Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 25th May 2020

Niseko Now!

Monday 13th February 2012, 7:36am
Weather conditions: Cloudy with some sun patches
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
This morning it looks like the winds have passed. The sun is trying to peak out and it should warm up a little. All the windblown snow will be sitting in patches waiting for friendly skiers and snowboarders to take advantage. Please note the stability warning from last night as it will be serious again today.

The next couple days are looking clear and warmer. With all the snow we have had it will be awesome almost anywhere in the Niseko area except the very peaks of places which will be hard and wind blown. Gulleys will have lots of snow. If they do open some of the gates today proceed with caution but it shouldn't be much of an issue on skied areas. The danger lies on cornices and bowls with little skiing having been wind loaded on weak layers.

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 395cm
Bottom - 220cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 420cm
Bottom - 250cm

Top - 445cm
Bottom - 230cm

Niseko Avalanche Report:

Mountain base 6am: -8C, 20cm of snow in the last 12 hours. 35cm in the last 24 hours. Snow crystals and snow drift development
Japan Sea: Benkei Cape WNW 150m/s, Kamui Cape wave 2.5m, pressure 1023 hpa, Annupuri Peak WNW 15.2m/s, temp -16C,
At 800m elevation snowdrift development has been extensive.
Snowfall: A strong westerly wind continued through yesterday along with rapid cornice and snowdrift development. At 800m elevation the snow drift development has been 80cm in the last 12 hours, in some places 200cm.
Snow Pit Data: The wind slab created in the last 24 hours is weak and unstable, and could fracture easily at a deep level. Below 80cm the snowpack is compacted. Snowfall continues.
Hazard Evaluation: The snow drifts are unstable and a long running fracture ,80cm-120cm depth, could easily occur causing a large scale avalanche. From snowfall data, coordinates C4D5(Moiwa, Mikaeri Bowl), E6(Back Bowl), F5(O-Sawa cornice face), G7H8(Higashi One) avalanche risk is HIGH.
Gates: Peak Gates 2&3 will be closed today.
Caution: Dont duck ropes and enter off limit areas. Avalanches have occurred in the H8( Higashi One ) from people riding in the area. When the peak gates are closed, traversing from gate No5(Fujiwara) to Higashi One area(G7H8) or traversing from gate No1 to the O-Sawa cornice slopes(F5) is very dangerous. This WILL cause an accident.
Have a safe day   Read more ...

Yuzawa Now!

Monday 13th February 2012, 7:50am
Weather conditions: Clear and sunny, blue skies
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
There were lots of reports of some very fine conditions out on the slopes over the weekend and I can definitely confirm that with Kagura being on top form. Yesterday it was basically snowing throughout the day though eased off later in the day and this morning just a sprinkling to report. The new snow numbers below taking into account snow that fell yesterday during the daytime.

The big news this morning though is those lovely blue skies above us early on. It is a clear, blue sky and sunny start to the day here in Yuzawa. It's a cold start currently -4 degrees and will likely rise to around +2 or +3 later on in the day as the sun warms things up.

There's maybe a chance of some snow moving in tonight but tomorrow should start of fairly clear as well and end up being milder still with a high of around +6 forecast. We may even get to see some rain as well, but let's leave that until nearer the time and hopefully the weather gods will change their minds.

For the moment, should be a great day out on the slopes around Yuzawa today.

Official resort snow depths @ Monday 13th February 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:
290cm   Read more ...

Madarao Now!

Monday 13th February 2012, 8:13am
Weather conditions: Fine
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
The skies have cleared! Well, mostly. After another snowy day yesterday this morning there is a lot of blue sky above Madarao with just some clouds here and there up above. Not much of a wind at all as well. So generally blue skies and clear conditions this morning and with the really nice snow conditions it should be a fine day to be out on the slopes.

There is new snow to report this morning from yesterday, just perhaps 5-10cm since last report from yesterday, and it looks like the whole of the resort is set to be open this morning.

We might see some light snowfall tonight and then tomorrow looks set to be milder still with temperatures venturing into the positive number zone. Not a huge amount of snowfall on the week forecast radar at the moment so it looks like we might be in for a generally more settled week of weather.

Lifts currently operating:
Lift No3B aside, all lifts and runs look set to open today.
Official snow depth:
300cm   Read more ...

Naeba Now!

Monday 13th February 2012, 8:24am
Weather conditions: Blue skies and sunny
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Morning. And what a fine morning it is. Blue skies all around. And what a fine weekend it was too in terms of snow quality anyway. Oh yes. I think there were lots of people leaving after the weekend with big smiles on their faces.

Today is totally different of course with those blue skies and far less people expected out on the mountains. It was a busy weekend out there but that is to be expected really and anything less would of course be a big worry for the resorts!

Kagura reporting 5cm of new snowfall, just a sprinkling here, a cold morning but it will warm up with the sun, and just a slight breeze.

Not much snow on the radar for this week really and the next few days will be relatively mild.

Resort Operations, 13th February (subject to change)
Close to normal weekday lift operations though top lift seemingly closed early this morning.
Normal weekday operations.

Official snow depths
350cm   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Monday 13th February 2012, 8:45am
Weather conditions: Sun, blue skies
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
People who were here for the weekend had those wintery conditions, but the people sticking around for today or arriving today are treated to much clearer, much bluer skies above Shiga Kogen. Yes, the sun is out and the skies are blue. A real contrast to how the weather was over the weekend. We had snowfall yesterday of course since the last report but none overnight.

It is milder this morning. Of course it's all relative and it being milder here in Febraury still means that it's -6C outside! But these milder conditions are probably going to continue for the next few days with temperatures taking a drop back down around Thursday. In the meantime we can expect fairly clear and calm conditions with perhaps some light snow from time to time.

A fine day to be out on the slopes.

Nighta operations this evening planned at the following resort areas:

- Ichinose Family

Official resort snow depths as of Monday 13th February 2012 AM:

Sun Valley:
Ichinose Family:
Ichinose Diamond:
Okushiga Kogen:
260cm   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Monday 13th February 2012, 10:33am
Weather conditions: Clear > clouding over
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
It was a beautiful sunny morning in Hakuba earlier on but getting more overcast as the morning progresses and that looks set to continue. No new snow overnight in the village with very low temperatures since last night. The temperature meter read around -10 last night and maybe around -8 this morning.

The forecast is saying that we are going to have a bit warmer weather this afternoon with 5c highest, but we may get some snow fall later on this evening - with the temperatures as they are probably not the best kind of snow, but snow all the same.

Wind direction will be all over the place today. A calm west wind this morning and a north wind forecast this afternoon as conditions change.

The ski resorts around the village aren't reporting any snow on the mountains either this morning. But since it was a bit windy yesterday around Norikura and top of Happo, there might be some wind deposit.

So warmer conditions over the next few days. Things should start getting colder again from around Wednesday/Thursday with perhaps a chance of decent snowfall around Friday.


Official snow depths and operations @ Monday 13th February 2012 AM:

Hakuba Goryu:
No new snow overnight. All weekday lifts operating (not Alps No2 and No4 pair)
Official snow depths:
Alps daira - 330cm;
Toomi - 180cm;
Iimori - 140cm.

Hakuba 47:
No new snow overnight. All weekdays lifts operating (not Line D).
Official snow depth:
Upper - 230cm
Lower - 140cm

Ski lifts/courses:
All lifts apart from Usagidaira and Central pair lifts operating.
Official snow depth:
Usagidaira - 200cm;
Sakka - 120cm;
Nakiyama - 110cm.

Tsugaike Kogen:
Official snow depth:
Upper slopes - 270cm
Champion - 200cm

Hakuba Cortina:
No new snow at Cortina. All courses open, just lift 7 closed for weekdays.
Official snow depth:
Upper - 355cm
Lower - 230cm

Hakuba Norikura:
Official snow depth:

Hakuba Iwatake:
Official snow depth:
Upper - 170cm
Lower - 100cm

Hakuba Sanosaka:

Hakuba Minekata:
100cm   Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Monday 13th February 2012, 10:48am
Weather conditions: Sunny
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
At last: a bluebird day in Myoko! It's sunny, clear, even warm in the sunlight. Of course, it's not going to last, as snow is in the forecast, at least light snow, for the foreseeable future. Great for the skiers (hell for us homeowners...where to put all the snow!??!).

No fresh overnight, either, after a pretty epic day of snow, fog and some sun. A little break in time to shovel and bulldoze and....OK, actually we're probably going to put all of that aside until tonight and go get on the hill and enjoys some long-distance views before the snow comes again.

Current Official Snow Depths

Akakura Onsen:

Akakan (Akakura Kanko):


Myoko Suginohara:

Seki Onsen:

Myoko Ski Park:



310cm   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Monday 13th February 2012, 13:08pm
Weather conditions: Blue Bird start clouds are lurking
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
After the blizzard type conditions of yesterday, we woke to a beautiful blue bird day this morning in Nozawa. Feels like a different world with bright sunshine and light winds and it is one of those special days up on the mountain.

Yesterday was hard going but some terrific snow to be had for the brave. The 30m rail contest was pretty popular and a big congratulations to Alba from Switzerland who is 30 kg of rice richer!

The winds have switched to the south now and with it we are expecting a bit of a jump in temps for the next few days before dropping back to the minus level.

Looks like we should get a fair amount of snow in by the end of the week so enjoy the sun while it lasts.

Current Official Snow Depths Numbers:




Current Lift operations:
All open

Current courses open:
All open
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Minakami Now!

Monday 13th February 2012, 14:13pm
Weather conditions: Overcast
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
It was a beautiful morning in Minakami this morning with blue skies and sunshine. With fresh snow on the ground from the past couple of days it was one of the perfect mornings to be out. The clouds have come in again now and the snow lower down has was starting to get a bit heavier but still soft and fluffy up high or in the shade.

We are forecast a couple more days of warmer temperatures before it is due to drop again. Should be clearish weather until Thursday and then snow again into the weekend.   Read more ...

Furano Now!

Monday 13th February 2012, 14:15pm
Weather conditions: Snowing
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Once again the snow gods have come through and delivered another 10cm of fresh snow since the last report was posted, and it is snowing heavily again as I write this. There is great powder skiing over the entire mountain with the regular snowfalls refreshing the slopes during the day. Light winds are whipping around which may make conditions seem cold particularly around the tops.    Read more ...

Zao Now!

Monday 13th February 2012, 15:35pm
Weather conditions: Fine > cloudy
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
That light snow yesterday didn't amount to a whole lot and we just had one or two 2cm earlier this morning to show. It was an averagely cold morning but fine weather conditions - not much of a wind, the sun out, some clouds up top and good visibility.

Things have changed during the day though and now we are back to grey cloudy conditions. I can still see the top of the mountain from base at the moment but the backdrop is all high grey cloud. There's no real snowfall on the forecast though - not for any of this week really. The next few days should be relatively mild and we will likely see some sun.

Official snow depths (13th February 12)
Utopia - 275cm
Chuo - 240cm
Paradise - 260cm
Uwanodai - 190cm

Operating lifts (13th February 12)
All Ropeways (Skycable, Zao Chuo Ropeway, Zao Ropeway) operating.
All the runs at Zao are open.   Read more ...

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