Snow and weather reports posted on Friday 21st February 2020
Saturday 26th January 2013, 8:21am
I was going to write, where's the snow?
We heard reports of the highways closing further north, but as of 6 this morning, the snow was just trickling down. Around 7, though, the fall definitely picked up and it's holding pretty steady now. Luckily the winds haven't hit yet, but the forecast is for strong winds during the day. Suginohara pretty much shut down for part of the day yesterday because of winds.
All reports aren't in yet, but I'm out the door -- here's what we'ev got so far.
Operations and official snow depths
Akakura Kanko (Akakan) 250cm, -2C (1/25 report)
Akakura Onsen 250cm, 0C (1/25 report)
Ikenotaira 210cm, -5C
Suginohara 200cm, -12C (at the top of the gondola)
It's got real cold and real snowy real quick at Madarao. 10cm fell overnight but it is currently dumping and forecast to snow all day. So if you like your goggles fogged and your face frostbitten. Today is just right for you. The snow is forecast to ease off by tomorrow, so Sunday may be a better day if you don`t like fogged lens and frostbite.
If on top of the frostbite and fogged goggles, you also want to risk a major fracture to add to the joy, you can also try the new free ride park at Madarao. Today the resort will open a whole range of new walls, kickers and boxes. Please ski responsibly and take care out there.
And for all the Australians out there...Happy Australia Day!
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 ...
Saturday 26th January 2013, 8:54am
Now here's a funny thing. Just 5-10cm or so of new snowfall this morning in Naeba. It seems that down in the main Yuzawa town area and even further to the north they have got much more snow fall overnight than we have here. Sometimes this happens, but not often. With Kagura only reporting about the same, we kind of feel left out here. Apparently we are due to get those stormy conditions with strong winds from a bit later on today perhaps as soon as around lunchtime.
For now though it remaining quite calm but snow is falling.
By the start of the week we are on for a run of clearer days by the looks - and if the forecast is right of course - so a good dump today would be great.
Official resort snow depth: Naeba - 210cm Kagura - 350cm
Over 20cm of new snow at village level and well over 30cm up top this morning in Zao. Zao is never foward at pushing big snow depth numbers, but we are up to 2m at Utopia this morning.
There's a moderate wind out there and visibility is poor but for snow conditions this morning will be rather good out there. Get wrapped up and have fun.
Lifts seem to be open as planned on the mountain.
From tonight, the evening Light Up operations for the Zao Ropeway become daily and run through until 3rd March. The Ropeway starts it's evening work at 5pm and the last one going up is at 7:50pm. It can get very cold up there so go prepared.
Well not much snow to report this morning, just 5cm or so around the Hirafu village since my last report.
It's a very, very cold morning here which is a real contrast with yesterday. How does -15C grab you? That's what my trusted thermometer told me earlier, with Grand Hirafu reporting -11C at base and -15C up top.
Less wind today as well and it seems that lifts on the mountain are mostly operating as normal. The top Hanazono quad is running at a reduced speed but other than that, all open for the weekend. Strong winds are forecast for the region a bit later on this morning though, along with snowfall, so changes are possible and probable. For now though fairly calm and just generally cloudy conditions.
As noted below it seems most of the Gates will be closed today with the snow pack as it is now.
Let's see how the day turns out. Have a good one.
Oh yes, today is Australia Day. There might just be one or two Australians in Niseko at the moment, so I'm sure they will be out having a good time tonight! Should be a lively one.
Official Resort Snow Depths
Grand Hirafu & Niseko Hanazono Top - 405cm Bottom - 190cm
Niseko Annupuri Top - 330cm Bottom - 200cm
Niseko Village Top - 365cm Bottom - 210cm
Niseko base 6am: -15C, no snowfall, calm. Moiwa 800m: No snowfall, light development of snowdrifts and -16C. Annupuri peak: WSW7.0m/s, 18.8C. Coastal data: SW3m/s, 1.3m waves and 994hPa.
The weather is calm in between 2 low-pressure systems. No snow clouds are present and according to data evaluation and observations, yesterday’s slabs are stable. A northerly wind with snowfall is forecasted to start around 10am as the pressure systems configuration shifts. Although the general avalanche risk is low this morning, the Jan 25th slabs are still likely to slide in leeward cornice/knoll terrain around 900m (around treeline). The avalanche risk will rise suddenly as the storm picks up. Crossing boundary ropes is severely prohibited and should not be taken too easily. Gates 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 8 will be closed. Gate 6 still to be determined. Please respect the ski patrol's decisions.
Cracks are forming in steep slopes and are difficult to see from above.
Niseko's freedom and safety of out of bounds riding can only be protected by having everyone respecting the Niseko Rules. The conditions will be sketchy this weekend, please be prudent. Read more ...
Saturday 26th January 2013, 9:28am
The snow continues.
It's powder all over the place this morning.
A quick round up of what the reports are reporting in terms of new snowfall since yesterday:
15-35cm at Goryu 20-40cm at Hakuba 47 45-60cm at Hakuba Cortina (including the 10-15cm they were reporting during the day yesterday)
Not bad for a day's snow!
Other resorts who don't share such information are similarly seeing jumps in their snow depths.
It's -7 degrees in village and close to -11C at Usagidaira on Happo. Winds not as prevelant as we thought they would be this morning - at 1400m on Happo an average wind speed of 0.8m/s with a strong of 2.4m/s as of 9am.
Visibility will be poor out on the slopes today pretty much everywhere and a look round the webcams confirms this. Best visibility at the low Minekata! So now fantastic mountain views today, but some fine snow conditions.
The heavy snow brings with it increasingly dangerous avalanche conditions especially out of bounds. The usual rules and common sense apply. Take care out there. There'll be plenty of untouched excellent powder on the resort runs this weekend and no need to contemplate straying.
By tomorrow the snow should beging ease off and there's a chance the sun might make an appearance as well. In the coming week clearer skies look to be on the cards more than snow.
Official snow depths and operations @ Saturday 26th January 2013:
Hakuba Goryu: 15cm of new reported on lower slopes and 35cm on upper slopes from Hakuba Goryu this morning. Official snow depths: Alps daira - 310cm; Toomi - 170cm; Iimori - 140cm
Hakuba 47: 20-30cm of new snowfall reported at base and 40cm up top by Hakuba 47 this morning. Official snow depth: Upper - 255cm Lower - 170cm
Some good snow falling this morning in Shiga Kogen. Perhaps 10cm or so to report but definitely more on the cards with the way it is coming down now. A moderately strong wind blowing it all about here in the Maruike area as well, though winds don't seem to be closing down lifts this morning at the moment - but we can probably expect some of the more exposed area lifts to be running at a reduced speed.
Roads are covered in snow but traffic seems to be moving at a decent speed as people arrive for the weekend.
So its snow wind and cold for the day today. Tomorrow looking likely to be calmer.
Nighta operations planned for tonight at the following resort areas: Ichinose Family Ichinose Diamond Yakebitaiyama Kumanoyu
Official resort snow depths as of Saturday 26th January 2013 AM:
Some decent snowfall to report from Yuzawa this morning.
About 25cm on the car this morning, parked in the Ishiuchi area just outside the border of Yuzawa and some nice wintery conditions. I am hearing stories from people to the north of us in Uonuma and further north who are telling of more stormy conditions, but for now here in this part of the prefecture it's a slight to moderate wind, perhaps picking up over the last 30 minutes or so. Stronger winds are forecast for later on today.
Actually looking at the info from the resorts around town it's interesting to see how Kagura only telling of 5-10cm overnight. Kagura of course is the place that usually would get the most new snowfall, but the snow clouds seem to be wanting to stay more to the north at the moment. This pattern has happened a few times this season and generally they have more snow on the side of the roads up there than we do here in Yuzawa.
But good snow falling at the moment, the roads are covered but traffic seems to be moving on Route 17 ok. Poor visibility though even down around town and so it's going to be pretty much whiteout up on the slopes today.
The local Niigata forecast is for an additional 15cm of snow to fall before 4pm today. Snow due for the day and should ease off tomorrow.
At the moment it is -4 degrees C in Yuzawa and not likely to warm up any during the day.
It's always good to wake to the sound of snow sliding off the roof and the machines clearing the road in the morning.
This was the case in Nozawa Onsen earlier. It is currently dumping consistent thick flakes and really looks to have set in. 2-5cm since 3pm yesterday, and about 10cm more since 8am this morning as of 10:30am - so coming down nicely now. Finally this long awaited system has begun to deliver which is good as the lack of substantial snowfalls yesterday was starting to make my forecasting look bad!
Today is Australia Day and there is a real party mood around this morning. With the good snow on offer, it should be a good day for all in Nozawa.
Yesterday looked promising at day break with a heavy snow shower passing through, delivering about 10cm to the resort. However after that the sky cleared and it remained partly cloudy for the rest of the day.
It was still a fun day on the mountain with small crowds. Kandahar remained undiscovered during the day and fresh tracks were still on offer even in the afternoon. Up high in the trees around Yamabiko was very fun thanks to the morning snowfalls. Some of the groomed runs became very icy in the afternoon and made it a real challenge to hold an edge.
The forecast looks good for snow to continue for the rest of the day becoming heavier later tonight. Following that snow showers should persist tomorrow, Monday and maybe Tuesday before clearing to sunny skies.
Lifts operating: All lifts operating
Courses open: All courses open except Kandahar Grand Prix
Today I was hoping to be reporting a lot of fresh snow but we haven't had so much snowfall since yesterday, around 5 cm on the car this morning in the valley area. Hmm.
Poor visibility even at valley level, so it's going to be pretty much whiteout up on the slopes today. Take care out there.
More snow are expected for tonight and tomorrow morning. So fingers crossed that it will be bringing us more. Read more ...
Saturday 26th January 2013, 17:48pm
A rather large weather system moving through the area yesterday and through the night left us with about 10-15cm of fresh snow. A southerly storm, it brought with it warmer temperatures and plenty of big, fat snowflakes, meaning the freshies to be had today were a bit heavier than usual. By noon, most of the new snow on the well-traveled runs had been eaten through, but there was plenty of powder to be found along the sides and on the less-frequented courses. The weather was great for most of the day, with partly cloudy skies, mild temperatures, and little wind. The snow started to fall again towards the end of day-skiing, so for those of you out there this evening, there should be a little something to look forward to in the way of fresh powder.
We had a high of -5 day, unseasonably mild and a welcome break from the all the cold we've been seeing this year. Sunday should see a return to colder temperatures and cloudy skies, with a small chance for snow showers throughout the day, but nothing too major in the way of snow accumulations is to be expected.
It's cooled down now to around -10, and temperatures should bottom out in the minus mid-teens, so be sure to bundle up out there! The good news is the winds should be light to non-existent, so tonight might be a good evening to get a few runs in after an early dinner. Read more ...