Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 26th May 2019

Hakuba Now!

Wednesday 24th February 2010, 8:24am
Weather conditions: Bluebird
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
It is another bluebird day here... corduroy groomers, plus warm temperatures to the top nearly into the teens in the village... spring snow by lunch, ice at the end of the day in the shade. It will be a perfect day for cruising the groomers or working on some speed.

Enjoy it while you can before the forecast rain which seems inevitable at the moment for the weekend! Come back winter!

Official resort snow depths on 24th Feb 10:

120cm (Shirakaba)
120cm (Sakka/Kitaone)
300cm (Kurobishi/Usagidaira)
Hakuba Goryu:
110cm (Iimori)
130cm (Toomi)
300cm (Alps daira)
Hakuba 47:
Tsugaike Kogen:
150cm (Kanenonaruoka)
153cm (Maruyama)
350cm (Tsuganomori)
Hakuba Iwatake:
100cm (Shomen)
240cm (Sancho)
Sun Alpina Sanosaka:
Hakuba Minekata:
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Nozawa Onsen Now!

Wednesday 24th February 2010, 8:59am
Weather conditions: Warm, sunny with light winds.
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Yet another beautiful sunny day with warm conditions and light winds across the resort. It's definitely a sign that spring is just around the corner. The best runs will be had early today, with Yamabiko providing the firmest snow for intermediate and advanced riders.

The rain is still rearing it's ugly head on the forecast, with the majority of it expected to fall tomorrow night. This doesn't bode well for the weekend! Having said that, the long range temperature forecast is showing a return to cold conditions late next week.

Current Official Snow Depths Numbers:




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Yuzawa Now!

Wednesday 24th February 2010, 9:10am
Weather conditions: Sun
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Yesterday was a very mild day of course and fairly hazy but a fair amount of snow melt going on, something that is definitely going to continue today.

It was a fairly chilly night, down to 0 degrees, but today is going to warm up quickly. Right now it is already about 6 degrees and a high of around 13 degrees in Yuzawa is forecast. The sun is out and it is a bright morning. Very spring-like.

It doesn't look like it is going to cool down any time soon unfortunately, with rain - possibly heavy rain - on Friday and perhaps into Saturday, though thankfully there is time for that to change once more. Longer term forecasts have things getting colder next week, so we can just hope that will be the case.

Spring like conditions out there at the moment on the courses, though still complete snow cover at the resorts with a lot of snow on the mountain. So lots of fun to be had.

Official resort snow depths @ 24th Feb 10, AM:
Mt Naeba:
Kagura - Tashiro:
GALA Yuzawa:
Kandatsu Kogen:
NASPA Ski Garden:
Yuzawa Kogen:
Yuzawa Park:
Yuzawa Nakazato:
Kayama Captain Coast:
225cm   Read more ...

Minakami Now!

Wednesday 24th February 2010, 9:18am
Weather conditions: Sunny
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Another beautiful blue sky day in Minakami with Spring snow conditions all round. There is still a bit of powder above 1700m on the North faces but this will not last long at the temperatures in Honshu at present. The rest of this week will remain warm with some possible rain on Saturday (might be a good one to miss).

It looks like the warm weather is here until at least March 6th after which time temps should drop slightly and we will hopefully get a decent mid March storm as in previous years.

For all you backcountry adventurers, just because the powder is dissapearing doesn't mean it's the end of the season. On the contrary, Spring snow is awesome for touring! There are some amazing routes out there that are perfect in Spring conditions so get amongst it!   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Wednesday 24th February 2010, 9:23am
Weather conditions: Sun, blue skies
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
The sun was out with blue skies early on yesterday but some cloud very quickly moved in during the morning but it was another warm day.

More of the same this morning. It is going to be a warm day again with temperatures above zero but a bit of a wind will perhaps keep people a bit cooler out there. With the sun out once again though there are a fair few people out there getting some real tans - take care otherwise you might end up getting burnt!

Tomorrow will likely be similar - perhaps even warmer - and then there is a chance of rain on Friday. But what about snow? A chance on Sunday but it won't be getting too cold yet and so we can realistically only expect a light snowfall if any. Next week? Hopefully, I'll keep you posted.

Official snow depths on the resort:

Chuo area:

Paradise area:

Utopia area:
250cm   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Wednesday 24th February 2010, 9:52am
Weather conditions: Bright sunshine, clear skies
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
And once more it is another very bright and sunny and warm morning in Shiga Kogen.

It might have been fairly cold overnight but things are quickly warming up and I think we can expect a high of around +5 degrees, maybe higher. With tomorrow expected to be warmer! Will winter come back? It's still February so we are optimistic that we will get back to those cold temperatures, though it will be later on next week at least before that happens. Before then, it seems we are very likely to get rain (boo!) on Friday. We can just hope that it is short lived and does the minimal of damage to the snow.

Nighta this evening planned at the following resort area:

- Ichinose Family

Official resort snow depths as of 24th February 10:

Sun Valley:
Ichinose Family:
Ichinose Diamond:
Okushiga Kogen:
210cm   Read more ...

Naeba Now!

Wednesday 24th February 2010, 9:59am
Weather conditions: Sun
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
I have just been reading the other Now reports from other areas - it seems that most of Japan is seeing these very mild conditions right now.

It certainly is a warm morning here and these last few days have felt very spring-like... not only in terms of the snow conditions out there (though cover is still great) but the weather conditions.

Today is another sunny one with clear blue skies and no wind at all. Kagura was reporting a temperature of 0 degrees as of 7:30am, but it has warmed up since then. If anything tomorrow will be even warmer before we get that forecast rain on Friday.

The next snow will be later on next week at the earliest if the current forecasts are to be trusted. Come with spring-like conditions in mind and you won't be disappointed - there are some fast courses out there on offer this morning!

Official Snow Depths:



Kagura (Tashiro):
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Myoko Now!

Wednesday 24th February 2010, 10:44am
Weather conditions: Sunny and clear
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Another bluebird day in Myoko; welcome to an early spring! The conditions are nice for relaxed skiing, I guess (I'm just waiting for a more typical cold February dump of a sizable quantity of snow!).

Unfortunately, that doesn't look likely, with your Snow Japan forecast for Akakura predicting heavy rain for Friday. Ouch. Well, some of the best snow last year came in March, so no giving up hope (and there's still a lot of snow on the ground).

Current Official Snow Depths:

Akakura Onsen:

Akakan (Akakura Kanko):


Myoko Suginohara:

Seki Onsen:

Myoko Ski Park:



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Niseko Now!

Wednesday 24th February 2010, 13:45pm
Weather conditions: Overcast
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Today feels more like late March than late Feb and tomorrow will probably feel more like mid April. Definitely being hit by unseasonal warmth currently. Springlike conditions on the mountain but the off-piste is more crusty than nice consolidated corn. Groomers offer the best skiing today but it will be a little slushy down low. Overall not what we normally would expect at this time of year.
It is currently overcast but there's no precipitation. Tonight it is only expected to just get down to freezing which for us, after what has been a pretty cold winter, is very near to T-shirt weather!
Anyway some rain will hit later tomorrow after the temp peaks at around an expected 7 degrees. The warmer temps will remain until Sunday when they should drop back closer to normal again.

Current Official Snow Depths:

Grand Hirafu:
Top - 320
Bottom - 200

Niseko Village:
Top - 390
Bottom - 230

Top - 355
Bottom - 230

Avalanche Information:

Niseko Avalanche Info No.71

Moiwa base 6am: -3℃, no snowfall.
Coastal data: SE2m/s at Benkei cape, WSW3m/s, 1.1m waves and 1020hPa at Kamui cape.
Annupuri peak: W5.4m/s, -6℃.
There is no notable development of snowdrift and yesterday’s tracks are remaining.
Although shallow (5cm) slides of wind-drifted snow are to be expected in some spots, deeper layers mostly consist of rounded grains; the snow is stable and the avalanche hazard is low.
Peak gates are scheduled to open at 9:30.
The snow is shallow and difficult to control, beware of hitting trees.
Many cracks are starting to form in leeward slopes above 800m. These cracks are the result of the slope’s tension release and usually don’t slide right away. However, possibilities of a major scale avalanche are to be considered in slopes with cracks but without crimps below the open section.
Cracks are often difficult to see from above, be careful not to fall into.
Caution is required when traversing the west face towards Goshiki. Keep space between skiers.
Also, it is wiser to avoid the gully bottoms in Osawa or Backbowl.
The season is slowly shifting to spring.
Do not seek fresh lines in strictly off limits areas.

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SnowJapan Daily 'Now' reports

Yuzawa Now
14th Jun, 10:19am
Naeba Now
07th Jun, 10:08am
Aizu Bandai Now
31st May, 13:35
Shiga Kogen Now
27th May, 9:56am
Furano Now
08th May, 8:47am
Niseko Now
07th May, 19:19pm
Myoko Now
06th May, 9:33am
Hakuba Now
06th May, 9:09
Nozawa Onsen Now
06th May, 8:46
Minakami Now
06th May, 8:16
Madarao Now
06th May, 8:13am
Zao Now
06th May, 7:59
Appi Kogen Now
06th May, 7:59am
Geto Kogen Now
06th May, 7:12
Grandeco Now
02nd Feb, 12:34am