Snow and weather reports posted on Thursday 20th February 2020
Sunday 27th January 2013, 8:39am
We got powder this morning. The resort is reporting 30-40cm on the slopes this morning and defintely a fair amount underfoot at base as well. A temperature of -8C and light snow was still falling but just before the sun was shining through some clouds over Madarao. While the sun has popped back behind the clouds now it does somehow feel that clear up may be on the way and the forecast does say that should be the case.
After this snow clears up, not a whole lot forecast in the coming week as it stands - but lots of fresh to play in this morning. It should be quite busy today.
All of the resort should be open this morning, and conditions should be great.
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 27th January 2013, 8:51am
After a good day of moderate to heavy snowfall and some pretty strong winds at times, the snow slowed down overnight. Probably 15-20cm was the overnight total on top of yesterday's 30 or so (sorry, didn't get the ruler out during the morning snowthrowing). We have a little sunshine at the moment (which is nice for getting that snow off the roof), although a bit more snow seems likely through the day.
For backcountry people: we had a serious woomph at about 1800 on an east-facing slope yesterday -- probably due to the sun crust that's down about 60cm in the snowpack.
A solid sound like thunder and the pack definitely dropped -- no problem where we were, but pretty exciting anyway. On some steep slopes, especially with the energy of the sun, it could be more hazardous today, so please be careful!
Tons of snow in the afternoon yesterday along with some wild conditions out on the mountain. I think some of the Australia Day parties might have started a bit early yesterday!
More snow to add to that this morning and there must be up to half a metre of so of freshly delivered stuff piled up this morning. Strong winds both yesterday and today means that it's going to be more in places and less in other places, making extra caution advised out on the mountain this morning as it's going to be more difficult to read than usual.
Generally though, it's going to be deep. Which sounds like a lot of fun.
And the clouds have cleared up quite quickly and right now while cloud still covers the top of Yotei-san, there's some lovely blue sky over the mountain.
Unfortunately, the whole mountain isn't going to be open due to the strong winds. Annupuri and Niseko Village both reporting winds of up to 20m/s, with the Niseko Grand Hirafu side also up to 18m/s on upper elevations. None of the top lifts are open, with lift operations at the moment looking like this:
Niseko Grand Hirafu - Ace Family, Ace Number 1, Ace Number 2 Center Four (reduced speed), Holiday Number 1 pair, Hirafu Gondola (reduced speed) and King Number 1 (from 10am).
Niseko Hanazono - Hanazono Number 1, Hanazono Number 2
Niseko Annupuri - Jumbo Number 1 and Jumbo Number 2. Family lift planned to open today.
Niseko Village - Banzai Chair, Morino Chair, Community Chair
Subject to change of course.
Official Resort Snow Depths
Grand Hirafu & Niseko Hanazono Top - 430cm Bottom - 190cm
Niseko Annupuri Top - 330cm Bottom - 200cm
Niseko Village Top - 375cm Bottom - 220cm
Niseko base 6am: -5C, 30cm snowfall and heavy development of snowdrifts. Moiwa 800m: strong NE wind with snowfall, snowdrifts are heavy and unstable. Annupuri peak: NNW20.2m/s, -12C. Coastal data: N13m/s, 5.1m waves and 1006hPa.
A strong northeasterly snowstorm has made snowdrifts develop drastically. Slab thickness reached up to 100cm in 800m areas and are very likely to collapse. The avalanche risk is extreme in leeward slopes today.
All gates will be closed during the morning. The risk will remain high a while after the weather calms down. Steep slopes below 800m just outside the boundaries are also likely to slide. Be careful.
All mountains around the Niseko area are in very hazardous conditions. Be flexible with your plans. The snow in the trees is deep and good, but open steep slopes should be avoided. Have a safe day and do not duck ropes. Read more ...
Sunday 27th January 2013, 9:31am
Ah now this is more like it.
Naeba reporting 40-60cm of new snowfall.
Kagura reporting 50cm of new snowfall.
It's still coming down now and it's also very windy and that is affecting both areas. The gondolas and the top of Naeba are not open - it's basically lower slopes for now - and the Tashiro and the main Kagura part of Kagura are closed too. So it's just Mitsumata area that is open there this morning. Things may well calm later on in the day allowing more to open up.
The forecast does tell us that it should calm down sometime today and actually after today the snow will ease off for at least a few days. I'm sure the new snowfall we have today will do us just fine for a while.
(Of course, we always want more though!)
Official resort snow depth: Naeba - 250cm Kagura - 370cm
Anyone out there enjoy yesterday? Poor visibility but with snow continuing to come down there were some very very fine snow conditions out there. Oh yes.
It was Australia Day yesterday and as there are one or two friends from Australia in Hakuba at the moment there were a few lively gatherings last night. Maybe a few sore heads this morning, as well as sore limbs from efforts on the slopes during the daytime!
Visibility is better this morning as things have calmed down somewhat and it was clearer but clouds have been gradually moving in covering parts of the mountains as well. Right now it looks like variable visibility depending on where you are and generally less as you get higher up.
Here's what the resorts are reporting in terms of snowfall since yesterday:
There is heavy snow about the village of Nozawa Onsen this morning.
We have had 20cm fall overnight across the mountain top to bottom and cold temperatures will ensure the fresh accumulations will be of high quality, especially up high. Strong wind about the peaks yesterday will have formed quite a few wind features to hit.
We saw extremely cold windchill factors yesterday lingering around -20 to -30C so it’s safe to say yesterday was cold, very cold. This didn’t seem to keep the weekend crowds away. However those who braved the conditions were rewarded with perfect knee deep powder amongst the trees.
Looking at the forecast snow showers and cold temperatures should continue for the next two days before possible warm temperatures move in around Thursday. A generally calmer week ahead by the looks of things.
Be careful in the backcountry as avalanche conditions are extreme at the moment. Do not ride alone and always have the necessary equipment and training if you make the decision to venture out. There's more than enough quality riding on resort though at the moment.
Lifts operating: All lifts operating
Courses open: All courses open except Kandahar East Kandahar West Grand Prix Kamoshika course
The snows picked back up last night and have continued into the morning. Winds were a bit blustery over the late night hours, but things have calmed back down to a reasonable pitch now. We received around 5cm of new snow, but all that wind blowing around means that the sides of the runs are going to be the prime places for powder this morning. The forecast doesn't call for any significant storm totals, but there might be a surprise snow shower or two that leave us with a few more centimeters before the day is out.
Temperature-wise, daytime highs are looking to peak in the mid-minus single digits (around -5), and it should be clear and cold tonight once all this cloud-cover moves out of the way. Read more ...
Sunday 27th January 2013, 10:48am
Yes this feels like Yukiguni. Snow Country deserving weather conditions since yesterday and up to 50cm of fresh snow being reported from around town this morning. Strong winds at time yesterday though probably not as mad as we were expecting.
The snow has eased off for the moment at town level but the mountains are still generally shrouded in cloud with snow continuing to fall. The forecast has snow for the rest of the day and possibly into tomorrow.
Stronger winds at higher elevations are affecting Kagura and Naeba with only the lower slopes open at the former and Mitsumata area open at Kagura (Tashiro is closed). That means lots of goodies to be found for Monday morning riders tomorrow!
Other ski resorts around town appear to be open as normal.
Looking ahead a mix of light snow and cloud with some chances of clearer conditions over the next few days. Temperatures look likely to rise around Thursday and Friday.
Early on this morning we were still in snowy mode, and there's 10-20cm or so fresh to report (wind has blown it around) but as I write this report close to 11am the sun is out here in the Maruike part of Shiga Kogen. The clouds have lifted, visibility is much better. Light snow still lazily falling from the skies, though I think that will soon be finishing up.
Forecast for rhe coming week is a mix of clearer skies and the odd snow shower but nothing major with a distinctly mild end to the week on the cards. That's a number of days away though so may well change.
In the meantime, some very good snow conditions to enjoy.
It may be a weekend but it doesn't generally seem over busy out on the lifts.
There are some off movements in the official snow depth numbers below of late. I think some resorts forget to adjust a few days and then suddenly take a big jump. Or perhaps it's the wind. But they are all increasing so that's the most important thing! All is good.
Nighta operations planned for tonight at the following resort areas: Ichinose Family
Official resort snow depths as of Sunday 27th January 2013 AM: