Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 20th May 2019
Tuesday 9th January 2007, 7:14am
grey sky with snow
It snowed pretty much all day yesterday, and in to the night....
There's a good 25cm is sitting on the tables outside, which means there's stacks more up top - especially over at Kagura today...... hmmmmm....
It's -6 degrees at 900m (at early O'clock), there's also a bit of a howling wind, which doesn't seem to be consistent, though it's not overly gusty, it does pick up to a bit of a breath taker at times. Naeba is visible from Asagai Gelande, the sky is grey and it's snowing lightly. To early for Gondola action yet.
Expect cold conditions on the mountain today, there's a fair amount of snow on the road still, so DO drive carefully! Read more ...
Tuesday 9th January 2007, 7:42am
The wind has definitely died down but we didn't receive much snow last night. We have had about 5cm in town over the last 24hours. The temperature has dropped again, around -9 this morning. It should be a good day on the mountain, just watch out for some icy patches just beneath the surface after yesterdays freezing winds.
The Kitanomine gondola was closed all day yesterday due to the high winds. They had the Furano Ropeway open so we could still get to the higher runs but it was pretty harsh weather up high with the freezing wind and driving snow so a lot of people were sticking to the lower sections. If you get there early there will be some great snow on the higher sections today.
There has probably been about 10cm or so of new snow since yesterday - while it was snowing for a fair part of the day it wasn't the kind that left behind huge amounts. However it is snowing still this morning and forecast to snow until later on in the day. Still fairly strong winds early on but that should settle down as well. So there should be some decent conditions out there.
It is looking like tomorrow will be cloudy with a good chance of snow coming back at nighttime and into Thursday.
In resort news, Gala Yuzawa have announced that they will be closed today and tomorrow for lift maintenance. Read more ...
Tuesday 9th January 2007, 8:27am
Light winds and snowfall
There's more freshies to be had out there again today, with a top up of about 25cm from 9pm last night.
Yesterday there was some great riding, but unfortunately some very long queues as a lot of the upper lifts were closed, causing bottle-necks at the main access lifts. Annupuri was definitely the choice of yesterday and will definitely be the place to go again today.
Caution needs to be taken though, as the layer of snow beneathe the powder is quite icey and can give your knees a nasty shock now and then, so take care.
The temperatures will continue to drop as the week continues, with the occasional flutter of snow and potentially some blue skies. It seems the next major snowfalls will not be coming until the end of this week to early next week.
Get out there and have some fun, particularly with the upper lifts being opened up, there will be some awesome bottomless snow around King #3 and Hanazono #3 lifts.
Just an afternoon update for you all. There was some great riding to be had today, some of the best for the season so far. We've had another 5 or so cms in the village during the day and about 10cms up high. It is currently snowing lightly in the village. Temperatures will dip pretty low tonight and this weather pattern will continue for the next day or so as the low pressure system that brought all of this lovely snow is slowly moving away to the North East.
More snow since yesterday - probably about 15cm or so - but thankfully the strong winds have died down. It is however a very cold and icy morning with temperatures right down to around -8 at the moment and colder still higher up. With snow falling visibility is also variable but very poor in certain areas. At least the winds aren't blowing it around as much as they were the last few days.
Snow depths are gradually getting better. With the fresh snow over the last few days though there are some good conditions out on the slopes at the moment.
(It seems that Okushiga Kogen is closed today, though currently we are not sure why that is). Read more ...
Tuesday 9th January 2007, 9:02am
Scatered Cloud and Sunny Skies
Sunshine trying to peak through broken clouds this morning after three days bringing over 80cm of snow here in Hakuba. The winds have subsided considerably and we are back to light winds out of the Northwest and temperatures a chilling -5 deg.C at present, which is great for drying out the snow and creating some excellent conditions on the slopes today! Main runs will be a bit tracked up from the weekend masses of ski/snowboarders, but should still be some stashes out there and easier to see as the visibility has improved immensely so enjoy!
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ The Hira Kawa Snow Study Plot (830m) the 0700 hr. reading is: Sky: broken clouds Temperature: Present: -5.0 C Maximum: -3 C Minimum: -5 C Wind: calm Precipitation: nil Barometer and trend: 923 hPa and rising Height of new snow in 24 hours (HN24): 19 cm Total depth of snowpack (HS):81 cm Foot penetration: 52cm
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ Hazard: Above Tree Line: High
At Tree Line: Considerable
Below Tree Line: Considerable
Discussion: We have had 19 cm of new snow in the past 24 hours in the valley bottom. This is on top of the 52 cm in the previous 24 hours. Yesterday's winds switched to the east such that they have probably loaded the former scoured slopes. Thus one should be suspicious of slabs having been formed on both apparent lee and windward slopes. There has been significant settlement in the snow pack but the lingering slabs and areas of tension should be given due respect. As was pointed out yesterday, 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: I can but reiterate what was said yesterday: with all of the high winds and rapid snow fall from yesterday, slopes are still not stable and travel in avalanche terrain 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. If you do travel outside of the controlled area be aware of the potential of "remote triggering" of avalanches and that the hazard is still "high" above tree line and that a naturally trigger avalanche starting above tree line can easily come to rest well below tree line.
The snow continues to fall this morning but has lightened up considerably to a rate of 0.5cm/hour in the village. The snow is expected to continue to midday and is likley to get stronger again mid morning.
Yesterdays snowfall brought another 20 cm of fresh snow to the village and around 30cm to the upper mountains. However, the winds last night were very strong, carrying any snow from exposed areas and relocating it in valleys and sheltered areas. So, ski areas are likley to have varying snow conditions, with some possible icy patches in exposed areas and deep powder in sheltered areas.
Another snowy start to the day in Nozawa and it’s looking like another cracking day on the slopes! Yesterday, with plenty of fresh snow, better visibility than expected and very few people on the slopes was awesome and today could be just as good. It has snowed consistently since yesterday with another 30cm having fallen. The temperatures are –8C at the top and -2C in the village. The new base depths are 160cm on Yamabiko and 120cm at Uenotaira. All of the lower slopes also have plenty of snow with between 45cm and 80cm on the bottom green runs.
The forecast is for the snow to continue until at least Thursday when temperatures will also drop significantly to –13C. Read more ...