Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 1st April 2018

Naeba Now!

Saturday 9th February 2013, 7:32am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 25cm
Snow depth: 270cm
A very good start to the three day weekend here in Naeba.

Up to 40cm of fresh snowfall on the slopes here this morning.


What's more, no mad wind - or not enough - to hinder lifts from the looks of things. So all should be open this morning. There's going to be some fine untouched snow up there this morning. Visibility not too bad it seems, almost as if the clouds are easing off. But it should be snowing for a while longer today anyway.


Official resort snow depth:
Naeba - 270cm
Kagura - 370cm   Read more ...

Madarao Now!

Saturday 9th February 2013, 7:38am
Weather conditions: Mostly cloud
New snowfall: 25cm
Snow depth: 210cm
Today is the first day of the long weekend here and what a great start it is too.

Snow started yesterday evening after a generally fine day, and by late night there was already up to 20cm of fresh built up. This morning I'd put the number at 30cm and the resort itself if putting the number at 30-40cm.

What's more, while there's still a lot of cloud up there, I can also see some breaks in it and a bit of blue sky. The sun is shining down from time to time. Is it going to clear up? Good chance I'd day.

Clear up or not, there's going to be some great conditions out there to enjoy.

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 ...

Hakuba Now!

Saturday 9th February 2013, 7:51am
Weather conditions: Clear and sunny
New snowfall: 1cm
Snow depth: 275cm
An early report today as your reporter needs to get into Nagano City this morning.

I'm glad it's an easy one. After a cloudy day with snow on and off yesterday, this morning it is blue skies and the sun is out! A few clouds nestling up to the peaks of the mountains early on this morning but I'd day it is going to be a beautiful day today. It was very cold overnight in Hakuba and right now it is still around -9 degrees here in the village near the base of Happo and there is just a slight wind. It will likely remain in the negatives all day.

Rounding up the numbers from the resorts that are in so far - Cortina reporting 20cm of fresh snow this morning. 1cm at Hakuba 47 both up top and down at base. (One day I hope they report 47cm of new snow. Heck, every day please!) Again looks like the deepest fresh conditions will be found in the northerly resorts, but it should be a fun fun weekend everywhere. Hope you can enjoy it... more chance of snowfall later on tomorrow.


Official snow depths and operations @ Saturday 9th February 2013 AM:

Hakuba Goryu:
Official snow depths:
Alps daira - 275cm;
Toomi - 135cm;
Iimori - 110cm

Hakuba 47:
1cm of new snowfall reported by Hakuba 47 since yesterday.
Official snow depth:
Upper - 225cm
Lower - 170cm

Official snow depth:
Usagidaira - 240cm
Nakiyama/Shirakaba - 100cm
Sakka - 110cm

Tsugaike Kogen:
Official snow depth:
Upper slopes - 285cm
Lower slopes - 135cm

Hakuba Cortina:
10-20cm of new snow reported by Hakuba Cortina since yesterday.
Official snow depth:
Upper slopes - 315cm
Lower slopes - 190cm

Hakuba Iwatake:
Official snow depth:
Upper slopes - 170cm
Lower slopes - 80cm

Hakuba Sanosaka:
Official snow depth:

Hakuba Minekata:
100cm   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Saturday 9th February 2013, 8:05am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 35cm
Snow depth: 440cm
Another 30-40cm of new snowfall this morning in Niseko in the base village area to report, so we can expect more than that up on the slopes. I like it when we get back to reporting big numbers and it was great to see the snow really coming down from last night.

Grand Hirafu now up to 440cm official snow depth.

There's less wind as well this morning and so while it is still early I would expect the lifts to be moving as normal. It's a good job because there'll be plenty of people out there. As I mentioned yesterday, today is the first day of a three day long weekend here in Japan as Monday is National Foundation Day. So there should be lots of Japanese people enjoying the long weekend and also visitors enjoying the Chinese New Year. Race you to the lifts!

Currently it is cloudy with light snow falling and about -6 degrees. Snow might ease later on and light snow showers forecast for tomorrow, hopefully remaining calm.

It should be a very good one. Very easy to get excited on a day like today but keep in mind the potential dangers out there and I hope you can enjoy it. Take care!


Official Resort Snow Depths

Grand Hirafu & Niseko Hanazono
Top - 440cm
Bottom - 200cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 355cm
Bottom - 220cm

Niseko Village
Top - 380cm
Bottom - 215cm

Avalanche Information:

Niseko base 6am: -6C, 30cm of broken particles snow and graupels with development of snowdrifts. Moiwa 800m: heady snowdrift development, unstable, -10C. Annupuri peak: NW15.8m/s, -14.3C. Coastal data: NW13m/s, 2.3m waves and 1013hPa.

24hours of storm (20m/s wind and heavy snowfall) made cornices and heavily wind-affected snowdrifts develop drastically in leeward slopes. The conditions are extremely unstable and the avalanche risk is very high in the Niseko range and the surrounding peaks. All open steep slopes, leeward knolls and cornice slopes above treeline are likely to slide with 80+cm thickness. The weather is calming down however the wind is still blowing relatively strong as the isobars spacing is still tight, delaying the stabilization process.

Gate 2 & 3 will be closed, other gates will also be kept closed at least during the morning. Please respect the ski patrol’s instructions. Most avalanche accidents occur during or just after storms. The snow in the trees is good but heavy and easy to loose control. Better not count too much on the performance of the gears, be reasonable and think safety first. Beware of over-speeding, hitting trees, falling into cracks and creeks. The mountain conditions will turn better soon.   Read more ...

Minakami Now!

Saturday 9th February 2013, 10:40am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 25cm
Snow depth: 345cm
The 3 days long weekend holiday in Japan has started with great conditions here in Minakami.

It started snowing heavily yesterday later on in the day and this morning the results of that are about 25cm in the valley and up to a very impressive 75cm at Tenjindaira. (!)

So it should be awesome conditions but crowd levels will be higher than usual on the slopes.

Forecast for tomorrow is cloud with cold temperatures, we can expect more snow for tomorrow night and Monday.    Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Saturday 9th February 2013, 10:42am
Weather conditions: Sun, turning to light snow
New snowfall: 20cm
Snow depth: 260cm
A very nice woman called to ask me if I could guide her around, "When the sun comes back again."

Oh, people; snow is the norm. Snow is what we want. Sun is something we may or may not see once or twice a month. We want it to just keep on falling.

Today started sunny, after a pretty nice overnight fall. But by 10, we were already starting to see a few flakes drifting down, while the peaks are once again up there in the clouds. Looks like the start of a few days of snow, at least, perhaps even a bit heavy.

Operations and official snow depths

Akakura Kanko (Akakan)
260cm, -6C

Akakura Onsen
270cm, -6C

210cm, -3C

210cm, -12C (at the gondola terminal)

Seki Onsen
430cm, -5C

320cm, -4C

Myoko Ski Park
280cm, -5C

190cm, -7C

210cm, -9C   Read more ...

Furano Now!

Saturday 9th February 2013, 10:59am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 10cm
Snow depth: 180cm
Another day, another round of getting hammered by overnight snowstorms in Furano, and last night was no exception. High winds and heavy snows picked up late last evening and left us with 10cm+ in the village. Things have quieted down for now, but the snow showers are still coming periodically in an on/off fashion. They're calling for the snow to pick up towards the mid-afternoon, but with all the snow we've received over the last two days, there's already plenty to go around. The resort has raised their official snow depth to 180cm.

Again, the winds have been a huge factor over the past two days, so a lot of the lighter, drier powder has been pushed up along the sides of runs, leaving scanty little fresh for the middles of open courses. As for the ski lifts, there are no closings to report at the moment. However, the official statement from the ski resort for today says that they will monitor the wind situation and make adjustments accordingly.

The sun is peaking out behind the clouds occasionally, and the winds, while still gusty at times, have died down considerably when compared to last night. Also, temperatures are well above the seasonal average, clocking in at a surprisingly mild (for early February) -4 at 10AM. All in all, it's a great day to be out on the mountain.   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Saturday 9th February 2013, 12:10pm
Weather conditions: Partly cloudy
New snowfall: 40cm
Snow depth: 310cm
What a day we have in Nozawa Onsen! If you ignore the long weekend crowds, this is pretty much as good as it gets. A massive 40cm has been recorded up top since last lifts yesterday, with 15cm down in the village.

Heavy clouds have moved on and we currently have sun and partly cloudy conditions. On and off piste conditions should be outstanding, but unavoidably crowded. Avalanche conditions are very high off-piste with an icy base layer... take necessary equipment and have experience when venturing into the backcountry. And never ski there alone.

Yesterday was an excellent day in Nozawa. We had heavy snow showers continue all day and with the minimal crowds fresh tracks were on offer right into the afternoon. The snow was so heavy at times that tracks were completely erased within a couple of hours, very nice!

Temperatures up high were extremely cold and the wind made it feel even colder. Those who braved the conditions were rewarded with super dry powder that Nozawa is renowned for.

The forecast is still looking promising looking ahead.

Light snow showers should recommence tomorrow, grading to heavy by last lifts. Sunday night and Monday morning should dump, we expect quite a bit of snow during this time. Following that light snow showers and cold temperatures should persist till Wednesday.

Lifts operating:
All lifts operating

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

Official snow depths




120cm   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Saturday 9th February 2013, 16:17pm
Weather conditions: Cloud, some blue sky and sun
New snowfall: 3cm
Snow depth: 230cm
It has been a cloudy day in Zao. It started off a cold -8C when I started out this morning early on with a moderate to strong wind, but not enough to affect lifts for the day. A bit of snow but that eased off. There's still quite a lot of cloud around but blue sky as well and the sun shining down on us at the moment before it gets dark soon.
Busy, as you might expect on this first day of the 3 day weekend.

Snow is forecast for tomorrow.

Official snow depths

Chuo Area



150cm   Read more ...

Yuzawa Now!

Saturday 9th February 2013, 16:22pm
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 20cm
Snow depth: 215cm
There was some decent snowfall yesterday and overnight on the mountains with Kagura telling us they got 30-40cm of fresh snow since yesterday.

Today it has been snowing on and off all day in town.

Not a huge amount of fresh to report this late afternoon and snow is holding off at the moment.

It's about -3 degrees right now - should get colder overnight and we are due more snow tomorrow. The local Niigata forecast tell us to expect up to 10cm of snowfall between now and 9am tomorrow morning.

Official resort snow depths @ Saturday 9th February 2013, AM:
Kandatsu Kogen:
NASPA Ski Garden:
Gala Yuzawa:
Yuzawa Kogen:
Yuzawa Nakazato:
Yuzawa Park:
Maiko Snow Resort:
Ishiuchi Maruyama:
Joetsu Kokusai:
240cm   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Saturday 9th February 2013, 16:28pm
Weather conditions: Fine
New snowfall: 10cm
Snow depth: 130cm
Late report today - apologies!

It has been a fine day here though. About 10-15cm of snow on the slopes by early this morning and while the forecast for the day was cloud and snow at times, it has cleared up to be a fine day. Blue skies up there this afternoon and as we fast approach evening it is still nice and bright. Dark will be upon us quickly now though.

There has been a moderate wind in places through the day but all areas have been open as normal.

The forecast for tomorrow is cloud with a chance of sun and snow showers. So, take your pick! A higher chance of the snow in the evening and into Monday by the looks...

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

Official resort snow depths as of Saturday 9th February 2013 AM:

Sun Valley:
Ichinose Family:
Ichinose Diamond:
Okushiga Kogen:
220cm   Read more ...

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