Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 24th February 2020

Madarao Now!

Tuesday 11th January 2011, 8:23am
Weather conditions: Today the snowfall is predicted to last until late morning, being replaced by a sky of cloud.
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
As you wake to another morning of snowfall in the Ski Resort of Madarao and prepare for the day ahead, keep in mind todays weather will be very similar to yesterday; cold temperatures, plenty of snow and more awesome riding on the open courses of Madarao Mountain.

Today snowfall is predicted to ease late morning, and hold off again until early tomorrow. So keep those googles close by as visability conditions are to remain average/poor for the morning session. The temperature, like yesterday, requires an extra layer to ensure you can remain all day on the mountain comfortably.

Again, all the tree run courses are open today for those in search of a challenge. Also the kids park and snowboard park are open for your enjoyment. So get your gear together and enjoy the day ahead!

This morning eleven lifts will be open and are expected to remain open through out the course of today. All courses being open also!

Lifts currently operating:

No 1 lift
No 2 quad lift
No 3 a lift
No 5 lift
Super Quad
No 11 Lift
No 12 Lift
No 13 Lift
No 15 lift
Tangram No 2 Lift
Moving Belt at Kids Park
Snowboard beginner course   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Tuesday 11th January 2011, 8:52am
Weather conditions: Snowing consistently
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
The Snow Show continues in Nozawa Onsen!

At around midnight last night we could see the stars in the sky so were thinking that we might be in for a bluebird morning this morning.... wrong!

The snow was falling pretty heavy in town early this morning and has continued.

The forecast is for light snow so will be interesting to see if it eases through the day.

Yesterday was an amazing powder day on the mountain with some big smiles and sore legs coming down in the afternoon. Crowds also started to thin out and today should see a lot less people around with the long weekend over and it being a normal weekeday.

We can now enjoy a few quieter days and great snow as with the famous Fire Festival is coming up on the 15th things are set to get pretty busy on the slopes and in town.

Preparations begin on the 13th with the villagers dragging the trees down the slopes past Hikage to begin construction of the shrine.

The sake will be flowing like the water through the streets and well worth checking out.

Anyway that is in a few days - see below for more info on the festival. For now, it is all about the snow and lots of it so enjoy some powder time.

Courses open:

All except the following
Uenotaira Half Pipe
Karasawa Wave Park

Lifts operating:
All lifts are open


Here's a bit more info on the 'Dosojin Matsuri' (Fire Festival) in Nozawa Onsen.

"This festival is one of the three most famous fire festivals in Japan. It is held on January 15th every year to pray for a plentiful harvest, health and good fortune in the coming year. The festival dates back to 1863 and though the location has changed, the festivities remain the same. During this festival the twenty-five and forty-two year old men from the village play a very important role. An old belief in Japan dictates that, for men, these years are unlucky ages. The twenty-five and the forty-two year old men in their unlucky ages construct the shaden (shrine) from beech wood that reaches a height of 18 meters. Every year it takes 100 villagers to build the shrine. The trees are cut down in October and brought down from the mountain, through the village, on January 13th. After the shaden has been constructed, the priest from Kosuge shrine performs a ceremony to endow it with a God. Along with the shaden there are an average of five tôrô (dedicatory lantern poles) erected every year. These poles are made by a family in the village to celebrate the birth of the first son. The tôrô are offered to the Gods in a prayer for health and good fortune. The festivities begin with the lighting of the fire by the twenty-five and fourty-two year old men. A small group of men carry a torch, which is lit by striking two stones together, from the Kôno residence to the festival grounds. The torch is used to start a bonfire from which the handmade torches, used to attack the shrine, are lit. The festival centers around the shaden, where the fourty-two year olds sit on top and the twenty-five year olds stand guard at the base. Those who are 41 and 43 years old stand around the perimeter to protect the spectators. Torch bearing villagers of all ages attempt to break through the guards and light the shaden on fire. A dangerous and lively battle ensues. The defenders try to put out the fire by striking it with pine branches. The attack lasts for about one hour, after which the 42 year olds call an end to the ceremony and the shaden together with the tôrô are set on fire in an offering to the Gods. The entire festival can take up to four hours from the beginning to the end, but the main attraction is the battle between the guards and the torch bearing villagers."   Read more ...

Minakami Now!

Tuesday 11th January 2011, 8:56am
Weather conditions: Snowing
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Yesterday it snowed lightly for the entire day and throughout the night with around 20cm of fresh snow on the ground this morning and over 50cm from the storm that started on Sunday evening.

It is expected to clear this afternoon with more snow forecast for tomorrow and Thursday. The weekend is looking clear at this stage with snow starting again on Sunday.

The new snow from the last week is still not bonding well with the warmer layer from last Wednesday. Some strong winds yesterday carried the snow from exposed places further loading sheltered areas. Natural occurring slab avalanches were witnessed yesterday. Backcountry travel in alpine terrain not advisable.   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Tuesday 11th January 2011, 9:01am
Weather conditions: Snowing lightly
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Yesterday actually had a couple of brief periods of sunshine in between heavy bands of snow. Snowfalls continued on and off throughout the night and it's currently snowing moderately. The avi report below is saying up to 35cm has fallen over at Moiwa base but I don't think there's been quite so much down the HIrafu end of the range. I'd put it at closer to 20-25cm since last report.
Gate 7 in Annupuri is expected to open for the first time this season today. This is a great little area and often gets some of the deepest snow around the resort. Well worth heading over to check it out.
Snowfalls are expected to continue through this morning but get light and sporadic later today. A weak low pressure system is expected to move through just to the south of Hokkaido tomorrow which should bring some further heavy snowfalls.

Current Official Snow Depths:

Grand Hirafu:
Top - 300
Bottom - 160

Niseko Village:
Top - 220
Bottom - 170

Top - 200
Bottom - 160

Avalanche Information:

Although the snowfall hasn’t stopped overnight, there is no drastic development of new-formed snowdrifts.
The snow in the trees below 1000m is in good condition, however avalanche hazard is still to be highly considered in wide-open leeward (downwind) slopes such as Osawa and Backbbowl’s exposed faces.
Better not cut/traverse under cornices and knolls or stop in the valley bottoms.
Major scale slide risk due to collapsing soft-slabs will rise in Haru-no-Taki area as the sun reflections may induce the forming of slabs. Anyone must not enter strictly off-limits areas.
Gate 1 (L-ji), 4 (Fujiwara), 6 (Moiwa) and 7 (Ee-sawa) are scheduled to open around 10am. Please follow the ski-patrol’s instructions.
Mountain base 6am:-8℃, 35cm snowfall in the past 12hours and no development of snowdrifts.
Coastal data: NE15m/s at Benkei cape, W8m/s, 1009hPa and 2.5m waves at Kamui cape.
Predicted wind at the peak at noon: NW15m/s.
Ride safe and have a nice day.
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Hakuba Now!

Tuesday 11th January 2011, 9:11am
Weather conditions: Partially sunny. Can't see the peaks much.
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
It is another very cold morning in Hakuba again - about minus nine degrees on the thermometer earlier on... brrr. There has been no new overnight snow and it was a clear night last night. It has been just super cold for past few days.

On the hill, we still have some sweet powder stashes here and there from the dump on Sunday afternoon. Since the temperature has remained cold and dry, the snow has kept light and fluffy.

This morning there is some thin cloud in the sky especially to the east, but it is fairly clear and bright conditions on the mountains so it should be a good day out there.

The highest temperature of the day will be around -3 degrees and lowest is -6 at the base and there will be a calm north easterly wind.

The snow forecast says that we are getting a bit of snow towards tonight and perhaps up to around 5cm or so of fresh over night. Seems like Wednesday will be snowing all day as well.


Official snow depths and operations @ Tuesday 11th January PM:

Hakuba Goryu:
Goryu reporting 15cm of fresh snow overnight on the upper slopes and just a few cm. Night time operations from 6pm until 9:30pm.
Alps daira - 240cm;
Toomi - 120cm;
Iimori - 100cm

Hakuba 47:
The resort and park at the resort are fully open.
Snow depth (upper) - 165cm.

All of the Happo-one slopes are now open. Nakiyama nighta now operating.
Usagidaira/Kurobishi - 190cm;
Shirakaba - 100cm
Nakiyama - 100cm

Tsugaike Kogen:
The Karamatsu nighta operations are now open. The Jib Park is fully open.
Snow depth - 260cm
Maruyama area - 120cm
Champion - 155cm

Hakuba Iwatake:
All of the Iwatake resort is now open.
Upper - 130cm
Lower - 85cm

Hakuba Cortina:
All of the resort is currently open.
Upper - 275cm
Lower - 155cm

Hakuba Sanosaka:
All lifts at Sanosaka are now operating.
90cm   Read more ...

Naeba Now!

Tuesday 11th January 2011, 9:52am
Weather conditions: Some snow.
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Today the snow is fairly light, with wind travelling at 5km/h that is expected to go up to 10km/h at night.

Visibility is a fair, although the top of the mountain is not visible from the base. The temperature is expected to hit a top of -12 degrees, with a windchill of -9 in the morning and -12 in the afternoon.

In regards to the runs at Naeba, the Men's Slalom bahn and the area that is to the South East of Hiuchi #1 slope are closed. And the Kid`s Snowmobile and snow tubing are closed at the Waku-Waku Family Snowland.

At Kagura, the Shirakaba and Intermediate Course of Tashiro Area, the Forestry Expert Course of Kagura Area, and the Downhill Course of Mitsumata Area are all closed.
The Kagura Tashiro Accessway will also be closed at 3pm.
Lastly, due to competitions being held, the Kagura Main Ski Slope will be fenced off from 1/11 - 1/19.

Enjoy your day.

Official Snow Depths:



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Furano Now!

Tuesday 11th January 2011, 9:53am
Weather conditions: Clear conditions
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Just after I submitted yesterday's report the snow stopped, the cloud lifted and blue sky surrounded the mountain. It turned out to be a really good day weatherwise. As you will see from the temperatures below, winter is really upon us now. Which ever way you look at -19deg, it is cold. Could be a good time to invest in a face mask and a new pair of gloves if the cold is starting to get to you. The cloud is sitting just above the top of the ski area so visibility and weather is good overall today. There has been a couple of centimeters of fresh snow overnight to replenish the slopes. There should be more snow on Thursday and Friday, and then some sun for the weekend.   Read more ...

Yuzawa Now!

Tuesday 11th January 2011, 12:06pm
Weather conditions: Cloud, snow
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
When I wrote the report yesterday the snow was easing off, but actually it came back and it was pretty much snowing for most of the day.

There was about 25cm-30cm or so of snow on the car this morning, and Kagura reporting 30cm of fresh snow on the slopes, so another decent topup.

And it has been snowing this morning as well - and snowing quite heavily as well for most of the morning though as I write this it has eased off a bit and the mountains are part visible through the snow falling.The forecast is for just cloud this afternoon so perhaps it will continue to ease off. Right now it is -2 degrees in Yuzawa.

There is more snow due tomorrow though into Thursday with clearer weather and a decent chance of one of those clear sunny days on Friday as the forecast stands at the moment. After that, more decent snowfall is lined up for the weekend.

It was certainly a late start to the season this time round, but we are playing catchup pretty good right now and things are looking more like normal now.

Official snow depths @ 11h January 2010 AM




Gala Yuzawa:

Yuzawa Kogen:

Yuzawa Park:

Kandatsu Kogen:


NASPA Ski Garden:
165cm   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Tuesday 11th January 2011, 12:16pm
Weather conditions: Cloud, snow
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
So, conditions were quickly changing yesterday but overnight we have got another 15cm or so of fresh snow in the village. These frequent topups are just what we want - though some people would like a clear sunny day here and there as well! Trees are laden with lots of snow, the roofs of buildings have got a lot of snow accummulation on them - it's all looking mid-winter. Nice.

Anyway it is another very cold morning but just a slight wind and visibility on the mountain is fair. We have quickly moving clouds again and from time to time I am able to see high up and then it quickly gets covered with cloud again.

It doesn't look like we will get a clear day in the coming week or indeed over the weekend with snow showers set to continue on and off until at least Sunday. Temperatures will also remain low.

We are back to a normal weekday now and so it is quieter today on the slopes.

Excellent conditions out on the mountain, hope you can get out and enjoy it.   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Tuesday 11th January 2011, 12:32pm
Weather conditions: Cloud, light snow
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Welcome to another very cold day in Shiga Kogen. Mid-winter cold, down in the minus double figures. There has been another new layer of snow in the region, nothing major, but the cold is keeping the snow conditions in top shape.

Now that the long weekend is over, things are back to normal and the slopes are quiet. Very quiet in fact, I was looking at the runs over in Kumanoyu earlier on and there really were only a few people out there. Good for them I say!

There's a good chance of some more snowfall from now until Thursday and then it is loolking like the skies will clear somewhat by Friday.... a bluebird day? Very possibly!

Nighta this evening at the following resort areas:

- Ichinose Family
- Ichinose Diamond

Official resort snow depths as of 11th January 2011 AM:

Sun Valley:
Ichinose Family:
Ichinose Diamond:
Okushiga Kogen:
170cm   Read more ...

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