Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 6th May 2019

Naeba Now!

Sunday 17th March 2013, 8:39am
Weather conditions: Sunny and clear
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 300cm
Another nice start to the day.

Actually yesterday we got clouded over on and rain in places as well. None of the snow up top we were told might happen, but I don't think any of us really actually believed that anyway! Well a very slight dusting I am told but I can't see evidence of that.

So another sunny start to the day.

It's +1 degrees here at Naeba base, and apparently -7 up top. Just a light wind.

Tomorrow is more cloudy and rain is looking likely.


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

Niseko Now!

Sunday 17th March 2013, 8:52am
Weather conditions: Fine, some cloud
New snowfall: 2cm
Snow depth: 510cm
Ah a clear Sunday morning. As good as it is to have snow falling most days, it's really nice to have clearer days every now and again. And it's a lovely morning here in the Niseko area and we can actually see the mountains. Cloud still around but they are just looking good rather than threatening snow or even worse rain.

Yotei is looking good at the moment with a plume of cloud coming up off the top - it almost looks like it's doing it's 'volcano thing'! Luckily it isn't, it's just a cloud. Don't worry. :)

It has quickly warmed up from the -4C I saw on the thermometer earlier on when I got up to hovering around 0 degrees as I write this report and I would expect it to continue to rise.

A few cm of fresh snow on the ground to report earlier on.

For now not much of a wind here in the Hanazono area (where I'm reporting from this morning), but I see that Annupuri in particular is reporting stronger winds this morning and winds are indeed expected to get stronger as we approach the middle of the day.

At the moment just the top lift at Annupuri (Jumbo 4) seems to be affected, but we might expect more to be later on. Time to get an early start to the day I think!

Tomorrow is set to get a bit warmer still and it's looking like rain is expected. A return to colder conditions and snowfall around mid-week though...


Official Resort Snow Depths

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

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 400cm
Bottom - 240cm

Niseko Village
Top - 470cm
Bottom - 235cm

Avalanche Information:

Niseko base 6am: -5C, 2cm new snow, sunny. Moiwa 800m: -8C, wind NW 10m/s, 3cm new snow, snow drift development. Annupuri peak: -12.8C, expected wind speed at noon: SW20m/s. Coastal data: wind WNW20m/s, 2.3m waves, pressure 1016hPa.
Westerly wind of 14m/s has caused significant snow drift growth. Above 800m, leeward slopes, knolls and cornice slopes, avalanche risk is HIGH this morning. Although there has not been much new snow an avalanche can happen anytime if conditions are right.

Peak gates are expected to open at 9.30am. Please listen to the ski patrols advice before passing through the gates. As the day progresses the wind is expected to increase as warm air flows in. Take note of slab development on leeward and steep slopes.

Avoid riding alone, rescue may not arrive if no one knows what happened to you. Please carry beacon, probe, shovel. However don't overestimate your equipment, careful route planning, knowledge and experience are your best assets to avoid accidents in the first place.

Never enter strictly off limits areas, Haru No Taki or Yu no Sawa. With spring comes the increased risk of large avalanches. Don't ride in the valley bottoms of Back Bowl or Osawa. Take care.   Read more ...

Minakami Now!

Sunday 17th March 2013, 8:53am
Weather conditions: Blue skies
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 355cm
Good Morning from Minakami.

The sun is shining down once again and it looks like there's some fresh spring heavy snow (around 15 cm) at Tenjindaira from the official report this morning. Another day with fine spring ski conditions on the slopes.

Definitely spring has arrived in Minakami! The forecast says warm weather for all the week ahead with rain likely tomorrow.

   Read more ...

Madarao Now!

Sunday 17th March 2013, 8:56am
Weather conditions: Sunny blue skies
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 205cm
Oh dear, I don't know what to say this morning... more of the same (again!) as spring grabs hold of March tightly.

A nice chilly morning though. Lets hope it doesn't cloud over like it did yesterday - and no rain please!

Tomorrow is probably going to be a more cloudy affair, and rain is very likely tomorrow later in the day. Hopefully that won't last too long.

So, a lovely Sunday morning. Spring skiing and snowboarding. Marvellous.

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 ...

Hakuba Now!

Sunday 17th March 2013, 9:13am
Weather conditions: Clear
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 260cm
Those clear blue skies didn't last the full day yesterday. It was still lovely and clear at lunchtime, rising to about 10 degrees, but then quite quickly clouds moved in mid afternoon, it got colder, and we even got a bit of snow falling on the mountain. Hurray! (Rain lower down. Booo!)

Didn't really amount to any new numbers to report though, more a thin dusting. Oh actually Hakuba 47 reporting 1cm.

Wind messed around with some lifts as well yesterday. Not good on any day of course, but very disappointing to all of those coming for the weekend.

The clouds have cleared up again this morning and we have another spring morning of clear blue sky. It was -4 degrees when I got up around 6am and now around +2c.

Tomorrow looks like rain, it's going to be a wet one if all the forecasts are correct and with the freezing level rising to over 3000m it'll be raining on the mountains too. We can just hope that damage is limited, with clearer conditions forecast for Tuesday.


Official snow depths and operations @ Sunday 17th 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:
1cm of new snowfall reported by Hakuba 47 since yesterday.
Official snow depth:
Upper - 190cm
Lower - 95cm

Official snow depth:
Usagidaira - 245cm
Nakiyama/Shirakaba - 60cm
Sakka - 60cm

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 - 185cm

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

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

Zao Now!

Sunday 17th March 2013, 9:31am
Weather conditions: Bluebird
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 270cm
Yesterday was a fine day in Zao and this morning we have another clear start to the day - this time without any clouds at all. It's somewhat colder as well this morning to start with but no doubt will warm up. Icy conditions out early but will soften up quickly.

So, fine spring Sunday!

The resort have announced their plans for the remainder of the season. As things stand the top area of Zao plans to be open until Monday 6th May, but many lifts will close before then. Here's the latest.

The following lifts will run through until 24th March:

Onsen Number 3 Parallel A and B
Onsen Zao Kokutai Pair
Ryuzan Pair
Karamatsu Pair
Paradise Number 3 Pair
Kurihime Number 2 Quad

The following lifts will run through until 31st March:

Onsen Number 4 Quad
Sunrise Pair AB
Nakamori Number 1 Triple
Nakamori Number 2 Pair
Diamond Number 1 Pair
Diamond Number 2 Pair
Oomori quad
Yokokura Number 2 Pair
Astraea Number 1 Pair
Astraea Number 2 Pair
Astraea Number 3 Pair

The following lifts plan to be open through until 6th May:

All the Ropeways
Chuo Number 1 Pair AB (every day)
Chuo Number 2 Pair AB (every day until 14th April, then 20th/21st April and 27th April until 6th May)
Katakai Triple (every day until 14th April, then 20th/21st April, 27th-29th April, 3rd-6th May)
Paradise Pair AB (every day until 14th April, then 20th/21st April and 27th April until 6th May)

The Yokokura Number 1 Pair AB will remain open as long as there's enough snow.

Official snow depths

Chuo Area



130cm   Read more ...

Yuzawa Now!

Sunday 17th March 2013, 9:38am
Weather conditions: Clear and sunny, getting overcast
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 190cm
The forecast was pretty much right.

Clouds arrived yesterday in the afternoon after that clear start, and by evening it was raining and there was some strong noisy wind blowing about outside. Quite hard at times. No new snow to report - dustings up top though I hear - and I am glad to say that the drama from the last part of yesterday has cleared up and we start today with more sunny, blue skies.

Tomorrow will be more cloudy and a good chance of rain later in the day.

It's the last day for nighta at Ishiuchi Maruyama. That resort also intends to be open (daytimes) until Sunday 7th April.

We'll bring you the planned closing dates of resorts soon....

Official resort snow depths @ Sunday 17th 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 ...

Myoko Now!

Sunday 17th March 2013, 9:41am
Weather conditions: Clear
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 280cm
Sunday is starting out better than we originally expected; after two warm, sunny days, it suddenly got cold late yesterday afternoon, with a bit of light snow in the early evening.

It's back to the sun again today, and looks like it will be warm again (the early reports are all over on temperatures; the positive numbers are probably the later reports).

A good day to get out; the next few days are likely to be rainy.


Operations and official snow depths

Akakura Kanko (Akakan)
280cm, 3C

Akakura Onsen
285cm, -2C

220cm, -2C

200cm, -1C

Seki Onsen
500cm, -1C

320cm, 2C

Myoko Ski Park
295cm, 2C

195cm, -3C

210cm, -5C   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Sunday 17th March 2013, 9:54am
Weather conditions: Blue skies
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 150cm
I wasn't hear for most of yesterday after I posted the report but I heard things deteriorated. We're back to the sun and clear conditions this morning though and similar to what we had yesterday morning.

Still looking likely that it will be rain for us tomorrow though unfortunately. Perhaps with strong winds as well...

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

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

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

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Sunday 17th March 2013, 12:20pm
Weather conditions: Clear but hazy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 320cm
We have another clear bluebird day in Nozawa Onsen. Visibility above 1400 meters is outstanding, but a strong inversion layer has trapped haze in the valleys limiting long range views. Overnight snowfalls did not eventuate, with only a dusting received on the upper slopes.

Riding conditions this morning were firm and fast, but surprisingly, not that icy. As the temperature warmed during the morning the snow correspondingly softened and at the moment we have slushy spring snow throughout. Snow conditions will be similar across the mountain with lowers slopes being more slushy and slower than the upper slopes.

Yesterday was another good spring day. We had firm and fast conditions during the morning which softened as the day drew on. The late afternoon saw a dramatic front pass through leading to increased wind speeds and rain.

At the moment the forecast looks poor. We expect strong winds and rain tomorrow. Tuesday should see lighter winds but passing showers are likely to continue. Wednesday looks to have similar conditions. Further ahead we should see some improvements with a cool front Wednesday night that may produce some snow. Temperatures will remain cold into Thursday.


Lifts operating:
All lifts operating

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

Official snow depths




90cm   Read more ...

Furano Now!

Sunday 17th March 2013, 13:39pm
Weather conditions: Partly cloudy
New snowfall: 10cm
Snow depth: 190cm
It's shaping up to be a beautiful day out there today, with plenty of sun making its way through those clouds, bringing along with it more then enough Spring-like temperatures. It looks like we are poised to break the freezing mark today with a forecast high around 3 above. Lingering cloud cover may look threatening, but it doesn't look like we will be seeing too much in the way of appreciable precipitation on this fine Sunday.

We got about 15cm of snow yesterday, and there is still some of that to be had up on the slopes. Tomorrow looks like it's going to continue the warming trend, with rain in the forecast for later in the day. If you're going to get out there and take advantage of great March skiing, it looks like today is your day to do it.   Read more ...

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30th Sep, 8:24am
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07th Jun, 10:08am
Furano Now
08th May, 8:47am
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06th May, 8:16
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06th May, 8:13am
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