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Madarao Now!

Wednesday 12th January 2011, 8:04am
Weather conditions: Snowy today. Today the snowfall is predicted to last until late morning, being replaced by a sky of cloud.
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
It is snowing again in Madarao today. So more of the same is the order of the day.
Snow is predicted for the next few days so there should be plenty of powder in the days ahead. The temperature, like yesterday, requires an extra layer to ensure you can remain all day on the mountain comfortably.

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 ...

Niseko Now!

Wednesday 12th January 2011, 8:54am
Weather conditions: Overcast
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Yesterday again had a couple of brief periods where the sun shone through interspersed with periods of heavy snow showers. Overnight it mostly cleared up and temperatures dropped to below -13 in Kutchan. This morning there is a thick, high overcast with little wind. A low pressure system is passing through very southern Hokkaido and we can expect snow from this system this afternoon. Some snow is expected pretty much everyday in the outlook which should maintain excellent conditions across the mountain.

Current Official Snow Depths:

Grand Hirafu:
Top - 295
Bottom - 155

Niseko Village:
Top - 230
Bottom - 170

Top - 210
Bottom - 160

Avalanche Information:

Annupuri 800m at 6am: -14℃ and slight overnight snowfall.
The winter weather pattern weakened and the wind has calmed down. The overall condition hasn’t changed much since yesterday.
Avalanche hazard is still not to be underestimated, especially in typical avalanche terrain in higher altitude.
Yesterday evening’s snowfall will consist a notable layer in the future snow accumulation and should be observed attentively in combination with today’s and the next few days weather transition.
Overgrown snowdrifts in south facing gully terrain, open steep faces or slopes with sudden gradient shift, such as the slopes under cornices in Higashi-One, are still very unstable and should not be stimulated. Traversing across those slopes is like deliberately causing a slide.
Avalanche risk is still to be highly considered today, carefully choose your touring route in all elevations.
Gate 1(L-ji), 4 (Fujiwara), 6 (Moiwa) and 7 (Ee-sawa) are scheduled to open at 9:30am.
Please follow the ski-patrol’s instructions.

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Naeba Now!

Wednesday 12th January 2011, 9:22am
Weather conditions: Cloudy with some sunshine.
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Today is cloudy with some sunshine. The wind is travelling at 5km/h that is expected to go up to 15km/h at night.

Visibility is quite good. The temperature is around -5 for most of the day, and is expected to hit -9 degrees at night. The wind chill right now is around -7, and will drop to -16 at night.

In regards to the runs at Naeba, area that is to the South East of Hiuchi #1 slope, and the Kid`s Snowmobile and snow tubing at Waku-Waku Family Snowland are still closed.
The NanChatte Kurosu is opened as of today. Lastly, the Prince Gondola Lift #1 is closed.

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 still closed.
The Kagura Tashiro Accessway will also still 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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Myoko Now!

Wednesday 12th January 2011, 9:38am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
A little bit of snow over the last two days, and it looks like it might pick up today. Yesterday actually started strong, with snow falling all the way to Nagano City (through which I was driving, and why the report was skipped yesterday—sorry, readers!). Not much accumulated, though, but the base is good, and the skiing is fine.

I'm not updating snow depths yet today because of some discrepancies in the official reporting that are showing different depths—the snow definitely did not drop since yesterday, as it has remained nice and cold.

Current Official Snow Depths:

Akakura Onsen:

Akakan (Akakura Kanko):


Myoko Suginohara:

Seki Onsen:

Myoko Ski Park:





Just an update to give the official reports. Perhaps the areas are being conservative, but what follows is the official report. Unofficially, we see things continuing to increase, and today looks great! Fresh is falling as we speak.

Current Official Snow Depths:

Akakura Onsen:

Akakan (Akakura Kanko):


Myoko Suginohara:

Seki Onsen:

Myoko Ski Park:



170cm   Read more ...

Yuzawa Now!

Wednesday 12th January 2011, 10:12am
Weather conditions: Cloud, sunny at time of writing
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Yesterday afternoon the snow clouds cleared and we ended up with clear blue skies and a very pleasant evening.

Last night's forecast for today was snow, perhaps heavy snow for today, but the day has started off cloudy and it has actually cleared up and there are now blue skies above Yuzawa. There are clouds to the north though and I believe it is snowing in more northerly parts of Niigata and so perhaps the snow that is due is on it's way and before long it will be snowing in Yuzawa.

Snow is also forecast for tomorrow.

Right now it is 0 degrees in Yuzawa.

The official snow depth numbers below are going a bit wonky this morning with some seeing increases and some decreases.... perhaps playing catchup. But we haven't had any real snowfall since yesterday afternoon so I'd say in reality things were about the same.

Official snow depths @ 12th January 2010 AM




Gala Yuzawa:

Yuzawa Kogen:

Yuzawa Park:

Kandatsu Kogen:


NASPA Ski Garden:
150cm   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Wednesday 12th January 2011, 10:33am
Weather conditions: Light snowfall
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
It ended up being great weather yesterday in Hakuba with sunshine pretty much all of the day and some nice stashes still to be found, though some runs were getting pretty iced out by late afternoon.

Goryu is reporting 10 cms of fresh snow this morning but it seemed more than that in the village around 20cm. Our man on the ground reckons no snow as at 3:00 AM yesterday morning so it was a late starter but light and fluffy meaning early morning runs were a treat in the right spots.

Snow continues to fall lightly outside at the moment and visibility is not the best at altitude but the resorts are in great condition and the slow continued snowfall will continue to fill in the gaps.

Still pretty bushy in general - the more snow we get the better... not that that is ever not true, of course!

The forecast is for snow to continue through today - sometimes heavily - with it stopping/clearing tomorrow and more decent snowfall possible again from the weekend.


Official snow depths and operations @ Wednesday 12th January PM:

Hakuba Goryu:
Goryu reporting 10cm of fresh snow. Night time operations from 6pm until 9:30pm.
Alps daira - 245cm;
Toomi - 125cm;
Iimori - 100cm.

Hakuba 47:
The resort and park at the resort are fully open.
Snow depth (upper) - 176cm.

All of the Happo-one slopes are now open. Nakiyama nighta now operating.
Usagidaira/Kurobishi - 190cm;
Sakka - 130cm;
Shirakaba - 100cm;
Nakiyama - 100cm.

Tsugaike Kogen:
The Karamatsu nighta operations are now open. The Jib Park is fully open.
Snow depth - 260cm
Maruyama area - 130cm
Champion - 170cm

Hakuba Iwatake:
All of the Iwatake resort is now open.
Upper - 130cm
Lower - 90cm

Hakuba Cortina:
All of the resort is currently open.
Upper - 270cm
Lower - 150cm

Hakuba Sanosaka:
All lifts at Sanosaka are now operating.

Hakuba Minekata:
100cm   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Wednesday 12th January 2011, 10:49am
Weather conditions: Cloud, light snow
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
It isn't quite as cold today but the winter conditions continue. We had light snow for most of yesterday morning and into the afternoon though it did clear up somewhat later on in the day. The clouds are back this morning though and it is snowing lightly and the forecast is basically for snow all day and into tomorrow.

Friday still looking like it might be clearer weather before more snow that is due at the weekend.

Nighta this evening at the following resort areas:

- Ichinose Family
- Ichinose Diamond

Official resort snow depths as of 12th January 2011 AM:

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

Zao Now!

Wednesday 12th January 2011, 11:06am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
More light snow yesterday afternoon but it didn't last long and we had a clear night and no new snow to report this morning in Zao. It's not quite as cold this morning, but still around -3 degrees. There is a gusty wind blowing about though which may well mean some lifts are running slow at times.

While it is just cloudy this morning, snow still on the line up for the coming days with perhaps a break on Friday, though some heavy snow likely on Friday night into Saturday.   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Wednesday 12th January 2011, 11:26am
Weather conditions: Snowing off and on
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
All sorts of weather rolling across Nozawa Onsen today - some light snow, clouds at different levels and spurts of sunshine.

There has been about 20cm or so of fresh snow overnight and some people just came down the hill saying it was snowing pretty heavy up top.

It sounds like it is getting a bit icy on some of the groomers but still great fresh powder stashes to be had.

Yesterday was pristine conditions - after lots of snow falling the sun came out and it was perfect. The groomers were terrific and the powder on the sides was lots of fun.

There were lots of kids out on sleds at Karasawa sliding down at lightning pace.

The outlook is for more snow on the way over the next few days.

Courses open:

All except the following
Uenotaira Half Pipe
Karasawa Wave Park

Lifts operating:
All lifts are open   Read more ...

Minakami Now!

Wednesday 12th January 2011, 12:35pm
Weather conditions: Snowing
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Yesterday was cloudy for most of the day with temperatures rising to around 0 at midday aiding in the settling of the snowpack.

Today the snow is falling lightly in upper Minakami with temperatures holding around -3 deg C. It looks like the snow will continue to around midday tomorrow bringing around 20cm of fresh above 1000m.

There will be a slight reprieve in the weather on Friday but more snow is forecast to arrive from Saturday and continue intermittently through to Tuesday.   Read more ...

Furano Now!

Wednesday 12th January 2011, 13:54pm
Weather conditions: Clear
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
It seemed everone was feeling the cold in one way or another this morning whether it was that feeling of the cold creeping in through the boots into the toes, or through the gloves into the finger tips. A can of hot coffee assists the fingers but it is hard to grip onto a can with your boots.

It is good clear weather today with visibility over Furano city until Mt Tokachidake across the valley. There is high cloud which is giving a grey appearance to the resort, and making things feel colder than they are already. Conditions are firm packed powder with some low light making slight undulations in the piste hard to judge at high speed. It is a great day for those of us on carving skis - which doesn't seem to be many of us. The weather forecast looks good with snow on the way over the next 6 days.   Read more ...

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