Snow and weather reports posted on Friday 17th April 2020

Madarao Now!

Monday 24th January 2011, 8:15am
Weather conditions: Today we will experience cloud and minimal snowfall
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Good Morning Monday! As the crowds clear from the weekend, the weather clears up aswell. Thismorning we are experiencing a temperature of -5.5 degrees and a slightly cloudy sky with small amounts of sunshine peaking through.

Over night Madarao received a small dusting of 10cm of fresh snow which has set Monday morning skiiers and boarders up with some decent snow to start the week. Throughout the day tempertatures will vary between -2.0 and a chilling -8.0 degrees, we are also expecting a futher 5cm of coverage before the end of today.

Visability conditions are expected to vary between excellent and adverage on the slopes of Madarao, while the clouds settle in for the morning and the prediction of minimal snowfall throughout the day.

All lifts are open today, so take advantage of this, the good weather and the quietness of the mountain courses on a Monday morning in Madarao Ski Resort.

Lifts currently operating:

No 1 lift
No 2 quad lift
No 3 a lift
No 5 lift
Super Quad
No 11 Lift
No 12 Lift
No 13 Lift
No 15 lift
Tangaram No 2 Lift

Moving Belt at Kids Park
Snowboard beginner course   Read more ...

Yuzawa Now!

Monday 24th January 2011, 8:22am
Weather conditions: Clear, sun as I write this
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Snow did continue yesterday through until the evening though generally less as the day progresses. Not much in terms of new cm on the ground though.

This morning we can actually see the sun in Yuzawa and some blue skies too. There's still a lot of cloud/fog hanging around in the Minamiuonuma valley just to the north but the skies have cleared up in Yuzawa and it looks like it should be a fine morning. It doesn't look like it will last long though as clouds are forecast to roll in again this afternoon and bring some more snow with them by the end of the day -- then it's light snow again on the cards for tomorrow.

The weekend crowds are now gone and the snow should be excellent out there... a fine day to be out on the slopes.

Official snow depths @ 24th January 2010 AM




Gala Yuzawa:

Yuzawa Kogen:

Yuzawa Park:

Yuzawa Nakazato:

Kandatsu Kogen:


NASPA Ski Garden:

Ishiuchi Maruyama:


Quick update for the evening. Today was fine early on with the sun and clear blue skies, though things clouded over soon after lunchtime and it was snowing by later on in the afternoon - fairly wet snow really at the moment but we have 10-20cm (max) of snow forecast to fall before 9am tomorrow morning in the region.

Tomorrow looks like it will be snow falling for most of the day...   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Monday 24th January 2011, 8:58am
Weather conditions: Cloud > clear
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Clearer conditions again today and I can actually see the top of the mountain from the village.... not many times I can say that this season yet!

It is currently -7 degrees, just a slight breeze and fairly clear conditions. No new snow to report overnight.

There is some fast moving low cloud hanging around and a generally 'silver' feel to the landscape and skies, but it does look like it should be a fine day on the slopes with good visibility and a chance that things will brighten up as well.

Mixed messages from the forecast - while we won't likely see heavy snow any time this week, the snow clouds will always be close by but at the same time there is always a chance of things clearing up. That clear enough? ;)   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Monday 24th January 2011, 9:12am
Weather conditions: Mostly clear
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Yesterday morning cleared up just in time for the first people ascending the peak. The clear skies only lasted less than an hour though as cloud and snow moved back over the region. It snowed steadily through much of the day but cleared up later in the evening. The snow forecast overnight didn't eventuate and this morning has dawned mostly clear again with great views of Mt Yotei. Some of the upper lee slopes would have received just enough snow to mostly cover yesterdays tracks but most of the mountain is completely tracked out. Little snow is expected today but there is some snow expected later tomorrow.

Current Official Snow Depths:

Grand Hirafu:
Top - 340
Bottom - 185

Niseko Village:
Top - 300
Bottom - 190

Top - 245
Bottom - 200

Avalanche Information:

All gates are scheduled to open this morning including the peak gates (2 & 3) at 9:30. Attention to all people hiking to the peak; Please remember to keep the hut’s door closed to avoid snow flowing into it.
Injured and lost people cases are increasing in the out of bounds area. Choose a slope within your riding abilities and avoid dropping into a slope if you are not sure how to come back. Better not underestimate the risks in the backcountry areas.
Annupuri peak 6am: -14℃ and clear sky. Yesterday’s intermittent snow has stopped during the night and the wind has also calmed down this morning. The snow-pack is sinking and settling, however patches of snowdrifts are still randomly present and avalanche hazard is still to be considered in avalanche terrains. The snow conditions will start to vary from slope to slope as the sunlight and temperature will affect differently on each slope’s orientation and elevation. These changing conditions should be taken into consideration together with the future snowfall transition.
Ride safe and enjoy your day.
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Shiga Kogen Now!

Monday 24th January 2011, 9:13am
Weather conditions: Clear, blue skies
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
The snow eased off somewhat yesterday afternoon and there wasn't much in terms of accummulation on the ground so just a new slight covering on the slopes.

This morning, I can see blue skies and the sun is out. It's cold, but clear and should be a great day to be out on the slopes.

We can expect another fine day tomorrow with clear skies currently forecast followed by a few days when we should see some more light snow. Nothing major though.

The weekend crowds are gone and the slopes are quiet. And there's lots of fluffy snow. Nice.

Nighta operations this evening planned at the following resort area:

- Ichinose Family

Official resort snow depths as of 24th January 2011 AM:

Sun Valley:
Ichinose Family:
Ichinose Diamond:
Okushiga Kogen:
200cm   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Monday 24th January 2011, 9:17am
Weather conditions: Light snow. Expecting more snow towards tonight.
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
It seems like it started snowing just before I got out of bed. There has been no new snow on the ground overnight, but it has started snowing in Hakuba early on this morning. It's not heavy snow at the moment, but looking at the local weather forecast it is saying that we are in for some heavier stuff come tonight.

The lowest temperature is -6 early on and highest is 0 at the base today. South to South West Wind and calm so it should be a fine day out on the slopes with fairly decent visibility considering it is snowing.

So it sounds like it's not going to stop snowing pretty much all day today. Looking forward to tomorrow, there is a chance according to some forecasts of a clearer start to the day but generally it looks like we can expect more snow. We shall see.


Official snow depths and operations @ Monday 24th January AM:

Hakuba Goryu:
Night time operations from 6pm until 9:30pm.
Alps daira - 340cm;
Toomi - 160cm;
Iimori - 135cm.

Hakuba 47:
The resort and park at the resort are fully open.
Snow depth (upper) - 210cm.

Nakiyama nighta now operating.
Usagidaira/Kurobishi - 280cm;
Sakka - 170cm;
Shirakaba - 140cm;
Nakiyama - 140cm.

Tsugaike Kogen:
Snow depth - 280cm
Maruyama area - 150cm
Champion - 190cm

Hakuba Iwatake:
Upper - 165cm
Lower - 105cm

Hakuba Cortina:
Corting reporting 20cm of fresh snow on upper slopes and 10cm on lower slopes this morning.
Upper - 350cm
Lower - 210cm

Hakuba Sanosaka:

Hakuba Minekata:
145cm   Read more ...

Naeba Now!

Monday 24th January 2011, 9:22am
Weather conditions: Sunny and clear.
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
The sun is shining brightly here at Naeba today with no clouds whatsoever. As a result, visibility is excellent and winds are almost non-existent. No snow fell overnight - both at Naeba and Kagura - however as it is Naeba it is expected to start snowing here by the afternoon and continuing into the evening and into tomorrow.

Temperatures are almost ideal today with a top of -1 degree expected with a windchill of -9. Both the temperature top and windchill are predicted to drop by about 5 degrees during the night session.

As for tomorrow, a light amount of snow is expected in the morning before becoming clearer in the afternoon.

Happy skiing!

Official Snow Depths:


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Nozawa Onsen Now!

Monday 24th January 2011, 11:09am
Weather conditions: Sunny up high with some low cloud
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Here comes the sun...

It hasn't been often we have seen it here for more than a short time this month and it is a welcome sign this morning. It might not last that long though as the forecast is for more snow once again this afternoon, so not sure the sun will last.

So no fresh snow to report overnight, there is probably a light dusting from after the lifts closed yesterday.

Amazing conditions across the mountains yesterday - it was busy early on but still some good powder stashes to be had. Then the crowds dispersed around midday and the slopes were pretty quiet as people started making their way back home. The lucky ones were able to stay on the slopes and enjoy more personal space!

Today will be much the same crowd wise. I have just had a look up Karasawa and it looked almost like a private slope with only a handful enjoying the sunshine.

Tomorrow is looking like some sunshine too so if this snow hits this afternoon should be another great day lined up.

Light snow set to continue throughout the week on and off so enjoy.

Courses open:

All except the following
Uenotaira Half Pipe
Karasawa Wave Park

Lifts operating:
All lifts are open   Read more ...

Furano Now!

Monday 24th January 2011, 12:48pm
Weather conditions: Broken cloud with sunshine
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
The weekend shaped up really good. Saturday being characterised by a good fall of fresh powder the night before, with some great untracked powder skiing to be had thanks to Furano Ski Area leaving some significant areas ungroomed. Sunday was just a cracker with awesome crytal clear blue skies all the way across the valley to Mt Tokachi. This was made even more enjoyable with some relatively mild weather.

Today the temperatures have risen with the sun coming out and it is unseasonally warm. This means that most of the powder snow will turn into heavier snow today. Once the temperatures drop down again expect conditions to be hard and fast. There is high broken cloud today with some great sunshine to be found. Clouds are currently rolling over the tops, so expect light to be a little on the flat side higher up.

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Minakami Now!

Monday 24th January 2011, 14:02pm
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
[Apologies for there being no report yesterday]

Monday has arrived with the sun shining and blue skies. The first of either of these that we have seen for a while. The cloud has since come over but it was good to see the sun for a few hours. It could be the last time for a while as the forecast has more snow coming in for tonight.

Slightly higher temperatures recently have made the snow a little heavier off trail but with the generally low temperatures and the quantity of snow we have had over the last week, condition remain fantastic.

Plenty of people around over the weekend but with everyone back to work today the resorts are back to their spacious, mid-week best.   Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Monday 24th January 2011, 17:05pm
Weather conditions: Fairly gray with some snow falling
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
It has been a day of mixed weather conditions today - starting off cloudy with some sunny spells but generally grey silvery skies, and later on the snow has been falling once again.

I wouldn't say heavy snow as we were thinking last night and not a whole lot on the ground as yet but snow all the same. Actually, rather more like sleet lower down and wet snow though we should be getting a better quality of snow coming down overnight though it doesn't look like it will be getting too cold. Right now it is +2 degrees in the town area.

There's a chance of us seeing the sun again tomorrow morning but also a chance of us seeing more snow sometime during the day so not really clear as to how things will turn out and could go either way. It looks like it will be the weekend before we see the next heavy snowfall in the region.

Current Official Snow Depths:

Akakura Onsen:

Akakan (Akakura Kanko):


Myoko Suginohara:

Seki Onsen:

Myoko Ski Park:



230cm   Read more ...

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