Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 28th May 2018

Myoko Now!

Tuesday 21st January 2014, 7:35am
Weather conditions: Lost in the fog
New snowfall: 2cm
Snow depth: 240cm
They said it would snow a lot last night - come to think of it, this writer may have made a similar hint - but only a light dusting overnight.

What it is doing out there is hard to tell, with a soupy fog now hanging over everything. No wonder one of the local dishes is kiri shita no soba (under-the-fog soba noodles). I hope that means a change in the weather, namely more snow.

We're still low this year, and could use a good blast to fill in the valleys and cover the small trees.

In our ongoing demand for good information, there was no official report from the town yesterday, and the Tourist Office website still has never been dated for three areas this entire season... yes, folks, I'm going to appeal to higher powers. So most reports are from yesterday, please add a cm or two.



Official info:

Akakura Kanko:

Akakura Onsen:


Myoko Suginohara:

Seki Onsen:

Myoko Ski Park:

Myoko Kyukamura Runrun


Tangram Ski Circus
190cm    Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Tuesday 21st January 2014, 8:40am
Weather conditions: Mostly clear and bright
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: 180cm
About 5cm of new snowfall to report this morning though it looks from the report below that resort areas have seen up to 15cm of fresh up there.

Less wind this morning, it feels nice and calm and while there's still cloud around there's lots of blue skies around.

It's a lovely morning.

Still, the chance of snowfall sometime later on today and also tomorrow as well.

Things have of course calmed down since that magnificent run of snowfall until last week so let's take a breather and look at some of the numbers for January so far. Remember these numbers are observed snowfall, here in the Hirafu village area.

-- 347cm of snow for January 2014
-- 60cm of that being in the last 7 days
-- 740cm total for the 2013/2014 season so far

The corresponding numbers as posted on January 21st 2013 were:

-- 370cm of snow for January 2013
-- 123cm in the last 7 days
-- 906cm total for the 2012/2013 season so far

Last season JMA recorded 268cm of snow in Kutchan town for the whole of January. So far this January, that same number is on 228cm.

Let's see how those numbers pan out come the end of the month!


Niseko Avalanche Report

Niseko base 6am: -9C, 10cm new snow in the last 12hrs. Moiwa 800m: -11C, wind SW5m/s. 15Cm new snow, no snowdrift development. Annupuri 1150m: -12C, 15cm new snow, minor snowdrift development, wind WSW8m/s. Annupuri peak1308m: -12.8C, wind WNW5.9m/s, wind predicted to be NW10m/s at noon. Hirafu 1000m: -11C, wind calm, 15cm new snow. Cape Benkei: NW7m/s, Cape Kamui: N8m/s, wave 0.6m, pressure 1011hPa.

There is no significant pressure gradient and both ocean and mountain are calm. From current observation the general avalanche risk is low. All gates are expected to be open. Please listen to the Patrols advice before going through the gates.

This daily avalanche report is issued to help protect peoples right to enter the backcountry. The mountain contains many dangers, avalanches being just one danger. Beware trees, cracks and other hidden hazards. Make careful decisions without overconfidence and don’t rely too much on your equipment. You can not be too careful.


Official snow depth numbers and lift news at time of writing:

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 390cm
Base - 180cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 320cm
Base - 220cm

Top - 270cm
Base - 210cm   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Tuesday 21st January 2014, 9:05am
Weather conditions: Cloud, fog
New snowfall: 15cm
Snow depth: 180cm
And it's a good morning from Hakuba.

After a grey and cloudy day yesterday, it was snowing by nighta time and this morning we have a good new layer of snow to report.

20-25cm at Goryu; 35-38cm at 47; 12cm at Happo; 20-30cm at Cortina. So differing amounts being reported but all of them coming in with fresh so it should be a very good morning on the slopes.

Variable but about 10-15cm here at village base I'd say. It doesn't feel quite as cold here at base either this morning though temperatures higher up on the mountain remain down to minus double digits. Fairly calm though and while it is not snowing while I write this it looks like snow is falling at higher elevations. Generally poor visibility on mountain as well this morning. Looks like a total foggy white-out on Happo at the moment!

So snow forecast for the day today and perhaps into tomorrow. Followed by clearer conditions and milder conditions at the end of the week, hopefully followed by snow on Saturday. There's a chance of a bit of rain before the snow though, we can just hope that bit doesn't happen. That's what the latest forecast has for us anyway.


Official snow depth numbers and operations (as of 21st January 2014):

Hakuba Goryu:
Reporting 20cm at Iimori, 20cm at Toomi and 25cm up top.
Upper - 285cm
Toomi - 180cm
Iimori - 150cm

Hakuba 47:
Reporting 35cm of new snowfall at base and 38cm up top.
Upper - 288cm
Lower - 139cm

Usagidaira - 270cm
Nakiyama - 100cm
Sakka - 120cm

Hakuba Iwatake:
Upper - 220cm
Lower - 90cm

Tsugaike Kogen:
Tsuganomori - 290cm
Maruyama - 140cm
Kanenonaruoka - 180cm

Hakuba Cortina:
Reporting 20cm of new snowfall at base and 30cm up top.
Upper - 325cm
Lower - 180cm

Hakuba Minekata:
90cm   Read more ...

Yuzawa Now!

Tuesday 21st January 2014, 9:23am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: 180cm
Yesterday was a cloudy/overcast day but we are back to snow falling this morning. About 5cm on my car outside and that is the number being reported by skijo around the town including Kagura. It is continuing to snow now and we do have it forecast to continue through tomorrow as well.. hopefully into Thursday as well.

Clearer skies are forecast for Friday along with warmer temperatures as well. Rain possible at the weekend in town anyway as we hit a run of milder weather. Would be good if we could avoid that.

For now though, snow is falling so bring it on. The just released Niigata forecast is for up to 10cm in Yuzawa before 4pm. Fingers crossed we can build up some decent snowfall in the next few days.


Official resort snow depths @ Tuesday 21st January 2014, AM:
Kagura (Tashiro):
Kagura (Mitsumata):
NASPA Ski Garden:
Gala Yuzawa:
Yuzawa Kogen:
Yuzawa Nakazato:
Yuzawa Park:
Maiko Snow Resort:
Ishiuchi Maruyama:
Joetsu Kokusai:
190cm   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Tuesday 21st January 2014, 9:30am
Weather conditions: Cloud, fog
New snowfall: 2cm
Snow depth: 170cm
Yes, yesterday was a very fine day after that very decent amount of snowfall.

Snow clouds moved back in though and this morning there's some new cm to report from just a few at base to 10cm on the top Yamabiko runs. It wasn't as cold overnight and actually now the temperature is just under 0C though it should stay around there for the day and tomorrow should be cooler.

It's snowing very lightly here as I write this and a look at the cams shows very poor visibility up on the mountain - perhaps snowing more heavily up there. Unconfirmed! Thick fog seems to be covering the top half. It should be snowing on and off, hopefully more on than off, for the day and also tomorrow.

One thing that we have lacked this season is consistent full-on conditions... like what we had the other day, but regularly and continuing for days. We could do with some of that.

But anyway. Yes, later on in the week a warm spell is forecast. Sunny and warmer on Friday and there's even a chance of some rain in the village at the weekend but fingers crossed even if we get that it won't last long and turn into snow. Let's forget about that until later in the week!

For now, conditions should still be really good again today. Just know the layout and where you're going because visibility is very limited up there.


Tuesday 21sy January 2014:

Official snow depths:
Yamabiko - 280cm
Uenotaira - 245cm
Hikage - 170cm
Nagasaka - 160cm
Karasawa - 110cm

All lifts operating except:
Yunomine pair
Mizunashi triple
Challenge pair
Utopia pair
Hikage Number 2 pair B

All courses open   Read more ...

Madarao Now!

Tuesday 21st January 2014, 9:47am
Weather conditions: Fog, cloud
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: 200cm
Can't see anything this morning, so I'm not sure that the mountain is actually still out there.

But within my eyesight is about 5cm of snowfall overnight and it is snowing now and should be for the day. Tomorrow too.

Sun forecast for late in the week and from Friday warmer temps are due, so hoping that won't last too long and we'll be back to colder conditions early next week.


Operating lifts:

Number 1
Number 2
Number 3A
Number 2 quad
Number 5
Super quad
Number 11
Number 12
Number 13
Number 15
Moving walkway
Kids Park


All tree run courses open.

Nighta every Saturday night until 22nd March.
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Zao Now!

Tuesday 21st January 2014, 10:00am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 185cm
Yesterday the clouds moved on to reveal some lovely blue skies over Zao, as can be seen from the photos below.

This morning there is lots of cloud around again and it has been snowing but cloudy now.

It's not as cold this morning in the village area but still under zero.

As with many other regions it would seem, at the end of this week it will be milder and we might get a few clear days.

Photos below from yesterday, 20th January.


Official snow depths (21st January 14):
Utopia: 230cm
Chuo: 185cm
Paradise: 225cm
Uwanodai: 135cm   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Tuesday 21st January 2014, 10:15am
Weather conditions: Cloud, fog
New snowfall: 2cm
Snow depth: 140cm
Just a sprinkling of snow overnight here, though lots of the resorts have added 10cm or so to their snow depth numbers. Delayed reaction I think!

It has started snowing again this morning though, and coming down quite nicely at the moment as I am writing this report.

Varying visibility at the moment as the snow clouds move in, and a bit of fog in places by the looks. Snow showers forecast through into tomorrow.


Official snow depth data, as of Tuesday 21st January 2014, 9am):

Sun Valley:





Hoppo Bundaira:

Takamagahara Mammoth:


Ichinose Family:


Ichinose Diamond:


Okushiga Kogen:

Kumanoyu (skiers only):

150cm   Read more ...

Furano Now!

Tuesday 21st January 2014, 15:14pm
Weather conditions: Sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 150cm
Another beautiful day here in Furano, but those cold temperatures are persisting. The forecasted snow arrived early afternoon and refreshed the slopes with a few centimetres of powder. The snow has stopped for the moment but is expected to start again later.

Operating lifts:
Kitanomine Gondola 9:00am-3:30pm
Kitanomine high speed quad 8:30am-8:00pm
Kitanomine #2 chair 8:45am-3:30pm

Link Lift 9:00am-3:30pm

Furano Ropeway 8:30am-3:30pm
Furano Downhill Swift Lift #1 9:00am-8:00pm
Downhill Romance #2 chair 8:45am-3:30pm
Downhill Romance #3 chair 9:00am-3:30pm
Prince Romance 8:30am - 4:00pm

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Minakami Now!

Tuesday 21st January 2014, 18:00pm
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 250cm
A dusting of snow this morning with cool temps and some light snow briefly today in the mountains with mostly clear skies at the valley level. Another dusting expected tonight followed by a cloudy day tomorrow.

The weekend is looking warm and sunny with a possible crust forming overnight Saturday and close to spring conditions expected sunday.


250cm @ Tenjin
40cm @ valley   Read more ...

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