Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 30th May 2020

Furano Now!

Sunday 16th March 2014, 7:39am
Weather conditions: High cloud
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: 230cm
This morning we have overcast skies but clear weather surrounding the mountain.

Yesterday saw constant snowfall on the upper mountain throughout the day which lead to substantial accumulation on the upper half of the ski area.

All main courses have been groomed overnight and the new snow has freshened up the pistes.

Due to ski competitions the following courses are closed: Spies and Ropeway courses are closed until today.


Operating lifts:
Kitanomine Gondola 9:00am-4:00pm
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
Prince Romance 8:30am - 4:00pm   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Sunday 16th March 2014, 8:30am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 3cm
Snow depth: 200cm
Another few cm of snow this morning on the ground here in Hirafu - so hopefully/probably more than that on the mountain - and it is a fairly mild morning with temps just under zero.

Resorts are reporting poor visibility early on with top lifts at Hirafu, Annupuri and Village all on hold as of 8:30am.

As per forecast, cloud with light snow at times is what we seem to have today.

A few people have asked us where the weather forecasts are.... if you look on the right side of this page (or indeed any of our Now reports), you will see a list of 'Nearby snow resorts'. Click on the resort you are interested in to be taken to the resort info on SnowJapan. At the top of that page you will see a large blue tab labelled 'Weather info'. That's where you will find the weather/snow forecasts - and they are updated throughout the year. You may also find some stuff you didn't know about on the site, so please do go over and take a look.


Niseko Avalanche Report

Niseko base 6am: -3C, 3cm of low-pressure snowfall. Moiwa peak: n/a. Annupuri 1150m: mild wind, -7C, thick fog, poor visibility, 3cm of fresh, snowpack 340cm. Hirafu 1000m: mild wind, -7C, light snowfall. Peak 1308m: S9.7m/s, -8.2C. Coastal data: cape Benkei SSE5m/s, cape Kamui ENE2m/s, 0.7m waves, 1013hPa.

A small Low is quickly passing over southern Hokkaido. Typical small crystal snow has started to fall since 2am. This type of snow is loose and slides easily whether in steeps or trees. It is also likely to form a weak layer under future snowdrift slabs that could trigger avalanches with unclear crown. Beware of the coming snowfall transition. The snow condition is actually not too bad as the temperature gradient remained small.

Peak gates will open from the morning. Listen to the ski patrol’s instructions, be geared up and step out of the gates. The visibility will be bad in the morning. The season is slowly shifting to spring, but temperature is still low. Beware of sudden weather changes and falling into cracks. Have a nice day.


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

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

Niseko Village:
Top - 390cm
Base - 200cm

Top - 395cm
Base - 200cm
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Hakuba Now!

Sunday 16th March 2014, 8:45am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 140cm
Yesterday was a fine day weather wise, beautiful blue skies.

I like the way Hakuba 47 describe it - with packed snow on upper slopes and spring snow on lower slopes, they said it was 'hybrid' conditions! That about describes it I suppose!

This morning it is bright and there has been some blue sky on show through some thin clouds earlier but it's mostly overcast cloudy skies now. Visibility on the resorts seems decent though.

We're expecting a high of around +7 degrees in the village this afternoon and maybe some rain/sleet/snow at varying elevations to go with it. Warmer conditions still tomorrow, with a return to cold looking likely towards the end of the week - and that might bring with it fresh snow.


Official snow depth numbers and operations (as of 16th March 2014):

Hakuba Goryu:
Reporting 0cm of new snowfall.
Upper - 260cm
Toomi - 140cm
Iimori - 105cm

Hakuba 47:
Reporting 0cm of new snowfall.
Upper - 230cm
Lower - 60cm

Reporting 0cm of new snowfall.
Usagidaira - 210cm
Nakiyama - 70cm
Sakka - 70cm

Hakuba Iwatake:
Upper - 200cm
Lower - 60cm

Tsugaike Kogen:
Tsuganomori - 292cm
Maruyama - 105cm
Kanenonaruoka - 170cm

Hakuba Cortina:
Reporting 0cm of new snowfall.
Upper - 305cm
Lower - 190cm

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

Yuzawa Now!

Sunday 16th March 2014, 9:01am
Weather conditions: Sunny, bit overcast
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 215cm
A fine, quite warm day yesterday.

It is a very mild morning here and we are expecting temperatures to rise to perhaps around 10C later on in the day. We're also expecting some rain but hopefully that won't last too long. Back to sun for tomorrow. Most of the coming week should remain mild/warm with rain due mid week but there are some signs of a dip in temps before next weekend and perhaps some snow.

There's a real feel of spring now. Birds are looking very busy going about their spring business. I can even see some flowers and plants springing up in the ground behind my place, hadn't noticed them at all until now.

Many of the ski resorts around town will close for the season either at the end of this month or the first week of April. GALA Yuzawa plans to be open until early May and of course Kagura is famous for being open right through until the end of May.

In the next week I'll be posting details on planned resort closing dates on this page.


Official resort snow depths @ Sunday 16th March 2014, AM:
Kagura (Tashiro):
Kagura (Mitsumata):
NASPA Ski Garden:
Gala Yuzawa:
Yuzawa Kogen:
Yuzawa Nakazato:
Yuzawa Park:
Maiko Snow Resort:
Ishiuchi Maruyama:
Joetsu Kokusai:
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Shiga Kogen Now!

Sunday 16th March 2014, 9:01am
Weather conditions: Sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 200cm
It's warming up today, much as it did yesterday. The roads are clear and dry, only to get wet again soon with some melting snow I reckon. The next few days should see quite a lot of sun.

What's interesting is towards the end of the week when colder conditions are forecast along with snowfall Thursday and Friday. By that time we will surely be in need of a good refresh, so it would be great if that happens.


Official snow depth data, as of Sunday 16th March 2014):

Sun Valley:





Hoppo Bundaira:

Takamagahara Mammoth:


Ichinose Family:


Ichinose Diamond:


Okushiga Kogen:

Kumanoyu (skiers only):

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Nozawa Onsen Now!

Sunday 16th March 2014, 9:01am
Weather conditions: Sunny, some cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 180cm
Good morning from Nozawa.

The sun is out this morning. Yesterday started off really cold but warmed up during the day. This morning it is much milder and it's set to warm up today. Perhaps a high temperature of +6 degrees. Not perfectly clear views up there by the looks with a distinctly overcast feel in some directions, but the sun is shining down on the slopes.

A chance of some sleet/snow overnight and then more sun forecast for tomorrow.

Warmer conditions until around mid week - rain very possible - but could that be snow towards the end of the week? It could well be!

It might just be me but I feel this weekend is noticeably less busy than last weekend. There seems to be a point in the season when lots of people just somehow decide that the ski season is over, or their season anyway, and perhaps we have hit that point for many. The other interesting time is a bit further down the line when many other ski resorts are closed for the season and Nozawa is one of the few that remains open... that's when it can often get really busy again for that last stretch of the season. Which, if you didn't know, is early May in Nozawa. I make that another 7 weeks or so to go!


Sunday 16th March 2014:

Official snow depths:
Yamabiko - 350cm
Uenotaira - 290cm
Hikage - 180cm
Nagasaka - 165cm
Karasawa - 125cm

All lifts operating

All courses open except:
Grand Prix
Kandahar East
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Madarao Now!

Sunday 16th March 2014, 9:12am
Weather conditions: Clear
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 230cm
After that cold start to the day yesterday, it warmed up quite a lot during the day. Layers were being shed!

This morning it is starting off much milder and already above zero, and it should be warming up again. Similar expected tomorrow as well. Tuesday onwards the mild conditions may well be accompanied by some rain (perhaps borderline snow if we are lucky?), before getting a bit colder by the end of the week. Some forecasts tell us to expect snowfall before the weekend.

In the meantime, it's a fine spring ski morning here.


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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Myoko Now!

Sunday 16th March 2014, 9:36am
Weather conditions: Sunny, with high thin clouds
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 300cm
Another sunny day with a bit of haze.

The snow got pretty warm yesterday; it should be better today as the snow is settled, but probably not so great outside the ski runs.

Spring is definitely here, and will really be felt over the next few days as things get pretty warm. That even more says that the end of this month may well be the end of the season this year, so get out and enjoy! (Planned closing dates info coming soon).


Official info:

Akakura Kanko:

Akakura Onsen:


Myoko Suginohara:

Seki Onsen:

Myoko Ski Park:

Myoko Kyukamura Runrun


Tangram Ski Circus
185cm    Read more ...

Zao Now!

Sunday 16th March 2014, 10:01am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 1cm
Snow depth: 260cm
It is snowing in Zao this morning. Mild, but snowing. Poor visibility out on the mountain and some quite strong winds blowing at times, but ski lifts are operating as planned as far as I can tell.

Tomorrow should be calmer.

Around Tuesday we are expecting warmer conditions but later in the week cold again and around Thursday there might even be some moderate snowfall on the mountain. Winter not quite giving up just yet?!


Official snow depths (16th March 14):
Utopia: 320cm
Chuo: 260cm
Paradise: 290cm
Uwanodai: 180cm

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Minakami Now!

Sunday 16th March 2014, 17:01pm
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 440cm
A sunny start to the day followed by rain and now snow falling at the valley level.

Back to warm temps tomorrow with rain expected on Tuesday and Thursday this week but maybe some more snow on Friday.


440cm @ Tenjin
70m @ valley   Read more ...

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