Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 30th May 2020

Furano Now!

Friday 21st March 2014, 8:15am
Weather conditions: Overcast
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 190cm
Spring winds pounded the village overnight but have now passed through.

It is snowing lightly at the moment with high cloud over the resort. Light snow is predicted to continue throughout the day until tomorrow morning. It looks like we will be in for a bit of sunshine over the weekend which will be most welcome. Walking around the village it is crunchy underfoot due the melt freeze cycle we have been getting. The lower slopes will be firm and fast this morning with the upper runs offering a nice topping of fresh powder.

This Saturday will be the last night skiing for this season and Sunday is the final day of operation for the Kitanomine Zone.


Operating lifts:
Kitanomine Gondola 9:00am-4:00pm
Kitanomine high speed quad 8:30am-8:00pm
Kitanomine #2 chair 8:45am-4:00pm

Link Lift 9:00am-4:00pm

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

Niseko Now!

Friday 21st March 2014, 8:19am
Weather conditions: Cloud, fog
New snowfall: 1cm
Snow depth: 180cm
A lovely day again yesterday, clouds overnight and just a thin layer of new snow this morning - about 1cm or so. Cloudy at the moment, with Mt Yotei hidden, and around 0 degrees now.

This morning the main thing though is going to be... the wind. As I write this before 8:30am, here's what is affected:

Niseko Annupuri - Annupuri Gondola
Niseko Village - Niseko Gondola, Wonderland Chair
Niseko Grand Hirafu - King 3, King 4
Hanazono - Hanazono 3

That may well of course change as conditions change, but we are expecting windy conditions for the day, hopefully less tomorrow.

As I mentioned, today is a national holiday in Japan.


Due to the 'Waya' event on Sunday, the King 1 and Hirafu Freeride Park at Niseko Grand Hirafu will be in use just for that and so not available to the public.


Niseko Avalanche Report

Niseko base 6am: -1C,low-pressure snowfall 1cm in 12 hours. Moiwa 800m: n/a. Annupuri 1150m: NE18m/s, -7C, 1000m snowpack 340cm. Hirafu 1000m: -6C, no snowfall, strong NE wind. Peak 1308m: NN 20.3m/s, -9.3C. Coastal data: cape Benkei E4m/s, cape Kamui 3m/s, 0.6m waves, 1002hPa.

The low-pressure system moving NE at 35km/h along the pacific coast is generating strong NE wind (20+m/s above 1000m). Gates 2 & 3 will be closed. Others to be determined. Please follow the ski patrol’s instructions. Spring avalanche hazard is rising in south facing off-limits areas, Haru no taki, Mizuno no sawa, Yu no sawa. Stay away of the valley bottoms, avalanche could strike from above you. Deep thick slides are also likely to occur in Kozan no sawa (backbowl), Osawa and Higashi-one. Beware of trees, cracks and giant snowballs under cornices. The conditions are bad, wet, catchy snow. Better not push too far today.


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

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

Niseko Village:
Top - 385cm
Base - 185cm

Top - 370cm
Base - 200cm   Read more ...

Yuzawa Now!

Friday 21st March 2014, 8:30am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: 190cm
Up to 5-10cm of new snow being reported from the resorts this morning. (Just 2cm on my car). It may not be a huge number of course, but it will go some way to cover up the damage that was done yesterday with some heavy rain at times. We could really do with a lot more to cover that up of course, and there is some hope that today we will be getting somewhere towards that.

It is snowing now and forecast to continue for the day. Colder as well than it has been as you might expect.

Some windy conditions on the mountains as well today and because of those the Tashiro area of Kagura is closed for the day. Kagura is only open from the Mitsumata Ropeway to the Kagura Number 1 pair lift. GALA Yuzawa have said that the wind conditions may affect lifts later on but for the moment they are open as normal as are other resorts around town.


Official resort snow depths @ Friday 21st March 2014, AM:
Kagura (Tashiro):
Kagura (Mitsumata):
NASPA Ski Garden:
Gala Yuzawa:
Yuzawa Kogen:
Yuzawa Nakazato:
Yuzawa Park:
Maiko Snow Resort:
Ishiuchi Maruyama:
Joetsu Kokusai:

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Madarao Now!

Friday 21st March 2014, 8:35am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 10cm
Snow depth: 200cm
Fresh snow! Yes, we have got that fresh we were hoping for. Of course, we want more. About 5cm down at base and on the cars, with the resort saying there's 10-15cm of fresh snow on the runs. It's still snowing too so hopefully more to come down during the day today, meaning limited visibility.

We're back down to negative temperatures as well, so it all feels a bit like winter again this morning. Long may it continue! (Though, looks like tomorrow sun is expected, doh! Is this the last blast of the season?)


Operating lifts (planned):

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 should be open.

Last nighta of the season - 21st and 22nd March.
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Nozawa Onsen Now!

Friday 21st March 2014, 8:40am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: 160cm
Yesterday was one of those best left forgotten wet and rainy affairs, but again I am able to bring much better news to replace that image in the form of fresh snow this morning.

5cm down at base, a bit more in places. Actually the resort has the lower slopes (8cm) down for more than Yamabiko which is interesting.

It is still snowing now and should hopefully continue doing so for the rest of the day. When tomorrow arrives, we'll probably see sun and after that it's sun/cloud mostly on the forecast into next week. As we get into next week, a real warm-up is expected with double digit temperatures down in the village.

Fresh snow is of course going to be in short supply from now, and so we really need to make the most of this. Mostly poor visibility out on the slopes, so care needed.

Today is a national holiday and so the first of a 3 day weekend... all lifts moving this morning as we are on weekend mode already.


Friday 21st March 2014:

Official snow depths:
Yamabiko - 330cm
Uenotaira - 260cm
Hikage - 160cm
Nagasaka - 145cm
Karasawa - 100cm

All lifts operating

All courses open except:
Grand Prix
Kandahar West
Kandahar East
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Hakuba Now!

Friday 21st March 2014, 8:44am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 10cm
Snow depth: 120cm
Good morning and good news I have. Yes, we do have that snow that we were promised.

I haven't been up myself yet of course but resorts are reporting 15-20cm of fresh on upper resort areas this morning. 5-10cm on lower areas, but it is still snowing now and hopefully should be for the rest of the day today and tonight. Good to see snow on the roads again. Let's see how much we can get piling up!

Tomorrow onwards it's looking like the coming week will be mostly clearer and lots of sun and really warming up mid week, so this could well be our last taste of 'winter' for the season. So we want as much snow squeezed out of those clouds as possible.

Anyway I'm off to play in this fresh snow. Until tomorrow!


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

Hakuba Goryu:
Reporting 5cm of fresh snow on lower slopes and 15cm on upper slopes.
Upper - 250cm
Toomi - 120cm
Iimori - 80cm

Hakuba 47:
Reporting 10cm of new snowfall at base and 20cm on upper slopes.
Upper - 205cm
Lower - 45cm

Reporting 0cm of new snowfall.
Usagidaira - 215cm
Nakiyama - 60cm
Sakka - 65cm

Hakuba Iwatake:
Upper - 190cm
Lower - 40cm

Tsugaike Kogen:
Tsuganomori - 312cm
Maruyama - 110cm
Kanenonaruoka - 150cm

Hakuba Cortina:
Reporting 15-20cm of new snowfall.
Upper - 285cm
Lower - 170cm

Hakuba Minekata:
Now closed for the season
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Zao Now!

Friday 21st March 2014, 8:55am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 10cm
Snow depth: 260cm
10cm of fresh snow at base this morning. More on the mountain, surely. A good way to celebrate the lower ticket prices for spring as I mentioned in previous reports.

It's still snowing and should be for the day. Fairly strong winds though, hopefully that won't affect the lifts. Seems to be ok as I just checked. Poor visibility though with the snow falling and a rather foggy mountain.

Snow should ease from tomorrow and then it's looking like spring might finally take a grip on things from early week. Much warmer conditions are expected with lots of sun - if the forecast is right the big melt will begin.


Official snow depths (21st March 14):
Utopia: 300cm
Chuo: 260cm
Paradise: 290cm
Uwanodai: 180cm   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Friday 21st March 2014, 9:01am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: 170cm
It feels like winter again!

Not a huge amount but snow has arrived back and the road outside is white again, with snow falling now. A wind is blowing the snow about a bit and should make for cold conditions.

Over the next few days it will be gradually warming up again and that trend continuing into next week.


Official snow depth data, as of Friday 21st March 2014):

Sun Valley:





Hoppo Bundaira:

Takamagahara Mammoth:


Ichinose Family:


Ichinose Diamond:


Okushiga Kogen:

Kumanoyu (skiers only):

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Myoko Now!

Friday 21st March 2014, 10:31am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 20cm
Snow depth: 290cm
Snow is falling, continuing the unpredictable fun of March in Myoko.

It's good, wet snow, but we are really happy to see water in this form. If it's going to be spring, I say, let it be sunny and warm so we can enjoy a different style of skiing - like hiking out in the woods, skiing in shorts - you know what I mean.

Lots of people out on the hill this morning, enjoying the last few days of the main season.


Official info:

Akakura Kanko:
Spring operations: The Myoko Kogen Sky Cable gondola and hotel No. 3 lift will stay open from March 24 until May 6, or whenever the snow runs out. Spring rates from March 24 are adults ¥2,500, junior high students and seniors ¥2,000, kids ¥1,500.

Akakura Onsen:
Appears from their website that they're open until Sunday 30th March.

Planning to stay open until Sunday 6th April.

Myoko Suginohara:
Last day Sunday 23rd March.

Seki Onsen:
Says it hopes to stay open until mid-May - at least for Golden Week, snow allowing.

Myoko Ski Park:
Open until Sunday 6th April.

Myoko Kyukamura Runrun
Closing Monday 31st March.


Tangram Ski Circus
Running the No. 3 lift only from March 31 until April 6.   Read more ...

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