Snow and weather reports posted on Friday 17th April 2020
Friday 4th January 2013, 8:18am
It's still snowing like mad, I'm still going out to play (and the snow thrower is even more on the fritz), but here is your timely report for Friday, January 4.
It's snowing. Because of the machine troubles I didn't get out to properly measure the snow, but there's a lot more on top of yesterday's really massive fall. We've got to be somewhere around 1 meter total for these two days, although it does settle down pretty quickly. Still means lots of powder to play in today. It was really cold overnight, as you'll see in the snow reports. Looks a little higher temps tomorrow, although still in the minus side, with some sun.
I suspect the resorts are busy, too; a lot of reports aren't in yet.
60-80cm is what Kagura are reporting this morning. That's new snowfall since yesterday, not the snow depth!
Here in Naeba, it's 40cm-60cm. I'd say there was a good half metre where I was this morning. Took a bit of effort to get the door open.
The current weather conditions are affecting the lifts a bit though - the Dragondola connecting Naeba with Tashiro is closed, and at Mitsumata just from the Ropeway to Kagura Number 1 pair lift is open.
You know what that means? We get some more snow today and tomorrow is just going to be heaven out there. The sun might well be out tomorrow as well. I know I'd be lining at the front of the queue for the first lift... if I didn't have to post another report to tell you about it tomorrow morning.
(Ignore the official snow depth just increasing by 0cm at Kagura and 10cm at Naeba... that's just silly!)
Official resort snow depth: Naeba - 150cm Kagura - 270cm
All runs at Naeba open apart from Splash Bowl. Top area may be closed at times. Daishamen lift closed today. Some lifts opening late as the resorts cope with snow The Dragondola is closed today due to conditions. Read more ...
Friday 4th January 2013, 9:19am
The weather is looking good for today so don't delay and get out there now. The wind has disppeared at base, another 7cm of fresh snow fell throughout yesterday, and all lifts are operating. Snow conditions have returned to powder and will stay that way with the consistent low temperatures that are forecast over the next week. Walking along the footpaths this morning you could hear that squeaky sound of dry dry snow. The weekend should be a cracker with clear weather on Saturday and heavy snow on the radar for Saturday evening. Read more ...
Friday 4th January 2013, 9:40am
Cloud, light snow
It's a cold start to the day this morning, around -11C earlier on and outside it says -10C now. Expect temperatures down to -16C or even -18C as Annupuri are reporting this morning on upper areas of the mountain.
Yesterday the winds messed around with lift operations on the mountain. Some lifts were open and closed a few times during the day. For example the King 4 and Ace 4 lifts at Niseko Grand Hirafu opened mid-morning but then closed again before noon due to the persistent winds. The Hirafu Gondola closed around 12:30pm only to open again an hour or so later - apparently 'mechanical adjustment' being the reason, not the need for a lunch break!
This morning is much calmer in Niseko. The winds have eased off and just light snow is falling now allowing most lifts on the mountain to be moving as normal. Top lifts all operating this morning. There's still a moderate wind at times over on the Annupuri and Niseko Village areas, less so on the Grand Hirafu and Hanazono side.
Visibility fair, poor in places as the mountain is covered in cloud, but much better out there without the wind. Should be some fine dry powder to find as well, though I doubt you'll need to go searching...
The forecast is for maybe not so cold conditions tomorrow and an easing off of the snow clouds for a bit before returning in time for Sunday. It looks like in the coming week the snow is never going to be far away. Just how we like it, with perhaps a bit of sun every now and again for some bluebird photo opps.
I forgot to mention in yesterdays report what the JMA snowfall 'target' for January 2013 is. Last season (January 2012) there was 290cm of snowfall in Kutchan town, and 420cm in January 2011. The 2011 number sounds like a good one to try and hope for, don't you think?!
Official Resort Snow Depths
Grand Hirafu & Niseko Hanazono Top - 325cm Bottom - 150cm
Niseko Annupuri Top - 260cm Bottom - 190cm
Niseko Village Top - 295cm Bottom - 185cm
Niseko base 6am: -13C, 25cm of light crystal snow. Coastal data: NW13m/s, 1.8m waves, 1013hPa. Moiwa 800m: NW15m/s, -15C and moderate snowdrift development of light snow. Annupuri 1000m: NW15m/s and 250cm snowpack.
Winter pressure pattern continues, but the wind is moderate as the pressure gradient is not too steep. Although the snowdrifts are still slowly developing, the stabilization is catching up, and the general avalanche risk is low. The snow in the trees has been reset and is in excellent condition.
The general avalanche risk may be low, but the hazard levels differ from location and altitude. Leeward steep slopes above tree-line where snowdrifts and cornice development are continuous are typical avalanche terrain and the risk should be considered high all the time. Steep open slopes with great vertical drop, such as the Backbowl's sidewalls should be avoided during this time of the season. You may have been just lucky not to be caught in an avalanche. Always keep in mind that an avalanche may strike you while you ski/ride in the out of bounds areas. Avalanches run along the valley, better not unnecessarily remain at the valley bottoms. Beware of frostbites and hitting trees. Opening of gate 2 & 3 is undecided; please respect the ski patrolâ€™s instructions. Have a safe day. Read more ...
Friday 4th January 2013, 10:07am
A very good morning from a very snowy Yuzawa.
It is one of those mornings when it is difficult to put a number on how much snow has fallen. Let's just call it a lot. I'll tell you what the resorts are saying. First up the headline is a whopping 60-80cm of new snowfall at Kagura. Naeba are saying 40-60cm and resorts around town have said between 30cm and 50cm. A lot.
It's a cold -5C start to the day. Winds are affecting some resorts with the Tashiro area of Kagura closed this morning as well as the Dragondola link of course to Naeba. Mitsumata is also limited but other resorts around town seem to be open as normal.
Snow is expected to continue through the day and tomorrow we should have clearer conditions - perhaps the sun. It should be a very fine weekend with excellent conditions pretty much everywhere. Especially if we get the 20cm or so more snowfall today that is forecast locally.
This is the kind of snowfall we expect in Yuzawa, and lets hope there is lot more to come.
Conditions of course will have been transformed since a few days ago with all this new snow.
Just a few more cm of snow this morning since last night but the winds were really blowing a gale yesterday and so there are places of deep snow and others where there's less, so care is needed out there. Perhaps reflected in the snow depths reported from different areas of the resort - some going up today, some going down!
It is a very cold morning here. Paradise area recording a low of -16 degrees. An extra layer or two required today.
Very grey and cloudy this morning with snow falling in places and moderate winds still with us but not affecting lifts by the looks of things. We seem to be open as normal.
We can expect clearer weather conditions over the weekend. Not quite as cold and maybe get to see some blue sky and the sun.
It's windy out on them there mountains this morning! And cold too, down to a chilly -7 even in the village. Expect temperatures down into the minus double digits on the mountain.
This morning new snow to report from around the valley. Just a bit down in the village with up to 15cm at Hakuba Goryu and up to 10cm at Hakuba 47. Another 30-40cm is being reported by Hakuba Cortina this morning meaning that once again the Deep Award goes over to that resort in Otari. Oh, but shhh.... don't tell anyone! as some would say... ;)
Upper lifts at Happo-one closed this morning due to the wind conditions. The Gondola and Line C at Hakuba 47 aren't moving yet and the top lifts at Goryu are prone to be affected.
Changeable weather conditions this morning. Cloudy for the most part but breaks in the cloud and even some blue sky on show from time to time. Light snow is forecast for the day.
Sunny conditions likely tomorrow and clearer conditions forecast into next week.
It's going to be a busy weekend I reckon - early start recommended!
Official snow depths and operations @ Friday 4th January 2013 AM: Please note that resort lift operations are subject to change at any time.
Hakuba Goryu: 2-3cm on lower slopes and 15cm on upper slopes - new snow reported from Hakuba Goryu. Official snow depths: Alps daira - 260cm; Toomi - 125cm; Iimori - 100cm
Hakuba 47: 4cm of new snow reported on lower slopes, 10cm on upper, by Hakuba 47 this morning. Official snow depth: Upper - 210cm Lower - 95cm
It started snowing yesterday early in the morning and this morning the results of that are about 20cm on the valley and up to an impressive 85cm of new snowfall up at Tenjindaira.
Tenjin is closed for now. Other than that resorts do seem to be open though you might expect some lifts to be operating at reduced speed.
Icy conditions on the road this morning, so drive carefully!
Snow is expected to continue through the day and tomorrow we should have great conditions and perhaps even the sun. Read more ...
Friday 4th January 2013, 10:39am
And today is even better. 50-60cm of new snowfall being reported by the snow and evidence of such a snowfall at my feet. How's that for a number this morning. Heavy snowfall since yesterday has really given us some deep conditions this morning and conditions that have prevented some lifts from opening on time as staff arrive (eventually) and get to grips with all that snow.
As light as the snow is, it sure is heavy! Hope that makes sense!
The snow continues to fall and it is cold this morning. Poor visibility on the slopes.
The storm should be passed by tomorrow when the sun probably be out shining down on us and it won't be as cold as it is today.
Great conditions. I hope you can partake and enjoy.
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 ...
Shiga Kogen Now!
Friday 4th January 2013, 10:52am
According to my eyes, there has been at least 20-30cm of new snow fall since yesterday. Probably more on the mountain. Wind has been blowing it around the last day or so, and so varying and of course Shiga Kogen covers a large area....
The only snow depth number listed below - those being the official numbers that the resorts report of course - that has changed to reflect the new snowfall is the one for Terakoya. Well done Terakoya! It's somewhat frustrating that the resorts don't seem to want to keep those numbers up to date and celebrate the new snow. If I were a resort, I'd be shouting about it and dancing around. But, anyway, that's what I am here for - to tell you how much has actually fallen!
Snow will likely ease later on and tomorrow is due to be a fine and sunny day according to the forecasts.
Nighta operations planned for tonight at the following resort areas: Ichinose Family Ichinose Diamond Yakebitaiyama
Official resort snow depths as of Friday 4th January 2013 AM:
After yesterdays dump the snow has continued overnight delivering an additional 60cm of powder, much to the delight of everyone in Nozawa. This top up was needed and has returned Nozawa Onsen to the magical winter wonderland that we all know and love, with seemingly limitless fresh lines and many buried cars. Add 10cm more this morning since 8am.
At the moment in Nozawa we have cold temperatures and continued snow falls albeit at a lesser intensity in comparison with the last 36 hours. There is also a bit of wind about today, but it is by no means strong.
The Japanese new years holiday has finished and with most of the Japanese guest returning home the resort is markedly quieter. There should be few lift lines on the mountain today! It's weekend tomorrow though so we can expect some crowds.
Snow showers should continue for the rest of the day before a return to clear weather. It should be a brilliant day on the mountain tomorrow with clear sunny weather, cold temps and very light winds forecast.
Looking further ahead, we should see some more snow showers passing through the region on Sunday.
Lifts operating: All lifts operating.
Courses open: All courses open except: Kandahar West Mizunashi A
Official snow depths Yamabiko 275cm
Official new snowfall 60cm (Yamabiko) 60cm (Uenotaira) 50cm (Karasawa) Read more ...