Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 1st April 2018

Myoko Now!

Tuesday 8th January 2013, 7:35am
Weather conditions: Clear
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 200cm
Very few of the resorts have today's reports up, and I have to get going (come on, you people! HOw do people make an informed decision without data?). So here's the observed snow report for January 8.

No new snow overnight; it's nice and cold; it's also sunny, at least for the moment, but snow does look likely for today.

Operations and official snow depths

Akakura Kanko (Akakan)
200cm, -4C

Akakura Onsen
220cm, -2C

150cm, -5C

160cm, -14C

Seki Onsen
280cm, -8C

280cm, -3C

Myoko Ski Park
215cm, -3C

140cm, -10C

160cm, -6C    Read more ...

Naeba Now!

Tuesday 8th January 2013, 8:16am
Weather conditions: Blue sky, some cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 150cm
No new snow to report from the region this morning as we start the day with some blue sky + cloud up above. Lovely clear sky over Naeba, a bit more cloud up at Kagura and actually the forecast telling us to perhaps expect cloudy conditions later on in the day along with the chance of some snowfall. Can't expect much snow though, more a dusting probably.

It's -8C here in the Naeba base area this morning and the resort saying it's -10C up top. Cold, but hardly any wind at all.

Similar conditions forecast for tomorrow as well right now, perhaps without the clearer skies early on.

Official resort snow depth:
Naeba - 150cm
Kagura - 320cm   Read more ...

Madarao Now!

Tuesday 8th January 2013, 8:32am
Weather conditions: Clear and sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 160cm
0cm of snow to report this morning and very fine clear skies over the mountain early on. There have been a fair few of these this season, and it sure is looking beautiful. Though personally, 50cm of fresh snow on the slopes is more beautiful, in a different kind of way of course!

-3 degrees and hardly any wind at all. Nice day to be out. Perhaps clouds will move in later on and there's a chance of a sprinkling of snow before the end of the day.

All of the resort should be open and it shouldn't be busy out there.

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!

Tuesday 8th January 2013, 8:50am
Weather conditions: Sunny, clouding over
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 150cm
Earlier on this morning the sun was out and lots of blue sky above Yuzawa but it has quickly been clouding over. It is looking very cloudy just to the north in Minamiuonuma.

For now though the sun is still out over Yuzawa as I type this but we seem destined to have a cloudy day and even some snow a bit later on, though if the forecast is correct it won't be much more than a light dusting.

Temperatures dropped to around -5C overnight and currently are at -1C in town.

A more promising snow event around Thursday but after that another clear and sunny weekend looks like it might be on the cards.

Official resort snow depths @ Tuesday 8th January 2013, AM:
Kandatsu Kogen:
NASPA Ski Garden:
Gala Yuzawa:
Yuzawa Kogen:
Yuzawa Nakazato:
Yuzawa Park:
Maiko Snow Resort:
Ishiuchi Maruyama:
Joetsu Kokusai:
160cm   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Tuesday 8th January 2013, 9:02am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 10cm
Snow depth: 350cm
Good morning from Niseko.

We have around 10cm of fresh snowfall to report this morning and a temperature of around -7C, and I don't expect that will budge much throughout the day today. It is snowing out there (for a change!) and while visibility is not the best, it generally looks decent enough.

Good news too - less wind means that the top lifts are operating from the get go this morning on all of the resorts on the mountain so there'll no doubt be a rush up to the top this morning to explore all the fun that can be found up there.

The forecast has us down for similar kind of conditions over the next few days.

Official Resort Snow Depths

Grand Hirafu & Niseko Hanazono
Top - 340cm
Bottom - 165cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 310cm
Bottom - 190cm

Niseko Village
Top - 285cm
Bottom - 190cm

Avalanche Information:

Niseko base 6am: -10C, 10cm of new snowfall and calm morning. Moiwa 800m: NW8m/s, 20cm of windblown snowdrifts and -15C. Annupuri peak: NW10.3m/s, -17C. Coastal data: NW12m/s, 1.1m waves and 1016hPa.

The atmospheric pressure gradient is gentle, resulting in a calm weather at sea level as well as in the higher altitude. There are no notable developments of snowdrifts and the surface slabs in leeward slopes are mostly stable. The general avalanche risk is low today. Peak gates are scheduled to open as the top-lifts operate.

Although the hazard level is low, it is not zero. Caution is required at all time, especially in typical avalanche terrain. Do not traverse across open steep slopes such as the Osawa cornice slopes, Backbowl's high-walls or Higashione's cornice slopes. Ski/ride down along the fall-line, not across it. If you can't ski/ride the fall-line, then you're not ready to ski/ride that slope.

Some unstable slabs are still present in wind-exposed steep slopes. Stimulating those slabs could trigger a slide from deeper layers. A winter-mountain will never be 100% safe. One mistake can lead to serious consequences. Stay away from obvious danger signs: knolls, cornices and heavy snowdrifts deposit under ridgeline. Respect the Rules and have a great day.   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Tuesday 8th January 2013, 9:23am
Weather conditions: Fine, cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 260cm
Yesterday the skies went from blue to silver very quickly in the late morning. After that lovely clear start to the day, by lunchtime it was quite different and by mid afternoon it was hard to believe how the day started. Amazing how quickly it can change.

No new snowfall to report this morning though so the clouds didn't bring anything with them.

It is another clear and crisp start to the morning in the valley early this morning. -3 degrees and a slight wind. While we currently have lovely blue skies above the village there is some white cloud around upper peaks of the mountains. Perhaps it will end up being a similar pattern to yesterday as we do have cloud forecast and actually a chance of some possible snow showers in the afternoon. Don't expect anything major though.

Thursday aside, there isn't actually a whole lot of snow lined up on the weekly forecasts as they currently stand. More sun than snow. Those things can change of course. While we like the sun to visit us out from time to time, I think most of us would prefer regular top-ups of deep fresh snowfall on the mountains.


Official snow depths and operations @ Tuesday 8th January 2013 AM:
Please note that resort lift operations are subject to change at any time.

Hakuba Goryu:
No new snow reported at Hakuba Goryu this morning.
Official snow depths:
Alps daira - 260cm;
Toomi - 125cm;
Iimori - 100cm

Hakuba 47:
No new snow reported by Hakuba 47 this morning.
Official snow depth:
Upper - 190cm
Lower - 120cm

Official snow depth:
Usagidaira - 190cm
Nakiyama/Shirakaba - 80cm
Sakka - 80cm

Tsugaike Kogen:
Official snow depth:
Upper slopes - 260cm
Lower slopes - 80cm

Hakuba Cortina:
No new snow reported from Hakuba Cortina.
Official snow depth:
Upper slopes - 260cm
Lower slopes - 130cm

Hakuba Iwatake:
Official snow depth:
Upper slopes - 120cm
Lower slopes - 50cm

Hakuba Sanosaka:
All lifts operating.
Official snow depth:

Hakuba Minekata:
70cm   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Tuesday 8th January 2013, 9:31am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 3cm
Snow depth: 150cm
Good morning from Zao Onsen and it's a chilly and cloudy one. A few cm of snow since yesterday but not snowing at the moment. The clouds are sticking around the mountain, but decent visibility on the slopes... at the moment I can just about see the top of the mountain at times from base.

Oh an exciting event to tell you about --- "1000 People Bingo" on a special stage area up in the Paradise part of the resort at 11am, Saturday 12th. Prizes are to be won, if playing bingo with 999 other people isn't enough fun for you! Apparently, if I am reading this right, the first 1000 people to turn up will receive a special bingo card to play. What more encouragement do you need to start early? ;)

Snowfall is due later on tomorrow into Thursday. Lots, please.

Official snow depths

Chuo Area



85cm   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Tuesday 8th January 2013, 9:40am
Weather conditions: Clear, fine
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 110cm
More sunny and clear skies this morning over Shiga Kogen.

In the distance though I can see clouds gathering and indeed the forecast for today is actually cloud and some possible light snow showers later this afternoon and evening. After some snowfall due mid-week, it currently looks like the weekend is going to see more of the sun.

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

Official resort snow depths as of Tuesday 8th January 2013 AM:

Sun Valley:
Ichinose Family:
Ichinose Diamond:
Okushiga Kogen:
140cm   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Tuesday 8th January 2013, 11:21am
Weather conditions: Some clouds
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 240cm
We woke to another clear blue day here in Nozawa Onsen. Again, the sunrise mountain alpenglow provided an impressive spectacle and cloud-free night ensured we have no new snow to speak of.

The groomed runs should be firm and fast today with cold overnight temperatures and it’s still possible to find fresh tracks off-piste with a bit of a search.

Yesterday was an extremely quiet day on the mountain and in the less frequented areas it was possible to have entire runs pretty much to yourself. Today looks like it will be another exceptionally quiet day with seemingly few day trippers making the journey up to Nozawa Onsen at the moment.

Its looks like a few clouds should gather around the area this afternoon and a few flurries are not out of the question. Tomorrow should see snow showers and cold temperatures to top up the cover.

Lifts operating:
All lifts operating except:
Yunomine Pair
Mizunashi Triple
Challenge Pair
Utopia Pair
Higake No2 Pair B line

Courses open:
All courses open except:
Kandahar West
Kandahar East

Official snow depths




100cm   Read more ...

Furano Now!

Tuesday 8th January 2013, 12:50pm
Weather conditions: Cloud cover
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: 140cm
There was a dusting of about 2cm overnight and the day started with low cloud, very flat light and cold temperatures. As the morning progressed the light improved to make those bumps and the ground in general more visible. At the smae time the snow started again and deposited about 4cm on the ground in just a couple of hours. The mountain had been extensively groomed but on the upper slopes had 7cm of fresh powder on top of the grooming and around 2cm on the lower slopes. The cold weather must have encouraged a lot of people to stay in bed this morning as there was hardly anyone out on the mountain during the first part of the morning. The forecast for the next couple of days looks to be very similar to today - more continuous light snow.   Read more ...

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