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Nozawa Onsen Now!

Monday 2nd March 2009, 8:23am
Weather conditions: Snowing
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
It is snowing this morning in Nozawa Onsen. 25cm has fallen across the entire resort and in the village as well, and the snow is still falling. The snow depth has increased to 240cm up on Yamabiko and 180cm for Uenodaira. It is currently -2 degrees in the village and -8 up the top where there is a strong Northwesterly wind of around 25 km/h.

The wind should weaken throughout the day before turning Southwesterly by tomorrow morning. The snow should ease off this afternoon but is expected to return Tuesday and Wednesday evenings to top up the cover.

Finally, another dump - much needed to keep the resort covered, it has come at last!

All lifts will operate except Challenge, Utopia, Mizunashi and Yunomine.

All courses are open except Kurokura and Hachiman.

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Niseko Now!

Monday 2nd March 2009, 9:23am
Weather conditions: Snowing
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Yesterday was almost perfect with plenty of sunshine, light winds and fresh powder across the mountain. Overnight some snow started moving over the region and currently it is snowing fairly heavily. The snow should continue through much of the day and start clearing later in the evening. Overnight and tomorrow will remain mostly cloudy with only a few snow showers. It should be another great day up on the mountain with up to 50cm drifts overnight in higher parts of the bowls. Avalanche danger has increased a little but at this stage all gates look set to open.
Warmer weather is still expected from Wednesday with daytime temps getting above freezing at the base of the mountain and at this stage some rain is likely on Friday which should turn back to snow on Saturday.

Current Official Snow Depths:

Grand Hirafu:
Top - 380cm
Bottom - 170cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 380cm
Bottom - 180cm

Top - 440cm
Bottom - 200cm
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Hakuba Now!

Monday 2nd March 2009, 9:32am
Weather conditions: Cloudy with snow showers in the morning and sun in the afternoon.
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
We had a light snowfall last night, which is continuing into the morning with the sun due to poke it's head out a bit later in the day.

This snowfall has at least covered the dark brown mud patches that were starting to come through towards the bottom lifts of the mountains, however, we need a bit more to please the powder hounds that are hanging out for some freshies. The forecast predicts that there is still more snow on the way, probably falling heaviest on Tuesday afternoon.

For the past few days the sun has been shining, turning the snow to slush and tricking everyone onto thinking the season is all but over. People were pretty much out on the slopes in T-shirts and caked in sun-screen over the past couple of days, but the opposite applies today, wrap up warm with layers, always wear your sun-screen and enjoy a calm day with less people on the slopes and a fresh new white setting.

Winds will be light to moderate through-out the day coming from a south-easterly direction, and the visibility will be varied throughout the day. The day starting with low cloud and poor visibility, with the sun breaking through later in the day.

Official resort snow depths on 2nd Mar 09:
40cm (Shirakaba)
50cm (Sakka/Kitaone)
190cm (Kurobishi/Usagidaira)
Hakuba Goryu:
100cm (Iimori)
100cm (Toomi)
220cm (Alps daira)
Hakuba 47:
Tsugaike Kogen:
135cm (Kanenonaruoka)
135cm (Maruyama)
255cm (Tsuganomori)
Hakuba Iwatake:
70cm (Shomen)
150cm (Sancho)
Sun Alpina Sanosaka:
Hakuba Minekata:
Hakuba Highland:

Nighta tonight is scheduled at:

Hakuba Goryu (Toomi);
Happo-one (Nakiyama);
Hakuba Cortina Kokusai (Ikenoda)   Read more ...

Minakami Now!

Monday 2nd March 2009, 10:03am
Weather conditions: Overcast and snowing
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --

Well it wasn't on the forecast but the snow has been falling since late last night. Unfortunately the wind has also been strong causing much of the snow to be blown away from exposed areas. There is currently around 5cm at the valley level and up to 25cm in the upper mountains.

It looks like the snow and wind will continue for much of today. Tomorrow the snow will stop but the wind continue with the snow starting up again on Tuesday evening and continuing throughout Wednesday.   Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Monday 2nd March 2009, 10:06am
Weather conditions: heavy snow
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Heavy snows last night and presently! Low to calm winds last night saw fast piling (20cm) and it's meant to continue all week.

The official snow levels are way off this morning, so just add the piled snow figures to the official snow depths, which show no change and may need a bit of time to catch up. Those who live here actually know the depths!

High winds and heavy snow, so check lift closings with the resorts.

Official resort snow depths:

Akakura Onsen:
Seki Onsen:
260cm   Read more ...

Furano Now!

Monday 2nd March 2009, 11:52am
Weather conditions: Partly cloudy, mostly sunny.
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Welcome to March! Spring Skiing is now in session.

No new snow overnight, but it's another beautiful day here in Furano. Hardly any wind, and it's partly cloudy, partly sunny, and 100% good day for skiing.

There is some very light snow forecast over the next three days, but we're talking 1-2 cm per day, so hardly worth mentioning. It's supposed to be sunny tomorrow. So be sure to put some wax on, and go out and work on your tan.

Think Snow. Think Powder. Think spring skiing.   Read more ...

Yuzawa Now!

Monday 2nd March 2009, 13:27pm
Weather conditions: Snow, cloud
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
It feels a bit more like winter again toiday. About 5-10cm of fresh snow this morning in Yuzawa and it has continuted snowing until now and hopefully will continue a bit longer - forecast is for just cloud a bit later on this afternoon. Higher up, Naeba is reporting 20-30cm of fresh snow and so conditions up there should be good. Winds are preventing Kagura from fully opening today.

As the snow clouds clear up later today, tomorrow looks set to be a fine and sunny onewith warmer tempoeratures. It should be a great day to get out there and enjoy this new snow.

Nighta tonight is at the following resorts in Yuzawa:

In Minamiuonuma just to the north, nighta at:
Ishiuchi Maruyama
Centleisure Maiko
Joetsu Kokusai

Official resort snow depths @ 2nd Mar 09, AM:
Mt Naeba:
Kagura Tashiro:
Kagura Mitsumata:
GALA Yuzawa:
Pine Ridge Resorts Kandatsu:
NASPA Ski Garden:
Yuzawa Kogen:
Yuzawa Park:
Yuzawa Nakazato:
Kayama Captain Coast:
120cm   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Monday 2nd March 2009, 13:35pm
Weather conditions: Snow, cloud
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Winter has returned!

It's back down wintery cold and 10cm or so of snow early on this morning - and a bit more since. Yokoteyama are reporting 15-20cm of new snow on their hills. This is all most welcome news and conditions out there this morning are very nice. Blowy winds at times but it doesn't seem to be strong enough to close lifts down with most of the resort seemingly open as normal this afternoon.

Alas, it doesn't look like this snow will continue much beyond this evening and fair weather is currently forecast for tomorrow.

The following resort plans to be open for nighta tonight:
Ichinose Family

Official resort snow depths as of 2nd March 09:

Sun Valley:
Ichinose Family:
Okushiga Kogen:
180cm   Read more ...

Naeba Now!

Monday 2nd March 2009, 16:11pm
Weather conditions: Light snow, cloud
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
20-30cm of snow is what Naeba was proclaiming this morning and there was certainly some snow to shovel out of the way early on. It is still snowing this afternoon, though only light snow and visibility is pretty good for the most part. It's fairly windy out there though and today only the No2 Gondola (of the Naeba Gondolas) has been open with only parts of Kagura open as well. It has been a very cold day here as well.

Things should change for tomorrow though with cloud/fine weather lined up and so the untouched from today at Kagura should be sweet for those getting up there early on.   Read more ...

SnowJapan Daily 'Now' reports

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
06th May, 8:04
Geto Kogen Now
06th May, 8:01
Madarao Now
05th May, 19:10pm