Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 1st April 2018

Furano Now!

Monday 21st January 2008, 8:05am
Weather conditions: light snow falling, warmer temperatures expected today.
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
A fantastic day on the slopes yesterday. Fresh snow, deep snow, quiet slopes, arguably the best day of the last week.

Overnight we have had another 10cm+ of fresh light fluffy snow. Snow expected today through till early afternoon. Temeperatures are a little warmer than the last few days which should make being on the mountain more comfortable today.

The kicker at the Kitanomine gondola has begun being built. The big air competition is scheduled for the first weekend in Feb.

Dont forget to check out the half pipe this week, as the All Japan Competition starts this weekend and there are many riders practicing this week. The pipe is next to the Romance 2 lift at the bottom of the Furano Zone.    Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Monday 21st January 2008, 8:05am
Weather conditions: Cloud, snow.
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
The snow just keeps coming. Yesterday it also came with a lot of wind which caused the closure of all the top lifts and long queues on the open lifts especially at the King Gondola. It was a very cold day with the Ace thermometer reading minus 16 degrees. Not the best day for skiing as the best powder was not available to skiers and boarders. But in typical Niseko fashion, it has been snowing all night and today should be magic.

The weather charts are showing the boundary between the local high and low pressure systems moving a bit northwards, but there is a good chance of a deep low forming over Hokkaido mid week. It looks more like Thursday than Wednesday at the moment and it is still likely that we will get some wild weather later in the week. We'll just have to wait and see as the charts are a bit unsure at the moment.   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Monday 21st January 2008, 8:30am
Weather conditions: Blue sky with clouds above 1600 m
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Yesterday was cloudy and cold with hard packed fast groomers all day. Plenty busy being the weekend with a long line of cars heading out of the valley yesterday evening.

Last night saw snow begin to fall and there was 3-5 cms of light fluffy powder in the valley this morning. Cold temperatures continuing still with minus 3 in the valley and minus 8 on the top of Goryu. Not enough snow to affect the base reports from patrol but should be some nice powder to be found this morning. Cloudy from 1600m so good visibility on the skifield throw in your amber lenses and enjoy.

More snow forecast later in the week.

Backcountry Travel Advisory (as at January 20th):

Recent low temperatures have not been helping to increase bonding at the interface between the January 12th rain crust and January 14th wind slab. New slab avalanches that have been observed on South and South East aspects in the alpine over the past few days are testament to the poor bonding. Winds at ridge top have been moderate North westerlies and strong enough to continue adding load to those wind slabbed lee slopes. Solar radiation on these Southern slopes is also a concern as snow around rocks, trees and steeper slopes warms up and possibly looses cohesion. Northern aspects will have less accumulated new snow on top of the January 12th rain crust and will be less likely to produce avalanches than southern slopes, but be aware that this will change rapidly with new snow fall also be aware that it will be easier to loose an edge and go for a long uncontrolled slide on top of the exposed rain crust. Clear skies, cool temperatures and calm winds over night will result in surface hoar frost to develop and possibly produce a weak layer under any new snow that may fall over the days coming.

Be very cautious in areas of wind slab, especially in larger terrain features at or above tree line. Constraining your routes to ridges and well supported slopes is the best course of action if traveling in the backcountry. If you have to travel in suspect areas use proper spacing between party members and regroup in safe areas. Be alert for tell tale signs of weak interfaces under the wind slab; Whoomphing, Shooting cracks and hollow sounds from under the hard wind slab while traveling.

Avalanche Hazard:

Alpine: Considerable
Tree Line: Considerable
Below Tree line: Moderate
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Minakami Now!

Monday 21st January 2008, 8:35am
Weather conditions: overcast
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Yesterday was an overcast and slightly warmer day with some snow falling at Tenjindaira and other upper valley ski areas. Today is very similar, with some light snow falling in the valley at present and no wind. The snow is expected to stop by mid morning.

Tomorrow the sun should show itself in the morning with the remainder of the day being overcast with little wind. The next snow is forecast to start from Wednesday evening and should continue through to Friday brining close to 40cm to the upper mountains.

Warmer temperatures yesterday started to facilitate settling of the snow pack, especially in the new snow in the upper layers. Compressions tests on Sunday revealed less results than Saturdays tests indicating that the new snow is starting to round and layers bond.

Avalanche Hazard:
Alpine: Considerable
Tree Line: Moderate
Below Tree line: Moderate   Read more ...

Yuzawa Now!

Monday 21st January 2008, 8:43am
Weather conditions: Light snow, cloud
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
There has been just a light sprinkling of snow to report overnight at town level, with the Kagura resort higher up reporting 5cm overnight. It is another fairly cold morning with temperatures down around -3 at the moment, though they might just creep above the zero mark today.

Light (rather wet) snow falling at the moment in the town (should be decent snow higher up) and the forecast for the day is cloud and so we can expect it to clear up later on with visibility also improving as the day progresses.

Hearing more good reports from the slopes over the weekend with some great conditions up at Kagura with lots of new fresh snow to play in. While tomorrow looks like it will be another cloud/fine day, snow is lined up for days after that and so we can hope for more snowfall soon.   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Monday 21st January 2008, 8:57am
Weather conditions: Cloud, fine
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Yesterday things did cloud over but only a sprinkling overnight with the cold temperatures remaining - but perhaps not quite as cold as it has been over the last few days. It is still showing -10 outside in Maruike though, so those mid-winter clothes still necessary. There's only a slight breeze though, so good weather to be out on the hills this morning.

There is no change in the snow depths this morning. Packed snow still on the roads in the region. In the sky, a selection of grey and white clouds but there are breaks in the clouds and some blue sky appearing in places. Looks like it will be another fine day.

Night operations today at the following resort areas:

- Ichinose Family
- Ichinose Diamond   Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Monday 21st January 2008, 9:11am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Temperatures still around the -10 mark, so the upper reaches of Myoko remain powdery. Not much in the way of fresh snow until Thursday, so the pick of the day would have to be Seki Onsen. Incredible freerides down the powdery peaks there are adrenaline-pumping. And the powder is still well intact. Usually Suginohara`s uppermost pistes are the same, but thw weekend traffic and lack of fresh snow puts Seki Onsen at the top of the pick-list today.

Your Myoko area levels for today:
240cm (Akakura Kanko);
240cm (Akakura Onsen);
190cm (Ikenotaira);
270cm at the top, 130cm bottom (Suginohara);
220cm (Kumado Snowboard Park);
120cm (Pine Valley);
300cm (Seki Onsen);
115cm (Madarao Tangram Ski Circus);
105cm (Madarao Sympathique);
125cm (Madarao Kogen);
120cm (Cupid Valley);
220cm (Myoko Ski Park);
130cm (Togakushi);
160cm (Kurohime);
105cm (Iizuna);

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Nozawa Onsen Now!

Monday 21st January 2008, 9:32am
Weather conditions: Fine
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
A very fine dusting of snow fell in Nozawa last night - less than a cm in the village. Mysteriously the resort is reporting 10cm of new snow on Uenotaira but nothing anywhere else. It is likely to be hard and fast today. It is cloudy and no snow is forecast until Thursday. The powder hounds are back on stand by, with the next front looking like it will come through later in the week.    Read more ...

Naeba Now!

Monday 21st January 2008, 9:53am
Weather conditions: Cloudy with light low cloud
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
A pretty chilly morning again with a predominantly grey sky, though there are patches of blue proving that the snow flutters in the air this morning are really just teasers from the heavens. We've had a gentle coating (less then 3cm) across the town and there doesn't seem to be a great deal of wind.

Not much else to report on really, however there does seem to be a bit of snow showing on the forecasts for around Wednesday.
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SnowJapan Daily 'Now' reports

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16th Jul, 11:46pm
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16th Jul, 11:27am
Niseko Now
16th Jul, 11:26am
Yuzawa Now
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Furano Now
06th May, 9:04am
Hakuba Now
06th May, 9:02
Nozawa Onsen Now
06th May, 8:41
Shiga Kogen Now
06th May, 8:35
Myoko Now
06th May, 8:35am
Zao Now
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Naeba Now
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Minakami Now
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Appi Kogen Now
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