Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 28th May 2018

Myoko Now!

Monday 16th December 2013, 7:16am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 40cm
Snow depth: 110cm
Snow and some pretty strong winds overnight.

Officially another 40cm, and that sounds about right, looking at the fall around the house (at the base of lovely Akakura Kanko resort).

I haven't got the town report yet today, but I think it's time to get out and burn off the results of the last end-of-the-year party.

With the wind up, though, there's always the chance that the gondola will slow/stop, although the sind seems to have come down a lot in the last hour.


Akakura Kanko Ski Area: Gondola and No. 5 lift
Akakura Onsen Ski Area: Kumado No.1 quad
Madarao Ski Area: No. 1 lift
Others to open next week   Read more ...

Yuzawa Now!

Monday 16th December 2013, 8:20am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 30cm
Snow depth: 60cm
Lots of snow to report this morning from the region in the biggest blast of the season so far.

And Kagura are reporting the goods with a full 50cm up on upper slopes up there. Nice. 20-30cm being reported by Naeba this morning where the same lifts are moving this morning as yesterday.

Down here in town, with wind it's difficult to put a number on it, but since last report I would say 30cm is probably about right. Heavy and rather wet snow here at town level town.

Wind is messing with the Tashiro part of Kagura again today - which is closed - and Kagura is open via Mitsumata from the Ropeway to Kagura Number 1 pair lift.

It has been windy since yesterday and still blowing about here in town too, so other planned lifts might be affected.

This current snowfall is forecast to ease off late today into early tomorrow.


Currently at least part open:

Joetsu Kokusai
Nakazato Snow Wood
Maiko Snow Resort
Yuzawa Kogen
Yuzawa Nakazato

Kagura is currently the only resort area that is almost fully open - when the winds aren't visiting, that is!


Planned resort opening dates for resorts in Yuzawa and Minamiuonuma:

December 20th:
Muikamachi Ski Resort
Yuzawa Park
Ishiuchi Maruyama

December 21st:
GALA Yuzawa
Yuzawa Kogen (Nunoba area)
Muikamachi Hakkaisan

December 28th:
Mt Granview   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Monday 16th December 2013, 8:30am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 20cm
Snow depth: 0cm
Good morning from Nozawa, where the resort are telling us of 26cm of new snowfall on the top runs where the official snow depth is now 130cm.

More snow down on lower slopes and base as well, though it does not look like more of the mountain will be open today so lifts and courses remain the same. At least for the moment.

Light snow at the moment though the local forecast does tell us to expect less today and perhaps even some clearing up. Tomorrow seems to be a mix of cloud and a chance of clearer weather.

After the poor visibility of the last few days on mountain, it will good to get a chance to see more up there.

There's much fewer people around early today, so should be a lot of new snow to discover. I'll let you know how it was!


Monday 16th December 2013:

Official snow depth:
Yamabiko - 130cm
Uenotaira - 110cm
Lower slopes - no official snow depth data yet

Nagasaka Gondola
Yamabiko Four lift
Yamabiko Number 2 Four lift
Skyline connecting lift
Uenotaira quad

Yamabiko A course
Yamabiko B course
Yamabiko C course
Yamabiko D course
Yamabiko E course
Uenotaira course
Bunabayashi course
Yunomine B course
   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Monday 16th December 2013, 8:49am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 15cm
Snow depth: --
Snowing pretty much all day yesterday again, with the winds ever present and getting stronger especially later in the day.

There's another 15-20cm of new snowfall here in Hirafu since my last report. It's not quite as cold this morning, hovering around 0C at the moment, but the strong winds are still with us. At the time of writing, it looks like a few lifts are being affected - including the King Number 3 triple and Swinging Monkey at Hirafu, the top quad at Hanazono, and the Gondola at Niseko Village. Lifts at Annupuri don't seem to be operating yet, though that may well just be that the information hasn't been updated. Anyway the situation may well change depending on the weather conditions of course.

Clearer conditions seem likely tomorrow - we might even get to see the sun again sometime in the next few days.

Less people around now as we enter the week, but more and more will be arriving now as Christmas and New Year approaches.


Planned lift operations - may well be affected by wind today:

Grand Hirafu:
Ace Family Pair
Ace Number 3 Pair
Ace Number 2 Quad Center Four
King Number 3 Triple
Swinging Monkey
Hirafu Gondola
Holiday Number 1 Pair

Hanazono Number 1 Quad
Hanazono Number 2 Quad
Hanazono Number 3 Quad

Niseko Village:
Niseko Gondola
Community Chair
Banzai Chair
Morino Chair

Jumbo Number 1 quad
Jumbo Number 2
Jumbo Number 3


Niseko Avalanche Report

Niseko base 6am: 0C, 12 hours snowfall 20cm of hail & crushed crystal snow. Moiwa 500m: NE5m/s, -1C and no development of snowdrifts in the inbounds area. Coastal data: Benkei cape NE11m/s, Kamui cape E6m/s,1.7m waves (6m at midnight), 1009hPa.

The isobars are spacing out but the wind remains strong in high altitude. Heavy snowdrifts have developed in leeward slopes above 800m due to last night’s severe storm. 50cm thick slides are to be highly considered in steep slopes under 800m altitude, as the newly & drastically formed snowdrift-slabs are yet to stabilize. Potential sliding layer Dec 14th. The slab is heavy due to the incoming warm air and even small avalanches can be highly destructive. The snowpack is still insufficient and the setting of gates will take a little while. Do not duck ropes to seek fresh lines. The wind calmed down and the snow is good. Beware of hitting trees. The resorts are concerned about your safety, please respect the Niseko Rules and the ski patrol’s instructions. Have a nice day.


Official snow depth numbers:

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 215cm
Base - 75cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 120cm
Base - 80cm

Top - 110cm
Base - 90cm   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Monday 16th December 2013, 9:00am
Weather conditions: Partly cloudy, sunny
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: 100cm
I can see the sky! After those few crazy days of snow, this morning there's some blue sky to see and the sun is showing up. It may seem calmer, but actually we have wind to deal with today. At the time of writing Happo-one is closed with the gondola unable to open up and it looks like the upper areas of Goryu are closed as well with their gondola standing still. Hopefully that situation may change... there's some really fine conditions to be found up there, seems such a waste not to be able to get up there.

More new snowfall to report. About 5cm in village, 47 reporting 10cm at base and up to 30cm higher up. The Usagidaira area of Usagidaira reporting 10cm.

Looks like we are on for a break in snowfall over the next few days, but it's due back Wednesday and then another storm lined up for the weekend.

For mid December, conditions are excellent and there's a lot of snow to play in. It's easy to get excited about it all, but we need to remember to keep safe and always keep in mind there are dangers out there.


Official snow depth numbers and operations (as of 16th December 2013):

Hakuba Goryu
Reporting 10cm of new snowfall on upper slopes and 5cm at base.
Upper - 235cm
Toomi - 100cm
Iimori - 65cm

Hakuba 47:
Reporting 30cm of new snowfall on upper slopes and 10cm at base.
Upper - 220cm
Lower - 50cm

Reporting 10cm of new snowfall at Usagidaira.
Usagidaira - 190cm
Nakiyama - -cm
Sakka - -cm

Tsugaike Kogen:
Tsuganomori - 240cm
Maruyama - 60cm
Kanenonaruoka - 70cm

Hakuba Cortina:
Reporting 10-25cm of new snowfall since yesterday
Upper - 200cm
Lower - 125cm


Other resorts planned opening dates:
Hakuba Iwatake - 20th December   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Monday 16th December 2013, 9:30am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 10cm
Snow depth: 50cm
It's snowing still here. Windy too with the snow being blown about all over the place this morning, so difficult to put a number on it. There has been about 10cm on the tops of cars though and that is what some resorts are adding to their snow depths.

There seem to be a few lifts around the area starting late or perhaps even not starting yet this morning - looking at Okushiga Kogen and Kumanoyu at the moment.

Less people around on this Monday morning. It's a cold one though, with the wind making it feel even colder - minus double digits in places, brrr.

Tomorrow should be calmer and the sun might show up.


Resort info and lift operations (as of Monday 16th December 2013, 9am):

Sun Valley:
Reporting 50cm of snow depth; -7C
Number 1 quad

Reporting 50cm of snow depth; -7C
Maruike Number 1 triple

Hoppo Bundaira:
Reporting 40cm of snow depth; -9C

Reporting 60cm snow depth; -9C
Number 2 triple lift

Ichinose Family:
Reporting 50cm snow depth; -8.7C
Ichinose Number 2 pair lift A/B
Ichinose Quad

Ichinose Diamond:
Reporting 50cm snow depth; -8.7C

Ichinose Yamanokami:
Reporting 50cm snow depth; -7.8C
Number 2 lift

Reporting 60cm snow depth; -13C
Number 2 Gondola
Number 2 lift

Okushiga Kogen:
Reporting 75cm snow depth; -7C
Number 1 pair
Number 2 pair
Number 3 pair

Kumanoyu (skiers only):
Reporting 60cm snow depth; -9C
Number 1 pair
Number 2 pair lift A/B

Reporting 55cm snow depth; -12C
Number 1 Sky B
Number 2 Sky
Number 3
Number 5   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Monday 16th December 2013, 10:30am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 20cm
Snow depth: 90cm
And yes, more snow this morning. About another 20cm or so at base areas though it is just cloudy at the moment though the forecast is for cloud and snow on and off through the day.

It boggles the mind how they still only have 50cm at Uwanodai officially - I suppose they must just be compacting it like crazy. Take it with a pinch of salt though as there's much more than that falling. They have 130cm as the number coming from Utopia which is more like it... but then again, there's more!

Not quite as cold this morning in Zao, but still -3. Up top temp of -8 reported by the resort.

From today the Astraea Number 3 lift, Utopia Number 2 lift and the Omori quad lift join in the fun as more of the mountain opens. Though the Chuo Number 2 and Katakai lift will be closed until Friday. It's all very complicated!

From Friday lots of the remaining lifts plan to open and then the resort will pretty much be fully open I would expect.

The cheaper early season lift tickets are on sale until the 20th, after which it's normal season prices.


Official snow depths (16th December 13):
Utopia: 130cm
Chuo: 90cm
Paradise: 95cm
Uwanodai: 50cm


Planned operating lifts until Thursday this week:
Ropeways and Gondolas
Onsen Number 1 pair
Onsen Number 2 quad
Onsen Number 3 parallel
Miaeri pair
Chuo Number 1 pair
Diamond Number 2
Zao Paradise Pair
Shobunuma Number 1 triple / 2 pair
Omori quad
Yokokura Number 1 pair
Yokokura Number 2 pair
Astraea Number 1 pair
Astraea Number 2 pair
Astraea Number 3 pair
Utopia Number 1 pair
Utopia Number 2 pair
Kurohime Number 1 quad   Read more ...

Furano Now!

Monday 16th December 2013, 12:04pm
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 40cm
Snow depth: 80cm
Furano was hit by a serious snow storm last night that dumped another 40cm at village level.

This has changed things dramatically and we expect more of the mountain to open up over the rest of the week. The most significant change for today is that Downhill Romance #3 chair is now operating which opens up access to more challenging terrain. The snow that has fallen is very heavy compared to the normal Furano light powder and is perfect for bulking up the base.

Operating lifts:
Furano Ropeway 8:30am-3:10pm
Downhill Romance #2 chair 8:45am-3:10pm
Downhill Romance #3 chair 9:00am-3:00pm
Prince Romance 8:30am - 8:00pm

Spies (partially open) from top of Ropeway until bottom of Down Hill Romance #2 chair.
Prince Course
Panorama   Read more ...

SnowJapan Daily 'Now' reports

Yuzawa Now
29th Jun, 17:50am
Grandeco Now
28th Jun, 19:23am
Niseko Now
06th May, 9:21am
Furano Now
06th May, 9:04am
Hakuba Now
06th May, 9:02
Nozawa Onsen Now
06th May, 8:41
Shiga Kogen Now
06th May, 8:35
Myoko Now
06th May, 8:35am
Zao Now
06th May, 8:30am
Naeba Now
06th May, 8:28am
Minakami Now
06th May, 8:27am
Appi Kogen Now
06th May, 8:04
Geto Kogen Now
06th May, 8:01
Madarao Now
05th May, 19:10pm