Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 30th May 2020
Friday 11th January 2008, 8:16am
Snow levels are at their highest so far as colder temperatures roll in to keep the powder well intact. More snow is expected today as well as the whole 7-day forecast, but now at 8a.m., Myoko has sunny skies over its white floor.
Today's pick is Suginohara. Being on the Nagano side of Myoko, temperatures were lower, keeping pure powder conditions from top to bottom last night. Temps are expected to drop across the board, so stay tuned for tomorrow's pick.
In the news yesterday, a town named Harbin in Northern China known only for its Ice sculptures, to which tens of thousands of tourists flock to see from January to February, is in danger of losing its appeal as rising temperatures have the sculptures melting in the January sunshine. Last year showed the highest temperatures ever. A freak year or more evidence of global warming?
Blue Skies and cold temperatures this morning. Good day for racing your friends on the groomers for beers. This weekend should see precipitation in some form that should be snow at some altitude, good for long weekenders, and the long term forecast is for snow showers next week. Fairly quiet today but no doubt the slopes will be crowded over the 3 day weekend so get out and enjoy it.
Still precipitation forecast for this evening that could bring rain up to 1500m
Backcountry Travel Advisory:
The storm snow over new years has definately settled and bonded well to the rain crust of December 29th. The 20cms of new snow on January 8th was sliding off in covex areas of 35 degrees plus durring the storm. Wind from the south west durring the storm of Dec. 8th loaded Northern lee slopes. Tests today showed that the new snow is bonding well to the new years storm snow.
Warm temperatures at low elevation could produce instability in the surface snow and at higher elevations on Sothern slopes with direct solar radiation.
Those traveling in the back country should take general caution and still watch out for steep lee slopes, loaded gullies and solar radiated slopes.
No new snow to report this morning both at town level and up at Kagura.
This morning it is an overcast start, with the thermometer telling us it is 3 degrees right now with similar conditions expected today as yesterday. The sun was a few minutes ago shining through but is once more now back behind some clouds.
Looks like we have a good chance of snow tomorrow and then throughout the weekend and into next week. We'll post an update to this page with the latest for the weekend later this evening.
Good evening, and similar conditions continued throughout the day. This evening it is around 4 degrees and while we have no big snowfall forecast for overnight, it still looks like tomorrow should be colder than today and a good chance of snow - especially later on in the day after a milder start.
Just to recap before the weekend - the mild weather and rain has made conditions on lower slopes almost spring-like and while all resorts and most slopes are open, snow is starting to be a little thin in some places.
Upper slopes are generally doing better and good things have been heard from Kagura and Naeba in the last few days, especially in the mornings. But fresh snowfall will be most welcome everywhere right now. Snow is still lined up for the coming week, so here's hoping for a snowy weekend! Read more ...
Friday 11th January 2008, 8:30am
Sunny becoming overcast
Clear skies throughout the night have produced a thick frost that is covering the valley and mountains this morning, with a current temperature of -5 deg C. The sky is slowly starting to cloud over as a new low pressure system moves in from the West of Japan.
The snow is expected to hit around 21:00 tonight and continue throughout most of Saturday and Sunday. It may be a little bit on the wet side as the front is coming from Southern Japan which often brings slightly warmer temperatures.
The pick of ski areas around Minakami are still the higher lying reosrts: Tenjindaira, Houdaigi, Minakami Kogen. The lower resorts should be in decent condition by Sunday if the forecast snow eventuates.
Yesterday saw wonderful conditions at Kagura - it certainly was a powder day up there with a good 50cm on the angles with plenty more in the valleys if you were unfortunate enough to ride in to those terrain traps. The Lake at Tashiro which is visible from Kagura is still not frozen, not even a hint of ice on the expanse of water nestled in there next to the top of the Tashiro Rope-way, I believe this to be quite unusual for this time of year - the lake usually looks a lot, lot smaller by mid January.
Pretty cold out there this morning, though it looks like it will warm up as the hours tick by. The sun is out and so it looks like to be another bright and cheery sunny day, although there are a few nomadic clouds lumbering around the peak as I type. The temperature at 900m at 9am is sitting on a pretty chilly -4.
Another 24 hours of non stop snow action and its fluffy deep and oh so delicious. Heavy snowfalls expected for the rest of today and tomorrow. Big smiles all around from guests to Furano as the 'Japan Snow Experience' lives up to all he hype.
The big dump that we have been waiting for to get things going again after a dry New Year period has now arrived. It has been an accumulation of a few days of snow, but I can say with confidence that the snow up there is epic.
The Half Pipe is cut! It is open from 1pm till 330pm today, and then from tomorrow onwards will be open 10 to 330. It costs 500 Yen per day to register to enter the pipe.
One warning I must give is to guests who continue to snowboard on the roads and footpaths in the village. Please DONT! The village is very busy with cars, trucks and other pedestrians using the footpath and the roads. It is very dangerous to ski/snowboard on the footpath back down to your lodge or hotel. For the sake of 5 minutes, please WALK back to your accommodaiton and DONT ride your skis/snowboard.
Yesterday started off with lots of potential. There was 10 centimeters of fresh in the Village and it had been snowing off and on all night and after the powder the day before, it promised to be another special day. But the wind picked up early and got stronger as the day progressed. Top lifts started to shut before lunch time and the winds just kept getting stronger. There was still good powder down low but even though there were not a lot of skiers and boarders, the available slopes were pretty skied out.
The wind died down last night and so did the snow. It will be interesting to see how much powder we can find today. You can actually see the corduroy on the groomed runs this morning, which is a change after the last few days.
It looks like the southern fringe of a high pressure system is dominating the local weather today, but by tomorrow that should change as the low pressure system to our north deepens and brings in some wild weather. It should move away again by Sunday. Read more ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Friday 11th January 2008, 10:40am
Living in a ski town makes you one fussy customer. If the snow is great, we complain about the visibility. If the skies are blue, the lift lines are too long.
Yesterday, the forces of Nozawa Onsen combined and it was a ripper. Perfect visibility, no lift lines, freshies in the trees on Yamabiko all day, and the black runs down the mountain were steep and deep. Pure and utter perfection and I still can't wipe this cheesy grin off my face.
Today the visibility is good. It got very cold late in the afternoon yesterday so anything that had sun on it will probably be icy. Still, it will be a nice day to get out and play around before the crowds come over the weekend. Snow is expected from tonight, continuing for a few days. Read more ...
Shiga Kogen Now!
Friday 11th January 2008, 10:56am
After a few days of fine weather with the sun making an appearence, and after a bright start, this morning is more grey than it has been. It is about the same temperatures as yesterday but feels a bit more chilly, at least where I am. No new snowfall to report.
Monday is a national holiday in Japan and so we have a 3-day weekend starting tomorrow. Expect the slopes to be busier as people make use of the longer holidays. We can also expect colder temperatures and snow to be falling over the weekend and into next week, so conditions should be good out there. Wrap up well and see you over the weekend.
Nighta for today is planned at the following resort areas:
- Ichinose Family - Ichinose Diamond
More nighta will be available over the long weekend. Read more ...