Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 24th February 2020
Saturday 29th January 2011, 8:06am
Sunshine, cloud and minimal snowfall
Sunshine and clear skys this morning at Madarao. Overnight the resort was dusted with 5cm of fresh snow for the start of the weekend.
The temperature at the moment is sitting at -9.0 degrees, whilst visability conditions are excellent and are to vary between excellent and good throughout the day as a mix of sunshine and cloud settle in for the day. Although, another light dusting of 5cm is predicted before the end of the day and snow overnight.
Enjoy your weekend!
Lifts currently operating:
No 1 lift No 2 quad lift No 3 a lift No 5 lift Super Quad No 11 Lift No 12 Lift No 13 Lift No 15 lift Tangram No 2 Lift
Morning and the sun is out early on. Some cloud still around and actually we are still forecast as cloud for the day - and snow later on - but for now sunny conditions in Yuzawa so the early birds out there will be getting the best of the day.
Not a huge amount of additional snow overnight since my report last night, another 5-10cm or so perhaps but with all the snow of yesterday conditions on the mountains this morning should be excellent.
So sometime today we can expect the clouds to move back in and it be snowing tonight and tomorrow light snow/cloud is forecast.
It's a chilly -3 degrees in Yuzawa at the moment but not much of a wind so lifts should be up and running as normal at all resorts today.
The snow clouds have moved on - for now - and the sun is out this morning... in fact it is a lovely morning here with clear blue skies and everything looking very pretty. More importantly of course the fresh snow we have had again means that conditions are great for the weekend. It's keeping cold though and -10 degrees at the moment.
It might not last that long though as snow is forecast for later on today, perhaps heavy at times, and then light snow into tomorrow.
It's a Saturday so the busiest day of the week out there. After seeing often rather empty slopes on a weekday it's good to see people coming and enjoying the snow on a day like this. From the skiers perspective of course we don't want there to be too many people out there and things shouldn't get too busy, Shiga Kogen is a big area! Nighta operations at the resorts below, so a long day ahead and great conditions for it.
Hope you have a good weekend.
Nighta operations this evening planned at the following resort area:
- Sun Valley - Maruike - Mammoth - Ichinose Family - Ichinose Diamond - Yakebitaiyama - Kumanoyu
Official resort snow depths as of 29th January 2011 AM:
The weekend visitors will be happy as this morning the day starts off with the sun making an appearance and some blue sky, while some cloud does remain. But generally a fine start to the day.
I was just looking at some of the other Now reports already posted today and it's the same thing here... good start to the day but snow is forecast to be falling later on, so we don't know how long the clearer skies will last. But there haven't been that many days like this so far this season so a good idea to get out there and make the most of the weather and fine snow conditions out there.
As predicted the snow stopped falling at Naeba by the evening last night, so there is no new snow to report.
As of this morning, it is clear skies, sunny weather and practically no wind at all. This is expected to change by the evening with 10cm or so forecast to fall tonight and the snow is expected to continue to fall during the day tomorrow.
So expect things to cloud over during the day and the snow to start before the lifts close.
At Kagura, even though offical figures continue to not change our reporters on the ground tell us that an extra 10cm of snow fell overnight, with fine weather this morning.
Visibilty is excellent at Naeba. In terms of temperature, a top of -3 degrees and a windchill of -10 are predicted. Night time is much better than previous nights, with a top of -6 and a windchill of -17 respectively.
At Naeba, the Men's Slalom course is closed because of ice cracks.
At Kagura, only the Forestry Expert Course is closed.
We're finally back in the powder business with 35-40cm of fresh snow since last report. It started in the afternoon yesterday and continued throughout the night. Currently it's taken a little break with the skies clearing allowing some powder turns in sunshine. Doesn't get much better than that. There will be a few more snow showers today but it is expected to fine up. Plenty more snow expected to return tomorrow though.
Current Official Snow Depths:
Grand Hirafu: Top - 340 Bottom - 175
Niseko Village: Top - 320 Bottom - 190
Annupuri: Top - 245 Bottom - 200
Annupuri peak 6am: -13 ℃, ESE 5m / s. No overnight snowfall and the wind has remained calm. There is not much change in the snow condition from yesterday and fresh lines are harder to find in the whole mountain. The slopes surface in high elevation eastern areas is rugged, scuffed by yesterday's northerly winds. Some soft patches remains in the tree-runs, however is in a tricky condition as chunks of hard snow / ice fallen from trees branches are lurking underneath the soft snow. Some south facing slopes are highly sun-affected, remain in controllable speed and beware of hitting trees. Snow-pit observation is important to evaluate that given slope's condition, however the first and foremost thing to remember is that avalanches are most likely to happen during and just after storms. Drastic weather changes creates irregularities and instabilities in the snow-pack, be aware of the future weather transitions. Peak gates are scheduled to open at 9:30.
It's one of those close to picture perfect mornings in Nozawa Onsen, one that you hope for at any ski resort in the world. Driving around the resort this morning was sublime just pillows of snow on top of houses, trees and signs. People were looking very happy and eager to get up the hill with 20cm of fresh again since lifts closed last night.
We have been waiting for a day like this for a while now, so anyone just coming for the weekend has been blessed and for the hard core crowd who have been getting buried in the trenches all week it will be a welcome sign to see the sun.
Don't think it will last long though as forecasts are for heavy snow tonight and I can see a few snow clouds looming in the distance even now.
Yesterday was great conditions for powder hounds on the mountain with stories coming back of chest deep runs.
The outlook is for a fair bit of sunshine next week and temperatures are set to rise a bit. Kind of looking forward to it in a way!
Anyway today may just be that best day of the season again. Just keeps getting better so get out and enjoy it.
All except the following Kandahar Hachiman Uenotaira Half Pipe Karasawa Wave Park
There has been no new snowfall overnight to report this morning in Hakuba. It was overcast with decent visibility below 1800m first thing this morning but clouds have thickened out and snow has started falling slowly late morning and has just begun to accumulate on cars parked since the lifts opened around 8 --- there's around 1cm on the windscreens there now.
Winds are light and have moved overnight from NW to SE; cold again today, -5 in the village and around -10 at 1400m. The forecast is for some decent snowfall from this afternoon especially tonight, with weather slowly clearing through next week and temperatures possibly coming up some. So it should be getting warmer and more clearer conditions than we have been having in January so far.
Tomorrow morning should be a busy powder day being the weekend so no doubt we'll be seeing lines at the Gondola; as much as we don't like sharing its always good to see Hakuba's powder getting the love it deserves...see you in the queue for first gondola!
Official snow depths and operations @ Saturday 29th January AM:
Hakuba Goryu: No new snow overnight. The Iimori Snow Park is also now open. Night time operations from 6pm until 9:30pm. Alps daira - 320cm; Toomi - 160cm; Iimori - 140cm.
Hakuba 47: Normal operations today. Snow depth (upper) - 192cm.
We had a little break in the snowfall overnight, with a starry night and a nice sunrise; not pink today, though—maybe something in line with the old rhyme about red in the morning, sailors take warning. So far it's snowed only very lightly, although more heavy snow is forecast for late in the day.
The snow is great, although it was cold yesterday afternoon and into this morning. It meant some fantastic snow way up high today; the snowpack looks very strong and stable offpiste, with some good but solid powder. Myoko, full-bodied powder, the way we like it (none of that wimpy champagne stuff; we take it straight and strong here). Macho nonsense aside, it is really good, quite stable, but be sure to watch for sluffs and terrain traps if you venture off (even from the lifts). We've been lucky, but you do see people sliding in the worst possible places, often with someone equally as mindless skiing above them, just ready to set off the sluff that buries those below.
End of rant. Get out and have fun. This is some of the best snow anywhere in the world right now (a pro video/magazine team just passed through Myoko, and they couldn't stop raving).
It's another absolutely beautiful day in Furano. The severe cold we've had all week has thawed somewhat today, bringing up afternoon temperatures to a lovely -4. We received around 3cm of new snow overnight, not much, but the it's the most we've seen in days. The forecast is calling for more snow this afternoon and into early evening, but it doesn't seem to be happening out there. Skies are party cloudy, making for some spectacular views up on the mountain of the valley below.
We haven't seen too much powder lately, but the snow conditions are still quality in places.
A lot of special events are happening this weekend. There will be a Taiko demonstration tonight at 6pm, followed by rides in a fire truck ladder, and then a firework display from 9:10pm. On top of that, tomorrow is Treasure Hunt Day out on the ski slopes! Little egg-like capsules will be buried in random places around the mountain. A ribbon will be attached to each capsule. If you find one, take the contents to the Board of Tourism office to claim your prize!