Snow and weather reports posted on Wednesday 22nd May 2019
Tuesday 9th February 2010, 8:22am
The weekend just been bought plenty of smiles with blizzard conditions and strong winds on Saturday, Sunday the sky cleared though the wind was high in the Alpine areas and yesterday was mild conditions with blue sky and some clouds, a great day to hunt out all that powder that blew. The weekend was one of the busiest this season with everyone getting their share of the bumps / powder / trees / groomers / magic carpet / rest houses...
Rain started falling in the valley last night and got steadier overnight, not enough to put holes in the roof but enough to pierce holes in the dream-bubbles of anyone who thought they would be skiing the dry fluffy stuff today. Goryu is reporting 20cms of snow on their top runs so its possible the top of the mountain got something that can be called snow...it might even be alright up there, only one way to find out.
Weather report at the moment is not the most promising but freezing level will be coming down and snow falling again from some time in the night.
The blue sky and sunshine of yesterday is now a distant memory, only to be replaced by rain and cloud.
So unless you're really keen, then look at the alternatives:
- Check out the snow monkeys - Take a tour of the 13 free onsens (if you do all 13 you can claim a gift from the tourism office) - Check out the temples - Try the lunch special at Hamacho Sushi - Grab a book and snuggle up in front of the heater.
Don't worry too much though because after today things should get back to normal with light to moderate snow forecast to fall for the next 4-5 days.
If you do head up the mountain dress warm and make sure you wear your most waterproof jacket.
Yesterday turned out to be a curious one. Starting off fine, clouding over and then clearing up again in the morning. It then started to quickly cloud over again early afternoon and by 3pm there was complete cloud cover and it was all very grey. We had a few spots of rain later on in the day as well.
Sadly I've got to report more spots of rain this morning. It's not raining heavily at the moment but it is raining. There is grey cloud cover but right at this moment the sun poking through the clouds as well though I suspect that is very short term. With a high of around 7 degrees forecast for Yuzawa today, it looks like we will be lucky if we get away with only a bit of rain today. Right now at 9:30am it is around +5 degrees so very feeling mild.
Even so hopefully tomorrow it will be cold enough for us to get snow but it's going to be boderline...
We are definitely in for a run of mild days though so lets all just hope that things keep as cold as possible - we don't want that lovely snow we got over the weekend to quickly disappear!
It turned out cloudy yesterday from around lunchtime after that bright start.
It is a mild morning here in Naeba and unfortunately it is raining early on. Not belting it down, just more like drizzle at the moment. Apparently just cloud conditions up at Kagura so that is good news. It is currently +2 degrees in the village and will probably rise to around +4 during the day.
Similar conditions tomorrow perhaps so we can only hope for colder temps.
It seems that stronger winds high up mean that Mitsumata/Kagura is open up until the No1 pair lift at Kagura while Tashiro is open to the No1 quad lift. Connecting courses to open if conditions permit later.
The Dragondola is not moving but the No2 Gondola open at Naeba.
It's not often in a winter season in Zao that you say this, but - it's raining. At the base of the mountain anyhow this morning though reports of wet snow falling higher up on the mountain at Utopia. It is definitely a very mild one - for Zao - and currently +2 degrees in the village.
After the fine weather of yesterday and then snow last night things looked like they would turn out much better for this morning! Anyhow looking forward we can only hope this rain eases off quickly and we can get back to colder times. The forecast has the rain easing off later on and then possibly light snow or just cloud for the rest of the day and perhaps light snow showers tomorrow.
Snow conditions today will of course be affected by the milder temperatures and this rain.
The weather has seen some changes over the last few days!
Last night after a fine > cloudy day, it was sleet later on but unfortunately, this morning it's light rain. Sounds like it might be snow higher up in some areas of Shiga Kogen, but it is most definitely a mild morning. +2 degrees in Maruike and Yokoteyama reporting 0 degrees.
Looks like we can expext slightly colder weather tomorrow and if anything does fall it will more likely be snow than rain.
Official resort snow depths as of 9th February 10:
It started out a gloomy day in Myoko — rain, lots of rain; clouds, dark gray clouds. Things are looking a bit brighter now, with the sun peeking out and the rain tapering off. The winds are starting to rise a bit from the west/southwest, and it's very mild out.
The forecast for later and on into the week is for snow, so there are good things to look forward to. The rain also conditioned the super-dense windpack and probably brought down a lot of avalanches in the backcountry (it certainly brought down the snowpack figures for most of the resorts, too, apart from the one that never decreases ). It will be interesting to see how things have settled as we begin to venture out again in the coming days.
Occasional snow continued through much of yesterday but it was reasonably wet at lower levels on the mountain. Overnight the temperature actually increased getting just above freezing. Slightly cooler air has moved in this morning and it is back below freezing at village level. We also had a breif period of strong winds and snow early on. All up there's been 5-10cm of snow but it's certainly not blower powder. Currently it is mostly cloudy but a little diffused sunlight is poking through now and then. There's the occasional snow flurry but it doesn't look like we'll be getting all that much today. Winds are still strong enough up high that the top lifts are on wind hold. Temperature though are expected to drop down close to -10 tonight and will remain cool for the rest of the outlook with a bit of snow daily but nothing major. The best snow will be found up high today and the peak gates are expected to open if they can get the top lifts running.
Current Official Snow Depths:
Grand Hirafu: Top - 300 Bottom - 190
Niseko Village: Top - 370 Bottom - 230
Annupuri: Top - 315 Bottom - 210
Niseko Avalanche Info No.56
Moiwa base 6am: -1℃, 6cm of fresh snow. Coastal data: WNW11m/s at Benkei cape, SW12m/s, 1m waves and 1005hPa at Kamui cape. Annupuri peak: -6℃, poor visibility with sudden gusts. Moderate snow mixed with hail is falling in higher altitude due to the passing Low. A notable Feb 9th layer (including 8th snowfall) will be formed. Newly formed snowdrifts above Feb 7th layer developed up to 30cm and are easily collapsing in steep slopes above 1000m. According to all data and patrol’s report, the general avalanche risk is moderate, but will rise if the wind and snow picks up. Beware of the weather transition. Peak gates are scheduled to open at 10:00 but may close anytime depending on the future conditions. Please respect the ski patrol’s decision. Chances of heavy wet snow slides are highly probable in cliff terrain below 800m. The snow in the trees this morning is pretty good. The snow condition is ever changing.
The cycle of big storms followed by warm weather continues. Heavy snow on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, then a mild day yesterday followed by a positively warm one today.
Yesterday saw a party atmosphere up at Tenjin as it had been closed due to the heavy snow on Sunday. All the locals headed up there and it was busier than it had been all season. The opening of the lifts was staggered so each new patch got ripped up in good order.
Warm temperatures set to continue this for the next few days with rain predicted most evenings.
There has been 12cm of fresh snow in the village since yesterdays report. If you were up early this morning you may have gotten excited about the size of the mammoth snow flakes that were coming down. Temperatures again, while below zero, are quite warm. The sun was out early morning and softend things up - since then clouds have rolled and made the day look rather grey. Visibility is compromised due to the snow precipitation and flat light. Read more ...