Snow and weather reports posted on Friday 16th November 2018

Yuzawa Now!

Tuesday 22nd February 2011, 7:47am
Weather conditions: Sun
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Sorry if this is starting to sound repetitive, but conditions really are very similar once again this morning. But not clouds even early on - the sun is out and blue skies all around. Right now it is 0 degrees and set to rise to around +6 degrees later on this afternoon.

Snow conditions? Well, as you might expect after a run of warm mild days - there's still a lot of snow around but we could do with a fresh new layer on top. When's it coming? Hopefully around the weekend, though we may see some rain before we see snow unfortunately. Fingers crossed everyone.

Official snow depths @ Tuesday 22nd February 2011 AM




Gala Yuzawa:

Yuzawa Kogen:

Yuzawa Park:

Yuzawa Nakazato:

Kandatsu Kogen:


NASPA Ski Garden:

Ishiuchi Maruyama:
270cm   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Tuesday 22nd February 2011, 7:57am
Weather conditions: Sunny blue skies
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
As I mentioned yesterday afternoon, it was a day of brilliant blue skies and a strong sun yesterday and it will be likely very similar conditions here today. This morning there are no clouds and the mountain is already looking magnificent. The resort isn't open as I write this but I expect it to be a fairly busy day - for a weekday - up there once again with a lot of tourists going up the Ropeways.

I have had a few people ask me about the Snow/Ice Mosters and how they are doing. Well, the Juhyo on the upper slopes are still looking impressive with just a few showing a bit of branch sticking out here and there, but not much. I would say that we are definitely over the absolute peak of the Juhyo now though. A bit lower down there is more tree on show but I think we are still doing better than last year at this point. I hope that colder conditions up top can prevail and perhaps we get another blast of winter to prolong their life.

It's still cold up there in a daytime even with the sun out - yesterday the thermometer at the top station was saying -4 degrees at 2pm. No wind helps things feel not that cold though.

Not long left for the night time "Light Up" where you can get the Gondola up in the evening though - that operation will be running for another week and the last day for that is Monday 28th February.   Read more ...

Minakami Now!

Tuesday 22nd February 2011, 8:10am
Weather conditions: Bluebird
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Another bluebird day in Minakami with warm temperatures on the cards again. It looks like the warmth will last until around Sunday when a cold air mass will move in bringing temps back down below zero again. So Spring conditions for the next few days.   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Tuesday 22nd February 2011, 8:12am
Weather conditions: Clear sunny weather
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
I think I could just copy and paste the report from yesterday!

The sun, blue skies and mild temperatures today and very likely tomorrow as well.... perhaps a bit more cloud tomorrow but basically more of the same. So when will this pattern break? Look to Thursday night for possible light snow and maybe snow on Saturday night. For now though I think we can just enjoy the rather spring-like conditions that we have out there at the moment for a bit longer.

Sunny conditions are good, especially when you are in the middle of snow every day like we were back in January, but I think most people now are hoping for that snow to come and for winter to return!

Nighta operations this evening planned at the following resort area:

- Ichinose Family

Official resort snow depths as of 22nd February 2011 AM:

Sun Valley:
Ichinose Family:
Ichinose Diamond:
Okushiga Kogen:
200cm   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Tuesday 22nd February 2011, 9:13am
Weather conditions: Bluebird
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Yup. It's another beautiful sunny morning in Hakuba valley.

Just like a yesterday morning, most of the parking lots and lifts looked quiet this morning. We did not get fresh over night again, but it was nice and cold, and all the snow got a bit frozen up. However, that doesn't mean that we are gonna be on concrete hard snow. This sunny weather gives us almost like spring conditions but because of the temperture overnight, the snow is still fast enough to enjoy.

Temperature at the base this morning is around 0 to 1C with highest of 6 to 8 C. At the Usagi Daira (1400m), 0 to 2 degrees.

Wind is very calm with S to SSW, 2 to 3m at the base.

Please be careful with black ice around the shaded areas when you drive. And when you park your car, just watch out for the huge chunks of snow coming down from buildings... your car will be pancaked easily!

The forecast is calling one or two more sunny days until maybe Thursday night. Looks like we are getting some precipitation, but the snow level is pretty high up, around 1900m.

Let's cross our fingers for more snow and try not to mention the r word.

Official snow depths and operations @ Tuesday 22nd February AM:

Hakuba Goryu
Night time operations from 6pm until 9:30pm.
Alps daira - 300cm;
Toomi - 175cm;
Iimori - 150cm.

Hakuba 47:
Normal operations today.
Snow depth (upper) - 203cm.

Nakiyama nighta now operating.
Usagidaira/Kurobishi - 240cm;
Sakka - 120cm;
Shirakaba - 100cm;
Nakiyama - 100cm.

Tsugaike Kogen:
Snow depth - 290cm
Maruyama area - 130cm
Champion - 210cm

Hakuba Iwatake:
Upper - 180cm
Lower - 115cm

Hakuba Cortina:
Upper - 340cm
Lower - 190cm

Hakuba Sanosaka:

Hakuba Minekata:
130cm   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Tuesday 22nd February 2011, 9:26am
Weather conditions: Sunny and fine
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Another beautiful day in paradise. The sun is out and is expected to stay with us all day.
Yesterday conditions were very similar. Temperatures rose quickly with the warming sun.
The warming sun will make the snow soft and a little slow. Best to stick to the groomers today.
The High pressure system is expected to stick around until Thursday afternoon when the snow is expected to fall.
Enjoy the sunshine and slap on the sunscreen.
All parks are expected to open and conditions for parkriders will be perfect.
A good day to be working on those double-corks.

Current Official Snow Depths:

Grand Hirafu:
Top - 385
Bottom - 190
Niseko Village:
Top - 380
Bottom - 190
Top - 350
Bottom - 220

Avalanche Information:

All gates are scheduled to open from the morning, peak gates at 9:30. Ask for the ski patrol’s advices before you step out. Annupuri peak 6am: -3.1℃ and 5.6m/s NNW wind. No snow has fallen overnight and the wind has remained calm, around 5m/s NNW to North above 1000m. The temperature is lower at the base this morning due to radiational cooling. Old tracks are not recovered and soft snow seems hard to find. North to East facing slopes are mostly stabilizing, however south facing low elevation steep slopes are highly affected by yesterday’s high temperature, the surface snow becoming heavier and denser and is likely to slide as the temperature rises again today. Watch-out for the changing snow consistency and beware of loose snow avalanche, especially in south facing gully and bowl terrain where heat gets trapped in.
Strictly off-limits areas are not to be entered at anytime, do not duck ropes to seek fresh lines.
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Myoko Now!

Tuesday 22nd February 2011, 10:43am
Weather conditions: Sunny
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Sunny and deep blue skies again today. A lot of red cheeks and noses have also been spotted—it's sunscreen season for sure in Myoko.

The snow is pretty good, if you like some spring-like conditions (hey, it's better than chattering on ice). If you like powder, this isn't the week to be coming out; there are patches of soft stuff in shady, north-facing areas, but also a lovely rain crust underneath the fading powder as well. In lots of places off the beaten path you're likely to encounter some pretty formidable crusts, especially later in the day as things cool down again.

My advice: enjoy the piste, hone your turns, hydrate regularly (yes, you know what I mean) and enjoy this week of warm, sunny weather. We'd all like some fresh soft stuff to fall, and it will be back sometime soon.

Current Official Snow Depths:

Akakura Onsen:

Akakan (Akakura Kanko):


Myoko Suginohara:

Seki Onsen:

Myoko Ski Park:



220cm   Read more ...

Furano Now!

Tuesday 22nd February 2011, 11:32am
Weather conditions: Clear
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Standing back looking towards the resort, the only word that could come to mind was stunning. Not a cloud in sight and the bluest sky that you could imagine is the ticket to getting some fantastic photos - and that is what Furano has on the menu today. The mountain has been perfectly groomed from top to bottom, so for those who are into groomers it is your day. Temperatures are cold in the morning and will rise above freezing during the day.   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Tuesday 22nd February 2011, 11:33am
Weather conditions: Blue Skies
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Yes it is another glorious sunny day in Nozawa Onsen.

We are still cruising through that same pattern of light winds and clear skies at the moment. Temperatures have been cool overnight with the clear skies letting all the heat out but warming up pretty quickly.

Yesterday was hard and fast early on the groomers with some great screaming runs down the race course at Kandahar. Hear them go! The slopes softened up as the day got on and was a bit slushy on the south facing slopes.

The park was fun too and with lots of the young guns hitting the half pipe. They have been working hard this season to improve the snow park and it is a pretty neat set up now.

More sun ahead and some snow on the horizon but may e a little later now.

Courses open:

All except the following
Uenotaira Half Pipe
Karasawa Wave Park

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

Naeba Now!

Tuesday 22nd February 2011, 17:08pm
Weather conditions: Sun, blue skies
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
What can I say? Today has been just like yesterday. And tomorrow will be just the same again! No new snow, fine blue skies, no cloud and no wind. Perfect visibility and a mild temperature. It feels like spring!

Up at Kagura it was about -3 degrees at 7am this morning and has been in the positives today. Down in the main Yuzawa town area, they have seen temperatures of 7 this afternoon so it's pretty warm.

So tomorrow more of the same and everyone is wondering when we can expect a bit of a wintery blast to get back with us. Things should start changing in terms of weather conditions around Thursday and we may see rain lower down and snow higher up going into Friday. After that we can look to having snow on Sunday. Let's hope so!

Naeba has closed the Riesen course for the moment as they feel there may be danger of a snow slide. Please don't venture into that area if you are at Naeba as it poses a dange.

Official Snow Depths:


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Madarao Now!

Tuesday 22nd February 2011, 17:18pm
Weather conditions: Sunny and clear
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Well, it really has been more of the same today... we have had a run of days with almost identical weather conditions. The continued mild conditions though is having an effect on the snow quality out there and it has been spring like today. Lots of scraping sounds to be heard, so we are now wanting a new layer of snow out on the slopes.

Tomorrow we are once again going to see similar conditions, but things will likely start to change around Thursday... may see some rain later on Thursday - hopefully snow higher up - and then proper snowfall is due around Saturday night into Sunday. New thick layer of fluffy snow please!

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
Tangram No 2 Lift

Moving Belt at Kids Park
Snowboard beginner course

Free ride park: open   Read more ...

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