Snow and weather reports posted on Friday 17th April 2020

Minakami Now!

Sunday 31st December 2006, 8:44am
Weather conditions: overcast
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
The snow has stopeed but looking at the precipitation radar it looks like Minakami will get some more snow mid morning and continue throughout the afternoon.

The temperatures remain low with around -1 deg C at present with an occasional average of wind. Last night the winds were extremely strong bringing in a lot of wind blown snow and depositing a lot of snow in valleys. It looks like the wind will calm down today with tomorrow being sunny and calm.   Read more ...

Yuzawa Now!

Sunday 31st December 2006, 9:46am
Weather conditions: Cloud, light snow
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Another sprinkling of snow overnight as the wintery conditions continue this morning. While it will stay cold for all of today, it looks as though the snowfall for the most part has cleared up this time round as we are set to have a cloudy day and then it looks like New Years Day may well be fine and we might see the sun as well.

As the snow has cleared, visibility is better and conditions out there are looking good.
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Furano Now!

Sunday 31st December 2006, 9:51am
Weather conditions: Light snow, sunny spells.
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
It's a beautifull morning here in Furano; we received 10cm of perfect, dry, powder snow here in town last night so it should be great up on the mountain. The snow is still falling but pretty light at the moment and the sun is poking through so it looks very pretty out there. The temperature is -6 at the moment and not predicted to get above -3 today.

It's a perfect day to finish the year and I hope it continues into 2007. There is a big New Years Eve party here tonight at the New Prince Hotel with live DJ, snowmobiling, fireworks, etc. After midnight everyone will be heading down to the local shrine and temple to welcome in the new year the traditional way and ring the bell 108 times.

Happy New Year!

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Naeba Now!

Sunday 31st December 2006, 9:52am
Weather conditions: cloudy with the occasional sunny spells
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
The last day of the year......There's the odd fluttering of snow with flashes of sun light through a predominantly grey sky. We had 7cm of snow overnight to cap of the snowfall from yesterday and the previous night.

All operational this morning, the first of the Naeba gondolas are winging their way up the rope-ways - both dai 1 and dai 2 gondolas are opening imminently. There's a brisk breeze with a chilly -4 in the village, so expect to be snuggling up to your fellow passenger on the chair lift, pick the quads and sit in the middle!

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Niseko Now!

Sunday 31st December 2006, 9:57am
Weather conditions: Snowing and Cloudy
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
The snow started yesterday and is continuing now as a light flurry. About 30 cms has accumulated in the last 24 hours, which will top off the recent dustings had in the past few days.

Riding today will be great, and in the right spots, bottomless. Suggestions are to head to Hanazono and Annupuri, or if out there early, the groomed runs will have a nice cover on them.

Visibility is not so great, with low lying cloud cover, which is forecast to rise as the day goes on, so start low and make your way to the top.

The forecast is for the temperatures to stay below zero over the long-term, so this may be the end to the spring-like conditions. Some light flurries are expected over the next few days and leading up to some heavy snow-fall by mid-late next week.

Just in time for the new year. Have a good night tonight, and hope that 2007 brings you the cheer and joy you're after.

P.S: A few runs down Miharashi, confirmed that there is bottomless powder out there today, get stuck into it, remember it's your last chance this year!!!   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Sunday 31st December 2006, 10:12am
Weather conditions: Light snow, cloud
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Another cold morning here with temperatures outside telling me it's -9 at the moment. There has been a sprinkling of snow again overnight but at the moment it is cloudy. Possibly snowing in some higher regions of the resort area, but set to clear up later in the day and maybe even the sun shine through.

More places opening up now as Shiga Kogen gets into full gear for the season. Most lifts are now operating (apart from a few at Yakebitaiyama and Ichinose) and conditions are now good for the New Year. Phew, that was a close call.

There is also nighta tonight at the following resort areas:

Sun Valley
Ichinose Family
Ichinose Diamond

It looks like New Years Day may be a fine and sunny one. With the good conditions out there, it will be a great way to start the new year. Have a fun time today and tonight and see you in 2007.   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Sunday 31st December 2006, 10:30am
Weather conditions: Snow, to begin to clear.
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Another snowy beginning to the day in Nozawa. Snow is falling lightly from Yamabiko all the way down into the village. With good bases now covering the whole resort, all lifts are open and operating, as they have been since mid morning yesterday. Bases in the lower reaches range from 40cm to 80cm. Yamabiko and Uenotaira are reported to have the same base depths as yesterday of 130cm and 100cm respectively.

By all accounts it was an awesome day on the mountain yesterday: deep fresh snow and plenty of space for everyone.

The outlook is for the snow to continue to fall lightly until tonight. It will be a clear cold night, then cloud will develop Monday until light snow begins again Tuesday afternoon.
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Hakuba Now!

Sunday 31st December 2006, 10:52am
Weather conditions: broken clouds, light wind, nil precipitation
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Good Morning Sports Fans! We awoke this morning to mostly clear skies and light to calm winds in the valley floor. The peaks are resplendent in their scenic magesty. There are a few clouds lazing about but no evidence of the tree shaking blasts that where experienced yesterday although there is still moderate winds at ridge top (2,000 m a.s.l.*). For the exponents of mechanical lift-accessible terrain you will be happy to hear that practically all the lifts at all the lift company areas are in operation. Due to the recent mini-dump and cool temperatures, allowing artificial snow to be produced, there is now top to bottom coverage. "Packed powder" is the nature of this coverage. So get out there and "give 'er"! But remember this is early in a, so far, low snow season. Loud powder (thinly covered rocks) is around, full of lurking p-tex shredders.

Our trained snow observers report that yesterday intense scouring of the north-west aspects of the ridge tops occurred. Yesterday at the Hira Kawa snow study plot (830 m a.s.l., i.e. in the valley bottom) we observed gusts of "strong" wind (over 40 kph) in the mid morning. Late in the day on a brief low elevation reconnaissance there was observed noticable solar effect on the surface (melt-freeze crusts were forming) with a few minor point release type sluffs. This morning overnight surface hoar development in the valley bottom was observed.

On a more serious note there was firm evidence of a cycle of "large" i.e. size 3** from the south-east aspects of Shakushi Dake and Yari ga Dake ("Banana Chute" ran). The fracture lines are visible from the valley floor but are rapidly refilling with wind-transported snow. These features were probably loaded by the high winds and the probable triggers were over-loading and sun effect. With this evidence it is not hard to immagine other less steep features being primed and ready to go at the touch of one or many huminoids.


Hira Kawa snow study plot (830 m a.s.l.) observations at 0700 hrs.:

Sky: overcast (100% cloud cover)
Temperature: -5C
Wind: Calm
Precipitation: Nil
Barometric pressure and trend: 929 hPa and rising slowly
HN (height of new snow): trace of ice (winds and solar effectfrom yesterday)
HS(height of snow on the ground): 38 cm


Hazard Assessment:

Below Tree Line (BTL): Moderate and deteriorating with day-time warning on solar affected aspects especially.

At Tree Line (TL) "Considerable" meaning that natural avalanches are possible, and human triggered avalanches are probable. The natural triggering of large avalanches in steep, high elevation terrain indicates that less steep, lower elevation slopes, especially when sun affected should be treated with respect.

Above Tree Line (ATL) the hazard should be considered as "High", i.e. natural and human triggered avalanches are likely. With this rapid heavy loading and "moderate" to "high" winds the 'great, white, open' areas should be handled carefully. The threat is now from above. Large natural avalanches have been observed. Don't let bright sun fog your judgement.

* a.s.l.: above sea level
** could bury and destroy a car, damage a truck, destroy a wood frame house, or break a few; typical mass 10 to the 4th tonnes; typical path length 2,000 m.   Read more ...

SnowJapan Daily 'Now' reports

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30th May, 10:10
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06th May, 15:13pm
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23rd Apr, 17:30
Furano Now
22nd Apr, 10:12am
Madarao Now
20th Apr, 9:52am
Nozawa Onsen Now
20th Apr, 9:51am
Niseko Now
20th Apr, 9:50am
Naeba Now
20th Apr, 9:49am
Myoko Now
20th Apr, 9:48am
Minakami Now
20th Apr, 9:47am
Hakuba Now
20th Apr, 9:40am
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Yuzawa Now
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