Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 30th May 2020

Yuzawa Now!

Thursday 13th March 2014, 7:23am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 245cm
It looks more cloudy than overcast this morning - generally grey and dull.

It is around 3 degrees now and likely to warm up to around +10 this afternoon which almost totally sees the chance of it being snow rather than rain disappear I would surely think - down here in town anyway. Higher elevations might escape the 'r' completely.

It might get cold enough later on and overnight for some wet snow to fall and snow is still on the forecast for tomorrow as well.


Official resort snow depths @ Thursday 13th March 2014, AM:
Some not updated today too early at time of writing
Kagura (Tashiro):
Kagura (Mitsumata):
NASPA Ski Garden:
Gala Yuzawa:
Yuzawa Kogen:
Yuzawa Nakazato:
Yuzawa Park:
Maiko Snow Resort:
Ishiuchi Maruyama:
Joetsu Kokusai:
250cm   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Thursday 13th March 2014, 7:51am
Weather conditions: Sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 200cm
Just a dusting of snow overnight and early on the sun is out and it's another fine morning. After a fairly warm day yesterday we expect today to be similar with temperatures likely to be hovering around zero in town this afternoon.

Calm, sunny, hardly any clouds around... yes, a fine day. Groomers should be good first run.

What about snowfall, you ask? Have we seen the last of it? While it is very unlikely that we have seen the last of the snow for the season, the chances of another deep refill are lower now of course as we head towards the second part of March. March sometimes throws in some surprises, sometimes it doesn't. On the weekly forecast there's not much sign of significant snowfall as it currently stands - perhaps just a thin dusting from sometimes snow showers.

Niseko is of course gradually getting quieter now. There's lifts moving until early May though, so quite a long ways to go yet.


Niseko Avalanche Report

Niseko base 6am: -7C, 2cm of snowfall in 12 hours. Moiwa 800m: n/a. Annupuri 1150m: -10C, calm wind, light snowfall, snowpack340cm. Hirafu 1000m: -8C, calm. Peak 1308m: mild northerly wind, -11C. Coastal data: cape Benkei SSE3m/s, cape Kamui E2m/s, calm ocean, 1016hPa.

According to all observation and data evaluation, the general avalanche risk is low apart from south facing strictly off-limits areas. Spring climax avalanche hazard is rising in Haru-no-Taki, Yu-no-sawa and Mizuno-no-sawa. These slides can be expected as cracks opens, temperature rises and rainfall. Sometimes starts sliding as soon as they fissure. Cases of climax slides from ground level are also to be expected in heavy snowdrift-load slopes of Kozan-no-sawa (Backbowl), Osawa and Higashi-One; as the snowpack grows heavier, it could cut deeper layers and trigger larger slides. All and every risks should always be considered in any mountain activities. One track was left under the Niseko Village gondola, sneaking into strictly off-limits area from the top. The Niseko Rules has been implemented for the safety of all resort users, no matter their nationality. It is really unfortunate to see that people still make light of the Rules.


Official snow depth numbers and lift news at time of writing:

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 400cm
Base - 200cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 390cm
Base - 220cm

Top - 395cm
Base - 200cm
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Zao Now!

Thursday 13th March 2014, 8:01am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 265cm
Cloudy to start the day off with, and snow forecast to be falling again during the day today. Possibly rain. Let's hope we luck out.

There's no wind at the moment and it is quite mild so I expect any snow coming first to be pretty wet, but tomorrow temps are due to drop back down again.


Official snow depths (13th March 14):
Utopia: 320cm
Chuo: 265cm
Paradise: 290cm
Uwanodai: 190cm
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Shiga Kogen Now!

Thursday 13th March 2014, 8:01am
Weather conditions: Cloudy and overcast
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 190cm
Grey skies above Shiga Kogen this morning. It is mild again.

There's a real worry of rain later on this morning, but we are all hoping it might arrive as snow - or at least turn into snow quickly.

Here's the spring ski schedule as it stands now, more to be added later I presume. I will be adding more details to this a bit nearer the time and as more details come in...

>> Until 31st March:
Sun Valley

>> Until 6th April:
Happo Bunadaira

>> Until 6th May:
Ichinose Diamond
Ichinose Family
Ichinose Yamanokami
Terakoya (only weekends in April)
Okushiga Kogen

Yakebitaiyama and Yokoteyama are yet to announce any details.


Official snow depth data, as of Wednesday 12th March 2014):

Sun Valley:





Hoppo Bundaira:

Takamagahara Mammoth:


Ichinose Family:


Ichinose Diamond:


Okushiga Kogen:

Kumanoyu (skiers only):

230cm   Read more ...

Minakami Now!

Thursday 13th March 2014, 8:43am
Weather conditions: Overcast
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 480cm
An overcast and slightly warm morning with a current temp of 2 deg C. Rain is forecast from later this afternoon before turning into snow later tonight.

The weekend looks sunny with warm temps and spring snow conditions.


480cm @ Tenjin
90m @ valley
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Madarao Now!

Thursday 13th March 2014, 9:00am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 220cm
We are escaping it at the moment but rain is due today, though if it can get a bit colder (which we are expecting it to) we might see it turning into snow tonight and tomorrow. Can I report fresh snow in the morning? Would be nice.

For now though a grey and cloudy start to the day and mild.


Operating lifts (planned):

Number 1
Number 2
Number 3A
Number 2 quad
Number 5
Super quad
Number 11
Number 12
Number 13
Number 15
Moving walkway
Kids Park


All tree run courses should be open.

Nighta every Saturday night until 22nd March.

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Hakuba Now!

Thursday 13th March 2014, 10:11am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 150cm
Not good news this morning unfortunately as rain falls here in the valley and quite a way up the mountains as well. Tsugaike is reporting snow on upper slopes but otherwise the resorts around town are saying it's rain this morning. Hmmm not the best conditions that is for sure.

Right now it is about +3 degrees in the village.

The good news (hopefully) is the chance that we'll come out of this on the other end with snow to show for it as temperatures drop into tomorrow. Tomorrows report could be quite interesting...


Official snow depth numbers and operations (as of 13th March 2014):

Hakuba Goryu:
Reporting 1cm of new snowfall on top slopes, otherwise 0cm.
Upper - 270cm
Toomi - 150cm
Iimori - 125cm

Hakuba 47:
Reporting 0cm of new snowfall.
Upper - 250cm
Lower - 80cm

Usagidaira - 230cm
Nakiyama - 70cm
Sakka - 80cm

Hakuba Iwatake:
Upper - 210cm
Lower - 70cm

Tsugaike Kogen:
Tsuganomori - 330cm
Maruyama - 120cm
Kanenonaruoka - 170cm

Hakuba Cortina:
Reporting 0cm of new snowfall.
Upper - 320cm
Lower - 195cm

Hakuba Minekata:
Now closed for the season   Read more ...

Furano Now!

Thursday 13th March 2014, 10:19am
Weather conditions: Overcast
New snowfall: 2cm
Snow depth: 230cm
There has been a small amount of fresh snow overnight which is now sitting on top of a firm base. Temperatures today are mild but there is a fair bit of wind blowing and the wind chill is making things feel rather cold. Kitanomine Gondola is closed due to the windy conditions.

Due to ski competitions the following courses are closed: Spies and Ropeway courses are closed until 16/March, Panorama & Technical closed until 14/March.


Operating lifts:
Kitanomine Gondola CLOSED
Kitanomine high speed quad 8:30am-8:00pm
Kitanomine #2 chair 8:45am-4:00pm

Link Lift 9:00am-4:00pm

Furano Ropeway 8:30am-4:00pm
Furano Downhill Swift Lift #1 9:00am-8:00pm
Downhill Romance #2 chair 8:45am-4:00pm
Downhill Romance #3 chair CLOSED
Prince Romance 8:30am - 4:00pm   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Thursday 13th March 2014, 10:20am
Weather conditions: Overcast
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 190cm
The mild/warm conditions continue today here in Nozawa for just for the moment rain is holding off... but it's forecast for soon and with a temp of +6 down here in the village there's not much chance of it falling as anything but. Up on Yamabiko the temp is +3 according to the resort as of 10am.

Grey skies and none of the sun that we had yesterday.

Even with the expected rain though, it's supposed to turn into snow if we are lucky with the it cooling down by tomorrow morning so I am hoping to be able to bring good news in my report tomorrow morning on that. Even if not in the village, there should be some fresh up top tomorrow.


Thursday 13th March 2014:

Official snow depths:
Yamabiko - 350cm
Uenotaira - 280cm
Hikage - 190cm
Nagasaka - 170cm
Karasawa - 125cm

Weekday operations - all lifts operating except:
Yunomine pair
Mizunashi triple
Challenge pair
Utopia pair
Hikage Number 2 pair B

All courses open except:
Grand Prix
Kandahar West
Kandahar East
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