Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 1st April 2018

Minakami Now!

Wednesday 8th January 2014, 5:46am
Weather conditions: Clear and sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 200cm
No new snow overnightbut lightly snowing at present with a decent dump expected overnight tonight.

We should have 20cm of fresh on the ground by tomorrow morning with more expected through the day.


200cm @ Tenjin
50cm @ valley   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Wednesday 8th January 2014, 8:30am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 10cm
Snow depth: 150cm
It's another 10cm or so of snow to report this morning, though it is a relatively warm one - into the positives! - and so rather wet snow conditons to what we are used to.

It should be getting colder though as the day moves on today and from tomorrow too it should be a return to winter cold. So just a blip I think.

Just cloud here now but snow due over the coming days into the weekend so we should be getting regular refils.


Niseko Avalanche Report

Niseko base 6am: 0C, 5cm of wet crystal snow. Moiwa 800m: -3C, northerly breeze, 15cm of fresh. Annupuri 1150m: NW11m/s, -7C, 15m of snowdrifts. Annupuri peak 1308m: NW8.4m/s, -7C. Coastal data: Benkei cape NNW11m/s, Kamui cape: N10m/s, 1.2m waves, 1013hPa.

Wet snowfall due to a low-pressure system inducing warm air inflow. The wind is calm and development of snowdrift is slim. A notable Jan 7th layer will form in the future snowpack due to change in temperature. Although the surface hasn’t been reset, the snow is generally in good condition. The overall avalanche risk is low, however large avalanche (120cm thick) from Jan 3rd layer triggered by humid surface slab slide is to be considered in south facing Haru no taki area. Do not enter those strictly off-limits areas. Gates are scheduled to open from the morning, please follow the ski patrol's instructions.

Many of the avalanche accidents occur in leeward slopes with heavy snowdrift deposit. Better not stimulate slopes with cornices or knoll terrain during of just after storms. They can let go very easily. Be aware that surface slabs formed due to sun-exposure (sun-crusts/film-crusts) can sometimes induce slides from deeper unstable layers. Prudence and vigilance will avoid accidents.


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

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 310cm
Base - 150cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 230cm
Base - 160cm

Top - 195cm
Base - 180cm   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Wednesday 8th January 2014, 8:58am
Weather conditions: Sun out, thin cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 95cm
Yesterday the sun was out the whole day with blue clear skies over Nozawa. A fine day indeed.

But where's the fresh snow? Well, forecast is still giving us snow later today and then over the next few days. Heavy snow tonight? That's what we ordered. It might start with rain and then sleet, but we should still be down for some good snow overnight. I look forward to my report tomorrow.

In the meantime, the sun is out again this morning though the skies aren't as blue and there's more thin cloud up there. It's fairly mild too and just a light wind.

Let's see how it goes. Until tomorrow!


Wednesday 8th January 2014:

Official snow depths:
Yamabiko - 200cm
Uenotaira - 170cm
Hikage - 95cm
Nagasaka - 90cm
Karasawa - 65cm

All lifts operating except:
Yunomine pair
Challenge pair
Utopia pair
Hikage Number 2 pair B

All courses open   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Wednesday 8th January 2014, 9:01am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 170cm
A beautiful day yesterday right through until the lifts closed. Nice.

But come on let's have some new fresh now please. By the end of the day, that should be happening, though it may be raining before it is snowing - down at base level anyway. But I'm hopeful that I'll have something good to report tomorrow morning.

This morning it's cloudy, though decent visibility. Fairly mild too, overnight it got down to around -8 degrees but it will probably warm up to about +4 during the day.

Hearing of some stronger winds higher up - looks like the top quad at Happo and the Kurobishi No2 and No3 lifts are closed as of 9am because of the wind.


Official snow depth numbers and operations (as of 8th January 2014):

Some not updated as resorts haven't updated yet

Hakuba Goryu:
Reporting 0cm of new snowfall.
Upper - 270cm
Toomi - 170cm
Iimori - 120cm

Hakuba 47:
Reporting 0cm of new snowfall.
Upper - 230cm
Lower - 110cm

Reporting 0cm of new snowfall.
Usagidaira - 225cm
Nakiyama - 70cm
Sakka - 90cm

Hakuba Iwatake:
Upper - 190cm
Lower - 70cm

Tsugaike Kogen:
Tsuganomori - 270cm
Maruyama - 105cm
Kanenonaruoka - 120cm

Hakuba Cortina:
Reporting 0cm of new snowfall.
Upper - 250cm
Lower - 130cm

Hakuba Minekata:
80cm   Read more ...

Yuzawa Now!

Wednesday 8th January 2014, 9:10am
Weather conditions: Bright but overcast
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 110cm
Yesterday was one of those days when you just had to get out, if you were able to of course!

Clear blue skies, sun... magnificent views of the surrounding mountains.

The snow has been keeping fairly decent higher up especially as well, so it was a good day.

Though really we shouldn't even be talking about conditions keeping decent in the first part of January! Needless to stay we are still sitting here waiting for the huge snowfalls to arrive.

So let's take a look at the various forecasts.

The general consensus seems to be rain later on today, after the sunny but overcast start we have at the time of writing. It's due to warm up to around +5C this afternoon and as of 9am around +2C. Though by the end of the day it should be snowing as temps drop and then we will hopefully be into this few days of snowfall in the region. What we want is consistent heavy snow for at least a few days... whether that is what we will get or not is unclear. We'll just have to take it day by day and I'll bring you the latest tomorrow morning.


Photos today thanks to muikabochi. Taken from the Yuzawa Kogen resort yesterday afternoon.


Official resort snow depths @ Wednesday 8th January 2014, AM:
Kagura (Tashiro):
Kagura (Mitsumata):
NASPA Ski Garden:
Gala Yuzawa:
Yuzawa Kogen:
Yuzawa Nakazato:
Yuzawa Park:
Maiko Snow Resort:
Ishiuchi Maruyama:
Joetsu Kokusai:
120cm   Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Wednesday 8th January 2014, 9:25am
Weather conditions: Sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 190cm
A fine day yesterday.

Sunny and clear today again, as we get ready for the next weather cycle - and hopefully heavy snow - in the next few days.

We need it, too, as the snowpack shows declines today. That's not unusual in Myoko, where there's always melting going on, but usually a lot of fresh snow coming in to more than match the melt.


Official info:

Akakura Kanko:

Akakura Onsen:


Myoko Suginohara:

Seki Onsen:

Myoko Ski Park:

Myoko Kyukamura Runrun


Tangram Ski Circus
145cm   Read more ...

Madarao Now!

Wednesday 8th January 2014, 9:34am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 125cm
After the sun and clear blue skies of yesterday - what a great day.

This morning lots more cloud and it's...... almost warm. Well not warm, but getting on for +2 degrees. It might rain later on. But don't worry, it's good after that as this forecast snow is still on the forecast and I am (quite) confident that tomorrow morning I'll be bringing news of snowfall. We should be having a few snowy days, so let's hope we get some good numbers.

A good new deep fresh layer would be just the ticket.


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 today.   Read more ...

Furano Now!

Wednesday 8th January 2014, 9:38am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: 140cm
The forecast snow has arrived and looks like it has settled in for the rest of the week. This will mean some great on piste powder skiing over the next few days with a continuous top up.

Visibility is good today and there is a light breeze, but the wind will increase slightly from tomorrow onwards. Temperatures are relatively mild being just below freezing at base level.

Overall it looks a great day to get out there and carve some tracks on a nice layer of fresh.


Operating lifts:
Kitanomine Gondola 9:00am-3:00pm
Kitanomine high speed quad 8:30am-20:00pm
Kitanomine #2 chair 8:45am-3:20pm

Link Lift 9:00am-15:20pm

Furano Ropeway 8:30am-3:20pm
Furano Downhill Swift Lift #1 9:00-8:00pm
Downhill Romance #2 chair 8:45am-3:20pm
Downhill Romance #3 chair 9:00am-3:20pm
Prince Romance 8:30am - 4:00pm

   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Wednesday 8th January 2014, 10:00am
Weather conditions: Cloudy, overcast, but sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 110cm
It's sunny again this morning in Shiga Kogen.

Not quite like it was yesterday. Yesterday was all about blue skies. This morning there's more cloud around but it is still bright and visibility is good.

Relatively mild too this morning and just under 0C here at the moment. Snow due later today though so I think tomorrow's report will involve new cm.


Official snow depth data, as of Wednesday 8th January 2014, 9am):

Sun Valley:





Hoppo Bundaira:

Takamagahara Mammoth:


Ichinose Family:


Ichinose Diamond:


Okushiga Kogen:

Kumanoyu (skiers only):

100cm   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Wednesday 8th January 2014, 11:54am
Weather conditions: Cloud, fog
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 160cm
Cloudy start to the day today in Zao. Thick fog on the mountain though so it's one of those mornings when you can't see much at all.

Snow due from today through into next week. Fresh powder report and colder temperatures tomorrow, hopefully!


Official snow depths (8th January 14):
Utopia: 195cm
Chuo: 160cm
Paradise: 190cm
Uwanodai: 125cm
   Read more ...

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