Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 6th May 2019

Myoko Now!

Tuesday 11th February 2014, 7:39am
Weather conditions: Clear
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 260cm
Another sunny day in Myoko; for once we're the clear spot, with clouds out to the north over the ocean and Joetsu city. They may well be moving in though fairly soon though.

We had a nice dusting of light snow in the evening, not enough to build up anything remarkable, but it adds a nice sparkle to the surface. It was such a nice sunny day yesterday, in fact, that I saw a lot of people opening up their cars to try and dry out the inevitable Myoko wetness (as did I, with my trusty van deciding to leave an interior light on for some reason, and killing the battery. The joys of winter).

Few reports are in yet, but no particular change in snow levels. Thanks, Ikenotaira, for posting the temperature early!


Official info:

Akakura Kanko:

Akakura Onsen:


Myoko Suginohara:

Seki Onsen:

Myoko Ski Park:

Myoko Kyukamura Runrun


Tangram Ski Circus
195cm    Read more ...

Furano Now!

Tuesday 11th February 2014, 8:14am
Weather conditions: Sunny
New snowfall: 4cm
Snow depth: 200cm
The slopes are sparkling in the morning sun and it is looking like it will be a great day here in Furano - quite a contrast to the greyness of yesterday.

There is some high cloud hanging around but that will move on as the morning progresses. Overnight there has been 4cm of new snow which has freshened up the mountain and will mean some of the off piste runs will be worth a look early morning.

The grooming team has been busy overnight and all main runs have been perfectly groomed.


Operating lifts:
Kitanomine Gondola 9:00am-3:50pm
Kitanomine high speed quad 8:30am-8:00pm
Kitanomine #2 chair 8:45am-3:50pm

Link Lift 9:00am-3:50pm

Furano Ropeway 8:30am-3:50pm
Furano Downhill Swift Lift #1 9:00am-8:00pm
Downhill Romance #2 chair 8:45am-3:50pm
Downhill Romance #3 chair 9:00am-3:50pm
Prince Romance 8:30am - 4:00pm

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Niseko Now!

Tuesday 11th February 2014, 8:26am
Weather conditions: Cloud, clear(ing)
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 190cm
Good morning from Niseko.

Well, maybe not the best of mornings as I can't report any snow... other than another light dusting not amounting to 1cm.

So we had very light snow on and off yesterday, but it really didn't amount to much of anything.

This morning it doesn't look like it's going to pretend to try to snow much. While intermittent snow showers are there on the forecast, it seems more likely to turn into a fine and sunny day.

It's not much fun having to report no new snowfall in a morning, but I'm afraid I might have to get used to it over the coming days as there really doesn't seem to be any big refresh on the radar at the moment unfortunately. Tomorrow the forecast is from sun from early on.

So we need to make do with what we have for the moment. Keep in mind the good things too - it is remaining cold and there's no sign of rain either.


Niseko Avalanche Report

Niseko base 6am: -10C, no new snow in the last 12hrs. Moiwa 800m: -13C, trace new snow. Annupuri 1150m: -13C, wind N7m/s, no new snow. Hirafu 1000m: -11 , no new snow. Cape Benkei: NNE3m/s, Cape Kamui: ENE3m/s, wave 2.0m, pressure 1016hPa.

Niseko is between weather systems at the moment and weather is calm. Without new snowfall the snowpack is stable and the avalanche risk is generally low. Peak gates are expected to open this morning. Once you pass through the gates you are not in the ski areas anymore – no patrol. Please listen to the patrols advice before leaving. The mountain is tracked out, dont duck ropes looking for fresh lines. Niseko Rules strictly prohibit entering Haru no Taki, Mizuno no Sawa Special Control Area and Yu no Sawa. Your pass will be confiscated.

There are many other dangers off piste. Everybody can ride faster with newer technology but you still need to be careful hitting trees, crashing into cracks - it will just happen faster. If you want to explore some of the other peaks in the Niseko areas it is recommended to use a guide. Have a nice day.


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

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 370cm
Base - 190cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 350cm
Base - 230cm

Top - 305cm
Base - 220cm   Read more ...

Madarao Now!

Tuesday 11th February 2014, 8:40am
Weather conditions: Partly cloudy, sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 230cm
A cold morning in Madarao but the sun is out and mostly blue skies earlier on, a few more clouds around as I write this.

But yes, it should be a fine day to be out on the mountain today on this national holiday (National Foundation Day), so I would expect a few more people around than on a normal Tuesday.

Clear skies are likely tomorrow as well, perhaps some snow late night, but the next decent snowfall seems to be due around Friday into Saturday.


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.

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

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Tuesday 11th February 2014, 8:59am
Weather conditions: Cloud, blue skies, light snow top easing off
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Light snow falling early in the morning on the top slopes of Nozawa and they report just a few cm since yesterday. 3cm up on Yamabiko, 1cm on Uenotaira - along with temperatures down into the minus double digits.

Down here at base it's a complicated mix of blue sky and cloud for the moment and while there's no cm of fresh snowfall it is cold down here too. -6 degrees in fact at 9am.

The forecast for the day is cloud and clearing up later on. Cold overnight and then sunny clear skies due for the whole of tomorrow. Some forecasts say perhaps some snow overnight. What's looking more promosing though right now is the forecast snow going into the coming weekend. There's potential there, so we'll keep an eye on that.

It's National Foundation Day in Japan today and so that means - holiday! There were quite a lot of people waiting for the first gondola up this morning and it'll be busier than usual. I would guess that some people who had to cancel plans to be here on Sunday might be making the most of the holiday to get here and enjoy the conditions today.

Anyway, have a good day. Until tomorrow.


Tuesday 11th February 2014:

Official snow depths:
Yamabiko - 285cm
Uenotaira - 230cm
Hikage - 155cm
Nagasaka - 145cm
Karasawa - 110cm

All lifts operating

All courses open except:
Kandahar West
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Hakuba Now!

Tuesday 11th February 2014, 9:02am
Weather conditions: Partly cloudy, sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 165cm
No snow through the day yesterday and mostly a sunny day with just a dusting overnight on some of the slopes being reported this morning.

And this morning the sun us out and we have lots of blue sky above Hakuba. Cloud here and there but for the most part it's a fine, sunny morning. Remaining suitably cold which we're happy about and at 9am it is around -7 degrees in the village. A high temp of about -2 degrees is forecast down here.

We're expecting similar weather conditions tomorrow actually though while it should get very cold overnight tonight it might warm up to over zero during the day tomorrow.

We all want to know about snow of course. That still looks due to be with us later on Friday through Saturday.


Official snow depth numbers and operations (as of 11th February 2014):

Hakuba Goryu:
Reporting 0cm of new snowfall at Iimori and Toomi and 5cm up top.
Upper - 280cm
Toomi - 165cm
Iimori - 140cm

Hakuba 47:
Reporting 0cm of new snowfall.
Upper - 275cm
Lower - 90cm

Reporting 1cm of new snowfall at Usagidaira.
Usagidaira - 225cm
Nakiyama - 90cm
Sakka - 105cm

Hakuba Iwatake:
Upper - 210cm
Lower - 75cm

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

Hakuba Cortina:
Reporting 2cm of new snowfall on lower and 2cm on upper areas.
Upper - 283cm
Lower - 177cm

Hakuba Minekata:
80cm   Read more ...

Yuzawa Now!

Tuesday 11th February 2014, 9:20am
Weather conditions: Mostly cloud, increasing blue sky
New snowfall: 3cm
Snow depth: 180cm
Periods of sun yesterday but mostly it was cloudy and we even got a bit of wet snow falling later on in the afternoon and evening. Result is a few cm or so on the ground this morning.

Kagura are reporting 5-10cm, while resorts around town reporting up to 5cm or so.

There's a lot of cloud around this morning but as I am writing this report the sun is peeking through as well and there is more and more blue patches of sky opening up before us. The forecast had cloud clearing up later on in the day so perhaps it's just happening sooner than expected.

Tomorrow should be clear and sunny from early on in the day.

The next decent snowfall is forecast for the weekend.


Official resort snow depths @ Tuesday 11th February 2014, AM:
Kagura (Tashiro):
Kagura (Mitsumata):
NASPA Ski Garden:
Gala Yuzawa:
Yuzawa Kogen:
Yuzawa Nakazato:
Yuzawa Park:
Maiko Snow Resort:
Ishiuchi Maruyama:
Joetsu Kokusai:
200cm   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Tuesday 11th February 2014, 9:21am
Weather conditions: Clear and sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 160cm
Not much to report this morning other than the fabulous clear blue skies over Shiga Kogen at the moment.

It might be a holiday in Japan today, but it doesn't look too busy out there from the places I have seen in the last half hour...

A fine day to be out and about sliding down the slopes though.

More of the same currently forecast for tomorrow. Next proper snowfall due around Saturday.


Official snow depth data, as of Tuesday 11th February 2014):

Sun Valley:





Hoppo Bundaira:

Takamagahara Mammoth:


Ichinose Family:


Ichinose Diamond:


Okushiga Kogen:

Kumanoyu (skiers only):

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Zao Now!

Tuesday 11th February 2014, 9:30am
Weather conditions: Sunny, partly cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 220cm
Blue skies above. Some cloud too, but some very nice views to be had this lovely morning.

It's cold still, but hardly any wind.

No new snow to report either this morning.

The forecast looks pretty similar for the next few days actually. It's more sun than snow. But some potentially good snowfall looks due to arrive over Zao late on Friday and through Saturday.


Official snow depths (11th February 14):
Utopia: 270cm
Chuo: 220cm
Paradise: 240cm
Uwanodai: 165cm   Read more ...

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