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Hakuba Now!

Thursday 12th January 2012, 7:27am
Weather conditions: Sun, blue skies and just a bit of cloud
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Good Morning everybody! It looks like a great day for skiing and riding today with clear skies and cold temperatures throughout the night, ensuring that the recently fallen snow has stayed fresh.

This morning it is a chilly -13 C in the valley with a forcast high of +1. Up on the hills, it is projected to range between -3 C and -9 C with a wind chill making it feel like -13 C. There will be mostly clear skies and some cloud cover is expected later in the day. WSW to SSW winds will be present with a light 2m/s flow.

Yesterday there was a steady amount of snow fall with high gusty winds. Cortina tops the list once again recording 40cm new snowfall up top, with Goryu reporting a more modest 10cm, so there will be deep pockets of powder and some wind loading.

It is forecast to stay clear today with low freezing levels and some snow returning on Friday and a freezing level rising to 600m. To round off the week we are expecting overcast skies and sunny patches.

Official snow depths and operations @ Thursday 12th January 2012 AM:

Hakuba Goryu:
10cm of new snowfall on the upper slopes and 5cm on lower slopes reported this morning. All lifts apart from No2 and No4 pair are operating.
Official snow depths:
Alps daira - 215cm;
Toomi - 100cm;
Iimori - 100cm.

Hakuba 47:
5cm of fresh snow reported, all lifts apart from Line D operating and all courses open.
Official snow depth:
Upper - 188cm
Lower - 90cm

Ski lifts/courses:
All scheduled lifts apart from top Grad lift operating at Happo.
Official snow depth:
Usagidaira/Kurobishi - 150cm;
Sakka - 90cm;
Nakiyama - 90cm.

Tsugaike Kogen:
A big jump in the snow depth numbers today as Otari got a decent snowfall yesterday.
Official snow depth:
Upper slopes - 255cm
Champion - 150cm

Hakuba Cortina:
Cortina once again reports impressive new snow numbers - 40cm on both upper and lower slopes according to the resort.
Official snow depth:
Upper - 260cm
Lower - 165cm

Hakuba Norikura:
Official snow depth:

Hakuba Iwatake:
Official snow depth:
Upper - 150cm
Lower - 70cm

Hakuba Sanosaka:

Hakuba Minekata:
90cm   Read more ...

Minakami Now!

Thursday 12th January 2012, 8:03am
Weather conditions: Light snow
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
It's a cold one today in Minakami so wrap up. It's been snowing lightly since last night and there are a few centimeters accumulated down in the valley so likely to be a nice dusting on top of the groomers this morning. It's set to be a cold one all day and it looks like the snow is here to stay through the weekend. The cold temperatures also look like they are here to stay for a while so worth putting on a couple of extra layers just in case.
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Niseko Now!

Thursday 12th January 2012, 8:15am
Weather conditions: Cloudy and snowing lightly
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
There was a solid 15cm snowfall overnight last night. In conjunction with heavy winds, the snow came down from the early part of the night and cleared up a little later on. For once in January, you could see a moonlit Yotei from all around.

Since the wind has been blowing quite a bit, we are expected to see less-than-ideal avalanche conditions. This means cornices, wind deposit slabs, etc are a reality.

We are looking at some strong winds today and tomorrow. It is expected to be heavy snow for the next 24-40 hours and then clear up for a few days on the visibility. Looks like it will be a good day to ski in the trees and find some secret stashes around the Niseko area.

Current Official Snow Depths:

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 330cm
Bottom - 180cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 300cm
Bottom - 190cm

Top - 310cm
Bottom - 200cm

Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6am: -10℃, 15cm of mix broken/crystal particle snow in the past 12 hours. Coastal data: WNW15m/s at Benkei cape, 2.2m waves and 1017hPa at Kamui cape. Annupuri peak wind: 10.8m/s.
A northwesterly wind & snow has picked up since 11th morning and made snowdrifts develop drastically in leeward slopes above 800m altitude. The snowdrifts are yet to stabilize and surface slab avalanche hazard is high in areas with heavy deposit of drifted snow. The storm is forecasted to start calming down and the snowpack will stabilize as it does, however it will remain highly unstable especially during the morning. Evaluating all data, snowfall transition and 800m present conditions, 60cm thick slides (up to 120cm if reaching Jan 7th layer) can be triggered by stimulating weak-lines within the snowdrifts. Gates opening is yet to be decided, please respect the ski patrol’s decisions. Most avalanche related accidents happens during or just after storms. The Mizuno no sawa educational program has started in Niseko Village area.

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Yuzawa Now!

Thursday 12th January 2012, 8:57am
Weather conditions: Cloudy, light snow at times
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
More snow in Yuzawa. Oh yes, the headline of the day being Kagura and their new 40-50cm of fresh snow overnight. Yesterday the car outside was parked and not moved and by the evening there was 30cm of snow to move off the roof. This morning there's another 15cm or so, so town level has also seen a nice new good amount of snow. Just the ticket for renewed great conditions out on the slopes. As you can see below all of the resorts are reporting over 2m and a fair few with now close to 3m of snow.

It has been a real cold (for Yuzawa) overnight and this morning at 9am the temperature is still around -5 degrees. We don't get that many days when it's this cold at town level here, and it certainly felt cold getting up this morning!

It's just cloudy at the moment with the snow having eased off and actually looking to the north it looks like it might be getting brighter and potentially even clearing up. The forecast remains cloud/snow but I imagine any snowfall today will be light and unintrusive. More snow forecast for later on Friday so that sounds like another good topup for the weekend.

Official resort snow depths @ 12th 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:
250cm   Read more ...

Furano Now!

Thursday 12th January 2012, 9:31am
Weather conditions: Snowing
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Good news! There has been a further 15cm of fresh snow since the report yesterday and the snow is continuing to fall. It is cold out on the mountain and the wind chill at the top is -30deg so do wear those extra layers and head for the covered lifts. The snow is forecast to continue through until the end of the week, so it looks like it should be a very good week.   Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Thursday 12th January 2012, 10:17am
Weather conditions: Partly sunny; looks like more snow could happen.
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
"We've been Myoko'd!" a friend said last night, as the snow just continued to pound down last night. He knows something about snow: a pro skier from the US West Coast, he's skied all over the world—but on a visit here last year said that he had never seen so much snow in his life. And it repeated itself last night.

The reports today are rather conservative; Seki actually didn't overstate things, I think, with a 60cm total (Suginohara and Tangram's 10cm is insane). There was also lots of blowing so there are huge drifts in places, too. It's a little hairy in the backcountry right now, with wind-loaded slopes on top of a hard layer. Be a little careful if you do decide to struggle through the pack to get up. A few test cuts yesterday sent off huge sluffs on just little slopes.

The 15th is Kids Ski Day in Myoko, with free passes for primary school and below.

Current Official Snow Depths

Akakura Onsen:

Akakan (Akakura Kanko):


Myoko Suginohara:

Seki Onsen:

Myoko Ski Park:



250cm   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Thursday 12th January 2012, 10:23am
Weather conditions: Cloud, blue skies, sun
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
And fresh snow we have! Yesterday the snow was coming down nicely from the afternoon and overnight in particular we had some very strong winds blowing around. It makes it diffuclt to say how much snow we got really - in places up to 40-50cm but that is likely due to the wind... I would say that a more realistic number generally was 10-20cm of snow. Nice new snow whatever the exacty number is and with the sun out this morning it will be a very fine day to be out sliding down the slopes.

Yes the sun is out, a fair bit of cloud still up there but also lots of blue sky and it has started out as a lovely morning with the winds calming down as well. It's staying really cold though as I mentioned before and looks like the coming week will stay really cold throughout... minus double figures in Maruike this morning.

Tomorrow might start clear as well but by the end of day snow clouds should be back and we can expect snow again.

Nighta operations this evening planned at the following resort areas:

- Ichinose Family

Official resort snow depths as of 12th January 2012 AM:

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

Naeba Now!

Thursday 12th January 2012, 10:53am
Weather conditions: Cloud, light snow
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Morning Naeba fans. And Kagura fans too. Mt Naeba fans, in fact!

And what a lovely morning it is. Up to 50cm of snow to report in the region this morning. We have probably I would say seen up to 35-40cm down in the village since yesterdays snowfalls and overnight Kagura is reporting 40-50cm. Oh yes. Fuka-fuka, indeed! (That mean's it's nice and deep, by the way.)

Snow has been coming down still this morning but only lightly. In fact, there have been a few times when the clouds have broken up and the slightest bit of sun and sky show through, only to quickly disappear once again behind clouds. The general 'trend' does seem to be moving towards conditions slowly clearing up though rather than continuing with the snow.

It's very cold out there this morning though and unlikely to warm up any this afternoon. In fact it looks unlikely to warm up much at all over the coming week or so. That's a good thing as it will keep these regular top ups of snow in really good condition.

All areas of Naeba open, some lifts rested as is usual weekday, and as good as all of Kagura open too.

Lots of untouched out there to enjoy. Hope you can!

Resort Operations, 12th January (subject to change)
All courses apart are available - some lifts rested.
Weekday operations - pretty much all open.

Official snow depths
290cm   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Thursday 12th January 2012, 12:58pm
Weather conditions: Mixed bag but fairly clear and occasional snow shower
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Mother Nature hit us pretty hard yesterday evening with almost 30cm of snow falling in around 3 hours, it was spectacular to watch. The snow piled up pretty quick.

Then this morning the sun came out and provided us with a magic morning. Conditions on the slopes are as good as it gets and some of the powder runs were beautiful. On piste too was great with a bit of powder on top of the groomed.

It has started to snow lightly again now and should continue throughout the day then we are in for another fairly decent fall tomorrow night and light thru the weekend.

Next week something we have not seen for a while but a row of sunshine looks like it may be on the menu. Have a bunch of Italians here in town at the moment, they have travelled far to taste the famous Japanese powder and as they headed up this morning they had that satisfied look in their eyes.

It has been a fine season so far. Let's hope it continues that way.

Current Official Snow Depths Numbers:




Current Lift operations:
All open

Current courses open:
All open
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Zao Now!

Thursday 12th January 2012, 18:58pm
Weather conditions: Cloud, fair, light snow
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
This morning was the coldest morning of the season. Very cold indeed. I saw the thermometer in the village say -10 degrees but also saw that up top it was a rather chilly -16.2 degrees. Hows that for cold?!

Just a few cm of new snowfall in the village this morning along with cloudy conditions, sometimes a bit of blue sky and sometimes a bit of light snow falling, but apart from the cold conditions it has been a good day on the hill.

Snow is forecast for overnight into tomorrow and then variable weather over the weekend but certainly not looking like it will be blizzard-like at all. Should be a good weekend.

We're getting into peak season mode folks. The snow is really good. The monsters are growing nicely. Don't you just love winter?

Official snow depths (12th January 12)
Utopia - 160cm
Chuo - 160cm
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 ...

Madarao Now!

Thursday 12th January 2012, 19:06pm
Weather conditions: Fine conditions today
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
A rather late report today I'm afraid, but better late than never.

There was great news once again this morning with the snow of yesterday and overnight bringing us around 40cm of new snow. Yes, another 40cm. More and less in places because of the winds last night really blowing things around. Even better was the fact that the weather conditions were good as well today. Decent visibility, the sun and just some cloud. Really, we couldn't be asking for things to be much better than they are.

It has been very cold today though and should stay very cold right into next week. Wrap up well if you are going to be in Madarao.

Tomorrow may start of fine but snow should be falling once again by the end of the day just in time for the weekend. It's not as if we will need the topup but it is due just in time for the weekend.

Clearer weather looks due to be in the region early next week.

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

Official snow depth:
250cm   Read more ...

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Yuzawa Now
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Furano Now
06th May, 9:04am
Hakuba Now
06th May, 9:02
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06th May, 8:41
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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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