Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 1st April 2018

Furano Now!

Sunday 5th January 2014, 8:23am
Weather conditions: Sunny
New snowfall: 7cm
Snow depth: 120cm
The weather was true to its word with falls right through to around 10pm last night. The powder was really light and dry so we had a great day on the slopes.
Today the day has broken into sunshine with little cloud at this stage. There will be great photo opportunities if you get up there early today with views across the ranges.

With the cloud lifting the temperature was a chilli -19 this morning but it should stabilise well to a minus 6C day.

Snow might be a little heavy as the day goes on.


Operating lifts:
Kitanomine Gondola 9:00am-3:00pm
Kitanomine high speed quad 8:30am-20:00pm
Kitanomine #2 chair 8:45am-3:20pm

Link Lift 9:00am-15:20pm

Furano Ropeway 8:30am-3:20pm
Furano Downhill Swift Lift #1 9:00-8:00pm
Downhill Romance #2 chair 8:45am-3:20pm
Downhill Romance #3 chair 9:00am-3:20pm
Prince Romance 8:30am - 4:00pm
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Minakami Now!

Sunday 5th January 2014, 8:55am
Weather conditions: Overcast
New snowfall: 10cm
Snow depth: 170cm
10cm of new snow at the valley level with currently cloudy skies and no wind. The snow is forecast to start again around midday and continue through until late tonight.

The sun comes out tomorrow so it should be a great day to enjoy the new snow. There may be some rain on Wednesday at the valley levelas the temps rocket up to possibly 5 deg C before the next snow storm, which looks like it will start on Thursday and stick around for 3-4 days.


170cm @ Tenjin
30cm @ valley   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Sunday 5th January 2014, 9:10am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 22cm
Snow depth: 155cm
Brrrrr, it's an extremely cold morning here in Hirafu. Niseko Village reporting a temperature of -14C a bit earlier this morning on upper slopes. It's about -7 degrees at the moment even here in the village. Be sure to go out wrapped up well today!

Good news. More than 20cm since yesterdays report. It was snowing heavily in the afternoon, in real style, thankfully quickly filling in tracks. It's snowing in style right at this moment on the mountain as well, though over the village there's also a bit of sunlight so mixed weather conditions early on. Which was will it go?

More good news. All lifts are go this morning, so there's no 'w' affecting things.

Monday to Wednesday we might see the snowfall easing off - though as almost always, never too far away - with the next decent snowfall after today forecast for later in the week.


Niseko Avalanche Report

Niseko base 6am: -7C, 20cm of fresh crystal snow. Moiwa 800m: NW10m/s, -12C, 30cm of fresh, slow development of snowdrifts. Annupuri 1150m:NW15m/s, -13C, 40cm of fresh, development of snowdrifts. Hirafu 1000m: 40cm of fresh, moderate storm until late night, development of snowdrifts. Annupuri peak 1308m: NW14m/s, -15℃. 12pm forecast: NW15m/s. Coastal data: Benkei cape NNW10m/s, Kamui cape WNW9m/s, 1.1m waves, 1012hPa.

Snowdrifts and cornices are developing in leeward SE facing slopes above 800m. According to snowfall transition, they are forming slightly heavy soft-slabs. Although the avalanche risk is considerable in slopes above 1000m with highly wind-affected snowdrifts development; namely Backbowl sidewalls and Higashi-One cornice slopes, the general avalanche risk is moderate to low. The snow in the tree is deep.

There has been 2 search & rescue cases in upper North face and strictly off-limits Haru no taki area yesterday. Critical accidents are being prevented in Niseko by explaining the dangers of out of bounds skiing and calling for people’s awareness. Please be aware that out of bounds skiing involves high risks. Always be prudent. Strictly of limits areas are not to be entered at any time and any reasons. One selfish thinking will increase the number of people ducking ropes and eventually end up in an accident. We strongly demand everyone to respect the Rules. Peak gates are scheduled to open, please pay attention to the ski patrol’s advice before stepping out of bounds. Beware of sudden change of weather.


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

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 295cm
Base - 155cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 210cm
Base - 140cm

Top - 170cm
Base - 150cm   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Sunday 5th January 2014, 9:20am
Weather conditions: Cloud/sun
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 170cm
It didn't end up much in terms of cm yesterday, though the poor visibility on the slopes continued through the day. Couldn't see much of anything late afternoon up on Iwatake and a friend came back from Happo with a similar story.

Anyway, resorts in Hakuba are just reporting a slight snowfall, with the most coming from the Hakuba Cortina in Otari, which is logging in 10-15cm of fresh. So that would be where the fresh is today.

It's -6 degrees at the moment, with just a light breeze. Quite a bit of cloud around but blue sky as well and the sun shining through at times. It should keep cold today and overnight, with more cloud/sun forecast for tomorrow.

Even after that serious dumpage a few days ago, in the never ending wish for fresh snow to fill in tracks left by holiday masses, we would like some more snow now! Looks like we are going to have to wait a short while. Around Tuesday/Wednesday it will get a bit warmer, with the next snow forecast for Thursday. More sun than snow though before then.


Official snow depth numbers and operations (as of 5th January 2014):

Hakuba Goryu:
Reporting 0cm of new snowfall on Iimori, 0cm at Toomi, 3cm on upper slopes.
Upper - 280cm
Toomi - 170cm
Iimori - 120cm

Hakuba 47:
Reporting 0cm of new snowfall.
Upper - 240cm
Lower - 120cm

Reporting 2cm of new snowfall at Riesen.
Usagidaira - 230cm
Nakiyama - 75cm
Sakka - 120cm

Hakuba Iwatake:
Upper - 200cm
Lower - 70cm

Tsugaike Kogen:
Tsuganomori - 280cm
Maruyama - 115cm
Kanenonaruoka - 130cm

Hakuba Cortina:
Reporting 10cm of new snowfall on lower slopes and 15cm on upper.
Upper - 262cm
Lower - 140cm

Hakuba Minekata:
100cm   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Sunday 5th January 2014, 9:30am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: 100cm
Last day of the new year holidays and today will likely get less busy with people returning home. There's still a lot of people around this morning though and those going up onto the slopes will be greeted by a new layer of snow.

OK so how about that snow? Well, including the snowfall during the day yesterday the resort is reporting new snowfall since my last report of 18cm on Yamabiko, 15cm on Uenotaira, 16cm at Hikage and 6cm on the lower Karasawa.

Light snow early this morning but the forecast for the day is for mostly just cloudy conditions.

Temperatures should be keeping cold, perhaps warming up a bit around Wednesday to be followed by another dip and possibly decent snowfall from Thursday.


Sunday 5th January 2014:

Official snow depths:
Yamabiko - 210cm
Uenotaira - 175cm
Hikage - 100cm
Nagasaka - 95cm
Karasawa - 65cm

All lifts operating

All courses open   Read more ...

Yuzawa Now!

Sunday 5th January 2014, 9:55am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 10cm
Snow depth: 110cm
Cloudy and sort of snowing on and off yesterday, and overnight too.

Result - resorts around town are reporting 10-15cm of fresh snow since yesterday. I had 10cm to clear off the car this morning.

Feels a bit the same this morning with light snow falling and cloudy but there have been glimpses of sunlight and signs that clouds might clear up a bit. Even some patches of blue sky over Minamiuonuma a bit earlier, but as I write this it has clouded over again and that light lazily falling snow is back with us. It's not going to give us much in terms of new cm though falling like it is.

A quick look at the forecasts. Some have this kind of light snow on and off over the next few days, others give us more of a chance of sun. All a bit mixed really. What does look promising is from Thursday onwards with decent snowfall and colder temperatures. That's what we'll need to keep our eyes on.

Last day of the holidays and typically less busy as people check out and go back home. From tomorrow, just a normal Monday for most people.

The busy holidays mean that generally courses are tracked out, so that upcoming snow refill would be very welcome.


Official resort snow depths @ Sunday 5th January 2014, AM:
Kagura (Tashiro):
Kagura (Mitsumata):
NASPA Ski Garden:
Gala Yuzawa:
Yuzawa Kogen:
Yuzawa Nakazato:
Yuzawa Park:
Maiko Snow Resort:
Ishiuchi Maruyama:
Joetsu Kokusai:
120cm   Read more ...

Madarao Now!

Sunday 5th January 2014, 10:10am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 15cm
Snow depth: 130cm
Some fresh snow to report this morning from Madarao. 15-20cm in fact, according to the resort on the slopes. 10cm or so at base I saw. A fresh layer.

A good cold morning as well and so conditions are being maintained.

Generally cloudy this morning, but there have been a few times when the clouds have cleared a bit and some sky to see. But mostly the clouds have moved back in quite quickly.

The next few days doesn't seem to bring much snowfall with snowy clouds due back from later on Wednesday and into the weekend. Looks like there's a really promising cold front due late in the week.

Before that though we might get to see some sun.


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 today.


Nighta tonight.   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Sunday 5th January 2014, 10:10am
Weather conditions: Cloud, some blue sky
New snowfall: 2cm
Snow depth: 160cm
This morning starts as we had yesterday. Some cloud, some blue sky, some sun. Nice.

A few cm of snowfall overnight and another cold start to the day in Zao. -5 at base, -11 at top station.

Still quite busy this morning.... last runs of the holidays for lots of people I would guess.

Similar conditions forecast for tomorrow and maybe a clearer day on Tuesday?


Official snow depths (5th January 14):
Utopia: 195cm
Chuo: 160cm
Paradise: 185cm
Uwanodai: 125cm
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Shiga Kogen Now!

Sunday 5th January 2014, 10:30am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: 110cm
Snow is falling still here in Shiga Kogen. It's a steady light snowfall, not the stuff that brings us half a meter overnight, but steady all the same. Visibility is pretty decent here in Maruike actually, can see right over to Higashitateyama.

Are we on for a few days of clearer weather from tomorrow? Perhaps. Doesn't look like there'll be much in terms of snow that's for sure. But overnight into Thursday is looking much promising. After the forecast milder conditions Tuesday and Wednesday, it should be getting back to being really cold come Thursday and more snow forecast.


Official snow depth data, as of Sunday 5th January 2014, 9am):

Sun Valley:





Hoppo Bundaira:

Takamagahara Mammoth:


Ichinose Family:


Ichinose Diamond:


Okushiga Kogen:

Kumanoyu (skiers only):

100cm   Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Sunday 5th January 2014, 10:30am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 30cm
Snow depth: 200cm
A pretty good snowfall overnight - not as great as a lot of us would have liked, but maybe 30-40cm in places, though resorts posting smaller updates. The snow keeps on falling this morning, and it was pretty cold for the daily ritual of using heavy machinery to clear frozen water; about -5 at 6 am.

Light winds from the north, some fog higher.

No heavy snow on the forecast until later in the week, but some sun around Tuesday for those who like that shiny stuff. Your writer awaits zero visibility due to snow and the need for snorkels.


Official info:

Akakura Kanko:

Akakura Onsen:


Myoko Suginohara:

Seki Onsen:

Myoko Ski Park:

Myoko Kyukamura Runrun


Tangram Ski Circus
140cm   Read more ...

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