Snow and weather reports posted on Tuesday 18th February 2020

Madarao Now!

Saturday 9th March 2013, 8:03am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 240cm
I wasn't hear yesterday and just come back now - hearing of some rain yesterday. This morning is colder than it has been this last week and actually under zero for a change. There's a thick band of cloud covering the upper part of the mountain. Just a slight wind and cloud forecast for the day.

Have a fun weekend.

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 ...

Naeba Now!

Saturday 9th March 2013, 8:09am
Weather conditions: Sun, some cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 320cm
Another nice and sunny start to the day in Naeba. I see more cloud over the Kagura area and Yuzawa Town, but for here lots of blue sky.

It's 0C here in the base village area, and the top of the mountain temperature is -5C as of 8am.

Should be quite icy snow conditions early this morning but it will warm up to around +5C today and so the snow will soften up.

Tomorrow should start off sunny with a chance of rain later on.

All areas open. Welcome to the weekend!


Official resort snow depth:
Naeba - 320cm
Kagura - 390cm   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Saturday 9th March 2013, 8:30am
Weather conditions: Fine, just some clouds
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 150cm
Another Saturday morning and lots of cars coming up to Shiga Kogen on the Route 292, there's a procession of them arriving right now and this central area around Maruike here is bustling early on.

Not quite as warm this morning and the temperature coming on for 8:30am is just hovering around 0 degrees. It's not forecast to rise as much as the last few days either so hopefully will stay somewhat on the chilly side.

Lots of clouds to be seen in the distance but above Shiga Kogen it's blue skies.

Chance of light snow showers from time to time tomorrow but from tomorrow we should see temps get back down into minus territory, which obviously is a plus!

Have a fun weekend wherever you are.

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

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

Sun Valley:
Ichinose Family:
Ichinose Diamond:
Okushiga Kogen:
250cm   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Saturday 9th March 2013, 8:40am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 17cm
Snow depth: 475cm
Good morning from Niseko and welcome to the start of another weekend.

It's a snowy and windy start to the day - it's one of those days when it is difficult to put a number on it because the wind has been blowing it all around. So I'm going to have to go with how much there is outside here which is about 15-20cm. Spoken to some friends around the area just now and asked them - some say less than 5cm, one said nearly 30cm. So there you go. The safest thing to say is that we have got some fresh snow to play in this morning and you'll find places where it's drifted giving some depth and others where it's covering the what we had up until yesterday. Caution needed.

So yesterday after a sunny morning and that awful sound of melting snow from around the building, it clouded over and got darker in the afternoon and wet snow started to fall. Thankfully the snow quality we see this morning is of a better quality.

It's nice and cold this morning too. Niseko Grand Hirafu is reporting a temperature or -13C at top and -10C at base. The thermometer outside here is saying -7C as of just after 8am.

What's not as nice is the strong winds howling outside we have experienced this morning.

It's still early and not all lifts are at their opening time yet but we can definitely expect some disruption this morning. Hirafu have said that their Ace Number 2 Center Four, Ace Number 3 and 4, King Number 3 and 4 lifts are on stand-by, with the lower lifts open. At Hanazono all three lifts are on stand-by. Niseko Village reported wind of up to 30m/s at 7:40am but their three lower lifts are operating. Best to check with the resorts to get the latest.

We can expect snow and wind through today and tomorrow.

Take care out there.


Official Resort Snow Depths

Grand Hirafu & Niseko Hanazono
Top - 490cm
Bottom - 240cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 400cm
Bottom - 250cm

Niseko Village
Top - 450cm
Bottom - 230cm

Avalanche Information:

Niseko base 6am: -7C, 20cm new snowfall, broken particle snow, blizzard. Moiwa 800m: blizzard, bad visibility, snowdrift growth, -12C. Annupuri peak: -16.8C. Coastal data: wind NW21m/s, 3.1m waves, pressure 1001hPa. Annupuri snow depth 1000m elevation: 400cm.

Blizzard conditions due to a strong winter weather pattern forming after the passing of the low pressure system. The avalanche risk is extreme today, regardless of elevation, due to the rapid growth of snowdrifts. From snowfall transition and observation, snowdrifts have grown 80-120cm on leeward slopes around 800m. The drifts are weakly bonded to 8th Mar layer and prone to avalanche.

Most avalanche accidents occur during a storm, however the risk continues after the wind has begun to drop. All gates will be closed. Today do not ride in the valley bottoms. Do not duck ropes and ski out of bounds. Mountain guides should make safety their highest priority while respecting Niseko Rules.   Read more ...

Yuzawa Now!

Saturday 9th March 2013, 8:51am
Weather conditions: Generally cloudy, clear in patches
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 225cm
Late last night there was the sound of heavy rain and strong winds outside and a temperature of +7C as of midnight. Didn't sound like a particularly good way to start the weekend!

I'm glad to say that things have calmed down since then and it's just a cloudy morning here in Yuzawa. The roads seem to be mostly dried up.

Cloud, but some areas showing some blue sky. To the south of the main town area it looks like it is nice and sunny over Naeba and perhaps we can expect the clouds to clear up here over town as well as the day progresses.

At the moment it is 5 degrees in town with a high of around 8-9 degrees forecast for the day.

A real mixed bag on the forecasts, difficult to know how the weekend will turn out. Tomorrow take your choice from light snow showers, sleet, rain, sun and cloud. It does seem to be that later tomorrow into Monday will get colder than it has been but probably warm up again after that so just a short term dip in temps.

Official resort snow depths @ Saturday 9th March 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 ...

Furano Now!

Saturday 9th March 2013, 9:09am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 10cm
Snow depth: 190cm
All traces of yesterday's Spring-like weather have been erased by a fresh blanket of newly fallen snow. At present, over 10cm+ of fresh powder has piled up out there, and the snow is still coming down. Temperatures are brisk at -8, a far cry from yesterday's high of 5 above freezing, the warmest weather we've seen all year. The winds have picked up to around 5m/s out of the North/Northwest.

The snow should continue throughout the morning, covering up all those icy spots that came with the rain yesterday. Underneath all that new snow, there are more than a few slick patches, so please be careful when taking your turns. Things should stay cloudy with scattered snow showers. Hopefully the powder will keep piling up out there.   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Saturday 9th March 2013, 9:14am
Weather conditions: Cloud and blue sky
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 290cm
We couldn't avoid rain yesterday unfortunately. In the morning we got some but it fairly quickly eased off and then later in the evening some more rain. It was a balmy 10 degrees even at midnight last night.

Temperatures dipped early this morning and right now it is about 5 degrees at village level. Temperatures will rise over 10 degrees again today as the very spring like conditions continue.

A fair bit of cloud around, depending on which direction you look, but the sun is out and generally a fine morning.

Didn't think the wind would cause problems today, and it's not particularly windy here at base, but it looks like it is on the mountains. The gondola and upper lifts at Happo-one are not moving at the moment and top lifts at Goryu/47 also seem to be disrupted early this morning. The Mountain Side of Hakuba Iwatake is also closed for the moment due to wind conditions.

Fresh snowfall sometime next week? Looking possible, so we'll keep an eye on that.

For now though let's spring skiing. Or snowboarding.


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

Hakuba Goryu:
0cm of new snowfall reported by Hakuba Goryu since yesterday.
Official snow depths:
Alps daira - 290cm;
Toomi - 140cm;
Iimori - 110cm

Hakuba 47:
0cm of new snowfall reported by Hakuba 47 since yesterday.
Official snow depth:
Upper - 230cm
Lower - 130cm

Official snow depth:
Usagidaira - 290cm
Nakiyama/Shirakaba - 90cm
Sakka - 100cm

Tsugaike Kogen:
Official snow depth:
Upper slopes - 340cm
Lower slopes - 150cm

Hakuba Cortina:
0cm of new snow reported by Hakuba Cortina since yesterday.
Official snow depth:
Upper slopes - 350cm
Lower slopes - 220cm

Hakuba Iwatake:
Official snow depth:
Upper slopes - 190cm
Lower slopes - 70cm

Hakuba Sanosaka:
Official snow depth:

Hakuba Minekata:
100cm   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Saturday 9th March 2013, 9:14am
Weather conditions: Partly cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 350cm
It's a sunny partly cloudy morning here in Nozawa Onsen, and another very spring like day. Luckily the forecast overnight rainfalls have failed to arrive as we only received light drizzle for a short time last night.

We have quite a variation in temperature across the resort of Nozawa Onsen early on. Down in the village is a balmy +5C. However the top is quite cold with a temperature of -7C. It's unusual to have such a significant variation between top and bottom.

Expect the lower runs to be very slushy this morning, whilst the upper slopes will be very fast and very firm. All runs will become slushy later with warm temperatures predicted. Again, the well groomed upper runs will be the pick today.

Yesterday was relatively poor day in terms of what we normal expect in Nozawa. Extremely warm conditions resulted in very sticky snow across all but the most well ridden slopes. Even higher areas such as through the Yamabiko trees suffered. Groomed runs on the upper slopes were slightly faster but still not great. Conditions improved by late afternoon with a drop in temperature which reduced the moisture content of the snow.

According to the weather predictions we expect a warm sunny afternoon today before a cold front moves through around lunchtime tomorrow. We expect light to moderate snow from this system which will persist into Monday. Following that we expect spring like conditions on Tuesday before another cool front moves across the region on Wednesday. Heavy snow is a possibility from this system and that's what we are of course hoping for.


Lifts operating:
All lifts scheduled to be operating

Courses open:
All courses open except
Grand Prix
Kandahar East
Kandahar West
Challenge 39

Official snow depths




125cm   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Saturday 9th March 2013, 9:21am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 290cm
Well, we got 10cm of new snowfall overnight on the upper slopes of the resort I am happy to report, though none in the village.

So definitely more winter-like conditions this morning - colder than it has been, though some strong winds as well as per forecast.

We can probably expect it to gradually clear up today. Look out for very strong winds tomorrow - possibly strong enough to stop lifts.

Official snow depths

Chuo Area



150cm   Read more ...

Minakami Now!

Saturday 9th March 2013, 9:44am
Weather conditions: Blue skies
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 370cm
It is another sunny and mild morning here in Minakami town.

Around 4C in the town as I write this report and a high of above 11C forecast for this afternoon.

From Sunday afternoon we can expect colder days with perhaps a dusting of snow on Sunday night. After Sunday we can expect clear and mostly dry conditions until Wednesday.

Spring conditions on the slopes. Don't forget your sunscreen.   Read more ...

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