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Madarao Now!

Monday 14th February 2011, 8:00am
Weather conditions: sunshine, light snowfall predicted
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Happy Valentines Day in Mardarao, and what perfect weather for it. The sun is shining and the coverage from the last 3 days of snow and an extra 5cm lastnight is ready to be carved.

Light snowfall is predicted before the end of the day, bringing with it 5cm of fresh snow. The temperature at the moment is -7.0 degrees in the village. This will vary between -10.0 and -3.0 degrees throughout the day. While visability conditions are currently excellent in the village and on the mountain, and will vary as Madarao experiences sessions of light snowfall.

Lifts currently operating:

No 1 lift
No 2 quad lift
No 3 a lift
No 5 lift
Super Quad
No 11 Lift
No 12 Lift
No 13 Lift
No 15 lift
Tangram No 2 Lift

Moving Belt at Kids Park
Snowboard beginner course   Read more ...

Yuzawa Now!

Monday 14th February 2011, 9:48am
Weather conditions: Sun, some cloud
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
After a day of snow and cloud, and about 5cm more on the car by the evening, this morning the sun is out and we have a fair bit of blue sky and some wispy cloud. Actually in the last half hour or so it has got a bit greyer than it was earlier on, but it is still bright. Currently the temperature is 0 degrees.

More snow forecast tonight and into tomorrow. Nothing major but we can expect perhaps another layer of 10cm or so by the end of tomorrow. After that it looks like Wednesday is going to be a clear and sunny day, but cold.

After the long weekend the slopes are looking very empty early on this morning. If you are out there, you'll have some of them almost to yourself.

Official snow depths @ Monday 14th February 2011 AM




Gala Yuzawa:

Yuzawa Kogen:

Yuzawa Park:

Yuzawa Nakazato:

Kandatsu Kogen:


NASPA Ski Garden:

Ishiuchi Maruyama:
280cm   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Monday 14th February 2011, 9:58am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Phew, this last weekend was a busy on. Tons of people around and while it was good to see things busy especially the village in the evening - not known for being crazy lively on a normal night - I think people will be happy to see things quieter this morning.

Most of the crowds started leaving yesterday afternoon and by late afternoon the slopes were something like back to normal. This morning things are very quiet out there, but for those remaining or just joining us here they will have about 5cm or so of new snow to enjoy playing in and of course lots of space on the mountain to themselves!

It is a cloudy start to the day but fairly bright with good visibility all the way up to the top from the village. A chilly -3 degrees but not much of a wind.

Light snow showers possible today especially this evening and overnight.

After that, look to Wednesday for clear sunny conditions.   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Monday 14th February 2011, 10:11am
Weather conditions: Sunny, blue skies. Some wispy cloud.
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
After the snowy conditions of yesterday things cleared up and this morning the sun is out and we have a lot of blue sky and bright conditions to enjoy. There is just some wispy cloud up there but nothing that seems to be going to block the sun this morning! That might not last so long though as we have some moderate snowfall forecast for later on in the day and overnight with light snow showers tomorrow and then clear sunny skies once again on Wednesday.

The long weekend is now behind us and the crowds that were here over the weekend dispersed. Things are much quieter and feeling slower paced this morning.

A very fine day to be out on the slopes.

Nighta operations this evening planned at the following resort area:

- Ichinose Family

Official resort snow depths as of 14th February 2011 AM:

Sun Valley:
Ichinose Family:
Ichinose Diamond:
Okushiga Kogen:
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Niseko Now!

Monday 14th February 2011, 10:41am
Weather conditions: Mostly cloudy with snow
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Snowfalls continued on and off through much of yesterday and through the night but cleared up early this morning. First thing the sun was out and the mountains were mostly free of cloud and it looked like we were in for another sunny day but it all changed rather quickly and currently it's snowing again moderately heavily.
The snow should continue through into the afternoon and then clear later. the good news is the wind has abated and all lifts and all gates are expected to open today. There'll be some reasonably deep snow out through the gates.
Tomorrow is expected to fine up and be another bluebird day. I reckon there's been more sun in these first couple of weeks of Feb than what we normall get in the whole month!
Today and tomorrow will be the best of the snow conditions for the week with high pressure ridging across Honshu on Wednesday swinging the winds around more west-south westerly bringing milder air over the island. We can expect temperatures to get a few degrees above freezing at the base of the mountain.

Current Official Snow Depths:

Grand Hirafu:
Top - 370
Bottom - 190

Niseko Village:
Top - 390
Bottom - 210

Top - 340
Bottom - 220

Avalanche Information:

The strong NW to NNW wind has calmed down around midnight. Annupuri peak 6am: WNW 7.5m/s and -14.3℃. Annupuri 800m: WNW 4m/s and -11℃. Light snowfall has kept coming on and off until pre-dawn, but the snow deposit depends on yesterday’s strong wind exposure. Variable snow depth is found in the same slope orientation. Wind exposed high elevation slopes are mostly hard-packed and rugged. South facing steep faces have a crust layer (Feb 12th) underneath the fresh snow and some surface slab slides were observed in those slopes around 800 to 900m yesterday. Unstable low-density layers are still present underneath the newly formed snowdrifts and avalanche hazard is still to be highly considered in typical avalanche terrain such as the Backbowl, Osawa and Higashi-One’s cornice slopes. All gates are scheduled to open this morning and peak gates 2 & 3 around 11am. Please respect the ski patrol’s instructions. Many cases of removing ropes and entering the strictly off limits areas have been reported lately. All ropes are there for good reasons and should be respected by everyone. Whether ducked or removed, boundary lines must not be crossed as it may lead other’s misinterpretation and increase the chance of accidents to happen. We strongly demand everybody to respect the basic ethics of riding in a ski resort.

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Naeba Now!

Monday 14th February 2011, 10:45am
Weather conditions: Sun, blue skies
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Welcome to the day after the long weekend!

Things are much quieter this morning as we get back into normal weekday mode, but I think people coming here over the weekend will have had fun.

No new snow overnight and this morning there is no wind and it is fine, clear and sunny. Some lovely blue skies up there and excellent conditions to be out there. A day for the camera!

The clouds are forecast to move back in though with 15-30cm (max) of snow likely to fall before 9am tomorrow morning. So tomorrow should be another fine day, apart from the weather possibly better than today as the slopes have been chopped up a fair bit by the weekend crowds. Bring it on.

Beyond tomorrow, Wednesday looks set to be clear and sunny.

Official Snow Depths:


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Nozawa Onsen Now!

Monday 14th February 2011, 12:10pm
Weather conditions: Had some thin cloud cover this morning but sun coming thru now
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
It's another great looking day here in Nozawa Onsen.

There was some low level cloud earlier on but that seems to be clearing now... not sure how long it will last though with some snow on the radar for tonight.

Snow conditions are very good especially up top. Down low seems to be getting a bit soft at the moment.

Yesterday was pretty amazing up on the mountain with that 30cm of fresh snow up top. Lots of great powder runs to be had and the weekend crowd headed home even earlier than expected.

The rail competition and 30Kg bag of Rice went unclaimed with the best a local boy getting about 27m along the 30m of rail.

The outlook is for some more snow tonight and a good dump if the powers to be have it right. Then clear conditions on Wednesday.

Courses open:

All except the following
Uenotaira Half Pipe
Karasawa Wave Park

Lifts operating:
All lifts are open   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Monday 14th February 2011, 15:19pm
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Sorry for the late report today. Compared to the busy weekend we have just had, it has been a really quiet one with the slopes suddenly seeming very empty. Not bad if you can be out there on them yourself!

No new snow to report overnight. It has been fairly decent weather here today starting off with some very light snow falling followed by bright with the sun shining through the clouds at times, but gradually clouding over more as the day moved on.

It looks like we are on for up to 20cm or so of fresh snow on the mountains overnight tonight and into tomorrow morning, though the snowy conditions shouldn't last that long with things clearing up later in the day... followed by what looks set to be a sunny clear day on Wednesday.

Official snow depths and operations @ Monday 14th February AM:

Hakuba Goryu
Night time operations from 6pm until 9:30pm.
Alps daira - 315cm;
Toomi - 185cm;
Iimori - 165cm.

Hakuba 47:
Normal operations today.
Snow depth (upper) - 210cm.

Nakiyama nighta now operating.
Usagidaira/Kurobishi - 250cm;
Sakka - 140cm;
Shirakaba - 115cm;
Nakiyama - 115cm.

Tsugaike Kogen:
Snow depth - 310cm
Maruyama area - 155cm
Champion - 220cm

Hakuba Iwatake:
Upper - 185cm
Lower - 120cm

Hakuba Cortina:
Upper - 365cm
Lower - 225cm

Hakuba Sanosaka:

Hakuba Minekata:
150cm   Read more ...

Minakami Now!

Monday 14th February 2011, 16:18pm
Weather conditions: Overcast
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
A glorious morning today with the sun shining and the mountains looking fantastic after the snow on the weekend. Still plenty of pockets of deep snow out there to enjoy now the crowds have gone. The clouds started coming in after lunch and the light up in the resorts bacame quite flat. The sky now looks as if it is threatening snow and that is what the forecast has for today and tomorrow, so hopefully it will start to fall shortly.   Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Monday 14th February 2011, 22:11pm
Weather conditions: Sunny in the morning, becoming increasingly overcast during the day
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
When you don't go you skiing, sometimes you forget to report on the snow conditions, especially when it's sort of a non-day like today. The snow is fine, the weather not unpleasant (if sort of nondescript)... just nothing much to report on!

But now (in the evening), the snow is once again beginning. Looks very nice, too, another good solid fall. Tomorrow will be a more interesting report, I promise! I got my monster snowthrower machine back, the snow is falling—things are good!

Current Official Snow Depths:

Akakura Onsen:

Akakan (Akakura Kanko):


Myoko Suginohara:

Seki Onsen:

Myoko Ski Park:



230cm   Read more ...

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