Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 26th May 2019

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Wednesday 4th February 2009, 8:48am
Weather conditions: Fine and sunny
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
It is a fine and sunny morning here in Nozawa Onsen. No new snow fell overnight, and it is currently -2 degrees in the village and -9 degrees up on Yamabiko. The snow depth is now 150cm on Uenodaira and 190cm on Yamabiko. There is currently a weak southwesterly breeze of around 5km/h. Temperatures should stay below zero for most of the mountain, but may rise above freezing at the bottom lifts.

Clear conditions are expected to continue through until tomorrow night, when heavy snow is predicted to bring 15cm overnight. Friday morning will also bring snow showers before clearing Saturday morning and then more snow Saturday night. Another 16cm is predicted to fall over Saturday night and Sunday.

Enjoy the sunshine and stunning views...

All lifts are expected to operate today except:
Hikage #2 B

All courses will be open except Jumping, Mukoubayashi, Kurokura and Hachiman.   Read more ...

Furano Now!

Wednesday 4th February 2009, 8:53am
Weather conditions: Overcast with snow showers.
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
The snow continued off and on, and another 5-10 cm has fallen since yesterday morning. It's nothing major, but it is fresh snow and so we'll take it.

This Saturday and Sunday is the Furano Snow Festival. There will be games, activities, food throughout the day, and fireworks (Saturday night) in the Kitanomine parking lot.

Stop by for some winter fun.

Think Snow. Think Powder. Think cold temps.   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Wednesday 4th February 2009, 9:08am
Weather conditions: Sunny, blue skies
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
It is a fine morning in Shiga Kogen with the sun out early on. There are some clouds remaining in the sky but there's more blue than those and it should be a good day weather wise through until this evening. Temperatures about as they were yesterday though it will probably warm up a bit more than it did yesterday.

Tomorrow looks like it will start off fine again though hopefully we will be seeing some snow fall by the end of the day.

Some great views of Mt Asama this morning from the top of Yokoteyama.

The following resort plans to be open for nighta tonight:
Ichinose Family
Ichinose Diamond

Official resort snow depths as of 4th February 09:

Sun Valley:
Ichinose Family:
Okushiga Kogen:
195cm   Read more ...

Yuzawa Now!

Wednesday 4th February 2009, 9:15am
Weather conditions: Sun, some cloud
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
It was snowing on and off for a good part of yesterday, though it didn't amount to much on top of the car in the late afternoon (none actually!)

This morning the sun is out. There are lingering clouds and a fair amount of fog to the north by Ishiuchi Maruyama early on, but it looks set to be a fine sunny day --- and more of the same on the forecast for tomorrow too.

Currently it is -1 in Yuzawa with a high of around 3 degrees later on in the day.

Nighta tonight is at the following resorts in Yuzawa:

In Minamiuonuma just to the north, nighta at:
Ishiuchi Maruyama
Centleisure Maiko
Joetsu Kokusai

Official resort snow depths @ 4th Feb 09, 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:
110cm   Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Wednesday 4th February 2009, 9:33am
Weather conditions: Sunny
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
A sunny day round the mountain, with more sun tomorrow. The slopes are quite crowded as weekdays go today, and the car parks are quite packed. Snow is slated for Friday all the way through to Monday night.   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Wednesday 4th February 2009, 10:56am
Weather conditions: Bluebird
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Cloudy day yesterday but as forecast today is bluebird as.

January was all about waiting for snow...hopefully February doesn't give us more of the same; as fun as it is out there the fun factor would be amped up by another dump or three.

Not much to say otherwise at the moment.

Play safe and have fun.

Snow Stability Information

The storm snow of last weekend is settling and continuing to bond to the rain crust below at treeline and below treeline areas. Solar radiated south slopes in the alpine in the Tsugaike / Korenge area proved to be very unstable on Monday with multiple large scale slab and loose slides due to the intense radiation putting stress on the new snow / Feb 1st crust interface. The story has been different in the Happo and Goryu areas as these two areas saw much less snow and just as much or even more wind that scoured northern aspects. Information and observations of alpine terrain in the Happo area have been limited and will be updated after observations today.

The forecast of snow for yesterday did not amount to much accumulation and should not be adding much stress to the snow pack. It is however wise to use due caution in steep solar exposed leeward aspect terrain. The weather forecast is for sunny skies and warm mid day temperatures over the next 2 days which will allow for warming of the surface snow and increase avalanche hazard.

Travel Advisory:

As the recent weather has been very variable and the amounts of new have also varied greatly across the Hakuba range it is imperative that the stability of the area that you are entering into is reassessed using observations of avalanche activity and snowpack tests. It is advised to stay in well supported terrain away from solar radiated rocks and trees on steep wind loaded terrain.

Steadily increasing air temperature
Cornice fall
Warming of surface snow causing instability in surface and near surface layers
Solar radiated cornices becoming weak with direct solar radiation.
Increased instability of solar aspect start zones especially under cornices and very steep slopes.
Increased caution advised around rocky outcroppings‚ cliffs and well spaced trees in start zones.
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
Facet layer around buried crust
Wide propagation due to wind slab
Due caution in steep and convex terrain

Danger level 3 : Considerable

Natural avalanches possible. Human triggered avalanches probable.
Danger level ratings are set for conditions at tree line and may vary from below tree line and High Alpine areas.
Use this information as a guideline only.

Official resort snow depths on 4th Feb 09:
50cm (Shirakaba)
60cm (Sakka/Kitaone)
205cm (Kurobishi/Usagidaira)
Hakuba Goryu:
95cm (Iimori)
95cm (Toomi)
210cm (Alps daira)
Hakuba 47:
Tsugaike Kogen:
120cm (Kanenonaruoka)
120cm (Maruyama)
205cm (Tsuganomori)
Hakuba Iwatake:
65cm (Shomen)
135cm (Sancho)
Sun Alpina Sanosaka:
Hakuba Minekata:
Hakuba Highland:

Nighta tonight is scheduled at:

Hakuba Goryu (Toomi);
Happo-one (Nakiyama);
Hakuba Cortina Kokusai (Ikenoda)   Read more ...

Minakami Now!

Wednesday 4th February 2009, 12:41pm
Weather conditions: Sunny
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
A beautiful blue bird sky this morning in Minakami with a current temperature of 7 deg C at the valley. The weekly forecast is not looking promising for snow with a lot of sun and temperatures above 0 deg on the forecast.

There is still some nice snow to be had but you have to climb for it. Above 1700m there is still nice nice powder to be found, so if powder is your thing then getting up high in the backcountry is your best option.   Read more ...

Naeba Now!

Wednesday 4th February 2009, 14:54pm
Weather conditions: Sun, some cloud
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Things cleared up yesterday eventually after a generally cloudy day but not much to report in terms of cm of new snow.

So, the sun it is this morning! It has been a fine and sunny day here in Naeba today from early on. Right now, it's looking like we can expect more of the same tomorrow as well. No new snow to report but hopefully we will be seeing snow later on tomorrow night as a new cold front moves in. Doesn't look like it's going to be heavy snow though at the moment.

All Gondolas and courses at Naeba and Kagura are open as planned.   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Wednesday 4th February 2009, 16:19pm
Weather conditions: Snow showers
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Snowfalls continued on and off through yesterday and into the evening. Today has had a few snow showers but the afternoon has been mostly fine and there were plenty of sunny periods. Temps have remained cool though and the snow is still in great condition. Reasonably strong winds have persisted over the higher ridges making a hike to the peak rather invigorating. The bowls though have collected plenty of snow and bottomless turns can be found out there.
A weak low pressure system is expected to develop just to the west of us tomorrow and temps will rise to around freezing at the base with snowfalls developing later. The snow will should then continue through till early next week.

Current Official Snow Depths:

Grand Hirafu:
Top - 300cm
Bottom - 130cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 315cm
Bottom - 165cm

Top - 340cm
Bottom - 190cm
   Read more ...

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