Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 28th May 2018

Madarao Now!

Monday 11th March 2013, 7:50am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 20cm
Snow depth: 230cm
An early report this morning as I just needed to share the news. Snow! Yes, we thought it might all be over with all this warm stuff of the last week or so, but temperatures did indeed drop right down yesterday and this morning there's close to 20cm of new on the slopes of Madarao.

Apparently a different of 16C since yesterday. Wow.

-8 being reported by the resort.

The mind boggles.

But it means that while it may not completely cover the more, er, icy conditions we had, there will certainly be much improved conditions out there this morning.

It should be up and down this week. Tomorrow expected to be much warmer again, then back to colder from Wednesday.

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 ...

Naeba Now!

Monday 11th March 2013, 8:09am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 10cm
Snow depth: 310cm
Aha, the warm spell did let up. I was almost daring it not to yesterday. But it did and this morning we are the happy recipients of new snow.

Yes, fresh snow!

5-10cm here in Naeba and up to 20cm at Kagura.

The downside to this is that strong winds again are messing with lifts and as such only the Mitsumata Ropeway to Kagura Number 1 pair lift is open at Kagura. Looks like here in Naeba the top area will be closed, but we might expect changes to that especially if the winds die down some.

This snow isn't supposed to last long, as tomorrow should be bluebird and warmer once again.

But hey, new snow. Let's enjoying.


Official resort snow depth:
Naeba - 310cm
Kagura - 390cm   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Monday 11th March 2013, 8:14am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 10cm
Snow depth: 280cm
Negative numbers it is! And actually it's pretty cold this morning, it feels like we are back in winter again. What's more we have 10cm of new snow here in the village base area of Zao. Nice snow too. A marked difference, but a welcome one of course.

It's yo-yo time though as tomorrow it is forecast to warm up once again for a few days. Before getting colder again after that. Seems like winter is giving it one last push and challenging spring before it really takes hold properly.

More than the 10cm on the mountain of course, but very probably not enough to cover all the hardness under it so I expect varied conditions out there.

Official snow depths

Chuo Area



145cm   Read more ...

Yuzawa Now!

Monday 11th March 2013, 8:41am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 15cm
Snow depth: 240cm
Yesterday the report was updated to say it had started raining. It was snowing by the afternoon, though not the kind of snow that leaves new cm on the ground. As expected it quickly got colder as the day went on and this morning not only is it rather cold, but we also have snow on the ground and the snow is still falling!

Resorts around town are reporting between 5cm and 20cm of new snowfall overnight and I can say that I had to move about 15cm off the top of my car earlier this morning. It's actually coming down quite heavily at the moment as well.

What a difference a day can make.

Strong winds are affecting some ski lifts with the top of Naeba and the Tashiro part of Kagura closed this morning.

Unfortunately, this return to winter seems destined to be short-lived. The snow will probably ease off later on today and then a clear, sunny and warm day is likely tomorrow.

Official resort snow depths @ Monday 11th March 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 ...

Niseko Now!

Monday 11th March 2013, 8:51am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 15cm
Snow depth: 500cm
Colder again this morning at -6C now, and lots of new snow in the Hirafu area. 15-20cm or so of it, and undoubtedly more on the mountain. As you can see below, Moiwa reportedly getting an impressive 40cm of new snow.

The Niseko Grand Hirafu resort area reports their upper areas snow depth as back up to 500cm. Great stuff for getting on mid-March.

The persistant 'w' is affecting lifts again this morning. Over at Annupuri, the Gondola and Jumbo 3 and 4 lifts are not moving, at Niseko Village the gondola and top Wonderland Chair are stationary and so are the top lifts at Hirafu and Hanazono.

Once they open up, there should be some nice renewed conditions to enjoy up there. For now most of the other lifts seem to be running (or scheduled to run) as planned.


Official Resort Snow Depths

Grand Hirafu & Niseko Hanazono
Top - 500cm
Bottom - 250cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 400cm
Bottom - 250cm

Niseko Village
Top - 470cm
Bottom - 245cm

Avalanche Information:

Niseko base 6am: -5C, 30cm new snow, snow drift development. Moiwa 800m: 40cm new snow, snowdrift development, -10C. Annupuri peak: -15.6C. Coastal data: wind NW14m/s, 3.3m waves, pressure 1012hPa.

Avalanche risk is VERY HIGH due to extreme snowdrift growth at all elevations on the mountain from the continuous high winds over the weekend. All gates will be closed today except for gates 7 & 9.

The wind is expected to weaken this morning however the avalanche risk will remain VERY HIGH. Snow drifts that have developed the high wind(18m/s) will easily collapse and cause surface slab avalanches. Also note that with the expected decrease in winds(<10m/s) the high avalanche risk will continue for estimated 4-8 hours.

Many accidents occur on slopes holding snowdrifts during and directly after storms. Do not risk riding leeward and steep slopes today. Avalanches always run to the valley bottoms, try to avoid spending time there too. The snow in the trees is heavy and deep from the high winds, the groomers are better choice today. Spring is not here yet.   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Monday 11th March 2013, 9:14am
Weather conditions: Fine, cloud
New snowfall: 3cm
Snow depth: 275cm
Some wild weather conditions yesterday and lots of variation too. After the storm, rain, wind, fog and cloud, we ended the say with lots of blue sky above Hakuba village and the sun making a late appearance.

After the madness of yesterday, it's a much calmer start to this Monday morning. Much colder and some new snowfall on the mountains with, for example, 47 and Cortina reporting up to 5cm of fresh on their slopes. Currently around -2C at base and it won't warm up as much today.

Variable visibility on the slopes around the valley. The sun is out and quite a lot of blue sky this morning, but cloud hanging around the mountains.

Tomorrow is more likely to start off sunny and warm up to near 10C during the day and then be warmer until Thursday when we are due another short cold snap. A bit up and down at the moment.

The Hakuba Minekata hill has closed now for the season. Will post other closing dates as and when we get them, but it'll be a while before the next one, and of course some of the bigger resorts continue on into May.


Official snow depths and operations @ Monday 11th March 2013 AM:

Hakuba Goryu:
Official snow depths:
Alps daira - 275cm;
Toomi - 130cm;
Iimori - 110cm

Hakuba 47:
5cm of new snowfall reported by Hakuba 47 since yesterday.
Official snow depth:
Upper - 220cm
Lower - 120cm

Official snow depth:
Usagidaira - 270cm
Nakiyama/Shirakaba - 80cm
Sakka - 80cm

Tsugaike Kogen:
Official snow depth:
Upper slopes - 320cm
Lower slopes - 120cm

Hakuba Cortina:
0cm of new snow reported by Hakuba Cortina since yesterday.
Official snow depth:
Upper slopes - 320cm
Lower slopes - 215cm

Hakuba Iwatake:
Official snow depth:
Upper slopes - 190cm
Lower slopes - 65cm

Hakuba Sanosaka:
Official snow depth:
120cm   Read more ...

Furano Now!

Monday 11th March 2013, 9:19am
Weather conditions: Low cloud
New snowfall: 40cm
Snow depth: 190cm
It has been a bumper weekend for snowfall. Since yesterday's Furano Now report there has been over 40cm of fresh snow at village level. Locals have been up since day break trying to clear pathways and access ways to homes and accommodation. Much of the mountain has not been groomed so there is potentially a whole days of fresh tracks to be had. There is low cloud on the mountain at the moment but visibility is still pretty good. All lifts are in operation but please see the notes below for course restrictions due to ski competitions being hosted on the Furano Zone.

The following courses are closed to the public until March 11 due to ski competitions: Panorama, Technical, Spies, Ropeway.   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Monday 11th March 2013, 9:22am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 20cm
Snow depth: 150cm
I think my protest worked!

As sure as my eyes can see it, there's around 20cm of new snow in Shiga Kogen this morning and it is still snowing. Instead of starting the day with temps at +9C, this morning it's -9C.

Feels like winter again!


Bit of a wind blowing about but visibility fairly decent for the most part considering it's snow.

But definitely the best day for a while in store for those lucky enough to stay on after the weekend.

Back to clearer skies and warmer conditions tomorrow.

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

Official resort snow depths as of Monday 11th March 2013 AM:

Sun Valley:
Ichinose Family:
Ichinose Diamond:
Okushiga Kogen:
250cm   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Monday 11th March 2013, 9:53am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: 340cm
Winter has returned to Nozawa Onsen with a healthy overnight top up recorded. At the moment we have light to moderate flakes falling, very cold temperatures and windy conditions on the higher slopes.

Today will be a good day for skiing and boarding with 30cm of dry windblown powder recorded at Uenotaira, 10cm at Yamabiko. 5cm on the lower slopes of the resort.

The forecast suggests the sun will make an appearance this afternoon and if this is correct conditions should be good. Head for the tree runs to seek shelter from the wind and improved visibility before the sun comes out.

Yesterday about 11am the brief light rain showers turned to snow and it continued to fall as light snow showers for the rest of the day. With the sudden freeze after days of wet snow many places had an icy base but this will have improved today with the fresh snow falls.

Looking at the forecast ahead we should see a clear and warm spring day tomorrow before another cold front moves across the region on Wednesday night. Predicted snowfall intensities for this system have been downgraded overnight, but we still expect moderate to heavy falls for about a 12 hour period into Thursday morning. Following this frontal system a string of clear cool days are expected.


Lifts operating:

Courses open:
All courses open except
Grand Prix
Kandahar East
Kandahar West
Challenge 39

Official snow depths




115cm   Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Monday 11th March 2013, 10:45am
Weather conditions: Clearing up
New snowfall: 15cm
Snow depth: 295cm
Winter has really come back with a roar -- snow, cold and high wind. Another of those days when it's hard to tell how much actually fell overnight, with lots of drifting around the house. Probably not all that much yet, but the rate of snowfall has really picked up. A lot of locals were hoping for the March powder that has been a highlight of the last few years, and here it is....

Now, since I wrote that an hour or so ago (waiting for the local snow reports to come in), the sun has started to come out and the snow has tapered out. The snow keeps coming on and off, though, but luckily the wind has come down, meaning less likelihood of lift closures. So come out and enjoy!


Operations and official snow depths)

Akakura Kanko (Akakan)
295cm, -5C

Akakura Onsen
310cm, -5C

260cm, -4C

220cm, -4C

Seki Onsen
550cm, -5C

300cm, -3C

Myoko Ski Park
335cm, -5C

215cm, -3C

230cm, -8C   Read more ...

Minakami Now!

Monday 11th March 2013, 12:44pm
Weather conditions: Overcast with light snow
New snowfall: 20cm
Snow depth: 380cm
Strong winter winds and snow battered Minakami yesterday evening but have subsided this morning with light snow continuing to fall. The wind blown snow has created many snow drifts on uneven depth making for challenging riding.

The remainder of the week seems like a bit of a roller coaster between spring and summer with warmer weather being prevalent. Some beatiful spring days coming up so make the most of the sun!   Read more ...

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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
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