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Friday 18th January 2013, 7:31am
After a pretty nice day of light, ongoing snow, things really got turned on towards the end of yesterday, with big, light flakes falling heavily through the night and into this morning. Since I shoveled off a container-house roof yesterday, I can tell you with some confidence that 50cm or so have fallen in total (a reminder that the snow-removal work in Myoko is a process, not a final goal).
I think it's colder than the resorts are reporting (unusually); the car and my outside thermometer are both reading -7°C at 7:30, while most are saying -3°C or so. The wind isn;t too strong yet, although the reports have some wind (and chill) possible.
Looks like snow will continue through tomorrow, with some sun possible after that. Things change fast, though, so keep visiting the Snow Japan weather page for Akakura.
Operations and official snow depths
Akakura Kanko (Akakan) 250cm, -3C
Akakura Onsen 275cm, -5C
Ikenotaira 200cm, -3C
Suginohara 180cm, -10C (1/17, at the top of the gondola)
It looks like we have another day of fresh Nozawa powder here in Nozawa Onsen this morning.
As the last lifts were spinning yesterday afternoon we had a sudden increase of intense snowfall which lasted most of the night delivering 50cm of fresh to the slopes! Looking out the window; we have heavy snow continuing and deep snow on the balcony. Wind should be stronger today with 40km/h and higher gusts expected later this afternoon.
30cm of fresh snow in the village areas this morning.
The powder hounds were in full force yesterday with most of the well known haunts becoming tracked by the end of the day. Snow quality was very good indeed, but visibility was somewhat varied as thick clouds moved about the peaks. Overall, another quality day of riding, a seemingly typical trend recently.
We should see snow continue for the rest of today before a clearing trend later tonight. In the following days we should expect periods of sun, mostly in the mornings, followed by afternoon snow showers. All-in-all, variable weather is expected. The kind of forecast that is never 100%.
Lifts operating: All lifts operating except: Yunomine pair Mizunashi triple Challenge pair Utopia pair Higake Number 2 B line
Courses open: All courses open except: Kandahar East
Oh apart from strong winds mean that Tashiro is closed for the day and Kagura is open only from Mitsumata Ropeway until Kagura Number 1 pair lift. Top lifts at Naeba also affected.
But, that means that there's going to be all those untouched goodies on offer for early adventurers tomorrow. How about that then? It's going to be deeper than deep!
Official resort snow depth: Naeba - 200cm Kagura - 340cm Read more ...
Friday 18th January 2013, 8:48am
Good Morning from a snowy Minakami!
It started snowing yesterday in the daytime and this morning the results of that are about 15cm in the valley and up to an impressive 40+cm at Tenjindaira. There's a chance that strong winds and deep snow will affect the lift operation on the slopes especially higher up and in exposed areas.
Right now it is -5C in Minakami.
The forecast has us down for more snow today, perhaps easing up later tomorrow.
Looks like we can expect a great weekend of fresh snow. Read more ...
Friday 18th January 2013, 8:52am
Good news it is!
Yes the snow has been coming down hard overnight and we wake to a very snowy morning in Yuzawa.
Strong winds were blowing about later on in the evening yesterday and the snow started falling. There must be about 30cm of new snow here in town areas and more on the mountain. Indeed up at Kagura which usually is the place that gets the most snowfall in the region, they are saying that half a metre of snow fell overnight. I'd imagine 30-50cm is the haul at most higher areas, but today the snow should be pretty great everywhere.
Strong winds are affecting operations in some of those higher elevations though. The Tashiro Ropeway at Kagura is not going to be open today (along with the Dragondola connecting Kagura with Naeba). Only part of Kagura (via Mitsumata) is also open and the top areas of Naeba are not open early on. All due to the wind. If they stay closed for the day, the people travelling up for the weekend will be as happy as tomorrow morning getting access to all that untouched!
It's currently about -4C in town.
The clearer weather we were expecting for the weekend seems to have been shunted back a day, as we have the snow to continue falling today and possibly into tomorrow. Clearer skies on Sunday. You never know though, tomorrow might end up clear as was originally forecast.
Whichever, it is going to be a good weekend here in Yuzawa and Minamiuonuma.
Yesterday we ended up actually seeing the sun for short periods in the afternoon as the general cloudiness eased off somewhat.
Clouds obviously moved back over Hakuba overnight though because....
You want more snow? We got it!
Yes, more snowfall in Hakuba to report this morning. There's around 5-10cm of new snow nestled around village areas. The Hakuba Goryu resort is reporting 10cm on the lower slopes and 25cm of fresh snowfall on upper slopes this morning. Over to the north at Hakuba Cortina, they have up to 30cm of fresh snow this morning.
It's snowing in the village as I write this and very grey and cloudy again. Pretty cold at around -6C, and around -13C above 1400m. Windy too and those winds are blowing the snow around somewhat this morning making visibility pretty poor even down in the village. As far as I can tell though the wind is not affecting lift operations at the resorts at the moment, we seem to be open as normal though there may be a few lifts running at reduced speed.
A quick look at the webcams from around the resorts shows generally poor visibility on the mountain as expected.
Let's take a look at the forecasts. We can expect the current snowfall to ease off by tomorrow. Mixed messages on different forecasts for tomorrow but the general consensus seems to be less likelihood of snow and generally cloud. Some tell us to expect sun over the weekend. We'll see. Temperatures should keep cold though.
I think it's safe to say that it should be great conditions over the weekend. Hope you can come and enjoy it.
Official snow depths and operations @ Friday 18th January 2013 AM:
Hakuba Goryu: 10cm on lower slopes and 25cm of new snow on upper slopes reported by Hakuba Goryu this morning. Official snow depths: Alps daira - 290cm; Toomi - 140cm; Iimori - 100cm
Hakuba 47: 15cm of new snow reported by Hakuba 47 this morning. Official snow depth: Upper - 225cm Lower - 165cm
It has started to snow in Furano but the accumulation has not been anything signigicant and at best there is only a very light dusting visible at base level. The weather is currently cloudy with very light snow falling. Visibility is good on the lower mountain but at upper levels there will be some areas of flat light. Temperatures have hit a chilly -20c in the village and are even colder higher up on the mountain, but we can be thankful that there is no wind to cool things down even more. The forecast is still showing snow through today and tomorrow. Read more ...
Friday 18th January 2013, 9:26am
The clearer skies didn't last. They tend not to here in Niseko.
Not only did the clouds move back in but they brought us another whopping amount of fresh snow overnight.
How does 30-35cm sound? Sounds good to me. And that's here in the village, not on the mountain. Let's imagineing how much more fell up there! Whatever the number there's really only one thing that matters and that yet another lage delivery of light fresh Niseko powder has fallen since those sunny skies yesterday morning. I haven't done the numbers but we must surely be close to 9m of snowfall here now. Any guesses as to how much up top?
In Monday's report, I mentioned that the JMA snow fall in Kutchan number for January so far was 159cm. This morning it stands at 194cm... and I'm not even sure if that takes into account this morning's new snow.
Anyway, enough of numbers. What's with the weather? Well, it's snowing. For a change! -9C, so temperatures have been fairly consistent of late. Generally poor visibility out on the mountain this morning.
And happily while there is a wind, it doesn't seem to be hindering people's enjoyment this morning as all resort lifts seem to be operating as planned. The only exception at the moment is a late start by the Swinging Monkey lift at Niseko Grand Hirafu. They might be digging it out from the snow. (Actually, officially it is late due to maintenance).
More of the same on the forecast for tomorrow with snowfall perhaps easing off later in the day and Sunday.
Simply fantastic conditions here at moment. Can you tell I'm excited? Time to get out on the snow I think...
Official Resort Snow Depths
Grand Hirafu & Niseko Hanazono Top - 420cm Bottom - 230cm
Niseko Annupuri Top - 360cm Bottom - 210cm
Niseko Village Top - 325cm Bottom - 230cm
Niseko base 6am: -10C, 25cm of broken particles snow. Annupuri peak: NNW10m/s. -17.9C. Moiwa peak: bad visibility, stormy, NW10m/s and -15C. Coastal data: NW19m/s, 1.5m waves and 1010hPa.
The storm is picking up and snowdrifts are developing drastically. The newly formed slabs are very unstable and the avalanche risk is HIGH. The snow in the trees is heavy and deep. All gates except no.7 will be kept closed. Do not duck ropes to seek fresh tracks. According to snowfall transition, observations and data evaluation, there is a high chance of a 60cm thick surface slab avalanche to happen in leeward steep slopes above 800m (treeline) altitude.
Avalanches are most likely to occur during storms. Wind-affected snowfall forms dense, heavy and very unstable slabs. Weak bonding within the slab fractures with the slightest stimulation and triggers a surface slab avalanche. Better stay away from knolls and open steep slopes. It is highly recommended to stay within the resort today. Beware of frostbites. Respect the Niseko Rules and have a nice day. Read more ...
Friday 18th January 2013, 9:36am
Good morning from Zao. It's -7C outside and we have a few more cm of snow to report from here.
Up top this morning it's a rather chilly -16C according to the resort. Get wrapped up!
There's a moderate wind but all lifts seem to be moving as planned. Just cloudy really at the moment but snow showers likely for the day today.
The forecast says clearer skies from tomorrow into next week.
More snow this morning. It's really coming down here in Maruike as I write this. Heavy snow, moderately strong winds and visibility very poor. What this means is that we have had a really good amount of fresh snow this week. It takes a lot for some of the resorts around Shiga Kogen to change their snow depth numbers, and so with some of the big increases recently you can really believe that they had a good new amount of snow. How much since yesterday? Difficult to put a number on it because the wind has been blowing around but at least 20cm perhaps much more in places and it doesn't look like it wants to hold off yet either.
Taking a look outside now it's almost complete whiteout conditions.
Looks like Shibutoge and Higashitateyama are closed due to the conditions ast the moment with a few more lifts no doubt on reduced speed operations.
After this snow storm has passed, clear conditions are forecast for the weekend and into next week.
Weekenders should be very happy with what they get to play in tomorrow.
Nighta operations planned for tonight at the following resort areas: Ichinose Family
Official resort snow depths as of Friday 18th January 2013 AM:
This reminds me of that crazy period we had last season.
Madarao Kogen reporting 50-60cm of new snowfall this morning. Over half a meter!
It's very cold too and windy, and with the snow coming down in style still at the moment it's pretty wild out there.
Some lifts seem to be not moving yet this morning, no doubt the resort people are trying to uncover them from under all the new snow. But hopefully it will be open as planned soon though those winds may well affect things today.
After today we are expecting clearer conditions. Might even be sunny as soon as tomorrow.
Will definitely be excellent conditions!
Lifts planned to be operating: Number 1 Number 2 Number 3 Super quad Number 5 Number 11 Number 12 Number 15 Kids Park --- FreeRide Park Powder Wave II Usagi Riverline Powder Theater Adventure
Powder Wave I is closed until 20th January. All other tree courses are open. Read more ...