Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 26th May 2019

Myoko Now!

Tuesday 26th January 2010, 8:42am
Weather conditions: Overcast, snow
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
A good, windy snowfall overnight; hard to tell how much because of drifting, but I'd estimate 20-30cm at base level. The winds have tapered off this morning, but nice, big flakes continue to fall.

It looks good off the courses as well, with the last fall turning to good, solid, heavy snow yesterday. There is a defined icy layer below at about 40-50cm, but things seem to be bonding well.

Not all of the official snow reports aren't in yet, but from those reporting—and a look outside—there is nice soft powder awaiting....

Current Official Snow Depths:

Akakura Onsen:

Akakan (Akakura Kanko):


Myoko Suginohara:

Seki Onsen:

Myoko Ski Park:



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Hakuba Now!

Tuesday 26th January 2010, 9:17am
Weather conditions: Bluebird
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Snow sitting in the trees again after a slow but steady fall yesterday afternoon and into the night; and with blue skies to match today is a pearler with resorts in great condition however you like your snow-play.

Quiet runs after a relatively busy weekend, fresh powder on top of some good snow which will get chopped out fast but there'll be fun to find all day today. Tomorrow is forecast sunshine all day with precipitation possibly beginning as rain (boo) from Thursday, turning to snow and continuing through the weekend.

Official resort snow depths on 26th Jan 10:

100cm (Shirakaba)
110cm (Sakka/Kitaone)
290cm (Kurobishi/Usagidaira)
Hakuba Goryu:
160cm (Iimori)
175cm (Toomi)
355cm (Alps daira)
Hakuba 47:
Tsugaike Kogen:
180cm (Kanenonaruoka)
145cm (Maruyama)
385cm (Tsuganomori)
Hakuba Iwatake:
170cm (Shomen)
270cm (Sancho)
Sun Alpina Sanosaka:
Hakuba Minekata:
170cm   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Tuesday 26th January 2010, 9:46am
Weather conditions: Snowing fairly heavily up top still and moderate in town
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Snowy Conditions have returned to Nozawa Onsen this morning. It started falling around 9pm last night and there was about 10cm before we went to bed. Woke up this morning to a good 20cm plus in the car park
There is 30cm of fresh powder up top so should be a terrific day on the Mountain
Snow is pretty set in at the moment but it is forecast to get lighter as the day goes on

Looking like tomorrow will be a Sunny day but the last for a while with consistent snow falls forecast for the week ahead. With the base already at great levels this will only help to give us continued great conditions

Life is good

Current Official Snow Depths Numbers:




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Yuzawa Now!

Tuesday 26th January 2010, 9:58am
Weather conditions: Snow, cloud
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
After a bit of rain yesterday at times - it soon clouded over and was generally cloudy - this morning I have better things to report.... snow! Yes we have probably about 20cm or so of snow this morning. Kagua is reporting 30-40cm.

It was snowing fairly heavily just a short while ago but is easing off a bit as I write this but still snowing and that's what we have for the forecast for the day. Not a huge amount expected, perhaps another 10cm or so before tomorrow but conditions should be pretty good this morning on the slopes.

It is fairly windy out there this morning and because of the wind Tashiro is closed and only part of Kagura/Mistumata is open (from the Ropeway to the pair lift at Kagura). Operations at Naeba are affected as well though winds don't seem to be affecting lifts at other resorts though.

Not the best of forecasts for tomorrow though and it seems like we might be seeing rain fall in the region, though once again that should be snow by the weekend.

All over the place at the moment!

Official resort snow depths @ 26th Jan 10, AM:
Mt Naeba:
Kagura - Tashiro:
GALA Yuzawa:
Kandatsu Kogen:
NASPA Ski Garden:
Yuzawa Kogen:
Yuzawa Park:
Yuzawa Nakazato:
Kayama Captain Coast:
240cm   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Tuesday 26th January 2010, 10:02am
Weather conditions: Blizzard
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
A very wild night last night with storm force winds whipping up blizzard conditions across the region. Not a huge amount of falling snow but coupled with all the blowing snow there has been a lot of drifting on the mountain. The avalanche report is advising drifts of around 1.2m have developed overnight on lee slopes. Such rapid deposition has created high avalanche danger around the resort and even if they do manage to get some higher lifts open today no gates will be opened.
This morning is still pretty wild and very cold. Currently only lower lifts are operating and all gondolas are on wind hold. You'd have to be pretty desperate to be braving conditions out there today. If you're heading up to mid mountain level make sure you really rug up as wind chill temps will be close to -30 degrees. The bottom lift at Hanazono is open and it's often a good spot to stay down within the trees on days like this.
A high moving across southern Japan will briefly swing the winds back more Westerly tomorrow and temperatures will moderate significantly. By later on Thursday though a strong low pressure system start directing cold Nth Westerlies over the region again which should persist through the rest of the outlook period.

Current Official Snow Depths:

Grand Hirafu:
Top - 280
Bottom - 160

Niseko Village:
Top - 320
Bottom - 180

Top - 285
Bottom - 190

Avalanche Information:

Niseko Avalanche Info No.42

Moiwa base 6am: -11℃, snowstorm.
Coastal data: NW20m/s at Benkei cape, NNW15m/s, 3.3m waves and 1010hp at Kamui cape.
Annupuri peak wind: NW23.2m/s at 6am, predicted wind at noon WNW 25m/s.
Strong snowstorm has now persisted for 18 hours, developing snowdrifts up to 120cm in leeward slopes above 800m.
Avalanche risk is HIGH in all areas.
Potential sliding layer is Jan 25th (pre-Low snowfall), 80cm thickness, surface slab avalanche running at 90km/h.
All gates will be closed.
Do not duck ropes to step out of bounds.
Hazardous conditions will continue for a while even if the storm clams down in the afternoon.
Haru no taki, Higashi-one, Yu no sawa and Osawa are not to be entered today.
One track left under the rope could lead many others to follow it, and rise the chances of accidents to happen.
Do not underestimate the dangers of winter mountains.

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Naeba Now!

Tuesday 26th January 2010, 10:03am
Weather conditions: Snow, cloud
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
A windy morning in Naeba but more importantly - it's snowing. Kagura resort is reporting 30-40cm of fresh snow up there and I'd say there was 20-25cm or so in the village area. Lovely.

The wind is causing a few problems though and Tashiro is closed because of it. Mitsumata is open only from the Ropeway up to the pair lift at Kagura and of course the Dragondola is not moving. The Gondolas at Naeba are operating though a few lifts are closed up top due to the wind.

Another warmer spell tomorrow (perhaps even rain) followed by hopefully more snowy clouds in time for the weekend...

Official Snow Depths:



Kagura (Tashiro):
270cm   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Tuesday 26th January 2010, 10:11am
Weather conditions: Cloud, snow
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Back to winter!

There's 15cm or so of fresh snow to report this morning along with fairly strong winds and a biting cold -9 degrees temperature in the village. While the top of the mountain is not visible it's certainly not white-out conditions out there at the moment and most of the lifts at the resort seem to be operating as normal - though perhaps slow - at the moment.

Tomorrow we might see the sun again and it will be one of those milder days before hopefully we see the snow clouds again around Friday.

Official snow depths on the resort:

Chuo area:

Paradise area:

Utopia area:
210cm   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Tuesday 26th January 2010, 10:59am
Weather conditions: Snow, cloud
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
After a few days of fine weather, we are back to winter-like conditions this morning. Snow and strong winds in exposed places with snow blowing about and poor visibility - not the best time to be out there perhaps. With the wind blowing the snow around it is difficult to put a number on the new snow but I would say we have seen at least 10-15cm of freshies overnight and hopefully we will see more by the end of today.

It is a much colder morning with the temperature currently at -10 in the Maruike area.

The winds are also affecting lifts in some areas - early on the Shibutoge lift was not moving due to the wind and we can expect some to be moving at slow speed.

Time for an onsen? Or can you take the conditions out there? :)

Nighta this evening planned at the following resort areas:

- Ichinose Diamond

Official resort snow depths as of 26th January 10:

Sun Valley:
Ichinose Family:
Ichinose Diamond:
Okushiga Kogen:
200cm   Read more ...

Furano Now!

Tuesday 26th January 2010, 12:30pm
Weather conditions: Snowing
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
We have been bleesed with at least 25cm of fine powder snow overnight. The conditions on the mountain are relatively cold with quite windy conditions today.

Furano Zone is experiencing electrical problems at the moment. The following lifts are not operational: Furano Ropeway, Furano Downhill Romance Chair #2 and #3. The operating lifts on the Furano Zone are: Prince Romance Lift, Furano Downhill Swift Lift No.1

Currently it is not possible to ski from Furano Zone to Kitanomine Zone as the operational lifts on the Furano Zone can't get you high enough up the mountain.

Kitanomine Zone is fully operational and there are regular shuttles running between both sides of the resort to transfer people.   Read more ...

Minakami Now!

Tuesday 26th January 2010, 14:09pm
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
A beautiful blue sky day yesterday was replaced in the evening by rain and then by snow, and the snow continues today. Tenjin were reporting 30cm overnight and there will be more up there tomorrow.

It's been snowing consistently all day with some really heavy periods that made visibility both at valley level and in the resorts quite tricky, but now it seems to have settled to a nice steady fall of small flakes. The only downside to the day has been the wind which is making it feel much colder than in actually is.

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