Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 28th May 2018

Minakami Now!

Thursday 3rd March 2011, 7:18am
Weather conditions: Snow and wind
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Winter is back. Boot deep snow in the valley and more up in the resorts. The wind is howling though and with some really strong gusts whistling outside it is looking like it will be another cold one today.

The wind came in especially strong yesterday afternoon making it feel particularly cold. The snow kept up all day and there was a good few centimetres of fresh floating around to enjoy.

Conditions today promise to be fantastic both on and off trail, though the wind will have scoured any exposed areas and may cause problems with lift operations. It will hopefully ease as the day goes on.   Read more ...

Madarao Now!

Thursday 3rd March 2011, 8:17am
Weather conditions: Heavy snowfall until the weekend
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
It is a powder paradise today here in Madarao! A fantastic day of powder runs ahead for all riders on the mountain. Overnight the resort has received a whopping 60cm of fresh snow, and the snowfall is predicted to continue well into the weekend!

Visibility will remain quite poor throughout the day as the resort will continue to be pounded by heavy snowfall, although like yesterday, the powder on every course on the mountain will more than make up for it! Just make sure you have todays essential accessory; googles.

While the temperature tells us Winter has not finished with Madarao as it will sit at a chilling -8.0 C for most of the day, not that this will bother anyone emerced in a ridiculous amount of fresh powder! There is also sessions of strong winds predicted across the mountain, so seeking coverage amoung the trees in one of the mountains tree land courses is a suggestion.

This weekend is the first day of the Madarao Speed Challenge event, held on the 6th, 13th and 20th of this month.

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 15 lift
Tangram No 2 Lift

Moving Belt at Kids Park
Snowboard beginner course

Free ride park: open   Read more ...

Yuzawa Now!

Thursday 3rd March 2011, 9:00am
Weather conditions: Snow, cloud
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Very good news this morning as winter returns.

Kagura is reporting a whopping 50cm of fresh snowfall on it's upper slopes this morning! Bit of a surprise that one, at least so much. Strong winds up there though mean that this morning there are some restricted operations up there - Mitsumata Ropeway to the Kagura No 1 pair lift and Tashiro Ropeway to the Tashiro No1 quad lift areas are open. (I know the official snow depth hasn't changed, but the 50cm of fresh snow is correct!)

Kagura will have no doubt got the most new snow but expect decent amounts on the slopes of other resorts around town as well this morning.

Yesterday afternoon there was about 5cm of snow on the car by 4pm as the snow was coming down for most of the day after a weak start, and overnight there has perhaps been another 20-30cm or so in the town area. It is continuing to snow as well now and the forecast actually has another healthy amount of snow falling in the region over the coming 24 hours (30cm average with a maximum of 70cm!) So this is all very good news and lets hope that this cold front brings as much new snow as possible.

So conditions out there today will be back to good with this new layer of snow and hopefully better tomorrow and Friday as this snow continues.

Official snow depths @ Thursday 3rd March 2011 AM




Gala Yuzawa:

Yuzawa Kogen:

Yuzawa Park:

Yuzawa Nakazato:

Kandatsu Kogen:


NASPA Ski Garden:

Ishiuchi Maruyama:


Evening update:

It's great to be able to report the current winter conditions so here's an update.

The snow has been coming down all day here in Yuzawa - stronger at times than others - but by 5pm there was 20cm or so of new snow on the car (since 10am this morning). It is currently -3 degrees in town.

The Niigata local forecast tell us to expect between 20-30cm more snow between now and 9am this morning, so it is going to continue snowing through the night and actually snow is on the forecast for tomorrow as well.

Looks like after that we are going to see clearer conditions over the weekend so perfect timing for those looking for a blast of peak-season snow conditions this coming weekend.

Very nice.   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Thursday 3rd March 2011, 9:08am
Weather conditions: Snow, cloud
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Winter! Snow!

Yes, winter has come back in style this morning as people in Shiga Kogen are treated to some new deep powder conditions out there.... up to 50cm of fresh snow in places and certainly 30+cm on the car this morning. How things can change so quickly - after that period of very spring like to mid-winter all over a day or so! Actually, so much snow has been a bit of a surprise to pretty much everyone here - but, a good surprise!

There's a fairly strong blowy cold wind out there still early this morning but if you are ok with that you will be treated to some fine snow and quiet slopes out there today.

More snow forecast for today and tomorrow along with cold winter-like temperatures before probably clearing up for the weekend.

Nighta operations this evening planned at the following resort area:

- Ichinose Family

Official resort snow depths as of 3rd March 2011 AM:
Many of the below official numbers don't seem to be reflecting this new snow yet... no worries, it's here!

Sun Valley:
Ichinose Family:
Ichinose Diamond:
Okushiga Kogen:
210cm   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Thursday 3rd March 2011, 9:13am
Weather conditions: Snow, cloud
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
The snowy conditions continue this morning and a decent 10-15cm of fresh snow to report. It is a cold morning, -5 degrees in village at the moment and the top of the mountain reporting a temperature of -12 degrees. There is a moderate wind and poor visibility out there meaning not the best conditions to be out there with all the snow blowing about. Of course, this new snow is meaning improved snow conditions to slide on.

Snow should be continuing to fall today and tomorrow though we may see the weather conditions clearing up and calming down by the weekend and so it should be a good weekend coming up.

Turning into being a really decent start to March.

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Niseko Now!

Thursday 3rd March 2011, 9:29am
Weather conditions: Snowing
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Snow fell on and off through much of the afternoon yesterday and overnight. All up we've up around 15-20cm fall since last report. The wind has picked up as well and there's been significant drifting around the mountain. Currently it is snowing and it is cold. Up high wind chills will be below -20 so cover up exposed skin or else you might find yourself getting a little frostbite. Higher lifts in the Grand Hirafu area are currently on wind hold so there'll be no access to the peak. Around Niseko Village and Annupuri they are a bit more protected and all lifts are running. Annupuri bowl and through gate 7 would be my pick for the day.

Current Official Snow Depths:

Grand Hirafu:
Top - 390
Bottom - 190

Niseko Village:
Top - 370
Bottom - 170

Top - 360
Bottom - 210

Avalanche Information:

A moderate storm with northwesterly wind with on and off snow is persisting above 800m elevation due to the mild winter weather pattern. Snowdrifts are developing in leeward slopes. Relatively high risk of a 50cm thick surface slab avalanche is present, especially during the morning, in Backbowl’s sidewalls, Osawa cornice slopes, upper Mikaeri and Moiwa 2nd bowl. It is wiser to stay away from these places while the storm is persisting. Peak gates are scheduled to open around 10am, however is subject to the coming weather conditions. Please respect the ski patrol’s decisions. The snow in the trees is in good condition. Ride out the valleys avoiding riding all the way down to the bottom. Avalanches run through the gully bottoms. Newly developed cornices and knolls are very unstable and vulnerable to the slightest stimulations, stay away from these features. The temperature is very low in high altitudes, beware of frostbites.
Coastal data: N12m/s, 2.4m waves at Kamui cape. Annupuri peak 7am: NW12.5m/s, -14.6℃. Have a safe day.
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Naeba Now!

Thursday 3rd March 2011, 9:31am
Weather conditions: Snow storm!
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
I was talking about the forecast of 30cm-60cm yesterday, so how did it turn out?

Well, here in Naeba village there is perhaps around 15cm of snow on the ground. The wind is blowing things around and so difficult to put a number on it. But Kagura resort are putting a number on their new fresh snowfall, and the number is.... 50cm! Yes, 50cm of lovely snow has fallen since yesterday up there which should make conditions pretty sweet. The strong wind is conspiring against us though and because of it Kagura isn't fully open (Mitsumata to the Kagura pair and Tashiro to the Tashiro No 1 quad).

Right now the snow is coming down well and we're really into blizzard-like conditions out there.... heavy snow, strong winds and poor visibility. It's also cold and -6 degrees down on the ground with a temperature of -12 reported from the upper slopes of Naeba. Brrrr, feels like winter again.

The snow should continue today with the local Niigata forecast calling for another 30-70cm into tomorrow. That would be fantastic and really bring conditions back up to top level. More snow forecast tomorrow before things clearing up for the weekend.

Great stuff. The coming weekend should be excellent.

Official Snow Depths:



The above numbers aren't reflecting that new snowfall!   Read more ...

Furano Now!

Thursday 3rd March 2011, 9:36am
Weather conditions: Sunny
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Yesterday afternoon it started to snow lightly and by evening there had been 3cm accumulation at the base. Through the night winds were moderate and died down early in the morning. It had continued to snow through the night and we have woken up to a beautiful layer of 10cm of fresh powder blanketing the village. Expect at least 15cm on the upper mountain. The day looks picture perfect with clear skies, sun and total calm. The mountain has been extensively groomed from top to bottom and will be excellent for some early morning carving turns - not a morning to miss out on; I feel sorry for those who had a big night last night.   Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Thursday 3rd March 2011, 10:01am
Weather conditions: Snowing
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
A lot of snow has fallen overnight; there's a lot of drifting, too, so it's hard to tell just how much, but I'll go with the official word of my newspaper deliveryman and occasional snowthrower repairman and say we got a meter overnight (this is a guy who can get heavy machines going just by laying hands on them, and he's not some old grizzly curmudgeon...pretty good teppanyaki cook, too. The kind of guy you believe when he says, "One meter."). Anyway, it's a lot of snow, enough to delay trains in the morning, with enough wind that you might want to check on operations (Akakan gondola, Suginohara No. 3 lift in particular).

The cracking that we've seen on slopes means that the Maruyama lift at Akakura Onsen is closed because of avalanche danger (they're officially saying it, too—good for them for being forthcoming). It's really hard to tell what conditions might be like outside the lift served areas, (because I haven't gotten out yet), but the wind-packed snow, and the very wet layer below, suggest that at least it might be hard going, at worst dangerous in some places. A little caution is advised today.

And it's colder, which accounts for the snow as well. Stay warm, and enjoy the new snow!

Current Official Snow Depths:

Akakura Onsen:

Akakan (Akakura Kanko):


Myoko Suginohara:

Seki Onsen:

Myoko Ski Park:



190cm   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Thursday 3rd March 2011, 10:02am
Weather conditions: Some cloud
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
It didn't dump but its great to see some fresh snowfall in the valley! Goryu are reporting 10cm up top and 5cm below, and we had some accumulation overnight in the valley which pretty much matches this.

Temperatures are colder than they've been for a while, currently -5.5 in the valley, -11 at 1400m and -17 up at 2080m. We got some strong winds overnight up high and picking up this morning up the top of Happo; it blew a fair bit of snow around in the valley so we can assume there will be some better pockets of pow and some real wind-swept areas.

There's some high cloud up there but visibility on the resort is pretty good. All in all it's a cold one but a good day for getting some much-missed fresh snow. Snow showers are forecast through today and tomorrow hopefully bringing in even more fresh stuff, at this temp powder will be dry and light. Enjoy the latest gift from above!

Official snow depths and operations @ Thursday 3rd March AM:

Hakuba Goryu
Goryu is reporting 10cm of fresh snowfall up top and up to 5cm lower down on Thursday morning.
Night time operations from 6pm until 9:30pm.
Alps daira - 285cm;
Toomi - 160cm;
Iimori - 120cm.

Hakuba 47:
47 is reporting another 5cm of fresh snow up top Thursday morning.
Normal operations today.
Snow depth (upper) - 205cm.

Nakiyama nighta now operating.
Usagidaira/Kurobishi - 225cm;
Sakka - 80cm;
Shirakaba - 80cm;
Nakiyama - 80cm.

Tsugaike Kogen:
Snow depth - 295cm
Maruyama area - 150cm
Champion - 220cm

Hakuba Iwatake:
Upper - 170cm
Lower - 110cm

Hakuba Cortina:
Cortina is reporting 20cm of fresh snow on Thursday morning.
Upper - 340cm
Lower - 200cm

Hakuba Sanosaka:

Hakuba Minekata:
95cm   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Thursday 3rd March 2011, 10:51am
Weather conditions: Snowing moderately
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Winter is still back with vengeance today as we had around a half meter of fresh snow falling overnight! Yes, you read that correctly! Just when we thought it might be safe to hang up the shovels.

We have received more than the Magic foot and the base has smashed back thru the 300cm mark to a beautiful 330cm up top.
It was snowing all day both up top and below yesterday but only got cold enough to start settling in the Village from about 4pm. It quickly started to pile up though and within a few hours we had 20cm on the front door.

This morning we had to dig our way through about 40cm to get out. Will be even more up top with the feeling of January conditions quickly returning.

Anyone heading off the beaten track should be careful today with all this fresh snow on a hard base there is a chance of slides in some areas.

The forecast is for snow to continue to fall until early Saturday when we should get a clear weekend then back into consistent snow falling all week next week. So anyone who has put their faith in the magic of March looks like they will be rewarded.

Courses open:

All except the following
Uenotaira Half Pipe
Karasawa Wave Park

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

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12th Aug, 0:17pm
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06th May, 9:04am
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06th May, 9:02
Nozawa Onsen Now
06th May, 8:41
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06th May, 8:35
Myoko Now
06th May, 8:35am
Zao Now
06th May, 8:30am
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06th May, 8:28am
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