Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 26th May 2019

Furano Now!

Sunday 2nd February 2014, 3:19am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 10cm
Snow depth: 200cm
Late report after a star day yesterday of powder and a warm day today.

Great conditions for the weekend but the winds have picked up again this afternoon. These are the same winds we saw briefly last night.

We have had a good steady flow of powder over the weekend but with warmer conditions it doesn't add to the base.

Snow showers should continue into the night and with luck the winds will disappear again for tomorrow but there is a chance of persistence.


Operating lifts:
Kitanomine Gondola 9:00am-3:40pm
Kitanomine high speed quad 8:30am-8:00pm
Kitanomine #2 chair 8:45am-3:40pm

Link Lift 9:00am-3:40pm

Furano Ropeway 8:30am-3:40pm
Furano Downhill Swift Lift #1 9:00am-8:00pm
Downhill Romance #2 chair 8:45am-3:40pm
Downhill Romance #3 chair 9:00am-3:40pm
Prince Romance 8:30am - 4:00pm

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Zao Now!

Sunday 2nd February 2014, 9:44am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 195cm
A cloudy morning in Zao.

Warm too with temperatures into low positive numbers, even on the mountain.

Going to be a warm mid-winters day here, and we're hoping we can escape any rainfall.

Winter will we all hope be back on Tuesday.


Official snow depths (2nd February 14):
Utopia: 250cm
Chuo: 195cm
Paradise: 225cm
Uwanodai: 140cm   Read more ...

Minakami Now!

Sunday 2nd February 2014, 10:00am
Weather conditions: Overcast
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 240cm
Temps yesterday reached 8 deg C with the forecast looking to top that today with a high of 10 deg C. Feels like spring!

There may also be a brief spell of rain around midday before the sun shows itself for the afternoon.

Another warm day tomorrow followed by a cold snap over Tuesday and Wednesday, forecast to bring fresh snow to Minakami.


240cm @ Tenjin
40m @ valley   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Sunday 2nd February 2014, 10:20am
Weather conditions: Mostly cloud, some clearings
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 135cm
So far so good this morning, just cloudy so far with blue sky here and there. It is warm was forecast though and at 10am the resort is posting temps of +5C on upper slopes and +4C on lower slopes. Feels like a spring kind of day basically - weather and snow conditions.

We are just hoping that rain can hold off, or at least keep to a minimum. Onegai shimasu!

Enough of today, looking forward to a return to winter conditions and Monday night onwards seems to be when that will happen still.


Sunday 2nd February 2014:

Official snow depths:
Yamabiko - 250cm
Uenotaira - 210cm
Hikage - 135cm
Nagasaka - 125cm
Karasawa - 90cm

All lifts operating

All courses open except:
Kandahar East
Kandahar West
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Myoko Now!

Sunday 2nd February 2014, 10:32am
Weather conditions: Mostly sunny, but with clouds moving in from the west
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 200cm
I am happy to say that it is not (yet) raining (much) in Myoko.

It's sunny, mostly, which I guess is nice, but it's also way too much like spring, which worries us.

The official temperature at Akakan this morning was 5, but the car and the illuminated temperature sign down in town have it currently at 11. Add on a pretty strong wind from the west, and we're watching snowpack getting eaten right before our eyes. The clouds also keep racing in from the west, so that predicted rain might fall at any time.

An interesting local fact: the people here grumble when the snow falls all the time (the more normal condition here), but they're worried now when we don't have a lot of snow and they can't use their heavy machinery. The guys may complain, but they secretly like messing about with big diesel-powered snow movers and making perfect snow walls and clear parking areas. They need more snow to feel complete - as do the ski areas, who are not posting the actual decline in snowpack.

Winter looks like it might return later Monday into Tuesday. Fingers crossed.


Official info:

Akakura Kanko:

Akakura Onsen:


Myoko Suginohara:

Seki Onsen:

Myoko Ski Park:

Myoko Kyukamura Runrun


Tangram Ski Circus
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Niseko Now!

Sunday 2nd February 2014, 10:45am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 2cm
Snow depth: 190cm
Sorry for the late report this morning.

There's just a thin layer of new snowfall to report this morning.

After the windy conditions of yesterday - it's somewhat calmer this morning, though still a moderate wind is affecting the top lifts at Niseko Grand Hirafu and Niseko Village as of mid morning. Earlier on this morning the sun was making an appearance and there was only a light wind, but it has clouded over and snow and windy conditions are forecast for the rest of the day.

Having said that, it's a relatively mild day after it being really cold overnight. Should get colder again from tomorrow though and snow is lined up on the forecast for at least the first half of the week.


Niseko Avalanche Report

Niseko base 6am: -11, no new snow in last 12 hrs. Moiwa 800m: -12C, trace new snow, snow drift development eased. Annupuri 1150m: -11C, trace new snow. Hirafu 1000m: -11, 10cm new snow. Annupuri peak 1308m: -12.6C, wind WSW7.6m/s. Cape Benkei: SSE10m/s, Cape Kamui: wind calm, wave 1.1m, pressure 1013hPa.

The strong winds for the last 2 days have dropped in the last 10 hrs and new snowdrifts are starting to stabilise. The overall avalanche risk is beginning to fall however around 1000m Kozen no sawa, Osawa, Higashione (east ridge) cornice slope, the risk of slabs fracturing continues. Also on south facing slopes below 850m the risk continues from Jan 28-29 layer. Peak gates are expected to open today. Please listen to the patrols advice before exiting the gates. The snow is good. The 2nd Feb layer is expected to become a notable layer in future snow pack due to surface frost. Pay attention to the snow conditions, heavily wind effected slopes are not good riding, take care falling. Dont traverse under cornices. Dont set off any avalanches. Switch on your beacon. Have a nice day.


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

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 400cm
Base - 190cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 345cm
Base - 230cm

Top - 280cm
Base - 210cm   Read more ...

Madarao Now!

Sunday 2nd February 2014, 10:54am
Weather conditions: Cloud, some clearings
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 190cm
A warm morning in Madarao, as expected.

It has been quite a bright morning though - lots of cloud but blue sky as well and nothing falling from the skies. Can we go the day without anything falling? Would be good as with the temperatures as they are, it wouldn't be snow! Tomorrow should be not quite as warm, but still borderline if liquid will fall or not.

On a happier note, from Tuesday it will get colder and we can expect some nice snow. Yes, that's what we want.


Operating lifts:

Number 1
Number 2
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 should be open.

Nighta every Saturday night until 22nd March.
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Yuzawa Now!

Sunday 2nd February 2014, 11:00am
Weather conditions: Mostly cloudy, some blue sky
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 150cm
We were of course worried about the forecast for today, but so far we're doing ok. Well, in avoiding rain anyway. It's about +6 degrees here as I write this with a high approaching 10 degrees forecast. While that's obviously too warm, we are for the moment avoiding rain. Actually there's even some blue sky above us at the moment. Quite a lot of cloud around, but blue sky over the town now. Looks like very nice clear blue skies over Naeba just a bit earlier.

The local forecast even seems to be giving us a break with the 'r' word today, but just pushed it back to tomorrow.

Hopefully it will be back to more winter-like weather conditions from Tuesday with colder temperatures and snow forecast now.


Official resort snow depths @ Sunday 2nd February 2014, AM:
Kagura (Tashiro):
Kagura (Mitsumata):
NASPA Ski Garden:
Gala Yuzawa:
Yuzawa Kogen:
Yuzawa Nakazato:
Yuzawa Park:
Maiko Snow Resort:
Ishiuchi Maruyama:
Joetsu Kokusai:
210cm   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Sunday 2nd February 2014, 11:11am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 155cm
It's not the best of mornings here, and I think some may well be testing out the local hot springs rather than get up on the mountain.

It has been a cloudy morning and... well, it's wet. It was sleet earlier but since then, evil rain has been doing it's thing as temperatures rise. It was only down to about -2 degrees overnight, +1 degree as of 9am and a high of about +10 degrees forecast for later this afternoon.

We are hopeful that it will clear up this afternoon though.

While tomorrow should not be quite as warm, there's chance of rain/sleet again I'm afraid. :(

Snow. We want snow. When's the snow coming? Tuesday looks like the answer to that.


Official snow depth numbers and operations (as of 2nd February 2014):

Hakuba Goryu:
Reporting 0cm of new snowfall.
Upper - 275cm
Toomi - 155cm
Iimori - 140cm

Hakuba 47:
Reporting 0cm of new snowfall.
Upper - 250cm
Lower - 85cm

Reporting 0cm of new snowfall.
Usagidaira - 220cm
Nakiyama - 60cm
Sakka - 75cm

Hakuba Iwatake:
Upper - 200cm
Lower - 60cm

Tsugaike Kogen:
Tsuganomori - 310cm
Maruyama - 120cm
Kanenonaruoka - 120cm

Hakuba Cortina:
Reporting 0cm of new snowfall.
Upper - 290cm
Lower - 150cm

Hakuba Minekata:
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Shiga Kogen Now!

Sunday 2nd February 2014, 11:25am
Weather conditions: Cloud, some blue sky in places
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 140cm
It's not often in mid winter when the temps rise above zero in Shiga Kogen, but that's where we are this morning.

It's feeling way too spring-like for everyone's liking. While it isn't actually raining here in Maruike when I write this, the roads are looking wet from the melting snow and there's puddles here and there. Not good.

Cloudy mostly, but I was just over in Kumanoyu area and there was some blue sky over there. It was rather quiet though for a Sunday.

So let's shake ourselves out of this sorrow and look forward to a return to winter which will be.... Tuesday? For a few days of colder tems and snowfall. There's sun lined up after that at the end of the week on the current forecast but different to this weekend it should be keeping colder.


Official snow depth data, as of Sunday 2nd February 2014, 9am):

Sun Valley:





Hoppo Bundaira:

Takamagahara Mammoth:


Ichinose Family:


Ichinose Diamond:


Okushiga Kogen:

Kumanoyu (skiers only):

170cm   Read more ...

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