Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 30th May 2020

Madarao Now!

Sunday 26th December 2010, 7:48am
Weather conditions: Clear skies
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
I hope everyone can get over their Christmas hangovers early as the weather is perfect here in Northern Nagano this morning.

It snowed all day yesterday and this morning we have woken up to clear blue skies in the region.

Four of the 15 lifts are open today at Madarao allowing access to a good part of the resort.

There might be some slight snowfall in the area tonight followed by clearer conditions on Monday and Tuesday but there is a strong cold front movinng in later on Tuesday which should bring some potentially heavy snowfall. It's looking good for snow to be falling in Madarao from Tuesday to Friday this coming week.

Lifts currently operating:

No 1 lift
No 2 quad lift
No 5 lift
Super Quad   Read more ...

Minakami Now!

Sunday 26th December 2010, 8:14am
Weather conditions: Fine
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Good conditions everywhere that was open yesterday and plenty of people out making the most of the white Christmas. A couple of light snow showers throughout the day but they didn't amount to anything. It was mostly overcast with a bit of sun.

Today looks to be more of the same. Cold temperatures, cloudy sky and pretty decent snow. Tenjin is fully open. Houdaigi is opening another lift and we are slowly inching towards business as usual.

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Myoko Now!

Sunday 26th December 2010, 9:21am
Weather conditions: Light snow up top, sunny below the base
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Not a lot of new snow overnight, but temperatures have stayed low, and it looks like light snow will be falling on the mountain through the day (while it's nice and sunny below). We'll need more snow, but it looks like that will happen over the next few days, particularly Tuesday.

All areas are at least partially open as of today:

Suginaohara: Mitahara No. 2 lift
Ikenotaira: Capsule, AB No. 1 lift
Akakura Kanko: All hotel slopes; all Champion slopes (except A)
Akakura Onsen: Most lifts open
Tangram: No. 1 and 3 lifts open; also open for night skiing
Madarao: Partially open (no listing as of 9 a.m.)
Kyukamura: All slopes
Seki: All slopes
Myoko Snow Park: Open

Current Official Snow Depths:

Akakura Onsen:

Akakan (Akakura Kanko):


Myoko Suginohara:
50cm (at gondola)

Seki Onsen:

Myoko Ski Park:



50-80cm   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Sunday 26th December 2010, 9:53am
Weather conditions: Snowing
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Yesterday unfortunately remained mostly fine with little snow falling and things looked to have cleared up in the evening. But then around midnight it started snowing and it hasn't stopped adding around 30-40cm of classic Niseko powder. It is still snowing heavily. Another day or two of this and the mountain should be able to open most of the gates on the mountain.
The snow is expected to ease a little this afternoon but then start up again tomorrow and continue through Thurday.

Current Official Snow Depths:

Grand Hirafu:
Top - 240
Bottom - 100

Niseko Village:
Top - 105
Bottom - 70

Top - 120
Bottom - 90

Avalanche Information:

Mountain base: -7℃, 30cm of fresh snowfall in the past 12hours and no development of snowdrifts. Coastal data: W16m/s at Benkei cape, SW14m/s, 2.1m waves and 986hPa at Kamui cape. Predicted wind at 1500m at noon: WSW20m/s.
Cornices and snowdrifts are developing around 800m elevation due to the moderate westerly storm. Although the snow in the trees is getting better, looking at various data and the snowfall transition, the development of cornices and snowdrifts above 1000m is relatively rapid. Caution is demanded when riding leeward ridgeline, steep slopes, knolls and gullies. Most of avalanche related accidents occur during a snowstorm. Be conscious of the risks you’re taking. Do not duck ropes to step out of bounds. Seek for the ski patrol’s advices. The snow is good but yet enough for the gates to open. Have a nice day

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Nozawa Onsen Now!

Sunday 26th December 2010, 10:45am
Weather conditions: Sunny
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Almost a blue bird start to the day here
Some scattered cloud but the blue skies are pushing through.

Yesterday was a great day on the mountain with some nice stashes of powder. Everyone was reporting a very happy Christmas.

A bit more of a bustle on the main street last night and a good crowd in some of the restaurants and bars.

There are a lot of people making up to the slopes this morning for some snow and sunshine.

It looks like we have a break in the snow for a day or two then from Tuesday night the snow show continues with 20cm plus expected and continuing right thru until Saturday.

Lower slopes are still closed as there still isn't enough snow down there, but hopefully after this coming week of sometimes heavy snow forecast we will need to pull the shovels out and the whole resort will be able to get going.

Courses open:

Yamabiko cours A
Yamabiko course B
Yamabiko course C
Yamabiko course D
Yamabiko course E
Kogenashi A course
Kogenashi B course

Lifts operating:

Nagasaka Gondola (both sections)
The two Yamabiko quad lifts and Uenodaira 4
Hikage Gondola
Skyline connecting pair
Yu Road connecting up to Hikage
Paradise 4
Yunomine Pair
Mizunashi Triple

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Hakuba Now!

Sunday 26th December 2010, 10:55am
Weather conditions: Light Snowfall
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
We went from no snow to a white Hakuba pretty quickly and the snow continues to fall. The night of the 23rd was the biggest fall to date but snow fell slowly and steadily through yesterday continuing today and there was and still is plenty to keep groom-dogs and powder-hounds alike happy.

Not a comparatively large amount of snow overnight but enough to fill up some of the holes and groomed conditions are great.

Things look likely to clear up somewhat later on today.

Temperatures have remained cold so the snow has been light and fluffy and the forecast is for continuing snow for the next week - Tuesday night and the following few days is looking particularly promising for some heavy snowfall on the current forecast - so we can expect a bumper New Years.


Official snow depths and operations @ Sunday 26th December AM:

Hakuba Goryu:
Goryu was again reporting further snowfall overnight and is now fully open, apart from the Expert Course and Adventure Course.
Alps daira - 185cm;
Toomi - 70cm;
Iimori - 60cm

Hakuba 47:
The resort is now officially fully open.
Snow depth (upper) - 160cm.

Not sure why the snow depth has decreased for the upper slopes, but that's what the official numbers say. Still, good conditions but some lower slopes remain closed.
Usagidaira/Kurobishi - 110cm;
Lower slopes - 40cm.

Tsugaike Kogen:
The official snow depth for the upper slopes is approaching 2m. Most areas of the resort is now open with most lifts operating. Nighta has started at the resort too.
Snow depth - 195cm
Maruyama area - 50cm
Champion - 130cm

Hakuba Iwatake:
Upper - 85cm
Lower - 45cm
You can now slide down to the lower slopes from the upper area. Some slopes on the lower area remain closed.

Hakuba Cortina:
Upper - 165cm
Lower - 100cm
The resort has 3 pair lifts and 1 quad operating and more than half of the official courses open. Nighta has started at Cortina.

Hakuba Sanosaka:
From today, Sanosaka is now fully open.   Read more ...

Furano Now!

Sunday 26th December 2010, 12:50pm
Weather conditions: High cloud with some sunshine
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Quite a cold day today but some good sun coming through which provides good views across the city. There are lots of kids groups on the mountain having what looks to be lots of fun following each other down in a giant snake like fashion.

The cold temperatures are keeping the snow in very fresh condition. The mountain has been extensively groomed and there is packed powder across the field. Both the Furano and Kitanomine Zone are open today. Kitanomine Gondola is not operating and the ski area has posted a large sigh saying that it is under maintenance.   Read more ...

Yuzawa Now!

Sunday 26th December 2010, 15:35pm
Weather conditions: Clear skies, just some cloud
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Well today the weather has been for the most part clear with blue sunny skies... not exactly what we need right now with resorts lower down still not being able to open up yet. Missing Christmas isn't something resorts want to consider, especially on a weekend, so all eyes now turn towards the forecast and when it will bring the snow.

The day started off with a dusting of snow, but nothing major, but by mid-morning the sky was clear and it was sunny.

We can perhaps expect another sprinkling tonight/tomorrow with clearer weather on Tuesday followed by hopefully some heavy snowfall from Tuesday night.

Naeba - most open
Kagura - all open
GALA Yuzawa - central and north areas open
Yuzwa Kogen - part open
Iwappara - part open
Ishiuchi Maruyama - part open
Centleisure Maiko - part open
Joetsu Kokusai - part open

Official snow depths @ 26th December 2010




Gala Yuzawa:

Yuzawa Kogen:


Kandatsu Kogen:

NASPA Ski Garden:
30cm   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Sunday 26th December 2010, 15:44pm
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Snow all around in Zao at the moment - almost to much for the resort and locals to cope with all at once. Obviously, that's what we want to hear! The Utopia area of the resort has seen the official snow depth jump from 100cm to 150cm in the last 24 hours and it will surely rise more come tomorrow morning. As you can imagine with all this snow we are not properly into the season with everywhere open (or as good as everywhere) and some fine snow conditions out there. You'll probably find that the resort hasn't managed the snow in places that it usually does as well, so there is a lot of deep powder conditions to be found out there all over the mountain.


The snowy conditions are set to continue right through this coming week with some particularly heavy snow forecast once again for just before the New Year.

Wrap up well and enjoy!   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Sunday 26th December 2010, 16:04pm
Weather conditions: Clear skies, sunny
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
We were thinking that we would get snow overnight and this morning but instead it ended up being a clear and sunny day for the most part with just a frosting early on.

But it has been a fine day to be out on the mountains today and some good quality snow to be had, even if it isn't that deep still yet.

Forecast? Light snow overnight perhaps then cleared conditions early Tuesday followed by what will hopefully turn out to be some heavy snowfall from later on Tuesday through to around Thursday.

Nighta this evening at the following resort areas:

- Ichinose Family
- Ichinose Diamond
- Kumanoyu

Official resort snow depths as of 26th December 10:

Sun Valley:
Ichinose Family:
Ichinose Diamond:
Okushiga Kogen:
60cm   Read more ...

Naeba Now!

Sunday 26th December 2010, 16:17pm
Weather conditions: Clear
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
There was just a few cm of snow reported by Kagura early this morning and after a cloudy start the day quickly turned into a very fine one with clear blue skies for the most part. It was still cold though, starting out around -9 degrees up top and it kept below 0 degrees for the whole day.

We might see another sprinkling or tonight but the next proper snowfall looks due late on Tuesday and into Thursday - and it is currently looking quite promising.

From this weekend Naeba has been able to open up the No 3 gelende and also the Challange Course at the resort.

Just a recap on operations at the Naeba resort, below are the lifts operating this weekend:

Prince No 1 Gondola
Prince No 2 Gondola
No 2 quad lift
No 3 quad lift
No 4 quad lift
No 5 quad lift
No 2 pair lift
No 4 pair lift
Daishamen pair lift
Takenokodaira pair lift
Hiuchi No 1 quad lift
Hiuchi No 1 pair lift

Official Snow Depths:



Kagura (Tashiro):
100cm   Read more ...

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