Snow and weather reports posted on Thursday 23rd January 2020
Monday 8th January 2007, 8:20am
We received another 5cm of snow overnight but it has been seriously windblown. The winds picked up last night and it is still very gusty this morning. I can't see many lifts being opened this morning. Yesterday the Kitanomine gondola was closed and the Furano Ropeway didn't open untill after lunch due to wind and ice.
The forecast is predicting the wind to die down by tonight and then for the temperature to drop and then some heavy snow.....hope they are right!
We have had a good helping of snows over night and very strong winds with gale force gusts out of the North West. Temperatures are moderate in the valley hanging around -2. Winds are still strong from the west and we should see winds easing off through the day.
Powder on the slopes is great again today as wind will have reset all the snow that was shredded yesterday. There were reports of multiple avalanches on the in bounds and off piste areas of the resorts. So do be careful out there again today. Best to stay out of the trees all together and keep to the piste.
Driving conditions in the valley are slippery again today and gusts of winds across the roads make visability poor at times so be ready for these. ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
The Hira Kawa Snow Study Plot (830m) the 0700 hr. reading is: Sky: overcast Temperature: Present: -3.0 C Maximum: -1 C Minimum: -3 C Wind: light SE Precipitation: snowing such as to accumulate-1 cm per hour (S -1) Barometer and trend: 911 hPa (low) and steady Height of new snow in 24 hours (HN24): 52 cm Total depth of snowpack (HS):80 cm Foot penatratio: 54cm
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ Hazard: Above Tree Line: High
At Tree Line: High
Below Tree Line: Considerable
Discussion: We have had 52 cm of new snow in the past 24 hours in the valley bottom. Winds are expected to ease through the day. The moderately dense new snow, high winds and warm temperatures has created slabs in all open areas. With these conditions human triggered avalanches are likely. Skier/ boarder triggered slabs will pose a significant hazard in steep tensioned terrain (Convexing rolls and around trees and exposed rocks), even at low elevations.
Travel Advisory: With all of the high winds and rapid snow fall from yesterday slopes are still not stable and travel in avalanche terain is not recomended. Steep lee slopes should be avoided all together. Shooting cracks were witnessed yesterday in the backcountry and in in-bound areas indicating poor stability. Slabs are deep and will propagate wide in large terrain and will also release in forested areas and chutes. Best advise is to stay to the powder on the piste and soft groomed slopes. Read more ...
Monday 8th January 2007, 8:49am
Light winds and snowfall
.........and then it came, approx 40-50cms of fresh fell in the last 24 hours.
Most lifts were closed yesterday due to the wind and visibility conditions, quite a few lifts will still be closed, except at Annupuri which is open top to bottom.
The snow is going to continue to fall during the day as a light flutter and should top up another 10-15cms.
The cold temperatures are to continue through the week, with constant light snowfalls, as the low pressure system passes out off the North East Coast of Hokkaido.
There will definitely be some deep stuff out there today, particularly in some of the wind-drifts that would have accumulated from the North Westerly winds.
By all accounts a great day on the slopes early yesterday: Light fresh snow and plenty of untouched runs, despite being very busy on the slopes in general. You just had to avoid the crowds. Winds however picked up dramatically in the afternoon and all lifts and gondolas were shut down. Since then there has being consistent snow and it is still snowing heavily now. Winds are to get no stronger than 30km/h, so it should be an awesome day on the mountain today. The new base depths at this stage are Yamabiko at 130cm and Uenotaira at 95cm. Temperatures are now between –6C and –7C on the mountain and a more comfortable 0C in the village.
The forecast is for the snow to continue untill at least Wednesday night. Read more ...
Monday 8th January 2007, 9:14am
grey sky with snow
Yesterdays storm was quite something. It hit us around 1 or 2pm, people were literally being blown into establishments to get out of the wind. It really was another case of things being blown at things and off of things! The wind died down in the late afternoon but heavy gusts persisted through the night.
It's -4 this morning with a grey sky, the kind that will bring on more weather. There is snow everywhere and we've had another 20cm since yesterday. The base is building, the holes are filling in, cliff faces are becoming more approachable (if that's your thing!) and all those additional powder routes will be opening up soon. There's a light wind so things should be go for the top quad at Kagura!
Gondolas are go on the Naeba mountain this morning.
Just as I'm posting this the snow has just started to fall moderately, not quite a dump but definitely worth writing home about.
Oh and there's plenty of snow on the road, so be careful!
As forecast the snow hit around 10:00 yesterday but with it also came some strong winds causing some ski areas to close. Yesterdays snow bought a total of around 20cm of fresh snow to the valley to add to the 25 cm from Saturday but because of the strong winds some exposed places remain around 20cm whereas others have up to 60cm of snow.Up the mountains was a similar story with around 40cm of fresh snow last night but strong winds mostly depositing it in valleys.
It continues to snow lightly this morning ata a rate of around 2 cm/hour but the rate is predicted to pick up around midday and then more light snow will continue through to midday tomorrow. The wind is currently reasonably calm with an ocassional gust which should all but disappear during the day.
The rest of the week looks like fine weather from Tuesday afternoon through to the weekend with a series of high pressure systems moving in. Read more ...
Monday 8th January 2007, 10:38am
Cloud, light snow
Last night it was around 11:30pm by the time everyone waiting to get down from Gala Yuzawa could do so. Strong winds had prevented the gondola from moving since mid-afternoon and at that resort it is not possible to ski down the hill so you need to take the gondola down. Today Gala Yuzawa are not opening due to the continued high winds and facilities maintenance.
So how is the weather this morning? At the moment it is not snowing but we have had a bit of snow overnight.... maybe up to 15cm or so in places. Snow is forecast for the rest of the day and into tomorrow so we are hoping that it will strengthen and we can get those centimetres we were promised last night. The winds are not as strong as yesterday but still fairly strong at times and that might affect lifts at times.
Snowfall is still lined up for every day in the coming week. Read more ...
Shiga Kogen Now!
Monday 8th January 2007, 11:08am
Shiga Kogen was in the news last night as six people who had been snowboarding went missing at the Yakebitaiyama resort area. It was 1:50am before they were found, but thankfully all were ok.
Yesterday there were some pretty wild conditions in the region with some extremely strong winds and snowfall making visibility very poor - it was probably very easy to get lost if you didn't know where the courses were.
While it is still snowing this morning and there are some gusty winds, things are calmer than yesterday and visibility is a bit better.
With new snowfall over the last few days, conditions out on the slopes are actually pretty good. There might not be as much as usual for the time of year but there's some fresh powder out there to enjoy.
It is cold and the snow is forecast to continue throughout this week and so wrap up well if you are heading this way! Read more ...