Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 30th May 2020

Niseko Now!

Saturday 25th February 2012, 7:39am
Weather conditions: Partly Cloudy
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Another windy day yesterday. It seems the past week or two has brought us a significant amount of windy days. Yesterday we didn't see any new snow other than some flurries here and there. Overnight is the same story. WE are hoping Sunday brings us a large amount of snow that looks fairly promising as far as precipitation goes.

With all the wind we are going to see some really localized avalanche danger. This means there is no "one size fits all" prediction for avalanche danger. Every slope should be looked at uniquely before skied. There are some with absolutely no avalanche risk, and some that are almost guaranteed to slide. Leeward slopes are going to be the ones to look out for. Especially those that have had any sort of sun on them or warmth.

With that said it looks like some snow on Sunday then a toss up for weather after that. It's possible we could get some blue skies and warm temps if the southern jetstream favors. If the northern does, probably high pressure and sun. There is still some fun snow out there since the lifts didn't start until later yesterday. I hope everyone has a great day!

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 405cm
Bottom - 215cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 460cm
Bottom - 240cm

Top - 460cm
Bottom - 230cm

Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6am: -8C, no new snowfall and calm wind. Coastal data: SSE4m/s at Benkei cape, 0.7m waves and 1018hPa at Kamui cape. 800m Moiwa: -10C, snowdrifts developed on the 24th is packed and stable.
The strong NE wind of the 24th has made snowdrifts to develop in SW facing slopes, especially around 1000m altitude. The avalanche risk has risen accordingly, however the risk is diminishing as the weather calmed down. No notable snowfall and snowdrifts development can be observed this morning.
The general avalanche risk is lowering, however hazards of hard slabs slides from Feb 23rd layer is still to be highly considered in wind-affected slopes. Caution is required in Higashi-One's steep slopes (coordinate G8-H9). The snow in the trees is in good condition, however snow/ice blocks are lurking just below the surface.
Many people from around the world are gathering in Niseko, however many trouble are continuously happening due to insufficient explanation of the Niseko Rules to the visitors. There are no exceptions to the Niseko Rules. Tour agents, accommodation facilities and guiding services should be aware that disregarding or pejorating the Rules would eventually turn the image of Niseko down. People ducking ropes might not be the only responsible people if they haven't been properly informed about the Rules.
Peak gates are scheduled to open at 9:30. Refrain from traversing valleys, knolls and cornice slopes. Out of bounds areas are never 100% safe. Once you step out of the gates, you are in the wilderness and whatever happens there, you should be able to handle it on your own. Have a safe and enjoyable day.   Read more ...

Yuzawa Now!

Saturday 25th February 2012, 9:27am
Weather conditions: Sleet/snow, cloud
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Girigiri - rain or sleet earlier on, but it is definitely doing it's best to snow now in Yuzawa town area, albeit of the wet variety. Still rain in places around town, sleet in others and wet snow in places. At 7am Kagura were saying that it was rain/sleet down at car parks but snow on all of the runs of the resort and 2-3cm of new snow to report. So the hope is that this snow will continue today and give us nice new cover. There was a fairly strong wind overnight but that seems to be calmer now.

A high of around 3 degrees is likely today but tomorrow should get colder and with snow clouds due to be above us into Monday...

Official resort snow depths @ Saturday 25th February 12, AM:
Mt Naeba:
Kagura - Tashiro:
GALA Yuzawa:
Kandatsu Kogen:
NASPA Ski Garden:
Yuzawa Kogen:
Yuzawa Park:
Yuzawa Nakazato:
Ludens Yuzawa:
Ishiuchi Maruyama:
Centleisure Maiko:
Joetsu Kokusai:
260cm   Read more ...

Naeba Now!

Saturday 25th February 2012, 9:36am
Weather conditions: Light snow, cloud
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Just a bit of snow to report this morning. 3-5cm of new snow according to Naeba skijo and a couple of cm of snow reported up at Kagura, and snow falling over the ski resort areas, but bordeline sleet down at base. That kind of sounds better than wet snow! Good news is that all lifts are moving this morning other than the No2 quad at Naeba though still a few courses closed.

And of course today marks the first day of the season for the No5 pair lift up top at Kagura.

So, it should be snow this morning with the local forecast telling us it may ease off this afternoon and then be hopefully back to snow tomorrow. It's still relatively mild but should get colder from tomorrow.

Resort Operations, 24th February (subject to change)
All open apart from Splash Bowl, Takenokoyama summit, Takenokoyama No2 and Mens Slalom course.
Open as normal - top Kagura No5 lift open from today!
Official snow depths
380cm   Read more ...

Madarao Now!

Saturday 25th February 2012, 9:52am
Weather conditions: Cloud, light snow
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
We have just a few cm of snow to report this morning.

It's good to get more new snow but conditions are generally still relatively mild... that dip back down to more winter-like temperatures should be happening today though it doesn't look like it will last long as we will be back to mildish conditions early next week. A bit of snow today and tomorrow though to look forward to so conditions while not perfect should be fairly decent out there over the weekend. Fingers crossed for cold and snow, everyone!

Lifts currently operating:
Lift 3B not open but all courses due to be open today
Official snow depth:
270cm   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Saturday 25th February 2012, 9:59am
Weather conditions: Snow, cloud
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Well not a huge amount of snow to report as the snow of yesterday didn't amount to much in terms of cm, but it is snowing again this morning in Shiga Kogen though still mild and right now in Kumanoyu it is -2 degrees. With a bit more conviction this morning as well which is good to report, but worse visibility this morning as clouds (fog in places) cover lots of the mountains and slopes. We can hope for the snow to continue today and into tomorrow before clearing up again early in the week but it should get much colder tomorrow into Sunday - more something like normal rather than the mild conditions we have seen the last few.

Have a fun weekend!

Nighta operations this evening planned at the following resort areas:

- Ichinose Family
- Kumanoyu

Official resort snow depths as of Saturday 25th February 2012 AM:

Sun Valley:
Ichinose Family:
Ichinose Diamond:
Okushiga Kogen:
260cm   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Saturday 25th February 2012, 10:17am
Weather conditions: Snow, cloud, fog
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
A bit colder this morning with my thermometer saying about -6 degrees earlier on, though curiously the resort officially saying just -3 up at Utopia. Hmmm! So we're still I suppose warmer than we expect. Tomorrow, Monday and Tuesday look set to return to colder conditions and it is likely that we will see snowfall over those days. Anyway I can't see much of the mountain this morning as I write this, it is cloudy and foggy out there. More importantly, snow is coming down to add to the few cm or so that we got overnight. More snow please!

Official snow depths (25th February 12)
Utopia - 275cm
Chuo - 210cm
Paradise - 260cm
Uwanodai - 175cm

Operating lifts (25th February 12)
All Ropeways (Skycable, Zao Chuo Ropeway, Zao Ropeway) operating.
All the runs at Zao are open.   Read more ...

Minakami Now!

Saturday 25th February 2012, 10:26am
Weather conditions: Light snow
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
The light snow is back again. Bit of a breeze blowing but not too cold out there at the moment. Been a bit of dusting falling so a nice fresh layer sitting on top of the groomers. Still a bit heavy off the side due to the higher temperatures of late but pretty good conditions out there all in all.

We are in for light snow through the weekend and into next week with temperatures remaining below zero. Might be a couple of patches of nice weather around with Tuesday morning looking promising according to the forecast. It is due to get slightly warmer towards the end of next week.   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Saturday 25th February 2012, 10:28am
Weather conditions: Cloudy, snow
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
After yesterdays eventual sunshine, this morning we have been greeted with Big Fat Snow Flakes falling at a moderate rate. Not of the driest variety, but snow all the same. We have received 3.5 cm of new snow overnight as the surface temperature hovers around freezing. This morning we are expecting similar mild weather with precipitation. But with added snow! Resorts are reporting 5cm or so of new snow on the slopes this morning.

Into the day and afternoon we should see temperatures dropping as the freezing level hopefully goes below the valley level.

This morning was 0 C in the valley with a high expected to reach 2 C or so and a low of -2 C. Up on the mountains there is variable visibility with highs of 1 C and lows of -1 C near the bottom lifts and a range of -4 C to -7 C up top. The freezing level will hit a high of 1200m today but will lower to 350m by night fall. Winds will come from the W and NW and are light so not causing any issues for lifts today.

Temperatures will continue to lower as we progress through the weekend and snow accumulation will be mixed with clearings. We should see snowfall, but not a huge amount. The start of next week will yield some colder temperatures, light snow and sunshine is currently projected for Tuesday.


Official snow depths and operations @ Saturday 25th February 2012 AM:

Hakuba Goryu:
5cn up top and a few cm of new snowfall lower down this morning. All lifts operating.
Official snow depths:
Alps daira - 290cm;
Toomi - 170cm;
Iimori - 140cm

Hakuba 47:
All courses and lifts open open.
Official snow depth:
Upper - 228cm
Lower - 120cm

Ski lifts/courses:
All lifts apart Happo No1 pair operating today.
Official snow depth:
Usagidaira - 190cm;
Sakka - 90cm;
Nakiyama - 90cm.

Tsugaike Kogen:
Official snow depth:
Upper slopes - 260cm
Champion - 190cm

Hakuba Cortina:
Cortina reporting 5cm of new snowfall this morning. All lifts operating and most courses open early on.
Official snow depth:
Upper - 340cm
Lower - 210cm

Hakuba Norikura:
Official snow depth:

Hakuba Iwatake:
Official snow depth:
Upper - 185cm
Lower - 100cm

Hakuba Sanosaka:

Hakuba Minekata:
80cm   Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Saturday 25th February 2012, 10:50am
Weather conditions: Pretty gray; fog higher up
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Light snow is falling this morning, adding a little softness to the melted-down iciness of the big walls of snow in Myoko (and the walls still are really tall). It would be nice to get a big more so we can return to the almost endless days of powder that we've enjoyed this year....but it will be back. There's still a lot of season ahead.

The only negative is that it's a little gray out there today, but fog is hardly something unusual in Myoko (we're near the ocean! It's maritime here!).

Current Official Snow Depths

Akakura Onsen:

Akakan (Akakura Kanko):


Myoko Suginohara:

Seki Onsen:

Myoko Ski Park:



270cm   Read more ...

Furano Now!

Saturday 25th February 2012, 13:38pm
Weather conditions: Snow Flurries
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
There's been plenty of flurries flying around today after a cold night that got all the way down to -18, but nothing major in the way of accumulations. With any luck, we should work our way into the minus single digits by the afternoon hours. It looks like the Premium Zone (Kumaotoshi) is still closed due to all that snow we had over the last few weeks. Current winds are light and skies should clear out overnight meaning things might get a bit cooler, but should warm up quickly tomorrow morning.   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Saturday 25th February 2012, 14:40pm
Weather conditions: Snowing lightly
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
The snow and winter vibe has returned to Nozawa today. Still not super cold and not heavy but heard snow sliding of my roof in the early hours of this morning, always nice to hear. Up on the slopes looks like 10cm has been deposited so far and set to snow a bit over the next few days with the temps dropping.

Was an eventful evening last night with four skiers lost up on the mountain after dark. Two different groups, fortunately all were found eventually, the last one just before midnight. Lucky for them they had a few things on their side. No new snow had fallen so could find their tracks, it was a warmer night than usual and they had a few handy tools at their disposal.

One group had an iphone and was able to use GPS to notify us of their location. The other guy by himself had a compass with him. Even with these they would have been looking at a long cold night if it were not for the fast and efficient rescue work of the ski patrol, groomer drivers and resort management. It not only took up a lot of their time it also put them in a dangerous situation.

It serves as a good warning to anyone trying to be a bit adventurous, it is very unpredictable outside the resort boundary, and it could have been serious. Ski with in your limits, know where you are, it can be pretty cold and lonely once the sun sets so please exercise some common sense and stay in the resort area.

The lost souls will be up for a pretty hefty rescue bill but it could have cost them a lot more. They are stoked to have made it to a warm bed and very grateful for all the assistance.

Current Official Snow Depths Numbers:




Current Lift operations:
All open

Current courses open:
All open
   Read more ...

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