Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 1st April 2018

Minakami Now!

Tuesday 18th December 2012, 7:50am
Weather conditions: Cloud cover
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 100cm
Pretty grim out there today. The possible snow that might have been on the cards for yesterday afternoon didn't materialize. Instead we had light rain up high and warmish temperatures. Much the same today. It is pretty warm out there. Rain down low and light snow if you go very high. Again there is the possibility that it might turn to snow later but if not, it looks like a day of rain in Minakami.

The warm temperatures of the last few days have taken their toll on the snow. It is definitely in need of a top-up but the forecast says there is a cold front moving in bring several days of snow with it.

Norn - Dec 20
Minakami Kogen - Dec 22
Okutone - Dec 21

Official snow depth:
100cm Tenjindaira

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Yuzawa Now!

Tuesday 18th December 2012, 8:55am
Weather conditions: Cloud, rain
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 60cm
This morning light snow is falling high up at Kagura, but it is raining in town and in lower areas. Lots of the snow that was around last week has now unfortunately gone. So not what I wanted to report this morning, but we are hoping that it will be snowing before long as the temperatures drop as the day moves on and snow is likely into tomorrow as well. The forecasts don't seem to be predicting huge dumpage though. I wish I could bring more exciting news this morning.

Some of the resorts that are part open around town level are somewhat struggling with a thin base.

No need to worry though, we are still in mid-December - it's still early days. And we all know how the snow can and does fall in this area once it gets going properly. It probably won't be long before some (silly) people hope for it to stop snowing!

Official resort snow depths @ Tuesday 18th December 12, AM:
Mt Naeba:
Kandatsu Kogen:
Yuzawa Kogen:
Yuzawa Nakazato:
Centleisure Maiko:
Joetsu Kokusai:

Planned resort openings

21st December
Ishiuchi Maruyama
Yuzawa Park
Muikamachi Ski Resort

22nd December
Gala Yuzawa
NASPA Ski Garden
Muikamachi Hakkaisan
Chateau Shiozawa

23rd December

Late December
Ludens Yuzawa
Mt Granview
Ishiuchi Hanaoka   Read more ...

Furano Now!

Tuesday 18th December 2012, 9:34am
Weather conditions: Snowing
New snowfall: 10cm
Snow depth: 100cm
It is all good news today in Furano with snow falling heavily from early this morning there is already accumulation of 10cm on the ground at base level. It will be fantastic conditons throughout the morning for the powder seekers with plenty of untouched stashes waiting to be tracked. With less people to compete with the Kitanomine Zone would be the place to head after a couple of runs in the Furano Zone. The forecast is looking favourable for the rest of the week with consistent cold temperatures and further snowfall on the forecast.
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Niseko Now!

Tuesday 18th December 2012, 9:45am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 10cm
Snow depth: 240cm
Another 10cm of snow to report this morning from the village with the temperature around the same as yesterday as well as those winds affecting some top lifts on the mountain as well. Similar kind of conditions as yesterday really.

The forecast is looking positive for decent snowfall over the next few days along with temperatures that are going to drop further overnight into tomorrow. Tomorrow should see a return to nice cold conditions.

This morning early on the Niseko Gondola at Niseko Village is running at slower speeds. The top King Number 3 and King Number 4 lifts at Niseko Grand Hirafu, as well as the top Hanazono Number 3 quad lift, are not operating due to the wind conditions on the mountain at the time of writing.

Lifts Operating (at time of writing)
Asterix denotes planned 'nighta' operations

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Ace Family Pair*
Ace Number 2 Quad (Center Four)*
Ace Number 3 Pair
Hirafu Gondola*
Holiday Number 1 Pair*
Swinging Monkey

Niseko Annupuri
Annupuri Gondola
Jumbo Number 1 Quad*
Jumbo Number 2 Pair
Jumbo Number 3 Pair
Jumbo Number 4 Pair

Niseko Village
Niseko Gondola
Community Chair*
Banzai Chair*
Wonderland Chair
Morino Chair

Niseko Hanazono
Hanazono Number 1 Quad
Hanazono Number 2 Quad

Official Resort Snow Depths

Grand Hirafu
Top - 240cm
Bottom - 110cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 150cm
Bottom - 140cm

Niseko Village
Top - 160cm
Bottom - 110cm

Niseko Hanazono
Top - 240cm
Bottom - 110cm

Avalanche Information:

Niseko base: -3C, 10cm of crystal snow falling from early this morning. No development of snowdrifts can be observed. Coastal wind: N12m/s. 200cm snowpack at Moiwa 800m. Annupuri peak wind: NNE15m/s. The weather is shifting to a typical winter weather pattern as the small low-pressure system moves east. A northerly wind and snow is predicted to pick up above 800m altitude.
According to the snowfall transition, observations and data, surface soft-slab avalanches of 40cm or less are likely to occur in steep slopes, cliffs and slopes with heavy snowdrift loads. Potential sliding layer: Dec 15th or 16th. The snow condition is ever changing and avalanches happen when the conditions are right. A slope that was safe yesterday may not be so today. Make sure to evaluate all risks and consequences before you drop in. The snow condition seems better than yesterdays. Gate 4 & 8 are scheduled to open at 9:30, Gate 6 at 10:00. Annupuri and Hirafu peak gates will take at least a few more days to open. Respect the Rules and follow the ski patrols instructions. Have a safe day.   Read more ...

Naeba Now!

Tuesday 18th December 2012, 9:52am
Weather conditions: Cloud, light snow high up
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 90cm
Yesterday turned out to be a fine day. Clouds are back over the mountains this morning and while it is raining lower down in the main Yuzawa town area, it is light snow up here on the mountains at Naeba and Kagura. Right now just cloud here in Naeba village area, but it is apparently snowing higher up on the mountain.

It's still pretty mild though and we are hoping that it will get colder later on today and that snow will start falling with a bit more conviction - we should be seeing some accummulation over the next 24-36 hours. It's not going to be prolonged though with clearer conditions likely later in the week.

Official resort snow depth:
Naeba - 90cm
Kagura - 200cm

Lifts operating at Naeba:
Prince Number 2 Gondola
No5 high speed lift
No4 romance lift
Takenokodaira romance lift
Daishamen romance lift

Almost all of Kagura is open.   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Tuesday 18th December 2012, 10:05am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 170cm
I was hoping to bring you news of snow this morning, but while it was snowing above 1600m, down in the village here it just didn't happen.... not in the way that counts anyway -- new cm! It is snowing now though and while it is still not excatly cold hovering around the 0 degrees mark, things should get colder later in the day, overnight and into early tomorrow. Snow, please!

Tomorrow through into the weekend will probably see clearer skies over Hakuba and Otari, but look to Sunday and early next week for the potential of good snowfall.

No news from around the resorts to report really - we're all just waiting for more snow.


Official snow depths and operations @ Tuesday 18th December 2012 AM:
Please note that resort lift operations are subject to change at any time.

Hakuba Goryu:
No new snow to report.
Lifts operating - Gondola, Alps No1 pair, Alps No3 pair, Toomi Sky Four, Toomi No1 pair, Cosmo Four, Milky Four, No1 high speed, No6 pair.
All main areas and courses at Hakuba Goryu now open.
Official snow depths:
Alps daira - 170cm;
Toomi - 85cm;
Iimori - 45cm

Hakuba 47:
No new snow to report.
All runs at Hakuba 47 are now open.
Lifts operating - Gondola, Line A, Line C and Line E.
Official snow depth:
Upper - 120cm
Lower - 40cm

Ski lifts/courses:
Lifts operating - Gondola, Alpen quad, Kurobishi No2 quad, Panorama pair, Happo Riesen quad, Nakiyama No3 triple lift.
You can now ride down to gondola base.
Official snow depth:
Usagidaira - 150cm
Nakiyama/Shirakaba - 40cm
Sakka - 30cm

Tsugaike Kogen:
The Gondola, Tsuga No2 pair, Hannoki pair, Shirakaba quad, Tsugaike Chuo triple lift and Karamatsu pair lifts are operating.
Official snow depth:
Upper slopes - 240cm
Lower slopes - 70cm

Hakuba Cortina:
No new snow to report
Number 2 quad and Number 4 pair lifts operating.
Official snow depth:
Upper slopes - 135cm
Lower slopes - 60cm

Hakuba Iwatake:
The Gondola, 4 line East and 5 line South lifts are operating.
Official snow depth:
Upper slopes - 110cm
Lower slopes - 50cm

Hakuba Sanosaka:
Number 2 quad, Number 3 quad and Number 6 pair lifts operating.
Official snow depth:
50cm   Read more ...

Madarao Now!

Tuesday 18th December 2012, 10:09am
Weather conditions: Light snow, cloud
New snowfall: 1cm
Snow depth: 33cm
Just about 1cm of snow to report this morning in Madarao, and rather wet snow is falling as I write this report. Fairly windy out there but the lifts that are due to open are moving this morning. It is definitely colder than yesterday and it should be getting colder still, and we can expect snowfall into tomorrow. Not a whole lot more to report at the moment.

After tomorrow the snow looks set to ease off and it be Sunday before we can expect more decent snowfall.

Lifts operating:
Number 1
Number 2 Quad
Kids Park moving walkway   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Tuesday 18th December 2012, 10:36am
Weather conditions: Light Snow
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 105cm
Bit of a climate change in Nozawa today, with cloud blanketing the mountains. It is doing it's best to snow in the village with temps hovering just above 0 degrees.

On the cams it appears to be dropping flakes up top, which we would expect with the 1000m vertical elevation difference from town.

Yesterday was pretty nice up top but a bit icy in places so the dusting today will be welcome and it should snow moderately all day.

Looking ahead we should be in for some serious snow from Sunday night so get out there and do your best snow dance..

Lifts operating
Nagasaka Gondola
Yamabiko Four
Yamabiko No 2 Four
Uenotaira Four
Paradise Four
Yu Road

Courses open
Yamabiko A Course
Yamabiko B Course
Yamabiko C Course
Yamabiko D Course
Yamabiko E Course
Paradise connecting
Yunomine A
Yunomine B
Nagasaka connecting

Official snow depths





Official new snowfall
0cm (Yamabiko)
0cm (Uenotaira)
0cm (Karasawa)   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Tuesday 18th December 2012, 11:15am
Weather conditions: Clear, light snow
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 45cm
Snow clouds are back this morning and while we haven't had a significant dump the roads are white again and there's a thin layer of new snow on the runs around Shiga Kogen. Higher areas are covered in cloud/fog this morning but visibility is fine on lower slopes. We might get to see a few more cm of snow today and into tomorrow as it gets colder - after the once again relatively mild morning - and from tomorrow conditions are probably going to clear up. It should stay cold though which is of course a good thing.

Next decent snowfall? Late weekend, early next week perhaps?

Resort areas currently at least part open:

Sun Valley - 1 lift
Maruike - 1 lift
Mammoth - 2 lifts
Bundaira - 1 lift
Ichinose Family - 2 lifts
Ichinose Diamond - 2 lifts
Ichinose Kaminoyama - open
Yakebitaiyama - 2 lift
Okushiga Kogen - 3 lifts
Kumanoyu - 3 lifts
Yokoteyama - 6 lifts

Official resort snow depths as of Tuesday 18th December 2012 AM:

Sun Valley:
Ichinose Family:
Ichinose Diamond:
Okushiga Kogen:
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Zao Now!

Tuesday 18th December 2012, 11:26am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 70cm
It is just cloudy this morning but it does look and feel like it might soon be snowing. After some fairly icy conditions yesterday we could certainly do with some.

It remains mild but the forecast promises temperatures to drop this afternoon and tonight with tomorrow getting winter-like cold once again. Snow and wind as well likely tomorrow, but if the wind is part of the deal then that is fine with me!

Chuo Area



30cm   Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Tuesday 18th December 2012, 14:59pm
Weather conditions: Fog early, turning to snow in the PM
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 85cm
Just as that snow level is going down, we have some fresh falling in Myoko. As I've siad a few times, things are often pretty marginal until right around Christmas here, so things are still looking good. At the moment it's pretty sloppy, wet snow, with some fairly strong winds at times. Just enough to make the streets white at the moment, but we could see some accumulation by tomorrow if it keeps going at this pace.

Operations and official snow depths

Akakura Kanko (Akakan)
Sky Cable gondola, Nos. 3 & 5 lifts; 85cm

Akakura Onsen
Ginrei Nos. 3 & 5; Kumado Nos. 2, 4, 6; 80cm

Open; 50cm

Gondola; Mitahara zone closed; 90cm

Seki Onsen
Planning for an opening on the 20th; 110cm

Opening December 22

Myoko Ski Park
Open; 50cm

Opening December 21

Nos. 1 & 2 lifts; 35cm
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SnowJapan Daily 'Now' reports

Madarao Now
16th Jul, 11:46pm
Grandeco Now
16th Jul, 11:27am
Niseko Now
16th Jul, 11:26am
Yuzawa Now
29th Jun, 17:50am
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
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