Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 1st April 2018

Minakami Now!

Saturday 19th February 2011, 7:19am
Weather conditions: Bluebird
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Perfect bluebird day today, very much in contrast with the blizzard yesterday. It did manage to snow for most of the afternoon and everyone was glad to see the back of the sleet/rain. The wind kept up all day and into the evening but thankfully has died off today.

It is cold outside right now with plenty of ice on the roads after all the wet snow yesterday. It is supposed to be sunny all day today and also tomorrow so it promises to be a glorious weekend. The fine weather and slightly warmer temperatures are due to continue into next week. Will be nice to see the sun again.   Read more ...

Madarao Now!

Saturday 19th February 2011, 7:51am
Weather conditions: Cloud, sun
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
It is a fine morning in Madarao and the sun is out casting shadows from behind the clouds on the top of the resort, but the forecast is for increasingly fine weather during the day.

In fact it actually looks like the sun will be out for the best part of the coming week. It might keep fairly cold today and tomorrow but temperatures look set to rise somewhat from Tuesday onwards into positive territory (which is actually negative from my point of view!)

Anyway snow conditions are not the perfect they were previously and without topups coming in the next few days it may well feel spring-like out there, but good weather and it will feel good to be out on the mountain.

Lifts currently operating:

No 1 lift
No 2 quad lift
No 3 a lift
No 5 lift
Super Quad
No 11 Lift
No 12 Lift
No 13 Lift
No 15 lift
Tangram No 2 Lift

Moving Belt at Kids Park
Snowboard beginner course

Free ride park: open   Read more ...

Yuzawa Now!

Saturday 19th February 2011, 9:51am
Weather conditions: Sun, some wispy cloud hanging
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Last night the snow started to come down heavier than originally thought, though in town it didn't really make much of a different just some snow hanging on the trees. One the slopes though hopefully they all managed to get a few cm. In fact, Kagura are reporting 10-20cm of fresh snow, so that is most welcome for the weekend. Less down on resorts around town of course, but early riders will have enjoyed that in particular.

This morning there were clouds still hanging around but it has gradually become brighter and sunnier and is now shaping up to be a fine day on the slopes. Not much of a wind at all and so good weather conditions.... take the sunglasses and sunscreen.

The forecast for the coming few days is looking like a line up of sun, sun and more sun along with mild conditions and maybe even reaching double figures later on in the coming week. So no real new decent snowfall on the forecast in the coming week so we need to play with what we got.

Official snow depths @ Saturday 19th February 2011 AM




Gala Yuzawa:

Yuzawa Kogen:

Yuzawa Park:

Yuzawa Nakazato:

Kandatsu Kogen:


NASPA Ski Garden:

Ishiuchi Maruyama:
270cm   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Saturday 19th February 2011, 9:59am
Weather conditions: Cloud, hopefully clearing up
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
It's cloudy this morning and definitely colder than yesterday as we go back well into the minus and feel cold once again. There has been just a sprinkling of fresh snow overnight, perhaps a few cm or so in the village and it is not snowing now. Just cloudy really. The forecast has sunnier skies even for today so hopefully the clouds will gradually move on and leave us with clearer skies. Tomorrow looks like it should be clear and sunny as well for the most part, and also Monday and Tuesday and Wednesday...! In fact, it looks likely that the whole of the coming week is going to give us clearer skies and a fair bit of sun along with some mild temperatures as well. A bit of a worry to be honest as it is always good to see the next dump on the horizon but that's not showing itself at the moment. Anyway, there's nothing we can do about that so the best thing to do is just get out there and enjoy what we have now and remember the camera as there will be some memorable images to take over the coming days.

It's weekend and so the main ropeways in particular are going to be busy, especially with the decent weather forecast.

Have fun!   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Saturday 19th February 2011, 10:05am
Weather conditions: Sun
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Yesterday the weather couldn't really make it's mind up but eventually we ended up with perhaps 10cm or so of fresh snow on the runs, more in places.

This morning though once again it is all change and the clouds have moved on leaving us with blue skies for the weekend. It's also much colder than what we experienced yesterday with Maruike reporting a temperature of -13 degrees at 8am!

We might see some clouds tomorrow and they might bright some light snow but other than that we are entering a dry and clear period of weather, perhaps even extending right through the week. So not much snow on the horizon here now as the forecast stands.

Weekend means more people of course but as I write this things seem to be moving smoothly out there.

Nighta operations this evening planned at the following resort area:

- Sun Valley
- Maruike
- Mammoth
- Ichinose Family
- Yakebitaiyama
- Kumanoyu

Official resort snow depths as of 19th February 2011 AM:

Sun Valley:
Ichinose Family:
Ichinose Diamond:
Okushiga Kogen:
220cm   Read more ...

Naeba Now!

Saturday 19th February 2011, 10:10am
Weather conditions: Sun, blue skies
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
The sun is out this morning. Just a few clouds hanging on from yesterday, but they look like they may be heading out as well soon leaving us with some nice blue skies.

No snowfall overnight really but we did see about 5cm or so of snow fall during the day yesterday and this morning Kagura is reporting between 10cm and 20cm of snow on the upper slopes up there. So conditions up high should be nice this morning, a bit more scrapy lower down my colleague has told me after a short while out there earlier on.

So good visibility and fairly cold temperatures starting the day (-6 in front of the hotel and -10 up top), though it will warm up to around the 0 mark.

Things look set to warm up as the coming week progresses with some very spring-like weather especially around Thursday.

Official Snow Depths:


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Nozawa Onsen Now!

Saturday 19th February 2011, 11:11am
Weather conditions: Skies clearing
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Nothing but blue skies ahead in Nozawa today.

It was a pretty cold and blizzard like day and night yesterday but has all settled down now. Not much down below at all from that but there should be about 20cm of fresh up top and a great day ahead for those venturing out.

A bit of motion about town this morning but does not seem as busy as last weekend.

The outlook is for lots of sunshine and light winds for the week so should be some fun conditions ahead, though in terms of snow conditions possibly increasingly spring-like until we get more fresh topups.

Courses open:

All except the following
Uenotaira Half Pipe
Karasawa Wave Park

Lifts operating:
All lifts are open   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Saturday 19th February 2011, 13:00pm
Weather conditions: Snowy conditions with the odd break of sunshine.
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Yesterday the winds remained constant from the West/North West. Towards the afternoon the constant flurrying turned into snow. It topped up the previous days falls and overnight we saw 15cms of new snow fall with areas up to 20cm.
As the temperature has dropped since yesterday the snow has remained light and dry.
This morning on the mountain there were lots of smiles. The odd break of sunshine transformed the mountain into a pure shredding haven.
This afternoon the snow will continue to fall and become heavier into the night. Winds will remain consistent from the West over the weekend with some more light snowfalls tomorrow. A sunny change is expected at the start of next week.
Park riders will welcome the sunshine.
'Shred the gnar'.

Current Official Snow Depths:

Grand Hirafu:
Top - 370
Bottom - 190

Niseko Village:
Top - 390
Bottom - 200

Top - 340
Bottom - 220

Avalanche Information:

Annupuri base 6am: -4℃ and 25cm of overnight snowfall. Evaluating from the coastal data, peak anemometer data and snowfall observation, snowdrifts formed by northerly wind & snow, are drastically developing in south facing slopes off the peak around 1000 – 1200m as well as in East facing slopes around 1000m. Avalanche hazard is very high in those slope conditions, including Moiwa’s second bowl, Mikaeri no sawa, around cornices of Annupuri Osawa (bowl), sidewalls and main-chute of Kozan no sawa (Backbowl), around cornices of Fujiwara no sawa and Higashi-One’s Hanazono face. The newly developing cornices and knolls are extremely unstable and could collapse with the slightest stimulation. Better stay away from gully line where avalanches run through. All gates are scheduled to open a little late, peak gates probably after 11am. Please respect the ski patrol’s instructions. Do not duck ropes. The snow in the trees is in good condition, however cautious approach is generally required today   Read more ...

Furano Now!

Saturday 19th February 2011, 16:29pm
Weather conditions: Snow Showers
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
The snow has yet to loosen its wintry grip on Furano as consistent snow showers keep piling up on top of everything. This is certainly good news for those of you out on the mountain today! Currently it isn't snowing very heavily, but expect things to pick up overnight and bless us all with a fresh blanket of white come tomorrow tomorrow morning. The ones out there early Sunday morning should be in for a pleasant surprise.

Temperatures are staying relatively mild around -3, but promise to drop slowly down to around -8 before daybreak. These are prime conditions for seeing some substantial accumulation, so let's keep those fingers crossed!   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Saturday 19th February 2011, 16:56pm
Weather conditions: Sunny skies
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
What a fine day it has been here in Hakuba.

The day started off with some cloud covering the backdrop of blue sky but by around lunchtime most of the cloud have moved on and left us with some fine blue skies and fanstastic views of the mountains. People in Hakuba today have been treated to some spectacular scenery.

Goryu reported up to 15cm of fresh snow on the upper slopes overnight, with just a sprinkling down below, so conditions up there were pretty good especially this morning after a bit of scraping going on yesterday afternoon. This afternoon temperatures have risen to around +3 degrees in the village, so there has been a kind of spring-like feel in the air, but generally decent conditions still to be found I would say.

More clear weather is forecast for tomorrow and actually beyond that too with clear sunny skies forecast over the next 5-6 days at least. Lets just hope the temperatures can keep as low as possible to preserve the snow.

Official snow depths and operations @ Saturday 19th February AM:

Hakuba Goryu
Goryu were reporting up to 15cm of fresh snow this morning on the upper slopes and just a sprinkling down below.
Night time operations from 6pm until 9:30pm.
Alps daira - 310cm;
Toomi - 180cm;
Iimori - 160cm.

Hakuba 47:
47 reporting 5cm officially this morning.
Normal operations today.
Snow depth (upper) - 207cm.

Nakiyama nighta now operating.
Usagidaira/Kurobishi - 250cm;
Sakka - 140cm;
Shirakaba - 110cm;
Nakiyama - 110cm.

Tsugaike Kogen:
Snow depth - 310cm
Maruyama area - 145cm
Champion - 220cm

Hakuba Iwatake:
Upper - 180cm
Lower - 120cm

Hakuba Cortina:
Upper - 360cm
Lower - 205cm

Hakuba Sanosaka:

Hakuba Minekata:
140cm   Read more ...

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