Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 1st April 2018

Furano Now!

Friday 1st January 2010, 9:16am
Weather conditions: Snowing heavily
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Over night we have had 30cm of new snow. It is currently snowing heavily and this looks set to continue for most of the day. All lifts are operating. There is currently no wind at the base, but expect wind conditions to be variable with possibly moderate winds at the top at times.

The quality of the fresh powder is very good, and despite the compronised visibility there will be some very happy people getting their fill of untracked powder.

For something different why not try a Furano Ski Host. These are local volunteer mountain guides that will take you on a guided tour of the mountain. It’s a great chance make friends with the locals and pick up invaluable tips about the resort and town.

Night skiing is open on both sides of the mountain until 8:30pm.   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Friday 1st January 2010, 9:48am
Weather conditions: Snowing
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Wow, what a wild night! And I'm not talking about the New Year celebrations. The blizzard hit full force last night dropping 50-60cm of snow and whipping it around into massive drifts that have blocked driveways, covered cars and just generally caused havoc including the cancellation of many of the New Year celebrations that had been planned.
This morning there's still been heavy snow falling but the winds have dropped back a bit. The mountain will have been totally resculpted overnight with some areas stripped back to an icy base and others completely filling in. Obviously there will have been substantial cornice development and loading of lee slopes and the avalanche danger is currently extreme. Don't duck ropes and definitely don't head backcountry.

Today should see the winds re-intensify and more heavy snow and blizzard like conditions through tonight and tomorrow. If you're heading up today make sure you really rug up as there's some very cold wind chills.

Current Official Snow Depths:

Grand Hirafu:
Top - 205cm
Bottom - 105cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 210cm
Bottom - 130cm

Top - 200cm
Bottom - 140cm

Avalanche Information:

Niseko Avalanche Info No.17

Moiwa base -5℃, stormy, 50cm of mostly hail in the last 12hours.
Coastal wind: WNW 19m/s with 4.3m waves.
Wind at top of Mizuno no sawa: 20m/s NW with 65cm new snow accumulation.
Predicted wind at noon at Annupuri peak: 30m/s NNW.
Snowdrifts are drastically developing due to this westerly storm. They are still unstable and vulnerable to stimulation.
Extreme avalanche risk in all mountain areas.
Predicted trigger layer is the pre-Low snowfall layer (31st Dec), and slabs of up to 80cm could slide at anytime. Major scale slides could occur in knolls and steep terrain.
Gates opening are still undecided and top lifts will be kept closed. Please respect the ski patrol’s decisions.
NEVER duck ropes to step out of bounds, better stay within the course today. Peak gates will open once this storm has passed.
Happy New Year!
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Myoko Now!

Friday 1st January 2010, 10:01am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Ah, a traditional Myoko New Year: the sounds of heavy metal in the early morning (plows, bulldozers, giant rotary blowers) and the round mounds of snow that others call automobiles. The biggest snowfall in at least two years overnight, with somewhere around a meter of snow on the ground, and it continues to fall. Yesterday the snow was a bit windpacked; today its still and the snow is powdery.

A word for those traveling to Seki Onsen in heavy snow: your reporter got stuck on the road for four and a half hours, and never got more than halfway up. When a police van in front of you smashes into a snow wall, then scrapes along somebody else's car and again blocks all traffic, you know you're in trouble. Be sure to have good gear or a good driver (and some good company if you do get stuck). One idiot without snow tires or chains, and any of the roads here can be blocked.

Happy New Year, everyone; it's a great start here in Myoko!

Current Official Snow Depths:

Akakura Onsen:

Akakan (Akakura Kanko):


Myoko Suginohara:

Seki Onsen:

Myoko Ski Park:




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Yuzawa Now!

Friday 1st January 2010, 10:03am
Weather conditions: Snow!
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Good morning and Happy New Year from us all at SnowJapan.

And what a start it is. The snow was falling yesterday and this morning it is still falling.

Here's some numbers. Iwappara are reporting 80-100cm of new snow since yesterday, as is the Kagura resort. Lots of the official snow depth numbers at resorts, as you can see below, have taken a big jump. I had to move I would say 50+ cm of snow off the top of the car this morning... lets just say that we have had a lot of snow in the last 24 hours!

It's not letting up though and still coming down, with the local forecast telling us we can perhaps expect 40+cm more in the next 24 hours.

So there's no shortage of snow this New Year!

With the snow, we still have some rather strong winds which is affecting resort operations. GALA Yuzawa is completely closed today due to the winds and over at Kagura, the Tashiro area is closed while Kagura Mitsumata is open up until the Kagura No 1 pair lift. Winds of up to 20m/s are also limiting operations at Naeba early on.

As mentioned above the snow is set to continue today and into the weekend, with generally snowy conditions probably continuing into next week.

Official resort snow depths @ 1st Jan 10, AM:
Mt Naeba:
Kagura - Tashiro:
GALA Yuzawa:
Kandatsu Kogen:
NASPA Ski Garden:
Yuzawa Kogen:
Yuzawa Park:
Yuzawa Nakazato:
Kayama Captain Coast:
130cm   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Friday 1st January 2010, 10:10am
Weather conditions: Cloudy and snowing heavily.
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Happy New Year from Nozawa.


100cm of new snow in the past 24 hours. There's not much more to say! We'll have a more in-depth report tomorrow once all this has sunk in!

Now we've got a 2m base up top and 1m in the village. Get up there and enjoy it.

Current Official Snow Depths Numbers:






Midday Report:

Still snowing fairly heavily here in Nozawa with some huge flakes floating down.

The roads into and around Nozawa are very difficult to negotiate at the moment.
Try and avoid coming in a car... if you are, chains or a good 4WD are required!

Although all this snow means a few headaches for the Villagers it also means a Champagne Powder start to the New Year for all the lucky souls up on the slopes.

Even the lower slopes that were a little light on are now offering some deep powder turns.

The Tree areas are also opening up as the bushes get covered over.

More snow on the way get out the snorkel!   Read more ...

Naeba Now!

Friday 1st January 2010, 10:13am
Weather conditions: Snow, strong winds
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Happy new year to everyone.... it's a snowy one!

Tons of new snow has fallen since around lunchtime yesterday (it arrived all of a sudden) and the blizzard-like conditions continue this morning. At least 50cm of snow in the village, though it's hard to put a number on it because of the strong winds blowing things about. The resort has given those snow depth numbers a boost and Kagura is officially reporting 80-100cm of fresh snow up there! Now that's what we were missing last year!

As you might expect, it's a cold morning too with -7 on the thermometer outside and it seems around -12 on the top of the mountain. Brrrr.

Yesterday part of Mt Naeba had to close due to the winds and this morning the continued strong winds are still affecting things. Tashiro is closed this morning and Mitsumata is open up until the Kagura No1 pair lift. Both the Gondolas at Naeba seem to be moving but some of the lifts up top are either not open yet or moving slow. Expect this to be the case all day as conditions are forecast to continue.

Snow looks likely over the weekend too with more snow forecast for today, tomorrow and even into next week - though perhaps not as blizzard-like as we have had yesterday and this morning.

Once this storm clears, conditions are going to be close to perfection!

Official Snow Depths:



Kagura (Tashiro):
190cm   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Friday 1st January 2010, 10:56am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Happy new year from Shiga Kogen. It's a cold and snowy morning here. Snow and wind yesterday and it is more of the same this morning. The winds have been blowing around the snow and so it's hard to put a number on it, and perhaps why the official numbers posted below have in some cases not reflected the actual amount we have seen since yesterday, but we have been lucky to receive a lot of new snow....conditions out there will be 'deep'.

The snow is likely to continue all today and possibly for the next few days as well into next week.

Nighta this evening at the following resort areas:

Sun Valley
Ichinose Family
Ichinise Diamond

Official resort snow depths as of 1st January 10:

Sun Valley:
Ichinose Family:
Ichinose Diamond:
Okushiga Kogen:
150cm   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Friday 1st January 2010, 11:03am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Welcome to 2010 and happy new year!

It's a snowy one too. This morning about 50cm of new snow in the village and no doubt more higher up on the mountain, it's still snowing and it's very very cold. Close to -15 degrees up at the top of the mountain.

I'm posting the official numbers below, but find it hard to understand why they have not made a considerable jump this morning... as a decent amount has fallen everywhere since yesterday. Perhaps it will be reflected tomorrow. But anyway, like I said 50cm I can see so the conditions out on the hill for those braving the weather will be fantastic.

The winter conditions should continue all today and change of snow high for at least the coming few days.

Official snow depths on the resort:

Chuo area:

Paradise area:

Utopia area:
110cm   Read more ...

Minakami Now!

Friday 1st January 2010, 15:31pm
Weather conditions: Heavy snow
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Yesterday started cloudy with some light snow starting in the morning and then the big stuff kicked in around 11am. Since then it hasn't stopped and has been falling consistently all night and all of today. By nightfall people were wading through snow and the snowclearers were out in force fighting a losing battle.

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Hakuba Now!

Friday 1st January 2010, 19:22pm
Weather conditions: Snowing
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Sorry for the late report today and a very Happy New Year to you all.

Well, it has certainly been a snowy start to the year. Numbers vary but there has basically been a LOT of new snowfall.... as you can see by the official numbers from this morning (below) with resorts reporting anywhere between 50 and 90cm since New Years Eve. More than enough for everyone and some very fine conditions out there though a lot of care is needed out on the roads approaching and in Hakuba.

It has been snowing through the day as well and with more forecast for tonight and into the weekend.

More details to follow tomorrow...

Official resort snow depths on 1st Jan 10:

90cm (Shirakaba)
110cm (Sakka/Kitaone)
250cm (Kurobishi/Usagidaira)
Hakuba Goryu:
120cm (Iimori)
150cm (Toomi)
255cm (Alps daira)
Hakuba 47:
Tsugaike Kogen:
100cm (Kanenonaruoka)
140cm (Maruyama)
250cm (Tsuganomori)
Hakuba Iwatake:
140cm (Shomen)
175cm (Sancho)
Sun Alpina Sanosaka:
125cm   Read more ...

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