Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 30th May 2020

Myoko Now!

Friday 7th February 2014, 7:45am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 10cm
Snow depth: 220cm
About 10cm of super-light powder on the front deck this morning; I could have used a broom instead of a shovel to clear it off. Nice.

There are no resort snow reports in yet, and I'm guessing it's pretty nice and cold (haven't switched on the car this morning, which is, of course, my finest source of local temperature). I have to head out early today, so add a few centimeters of good snow to the figures below. Otherwise, a lot is the same as yesterday; winter is back and we couldn't be happier (well, not much).


Official info:

Akakura Kanko:

Akakura Onsen:


Myoko Suginohara:

Seki Onsen:

Myoko Ski Park:

Myoko Kyukamura Runrun


Tangram Ski Circus
185cm    Read more ...

Minakami Now!

Friday 7th February 2014, 8:08am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 30cm
Snow depth: 320cm
The snow continues to fall in Minakami with an extra 10cm at the valley collected overnight. The forecast is for the snow to subside around mid morning with the remainder of the day staying cold and cloudy,

Tomorrow the snow starts just after midnight and is set to continue through until Monday bringing a decent dump. As a front is moving up form the South it is likely the snow will be widespread, even falling in the Tokyo region, so be prepared for big traffic delays.


320cm @ Tenjin
60m @ valley


10cm fresh @ valley
30cm fresh @ Tenjin   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Friday 7th February 2014, 8:33am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 15cm
Snow depth: 200cm
And it's another cold morning in Niseko with 15cm or so of fresh snow down here in my Hirafu village base.

I was told that it was clearer again earlier on this morning, but a bit of a late start for me today and now it is cloud and... yes, you guessed it... snowing, albeit lightly at the moment. Snow showers for the day seems to be the forecast.

Saturday tomorrow of course and we might get some sunshine and a break from the snow clouds. It will remain cold though and we should be returning to snow on Sunday. It's never that far away mid season!

It should be a good day.


Niseko Avalanche Report

Niseko base 6am: -10C, 15cm new snow crystals in last 12 hrs. Moiwa 800m: -14C,calm, cm snow, snowdrift development. Annupuri 150m: -18, calm. Hirafu 1000m: -13C, calm. Annupuri peak 1308m: -18.6C, wind WNW8.7m/s. Cape Benkei: wind NNW14m/s, Cape Kamui: wind W9m/s, wave 1.9m, pressure 1019hpa.

The winter weather pattern has calmed and isobars moved apart and snow drifts are beginning to stabilise. From observation snow is stable under 800m and avalanche risk is begiining to fall, but Kozan no sawa 1100m, Osawa 1000m and HigashiOne cornice slope the risk continues.

Peak gates are expected to open this morning, but please listen to the patrols advice before leaving. Outside the gate is not the ski area and everybody is responsible for themselves. Don't rest at the bottom of steep slopes, in gullies or on slopes under cornices. Dont traverse steep slope and trigger avalanche, there are many people on the mountain and can easily bury them below.

Around 1000m there is the possibility to trigger slab avalanche by skier stimulation on Feb 6th layer due to delayed stabilisation from the cold weather. Snow is great have a safe day.


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

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 390cm
Base - 200cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 350cm
Base - 230cm

Top - 305cm
Base - 220cm   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Friday 7th February 2014, 8:40am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 10cm
Snow depth: 160cm
Yesterday was another really good day out on the mountain and some fine stashes of snow to be found.

It's another cold morning here with a temperature of -10 degrees on the top area of the mountain, around -5C at base. The resort is reporting 10-20cm of fresh snow on the (lower-upper) slopes and there was a corresponding nice layer of snow to brush off the car this morning.

While it is still snowing, it's forecast to ease off and just be cloudy for most of the day today (perhaps a chance of some sun later too?), but it will remain cold.

Snow is forecast for tomorrow and probably into Sunday as well. So if you are here for the weekend come prepared for snow and cold conditions.

A week can make a big difference. It should be another great day.


Friday 7th February 2014:

Official snow depths:
Yamabiko - 290cm
Uenotaira - 245cm
Hikage - 160cm
Nagasaka - 150cm
Karasawa - 110cm

All lifts operating except:
Yunomine pair
Mizunashi triple
Challenga pair
Utopia pair
Hikage Number 2 pair B

All courses open except:
Kandahara East   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Friday 7th February 2014, 8:50am
Weather conditions: Blue sky, cloud
New snowfall: 1cm
Snow depth: 155cm
It did cloud over yesterday and was snowing mid-afternoon.

This morning we have a few cm to report from around the resorts, with up to 5cm on upper slopes around the valley.

Nice blue skies this morning though quite a lot of low cloud hanging around just over the village... some classic 'lifts about the clouds' views on the Happo webcam at the moment.

As of 9am it is -7 degrees at village level and while it will warm up, just to around -3 this afternoon.

Overnight we are looking at snow, and hopefully a good amount as well.

As per our reports, while we have had deliveries of snow on upper slopes, it has been very limited down on lower areas - which means head higher for the better conditions. Fingers crossed tomorrow morning we'll be able to report some decent snowfall down on the lower slopes as well.

That would make for a great start to the weekend.


Official snow depth numbers and operations (as of 7th February 2014):

Hakuba Goryu:
Reporting 2cm of new snowfall at Iimori, 0cm at Toomi and 5cm up top.
Upper - 280cm
Toomi - 155cm
Iimori - 125cm

Hakuba 47:
Reporting 2cm of new snowfall at base and 5cm up top.
Upper - 255cm
Lower - 85cm

Usagidaira - 205cm
Nakiyama - 70cm
Sakka - 70cm

Hakuba Iwatake:
Upper - 180cm
Lower - 60cm

Tsugaike Kogen:
Tsuganomori - 310cm
Maruyama - 110cm
Kanenonaruoka - 120cm

Hakuba Cortina:
Reporting 2cm of new snowfall on lower and 5cm on upper areas.
Upper - 297cm
Lower - 160cm

Hakuba Minekata:
60cm   Read more ...

Madarao Now!

Friday 7th February 2014, 8:55am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 15cm
Snow depth: 210cm
Madarao is reporting 15-20cm of new snowfall on the slopes and there was definitely over 10cm on the car. Yes, I'd say more like 15cm.

It is continuing to snow now and another cold morning.

We're back to really nice snow conditions again. Which is great for the weekend as well. A lot of snow is not actually forecast for today - it's supposed to clear up - but back to moderate snowfall tomorrow.

Come prepared. It should be a good weekend.


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 ...

Furano Now!

Friday 7th February 2014, 9:06am
Weather conditions: Clear, cloud
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: 200cm
It is a nice clear day with blue sky over the mountain tops and it is snowing very lightly at the moment but the weather is clear and visibility perfect.

There has been around 5cm of snow accumulate on the ground in the village with more on the slopes themselves. It wont be a deep powder day but the groomers will be nice and fresh with the new snow.

Clouds will likely roll in later in the day and more snow is on the forecast.


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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Yuzawa Now!

Friday 7th February 2014, 9:10am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 10cm
Snow depth: 190cm
About another 10-15cm of snow being reported by resorts around town this morning since yesterday, as of 9am this morning it is snowing slightly in Yuzawa while I brushed that new layer of snow off the bonnet of the car. We are told to expect the snow to stop and leave us with a mostly just cloudy day. It is -5C at 9am so it's keeping cold.

We're expecting it to not be quite as cold tomorrow - but snow is forecast for the day and perhaps Sunday too.

With the refreshes of the last few days, conditions have taken a bit swing for the better since last weekend. A good snowfall overnight would be a great start to the weekend.


Official resort snow depths @ Friday 7th 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:
200cm   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Friday 7th February 2014, 9:30am
Weather conditions: Cloud, sun, light snow
New snowfall: 10cm
Snow depth: 150cm
Interesting weather this morning. After some new snow overnight, it's mixed at the moment. The sun is out here in Maruike, but it is snowing lightly (soon to stop I expect). There's lots of cloud around. My guess is that it is going to continue to clear up leaving us with more sun than snow for today.

Tonight the snow clouds are forecast to move back over the region and it should be snowing for the day tomorrow perhaps into Sunday.


Official snow depth data, as of Friday 7th February 2014, 9am):

Sun Valley:





Hoppo Bundaira:

Takamagahara Mammoth:


Ichinose Family:


Ichinose Diamond:


Okushiga Kogen:

Kumanoyu (skiers only):

170cm   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Friday 7th February 2014, 9:40am
Weather conditions: Mostly cloudy
New snowfall: 3cm
Snow depth: 200cm
A few cm of fresh snow this morning on the ground outside my place at base and earlier on the sun was out but it has since clouded over somewhat.

Snow this morning seems really light and I expect conditions on the slopes to very good. We're looking at more snow to fall as well tomorrow and probably Sunday as well.

Weekend visitors - come prepared!


Official snow depths (7th February 14):
Utopia: 250cm
Chuo: 200cm
Paradise: 230cm
Uwanodai: 140cm
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