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Minakami Now!

Friday 19th February 2010, 7:49am
Weather conditions: Grey cloud
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Yesterday was like two completely different days. The cloud from the morning soon cleared to blue skies with sunshine making the whole experience very pleasant. After lunch though the cloud came back again, the wind picked up and the temperature dropped. The snow which had been starting to soften up became a bit harder and it was hard to believe we'd been enjoying the great views earlier as visibility closed in aswell with some light snow falling

It still feels cold this morning with that grey cloud back again but the weather is supposed to be a little more stable today.

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Nozawa Onsen Now!

Friday 19th February 2010, 9:16am
Weather conditions: Cloudy/sun with light winds, clearing up then perhaps snow later the day.
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
It's a beautiful blue sky morning up at Nozawa Onsen, with some cloud and light snow expected to set in later in the day.

Whilst we haven't had a dump in over a week now - and the snow forecast for today decided not to turn up - the snow is still good for the groomers. The best runs will be had this morning before the snow gets chopped up.

The weather forecast shows light snow today and tomorrow, with no decent dumps on the horizon. Whilst a fresh dump would be nice, there is sunny weather expected, so we won't complain too much!

Current Official Snow Depths Numbers:




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Yuzawa Now!

Friday 19th February 2010, 9:16am
Weather conditions: Cloud, fine
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
After a fine start to the day yesterday things had clouded over by around lunchtime and we had some flurries of snow from time to time in the town but nothing that stuck. Same in the evening it was snowing later on, but this morning there was only a trace of new snow. Up at Kagura they are reporting 1-3cm of new snow, so thats probably the most the region got.

Snow was on the forecast for today but right now it is bright and blue skies even so not what we were hoping for and expecting. The forecast still has snow for today and also tomorrow, so we shall see.

I'll post an update to this page later this evening with the latest....

Official resort snow depths @ 19th Feb 10, AM:
Mt Naeba:
Kagura - Tashiro:
GALA Yuzawa:
Kandatsu Kogen:
NASPA Ski Garden:
Yuzawa Kogen:
Yuzawa Park:
Yuzawa Nakazato:
Kayama Captain Coast:
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Naeba Now!

Friday 19th February 2010, 9:24am
Weather conditions: Cloud, sun
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Just a sprinkling of snow since yesterday to report.

It started off fine and sunny yesterday but the clouds rolled in and it was snowing in the afternoon -- not much to report in terms of it sticking though.

This morning is another fine one and the snow we were expecting didn't really materialise. Just that sprinkling I mentioned and the Kagura resort are reporting 1-3cm. We are being told to expect snow later on though and also into tomorrow so fingers crossed it will bring some decent snowfall with it - though more likely it will be another light snowfall.

All resorts and gondolas are open and operating as planned this morning. Not busy so lots of fun if you can get out there.

Official Snow Depths:



Kagura (Tashiro):
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Zao Now!

Friday 19th February 2010, 9:31am
Weather conditions: Cloud, light snow
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
So just a bit of snow to report since yesterdays report. We have seen a few cm in the village and perhaps 5cm or so on the mountain. This morning it is snowing lightly in Zao, cloudy but with fair visibility and just a slight wind. As of 9am it was about -2 degrees in the village and about -8 on the mountain.

The next few days looks like we will see light snow and generally cloudy conditions, followed by perhaps a few days of finer weather once again with a good chance of the sun making an appearance.

While there isn't any heavy snowfall on the forecast, conditions are keeping good. I was out there yesterday and found some really good snow up top especially. There are a fair few overseas visitors on the slopes this week due to the Chinese New Year, but generally it is not crowded.

Official snow depths on the resort:

Chuo area:

Paradise area:

Utopia area:
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Shiga Kogen Now!

Friday 19th February 2010, 9:40am
Weather conditions: Cloud, sun
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Well this is a bit unexpected. We were thinking we might wake up to snow this morning - or at least clouds preparing to give us some - but it's a fine morning here in Shiga Kogen. Not a blue bird day but bright and the sun is out. The forecast still insists that we can get that snow so... hopefully that will happen. Get out early this morning to enjoy the views and then hopefully get snowed on later! I doubt it will be more than a light snowfall though but would gladly be proved wrong when I come round to write the report tomorrow morning.

It's a cold morning with Maruike reporting -14 earlier on.

Light snow forecast for tomorrow followed by a few days of clearer weather. No deep recent snowfalls unfortunately, but the snow is keeping decent with the cold temperatures and there's lots of fun to be had. Have a fun weekend!

Nighta this evening planned at the following resort area:

- Ichinose Family

Official resort snow depths as of 19th February 10:

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

Friday 19th February 2010, 9:50am
Weather conditions: Snowing
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
It was good to wake up this morning and see around 8cm of fresh snow in the village. Reports from those that have been up already indicate that there is around 20cm of fresh snow at the top of the ski area. The wind was quite strong in the village early this morning but has quitened down. However there is still wind out there particularly around the top. Because of this wind, the Kitanomine Gondola operation has been temporarily suspended. Temperatures this morning are reasonably mild, but don't forget to factor in the wind chill effect when selecting how many layers you'll wear. The weather is currently sunny with snow falling.

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Niseko Now!

Friday 19th February 2010, 10:09am
Weather conditions: Cloudy with snow
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Well the forecast heavy snows last night just didn't really happen. It looked promising for awhile with strong winds and plenty of falling and blowing snow but it all passed through rather quickly. The main bands of precipitation appeared to skirt around our region which is actually not that unusual with winds more out of the south as they were last night. The avie report is saying up around 10cm fell at the base of Moiwa but here in Hirafu I'd put it at more like only 5cm. It is currently snowing again though and we can expect a fair bit more today and tonight and through the weekend. There's the possibility of some further good falls Monday night into Tuesday.
Fairly mild air is still expected from around the 24-27th and there is the possibility of some rain but from later on the 27th it's looking good for another big snow system to see out the end of the month.
Conditions on the mountain today are certainly not at their best with so little snow falling over the last few days but up higher there is likely to be some reasonable turns, especially in lee slopes where some drifting will have occurred.

Current Official Snow Depths:

Grand Hirafu:
Top - 325
Bottom - 200

Niseko Village:
Top - 385
Bottom - 235

Top - 345
Bottom - 220

Avalanche Information:

Niseko Avalanche Info No.66

Moiwa base 6am: -6℃, 10cm of overnight snowfall without wind influence. Coastal wind: SE2m/s at Benkei cape, mild breeze, calm sea and 1007hPa at Kamui cape. Annupuri peak 6am: S4.9m/s, -9℃, poor visibility. Wind is predicted to swing to WNW15m/s around noon. The wind at the peak has topped 25m/s southerly around 22:00 last night. This strong gust due to the passing Low has made some snowdrifts develop in some spots. The current wind is mild as another small Low is interacting with the passed stronger Low pressure system. Westerly wind is will probably pick up from noon. Peak gates are scheduled to open at 9:30. Follow the ski patrol instructions. Some crust layer has formed in low altitude sun exposed slopes such as Mikaeri no sawa. This layer will potentially form the next sliding layer. Beware of the future snowfall transitions.
The current mountain condition is not very good.
The slopes that were good one day are not necessarily good everyday.
No matter the snow accumulation amount, if the conditions are right, avalanches will happen.
Many of the accidents occur in leeward slopes where storms leave a great amount of snowdrifts.
The total snow accumulation in the gully in the west faces, facing the Goshiki Onsen, has now reached 4m and newly formed cracks have been observed.
Pay attention to the surrounding environment/people and ride carefully.

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Hakuba Now!

Friday 19th February 2010, 10:43am
Weather conditions: Cloudy with sunny patches
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Another cloudy day here in Hakuba with a trace amount of snow falling overnight in Hakuba Village. The cloud bank is quite high today, the visibility is good and the temperatures are in the -1 to -3 ranges, so actually quite nice skiing conditions out there. We had expected more snow, but the big low pressure system did not dump the goods today.

Still great coverage on all aspects on all resorts in Hakuba, the groomers are doing a good job of smoothing out and covering over any icy sections so first thing in the AM the corduroy is actually really good! Some nice packed powder and crud on the non groomed slopes and the reports from people tree skiing have been good. Still have that buried rain crust layer to remember but new snow is making a bit softer.

Light snow expected today and tonight but nothing too substantial, only calling for 2cms or so. Still good skiing out there and the weekend is looking like we may get some needed sunshine as well.

Official resort snow depths on 19th Feb 10:

120cm (Shirakaba)
125cm (Sakka/Kitaone)
300cm (Kurobishi/Usagidaira)
Hakuba Goryu:
115cm (Iimori)
135cm (Toomi)
310cm (Alps daira)
Hakuba 47:
Tsugaike Kogen:
180cm (Kanenonaruoka)
160cm (Maruyama)
360cm (Tsuganomori)
Hakuba Iwatake:
105cm (Shomen)
245cm (Sancho)
Sun Alpina Sanosaka:
Hakuba Minekata:
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Myoko Now!

Friday 19th February 2010, 16:45pm
Weather conditions: Increasingly overcast, some snow
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
It's been a mixed day in Myoko as we get ready for the weekend. Some nice sun in the morning, a beautiful slow fall of great big snowflakes during the middle of the day, and increasing cloudiness in the afternoon. Temperatures have been pretty mild, so the snow softened during the day (but not slushy).

Snow looks likely to continue, if not lots of it, and it may get a lot colder tomorrow. Dress warm, and have a great weekend!

Current Official Snow Depths:

Akakura Onsen:

Akakan (Akakura Kanko):


Myoko Suginohara:

Seki Onsen:

Myoko Ski Park:



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