Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 28th May 2018

Minakami Now!

Thursday 20th December 2012, 8:22am
Weather conditions: Overcast/Light snow
New snowfall: 10cm
Snow depth: 130cm
Overcast again today with light snow falling. Should be a good day out there again today as the snow fell most of yesterday. Lots of pockets of fresh snow around for anyone on the slopes yesterday and it looks as if there will be plenty more again today. Groomed slopes are going to be in great condition too.

Norn opens today on a limited basis - just a couple of lifts but a cheaper lift ticket as a result. They have a base of 50cm up there.

It still looks like light snow for the rest of this week and into early next week.

Minakami Kogen - Dec 22
Okutone - Dec 21

Official snow depth:
130cmcm Tenjindaira with 15cm new snowfall

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Naeba Now!

Thursday 20th December 2012, 9:07am
Weather conditions: Clearing up, the sun is out
New snowfall: 10cm
Snow depth: 100cm
The sun is out! While it is still snowing to the north this morning, here in Naeba and above Kagura the sun is out and the skies are clearing up. The local forecast still says 'snow', but I reckon it might just be a very fine day out there. Those clouds could always move back in of course, but don't look like doing so right now. For the moment though, it is a fine morning to be sliding down the slopes here.

15cm of fresh snowfall at Kagura and another 5-10cm or so at Naeba since yesterday.

It's a cold morning but the next few days promise to be slightly milder before temperatures plummet once again late weekend and hopefully bring with them a good new dumpage of snow Sunday through Monday.

Official resort snow depth:
Naeba - 90cm
Kagura - 200cm

Lifts operating at Naeba:
Prince Number 2 Gondola
No5 high speed lift
No4 romance lift
Takenokodaira romance lift
Daishamen romance lift   Read more ...

Madarao Now!

Thursday 20th December 2012, 9:14am
Weather conditions: Sun
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: 55cm
Add a bit more fresh snow, some blue skies above and you get a very nice day to be out on the mountain. It's a shame that the resort still only has the two lifts open at the moment. The good news on that front is that from Saturday much more of the mountain will be open. Madarao plans to have the following lifts moving:

Number 1
Number 2 quad
Super quad
Number 5
Number 11
Number 12
Number 15

The connection with Tangram Ski Circus will also be open from Saturday.

Still looking good for heavy snowfall late weekend, though hopefully the snow will be with us from Saturday.

Lifts operating:
Number 1
Number 2 Quad
Kids Park moving walkway   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Thursday 20th December 2012, 9:52am
Weather conditions: Cloud cover
New snowfall: 35cm
Snow depth: 285cm
Hello and good morning.

Yesterday was an excellent day in Niseko with wonderful conditions being enjoyed out there.

After the bumper snow that I reported yesterday I wasn't quite expecting to be reporting similar this morning. But that's the way it is, with another 35cm of fresh snow to report this morning.

We have well and truly busted through the 4m mark of total snowfall here in the village. Let's see how far we can go this December... can we beat last year?

Snow conditions yesterday were brilliant. And they will possibly be better today. If such things are possible, of course. ;)

Variable winds by the looks of things on the mountain this morning though not much here in the village. The resorts are reporting winds between 1m/s (Hirafu base) and 17m/s (Annupuri top). Lifts seem to be operating mostly as normal though the top two lifts at Hanazono were operating at a reduced speed early on.

So the forecast is looking promising as well with basically snow lined up daily in the coming week. Things may get less cold tomorrow and Saturday, but other than that it's just snow and more snow really.

Did I mention it was still snowing?



Lifts Operating (at time of writing)
Asterix denotes planned 'nighta' operations

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Ace Family Pair*
Ace Number 2 Quad (Center Four)*
Ace Number 3 Pair
Hirafu Gondola*
Holiday Number 1 Pair*
Swinging Monkey

Niseko Annupuri
Annupuri Gondola
Jumbo Number 1 Quad*
Jumbo Number 2 Pair
Jumbo Number 3 Pair
Jumbo Number 4 Pair

Niseko Village
Niseko Gondola
Community Chair*
Banzai Chair*
Wonderland Chair
Morino Chair

Niseko Hanazono
Hanazono Number 1 Quad
Hanazono Number 2 Quad
Hanazono Number 2 Quad

Official Resort Snow Depths

Grand Hirafu
Top - 285cm
Bottom - 150cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 180cm
Bottom - 180cm

Niseko Village
Top - 200cm
Bottom - 140cm

Niseko Hanazono
Top - 285cm
Bottom - 150cm

Avalanche Information:

Niseko Base:-6C, 30cm of fresh snow without snowdrift development and still snowing. Coastal wind: NW15m/s. 800m altitude status: W12m/s, -12C and moderate wind and snowfall.

Soft slabs of up to 100cm are developing on top of Dec 17th layer, notably in leeward side of ridgeline below 1000m, knolls and open steep slopes. Such slopes with heavy snow load are likely to slide anytime today.

Avalanches slide all the way to the bottom of the valleys and runs even further along the bottom creek line. Do not stop & rest in valley bottoms. The snow in the trees is deep and light, be careful not to get stuck in gentle slopes. Top chair lifts operations will be delayed due to deep snow.

Gates 1 & 4 will be closed, gate 6 is yet to be decided. Risk of a large avalanche is to be highly considered in Haru no Taki area. Do not enter strictly off-limits areas for any reasons. One track left under the rope will lead many others to do the same and increase the chances of severe accidents to happen. Always use gates to step out of bounds. Have a safe day.   Read more ...

Furano Now!

Thursday 20th December 2012, 9:58am
Weather conditions: Light snow
New snowfall: 2cm
Snow depth: 110cm
It is currently snowing lightly and there has been a couple of centimetres accumulation on the ground in the village. It looks like it will continue to snow lightly throughout the day so it will be one of those days with a constant fresh layer of powder being continually draped across the runs. Temperatures are once again in the double negatives, and with the breeze it does feel on the chilly side.   Read more ...

Yuzawa Now!

Thursday 20th December 2012, 10:42am
Weather conditions: Clearing up, sun
New snowfall: 15cm
Snow depth: 90cm
We probably got around 15cm of new snowfall since yesterday, and while it was still snowing on and off in the region - especially to the north in Minamiuonuma - earlier on, right now the clouds have been clearing up and the sun is out. The local forecast still has snow for today, so the clouds could well come back.

According the the lastest forecast, a brief spell of minder conditions is due on Saturday and town and lower slope areas may well see rain but from Sunday a cold front that brings with it some potentially heavy snowfall is due to be with us.

Resorts around town that are open remain only partly open as we wait for that heavy snowfall to really get things going. The snow of the last few days has definitely made conditions better though. A few more resorts plan to open tomorrow - Ishiuchi Maruyama, Yuzawa Park and Muikamachi Ski Resort - followed by some more in the region opening on Saturday. Details below.

Official resort snow depths @ Thursday 20th December 12, AM:
Mt Naeba:
Kandatsu Kogen:
Yuzawa Kogen:
Yuzawa Nakazato:
Centleisure Maiko:
Joetsu Kokusai:

Planned resort openings

21st December
Ishiuchi Maruyama
Yuzawa Park
Muikamachi Ski Resort

22nd December
Gala Yuzawa
NASPA Ski Garden
Muikamachi Hakkaisan
Chateau Shiozawa

23rd December

Late December
Ludens Yuzawa
Mt Granview
Ishiuchi Hanaoka   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Thursday 20th December 2012, 10:51am
Weather conditions: Bluebird
New snowfall: 10cm
Snow depth: 140cm
It is a beautiful start to the day here in Nozawa Onsen. It snowed for most of the day yesterday and eased into the night, and then we woke up to blue skies and fresh snow on the courses this morning.

Yesterday was an amazing day and with the fresh foot of snow there was some great riding to be had on and off piste. There were some big powder stories around the fireplace last night.

Top to bottom on the Forest trail today and the resort plans to open everything from this weekend. After a bit of sunshine there is another rather large dump looming for Sunday night so prepare yourselves for a very White Christmas in Nozawa Onsen.

Lifts operating
Nagasaka Gondola
Yamabiko Four
Yamabiko No 2 Four
Uenotaira Four
Paradise Four
Yu Road

Courses open
Yamabiko A Course
Yamabiko B Course
Yamabiko C Course
Yamabiko D Course
Yamabiko E Course
Paradise connecting
Yunomine A
Yunomine B
Nagasaka connecting

Official snow depths





Official new snowfall
15cm (Yamabiko)
15cm (Uenotaira)
5cm (Karasawa)   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Thursday 20th December 2012, 10:55am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 170cm
No new snow to report from Hakuba this morning. In the alpine country beyond the ski resorts snowfall was reported to be minimal at around 1cm.

Earlier on this morning there was lots of blue sky above the village but it has since been clouding over and it is much duller now as the morning progresses with less of the sun and more cloud. Visibility still good on the mountain though. Those clouds may well bring us a bit of snow later in the day.

It was cold overnight getting down to -8C, and is now around -3C though we probably won't see temperatures rise into the positive today.

Tomorrow and Saturday are forecast to bring with them milder conditions again with a chance of rain on Saturday, lower down at least. The good news though is that some heavy snowfall is due on Sunday and into early in the week so fingers crossed we get another good dump from that.


Official snow depths and operations @ Thursday 20th December 2012 AM:
Please note that resort lift operations are subject to change at any time.

Hakuba Goryu:
No new snow to report.
Lifts operating - Gondola, Alps No1 pair, Alps No3 pair, Toomi Sky Four, Toomi No1 pair, Cosmo Four, Milky Four, No1 high speed, No6 pair.
All main areas and courses at Hakuba Goryu now open.
Nighta at Goryu open from Saturday.
Official snow depths:
Alps daira - 170cm;
Toomi - 80cm;
Iimori - 35cm

Hakuba 47:
No new snow to report.
All runs at Hakuba 47 are now open.
Lifts operating - Gondola, Line A, Line C and Line E.
Official snow depth:
Upper - 120cm
Lower - 40cm

Ski lifts/courses:
Lifts operating - Gondola, Alpen quad, Kurobishi No2 quad, Panorama pair, Happo Riesen quad, Nakiyama No3 triple lift.
You can now ride down to gondola base.
Official snow depth:
Usagidaira - 140cm
Nakiyama/Shirakaba - 30cm
Sakka - 30cm

Tsugaike Kogen:
The Gondola, Tsuga No2 pair, Hannoki pair, Shirakaba quad, Tsugaike Chuo triple lift and Karamatsu pair lifts are operating.
Official snow depth:
Upper slopes - 250cm
Lower slopes - 70cm

Hakuba Cortina:
No new snow to report from Hakuba Cortina.
Number 2 quad and Number 4 pair lifts operating.
Official snow depth:
Upper slopes - 130cm
Lower slopes - 60cm

Hakuba Iwatake:
The Gondola, 4 line East and 5 line South lifts are operating.
Official snow depth:
Upper slopes - 110cm
Lower slopes - 50cm

Hakuba Sanosaka:
Number 2 quad, Number 3 quad and Number 6 pair lifts operating.
Official snow depth:

Hakuba Minekata:
Minekata plans to open from Saturday 22nd December.   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Thursday 20th December 2012, 11:07am
Weather conditions: Cloud, blue sky
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 50cm
There is some cloud up there this morning but a lot of blue sky as well. Another cold morning too. Tomorrow and Saturday we are expecting it to not be as cold, before that late weekend storm moves in bringing with it cold, wind and more importantly a potentially large amount of snowfall. Let's hope so.

Resort operations remain about the same and while there's a fair bit to ski or board at the moment, we need that one more decent snowfall to get things fully open.

Resort areas currently at least part open:

Sun Valley - 1 lift
Maruike - 1 lift
Mammoth - 2 lifts
Bundaira - 1 lift
Tannnenomori Okujo - open
Ichinose Family - 2 lifts
Ichinose Diamond - 2 lifts
Ichinose Kaminoyama - open
Yakebitaiyama - 2 lift
Okushiga Kogen - 3 lifts
Kumanoyu - 3 lifts
Yokoteyama - 6 lifts

Official resort snow depths as of Thursday 20th December 2012 AM:

Sun Valley:
Ichinose Family:
Ichinose Diamond:
Okushiga Kogen:
70cm   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Thursday 20th December 2012, 11:18am
Weather conditions: Cloud, blue sky
New snowfall: 2cm
Snow depth: 70cm
Yesterday sure was a cold one. It was another cold start to the day at -6C when I woke up and it is currently around -4C, so not really warming up then! Just a few cm of new snowfall to report, cloud still around but blue sky as well and the sun shining down from time to time.

We can't expect more than some possible sprinklings of snow in the next few days, though from Sunday a winter storm looks to still be on it's way. Strong winds and hopefully heavy snowfall into early week.

Nighta news!

There are two night skiing areas of the resort in Zao - not (skiable) connected, though you can of course go from one to the other if you wish. Nighta will start on the Uwanodai area from this Saturday (22nd), and will be open every day until 24th March 2013. 5pm until 9pm. Nighta in the Yokokura area will be open over the New Year period and then Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 4th January until 17th March.

Official snow depths

Chuo Area



35cm   Read more ...

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