Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 18th January 2021

Myoko Now!

Monday 12th March 2012, 7:16am
Weather conditions: Snowing
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
I must be saying the right things to keep the snow coming--maybe it was the participation in the Yama no Kami event at the tiny shrine right in the midst of Akakan last week, sort of thanking the local spirit for the season, getting ready for the green season, etc. (and basically an excuse to drink sake at noon under the guise of a culturally significant ceremony). Whatever, we have some excellent snow coming down this morning. Almost makes you feel like those mad days of the past two months when monster powder was the daily rule.

The official reports aren't in, but I'm off to climb one of the local hills and take in the fresh stuff - not that the reports would reflect the snowfall yet. There's about 20cm so far, with a pretty steady fall rate, so it could be a good one.

I'm still happy to see it; a lot of the locals are saying, enough's enough, but if a bunch more later-season skiers showed up, I'm sure they'd all be happy. Keep March in Myoko on your schedule for next year, too....

Current Official Snow Depths

Akakura Onsen:

Akakan (Akakura Kanko):


Myoko Suginohara:

Seki Onsen:

Myoko Ski Park:



250cm   Read more ...

Yuzawa Now!

Monday 12th March 2012, 8:50am
Weather conditions: Snow, cloud
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
It was a beautiful day yesterday - well, until around mid-afternoon anyway when it started to really cloud over very quickly and become much greyer. The morning was lovely and sunny with hardly a cloud to be seen above the Minamiuonuma valley, more over Yuzawa bit still really nice and clear, and it was warm too. Somewhat slushy conditions by the afternoon with the warm on lower slopes at least - the better conditions will have been found higher up.

It was raining and then snowing later on last night and this morning we have a new layer of snow. Perhaps 10cm or so in town areas and resorts are reporting up to 15-20cm (Kagura) of fresh snowfall this morning. People aren't going to be able to make the most of all of it up at Kagura though as Tashiro is closed and Kagura is only open from the Mitsumata Ropeway to Kagura No1 quad lift. Some disruption to lifts at Naeba as well by the looks. Due to wind. There's not much of a wind to affect things nearer town though and all other resorts seem to be open as normal this morning.

Overnight temperatures dropped to around -4 degrees but right now it is hovering around the 0 mark. Snow forecast for today and tomorrow as well so lets hope for as much out of this as possible!

Official resort snow depths @ Monday 12th March 12, AM:
Mt Naeba:
Kagura - Tashiro:
GALA Yuzawa:
Kandatsu Kogen:
NASPA Ski Garden:
Yuzawa Kogen:
Yuzawa Park:
Yuzawa Nakazato:
Ludens Yuzawa:
Ishiuchi Maruyama:
Centleisure Maiko:
Joetsu Kokusai:
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Minakami Now!

Monday 12th March 2012, 9:02am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
A stunning morning yesterday but as predicted the clouds came over in the afternoon and there was a bit of snow last night. Still snowing lightly this morning and it looks set to continue all day today and get heavier again tonight. Good conditions out there with a few centimeters of fresh all over the hill.

It looks like more snow over the next couple of days along with cold temperatures. The possibility of some sunshine on Wednesday and Friday. The temperatures are going to climb again by next weekend.   Read more ...

Naeba Now!

Monday 12th March 2012, 9:03am
Weather conditions: Snow, cloud
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
It sounds like yesterday was a fine (spring) day out on the slopes with quickly changing conditions later on in the day after that bright start. By the end of it, snow was falling and this morning there's some new snow on the ground.

It doesn't seem to be that windy right now here at base but strong winds are forecast for today and Kagura is on limited operations because of it. Mitsumata Ropeway to the Kagura No.1 lift is open while the Tashiro area is closed. They are reporting 15-20cm of new snow up there and so come tomorrow with snow falling today it should be really nice conditions.

Here at Naeba the No2 Gondola is moving but the Dragondola is closed. Other than the poor visibility up top, we seem to be open as normal - the only courses closed being Splash Bowl and the Mens Slalom.

There's a good chance of some decent snowfall over the next 24 hours apparently so hope to bring more good news tomorrow. A cold day today so feels a bit like winter again.

Resort Operations, 12th March (subject to change)
All courses open apart from Splash Bowl and Mens Slalom course. Dragondola closed.
Tashiro closed today and Mitsumata-Kagura open from the Ropeway to No1 quad at Kagura.
Official snow depths

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Madarao Now!

Monday 12th March 2012, 9:07am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
A bit colder this morning and the snow clouds are back.... maybe around 10cm or so I'd say with the resort saying 10-15cm. Snow is forecast but the really encouraging news is that we might be on for a really decent amount of snow today into tomorrow.

I'll try not to jinx it, but if the forecast is correct tomorrow morning might feel a bit like peak season once again.

Until tomorrow!

Lifts currently operating:
All lifts and runs due to be open today
Official snow depth:
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Zao Now!

Monday 12th March 2012, 9:14am
Weather conditions: Snowy and cloudy
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
As we were hoping for, it feels like winter again this morning. Much colder in village and on the mountain, strong winds blowing things about including about 10cm or so of fresh snowfall. The winds don't seem to be giving lifts any problems early on with things running as normal.

Cold conditions and snow clouds above are due to be with us until around Thursday, so fingers crossed we can squeeze as much of the fresh fluffies as possible out of the skies. Got to make the most of fresh snow when it arrives now.

Official snow depths (12th March 12)
Utopia - 245cm
Chuo - 210cm
Paradise - 245cm
Uwanodai - 170cm

Operating lifts (12th March 12)
All Ropeways (Skycable, Zao Chuo Ropeway, Zao Ropeway) operating.
All the runs at Zao are open.   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Monday 12th March 2012, 9:21am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
As so often happens, a clear and sunny day is followed by winter-like conditions with snow falling and strong winds. And that is what is going on today as winds blow around the snow that we have had overnight. It's coming down really nicely at the moment here in Maruike - nice big flakes.... it feels like mid-season again! Good thing is that temperatures are down as well and it feels really cold. With the wind it's difficult to say how much but definitely over 10cm and more in places. The way it is falling now as well we can expect that to increase quite quickly. This snowfall should continue into tomorrow and so we might see some really healthy numbers to report tomorrow morning.

I guess a fair few people might be giving today a miss to take an onsen or see the monkeys at Jigokudani, but if you brave the elements you should get some nice turns in fresh snow and have the place almost to yourself at the same time.

Nighta operations this evening planned at the following resort area:

- Ichinose Family

Official resort snow depths as of Monday 12th March 2012 AM:

Sun Valley:
Ichinose Family:
Ichinose Diamond:
Okushiga Kogen:
220cm   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Monday 12th March 2012, 10:08am
Weather conditions: Light snow
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
We have had nice snowfall from yesterday evening in Hakuba and it feels more like mid-winter has returned this morning. Dry and light snowfalls overnight have given us about 15cm of fresh snow in Hakuba this morning. We haven'ot had this kind of snow for few weeks. The roads before yesterday were pretty wet and slushy, but this morning the snow is covering them which is always great to see.

Ski resorts around the village are reporting up to 20cm of fresh snowfall. Visibility isn't too good today especially on the mountains, though in the last hour or so this has improved on lower slope areas. There should be some good snow conditions to find out there today.

It is still snowing lightly at the moment in the village and we should snow continue through until tomorrow morning. The low pressure is coming down from the north and is bringing the colder temperatures with it. Looks like we should be seeing light snowfall here and there beyond tomorrow with perhaps clearer conditions around Wednesday, but temperatures look set to rise as the week progresses, giving us warmer conditions again by the end of the week and into the weekend.

There are some strong winds up there today that are affecting resort operations, especially Happo which seems to be the most affected. See below for individual resort info.



Avoid all avalanche terrain. Natural and human triggered avalanches certain. Large to very large avalanches expected in many areas and Slab avalanches in the Alpine will come with great size and consequence.
Heavy snow fall and extreme winds at all elevations have put rapid load on the already weak upper snowpack.
Enjoy in bounds riding or well supported‚ simple terrain below treeline. Always ride with a beacon and a buddy that knows how to use one! Make route planes and inform someone of your plans. If you are unsure stay in bounds on the great powder on the Resort.

Extreme winds and continued snow fall have put rapid load on an already very unstable past surface snow and under laying melt crust. Expect Natural and Human triggered avalanches on all aspects at Tree Line and above. If you are riding at resorts remember also that off piste areas will also be avalanche prone and that avalanches will be fast to run over the underlying crust and it will be difficult to get your edge in to stop or ride off to the side of the slide due also to that same solid Ice Crust. Terrain traps in off piste areas like trees, cliffs, gullies and creeks will increase hazard and potential burial depths.

Enjoy the powder on the runs at low elevation at the resorts and wait for snow fall to stop and for the storm snow to settle before heading in to the Backcountry or side country.


Official snow depths and operations @ Monday 12th March 2012 AM:

Hakuba Goryu:
Goryu is reporting 20cm of fresh snowfall on upper slopes and 10cm lower. All lifts and courses plan to be open but strong winds may affect operations during the day.
Official snow depths:
Alps daira - 265cm;
Toomi - 140cm;
Iimori - 100cm

Hakuba 47:
Hakuba 47 is reporting 2cm of fresh snowfall overnight up top. All courses open, all lifts except Line D operating.
Official snow depth:
Upper - 237cm
Lower - 135cm

Ski lifts/courses:
Limited operations. A big section of the central and upper parts of Happo are not open this morning as yet due to weather conditions.
Official snow depth:
Usagidaira - 190cm;
Sakka - 80cm;
Nakiyama - 80cm.

Tsugaike Kogen:
Tsugaike Ropeway closed today.
Official snow depth:
Upper slopes - 270cm
Champion - 200cm

Hakuba Cortina:
Cortina is reporting 15-20cm of fresh snowfall this morning. Limited operations due to current weather conditions.
Official snow depth:
Upper - 330cm
Lower - 205cm

Hakuba Norikura:
Official snow depth:

Hakuba Iwatake:
Village Side (lower slopes) plan to be open until 1st April (upper slopes open well beyond that date).
Official snow depth:
Upper - 190cm
Lower - 80cm

Hakuba Sanosaka:

Hakuba Minekata:
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Furano Now!

Monday 12th March 2012, 10:08am
Weather conditions: Overcast
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
The weekend provided some great snow conditions and on Sunday there was a nice dusting of powder over the mountain, which was a great match to the clear blue skies. Today it is cold again and there is a moderate wind blowing around that is making things feel particularly cold especially when compared to the recent warm temperatures we have had. It is high overcast and clear to the east. There are some flat light areas on the slopes but overall it will be another great day apart from the wind.

During March there are race competitions being held on Furano Resort. The following courses are closed for the competitions:

Spies Course, closed March 25
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Niseko Now!

Monday 12th March 2012, 12:56pm
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
This morning started off with a bit of snow, but currently it is cloudy and a bit warm. It's not as warm as it has been the past few days, but getting slightly cooler. Yesterday and last night saw a dusting on the top and a bit of snowdrifting. Although there was very little snow at the base, it is still better than nothing! We are still keeping our fingers crossed for more snow here...certainly not ready for winter to be done with quite yet.

Backcountry travel is fine in most places. The north facing, high elevation aspects will be the ones you want to ski on. If you want to get adventurous, Yotei is there and the snow inside the crater up top is not too bad. The back bowls of Niseko are still holding snow quite well also.

The forecast is still saying the same about some possible snow on Tuesday or Wednesday so we keep on hoping there. There are some parties in town tonight for closings and something to do for the lack of snow - this often happens in March once the peak of the season is passed though, so nothing to get alarmed about. I hope everyone has a great night.

While the snow may not be optimal at the moment and there aren't lift lines to contend with, there are still quite a few people here enjoying Niseko - there's plenty of people out on the slopes and the main Hirafu village and accommodations are decently active. No doubt some people are ready to get after it when the next snowfall hopefully arrives!

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 405cm
Bottom - 200cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 450cm
Bottom - 190cm

Top - 480cm
Bottom - 210cm

Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6am: -4C, 2cm of low-pressure system snowfall, no development of snowdrifts. Coastal data: ESE6m/s at Benkei cape, 0.7m waves and 1010hPa. Annupuri peak: S10.6m/s -11.3C. Annupuri 1000m: 480cm snowdepth.
Snowfall transition: Light snowfall due to a passing low. The wind is moderate and snowdrifts development above 800m altitude is slim. A High-pressure system is present in the southwest and is making cold air to flow towards Japan, resulting a temporary winter weather pattern that will make snow and wind to pick up in higher altitudes.
Hazard evaluation: The mountain is mostly blanketed with a crust layer (March 6th-11th), soft snow can only be found in some north facing slopes. The thin layer of new snow is likely to slide in steep slopes. Beware of surface slab avalanches in E6 Backbowl sidewalls, H8-G9Higashione cornices/knoll slopes. Whether the avalanche is small or big, it will always be powerful enough to take someone’s life. Beware of sudden weather changes. The bonding between the new snowdrifts and the old surface is very weak.
Gates: Peak gates will open at 9:30am. Listen to the ski patrol’s advice before stepping out of the gates. Do not duck ropes. The Avalanche Info will pause a little while from today. Have a nice day.
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Nozawa Onsen Now!

Monday 12th March 2012, 15:20pm
Weather conditions: Blizzard
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Winter has made a definite comeback in Nozawa today with blizzard type conditions across the resort. It has been snowing pretty heavy all-day and coupled with high winds has meant some nice fresh but pretty low visibility.

We have had at least 20cm of fresh fall up high and even needed to clear the driveway at lunchtime. Kind of knew this was coming as I just put the shovels away a few days back, but no complaints!

It's all a big contrast to yesterday's sunny skies and low winds but most welcome and the base has been boosted back up to 385cm.

Looks like the snow should continue the rest of today then start clearing tomorrow and sunshine on Wednesday. Then we have a bit of a snow-sun rhythm ahead for. March magic has arrived.

Current Official Snow Depths Numbers:




Current Lift operations:
All open

Current courses open:
All open
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