Snow and weather reports posted on Thursday 5th December 2019

Madarao Now!

Wednesday 19th February 2014, 7:47am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: 260cm
An early report from me this morning and more snow to report. 5-10cm apparently on the mountain and I can vouch for around 5cm of that here.

Visibility getting a bit better this morning. I did say yesterday that we were expecting clearer conditions today. Well, for now I can't say that has happened as it is still snowing lightly with limited visibility. The forecasts do still seem to indicate a clearing up due today though.

Not a whole lot of snow on the forecast either for the coming week or so, but we have had some decent snowfall now and so there's lots to play in.


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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Yuzawa Now!

Wednesday 19th February 2014, 8:01am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: 260cm
Snow on and off for most of the day yesterday along with some blowy winds making it feel colder than it actually was. There was one point around lunchtime when a bit of blue sky appeared but it was soon covered up by the next clouds moving in.

Just around 5cm to report this morning with resorts reporting up to 10cm (Kagura) early on.

It is still snowing at the moment but in the last half hour or so visibility has improved a bit and the forecast is mostly for cloudy conditions today so I wouldn't expect much snow today.

After being at least part closed the last few days, Kagura is fully open this morning - so there should be some great powder to track up there this morning.

Currently -3C in Yuzawa.

Cloud or clear conditions probably tomorrow.


Official resort snow depths @ Wednesday 19th February 2014, AM:
Some resorts not updated for the day yet
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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Niseko Now!

Wednesday 19th February 2014, 8:03am
Weather conditions: Mostly cloudy
New snowfall: 8cm
Snow depth: 185cm
Just under 10cm of fresh snow this morning since yesterday here in the Hirafu area, though I notice the Avalanche report below is saying 40cm in places over at Annupuri due to snowdrift.

Strong winds have not been very friendly the last few days, causing some very large lift lines at some of the lifts on the mountain again. I'm afraid it looks like the top lifts at Hirafu (Ace 4, King 3, King 4) are going to be affected again this morning and I don't yet have any updates from the other resorts at the time of writing. Please check before going is the best advice. Hirafu is expecting the strong winds to remain until evening today so hopefully we can stop talking about wind tomorrow.

Expect a mad rush situation once those lifts and gates get to re-open!

It's mostly cloudy this morning but thinning with a bit of blue sky just about visible in some places. Snow showers probably won't be too far away though over the next few days.


Niseko Avalanche Report

Niseko base 6am: -6C, 15cm of fresh snow with development of snowdrifts. Moiwa 800m: NNW16m/s, -9C, developing snowdrifts and poor visibility. Annupuri 1150m: gusty NNW20m/s, -11C, 40cm of new snow with snowdrift development. Hirafu 1000m: -10℃, 20cm of new snow with snowdrift development. Peak 1308m: N12.3m/s, -12.5℃. Coastal data: Benkei cape NNW11m/s, Kamui cape E4m/s, 3m waves, 1015hPa.

The isobars are starting to space out, but the wind remains strong above 800m. Cornices and snowdrifts are still developing. The snow in the trees is lighter nice blowers, however avalanche risk remains high in wind affected snowdrift/cornice slopes above 800m. Gate 2 & 3 will be kept closed. Other gates undecided. Please respect the ski patrol’s instructions and do not duck ropes to seek fresh tracks. One irresponsible track left under the rope will lead many others to do the same and increase the chances of accidents to occur.

Cracks are hidden under fresh snow, beware of falling into hidden-cracks. Falling headfirst can lead to suffocation or other critical situation. Be careful choosing your route. Do not traverse across slopes under cornices today. Ski/ride down the fall line. The storm will pick up again as the isobars narrow up again, beware of sudden weather changes.


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

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 375cm
Base - 175cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 360cm
Base - 215cm

Top - 330cm
Base - 210cm   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Wednesday 19th February 2014, 8:30am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 15cm
Snow depth: 240cm
Morning from Nozawa and it has continued snowing here on the mountain and down in the village.

Here's what the resort has logged since yesterday morning:

Yamabiko - 15cm
Uenotaira - 20cm
Hikage - 18cm
Nagasaka - 18cm
Karasawa - 15cm

Right now it is cloudy and light snow still falling with pretty poor visibility on all but the very lower slopes - can't see much of anything up on the top areas.

It's keeping good and cold and about -3 degrees at the moment. Top temperature up on Yamabiko of -10C as of 7:30am.

We're actually expecting just cloudy for the day - perhaps even clearing conditions.

Snow conditions on the mountain are really great at the moment and this last storm has really filled things in good and proper. I was up there yesterday and fidning lots of untouched, nice and deep - helped along not only by the large amount of snowfall since the weekend but also fewer people than usual because of the traffic situation. The people of Nozawa are certainly hoping that there's no more heavy snow in places where it doesn't matter preventing people getting here!

If all transport options are available, I would expect this coming weekend to be a big one with people wanting to come and play in the snow. In the meantime, we have a few days to enjoy it before the weekenders arrive!


Wednesday 19th February 2014:

Official snow depths:
Yamabiko - 370cm
Uenotaira - 300cm
Hikage - 240cm
Nagasaka - 230cm
Karasawa - 180cm

Weekday operations - all lifts operating except:
Yunomine pair
Mizunashi triple
Challange pair
Utopia pair
Hikage No2 pair B

All courses open except:
Grand Prix
Kandahar West
Kandahar East
Tanuki   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Wednesday 19th February 2014, 8:44am
Weather conditions: Cloudy, some clearings
New snowfall: 1cm
Snow depth: 180cm
Light snow on and off during the day yesterday. We even got some clearings in the clouds from time to time in the middle of the day and some brief appearances by the sun, but come evening the snow was falling again. It didn't amount to much in terms of new snowfall though with just a few cm being reported from across the resorts - most coming in from Cortina with up to 5cm.

This morning while there is still a lot of cloud around, there's some blue sky too and sunlight shining down on slopes here and there. Feels like it might clear up and be a fine day here, and any light snow that might be falling at higher elevations will probably stop fairly soon. Tomorrow is forecast to be similarly cloud/sun.

Actually there's more clearer conditions lined up on the forecasts than there is snow for the coming week, so we'll get to see the mountains again.

Clearer conditions of course don't mean that avalanche risk disappears along with the clouds. Take care out there and enjoy the current snow conditions.


Official snow depth numbers and operations (as of 19th February 2014):

Hakuba Goryu:
Reporting 2cm of new snowfall at Iimori, 0cm at Toomi and 3cm up top.
Upper - 290cm
Toomi - 180cm
Iimori - 160cm

Hakuba 47:
Reporting 2cm of new snowfall
Upper - 270cm
Lower - 110cm

Usagidaira - 270cm
Nakiyama - 110cm
Sakka - 120cm

Hakuba Iwatake:
Upper - 220cm
Lower - 95cm

Tsugaike Kogen:
Tsuganomori - 350cm
Maruyama - 140cm
Kanenonaruoka - 190cm

Hakuba Cortina:
Reporting 5cm of new snowfall.
Upper - 315cm
Lower - 222cm

Hakuba Minekata:
130cm   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Wednesday 19th February 2014, 9:01am
Weather conditions: Mosly cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 260cm
Good morning, it's cloudy here this morning though quite bright and visibility better than it has been.

Calm too, so we seem to have shaken off that wind for the moment! The resort appears to be open as planned today - they got the Kurohime lifts moving again!

No snow forecast for maybe the next few days and we may see the sun, though it should be remaining cold.

At the moment it is -6C degrees in the village.


Official snow depths (19th February 14):
Utopia: 310cm
Chuo: 260cm
Paradise: 300cm
Uwanodai: 180cm   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Wednesday 19th February 2014, 9:15am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 10cm
Snow depth: 180cm
Yes, it is snowing still.

Again as I write my report it's coming down quite impressively here in the Maruike part of Shiga Kogen. Not a huge amount since yesterday, perhaps 10cm or so, and while the forecasts told us to expect the snow clouds to have stopped doing their thing this morning, it doesn't look like quitting just yet. Not as windy as it has been at the moment though.

We are expecting clearer weather soon though.


Official snow depth data, as of Wednesday 19th February 2014):

Sun Valley:





Hoppo Bundaira:

Takamagahara Mammoth:


Ichinose Family:


Ichinose Diamond:


Okushiga Kogen:

Kumanoyu (skiers only):

200cm   Read more ...

Minakami Now!

Wednesday 19th February 2014, 10:12am
Weather conditions: Overcast
New snowfall: 10cm
Snow depth: 410cm
Light snow falling again in Minakami with 10cm of new snow from last night on the ground. It looks like a mainly cloudy afternoon with the sun forecast to make an appearance tomorrow after not being seen for nearly a week.

More light snow forecast for Friday with a cloudy Saturday and possible sunny Sunday. Finally a weekend to get up and enjoy all of the new snow!


410cm @ Tenjin
100m @ valley   Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Wednesday 19th February 2014, 11:03am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 10cm
Snow depth: 330cm
Gentle snow keeps on falling, and the winds have come down.

There's a bit of fog on the hill now and again, but the sun keeps trying to peak through - it may be sunny up high, in fact; just couldn't get that far up yet today.

Really nice conditions, in fact, for skiing. Not that much new snow, but there's plenty of fresh stuff out there to enjoy.


Official info:

Akakura Kanko:

Akakura Onsen:


Myoko Suginohara:

Seki Onsen:

Myoko Ski Park:

Myoko Kyukamura Runrun


Tangram Ski Circus
250cm    Read more ...

Furano Now!

Wednesday 19th February 2014, 14:13pm
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: 210cm
The strong winds have passed us by for now and it has continued to snow lightly since yesterday.

There has been 5cm of accumulation in the village but significantly more at higher elevations.

Visibility is good with some light cloud rolling down from the tops.


Operating lifts:
Kitanomine Gondola 9:00am-3:50pm
Kitanomine high speed quad 8:30am-8:00pm
Kitanomine #2 chair 8:45am-3:50pm

Link Lift 9:00am-3:50pm

Furano Ropeway 8:30am-3:50pm
Furano Downhill Swift Lift #1 9:00am-8:00pm
Downhill Romance #2 chair 8:45am-3:50pm
Downhill Romance #3 chair 9:00am-3:50pm
Prince Romance 8:30am - 4:00pm

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SnowJapan Daily 'Now' reports

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05th Dec, 17:25pm
Furano Now
05th Dec, 9:50am
Naeba Now
05th Dec, 9:43
Zao Now
05th Dec, 9:34
Shiga Kogen Now
05th Dec, 9:05
Appi Kogen Now
05th Dec, 8:29
Nozawa Onsen Now
05th Dec, 8:23
Geto Kogen Now
05th Dec, 8:22
Aizu Bandai Now
05th Dec, 8:15
Yuzawa Now
05th Dec, 8:14
Niseko Now
05th Dec, 8:03am
Grandeco Now
04th Dec, 17:38am
Madarao Now
04th Dec, 9:09
Minakami Now
01st Dec, 13:47
Myoko Now
30th Nov, 11:01am