Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 30th May 2020

Yuzawa Now!

Monday 24th February 2014, 7:09am
Weather conditions: Partly cloudy, blue sky and sun
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 260cm
Early morning here in Yuzawa and the sun is out over the town. Some cloud around but not much and lots of blue sky. Temperatures dipped to -6 degrees overnight and we're expected to warm up to around +3 today.

Yesterday was a mix of conditions - light snow at times, sun at times, there was even a bit of dare I say it rain just to the north of Yuzawa though that didn't last long. But it was quite a mild day and I have heard various reports on snow conditions... ranging from really good up at Kagura to a somewhat less good and wetter further down near town.

The forecast seems to have changed from lots of sun to less and even the chance of snow (or sleet) at times tomorrow. Warmer conditions still seem very likely this week with the peak around Wednesday/Thursday after which we will hopefully go back to colder conditions.

Too early for some of the resort numbers below to be updated for the day.


Official resort snow depths @ Monday 24th February 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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Niseko Now!

Monday 24th February 2014, 7:30am
Weather conditions: Blue skies and mostly clear
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 190cm
Another Monday; indeed the last one of Febraury. Can hardly believe that at the end of this week we'll be into March. Where does the season go? (Perhaps a good idea to point out for those who might not know that parts of Niseko plan be open through until the first part of May, so there's plenty of time left).

No new snow this morning to report but a cold start to the day.

It's a beautiful morning. Blue skies, just a few clouds around, and calm.

We are told to expect similar conditions tomorrow. Nudging up getting a bit warmer mid week before the cold due to return by the weekend - hopefully bringing with it some fresh snow. I don't think we can expect much more out of Febraury in terms of snowfall though.


Niseko Avalanche Report

Niseko base 6am: -6C, no overnight snowfall. Moiwa 800m: -7C, SW6m/s, no snowfall. Annupuri 1150m: -11C, no snowfall and calm. Hirafu 1000m: -7C, no snowfall. Peak 1308m: NW12.2m/s, -9.3℃. Coastal data: Benkei cape SW2m/s, Kamui cape SW16m/s, 1.3m waves, 1024hPa.

Calm morning under a high-pressure system with occasional strong winds. There are no newly formed snowdrifts and the general avalanche risk is low. Peak gates will open from the morning. Large temperature change due to radiation cooling, notably in south facing slopes under 800m could lead cracks forming in steeper grades. Full depth avalanches are still unlikely to occur, however better be aware and prepared for it. Do not duck ropes to enter strictly off-limits areas; Haru no Taki and Yu no Sawa. Today's surface layer will form a notable Feb 22nd-23rd layer in the future snowpack. The snow condition has been good. Beware of over speeding, hitting trees, falling into cracks and too much drinking.

Many hazards are present in winter mountains, but most can be avoided if being prudent. Have a nice day.


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

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 385cm
Base - 190cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 360cm
Base - 215cm

Top - 355cm
Base - 230cm
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Madarao Now!

Monday 24th February 2014, 7:50am
Weather conditions: Clear and sunny skies
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 250cm
As expected, the sun is out this morning and there's blue skies around.

Cold to start the day off but it should warm up a bit today - but warm up more in the coming few days. The warmer it gets of course the more the snow conditions will be affected of course, so let's just hope it doesn't go wild on this mild spell and there's a return to colder conditions by the weekend. We're getting ahead of ourselves there though, for now should be a good morning.


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.

Nighta every Saturday night until 22nd March.   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Monday 24th February 2014, 8:00am
Weather conditions: Bluebird
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 180cm
A fine day yesterday, warming up in the sun in the afternoon and mostly clear skies; quite a lot of cloud forming around the mountains by the time the lifts closed for the day.

There has been no new snowfall since yesterday.

Temperatures of around -8C overnight and again this morning the early morning cloud has quickly disappeared over Hakuba leaving us with clear blue skies and stunning views of the mountain peaks. A high temp. of around +1C is expected today.

Mixed forecasts for tomorrow ranging from cloud/sun to the chance of some light snow showers from time to time. Wednesday and Thursday are still due to warm up certainly more than we'd like.


Official snow depth numbers and operations (as of 24th February 2014):

Hakuba Goryu:
Reporting 0cm of new snowfall.
Upper - 280cm
Toomi - 180cm
Iimori - 160cm

Hakuba 47:
Reporting 0cm of new snowfall.
Upper - 260cm
Lower - 95cm

Usagidaira - 245cm
Nakiyama - 100cm
Sakka - 100cm

Hakuba Iwatake:
Upper - 220cm
Lower - 80cm

Tsugaike Kogen:
Tsuganomori - 340cm
Maruyama - 120cm
Kanenonaruoka - 180cm

Hakuba Cortina:
Reporting 0cm of new snowfall.
Upper - 318cm
Lower - 211cm

Hakuba Minekata:
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Shiga Kogen Now!

Monday 24th February 2014, 8:24am
Weather conditions: Clear blue skies
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 180cm
Sun, blue skies... bluebird! Cold start too and at least today it should remain cold even with the sun out.

We're told to expect similar conditions over the next few days (apart from the chance of some light snow showers later tomorrow?) but warmer temperatures mid-week and by warm I mean venturing into numbers above zero. (One forecast even has rain down for Thursday, so I'm hoping we can avoid that of course).


Official snow depth data, as of Monday 24th February 2014):

Sun Valley:





Hoppo Bundaira:

Takamagahara Mammoth:


Ichinose Family:


Ichinose Diamond:


Okushiga Kogen:

Kumanoyu (skiers only):

210cm   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Monday 24th February 2014, 8:24am
Weather conditions: Blue sky, some cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 200cm
Lots of blue sky above Nozawa this morning and the sun is shining down on us. It was cold overnight again and still down at around -5 degrees, a high of around +1 degree is forecast for today. So not getting too warm, and snow conditions should keep.

Tomorrow due to start sunny but the chance of light snow showers later followed by clearer skies again mid week along with that warm up we are expecting particularly around Thursday (high temps of around 7C?). Let's hope the forecast adjusts itself before then and it doesn't warm up so much.

For now though it should be a very good morning to get up there early and that's just what I'll do from now.


Monday 24th February 2014:

Official snow depths:
Yamabiko - 345cm
Uenotaira - 280cm
Hikage - 200cm
Nagasaka - 190cm
Karasawa - 150cm

Weekday operations - all lifts operating except:
Yunomine pair
Mizunashi triple
Challenge pair
Utopia pair
Hikage Number 2 pair A

All courses open except:
Kandahar West
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Zao Now!

Monday 24th February 2014, 8:25am
Weather conditions: Mostly cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 260cm
A similar start to the day as per yesterday.

Cold, calm and cloudy.

So that clear weather isn't happening just yet though there are a few breaks in the cloud in places.

Still, we are expecting generally clearer weather for the next few days and a warmup in the middle of the week.


Official snow depths (24th February 14):
Utopia: 310cm
Chuo: 260cm
Paradise: 300cm
Uwanodai: 180cm

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Myoko Now!

Monday 24th February 2014, 9:49am
Weather conditions: Bluebird
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 330cm
It's a great day in Myoko.

Sunny, but nice and cold。

Yesterday's sunny start ended up in light snow and clouds; today it looks like the sun could hang on for some time.

I usually like snowfall more than sun but today - sitting on my deck, still off the sticks - it is really a nice time to really scan the hills.


Official info:

Akakura Kanko:

Akakura Onsen:


Myoko Suginohara:

Seki Onsen:

Myoko Ski Park:

Myoko Kyukamura Runrun


Tangram Ski Circus
220cm    Read more ...

Furano Now!

Monday 24th February 2014, 9:56am
Weather conditions: Sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 210cm
It is a beautiful clear day in Furano with mainly blues skies and a little high cloud hanging over the peaks of the resort.

The sun has been out early morning and is hitting the will be a very nice morning to be out there. Temperatures are expected to warm up significantly as the day progresses.

The slopes are firm packed powder and are skiing fast. The outlook for tomorrow looks to be much the same as today.


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

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Minakami Now!

Monday 24th February 2014, 17:17pm
Weather conditions: Sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 400cm
A warm sunny day today in Minakami with temps rising to 5 deg C at the valley.

It looks like more warm tomorrow, before the snow starts late afternoon perhaps bringing snow to the upper resorts.


400cm @ Tenjin
100m @ valley   Read more ...

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