Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 30th May 2020

Myoko Now!

Friday 13th February 2009, 7:01am
Weather conditions: SUNNY PARTLY CLOUDY
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Watch for avalanche warnings popping across the board today. Temperatures are expected to rise sharply today. Whether the top lifts are open or not, I would certainly use some forethought on hitting the deep soft stuff. Temps are expected to hit as high as 11 today on Myoko's slopes, so please take care. Take sunscreen and scuba equipment.   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Friday 13th February 2009, 8:54am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
It is an overcast morning here in Nozawa. Already it is 4 degrees in the village and only -2 up on Yamabiko, where the snow depth has fallen slightly to 205cm. There is a strong wind of around 30 km/h, and it is forecast to strengthen slightly as the day goes on.

Light rain is predicted for the afternoon, followed by heavy rain in the evening right the way to the top of Mt Kenashi. Very warm temperatures are expected with a top of around 9 degrees in the village today. The freezing level should start dropping by Sunday night and the precipitation will turn to snow. Light snow and snow showers are predicted from then through until Wednesday.

All lifts are expected to operate today.

All courses will be open except Mukoubayashi, Kurokura and Hachiman.   Read more ...

Naeba Now!

Friday 13th February 2009, 8:57am
Weather conditions: White sky
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Things did heat up a bit yesterday, slushy in places also quite icy. That said, there's still a lot of powder around, in the sneaky places.

More of the icy conditions around the town today and hard pack on the slopes.. fresh corduroy groomed runs is all the rage this morning as the sun tries to break rough the white sky. Let's hop tonight's forecast of rain doesn't hurt the base too much.   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Friday 13th February 2009, 9:07am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
No new snow to report this morning. It's a cloudy start to this Friday morning though likely to be the brighter and perhaps sunnier kind of sky through the day. It is also very mild (well, for Shiga Kogen!) as temperatures have risen to be hovering around the 0 degrees mark.

The worry of course is that heavy rain that is forecast for many regions later on today and tomorrow. I'm looking at a few somewhat conflicting forecasts here - a few are giving us heavy rain and the other a chance of it being snow at the higher elevations. Yokoteyama resort seems confident that it will be snow. With the warm temperatures I'd say the former is really looking the more likely though we can of course hope that the temperatures drop and spare us of the rain. Do the snow dance!

Official resort snow depths as of 13th February 09:

Sun Valley:
Ichinose Family:
Okushiga Kogen:
180cm   Read more ...

Yuzawa Now!

Friday 13th February 2009, 9:22am
Weather conditions: Cloud, hazy but bright
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
It is a hazy cloudy morning here in Yuzawa, though just as I am writing that the sun has peeked out from behind some of the haze.

It is very mild this morning. The thermometer outside the building here is already on +6 and likely to rise to around 12 later on today. While sun is forecast for the day, the rain that we were worried about looks like it is still going to arrive, just later on tonight and overnight. With a very mild night and day tomorrow forecast, the chance of that rain being snow seem close to nil - perhaps even at higher elevations.

The good news is that we can expect snow from Sunday night through Wednesday.

GALA Yuzawa is closed today due to strong winds forecast on and off throughout the day, though they do not presently seem to be affecting operations at Kagura which is open as normal.

Nighta tonight is at the following resorts in Yuzawa:

In Minamiuonuma just to the north, nighta at:
Ishiuchi Maruyama
Centleisure Maiko
Joetsu Kokusai

Official resort snow depths @ 13th Feb 09, AM:
Mt Naeba:
Kagura Tashiro:
Kagura Mitsumata:
GALA Yuzawa:
Pine Ridge Resorts Kandatsu:
NASPA Ski Garden:
Yuzawa Kogen:
Yuzawa Park:
Yuzawa Nakazato:
Kayama Captain Coast:
110cm   Read more ...

Furano Now!

Friday 13th February 2009, 9:51am
Weather conditions: High overcast.
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
No new snow today. High gray overcast with moderate winds. The forecast calls for up to 20 cm of snow tonight on the summit, and more snow Saturday during the day. However, the forecast also calls for very warm temps tomorrow (+5 C!), so it remains to be seen in what form the precipitation will fall.

Sunday, it will cool back down, and there will be some more snow on Sunday and Monday.

Think Snow. Think Powder.   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Friday 13th February 2009, 9:54am
Weather conditions: Increasing cloud
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Yesterday remained fine and there's been no new snow. All forecasts are now pretty much in agreement that we'll be getting reasonable amounts of rain later today and through tonight. A warm front will move up through the region on the eastern flank of a large low pressure system approaching from the west. Mild air and heavy precipitation will follow in the wake of the front. Later tomorrow as the center of the low begins to move to the east of us cooler air will start feeding back over the region and the rain will turn back to snow. The low pressure system will then track NE and strengthen in the Sea of Okhotsk and give us a good week or more of cold northwesterlies and snowfalls. So although this next 24 hours or so will suck big time there's definitely some good times ahead.
Unless they're somewhat crazy I'll assume most people won't want to ski in the rain and will be looking for alternatives. There's plenty of great onsens in the region and there's little better to rejuvenate all those tired muscles. You could head down to Kutchan and check out the Natural History Museum or try a meal at one of the plethora of restaurants in town. You could also head a little further afield and check out Otaru or Sapporo, both an easy train ride away. Try not to get too depressed when the rain really hits, remember there's plenty of snow on the way all next week!

Current Official Snow Depths:

Grand Hirafu:
Top - 295cm
Bottom - 130cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 330cm
Bottom - 180cm

Top - 350cm
Bottom - 190cm
   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Friday 13th February 2009, 10:11am
Weather conditions: Grey skies - high cloud
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
We made short work of the powder on the resorts yesterday and with blue skies all day there were smiles all round. 40 cms or so up top of medium-dry powder meant jostling to be first on the Gondola...the sounds of people running up the road to Goryu could be heard from 7:30 and a delay in opening the Gondola made the line look like that of middle-aged women lining up for Department Store discount sales.

The nice weather had people hiking up for some farther afield tracks and there were some good lines to be had if you knew where to go...compression tests on the Northern aspects were not encouraging for dropping into any open bowls though. Snow Stability Information will be updated tomorrow; take care today, dig pits, use your heads and proceed with due caution if entering BC areas.

Not as inspiring this morning with grey skies and no snow overnight. Temps are mild today measured at -1 at 1600m at 6 this morning and in the valley we were already in the positives by 8:00 AM...some of the fresh snow in the rice fields around is looking pretty pock-marked already. That said we had some nice runs this morning with the new snow packed down and groomed well. No wind to speak of and good could be a lot worse and there's still some powder out there somewhere.

The forecast for overnight / tomorrow is a little depressing at this stage and personally I'm hoping yahoo's forecaster has had one to many nights on the chu-hi's and cheap whisky and pushed the wrong buttons...he's calling for rain beginning tonight and dripping its anti-fun juice through till tomorrow lunchtime. Dunno about everyone else but I'll be biding my time tomorrow waiting for next weeks snow.

Official resort snow depths on 13th Feb 09:
65cm (Shirakaba)
70cm (Sakka/Kitaone)
215cm (Kurobishi/Usagidaira)
Hakuba Goryu:
115cm (Iimori)
115cm (Toomi)
220cm (Alps daira)
Hakuba 47:
Tsugaike Kogen:
130cm (Kanenonaruoka)
130cm (Maruyama)
230cm (Tsuganomori)
Hakuba Iwatake:
75cm (Shomen)
145cm (Sancho)
Sun Alpina Sanosaka:
Hakuba Minekata:
Hakuba Highland:

Nighta tonight is scheduled at:

Hakuba Goryu (Toomi);
Happo-one (Nakiyama);
Hakuba Cortina Kokusai (Ikenoda)
   Read more ...

Minakami Now!

Friday 13th February 2009, 12:34pm
Weather conditions: Overcast
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
A warmish day in Minakami today with a current temperature of 5 deg C. The remainder of the day looks like cloudy with some sun poking through just after midday.

Tomorrow morning looks like terrible conditions on the slopes with rain forecast for the morning and warm temperatures throughout the day. The sun is supposed to shine from midday, so an afternoon session looks like the go. The other alternative in Minakami is to hit the onsens for the morning and then hit the bars in the afternoon!

High expectations for next week with a cold front moving in from late Monday. There is snow on the forecast from Monday evening onwards. Hopefully this is the dump we have been waiting for!   Read more ...

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