Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 25th May 2020

Myoko Now!

Tuesday 11th March 2014, 7:40am
Weather conditions: Perfectly clear
New snowfall: 15cm
Snow depth: 350cm
It's clear and very white in Myoko this morning.

No official reports in yet, but I have work to do and a report to file, so I'll say we had about 15cm overnight on top of the 25 or so yesterday. To be honest, the resorts' reports aren't all that helpful; we're still seeing some saying they're losing snow when others are adding fresh to the count. Overall I guess they give a pretty good sense of where we are, and thankfully the snowpack has recovered from our earlier bouts with rain and wind.

The avalanche danger definitely is higher today, with lots of wind loading the past three days (there are plumes blowing off the peaks this morning as well). Be very careful on lee slopes, as pillows of wind-blown snow are almost certainly out there and ready to break. And today's hint: carry a good map. We almost had another rescue on Saturday, with a skier going off of Suginohara and ending up, drenched, in a stream at the bottom of a valley. Luckily his emergency call gave police a good triangulation and he was found by the resort's snowcat. It's likely he would have had at the very best a cold, cold night. We won;t think about the worst (just glad he's OK).


Official info:

Akakura Kanko:

Akakura Onsen:


Myoko Suginohara:

Seki Onsen:

Myoko Ski Park:

Myoko Kyukamura Runrun


Tangram Ski Circus
210cm    Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Tuesday 11th March 2014, 8:30am
Weather conditions: Mostly clear, sun
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: 205cm
5cm of fresh snow this morning to report from here in Hirafu villagr area.

It doesn't feel quite as cold this morning, and the sun is out. It's a bit overcast feeling at the moment and actually some local forecasts tell us that there might even be some snowfall today. Doesn't feel likely at the moment but as we all know here things can change very quickly - case in point yesterday when conditions were changing very quickly.

There's generally less snowfall on the weekly forecast now but we can expect temperatures to remain fairly cold even if we see more of the sun.


Niseko Avalanche Report

Niseko base 6am: -6C, 5cm of snow in 12 hours. Moiwa 800m: NW10m/s, -9C, 10cm of fresh, moderate development of snowdrifts. Annupuri 1150m: W15m/s, -11C, light snowfall, 320cm snowpack. Hirafu 1000m: -9C, 10cm of fresh, snowdrift development. Peak 1308m: NW12.5m/s, -11C. Coastal data: cape Benkei NNW4m/s, cape Kamui E3m/s, 1.8m waves, 1016hPa.

The isobars gradient is small; snowfall and snowdrift development is small. Some snowclouds are still present over the sea of Japan due to a small low-pressure. Intermittent snowfall is forecasted throughout the day. The snow in the trees is good and the avalanche hazard under 900m altitude is low. However slides from March 10th layer are still considerable in cornice slopes and open steeps. Caution is required in 1000m Backbowl, Osawa and Higashi-One area. Peak gates will open from the morning. Be prepared and geared up for the backcountry. Cornices have grown huge. Anyone caught in a falling cornice will face serious consequences. Do not stay under cornices. Cracks are wide open and deep, beware of falling in them. Carrying 15m of a 7mm rope is recommended. Always ride with a partner as they would notice if anything happens. Do you have your beacon switched on? Carrying a beacon is not mandatory, however strongly recommended. Beware of sudden weather changes. Have a nice day.


Official snow depth numbers and lift news at time of writing:

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 410cm
Base - 205cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 390cm
Base - 220cm

Top - 395cm
Base - 200cm
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Hakuba Now!

Tuesday 11th March 2014, 9:14am
Weather conditions: Bluebird
New snowfall: 10cm
Snow depth: 170cm
Temperatures dropped down to minus double figures overnight again and as of 9am it is around -6C here in Hakuba. So another good cold start to the day. And we have new snowfall to report as well from around the mountains. Cortina winning with an impressive 30cm being reported, with between 10-20cm being reported on upper slopes here in Hakuba. It should be a very fine morning.

We have magnificent clear blue skies as well this morning. Lovely.

(I'll try not to spoil things by mentioning that things are due to warm up from tomorrow and we might get some rain in the village before turning into snow around early Thursday... more on that tomorrow).

So really great at the moment for approaching mid-March as we are. I clearly remember this day three years ago actually - it's 3 years ago since the terrible earthquake and tsunami over on the Tohoku coastline. That was one scary day...


Official snow depth numbers and operations (as of 11th March 2014):

Hakuba Goryu:
Reporting 20cm of new snowfall at Iimori; 8cm at Toomi; 15cm on upper slopes
Upper - 280cm
Toomi - 170cm
Iimori - 125cm

Hakuba 47:
Reporting 10cm of new snowfall at base and 15cm on upper areas.
Upper - 260cm
Lower - 90cm

Reporting 12cm of new snow on Riesen.
Usagidaira - 250cm
Nakiyama - 85cm
Sakka - 100cm

Hakuba Iwatake:
Upper - 240cm
Lower - 90cm

Tsugaike Kogen:
Tsuganomori - 340cm
Maruyama - 120cm
Kanenonaruoka - 180cm

Hakuba Cortina:
Reporting 30cm of new snowfall.
Upper - 345cm
Lower - 220cm

Hakuba Minekata:
Now closed for the season   Read more ...

Yuzawa Now!

Tuesday 11th March 2014, 9:21am
Weather conditions: Blue sky, cloud
New snowfall: 30cm
Snow depth: 275cm
Is it really March?! This last week really has transformed things and of course in a good way.

Yesterday we got a lot of snow during the day and often white-out and windy conditions out on the mountains.

Another 30cm or so of snow to move off the car this morning and resorts around town also reporting about the same; Kagura up to 40cm. This last run of days has been more like mid season than the beginning of spring. It's great to see all of the official snow depth numbers jumping up as well - even Kagura at last have increased their ever-present '330cm'! Hurray!

The sun has been out this morning. It has actually been clouding a bit since the clearer skies of early on and local forecasts still have today down as a mix of cloud and snow. For now though it's still sunny over Yuzawa and there is quite a lot of blue sky on view too.

A light wind at the moment but a chance of stronger gusts higher later. All resorts appear to be open as planned for now though.

Conditions should be great pretty much everywhere this morning and with things being rather quiet there should be lots of untouched wherever you choose to slide.

Very nice.

In a few days time, things are set to warm up a bit. Hopefully that won't go and spoil things!


Official resort snow depths @ Tuesday 11th March 2014, AM:
Kagura (Tashiro):
Kagura (Mitsumata):
NASPA Ski Garden:
Gala Yuzawa:
Yuzawa Kogen:
Yuzawa Nakazato:
Yuzawa Park:
Maiko Snow Resort:
Ishiuchi Maruyama:
Joetsu Kokusai:
250cm   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Tuesday 11th March 2014, 9:22am
Weather conditions: Clear and sunny
New snowfall: 20cm
Snow depth: 210cm
Good times continue here in Nozawa with more snowfall on the mountain - since yesterday mornings report the resort says...

Yamabiko - 35cm
Uenotaira - 25cm
Hikage - 22cm
Nagasaka - 22cm
Karasawa - 20cm

Oh yes. And things are getting quieter as well weekdays now. It is a good time to be here this season - definitely a note needs to be made. Early March 2014? Yes, definitely very good for Nozawa.

This morning the sun is out and we are enjoying blue skies above. It is cold early but temps should creep just a bit into positive numbers early afternoon.

It's going to get warmer tomorrow though and after that we might get some rain. Let's just hope that it doesn't warm up too much and we can avoid much wetness, that would spoil things. I will give you the latest on that situation in my report tomorrow (which by the way may be posted later in the day).


Tuesday 11th March 2014:

Official snow depths:
Yamabiko - 380cm
Uenotaira - 310cm
Hikage - 210cm
Nagasaka - 190cm
Karasawa - 145cm

Weekday operations - all lifts operating except:
Yunomine pair
Mizunashi triple
Challenge pair
Utopia pair
Hikage Number 2 pair B

All courses open except:
Grand Prix
Kandahar West
Kandahar East   Read more ...

Madarao Now!

Tuesday 11th March 2014, 9:34am
Weather conditions: Clear, sunny
New snowfall: 10cm
Snow depth: 230cm
What can I say? Blue skies again over Madarao, but that delivery of fresh snow overnight. Lovely groomed courses, untouched powder in the trees. It's going to be a top notch day here again as we enjoy this very pleasing first half of March.

More sun likely tomorrow too and a bit warmer (it's still very cold this morning), and we are expecting snow again Thursday. Lower down in the valley they are expecting rain but fingers crossed we can avoid that and click straight into snow.


Operating lifts (planned):

Number 1
Number 2
Number 3A
Number 2 quad
Number 5
Super quad
Number 11
Number 12
Number 13
Number 15
Moving walkway
Kids Park


All tree run courses should be open.

Nighta every Saturday night until 22nd March.
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Shiga Kogen Now!

Tuesday 11th March 2014, 10:01am
Weather conditions: Clear
New snowfall: 20cm
Snow depth: 190cm
After that stormy day yesterday and perhaps around 20cm of fresh snow (the wind was blowing it about big time so one number is difficult - but a good new later on the runs) this morning we have blue skies and sun over Shiga Kogen.

More sun and clearer skies likely tomorrow too, with things warming up a bit.

Then back to snow around Thursday.


Official snow depth data, as of Tuesday 11th March 2014):

Sun Valley:





Hoppo Bundaira:

Takamagahara Mammoth:


Ichinose Family:


Ichinose Diamond:


Okushiga Kogen:

Kumanoyu (skiers only):

230cm   Read more ...

Minakami Now!

Tuesday 11th March 2014, 13:36pm
Weather conditions: Blue sky
New snowfall: 50cm
Snow depth: 540cm
Blue skies and warm temps today with 50cm+ of new snow at the valley level.

It looks like mostly warm temps from here on in but there should be the odd day of snow left.

Rain is forecast for Thursday with a possibility of snow on Friday.


540cm @ Tenjin
120m @ valley

New snow:

90cm @ Tenjin!
50cm @ vally   Read more ...

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