Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 26th May 2019

Furano Now!

Tuesday 4th February 2014, 8:15am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 4cm
Snow depth: 200cm
Wintery cold is the feeling that will hit when you step outside today with temperatures feeling rather chilly at -11c and will be like this until the end of the week.

There has been a few centimetres of new snow which has put a nice layer of fresh powder on top of perfectly groomed runs.

The weather is cloudy at the moment, and it is unlikely the cloud will break up and allow the sun through.


Operating lifts:
Kitanomine Gondola 9:00am-3:40pm
Kitanomine high speed quad 8:30am-8:00pm
Kitanomine #2 chair 8:45am-3:40pm

Link Lift 9:00am-3:40pm

Furano Ropeway 8:30am-3:40pm
Furano Downhill Swift Lift #1 9:00am-8:00pm
Downhill Romance #2 chair 8:45am-3:40pm
Downhill Romance #3 chair 9:00am-3:40pm
Prince Romance 8:30am - 4:00pm

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Niseko Now!

Tuesday 4th February 2014, 8:46am
Weather conditions: Sun and becoming increasingly clear
New snowfall: 10cm
Snow depth: 190cm
Just under 10cm of fresh snow this morning in the Hirafu village area.

Light snow and cloudy/overcast earlier on this morning but the skies have been clearing and we seem to be on for a fine, sunny day. Can't say I was expecting that! The local forecast still has cloud for the day so it may well cloud over once again. For now though - lovely morning.

Not much wind as well this morning with all resorts open as planned.

And it's keeping cold too, so it should be a good morning to be out on the mountain.

Back to snowy conditions tomorrow through Friday.


Niseko Avalanche Report

Niseko base 6am: -10C, 5cm of new snow in last 12 hrs. Moiwa 800m: Occassional northern flurries, Anbetsu side 30cm snowdrift growth. Annupuri 1150m: -13C, wind W8m/s, 10cm snowdrift growth. Hirafu 1000m: -12C, 10cm new snow, calm. Annupuri peak 1308m: -16.9C, wind NW10.3m/s. Cape Benkei: NW9m/s, Cape Kamui: wind N7m/s, wave 1.6m, pressure 1009hPa.

The weather is calm at both sea and mountains and there is little noticeable snowdrift development. Avalanche risk is low. Peak gates are expected to open this morning. Yesterdays tracks are not covered but the snow is good. The ridge lines are hard and crusty, not good for riding. When traversing go one by one. Ride the fall line, dont keep traversing under the cornices.

More cracks are appearing everyday, they release tension in the slope but do not necessarily cause an avalanche immediately. However on NW to NE (Goshiki Onsen side)slopes it is possible for a huge avalanche to be triggered deep within the snowpack at the same time the crack opens. Have a good day. Dont duck ropes.


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

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 380cm
Base - 190cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 345cm
Base - 230cm

Top - 285cm
Base - 210cm   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Tuesday 4th February 2014, 8:53am
Weather conditions: Cloudy/overcast, some blue sky
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 155cm
1cm of snow being reported from resorts around the village this morning (up to 3cm at Cortina!), with just a dusting down in the village areas.

Encouragingly cold though this morning after that period of way too warm and currently it is around -4C as we approach 9am. It should remain under zero for the day and be colder still tomorrow.

A slight breeze and overcast at the moment - perhaps some more blustery winds later on - with what looks like poor visibility on some higher slopes.

Snow showers on and off are forecast for the day, with tomorrow and Thursday looking to be dry.

The weekend is looking very promising at the moment. Note the use of the word 'very'! We really need a full on winter storm to bring us lots of fresh.


Official snow depth numbers and operations (as of 4th February 2014):

Hakuba Goryu:
Reporting 1cm of new snowfall up top.
Upper - 270cm
Toomi - 155cm
Iimori - 125cm

Hakuba 47:
Reporting 1cm of new snowfall at base and up top.
Upper - 245cm
Lower - 80cm

Reporting 0cm of new snowfall.
Usagidaira - 210cm
Nakiyama - 60cm
Sakka - 60cm

Hakuba Iwatake:
Upper - 170cm
Lower - 55cm

Tsugaike Kogen:
Tsuganomori - 310cm
Maruyama - 90cm
Kanenonaruoka - 120cm

Hakuba Cortina:
Reporting 1cm of new snowfall on lower slopes, up to 3cm higher up.
Upper - 268cm
Lower - 140cm

Hakuba Minekata:
60cm   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Tuesday 4th February 2014, 9:05am
Weather conditions: Mostly cloudy, some sun at base
New snowfall: 1cm
Snow depth: 115cm
Morning from Nozawa.

I'm happy to report that after another mild day - it was a balmy 6 degrees as the resort closed yesterday - temperatures have been dropping since late last night and it is going to be a much colder day today, currently -3 degrees at base.

There has also been some snowfall, albeit very limited. The resort is reporting 5cm on Uenotaira, and 1cm on the other areas of the mountain. Snow showers are reported for the day and just now it's actually a bit sunny down here in the village. Upper areas of the mountain are covered in cloud though and as of a short while ago it was snowing lightly up there. Not quite the huge dump of snow we are looking for, but definitely an improvement.

We are keeping hopeful for the chance of decent snow overnight tonight and while late on tomorrow and Thursday are forecast to be mostly dry, snow is due over the weekend. Potential. Come on, bring it on!

Let's see what I can report tomorrow morning.


Tuesday 4th February 2014:

Official snow depths:
Yamabiko - 235cm
Uenotaira - 190cm
Hikage - 115cm
Nagasaka - 110cm
Karasawa - 80cm

All lifts operating

All courses open except:
Kandahar West   Read more ...

Minakami Now!

Tuesday 4th February 2014, 9:06am
Weather conditions: Cloud, overcast
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 240cm
The colder temps are back with light snow starting to fall in Minakami at present. The forecast shows light snow falling intermittently throughout the day through to tomorrow mid-morning.

Thursday, Friday seem predominantly cloudy before the snow comes in again on Saturday through until Tuesday.

The Japan Met. service has now updated their Feb-March forecast for high probabilities of warmer than average temps for nearly all of Japan. This could see us with more spring conditions and a shorter season than normal.


240cm @ Tenjin
30m @ valley   Read more ...

Yuzawa Now!

Tuesday 4th February 2014, 9:21am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 140cm
Wazuka. Ussura. Both mean something like 'slightly' and that's what the resorts around town - including Kagura - this morning are reporting. Just a slight dusting of snow basically, not enough for 1cm.

As far as I know we didn't get rain last night but there were some quite strong winds late on. It is definitely colder this morning. It is also snowing as I write this - not great big flakes of snow, but snowing - and snow is forecast for today and all of tomorrow as well.

There is a good chance of heavy snowfall tonight.

So I am hopeful that it will take hold and am looking forward to my report tomorrow morning.


Official resort snow depths @ Tuesday 4th February 2014, AM:
Kagura (Tashiro):
Kagura (Mitsumata):
NASPA Ski Garden:
Gala Yuzawa:
Yuzawa Kogen:
Yuzawa Nakazato:
Yuzawa Park:
Maiko Snow Resort:
Ishiuchi Maruyama:
Joetsu Kokusai:
170cm   Read more ...

Madarao Now!

Tuesday 4th February 2014, 9:35am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: 180cm
Better this morning.

It's colder. It's snowing. It feels a bit more like winter this morning.

The resort says up to 10cm, I observe about 5cm at base and so fresh is fresh. And hopefully more on the way today and tomorrow.

Looking ahead next weekend is looking interesting too with the chance of decent snowfall if temps can remain lower.


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 every Saturday night until 22nd March.   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Tuesday 4th February 2014, 9:40am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 2cm
Snow depth: 140cm
Ahh, winter! Welcome back. You had us a bit worried there.

It is colder this morning thankfully and a dusting of new snow so it does feel more winter like, but we need it to be colder still and definitely want more snow. Light snow is falling at the moment and snow showers are likely through the day and fingers crossed tomorrow too.

Clearer conditions are likely around Thursday and Friday and while Saturday might get slightly warmer, snow is forecast.


Official snow depth data, as of Tuesday 4th February 2014, 9am):

Sun Valley:





Hoppo Bundaira:

Takamagahara Mammoth:


Ichinose Family:


Ichinose Diamond:


Okushiga Kogen:

Kumanoyu (skiers only):

160cm   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Tuesday 4th February 2014, 10:01am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 195cm
Good. I'm happy to be able to report that it is much colder this morning in Zao. That's a relief, it was feeling like late March yesterday afternoon. Hopefully a blip.

And it's looking more encouraging now. Light snow falling at the moment, snow forecast on and off for the next few days along with cold temperatures. And then snow again on Saturday, possibly heavy snow. That sounds good.

Just an update on the Yokokura Wall run... still closed and while the resort hasn't said so, I am hearing that they are not hopeful of opening it again this season. That's just rumour though it would seem - for now, it's just closed.


Official snow depths (4th February 14):
Utopia: 240cm
Chuo: 195cm
Paradise: 225cm
Uwanodai: 140cm
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Myoko Now!

Tuesday 4th February 2014, 10:33am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 2cm
Snow depth: 190cm
April has left and February has returned. Not with lots of snow yet, but the white stuff is back.

It's a little dust on gray ice at the moment, but hopefully there will be a lot more over the next few days. We need it, after two days where the wind and sun really brought down the levels (as reported by some of the more honest resorts below).

Again, just how well that old snow is going to bind to this fresh is an issue for anyone venturing off into the backcountry. With the thin snow cover so far, and the quick change of temperature, it's likely that there will be a hard layer persisting in the snowpack for a while, which of course means higher avalanche risk. Please be careful when the powder comes back!


Official info:

Akakura Kanko:

Akakura Onsen:


Myoko Suginohara:

Seki Onsen:

Myoko Ski Park:

Myoko Kyukamura Runrun


Tangram Ski Circus
165cm    Read more ...

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