Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 30th May 2020
Sunday 9th March 2014, 7:31am
Glorious day yesterday and probably one of the top 5 days of powder for the season. This will continue today after another good fall overnight but the snow will ease of a little today.
Found yesterday that many of the lesser used runs had a abundant amount of snow that was untouched and ones to try out today will be the Challenge run on the Furano side or the Lesson runs for beginners wanting the best experience without having to go all the way to the top.
Again today winds are slight but won't affect things and with luck it will be a slightly warmer day though it hasn't been cold which also makes it a magical time at the moment.
Just under 10cm of new snow on the top of the car this morning, so that is since yesterday mid morning. Resorts report between a few cm and up to 10cm (at Kagura), so another thin layer to add to what we got before.
Yesterday we had a bit of a clearing in the clouds earlier on but that soon clouded over again and it was snowing for most of the day.
This morning is different. Clear blue skies above Yuzawa... a bit of a hazy feel in some directions but generally it is a beautiful morning and it should be great conditions whichever skijo is chosen.
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Sunday 9th March 2014, 8:29am
Lots of cloud, some blue sky, some sun
Good morning from Niseko and I have about 10cm of fresh outside my door this morning here in the Hirafu village area. It has been a run of days affected by wind of course here, and we are all hoping that today will be calmer.
This morning there is some blue sky visible amongst the remaining clouds and right now the sun is shining through my window. Snow clouds should not be far away though and more snow is due overnight.
Temps overnight were around -5C and that's what we are at now at 8:30am.
Less wind over here at Hirafu, but it does seem that there are some early issues with a few lifts over at Annupuri and Niseko Village - the Annupuri Gondola is on hold as is the Wonderland Chair at Village at the time of writing.
There's also a few lifts not moving due to 'avalanche risk' - the Jumbo 4 at Annupuri; the King 4 and Ace 4 top lifts at Niseko Grand Hirafu. From what I gather they are planned to be closed for the day.
Peak lifts closed aside, it should be a very fine day out on the snow.
Niseko Avalanche Report
Niseko base 6am: -7C, 20cm of broken crystal snow in the 12 hours. Moiwa 800m: W15m/s, poor visibility, -11C, snowdrift development up to 200cm in Mikaeri area. Annupuri 1150m: W18m/s, large development of snowdrifts, -12C. Hirafu 1000m: -10C, 35cm of fresh with development of snowdrifts. Peak 1308m: W10.8m/s, -14.1C. Coastal data: cape Benkei NW15m/s, cape Kamui W9m/s, 2.7m waves, 1009hPa.
The isobars are spacing out and the storm is calming down, however strong wind is still persisting above 800m. Peak gates will be kept closed and all top lifts operation will be suspended. A large avalanche occurred in Mizuno no sawa knoll yesterday; it skimmed close to the gondola posts and reached the bottom of the valley. 2 other large avalanches occurred in Higashi-One, which knocked down trees on its way and ran past the CAT-track. Avalanche risk is still extreme in Niseko area and the surroundings. Stay away from cornice slopes and open steep faces. Stabilization of snowdrifts is delayed and chances of 150cm deep slides are still to be highly considered. The snow in the trees is good, but cracks are forming everywhere. Ride carefully.
Official snow depth numbers and lift news at time of writing:
Temperatures down to -9C overnight and as we approach 9am it's around -5C in the village, so nice and winter-like cold. The sun is out this morning so it is going to warm up, perhaps to about +3C this afternoon.
No cm of new snow to report from around the valley this morning.
So yes the sun us out, a bit overcast/hazy in some directions, and some clouds still hanging around the mountain peak backdrop. Just a light wind and so unlike yesterday no disruption to any top lifts.
I should have more snow to report tomorrow morning though which will make another good refresh.
Official snow depth numbers and operations (as of 9th March 2014):
Hakuba Goryu: Reporting 0cm of new snowfall. Upper - 275cm Toomi - 170cm Iimori - 120cm
Hakuba 47: Reporting 0cm of new snowfall. Upper - 250cm Lower - 80cm