Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 1st May 2017

Madarao Now!

Thursday 7th January 2016, 7:59am
Weather conditions: Snow clouds
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: 65cm
Yesterday I said we were hoping for snow overnight, and we have had some. Just another 5cm so far but it is still snowing now and hopefully it should be for the day and then more over the coming days as well.

So conditions should be getting better each day now through into the weekend.

That's all I will say for this morning. Lots of snow please...

(Note the webcam image is actually from just now, not 1904!) ;)

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Madarao Kogen 6 day snow and weather forecast

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Madarao Kogen lifts operating (planned at time of writing):

Number 1
Number 2 quad
Number 3
Number 5
Super quad lift
Number 11 lift
Number 12 lift
Number 15 lift
Moving walkway

Tangram Ski Circus lifts operating (planned at time of writing):

All 5 lifts operating   Read more ...
 

Kiroro Now!

Thursday 7th January 2016, 8:07am
Weather conditions: Overcast
New snowfall: 17cm
Snow depth: 133cm
It is are beginning to get repetitive at Kiroro. Another decent overnight snowfall greets us this morning. Temperatures continue to hover around -10°C while a moderate westerly wind adds some wind chill and helps make lee slopes even deeper.

It is currently lightly snowing with some heavy flurries expected later in the day.   Read more ...
 

Niseko Now!

Thursday 7th January 2016, 8:32am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 14cm
Snow depth: 120cm
Oh dear, I noticed yesterday afternoon that fairly soon after I had posted my morning report (when I was saying that all resorts were planning on being open as normal), wind was affecting some lifts around the resorts.

Over at Annupuri early on it was the top Jumbo 4 lift; at Hirafu it was the top King Number 4 and Ace Number 3 lifts; and at Niseko Village the top Wonderland Chair. Later in the day around lunchtime the Annupuri Gondola and Jumbo Number 3 lift at Annupuri also stopped, with the Jumbo 3 lift starting up again fairly soon after. Hanazono also stopped their top Hanazono 3 quad mid afternoon. So, in the end we were affected by the wind. Sorry about that! I always try and give you the latest available information at the time of posting my report, and around 8:30am is usually a good time to be able to do that. But conditions (both nature and resort operations) can of course change quickly and alas I am not online all day doing live reports.

Anyway, on to this morning and I have another respectable 14cm of fresh snow to report to you from by my base here in Hirafu.

It's nice and cold and there seems to be less wind on mountain this morning, so fingers crossed resorts and lifts will be open as planned and able to stay all open for the day.

It should be another excellent day out there and the forecast remains regular snowfall right through the coming week. Things are shaping up very nicely.

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This morning I thought it would be quite interesting to check out the Hirafu Ace Number 2 Quad lift webcam early in order to see when people start lining up for it. The first people in the queue seemed to arrive just before 7:50am and by 8am the line was long enough for it to fill the webcam image. That lift starts moving at 8:30am. I am referring to the third webcam image that can be found here by the way.

I may be wrong but I'd be surprised if there were many ski resorts in Japan where people are queuing for a ski lift over 30 minutes before it opens.

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Niseko Grand Hirafu will start their 'Early Morning' (*rumours of it being re-named 'Early Moaning' are unconfirmed right now) service from January 9th and that should continue through until 31st January 2016. Basically they start up the Ace Quad lift Number 2 earlier than normal from 8am to 8:20am with the Super, Furiko, Green, Alpen and Sen-no-ki courses open. A special ticket is required for that 20 minutes and it costs 500 yen - it can be bought from the .Base lift ticket counter. Note that normal lift tickets will not get you a ride on the lifts during this special early time.

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Resort specific news/notes at time of writing (subject to change during the day):

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Resort appears to be opening as planned this morning. Hopefully it will stay that way!

Niseko HANAZONO Resort
Resort appears to be opening as planned this morning. Hopefully it will stay that way!

Niseko Village
Resort appears to be opening as planned this morning. Hopefully it will stay that way!

Niseko Annupuri
Resort appears to be opening as planned this morning. Hopefully it will stay that way!

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6am: -7℃, 15cm snowfall, no development of snowdrifts. Moiwa 800m: NW8m/s, 60cm of snowdrifts. Annupuri 1150m: -12℃, WNW15m/s. Coastal data: Benkei cape NNW12m/s, Kamui cape WNW10m/s, 1019hPa, 2.1m waves.

Typical winter pressure distribution is generating intermittent westerly wind with snowfall above 600m elevation. Looking at snow cat’s fracture test, the newly formed 50cm thick slab’s shock propagation is relatively small, showing that the snowdrifts are developing while stabilizing itself. The overall avalanche risk is relatively small in areas below 1000m elevation. The storm is stronger above 1000m and the wind-chill can easily lead to hypothermia. Wool base layers are recommended when touring.

Gates 3 (Hirafu peak) and 2 (Annupuri peak) are scheduled to open today. Please follow the ski patrol’s instructions. Traversing across under cornices is as if trying to deliberately triggering an avalanche. DO NOT! Many hazards are present in the mountains, but can be avoided if you are aware of them and stay prudent. Never underestimate the dangers, always remain humble and think safety first. The snow is in a wonderful condition today.

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Official resort snow depths as of Thursday 7th January 2016:

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 270cm
Base - 120cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 190cm
Base - 110cm

Niseko Annupuri:
Top - 140cm
Base - 100cm

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Lifts planned to be open for night skiing:

Niseko Grand Hirafu:
Ace Family Pair lift, Ace Number 2 Center Four lift, Hirafu Gondola, Holiday Number 1 Pair lift
(There is no night skiing at the Hanazono area)

Niseko Village:
Community Chair and Banzai Chair

Niseko Annupuri:
Jumbo Number 1 Quad

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Niseko Grand Hirafu 6 day weather and snow forecast   Read more ...
 

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Thursday 7th January 2016, 8:38am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 1cm
Snow depth: 15cm
Morning from Nozawa and I am happy to report that it is snowing.

Not much more than a dusting down here at base and the resort is reporting 3cm on the upper areas, but most importantly it should be snowing for most of today and then more snow is due later tomorrow going into the weekend.

Basically we are expecting snowfall on each of the days going into early next week. It just remains to be seen how much we can get out of it. Forecasts remain promising so let's just hope it all happens...

I'm looking forward to the hopefully good news that can report tomorrow morning.

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Official info at time of writing on Thursday 7th January 2016 (subject to change):

Official snow depths:

Yamabiko: 80cm
Uenotaira: 70cm
Hikage: 15cm
Nagasaka: 10cm
Karasawa: 10cm

New snowfall as reported by the resort since yesterday:

Yamabiko: 3cm
Uenotaira: 2cm
Hikage: 2cm
Nagasaka: -cm
Karasawa: -cm

All lifts now planned to be operating except:

- Mizunashi triple
- Challenge pair
- Utopia pair
- Kandahar pair
- Hikage Number 2 pair B
- Karasawa pair

The following courses are not currently open:

- Skyline
- Paradise connection
- Mizunashi
- Schneider
- Utopia
- Challenge
- Challenge 39
- Hikage no kabe
- Kurokura
- Ushikubi
- Grand Prix
- Jumping
- Hachiman
- Mukoubayashi
- Kandahar West
- Kandahar East
- Kamoshika
- Tanuki
- Usagi
- Karasawa
- Karasawa connection

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Nozawa Onsen 6 day weather and snow forecast

Nozawa Onsen main resort data   Read more ...
 

Hakuba Now!

Thursday 7th January 2016, 8:50am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 4cm
Snow depth: 35cm
After a cloudy day yesterday, it is snowing this morning folks. Don't sound surprised! ;)

Resorts are reporting up to 10-15cm on upper areas so far and it is coming down right now too - and due to continue. Could this be the start of something really good? I feel a song coming on...

I'm trying to contain the excitement after some disappointments, but it is all looking like things could be improving quickly now with regular snow due today, tomorrow and also into early next week. It may not be back to what we expect early January temperature-wise, yet but it's fairly cold and going to continue that way hopefully getting back down into negative numbers.

It should be good to get out and ride on some fresh snow this morning. From the webcam images just now it looks like it's snowing pretty good up there as well. :)

Here's to lots of snow and what I will be able to report over the next run of days.

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6 day forecast for Happo-one:

6 day snow and weather forecast for Happo-one

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Resort news as of 8:50am on Thursday 7th January 2015 (all subject to change due to weather conditions)

Hakuba 47:
Hakuba 47 is reporting 5-15cm of fresh snowfall.
All courses apart from Route 7 officially open.
Tree Riding Zone not yet open for the season.
Official snow depth
Upper: 100cm
Base: 10cm

Hakuba Goryu:
Hakuba Goryu is reporting 1-2cm of new snowfall.
Panorama, Grand Prix, Super Course in upper area, the main Toomi course and the Soft Cream course in the Iimori area are planned to be open.
The upper-lower connecting Champion Dynamic and Woody courses are unfortunately closed due to the snow conditions.
Planned lifts:
Telecabin Gondola
Alps Number 1 pair lift
Alps Number 2/4 pair lift
Alps Number 3 pair lift
Toomi Sky Four lift
Toomi Number 1 pair lift
Toomi Number 2 pair lift
Milky Four lift
Official snow depth
Alps: 115cm
Toomi: 35cm
Iimori: 25cm

Hakuba Happo-one:
Hakuba Happo-one is reporting 5cm of new snowfall.
Usagidaira, Kurobishi, Panorama, Skyline, Kita One and Riesen Slalom areas are planned to be open with lower course areas still closed.
Take one of the Gondola, Kokusai Number 1 pair, Sakka Kitaone quad or Nakiyama Number 3 triple lifts to get back down to base.
Planned lifts:
Adam Gondola
Alpen quad lift
Usagidaira pair lift
Happo Riesen quad
Nakiyama Number 3 triple
Kurobishi Number 2 quad lift
Kurobishi Number 3 pair lift
Skyline Number 2 pair lift
Kokusai Number 1 lift
Kokusai Number 3 lift
Panorama pair lift
Kita One quad lift
Kita One Number 3 pair lift
Official snow depth
Usagidaira: 65cm
Nakiyama: 10cm
Sakka: 5cm

Hakuba Cortina:
Hakuba Cortina reporting 5cm of fresh snow.
Courses open - Ikenota, Ikenota Forest (upper), Mt Hieda Forest, Mt Hieda 1 (lower), Itadaira, Itadaira Forest.
Planned lifts:
Number 2 quad lift
Number 4 pair lift
Number 5 pair lift
Official snow depth
Top: 90cm
Base: 40cm

Tsugaike Kogen:
Large sections of Tsugaike Kogen are now at least part open.
Planned lifts:
7 lifts currently operating at Tsugaike Kogen.
Part of the upper area and part of the lower area of the resort is open - middle areas not open as we wait for more snow.
Use the Gondola to get back town from upper areas.
Official snow depth
Tsuga-no-mori: 112cm
Kane-no-naru-oka: 20cm

Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field:
Very limited area of the Mountain Side (East course) is currently open.
Planned lifts:
Noah Gondola
4Sen Line East
Line Lift
Official snow depth
Upper: 50cm
Lower: 10cm

Hakuba Norikura Onsen:
Official snow depth
40cm
3 lifts are operating and 3 courses are now open at Hakuba Norikura Onsen.

Kashimayari:
Planned lifts:
Kashimayari is part open.

Hakuba Sanosaka:
Part open with the Number 1 triple lift operating (Number 2 quad used for connection).   Read more ...
 

Myoko Now!

Thursday 7th January 2016, 8:54am
Weather conditions: Good, thick clouds
New snowfall: 15cm
Snow depth: 90cm
Finally: a Myoko-style snowfall, with reduced visibility, and covered-up car windows.

It's not much yet, really, by local standards, but man it looks good.

I'm not even going to write that much; I wanted to get the report out, so you (and maybe me) can get out into that good soft snow!

More snow is forecast for the coming days, even perhaps some heavy stuff over the weekend, so things are looking better. Doesn't have to be a record snow year to have some good skiing (just nice to not be bouncing off grass and rocks). Probably 15cm now, and counting.


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Akakura Kanko:
All lifts running
-1° / 90cm

Akakura Onsen:
All runs open
-2° / 70cm

Ikenotaira Onsen:
All main lifts running
-1° / 50cm

Myoko Suginohara:
Main lifts running
-5° (top)/ 45cm

Seki Onsen:
Open (and claiming no brush or rocks)
-5° / 110cm

Myoko Ski Park:
Open
2° / 60cm

Kyukamura RunRun:
Open
3° / 90cm (no report yet_

Tangram Ski Circus:
Partially open; No. 2 lift closed today
-2° / 65cm

Madarao Kogen:
Main lifts open
0° / 65cm
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Grandeco Now!

Thursday 7th January 2016, 8:57am
Weather conditions: Cloud, some blue sky
New snowfall: 4cm
Snow depth: 120cm
Morning from Grandeco.

It's a calm morning here.

4cm of fresh at base to report and more up top on the mountain, perhaps not as much as we were hoping for but still a nice new layer with more promised.

It's still a little of the mild side and not as cold as we expect but a drop in temperatures is due over the coming days as well as that consistent snowfall that we are promised. Snow is expected every day going though into early next week.

The top to base 4000m long course remains open with some of the advanced courses remaining closed... waiting for the snow, one decent snowfall should see them open up.

Recap - the three ski resorts in Ura Bandai (Grandeco, Nekoma, Ura Bandai) are all open. The areas to the south of Mt Bandai (Inawashiro and Bantai town) are not having it as good... Inawashiro & Minero ski areas are closed between 4-8 Jan and Inawashiro Resort ski area is closed. Alts Bandai ski remains open but it is very limited.

Basically everyone remains waiting for snow!

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Lifts operating:

Gondola
Number 1 quad
Number 2 quad
Number 3 quad

Courses open:

(A-a) Rainbow 3500
(A-b) Rainbow 3500
(A-c) Rainbow 3500
(B-a) Mint
(B-c) Mint
(C) Center
(D-b) Lavender
(F) Basil

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Snow and weather forecast:

6 day snow and weather forecast for Grandeco

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Welcome to our new ‘Grandeco Now' reports, exclusive to SnowJapan.

As with all our Now daily reports, it extremely important to us that the information we publish is useful, honest and correct and we’ll be doing everything we can to bring you some good info from this region. Grandeco is located in Kita Shiobara village in the north western region of Fukushima Prefecture - we are very pleased to be able to begin reporting from this region of Japan. More information on Grandeco can be found here and a Resort Spotlight on SnowJapan here.   Read more ...
 

Appi Kogen Now!

Thursday 7th January 2016, 9:06am
Weather conditions: Mostly cloudy
New snowfall: 4cm
Snow depth: 45cm
Yesterday was a day of continuous snowfall, albeit light snowfall.

This morning brings another steady stream of light snow which later in the afternoon should become steadier. The gusty winds have abated again this morning and should further decrease during the week. The forecast is looking extremely promising with a supposed 5+cm coating today and further accumulations all through the weekend hopefully enabling Appi to open more runs.

The mountain still only has 8 of 21 runs open so we’ll need quite a dumping of snow to open up the higher level and Southerly runs.

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Fun Fact of the Day:

While Appi seems to have two names for the same runs on the mountain there is indeed only one that is correct. The Sailer (correct spelling) is the right name for the runs on the south eastern side of the mountain, not sailor. These runs are named after Toni Sailer, an Austrian, who was the first skier to win 3 gold medals in the same Olympic games... what a feat! Perhaps Appi could use the snowfaring version instead of the seafaring one when correctly name the runs, Toni Sailer deserves the respect after all! :)

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Currently planned operating lifts:

- Appi Gondola
- Central Number 1 quad
- Number 2 lift A
- Number 2 lift B
- Number 3 lift B * currently suspended
- Number 4 lift * currently suspended

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Welcome to our brand new independent ‘Appi Kogen Now' daily report… exclusive to SnowJapan.

As with all the ‘Now’ daily reports on SnowJapan, it is extremely important to us that the information we publish is useful, totally honest and correct – we are not posting the reports to try and sell you something, and we certainly do not wish to mislead in any way. We’ll be doing everything we can to bring you good information from this popular region of Iwate.

Appi Kogen resort is located in Hachimantai in the north western area of Iwate Prefecture in the Tohoku region. We are very pleased to be able to start our daily reporting from this region of Japan. More information on Appi Kogen can be found here.

** Please note that there may be a few glitches early on but please bear with us while we settle in this new report section to the site. Thank you. **
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Zao Now!

Thursday 7th January 2016, 9:10am
Weather conditions: Cloud, fog
New snowfall: 1cm
Snow depth: 70cm
Good morning from Zao Onsen where there's just another 1cm or so of snow on the ground since yesterday. There will be more up there on the courses.

Precious-as-gold snow that we need should be falling through today, though it's just light at the moment, and then as we get into the weekend it will be getting colder still (almost like mid-winter!).

If the forecast is correct, by the end of the weekend things should be looking very different. I really hope so!

Unfortunately with news of the snow situation man accommodations have been seeing cancellations etc. Not enough snow pretty much affects everyone. There's be smiles on faces when the snow arrives in style.

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Information as of Thursday 7th January 2016 (subject to change)

Most of the lifts at Zao Onsen are now operating.
Most areas of Zao Onsen are now at least part open but snow is pretty thin on the ground and patchy in lower areas of the resort.
The areas that remain 'closed' are Ryuzan, Omori, Kotan and the central run by the Nakamori lifts.

Official snow depths:

Utopia: 55cm
Chuo: 70cm
Paradise: 55cm
Uwanodai: 20cm

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6 day Zao Onsen snow and weather forecast   Read more ...
 

Naeba Now!

Thursday 7th January 2016, 9:17am
Weather conditions: There's a moderate amount of fog about the base area today. Likely to be thicker fog up the top of the Gondola.
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: 80cm
Hello and good news from Naeba everybody.

The snow has begun to fall again. We've received a solid 5 cm of snow overnight with the white stuff still falling thick and fast. The weather forecast for today is predicting at least another 5cm to fall throughout the day and it's looking like this will most likely happen at the moment.

Before this most recent snowfall we did have a few patches of the slope where grass was beginning to show through. Whilst this will now be covered please do bare in mind that it will be possible to hit turf on some parts of the mountain so it's still a good idea to stay only on the marked runs.

Also please bare in mind that whilst the official resort depth of snow is 80 cm, this is only in certain areas. Most areas have less snow than this.

The weather forecast for the next few days is looking like we'll get a decent amount of snow between now and Tuesday. Let's hope this comes through!

Naeba 6-day snow and weather forecast   Read more ...
 

Yuzawa Now!

Thursday 7th January 2016, 9:30am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 35cm
I woke up to the sound of... heavy rain. Yes, 5:30am and it was pounding down on the roof of my house. Not what I wanted to hear.

But now that I have got that less than happy news out of the way, onto the better news... it is snowing now!

It's still pretty wet snow and it hasn't yet made it to 'new cm' here in town, but it is continuing to snow and should hopefully be snowing for the day and we will get some new cm to report down here in town.

Kagura this morning are reporting 3-5cm of fresh snow on their upper slopes and Maiko Snow Resort report 3cm on their upper Okusoeji area.

The forecast is still telling us to expect decent snowfall tomorrow night into Saturday and later on Sunday as well.

Temperatures really aren't looking like they will be dropping quite as much as we might like, so just how will this turn out? I think the next few days are going to be crucial because if we don't get the decent snowfall and have more rain and/or warm conditions next week (just for example), some resorts are going to be in real danger of having to close. Let's very much hope it doesn't come to that.

Positive thinking, let's will it to snow!

Until tomorrow...

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A recap, as posted yesterday:

Most resorts are struggling with the lack of snow. Some lower courses are now either not open or getting narrow and struggling to remain open and might have to if there is no refill soon. Here's some few resort specific information, by no means complete but hopefully of help to get an idea of where resorts are at this moment:

The Kagura resort areas remain (close to) fully open;
A fair section of Naeba is open, connection with Tashiro remains just about open;
The Central and North areas of GALA Yuzawa are mostly open (the downhill Falcon course is not open);
All of the lifts and six out of eight courses at Yuzawa Kogen are open;
Most of the courses at Kandatsu Kogen are open;
Most of the central area of Iwappara is open (top area not open);
Four courses at NASPA Ski Garden area open with four lifts operating;
Most of Ishiuchi Maruyama is open but some lower areas closed (in those places get the lift back down);
The upper Okusoeji area and part of the Maiko area of Maiko Snow Resort are open (get the gondola back down from Okusoeji);
Large parts of Joetsu Kokusai are open.

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Resort official snow depths (Thursday 7th January 2016) and any specific news:

All resorts in the area are now generally open for the season, though please note that some areas and courses are not open. Generally steeper slopes that need more snow are still closed. The lack of fresh snow and warmer conditions we have been experiencing also means that some lower areas are getting increasingly patchy.

Resorts in Yuzawa:

GALA Yuzawa
100cm

Ishiuchi Maruyama
50cm

Iwappara
35cm

Joetsu Kokusai
70cm

Kagura
90cm (Mitsumata)
120cm (Tashiro)
150cm (Kagura)

Kandatsu Kogen
65cm

Maiko Snow Resort
70cm (upper)
20cm (lower)

Muikamachi Hakkaisan
80cm

Naeba
60cm

NASPA Ski Garden
50cm

Yuzawa Kogen
60cm

Yuzawa Nakazato
35cm

Yuzawa Park
30cm

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List of ski resorts in Yuzawa town
List of ski resorts in Minamiuonuma City

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Iwappara 6 day snow and weather forecast
NASPA Ski Garden 6 day snow and weather forecast
Kagura 6 day snow and weather forecast   Read more ...
 

Shiga Kogen Now!

Thursday 7th January 2016, 9:38am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: 30cm
Nice big snowflakes.

It's so good to see them falling from the sky this morning. I missed them!

There's not a huge amount so far but it snowing really nicely at the moment and this should result in a good new layer of snow if it continues. And it should as well, at least through the day today. And hopefully maybe after a break tomorrow morning, sometime tomorrow into Sunday as well. There's more due on Monday as well. So the forecast is in place, now we just need to sign off on the delivery!

Everyone will be very happy if this continues. Perhaps even the monkeys down there in the Jigokudani Monkey Park. Actually, I wonder if they like the snow...?!

Hopefully I'll be able to bring you a good report tomorrow morning too...

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Official snow depths at Shiga Kogen resort areas (Thursday 7th January 2016):

Sun Valley
30cm

Maruike
30cm

Hasuike
20cm

Giant
40cm

Higashitateyama
20cm

Bunadaira
40cm

Takamagahara Mammoth
40cm

Nishitateyama
40cm

Tannenomori Okojo
40cm

Ichinose Family
40cm

Terakoya
30cm

Ichinose Diamond
40cm

Ichinose Yamanokami
40cm

Yakebitaiyama
45cm

Okushiga Kogen
40cm

Kumanoyu
40cm

Yokoteyama & Shibutoge
40cm

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6 day snow and weather forecasts:

Ichinose Family 6-day snow and weather forecast
Okushiga Kogen 6-day snow and weather forecast
Yokoteyama 6-day snow and weather forecast
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Minakami Now!

Thursday 7th January 2016, 12:22pm
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 10cm
Snow depth: 75cm
Little to report yesterday but snow has arrived this morning.

10cm accumulated at Tenjin as of 10am this morning. It's not an aggressive snowfall at the base but is set to continue all day and lighten up this evening.

Tomorrow, clouds are expected then snow is forecast for Friday night and Saturday morning.

The long weekend could see Winter set in nicely. Sunday and Monday are also calling for SNOW!

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Weather forecast:

Tanigawa Tenjindaira 6 day snow and weather forecast   Read more ...
 

Furano Now!

Thursday 7th January 2016, 14:47pm
Weather conditions: Snow clouds with blue breaks. No actual sunshine I have experienced, but blue sky nonetheless.
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: 260cm
Back to the dry, light snow we know and love.

Last night I had a night ski and was pleased and relieved to find dry and light Central Hokkaido snow under my skis and falling all around.

I have been loving the powder until now but with warmer low temperatures, it hasn't always been the ultra dry snow you cannot pack or roll snow-abdomens and craniums with. It's been great, but it hasn't been what we're used to.

Last night there was still knee deep snow on the side of the runs right down low in Kitanomine zone. That's pretty awesome and tells me the powder stashes and pockets up high must be really deep.

I took photos today at 1.30pm and it was very bright, blue sky to the east. Then 30 minutes later when I walked back after lunch, it was misty with low cloud to the west (towards the resort). Now, 30 minutes after that, it is bright towards town with moderate snow is falling.

At 7am today, 5cm of fresh had fallen since the previous 7am check. Just in the hour I skied last night at least 2cm fell. But it compacts and drifts around.

The resort is now (at 7am) estimating the top of the resort's base at 2.6m which is great.

This morning it was -10C up top and -8C at the base of the resort. Now it's about -5C in Kitanomine Village which I reckon is perfect. No wind so it doesn't feel cold and it's cold enough to keep the snow fluffy.

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Important message:

We would just like to mention that we noticed some inaccuracies in the ‘observed snowfall’ number data that had been logged in some of the Furano reports over the last few weeks. It appears that there were a few (of course unintentionally) incorrect numbers added for this number, which represents the amount of snowfall observed at base areas.

We have made appropriate checks and adjustments and feel that these numbers have now been corrected.

It is of course very important to us that what is published on SnowJapan reports is accurate and as such would like to apologise for this situation. Thank you!
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22nd Jul, 13:05pm
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14th Jul, 14:12pm
Myoko Now
01st Jul, 11:49pm
Yuzawa Now
29th May, 14:13pm
Shiga Kogen Now
29th May, 7:35
Furano Now
25th May, 9:01
Appi Kogen Now
18th May, 8:33
Grandeco Now
07th May, 19:56pm
Zao Now
07th May, 19:55pm
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07th May, 19:55pm
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07th May, 19:53pm
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07th May, 19:51pm
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