Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 17th February 2020
Friday 8th February 2008, 8:30am
Well, the weather didn't turn yesterday. The skies were blue all day and it was a great day for riding despite there being no fresh snow the night before. Unlike most other sunny days this season the hill didn't bake in the sun but rather maintained a nice soft cover of sugar-like snow. It really didn't where you went riding, everyone was having a great time all over the mountain. Today looks much the same, the sun is out and the skies are quite clear. At some point in the next 24 hours we should get a light snowfall but it probably wont be a great deal. Avalanche risk is low.
Blue skies yesterday morning but the wind picked up and clouds came in around lunchtime dropping a few casual flakes. Some strong winds on exposed slopes yesterday meant cold blasts but nicely groomed runs, no lift lines, uncrowded slopes, powder from the last snowfall and some fresh snow Wednesday night made for a sweet day.
Low cloud and snow flurries this morning, visibility poor down to 1000m with changeable Westerlies gusting in exposed areas. -6 in the valley so will be cold up top especially on exposed slopes due to wind-chill, wrap up warm.
Backcountry Travel Advisory:
Pick conservative lines and use good group control and safety measures. There are still multiple shear layers in the upper 1 m of the snow pack that may propagate and create avalanches in steep moderate and complicated terrain. Alpine bowls and chutes with big consequences should be avoided or reassessed for stability. Do not get fooled by the Ice Crust of January 12 as it is still a lingering week layer and faceting around this layer is prominent and depth hoar has also been found around this layer in multiple areas. Shear and compression tests have found moderate results on this layer and the shear plane is very clean and could produce problems so do assess stability of this layer before jumping in.
Take due care out there and take mellow lines in simple terrain.
Yesterday was a big mixture of weather and conditions. The morning started all sunny, but by lunchtime clouds had covered upper mountain and it was snowing heavily, yet in town we had minimal snowfall. 5cm in town in the last 24hrs, but expect to be pleasantly surprised with more on the upper mountain.
The mountain is glowing orange this morning basking in the morning sun and looks a treat. Groomers today will be the pick, although expect to find those pockets of fresh for yesterday afternoon's upper mountain storm.
The forecast for the weekend looks dry, however late Monday we are expecting a big storm to hit, and possibly next Tuesday will be a storm day.
The halfpipe is currently being reshaped, so is closed to the public today.
Don't forget about the cultural evening on this Saturday in town. Read more ...
Friday 8th February 2008, 9:07am
Overcast and snowing lightly
Yesterday the snow fell lightly throughout most of the day and continued through to this morning but only amounted to 15cm. The snow is forecast to continue through to this evening, hopefully bringing another 10-15cm.
The wind was strong yesterday in the alpine areas and has scoured some ridges. Today the wind is moderate above 1300m but should ease in the afternoon.
The weekend forecast is for snow on Saturday evening that should continue through to mid morning Sunday. There may be some strong winds on Sunday as an occluded front passes over Central Japan.
Backcountry 30cm of fresh snow sitting on the wind packed snow from the weekend, with still some facets around the sun crust of 10 days ago at 80cm. Caution advised in steep terrain.
Avalanche Hazard: Alpine: Considerable Tree Line: Moderate Below Tree line: Moderate Read more ...
Friday 8th February 2008, 9:25am
Cloud, light snow
A bit disappointing this morning, with only 5cm or so of new snow (we were told to expect more) but it's still a topup and light snow is falling at the moment and though the mountains are mostly visible the tops are shrouded in grey snow clouds and snow is forecast for the day.
Almost don't want to mention it due to them being wrong of late, but the forecast for the weekend as it stands now is sun/cloud Saturday, with cloud on Sunday and Monday. Expect possible changes to that though.
Look out for an update to this page this evening with the latest. Read more ...
Friday 8th February 2008, 9:26am
Cloud, white sky
So it's been good. The conditions that is. It (the weather) seems to have been putting the white stuff down on us pretty much continuously over the last week. Nice.
Some of the lucky punters have been hitting the top lifts at Naeba and getting fresh tracks on the Mount Takenoko top 2 man every morning! Without fail. Nice.
It seems to be a bit of a dead calm around here this morning, and just to prove me wrong a light breeze has just whipped up the flags outside - so lets say 'there's a gentle breeze'. The low cloud shrouds the main hill whilst the rest of the sky remains blank white. No sun today.
Now let's talk about the half-pipe at Asagai. Good shape. Reports from most of the riders have been along the lines of 'best shape ever' etc... So I've been venturing around this pipe thing over the last week - and yes indeed the shape DOES look good and it rides good. But better, is the level of riders - really worth a look - take the lift up at Asagai and scoot over to the halfpipe (far-side from the lift) - lurk around half way up the pipe and your sure to be struck in awe, for when dude rider pops out right next to you above your head, styling and tweaking then your in real life playstation. Rock on. Read more ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Friday 8th February 2008, 9:41am
More new snow for Nozawa again today, perhaps 10cm on the doorstep this morning. It has stopped now but we are expecting it to return this afternoon. Yesterday the powder was shin deep in patches on a firm base, but the top got tracked out very early on due to it being an unusually busy weekday. It was cold, windy and quite unpleasant in the afternoon.
Fine weather is forecast for the first day of the long weekend. Next week the weather is forecast to get a lot colder and for heavier snow to come through.
Grey skies this morning with light snow falling overnight and earlier on so a sprinkling of new snow. Today is a bit colder than yesterday with some areas showing temperatures down in the minus double figures once again. Snow is forecast for the day but right now it isn't snowing but looks like it might be changeable weather.
Tomorrow looks like it should be quite fine weather so a good start to the long weekend for those travelling to the area. Here's to a great weekend.
Night operations planned at the following resort areas of Shiga Kogen today:
Quite cold today with midday temps at -6C on Akakura's slopes. Winds have also picked up considerably, even at gelende level. Suginohara has slighter winds than the Akakura side, so I've picked that as the pick-of-the-day for today.