Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 28th May 2018

Zao Now!

Thursday 24th January 2013, 4:25am
Weather conditions: Clear and sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 180cm
Beautiful day yesterday and another fine one today.

Lots of cameras being used I see and the Ice (or Snow) Monsters have been looking spectacular. It truly is a sight to see.

No new snow today but fresh snow is on the way. Hopefully starting tonight. Tomorrow and Saturday still looking like they will bring snow and wind. Be prepared.

Official snow depths

Chuo Area



100cm   Read more ...

Naeba Now!

Thursday 24th January 2013, 7:56am
Weather conditions: Clear and sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 210cm
An easy report this morning.

Blue skies all around and the sun is out. It should be a beautiful day, morning at least.

All is calm.

Before the storm, it would seem. Snow is due before the end of the day and into tomorrow when we click into possible "mad snow" mode. Yes, lots of snow forecast for tomorrow and Saturday.

If you like calmer conditions and coming over the weekend, Sunday looks like the choice.

Official resort snow depth:
Naeba - 210cm
Kagura - 350cm

Splash Bowl not open due to conditions   Read more ...

Madarao Now!

Thursday 24th January 2013, 8:10am
Weather conditions: Sunny and clear
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 200cm
Beautiful clear skies here in Madarao this morning. Not a cloud to be seen. Well not in the region anyway. Just nice clear skies and it's a calm morning. No new snow to report.

Temperature is at -2C.

If the forecast is to be believed we are in for a ride from tomorrow with temperatures dropping, strong winds blowing around and more importantly.... a lot of snowfall. That would be good. The storm is due to continue into Saturday with things calming down by Sunday but when they get going sometimes they like to stick around. Of course, we'll let you know.

All planned to be open today.

Lifts planned to be operating:
Number 1
Number 2
Number 3
Super quad
Number 5
Number 11
Number 12
Number 15
Kids Park
FreeRide Park
Powder Wave I
Powder Wave II
Powder Theater
Adventure    Read more ...

Yuzawa Now!

Thursday 24th January 2013, 8:22am
Weather conditions: Clear and sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 195cm
We did see some of the sun yesterday in the end but we are going to see a lot of it today. Blue skies above Yuzawa and Minamiuonuma early this morning and it will probably stay like that for most of the day.

It is a mild -1C start to the day and likely to warm up to around 4C this afternoon. Without a topup and the recent warmer conditions and that rain/sleet we had, snow isn't in the best of conditions at the moment. Groomers are probably the choice today, unless you want a real thigh workout.

New snow is just around the corner though and we may get some overnight. It should really get going tomorrow though and the forecast is very promising with moderate-heavy snow on Friday and Saturday. It will probably get very windy as well. Looking forward to the new delivery!

Official resort snow depths @ Thursday 24th January 2013, AM:
Kandatsu Kogen:
NASPA Ski Garden:
Gala Yuzawa:
Yuzawa Kogen:
Yuzawa Nakazato:
Yuzawa Park:
Maiko Snow Resort:
Ishiuchi Maruyama:
Joetsu Kokusai:
200cm   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Thursday 24th January 2013, 8:41am
Weather conditions: Clear
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 290cm
Good morning from a clear, blue sky Hakuba.

No new snow to report, but it is a cold -5 early on here.

So very nice clear conditions this morning with some patches of cloud at the back of the Alps. It's very calm out there this morning as well.

The calm before the storm, as they say. As we wait for our topup of fresh snow to play in, it looks like it is probably just around the corner.

The snow is due to start falling late today and then dump on us through into Sunday. Heavy snow and potentially very strong winds are likely, especially tomorrow and Saturday. If the winds happen as forecast, lifts at resorts very likely will be affected so keep that in mind.

We'll see how things develop tomorrow and bring you the latest.

One thing that I was meaning to mention in the reports was the opening of Hakuba 47's Tree Riding Zone. As the name suggests, it's a few tree areas of the resort that are officially opened up to ride. As the resort says it's for "customers who want to enjoy a different, even more genuine ski/snowboard experience". In order to get to ride these areas you need to sign a consent form, take responsibility for your actions -- and wear a rather fetching bib which needs to be returned at the end of the day. Usually, of course, bibs don't equate with gnarliness, but in this case perhaps it's something to show off! The resort only asks that people of a certain level and experience use this and recommend carrying a beacon, shovel and wearing a helmet with the resort stressing that they do not take responsibility for any accidents or rescues that may be needed. It may not be open each day as well, depending on the condititions. If you take advantage of this service, take care and have fun. Have a word with the people at the resort if this interests you...


Official snow depths and operations @ Thursday 24th January 2013 noon:

Hakuba Goryu:
No new snowfall reported by Hakuba Goryu this morning.
Official snow depths:
Alps daira - 290cm;
Toomi - 150cm;
Iimori - 110cm

Hakuba 47:
No new snowfall reported by Hakuba 47 this morning.
Official snow depth:
Upper - 222cm
Lower - 160cm

Official snow depth:
Usagidaira - 210cm
Nakiyama/Shirakaba - 100cm
Sakka - 100cm

Tsugaike Kogen:
Official snow depth:
Upper slopes - 260cm
Lower slopes - 110cm

Hakuba Cortina:
5-15cm of new snow reported by Hakuba Cortina this morning.
Official snow depth:
Upper slopes - 290cm
Lower slopes - 170cm

Hakuba Iwatake:
Official snow depth:
Upper slopes - 165cm
Lower slopes - 70cm

Hakuba Sanosaka:
Official snow depth:

Hakuba Minekata:
100cm   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Thursday 24th January 2013, 8:56am
Weather conditions: Cloudy, overcast
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 385cm
Blimey, another Niseko Now report without any new snow to report. What's going on!? Bit lost for words.

But seriously...

Yesterday was another day to enjoy some sun and spectacular scenery. Which is great, but I think most of us just want more snow.

It got real cold last night, down to around -15C but as we are approaching 9am it is about -7C now.

This morning it's a more cloudy and overcast start to the day, but having said that the sun has been peeking through in places. But I reckon the clouding over will continue as I bring some...

Good news!

The snow we are waiting for is nearly here. Probably starting before the end of the day today and then looking likely to set in once more through into next week. Heavy snowfall is likely tomorrow and Saturday, though it will probably be accompanied by strong winds as well, so we can totally expect lift operations on the mountain to be affected.

It might even get real windy later on in the day today, but for now lifts on the mountain seem to all be opening as normal.


Official Resort Snow Depths

Grand Hirafu & Niseko Hanazono
Top - 385cm
Bottom - 200cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 330cm
Bottom - 210cm

Niseko Village
Top - 365cm
Bottom - 210cm

Avalanche Information:

Niseko base 6am: -6C, calm and no snowfall. Moiwa 800m: SW5m/s, -10C. Annupuri peak: SW9.6m/s, -11.1C. Coastal data: SSE4m/s, 0.6m waves and 1013hPa.

The weather remains calm as atmospheric pressure is stable before the next low-pressure system approaches. A southerly wind is forecasted to pick up in the afternoon followed by snow. The general avalanche is low except in deep areas of Higashione. NE facing knolls and open 40 degree slopes are still possible to slide from deeper weak layers.

The whole mountain is tracked out. Do not seek fresh tracks in Harunotaki/Yunosawa strictly off-limits areas. Skiing/riding these slopes are severely restricted by the Niseko Rules.

Snow surface is difficult to see due to flat light. Beware of loosing control and hitting trees. Peak gates are scheduled to open at 9:30am. Come back early, the weather will soon get bad. Fresh snow is on its way.   Read more ...

Minakami Now!

Thursday 24th January 2013, 10:17am
Weather conditions: Sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 240cm
Blue skies above Minakami this morning and it will probably stay like that for most of the day.

Right now it is 1C and likely to warm up to around 5C this afternoon. Groomers are in great conditions today but outside of those.... well, could do with a top up.

Clear conditions will continue until tomorrow in the morning.

A new cold front is coming and hopefully also bringing some potentially heavy snowfall - with strong winds - for the weekend.   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Thursday 24th January 2013, 10:56am
Weather conditions: Sunny and clear
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 305cm
It is a perfect clear blue sky day here in Nozawa Onsen, the best clear day of the month so far.

Not a cloud in the sky.

Bring the cameras up as there will be some pretty special views to take in.

Today looks like it will remain clear till the afternoon when some high cloud should move through preceding the much talked about frontal system. It's warm up there at the moment, temperatures should reach above freezing across the whole mountain. The snow will be slushy and fun, especially on the groomers.

Yesterday saw fast conditions across the mountain (some say icy) which was excellent for laying down a few high speed carves as long as moguls were absent. Off piste offered a few quality lines early with the dusting of snow the night before.

Everyone in Nozawa at the moment should be very happy as the forecast looks very impressive indeed. We should see snow showers commence tonight before becoming heavy tomorrow and maintaining intensity till early Sunday morning.

A good sized dump is more than likely and possibly some very strong winds with it too. So keep that in mind if you plan to be here Saturday.

Afterwards isolated snow showers and cold temps should persist till Tuesday morning.

Lifts operating:
All lifts operating except:
Yunomine pair
Mizunashi triple
Challange pair
Utopia pair
Higake Number 2 pair B line

Courses open:
All courses open

Official snow depths




120cm   Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Thursday 24th January 2013, 11:53am
Weather conditions: Clear, some clouds moving in around the peaks
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 235cm
It is sunny today - a clear, beautiful day, just a few fluffy clouds in the sky, and a light breeze from the southwest (it's always hard to tell here at the base at Akakan, because the winds pass around Mt. Myoko and the gap around Mt. Maeyama, and seem more southerly than they probably really are. On the top of Maeyama, you'lll often have winds blasting from one direction, then suddenly have them switch). But nice weather, of course, makes us look froward to the next blast of snow, which looks likely over the coming days. Suntan today; face shots in a few more days. A perfect combination.

Operations and official snow depths

Akakura Kanko (Akakan)
235cm, -2C

Akakura Onsen
260cm, -3C

200cm, -4C

180cm, -9C (at the top of the gondola)

Seki Onsen
450cm, -5C

360cm, +1C

Myoko Ski Park
290cm, -1C

190cm, -5C

200cm, -2C   Read more ...

Furano Now!

Thursday 24th January 2013, 12:43pm
Weather conditions: Sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 15cm
It is another chilly day here in Furano but the early morning temperaure of -21c did rise as the sun started to warm things up. The pistes are firm packed powder which is skiing quite fast at the moment. With not a great deal of snow over the last week it would be good to get a top up and the forecast is now for light snow this evening and then more starting Friday afternoon.   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Thursday 24th January 2013, 16:33pm
Weather conditions: Fine, light cloud moving in
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 150cm
Apologies for the late report today.

Sun today indeed and nice clear skies though some clouds thin clouds been forming and sneaking up on us this afternoon.

Warming up after a cold start too.

The forecast is unchanged and we should be seeing new snow fall from the skies tonight, with tomorrow and Saturday due to be cold, snowy and windy. It's hopefully going to be a really strong winter storm bringing us lots of new powder.

If you have a choice for the weekend, Sunday would definitely be the better choice if the forecast pans out.

Nighta operations planned for tonight at the following resort areas:
Ichinose Family

Official resort snow depths as of Thursday 24th January 2013 AM:

Sun Valley:
Ichinose Family:
Ichinose Diamond:
Okushiga Kogen:
190cm   Read more ...

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