Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 6th May 2019
Friday 8th January 2010, 8:40am
Cloudy with sunny patches
The morning sun is just breaking through the clouds today in Hakuba. With another light snowfall of around 4-5cm in the valley the runs on the resorts will all be smooth as silk. Yesterday we had on and off snow, and the base areas warmed up a bit so the snow was a bit heavy. South facing slopes got a bit heavy in the afternoon, however dry powder was still great on shaded areas.
Current conditions on the hills in Hakuba are excellent coverage on all terrain, packed and chopped powder on main runs, groomed runs and little powder stashes in the trees.
The weather is looking like it is going to remain cold over the weekend, with light snow expected over Saturday and Sunday. As long as it stays cold we are set for another classic Japan Alps winter in Hakuba!
Present Avalanche Conditions:
Surface instability. Facet / New Snow weak layer. Added weight with new snow may cause sluffs or slabs from this interface. Watch for wind increases and lee side loading.
The heavy snow fall of 60 cms in the valley and more at elevation over the past 2 days (04/050110) put immediate excess weight on the underlaying layers and made for very unstable surface snow. This new storm snow was sluffing on any aspect on slopes of 30 degrees plus and was traveling good distances while gaining volume and speed. Early in the morning of 6th January 10 the skies began to clear and the storm cycle passed to leave fair to poor stability at tree line and below and very poor stability (presumed; unobserved) stability in the Alpine. Due to the high density and high moisture content of the storm snow as well as warm day time temperatures there was rapid settlement in the new snow and subsequent bonding due to light winds and mild temperatures. Alpine unobserved but presumed to have greater slab formation due to rate of snowfall and associated winds at elevation. Last nights (06/01/10) clearing allowed for further settlement and bonding. Radiant cooling has also lightened the storm snow (05/06/10) surface and some surface hoar has been created. This low density surface snow combined with near surface faceting and hoar frost may produce a weak interface with the new snow falling today and continuing through to the weekend. Expect the avalanche hazard to rise with new snow and wind effect.
Avalanche Hazard: ALPINE: High TREE LINE: Considerable BELOW TREE LINE: Considerable
Blue sky has just appeared after yet another night of heavy snow. We've had over half a meter of new snow fall in the past 24 hours and the conditions are 10/10.
With great visibility and light winds expected today is going to be unbelievable up the mountain. So get up there and make use of a stellar day before the crowds arrive for the coming three-day weekend.
Fantastic snow aside, Nozawa is starting its preparations for the annual Dosojin Fire Festival. The festival is on the 15th of January and promises one of Japan's craziest spectacles.
For more information check out the Feature on SnowJapan here.
If you're keen to see the festival, make sure you book your accommodation in the coming days as the town is almost booked out as it is extremely popular.
It is looking like a great day to be on the slopes today. Although there has not been any fresh snow overnight the runs have been beautifully groomed and will provide a beautiful smooth carpet for carving turns.
The weather looks great, beautiful blue sky and lots of sunshine. If you are wanting to get some great holiday snaps of the resort get out there now and do it. There is some snow predicted over the next few days. Read more ...
Friday 8th January 2010, 9:45am
Light snow > sun
I'm glad I waited to post the report. In the last 15 minutes or so, the clouds have broken up and the sun is out and suddenly a lot of blue sky above Yuzawa. Snow is forecast for the day so whether it's just a temporary let up or not, I don't know.
Yesterday was a curious one. It wasn't that cold hovering around the 0 degrees mark for most of the day, but it did snow all day and sometimes quite heavily. Even so, there was only 5cm or so of snow in the evening on my car, which was something of a surprise. (I was expecting 30cm or so).
There's another 5-10cm or so in town this morning. And, Kagura have reported 40-50cm, so it obviously snowed quite hard higher up!
Anyway the sun is still out as I post this though like I said snow forecast for the rest of the day and also over the weekend - though probably just light snow. And as today it might even turn out good weather. I'll post an update here this evening with the latest.
Well it stayed fine for most of today, clouding over a bit later on - so the forecast has been off today and no new snow to report, though this evening some very light snow is falling.
5-10cm forecast overnight but oftentimes that ends up being 0cm, so think of it as just "it might snow a bit tonight"! The forecast for tomorrow as it stands is light snow and cloud and similar for Sunday with Monday the best chance of fine weather over this coming long weekend.
Tuesday night into Wednesday looking like we might get some more heavy snow.
After a very fine day yesterday, the clouds are back this morning. It's a chilly -3 degrees in the village and some early fog has cleared a bit but the mountain is shrouded in cloud. There has been no new snow to report overnight and it looks like today will just be a cloudy one but there is a chance of light snow anytime over the next couple of day. We might even start the 3-day weekend tomorrow with a bit of sun and then fine weather perhaps likely on Monday as well.
The day started off different but right now the sun is out and we have blue skies - somewhat different from the continued snow we were expecting. Forecast still has snow for today so it may well change again. Right now though it is a great time to be out there with the 40-50cm of new snow that Kagura is reporting since yesterday! Not as much over at Naeba but it was snowing all day and there was probably 20-30cm or so since the last report.
This coming weekend will be fairly lively out there as Monday is a holiday as well. Mixed weather forecast (cloud, snow, maybe some sun) though nothing that should really affect people from having a very fine time. Then we have some more heavy snow on the forecast for mid-week next week.
Things are going well, it's a good time to be here!
Well it wasn't heavy when I posted yesterday but the snow came down yesterday once again. The winds were with us too so once again it's difficult to put a number on it but I'd say at least 30cm probably a fair bit more on the mountains.
This morning things are changing fast. Light snow, cloud and right now in the central part of Shiga Kogen area the clouds are moving and there are areas of blue sky. Feels like that will continue and we might end up with a fine day. Superb snow conditions out there and plenty of untouched powder.
Tomorrow sees the start of the three day weekend in Japan so expect it to be one of the busier weekends of the season.
After initial worries this season it has all come good in the last few weeks and whatever happens now, it's a very fine start to 2010.
Nighta this evening planned at the following resort areas:
The snow has finally stopped and the sun is back. Temperatures are warmer and there is blue sky around. This looks set to stay over the weekend so it promises to be fantastic on the slopes. Up high the snow will remain good with the lower temperatures but it is already starting to melt off the trees and become a little heavier down in the valley.
This could just be a brief respite (though a very well timed one with the long weekend) as the forecast is hinting at snow for the middle of next week again.
The three day storm pattern has hopefully set the base for the season and now if we can get a few regular top-ups we are looking at a great winter of snow ahead of us. Read more ...
Friday 8th January 2010, 11:13am
Partly cloudy with occasional light snow showers
A dusting of snow again overnight and this morning has dawned partly cloudy with glimpses of sun now and again. The good news is that the wind has eased and pretty much all lifts are open around the resort. The gates to the peak will be open as well. The strong winds have blown a reasonable amount of snow into more west facing gullies so areas like the Annupuri bowls may be the best choice to try and find some deeper turns. Many areas though have been scoured and packed by the wind and snow conditions can be variable with a crust and ice on exposed slopes. A bit of snow is forecast to come through overnight into tomorrow morning and winds will remain mostly light so hopefully conditions will improve a little over the next couple of days. Light snowfalls expected daily through the next few days. From Tuesday more significant snowfalls are expected and a good NW airflow should follow with colder temperatures and hopefully a return to more normal powdery goodness.
Current Official Snow Depths:
Grand Hirafu: Top - 180cm Bottom - 90cm
Niseko Village: Top - 220cm Bottom - 140cm
Annupuri: Top - 210cm Bottom - 140cm
Niseko Avalanche Info No.24
Moiwa base 6am: -5℃, no overnight snowfall. Coastal wind: 5m/s NNE at Benkei cape, 3m/s NE, 3m waves and 1011hp at Kamui cape. Annupuri Peak wind: 13.8m/s N. Predicted wind at noon: within 12m/s NW. The snowdrift development is small. The snow surface in Mizuno no sawa has been scraped off due to strong wind and the snow depth has actually diminished by 35cm. The atmospheric pressure gradient is shelving in northern Sea of Japan. There has not been much snowfall in the past 72 hours and the surface is hard/crusty, mainly in north-eastern slopes. According to snow-pit observations and data analysis, the snowdrifts are stabilized and the avalanche hazard is generally low. However, newly formed cornices are still not stable and big scale collapses are still to be considered. Stay away from cornices. Peak gates will open one hours after the top lifts operations. The mountain is in severe condition, such as in a high altitude peak in the heart of winter. Sudden gusts are blowing at the peak ridgeline. Beware of falls due to over-speed/lost of control, hitting trees and frostbites. Outside the gates is not within the resort anymore. Listen to the ski patrol’s advice carefully. Do not seek fresh line by ducking ropes. Good snow is on its way. Read more ...