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Madarao Now!

Tuesday 13th March 2012, 7:26am
Weather conditions: Sunny but lots of new snow
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Well yes my friends I do bring some fine news today.

Not only do we have 30-40cm of lovely fresh snowfall covering Madarao, but we also have blue skies early on and the sun out doing it's thing. It all looks and feels like a mini mid-winter again and great to have to move a nice thick layer of soft snow off the top of the car earlier on. Goes without saying that today is one not to be missed if possible - cancel meetings or do whatever you need to to enjoy this piece of March goodness. Things look set to get warmer later in the week, so we need to make the most of it.

The tree run courses should be particularly great today.

Lifts currently operating:
All lifts and runs due to be open today
Official snow depth:
270cm   Read more ...

Naeba Now!

Tuesday 13th March 2012, 8:01am
Weather conditions: Snow, cloud
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Great news this morning. Yesterday we did see snow - and wind - but the real event was overnight. Kagura brings us the goods this morning as they are reporting 40-50cm of new fresh loveliness up top since yesterday. The winds have eased off and while light snow is still falling actually it is quite bright at the moment and visibility doesn't seem too bad at all out there. Certainly better than yesterday. I can even see a hint of blue sky up there.

There should be lots of fresh snow to play in all over the resort areas today, so a very fine day to get out there. Tomorrow we will likely see the sun as well... possibly more snow on Thursday but after that temperatures look set to rise a bit towards the weekend.

This is one of those special spring winter blasts. Hope you can get out there to enjoy it as it should be excellent.

Resort Operations, 13th March (subject to change)
All courses open apart from Splash Bowl and Mens Slalom course.
Open as normal
Official snow depths

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Zao Now!

Tuesday 13th March 2012, 8:05am
Weather conditions: Snowy and cloudy
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
What date is it again? 13th March? Just had to check! This morning we are really back to mid-winter conditions in Zao and I would say we have had getting on for what must be 40-50cm of fresh snow. Actually, come to think of it, while it is cold at about -4 degrees it isn't the crazy cold we get right in the middle of the winter but 40-50cm of snow and I don't really care what the temperature is doing!

Poor visibility this morning but the forecast is for conditions to clear up later on and while we may see light snow on and off over the next few days the trend is for warmer weather and clearer skies, especially as we get into and beyond Friday.

I have checked the official numbers below and for now they haven't changed - but this new snow I see outside is definitely real!

Official snow depths (13th March 12)
Utopia - 245cm
Chuo - 210cm
Paradise - 245cm
Uwanodai - 170cm

Operating lifts (13th March 12)
All Ropeways (Skycable, Zao Chuo Ropeway, Zao Ropeway) operating.
All the runs at Zao are open.   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Tuesday 13th March 2012, 10:30am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Hakuba, and a fine morning it is indeed.

It continued snowing lightly through yesterday and also overnight and it is still snowing here in Hakuba this morning - we have have at least 10 cm of new snow here in the village and there is more on the slopes this morning, so conditions should be good out there. Goryu is reporting up to 20cm, Cortina up to 30cm and the winner today seems to be Hakuba Sanosaka resort which is telling us that they got 40cm since yesterday.

Last night the temperature dipped down to around -6 degrees in the village and a high of just -2 today, so it definitely feels more winterlike once again, so lots of smiles on faces this morning in Hakuba. Less wind than yesterday as well which is good news.

The snow was forecast to continue on and off probably until this afternoon, though has actually eased off already. Right now it is generally cloudy with some clear blue skies in places especially looking back east from the slopes.

It should be another cold night tonight and tomorrow morning looks like it will be clearer and we will probably get to see the sun.

This new snow is pretty light, so real care needs to be taken out there at the moment with the danger of snow slides - this warm to cold sequence of late isn't helping in that respect. Take care though and today should be great fun out at the resorts and on the groomers.



To all fellow skiers, snowboarders, telemarketers and everyone enjoying the powder. Please be careful but have fun!

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 snowfall to stop and for the storm snow to settle before heading in to the backcountry or sidecountry.


Official snow depths and operations @ Tuesday 13th March 2012 AM:

Hakuba Goryu:
Goryu is reporting another 20cm of fresh snowfall on upper slopes and 15cm lower down.
Official snow depths:
Alps daira - 280cm;
Toomi - 150cm;
Iimori - 115cm

Hakuba 47:
Hakuba 47 is reporting 25cm 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:
All lifts apart from Usagidaira pair, Happo No1 pair, Central pair, Shirakaba No1 pair moving today.
Official snow depth:
Usagidaira - 220cm;
Sakka - 80cm;
Nakiyama - 110cm.

Tsugaike Kogen:
Official snow depth:
Upper slopes - 300cm
Champion - 210cm

Hakuba Cortina:
Cortina is reporting 30cm of snow on both upper and lower slopes this morning. Limited operations.
Official snow depth:
Upper - 370cm
Lower - 240cm

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 - 200cm
Lower - 90cm

Hakuba Sanosaka:

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

Yuzawa Now!

Tuesday 13th March 2012, 10:42am
Weather conditions: Cloud, snow
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Yesterday it was snowing but didn't really amount to much in terms of cm - we did get stronger winds later on in the day though and overnight here down at town level.

This morning we were in for a surprise. Feels like proper winter again!

Perhaps up to 20cm or so of new snowfall in places and out on the resorts slopes more than that.... Kagura are even reporting an impressive 40-50cm of fresh snow this morning. I would imagine resorts around town are all somewhere between those two numbers. How I would like to be up there this morning than typing things on a computer - conditions should be good.

It is still snowing but there are signs that it might brighten up, right now a temperature of around -2 degrees.

Actually tomorrow looks set to be a sunny day with temperatures rising to around +3 degrees. From Friday it will be getting milder still, so lets just hope for as much snow as possible today.

Official resort snow depths @ Tuesday 13th 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:
220cm   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Tuesday 13th March 2012, 10:57am
Weather conditions: Sunny, some cloud
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
It's a beautiful morning here in Niseko. The sun is out and it definitely feels like spring, some clouds in the sky but very nice weather. Yesterday we saw mostly overcast with a tiny bit of infrequent sun. Now the temperatures are warm and the snow seems to be melting rather quickly. The warm air definitely has it's work cut out for it - snowbanks are still well over head high in most places. Looking at the peak right now, it seems to have attracted some cloud.

Backcountry information is the same as yesterday. If you find good snow, ski it! There should be some north facing high elevation spots.

We are still hoping for snow in the forecast. The town seems active still and there's plenty of people around partying with they anxiously wait for the snow if they are not out there enjoying the spring-like conditions. Keep those fingers crossed and enjoy the day.


For those of you interested in those JMA snowfall numbers for Kutchan that we have been reporting on every now and again.... we are in the 13th day of March and so far the official snow fall number for Kutchan is just 11cm. Ouch. Last year it was 201cm for the month so it's fair to say that we have a lot of catching up to do. Remember also that is for Kutchan town so not snow on the mountain that we have reported each day. Hopefully the second half of March this time round will bring us more snow fall than we have had so far this morth (obviously!) It's not out of the question though, so let's just see how it all pans out.

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 410cm
Bottom - 200cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 450cm
Bottom - 190cm

Top - 480cm
Bottom - 200cm   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Tuesday 13th March 2012, 11:08am
Weather conditions: Clear (lower), cloud upper
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
It's an absolutely stunning day in Nozawa today so really glad I did not have that extra beer or two last night!

We have had the Magic Foot of snow bless us overnight with 30cm falling. Lots of cloud up high, but the sun is out and the strong winds of yesterday have all but disappeared. It is going to be nothing short of epic today on the mountain.

I can almost count the number of overseas guests in the village at the moment on both hands and a few toes and being a weekday there are not many Tokyoites either, so should there won't be too much competition for fresh lines.

Anyway, enough typing better get up there for some all important R & D.

Current Official Snow Depths Numbers:




Current Lift operations:
All open

Current courses open:
All open
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Furano Now!

Tuesday 13th March 2012, 11:30am
Weather conditions: Clear and sunny
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
It is a nice morning here in Furano with some grey to the west and clear to the east. The sun is out quite strongly. Temperatures are pretty cold again but the sun is going to make it a very pleasant day. The mountain has been extensively groomed with packed powder conditions.

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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Shiga Kogen Now!

Tuesday 13th March 2012, 11:53am
Weather conditions: Cloud, blue skies appearing in places
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
What a difference a few days makes. We have gone from spring conditions to full on powder today. Snow was falling for most of yesterday and this morning we have I would guess at least 30cm of new snowfall, possibly more. There was a wind yesterday that was blowing everything about so it will be more and less in places.

It was also very cold this morning. Very cold back down to minus double digits. While that made it difficult to get up in that cold, the though of all that new snow to enjoy surely made up for it and I'm sure lots of people made it out for their first tracks this morning.

It's just cloudy here in the Maruike area at the moment and there's even signs of the sun casting shadows on the slopes. I can see some blue skies as well and just before I was over at Ichinose and there was a fair bit of blue sky opening up. So conditions seem to be clearing up. And tomorrow the forecast is for clear and sunny skies. It should stay cold and perhaps a chance of more snow tomorrow night but after that and into the weekend we are going to have a return of warmer conditions once again.

For now though, some very nice conditions out there once again.

Nighta operations this evening planned at the following resort area:

- Ichinose Family

Official resort snow depths as of Tuesday 13th March 2012 AM:

Sun Valley:
Ichinose Family:
Ichinose Diamond:
Okushiga Kogen:
240cm   Read more ...

Minakami Now!

Tuesday 13th March 2012, 16:20pm
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
This has turned into quite a decent snowfall with the snow coming down most of last night and throughout today. Tenjin were slow opening today which is always a sign that it has been a decent dump and didn't open the runs down due to all the fresh snow. New snow in all resorts and great conditions for powder lovers.

The forecast is saying a clear morning for tomorrow but the snow will return in the afternoon. Possibility of strong winds on Thursday and then warmer temperatures from Friday through the weekend.   Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Tuesday 13th March 2012, 16:20pm
Weather conditions: Snowing
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
I'll say this only once: Powder Day!

A good fall of snow overnight, and bluebird skies to start the day. It has eben getting increasingly cloudy through the day, and now the snow is back on again! It was pretty exciting yesterday, as we even got some thunder--a good sign that there will be heavy snow (and a pretty good fall of graupel, or soft hail, which causes static electricity and thus thunder). The snow turned to nice flakes, too--a bit heavy, helped to get even more so by the sun, but still a lot of fun to be in.

Looks like it could be sunny again tomorrow, but more snow is forecasted for the coming days. GEt ready to come play.

Current Official Snow Depths

Akakura Onsen:

Akakan (Akakura Kanko):


Myoko Suginohara:

Seki Onsen:

Myoko Ski Park:



250cm   Read more ...

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