Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 28th May 2018

Minakami Now!

Sunday 9th December 2012, 8:34am
Weather conditions: Clear
New snowfall: 1cm
Snow depth: 65cm
A fine morning in Minakami with blue skies and sunshine after another dusting yesterday. The weather was all over the place yesterday with a bit of everything thrown into the mix throughout the day - blue skies, overcast, a bit of rain and a bit of snow. The surrounding mountains are all look a bit whiter, and it looks as if this could continue as the forecast for today is for some more light snow.

Tenjin is still the only place for some turns with their one lift open but there should be a nice layer of fresh snow up there, and the cold temperatures should keep it in good condition.

Houdaigi - Dec 15
Norn - Dec 20
Minakami Kogen - Dec 22
Okutone - Dec 21

Official snow depth:

65cm Tenjindaira   Read more ...

Naeba Now!

Sunday 9th December 2012, 9:10am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 10cm
Snow depth: 10cm
Yesterday we did have snow falling but it didn't really amount to much in terms of cm and lower down in Yuzawa it was raining. Thinking that big storm was on it's way last night, a bit surprised this morning to see the sun out though there are clouds still around and snow is likely to fall again today. Right now though there is hardly any wind either. As this is the first major miss by the weather forecast this season I'm not going to even try to say how much.

Anyway we did get 10cm or so of snow since yesterday, so it's not all bad. (I just wanted my blizzard storm!!)

The slopes were busy at Kagura and Naeba yesterday and they will likely be again today.

From tomorrow until Friday, Naeba plans to have just the lower No5 quad lift operating.

Official resort snow depth:
Kagura - 130cm   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Sunday 9th December 2012, 9:19am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 90cm
Yesterday was much clearer than we were expecting of course and while we do have about 10cm of new snow since yesterday up at Yamabiko, it's not exactly what we were expecting. It's a nice and cold -10C up there early on though and likely won't be warming up too much and for now not much of a wind at all.

Should I mention the forecast? Perhaps with a grain of salt this morning, but.... it should be snowing today and possibly heavy snow tonight. Fingers crossed that storm that we were expecting just got delayed a bit. Light snow is falling low down even now and also on the mountain, so hopefully that is the start of it.

More tomorrow!

Lifts operating
Nagasaka Gondola
Yamabiko Four
Yamabiko No 2 Four
Uenotaira Four

Courses open
Yamabiko A Course
Yamabiko B Course
Yamabiko C Course
Yamabiko D Course
Yamabiko E Course

Official snow depths



10cm   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Sunday 9th December 2012, 9:30am
Weather conditions: Cloud cover
New snowfall: 20cm
Snow depth: 220cm
Good morning from Niseko - and a good morning it will certainly be! A good 20cm of lovely snow has fallen in the village since my last report. The mountain is covered in cloud and snow continutes to fall. Outside the temperature is around -4C as of 9am.

Looks like today the Annupuri Gondola is closed for some kind of maintenance, but they have the Jumbo No2 and No3 pair lifts operating this morning.

There is a moderate wind this morning and early on the Niseko Hirafu King No3 lift and the Hanazono No3 quad lifts are operating at slower speeds, but other than that lift operations around the mountain seem to be as planned this morning.

Snow clouds are likely to be with us through tomorrow with things easing off in the second half of the coming week.

Should be a fine day out there, hope you can get out and enjoy it.

Lifts Operating (at time of writing)

Grand Hirafu
Ace Family Pair
Ace Number 2 Quad (Center Four)
Ace Number 3 Pair
King Number 3 Triple hooded
Hirafu Gondola
Holiday Number 1 Pair
Swinging Monkey

Niseko Annupuri
Jumbo No1 Quad
Jumbo No3 Pair
Jumbo No4 Pair

Niseko Village
Niseko Gondola
Community Chair
Banzai Chair

Niseko Hanazono
All three lifts

Official Resort Snow Depths

Grand Hirafu
Top - 220cm
Bottom - 90cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 110cm
Bottom - 100cm

Niseko Village
Top - 130cm
Bottom - 80cm

Niseko Hanazono
Top - 220cm
Bottom - 90cm   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Sunday 9th December 2012, 9:57am
Weather conditions: -
New snowfall: 30cm
Snow depth: 100cm
Now this is definitely more like it! Lots of snow to report in Hakuba and a good 30cm or so in village areas.

Hakuba Goryu this morning reporting 50cm of fluffy light snow up top since yesterday, and Hakuba 47 report 40cm. Happo-one are now reporting an impressive 180cm up at the Usagidaira area of the resort.

Hakuba Goryu have now opened up the Iimori Milky Way lift. Hakuba 47 are talking about the chance of Line C opening later on today, which would open up more of the mountain. It's all action as the snow arrives. And with the snow still falling and likely to continue through today and into at least tomorrow, I think we can expect to see more opening up very soon. I'll keep you informed.

Poor visibility out there this morning but not as windy as we were expecting, should be some very fine snow out there to play in.



Official snow depths and operations @ Sunday 9th December 2012 AM:

Hakuba Goryu:
Goryu reported 50cm of new snow up top this morning.
Lifts operating - Gondola, Alps No1 pair, Alps No3 pair, Toomi Sky Four, Iimori Milky Way.
Official snow depths:
Alps daira - 100cm;
Toomi - 65cm;
Iimori - 40cm.

Hakuba 47:
Hakuba 47 is reporting up to 40cm of new snowfall this morning.
Lifts operating - Line E and Line A.
Official snow depth:
Upper - 93cm

Ski lifts/courses:
Lifts operating - Gondola, Alpen quad, Kurobishi No2 quad, Kokusai No3 pair, Panorama pair lifts.
Official snow depth:
Usagidaira - 180cm

Tsugaike Kogen:
Official snow depth:
Upper slopes - 180cm
Lower slopes - 30cm   Read more ...

Madarao Now!

Sunday 9th December 2012, 10:15am
Weather conditions: -
New snowfall: 10cm
Snow depth: 35cm
The Number 1 lift was moving for the first time this season yesterday and more of the same today, with 10+cm of fresh snow to report as well. The crazy snow and wind blizzard like storm we were expecting this weekend somehow hasn't happened - not yet anyway - and the wind has been relatively calm. Makes for a more comfortable day out though and it was good to get the first turns of the season in.

Madarao Kogen officially opens properly for the season on Saturday, so will be closed again from tomorrow until Friday. Hopefully by the time Saturday comes around we will have a decent base to play with.   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Sunday 9th December 2012, 10:25am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 15cm
Snow depth: 40cm
It has been snowing since yesterday in the region, though not quite as much as we were expecting with the forecast like it was. Probably 15cm or so since my report on Friday.

We have a few more resort areas opening up now, though snow depth is still around just 30-40cm around the resorts. The latest from around the resorts is as below, subject to change at short notice!

Sun Valley - 1 lift
Mammoth - 2 lifts
Ichinose Family - 2 lifts
Ichinose Diamond - 1 lift
Yakebitaiyama - 2 lifts
Okushiga Kogen - 3 lifts
Kumanoyu - 3 lifts
Yokoteyama - 6 lifts

From today, I'll be updating the official snow depth numbers are resort areas that are at least part open - see below. Please keep in mind that these are the official numbers provided by the resort areas themselves.... sometimes for one reason or another they don't reflect the new snowfall that has fallen in a day. Just think of them as a general reference is probably the best way to look at them...

Official resort snow depths as of Sunday 9th December 2012 AM:

Sun Valley:
Ichinose Family:
Ichinose Diamond:
Okushiga Kogen:
45cm   Read more ...

Yuzawa Now!

Sunday 9th December 2012, 10:47am
Weather conditions: Light snow, cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 10cm
Strange weather conditions alert! Yesterday we saw more rain than snow in town unfortunately, though it was snowing higher up and it did eventually turn into snow in town last night and we had about 5-10cm or so this morning on the ground. Earlier on, there was actually lots of blue sky up there and the sun was out, though since then the clouds have moved back in and I am glad to report that it is snowing again.

I was talking with a friend who lives nearer Niigata city to the north and he said that they had 20cm of snow, so perhaps it's one of those 'satoyuki' (snow on the plains) things that we see a few times in the season. Hopefully the snow will see fit to move in on the mountains soon.

5-10cm of snowfall is forecast between now and late afternoon in the region, with snowfall likely to continue into the week. Would be good if it turned into that blizzard we were expecting. I'll let you know how it goes tomorrow morning.

Daily updates from the Kagura and Naeba area of Yuzawa:

Naeba Now reports

Planned resort opening dates of resorts in Yuzawa and neighbouring Minamiuonuma:

As soon as there is enough snow
Joetsu Kokusai

15th December
Yuzawa Nakazato
Kandatsu Kogen
Maiko Snow Resort

21st December
Ishiuchi Maruyama
Yuzawa Park
Muikamachi Ski Resort

22nd December
Gala Yuzawa
NASPA Ski Garden
Muikamachi Hakkaisan
Chateau Shiozawa

23rd December

Late December
Yuzawa Kogen
Ludens Yuzawa
Mt Granview
Ishiuchi Hanaoka   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Sunday 9th December 2012, 11:29am
Weather conditions: -
New snowfall: 30cm
Snow depth: 60cm
After the opening ceremony taking place in the snow yesterday, we have more snow to report this morning and more of the mountain open as well. Over 30cm of snow in the village and likely more higher up has really changed things over the last 24 hours in Zao, in a good way of course! It suddenly feels much more like mid-winter.

Today the following lifts are operating around the mountain:

Zao Ropeway
Chuo Ropeway
Sky Cable
Onsen No1
Chuo No1
Chuo No2
Utopia No1
Yokokura No1

Course areas that are part open are as follows:

All different areas of the mountain and not connected up as yet, so it's a case of deciding which area you want to slide down and stay there for a bit at the moment.

This new snowfall has really made a difference, but it's still not deep out there so areas where it's still thin on the ground and care needed for things still sticking up out of the snow.

Chuo Area



30cm   Read more ...

Furano Now!

Sunday 9th December 2012, 14:34pm
Weather conditions: Snowing
New snowfall: 12cm
Snow depth: 100cm
The snow came in droves over night, leaving 10cm+ all over town and with even heavier accumulations in some places. It's still snowing outside, and it doesn't show signs of stopping until later tonight. The systems passing through the area these past few days have been the best snow-makers we've seen all season. Needless to say, the slopes are practically primed for powder aficionados. The next few days should offer pristine conditions around the mountain.

It's currently -3 with slight winds coming out of the North, Northeast. The ski resort has upped its official snow depth to 100cm, and there's plenty of powder out there for all to enjoy. If you haven't made it out yet this season, it's time to strap on those ski boots and snowboards, and get out there and enjoy it!

Lift operations:
Furano Ropeway 8:30-15:00
Downhill Romance #2
Open courses:
Sailer Course (open)
Spies Course (upper half only)

   Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Sunday 9th December 2012, 17:30pm
Weather conditions: Cloud cover
New snowfall: 40cm
Snow depth: 70cm
Countdown to Opening: Snow Day One

OK, time to get a little dramatic; the snow is falling, and looks like it will keep going for several days. Today's total was probably around 40cm near the base--a nice moderate snow for Myoko. A little bit more, and the snow cats might just be able to start packing things down....   Read more ...

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