Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 28th May 2018

Madarao Now!

Monday 21st January 2013, 7:36am
Weather conditions: Sunny
New snowfall: 3cm
Snow depth: 215cm
Just a dusting of snow since yesterday to report and it looks like it will brighten up to be a fine day today. The sun is getting to work early and shining down on the slopes of Madarao.

Less people around today after a busy weekend but some fine snow conditions to reward those staying on. All of the resort will be open as planned this morning.

Lifts planned to be operating:
Number 1
Number 2
Number 3
Super quad
Number 5
Number 11
Number 12
Number 15
Kids Park
FreeRide Park
Powder Wave I
Powder Wave II
Powder Theater
Adventure    Read more ...

Naeba Now!

Monday 21st January 2013, 7:48am
Weather conditions: Clear
New snowfall: 2cm
Snow depth: 210cm
Some thin cloud around early this morning but it looks like it should clear up and be a fine day today in the region. There's about 5cm of new snowfall since yesterday, not enough to fill in all the weekend tracks but still very good conditions out there generally after all the recent snowfalls. It's a cold start to the morning and should stay cold through the day hopefully keeping in the negatives.

We might get more snow tomorrow, followed by more clear conditions after that, but the end of the week is looking particularly promising for a whole boat load of new snowfall.

Official resort snow depth:
Naeba - 210cm
Kagura - 350cm   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Monday 21st January 2013, 8:14am
Weather conditions: Clear and sunny
New snowfall: 2cm
Snow depth: 140cm
An early report this morning. It's one of those days when it's clear how things are going to be right from the get go and some early morning light blue skies all around. Not a cloud to be seen. From here in Maruike anyway. Going to be a very fine day.

It's a cold start too. -10C in this part of Shiga Kogen, and I can see that Kumanoyu are reporting a low of -14.5C as of 7:30am. Inevitably with the sun it will warm up somewhat but hopefully generally keep cold.

Looking at the forecast - snow tomorrow, clearer weather Wednesday and Thursday and then a potentially heavy-snow delivery along with storm-like conditions at the end of the week.

Nighta operations planned for tonight at the following resort areas:
Ichinose Family

Official resort snow depths as of Monday 21st January 2013 AM:

Sun Valley:
Ichinose Family:
Ichinose Diamond:
Okushiga Kogen:
190cm   Read more ...

Furano Now!

Monday 21st January 2013, 9:44am
Weather conditions: Sunny
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: 150cm
The weekend proved to be pretty good overall with a decent amount of fresh snow being deposited on Saturday and then to a lesser amount on Sunday. This seemed to bring the powder hounds out of the woodwork with many turning up with skis the width of a snowboard. Sunday's temperatures were pretty warm which look likely to be repeated again today. This made very pleasant weather to ski in in terms of not having to deal with the usual Furano cold, however the warmth got to the snow pack so expect some mildy frosty areas out on the mountain today. Overall it looks like another great day with blue skies and mild temperatures. The next significant snowfall is forecast for Thursday night through Friday.   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Monday 21st January 2013, 10:21am
Weather conditions: Clear
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 320cm
We have a stunning morning here in Nozawa Onsen. After four days of snowy conditions the clouds have parted and we have warm sunshine beaming down on the resort. Make the most of it as clouds are forecast to move in during the afternoon. Temperatures are set to increase into the positives at village level as the day moves on.

Without any significant falls overnight tracks from yesterday will still be present off piste. Cold overnight temperatures mean the groomers will be firm and fast early on, but soften during the day.

Yesterday was a busy day on the mountain. There was quality snow on offer but it became tracked early in most of the well known areas. Clouds and snow showers persisted throughout the day adding to the already respectable base.

At the moment the long range forecast is looking good for some significant snowfalls commencing on the night of the 24th and continuing till at least the 27th, possibly longer. It is possible for a meter or more to fall over this time with a freezing level below sea level.

The short range forecast suggests snowfalls are expected on the 22nd, however relative high temperatures tend to suggest it will not be classic powder, but rather wet in consistency. Have a good day.

Lifts operating:
All lifts operating

Courses open:
All courses open except:
Kandahar East
Kandahar West

Official snow depths




160cm   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Monday 21st January 2013, 11:53am
Weather conditions: Mostly clear and sunny
New snowfall: 3cm
Snow depth: 410cm
We ended up with a (relatively ) warm day yesterday. Up to 3cm or so since yesterday, with the avalanche report below reporting 10cm. It's a calm morning and starting off with some clouds around but it has since cleared up and we now have lovely blue skies above us. Some white clouds lingering here and there but for the most part it's clear blue skies.

It's warm again today. With these warmer conditions the snow was somewhat firmer out there this morning than what we have been enjoying of late and as the days goes on we might even experience some slushy kind of conditions. Still fairly decent though by non-Niseko standards, and the groomed runs were fun early on.

It looks unlikely we'll get snow over the next few days, other than perhaps the occasional snow shower. Look to later in the week for the next potential heavy snowfalls and a drop in temperature.

Mountain all open. Enjoy!


Official Resort Snow Depths

Grand Hirafu & Niseko Hanazono
Top - 410cm
Bottom - 220cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 365cm
Bottom - 215cm

Niseko Village
Top - 330cm
Bottom - 250cm

Avalanche Information:

Niseko base 6am: -6C, 10cm of crystal snow and calm morning. Moiwa 800m: NW10m/s, -8C. Annupuri peak: NNW12.2m/s, -12C. Coastal data: NNW7m/s, 1.2m waves and 1027hPa.

According to all data evaluation, observations and snowfall transition, the general avalanche risk is low. The slopes under treeline has been relatively reset thanks to the overnight moderate snow & wind. Gates 2 & 3 are scheduled to open at 9:30am. Ask the ski patrol’s advise before stepping out the gates and be equipped with the right gears.

Do not seek fresh tracks in the strictly off limits areas. Entering those off-limits areas is strictly restricted by the Niseko Rules. The safety and freedom to ski/ride the out of bounds area can only be kept by having everyone respecting the Rules. There will be no exception, no matter how experienced or no matter where you're from. We strongly demand to each and every skier/rider to understand the importance of the Niseko Rules. Have a good day.   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Monday 21st January 2013, 11:59am
Weather conditions: Partly cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 180cm
Another of those days when we start off with clearer conditions but it clouds over during the morning. At the moment the sun is still shining through the thin clouds but it's a much more silver look than before.

No new snow to report this morning from Zao and a fairly mild -3 degrees at the moment. Coldest up top didn't get down to the minus double digits early this morning, so comfortable conditions out on the mountain today.

The forecast tells us to expect snow later on today and into tomorrow, and then clearer skies again Wednesday and Thursday.

Official snow depths

Chuo Area



100cm   Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Monday 21st January 2013, 12:07pm
Weather conditions: Clear and sunny
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: 270cm
All is calm, all is clear and all is beautiful this morning in Myoko.

Myoko is looking stunning this morning.

It's a mild morning as well, but temperatures are set to drop later on (or am I just willing them to) and hopefully we can avoid rain tonight into tomorrow and it just turn on the snow again. It's not going to get super cold though by any stretch and the local forecasts are borderline, though surely higher up if anything is to fall it will be snow. Again, surely, hopefully.

We shall see, and I shall report!

Operations and official snow depths

Akakura Kanko (Akakan)
270cm, -1C

Akakura Onsen
280cm, -2C

200cm, -2C

260cm, -2C (at the top of the gondola)

Seki Onsen
450cm, -4C

370cm, -1C

Myoko Ski Park
320cm, -2C

200cm, -3C

215cm, -7C   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Monday 21st January 2013, 12:21pm
Weather conditions: Fine, gradually thin clouding over
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 295cm
It's a lunchtime report from Hakuba today, sorry being a bit later than usual.

And what a lovely day it has been so far. The Hakuba mountains are looking majestic and beautiful again.

There's no new snow to report this morning from the valley.

We started off with clear blue skies earlier this morning without a cloud to be seen on the mountain backdrop, though some thin cloud to the east. The sun was out from early on.

The sun is still out most of the time presently but gradually clouds have formed since mid morning and the deep blues have gradually started to be replaced with thin cloud cover. There's still blue sky above the village but I get the feeling it's going to continue clouding over.

There is almost no wind today and all is calm.

Right now is is a mild +3 degrees in Hakuba and while there does seem to be a chance of snow overnight and tomorrow, temperatures are not forecast to dip too much and tomorrow set to be quite mild again during the day. There's even a chance that it won't be snow, but rain. But I hope I can avoid having to report that tomorrow....!


Official snow depths and operations @ Monday 21st January 2013 noon:

Hakuba Goryu:
No new snowfall reported by Hakuba Goryu this morning.
Official snow depths:
Alps daira - 295cm;
Toomi - 150cm;
Iimori - 105cm

Hakuba 47:
No new snowfall reported by Hakuba 47 this morning.
Official snow depth:
Upper - 215cm
Lower - 160cm

Official snow depth:
Usagidaira - 200cm
Nakiyama/Shirakaba - 110cm
Sakka - 100cm

Tsugaike Kogen:
Official snow depth:
Upper slopes - 260cm
Lower slopes - 110cm

Hakuba Cortina:
No new snow reported by Hakuba Cortina this morning.
Official snow depth:
Upper slopes - 310cm
Lower slopes - 170cm

Hakuba Iwatake:
Official snow depth:
Upper slopes - 165cm
Lower slopes - 80cm

Hakuba Sanosaka:
Official snow depth:

Hakuba Minekata:
90cm   Read more ...

Yuzawa Now!

Monday 21st January 2013, 14:42pm
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 225cm
Milder and clearer it is then.

This morning actually started off very bright with the sun shining down. It felt like it was going to be one of those days when the remaining clouds disperse and we are left with clear beautiful skies. For the first few hours of ski resorts being open it was like that, but around mid morning think cloud quickly started to form in the sky and very soon it was rather cloudy. Still bright and sunny but a layer of thin cloud everywhere.

As we have moved into the afternoon it's gone a bit duller still and cloud is indeed forecast for the evening and overnight. At the moment as of 2:30pm it is +3C in Yuzawa.

Looks like overnight we might see something fall from the skies. Hopefully snow, but there's a decent chance we are going to get some rain tomorrow as temperatures are forecast to rise to around +6 at town level. Currently Wednesday and Thursday are supposed to be clearer again but with continued mild conditions.

The good news is that on the other side of that from Friday some heavy snowfall and much more winter-like conditions are likely. Let's keep an eye on that.

Official resort snow depths @ Monday 21st January 2013, PM:
Kandatsu Kogen:
NASPA Ski Garden:
Gala Yuzawa:
Yuzawa Kogen:
Yuzawa Nakazato:
Yuzawa Park:
Maiko Snow Resort:
Ishiuchi Maruyama:
Joetsu Kokusai:
180cm   Read more ...

Minakami Now!

Monday 21st January 2013, 18:46pm
Weather conditions: Overcast
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 250cm
The sun was out in force today with midday temperatures climbing to 5 deg C with no wind and a bluebird sky. It was nice to see the sun after 3 days of snow and some strong winds brought around 100cm of fresh snow to Minakami.

Tomorrow the snow returns but the valley may get a short spell of rain around midday while the upper resorts should escape with wet snow. Temperatures look set to rise again on Wed and Thurs but the next cold front should hit Minakami on Friday bringing more fresh snow.

The recent rollercoaster of temperatures and high winds is creating a number of weak layers in the snowpack. Think carefully about terrain choices!   Read more ...

SnowJapan Daily 'Now' reports

Yuzawa Now
10th Sep, 17:36am
Niseko Now
27th Aug, 14:26am
Grandeco Now
24th Aug, 11:16am
Madarao Now
12th Aug, 0:17pm
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
06th May, 8:30am
Naeba Now
06th May, 8:28am
Minakami Now
06th May, 8:27am
Appi Kogen Now
06th May, 8:04
Geto Kogen Now
06th May, 8:01