Snow and weather reports posted on Wednesday 22nd May 2019
Monday 6th February 2012, 7:41am
Last night and yesterday brought us some really low density snow. That means real light, fluffy POWDER! Today should be a good one. It is expected to be mostly cloudy with some patches of sun throughout the day. We could also see some snow showers but it isn't looking like anything significant.
Yesterday on an excursion, I measured the snow depth to be over 4 meters in the Iowanupuri backcountry area. I actually ran out of length to measure because my probe wasn't long enough to span the entire snow depth. THe stability looked pretty good in the region. The really light snow had started settling and not been a major factor in anything.
Today is expected to warm up and then temps will start to fall tomorrow night. I would get out there this morning as early as possible. If the sun comes out today, it will make things heavy and ruin the south facing snow. Get after it and have a great day!
Current Official Snow Depths:
Grand Hirafu / Hanazono: Top - 385cm Bottom - 205cm
Niseko Village: Top - 400cm Bottom - 240cm
Annupuri: Top - 410cm Bottom - 220cm
Niseko Avalanche Report:
Moiwa base 6am: -5C, 20cm of snow crystals in the last 12 hours, no snowdrift development. Benkei Cape SSW 3m/s, Kamui Cape wave 1.5m, pressure 1017hpa. Annapuri Peak elevation 1308m SSW 4.7m/s, temp -9.8C. Snowfall: Above 800m elevation at midnight, a weak westerly wind (12m/s) continued. However towards dawn it weakened. A small amount of cornice and snowdrift development. The snow surface is reset with 25cmb-b30cm of soft snow crystals. SnowPit Data: The 22nd Jan frost layer is at 120cm, the low pressure snowfall from the 4th Feb is at 40cm. Between these layers is compact, well bonded snow. Hazard Evaluation: Around coordinates E6(Backbowl sidewall), F5(O-Sawa cornice face) the possibility of triggering an avalanche deep in the snowpack continues. Be careful just below cornices and other natural weak points. Generally the avalanche risk today is Low. However don't stop in the creek bottoms. Caution: Today's snow is fast, beware collisions with trees, ski in control. Around coordinates A3(Moiwa Anbetsu), I9(lower HigashiOne) there have been many people lost recently. Always be aware of your location. Once you pass through the gates you are not in the ski resort anymore. Gates: Peak gates are exepected to open at 9.30am. Please respect the ski patrols decision. Have a safe day. Read more ...
Monday 6th February 2012, 7:59am
It is an absolutely beautiful morning here early on with bright blue skies.
Yesterday was a generally silverly-grey kind of day with the odd spell of sunshine and most of the major resorts around town looked quite busy. Snow conditions were variable especially on lower slopes where they seem to have become quickly hard-packed, but still quite a lot of great snow to be found quite easily especially higher up.
So this morning the sun is out and it is going to warm up as well with a high of around +6 degrees forecast today.
OK if you hate the 'R' word, look away now! Unfortunately it looks like we will be getting that dose of rain starting this afternoon and it may well stretch into tomorrow. Hopefully higher up it will be snow. And hopefully by later on in the day tomorrow it will have turned once again into snow and we can quickly try to remove all memory of such a thing happening! Fingers crossed for minimal rain causing minimal damage.
Snow from Wednesday onwards along with colder temperatures.
The sun has got his hat on this morning. And I guess his sunglasses as well as it is very bright out there! Blue skies above both Naeba and Kagura early on making for a fantastical morning to be out - I am ready and waiting and will be out there checking it out as soon as this report goes up.
No new snow to report, so after the weekend things might be tracked out somewhat in places but it is cold and so hopefully snow conditions will hold. Definitely a day that will be best early on.
We are actually looking at a mild day or two here now with temperatures forecast to very quickly warm up today - and I hate to bring this news but we may not escape that rain I was talking about previously. Looks like before the end of the day it might be raining at base, though lets hope that translates into snow higher up. The good news though is that from later on tomorrow it should start getting colder again and snow is forecast basically for the rest of the week (on and off).
Resort Operations, 6th February (subject to change) Naeba: All lifts operating. Splash Bowl and Mens Slalom course aside, all courses open. Kagura: Open as normal
The sun is out this morning for what looks like is going to be an amazing morning here. Early tracks totally recommended today as later on we still have that chance of rain giving us a visit before lets hope quickly turning into snow. But for now, it's a great, clear morning.
No new snow to report.
It was cold overnight but will likely warm up quickly as the sun does it's thing. Look to tomorrow night for temps to drop back down to mid-winter normal and snow to be back with us.
Lifts currently operating: Lift No3B aside, all lifts look set to open today. Tree run courses open.
This morning looks similar to yesterday in a way - but bluer. Yes, the sun is out once again shining down throughout Shiga Kogen and there are just some wispy clouds hanging on in the sky. But basically a fine, sunny morning. There is no new snowfall to report.
Lots of areas of 'snow Japan' on Honshu seem destined to get some rain today. Will Shiga Kogen escape? Looks like it is going to be borderline but even if it starts off as a bit of rain or sleet/wet snow I think it should turn into snow fairly quickly. After that little event from tomorrow we should see snow clouds around the area until about Friday.
Nighta operations this evening planned at the following resort areas:
- Ichinose Family
Official resort snow depths as of 6th February 2012 AM:
This morning we are greeted with great clear skies and lots of sunshine. That will change throughout the day as we experience very mild weather for a short period. Yesterday we saw sunny patches and great visibility to go along with the nice snow conditions.
In the valley, today we are expecting warm spring like conditions with temperatures rising to balmy 7 C. The sun will be around until mid day when clouds are due to roll in and drop some precipitation which will come down as rain. This is projected to continue until tomorrow morning as will the mild temperatures. Here's hoping to that being cut short.
Up on the hills, no new snow has been recorded and temperatures ranging from 1 C to 4 C are expected with freezing levels rising to 2050m overnight. A light breeze is expected to accompany the new system approaching with speeds of 2m/s from a S and SSW direction.
Tuesday afternoon is when it is supposed to start getting cooler and snow is in the forecast coinciding with the lowering freezing level. Mid week through to Friday we are expecting snowfall accumulation with higher winds later in the week.
Avalanche conditions above tree line are CONSIDERABLE while below tree line they are MODERATE.
Please ski and ride with care.
Official snow depths and operations @ Monday 6th February 2012 AM:
Hakuba Goryu: No new snow this morning. All weekday lifts operating (not Alps No2 and No4) Official snow depths: Alps daira - 310cm; Toomi - 180cm; Iimori - 150cm.
Hakuba 47: Hakuba 47 is reporting 2cm of snowfall up top this morning. All weekday lifts operating (not Line D). Official snow depth: Upper - 245cm Lower - 130cm
Happo-one: Ski lifts/courses: All lifts apart from Usagidair pair, Happo No1 and Central pair are operating today. Grad quad due to open from 12 noon after an hour or so closed this morning for maintenance. Official snow depth: Usagidaira - 210cm; Sakka - 130cm; Nakiyama - 130cm.
The recent snowfalls over the weekend have replenished the resort and snow conditions are now superb. The mountain has been beautifully groomed top to bottom and is looking perfect against a backdrop of blue sky. Temperatures are not too low so it shouldn't feel cold out there particularly given that there is little in the way of wind. Read more ...
Monday 6th February 2012, 10:46am
Sunny, with clouds starting to move in
Despite the forecast of rain, the day is starting out beautifully in Myoko, with deep blue skies and shining white mountains. We haven't seen Mt. Myoko that often this season, so it's great to see a very snowy peak back behind the ski areas.
While it's aslo warmer than we've had over the past few weeks, we still did start the day in minus degrees, so the skiing should be good. But there is a S/SW wind coming in, along with a few more clouds—let's see what happens, hope for not too much gray and rain. It's going to be snowing again very shortly, so just hang on!
Experiencing a bit of a spike on the thermometer in Nozawa this morning. It is currently 5 degrees at the front door and is expected to stay warmish throughout today.
The weather is coming in from the south and bringing a warm current from Okinawa with it. The weatherman is still telling us to expect rain at the village level later today but it should be snow up higher with the freezing level well above sea level where it has been sitting for the past few weeks.
It is set to drop again from tomorrow night though with low temps and snow on the forecast. Yesterday was a nice day on the slopes with clear skies and fun conditions. Should be similar today. This change in temps will most likely heighten avalanche danger so take care if venturing away from the groomed runs.
After the lovely day yesterday we had no new snow to report overnight and the clouds have moved back into the area since early this morning. It has generally been a cloudy day, but visibility hasn't been too bad out there. Just a grey color with small breaks in the cloud from time to time. It has been much milder as well today but there has been more of a wind.
Possibly rain this evening? To be followed by snow again from tomorrow. Fingers crossed it is quickly into snow!
Official snow depths (6th 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 ...
Monday 6th February 2012, 19:55pm
Warmer day today in Minakami - a bit of sun and a bit of cloud today. The forecast was for rain but we got off lightly with just a few spots. The snow was pretty hard this morning but it soon softened up in the warmer temperatures and was pretty good by mid morning.
The forecast is for a drop in temperature from tomorrow and the snow is set to be back again for the rest of the week. Read more ...