Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 12th April 2021

Yuzawa Now!

Wednesday 7th May 2008, 9:28am
Weather conditions: Sun
New snowfall: --
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Just one resort left open now - Kagura. The Mitsumata Ropeway is open taking you to the base of Mitsumata and from there you can get over to Kagura.... Mitsumata is being used as a connection to Kagura, with the courses very narrow. There is still a fair amount of snow up at Kagura though, enough to enjoy the last two and a half weeks.   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Wednesday 7th May 2008, 9:40am
Weather conditions: Sun
New snowfall: --
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The Golden Week holidays are now over and with it the season in most areas of Shiga Kogen. Now only a few lifts remain open, as below.

Kumanoyu (1 lifts)
Yokoteyama (2 lifts)
Shibutoge (1 lift)

Kumanoyu will close for the season this coming Sunday (3000 yen for a day ticket), with a few lifts at Yokoteyama and Shibutoge also open (3000 yen for a day ticket) until 25th May.

This morning the weather is fine and sunny and similar conditions are forecast for the next few days.   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Wednesday 7th May 2008, 17:49pm
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New snowfall: --
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Last day of the ski season here in Hakuba was May 6th. We lucked out and had another bluebird day and it was a grand way to wrap up a great winter season. The ski resorts are all closed now for skiing, however some will be still open for hikers and those hardcore riders who want to hit up the high alpine snowfields.

Generally speaking this years winter was normal in terms of snowfall, but epic in terms of consistent powder days. Inevitable comparisons are always made to the year before, however locals and tourists were all treated to some classic Hakuba conditions on numerous occasions this season.

Green season is now upon us and the Hakuba Valley has a wide range of scenic natural areas and fun adventures to be had on the trails, in the lakes, on the rivers, in the sky, and on the mountains. Even dry-land skiing can be had on Iwatake, water-jumps at Sanosaka and Goryu for the freestlye ski and snowboard rippers and World Cup Ski Jumping events at the Ski Jumps. Hakuba also hosts numerous sporting and music events over the spring/summer/fall so check out whats happening in this cool little mountain community!

Avalanche Advisory:

Temperatures are rising and water is freely flowing in the snow pack thus slab avalanches to the ground are a definite possibility. Watch out for those precariously hanging slopes of snow on steep convexing terrain and under glide cracks. Move quickly through areas in terrain trap valley bottoms. There will be general loose wet slides on all slopes as surface snow temperatures rise and due to the snow pack being isothermal, ( all right at 0 degrees from ground to surface) Slides can be very big at this time of year so play smart.

Avalanche Hazard:

Below tree line: Low

Tree line: Moderate

Alpine: Considerable   Read more ...

Minakami Now!

Wednesday 7th May 2008, 19:01pm
Weather conditions: Clear and sunny
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Tenjidaira, the last ski area in the valley to be operating, closed yesterday, still with a 90cm base but bringing the end to the 2007-8 Winter season in Minakami.

We hope to be upgrading the information next season with the addition of a new weather station and more information from ski areas.

Some reports will be added to this page throughout the summer, but they will be a bit more irregular.    Read more ...

SnowJapan Daily 'Now' reports

Hakuba Now
12th Apr, 8:40
Niseko Now
12th Apr, 8:30
Shiga Kogen Now
12th Apr, 8:26
Yuzawa Now
12th Apr, 8:17
Nozawa Onsen Now
12th Apr, 8:00am
Geto Kogen Now
12th Apr, 7:42
Appi Kogen Now
12th Apr, 7:39
Zao Now
11th Apr, 9:40
Myoko Now
11th Apr, 8:39
Kiroro Now
10th Apr, 8:10
Furano Now
09th Apr, 6:55
Madarao Now
04th Apr, 9:40am
Aizu Bandai Now
19th Feb, 12:28
Minakami Now
13th Jan, 10:10am
Naeba Now
27th Nov, 11:21am