Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 28th May 2018

Minakami Now!

Saturday 5th March 2011, 7:11am
Weather conditions: Snow and wind
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Another great powder day yesterday and it is still snowing this morning. At least we think it is still snowing. There is a strong, blusterly wind that is whipping up the soft snow so it is hard to tell at the moment. The wind is likely to be a factor today and will make it feel pretty cold out there. Sheltered resorts could be the wise call for today, though it is supposed to clear up this afternoon.

The snow yesterday was light and fluffy with boot deep snow off trail and a good few centimetres on trail to drift through. It didn't let up at all yesterday but only snowed lightly overnight so yesterday's tracks probably won't be filled in.   Read more ...

Madarao Now!

Saturday 5th March 2011, 8:13am
Weather conditions: Sunshine and minimal cloud
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Clear sky and sunshine over Madarao resort this morning, as the weekend starts with perfect snow conditions accross the mountain. After continual sessions of snowfall yesterday and around 5cm of extra snow overnight to the coverage, all riders are in for a full day of powder runs!

Visibility conditions are currently excellent, sunshine and minimal cloud expected to see Madarao through the day comfortably. While the temperature is currently sitting at -7.0 C, it will vary between -8.0 C and 2.0 C, although significantly warmer than days previous.

Tomorrow is the first day of the Madarao Speed Challenge event, alaso held on the 13th and 20th of this month.

So a great day forcasted, with excellent conditions on Madarao mountain. Who could ask for more fresh snow, or more sunshine to see through the weekend!

Lifts currently operating:

No 1 lift
No 2 quad lift
No 3 a lift
No 5 lift
Super Quad
No 11 Lift
No 12 Lift
No 15 lift
Tangram No 2 Lift

Moving Belt at Kids Park
Snowboard beginner course

Free ride park: open   Read more ...

Yuzawa Now!

Saturday 5th March 2011, 9:13am
Weather conditions: Cloud, snow > clearing up
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
And the snow continues! This morning I had 20cm or so of fresh snow on my car in Yuzawa (since last night) and my colleague to the north in Minamiuonuma said there was 30cm or so on his. So what great conditions we should be seeing out there today.

The forecast is for the snow to clear up and gradually clearer conditions as the day moves on - followed by sunny clear skies tomorrow and warmer temperatures (a high of around +6 possible). Right now in Yuzawa it is -1 degrees with a high of +3 forecast for later in the day.

At the moment the snow seems to be easing off and there is definitely less wind than there was yesterday and so all resorts seem to be operating as normal, including Kagura which is reporting 30cm of fresh snow. There's a competition on at Naeba today (and tomorrow) meaning that a few course resrtictions apply but apart from that everywhere seems open as normal.

So, should be a fantastic weekend out there - hope you can enjoy it.

Official snow depths @ Saturday 5th March 2011 AM




Gala Yuzawa:

Yuzawa Kogen:

Yuzawa Park:

Yuzawa Nakazato:

Kandatsu Kogen:


NASPA Ski Garden:

Ishiuchi Maruyama:
270cm   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Saturday 5th March 2011, 9:26am
Weather conditions: Cloud, light snow, fine weather forecast for this afternoon
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Another 10-15cm or so of freshies since yesterdays report as the snowy conditions continue in Shiga Kogen. Early on this morning it has been snowing but right now light snow in places and just cloud in others as things seem to be starting to clear up. Should be a fine afternoon and also going into tomorrow when things seem destined to get quickly much warmer than yesterday (though still 'cold' for most people!). For this morning though it is currently -7 degrees in the Maruike area.

So it looks like it should be an excellent weekend to be out on the slopes with all this new snowfall from the last few days and good weather conditions. People visiting this weekend have timed it perfectly. Who would have thought hey?!

Better still, we are likely to see more snow into next week as well.


Nighta operations this evening planned at the following resort area:

- Sun Valley
- Mammoth
- Ichinose Family
- Ichinose Diamond
- Yakebitaiyama
- Kumanoyu

Official resort snow depths as of 5th March 2011 AM:

Sun Valley:
Ichinose Family:
Ichinose Diamond:
Okushiga Kogen:
240cm   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Saturday 5th March 2011, 9:32am
Weather conditions: Light snow, cloud
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Yesterday I said it should be a great weekend out on the slopes and yes it certainly will.

There's another 10cm or so of snow down in the village with more up top and so we couldn't really be asking for more early March.

It's another cold morning, -9 degrees when I looked earlier but a bit 'warmer' than that now, and light snow falling though the local forecasts are all pointing towards spells of clearer weather during the day and tomorrow. Right now though as I write this visibility is poor above around 1000m with the top part of the mountains covered in cloud.

So similar conditions forecast for tomorrow just possibly not quite as cold.

Great conditions out there and I'm about to go and have a play myself!   Read more ...

Naeba Now!

Saturday 5th March 2011, 9:46am
Weather conditions: Light snow, cloud, clearing up
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Naeba and I have more snow to report. Perhaps around 10cm of snow on the top of cars that have been around overnight, with the Kagura reporting 30cm of fresh snow on the upper slopes there.

It is snowing lightly early on at the base of Naeba. A little windy and cloudy at the top of the mountain so decent visibility lower down but poorer up top.

It is another cold morning with the temperature at -8 degrees here a little earlier and a low of -11 reported at the top of Naeba this morning.

As I write this the sun is actually casting some shadows on the lower slopes of Naeba and by all accounts it looks like things should clear up as the day moves on. Indeed, tomorrow should be clear and sunny and bring much milder conditions.

With the snow of the last number of days, conditions are really great out there certainly more than we could have imagined just a week ago. Best to get out there and enjoy them!

Official Snow Depths:


380cm   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Saturday 5th March 2011, 10:57am
Weather conditions: Mostly sunny and blue skies
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Blue skies and the sun making an appearance has warmed up the valley to around 4 degrees this morning but up at 1400m temperatures are still holding cold at around -6.

Just a few cm of new snow being reported on the upper slopes of Goryu this morning.

The recent top-up has put a nice layer of snow on the resorts though there are still some patches iced-out from the rain earlier in the week to watch out for. All in all a good start to the weekend with great weather, excellent visibility, and not too busy at the time of writing.

Winds are still pretty strong up high but on the resort only light NNE nothing to worry too much about. Tomorrow looks like it should be clear with warmer temperatures than today. Some snow is forecast from Monday afternoon through the night and clear on Tuesday.

Official snow depths and operations @ Saturday 5th March AM:

Hakuba Goryu
Goryu reporting just 2cm of up top Saturday morning.
Night time operations from 6pm until 9:30pm.
Alps daira - 280cm;
Toomi - 160cm;
Iimori - 120cm.

Hakuba 47:
Normal operations today.
Snow depth (upper) - 185cm.

Nakiyama nighta now operating.
Usagidaira/Kurobishi - 225cm;
Sakka - 85cm;
Shirakaba - 85cm;
Nakiyama - 70cm.

Tsugaike Kogen:
Snow depth - 290cm
Maruyama area - 140cm
Champion - 210cm

Hakuba Iwatake:
Upper - 170cm
Lower - 110cm

Hakuba Cortina:
Upper - 365cm
Lower - 205cm

Hakuba Sanosaka:

Hakuba Minekata:
95cm   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Saturday 5th March 2011, 11:18am
Weather conditions: Snow showers
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
The snow yesterday abated in the afternoon and it was mostly fine overnight with only a dusting of new snow. Today is mostly cloudy with a few light snow showers moving through. Finally though the wind has died down and all lifts and gates are open. All the bowls will be loaded up with plenty of fresh and drifted snow. Avalanche danger has decreased but as always be careful around cornices and convex slopes and don't hang out in the bottom of gullies. Although vis at the peak won't be all that great the runs down should still be very rewarding with up around thigh deep turns. It has warmed up quite a bit from yesterday and the snow right down low will be getting a little heavier. Will still be excellent quality up higher.

Current Official Snow Depths:

Grand Hirafu:
Top - 395
Bottom - 195

Niseko Village:
Top - 380
Bottom - 180

Top - 370
Bottom - 210

Avalanche Information:

All gates are scheduled to open depending on the weather condition and lift operation, peak gates at 9:30am. Please follow the ski patrol’s instructions. Annupuri peak 6am: -12.4℃, average wind NW11.5m/s. Annupuri 800m: -9.8℃, WSW2.6m/s with light overnight snowfall. The wind above 1000m elevation stagnated between 12-15m/s W to NW during the night and the slopes in high altitude are strongly affected by yesterday morning’s strong wind. The N to E facing slope surfaces are in a variable condition; rugged and hard-crust, scuffed by the wind with patches of packed snowdrifts. Snowdrifts have heavily developed in south facing steep slopes, covering the cornices and heavily developing in knoll (convex) terrains. Beware of those overloaded snowdrifts as they are likely to collapse and trigger an avalanche. Hazards are also to be highly considered in lower elevation (around 900m and lower) as the new snow accumulation reached up to 70cm on top of the crust layer in the past 48 hours. Always be conscious of avalanche risks when riding in slopes steeper than 30°. Be prudent and have a safe day.

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Furano Now!

Saturday 5th March 2011, 12:23pm
Weather conditions: Snow Showers
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
The snow seems to be have been non stop for the last week out here in Furano. The flakes are still flying well into the lunch time hours, but expect them to die down somewhat towards early evening. Sunday should be a much quieter day, with cool temperatures and cloudy skies.

According to the forecast ahead, the current weather trend is promising to keep winter around for at least the first part of March, which is good news for the International Ski Federation competition as well as the Inter-High being held next week. While there may be no major storms ahead, there seems to be a lot of snow in store for next week, so things are looking up. Today is looking great, with light flurries followed by cloudy skies and not-so-frigid temperatures.

Time to get out on the mountain!   Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Saturday 5th March 2011, 16:40pm
Weather conditions: Sunny, with some bands of clouds across the mountains
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
A beautiful day in Myoko; a bit of cloud hanging over some parts during the day, but great snow, sunny at the end of the day.... Winter is back, and with some sun, too!

Good snow over the past few days has raised snow pack depths again, which is great (more for later into the season). A little heavy in places off the groomed slopes, but that just makes you a better skier.

One note; the fresh snow sits on a pretty hard layer of snow, after some rain and sun earlier. Reports from very high up on south/southeast facing slopes were that snow stability is not good; lots of shooting cracks and actual small slides. It's a good time not to push the limits of your experience, or the snow's stability. Maybe stay low, don't ski too deep, and stay of south-facing slopes for awhile. I worry about you guys; charge the slopes, but be smart.

Tomorrow should be a perfect, sunny day!

Current Official Snow Depths:

Akakura Onsen:

Akakan (Akakura Kanko):


Myoko Suginohara:

Seki Onsen:

Myoko Ski Park:



230cm   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Saturday 5th March 2011, 17:44pm
Weather conditions: Clear fine conditions
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Apologies for the late report today.

It has been a fine day in Nozawa. Things started off cloudy and the remains of the snow - with another 10-15cm reported on the upper slopes, though none being reported by the resort on lower slopes - but it soon cleared up to give us a fine afternoon with the sun out and lots of blue skies with just some cloud hanging on. A nice bright afternoon and a fair few people out there enjoying the fine conditions out there at the moment.

The forecast is calling for a fine clear blue sky day tomorrow and while it will likely dip to around -5 overnight, it should be a pretty mild day tomorrow with a high of 5 forecast for the afternoon.

We might see some snow on Monday but a good chance around Tuesday night into Wednesday for another potentially decent snowfall. Winter doesn't seem to want to leave just yet!

Courses open:

All except the following
Uenotaira Half Pipe
Karasawa Wave Park

Lifts operating:
All lifts are open   Read more ...

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