Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 18th November 2017

Minakami Now!

Saturday 2nd February 2008, 7:55am
Weather conditions: cloudy
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
A calm clear day in Minakami this morning with a present temperature of -5 deg C and no wind. The sun is trying to break through the clouds and is forecast to do so around midday with the raminder of the day being a mix of cloud and sun.

There is more snow forecast from tomorrow afternoon which should continue through to Monday, with a sunny day expected on Tuesday before more snow from Wednesday through to the next weekend.

The covered quad at Houdaigi is scheduled to resume operation today with fresh powder covering the top area. The return course at Tenjin has been closed for the past 2 days but is expected to open mid mirning today.

Backcountry
Sluffs and small slab avalanches highly probable in the backcountry at present as the new snow is not bonding with the older layers. Extreme caution is advised for this weekend.

Avalanche Hazard:
Alpine: Extreme
Tree Line: Considerable
Below Tree line: Considerable   Read more ...
 

Furano Now!

Saturday 2nd February 2008, 8:25am
Weather conditions: sunny brisk morning. Upper mountain is covered in cloud.
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Yesterday was the million-dollar day here at Furano. If you had paid a your life's fortune to ski here yesterday, you would have been well pleased. It was just run after run especially off Kuma Otoshi where you thought, "if I had a film crew, I would look just like the powder video stars do!".

Today is another blue-sky morning. With a few centimenters overnight there has been 5cm on the mountain. There is still plenty of deep fresh out there. Try Panorama, Challenge, Link and Kuma for your fixes.

It was great to see so many people cueing for Kuma yesterday when it opened. The Ski Resort have finally got some decent English signage, so guests can understand the Kuma gate opening times.

From tomorrow the Furano Snow Festival begins. There are lots of activities and events planned, the Fireworks Saturday night after the big air all in the Kitanomine Zone should be very entertaining.
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Hakuba Now!

Saturday 2nd February 2008, 8:32am
Weather conditions: Sunny/Overcast
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
A mixed bag yesterday with snow in the morning with some huge gusts followed by blue skies in the afternoon in the East and clouds hugging the alps. The wind yesterday made for a cold day up there with some nice snow to be found.

Clear skies and cold temperatures today measuring -7 in Wadano. Today should see blue skies/overcast warming slightly through the day. Runs will be groomed with some powder possibly left under trees and on the sides of the runs. Todays base figures represent and grooming. Be careful in the hunt for powder about searching too far as we have seen loads of slab avalanches and witnessed a huge amount of instability.

Backcountry Travel Advisory as at Jan 30th:

Steep Alpine bowls and steep slopes at Tree Line are still very unpredictable and should be avoided if you are not willing to accept the large risk that is associated with these slopes at this time. For areas of better stability and less risk look to moderately angled slopes in simple terrain at or below tree line. Settlement and bonding below tree line have created a relatively stable pack across the board in the Hakuba valley but that does NOT include steep open terrain or gullies that may produce slab avalanches and will definitely produce slides in the new snow that has fallen over the last 2 days. The 30 + cm of new snow that has come down with no wind and is laying over a layer of surface hoar frost that was produced 3 nights ago pre the new snow falling. The surface hoar is sitting on sun crust on southern slopes and will produce slides that run far and fast with continued accumulation of new snow. Be aware of increases in wind speed and the associated loading of lee slopes as wind changes direction to North Westerlies and picks up as the High pressure system that is approaching hits some time early tomorrow morning.

Avalanche Hazard:

Alpine: High
Tree-line: High
Below tree-line: Considerable   Read more ...
 

Yuzawa Now!

Saturday 2nd February 2008, 8:46am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Cloud it is then this morning but it is actually quite bright early on - chance of the sun coming out even, in fact looks like it is about to make an appearance right now.... but still a fair amount of cloud around. There looks very little chance of any snow falling today though and it will probably rise to around +2 degrees in the town today.

Right now it is looking like tomorrow morning should be fine, with a chance of snow falling once again tomorrow evening.   Read more ...
 

Shiga Kogen Now!

Saturday 2nd February 2008, 8:56am
Weather conditions: Cloud, fine
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
The clouds are lifting and it is looking like today might turn out to be a fine day. The sun is shining through at the moment even though a fair amount of cloud remains in the area. Not snow clouds though, and it looks unlikely that we'll see any snow fall until tomorrow - so looks like today is the day to get out there!

Get wrapped up though as it is another cold day with the temperatures back down into the minus double figures. Kumanoyu reporting a temperature of -13.5 degrees.

Night operations planned at the following resort areas today:

- Sun Valley
- Maruike
- Mammoth
- Ichinose Family
- Ichinose Diamond
- Yakebitaiyama
- Kumanoyu   Read more ...
 

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Saturday 2nd February 2008, 9:08am
Weather conditions: Fine
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Yesterday was as good as it gets at Nozawa. It snowed all day but visibility was good. The wind was very light and depending on who you talked to, it was thigh or waist deep powder. The general consensus was that it was deep enough. Friday at Nozawa will be remembered for face shots, rooster tails and cries of 'Ive fallen and I can't get up!' I don't want to criticise the powder gods who blessed us with such a great powder day, but for your information I will mention that last week the powder was dryer and lighter. The resort is reporting no new snow, there must have been some serious grooming going on last night.

Today it is clear and crisp. It continued snowing after the mountain closed yesterday but not enough to completely fill up the tracks. It should be busy over the weekend as usual.

The long term weather forecast is for more snow through next week. It will be a bit warmer as there are some highs grouping up and coming through. Long term forecasts are always a little sketchy but I think that anyone coming to Nozawa early next week is in for a great time.   Read more ...
 

Myoko Now!

Saturday 2nd February 2008, 9:32am
Weather conditions: Sunny
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Cold, crisp, crystal clear blue skies pretty much describes the day here in Myoko. The powder remains well intact as the weekend hoardes roll in for the slippin and slidin. And what a good weekend it is; the sun is forecasted to stick around tomorrow with snows falling again from Sunday night.

Today's pick is Suginohara,; the powder's there, the views are there, and the blue air is there. What more could you ask for?

Your Myoko area levels for today:
280cm (Akakura Kanko);
285cm (Akakura Onsen);
230cm (Ikenotaira);
355cm at the top, 175cm bottom (Suginohara);
275cm (Kumado Snowboard Park);
170cm (Pine Valley);
360cm (Seki Onsen);
180cm (Madarao Tangram Ski Circus);
180cm (Madarao Sympathique);
185cm (Madarao Kogen);
170cm (Cupid Valley);
275cm (Myoko Ski Park);
145cm (Togakushi);
170cm (Kurohime);
135cm (Iizuna);
150cm (Iizuna Kogen)

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Niseko Now!

Saturday 2nd February 2008, 12:25pm
Weather conditions: Sunny early, cloud developing later.
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Yesterday was another fantastic day, even better than the day before. The whole mountain was deeply covered in super light powder and the skies were blue for most of the morning. Annupuri was the pick of the bunch but even the lower forrest areas had an incredible amount of cover. Today is not much different although there isn't quite as much fresh cover as yesterday. The higher areas will definitely be the best place to ride today. The avalanche report is noting 15cm of fresh cover and moderate winds at the peak.

There is a low pressure cell due to appear to the east of Honshu tomorrow which may link up with the low to our north over the next couple of days. The high pressure system to our west is gaining strengh and moving eastwards which will hopefull work against the lows and bring a few more days of snowfall.
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Naeba Now!

Saturday 2nd February 2008, 13:27pm
Weather conditions: White sky
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
A warm -2 in the village today, the sky is blanket white whilst there is a gentle breeze. The main Naeba hill looks on to the village spreading it's monotone tree lined slopes to the village limits, laden with the weekend package punters.

We have a busy one this weekend up in Naeba, what with the Inter High School ski competition and other parties loaded with gaijin cranking up the tourist stats. All the hotels/ryokan are booked full, whilst the locals run around in a mad dash looking after their customers, bowing to every whim and whimper that comes their way.

Here's waiting for the happy faces and satisfied customers with their powder reports and stories of their shenanigans on the slopes.
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SnowJapan Daily 'Now' reports

Zao Now
18th Nov, 10:29
Hakuba Now
18th Nov, 9:12
Yuzawa Now
18th Nov, 8:57
Furano Now
18th Nov, 8:29
Shiga Kogen Now
17th Nov, 10:55
Niseko Now
17th Nov, 8:24
Madarao Now
16th Nov, 9:44
Naeba Now
16th Nov, 8:11
Nozawa Onsen Now
16th Nov, 7:50
Grandeco Now
14th Nov, 10:43
Minakami Now
17th Sep, 10:23
Myoko Now
01st Jul, 11:49pm
Appi Kogen Now
18th May, 8:33
Kiroro Now
01st May, 9:18am

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