Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 25th May 2020

Niseko Now!

Thursday 12th January 2006, 9:08am
Weather conditions: Snowing
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Yesterday snow showers were punctuated by brief periods of sunshine and the winds were strong at times. More snow fell overnight and is continuing this morning. Overall snowdepths have changed little as although a fair amount of snow has fallen there has also been a fair amount of compaction due to the wind. Still there should be some reasonable powder stashes for the more adventurous to find around the mountain.

The snow is expected to ease later today and should remain fine tomorrow with even the possibility of further sunshine! Milder temperatures are expected to hit the region over the weekend as a high pressure system moves across the country bringing warmer air up from the south. Care should be taken around buildings as snow that has not slid off roofs for some time may do so this weekend.    Read more ...

Yuzawa Now!

Thursday 12th January 2006, 9:19am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
And it is still snowing. There was another 20cm or so yesterday until the evening and another 20 on top of that this morning.... it just keeps coming. That is, until later today when the snow is due to stop and we might well have a break in the snow for quite a few days.

The forecasts are putting us down for even a chance of rain over the weekend as temperatures rise to unseasonably high. They could of course be totally wrong, but that is what the line is at the moment.

It's -1 at the moment at town level with a slight wind.

The southern part of Gala is still closed, as are fairly large parts of Kandatsu and parts of Naeba. Kagura should be open today. Parts of other resorts may be closed and we suggest you contact them before going to make sure and get the latest.

We got asked about snow depths and why, if 30cm falls, the numbers don't increase by 30cm. The answer to that is that the snow gets packed down and ridden on - and of course on some days it melts (though not too much of that this season so far!) The snow depth numbers are what we get from resorts - the "new snow" that we are reporting on the Now! pages are from our own observations on car roofs etc (so you can be sure that they are correct). Hope that makes sense!   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Thursday 12th January 2006, 9:47am
Weather conditions: Thin overcast , high cloud banks on upper slopes
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
A dusting of snow fell overnight in the valley, however strong winds overnight have spread the snow off the windward sides of the slopes and onto the leeward sides. As well the temperature has risen and thus the snow will become a little heavier at the bottom. Currently partly cloudy skies and a mid band of cloud has rolled in shrouding the upper slopes of the ski hills.

Winds were very strong last night and created wind slab in most areas in the alpine and at tree line. It is possible for this wind slab to slide on steeper slopes from areas of tension. ie. around rocks, from steep convexing terrain, corniced areas and from tensioned ridge areas that ave heavy wind deposits below.

In two recent pits in the Tsugaike area the following was found of southerly facing slopes.

Tsugaike shizenen, elevation 1800 metres, aspect S
Compression Test Easy @ 38cm from surface on new snow, needles, columns with some faceting occuring size 0.5~2 mm, sudden collapse.

Rutsch Block 2 @ 38 cm

Slope Test. Ski cut, produced size 1 soft slab, 40 cm hieght of crown, 20 x 20 metres in area, deposit stopped mid track.

Tsugaike Tengupara, elevation 2000 metres, aspect SE
Compression Test Easy ~ Moderate @ 33 & 37cm from surface on fist density new snow underlaying wind crust and overlaying 1 finger density snow, with some faceting occurring just above 1 Finger layer, size 0.5 mm, Progressive Compression

Rutsch Block 5 @ 33 cm

Multiple slope use resulted in no slides on South East facing slopes in the Tsugaike area.

Natural avalanches possible. Human triggered avalanches likely.
Use caution in steeper terrain on certain aspects.   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Thursday 12th January 2006, 10:15am
Weather conditions: Snowing very heavily
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Low gloomy, overcast heavily snowing clouds. Few people around with visibility quite low also. Signs up top are all being choked by the high snow levels and some small lift chairs are almost scraping against the ground.

NOTE: The big fire festival is due on the 15th of Jan. We'll post more on that soon. If you are attending the event this year then please don't forget to bring along a camera as the fire and snow at night along with the traditional presentation make for some wonderful snap shots.


Not snow report related, but about famouse Nozawa Dosojin Fire Festival coming up on the 15th. It goes something like this:

"This festival is one of the three most famous fire festivals in Japan. It is held on January 15th every year to pray for a plentiful harvest, health and good fortune in the coming year. The festival dates back to 1863 and though the location has changed, the festivities remain the same. During this festival the twenty-five and forty-two year old men from the village play a very important role. An old belief in Japan dictates that, for men, these years are unlucky ages. The twenty-five and the forty-two year old men in their unlucky ages construct the shaden (shrine) from beech wood that reaches a height of 18 meters. Every year it takes 100 villagers to build the shrine. The trees are cut down in October and brought down from the mountain, through the village, on January 13th. After the shaden has been constructed, the priest from Kosuge shrine performs a ceremony to endow it with a God. Along with the shaden there are an average of five tôrô (dedicatory lantern poles) erected every year. These poles are made by a family in the village to celebrate the birth of the first son. The tôrô are offered to the Gods in a prayer for health and good fortune. The festivities begin with the lighting of the fire by the twenty-five and fourty-two year old men. A small group of men carry a torch, which is lit by striking two stones together, from the Kôno residence to the festival grounds. The torch is used to start a bonfire from which the handmade torches, used to attack the shrine, are lit. The festival centers around the shaden, where the fourty-two year olds sit on top and the twenty-five year olds stand guard at the base. Those who are 41 and 43 years old stand around the perimeter to protect the spectators. Torch bearing villagers of all ages attempt to break through the guards and light the shaden on fire. A dangerous and lively battle ensues. The defenders try to put out the fire by striking it with pine branches. The attack lasts for about one hour, after which the 42 year olds call an end to the ceremony and the shaden together with the tôrô are set on fire in an offering to the Gods. The entire festival can take up to four hours from the beginning to the end, but the main attraction is the battle between the guards and the torch bearing villagers."

More info can be found in an previous article on Snow Japan:   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Thursday 12th January 2006, 10:31am
Weather conditions: Light snow
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
It is snowing again this morning though not too heavily at the moment and visibility is fair. Things look like they might clear up soon though and warmer weather is forecast for over the coming weekend.   Read more ...

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