Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 6th May 2019

Hakuba Now!

Wednesday 13th January 2016, 7:33am
Weather conditions: Some cloud and blue sky
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 45cm
Good morning from Hakuba where there are some clouds around the mountain backdrop but generally it's lovely blue skies above the valley.

It's cold too, proper winter cold. The kind of cold we want on a fine winter morning. -5 degrees on my thermometer just earlier! The snow up there early morning should be good. Snow clouds are expected to move back over us during the day today and then hopefully it's snow later on and through the day tomorrow. Lots of snow please.

A fairly short and early report this morning as there's a few things I want to say...

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A personal message - if you enjoy Hakuba Now and the other reports on SnowJapan, please take a few moments to read this

I just want to take this opportunity to thank the people who have sent in comments regarding these reports when they entered the current lift ticket Giveaway. It is always great to get feedback and lots of different comments.

One of the main talking points, as might be expected, seems to be the snow situation this season.

It has definitely been an odd early chunk of the season in Japan. Hokkaido had a late start but now seems to be doing well, but many parts of Honshu are still in need of more snow and recording much lower snowfall than usual. For many people reading this report who may be visiting from places that are not used to 'Japan normal' amounts of snow, what we have now is good enough and they are of course enjoying their holidays here. I certainly do not want to suggest otherwise.

Those of us who have been here for a long time though know that this season is not the norm, it has been an uncharacteristically late start and lean early season.

For Japan.

Perhaps us Japan long-timers are just so used to seeing large amounts of consistent and heavy snowfall that to not have that happening (yet) feels somehow... wrong. And perhaps we need to - for now - adjust our expectations with that in mind. There is still a lot of season left though and the pattern can definitely change. I'm sure we all agree that we would like to see lots more snow in the coming days and weeks.

It also seems that a lot of you value 'honesty' in reporting. That is absolutely THE most important thing for SnowJapan regarding it's reports, and if it's on SnowJapan you should take it for granted. (SnowJapan would absolutely like to hear about it if you thought that anything that was being posted on any of their reports was questionable in that respect).

SnowJapan is here to bring you honest and trustworthy information, not to sell you a holiday etc in Hakuba or Niseko or Yuzawa or any other area. That's what the website is all about and it will not be changing.

The following is a general comment rather than a Hakuba-specific one:

There are some people who would prefer that our reports were sugar-coated and essentially 'less honest' - perhaps conveniently leaving out information that was less palatable. 'Don't mention rain when it rains'. 'Round up snow numbers'. 'Just don't post anything that is less than positive'... we have been asked these things. Those people should be ashamed of themselves.

The people running SnowJapan (and myself included) believe that the people visiting the mountains want to know the truth - whether that truth be about huge amounts of powder snow, or not enough snow and heavy rain.

If you are one of those people who appreciates SnowJapan for these values - and I truly believe that we all should appreciate it - I encourage you to please let as many people know about the site and it's reports as possible. That is an easy and effective way to support this free service.

The guys over at SnowJapan HQ in Niigata didn't ask me to say any of this by the way, so I hope they don't mind me adding it to the report! Thank you again to everyone who has submitted comments. And thanks to SnowJapan for providing such an excellent service that is valued by many people.

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6 day forecast for Happo-one:

6 day snow and weather forecast for Happo-one

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Resort news as of 7:30am on Wednesday 13th January 2015 (where available, all subject to change due to weather conditions)

Apologies, it is too early this morning for some resort-specific details to be updated. I doubt there are many real changes this morning.

Hakuba 47:
Hakuba 47 is reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall.
All courses apart from Route 7 officially open.
Tree Riding Zone not yet open for the season.
Official snow depth
Upper: 145cm
Base: 25cm

Hakuba Goryu:
Hakuba Goryu is reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall.
Panorama, Grand Prix, Super Course, Champion Dynamic and Woody Courses in upper area; the main Toomi course and the Soft Cream course in the Iimori area are planned to be open today.
Planned lifts:
Telecabin Gondola
Alps Number 1 pair lift
Alps Number 3 pair lift
Toomi Sky Four lift
Toomi Number 1 pair lift
Toomi Number 2 pair lift
Milky Four lift
Official snow depth
Alps: 150cm
Toomi: 45cm
Iimori: 40cm

Hakuba Happo-one:
Hakuba Happo-one is reporting 0cm of new snowfall.
Grat (part), Usagidaira, Kurobishi, Panorama, Skyline, Kita One and Riesen Slalom areas are planned to be open, lower course areas still closed.
Take one of the Gondola, Kokusai Number 1 pair, Sakka Kita-one quad or Nakiyama Number 3 triple lifts to get back down to base.
Planned lifts:
Adam Gondola
Grat quad lift
Alpen quad lift
Usagidaira pair lift
Happo Riesen quad
Nakiyama Number 3 triple
Kurobishi Number 2 quad lift
Kurobishi Number 3 pair lift
Skyline Number 2 pair lift
Kokusai Number 1 lift
Kokusai Number 3 lift
Panorama pair lift
Kita One quad lift
Kita One Number 3 pair lift
Official snow depth
Usagidaira: 100cm
Nakiyama: 35cm
Sakka: 15cm

Hakuba Cortina:
Hakuba Cortina reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall.
The courses at Cortina that remain closed are: Mt Hieda Ridge, Mt Hieda 2 and 3, Itadaria Ridge and Giant.
All other courses are now open.
Planned lifts:
All lifts apart from Number 7 pair lift now operating
Official snow depth
Top: 128cm
Base: 75cm

Tsugaike Kogen:
Most areas of Tsugaike Kogen are now at least part open.
Planned lifts:
Almost all of the lifts at Tsugaike Kogen are now operating.
Official snow depth
Tsuga-no-mori: 131cm
Maruyama: 40cm
Kane-no-naru-oka: 35cm

Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field:
The North and East courses on Mountain Side are currently open.
Planned lifts:
Noah Gondola
3Sen Line North
4Sen Line East
Line Lift
Official snow depth
Upper: 60cm
Lower: 20cm

Hakuba Norikura Onsen:
Official snow depth
40cm
7 lifts are operating and 7 courses are open at Hakuba Norikura Onsen.

Kashimayari:
Planned lifts:
Kashimayari is part open.

Hakuba Sanosaka:
Part open with the Number 1 triple lift, Number 2 quad and Number 5 pair lifts operating.   Read more ...
 

Madarao Now!

Wednesday 13th January 2016, 7:57am
Weather conditions: Clear overhead. Cold.
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 90cm
Morning from a sunny Madarao.

Another beautiful morning here with clear skies directly above the mountain - more clouds in the distance, but clear overhead.

It is also very cold this morning. Don't be fooled by the sun and blue skies, extra layer recommended.

The mountain is looking very inviting.

The Ninja and Kamoshika tree runs are also now open.

It sounds like a morning to get out there!

Snow is forecast for later on as well and hopefully during the day tomorrow.

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Madarao Kogen 6 day snow and weather forecast

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Madarao Kogen lifts operating (planned at time of writing):

All planned lifts operating

Tangram Ski Circus lifts operating (planned at time of writing):

All planned lifts operating

Tree Run Courses:

Ninja and Kamoshika open   Read more ...
 

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Wednesday 13th January 2016, 8:02am
Weather conditions: Clear overhead, cloud further away
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 25cm
I was just reading the Madarao Now report that has just gone up and what I have to say is pretty much the same...

It's a beautiful morning in the region with the sun out from early on this morning (though still casting shadows in the village) and lots of blue sky. And while there's no fresh snow to report (well other than the 1cm dusting on the upper areas), it is a cold morning. Feels like winter. All we need now is (more) snow, and fingers crossed we will get some tonight and tomorrow.

Friday is the famous Dosojin Fire Festival in Nozawa which is probably the biggest date of the year for Nozawa. Events leading up to the main event on Friday begin from today. Here's a bit of background:

Dosojin Fire Festival

This festival is one of the three most famous fire festivals in Japan. It is held on January 15th every year to pray for a plentiful harvest, health and good fortune in the coming year. The festival dates back to 1863 and though the location has changed, the festivities remain the same. During this festival the twenty-five and forty-two year old men from the village play a very important role. An old belief in Japan dictates that, for men, these years are unlucky ages. The twenty-five and the forty-two year old men in their unlucky ages construct the shaden (shrine) from beech wood that reaches a height of 18 meters. Every year it takes 100 villagers to build the shrine. The trees are cut down in October and brought down from the mountain, through the village, on January 13th. After the shaden has been constructed, the priest from Kosuge shrine performs a ceremony to endow it with a God. Along with the shaden there are an average of five tôrô (dedicatory lantern poles) erected every year. These poles are made by a family in the village to celebrate the birth of the first son. The tôrô are offered to the Gods in a prayer for health and good fortune. The festivities begin with the lighting of the fire by the twenty-five and forty-two year old men. A small group of men carry a torch, which is lit by striking two stones together, from the Kôno residence to the festival grounds. The torch is used to start a bonfire from which the handmade torches, used to attack the shrine, are lit. The festival centers around the shaden, where the forty-two year olds sit on top and the twenty-five year olds stand guard at the base. Those who are 41 and 43 years old stand around the perimeter to protect the spectators. Torch bearing villagers of all ages attempt to break through the guards and light the shaden on fire. A dangerous and lively battle ensues. The defenders try to put out the fire by striking it with pine branches. The attack lasts for about one hour, after which the 42 year olds call an end to the ceremony and the shaden together with the tôrô are set on fire in an offering to the Gods. The entire festival can take up to four hours from the beginning to the end, but the main attraction is the battle between the guards and the torch bearing villagers.

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Official info at time of writing on Wednesday 13th January 2016 (subject to change):

Official snow depths:

Yamabiko: 105cm
Uenotaira: 95cm
Hikage: 25cm
Nagasaka: 20cm
Karasawa: 10cm

New snowfall as reported by the resort since yesterday:

Yamabiko: 1cm
Uenotaira: 1cm
Hikage: 0cm
Nagasaka: 2cm
Karasawa: 0cm

All lifts now planned to be operating except:

- Yunomine pair
- Mizunashi triple
- Challenge pair
- Utopia pair
- Kandahar pair
- Hikage Number 2 pair B
- Karasawa pair

The following courses are not currently open:

- Skyline
- Paradise connection
- Schneider
- Utopia 2
- Challenge 39
- Hikage no kabe
- Kurokura
- Grand Prix
- Jumping
- Hachiman
- Mukoubayashi
- Kandahar West
- Kandahar East
- Kamoshika
- Tanuki
- Usagi
- Karasawa
- Nagasaka connection

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Nozawa Onsen 6 day weather and snow forecast

Nozawa Onsen main resort data   Read more ...
 

Niseko Now!

Wednesday 13th January 2016, 8:33am
Weather conditions: Snow clouds
New snowfall: 23cm
Snow depth: 140cm
A very good morning to you from Hirafu.

And it most certainly is a very good morning with a lovely 23cm of fresh dry and light snowfall to report to you from here at base. That might be 30+cm higher up. Nice. And it is continuing to snow as well and coming down at quite the rate as well at the moment.

The Niseko Grand Hirafu resort are now just 5cm off hitting an official upper mountain snow depth of 3m, not that official snow depths are quite as important as the fresh snow that we receive each day.

If I were so inclined just around now would be around the time when I'd be bringing out the clichéd and cheesy adjectives to describe conditions! :)

Yes, things are going very well indeed and the folk lining up for those first lifts of the day must be very excited about what's just ahead of them.

Unfortunately, top lifts were affected by strong wind and poor visibility across the mountain from around mid-morning yesterday, but while it continues to snow and visibility will probably be limited up there this morning it seems that wind is not going to be a factor this morning. As we all know though, that can change quickly.

Is that actually a break from snowfall I see on the forecast for around Sunday, and appropriately maybe a bit of sun? It might be (though it's probably back to snowfall from Monday). Until then we can expect further snow every day through until Saturday. I think we all love those beautiful clear sunny days and in a period like this we don't get that many here, so they are to be treasured. Having said that, it would almost be a shame for the consistent daily snowfall to take a break.

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Please take a look at today's 'Hakuba Now' report. My friend down there posted something we should all read:

Hakuba Now report

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10 Niseko United one-day lift tickets are currently available to win on SnowJapan here. Good luck.

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Resort specific lift opening news at time of writing - subject to change during the day:

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Niseko HANAZONO Resort
Niseko Village
Niseko Annupuri
All resort areas appear to be opening as planned this morning.

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6.00am: -9°, 20cm new crystal snowfall. Moiwa 800m: -12°, wind NW8m/s, 20cm new snowfall, cornice and snowdrift development. Mikaeri 740m: -10.4°, wind SSE0.9m/s, 40cm new snowfall. Hirafu 1000m: -12°, light winds, 20cm new snowfall. Coastal data: Benkei Cape: NW 16m/s,. Kamui Cape WSW 13m/s, 1010hPa, wave 2.1m.

Currently the pressure gradient is shallow and with the approaching low pressure system crystal snow is falling. There has been minor cornice and snowdrift development and propagation from impact is not carrying a great distance. From observation and data analysis, general avalanche risk is low. All gates are expected to be open. Please follow the patrols instructions. Be careful of sudden changes in the weather.

The Moiwa to Annupuri via Mikaeri Ridge trail is now completed. This route is managed and maintained and by The Niseko Avalanche Institute for the purpose of snow research, by the Institute, and where necessary to, aid in rescues. During these times the route will be closed to the public
Please take care over estimating your speed and hitting trees. Snow conditions are fantastic, have a good day.

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Official resort snow depths as of Wednesday 13th January 2016:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 295cm
Base - 140cm

Niseko Village
Top - 210cm
Base - 120cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 180cm
Base - 120cm

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Lifts planned to be open for night skiing:

Niseko Grand Hirafu:
Ace Family Pair lift, Ace Number 2 Center Four lift, Hirafu Gondola, Holiday Number 1 Pair lift
(There is no night skiing at the Hanazono area)

Niseko Village:
Community Chair and Banzai Chair

Niseko Annupuri:
Jumbo Number 1 Quad

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Niseko Grand Hirafu 6 day weather and snow forecast   Read more ...
 

Yuzawa Now!

Wednesday 13th January 2016, 8:36am
Weather conditions: Clear blue skies over the valley
New snowfall: 1cm
Snow depth: 40cm
It's a stunner of a morning here in Yuzawa.

Yesterday saw clouds moving in gradually after the fine start and even an attempt at snow falling. In keeping with the 'odd' theme to the season so far, on the news we saw that Tokyo got a bit of snowfall and there was also fairly heavy snow falling to the north of us in Niigata City. It's wasted up there, bring it down here...

This morning the clouds are still feeling some kind of allergy to our valley - once again staying to the north of our region - and we have clear blue skies all around. Beautiful! The sun is out and it's just a beautiful morning - the kind we would really be loving if we had a few more metres of snow lying around!

The really good thing this morning other than the views is that it is cold.

It was cold last night and it is cold this morning. And there was actually a dusting of snow around places as well as a frost early so hopefully that might translate into some cm on upper areas. On checking it looks like Kagura are reporting just a dusting while Maiko Snow Resort are reporting 2-3cm.

The varied forecasts all agree that we should get some fresh snow tomorrow, but disagree on when it might arrive - this afternoon? tonight? tomorrow?

I'll give you the latest of course tomorrow morning.

For now though it's a very fine morning to be out on the slopes.

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Resort official snow depths (Wednesday 13th January 2016) and any specific news:

All resorts in the area are now generally open for the season, though please note that some areas and courses are not yet open.
Generally steeper slopes that need more snow are still closed and some lower slopes are patchy.

Resorts in Yuzawa:

GALA Yuzawa
140cm

Ishiuchi Maruyama
80cm

Iwappara
40cm

Joetsu Kokusai
70cm

Kagura
90cm (Mitsumata)
120cm (Tashiro)
150cm (Kagura)

Kandatsu Kogen
105cm

Maiko Snow Resort
90cm (upper)
20cm (lower)

Muikamachi Hakkaisan
80cm

Naeba
70cm

NASPA Ski Garden
65cm

Yuzawa Kogen
90cm

Yuzawa Nakazato
60cm

Yuzawa Park
30cm

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List of ski resorts in Yuzawa town
List of ski resorts in Minamiuonuma City

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Iwappara 6 day snow and weather forecast
NASPA Ski Garden 6 day snow and weather forecast
Kagura 6 day snow and weather forecast   Read more ...
 

Zao Now!

Wednesday 13th January 2016, 8:50am
Weather conditions: Cloud, blue sky
New snowfall: 4cm
Snow depth: 80cm
Morning from Zao where it seems that more courses have now opened up this morning with less of the 'part open' on the official course map. It looks like we are at the stage where can say that almost all of the resort is open. I will need to go and do some investigative work this morning I think!

It is a mix of cloud and blue sky this morning so some decent visibility to enjoy as well.

There's not much of a wind at all, it is keeping cold and there is 4cm of fresh snow outside my place here by the base.

Most snowfall is actually on the forecast for today and hopefully tomorrow too.

We have received gradual and fairly modest snowfall this last week or so but we still need more...

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Information as of Wednesday 13th January 2016 (subject to change)

All of the lifts at Zao Onsen are operating (except the Karamatsu pair lift which is closed weekdays).
All areas of Zao Onsen are now mostly open.
Note that there is still less snow than usual and it is thin on the ground especially on lower course areas of the resort.

Official snow depths:

Utopia: 55cm
Chuo: 80cm
Paradise: 55cm
Uwanodai: 35cm

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6 day Zao Onsen snow and weather forecast   Read more ...
 

Shiga Kogen Now!

Wednesday 13th January 2016, 8:51am
Weather conditions: Bluebird
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 40cm
Brrrrrr!

It's very cold. I would say very probably the coldest morning of the season so far. (That's a good thing, not a moan!)

It's also a very fine clear morning. Blue skies, sun,... beautiful bluebird. And happily, something like normal rather than all this talk of the 'mild winter'. Long may it continue!

We could of course still do with lots more snow. It's on the forecast that snow is due later on today/tonight and through tomorrow.

It has got to be said though that unfortunately there is no major dump to be seen on the weekly forecast right now. We're going to have to keep on taking the fresh snow bit by bit it would seem, for the moment anyway.

Still, the cold is a very good thing and that looks set to continue.

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Official snow depths at Shiga Kogen resort areas (Wednesday 13th January 2016):

Please note that resort areas in Shiga Kogen are not known for adjusting their official snow depths on a daily basis!

Sun Valley
40cm

Maruike
40cm

Hasuike
20cm

Giant
40cm

Higashitateyama
20cm

Bunadaira
40cm

Takamagahara Mammoth
45cm

Nishitateyama
45cm

Tannenomori Okojo
40cm

Ichinose Family
45cm

Terakoya
30cm

Ichinose Diamond
45cm

Ichinose Yamanokami
45cm

Yakebitaiyama
45cm

Okushiga Kogen
45cm

Kumanoyu
50cm

Yokoteyama & Shibutoge
45cm

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6 day snow and weather forecasts:

Ichinose Family 6-day snow and weather forecast
Okushiga Kogen 6-day snow and weather forecast
Yokoteyama 6-day snow and weather forecast   Read more ...
 

Appi Kogen Now!

Wednesday 13th January 2016, 9:02am
Weather conditions: Sunny
New snowfall: 1cm
Snow depth: 45cm
It is a beautiful sunny morning here at Appi with relatively calm winds.

Yesterday was cold, a little blustery in the afternoon with occasional flurries most of the day. The wind did pick up mid afternoon as advertised and coupled with the -11 temperatures made for a chilly afternoon on-piste.

Today should bring mostly sunny skies with temperatures at the base hovering in the -6 to -8 range. The winds have finally calmed more today so it should be a relatively decent day on the mountain. We still have only 11 of 21 runs open unfortunately and even with the 20+ cm of snow over the weekend there’s been no official word of more runs being opened any time soon.

The forecast for the next few days calls for steady winds, mostly cloudy skies and the occasional snow flurry. Like everyone else here we’re still wondering if this season is really going to get started any time soon.

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Currently planned operating lifts:

- Appi Gondola
- Central Number 1 quad
- Number 2 lift A
- Number 2 lift B
- Number 3 lift B
- Number 4 lift
- Sailer quad

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Welcome to our new independent ‘Appi Kogen Now' daily report, exclusive to SnowJapan.

As with all the ‘Now’ daily reports on SnowJapan, it is extremely important to us that the information we publish is useful, totally honest and correct – we are not posting the reports to try and sell you something, and we certainly do not wish to mislead in any way. We’ll be doing everything we can to bring you good information from this popular region of Iwate.

Appi Kogen resort is located in Hachimantai in the north western area of Iwate Prefecture in the Tohoku region. We are very pleased to be able to start our daily reporting from this region of Japan. More information on Appi Kogen can be found here.   Read more ...
 

Grandeco Now!

Wednesday 13th January 2016, 9:04am
Weather conditions: Snow clouds
New snowfall: 8cm
Snow depth: 150cm
Good morning from Grandeco.

This morning is actually quite similar to yesterday - there are almost no wind, very light snow falling and some blue sky at times... and still keeping very cold.

There has been another 8cm of fresh snowfall here at base overnight. Snow conditions should be good in the morning particularly with new snow on the packed powder.

The resort is still preparing to open the Number 4 quad lift and advanced course by it this weekend.

There is snow on the forecast over the next few days along with continued cold conditions and so we all look set to see the resort 'fully open' this weekend. Fingers crossed!

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Lifts operating:

Gondola
Number 1 quad
Number 2 quad
Number 3 quad

Courses open:

(A-a) Rainbow 3500
(A-b) Rainbow 3500
(A-c) Rainbow 3500
(B-a) Mint
(B-c) Mint
(C) Center
(D-b) Lavender
(E) Melissa
(F) Basil
(H) Center 33

The Snow Park (Decodaira E Park) is open on Lavender B course with a 5m kicker, 5m table top and other box items.

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Snow and weather forecast:

6 day snow and weather forecast for Grandeco   Read more ...
 

Naeba Now!

Wednesday 13th January 2016, 9:25am
Weather conditions: Weather conditions are absolutely beautiful today.
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 70cm
Good morning from Naeba squadron.

We've got yet another bluebird on the go today with hardly a cloud in the sky. There's a chill in the air this morning with pretty hard pack conditions on the slopes.

Although we have been receiving fresh snow every day these past few days, it has mostly been very light snow that has not really built up at all.

Weather looks like it's going to stay fairly consistent over the next few days with light snow over Thursday and Friday, then a dry weekend and a larger amount of snow predicted for Monday night.    Read more ...
 

Furano Now!

Wednesday 13th January 2016, 9:41am
Weather conditions: Mostly cloudy
New snowfall: 1cm
Snow depth: 285cm
It is going to be a great Wednesday with the sun already starting to break through the cloud and the resort sparkling in the sun. Dont be fooled by the suns rays though, it is still very cold out there with -12c recorded at base this morning. It is snowing really lightly at the moment but it looks like it may stop anytime.

There isnt much to report in the way of new snow since yesterday - it feels unusual to say that given the snow bonanza Furano has had over the last couple of weeks. There is just a light dusting in the village but it is likely that there will be at least a few cenimetres on the resort itself. More cloud should lift in the morning revealing more sun until late afternoon. Tomorrow will be cloudy again with incresing precipitation of snow, and Friday and Saturday are forecast to be at least partially sunny.

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Minakami Now!

Wednesday 13th January 2016, 10:14am
Weather conditions: Blue skies
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 110cm
Light snow to the tune of 5cm at Tenjin overnight but very little at the base of the mountain and no accumulation in town.

Snowpack creeps up to 1.1m and its blue skies and the odd cloud so great conditions despite the weather forecasting snow showers till last night!

Temps were cold on mountain early but looks like it will be a warm one in town and probably hit zero up on the resort. Next snow forecast for tomorrow night.

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All snow resorts in Minakami were at least part open, but with the recent weather some are now closed waiting for more snowfall:

Minakami Kogen Fujiwara
Currently closed

Minakami Hodaigi
Part open

Minakami Kogen Ski Resort
Currently closed

Norn Minakami
Part open

Oana
Currently closed

Okutone Snow Park
Currently closed

Tanigawadake Tenjindaira
Open

White Valley
Currently closed

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Weather forecast:

Tanigawa Tenjindaira 6 day snow and weather forecast
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Myoko Now!

Wednesday 13th January 2016, 12:46pm
Weather conditions: Some clouds to the west, but pretty bright out there today
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 120cm
Pretty sunny out there today.

I'm sure a lot of people like that bluebird stuff, but we really could use more snow!

More precipitation is on the forecast, but we're not really seeing the big snows that are more common in Myoko.

Cold temps this morning, though. So a slow snow news day today.

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Akakura Kanko:
All lifts running
-6° / 120cm

Akakura Onsen:
All runs open
-9° / 120cm

Ikenotaira Onsen:
All main lifts running
-10° / 60cm

Myoko Suginohara:
Main lifts running
-9° (top)/ 50cm (still no update, Suginohara?)

Seki Onsen:
Open
-10° / 170cm

Myoko Ski Park:
Open
-3° / 105cm

Kyukamura RunRun:
Open
0° / 120cm

Tangram Ski Circus:
Open
-5° / 90cm

Madarao Kogen:
Main lifts open
-7° / 90cm
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SnowJapan Daily 'Now' reports

Aizu Bandai Now
05th Sep, 13:14
Yuzawa Now
14th Jun, 10:19am
Naeba Now
07th Jun, 10:08am
Shiga Kogen Now
27th May, 9:56am
Furano Now
08th May, 8:47am
Niseko Now
07th May, 19:19pm
Myoko Now
06th May, 9:33am
Hakuba Now
06th May, 9:09
Nozawa Onsen Now
06th May, 8:46
Minakami Now
06th May, 8:16
Madarao Now
06th May, 8:13am
Zao Now
06th May, 7:59
Appi Kogen Now
06th May, 7:59am
Geto Kogen Now
06th May, 7:12
Grandeco Now
02nd Feb, 12:34am

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