Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 30th May 2020

Naeba Now!

Sunday 17th February 2013, 8:04am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 15cm
Snow depth: 300cm
What a weekend this is turning out to be.

This morning Kagura say they got another 50cm. I'm not up there to confirm that with my own eyes, but I'll go with it. So, added to the 40-50cm from yesterday, I make that up to 1m in the last 2 days. That's impressive. What's more.... it's all going to be open! Get on up there, it's going to be renamed Paradise today I reckon. OK, so that might be cheesy, but you know what I'm getting at. That official snow depth curiously is not moving again today. I always get the feeling that Kagura don't want that number to rise above 4m. (Watch it do that by tomorrow, now I have said that!)

Here at base in Naeba, it's more like 15cm on the ground, though the resort is reporting 20cm. Still, a nice new layer of snow to add to what we got yesterday and so conditions are good.

It is still snowing early on this morning but the forecast tells us to expect conditions to clear up, it might even end up sunny by this afternoon.


Official resort snow depth:
Naeba - 300cm
Kagura - 380cm   Read more ...

Madarao Now!

Sunday 17th February 2013, 8:10am
Weather conditions: Clear and fine
New snowfall: 30cm
Snow depth: 240cm
The snow continued yesterday dumping down, through into the night. But overnight the clouds have moved on and it's a clear morning here in Madarao. Well, above Madarao anyway, clouds can be seen down in the valley but it does look like it will be a fine day.

Oh yes, and we got another 30cm or so of snow since yesterday. 30-40cm being reported by the resort on the mountain. It's about -8 degrees at the moment so a cold start to the day.

This is really good. Today should be excellent.

And with that, I must go out to check it myself!

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 ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Sunday 17th February 2013, 8:30am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 10cm
Snow depth: 150cm
It's another cold start to the day, and snow is still falling. But it's not the crazy windy white-out that we had yesterday. Difficult to put a number on snowfall due to wind, so there's going to be places with more and places with less. Need to take care out there.

Actually in the last few minutes the snow has really started to come down again here -- but at the same time, it looks like it might be clearing up. I can even see the sun trying to shine through the clouds. Oh, no, gone back in again. Neighbouring areas of Nagano seem to have fine conditions this morning and so my guess is that it will quickly clear up.

More snow due tomorrow though...

Nighta operations planned for tonight at the following resort areas, depending on weather:
Ichinose Family

Official resort snow depths as of Sunday 17th February 2013 AM:

Sun Valley:
Ichinose Family:
Ichinose Diamond:
Okushiga Kogen:
230cm   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Sunday 17th February 2013, 8:54am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 20cm
Snow depth: 485cm
Yesterday was a bit of a wild day, and while the wind hasn't exactly gone and it is still snowing, it is a somewhat calmer start to the day. If the local forecast is correct conditions may well clear up as the day progresses.

It's a colder start to the day than yesterday and right now around -7 degrees. We have perhaps 20-25cm of new snow to report from the village area and likely more on the mountain, but again with the conditions yesterday blowing it all around it's difficult to put a number on it. A good new layer though.

With these new layers though come increased risk of avalanche, so do take note of the report below and take care out there on the mountain.

Winds of up to 16m/s recorded on Annupuri and Niseko Village areas earlier on, but as of 8:45am it looks like the lifts around the mountain will be operating as normal today.

Conditions may well clear up today but generally snowy conditions are likely to continue through the coming week in Niseko.


Official Resort Snow Depths

Grand Hirafu & Niseko Hanazono
Top - 485cm
Bottom - 220cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 370cm
Bottom - 240cm

Niseko Village
Top - 410cm
Bottom - 240cm

Avalanche Information:

Niseko base 6am: -8C, 30cm of broken particle snow. Moiwa 800m: 30cm of new snow with development of snowdrifts, -12C. Annupuri peak: NW13.1m, -16.5C. Coastal data: NW12m/s, 2.2m waves and 1019hPa.

The winter pressure pattern is persisting and a northwesterly snowstorm continues above 800m. Heavy snowfall. The stabilization is progressing from the base of the new snowdrifts, however the snowpack is still unstable, easily collapsible. Potential sliding thickness up to 80cm in 800m leeward knolls and 120cm in 1100m. According to the snowfall transition and other data evaluation, the avalanche hazard is high in leeward slopes and knolls above treeline. High risk of large surface slab avalanche in Osawa cornice slope, Kozannosawa (Backbowl), Mikaeri bowl and Higashione until the afternoon today.

Gates 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6 will be closed. Do not duck ropes. One track left under the rope will lead many others to do the same and increase the chances of accidents. The weather is forecasted to calm down in the afternoon but the risk will remain high for a while. Stick within the resort today. The snow is typical storm snow, little heavy but good. Beware of cracks and trees. Do not overestimate your gear's performance and your own experience. Be safe, have fun and have a nice day.   Read more ...

Minakami Now!

Sunday 17th February 2013, 9:00am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 10cm
Snow depth: 360cm
Another great day for powder sessions. It is still snowing but the forecast tells us to expect clear conditions for this afternoon. Looks like places all open as well this morning after the conditions we experienced yesterday.

For tomorrow we can expect clear skies in the morning with mild conditions, for afternoon rain is expected in town area. A dusting of new snow is expected from Wednesday.   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Sunday 17th February 2013, 9:16am
Weather conditions: Clear and sunny, bluebird
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 290cm
It is a beautiful morning here in Hakuba. It was snowing for the most part yesterday on the slopes, though eased off down at base level in the afternoon.

There's no fresh snow overnight in the village and resorts around the valley are reporting between 0cm and 20cm of snowfall since yesterday. Cold air this morning and a rather cold -14 degrees up at Usagidaira, looking like around -5 degrees now at base. Just a calm breeze at the moment so rather a contrast to the weather we had the last few days.

Lifts look to be operating as normal this morning at all resorts in Hakuba and Otari.

Conditions should be excellent wherever you go.

It's a very fine day indeed to be out skiing or boarding, or whatever it is you like to do on the snow!

Snow due back tomorrow.


Official snow depths and operations @ Sunday 17th February 2013 AM:

Hakuba Goryu:
0cm of new snow reported by Hakuba Goryu.
Official snow depths:
Alps daira - 290cm;
Toomi - 150cm;
Iimori - 125cm

Hakuba 47:
0cm new snowfall reported by Hakuba 47.
Official snow depth:
Upper - 250cm
Lower - 190cm

Official snow depth:
Usagidaira - 280cm
Nakiyama/Shirakaba - 130cm
Sakka - 130cm

Tsugaike Kogen:
Official snow depth:
Upper slopes - 330cm
Lower slopes - 160cm

Hakuba Cortina:
20cm of new snow reported by Hakuba Cortina since yesterday morning.
Official snow depth:
Upper slopes - 390cm
Lower slopes - 255cm

Hakuba Iwatake:
Official snow depth:
Upper slopes - 195cm
Lower slopes - 80cm

Hakuba Sanosaka:
Official snow depth:

Hakuba Minekata:
130cm   Read more ...

Yuzawa Now!

Sunday 17th February 2013, 9:26am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 20cm
Snow depth: 255cm
It kept on snowing all day yesterday with strong noisy winds at times.

Overnight more snow and there's up to 20cm or so on top of the car since last night so add that to what we got in the daytime and there's a good new layer of fresh snow on the slopes this morning. Kagura are reporting 50cm of snow since yesterday, and as the top was closed there yesterday conditions should be pretty amazing up there this morning. Got to be careful not to get stuck in it!

Conditions should be great pretty much everywhere today.

Light snow is still falling but it is bright and feels like it is going to clear up. There is some blue sky visible up there and my guess is that give it another few hours and we'll be enjoying clearer and sunny conditions.

A quick look at the forecast... warmer conditions tomorrow and even the chance of rain before we switch back into snow mode? Noooo! Collective fingers crossed please.

Official resort snow depths @ Sunday 17th February 2013, AM:
Kandatsu Kogen:
NASPA Ski Garden:
Gala Yuzawa:
Yuzawa Kogen:
Yuzawa Nakazato:
Yuzawa Park:
Maiko Snow Resort:
Ishiuchi Maruyama:
Joetsu Kokusai:
260cm   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Sunday 17th February 2013, 10:01am
Weather conditions: Sunny, blue skies, some cloud
New snowfall: 1cm
Snow depth: 260cm
Good morning from Zao and a fine day it is too. Lots of blue sky, some white cloud up there, the sun out and a general feel good day. A cold start to the day with a low of -14C being reported up in the Paradise area of the resort. It's calm with hardly any wind at all. A real contrast to yesterday.

Just 1cm or so of snow since yesterday.

The forecast tells us tomorrow will be somewhat milder, but perhaps bring us some light snow. Temps to drop again from Tuesday.

Official snow depths

Chuo Area



155cm   Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Sunday 17th February 2013, 10:13am
Weather conditions: Sunny with increasing clouds
New snowfall: 20cm
Snow depth: 330cm
After a day of steady snowfall, the stars came out about 9 pm--following some beautiful, big, star-shaped flakes floating down (wish we had more of those, instead of the smaller, wind-packed flakes that made things slow in the powder except on steeper slopes). Tip of the day: look at the snowflakes falling on your jacket; compare with the ski conditions. Something to do on the lift...

A nice, sunny, calm start to the day, with some light clouds starting to move in now. Snow is on the forecast ahead for the coming days--maybe another big fall, too!

For the backcountry crowd: a dig yesterday shows a pretty stable snowpack. There is a layer down about 70 cm (probably from sun late last week) that resulted in isolated breaks on steep rolls and other features. There's more fresh on top today, so exercise caution, don't go out without your gear (too many people with no beacon shovel or probe--never a good idea), and have some safe fun!

Operations and official snow depths (all from 2/14)

Akakura Kanko (Akakan)
330cm, -7C

Akakura Onsen
350cm, -7C

240cm, -4C

240cm, -4C

Seki Onsen
480cm, -9C

410cm, -2C

Myoko Ski Park
375cm, -6C

245cm, -11C

240cm, -10C   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Sunday 17th February 2013, 10:48am
Weather conditions: Clear
New snowfall: 15cm
Snow depth: 370cm
It is a bright and blue sunny day here in Nozawa Onsen.

We have had a nice top up of powder with 15cm being recorded across the resort (Uenotaira recorded slightly more at 20cm). It should be another good days riding across the groomed runs and the trees.

Yesterday was an awesome day as heavy snow and extremely cold temperatures continued. We had about 60cm fall; enough so it really did feel bottomless through the trees. It was slightly crowded but the superb snow conditions made up for it.

Taking a look at the forecast.... we still expect a warm spell tomorrow with the possibility of some rain down low/snow up high.

The following day we should see very cold temperatures and snow continue for quite a few days.


Lifts operating:
All lifts operating

Courses open:
All courses open except
Grand Prix
Kandahar West

Official snow depths




150cm   Read more ...

Furano Now!

Sunday 17th February 2013, 13:14pm
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 3cm
Snow depth: 180cm
The slopes were bustling this morning! A clear and cold dawn has given way to scattered snow showers with occasional bursts of sunshine, and it looks like everyone in town has decided to hit the slopes. This means the lift lines are a bit longer than usual, but for good reason; it's absolutely beautiful out there today. Temperatures have warmed up to -10 after an overnight low bottoming out around -20.

Afternoon highs should top out around -7 with more of the same scattered snow showers/occasional breaks in the cloud that is typical for February in Furano. The few fresh centimeters that fell overnight have been chopped up for the most part, but there's still some powder waiting on the less traversed runs, especially the courses that connect the Furano and Kitanomine Zone sides. The lower half of Furano Zone has been pretty skied out, but the upper portion of the mountain still has plenty of surprises in store. A few more snow showers should soften things up, but we aren't expected too much in the way of significant snowfall. The good news is that there are few if any icy patches, making for great carving weather.   Read more ...

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