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Niseko Now!

Thursday 26th January 2012, 7:52am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Yesterday we saw that Rusutsu didn't get quite as much snow as Niseko did. In fact it was probably about 1/3 the snowfall. When I took weather details yesterday, Niseko saw 33 cm lower in altitude than Niseko Village's base area. With the additional snow from last night and higher elevation, we could see some hefty snow totals.

It looks like it is supposed to snow all day today with intermittent periods of sunlight, albeit very minimal ones. The low pressure system is over us now and we should see light snow and cold temps with that.

The gates should be open today so a fine day to get out and enjoy this snow. There's plenty of fresh tracks in there that need some turns laced into them. Get on out and have an awesome day!

Happy Australia Day to all our Australian friends both here in Niseko and around the world.

Current Official Snow Depths:

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 385cm
Bottom - 200cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 360cm
Bottom - 220cm

Top - 370cm
Bottom - 220cm

Niseko Avalanche Report:

[Hazard Evaluation]: Coordinates B9 to H9, H2,C4 ,areas surounding B9 , cornices, faces that collect drifting snow and steep slopes above creeks and rivers the avalanche risk continues. Generally the avalanche risk today is not high if the weak layer from 22 Jan and snowdrifts are avoided.

[Caution]: A lot of snow has fallen in the last 24hrs, don’t travel in the backcountry today without any equipment. Wandering around cornices in conditions like today is also dangerous. Beware valley bottoms - if an avalanche occurs its path will follow the valley bottom. Please don’t enter the anbetsu area(co-ordinate A4) in the late afternoon

[Gates]: gates are scheduled to open after commencement of lift operation. Please respect the ski patrols decision.
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Minakami Now!

Thursday 26th January 2012, 7:56am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
More snow today and the cold weather continues. Again it is really light small flakes that have put down a soft fluffy layer overnight. This constant topping up looks set to continue for the next week and the cold temperatures are also here to stay. Great conditions on and off piste for a while to come.   Read more ...

Furano Now!

Thursday 26th January 2012, 9:20am
Weather conditions: Light snow
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
It is a very bitter morning in Furano with temperatures plummeting to below -20deg. It is snowing very lightly and this is forcast to continue through until Saturday. Low cloud is covering the top half of the mountain, and because of this there will be patches of limited visibility on the upper mountain.   Read more ...

Naeba Now!

Thursday 26th January 2012, 10:14am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Lots of snow this morning and it is coming down very nicely now as well.

The current weather conditions mean there are restrictions out on the resorts this morning. Due to avalanche risk the Kagura to Tashiro course will be closed for the day. Via Mitsumata Ropeway, Kagura is open up to the No4 pair lift and via Tashiro Ropeway to the Tashiro No6 pair lift. Still lots of lovely fresh snow to play in though if you brave the climate... it was a cold -10 degrees down at Naeba base this morning and won't warm up much during the day. At Naeba some lifts closed this morning as they cope with the new delivery of snow, though the Dragondola and No2 Prince Gondola are both operating as normal and all courses apart from those closed for the last few days are open (see below).

So, cold, snowy, poor visibility.... but lovely snow out there on the courses I would imagine. Will be getting out to check myself a bit later. Snow should be with us now through into next week.

Local Niigata forecast has us down for another 15cm between now and 4pm. The way it is coming down, I expect more.

Resort Operations, 26th January (subject to change)
All areas open apart from Mens/Womens Riesen Slalom and Mens Slalom, courses. Weekday lifts operating.
Open as planned.

Official snow depths
310cm   Read more ...

Yuzawa Now!

Thursday 26th January 2012, 10:33am
Weather conditions: Heavy snow
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
It's good news friends! Yes, the snow is coming down in style this morning and we are back in full-on winter mode in Yuzawa. There wasn't a huge amount this morning either really early on - perhaps 10cm or so - but since then it is really snowing heavily now with lovely big flakes coming down at some speed. Visibility is generally going to be very poor on the mountains today as everywhere is totally white. Great news that we are getting the snow we all wanted to see, but perhaps not as good for some people out there - if you brave the conditions though, the snow should be untracked, soft and light.

It's about -4 degrees at the moment in Yuzawa and will probably stay around that for the day. Winds aren't too strong really considering the snowfall conditions at the moment and apparently not affecting resort operations, though it seems the courses connecting Tashiro with Kagura are closed this morning as they cope with the new snowfall.

Snowmen lined up on the forecast right into next week and so we can hopefully expect some impressive new snowfall. It's going to stay cold as well so if you are planning on being here over the weekend keep all that in mind. Snow conditions should be great for the weekend.

Official resort snow depths @ 26th January 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:


Evening update

An evening update for you. Difficult to put a number on it, but lots of snow today... perhaps 20-30cm or so in parts of Yuzawa, hearing of up to 40cm or so on the tops of cars in Tokamachi not too far away to the north - lower lying areas seem to be getting a lot of snow as well this time around.

The local evening forecast tells us that we can perhaps expect another 40cm or so before tomorrow morning.

Right now, the skies above Yuzawa and Minamiuonuma valley are actually clearing of cloud, and visibility is very good, but a lot can happen in 12 hours!   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Thursday 26th January 2012, 10:56am
Weather conditions: Heavy snow
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
A happy new snow report it is! Yes, we have some decent snowfall this morning in Shiga Kogen. I estimate about 30cm or so on the top of the car this morning to move and it is still coming down now. It's a cold morning as well with Maruike showing -13 degrees earlier on and I doubt it is getting much 'warmer' than that this morning either. The Shiga Kogen tourism site is saying that various lifts may be moving slower than normal this morning in these conditions but from what I can tell all lifts that are supposed to be open are moving. There are no crowds at all though so even if there is some lift slowdown this will hardly affect your day out.

Great to see some good new snow numbers and the snow still falling heavily. We should see this heavy snowfall continue through into tomorrow and beyond, with snow forecast pretty much right into next week.

By the way some of the snow depth numbers below see no increase - just ignore those for now, they will probably play catch up later! :)

Nighta operations this evening planned at the following resort areas:

- Ichinose Family
- Yakebitaiyama

Official resort snow depths as of 26th January 2012 AM:

Sun Valley:
Ichinose Family:
Ichinose Diamond:
Okushiga Kogen:
160cm   Read more ...

Madarao Now!

Thursday 26th January 2012, 11:02am
Weather conditions: Heavy snow
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
No disappointment this morning with a whopping 50-60cm of fresh snowfall reported by the Madarao resort early on. And it is still falling in a way that the number is going to increase quickly. There is lots of snow around the village area as well. Great to see the deep powder back. And it looks like snowy conditions will be with us for quite a few days.

The resort is not opening some runs and lifts today as they check and make sure all is ok with the new layers. No3A and No13 lifts aren't moving and it looks like the PowderWave, Usagi and RiverLine runs as well as the Free Ride Park are not open this morning.

It's a cold -7 degrees with not too strong a wind at all, but visibility is as you might expect limited out there.

Fantastic snow conditions though. Just be careful out there, it's the kind of weather when you can get lose your way very easily.

Lifts currently operating:
Lifts No3A and No13 not open today and some runs closed.
Connection with Tangram Ski Circus open.

Official snow depth:
260cm   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Thursday 26th January 2012, 11:36am
Weather conditions: Snowing
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
We are getting absolutely buried in new snow in Nozawa Onsen today. Official reports are showing up to 65cm of fresh snow up on Uenotaira, we are struggling to shovel the driveway just to get out the front door and up the slopes!

It started on my way to the Onsen last night around midnight and by the time I had come out there was 10cm on the ground. I gathered a further 5cm on my head on the way home! It just continued dumping all night and is still heavy now with no sign of stopping! Nice light fluffy snow with first tracks on almost every run. The groomers are back out on the slopes at Karasawa this morning to try and make some groomed runs for the non initiated. Good luck!

Anyway better go and get in some valuable research up the mountain for you all! Stay safe and have an awesome day it, is going to be deep wherever you are. May need more than the snorkel, maybe pack a periscope today.

The forecast doesn't have it stopping any time soon either with the heavy snow to continue through tomorrow and basically snow likey every day into next week.

Current Official Snow Depths Numbers:




Current Lift operations:
All open

Current courses open:
All open
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Hakuba Now!

Thursday 26th January 2012, 12:33pm
Weather conditions: Cloud, snow
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
It's another good morning in Hakuba with some impressive snowfalls to report. The headline on this cold and snowy morning has to be the 70cm of new snowfall recorded at Hakuba Cortina, and 30cm or so at the resorts around the village. While it is still snowing on the mountains, the snow has eased off in the village somewhat at the moment and is on and off with even a little bit of the sun out for a short time earlier on, but generally we can expect these snowy conditions to continue basically into next week and be heavy at times. (Cortina have updated their report with a further 5cm since this morning).

It is a cold -5 degrees in the village this lunchtime but the winds are behaving and not causing any problems on the mountains today. Fingers crossed it will stay that way.

Looks like it is going to be a very fine weekend ahead for those visiting Hakuba.


Heavy Snow Warning: Otari ski fields have seen an accumulated 150cms over the past 72 hours.

Continued heavy snow fall is adding load to the recent storm snow that has started to slab and release from the buried sun crust of January 22nd on southern exposures. Loose slides are releasing on all aspects due to weak bonds with in the new snow. Take due caution travelling in avalanche terrain and in gullies where loose slides and sluff can accumulate to create deep burials. There are still a lot of creeks that have open holes that are definite hazards and terrain traps. Take care to avoid these areas or be on the look out for these holes.

Do not underestimate how rapidly the avalanche hazard will increase with continued rapid snowfall and increased winds.

Use your head and carry all the proper safety and rescue gear if you are heading into off piste areas. Stay to well supported and simple terrain to reduce hazard. Travel in Backcountry areas not recommended until conditions and recent storm snow settles.

ALPINE ZONE: HIGH HAZARD !! Stronger winds, colder temperatures and greater snow fall will all attribute to very unstable conditions. Watch out for avalanches from ALPINE ZONES travelling to the valley and into TREELINE and BELOW TREELINE ZONES.

Official snow depths and operations @ Thursday 26th January 2012 AM:

Hakuba Goryu:
Goryu reported 20cm of new snow on upper slopes with 15cm lower down. All weekday lifts operating.
Official snow depths:
Alps daira - 240cm;
Toomi - 110cm;
Iimori - 100cm.

Hakuba 47:
25-30cm of fresh snow reported at 47 this snowy Thursday morning. All weekday courses and lifts open/operating (no Line D).
Official snow depth:
Upper - 220cm
Lower - 100cm

Ski lifts/courses:
All lifts apart from Usagidaira pair, Happo No1 pair, Central pair and Kita One No3 pair operating.
Official snow depth:
Usagidaira - 170cm;
Sakka - 90cm;
Nakiyama - 90cm.

Tsugaike Kogen:
Official snow depth:
Upper slopes - 245cm
Champion - 160cm

Hakuba Cortina:
Cortina are reporting a whopping 70cm on the upper slopes this morning and a none-too-shabby 45cm on lower areas. They have just reported a further 5cm up until 12 noon. Limited operations as they cope with the snow.
Official snow depth:
Upper - 305cm
Lower - 210cm

Hakuba Norikura:
Official snow depth:

Hakuba Iwatake:
Official snow depth:
Upper - 130cm
Lower - 65cm

Hakuba Sanosaka:

Hakuba Minekata:
75cm   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Thursday 26th January 2012, 14:39pm
Weather conditions: Cloud, light snow
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Snow storm! This morning it was quite wild out there early on with strong winds and snow falling - or more like being blown about. In the end just a few cm or so really but more in places. It was a very cold -11 degrees and down to around -16 degrees up on the top of the mountain.

Things have calmed down since then and actually as I write this I can even see some shadows being cast on the lower slope though generally it is still very cloudy with the top of the mountain covered and not visible. Heavy snow is due tonight and into tomorrow though and these wintery conditions are still forecast to be with us over into the weekend.

Official snow depths (26th January 12)
Utopia - 185cm
Chuo - 170cm
Paradise - 180cm
Uwanodai - 135cm

Operating lifts (26th January 12)
All Ropeways (Skycable, Zao Chuo Ropeway, Zao Ropeway) operating.
All the runs at Zao are open.   Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Thursday 26th January 2012, 16:07pm
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Did you see us on the national news last night? Oh yes, Myoko took pride of place in lots of reports on the current heavy snow that is falling on the Japan Sea side of central/northern Japan.

So what's the good news? 40-50cm all told overnight and more on top of that since then. It has been snowing for the most part today, though curiously we had a brief spell when the sun was actually visible up there... as if saying 'hey lets check out all that snowy goodness down there!". It's back to snowing right now and basically visibility is very poor right down to just above the main Myoko town area. People out on the slopes will have been treated to some fluffy snow but won't have been able to see much. Caution needed not just because of the visibility but because of the amount that has fallen. Do take care out there and keep your head firmly screwed on.

There is more on the way too. The Niigata forecast that has just been released says perhaps another 40cm or so between now and 9am tomorrow morning. So we might well be on the TV news again! Actually there doesn't look like much of a let up over the coming week with snow clouds likely to be with us right though into at least mid-next week.

Snow depth watchers, Seki Onsen hasn't taken a jump today but I would imagine a fair amount has fallen over there. We can surely expect that to move soon!

Current Official Snow Depths

Akakura Onsen:

Akakan (Akakura Kanko):


Myoko Suginohara:

Seki Onsen:

Myoko Ski Park:



240cm   Read more ...

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