Snow and weather reports posted on Wednesday 22nd May 2019
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Wednesday 3rd February 2010, 8:44am
Cold with limited visibility up top.
Snow has been falling across the resort this morning!
We've had 15cm of fresh snow, which added to yesterday's 10cm - meaning powder runs for those who are keen. It will be light winds and reasonable visibility today, with the lower slopes being the pick of the bunch.
The forecast for the next few days is snow, snow and more snow. The heaviest expected to fall later in the week. This should hopefully make way for a great powder weekend.
A bit like yesterday today...a little more snow than we had yesterday morning and with cold overnight temps the snow is fluffy, but there's not enough to get the powder fiends stoked. We had some guys drive from Nagano to ride here only to eat the infamous Mama's crepes at the Gondola and go home again.
For anyone who doesn't demand knee-high powder to bust out the wallet conditions on the runs will be great with nice fresh snow and a little powder off the beaten track.
It is nice dry snow falling at the moment, just not in quantity, and though we have flurries forecast through the coming days with cold temperatures it doesn't look at this point like a lot of snow on the way. Hoping we're proven wrong...
Good news this morning. There is perhaps 15cm or so on the top of cars around town this morning and resorts are reporting 20-25cm on the slopes. Right now it is a cold -4 degrees and snowing.... not blizzard like snow and it was only gently coming down a short while ago but in the last few minutes it has started to come down in a more determined way. The forecast is looking promising too with 25-50cm of snow forecast to fall in the Yuzawa region between now and 9am tomorrow morning. Thats what we want to hear!
What's more, it looks like the snowy conditions are going to be with us into the weekend so hopefully over the next few we can build up with lots more fresh snow to play in.
So, snowy conditions today though all resorts seem to be open as normal at the time of writing.
Another cold morning - but this morning it really really is cold! -14 degrees cold.
The weather has also brought us a nice present of around 20cm of fresh snow to the mountain so conditions out there this morning are going to be very good. It is still snowing and coming down good as well, so expect to see that number rise.
It is looking like temperatures are going to stay low through the rest of the week and the snow clouds to bring more snow - heaviest on Friday? - so conditions at the weekend should be excellent. Just remember to wrap up well as it is c-c-cold.
It's very cold out there this morning. From around -15 at village level to -23 up at the peak. With winds up high at around 60km/hr we're talking wind chill factors down around -40 degrees. So if you're heading up higher today you really need to rug up and cover up. Exposed skin could easily become frostbitten in the time it takes to catch a lift up. We've had up around 35cm of snow overnight and as you can imagine at these temperatures it is very, very dry. Currently still snowing moderately. Today will remain very cold but tomorrow will warm a few degrees so it will only still be really cold. Snow and a fair amount of wind will continue through to the weekend. Should be great condition all around the resort today if you can manage to withstand the cold to stay out there for long.
Current Official Snow Depths:
Grand Hirafu: Top - 300 Bottom - 190
Niseko Village: Top - 350 Bottom - 210
Annupuri: Top - 300 Bottom - 200
Niseko Avalanche Info No.50
Moiwa base 6am: -15℃, 35cm of wind effected crystal snow overnight. Coastal data: WNW 16m/s (19m/s at 3am) at Benkei cape, W9m/s, 2.7m waves, 1008hp at Kamui cape. Annupuri peak wind: WSW 12/0m/s. Moderate snow and wind has persisted due to the weak winter weather pattern and made the snowdrifts to develop slowly. Maximum development of snowdrift in 1100m western areas grew up to 120cm. The surface 20cm partially formed soft slabs and are easily collapsible. The lower layer is rounding and starting to stabilize. No distinguished unstable layer can be observed. 7am peak report: -23℃, W18m/s and 20cm of fresh snow. General avalanche risk is moderate however still considerable in steep 40°knoll terrain and around cornices. Peak gates are scheduled to open at 10:00, but may close anytime depending on conditions. Hazards are not just avalanches, the cold weather deadens all functions. There’s been a tree collision accident yesterday in Hogashi-one 3rd gully. Be aware of all possible dangers. Do not drop into a widely open slope all at the same time, it could stimulate deeper layer and trigger a major slide. The snow is slow due low temperature. Have a nice day.
Things are looking good for that 40cm before the weekend I wrote about... already we have got 20cm or so of that overnight up at Kagura and it is still snowing now and likely to continue over the next few days.
It is a cold morning and -9 up at Kagura and Naeba reporting a low of -11 degrees. There's not much of a wind at the moment and visibility is generally fine so it's just the cold. Good excuse to move!
The regional forecast says an average of 25cm and a maximum of 50cm between now and 9am tomorrow, so fingers crossed they have got that right this time.
Almost the perfect weather system here at the moment. It starts to get cold in the evening, the clouds come in and it snows at night. Then it clears up by morning, the sun comes out but remains a little cold and there is a nice layer of fresh snow everywhere.
Tenjin is reporting 30cms of fresh snow overnight and the other resorts 10cm and upwards. The main slopes first thing looked amazing with perfectly groomed runs with just a couple of tracks coming down them. Off piste is still a little hard underneath the fresh coating but plenty of nice tracks are appearing.
Hopefully this pattern is set to continue for the next few days, and as long as the sun doesn't warm things up too much during the day, conditions are going to be great for a while to come. Read more ...
Wednesday 3rd February 2010, 12:52pm
There has been 2cm of snow in the village overnight and about 5cm on the mountain itself. This morning was bitterly cold at -15deg. If ever the was an incentive to ski slower to reduce the effective wind chill on yourself, then this morning was it. After a couple of runs on a chair I decided the only way forward was to use the Gondola or Ropeway. Early morning visibility was a little compromised with low light, but by mid morning the sun broke through, warmed things up considerably and the blue sky came out. All in all a great day to be out on the mountain. Happy carving. Read more ...
Wednesday 3rd February 2010, 15:13pm
Moderate to heavy fall of light snow
Well, good intentions.... I hoped to get online early, but we had a good dump of snow, meaning some early-morning snowthrowing, plus a neighbor who is away (so double the normal use of the big machine). But it's nice snow — good big flakes, very, very light. It should be outstanding skiing, as the wind did threaten to rise midday, but never got too strong (i.e., the lifts kept running.
The winds are picking up now a bit, with snow continuing to fall fairly heavily. It's still cold, too, with the temperature at base remaining around -4°.