Snow and weather reports posted on Friday 17th April 2020

Madarao Now!

Wednesday 26th January 2011, 8:08am
Weather conditions: sunshine/cloud
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
It's Wednesday morning at Madarao and we are looking at generally similar conditions to yesterday, a mix of sunshine and cloud on and off throughout the day, but likely mostly cloud. While overnight the resort didn't receive any fresh snow, the coverage will still make for an enjoyable day of skiing and boarding.

The temperature at the moment is sitting at -7.0 degrees, whilst visability conditions are predicted to remain between good and average.

So again, a good day to take advantage of the good weather conditions, snow and quietness of weekdays.

Looking forward, it looks likely we will see similar kind of conditions continuing - cloud with a chance of light snow or clearer spells - over the next few days.

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 ...

Minakami Now!

Wednesday 26th January 2011, 9:08am
Weather conditions: Sunny
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Yesterday brought around 10 cm of new snow to the valley and up to 20cm in the upper mountains.

The sun is out this morning in most of Minakami, just Tenjin that is covered in cloud and snowing lightly. It looks like a little snow will fall in the late afternoon today with the next storm starting in the early hours of tomorrow morning.

The forecast for the next 5 days is for snow so it is likely to be another powdery weekend!

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Naeba Now!

Wednesday 26th January 2011, 9:22am
Weather conditions: Sunny with tints of blue sky
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
As of now, it is sunny outside with few clouds hanging over in Naeba. One could see blue in the sky. The new snow fall today is very scarce, as there are no new snow on the car roofs or the parking lot. There's some icy conditions on the road at the moment this morning with the snow melting and becoming ice. Also, it is expected that we will new snowfall of around 5-10cm tomorrow.

Kagura is reporting 1-5cm of fresh snow this morning and so conditions up there will remain good.

In Naeaba, it is expected to snow lightly on and off all the way until Saturday, when it is expected to be clear and sunny. Winds are very light and visibility is great, as one would have a clear view of the whole mountain. Temperatures are average with a top of -4 degrees expected with a windchill of -6. Both the temperature and windchill are predicted to drop to a bottom of -20 and -28 respectively.

At Naeba, the Prince Gondola #1 is closed for two days consecutively, which is today and tomorrow. All the courses are open.

The lifts at Kagura are operating normally. However, the Shirakaba course, Downhill course, Forestry Expert course, and Intermediate course will remain closed.

Official Snow Depths:


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Niseko Now!

Wednesday 26th January 2011, 9:30am
Weather conditions: Mostly cloudy with light snow flurries
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Nothing much to report again. A little snow fell on and off through yesterday and there was a dusting overnight. This morning it is mostly cloudy with a little sun poking through and some light snow flurries. We really need some decent falls of fresh snow and at this stage some reasonable falls may start falling on Friday and hopefully continue throughout the weekend.
Happy Australia Day to all the Aussies in resort. Plenty of events on around the village throughout the day and tonight should be a big one!

Current Official Snow Depths:

Grand Hirafu:
Top - 320
Bottom - 160

Niseko Village:
Top - 300
Bottom - 180

Top - 245
Bottom - 200

Avalanche Information:

Mountain base 6am: -8℃ and slight overnight snowfall. The Sea of Japan is calm with a mild easterly wind. Though, the wind is still blowing strong in high altitudes. The wind-blown snow has recovered some west facing slopes around 1000m, but also made thin wind-drift slabs to develop around 1250m Backbowl sidewalls and Hanazono face of Higashi-One. Thin slab slides could be triggered by skiing stimulation or other impacts. Even if in small scale, an avalanche could easily drag a skier down for several hundred meters, hitting trees on the way and could result in a serious accident. Do not underestimate the risks. The New Year accident happened in similar conditions. There may be no deep snow, but fun condition remains in the tree-runs. Carefully select your touring route in the out of bounds area. Do not traverse knolls, open steep faces or slopes under cornices. Those are typical avalanche terrain and could slide at anytime. Peak gates are scheduled to open at 9:30. Have a nice day.   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Wednesday 26th January 2011, 9:52am
Weather conditions: Rays of Sunshine coming through the cloud
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
The stars were shining last night over Nozawa and this morning it is doing its best to go blue skies. There is still a bit of light cloud hanging about and a silver look to the day and also some snow forecast for later on.

Snow conditions remain really good and with very light winds should be an fine day. Yesterday saw some great powder left after the weekend but also some strong winds in the middle of the day which saw a few people head for cover early on. The wind then abated so was some solitude on the empty runs later in the day.

Great sunset too last night to top of the day.

The forecast is for light snow over the next few days then the next decent dump is still looming for Saturday.

There are a few of the Yellow Coats school groups on the slopes at the moment otherwise lift lines are pretty non existent.

Together with the stellar run of great snow conditions it is an awesome time to be in the Mountains.

Courses open:

All except the following
Uenotaira Half Pipe
Karasawa Wave Park

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

Yuzawa Now!

Wednesday 26th January 2011, 11:01am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
We did have snow for the most part yesterday but it didn't really amount to much in terms of new snow and was fairly weak and by evening things were clear.

This morning started off grey and cloudy and for a short while just an hour or so ago the sun was out and we had some clear silvery-blue skies over Yuzawa. Clouds were always hanging on to the north in Minamiuonuma though and in the last half hour or so it has cloused over somewhat in Yuzawa as well. It's still bright but it looks like we are going to see things cloud over more and the forecast tells us to expect snow this afternoon and then all of tomorrow as well. They are calling for an average of 20cm and a maximum of 40cm of snow between now and 9am tomorrow morning. Always welcome, so bring it on I say.

It is a relatively mild +2 degrees here at the moment and doesn't feel that cold at all, but that will probably drop as the day progresses as well and the snow appears.

Clear weather on Saturday before some heavy snow coming in on Sunday? Might be on the cars. We'll update you each day of course with the latest....

Official snow depths @ 26th January 2010 AM




Gala Yuzawa:

Yuzawa Kogen:

Yuzawa Park:

Yuzawa Nakazato:

Kandatsu Kogen:


NASPA Ski Garden:

Ishiuchi Maruyama:
260cm   Read more ...

Furano Now!

Wednesday 26th January 2011, 11:03am
Weather conditions: Broken cloud with sun
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
We have awoken to a dusting of snow around the base area. There is some cloud rolling over the tops but predominently high broken cloud with nice rays of sunshine coming through. The mountain has been perfectly groomed and conditions are firm powder.   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Wednesday 26th January 2011, 13:01pm
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
This morning started off with some fairly clear weather conditions in the region after the fog had left us, but since then clouds have moved in and it is now grey and cloudy and it looks like we are on for snow by the end of the afternoon. It will very likely be snowing at times fairly heavily overnight along with some much colder temperatures and then more snow through tomorrow and potentially clearer conditions on Friday and into the weekend. As the forecast stands Saturday should start off fairly clear but snow due on Saturday night, perhaps a fair bit of it as well.

Nighta operations this evening planned at the following resort area:

- Ichinose Family

Official resort snow depths as of 26th January 2011 AM:

Sun Valley:
Ichinose Family:
Ichinose Diamond:
Okushiga Kogen:
210cm   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Wednesday 26th January 2011, 13:14pm
Weather conditions: Light snow, cloud
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Another 5-10cm or so of fresh snow this morning in Zao as it just keeps on coming down filling in those tracks!

There is a light wind and it is a relatively mild -3 degrees in the village at the moment and while once again the mountain is mostly covered in cloud, visibility is fair out there - and seems to be improving actually as the day moves on. I can actually see what looks like some blue behind some thinning out cloud in one place up there.

The forecast does tell us to expect possible clearer sunny intervals, particularly tomorrow morning and perhaps into the weekend as well, though there will always be a chance of some light snow falling each day. Expect things to get colder by the weekend as well.   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Wednesday 26th January 2011, 15:24pm
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Sorry for the delay with the report today.

Snowfall it was last night after a day when some fairly strong winds made an appearance in Hakuba and this morning things are calmer and there was 5-10cm or so of fresh snow being reported by resorts around Hakuba and Otari earlier this morning. Interestingly, Goryu was saying 2cm on the upper slopes and 5cm down on the lower slopes!

The snowy conditions have continued throughout the day and it is still snowing as I write this. Coming down nicely though there will have been fairly poor visibility out on the slopes for the few people there seem to be out there today. They will of course have been rewarded with that fresh snow to play in. It hasn't been particularly cold either today so nice conditions to be out there if you ask me.

We can expect snow to continue overnight and into tomorrow, followed by a chance of clearer conditions on Friday into Saturday before the next lot of snow is with us Saturday evening.

Official snow depths and operations @ Wednesday 26th January AM:

Hakuba Goryu:
Overnight Goryu reported 2cm up top and 5cm down below. The Iimori Snow Park is also now open.
Night time operations from 6pm until 9:30pm.
Alps daira - 345cm;
Toomi - 160cm;
Iimori - 140cm.

Hakuba 47:
5cm of fresh snow on the slopes at 47. The resort and park at the resort are fully open.
Snow depth (upper) - 198cm.

Nakiyama nighta now operating.
Usagidaira/Kurobishi - 270cm;
Sakka - 160cm;
Shirakaba - 130cm;
Nakiyama - 130cm.

Tsugaike Kogen:
Snow depth - 285cm
Maruyama area - 150cm
Champion - 200cm

Hakuba Iwatake:
Upper - 165cm
Lower - 105cm

Hakuba Cortina:
Corting was reporting 3cm of fresh snow this morning.
Upper - 345cm
Lower - 210cm

Hakuba Sanosaka:

Hakuba Minekata:
145cm   Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Wednesday 26th January 2011, 19:55pm
Weather conditions: Snowing, slowing down slightly at the moment
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
It looked like a sunny day was on the menu this morning; a beautiful sunrise with a pink Mt. Myoko, not a cloud in the sky. But there was the rumor of heavy snow coming, and by 7 a.m. high, thin clouds were starting to move in.

Sure enough, by early afternoon the snow had started, and kept on getting stronger though the afternoon. There's probably 30 cm of fresh on the ground now, and it's falling nice and steady.... Yet another great powder day tomorrow, it seems.

Most everything seems to be running steadily on the mountain; no closures due to high winds, no breakdowns or unexpected closures. The only exception is the No.3 lift at Suginohara, which has been down a lot, officially because of heavy snow and wind—but nowhere else is reporting the same problems. be sure to check in if you're heading there and want the steeps, bumps or backcountry access from the top of the lift.

Current Official Snow Depths:

Akakura Onsen:

Akakan (Akakura Kanko):


Myoko Suginohara:

Seki Onsen:

Myoko Ski Park:



230cm   Read more ...

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