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Yuzawa Now!

Sunday 25th December 2011, 8:50am
Weather conditions: Snow!
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Good morning and Happy Christmas! And yes, it is definitely a good morning as good old Father Christmas has been kind enough to bring us lots of fresh new snow. I had to move what must have been 40cm off the top of my car just a little earlier and high up at Kagura they are reporting 40-50cm of fresh snow. If that's not enough, it is still snowing and is forecast to be snowing all of today and tomorrow and probably into Tuesday as well. So we are in for a fair amount more I would say.

It's all a big contrast to the beautiful weather we had yesterday!

It's about -3 degrees at the moment, poor visibility on the mountain but winds don't seem to be too bad out there at all considering... certainly not enough to affect lifts at resorts.
I'll update the snow depths below a little later when they all come in. Things seem to be a little slow today, perhaps a few parties last night? ;)

Official resort snow depths @ 24th December 11, AM:
Mt Naeba:
Kagura - Tashiro:
GALA Yuzawa:
Kandatsu Kogen:
NASPA Ski Garden:
Yuzawa Kogen:
Yuzawa Park:
Yuzawa Nakazato:
Ludens Yuzawa:
Ishiuchi Maruyama:
Centleisure Maiko:
Joetsu Kokusai:


Evening update

Quick report for the evening with the exciting news.

Another 30-40cm of snow had to be moved off my car this evening - and that is snow that has fallen since 10am today. The forecast tells us to expect perhaps another 40cm or so overnight as well with more snow tomorrow. High up at Kagura they are expecting anything up to 60cm overnight.

So.... lots and lots of snow! Have a great Christmas night.   Read more ...

Naeba Now!

Sunday 25th December 2011, 9:01am
Weather conditions: Snow, snow
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Hurray! And ho, ho, ho as well. It's Christmas Day and what more could you want than 30cm or so of fluffy white snow to play in? That's what we have so far since yesterday - which turned out to be a corker with blue skies - and it is still snowing so we should be in for more today. And indeed tomorrow. The snow is set to continue.

One thing I should mention. Kagura is 'fully open', but that does not include the very top (No5) pair lift. That only opens from 25th February. So don't expect that to be open. Also, the run going down back to the car park at Mitsumata isn't open yet, so you need to get the Mitsumata Ropeway back down at the end of the day. But I think we can live without that one!

Visibility is not too bad on the lower slopes of Naeba but the upper two-thirds of the mountain is covered in cloud. Kagura looking like visibility is not too good either. Wind speed of about 5m/s this morning - that's not going to affect the lifts and while it is a cold morning, it doens't feel uncomfortably so. Or maybe that's just the Santa drinks I had for breakfast talking!

Have a good day everyone and see you tomorrow.

Resort Operations, 25th Dec (subject to change)
Apart from a few steeper areas, Naeba is fully open
All of Kagura is open as normal

Official snow depths
150cm   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Sunday 25th December 2011, 9:05am
Weather conditions: Overcast, snowing lightly
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Merry Christmas!

We got about 20cm's of fresh snow overnight in the valley and people are stoked to get out there this morning. Santa started to deliver his snowfall presents at about midday yesterday and it continued to fall all day and night and is still lightly falling as I type this. The powder is deep light and dry today so get out there and enjoy it.

Goryu and 47 are both reporting 30cm of new snow on the upper slopes this morning. Hakuba Cortina resort over in Otari - a consistent performer in terms of how much snow they get - is reporting a whopping 60cm of new snow on the upper slopes.

We would expect lots of deep fresh powder up on top today and then turning to chopped and packed powder in the afternoon. Of course the groomers were out in full force last night so we would have some good solid smooth runs too with some powder on top. We should be able to ski right to the bottom at all resorts very soon and in a few days all the lifts from the bottom should be operational - keep an eye on the updates below for the latest.

The forecast is calling for more snow today and into tomorrow, so conditions on the hill should just get better. Thank you so much snow gods, Santa or whomever you put your powder faith into, please keep it up.

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!


Official snow depths and operations @ Sunday 25th December 2011 AM:
Especially in this early season period please note that conditions can change quickly - resort operations as well as the weather, as resorts try to get as much open as possible. So please keep that in mind.

Hakuba Goryu:
Hakuba Goryu is reporting 30cm of fresh snow on the upper slopes this morning and all areas of the resort now open.
Official snow depths:
Alps daira - 130cm;
Toomi - 60cm;
Iimori - 60cm.

Hakuba 47:
Hakuba 47 are also reporting 30cm new snow this morning.
Official snow depth:
Upper - 165cm
Lower - 40cm

Ski lifts/courses:
Not quite there with the mountain able to fully open - but hopefully that will soon change with the snow we are now getting. The Sakka Kids Park is now open.
Official snow depth:
Usagidaira/Kurobishi - 100cm;
Sakka - 30cm;
Nakiyama - 30cm.

Tsugaike Kogen:
Ski lifts/courses:
Kids Park at Tsugaike is now open.
Official snow depth:
Upper slopes - 140cm
Champion - 80cm

Hakuba Cortina:
Cortina is reporting an impressive 30cm (lower) and 30cm (upper) of fresh snow this morning.
Ski lifts/courses:
Lifts No1 pair, No2 quad, No3 quad, No4 pair and No6 pair lifts operating and most courses open
Official snow depth:
Upper - 162cm
Lower - 105cm

Hakuba Norikura:
Official snow depth:

Hakuba Iwatake:
Iwatake is now part open - you need to take the Gondola back down to base.
Official snow depth:
Upper - 60cm
Lower - 35cm

Hakuba Sanosaka:
Four lifts operating today.
Official snow depth:

Hakuba Minekata:
Not enough snow to open yet.   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Sunday 25th December 2011, 9:27am
Weather conditions: Cloud, light snow
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Merry Christmas! I just actually spotted Santa putting some skis on, so obviously he has chosen Shiga Kogen as his Christmas destination. ;)

He has brought with him some new snow this morning. Not huge amounts, but another layer as the base slowly builds up. It's a cold morning and snowing lightly in places and just cloudy with the mountains hidden in others. The forecast has snow for the day though and, dare I say it, 'heavy snow' for tonight so we are all hoping that will happen.

It's definitely a cold morning though, right now -11 degrees out there in Maruike. I can't see it changing much throughout the day either and into tomorrow.

Nighta operations this evening planned at the following resort area:

- Ichinose Family
- Ichinose Diamond

Official resort snow depths as of 25th December 2011 AM:

Sun Valley:
Ichinose Family:
Ichinose Diamond:
Okushiga Kogen:
60cm   Read more ...

Madarao Now!

Sunday 25th December 2011, 9:31am
Weather conditions: Cloud, snow
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Do we have snow? Oh yes, Mr Santa has kindly brought with him another 30-40cm or so of snow, even if the official snow depth curiously doesn't keep on increasing at the same rate.

Powderwave I should be opening today so those wanting some powder tree runs will be eagerly awaiting that.

It's a cold -7 degrees up here and right now just cloudy really but we do have snow forecast for the rest of the day and into tomorrow as well.

It is looking like the next sunny day will be around Wednesday.

Have a fun Christmas!

Lifts currently operating:
All lifts apart from No13 are scheduled to be open today, and most normal courses are open.
Kids Park and Zipline are also open.
Powderwave I, II, Usagi and River Line and Freeride Park are not open yet.

Official snow depth:
140cm   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Sunday 25th December 2011, 9:38am
Weather conditions: Cloud, light snow
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
It's Christmas morning and we have another 30cm or so of new freshly-fallen snow in Zao. Somewhat unexpectedly, earlier on there are also some blue skies on view and it looked like it might just clear up, but the clouds have moved in again and light snow is falling and the mountain covered in cloud once again.

Not much of a wind at all but it is cold out there, and currently around -7 degrees but probably as cold as -13 degrees up on the top of the mountain.

Great conditions for a Christmas ski or snowboard then. I know where I'm heading now! Have a fun day.

Official snow depths (25th Dec 11)
Utopia - 85cm
Chuo - 60cm
Paradise - 85cm
Uwanodai - 55cm

Operating lifts (25th Dec '11)
All Ropeways (Skycable, Zao Chuo Ropeway, Zao Ropeway) and all scheduled lifts operating.
All the runs at Zao are now open/accessible.   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Sunday 25th December 2011, 9:47am
Weather conditions: Westerly 16m/s wind and snow is continuing above 1000m altitude. Snow will continue to fall day.
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
And who said Santa wasn't real!?

Looks like he delivered us all an epic day for riding deep powder! The winds have settled and it looks as if the lifts will be running over here in Higashiyama, although the top will probably stay closed. It's going to snow, snow, snow and then snow some more today, I think we may have to consider donating some of our snow to those starved resorts around us, it is Christmas after all. And to think there could be a possibility that some people may say there's too much snow! Who would have thought? Lets see what the riders say when they come home tonight...

Avalanche warning states all gates to remain closed but that's just fine for us, there will be plenty of powder to be found on resort today and in those trees and the way it is dumping more than likely we'll have fresh tracks by the time we get back up the hill.

Got out and ride safely and celebrate Christmas Niseko Style!

Current Official Snow Depths:

Grand Hirafu:
Top - 305cm
Bottom - 180cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 240cm
Bottom - 160cm

Niseko Hanazono:
Top - 305cm
Bottom - 180cm

Top - 250cm
Bottom - 160cm

Niseko Avalanche info reads:
Niseko base 6am: -7℃, 30cm of crystal snowfall in the past 12 hours. Annupuri peak wind: SW12.6m/s. Coastal data: W16m/s wind at Benkei cape, 6m waves at Kamui cape, 997hPa atmospheric pressure. Westerly 16m/s wind and snow is continuing above 1000m altitude, developing cornices and snowdrifts. The snow in the trees under 700m is good, not so much affected by the wind. 80cm thick surface slab avalanche hazard is still to be considered in leeward slopes with heavy snowdrifts above 800m altitude. Cornices, open steep slopes and knolls are signs of danger. Potential trigger layer is Dec 22nd. All gates are scheduled to be kept closed today. Don’t duck ropes; one track left under the rope could lead many other to do the same, and raise the chances of accidents. Beware of frostbites.   Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Sunday 25th December 2011, 11:49am
Weather conditions: Cloudy, occasional sun
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
A monster snow for Christmas (big ho, ho, ho's! all over the area). I'm going to go with Akakura Onsen's reporting of 35cm—that's the biggest official figure, but even that seems crazy. Your 195cm reporter was wading through snow up to his hips—granted there was drifting because of the pretty high winds last night, but Akakan's reported 20cm? Not possible! There is much more out there for you, sliders!

OK, maybe I'm a little excited, but can you blame me? We wondered if there would be any snow for Christmas, and now we're out fighting piles of the stuff. And it really was up to my hips (and I always feel like I'm giving away my secret Snow identity by giving away personal hints—nice catch, reader Tony, who figured out who I am).

The sun has been poking out from time to time this morning, alternating with some light snowfall. In short, it's a perfect white Christmas in Myoko!

Current Official Snow Depths

Akakura Onsen:

Akakan (Akakura Kanko):


Myoko Suginohara:

Seki Onsen:

Myoko Ski Park:



140cm   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Sunday 25th December 2011, 12:04pm
Weather conditions: After some heavy snow overnight the sun is peaking thru but probably won't last
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
It is a very white Christmas today in Nozawa Onsen. As expected we had another huge dump again last night with 60cm gracing the resort. People are going to start thinking I am making this stuff up but it is honestly another sublime day today. We have now smashed our way through the 2 meter mark for base up top!

It started snowing heavily at about 8pm last night and it didn't stop all night. The road heaters were struggling to keep up with the downpour of the white gold as we strolled to the Onsen just before midnight Christmas Eve. It was a beautiful scene though and was only out done when the sun burst through the clouds at about 10am this morning.
With 60cm of fresh snow, relatively clear skies and not too many people about the ones that have made the trip will be having a very Merry Christmas. It is always a special feeling to go skiing on Christmas day.

Believe it or not another big dump is expected tonight and then will ease into Boxing Day. The start to this Winter in Nozawa Onsen is one of the best I can remember for quite a few years once it got going. On behalf of everyone here in Nozawa we would like to wish you and your families a very Merry Christmas, we thank you all for returning to Nozawa Onsen especially this year and look forward to seeing more of you into the New Year!

Current Official Snow Depths Numbers:


210 cm


Current Lift operations:
All but Kandaha

Current courses open:
All but Kandaha
Yu Road is also open the moving walkway from the Village   Read more ...

Furano Now!

Sunday 25th December 2011, 14:00pm
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
A Merry Christmas to all of you out there reading this on the internet, and to all of you out there enjoying all this winter weather! It's been snowing steadily since around 9 o'clock this morning, and it doesn't show any signs of letting up any time soon.

What's on the menu for Christmas in Furano this year? Powder, powder, and more powder. There's almost 10cm of fresh white since the sun came up, and it just keeps coming down. A lot of us are spending time with family and loved ones, but for those of you who really enjoy grabbing freshies, you might want to think about spending time with loved ones ON THE MOUNTAIN. It's not to cold outside at a mild -5, and with all that snow coming down, it's like someone's wrapped a warm, white blanket around your shoulders. Winds are light out of the NNE, and may they continue to bring those beautiful Christmas flakes right to our door.

Santa was up on the mountain yesterday handing out kids to presents, and rumor has it he is up to his old tricks again today. If you are a kid and you spy a man in a flashy red suit, be sure to shout out SANTA, and you may end up with a nice little something to take home with you.

Staff have also been operating a "Sunkid" ski-lift machine for children, targeted towards beginnners, so be sure to check that out if you have young ones and are in front of the Gondola Station in Kitanomine Zone.

The weather looks to continue in this fashion on through the evening and into tomorrow. Next week's skiing and snowboarding are looking absolutely fantastic.   Read more ...

Minakami Now!

Sunday 25th December 2011, 17:31pm
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Definitely a White Christmas in Minakami. Several centimeters of snow on the ground in the valley when we woke this morning and it has been on and off all today. The weather cleared up for a bit and then it started snowing again early afternoon with the clouds coming in quickly. Snow set to continue into the night so another powder day tomorrow.
   Read more ...

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