Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 1st April 2018

Naeba Now!

Wednesday 2nd April 2008, 7:29am
Weather conditions: Blue sky with clouds
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Zero degrees again at the moment this morning. The wind is still up at the moment which was a bit unexpected, the sun is out and beaming it's lovely rays across our fresh white winter (or rather spring) wonderland. It snowed for pretty much most of the day yesterday though not so heavily at times, excluding a 30 minute period which put a decent 7cm on the windscreen during a mountain ramen scoffing session. No Dragondola today.   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Wednesday 2nd April 2008, 8:59am
Weather conditions: Blue Skies
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Absolutely glorious day today in Nozawa with clear blue skies
The Gondola was closed yesterday due to high winds so the big dump we recieved yesterday will be untracked
So awesome day to hit the slopes
More snow forecast for tonight so should be in for a great few days

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Myoko Now!

Wednesday 2nd April 2008, 9:00am
Weather conditions: SUNNY
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
The winds have subsided and the sun has come out to play. A sudden change from yesterday's blizzard, and so you've got avalanche warnings popping up across the board. A great day to go to the snowboard parks, but there's still fresh soft snow on the courses to enjoy.It's the best of both today, but will turn back into that slush of March by tomorrow.

The pick today is Suginohara: wide courses with well-groomed, fresh snow today. And the crowds of the weekend aren't around.

Your Myoko area levels for today:
280cm (Akakura Kanko Resort);
270cm (Akakura Onsen);
165cm (Ikenotaira);
210cm on the bottom (Suginohara);
535cm!(Seki Onsen);
160cm (Madarao Tangram Ski Circus);
165cm (Madarao Sympathique);
165cm (Madarao Kogen);
260cm (Myoko Ski Park);
155cm (Togakushi);
165cm (Kurohime);
115cm (Iizuna Resort)   Read more ...

Minakami Now!

Wednesday 2nd April 2008, 9:06am
Weather conditions: Clear and sunny
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Patches of blue sky this morning with no wind at present and a temperature of 5 deg C. The forecast is for a high of 10 deg C with sun throughout the day. The next 4 days look very similar with temperature starting to increase again from tomorrow, mostly sunny with some cloudy periods.

There is currently 20 cm of very wet snow on the ground at the valley level with around 40cm of fresh snow above 1300m.

Backcountry Advisory
Be wary of wet slides and large glide cracks (crevasse) opening up, especially on convex roll on South faces.

Avalanche Hazard:
Alpine: Moderate
Tree Line: Low
Below Tree line: Low   Read more ...

Yuzawa Now!

Wednesday 2nd April 2008, 9:23am
Weather conditions: Sun, cloud
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
It's a fine morning, a bit of cloud and overcast early on but that seems to be clearing up now and the sun is out. It should rise to around +9 degrees here today. The winds have calmed down since yesterday and there is just a slight breeze at the moment.

While there is nothing new on the ground here in the town, Kagura are once again reporting new snow - 20cm since last night according to their official report. The same report also gives the snow depth as 310cm - unchanged since yesterday. They couldn't open the lifts up there yesterday and so the snow over the last two days should be good this morning. Gala Yuzawa has had some new snow over the last few days as well and so conditions there should also be pretty good.

We should be looking for fine weather here tomorrow as well.   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Wednesday 2nd April 2008, 9:41am
Weather conditions: Sun, some cloud
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Today is a really great day to be out there.

The sun is out and not much cloud around and with the snow over the last few days conditions are good. Yokoteyama is reporting 15cm of snow yesterday and add that to what we had previously and it has really breathed some life back into the season.

Temperatures remain cold this morning though with the sun expect it to warm up a bit during the day.

Currently it is looking like tomorrow should also be fine weather.   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Wednesday 2nd April 2008, 9:55am
Weather conditions: Sunny
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
The sun is back out and temperatures are expected to rise to 5 degrees C in the village today but there is still a chill to the air. Winds are still quite strong this morning, the top lifts are not in operation at this point but will most probably open later today as the winds ease.

Light snow is forecast for the top half of the resort from tomorrow afternoon into tomorrow night.
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Hakuba Now!

Wednesday 2nd April 2008, 11:32am
Weather conditions: Blue Skies
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
The winds of yesterday have subsided and the skies have cleared for the lucky few who knew that the prank that the weather was playing on April fools would have them laughing with joy this morning. There is differing reports on snow depth across the valley as the winds deposited very differing amounts on the slopes. Mid mountain 1300m ~ 1500m saw the most accumulation and will be keeping cool on shaded slopes. Less wind in in the Norikura / Cortina area made for great turns yesterday but these lower slopes will be warming rapidly today. Higher Resort slopes have varying depths from 5 cm ~ 20cm of wind deposited fresh snow. Groomed runs are soft packed and comparable to mid season conditions once again. If you can get away for a day do so as the conditions are great and the weather spectacular.

All of the resorts will unfortunately be closing their bottom lifts after the week end but this is a big week end coming up for events and competitions on all of the big resorts.

Enjoy the New snow and the great spring events while you can.


Backcountry travel advisory:

The recent spring squalls that have deposited up to 1 metre of new snow on leeward slopes is a very big concern and should not be taken lightly. Slopes will be sliding easily and may produce very big slides inside and outside of ski area boundaries. there have been some very close calls in off piste and backcountry areas of late and end of season powder enthusiasts should be EXTREMELY CAUTIOUS as the new snow over riding March's isothermal spring thaw is VERY UNSTABLE. As temperatures rise expect skier/boarder triggered and natural avalanches on any slope of 30 degrees or more. Lower angle slopes that are solar radiated and under tension may also slide. It is advisable to stay to ridges, lower angled simple slopes and densely spaced trees on shaded slopes for the safest descents. If you are unsure of the stability of the slope you are looking to ride, don't risk it!

There are a lot of protruding rocks, gaping holes, big dirt patches that have been covered by the recent snow. Be especially careful on solar aspects and expect to see slides on them. Fluctuating temperatures have created crust and melt freeze conditions with fresh snow sitting on top that are not bonding well. Conditions are extremely varied and travel in the backcountry is not recommended today.

Avalanche Danger:

Below Tree Line: High

Tree Line: High

Alpine: High   Read more ...

Furano Now!

Wednesday 2nd April 2008, 12:07pm
Weather conditions: blue sky clear day
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Bluebird sunny spring morning with clear views across to the maginificent Tokachidake mountain range. No fresh snow today, but expect hard packed groomers sofetening before lunch. The temperature did not get much below freezing last night at the base, so soft snow early down low this morning.

Enjoy the spring skiing.

Looking forward there is a chance of some light snow Thursday evening.   Read more ...

SnowJapan Daily 'Now' reports

Madarao Now
16th Jul, 11:46pm
Grandeco Now
16th Jul, 11:27am
Niseko Now
16th Jul, 11:26am
Yuzawa Now
29th Jun, 17:50am
Furano Now
06th May, 9:04am
Hakuba Now
06th May, 9:02
Nozawa Onsen Now
06th May, 8:41
Shiga Kogen Now
06th May, 8:35
Myoko Now
06th May, 8:35am
Zao Now
06th May, 8:30am
Naeba Now
06th May, 8:28am
Minakami Now
06th May, 8:27am
Appi Kogen Now
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Geto Kogen Now
06th May, 8:01