Snow and weather reports posted on Wednesday 16th January 2019
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Thursday 7th March 2013, 8:02am
Waking this morning in Nozawa Onsen we have been greeted with some hazy fog. The sun is already piercing through so it is unlikely for this to last and we expect a clear bluebird day later. No new snowfalls are expected in the next 24 hours.
Today should almost be a carbon copy of yesterday. We will see spring conditions that will be fairly firm during the early morning, before becoming slushy. There will be very light weekday crowds along with light winds.
Yesterday was a classic spring day. Very warm turned the snow into fun and forgiving slush by lunchtime. Up top even became somewhat slushy. The only complaint regarding snow quality was sticky areas on the lower slopes. Otherwise the riding was good for such a warm day.
The forecast looks complicated at this point in time with some huge variation in weather and freezing level over a short space of time. Tomorrow we expect some light rain which will turn to snow later that night. It will be a cold morning Saturday before a dramatic warming period occurs. The freezing level is expected to climb 2000 meters in only a couple of hours. Following this warm peak another cool front is expected delivering snow Sunday and Monday.
Lifts operating: All lifts scheduled to be operating except Yunomine Pair Mizunashi Triple Challenge Pair Utopia Pair Hikage Number 2 Pair B line
Courses open: All courses open except Grand Prix Kandahar East Kandahar West Challenge 39
A nice sunny morning today, but one with lots of signs of change ahead.
High, thin clouds cover the sky, and the wind is warm - typical conditions before it (rain) arrives. Looks like it could start late this afternoon/evening, and continue through tomorrow. After that, things get very strange, as the freezing line moves way up past the peak of Myoko on Saturday night, then comes shooting down on Sunday with snow.... Could be some pretty strong winds up in the hills, so not an ideal time for backcountry travel.
But there's still a good snowpack out there! Get out, support your local (or favorite) hill, which hopefully is located around the base of Mt. Myoko (bit of local boosterism; sorry, but it is beautiful out there today).
Operations and official snow depths)
Akakura Kanko (Akakan) 330cm, 4C
Akakura Onsen 325cm,, 0C
Ikenotaira 280cm, -1C (must be an early report!)
Suginohara 240cm, 5C
Seki Onsen 550cm, -3C (a report that hasn't changed in three days; even in snowy Seki it ain't that cold!)
Kyukamura 420cm, -1C (March 4 report; come on, guys!)
Blue skies and mild temperatures this morning, further evidence that spring has definitely arrived in Minakami.
The groomers are in good condition, a little bit hard in the morning but again will soften up as the sun warms things up. A high of around 9C is expected in town this afternoon.
We can expect clear days with mild temperatures until next week. Snow is melting really fast in town areas with high temperatures. Read more ...
Thursday 7th March 2013, 9:09am
No new snowfall to report since yesterday from the Niseko area.
A lovely clear early morning here, but since then it has clouded over and it's becoming much greyer. Strong winds were expected again later today, but have been whipping up something more in the last hour or so. I can see the flags outside a restaurant nearby blowing about furiously right at the moment. Wind speeds up to 14m/s noted by the resorts and the top lifts at each resort area are on hold. I've said it before but strong winds have definitely been one of talking points of this season here in Niseko - apart from the often totally awesome snow conditions of course.
Resorts are posting temperatures of around -2C around base, but here in the Hirafu village area it is right now around +1C. It might well get as warm as around +5C today and there's a good chance there will be..... rain. Yes, the R word.
There's good news though as well. From tomorrow looks like we should see temperatures drop once again and be on the receiving end of another fresh delivery of snow with hopefully more also over the weekend. Might even get a decent amount.
Official Resort Snow Depths
Grand Hirafu & Niseko Hanazono Top - 475cm Bottom - 245cm
Niseko Annupuri Top - 400cm Bottom - 250cm
Niseko Village Top - 450cm Bottom - 230cm
Niseko base 6am: -6C, no new snowfall, clear weather. Moiwa 800m: no snowdrift development, -6C. Annupuri peak: -9.3C. Coastal data: wind SSE6m/s, 0.8m waves, pressure 1012hPa. At Annupuri peak the wind is expected to be W20m/s by 12pm. Currently Annupuri snow depth is 400cm at 1000m elevation.
Peak gate opening times are yet to be determined due to a strong westerly wind above 1000m. There has been no new snowfall overnight, however yesterday's strong wind has created snowdrifts leeward of knolls above 800m elevation. These will easily collapse with slight stimulation, please be careful. Similar conditions have caused an accident in Moiwa bowl in the past.
On steep wind slopes above 1000m a hard slab has been developing from strong wind. A fall could trigger a fracture, causing an avalanche, please take care. An avalanche will occur anytime if the conditions are right regardless of how much snowfall there has been.
The mountain is currently changing from winter to spring conditions. Temperatures will rise with the approaching low pressure this afternoon, causing some melt. The snow in the trees has not been reset, but conditions are not bad. Ducking ropes to enter prohibited areas is forbidden in Niseko. Have a safe day. Read more ...
Thursday 7th March 2013, 9:15am
Clear but slightly overcast
Lovely day yesterday though it ended up somewhat overcast. Warm too. We knew that though. Today will be a bit warmer still, and hopefully the peak of this particilar warm spell for the time being anyway. Temps up to double figures later on perhaps? Windy too early this morning.
Tomorrow will remain mild and we might see some rain fall. Sorry! But we're hoping it might cool down enough to turn into snow overnight and a bit of new snowfall over the weekend.
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 7th March 2013, 9:25am
Not quite as clear and blue this morning but still a fine start to the day here. Bit more overcast feel to the morning. Currently 0C but it's going to warm up again. There was a lot of dripping melting snow going on outside yesterday and no doubt more of the same today.
Snow conditions on the runs were a bit crusty to start off with yesterday here in Naeba, but by mid morning the sun had changed it to become more heavier and moist. The sounds of spring skiing were to be heard.
Bit of a spring wind in Naeba here, more so up at Kagura. But that doesn't seem to be bothering the ski lifts which are all open as planned this morning.
Similar story forecast for tomorrow with the addition of perhaps a chance of rain later on. Hopefully we can avoid that, we don't want that.
Official resort snow depth: Naeba - 330cm Kagura - 390cm Read more ...
Thursday 7th March 2013, 9:37am
Clear but overcast
As expected, yesterday was warm. Up to 10C warm, felt warmer than that almost. Harder conditions on the slopes early on but the warmth soon softened things up, especially on the lower areas of resorts. The sun stayed out for most of the day until late afternoon by which time it had became more overcast and cloudy as the day went on.
I'd expect more of the same today (and tomorrow as well) - it might even get a bit warmer still. It's already well above zero and a high of around 11C is expected this afternoon. Thankfully not much of a wind and so all resorts are open as planned this morning.
All very spring like though. As always at this time of the year we are wondering if and when we might see a return to winter-like conditions, and need to remember that in past seasons March has served us up some very nice surprises. Last year being a good example.
So it's bright and sunny early this morning but much more overcast than it was yesterday. There's a chance of rain later on today and tomorrow, hopefully snow at higher elevations.
Official snow depths and operations @ Thursday 7th March 2013 AM:
Hakuba Goryu: 0cm of new snowfall reported by Hakuba Goryu since yesterday. Official snow depths: Alps daira - 315cm; Toomi - 155cm; Iimori - 120cm
Hakuba 47: 0cm of new snowfall reported by Hakuba 47 since yesterday. Official snow depth: Upper - 250cm Lower - 150cm
It warmed up to about 11 degrees in town yesterday so a fair bit of snow melt going on. The sun was out for most of the day, though it got more overcast as the day went on after the blue start to the day. This morning starts off similarly. It's already about 7C and cloudy/overcast and it might get warmer still today.
We really want it to cool down a bit, but can't see that happening until Saturday and there's a chance of rain before then.
As expected it was a case of hard groomers yesterday morning and heavier soft granular snow later on in the morning and afternoon. Better snow as you get higher up.
I'd expect similar conditions today.
Official resort snow depths @ Thursday 7th March 2013, AM:
The mild spell continues. Cloudy to start with in Zao here, and about +3C at base. As of 8am this morning the resort was reporting a coldest temp of -3C up at Utopia. Strong winds outside but lifts around the mountain are moving as they should be.
Forecast? Well, seems there's a chance of rain tomorrow - possibly snow higher up - but then it should get colder from Saturday. Strong winds through today and into the weekend though so we need to keep an eye on that...
It is another glorious day in Furano with blue skies surrounding the resort and plenty of sunshine. Despite a chilly start to the day the temperatures will quickly rise this morning and may break zero in the village. Yesterdays snowfall left 5cm of accumulation at base level. Snow is forecast from this afternoon. Read more ...
Shiga Kogen Now!
Thursday 7th March 2013, 10:00am
Some cloud, fine
Nice day yesterday, even if it did get much warmer than we would like.
There is more cloud around this morning but it's another mild start to the day and we are expecting it to warm up more than yesterday by this afternoon.
A sprinkling of snow perhaps tomorrow night but mostly the coming week seems to be a mix of sun and cloud. Temperatures set to be up and down though colder Sunday and Monday.
Snow conditions on the slopes as you would expect them to be with this warmth. If you come expecting spring conditions you won't be disappointed, but don't expect to find deep powder at the moment!
Nighta operations planned for tonight at the following resort areas: Ichinose Family
Official resort snow depths as of Thursday 7th March 2013 AM: