Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 6th May 2019
Saturday 1st March 2014, 8:01am
Morning from Niseko and it's of course the first day of March. Still over two full months to go, all being well of course.
So yesterday. Well, strong winds affected lots of lifts. Annupuri eventually part opened but for the most part it was only lower lifts moving and the higher lifts got a day's rest.
No new snow to report again and as of 8am it is around -2 degrees here in the Hirafu village area. I'm glad to be able to report that the winds have calmed down and I would expect the resorts to be able to be open as normal today.
Cloudy/overcast with a few clearer patches and thinner cloud over towards Yotei. We might see some sun today.
Will March bring us much snow? We can only hope so, where we stand at the moment we are in need of a fresh dump of snow to liven things up again. Monday onwards for snow? I won't tempt fate. Does look like it should gradually be getting colder from today though.
Tomorrow I will take a look back at the snowfall for February as a whole and also the season up until now. And compare it with recent seasons. O-tanoshimini!
Niseko Avalanche Report
Niseko base 6am: -5C, no snowfall. Moiwa 800m: n/a. Annupuri 1150m: mild wind, -10C, no snowfall, snowpack 315cm. Hirafu 1000m: -7C, no snowfall, calm. Peak 1308m: NW10.8m/s, -12C. Coastal data: Benkei cape NW9m/s, Kamui cape WNW8m/s, 1.9m waves, 1020hPa.
Atmospheric pressure gradient is small resulting in a calm weather under predominant High. Peak gates will open from the morning. Yesterday’s strong wind drifted snow and unstable cornices have drastically developed in Moiwa bowl and other western locations around 800m. Do not stimulate these newly formed cornices as they will collapse and potentially trigger a large avalanche. Most of the mountain is covered with a hard crust layer, mostly tracked out in the trees, tricky condition. Beware of loosing control, hitting trees and slip-drops.
Avalanche occurrences are not necessarily related to the amount of fresh snow, they will happen when the conditions allow. Shallow but fast running slides can easily occur if falling in steep slopes. Better not overestimate your skills; always be prudent. Spring full-depth avalanche hazard is rising in south facing strictly off-limits areas. Do not duck ropes to seek fresh snow. You may be loosing your pass or more. Have a nice day.
Official snow depth numbers and lift news at time of writing:
Well today the withdrawal symptoms will start to return as the snow makes a retreat again and instead leaves us with just a nice slightly sunny early March day. Temps start to return back to winter conditions so it will be below minus again.
The DT's will only last for today as from tomorrow we are most likely to have new snow falling and it may give us a treat every day for next week. It would be nice.
March already. Let it be a good one, come on let's break all snow records for March, ok? (Hope that works!)
OK, so this morning it's cloudy and on most of the mountain very foggy as well. On the upper slopes it looks like you won't be able to see the person in front of you so be careful out there. No doubt most people will be heading up top to try and find the best snow conditions as well so I expect it to be quite busy up there.
There is a chance of snow later on today/overnight, especially on the upper areas. I'll try not to get too excited and just fingers crossed there might be something to report tomorrow morning.
Not much else to report really this morning. Have a fun day wherever you are.
A very foggy and rather mild early morning in Shiga Kogen. Here from Maruike I can't see anything of any mountains at all. I have just come back from the Kumanoyu area and while it's still only 9am, it was very quiet... though there is a steady stream of cars and buses making their way past the window here now.
There's some snow on the local forecast and that is due later today. While we are headed into a colder spell, next snow after that due around Wednesday/Thursday.
Official snow depth data, as of Saturday 1st March 2014):
It seems to be getting a bit colder again since yesterday afternoon. It is -1C here in the base village area early this morning. Cloudy and hardly any wind.
There's a chance of some light snow later on or maybe tonight. After that, it will continue to get colder early week and a potentially decent looking cold front that might bring snow should be with us aroun Wednesday.
Official snow depths (1st March 14): Utopia: 295cm Chuo: 260cm Paradise: 290cm Uwanodai: 180cm Read more ...
Saturday 1st March 2014, 10:26am
Fog and mist
Please don't kill the messenger; I come bearing (no) good news.
Enough cliches; the weather remains poor in Myoko.
As a consolation, it happens this time of year - we might get some good snow again, and some rain at times, before finally settling in as nice spring snow. So look at the mist and fog (and that cold feeling when it's this wet and humid) as just a phase. At least we'll get some sun in the coming days, if not much fresh snow.
A wet and rainy day today in Minakami with light rain falling intermittently up to around 1500m.
It is expected to slowly turn into snow tonight with temperatures dropping. More snow is expected tomorrow morning.
The remainder of next week up until March 10th is looking promising with snow forecast every day except for Tuesday. Temps look set to drop back to winter-like from Thursday so we should get some quality snow for next weekend! All being well.