Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 24th February 2020

Naeba Now!

Thursday 27th December 2012, 8:17am
Weather conditions: Blue sky, some cloud
New snowfall: 20cm
Snow depth: 130cm
Are you one of the lucky ones?

This morning should be great out there. After the snow of yesterday, and lots of the runs being untouched due to being closed yesterday, and the sun shining down this morning... it should be a fine start to the day.

There is blue sky above Naeba village here this morning, and while there's still a fair bit of cloud over Kagura it feels like it's going to open up to be a clear kind of day.

Since yesterdays report there has been at least another 20cm or so here and 30cm up at Kagura and so we have another nice new layer of fluffy snow to play in.

After today, more clearish conditions tomorrow and Saturday along with milder temperatures. Snow to return Sunday.

Official resort snow depth:
Naeba - 130cm
Kagura - 270cm   Read more ...

Yuzawa Now!

Thursday 27th December 2012, 8:42am
Weather conditions: Sun, some cloud
New snowfall: 20cm
Snow depth: 140cm
Yesterday was a bit of a wild day out there with strong - and often very noisy winds - along with the snowfall and cold conditions. No doubt more than a few people decided to make it an onsen day and hope that today would be better weather-wise.

And better it is. The sun is out and we have some blue sky above. The forecast has snow clouds lingering this morning but they seem to have mostly moved on and clearer skies are going to prevail. For the next few days as well by the looks. It is a cold start to the day today but milder conditions are due over the weekend (when we might even get some rain, but we'll try not to think about that just now).

With the snowfall of the last few days though, we have enough snow for places to be either close to or completely open. The link up between the Yuzawa Kogen, Gala Yuzawa and Ishiuchi Maruyama resorts is now also open.

It should be very fine out there today.

This official snow depth numbers (below) will be updated later today.

Official resort snow depths @ Wednesday 26th December 12, AM:
Mt Naeba:
Kandatsu Kogen:
NASPA Ski Garden:
Gala Yuzawa:
Yuzawa Kogen:
Yuzawa Nakazato:
Yuzawa Park:
Maiko Snow Resort:
Ishiuchi Maruyama:
Joetsu Kokusai:

Planned resort openings

29th December
Mt Granview
Ishiuchi Hanaoka   Read more ...

Madarao Now!

Thursday 27th December 2012, 8:48am
Weather conditions: Clear and sunny
New snowfall: 20cm
Snow depth: 150cm
All change once again. Beautiful clear skies over Madarao this morning and everywhere is looking picture perfect gorgeous with another 15-20cm of fresh snowfall since yesterday.

A very cold start again today at -8C. The top Number 3A lift is running from today.

There's not much more to say about today. It should be top conditions.

A few days of calmer clearer weather to be followed by more snowfall around Sunday night.

Lifts planned to be operating:
Number 1
Number 2
Number 3
Super quad
Number 5
Number 11
Number 12
Number 15
Kids Park
Powder Wave I
River Line
Usagi   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Thursday 27th December 2012, 8:56am
Weather conditions: Snow, cloud
New snowfall: 20cm
Snow depth: 290cm
It is another extremely cold morning here in Niseko (-10C). Niseko Village and Niseko Annupuri resorts are this morning reporting temperatures on the mountain of -17C. Wrap up well!

Anyway, another 15-20cm more snowfall to report this morning in the village since yesterday as it just keeps on falling. Poor visibility out there this morning too.

I'm posting this report too early to give full details about lifts, but it looks like the top lift at Hanazono will be
taking a rest at least early this morning due to the windy conditions and the Annupuri Gondola is not yet open - Annupuri reporting wind speeds of up to 21m/s on the upper slopes. Check with the resorts for the latest as the weather conditions may well affect lift operations again today.

We might see a break in the snow tomorrow, and then even some sun amd milder conditions around Saturday before the snow is due to return early in the week.

Official Resort Snow Depths

Grand Hirafu
Top - 295cm
Bottom - 145cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 225cm
Bottom - 190cm

Niseko Village
Top - 260cm
Bottom - 170cm

Niseko Hanazono
Top - 290cm
Bottom - 140cm

Avalanche Information:

Niseko base: -10C, 30cm of crushed crystal snow, moderate snowdrift development and a weak snowstorm. Coastal data: WNW18m/s, 3.2m waves, 1017hPa. Moiwa 800m: W18m/s, -16C, bad visibility. Annupuri peak estimate: W20m/s, -25C.

Continued stormy weather as the winter weather pattern (high-pressure in the west & low in the east) persists. Development of cornices and snowdrifts are drastic in leeward slopes above 800m. Avalanche risk is extreme in Moiwa Mikaeri area, Osawa cornice area, Backbowl and open steep slopes, knolls and cornices area in Higashi-One. A large slide of up to 80-120cm from Dec 25th layer or triggered by the instability within the Dec 26-27th snowpack is to be highly considered today.

Many of the avalanche related accidents occur in leeward slopes with heavy load of drifted snow. Skiing stimulation can easily trigger a slide. Surface slab avalanches reach a very high speed (>100km/h) and are almost impossible to escape from. Think there may be someone below you that could be buried by an avalanche triggered by yourself. Avoid riding potential avalanche terrain and/or unnecessarily getting stuck in valley bottoms. Avalanches are common natural phenomena in Winter Mountains; it is not an accident as long as nobody is caught in it.

Gates 1, 2, 3, 4 & 6 will be closed today. Do not duck ropes to access the out of bounds area. The snow in the trees is a bit heavy due to strong wind, but in good condition.   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Thursday 27th December 2012, 9:12am
Weather conditions: Clear skies
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 200cm
A beautiful morning in Hakuba.

Beautiful blue skies all around contrasting with the white of the snow on the mountains make for some stunning scenery this morning. On a day like today, the mountains of Hakuba can still leave you breathless, even for old hands like myself.

After the winds of yesterday, all is calm. All is cold as well... Hakuba 47 reporting a temperature of -15C up at the top there this morning and not much warmer at base at -13C. Still, get wrapped up good and it should make for some fine conditions. Up to 5cm of fresh snow on upper slopes, just a sprinkling lower down.

Maybe a bit more cloud tomorrow but gernerally clearer skies up until Sunday, when more snow is due. Look for some much milder temps Saturday and Sunday before the snow arrives, and perhaps even the chance of rain in the village.


Official snow depths and operations @ Thursday 27th December 2012 AM:
Please note that resort lift operations are subject to change at any time.

Hakuba Goryu:
1-5cm of new snow reported from Hakuba Goryu.
Official snow depths:
Alps daira - 200cm;
Toomi - 100cm;
Iimori - 65cm

Hakuba 47:
1cm of new snow reported by Hakuba 47 this morning.
Official snow depth:
Upper - 144cm
Lower - 75cm

Official snow depth:
Usagidaira - 160cm
Nakiyama/Shirakaba - 50cm
Sakka - 50cm

Tsugaike Kogen:
Official snow depth:
Upper slopes - 250cm
Lower slopes - 60cm

Hakuba Cortina:
5cm of new snow to report from Hakuba Cortina today.
Official snow depth:
Upper slopes - 215cm
Lower slopes - 115cm

Hakuba Iwatake:
Official snow depth:
Upper slopes - 130cm
Lower slopes - 70cm

Hakuba Sanosaka:
All lifts operating.
Official snow depth:

Hakuba Minekata:
40cm   Read more ...

Furano Now!

Thursday 27th December 2012, 9:46am
Weather conditions: Snowing
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: 110cm
The cold temperatures are persisting today along with the wind which is variable at the moment between light and moderate. Another 5cm of new snow has been deposited overnight so the pistes will be skiing very very well and with 20cm in 2 days any small patchy areas should be well and truly covered now. There didn't look to be too many people lining up for lifts this morning, or out on the mountain yesterday, so there should be some nice untouched powder areas that can be searched out. More light snow is forecast for later in the week.

   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Thursday 27th December 2012, 9:49am
Weather conditions: Sunny clear blue skies
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: 80cm
It's a lovely clear morning in Shiga Kogen, quite the contrast to the conditions that we had yesterday. The snow clouds have moved on after leaving us a bit more snow and the sun is out. Lovely. A very fine day to be out and about on the slopes. It's extremely cold this morning though tomorrow and into the weekend we are expecting milder conditions. Back to snow and cold from around Monday.

Nighta operations planned for tonight at the following resort areas:
Ichinose Family
Ichinose Diamond

Official resort snow depths as of Thursday 27th December 2012 AM:

Sun Valley:
Ichinose Family:
Ichinose Diamond:
Okushiga Kogen:
120cm   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Thursday 27th December 2012, 11:13am
Weather conditions: Bluebird
New snowfall: 30cm
Snow depth: 230cm
Going to keep it pretty brief today as have an important 'board meeting' to get to!

Conditions are close on perfect today. We had another 30cm plus fall on us since about 3pm yesterday and it is a magical bluebird day in Nozawa. Quite cold too this morning.

It snowed heavy all day yesterday and there was some great powder runs to be had yesterday but it was blizzard like conditions. Not for everyone. But today the wind has dropped now and the skies are blue.

I may have said this before but it is the best day of the season so far! Guess it just keeps getting better. Get up there and enjoy it...

Tomorrow will probably be more cloudy followed by a warmer weekend, and the chance of rain village level before it starts snowing again late Sunday into Monday. So says the current forecast.

Lifts operating:
All lifts operating except for Kandahar and Hikage No2 Pair B.

Courses open:
Most courses open, except:
Kandahar West
Kandahar East

Official snow depths





Official new snowfall
35cm (Yamabiko)
45cm (Uenotaira)
25cm (Karasawa)   Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Thursday 27th December 2012, 16:41pm
Weather conditions: Clear
New snowfall: 20cm
Snow depth: 180cm
Such a nice day; so busy in the morning. All that blowing, accumulating snow was there sparkling in the early morning sunlight (and an early-morning ski lesson meant I didn't get my time at the desk). But here we go: you should have been out there in the cold, sunny, wonderfully nice snow. It really was a good one, with about 27cm of fresh falling around the base, on top of....what was it...something like 80cm recently? It's hard to tell, as our maritime snow settles fairly quickly, but it's still nice powder when and right after it falls.

Looks like a little more snow tomorrow, then the freezing line moves up the mountain, meaning we might have some rain, at least lower down, in the weekend.

Calmer (and perhaps clearer conditions) likely tomorrow.

Operations and official snow depths

Akakura Kanko (Akakan)
180cm, -7C

Akakura Onsen
185cm, -9C

110cm, -8C

140cm, -6C

Seki Onsen
260cm, -9C

200cm, -5C

Myoko Ski Park
175cm, -4C

140cm, -8C

150cm, -9C
   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Thursday 27th December 2012, 17:20pm
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 110cm
Sorry for the later report today. No new snow to report from Zao this morning and we have had a generally cloudy and calm day here. It has been a very cold day though, starting off around 7am at 8C and not getting a whole lot warmer.

Milder conditions probably over the next three days, especially on Sunday, but soon to return to cold into Monday when we are hoping for the next snowfall.

Official snow depths

Chuo Area



50cm   Read more ...

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