Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 28th May 2018

Madarao Now!

Friday 21st January 2011, 8:23am
Weather conditions: cloudy with minimal snowfall until tomorrow
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
A morning of both sunshine, cloud and snowfall in the resort of Madarao, with predictions of a cloudy day and sessions of light snowfall. This light dusting of snow should amount to around 5cm of fresh snow, meaning the snow coverage will remain fairly powdered thoughout the day for a full days riding.

At the moment the temperature is -8.0 degrees and will range between -3.0 and -9.0 throughout the day. While visability conditions are expected to vary between excellent and good. Get your gear together and enjoy your Friday!

Air Wave Session this Saturday 23rd January, (yes, tomorrow!!) so today our Air Wave Course will be closed for the last day of preparation. Exciting!

Free Ride Park open.

Lifts currently operating:

No 1 lift
No 2 quad lift
No 3 a lift
No 5 lift
Super Quad
No 11 Lift
No 12 Lift
No 13 Lift
No 15 lift
Tangaram No 2 Lift

Moving Belt at Kids Park
Snowboard beginner course   Read more ...

Yuzawa Now!

Friday 21st January 2011, 8:52am
Weather conditions: Snow > cloud
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
The snow clouds are still with us this morning and there has perhaps been another 15cm or so in town since the report last night. (Kagura are reporting 40-50cm since yesterday).

It has been snowing this morning but things have eased off in the last hour or so and now it is just cloudy, with cloud on the forecast for the day. It's fairly bright and there may actually even be a chance of some breaks in the clouds as the day progresses.

The latest local forecast tell us to expect clear weather early on tomorrow followed by the chance of some light snow showers later on.

I'll post another report this evening with the latest for the weekend.

Official snow depths @ 21st January 2010 AM




Gala Yuzawa:

Yuzawa Kogen:

Yuzawa Park:

Yuzawa Nakazato:

Kandatsu Kogen:


NASPA Ski Garden:

Ishiuchi Maruyama:
200cm   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Friday 21st January 2011, 9:15am
Weather conditions: Cloudy and light snow
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
After a little snow yesterday morning the clouds parted and the sun shone through, a rather welcome sight after so many days of cloud and snow. Mt Yotei also completely cleared up and was an awesome sight through the afternoon. Strong winds up high though didn't allow the peak gate to open but according to the avi report this morning they are planning on opening it today. Expect there to be a very long queue on the single chair if they do get it open.

This morning is cloudy and snow has been falling. Light snow can be expected on and off throughout the day. Snowfalls are expected through much of the outlook but nothing too major. Should be just enough each day to keep surface conditions nice and fresh.

Current Official Snow Depths:

Grand Hirafu:
Top - 340
Bottom - 180

Niseko Village:
Top - 290
Bottom - 185

Top - 240
Bottom - 200

Avalanche Information:

Mountain base 6am:-7℃, about 10cm of overnight snowfall. The wind in high altitude has stagnated around 15m/s WNW to NW.
Relatively thin avalanches caused by newly developed snowdrifts on top of yesterday’s surface are to be highly considered in leeward steep slopes above 800m. Thicker avalanche from Jan 18th layer is still also to be considered in open steep slopes and under cornices above 900m elevations. Riding steep faces such as the Backbowl’s sidewalls should not be taken too easily, and many people should definitely not drop in to the same slope at once. Ride one by one. Do not over stimulate or traverse suspicious slopes such as leeward knolls or slopes under cornices. It could trigger slides easily. Evaluate the condition of the slope and the risk you’re taking before dropping in and carefully choose your route.
All Gates, including peak gates 2 and 3 should open today, but will depend on this morning’s weather conditions.

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Minakami Now!

Friday 21st January 2011, 9:30am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Yesterday the snow came in quite hard from midday with resorts in upper Minakami receiving 45cm of fresh snow. The snow continues to fall this morning but is relatively light and there are some strong gusts of wind at times. It should subside midmorning to leave a cloudy day.

There is more snow forecast for tomorrow in the middle of the day with cloud expected on Sunday and the snow starting up again from Monday.

Yesterday size 1.5 loose snow avalanches (around 50m long) were reported on steep terrain. These are definitely enough to bury people so caution is advised!

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Furano Now!

Friday 21st January 2011, 9:32am
Weather conditions: High overcast
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
The dominant feature today will be the wind, which is something that hasn't really been around much recently. There are light to moderate winds around the base area. Expect moderate winds in exposed areas higher up the mountain. Overnight there has been 4cm of fresh snow which is sitting on top of a firm packed powder base.    Read more ...

Naeba Now!

Friday 21st January 2011, 9:34am
Weather conditions: Slightly overcast.
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Today brings with it slightly overcast skies, light winds and no real snowfall in the village here in Naeba. Your intrepid reporter can see the top of the mountain from the bottom of the hotel with only very light winds that are unable to ruffle his non-existent hair.

Up at Kagura though, they are reporting a bumper 40-50cm of fresh snow on the resort upper slopes so once again another fine topup to the snow.

The temperature during the day is not too bad, with -4 degrees expected. The windchill will be around -12. However, during the evening temperatures are expected to drop to around -13 with a windchill of -20.

Tomorrow is predicted to have blue skies, but this may turn to snow possibly in the afternoon with the snow clouds due to still be around on Sunday - though nothing major.

Official Snow Depths:


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Shiga Kogen Now!

Friday 21st January 2011, 9:37am
Weather conditions: Cloud, sun
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Well, it's one of those mornings when conditions are different in the different parts of Shiga Kogen. In some areas there is some grey cloud hanging on - and even snow falling until a short while ago - and in others blue skies and the sun casting shadows down onto the runs. The clearer conditions seem to be winning out though for the most part and it looks like we are on for a fine day.

We do look set to have clear sunny weather early tomorrow morning though snow clouds may move back in later in the day with light snow possible into Sunday.

Another topup then meaning conditions remain excellent on the slopes for the weekend.

Nighta operations this evening planned at the following resort area:

- Ichinose Family

Official resort snow depths as of 21st January 2011 AM:

Sun Valley:
Ichinose Family:
Ichinose Diamond:
Okushiga Kogen:
215cm   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Friday 21st January 2011, 10:16am
Weather conditions: Sun shining at the moment may get some light snow showers later
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
It is going to be one of those near perfect days in Nozawa today.

It was not forecast but we received a good dump starting yesterday afternoon which continued through to this morning. There is at least 20cm of fresh in the Village and should be 30cm up top.

The sun has come out to play this morning from behind the remaining clouds and winds are moderate. Being a Friday crowds are non existent and all the elements have come together for a postcard day out there.

Outlook is for more sunshine tomorrow and a decent fall on Sunday then some sun behind that so we are back into the weather pattern we like to see.

Anyway today is going to be special, enjoy!

Courses open:

All except the following
Uenotaira Half Pipe
Karasawa Wave Park

Lifts operating:
All lifts are open   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Friday 21st January 2011, 11:15am
Weather conditions: Cloud, light snow
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
And..... it's more of the same this morning -- I'm finding it hard to know how to say it differently at the moment!

Clouds are covering the mountain and snow is falling, more on the upper slopes and just at times lower down and in the village where we have just received a bit more.

Tomorrow of course is the start of the weekend and the crowded slopes. Come early to get up to the top and those first tracks. It looks like the cloudy/light snow conditions should continue over the weekend, so we will be lucky if we get to see some sunshine.

The weather will likely clear up somewhat by Monday and even more so on Tuesday when clearer weather is currently forecast. After all the snow and cloudy conditions of late, I think many people are actually looking forward to some clear skies. Especially those making the trip up to the top of the mountain at night to see the Snow Monsters - from tomorrow, the Ropeway will be going up there daily until late February.

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Hakuba Now!

Friday 21st January 2011, 11:21am
Weather conditions: Sunny
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
There has just been a very small amount of snow accumulation since yesterday in Hakuba with Goryu reporting 5 cm on top and 1/2 cm or so at the base. Not even a dusting of snow on my windscreen this morning though. The sun is out with some clouds, beautiful weather here today with some great views and visibility. Makes a change after all the snowfall and cloudy conditions of late.

It is relatively mild, 0 degrees at the base and -5 at 1,400m.

Westerly winds are still blasting at altitude though have been calming in the last couple of hours.

The forecast is for the clouds to come back in and snow to fall again from the afternoon tomorrow. It looks like we should be getting some topups throughout the weekend but there's also a chance of the sun shining through at times as well.


Official snow depths and operations @ Friday 21st January AM:

Hakuba Goryu:
Night time operations from 6pm until 9:30pm.
Alps daira - 335cm;
Toomi - 155cm;
Iimori - 130cm.

Hakuba 47:
The resort and park at the resort are fully open.
Snow depth (upper) - 185cm.

Nakiyama nighta now operating.
Usagidaira/Kurobishi - 300cm;
Sakka - 170cm;
Shirakaba - 140cm;
Nakiyama - 140cm.

Tsugaike Kogen:
The Karamatsu nighta operations are now open.
Snow depth - 290cm
Maruyama area - 165cm
Champion - 190cm

Hakuba Iwatake:
Upper - 160cm
Lower - 105cm

Hakuba Cortina:
Upper - 350cm
Lower - 220cm

Hakuba Sanosaka:

Hakuba Minekata:
140cm   Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Friday 21st January 2011, 11:28am
Weather conditions: Partly sunny, some snow showers
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
There are days when you don't mind being stuck to the desk during the winter in Myoko; this is not one of them, and your reporter wants to be out in the fun. But he's not (gender has now been revealed....).

It's a nice morning here after yet another very good snowfall overnight—enough that the people who dug the 30, 40 or however many centimeters of really light snow that fell through the afternoon and evening out once last night had to get up and do it again today. There was a lot of wind last night, though, resulting in some fantastic natural snow sculptures and cornices on the lee sides of house, cars and the odd outdoor vending machine (I love finding snow-covered soda machines out in the middle of nowhere).

It might be a little wind-packed out off the courses today, but probably pretty good where there was shelter from the north wind. It's not exactly a bluebird day, but the sun has peeked out from time to time, alternating with occasional very light snowfall. Just the kind of day to get out for a soft-snow course cruise, or to stir up some powder.... Which, again, not all of us can do right now (but, OK, I'll be climbing Saturday and Sunday—I'll let you know the current backcountry conditions when I come down!).

Current Official Snow Depths:

Akakura Onsen:

Akakan (Akakura Kanko):


Myoko Suginohara:

Seki Onsen:

Myoko Ski Park:



230cm   Read more ...

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