Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 26th May 2019
Thursday 17th February 2011, 7:56am
Cloudy all day
Yesterday we had some amazing weather conditions in the region with bright blue skies throughout the day and mild temperatures.
This morning things are changed again and there are grey skies over Madarao. The temperature is mild though and there is still plenty of decent snow to enjoy.
Looking at the forecast unfortunately it looks like we have a chance of rain falling later on today, but the good news is that it should soon turn into snow so hopefully we can expect a new white coating early tomorrow morning and more to fall. It likely won't last too long though and clear up during the day. A new coating would be good just in time for the weekend though.
Beyond tomorrow is it looking likely that we will see more fine and sunny conditions over the weekend.
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
Moving Belt at Kids Park Snowboard beginner course
Yesterday there was some patches of sun with some light snowfall. This morning the wind will swing from NE to NW bringing with it some light snow throughout the day and expected to get heavier tonight. It is currently overcast with clouds hanging around the peaks. It is expected to flurry on and off throughout the day with clouds and snowfall expecting to increase later this afternoon and into the night. Groomers will be fast and firm throughout the day. Off piste there is still some fresh snow to be found though it is a little crunchy underneath. All terrain parks are expected to open today. Conditions can change quickly so always remember to follow good etiquette. Look before you leap, wait your turn and most importantly have fun.
Current Official Snow Depths:
Grand Hirafu: Top - 360 Bottom - 185
Niseko Village: Top - 390 Bottom - 200
Annupuri: Top - 340 Bottom - 220
All gates are scheduled to open from the morning, peak gates 2 & 3 at 9:30. Please follow the ski patrol’s instructions. The strong southwesterly wind gradually calmed down and no overnight snowfall has been observed. Variable conditions, from wind-scuffed rugged to hard crusty surface as well as wind-blown drifted snow patches are present in high elevation slopes. Patches of snowdrifts (different surface texture compared to the rest of the slopes) are still not bonded to the underlying snow and could slide with riding stimulations. Carefully pay attention to the changing snow conditions. The snow surface in lower elevation has been highly influenced by the changing temperature and froze, resulting in icy surface in some slopes. Stay in controllable speed and beware of hitting trees or other obstacles. The temperature is forecasted to rise today and the surface condition is likely to completely change especially in south facing lower elevation slopes. Beware of avalanches as the surface snow becomes wet, loose and heavy.
Yesterday was defined by seasonally warm weather which consolidated the snowpack and as the day progressed the snow became denser and heavier. The fine weather lastest throughout the day. Today skies are a light grey with the sun very close to breaking through, but not quite yet. We are back into the negatives temps again this morning. This will mean the snow will have an icyness to it given yesterdays warmth. Tip of the day would be to dump the fats and bring out the carvers. Read more ...
Thursday 17th February 2011, 9:52am
Yesterday was one of those 'wow' days weather wise as we enjoyed blue skies and bright sunny weather all day. Not a cloud to be seen during the daytime at all.
This morning it is much duller though still fairly bright. Some light blue sky on show behind a fair bit of cloud in the sky. So, generally cloudy and overcast.
It's a mild morning as well actually and currently about 3 degrees with a high of around 8 degrees which is actually higher than yesterday. The snow won't be mad happy to hear that as we saw a bit of melt going on yesterday and inevitably there will some more today though with less direct sunlight perhaps we can just hope for the temps. not to rise too much.
Not the best of things to report but there's a good chance of rain overnight tonight and into tomorrow morning when hopefully it will become sleet>snow but if it does turn into snow I don't think we can realistically expect much from it in terms of soft new padded layers on the slopes. Following that generally good weather over the weekend (sun/cloud)/
Official snow depths @ Thursday 17th February 2011 AM
After that amazing day yesterday, clouds are back with us this morning.
No wind, decent visibility and just cloudy really. It was around -2 degrees earlier on in the village and I have heard from a colleague who works for the resort that this morning is one of the 'warmest' of the season so far up at the top Gondola station. That still means that it is in the negatives, but still feeling relatively warm.
Still can't get over the weather conditions yesterday. Brilliant. This milder weather though isn't the best friend of snow so we can just hope that the temps remain as low as possible. Don't say it out loudly but there's a chance of rain later on tonight but hopefully that will soon turn into snow, and surely snow on the upper parts of the mountain, though we can't really expect any heavy snow conditions. It will likely clear up for tomorrow and then we have some more bright sunny conditions currently forecast for Sunday.
So, snow not as perfect as it has been but still decent snow to be found and lots of it and at least partly sunny over the weekend. Have fun! Read more ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Thursday 17th February 2011, 10:40am
Cloudy with patches of blue
There are some shades of blue poking through between the clouds in Nozawa this morning.
No new snow to report overnight but looking like we could be in for another serious dump over night up high anyway. Down low is unfortunately looking like that four letter word 'Rain' may raise its ugly head. We don't want to hear that. Temperatures are not that warm as yet so we will have to wait and see.
Yesterday was a picture perfect day on the mountain with lots of snow and sunshine. Amazing views to the surrounding mountains and the snow was great. As expected parts were getting tracked out pretty early and with all the soft snow the moguls were appearing like pimples on the steeper slopes.
Kandahar was open too and was a great blast down the race track overlooking the village at sunset.
The outlook is for snow and sunshine off and on up top and possibly some rain down low.
Weekend is looking like it will be clear and sunny for the most part.
So looks like some spring warmth is creeping in but should still be some great days ahead.
All except the following Kandahar Hachiman Uenotaira Half Pipe Karasawa Wave Park
What a day yesterday was. So bright, so blue, such a fanstastic day for people out there on the slopes. Lots of cameras out from what I have heard (I only made it for an hour later on in the day!)
This morning things are different with a lot of cloud around. There was none at all yesterday. So the clouds have moved in but the mild conditions continue. It is still below zero, but not a winter-like cold.
It's looking good though for later on today and tonight and we can hopefully be seeing a decent amount of snowfall tonight as the temperatures drop. Doesn't look like it will last that long though and clear up tomorrow followed by a really good chance of more sun and clear skies over the weekedn.
Official resort snow depths as of 17th February 2011 AM:
It was a beautiful day yesterday but it was warm, up to 8.5 degrees at 760m after the overnight low of -13, so quite a contrast in temperatures there. And definitely warmer than we want it to be.
It was relatively mild last night with an overnight low of -5 in the valley.
Early on it is overcast today with some patches of blue holding out, though all the forecasts are calling for the cloud to roll in bringing a mix of rain turning to snow as the temperatures drop. Depending where you look some are more optimistic than others regarding the chance of rain/snow ratio, so it looks like we'll just have to wait and see how it plays out. Snow, please. We don't like rain.
Current temps and wind info as at 10:51AM - 2060m: -1.5 degrees, 5m/s from the S 1400m: 1.6 degrees, no wind 760m: 7.9 degrees, no wind
It looks like the weekends conditions will really depend on how much rain we get overnight and how much snow falls on top of that, more to come tomorrow.
Official snow depths and operations @ Thursday 17th February AM:
Hakuba Goryu Night time operations from 6pm until 9:30pm. Alps daira - 310cm; Toomi - 180cm; Iimori - 160cm.
Hakuba 47: Normal operations today. Snow depth (upper) - 216cm.
After that clear sunny day yesterday things are different this morning and generally overcase. The mild conditions continue though and earlier on it was 0 degrees but will be creeping up a bit more than that later on today.
Good visibility on the mountain which is fully visible, and also good conditions over at Kagura where it looks fairly bright.
We want those temperatures to keep low of course to maintain the snow but there really is a chance of us seeing rain tonight I'm afraid. Hopefully not but down in Yuzawa town they seem doomed to getting rain tonight that will hopefully change into snow. We are higher up than the town of course so hopefully we can escape that. Fingers crossed everyone. A good topup would be welcome before the weekend though as some of the main runs are getting pretty chopped up at the moment.
Fine weather on the local forecast for the weekend and then more snow due around Monday/Tuesday.
The possibility of rain was on the forecast for today form a few days ago, but fortunately things stayed pretty nice, if a bit warm, today in Myoko. Actually, the early art of the day saw the reverse of normal patterns: it was blue and sunny over Mt. Myoko and the west, and increasingly cloudy to the east and north. Great snow? Probably not, as things warmed up, but it certainly was a nice day to be on the slopes. Good snow, anyway (we've just been spoiled by too much powder, but the season ain't over yet).
Speaking of which, it looks like temperatures will be going down again for the next few days, with some new snow also predicted. There is the distant rumor of rain around Monday, but so far it has not yet come to pass. Looks like a good weekend coming up.
Yesterday was one of those crazy bright blue bird days on the mountains. No wind, not a cloud in the sky, bright dark blue skies and a feeling of glad to be alive sliding down the slopes. There were a fair few people up at Tenjindaira yesterday enjoying those conditions.
Today has been another fine day, though not the same kind as yesterday - not as bright and more cloudy but another clear day. Another mild one as well rising to around 8 degrees in the village after a cold start. (Temperatures in the report above from earlier this morning)
Sleet is forecast for tonight. Actually looking at different forecast, the "r" word (rain) is appearing but hopefully we might be able to avoid that. Sleet and into snow sounds much better and surely higher up it will be snow. After that it looks like we should see clearer conditions again over the weekend, perhaps especially on Sunday. Read more ...