Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 28th May 2018

Yuzawa Now!

Friday 21st March 2008, 8:17am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
It is a cloudy start to the day here in Yuzawa with the temperature around 1 degree at the moment, likely to rise to aroud +7 during the afternoon. Right now there is holding off but we are told to expect sleet or rain later on this morning and into this afternoon.

There may be some stronger winds blowing about higher up but right now resort operations for the day seem to be going ahead as normal at Gala Yuzawa, but operations at Kagura are limited early on.

Fine sunny weather is still forecast for tomorrow and Sunday.


PM update:

Temperatures rose to near 10 degrees today. The day started off cloudy but gradually become brighter and at times the sun was out and there was a fair bit of blue sky on view.

Tomorrow will be a fine sunny and day from early on with 0% chance of rain/snow overnight and through the weekend. So bring the sunscreen. A top temperature of 9 is forecast once again with more of the same looking likely for Sunday as well. It doesn't look like winds will affect resort operations, so everywhere should be open.

Apart from that sprinkling of new snow at Kagura the other day, we really haven't had any fresh snow for a fair while now. There is still a fair amount of snow on the slopes and lots of fun still to be had, but if you plan to be in the area this weekend, come expecting - and prepared for - spring snow conditions.    Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Friday 21st March 2008, 8:48am
Weather conditions: Bluebird
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Beautiful blue skies and great views of the Alps today. The runs will be freshly groomed early, turning to slush as the day progresses then icy towards the end. A little warmer than yesterday with 5.5 measured in the shade at 860m and 1 at the top. Another bluebird day forecast for tomorrow...


Backcountry travel advisory:

Temperatures are still warm with plus 1 measured at the top of Goryu this morning. There are big holes & cracks showing and South faces are looking devastated. Lots of water sliding under cracks and supported slopes are sitting on cracks and water. Still keep an eye on those South faces that are waiting to come down with these temperature rises or with rain on the slopes. It is still important to time traverses under South slopes early in the day or on days of cool temperatures. North Faces high in the alpine have not been receiving the same solar radiation and snow temps are still cool. Be careful of intense wind loading on the Northern aspects high in the Alpine. Cornices are big and will come down with the heat and rain.

Watch solar radiated slopes, around rocks and cornices as they warm through the day.

Avalanche Danger:

Below Tree Line: Moderate

Tree Line: Moderate

Alpine: Moderate   Read more ...

Naeba Now!

Friday 21st March 2008, 8:55am
Weather conditions: Grey skies with patches of blue
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
So the rain stopped - and the rain did not turn to snow... well not down here at 900 meters it didn't.

We're looking at a cloudy sky today with a bit of a breeze. There's patches of blue up there and fast moving low clouds. I even saw the torch spotlight effect on the Naeba mountain - where the sun shines through and creates bright spots on the slopes.

Last night while eating our dinner I got a 'A monkey just ran past the window!' comment from a colleague, and sure enough after a group rush to the windows overlooking the ski slope we see 1 monkey diving off around the corner of the house.. which was strange because I have never seen a monkey on its own before - 'Where were his mates' I asked myself - It was about this time that the rain had stopped and the lights were still on on the ski slope with people coming down (about 8pm as it was holiday yesterday). Anyway strange me thinks - something to do with the weather maybe?
   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Friday 21st March 2008, 9:06am
Weather conditions: Sunny and clear
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
It is a beautiful, sunny, springs day but the wind has decided to disrupt the day from being perfect. The strong winds of 18 meters a second have kept the top lifts from opening. Even Hanazona is shut this morning. The slopes are groomed to perfection so skiing and boarding should be fantastic this morning as the snow gets soft.

The forecast is for sunny weather tomorrow with a bit of snow early next week.   Read more ...

Furano Now!

Friday 21st March 2008, 9:09am
Weather conditions: bright and sunny, clear skies
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Another beautiful spring morning. A cold night last night with temps dropping to -5 in the village. Temperatures are again above zero for the mountain this morning, so expect a softening cover of snow.

Today is the Super Giant Slalom racing for the All Japan High School Ski Racing. Take a minute to watch and cheer the kids from the top of the Furano Ropeway as they clock speeds over 100km/h down Spies and Panorama.

Bright sunshine expected today and over the weekend, with a hint of possible precipitation of snow early next week.   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Friday 21st March 2008, 9:20am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Yesterday winter returned to Nozawa, for the top of the mountain at least. According to first hand reports there was a considerable amount of snow. It was pretty heavy but a lot of fun for the snow deprived who got to go through it first. The sun is trying to poke out now and the forecast is for a fine weekend.   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Friday 21st March 2008, 9:35am
Weather conditions: Cloud, changeable
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
A bit more snow fell yesterday through the day, leaving behind perhaps a few cm here and there on the slopes. This morning there is a lot of cloud around and poor visibility in places, but actually just before in Kumanoyu area there was a bit of blue cloud on show... so there are changeable conditions this morning.

Temperatures remain below freezing this morning and a bit of wind chill are making it feel colder than it has been for some time this morning.

Look out for the fireworks and festivities in the Hasuike area tomorrow night signifying the end of Snow Village, celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the Nagano Olympics.

Nighta at the following resort areas of Shiga Kogen tonight:

- Ichinose Family
- Ichinose Diamond
- Kumanoyu

Fine weather looks set to be with us over the weekend.... have a good one!   Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Friday 21st March 2008, 11:04am
Weather conditions: sunny
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
The light of day is now coming through inn windows at Myoko now that the snows are receding. There's alot of snow to go, though, as the better part of 4-6 metres is left on most slopes.

The pick of the day is Suginohara, with clear views of Lake Nojiri and wide, groomed, uncrowded slopes to enjoy:)

Your Myoko area levels for today:
265cm (Akakura Kanko Resort);
255cm (Akakura Onsen);
155cm (Ikenotaira);
185cm on the bottom (Suginohara);
285cm (Kyukamura);
60cm (Pine Valley);
525cm (Seki Onsen);
130cm (Madarao Tangram Ski Circus);
160cm (Madarao Sympathique);
165cm (Madarao Kogen);
245cm (Myoko Ski Park);
120cm (Togakushi);
160cm (Kurohime);
75cm (Iizuna);
50cm (Iizuna Kogen)   Read more ...

Minakami Now!

Friday 21st March 2008, 11:18am
Weather conditions: Clear sunny weather
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Another sunny day in Minakami today with moderate to strong winds and a current temperature of 9 deg C heading for a high of 17 deg.

Backcountry Advisory
Be wary of wet slides and large glide cracks (crevasse) opening up, especially on convex rolls.

Avalanche Hazard:
Alpine: Low
Tree Line: Low
Below Tree line: Low   Read more ...

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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
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Appi Kogen Now
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