Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 30th May 2020

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Tuesday 25th March 2014, 7:21am
Weather conditions: Sun
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 170cm
Good morning from Nozawa Onsen and it's going to be more of the same today with the sun out from early and a high temperature reaching around +12 degrees this afternoon.

The sun is expected to be interrupted tomorrow as we have cloud and rain on the forecast, and it should be slightly cooler (but still warm).

It will continue to get back to properly warming up though at the end of the week with the warmest temps of the year yet expected. It's still hard to accept that just one week after that snowfall it might be hitting 20 degrees this weekend.


Monday 24th March 2014:
Snow depths not updated today (too early!)

Official snow depths:
Yamabiko - 360cm
Uenotaira - 290cm
Hikage - 170cm
Nagasaka - 165cm
Karasawa - 120cm

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

All courses open except:
Grand Prix
Kandahar West
Kandahar East   Read more ...

Yuzawa Now!

Tuesday 25th March 2014, 7:50am
Weather conditions: Clear, sunny, morning haze
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 190cm
It really warmed up yesterday. The thermometer by Road 17 in Yuzawa when I went past at past 2pm said 14 degrees. It was sunny all day.

And we are pretty much expecting the same kind of thing today as well.

Cloud and rain later in the day probably for tomorrow before a return to the sunny conditions on Thursday and some warmer-still conditions.

It's full on spring now, it would seem.

One thing to mention is that the connection between Yuzawa Kogen - GALA Yuzawa - Ishiuchi will this season be open until 30th March.


Here's the latest on when Yuzawa skijo intend to be open until:

Until 31st March:
Yuzawa Kogen
Ludens Yuzawa

Until 1st April:
Yuzawa Park

Until 6th April:
Yuzawa Nakazato
Nakazato Snow Wood
NASPA Ski Garden

Until 6th May:
Naeba (weekends only from 7th April)
GALA Yuzawa
Kagura (Tashiro)

Until 25th May:
Kagura (Mitsumata)


Here's the latest on when Minamiuonuma skijo intend to be open until:

until 30th March:
Ishiuchi Hanaoka
Mt Granview (weekends only)
Muikamachi Ski Resort

Until 31st March:
Chateaux Shiozawa

Until 6th April:
Ishiuchi Maruyama
Maiko Snow Resort - but open again on 12th/13th April
Joetsu Kokusai

(Muikamachi Hakkaisan closed on 23rd March)


Official resort snow depths @ Tuesday 25th March 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!

Tuesday 25th March 2014, 8:10am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 175cm
It's a warm start to the morning here with the temperature remaining in the positive overnight in town and a high of around 8-9 degrees forecast for Kutchan and Niseko town today. So following on from yesterday, it's going to be a warm one.

Though in contrast to yesterday, this morning is starting off cloudy and there is a moderate wind that seems to be affecting some early lifts. The latest I can confirm is that Swinging Monkey, King 3 and King 4 at Grand Hirafu and the top Hanazono lifts are waiting for winds to reduce. We'll have to keep an eye on that during the day to see if that situation changes.

A bit of resort news. At Grand Hirafu, the Shirakaba course is closed until tomorrow as they get to work making 'Spring Park'. Also tomorrow due to a competition the lower part of the Kokutai course will be closed to the public.


Niseko base 6am: +1C, no snowfall, overcast. Moiwa peak 800m: no data. Annupuri snowpack 350cm. Hirafu 1000m: -1C, no snowfall. Peak 1308m: W9.4m/s, -2.9C. Coastal data: cape Benkei SSW4m/s, cape Kamui SSW18m/s, 1.6m waves, 1004hPa.

A low pressure system is traveling north of Hokkaido, making the pressure pattern south High, north Low. A strong W-SW wind is blowing, making warm air flowing into Hokkaido area. The temperature is forecasted to raise above 5C. Snow will melt and cornices around 800m are likely to collapse, new cracks will open and spring climax avalanche hazard will rise. Stay away of Osawa and Backbowl’s valley bottoms as avalanches will run along there.

Snowbridges are also likely to crush. If you fall in one, you may be flushed downstream with icy cold water and could end up in a critical situation. Peak gates will open from the morning. Get some guidance from the ski patrol before you step out of bounds. Plan your tour reasonably to the weather and snow conditions.


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

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 375cm
Base - 175cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 375cm
Base - 175cm

Top - 370cm
Base - 190cm
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Hakuba Now!

Tuesday 25th March 2014, 8:21am
Weather conditions: Cloud, blue sky, sun
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 110cm
A fair bit of cloud casting some large shadows on the mountainsides this morning, though there's still lots of blue sky and the sun at times. Forecasts tell us to expect warm temperatures again today, around 12 degrees later on. Cloud forecast tomorrow with rain in the afternoon and it won't be quite as warm.

Bring your best t-shirts for around Friday though because the warmth is about to take another step upwards, with freezing levels rising to over 3000m.

Someone asked us about this - snow cover on the mountain is good, lower slopes included. There's a few patches here and there but close to 100% good still. With the warmer temperatures taking hold now it probably won't be long before we start to see more brown than while on the lower areas of course...


Official snow depth numbers and operations (as of 25th March 2014):

Hakuba Goryu:
Reporting 0cm of new snowfall.
Plans to be open until early May.
Upper - 245cm
Toomi - 110cm
Iimori - 80cm

Hakuba 47:
Reporting 0cm of new snowfall.
Plans to be open until early May.
Upper - 210cm
Lower - 50cm

Plans to be open until early May.
Usagidaira - 220cm
Nakiyama - 50cm
Sakka - 60cm

Tsugaike Kogen:
Plans to be open until early May.
Tsuganomori - 315cm
Maruyama - 105cm
Kanenonaruoka - 150cm

Hakuba Cortina:
Reporting 0cm of new snowfall.
Plans to be open until 6th April.
Upper - 315cm
Lower - 185cm

Hakuba Sanosaka and Hakuba Norikura plan to be open until 31st March.


Hakuba Iwatake and Hakuba Minekata are already closed.   Read more ...

Madarao Now!

Tuesday 25th March 2014, 8:30am
Weather conditions: Sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 210cm
A lovely day yesterday with the sun out and things warming up... borderline t-shirt weather. Beautiful sunset last night and a mild evening and it's warming up again this morning. More sun and more blue skies.

Not much else to report really. Tomorrow is forecast to be cloudy and it might rain, but from Thursday onwards it is back to sunny skies as temperatures continue to rise.


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 has finished for the season.
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Zao Now!

Tuesday 25th March 2014, 8:46am
Weather conditions: Cloud, blue sky
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 260cm
Clear and sunny yesterday; sunny this morning but quite a lot of cloud. Quite windy too -- and it looks like early on the top Ropeway is not operating, though that may just be a delay.

+5 degrees as of 8:30am here at base and a high nearly getting as high as +10 later in the day.

Cloud and rain forecast for tomorrow, but the warming trend seems likely to (for the most part) continue.

The top area trees still have snow on them and they still look good, but with these conditions the next few days are surely going to see the end of them for the season.


Operating ski lifts at Zao (* subject to change):

Until 6th April:
Onsen Number 1 Pair
Onsen Number 1 Quad
Nakamoro Number 1 Triple
Mikaeri Pair

Sometime in April:
Yokokura Number 1 Pair
Kurohime Number 1 Quad

Until 6th May:
Ropeways and Gondolas (open through the year)
Chuo Number 1 Pair AB
Chuo Number 2 Pair AB (every day until 14th April, then holidays)
Katakai Triple (every day until 14th April, then holidays)
Paradise Pair AB
Utopia Number 2 Pair


Official snow depths (25th March 14):
Utopia: 290cm
Chuo: 260cm
Paradise: 290cm
Uwanodai: 180cm   Read more ...

Furano Now!

Tuesday 25th March 2014, 9:16am
Weather conditions: Light cloud cover
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 180cm
The warm spring front continues and overnight and it did not freeze in the village. Weather conditions over the resort are clear with a very light layer of cloud blocking the sun from breaking through. Snow conditions will soften on the lower half of the mountain quickly this morning with the best snow being at higher elevations. If you haven't done it yet, it may be a good time to wax up for the spring conditions.


Operating lifts:

Furano Ropeway 9:00am-4:00pm
Furano Downhill Swift Lift #1 CLOSED
Downhill Romance #2 chair 9:00am-4:00pm
Downhill Romance #3 chair 9:00am-4:00pm
Prince Romance 9:00am- 4:00pm

Kitanomine Zone is now closed for the season including the Link Lift and Link Course.   Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Tuesday 25th March 2014, 10:04am
Weather conditions: Clear and sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 290cm
Another nice, real spring day in Myoko!

Warm sun, white snow... not much more we need to say on a day like today, just get out and enjoy. Especially as we might have some rain tomorrow.


Official info:

Akakura Kanko:
Spring operations: Currently all lifts except Champion No. 1 are operating. From this weekend the Myoko Kogen Sky Cable gondola and hotel No. 3 lift will stay open until May 6, or whenever the snow runs out. Spring rates from March 24 are adults ¥2,500, junior high students and seniors ¥2,000, kids ¥1,500.

Akakura Onsen:
Open until Sunday 30th March; no night skiing.

Planning to stay open until Sunday 6th April.

Myoko Suginohara:
Back in the game until the 30th; gondola and No. 2 lifts operating.

Seki Onsen:
Says it hopes to stay open until mid-May—at least for Golden Week, snow allowing.

Myoko Ski Park:
Open until Sunday 6th April.

Myoko Kyukamura Runrun
Closing Monday, March 31.


Tangram Ski Circus
Running the No. 3 lift only from March 31 until April 6.   Read more ...

SnowJapan Daily 'Now' reports

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30th May, 10:10
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06th May, 15:13pm
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23rd Apr, 17:30
Furano Now
22nd Apr, 10:12am
Madarao Now
20th Apr, 9:52am
Zao Now
20th Apr, 9:52am
Nozawa Onsen Now
20th Apr, 9:51am
Niseko Now
20th Apr, 9:50am
Naeba Now
20th Apr, 9:49am
Myoko Now
20th Apr, 9:48am
Minakami Now
20th Apr, 9:47am
Hakuba Now
20th Apr, 9:40am
Aizu Bandai Now
20th Apr, 9:38am
Yuzawa Now
20th Apr, 9:37am
Grandeco Now
06th Dec, 14:16am