Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 30th May 2020

Minakami Now!

Friday 31st December 2010, 7:18am
Weather conditions: Light cloud
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Yesterday's prediction of overnight snow didn't materialise but it was another cold night so condition continue to be good today. All the resort have a decent base now but another good dump would set them up well for the season as the New Year traffic is exposing some bare patches in some places.

The forecast looks good though with more snow hopefully coming in just after New Year and a good chance of some overnight dustings before that.   Read more ...

Furano Now!

Friday 31st December 2010, 8:00am
Weather conditions: overcast with some blue sky
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Late yesterday afternoon it started snowing heavily and about half an hour later it stopped. That short burst left 4cm of new snow in the upper village. With mild temperatures, new snow and crystal clear skies, night skiing yesterday was very very good.

There is no new snow to report overnight. All up the weather today looks reasonable except for the wind. Currently there is moderate wind around the base but it does seem to have died down a little in the last half hour. Hopefully the wind will not interfere with lift operations.

Happy skiing for the last day of 2010.   Read more ...

Madarao Now!

Friday 31st December 2010, 8:37am
Weather conditions: The snow has stopped and there is a weak southerly wind blowing. While we have visable conditions today, the forecast predicts more snow tonight and tomorrow.
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Today, being the last day of 2010, the conditions are great on the slopes of Madarao! The grommed courses are todays pick, providing us with excellent riding regardless of wether you are skiing or snowboarding.

The top of the mountain remains at 90cm as we have not had any more snow fall since yesterday. Although, snow is predicted from late thisafternoon until tomorrow, hopefully bringing us plenty of powder to carve up on the first day of the 2011 New Year.

Tonight on slope skiing and boarding will continue as nighter begins at 5:00pm, as we continue to carve the slopes by night, fire tourches will be lit and in effect light up the mountain at 9:00pm.
We are aslo in store for a fantastic count down to the New Year fire works show, one definmatley not to be missed! Excitingly, a show of 108 fire works will be displayed on slope, seeing us all into the new year as we count down the seconds to 2011!!

The weather being clear today and enough snow allows us access to eleven of the fifteen lifts at Madarao. The kids park is open, but today the snowboard park will be closed.
Night skiing will be open until January 3 and their are plenty of free giveaways going at Heidi Restaurant to keep you entertained in between runs tonight.

Lifts currently operating:

No 1 lift
No 2 quad lift
No 5 lift
Super Quad
No 11 Lift
No 12 Lift
No 15 lift
No 3 Lift
Moving Belt at Kids Park
Snowboard beginner course   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Friday 31st December 2010, 9:49am
Weather conditions: Overcast light snow predicted later
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
It is a misty start to the day here in Nozawa with the sun poking through the clouds in places. Snow is forecast to start falling later today and possible moderate to heavy tonight, so if that comes off it should make for a magic New Years at the Temples.

Yesterday was a great day up the mountain with the fresh snow of the night before.

The New Years crowd has arrived and the slopes and town are buzzing so it is looking like it will be a big weekend in Nozawa.

Temperatures are just feeling colder in town finally with a decent amount of snow now settling on the ground.

Looks like going to get really cold in a few days with around -20 degrees forecast up the top.

Tonight at Nagasaka they will have night skiing from 16:30 - 23:30 with fireworks and free sake. There will be a countdown there too.

On 1st January, they will be giving out free sake at Uenotaira. In the village, people will be making their way to the Temple where they will ring the bell 108 times very slowly, as is the tradition. It usually starts from around 22:30.

Have fun!

Courses open:

Yamabiko cours A
Yamabiko course B
Yamabiko course C
Yamabiko course D
Yamabiko course E
Kogenashi A course
Kogenashi B course
Yunomine A
Yunomine B
Mizunashi A
Mizunashi B
Paradise Link

Lifts operating:

All except the following
Karasawa Pair
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Naeba Now!

Friday 31st December 2010, 9:58am
Weather conditions: Sunny, with a few clouds.
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Even though this is the first time I have seen the sun shining brightly at Naeba, there appears to have been a large fall of snow while I was having my beauty sleep last night. It is now officially measured at 100cm.

The sun is out and it is a very clear day. There are a few clouds in the sky, but I'm seeing a mostly bright and blue sky. It is expected that it will get more cloudy later in the day.

The winds are fairly weak this morning with all lifts currently operating. This is expected to change with winds getting up to 40km going into the afternoon. The temperature is around -4 degress with a wind chill of approximately -10 degress.

Almost all runs are currently open with the Women's Riesen again being the only major exception.

Have a fun day skiing and don't forget your sunscreen (or balaclava).

Official Snow Depths:



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Myoko Now!

Friday 31st December 2010, 11:05am
Weather conditions: Mixed weather: sun, light snowfall. Snow appears to be falling higher up the mountain.
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
It's kind of an undecided weather day in Myoko. Very light snow has fallen occasionally in the early morning; but then the sun has also come out from time to time.It could be the calm before the storm, as high winds are predicted to come in tonight. Snow is also on the ongoing forecast, so let's see what tomorrow brings.

The official snow reports are once again all over thee place; some are showing a slight increase, some of others have moved back to levels of a few days ago (how can they drop 25-30cm overnight?). Let's average and say there has been around 80cm on the ground, with some bare spots showing where there's heavy traffic on the slopes.

For your New Year sliding pleasure:

Night skiing at Seki (not sure how late, but it does say toshikoshi, so perhaps into the New Year?

Countdown night skiing at Madarao

Early-morning skiing on the 1st at Suginohara; opening at 6:15 a.m.

Current Official Snow Depths:

Akakura Onsen:

Akakan (Akakura Kanko):


Myoko Suginohara:

Seki Onsen:

Myoko Ski Park:



90cm   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Friday 31st December 2010, 12:10pm
Weather conditions: Overcast
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Not much to say today except that as usual the Christmas - New Years period has brought great snowfall and the crowds are out in force on all resorts. There has been no snow overnight to speak of but new snowfall includes all of yesterdays slow flutter.

The sun broke through today with blue skies on the East but thick cloud high up obscuring the alps. No snow falling, white skies above but the forecast still read for snow tonight to what extent we are waiting to see!

As usual several resorts are doing something special for New Years with Happo-one celebrations at Nakiyama from 11PM, Hakuba Goryu with events starting at 3PM & Hakuba Iwatake celebrations beginning at 10:30PM all with fireworks at the countdown.

Cortina also has a New Years event great for those staying at the Hotel there.

Happy New Year and cheers to a snowy start to 2011!


Official snow depths and operations @ Friday 31st December AM:

Hakuba Goryu:
The Toomi area of Goryu will be opening from 6:30am every morning until 3rd January for those early birds out there and is now open for night time operations, from 6pm until 9:30pm.
Alps daira - 210cm;
Toomi - 90cm;
Iimori - 75cm

Hakuba 47:
The resort and park at the resort are fully open.
Snow depth (upper) - 185cm.

All of the Happo-one slopes and lifts are now open. Nakiyama nighta now operating.
Usagidaira/Kurobishi - 160cm;
Shirakaba - 100cm
Nakiyama - 100cm

Tsugaike Kogen:
The Karamatsu nighta operations are now open and the Jib Park is now partly open.
Snow depth - 230cm
Maruyama area - 105cm
Champion - 105cm

Hakuba Iwatake:
Almost all of the Iwatake resort is open.
Upper - 100cm
Lower - 60cm

Hakuba Cortina:
Most of Cortina is also now open.
Upper - 195cm
Lower - 125cm

Hakuba Sanosaka:
All lifts at Sanosaka are now operating.
70cm   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Friday 31st December 2010, 15:20pm
Weather conditions: High overcast
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Well nothing much to report from Niseko as it's remained mostly fine and clear. Overnight is got down to about -13 at village level and it got up close to freezing this afternoon. The outlook isn't really looking good for any decent snowfalls now until mid next week. Temps will remain cool but it's going to get very hard packed on the mountain. Still as the avi report below states gate 6 at Moiwa has opened today so might be worth a trip out there for some fresh tracks (they won't last long!).
The village is gearing up for New Years celebrations tonight and there's parties going on everywhere. It's going to well below freezing again tonight and quite windy so everyone have a great night but make sure you know your way back to your accommodation!

Current Official Snow Depths:

Grand Hirafu:
Top - 200
Bottom - 75

Niseko Village:
Top - 125
Bottom - 85

Top - 140
Bottom - 90

Avalanche Information:

Mountain base 6am: -3℃, clear and no new snowfall in the past 12 hours. Coastal data: E 8m/s at Benkei cape, E 6m/s, 1002hPa and 0.7m waves at Kamui cape. Easterly wind is forecasted to pick up before noon, which will lead some unstable snowdrifts due to windblown snow to develop in areas above 1000m. According to various data, snowfall transition and snow evaluations, today’s snowpack is stable and the avalanche risk is low this morning. The bushes in Mikaeri area and around Goshiki area seem to be mostly covered, however snow-depth is still generally shallow in most areas below 700m, not suitable for skiing. Having said that, the gate No.6 (Moiwa) is scheduled to open this morning. Please remember that out of bounds riding from the ski resort is only tolerated if the Niseko Rules is respected. When you step out of the gates, you’re stepping out of the ski resort boundary line. Be 100% conscious of the risks you’re taking and that you’re stepping out at your own risk. Seek for the ski patrol’s advice at the gates. Be aware of the many lurking hazards in the backcountry areas. The snow is pretty good but beware of falling in unfilled creeks. Being soaked and then frozen is the last thing you’d want to happen. Ride carefully and have a nice new year’s eve.

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Yuzawa Now!

Friday 31st December 2010, 17:08pm
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
There was no snowfall to report this morning in Yuzawa on this New Years Eve.

The morning off fairly clear and it has become more grey/silver cloud cover later on in the day, but still fairly bright.

The forecast is for snow tonight (fairly heavy? please!) and into tomorrow but it doesn't look like the snow clouds will be with us for a prolonged time with things perhaps clearing up by early in the week, though forecasts have known to be wrong of course.

For New Years Eve, I would expect the central area of Yuzawa to be busier than it is - right now things are fairly quiet. I'm sure there'll be some fun to be found in the town though tonight.

Have a fun New Years Eve and see you on the other side. Hopefully with some more snow to play in!

Official snow depths @ 31st December 2010




Gala Yuzawa:

Yuzawa Kogen:

Yuzawa Park:

Kandatsu Kogen:


NASPA Ski Garden:


We might see some sprinklings of snow higher up tonight but it's looking likely that tomorrow will bring sun.

Next snow due Friday into Saturday.

The Yuzawa Now report for tomorrow will be posted late afternoon.   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Friday 31st December 2010, 17:15pm
Weather conditions: Snow, cloud
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
We did see some snowfall overnight and there has perhaps been 10-15cm of fresh snow fall since the last report. It has been a very cold day with a cold wind blowing and temperatures around -5 degrees with poor visibility on the mountain for the most part. Not many people will have been able to see where they were going today!

Great snow conditions though.

Looking ahead into the New Year, I don't think we are going to see one of those clear days for a while as there is snow forecast each day through until at least Wednesday at the moment. Nothing major but it looks like the snow clouds will remain overhead.

There are a lot of people in the village now for the New Year and no doubt lots of parties starting right about now.

Have fun and see you in 2011.   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Friday 31st December 2010, 17:29pm
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Just a bit of snow overnight and into this morning but it has generally been calm and just cloudy today. And cold.

When I say calm, I mean the weather of course - in fact, there are a lot of people around as the people coming to Shiga Kogen for the New Year are on the slopes and having fun. So it is going to be one of the busier weekends of the season.

Let's take a look at the forecast for the New Year. We can expect some snow to be falling tomorrow and Sunday, followed by clearer weather Monday to Wednesday and another cold front bringing (hopefully some decent) snowfall around Thursday.

Have fun wherever you are and hope to see you in 2011. I'll be back with a new report tomorrow of course!

Nighta this evening at the following resort areas:

- Sun Valley
- Yakebitaiyama
- Ichinose Family
- Ichinose Diamond
- Kumanoyu

Official resort snow depths as of 31st December 10:

Sun Valley:
Ichinose Family:
Ichinose Diamond:
Okushiga Kogen:
85cm   Read more ...

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