Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 30th May 2021

Niseko Now!

Saturday 23rd February 2008, 8:12am
Weather conditions: Snowy, foggy and windy.
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
The fog decended on Niseko like a blanket yesterday. The top half of the mountain was a white out offering the experience of vertigo as one tried to get from one point to the next not sure whether they were moving backwards, forwards or standing still. On top of that, the wind blew heavily from the Annapuri Bowls towards Hanazona. The groomed was still fun on the lower slopes and some even claimed to have found some powder stashed in the trees. It will be interesting to see what skiing conditions are like today. A bit of snow has fallen in the Village and continues to come down this morning. It is cloudy with gusts of wind as well.

Hirafu patrol report that the peak is in a complete white out and it is extremely difficult to navigate. The weather is predicted to turn even worse later on today. The peak gates will be closed today. All lifts are expected to be running.   Read more ...

Naeba Now!

Saturday 23rd February 2008, 8:57am
Weather conditions: Clear & sunny - changeable
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Zero degrees in the village this morning, so looks like to be a warm one by lunchtime. This could depend on the weather change that is looming - as the sky to the North apears to be changing - getting grayer and pushing some hazy cloud towards us.

The forecast is set for a big storm tonight with possible 50km winds, this is the only reason I can see why the Dragondola appears to be off-line today, as the weather could be set to change for the worse by the afternoon. Here's hoping that tonights storm clears up for tomorrow morning making things a little bit nicer for the Sunday morning sliders.

Both the big gondolas at Naeba are running today.

Update: Only the Mitsumata part of Kagura is now open due to the changing conditions with stronger winds.
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Nozawa Onsen Now!

Saturday 23rd February 2008, 8:58am
Weather conditions: Fine
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Disappointingly, today has dawned fine and snowless in Nozzie. There is already a stampede of people clomping feverishly up the mountain. Yesterday the snow was well heavy even right up the top, and it was very warm. We are waiting anxiously for the front to come through which will pull us back from the brink of spring. It should come through some time today and bring plenty of white stuff.

The sun has attacked snow levels, shrinking the pile outside our window to two thirds the height of its previous glory.
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Furano Now!

Saturday 23rd February 2008, 9:08am
Weather conditions: snowing, temperatures dropping, a storm day.
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
10cm in the village overnight, and more expected on the mountain. Yesterday the slopes were super fast, with the light fresh snow helping to keep the groomers smooth and silky early on.

Currently snow is falling, but with the warmish temperatures the snow is a little wet, so when the temperatures drop later today expect some lighter fluffy snow for tomorrow.

It's a great time to be in Furano. The slopes are relatively quiet, there is more snowfall forecast for this weekend through next week, and tonight there is the Cultural Event in town that is not to be missed.   Read more ...

Yuzawa Now!

Saturday 23rd February 2008, 9:36am
Weather conditions: Fine
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
9am and the fine weather continues. Lots of blue skies still around Yuzawa this morning. It is already rather mild at around +3 degrees and while the forecast doesn't have it going much over that it somehow feels warmer than that.

It is looking like the temperature should drop around lunchtime though with a chance of rain falling before it changes into snow tonight.

There is only a slight wind at the moment but stronger winds are forecast for a bit later on in the day, and due to those forecast winds unfortunately Gala Yuzawa is closed for the day. Other resorts currently seem unaffected by this, though with stronger winds we might expect some lift operations to be affected.

Snow is forecast from later tonight and through tomorrow, again accompanied by fairly strong winds.   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Saturday 23rd February 2008, 10:11am
Weather conditions: Sun
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Another fine day yesterday with bright blue skies from morning to evening and mild temperatures.

This morning it isn't quite as deep blue, but it is still blue skies all around with some cloud gradually gathering and those temperatures are milder still at the moment... even approaching freezing in some places, though still on the right side of 0. Maruike and Kumanoyu are reporting a temperature of -2.

The good weather is attracting a lot of people for the weekend and there are already a lot of people out there. But Shiga Kogen is a big place and so there's enough snow to share!

Expect that to drop as the day progresses though and clouds to move in as we have snow forecast for later on today and it should also be snowing tomorrow as well.

Saturday night, so nighta is planned at the following resort areas of Shiga Kogen today:

- Sun Valley
- Maruike
- Mammoth
- Ichinose Family
- Ichinose Diamond
- Yakebitaiyama
- Kumanoyu   Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Saturday 23rd February 2008, 10:20am
Weather conditions: Blizzard
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Here comes the freight train that is the blizzard of all blizzards! Today, at lunch hour alone, 12 centimeters will fall on Myoko area resorts. Please be careful driving in over the next 48 hours and plan to leave early as snow traffic will be horrendous.

The early hours have been quite warm and mild, though. If you are sskiing/boarding today, the pick would have to be Togakushi and Kurohime. They will not get the brunt of the storm, but will receive major snowfall. Myoko itself will be sweet for tomorrow afternoon when the storm dies down to a mere heavy snow.

Your Myoko area levels for today:
360cm (Akakura Kanko Resort);
365cm (Akakura Onsen);
250cm (Ikenotaira);
415cm on top, 230cm on the bottom (Suginohara);
340cm (Kyukamura);
235cm (Pine Valley);
500cm (Seki Onsen)!!!;
200cm (Madarao Tangram Ski Circus);
220cm (Madarao Sympathique);
225cm (Madarao Kogen);
365cm (Myoko Ski Park);
165cm (Togakushi);
200cm! (Kurohime);
165cm (Iizuna);
175cm (Iizuna Kogen)

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Hakuba Now!

Saturday 23rd February 2008, 10:34am
Weather conditions: Cloudy & Snowing
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Blue skies and highs of 9 degrees Celcius in Wadano yesterday had snow melting and spring-like conditions in the afternoon. We awoke this morning to a few centimetres of snow which continues to fall and looks set to do so through today and tomorrow. Fairly mild this morning with a minor temperature inversion of -2 at the base and -1 on top currently sitting at 0 degrees in Wadano. Will be interesting conditions with some melt-freeze from yesterday on lower aspects with fresh snow falling on top. Temperatures should drop through today and heavy snowfall is forecast for tonight.


Backcountry Travel Advisory as at Feb 22th:

Strong winds Thursday have created thick wind slabs on South and South East aspects that may be unstable in steep convexing terrain. Continued solar radiation on East and South aspects yesterday melted the surface snow through the day and result in rapid settlement today and increased pressure on these recent wind slabs. Todays solar radiation will also create an even harder melt / freeze crust that will pose instability with the fore casted new snow over the week end. Take due care around exposed rocks and sparse trees on solar aspects and in steep lee slopes. The recent snow is very variable in depth due to the wind and solar radiation so be aware of this when entering into slopes and stay away from shallow snow on steep entrances in to chutes and open slopes.

Avalanche Danger Scale:

Below Tree Line: Low

Tree Line: Moderate

Alpine: Considerable
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Minakami Now!

Saturday 23rd February 2008, 15:11pm
Weather conditions: Overcast and snowing
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Report at the crack of 3pm.

This morning was fine clear skies but the clouds rolled in just before noon and the snow and wind followed. The snow is currently coming down at 4cm/hour but the wind is so strong that much of the snow is being transported away.

Many of the ski areas closed some lifts this afternoon, with Tejin closing all lifts.

Tomorrow morning the wind is forecast to be galeforce which means that many ski areas will not be able to operate or have a very limited number of lifts in operation.

Backcountry Advisory
Snow on South faces was heavy by mid morning with North faces starting to crust towards the afternoon. The evidence of many large recent avalanches (size 2-3) were obvious on the South face of Mt Tanigawa with debris filling the valley. Data collected from a pit on the North face (1300m) revealed that there is still a very weak layer below the new snow, as deep as 200cm in places (CTM 12@ 192cm SC). This layer could cause large avalanches, especially on steeper terrain. Caution is advised.

Avalanche Hazard:
Alpine: Considerable
Tree Line: Moderate
Below Tree line: Moderate   Read more ...

SnowJapan Daily 'Now' reports

Shiga Kogen Now
30th May, 8:56am
Niseko Now
25th May, 14:32pm
Yuzawa Now
23rd May, 8:47am
Furano Now
09th May, 16:56pm
Hakuba Now
09th May, 10:50am
Nozawa Onsen Now
09th May, 8:12am
Kiroro Now
06th May, 13:52pm
Myoko Now
05th May, 13:16pm
Madarao Now
05th May, 9:26am
Geto Kogen Now
05th May, 7:45
Zao Now
05th May, 7:41
Appi Kogen Now
05th May, 7:40
Aizu Bandai Now
19th Feb, 12:28
Minakami Now
13th Jan, 10:10am
Naeba Now
27th Nov, 11:21am