Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 6th May 2019

Zao Now!

Saturday 15th March 2014, 8:00am
Weather conditions: Cloud/fog early, clearing later?
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 260cm
Icy conditions this morning when I was out early.

No new snow this morning to report but cold temperatures and poor visibility... the mountain was covered in thick fog/cloud.

It's expected to clear though later this morning, might even see the sun.


Official snow depths (14th March 14):
Utopia: 320cm
Chuo: 260cm
Paradise: 290cm
Uwanodai: 180cm
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Furano Now!

Saturday 15th March 2014, 8:36am
Weather conditions: Sun and cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 230cm
Good morning from Furano. It is a good start to the weekend with clear weather and no wind. There is high broken cloud over the resort with the sun poking through. Although cold at the moment the temperatures will rise as the morning rolls on. There is no new snow to report. All runs have been extensively groomed overnight. Snow conditions will be firm in the morning and softening on the lower mountain during the day.

Due to ski competitions the following courses are closed: Spies and Ropeway courses are closed until 16/March


Operating lifts:
Kitanomine Gondola 9:00am-4:00pm
Kitanomine high speed quad 8:30am-8:00pm
Kitanomine #2 chair 8:45am-4:00pm

Link Lift 9:00am-4:00pm

Furano Ropeway 8:30am-4:00pm
Furano Downhill Swift Lift #1 9:00am-8:00pm
Downhill Romance #2 chair 8:45am-4:00pm
Downhill Romance #3 chair CLOSED
Prince Romance 8:30am - 4:00pm
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Niseko Now!

Saturday 15th March 2014, 8:40am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 2cm
Snow depth: 190cm
Just a couple of cm of fresh snow to report this morning in Niseko.

Light snow is falling this morning though and it feels a bit more winter-like. It is colder this morning but there's much less wind than there was yesterday, so the ski lifts should all be operating as nornal today. The forecast for the day is cloud and snow at times, with a similar look to the forecast for tomorrow as well. The sun may pop in for greetings from time to time as well through the clouds.

So we are now half way through March of course. I have observed 104cm of snow since the beginning of the month which it turns out is almost the same as what I observed at the same point of last season. Last year 164cm was observed for the whole of the month of March (with over 60cm in the second half of the month).

JMA are so far recording 99cm of snow in Kutchan town this month. The total snowfall recorded by JMA in Kutchan town for March last season was 124cm.


Niseko Avalanche Report

Niseko base 6am: -5C, 5cm of crystal snow in 12 hours. Moiwa peak: n/a. Annupuri 1000m: NW8m/s, -11C, 5cm of new snow and development of snowdrifts, snowpack 340cm. Hirafu 1000m: mild wind, 5cm fresh snow, -9C. Peak 1308m: NW8.9m/s, -11.4C. Coastal data: cape Benkei NW13m/s, cape Kamui WSW2m/s, 0.8mwaves, 1-14hPa.

Northerly wind picked up during the night and cornices are slowly developing above 1000m altitude. Feathery crystal snow started to fall since early morning and the snow in the trees is getting better. According to observations and data evaluation, the general avalanche risk is low, however shallow slides are to be expected in Higashi-One cornice areas and Backbowl 1100m sidewalls. Ride one by one, be conscious of the risks and avoid riding the bottom of the valleys. Peak gates will open from the morning. The snow around the courses is really good. Sun-baked surfaces are forming slabs in south facing slopes under 800m. Thin slides from March 14th layer are to be expected around cliffs and under lift-lines in the afternoon. Do not duck ropes to access the out of bounds areas, always use the gates. Have a nice day.


Official snow depth numbers and lift news at time of writing:

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 390cm
Base - 190cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 390cm
Base - 200cm

Top - 395cm
Base - 200cm
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Shiga Kogen Now!

Saturday 15th March 2014, 9:01am
Weather conditions: Blue sky, some cloud
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: 190cm
Cold overnight, felt very wintery!

After that bit of snow yesterday as well, there's a (thin) layer of new snow but no more falling this morning as it's more a story of blue skies with some cloud.

Staying cold for now, tomorrow should be warmer though and indeed the first half of the coming week as well.


Official snow depth data, as of Saturday 15th March 2014):

Sun Valley:





Hoppo Bundaira:

Takamagahara Mammoth:


Ichinose Family:


Ichinose Diamond:


Okushiga Kogen:

Kumanoyu (skiers only):

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Madarao Now!

Saturday 15th March 2014, 9:11am
Weather conditions: Sunny, blue sky, some cloud
New snowfall: 10cm
Snow depth: 230cm
Some more fresh snow this morning so good timing for the weekend. Blue skies above Madarao Kogen as well early on and so it should be a fine morning out there. Sunny, calm, just a slight breeze, new snow, tracks have been filled in.... sounds good to me.

Quite a lot of sun on the forecast at the moment actually. Perhaps a slight snow refresh here and there, or a spot of rain if we are unlucky, especially mid week. But we do need to be prepared for a spring-y warm spell in the coming week before hopefully another blast of winter later in the week. He says hoping!

For now though, it should be a good weekend! I'm off out to enjoy it.


Operating lifts (planned):

Number 1
Number 2
Number 3A
Number 2 quad
Number 5
Super quad
Number 11
Number 12
Number 13
Number 15
Moving walkway
Kids Park


All tree run courses should be open.

Nighta every Saturday night until 22nd March.

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Nozawa Onsen Now!

Saturday 15th March 2014, 9:32am
Weather conditions: Mostly clear and sunny
New snowfall: 8cm
Snow depth: 185cm
After a cold night the sun is shining and we have blue skies above Nozawa.

Oh yes, some new snow to play in too! The resort is reporting 15-18cm of fresh up on the top areas of the mountain this morning, up to 10cm on lower areas, so there will be some good tracks to be made up there as I sit down here writing this.

So it is a cold start to the day and with the fresh snow conditions should be great. There's hardly any wind and it's just a really fine morning.

Sunny conditions are expected tomorrow as well, and while it will get cold again tonight it's expected to warm up considerably during the day tomorrow and we may well get some precipitation later. Hopefully the white kind.

It's expected to be warm over the next week or so. Is that a dip in temperatures I can see on the forecast for later in the week?


Saturday 15th March 2014:

Official snow depths:
Yamabiko - 360cm
Uenotaira - 295cm
Hikage - 185cm
Nagasaka - 175cm
Karasawa - 130cm

All lifts operating

All courses open except:
Grand Prix
Kandahar East
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Minakami Now!

Saturday 15th March 2014, 9:38am
Weather conditions: Sunny
New snowfall: 3cm
Snow depth: 440cm
A sunny start to the day with 3-5 cm of new snow on the ground from last night. The sun is expected to shine all day today and the majority of tomorrow with temps climbing close to double digits tomorrow.

Tenjin may remain in cloud today.

Spring snow conditions will very likely prevail from now.


440cm @ Tenjin
70m @ valley
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Hakuba Now!

Saturday 15th March 2014, 9:43am
Weather conditions: Sun, blue sky, some cloud
New snowfall: 1cm
Snow depth: 150cm
Good morning from Hakuba, and a fine morning it is as well. Lots of blue sky above Hakuba village this morning, some clouds still hanging on around the peaks of the mountain backdrop, but mostly fine and sunny. A splattering of snow on the mountains though a few cm at most.

It got quite cold overnight with a low of -5C, but by mid afternoon today it should have risen to perhaps around +5C.

Tomorrow should continue with the sun in the morning and it's due to get warmer than today and rain is expected later on. Hopefully once the lifts have stopped for the day, and there might be some snowfall at higher elevations at night.

Warmer temperatures through at least the first half of the coming week and more chance of rain than snow. Though, there's some promise around Thursday of the chance of a cold snap and more snowfall so let's keep an eye on that.

For now though, best to come expecting spring conditions and enjoy them for what they are.

Quite a few events going on today on the slopes - at Happo-one alone they have the All Nihon Technical Competition at Usagidaira, Ladies Snowsurf Day at Happo Banks and the Hakuba Snowshoe Trail run at Nakiyama. Gambatte everyone!


Official snow depth numbers and operations (as of 15th March 2014):

Hakuba Goryu:
Reporting 0cm of new snowfall on Iimori; 1cm at Toomi and 2cm on upper slopes.
Upper - 260cm
Toomi - 150cm
Iimori - 105cm

Hakuba 47:
Reporting 2cm of new snowfall on lower slopes; 5cm of on upper slopes.
Upper - 240cm
Lower - 70cm

Usagidaira - 220cm
Nakiyama - 70cm
Sakka - 70cm

Hakuba Iwatake:
Upper - 200cm
Lower - 70cm

Tsugaike Kogen:
Tsuganomori - 296cm
Maruyama - 110cm
Kanenonaruoka - 170cm

Hakuba Cortina:
Reporting 2cm of new snowfall on lower areas; 2cm on upper areas.
Upper - 315cm
Lower - 190cm

Hakuba Minekata:
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Yuzawa Now!

Saturday 15th March 2014, 9:45am
Weather conditions: Sun, some cloud
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: 225cm
Some forecasts still have us down for snow this morning, but looking outside the window now the sun is out and it's a beautiful blue sky morning. A few clouds remaining but mostly clear, blue skies.

A bit of new snow too. Up to around 5cm around town but resorts reporting between that and around 15cm (Kagura). After the rain we had yesterday, that is most welcome and while it won't be enough to fully cover the damage it

The warm up begins tomorrow if the forecasts are correct. Chance of rain/sleet later on in the day tomorrow and then sun again on Monday.


Official resort snow depths @ Saturday 15th March 2014, AM:
Kagura (Tashiro):
Kagura (Mitsumata):
NASPA Ski Garden:
Gala Yuzawa:
Yuzawa Kogen:
Yuzawa Nakazato:
Yuzawa Park:
Maiko Snow Resort:
Ishiuchi Maruyama:
Joetsu Kokusai:
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Myoko Now!

Saturday 15th March 2014, 9:52am
Weather conditions: Sunny, increasing cloud
New snowfall: 30cm
Snow depth: 300cm
A beautiful day, following a good night of snowfall.

Looks it should be a great day for skiing, especially as it looks like another warm cycle will be coming through next week. Hit it while you can!

I don't really have anything else to say, unusually - nothing much going on, except the good stuff!


Official info:

Akakura Kanko:

Akakura Onsen:


Myoko Suginohara:

Seki Onsen:

Myoko Ski Park:

Myoko Kyukamura Runrun


Tangram Ski Circus
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