Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 28th May 2018

Naeba Now!

Thursday 10th January 2008, 7:33am
Weather conditions: Blue-Grey skies, sunny spells
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
An overcast start today with the temperature on -6 degrees in the village, though it is still before 8am so expect an additional 2 degrees on the gauge by after 9 O'Clock. Yes we have fresh snow this morning, about 25cm. So we should be ruining deeper sections of the white stuff at the top of the hill today.

The snow is still falling ever so lightly whilst there is no wind. There's a surreal vanilla-glow reflecting of the main Naeba hill, the first rays of sun are creating a golden halo over the morning town.    Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Thursday 10th January 2008, 8:00am
Weather conditions: Cloudy & Snowy
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Yesterday is why we are here. The Village woke up to a surprisingly abundant amount of fresh snow. On top there was a solid 30mm with even deeper fresh between trees and in gullies. The visibility was minimal on the groomed but in the trees it was Hollywood.

Skiers and boarders had untracked lines in Strawberry Fields, Higashiyama and Annupuri. Everyone was raving all afternoon about the face shots they had experienced and the funny thing was that there were so few people on the slopes.

We look ready for another great day.

The official Hirafu numbers aren't available for today yet, but judging by the heavy snowfall early in the evening last night there should be some nice cover higher up the mountain. There was a light dusting this morning with around 5cm of fresh snow in the village this morning, after the ploughs cleared the roads.

There is a low pressure system centered over Kamchatka and a high centered over Baikal which appear to be grinding against each other. Although this is a bit far north at the moment, it should bring some light to moderate snowfalls over the next day or two depending on how windy things get. However it looks like Saturday may be the culmination of this weather pattern when the boundary of the two systems should pass right over us, but then quickly move away to the east by Sunday/Monday.   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Thursday 10th January 2008, 8:29am
Weather conditions: Low cloud with patches of blue sky
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
On the news last night they were reporting that plum blossoms are opening in Matsumoto, one of the first signs of spring. Snow fell (very very) lightly all night but only trace amounts on the car this morning and no accumulation at all on roads. So this morning gets a 0 cm snowfall since yesterday at the base and less than 5 cm at altitude with no base increase.


Cloud cover for most of the day possibly clearing as the day progresses. Precipitation moving in tomorrow, again hoping the temperature drops and we get snow not rain as forecast.

Backcountry Travel Advisory:

The storm snow over new years has definately settled and bonded well to the rain crust of December 29th. The 20cms of new snow on January 8th was sliding off in covex areas of 35 degrees plus durring the storm. Wind from the south west during the storm of Dec. 8th loaded Northern lee slopes. Tests today showed that the new snow is bonding well to the new years storm snow.

Warm temperatures at low elevation could produce instability in the surface snow and at higher elevations on Southern slopes with direct solar radiation.

Those traveling in the back country should take general caution and still watch out for steep lee slopes, loaded gullies and solar radiated slopes.


Above tree line: Moderate

Tree line: Moderate

Below tree line: Moderate

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Yuzawa Now!

Thursday 10th January 2008, 8:56am
Weather conditions: Light snow, cloud > sun
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
More rain last night - we've had enough of that please - but this morning things look better as we have around 10-15cm of fresh snow to play in. Kagura is reporting 30cm, so conditions up there should be particularly good today. It's not looking as though the snow clouds are going to stick around though as right now, while it is still snowing very lightly in places, there is a break in the clouds and the sun is shining through.

The temperature at the moment is around 1 degree and so it is colder than it has been, but still not what we might be used to, and a high of 5 is forecast in the town.

Looking at the forecast it seems the next snowfall we can expect is Saturday and into Sunday and next week. We'll of course keep you up to date on that.


PM update:

Well, it has been another mild day here. The snow that fell last night has all but dried up in the town areas. It has been a cloudy day, but also with a fair bit of sun around, making it feel almost spring-like again. It is around 4 degrees at the moment and starting to get darker.

Tomorrow is set to be more of the same but the forecast shows snow from Saturday through next week which is the encouraging news we want!   Read more ...

Minakami Now!

Thursday 10th January 2008, 8:57am
Weather conditions: Sunny
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
10cm of fresh snow at the valley level this morning and 25 cm over 1300m (Tenjin, Houdaigi). The sun has now come out and it looks like it is here to stay for the day, so great on-piste conditions for riding today.

From tomorrow the forecast shows a week of snow on the way, starting from Friday evening. An occluded front is expected to move over Japan on the weekend bringing snow to the mountains (rain to the plains). This is the much awaited snowfall for the resorts of Central Japan, especially lower lying resorts which have been struggling over the past 5 days of warmer weather.

The warmer weather of recently has enabled a settling of the snow pack, especially the new snow from the large storm over the new years period. The new snow is starting to bond with the rain layer of December 29th but there are still some weak layers present in the upper snow pack (20cm, 45cm). Caution should be exercised on steep terrain, especially in the alpine around rocks, convex rolls and cornices.


Above tree line: Considerable

Tree line: Moderate

Below tree line: Moderate   Read more ...

Furano Now!

Thursday 10th January 2008, 9:17am
Weather conditions: snowing big fat flakes, cold cold winds, lots of fresh snow.
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Yesterday was fantastic. Fresh deep snow all over the mountain. It snowed all day and is still going. Snowfall stopped briefly during the evening but over the last 24 hours we have had another 20cm+ snowfall.

This snowfall is great for the snowpack which needs some more snow to cover some more bushes.

Night riding at the moment is perfect conditions. The lifties on the Kitanomine side have built some cool snow sculptures so give them a wave and say thank you as they are very proud of their work.

There is fresh snow again today with on-piste powder.

Top Lift number 3 in Furano Zone and the Challenge run will be fun today.
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Myoko Now!

Thursday 10th January 2008, 9:29am
Weather conditions: partly cloudy
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Massive snows last night have more or less buried the village. Fantastic news for skiiers and boarders, and extremely busy news for the plowmen. The heavy snows have given way to the sun and some clouds, making for one incredible day here at Myoko.

Powder in the sun until the evening this lovely Thursday.

The pick of the day would be Kumado Snowboard Park as it got inundated with fresh powder, and fun in the sun is written all over it.

Here are your Myoko area levels for today:
175cm (Akakura Kanko);
160cm (Akakura Onsen);
135cm (Ikenotaira);
255cm at the top, 110cm bottom (Suginohara);
170cm (Kumado Snowboard Park);
100cm (Pine Valley);
270cm (Seki Onsen);
115cm (Madarao Tangram Ski Circus);
95cm (Madarao Sympathique);
110cm (Madarao Kogen);
110cm (Cupid Valley);
140cm (Myoko Ski Park);
115cm (Togakushi);
130cm (Kurohime);
100cm (Iizuna);

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Nozawa Onsen Now!

Thursday 10th January 2008, 9:59am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
The skies were depressingly snowless when I jumped into bed at 930 last night, but the good old weather forecast came through in the end. This morning there was about 15cm of snow on the heated roads - not a bad dump at all! It snowed until about 8am, now in town the skies are blue, or perhaps a bright shade of periwinkle if you are being fussy. It should clear up later in the day. Anyway, today is a cracker of a day to get up there and get into it, which I will be doing shortly.

The weather forecast is still for snow over the long weekend.

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Shiga Kogen Now!

Thursday 10th January 2008, 11:06am
Weather conditions: Cloud, fine
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Some snow to report since last night, with about 5-10cm or so and the roads now white and covered with packed snow. The weather has cleared up though this morning and the sun is currently out and doing it's thing. Other than that fairly similar conditions as yesterday but slightly colder once again.

Only a slight wind and so nothing that should affect the lift operations in the area.

Nighta for today is planned at the following resort areas:

- Ichinose Family
- Ichinose Diamond   Read more ...

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