Snow and weather reports posted on Thursday 21st March 2019

Madarao Now!

Saturday 16th March 2013, 8:54am
Weather conditions: Sunny and blue skies
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 205cm
And it was a fine day.

And today will be another fine day.

The same blue skies above Madarao early on, though noticeably warmer than it was this time yesterday at about +4C.

Probably more of the same tomorrow as well, but we need to look out for rain (booo!) on Monday.

Have a fun weekeend.

Lifts planned to be operating:
Number 1
Number 2
Number 3
Super quad
Number 5
Number 11
Number 12
Number 15
Kids Park
FreeRide Park
Powder Wave I
Powder Wave II
Powder Theater
Adventure   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Saturday 16th March 2013, 9:20am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 510cm
Good morning from Niseko and welcome to another weekend. Already mid-March!

Just a trace of new (wet-type) snow on the ground to report this morning, but it has been snowing lightly early on. As I type this, eased off. Around 0C at the moment.

I'm happy to report that apart from a few lifts operating at reduced speed, the lifts are all moving this morning and so the whole mountain is open and according to the avalanche report gates will be open too.

Tomorrow is forecast to be just generally cloudy - we might get to see some sun - and then we are expecting to have some rain falling on Monday.

Have a fun weekend.


Official Resort Snow Depths

Grand Hirafu & Niseko Hanazono
Top - 510cm
Bottom - 250cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 400cm
Bottom - 250cm

Niseko Village
Top - 470cm
Bottom - 235cm

Avalanche Information:

Niseko base 6am: 1C, 2cm sleet. Moiwa 800m: -1C, trace new snow. Annupuri peak: -5.9C, expected wind speed at noon: NW18m/s, snow depth at 1000m: 400cm. Coastal data: wind NNW8m/s, 1.9m waves, pressure 1011hPa.

Wet snow conditions, by noon the pressure gradient will have increased along with strong NW wind and snow. Avalanche risk is low in the morning, gates 2 & 3 are expected to open at 10am.

Full depth avalanches have stated to occur on valley side walls as snow pack is changing to spring season. Avoid riding or resting in the valley bottoms. In Niseko, whether cracks are present or not, full depth avalanches can happen at any time without warning.

When leaving the resort area through the gates it is recommended to ride with someone else and take beacon, probe, shovel.

Snow is not bad at the moment. Be careful of cracks, cornices breaking, poor visibility and high winds.   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Saturday 16th March 2013, 9:33am
Weather conditions: Mostly clear blue skies
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 260cm
So yes, yesterday was a truly beautiful day in Hakuba - clear, blue skies all day and a lovely clear evening as well. At 3pm, Hakuba 47 was reporting a temp. reading of +8C at the base of their Line C lift on the mountain and it rose to around 12 degrees at base. Snow was soft and very spring-like.

Temperatures dropped down to around -5 overnight at village level and now at around 6 degrees.

The sun is out again and once more we have clear blue skies above Hakuba. Well, mostly clear there are a few white fluffs of cloud here and there, but generally it's clear and blue.

There isn't much of a wind at base here, but some wind on the mountain which unfortunately seems to be affecting top lifts at Hakuba Goryu and also the top and northern upper areas of Happo, as well as the Gondola. And to think we were expecting a weekend of unaffected lift operations, but hopefully that situation might improve a bit later on.

More of the same tomorrow, perhaps warmer than today. There's not much chance of a decent snowfall on the weekly forecast as it stands at the moment, the only precipitation event that seems very probably being rainfall on Monday.

For today though there should be some very fun spring conditions to enjoy.


Official snow depths and operations @ Saturday 16th March 2013 AM:

Hakuba Goryu:
0cm of new snowfall reported by Hakuba Goryu
Official snow depths:
Alps daira - 260cm;
Toomi - 115cm;
Iimori - 90cm

Hakuba 47:
0cm of new snowfall reported by Hakuba 47 since yesterday.
Official snow depth:
Upper - 190cm
Lower - 95cm

Official snow depth:
Usagidaira - 245cm
Nakiyama/Shirakaba - 65cm
Sakka - 70cm

Tsugaike Kogen:
Official snow depth:
Upper slopes - 300cm
Lower slopes - 120cm

Hakuba Cortina:
0cm of new snow reported by Hakuba Cortina since yesterday.
Official snow depth:
Upper slopes - 315cm
Lower slopes - 190cm

Hakuba Iwatake:
Official snow depth:
Upper slopes - 175cm
Lower slopes - 65cm

Hakuba Sanosaka:
Official snow depth:
105cm   Read more ...

Minakami Now!

Saturday 16th March 2013, 9:44am
Weather conditions: Blue skies
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 340cm
It's a sunny start to the weekend with temperatures getting warm today again.

It's around 3C in the town this morning and a high of above 10C forecast for this afternoon.

Great spring ski conditions on the slopes.

Possibility of some light rain/sleet tonight, for tomorrow we can expect another sunny day.

Have a great weekend and don't forget your sunscreen.   Read more ...

Naeba Now!

Saturday 16th March 2013, 9:46am
Weather conditions: Sunny and clear
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 300cm
A similar story this morning.

Quite cold overnight but warming up as the sun is out and blue skies above Naeba.

Calm with hardly any wind at all.

So, that's about it really. Some forecasts say there's a chance of light snow tonight, but nothing major.

More of the same tomorrow. Have fun!


Official resort snow depth:
Naeba - 300cm
Kagura - 390cm   Read more ...

Yuzawa Now!

Saturday 16th March 2013, 10:36am
Weather conditions: Clear skies, just a few clouds
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 200cm
The sun was out all of yesterday making for a very fine spring day outside.

It didn't get as cold overnight last night as the previous night, but the day has started much the same with the sun out and shining down on us. There's a bit more cloud around, especially in the Minamiuonuma valley just to the north, but generally clear blue skies.

Another spring ski day.

A chance of clouding over rain/sleet/snow late today, but tomorrow the forecast is for another day of sun.

A little further ahead, rain seems inevitable on Monday.

Official resort snow depths @ Saturday 16th March 2013, AM:

Kandatsu Kogen:
NASPA Ski Garden:
Gala Yuzawa:
Yuzawa Kogen:
Yuzawa Nakazato:
Yuzawa Park:
Maiko Snow Resort:
Ishiuchi Maruyama:
Joetsu Kokusai:
240cm   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Saturday 16th March 2013, 10:40am
Weather conditions: Sun, cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 270cm
After those amazing blue skies of yesterday, this morning we started with similarly clear skies, but since then some clouds have formed above Zao. It's still bright though and the sun is out.

Not much prospect of any further decent snowfalls over the next week. Tomorrow should be fine again and then Monday might well be wet as rain is forecast.

Hope you have a fun weekend.

Official snow depths

Chuo Area



130cm   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Saturday 16th March 2013, 10:58am
Weather conditions: Blue skies, just a few clouds
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 150cm
A warmer start to the day here in Shiga Kogen. Other than that, it's quite similar - bright, sunny and lots of blue skies. A few white clouds here and there, but overall it's going to be another warm spring day. And probably tomorrow too.

You're asking about fresh snowfall? Well, can't see much on the horizon alas. Perhaps a dusting tonight. Likely rain on Monday, even up here in Shiga Kogen as the freezing level rises up to 3000m+. After that a mix of cloud, sun and perhaps the odd thin layer of snow but nothing major.

Still holding out for the chance of another decent snowfall this month but that's just me wanting it!

Remember, some lifts moving in Shiga Kogen until the end of May, so still quite a way to go.

Nighta operations planned for tonight at the following resort areas:
Ichinose Family
Ichinose Diamond

Official resort snow depths as of Saturday 16th March 2013 AM:

Sun Valley:
Ichinose Family:
Ichinose Diamond:
Okushiga Kogen:
250cm   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Saturday 16th March 2013, 11:07am
Weather conditions: Clear, a few clouds
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 320cm
It's a mostly fine morning here in Nozawa Onsen today. We have some high altitude cirrus clouds passing overhead that tend to preceded frontal systems. This correlates with the forecast; we expect snow showers to move through later this afternoon and tonight.

Riding this morning will be on classic spring snow; firm in the morning and softening by midday. South facing slopes may become sticky as the sun intensifies. Like yesterday the best riding will be had in the Yamabiko area.

It's a good day to practice in the park and pipe with the soft forgiving conditions. Likewise mogul runs are as good as they can get in these kinds of conditions. Selected off piste gullies may still hold the occasional powder field, although will be heavy going.

Light winds, few people, sunshine, perfect views yesterday.

Looking at the extended forecast we should see another clear day tomorrow before a warming trend takes hold.

Unfortunately very warm temperatures and possibly heavy rain are predicted at the same time on Monday, not a good combination - we can just hope that the forecast backs off. The warmth is set to remain until Wednesday night when there's a chance of light snow showers and colder temperatures - not expecting anything major though.


Lifts operating:
All lifts operating

Courses open:
All courses open except
Grand Prix
Kandahar East
Kandahar West
Challenge 39

Official snow depths




100cm   Read more ...

Furano Now!

Saturday 16th March 2013, 12:08pm
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 10cm
Snow depth: 190cm
A cold front swept its way across Central Hokkaido last night and into the morning, bringing with it colder temperatures and plenty of heavy, wet snow. Temperatures actually rose overnight before turning south of the freezing mark around 9am this morning. Since then, we've seen almost 10cm of big, fluffy flakes extremely high in moisture content. Not quite the dry, powder-like snow we're used to here in Furano, but as Spring approaches we can expect to see a lot more of this variety of snow.

The good news is that there should be plenty of fresh out there. The downside is turns will be a lot slower especially on the lower half of the mountain where the heaviest snow is falling, so please take that into account when speeding down the mountain.

The All-Japan High School Ski Tournament held every year in Furano continues today, but only Spies and Ropeway courses are closed off to the public today. Both Panorama and Technical are now open for everyone.

Temperatures are now hovering around -2 and continuing to fall as the day progresses. Expect overnight lows around -8 with snow falling throughout the evening hours. Tomorrow should be relatively calm with cloudy skies and seasonable temperatures.
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21st Mar, 10:44am
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Minakami Now
21st Mar, 8:42
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21st Mar, 8:27
Naeba Now
21st Mar, 8:14
Yuzawa Now
21st Mar, 8:00
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21st Mar, 7:24
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20th Mar, 7:50
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