Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 1st April 2018

Minakami Now!

Friday 20th December 2013, 7:50am
Weather conditions: Overcast
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 120cm
Only a couple of cm of new snow over nigh twith some more snow expected from midday for 2-3 hours.

All of the resorts in Minakami are franticaly preparing for the weekend with all resorts trying to open from today.


Tenjindaira - all lifts open, return course closed
Houdaigi - 2 lifts open (No 6 and No 2)
Norn - 1 lift open
Okutone - all lifts
Minakami Kogen - all lifs
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Nozawa Onsen Now!

Friday 20th December 2013, 8:00am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 0cm
It's a bit wet this morning but I'm happy to report that the sleet from just before seems to be turning into snow, albeit of the wet variety. Upper slopes got 5cm of new snow overnight and it is snowing there still and the forecast is for snow through the day today and also tomorrow, so hopefully it's the start of some new decent cm.

Next week from Tuesday it seems that clear skies are on the way for Christmas and so we want/need as much snow to fall in the next few days as possible.

No word as yet on any further lifts moving for the weekend. Monday is a national holiday in Japan and so it's a long weekend. Resorts around Japan are going to want to be as fully open as is possible, Nozawa being no different.

We can expect a fair few people to be here as well, so an early start is recommended.


Friday 20th December 2013:

Official snow depth:
Yamabiko - 120cm
Uenotaira - 110cm
Lower slopes - no official snow depth data yet

Nagasaka Gondola
Yamabiko Four lift
Yamabiko Number 2 Four lift
Skyline connecting lift (WEEKEND ONLY right now)
Uenotaira quad
Yuu Road

Yamabiko A course
Yamabiko B course
Yamabiko C course
Yamabiko D course
Yamabiko E course
Uenotaira course
Bunabayashi course
Yunomine B course
Nagasaka Connecting   Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Friday 20th December 2013, 8:28am
Weather conditions: Fog
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 100cm
The rain finally did arrive — nothing to worry about this early in the season, honest — but it's already turning to snow.

The temperature feels like it's coming down as well, and we're starting to get some fog (and nothing unusual about fog here in Myoko, either!).

Akakura Kanko Ski Area: Gondola, No. 3, No. 5 lifts
Akakura Onsen Ski Area: Kumado No.1 quad
Others to open from the weekend   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Friday 20th December 2013, 8:50am
Weather conditions: Overcast / fine
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Yesterday it wasn't as 'blue sky' as the day before, and this morning we again start with cloudy/overcast skies. It's hovering around 0 degrees at the moment and there's nothing much of a wind here at village level. Calm weather prevails at he moment.

I don't have a whole lot to report this morning. After a run of dry days, I think everyone is now really looking forward to the next snowfall to hit Niseko. I almost don't want to say it, but the forecast isn't really showing us much still - snow showers from Sunday, along with lower temperatures. But still nothing major.


Planned lift operations:

Grand Hirafu:
Ace Family Pair
Ace Number 3 Pair
Ace Number 2 Quad Center Four
King Number 3 Triple
Swinging Monkey
Hirafu Gondola
Holiday Number 1 Pair

Hanazono Number 1 Quad
Hanazono Number 2 Quad
Hanazono Number 3 Quad

Niseko Village:
Niseko Gondola
Community Chair
Banzai Chair
Morino Chair

Jumbo Number 1 quad
Jumbo Number 2
Jumbo Number 3


Niseko Avalanche Report

NIseko base 6am: -1C, no snowfall. Coastal data: calm at Benkei cape, E9m/s at Kamui cape, flat, 1011hPa. Light wind-drifted snow accumulation can be observed above 800m, but no fresh snow has fallen. Predicted wind at noon: N or NE 10m/s.

Overall avalanche risk is low, however shallow surface slides should be considered in 1200m Backbowl sidewalls (30 degree grade). Carefully choose your weekend touring route. Better avoid crusty slopes, they could break with ski stimulation and run down the slope in high-speed.

The Hirafu K4 chair-lift is scheduled to open tomorrow. Gate setting will take a little more while. The snow on-piste is hard but in good condition. Beware of over-speeding and hitting trees. Better not overestimate your skills, always be prudent to avoid early season injuries. Seek for ski patrol's advice for out of bounds riding and refer to the Niseko Rules map. Do not cross boundary ropes.


Official snow depth numbers:

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 185cm
Base - 65cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 120cm
Base - 80cm

Top - 110cm
Base - 80cm   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Friday 20th December 2013, 9:00am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 100cm
Bit of a wet morning in Hakuba without it actually raining at the moment, it is just cloudy. Overnight resorts in the village are reporting none to slight snowfall on lower areas and up to 10cm higher up. So, higher up is the place to be - though looks like visibility is poor on the mountain this morning.

No new snow at base, and wet conditions. Snow higher. We're hoping for some new cm to report today and tomorrow.

As the forecast stands at the moment, we'll be looking at some clearer conditions come Monday next week through Christmas.

Both Happo-one and Tsugaike Kogen plan to be fully open from tomorrow. Hakuba Iwatake opened this morning and the smaller Hakuba Minekata is opening from tomorrow. You will see more facilities opening up this weekend as things start to get busiers.

It's a three day long weekend in Japan this weekend and so Hakuba will very probably be bustling. First up on the lifts get the best conditions!


Official snow depth numbers and operations (as of 20th December 2013):

Hakuba Goryu
Reporting 1-5cm of new snowfall.
Upper - 235cm
Toomi - 100cm
Iimori - 65cm
All courses apart from Adventure courses open.

Hakuba 47:
Reporting 0-5cm of new snowfall.
Upper - 185cm
Lower - 40cm
All courses apart from Tree Riding Zone open.

Reporting 0-5cm of new snowfall.
Usagidaira - 175cm
Nakiyama - 50cm
Sakka - 50cm
Plans to be (almost) fully open from tomorrow.

Hakuba Iwatake:
Upper - 100cm
Lower - 30cm
Open from today.

Tsugaike Kogen:
Tsuganomori - 240cm
Maruyama - 80cm
Kanenonaruoka - 40cm
Part open. All open from tomorrow.

Hakuba Cortina:
Reporting 0cm of new snowfall.
Upper - 170cm
Lower - 85cm
Part open.

Hakuba Minekata:
Opening tomorrow.   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Friday 20th December 2013, 9:35am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 10cm
Snow depth: 50cm
10cm or so of fresh snow here in Shiga Kogen since yesterdays report and it is snowing now. Lower down in the valley it has been raining/sleet but up here, of course, snow! It's coming down quite heavily here in Maruike as I write this actually so fingers crossed we'll get another decent layer before tomorrow. As I mentioned yesterday more of Shiga Kogen plans to be open tomorrow morning and it will hopefully start to feel like proper winter season.


Resort info and lift operations (as of Friday 20th December 2013, 9am):

Sun Valley:
Reporting 50cm of snow depth; -1C
Number 1 quad

Reporting 50cm of snow depth; -4C
Maruike Number 1 triple

Hoppo Bundaira:
Reporting 80cm of snow depth; -3C

Reporting 60cm snow depth; -1C
Number 2 triple lift

Ichinose Family:
Reporting 60cm snow depth; -2.1C
Ichinose Number 2 pair lift A/B
Ichinose Quad

Ichinose Diamond:
Reporting 60cm snow depth; -2.1C

Ichinose Yamanokami:
Reporting 60cm snow depth; -2.1C
Number 2 lift

Reporting 70cm snow depth; -4C
Number 1 Gondola
Number 2 Gondola
Number 2 lift

Okushiga Kogen:
Reporting 75cm snow depth; -2C
Number 2 pair
Number 3 pair
Okushiga Gondola

Kumanoyu (skiers only):
Reporting 60cm snow depth; -3C
Number 1 pair
Number 2 pair lift A/B

Reporting 55cm snow depth; -8C
Number 1 Sky B
Number 2 Sky
Number 3
Number 5
Number 6
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Zao Now!

Friday 20th December 2013, 9:40am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 25cm
Snow depth: 100cm
Lots more new snow here this morning.

Over 20cm outside my place early on. More like 25cm. I can imagine more than that on the mountain too.

The forecast is looking good too for more snow today,tomorrow and perhaps Sunday too with clearer conditions perhaps from early in the week.

It's a long weekend with Monday being a national holiday in Japan. Zao will be almost fully open from tomorrow, perhaps 100% open with this snow, and conditions should be very nice.


Official snow depths (20th December 13):
Utopia: 135cm
Chuo: 100cm
Paradise: 130cm
Uwanodai: 65cm


Most of the courses and lifts at Zao Onsen will be open from tomorrow.   Read more ...

Yuzawa Now!

Friday 20th December 2013, 9:56am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 70cm
Heavy rain actually woke me up very early this morning, it was really coming down. It is still raining at the moment low down but turning into snow on the mountains. Kagura actually have been reporting 5-10cm overnight so they seemingly escaped the rain.

Temperature is hovering just above zero here in town.

Snow clouds should be with us through until Sunday so we are hoping that they will bring us that fresh layer that we need. Thick layer please. We need more snow for resorts to be able to fully open.

I'll let you know how that turns out in my report tomorrow morning.


Iwappara, Ishiuchi Maruyama, Yuzawa Park and Muikamachi Ski Resort all open today. It's more "part open" than "fully open".

Tomorrow sees GALA Yuzawa open for the season - they are reporting decent amounts of snow up there - along with Muikamachi Hakkai-san in Minamiuonuma.

In fact, the only skijo not open come tomorrow in the region will be Hakkaisan-roku (23rd), Ishiuchi Hanaoka (28th) and Mt Granview (28th).

From tomorrow it's 3 days holiday with Monday being a national holiday and so it should be quite busy. With more resorts to choose from though, hopefully won't get too busy - though an early start is a good idea if possible!

Have a fun weekend.   Read more ...

Madarao Now!

Friday 20th December 2013, 10:10am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: 60cm
OK so after the two day pre-open weekend last week, the snow season starts properly in Madarao Kogen from tomorrow, 21st December.

The resort is planning to be open - multiple lifts - from tomorrow morning and then open daily through the end of March.

No official details as yet on what will actually get opened up.

Daily updates will begin from tomorrow.   Read more ...

Furano Now!

Friday 20th December 2013, 10:18am
Weather conditions: Sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 80cm
There has been no change to lift operations since the last report. Although there has been no announcement by the resort we would hope to see Kitanomine Gondola operating this weekend.

There has been no new snow to report, but it is a fine sunny day although there is quite a bit of wind in exposed places which will make things feel pretty cold. The next snow on the forecast is for Sunday afternoon.

Operating lifts:
Furano Ropeway 8:30am-3:10pm
Downhill Romance #2 chair 8:45am-3:10pm
Downhill Romance #3 chair 9:00am-3:00pm
Prince Romance 8:30am - 8:00pm
Kitanomine high speed quad 8:30am-3:30pm

Furano Zone Courses:
Spies (partially open) from top of Ropeway until bottom of Down Hill Romance #2 chair.
Prince Course

Kitanomine Zone Courses:
Azelea   Read more ...

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