Snow and weather reports posted on Thursday 20th February 2020
Thursday 31st January 2013, 7:31am
There's not much to report this morning other than it is a lovely blue sky start to the day. Hardly any wind, blue sky all around, all is calm. Just a dusting of snow since yesterday but all signs of the clouds have gone now. And more of the same is probable tomorrow as well with it clouding over later on in the day and warming up more than today.
Saturday to be even warmer still and a chance of rain.
Official resort snow depth: Naeba - 260cm Kagura - 370cm Read more ...
Thursday 31st January 2013, 7:56am
None of the resorts have submitted snow reports today--maybe busy doing those end-of-the-month billings and reporting--but I'll give you the officially, me-observed data for the last day of January. We basically got just a light dusting of snow, after maybe 10cm of wind-blown micro-powder yesterday (tiny, tiny crystals that mean slow skiing). The temperature is currently -5.6°C according ot the outside monitor, and it is a beautiful, snny day.
Enjoy it while you can, because it looks like warm, rainy days for two days, and then winter comes back--a little scary for backcountry conditions, if a rain crust freezes hard and fresh falls on top. Not fun elsewhere, either, to be honest. Remember, cruising the piste is still fun and easier on the knees than ice chunks.
Operations and official snow depths (all for 01/30
Akakura Kanko (Akakan) 300cm, -2C
Akakura Onsen 290cm, -3C
Ikenotaira 220cm, -3C
Suginohara 245cm, -5C
Seki Onsen 460cm, -5C
Kyukamura 390cm, 2C (why are they in the plus range? I think the thermometer is too near the onsen)
No new cm of snowfall to report from Niseko this morning, there has just been a slight dusting here in the Hirafu village area. It is a relatively mild and calm morning here. Right now the thermometer is telling me it's -1C and that's in fact what Niseko Grand Hirafu is reporting as well. Coldest temperature reported from the resorts this morning is -8C over at Annupuri.
So it's all calm conditions out there this morning and all of the lifts on the mountain look set to be operating this morning as normal.
It's a more cloudy and overcast feel to the morning early on. Lots of grey cloud over in the direction of Mt Yotei. Similar conditions are currently forecast for tomorrow as well.
Official Resort Snow Depths
Grand Hirafu & Niseko Hanazono Top - 400cm Bottom - 180cm
Niseko Annupuri Top - 330cm Bottom - 220cm
Niseko Village Top - 375cm Bottom - 220cm
Niseko base 6am: -5C, no snowfall and calm morning. Coastal data: NNE3m/s, 1013hPa, calm ocean. Annupuri peak: NW4.5m/s, -9.3C. Moiwa peak: mild wind, -8C and light development of snowdrift. A high-pressure system is predominating and the weather is calm over the Niseko range. According to observations and various data evaluations, the snow below 1000m is stabilizing, however stabilization of slopes above 1100m, highly affected by the wind, is delayed. Caution is required. Gates 2 & 3 are scheduled to open at 10am. Ask the ski patrol's advice before stepping out of the gates.
The opening/closing decision of the gates is based on evaluation of snowfall and other observations. When a gate is closed, the area beyond there should not be touched. A closed gate is a silent message to prevent potential accidents.
Over-grown cornices can collapse suddenly; pausing on top or below a cornice is a very bad idea. Traversing slopes under cornices or knolls must not become a habit. Unpredictable hazards are present all the time in the out of bounds area. Beware of over-speeding and hitting trees or falling into cracks. Carefully remain in controllable speed and choose slopes that are within your skiing/riding ability. The snow is in good condition. Read more ...
Thursday 31st January 2013, 9:01am
Clear and sunny. Bluebird.
Well todays report isn't going to be too difficult!
No new snow to report. The sun is out. Blue skies all around.
It's a stunning morning in Hakuba.
A cold start to the day, it was -7 degrees when I got up and now 'warmed up' somewhat to around -5. A high of around +4 in the village is likely today.
The forecast tells us to expect simular tomorrow but perhaps even warmer, and then still rain likely on Saturday. With freezing level forecast to be above 2000m, it's going to be touch and go if it might be raining right up to the top of the ski resorts as well. We can only hope that will not happen and wait to see. It does seem we are in for a run of milder conditions through into at least early in the week.
Should be good groomers early this morning. And don't forget the camera.
Official snow depths and operations @ Thursday 31st January 2013:
Hakuba Goryu: No snow reported up top from Hakuba Goryu this morning. Official snow depths: Alps daira - 320cm; Toomi - 170cm; Iimori - 140cm
Hakuba 47: No new snowfall reported by Hakuba 47 this morning. Official snow depth: Upper - 230cm Lower - 190cm
The clouds have dispersed for the most part and we are left with a sunny, bright morning here in Yuzawa.
It's mostly blue skies with some very thin wispy like clouds remaining in places this morning. There's just a slight breeze and the temperature is currently around 0C after dipping down to around -6 earlier on in the morning. A high of about 4-5C is forecast later this afternoon. It's looking like tomorrow is going to be more plus alpha. Sunny with things warming up further still.
Come Saturday, it might even be approaching double digit temperatures in the positive, so that's not particulary positive news to hear. Looks like we need to get past this warm spell before we can click back into cold winter like conditions. It still looks like rain is likely on Saturday unfortunately with hopefully a return to snow on Sunday (though we can't expect a major snowfall just yet).
The groomed slopes around town are looking very inviting this morning. And I'm sure it will feel brilliant to be out there on the mountain on a day like today.
Just want to point out the big jump in some of the numbers below for resorts in Minamiuonuma.... there hasn't been a huge amount of snow overnight, the numbers have just not been updated by the resorts for a bit.
Lovely blue clear skies over Madarao Kogen this morning.
A cold start but it should warm up during the day today and just a slight wind. The next few days we are going to be venturing into 'unseasonably warm' territory, with the mercury rising above zero - and in the case of tomorrow and early Saturday potentially a fair bit above that level. Chance of rain as well. Please no!
For now though a fine day today I reckon. All of the resort is open as planned.
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 ...
Thursday 31st January 2013, 9:35am
Sunny blue skies
A fine morning in Zao Onsen.
Mostly blue skies and the sun shining with just some white clouds here and there, hiding the sun from time to time and casting shadows on the slopes.
No new snow to report this morning and hardly any wind.
Taking a look forward at the forecast for the week. Hmmm, not much snow on there at all. Mostly sunny with cloud, the chance of some snow showers and even a bit of rain around Saturday. Tomorrow and Saturday in particular are going to be unseasonably warm but it does look like from Sunday onwards we will return to somewhat colder conditions again.
There are clear blue skies over Shiga Kogen this calm and quiet morning. It was a cold start too, though we are set to warm up quickly during the day today.
Looks like lots of areas are going to be on the receiving end of some rain on Saturday. Hopefully up here we can avoid that if temperatures stay lower. We certainly have a better chance than lots of other places, so fingers crossed.
Not a whole lot of snow on the week forecast as it stands at the moment, and we are in for our fair share of clearer conditions
Nighta operations planned for tonight at the following resort areas: Ichinose Family Ichinose Diamond
Official resort snow depths as of Thursday 31st January 2013 AM:
Well, what a day we have in Nozawa this morning; crystal clear skies with a couple of wispy high clouds. The Sea of Japan will be visible from near the summit. If you like fair weather skiing then today is your day. If you like spring skiing you will also enjoy the turns on offer. Runs will be slushy with the strong sun and warm temperatures as it’s nearly above freezing all the way to the top. Like the past couple of days crowds are non-existent.
Yesterday was a fun day on the slopes. Good powder fields were on offer through the trees at Yamabiko as light snow continued throughout the day. With the small crowds vast stretches of untracked Japan powder was accessible using a bit of local knowledge, although avalanche conditions are still dangerous. Groomed runs were for the most part firm and fast; a great day for testing out the edges.
Unfortunately the forecast does not look so good. There are no two ways about it. We should expect very warm temperatures with rain tomorrow and Saturday. The temperature will drop to below sea level on Sunday, with quite a bit of snow possible. However, on Monday another warm front should pass through the region with the possibility of even more rain. It looks like after Monday we will finally in the clear with cold temperatures and possible snow making a return.
Lifts operating: All lifts operating except Yunomine pair Mizunashi triple Challenge pair Utopia pair Higake Number 2 pair B line
Courses open: All courses open except Kandahar East
Clouds have hung around the tops for most of the day so far leading to flat light conditions at times depending on how much sunlight is able to penetrate. Temperatures are certainly warmer than they have been recently and around the village the higher temperatures and sunshine have led to melting taking place on roofs and the roads, but the cloud hovering over the mountain itself has done a good job of protecting the slopes. The pistes are well groomed and most of the side powder has now been skied out. Tomorrow is also looking to be quite warm but the good news is there is some snow heading this way over the weekend. Read more ...
Thursday 31st January 2013, 16:43pm
Stunning blue skies today - a welcome break in some of the overcast weather we have been having of late. Coldish temperatures meant that the groomed slopes were very inviting this morning and conditions stayed fantastic all day, though some of the lower slopes took a bit of a beating under the non-stop sun.
It looks as if it will be the same again tomorrow, though the afternoon could see some cloud coming over to spoil the party. This will be the start of the precipitation that will go through the weekend and into early next week. Plenty of snow showers on the way. Read more ...