Snow and weather reports posted on Friday 10th April 2020
Sunday 24th December 2006, 7:20am
Rain turned into snow last night at the village level and this morning we have 2-3 cm of fresh snow. At altitudes above 1200m it was snowing for most of the night bringing around 20cm of much needed snow.
It is currently overcast with a light Westerly wind but it forecasted to clear and become a sunny day.
The pick of mountains in Minakami is still Tenjin with 3 lifts open and a 60cm base. For families Houdaigi is a good option, with the family run being open.
It looks like it is going to get warmer again but fingers crossed for more snow during the following week.
It couldn't really get it together to snow properly yesterday, but overnight came strong winds, creaking and banging doors and the snow.
A chilly start this morning, -4 degrees at village level with a very strong, gusty wind. The kind of wind that will likely keep them from opening the top quad at kagura, and the Naeba gondolas. Nothing reported from Naeba or kagura yet though...
The ground is covered with snow but it is hard to say exactly how much because it is has been blown about. Some areas have 2cm, some have 7cm.
Cold, severe wind chill and poor visibility VS the security and luxurious warmth of your sleeping haven?
The snow arrived as predicted yesterday and hasn't stopped yet. We have had about 10cm of great powder down in town in the last 24hours and its still coming. The mountain should be brilliant this morning....can't wait to get up there.
The temps have dropped a bit as well, -6 at the moment, and the predicted maximum for today is -3.
Yesterday’s snowfall of approximately 15 cms did not continue through the night at the same pace, but has left a nice fresh layer for those wanting to get out early. Overnight we received about another 10cm on top of yesterday's good falls. The sky is clearing and it looks to be a great day on the mountain.
Talking to the locals, this is one of the slower starts to a season here in Niseko. We haven't seen this little December snow since 1997/8 season, which still ended up being a bumper season btw; thats not to say that there isn’t enough snow right now and I’m sure the builders who are tying up loose ends on their projects are appreciative of this. All in all, everyone is happy, especially the first big arrivals of the season last night from Australia.
Chitose airport was closed for a few hours yesterday in the middle of the day but thankfully all flights arrived and guests are now happily carving up the powder albeit a little tired from the extra hours waiting in holding patterns above Hokkaido or being diverted to other airports. Its all been worth it the waiting!
With most lifts open, and the Christmas/New Year rush on its way, fresh tracks are going to be harder to find towards the end of the day and its recommended to look further afield.
The weather is going to stay moderate with no immediate snowfalls on the agenda as a high pressure system sits above Hokkaido for the next couple of days. Hope you’ve got the egg-nog a-brewing, the presents under the tree and the carols playing in the background. Merry Christmas from the Niseko Now team in Hirafu. Read more ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Sunday 24th December 2006, 10:13am
Once again a misty and partly cloudy day in Nozawa. The snow that was expected yesterday largely didn’t eventuate: We received a consistent light dusting on the mountain that helped maintain the current snow depth but no significant amount. There was a light rain in the village throughout the day and evening. The visibility is varying from good to poor as clouds come and go across the mountain. Yamabiko at the moment has poor visibility while lower, at Uenotaira, is quite clear. The temperatures are colder today; at the top it is currently –6C and at the Nagasaka bottom gondola terminal 0C.
The forecast is still for light snow on the mountain all day today, but no good news until at least after Tuesday with on and off cloudy weather Monday and Tuesday morning and moderate to heavy rain Tuesday afternoon and evening. Read more ...
Sunday 24th December 2006, 11:05am
Cloud, light snow at higher levels
After the rain of yesterday we were hoping for some snowfall at town level overnight... there was a sprinkling up top (and up to 5cm or so in Naeba), but no new snow to report in Yuzawa town this morning.
At the moment it is cloudy and actually quite bright - it looks like the sun might even make an appearance soon. It's fairly cold and it will probably only rise to around +4 degrees today.
It looks like tomorrow is going to be fine and sunny and warmer than today.
The Joetsu Kokusai resort just to the north of Yuzawa are today opening one course in the Atema section - this will be for hotel guests only, and only for today.
A look over at the forecast shows that the next likely snow is lined up for Friday (29th) and Saturday (30th). The New Year period is usually one of the busiest of the year and so everyone around here is getting increasingly anxious for the snow to fall and everywhere to be able to open before then.
To highlight the currently lack of snow situation, today on the news it mentioned Okutadami Maruyama - the resort about an hours drive to the north of the Yuzawa area. Okutadami usually has around three meters of snow around this time of the year - currently there is just 70cm. (The resort is currently open by the way). Read more ...
Sunday 24th December 2006, 11:14am
Sky: overcast (i.e. 100% cloud cover) at 0700 hrs. The cloud ceiling was at about 1,200 m a.s.l. (metres above sea level)
Skies are totally overcast down to 1200m this morning, with light snow fall up top, high winds and limited visibility. Temps are slightly below zero.
Traces of new snow may have softened the icy conditions of yesterday, and Tsugaike, Happo One and Hakuba 47 are probably the best places to be on this Christmas Eve.
Don't forget, Happo One, Hakuba 47 and Hakuba Goryu are giving away free lift tickets for those in a Santa get-up or an exceptionally cute reindeer costume.You will not pass as Rudolf with just a red nose!
Hakuba Goryu is still limiting lift operation below although the top lifts are now open for business. Hakuba 47 is almost at a full operational level with the help of snow making. Tsugaike, Happo, Kashimayari and Iwatake are all open today with minimal lift operation. Hakuba Cortina, Hakuba Norikura and Hakuba San Alpina are all on standby and will open when snow conditions allow.
Backcountry Advisory: With limited upper level observations we are calling the "HAZARD" "Moderate". Discussion: high winds yesterday had the Goryu Lift Company cease operation of their upper lifts. The wind was coming in light to moderate gusts in the Hime Kawa valley floor. The height of new snow (HN) observed at 0700 hrs. at 830 m a.s.l. (metres above sea level) was a trace (i.e. less than one centimetre). The height of snow on the ground (HS) at the same observation site (830 m a.s.l. in the Hira Kawa valley, right across fromn the Hakuba 47 lift base) was a trace. The air temperature (Ta) was -1C. This morning from the upper lift accessable terrain there were reports of light snow fall (S -1: snow falling so as to accumulate less than one centimetre an hour), high winds from the North-west ("high" winds usually mean more than 40 kilometres per hour and at this speed drifts will form. With the foot penetration (PF) of 40 cm observed three days ago at 1,700 m a.s.l. on a South-west forested exposure (Hiyodori Mine) there is plenty of snow available for transportation. I would suspect that soft slabs are forming at and above tree-line and maybe below, depending on the aspect. The temperature was reported as "not very cold". Wind chill is another bag of snakes altogether.
N.B. Late breaking report: 1100 hrs., a trained snow observer has just called in a report of 3 cm of HN at 1,580 m a.s.l., i.e. the top tof the Tsuga Ike Gondola Station. Read more ...
Shiga Kogen Now!
Sunday 24th December 2006, 11:17am
It's a cold morning and there was another sprinkling of snow overnight. There was a lot of cloud earlier on and a fair bit of fog hanging around but the fog has moved on and the clouds breaking up a little so it seems. Let's just call it cloudy for now. The forecast has us down for some possible snow later on today, so lets hope that is right.
Seasons greetings to everyone! (Look out for Santa on the slopes if you are visiting the area) Read more ...