Snow and weather reports posted on Thursday 5th December 2019
Saturday 3rd December 2011, 9:44am
Rain, cloud, windy
It is a quite start to the day though actually feeling colder than it is due to some strong winds gushing about. Winds started whipping up something bad yesterday evening and they have only started to calm somewhat in the last few hours but we do have windy conditions forecast for the day. Down in Yuzawa town today the temperatures will rise to around 14 degrees - up on Kagura this morning it is +3.
Spots of rain falling this morning as well. While the open part of the course at Kagura is covered, the areas to the sides are looking very patchy up there now. But we can hope for some snow overnight and so I hope to bring more positive news in tomorrows report. Read more ...
Saturday 3rd December 2011, 9:46am
Overcast, upper mountains obscured
A bit of a rainy day here in Hakuba with fairly heavy rain that started early this morning. With dark cold and rainy weather, it does not really feel like winter has started at all here at the moment. Although with any luck this precipitation will be falling as snow at higher elevations.
The freezing level was working it way down the mountain yesterday and all the upper peaks are nice and white with a blanket of snow looked fantastic.
It looks like by Monday the temperatures are going to start to fall again and snow is expected next week.
As with many seasons here in Hakuba, when the snows come they come in huge amounts in a short period.
Nature pushed the reset button overnight. We had snow down to almost base up to yesterday, but high winds and rains have erased all the white stuff. It will be back—but whether in time for the intended openings is always the question of the season. It almost looks like it could be turning toward snow right now, as a matter of fact.... The winds are down a bit, and may be shifting a little to the west.
Waiting and hoping continue!
The official (planned) openings for the ski areas are:
Akakura Kanko Ski Area (Akakan): December 17 Akakura Onsen Ski Area: mid-December Ikenotaira Ski Area: December 17 Myoko Suginohara: December 23 Madarao Kogen Ski Area: Pre-open December 10-11; full open December 16 Seki Onsen Ski Area: no official date posted for this year (December 1 last season) Tangram Madarao: December 17
These dates are when they officially open, of course; if there's no snow, they won't be opening; if there's heavy snow, many will open earlier. We'll keep you posted!
Last night I posted how it suddenly got very windly and cold last night. Well, the winds continued overnight and there are still howling winds blowing things around outside at the moment. The forecast was for rain today but in town right now it is just cloudy and a mild 11 degrees or so - due to rise to perhaps as high as 15 this afternoon. With the winds as strong as they are I was a bit surprised that Kagura made it open this morning but they are up and running though it does look like unfortunately there are some spots of rain up there. Let's hope that clears up. Or better still, turns to snow.... and actually while it looks like we will get rain in town, snow is forecast for the upper slopes of Kagura tonight so fingers crossed it gives the runs up there a new coating as it is looking fairly patchy right now.
Kagura has the quad and pair lift running up on the main course. Read more ...
Saturday 3rd December 2011, 11:00am
It has been absolutely freezing around here for the last several days, but all that is about to change as a new weather system begins to push it's way through the area later this evening.
At 5 o'clock this morning it was a hefty -12. Thanks to a strengthening southerly wind, things have warmed up to around -1 in less than five hours. The storm coming through looks like it will walk the thin line between mountains of powder and a gritty wintry mix. Here's hoping to the former, but the current forecast calls for a snowy start, then a changeover to snow, rain, and sleet as the front makes its way across Central Hokkaido. The moisture content in the air is surprisingly high, so hopefully we will see some big accumulations from this, especially on the upper half of the mountain, which should see consistent snow fall throughout the storm.
The top of the mountain is currently at 60cm.
The bottom sits at 30cm.
Snowmaking crews have been working during this coldsnap to even out rough areas, fill in thin spots, and make your Furano experience as enjoyable as possible. Tomorrow looks like it's going to get wild, so today, with it's beautiful skies and relatively warm temperatures, will certainly be the day to be out on the mountain. Read more ...
Saturday 3rd December 2011, 11:48am
It has been a very mild and grey day in Niseko so far this morning. Temperatures sitting just above freezing with heavy cloud cover overhead.
No new precipitation since the last report but a nice little base of snow is building and we have a new system moving in on Sunday night that looks certain to add to it.
Hirafu opened the King Hooded Triple lift this morning, if we get a good amount of snow out of this new storm heading our way then talk is of the Gondola opening early next week. Read more ...
Shiga Kogen Now!
Saturday 3rd December 2011, 15:10pm
Not much to report in terms of changes in weather, though Yakebitaiyama has managed to get one pair lift running. It's all very limited though and hard to recommend other than for a first slide of the season.
The snow has actually retreated once again over the last 48 hours. This morning has been a mild one as well and right now there's quite a bit of blue sky up above, and the result of all this is that basically apart from the few runs that are open, the snow has dried up. It should start getting colder again later on this evening and into tomorrow we might get to see another thin blanket of new snow turn things white once more.
It should stay cold and in the negatives for the coming week, though not a great deal to expect in terms of decent cm of new snow.
Patience, folks... it's still early!
Resorts part open [3rd Dec 11]: Takamagahara Mammoth - one triple lift Ichinose Family - one pair lift Kumanoyu - one pair lift Yakebitaiyama - one pair lift Read more ...