Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 30th May 2020

Niseko Now!

Thursday 27th March 2014, 8:20am
Weather conditions: Clear and sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 165cm
It's a lovely morning again here in the Niseko area - blue skies, set to quickly warm up once again.... and hardly any wind as well.

Just taking a look at the forecast; if we didn't know it already, I think we can pretty much wave goodbye to the hope of any more fresh conditions, aside from some early April event. We just have to sit back and enjoy the spring now, anything else would just be an amazing bonus.

Generally sunny/cloudy conditions lined up, though after tomorrow when it's going to warm up considerably, it should get a little colder. Still, temperatures to remain in positive numbers.


Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6am: 0C, no snowfall, bluebird. Moiwa peak: no data. Annupuri peak 1308m: NE7.3m/s, -0.9C. Coastal data: cape Benkei SSE3m/s, cape Kamui E4m/s, 0.6m waves, 1012hPa. Annupuri snowpack 370cm. Hirafu 1000m: 0C, courses are frozen.

Bluebird morning in the high-pressure, the mountain is frozen early morning. Temperature will start rising from 9am, up to +5℃ at noon. The streams will swell as the snow melts, beware of collapsing snowbridges. Rescue can be extremely difficult if one falls in. Be careful of snowballs falling off the cornices. Avoid approaching cracks, if you can’t see wrinkles under the cracks, the slope might slide from the ground level. Avalanche hazard from deeper layers is rising in leeward slopes above 900m. These slides occur from ground level and run through the valley in high-speed for an unbelievably long distance and are extremely devastating. Do not ski the bottoms of big valleys such as Osawa and Backbowl. Peak gates will open from the morning. Have a nice spring day.

Official snow depth numbers and lift news at time of writing:

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 365cm
Base - 165cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 360cm
Base - 160cm

Top - 360cm
Base - 170cm
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Nozawa Onsen Now!

Thursday 27th March 2014, 8:40am
Weather conditions: Cloud; fog higher up
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 150cm
So yes, we did get the rain moving in to the region yesterday and mid afternoon it was around +8 degrees in the village.

This morning it is raining still I'm afraid - temps didn't dip much below 5C overnight so it kept quite mild, but it's not forecast to get much warmer beyond that today either during the daytime. Hopefully this rain will ease off this morning leaving us with clouds for the rest of the day.

A look at the webcams shows that visibility is right down, the resort reporting fog covering the upper area of the mountain.

We should be back to sunny conditions tomorrow and also back to warmth, with Saturday due to be particularly warm. Chance of rain again on Sunday and so the safer bet for the weekend is probably Saturday.


Thursday 27th March 2014:

Official snow depths:
Yamabiko - 340cm
Uenotaira - 265cm
Hikage - 150cm
Nagasaka - 145cm
Karasawa - 100cm

Weekday operations - all lifts operating except:
Yunomine pair
Mizunashi triple
Challenge pair
Utopia pair
Hikage Number 2 pair B

All courses open except:
Grand Prix
Kandahar West
Kandahar East
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Yuzawa Now!

Thursday 27th March 2014, 8:40am
Weather conditions: Cloud; foggy too
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 175cm
Yesterday never really warmed up that much, probably because the sun was hiding for the day.

By afternoon we had rain falling as forecast and it is raining lightly now, not sure whether it has been raining through the night or not. Unfortunately even higher resorts like Kagura and GALA Yuzawa are not escaping the rain.

Lots of cloud and fog this morning, so it's not going to get that warm today either - high of up to about 8C?

Tomorrow is forecast to be warm and sunny, and Saturday warmer still. We might see temperatures rise to 20 degrees in town on Saturday. Come prepared!


Here's the latest on when Yuzawa skijo intend to be open until:

Until 31st March:
Yuzawa Kogen
Ludens Yuzawa

Until 1st April:
Yuzawa Park

Until 6th April:
Yuzawa Nakazato
Nakazato Snow Wood
NASPA Ski Garden

Until 6th May:
Naeba (weekends only from 7th April)
GALA Yuzawa
Kagura (Tashiro)

Until 25th May:
Kagura (Mitsumata)


Here's the latest on when Minamiuonuma skijo intend to be open until:

until 30th March:
Ishiuchi Hanaoka
Mt Granview (weekends only)
Muikamachi Ski Resort

Until 31st March:
Chateaux Shiozawa

Until 6th April:
Ishiuchi Maruyama
Maiko Snow Resort - but open again on 12th/13th April
Joetsu Kokusai

(Muikamachi Hakkaisan closed on 23rd March)


Official resort snow depths @ Thursday 27th March 2014, AM:
Kagura (Tashiro):
Kagura (Mitsumata):
NASPA Ski Garden:
Gala Yuzawa:
Yuzawa Kogen:
Yuzawa Nakazato:
Yuzawa Park:
Maiko Snow Resort:
Ishiuchi Maruyama:
Joetsu Kokusai:

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Hakuba Now!

Thursday 27th March 2014, 8:40am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 195cm
All but the lower areas of the mountains covered in cloud and fog this morning - very poor visibility in some places at the moment.

Continuing on from yesterday afternoon, it has been raining this morning but it seems to be easing off and that's what the forecast tells us to expect as well with cloudy conditions for the rest of the day. Might even get to see some sun. We'll almost definitely get to see lots of the sun tomorrow with another sunny and warm day forecast, and more of that on Saturday as well.

The Freestyle mogul competitions are on at Hakuba 47 again today. Personally I don't like moguls at the best of times and try to avoid them, but watching these folk negotiate them - in not the best of the conditions as well - is really fun. Gambatte kudasai!


Official snow depth numbers and operations (as of 27th March 2014):

Hakuba Goryu:
Reporting 0cm of new snowfall.
Plans to be open until early May.
Upper - 235cm
Toomi - 195cm
Iimori - 65cm

Hakuba 47:
Reporting 0cm of new snowfall.
Plans to be open until early May.
Upper - 190cm
Lower - 40cm

Plans to be open until early May.
Usagidaira - 200cm
Nakiyama - 40cm
Sakka - 40cm

Tsugaike Kogen:
Plans to be open until early May.
Tsuganomori - 288cm
Maruyama - 85cm
Kanenonaruoka - 140cm

Hakuba Cortina:
Reporting 0cm of new snowfall.
Plans to be open until 6th April.
Upper - 290cm
Lower - 160cm

Hakuba Sanosaka and Hakuba Norikura plan to be open until 31st March.


Hakuba Iwatake and Hakuba Minekata are already closed.   Read more ...

Furano Now!

Thursday 27th March 2014, 9:19am
Weather conditions: Clear
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 180cm
We have woken up to a solid frost which is a bit of a contrast to the warm overnight temperatures recently.

This will mean good skiing on firm and fast slopes.

The sky is blue with no clouds in sight and it will stay like this for most of the day. Tommorrow temperatures are forecast to be warm, with rain on the radar for Friday night and Saturday morning.


Operating lifts:

Furano Ropeway 9:00am-4:00pm
Furano Downhill Swift Lift #1 CLOSED
Downhill Romance #2 chair 9:00am-4:00pm
Downhill Romance #3 chair 9:00am-4:00pm
Prince Romance 9:00am- 4:00pm

Kitanomine Zone is now closed for the season including the Link Lift and Link Course.   Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Thursday 27th March 2014, 9:48am
Weather conditions: Blustery, spring weather
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 260cm
The rain started yesterday in the mid-afternoon; this morning the weather can't decide what to do. We started the day with some rain, but with patches of blue skies overhead as well. The rain has turned to very light mist, but the wind is up now as well.

Hopefully that means high pressure is moving in - it's supposed to get sunny later in the day.

Warm weather ahead, too, as the freezing line moves way up and above the peaks.


Official info:

Akakura Kanko:
Spring operations: Currently all lifts except Champion No. 1 are operating. From this weekend the Myoko Kogen Sky Cable gondola and hotel No. 3 lift will stay open until May 6, or whenever the snow runs out. Spring rates from March 24 are adults ¥2,500, junior high students and seniors ¥2,000, kids ¥1,500.

Akakura Onsen:
Open until Sunday 30th March; no night skiing.

Planning to stay open until Sunday 6th April.

Myoko Suginohara:
Back in the game until the 30th; gondola and No. 2 lifts operating.

Seki Onsen:
Says it hopes to stay open until mid-May—at least for Golden Week, snow allowing.

Myoko Ski Park:
Open until Sunday 6th April.

Myoko Kyukamura Runrun
Closing Monday, March 31.


Tangram Ski Circus
Running the No. 3 lift only from March 31 until April 6.   Read more ...

Minakami Now!

Thursday 27th March 2014, 20:51pm
Weather conditions: Overcast
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 420cm
A rainy start to the day today with it dissipating by midday. Looks like a sunny few days coming up so should be a nice slushy spring snow weekend.


420cm @ Tenjin
30m @ valley   Read more ...

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