Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 30th May 2020
Friday 8th March 2013, 7:53am
Sun, some cloud
Some nice blue skies above Naeba this morning and the sun is out.
As we all expected, it got warm yesterday and it's going to again though perhaps not quite as much with a high of above +7 expected today.
It's suppposed to cloud over later and overnight it's going to be borderline rain/snow, hopefully the latter of course though lower down probably the former. Doesn't look to be a big event though so hopefully not much if that happens. The clouds tomorrow likely to clear later in the day.
Official resort snow depth: Naeba - 320cm Kagura - 390cm Read more ...
Friday 8th March 2013, 8:07am
Blue sky and cloud
More of the same this morning, though maybe not quite as warm - and no sign of rain as yet but possibly later on. For now blue skies with clouds and the sun starting up early. Another spring day.
Fair bit of snow melt going on yesterday and I would expect today as well.
Tomorrow looks like another warm feeling day looking at the forecast, with temps dropping a bit on Sunday, before rising again on Monday.
Lifts planned to be operating: Number 1 Number 2 Number 3 Super quad Number 5 Number 11 Number 12 Number 15 Kids Park --- FreeRide Park Powder Wave I Powder Wave II Usagi Riverline Powder Theater Adventure Read more ...
Friday 8th March 2013, 8:15am
We are surrounded by sunshine and blue skies this morning but snow is expected to settle in later in the day. Yesterday's temperatures broke zero and caused a major melt in the town and then early evening the forecast rain arrived which got quite heavy during the night. All this means is that the slopes are going to be rather icy this morning so take care out there...the roads and footpaths are so slick at the moment that it is hard to stand up.
Hopefully the snow later today will make things better. Read more ...
Friday 8th March 2013, 8:30am
Another morning with no new snowfall to report, though the snow depth for Hirafu has risen by 10cm since yesterday. It did actually snow yesterday for a while after starting off raining.
Impressive numbers for 8th March, 485cm up top there.
A bit milder than this time yesterday actually. We're really feeling like spring right now both in weather and snow conditions, but are at the same time preparing for and rubbing our hands in anticipation of another blast of winter. Hopefully by tomorrow morning I will have some snow to report and it will be colder as a cold front moves in and some potentially heavy snow around Sunday. That would be great, obviously!
For now, it's a fine morning. Fine but cloudy, sort of somewhere in between. All resort lifts set to be open as scheduled.
Official Resort Snow Depths
Grand Hirafu & Niseko Hanazono Top - 485cm Bottom - 245cm
Niseko Annupuri Top - 400cm Bottom - 250cm
Niseko Village Top - 450cm Bottom - 230cm
Niseko base 6am: -5C, no new snowfall, sunny, refrozen snow. Moiwa 800m: no new snowfall, no snowdrift development, -5C. Annupuri peak: -7.5C. Coastal data: wind calm, 1.2m waves, pressure 1002hPa. Annupuri snow depth 1000m elevation: 400cm.
A warm front followed by cold air mass has formed a crust on snow surface below 500m, above 800m the surface has recrystallised which will become a significant layer in the future snowpack. The snow on the ridgelines is hard and there has been very little snowfall or snowdrift development. Take care on steep slopes, if you cause the crust to break away it will be like going for a magic carpet ride. In the afternoon as the temperature rises the risk of cornices breaking away increases, avoid traversing below cornices.
Gates 2 and 3 are expected to open at 10.30am. Please follow the ski patrols advice. The mountain is not in good condition due to the change from winter to spring conditions. Beware not only of cracks, there are deep holes as well. The weather can change quickly, prudence and careful planning is required. Read more ...
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Friday 8th March 2013, 8:48am
Today will continue the trend of spring conditions we've had this last week. Up the top will be fast and icy early in the day, but will soften as the temperature warms by late morning. On the lower half temperatures remained above zero all night so will be soft from first lifts onwards.
We expect a mostly sunny morning before the clouds roll through later this afternoon. Unfortunately there is the possibility of rain, but likely this should quickly turn to snow up high at least. Visibility early on is good, but limited over a long range with a haze blown in by south winds from the metropolitan area of Japan. This means views of surrounding big mountain peaks are somewhat limited.
Yesterday was a good day on the mountain but again long range views were limited by haze. The skiing and boarding was good early with fast conditions across the mountain. However with the warm temperatures most areas quickly became slushy. The Yamabiko area was the place to be all day as it held excellent quality spring snow that remained relatively dry. Off piste runs were heavy in the shade and slow and sticky in the sun. The park and pipe were in fine form.
The forecast still remains extremely variable over the next week or so. We expect snow showers overnight at higher elevations and a cold Saturday morning. This is a very brief cool front as the freezing level is set to skyrocket from 650 to 3000 meters by late afternoon.
On Sunday morning we expect another cold front to move across the region delivering some snow and cold temperatures until at least Monday afternoon. Tuesday should see another dramatic warming trend before yet another brief cool change moves through on Wednesday morning, with the likelihood of more snow showers.
Lifts operating: All lifts scheduled to be operating except Yunomine Pair Mizunashi Triple Challenge Pair Utopia Pair Hikage Number 2 Pair B line
Courses open: All courses open except Grand Prix Kandahar East Kandahar West Challenge 39
We have had a bit of rain this morning in Hakuba, both in village and up on the mountain apparently. It's a bit of a mixed bag already today actually as now the rain has eased off, the sun is out and there's quite a lot of blue sky up there behind the clouds that remain. Just as long as it doesn't rain! So we are hoping that won't come back but some local forecasts have us down for possibly rain later on today still.
Today is going to be another warm one as this run of mild days continues in early March. We'll see temperatures rise up to double digits once again this afternoon. Snow conditions are generally as you would expect.
Seems there might be a chance of snow at higher elevations tonight and into tomorrow, though wouldn't expect much to report in the morning. It's looking like the warmth will persist in the daytime tomorrow. Not windy though so at least everywhere should be open and if the sun is out there will be great scenery on show.
Hopefully we'll be able to enjoy a nice spring-like weekend.
Last few days of the season for the small Hakuba Minekata resort if you are interested in checking that place out - open until Sunday.
Official snow depths and operations @ Friday 8th March 2013 AM:
Hakuba Goryu: 0cm of new snowfall reported by Hakuba Goryu since yesterday. Official snow depths: Alps daira - 315cm; Toomi - 155cm; Iimori - 120cm
Hakuba 47: 0cm of new snowfall reported by Hakuba 47 since yesterday. Official snow depth: Upper - 245cm Lower - 145cm
Yesterday turned out to be a rather hazy day, but definitely warm. Very spring-like.
The skies are a bit clearer and blue-er this morning, and it's another warm start to the day.... about +7C now at 9am with a high of above 10C forecast for the early afternoon today.
Some mixed messages on different forecasts, but rain seems to be a common feature later today/tonight and overnight, hopefully clearing up by the time the lifts start tomorrow. We're hoping that will be coming down as snow at higher elevations.
So higher elevations will be the pick of the bunch for the weekend for the best chance of better snow conditions.
Official resort snow depths @ Friday 8th March 2013, AM:
It's warm but sunny again this morning - the predicted rain fell during the night (yea!) but might again late in the day (boo!). Can't complain, really.
It was a really fun day to be on the snow yesterday, despite some gluey sections on the slopes. Good for perfecting your balance. Especially telemark skiers, who really understand the flexible style and balance demand that freeheel skiing creates when the skis stop wanting to go forward.
But I digress. Looks like mostly nice weather today and tomorrow, and then we might get back to some snow Sunday and next week as well.
Spring today; winter will return!
Operations and official snow depths)
Akakura Kanko (Akakan) 320cm, 6C
Akakura Onsen 315cm, 2C
Ikenotaira 280cm, 4C
Suginohara 240cm, 4C
Seki Onsen 550cm, 0C
Kyukamura 420cm, -1C (March 4 report; no one is manning the email, it seems)
Curious morning. It's raining up top, but just cloudy here. Moderate winds. Warm. It kind of feels like the end of March or early April at the moment. And so soon after that storm just the other week.
It's this time of the year when the ice monsters, as splendid as they were looking, soon retreat and disappear for the season. Though this year they have kept good for longer than some years for sure. I fear they may be on their way to our memory banks soon though.
OK so the forecast for the weekend. Clear, somewhat colder, sunny and windy tomorrow. Snow showers and windy conditions on Sunday. Temperatures seem to not know where they want to be, up and down, though staying on the up side more than down. One thing does look certain and that's strong early spring winds over the weekend... perhaps enough to mess with lift operations.