Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 25th May 2020

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Tuesday 18th March 2014, 8:15am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 170cm
It's a warm morning in Nozawa; as of 9am it's +4C here in the village and the resort is reporting a temperature of +2C up on the top Yamabiko area, +3C on Uenotaira. No new snow to report this morning.

It is cloudy early on this morning but rain is expected today.

It will be a very spring condition day out there I expect.

Still, that chance of snow I mentioned for around Thursday/Friday still seems on...


Tuesday 18th March 2014:

Official snow depths:
Yamabiko - 340cm
Uenotaira - 270cm
Hikage - 170cm
Nagasaka - 160cm
Karasawa - 115cm

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 West
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Niseko Now!

Tuesday 18th March 2014, 8:22am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 180cm
Yesterday ended up being a beautiful day in the region.

None of that snow overnight I'm afraid and it is starting off very warm here... warmest of the year so far surely and currently it is just over +3C.

It is a grey and cloudy morning and strong winds are affecting top lifts at resorts for the start of the day.

We're expecting rain/sleet later on today, hopefully it will be snowing higher up and lower down here too if it can keep cold enough.

So, we are now in the second half of March and things are quietening down considerably - it's in this later part of the season when there are fewer people around when lots of locals can start having some time off and get out onto the mountain, more than in peak season anyway. Unless you are very lucky!

Regarding nighta, just a few days left now. Operations at Hirafu since the weekend have been scaled back and it's just now the Ace Family Pair lift and Ace Number 2 Center Four lift that are operating... both up until Saturday 22nd March, as well as nighta at the other resort areas. So it's last chance to get in some night skiing or boarding before it closes for the season. Sad.

I'll mention it again though - (at least some) ski lifts plan to be moving up until Golden Week at the beginning of May.


Niseko Avalanche Report

Niseko base 6am: 0C, no snowfall, overcast. Moiwa peak: n/a. Annupuri 1000m: n/a, 350cm snowpack. Hirafu 1000m: strong wind, -6C, no snowfall. Peak 1308m: S15.1m/s, -7.3C. Coastal data: cape Benkei S7m/s, cape Kamui ENE5m/s, 0.8m waves, 1007hPa.

The weather is forecasted to turn bad as the next low pressure approaches. Temperature is rising accordingly and wet snow and southern wind will pick up. Wet-snow slabs are developing above 800m and steep slopes may slide later in the afternoon. Spring climax slides hazard is rising in south facing strictly off-limits areas. Snow and wind will pick up as the Low passes and cold air starts to flow in. Possibilities of dry-snow surface slab avalanche from March 17th layer or deeper weak layers will then rise. Gates opening is yet to be determined. Please follow the ski patrol’s instructions. The snow in the trees is not good. This information is being written for the sake of all resort users. Weather and snowfall transition are being used as the main indication to evaluate the hazards. Most accidents occur during poor weather conditions. Always keep your plans flexible and adjust them with the current weather status.


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

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 390cm
Base - 180cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 390cm
Base - 200cm

Top - 390cm
Base - 200cm   Read more ...

Yuzawa Now!

Tuesday 18th March 2014, 8:56am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 205cm
Temperatures rose yesterday (to nearly 10 degrees) in what was mostly a fine and clear day in the region. That early hazy lifted somewhat in the afternoon.

After a mild evening, it's already about +7C here though not forecast to warm up much beyond that. A cloudy start to the day, but unfortunately we're expecting rain this afternoon. With a freezing point at around 2400m, it might even be rain right up to Kagura. Hopefully not of course and surely later on as it gets a bit colder it will be snow not rain. We're just going to have to wait on that and find out.

Any sign of snow? Not a whole lot, but we might see some fresh down to town around Friday.


Official resort snow depths @ Tuesday 18th 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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Zao Now!

Tuesday 18th March 2014, 9:01am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 260cm
Yesterday was one of those fabulous beautiful blue sky days over Zao. The top area is still looking great as well, with the Juhyo monsters not wanting to give up on the season. Certainly does not feel like the mid-March of recent years.

Strong winds and possibly rain forecast for later. That doesn't sound good.

Snow around Thursday though with a late season blast of winter?


Official snow depths (18th March 14):
Utopia: 320cm
Chuo: 260cm
Paradise: 290cm
Uwanodai: 180cm
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Madarao Now!

Tuesday 18th March 2014, 9:01am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 210cm
A bit of sun earlier on, but it's mostly grey and cloudy now, and rain will very probably be falling today... up high as well. As night time approaches it should be snow up there but I think we'll be lucky to get white stuff down here.

Thursday/Friday continues to look promising for some of that white stuff though.


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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Shiga Kogen Now!

Tuesday 18th March 2014, 9:21am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 180cm
Early this morning it was much brighter and the sun was out, but now it is almost total cover cloudy. Warm too again today and outside it's a balmy +6 degrees.

Like many areas, rain forecast for today... even high up here in Shiga Kogen. Borderline snow perhaps, and turning into snow overnight.

Sun early tomorrow but still it looks set to cool down in time for around Thursday... decent snowfall? That would be good.


Official snow depth data, as of Tuesday 18th March 2014):

Sun Valley:





Hoppo Bundaira:

Takamagahara Mammoth:


Ichinose Family:


Ichinose Diamond:


Okushiga Kogen:

Kumanoyu (skiers only):

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Furano Now!

Tuesday 18th March 2014, 9:45am
Weather conditions: High cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 230cm
Temperatures are warm today with base level already breaking the 0c mark.

It is overcast and there is a fair bit of wind gusting around at base, so although temps aren't cold the wind chill factor is definitely is making the weather feel chilly.

There is no new snow to report however temperatures will get colder in the afternoon and snow is predicted.


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 ...

Hakuba Now!

Tuesday 18th March 2014, 9:50am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 130cm
After the clearer skies yesterday, this morning it's all grey and wet. Not the nicest of conditions today. Fingers crossed that later today it can be snowing at higher elevations rather than rain.

Looking forward, we're still optimistic about the chance of snow on Thursday. How much to expect is another matter and forecasts seem to vary on that point.


Official snow depth numbers and operations (as of 18th March 2014):

Hakuba Goryu:
Reporting 0cm of new snowfall.
Upper - 255cm
Toomi - 130cm
Iimori - 90cm

Hakuba 47:
Reporting 0cm of new snowfall.
Upper - 220cm
Lower - 50cm

Reporting 0cm of new snowfall.
Usagidaira - 210cm
Nakiyama - 65cm
Sakka - 65cm

Hakuba Iwatake:
Upper - 195cm
Lower - 50cm

Tsugaike Kogen:
Tsuganomori - 288cm
Maruyama - 100cm
Kanenonaruoka - 160cm

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

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

Myoko Now!

Tuesday 18th March 2014, 10:00am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 280cm
The day started out nice enough, with Mt. Myoko glowing from a pink sunrise.

But that old "red sky in morning" saying came true, and it's rain and wind now.

Yesterday's sun brought the snow level down; the wind and rain will certainly continue that trend. Seems like much of the country is getting the rain today, so we can't complain too much.

We may have another blast of snow, though, toward the weekend, continuing the strange world of weather in 2013/2014.


Official info:

Akakura Kanko:

Akakura Onsen:


Myoko Suginohara:

Seki Onsen:

Myoko Ski Park:

Myoko Kyukamura Runrun


Tangram Ski Circus
180cm    Read more ...

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