Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 28th May 2018

Yuzawa Now!

Monday 30th December 2013, 8:00am
Weather conditions: Blue sky, some cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 100cm
It was a beautiful day yesterday with just a few clouds here and there but mostly brilliant blue skies over Yuzawa and Minamiuonuma. Looked like the clouds stayed further to the north.

No snowfall overnight and the sun is out again early on this morning. There's more cloud over Yuzawa than yesterday but still, lots of blue sky especially over Minamiuonuma.

Once again the forecast is cloud/snow for the day which after yesterdays 'miss' seems odd. Let's see if it does actually cloud over later today and bring us some snowfall.

As we approach the New Year, there's still less snow than we'd like (and we're used to) in the area - but enough for everywhere to be open and snow cover.


Official resort snow depths @ Monday 30th December 2013, AM:
Kagura (Tashiro):
Kagura (Mitsumata):
NASPA Ski Garden:
Gala Yuzawa:
Yuzawa Kogen:
Yuzawa Nakazato:
Yuzawa Park:
Maiko Snow Resort:
Ishiuchi Maruyama:
Joetsu Kokusai:
100cm   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Monday 30th December 2013, 8:05am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 10cm
Snow depth: 95cm
About another 5-10cm of snow to add this morning. I say about as the wind has been at work and been blowing it all about again.

Yesterday winds affected lift operations on the mountain, causing a few bottlenecks at times. Unfortunately it looks like it's going to be a similar story today.

Let's try to forget the wind though and talk about the snow. It was snowing for most of the day and some nice deep to be found.

Snow is forecast through the coming week, with temperatures set to drop over New Year and potentially heavy snowfall on the way. Come prepared!


For December 2012, the JMA (Japan Meteorological Agency) reported 306cm of snowfall in the town of Kutchan. This month, with two days to go including today, they are on 252cm. So just over 50cm to go before we can match last years number. (Not that it actually really matters of course!) And remember that is for Kutchan town, not up on the mountains which get more.

Looking at our own numbers from our Niseko Now reports - we have recorded 383cm of snowfall since the beginning of this season including 260cm during the month of December. These numbers coming from the Hirafu base area and can be found towards the bottom of each report. Last year for the month of December we recorded 418cm, and a total of 536cm for November-December.


Niseko Avalanche Report

Niseko base 6am: -4C, 10cm of crushed crystal snow. Moiwa 800m:-7C, WSW20m/s, snowdrift development of up to 100cm. Annupuri 1150m: NW25m/s, heavy snowdrift developments, -11C. Annupuri peak 1308m: wind data n/a, -8.5C. Coastal data: Benkei cape NW19m/s, Kamui cape WSW16m/s, 2.3m waves, 1001hPa. 1500m wind forecast at noon: westerly 20m/s.

Wintry pressure pattern persists, generating strong westerly wind above 800m altitude. Extreme avalanche hazard in the Back bowl, Osawa, Higashi-One’s leeward cornice slopes and steep faces. All peak gates will be closed, please respect the ski patrol’s instructions.

Wishful thinking can be dangerous. Overconfidence and presumption lead to accidents. The reason for opening/closing the gates is not to restrict the freedom of out of bounds skiing but to ensure minimum safety of all resort users. We strongly demand everybody to respect the Niseko Rules. Do not duck ropes. The snow in the trees is in excellent condition. Be safe and have a nice day.


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

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 260cm
Base - 95cm
King Number 3 and 4; all Hanazono lifts not operating due to wind conditions.

Niseko Village:
Top - 150cm
Base - 110cm
Niseko Gondola and Wonderland Chair lifts not operating at the moment due to wind. Up to 25m/s according to the resort.

Top - 125cm
Base - 130cm
Unable to confirm at time of writing.   Read more ...

Furano Now!

Monday 30th December 2013, 8:06am
Weather conditions: Overcast
New snowfall: 10cm
Snow depth: 90cm
Yesterdays flurries ended up as great falls and that continued over night. There will be many smiley faces today with an extra 10cm added to the base and plenty of powder to get your feet stuck in.

With this snow and Grooming overnight, any small grass coming through will now be covered and the Kitanomine side will be great for lessons.

Snow will continue at a good rate today before settling down tomorrow and temps are pleasant without being cold.


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

Link Lift 9:00am-15:10pm

Furano Ropeway 8:30am-3:10pm
Furano Downhill Swift Lift #1 9:00-3:10pm
Downhill Romance #2 chair 8:45am-3:10pm
Downhill Romance #3 chair 9:00am-3:10pm
Prince Romance 8:30am - 8:00pm

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Hakuba Now!

Monday 30th December 2013, 8:30am
Weather conditions: Cloud, some blue patches
New snowfall: 3cm
Snow depth: 150cm
It clouded over a fair bit yesterday during the day, especially in the afternoon, with the sun making it's last appearence of the day around mid-afternoon.

It's a cloudier start to the day as well this morning. Some patches of blue sky up there, just a light wind. Temperatures dipped to around -4 degrees in the village overnight and at 8:30am it is about -3 degrees. More sun is forecast for later and a high of around +2.

Overnight we got just a few cm or so of new snow at base with up to 10cm being reported by resorts on upper runs this morning. Hopefully there will be more snow to report tomorrow morning as well. Latest forecasts still tell us to expect a particularly cold and snowy New Years Day.


Official snow depth numbers and operations (as of 30th December 2013):

Hakuba Goryu:
Reporting 4cm of new snowfall at Iimoro, 3cm at Toomi and 5cm up top.
Upper - 260cm
Toomi - 150cm
Iimori - 100cm

Hakuba 47:
Reporting 5cm of new snowfall on lower slopes and 10cm on upper areas.
Upper - 190cm
Lower - 70cm

Reporting 8cm of new snowfall on Usagidaira.
Usagidaira - 225cm
Nakiyama - 65cm
Sakka - 100cm

Hakuba Iwatake:
Upper - 185cm
Lower - 75cm

Tsugaike Kogen:
Tsuganomori - 250cm
Maruyama - 100cm
Kanenonaruoka - 100cm

Hakuba Cortina:
Reporting 2-5cm of new snowfall.
Upper - 237cm
Lower - 138cm

Hakuba Minekata:
70cm   Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Monday 30th December 2013, 8:45am
Weather conditions: Sun but increasingly clouds
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 160cm
It's sunny this morning in Myoko, but the wind is coming up a bit, with some dark clouds over the peaks.

I think we're about ready fr a reset on the snow; in the backcountry, there is still a lot of brush and small trees, making things less than a lot of fun at best, dangerous at worst (think grape vines = cables).

A little more and we can get past that....


Official info:

Akakura Kanko:

Akakura Onsen:


Myoko Suginohara:

Seki Onsen:

Myoko Ski Park:

Myoko Kyukamura Runrun


Tangram Ski Circus
120cm   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Monday 30th December 2013, 9:06am
Weather conditions: Mostly cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 80cm
Yesterday was a very fine day indeed. The weather was excellent and snow conditions were not half bad too. Yes, a very good day.

Lots of people out to enjoy it as well. Luckily Nozawa is big enough to cope with crowds, and it's actually good to see lots of people here - weekdays can get really quite quiet out there! Not that you ever want to be stuck in lifts queues of course, but from what I say yesterday they were manageable.

This morning there's much more cloud above Nozawa though it isn't snowing and nothing really due to snow today. No new to report.

The resort has brought the snow depth on the top slopes back down to 190cm this morning after that fine day yesterday. We want more. New Years Day still looks set to deliver, but get wrapped up well and bring the googles. Hopefully we will bring in the new year in snowy style.

All lifts open. All courses (apart from the Kandahara runs) open! See you out there.


Monday 30th December 2013:

Official snow depths:
Yamabiko - 190cm
Uenotaira - 165cm
Hikage - 80cm
Nagasaka - 75cm
Karasawa - 55cm

All lifts operating

All courses open apart from:
Kandahar East
Kandahar West   Read more ...

Madarao Now!

Monday 30th December 2013, 9:10am
Weather conditions: Fine
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 120cm
Absolutely beautiful day yesterday with fine blue skies in the region. One of those days when you just need to be out there.

This morning has started off sunny with blue skies again. Not quite as blue and more cloud to be seen, but another fine day looks in store. No new snow to report to you.

We might see some snow showers overnight tonight but January 1st is looking set to bring a decent amount of new snowfall. Might be windy too.


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 tonight!   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Monday 30th December 2013, 9:10am
Weather conditions: Mostly clear and sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 100cm
It's another sunny morning in Shiga Kogen. Just a few white clouds here and there, but mostly blue sky. Nice and cold.

Still more people arrive for New Year, with a steady stream of traffic coming past my window here in Maruike now. I reckon that almost everyone who is here for New Year must be here already now.

Some light snow tonight perhaps, and stormy conditions looking possibly for 1st January.


Resort info and lift operations (as of Monday 30th December 2013, 9am):

Sun Valley:





Hoppo Bundaira:

Takamagahara Mammoth:


Ichinose Family:


Ichinose Diamond:


Okushiga Kogen:

Kumanoyu (skiers only):

95cm   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Monday 30th December 2013, 9:12am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 2cm
Snow depth: 145cm
A few more cm of fresh snowfall this morning to report from Zao Onsen. At the moment it isn't snowing but it's very cloudy with generally poor visibility. It's quite windy as well, though lift operations do not seem to be affected at all.

Snow due every day over the next week, with particularly heavy snowfall likely on New Years Day along with strong winds if the forecast turns out to be correct. Might be a good excuse to party that bit more tomorrow night and then have a good soak the next morning in an onsen.

For now though, it's busy here in Zao. Very nice snow conditions. Enjoy.


Official snow depths (30th December 13):
Utopia: 150cm
Chuo: 145cm
Paradise: 150cm
Uwanodai: 90cm   Read more ...

Minakami Now!

Monday 30th December 2013, 12:34pm
Weather conditions: Sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 170cm
A cold clear night last night followed by a sunny day today with a midday temperature of 5 dg C at the valley level.

There is some light snow forecast from midnight tonight through to tomorrow mid-morning but probably only around 10cm will eventuate.

Tomorrow is forecast for another sunny afternoon with warm temps and no wind, so a great day to get up there and enjoy the last day of the year!


No new snowfal


170cm @ Tenjin
30cm @ valley   Read more ...

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