Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 26th May 2019
Sunday 8th February 2009, 6:52am
windy with light snow remaining
A fluffy morning in store as 10cm has piled in the past 5 hours:) The winds, however, aren't so inviting, so do watch for upper lift closings. The gusts are quite strong, so stay tuned for resort closing updates. Read more ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Sunday 8th February 2009, 8:27am
There is some light cloud hanging around Nozawa this morning, but otherwise it is relatively clear. At the moment it is -1 degree in the village and -7 up on Yamabiko where there is a Northwesterly of around 35km/h. 20cm of new snow is reported for that part of the hill, with the base remaining constant at 220cm. 10 cm has fallen on Uenodaira and 5cm in the village.
The sunny, warm conditions of yesterday will have seen some melting on the lower slopes. The snow didn't start to fall until early this morning and only fell for a little while but still delivered a decent top up.
Light snow and snow showers will alternate with cloudy conditions for the next few days. The continuation of the unseasonal warm conditions will most likely see some rain falling on the lower slopes. With some areas already closed and patches of grass starting to be visible around the resort lets hope that a cold snap comes through soon!
All lifts are expected to operate today.
All courses will be open except Mukoubayashi, Kurokura and Hachiman. Read more ...
Sunday 8th February 2009, 8:34am
We are expecting another sunny day in the Happo Alps today. We have a light layer of fresh powder from last night and all runs have been freshly groomed, leaving the making of a great day of skiing or boarding out there. The runs may be a little congested today due to the nice weather and the recent snowfall so make sure you get out there early to catch some fresh tracks. There are many runs to choose from however, so it should not being a problem finding a less congested run.
The sun will be in full strength up there at the top so make sure you wear your sunscreen to avoid those ever-so-stylish goggle lines.
The winds have picked up today which will affect the visibility at the top. The winds will be blowing around the fresh layer of powder from last night at exposed ridges and upper chair lifts.
All in all, the weather has the makings of a gorgeous day out there and there is a lot of fun to be had out on Happo One Mountain today.
Yesterday saw the sun come out with some warm daytime temperatures, melting much of Fridays snow at the valley level.
Today the snow is falling once again with around 10cm of fresh at the valley level and up to 20cm in the upper mountains. It looks like it will continue to snow until late evening bringing a total expected snowfall of around 20 cm at the valley and up to 35cm in the upper mountains.
The outlook for the rest of the week is looking quite warm once again but there is a possibility of snow on Wednesday and Thursday.
Backcountry There has been between 30 and 50 cm of fresh snow in the last few days that has setlled on top of the old crust layer. Results from tests yesterday showed poor bonding between the old and new snow layers (CTM(11)@35cm). Caution is advised in BC terrain at present!
Last night was the first day of the 44th Furano Ski Festival. Big kudos to the Self Defense Force band who played at least a 30-minute set in a full-on snow storm and wind blowing into their faces/instruments. They never blinked. The highlight at the close of the evening was a 15-minute fireworks display. The wrinkle was that it was snowing like crazy, with a good wind to boot.
But the show pressed on, and it was really cool to see fireworks in a snowstorm. It dims the brilliance a bit, but the snow scatters the light all around, so it illuminates the whole sky.
Snow report...10+ cm on the ground at the base. Light wind. Good temps. Definitely a day to be out there.
Today is the concluding day for the Furano Snow Festival. There will be more games, a kids ski race, an obstacle course for the kiddies (with Nintendo DSi for the winners!), Nordic walking, cross country skiing, and more food!! It goes until 2:00 PM in the Kitanomine parking lot.
The beautiful sunny start to yesterday deteriorated rapidly by the afternoon and by the evening heavy snow started moving across the region. Initially a band of precipitation moved through with an associated warm front and the snow was a little heavy but after a short break the cold front started moving through as the low pressure system moved rapidly eastward. There has been up to 30cm of new snow overnight but it has been accompanied by strong to gale force winds which have caused significant drifting around the resort. This morning the winds have moderated slightly but the top lifts look unlikely to open. The significant drifting has pushed up the avalanche danger and most gates will remain closed today. Snowfalls are expected to continue throughout today. Tomorrow will see another weak low approach from the west and the winds will turn back around to a more mild southerly with temperatures expected to get just over freezing at the base of the mountain. Cooler air will move through later with further snowfalls that will continue into Tuesday.
Yesterday was a fine and sunny one - another mild spring like day for mid-winter! It became cloudly later in the day and to our dismay we also got some heavy rain later at night as well. We were hoping it would turn into snow overnight, but unfortunataly no such luck.... well maybe a sprinkling at town level. Better news up at Naeba which is reporting 15cm of new snow this morning, so I would presume some new snow up at Kagura and other higher slopes as well. (This season looks like it is going to end up being tough on resorts at lower levels).
We're not going to be able to enjoy some of that new snow up there today as due to winds, the Gondolas at Naeba and all of Tashiro is closed this morning. Over on the Mitsumata side of Kagura, the area open is from the Ropeway to the Kagura No1 Romance lift. Things may change of the wind situation does, though looking at the forecast that might be unlikely. The wind doesn't seem to be affecting GALA Yuzawa, which is open as normal this morning.
That same forecast still has us down for snow in Yuzawa so we can hope that it does come but right now as I write this report there are breaks in the cloud and the sun has made a brief appearance.
Nighta tonight is at the following resorts in Yuzawa: Naeba Iwappara
In Minamiuonuma just to the north, nighta at: Ishiuchi Maruyama Centleisure Maiko Joetsu Kokusai
A fine sunny and mild day yesterday ended with things clouding over from the afternoon and overnight we have had some snow in the region. Perhaps 5cm or so to clear this morning. Right now it is cloudy and/or snowing lightly in a few areas of Shiga Kogen, with fair visibility but there are some fairly gusty winds that are affecting a few lifts early this morning (Yakebitaiyama No.2 gondola currently waiting on conditions).
Looking at the forecast, there's not a whole lot of snow on the menu in the coming week it seems.... a mix of fine weather (we've had enough of that!), cloud and light snow.
The following resort plans to be open for nighta tonight: Ichinose Family Yakebitaiyama
Official resort snow depths as of 8th February 09:
Fine weather yesterday ended with clouds moving in and this morning Naeba is officially reporting reporting 15cm of new snow. Less from what I see here, but 15 on the slopes will do nicely.
Due to winds though not all of Naeba and Kagura are open this morning. Both the No1 and No2 Gondolas at Naeba are not moving and neither is the Dragondola - with all of Tashiro closed. At Mitsumata, from the Ropeway to the Kagura No1 Romance lift is open. If winds die down and the resorts see fit that might change as there are lots of weekend skiers and boarders out there wanting to enjoy that snow. (My guess is it's likely they will get the gondolas moving....).
It is cloudy as I write this, with the sun even peeking out from behind the clouds.