Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 19th November 2018

Madarao Now!

Saturday 28th December 2013, 8:10am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 10cm
Snow depth: 120cm
More snow this morning to report from Madarao Kogen.

10-15cm, though windy conditions mean that it's variable depending on where you look. One thing for sure is that it's a very cold morning here and the thermometer outside is saying -6C.

From today the Number 3 lift and the Number 13 single lift are going to be moving and the plan seems to be for all of the tree runs to be open as well.

Nighta also starting from tonight.

New Year is not far off now of course and it being a weekend it's very likely going to be busy today.

Local forecast has mixed weather lined up over the next few days. Cloud, bit of snow maybe, bit of sun. Not quite as cold. Snow forecast for New Years Day.


Operating lifts:

Number 1
Number 3A
Number 2 quad
Number 5
Super quad
Number 11
Number 12
Number 13
Number 15
Moving walkway
Kids Park


All tree run courses open


Nighta will be open from today.   Read more ...

Minakami Now!

Saturday 28th December 2013, 8:24am
Weather conditions: Overcast
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: 175cm
A light dusting of snow last night with 5cm of new snow. It is forecast to snow for most of the afternoon today through to tomorrow morning. This shold bring an extra 20cm to the valley level resorts.

The snow should continue for the next 3 days through to the new year.

All resorts in Minakami will have all lifts open from today.


New snowfall:
5cm (town)
5cm (Tenjin)

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Niseko Now!

Saturday 28th December 2013, 8:45am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 15cm
Snow depth: 80cm
This morning I have 15-20cm of snow to report. Hard to put a number on it due to the strong winds that were blowing it around, though wind down at base has calmed down at the moment. Still winds are affecting some lifts at the resorts, as noted below.

As I said the winds that we got yesterday and last night have blown snow around meaning that there'll be places where it's deep and places where it's less so. Caution needed, be careful out there. There should be some great conditions to be found though this morning.

At the moment it's cloudy with light snow falling this morning but stopping as I write this. But taking a look at the forecast, hopefully it will be snowing or soon snowing through until 2014. Fingers crossed wind doesn't play too much of a part in proceedings.

So it's a weekend again and then soon after New Year. There's lots of people around now as you would expect, and a fun lively atmosphere. Fun to be had both on and off the slopes. Hope you enjoy it.


Niseko Avalanche Report

Niseko base 6am: -4C, 20cm of crushed particle snow and moderate development of snowdrifts. Moiwa 800m: -5C, north-easterly wind & snow, notable development of snowdrifts and cornices. Annupuri 1150m: NNW17m/s, 70cm of very unstable snowdrifts, -10C. Annupuri peak 1308m: N21.9m/s, -10C. Coastal data: Benkei cape NNE15m/s, Kamui cape NNE14m/s, 5.1m waves, 995hPa.

Developing wintry weather pattern is generating heavy snowfall and high winds. The mountain is under a big storm. Snowdrifts are developing drastically and the avalanche hazard is rising in all altitude. Better stay away from knolls, cornices and steep terrains today. Avalanches are most likely to occur during and just after storms. 50-100cm thick slides triggered by internal weak lines within the newly formed Dec 27th layer are to be expected in leeward slopes with heavy snowdrift deposit above 800m. All peak gates will be closed today. Please respect the ski patrol’s decisions. Nitonupuri, Shiribetsudake, Mt.Yotei and all other surrounding peaks are also in very hazardous conditions. Cautious and meticulous planning is required for all mountain activities during this weekend. Better not venture too far. The snow in the trees is good, but visibility can be very bad. Have a nice day.


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

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 230cm
Base - 80cm
Ace Number 3, King Number 3 and 3; Hanazono Number 3 lifts not operating due to strong wind.

Niseko Village:
Top - 150cm
Base - 110cm
Niseko Gondola and Wonderland Chair lifts not operating at the moment due to wind. Up to 19m/s according to the resort.

Top - 125cm
Base - 120cm
Gondola and Jumbo Number 1 lifts wind affected.   Read more ...

Furano Now!

Saturday 28th December 2013, 9:14am
Weather conditions: Sunny
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: 80cm
Furano Ski Area reports that the Kitanomine Gondola will start operating today. This is a most welcome anouncement and gives access to a lot more terrain on the Kitanomine side side for intermediates and advanced skiers.

Giant and Wide will still remain closed on the Kitanomine side, but Dynamic will open and link up the front face. The weather is blue skies and sunshine at the moment but is expected to turn to snow during the day. Winds are moderate at lower levels, and expect strong winds around the top.

Hopefully the wind won't interfere with the season debut for the Gondola.

Operating lifts:
Kitanomine Gondola 9:00am-2:30pm
Kitanomine high speed quad 8:30am-3:30pm
Kitanomine #2 chair 8:45am-8:00pm
Link Lift 9:00am-15:10pm
Furano Ropeway 8:30am-3:10pm
Furano Downhill Swift Lift #1 9:00-3:10pm
Downhill Romance #2 chair 8:45am-3:10pm
Downhill Romance #3 chair 9:00am-3:10pm
Prince Romance 8:30am - 8:00pm
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Nozawa Onsen Now!

Saturday 28th December 2013, 9:14am
Weather conditions: Cloud, sun, light snow
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: 80cm
It's a cold morning in Nozawa Onsen, with the resort reporting a samui! -11 degrees up on the Yamabiko runs as of 7:20am. More like -2 down near base, but as most of us will be taking the lifts higher up it's definitely a day to wrap up and be ready for cold.

There's a new layer or snow to play in as well today - 5cm at base and lower slopes and 10cm on upper slopes, bringing Yamabiko close to 2m - but there are breaks in the cloud and more blue sky to be seen and it looks like it's clearing up. The local forecast is for snow throughout the day today, so maybe it's just a break and the snow clouds will be back but it doesn't look like that just now. Snow and the chance of sun is forecast for tomorrow, with the snow bit forecast to be weaker than today.

It's still looking like New Years Day is going to bring decent snowfall and possibly strong winds.

There have been lots of people arriving in Nozawa this morning and it should be a busy day, and that will apply for each day now through into New Year. Nozawa is a small compact village and so if you are here staying just ask the people at your accommodation about ideas on where to go to celebrate. And don't forget to try out the onsen in the village, always a treat.

Anyway, enough talk. I must get onto that Gondola to check out what Nozawa has in store today! The snow should be good up there.


Update, just 10 minutes after I was writing the above: it has been clouding over again! Looks like changeable conditions today.


Saturday 28th December 2013:

Official snow depths:
Yamabiko - 195cm
Uenotaira - 165cm
Hikage - 90cm
Nagasaka - 80cm
Karasawa - 55cm

All lifts operating

All courses open apart from:
Grand Prix
Kandahar East
Kandahar West   Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Saturday 28th December 2013, 9:42am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 30cm
Snow depth: 150cm
No official snow reports to put in here, but I have to get out and into the woods today.

Not a lot of additional snow, after a really good fall of probably 30-40cm. Luckily, the really high winds that were predicted have not hit yet, although the cold is here. It was -5C by the car thermometer, which never fails (seriously, it's always right on the mark. Ah, Japanese technology).

Everything is definitely in full swing now, as the few lifts that haven't been moving should be starting up (especially Tangram and Madarao).


Official info:

Akakura Kanko:

Akakura Onsen:


Myoko Suginohara:

Seki Onsen:

Myoko Ski Park:

Myoko Kyukamura Runrun

100cm (about half the lifts running)

Tangram Ski Circus
No depth reports

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Hakuba Now!

Saturday 28th December 2013, 10:18am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 3cm
Snow depth: 140cm
Mostly cloudy and foggy up on the mountains yesterday, light snow falling at times, though some sunny spells in the village and glimpses of the sun depending where you were later in the afternoon.

Varying snowfall reports from across the valley this morning, ranging from 0cm to 40cm. Wind has played it's part in those numbers this morning but Goryu are talking about 20cm of fresh snow on upper slopes and Hakuba Cortina winning the 'most snow' competition this morning with up to 40cm reported over there since yesterday.

Visibility is generally better this morning than yesterday though still limited in places. Snow is falling down to village level this morning and temperatures remain cold. In fact, it's a very cold morning here with temperatures remaining at around -4C mid morning. It'll be minus double figures up there.

Snow clouds forecast to never be far away through into New Year now, though it does seem to be a case that it should be variable conditions each day rather than full on blizzard.

Weather conditions seem to be affecting a few lifts this morning including the top Grat quad lift at Happo-one and the top part of the Gondola and top Tsuga Number 2 lift at Tsugaike Kogen. Lifts at 47/Goryu seem to be operating as normal and not affected.

In resort news, nighta operations start today on the Nakiyama runs of Happo-one.

Official snow depth numbers and operations (as of 28th December 2013):

Hakuba Goryu:
Reporting 1cm of new snowfall at Iimoro, 3cm at Toomi and 20cm up top.
Upper - 250cm
Toomi - 140cm
Iimori - 85cm

Hakuba 47:
Reporting 10-15cm of new snowfall.
Upper - 170cm
Lower - 60cm

Reporting 0cm on Usagidaira (wind blown) and 2cm at base.
Usagidaira - 215cm
Nakiyama - 45cm
Sakka - 80cm

Hakuba Iwatake:
Upper - 185cm
Lower - 75cm

Tsugaike Kogen:
Tsuganomori - 250cm
Maruyama - 100cm
Kanenonaruoka - 90cm

Hakuba Cortina:
Reporting 25-40cm of new snowfall.
Upper - 255cm
Lower - 135cm

Hakuba Minekata:
60cm   Read more ...

Yuzawa Now!

Saturday 28th December 2013, 10:30am
Weather conditions: Cloudy, clearings at times
New snowfall: 10cm
Snow depth: 105cm
Light snow yesterday but it didn't amount to much during the day though in the evening the snow started falling with a bit more conviction and there was 10cm or so on top of the car by late night.

Another 10cm or so overnight at town level and it has been continuing to snow this morning. Interesting actually because from time to time the sun seems to be close to breaking through the clouds and even at one point we had some clear blue skies over town, only to be clouded over quite quickly. Even with the sun shining through at times though, the snow has continued to fall lightly. It's a battle between the snow clouds and the sun. Could it clear up? Right now it feels like it may well do.

Kagura reporting 20cm of snowfall; Naeba 15-20cm; Maiko 15-20cm.

Still, the local forecast as it stands at the moment is for snowfall through today and all of tomorrow as well.

-2C degrees overnight and it hasn't budged since then, still standing at -2.

Windy conditions apparently in places this morning, enough to cause problems at Kagura. Some lifts were closed earlier but seem to be up and running now, though the Dragondola connecting Naeba and Tashiro is closed still. No other resorts seem to be affected.


Official resort snow depths @ Saturday 28th December 2013, 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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Zao Now!

Saturday 28th December 2013, 10:45am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: 130cm
It's a very cold morning in Zao. -5 degrees earlier and not much 'warmer' now!

Snow is falling adding to the 5cm that we got overnight and generally quite poor visibility on the mountain.

The forecast has little snowmen all nicely lined up all the way through into New Year now, so we should be getting consistent snowfall. Strong winds might be an issue, and indeed this morning there's a fairly strong wind out there but not enough to affect the lifts and gondolas (at time of writing).

Evening "light up' - Starto! (See yesterdays report if that is confusing!)

The photo below is of some baby Ice Monsters, taken on 26th December.


Official snow depths (28th December 13):
Utopia: 145cm
Chuo: 130cm
Paradise: 140cm
Uwanodai: 85cm   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Saturday 28th December 2013, 10:56am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 10cm
Snow depth: 100cm
It's still snowing. Good to see some resort areas add 10-20cm to their official snow depth nummbers as well this morning. I would say there was 15cm or so on the car this morning to move. Nice and cold too, wrap up well to get out and enjoy nice dry snow conditions. While we haven't had huge snowfalls, we have been getting these consistent topups and it's building up nicely. Not that we'd say no to a huge snowfall of course.

We are expecting less snow over the next few days, though we might get the occasional snow shower. Next Years Day looks interesting though with a good chance around then of heavy snow along with stormy windy conditions.


Resort info and lift operations (as of Saturday 28th December 2013, 9am):

Sun Valley:





Hoppo Bundaira:

Takamagahara Mammoth:


Ichinose Family:


Ichinose Diamond:


Okushiga Kogen:

Kumanoyu (skiers only):

95cm   Read more ...

SnowJapan Daily 'Now' reports

Niseko Now
19th Nov, 13:33pm
Myoko Now
19th Nov, 12:56pm
Shiga Kogen Now
19th Nov, 9:24
Yuzawa Now
16th Nov, 12:39pm
Hakuba Now
16th Nov, 10:48
Madarao Now
16th Nov, 10:21
Nozawa Onsen Now
13th Nov, 9:34
Zao Now
07th Nov, 7:27
Grandeco Now
19th Oct, 14:51am
Furano Now
06th May, 9:04am
Naeba Now
06th May, 8:28am
Minakami Now
06th May, 8:27am
Appi Kogen Now
06th May, 8:04
Geto Kogen Now
06th May, 8:01