The snow eased off yesterday afternoon and evening and the snow clouds started to clear. There was probably just a few cm of new snow during the day down at town level.
This morning there are already blue skies with just a bit of cloud hanging around. At the moment it is -1 degree, but will likely rise to around +4 degrees during the day. The forecast is cloud but it looks like it will be a very fine day.
Nice blue skies and freezing temperatures this morning, one of the coldest so far with -9 measured at the Wadano base as of 8:15. More sunny skies and possibly some nice snow up top as clouds came in late yesterday and hung above around the 1600 m mark. Sunny skies and good visibility on the slopes will make for another epic Monday with the crowds gone. Groomed conditions on most slopes with some remaining chopped powder.
As stated yesterday light winds and colder temperatures this week should keep the snow light and dry and hopefully not too much of that wind crust. Also snow is forecast again from Wednesday evening.
Be very cautious on large steep wind slab slopes in the alpine and the tree line. Cornices are big and should be avoided. Also be careful of solar radiation and temperatures increasing.
Avalanche Danger Scale:
Alpine: Considerable Tree-line: Considerable Below tree-line: Moderate Read more ...
Monday 28th January 2008, 9:17am
The storm has now passed over and left a beautiful blue bird sky this morning in Minakami. Clear skies this morning left a thick frost covering the valley, but this should soon disappear as the sun hits.
The storm of the last 4 days brought around 70cm of snow to the valley and up to 1.4m to the upper mountains. The warmer weather today will aid settling of the new snow before the next front hits on Wednesday.
Backcountry The huge amount of fresh snow on top of the wind slab (formed by the strong winds of last week) has created unstable conditions and a number of weak layers in the upper snow pack. This could lead to some large sluffs and possible slab avalanches on steeper terrain. Considerable caution should be exercised in the backcountry over the next few days.
Avalanche Hazard: Alpine: Considerable Tree Line: Considerable Below Tree line: Moderate Read more ...
Monday 28th January 2008, 9:36am
post storm day bright sunshine, fresh snow feeling.
It snowed all day yesterday and this morning there is 10cm of fresh snow for all. The sun is out and its a beautiful blue bird powder day.
Pick of the runs today is Challenge, and the Spies groomers.
A tabletop jump has been built in the Kitanomine Zone just above the Gondola station. This is primarlity for a competition this weekend to coincide with the Furano Snow Festival of Friday and Saturday.
It was almost sickening the amount of 'powder heaven' reports that flew in over the tail end of the weekend. A lot of fun has been had, a lot of fresh tracks and so I would imagine a lot of sore muscles will be wobbling around the cities today.
Cold this morning, with a cloudless sky early on. A real contrast on every horizon, the darkness of the trees that are up close to me against a blue, blue sky. Turning the head 180 degrees we see array's of white snow clogged mountains reaching far off in to the distance - The Japanese Alps in their glory. Beautiful.
Very very cold this morning! but it is a brilliantly fine day and the sun is shining, so it is probably going to warm up a lot.
Yesterday saw light snow in the morning, clearing in the afternoon. What a wonderful few days of snow that was, the base really got a good boost. Unfortunately there were a lot of people here yesterday so powder will be difficult to find.
The forecast for the next few days is for temperatures to rise a little - look out for a bit of icyness on the lower slopes. We should get a little bit of snow at night too. Read more ...
Monday 28th January 2008, 13:57pm
There were some fantastic places to explore yesterday, mostly out of bounds. The Annupuri back bowls offered some great powder and weren't too populated until mid morning, although both peaks were closed. In bounds skiing was definitely an improvement over Saturday, but most areas only had a light cover of fresh snow that was quickly tracked out. High winds picked up around midday and began stripping the fresh powder away from south facing areas.
We are on the fringe of a low pressure system that has slowly moved to our north. A large high pressure system is sitting over mainland China but has reall squeezed up against the low. It looks like the low will deteriorate over the next couple of days so we will again have something resembling a dalmatian pattern of highs and lows. The odds of a heavy snowfall are somewhat marginal at the moment but a couple of days of light snowfall without mich wind could be enough to keep the upper mountain areas covered in light fresh powder. Read more ...
Shiga Kogen Now!
Monday 28th January 2008, 20:03pm
Clear, fine weather
It has been a fine day in Shiga Kogen today with the sun out from early on and blue skies all around. The day started off cold but warmed up a bit, though it is once again getting colder. Tomorrow should be colder and we can look forward to more snow probably Wednesday and maybe through into the coming weekend. Read more ...