Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 1st April 2018

Furano Now!

Thursday 10th January 2013, 8:07am
Weather conditions: Partly cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 140cm
While there is no new overnight snow to report today it looks like it will be another great day to be out carving some turns. There is some cloud hanging around the tops but is it starting to lift and looks like it will be another fine blue sky day. Once again temperatures are pretty cold but the great weather should be more than enough to compensate for that.    Read more ...

Naeba Now!

Thursday 10th January 2013, 9:06am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: 150cm
Some new snow to report this morning. A rather vague sounding 10-30cm at Kagura - presumably lower and upper areas - and more like 3-5cm here in Naeba village - so varying amounts but importantly some fresh snow. It is snowing this morning as well with snow forecast for the day. However it's not the kind of snowfall that brings with it large amounts of new cm on the ground so I wouldn't expect a big haul to report tomorrow morning. Could be wrong though!

Update --- that 30cm is coming from the Tashiro area.

Official resort snow depth:
Naeba - 150cm
Kagura - 320cm

All runs at Naeba open apart from Splash Bowl (though some lifts rested for weekdays including Prince No1 Gondola).   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Thursday 10th January 2013, 9:13am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: 155cm
I'm afraid the snow didn't get too much later on yesterday as hoped and I don't have any new cm to report this morning. Not in the village but perhaps a thin layer of new out there on the mountain.

It's a cloudy start to the day but a cold one out there. Minus ten when I got up and the resort is reporting a coldest temperature of -13C this morning.

Looks like after today we are going to have a few days of clearer weather conditions and milder as well over the weekend. No huge snowfalls on the short term radar now.

Cold temps are keeping the snow in decent condition though.

Official snow depths

Chuo Area



90cm   Read more ...

Minakami Now!

Thursday 10th January 2013, 9:16am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 170cm
It has started to snow in Minakami this morning, but unfortunately at the moment there's no new snow to report on the ground.

It might not be an epic snowfall on the cards but is due to be falling all day today.

Some fresh snow for tomorrow is expected, so fingers crossed.   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Thursday 10th January 2013, 9:33am
Weather conditions: Cloud, some clearances
New snowfall: 25cm
Snow depth: 350cm
I said light snow yesterday but for us here that translates to around 25cm since yesterday. Can't be bad. Sometimes it is difficult to know what to say in a morning, though a problem that is good to have!

Goes without saying, excellent snow conditions to be enjoyed.

Actually we have been having a whole bunch of conditions this morning - snow, easing off and the sun has actually made a (probably) brief appearance just now over in the Hanazono area. With snow forecast for the day, not sure how long that will last and I think it's likely that the cloud and light snow will prevail. Possibly stonger winds later on in the day but hopefully not enough to affect lifts.

JMA has the snowfall in Kutchan for January 2013 at 107cm so far; remember last year January saw 290cm snowfall for the whole month in the town. Counting up the numbers here on our reports I notice that we have now broken through the 7m mark for the season in the village area here.

Official Resort Snow Depths

Grand Hirafu & Niseko Hanazono
Top - 350cm
Bottom - 170cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 320cm
Bottom - 190cm

Niseko Village
Top - 290cm
Bottom - 190cm

Avalanche Information:

Niseko base 6am: -11C, 35cm of crystal flakes snowfall overnight. Moiwa 800m: W8m/s, -16C. Annupuri peak: W11m/s, -18C. Coastal data: W12m/s, 1.8m waves and 1012hPa.

Heavy snowfall due to a moderate winter pressure pattern. Snowdrifts are slowly developing above 800m altitude and forming soft-slabs. The snow in the trees is good and deep. Caution is required in leeward open steep slopes and knolls as the newly formed soft-slabs aren't stabilized and could slide anytime. A 60cm thick surface slab avalanche is to be expected in cornice slopes at 900m Osawa, Backbowl and Higashione. Do not stimulate leeward slopes with heavy snowdrift deposit, and better not remain in valley bottoms to avoid being caught in a slide.

Peak gates are scheduled to open, however may be closed depending on the weather transition. Please respect the ski-patrol’s decision. Beware of collapsing cornices in Higashione. The cornices have grown big and are still very unstable; they could trigger a large avalanche if they fall.

Steep lines under the chairlifts and/or steep walls in gullies could also slide anytime and can be thick enough to bury someone to asphyxia; better not take things too easy. A long hike may be waiting at the bottom if you miss your route, snowboarders are recommended to carry snowshoes. Have a safe day.    Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Thursday 10th January 2013, 10:33am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: 230cm
Looking out the window in Nozawa this morning it seems the much anticipated fresh snow has arrived. Since last lifts yesterday we have had 15cm up top and 5cm in the village.

There should be fun riding throughout the resort today, but likely there will be a bit of a dust-on-crust phenomenon occurring. The snowfalls will continue till sometime tonight so the riding should improve through the day.

Yesterday was again very quiet on the mountain, but today looks like it will be busier with noticeably more cars making the way up to the car parks. Fresh snow can have that effect!

Temperatures over the past few days have been relatively warm during the day and even up top the snow was getting heavy. It was foggy down to mid-mountain yesterday so the best riding was the spring-like snow down on the lower runs.

Looking further ahead we have some variable weather on the forecast. Tomorrow there is a chance of morning snow showers and from then on there should be a clearing trend until the next possible snow around the 13th of the month.

Lifts operating:
All lifts operating except:
Yunomine Pair
Mizunashi Triple
Challenge Pair
Utopia Pair
Higake No2 Pair B line

Courses open:
All courses open except:
Kandahar West

Official snow depths




90cm   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Thursday 10th January 2013, 11:00am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 255cm
A bit of a wind blowing about yesterday afterno on and a generally fine day lower down with upper areas covered in cloud.

No new snow to report in Hakuba this morning though some upper areas got a bit of snow overnight - Goryu reporting 5cm of fresh.

This morning there is more cloud around and covering most of the mountains around the valley, though I can still get a glimpse of some blue sky from time to time above the clouds and some sunlight getting through at times as well. Variable conditions, but generally fairly poor visibility on the resorts especially higher areas this morning.

Nice and cold and about -4 degrees C mid morning here and the cold conditions will probably continue into tomorrow. Even without much new snowfall, keeping cold is what we need to keep the snow we have in decent conditions.

We can expect light snow showers on and off today, clearing up by tomorrow.

After that, things are looking rather dry for the coming week with hardly any snowfall on the radar at the moment and perhaps a lot of the sun - a pattern that does not seem particularly mid-January-like to me.


Official snow depths and operations @ Thursday 10th January 2013 AM:
Please note that resort lift operations are subject to change at any time.

Hakuba Goryu:
No new snow reported on lower slopes and about 5cm upper areas at Hakuba Goryu this morning.
Official snow depths:
Alps daira - 255cm;
Toomi - 120cm;
Iimori - 90cm

Hakuba 47:
4cm up top reported by Hakuba 47 this morning.
Official snow depth:
Upper - 185cm
Lower - 100cm

Official snow depth:
Usagidaira - 180cm
Nakiyama/Shirakaba - 80cm
Sakka - 80cm

Tsugaike Kogen:
Official snow depth:
Upper slopes - 240cm
Lower slopes - 80cm

Hakuba Cortina:
No new snow reported from Hakuba Cortina.
Official snow depth:
Upper slopes - 270cm
Lower slopes - 145cm

Hakuba Iwatake:
Official snow depth:
Upper slopes - 120cm
Lower slopes - 50cm

Hakuba Sanosaka:
All lifts operating.
Official snow depth:

Hakuba Minekata:
70cm   Read more ...

Yuzawa Now!

Thursday 10th January 2013, 11:07am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 3cm
Snow depth: 135cm
Morning from Yuzawa. Fresh snow! Not a huge amount for sure, but good to see snow falling once again this morning.

Very light snow was falling in Yuzawa from time to time in the day yesterday, then more snow started falling last night. Woke to a few cm of snow on the ground this morning and light snow falling. It has been like that since this morning and not much new on the ground but it does seem to be snowing more in the last half hour or so, and the local Niigata forecast tells us to expect 10cm or so before 4pm today.

Snow hopefully coming down the rest of the day and into tomorrow morning.

Milder conditions looking likely for Saturday and possibly clearer skies to start with but some snow later on. Nothing major though.

Official resort snow depths @ Thursday 10th January 2013, AM:
Kandatsu Kogen:
NASPA Ski Garden:
Gala Yuzawa:
Yuzawa Kogen:
Yuzawa Nakazato:
Yuzawa Park:
Maiko Snow Resort:
Ishiuchi Maruyama:
Joetsu Kokusai:
160cm   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Thursday 10th January 2013, 11:20am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 10cm
Snow depth: 110cm
It is good to see snow back with us today. A few cm overnight and a few cm more on cars parked around areas as I was driving around earlier on. Light snow is still falling here in Maruike, but it's not heavy snow by any means - more the kind that will just give us a thin dusting so no changes to those snow depths shown below.

It looks like by tomorrow we might be back to clear and sunny skies over Shiga Kogen, with more of that on Saturday as well. In fact, aside from the chance of some sprinklings overnight, there doesn't seem to be much chance of snow in the coming week. Somewhat worrying for early-mid January. Cold front... this way please!

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

Official resort snow depths as of Thursday 9th January 2013 AM:

Sun Valley:
Ichinose Family:
Ichinose Diamond:
Okushiga Kogen:
140cm   Read more ...

Madarao Now!

Thursday 10th January 2013, 11:25am
Weather conditions: Cloud cover
New snowfall: 25cm
Snow depth: 160cm
No more blue skies this morning and about 20cm of new snow to report. Yey! Feels much more winter like this morning which is what we want.

A cold -6C and so conditions on the mountain this morning are pretty good if I may say so.

Hopefully we will get more snow by tomorrow because after the clouds are set to clear again. Saturday is looking all sunny and rather mild once again and a bit too much snow on the weekly forecast for my liking too right now.

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 ...

Myoko Now!

Thursday 10th January 2013, 12:51pm
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 32cm
Snow depth: 210cm
Ah, those dark clouds on the horizon yesterday did their job--we have some Myoko-style snow falling right now. A little lighter than it can get, but what it can get can also shut things down, so no complaints today! It's been picking up through the day, too, so we've got a nice layer of powder to enjoy.

A special hello to some readers who I met recently, and who uncovered my secret Snow Japan identity--thanks for reading, and the nice comments!

Operations and official snow depths

Akakura Kanko (Akakan)
210cm, -5C

Akakura Onsen
225cm, -5C

160cm, -5C

160cm, -11C

Seki Onsen
280cm, -5C

280cm, -4C

Myoko Ski Park
235cm, -3C

140cm, -3C

160cm, -7C    Read more ...

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