Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 28th May 2018

Naeba Now!

Friday 11th January 2013, 8:11am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 10cm
Snow depth: 150cm
Nice snowfall to report this morning, very light dry snow fallen overnight and up to around 20cm on Naeba. I'd say more like 15cm on the cars in village, and I am hearing that Kagura has seen up to double that amount since yesterdays report.

Whatever the number, conditions should be very good today. Amazing what a good old dump of snow can do isn't it. The official snow depths haven't changed, so just ignore those for the moment!

It continues to snow this morning but the skies are due to clear up later on. Good chance of the sun out tomorrow, so weekend visitors should be especially happy.

It's a 3 day weekend coming up in Japan with Monday as a national holiday.

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 ...

Madarao Now!

Friday 11th January 2013, 8:19am
Weather conditions: Cloud cover
New snowfall: 20cm
Snow depth: 160cm
Add another 20cm or so the what we got yesterday, and the resort are saying up to 30cm of new snowfall on the slopes.

Yes, some lovely new snow has been deposited on the slopes of Madarao, making for some very likely nice conditions this morning that I'm keen to check out.

Another cold morning, minus seven degrees and that snow continuing to fall.

Clearer conditions are likely tomorrow and Sunday so it has the makings for a good weekend.

Fireworks tomorrow night which should be fun.

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 ...

Hakuba Now!

Friday 11th January 2013, 8:49am
Weather conditions: Mostly cloudy, variable
New snowfall: 3cm
Snow depth: 255cm
Good morning from Hakuba. The clouds stuck around for the most part yesterday

Early on it seems to be a case of cloudy on the south side of the valley and patches of blue to the North. Some shadows and the sun peeking through at times again.

New snow of 1-5cm depending on your location around Hakuba. I would have thought more than that on upper slopes but apparently not, in Hakuba anyway. The Hakuba Cortina resort just to the north in Otari this morning is reporting up to 40cm of new snowfall this morning, so if that is to believed - and I have no reason to doubt it - then I know where I would be heading if I were having a day on the slopes. Tsugaike Kogen also apparently got a decent amount.

It is a cold -6 degrees at the moment with a wind at 2m/s. It looks like it will clear later today with the sun beaming through the clouds over the mountains. The upper parts of the mountains should be lovely to ski and ride on today especially if that clears up.

Clear skies tomorrow but it should hopefully stay cold. Still doesn't look like there's much snow on the horizon well into next week so we will have to make the most with what there is out there.

Tomorrow is the first day of a three day weekend here in Japan, as Monday is a national holiday. We can expect things to get pretty busy out there. Early start recommended! Should be a fun weekend.


Official snow depths and operations @ Friday 11th January 2013 AM:
Please note that resort lift operations are subject to change at any time.

Hakuba Goryu:
1cm of 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:
3cm new snow at base and 5cm new up top reported by Hakuba 47 this morning.
Official snow depth:
Upper - 190cm
Lower - 100cm

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

Tsugaike Kogen:
Official snow depth:
Upper slopes - 270cm
Lower slopes - 80cm

Hakuba Cortina:
25-40cm of new snow reported from Hakuba Cortina! Nice.
Official snow depth:
Upper slopes - 285cm
Lower slopes - 155cm

Hakuba Iwatake:
Official snow depth:
Upper slopes - 125cm
Lower slopes - 50cm

Hakuba Sanosaka:
All lifts operating.
Official snow depth:

Hakuba Minekata:
70cm   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Friday 11th January 2013, 9:07am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 35cm
Snow depth: 380cm
Snow was forecast for the day yesterday, and that's what we got.

And overnight too.

So much so, that this morning have 30-40cm of new snow to deal with. You'll see that in the Avalance report (below) 20cm is reported, and as noted in that it seems that there has been more over on the Hirafu side here.

It is another cold morning of course, -7C at the moment here and it probably won't change much throughout the day. Only a slight wind here at base though it does look like stronger winds higher up will prevent the top Wonderland Chair lift at Niseko Village. Other lifts around the mountain seem to be scheduled to operate as planned, perhaps some at reduced speed where necessary.

Light snow and generally cloudy this morning with similar snow on/off conditions due in the coming week.

This weekend is a long weekend in Japan with Monday being a national holiday - the 'Seijin no Hi', or Coming of Age Day.

Those visiting this weekend will certainly not be disappointed. We avoid using hyperbole on these here reports, but when there's totally awesome conditions on the slopes... what else can you say? :)


Tomorrow's report will possibly be online later than usual as there's some server work scheduled for the morning.


Official Resort Snow Depths

Grand Hirafu & Niseko Hanazono
Top - 380cm
Bottom - 190cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 330cm
Bottom - 195cm

Niseko Village
Top - 295cm
Bottom - 190cm

Avalanche Information:

Niseko base 6am: -11C, 20cm of overnight snowfall and no snowdrift development. Moiwa 800m: WNW12m/s, -16C with moderate snowdrift development. Annupuri peak: WNW15.1m/s, -18.3C. Coastal data: NW13m/s, 1.5m waves and 1018hPa. Annupuri 1000m snowpack: 285cm. Heavier snowfall in Hirafu side of the mountain.

The winter pressure pattern is persisting and intermittent snowfall is continuing. Relatively rapid snowdrifts development in areas above 1000m is forming unstable snow slabs in leeward slopes; according to the wind transition the avalanche risk is rising especially in slopes with slabs of heavy wind-blown snowdrifts. The risks are being measured by evaluating various data and observations of present conditions. The wind speed transition in combination with the snowfall amount and the temperature is an important factor to evaluate the slabs stability in various location of various altitudes.

Peak gates are scheduled to open, time to be determined. Ask the ski patrols some advice before stepping out of the gates. Always keep in mind that outside the gate is not the resort any more. Stay cautious and be conscious of the risks. Open steep slopes and knolls are dangerous at all time. Have a safe day and beware of frostbites. The snow is good again today.   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Friday 11th January 2013, 9:14am
Weather conditions: Sunny, some cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 155cm
Those cold temperatures are staying with us and it's a nice -8C this morning in the village. A temperature of -13C being reported from the Chuo area of the resort this morning. Certainly keeping the snow in good condition.

This morning some cloud but lots of blue sky up there and the sun shining down on the mountain. It seems a while since I have been able to clearly see the top of the mountain - good visibility all round today, and hardly any wind as well.

The forecast for the weekend is a variable mix of clear, cloud and snow showers. Suitably vague?! We'll just have to see what nature brings us.

It will probably be busy out there as it's a three day long weekend as Monday is Coming of Age Day in Japan. So lots of weekend visitors expected. It applies to every weekend (and every day I suppose) but more than ever... early start is a good idea if possible!

Official snow depths

Chuo Area



95cm   Read more ...

Furano Now!

Friday 11th January 2013, 9:54am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 4cm
Snow depth: 140cm
There was some light snow yesterday and overnight which has amounted to around 4cm. Conditions are low cloud today which will mean at least some periods of flat light but visibility will generally be okay. Temperatures are again very cold and it is snowing lightly at the moment. Tomorrow looks to be a good day with clear conditions on the forecast for morning and afternoon.   Read more ...

Yuzawa Now!

Friday 11th January 2013, 10:01am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 20cm
Snow depth: 170cm
In my report I said 'nothing major' when talking about the snow lined up over the week. That's what the report said yesterday morning but the snow came and we have had a decent amount fall since then. Reports from around town vary, as they do of course, but I would say 20cm around town and the most being reported is from Kagura where up to 40cm has fallen.

A bit unexpected but a nice surprise and it will certainly have made conditions much better for today and of course in time for the upcoming weekend as well.

Snow still falling but only about 5cm due before it gets dark. According to the forecast the skies should be clearing up by evening as well and tomorrow is set to be a clear and sunny day in the area. Hopefully not warming up too much.

After today hardly any snow forecast for the coming week. I'm partly saying that in the hope that it will encourage the snow gods out there to bring us lots of snow, and we can only hope they are wrong.

For now though, renewed good conditions and it should be a fine long weekend. (Monday is a holiday in Japan).

Official resort snow depths @ Friday 11th 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 ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Friday 11th January 2013, 10:27am
Weather conditions: Cloud cover
New snowfall: 30cm
Snow depth: 250cm
Unexpectedly moderate snowfalls persisted overnight delivering an excellent surprise this morning. From last lifts till midnight last night we saw about 15-20cm gather on top of railings and by morning 30cm had accumulated in the village, with even more up high. It looks like there should be some outstanding and deep riding on offer today.

A clearing trend is expected during the day, but this is hard to imagine as the snowfalls show no signs of letting up. Like the past week crowds are looking like they will be minimal.

Yesterday there were many happy faces on the mountain with knee-deep snow through the trees and tiny crowds. There were perfect conditions for practicing riding in the powder, as it was still easy to feel the solid base beneath. The trees were really the place to be with the limited visibility and plentiful fresh.

Looking further ahead, the current forecast is very unusual for this time of year. We are expecting some spring-like conditions for at least the next three days. Light snow is possible on Saturday night, but the temperatures are quite warm with a freezing height hovering around 400-800m above sea level. The next chance for a good solid dump is looking like it may occur around the 17th.

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




110cm   Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Friday 11th January 2013, 10:30am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 73cm
Snow depth: 220cm
Snow, snow, snow! We are definitely back to Myoko-style snowfalls. I measured 73cm on the trusty study plot boards this morning (trying to be more scientific, you know). Pretty dense below nice fluffy stuff on top, so it will be a bit of a slog on those steep climbs today.

Onpiste things should be great, and word from the patrol early on was that there aren't a lot of people out on the hill (tomorrow is the start of a three-day weekend, so that will change!). Out of bounds, be careful of the hard layer below the new snow; we need to go out for a dig, but just in cleaning around the house there is a pretty solid level of frozen wet snow down below the new that could cause the new snow to slide. Take your avy gear, even if you're just sneaking off from the lifts--too many people are out there unprepared (the locals are shaking their heads about this).

Now, after two hours of digging and writing this report, time for me to check it out in person!

Operations and official snow depths

Akakura Kanko (Akakan)
220cm, -5C

Akakura Onsen
170cm (something is not right here in these depths), -5C

170cm, -3C

170cm, -11C (at the top of the gondola)

Seki Onsen
320cm, -5C

280cm, -4C

Myoko Ski Park
285cm, -3C

150cm, -4C

170cm, -7C    Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Friday 11th January 2013, 11:12am
Weather conditions: Cloud, snow, sun and clear in areas
New snowfall: 10cm
Snow depth: 110cm
Perhaps somewhat unexpected snow to report this morning, but I'm pleased about that. 10cm or so since yesterday I'd say and more higher up I would think.

Light snow is still falling as we approach lunchtime here in Maruike, but in places around the resorts some blue skies have been appearing and the sun as well shining down. It looks and feels like it will clear up as the forecast told us to expect.

Good chance of the sun out over the weekend, especially tomorrow. As you may well know it's a long weekend this weekend with Monday as a Japanese national holiday and so it should be lively out there. Certainly much more than weekendays like today, when the slopes are very quiet indeed.

Hope you have a good weekend wherever you may be.

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

Official resort snow depths as of Friday 11th January 2013 AM:

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

Minakami Now!

Friday 11th January 2013, 13:58pm
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 10cm
Snow depth: 200cm
We had a nice surprise for this morning - it had started snowing yesterday later in the day and this morning the results of that are about 10cm on the valley and 30cm and more up at Tenjindaira.

Strong winds are affecting some resorts at the moment and some lifts are operating with reduced speed.

According to the forecast the skies should be clear tomorrow and with the renewed good conditions on the slopes it should be a good weekend.   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