Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 28th May 2018

Naeba Now!

Tuesday 29th January 2013, 9:17am
Weather conditions: Mostly cloudy
New snowfall: 20cm
Snow depth: 250cm
Well I can't say I was expecting this, misled by those naughty forecasts, but in this case it's a good thing.

Let's 40cm new snowfall!

Yep, Kagura boasting 40cm new up there.

Here in Naeba it's more like 20cm but still a decent new cover to enjoy.

There's a bit of wind up there and early on the upper slope at Naeba are not open because of those winds but the No2 Gondola and Dragondola look set to be moving. Looks like it's just the top lift at the time of writing.

Interestingly, Kagura seems to be open as normal.

Conditions still likely to clear gradually and finer weather along with mild conditions towards the end of the week.


Big news for all you 'top lift at Kagura' fans. They usually open it from March but this season the resort has announced that it is going to be open much earlier than usual --- Friday 1st February in fact. That's this coming Friday! Yikes. Good news. It's official name is Kagura Number 5 Romance lift. Let's Romance!


Official resort snow depth:
Naeba - 250cm
Kagura - 370cm   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Tuesday 29th January 2013, 9:38am
Weather conditions: Clear and sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 400cm
No new snow to report from Niseko this morning.

And a beautiful morning it is too. The sun is out, blue skies all around, a cute little fluffy cloud thing going on over the summit of Mt Yotei. All is calm. Well actually there's a bit more wind this morning than yesterday, but not enough to cause the lifts any problems and it looks like the resorts on the mountain are all open and operating as normal. All I can see at the moment is King Number 3 lift at Niseko Grand Hirafu opeating at a reduced speed, but apart from that...

Looking at one of the local forecasts here, it says cloud and light snow at times. Hmmm, well, that's wrong. Perhaps it will cloud over later on and snow is expected tomorrow though I wouldn't expect anythig major.

That one day aside, it has been a relatively 'dry' week or so here. The January 2013 snow fall for Kutchan town announced by JMA stands at 254cm. The number for the whole of January 2012 was 290cm and so if we want to 'beat' last year then we could do with another 36cm. Always good to beat previous years.

Yesterday was a fine day outside, but of course the talk was all about the two incidents on the mountain mentioned in the report - apparently they were both totally seperate accidents. It is sobering to hear of such stories and perhaps a chance for people to keep in their mind the potential dangers out on the mountain as well as all the excitement of the fun to be had. Take care.


Official Resort Snow Depths

Grand Hirafu & Niseko Hanazono
Top - 400cm
Bottom - 180cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 330cm
Bottom - 230cm

Niseko Village
Top - 375cm
Bottom - 220cm

Avalanche Information:

Niseko base 6am: -9C, no snowfall and calm morning. Moiwa 800m: -10C, clear. Annupuri peak: NW9.7m/s, -13.2C. Annupuri 1000m snowpack: 330cm.

According to data evaluation and observations, the general avalanche risk is low. Peak gates are scheduled to open at 9:30am. Follow the ski patrol instruction when stepping out of the gates.

Regrettable accidents of people falling in cracks are successively happening. Cracks are hardly visible from above and sometimes are hidden with a thin layer of snow. Many hazards are naturally present in the out of bounds areas, everyone who wants to enjoy skiing/riding these places must be conscious of the existence of these natural traps. The progress in the gears’ performance is only valuable when accompanied by the skier/rider's skill improvement.

Niseko's freedom and safety of out of bounds skiing/riding, as well as the vitalization of Niseko's ski-tourism, can only be maintained by having a list of essential & honest Rules. Guides and village business people should realize that they are benefiting from the current Niseko Rule and should not make light of it. Ignorance is all for the worse. Have a nice day.   Read more ...

Madarao Now!

Tuesday 29th January 2013, 9:54am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: 220cm
Light snow falling in Madarao this morning and a few cm or so on the ground with the resort saying 5cm on the slopes.

In the last half hour or so the cloud seems to have lifted a bit from the lower area of the resort but the top half of the miuntain is still covered in cloud. Variable visibility out there this morning.

Clearer conditions likely over the next few days.

Lifts planned to be operating:
Number 1
Number 2
Number 3
Super quad
Number 5
Number 11
Number 12
Number 15
Kids Park
FreeRide Park
Powder Wave I
Powder Wave II
Powder Theater
Adventure   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Tuesday 29th January 2013, 10:18am
Weather conditions: Mostly cloudy
New snowfall: 10cm
Snow depth: 240cm
Beautiful weather yesterday in Zao, deep blue skies and the scenery looking just amazing. Good snow too.

10cm of snow greets us this morning in Zao and strong winds as well as heavy snow falling early on but it's less so now and I can even see some blue sky up there between the clouds. Snow is due today though so likely just a temporary thing.

Even so once these clouds do move on we have clearer conditions forecast for the rest of the week and things due to get warm too. Well, relatively warm anyway.

Official snow depths

Chuo Area



130cm   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Tuesday 29th January 2013, 10:27am
Weather conditions: Mostly cloudy
New snowfall: 10cm
Snow depth: 320cm
It's another snowy day here in Nozawa Onsen. Light flurries continued overnight producing 5cm up top and 10cm in the village. It looks like today will be yet another nice day with plenty of fresh tracks on offer and minimal crowds.

Yesterday saw great conditions across the mountain. Morning snow showers gave way to partly cloudy conditions. Lift lines were almost non-existent and the snow remained in great shape throughout, especially in the trees. The sun remained until just before last lifts when the snow clouds once again blew in obscuring the top half of the resort.

The current forecast looks like a real mixed bag. We are expecting sun, snow, rain and cloud over the next four days or so. Snow showers are possible for most of today and tomorrow before clearing to fine weather on Thursday. The predictions for Friday and Saturday are very warm temperatures with a freezing level of over 2000m. Some rain is possible during this time from an unwanted SW airstream. Luckily cold temperatures and snow are expected to arrive by Sunday putting a stop to the temporary spring-like conditions.

Lifts operating:
All lifts operating

Courses open:
All courses open except
Kandahar East
Kandahar West

Official snow depths




140cm   Read more ...

Minakami Now!

Tuesday 29th January 2013, 11:42am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 25cm
Snow depth: 300cm
Good Morning from Minakami

Another great morning with plenty of fresh snow to report today. It started snowing yesterday late in the night and this morning the results of that are about 25cm on the valley and up to 40cm at Tenjindaira. Poor visibility on the slopes, so take care out there.

The forecast tells us to expect some mild conditions towards the end of the week and perhaps some rain for the weekend.   Read more ...

Furano Now!

Tuesday 29th January 2013, 14:45pm
Weather conditions: Sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 150cm
A nice blue sky day again in Furano with the sun making an appearance for most of the morning and taking the edge off the chilly temperatures. The pistes are fairly firm today but have been well groomed overnight. There are still some good pockets of fresh powders to the sides of the main runs. There is some light snow on the forecast for tonight.   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Tuesday 29th January 2013, 15:13pm
Weather conditions: Clear and sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 330cm
Apologies for the late report today. Computer trouble.

The day started off again with quite a bit of cloud partly covering some deep blue skies behind it and the sun shining down on the village. The clouds have cleared up as the day has moved on and this afternoon we have had some amazing views of the mountain backdrop here. Incredible.

It wasn't too cold this morning and now around -1 in the village.

We are probably going to see more of the sun over the next few days and I think I mentioned that towards the end of the week it's going to warm up a fair bit. Let's hope not too much.


Official snow depths and operations @ Tuesday 29th January 2013:

Hakuba Goryu:
1cm of new snow reported up top from Hakuba Goryu this morning.
Official snow depths:
Alps daira - 330cm;
Toomi - 175cm;
Iimori - 140cm

Hakuba 47:
No new snowfall reported by Hakuba 47 this morning.
Official snow depth:
Upper - 235cm
Lower - 200cm

Official snow depth:
Usagidaira - 240cm
Nakiyama/Shirakaba - 150cm
Sakka - 140cm

Tsugaike Kogen:
Official snow depth:
Upper slopes - 310cm
Lower slopes - 150cm

Hakuba Cortina:
No new snow reported by Hakuba Cortina since yesterday.
Official snow depth:
Upper slopes - 340cm
Lower slopes - 215cm

Hakuba Iwatake:
Official snow depth:
Upper slopes - 210cm
Lower slopes - 120cm

Hakuba Sanosaka:
Official snow depth:

Hakuba Minekata:
130cm   Read more ...

Yuzawa Now!

Tuesday 29th January 2013, 19:28pm
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 2cm
Snow depth: 215cm
Very sorry for the lateness of this report today. We have had a few technical issues today that has affected some of our reports.

Anyway, it has generally been a snowy day here. Not the kind that gives us lots of new cm on the ground, more like a dusting. It has eased off for now this evening and currently about 0C.

The Naeba Now report mentioned this earlier on today, but Kagura have announced that the top No5 pair lift at the resort will be open from this Friday. That's way earlier than usual and good news because it opens up a really fun area. It's going to be strange being up there at the beginning of February, but I think it will be a popular decision.

Cloud and light snow forecast for tomorrow so perhaps similar to today. And then sun on Thursday.

Official resort snow depths @ Tuesday 29th January 2013, AM:
Kandatsu Kogen:
NASPA Ski Garden:
Gala Yuzawa:
Yuzawa Kogen:
Yuzawa Nakazato:
Yuzawa Park:
Maiko Snow Resort:
Ishiuchi Maruyama:
Joetsu Kokusai:
200cm   Read more ...

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