Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 1st April 2018

Myoko Now!

Thursday 8th January 2009, 6:59am
Weather conditions: Sunny
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
The last sunny day before tomorrow's cold snow front will be a degree warmer than yesterday, but last night was cold, so watch for icing. The big snows aren't expected to arrive until late Friday night, so a couple more days of the hard stuff seem to be in store. The weekend looks good, though.   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Thursday 8th January 2009, 7:58am
Weather conditions: Fine blue skies
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Yesterday ended up being a fine day and today looks set to be even better - in terms of blue skies and mild temperatures. One thing is for sure and that is that it will be a fine day for views! No new snow overnight to report so we are still in need of fresh snow.

Those snow clouds are on their way though and hopefully by the end of today it will be snowing with snow forecast tomorrow and through the weekend. It will be very cold and hopefully we will be getting a decent amount of snowfall.

The following resort plans to be open for nighta tonight:
Ichinose Family

Official resort snow depths as of 8th January 09:

Sun Valley:
Ichinose Family:
Okushiga Kogen:
150cm   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Thursday 8th January 2009, 8:17am
Weather conditions: Bluebird
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Yesterday warmed up to around 3 degrees and there was some snow dripping off rooves but overnight was cold and temperatures are around -6 in the valley this morning; exactly what Goryu measured on top at 6:00 AM. Bit of a requote from yesterday, no wind to speak of, bluebird skies and a great day to be out there. Everything said yesterday holds true today.

A double low is approaching and precipitation is on the radar. We are expecting a decent snowfall beginning Friday with cold temperatures during the weekend and sunny weather with some clouds for the rest of this week.

Get out on the resort or grab your snowshoes and enjoy the amazing views of the Alps from a spot like the top of Minekata...if things go how they look set up too there'll be no views like this from when the snow starts!

Official resort snow depths on 8th Jan 09:
50cm (Shirakaba)
70cm (Sakka/Kitaone)
155cm (Kurobishi/Usagidaira)
Hakuba Goryu:
60cm (Iimori)
60cm (Toomi)
180cm (Alps daira)
Hakuba 47:
Tsugaike Kogen:
70cm (Kanenonaruoka)
90cm (Maruyama)
170cm (Tsuganomori)
Hakuba Iwatake:
35cm (Shomen)
95cm (Sancho)
Sun Alpina Sanosaka:
Hakuba Minekata:
Hakuba Highland:

Nighta tonight is scheduled at:

Hakuba Goryu (Toomi);
Happo-one (Nakiyama);
Hakuba Cortina Kokusai (Ikenoda)
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Minakami Now!

Thursday 8th January 2009, 8:28am
Weather conditions: Clear skies
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Another clear starry night last night with the temperatures dropping to -10deg C, currently -8 at the valley level as the sun slowly starts filling up the valley. The sun from yesterday and cold temperatures over night have created a sun crust in areas exposed to the sun.

Today looks like the last day of sun for the next 7 days. With snow marks filling up the forecast from tomorrow onwards as the next band of low pressure systems sweep across Japan. The snow will not be as fierce as the new years falls with intermittent falls expected, ranging from light to heavy precipitation.   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Thursday 8th January 2009, 9:07am
Weather conditions: Fine
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
It is a beautiful sunny morning here in Nozawa Onsen. A clear night last night too so no new snow and very cold temperatures - it is currently -3 degrees in the village and -9 up the top. The snow is packing down a bit, so the depth is down to 170cm on Yamabiko and 135cm on Uenodaira. It hasn't been getting too warm up top so the snow is still in fairly good condition, although down lower there has been some melting and refreezing so it could be a bit icy.

By this evening the wind will turn southerly and bring with it some light snow. This is predicted to get heavier throughout Friday, with 14cm expected that evening. The snow should continue through until at least Tuesday, with a total of around 75cm predicted between now and then. The wind will turn Westerly and become quite strong on Saturday and Sunday but should ease by Monday.

So get out there and enjoy the sunshine while it lasts, and prepare for another dose of the fresh stuff this weekend!

All lifts are expected to operate today except the following;
Yunomine Pair
Challenge Pair
Utopia Pair
Hikage Number 2 pair lift B

All courses will be open except;
Karasawa wave park
Uenodaira halfpipe   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Thursday 8th January 2009, 9:12am
Weather conditions: Clear and sunny
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Beautiful morning with only scattered cloud and light winds. It is a little on the cool side but it's great to see the sun out, it being a rare sight in winter. If you haven't done the little walk up to the peak then today would be the day to do it. The view towards Youtei one side and down to the ocean on the other is spectacular. And you can ski back down the track you walk up if your level isn't quite up to hitting the bowls.
Good snowfalls are still forecast to move in over the weekend with the heaviest falls now forecast for Saturday night. Temperatures will get milder and the snow heavier so make sure you get out there today and tomorrow to enjoy the last of the light and fluffy stuff.

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Naeba Now!

Thursday 8th January 2009, 9:47am
Weather conditions: Sunny blue skies
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
It's cold, -6 in fact. Most likely a lot of frozen pipes overnight, I know there were a couple at my house this morning. Temperatures dropped to -10 degrees Celsius in the night and so we snuggled deeper into our futons and hoped that we wouldnt wake up cold.

Yesterday morning saw more fresh powder on the upper slopes, quite a lot in fact. Especially considering we cut most of it up the day before and then were greeted with fresh virgin terrain again, but this time laid out under blue, blue skies. Nice.

Sunny blue skies again today, with hard crispy ski slopes. As far as mountain access is concerned we have the same set up at Naeba again today with gondola No1 closed but No2 open with the beginners slope 2 man lift (going up from Gondola No 2) giving us the ability to access the Takenoko 2 man lift taking us way up to the Takenoko skyline course (the top of the mountain).

I heard a rumor last night concerning the long range weather forecast for next week, maybe I'll tell you about that tomorrow? Let's think about more important things like tonight's snow and this weekend powder.
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Yuzawa Now!

Thursday 8th January 2009, 15:17pm
Weather conditions: Sun
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
The clouds quickly disappeared yesterday during the morning and it turned out to be a very clear and fine day with a lot of blue sky and the sun making an appearance. After a cold night, it is more of the same this morning though less clouds to start off with. It has been a fine and sunny day right from early on and the sun is still out with a temperature of +4 degrees at the moment.

The resorts could do with more snow - both in terms of a topup and also in terms of those snow depth numbers which are still low for the time of year. Conditions are pretty good higher up still - with Kagura and Gala probably enjoying the best conditions due to their altitude - but lower slopes are in places fairly thin on the ground and in need of fresh snow.

The good news is that from tomorrow it looks like the snow will be back with us. The six day forecast has snow lined up on each day from later on tomorrow through early next week. How much snow will we get? Well, hopefully it will be snowing more heavily and with more purpose than it has been so far this season and give us large amounts. We shall see....

Nighta tonight is at the following resorts in Yuzawa:

Official resort snow depths @ 8th Jan 09, AM:
Mt Naeba:
Kagura Tashiro:
Kagura Mitsumata:
GALA Yuzawa:
Pine Ridge Resorts Kandatsu:
NASPA Ski Garden:
Yuzawa Kogen:
Yuzawa Park:
Yuzawa Nakazato:
Kayama Captain Coast:
120cm   Read more ...

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