Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 24th February 2020
Friday 14th January 2011, 7:07am
It was snowing again for most of yesterday. By the end of the day, there was perhaps 15cm or so on top of the car. It eased off later on and overnight we have just a fine sprinkling of snow on the ground - perhaps a few cm or so.
Early on this morning there is a fair bit of cloud around but to the east there are some clear skies... will it clear up or cloud over as the day progresses? The latest forecast for the day is cloud turning into snow again later on in the day, and then some potentially heavy snow again over the weekend - but a high chance of snow both on Saturday and Sunday (and indeed into next week).
One thing is for sure - it will be fantastic conditions out on the runs today.
I'll post another report here later on this evening with the latest for the weekend and the official snow depth data.
Since I posted the report this morning, it turned into a beautiful clear morning with deep blue skies above Yuzawa until just before lunchtime. Fantastic conditions for anyone enjoying a slide on the snow.
It then started clouding over and things got pretty silver grey (though still bright) and then this afternoon around 3pm it started snowing. It is still snowing lightly as I write this and while there hasn't really been much accummulated yet, we do have snow forecast for tonight - around 10-20cm or so according the the local forecast. It's looking like tomorrow will be a snowy day, with heavier snow likely later on and overnight into Sunday.
The resorts have not been busy at all today and there is still a lot of deep powder to be found - early birds tomorrow will be rewarded!
Conditions are generall really great at the moment... have a fun weekend. Read more ...
Friday 14th January 2011, 8:18am
Sunshine and more sunshine
Goodmorning sunshine! We have a fine day ahead on the slopes of Madarao Skii Resort, with plenty of powder remaining from yesterday, and snowfall returning tonight to top us up for another powder day tomorrow.
There is another 5cm ontop of the copious amounts we received yesterday and the day before. Being Friday, now is the time to get out and enjoy the many courses you will probably be carving by yourself, by tomorrow everyone will have heard about the awesome powder condidtions and the croweds will arrive. So make the most of today and the amazing conditions!
The visability conditions are excellent, unlike the previous day, today you will be needing a good pair of sunglasses or fire lens goggles to cut out the glare.
All lifts and all tree run courses are open today for those in search of a challenge!
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 Tangaram No 2 Lift
The lower half of the mountain is clear while on the upper mountain cloud is rolling over the tops. Expect some light snow at times during the day, and a little flat light to make judging bumps all that more challenging. There has been 5cm of fresh snow overnight so the slopes continue to be in excellent condition with more snow expected over the next week. Possibly a good dump on Saturday could be on the cards. Below I have reported the new snowfall as 20cm as I forgot to include the 15cm from yesterday. Read more ...
Friday 14th January 2011, 9:37am
Mostly cloudy with light snow showers
Snow continued yesterday on and off into the evening. Overnight it mostly fined up and this morning was quite clear for awhile although it is mostly cloudy currently. There's not been quite enough snow to completely cover all of yesterdays tracks but it has remained very cold and the snow is in good condition. Today will be a great day to get out through some of the gates if you haven't already with visibility being the best it's been for most of the last week. Tomorrow they are expecting to open gate 2 allowing access into Annupuri bowl from much higher up than gate 1. Today should see a few light snow showers but it will also have extended fine periods and the winds shouldn't be too strong. A great day to really get out and explore the mountain.
Current Official Snow Depths:
Grand Hirafu: Top - 305 Bottom - 160
Niseko Village: Top - 240 Bottom - 170
Annupuri: Top - 220 Bottom - 160
Annupuri 800m 6am: -16 ℃, 15cm of overnight snowfall. W to WNW wind has kept blowing around 15m / s above 1000m and made cornices and snowdrifts to slowly develop in leeward slopes. As the temperature has remained relatively stable and sun exposure was seldom in the last few days, there are no drastic transformation of snow particles in the snow-pack. However, some weak layers are forming due to wind shifts and snowfall transition. Many instability factors were observed in the snow-pack at around 20-30cm depths. The avalanche risk remains considerable in leeward steep slopes in Osawa, Backbowl and Higashi-One. Risk is also to be highly considered in other lower altitudes deep valley's sidewalls as well as in slopes with sudden gradient shift. Gate 1 (L-ji ), 4 (Fujiwara), 6 (Moiwa) and 7 (Ee-sawa) are scheduled to open at 9:30 am. Although peak hike will be restricted for a little longer, gate 2 (Annupuri peak) is scheduled to open tomorrow ( Jan15th).
As opposed to the snowy and slightly misty conditions yesterday, today is a very fine day with basically no wind and excellent visibility. It is expected to get cloudy by the afternoon and possibly be snowing by nightfall.
Today's windchill is not expected to get lower than -13 degrees, but at the moment its quite chilly as I found out when I went outside and got hit by a cold blast by mother nature. However, the temperature is expected to rise up to -3 during the day.
In regards to the runs at Naeba, the area that is to the South East of Hiuchi #1 slope is still closed due to a lack of snow. Also the Prince Gondola Lift #1 is closed for maintenance.
At Kagura, the Shirakaba and Intermediate Course in the Tashiro Area, the Forestry Expert Course in the Kagura Area, and the Downhill Course in the Mitsumata Area are still closed for safety resaons.
Lastly, due to competitions being held, the Kagura Main Ski Slope will be fenced off from 1/11 - 1/19.
Bitterly cold today but blue skies everywhere and the sun is out for the first time for a while. Everything is covered in ice and the temperatures remain very cold. Plenty of fresh snow still around and more on the way according to the forecast. Stunning views from the top today so enjoy it while you can before the snow comes in again this weekend. Read more ...
Friday 14th January 2011, 9:52am
After the massive powder yesterday, Friday has started out with some bluebird skies — although some high clouds above Mt. Myoko promise the next batch of fresh snow, which should be arriving shortly. It looks like that snow will just keep on falling over the next week (at least) in fact — good skiing is guaranteed, I think we can say.
Tomorrow starts a two-day, 100th anniversary of skiing in Japan event, most to be held at the base of Akakan; if you're in the area, be sure to come by!
If you are coming on a ski trip to Nozawa I don't think you could have hoped for much better conditions than we are experiencing at the moment. On top of yesterdays awesome powder day today we have a magnificent sun filled start to the day.
There are blue skies across the resort this morning and some fresh stashes to be had as it snowed for quite a while after the lifts closed yesterday.
The official report is showing no new snow but there has definitely been a decent fall since this time yesterday.
Fire Festival preparations are continuing - the Festival is tomorrow. So all happening in Nozawa - stay safe, enjoy the great conditions and the festive weekend.
Once again below is some info on the Festival for reference....
All except the following Kandahar Hachiman Uenotaira Half Pipe Karasawa Wave Park
Lifts operating: All lifts are open
Here's a bit more info on the 'Dosojin Matsuri' (Fire Festival) in Nozawa Onsen.
"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." Read more ...
Shiga Kogen Now!
Friday 14th January 2011, 12:09pm
Clear, sunny, clouding over
More snow yesterday and sun this moring in the region make for a fine fine day to be out on the slopes. It has been a beautiful morning here, though there are signs of things clouding over as the day progesses and actually we will likely see snow falling from the skies before the day is finished.
Looking forward to the weekend we can expect snowy conditions - heavy snow and fairly strong winds are forecast both tomorrow and Sunday so you will need to be wrapped up well to battle the conditions if that is how things end up.
Nighta this evening at the following resort areas:
- Ichinose Family
Official resort snow depths as of 14th January 2011 AM:
It is a bit of a mixed bag this morning in Hakuba with splashes of sunlight and at times the sky looking like it was going to break out blue, but the clouds seem to have won out and we've got light snowfall falling at the moment.
There was a very light dusting of snow overnight - light and fluffy but only a centimetre or two, so nothing really worth mentioning.
It is another cold morning with Goryu reporting -13 degrees, Happo reporting -11 degrees and the temperature at Usagidaira is currently around -7, and it is about -2 degrees at Village level.
There is just a fairly light this morning.
The forecast is still for decent and possibly heavy snowfall tomorrow - especially later on in the day and through the night - and while it is still set to snow on Sunday it should be less blizzard-like.... Sunday/Monday could be bumper once again!
Official snow depths and operations @ Friday 14th January PM:
Hakuba Goryu: No change in snow depth today but a very cold -13 degrees on the mountain this morning! Night time operations from 6pm until 9:30pm. Alps daira - 265cm; Toomi - 130cm; Iimori - 110cm.
Hakuba 47: The resort and park at the resort are fully open. Snow depth (upper) - 184cm.
Happo-one: All of the Happo-one slopes are now open. Nakiyama nighta now operating. Usagidaira/Kurobishi - 190cm; Sakka - 120cm; Shirakaba - 95cm; Nakiyama - 95cm.
Tsugaike Kogen: The Karamatsu nighta operations are now open. Snow depth - 260cm Maruyama area - 130cm Champion - 170cm
Hakuba Iwatake: All of the Iwatake resort is now open. Upper - 130cm Lower - 85cm
Hakuba Cortina: All of the resort is currently open. Upper - 262cm Lower - 145cm
Hakuba Sanosaka: All lifts at Sanosaka are now operating. 100cm
I see blue sky! We haven't seen much of it this season so far, but there are breaks in the cloud this morning and it's a great day to be out skiing and snowboarding. It had actually been snowing earlier on this morning though not a huge amount to fuss the snow depth but a top up all the same.
It looks like we should be seeing more snow today, especially later on tonight and into tomorrow though tomorrow may well start off fine. Sunday onwards though and it looks like snow snow snow again.... not huge dumps of snow but consistent new layers being added to the mountain.
The evening time "light up" will be operating again tomorrow, Sunday and Monday before going "daily" from Saturday 22nd January. Read more ...