Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 6th May 2019

Shiga Kogen Now!

Wednesday 12th March 2014, 8:52am
Weather conditions: Fine, hazy in distance
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 190cm
Light blue skies early this morning, but I can see down in the valleys it's looking much more overcast. Which way it will go today up here, of course we don't know but we are hoping for some snow early tomorrow.

It is rather mild this morning, and hovering around zero at the moment, feels like it's going to warm up today. Even if it does though we are set to return to colder conditions from tomorrow.


Official snow depth data, as of Wednesday 12th March 2014):

Sun Valley:





Hoppo Bundaira:

Takamagahara Mammoth:


Ichinose Family:


Ichinose Diamond:


Okushiga Kogen:

Kumanoyu (skiers only):

230cm   Read more ...

Madarao Now!

Wednesday 12th March 2014, 8:56am
Weather conditions: Hazy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 230cm
Morning from Madarao and to start the day off it's kind of sunny, and I don't think it's cloudy - more like thick haze. Perhaps there's a word for what we have today that I can't quite think of. But while short distance visibility is and it feels sunny here, I can't even see Myoko properly. Perhaps it will clear later on in the day as we do have clearer conditions forecast.

It's going to warm up today after a less cold overnight, we just hope not too much.

Tomorrow - borderline wet/snow so we need those temps to keep on the colder side.


Operating lifts (planned):

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.
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Furano Now!

Wednesday 12th March 2014, 9:25am
Weather conditions: Sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 230cm
It has been a great March so far with some epic sow falls over the last week providing some great late season powder skiing.

The mornings are still very cold and this morning has started off at -12c at the top of the resort. The sun is out in full force today and expect temperatures to rise from the morning lows.

There is no wind in the resort. The sunny weather will hold until afternoon and then this evening and tomorrow light snow is on the forecast.

Due to ski competitions the following courses are closed: Spies and Ropeway courses are closed until 16/March, Panorama & Technical closed until 14/March.


Operating lifts:
Kitanomine Gondola 9:00am-4:00pm
Kitanomine high speed quad 8:30am-8:00pm
Kitanomine #2 chair 8:45am-4:00pm

Link Lift 9:00am-4:00pm

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

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Zao Now!

Wednesday 12th March 2014, 9:45am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 30cm
Snow depth: 265cm
The snow keeps on falling over Zao.

15cm yesterday and another 15cm today means that it's fresh everywhere out there today again. (I'll add the two together for 30cm in the report today).

It's not as cold this morning even though snow is falling. Just under zero rather than way below there. But still, snow quality seems good. Cloud and snow is what is happening out there just now and we do have more forecast for the next few days.


Official snow depths (12th March 14):
Utopia: 320cm
Chuo: 265cm
Paradise: 290cm
Uwanodai: 190cm
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Niseko Now!

Wednesday 12th March 2014, 10:02am
Weather conditions: Sunny
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: 205cm
It's anothher 5cm of so of fresh snow this morning. The sun is out, it's calm and it's a fine morning.

Clouds are due to move back in later in during the day and we may see some more snowfall overnight.


Niseko Avalanche Report

Niseko base 6am: -10C, 5cm of new snow in 12 hours. Moiwa 800m: -11C, 15cm of fresh and light development of snowdrifts. Annupuri 1150m: -11C, 10cm of fresh with light development of snowdrifts, snowpack 320cm. Hirafu 1000m: -10C, 10cm of fresh, calm weather. Peak 1308m: N2.9m/s, -12.1C. Coastal data: cape Benkei calm, cape Kamui S2m/s, 0.5m waves, 1020hPa.

The isobars are spaced out and the weather is calm. No notable development of snowdrifts has been observed and the general avalanche risk is low. Peak gates will open from the morning. Hard slabs are forming in some areas above 1100m and could slide with ski stimulation. Stay cautious. The snow in the trees has been reset and is in wonderful conditions. Beware of cracks; it is strongly recommended to carry a rope in case you or your partner falls into one. Put a ski or something hard under and perpendicular to the rope when pulling the victim up. Can you make a bowline knot?

Cornice fall is a permanent hazard, and skiing out of bounds involves many other risks. Better not overestimate skills and knowledge; remain humble and prudent towards the mountain. Seek for the ski patrol’s advice before stepping out of the gate. Have a nice day.


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

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 410cm
Base - 205cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 390cm
Base - 220cm

Top - 395cm
Base - 200cm   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Wednesday 12th March 2014, 11:15am
Weather conditions: Overcast/hazy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 165cm
Some stronger winds earlier on this morning but it's calmer now but now at mid morning it has calmed down.

It's warm today. Really warm. A high of 10C is forecast for early this afternoon and I can believe it, it can't be that much off that now. It's very hazy (?)/overcast as well this morning. Hmmm strange kind of weather, especially so soon after that snow and winter like conditions we have just days ago.

Tomorrow. Well, here in the village we are expecting rain or sleet, to turn into snow - the freezing level is supposed to be at around 2000m in the morning and gradually come down. So we might be lucky depending on that fine balance of nature that only nature will decided on!

I'll let you know how the first part of that goes in my report tomorrow.


Official snow depth numbers and operations (as of 12th March 2014):

Hakuba Goryu:
Reporting 0cm of new snowfall.
Upper - 275cm
Toomi - 165cm
Iimori - 125cm

Hakuba 47:
Reporting 0cm of new snowfall.
Upper - 260cm
Lower - 90cm

Usagidaira - 240cm
Nakiyama - 75cm
Sakka - 90cm

Hakuba Iwatake:
Upper - 240cm
Lower - 80cm

Tsugaike Kogen:
Tsuganomori - 340cm
Maruyama - 130cm
Kanenonaruoka - 180cm

Hakuba Cortina:
Reporting 30cm of new snowfall.
Upper - 340cm
Lower - 220cm

Hakuba Minekata:
Now closed for the season   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Wednesday 12th March 2014, 12:30pm
Weather conditions: Sunny but very hazy/overcast
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 195cm
After all that winter, we seem to have taken a super short cut straight through to spring this morning! Very curious conditions today.

The sun has been out and it's bright with good visibility on the mountain, but it is very hazy and overcast looking so you can't see much of the surroundings.

It is warming up a lot as well and as of lunchtime it is around 7 degrees down in the village area. The resort is reporting a temp. of +5 on the top Yamabiko area, so it's pretty warm up there too.

Tomorrow should be colder and we might see rain/sleet/snow (take your pick) according to the forecast, hopefully ending up in snow down to village. Some forecasts more confident of others of decent snowfall. We will just have to wait and see.


Wednesday 12th March 2014:

Official snow depths:
Yamabiko - 360cm
Uenotaira - 290cm
Hikage - 195cm
Nagasaka - 180cm
Karasawa - 135cm

Weekday operations - all lifts operating except:
Yunomine pair
Mizunashi triple
Challenge pair
Utopia pair
Hikage Number 2 pair B

All courses open except:
Grand Prix
Kandahar West
Kandahar East   Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Wednesday 12th March 2014, 13:20pm
Weather conditions: Hazy, light, overcast, sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 350cm
It's a strange weather day today, with high thin clouds and lots of haze, but with sun up on the mountain.

The freezing level is also right moving up the mountain, and we may have rain tomorrow (maybe even heavy, the forecast says).


Official info:

Akakura Kanko:

Akakura Onsen:


Myoko Suginohara:

Seki Onsen:

Myoko Ski Park:

Myoko Kyukamura Runrun


Tangram Ski Circus
200cm    Read more ...

Minakami Now!

Wednesday 12th March 2014, 13:35pm
Weather conditions: Mostly sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 480cm
Mostly sunny in Minakami today with a midday temp of 7 deg C. Rain on the forecast for tomorrow afternoon followed by snow on Friday. The weekend warms up again but snow at the upper resorts should stay relatively cold on Saturday but moving into more sprong conditions by Sunday.

Another cold snap on the horizon next Thursday (March 20th) with snow forecast to hit before the weekend.


480cm @ Tenjin
90m @ valley   Read more ...

Yuzawa Now!

Wednesday 12th March 2014, 14:30pm
Weather conditions: Overcast and hazy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 245cm
Sorry for the late report today.

Early on today it looked like the sun might clear off the overcast look and it would turn into a bright and blue sky sunny day. While we have had some sun, the blue has gone and it has become a very hazy day, as it has in other nearby regions I see. Not sure what the story is there and if it's that PM2.5 that we had the other week or not...

So yes a very hazy/overcast day and in contrast to the winter conditions we had up until yesterday it has been warming up quickly today. As I write this at 2:30pm it is +9 degrees outside at town level. Tomorrow should not be quite as warm but still mild and there's a good chance we are going to get rained on I'm afraid. Such a shame of the snow conditions quickly get spoilt. There is the chance of snow too though if things can get cold enough but it's going to be giri-giri borderline.

I'll update you tomorrow with the latest of course.


Official resort snow depths @ Wednesday 12th March 2014, AM:
Kagura (Tashiro):
Kagura (Mitsumata):
NASPA Ski Garden:
Gala Yuzawa:
Yuzawa Kogen:
Yuzawa Nakazato:
Yuzawa Park:
Maiko Snow Resort:
Ishiuchi Maruyama:
Joetsu Kokusai:
250cm   Read more ...

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