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Yuzawa Now!

Monday 1st February 2016, 8:05am
Weather conditions: Snow clouds
New snowfall: 3cm
Snow depth: 105cm
Good morning from Yuzawa, first day of February already!

Yesterday the snow did finish up and leave us with some clearer skies and sunshine in the afternoon.

This morning it is snowing and there's 3cm fresh on the ground. Early on Kagura are reporting 3-5cm and Maiko are reporting 5cm. Not a massive amount, but it is still snowing now - though not expected to last beyond this morning.

It is currently -1C and it shouldn't warm up too much during the day today.

Light snow from time to time today and tomorrow as well, some forecasts saying there's a decent chance of the sun making an appearance mid-week - and then a return to some fresh snowfall on Friday.

What will February bring us this season. More of the same, or a sustained blast of full-on winter?

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As promised I'm going to bring you some numbers from the season. To start with today, it'll be our own numbers that we have observed here in town.

A few people have been asking about the snowfall in Yuzawa this season and how it compares with previous seasons. Some didn't know about all of the archives that we have here on SnowJapan - there are archive reports going as far back as 2002 on the site. It's interesting to take a look back and see how the reports have evolved and improved over the years. (Those of you viewing the reports on the mobile site will need to go over to the main website to get all of the arhives and full details).

But just to demonstrate how 'not normal' this season is, last season at the end of January I had observed 979cm of snowfall. This season so far, observing from the same place, that number stands at 235cm; essentially less than 1/4 of the amount from the same point last season.

Last year was definitely 'special' (the previous season the number at the end of January was 433cm), and there's bound to be more snow falling higher on the mountains than here in town, but it's still a pretty startling comparison. And that is perhaps why it's such a talking point - because we are so used to getting huge amounts of snow in this region.

Still, it is important to note that resorts are open and actually have decent snow cover - it's not as if they we have bare mountains like in some places.

January 2016: 143cm
January 2015: 420cm
January 2014: 297cm

15/16 season up until the end of January 2016: 235cm
14/15 season up until the end of January 2015: 979cm
13/14 season up until the end of January 2014: 433cm

Remember those numbers are all observed here at base level, not up on the mountain. And they are taken from the same place in each of those seasons, by ourselves.

Tomorrow, I'll introduce some other statistics that come directly from Niigata Prefecture about official snowfall records in Yuzawa town.

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Resort official snow depths (Monday 1st February 2016) and any specific news at time of writing:

All resorts in the area are either mostly or fully open.

Resorts in Yuzawa:

GALA Yuzawa
170cm

Ishiuchi Maruyama
120cm

Iwappara
105cm

Joetsu Kokusai
140cm

Kagura
140cm (Mitsumata)
170cm (Tashiro)
200cm (Kagura)

Kandatsu Kogen
110-160cm

Maiko Snow Resort
160cm (upper)
60cm (lower)

Muikamachi Hakkaisan
150cm

Naeba
110cm

NASPA Ski Garden
105cm

Yuzawa Kogen
140cm

Yuzawa Nakazato
85cm

Yuzawa Park
85cm

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'Nighta' (floodlit night operations)

Details of the 'nighta' operations at ski and snowboards resorts around Yuzawa and Minamiuonuma.

Ishiuchi Maruyama
Open daily until 8:50pm (until 20th March).
The Chuo No 1 and Chuo No 2 lifts are open daily.
The Kanko No 1, Kanko No 2, Kanko No 3, Hatsukaishi Entrance lift, Hatsukaishi No 2 pair lifts are open on weekends and holidays.
The basic charge is 2000 yen but various tickets are available.

Iwappara
Open daily until 9pm on Saturdays and until 8pm on weekdays and Sundays (until 21st March).
The charge is 1500 yen for adults and 1000 yen for children and seniors.

Joetsu Kokusai
Open daily until 9pm (until 21st March).
The charge is 1500 yen for adults and 1000 yen for children and seniors.
On weekdays the area in front of the main hotel is open - a larger area (including Osawa and Atema) is open on weekends.

Kandatsu Kogen
Open from 6pm until 4am on Fridays, Saturdays and evenings before holidays through 26th March.
Open from 4:30pm until 11pm on weekdays until 24th March.
Various tickets are available starting at 2000 yen for adults, 1700 yen for seniors and 1000 yen for children.

Maiko Snow Resort
Open daily with the Maiko Center quad lift operating from 4pm until 8pm.
The charge is 500 yen for everyone.

Naeba
Open daily until 27th March.
From 4pm until 8:30pm on weekdays and Sundays (2000 yen); until 9pm every Saturday and on 20th March (3000 yen).
'All Night' opening is planned for Saturday 26th March when Naeba will be open from 10pm until 5am.

NASPA Ski Garden
Extended opening until 6pm (Number 1 lift) on Saturdays until 27th February.
There is no special ticket available just for the extended time.

Yuzawa Nakazato
Open on Saturdays from 5pm until 8:30pm (until 12th March).
Tickets are 1500 yen for adults and 1000 yen for children and seniors.

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List of ski resorts in Yuzawa town
List of ski resorts in Minamiuonuma City

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Iwappara 6 day snow and weather forecast
NASPA Ski Garden 6 day snow and weather forecast
Kagura 6 day snow and weather forecast   Read more ...
 

Niseko Now!

Monday 1st February 2016, 8:34am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 12cm
Snow depth: 140cm
Good morning to you and this morning I have another 12cm of fresh snowfall overnight to report which makes for a decent start to February.

The last day of January saw some nice blue skies in the morning with clouds moving in and then some fresh snow falling. Snowfall overnight is the kind I like best - fill in the tracks... reset the mountain... nice. (Just one thing, bring us 20+cm each night, ok?)

Actually, I see that the Avalanche Report is reporting 20+cm on the mountain. So all is good.

It is another very cold morning here, but I doubt that will put people off wanting to get up for early tracks and enjoy the conditions. Snow continues to fall and I expect visibility to be somewhat limited in places at the moment but once again the snow is expected to stop and leave us with a cloudy day; perhaps even a bit of blue sky again? The Hanazono webcam is showing hints of that just now...

The Early Morning lift service at Niseko Grand Hirafu has now finished for the season. It sounds a bit odd thinking about things already finishing up for the season, but then we can remember that lifts and runs are scheduled to be open until early May. So like I mentioned yesterday, we have over 3 months to go!

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So here we are in February 2016 already and it's time for my monthly look back - and forward - to see where we stand this season.

First of all, here are my observed snowfall numbers. As always, recorded here near Hirafu base:

Observed snowfall during January 2016: 303cm
Observed snowfall during January 2015: 257cm
Observed snowfall during January 2014: 461cm

Total observed snowfall for the 15/16 season up until end January 2016: 611cm
Total observed snowfall for the 14/15 season up until end January 2015: 806cm
Total observed snowfall for the 13/14 season up until end January 2014: 859cm

So I observed nearly 50cm more snowfall during January 2016 than I did in January 2015, but it was still over 1.5m less than in January 2014.
Looking at the season as a whole, we are still 2-2.5m behind the previous two seasons - the main reason this time round of course being the late/poor start to the season.

How will February shape up? Here's what I observed last season and the one before:

February 2015: 196cm
February 2014: 178cm

I always like to emphasise this so forgive me for repeating it. More snow falls higher up on the mountain than does here at base. The popular thinking is that there's probably up to/around 1.5 times the amount up there. It would of course be ideal to be able to report a number from there as well, but unfortunately it's just not possible to do that every morning...

Let's also take a look at the official snowfall numbers that are published by the Japan Meteorological Agency. These numbers are taken from their point in Kutchan town which is a bit lower than here at Hirafu base, so you would expect them to be less than the snow that I observe myself.

January 2016: 246cm
January 2015: 230cm
January 2014: 317cm
January 2013: 268cm
January 2012: 290cm
January 2011: 420cm
January 2010: 331cm
January 2009: 286cm
January 2008: 336cm

15/16 season so far at end of January 2016: 476cm
14/15 season so far at end of January 2015: 658cm
13/14 season so far at end of January 2014: 674cm
12/13 season so far at end of January 2013: 672cm
11/12 season so far at end of January 2012: 721cm
10/11 season so far at end of January 2011: 668cm
09/10 season so far at end of January 2010: 680cm
08/09 season so far at end of January 2009: 612cm
07/08 season so far at end of January 2009: 621cm

It is a 'danto' (mild winter) season for most of Japan this time around. Lots of popular ski regions - mostly on the main island of Honshu - are this season getting much less snowfall than they usually enjoy. Take a look at the Yuzawa Now report today and tomorrow for some similar 'analysis' of what is going on down there. Last season the Yuzawa Now reports recorded over 13m of snowfall, which was actually over 1.5m more than I observed for these Niseko Now reports!

Happily for us up here in Hokkaido, we have been doing well once the season got going and have enjoyed regular fresh snowfall for the most part. But still, for the season so far we also have been getting less snowfall than we usually get.

Let's hope that February brings with it some good numbers - not just for here in Niseko, but for all of the ski resort regions of Japan.

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Resort specific lift opening news at time of writing (subject to change during the day):

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Niseko HANAZONO Resort
Niseko Village
Niseko Annupuri
All resort areas appear to be opening as planned this morning

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6.00am: -10°C, 20cm new snow. Moiwa 800m: NE8m/s, 20cm new snow, snowdrift development. Mikaeri 740m: -12.9°C, WSW2.7m/s, 30cm new snow, snow drift development. Annupuri 1150m: -15°C, NW15m/s, 20cm new snow, snow drift development. Hirafu 1000m -16°C, 20cm new snow. Coastal data: Benkei Cape:NW13m/s. Kamui Cape WNW6m/s, 1019hPa, wave 1.3m.

Currently we under the influence of typical winter weather pattern. Light winds and snow continue, On upper sections of leeward slopes above 700m, there has been 40cm of snowdrift growth. Above 900m snowdrift growth has been faster, forming soft slabs likely to fracture on the Jan 30 layer. From observation and data, general avalanche risk is low, but risk can be higher depending on aspect and elevation. Avoid cornices and knolls. All gates are expected to be open. If you ignore Niseko Rules and enter Strictly Off Limits areas expect to be banned from all Niseko ski areas. For your own safety follow the rules. Once one person ducks the ropes, other follow, increasing risk of an accident. This cannot be tolerated. Snowfall is expected to continue. Take care falling into cracks when visibility is poor. It's cold today, beware frostbite. Have a good day.

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Official resort snow depths as of Monday 1st February 2016:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 325cm
Base - 140cm

Niseko Village
Top - 280cm
Base - 170cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 285cm
Base - 160cm

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Lifts planned to be open for night skiing:

Niseko Grand Hirafu:
Ace Family Pair lift, Ace Number 2 Center Four lift, Hirafu Gondola, Holiday Number 1 Pair lift
(There is no night skiing at the Hanazono area)

Niseko Village:
Community Chair and Banzai Chair

Niseko Annupuri:
Jumbo Number 1 Quad

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Niseko Grand Hirafu 6 day weather and snow forecast   Read more ...
 

Madarao Now!

Monday 1st February 2016, 8:42am
Weather conditions: Snow clouds overhead
New snowfall: 4cm
Snow depth: 135cm
Light snow falling from early this morning up here with about 4cm so far with hopefully more building up this morning.

Madarao Kogen is reporting 5cm of fresh as of 7am. The snow may continue this morning but will probably stop by this afternoon. After that it's still looking likely that the new snowfall to expect (more than sprinklings anyway) is on Friday. It should be keeping quite cold through the week though so conditions should be keeping pretty decent.

If you like a clear sunny day, Thursday is the day to target this week according to the forecasts.

February already, can you believe it? Time just goes too fast.

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Madarao Kogen 6 day snow and weather forecast

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Madarao Kogen lifts operating (planned at time of writing):

All lifts plan to be open today

Tangram Ski Circus lifts operating (planned at time of writing):

All lifts plan to be open today

Tree Run Courses at Madarao Kogen:

Open   Read more ...
 

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Monday 1st February 2016, 8:50am
Weather conditions: Snow clouds
New snowfall: 2cm
Snow depth: 75cm
Morning from Nozawa and the first day of February.

Light snow is falling this morning and just a couple of cm down at base with 5cm being reported by the resort on the top Yamabiko runs. The webcams show limited visibility on the upper parts of the mountain early on.

Snow showers on the forecast for most days over the coming week with the most potential for a decent amount of snow falling looking like it will be on Friday - before that it will probably just be light snow without that much in terms of new cm.

Still, it is keeping cold and should be so through the week.

Here's to a February that will bring lots of Nozawa-like snowfall.

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Official info at time of writing on Monday 1st February 2016 (subject to change):

Official snow depths:

Yamabiko: 155cm
Uenotaira: 125cm
Hikage: 75cm
Nagasaka: 65cm
Karasawa: 60cm

New snowfall as reported by the resort since yesterday:

Yamabiko: 5cm
Uenotaira: 3cm
Hikage: 2cm
Nagasaka: 2cm
Karasawa: 2cm

All weekday lifts planned to be operating. Lifts rested are:

- Yunomine pair
- Mizunashi triple
- Challenge pair
- Utopia pair
- Kandahar pair
- Hikage Number 2 pair B line

The following courses are not currently open:

- Paradise connection
- Challenge 39
- Grand Prix
- Hachiman
- Mukoubayashi
- Kandahar West
- Kandahar East

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Nozawa Onsen 6 day weather and snow forecast

Nozawa Onsen main resort data   Read more ...
 

Naeba Now!

Monday 1st February 2016, 9:04am
Weather conditions: Today has a thick cloud cover over the top half of the mountain, meaning that if you go up the Gondola today you'll be skiing inside the cloud.
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: 110cm
Good morning from Naeba everybody and a happy February to you all.

Today we've had another 5cm of snow overnight on top of yesterdays 5cm meaning that there's a decent amount of powder around on the slopes today. The snow is predicted to carry on all day although just a small amount. Nevertheless conditions should be good for riding all day today.

Weather for the coming week is unfortunately nothing too exciting. Just small amounts of snow predicted for every day although never more than a few centimeters every day.

Naeba 6-day snow and weather forecast   Read more ...
 

Hakuba Now!

Monday 1st February 2016, 9:07am
Weather conditions: Cloudy, gas
New snowfall: 4cm
Snow depth: 105cm
Morning from Hakuba and welcome to February.

Some more snow to report with up to 5cm at base levels and some resorts reporting 10-15cm higher up. It's on the wet side again though - down here at least - not the light and fluffy variety that we love best. Once again, a full investigation seems to be required by me going up and checking!

Snow was still falling earlier on when I first got up but seems to be clearing - here in the village anyway, it may well be still snowing higher up... a quick look at the webcams shows limited visibility out there in some areas right now. We're expecting conditions to clear up during the day today so I think visibility will improve as well.

It's a chilly -3C at 9am with the temperature probably rising to just around zero point during the day.

There's a decent chance of sun and clearer skies tomorrow and if you are looking for the next decent snowfall then the end of the week is probably when you should be here.

Let's see what February brings us!

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My apologies - in my report yesterday I left in some fresh snowfall for a few resorts from the previous day. My mistake - it was fixed up, but sorry if it caused any confusion. Will be sure that doesn't happen again.

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6 day forecast for Happo-one:

6 day snow and weather forecast for Happo-one

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Resort news as of 9:05am on Monday 1st February 2015 (where available, all subject to change due to weather conditions)

Hakuba 47:
Hakuba 47 is reporting 5cm of fresh snowfall across the mountain.
All courses are open.
Part of the Tree Riding Zone are open.
There is no 'nighta' at Hakuba 47.
Official snow depth:
Upper: 200cm
Base: 80cm

Hakuba Goryu:
Hakuba Goryu is reporting 5cm of fresh snowfall on lower areas and 10cm on upper areas.
All courses except Snow Diving are open.
The top Alps 2 and 4 lifts are rested on weekdays.
The Toomi area will be open until 9:30pm tonight for 'nighta'.
Official snow depth
Alps: 220cm
Toomi: 105cm
Iimori: 105cm

Hakuba Happo-one:
Happo-one is reporting 15cm of fresh snowfall.
All open (apart from the Kurobishi Off Piste Area).
Happo Banks Snow Park is now open.
The lower Nakiyama area plans to be open for 'nighta' every day until 9pm.
Official snow depth:
Usagidaira: 185cm
Nakiyama: 80cm
Sakka: 55cm

Hakuba Cortina:
Hakuba Cortina is reporting 1cm of fresh snowfall.
All courses are open except Giant.
The Ikenota area will be open for 'nighta' until 8pm tonight.
Official snow depth:
Top: 175cm
Base: 120cm

Tsugaike Kogen:
All course areas open.
Nighta at Kane-no-naru-oka on Saturday 6th, 13th February; at Karamatsu/Shirakaba on 13th/20th February and 5th/12th/19th March.
Note that the top Tsugaike Ropeway only opens from spring.
Official snow depth:
Tsuga-no-mori: 223cm
Maruyama: 90cm
Kane-no-naru-oka: 70cm

Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field:
Most of the Village Side is now open but parts of the Mountain Side not yet available (Dangan, Kamo4, East, View A, View B).
There is no 'nighta' at Hakuba Iwatake.
Official snow depth:
Upper: 140cm
Lower: 70cm

Hakuba Norikura Onsen:
All courses except Snake and Expert are now open.
There is no 'nighta' at Hakuba Iwatake.
Official snow depth:
100cm

Hakuba Sanosaka:
All of the courses are open.
There is no 'nighta' at Hakuba Sanosaka.
Official snow depth:
100cm   Read more ...
 

Grandeco Now!

Monday 1st February 2016, 9:10am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 3cm
Snow depth: 250cm
Good morning from Grandeco.

It is of course now February and that means we have... 98 days left to the season. Sounds good to me.

There has just been a light covering of fresh snow with around 3cm to report this morning.

Light wind at base here with a north westerly wind of around 7-8/sec at upper resort areas.

It is keeping nice and cold so the snow is being kept in good condition.

Back to weekdays again now after a busy weekend, so less people around. The forecast shows light snow over the next few days and perhaps a break and some sunshine mid week before we get back to snow falling in the lead up to next weekend.

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Lifts operating:

All lifts operating

Courses open:

All courses open

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Snow and weather forecast:

6 day snow and weather forecast for Grandeco
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Shiga Kogen Now!

Monday 1st February 2016, 9:21am
Weather conditions: Cloud, fog, gas
New snowfall: 2cm
Snow depth: 80cm
Light snow falling this morning here in Shiga Kogen. Again, it's wetter snow than we might hope for at the beginning of February, but we'll take it.

I love the phrase that Kumanoyu are using for their 5cm of fresh this morning 'puchi-powder'. Puchi usually translates as small/petite, or in this case I suppose 'a bit'. Kawaii!

Anyway, yes a bit of new snowfall on the slopes this morning. Light snow was falling here in the Maruike area just before, but has eased off now though I imagine that snow is still falling in parts of the region now. It's not expected to last though or not beyond this afternoon anyway.

Lots of cloud and 'gas' around so making visibility limited in some places.

It looks like there's a fair chance of some sunshine tomorrow and Wednesday and the next snowfall after today due sometime around Thursday/Friday.

Come on February - deliver the goods please!

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Official snow depths at Shiga Kogen resort areas (Monday 1st February 2016):

Sun Valley
60cm

Maruike
60cm

Hasuike
50cm

Giant
80cm

Higashitateyama
80cm

Bunadaira
80cm

Takamagahara Mammoth
95cm

Nishitateyama
95cm

Tannenomori Okojo
95cm

Ichinose Family
95cm

Terakoya
80cm

Ichinose Diamond
95cm

Ichinose Yamanokami
95cm

Yakebitaiyama
100cm

Okushiga Kogen
85cm

Kumanoyu
85cm

Yokoteyama & Shibutoge
90cm

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6 day snow and weather forecasts:

Ichinose Family 6-day snow and weather forecast
Okushiga Kogen 6-day snow and weather forecast
Yokoteyama 6-day snow and weather forecast
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Appi Kogen Now!

Monday 1st February 2016, 9:30am
Weather conditions: Partly cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 95cm
Good morning.

Well, it's February and there's still no big snow to report. Outside its partly cloudy and a balmy -9. Expect the clouds to roll in this afternoon bringing a paltry 2 to 3cm of snow.

Yesterday was pleasant enough with sun most of the day and relatively calm winds. The temperature hovering in the -9 range all day. There's really no change in the works for the next few days either so I guess we'll have to enjoy what we have.

Most of the runs are in decent shape although you'll see a few threadbare patches on some of the upper Sailer and Second runs. I hope the rest of the season provides a lot more snow than we've had already. The seasons half way over and it's been disappointing to say the least.

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Currently planned operating lifts:

- Appi Gondola
- Sailer Gondola
- Central Number 1 quad
- Number 2 lift A
- Number 3 lift B
- Number 3 lift C
- Number 4 lift
- Sailer Number 2
- Vista quad   Read more ...
 

Furano Now!

Monday 1st February 2016, 9:40am
Weather conditions: Cloud cover/overcast
New snowfall: 6cm
Snow depth: 295cm
It is currently snowing lightly here in Furano this Monday morning. The flakes are very fine and not the usual fluffy stuff that we get, but the accumulation so far is a healthy 6cm in the village which will mean the slopes are going to be nice and powdery again.

There is low cloud cover so expect some flat light on the mountain in places. The weather should stay approximately the same throughout the day. The snow is forecast to continue for the next 6 days with the heaviest falls being on Thursday night and Friday afternoon. An increase in wind is expected for Firday and Saturday, but nothing too major at the moment.

There are quite a few course closures on the Kitanomine side at the moment, or coming up soon. These are for junior high school ski competitions, so it may be worth taking a break and to see how good these young athletes can ski the poles courses. It certainly inspires me to up my game!

The course closures are as follows:
Giant until 6/Feb
Dynamic until 2/Feb
Azelia 3-6/Feb
Junior 3-6/Feb

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Myoko Now!

Monday 1st February 2016, 9:56am
Weather conditions: Cloudy, with fog up the hill
New snowfall: 10cm
Snow depth: 195cm
The trees are covered in a nice, light coating of snow this morning. Not a huge amount of fresh, perhaps 10cm or a little more at the base of Akakan, but a welcome addition and snow continues to fall. It's the same small flakes that we've seen almost exclusively this year. We miss seeing those great big, vision-obscuring flakes falling hard and fast. Could still happen, since we're just now into February.

It's light, but it keeps on falling, and snow is on the forecast for all days except Thursday and then there is the chance of heavy snow on Friday. So it may not be a lot all at once, but it looks like we will get some additional snow added to the pack.

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Akakura Kanko:
-6° / 195cm

Akakura Onsen:
-5° / 150cm

Ikenotaira Onsen:
-3° / 150cm

Myoko Suginohara:
-9° (top)/ 120cm

Seki Onsen:
-5° / 270cm

Myoko Ski Park:
0° / 145cm

Kyukamura RunRun:
-1° / 160cm

Tangram Ski Circus:
-4° / 145cm

Madarao Kogen:
-5° / 135cm
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Minakami Now!

Monday 1st February 2016, 9:58am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: 150cm
Snow falling this morning and the quality is good, temps are cooler.

Tenjindaira is reporting 5cm but they usually under report.

Minimal accumulation at the base but snow is snow. Next snow forecast for tomorrow afternoon and evening.

Temps at -1 degrees in the village and was -6 on the resort at 8am.

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All snow resorts in Minakami now all (at least part) open:

Minakami Kogen Fujiwara
Minakami Hodaigi
Minakami Kogen Ski Resort
Norn Minakami
Oana
Okutone Snow Park
Tanigawadake Tenjindaira
White Valley

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Weather forecast:

Tanigawa Tenjindaira 6 day snow and weather forecast
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Zao Now!

Monday 1st February 2016, 10:21am
Weather conditions: Cloud, fog
New snowfall: 1cm
Snow depth: 160cm
Good morning from Zao.

More limited visibility on the mountain again this morning but it's not snowing - more like a cloudy and foggy situation.

There has been a bit of snow since yesterday but it's rather wet and heavy. I had fun out there yesterday but my knees and thighs definitely took a good workout and we could really be doing with a new decent delivery of snow to liven things up and freshen things up.

Which brings me to...

I am finding myself disagreeing with the snow quality code that the resort is publishing at the moment. The available codes are as below:

S - powder snow
A - very good
B - fairly good
C - normal/average
D - fairly poor
E - poor

The resort today is claiming 'S' as the mountain-wide quality of snow this morning.

If today is 'S', then how do we compare that with when there's 40cm of fresh light dry powder out there? Today is not 'S'.

Anyway, enough of that hopefully we should get a bit of snowfall tomorrow and then after that it's probably going to be the end of the week before we get much more.


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Information as of Monday 1st February 2016 (subject to change)

All planned lifts are operating this morning.
The Karamatsu lift is rested on weekdays.

Official snow depths:

Utopia: 125cm
Chuo: 160cm
Paradise: 140cm
Uwanodai: 110cm

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6 day Zao Onsen snow and weather forecast   Read more ...
 

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06th May, 8:13am
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