Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 25th May 2020

Yuzawa Now!

Saturday 15th February 2014, 8:05am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 30cm
Snow depth: 215cm
It's snowing heavily this morning.

And we have a fair bit as well.

30cm on my car, 20-30cm being reported by Naeba, 30-40cm by Kagura and 30+cm being reported by Maiko Snow Resort. (They are the places that clearly state new cm each morning and so why they get the mention!). So you can get the idea. It is still snowing fairly heavily now though as the forecast told us yesterday - it's not that cold. Hovering around 0 degrees now and forecast to slowly rise through the day and overnight. Yesterday we were told to even expect the snow to turn into rain later today, though fingers crossed we can avoid that. We might have to get away with sleet / wet snow.

I also believe that the Kanetsu Expressway is closed from Tokyo up through to Tsukiyono at the moment. Also hearing that the Joetsu Shinkansen is undergoing checks early this morning due to the conditions. That will stop a lot of people who were planning on being here this weekend from coming and so I would expect the slopes around town to be quieter than normal.

Snowy and windy conditions expected through tomorrow.

Because of the wind, Kagura are only part open this morning - Mistumata up to the quad at Kagura, and Tashiro to the number 1 quad. Other skijo appear to be open as normal this morning though I might expect a few exposed lifts to be moving slower than usual and there's always the chance of changes.


Official resort snow depths @ Saturday 15th February 2014, AM:
Some not updated for the day yet
Kagura (Tashiro):
Kagura (Mitsumata):
NASPA Ski Garden:
Gala Yuzawa:
Yuzawa Kogen:
Yuzawa Nakazato:
Yuzawa Park:
Maiko Snow Resort:
Ishiuchi Maruyama:
Joetsu Kokusai:
200cm   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Saturday 15th February 2014, 8:27am
Weather conditions: Cloud/overcast
New snowfall: 3cm
Snow depth: --
Just a few cm to add this morning and it's an overcast morning here in Hirafu.

Once again on the news we are hearing about heavy snow in Tokyo and large areas of that region of Japan, and them getting more than snowfall us. And once again, it feels odd.

Things are looking more promising now, hopefully starting from later on today, with snow lined up well into the coming week. It should be keeping cold as well. At the moment it is -6 degrees here at base.

Another busy weekend out there. Hope you can enjoy it.


Niseko Avalanche Report

Niseko base 6am: -10C, 3cm in the last 12hrs. Moiwa 800m: -11C, minor snowdrift development. Annupuri 1150m: -11C, wind SW5m/s, minor snowdrift development. Hirafu 1000m: -11C, trace new snow. Annupuri peak 1308m: -9.2C, wind NE5.0m/s. Cape Benkei: S9m/s, Cape Kamui: E3m/s, wave 0.5m, pressure 1028hPa.

Currently we are under influence of a high pressure system which is bringing light winds and a little snow. There has been only minor snowdrift development overnight and general avalanche risk is low. The cold clear weather on Feb 13 has produced a weak frost layer in the snowpack. The possibility of 50cm slab on northeast slopes around 1000m remains. Peak gates are expected to open this morning, please listen to the patrols advice before going through the gates. Skiing down in groups is dangerous, the cracks are hard to see from above, take care loosing control and hitting a tree. Dont stop in the bottom of a gully, that’s where an avalanche will run.

Ducking ropes is strictly forbidden in Niseko. The groomers are in great condition. Have a safe day.


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

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 380cm
Base - 190cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 350cm
Base - 210cm

Top - 315cm
Base - 210cm   Read more ...

Furano Now!

Saturday 15th February 2014, 8:35am
Weather conditions: Cloud and sunny
New snowfall: 10cm
Snow depth: 200cm
After being spoiled with a nice coating yesterday we don't have a great outlook for fresh snow during the day but with luck we will awake tomorrow with better news.

Having said that we will have good conditions out there with a nice temperature and little wind once it drops a tad as the day warms.

Expect the day to be a little cloudy for the session.

Operating lifts:
Kitanomine Gondola 9:00am-3:50pm
Kitanomine high speed quad 8:30am-8:00pm
Kitanomine #2 chair 8:45am-3:50pm

Link Lift 9:00am-3:50pm

Furano Ropeway 8:30am-3:50pm
Furano Downhill Swift Lift #1 9:00am-8:00pm
Downhill Romance #2 chair 8:45am-3:50pm
Downhill Romance #3 chair 9:00am-3:50pm
Prince Romance 8:30am - 4:00pm

   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Saturday 15th February 2014, 8:39am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 30cm
Snow depth: 180cm
A very good morning from a very snowy Hakuba. This is how we like it!

Lots of snow to report this morning.

Goryu: 20-30cm
Hakuba 47: 30-40cm
Happo: 15-30cm
Cortina: 20-25cm

No official new snowfall number from Tsugaike, but they have added 40cm to a few of their snow depth numbers.

Lots down at village level as well which is obviously great to see.

The snow was coming down nicely yesrterday and by evening there was 15cm or so down here. It has been nice and light as well, and really nice big flakes coming down right this morning.

Traffic problems and closed roads caused by snow to the south in the cities will again mean that it will probably be quieter than usual for a mid season Saturday here.

For those here, it should be a fantastic morning. With more snow due through the day today and overnight, tomorrow should be great too.


Oh yes one more thing. Two actually. It's not mad cold this morning. In fact it's close to zero at base, obviously colder higher up. We hope it remains colder than warmer, obviously. Also stronger winds later on which may potentially affect some lifts.


The other thing is that this week on SnowJapan we have a Hakuba Alpen lift ticket Giveaway. 15 people will be winning two lift ticket vouchers that can be used at Hakuba Happo-one, Hakuba Iwatake or Tsugaike Kogen. For more information on that and how to enter, please go here. Good luck!


Official snow depth numbers and operations (as of 15th February 2014):

Hakuba Goryu:
Reporting 0cm of new snowfall.
Upper - 290cm
Toomi - 180cm
Iimori - 150cm

Hakuba 47:
Reporting 0cm of new snowfall.
Upper - 285cm
Lower - 100cm

Reporting 15-20cm of new snowfall.
Usagidaira - 240cm
Nakiyama - 120cm
Sakka - 140cm

Hakuba Iwatake:
Upper - 240cm
Lower - 100cm

Tsugaike Kogen:
Tsuganomori - 340cm
Maruyama - 120cm
Kanenonaruoka - 190cm

Hakuba Cortina:
Reporting 20-30cm of new snowfall.
Upper - 290cm
Lower - 180cm

Hakuba Minekata:
120cm   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Saturday 15th February 2014, 8:56am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 25cm
Snow depth: 180cm
I am the bearer of good news this morning.

New snow. Nice powdery snow. Oh yes.

Yamabiko - 20cm
Uenotaira - 25cm
Hikage - 30cm
Nagasaka - 35cm
Karasawa - 25cm

So today, most snowfall on... Nagasaka?! Interesting. But bottom line is there's a good wad of new light fresh snow over all the mountain as we feel like we are back to winter again. Although it's strangely mild and just about keeping in the negatives for now. We are being told of the chance of the snow being sleet later on down here at base, but I hope we avoid that.

Just a few less exciting things to report. First of all it looks like early on the popular Skyline course is closed, as well as the Kamoshika course. I don't have any details on that or whether they will open later on in the day.

The other is that this weekend again heavy snow is falling in places where it often doesn't - down to the south including the Tokyo area. There seems to be widespread disruption to traffic with roads closed and trains cancelled. This will mean less people getting here, which while sad for those people it means less crowds for those who are here.

Should be a top day today. Enjoy.


Saturday 15th February 2014:

Official snow depths:
Yamabiko - 290cm
Uenotaira - 250cm
Hikage - 180cm
Nagasaka - 140cm
Karasawa - 130cm

All lifts operating

All courses open except:
Kandahar West
Kandahar East
Kamoshika   Read more ...

Madarao Now!

Saturday 15th February 2014, 9:08am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 30cm
Snow depth: 230cm
Yaaaa, sugoi! Lots of snow this morning and lots more on the way be the looks and feel of things.

Not the coldest of mornings but it's a day to be prepared for heavy snow conditions, but not heavy in the bad sense. Great quality snow on the ground at the moment.

Unfortunately heavy snow is cause tons of traffic problems for lots of people actually getting to north Nagano this morning and probably won't improve during the day. As last week I expect that will mean less people actually here. For those here though, it should be a very powdery day. Tomorrow too.


Operating lifts:

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.   Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Saturday 15th February 2014, 9:43am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 20cm
Snow depth: 260cm
It's probably no surprise to anyone anywhere in Japan that it's snowing; seems like the whole country is covered in white.

It is really starting to come down—and, as the SnowJapan forecast predicted, the winds are really picking up.

It's a good day to stay on the slopes, where it should be as snowy as out in the woods (and safer). With wind, heavy snow and slightly warmer weather, anyone going out in the backcountry may find themselves in snow heavy enough that they will be breaking trail down as well as up, except on the steepest slopes (been there, done that). So a good day for caution/restraint in the hills. It will be better as this settles.

Me? I dinged a knee, so I'm inside. Or throwing snow as rehabilitation. First time in nearly 20 years here.... wishing I was out there in the winds and deeps...ahhhhh.


Official info:

Akakura Kanko:

Akakura Onsen:


Myoko Suginohara:

Seki Onsen:

Myoko Ski Park:

Myoko Kyukamura Runrun


Tangram Ski Circus
210cm    Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Saturday 15th February 2014, 9:56am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 30cm
Snow depth: 180cm
Heavy snow this morning in Shiga Kogen. I was planning in being back there this morning but traffic issues prevent me from getting back so this is from a friend on the phone who just said it was really stormy conditions up there (as it has been down in lower areas as well) and there's a good layer of new snow.... along with some lifts being affected by the conditions.

Snow may ease off by Sunday and I will definitely be back up there to see what it's like for myself.


Official snow depth data, as of Saturday 15th February 2014):

Sun Valley:





Hoppo Bundaira:

Takamagahara Mammoth:


Ichinose Family:


Ichinose Diamond:


Okushiga Kogen:

Kumanoyu (skiers only):

200cm   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Saturday 15th February 2014, 16:00pm
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 40cm
Snow depth: 220cm
It has been something of a crazy day here in Zao.

Both the roads connecting Zao have been closed so people here are kind of stuck and people wanting to get up here... well, perhaps they should give up and plan something else, as none of the lifts are moving at all. Zao Onsen skijo has been very much closed.


Anyway let me just report the 30cm of snow earlier this morning along with more today but winds have been blowing it all around like crazy so a number is difficult. I'll put 40cm down as that seems reasonable.

Snow might ease off tomorrow but winds are still probably going to be with us. Probably best to leave thoughts of Zao until this storm passes properly - perhaps Tuesday when a bit of sun might happen.

Stay safe out there!


Official snow depths (15th February 14):
Utopia: 270cm
Chuo: 220cm
Paradise: 250cm
Uwanodai: 165cm   Read more ...

Minakami Now!

Saturday 15th February 2014, 17:23pm
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 70cm
Snow depth: 400cm
Sorry for the late report. We had to dig ourselves out....

Too much snow!

Over 70cm of snow at the valley level and reportedly up to 140cm of new snow in the last 24 hours in the upper mountains. Pretty mad numbers those, but with the way it has been coming down.....

The expressway is currently closed from Tokyo to Minakami and all train are also not in operation. There has also been several avalanches that have covered the main road in Minakami blocking traffic. The road connecting Gunma with Naeba in Niigata is also blocked this afternoon I believe due to snow blocking the road.

The snow is currently still falling although quite light at present it is expected to strengthen this evening bringing another 20-30 cm to the valley. This is lilely to cause further issues for transportation and resorts.

Be careful.


400cm @ Tenjin
110m @ valley

New snow

70cm @ valley
140cm @ Tenjin   Read more ...

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