Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 26th May 2019
Saturday 12th February 2011, 7:30am
Light snow falling again this morning. There is a dusting down in the valley and a few centimetres up high overnight. It started to fall last night with some big, wet flakes but eased back to very light, small flakes. The snowfalls in the last couple of days combined with the cold temperatures mean the snow in the resorts right now is fantastic, even with all the long weekend traffic on the slopes.
The snow is forecast to continue throughout the rest of the weekend and there is a high possibility of more snow on-and-off during the rest of the week. Read more ...
Saturday 12th February 2011, 8:06am
cloud and snowfall
This morning Madarao is covered by cloud and is being lightly dusted by snowfall. Overnight Madarao collected another 10cm of fresh snow, and the snowfall is predicted to increase and continue in sessions throughout the course of today, bring with it 30cm of fresh coverage before the end of the day.
The temperature at the moment is -7.0 degrees in the village. This will vary between -9.0 and -5.0 degrees throughout the day. While visability conditions are currently average in the village and on the mountain, and will vary as Madarao experiences sessions of both light and heavy snowfall.
The opening night of the Miyukino Snow Theater International Short Film Festival was last night and tonight it will continue until 10pm.
Lifts currently operating:
No 1 lift No 2 quad lift No 3 a lift No 5 lift Super Quad No 11 Lift No 12 Lift No 13 Lift No 15 lift Tangram No 2 Lift
Welcome to Saturday and it is a bright start to the day. In town anyway, though upper slopes are generally experiencing more cloudy conditions early on.
No real snowfall in town but Kagura up top are reporting 10cm this morning so we can expect between 0-10cm at resorts around town. There's hardly any wind ast the moment, so conditions generally remain good out there. 0 degrees in town as I write this.
The forecast still insists that it will be snowing all day, so perhaps the snow clouds are going to be moving back and giving that to us a little later on and it does look likely we will still get that moderate snowfall this evening. Similar conditions forecast for tomorrow and then clearer weather on Monday.
Official snow depths @ Saturday 12th February 2011 AM
Yesterday the snow started to fall late morning and it was fairly snowy and white/grey conditions out there for most of the day. Didn't amount to much though in terms of new cm. Really busy too with lots of people turning up for the long weekend.
No real snow to report from overnight apart from a dusting on the windscreen this morning but we have seen flakes begin to fall this morning with very light snowfall now. Visibility is not the best and is decreasing as the snow and clouds pick up.
No wind at all early on, 0m/s at Happo-ike (2080m), 1m/s SE at Usagi-daira (1400m), cold temperatures with -7 at 1400m but already warmed up to -1 at 760m after a low of -6 at 7:00AM.
The forecast is for snow to continue with snowfall increasing this afternoon and overnight so tomorrow morning should be good for a fine new layer of fresh powder. Snow is also forecast for Monday night/Tuesday morning.
It will be super busy today as well, watch out for out-of-controllers especially if visibility decreases at lower altitudes and enjoy!
Official snow depths and operations @ Saturday 12th February AM:
Hakuba Goryu Night time operations from 6pm until 9:30pm. Alps daira - 315cm; Toomi - 180cm; Iimori - 160cm.
Hakuba 47: Normal operations today. Snow depth (upper) - 210cm.
The second day of this long weekend and the snow is still coming down in Shiga Kogen. Perhaps 10-15cm or so of fresh snow in places since yesterday as it was snowing for most of the day and while it is cold this morning there's hardly any wind out there.
We still might be in for some relatively heavy snowfall but it should clear up somewhat by tomorrow with a chance of the sun making an appearance and even more so on Monday.
There's a lot of people out there enjoying the snow, but quieter spots can be found. Have fun.
Nighta operations this evening planned at the following resort area:
- Sun Valley - Maruike - Mammoth - Ichinose Family - Ichinose Diamond - Yakebitaiyama - Kumanoyu
Official resort snow depths as of 12th February 2011 AM:
Snow clouds moved in yesterday and this morning we have around 15-20cm of lovely fresh snow on the ground making conditions great for this peak weekend. New snowfall is always welcome of course but it's especially good to see that snow this morning as well as there's a lot of people out there cutting it up. Lots of families and children as well as the powder hounds, so a real mix. Care needed as at times some runs are pretty congested from the looks.
Not much of a wind, but cloud is covering the upper slopes of the resort and fairly poor visibility up there. Lower down, visibility is better.
Snow is still falling lightly and likely into tomorrow though there's a good chance it will ease off somewhat with a chance of clearer spells. Read more ...
Saturday 12th February 2011, 11:11am
Light snow, cloud
No snowfall down at village level to report this morning but Kagura are reporting 10cm of fresh snow on the slopes, so I would expect at least a sprinkling on the upper slopes of Naeba as well.
Early on conditions were slightly overcast with little to no wind and nothing coming down from the skies. Good visibility means that we can almost see all the way up to the top of the mountain from the village area.
Since then the snow has started to fall and we are due for snowfall for the rest of the day and into tomorrow - perhaps fairly heavy snow overnight with an average of 25cm (and a potential maximum of nearly double that) due before tomorrow morning. 25cm would be just fine for everyone I'm sure so bring it on! The snowfall should calm into tomorrow and clearer conditions still currently forecast for Monday.
As expected, Naeba is very busy this morning - good to see such a lively scene actually. Right at this moment lift queues aren't so bad and certainly manageable but the runs are probably the busiest I have seen them this season so far.
It looks like it might be a reset day today; the snow has started to fall again—some nice big flakes slowly drifting down in the pre-dawn hours, now a little heavier with some wind from the north. That's not to say it isn't good out on the slopes; it's not a bluebird day (as I have often said, a highly overrated phenomenon), and there's good snow and cold temperatures to keep it that way.
The wind could become a factor this afternoon, as we're seeing things get a little stronger. That mainly affects the Akakan gondola (the Sky Cable), and the No. 3 lift at the top of Suginohara. It's probably a good idea to check on the latter if you're heading to Suginohara, as they seem to close that pretty quickly (which is a shame, as it accesses the top steep areas, as well as backcountry access—which the area has made clear it does not support!)
It has been snowing lightly all morning here in Nozawa, but not enough to warrant getting the shovel out as yet.
There have been long lines to get on to the lifts this morning on this very busy holiday.... it was a few hundred meters out the door of Nagasaka Gondola and up the road! Lengths like that are reminiscent of the early 90's levels. Although it's not great for everyone hitting the slopes, it is good for the resort to see things being so busy.
Yesterday was quieter on the slopes and snow was pretty good but was getting tracked out early with more people turning up for the weekend.
Still waiting on a decent dump tonight but the forecast has come back a little. Monday night is also showing a good dump on the radar now.
Jazz Festival on from 7pm at Arena and also Iiyama just below Nozawa is having a snow festival today and tomorrow, well worth checking out
All except the following Kandahar Hachiman Uenotaira Half Pipe Karasawa Wave Park
After all that snow we've had here for the past couple of days, it looks like things are going to quiet down for the weekend. It's currently a balmy -6 out there at the base of the resort, with cloudy skies and the occasional flurry spicing things up for today's winter weather enthusiasts, but the big story is all the powder that fell this week. There are still plenty of spots with loads of untouched white stuff just waiting to be discovered, so as the old saying goes, the early bird gets the worm. Or in this case, the deep snow.
Things should continue to stay relatively cool and cloudy for the remainder of the day, but it looks like the big snow they were forecasting for Sunday isn't looking so likely anymore. Regardless, the slopes are looking great, there are currently over ten runs of unpacked powder on both the Furano and Kitanomine sides just waiting to be picked up by adventurous souls, and the weather is absolutely beautiful and just perfect for getting out there and enjoying the mountain. Read more ...
Saturday 12th February 2011, 13:45pm
Only a light dusting since last report and today has been a magnificent bluebird day. The resort is quite tracked out and the snow has been affected by the sun on any southerly or westerly aspects but it has been a great day to get out backcountry where there&s still some nice powder up to around shin deep. Snow is expected to develop tonight and continue throughout tomorrow so hopefull some better conditions in resort in the days ahead.
Current Official Snow Depths:
Grand Hirafu: Top - 370 Bottom - 190
Niseko Village: Top - 380 Bottom - 200
Annupuri: Top - 320 Bottom - 220
ll gates are scheduled to open this morning, peak gates 2 & 3 at 9:30. Please follow the ski patrol instructions. Overnight snowfall is very slim and the wind, although remaining relatively calm, made gradual transition from SW to south then to east. Annupuri peak 6am: E3.8m/s and -13.6℃. Annupuri 800m: NE3.3m/s and -10℃. The snow condition hasn’t changed much from yesterday. The surface is partially rugged in wind-exposed slopes, and surfaces that seems uniform from distance can be a mixed condition of hard-crust and deep wind-blown soft patches. Yesterday’s tracks remain in most terrain and newly formed snowdrifts are almost non-existent. Instability factors are diminishing. Due to sun and temperature influence, there is a big difference in the snow condition depending on the elevation. Cornices should not be stimulated as it may collapse anytime and the damage can be bigger than expected. Stay alarmed and ride carefully, beware of hitting trees or fall in crevasses. Avalanches are not the only perils in the backcountry.