Kagura Tashiro:
Kagura Mitsumata:
GALA Yuzawa:
Pine Ridge Resorts Kandatsu:
NASPA Ski Garden:
Yuzawa Kogen:
Yuzawa Park:
Yuzawa Nakazato:
Kayama Captain Coast:
95cm   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Tuesday 30th December 2008, 9:48am
Weather conditions: moderate snow falling
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Light snow fell through much of yesterday and then cleared later in the evening. Overnight there was just a dusting of snow but currently it has started snowing reasonably heavily again. There was not enough snow to fill in yesterdays tracks so fresh lines will be a little harder to find today. The resort is opening gate 4 today allowing access into the slopes below Higashi One ridge. Avalanche danger has decreased considerably but it's probably best not to ride right under the cornice off the ridge. Remember if you go through the gates you are leaving the resort boundary and will be up for a huge wad of cash if you need to be rescued. So only enter these areas if you're an advanced skier/boarder and have avalanche knowledge and equipment.

Good falls of snow will continue today and intensify again tomorrow with some stronger winds returning. So we should see in the new year with plenty more fresh powder.
Snow is forecast to continue throughout the outlook period.

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Furano Now!

Tuesday 30th December 2008, 10:13am
Weather conditions: High clouds, light wind.
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Only about 3 cm of new snow this AM. Forecast calls for clouds all day, but no more snow until tomorrow. Light winds. Pretty warm today, temps up to -2 C, and up to +1 C tomorrow.

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