Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 18th March 2018

Minakami Now!

Saturday 21st March 2009, 7:25am
Weather conditions: Blue sky
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Yesterday afternoon saw a bit of everything, with light rain alternating with light snow showers and even a couple of periods of sunshine into the mix. Last night was very cold with temperatures remaining below freezing for much of the night. Clear blue sky now so the slopes are likely to be firm this morning, softening up throughout the day as the sun reaches them. The cloud may come in this afternoon.

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Niseko Now!

Saturday 21st March 2009, 9:00am
Weather conditions: Mostly clear
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Well the warmth and humidity of a couple of days ago was replaced by cooler and much drier air yesterday. The day was mostly fine but some snow showers hit the mountain through the afternoon and into the evening. This morning has dawned mostly clear, cold and windy. Some cloud is expected to move over the region later today with a few light snow showers. Conditions on the mountain will be very icy at first with only a dusting of new snow.

Tomorrow is expected to once again get warmer as another low pressure system moves across from the west and some rain can be expected later in the day. As the low passes through we'll then get back into colder northerlies and snowfalls are forecast on and off throughout the coming week. We may even get a little powder to see out the month!

Current Official Snow Depths:

Grand Hirafu:
Top - 335cm
Bottom - 135cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 360cm
Bottom - 140cm

Top - 400cm
Bottom - 180cm
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Naeba Now!

Saturday 21st March 2009, 9:42am
Weather conditions: blue skies
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Another contrast today, the sun is out, we have big blue skies and like yesterday there's a bit of a breeze - likely windier up the top of the hill. Echo's of MC's and music roll down the hill and across the town from the Big Air competition at Asagai whilst jumping hopeful's have been lining up and jumping out of their cars since the early hours today. Let's hope everyone lands the right way up today!

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Yuzawa Now!

Saturday 21st March 2009, 10:04am
Weather conditions: Fine, sunny
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
The rain did stop yesterday around lunchtime and the day ended up just being cloudy. It was a mild evening and overnight and this morning the clouds have moved on and it is a fine, sunny blue sky morning and currently around 7 degrees.

Spring skiing all the way now and there are better conditions and more snow the higher you go - and apart from a few piles of snow hanging on here and there, there is now no snow left at town level.

Tomorrow might see some strong winds as well as a chance of rain in the morning.

Nighta tonight is open at the following resorts in Yuzawa:
Yuzawa Nakazato
Yuzawa Park

Official resort snow depths @ 21st Mar 09, AM:
Mt Naeba:
Kagura Tashiro:
Kagura Mitsumata:
GALA Yuzawa:
Pine Ridge Resorts Kandatsu:
NASPA Ski Garden:
Yuzawa Kogen:
Yuzawa Park:
Yuzawa Nakazato:
Kayama Captain Coast:
90cm   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Saturday 21st March 2009, 10:15am
Weather conditions: Sun, fine
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
It's one of those 'not a cloud in the sky' days today. A fairly chilly start to the day with the temperatures keeping under freezing (-3 here in Maruike earlier on) but with the sun out things will no doubt heat up a fair bit - it's +1 right now - and it will be a fine day to be out there on the slopes.

Snow conditions are very much in spring mode now, but if you go out expecting that there is still a lot of fun to be had.

Tomorrow we might see some rain even up here, but things should cool down again Sunday night into Monday when we might get to see some new snow again. Fingers crossed.

The following resorts plans to be open for nighta tonight:
Sun Valley
Ichinose Family
Ichinose Diamond

Official resort snow depths as of 21st March 09:

Sun Valley:
Ichinose Family:
Okushiga Kogen:
180cm   Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Saturday 21st March 2009, 10:51am
Weather conditions: Sunny, gorgeous, set to warm up as day goes on
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Everyone waited for Japan to finish eliminating Korea from the World Baseball Classic yesterday before coming out to enjoy the afternoon's fresh snow. Fresh wet snow, but fresh nonetheless. The area stayed fogged in and light snow fell all afternoon.

It cleared up overnight and the temperature nosedived. It's hovering at or below the freezing mark this morning, but the sun is out and it's supposed to warm up as the day goes on and a high pressure system moves through from the west. Visibility is much improved over yesterday.

We're in the "three cold, four warm" time that precedes spring. It's supposed to heat up again and rain tomorrow before turning cold again during the week and snowing a tiny bit Tuesday and Wednesday.

Night skiing at Kumado will finish up for the season tomorrow evening.

Official resort snow depths:

170cm (at top)
Akakura Onsen:
Seki Onsen:
220cm   Read more ...

Furano Now!

Saturday 21st March 2009, 13:55pm
Weather conditions: Light cloud with clear patches.
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
A cold and windy night deposited a scant 1 cm of snow leaving "dust on crust" conditions this morning. Temps at 9:00 were still -3 at the base and -5 at the top, leaving the freshly groomed areas crisp through the early morning. Edges and packed areas were extremely hard.

The sun has been out most of the day, with things softening up and slowing down a bit by 11:00 am, leading to very enjoyable spring skiing conditions. Hard to believe this is a long weekend, with only a few dozen people visible at any given time, it's like having the whole place to yourself!

The long-term forecast is for highs topping out around +3 this week, with overnight lows well below freezing. It's quite possible we will get a nice dump of snow overnight.

Think snow, think powder, think a little more winter!   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Saturday 21st March 2009, 15:32pm
Weather conditions: Some high cloud coming in.
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Cold morning but warm in the sun today with blue skies and it got hot quick. The skifields are packed today with people everywhere...

Happo is the place to be if you like top to bottom moguls covered in non-mogul skiers and Goryu is the spot if you like weaving your way through the crowds on the bottleneck. Happo has gotten super patchy at the bottom with some areas requiring traverses through the mud and the bottom of Goryu won't be far behind....getting close to the end of March though so what can you do.

Tomorrow looks to be a rainy one but we still have snow forecast Wednesday through Friday next week.

Official resort snow depths on 21st Mar 09:
15cm (Shirakaba)
15cm (Sakka/Kitaone)
170cm (Kurobishi/Usagidaira)
Hakuba Goryu:
50cm (Iimori)
75cm (Toomi)
200cm (Alps daira)
Hakuba 47:
Tsugaike Kogen:
100cm (Kanenonaruoka)
110cm (Maruyama)
255cm (Tsuganomori)
Hakuba Iwatake:
20cm (Shomen)
140cm (Sancho)
Sun Alpina Sanosaka:
60cm   Read more ...

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