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Friday 12th February 2010, 7:57am
Fresh snow, and heavy cloud up the mountain.
Last night saw about 15cm of fresh snow fall across the resort, helping to remove any visible signs of the rain that fell a few days ago.
Today appears to be quite cloudy again, with the best visibility down on the lower slopes, or in amongst the trees up higher. Apart from the low visibility, the conditions should be good up on the mountain with light winds, powder and freshly groomed runs.
The forecast for the weekend appears relatively snow free with a light dusting tonight and then clear conditions Saturday and Sunday.
The forecast last night has us down for up to 20-30cm before 9am this morning, and it was looking promising last night as snow was falling later on, but in reality I only have a sprinkling to report, with high up at Kagura reporting 10-15cm though from down here in Yuzawa that seems like an optimistic take. Other resorts reporting 10cm or so, so perhaps not! With that new snow though Kagura will surely the choice for today and probably until we get a decent new cover.
It is a chilly morning and -2 degrees at the moment with cloud covering all but the lowe parts of the surrounding mountains and light snow falling at times. Very light snow (sleet), not the kind that will bring us cm.
Right now there's not a whole lot of snow on the forecast for the region. Perhaps some today and tomorrow but only light snow showers and then perhaps clearer weather on Sunday. Hopefully though temperatures will keep under the 0 mark keeping the snow conditions as good as they can be.
The numbers below are all over this morning with some increasing and some decreasing - the last few days will certainly have seen the depth go down at resorts though higher up last night some snow will be the reason for some increasing...
About the same temperature as yesterday morning and about -5 degrees in the village now. We have just a few cm of fresh snow to report once again this morning after some snow yesterday and just a cloudy morning in the village early on with the mountain covered in cloud apart from the lower slopes.
It looks like it will be a day of just cloud and maybe light snow - reports of snow falling higher up on the mountain this morning - but should stay fairly cold.
Similar conditions are forecast for the weekend too and into early next week. Right now the next decent snowfall seems due around Wednesday.
Last night snow started to fall and though it is now just cloudy this morning, I have 5-10cm of fresh snow to report. Apart from the snow, this morning feels similar to yesterday - grey clouds.
We can perhaps expect some more snow to fall today and perhaps a bit tomorrow too but there is a good chance that weather conditions will improve over the weekend especially on Sunday which looks like it might turn into a fine sunny day. These things are prone to change of course!
So the new snow will have improved conditions out there but there will still be some crunchy conditions under that new blanket, so you're going to have to look for the best conditions out there right now.
Nighta this evening planned at the following resort areas (may be affected by conditions):
- Ichinose Family - Ichinose Diamond
Official resort snow depths as of 12th February 10:
In the afternoon yesterday the snow got heavier and this continued through night laying down another 20-30cm of very nice powder since last report. The wind wasn't overly strong so it's settled very lightly and I'm sure there'll be plenty of faceshots off-piste. Bottomless turns and fresh tracks can be found right around the resort. The peak gates are expected too open today but avalanche danger is still moderate so be very wary around cornices and convex slopes. Temperatures aren't too cold up high at -13 but the wind may pick up a bit later and windchills could get below -20 so make sure you have something to cover your face. Overall it's going to be another great powder day on the mountain. Similar conditions can be expected to continue right through the weekend.
Current Official Snow Depths:
Grand Hirafu: Top - 335 Bottom - 220
Niseko Village: Top - 380 Bottom - 235
Annupuri: Top - 320 Bottom - 210
Niseko Avalanche Info No.59
Moiwa base 6am: -7℃, short but strong snowfall at night left 15cm of fresh snow at the base, 30cm at 1000m. Coastal data: NNW11m/s at Benkei cape, N8m/s, 1.6m waves and 1016hPa at Kamui cape. Predicted wind at the peak at noon: N15m/s. According to all data evaluations, weather transition and observations, the general avalanche risk remains moderate this morning. Peak gates are scheduled to open at 10:00 but will close depending on the future conditions. The wind and snow is predicted to pick up later on today. Respect the ski patrol’s decisions. Most accidents occur during poor weather as storms deprive sight and restrict the range of activities. Outside the gate is not the ski resort’s “course”. The freedom of out of bounds riding or the Mizuno no sawa educational program is only realized on a fine line based on the existence of the Niseko Rules. Disregarding the Rules will not only endanger people’s safety but will end up restricting Niseko’s freedom of out of bounds riding. We strongly demand everybody to respect the Niseko Rules. Be careful in steep slopes with bad visibility. The snow is good.
It is a grey cloudy start to the day in Naeba and up at Kagura early on this morning and I can report some snow since yesterday. Kagura are reporting 10-15cm of fresh snow, I can see just a but down here in the village. Right now it isn't snowing here but snow on and off is on the forecast for the day but that new layer should have improved conditions up there.
It's a cold morning, right now -5 at the base of Naeba and a temperature of -9 up top.
There's a moderate wind at times higher up the mountain but it is not affecting lift operations with all gondolas moving and resorts open as planned for the day.
Weather for the weekend? Right now is it looking likely that tomorrow might be more of the same with finer clearer weather a good possibility for Sunday.
Next heavy snow? Look to perhaps around Wednesday.
It is certainly good to wake up and see some substantial snowfall again, and then having the pleasure of shovelling it. Overnight there has been 7cm of new snow in the village. It is currently snowing heavily and this looks set to continue. Temperatures, while not warm, are reasonable, and with the extra effort required to plough through the fresh snow most people should be able to keep themselves warm. It should be a great day on the mountain if you can deal with the compromised visibility. Read more ...
Friday 12th February 2010, 10:07am
A nice surprise today here in Hakuba with at least 10-15cm of new snow in the valley. Currently it is overcast and it is snowing lightly. Cold temperatures have turned what was rain at lower elevations to snow, and also firmed up and slushy areas from the last 2 days.
Conditions on the resorts today will be chopped powder, packed powder and groomers... and icy. Skiers and boarders should be aware the 10cm of new snow will be sitting on hard rain crust on all aspects, take care as what may look soft might not be. There really are some icy conditions out there right now.
The forecast is calling for continued snow throughout the day and then turning to partly sunny days on the weekend. With temperatures staying below zero we hope it will keep what new snow we have as light and dry as possible....
Stay out of the backcounrty, stay to the groomed piste or make it a clean up the house and have an onsen day. But if you must go into the backcountry stay to very low angle slopes, stick to the ridges and be aware of hazards above you. Stay well back from cornices as they are heavy and will step back at least twice as big.
Alpine: High Tree Line: High Below Tree Line: High
Sorry for no report yesterday - technical issues prevented that.
A nice surprise this morning with a few centimetres sitting on the ground in the valley this morning and enough in the resorts for the first few runs of the day to leave some decent tracks. After the up and down temperatures of the last few days though there is still a pretty hard base under the fresh stuff.
Currently it is overcast and feeling a little warm but the forecast has us down for a bit more snow later in the day. This weather seems set to continue for a while longer with smaller snowfalls predicted into next week. As long as the temperature stays low the slopes should be in fairly good condition for the weekend. Read more ...
Friday 12th February 2010, 20:15pm
Overcast with snow and some fog
Soft snow on top of the (now disappearing) ice layer... A much nicer day today, with good firm snow on piste, and some nice powder on top of a pretty firm (occasionally a bit icy) layer offpiste.
The snow continued to fall during the day, so things should be even better tomorrow.