Snow and weather reports posted on Tuesday 19th March 2019
Saturday 30th January 2010, 7:16am
A very cold night last night with temperatures dipping well below zero. If you look down the valley towards the plains this morning there is plenty of blue sky with a few clouds dotted around. Turn the other way towards Tanigawadake though and it is very grey with the clouds moving this way. The forecast has a slim possibility of a light dusting of snow but more likely we're in for a cold, cloudy day.
Yesterday the blue sky didn't last long as the cloud quickly closed in and we had a few snow flurries throughout the day.
The cold weather is set to continue into next week which bodes well for the slopes. Read more ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Saturday 30th January 2010, 8:55am
Light winds and clear skies.
Some light cloud and blue skies have greeted us this morning, making way for a great day up on the hill. It was nice and cold last night so the groomed runs will be fantastic early on.
The forecast for the weekend is more clear skies and light to moderate winds. This should be followed by a nice dump on Tuesday night next week.
Dress warm, put on some sunscreen and get up there.
This morning it is cloudy but bright with even a few breaks in the cloud and some light blue skies stating to become visibible - so no snow falling - and it looks set to be similar conditions all day, even clearing up more. At the moment it is +3 degrees in Yuzawa so the fairly mild conditions are continuing.
The forecast for tomorrow has improved also - if you call sunny clear skies an improvement! So it looks like it will be a bit warmer still and the sun making an appearance tomorrow.
The cold front still looks set to be with us around Tuesday/Wednesday. We do still have lots of snow of course though this milder period is giving us an almost early-spring feel to things at the moment. Hopefully we'll be back to full on winter mode fairly soon.
I mentioned yesterday that it could be a mixed bunch for the weekend weather-wise. So what is it this morning?
Blue skies and sun. Yes, it is a clear and sunny morning here in Shiga Kogen... and it looks like tomorrow should be similar. So a great day to be out there skiing or snowboarding.
Snoe conditions are variable out there. Of course with the warmer weather and not much snowfall over the last week or so there isn't much deep untouched to be found, but generally I'd say it was holding up pretty good. The next snowfall is due around Tuesday so it would be good to get a significant dump around then to freshen things up.
There is not much else to report this morning, all the resorts are open there is only a slight breeze and this morning it was a cold -14 degrees at Kumanoyu. Expect that to rise during the day!
Nighta this evening planned at the following resort areas:
- Sun Valley - Ichinose Family - Ichinose Diamond - Kumanoyu
Official resort snow depths as of 30th January 10:
Good morning from Zao and I bring more good news. We have another 20cm or so of fresh snow to report this moning. It is right now -3 degrees in the village with just a slight wind and fair visibility on the mountain even though the snow is still falling.
From tongiht the lights will be on up at the top of the mountain shining down on the 'Juhyo' famous snow/ice monsters every day until March 6th. For more information on this event as well as the monsters, please check the Zao Onsen Resot Spotlight on the site here. If you are visiting Zao, it is a very impressive sight and a must see.
Good conditions, good times.... I'm off out onto the slopes!
A cloudy morning in the region but breaks in the cloud and the sun shining through casting some dramatic shadows on the mountain at the moment.
It's another fairly mild one - well it feels like it but the thermometer is showing -2 degrees. Perhaps because there's almost no wind. But anyway it will warm up a bit and tomorrow the forecast has turned into fine and sunny throughout the day so it will no doubt be another fairly warm one.
Fairly good conditions as is often the case especially at Kagura but after this mild spell I would say we will be anticipating the snowfall that is forecast from around Tuesday night and into Wednesday and hopefully beyond.
It snowed again last night, as it has every night for what seems like the last week, leaving a solid six centimeters on top of everything here in the town. It's a decent -4 outside right now, not too far off from the tug-of-war we seem to have been having recently with the freezing point, but low enough to keep the snow relatively dry and crystalline. Is this really January 30th? Where are the -20's and the 'diamond dust' phenomenon everyone here talks about? Next week will likely be a return to normalcy with regular dips down to the mid minus-teens, but for now it's like early spring in antarctica, and even the snow showers seem to have tapered off for lunch. They should be back in time to soften the edges of afternoon runs, and then quiet down for good come early evening.
If you're looking for a day on the mountain unhindered by bitterly cold temperatures and with enough fresh powder to keep things interesting, then today is your day. This past week's snowfall has left plenty of gorgeous mounds of powder alongside the edges of most of the trails (and especially on the more challenging ungroomed trails), and not nearly enough people are taking advantage of this. Read more ...
Saturday 30th January 2010, 14:10pm
Clear, blue skies and sunshine
Hakuba is presently sitting under clear skies with the sun beaming down on us. Almost spring like at the bottoms of the resorts today with slushy corn snow and soft packed powder to be found. Expect icier and drier conditions up top and even some good shaded areas may have some pockets of fresh powder.
Sunday is again expected to be a nice day and the warmer temperatures will definitely soften up the snow and make skiing/boarding quite pleasant. Be aware of the icy conditions in the AM as the wet snow may have frozen overnight.
Looks like we may have some snow flurries later in the week, so hopefully some new powder to play in soon!
Finally a big fall of snow to get conditions back to where they should be at this time of year, deep powdery goodness. We've had 40-50cm of snow since last report and this afternoon the skies have cleared a little so people can enjoy their turns in a bit of sunshine, it doesn't get much better than that! The wind has abated and it's not all that cold so it was a very pleasant day to be up on the mountain. The snow is definitely getting deeper out there but the harder base can still be felt in some areas, especially those that were more wind affected. Still you should be able to find some bottomless turns out there. Tomorrow is set to be a little milder and temps at village level may get a bit above freezing as a weak low approaches from the west. Once this system moves through to the east though it looks like some very cold air is on the way during the coming week. Snow is forecast to fall every day in the outlook and as the temperature drops it's just going to get drier, lighter and a whole lot deeper. Here's hoping for some neck deep turns by later in the week!
Current Official Snow Depths:
Grand Hirafu: Top - 280 Bottom - 180
Niseko Village: Top - 340 Bottom - 200
Annupuri: Top - 290 Bottom - 190
Niseko Avalanche Info No.46
Moiwa base 6am: -7℃, 40cm of fresh snow yesterday evening, mostly none during the night. Coastal data 6am: WNW 10m/s at Benkei cape, W9m/s 1.7m waves and 1013hp at Kamui cape. Annupuri peak wind recorded a maximum speed of WSW41.7m/s at 22:30 last night, calmed down to NW12.7m/s, -13℃ at 6am. Snowdrifts and cornices have drastically developed above 800m (up to 80cm in leeward slopes at 1000m) due to the strong storm. Although the newly formed slabs are starting to stabilize, possibilities of 80cm surface slab avalanche is very high in knoll terrains. Higashi-one and Backbowl sidewalls are in extreme conditions. Predicted sliding layer is Jan 25th. Peak gates are scheduled to open at 10:30. The snow in the trees, below 1000m, is nice and deep. Refrain from staying along the avalanche paths: the valley bottoms, and always ski one by one in order to minimize the risks. Stay away from big open slopes and knolls in the morning. Have you switched your beacon (avalanche transceiver) on?
A very nice Saturday today, as the morning clouds dissipated and the sun came out. It seemed a bit warm because of the sun, but the snow seemed to be holding up well—no slush and stickies.
There is a nasty layer at the very bottom of the snowpack that is persisting and causing a lot of cracking and creeping. The Maruyama slope at Akakura Onsen, a short, steep (38°) run, has slid to bare dirt, with another slide also taking out part of the upper section of the hill. Expect to find some cracks on steep sections offpiste as well; this can be especially troublesome (even dangerous) when new snow fills in the top of the crack. Keep an eye out on bigger, steeper slopes.