Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 28th May 2018

Niseko Now!

Wednesday 11th January 2012, 7:47am
Weather conditions: Cloudy and snowing lightly
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Another great day of skiing. There wasn't quite as much snow at Rusutsu yesterday as Niseko, but it still made for a fun time (and lots of untracked). Yesterday was a great day for visibility with periods of full sun lighting up the Niseko area for the first time in weeks of real visibility.

It's expected that there will be some NW winds a bit heavier than yesterday. It also looks like another day of mostly cloudy and intermittent snow. The local weather is calling for quite a bit of snow over the next few days. It looks like it could be another week of awesome powder days every day!

Avalanche danger is not considerably high, but always to be considered. Most of the cornices in the Niseko area aren't extremely windloaded so approach them with caution or do not approach them at all. There was a bit of a weak layer that the report refers to (grappel layer from 1/6, but it was bonding fairly decent with a pit some of us dug.

Current Official Snow Depths:

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 335cm
Bottom - 180cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 300cm
Bottom - 190cm

Top - 300cm
Bottom - 200cm

Niseko Avalanche Report Reads:

Niseko base 6am: -7C;, 15cm of snowfall in the past 12 hours and still falling.
Coastal data: NW15m/s at Benkei cape, 1.5m waves and 1013hPa at Kamui cape.
Annupuri peak wind: NW16.8m/s.
A moderate wind and snowfall has persisted in areas above 800m and a north-westerly wind is forecasted to pick up above 1000m. Looking at the snowfall transition in the past 24 hours, 40cm thick surface slab avalanche risk is raising notably in western areas above 1100m altitude. Potential trigger would be the weak bonding within the newly formed snowdrifts (not necessarily between the old/new layer), which transfers the stimulations throughout the slab and eventually collapses and starts sliding.
Peak gates no2 & 3 will be closed today, please follow the ski patrols' instructions.
The snow condition is ever changing, somewhere that was good the day before can become dangerous today.
Traversing below the cornice areas around coordinate E6F5 is very dangerous. Stay away!



Looks like the winds have been pretty strong today. Annupuri saw some heavy windloading and the winds aren't expected to die down much tomorrow. Winds could die down tomorrow afternoon/night but we could see some stability on Friday. Be careful of wind loading on SW SE S facing aspects. Have a great day tomorrow and hopefully they will open the gates.   Read more ...

Madarao Now!

Wednesday 11th January 2012, 7:59am
Weather conditions: Cloud, light snow, building later in the day.
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
The gods of snow are gathering their forces again in Madarao this morning. There are reports of strong winds and big snow dumps coming in, so the next few days sound promising for the powder hounds. But today for the moment it is cold and windy, so make sure that you are prepared for the coming arctic conditions!

There has only been a little fresh snow overnight to this point. About 5cm was on the ground this morning, and the resort is reporting 10cm of new snow, but tomorrow morning it is likely to be a different story. Visibility is quite poor at present and will likely stay that way for the rest of the day.

Lifts currently operating:
All of Madarao is scheduled to be open today.
Connection with Tangram Ski Circus open.

Official snow depth:
210cm   Read more ...

Minakami Now!

Wednesday 11th January 2012, 9:17am
Weather conditions: Light snow
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Much the same as yesterday here in Minakami with the forecast hitting the nail on the head. Grey skies with light snow falling straight down. No wind around and biggish flakes are coming down - very serene and peaceful. Temperatures still just under zero and the snow is spot on.

Light snow predicted for the run-up to the weekend but there are few little sun icons in there as well so we might get a glimpse of some blue skies from time to time.
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Yuzawa Now!

Wednesday 11th January 2012, 9:19am
Weather conditions: Cloudy, light snow
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Yesterday was another day of changing weather conditions. It was actually snowing for a while in Yuzawa during the mid-morning but things cleared up somewhat during the afternoon and it was another clearish evening in the region.

Just a dusting of snow on the ground this morning in town, and light snow has started falling and the forecast tells us to expect moderate snowfall today and into tomorrow morning so fingers crossed that it will settle in and start coming down nicely over the next few hours.

It's about -1 degree now in Yuzawa and just a slight wind - but stronger winds along with that snowfall is due later on today.

A nice new top up would be just the ticket - isn't it always - to keep things nice and soft. There were a few scraping noises heard out there on the slopes yesterday in places, but still some pockets of untouched to find as well.

Tomorrow may see some clearer conditions later on but snow should be back with us by the weekend.

Official resort snow depths @ 11th January 12, AM:
Mt Naeba:
Kagura - Tashiro:
GALA Yuzawa:
Kandatsu Kogen:
NASPA Ski Garden:
Yuzawa Kogen:
Yuzawa Park:
Yuzawa Nakazato:
Ludens Yuzawa:
Ishiuchi Maruyama:
Centleisure Maiko:
Joetsu Kokusai:
240cm   Read more ...

Naeba Now!

Wednesday 11th January 2012, 9:24am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
The weather cleared up yesterday and we had another clear night. Clouds have moved back into the region though overnight and this morning light snow is falling. Only a dusting so far, but the forecast is looking good for some decent snowfall today on the mountains. Bring it on, I say! Stronger winds probably later this afternoon but hopefully not strong enough to affect the lifts that should be moving at the resorts today.

Doesn't look like it is a prolonged snowstorm though and might clear up tomorrow morning. Then back to snow on Friday into the weekend. So it's changing by the day at the moment.

Resort Operations, 11th January (subject to change)
All courses apart from Mens Riesen Slamom course are available - some lifts rested.
Weekday operations - mostly open

Official snow depths
260cm   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Wednesday 11th January 2012, 9:35am
Weather conditions: Cloud, light snow
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Yesterday was a good day on the runs. I spend most of the day in the Yakebitaiyama > Ichinose > Giant area and was able to find some good untouched snow - helped along by some very quiet slopes - though still I can't help shake the feeling that we could really do with more snow to feel like we are really in peak season here.

The blue skies that we say yesterday are completely hidden this morning in Shiga Kogen and snow is falling.... not big white fluffy flakes just as yet, but the forecast tells us to expect a potentially decent snowfall today so hopefully this is just the start of it. No snow to move away from the top of the car this morning other than a slight dusting.

So, grey skies and light snow at the moment. Just a calm wind as well and not as cold as it has been, but that is also set to change during the day with stronger winds forecast for later this afternoon along with that snow. We are all set to dip down into colder temperatures as well over the next few days.

Anyway hope to bring good news of fresh snow tomorrow morning!

Nighta operations this evening planned at the following resort areas:

- Ichinose Family
- Ichinose Diamond

Official resort snow depths as of 11th January 2012 AM:

Sun Valley:
Ichinose Family:
Ichinose Diamond:
Okushiga Kogen:
150cm   Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Wednesday 11th January 2012, 11:33am
Weather conditions: Moderate to heavy snow
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
The snow is coming down hard today in Myoko. A couple of sunny days (a bit foggy at the end of the day yesterday), and back to what some (hello) find the best days to be out on the slopes. The reports for this morning won't reflect the new fall, but there's at least 20cm of fresh on the ground now, and it looks to continue falling steadily through the day.

I'll be out in the backcountry over the next few days, so I can give a little more information on the brush/snowpack situations.So far it's been pretty good, with continuous snow and fairly consistent temperatures. There is some cracking and sliding out there, though, so be a little careful and keep an eye out for snow-covered cracks on steeper slopes.

Current Official Snow Depths

Akakura Onsen:

Akakan (Akakura Kanko):


Myoko Suginohara:

Seki Onsen:

Myoko Ski Park:



210cm   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Wednesday 11th January 2012, 11:51am
Weather conditions: Snow, cloud
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
It's a nice snowy morning in Hakuba, and it is looking like a good part of northern Nagano prefecture is going to be getting a pretty decent amount of snowfall today including this region.

It still feels fairly mild especially compared with how things were last week. The temperature was around -1 earlier on this morning in the valley and -5 on the hills and it hasn't really changed much as the morning progresses with a highest temperature of just around 0 degrees today in the valley. It's not a dramatical change in temperature, but the slightly higher temperature will help the snow bonding - the snow conditions out there are likely to be a bit heavier than they were last week.

There wasn't much new snow to talk of overnight down in the village but the resorts are reporting between 5 and 10cm of fresh snowfall on the upper slopes, but hopefully that will add up to more during today with the snow that is currently falling from the skies. There's just a calm 1 to 2 m/s NW to NNW directional wind.

The weather forecast shows that the temperatures will dip right down later on today and tonight, perhaps even approaching minus double digits in the early morning tomorrow and it is going to be a cold day tomorrow with a high of only around -4 degrees. The cold temperatures should keep this new fresh snow we are getting in decent shape. The snow clouds will likely have moved on by tomorrow morning though and it may even clear up and we might get to see the sun again in Hakuba, but after that more snowfall is due around Friday.

Official snow depths and operations @ Wednesday 11th January 2012 AM:

Hakuba Goryu:
5cm of new snowfall on the upper slopes reported this morning. All lifts apart from No2 and No4 pair are operating.
Official snow depths:
Alps daira - 210cm;
Toomi - 100cm;
Iimori - 100cm.

Hakuba 47:
10cm of fresh snow reported, all lifts apart from Line D operating and all courses open.
Official snow depth:
Upper - 195cm
Lower - 90cm

Ski lifts/courses:
All lifts apart from top Grad lift operating at Happo (hopefully that will soon be able to operate).
Official snow depth:
Usagidaira/Kurobishi - 150cm;
Sakka - 90cm;
Nakiyama - 90cm.

Tsugaike Kogen:
Official snow depth:
Upper slopes - 200cm
Champion - 120cm

Hakuba Cortina:
Cortina reporting 5-10cm of new snowfall this morning. All resort courses open.
Official snow depth:
Upper - 240cm
Lower - 160cm

Hakuba Norikura:
Official snow depth:

Hakuba Iwatake:
Official snow depth:
Upper - 125cm
Lower - 60cm

Hakuba Sanosaka:

Hakuba Minekata:
70cm   Read more ...

Furano Now!

Wednesday 11th January 2012, 12:33pm
Weather conditions: Snowing
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
It has been snowing all day and the rate of snowfall has gotten heavier as we rolled towards midday. Low cloud is moving through the area and at times visibility is restricted with some flat light. There is some wind out on the mountain but this is not interferring with lift operations. In total there has been about 10cm of accumulation since yesterday. The overnight snow was quite firm but the snow during the day has been light and dry. There is still plenty of untracked powder waiting to be ridden.   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Wednesday 11th January 2012, 14:06pm
Weather conditions: Was off and on early but now snowing pretty heavy
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
After two relatively clear days in Nozawa Onsen people were wondering where the snow is! Today it has returned, not real heavy but spurts of decent falls and already about 15cm has collected. I think we we should get another 15cm at least out of this system. It has been a nice break to clear the decks before the next dump.

Then, tomorrow is looking like a blue bird day followed by a few days of moderate falls thru to the weekend.

This weekend is the famous Fire Festival on the 15th of January and already things are starting to get organized. Good friend of ours Kono-san a former Ski Patrol boss is having a Toru or tower in the festival this year to celebrate the birth of his grandson. I just drove past and they were building it, looked beautiful. There will be two other Toru joining his so it will be a big festival this year as the last few years has only been two.

Keep your eyes out on the slopes as on the 13th the gang will go up and cut down the trees and drag them down the slopes to build the main platform that will house all the 42 Year olds on the night. While the 25 Year olds protect the base from the onslaught of fire wielding locals.

Great conditions on the slopes today, with a bit of a cover on the groomers and bursts of sunshine earlier. Snow is set in now but by the looks.

Have a great day and looking forward to the festival weekend ahead.

Current Official Snow Depths Numbers:




Current Lift operations:
All open

Current courses open:
All open
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Zao Now!

Wednesday 11th January 2012, 17:42pm
Weather conditions: Cloud, light snow
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
The day has gone so fast... sorry for the evening report today.

We were greeted to about 15cm or so of fresh snowfall in the village this morning as well as cold temperatures but just a cloudy start. I woke to the sound of the machines out there moving snow from the roads - always a good way to start the day!

It has generally been a cloudy day here with snow on the mountain from time to time but not heavy snow and visibility has remained fair, though less good in upper areas. It has been a very cold day though and basically seems to have got colder as the day went on. Tonight looks like it will be one of the coldest of the year so far I think. In the daytime tomorrow we may see some less cloud than today but after that snow clouds are forecast to move back into the Zao area on Friday.

Hopefully that will mean more fresh snow just in time for the weekend.

Official snow depths (11th January 12)
Utopia - 155cm
Chuo - 150cm
Paradise - 155cm
Uwanodai - 120cm

Operating lifts (10th January 12)
All Ropeways (Skycable, Zao Chuo Ropeway, Zao Ropeway) operating.
All the runs at Zao are open.   Read more ...

SnowJapan Daily 'Now' reports

Yuzawa Now
10th Sep, 17:36am
Niseko Now
27th Aug, 14:26am
Grandeco Now
24th Aug, 11:16am
Madarao Now
12th Aug, 0:17pm
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