Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 18th May 2019
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Saturday 8th February 2014, 8:50am
I was hoping to bring news of decent numbers this morning, but it's just 5cm or so on most of the mountain with the Karasawa are reporting a lonely 0cm. That is at 7:30am for the top slopes and 8am for the lower slopes. But, we need to give it a chance as it only started early morning - it is snowing and it's from now that it will build up so there will already be more out there than those numbers imply.
The snow is coming down, visibility is limited and everything looks the same colour up top in particular, it's cold. Yes, a good winters day in Nozawa.
Hopefully conditions will be good out there and continue to be with snowfall forecast for the day and hopefully tomorrow too.
And those of you reading this in Tokyo - or hearing about the forecast 'heavy' snowfall down there - might be thinking that we'd be getting masses more up here.... but actually, we've just got 5cm or so from yesterday and no more this morning.
And instead of stormy snow clouds above Niseko right now.... it's clear, sunny and calm. It often happens like that.
So yes the sun is out and it's going to be a fine day. Snow should be back with us tomorrow.
Keep well wrapped up, the cold is going to continue.
Niseko Avalanche Report
Niseko base 6am: -15C, no new snow in last 12 hrs, clear, cold & surface frost. Moiwa 800m: -14C,calm, no snowdrift development. Annupuri 1150m: -15C, calm, no new snow. Hirafu 1000m: -13℃, calm, no new snow. Annupuri peak 1308m: -16.7C, wind N4.3m/s. Cape Benkei: wind S4m/s, Cape Kamui: wind NE5m/s, wave 1.1m, pressure 1021hpa.
A high pressure system has brought us a clear cold night and a surface frost has formed, which will become notable in future snow pack. Drifts formed over the last few days have stabilised and general avalanche risk is low. Peak gates are expected to open this morning. Please listen to the patrols advice before exiting the gates. While it is not enforced, it is recommended everyone wears a beacon and knows how to use it.
The snow is good. Every year as technology improves your riding speed increases. Remember, if you hit a tree – the tree always wins. Take care drinking too much, a fall down the stairs can lead to a serious accident. This information is issued for the safety of all mountain users. Have a nice day.
Official snow depth numbers and lift news at time of writing:
It might be snowing more in Tokyo than Zao this morning. Which seems odd, but hopefully very soon change!
We do have a few cm of snow but it is just a cloudy morning for now. So when's this promised snow coming? By tonight hopefully and it looks like potentially quite a lot of it. We'll have to see.
Just cloudy now then but cold.
Official snow depths (8th February 14): Utopia: 250cm Chuo: 200cm Paradise: 230cm Uwanodai: 140cm Read more ...
Saturday 8th February 2014, 9:01am
Nice light snow to report this morning. -5C and snowing.
OK so perhaps not as much as I'd like to report - generally around 5cm at base and 10cm on upper slopes being reported (15cm at Hakuba 47), but it is still snowing so we should be on for more during the daytime today. Hopefully lots. I somehow feel there'll be more up there than what has been reported this morning. It will be piling up nicely this morning filling in those tracks as they get made.
Wind doesn't seem to be an issue at all this morning and all resorts appear to be open as planned at time of writing. Recuded visibility of course due to the snow coming down.
Tomorrow we might see continued snow but it looks like today is the main event this weekend snow-wise.
So get ready for the snow and take care out there. I know I will be sampling it all in about 30 minutes time, can't wait.
Have a good one.
Oh yes, this morning the new Hakuba Valley Logo is going to be unveiled at 10am. Exciting stuff. If they let us, we'll post in a report soon!
Official snow depth numbers and operations (as of 8th February 2014):
Hakuba Goryu: Reporting 10cm of new snowfall at Iimori, 3cm at Toomi and 10cm up top. Upper - 280cm Toomi - 155cm Iimori - 125cm
Hakuba 47: Reporting 10-15cm of new snowfall at base and 15cm up top. Upper - 265cm Lower - 95cm
Happo-one: Reporting 10cm of new snowfall. Usagidaira - 215cm Nakiyama - 75cm Sakka - 90cm
Another gorgeous bright sunny day with excellent visibility and nicely groomed runs.
Freezing temps though and it's another minus 20c day. Temps should settle down to minus 11 which is still enough to give you a chill to the bone. If you a die hard though you will reward the benefits of the day.
Only a dusting, if that overnight and the outlook is for new fluffs tomorrow and not a lot on the radar for today.
Morning from Yuzawa and we do have some fresh snow to report, though only a bit. There was 5cm on my car, and a few resorts around town say the same, though curiously Kagura only say a dusting. That's from 7am though so perhaps the snow had only just started to fall at that time. Talking about Kagura they seem to have moderately strong wind up there and the Kagura Number 4 pair lift as well as the Kagura to Tashiro connecting course seem to be closed at the moment - they hope to get that open again once the winds calm down.
Back down here in town it doesn't seem to be that windy. Light snow falling at the moment and snowy conditions basically forecast for all of today and tomorrow. It's not crazy cold, with a temperature of around -2C at the moment.
More snow this morning and while it's not a huge number, it's very nice quality light snow. Yesterday was a fine day (snow condition wise) and today should be more of that. It's snowing as well so while it will be busy today hopefully tracks should be gradually filled in.
Snowfall forecast through the day today and tomorrow as well.
It will be a good weekend.
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30cm of fresh snow since yesterdays report with light snow currently falling and it is forecast to continue through to tomorrow morning. The rate should pick up by this afternoon and there should be an extra 30cm on the ground by tomorrow morning.
Sunday and Monday are both looking like intermittent snow, with relatively light winds expected.
Great riding conditions for all you powder hounds!
I could be completely selfish and not say that yesterday's snow in the hills was absolutely perfect: settled snow with a deep layer perfect, fresh snow crystals glittering on top. I could no that, and tell you it was terrible and you might as well go somewhere else, and keep that great snow for ourselves. But I do have my journalistic standards of truth to uphold.
OK, it was great, and it's still snowing. The spring scare of last week can now officially be forgotten - although we could still use a little bigger base for late-spring skiing.
Now, I've been honest; just keep it to yourself, OK?
It started snowing early morning (so I heard - late night!), but now as I look out of the window I see heavy snow falling. It's really coming down. I would guess already about 5-10cm this morning. Suitably snowy and mid-wintery, and we can hope that it continues to snow all of the day today and bring us a nice new fresh layer.
Limited visibility as you might expect due to the snowfall.
Official snow depth data, as of Saturday 8th February 2014, 9am):