Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 18th March 2018

Myoko Now!

Sunday 30th March 2014, 7:03am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 250cm
An early report this morning. Feel sorry for your reporter on this last regular day of the season, out there in the heavy rain (yes, rain) and occasional wind (yes, wind will be up through the day).

It's been a real March of a March, and today is no exception. I'm only out there because of a race that needs gatekeepers and such; more of the joys of a tight community and civic pride etc.

The only interesting thing is heavy snow up high, the forecast says, as the freezing line starts to come back down the mountain one more time. Looks like it will continue to yo-yo a bit; the SnowJapan forecast even has the possibility of snow next Friday (yow!).

I'll sum up the season a bit tomorrow, after I've dried off.


Official info:

Akakura Kanko:
Spring operations: Currently all lifts except Champion No. 1 are operating. From this weekend the Myoko Kogen Sky Cable gondola and hotel No. 3 lift will stay open until May 6, or whenever the snow runs out. Spring rates from March 24 are adults ¥2,500, junior high students and seniors ¥2,000, kids ¥1,500.

Akakura Onsen:
Open until Sunday 30th March; no night skiing.

Planning to stay open until Sunday 6th April.

Myoko Suginohara:
Back in the game until the 30th; gondola and No. 2 lifts operating.

Seki Onsen:
Says it hopes to stay open until mid-May—at least for Golden Week, snow allowing.

Myoko Ski Park:
Open until Sunday 6th April.

Myoko Kyukamura Runrun
Closing Monday, March 31.


Tangram Ski Circus
Running the No. 3 lift only from March 31 until April 6.   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Sunday 30th March 2014, 7:58am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 130cm
It is colder this morning and while we have no new cm of snow, resorts are reporting some snow falling higher up it seems. Down here it's rain/sleet/snow kind of stuff at the moment, though we weren't really expecting that until later on today.

There's a bit of a wind this morning and top lifts at Grand Hirafu and Hanazono are on standby and waiting for those to hopefully ease off.


Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6am: +3C, no snowfall, overcast. Moiwa 800m: no data. Annupuri peak 1308m: S14.1m/s, -3.9C. Coastal data: cape Benkei S15m/s, cape Kamui calm, 1012hPa. Annupuri 1000m snowpack 360cm. Hirafu 1000m: +1C, no snowfall.

Southerly wind as picked up with a Low traveling along the Pacific coast. New cracks and slides have formed due to high-temperature. Spring skiing can be appreciated once the slides mostly fall and stabilizes, but the conditions are still quite unstable and sketchy. Spring slides from the ground are likely to occur from around 1000m altitude. The slides sometime occur as the slope cracks and are very difficult to predict. It is highly recommended not to ride the valley bottoms natural halfpipes of the Backbowl, Osawa and Mikaeri sawa. Flat light today and obstacle are hard to visualize. Snow is pretty bad too. Beware of hitting trees. Peak gates will open in the morning, please listen to the ski patrol’s advice before stepping out. Freedom too ride out of bounds is respect in Niseko, but we are always concerned about all skiers’ and riders’ safety.


Official snow depth numbers at time of writing:

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 340cm
Base - 130cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 340cm
Base - 130cm

Top - 345cm
Base - 160cm
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Furano Now!

Sunday 30th March 2014, 8:21am
Weather conditions: Sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 170cm
Bit more rain overnight but it does look like that has passed for now.

Slightly colder conditions will hopefully ensure better snow as it became sloppy quite quickly yesterday.

Don't forget to check the new season skis which are available for demo on top of the Ropeway.


Operating lifts:

Furano Ropeway 9:00am-4:00pm
Furano Downhill Swift Lift #1 CLOSED
Downhill Romance #2 chair 9:00am-4:00pm
Downhill Romance #3 chair 9:00am-4:00pm
Prince Romance 9:00am- 4:00pm

Kitanomine Zone is now closed for the season including the Link Lift and Link Course.
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Nozawa Onsen Now!

Sunday 30th March 2014, 8:30am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 130cm
Good morning from Nozawa, though the weather isn't so good. After that warm and balmy day yesterday - when some locals seemed more keen on getting ready for spring and farming stuff than winter sports - it's a grey and cloudy morning here. With rain falling.

The resort has just updated me with the following lifts:

Nagasaka Gondola
Uenotaira quad
Yamabiko quads
Skyline connecting pair
Yunomine pair
Mizunashi triple

...apparently all waiting for weather conditions to improve before moving this morning. Not quite sure on the details there, but anyway hope they that gets sorted quick as it means the top chunk of the resort is not open yet today.

Anyway, as forecast not the best day weather wise. We are expecting rain for the day and maybe into tomorrow too. Whether we'll see snow up there or not... well, I'll let you know how that turns out in my report tomorrow.

As of around 8am though, the resort reports a temp of +5C up top and (curiously!) +4C at base.


Sunday 30th March 2014:

Official snow depths:
Yamabiko - 310cm
Uenotaira - 240cm
Hikage - 130cm
Nagasaka - 125cm
Karasawa - 75cm

All lifts operating except:
Hikage Number 2 pair A

All courses open except:
Grand Prix
Kandahar West   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Sunday 30th March 2014, 9:04am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 90cm
Greetings from a bit of a wet and frankly miserable morning here. Rain is coming down and it seems to be rain higher up too. For the moment anyway, we're still holding out on the promise of snow later or perhaps overnight. But for today it might be a day best enjoyed soaking in an onsen, though it doesn't look busy at all out there this morning so you have large areas to yourself if you brave the weather.

Once things clear tomorrow morning, tomorrow should end up being much more pleasant.

It's the last day of the season tomorrow for Hakuba Sanosaka and Hakuba Norikura Onsen.


Official snow depth numbers and operations (as of 30th March 2014):

Hakuba Goryu:
Plans to be open until early May.
Upper - 225cm
Toomi - 90cm
Iimori - 50cm

Hakuba 47:
Plans to be open until early May.
Upper - 175cm
Lower - 35cm

Plans to be open until early May.
Usagidaira - 170cm
Nakiyama - 30cm
Sakka - 35cm

Tsugaike Kogen:
Plans to be open until early May.
Tsuganomori - 271cm
Maruyama - 60cm
Kanenonaruoka - 100cm

Hakuba Cortina:
Plans to be open until 6th April.
Upper - 260cm
Lower - 140cm

Hakuba Sanosaka and Hakuba Norikura plan to be open until 31st March.


Hakuba Iwatake and Hakuba Minekata are already closed.
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Yuzawa Now!

Sunday 30th March 2014, 9:30am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 155cm
Sun yesterday and very warm conditions. It almost felt like an official 'first day of spring' somehow, with lots of people out and about their houses and fields sorting things out in preparation for the spring season. Lots of diggers moving snow about to try and have it melted as quickly as possible so that they can start their farming.

Which is all well and good, but we have a ski/board season to keep going!

We still have rain forecast here but keeping dry for the moment. Cloudy and windy too. Seems that strong wind is affecting Kagura with the Tashiro part closed for the day and Mitsumata open from the Ropeway to Kagura Number 1 quad.

GALA Yuzawa is also affected by the strong winds and unfortunately closed for the day.

All of the resort official snow depth numbers have been on the way down the last week and in particular the last few days (apart from Kagura of course which seems to be stuck on it's season-long 350cm!)


Here's the latest on when Yuzawa skijo intend to be open until:

Until 31st March:
Yuzawa Kogen
Ludens Yuzawa

Until 1st April:
Yuzawa Park

Until 6th April:
Yuzawa Nakazato
Nakazato Snow Wood
NASPA Ski Garden

Until 6th May:
Naeba (weekends only from 7th April)
GALA Yuzawa
Kagura (Tashiro)

Until 25th May:
Kagura (Mitsumata)


Here's the latest on when Minamiuonuma skijo intend to be open until:

until 30th March:
Ishiuchi Hanaoka
Mt Granview (weekends only)
Muikamachi Ski Resort

Until 31st March:
Chateaux Shiozawa

Until 6th April:
Ishiuchi Maruyama
Maiko Snow Resort - but open again on 12th/13th April
Joetsu Kokusai


Already closed:

Muikamachi Hakkai-san


Official resort snow depths @ Sunday 30th March 2014, AM:
Kagura (Tashiro):
Kagura (Mitsumata):
NASPA Ski Garden:
Gala Yuzawa:
Yuzawa Kogen:
Yuzawa Nakazato:
Yuzawa Park:
Maiko Snow Resort:
Ishiuchi Maruyama:
Joetsu Kokusai:

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SnowJapan Daily 'Now' reports

Shiga Kogen Now
18th Mar, 16:02pm
Myoko Now
18th Mar, 15:19pm
Nozawa Onsen Now
18th Mar, 14:01
Zao Now
18th Mar, 12:40
Hakuba Now
18th Mar, 12:04
Minakami Now
18th Mar, 9:10
Madarao Now
18th Mar, 9:00
Furano Now
18th Mar, 8:41
Grandeco Now
18th Mar, 8:36
Yuzawa Now
18th Mar, 8:20
Niseko Now
18th Mar, 7:46
Geto Kogen Now
18th Mar, 7:01
Appi Kogen Now
17th Mar, 11:49
Naeba Now
16th Mar, 10:09