Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 28th May 2018

Yuzawa Now!

Monday 15th March 2010, 7:34am
Weather conditions: Cloud, sun
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Yesterday did turn out to be a fairly clear day - and warm. It's warmer still early on this morning and already at 7am it is 5 degrees with a high of around 11 forecast for later on in the day. It's going to be a warm one.

We have had some fairly strong winds overnight and more likely continuing during the day. This is affecting resort operations and it's affecting resorts... Gala Yuzawa is closed today because of the winds. Tashiro is also closed, leaving just the Mitsumata area of Kagura - up to and including the Kagura No1 quad lift - open.

It looks like the rain is still on to be falling by the end of today, and perhaps heavily at times. Then hopefully sometime tomorrow, it will be falling as light snow.

Official resort snow depths @ 15th March 10, AM:
Mt Naeba:
Kagura - Tashiro:
GALA Yuzawa:
Kandatsu Kogen:
NASPA Ski Garden:
Yuzawa Kogen:
Yuzawa Park:
Yuzawa Nakazato:
Kayama Captain Coast:
170cm   Read more ...

Naeba Now!

Monday 15th March 2010, 7:47am
Weather conditions: Cloud, sun
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
It sure is a warm morning. Yesterday was very mild but we are milder still this morning. Kagura are reporting a whopping +6 degrees! It is actually warmer higher up than it is lower down if the reports coming in are right.

It is a fine and shadows are being cast on the lower slopes of Naeba early on, but strong winds are leaving only part of the resorts open. While both Gondolas are moving at Naeba, the Dragondola is closed along with all of the Tashiro area of Kagura. At Kagura, it is open via Mitsumata up until the No1 quad.

Rain likely tonight I'm afraid though we are holding out on the chance of light snow sometime later on tomorrow. Temperatures will need to drop considerably - fingers crossed!

Official Snow Depths:



Kagura (Tashiro):
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Minakami Now!

Monday 15th March 2010, 7:58am
Weather conditions: Clouding over
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
It's going to be another warm one today. Clear skies this morning, and with the sun coming up it made us realise how early it is getting light now. Green buds are starting to appear on the trees and all signs are of spring.

The slopes look great this morning after their grooming last night but they are going to be soft and sugary from pretty early today. Good conditions for some action in the park.

The clouds are set to come in today and the forecast has us down for some rain this evening and through the night. They've been wrong before...

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Nozawa Onsen Now!

Monday 15th March 2010, 8:41am
Weather conditions: Sunny morning, becoming cloudy this afternoon with the chance of rain later tonight
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Is shaping up to be a warm and sunny day here in Nozawa Onsen. Spring is here!! with the sun out and the groomers working hard last night the runs of Yamabiko and paradise will be the spot for some long cruising turns. Or test your skills on the bumps of Schneider and Utopia

There is a chance of rain tonight, but do not fear, the freezing level will be dropping over night, so by Tuesday morning there should be a couple of cm of fresh snow on the ground.

Current Official Snow Depths Numbers:




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Hakuba Now!

Monday 15th March 2010, 10:12am
Weather conditions: Overcast
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
It is currently cloudy in Hakuba, the sun is trying to break through however it does not look like it is going to be a bluebird day today. Mild temperatures today so expect some nice soft spring snow on the resorts today. Even at the tops of the mountains are above zero today so the spring type snow should be found right to the peaks of the resorts.

The weather forecast is calling for some light rain this evening, then hopefully turning to light snow tomorrow.

It might be good day to ride the park, do some laps on the corduroy or enjoy the warm temperatures on the patio.


Alpine: Considerable
Tree Line: Considerable
Below Tree Line: Moderate

Official resort snow depths on 15th Mar 10:

70cm (Shirakaba)
90cm (Sakka/Kitaone)
270cm (Kurobishi/Usagidaira)
Hakuba Goryu:
115cm (Iimori)
135cm (Toomi)
290cm (Alps daira)
Hakuba 47:
Tsugaike Kogen:
140cm (Kanenonaruoka)
115cm (Maruyama)
330cm (Tsuganomori)
Hakuba Iwatake:
85cm (Shomen)
205cm (Sancho)
Sun Alpina Sanosaka:
Hakuba Minekata:

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Niseko Now!

Monday 15th March 2010, 13:24pm
Weather conditions: Increasing cloud and winds
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
The approaching storm system is starting to make itself felt with winds picking up and thickening cloud across the region. Snow is expected to start falling soon and temperatures are currently still below freezing at village level. As the warm front passes through a bit later the temperature will continue to rise tonight until the snow will turn to rain. There should be quite a bit of snow preceding the rain so hopefully there not too much negative impact overall on the snowpack. A reasonable amount of snow can be expected to follow the rain and continue for the next few days.
The snow currently isn't too bad around the mountain although a little crusty along exposed ridges in lee slopes and gullies some reasonable turns can be found.
It's been a rather turbulent weather month so far with rapid changes from being really good to really bad and then back again.

Current Official Snow Depths:

Grand Hirafu:
Top - 300
Bottom - 170

Niseko Village:
Top - 360
Bottom - 150

Top - 350
Bottom - 200

Avalanche Information:
(Information as of this morning)

Niseko Avalanche Info No.90

Moiwa base 6am: -4℃, no snowfall in the past 12 hours.
Coastal data: SSE4m/s at Benkei cape, SSW8m/s, 1.3m waves and 1023hPa at Kamui cape.
No data available from the peak anemometer due to ice accretion.
Hirafu patrol reported calm conditions at the peak this morning and the surface is crusted above 1200m.
A SW wind is predicted to pick up from around noon.
The snowdrifts below 1100m are now stable and the avalanche hazard is moderate.
Peak gates are scheduled to open at 9:30. Ask for the ski patrol’s advice before stepping out.
The weather is forecasted to turn bad as a Low is approaching; it is better go out quickly.
The snow below 1100m is good. Remain in control and watch out for trees and crevasses.
Always avoid riding valley bottoms in order to minimize the chances to get caught in a full depth slide.
Prudent thinking will keep you out of trouble.
Always keep in mind that the area outside the gates is not the resort anymore.
Have a nice day.

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Myoko Now!

Monday 15th March 2010, 15:08pm
Weather conditions: Cloudy, chance of rain
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
The next cycle of wind, rain (and hopefully snow) has definitely begun, with increasing wind, warm temperatures and clouds that look ready to let go. A couple of the resorts get credit for accurately reporting some pretty high temperatures; if it were sunny it would be a fun, spring day (but it's pretty gray, if not entirely gloomy).

Current Official Snow Depths:

Akakura Onsen:

Akakan (Akakura Kanko):


Myoko Suginohara:

Seki Onsen:

Myoko Ski Park:



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Shiga Kogen Now!

Monday 15th March 2010, 17:40pm
Weather conditions: Cloud, rain
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Sorry for the late report, and this evening I don't have much good stuff to share.

This morning started off warm - around 6 degrees - and it has been a warm day all the way through. It has also been very windy meaning that a fair few areas of Shiga Kogen (including Shibutoge, Kumanoyu, Okushiga Kogen and Terakoya) have been closed.

It's cloudy now and.... wet. We are on for some rain overnight so we can only hope it rains as little as possible and turns to snow quickly - though it may be tomorrow before we see that. Moderate snow also forecast for Thursday, so we can be hopeful still!

Nighta this evening planned at the following resort area:
- Ichinose Family

Official resort snow depths as of 15th March 10:

Sun Valley:
Ichinose Family:
Ichinose Diamond:
Okushiga Kogen:
180cm   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Monday 15th March 2010, 17:58pm
Weather conditions: Cloud, rain
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Like many regions of Japan, today has been warm. The day started off mild with the thermometer at around +3 in the village early on and sunny skies.

Things have got cloudier and darker during the afternoon and evening it is going to be rain I'm afraid and with the warm temperature at the moment (approaching double digits), theres is really no chance of snow. Not tonight anyway, but tomorrow afternoon there is a chanceof light snow as it gets colder once again. Potential snow-giving clouds should be with us through until around Thursday.

Today was actually the 100th day of the season for Zao ski resort after the first lift opening at the resort on 22nd November 2009. We are on the other side of 'peak season' now, of course, but there's still some way to go this season.

Chuo area:

Paradise area:

Utopia area:
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