Snow and weather reports posted on Tuesday 12th November 2019
Monday 8th February 2010, 7:34am
Blue skies, some cloud
The snow clouds stuck around for perhaps longer than expected yesterday. The snowy and windy conditions remained especially in higher areas affecting the resort operations at Kagura in particular but calmer down at town level. By the end of the day for the resorts the snow had stopped for the most part and it started to clear up.
This morning, there is still some cloud but more blue sky and the sun is out right now. The forecast is for a sunny bright day and it looks like that is what we will get perhaps clouding over in the afternoon (or sooner?). With the good snowfall over the last few days conditions should be excellent out there. Pick of the day must go to Kagura - the main area up there hasn't been open for a few days and so there should be lots of deep powder to be found up there.
It is -2 degrees at the moment but Yuzawa town will see a high of around +5 later on in the day so it is going to warm up. This week we should see warmer temperatures still. Sadly it looks like we will also be having some rain tomorrow, followed by fine weather on Wednesday and then maybe more rain Thursday.
Great conditions in the morning with light winds and clear skies
Yesterday was a fabulous day on the mountain with knee deep powder across the resort. And after Saturday's lift closures the crowds were quick to carve it all up.
The weather today should be good with clear skies and light winds in the morning followed by some clouds in the afternoon. Unfortunately there is heavy rain on its way tonight, so those looking for some powder turns should get up there today and make the most of it.
Thankfully the good news is that Thursday's heavy rain has been replaced by snow.
The weekend saw a lot of people at the resort limited to a fairly small areas due to the at times wild conditions. Tons of snow and strong winds meant that lifts and courses were closed.
There'll be none of the today as while there's still a fair bit of cloud hanging on, the conditions have take a big turn and we already have part blue skies and the sun shining down on the mountains at the moment. It is a cold start but it will likely warm up fairly quickly.
Bottom line today though is that conditions are probably going to be close to perfect. With no-one up at the main Kagura resort area, it will be a powder paradise up there today for the lucky people able to. The weekend crowds have gone so there'll be the choice of all that untouched snow that we have got since Friday.
It's a fine morning in Zao after the very winter like weather over the weekend. Just a sprinkling of snow to report since yesterdays report but it is staying cold - not as cold as Saturday! - and the juhyo have seen some good progress. Today will be a day for the cameras as well as the quality skiing and very good conditions across the resort.
There is a small chance of rain overnight but hopefully if it stays cold that will be snow with light snow forecast for tomorrow followed by some fairer weather again on Wednesday. It certainly seems that we will see milder conditons for the next few days.
Myoko had a lot of snow over the weekend — wind, snow, more wind and more snow. It's hard to tell how much in total fell; it definitely was more than the resorts are reporting. Pretty heavy windpack out in the trees and backcountry; impossible to ski on Saturday, local reports have it, although better (at least for boarders) on Sunday.
That much windpack on top of some questionable layers in the snow (there are three distinct layers beginning at about 25cm below this latest heavy fall) means that caution is required. There was a major avalanche over in Shiga on a west-facing (ungroomed, currently unused) slope, and now with the sun coming out, the conditions are not getting any better. Choose your slope carefully (tours were called off on Sunday, just because it's too questionable, and probably impossible to ski down — probably a walk-down through the heavy snow!).
The winds of yesterday died down in the afternoon and overnight it was mostly fine with only the odd flurry of snow but no accumulation. The snowpack has become much more stable and today all gates are expected to open allowing people to access some fresh tracks. Careful though around cornices which are still quite unstable. It actually got a bit cooler last night than expected getting close to -10 in the valley. It is warming up though and is currently just a couple of degrees below freezing at village level and there is some light snow falling. Slightly cooler temps expected for the remainder of the week and some snow coming through Tuesday night into Wednesday as a low pressure system passes just north of us. A bit more snow later in the week but currently nothing big. Hopefully something substantial will hit us next week.
Current Official Snow Depths:
Grand Hirafu: Top - 295 Bottom - 180
Niseko Village: Top - 370 Bottom - 230
Annupuri: Top - 315 Bottom - 210
Niseko Avalanche Info No.55
Moiwa base 6am: -6℃, no new snowfall. Coastal data: SSW2m/s at Benkei cape, W9m/s, 2m waves and 1018hPa at Kamui cape. The sea and the mountains are both calm and there are no new developments of snowdrifts. Annupuri peak: SW10m/s, -10℃. The snow on top of Jan 31st layer is rounding and stable. Snow temperature stagnating around -11℃ until 90cm, and -8℃ below Jan 31st layer. The snow on the ridgelines exposed to the strong wind has changed to hard crust and is difficult to ski. The cornices have grown big and are unstable. Stay away from them as they could collapse anytime. The overall avalanche risk is moderate, however slides from Jan 31st layer are still to be considered in some 40°slopes with compacted drifted snow. Better not stimulate slopes around cornices, knolls and cliffs. The snow below timberline is good. Peak gates are scheduled to open at 10:00. Listen to the ski patrol’s instructions. Have a nice day.
It's another beautiful day here in Hakuba, with blue clear skies which are set to stay throughout the day. Towards the afternoon there could be slightly more cloud cover, and later tonight the forecast is predicting heavy rain. This means you need to get out there and enjoy it while you can.
Within the trees there is still plenty of powder to be found, on the runs you can expect groomers, compacted powder, and some icy conditions in the early morning.
The temperatures for the coming week are slightly warmer than recently and it will bring with it varying conditions of rain, snow, sunshine, cloud and some winds. So currently today is the day to get out and enjoy the conditions.
Avalanche Hazard: Alpine: High Tree Line: High Below Tree Line: Considerable
After the wild weekend things are much calmer today in Shiga Kogen. After a bright and fairly sunny start it has somewhat clouded over this early afternoon and it looks like the rest of the day will be a cloudy one.
Before the end of the day we might even see some rain (!) but hopefully it will be snow that actually falls if the temperature can keep cold enough. Rain is not welcome! The forecast does have that turning into snow anyway by early tomorrow but it only looks like it would be light snow. More fine weather on Wednesday before some hopefully faily decent snowfall due on Thursday.
For the time being - very good snow out there and uncrowded slopes.
Official resort snow depths as of 8th February 10:
It has really heated up today. The first evidence of this was walking outside this morning and hearing the sound of water dripping off roofs. The roads soon warmed up and turned, first to slush, and then turned into a river. Expect some very slippery conditions when the roads freeze.
There was 5cm of powder overnight and weather is currently sunny with no wind. As with the roads, conditions on the mountain are really warm. Reports are the snow has gotten quite heavy and there are a few people with very tired legs because of this. Read more ...