Snow and weather reports posted on Wednesday 20th January 2021
Wednesday 21st March 2012, 6:34am
It did cloud over yesterday and in the afternoon snow started falling. And the good news this morning is that there is 10cm or so of new snowfall down at town level - and there will be more on the slopes no doubt. Got to make it an early report today and so the numbers below haven't been updated, but the forecast is for snow today and a high of just around +1. Right now at around 6:30am it is -2 and a moderate wind blowing which may well affect some lifts at resorts. Best to check the Naeba Now report a bit later on and the resorts themselves if you plan on coming.
With the new snowfall again, should be pretty decent out there today.
Tomorrow looks like it will be sunny and then Friday looks like we might see rain, but that will soon be followed by snow into Saturday and over the weekend.
Good morning, and a good one it is too as it still feels like winter here in Niseko. At the moment, the snow is falling very heavily. I would even go as far as to say it is "dumping". We saw about 15cm overnight last night. At the rate it is snowing now there will be another 5cm before the chairs even open! Last night was an amazing one at Grand Hirafu for night skiing. The Triple King Hooded Lift was closed most of the day and had collected about 25-30cm of fresh within the entire proximity of the lift. This allowed for some awesome surfy snow.
Yesterday we saw high winds and lots of it. There was some snow but it was on and off for the most part. The wind was definitely the most dominant weather factor.
As we get more and more snow the avalanche danger is growing. Most leeward slopes are very heavily loaded and cornices will be a big problem. All south facing slopes on lower elevations have a terrible crust for bonding and are having trouble containing the new snowfall. Personally, I would say it is not a good idea to go on anything steep and in the backcountry. Slopes as little as 35 degrees have had a hard time holding their new snow layer.
With that said, there's plenty of fresh snow out there. It's still possible to fully emerge yourself in the winter here at the moment, have a great day!
Grand Hirafu / Hanazono: Top - 430cm Bottom - 210cm
Niseko Village: Top - 450cm Bottom - 200cm
Annupuri: Top - 480cm Bottom - 200cm
Niseko Avalanche Report:
Niseko base 6am: -5C, 15cm of broken particle snowfall and notable snowdrifts development in the past 12hours. Coastal data: WNW16m/s at Benkei cape, 2.6m waves and 1004hPa at Kamui cape. Annupuri peak: NW17.6m/s, -12.9C. Snowfall transition: The isobars are still tightly lined-up and a strong westerly wind & snow is persisting now for more than 48hours. Cornices have grown big, up to 200-250cm in 1000m leeward slopes. The wind remains at 15m/s at sea level, 18m/s at 1000m altitude. Wind affected snow slabs (snowdrifts) of up to 100cm are found in some leeward slopes above 800m. Hazard evaluation: Avalanche risk is extreme. The slabs are yet to stabilize and are highly likely to slide in large areas. Caution: Highly recommended to avoid gullies and valley bottoms today. Cornices and knolls are very unstable and should not be stimulated. DO NOT duck ropes and step out of bounds. Gates: main gates will be kept closed for the sake of all resort users. The conditions will turn better soon. Have a safe day. Read more ...
Wednesday 21st March 2012, 8:57am
Lovely blue skies this morning and to add to that, we have 10-15cm of fresh snow on the ground as well. It's going to be a fine day.
A coldish start to the morning but tomorrow is forecast to be warmer and bring with it similar conditions, perhaps a bit more cloud than we are seeing now. Then after that Friday is a tough one to call --- rain lower down and snow higher up, or just later on? It's not clear but over the weekend we are due to get more fresh snow again.
It's almost hard to believe this, but Madarao Kogen will only be open for another 12 days or so this season - 1st April is the planned last day of the 11/12 season. (And that's no April Fools joke!) Anyway, here are the plans for the resort as they stand for the rest of the season:
Sunday 25th March: Last day of operation for No5, No11, No12, No13, No15 lifts as well as Snow Rafting, Zip Line and Sky Trampoline
Wednesday 28th March: Last day of operations for No3A lift
Sunday 1st April: Last day of the season
Lifts currently operating: All lifts and runs due to be open today Official snow depth: 260cm Read more ...
Wednesday 21st March 2012, 9:04am
Light snow, cloud
Good (snow) news this morning. After the snow started to fall later in the day yesterday, this morning we have 10-20cm or so to play in this morning. 10-15cm here in Naeba and up to 20cm at Kagura.
Well, we would have if the places would be open. Wind is affecting operations. Limited operations at Naeba and Kagura early on - at Kagura, Mitsumata Ropeway to Kagura No1 lift is open. At Tashiro it is open to the Kagura connecting course, so it seems.
Light snow continues to fall and the forecast is for it on and off today. It's a really good cold morning as well and so the snow conditions out on the slopes should keep really good.
Looking forward. Warmer tomorrow, rain (lower) / snow (upper) on Friday, and then decent snowfall forecast for the weekend. Winter blasts are not over yet, oh no.
Resort Operations, 21st March (subject to change) Naeba: Limited due to wind early on. Kagura: Limited due to wind early on Official snow depths Naeba: 280cm Kagura: 380cm
Some snow to report this morning in Shiga Kogen as conditions continue to bounce around and change quickly. The roads have a nice new layer of snow, but it has eased off this morning and actually the sun is out casting big shadows in the Maruike area of Shiga Kogen as I write this report. It's keeping really cold as well with temperatures down into the minus double digits. It was windy overnight but I would say that we got at least 10cm of snow and probably a fair bit more on some of the slopes. Conditions should be good this morning.
It might get slightly milder tomorrow and Friday, but after that we can look forward to more snow topups over the weekend and beyond into next week.
All looking really encouraging actually as winter doesn't give up on us yet!
Nighta operations this evening planned at the following resort area:
- Ichinose Family
Official resort snow depths as of Wednesday 21st March 2012 AM:
Well, yesterday I said that we were expecting clearer conditions for today... but it's not clearer at all. In fact, I can't see much of the mountain at all. Pretty similar to yesterday in that respect. A bit more snowfall as well to keep the slopes topped-up. I was out there yesterday and found some really nice conditions in many parts of the resort. Utopia and Paradise were especially good.
It might get slightly milder tomorrow and Friday but into Saturday we can expect a decent amount of fresh snowfall again and snow falling over the weekend too. Should be a good one!
A few lifts seems to have closed for the season now including the Kurohime No2 quad, Utopia No1 pair and Onsen No3 Parallel AB. This doesn't really affect the course area of Zao that is open though and we still have tons of snow around of course.... it's just one of the things that happens when we get into proper "spring ski" mode.
Official snow depths (21st March 12) Utopia - 260cm Chuo - 220cm Paradise - 240cm Uwanodai - 165cm
Operating lifts (21st March 12) All Ropeways (Skycable, Zao Chuo Ropeway, Zao Ropeway) operating. Most lifts operating. All the runs at Zao scheduled to be open. Read more ...
Wednesday 21st March 2012, 10:09am
Cloud, breaks in cloud and sun
Resorts around the village and Otari this morning are reporting new snowfall - 10cm on the upper slopes at Goryu, 5-10cm at 47, 10-15cm at Cortina... a nice topup to see conditions remain decent out there today. Snow was falling until around 7:30am this morning and there was some snow down on the ground as well - that has been drying up as the clouds make clearings and some blue sky is appearing. Looks like it will end up being a fine and perhaps generally sunny day.
Last night temperatures dipped to around -4 degrees in the village and right now are around -2 degrees with a high of perhaps +1 later on, so conditions should keep good for the day.
It doesn't look like the same can be said about tomorrow as we are going to see it get much warmer - up to around +7 degrees in the daytime. We are likely to see rain in the village on Friday as well but there's more positive news with snow likely from Friday to Monday on the mountains and potentially a decent amount of snow coming down from the skies as well. Hopefully by Saturday we will also be seeing snowfall lower down in the village as well. You know the drill - fingers crossed etc.
Official snow depths and operations @ Wednesday 21st March 2012 AM:
Hakuba Goryu: 10cm of new snowfall on the upper slopes this morning (0cm lower slopes). All lifts and runs scheduled to be open today. Official snow depths: Alps daira - 260cm; Toomi - 140cm; Iimori - 100cm
Hakuba 47: 5-10cm of new snowfall at 47 this morning. All courses open, all lifts except Line D operating. Official snow depth: Upper - 235cm Lower - 155cm
Happo-one: Ski lifts/courses: All lifts apart from Usagidaira, Happo No1 pair, Central pair and Shirakaba No1 moving today. Official snow depth: Usagidaira - 210cm; Sakka - 70cm; Nakiyama - 80cm.
There were many smiles on faces yesterday as people reported skiing waist deep powder and getting fresh tracks all day. Not too many ventured out, which meant that if you did go out you were rewarded very very well.
The good news continues with another 15cm of fresh snow falling since yesterday. The morning started off with sun and blue skies but the cloud rolled in early morning. Powder conditions are absolutely fantastic today and once again there aren't too many people out there taking advantage of the snow.
The Spies Course in Furano Zone will be closed on March 25 for ski competions.
March 25 is the final day of the season for the Kitanomine Zone. The proposed closing date for Furano Zone is May 6. Read more ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Wednesday 21st March 2012, 14:56pm
Another decent dump in Nozawa overnight and blue skies today. Life does not get much better!
We stumbled home from the Nakao concert last night and the snow was falling gracefully from the sky. Was beautiful with all the candles in the snow and the sake buzz added to the affect.
Woke up to a decent driveway clear and over boot deep powder on the slopes with zero crowds. The base is back up to near the 4-meter mark. Like every year always amazes me, March is often so good yet almost no-one turns up. Even stranger this year with so much snow on offer. Not that we are complaining too much, more untracked runs for the keen!
Looks like we are in for a blue bird start to the day tomorrow. Friday we might get to see rain in the village but hopefully it will be snow up on the mountain, and then over the weekend and into next week we should see snow fall as well.
Current Official Snow Depths Numbers:
Current Lift operations: Whole resort is operational
Nice light powder overnight, and a sunny day on which to enjoy it. It is really nice out there today; rain is coming in the days ahead, but it's a good time to be a snow slider in Myoko. Nice to get some fresh white stuff on snow walls that are getting a little tatty....
Snow on the ground when we woke this morning after a decent snowfall last night. Another 10cms on top of the snow that fell the day before. The only fly in the ointment is the strong wind that has been gusting and has affected lift operations. It has also made visibility a challenge from time to time.
It is supposed to clear up tomorrow though it will close in again and be more snow/rain through the weekend with colder temperatures on Sunday onwards. Read more ...