Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 30th May 2020

Yuzawa Now!

Thursday 24th January 2008, 8:12am
Weather conditions: Snow and strong winds
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Snow and strong winds it is this morning. While there isn't much snow on the ground yet, it is coming down fast now, coming in at 45 degrees.... if it continues like this all day we should have a fair bit of new snow by the end of the day.

All of Kagura (Tashiro-Mitsumata) is going to be closed for the day due to the weather conditions, as is Gala Yuzawa. Other lifts at other resorts may well be affected as well, so if you are planning to be in Yuzawa make sure to keep that in mind. If you are braving the slopes today, you will probably have them almost to yourself!

It is about -2 at the moment but the forecast is actually for it to get colder as the day progresses.

The snow and cold temperatures will probably continue all through today and into tomorrow as well, possibly beyond.


PM update:

I reckon that today has been the most winter-like of the season so far. Snow falling for most of the day and some very strong winds blowing it about has made for blizzard-like conditions on the slopes, in the town and on the roads.... traffic moving very slowly on Route 17 for parts of the day and some quite dangerous conditions out there.

It is still snowing and there are still some fair winds blowing the snow around but perhaps not as much as before.

The forecast has us down for an additional 20-30cm more of snow to fall from now to before the lifts start tomorrow. It looks like the winds should be much less tomorrow, but more snow forecast through the day and into the weekend.

You might need to wrap up and expect very snowy conditions, but we should be in for an excellent weekend!

(Please note, snow depths not updated since this morning)   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Thursday 24th January 2008, 8:32am
Weather conditions: Snowing
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Snow started yesterday morning and dumped through the day. Powder all afternoon and tracks were getting filled up while riding the lifts. Fresh tracks every run, can't beat that. About 20 cms of beautiful dry powder on the car in Echoland this morning and about 30 on the van in Wadano this morning...if you're in Hakuba or anywhere near it and reading this slap yourself a couple of times and get out there.

Snow depth will be updated later in the day after reports from ski-fields come in. Snow forecast through today and tomorrow...the next big dump we were waiting for is here.

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


Late morning:

Today has turned crazy. Huge winds came in, white-outs on the mountain and roads, lifts stopping, gondolas swinging like monkeys in trees. Huge amounts of new snow with waist-deep powder up on Goryu Alps Daira this morning. The new snow isn't bonding well and is slipping everywhere with snow slides down on to cat tracks witnessed on Happo and at Goryu. Early morning was great but a lot of people have called it a day now and gone back to coffee, onsens and DVD's. Be careful if riding of strong winds, getting stuck on stopped lifts, and terrible visibility. Stay safely on-piste; snow is sliding on faces, under trees, everywhere. Goryu gondola is stopped probably for the day.

Temperature is -5 in the valley now but taking wind into account in the low minus tens on top. Snow Base data is from Goryu Patrol as of this morning but doesn't seem at all to represent the amount of snow thats fallen which was probably more in the range of 30 cms at the base and 60 cms plus up top. Happo patrol again today just said heaps of snow strong winds its hard work. As yet unsure how much of that powder will stay on the pistes due to the wind. Expect more exact base data tomorrow morning and again when the storm settles down...for now we're leaving the patrol to worry about people on the mountain. Expect limited lift/gondola operation.
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Furano Now!

Thursday 24th January 2008, 8:34am
Weather conditions: storm day. snowing heavily, strong winds.
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Yesterday was another perfect blue sky day, with breathtaking views. Temperatures were quite warm in town, meaning a lot of snow melt, and the snow quality on mountain was also affected to mid mountain only. That means the higher slopes of Furiko, Panorama and Kuma were saved from the warmer conditions.

Snow overnight has bought 5cm+ of windblown snow to the village.

As predicted todays weather is stormy with strong winds. Heavy snowfall is a welcome change to the last few days, however strong winds mean that lift operations are limited.

At the moment, the gondola and ropeway are on wind hold. The only lift running at this stage is the Kitanomine beginner lift High Speed Quad 1.

On a day like this, it is so great that the Furano town is right down the hill. There is lots to do in town. You can visit the Cheese Factory, do some wine tastings at a few wineries in town, go ten pin bowling, there is a sports gym with pool in town if you want to stay active. Alternatively, there is also the option to head up to the onsens on Tokachidake.   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Thursday 24th January 2008, 9:06am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
It's snowing again in Nozawa. It has settled quite heavily on the ground and is coming down thick and fast. There is ten centimetres of new snow settled in town. The visibility is poor but it should be a good powder day up there today.

Yesterdays snow was a little disappointing, it seemed to be snowing much more in town than up on the mountain. Still, the five centimetres of wettish snow on icy base was much appreciated after a few snowless days. School groups are making up a large proportion of people up on the slopes at present. They are easy to spot in their bumblebee jump suits getting group lessons.   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Thursday 24th January 2008, 9:25am
Weather conditions: Cloudy, wind and snow.
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
After all the wonderful powder we have had for the last two weeks, yesterday was not up to par. Still there was good groomed skiing and tracked powder in the trees. The powder from the past has packed down so there is less of a snow pack than yesterday. There was a dusting of snow in the Village last night. The top lifts are all shut right now as is the King triple bubble and Hanazona. The wind is 20 meters per second on top. Skiing will still be good in protected areas but there will not be a lot of powder.

Snow is forecast for the next several days with continued cold temperatures and reduced winds. Looks like it will be a tough day today with better conditions around the corner.
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Myoko Now!

Thursday 24th January 2008, 9:32am
Weather conditions: Blizzard
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
The present snowfall rate at Myoko Akakura is 2 to 3cm per hour with high winds. Suginohara has high winds at the top of the piste but all Myoko area lifts are operating. High horizontal gusts are also at the bottom. The blizzard is only supposed to last for the day, with light snows continuing throughout the week.

The pick of the day is Togakushi: the visibility is somewhat bearable, but it did get its share of the blizzard's snow this morning.

Your Myoko area levels for today:
230cm (Akakura Kanko);
235cm (Akakura Onsen);
190cm (Ikenotaira);
280cm at the top, 140cm bottom (Suginohara);
230cm (Kumado Snowboard Park);
130cm (Pine Valley);
280cm (Seki Onsen);
150cm (Madarao Tangram Ski Circus);
130cm (Madarao Sympathique);
140cm (Madarao Kogen);
130cm (Cupid Valley);
220cm (Myoko Ski Park);
125cm (Togakushi);
150cm (Kurohime);
115cm (Iizuna);
130cm (Iizuna Kogen)

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Shiga Kogen Now!

Thursday 24th January 2008, 9:35am
Weather conditions: Snow + strong winds
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Mid-winter blizzard conditions this morning in Shiga Kogen. There are some very strong winds blowing about and snow falling fast, it is pretty wild out there and the weather conditions are affecting resort operations - limited areas of Shiga Kogen are open this morning as parts of the resort close and if conditions change this situation may also change. However it is looking like it will be similar conditions throughout the day and so expect the slopes that are open to be rather empty today as most people probably decide to do other things. (Those Snow Monkeys might be very popular today!)

Perhaps surprisingly it isn't quite as cold temperature-wise, but it feels it with the strong biting winds. Not too nice out there, but if it leaves behind a good new cover of fresh snow then we can cope!

More snow forecast into the weekend, so conditions should be excellent once the winds die down.

Night operations today at the following resort areas (provisional!):

- Ichinose Diamond   Read more ...

Minakami Now!

Thursday 24th January 2008, 9:39am
Weather conditions: overcast and snowing
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Yesterday the snow started up around mid day after a few days of warmer weather. It was falling lightly until around 20:00 and then stopped, amounting to around 5cm.

Strong winds in the valley this morning have closed Tenjindaira and are battering the upper mountains. The snow has also started up again and is coming down at a rate of 3cm/hour but is not getting much of a chance to settle because of the wind.

Tomorrow looks like the winds will ease a bit. The snow is forecast to continue through to Sunday which should make for some great riding on the weekend.

Warmer temperatures over the last couple of days have enabled settling of the snow pack. The temperatures have almost been too warm with some glide cracks opening up on exposed steep terrain. Some sluffs were witnessed on North slopes. The current combination of strong Northerly winds and snow will once again be loading South faces, scouring ridges and creating more brittle wind slab. Caution should be exercised over the next few days with the accummulation of the forecast snow on wind slab.

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

Naeba Now!

Thursday 24th January 2008, 11:02am
Weather conditions: stormy
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
It snowed 400cm over night. Whoops, no it didnt - if you believe that then you probably believe in a large rotund guy in a red and white entourage that loiters around on peoples roofs - sometime around 3 or 4 days after the winter solstice every year.

It did snow though - a nice change from the spartan attitude of these supposed-to-be snowy mountains of recent days. There's about 35cm on the floor outside with moderately stormy conditions - and just to prove me wrong on the 'moderately' a gale has just whipped around outside and blown a bunch of chairs over. All the gondolas are closed at Naeba including the transport hub (The 'Dragondola') to Tashiro, and in fact Kagura in its entirety is closed today.

Looks like this storm is settling in for the next day or so, so here we go, better get busy and dust of those snow scoops and shovels.

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