Snow and weather reports posted on Friday 10th April 2020

Minakami Now!

Tuesday 11th December 2012, 7:48am
Weather conditions: Cloud & Blue skies
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: 135cm
Another cold one in Minakami. Everyone was out in force snow clearing yesterday and the water was pumping out everywhere. The roads are icy this morning so take care if you are driving. Tenjin managed to get open yesterday, though again only one lift. Masses of snow up there. There was a small dusting overnight and this morning. The forecast is for snow on and off for the next few days.

This snow looks as if it had done the job for Houdaigi who look set to open on Saturday.

Houdaigi - Dec 15
Norn - Dec 20
Minakami Kogen - Dec 22
Okutone - Dec 21

Official snow depth:
135cm Tenjindaira   Read more ...

Yuzawa Now!

Tuesday 11th December 2012, 7:55am
Weather conditions: Cloud, sunny in places
New snowfall: 30cm
Snow depth: 80cm
More snow has fallen since yesterday. I have had to move about 20cm off the top of the car last night and there's another 10cm or so on there this morning. The snow has eased off now and we have a curious mix of weather in the region. A look at the webcams shows quite clear and sunny conditions in Naeba with a lot of blue sky, with some of that blue sky over Kagura as well and the sun shining down on the main slope. It's still cloudy over the main Yuzawa town area though at the moment.

Actually the forecast tells us to expect cloud and light snow, so we'll have to see whether that happens or whether the clouds are indeed clearing up.

We do seem to be moving on from this considerable snowfall we have had over the last few days though. There's a nice amount of snow hanging around the town area now which is great to see. All good for more resort areas opening up this coming weekend.   Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Tuesday 11th December 2012, 8:52am
Weather conditions: Sunny, with some dark clouds coming over the mountain (yea)
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 100cm
Countdown to Opening: Snow Day Three

Actually, the big snow stopped last night, and it's a really nice day in Myoko. Nice, except that we can't go out and ply at the ski areas yet. We have a great pre-season base here, though; the snow is supposed to keep going which should make things really good for the openings.... which are:

Akakura Kanko (Akakan)
December 15

Akakura Onsen
December 15

December 15

December 15

Seki Onsen
As soon as possible

Kyukamura Myoko Run Run (pronounced "roon roon"; had to write this one out because it's such a huge name for a tiny report)
December 22

Myoko Ski Park
December 16

December 21

Pre-open last weekend (opening properly on Saturday)

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Naeba Now!

Tuesday 11th December 2012, 10:58am
Weather conditions: Clear, the sun is out
New snowfall: 20cm
Snow depth: 80cm
Another 10cm or so of snow to report since last night and add another 10cm on top of that and we probably have had 20cm since my report yesterday. It certainly has been a good weekend and start to the week.

With the sun out this morning, it should be pretty excellent conditions out there for the lucky ones sliding. Yes the sun is out we have a few white fluffy clouds hanging about it everywhere looks amazing and I'm sure the snow is top quality this morning. Doesn't look busy either.

Kagura open as planned today. The same lower lifts at Naeba open but I would hope that we will soon be seeing more of Naeba opening soon.

Light snow is actually forecast for today and so it will either turn up later or the forecast have got it wrong. I'll let you know which of those happens in my report tomorrow morning!

Official resort snow depth:
Naeba - 80cm
Kagura - 200cm
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Niseko Now!

Tuesday 11th December 2012, 11:11am
Weather conditions: Fine
New snowfall: 40cm
Snow depth: 245cm
Yesterday was a fine day out there. I had some deep fun anyway. I have heard a few comments from people saying the snow was perhaps slightly heavier than we are used to in optimal conditions here, and that was probably about right... but I think we are very spoilt here in Niseko with snow conditions. It was pretty fantastic by any standards if you ask me! The thought of things getting even better... :)

It was snowing as well and we have had another 40cm of fresh snow to add to the tally which has to be around 3m now for the season. Calendar check... December 11th. Oh yes!

Blue skies above me this morning as I write the report. There is some cloud here and there but generally clear and everywhere looking great. It is currently about 0C. Some winds are hanging around but we seem to be moving out of the storm now amnd over the next few days we might see more clearer skies and a break in the snowfall.

At Hirafu, the Swinging Monkey lift got off to a late start this morning, but opened just before 10am. The Kind Number 3 Triple lift has been operating at slow speed but other than that operations seem to be normal there, while the Hanazono No3 quad lift in the Hanazono area is also operating on slow.

At the Niseko Village resort area, the Niseko Gondola has been operating at slow speed, and over at Annupuri their Gondola is still not moving today.

Lifts Operating (at time of writing)

Grand Hirafu
Ace Family Pair
Ace Number 2 Quad (Center Four)
Ace Number 3 Pair
King Number 3 Triple
Hirafu Gondola
Holiday Number 1 Pair
Swinging Monkey

Niseko Annupuri
Jumbo No1 Quad
Jumbo No3 Pair
Jumbo No4 Pair

Niseko Village
Niseko Gondola
Community Chair
Banzai Chair

Niseko Hanazono
All three lifts

Official Resort Snow Depths

Grand Hirafu
Top - 245cm
Bottom - 120cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 140cm
Bottom - 115cm

Niseko Village
Top - 150cm
Bottom - 100cm

Niseko Hanazono
Top - 245cm
Bottom - 120cm   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Tuesday 11th December 2012, 12:31pm
Weather conditions: Snow, cloud
New snowfall: 10cm
Snow depth: 175cm
Hello from Hakuba and apologies for the later report today.

We had another 3-5cm of snow earlier on this morning in the village and about 20cm above 1200m, aand it continues to snow this lunchtime.

It has been a cold morning and even now remains at just around -3C degrees, there is no wind and the snow is nice and dry snow - and so is the air.

We are expecting snow to continue through the day perhaps into tomorrow but after that things should be easing off somewhat and we might get to see some sun.

For now, excellent conditions to enjoy out there.


Official snow depths and operations @ Tuesday 11th December 2012 AM:

Hakuba Goryu:
Goryu reported another 25cm of new snow up top and 15cm lower down today.
Lifts operating - Gondola, Alps No1 pair, Alps No3 pair, Toomi Sky Four.
Official snow depths:
Alps daira - 175cm;
Toomi - 100cm.

Hakuba 47:
Hakuba 47 is reporting another 30cm of new snowfall today.
Lifts operating - Gondola, Line A, Line C and Line E.
Official snow depth:
Upper - 190cm
Lower - 90cm

Ski lifts/courses:
Lifts operating - Gondola, Alpen quad, Kurobishi No2 quad, Kokusai No3 pair, Panorama pair lifts.
Official snow depth:
Usagidaira - 180cm

Tsugaike Kogen:
The Gondola, Tsuga No2 lift and Hannnoki high speed pair lifts are operating.
Official snow depth:
Upper slopes - 240cm
Lower slopes - 90cm   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Tuesday 11th December 2012, 12:48pm
Weather conditions: Light snow
New snowfall: 2cm
Snow depth: 150cm
The heavy snowfall has eased off somewhat today and we have had perhaps 10cm or so up on Yamabiko since yesterday and just slight snowfalls lower down. Nice conditions this morning as the snow clouds have for the most part moved on and actually there is quite a bit of blue sky up there and the sun shining down on the runs.

Not busy at all either so very nice conditions for the people making their way out there. The forecast tells us to expect more snow by the end of the day though and into tomorrow, though likely not as much as it was snowing over the weekend.

Lifts operating
Nagasaka Gondola
Yamabiko Four
Yamabiko No 2 Four
Uenotaira Four

Courses open
Yamabiko A Course
Yamabiko B Course
Yamabiko C Course
Yamabiko D Course
Yamabiko E Course

Official snow depths





Official new snowfall
0cm (Karasawa)
5cm (Uenotaira)
10cm (Yamabiko)   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Tuesday 11th December 2012, 13:00pm
Weather conditions: Cloud, light snow
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: 45cm
A bit of a later report today - I was down in town and saying hello to the 'snow monkeys' at Jigokudani. They were all huddled together in the hot spring and looking very relaxed as well. They must love it in winter when it's cold and they can just jump in there!

Back to Shiga Kogen and this morning the winds are calmer and the snow has eased somewhat and we have a few more lifts running again. Even a bit of blue sky at times as well. Just a small amount of new snow to report this morning.

Sun Valley - 1 lift
Mammoth - 1 lifts
Ichinose Family - 2 lifts
Ichinose Diamond - 1 lift
Yakebitaiyama - 1 lifts
Okushiga Kogen - 2 lifts
Kumanoyu - 3 lifts
Yokoteyama - 5 lifts

Official resort snow depths as of Tuesday 11th December 2012 AM:

Sun Valley:
Ichinose Family:
Ichinose Diamond:
Okushiga Kogen:
65cm   Read more ...

Furano Now!

Tuesday 11th December 2012, 13:50pm
Weather conditions: Sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 100cm
You couldn't ask for a more perfect day with blue skies spanning all over the valley and affording sensational views to the Tokachi mountains. The slopes are in excellent condition after substantial snow falls at the weekend and cold temperatures are maintaing the quality of the powder. From today the Prince lift in the Furano Zone will be open for night skiing until 8pm, so get on out there tonight to celebrate the first night skiing of the season and you should be rewarded with some wonderful views of the night lights across Furano city.   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Tuesday 11th December 2012, 16:03pm
Weather conditions: Cloud, light snow, breaks at times
New snowfall: 20cm
Snow depth: 80cm
And it's another 20cm or so this morning. It has been a good few days in this part of the world as we have been on the receiving end of a very nice amount of fresh, light snow. This afternoon it's generally just cloudy and even some breaks in the cloud and a quick glimpse of the sun for short times though there remains a good chance of snowfall on and off over the next few days - nothing major though probably. After that looks like the skies might clear up a bit later in the week and it will not be as cold.

We have more snowfall but for now lift operations remain the same but we should certainly see almost all of the runs at Zao Onsen resort operating from this coming Saturday, 15th December.

A good start to the season!

Today the following lifts are operating around the mountain:

Zao Ropeway
Chuo Ropeway
Sky Cable
Chuo No1
Utopia No1
Paradise AB
Onsen No1
Yokokura No1

Chuo Area



40cm   Read more ...

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