Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 1st April 2018

Naeba Now!

Thursday 7th February 2013, 7:52am
Weather conditions: Sun, some cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 260cm
Snow did kind of continue yesterday but it wasn't the kind of snow that builds up and brings us new cm. Not much anyway.

The sun is out this morning over Naeba. Still some white clouds hanging around but I would say we are on for a sunny and bright day today.

The forecast tells us to expect clouding over followed by snow, perhaps by the end of today. Tomorrow we should get snow falling which will fingers crossed be a good run up to the weekend.


Official resort snow depth:
Naeba - 260cm
Kagura - 370cm

The top lift at Kagura is now open.   Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Thursday 7th February 2013, 7:54am
Weather conditions: Sunny, but clouding over fast
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 240cm
Heading for the hills today, so a quick report before I run! The ski resorts haven't released data yet, but it's a bit mild (right around 0°C) with some moderate to strong winds from the west. It looked at first like a sunny day ahead, but some high gray clouds above the mountains have already turned into snow. The trusty NHK forecast says there could be a lot of snow coming, so today could be an interesting and fun one. It would be nice to have some serious, genuine, so-much-snow-I-can't-see Myoko precipitation.

Operations and official snow depths (all from yesterday - will update!

Akakura Kanko (Akakan)
240cm, -3C

Akakura Onsen
245cm, 0C

210cm, -3C

190cm, -3C

Seki Onsen
430cm, -5C

300cm, 1C

Myoko Ski Park
260cm, -1C

200cm, -3C

200cm, -5C   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Thursday 7th February 2013, 8:47am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 410cm
Good morning from Niseko.

0cm of fresh snow this morning. A cloudy start to the day. It's about -4 degrees here in the Hirafu village area.

There's a moderate wind as well this morning which might mean lifts are affected again today. Early on the top lifts at all four ski resorts on the mountain are on hold, as well as the Niseko Gondola at Niseko Village. If conditions improve they might get moving, though the forecast is for the wind to continue and for snow to be falling soon.

This is just my personal observation but it does seem to me that this season we have been affected by wind more than usual...

So, the snow should be falling soon and hopefully continue through into the weekend. Here's hoping for a good amount of fresh snow to report soon.

It seems that yesterday a group of people were ascending Mt Yotei and encountered an avalanche, as mentioned in the Avalance Report this morning. Details are sketchy but apparently one member of the group has a broken femur (now in hospital) and happily there were no fatalities. Yotei is of course not a ski resort area and so you are on your own. It could very probably have been much worse. Another reminder of the real risks and potential dangers.

Take care out there.


Official Resort Snow Depths

Grand Hirafu & Niseko Hanazono
Top - 410cm
Bottom - 180cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 345cm
Bottom - 220cm

Niseko Village
Top - 360cm
Bottom - 200cm

Avalanche Information:

Niseko base 6am: -7C, no snowfall and calm morning. Moiwa 800m: -7C, no snowfall and no snowdrift development. Annupuri peak: S21.0m/s, -12.5C. Coastal data: SSE8m/s, 1008hPa, calm ocean.

A strong southerly wind is blowing in high altitude and the weather will come in later this morning. According to all data, the general avalanche risk is low. However gate 3 will be closed due to high winds. Other gates are yet determined, please respect the ski patrol's decisions. Although the avalanche risk is low, the mountain is tracked out, beware of tracks and carefully remain in control.

An avalanche accident has occured in Mt. Yotei's Makkari (south) face yesterday. Details not available. Skiing/riding skills will not prevent accidents; in Winter Mountains touring, the leader/guides responsibility consciousness in the decision-making process is extremely important. Avalanches will happen when the conditions allow, and becomes an accident if a person is involved in it. Cautious assessment of the existing risks is required whether in lift-access or hike-access backcountry. Don’t be overconfident of your skills and experiences.

The groomers are hard but nice and fast. Have a nice day.   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Thursday 7th February 2013, 9:04am
Weather conditions: Clear and sunny
New snowfall: 15cm
Snow depth: 230cm
We got about 15cm or so of fresh snow delivered in Zao I would say yesterday before evening time. Nice. Strong winds were blowing earlier this morning but now it has calmed down and it's blue skies above Zao.

-2 degrees in the village area, so not mad cold, and clear skies. Lovely morning.

Like the forecast has been saying, snow due again later on today and into tomorrow. Saturday will likely be clearer before more snow on Sunday. Should get colder from tomorrow as well.

Official snow depths

Chuo Area



140cm   Read more ...

Minakami Now!

Thursday 7th February 2013, 9:08am
Weather conditions: Sun
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 270cm
The sun is shining down with cold temperatures this morning. Right now it is -2C in the town and likely to warm up to around 7C this afternoon.

It was cold overnight and there will be some icy conditions this morning on the slopes so take care out there.

From tomorrow afternoon we can expect some fresh snow, another great weekend of fresh snow are expected.   Read more ...

Furano Now!

Thursday 7th February 2013, 9:13am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 170cm
There is high cloud this morning and light winds around the base area, increasing with elevation. The winds are forecast to increase as the day progresses and will remain moderate to strong tomorrow. It is forecast to start snowing in the afternoon and continue for the next few days.   Read more ...

Madarao Now!

Thursday 7th February 2013, 9:16am
Weather conditions: Clear, fine
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 200cm
No new snow that I can see on the ground this morning, though the resort seems to be claiming 5cm on the slopes. This morning is a fine and mostly clear on - just some wispy cloud here and there, but mostly sunny and blue skies. Not too cold either.

Snow due later on today and tomorrow along with forecast plummeting temperatures.

Got to say that this year we haven't been getting those consistent deep refreshes of snow like we saw last season, and more of this kind of milder day mid season. There's certainly enough so nothing to complain about really but here's too more of the former in the second part of the season! We like those full on crazy conditions.

Lifts planned to be operating:
Number 1
Number 2
Number 3
Super quad
Number 5
Number 11
Number 12
Number 15
Kids Park
FreeRide Park
Powder Wave I
Powder Wave II
Powder Theater
Adventure   Read more ...

Yuzawa Now!

Thursday 7th February 2013, 9:29am
Weather conditions: Blue sky, some cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 190cm
The snow yesterday didn't really amount to much more than a dusting at town level and the resorts aren't reporting any fresh this morning. This morning the sun has been out. Some thin wispy cloud up there but generally blue skies. Out in the Miniuonuma valley and looking north there does seem to be more cloud and indeed the local forecast is for the skies to cloud over later on today and hopefully by tonight it will be snowing.

It's about +1 degrees in Yuzawa at the moment with a light wind. Good visibility and quiet slopes.

Snow likely tomorrow and on and off through until Monday really.

Official resort snow depths @ Thursday 7th February 2013, AM:
Kandatsu Kogen:
NASPA Ski Garden:
Gala Yuzawa:
Yuzawa Kogen:
Yuzawa Nakazato:
Yuzawa Park:
Maiko Snow Resort:
Ishiuchi Maruyama:
Joetsu Kokusai:
250cm   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Thursday 7th February 2013, 9:36am
Weather conditions: Clear and sunny, just some cloud
New snowfall: 2cm
Snow depth: 130cm
Well we were hoping for a nice new layer yesterday and indeed we did get some more snow but it's pretty minimal. A few cm would probably cover it, maybe 5cm or so on the slopes around Shiga Kogen.

It's a beautiful morning here. About -3c in this Maruike area here and the Kumanoyu area reporting a low of -7. Lots of blue sky. Quite a bit of white cloud here and there too. Nice and bright and the sun shining down.

Colder conditions due tomorrow along with more snow. Clearer conditions on Saturday and then back to snow on Sunday. It's one of those periods when conditions are likely to change every day...

Sometimes I'm amazed at how quite some of the slopes are mid week. Some are popular with school trips and well known for it, but you can be in places and hardly see anyone as well.

Nighta operations planned for tonight at the following resort areas:
Ichinose Family

Official resort snow depths as of Thursday 7th February 2013 AM:

Sun Valley:
Ichinose Family:
Ichinose Diamond:
Okushiga Kogen:
220cm   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Thursday 7th February 2013, 10:01am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 20cm
Snow depth: 270cm
Snow yesterday and I'd say 15cm or so at village level by the evening time. Not the lightest powdery kind of snow, somewhat heavy. Resorts around the village will have got that and a bit more and I hear reports of up to 30cm in the resorts of Otari, perhaps slight less in Hakuba. Curiously the resorts seem to be almost coy about this new snow on their official reports this morning in a classic case of under-reporting.

Anyway as for today, overnight snow showers continued and at the moment again somewhat wet snow falling in village - hopefully lighter consistency snow on the mountain. Add a few more cm to the tally this morning so far.

As of 9:40am it is -1C at village level and around -4C up at 1400m on Usagidaira over in Happo, and a slight southerly wind. Generally poor visibility out on the slopes this morning with cloud cover and the snow.

This new 30cm or so is of course on top of the rain affected slopes that we had in the days previous, creating increased surface instability. It is recommended to stay inbounds at the moment and enjoy the conditions on the resort runs with the increased risks.

Snow forecast to continue on and off through tomorrow and according to some of the local forecasts we might have a clear and calm Saturday. Then back to snow for Sunday.


Official snow depths and operations @ Thursday 7th February 2013 AM:

Hakuba Goryu:
No numbers yet from Hakuba Goryu
Official snow depths:
Alps daira - 270cm;
Toomi - 135cm;
Iimori - 110cm

Hakuba 47:
1-2cm of new snowfall reported by Hakuba 47 since last night.
Official snow depth:
Upper - 225cm
Lower - 170cm

Official snow depth:
Usagidaira - 240cm
Nakiyama/Shirakaba - 100cm
Sakka - 110cm

Tsugaike Kogen:
Official snow depth:
Upper slopes - 285cm
Lower slopes - 135cm

Hakuba Cortina:
15-20cm of new snow reported by Hakuba Cortina since yesterday.
Official snow depth:
Upper slopes - 310cm
Lower slopes - 185cm

Hakuba Iwatake:
Official snow depth:
Upper slopes - 170cm
Lower slopes - 80cm

Hakuba Sanosaka:
Official snow depth:

Hakuba Minekata:
100cm   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Thursday 7th February 2013, 10:47am
Weather conditions: Clear
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 280cm
We have a classic clear winters day here in Nozawa Onsen. Cold temperatures across the resort, plentiful powder, high winds aloft and perfectly groomed corduroy. Today will be a very good day for skiing and boarding.

There is still plenty of light dry powder on offer after yesterday. Although it hasn't snowed overnight, strong winds in the higher reaches of the resort have blown fresh snow to cover most tracks, especially in the gullies. There are also a few windblown natural features up high to slash or jump.

Yesterday was an very good day on the mountain. Light snow intensified and by mid morning it was dumping classic Japanese style thick flakes. The riding was good early but improved even further thanks to the persistent flakes. By about 3pm a clearing trend set in and snowfalls gradually eased off becoming clear by the evening. Like today, crowds on the mountain were very small.

We expect clear weather for most of the morning before some high cloud marches across the sky during the afternoon. Snow showers are a looking likely overnight and tomorrow we should see snow and strong winds continue. On Saturday there should still be a few snow showers about, but also the possibility on some sun.

Heavy snowfalls are a distinct possibility on Sunday evening and Monday at this stage.

Lifts operating:
All lifts operating

Courses open:
All courses open except
Grand Prix

Official snow depths




110cm   Read more ...

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