Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 30th May 2020

Shiga Kogen Now!

Monday 17th March 2014, 8:01am
Weather conditions: Bluebird
New snowfall: 3cm
Snow depth: 190cm
Wet stuff falling from the skies later in the day yesterday, ending up in the form of snow. This morning though it's clear blue skies and I think it is going to be a clear and sunny - and mild - day.

Later tomorrow we probably won't be lucky enough to escape some rainfall though there's decent chances that it will be snowing as temps fall overnight.


Official snow depth data, as of Monday 17th March 2014):

Sun Valley:





Hoppo Bundaira:

Takamagahara Mammoth:


Ichinose Family:


Ichinose Diamond:


Okushiga Kogen:

Kumanoyu (skiers only):

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Niseko Now!

Monday 17th March 2014, 8:30am
Weather conditions: Cloud, blue sky, sun
New snowfall: 1cm
Snow depth: 195cm
Less than 1cm of snowfall to report this morning, just a thin dusting really with the temperature around 0 degrees at the moment.

There's still quite a bit of cloud around, but the sun is out as well and some blue sky.

Once again we might get a bit of snow overnight into tomorrow and then tomorrow in the daytime there's a chance of some rain. Strong winds forecast for tomorrow as well - enough to mess about with lift schedules if it happens.

For the moment though this morning good weather, the groomers should be good early on. Just hope it doesn't warm up too much...


Niseko Avalanche Report

Niseko base 6am: -2C, 0.5cm graupels in 12 hours. Moiwa 800m: -5C, W5m/s and development of snowdrifts in Mikaeri area. Annupuri 1150m: snowpack 360cm. Hirafu 1000m: -5C, slight snowfall. Peak 1308m: NW13m/s, -8.3C. Coastal data: cape Benkei NNW10m/s, cape Kamui NNW6m/s, 0.7m, 1020hPa.

Although the isobars are spaced out as a high-pressure system is traveling east, an intermittent NW wind is blowing, making snowdrifts develop in some areas. Newly formed snowdrifts in 1000m area are unstable and easily collapse. Temperature is relatively high and the snow in the trees will get better in the afternoon. Many dangers, other than avalanches, exist in the backcountry. Beware of loosing control, hitting trees, falling into cracks. Peak gates will open from the morning. Do not enter south facing strictly off-limits areas. Have a nice day.


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

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 395cm
Base - 195cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 390cm
Base - 200cm

Top - 395cm
Base - 200cm   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Monday 17th March 2014, 8:34am
Weather conditions: Blue skies over the mountain
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 175cm
The sun is out over the resort again this morning.

Yesterday it started out like that, but we ended up getting rain/sleet and then snow - this morning Nozawa reports up to 5cm on the upper areas of the mountain, though it didn't amount to anything lower down.

So the sun shines again but today it should be fine right through the day, warming up to around +5 degrees.

Some rain is expected tomorrow as things warm up further but looking beyond the warm spell, it's still looking potentially interesting late week with the chance of snow.


Monday 17th March 2014:

Official snow depths:
Yamabiko - 350cm
Uenotaira - 280cm
Hikage - 175cm
Nagasaka - 160cm
Karasawa - 120cm

Weekday operations - all lifts operating except:
Yunomine pair
Mizunashi triple
Challenge pair
Utopia pair
Hikage number 2 pair B

All courses open except:
Grand Prix
Kandahar East   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Monday 17th March 2014, 8:34am
Weather conditions: Clear and sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 140cm
So we got some snow yesterday. Resorts reported up to 5cm of snow on upper areas.

This morning we have what looks like some early morning fog hanging over the village in areas, but blue skies above and we're on for a very fine day weather wise. Getting too warm for our liking of course with temperatures maybe rising to double digits early afternoon. Still better than what is expected tomorrow... some rainfall.

Thursday/Friday is looking much more interesting with a return to colder conditions and the chances of snowfall and potential refresh.


Official snow depth numbers and operations (as of 17th March 2014):

Hakuba Goryu:
Reporting 0cm of new snowfall (1cm up top?)
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 - 65cm
Sakka - 70cm

Hakuba Iwatake:
Upper - 200cm
Lower - 55cm

Tsugaike Kogen:
Tsuganomori - 292cm
Maruyama - 100cm
Kanenonaruoka - 160cm

Hakuba Cortina:
Reporting 0cm of new snowfall.
Upper - 300cm
Lower - 180cm

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

Yuzawa Now!

Monday 17th March 2014, 9:01am
Weather conditions: Clear but hazy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 215cm
By lunchtime yesterday drops of rain were falling and it times it was quite heavy, only to fairly quickly turn into sleet... and then snow. There was even a cm or two on the car at one point, but this morning that is gone.

Resorts around town reporting no significant cm, apart from Kagura who are reporting 10cm of fresh snow and Naeba up to 5cm. I would expect up to that in other places like Gala and Yuzawa Kogen this morning.

Early on this morning though it is sunny. There are hardly any clouds and blue skies up there, though a very hazy start to the day. Having said that, looks like nice blue skies over in the direction of Kagura.

This afternoon we expect a high of about +8 degrees and similar tomorrow, though the forecast is for rain later in the day (tomorrow).

Encouraging signs of some snow due before the weekend.


Official resort snow depths @ Monday 17th 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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Madarao Now!

Monday 17th March 2014, 9:31am
Weather conditions: Mostly clear blue skies
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: 220cm
A bit of new snow on the courses this morning as the day starts with the sun out and the prospect of a warm up today.

Quiet out there this morning as we enter the last few weeks of the season at Madarao.

Looking to warm conditions continuing for a few days and rain probable tomorrow. It should get colder again by the end of the week though and we might get some fresh snowfall before the weekend.


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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Furano Now!

Monday 17th March 2014, 9:46am
Weather conditions: High cloud
New snowfall: 4cm
Snow depth: 230cm
March conditions continue to provide some fine skiing.

Last night there was 4cm of new snow at village level and there will be some nice on piste powder to be skied this morning. The day is overcast but the sun is breaking through the cloud cover in places and overall it looks like a pleasant day. Although morning temperatures are cold, it will warm significantly during the day and the best snow conditions will be in the early morning period.

The all Japan high school ski competitions are now over and spies course is once again open to the public.


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 9:00am-4:00pm
Prince Romance 8:30am - 4:00pm   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Monday 17th March 2014, 10:45am
Weather conditions: Sunny
New snowfall: 3cm
Snow depth: 260cm
A few cm of snow from yesterday, but today the sun is out and it's going to be a beautiful blue sky day when the remaining clouds clear, I can tell.

Quite cold early but it's going to warm up during the day in the sun. It's going to be warmer still tomorrow, and we are expecting strong winds and... rain, unfortunately.

Later in the week though, colder conditions should be back with us and they may bring some fresh snowfall.


Official snow depths (17th March 14):
Utopia: 320cm
Chuo: 260cm
Paradise: 290cm
Uwanodai: 180cm
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