Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 1st April 2018

Naeba Now!

Sunday 27th March 2011, 7:16am
Weather conditions: Snow, cloud
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Yesterday. Wow. Amazing conditions out there for the people making the trip and the 20cm that was reported by the resort seemed to be an underestimate with lots of fresh snow to play in up there at Kagura. Perhaps the 30-50cm of additonal fresh snow that the resort is reporting early this morning makes up for that, but whatever the numbers the bottom line is that there has just been a good dump of new snow and conditions on the slopes are excellent. End of March?! More like January!

With many other resorts in Yuzawa now closed or just part open, there were actually a fair few people at Kagura yesterday. I would expect more of the same today, especially this morning as people looking for a snow hit will be treated early on.

There's a bit of wind this morning and stronger forecast for later on in the day but the snow should ease off and we should be seeing clearer conditions tomorrow and Tuesday along with milder temperatures.

For now, though, it's -8 degrees up at Kagura... so wrap up for mid-winter!

Naeba has also seen some decent snowfall with officially 20-30cm since yesterday.

Operations at Naeba and Kagura for Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th March are as follows:

- No 3 quad lift
- No 4 quad lift
- No 5 quad lift

This means that the lower courses on the mountain are open (all upper areas closed).

- Mitsumata Ropeway
- Mitsumata No1 Quad
- Mitsumata No2 Quad
- Mitsumata No2 Pair
- Kagura Gondola
- Kagura No1 Quad
- Kagura No1 Pair
- Kagura No5 Pair

Courses open are the Mitsumata runs and the main courses down from the top and the Gondola course at Kagura.

Official Snow Depths:


380cm   Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Sunday 27th March 2011, 7:44am
Weather conditions: Sunny; some clouds and possibility of snow
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
It's a sunny day with fresh snow—hard to believe it's March and not early January all over again. The forecast has the possibility of more snow through the day, and there are some clouds hanging over Mt. Myoko and the other peaks to the west.

On the less happy side, today is the final day of operations for a lot of the areas, apart from Akakan, Seki Onsen and Tangram. I'll keep updating these, because there's a lot of snow on the ground; looks like it will be a great spring ski season. Snow depths below are yesterday's report, so there is a bit more fresh than is reported.

Ski Resort Operations

Akakura Onsen:
Kumado No. 3; Akakura Chuo Triple; Yodel Super Quad. Night skiing finished for the year. Special rates for the weekend. Area to close tomorrow.

Akakan (Akakura Kanko):
Sky Cable gondola, Hotel No. 3, 5; Champion side closed. Area will remain open.

Closed for the season.

Myoko Suginohara:
Gondola only on 3/26, 27. Special rates for the weekend. Last day today.

Seki Onsen:
Open until May 8. Earthquake charity event on April 3.

Myoko Ski Park:
Closed for the season.

Last day today.

Four lifts operating on the weekend; then will cut back to two lifts and stay open until 4/3.

Closed for the season.

Current Official Snow Depths:

Akakura Onsen:

Akakan (Akakura Kanko):


Myoko Suginohara:

Seki Onsen:

Myoko Ski Park:



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Nozawa Onsen Now!

Sunday 27th March 2011, 8:41am
Weather conditions: Snow, cloud
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Same operations on the mountain but the snow conditions out there are just great at the moment. Snow yesterday and more snow overnight with the resort reporting another 20cm on Higake and I might even guess more than that. It really does feel like we are back in the middle of winter - apart from the lift situation and not as many people as you might expect out there.

Spring is going to be coming back pretty soon though with things clearing up as the day moves on today and clear sunny conditions lined up for tomorrow. Actually it might well be a cracker tomorrow. With the snow we have right now, a day out there might be a wise move!

Lifts operating until Sunday 3rd April:

Yuu Road
Nagasaka triple lift
Higake triple lift
Higake No2 pair lift (B)
Utopia pair lift
Challenge pair lift
Paradise four lift

The following lifts on the upper areas of the resort are not operating: Uenotaira quad, Yamabiko No2 Four, Yamabiko Four, Nagasaka Gondola upper station. The upper part of the mountain will be closed for the rest of the season.

It is recommended that you contact your accommodation or the resort to confirm any details before travelling.   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Sunday 27th March 2011, 8:53am
Weather conditions: Cloud, sun
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Some more snow since yesterday and resorts reporting around 10cm of fresh on upper slopes with just a thin layer down below. There is a lot of cloud hanging around the mountains but also patches of blue sky on view behind the clouds in places and clear skies directly above the village. I would say it is going to be a fine day and the local forecast is saying sun and so perhaps we can expect those clouds to move on.

The snow we have had means that conditions for those getting out there are good.

Fine weather for the next few days is likely along with milder temperatures.

The Gondola at Tsugaike has been closed for a while but will be re-opening and operating again from tomorrow.

Official snow depths and operations @ Sunday 27th March AM:

Hakuba Goryu:
Goryu reporting 10cm more of fresh snow Sunday morning on upper slopes and 1cm on lower.
Toomi No 2 lift is closed on weekdays.
Alps No2 and No4 lifts are closed.
No nighta.
Alps daira - 285cm;
Toomi - 130cm;
Iimori - 100cm.

Hakuba 47:
47 is reporting 5cm of fresh Sunday morning.
All lifts except Line D lift operating, some courses will remain ungroomed.
Snow depth (upper) - 220cm.

Largely open and the Gondola is now operating again. Shirakaba area closed.
No nighta.
Usagidaira/Kurobishi - 220cm;
Sakka - 90cm;
Shirakaba - 90cm;
Nakiyama - 65cm.

Tsugaike Kogen:
Most of the resort is open though the Gondola/Ropeway are not operating.
The Gondola will re-open from tomorrow.
Snow depth - 330cm
Maruyama area - 140cm
Champion - 220cm

Hakuba Iwatake:
The Iwatake Gondola will be closed for the rest of the season.
Upper - 170cm
Lower - 125cm

Hakuba Cortina:
Another 10cm of fresh snow at Cortina on Sunday morning.
Resort is mostly open.
Upper - 380cm
Lower - 215cm

Hakuba Sanosaka:

Hakuba Minekata:
Resort is now closed for the season.


It is recommended to check with resorts and accommodations before making a decision to make the trip to Hakuba for the very latest info.    Read more ...

Yuzawa Now!

Sunday 27th March 2011, 9:00am
Weather conditions: Cloud, snow
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
As you might have seen on the Naeba Now report a little earlier, Kagura was in great shape yesterday with reports of tons of untouched snow and mid-winter like conditons. Winter is staying with us for the time being.... up at Kagura they are saying another 30-50cm has fallen up there, so you can imagine what conditons will be like this morning! Down in town there is less of course but still we have seen a healthy amount of snow on lower resort slopes and seeing the snowy conditions continue this morning. It is -1 degrees in town now.

Snowfall is due to ease off later in the day and we should be in for a clear but cold night - it might get down to -5 degrees.

After that though things will warm up tomorrow with a high of around +5 and sunny weather conditions likely as more spring-like conditions will come back.

Resorts that are part open:
- Naeba
- Kagura (+ Mitsumata)*
- Yuzawa Park
- Iwappara
- NASPA Ski Garden
- Kandatsu Kogen
- Ipponsugi
- Centleisure Maiko
- Joetsu Kokusai

Resorts that are now closed for the season:
- Tashiro
- Gala Yuzawa
- Yuzawa Nakazato
- Ludens Yuzawa
- Yuzawa Kogen
- Nunoba
- Ishiuchi Maruyama

Official snow depths @ Sunday 27th March 2011 AM



Yuzawa Park:

Kandatsu Kogen:


NASPA Ski Garden:

Joetsu Kokusai:

* The main area of Kagura is open, accessed via Mitsumata Ropeway. The Mitsumata slopes are also open. Please keep on eye on our Naeba Now report as well for the latest from both Naeba and Kagura resort areas.   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Sunday 27th March 2011, 9:08am
Weather conditions: Cloud, snow
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Winter stays with us a bit longer here in Shiga Kogen. It's a cold -8 degrees in Maruike now with some areas saying it's minus double digits with another blanket of snow. Who said it was late March?! Conditions out there yesterday were very fine and today will be another great day for those on the slopes.

It's grey, cloudy and snowy but visibility is fair - you can see where you're going well enough.

If the forecast is to be believed the snow will be easing off this afternoon followed by a clear night and then sunny skies tomorrow with a fair and mild week generally ahead of us.

As I have mentioned previously in the season, don't worry about the below official snow depths not changing much... new snow is here, confirmed! :)

Official resort snow depths as of 27th March 2011 AM:

Sun Valley:
Ichinose Family:
Ichinose Diamond:
Okushiga Kogen:
230cm   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Sunday 27th March 2011, 13:06pm
Weather conditions: Snow clearing to a fine and sunny afternoon
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Another 5-10cm of snow since last report. Today will see Kutchan surpass 10m of total snowfall for the season. This is still around 1m less than total snowfall for last season but not a bad total for a town less than 200m above sea level. Comparable or more than many of the high altitude resorts in the US, Canada or Europe. Up on Mt Annupuri itself totals are much more.
It is expected to clear up this afternoon and tomorrow we are expecting a bluebird day with fairly mild temps after a cold night. Should be a great day for some backcountry turns.

Current Official Snow Depths:

Grand Hirafu:
Top - 400
Bottom - 190

Niseko Village:
Top - 390
Bottom - 190

Top - 400
Bottom - 190

Avalanche Information:

This season's Niseko Avalanche Information is finished

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Furano Now!

Sunday 27th March 2011, 14:57pm
Weather conditions: Scattered Snow Showers
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
It's a chilly day today, and yesterday's snow accumulations were waiting for the lucky ones to get out there first this morning. There was also event going on at the top of the Furano Zone today where those interested were able to try out some brand new skis courtesy of ICI Ishii Sports, but that will be ending by 3pm.

Flurries are covering a large portion of Central Hokkaido, occasionally making their way through our area. Temperatures are slightly above freezing, and there is a slight nip to the air, but the stronger late-March sun makes it all seem so much more bearable. Next week still has a lot of snow in the forecast, but day time highs should reach about 5 on most days, so be prepared for spring conditions on the slopes.   Read more ...

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