Strong winds force some lift closures; Spring skiing otherwise

by Mark on February 17, 2017

From where you'd rather be

From where you’d rather be

Base at top: 365 cm
Temp at Top: +1 Degree
Base at Uenotaira station: 270 cm
New snow since close: 0 cm
Weather: Wind, partly cloudy

Its warm and windy today. However fear not! Winter is not over just yet. While wind holds are the order of the day today (currently the entire upper half of the mountain is closed due to the strong winds) and rain is in the forecast this afternoon snow will fall tomorrow to low levels, becoming heavy over the weekend. But for now slushy spring snow is to be found across the mountain. Currently the weather is mostly sunny however I expect this to change fairly quickly as some mid level cloud is on the horizon racing towards us.

Yesterday was a beautiful spring like day. Strong sunshine, a deep quality snowpack and stupendous views. The ocean greeted us to the west and the soaring Japanese Alps to the south. It was a good day to be out and about with the excellent visibility giving a good overview of the resort. The snow started firm in the morning before softening and becoming slushy in the warm sun by mid morning. In parts it became a little sticky however on piste was fine for speed.

The change of the seasons are becoming more noticeable nowadays with rapid temperature swings from very cold to mild and then back again. This is what we are expecting over the next week. Snow, rain, wind and sun are all forecast at varying amounts over the next seven days. As mentioned earlier we are due for some snow over the weekend, becoming heavy on Saturday night before easing into Sunday. On Monday a brief warm spike with rain in the morning, turning to snow by the afternoon and continuing with cold temperatures persisting into Tuesday. For Wednesday some fine weather with spring snow conditions but into Thursday another tropical incursion will produce more rain followed by more consistent snowfalls into next weekend.

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