Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 28th May 2018

Madarao Now!

Friday 11th February 2011, 7:56am
Weather conditions: cloud
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
This morning Madarao is covered by a sky or cloud. Overnight Madarao collected around 10cm of fresh snow, and the snowfall is predicted to continue in sessions throughout the course of today.

The temperature at the moment is -7.0 degrees in the village. This will vary between -10.0 and -3.0 degrees throughout the day. While visability conditions are currently average in the village and on the mountain, and will remain so as the clouds spend the day in Madarao.

Tonight is the opening night of the Miyukino Snow Theater International Short Film Festival will be held in Madarao.
This festival will be open to public viewing from today until the late hours of Saturday 12th of February.

An amazing area has been constructed by snow, the theater seating, enterance, exit and even the viewing screen! So wear warm clothes, enjoy the films and expect to be impressed by the snow theater formations.

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 13 Lift
No 15 lift
Tangram No 2 Lift

Moving Belt at Kids Park
Snowboard beginner course   Read more ...

Yuzawa Now!

Friday 11th February 2011, 8:11am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
It may be snowing in Tokyo and other unlikely places this morning but it is just cloudy in Yuzawa. There is a sprinkling in town and Kagura is reporting 3cm of snow overnight but it's generally cloudy and our snow is not due until later on in the day. Yesterday we had a windy start up high (Kagura eventually opened 100% late morning), but this morning there isn't much wind at all and so conditions should be pretty good.

It should be snowing later on in the day and while we are still due a fairly decent snowfall, perhaps not as much as we were predicting a few days ago. We'll see.

As I have mentioned, today is a national holiday in Japan so the first of a three day weekend. That means a lot of people will be arriving today and the slopes will likely be the busiest they will be this season over the next few days. Looks like we can expect some snowfall on each day and some fairly cold temperatures.

Have a good weekend.

Official snow depths @ Friday 11th February 2011 AM




Gala Yuzawa:

Yuzawa Kogen:

Yuzawa Park:

Yuzawa Nakazato:

Kandatsu Kogen:


NASPA Ski Garden:

Ishiuchi Maruyama:
260cm   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Friday 11th February 2011, 8:20am
Weather conditions: Cloud, fine
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Just a sprinkling of new snow this morning to report in Zao.

There's a fair bit of fast moving cloud up there but a good deal of clear skies as well and the sun shining through so a lovely morning so far here. It's a fairly cold -4 degrees in the village with hardly any wind and good visibility.

The forecast for the next few days of holidays is a mix of cloud and snow basically.... if we are to see the sun it seems most likely on Sunday which seems fitting! It doesn't look like the snowfall will be that major, though the forecasts have been known to understimate on that front this season I feel.

So the first day of the long weekend. It will be busy out there, take care and have fun.

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Shiga Kogen Now!

Friday 11th February 2011, 8:27am
Weather conditions: Cloud, light snow
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Just cloudy, is the way I'd describe this morning. Grey and cloudy is the way things look starting the day off here. Just a sprinkling of snow since last night and very light snow lazily falling in some areas according to the resorts but nothing that is going to trouble snow depth or people out there on the slopes.

It will be snowing sometime today though and into tomorrow with that possibly-a-bit-heavy snow coming tomorrow.

It's cold today but look for things to get even colder tomorrow and Sunday, so need to be wrapped up out there.

Expect the popular runs to be busy from today into Sunday, as this will likely be the busiest weekend of the season.

Take care & have tons of fun.

Nighta operations this evening planned at the following resort area:

- Sun Valley
- Maruike
- Ichinose Family
- Kumanoyu

Official resort snow depths as of 11th February 2011 AM:

Sun Valley:
Ichinose Family:
Ichinose Diamond:
Okushiga Kogen:
200cm   Read more ...

Furano Now!

Friday 11th February 2011, 9:10am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
The snow started yesterday afternoon and by evening there was accumulation of 20cm in the village. This new snow is of a phenominal quality - unbelievably light and seemingly devoid of any moisture. Try picking some up and throwing it into the air, and it will vanish like dust. As usual, given that the village had 20cm, expect substantially more on the ski area itself.

The clouds are currently rolling over the tops and half way down the mountain. There is bright sun to the east and it looks like the cloud will lift by mid morning, so it should be a great weather day. Main runs are groomed, but the more adventurous will head straight for the ungroomed areas which will be very very good. In the Furano Zone the night skiing lift has been change to the express quad for the weekend.   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Friday 11th February 2011, 9:31am
Weather conditions: Partially cloudy
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
The first day of the long weekend and it looks like it will be a busy one with cars and people out en masse since early on.

It's a fairly nice start to the day - still and pretty much no wind even at 2450m, -8 at 1400m and -4 in the valley.

It has started off partially cloudy today and the sky has a flat white color to it but visibility is good.

There has been no snow overnight so we're looking at nice fresh corduroy lines.

Lots of people out there so watch out as skis and boards tend to fly in all directions on weekends like this one. The forecast has been downgrading the snow expected Saturday but still looks like we should see a decent fall tomorrow with snow possibly starting as early as lunchtime today. In fact, reports coming in of light snow about to start fall on the upper slopes of the resorts.

All in all a pretty good outlook for the 3 day weekend, get out and enjoy it!

Official snow depths and operations @ Friday 11th February AM:

Hakuba Goryu
Night time operations from 6pm until 9:30pm.
Alps daira - 325cm;
Toomi - 180cm;
Iimori - 160cm.

Hakuba 47:
Normal operations today.
Snow depth (upper) - 213cm.

Nakiyama nighta now operating.
Usagidaira/Kurobishi - 260cm;
Sakka - 150cm;
Shirakaba - 140cm;
Nakiyama - 140cm.

Tsugaike Kogen:
Snow depth - 305cm
Maruyama area - 140cm
Champion - 220cm

Hakuba Iwatake:
Upper - 185cm
Lower - 110cm

Hakuba Cortina:
Upper - 350cm
Lower - 215cm

Hakuba Sanosaka:

Hakuba Minekata:
145cm   Read more ...

Minakami Now!

Friday 11th February 2011, 10:16am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Around 50cm of new snow on the ground in the upper mountains yesterday with light snow falling again this morning and temperatures remaining around -3 deg C. It looks like the snow will be intermittent for the next few days until around Monday after which time the temperatures will rise again and the sun sill come out.

The new snow on top of the warm layers have been causing some avalanches, especially in steep alpine terrain. Caution is advised.   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Friday 11th February 2011, 11:39am
Weather conditions: Snowing Lightly
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
The long weekend has arrived and with it the weekend buzz and lots of people around. There's a good vibe around the village with people settling in for the weekend.

It started snowing about 1 hour ago and should be the start of this new front that will get heavier with a large dump expected tomorrow night. Fairly thin wet snow early on but hopefully that will get bigger and dryer as things progress.

Yesterday was another exceptional day on the Mountain with some people calling it the best day of the season. (Again!)
There was about 30cm of fresh snow in places and not many people around so made for some awesome conditions.

The outlook is for a sunny change from Monday on through the week with a few small falls in between.

Anyway enjoy the National Holiday today and a great weekend in Nozawa Onsen.

Courses open:

All except the following
Uenotaira Half Pipe
Karasawa Wave Park

Lifts operating:
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Niseko Now!

Friday 11th February 2011, 14:18pm
Weather conditions: Bit of cloud around the peak but mostly sunny
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
A bit of snow came in yesterday afternoon and it was fairly heavy at times. It continued on and off through the night addding around 10-15cm of fresh snow. Not enough to make it deep out there but just enough to make it fun. This morning the snow cleared to another mostly sunny day. There's been quite a few of them lately! The Peak was the place to be again with some really nice snow down towards Jackson's this morning. A few people have been taking advantage of the clear weather and clibing Yotei over the last few days as well and by all accounts there some really nice snow up there within the treeline.

There's the possibility of a couple of snow showers this afternoon but it's likely to remain mostly fine. Very little expected tonight and tomorrow but we should get some more on Sunday as a low deepens to our NE.

Current Official Snow Depths:

Grand Hirafu:
Top - 380
Bottom - 190

Niseko Village:
Top - 380
Bottom - 200

Top - 320
Bottom - 220

Avalanche Information:

A small Low is forming in offshore Shakotan, making a weak westerly storm to persist in the Niseko range. Surface hoar covered yesterday’s surface and is forming a notable layer underneath the new snowfall. A surface slab avalanche of less than 45cm thickness is likely to occur in wind-affected leeward slopes and knolls above 800m. Dropping into the same slope simultaneously, or resting at the bottom of the gully is dangerous. Peak gates’ opening is yet to be decided, please respect the ski-patrol’s decision. Do not duck ropes to go out of bounds. The freedom to ride out of bounds (existence of access gates) is barely protected under the condition that everybody respects the Niseko Rules. Ducking ropes not only increases the chance of loosing this freedom but also increases the chances of accidents to happen. Always use the access gates to step out.
Coastal data: WSW15m/s at Benkei cape, E8m/s with 1.7m waves at Kamui cape.
Annupuri peak 6am:-12℃. The snow is not bad at all today.
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Naeba Now!

Friday 11th February 2011, 18:02pm
Weather conditions: Light snow, cloud
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Sorry for the late report today.

Snow fell on and off for lots of yesterday but not a whole big amount in terms of new cm of snow on the ground - would guess at around 5cm up until this morning. And this morning it was overcase but clear with a light wind and no additional snow to report.

Snow has moved later on in the day though and it is now snowing with perhaps around 5cm forecast (maximum of 15cm) before 9am tomorrow morning. The forecast for tomorrow is basically cloud and snow at times. Moderate snowfall, perhaps not the 'heavy' snowfall that was being promised earlier in the week. But it might be good enough to give us a nice new layer of fresh on top of what we have.

Today being the first of the three day weekend was busy and we can probably expect tomorrow to be more so. Peak season weekend stuff. So get here early if you can, the early birds....

Official Snow Depths:


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Myoko Now!

Friday 11th February 2011, 20:01pm
Weather conditions: Cloudy, some light snow
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Another excellent day in Myoko; looked like it might snow, but stayed cold through the day. Very good conditions both on and off the piste; lots of people tracked out a lot of the powder really quickly, the ambitious climbers found some excellent conditions up higher on the peaks. It wasn't sunny out there, but that also meant the snow stayed solid.

I feel like a broken record sometimes, actually (or whatever the digital equivalent of a skipping LP might be): the snow is good, the temperatures are cold, the snow is stable, more snow looks to be on the way. It's all true, though; last year's rain and mlow snow in February seems impossible now.

Current Official Snow Depths:

Akakura Onsen:

Akakan (Akakura Kanko):


Myoko Suginohara:

Seki Onsen:

Myoko Ski Park:



210cm   Read more ...

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