Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 18th February 2019

Minakami Now!

Wednesday 23rd March 2016, 7:36am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 120cm
Light rain was falling at the base early this morning but overnight it was clearly snow at altitudes of around 1000m and higher.

The rain has just turned to light snow now and things are looking promising for the next few days.

Forecast calling for snow right through till Saturday when things are expected to clear.

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Resorts in Minakami:

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

The following resorts are now closed for the season:
- Oana
- Akazawa
- White Valley
- Okutone Snow Park

Tenjin is open, other resorts are either part of mostly open.

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Weather forecast:

Tanigawa Tenjindaira 6 day snow and weather forecast
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Madarao Now!

Wednesday 23rd March 2016, 8:04am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 2cm
Snow depth: 70cm
Winter isn't giving up just quite yet.

There's lots of cloud around this morning and some light snow falling with a bit on the ground and the resort reporting up to 3cm as well.

The snow clouds may be over the region through tomorrow as well. Perhaps won't amount to much but perhaps we'll also have a nice (little) surprise. I will of course let you know how it goes.

Tree runs open at Madarao: Kamoshika, Ninja, Powder Wave 2, Sawa

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Snow and weather forecast:

6 day snow and weather forecast for Madarao Kogen

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Madarao Kogen plans to be open until Thursday 31st March.
Tangram Ski Circus plans to be open until Sunday 3rd April.   Read more ...
 

Niseko Now!

Wednesday 23rd March 2016, 8:32am
Weather conditions: Cloud, blue sky, sun
New snowfall: 4cm
Snow depth: 130cm
Good morning from Niseko.

What's this? Snow on the ground! I measure 4cm here outside my Hirafu base which I will happily add to the ongoing total and hopefully there'll be a bit more than that up there on the upper slopes. It's not the lightest and most powdery of snow, but perhaps expecting that in the latter part of March is a bit too much. But definitely time for an early morning ride I think.

Currently hovering around zero here at base and it's cloud and blue sky above.

There's still similar kind of snow on the forecast over the next few days so perhaps we'll get some more cm here and there... surely nothing major though.

It does look like we can expect more sun at the weekend and into early next week and slightly warmer temperatures.

It's great to see (some of) the official snow depth numbers actually increasing this morning! Niseko Grand Hirafu have added 10cm, so I think I am going to go and investigate once I get this posted.

See you tomorrow!

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Looks like some lifts are now 'on holiday' and relieved of duties:

The Jumbo Number 3 lift at Niseko Annupuri
The King Number 1 lift at Niseko Grand Hirafu

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Resort specific lift opening news at time of posting (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 at the start of the day.

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6am: -4℃, 4cm new snow since pre-dawn. Moiwa 838m: -3.8℃, NE4.2m/s. Annupuri snowpack 310cm. Hirafu peak ridge: -6℃, light wind, 2cm snowfall. Benkei cape: NNE8m/s, Kamui cape: N6m/s, 1009hPa, 0.9m waves.

Similar pressure pattern as yesterday, but the westerly wind calmed down and a thin blanket of new snow covers the mountain. Shallow avalanches are to be expected in steep slopes of the Backbowl and Higashi-One as the temperature rises. The snow is little wet and heavy but not in bad shape in the trees. No more deep powder, however the weather is stable and relatively good skiing conditions continues. Stay away from the valley bottoms to avoid full depth slides. Those giant avalanches occurring from Osawa and Backbowl 1100m leeward slopes run for a very long distance and are extremely destructive, cleaning everything on its way. These slides can simply be avoided by not being in the valley bottoms. All gates are scheduled to open from the morning. Refrain from ducking ropes, one track left under the rope leads many others to do the same and unnecessarily increase the chances of accidents to happen. The purpose of the Niseko Rules is to protect the freedom of out of bounds riding; violators will be severely prosecuted.

Spring is here, have a great day.

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Official resort snow depths as of Wednesday 23rd March 2016:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 360cm
Base - 130cm

Niseko Village
Top - 340cm
Base - 130cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 360cm
Base - 140cm

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Night time floodlit skiing ('nighta') has now finished for the season.

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

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Wednesday 23rd March 2016, 8:33am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 25cm
Some rain last night here in the village but again the resort reports some fresh snow this morning - 4-5cm of it, in fact, and a cold -5C up there. Right now it's around 2C in the village with a high of about 6C forecast for later in the day.

Tomorrow set to be a little colder with the chance of some snowfall down to the village here, so looking forward to seeing how that turns out.

It's always kind of surprising* how quickly the last of the snow melts away from slopes - as is happening on Karasawa right now. Just a few days ago it was still largely white but it is quickly retreating now revealing the ground. Hikage still has decent cover but has definitely taken a hit as well the last few with more brown bits and 'dirty snow' on show.

Still, cover up top is no problem and that's where surely everyone will be heading the for rest of the season. Less snow up there than usual of course so just how long the season can go on is anyone's guess at the moment - the original plan is, as usual, until the end of Golden Week in early May.

(* even though it happens every year!)

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Until Friday 25th March, the Yamabiko B Course will be closed to the general public as it is going to be used for a competition event.

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Official info at time of writing on Wednesday 23rd March 2016 (subject to change):

Official snow depths:

Yamabiko: 130cm
Uenotaira: 60cm
Hikage: 25cm
Nagasaka: 5cm
Karasawa: 0cm

New snowfall as reported by the resort since yesterday:

Yamabiko: 5cm
Uenotaira: 4cm
Hikage: 0cm
Nagasaka: 0cm
Karasawa: 0cm

The following courses are closed:

Skyline
Paradise connection
Schneider
Utopia Course 2
Kurokura
Ushikubi
Grand Prix
Jumping
Hachiman
Mukoubayashi
Kandahar West
Kandahar East
Kamoshika
Tanuki
Usagi
Karasawa

Lifts planned to be rested today:

Yunomine pair
Mizunashi triple
Challenge pair
Utopia pair
Kandahar pair
Hikage Number 2 pair A line
Karasawa pair

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Nozawa Onsen 6 day weather and snow forecast

Nozawa Onsen main resort data   Read more ...
 

Grandeco Now!

Wednesday 23rd March 2016, 8:45am
Weather conditions: Cloud, some blue sky
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 195cm
There was some snow last night but unfortunately could not record one cm...

Snow only up in the higher elevation like here at Grandeco, rain in the Urabandai Goshikinuma area.

According to the forecast, temperatures should keep cold until 28th and we might get some snow tomorrow and the day after. Let's see!

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Lifts operating:

All lifts operating

Courses open:

All courses open except [H] Center 33

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Snow and weather forecast:

6 day snow and weather forecast for Grandeco

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Ski resorts around Mt. Bandai are announcing their planned closing dates:

Alts Bandai / Urabandai ski resorts - until 27th March.

After 27th, resorts that remain open in the region will be Grandeco, Nekoma and Minowa.

Nekoma will be closed between 19th-21th and 26th-28 Apr but these resorts all plan to be open until 5th May ---- but whether they can do that or not will totally depend on the snow levels of course, which are less than usual and less than expected. We'll just have to see how things develop over the coming weeks.

The following resorts are now closed:

Listel Ski Fantasia
Numajiri
Inawashiro resort
Inawashiro
Minero    Read more ...
 

Hakuba Now!

Wednesday 23rd March 2016, 8:45am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 95cm
Good morning from Hakuba.

And after that beautiful - and happily rather cold - day yesterday. One of those fine feel-good days, just a few clouds turning up in the afternoon, probably to enjoy the views.

This morning there's a lot more cloud around. From where I am here in the village I can see a thick bank of cloud covering all but the lower areas of resorts. Looks like if you head higher up you might be in the middle of that lot with limited visibility. Early on this morning that is, it may well clear.

Might we see some snowfall later today/tonight, or tomorrow? Forecasts aren't agreeing on the details but it does seem there's a chance, but as I think I said before I wouldn't expect much. Would be good though.

Lots of sun is currently forecast for the coming weekend.

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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 8:40am on Wednesday 23rd March 2016 (where available, all subject to change due to weather conditions)

Hakuba 47:
All courses at Hakuba 47 remain open.
The Tree Riding Zone is closed.
Official snow depth:
Upper: 175cm
Base: 65cm

Hakuba Goryu:
All courses open apart from Snow Diving, Adventure, Cosmo River, Sunny Way and Straight Whisky.
The Toomi area will be open until 9:30pm tonight for 'nighta'.
Official snow depth
Alps: 231cm
Toomi: 95cm
Iimori: 40cm

Hakuba Happo-one:
Happo Banks and Kurobishi Off Piste Area closed this morning.
The lower Kokusai, Shirakaba North and Central Course areas are closed; other sections of the lower areas are only part available due to insufficient snow.
Upper mountain remains all open.
Official snow depth:
Usagidaira: 150cm
Nakiyama: 30cm
Sakka: 5cm

Hakuba Cortina:
Courses that remain open: Ikenota, Mt Hieda Forest, Mt Hieda 1, Itadaira, Ipponmatsu.
Nighta has now finished for the season.
Official snow depth:
Top: 135cm
Base: 55cm

Tsugaike Kogen:
All courses open except: part Champion area.
The top Tsugaike Ropeway is now open for spring season (extra charge required).
Official snow depth:
Tsuga-no-mori: 208cm
Maruyama: 45cm
Kane-no-naru-oka: 25cm

Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field:
Just the 5 line and Gondola lifts remain open.
Open courses: by1, Sunny and Paradise (part), South, Gezan (part)
Official snow depth:
Upper: 90cm
Lower: 20cm

Hakuba Norikura Onsen:
Open courses: Hakunori Family, Wakaguri Central, Rabbit and Wakaguri Rinkan.
Official snow depth:
50cm

Hakuba Sanosaka:
Sanosaka has now closed for the season.   Read more ...
 

Yuzawa Now!

Wednesday 23rd March 2016, 9:03am
Weather conditions: Generally cloudy skies
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 60cm
Good morning from Yuzawa.

Evenings are keeping pretty chilly at the moment, though I heard some rain last night on the roof. This morning it's just cloudy and the high up Kagura resort are reporting 5cm of fresh snow which is good to hear. Maiko aren't reporting snow from Okusoeji and so it's just higher elevations that got some fluffy stuff.

Cloudy conditions are forecast for the day today with a high temperature of around 7C in town, perhaps a bit of a gusty wind later on this afternoon.

Some forecasts still say we'll get some snow perhaps down to town tomorrow...

By the way, the connection (and joint lift ticket) between Yuzawa Kogen - GALA Yuzawa - Ishiuchi has now closed for the season.

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Resort official snow depths (Wednesday 23rd March 2016) and any specific news at time of writing:

There are now lots of patches of ground on view showing on lower slopes around town. Some more than others. The snow situation means that some courses/areas at resorts are now closed. If you are planning on visiting, I recommended that you check with the individual resorts for their up-to-date details. You can find their websites from the links below.

Note that snow cover is not a problem higher up. There's still a lot of skiing and boarding left.

Resorts in Yuzawa and Minamiuonuma:

GALA Yuzawa
110cm

Ishiuchi Maruyama
From Thursday, access only via the Chuo area will be available.
80cm

Iwappara
60cm

Joetsu Kokusai
80cm

Kagura
160cm (Mitsumata)
190cm (Tashiro)
220cm (Kagura)

Kandatsu Kogen
90-115cm

Maiko Snow Resort
Just the upper Okusoeji area remains open now.
95cm (Okusoeji)

Naeba
80cm

NASPA Ski Garden
45cm

Yuzawa Kogen
100cm

Yuzawa Nakazato
50cm

Yuzawa Park
40cm

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Closing date information (as we have it) - all of course subject to change due to snow conditions!

Ishiuchi Maruyama - daily until Sunday 3rd April
Maiko Snow Resort - daily until Sunday 3rd April and then 9th/10th April
Ishiuchi Hanaoka - until Sunday 27th March (Saturday, Sunday only)
Mt Granview - until Sunday 27th March (Saturday, Sunday only)
Joetsu Kokusai - daily until Sunday 3rd April
Chateau Shiozawa - until Thursday 31st March
Muikamachi Ski Resort - daily until Sunday 3rd April
Muikamachi Hakkaisan - now closed

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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

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Naeba Now!

Wednesday 23rd March 2016, 9:14am
Weather conditions: There's a thick cloud cover at a level slightly lower than the gondola today.
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 80cm
Hello from Naeba today everybody.

Today's off to a colder start that we have been used to recently and in fact a small amount of snow did fall overnight although it unfortunately only accumulated in very localized areas to a bit less than a cm. Never the less the conditions on piste have benefited slightly from it.

According to the weather forecast we're supposed to have light snow at times through until Saturday. We'll see how much turns up! (Don't expect much!)

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

Shiga Kogen Now!

Wednesday 23rd March 2016, 9:24am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 90cm
Good morning from Shiga Kogen.

Yesterday may have been one of those beautiful blue sky days, but there's cloud this morning and... a bit of snow! Yes, winter isn't giving up just yet.

Right now it's generally cloudy but keeping bright; I wouldn't put it past snowing lightly in some areas.

The weekly forecast is looking like mid-winter as well (perhaps not the temperatures) with snow there lined up over the next few days. I'm really curious to see if we'll actually get any of it...

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Spring season dates for Shiga Kogen resort areas (subject to change):

Sun Valley
Both Sun Valley lifts plan to be operating until Sunday 3rd April.

Maruike
The Number 1 triple lift plans to be operating until Sunday 3rd April.
The Number 2 pair lift plans to be operating until Sunday 27th March.

Hasuike
The triple lift and ropetow plan to be operating until Sunday 27th March.

Giant
The pair lift plans to be operating until Sunday 3rd April.

Higashitateyama
The Gondola plans to be operating until Sunday 3rd April.

Bunadaira
The Hoppo quad lift plans to be operating until Sunday 3rd April.
The Bunadaira quad lift plans to be operating until Sunday 27th March (* closed on 22nd and 23rd March).

Takamagahara Mammoth
The quad lift plans to be operating until Sunday 8th May (* Saturdays and Sundays only from 11th April until 28th April).
The triple lift plans to be operating until Thursday 31st March.
The pair lift plans to be operating until Thursday 31st March (* Saturdays, Sundays and holidays only in March).

Nishitateyama
The Nishitateyama lifts plan to be operating until Thursday 31st March.

Tannenomori Okojo
The quad lift plans to be operating until Sunday 8th May.

Ichinose Family
The Ichinose quad lift plans to be operating until Sunday 8th May.
The Ichinose Number 2 pair A lift plans to be operating until Thursday 31st March.
The Ichinose Number 2 pair B lift plans to be operating until Sunday 8th May.
The Ichinose Number 3 quad lift plans to be operating until Sunday 27th March (* closed Tuesdays).

Terakoya
The Terakoya lifts plan to be operating until Sunday 8th May (* Saturdays and Sundays only from 4th April until 28th April).

Ichinose Diamond
The Ichinose Diamond quad lift plans to be operating until Sunday 8th May (* Saturdays and Sundays only from 4th April until 28th April).
The Ichinose Diamond triple lift plans to be operating until Sunday 27th March (* Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays).

Ichinose Yamanokami
The Ichinose Yamanokami plans to be open until late March, depending on snow conditions.

Yakebitaiyama
Currently details are unconfirmed.

Okushiga Kogen
The Okushiga Kogen Number 1 pair lift plans to be operating until Sunday 3rd April.
The Okushiga Kogen Number 2, 3 and 4 pair lifts plan to be operating until Sunday 8th May.
The Okushiga Kogen Number 6 pair lift plans to be operating until Sunday 24th April.
The Okushiga Kogen Gondola lift plans to be operating until Sunday 8th May.

Kumanoyu
The Kumanoyu Number 1 pair lift plans to be operating until Sunday 3rd April.
The Kumanoyu Number 2 pair A and B lifts plan to be operating until Sunday 8th May.
The Kumanoyu Number 3 quad lift plans to be operating until Sunday 3rd April; and then on 9th, 10th, 16th, 17th, 23rd, 24th April and from 29th April until 8th May.

Yokoteyama & Shibutoge
The Yokoteyama Number 1 Sky A and B lifts plan to be operating until Sunday 8th May.
The Yokoteyama Number 2 and 3 Sky lifts plan to be operating until Sunday 8th May (and perhaps beyond depending on snow conditions).
The Yokoteyama Number 4 pair lift plans to be operating until Thursday 5th May.
The Shibutoge lift plans to be operating until Sunday 8th May (and perhaps beyond depending on snow conditions).

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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   Read more ...
 

Zao Now!

Wednesday 23rd March 2016, 9:32am
Weather conditions: Fine > cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 100cm
Good morning from Zao.

There was more blue sky and sun earlier on, it seems to have clouded over somewhat since then. And there looks like there might be a chance of a bit of snow today or tonight or tomorrow. That would be exciting if it happened, but I imagine it wouldn't be much more than a dusting. Things feel very much into spring now...

On Friday I'll bring you detailed news on how long each of the lifts plan to be open this season.

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Information as of Wednesday 23rd March 2016 (subject to change)

Lifts closed for the season:

Karamatsu
Zao Kokutai pair
Zao Paradise Number 3 pair

Official snow depths:

Utopia: 70cm
Chuo: 100cm
Paradise: 90cm
Uwanodai: 40cm

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From today, 'spring season' lift tickets will be available:

4 hours - 3500 yen (500 yen cheaper than main season)
5 hours - 3700 yen (800 yen cheaper than main season)
1 day adult - 4100 yen (900 yen cheaper than main season)
1 day senior - 3800 yen (600 yen cheaper than main season)

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

Appi Kogen Now!

Wednesday 23rd March 2016, 9:35am
Weather conditions: Sunny
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: 120cm
Good morning from Appi.

It’s another blue sky day here with a temperature of -2 outside my front door but the gusty winds are making it feel much colder indeed. It should be sunny most of the day today and the winds may start dying down late this afternoon. We may even see the occasional snow flurry too. Overnight we did get some fresh snow. Although the accumulation was only 5cm I’m sure a little more than that actually fell but the winds last night and this morning made sure some of it didn’t stay around for long. At least we’ve got a decent topcoat this morning for those heading out.

Forecast wise its not that bad as there’s no rain in it right now. More clouds are heading our way tomorrow and the winds may die down somewhat. Temperatures should remain steady in the -5 bracket at least until Sunday. I didn’t have time to hit the slopes yesterday but will report on conditions up there again tomorrow from todays outing. I’m sure the wind will affect the gondola operations again today. As I type this the Main and Sailer Gondola have been stopped. We only have 5 lifts in operation right now. Lets hope the wind dies down so we can at least enjoy the snow that fell last night.

Sunscreen a must today as well as face mask and some extra layers in your backpack.

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Currently operating lifts at time of writing:

- Central Number 1 quad
- Number 2 lift A
- T-bar lift
- Number 3 lift B
- Sailer Number 2

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6 day forecast for Appi Kogen:

6 day snow and weather forecast for Appi Kogen   Read more ...
 

Myoko Now!

Wednesday 23rd March 2016, 10:02am
Weather conditions: The sun is trying to shine at moments, but mostly overcast
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 150cm
It's actually snowing in Myoko today, after some pretty heavy rain in the middle of the night. It's not going to amount to a lot, and it's pretty wet (the roads look like it's been raining, so it's just on the edge of being snow. But better than rain. The sun also looks like it's trying to come out as well, so at least it's also not gloomy today.

Actually, it looks like the freezing line is going to be staying low for most of the week, so maybe we can continue to hang on to our remaining snowpack. It is getting pretty thin out there, though....

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Akakura Kanko:
-2° / 150cm; all lifts running until the 27th, then Sky Cable, No. 2 and 3 lifts

Akakura Onsen:
1° / 130cm; nighters over for the season

Ikenotaira Onsen:
0° / 70cm

Myoko Suginohara:
0° / 75cm; Gondola and No. 2 lifts only

Seki Onsen:
3° / 250cm; closed today for event preparation

Myoko Ski Park:
3° / 95cm

Kyukamura RunRun:
3° / 150cm

Tangram Ski Circus:
-3° / 70cm; Main lifts running

Madarao Kogen:
-3° / 70cm
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Furano Now!

Wednesday 23rd March 2016, 10:55am
Weather conditions: Partly cloudy
New snowfall: 2cm
Snow depth: 170cm
Overnight saw 2cm of fresh snow fall in the village. The sun come out early morning and the fresh snow dissapeared from around the village. The cold start soon gave way and the temperatures rose above freezing and are currently sitting around +5c.

It looks like we will keep the good weather for the remainder of the week with calm wind conditions and sunshine. Roll on spring!

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18th Feb, 10:23am
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18th Feb, 10:17
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18th Feb, 8:24
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18th Feb, 8:20
Furano Now
18th Feb, 8:20
Hakuba Now
18th Feb, 8:14
Madarao Now
18th Feb, 8:04
Niseko Now
18th Feb, 7:37
Nozawa Onsen Now
18th Feb, 7:34
Geto Kogen Now
18th Feb, 7:32
Yuzawa Now
18th Feb, 7:30
Naeba Now
17th Feb, 14:35
Zao Now
17th Feb, 8:17am
Appi Kogen Now
16th Feb, 10:36
Grandeco Now
02nd Feb, 12:34am

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