Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 6th May 2019

Niseko Now!

Tuesday 17th February 2009, 7:38am
Weather conditions: light snow
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Only a brief update as I'm heading up for a ski this morning and will give a more detailed report later today.
After another 20-30cm through the day yesterday snowfalls eased a little overnight with only another 15cm falling. This morning it's only snowing lightly but snowfalls are expected to continue throughout the day and winds have moderated which should allow most lifts to run. Conditions couldn't be much better with deep dry snow all over mountain.

The resort hasn't updated snowdepths at time of writing this. Will update later.

Current Official Snow Depths:

Grand Hirafu:
Top - 320cm
Bottom - 145cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 330cm
Bottom - 160cm

Top - 360cm
Bottom - 190cm


Late update:

What an awesome morning! Much of the morning only had occasional snow showers with sunny breaks in between. We headed out to Hanazono as all lifts had remained closed there yesterday due to the wind. After a couple of great runs in Strawberry Fields with fresh tracks we headed over to Bluberries for some more fresh turns in bottomless powder. After this we headed up higher and out through gate 5 for some more fresh lines in Fujiwara. Things were starting to get a little tracked out so we headed over to Annupuri and had some nice runs in the gully below gate 7. By around lunch time though the cloud, snow and wind was back so we called it quits for the day as it just wasn't going to get any better than what we had in the morning. If there's anything better than fresh lines in bottomless powder with sunshine I certainly haven't found it yet.

The winds today were still very strong and the top gates and lifts have yet to open. When they do there's going to be some amazing snow to be had. The snow showers are expected to continue over the next couple of days and on Friday another low will approach from the west bringing milder air ahead of it. Temps look set to get slightly above freezing through the day before dropping back down again over the weekend. More snow will come through with this system.    Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Tuesday 17th February 2009, 7:47am
Weather conditions: light snows
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
80cm of snow has fallen in leass than 24 hours here!! This is unprecedented on Myoko apparently. The Snowboard nationals begin today with exhibition runs at Akakan, but as the powder is a meter deep from yesterday's snows, the goings will be slow. No speed records today. Seki Onsen has recorded 110cm for the 24-hour period:)

Avalanche warnings are popping up all across the board, so stay tuned to your resort of choice's website or local inn websites for updates on avalanche warnings.

The powder just don't get no better than this;)   Read more ...

Minakami Now!

Tuesday 17th February 2009, 8:19am
Weather conditions: Snowing
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
After a day of light snow yesterday there is currently 20cm+ on the ground at the valley level, with up to 30cm of fresh in the mountains. The snow continues to fall this morning in Minakami but is currently very light falling at a rate of 1cm/hour. It is expected to increase in intensity around midday.

The outlook for the rest of the day and tomorrow is for continued snow with little wind. This means by the end of tomorrow there should be an estimated 60cm of fresh in the upper mountains. It actually looks like Winter again!

Thursday and Friday look like warmer weather but the snow is forecast to return on Saturday. This should make for an awesome weekend in the snow. Maybe the last decent one of the season, so make sure your up here!   Read more ...

Naeba Now!

Tuesday 17th February 2009, 9:30am
Weather conditions: white snowy sky
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
So it snowed properly again. Naeba reports 30cm whilst Naeba is boasting a good half meter in places. Even better, Naeba is reporting all Gondolas open and Kagura is open too.

The main hill is not to be seen at the moment as snow falls from the sky with a mixture of low cloud - so we can expect white-out conditions nearer the top of the mountain.

Due to the Tokimeki ski championships events being held at Naeba resort this week, there will be some courses unavailable to the public during that competition.   Read more ...

Yuzawa Now!

Tuesday 17th February 2009, 9:34am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Now this is more like it... feels like winter again.

Good news this morning in that was have probably had around 30cm of snow fall overnight at town level. Kagura is reporting 40-50cm of snow since yesterday. Smiles all round! The better news is that the snow is continuing to fall now and so hopefully we can look forward to those snow depths getting a good 'level up'. (The

This snow is just in time for the Tokimeki national ski championships that are being held in Yuzawa from today until Friday. Because of those some courses at Naeba will be closed to the public during that time. The Crown Prince of Japan (the eldest son of the Emperor) is in Yuzawa today for the opening....

Back to the snow. Those courses that were in real need of snow will of course be much more healthy today and I expect conditions will be very nice out there this morning.

It is currently -3 degrees in Yuzawa.

Nighta tonight is at the following resorts in Yuzawa:

In Minamiuonuma just to the north, nighta at:
Ishiuchi Maruyama
Centleisure Maiko
Joetsu Kokusai   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Tuesday 17th February 2009, 9:41am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Winter has returned, much to the delight of everyone here who was waiting! Take a look at those temperatures above - much more like what we expect in Shiga Kogen in mid-February. Outside the thermometer is telling me -12 degrees.

Yokoteyama is reporting 10cm of fresh snow this morning and similar elsewhere and the snow is falling now and hopefully set to continue for the rest of the day.

Those lucky enough to get out there today (and wrapped up well) should be treated to some great conditions.

The following resort plans to be open for nighta tonight:
Ichinose Family

Official resort snow depths as of 17th February 09:

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

Hakuba Now!

Tuesday 17th February 2009, 10:25am
Weather conditions: Blue skies to the East, some cloud over the Alps and some light snow at altitude.
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Not as much of it as I hoped for but the sight of fresh dry powder in the morning should be enough to stave off the depression left over from yesterday. We had some powder yesterday morning for sure with around 15cms of fresh top spray around but the state of the piste was miserable to say the least and had more than one person calling it the worst day ever experienced.

Snow started falling yesterday afternoon and enough fell for some nice straight powder lines this morning. Some big winds last night meant that the wind-blown stash-pockets are the goods today...enjoy the fresh stuff; don't put in any too hard turns and you wouldn't even know how crap it was underneath. This snow is a good start to sorting out the state of the runs.

Cold temperatures overnight with -11 measured at 6 AM at Goryu's top and still in the minuses now...good to have a temperature drop, trees even at the top of the runs had the beginnings of buds on them...hopefully this shakes those off and puts the bears back to sleep...


The freezing level has come down to the valley now and snow is falling gently after continued rain and wind last night up to 1200 m before this mornings cooling. Snow flurries are forecast through the week and as snow amounts build over top of the Feb 15th rain crust the stability of the new snow will decrease as new snow depth increases. There was 15 cm of new snow reported over night at 1500 m at Goryu Alps Daira. High probability of human triggered avalanches at the new snow / rain crust interface. Expect naturals with increased snow fall.

Stability Tests:

Feb 12th
12:00 North East Aspect @ 2000 m @ Happo Ike. Air Temp -4‚ Sunny skies
CTE(4‚5)SC down 25cm on Facets/Buried Surface Hoar over crust

11:30 North East Aspect at 1900 m @ Hiyodori mine. Air Temp -2‚ sunny with some broken localized cloud.
CTM(12‚14)RP down 20cm on New and Decomposing snow

Travel Advisory:

Travel in unsupported steep terrain with the 15 cm of new snow on top of the rain crust should be avoided until bonding of the new and old snow layers takes place. Areas below tree may still not have had time to cool after the rain and warm weather and therefore the crust may not have developed and any new snow will fall over the present wet isothermal snow pack. With this in mind it is still possible that weak layers with in the wet snow may produce a wet slide when with warm temperatures or solar radiation. Slides within the new snow once snow amounts increase is also a concern.

Avalanche Hazard Rating:

Below Tree Line: Considerable
Tree Line: Considerable
Alpine: Considerable trending to Poor with added snow and wind at elevations above freezing level.

Rapid air temperature decrease
Cornice fall
Increase in loose snow avalanches and sluffs
Development of cornices in lee slopes
Lee side loading
Windward scouring of ridges and rock out-crops creating uneven loading of slopes
Due caution on cross loaded slopes
Poor bonding at or around buried crust
Due caution in steep and convex terrain

Danger level 4 : High

Natural and human triggered avalanches likely.
Danger level ratings are set for conditions at tree line and may vary from below tree line and High Alpine areas.
Use this information as a guideline only.

Official resort snow depths on 17th Feb 09:
45cm (Shirakaba)
60cm (Sakka/Kitaone)
215cm (Kurobishi/Usagidaira)
Hakuba Goryu:
105cm (Iimori)
105cm (Toomi)
205cm (Alps daira)
Hakuba 47:
99cm (updated 16th)
Tsugaike Kogen:
110cm (Kanenonaruoka)
120cm (Maruyama)
230cm (Tsuganomori)
Hakuba Iwatake:
50cm (Shomen)
120cm (Sancho)
Sun Alpina Sanosaka:
Hakuba Minekata:
Hakuba Highland:

Nighta tonight is scheduled at:

Hakuba Goryu (Toomi);
Happo-one (Nakiyama);
Hakuba Cortina Kokusai (Ikenoda)   Read more ...

Furano Now!

Tuesday 17th February 2009, 11:16am
Weather conditions: Partly cloudy, sun breaking through.
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
No new snow to report. Nice cold temps, and partly sunny. Winds are very light, so it's a great day to get up on the slopes.

Think Snow. Think Powder.   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Tuesday 17th February 2009, 13:27pm
Weather conditions: Clear and sunny.
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Great start to the day in Nozawa this morning! Fresh snow fell throughout the afternoon yesterday and all night last night. We awoke to 50cm of fresh powder snow up on Yamabiko and 60cm at Uenotaira. The adjusted base depths are 205cm at Yamabiko and 160cm at Uenotaira. Snow was still falling lightly this morning but the weather is now clear although it is expected to snow again from this afternoon. The Temperatures are -8C at Yamabiko and -1C in the village.

The outlook for the next few days is mixed. Snow is expected to continue to fall lightly tonight and tomorrow but and warmer spell on thursday evening may bring a mixture of moderatly heavy snow and rain high up on the mountain. On Friday temperatures will fall again and about 20cm is expected to fall throughout the day and night.    Read more ...

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