Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 1st May 2017
Tuesday 14th March 2017, 8:11am
Foggy, cloud, rain
Good morning from Yuzawa.
After a day of fine, overcast/hazy and warm conditions yesterday... we're starting today with rain, unfortunately. Currently it is +3C here in town.
It looks like it's raining up to Mitsumata Ropeway with wet snow falling higher up at Kagura (and 1cm being reported). GALA Yuzawa are also reporting snow, though Yuzawa Kogen are showing rain on their report. In lower areas then, for the moment it is raining. (We're not expecting it to continue though... it should be stopping this morning).
It's a fairly foggy start to the day so limited visibility in most places.
The forecast was for snow mid week, so how's that looking? Certainly nothing major in terms of snowfall, and quite possible we'll get a bit wet again as temperatures might not be cold enough for snow. We're just going to have to take it day by day and see what happens.
Official snow depth information as of Tuesday 14th March 2017
Kandatsu Kogen 'Hobo All Night' ('Almost All Night' from 6pm-4am) is on Fridays, Saturdays and nights before holidays until 1st April 2017. Spring nighta (6pm-10pm) on Saturdays and nighta before holidays from 7th April until 22nd April
Mostly sunny and blue skies, just a bit of cloud again
Good morning from Niseko.
After a day of fine weather yesterday... we're probably going to have more of the same today. Only a bit warmer. It's actually already above zero this morning and we can just hope that it doesn't warm up too much.
Today we are expecting these blue skies and sunshine during the morning with perhaps more cloud moving in as the day goes on.
And sunny conditions tomorrow too.
With no fresh snow to freshen things up, it might be a bit crusty out there first thing. (Good on toast, but not the best for the ski slopes).
Still, the groomers are looking all pretty and ready to be messed up this morning and I am sure it will be a fun - spring - morning.
Niseko Avalanche Report:
Mountain base : -6°, no new snow. Moiwa 800m: -7°, light winds, no new snow. Annupuri 1000m, snowpack 240cm. Hirafu 1250m, -7°, light winds, no new snow. Coastal data: Kamui Cape: ENE3m/s, 1016hPa, wave 0.4m.
Sunny weather with the current shallow barometric pressure gradient. All gates are expected to be open. There is no new snow and the snow surface as developed a crust. Take care riding in the morning it is easy to catch edge. After 11am conditions will be softer. As the temperature rises the risk of full depth avalanches increases. Around 1000m Osawa, Backbowl, full depth avalanches will run long distances down the valley floors, clearing everything in their paths. Best to avoid riding in valley bottoms. Do not enter strictly off limits areas.
20 years ago Niseko Rules were set up under the leadership of local government in response to the high number of accidents occurring in Backbowl, Osawa, Mizuno no sawa. Although they are not perfect, they have achieved the desired results, and the number of accidents have dramatically decreased since that time. Niseko respects everybody's freedom to ride out of bounds, while at the same time aiming to protect the safety of all mountain users. We request everybody's continued support of the Niseko Rules.
Resort specific opening news at time of writing (subject to change during the day):
Night skiing is planned until Monday 20th March 2017 at the Niseko Annupuri, Niseko Grand Hirafu and Niseko Village resort areas. There is no nighta in the Hanazono area.
Planned closing dates Niseko Grand Hirafu plans to be open daily until Sunday 7th May. Niseko Hanazono plans to be open daily until Sunday 2nd April. Niseko Village plans to be open daily until Sunday 2nd April (and then from 28th April until 7th May). Niseko Annupuri plans to be open daily until Sunday 7th May. Read more ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Tuesday 14th March 2017, 8:36am
Cloudy and foggy, with...
Morning from Nozawa.
The resort is reporting snow up top this morning and light snow at base. At base here, I'm going more with sleet as it's a very wet kind of 'snow' but whatever, it's actually forecast to ease off fairly quickly this morning. The early morning fog and poor visibility should hopefully improve too.
What about this snow we were forecast for mid week? Hmmm, maybe tomorrow though I wouldn't be expecting a major event. And it may well be a case of snowing on the upper parts of the mountain and not snowing below. Difficult to read, let's see.
I was over at Iwatake yesterday - very quiet it was too. Changeable weather conditions but the sun was out for a fair bit of the time as well as lots of varying clouds.
This morning there's a bit of fresh snow being reported from a few resorts on upper slopes - along with gas/fog (?) and limited visibility - whereas down below it's a bit of rain or light snow depending on where you find yourself.
Forecast do seem to predict that the weather will clear up later on today and the sun might even come out.
Still hoping for some snow sometime tomorrow and Thursday, would be nice if we could get a new fresh layer.
Resort news as of 8:45am on Tuesday 14th March 2017:
All information as available and subject to change during the day due to weather and snow conditions.
Hakuba 47: Hakuba 47 is reporting 3cm of fresh snowfall. The resort appears to be opening as planned this morning. Official snow depth Upper: 325cm Base: 165cm
Hakuba Goryu: Hakuba Goryu is reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall. The resort appears to be opening as planned this morning. Official snow depth Alps: 315cm Toomi: 165cm Iimori: 110cm
Hakuba Happo-one: Hakuba Happo-one is reporting 3cm of fresh snowfall (Riesen quad top). The resort appears to be opening as planned this morning. Official snow depth: Usagidaira: 270cm Kurobishi: 330cm Lower: 140cm
Tsugaike Kogen: The resort appears to be opening as planned this morning. The Tsugaike Ropeway is now operating for the spring season. (Climbing notices need to be filled in, ropeway charge also applies) Official snow depth: Tsuga-no-mori: 365cm Han-no-ki: 355cm Maruyama: 155cm Oya-no-hara: 130cm Kane-no-naru-oka: 140cm
Hakuba Cortina: Hakuba Cortina is reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall. The resort appears to be opening as planned this morning. Official snow depth: Top: 365cm Base: 225cm
- Gondola - Number 1 quad lift - Number 2 quad lift - Number 3 quad lift - Number 4 quad lift
All courses now open
Official snow depth: 310cm
Road Condition to Grandeco: Inawashiro through Goshikinuma: icy in parts Goshukinuma through Grandeco: icy in parts Read more ...
Tuesday 14th March 2017, 10:03am
Furano is still getting very cold overnight temperatures and this means that the snow is staying in great condition, particularly on the upper half of the mountain. It is another glorious clear day with brilliant sunshine and no wind at all. Tomorrow looks like another good day, although it will be partially cloudy. We could also get some new snow soon, with light snow predicted from Thursday evening through until Sunday. Read more ...
Tuesday 14th March 2017, 10:36am
I'm choosing fog over light rain here
Oh, it is unpleasant out there today. I thought it was supposed to be sunny, then head toward snow later.
Instead we have a thick soup of fog, rain and the occasional snowflake coming down. The fog, we'd hope, could be coming from colder temperatures coming in. The freezing line isn't moving that far up the hill (so why have we got rain?). Oh, well, looks like there could be some good snow tomorrow, especially late in the day. Always nice this time of the year to get one more clean, white cover of snow on top of the spring gunk along the roads. The mountains are beautiful, though....
Panic stations here this morning with what looks like another warmish day, a snow pack shrinking by 10cm per day and the fresh snow expected last night didn't materialize at the base. We had some tiny, sporadic snowfalls overnight and no doubt a bit more up top but nothing noteworthy.
The forecast is now for some snow tonight though and more tomorrow evening though the expected fall tomorrow is now looking small to moderate. Going forward we have snow showers or light snow forecast right through the next 6 days so there is hope yet.
Today's photo is actually from last Sunday, Mar 11th, in the backcountry towards Mt Tanigawa.
0cm Tenjin 0cm Hodaigi 0cm Okutone
Temps at 8am
Official snow depth:
400cm Tenjin 250cm Hodaigi 210cm Okutone
Resorts in Minakami (forecasts available from each page):
Please note that the fresh snowfall number being reported on this report is taken from the ‘base area’ of Tenjindaira - which is just by the top station of the Ropeway at that resort. Other snowfall numbers and commentary will be mentioned within each report when available. Read more ...