Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 30th May 2020

Furano Now!

Sunday 9th March 2014, 7:31am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 10cm
Snow depth: 220cm
Glorious day yesterday and probably one of the top 5 days of powder for the season. This will continue today after another good fall overnight but the snow will ease of a little today.

Found yesterday that many of the lesser used runs had a abundant amount of snow that was untouched and ones to try out today will be the Challenge run on the Furano side or the Lesson runs for beginners wanting the best experience without having to go all the way to the top.

Again today winds are slight but won't affect things and with luck it will be a slightly warmer day though it hasn't been cold which also makes it a magical time at the moment.


Operating lifts:
Kitanomine Gondola 9:00am-4:00pm
Kitanomine high speed quad 8:30am-8:00pm
Kitanomine #2 chair 8:45am-4:00pm

Link Lift 9:00am-4:00pm

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

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Yuzawa Now!

Sunday 9th March 2014, 8:10am
Weather conditions: Clear and sunny
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: 260cm
Just under 10cm of new snow on the top of the car this morning, so that is since yesterday mid morning. Resorts report between a few cm and up to 10cm (at Kagura), so another thin layer to add to what we got before.

Yesterday we had a bit of a clearing in the clouds earlier on but that soon clouded over again and it was snowing for most of the day.

This morning is different. Clear blue skies above Yuzawa... a bit of a hazy feel in some directions but generally it is a beautiful morning and it should be great conditions whichever skijo is chosen.

Hope you can get to enjoy it.

More snow due tonight and tomorrow.


Official resort snow depths @ Sunday 9th March 2014, AM:
Kagura (Tashiro):
Kagura (Mitsumata):
NASPA Ski Garden:
Gala Yuzawa:
Yuzawa Kogen:
Yuzawa Nakazato:
Yuzawa Park:
Maiko Snow Resort:
Ishiuchi Maruyama:
Joetsu Kokusai:
230cm   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Sunday 9th March 2014, 8:29am
Weather conditions: Clear, sunny
New snowfall: 4cm
Snow depth: 210cm
Back here in Nozawa and hearing lots of tales of heroism and epicness from the conditions yesterday. I am itching to get out today and find this all out for myself!

A bit more snow overnight (4cm lower down, 10cm on top Yamabiko) but as most of the lifts start moving for the day the sun is out and we have lovely blue skies over Nozawa.

Decent snowfall is due again tonight and tomorrow but for now and for probably most of the day today it's going to be clear and sunny. Remember the sunscreen.

It should be keeping pretty cold though and hopefully not venturing too much into positive C territory.... and definitely colder again during the day tomorrow.

Time for me to strap on the boots and check out this snow. Hope to see you out there.


Sunday 9th March 2014:

Official snow depths:
Yamabiko - 360cm
Uenotaira - 300cm
Hikage - 210cm
Nagasaka - 190cm
Karasawa - 140cm

All lifts operating

All courses open except:
Grand Prix
Kandahar West
Kandahar East   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Sunday 9th March 2014, 8:29am
Weather conditions: Lots of cloud, some blue sky, some sun
New snowfall: 10cm
Snow depth: 210cm
Good morning from Niseko and I have about 10cm of fresh outside my door this morning here in the Hirafu village area. It has been a run of days affected by wind of course here, and we are all hoping that today will be calmer.

This morning there is some blue sky visible amongst the remaining clouds and right now the sun is shining through my window. Snow clouds should not be far away though and more snow is due overnight.

Temps overnight were around -5C and that's what we are at now at 8:30am.

Less wind over here at Hirafu, but it does seem that there are some early issues with a few lifts over at Annupuri and Niseko Village - the Annupuri Gondola is on hold as is the Wonderland Chair at Village at the time of writing.

There's also a few lifts not moving due to 'avalanche risk' - the Jumbo 4 at Annupuri; the King 4 and Ace 4 top lifts at Niseko Grand Hirafu. From what I gather they are planned to be closed for the day.

Peak lifts closed aside, it should be a very fine day out on the snow.


Niseko Avalanche Report

Niseko base 6am: -7C, 20cm of broken crystal snow in the 12 hours. Moiwa 800m: W15m/s, poor visibility, -11C, snowdrift development up to 200cm in Mikaeri area. Annupuri 1150m: W18m/s, large development of snowdrifts, -12C. Hirafu 1000m: -10C, 35cm of fresh with development of snowdrifts. Peak 1308m: W10.8m/s, -14.1C. Coastal data: cape Benkei NW15m/s, cape Kamui W9m/s, 2.7m waves, 1009hPa.

The isobars are spacing out and the storm is calming down, however strong wind is still persisting above 800m. Peak gates will be kept closed and all top lifts operation will be suspended. A large avalanche occurred in Mizuno no sawa knoll yesterday; it skimmed close to the gondola posts and reached the bottom of the valley. 2 other large avalanches occurred in Higashi-One, which knocked down trees on its way and ran past the CAT-track. Avalanche risk is still extreme in Niseko area and the surroundings. Stay away from cornice slopes and open steep faces. Stabilization of snowdrifts is delayed and chances of 150cm deep slides are still to be highly considered. The snow in the trees is good, but cracks are forming everywhere. Ride carefully.


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

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 420cm
Base - 210cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 390cm
Base - 220cm

Top - 395cm
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Madarao Now!

Sunday 9th March 2014, 8:32am
Weather conditions: Clear
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 230cm
Sun this morning. Staying cold. Sun and mostly clear skies. No cm of new snow being reported but as it's keeping cold conditions ware keeping good.

Snow is due to be falling again by the end of the day today and through tomorrow as well. March is proving to be very interesting indeed.

Enjoy the conditions!


Operating lifts (planned):

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.

Nighta every Saturday night until 22nd March.   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Sunday 9th March 2014, 8:36am
Weather conditions: Mostly clear and sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 170cm
Temperatures down to -9C overnight and as we approach 9am it's around -5C in the village, so nice and winter-like cold. The sun is out this morning so it is going to warm up, perhaps to about +3C this afternoon.

No cm of new snow to report from around the valley this morning.

So yes the sun us out, a bit overcast/hazy in some directions, and some clouds still hanging around the mountain peak backdrop. Just a light wind and so unlike yesterday no disruption to any top lifts.

I should have more snow to report tomorrow morning though which will make another good refresh.


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

Hakuba Goryu:
Reporting 0cm of new snowfall.
Upper - 275cm
Toomi - 170cm
Iimori - 120cm

Hakuba 47:
Reporting 0cm of new snowfall.
Upper - 250cm
Lower - 80cm

Usagidaira - 235cm
Nakiyama - 75cm
Sakka - 90cm

Hakuba Iwatake:
Upper - 230cm
Lower - 60cm

Tsugaike Kogen:
Tsuganomori - 330cm
Maruyama - 120cm
Kanenonaruoka - 160cm

Hakuba Cortina:
Reporting 0cm of new snowfall.
Upper - 335cm
Lower - 205cm

Hakuba Minekata:
70cm   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Sunday 9th March 2014, 9:00am
Weather conditions: Sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 265cm
Not much to report this morning other than blue skies and sun. And good snow conditions.

-7 degrees as of 8am, nice and calm.

A lovely day.

The forecast says more snow tonight and hopefully tomorrow too.


Official snow depths (9th March 14):
Utopia: 290cm
Chuo: 265cm
Paradise: 280cm
Uwanodai: 190cm
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Shiga Kogen Now!

Sunday 9th March 2014, 9:01am
Weather conditions: Clear
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 180cm
It is sunny with clear blue skies over Shiga Kogen this morning after another cold night.

Snowfall due back over the region though later on today (tonight?) and perhaps some stronger winds as well tomorrow along with some more snow to keep this good start to March going.


Official snow depth data, as of Sunday 9th March 2014):

Sun Valley:





Hoppo Bundaira:

Takamagahara Mammoth:


Ichinose Family:


Ichinose Diamond:


Okushiga Kogen:

Kumanoyu (skiers only):

210cm   Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Sunday 9th March 2014, 14:00pm
Weather conditions: Clear and sunny
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: 325cm
Having a few problems with our report today, but luckily it has been a fairly simple day - sunny with blue skies up above.

Snow is expected this evening and tomorrow.


Official info:

Akakura Kanko:

Akakura Onsen:


Myoko Suginohara:

Seki Onsen:

Myoko Ski Park:

Myoko Kyukamura Runrun


Tangram Ski Circus
200cm    Read more ...

Minakami Now!

Sunday 9th March 2014, 17:53pm
Weather conditions: Clear
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 460cm
A warm sunny day in Minakami with a midday temp of 10 deg C. The snow is forecast to start up again late tonight and fall for all of tomorrow and intermittently on Tuesday.

The Spring temps return on Wednesday with temps remaining warm for the following week with possible rain on the way as well.


460cm @ Tenjin
80m @ valley   Read more ...

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