Snow and weather reports posted on Friday 17th April 2020

Niseko Now!

Thursday 14th December 2006, 8:23am
Weather conditions: Partly cloudy
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
It remained a little cloudier overnight than expected and the temperature only just dipped below freezing and there was a dusting of snow in the village. This morning is partly cloudy and the temps today are not expected to rise much. Little precipitation can be expected today or tomrrow and with the snow reasonably hard and fast it will be a good day for the groomers. Tonight is expected to clear up with temps dropping close to -10 and tomorrow is forecast to be sunny. Clear, sunny days are a rarity in Niseko so take advantage of it and get lots of photos. A decent snow system is then expected to cross the region on Saturday. Temps early on Saturday will be fairly mild and wet snow can be expected in the village at first but it will turn colder as the day progresses. We then expect snow to continue through Tuesday.    Read more ...

Furano Now!

Thursday 14th December 2006, 9:01am
Weather conditions: Overcast with sunny spells.
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Yesterday remained pretty warm and we had a little more rain but last night we had a good 2cm of snow which has made things look a lot better!

This morning it is hovering around zero but the sun is out at the moment and it looks like it will be another warm day.

Hopefully the current forecast will prove correct and we won't get any serious precipitation untill Saturday, by which time the temperatures should be low enough for it to fall as snow.   Read more ...

Yuzawa Now!

Thursday 14th December 2006, 9:23am
Weather conditions: Cloud, light rain
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
The rain clouds moved in yesterday afternoon.

This morning it is a dull and cloudy start to the day and there are still some spots of rain falling at the moment but it looks likely that the rain will not continue for much longer. After some more rain overnight tomorrow is forecast to be a fine day. Both today and tomorrow have a high of +8 degrees forecast.

Everyone had been hoping for snowfall before the weekend to allow more resorts and runs to open up, but unfortunately that is not going to happen (unless the forecasts have got it totally wrong!) We still have snow lined up for Sunday and Monday and so we are just going to have to wait a little longer...

Gala Yuzawa are not reporting just 20cm of snow and are just opening 4 runs in the Central Area of the resort. Operations at Naeba and Kagura remain unchanged.   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Thursday 14th December 2006, 9:26am
Weather conditions: cloudy overcast some fog
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Hakuba currently sits under cloudy skies with some low lying fog/mist still lingering around that rolled in over night. A bit of new snow on top overnight but none to report down in the valley. At the top of the gondola it is hovering at the zero celcius mark and it is 3 degrees at the base. Winds are light from the west (a good sign of more possible precipitation coming our way). More snow flurries are expected this evening!

Hakuba Goryu, Hakuba 47, Tsugaike and Happo are all open today with minimal lift operation. Hakuba Cortina, Hakuba Norikura, Hakuba Iwatake and Hakuba San Alpina are all on standby and will open when snow conditions allow.


Watch for cornices and loaded lee slopes that were created last week getting heavy with added snow fall and warmer weather. The warmer weather should, however, help to solidify the pack in the alpine and create a good bond with the ground cover.   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Thursday 14th December 2006, 9:28am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
It's colder today and the resort is reporting snow to be falling at the top of the resort, but there are no changes to resort operations today. I would say that will clear up anyway later as we have sun forecast for later on in the day and then rain again later tonigh.

The snow that we are all waiting for still looks likely to arrive around Sunday... fingers crossed!   Read more ...

Naeba Now!

Thursday 14th December 2006, 10:34am
Weather conditions: Low cloud
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
It has been a cloudy and generally overcast start to the day with the top half of the mountain covered with cloud. Temperatures are above freezing, at around 2 degrees and no snow on the ground at village level.   Read more ...

Minakami Now!

Thursday 14th December 2006, 11:52am
Weather conditions: Overcast with moderate temparatures. (6 deg C)
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Another overcast day in Minakami with moderate temperatures (around 6 deg C). Some light precipitation last night gave the higher areas a light dusting of snow but rain fell at the village level and subsequent warm temparatues have melted the new snow.

The forecasted snow for Friday has now dissapeared but looks like the cold front that will hit Monday will definately bring the long awaited first decent snowfall.

Houdaigi is scheduled to open on Saturday (16th) but with the current weather and only a 10cm base, I would not be suprised if they postponed the opening until next week.

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Shiga Kogen Now!

Thursday 14th December 2006, 16:54pm
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
There was about 5cm of new snow in the higher parts of the Shiga Kogen resort region (up at Yokoteyama) and a sprinkling of snow in other areas. But it has been just cloudy since early this morning and temperatures have been hovering around the 0 degree mark all day. It looks like it will get colder tonight and into tomorrow with a chance of snow in the day - but not the major dumping we are waiting for.... we're going to have to hold out a bit longer for that.   Read more ...

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