Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 30th May 2020

Naeba Now!

Wednesday 13th March 2013, 7:38am
Weather conditions: Clear skies
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 300cm
Lovely it was yesterday.

And today looks set to be similar - at least the first bit. It's going to warm up again and the sun is out from early on.

Warning! Good chance of rain later, which will hopefully be snow at higher elevations. After that brief (slightly) colder period, will be warmer again after and for the weekend clear and sunny skies are forecast. Other than the chance of some tonight higher up, there's not really any snow on the weeks forecast I'm afraid.


Official resort snow depth:
Naeba - 300cm
Kagura - 390cm   Read more ...

Madarao Now!

Wednesday 13th March 2013, 8:10am
Weather conditions: Clear, bit overcast
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 210cm
It's a much warmer start to the day here, already around +8 degrees. Fine weather though not as blue as yesterday a bit more overcast looking, but still clear skies and a feel good day. Bit of a wind early on, but hopefully won't cause the lifts and problems.

Good chance of rain later on I'm afraid.

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 ...

Niseko Now!

Wednesday 13th March 2013, 8:17am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 495cm
Not the best of things to report this morning.

The resorts are calling it snow or sleet - and I have no reason to doubt them of course, and a look at the webcams shows it to be the case - but here at village level it has been raining. The temperatures is just nudging over into the positives and it feels rather mild.

Not enough wind today to cause the lifts any issues and so it looks like the resorts will all be open as planned this morning.


Official Resort Snow Depths

Grand Hirafu & Niseko Hanazono
Top - 490cm
Bottom - 240cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 400cm
Bottom - 250cm

Niseko Village
Top - 470cm
Bottom - 240cm

Avalanche Information:

Niseko base 6am: 0C, sleet. Moiwa 800m: wind SW5m/s, wet snow falling from low pressure system, -2C. Annupuri peak: -4.5C. Coastal data: wind W13m/s, 1.5m waves, pressure 1003hPa. Annupuri snow depth: 400cm at 1000m.

Warm air flowing in with current low pressure system, visibility poor above 600m. Snow and westerly wind is expected to intensify as the day progresses. From data and observation the 9th Mar layer has stablised and avalanche risk in the morning is low. Below 500m, wet snow avalanches will easily trigger under lift lines and other steep slopes. 12th Mar layer will become significant in future snowpack.

Peak gates 2 & 3 and all other gates will be open as soon they can be prepared, but are dependent on weather. Please follow ski patrols instructions.

Over many years Niseko Rules and the gate system have been developed and allow anyone to enter side and backcountry. However please remember that once you pass through the gates you are not in the resort anymore and there are many dangers present. It is recommended you carry at least beacon, probe and shovel.   Read more ...

Minakami Now!

Wednesday 13th March 2013, 9:56am
Weather conditions: Blue skies
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 360cm
Good morning from a very spring like and sunny Minakami.

It's around 6C in the town this morning and a high of above 15C forecast for this afternoon. Later on, light rain is expected in lower areas and hopefully it will be snow in higher areas.

From tonight will get colder again than it has been but probably warm up again by Friday.   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Wednesday 13th March 2013, 10:00am
Weather conditions: Partly cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 330cm
It's a relatively balmy overcast morning here in Nozawa Onsen with positive temperatures across the mountain. Slushy spring snow conditions will prevail with the best riding to be had on the upper slopes, especially this afternoon.... if the lifts are open (see below)

At the moment we have some heavy, high cirrus cloud passing over Nozawa accompanied by moderate winds. This is usually an indication of a impending front which is what we expect today. There may be some prefrontal rain this afternoon before a very cold North Westerly airstream establishes itself over Honshu some time tonight. Front this we expect a decent dump of fresh powder.

As I write this report it seems that the Nagasaka Gondola, Skyline connecting lift and Uenotaira quad are not operating due to some strong winds on the upper slopes.

Yesterday was an great day in terms of weather conditions. While the snow was of excellent quality and remained dry on the upper slopes, it was the awesome visibility and views that stole the show. Huge mountain peaks were clearly visible, many of them over 100km away! Even Sado Island, way out in the Sea of Japan was easily spotted. The morning remained totally cloudless and the crowds were very light indeed. Let's hope we have some more spring days like yesterday.

Looking at the forecast ahead we expect snow showers tomorrow from the aforementioned frontal system. From Friday to Sunday we expect clear weather, light winds and a stable freezing level of around 1000-1400 meters. Looks like a nice run of spring weather ahead.


Lifts operating:
All except:
Yunomine pair
Mizunashi triple
Challenge pair
Hikage Number 2 pair B line

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

Official snow depths




110cm   Read more ...

Furano Now!

Wednesday 13th March 2013, 11:14am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 190cm
Last night it didn't freeze in the village and temperatures remain warm with rain falling at base level of the resort. Temperatures are colder as elevation increases and there is likely to be snow rather than rain falling on anything except the lower slopes.   Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Wednesday 13th March 2013, 13:06pm
Weather conditions: Sunny, but increasing clouds
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 290cm
It's warm (and it was warm yesterday, too), and we're just waiting now for the rain to start falling. With the local weather reports giving an 80-90 percent chance, I think it's likely that things are going to be wet soon. With a strong west wind, we're also watching the snowpack get gobbled up. Spring is definitely here--for the moment. The freezing line continues its crazy up and down movement; it will be at about 3,000 meters midday, but will fall all the way to sea level by this evening, so we may be back to cold and snow after warm and rain.

In the backcountry, keep an eye on the cornices--they're starting to fall with the warm weather, and they're big. We saw some serious slides and debris inside the caldera around Mt. Myoko yesterday; you don't want to be under them when they happen to come down.


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

Akakura Kanko (Akakan)
290cm, 8C

Akakura Onsen
295cm, 2C

240cm, 1C

205cm, 7C

Seki Onsen
520cm, 2C

300cm, 6C

Myoko Ski Park
310cm, 9C

210cm, 8C

210cm, 8C   Read more ...

Yuzawa Now!

Wednesday 13th March 2013, 14:52pm
Weather conditions: Overcast
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 215cm
Late report today.

Yesterday was a fine one right through. This morning started off not quite as clear and has gradually got move overcast as the day has moved on. It's mostly grey skies now, mid afternoon.

Very warm though, over 15 degrees, but the lack of the sun is probably keeping the damaged limited. Unfortunately, rain is due later on, perhaps turning into snow overnight especially in higher areas. Tomorrow should be colder.

Wind too. GALA Yuzawa is closed for the day due to winds which seem to be getting stronger this afternoon.

After that clearing up for the weekend is what the latest forecast tells us.

Official resort snow depths @ Wednesday 13th March 2013, AM:

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

Hakuba Now!

Wednesday 13th March 2013, 15:06pm
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 265cm
Sorry for the later report today, the new systems that will soon be taking over SnowJapan are to blame, as work needed to be done and I wasn't able to post earlier on! All good though.

OK today started off warm. It was around 5C at around 8am this morning. It started off bright but kind of hazy and the sun out at times with some blue patches of sky visible.

Since around lunchtime it has clouded over more, temperatures rose to over 15 degrees and it's now about 10C here at village base. There have been some strong winds which have affected a few higher lifts around the resorts as well.

Unfortunately, it's also raining.

Spring really has arrived in force this season, and we ask ourselves if we'll get a brilliant season bonanza like we did last year. Well, hopefully overnight we'll get some snow falling on upper areas of the resorts and temperatures will certainly drop tonight and into tomorrow. But there's not much in the weeks forecast to tell us to expect the arrival of new fluffy white stuff. More sun is likely Friday and Saturday.


Official snow depths and operations @ Wednesday 13th March 2013 AM:

Hakuba Goryu:
Official snow depths:
Alps daira - 265cm;
Toomi - 120cm;
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 - 260cm
Nakiyama/Shirakaba - 70cm
Sakka - 70cm

Tsugaike Kogen:
Official snow depth:
Upper slopes - 310cm
Lower slopes - 120cm

Hakuba Cortina:
0cm of new snow reported by Hakuba Cortina since yesterday.
Official snow depth:
Upper slopes - 330cm
Lower slopes - 200cm

Hakuba Iwatake:
Official snow depth:
Upper slopes - 180cm
Lower slopes - 65cm

Hakuba Sanosaka:
Official snow depth:
115cm   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Wednesday 13th March 2013, 15:32pm
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 270cm
Our reporter is unfortunately not able to post a report today, and so covering for him after talking to a contact in Zao.....

Another warm morning in Zao and a moderate wind. Cloudy for the most part today.

There may be some light rain overnight and then two days of somewhat colder conditons followed by warmer weather again from late weekend.

Official snow depths

Chuo Area



135cm   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Wednesday 13th March 2013, 15:39pm
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 150cm
Well, I said yesterday that we may have similar conditions today.


Much more overcast to start off with, and stronger winds that have affected some lifts around the resorts today. Rain overnight but hopefully it might cool down enough to bring a bit of snow instead - but for now it's pretty warm. Should be colder tonight and into tomorrow though, so fingers crossed.

Warmer clearer conditions on the forecast for the weekend.

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

Official resort snow depths as of Wednesday 13th March 2013 AM:

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

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