Snow and weather reports posted on Thursday 20th February 2020
Wednesday 26th December 2012, 8:44am
It's a blizzard out there this morning, with strong winds and pretty good snowfall. It's hard to tell how much has actually fallen, with a lot of drifting of snow around buildings and cars.
The wind is strong enough, in fact, that there's a good chance that some of the lifts might not be running at all times, especially gondolas and some of the more exposed lifts. You might want to check with the individual areas' websites, if someone has the required Japanese reading skills.
In sheltered areas, though, there could be some very nice powder out there; temperatures are pretty low and staying there this morning.
It was indeed a fine morning out yesterday and afternoon as well. Clouds did move in later in the day along with some strong winds and overnight we have another 20-30cm up top to report.
Unfortunately the wind is preventing all of Kagura to open this morning... the Tashiro area is completely closed while from the Mitsumata Ropeway up to the Kagura Number 1 pair lift is the only area open.
It's a similar kind of strory here in Naeba as well with the strong winds affecting operations - with just the lower lifts open. As Tashiro is closed, the Dragondola is not operating today either.
10-20cm of fresh snow here in Naeba this morning and more to fall during the day.
From tomorrow until Saturday looks clearer and milder conditions followed by more snow on Sunday.
Official resort snow depth: Naeba - 120cm Kagura - 250cm Read more ...
Wednesday 26th December 2012, 9:26am
Cloud, light snow, wind
Another 30cm of fresh snow to report this morning from Niseko and another extremely cold morning. -10C out there... actually slightly colder than it was earlier on!
The snow started falling in style in the evening yesterday and it is still coming down now though has been easing off. Wind, cold and poor visibility do not make this the friendliest of days conditions-wise, but the snow should be very fine. Just take care out there.
The wind blowing about on the mountain is affecting resort operations on the mountain this morning with all of the resorts reporting that their top lifts are not operating early on.
Similar weather conditions forecast for tomorrow as well before the snow perhaps easing up Friday and then a relatively mild weekend.
Just one point I'd like to explain that someone asked us about. The 'official snow depth' numbers shown in the table above and information below are the snow depth numbers coming from the resort. It doesn't necessarily mean that when we have 30cm of snow fall here overnight that those official numbers will jump by the same 30cm. More often than not they won't for a number of reasons (snow gets compacted, melts, etc.) The 'new snowfall' that I am reporting is the new snowfall observed in the village to give you an idea of how much snow has actually fallen.
Lifts Operating (at time of writing)
Niseko Grand Hirafu The top King Number 3, Ace Number 4 and King Number 4 lifts not operating due to wind conditions.
Niseko Annupuri Top Jumbo Number 4 lift operations affected by wind.
Niseko Village Gondola operating at reduced speed due to wind and top Wonderland Chair lift not operating due to wind.
Niseko Hanazono Top Hanazono Number 3 quad lift not operating.
Official Resort Snow Depths
Grand Hirafu Top - 290cm Bottom - 140cm
Niseko Annupuri Top - 220cm Bottom - 190cm
Niseko Village Top - 220cm Bottom - 170cm
Niseko Hanazono Top - 290cm Bottom - 140cm
Niseko base 6am: -6C, 25cm of mixed broken-crystal/graupel snow and moderate development of snowdrifts. Moiwa 800m: WNW15m/s, -10C. Annupuri peak wind forecast: NW20m/s. Coastal data: NW20m/s, 3.7m waves and 1011hPa at 5:25am.
The wind & snow picked up from 5pm yesterday and made cornices/snowdrifts (up to 80-120cm) develop in leeward slopes above 800m. Heavy snowfall combined with strong wind is resulting in drastic accumulation of unstable snowdrifts. These newly formed slabs are very unstable; the avalanche risk is very high. Predicted sliding layer is Dec 25th pre-low pressure system snowfall.
Gates 1, 4 & 6 will be closed. Many of the winter sports accidents occur in bad weather. Think safety no.1 priority, not the holiday plans. The snow in the trees has been reset and, although little heavy, is in good condition. Always be well prepared of the consequences of out of bounds riding. Beware of slides especially in knolls, cornices and open steep slopes. Ride one by one, not all together at once and do not gather up at the bottom of the valleys. Read more ...
Wednesday 26th December 2012, 9:41am
Variable - cloudy, light snow, some sun in places
This morning in the village we have 3-5cm of fresh snow on the ground and the temperature is around -5C degrees.
Over the village right now we have clouds but the sun making appearances from time to time as well and some blue sky as well. Snow showers on the mountains. Very mixed. Variable visibility this morning as well with some places looking like it's pretty good and in others it's thick fog/cloud...
Strong winds are affecting lift operations around the valley in Hakuba and Otari this morning and we can probably expect that to continue for the day.
Weather patterns seem unpredictable today - be prepared for last minute changes by the resorts.
From tomorrow the forecast says clearer and milder conditions for a few days.
Official snow depths and operations @ Wednesday 26th December 2012 AM: Please note that resort lift operations are subject to change at any time.
Hakuba Goryu: 5-10cm of new snow reported on lower slopes and 20cm of new snow on upper slopes. Top area closed, limited operations due to strong winds. Official snow depths: Alps daira - 200cm; Toomi - 100cm; Iimori - 65cm
Hakuba 47: 20cm of new snow reported by Hakuba 47 this morning. Official snow depth: Upper - 170cm Lower - 90cm
Happo-one: Ski lifts/courses: Top lifts closed due to wind. Nakiyama, Shirakaba, Kokusai, Sakka and Kita-one lifts moving early on. Official snow depth: Usagidaira - 160cm Nakiyama/Shirakaba - 50cm Sakka - 50cm
Tsugaike Kogen: Gondola not operating due to wind. Official snow depth: Upper slopes - 250cm Lower slopes - 60cm
Hakuba Cortina: 15-20cm of new snow to report from Hakuba Cortina today. Wind may affect lift operations. Official snow depth: Upper slopes - 210cm Lower slopes - 120cm
Good news this morning, 30cm of new snowfall in Zao. It's a cold, snowy morning here with some strong winds as well. -10C early on and hardly above that now. Some lifts were late starting up and right now as I write this it just looks like the top Gondola is not operating due to the conditions but all the rest of the mountain is open.
Conditions will have improved a lot today and we hope the snow will condition to fall through into tomorrow. If you are looking for calmer conditions it's probably best to try and be here Friday when it will be less windy, probably clearer skies and milder as well.
Noisy strong winds blowing about this morning in the region. Most importantly we have another layer of fresh snow to enjoy with the most being reported by Kagura - up to 30cm. More like 15-20cm in town, and the snow is continuing to fall. Very wintery cold temperatures as well, right now it is -5C and it doesn't seem to want to warm up any either.
The Tashiro area of Kagura is closed with limited operations at both the remaining Mitsumata area and also over at Naeba. Here nearer central Yuzawa, Yuzawa Kogen has been closed early on but they hope to get moving if winds allow. Other than that resorts do seem to be open though you might expect some lifts to be operating at reduced speed.
If you go out and brave the weather, should be really good snow out there. If you prefer calmer conditions perhaps tomorrow or Friday is the best option.
Heavy snow since yesterday and another 30-40cm to report this morning from Madarao. When I looked at the thermometer earlier on it was a brisky -8C and it is going to be cold all day today.
Snow forecast to be falling all day but probably get weaker later on. By tomorrow, we might have sunny skies, less wind and milder temps. going through into Saturday.
The River Line and Usagi areas open today. There should be lots of powder to play in.
Lifts planned to be operating: Number 1 Number 2 Super quad Number 5 Number 11 Number 12 Number 15 Kids Park --- Powder Wave I River Line Usagi Read more ...
Shiga Kogen Now!
Wednesday 26th December 2012, 10:45am
More good news this morning, the snow is coming down and the winds are blowing - it feels like a good old winter storm. Very cold as well with Yakebitaiyama winning the coldest place competition reporting a temperature of -14C. Here in Maruike it is more like -9C at the moment.
The wind has been affecting a few exposed lifts around the area but Shibutoge apart all areas do seem to be (at least mostly) open.
Some people may not like being out on the slopes in these conditions, but they are needed and lets hope we get more snow during the day. The local forecast tells us to expect this cold snowy front to ease today and then tomorrow and Friday expect clearer skies over Shiga Kogen.
Nighta operations planned for tonight at the following resort areas: Ichinose Family Ichinose Diamond
Official resort snow depths as of Wednesday 26th December 2012 AM:
After last seasons epic snow falls we were half hoping we would not get just as much snow this year. Well maybe not.
Waking up this morning to blizzard-like conditions and snow dumping hard from the heavens looks like the shovels will be working hard again this season.
After a beautiful Christmas day on the slopes yesterday the reality of winter is back today with heavy snow and cold temperatures. There should be some very fine powder conditions again up for grabs with very few crowds around still.
The outlook is for a bit of sunshine over the next few days from tomorrow and then more snow hitting Sunday night. So, awesome conditions up here at the moment hope you can enjoy it before the New Years hoards arrive in a few days time.
Lifts operating: All lifts operating except for Kandahar and Hikage No2 Pair B.
Courses open: Most courses open, except: Kandahar West Kandahar East Mukoubayashi
Official snow depths Yamabiko 205cm
Official new snowfall 8cm (Yamabiko) 18cm (Uenotaira) 13cm (Karasawa) Read more ...
Wednesday 26th December 2012, 12:59pm
A belated Merry Christmas to all the Furano Now readers and apologies that Furano Now was unable to get a report out yesterday. Santa came up with some amazing weather for Christmas Day and some equally amazing temperatures. If you were out there you would have definitely been impressed by the crystal clear blue skies, Santa on skis and the coooold temperatures. Furano town recorded a super low -26c yesterday morning and if that amazes you then even more impressive was Asahikawa City which fell to a rather chilly -29.5c.
It started to snow lightly last night and by morning there was 15cm of fresh at village level. The wind was also blowing quite strongly so it will be wind affected in places but there is likely to be some very very good powder around in sheltered areas.
The good news is todays winds does not seemed to have interferred with lift operations too much. Read more ...