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Hakuba Now!

Tuesday 2nd February 2010, 8:33am
Weather conditions: Overcast
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Not a lot of snow overnight with only a dusting on cars in Hakuba village and Goryu reporting 10cms fresh on top. Temperatures were cold overnight so snow will be in fine condition for those who get it and will pack down nice on the groomers adding to the solid base we have on all resorts.

Today is the first day in what is forecast to be a week of flurries with cloud forecast through today and snow beginning in the evening and continuing through the week.

Hakuba is currently sitting under cloudy skies with dust falling and no wind to speak of, -6 degrees at resort top and -2 degrees in the village.

Avalanche Observations 1st Feb 2010:

Happo Sawa 1800m ~2000m Multiple (5) Size 1.5~2‚ S on NE aspect in steep gully terrain. Bed surface ice crust. New storm snow released NATURAL on seemingly cross loaded gully features during the night or at first light. Debris ran to middle of run out.

Karamatsusawa‚ 1200m Multiple size 1‚ L on S aspect and 1 size 2‚ S to the ground just above ski out at usual ski change up area below summer access road to water reservoir. Could have been dangerous as it is a high use area.

Kuzurisawa‚ Multiple size 1‚ L on S aspect and some old size 2‚ S on S aspect at 1600m-1200m.


CTHB(27)down 90cm on DF size 1 on NE aspect at 2200m on 33 degree slope. Hand test showed easier results and seemed more sudden.


There is still a solid wind slab over lighter density snow down 50cm ~ 90cm‚ on N and NE aspects that could still pose a problem‚ but things seem to be bonding quickly. There is‚ however‚ still the chance to get surprised by big slabs on big terrain features in steep stressed areas.

S and E aspects are experiencing a lot of glide cracks. It is possible that the moist snow on the ground is continuing to slide and dry slab on top is being stressed and could fracture due to this phenomena and continue to S avalanche when unexpected.

Travel advisory:

Stay to supported planar terrain features when possible and avoid steep side loaded terrain‚ large convexities‚ steep solar radiated rocks and trees as well as cornices. Watch out for wide glide cracks and holes in the snow.

Official resort snow depths on 2nd Feb 10:

110cm (Shirakaba)
125cm (Sakka/Kitaone)
300cm (Kurobishi/Usagidaira)
Hakuba Goryu:
150cm (Iimori)
165cm (Toomi)
315cm (Alps daira)
Hakuba 47:
Tsugaike Kogen:
170cm (Kanenonaruoka)
145cm (Maruyama)
360cm (Tsuganomori)
Hakuba Iwatake:
150cm (Shomen)
250cm (Sancho)
Sun Alpina Sanosaka:
Hakuba Minekata:
170cm   Read more ...

Yuzawa Now!

Tuesday 2nd February 2010, 9:45am
Weather conditions: Clear blue skies, sunny
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Hmmm, we were expecting something a bit different this morning.

After a rather wet and drizzly day yesterday, it turned into snow in the evening and we thought we might be on for a decent snowfall... but we have maybe 5cm at most this morning and whats more the clouds have totally moved on and it is clear blue skies all around early on! Resorts are reporting a bit more with Kagura saying 10cm of fresh snow.

So it is going to be a fine day but clouds are forecast to move back in later on in the day. We were of course told of heavy snow tonight and into tomorrow. That forecast seems to have eased off somewhat now but we still have snow forecast for tonight and basically until Saturday, with the heaviest around Friday. But these things change of course so lets just hope that we get a decent snowfall this week.

It is currently -1 degrees in Yuzawa but should be colder tomorrow.

Official resort snow depths @ 2nd Feb 10, AM:
Mt Naeba:
Kagura - Tashiro:
GALA Yuzawa:
Kandatsu Kogen:
NASPA Ski Garden:
Yuzawa Kogen:
Yuzawa Park:
Yuzawa Nakazato:
Kayama Captain Coast:
220cm   Read more ...

Minakami Now!

Tuesday 2nd February 2010, 9:50am
Weather conditions: Blue sky
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Another beautiful day here today. Blue skies all around and the sun is out and slowly trying to bring the temperature up after a brutally cold night. The walk to work was almost entirely on ice this morning.

Yesterdays's threatening clouds just hung about for most of the day but in the late afternoon/early evening light rain began to fall for an hour or so before gradually turning to snow for the rest of the night. There was a light dusting at valley level this morning (just enough to hide some of the ice) and the resorts are reporting about 10cm of fresh on top of a pretty hard base.   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Tuesday 2nd February 2010, 9:50am
Weather conditions: Sun, slight cloud
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
We did get snow later on in the day yesterday and this morning there is perhaps I'd say 10-15cm or so of new snow to play in. It is a cold morning, -8 degrees here in Maruike (and Kumanoyu reporting -11), but the sun is out and we are looking set to have another fine and sunny day. The new snow is most welcome and after today we seem to be in for a run of cloudy and snowy days in the region, so a good day to get out there and make the most of the clear skies.

Decent snowfall hopefully to come from tomorrow through until perhaps the weekend and I hope to report the start of that tomorrow.

The official snow depths might not be moving, but there's freshies to play in!

Nighta this evening planned at the following resort areas:

- Ichinose Family

Official resort snow depths as of 2nd February 10:

Sun Valley:
Ichinose Family:
Ichinose Diamond:
Okushiga Kogen:
200cm   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Tuesday 2nd February 2010, 9:50am
Weather conditions: Snowing
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
The temperature remained very cool throughout yesterday even with the occassional sunny break. Overnight the temperature at village level remained at around -10 and is still sitting on that this morning. Up high near the peak temperatures aren't much above -20. There's been 5-10cm of very light and dry snow since last report and winds overnight and this morning have remained light. Currently it is snowing pretty heavily. Later today though the winds will pick up and plenty more snow is expected. If you're heading up high be aware of rapidly changing weather conditions and the chance of frostbite on exposed skin. Best to get up there early and enjoy the relative calm whilst it lasts.
It's likely to remain very cold and windy for the next day or so and snow is expected to continue right through the weekend.
January ended up being a good month with around 6m of snow falling up on the mountain and only one day where barely a few mm's of rain fell. There were plenty of powder days and with cold and snowy weather continuing it looks like we'll be getting plenty more.

Current Official Snow Depths:

Grand Hirafu:
Top - 300
Bottom - 190

Niseko Village:
Top - 340
Bottom - 200

Top - 295
Bottom - 200

Avalanche Information:

Niseko Avalanche Info No.49

Moiwa base 6am: -11℃, 5cm of new snow mostly around 21:00.
Coastal data: 8m/s NNW at Benkei cape, 5m/s W, 1.5m waves and 1012 hp at Kamui cape.
The wind is predicted to pick up this afternoon above 1000m sue to incoming cold air.
Hirafu patrol peak report 7am: NW28m/s and -18℃.
According to data analysis, weather transition and observations, the avalanche risk is relatively low today.
Peak gates are scheduled to open at 9:30, however may close depending on lift operations or weather conditions.
Strong gales are expected above 1200m, beware of frostbites.
The opening/closing of gates are based on the overall evaluation of potential risks. Minimum Rules need to be respected by everyone in order to minimize the risks of accidents, especially in places like Niseko where many people gather.

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Naeba Now!

Tuesday 2nd February 2010, 9:55am
Weather conditions: Clear sunny blue skies
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
The sun has got his hat on this morning and hip hip hip hooray there is 10cm or so of snow up at Kagura for lucky people out there today to play in! A bit surprisingly, the sun is out too and it's one of those blue sky days with hardly a cloud to see. The slopes are looking very inviting and also rather empty as I write this before 10am. Top day to be out there.

The clouds should be back though later on today and probably - hopefully - we will see more snowfall tomorrow and through into the weekend with colder temperatures once again. 40cm or so before the weekend? Would be nice. Watch this space!

Official Snow Depths:



Kagura (Tashiro):
290cm   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Tuesday 2nd February 2010, 10:00am
Weather conditions: Fair, clear
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Yesterday was a generally fine day with more clouds later on in the day and overnight we have a few cm of fresh snow on the ground. It is a fine morning here but the forecast is for snow clouds to move in fast today and by the end of the day it will very likely be snowing. It is a cold morning, currently -7 in the village and colder on the mountain, and it looks like we are in for some very cold temperatures over the coming few days, so back to more mid-winter like conditions.

Official snow depths on the resort:

Chuo area:

Paradise area:

Utopia area:
220cm   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Tuesday 2nd February 2010, 10:57am
Weather conditions: Relatively warm conditions with blue skies and light winds.
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
The snow is on it's way!

A magic Blue Bird day here in Nozawa with a dusting overnight. There is around 10cm or so up top.

One of the guys had a late night run last night and said was very nice powder running over the boots.

Temps are set to drop tonight and heavy snow is forecast later in the week with consistent falls expected through until Sunday.

With the already well established base in place should make for excellent conditions.

Current Official Snow Depths Numbers:




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Furano Now!

Tuesday 2nd February 2010, 10:58am
Weather conditions: Snowing lightly
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Not alot in the way of new snow overnight at around 2cm - lets call it a dusting. The weather started off veeery cold this morning which is likely to cause problems for those with gloves of questionable quality, or those who insist on going out without a hat. The mountain has been beautifully groomed and this will be well appreciated by those who love to carve perfect turns. If the clear conditions hold up night skiing will provide a stunning view of the city night lights.
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Myoko Now!

Tuesday 2nd February 2010, 16:49pm
Weather conditions: Sunny day; clouds and winds moving in
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Red sun in morning....sailors might take warning, but we're looking ahead toward some good snow ahead. I was up in the mountains early this morning (hence a delayed report), and we could watch the barometer fall and the first flakes start falling. Now, just before 5, winds have become to rush down Mt. Myoko, and the peaks are covered in white.

The local forecasts are for blizzard-like conditions in the morning, and it has that feel right now. I'll post early in the morning, so if the winds are high and the lifts look likely to close, you'll have a heads-up.

Backcountry: lots of layers in the snow, but hard to say what's happening. Some fairly easy shears at 25cm and 45 cm today, but solid on compression tests. As always, watch the steep slopes (i.e. too far south on Maeyama — stick to the north-side ridge on the main face, particularly if we do get a heavy fall.

Current Official Snow Depths:

Akakura Onsen:

Akakan (Akakura Kanko):


Myoko Suginohara:

Seki Onsen:

Myoko Ski Park:



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