Snow and weather reports posted on Wednesday 22nd May 2019

Niseko Now!

Tuesday 3rd January 2006, 8:46am
Weather conditions: Blizzard
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Well the predicted strom has arrived and we have blizzard conditions across the region this morning. Temperatures are still relatively mild and the snow is not the extremely dry stuff we're used to in Niseko but colder temps are on the way. Higher lifts will most likely remain on wind hold throughout the day. Overall it's probably a good day to take a day trip into Sapporo or Otaru and do some of the shopping you were hoping to get done.    Read more ...
 

Yuzawa Now!

Tuesday 3rd January 2006, 9:48am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
The snow arrived again yesterday night but not much to speak of this morning but it is and it now snowing steadily here in Yuzawa and looks like we should get some more good cm on the slopes. Only slight winds at the moment and temperatures hovering around 0 degrees.   Read more ...
 

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Tuesday 3rd January 2006, 10:00am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
After a cloudy day yesterday the snow arrived late on and this morning it is now snowing in the region. Temperatures are down again as well with fairly poor visibility, especially up top.   Read more ...
 

Shiga Kogen Now!

Tuesday 3rd January 2006, 10:19am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
It's snowing again! The clouds moved in late yesterday and started snowing and it is snowing now a fair bit forecast to fall today and tomorrow. Temperatures have also taken a dive since yesterdays report and we're back to the cold winter mode again now - but if that means more powder, who's to complain?

We have snow lined up quite a bit in the weekly forecast so it looks like we should get some decent snowfall over the coming days.   Read more ...
 

Hakuba Now!

Tuesday 3rd January 2006, 11:18am
Weather conditions: Snowing now
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Further heavy snowfall over night. With this new cold air mass has come masses of snow. There is 40cm of nice light fresh in the valley today which seams to be making for poor driving conditions as the plows can't clear it fast enough. There is a slight breeze in the valley which is sending down snow in clouds from the trees, so be prepared for these smoke screen tactics as you drive to the hill.

The hills are going to be awesome today with all the new fresh over yesterdays hard pack. Finding areas of 60+ cms of pow to the sides will not be a hard thing to accomplish today. Winds will continue to be moderate to strong up high today yet light in the valley. Temperatures will be comfortable around -3 in the valley and -9 up top. Don't forget to measure Wind chill into that equation.

Todays poor visibility up high and rapid snowfall, combined with recent underlaying wind slab make the backcountry an unwise choice today. There has been a lot of avalanche activity within and near to the resorts and this will continue to be the case. So please be very careful if you do decide to venture off the runs. The South and East faces were hit by that warm sunshine of Jan. 1st and this has created a substantial sun crust and sliding layer on the solar aspects. All aspect have seen continued new snow loading and wind loading from winds that don't seem to make up their mind. This wind has created multiple layers of wind slab. The most noticeable layers and layers of concern are a soft wind slab on top of a one finger slab down 50 cm yesterday and most likely close to 80 or 90 cm down today. As new snow started to fall yesterday we saw the Yellow Snow from the Gobi. A yellowish snow containing sand that is usually seen in spring. This snow has an unusual texture and does not bond well with top surrounding layers.

The general snow temperature through the upper pack is hovering around -10 degrees C and this means that we are not seeing general bonding trends. This means that snow is staying light and fluffy for longer but not bonding to neighboring layers as fast as it might usually do in this region.

There is plenty of great pow to be had on the slopes so enjoy lift accessed riding on the multitude of un-groomed pistes in the Hakuba region.

AVALANCHE HAZARD IS STILL HIGH!

There have been skier triggered and natural slides in and outside of ski areas with in the last 3 days at Cortina, Goryu's South face and BC areas.

Do NOT go if you do NOT KNOW!   Read more ...
 

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Tuesday 3rd January 2006, 14:17pm
Weather conditions: Heavy Snow
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
UPDATE: Somewhat windy up top with very heavy snowfall across the entire Nozawa mountain area. White outs common.   Read more ...
 

SnowJapan Daily 'Now' reports

Yuzawa Now
22nd May, 9:20am
Shiga Kogen Now
20th May, 9:30
Furano Now
08th May, 8:47am
Niseko Now
07th May, 19:19pm
Myoko Now
06th May, 9:33am
Hakuba Now
06th May, 9:09
Nozawa Onsen Now
06th May, 8:46
Aizu Bandai Now
06th May, 8:35
Minakami Now
06th May, 8:16
Naeba Now
06th May, 8:14am
Madarao Now
06th May, 8:13am
Zao Now
06th May, 7:59
Appi Kogen Now
06th May, 7:59am
Geto Kogen Now
06th May, 7:12
Grandeco Now
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