Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 1st April 2018

Minakami Now!

Sunday 30th January 2011, 7:50am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Snow overnight bringing another few centimetres in the valley and more up high. Yesterday was more of the same with light snow falling on and off throughout the day. The temperature has remained cold recently with the temperature rarely climbing out of the minuses.

Snow is forecast for all of today and most of tomorrow and that will see the end of a very snowy January. No snow on the horizon for the start of February but it looks as if the cold weather will continue for a while which looks promising.   Read more ...

Madarao Now!

Sunday 30th January 2011, 8:15am
Weather conditions: Snowfall predicted to continue all day
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Overnight Madarao has been topped up once again with 40cm or so of fresh snow! And there's a further 20cm expected to fall throughout the course of today.

Yesterday we had sunshine and cloud until late in the afternoon when the snow started to fall, and since then the snow has not let off. Two completely different days of weather and snow conditions in the one weekend.

The temperature at the moment is sitting at -9.0 degrees, whilst visability conditions a vary between adverage and poor throughout the day as the continual snowfall will ease at times.

To make for comfortable day on the courses of the resort, put on an extra pair of socks for warmth and don't forget the most practical accessory; a pair of goggles!

Enjoy the last day of the weekend.

Lifts currently operating:

No 1 lift
No 2 quad lift
No 3 a lift
No 5 lift
Super Quad
No 11 Lift
No 12 Lift
No 13 Lift
No 15 lift
Tangram No 2 Lift

Moving Belt at Kids Park
Snowboard beginner course   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Sunday 30th January 2011, 9:16am
Weather conditions: Dumping at the moment
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
The good times just keep rolling in Nozawa. We woke up to the gentle hum of the snow blowers once again this morning and it looks like we have been blessed with another magic foot with 30cm of snow blocking my door as I tried to venture out.

It started last night at about 8pm but had stopped around midnight then as predicted kicked in heavy overnight.

It is still snowing very heavy outside at the moment and set to continue lightly throughout today.

For the powder hounds this might be your day as the forecast is looking like good chances of sunshine in the next week along with some warmer temperatures.

Anyway will keep it short so you can strap on your powder boards and get up there.
Stay safe and enjoy all that powder out there.

Courses open:

All except the following
Uenotaira Half Pipe
Karasawa Wave Park

Lifts operating:
All lifts are open   Read more ...

Naeba Now!

Sunday 30th January 2011, 9:46am
Weather conditions: Overcast.
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
As predicted, 10cm of snow fell overnight here at Naeba. As of now, it is not snowing but it is going to start soon and continue throughout the day according to the forecast and it is forecasted to continue until the evening tomorrow.

Again, the wind is quite weak today, however visibility is good as I can see almost all the way up the mountain. The temperature is a bit chilly, expecting to hit a top of -8 with a windchill of -14 degrees. Again, the evening session is going to favour the cold blooded types, with a temperature top of -12 coupled with a windchill of -23.

At Kagura, while its not raining men its certainly continuing to come down with snow with another 40cm reported to have fallen overnight. (Again, slightly different from offical figures). The forecast is for it to continue snowing throughout the day there.

Some of the lifts at Kagura are not running early this morning due to the masses of snow and wind conditions. The No1 quad lift at Kagura is moving - from Mitsumta Ropeway up until the quad things are open and from the Tashiro Ropeway up until the No1 quad at Tashiro as well.... but the Kagura/Tashiro connecting course is not open due to the strong winds and avalanche danger'.

The snowy spell looks set to clear up this coming week with sun forecast from Wednesday to Friday.

At Naeba, the Men's Slalom course is closed because of ice cracks.

At Kagura, only the Forestry Expert Course is closed.

Again, its a wonderful day for skiing. Enjoy!

Official Snow Depths:


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Yuzawa Now!

Sunday 30th January 2011, 10:08am
Weather conditions: Snow!
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
The snow keeps on coming folks! Yes, another 30cm or so this morning on the car and the resorts also reporting about the same with Kagura boasting 40cm of fresh snow this morning. Powder everywhere you look and lots of it. Kagura is now reporting 380cm as their official snow depth and I've no doubt that it will be more than that in places. Gala are giving us 360cm and town level resorts all well above 2 metres.

The snow is continuing as I write this and, get this, the official forecast is for an average and a potential maximum of 60cm between now and 9am tomorrow morning! Exciting isn't it. While the locals and authorities struggle with containing all the snow and keeping roads open, everyone on the mountainsides continue to be treated to masses of fresh snow.

It looks like the madness is set to have a break soon though with warmer temperatures indeed clearer skies very likely in the coming week especially from Wednesday onwards. Some people are even mentioning that "R" word that we all dislike so much. Surely it can't Rain on all this lovely snow. I refuse to believe it, those people are just spoilsports! ;) Anyway we'll see. For now, superb excellent fantastic snow to enjoy.

The strong winds out there seems to be affecting operations at Kagura with the resort open from the Mitsumata Ropeway until the No1 quad at Kagura, and from the Tashiro Ropeway to the No1 quad over on that side.

Official snow depths @ 30th January 2011 AM




Gala Yuzawa:

Yuzawa Kogen:

Yuzawa Park:

Yuzawa Nakazato:

Kandatsu Kogen:


NASPA Ski Garden:

Ishiuchi Maruyama:


Evening update:

Quick update. Today it has been snow, snow, snow, snow and more snow. Perhaps 40+cm of it since this morning. And it is still snowing, with 20-40cm or so more on it's way before 9am tomorrow morning! Pretty cool hey?

One village to the north of Yuzawa is reporting an official snow depth in the village of 394cm, apparently the most in Japan (according to the news report).

So, it's more snowy conditions tomorrow but like I mentioned this morning it is looking like things will warm up a bit as we get into the new week.   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Sunday 30th January 2011, 10:32am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Clouds did move in yesterday and by night time it was snowing and has been snowing overnight and is still snowing this morning... some good snowfall piling up as well quickly filling in tracks made on the snow. I would say that there has been at least 30cm again and probably more in places, though as usual those official numbers below don't quite reflect it. Quality snow too. There isn't that much of a strong wind but it's blowing the snow about a fair bit at times and it feels very cold out there. I suppose it would when the thermometer tells us -12 degrees! A few lifts were not opening on time and moving slowly earlier on due to the weather conditions but it looks like for the most part things are running close to normal now.

There isn't a huge amount of snow forecast for this afternoon and tomorrow but it will likely continue in some form perhaps calming down as the day moves on and light snow tomorrow.

Conditions look likely to change quite a bit this coming week though with clearer skies and warmer temperatures due mid week onwards.

Nighta operations this evening planned at the following resort area:

- Ichinose Family

Official resort snow depths as of 30th January 2011 AM:

Sun Valley:
Ichinose Family:
Ichinose Diamond:
Okushiga Kogen:
230cm   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Sunday 30th January 2011, 10:39am
Weather conditions: Snow, cloud
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
A new record this morning for the season in Zao... a temperature of -16.5 recorded up top. Brrrr.

After the fine weather that we were treated to yesterday - to the delight of many weekend visitors - the snow clouds moved in and started snowing and this morning we have another 15-20cm of snow in Zao. The top part of the mountain is once again covered in fog/cloud but down on the lower slopes visibility is fairly decent. It is now -6 degrees here and just a slight wind so fairly comfortable conditions out there, and good snow to play in.

Snow looks set to be with us and falling through today and tomorrow but after that things look likely to change and we are going to see a break in the continuous snow that we have had of late. Wednesday to Friday look like they may bring clearer skies and milder temperatures, though it will still likely remain below 0.... Hope so - while some clearer weather will be welcomed by lots of people, we want that lovely snow to keep good!   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Sunday 30th January 2011, 12:43pm
Weather conditions: Light snow
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
True to form snow began to fall yesterday and continued overnight leaving behind 25cm odd powder in the village and 35cm plus on resorts. Perhaps much more in places. Strange update from Goryu today reporting 0 new snow - assume thats a misinput as there is powder galore everywhere. Hakuba 47 are reporting 28cm while Cortina are reporting 10cm (* see end of report). Tsugaike on the other hand is seeing 45cm jumps in their snow depth data and Happo is showing big numbers as well.

Get this as well, just heard from Tsugaike BC and they are reporting a mind-boggling 1m of fresh snow!

So, it's mixed official numbers from the resorts this morning but in reality the bottom line is that it's just basically powder heaven once again.

Happo gondola line was still quiet at 8 this morning but seems everyone had a late start as things were starting to get a bit more hectic on the mountain by 10am, perhaps some fun Saturday nights happening last night.

There's heaps of whooping as lines get slashed, and the usual people stuck in powder filled moguls and searching for lost skis or finding themselves on snowboards bottomed out on the flat. Fun!

Light is a bit flat at altitude but visibility below 1500m isn't bad. Light winds from the SE on Happo's Usagidaira slope (1400m) currently -10 degrees, light NE at the Ski Jumps (760m) and -5.

The forecast for the rest of today is for light snow to continue.

It looks like the start of February will bring some clear weather and warmer temperatures through the week to come with a run of sun looling possibly from Wednesday until the weekend.

Take care out there!

Official snow depths and operations @ Sunday 30th January AM:

Hakuba Goryu:
Goryu not reporting new snow, but there's tons of fresh up there. The Iimori Snow Park is also now open.
Night time operations from 6pm until 9:30pm.
Alps daira - 320cm;
Toomi - 160cm;
Iimori - 140cm.

Hakuba 47:
28cm of snow reported by the resort this morning. Normal operations today.
Snow depth (upper) - 192cm.

Some big number increases in the official snow depths this morning. Definitely lots of fresh powder out there to get lost in. Nakiyama nighta now operating.
Usagidaira/Kurobishi - 290cm;
Sakka - 180cm;
Shirakaba - 165cm;
Nakiyama - 165cm.

Tsugaike Kogen:
45cm jump in the official snow depth on the upper slopes at Tsugaike this morning.Jib Park and Hit Park are both open at Tsugaike.
Snow depth - 330cm
Maruyama area - 190cm
Champion - 240cm

Hakuba Iwatake:
Upper - 180cm
Lower - 120cm

Hakuba Cortina:
Tons of fresh powder.
Upper - 370cm
Lower - 230cm

Hakuba Sanosaka:

Hakuba Minekata:



* Seems that Cortina reported 30cm overnight and then an additional 10cm in the morning alone today, with more coming in the afternoon - so they have had at least 40cm since yesterday.   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Sunday 30th January 2011, 13:15pm
Weather conditions: Cloudy and snowing
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Well yesterday didn't fine up, it just snowed heavier as the day went on. The winds also picked up considerably closing a number of higher lifts around the mountain. Today it is still windy up high and all top lifts are closed. There has been a lot of snow since last report, around 45 cm overnight and another 20cm so far today and it's still snowing quite heavily. The icy conditions of a couple of days ago are now a distant memory with up near a metre of new snow having fallen in the last 48 hours.

Current Official Snow Depths:

Grand Hirafu:
Top - 380
Bottom - 190

Niseko Village:
Top - 330
Bottom - 190

Top - 255
Bottom - 210

Avalanche Information:

45cm of overnight snowfall. Unstable soft slabs have drastically developed due to the persisting snowstorm, reaching up to 120cm of new deposit in leeward knolls above 800m. Leeward steep slopes should not be stimulated, as avalanche risk is very high especially during the morning. Extremely hazardous condition in 1000m Higashi-one Hanazono face, Fujiwara no Sawa, cornice slopes of Osawa (Annupuri bowl) and Kozan no sawa (Backbowl). Annupuri and Hirafu’s peak gates will be kept closed today. Do not duck ropes to step out. Follow the ski patrol’s instructions. Coastal data: WSW13m/s, 2.1m waves. Annupuri peak 7am: SW8.4m/s, -16.5℃ and very poor visibility. Be safe!

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Furano Now!

Sunday 30th January 2011, 14:10pm
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Last night was dry and cold again with a low around - 16, and today promises to be a lot like yesterday. Right now the clouds are out in force, but they should clear on out of here by early evening, leaving behind another breathtaking night sky like we saw last night on the long walk home.

In between festivals, fireworks, and cold temperatures, we've been seeing a lot of things around here lately. About the only thing we aren't seeing is new snow. It has been at least a week since we saw some significant powder accumulation.

The Winter Season in Central Hokkaido got a late start this year, and just when you think you've caught up, we hit another lull. Let's take a look at today's date, January 30th, in past years to see how we measure up.

In comparison to previous years, on this day in 2010 we were looking at 155cm of base. That's 45cm more than what we have right now (currently sitting at 110cm.) On January 30, 2009, we had 100cm at the base, so perhaps we are doing a little better this year than we were two years ago. However, go all the way back to the 2007 and 2008 winter seasons, and there was a hefty 180cm around for both years, putting us a solid 75cm behind as it stands right now.

All that being said, there is still over a meter of fantastic, classy snow out there, waiting to be used. There are no bushes sticking out of odd places. There's more than plenty of cover. The only thing that would be nice is if a fresh snow would come and top us off, because the lower, green runs and the Link Course heading back to Kitanomine Zone are getting chewed up. The good news is, runs like Kuma Otoshi and Kumagera are still knee to waist deep in fresh powder.

If you're looking for a deep-powder experience today, you will be able to find it, but I would advise start looking at the top of the mountain first. More snow come quickly!   Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Sunday 30th January 2011, 20:38pm
Weather conditions: Snow. Lots of snow.
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
I apologize for the late report, but it's because the entire town has shut down (or so it seems). The trains weren't running to Myokokogen Station for much of the day; the highway is closed from Myokokogen IC to Joetsu; and the schools have just announced a closure for tomorrow—unprecedented.

Why would this happen? You might ask, but not if you read these reports. The snow has been coming down all day, since last night. It meant great snow on the slopes today; it also meant a lot of fun in steep places off the beaten paths. A tough hike up for those who did venture into the backcountry (hello!), but some fun skiing down. If not a lot of touring (this was genuine, full-bodied, Myoko powder today). And another rhetorical question: What might be the forecast? Yes, more snow.

I'm exhausted. See you tomorrow!

Current Official Snow Depths:

Akakura Onsen:

Akakan (Akakura Kanko):


Myoko Suginohara:

Seki Onsen:

Myoko Ski Park:



220cm   Read more ...

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