Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 30th May 2020

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Wednesday 25th February 2009, 8:17am
Weather conditions: Light rain
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Light rain is falling in Nozawa Onsen this morning. There is low cloud hanging around the top of Mt Kenashi making visibility very poor up there. At lower altitudes it is clear but overcast. There has been no new snow overnight and a temperature inversion sees 2 degrees in the village but 5 degrees up the top at the moment. There is currently a light North-northwesterly breeze.

Yesterday's warmer conditions saw the cover on the lower slopes being somewhat diminished.

The conditions are expected to clear somewhat during the day, before closing back in this evening and bringing light snow to the top and a mixture of snow and rain to the lower slopes and the village. The rest of the week will see light snow interspersed with clear periods, but the freezing level will remain above the bottom lift so there will probably be more rain on the lower slopes.

All lifts will operate except Mizunashi, Yunomine, Challenge and Utopia.

All courses are open except Kurokura and Hachiman.

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Shiga Kogen Now!

Wednesday 25th February 2009, 8:28am
Weather conditions: Light rain, cloud
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Well we were hoping for it to be snow today but it's not good news early on.

Light rain is falling right now and the temperatures is above zero (the thermometer outside says +3 at the moment). If only it could lower a little this would be snow, so just keep on hoping.

Anyone who knows Shiga Kogen well will tell you that there aren't usually many days when it rains during the winter months, so another sign of the mild winter we are experiencing.

The following resort plans to be open for nighta tonight:
Ichinose Family

Official resort snow depths as of 25th February 09:

Sun Valley:
Ichinose Family:
Okushiga Kogen:
180cm   Read more ...

Furano Now!

Wednesday 25th February 2009, 9:13am
Weather conditions: Cloudy, snowing lightly.
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Approximately 8 cm of new snow overnight. I wouldn't call it powder, more like...frosting. The temps are right near freezing, so it makes the snow a bit heavy. So if it's not powder, it's the kind of snow that packs down very nicely and gives incredible edge bite.

Cloudy right now, and the summit looks pretty socked in. But the gondola is running.

Still a good day for skiing.

Think Snow. Think Powder.   Read more ...

Yuzawa Now!

Wednesday 25th February 2009, 9:22am
Weather conditions: Rain, misty
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
So yesterday was just cloudy for the most part, with those strong winds causing a few problems with lifts. There were just a few spots of rain from time to time but not much at all.

This morning - well, I don't really want to write a report.... It's raining. Fairly heavily just before though it happily seems to be easing off a bit now. Naeba and Kagura as also reporting rain too, so it looks like even high up isn't escaping this morning.

The forecast is for similar conditions throughout the day with a high of around 4 degrees. It is currently 3 degrees. The winds have calmed as well so there's no problems there today. We might be in for some light snow overnight if it gets cold enough though tomorrow is currently forecast to be just cloudy.

Nighta tonight is at the following resorts in Yuzawa:

In Minamiuonuma just to the north, nighta at:
Ishiuchi Maruyama
Centleisure Maiko
Joetsu Kokusai

Official resort snow depths @ 25th Feb 09, AM:
Mt Naeba:
Kagura Tashiro:
Kagura Mitsumata:
GALA Yuzawa:
Pine Ridge Resorts Kandatsu:
NASPA Ski Garden:
Yuzawa Kogen:
Yuzawa Park:
Yuzawa Nakazato:
Kayama Captain Coast:
140cm   Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Wednesday 25th February 2009, 9:23am
Weather conditions: sleet
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
A rainy morning with temps near 1 and 2 all day. Fog has also rolled into Myoko until this evening as well. More snows are forecasted for the weekend, however, but levels are declining today.

Official resort snow depths:

Akakura Onsen:
Seki Onsen:

As of today we've changed to another source for the snow depth figures we provide in the Myoko Now report. There are different numbers out there, but it has come to our attention that there have been some discrepancies between the numbers we have been provided and the 'official' snow depth numbers that are published by the resorts (and those displayed on our Resort data pages). To make things clearer and to be as consistent as possible, from today the numbers shown in the Myoko Now report will be those official numbers that are released by the resort themselves. In the report we will continue to note “fresh snowfall” in terms of what is actually observed outside as the report is written as well as how much it has increased according to those official numbers. Apologies for this change mid-season, but as it is important to us to present correct and consistent information we feel this should be done now. Thank you.   Read more ...

Naeba Now!

Wednesday 25th February 2009, 10:43am
Weather conditions: Grey sky with low cloud
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Again Naeba seems to have disappeared this morning. I guess like once before this season - she maybe disgraced with the fact that the rain has come and started stripping off her wares (the snow). So yes, I awoke to the sound of rain falling on the roof this morning and so there were thoughts of staying right put.

Temperatures are high today - 5 degrees around town and there is no wind, and the rain seems to have just about stopped. All gondolas are go.

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Hakuba Now!

Wednesday 25th February 2009, 11:22am
Weather conditions: Rain to 2000m plus
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
It's dumping snow...somewhere in the world. In Hakuba it's raining in the valley, harder than it was this morning; and with our weather station registering -0.1 degrees at 2080 m asl I get the feeling it's not gonna be falling as the best of snow even up top today. It's easy to be glum but those climbing to high enough altitudes have been getting some decent powder apparently.

Pretty sad when the only good news is that its not gonna be raining tomorrow. Lets worry about the weekend when we get closer to it eh.


The weather of late has been very unstable with rapid warming and equally as rapid cooling‚ 3 rain events under 1600 metres in the last 5 days along with cooling and rains turning to snow in the valley. Yesterday afternoon's rain has setup into a hard crust at the surface below tree line with overnight clearing and cooling. New snow at elevation fell with mild temperatures yesterday and will be easy to warm on solar aspects and especially around rocks‚ trees and under cornices. Forecasted rain below tree line today‚ February 25th‚ will once again add free water and weight to the snow pack thus decreasing stability. New snow above freezing level will also be adding weight to the snowpack. Any new snow over the ice crust created overnight will see high probability of point release slides on steep convex slopes in avalanche terrain. Recent snow in the alpine is over riding the February 20th rain crust and point releases and size 1 slab avalanches were observed on South East aspects around rocks and in wind loaded gullies.

Stability Tests:

February 23rd North aspect‚ 13:10 @ 2000m Happo One:
CTM (11‚13) Resistant Planer‚ down 25cm in the new snow on facets and decomposing crystals 2cms above the Rain Crust of Feb. 20th

February 24th East aspect‚ 14:20 @ 2000m Tsugaike‚ Yamakami no One:
CTE(5) Sudden Collapse‚ down 65cm on crust
CTE(7) Resistant planer‚ down 75cm at Facet / melt freeze crust interface
CTH(22) Sudden planer‚ down 75cm at Facet / melt freeze crust interface

Skier controlled size 1 on East aspect‚ 38 degree slope @ 2000m Tsugaike‚ Yamakami no One.

Travel Advisory:

Travel in unsupported steep terrain with the multiple layers of new snow on top of the Feb. 15th and Feb. 20th rain crusts should be avoided until bonding of the new and old snow layers takes place. Overnight clearing is supporting the creation of facets at the ice crusts / new snow interface. Areas below trees are still retaining the warmth from the rain and warm weather‚ solar radiation and rain could rapidly loosen the present moist snow pack. With this in mind it is still possible that weak layers within the wet snow may produce a wet slide with warm temperatures or solar radiation. Slides within the new snow once snow amounts increase is also a concern. New snow on the Feb. 20th sun crust may also prove to be a concern with increased snow fall or day time warming.

Avoid steep rocky or sparsely treed slopes on solar radiated aspects.

Avalanche Hazard Rating:

Below Tree Line:
Considerable trending to High danger with rapid warming and rain.

Tree Line:
Considerable trending to High Danger with increased rain or snow.

Considerable trending to High Danger with increased snow and wind.

Increased snowfall adding load to buried week layer
Increase in loose snow avalanches and suffs
Warming of surface snow causing instability in surface and near surface layers
Use caution if crossing solar radiated slopes.
Increased instability of solar aspect start zones especially under cornices and very steep slopes.
Increased caution advised around rocky outcroppings‚ cliffs and well spaced trees in start zones.
Development of cornices in lee slopes
Lee side loading
Windward scouring of ridges and rock out-crops creating uneven loading of slopes
Due caution on cross loaded slopes
Poor bonding at or around buried crust
Facet layer around buried crust
Wide propagation due to wind slab
Stay away from steep and convex terrain

Danger level 3 : Considerable
Natural avalanches possible. Human triggered avalanches probable.

Danger level ratings are set for conditions at tree line and may vary from below tree line and High Alpine areas. Use this information as a guideline only.

Official resort snow depths on 25th Feb 09:
40cm (Shirakaba)
55cm (Sakka/Kitaone)
225cm (Kurobishi/Usagidaira)
Hakuba Goryu:
105cm (Iimori)
105cm (Toomi)
230cm (Alps daira)
Hakuba 47:
Tsugaike Kogen:
145cm (Kanenonaruoka)
150cm (Maruyama)
265cm (Tsuganomori)
Hakuba Iwatake:
70cm (Shomen)
150cm (Sancho)
Sun Alpina Sanosaka:
Hakuba Minekata:
Hakuba Highland:

Nighta tonight is scheduled at:

Hakuba Goryu (Toomi);
Happo-one (Nakiyama);
Hakuba Cortina Kokusai (Ikenoda)   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Wednesday 25th February 2009, 12:49pm
Weather conditions: Occasional Snow showers
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Snow showers in the morning yesterday cleared for most of the afternoon but later in the snow moved back over the region. The snow was associated with a warm front on the eastern flank of an approaching low and temperatures remained mild and the snow at lower levels is fairly wet.
Today has been mostly fine but cloudy with only light snow showers. As the low progresses eastwards cooler air will start moving in and light snow showers should continue on and off. A little snow is forecast for tomorrow and then on Friday a stronger low pressure system will start affecting the region with milder temps as it approaches. From Saturday into the middle of next week snow and cooler temps are forecast.

This morning over a hundred volunteers, police and search and rescue people carried out another extensive search for missing Australian Scott McKay. Unfortunately the search was unsuccessful. Everyone's thoughts go out to the family and especially Scott's father who is here currently and although obviously devastated was very thankful for everyone's efforts.

Current Official Snow Depths:

Grand Hirafu:
Top - 360cm
Bottom - 170cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 380cm
Bottom - 190cm

Top - 420cm
Bottom - 200cm
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Minakami Now!

Wednesday 25th February 2009, 14:47pm
Weather conditions: cloudy
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Some light rain fell at the valley level this morning but has since subsided but the windf has now picked up with moderate to strong gusts at present. It looks like the snow sill be coming in again from this evening and continue through to tomorrow morning. There is also more snow forecast for Friday and Saturday with the sun forecast to shine on the first day of March.

A couple of weeks ago it felt like Winter was all but finished but the storms of last week have topped up the resorts nicely. This combined with recent cold temperatures and some more snow in the forecast make for a more promising March. At least the snow conditions for the first two weeks of March should hold out.   Read more ...

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