Snow and weather reports posted on Wednesday 20th January 2021

Naeba Now!

Thursday 15th March 2012, 8:08am
Weather conditions: Snow, cloud
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
After a lovely clear day yesterday, this morning I have some more snow to report. It's not quite as cold this morning as it was yesterday (-3 at the moment) but rather than clear and sunny skies, snow is falling from the sky with Kagura reporting 5cm of fresh snowfall and a few cm here in Naeba. It is still snowing now though today looks like it will be the last fresh until next week and so hopefully we can get some more cm to add to the thin new layer so far. What's falling this morning is not the fluffiest dry kind of snow, for sure. But snow all the same.

As we have been expecting, from tomorrow until around Monday milder temperatures are expected along with even the chance of rain on Saturday at base though hopefully it will be falling as snow on higher slopes. It should start getting colder again though once we get into Monday, with more fresh snow expected then. That's how the forecast stands at the moment anyway.

It has been a mixed March so far - warm and mild at the beginning but followed by that really great blast of winter earlier this week and a return to excellent conditions. Let's hope the second half of March continues to bring us some good surprises.

Resort Operations, 15th March (subject to change)
All courses open apart from Splash Bowl, Takenokoyama No2 course and Mens Slalom course.
Should be open as normal
Official snow depths

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Niseko Now!

Thursday 15th March 2012, 8:21am
Weather conditions: Snowy
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
It's beginning to look like winter again here. There was about a 5cm snowfall last night and there is some more still falling down at the moment. It's actually accumulating rather quickly and the temperatures feel fairly cold! This could bring us another powder day in March, which is what we desperately want and need. I know I would like a few more powder days before calling it spring corn official!

Yesterday brought us some warm temps and snow later in the day, but it tapered off becoming clear. Overnight the clouds rolled in and dumped some of the white stuff. It's good to see that it's still falling too, so we may get more throughout the day.

Keep in mind all of this new snow is easily going to slide off the old layer. Visibility is bad at the moment, but is supposed to stay like this all day. If we do get a lot of snow quickly, we will have to worry about soft slabs everywhere. The snow is light in density so it won't breed much of a problem unless we get a lot.

The forecast is saying tomorrow will be warm and clear. Saturday will be uncomfortably warm with the possibility of rain - let's wish against that!

Today will be a good one to get out. Have a good Thursday.

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

Niseko Village:
Top - 450cm
Bottom - 190cm

Top - 480cm
Bottom - 200cm
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Yuzawa Now!

Thursday 15th March 2012, 8:54am
Weather conditions: Snow and cloud
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Lots of clear blue skies all day yesterday and with not much of a wind it got to feel fairly mild out on the slopes though in fact it did keep quite cold. Really nice conditions out there as well after the snowfall early in the week.

After a clear night and temperatures dropping down to only around -2, this morning we have been greeted by some new snowfall around town. Up to 5cm or so in places I'd say and (wet) snow falling still at the moment.

A high of around +2 is forecast for the day so it's not feeling particularly cold this morning even with the snow falling. We can expect warmer though tomorrow and in particular Saturday - clearer skies and perhaps the sun forecast for tomorrow but on Saturday it is looking likely that we'll be seeing rain fall with a high of around +6 in town. Possibly into Sunday too. Higher places might escape that and probably the best bet if you are around for the weekend.

Looks like we might see snow again on Monday though along with another dip in temperature.

Official resort snow depths @ Thursday 15th 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:


Just a bit of new to report from Minamiuonuma, with the planned resort closing dates for the skijo in this area. It's hard to believe that some resorts around the area only have a few more weeks left open. Subject to change I suppose, but it seems that the large amounts of snow that we still have in the area isn't affecting plans.

Anyway, here they are:

Open until Sunday 25th March:
Muikamachi Hakkai-san
Muikamachi Ski Resort
Mt Granview

Open until Monday 26th March:

Open until Wednesday 28th March:

Open until Thursday 29th March:
Ishiuchi Hanaoka

Open until Friday 30th March:
Chateau Shiozawa

Open until Sunday 1st April:
Centleisure Maiko Snow Resort

Open until Sunday 8th April:
Ishiuchi Hanaoka
Joetsu Kokusai

We'll post the dates for Yuzawa resorts soon as well.    Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Thursday 15th March 2012, 9:16am
Weather conditions: Cloud, light snow
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
After a lovely day yesterday, we are back to snowy conditions again this morning. Light, fine snow so not the kind that is going to be bringing us a lot more cm out there, but it's suitably cold and there'a a bit of a wind this morning. It will probably clear up by this afternoon and then clearer skies tomorrow as well. Looks like the weekend will be milder generally but temperatures set to drop back down to really cold again early next week bringing some more snow hopefully.

Nighta operations this evening planned at the following resort area:

- Ichinose Family

It's that time of the season when resorts let us know exactly how long they plan to be open. The below information is subject to change, but as far as we can tell right now this is correct. We'll update this again in a week or so with any changes:

Sun Valley:
No1 quad until 8th April
No3 lift until 4th April

Until 1st April

Until 1st April

Until 6th April

Until 1st April

Daily until 1st April. After that, April 7/8, 14/15, 21/22, 29th April - 6th May. Access to Terakoya still operating even when Higashitateyama closed.

Until 1st April

Daily until 1st April. After that, April 7/8, 14/15, 21/22, 29th April - 6th May.

Quad until 6th May. Triple until 8th April. Pair until 1st April.

Until 6th May (but closed from 9th April until 28th April).

Ichinose Familiy:
Quad until 6th May. Pairs until 1st April and then April 7/8, 14/15, 21/22, 29th April - 6th May.

Ichinose Diamond:
Quad until 1st April. Then April 7/8, 14/15, 21/22, 29th April - 6th May. Triple until 6th April.

Ichinose Yamanokami:
Until 8th April.

No1 Gondola until 1st April.
No2 Gondola & No2 quad until 8th April and then April 14/15, 21/22, 29th April - 6th May.
No2 lift until 8th April and then April 14/15, 21/22, 29th April - 6th May.
No3 lift March 17/18, 20, 24/25, April 7/8
No4 pair open when No2 Gondola closed

Okushiga Kogen:
Still confirming

Some lifts open beyond 6th May (after that date the Shiga Kogen ticket not valid)

Plans to be open until late May. Beyond 6th May, the joint Shiga Kogen ticket not valid.   Read more ...

Madarao Now!

Thursday 15th March 2012, 9:24am
Weather conditions: Cloud, light snow
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
The clouds did move in late yesterday and overnight and this morning there is about 5cm of fresh snow to report from Madarao. The snow seems to have eased off down at base though the top of the mountain is still covered with cloud. There are signs though that it might be clearing up and actually that's what the forecast is telling us to expect as well. All parts of the resort set to be open today.

While today has started off quite cold, things will be warming up from tomorrow. Mild temperatures tomorrow and particularly on Saturday when there is a real chance of rainfall. Perhaps even into Sunday as well, though there's more of a chance of it falling as snow later on Sunday with snow forecast for Monday along with a return to colder conditions.


Unfortunately we are not going to be able to post a Madarao Now report tomorrow and Saturday - but we will be back with you from Sunday for the rest of the season. Have a great weekend.

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

Furano Now!

Thursday 15th March 2012, 9:35am
Weather conditions: Overcast
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
It is snowing very lightly at the moment and there has been 2cm of accumulation on the ground which will be a nice top up to the already great March conditions. It is overcast with cloud rolling over the tops from the west. There will be some flat light due to this cloud, particulalry on the upper slopes.

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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Zao Now!

Thursday 15th March 2012, 9:45am
Weather conditions: Cloud, blue sky
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
The forecast was pretty spot on yesterday and this morning we do have some new snowfall to enjoy. Not a huge amount, just a few cm. But it's another fine morning. Lots of mostly white fast-moving cloud around, but a fair bit of blue sky as well. Not as cold up top as well by the looks.

So the outlook for the weekend? The latest forecast points to milder conditons with it getting especially warm on Saturday - even a chance of a bit of rain - to be followed by a return to colder conditions and stronger winds and snow on Monday.

Official snow depths (15th March 12)
Utopia - 265cm
Chuo - 230cm
Paradise - 265cm
Uwanodai - 180cm

Operating lifts (15th March 12)
All Ropeways (Skycable, Zao Chuo Ropeway, Zao Ropeway) operating.
All the runs at Zao due to be open.   Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Thursday 15th March 2012, 10:34am
Weather conditions: Cloudy, snow showers
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
A completely different day today: blue skies have turned to fog and snow. It's a little less gloomy at the moment, while the snow is still coming down. Looks like it might even get a little nicer through the day.

The temperatures are staying low, too, so spring is not here yet. Rain is possible Saturday, but then the snow looks like it's back on into the next week. The main thing: there's a lot of snow on the ground! The ski areas really should plan on staying open for a long time (Akakan, at least, is talking about keeping on going to Golden Week). If you are there, they will keep them open (support your Myoko ski area).

Current Official Snow Depths

Akakura Onsen:

Akakan (Akakura Kanko):


Myoko Suginohara:

Seki Onsen:

Myoko Ski Park:



270cm   Read more ...

Minakami Now!

Thursday 15th March 2012, 10:47am
Weather conditions: Clear
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Light snow falling in Minakami this morning. Been cold again which is good for the condition of the slopes. A few centimeters of fresh snow up high and firm, grippy groomers all over the rest of the mountain. There looks like there might be a break in the snow but the forecast is for snow on and off for the rest of the day.

It is supposed to clear up a bit for tomorrow with temperatures due to rise and stay slightly warmer over the weekend. The temperature is supposed to drop next week and more light snow is predicted.   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Thursday 15th March 2012, 11:23am
Weather conditions: Cloud, blue sky
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Some more snowfall to report this morning from Hakuba. 5-15cm on the slopes around town to report giving them another new layer - or 'puchi-powder' as Hakuba 47 are charmingly calling it! Let's enjoying!

The roads have generally cleared up though quite quickly of their thin new cover earlier on, and the snow clouds have been retreating as well. While there is still a lot of cloud around up there, there's also lots of blue sky as well and the sun shining down in places.

Temperatures dipped to around -3 degree overnight in the village and will rise to around +1 during the day today and there's a moderate NNE wind but nothing that is affecting lift operations around Hakuba and Otari.

Looking forward to the weekend. Well, it looks like tomorrow should be clear and probably sunny too and then warmer still on Saturday with a high of around 8 or 9 degrees. It's still looking as if rain is going to be with us Saturday at least lower down - fingers crossed that at least higher elevations might see snow but it's going to be borderline. Let's just see how things develop. Better news is that we can look forward to colder temperatures once again from Monday along with snow on the forecast.


Official snow depths and operations @ Thursday 15th March 2012 AM:

Hakuba Goryu:
Another 5-10cm of snowfall overnight to report this morning. All lifts and runs scheduled to be open today.
Official snow depths:
Alps daira - 275cm;
Toomi - 150cm;
Iimori - 115cm

Hakuba 47:
Hakuba 47 is reporting 10cm of snowfall this morning. All courses open, all lifts except Line D operating.
Official snow depth:
Upper - 246cm
Lower - 160cm

Ski lifts/courses:
All lifts apart from Usagidaira pair, Happo No1 pair, Central pair, Shirakaba No1 pair and Kitaone No3 moving today.
Official snow depth:
Usagidaira - 220cm;
Sakka - 80cm;
Nakiyama - 80cm.

Tsugaike Kogen:
Official snow depth:
Upper slopes - 285cm
Champion - 210cm

Hakuba Cortina:
10-15cm of fresh snowfall this morning at Cortina. All lifts apart from No7 pair moving and most courses open.
Official snow depth:
Upper - 350cm
Lower - 225cm

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 - 85cm

Hakuba Sanosaka:

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

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Thursday 15th March 2012, 16:35pm
Weather conditions: Snowing lightly
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
We woke up to some big flakes falling from the sky in the village this morning. It dropped some snow pretty quick but did not last long. Still should have given us a bit of a top up on the slopes today.

Yesterday was the day though with deep blue skies, no wind and still plenty of fresh left over from the day before. It was great conditions both on and off piste and everyone seemed to be having a ball. Heard the familiar call that have heard all season with a number of people saying it was 'the best days skiing they had ever had'!

Looking ahead, tomorrow should be another mostly fine day before the south warm wind blows through. Saturday is looking like it will rain unfortunately, perhaps even up top before turning into snow - temperatures up to around +8 degrees in the village perhaps? Sunday onwards into next week though a return to colder temperatures is due and we should see more snowfall.

We have had such a great run of magic days on the hill this season, it would be nice to see it continue.

Current Official Snow Depths Numbers:




Current Lift operations:
All open

Current courses open:
All open
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