Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 26th May 2019

Niseko Now!

Monday 27th February 2012, 7:29am
Weather conditions: Clear
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
It's very sunny and blue skies outside at the moment. We saw just a little bit of snow last night, perhaps 5cm or so. There is a bit of wind out there now and hopefully that dies down as the temperature stabilizes. Yesterday we saw the most overnight snowfall we had seen in a while which was about 20cm and some fine conditions to ride in. Niseko Village gondola had to close down at 1:30 because of the increasing winds.

As per backcountry travel, it is a bit weird out there. We have had a terrible wind streak where the past 2 weeks has had a lot of snow drifting. Please be sure to remember this makes all backcountry trips individual cases and there is no "one size fits all" avalanche forecast.

The weather is really up in the air (pun intended ha-ha) for the next couple days. Reading the local forecast they willingly admit they are not sure what is going to happen. It ranges from it could get hot - relatively of course - and sunny to cold and snowy. If there was a greater range somehow possible, I am sure they would include it. It does not look likely that we can expect much snowfall though over the next few days.

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 410cm
Bottom - 220cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 470cm
Bottom - 240cm

Top - 465cm
Bottom - 230cm

Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6am: -7C., 5cm of particle and Broken Graupel in the Past twelve hours Coatal Data:. NNE10m / s at Cape Benkei, 2.8m Waves and 1011HPa at Cape Kamui Moiwa 800 meters:. 15cm Development of Snowdrift, -9C. Annupuri Peak N17.3M / s, -16C..
Snowfall transition: A strong NE wind (18m / s) due to passing low-pressure system has blown above 700m altitude yesterday 45cm thick snowdrifts has developed in S to SW facing slopes The wind shifted westerly as the Low moved east, peaking WNW19m / s at the coast at 18:00 yesterday and stagnated around 10m / s NW since then. A northerly wind picked up again since early this morning, making unstable snowdrifts to develop thicker.
Hazard evaluation:. The wind-affected snowdrifts have grown up to 50cm until this morning and still growing Avalanche risk is HIGH with extremely unstable snowdrifts present in upper Anbetsu area (B4), Moiwa-Mikaeri area (C4-D5), Backbowl-Osawa area (E6-F5), area Hgashi-One (1996-G9) is Feb twenty-three Layer Potential trigger. rd - 25 th .
Gates: peak gates (2 & 3) will be closed today.
Caution:. Large-scale spring avalanches are more likely to happen in seasons with total snowfall exceeding 14m Riding the valley bottoms and traversing all the way from gate 5 to the end of Higashi-One should be refrained in order to minimize the chances of accidents to happen. One bad example can lead many others to do the same and simply increase the probability of severe incidents to happen.   Read more ...

Yuzawa Now!

Monday 27th February 2012, 8:35am
Weather conditions: Light snow, cloud
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Good news this morning. We have more snow to report and the roads around town are white again this morning with perhaps 15cm or so since yesterday morning overall. Kagura reporting 20cm. I am hearing Naeba resort reporting 5-25cm, though that last number sounds on the overly-optimistic side to me. There's a bit of wind blowing snow about this morning and so it's going to be more or less wherever you look because of that I suppose. But generally good news to see new snowfall and it will certainly be welcomed on the slopes.

Looks like some of the lifts at Naeba, including the Gondola and top lifts, are not opening on time due to wind but we can expect that to change with conditions. Other than that it looks pretty much open as normal around town this morning.

It is still snowing this morning and hopefully will for the day. After today we can expect drier conditions for most of the week along with mild temperatures... a bit too warm for my liking looking at some of them (up to about +8 degrees on Wednesday?) so we can just hope that it stays on the colder side of the forecast. There should be some sun for those looking for fine weather skiing - especially tomorrow.

For now thought it is a cold morning and still down around -3 degrees.

Official resort snow depths @ Monday 27th 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 ...

Madarao Now!

Monday 27th February 2012, 8:43am
Weather conditions: Light snow, cloud
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
And another top up this morning. Just 5-10cm or so, but a top up all the same. It is still snowing early on and a cold -8 degrees was recorded at the resort earlier on - it says -5 degrees out there at the moment. Nice and cold for some good snow conditions.

Tomorrow it looks like we are on for a clear and sunny day and it should keep quite cold but after that we are looking at back to milder conditions again - the chance of light snow showers but more likely to see cloud and possible sun. A bit vague but the bottom line seems to be for us to not be able to expect much in terms of snowfall.

Lifts currently operating:
All lifts apart from 3B should be open today and all courses open.
Official snow depth:
285cm   Read more ...

Minakami Now!

Monday 27th February 2012, 8:44am
Weather conditions: Light snow
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
A cold one in Minakami this morning with a bit of ice around on the roads. A good snowfall overnight means that the off-piste is back in action again and the groomers are in great condition. Bit of snow falling at the moment but it might clear up a little by the afternoon but a great day to play in the soft stuff.

The next week is a mixture of light snow and sunshine on the forecast at the moment. Sunshine on Tuesday with warmer temperatures on Wednesday and Thursday. Snow and lower temperatures again from Friday and through the weekend.   Read more ...

Naeba Now!

Monday 27th February 2012, 9:02am
Weather conditions: Light snow, cloud
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
We are back to colder again this morning with a refreshingly cold -7 down at base. More snow too with the most coming down up at Kagura resort who are reporting 20cm. It's more like 5cm here in Naeba, but wind overnight had helped move it about as if to want to confuse us.

There is still a wind that is going to affect Dragondola this morning and the top lift at Naeba, it seems - but other than that we look pretty much set to normal this morning. Conflicting reports about Splash Bowl today ranging from it being closed again to they are hoping to open it for a limited time. I think they wait on lots of fresh snow and perhaps there's just not quite enough of that this morning.

Forecast? More snow to fall today, though not huge amounts, followed by potentially clear day tomorrow. Milder temps to follow again with not much chance of more snowfall that means much until at least Friday.

The last bit of Febraury is going to go down as a generally mild one it seems - here's hoping for some good surprises in March.

Resort Operations, 27th February (subject to change)
All open apart from Splash Bowl and Mens Slalom course. Check with resort for latest.
Open as normal - top Kagura No5 lift now open.
Official snow depths
380cm   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Monday 27th February 2012, 9:10am
Weather conditions: Cloud, light snow possible
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Yesterday was generally cloudy and overnight we have just another few cm of snowfall to report. It's another cloudy morning, this time with the top of the mountain not visible from base. Just a light wind but nice and cold conditions to start off with. Snow falling up top? Possibly, as we do have light snow likely during today according to the latest local forecast. From tomorrow not much snowfall lined up on the current forecast until at least the weekend. It will be getting milder once again as well, especially around Thursday, but we can hope for things to cool down once again by the weekend. (Snow as well please!)

There are 3 more nights of the evening Light Up remaining, including tonight. Always sad to see that feature finish for a season and a sign of 'spring' just round the corner. Of course still a long way left in the season to enjoy...

Night skiing itself continues until the 20th March on the Uwanodai area

Official snow depths (27th February 12)
Utopia - 275cm
Chuo - 220cm
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 ...

Hakuba Now!

Monday 27th February 2012, 9:31am
Weather conditions: Cloud, sun
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Early cloud has been gradually lifting and clearing this morning so far in Hakuba and right now there's quite a bit of bright blue sky on show over the village. Somewhat different to what some of the forecasts are saying for the region, but if it carries on like this it will turn into a very fine day.

Yesterday it was a generally snowy day though it didn't amount to a whole lot down on the ground in terms of new cm. This morning the resorts around Hakuba and Otari are reporting between 1cm and 10cm of fresh snowfall overnight.

It was a cold night with temperatures down to around -7 in the village and right now it is around -5 degrees. It should keep cold with a high of around -4 today. And if those forecasts are to be believe a chance of snow showers as well. Would be good actually because from tomorrow we are going to start getting warmer again and there's not much on the horizon in terms of snow until at least the weekend. It's going to be a dry one by the looks. A high temperature of around +7 on Wednesday and Thursday in the village looks likely and it's going to be hovering around 0 up on the tops of resort areas as well.

There's a bit of a wind up there this morning and the top Grat quad lift at Happo along with the Kurobishi No2 and No3 lifts are on standby hoping that it will calm down.


Official snow depths and operations @ Monday 27th February 2012 AM:

Hakuba Goryu:
Another 1cm reported earlier this morning! All lifts operating.
Official snow depths:
Alps daira - 290cm;
Toomi - 170cm;
Iimori - 125cm

Hakuba 47:
47 also reporting 1cm of snowfall this morning. All courses and weekend lifts (not Line D) open.
Official snow depth:
Upper - 238cm
Lower - 120cm

Ski lifts/courses:
All lifts apart from Usagidaira, Happo No1 pair and Central pair plan to be operating today. The Central pair lift should be operating from 1st-11th March. Winds are affecting some lifts early on this morning including the top Grat quad lift.
Official snow depth:
Usagidaira - 190cm;
Sakka - 90cm;
Nakiyama - 90cm.

Tsugaike Kogen:
Official snow depth:
Upper slopes - 260cm
Champion - 200cm

Hakuba Cortina:
Cortina reports 10cm of new snowfall on their slopes this morning. All lifts and courses open.
Official snow depth:
Upper - 370cm
Lower - 225cm

Hakuba Norikura:
Official snow depth:

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

Hakuba Sanosaka:

Hakuba Minekata:
80cm   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Monday 27th February 2012, 9:41am
Weather conditions: Cloud, light snow, variable
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
As I write this, snow is coming down still here in the Maruike area, but we have already seen changeable conditions this morning. The sun has been out briefly and it has just been cloudy and then snowy. Even now I am looking at the Kumanoyu cam and it looks quite bright up there with the sun casting some shadows - still lots of cloud cover though. So it looks like one of those times when different parts of Shiga Kogen are experiencing different weather conditions. Generally though it seems the morning is a mix of cloud and light snow falling. I doubt it will last beyond the day though as tomorrow has sun on the forecast and from tomorrow the cold is going to start being replaced again by milder conditions. So for most of the week the menu looks something like - clearer skies, milder temperatures and most chance of snow around Friday.

Nighta operations this evening planned at the following resort areas:

- Ichinose Family

Official resort snow depths as of Monday 27th February 2012 AM:

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

Furano Now!

Monday 27th February 2012, 10:04am
Weather conditions: Low cloud
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
The weekend was characterised by very strong winds that stripped the pistes of their powder and dumped it at the sides or in the trees. The wind has calmed down overnight and there has been continuing light snow falling. This means the pistes will be in better condition today with a nice layer of fresh powder sitting on top of the base. The snow is forecast to fall lightly through until late afternoon. Cloud is rolling down both sides of the resort to about the halfway mark, so expect some areas of flat light on the upper mountain.   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Monday 27th February 2012, 15:54pm
Weather conditions: Snowing
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
It has been snowing all day here in Nozawa and is heavy at the moment. A few very happy people have rolled down raving about knee-deep powder up top. Not bad when they predicted only 4cm!

Just a continuation from yesterday really although I did see a few stars come out late last night. Thought the blue bird may have come early but not a lot of blue out there today. Tomorrow though a bird may swoop in and should be an amazing day on the slopes with fresh snow and sunshine.

Biting cold up top today but enjoy it while you can as think we may be in for a warm spike again later in the week. The long range is showing some more snow from the weekend but will have to wait and see. Have the Lantern Festival on the Hikage slopes too next Saturday night form 19:00 for anyone coming up should be a fun time.

At the moment though the slopes are empty up top anyway and the powder is plentiful so enjoy.

Current Official Snow Depths Numbers:




Current Lift operations:
All open

Current courses open:
All open
   Read more ...

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