Snow and weather reports posted on Thursday 5th December 2019

Hakuba Now!

Tuesday 22nd January 2008, 8:25am
Weather conditions: Blue sky with some cloud around 1600m.
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Cloud cover hovered at around 1600m yesterday and temperatures stayed cold at around -2/3 through the day so any powder remaining (search hard, there's some there somewhere) should still be in good condition.

This morning we wake to a sprinkling of salt on the cars but no accumulation. Runs today will be groomed and fast. Blue skies with some cloud another one of those days. No turns top to bottom alpine race for beers anyone?

More snow and all-day below freezing temperatures forecast from tomorrow.

Backcountry Travel Advisory (same as at January 20th):

Recent low temperatures have not been helping to increase bonding at the interface between the January 12th rain crust and January 14th wind slab. New slab avalanches that have been observed on South and South East aspects in the alpine over the past few days are testament to the poor bonding. Winds at ridge top have been moderate North westerlies and strong enough to continue adding load to those wind slabbed lee slopes. Solar radiation on these Southern slopes is also a concern as snow around rocks, trees and steeper slopes warms up and possibly looses cohesion. Northern aspects will have less accumulated new snow on top of the January 12th rain crust and will be less likely to produce avalanches than southern slopes, but be aware that this will change rapidly with new snow fall also be aware that it will be easier to loose an edge and go for a long uncontrolled slide on top of the exposed rain crust. Clear skies, cool temperatures and calm winds over night will result in surface hoar frost to develop and possibly produce a weak layer under any new snow that may fall over the days coming.

Be very cautious in areas of wind slab, especially in larger terrain features at or above tree line. Constraining your routes to ridges and well supported slopes is the best course of action if traveling in the backcountry. If you have to travel in suspect areas use proper spacing between party members and regroup in safe areas. Be alert for tell tale signs of weak interfaces under the wind slab; Whoomphing, Shooting cracks and hollow sounds from under the hard wind slab while traveling.

Avalanche Hazard:

Alpine: Considerable
Tree Line: Considerable
Below Tree line: Moderate
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Nozawa Onsen Now!

Tuesday 22nd January 2008, 8:35am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Another snowless night has passed in Nozawa. It is still very cold and will be hard and fast today. Yesterday was quite icy in places. The next front is now due to come through on Wednesday and looks like it will have some good precipitation in it for us. Current snow depths will be updated later in the day.   Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Tuesday 22nd January 2008, 8:57am
Weather conditions: Sunny
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Sunny skies are prevailing today, with cold temperatures remaining and plummeting from the early afternoon again. Light snows maintained snow depths and powder consistency, but no heavy snows until Thursday it would seem.

The pick of the day is Madarao. The view of Myoko is outstanding, and the snow is still in good condition despite the continuous sunny weather.

Your Myoko area levels for today:
240cm (Akakura Kanko);
240cm (Akakura Onsen);
190cm (Ikenotaira);
270cm at the top, 130cm bottom (Suginohara);
220cm (Kumado Snowboard Park);
120cm (Pine Valley);
300cm (Seki Onsen);
115cm (Madarao Tangram Ski Circus);
105cm (Madarao Sympathique);
125cm (Madarao Kogen);
120cm (Cupid Valley);
220cm (Myoko Ski Park);
130cm (Togakushi);
160cm (Kurohime);
105cm (Iizuna);

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Naeba Now!

Tuesday 22nd January 2008, 9:14am
Weather conditions: Blue skies with occasional cloud
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
There was an icy wind yesterday that really made the first few runs of the day misery until the body had warmed up. Oh, and it produced a numb nose, which means not knowing if your nose is dripping. Nasty. The wind did also get quite strong a few times yesterday and so it was thought that this might change the weather - well not yet.

Yet again, a cold start to the day with -6 on the temperature gauge. Nice blue skies though with some light cloud lurking around the peaks. Expect excellent views at the top of the hills. Here's sitting patiently for this weeks snow, it better be good.   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Tuesday 22nd January 2008, 10:12am
Weather conditions: Cloud, intermittent snow.
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
We had another dream day yesterday in Niseko. After some heavy snowfall the previous night and during the morning the hill was again coated in super light, deep powder. The Miharashi Forrest was chest deep in many parts where the wind had blown in extra cover and offered the best riding for the day and great visibility considering the conditions. The peak area was somewhat wind packed but lower down the cover was waist deep and light. The Annupuri back bowls were also nicely filled in although visibility in all of the peak and upper mountian areas was low. The official Hirafu numbers don't reflect any new snowfall, infact it would suggest that the snow level has dropped at the base. However the avalanche report is noting 5cm of snow at the bottom of the mountain. Avalanche risk is low today.

There is a high pressure system dominating our weather today due to the low pressure cell to our north having backed off a bit. It still looks like a low psressure cell will develop over Honshu to tomorrow and grow to cover us bu Thurday. The charts have been steadily suggesting this for two days now so it's a good bet we will have high winds and snowfall by the end of the week.
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Furano Now!

Tuesday 22nd January 2008, 10:17am
Weather conditions: cloudy morning, periodic snow.
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
No fresh snow overnight.

Quality snow conditions again yesterday with excellent onpiste skiing. The areas of challenge and panorama for ungroomed runs have been tracked out and it needs some fresh snow for those bottomless turns again.

Kuma Otoshi is sheduled to open today at 11am and again at 2pm for 10 minutes each time. This is the first day in the last 2 weeks that Kuma has been open as a result of avalnache danger. Please remember that it is very prone to avalanches, and to respect the run and stay withing the designated boundaries as directed by ski patrol. If you don't know the runs history then it can be a little misleading. Be careful on Kuma.

Weather patters are predicting a big storm on Thursday, with strong winds and heavy snowfall expected.
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Minakami Now!

Tuesday 22nd January 2008, 12:18pm
Weather conditions: overcast
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Clear skies and cold temperatures this morning created a frost layer throughout the valley. It has since clouded over with a current temperature of 2 deg C and no wind.

The snow is still expected to roll in tomorrow evening becoming strong on Thursday and continuing through to Saturday morning. This should bring over 40cm of fresh snow to the upper mountains and set up the weekend for good snow conditions on and off pitse.

Clear skies throughout the night may have created a hoar frost in the upper mountains, so any new snow on top of thi layer will have to watched carefully. In general, warmer temperatures are allowing the snow to settle and the surfaces between weak layers to create better bonds. Still beware of steep South facing terrain, especially in the Alpine.

Avalanche Hazard:
Alpine: Considerable
Tree Line: Moderate
Below Tree line: Moderate   Read more ...

Yuzawa Now!

Tuesday 22nd January 2008, 12:51pm
Weather conditions: Cloud, sun, fine
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Yesterday felt colder than it actually was. Some snow falling at times but only sporadically. This morning started off fairly cold but around lunchtime it is around +3 degrees now, and so milder than things have been for the last week or so. Earlier on there was some sun in the sky as well with blue skies but it has clouded over somewhat since then... only thin wispy clouds for the most part and it remains bright.

No new snow to report overnight.

At the moment the forecast is looking like it should be cloudy tomorrow and similar conditions to today, but snow is lined up from Thursday through to the weekend so we can expect more snowfall before then.   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Tuesday 22nd January 2008, 12:59pm
Weather conditions: Cloud, fine
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
No new snow to report overnight apart from a very light sprinkling early on. Since then the clouds have largely cleared up and it is a fine day with quite a bit of blue sky and fine conditions to be out on the hills. It is another cold one and even though it has warmed up slightly in the sun, it is still cold and chilly out there and a fair bit below zero.

It may well cloud over once again later in the day and hopefully we might be in for snow by the end of tomorrow with snowfall on the forecast for Thursday onwards through the weekend.

Night operations today at the following resort areas:

- Ichinose Family
- Ichinose Diamond
- Kumanoyu   Read more ...

SnowJapan Daily 'Now' reports

Hakuba Now
05th Dec, 17:25pm
Furano Now
05th Dec, 9:50am
Naeba Now
05th Dec, 9:43
Zao Now
05th Dec, 9:34
Shiga Kogen Now
05th Dec, 9:05
Appi Kogen Now
05th Dec, 8:29
Nozawa Onsen Now
05th Dec, 8:23
Geto Kogen Now
05th Dec, 8:22
Aizu Bandai Now
05th Dec, 8:15
Yuzawa Now
05th Dec, 8:14
Niseko Now
05th Dec, 8:03am
Grandeco Now
04th Dec, 17:38am
Madarao Now
04th Dec, 9:09
Minakami Now
01st Dec, 13:47
Myoko Now
30th Nov, 11:01am