Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 26th May 2019
Sunday 5th February 2012, 7:51am
Lots of snow has fallen in the past 24 hours. 40 cm of snow to be exact. There are fresh tracks to be had throughout the resort and there are many places to go that haven't been touched. The back bowls, side gates, mizu no sawa, etc etc all have good snow still left. With last night's refresher, it can only get better.
It's looking like more snow today and tomorrow then maybe tapering off to some mostly cloudy conditions with not as much snow. Temps are going to be a bit higher than they have been today and tomorrow but plummet once the high pressure comes in on Tues/Weds. If you're tired get a massage, genki drink, or a little liquid courage to help you get out. Conditions will be good today and tomorrow but they may get tracked out fast, weekend and all.
Yesterday was awesome throughout the resort. Up until the last run, I was finding fresh spots and soft snow all around. With the snow we got last night, it can only be better. So stop reading and go ski!
Current Official Snow Depths:
Grand Hirafu / Hanazono: Top - 365cm Bottom - 200cm
Niseko Village: Top - 400cm Bottom - 240cm
Annupuri: Top - 410cm Bottom - 220cm
Niseko Avalanche Report:
Moiwa base 6am: -8C, 15cm of crushed crystal snow in the past 12 hours, a small amount of snow drift development at the base. Benkei Cape NW11m/s, Kamui Cape wave 2.1m, pressure 1019hpa. Annapuri Peak 1308 elevation, NW 19.5m/s, temp -15.5C SnowTransition: The wind is expected to increase today around 1.00pm, both the ocean and the mountains will be battered by winds for the next 10 hours. Snow drift development will by rapid and unstable. At 800m elevation on the west side, snowdrifts are expected to develop to 100cm, at 1000m they are expected to be 120cm. On the east side development is expected to be even greater. SnowPit Data: Due to storms a snowdrift layer has deposited on the 4th Feb layer of low pressure snowfall, which in turn had fallen over the hard layer from the 2nd Feb. Below the 22 Jan layer the snow has stabilsed. Hazard Evaluation: The Feb 5th snowdrifts are starting to stablise, however the Feb 4th layer is relatively weak and easy to trigger a fracture. Coordinates F5(O-Sawa cornice slopes), E6 (Backbowl sidewalls), G7 (Higashi One slopes) the avalanche risk is HIGH this morning. Caution: Most accidents occur during or closely after a storm. Today's conditions are completely different to yesterdays. Be aware of the risks outlined above and take actions to avoid them. The drifted snow today is heavy, slow and difficult to ski. Be careful of trees and ice balls in the snow. We recommend reading and being aware of the Niseko Rules, they are there for your safety. Gates: Gates 2 & 3 are not expected to open. Please respect the patrols decision. Have a safe day. Read more ...
Sunday 5th February 2012, 9:10am
Cloudy but bright early on
Yesterday was another of those 'difficult to read' days, weather-wise. Generally it ended up being cloudy but we had patches of clearer weather with the sun out at times, and also times when some light snow was falling.
By evening though snow was falling and it seems to have been overnight with another up to 5cm or so to report this morning (Kagura reporting 10-20cm).
There is still a lot of cloud around but signs that it is going to clear up. There are some blue skies over Naeba and Kagura as the clouds clear and right at this moment the sun is shining down in Yuzawa from a break in the clouds. The forecast for the day is cloud with clear spells.
Right now it is -1 degrees in Yuzawa town.
Tomorrow morning looks like a high chance of a sunny morning but we may get to see some rain in the evening along with strong winds. Please, no!
In the meantime should be a good Sunday out there.
We had some sun yesterday but lots of cloud and then snow later on, with 10-15cm here in Naeba and up to 20cm at Kagura - so a nice new topup for early Sunday morning skiers and boarders.
This morning there is more blue sky on show. Still quite a lot of cloud hanging on, but the sun is shining down on the base of Naeba nicely now. Just a light wind and good visibility, so it should be a fine day out on the slopes.
Tomorrow should be milder still and a clear start to the day is forecast. After that, I hardly want to mention it, but we might actually be on the receiving end of some rain. Surely not up on the mountain but the base of Naeba might not be so lucky as lower down and in Yuzawa it does look likely to get rain. The good news is that it shouldn't last too long as we should be back to snow from Tuesday onwards.
Resort Operations, 5th February (subject to change) Naeba: All lifts operating. Splash Bowl and Mens Slalom course aside, all courses open. Kagura: Open as normal
Light snow falling in Minakami again today with grey skies overhead. It does look as if it might clear up a bit later but hard to tell. Low temperatures and fresh snow about as it snowed last night. No wind either, so all in all a fantastic day to be out on the slopes.
The forecast for the next week is predominantly for light snow with the occasional burst of sunshine, although Monday morning is supposed to be nothing but sun. Monday looks to be the pick of the days next week as after that the temperature is supposed to drop again and it is going to get pretty cold. Read more ...
Sunday 5th February 2012, 9:30am
Earlier this morning it was still snowing as those snow clouds moved in yesterday and ended up giving us 10-15cm of fresh snow for this morning. Since then the clouds have moved on and right now I can see lots of blue sky over the mountain and the sun is out. Not quite as cold as just a slight breeze - it is going to be a fine Sunday morning!
Tomorrow looks like warmer temperatures, a sunny start and possible rain (noooo!) before the snow comes back for Tuesday.
Lifts currently operating: Lift No3B aside, all lifts look set to open today. Tree run courses open.
Ahh, today is one of those quite rare days in mid-winter Zao when the sun is out, blue skies all around and hardly any clouds in the sky. Hardly any wind, and continuing cold temperatures keeping the snow in good condition.
Looks like the next few days are going to see temperatures rise - though hopefully still remain for the most part at least below zero - along with fairly clear skies before dropping again around Tuesday night into Wednesday when we can expect to see more snowfall.
In the meantime, all the lucky Zao Sunday sliders - take in all in and enjoy!
Official snow depths (5th February 12) Utopia - 260cm Chuo - 220cm Paradise - 250cm Uwanodai - 180cm
Operating lifts (5th February 12) All Ropeways (Skycable, Zao Chuo Ropeway, Zao Ropeway) operating. All the runs at Zao are open. Read more ...
Sunday 5th February 2012, 9:51am
It is a sunny bright morning in Hakuba Valley. It stopped snowing around midnight last night, and started clearing up around 6am to 7am this morning.
This morning the valley temperature is -5C in the valley and the highest will be around -2C. Freezing levels are rising over the next couple of days but will remain mild through today. Wind direction will be from S to SE towards tonight.
20cm of new snow is reported from Hakuba Goryu this morning, 25cm of new snow on the slopes of Cortina and all lifts are open.
The weather forecast is saying that we might have a chance of rain later on Monday with some warm south winds. Temperature will boost up to around 5C highest, so very mild for mid-winter and hopefully that will quickly drop back down again with snow forecast from Tuesday onwards.
Please be careful if you are on Backcountry area. This heavy snow fall, temperature changes and sunlight is a good recipe of avalanche. Please be careful on those terrains where wind slab has formed. Alpine level or tree line level where strong wind has transported is not going to be a good place to enter. That sugary crystal snow which was formed on 28th of January is still an unstable layer. See yesterdays report.
Stay safe and play more.
Official snow depths and operations @ Sunday 5th February 2012 AM:
Hakuba Goryu: Goryu reported 20-25cm of new snow. All lifts operating. Official snow depths: Alps daira - 320cm; Toomi - 185cm; Iimori - 150cm.
Hakuba 47: Hakuba 47 is reporting 10cm of snowfall earlier this morning. All lifts operating. Official snow depth: Upper - 258cm Lower - 140cm
Happo-one: Ski lifts/courses: All lifts apart from Happo No1 pair are operating today. Official snow depth: Usagidaira - 230cm; Sakka - 140cm; Nakiyama - 140cm.
Not a whole lot of snow since yesterday but this morning the skies are much clearer and the sun is shining down and curiously right here in Maruike it is actually snowing! Not sure where that is coming from, but it looks beautiful for a start. And with the blue skies and decreasing amount of remaining cloud I would guess that literally within minutes that will stop leaving us with a lovely day here in Shiga Kogen.
During a quick drive around before I noticed lifts were moving smoothly and there was no waiting for most of them. As the day goes on and people start making their way back home things will start to get quieter so it is a fine day to be out on the hills.
Looks like tomorrow should start sunny as well. Going to get rather mild for Shiga Kogen as well before dropping back down cold from around Tuesday and we should see the snow return.
Nighta operations this evening planned at the following resort areas:
- Ichinose Family - Ichinose Diamond
Official resort snow depths as of 5th February 2012 AM:
Light snow early then blue skies now, scattered clouds
Nozawa is an a bit of a deep purple patch at the moment!
Snow at night and sun during the day that's what we like to see. Has been a while since we had that pattern in Nozawa. Most of the time has been just snowing, which is not a bad thing either, I suppose.
It snowed overnight heavy at times but only averaged out to about 15cm of fresh. Should be a nice top up though and make for an awesome day on the slopes. No one has been back down yet to give me an update, which is always a good sign.
The weekenders from Tokyo should begin to roll out of town in the next few hours and will leave us with a quiet resort for the weekdays. Tomorrow should be sunny and it will get warmer, still with a chance of rain later on lower down especially, but after that we have consistent snow falls forecast for the rest of the week.
Good day today to clear the roof off the house, which has almost 2 meters of snow on it. Normally I clear it twice in a season on average. This will be the second time in just over a week!
The storm last night left around 5cm+ of fresh snow on the slopes. Those out early this morning were treated to a fantastic layer of fine powder. Things have quieted down and warmed up nicely to -4. It's all clouds all day long for now, but all in all it's a pretty good day to be out on the mountain. Winds are light at 2 m/s, and the overnight low is forecast at -11. It might be time to get out there and enjoy that night skiing.
Starting from Tuesday of next week, we should have plenty of chances for snow. Maybe we'll get what we need to break the two meter mark in the next couple of days! Read more ...
Sunday 5th February 2012, 21:30pm
Sunny to start, increasing clouds through the day clear at night
A pleasant day in Myoko: some sun and fresh snow to start the day, some fog and gray. The snow was not the greatest as things warmed up a bit, but we've had a lot of soft powder, so you can't complain too much.
Things don't look so good ahead, with rain on the forecast for tomorrow. That's bad in itself, but also not welcome n the backcountry. The snowpack now is pretty solid in all directions, but the warm and rain tomorrow will be followed by much colder temperatures, meaning a weak layer may be in the sow in the coming week. take a good look before heading for the steeps.