Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 30th May 2021

Niseko Now!

Monday 25th February 2008, 8:25am
Weather conditions: Snowing
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
All of Hirafu was shut yesterday except for two small lifts at the bottom which had lift lines of at least 30 minutes long. It was the biggest storm of the season. Wind drifts covered all the cars and walking in the Village felt like climbing Everest.

Not sure what will be open today as the wind from yesterday has left a crusty layer of wind packed snow all over the mountain. The avalanche report is saying that only 10 centimeters of snow fell yesterday even though it felt like a meter had fallen. The only way we can know for sure is to get out there.

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Minakami Now!

Monday 25th February 2008, 8:29am
Weather conditions: Overcast and snowing
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
The storm of the last couple of dayshas accumulated 60cm in exposed areas and up to 90cm in sheltered areas.

The high winds and blizzard conditions of yesterday have disappeared this morning with light snow still falling at the valley level which should end within the next 2 hours. The remainder of the day should be overcast with light winds.

Tomorrow looks like another cloudy day with some rain forecast for Wednesday but higher resorts should receive snow.

Backcountry Advisory
High winds and up to 90cm of fresh snow above 1300m will be loading lee slopes with some decent size sluffs expected (top 30-40cm). Caution is advised.

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

Naeba Now!

Monday 25th February 2008, 8:43am
Weather conditions: Blizzard
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
A bit of a surprise this morning to see the snow still falling, kind of expected it to stop overnight, thought it might be impossible to have more snow drop out of the sky in such a short space of time. The wind has been moving the snow around the mountain and town like an indecisive chess player and so visibility is still not so crash hot this morning and its difficult to say how much has fallen. Though things look to brighten up as the sun keeps attempting to burst through the cloud cover.

The Gondolas are set to open up at: No1 - 10:30am, No2 - 9:00am and the Dragondola at 9am. Limited operations at Tashiro/Kagura/Mitsumata.   Read more ...

Yuzawa Now!

Monday 25th February 2008, 9:24am
Weather conditions: Snow, cloud > sun
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Yesterday was another day of crazy weather out there. The snow continued for most of the day, but eased off later on in the evening. The winds were with us pretty much all day though.

This morning, out in Minamiuonuma, the sun was actually out with a fair bit of blue sky but in Yuzawa it is still snowing. About 10cm of snow on the car tops. It is rather bright though and so perhaps the snow clouds will soon move and to make way for a fine day as it is to the north. (The forecast is for the snow until mid-morning and then clearing up to just cloud).

It's about -2 at the moment.

There are apparently still some winds going on higher up and the main part of Kagura is closed with limited operations at Mitsumata and Kagura. If things calm down they will open up later on.

GALA Yuzawa is open today.

Since I have started writing this, the sun has appeared in Yuzawa!   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Monday 25th February 2008, 9:36am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Well what a weekend that was. Unfortunately, not the best for people visiting the area with the wild weather and limited operations at the resorts.

It is still snowing this morning but not quite as wild with weaker winds and it looks like better weather is on it's way. Resort operations are still being affected either by the winds or the resorts coping with all the snow that has fallen over the last few days.

It's very very cold this morning.... Terakoya reporting -16!

Take a look at those snow depths. Ichinose Family has hit 300cm and other resorts close to 3m, so apart from the fact that snow conditions are excellent right now this also looks good for a long, long season into spring.

Nighta is planned at the following resort areas of Shiga Kogen today:

- Ichinose Family
- Ichinose Diamond   Read more ...

Furano Now!

Monday 25th February 2008, 9:47am
Weather conditions: sunny morning, a bit fresh after a cold night, fast snow
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
With the strong winds of the last few days, yesterday's snow was acutally better than expected, with lots of wind blown pockets holidng dry snow. The temperatures on the mountain yesterday were very very cold however; I wouldn't be surprised if Furano sold out of face masks yesterday it was definately a chilly one.

No fresh snow overnight. We had a cold minimum overnight of minus 25, so the snow hopefully has dried out a little more. The snow is very fast at the moment. Remember to stay in control, and that the person in front always has right of way.

Temperatures are expected to stay cold again for the next few days with snowfall from Tuesday afternoon through the rest of the week.

The steeps of Kuma Otoshi and Furikozawa should hold some nice fresh snow today.   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Monday 25th February 2008, 9:55am
Weather conditions: Sunny with blue skies and some high cloud
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Huge amounts of powder yesterday morning with snow falling and big gusts. Around 30 or so centimetres fell in the valley and in the alpine more snow combined with strong winds meant lee slopes will have been heavily loaded.

Beautiful blue skies and cold temperatures today plus gondola and higher lift operation yesterday means big smiles powder lines and face shots a plenty today...

Backcountry Travel Advisory as at Feb 24th:

Strong winds on Saturday have created thick wind slabs on South and South East aspects that may be unstable in steep convexing terrain. Combine this with the recent heavy snow and one could expect instability in steeper North and South aspects. 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: Moderate

Tree Line: Considerable

Alpine: High
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Myoko Now!

Monday 25th February 2008, 10:23am
Weather conditions: Sunny
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
6 metres at Seki today! Don't get off your snowboard;) Sunny skies have left the blizzards behind with snow levels literally through the roof. Branches have littered many of the off-piste areas and avalanches are being reported.

I don't recommend Seki Onsen today because of this, although the depths are quite tempting. For views and a fresh breath of no-crowd air, Suginohara is the pick of the day.

Your Myoko area levels for today:
415cm (Akakura Kanko Resort);
420cm (Akakura Onsen);
300cm (Ikenotaira);
450cm on top, 280cm on the bottom (Suginohara);
400cm (Kyukamura);
260cm (Pine Valley);
600cm (Seki Onsen)!!!;
260cm (Madarao Tangram Ski Circus);
240cm (Madarao Sympathique);
270cm (Madarao Kogen);
400cm (Myoko Ski Park);
200cm (Togakushi);
260cm! (Kurohime);
185cm (Iizuna);
195cm (Iizuna Kogen)

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Nozawa Onsen Now!

Monday 25th February 2008, 12:30pm
Weather conditions: Fine
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Huge amounts of snow again for Nozawa. It snowed hard all day yesterday and until this morning. There is thick ice and slush on the heated roads still. It is a perfect day for powder now with blue skies and no wind. We are expecting more snow to start tomorrow and to go hard for two days.    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