Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 30th May 2020

Yuzawa Now!

Tuesday 29th March 2011, 7:20am
Weather conditions: Sun
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Yesterday the sun was out all day and very fine conditions... this morning from early on we have much the same with bright blue skies out there. It was a cold night again though not quite as cold as the one before and the temperature should rise to around +7 degrees today in Yuzawa. There's a bit more of a wind blowing about but nothing that should affect the lifts that are moving.

Might see cloud moving in later on today and then tomorrow a chance of light rain.

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 @ Tuesday 29th 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 ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Tuesday 29th March 2011, 7:25am
Weather conditions: Bright and sunny
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
After another cold night we awake to sunny skies once again over Nozawa. Things are a bit more overcast-looking than yesterday looking to the distance but it should be another fine day until later on when clouds will probably be moving in.

We might be on the receiving end of a few spots of rain tonight/tomorrow, hopefully if things are cold enough it might come down as snow but nothing major.

In the meantime we're looking at a maximum of around 7 degrees in the village today, so another mild day.

Lifts operating until Monday 4th 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 ...

Naeba Now!

Tuesday 29th March 2011, 7:30am
Weather conditions: Sun, blue skies
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
A fantastic day on the slopes yesterday for the few venturing out with blue skies, mild temperatures, decent snow and fine views.

This morning is starting off blue skies and sunny once again though perhaps more of a duller feel to the skies. Here in Naeba the hotel buildings are casting great big shadows onto the lower slopes of the mountain.

It will be a mild day with a high of around +6 at the base of Naeba once things warm up after the chilly night.

Tonight there is a chance that we might have some light snowfall on upper slopes but it is unlikely to bring us much in the way of fresh cm, more like a dusting.

Operations at Naeba and Kagura are as follows (29th March):

- No 3 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 Pair
- Kagura Gondola
- Kagura No1 Quad
- 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:



Kagura plans to be open until 22nd May.   Read more ...

Furano Now!

Tuesday 29th March 2011, 9:08am
Weather conditions: Fine
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
It is a glorious day here in Furano. We are surrounded by blue skies and mild temperatures. The daytime temperatures will be well above zero today so expect a soft snow pack out on the mountain. In the upper part of the resort, roads that have not been visible for months are slowly starting to show their tar seal again. The spring melt will be progressive but slow, but it has started. There should be some great spring skiing ahead over the next month. Operating lifts will be open from 9am - 4pm.   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Tuesday 29th March 2011, 12:57pm
Weather conditions: Bluebird day with reaonably strong winds up high
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Beautiful bluebird Spring day up this way. The wind up high is still quite strong but all lifts are still running, a couple of them slowed though. No new snow since last report and the mountain is moving back into Spring conditions after the powder from the last week. Still an excellent cover on all slopes. Looks like we'll enter April with a cover up top close to 4m. The average over the last 13 seasons is around 3.5m so although it's not been a huge snowfall season the cover has held up very well due mostly to the lack of any major rain events since December.

Current Official Snow Depths:

Grand Hirafu:
Top - 400
Bottom - 190

Niseko Village:
Top - 390
Bottom - 180

Top - 400
Bottom - 190

Avalanche Information:

This season's Niseko Avalanche Information is finished

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Myoko Now!

Tuesday 29th March 2011, 14:18pm
Weather conditions: Clear with clouds beginning to move in from noon
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Another nice sunny morning in Myoko, although a few clouds have begun to move in through the day. The days are starting out cold, although the sun is nice and warm in the afternoon. Nice weather to be out, and there are of course places to keep on doing it. And we could have more snow coming in the next few days, and into the next week.

It's a great time for cross country (let's say light Nordic) skiing, too, and there are a lot of places around here to do a little gliding through the trees. The trusty chocolate Labrador loved it today; she's old enough that she won't fight powder on a forest hike, but she likes it when the snow firms up, which it did today. It's a great way to have some time on skis but also with yourself.... If you don't feel good about going to a resort in these troubled times, do yourself a favor and take a snow hike (oh, yeah, stay at a local hotel and help the whole economy, too!).

Open Ski Resorts

Akakan (Akakura Kanko):
Sky Cable gondola, Hotel No. 3.

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

No. 3 and 5 lifts open. Open until 4/3.

Current Official Snow Depths:

Akakan (Akakura Kanko):

Seki Onsen:

200cm   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Tuesday 29th March 2011, 17:24pm
Weather conditions: Cloud, fine
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
A late report today and also sorry for not mentioning that the Hakuba Iwatake resort is now closed - they brought the closing date forward by one week.

Conditions today have been changeable. At times sunny, at times blue skies, but always a fair bit of cloud in the sky... the backdrop of mountains sometimes visible and looking as awesome as ever, and sometimes covered in cloud. It was fairly mild from early on in the morning and turned into a fairly warm one with a high of around 8 degrees this afternoon. Tonight will probably get cold once again before a day tomorrow that looks like it may well turn out to be similar to today.

No new snow on the week forecast by the looks.

Official snow depths and operations @ Tuesday 29th March AM:

Hakuba Goryu:
Toomi No 2 lift is closed on weekdays.
Alps No2 and No4 lifts are closed.
No nighta.
Alps daira - 275cm;
Toomi - 130cm;
Iimori - 100cm.

Hakuba 47:
All lifts except Line D lift operating, some courses will remain ungroomed.
Snow depth (upper) - 210cm.

Largely open and the Gondola is now operating again. Shirakaba area closed.
No nighta.
Usagidaira/Kurobishi - 200cm;
Sakka - 60cm

Tsugaike Kogen:
Limited lift operations but the Gondola should is operating so a large area still open.
Snow depth - 320cm
Champion - 210cm

Hakuba Cortina:
Lifts No2 and No4 operating.
Upper - 355cm
Lower - 215cm

Hakuba Iwatake:
Resort is now closed for the season.

Hakuba Sanosaka:
Resort is now closed for the season.

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 ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Tuesday 29th March 2011, 17:43pm
Weather conditions: Cloudy after a clear start to the day
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
This morning the sun was out and it was another really nice spring morning. Since then it has clouded over quite a lot and

We might get a dusting of snow later on in the day tomorrow and into Thursday but it is unlikely to give us anything more than a few cm at most. It's still pretty cold for late March I would say and conditions holding up really well for the time of year. More sun and clearer skies lined up for Friday as the forecast stands right now.

Official resort snow depths as of 29th March 2011 AM:

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

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