Snow and weather reports posted on Friday 17th April 2020
Friday 25th January 2013, 8:03am
Just a dusting of snow so far up top but it's all to happen from now with heavier snow and strong winds forecast to kick in from this afternoon. If that happens, lifts might be affected. And we can expect that tomorrow too.
Right now here in Naeba it's just cloudy actually but like I said the forecast is for things to quickly turn mid winter on us and we are hopefully for a decent amount over the next 48 hours. I'll look forward to tomorrows report.
Official resort snow depth: Naeba - 210cm Kagura - 350cm
Right now it is -2C in the valley and it doesn't seem to want to warm up any either. It was cold overnight and there will be some icy conditions on the slopes so take care out there.
From later on today we can expect potentially heavy snowfall - with strong winds. Looks like we can expect an another great weekend of fresh snow but those strong winds may affect lifts. Read more ...
Friday 25th January 2013, 9:16am
Wow it's a very snowy morning here in Hakuba.
It started snowing late afternoon/early evening yesterday and it has obviously been busy at it overnight.
How much has fallen?
Asking a few people around different areas of the Hakuba and Otari region this morning and you'll get different numbers. I would say about 40cm here in a rather central location, but I have also been told 30cm and up to even 50cm by some excited friends. Take your pick. Basically, a lot.... and it is still falling now and not looking like it wants to stop. Snow of the heavier variety from where I'm looking.
As for the resorts, Hakuba 47 are reporting 30cm of new snowfall at the base of the resort. Happo-one are reporting an increase of 30cm at Usagidaira this morning. Goryu have yet to update their report - perhaps snowed in! I'll try to update that later on when they get it updated. Tsugaike have increased their base snow depth by 50cm and Cortina are reporting 40cm on upper slopes.
So anyway, heavy snow continues to fall, clouds and fog and poor visibility. For now though only a slight wind in the village but stronger winds on the mountain. Bit of confusion regarding lifts. Strong winds affecting lifts at 47/Goryu as the time of writing and Cortina is only part open. Happo seems to be pretty much open as planned though we can perhaps expect some lifts to be operating at reduced speed.
And surprisingly it's not too cold either in the village this morning, about -3 right now at Happo base. Temperature up at Usagidaira at 1400m is -6.8C with an average NE wind speed of 2.4m/s.
This heavy and ongoing new snowfall on top of the weak upper snowpack will have greatly increased avalanche hazard. Staying within resort boundaries is highly recommended in these conditions. Don't take big risks - stay safe and take care out there. There is a ton of fun to be had on the resorts with more than enough fresh snow for everyone.
This storm is due to continue through today and tomorrow, perhaps into Sunday but generally calmer conditions forecast.
Official snow depths and operations @ Friday 25th January 2013:
Hakuba Goryu: 25cm of new reported on lower slopes and up to 40cm on upper slopes from Hakuba Goryu this morning. Official snow depths: Alps daira - 300cm; Toomi - 160cm; Iimori - 130cm
Hakuba 47: 30cm of new snowfall reported at base by Hakuba 47 this morning - surely more higher up. Official snow depth: Upper - 255cm Lower - 170cm
Updated at 11am with Goryu information.... 25cm-40cm reported by the resort. Read more ...
Friday 25th January 2013, 9:26am
Snow, occasionally sunny patches in the morning
The snow did in fact start to fall last night and into the morning, although the sun is shining just as I write this. Maybe 10-15 cm so far—not enough to fire up the snowthrower just yet; we'll wait for more before doing a proper clean-up (the newspaper man didn't have to wade in to make the delivery, which is my main concern for the early morning; be kind to your neighbors, right?).
The wind is starting to pick up form the north, and the forecast is for a pretty windy Saturday. I just heard that they cancelled the hydrofoil ferry to Sado, which usually means some strong wind and waves coming. So we're still waiting a bit, but the weather looks ready to give us a pretty good refill of fresh snow over the weekend.
I have some new snow to report. Yes, about 10cm or so of it. It started snowing in the evening yesterday. We're still not back into prime Niseko weather though as it's very mild this morning. Above zero in fact, and currently the resort is saying +2C at base though down to around -8C up top.
10cm is good to report but that's on top of conditions we had until today and so not enough to cover up the harder conditions underneath it. Extra care needed as looks can be deceiving. Hopefully we'll get a decent amount today.
Until not long ago it was just being generally grey and overcast this morning but I'm happy to report that it has started snowing once again and that the forecast is for the weather conditions to 'deteriorate' as the day goes on. Heavy snow is expected which of course is great. But along with it strong winds, which is less good. But we can't have it all, all of the time!
There's already a moderate wind even at village level and stronger winds are affecting lift operations on the mountain. Niseko Annupuri is reporting a wind speed of 17m/s at the top area of the resort. Due to the wind, none of the top lifts are moving early this morning:
Hanazono - just the lower quad lift is currently operating.
Niseko Grand Hirafu - at the time of writing just the Ace Family, Ace Number 1 and Holiday Number 1 lifts are operating as normal. The Ace Number 2 Center Four lift is moving at reduced speed and the King Number 1 lift due to open at about 10am. Other lifts waiting (very possibly in vain today) for winds to change.
Niseko Village - the lower Bandai Chair, Morino Chair and Community Chair lifts are operating.
Niseko Annupuri - the lower Jumbo Number 1 and Jumbo Number 2 lifts are moving at reduced speed.
Official Resort Snow Depths
Grand Hirafu & Niseko Hanazono Top - 390cm Bottom - 200cm
Niseko Annupuri Top - 330cm Bottom - 200cm
Niseko Village Top - 365cm Bottom - 210cm
Niseko base 6am: -2C, 10cm of low-pressure system snowfall. Moiwa 800m: SW 5m/s, 10cm of snow and moderate development of snowdrifts. Annupuri peak: S11.6m/s, -7.6C. Coastal data: SSE3m/s, 0.6m waves and 995hPa.
Light pre-low pressure snowfall during the night; the wind is still calm as the Low's center is close. A SE wind will pick up as the Low moves east and the weather will worsen from around 9am. The new snow layer is very loose and slides easily in all slopes of all altitude and orientation. These loose snow avalanches can be small but powerful enough to drag someone to hit a tree. Beware.
Overnight gusts generated unstable snowdrifts development in 1000m Higashione area. These new-formed snowdrifts are very likely to slide. Many of the avalanche related accidents are the results of reckless behaviors during poor weather. Better be flexible and adjust holiday plans according to the weather conditions. Gates 2 & 3 will be closed due to bad visibility; other gates to be determined. Do not duck ropes. One track left under a rope leads many others to do the same and increase the chances of accidents to happen. Think safe and have a nice day. Read more ...
Friday 25th January 2013, 9:45am
Morning. Not a huge amount to report this morning but hopefully it's all coming ready to be reported tomorrow!
About 5cm in the base areas and the resort saying there have up to 10cm on the slopes. It's strangely rather mild too with the temperature right now just under zero. There's even a tiny bit of sun peeping through the clouds just at the moment, but at the same time it is snowing and due to get colder and snow heavier so it does seem to be on the way.
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 ...
Friday 25th January 2013, 9:57am
The good news is that there was some fresh snow overnight which amounted to around 5cm at base level. Strong winds whipped up in the early hours of the morning so there will be much deeper stashes on the mountain itself. The winds are still persisting and because of this Kitanomine Gondola is on hold for now. Temperatures are quite warm but those winds are adding a substantial wind chill factor so don't underdress if you plan to head out. Read more ...
Friday 25th January 2013, 9:59am
Yesterday was a really warm one... didn't even feel cold up on the mountains.
Thankfully we look like we are headed back into winter weather. Snow started falling early this morning and there's 5-10cm or so in places now on the ground. It's eased off just for the moment but due to be with us for the day.
At the moment it is about 0C but temps are due to drop through the day. Stronger and noisy winds are starting to happen as well, though at the moment that is not affecting the skijo around town and all seem to be open as normal.
About 10cm is due before 4pm today according to the local Niigata forecast so perhaps it's tonight and tomorrow when we can expect the full on conditions. We'll see. Definitely looks like tomorrow is going to be snowy and windy though for those planning a weekend. Less so on Sunday.
About 12cm of new snow in village by reckoning this morning as it continues to snow. No wind and not particularly cold out and so a good morning to be sliding on the new snow. Care needed though as visibility is right down to not much at all even on the lower slopes near base here. Heavy snow likely today and through tomorrow as well and I think we can quickly expect temperatures to get colder during the daytime today. Hope to be bringing news of a really good snowfall tomorrow morning.
Passing heavy snow showers are producing the goods in Nozawa Onsen this morning. A particularly heavy one passed through between 7 and 8am delivering around 10cm to the railing outside. It's not snowing at the moment - and there's even a bit of sunlight shining down on some slopes at the moment with some narrow breaks in the cloud - but looking west we have some more dark clouds looming on the horizon that look very promising.
The resort itself was reporting a fresh 2cm of snow on lower slopes and 5cm on upper slopes overnight.
Yesterday saw beautiful conditions. Clear weather remained for most of the day with some interestingly shaped high clouds moving over during the afternoon. The skiing was fast and icy on the groomed runs- perfect for practicing carving technique at speed. The off piste areas even offered a few nice lines up high. It was a very good day for photos as well with even the Sea of Japan visible in the distance.
The wind looks like it will remain moderately strong for the remainder of the day before increasing in intensity tomorrow. Forecast to be blowing at 60km/h, don't be surprised if some of the top lifts are on wind hold. The heaviest snowfalls are expected to occur tomorrow night and temperatures should get be very cold.
Keep in mind the avalanche conditions will be extreme over the next couple of days. Heavy snowfalls on top of an icy base will make the snowpack very unstable. Always take avalanche gear, don't ride alone and have the necessary training before skiing off piste.
Lifts operating: All lifts operating except: Yunomine pair Mizunashi triple Challange pair Utopia pair Higake Number 2 pair B line
After that warm day yesterday, it's all somewhat colder this Friday morning. And I'm happy to report that snow started falling this morning and it is coming down now. Not a huge amount and it's not really 'full on' yet - at least here in the Maruike part of Shiga Kogen - but with this snow storm forecast to continue today and tomorrow at least, we could be in for a nice new layer. There's a moderate wind as well but resort lifts seem to be open ok so far.
Visibility generally ok this morning here but I can see it is less so up in the Kumanoyu and Yokoteyama area which is considerably more cloud covered, and the snow seems to be falling at a really pleasing rate up there too.
Nighta operations planned for tonight at the following resort areas: Ichinose Family
Official resort snow depths as of Friday 25th January 2013 AM: