Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 23rd February 2020

Naeba Now!

Friday 3rd February 2012, 7:55am
Weather conditions: Cloud, some blue sky
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Same story as yesterday in terms of snow --- 10-20cm or so here in Naeba. Kagura not reporting quite as much but still another 30-40cm to add to everything that has fallen in the last week or so. The snow depth up there is now officially 350cm, but surely it has to be more than that (he muses)!

The difference this morning is that I can actually see some blue sky above. Not completely - there's still a lot of cloud - but some blue sky is more than we have seen for a while. It should be a very fine day out there.

Next week, mid week, we might be back to snow, but for the time being it does look like we will see nicer weather over the weekend - certainly not the snow storm kind of conditions that we have seen lately. Here's hoping for some blue skies and sun.

It looks like all of Kagura and most of Naeba should be open today for weekday operations today.

Resort Operations, 3rd February (subject to change)
Wind affecting operations top areas not open.
Only part open due to strong winds.

Official snow depths
350cm   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Friday 3rd February 2012, 8:23am
Weather conditions: Snowing
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Well, the good news this morning is that we are seeing some pretty good snowfall at the moment. There wasn't much overnight, but there was some. Hopefully this low pressure is reinforced and it continues to pickup snowfall. At this rate we could see up to 8cm per hour, but it has to continue for that to happen.

The snow density is pretty light so that will mean not quite as dangerous in terms of avalanches as heavy snow would be. However this doesn't take into effect any windloading or sun-baking.

The peak gates will probably not open today so you will have to search in bounds or in the slackcountry of Annupuri to find some goods. The Annupuri bowls could be really good today as they weren't subject to as much sun as some of the other areas.

It looks like tomorrow we should get some snow as well, but the amount is unknown. Local weather is showing a 70-80% chance of precipitation which usually translates to a good covering for fresh tracks.

Current Official Snow Depths:

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 350cm
Bottom - 190cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 380cm
Bottom - 230cm

Top - 395cm
Bottom - 220cm

Niseko avalanche report:

Moiwa base 6am: -9C 10cm of new snowfall, Hirafu Base lots of snowfall, 40cm in the last 24 hours.
Benkei Cape WNW 13m/s, Kamui Cape wave 1.9m, pressure 1010hpa, Peak NW 12.2m/s temp -17.4C.
Snowfall: In the last 24 hours a weak NW wind has continued, cornice and snowdrift development has been slow. The snowfall has increased overnight, especially on the Hirafu side of the mountain.
Hazard Evaluation: Avalanche risk on ridge lines and in the trees is low, however the new snowdrifts are continuing to stabilize. On leeward cornice slopes above 800m, coordinates E6 F5 H8 there is a possiblity of avalanche from the 2 Feb layer. Below 750m at coordinates G3 on south facing slopes the possibility of a 100cm fracture from the 22 Jan layer continues.
Caution: Above 1000m elevation and also in areas around the coordinates given above, there is the risk of soft slab avalanche 50cm-70cm in thickness over a large area, from the 2nd Feb layer. In poor vivsiblity be careful traversing under cornices. The snow is reset in the trees on west side of the mountain, fast on the east side, less snow on the north side.
Gates: Peak gates (2&3)are expected to be closed. Please respect the ski patrols descision.
Have a safe day.


Late update:

Good news - it's snowing pretty hard now! Looks like we have accumulated about 14cm since this afternoon and it just started coming down at a faster rate. The snow density is pretty low, which means that light powder we all love. Today was pretty good at the resort...better than expected at least. Looks like tomorrow will definitely be a good one. I would recommend getting out there early, because there will be a lot of competition to get the fresh tracks.   Read more ...

Yuzawa Now!

Friday 3rd February 2012, 8:38am
Weather conditions: Cloud, light snow, clearing in areas
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Yesterday was a strange one weather-wise. We went from heavy snowfall early on with poor visibility to much clearer conditions in the afternoon and with much less wind. Those braving the early conditions were treated to much better conditions and some great views with the added dramatics of lingering clouds in the afternoon. Obviously differing depending on where you were. By evening though we were back to snow and in some places it was really coming down last night, the result of which is another 25cm of snow on the top of my car this morning.

There are signs that things might be clearing up - even some blue sky over Naeba early on this morning - and I'll post an update to this Yuzawa Now page this evening with an update and the latest for the weekend... right now looks like we might even get to see the sun, especially on Sunday.

Official resort snow depths @ 3rd February 12, AM:
Mt Naeba:
Kagura - Tashiro:
GALA Yuzawa:
Kandatsu Kogen:
NASPA Ski Garden:
Yuzawa Kogen:
Yuzawa Park:
Yuzawa Nakazato:
Ludens Yuzawa:
Ishiuchi Maruyama:
Centleisure Maiko:
Joetsu Kokusai:


6:30pm update

Well, that wasn't expected. Snow early on this morning, but by 11am there was blue sky over Yuzawa and by early afternoon there were hardly any clouds remaining up there at all and it had turned into a beautiful blue-sky day with the sun shining down. Everywhere around town looked amazing - with all the heavy snowfall we have had, it's all stacked up everywhere and looking very picturesque.

Snow conditions out on the slopes were great today too as expected. Really great snow, and it should be the same for the weekend as well.

After the forecast being so wrong today, I hardly want to mention what it has lined up for tomorrow but... the general consensus seems to be clear early on but clouding over with the chance of light snow. If you are coming to Yuzawa for one day over the weekend I would choose Sunday as it looks like it should be a clear day like today. Disclaimer - don't blame us if it isn't! Looks like it will be getting milder as well Sunday/Monday. Hopefully not too mild as we want the snow conditions to keep good as long as possible of course.

Have a fun weekend wherever you choose to be.   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Friday 3rd February 2012, 8:46am
Weather conditions: Sun, blue skies
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Well this morning is a nice surprise. Not only do we have 20-30cm of snow to report since yesterday, but there are some nice blue skies on show above Shiga Kogen. The clouds seem to have taken a sudden retreat leaving these fantastic early morning conditions behind. Everyone out on the slopes of Shiga Kogen this morning are in for a treat with super snow conditions, lots of it, not crowded slopes and fantastic scenery as well.

The forecast for tomorrow currently is cloud with a chance of light snow and clearer conditions with sun on Sunday. After that next week we are due more snow.

For the time being today should be excellent. Hope to see you out there!

Nighta operations this evening planned at the following resort areas:

- Ichinose Family
- Ichinose Diamond

Official resort snow depths as of 3rd February 2012 AM:

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

Madarao Now!

Friday 3rd February 2012, 8:51am
Weather conditions: Blue sky, some cloud
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Good morning. This morning I have 30-40cm of new snowfall to report according to the resort and certainly another good amount to brush off car tops this morning in the base area. For a change though, this morning the sun is out and a fair bit of blue sky on view - it's a lovely morning.

Conditions all round really couldn't be much better than they are right now with huge amounts of quality snow, temperatures remaining cold and the fine, clear weather of today. Just superb. They should be great for the weekend too - cloud forecast for tomorrow and clearer conditions on Sunday.

Lifts currently operating:
Lift No3B aside, all lifts look set to open today. Tree run courses open.

Official snow depth:
370cm   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Friday 3rd February 2012, 9:20am
Weather conditions: Cloud, blue skies
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
At last, some blue skies! That's what some people will definitely be saying anyway this morning. There is still quite a lot of white cloud hanging around the mountain but there's also a good share of blue sky and it's a lovely morning here in Zao.

There is just a few cm of snow to report this morning as the snow eased off yeaterday and overnight. It's another cold morning, of course, but I think lots of people will be revved up to get out there and enjoy the weather of today after that long run of snowy and cloudy conditions.

A chance of snow today actually according to the forecast - in a way I hope not - and also tomorrow but not heavy, followed by clearer conditions on Sunday and Monday.

One of the first events of the Zao Juhyo Festival 2012 tomorrow on the Uwanodai area of the resort starting at 7:30pm and so if you want a taste of a Japanese snow festival that's the place to be tomorrow.

Official snow depths (3rd February 12)
Utopia - 250cm
Chuo - 210cm
Paradise - 240cm
Uwanodai - 175cm

Operating lifts (3rd February 12)
All Ropeways (Skycable, Zao Chuo Ropeway, Zao Ropeway) operating.
All the runs at Zao are open.   Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Friday 3rd February 2012, 10:22am
Weather conditions: Sunny
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
More fresh snow fell overnight in Myoko, but nothing like what we've been seeing. It wasn't light and fluffy, though, so the going in the powder may be a bit heavy today. We also saw some pretty strong winds during the day yesterday, right after I posted the report, with some lift closings as well because of wind.

It's a nice sunny day, though, if cold: Suginohara reported -12°C this morning. It's nice to have some sun, though, after all the snow that's fallen. For everyone keeping score, it seems like the Myoko area is near the top in the national total snowfall standings (we win again!). Lots of sore backs among the locals, but it's a lot of fun to see just how much snow there is.

One local note: be sure and visit the Kamakura (giant igloo) festival at Akakan on Saturday night. Might as well celebrate al the snow in style.

Current Official Snow Depths

Akakura Onsen:

Akakan (Akakura Kanko):


Myoko Suginohara:

Seki Onsen:

Myoko Ski Park:



370cm   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Friday 3rd February 2012, 10:55am
Weather conditions: Cloud, partially sunny with blue skies
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
After all of the snowfall for the last run of days, it finally looks like it has slowed down a bit today. It has been a really cold morning until now with a thin bright layer of cloud and above that lots of nice blue sky on show. The local weather report says that the temperature of valley is -7C this morning and highest of -4C today.

Goryu is reporting 15cm of new this morning with 300cm of base. Cortina Resort is reporting 5cm of new past 12 hours with -10C of temperature on the top.

The forecast is saying that we should be getting light snowfall tonight again, but it likely won't be anything major. It seems like we are in for a good, mellow weekend of weather with Sunday in particular the clearer of the two days.

Even though the weather has finally calmed down, this dosen't mean that avalanche dangers have gone away. We still have Avalanche caution in northern Nagano. Travelling alpine and above the tree line is not recommended.

Play safely out there.


Official snow depths and operations @ Friday 3rd February 2012 AM:

Hakuba Goryu:
Goryu reported 15cm of new snow on upper slopes and a few cm on lower slopes. All weekday lifts operating (not Alps No2/4 lifts)
Official snow depths:
Alps daira - 305cm;
Toomi - 160cm;
Iimori - 140cm.

Hakuba 47:
Hakuba 47 reported 10cm of snowfall earlier this morning. All weekday lifts operating (not Line D).
Official snow depth:
Upper - 240cm
Lower - 130cm

Ski lifts/courses:
All lifts apart from Usagidaira pair, Happo No1 pair, Central Pair and top Grad quad lifts are operating today.
Official snow depth:
Usagidaira - 220cm;
Sakka - 140cm;
Nakiyama - 140cm.

Tsugaike Kogen:
Official snow depth:
Upper slopes - 300cm
Champion - 260cm

Hakuba Cortina:
Cortina was reporting 30-45cm of new snowfall overnight and another 10cm this morning. Limited operations today - lifts 4,5 and 7 not moving.
Official snow depth:
Upper - 385cm
Lower - 295cm

Hakuba Norikura:
Official snow depth:

Hakuba Iwatake:
Official snow depth:
Upper - 170cm
Lower - 120cm

Hakuba Sanosaka:

Hakuba Minekata:
120cm   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Friday 3rd February 2012, 11:11am
Weather conditions: Bluebird Day seems like a while since wrote that!
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
The snow started dumping around sunset last night and within about 3 hours we had accumulated over 30cm. This is no exaggeration! It was heavy and beautiful to watch as everything just got completely covered in the white powder.

It kept going throughout the night and up top we had a huge 75cm fall at Uenotaira. We had only been expecting 20cm max.

This morning the sun has come out and it is a perfect blue bird day in Nozawa. The sun is most welcome and will hopefully help with the huge recovery effort in clearing the snow from the Village today.

On the slopes this is a day most people wait their whole lives for. A massive 460cm level base, over 60cm of fresh powder, the sun is shining and the slopes are empty.

If you are here enjoy it, if not I recommend you get on a plane, train or bicycle and get up here!

Current Official Snow Depths Numbers:




Current Lift operations:
All open except Hikage Gondola

Current courses open:
All open
   Read more ...

Minakami Now!

Friday 3rd February 2012, 18:27pm
Weather conditions: Sun
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Another mixed day in Minakami with snow hammering down in the morning only for it to clear up later. Stunning blue skies and amazing views down into the valley with warmish temperature. The snow lower down started to get a bit heavy but still cold enough up top to keep it light and fluffy. Shady spots still have the best snow.

Light snow forecast for the weekend though there may be the odd glimpse of sun if you are lucky.   Read more ...

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22nd Feb, 10:10
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22nd Feb, 9:55
Myoko Now
22nd Feb, 9:54am
Hakuba Now
22nd Feb, 9:53am
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22nd Feb, 9:30
Yuzawa Now
22nd Feb, 9:15am
Madarao Now
22nd Feb, 8:53
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22nd Feb, 8:31
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22nd Feb, 7:56
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