Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 1st April 2018

Madarao Now!

Sunday 6th February 2011, 8:02am
Weather conditions: cloud and sunshine
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Last day of the weekend and Madarao has a white cloud over it this morning, sunshine sessions expected, with no new snow predicted. Over night there was around 5cm of fresh snow added to the slopes coverage. An unusually warm and fine day is ahead of us.

The temperature at the moment is sitting at a warmer -3.0 degrees in the villiage. This will vary between 5.0 and -6.0 degrees.

While visability conditions are currently good on the mountain, varing between excellent and good as the sunshine and cloud spend another day in Madarao.

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 13 Lift
No 15 lift
Tangram No 2 Lift

Moving Belt at Kids Park
Snowboard beginner course   Read more ...

Yuzawa Now!

Sunday 6th February 2011, 8:11am
Weather conditions: Sunny
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
There are lovely blue skies this morning over Yuzawa and once again mild temperatures - it is 2 degrees now with a high of around 6 or 7 on the forecast.

I'll be posting the full report later on this afternoon.



Well, yes it has been another bright day in Yuzawa so far but more of a hazy silvery blue once again for the most part rather than deep blue. And yes, it has been very mild as well - a real spring-like feeling in the air unfortunately. Don't want to say it, but it's true.

Right now it is around 7-8 degrees in Yuzawa and the 4-5 days of generally mild and sunny weather has really started to affect the snow conditions.... where I have been out anyway the last few days. I have noticed a real difference in the snow today compared with just two days ago. It was light and fluffy but today things are a bit more shredded icy in the morning and getting heavier and wet in the afternoon. As you would expect I suppose with a run of mild weather.

Just to give you an idea, there was 320cm of snow (naturally) piled up behind my home at the beginning of the week. Today that is standing at 260cm. So obviously there is still a huge amount of snow!

Being positive though the snow will of course be back. The big question is -- when will wintery-like conditions come back? Looking at the forecast for the week, we may see some light snow overnight into tomorrow but after that it looks like it will be next weekend before we will likely see much fresh snowfall. In between that it will be a mix of clearer conditions, cloud and the possibly dusting of snow especially at higher areas.

The slopes have been pretty busy this weekend at popular runs and resorts. This weekend and next weekend are probably two of the busiest of the peak winter season and so in one way it is good to see crowds - of course, not as good if you are in them waiting for a lift! But it's manageable and not like things were 20 years ago. Expect it to get quieter from now as some people start making their way back home.

So, come on Snow Gods, give us some new topups. Never enough!   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Sunday 6th February 2011, 10:56am
Weather conditions: Thin cloud, blue skies
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
The is some thin white cloud giving the sky a white tinge this morning but the sun is burning through and it looks like we're going to have great weather all today as was forecast.

No wind to speak of at 1400m, even at 2000m only very light Southerlies. Currently 1 degree at 1400m, already 6 degrees at the Ski Jumps (760m), so looks like today will see some rather warm temperatures.... perhaps even up to around +7 degrees. Yikes.

Since the last powder morning one week ago we've seen some real warm weather and almost spring-like conditions with the snow getting soft in the day, melting off and freezing in the shade/overnight so a real mix of conditions on resorts.

The resorts are pretty busy as you might expect for one of the peak weekends of the season, but expect things to start quietening down in the afternoon as the weekenders start making their way back.

Forecast is for possible snow showers overnight and occasionally through the week with possible heavy snow at the end of the week. Bring it on please!

Play safe and enjoy.

Official snow depths and operations @ Sunday 6th February AM:

Hakuba Goryu:
Night time operations from 6pm until 9:30pm.
Alps daira - 310cm;
Toomi - 170cm;
Iimori - 150cm.

Hakuba 47:
Normal operations today.
Snow depth (upper) - 200cm.

Nakiyama nighta now operating.
Usagidaira/Kurobishi - 230cm;
Sakka - 140cm;
Shirakaba - 110cm;
Nakiyama - 110cm.

Tsugaike Kogen:
Snow depth - 290cm
Maruyama area - 125cm
Champion - 200cm

Hakuba Iwatake:
Upper - 175cm
Lower - 115cm

Hakuba Cortina:
Upper - 325cm
Lower - 195cm

Hakuba Sanosaka:

Hakuba Minekata:
150cm   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Sunday 6th February 2011, 11:16am
Weather conditions: Cloudy start but sunny up top
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
If you were thinking of taking a day of the slopes, today is as good as any.

There's lots of people about and the resort is pretty tracked out in places. Temperatures are warm and there is no wind so it's good day for some people still. Clearing skies this morning and nice conditions on the groomers.

Some snow is due in tonight though so will be most welcome - lets hope it comes off, though it is unlikely to bring huge amounts.

Yesterday was great in the afternoon when the snow had softened up a bit and the sun came out.

The decent dump due on Friday is looking promising and more behind it so I suppose it's a case of enjoying the sun while you can!

Crowds should be gone after Lunch and the weekdays will be back to empty lift lines.

Courses open:

All except the following
Uenotaira Half Pipe
Karasawa Wave Park

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

Minakami Now!

Sunday 6th February 2011, 11:35am
Weather conditions: Overcast
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Still pretty cold around here and the warm spell we were threatened hasn't materialized yet.

Yesterday started off with clear blue skies and it looked like it would be another warm one, like the day before. The clouds soon came in though and it even tried to snow around lunchtime. It stayed in all afternoon and felt pretty cold up in the resorts.

Today is much the same with cloud overhead and the occasional bit of light snow trying to fall. The groomed runs are perfect right now though much of the off-trail riding is quite hard work.

This weather pattern looks set to stay for next week with a possibility of a couple of overnight dustings.   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Sunday 6th February 2011, 12:09pm
Weather conditions: Overcast with increasing cloud
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
No new snow since last report and it was pretty cold with clear skies last night with temps in Kutchan getting down to -17 degrees. Today is overcast and cloud should increase later with snow expected to start tonight. Hopefully there'll be a reasonable amount so that tomorrow we have something good to report!

Current Official Snow Depths:

Grand Hirafu:
Top - 380
Bottom - 200

Niseko Village:
Top - 380
Bottom - 200

Top - 310
Bottom - 220

Avalanche Information:

A strong SW wind is persisting above 1000m and is developing wind-packed slabs due to blown snow. There is no new snowfall and the general condition is similar to yesterdays. Avalanches occur when the conditions are right, no matter the amount of snowfall. Falling in a steep slope may lead a slab to collapse and trigger a small avalanche. Even in small scale, avalanches are powerful enough to drag a person down a long distance and could eventually result in a tragic accident. The fatal accident in New Year’s happened in a similar condition. Never underestimate the dangers of Winter Mountains. If many people duck ropes, the possibility of accidents would equally rise. Do not duck ropes, use the access gates to step out and seek for the ski patrol’s advice before you do.
Annupuri peak 6am: average SW10m/s, -13.4℃. Coastal data: SSE4m/s at Benkei cape, SSW5m/s and 1.1m waves at Kamui cape. -10℃ at the base of the mountain.
Nice day for carving groomers today, fresh snow will eventually come back.
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Zao Now!

Sunday 6th February 2011, 13:00pm
Weather conditions: Clear
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
A few headaches in Zao this morning after one of the festivals of the season.

Those who got up early will have been treated to some more fine and generally clear conditions on the mountain with the sun doing it's thing and hardly any wind along with mild temperatures getting close to 0 degrees.

From tomorrow things should start getting colder again and things are looking good for some new powder to arrive at the end of the coming week. Before then there is a chance of light snow showers and dustings, but look to around Friday for the next considerable snowfall in the region. We might see more of the sun though this week until then so a good chance to make the most of these mild and clear conditions. As you found out in January, we can literally go weeks without seeing them!   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Sunday 6th February 2011, 13:08pm
Weather conditions: Very fine weather
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
More fine conditions in Shiga Kogen this morning as the mild conditions continue. I hardly dare say the S word (spring) but it feels almost spring-like in some ways, though actually temperatures are keeping low enough to generally preserve the snow conditions. Though a fresh layer would be most welcome. That's one of the advantages of being as high up as we are here, though I suspect more town level ski resorts in areas of Nagano will be seeing less favorable snow conditions right now.

But anyway, the sun is out there's a mild slight breeze and it feels great to be out on the mountains. Quite busy, not as much as yesterday generally I'd say, and as always later on a Sunday afternoon things start to quieten down.

I think we can expect it start getting colder from tomorrow and a mix of cloud/clear/light snow through until the end of the week when a decent snowfall looks likely on the current forecast.

Nighta operations this evening planned at the following resort area:

- Ichinose Family

Official resort snow depths as of 6th February 2011 AM:

Sun Valley:
Ichinose Family:
Ichinose Diamond:
Okushiga Kogen:
200cm   Read more ...

Naeba Now!

Sunday 6th February 2011, 13:16pm
Weather conditions: Sunny, clear silvery skies.
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
The sun is out again at both Naeba and Kagura as the run of mild weather continues. It's kind of an overcast hazy sunny and just light almost warm breeze after a misty early start to the day on the upper slopes. Early on it was around -4 degrees but we are into positive territory now as the sun does it's work.

The last few days has seen some unseasonably warm conditions and the snow in places has inevitably taken a hit because of it. Lower slopes are getting a big heavy while conditions higher up on the mountain remain good. As always in these situations, the higher the better really. Though even on the upper slopes a good new dump of snow would be most welcome.

And when can we expect that? Well, it looks like it will be the end of the coming week before we can expect anything decent in terms of snowfall. Perhaps a few dustings of snow between now and then, with a chance of a bit more than that tonight. Lets hope it gets colder and we see that snow arrive and I can report that to you tomorrow morning.

In the meantime, a good time to enjoy the clear sunny weather out there.

Official Snow Depths:


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Furano Now!

Sunday 6th February 2011, 15:36pm
Weather conditions: Partly Cloudy
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Another beautiful day here in Furano with plenty of sunshine keeping temperatures from getting to cold this afternoon. We received a few centimeters of snow yesterday, so those that got out there early this morning were the lucky ones today. Today has been fairly dry, but tomorrow promises some real snow starting out as flurries shortly after midnight tonight and turning heavier as we head towards day break. This is a good pattern for a lot of accumulation, so here's hoping for February's first big snow!

Winds are starting to pick up this afternoon, keeping in time with the changing of the weather. Even though it's relatively warm at -1, you way want to bundle up to keep the wind off exposed areas. Next week promises to be absolutely amazing for snow, with appreciable accumulation forecast for six out of the next seven days.   Read more ...

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