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Naeba Now!

Sunday 25th March 2012, 8:03am
Weather conditions: Cloud, light snow
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Well, just a dusting of snow really overnight in Naeba and Kagura. It's a cold morning here though, definitely colder than yesterday, and snow is expected during the day today and especially tonight. So let's hoping, as they say.

There might be some fairly strong winds up there today, so lift operations might be affected.

Tomorrow snow is on the forecast as well, though we will just have to see how that turns out.

Resort Operations, 25th March (subject to change)
Should be open as normal. Splash Bowl and Mens Slalom now closed.
Open as normal.
Official snow depths

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Madarao Now!

Sunday 25th March 2012, 8:11am
Weather conditions: Cloud, snow > sun
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
It is definitely colder this morning and things feel more winter like. And, most importantly, there's 5cm or so of fresh snow around the resort this morning as a result of the snow since yesterday. The resort is in fact reporting 5-10cm of new snowfall. Yey. It should make for a good day today.

Actually just in the last however long, the sun has made an appearance and it is looking much brighter behind the generally cloudy and snowy skies - until just a short while ago it was snowing quite heavily actually but has eased off. Snow clouds are due to be with us today and tomorrow - while not major snowfall we might see some new cm over the next few days to top up the slopes. Looks like conditions should be decent right through until the end of the season here.

No more nighta for this season. (Boo!)


Lifts currently operating:
All lifts and runs due to be open today
Official snow depth:
250cm   Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Sunday 25th March 2012, 8:21am
Weather conditions: Light snow, turing ot sunny skies
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Looks like a great day to be out skiing in Myoko: a little fresh snow (don't think deep powder, but there is fresh stuff out there), and the sun keeps trying to come out. No official reports yet, so we're guessing about 5cm at base level, and a temperature of about -1° (but it feels like it could get warm out there).

Current Official Snow Depths

Akakura Onsen:

Akakan (Akakura Kanko):


Myoko Suginohara:

Seki Onsen:

Myoko Ski Park:



250cm   Read more ...

Minakami Now!

Sunday 25th March 2012, 8:34am
Weather conditions: Overcast/Light snow
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Much the same as yesterday here in Minakami but without the wind. Coldish temperatures, grey clouds as far as the eye can see with light snow falling at the top. Dusting of snow around from yesterday and softish snow on most parts of the mountain. Good spring snow.

Light snow still on the forecast for the next couple of days with it due to clear up on Tuesday. Temperatures are set to get really warm on Thursday and Friday.   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Sunday 25th March 2012, 8:41am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Much calmer winds this morning and just cloudy conditions really. I can't see the top of the mountain from base. It's a bit colder than yesterday as well and about -2 degrees in the village are with the top of the mountain reporting a temperature of around -8 degrees.

We are still on for windy conditions as well as snowfall to arrive in Zao today and also for tomorrow with conditions forecast to ease up and get clearer by Tuesday.

Official snow depths (25th March 12)
Utopia - 260cm
Chuo - 220cm
Paradise - 240cm
Uwanodai - 165cm

Operating lifts (25th March 12)
All Ropeways (Skycable, Zao Chuo Ropeway, Zao Ropeway) operating.
Most lifts operating.
All the runs at Zao scheduled to be open.   Read more ...

Yuzawa Now!

Sunday 25th March 2012, 8:48am
Weather conditions: Cloud, light snow
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Light, but wet, snow falling in places - and just cloudy in others - this morning in Yuzawa. Higher up on the resorts they are reporting light snow but nothing really in terms of new cm of snowfall... more like just a dusting here and there. It's not really the kind of snowfall that amounts to much.

So a cloudy and wet kind of start to the day, but we can hope for snow to be falling today and tomorrow. It is about 0 degrees at the moment with a high or around 3 forecast for Yuzawa town.

Looks like things should remain quite cold for the next few days, but we are expecting things to warm up again once we get to around Thursday.

Official resort snow depths @ Sunday 25th March 12, 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:
200cm   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Sunday 25th March 2012, 8:54am
Weather conditions: Cloud, light
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
This morning I am happy to report that the roads in Marike have a new coating of snow and are all white and it is snowing. Resorts around the area are reporting 5cm or so of fresh snow and while we had some stronger winds overnight it is somewhat calmer at the moment. Wind might be an issue today though, especially in some more exposed areas. Hopefully we will see snow continue to fall today and perhaps into tomorrow as well. It should be remaining cold as well until around Tuesday when clearer clouds are likely.

Nighta operations this evening planned at the following resort area:

- Ichinose Family

Official resort snow depths as of Sunday 25th March 2012 AM:

Sun Valley:
Ichinose Family:
Ichinose Diamond:
Okushiga Kogen:
240cm   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Sunday 25th March 2012, 9:02am
Weather conditions: Partly Cloudy
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Good morning, and a colder one at that. Today is definitely off to a cooler start than the past few have been. There was a slight dusting last night, but nothing that will really influence the skiing on offer. It is expected to warm up a bit as it is partly cloudy. There's a 50% chance of snow for today and tomorrow. It looks like it will be cold enough, especially at elevation, to keep it fairly light snow.

Yesterday we saw some fog and warm temps. It wasn't quite raining at the base but it was freezing rain and not ideal snow. On a good note, for a weekend the resort has been uncrowded. It's almost spring skiing time when the sun comes out and the corn cycle starts.

There's a bit of uncertainty in the forecast, but it will increase with accuracy as time goes on. We will update you with that as soon as it looks relatively clear.

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 415cm
Bottom - 200cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 450cm
Bottom - 200cm

Top - 475cm
Bottom - 200cm

Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6am: -2C, no snowfall. Coastal data: SE3m/s at Benkei cape, 0.5m waves and 1002hPa at Kamui cape. Annupuri peak: SE5.8m/s, -10.5C. Annupuri 1000m: 480cm snowdepth.
Snowfall transition: A low-pressure system is moving up along the pacific side and moderate snowfall is forecasted to start in late morning. A cold airmass (-12C at 1500m) is present in higher altitude and a moderate snowfall will persist above 1100m altitude. A high-pressure area between two low-pressure systems is overlaying Hokkaido resulting in calm wind weather under 800m.
Hazard evaluation: The general avalanche risk is low, however the cornices have grown huge and are likely to collapse with a slight stimulation, and could trigger a slide as they fall.
Cracks are likely to open up as the season shifts to spring and are not visible from above. Be careful not to fall into them. Looking at this season’s snowfall transition, climax (ground) avalanches are likely to occur from 1100m altitude as soon as cracks starts to form. Caution is required in coordinate E6 Backbowl area, F5 Osawa area, G8-H8 Higashione area and E7 West face Goshiki area. It is strongly unrecommended to ski or rest in valley bottoms and always keep space between skiers when traversing avalanche terrains.
Gates: Peak gates are scheduled to open at 9:30am, however is subject to lift operation. Opening time may be delayed due to weather conditions. Please respect the ski patrol’s instructions. Outside the gates is not the ski resort anymore. Ducking ropes is strictly prohibited in Niseko. Have a safe day.   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Sunday 25th March 2012, 13:04pm
Weather conditions: Snowing Lightly
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
After a few warm days it was great to see the village covered in a new blanket of snow this morning. Temperatures dropped and brought a nice top up of fresh snow up top. Constant changes on the weather front with the sun poking through every now and then. All in all not a bad day for late march. Quite a few people on the mountain with the border cross competition still going. You could see some spectacular falls yesterday on the racecourse.

The spring festival also continues today with free sake on offer so take it easy up there.

Yesterday was a bit of a mix with slushy spring conditions down at the bottom but still decent on piste up top. Visibility was pretty limited at times.

Snowing out the window at the moment and should continue for a day or two.

Current Official Snow Depths Numbers:




Current Lift operations:
Whole resort is operational

Current courses open:
All open
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Hakuba Now!

Sunday 25th March 2012, 16:40pm
Weather conditions: Snow, cloud
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
It is a very very good morning from Hakuba. Moving snow off the car is a fine way to have to begin a late March morning and that's just what I had to do this morning. It feels like mid-winter again.

The rain finally changed into snow yesterday afternoon, and it kept snowing all night long with -4C of temperature last night. It has still been snowing in the valley with -3 to -1c earlier this morning. Down in the village we got at least 10cm of fresh snow and 20 to 30cm of new snowfall has been reported on the hills in Hakuba with Cortina reporting more than that today. The wind is pretty calm on the base but about 5m/hr, W to NW on the top.

Forecast is scoping for more snow lasting perhaps until monday night. Freezing level will be around 300m to 500,, and it will goes up to 750, on Tuesday. We're hoping that this is not the last fresh snow days, but it does looks like we are going to be getting some spring weather next week. But more snow next weekend? Very possibly.

There will be some spots with crust with the new snow on top. The avalanche danger has come down to 'Considerable' but be careful when you are in BC area. Small slab avalanches could easily take your control away.

A bit of a surprise to get so much new snowfall out there but fantastic news all the same, of course. Enjoy.


Official snow depths and operations @ Sunday 25th March 2012 AM:

Hakuba Goryu:
A nice 30cm of new snowfall up top and about 10cm lower down this morning. All lifts and runs open today.
Official snow depths:
Alps daira - 270cm;
Toomi - 140cm;
Iimori - 110cm

Hakuba 47:
30cm of new snowfall reported by 47 this morning. All courses open, all lifts except Line D operating.
Official snow depth:
Upper - 256cm
Lower - 160cm

Official snow depth:
Usagidaira - 230cm;
Sakka - 90cm;
Nakiyama - 80cm.

Tsugaike Kogen:
Official snow depth:
Upper slopes - 300cm
Champion - 210cm

Hakuba Cortina:
A whopping 40cm of new fresh snow reported by Cortina today. All planned lifts and courses part open. No5 and No7 lifts now closed.
Official snow depth:
Upper - 375cm
Lower - 240cm

Hakuba Norikura:
Official snow depth:

Hakuba Iwatake:
Village Side (lower slopes) plan to be open until 1st April (upper slopes open well beyond that date).
Official snow depth:
Upper - 190cm
Lower - 55cm

Hakuba Sanosaka:

Hakuba Minekata:
Now closed for the season   Read more ...

Furano Now!

Sunday 25th March 2012, 21:20pm
Weather conditions: Snow Flurries
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Today was a big day for the Furano Ski Resort as it hosted the 9th Annual Kimura Giant Slalom Race events. It was also the last scheduled day of operations for the Kitanomine Zone. Snow showers fell off and on throughout the day, especially towards evening, but on the whole no major accumulations to speak of. It's currently -3 outside with some light flurries coming down, but things should quiet down overnight. There is chance for more snow showers come early morning tomorrow, so the early bird just might get the worm over in the Furano Zone!

The Spies Course in Furano Zone will be closed on March 25 for ski competitions.

March 25 (today) is the final day of the season for the Kitanomine Zone. The proposed closing date for Furano Zone is May 6.
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