Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 25th May 2020

Yuzawa Now!

Friday 7th March 2014, 8:01am
Weather conditions: Mostly cloudy, some blue sky right now
New snowfall: 40cm
Snow depth: 250cm
Conditions changing before our eyes here as there are some breaks in the snow clouds and blue sky starting to open up. The forecast for the day is continued snow so this might just be temporary but the mountains are looking fantastic this morning.

Why? All that fresh new snow!

Yes, really great news this morning as we had snow falling for most of yesterday and overnight.

Get this, Kagura report 50cm of fresh. Naeba says 20-30cm. Maiko Snow Resort is also reporting a whopping 50cm! GALA Yuzawa have added 50cm this morning to their official snow depth. It would be great if more resorts gave up the daily 'new snowfall' information rather than just (sometimes) adjust the snow depth - Kagura, for example, have been unchanged on 330cm for quite a long time now - but...

There isn't quite as much as 50cm on the top of my car but still a decent delivery.

How things can change in just a few days. Obviously I haven't been out on the snow yet but I am guessing it will be fantastic conditions this morning.

So, current blue sky above parts of Yuzawa aside, snow is forecast for the day and tomorrow too. Not much wind this morning and all resorts look set to open as normal.

It should be an excellent weekend. There is a chance of stronger winds in higher places, so I advise if you plan to go to Kagura to check their website early morning.

Come prepared for mid-winter like conditions.

Very happy.


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

Niseko Now!

Friday 7th March 2014, 8:16am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 25cm
Snow depth: 200cm
A very good morning from Niseko.

And yes it is another good one as I have about 25cm of fresh snow to report. It is good and cold as well, and snow is continuing to fall from the skies making visibility less than great on the slopes, but conditions should make up for that. I am beginning to like this early March!

Less exciting is the moderate wind again today which at the moment looks to be affecting the following lifts:

Annupuri: Gondola, Jumbo 4
Village: Wonderland chair
Hirafu: Ace 4, King 3, King 4
Hanazono: Hanazono Number 3

As always, that can change with the conditions so lets hope they can get those top lifts moving, but looking at the forecast we can perhaps expect windy conditions for the next few days. (The good news is that we can also expect snow and cold temps too!)


9:20am update

More lifts closed as the winds try to spoil things.... Annupuri is completely closed, with the Ace 3 and Swinging Monkey lifts not moving at Hirafu and the Hanazono Number 2 lift also stationary. Keep an eye on the official site for real-time updates.

Take a look at the report below - extreme avalanche risk. Take care out there.


Niseko Avalanche Report

Niseko base 6am: -8C, stormy, 35cm of snowfall in 12 hours. Moiwa 600m: 40cm of snowdrift development. Annupuri 1150m: W15m/s, large development of snowdrifts, -14C. Hirafu 1000m: 40cm of new snow, -13C. Peak 1308m: W14.1m/s, -16.9℃. Coastal data: cape Benkei NW18m/s, cape Kamui W13m/s, 2.8m waves, 1010hPa.

The low-pressure system has grown as powerful as a Typhoon and generating a very strong winter pressure pattern. The ocean and the mountains are under a heavy storm, making snowdrifts develop drastically. According to observations and snowfall transition, the avalanche risk in Niseko range and the surrounding mountains is extreme. Peak gates will be closed. Stay away from steeps, cornices and knolls above treeline. Snowdrifts have piled up to 200cm in thickest zones. Heavily developed cornices are extremely unstable and would trigger an avalanche as they fall. Potential sliding layer is March 3rd layer, which has become a weak hoar layer due to large temperature change, and can easily let go the slab above it. The surface slab is thick, heavy and very unstable. Most accidents are caused by stimulating developing snowdrifts (slabs). Mountain conditions are ever-changing. It can be safe one day but totally change to extreme conditions the next day.


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

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 410cm
Base - 200cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 380cm
Base - 210cm

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

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Friday 7th March 2014, 8:26am
Weather conditions: Blue sky and cloud in surrounding areas
New snowfall: 25cm
Snow depth: 190cm
I bring good news.

Lots more snow here in Nozawa with another.... well, let's list it up. Since yesterday morning:

Yamabiko - 35cm
Uenotaira - 55cm
Hikage - 30cm
Nagasaka - 30cm
Karasawa - 25cm

Yes, the resort is reporting 5cm in the dayime yesterday and 50cm overnight on the Uenotaira area.


What's more, the sun is out at the moment. It should be a fantastic morning for those lucky enough to be able to get some of the first lifts up this morning.

We're actually due snow on and off through the day today and the same tomorrow as well (and the same Sunday as well), so not sure if this clearing of the skies will last but another refill before the weekend crowds arrive would make it quite possibly one of the best weekends of the season.

Snow is on the forecast actually through until around Monday, so we're by no means done with this storm yet. Early March is being kind to us... thank you!


Friday 7th March 2014:

Official snow depths:
Yamabiko - 350cm
Uenotaira - 285cm
Hikage - 190cm
Nagasaka - 180cm
Karasawa - 130cm

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 ...

Madarao Now!

Friday 7th March 2014, 8:30am
Weather conditions: Cloud, blue sky now!
New snowfall: 20cm
Snow depth: 229cm
It's going to be a great day today.

New snowfall? Check. About 20cm.

Not so much wind? Check.

The sun out and a bit of blue sky? Check. For the moment anyway, bit unexpected really. (Snow clouds shouldn't be far away through the day and weekend).

Cold? Yep.

Weekend should be good too. Don't come expecting spring slush, but lovely snow conditions! Looks that way anyway. Hope you can enjoy it. I'm off out now.


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 ...

Hakuba Now!

Friday 7th March 2014, 8:44am
Weather conditions: Blue sky, sun, cloud
New snowfall: 1cm
Snow depth: 165cm
Another cold morning in Hakuba, currently around -6 degrees in the village and we should keep below zero through the day. Snowfall during the day yesterday, though not much in terms of cm, with a bit more overnight. Hakuba 47 reporting 6cm since yesterday morning, Hakuba Cortina @ 10cm of fresh.

This morning we have quite a lot of blue sky over the village with the peaks of the mountains hidden behind a bank of cloud. Good visibility on the slopes. A good day to be sliding down the mountainsides.

Snow should be falling by the end of the day here and overnight and the forecast is telling us to expect snow clouds over the region through until Monday so we should be getting some decent refreshes for the weekend.


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

Hakuba Goryu:
Reporting 1cm of new snowfall at Iimori; 1cm at Toomi; 3cm on upper areas.
Upper - 270cm
Toomi - 165cm
Iimori - 120cm

Hakuba 47:
Reporting 6cm of new snowfall since yesterday.
Upper - 250cm
Lower - 80cm

Usagidaira - 235cm
Nakiyama - 70cm
Sakka - 90cm

Hakuba Iwatake:
Upper - 230cm
Lower - 80cm

Tsugaike Kogen:
Tsuganomori - 330cm
Maruyama - 120cm
Kanenonaruoka - 160cm

Hakuba Cortina:
Reporting 10cm of new snowfall.
Upper - 320cm
Lower - 200cm

Hakuba Minekata:
70cm   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Friday 7th March 2014, 9:00am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 15cm
Snow depth: 260cm
Brrrrrr, very cold this morning. Mid winter cold. And we have 10-15cm of fresh snowfall as well in the village, so that and more probably on the mountain this morning. The top ropeway station is logging a temperature of -16 degrees. That really is mid winter!

At the moment it is cloudy, some breaks in the cloud, and hardly any wind at all. Which is surprising as we were expecting some stronger winds - maybe there are coming up later in the day.

Forecast for the coming week is promising in terms of continued snowfall and cold conditions - just need to keep an eye on the wind.


Official snow depths (7th March 14):
Utopia: 290cm
Chuo: 260cm
Paradise: 280cm
Uwanodai: 180cm
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Shiga Kogen Now!

Friday 7th March 2014, 9:01am
Weather conditions: Blue sky, some cloud
New snowfall: 10cm
Snow depth: 180cm
Snow yesterday and overnight and this morning... sun?! Can't say we were expecting this but the sun is out right now. Lots of blue sky, quite a few clouds lingering on. It was a very cold night though and still very cold this morning.... I'm happy to say that it does not feel like early March.

If we are to believe the weather forecasts, it will be snowing still today - and over the weekend as well - so perhaps it will quickly change and we'll be back to the snow soon.

Whatever happens today (well, unless it's heavy rain which obviously won't happen!) it should be a great weekend.


Official snow depth data, as of Friday 7th March 2014):

Sun Valley:





Hoppo Bundaira:

Takamagahara Mammoth:


Ichinose Family:


Ichinose Diamond:


Okushiga Kogen:

Kumanoyu (skiers only):

210cm   Read more ...

Furano Now!

Friday 7th March 2014, 10:16am
Weather conditions: Snowing
New snowfall: 20cm
Snow depth: 210cm
A snow front arrived late yesterday and is continuing to dump snow all over Furano. Cars are driving around Furano with 20cm of snow on their roofs and graders have been ploughing the roads since early morning. Temperatures have gone back to mid winter norms which means the quality of the powder is very very good. Visibility wont be perfect today but the powder should make up for that.


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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Myoko Now!

Friday 7th March 2014, 10:17am
Weather conditions: Cloudy, with occasional sun
New snowfall: 20cm
Snow depth: 320cm
A good blast of snow overnight; not as much as it seemed we would get, as it was really coming down in the early evening yesterday, but still a good snowfall. 20cm clocked in the report.

Some pretty strong wind as well, making all the trees white. Looks like we're in a birch forest this morning.

Temperatures are staying nice and cold as well, and should stay that way thorugh the weekend. Snow is on the forecast as well—it's occasioanlly sunny this morning, which it shouldn't be as we have clouds in all direction and a forecast of snow. Might even get some heavy snow on Sunday, your trusty Snow Japan forecast says....


Official info:

Akakura Kanko:

Akakura Onsen:


Myoko Suginohara:

Seki Onsen:

Myoko Ski Park:

Myoko Kyukamura Runrun


Tangram Ski Circus
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