Snow and weather reports posted on Thursday 21st November 2019

Furano Now!

Tuesday 16th January 2007, 8:22am
Weather conditions: Light snow.
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
We have received another 30+cm of beautiful, powdery snow in town over the last 24hours and the temperatures is remaining nice and cold, -9 this morning at the mountain base. Should be fantastic conditions on the mountain this morning.

I reccommend heading to Furano Zone today because there are a few large school groups in town at the moment and they seem to gather around the lower sections of Kitanomine Zone.

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Niseko Now!

Tuesday 16th January 2007, 8:29am
Weather conditions: Blue Skies with light cloud
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Blue skies are trying to make an appearance, after a calm night. There has been no significant new snowfall, but the cover has been topped up nicely over the last 10 days or so and the riding is still amazing.

Hanazono will be the pick today, as Annupuri has fair few lifts suspended and they may open the Peak today as the visibility is quite good.

As stated yesterday the high pressure system moving over Hokkaido is likely to bring calm and sometimes blue sky conditions, with approx 24 hours of snowfall on or around Thursday.   Read more ...

Minakami Now!

Tuesday 16th January 2007, 8:52am
Weather conditions: Overcast
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Yesterdays light snow stopped at around 10:00 after which the sun came out and a very warm and sunny day eventuated with midday temperatures of 7 deg C. Inevitabely this caused a lot of settling of the snow and melting of the surface. Last night was a cloudless cold night with temperatures of -10 deg C causing the melted surface snow to create a thick crust (melt freeze) on all sun exposed and some sheltered faces. So skiing off-piste is likely to be very crusty at present except for Northern faces at higher elevations.

Today the clouds have rolled in and Minakami is expecting snow later this evening continuing through to tomorrow morning. There is a light breeze from the North with a current temperature of -2 deg C. The visibility at present is good at all ski areas, as the clouds are quite high.   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Tuesday 16th January 2007, 9:20am
Weather conditions: Overcast
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
This morning at 0700 hrs. there were just a scattering of clouds in the sky. But as I write this (0830 hrs.) the sky is overcast. The good news is that with this cloud is the promise of snow flurries for the next several days. That bit of daily fluffer combined with the lift companies' continual efforts at making snow ahould keep the quality of the on piste skiing high. Yesterday's slightly cooler daytime temperature combined with the cold night seems to be recrystallizing the surface crust to some extent.

The Hira Kawa Snow Study Plot (830m a.s.l.) the 0700 hr. reading is:
Sky: Overcast
Temperature: Present: -6.9 C
Maximum: 1 C
Minimum: -8 C
Wind: calm
Precipitation: nil
Barometer and trend: 925 hPa and steady
Height of new snow in 24 hours (HN24): nil
Total depth of snowpack (HS): 67 cm
Foot penetration: 21 cm
Surface: surface hoar, size 3 mm
Crust: weak, and shade effected
Above Tree Line: Moderate (see below)

At Tree Line: Moderate

Below Tree Line: Moderate

Travel Advisory:
As noted yesterday:
the snowpack continues to settle in the lower elevations (HS 69 yesterday to HS 67 today) with a similiar situation at tree line. Yesterday's relatively good visibility for the first time in several days allowed observation of a large fracture line on a south-east exposure of Shirouma Dake just below ridge line (size 3 avalanche). Snowpack investigations at 1,900 m a.s.l. showed that the consistent light precipitation and moderate winds have created a 20 cm layer that is bonding poorly to a faceting melt-freeze layer. Large, tensioned alpine features in aggressive terrain with the recent loading should be treated with suspicion.

Yesterday's cooler daytime tempeeratures and the cold, clearish nights are promoting a recrystallization in the surface snow. Also surface hoar crystals to size 5 mm have been observed to at least 1,850 m a.s.l.

If you do travel outside of the controlled area, be aware of the potential for "remote triggering" of avalanches. The hazard is "Moderate" above tree line. But selected terrain featrures could provide unexpected results.

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Yuzawa Now!

Tuesday 16th January 2007, 9:27am
Weather conditions: Cloud, sun at times
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Yesterday was a fine day - if it was a bit warmer you might even say spring-like - but it was cold overnight and is currently around +1 degrees in the town. Clouds in the sky but some breaks in the cloud and the sun making some appearances.

The forecast has some snow clouds moving in later in the day so a chance of some snow overnight and early tomorrow morning, but just cloud for most of tomorrow. It looks like the next few days may get slightly milder as well.   Read more ...

Naeba Now!

Tuesday 16th January 2007, 9:30am
Weather conditions: blue sky with light cloud
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
A nice clear morning this morning. A fresh minus 4. Although its mid January and its minus 4 it feels like a very fine spring day. Unfortunately no new snow fall last night which would be more than welcome. At this moment in time the top of Naeba is clearly visible but looks a bit cloudy a little further away.

There doesn't seem to be any air movement resulting in very slow cloud movement over the top of Naeba. All in all a very fresh clear day. Under foot the snow seems to be very crispy this morning.    Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Tuesday 16th January 2007, 10:00am
Weather conditions: Cloud, sun
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Yesterday was a fine day and today is looking like it may well be similar conditions. Slightly overcase early on with some low clouds but things are clearing up and the sun is shining through as I write this.

Some of the resort areas are still not at the 100cm snow depth mark which is a fair bit less than usual (and much less than the huge snowfalls of last year). Cover is good though and snow conditions out there are also pretty good at the moment. Shiga Kogen is used to having a long season into May and so the snow depths issue will become important later on in the season and have an impact on how long the resorts can stay open. Of course, there is a chance that we might get huge amounts of snow between now and the end of February.... fingers crossed!   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Tuesday 16th January 2007, 10:07am
Weather conditions: Clear.
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
No snow fell at all yesterday in Nozawa and it look as though the same may be true about today. There is not a cloud in the sky. There are reduced base depths on the mountain due to the relative warmth in the afternoon yesterday. Yamabiko is 170cm and Uenotaira is currently 140cm. The views from the mountain are extraordinary and there are very few people on the mountain this morning probably due to the amount of sake drunk at the fire festival last night. The temperatures are quite cold: -7C at Uentotaira and –4C on Yamabiko. The village is presently between –5C and –6C.

The forecast says clouds will develop this morning and light snow should begin to fall this evening. Light or moderate snow should then fall at least until Thursday evening.
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SnowJapan Daily 'Now' reports

Furano Now
21st Nov, 13:31pm
Naeba Now
21st Nov, 10:17
Madarao Now
21st Nov, 10:16
Nozawa Onsen Now
21st Nov, 9:31
Shiga Kogen Now
21st Nov, 9:00
Yuzawa Now
21st Nov, 8:50
Niseko Now
21st Nov, 8:34
Geto Kogen Now
21st Nov, 7:47
Appi Kogen Now
20th Nov, 17:25
Zao Now
20th Nov, 10:08am
Hakuba Now
20th Nov, 8:30
Aizu Bandai Now
18th Nov, 11:47
Minakami Now
16th Nov, 11:38am
Myoko Now
12th Nov, 17:13pm
Grandeco Now
02nd Feb, 12:34am