Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 25th May 2020

Furano Now!

Wednesday 5th March 2014, 7:50am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 10cm
Snow depth: 210cm
Wow its going to be a pearler out there. Even the snow plougher for the hotels were out before 4:20am so they are super excited.
A good 10cm fell overnight so it should great under foot today.
Currently its a very light fall and there is no wind to disturb it. We should have snow showers continuing throughout the day to keep the slope lively.
Go out & track out!


Operating lifts:
Kitanomine Gondola 9:00am-4:00pm
Kitanomine high speed quad 8:30am-8:00pm
Kitanomine #2 chair 8:45am-4:00pm

Link Lift 9:00am-4:00pm

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

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Niseko Now!

Wednesday 5th March 2014, 9:01am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 12cm
Snow depth: 190cm
Yesterday was actually really good out there on the snow, very nice conditions were to be found.

Today should be better. It was snowing hard at times yesterday, really coming down in the evening, and this morning there's another 10-15cm to report.

It's not as cold actually as it has been and just around -3 degrees now and snow is forecast on and off for the day. Should be colder from tomorrow and snow is lined up on the forecast every day right through into next week.



Niseko Avalanche Report

Niseko base 6am: -5C, 25cm of low pressure generated crystal snow in the past 12 hours. Moiwa 800m: calm wind, -6C, 25cm of fresh, light development of snowdrifts. Annupuri 1150m: SW5m/s, -6C, 25cm of fresh, white-out, snowpack 315cm. Peak 1308m: S3.1m/s, -8.2℃. Hirafu 1000m: -6C, 20cm of fresh, white-out. Coastal data: cape Benkei SSW2m/s, cape Kamui SSW3m/s, 0.6m waves, 1016hPa.

March 3-4th slab has stabilized and the avalanche risk in predominant slopes is low. The snow in the trees has been reset and in good shape. Today’s snow is of a passing low-pressure system and could trigger soft-slab avalanche in steep slopes. Caution is still required. Thick fog is present above 1000m due to air-mass transposition; visibility is very bad. Peak gates opening is yet to be determined, please follow the ski patrol’s instructions. Do not duck ropes. Better not stimulate knolls and cornices, especially in poor visibility. Beware of falling into cracks; they are hardly visible from above. The wind will pick up as the visibility turns better. Beware of sudden weather changes. Collapsing cornice hazard is persisting above 800m. Have a nice, long waited powder day.


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

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 390cm
Base - 190cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 350cm
Base - 200cm

Top - 380cm
Base - 200cm   Read more ...

Madarao Now!

Wednesday 5th March 2014, 9:04am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: 210cm
Wet snow falling this morning and quite mild. Better than wet rain for sure, and actually quite big 'flakes' as well just now, and more snow is on the way... hopefully of the more powdery kind.

Looking at the forecast, it's looking pretty good actually. Snow every day through into next week? Would be great. Make it happen! If it does happen, we will all be as pleased as people who are extremely pleased with the snow conditions.

I'll keep you updated!


Operating lifts (planned):

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 ...

Zao Now!

Wednesday 5th March 2014, 9:12am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 3cm
Snow depth: 260cm
It is mild this morning in Zao, but some snow is falling. The snow is a bit heavy and wet, but there's about 3cm or so down in the village so far but from tomorrow we should be having much colder conditions. Looks like it might well drop down to peak season winter-like conditions again. Obviously that would be great.

Snow still on the forecast to and beyond the weekend. Still wind on the forecast too.


Official snow depths (5th March 14):
Utopia: 290cm
Chuo: 260cm
Paradise: 280cm
Uwanodai: 180cm   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Wednesday 5th March 2014, 9:30am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 150cm
What can best be called wet sleet falling at the moment here, but we are expected still to be on the verge of a run of snow... and maybe actually pretty decent snowfall.

The prospect of snow every day into next week is all very exciting, so let's just hope we are not disappointed.

For now the resort is officially reporting 5cm of fresh on the top Yamabiko courses and 3cm on Uenotaira, and it is a fairly mild-ish +1C in the village and not much colder up top.


Wednesday 5th March 2014:

Official snow depths:
Yamabiko - 310cm
Uenotaira - 245cm
Hikage - 150cm
Nagasaka - 145cm
Karasawa - 110cm

Weekday operations - all lifts operating except:
Yunomine pair
Mizunashi triple
Challenge pair
Utopia pair
Hikage Number 2 pair B

All courses open except:
Grand Prix
Kandahar West
Kandahar East   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Wednesday 5th March 2014, 9:35am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: 180cm
Gradually returning to more winter like conditions; some snow overnight and snow falling now in Shiga Kogen.

It's a bit windy out there but not that cold still right now.

Looking good for snow and colder temps though over the next few days, the colder conditions coming up from tomorrow.


Official snow depth data, as of Wednesday 5th March 2014):

Sun Valley:





Hoppo Bundaira:

Takamagahara Mammoth:


Ichinose Family:


Ichinose Diamond:


Okushiga Kogen:

Kumanoyu (skiers only):


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Minakami Now!

Wednesday 5th March 2014, 9:40am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 10cm
Snow depth: 360cm
10cm of new snow on the ground with wet snow falling at present and some possible rain at the valley later this afternoon. The upper resorts should stay snowing.

There is now snow on the forecast for the next 9 days... which would make a great start to Spring for sure if it happens. Temps are also expected to remain low after today until mid next week, so there should be a few more powder days left in the season yet!


360cm @ Tenjin
50m @ valley   Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Wednesday 5th March 2014, 9:49am
Weather conditions: Overcast
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 270cm
This morning's official reports from the resorts are reporting snow, and to be fair the rain overnight did turn to the white stuff earlier this morning for a short while.

But it's back to light rain at the moment, but very light - thankfully none of the heavy rain that was predicted earlier in the week.

The good news is that snow lies ahead, and potentially a pretty good fall. We'll keep watching the hills and hopefully they will disappear in sheets of lovely white stuff very soon.


Official info:

Akakura Kanko:

Akakura Onsen:


Myoko Suginohara:

Seki Onsen:

Myoko Ski Park:

Myoko Kyukamura Runrun


Tangram Ski Circus
175cm    Read more ...

Yuzawa Now!

Wednesday 5th March 2014, 9:55am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 205cm
I was waiting a bit to post the report today hoping that this rain would change into snow. But unfortunately it isn't. It was raining quite heavily early this morning and now it's moderate rainfall I suppose.

According to the resorts themselves it is raining at most places around town....snowing up at Kagura, snowing at Yuzawa Kogen, but raining at the connecting GALA Yuzawa (?). Not quite sure how that works out other than to say that it's borderline rain/snow even higher up at the moment.

Not the nicest of conditions to be sure.

And all of this after the lovely day we had yesterday. The sun was out for most of the day, just getting overcast and cloudy later on in the day.

But not to fear. This rain will hopefully soon be behind us and it should be snowing. In fact, snow to report tomorrow morning? Hoping so. After that we have snowfall on the forecast right through into at least early next week and so we could be in for a good refresh.


Official resort snow depths @ Wednesday 5th March 2014, AM:
Kagura (Tashiro):
Kagura (Mitsumata):
NASPA Ski Garden:
Gala Yuzawa:
Yuzawa Kogen:
Yuzawa Nakazato:
Yuzawa Park:
Maiko Snow Resort:
Ishiuchi Maruyama:
Joetsu Kokusai:
210cm   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Wednesday 5th March 2014, 10:20am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: 165cm
The snow has started.

Lovely weather conditions yesterday in Hakuba with blue skies in the morning; it started to get overcast and cloudy later after lunchtime and by the time it got dark it was all grey.

Snow to report overnight. Resorts saying they have up to 5-10cm fresh out there and it is snowing now. Rather wet and not really sticking big time here in the village at the moment as it is keeping quite mild. Limited visibility on the slopes.

The forecast remains hopeful of some decent snow ahead of us. It should be colder tomorrow and snowing. I hope I can bring news of fresh delivery of quality snow tomorrow morning.


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

Hakuba Goryu:
Reporting 5cm of new snowfall at Iimori; 10cm at Toomi and upper areas.
Upper - 265cm
Toomi - 165cm
Iimori - 120cm

Hakuba 47:
Reporting 10cm of new snowfall.
Upper - 250cm
Lower - 80cm

Reporting 0cm of new snowfall.
Usagidaira - 225cm
Nakiyama - 70cm
Sakka - 90cm

Hakuba Iwatake:
Upper - 220cm
Lower - 60cm

Tsugaike Kogen:
Tsuganomori - 310cm
Maruyama - 100cm
Kanenonaruoka - 160cm

Hakuba Cortina:
Reporting 5cm of new snowfall.
Upper - 285cm
Lower - 170cm

Hakuba Minekata:
70cm   Read more ...

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