Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 25th May 2020
Sunday 3rd March 2013, 4:35am
I had to get out early to climb today - a good chance to see what things were like after an evening of snowfall and some high winds down a bit lower than the ski areas. So late, but here we go!
It was a pretty gray day, with lots of fog interspersed with enticing hits of sun and clear patches. Can't really talk about the groomed (maybe still a bit hard? or did the good snowfall soften things up a little?). Really nice up in the mountains, except 1) where the wind had blown patches down to ice or 2) the fog made it impossible to see if you were even moving on high open areas. Great out in the trees...
Looks like a week of lots of sun, maybe a little snow, and perhaps some spring-like conditions later in the week as the freezing line once more heads straight up the mountain.
It started snowing yesterday and this morning the results of that are about 10cm on the valley and up to 40cm at Tenjindaira. At the moment the wind is generally light, a good change from yesterday, and it looks like we will have a calm day with good conditions on the slope.
From tomorrow we can expect milder and clear days through until next weekend. Read more ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Sunday 3rd March 2013, 7:40am
It looks like it will be a great day in Nozawa Onsen today.
We have had a further 10-20cm of fresh fall since last lifts yesterday and combine with yesterday's persistent moderate to heavy falls it will be certain that there will be some powder stashes about the resort today. The weather out the window looks snowy at the moment with light falls continuing, probably lasting the day.
Avalanche risk is still very high so best to avoid steeper off piste areas for the time being.
Yesterday was a good day on the hill, especially the afternoon. During the morning there was some good snow on offer, but only up high (with an icy base). Down low was still pretty icy as it received limited fresh the night before. Consistent snowfalls became heavy during the afternoon, resulting in drastic improvements across the mountain as fresh snow depth increased. The best riding was had during the afternoon.
Winds remained intense but luckily did not result in any lift closures so those who braved the conditions up high were rewarded with relatively un-crowded weekend slopes. Visibility was limited all day.
Looking at the forecast ahead we expect light snow showers continue today. Following that we should see a clearing trend with a bluebird day expected tomorrow. Tuesday looks like further snow showers are possible, hopefully they produce the goods.
In the long range we should expect clear weather for quite a few days; from Wednesday till Saturday are looking to be clear spring days at this point in time.
Lifts operating: All lifts scheduled to be operating except Hikage Number 2 Pair B line
Courses open: All courses open except Grand Prix Kandahar East Kandahar West
Bit of a wild day yesterday involving snow, strong winds and even a power black out here in Naeba for a short while.
This morning there's slightly less wind, though it's far from calm, and about 10cm since yesterday though putting a number on it is difficult due to the wind. The resort is reporting that since last night and Kagura is reporting 20-30cm. We're back to something like normal this morning with most lifts up and running (or scheduled to anyway).
It's still snowing and visibility not so good.
Sunshine is due tomorrow and it should be a calm and mostly clearer week ahead.
Official resort snow depth: Naeba - 330cm Kagura - 390cm Read more ...
Sunday 3rd March 2013, 8:50am
Wild winds yesterday and a cancelled fireworks display after nighta. I think people were probably glad to get in an onsen yesterday after the conditions out there.
The snow was really coming down in style for a while there yesterday evening, quickly adding up to 15cm or so. A bit more to report this morning and the resort itself if saying that there has been an additional 15-25cm.
Snow not falling at the moment and just cloudy.
The tree runs should be great today.
There's also a free to enter 'Speed Challenge' event going on today which sounds like fun.
Clear conditions forecast for tomorrow and a return to more early spring like weather conditions due this coming week.
Lifts planned to be operating: Number 1 Number 2 Number 3 Super quad Number 5 Number 11 Number 12 Number 15 Kids Park --- FreeRide Park Powder Wave I Powder Wave II Usagi Riverline Powder Theater Adventure Read more ...
Sunday 3rd March 2013, 9:24am
Cloud, patches of blue
Yesterday was a bit of a wild ride, as it was in many other regions of Japan I hear. The Shin Chitose airport and gateway to Hokkaido near Sapporo was closed for a while, messing with the travel plans of more than a few people. It sure has been a dramatic start to March.
So after a day of strong winds and disruption, this morning things have calmed down. There's has been probably 10-20cm of snow since yesterday, but the storm was blowing it all about and so it's one of those days when pinning down a number is particularly difficult.
It's actually colder than it was yesterday morning according to the thermometer and about -4C as I write this. Lots of cloud around still, but I can also see some blue sky above the mountain and the sun is out here in Hanazono where I'm writing this mornings report from.
Light snow showers still on the forecast for today but it feels like it may well clear up. Followed by more clearer skies this week over Niseko, sun and warmer conditions as the week progresses.
Official Resort Snow Depths
Grand Hirafu & Niseko Hanazono Top - 465cm Bottom - 230cm
Niseko Annupuri Top - 400cm Bottom - 250cm
Niseko Village Top - 450cm Bottom - 240cm
Niseko base 6am: -4C, 20cm of broken snow crystals in the last 12 hrs. Moiwa 800m: -5C, wind NW5m/s, snowdrift development. Coastal data: wind NNW12m/s, 3.5m waves, pressure 1009hPa. Annupuri peak: weather station damaged.
Strong wind and snow from yesterday morning until midnight. Wind driven snow caused rapid snowdrift development. Snow deposited previous to low pressure system remains a weak layer. All peak gates will be closed today for the safety of all resort users. Most avalanche accidents during or just after a storm, please take care. According to data and observation the snowpack is starting to stabilise, however open steep slopes and knolls should be avoided. Do not let poor judgement or experience get you into a dangerous situation which may cause an accident.
Niseko Rules have been developed over many years, through many bitter experiences, by the local mountain community to protect all mountain users. Individuals who continually disrespect or disregard Niseko Rules have no right to live in this community. Do not duck ropes. Do not enter strictly off limits areas. Be careful of cracks.
First of all, I'm glad to be able to report that this morning is much calmer.
Strong winds yesterday making for limited action and not the best of conditions. Happo was able to open up more lifts after my report. At 3pm, Hakuba 47 was reporting wind speeds of 13m/s and 0cm of new snow. It was definitely snowing down to village level for most of the day, but the wind was blowing it around and so some perhaps odd looking numbers this morning. This all made for poor visibility as well out there.
On to this morning. It's got quite cold overnight dipping down to -5, and at the moment it's around -1C at base. Usagidaira at 1400m is currently around -8C. As I said it's much calmer this morning and while there's still a lot of cloud around the mountains, there's also some blue sky as well. Local forecast says it may well clear up.
Tomorrow we might be on for a bluebird day and there should be a lot of sun over the next week or so as spring-like conditions are set to return. Expext temps to rise and it get warm towards the end of the week.
For now though it's a busy Sunday. Have fun.
Official snow depths and operations @ Sunday 3rd March 2013 AM:
Hakuba Goryu: 0cm of new snowfall reported by Goryu since yesterday. Official snow depths: Alps daira - 320cm; Toomi - 160cm; Iimori - 130cm
Hakuba 47: 5-10cm of new snowfall reported by Hakuba 47 since yesterday. Official snow depth: Upper - 275cm Lower - 175cm
It was snowing for pretty much most of the day here yesterday, but by evening there wasn't a huge amount to show for it - mostly because of the strong gusty winds that were persisting throughout the day. So for the most part there wasn't enough snow to cover that layer of ice from the previous days rain unfortunately. Better conditions were to be found higher up.
Difficult to put numbers on the new snowfall. 10cm on the top of my car since last night and 5cm in the day and so 15cm seems a good number. Naeba is reporting 5-10cm. Kagura reports 20-30cm. Other resorts have increased their numbers by around 20cm so that should give a decent idea.
It's still snowing this morning but much less windy and all resorts are opened as scheduled. Currently about -1C in town. The snow is expected to ease off later on today.
From tomorrow, lots of sun in the coming week. And it's going to get warmer. Very warm by the end of the week by the looks of the latest forecast with temperatures likely to rise well into double digit numbers.
Has this been the last prolonged winter like snow storm of the season before we click into 'spring season' proper? Possibly, but certainly not the last snow of course. Many of the resorts around town are open until the end of March/beginning of April. Higher places continue through into May, and Kagura often is still open at the end of May. So a long time left yet.
5cm of new snow overnight and after the winds of yesterday, glad to report only a light wind this morning and all of the mountain back open. I saw a bit of sun earlier on, but for now cloud is back though it is now snowing.
A cold morning but it looks like we should expect some warm up starting tomorrow and gathering pace as the week goes on with positively balmy conditions by the end of the coming week.
The snow started up again, as did the winds, and this morning I have about 20-25cm of fresh snow to report from Shiga Kogen. It was a cold start to the morning. The snow fall has cleared up and in the last hour or so the sun has been making some appearances. Still lots of cloud around but perhaps it's going to clear up.
What does look very likely is a clear day tomorrow and more of the same through the coming week. Might stay colder for a few more days but in the 2nd half of the week we can expect some very spring like warmth.
Nighta operations planned for tonight at the following resort areas: Ichinose Family
Official resort snow depths as of Sunday 3rd March 2013 AM:
The snow didn't give up after all. The snow storm that started Friday afternoon gathered its strength for another push early Saturday afternoon, bringing with it more of the high winds/heavy snows combination that we've seen so much of the last three days. Anywhere from 20-30cm fell between early afternoon to midnight, accompanied by more gusty wind conditions that have created huge snowdrifts on the leeward sides of everything.
Things have quieted down now and the lifts are running on the normal schedule, but the official word from the resort is that due to all that snow that fell yesterday, they will be doing snow removal/grooming throughout the day. That means that some lifts will be forced to temporarily suspend operations in order to get the job done. Also, if the wind picks back up again (currently gusting at 3-5m/s, a nice break from yesterday's peak of 9m/s), they may have to stop lift operations until the winds die back down.
However for now, things are running smoothly, the sun is trying to peak out, and the weather isn't so cold in the mid minus single digits, about -5C. Winds are rather brisk out of the North, but nothing to debilitating at the moment. Expect snow showers on and off throughout the day, but the major snow event for this weekend is, for the large part, behind us. Read more ...