Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 26th May 2019

Yuzawa Now!

Wednesday 12th February 2014, 7:51am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 180cm
A fine morning yesterday but became somewhat cloudy in the afternoon. No fresh snowfall to report this morning.

The local forecast for today is sunny and clear, but as I write this report it's cloudy. Signs of the sun trying to break through some cloud but not doing so just yet. Supposed to warm up to around +3C as well this afternoon.

Another dry day due tomorrow, with a return to snow by late Friday and during Saturday.


Official resort snow depths @ Wednesday 12th February 2014, AM:
Kagura (Tashiro):
Kagura (Mitsumata):
NASPA Ski Garden:
Gala Yuzawa:
Yuzawa Kogen:
Yuzawa Nakazato:
Yuzawa Park:
Maiko Snow Resort:
Ishiuchi Maruyama:
Joetsu Kokusai:
200cm   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Wednesday 12th February 2014, 7:57am
Weather conditions: Clear and sunny
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: 190cm
I'm pleased to be able to report 5cm of fresh snow this morning. Even with the chance of there being a bit more than that higher up (though not at 1150m according to the Avalance Report this morning), it's not enough to refresh the mountain after the run of days we have had without any new snow - but it's definitely better than 0cm!

We have clear blue skies over the Niseko region, the sun is out, it's calm and it's keeping cold. Actually I am seeing that it apparently dipped down to minus 16 degrees overnight in Kutchan. Currently it is around -11 degrees.

There's not much else for me to report this morning.

Weekly forecast is still not looking like there's any major snow on the into next week. We might have to make do with smaller top-ups like the overnight one we got.


Niseko Avalanche Report

Niseko base 6am: -10C, 5cm new snow crystals in the last 12hrs. Moiwa 800m: -13C, 5cm new snow, light winds. Annupuri 1150m: -12C, wind W7m/s, 5cm new snow. Annupuri peak 1308m: -14.2, SW0.3m/s Cape Benkei: SW3m/s, Cape Kamui: SW9m/s, wave 1.2m, pressure 1027hPa.

Isobars are spaced widely apart over Niseko and high pressure system is bringing calm weather at the sea and mountains. 5cm of light snow crystals fell overnight. There is high probability of shallow surface avalanches on steep south facing slopes, general avalanche risk is low though. Peak gates are expected to open this morning. Please listen to the patrols advice before passing through the gates.

Lately there has been increasing numbers of people ducking ropes and claiming no knowledge of Niseko Rules. Accommodation providers, guides, instructors and everybody involved in snow tourism have a duty to pass on the correct information about Niseko Rules. The rules are there to maintain a minimum safety level and protect our freedom to ride out of bounds. Beware there are many dangers on the mountain .


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

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 375cm
Base - 190cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 350cm
Base - 220cm

Top - 305cm
Base - 220cm   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Wednesday 12th February 2014, 8:16am
Weather conditions: Partly cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 150cm
After a busy day on the slopes yesterday, we should be back to normal today.

New snow wasn't expected and I don't have any to report this morning. It was cold overnight with a low of -9C, and just after 8am this morning it's -7C here in the village. Sun is expected today and a warm up to around freezing point at base.

It's a mix of blue sky and grey/white cloud this morning over Nozawa but like I said the forecast is for clear conditions today. Perhaps a dusting of snow overnight tonight, but more decent snow is due later Friday and Saturday - though on Saturday we need it to keep on the colder side of the forecasts. It does seem that it will be a bit warmer on Saturday, so down in the village it may be giri-giri borderline wet rather than the snow - though likely the upper part of the mountain will be straight into snow. But we need to keep an eye on that.

The weather somehow still doesn't seem to want to stay in the mid-winter heavy snow mode for a prolonged period of time which is unfortunately becoming something of a theme for this season.

But anyway, it might not be knee-deep powder out there today but there's tons of fun to be had. Go find it, that's what I'm going to do!


Wednesday 12th February 2014:

Official snow depths:
Yamabiko - 285cm
Uenotaira - 225cm
Hikage - 150cm
Nagasaka - 140cm
Karasawa - 110cm

All lifts operating except:
Paradise four
Yunomine pair
Mizunashi triple
Challenge pair
Utopia pair
Hikage Number 2 pair B

All courses open   Read more ...

Madarao Now!

Wednesday 12th February 2014, 8:28am
Weather conditions: Fine
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 230cm
Quick report this morning and it's an easy one - clear blue skies again and no new snow to report.

Today is a normal weekday after that holiday yesterday, so we should be back to normal.

A chance of light snow early tomorrow but we are due more on Saturday. Which is interesting because it's supposed to get slightly warmer for the weekend.


Operating lifts:

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.   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Wednesday 12th February 2014, 8:32am
Weather conditions: Blue skies over the peaks, some cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 165cm
Hello and good morning from Hakuba.

A very cold Hakuba. Overnight it was as cold as -15 degrees apparently and it's still down close to -10C. Very cold early on. It is due to warm right up to low positive numbers this afternoon though as we are in for another day of sun and blue skies.

Lovely clear afternoon yesterday, though I think most of us would give up some of them for a couple of days of deep dumpage! We can't control that though of course so we have to play in what we got.

So yes today, blue skies over the peaks, quite a bit of cloud over in the other direction again but clear conditions on the forecast.

Less of the temperature swings due into tomorrow with a mostly cloudy day forecast. It will get milder in time for the weekend but we do actually have snowfall due overnight into Saturday - a good refresh for the weekend would be just the ticket.


Official snow depth numbers and operations (as of 12th February 2014):

Hakuba Goryu:
Reporting 0cm of new snowfall.
Upper - 275cm
Toomi - 165cm
Iimori - 140cm

Hakuba 47:
Reporting 0cm of new snowfall.
Upper - 270cm
Lower - 85cm

Reporting 0cm of new snowfall.
Usagidaira - 220cm
Nakiyama - 85cm
Sakka - 100cm

Hakuba Iwatake:
Upper - 210cm
Lower - 70cm

Tsugaike Kogen:
Tsuganomori - 300cm
Maruyama - 120cm
Kanenonaruoka - 160cm

Hakuba Cortina:
Reporting 0cm of new snowfall.
Upper - 283cm
Lower - 177cm

Hakuba Minekata:
80cm   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Wednesday 12th February 2014, 8:40am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 160cm
More of the same tomorrow I said yesterday. Well, not quite.

There's lots of cloud up there this morning rather than the blue skies we had yesterday. It might clear up though. And yes similar kind of conditions for tomorrow too.

Next snowfall? Look for snow in my report on Saturday morning and hopefully it will be snowing for the day. Would be good.


Official snow depth data, as of Wednesday 12th February 2014):

Sun Valley:





Hoppo Bundaira:

Takamagahara Mammoth:


Ichinose Family:


Ichinose Diamond:


Okushiga Kogen:

Kumanoyu (skiers only):

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Zao Now!

Wednesday 12th February 2014, 8:46am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 220cm
A fine day yesterday and this morning it is bright but there is more cloud around and less blue sky to see above the mountain.

It's another cold and calm morning though and no new snow to report.

Some people have apparently been asking about the conditions of the Ice Monsters. Rain that we had earlier in the month spoilt them somewhat unfortunately and so I get the feeling that this season the Juhyo peak conditions are going to have been the last part of January when they were in really excellent condition. Though I would happily be proved wrong!


Official snow depths (12th February 14):
Utopia: 280cm
Chuo: 220cm
Paradise: 240cm
Uwanodai: 165cm   Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Wednesday 12th February 2014, 11:03am
Weather conditions: Overcast
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 250cm
It's back to gray again today, which doesn't mean gloomy so much as fresh snow is hopefully back on the menu ahead. Just in time, too, as we've had some excellent powder, but we're in need of a little refill.

The temperatures have stayed pretty cold, which has kept the snow in good condition, and it looks to stay that way up until the weekend, when it will get warmer, but the snowfall should get heavier (as is often the case).


Official info:

Akakura Kanko:

Akakura Onsen:


Myoko Suginohara:

Seki Onsen:

Myoko Ski Park:

Myoko Kyukamura Runrun


Tangram Ski Circus
190cm    Read more ...

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