Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 1st April 2018

Minakami Now!

Sunday 10th February 2013, 8:32am
Weather conditions: Sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 360cm
The sun is out and we have some blue sky but the local forecast is for the skies to cloud over later on today.

Very cold temperatures at the moment, right now it is -7C in the town area. It was cold overnight and some icy conditions on the road this morning. Also very crowded slopes are expected for today. So drive and ride carefully!

For tomorrow we can expect snow all day and next week forecast is a kind of an unpredictable on-and-off snow pattern. So fingers crossed.

Tomorrow will be busier than a normal Monday as it is a holiday in Japan.   Read more ...

Madarao Now!

Sunday 10th February 2013, 8:52am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 210cm
It was busy busy out there yesterday. Really busy. Car parks full kind of busy.

Really nice snow to enjoy though which is what it's all about and this morning the groomers looked good but probably won't last too long with another busy middle-of-the-three-day-weekend in store.

No new snow to add to the pile but it's a cold start to the day. Mean looking clouds earlier with some clear areas. In the last hour or so it has clouded over somewhat but it's thin cloud and generally bright. Could clear up, doesn't seem to be able to make up it's mind.

All areas open, ready and waiting.

Lifts planned to be operating:
Number 1
Number 2
Number 3
Super quad
Number 5
Number 11
Number 12
Number 15
Kids Park
FreeRide Park
Powder Wave I
Powder Wave II
Powder Theater
Adventure   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Sunday 10th February 2013, 9:06am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 10cm
Snow depth: 450cm
So yesterday was the first day of the long weekend and it was busy. Lots and lots of people. Only to be expected though. I was in last night with a bit of a cold but I have heard that it was a particularly lively night out in Hirafu. Hopefully you remembered to book a table at your fave restaurant well in advance!

Anyway, yes, the excellent snow conditions made up for the crowds (maybe). But it was really great yesterday.

This morning we have up to 10cm of new snow to report and it is a cold start to the day. -9 degrees now with a low up top of -14 being reported by Niseko Grand Hirafu as of just after 7:30am. Overnight temperatures were down to minus sixteen.

There's not much of a wind either and so lifts on the mountain are all planned to be running as normal.

An overcast kind of look of things over towards Mt Yotei, but we have blue skies over the Niseko mountains with just a few white fluffy clouds hanging around. The sun is shining down. It will be another good day. Perhaps some snow showers later on and into tomorrow morning, but nothing major is forecast for the moment.

Happy Chinese New Year!


Official Resort Snow Depths

Grand Hirafu & Niseko Hanazono
Top - 450cm
Bottom - 200cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 360cm
Bottom - 220cm

Niseko Village
Top - 385cm
Bottom - 215cm

Avalanche Information:

Niseko base 6am: -12C, 15cm of crystal snow in the past 12 hours and calm morning. Moiwa 800m: W3m/s, no development of snowdrifts, clear sky and -15C. Annupuri peak: SW1.1m/s, -16.4C. Coastal data: SW2m/s, 0.8m waves and 1014hPa.

The atmospheric pressure isobars are spaced out and the weather is calm. There are no notable developments of snowdrifts, the snowpack is stable and the general avalanche risk is low. Peak gates are scheduled to open at 10am.

Although the snowpack is mostly stable, possibilities of surface slab avalanches (from Feb 7th low-pressure snowfall layer) are still to be considered in leeward slopes of Kozannosawa (Backbowl), Osawa, Mikaeri bowl and Higashione. A 120cm slab slide has been observed yesterday. Better not stimulate knolls and upper areas of open steep slopes. Do not traverse under cornices; if an avalanche is triggered, it might kill everyone skiing at the bottom. Always avoid the valley bottoms when skiing out of the valleys and do not stop until you reach a safe zone. Surface slab avalanches runs down and along the valley bottom at high speed (>100km/h).

Always keep in mind that skiing out of bounds involves great dangers. Ask the ski patrol's advice and be well prepared before stepping out of the gates. Beware of cracks, as they are difficult to see from above.

Have a nice day.   Read more ...

Naeba Now!

Sunday 10th February 2013, 9:13am
Weather conditions: Clear and sunny, just some cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 270cm
Just a dusting since yesterday really as the snow that was falling yesterday didn't amount to much. Remember there was lots of it though. There was also lots of people on the mountain. Yes, totally as expected, it was a very busy day out there. And it will be today as well.

Great conditions, especially if you know where to look and find the untracked bits.

It's a fine morning though the sun is out and there's hardly any wind at all. Cold start too. Earlier on it was -13 degrees in Naeba. It will be nice out there though with the sun beating down and looking on jealously.

All areas should be open today. Go get it!


Official resort snow depth:
Naeba - 270cm
Kagura - 370cm   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Sunday 10th February 2013, 9:31am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 1cm
Snow depth: 270cm
I came back to Hakuba early afternoon yesterday and had a look round the resorts. It isn't exactly surprising, but from what I could see it looked extremely busy out there. I suppose it would be surprising if it were any different. But a few of my friends told me that they came back early as they didn't like to deal with the crowds. It was probably a good thing and allowing a bit more space for everyone else.

It was a lovely day though. Just some clouds here and there around the mountains but lots of blue sky in the morning. It became overcast through the afternoon with more cloud developing mid resort levels.

Hopefully everyone out there had a fine day though and the lively parts of the town were as lively as you might expect last night. It might be a good morning to take advantage of a few other people's sore heads from last nights partying early.

Having said that, the resorts already look busy as of 9am. It started snowing earlier on this morning - the road outside my place was clear when I got up but had a thin covering of snow by 7am - and looks like it is coming down in all areas around Hakuba and Otari now. Nice light snow too by the looks.

It's all grey and monochrome looking but visibility generally seems to be ok out there - it's not total white-out... at the moment anyway. That can always change of course. Snow is likely to be with us on and off (hopefully more on than off, of course) through today and into tomorrow. At village now it is about -5C degrees with just a slight northerly wind. -7.5C degrees up on Usagidaira with a 2.2m/s wind.

Tomorrow of course is a national holiday and so we can expect it to be busier than a normal Monday. Crowds will likely start to thin out around lunchtime tomorrow though.

Let me take this opportunity to wish a very happy Chinese New Year to all of those who are celebrating this weekend!

Have fun, and take care.


Official snow depths and operations @ Sunday 10th February 2013 AM:

Hakuba Goryu:
No new snowfall reported by Hakuba Goryu since yesterday.
Official snow depths:
Alps daira - 270cm;
Toomi - 135cm;
Iimori - 110cm

Hakuba 47:
1-3cm of new snowfall reported by Hakuba 47 since yesterday.
Official snow depth:
Upper - 220cm
Lower - 180cm

Official snow depth:
Usagidaira - 240cm
Nakiyama/Shirakaba - 100cm
Sakka - 110cm

Tsugaike Kogen:
Official snow depth:
Upper slopes - 300cm
Lower slopes - 140cm

Hakuba Cortina:
1-3cm of new snow reported by Hakuba Cortina since yesterday.
Official snow depth:
Upper slopes - 300cm
Lower slopes - 185cm

Hakuba Iwatake:
Official snow depth:
Upper slopes - 165cm
Lower slopes - 75cm

Hakuba Sanosaka:
Official snow depth:

Hakuba Minekata:
100cm   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Sunday 10th February 2013, 9:43am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 230cm
Light snow falling this Sunday morning in Zao and the mountain is shrouded in cloud. There's just a light wind and it's about -6 degrees C cold. Paradise area reporting a temperature of -11 degrees C.

No new snowfall so we get to play with what we had, though if this snow gets a bit heavier we might be lucky and get some fresh. The local forecast is snow for the day, so fingers crossed. Similar conditions likely tomorrow.

It will be another very busy day on the slopes of Zao. Perhaps more so than yesterday. Things will get back to normal from Tuesday as tomorrow is a holiday, though we can probably expect people to start returning home from their long weekend tomorrow so it will be less crowded than today.

Zao's plenty big though so if you try to avoid the bottlenecks and stick to less popular lifts, things should be good.

Official snow depths

Chuo Area



150cm   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Sunday 10th February 2013, 10:00am
Weather conditions: Blue skies, some cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 130cm
The sun is out early this morning in Shiga Kogen. There's some cloud around but there's also lots of blue sky and it's a nice bright sunny start to the day. A fine day for it. Lots of people agreeing on this busy weekend as well.

Forecast says we might get snow later on and so there's a chance the clouds will be moving in later on.

Nighta operations planned for tonight at the following resort areas:
Ichinose Family
Ichinose Diamond

Official resort snow depths as of Sunday 10th February 2013 AM:

Sun Valley:
Ichinose Family:
Ichinose Diamond:
Okushiga Kogen:
220cm   Read more ...

Yuzawa Now!

Sunday 10th February 2013, 10:15am
Weather conditions: Cloud, sun
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 205cm
It's a bright morning in Yuzawa. The sun has been winning the battle with the clouds, but lots of (cloud) shadows being cast down on the slopes around town, making for some dramatic scenery. I feel that more cloud has been gathering though and snow is actually forecast for the region during the day today and into tomorrow.

For now though, no new snow to report. It's about -3 degrees now with a high of around 0 forecast at town level.

It is another busy morning on the snow with the popular resorts seeing lots of people out early to try and catch the snow at it's best. With tomorrow being a national holiday here in Japan, it'll definitely be busier than a normal weekday as people take advantage of the long weekend but likely less than today, especially from lunchtime onwards.

Official resort snow depths @ Sunday 10th February 2013, AM:
Kandatsu Kogen:
NASPA Ski Garden:
Gala Yuzawa:
Yuzawa Kogen:
Yuzawa Nakazato:
Yuzawa Park:
Maiko Snow Resort:
Ishiuchi Maruyama:
Joetsu Kokusai:
240cm   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Sunday 10th February 2013, 10:48am
Weather conditions: Partly cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 310cm
The good days keep rolling on. Snow from the dump over the last few days is still in excellent quality thanks to persisting cold temperatures, and if you know where to look there are fresh tracks on offer. It should be another good days riding... if you can avoid the crowds. High crowd levels this long weekend are causing some long lift lines... plan good to avoid. It's certainly busy out there and a testament to the popularity of Nozawa.

It’s partly cloudy at the moment but generally nice blue skies and we expect clouds and snow showers to return by later in the afternoon. No new snow to report.

Yesterday was a great day on the mountain, hardly a frown on the hill. Waiting for lifts aside!

Deep fresh powder was on offer through the trees. The snow was so deep that some of the classic tree runs around Yamabiko were not steep enough to maintain forward momentum. Oh the problems we face! That icy base layer which has been hanging around is now less of a concern, gradually getting buried.

As so often happens the snow that was expected tonight seems to have been pushed back a little. We now expect the heaviest period of snowfalls to occur on Monday morning and to last all day. Should be a cold day too. Following that light snow showers should continue till Wednesday when we expect clear skies to return. All in all a decent week for snowfall looks likely.

Tomorrow is a holiday and so it will still be busy. Probably less than today but still a lot of people probably taking advantage of the long weekend. As we get into the afternoon people will start making their way back home and so it should get quieter.

Lifts operating:
All lifts operating

Courses open:
All courses open except
Grand Prix
Kandahar East
Kandahar West

Official snow depths




110cm   Read more ...

Furano Now!

Sunday 10th February 2013, 15:25pm
Weather conditions: Partly cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 180cm
The winds have died down to next to nothing, and all the lifts are running smoothly today. This is a big change from all the gusty winds and heavy snow we've been seeing lately. The weather has quieted down significantly with quiet, partly cloudy skies dominating the landscape. All in all, a beautiful, quiet day to be out on the mountain.

Temperatures are up to -4 after a chilly low of -14, and the forecast calls for more cloudy skies with little in the way of precipitation for the rest of the evening. Tomorrow looks like it's going to be very similar to the weather we had today, with partly cloudy skies and little snow. Things will be getting colder this evening, so be sure to dress appropriately for those of you headed out for a few runs of night skiing.   Read more ...

SnowJapan Daily 'Now' reports

Madarao Now
16th Jul, 11:46pm
Grandeco Now
16th Jul, 11:27am
Niseko Now
16th Jul, 11:26am
Yuzawa Now
29th Jun, 17:50am
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
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