Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 30th May 2021
Monday 11th February 2008, 6:30am
Snow fell off and on until the evening yesterday, coating the slopes over for the final big crowd day. Today, it's sunny with even warmer temperatures. 1C sceduled for more than two hours just past lunchtime.
Today's pick would have to be Akakura Kanko. Relatively smaller crowds but with excellent conditions. I was told yesterday that the place is very lax towards off-piste snowboarders, so what could be better on a crowded day?
The forecast was spot on and the third day of the long weekend is bluebird with nice cold temperatures. Nicely groomed slopes with a lot of people on them same as yesterday watch out for skiers putting in erratic turns and beginner boarders cooling their behinds.
Perfect day to end the long weekend with fantastic groomers and amazing views. Traffic out of town will be nuts today, be careful on the roads.
Clouds forecast to move in tonight with snow flurries overnight/tomorrow.
Backcountry Travel Advisory:
Blue skies and crowded ski-fields will mean a lot of people hiking today. Pick conservative lines and use good group control and safety measures. There are still multiple shear layers in the upper 1 m of the snow pack that may propagate and create avalanches in steep moderate and complicated terrain. Alpine bowls and chutes with big consequences should be avoided or reassessed for stability. Do not get fooled by the Ice Crust of January 12 as it is still a lingering week layer and faceting around this layer is prominent and depth hoar has also been found around this layer in multiple areas. Shear and compression tests have found moderate results on this layer and the shear plane is very clean and could produce problems so do assess stability of this layer before jumping in.
Take due care out there and take mellow lines in simple terrain.
It was a beautiful sunny day all day yesterday with no new snow in sight. All the off piste was skied out. A mate climbed Mt Yotei and found some untracked up there.
Clouds have come in this morning and there has been some light snow but nothing sticking to the ground. It will be a marginal day on the mountain but snow is predicted in the next couple of days. Wind is suppose to pick up this afternoon which will hopefully be the beginning of a good storm. Read more ...
Monday 11th February 2008, 10:11am
Clear and sunny
Yesterday the snow fell for most of the day, albeit very lightly and wet. The high moisture content caused some very hard upper surfaces to form above 1300m.
This morning the sun is out in Minakami after a clear stary night with cold temperatures. There is no wind at the valley level and it also looks very calm in the upper mountains. A great day to be on the slopes!
The weather takes a turn from tomorrow as a new low pressure system starts to move in from Russia, bringing cold temperatures and snow from tomorrow afternoon. This should last for 3-4 days. There may be some strong Northerly winds also.
Avalanche Hazard: Alpine: Moderate Tree Line: Moderate Below Tree line: Moderate Read more ...
Monday 11th February 2008, 10:23am
Sun, blue skies
There are beautiful blue skies all around this morning. Blue skies, the sun is out, snow conditions good - nice. One of those days that you don't want to forget the camera.
This afternoon the temperature may rise to around +4 degrees in Yuzawa.
People will be starting to go back home at the end of this 3 day weekend today, so the slopes especially this afternoon should not be too busy but if you are lucky enough to be out there then you should be in for a lot of fun.
Last day of the long weekend and the sun is out and the clouds are gone. Lovely blue skies this morning in Shiga Kogen.
No new snow to report this morning and it was a cold night but things should warm up a bit later on today with the sun shining as it is and relatively mild temperatures forecast for later on. Tomorrow things should be colder once again though with a chance of snow.
Nighta is planned at the following resort areas of Shiga Kogen today:
The weather is beautiful in Nozawa Onsen this morning. It is a clear, cold morning and the slopes are packed with people enjoying the public holiday. We are expecting most of the visitors to start heading home after lunch which will reduce the size of the lift lines for the first time in 3 days.
Yesterday saw the odd shower of snow during the day but for the majority of the time it was sunny and warm. The snow is likely to be a bit icy this morning but the temperature should get above zero by midday which will soften the slopes.
All in all the long weekend has gone really well. The town has been alive until well after midnight each night. The mountain coped with the influx of visitors well and the only really long lift lines happened yesterday when somebody broke the Hikage gondola mid afternoon.
The forecast for the rest of the week is for snow to develop on Tuesday and continue all week. The only downside to this may be relatively strong winds. Read more ...
Monday 11th February 2008, 12:58pm
A very bright day today, it's warm as the sun seems to have brought the temperature up to around 4 degrees during lunchtime. There is no wind and of course we have blue, blue skies. All gondolas are in full swing and the Naeba slope is heaving with punters up for the holiday weekend.