Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 26th May 2019
Wednesday 2nd February 2011, 6:28am
Clear fine weather
An early report this morning.
The snow continues from when I wrote yesterdays report until later on in the day and there was perhaps 5-10cm or so of fresh snow on the top of the car by later on in the day.
It is still fairly dark as I write this but the day looks set to be clear and sunny pretty much in every part of Niigata including Yuzawa. It may well cloud over a little later on this afternoon but more of the same is forecast for tomorrow as well, with temperatures rising into territory they haven't ventured into for quite a while as well with a high of around +5 degrees likely.
Right now though it is a cold -3 degrees.
The official snow depths below will get updated later on today.
Snow continued through much of yesterday but it mostly fined up through the evening and overnight. All the fresh snow over the last 4 days is starting to settle and avalanche danger is decreasing. This means most gates are expected to open today including the peak gates at around midday. It is still very deep out there with many reporting chest to armpit deep on some slopes. Best not to fall on such slopes as it can be very hard to get going again! Today is expected to remain fine and a bit of sun is possible later. Temps will get up to near freezing at the base of the mountain so expect the snow down low to start to get a little heavy. Tomorrow will get even warmer with temps slightly above freezing at the base expected. The milder temps will continue through to the weekend when it will start cooling down again with some snow on Saturday. At this stage a pretty big system is expected to start affecting the region from Monday with lots of snow expected to return throughout next week.
Current Official Snow Depths:
Grand Hirafu: Top - 440 Bottom - 250
Niseko Village: Top - 390 Bottom - 225
Annupuri: Top - 310 Bottom - 250
Annupuri peak 6am: W13.4m/s, -12.1℃. Annupuri 800m: W6.7m/s, -9.4℃. The strong storm seems to have finally settled down. However, yesterday’s strong westerly wind & snow have made more snowdrifts and cornices to develop in leeward steep slopes. Intermittent wind made slight differences in the density within the snow pack and weak unstable layers are randomly present within the slabs. These layers would stabilize with time, however unpredictable knife-edge conditions will remain for a little while. Typical avalanche terrains, such as the Backbowl, Osawa, Mikaeri and Higashi-One are still in extremely hazardous conditions. Deep fissure occurrences observed yesterday in 800m steep slopes seems to have settled now, however caution is still required in steep slopes in all elevations. Heavy loads of fresh snow within a short period of time is a typical cause of an avalanche. Gate 2 & 3 are scheduled to open at noon and other gates slightly earlier. Please respect the ski patrol’s instructions. DO NOT traverse across slopes under cornices today. The conditions are very sketchy; better not take it too easily. Think twice about the possible risks you’re taking, consequences can be huge. Be safe!
Glorious sun and blue skies today - it's been a long time since we've had this kind of weather and it is great to see it back again. The locals are out in force trying to make some headway in the snowclearing backlog from the past few weeks.
Yesterday turned into another snowy one with consistently heavy falls from mid-morning until the evening, when it eased off again. Great conditions yesterday in the resorts and this morning is one of those days you dream of with blue skies and fresh snow, though slightly wind affected.
It looks like sun all day today and although the temperatures are still quiet cold, it is noticably warmer today. The snow is likely to get heavier as the day goes on so the early bird is going to get the best of it. Read more ...
Wednesday 2nd February 2011, 9:52am
Right now the sun is bright and we could see the bright blue skies. Although it is still a bit cloudy early on, it is a very nice day out there. There is barely any snow piles on the tops of the cars or in the parking lot this morning.
It is predicted to be clear and sunny all day and also for the next two days. Snow showers will not appear until Saturady (at the earliest).
The wind is quite weak, with great visibility and great views of the mountains. The temperature is fairly warm througout the day, with a top of 1 and a windchill of -6 degrees.
At Kagura, it is sunny just like Naeba. It will likely be sunny the whole day so why aren't we all just out there now! ;)
Beautiful bluebird day in Hakuba today! The morning was crisp with overnight lows of -12.5 recorded in the valley, in the sun its warmed up now to around +1 at the Ski Jumps but still -8.8 at 1400m but this will no doubt warm up once the sun comes in.
Wind direction is variable Southerlies but very light - no real wind to speak of even at altitude.
Powder on the resorts is pretty much eaten up though still lots of soft snow around the edges and groomers are in great condition. The week to come looks like there will be lots of clear weather so we'll be seeing crisp nights with warming in the sun and some great alpine views.
Play safe and enjoy!
Official snow depths and operations @ Wednesday 2nd February AM:
Hakuba Goryu: Night time operations from 6pm until 9:30pm. Alps daira - 335cm; Toomi - 170cm; Iimori - 150cm.
Hakuba 47: Normal operations today. Snow depth (upper) - 160cm.
It's a magnificent blue bird morning in Nozawa and there are amazing views across the Valley over to Myoko.
Slopes are looking perfect with a light dusting of 5cm overnight or so. It will be a great day up there especially for the kids and fair weather skiers.
Yesterday was a pretty rough one up on the slopes with strong winds and very low visibility for large parts of the day. There were still some good powder stashes for the brave but people were ducking in for cover pretty early for an Onsen (hot springs).
Nozawa Onsen has 13 public Onsens and a handful of private onsens that the public can use. They are terrific to soak away the aches and pains after a hard day on the slopes
The outlook is for sunny days to continue and not much snow fall on the radar at this stage. Could change pretty quickly though, but if not, happy to have the sunshine for a while.
All except the following Kandahar Hachiman Uenotaira Half Pipe Karasawa Wave Park
The morning started off feeling very cold but by 9:00am things had warmed up and it felt quite warm and pleasant out on the mountain. The snow started off with a frosty feel to it under the dusting of fresh powder, and as the morning has progressed it has softend up while it bathes in the bright sun. From today night skiing on the Furano Zone will change from the Downhill Swift Lift (quad) to the Prince Romance Lift (double). Read more ...
Shiga Kogen Now!
Wednesday 2nd February 2011, 18:39pm
Sorry for the late report, a bit later than I indended.
Anyway, it has been a fine day in Shiga Kogen as indeed many of the surrounding areas. The day started bright and sunny and it has been a mild one as well. Things started getting a bit silvery/grey as the day moved on and later this afternoon it wasn't that lovely blue of early on but still some clear weather, good conditons and great views to enjoy.
Tomorrow is shaping up to be a very fine clear day and once again rather mild. Perhaps clearer than it was today, so a day for the cameras.
Nighta operations this evening planned at the following resort area:
- Ichinose Family - Ichinose Diamond
Official resort snow depths as of 2nd February 2011 PM:
What a day it has been. Fantastic weather with clear blue skies and mild temperatures. The views of the juhyo have been awesome today and the sound of camera shutters has never been far away today. If you like skiing or snowboarding in clear conditions with the accompanying views, today was one of those great days. And the snow conditions are keeping great too, so we couldn't really ask for much more.
One of the best so far I would say.
Tomorrow is looking like it will likely be more of the same as well! :) Read more ...