Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 30th May 2020

Niseko Now!

Saturday 1st March 2014, 8:01am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 170cm
Morning from Niseko and it's of course the first day of March. Still over two full months to go, all being well of course.

So yesterday. Well, strong winds affected lots of lifts. Annupuri eventually part opened but for the most part it was only lower lifts moving and the higher lifts got a day's rest.

No new snow to report again and as of 8am it is around -2 degrees here in the Hirafu village area. I'm glad to be able to report that the winds have calmed down and I would expect the resorts to be able to be open as normal today.

Cloudy/overcast with a few clearer patches and thinner cloud over towards Yotei. We might see some sun today.

Will March bring us much snow? We can only hope so, where we stand at the moment we are in need of a fresh dump of snow to liven things up again. Monday onwards for snow? I won't tempt fate. Does look like it should gradually be getting colder from today though.


Tomorrow I will take a look back at the snowfall for February as a whole and also the season up until now. And compare it with recent seasons. O-tanoshimini!


Niseko Avalanche Report

Niseko base 6am: -5C, no snowfall. Moiwa 800m: n/a. Annupuri 1150m: mild wind, -10C, no snowfall, snowpack 315cm. Hirafu 1000m: -7C, no snowfall, calm. Peak 1308m: NW10.8m/s, -12C. Coastal data: Benkei cape NW9m/s, Kamui cape WNW8m/s, 1.9m waves, 1020hPa.

Atmospheric pressure gradient is small resulting in a calm weather under predominant High. Peak gates will open from the morning. Yesterday’s strong wind drifted snow and unstable cornices have drastically developed in Moiwa bowl and other western locations around 800m. Do not stimulate these newly formed cornices as they will collapse and potentially trigger a large avalanche. Most of the mountain is covered with a hard crust layer, mostly tracked out in the trees, tricky condition. Beware of loosing control, hitting trees and slip-drops.

Avalanche occurrences are not necessarily related to the amount of fresh snow, they will happen when the conditions allow. Shallow but fast running slides can easily occur if falling in steep slopes. Better not overestimate your skills; always be prudent. Spring full-depth avalanche hazard is rising in south facing strictly off-limits areas. Do not duck ropes to seek fresh snow. You may be loosing your pass or more. Have a nice day.


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

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 360cm
Base - 170cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 350cm
Base - 200cm

Top - 355cm
Base - 210cm   Read more ...

Furano Now!

Saturday 1st March 2014, 8:08am
Weather conditions: Mostly cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 210cm
Well today the withdrawal symptoms will start to return as the snow makes a retreat again and instead leaves us with just a nice slightly sunny early March day. Temps start to return back to winter conditions so it will be below minus again.

The DT's will only last for today as from tomorrow we are most likely to have new snow falling and it may give us a treat every day for next week. It would be nice.


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

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Yuzawa Now!

Saturday 1st March 2014, 8:10am
Weather conditions: Cloud, fog
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 210cm
Thich cloud (fog?) this morning is making it difficult to see much of anything.... even down here at town level. Webcams from around the resorts this morning show... not much!

It's cloudy and some places actually reporting some light rain, though it is not raining here where I am. I just went outside to check.

A high of up to +7 degrees is expected today here in town.

Looking forward, the best chance of next snowfall, or anything approaching significant, would seem to be later in the coming week. We'll keep an eye on that.


Official resort snow depths @ Friday 28th February 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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Madarao Now!

Saturday 1st March 2014, 8:14am
Weather conditions: Foggy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 220cm
We are starting the day as we did yesterday with thick fog making it difficult to see anything. It is -1 degrees at 8am.

Cloud forecast for the day but some forecasts seem to be hinting at snowfall due later on today. That would be great if it happens.

It's not clear to me at the moment but it seems that Powder Wave I, Powder Theater and Adventure Isle are closed, though I am not sure why. I will try to find out.

Fireworks tonight! (Let's hope the fog clears!)


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


Nighta every Saturday night until 22nd March.   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Saturday 1st March 2014, 8:20am
Weather conditions: Cloud, fog
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 160cm
March already. Let it be a good one, come on let's break all snow records for March, ok? (Hope that works!)

OK, so this morning it's cloudy and on most of the mountain very foggy as well. On the upper slopes it looks like you won't be able to see the person in front of you so be careful out there. No doubt most people will be heading up top to try and find the best snow conditions as well so I expect it to be quite busy up there.

There is a chance of snow later on today/overnight, especially on the upper areas. I'll try not to get too excited and just fingers crossed there might be something to report tomorrow morning.

Not much else to report really this morning. Have a fun day wherever you are.


Saturday 1st March 2014:

Official snow depths:
Yamabiko - 300cm
Uenotaira - 240cm
Hikage - 160cm
Nagasaka - 155cm
Karasawa - 115cm

All lifts operating

All courses open except:
Grand Prix
Kandahar West
Kandahar East   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Saturday 1st March 2014, 8:51am
Weather conditions: Cloud, fog
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 170cm
Another warm day yesterday both in the village and on the slopes with the morning fog and cloud eventually starting to clear around mid afternoon.

This morning the mountains are again shrouded in cloud and generally it looks like there's poor visibility out there, depending on where you are of course.

No new snowfall to report and as we approach 9am it is hovering around 0 degrees but it's going to rise from there again with another mild day forecast.

Is that the chance of sleet turning into snowfall later today and overnight that I can see on the forecast? Yes, I think it is! I will let you know how that goes tomorrow morning!


Official snow depth numbers and operations (as of 1st March 2014):

Hakuba Goryu:
Reporting 0cm of new snowfall.
Upper - 270cm
Toomi - 170cm
Iimori - 120cm

Hakuba 47:
Reporting 0cm of new snowfall.
Upper - 230cm
Lower - 70cm

Reporting 0cm of new snowfall.
Usagidaira - 230cm
Nakiyama - 70cm
Sakka - 75cm

Hakuba Iwatake:
Upper - 200cm
Lower - 60cm

Tsugaike Kogen:
Tsuganomori - 310cm
Maruyama - 100cm
Kanenonaruoka - 160cm

Hakuba Cortina:
Reporting 0cm of new snowfall.
Upper - 285cm
Lower - 180cm

Hakuba Minekata:
70cm   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Saturday 1st March 2014, 9:01am
Weather conditions: Cloudy and foggy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 180cm
A very foggy and rather mild early morning in Shiga Kogen. Here from Maruike I can't see anything of any mountains at all. I have just come back from the Kumanoyu area and while it's still only 9am, it was very quiet... though there is a steady stream of cars and buses making their way past the window here now.

There's some snow on the local forecast and that is due later today. While we are headed into a colder spell, next snow after that due around Wednesday/Thursday.


Official snow depth data, as of Saturday 1st March 2014):

Sun Valley:





Hoppo Bundaira:

Takamagahara Mammoth:


Ichinose Family:


Ichinose Diamond:


Okushiga Kogen:

Kumanoyu (skiers only):

210cm   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Saturday 1st March 2014, 9:11am
Weather conditions: Mostly cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 260cm
It seems to be getting a bit colder again since yesterday afternoon. It is -1C here in the base village area early this morning. Cloudy and hardly any wind.

There's a chance of some light snow later on or maybe tonight. After that, it will continue to get colder early week and a potentially decent looking cold front that might bring snow should be with us aroun Wednesday.


Official snow depths (1st March 14):
Utopia: 295cm
Chuo: 260cm
Paradise: 290cm
Uwanodai: 180cm   Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Saturday 1st March 2014, 10:26am
Weather conditions: Fog and mist
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 260cm
Please don't kill the messenger; I come bearing (no) good news.

Enough cliches; the weather remains poor in Myoko.

As a consolation, it happens this time of year - we might get some good snow again, and some rain at times, before finally settling in as nice spring snow. So look at the mist and fog (and that cold feeling when it's this wet and humid) as just a phase. At least we'll get some sun in the coming days, if not much fresh snow.


Official info:

Akakura Kanko:

Akakura Onsen:


Myoko Suginohara:

Seki Onsen:

Myoko Ski Park:

Myoko Kyukamura Runrun


Tangram Ski Circus
180cm    Read more ...

Minakami Now!

Saturday 1st March 2014, 14:59pm
Weather conditions: Overcast
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 350cm
A wet and rainy day today in Minakami with light rain falling intermittently up to around 1500m.

It is expected to slowly turn into snow tonight with temperatures dropping. More snow is expected tomorrow morning.

The remainder of next week up until March 10th is looking promising with snow forecast every day except for Tuesday. Temps look set to drop back to winter-like from Thursday so we should get some quality snow for next weekend! All being well.


350cm @ Tenjin
50m @ valley

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