Snow and weather reports posted on Friday 15th December 2017

Myoko Now!

Friday 20th March 2009, 8:40am
Weather conditions: Rain, forecast to clear up from noon
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Happy Vernal Equinox Day! This morning's warm temperatures, if not the rain, are an auspicious start to spring. Perhaps not such good news as far as the long weekend and the end of the ski season go, although there's actually snow in the forecast in the upcoming week.

The visitors getting off the tour buses don't seem to mind the sloppy conditions - they're glad to get just a little bit more time in on the snow. It's foggy and calm this morning and temperatures around the area are well above zero, if not in the teens like yesterday. Area roads are wet, naturally.

The weather folks say that it's supposed to clear up after noon and stay sunny through tomorrow as a high pressure system moves through from the west. The rain is supposed to return Sunday afternoon and snow showers are in the forecast Monday through Wednesday.

Akakan and Seki have yet to update today.

Official resort snow depths:

Suginohara:
80cm
Ikenotaira:
100cm
Akakan:
185cm (at top)
Akakura Onsen:
130cm
Madarao:
130cm
Seki Onsen:
250cm   Read more ...
 

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Friday 20th March 2009, 9:15am
Weather conditions: Cloudy, raining
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
It's a rainy day here in Nozawa, with low cloud shrouding the top of the mountain and reducing visibility. In fact it may be hard to find your own ski tips on top of Kenashi-San at the moment. It is 2 degrees and rainy up there and 4 degrees here in the village. There is a moderate Northwesterly of 20 km/h and the snow depth is down 15 cm more on Yamabiko to 220cm.

The forecast snow does not look like appearing, and although it looks like getting colder throughout the day the precipitation will also cease. Looking further ahead there is snow forecast for Sunday night and Tuesday/Wednesday for the top the mountain but it will fall as rain on the lower slopes.

The following courses are no longer available for sliding; Kandahar, Challenge 39, Kurokura, Hachiman and the bottom of Schneider.

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Minakami Now!

Friday 20th March 2009, 10:04am
Weather conditions: Overcast
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
The other end of the spring spectrum today. The cloud cover came in early this morning and we awoke to the sound of rain. It has since cleared up, with the sun making a valiant effort to peek through but the clouds have come back in again and things are looking ominous. The forecast looks a bit changeable for the rest of the day but it should be another blue sky, warm day tomorrow and for most of Sunday.

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Naeba Now!

Friday 20th March 2009, 11:13am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Yesterday, what a lovely day, a good roasting in the sun with big bowls of Pimms & lemonade filled with ice and fresh fruit. Nice.

A complete contrast early this morning, first ventures of eyeballs around the shoji screen to the outside world saw rain. This obviously encouraged a quick hop, skip and dive back underneath the covers! The next time I looked, the rain had stopped - and so the weather has changes to a cooler more windy scenario. Low dark cloud seems to have enveloped Naeba at the moment - it's clear at the bottom, but from about 1100m the cloud starts - so xpect bad visibility up top.

Lot's of action around Asagai this morning too, as the Canada Cup Big Air competition kicks off at Asagai (today and tomorrow).


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Yuzawa Now!

Friday 20th March 2009, 12:02pm
Weather conditions: Rain, cloud
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
It has cooled down a bit this morning - currently around 5 degrees in town - but it looks like it is rain all round early on (with even Kagura reporting rain/sleet). There is just a slight breeze and hopefully the rain will ease off later on this afternoon.

Tomorrow should be one of those fine sunny days and it will warm up to around 11 degrees.

It's a national holiday in Japan today, meaning that nighta tonight is open at the following resorts in Yuzawa:
Naeba
Yuzawa Nakazato
Yuzawa Park
Iwappara

Official resort snow depths @ 20th Mar 09, AM:
Mt Naeba:
160cm
Kagura Tashiro:
230cm
Kagura Mitsumata:
230cm
Kagura:
250cm
GALA Yuzawa:
160cm
Pine Ridge Resorts Kandatsu:
165cm
NASPA Ski Garden:
90cm
Iwappara:
85cm
Yuzawa Kogen:
130cm
Nunoba:
50cm
Yuzawa Park:
80cm
Yuzawa Nakazato:
90cm
Kayama Captain Coast:
95cm   Read more ...
 

Shiga Kogen Now!

Friday 20th March 2009, 12:14pm
Weather conditions: Cloud, sleet
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Lower down the mountain it is raining this morning but in Shiga Kogen we are escaping with either just cloud or wet snow/sleet at the moment. If those temperatures could drop just a bit more we might have a chance of snow but right now it is above zero across the region and the thermometer outside is now reading 3 degrees.

This precipitation should clear up later on and we should be treated to some fine and sunny weather tomorrow and warmer temperatures once again.

Today is a national holiday here in Japan and as such the following resort plans to be open for nighta tonight:
Sun Valley
Maruike
Mammoth
Ichinose Family
Ichinose Diamond
Kumanoyu

Official resort snow depths as of 20th March 09:

Yokoteyama:
210cm
Kumanoyu:
180cm
Maruike:
110cm
Sun Valley:
110cm
Giant:
90cm
Mammoth:
160cm
Ichinose Family:
170cm
Yakebitaiyama:
180cm
Okushiga Kogen:
180cm   Read more ...
 

Hakuba Now!

Friday 20th March 2009, 12:44pm
Weather conditions: Thick cloud at altitude.
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Rain this morning and the resorts really looked crappy with dirty snow and ground poking through everywhere but things have cheered up a bit with the slowly diminishing hangover.

Looks like bad visibility on top...checking out the comp at the High Cascade Park might be the best thing to do today. Some gusty Nor-Wester's on top of Happo and only 5 degrees in the valley after pushing into the low 20's yesterday.

Sun forecast for tomorrow, rain Sunday with some snowmen making their mark on the radar at this point. Bit too early to tell though stranger things have happened...

Official resort snow depths on 20th Mar 09:
Happo-one:
20cm (Shirakaba)
35cm (Sakka/Kitaone)
175cm (Kurobishi/Usagidaira)
Hakuba Goryu:
50cm (Iimori)
80cm (Toomi)
200cm (Alps daira)
Hakuba 47:
130cm
Tsugaike Kogen:
100cm (Kanenonaruoka)
110cm (Maruyama)
260cm (Tsuganomori)
Hakuba Iwatake:
20cm (Shomen)
140cm (Sancho)
Sun Alpina Sanosaka:
65cm
Hakuba Minekata:
Closed for the season   Read more ...
 

SnowJapan Daily 'Now' reports

Naeba Now
15th Dec, 9:12
Myoko Now
15th Dec, 8:58am
Shiga Kogen Now
15th Dec, 8:56
Grandeco Now
15th Dec, 8:54
Appi Kogen Now
15th Dec, 8:47
Zao Now
15th Dec, 8:44
Hakuba Now
15th Dec, 8:36
Niseko Now
15th Dec, 8:35am
Nozawa Onsen Now
15th Dec, 7:55
Geto Kogen Now
15th Dec, 7:31
Yuzawa Now
15th Dec, 7:27
Furano Now
15th Dec, 7:21
Madarao Now
14th Dec, 9:25
Minakami Now
14th Dec, 8:34

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