Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 28th May 2018

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Friday 31st January 2014, 8:07am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 145cm
Hmmmm. At 3pm yesterday the resort was reporting rain on the upper slopes and cloud at base, with temperatures ranging from 0C to +6C down in the village. Overnight it was around +3 degrees in the village and there's no escaping the fact that I heard rain coming down in the middle of the night. It actually looks like it should get colder as the lifts start moving and during the day today. At the moment as of 8am it is around +1C.

While it's wet in lower areas, it's snowing on the Yamabiko area say the resort. A look at the webcams also shows pretty poor visibility up there. They are also saying there's a new 5cm up there (and 10cm on Uenotaira) as well since yesterday, so higher up is definitely the place to head for right away if you are on the mountain today.

It should be colder overnight and then tomorrow is due to be a clear and sunny day. Sunday is still forecast to be mild and raining.

It's difficult to know what to write at the moment actually. Obviously we all want conditions to be awesome. At the same time don't want to sound down on things, but need to of course keep it honest. But it's all a bit... dare I say it, spring-like just at the moment. :(

I'll end on a positive note and that is that early next week is looking promising with a return to cold and snowy conditions. Here's hoping it will be a fab Nozawa-like consistent dump and we'll all be smiling again.


Friday 31st January 2014:

Official snow depths:
Yamabiko - 260cm
Uenotaira - 220cm
Hikage - 145cm
Nagasaka - 135cm
Karasawa - 95cm

All lifts operating except:
Yunomine pair
Mizunashi triple
Challenge pair
Utopia pair
Hikage Number 2 pair B

All courses open except:
Kandahar East
Kandahar West   Read more ...

Furano Now!

Friday 31st January 2014, 8:26am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 10cm
Snow depth: 200cm
Yesterday saw a warm front arrive that has now passed, and overnight there has been an additional 10cm of new snow.

Stepping outside the first thing you will notice will be the wind which is blowing in gusts moderately at base level and stronger at the mountain top. There has been no indication by the resort so far that this will affect lift operations.

The winds will reduce as the day progresses.


Operating lifts:
Kitanomine Gondola 9:00am-3:40pm
Kitanomine high speed quad 8:30am-8:00pm
Kitanomine #2 chair 8:45am-3:40pm

Link Lift 9:00am-3:40pm

Furano Ropeway 8:30am-3:40pm
Furano Downhill Swift Lift #1 9:00am-8:00pm
Downhill Romance #2 chair 8:45am-3:40pm
Downhill Romance #3 chair 9:00am-3:40pm
Prince Romance 8:30am - 4:00pm

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Niseko Now!

Friday 31st January 2014, 8:30am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 10cm
Snow depth: 190cm
Ah good, we are back to something colder this morning.

Another 10cm of fresh snow to report this morning from the Hirafu village area and it's of a better (drier) quality than the snow I reported yesterday. As you can see in the Avalance Report below, up to 20cm is being reported at higher elevations.

Strong winds again spoiling the fun a bit this morning and it's blizzard conditions up on the mountain by the looks. For those braving conditions, make sure you know where you're going - visibility is low out there.

The top lifts at each resort not opening as scheduled this morning due to the wind conditions.... winds of up to 21m/s reported by Annupuri, where the Gondola isn't moving either; the Gondola at Niseko Village is also on hold.

Happy Chinese New Year to those celebrating! It's going to be a busy weekend.

Tomorrow we'll look at the numbers for the season and the month of January and also see how they compare with last year.


Niseko Avalanche Report

Niseko base 6am: -6, 15cm new snow in last 12 hrs, snow drift development. Moiwa 800m: -9C, wind W16m/s , 20cm new snow, snowdrift development. Annupuri 1150m: -11C, wind W20m/s, 20cm new snow, snowdrift development. Hirafu 1000m: -7C, 20cm new snow, snow drift development. Annupuri peak 1308m: -12.8℃, wind NW15.4m/s. Cape Benkei: NW20m/s, Cape Kamui: W14m/s, wave 2.1m, pressure 1001hPa.

Isobars have moved closer together and the mountain is experiencing blizzard conditions. There has been major snow drift development and the avalanche risk is high on steep wind influenced slopes. From current observations it is expected the 28-29 layer will fracture easily generating slabs 80-120cm thick. Dont ride the valleys today. The forest is reset and good. Beware of cracks in the middle of slopes due to bad visibility, they are hard to see from above.
Peak gates will be closed. Do not duck ropes to get fresh lines. Niseko Rules are here to protect all skiers safety and freedom. We strongly demand all riders read and understand the rules. Do not enter Haru no Taki, and Yu no Sawa Strictly Off Limits area, or Mizuno no sawa Special Control Area. Mountain is in good condition. Have a safe day.


Official snow depth numbers and lift news at time of writing:

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 395cm
Base - 190cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 335cm
Base - 225cm

Top - 280cm
Base - 210cm   Read more ...

Madarao Now!

Friday 31st January 2014, 9:03am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 10cm
Snow depth: 195cm
Wet snow, but snow all the same and about 10cm or so with the resort telling me up to 15cm on the mountain.

Poor visibility this morning as it coninutes to snow though may clear up later on.

Tomorrow sun is likely to start off with but it's still looking like we won't avoid rain on Sunday when it will warm up way too much.

Good news! Return to cold and snowfall Tuesday onwards. Keeping an eye on that.


Operating lifts:

Number 1
Number 2
Number 3A
Number 2 quad
Number 5
Super quad
Number 11
Number 12
Number 13
Number 15
Moving walkway
Kids Park


All tree run courses should be open.

Nighta every Saturday night until 22nd March.
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Yuzawa Now!

Friday 31st January 2014, 9:20am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 150cm
Not the most exciting things to report this morning.

After a cloudy morning, later in the afternoon we enjoyed some clearer skies and avoided rain. Until night time. I was actually woken once in the middle of the night be the sound of heavy rain which obviously isn't good.

This morning, Kagura are saying that they got 10cm of snow with resorts around town just a dusting. It seems that while it was raining down in town there was snow falling on the mountain. Wet and heavy very probably, but better than rain for sure!

It's approaching 9:30am now and I'm happy to report that it has turned to snow. Light wet snow right now - not the kind that will end up with cm on the ground - but snow forecast until later this evening.

This morning there's a wind blowing on the mountains and it looks like Kagura is on it's Mitsumata Ropeway to Kagura No1 lift and Tashiro Ropeway to Tashiro No1 lift pattern. Winds are likely to persist for the day.

We're expecting sun tomorrow and then unfortunately rain on Sunday as it warms up.

With the mild conditions, not much fresh lately and rain... well, snow conditions not the best.


Official resort snow depths @ Friday 31st January 2014, AM:
Kagura (Tashiro):
Kagura (Mitsumata):
NASPA Ski Garden:
Gala Yuzawa:
Yuzawa Kogen:
Yuzawa Nakazato:
Yuzawa Park:
Maiko Snow Resort:
Ishiuchi Maruyama:
Joetsu Kokusai:
210cm   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Friday 31st January 2014, 9:20am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 160cm
Lunchtime yesterday and it was raining in the village, with temperature rising to around +3C, though it was snowing as you got higher up.

Hakuba 47 yesterday said that 3cm of snow fell on the upper slopes during the day time and this morning the number stands at 15cm on the upper slopes. Similarly Goryu are saying up to 20cm on upper areas, but nothing down at base.

So it probably goes without saying - head higher for the snow conditions. People talking about spring like conditions in January is not good but like I said there are usually one or two blips in a season. But January as a whole has been on the dry side. We are just hoping that February will be the comeback month.

OK back to the forecasts. We might see the clouds clear today and even a bit of sun. Sun tomorrow morning at least, and then warm and rainy on Sunday. But come Tuesday things are looking more interesting. We should be having a return to very cold conditions and snow falling. Let that be the start of a great February.


Official snow depth numbers and operations (as of 31st January 2014):

Hakuba Goryu:
Reporting 0cm of new snowfall at base, 20cm on upper areas.
Upper - 285cm
Toomi - 160cm
Iimori - 140cm

Hakuba 47:
Reporting 0cm of new snowfall at base, 15cm on upper areas.
Upper - 255cm
Lower - 90cm

Usagidaira - 230cm
Nakiyama - 65cm
Sakka - 85cm

Hakuba Iwatake:
Upper - 205cm
Lower - 60cm

Tsugaike Kogen:
Tsuganomori - 310cm
Maruyama - 130cm
Kanenonaruoka - 130cm

Hakuba Cortina:
Reporting 0cm of new snowfall.
Upper - 300cm
Lower - 163cm

Hakuba Minekata:
60cm   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Friday 31st January 2014, 9:40am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 2cm
Snow depth: 195cm
Strong winds this morning... and lots of the mountain is closed due to those conditions at the moment meaning a bit of congestion on the base lifts open. Though I think that lots of people might write the day off and spend it soaking in an onsen as it's a bit wild at the moment out there.

The sun should be shining tomorrow morning, but as in many other regions it's going to warm up for Sunday and there's a chance of rain even up here.

Back to winter from Tuesday, according to the forecast.

Have a good weekend and Happy Chinese New Year to friends visiting from overseas.


Official snow depths (31st January 14):
Utopia: 250cm
Chuo: 195cm
Paradise: 225cm
Uwanodai: 140cm   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Friday 31st January 2014, 9:55am
Weather conditions: Cloud/fog
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: 140cm
Snow, wind, fog and poor visibility this morning in Shiga Kogen. A bit of a wild one at times though forecast to calm down later on in the day, and it should be clearer tomorrow. Warmer on Sunday but we are hopeful that we can maybe avoid the rain that lower regions seem destined to get.

After the few days of milder conditions winter should be back come Tuesday.


Official snow depth data, as of Friday 31st January 2014, 9am):

Sun Valley:





Hoppo Bundaira:

Takamagahara Mammoth:


Ichinose Family:


Ichinose Diamond:


Okushiga Kogen:

Kumanoyu (skiers only):

170cm   Read more ...

Minakami Now!

Friday 31st January 2014, 10:43am
Weather conditions: Overcast
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 265cm
The rain never eventuated yesterday and we have snow falling in Minakami this morning at a rate of around 2cm/hour. This snow should stop by midday with a cloudy day remaining. 25cm being added to the snow depth at Tenjin today.

Tomorrow is forecast for temps to reach to around 6 deg C with the sun shining all day, so spring conditions can be expected. A high of 10 deg on Sunday is forecast with a possibility of rain.

It looks like we head back into winter temps from around Tuesday with snow forecast for a couple of days.


265cm @ Tenjin
40m @ valley   Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Friday 31st January 2014, 11:27am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 210cm
Yesterday: rain, augmented with lightning and thunder in the evening. I know because our cowardly Retriever was barking in the middle of the night to be let in the office, where she could cower under a desk. OK, she's a sweet dog, likes people, likes to ride the lifts and run down, she just doesn't like the lights and bangs.

I'm glad I'm late posting today, because I can say that the high winds predicted earlier by SnowJapan and today's TV news coverage has come in. Not enough to shut down lifts - yet - but there are occasional high gusts coming in from the north. At least the precipitation is snow, not rain today. But the high winds and rain of yesterday have really eaten into the snowpack: time for some fresh to fall!

Which, unfortunately, looks unlikely until the first part of next week. That freezing line is going to go up almost to the peak of Mt. Myoko; it looks like it will rain almost that high as well on Sunday. Big sigh.

Here's a hopeful prediction, based on a conversation with a friend last night. I recall that many years ago February was our big snow month. January could be good, but February was when we got the big snowfalls. Could be age and over-optimism, but there's still a lot of season left, and we could still see some Myoko-style, non-stop snow. Or more powder, at any rate.


Official info:

Akakura Kanko:

Akakura Onsen:


Myoko Suginohara:

Seki Onsen:

Myoko Ski Park:

Myoko Kyukamura Runrun


Tangram Ski Circus
195cm    Read more ...

SnowJapan Daily 'Now' reports

Yuzawa Now
28th May, 8:40am
Niseko Now
06th May, 9:21am
Furano Now
06th May, 9:04am
Hakuba Now
06th May, 9:02
Nozawa Onsen Now
06th May, 8:41
Shiga Kogen Now
06th May, 8:35
Myoko Now
06th May, 8:35am
Zao Now
06th May, 8:30am
Grandeco Now
06th May, 8:29am
Naeba Now
06th May, 8:28am
Minakami Now
06th May, 8:27am
Appi Kogen Now
06th May, 8:04
Geto Kogen Now
06th May, 8:01
Madarao Now
05th May, 19:10pm