Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 30th May 2020

Yuzawa Now!

Tuesday 12th March 2013, 7:42am
Weather conditions: Clear and sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 230cm
An early report today and a rather easy one.

Yesterday the snowfall eased off late in the morning and by darkness arrived there was quite a lot of clear sky above the region. It got really quite cold as well actually. Frost on the car outside, and apparently temperatures down to -8C overnight.

They are going to rise to around +9 today as things warm up once again. Early on the sun is out and lots of blue skies. We are going to have a lovely clear day here and tomorrow should be similar - and warmer.

Official resort snow depths @ Monday 11th March 2013, AM:
Updated later this morning

Kandatsu Kogen:
NASPA Ski Garden:
Gala Yuzawa:
Yuzawa Kogen:
Yuzawa Nakazato:
Yuzawa Park:
Maiko Snow Resort:
Ishiuchi Maruyama:
Joetsu Kokusai:
240cm   Read more ...

Madarao Now!

Tuesday 12th March 2013, 7:48am
Weather conditions: Bluebird
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 230cm
And up it is this morning. Or it will be anyway once the sun takes control of proceedings.

An absolutely amazing blue sky morning at Madarao this morning. Bluer than a bluebird.

About -2C at the moment.

That's about all there is to report this morning. It should be a fine spring day on the mountain.

Similar likely tomorrow too.

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 ...

Myoko Now!

Tuesday 12th March 2013, 7:56am
Weather conditions: Clear
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 295cm
All the local reports aren't in yet, but I'm off to enjoy this perfectly bluebird day (yes, I've said I prefer a day of heavy snow - but it is March! What are you going to do?).

Time for a climb, I think; there's probably some good snow on north faces. And with possible heavy rain on the schedule for tomorrow, too, it's time to act today.

OK, with only two of the resorts having submitted reports, here's the word: current temperature is about -1°C at the base of Akakan; no fresh snow, the wind is light from the west.


Operations and official snow depths (all from 3/11)

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 ...

Hakuba Now!

Tuesday 12th March 2013, 7:58am
Weather conditions: Bluebird
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 270cm

The skies are clear and it's going to be a day for the cameras today.

A cold start to the day and down to around -9 degrees in the village. It should be quickly warming up though and a high of around +11 degrees is forecast for around lunchtime. That's some jump. As I write this it's about -2 degrees as the mercury continues to rise.

So, clear blue skies and just a slight wind. All is calm in Hakuba.

It won't get as cold tonight and tomorrow looks like we're going to get rained on, though hopefully higher up it will be cold enough for the mountains to get some snow. A bit of a cold period around Thursday to be followed by warmer temperatures again from Friday and clear conditions forecast for the coming weekend.


Official snow depths and operations @ Tuesday 12th March 2013 AM:

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

Hakuba 47:
0cm of new snowfall reported by Hakuba 47 since yesterday.
Official snow depth:
Upper - 200cm
Lower - 105cm

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 - 335cm
Lower slopes - 205cm

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

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

Shiga Kogen Now!

Tuesday 12th March 2013, 8:06am
Weather conditions: Blue skies
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 150cm
After that short blast of winter yesterday, it looks like we are going to be back into spring mode today here in Shiga Kogen.

Early on the sun is out and it's blue skies above the entire region. The thermometer is already breaking into the positive numbers and it should be a mild day. Almost perfect spring day.

It was fun to get to play in that fresh snow yesterday and things being very quiet now there was lots of untouched areas to be found even later on in the day. Probably this morning too though I would expect it to be a bit icy early on, conditions will soften up as things warm up.

Tomorrow the forecast is for similar weather conditions in the area.

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

Official resort snow depths as of Tuesday 12th March 2013 AM:

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

Zao Now!

Tuesday 12th March 2013, 8:24am
Weather conditions: Clear, blue skies
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 280cm
Another cold start this morning but it's going to get warmer today. Early on the sun is out and it's all blue sky over Zao.

Temps set to be up and down over the next few days it would seem. There's a chance we'll have some rain some time tomorrow.

From Friday though we should be settled for the weekend which should clear, sunny and mild conditions.

Official snow depths

Chuo Area



145cm   Read more ...

Naeba Now!

Tuesday 12th March 2013, 8:28am
Weather conditions: Clear skies
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 310cm
The sun has definitely got his (or her) hat on this morning and seems very happy to be shining down on us and quickly beginning to warm us up.

Was actually cold last night and overnight, but it will quickly warm today and we expect temps to rise to about 6 degrees at both Naeba and Kagura.

The runs should be fast this morning. Remember where your brakes are.

So, blue skies, bluebird, lovely spring day. Let's enjoying.


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

Minakami Now!

Tuesday 12th March 2013, 8:51am
Weather conditions: Sunny blue skies
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 360cm
Mentioned beautiful spring days yesterday, and this morning is certainly one of them.

After a cold night, we're set to warm up again today. Blue skies all around and a bit of a spring wind with a forecast high temperature of +11 degrees c later on early afternoon. Tonight it will not cool down anywhere near as much as it did last night, and tomorrow should be another day or similar conditions in Minakami.

Full on spring skiing.   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Tuesday 12th March 2013, 8:53am
Weather conditions: Clear
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 330cm
What a day we have in Nozawa Onsen today. The weather does not get much better than this! Unless like it it snowing, of course.

Looking out the window at the moment you will see bright full blue skies with not a cloud to be seen. The trees are standing dead still with not a breath of wind. To top it all off the powder snow is in pristine shape with cold overnight temperatures. I think it is safe to say that it will be an excellent day of skiing and boarding here today.

Yesterday moderate snow showers continued until the early afternoon when the clouds parted to be replaced by sunshine and partly cloudy conditions. Moderate winds eased and became light during the afternoon.

Crowd levels were exceptionally low, typical for March weekdays in Nozawa. It was and is still easily possible to find pockets of untracked fresh even in the most obvious locations yesterday afternoon and today; such as the Yamabiko area and beside groomed runs. Off piste an icy base riddled with death cookies was menacing but this should improve today as the snow settles.

Expect bluebird conditions to continue for the remainder of today before some unstable weather moves over the region tomorrow.

Rain is a possibility during the day but by late afternoon, it will hopefully turn to snow. We then expect the chance of a good sized dump overnight Wednesday. Thursday will be a good day with light passing snow showers before clearing during the late afternoon. From Friday onwards we should see a run of cool clear day accompanied by light winds. Perfect spring weather.


Lifts operating:

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

Official snow depths




115cm   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Tuesday 12th March 2013, 10:00am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 2cm
Snow depth: 495cm
Just a few cm of new snowfall to report this morning and feeling milder than the same time yesterday. At the moment it is borderline 0 degrees and light snow is falling, wet variety. Hopefully we will avoid it getting too... wet.

It's due to be falling on and off today, and snow tomorrow too - hopefully a bit colder as well.

Moderate wind this morning and stronger higher up with top lifts again not moving this morning and a few others running at reduced speed. The Gondola at Hirafu was delayed a bit but doing it's thing now.


Official Resort Snow Depths

Grand Hirafu & Niseko Hanazono
Top - 495cm
Bottom - 250cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 400cm
Bottom - 250cm

Niseko Village
Top - 470cm
Bottom - 245cm

Avalanche Information:

Niseko base 6am: -4C, trace of new snow. Moiwa 800m: wind NE10m/s, 5cm new snow, snowdrift development, -7C. Annupuri peak: -9.3C. Coastal data: wind W17m/s, 2.1m waves, pressure 1011hPa. Wind at 1500m is expected to be WSW20m/s at noon. Annupuri snow depth: 400cm at 1000m.

Peak gates will be closed today due to the strong winds above 1000m. Because of the ability for many people to enter the Niseko backcountry by ski lift, the decision whether or not to open gates is made conservatively through objective hazard evaluation to minimize danger for all users.

According to data and observation the general avalanche risk is lower than yesterday. However above 900m, from the 9th Mar pre-low pressure layer, there is danger of avalanche on leeward slopes and knolls. Take care not to trigger cornices and knolls.

The snow in the trees is not bad today but visibility not good. Be careful of cracks and holes. Gates other than 2 and 3 may open if conditions allow. Please respect ski patrols decision. Ducking ropes is a serious offence.   Read more ...

Furano Now!

Tuesday 12th March 2013, 10:18am
Weather conditions: Low cloud
New snowfall: 2cm
Snow depth: 190cm
There is low cloud cover over the mountain at the moment and temperatures are just below freezing and will rise to above 0c around the base level. All runs have been groomed and have a nice layer of light dry central Hokkaido powder sitting on top. The forecast is for further snow during the remainder of the week.   Read more ...

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