Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 30th May 2021

Furano Now!

Sunday 10th February 2008, 8:11am
Weather conditions: Blue sky as far as the eye can see. beautiful view of Tokachidake mountains. A warm morning.
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Yesterday and today are warm. There was a lot of snow melt yesterday and now the roads in town are all clear. This morning temperatures are sitting at minus 1, so it will be warm out there today. It was busy on the mountain yesterday, with lots of locals as well as international guests out on the slopes.

The forecast is calling for a huge storm to begin tomorrow night. I have not seen anything in the charts and in the forecast like this before all season. It is predicting a lot of snow with high winds, especially thorugh Wednesday and Thursday. If the weather predictions are accurate, then this will be a big week of snow.

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Minakami Now!

Sunday 10th February 2008, 8:17am
Weather conditions: Cloudy and snowing
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Warmer temperatures yesterday melted some of the snow at lower levels and aided in the settling of the snow pack at higher levels.

25cm of fresh snow this morning at the valley level and around 40cm above 1300m in some areas. The snow is forecast to end mid morning and leave a cloudy day with light winds.

Visibility is poor at present but should improve as the snow ceases and improve during the day.

Many sluffs were observed yesterday with the new snow not bonding well with the wind slab from last week. Caution is advised in steep terrain. Be wary of terrain traps.

Avalanche Hazard:
Alpine: Considerable
Tree Line: Moderate
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Niseko Now!

Sunday 10th February 2008, 8:55am
Weather conditions: Sunny.
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
No new snow. The sea is calm. Niseko is between two lows with no snow clouds. It is a perfect day for skiing the groomed but of course everyone is waiting for more powder. All the lifts are running and all outer gates are open but one will be lucky to find any fresh.   Read more ...

Naeba Now!

Sunday 10th February 2008, 9:31am
Weather conditions: white-out
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
A bit snowy this morning, it's -4 in the village and bad visibility out there today, hence the big old Naeba ski hill is no where to be seen on this fine snowy day. It has not snowed like the forecast said it would, but it does look like its coming in now, there's an expectancy in the village of snow on its way. The Diggers are rushing around as if in anticipation of this. Bring on the snow.   Read more ...

Yuzawa Now!

Sunday 10th February 2008, 9:47am
Weather conditions: Light snow > cloud
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
10cm or so of fresh snow up at Kagura overnight and maybe 5cm or so down at town level, and right now it is bright and not snowing... whether it will snow again before the snow clouds move on for good for now, we will just have to wait and see, but the forecast is for the snow to clear up early afternoon and it be cloudy for the rest of the day. It is currently around +1 degrees.

Right now the forecast for tomorrow is sun and milder temperatures, so it might be a fine day for the last day of the long weekend.   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Sunday 10th February 2008, 9:58am
Weather conditions: Light snow, cloud
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Second day of the long weekend. Yesterday the slopes were probably the busiest they have been all season - at least they seemed to be - and today should be about the same.

The snow arrived yesterday afternoon and still is this morning. Light snow, so visibility is generally fine (though not enough for those long distance scenery photos) and forecast to clear up later on today. The temperature this morning was around -6 to -8 degrees in most regions of Shiga Kogen.

At the moment it is looking like tomorrow might be one of those fine, sunny days. Would be nice!

Those snow depth numbers have been gradually increasing these last few weeks with a few resorts now approaching 2 meters of snow (in fact, Shibutoge is reporting 200cm today).

Nighta is planned at the following resort areas of Shiga Kogen today:

- Sun Valley
- Maruike
- Mammoth
- Ichinose Family
- Ichinose Diamond
- Yakebitaiyama
- Kumanoyu   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Sunday 10th February 2008, 10:07am
Weather conditions: Fine
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
The heavy snow expected to fall last night turned out to be a very disappointing. Only a little bit fell in the village, and it was practically rain. Yesterday the slopes were packed, the gondolas copped the worst of it in terms of lift queues. There is not a room to spare in Nozawa Onsen. I guess we have to pin our hopes on the next big front coming through on Tuesday with snow and cold temperatures forecast.   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Sunday 10th February 2008, 10:52am
Weather conditions: Cloudy with patches of blue sky breaking trough occasionally.
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Lots of clouds moving in up there but the sun still breaking through though it's supposed to cloud over again this afternoon. Tonight it should clear up for a nice bright morning tomorrow.

The blue skies yesterday didn't last for long as the clouds moved in and snow began falling from around 12:00. Snowfall continued through the day and this morning we woke up to a little more than a dusting on the cars, for a while this morning the snow came down quite heavily and has now eased off. At the moment there is a lot of cloud cover but the sun is trying its best to break through.

Visibility is good at the moment, but may change in the afternoon when the cloud cover starts to come in again. There are strong winds gusts, especially at the top of the mountain. Currently all lifts are running.

Today is the second day of the long weekend so car parks will be full, lift lines will be long in places and cat tracks will get cramped. Watch out for kids veering erratically down runs and amateur snowboarders sitting in the worst possible places.

Backcountry Travel Advisory:

Saturday and sunshine will mean a lot of people hiking today. Pick conservative lines and use good group control and safety measures. There are still multiple shear layers in the upper 1 m of the snow pack that may propagate and create avalanches in steep moderate and complicated terrain. Alpine bowls and chutes with big consequences should be avoided or reassessed for stability. Do not get fooled by the Ice Crust of January 12 as it is still a lingering week layer and faceting around this layer is prominent and depth hoar has also been found around this layer in multiple areas. Shear and compression tests have found moderate results on this layer and the shear plane is very clean and could produce problems so do assess stability of this layer before jumping in.

Take due care out there and take mellow lines in simple terrain.

Avalanche Hazard as of Feb 6th:

Alpine: Considerable

Tree line: Considerable

Below Tree Line: Moderate
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Myoko Now!

Sunday 10th February 2008, 12:03pm
Weather conditions: Snowing
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
A good bit of icing on the cake last night and still blowing at the noon hour. I highly recommend avoiding Suginohara. Unless you're parachuting in, the traffic is horrendous. G

Great conditions and few skiers/snowboarders at Kumado (in the Akakura Onsen Village). That's the pick of the day this record-breaking crowded day at Myoko.

Your Myoko area levels for today:
270cm (Akakura Kanko);
277cm (Akakura Onsen);
230cm (Ikenotaira);
345cm at the top, 180cm bottom (Suginohara);
270cm (Kyukamura);
190cm (Pine Valley);
365cm (Seki Onsen);
165cm (Madarao Tangram Ski Circus);
175cm (Madarao Sympathique);
180cm (Madarao Kogen);
285cm (Myoko Ski Park);
150cm (Togakushi);
170cm (Kurohime);
130cm (Iizuna);
135cm (Iizuna Kogen)

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SnowJapan Daily 'Now' reports

Shiga Kogen Now
30th May, 8:56am
Niseko Now
25th May, 14:32pm
Yuzawa Now
23rd May, 8:47am
Furano Now
09th May, 16:56pm
Hakuba Now
09th May, 10:50am
Nozawa Onsen Now
09th May, 8:12am
Kiroro Now
06th May, 13:52pm
Myoko Now
05th May, 13:16pm
Madarao Now
05th May, 9:26am
Geto Kogen Now
05th May, 7:45
Zao Now
05th May, 7:41
Appi Kogen Now
05th May, 7:40
Aizu Bandai Now
19th Feb, 12:28
Minakami Now
13th Jan, 10:10am
Naeba Now
27th Nov, 11:21am