Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 6th May 2019

Yuzawa Now!

Wednesday 19th March 2014, 8:20am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 195cm
Rain is what we got yesterday afternoon and night and quite heavy it was at times as well. Won't have done the snow any favours that's for sure. It might have been sort of snow like higher up overnight, but none of the resorts around town are reporting any new cm of snow this morning.

It's not raining now and just cloudy conditions, and actually not as warm as it was yesterday. Around +2C just now. The forecast for today is cloud and maybe some clearer conditions a bit later on.

Tomorrow? Sleet/rain followed by snow seems to be the forecast and we are still holding out on some fresh snowfall into Friday. It's all borderline at the moment though so it could go either way.


Official resort snow depths @ Wednesday 19th 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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Hakuba Now!

Wednesday 19th March 2014, 8:30am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 125cm
Yesterday was... best forgotten! Lots of rain, wet conditions, poor visibility. Temperatures dipped down to around freezing here in the village overnight and so this morning there's some hard and crusty conditions out there but it will probably soon soften up leaving us with sugary like snow conditions, especially on lower slopes.

This morning it's just cloudy with a high of around 7 degrees on the forecast.

I'm still seeing snow forecast for tomorrow, but different ideas on how much we might get and whether we'll get rain again before we get this supposed snowfall. Well, I'm prepared to be hopeful for a good new layer of fresh snow. Cross those fingers.

In resort news, it seems that the All Japan Freestyle ski senshuken taikai 'Moguls' will be held at Hakuba 47 between Wednesday 26th March and Friday 28th March. A good chance to see local Olympian Aiko Uemura amongst others and marvel at how those heros deal with those bumps! Worth noting that from Friday 21st until Friday 28th, the Route 3 course will be closed for the event and preparations.


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

Hakuba Goryu:
Reporting 0cm of new snowfall at Toomi and Iimori; 1cm up top.
Upper - 250cm
Toomi - 125cm
Iimori - 80cm

Hakuba 47:
Reporting 0cm of new snowfall.
Upper - 200cm
Lower - 40cm

Reporting 0cm of new snowfall.
Usagidaira - 205cm
Nakiyama - 60cm
Sakka - 60cm

Hakuba Iwatake:
Upper - 190cm
Lower - 40cm

Tsugaike Kogen:
Tsuganomori - 292cm
Maruyama - 95cm
Kanenonaruoka - 150cm

Hakuba Cortina:
Reporting 0cm of new snowfall.
Upper - 290cm
Lower - 175cm

Hakuba Minekata:
Now closed for the season   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Wednesday 19th March 2014, 8:51am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 2cm
Snow depth: 185cm
Yesterday I said in the report that we were expecting rain/sleet later in the day. We got that, and more. Changeable conditions with heavy rain, sleet and snow and some strong winds added in for good measure. So no, not the best day of the season!

This morning there's a few cm of rather heavy and wet snow. A cloudy start to the day with some breaks in the cloud and blue sky in places, and a temperature of 1 degree as I write this, so not as mild as it was yesterday morning. There's still a wind about but doesn't seem to be affecting lift operations though it does look like a few lifts at Grand Hirafu are a bit delayed due to some kind of maintenance.

Doesn't look like there's any significant snowfall on the forecasts, just a bit here and there perhaps - later on tomorrow and Saturday.


Niseko Avalanche Report

Niseko base 6am: -4C, 5cm of wet snow in 12 hours and 5cm of crystal snow since dawn, development of snowdrifts. Moiwa peak: n/a. Annupuri 1150m: mild wind, -9C, development of unstable snowdrifts, snowpack 340cm. Hirafu 1000m: calm, -7C. Peak 1308m: no data, N23.3m/s at 11pm, -9.2C. Coastal data: no data available.

Snow and wind stayed strong overnight due to strong airflow from the approaching High pressure system to the eastbound Low. Snowdrifts have developed drastically in lee-slopes and the avalanche risk is high. Heavily developed snowdrifts are extremely unstable during and immediately after storms. They collapse irrelevantly to layer compositions and can cause larger surface slab slides. The wind has calmed down as the isobars started to space out, however the snowpack stabilization will be delayed notably above 1000m. Gates 2 & 3 will be closed and others are yet to be determined. Please respect the ski patrol’s decisions. The snow in the trees has been mostly reset and good snow can be found. The avalanche hazard in surrounding mountains varies from areas, but one general rule is that the stabilization is slower in higher altitude. Conditions should be very unstable in Mt Yotei Makkari face’s “Terrace valley” above 1200m. Hardpack patches are present in the morning. Beware of falling, slipdrops, cracks and hitting trees. Prudence is key to avoid accidents.


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

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 395cm
Base - 185cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 390cm
Base - 190cm

Top - 380cm
Base - 200cm   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Wednesday 19th March 2014, 9:00am
Weather conditions: Cloud, some blue sky
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 165cm
It all got rather wet yesterday, so quickly moving onto this morning and it's a mix of cloud, some blue sky and some sun. Colder than yesterday but still in positive numbers on the lower half of the mountain. The resort reports a temperature of -4 degrees on the top Yamabiko area as of 7:30am.

How's that snow forecast shaping up then this morning? Still down for snow tomorrow and Friday. How much snow? I wish I knew. Might be mixed up with rain tomorrow at first but turning into snow and colder conditions are due on Friday. After that, from the weekend sunny conditions are expected so all eyes on the next few days.


Wednesday 19th March 2014:

Official snow depths:
Yamabiko - 330cm
Uenotaira - 260cm
Hikage - 165cm
Nagasaka - 150cm
Karasawa - 100cm

Weekday operations - all lifts operating except:
Yunomine pair
Mizunashi triple
Challenge pair
Utopia pair
Hikage number 2 pair B

All courses open except:
Grand Prix
Kandahar West
Kandahar East
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Shiga Kogen Now!

Wednesday 19th March 2014, 9:23am
Weather conditions: Cloud, some clear sky
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 170cm
I'm glad to say that we have recovered from the poor conditions experienced yesterday. The less said about the wet rain the better!

It's colder this morning and we have clearer skies. Thin cloud, some blue sky and the sun trying it's best to shine through as I sit here writing this. The roads are dry for the moment.

I'm looking at the updated forecast again and it's still telling me that it will be snowing tomorrow and Friday. I hope it's right!


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

Sun Valley:





Hoppo Bundaira:

Takamagahara Mammoth:


Ichinose Family:


Ichinose Diamond:


Okushiga Kogen:

Kumanoyu (skiers only):

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Furano Now!

Wednesday 19th March 2014, 9:27am
Weather conditions: Sunny
New snowfall: 7cm
Snow depth: 190cm
As predicted a snow front arrived yesterday afternoon and delivered 8cm of snow at village level.

Today is sunny and the morning has started off with some cold wintery temperatures with -6c recorded at the top of the resort. Due to the new snow the skiing will be good with nice smooth groomers and fresh snow for those wanting to get in some late season fresh tracks on the off-piste.

Tomorrow looks like it will be more of the same weather wise.


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 9:00am-4:00pm
Prince Romance 8:30am - 4:00pm
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Zao Now!

Wednesday 19th March 2014, 9:30am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 260cm
I mentioned the chance of rain yesterday, and we didn't escape.

It's colder this morning though and just cloudy. Still eyeing up some snow on the forecast over the next few days...


Zao has released information on when each part of the resort intends to be open until the end of the season. It's all a bit complicated to be honest! But basically - if all goes well - parts of Chuo, Utopia and Paradise hope to be open for skiing/boarding until Tuesday 6th May.

A number of lifts will be finishing up for the season this coming Sunday, some opening again just the following weekend and then closing for the season on 31st March. What remains open after then is as follows, I think I have got most of the details in here. Some of them are also tagged as 'depending on the snow', so it might change.

Until 6th April:
Onsen Number 1 Pair
Onsen Number 1 Quad
Nakamoro Number 1 Triple
Mikaeri Pair

Sometime in April:
Yokokura Number 1 Pair
Kurohime Number 1 Quad

Until 6th May:
Ropeways and Gondolas (open through the year)
Chuo Number 1 Pair AB
Chuo Number 2 Pair AB (every day until 14th April, then holidays)
Katakai Triple (every day until 14th April, then holidays)
Paradise Pair AB
Utopia Number 2 Pair


Official snow depths (18th March 14):
Utopia: 300cm
Chuo: 260cm
Paradise: 290cm
Uwanodai: 180cm   Read more ...

Madarao Now!

Wednesday 19th March 2014, 9:30am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 210cm
Rain is what we got yesterday as did most areas it would seem, but this morning it is just cloudy. The top part of the mountain is covered in cloud actually ight now, but it's not raining/snowing.

Rain tomorrow to be followed by some decent snowfall on Friday? Trying not to get hopes up too high, but would make a great start to the long weekend that's coming up.


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.

Last nighta of the season - 21st and 22nd March.   Read more ...

Minakami Now!

Wednesday 19th March 2014, 9:45am
Weather conditions: Sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 400cm
Rain fell last night melting a lot of snow. The sun is out today with a forecast high of 7 deg C. Tomorrow the temps drop back down and it looks like some snow may fall, possibly sleet at the lower resorts. Friday is looking like more snow.

The weekend is forecast to be sunny with temps around 6-7 deg C. The morning snow conditions should be nice but turning to spring snow by midday.


400cm @ Tenjin
70m @ valley   Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Wednesday 19th March 2014, 13:01pm
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 280cm
The rain finally left up sometime in the night, so there was a very faint dusting of snow on things early in the morning.

Yesterday was, well, miserable.

It rained really, really hard - a good day for soaking my firewood and the ski instructors who had no choice but to handle the big school groups. Me sat inside and watched the snow melt...

Looks like we might get snow again, though, just in time to go over some of the year-end information. I'll be adding the closing dates below as we find out more. I want to congratulate Akakan for not only being good with getting news out, but optimistic about spring. As long as there's snow, they're staying open... probably true for Seki, too; I have just have to dig through releases and websites: results below).


Official info:

Akakura Kanko:
Spring operations: The Myoko Kogen Sky Cable gondola and hotel No. 3 lift will stay open from March 24 until May 6, or whenever the snow runs out. Spring rates from March 24 are adults ¥2,500, junior high students and seniors ¥2,000, kids ¥1,500.

Akakura Onsen:
Appears from their website that they're open until Sunday 30th March.

Planning to stay open until Sunday 6th April.

Myoko Suginohara:
Last day Sunday 23rd March.

Seki Onsen:
Says it hopes to stay open until mid-May - at least for Golden Week, snow allowing.

Myoko Ski Park:
Open until Sunday 6th April.

Myoko Kyukamura Runrun
Closing Monday 31st March.


Tangram Ski Circus
Running the No. 3 lift only from March 31 until April 6.   Read more ...

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