Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 6th May 2019
Sunday 24th February 2013, 7:55am
Sorry about yesterday - a little glitch on my side (an iPhone that refused to send, while on a break from having too much fun in a lot of new snow). The report was written though, it just didn't 'go' unfortunately.
Anyway after a nice, sunny Friday, the snow really turned on yesterday, with -- what should we say? 50cm? 70cm? I was skiing in it, so I'm allowed some hyperbole.
Then the stars came out last night, lulling some into thoughts of another sunny day - but no!
Another 30 cm or so again today. To say that snow conditions will be excellent today would be an understatement.
Operations and official snow depths (mostly from yesterday)
There is moderate snow falling in the village here in Nozawa Onsen this morning. It remained clear for most of last night and everyone subsequently went to bed not expecting too much in the morning. However, in typical Nozawa style we have been surprised with a 30cm overnight fall.
Skiing and boarding across the resort today will be good with cold temperatures. Visibility will be a bit limited, especially up high and there are strong winds about the peaks. Head for the trees to seek out improved definition as the light is very flat. Weekend crowds will track out most obvious areas fast so best get up there early.
It's an early report today but lifts on the mountain may well be affected today, especially upper areas.
Yesterday was yet another great day on the mountain. The Nozawa Onsen snow festival is on this weekend so whilst it is more crowded than usual if you skied the lower areas first up, then moved high, lift lines were easy to avoid.
We saw mixed weather conditions yesterday. The perfect magic foot of powder brought excellent skiing early, especially with clearing partly cloudy skies offering good visibility. After some sun we saw a couple more light snow showers in the afternoon before clearing once more.
We should see snow showers continue the remainder of today and we even expect light snows tomorrow morning. On Tuesday we still expect a beautiful clear day. Looking further ahead we should see mixed conditions with even a few warmer days, but who could complain considering the consistent excellent conditions w'’ve had lately.
Lifts operating: MAY CHANGE DUE TO STRONG WINDS DURING THE DAY
Courses open: All courses open except Grand Prix Kandahar East Kandahar West
Yet another 30cm of snow this morning, but also strong winds. Only the Mitsumata bit of Kagura is open I'm afraid, so greatly limiting up there for the Sunday folk making the trip.
The only compensation being that there should be tons of fresh and particularly spectacular snow up there.
(Ignore the official snow depth numbers and lack of increases!)
20-30cm here in Naeba and the Gondolas and top lifts are on hold here too.
So, all limited today. Things should calm down a bit tomorrow and then clearer conditions due Tuesday.
Apparently I am hearing that the Kanetsu Expressway is closed from Tsukiyono in Gunma to Shiozawa Ishiuchi in Niigata and so if you are on the way up and reading this and planning on coming through to Yuzawa, know that you'll be getting off at Tsukiyono.
Official resort snow depth: Naeba - 320cm Kagura - 390cm Read more ...
Sunday 24th February 2013, 8:55am
It's a cold morning here with the temperature at around -10C degrees. We have just over 5cm or so of fresh snowfall to add to our numbers and keep the runs fresh. Perhaps not enough to fill in all of the tracks made in the busy day that was yesterday of course, but better than none.
It's cloud and light snow this morning again and those winds are messing with lifts again on the mountain. Top lifts at all four resort areas are not moving at the moment. In addition, the Niseko Gondola at Niseko Village and the Annupuri Gondola are also closed. Most other lifts seem to be moving this morning but there's some winds of up to 20m/s up there.
Latest forecasts show the snow easing off sometime tomorrow to be followed by some clearer skies and likely milder conditions from Tuesday.
Official Resort Snow Depths
Grand Hirafu & Niseko Hanazono Top - 510cm Bottom - 240cm
Niseko Annupuri Top - 380cm Bottom - 240cm
Niseko Village Top - 430cm Bottom - 245cm
Niseko base 6am: -11C, 5cm of crystal snow. Moiwa 800m: moderate westerly wind and 5cm of new snow. Annupuri peak: NNW9.5m/s, 16.8C. Coastal data: NNE8m/s, 0.7m waves and 1010hPa. Annupuri 1000m snowpack: 375cm.
A low-pressure band is approaching, mild wind and light development of snowdrifts. Avalanche risk is lowering. Peak gates are scheduled to open at 10am, however may close depending on the coming weather. The surface is difficult to see and cracks are opening everywhere; beware of falling into them. Avalanches occur when the conditions allow and are not necessarily dependent on the amount of snowfall. Avalanches are natural phenomena that only becomes a problem is a person is involved in it. A winter-mountain will never be 100% safe.
According to the snowfall transition, observations and data evaluation, the slabs are stabilizing, however slides are still to be highly expected in slopes with cornices and knolls in Kozannosawa (Backbowl), Osawa (Annupuri bowl), Mikaeri area (Moiwa bowl) and Higashione. Better not stimulate suspicious slopes and/or stop at the bottom of the valleys. Ask the ski patrol for advice and use gates to step out of bounds. Be safe, enjoy and have a nice day. Read more ...
Shiga Kogen Now!
Sunday 24th February 2013, 9:01am
Pretty wild conditions here this morning with snow coming down and strong winds. The strong winds mean that it's limited operations out there. At the time of writing the following areas are closed:
Higashitateyama Mammoth Nishitateyama upper area Ichinose Family Terakoya
It doesn't seem quite as wild now compared with a little earlier and so I think we can expect some of those to open once they sort out the snow and/or if the winds ease off. Other resort areas have limited lifts running.
I think some people might be taking the trip to the Monkeys down below or taking a leisurely onsen this morning with the conditions as they are. For a Sunday I expect it to be quiet out there. For those that do venture out, fresh untouched powder awaits.
Nighta operations planned for tonight at the following resort areas, depending on weather: Ichinose Family
Official resort snow depths as of Sunday 24th February 2013 AM:
Snow and more snow. And wind. It continues to snow. Since yesterday up to 50cm being reported (Cortina), with an average of up to 30cm around the village. It's certainly coming down this weekend. The trees are laden with snow and we feel right slap bang in the middle of winter. Let this feeling continue, especially as we are fast approaching March.
Wind is affecting resorts. Happo is basically only lower lifts this morning as I write this, and the top lifts at Goryu are also on hold. Cortina has it's Number 4 and 5 lifts closed and related courses, due to avalanche risk, so all the goodies out there aren't accessible this morning. Hakuba 47 seems like it has most of it's area open this morning and so perhaps a good choice in terms of open terrain.
It's -7 degrees at village level with a moderate wind here and it doesn't look like it's going to calm down much for the day today.
Very dangerous avalanche conditions with all this new snow piling up. Please see yesterdays message and do take care.
The storm should begin easing off tomorrow and if you are keen to see the sun, Tuesday might be a good idea to get up there. Possible bluebird.
Official snow depths and operations @ Sunday 24th February 2013 AM:
Hakuba Goryu: 15-25cm of new snowfall reported by Hakuba Goryu. Official snow depths: Alps daira - 330cm; Toomi - 165cm; Iimori - 150cm
Hakuba 47: 20-30cm of new snowfall reported by Hakuba 47. Official snow depth: Upper - 290cm Lower - 190cm
We're in the middle of a classic Yuzawa snow storm at the moment. The snow came down yesterday and just continued. Difficult to put a number on it but at least another 30cm to move from cars this morning. Resorts around town reporting similar numbers.
Unfortunately we've got some strong winds blowing things around as well. Strong enough to affect resorts and here's the latest...
Kagura: Only the Mitsumata part of Kagura is open. All of Tashiro and the main 'Kagura part of Kagura' (!) is closed.
Naeba: Gondolas and top lifts closed
Yuzawa Kogen: Closed
GALA Yuzawa: Closed
All of the other resorts seem to be ok if you're willing and able to brave the weather conditions! Which is snow, wind and poor visibility.
Tomorrow should see less extreme conditions though we might still get some snow falling. If they open up the lifts that are closed, then deep powder awaits.
Tuesday onwards looks to clearing conditions and perhaps some calm and sunny skies.
It did continue snowing yesterday into the afternoon when we actually got some clearer skies for a while. Didn't last for too long though as this morning there's an additional 20cm or so of snow on the ground and Madarao Kogen is reporting up to 30cm on the slopes. Excellent.
It's pretty much white-out conditions now though with very little to see at all. As far as I can tell, lifts are moving or at least plan to be moving. The resort's latest update at 9:22am shows all of the tree runs and a few lifts still being 'prepared' to be open, so hopefully they can.
Extra care needed today. As I said you can see almost nothing out there. Don't smash into a tree and I would recommend staying to areas you know. Have fun but take care.
This latest front should be over by tomorrow and calm will return by Tuesday.
Lifts planned to be operating: Number 1 Number 2 Number 3 Super quad Number 5 Number 11 Number 12 Number 15 Kids Park --- FreeRide Park Powder Wave I Powder Wave II Usagi Riverline Powder Theater Adventure Read more ...
Sunday 24th February 2013, 10:05am
It's whiteout here in Zao this morning. Crazy wind blowing about at least 20cm of fresh since yesterday.
Limited operations this morning on the mountain, with Utopia and Kurohime areas closed and the chance of others during the day. It doesn't look like it's going to let up.
Once this storm passes, going to be awesome conditions. Late February sometimes brings us a mixed bag, but we are ending February this year in style. Just a shame for the people here for the day today and not able to use all the mountain and not see much of anything at all.
The snow really hit Furano hard yesterday, blanketing the whole town in anywhere from 10 to 20cm in the heavier snow bands. There are still a few flurries lingering around out there, but all the nasty winter weather subsided overnight, leaving in its a wake a frigid air mass that saw overnight lows plummeting towards the -20C mark.
There are a few breaks in the cloud, and things have warmed up significantly from this morning. It's currently -6 with light winds out of the North/Northeast, but nothing too harsh hitting you in the face on those windward runs. Weather-wise, today is shaping up to be a nice and quiet Sunday, but it's almost nice to have a break after all the snow that fell yesterday. Read more ...