Snow and weather reports posted on Thursday 25th May 2017

Yuzawa Now!

Tuesday 1st March 2016, 8:10am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 22cm
Snow depth: 110cm
Good morning from Yuzawa. And this is the kind of report I like writing...

This morning Kagura are reporting an impressive 40-50cm of fresh snow since yesterday and Maiko Snow Resort are reporting 30+cm on their slopes.

Here in town outside my place I have measured 22cm of lovely snow on the ground.

That's more like it, great to see a decent amount of snow. This is what we are used to here!

It started off raining quite a lot yesterday but turned into snowfall and by evening there was a layer of snow on the ground with more joining it overnight.

Snow is forecast for the day today and also hopefully into tomorrow as well, though perhaps just light snow rather than heavy. Actually just at the moment the snow has stopped falling and it's fairly bright. Hopefully that is just a temporary break rather than a clear up.

So this morning conditions should be great and definitely one to make the most of.

Strong winds seem to be affecting operations at Kagura with only the Mitsumata area open this morning with the chance of parts of Kagura opening depending on conditions. (That means that there'll be lots of untouched up there on the main Kagura areas tomorrow).

Once these snow clouds clear up, I'm afraid there isn't much more snow to be seen on the 6-day forecast. Rather it looks like it's going to really warm up by the weekend. Let's deal with that nearer the time.

For now though, a very good morning!

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Resort official snow depths (Tuesday 1st March 2016) and any specific news at time of writing:

Some numbers have not yet been updated as the report went online

Resorts in Yuzawa:

GALA Yuzawa
160cm

Ishiuchi Maruyama
130cm

Iwappara
110cm

Joetsu Kokusai
160cm

Kagura
160cm (Mitsumata)
190cm (Tashiro)
220cm (Kagura)

Kandatsu Kogen
115-145cm

Maiko Snow Resort
155cm (upper)
50cm (lower)

Muikamachi Hakkaisan
180cm

Naeba
130cm

NASPA Ski Garden
105cm

Yuzawa Kogen
150cm

Yuzawa Nakazato
80cm

Yuzawa Park
80cm

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'Nighta' (floodlit night operations)

Details of the 'nighta' operations at ski and snowboards resorts around Yuzawa and Minamiuonuma.
Subject to change due to snow conditions.

Ishiuchi Maruyama
Open daily until 8:50pm (until 20th March).
The Chuo No 1 and Chuo No 2 lifts are open daily.
The Kanko No 1, Kanko No 2, Kanko No 3, Hatsukaishi Entrance lift, Hatsukaishi No 2 pair lifts are open on weekends and holidays.
The basic charge is 2000 yen but various tickets are available.

Iwappara
Open daily until 9pm on Saturdays and until 8pm on weekdays and Sundays (until 21st March).
The charge is 1500 yen for adults and 1000 yen for children and seniors.

Joetsu Kokusai
Open daily until 9pm (until 21st March).
The charge is 1500 yen for adults and 1000 yen for children and seniors.
On weekdays the area in front of the main hotel is open - a larger area (including Osawa and Atema) is open on weekends.

Kandatsu Kogen
Open from 6pm until 4am on Fridays, Saturdays and evenings before holidays through 26th March.
Open from 4:30pm until 11pm on weekdays until 24th March.
Various tickets are available starting at 2000 yen for adults, 1700 yen for seniors and 1000 yen for children.

Maiko Snow Resort
Open daily with the Maiko Center quad lift operating from 4pm until 8pm.
The charge is 500 yen for everyone.

Naeba
Open daily until 27th March.
From 4pm until 8:30pm on weekdays and Sundays (2000 yen); until 9pm every Saturday and on 20th March (3000 yen).
'All Night' opening is planned for Saturday 26th March when Naeba will be open from 10pm until 5am.

NASPA Ski Garden
Extended opening until 6pm (Number 1 lift) on Saturdays until 27th February.
There is no special ticket available just for the extended time.

Yuzawa Nakazato
Open on Saturdays from 5pm until 8:30pm (until 12th March).
Tickets are 1500 yen for adults and 1000 yen for children and seniors.

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List of ski resorts in Yuzawa town
List of ski resorts in Minamiuonuma City

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Iwappara 6 day snow and weather forecast
NASPA Ski Garden 6 day snow and weather forecast
Kagura 6 day snow and weather forecast   Read more ...
 

Kiroro Now!

Tuesday 1st March 2016, 8:17am
Weather conditions: Overcast
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 246cm
The storm carries on at Kiroro today. The wind has changed direction, but remains strong. Upper lifts will be closed today. Lower lifts are suspended and will be re-assessed later in the morning, however it is not optimistic.

The the road between Otaru and Kiroro is closed, as is road between Kutchan and the Akaigawa Michi no eki. There is a lot more snow moving around today so expect large wind drifts if you are traveling.

There has been some new snowfall, however our snow gauge has not weathered the storm well so there is no measurement.

The weather is forecast to calm down today and at least a partial opening is likely tomorrow.   Read more ...
 

Niseko Now!

Tuesday 1st March 2016, 8:25am
Weather conditions: Blizzard conditions
New snowfall: 10cm
Snow depth: 170cm
10:30AM UPDATE

Looks like lower lifts at Niseko Grand Hirafu and Niseko Village are now moving!

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ORIGINAL REPORT

It's full-on stormy blizzard conditions again this morning.

Yesterday a few lower lifts did remain open as far as I can tell, but I suspect that today the mountain will be completely closed. Very strong winds, snow and very limited visibility out there. It's difficult to give a good reading today in terms of snowfall due to the wind blowing it all about everywhere but I notice the Avalanche Report is mentioning a whopping 40cm. Not like that here at my base, but that's the number I need to report.

A bit mad out there.

Hopefully come tomorrow the storm conditions will have eased off and allow the lifts to get going again though we are expecting snow to continue falling perhaps into tomorrow morning. After that it does look like there'll be less snow to expect through into the weekend. More on that tomorrow...

In the meantime take care. Best not to be out driving - or out at all - in this kind of weather.

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So here we are in March 2016 already. Once things get into March, lots of perhaps somewhat ‘less dedicated’ folk who enjoy a bit of skiing and snowboarding in peak winter months turn their thoughts to things like cherry blossom viewing and such like. It always seems way too soon though, especially for us up here in Hokkaido where some main resorts are open into May and the cherry blossoms are still a long way off. And we're experiencing a blizzard! But that is the way it happens.

Fresh snowfall starts to get less regular once we enter the latter section of the season, but in some seasons March can offer us some excellent surprises. Visitors who chose to come during this part of the season can feel very happy to have dropped on with good timing - or less so. It’s more of a gamble and I suppose that is why the peak season is more expensive!

Some people will still be visiting from overseas this month, though in less numbers than during January and February. One of the other fun things about later season is being able to enjoy Niseko with less people competing for fresh tracks.

Anyway, here’s an updated look at some numbers which some of you may find interesting.

First of all, my observed snowfall numbers which are recorded by myself here at Hirafu base:

November 2015: 61cm
November 2014: 30cm
November 2013: 123cm

December 2015: 244cm
December 2014: 519cm
December 2013: 275cm

January 2016: 303cm
January 2015: 257cm
January 2014: 461cm

February 2016: 266cm
February 2015: 196cm
February 2014: 178cm

It was a slow start in December, but we enjoyed a decent January and lots of good and regular snowfall in February as well...

15/16 season so far (at end February 2016): 877cm
14/15 season so far (at end February 2015): 1002cm
13/14 season so far (at end February 2014): 1037cm

We caught up a bit on the ‘season total’ with the decent snowfall during February, but it’s still 125cm-160m less than the previous two seasons.

How much snowfall can we perhaps expect to enjoy in March? Last season, I observed 139cm which accounted for 12.4% of the total snowfall for the season (meaning that 87.6% of the total snowfall for the season had fallen by the end of February 2016). For the season before the number was 113cm (accounting for 10.8% of the total).

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Let's also take a look at the official February snowfall numbers published by the Japan Meteorological Agency. As always let me explain that these numbers are taken from Kutchan town which is at a slightly lower elevation than my observations here at Hirafu base (so you would generally expect them to be less).

February 2016: 208cm
February 2015: 167cm
February 2014: 130cm
February 2013: 228cm
February 2012: 216cm
February 2011: 142cm
February 2010: 184cm
February 2009: 235cm
February 2008: 228cm
February 2007: 158cm

I make the average of those numbers over the last 10 seasons to be 189cm, so February 2016 has been ‘above average’ this season.

15/16 season so far at end of January 2016: 696cm
14/15 season so far at end of January 2015: 825cm
13/14 season so far at end of January 2014: 804cm
12/13 season so far at end of January 2013: 900cm
11/12 season so far at end of January 2012: 937cm
10/11 season so far at end of January 2011: 810cm
09/10 season so far at end of January 2010: 864cm
08/09 season so far at end of January 2009: 847cm
07/08 season so far at end of January 2009: 849cm
06/07 season so far at end of January 2009: 661cm

The average of that lot is 819cm, so we are ‘below average’ for the season so far by over 1m… the main factor of course being the slow start to the season.

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If you have been following some of the other ‘Now’ daily reports on SnowJapan, you will be aware that many regions of Japan this season have had some uncharacteristically small amounts of snowfall, and the season has been something of a struggle. Very un-Japan like - and it’s important to realise that as well.

Luckily we haven’t had anything like those issues up here and especially considering the bigger Japan picture, we’ve done very well indeed I think. It will be interesting to see how March and beyond turns out. I hope it will be a good one for us here in Niseko and all of the other regions of Japan as well.

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Resort specific lift opening news at time of posting (subject to change during the day):

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Niseko HANAZONO Resort
Niseko Village
Niseko Annupuri
All lifts suspended at the start of the day.

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6am: -3℃, 40cm new snow, stormy. Moiwa 800m, Annupuri 1150m and Hirafu 1000m inaccessible, data not available. Moiwa 838m: -7℃. Benkei cape: NW39m/s at 4am, 18m/s at 6am. Kamui cape: NNE23m/s at 6am, 998hPa, waveheight unknown.

Maximum scale snowstorm is hitting Hokkaido, severe traffic hindrance and many accidents occurring. If your car gets stuck in a snowdrift, turn the engine off and wait for rescue. The strong Low-pressure system (986hPa) passed and brought heavy snowfall. The atmospheric pressure is starting to rise, however the isobar spacing is tight and the storm is persisting. A hoar layer has developed as the warm air flown in yesterday (Feb 29th layer) and is sitting just below today’s new snowfall. Naturally occurring surface slab avalanches of 90+cm crown are highly likely to occur in areas above 800m. Stay away from the bowls/valleys a while after the storm has calmed down. Visibility is also poor and the snow deep & heavy in the trees. Better stay indoors in this morning; high chances of losing way in the storm. Have a nice day.

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Official resort snow depths as of Tuesday 1st March 2016:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 390cm
Base - 170cm

Niseko Village
Top - 360cm
Base - 180cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 385cm
Base - 195cm

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Lifts planned to be open for night skiing:

Nighta will be open every day until Monday 21st March 2016

Niseko Grand Hirafu:
Ace Family Pair lift, Ace Number 2 Center Four lift, Hirafu Gondola, Holiday Number 1 Pair lift
(There is no night skiing at the Hanazono area)

Niseko Village:
Community Chair and Banzai Chair

Niseko Annupuri:
Jumbo Number 1 Quad

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Niseko Grand Hirafu 6 day weather and snow forecast   Read more ...
 

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Tuesday 1st March 2016, 8:35am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 34cm
Snow depth: 110cm
Ah, yes. A real good delivery of snow. I like it!

This morning Nozawa is reporting 40cm of fresh snow across the mountain.

It might be March, but that kind of snowfall is peak season Nozawa-style.

Let's enjoy it while we can.

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There will be a few course closures (to the general public) in the coming days due to some ski races being held, as below:

Wednesday 2nd March until Friday 4th March: the Yamabiko A course will be closed.
Saturday 5th March until Tuesday 8th March: the Mizunashi A course will be closed.

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Official info at time of writing on Tuesday 1st March 2016 (subject to change):

Official snow depths:

Yamabiko: 210cm
Uenotaira: 150cm
Hikage: 110cm
Nagasaka: 90cm
Karasawa: 70cm

New snowfall as reported by the resort since yesterday afternoon:

Yamabiko: 40cm
Uenotaira: 45cm
Hikage: -cm
Nagasaka: 40cm
Karasawa: -cm

All courses open except:

Paradise connection
Kurokura
Grand Prix
Hachiman
Mukoubayashi
Kandahar West
Kandahar East

Lifts planned to be rested today:

Yunomine pair
Mizunashi triple
Challenge pair
Utopia pair
Kandahar pair
Hikage Number 2 Pair A line

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Nozawa Onsen 6 day weather and snow forecast

Nozawa Onsen main resort data   Read more ...
 

Hakuba Now!

Tuesday 1st March 2016, 8:40am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 23cm
Snow depth: 130cm
Morning from Hakuba.

Excellent news this morning.

Check out these numbers being reported by resorts around the village:

Hakuba Cortina: 45-50cm of fresh snowfall
Hakuba Goryu: 20-40cm of fresh snowfall
Hakuba 47: up to 40cm of fresh snowfall
Hakuba Happo-one: 20cm of fresh snowfall at base

Top marks going to Cortina with up to 50cm of fresh snow being reported over there (problem is, they aren't fully open as they cope with the new snowfall and also deal with avalanche risks).

There's also some upper lift disruption this morning at Happo-one, Goryu and 47 and Tsugaike Kogen due to strong winds.

But I think even with the wind most of us are just really happy to see some decent mid-winter like snowfall again. And with a decent cover of fresh snow everywhere, you should find good conditions wherever you choose to ride this morning.

The snow is expected to ease off sometime this morning leaving us with just cloudy skies and it should remain cold. The sun might be out tomorrow and if it keeps cold and winds calm then it should be a top day to be on the snow.

There's not much snow on the weekly forecast beyond today other than a few scattered showers here and there, and as we approach the weekend temperatures are set to rise and it get warm again.

My osusume (recommendation) -- enjoy this fresh snow now, while you can!

See you out there.

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6 day forecast for Happo-one:

6 day snow and weather forecast for Happo-one

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Resort news as of 8:30am on Tuesday 1st March 2016 (where available, all subject to change due to weather conditions)

Hakuba 47:
Hakuba 47 is reporting 20-40cm of fresh snowfall this morning.
Some lifts including the gondola on hold currently due to strong winds.
There is no 'nighta' at Hakuba 47.
Official snow depth:
Upper: 235cm
Base: 135cm

Hakuba Goryu:
Hakuba Goryu is reporting 20cm of fresh snowfall on lower areas and 40cm on upper areas this morning.
The Hakuba Goryu Gondola remains closed as they deal with an incident in the station.
Top lifts on hold at the start of the day due to strong winds.
The Toomi area will be open until 8:30pm tonight for 'nighta'.
Official snow depth
Alps: 265cm
Toomi: 130cm
Iimori: 100cm

Hakuba Happo-one:
Hakuba Happo-one reporting 20cm of fresh snowfall at village base, more on mountain.
Top areas closed at start of day due to strong wind conditions.
The lower Nakiyama area is open for 'nighta' every day until 9pm.
Official snow depth:
Usagidaira: 220cm
Nakiyama: 80cm
Sakka: 60cm

Hakuba Cortina:
Hakuba Cortina is reporting 45-50cm of fresh snowfall this morning!
Looks like some course closures this morning as they deal with all the snow and avalanche danger - check with them before going!
The Ikenota area will be open for 'nighta' until 8pm tonight (8pm on Saturdays).
Official snow depth:
Top: 185cm
Base: 100cm

Tsugaike Kogen:
Top areas and lifts on hold this morning due to strong winds.
Nighta at Karamatsu/Shirakaba on 5th/12th/19th March.
Note that the top Tsugaike Ropeway only opens from spring.
Official snow depth:
Tsuga-no-mori: 270cm
Maruyama: 80cm
Kane-no-naru-oka: 100cm

Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field:
Parts of the Mountain Side not open (Sonezawa, Dangan, Kamo 4, Five Side, View A, View B).
An event is currently being held on areas of the Village Side.
There is no 'nighta' at Hakuba Iwatake.
Official snow depth:
Upper: 160cm
Lower: 60cm

Hakuba Norikura Onsen:
All courses apart from Snake are open.
There is no 'nighta' at Hakuba Iwatake.
Official snow depth:
100cm

Hakuba Sanosaka:
All of the courses are open.
There is no 'nighta' at Hakuba Sanosaka.
Official snow depth:
90cm   Read more ...
 

Grandeco Now!

Tuesday 1st March 2016, 8:52am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 11cm
Snow depth: 260cm
Good morning from a very snowy Grandeco on this March morning!

Excellent powder on offer this morning with another top-up of around 11cm at base, and more up on the mountain.

It is still snowing heavy this morning and all of the roads around the Ura Bandai area are covered with snow, with the tractors working hard to keep things clear.

The snowfall will continue until this afternoon and will start falling again tomorrow night.

The resort is hoping that it might soon be able to record an official snow depth of 300cm -- they not been able to do that yet this season yet. Last season the snow depth was 440cm on 14th March!

It is keeping quite cold this morning and so the snow should remain in great condition.

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Lifts operating:

All lifts operating

Courses open:

All courses open

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Snow and weather forecast:

6 day snow and weather forecast for Grandeco   Read more ...
 

Madarao Now!

Tuesday 1st March 2016, 9:00am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 38cm
Snow depth: 160cm
YES!

A proper good old dump of lovely fresh snowfall this morning greets us. And what a fine sight it is too. It's probably the most we have had in a day this season, or certainly close to it. Brilliant.

Madarao Kogen resort is this morning reporting 40-50cm of snowfall.

It's cold; there's loads of fresh snow.

Conditions this morning should be excellent.

What more can I say...

Perhaps March is the new January?*

(* sadly it looks like things are going to warm up again as we approach the weekend with little snow forecast - make the most of it while you can!)

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Madarao Kogen lifts operating (planned at time of writing):

All lifts plan to be open today

Tangram Ski Circus lifts operating (planned at time of writing):

All lifts plan to be open today

Tree Run Courses open at Madarao Kogen:

Open   Read more ...
 

Shiga Kogen Now!

Tuesday 1st March 2016, 9:01am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 35cm
Snow depth: 110cm
Loads of snow!

There haven't been many times I have been able to say that this season but here we are on 1st March and I'm able to report a significant amount of fresh snowfall. And a proper amount too - my friend was saying close to 50cm outside his place. Northerly winds have been blowing snow around and I've taken a few measurements and going to record 35cm as the number today.

Great stuff. And it's still snowing.

Once we get past today, clearer skies are forecast and not a whole lot of snow lined up either.

For now though, today should be GREAT!

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Official snow depths at Shiga Kogen resort areas (Tuesday 1st March 2016):

Sun Valley
70cm
Nighta on Saturdays until 19th March (7pm-9pm)

Maruike
70cm

Hasuike
60cm

Giant
110cm

Higashitateyama
110cm

Bunadaira
100cm

Takamagahara Mammoth
130cm

Nishitateyama
130cm

Tannenomori Okojo
130cm

Ichinose Family
130cm
Nighta daily until 27th March (6:30pm-9pm)

Terakoya
120cm

Ichinose Diamond
130cm
Nighta on Saturdays until 26th March (6:30pm-9pm)

Ichinose Yamanokami
130cm

Yakebitaiyama
150cm
Nighta on Saturdays until 12th March (6pm-8pm)

Okushiga Kogen
125cm

Kumanoyu
120cm
Nighta on Saturdays until 26th March (6:30pm-9pm)
Also on 20th March

Yokoteyama & Shibutoge
110cm

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6 day snow and weather forecasts:

Ichinose Family 6-day snow and weather forecast
Okushiga Kogen 6-day snow and weather forecast
Yokoteyama 6-day snow and weather forecast

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Naeba Now!

Tuesday 1st March 2016, 9:04am
Weather conditions: It's pretty cloudy and snowy out there. The occasional ray of sunshine is breaking through though.
New snowfall: 20cm
Snow depth: 130cm
Good morning from Naeba everybody and a happy Tuesday to you all.

Today is looking like one of the best days we've had for powder all season.

The snow started falling during the day yesterday and amassed to a solid 10 cm by 21:00 at night. A further 10 cm fell during the night leading to a decent 20 cm of fresh snow on the ground today.

Temperatures are cold out there today and unfortunately a lot of lifts which would normally be open today are closed due to the wind.

The snow forecast is telling us that the snow will continue until tonight with slight snow showers expected for the rest of the week. Rain is predicted for the weekend but that's still quite a way away so hopefully that will change.

Naeba 6-day snow and weather forecast   Read more ...
 

Appi Kogen Now!

Tuesday 1st March 2016, 9:46am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 3cm
Snow depth: 130cm
Good morning from a windy, chilly and generally all round bad weather day at Appi.

It’s the first of March and today does not bring pleasant weather. I woke up early this morning to very high winds and the snowfall we have coming down sideways. The temperatures dropped considerably overnight to -10 outside my front door. Those temperatures coupled with the strong gusting winds will mean a wind-chill of around -25 on the mountain. If you’re heading out today you better make sure you’ve got plenty of layers on and a few more in your backpack just in case. The windy conditions should abate somewhat but it’s going to be much later in the day before any normalcy returns.

Yesterday was slushy everywhere and the mountain was deserted. The rain/snow combination kept everyone inside.

The next few days are looking fairly decent though for snowfall. We should see temperatures increasing every day until we’re in the positive range for the weekend and mostly cloudy skies until Friday. Most of the anticipated snow should come on Wednesday night and Thursday morning but with the rising temperatures over the weekend it sounds like it’s not going to stay around for a meaningful amount of time.

Bundle up and stay safe.

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Currently planned operating lifts:

- Appi Gondola
- Central Number 1 quad
- Number 2 lift A
- Number 3 lift B
- Number 3 lift C
- Number 4 lift
- Sailer Gondola
- Sailer Quad
- Vista quad

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6 day forecast for Appi Kogen:

6 day snow and weather forecast for Appi Kogen
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Zao Now!

Tuesday 1st March 2016, 11:22am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 24cm
Snow depth: 150cm
Good morning from Zao where there's a good new thick carpet of snow on the ground.

Yesterday was white-out on the mountain and very cold too. The result from all of that and overnight is 24cm of fresh snow outside my place here and no doubt more than that on the mountain. A very good way to begin March, I must say!

This morning conditions are still pretty stormy with cold temperatures, snow falling and importantly quite strong winds. I don't know how the day started but it looks like some lifts are affected at the moment (11am), but are mostly open. The top section of the Zao Ropeway being one of the lifts closed.

Tomorrow should be less stormy though the snowfall may continue for another day or so... after that clearer skies and warmer conditions are forecast for the weekend.

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Information as of Tuesday 1st March 2016 (subject to change)

Lifts closed as of 11am:

Top part of Zao Ropeway
Onsen Number 4 quad lift
Zao Paradise Number 3 pair lift

Official snow depths:

Utopia: 110cm
Chuo: 150cm
Paradise: 145cm
Uwanodai: 85cm

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6 day Zao Onsen snow and weather forecast   Read more ...
 

Myoko Now!

Tuesday 1st March 2016, 11:45am
Weather conditions: Cloudy all morning (no sneaking in by the sun)
New snowfall: 60cm
Snow depth: 220cm
A great start to March, with 60cm of snow on the ground (hard to tell, really, as there was a lot of wind involved through the night).

Sorry not to post earlier, but the snow also meant I got called out to play with the heavy metal (I love little bulldozers), especially since I still need to change a fan belt on the snow thrower - which is really more convenient, but it's nice to sit and work in a warm cab).

The snow continues to fall, and it's nice and cold. Really feels like winter in Myoko. Late though it may be, it's still welcome.

Time to enjoy it, because once again we'll see the freezing line rise up on the weekend to 2000 meters or more. We keep seeing this in the 2016 season, and I hope we won't in 2017.

The word from the mountain is good, light snow up high. With all that wind - we had cornices and windloading around the house - be careful on lee slopes up there. If you don't know what I mean, time to do a little study before you go out!

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Akakura Kanko:
-9° / 220cm

Akakura Onsen:
-8° / 200cm

Ikenotaira Onsen:
-7° / 130cm

Myoko Suginohara:
-14° (top) / 130cm

Seki Onsen:
-7° / 330cm

Myoko Ski Park:
-4° / 200cm

Kyukamura RunRun:
-1° / 240cm

Tangram Ski Circus:
-5° / 140cm

Madarao Kogen:
-9° / 160cm
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Minakami Now!

Tuesday 1st March 2016, 13:53pm
Weather conditions: Snow clouds
New snowfall: 35cm
Snow depth: 185cm
Just non-stop, full on weather here at the base of Tenjindaira!

Loads of snow came in overnight accompanied by very strong winds that persisted throughout the morning. The snow looked like it had finished by around noon but is coming in extremely heavily now and for now the wind has taken a break. Tenjindaira resort has been shut all day but is expected to open tomorrow with loads of fresh snow, Hodaigi's base has increased by 20cm and the whole resort is open.

Temps to stay cold on throughout tomorrow too.

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All snow resorts in Minakami now all open except Oana:

Minakami Kogen Fujiwara
Minakami Hodaigi
Minakami Kogen Ski Resort
Norn Minakami
Oana
Okutone Snow Park
Tanigawadake Tenjindaira
White Valley

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Weather forecast:

Tanigawa Tenjindaira 6 day snow and weather forecast   Read more ...
 

Furano Now!

Tuesday 1st March 2016, 15:10pm
Weather conditions: Overcast
New snowfall: 38cm
Snow depth: 240cm
It was very windy still this morning, but winds have dropped gradually through-out the day and it's calmer now.

There was 30cm of snow in the village by yesterday evening and a further 8cm overnight which makes 38cm since the last report but due to strong winds some places have little while others have deep drifts.

No real snowfall today since. It has been lightly overcast all day, and the gondola hasn't been running as well as for the most part the Downhill Number 3 Romance lift, the Kitanomine High speed Number 1 lift and link lift.

Tomorrow should see a return to calmer conditions with the chance of snow showers from time to time. It looks like come the weekend we can expect somewhat warmer temperatures in the region.







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SnowJapan Daily 'Now' reports

Furano Now
06th Oct, 13:31
Niseko Now
20th Sep, 17:14pm
Minakami Now
17th Sep, 10:23
Madarao Now
22nd Jul, 13:05pm
Hakuba Now
14th Jul, 14:12pm
Myoko Now
01st Jul, 11:49pm
Yuzawa Now
29th May, 14:13pm
Shiga Kogen Now
29th May, 7:35
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