Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 25th May 2020

Niseko Now!

Monday 20th February 2012, 6:36am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Another night of snow! Looks like we had about 20cm fall last night from what I can see. It's really light density snow and it came down quick. It's a bit cold out now, but nothing unbearable by any means. Since it was soft yesterday, this will fill in the tracks and give the mountain the ole refresh. Should be an awesome day on the resort.

The backcountry conditions are stabling out a bit. It seems as though the bad layer from last week's sun crust is finally mellowing out a bit and consolidating. If the backbowls do end up opening today, they should be pretty good. Yesterday they were still pretty well untracked given the amount of people up there.

We are looking at some unknowns for future weather. It's supposed to snow all day today, but who really knows. Snow all day today and come clear skies is the best prediction (wouldn't that be awesome) in the running so far. Tomorrow is supposed to be partly cloudy with the sun making an intermittent appearance. I hope everyone has a great day and gets fresh all day long.

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 445cm
Bottom - 250cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 460cm
Bottom - 250cm

Top - 460cm
Bottom - 240cm

Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko 6am: -7C, 35cm of crystal snow in the past 12 hours.
Coastal data: WNW9m/s at Benkei cape, 0.9m waves and 1019hPa at Kamui cape.
Annupuri peak: NW11.8m/s and -14.8C.
Moiwa peak: 45cm of fresh snow with no notable snowdrifts development, -10C.
Snowfall transition: a weak winter weather pattern has dropped a lot of snow in the west side of the range. The wind remained calm and the snowdrifts development is small. The snowfall is forecasted to calm down as the High-pressure system approaches.
Hazard evaluation: The general avalanche risk is low. However, avalanche risk from Feb 16th layer or deeper is seen to raise in Higashi-One area (coordinateH8), West face (between E6&E7) and Haru no taki strictly off-limits area (J4).
Gates: open at 9:30. Ask the ski patrol’s advise before stepping out the gates.
Caution: The snow is deep and good, but sometimes makes it difficult to come back to the resort when it’s too deep. Snowboarders should carry snowshoes. Traversing gullies terrains all at once is very dangerous. Carry the Niseko Rules flyer map and use it as a reference for checking your position.    Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Monday 20th February 2012, 9:34am
Weather conditions: Sun, blue skies, some cloud
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Good morning sunshine! Todays sunshiny weather is brought to you by the clear skies and google tans of yesterday! We are expecting the sun to stick around all day today providing great visibility and beautiful views. Perhaps some clouds late on around the peaks of the mountains, but generally a very clear day.

It is currently -5 C and will warm to 0 C down near the valley and range from -8 C to -13 C up high on the resorts with a wind chill of -21 C. Winds are light at 2 m/s from the WSW and SSW. The freezing level will rise to 700m today and the solar radiation will affected the snow on the slopes with the most exposure.

No new snow has fallen as we have had mostly clear skies and this trend will continue with some cloudy patches through Wednesday. Freezing levels are projected to rise with a new weather system pushing its way in on Thursday. (Don't say the 'r' word, hopefully it won't happen!)

Get it while it's good.


Official snow depths and operations @ Monday 20th February 2012 AM:

Hakuba Goryu:
No new snowfall early this morning. All lifts operating.
Official snow depths:
Alps daira - 325cm;
Toomi - 185cm;
Iimori - 145cm

Hakuba 47:
No new snowfall this morning. All courses open (Line D lift not operating weekdays).
Official snow depth:
Upper - 242cm
Lower - 140cm

Ski lifts/courses:
All lifts apart from Usagidaira pair, Happo No1 pair and Central pair lifts operating.
Official snow depth:
Usagidaira - 210cm;
Sakka - 120cm;
Nakiyama - 110cm.

Tsugaike Kogen:
Official snow depth:
Upper slopes - 270cm
Champion - 220cm

Hakuba Cortina:
No new snow overnight in Cortina. All courses open (No 7 pair lift closed weekdays).
Official snow depth:
Upper - 370cm
Lower - 240cm

Hakuba Norikura:
Official snow depth:

Hakuba Iwatake:
Official snow depth:
Upper - 180cm
Lower - 120cm

Hakuba Sanosaka:

Hakuba Minekata:
110cm   Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Monday 20th February 2012, 11:56am
Weather conditions: Sunny
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
It's another sunny day in Myoko! Unbelievable! Wonderful! OK, we are excited; it's nice to be outside, nice to get a little solar heat to defrost snow cars and clear off that clinging snow on the roofs. It did get a little cloudy toward the end of the day yesterday, but the stars were shining at night.

And it's staying cold , despite the warmth of the sun; Madarao even reported -10C this morning, while the car dash (the trustiest of all, believe me) said -8C at the Akakan base level. So good snow, and lots of sun.

There was a lot of avalanche activity seen yesterday, with crown lines appearing all over the east faces of Maeyama and up onto Mt. Myoko as well. Witnesses said there was a lot of cracking/slab activity going on, although luckily no one appears to have been caught up any of it. A little restraint is probably a good idea for the near future; the sun may well help settle the snow, provided there isn't some weak layer hanging around under there that will trigger more slides as things heat up.

Current Official Snow Depths

Akakura Onsen:

Akakan (Akakura Kanko):


Myoko Suginohara:

Seki Onsen:

Myoko Ski Park:



320cm   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Monday 20th February 2012, 12:28pm
Weather conditions: Bright Sunny Day
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
It is another sunny winter day here in Nozawa Onsen this morning. Pretty spectacular scenery out there and should be able to see all the way to the Japan Sea from the top today.

It's pretty cold early up top too, was -9 degrees so the groomers may be a bit hard but there was a lot of snow the day before yesterday and it is warming up so in general should still be really nice conditions. Clouds possibly moving in later on in the afternoon.

Yesterday was another awesome day on the mountain with fresh snow and sunshine. The crowds were up in the morning and it started to warm a bit down low in the afternoon but did not seem to put a damper on the levels of stoke amongst the happy sliders.

The base is still over the 400cm mark so there is a lot of snow up there to enjoy. Looking ahead and a few snowman marks are starting to form for Wednesday night and into Thursday now which won’t do us any harm!
Anyway perfect day out there so get out there and don't for get the sunscreen!

Current Official Snow Depths Numbers:




Current Lift operations:
All open

Current courses open:
All open
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Furano Now!

Monday 20th February 2012, 13:01pm
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
It was a cold start to the day with a -14c reading at the base. The weather is cloudy but there is some strong sunlight behind those clouds and it is breaking through at times with a little bit of melt being visible on the already very slippery roads. Snow conditions are firm with a packed powder base and extensive grooming has taken place over the entire mountain. Back to the carving skis for those that a lucky enough to have a quiver. There is light snowfall forecast for tonight.   Read more ...

Minakami Now!

Monday 20th February 2012, 17:07pm
Weather conditions: Clear
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
A glorious day in Minakami today with blue skies and sunshine. If it wasn't for the slightly cold temperature you could have been forgiven for thinking it was spring already. The groomed slopes were amazing first thing and started to get soft lower down by early afternoon. Great conditions everywhere today.

The good weather is set to continue for a couple more days and it looks set to get a bit warmer though light snow is forecast as we move towards the weekend.

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Madarao Now!

Monday 20th February 2012, 17:19pm
Weather conditions: Sun
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
[Posted earlier today]

A lovely bright and clear morning in Madarao Kogen... and some fantastic views looking down to Iiyama with lots of low lying cloud covering the valley early on this morning. Anyway, no new snow to report but it was a cold night and so conditions this morning should be good. The weekend crowds have of course gone now and so much quieter out there for people today. It will be milder as well during the daytime, though tomorrow and Wednesday look set to be milder still.

We should be on for a run of days of generally sunny and clear conditions.

Lifts currently operating:
All lifts and courses due to be open today.
Official snow depth:
310cm   Read more ...

Yuzawa Now!

Monday 20th February 2012, 17:58pm
Weather conditions: Fine, some cloud
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Good evening and sorry for the late report today.

It has been a fine day here generally with lots of blue sky but cloudy moments too. Overnight last night was cold getting down to around -8 degrees but by lunchtime today it had warmed up to around +3 degrees in Yuzawa.

It looks like tomorrow should be a mixed bag. Sun? Cloud? Snow? The forecast has it all and is quite possibly just confused! A high of around +2 is forecast so it is going to stay mild. I reckon the sun might win through, and on Wednesday as well when things should get warmer still... up to around 6 degrees perhaps?

Tomorrow's report should be online in the morning around the usual time.

Official resort snow depths @ Monday 20th February 12, AM:
Mt Naeba:
Kagura - Tashiro:
GALA Yuzawa:
Kandatsu Kogen:
NASPA Ski Garden:
Yuzawa Kogen:
Yuzawa Park:
Yuzawa Nakazato:
Ludens Yuzawa:
Ishiuchi Maruyama:
Centleisure Maiko:
Joetsu Kokusai:
280cm   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Monday 20th February 2012, 18:10pm
Weather conditions: Cloud, fair
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
[Posted earlier this morning]

Good morning from Zao. No new snow to report this morning, just a slight wind and a relatively mild -5 degrees earlier on this morning. Still cold though, hey? It is a partly cloudy start to the day but quite bright. So cloudy/fine for the day looks likely - and more of the same tomorrow. Wednesday currently looks set to be one of those 'must have camera' days with clear, sunny skies.

Not much new snow over the last few days - obviously affecting the snow quality especially after everyone at the weekend carving it up. Temperatures keeping fairly cold though are helping and there is still good snow to find out there. And some very fine views too - the Juhyo ice monsters are looking very genki this season.

Official snow depths (20th February 12)
Utopia - 275cm
Chuo - 240cm
Paradise - 260cm
Uwanodai - 185cm

Operating lifts (20th February 12)
All Ropeways (Skycable, Zao Chuo Ropeway, Zao Ropeway) operating.
All the runs at Zao are open.   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Monday 20th February 2012, 18:14pm
Weather conditions: Blue skies
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
A very late report today, sorry about that. Technical stuff prevented me from posting early on.

Well it has been a very fine day in Shiga Kogen. Bright blue skies, hardly any clouds during the daytime though clouds did appear nearby later on in the afternoon. After a very cold morning (-14 degrees at Kumanoyu) it warmed up during the daytime though remaining below zero. The next few days look very likely to be similar conditions actually, possibly more cloud than today but there's not much in terms of snowfall due this week and through into at least the weekend actually.

What we can hope for is that things don't warm up too much and we stay below zero. Fingers crossed everyone!

Nighta operations this evening planned at the following resort areas:

- Ichinose Family

Official resort snow depths as of Monday 20th February 2012 AM:

Sun Valley:
Ichinose Family:
Ichinose Diamond:
Okushiga Kogen:
260cm   Read more ...

Naeba Now!

Monday 20th February 2012, 18:22pm
Weather conditions: Sun, cloud
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
[Posted earlier this morning]

I said that today would be sun, sun and sun. And it looks like that is what it will be. A bit of snow since yesterdays report but today will all be about blue skies with just a bit of cloud hanging on here and there. A cold start with -9 recorded at base in Naeba but it should warm up with the sun doing it's trick.

Tomorrow looks like it might just bring a bit of snow - but even if it does I very much doubt it will add up to much at all. Just cloud and possible light snow at times. From there on though getting milder and generally I think it will be a dry week and also a dry weekend. No significant snowfall on the horizon and so we are going to have to play with what we have got. Which is not bad at all!

Official snow depths
380cm   Read more ...

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