Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 26th May 2019
Sunday 7th January 2007, 8:37am
Well the snow has arrived but the colder temperature has not. We have had around 8cm of snow in town but it is a bit heavier than we would like. The temperature was only -2 at mountain base at 8am this morning, a lot warmer than yesterday.
The weekly forecast is still predicting snow for eveyday over the next week but temperatures not really dropping untill Tuesday.
The resort has updated the snow depth measurements for the mountain and they have obviously been under-estimating the depths recently because they are up 20cm on yesterday. The on-piste measurements are now 120cm at the top and 70cm at the base.
Well the snow-bearing weather has come and hit Niseko, although we will need to be a bit patient whilst it gets into full-swing. Current conditions are blustery winds, wet snow in the village and poor visibility.
Most of the top lifts are closed due to the conditions, so looking on the bright side, the snow will not be tracked today and sets up tomorrow for some great riding up high. Annupuri has all of their lifts open today and will be slightly protected from the NW winds.
The snow up high has fallen as powder, whilst down low it started off as rain mid-yesterday afternoon and has only just started turning into snow this morning.
Tomorrow's going to be one of those epic days, as long as the wind recedes, so rest the legs today, have an early night and get yourself prepared.
To answer any queries that may be had about the Higashi Yama Gondola, this lift is suspended for the duration of the season due to it's age, with impending maintenance work planned over summer 2007.
Yesterday the storm bought around 25cm of fresh snow to the valley but as the forecast predicted, the snow turned to rain for a short time at low levels then all precipitation stopped at around 19:00. After a some cold temperatures during the night the snow has formed a 2cm rain crust on the surface at the village level.
Higher up in the mountains, there was no rain yesterday, so the snow remains in good condition at Tenjindaiara, Houdaigi and Minakami Kogen.
The forecast for today show snow from around 10:00 that should last through to at least tomorrow morning, so it will be a good day on the slopes tomorrow. Read more ...
Sunday 7th January 2007, 9:30am
grey sky with a bit of sun
A lot of traffic on the road this morning, car after car, rolling down the hill in to the village.
Something is a foot!
OK, so yesterdays snow was quite wet, which has created a solid crust underfoot, there has been about 4 cm overnight which followed yesterday afternoons snow which was roughly another 8cm. There's about 20cm of fresh snow from this last batch at village level. So expect a lot more at the higher elevations - good reports came back from these higher areas yesterday.
Its -2 degrees at the village and there's a light wind with icy blasts - so wrap yourselves up today. The sun is out and about but the sky is grey - the forecast is for more snow, so expect some rough conditions out there with the gusty wind.
So, here we were expecting blizzard-like conditions this morning.... so what happened? Don't know, but as I write this the sun is making a brief appearance, there is little wind and there has been no accumulation of snow overnight. There has been a sprinkling of snow on the mountains and more up at Naeba and Kagura, but at the town level we are still waiting for the conditions that were promised. (Who do we complain to?!)
It seems that the winds up at Kagura are strong enough to prevent Tashiro and Kagura opening - they are reporting only the Mitsumata area of the resort open this morning.
Anyway, perhaps it is just on it's way and being a bit late - the forecast is for snow all day and for those strong winds (7 m/s) to arrive. So hopefully we'll be able to report that later on today. We'll keep you posted.
Light snow turning into rain. Light winds turning into strong winds. That's pretty much what we have had today in town with snow apparently falling at higher levels (read Gala, Kagura, Naeba...)
This afternoon a number of resorts have been closing lifts as the winds have gathered strength, and they are really blowing around at the moment.
This afternoon at around 2pm, the gondola at Gala Yuzawa had to stop due to 20m/s strong winds. No one is on the gondola but there are 3000 or so people still at the top resthouse waiting for the gondola to take them down the mountain. Let's hope they can get down sooner rather than later...
So the '60cm to fall before 6pm tonight' as per yesterdays forecast did not happen. In fact, nothing at town level apart from lots of wet.
BUT! Once more the weather forecasts bring us a promise of heavy snow - this time up to 80cm of snow from now until tomorrow evening. Will it be correct this time? We can only hope so but conditions do seem to be getting more winter-like as the day has moved on so it is looking promising.
If the forecasts are to be believed, the strong winds will probably continue through the night and into tomorrow morning. Gala Yuzawa have already said on their site this afternoon that there is a chance of strong winds affecting lift operations tomorrow, and that will be the case at other resorts as well.
Snow is lined up for all tomorrow and cloud/snow for every day in the coming week.
Good news this morning as the snow has been falling since yesterday and there is probably about 10cm of fresh snow out there - and more on the way. At the moment winds aren't too strong but if they do pick up later in the day as expected, we can expect that to affect some lift operation.
We should be getting a fair bit of snow over the next few days which is very welcome, but that will also mean poor visibility and cold temperatures. Enjoy! Read more ...
Sunday 7th January 2007, 10:40am
Snowing constantly, about 4cm an hour
Good morning Sports Fans, and yet another snowing morning is greeting we of the Hime Kawa drainage.
The good news is the Snow Elf had to wade through 24 cm of medium density new snow to do the 0700 hr. reading.
The backcountry hazard has obviously change from previous days.
Driving conditions in the valley, especially where the ice is formed from stopping etc. and is now lubricated by this new snow, should be interesting.
The Hira Kawa Snow Study Plot (830m) the 0700 hr. reading is: Sky: obscured Temperature: Present: -2.0 C Maximum: 0 C Minimum: -5 C Wind: calm Precipitation: snowing such as to accumulate4 cm per hour (S 4) Barometer and trend: 894 hPa (low) and steady Height of new snow in 24 hours (HN24): 24 cm Total depth of snowpack (HS):44 cm
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ Hazard: Above Tree Line: High
At Tree Line: High
Below Tree Line: Considerable
Discussion: We have had 30 cm of new snow in the past 30 hours in the valley bottom. There are significant winds forecasted. The moderately dense new snow, high winds and warm temperatures has the potential to form significant hard slabs in all open areas. With these conditions human triggered avalanches are likely. Skier/ boarder triggered sluffs will pose a significant hazard in steep terrain, even at low elevations. Given the current weather forecast the avalanche hazard is likely to increase before it gets better.
Travel Advisory: Shallow early season snowpack, poor visibility, and "high" avalanche hazard make for difficult backcountry travel decisions today. Staying in familiar, low consequence terrain will reap long term benefits. The threat of natural avalanches that can travel fast and far will increase throughout the day. Read more ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Sunday 7th January 2007, 11:09am
A snowy start to the day in Nozawa but not nearly as much snow as expected. Light rain fell in the village last night. The base up on Yambiko is now 110cm, an increase of only 5cm since yesterday. It is snowing heavily right now and is expected to continue for the rest of the day and Monday so hopefully Nozawa receives its full quota of 70cm by then. The temperatures are –5C to –6C on the mountain and 0C in the village.
As mentioned the forecast is still for snow over the next two days, and light snow on tuesday. Winds also should increase significantly. Read more ...