Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 1st April 2018

Minakami Now!

Thursday 9th January 2014, 8:29am
Weather conditions: Overcast
New snowfall: 4cm
Snow depth: 180cm
Only a light dusting overnight unfortunately so that snow forecast overnight didn't happen, but the snow is forecast to hit hard from midday and temps will drop. This should bring 30-40cm in the next 24 hours, and with the storm looking to continue through until Monday we should get a substantial amount of snow over the weekend.


180cm @ Tenjin
40cm @ valley   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Thursday 9th January 2014, 8:40am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 10cm
Snow depth: 160cm
Another 10cm here in Hirafu this morning.

Even when it gets milder up here, the snow never seems to be far away in season! One of the things to surely love about Niseko.

Anyway, it is colder this morning and it's set to get colder still over the next few days. Snowfall is forecast right through until next week as well so we should be seeing regular topups. Hopefully the wind will behave

I hope you can be here to enjoy it. Remember to wrap up well!


Niseko Avalanche Report

Niseko base 6am: -7C, 5cm of dry snow flakes. Moiwa 800m: -10C, 10cm of fresh and light development of snowdrifts. Annupuri 1150m: -12C, NNE8m/s, moderate development of snowdrifts. Annupuri peak 1308m: NNW7.6m, -14C. Wind forecast at noon: NW15m/s. Coastal data: Benkei cape NNW8m/s, Kamui cape: NW8m/s, 1.6m waves, 1009hPa. Snowpack at Mizuno no sawa knoll: 280cm.

Significant cold air-mass is approaching and will make snow & wind pick up later today. General avalanche risk remains low this morning; however will rise from higher altitude slopes as the snowdrifts start to develop. Peak gate will open from the morning. Pay attention to the ski patrol’s advices and make sure to carry backcountry safety equipment when stepping out of bounds. Beware of sudden weather changes. Do not forget that outside the gates is outside resort management. Cornice slopes above 1200m, such as the Backbowl’s sidewalls, should be avoided today as slides from Jan 7th layer are to be expected. Most avalanche accidents are caused by fractures of developing snowdrifts (surface slabs). Niseko terrain is generally gentle, however avalanche accidents do happen if the conditions are right. Please do respect the Niseko Rules to protect the freedom and safety of resort-access backcountry skiing. Do not duck ropes. Mizuno no sawa educational program is starting from today.


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

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 320cm
Base - 160cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 230cm
Base - 160cm

Top - 200cm
Base - 180cm   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Thursday 9th January 2014, 8:59am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 15cm
Snow depth: 160cm
We did eventually get rained on yesterday, but up on the mountains it was snowing by mid afternoon and we have some fresh cm this morning.

Goryu reporting 10-25cm, Hakuba 47 reporting 20-30cm, Cortina reporting 15-30cm, Tsugaike adding 20cm to it's tally. That probably gives a good idea of what to expect.

The snow is somewhat wet and heavy here at village level but hopefully lighter as you get higher. And snow should be falling throughout the day today even if it looks like from tomorrow it might become more sporadic rather than consistently falling from the skies. Having said that, down here at village there are even signs of a bit of blue sky and the sun at times. But as I said, forecast is for cloud/snow.

It's still not that cold this morning and currently around 0 degrees at base. We will probably see temperatures drop from this afternoon and tomorrow be much colder.


Official snow depth numbers and operations (as of 9th January 2014):

Hakuba Goryu:
Reporting 10cm of new snowfall at Iimori, 10cm at Toomi and 25cm on upper areas.
Upper - 275cm
Toomi - 160cm
Iimori - 125cm

Hakuba 47:
Reporting 20cm of new snowfall at base and 30cm higher up.
Upper - 250cm
Lower - 120cm

Usagidaira - 245cm
Nakiyama - 80cm
Sakka - 110cm

Hakuba Iwatake:
Upper - 215cm
Lower - 75cm

Tsugaike Kogen:
Tsuganomori - 290cm
Maruyama - 120cm
Kanenonaruoka - 140cm

Hakuba Cortina:
Reporting 15cm of new snowfall on lower slopes and 30cm on upper slopes.
Upper - 250cm
Lower - 130cm

Hakuba Minekata:
80cm   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Thursday 9th January 2014, 9:10am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 100cm
After that generally grey and gloomy and a bit wet of yesterday during the daytime, it was snowing nicely last night when I looked out the window and we were looking forward to huge epic massive dumps of light fluffy powder this morning all over the mountain.

It didn't quite turn out like that, with just a dusting really at base and 8-18cm of snow reported by the resort, most up top on the Yamabiko and Uenotaira runs of course.

Temperatures didn't drop much below zero overnight and they're still around that now here in the village. It should please hopefully onegai shimasu get colder this afternoon and then into tomorrow and snow is forecast still for the day. It just doesn't feel like we are on the verge of a blizzard, which is frankly what we want!

But anyways, head up top for the best conditions this morning.


Thursday 9th January 2014:

Official snow depths:
Yamabiko - 210cm
Uenotaira - 180cm
Hikage - 100cm
Nagasaka - 85cm
Karasawa - 65cm

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

All courses open except:
Kandahar West   Read more ...

Madarao Now!

Thursday 9th January 2014, 9:10am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 15cm
Snow depth: 130cm
It's not that cold this morning but there's 15cm or so of new snow to report. On the mountain the resort is reporting up to 30cm in places - actually over 30cm in places - so a decent overnight and start to the day meaning we can forget the wet conditions we had for a time yesterday because they don't matter anymore!

Visibility not so good as the mountain is covered in cloud and it continutes to snow. Should to at least into tomorrow.

Go out prepared and some fine conditions should be found.


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!

Thursday 9th January 2014, 9:11am
Weather conditions: Blue skies
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: 140cm
The resort is surrounded by blue skies and temperatures are very cold with -12c at the top.

The slopes are bathing in the morning sun and it will be a great opportunity to get some photos, but you will have to be quick as the forecast is for clouds to roll in and snow later this afternoon.


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

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Zao Now!

Thursday 9th January 2014, 9:55am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 2cm
Snow depth: 160cm
Good morning from Zao.

Not so cold this morning just under 0 degrees at the minute. I have a few cm of fresh snowfall to report from base, so hopefully a bit more than that higher up. Light snow is falling at the moment and visibility has improved a bit since earler this morning and it's not too bad at the moment.

Snowfall forecast through until the end of the weekend in the region so should be getting regular topups.

The Juhyo Ice Monsters are doing really well this year with the good December that we got. I would say better than they have been for a few years. Let's hope it continues over the next few weeks.


Official snow depths (9th January 14):
Utopia: 195cm
Chuo: 160cm
Paradise: 190cm
Uwanodai: 130cm
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Yuzawa Now!

Thursday 9th January 2014, 9:55am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 2cm
Snow depth: 100cm
Good morning from Yuzawa.

As expected we got some rain yesterday as temperatures remained fairly mild and not going down into negative numbers. It turned into light wet snow overnight but we don't have a whole lot to show for it, not down at town level anyway. Just a thin coating of new snow with the most being reported by Kagura at 5-10cm.

It is snowing now though and we should be seeing continued snowy conditions now for the next few days and so we're hopefully for a big delivery.

The local Niigata forecast just published tells us to expect up to 6cm of snow between now and 4pm today in Yuzawa.

I will of course let you know how it all turns out tomorrow morning.


Official resort snow depths @ Thursday 9th 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 ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Thursday 9th January 2014, 10:10am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 10cm
Snow depth: 110cm
We are back to snowing again this morning in Shiga Kogen.

A new layer overnight and hopefully more on the way today, tomorrow and beyond though there may be breaks in the snow looking at the latest forecast for the region.

Not the coldest of mornings this morning but temperatures are due to fall during the day today and continue at a lower level into next week.


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

Sun Valley:





Hoppo Bundaira:

Takamagahara Mammoth:


Ichinose Family:


Ichinose Diamond:


Okushiga Kogen:

Kumanoyu (skiers only):

110cm   Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Thursday 9th January 2014, 11:03am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 10cm
Snow depth: 190cm
Snow has started to fall again in Myoko.

Nothing much to report yet, though I see that Suginohara are reporting 10cm of fresh, and then a short while later 20cm (and up to 40cm of fresh). Somewhat confusing. But anyway, not much to see this morning either - see the webcam images posted below - but let's hope it keeps going.

And going. And going.

And going.

(And going).

More to report tomorrow.


Official info:

Akakura Kanko:

Akakura Onsen:


Myoko Suginohara:

Seki Onsen:

Myoko Ski Park:

Myoko Kyukamura Runrun


Tangram Ski Circus
150cm   Read more ...

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