Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 30th May 2020

Minakami Now!

Thursday 25th February 2010, 8:07am
Weather conditions: Sunny
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
The sun is out again today and the temperatures are set to rise into the mid 10's again. The snow will continue to be Springy (very wet) in most areas but there is still a little bit of powder around if you know where to look. (high on North faces)

The forecast for Saturday is not looking too good with rain starting on Friday night and continuing through to midday Saturday. If you have a weekend getaway planned then maybe hold off until Saturday afternoon to hit the slopes. Sunday is looking like better weather.    Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Thursday 25th February 2010, 8:34am
Weather conditions: Bluebird
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Yet 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 the last day of sunshine today, as the weekend is due to rain quite heavily, with strong winds forecast for Friday. The rain is predicted to start later this evening and continue throughout the night.

Let's pray to the snow gods to turn this coming rain into snow.

Official resort snow depths on 25th Feb 10:

100cm (Shirakaba)
110cm (Sakka/Kitaone)
300cm (Kurobishi/Usagidaira)
Hakuba Goryu:
110cm (Iimori)
130cm (Toomi)
295cm (Alps daira)
Hakuba 47:
Tsugaike Kogen:
150cm (Kanenonaruoka)
145cm (Maruyama)
340cm (Tsuganomori)
Hakuba Iwatake:
100cm (Shomen)
240cm (Sancho)
Sun Alpina Sanosaka:
Hakuba Minekata:
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Nozawa Onsen Now!

Thursday 25th February 2010, 8:52am
Weather conditions: Warm, sunny with light winds.
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
We've got another warm sunny day ahead with clear skies and light winds expected.

Unfortunately this isn't going to last with rain expected to fall tonight and tomorrow. Let's hope that the 260cm base we have stays nice and firm and that we get a decent fall of snow soon.

In the meantime, make your way to the top of the resort where the snow will be coldest and the runs will be in the best condition.

The forecast for the coming week shows continuing warm weather with periods of rain.

Current Official Snow Depths Numbers:




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Yuzawa Now!

Thursday 25th February 2010, 9:07am
Weather conditions: Sun
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
It got really warm yesterday. Up to around 11 degrees in fact in Yuzawa town and the sun was out all day.

It would seem that we are set for similar conditions today, though perhaps even warmer - it might get as warm as around 14 degrees early this afternoon. That is more like weather conditions for early April than late February. Right now it is already 8 degrees in town with the highest resort, Kagura, reporting +3 degrees at 7:30am.

It's still looking likely that tomorrow and Saturday we will be on the receiving end of some rain and possibly on Sunday too though it will at least be getting slightly cooler. There's still not much sign of snow on the weekly forecast right now though so we will need to wait a little longer for that....

Official resort snow depths @ 25th Feb 10, AM:
Mt Naeba:
Kagura - Tashiro:
GALA Yuzawa:
Kandatsu Kogen:
NASPA Ski Garden:
Yuzawa Kogen:
Yuzawa Park:
Yuzawa Nakazato:
Kayama Captain Coast:
220cm   Read more ...

Naeba Now!

Thursday 25th February 2010, 9:20am
Weather conditions: Sun
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Bright and beautiful once again in Naeba this morning. It feels more like April than February this week! I even saw someone going out in just a t-shirt just a bit before, though I think that is pushing it a bit!

Early on Kagura was reporting a temperature up at the top of +3 degrees. Right now here in the village it is 6 degrees and I wouldn't be surprised if we hit double digits today.

For all the fans of the very top pair lift at Kagura.... the resort plans to open it on Saturday (27th). Hopefully it won't be raining for that though it does seem likely that even up there might see rain tomorrow and possibly Saturday too.

The weekend should be cooler than we are experiencing now, but it won't be dipping down into "cold" either - seems we will need to wait at least into next week for that.

Official Snow Depths:



Kagura (Tashiro):
310cm   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Thursday 25th February 2010, 9:32am
Weather conditions: Sun, blue skies, some cloud
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
It's a really mild start to the day.... +4 degrees in the village. It might even rise to double digit temperatures today. That is quite easily the warmest of the year so far and more like April than the date we are on today. The sun is out again giving us a real run of fine sunny days with clear views. Just some clouds hanging on but not spoiling the views for people going up there today.

Snow conditions have been holding up especially higher up though it was a bit hard and icy lower down later on yesterday.

A look at the forecast shows a good chance of rain still for tomorrow but after that more sunny/cloud days into next week. It looks like we are going to have to wait until at least the middle of next week for a chance of things returning to more winter-like conditions.

Official snow depths on the resort:

Chuo area:

Paradise area:

Utopia area:
250cm   Read more ...

Furano Now!

Thursday 25th February 2010, 10:12am
Weather conditions: Sunny with blue sky
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Things are ultra warm in Furano at the moment. From early this morning it was above 0deg in the village and things were slushy or slippery under foot. The day is a cracker with sun, blue skies, and a complete lack of wind. It will be warm throughout the day on the field, so expect the snow to be fairly heavy as it softens up, particularly on the lower slopes.
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Shiga Kogen Now!

Thursday 25th February 2010, 10:48am
Weather conditions: Bright sunshine, clear skies
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Warm weather again today in Shiga Kogen and things will be very similar to how they were yesterday.

The official snow depths may not be moving much but there has certainly been some snow melt in the last few days here and there will be more today. Spring conditions out there basically and will be until we get another snowfall. While it should cool down a bit over the weekend, still not enough for snow to be likely.

Tomorrow we might get rain up here, so I hope to report that not to be the case in the next report!

Nighta this evening planned at the following resort area:

- Ichinose Family

Official resort snow depths as of 25th February 10:

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

Myoko Now!

Thursday 25th February 2010, 17:04pm
Weather conditions: Sunny and clear
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
It was a warm day in Myoko, my friends; so warm that your reporter went fishing in Lake Nojiri (and the wakasagi weren't biting much, either). It was beautiful, no doubt, but very much a late March day, rather than mid/late-February. Slushy snow can be fun, of course — better than ice, anyway.

Temperatures look to return to more winterly levels over the next few days; the rain forecast looks less threatening before, so perhaps this is the start of a new cycle that could see some fresh snow. We may need it; the levels have dropped a lot around the base areas, and particularly around the roads. There's still a lot of snow on the ground, though, and lots of time to enjoy it.

Current Official Snow Depths:

Akakura Onsen:

Akakan (Akakura Kanko):


Myoko Suginohara:

Seki Onsen:

Myoko Ski Park:



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Niseko Now!

Thursday 25th February 2010, 21:36pm
Weather conditions: Clear
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Current Official Snow Depths:

Grand Hirafu:
Top - 320
Bottom - 200

Niseko Village:
Top - 390
Bottom - 230

Top - 355
Bottom - 230

Avalanche Information:
(Information as of this morning)

Niseko Avalanche Info No.72

Moiwa base 6am: -3℃, no snowfall, clear and sunny.
Coastal data: SSE8m/s at Benkei cape, SSW12m/s, 1.3m waves and 1015hPa at Kamui cape.
Annupuri peak: WSW18.3m/s, 0℃, predicted wind at noon, 20m/s SW.
The wind above 1000m has stagnated between 18-20m/s for the past 12 hours, resulting in hard crust slopes and some unstable deposit of windblown snow.
Hazards of shallow surface slab slides are persisting.
Gate 2, 3 and 4 will be kept closed today. Other gates opening will depend on lift operation. Respect the ski patrol’s instructions.
Powder cannot be found below 800m and the snow condition is pretty bad.
This season’s overall snow accumulation in Osawa and Backbowl is very big and possibilities of full-layer avalanche (from the ground level) are rising in those areas. These massive slides occurring from ridge line around 1000m are extremely destructive, mixing rocks, mud and ice blocks, running along the gully bottom in high-speed reaching as far as Annupuri resort’s junior course. It is strongly recommend to avoid riding the gully bottoms.
Playing in natural halfpipes could be very dangerous as you’re placing yourself in the avalanche path.
The mountain is temporarily shifting to spring conditions but winter will soon come back.
Do not seek fresh line in strictly off limits areas.
Beware of trees and crevasses.

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