Snow and weather reports posted on Wednesday 20th January 2021

Niseko Now!

Monday 26th March 2012, 7:32am
Weather conditions: Partly Cloudy
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Good morning, and it's a beautiful one in Niseko today. An unexpected 10cm or so fell overnight and the sun is just barely shining through the clouds. Today should be a fun one pretty much everywhere. The resort will have some new snow and up higher more than 10cm.

Backcountry travel is a fairly good bet today. The visibility probably won't be very good, but there is new snow and it is relatively safe. If you are hiking somewhere, it would be wise to have been there before so you know the route in case of bad visibility.

Yesterday we saw some freezing rain accompanied with fairly light snow all within an afternoon's work. The weather has been changing even more frequent than normal so just a heads up. The wind wasn't too bad at all yesterday and rarely picked up over the occasional gust.

We can expect some snow in the next couple days and possible warm temps. Let's hope they don't get too warm because winter isn't done here in Niseko!

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 425cm
Bottom - 200cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 450cm
Bottom - 200cm

Top - 480cm
Bottom - 200cm

Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6am: -2C, 10cm of graupels and broken particle snow in the past 12 hours. Coastal data: NW13m/s at Benkei cape, 0.6m waves and 1007hPa at Kamui cape. Annupuri peak: WNW5.3m/s, -10.3C. Annupuri 1000m: 475cm snowdepth.
Snowfall transition: Snowfall has picked up in early morning and the visibility is low. Snowfall has reached 15-25cm in the west side and 20cm in the east side at 1000m altitude. Snowdrifts will start to develop in leeward, ESE facing slopes, however snowfall is forecasted to calm down in late morning and a westerly wind to pick up later.
Hazard evaluation: Avalanche risk is rising in SE facing slopes above 800m due to new snow forming notable slabs. Those slabs will grow thicker and unstable as the wind picks up. A 30cm thick slab avalanche is likely to occur with skiing stimulation. It is unrecommended to easily drop into steep slopes around 1000m altitude.
Gates: Peak gates are scheduled to open at 9:30cm but is subject to lift operation. Please follow the ski patrol’s instructions. Gates 6, Moiwa, has been removed as the lift operation has terminated. The snow in the trees is soft and in good condition. Have a safe day.   Read more ...

Minakami Now!

Monday 26th March 2012, 9:05am
Weather conditions: Overcast/Light snow
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Still grey clouds and light snow in Minakami. It has been coming down lightly but has added up and this last few days has been a good refresher for the slopes. Great conditions on piste and a few centimeters of fresh snow everywhere else to play in.

The light snow is supposed to continue today and tomorrow is supposed to clear up. Snow again on Wednesday then the warmer temperatures will be with us for Thursday and Friday, though Saturday might see a return to the low temperatures.   Read more ...

Furano Now!

Monday 26th March 2012, 9:20am
Weather conditions: Sunny
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Kitanomine Zone is now closed for the season. March really delivered the goods in terms of quantity an quality of snow. The most of March provided powder conditions and the final weekend for Kitanomine was no except with Sundays snow being absoultely fantastic. It is a pity to see Kitanomine close with so much snow still there.

Furano Zone will continue operations through to the end of the season. Night skiing is no longer operating and lift operations are from 8:30am - 4pm daily.

Today is nice and sunny and there has been a 2cm dusting of new snow at village level.

The proposed closing date for Furano Zone is May 6.
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Myoko Now!

Monday 26th March 2012, 11:40am
Weather conditions: Snow with occasional sun
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
It's the end of March, and time for powder snow! Even as some of the resort are cutting back operations or getting ready to close, there is still a ton of snow on the ground and more keeps coming! Skiing was great yesterday afternoon, and we probably got 10-15cm of fresh overnight. Still very good conditions.

Most areas are still running, at least partially, except for Suginohara which always shuts down early; it has closed until the 31st and April 1st, when the gondola will run. Here's the rest:

Akakura Onsen: most lifts are running; night skiing has ended
Akakan: Sky Cable Gondola and No. 3 lifts are running
Ikenotaira: Shirakaba Capsule, Ikenotaira Quad and AB Dai 1 lifts
Suginohara: Closed until the weekend, then the season is over. With 260cm still on the ground....
Seki Onsen: You can't stop with 580cm of snow on the ground
Myoko Ski Park: Open
Kyukamura: Open
Tangram No. 3 and No. 5 lifts open until April 1
Madarao: Open

Current Official Snow Depths

Akakura Onsen:

Akakan (Akakura Kanko):


Myoko Suginohara:

Seki Onsen:

Myoko Ski Park:



240cm   Read more ...

Yuzawa Now!

Monday 26th March 2012, 12:02pm
Weather conditions: Cloud, light snow
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
It has been snowing in Yuzawa. Yes this morning we must have had about 10cm or so in town and that's what many of the resorts are reporting as well. Good to see the roads covered in white once more. It's still snowing lightly here though feels like it is probably easing off and indeed the forecast is for something clearer this afternoon.

We might see the sun tomorrow and then over the next few days warmer temperatures returning with the peak on Friday.

Official resort snow depths @ Monday 26th 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 ...

Naeba Now!

Monday 26th March 2012, 12:05pm
Weather conditions: Cloud, light snow
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Snowy conditions returned this morning with up to 10cm of fresh snow on the slopes. Cold too with Kagura early on this morning reporting a shivering -9 degrees up at the top there... hardly feels like late March.

Visibility is just ok lower down but up top it is poor and actually a few of the top courses have been closed temporarily this morning because of that.

The sun should be out tomorrow.

Resort Operations, 26th March (subject to change)
Should be open as normal. Splash Bowl and Mens Slalom now closed. Some courses affected by visibility.
Open as normal.
Official snow depths

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Hakuba Now!

Monday 26th March 2012, 12:06pm
Weather conditions: Cloud > clearing up?
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
And it is another extremely good morning from Hakuba.

It really feels like winter is back at the moment.

We have got about 10-15cm of new snow at base areas, but it actually feels like way more than that. It kept snowing all day long yesterday and finally stopped sometime last night. 25 to 30cm of new snow on the top of resorts, with some spots claiming up to 40-60cm! How about that then for late March! Lots of new snowfall all of a sudden that has taken more than a few people by surprise. We'll have no complaints right now, and today will be a very fine day to be out riding on the slopes.

Still lots of cloud around but there are breaks in it and some blue sky on show - the forecast has the conditions clearing up and it looks like it is starting to happen.

The forecast is saying that we have a chance of snow tonight again with snow level of 200m, but sun and milder conditions likely tomorrow. The snow level will go up to 1200m and 2300m to 2700m on Thursday and Friday with much milder conditions due once again later in the week.

AVALANCHE DANGER IS HIGH. Because of this sudden huge amount of snow, it is pretty unstable everywhere in back country area now. Traveling BC area is not recommended. It will need al least 24 hours to get all the new snow settled down. Because of the winds against ridges last night, conies has formed many places and are very unstable.

Looks like the sun is coming out now over the village. Ba safe and enjoy!


Official snow depths and operations @ Monday 26th March 2012 AM:

Hakuba Goryu:
Goryu reporting 20cm of new snowfall on the slopes. All lifts and runs open today.
Official snow depths:
Alps daira - 280cm;
Toomi - 150cm;
Iimori - 120cm

Hakuba 47:
40cm of new snowfall reported by 47 this morning. All lifts apart from Line D operating.
Official snow depth:
Upper - 313cm
Lower - 180cm

All lifts apart from Usagidaira pair, Happo No1, Nakiyama No2, Central Pair, Shirakaba No1 and No2 and Sakka No3 open. All course areas still accessible.
Official snow depth:
Usagidaira - 230cm;
Sakka - 90cm;
Nakiyama - 80cm.

Tsugaike Kogen:
Official snow depth:
Upper slopes - 330cm
Champion - 260cm

Hakuba Cortina:
All planned lifts and courses part open. No2 and No4 lifts remain operating and some courses open.
Official snow depth:
Upper - 395cm
Lower - 260cm

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 - 200cm
Lower - 100cm

Hakuba Sanosaka:

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

Madarao Now!

Monday 26th March 2012, 12:26pm
Weather conditions: Cloud, light snow
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Spring is being good to us again as we enter the last week of Madarao for 11/12 - 10cm or so of new snowfall again this morning once again freshening up the slopes. Strong winds earlier on mean that there's more (and less) than that in places, but the resort is giving out the number 10cm as well. So 10cm or so it is. The snow has eased off now as has the wind and it's just cloudy out there. Quite bright and no visibility issues.

Lifts open for this last week:
Super Quad
No 2 Quad
No 1 lift

From today for this last week lifts are cheaper at Madarao - it's not 2700 yen for one day and 5100 yen for two days.


Lifts currently operating:
Super Quad
No 2 Quad
No 1 lift
Official snow depth:
240cm   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Monday 26th March 2012, 12:31pm
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --

Yes, it's snowing in Zao. And feels pretty cold with it as well as we feel all wintery once again. Just a few cm earlier this morning but it is continuing to snow and right now visibility remains poor on the mountain - if anything the snow is getting heavier. It will likely ease off as we get into tomorrow but easy-to-snow conditions will continue over the next few days and it will probably be Thursday before we see much brighter conditions and warmer temps.

Great to see these kinds of conditions as we approach the end of May. Long may it continue!

Official snow depths (26th March 12)
Utopia - 260cm
Chuo - 220cm
Paradise - 240cm
Uwanodai - 165cm

Operating lifts (26th March 12)
All Ropeways (Skycable, Zao Chuo Ropeway, Zao Ropeway) operating.
Most lifts remain operating.
All the runs at Zao scheduled to be open.   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Monday 26th March 2012, 12:38pm
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Winter continues in Shiga Kogen, with at least another 5cm - more like 10cm in places - of fresh snow to report. Roads have packed snow on them and it was a winter-like -10 degrees in the Maruike area early this morning and hasn't warmed up that much since. It does feel nice and wintery once again.

The snow has eased off this lunchtime, it's just generally cloudy though fairly bright, and tomorrow we are forecast to have clear and sunny conditions.

Looking ahead, a bit of a warm spell late in the week but next weekend is looking very promising for snow as well, so I think it is safe to say that we are not done yet!

Nighta operations this evening planned at the following resort area:

- Ichinose Family

Official resort snow depths as of Monday 26th March 2012 AM:

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

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Monday 26th March 2012, 14:58pm
Weather conditions: Light snow in the morning, Sun is out know and blue sky
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
It looks like that we can not put our snow shovels away just yet here in Nozawa. What a suprise with over 20cm of fresh snow overnight. It was heavy snowing all morning and even down in the village big snow flakes were falling from the sky.

Great conditions on and off the piste. Knee deep powder up top at Yamabiko and perfect conditions on the slopes with the sun out from just before lunch.

Yesterday was a bit of a mix. Visibility up top was limited but the slushy bottom runs were still good fun to ride. In the afternoon the sun came through before the snow front was rolling in.

The forecast looks pretty good for the next few days as well. Blue sky tomorrow, before we get some more snow moving in on Wednesday.

Current Official Snow Depths Numbers:




Current Lift operations:
Whole resort is operational

Current courses open:
All open
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