Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 26th May 2019
Wednesday 19th March 2014, 8:20am
Rain is what we got yesterday afternoon and night and quite heavy it was at times as well. Won't have done the snow any favours that's for sure. It might have been sort of snow like higher up overnight, but none of the resorts around town are reporting any new cm of snow this morning.
It's not raining now and just cloudy conditions, and actually not as warm as it was yesterday. Around +2C just now. The forecast for today is cloud and maybe some clearer conditions a bit later on.
Tomorrow? Sleet/rain followed by snow seems to be the forecast and we are still holding out on some fresh snowfall into Friday. It's all borderline at the moment though so it could go either way.
Yesterday was... best forgotten! Lots of rain, wet conditions, poor visibility. Temperatures dipped down to around freezing here in the village overnight and so this morning there's some hard and crusty conditions out there but it will probably soon soften up leaving us with sugary like snow conditions, especially on lower slopes.
This morning it's just cloudy with a high of around 7 degrees on the forecast.
I'm still seeing snow forecast for tomorrow, but different ideas on how much we might get and whether we'll get rain again before we get this supposed snowfall. Well, I'm prepared to be hopeful for a good new layer of fresh snow. Cross those fingers.
In resort news, it seems that the All Japan Freestyle ski senshuken taikai 'Moguls' will be held at Hakuba 47 between Wednesday 26th March and Friday 28th March. A good chance to see local Olympian Aiko Uemura amongst others and marvel at how those heros deal with those bumps! Worth noting that from Friday 21st until Friday 28th, the Route 3 course will be closed for the event and preparations.
Official snow depth numbers and operations (as of 19th March 2014):
Hakuba Goryu: Reporting 0cm of new snowfall at Toomi and Iimori; 1cm up top. Upper - 250cm Toomi - 125cm Iimori - 80cm
Hakuba 47: Reporting 0cm of new snowfall. Upper - 200cm Lower - 40cm
Happo-one: Reporting 0cm of new snowfall. Usagidaira - 205cm Nakiyama - 60cm Sakka - 60cm
Yesterday I said in the report that we were expecting rain/sleet later in the day. We got that, and more. Changeable conditions with heavy rain, sleet and snow and some strong winds added in for good measure. So no, not the best day of the season!
This morning there's a few cm of rather heavy and wet snow. A cloudy start to the day with some breaks in the cloud and blue sky in places, and a temperature of 1 degree as I write this, so not as mild as it was yesterday morning. There's still a wind about but doesn't seem to be affecting lift operations though it does look like a few lifts at Grand Hirafu are a bit delayed due to some kind of maintenance.
Doesn't look like there's any significant snowfall on the forecasts, just a bit here and there perhaps - later on tomorrow and Saturday.
Niseko Avalanche Report
Niseko base 6am: -4C, 5cm of wet snow in 12 hours and 5cm of crystal snow since dawn, development of snowdrifts. Moiwa peak: n/a. Annupuri 1150m: mild wind, -9C, development of unstable snowdrifts, snowpack 340cm. Hirafu 1000m: calm, -7C. Peak 1308m: no data, N23.3m/s at 11pm, -9.2C. Coastal data: no data available.
Snow and wind stayed strong overnight due to strong airflow from the approaching High pressure system to the eastbound Low. Snowdrifts have developed drastically in lee-slopes and the avalanche risk is high. Heavily developed snowdrifts are extremely unstable during and immediately after storms. They collapse irrelevantly to layer compositions and can cause larger surface slab slides. The wind has calmed down as the isobars started to space out, however the snowpack stabilization will be delayed notably above 1000m. Gates 2 & 3 will be closed and others are yet to be determined. Please respect the ski patrol’s decisions. The snow in the trees has been mostly reset and good snow can be found. The avalanche hazard in surrounding mountains varies from areas, but one general rule is that the stabilization is slower in higher altitude. Conditions should be very unstable in Mt Yotei Makkari face’s “Terrace valley” above 1200m. Hardpack patches are present in the morning. Beware of falling, slipdrops, cracks and hitting trees. Prudence is key to avoid accidents.
Official snow depth numbers and lift news at time of writing:
It all got rather wet yesterday, so quickly moving onto this morning and it's a mix of cloud, some blue sky and some sun. Colder than yesterday but still in positive numbers on the lower half of the mountain. The resort reports a temperature of -4 degrees on the top Yamabiko area as of 7:30am.
How's that snow forecast shaping up then this morning? Still down for snow tomorrow and Friday. How much snow? I wish I knew. Might be mixed up with rain tomorrow at first but turning into snow and colder conditions are due on Friday. After that, from the weekend sunny conditions are expected so all eyes on the next few days.
As predicted a snow front arrived yesterday afternoon and delivered 8cm of snow at village level.
Today is sunny and the morning has started off with some cold wintery temperatures with -6c recorded at the top of the resort. Due to the new snow the skiing will be good with nice smooth groomers and fresh snow for those wanting to get in some late season fresh tracks on the off-piste.
Tomorrow looks like it will be more of the same weather wise.
Furano Ropeway 8:30am-4:00pm Furano Downhill Swift Lift #1 9:00am-8:00pm Downhill Romance #2 chair 8:45am-4:00pm Downhill Romance #3 chair 9:00am-4:00pm Prince Romance 8:30am - 4:00pm Read more ...
Wednesday 19th March 2014, 9:30am
I mentioned the chance of rain yesterday, and we didn't escape.
It's colder this morning though and just cloudy. Still eyeing up some snow on the forecast over the next few days...
Zao has released information on when each part of the resort intends to be open until the end of the season. It's all a bit complicated to be honest! But basically - if all goes well - parts of Chuo, Utopia and Paradise hope to be open for skiing/boarding until Tuesday 6th May.
A number of lifts will be finishing up for the season this coming Sunday, some opening again just the following weekend and then closing for the season on 31st March. What remains open after then is as follows, I think I have got most of the details in here. Some of them are also tagged as 'depending on the snow', so it might change.
Until 6th April: Onsen Number 1 Pair Onsen Number 1 Quad Nakamoro Number 1 Triple Mikaeri Pair
Sometime in April: Yokokura Number 1 Pair Kurohime Number 1 Quad
Until 6th May: Ropeways and Gondolas (open through the year) Chuo Number 1 Pair AB Chuo Number 2 Pair AB (every day until 14th April, then holidays) Katakai Triple (every day until 14th April, then holidays) Paradise Pair AB Utopia Number 2 Pair
Official snow depths (18th March 14): Utopia: 300cm Chuo: 260cm Paradise: 290cm Uwanodai: 180cm Read more ...
Wednesday 19th March 2014, 9:30am
Rain is what we got yesterday as did most areas it would seem, but this morning it is just cloudy. The top part of the mountain is covered in cloud actually ight now, but it's not raining/snowing.
Rain tomorrow to be followed by some decent snowfall on Friday? Trying not to get hopes up too high, but would make a great start to the long weekend that's coming up.
Operating lifts (planned):
Number 1 Number 2 Number 3A Number 2 quad Number 5 Super quad Number 11 Number 12 Number 13 Number 15 Moving walkway Kids Park
Rain fell last night melting a lot of snow. The sun is out today with a forecast high of 7 deg C. Tomorrow the temps drop back down and it looks like some snow may fall, possibly sleet at the lower resorts. Friday is looking like more snow.
The weekend is forecast to be sunny with temps around 6-7 deg C. The morning snow conditions should be nice but turning to spring snow by midday.
The rain finally left up sometime in the night, so there was a very faint dusting of snow on things early in the morning.
Yesterday was, well, miserable.
It rained really, really hard - a good day for soaking my firewood and the ski instructors who had no choice but to handle the big school groups. Me sat inside and watched the snow melt...
Looks like we might get snow again, though, just in time to go over some of the year-end information. I'll be adding the closing dates below as we find out more. I want to congratulate Akakan for not only being good with getting news out, but optimistic about spring. As long as there's snow, they're staying open... probably true for Seki, too; I have just have to dig through releases and websites: results below).
Akakura Kanko: 270cm Spring operations: The Myoko Kogen Sky Cable gondola and hotel No. 3 lift will stay open from March 24 until May 6, or whenever the snow runs out. Spring rates from March 24 are adults ¥2,500, junior high students and seniors ¥2,000, kids ¥1,500.
Akakura Onsen: 200cm Appears from their website that they're open until Sunday 30th March.
Ikenotaira: 210cm Planning to stay open until Sunday 6th April.
Myoko Suginohara: 170cm Last day Sunday 23rd March.
Seki Onsen: 420cm Says it hopes to stay open until mid-May - at least for Golden Week, snow allowing.
Myoko Ski Park: 250cm Open until Sunday 6th April.