Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 6th May 2019

Yuzawa Now!

Saturday 27th February 2010, 9:33am
Weather conditions: Cloud, rain, fog
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
This morning the rain has eased off thankfully. At the moment it seems to be holding off in some areas but it is raining lightly here in central Yuzawa. It does look like though we can expect this rain to be cleared up sometime this afternoon and it should be a clear evening.

It is definitely colder than it has been this last few weeks and right now it is +4 degrees in Yuzawa. There is a lot of low cloud and fog on the mountains and so poor visibility in places though just a slight wind and all resorts in the region seem to be open as normal.

Official resort snow depths @ 27th Feb 10, AM:
Mt Naeba:
Kagura - Tashiro:
GALA Yuzawa:
Kandatsu Kogen:
NASPA Ski Garden:
Yuzawa Kogen:
Yuzawa Park:
Yuzawa Nakazato:
Kayama Captain Coast:
205cm   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Saturday 27th February 2010, 9:34am
Weather conditions: Cloudy up top with light winds and snow.
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
The snow held up well against yesterday's rain and may be replaced by some light snow up top today which would of course be most welcome.

Whilst there will be cloud up high, winds will be light/moderate and the snow conditions will be best up high.

The long range forecast is a real mixed bag and unpredictable at the moment with some snow and rain forecast. Lets hope its more snow and less rain.

Current Official Snow Depths Numbers:




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Zao Now!

Saturday 27th February 2010, 9:40am
Weather conditions: Cloud, light rain
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
We did not escape the rain later on in the day yesterday though for the most part it kept light. This morning is another mild one at around +5 degrees in the village early on and earlier on we are covered in cloud - not just the mountain but the village area too... difficult to see far in front of you. That has been clearing up in the last few hours and visibility has improved. There is not much of a wind though so if feels mild.

It is cloudy now with some light spots of rain falling though I feel that it might just end up being a mostly cloudy day here. Tomorrow will likely be cooler still and we might just see a sprinkling of snow higher up - fingers crossed for that!

Chuo area:

Paradise area:

Utopia area:
240cm   Read more ...

Naeba Now!

Saturday 27th February 2010, 9:46am
Weather conditions: Cloud, light rain
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
We were on the receiving end of some nasty rain yesterday and last night and happily that seems to have for the most part finished up. Light rain earlier in Naeba village but Kagura is reporting just cloud to follow some drizzly leftovers. Poor visibility up there as a bunch of fog hangs on.

Not the best weather and conditions to open up the to No5 pair lift at Kagura, but it seems that they have gone ahead with that today. Poor visibility so take care!

There is a chance of light snow into tomorrow morning though tomorrow may turn into a fine day. So, we're not sure there!

All resort areas are open as planned this morning.

Official Snow Depths:



Kagura (Tashiro):
310cm   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Saturday 27th February 2010, 9:48am
Weather conditions: Overcast with scattered showers
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Rain through yesterday hammering down at some points especially in the evening.

It has been 'Spring' for a little while now with some sand in the snow, a few insects buzzing around and birds singing on the sunny days. Not what we particularly want to hear in late February!

A fair bit of rain on the forecast will sheet out and harden the resorts, morning groomers may be alright but once the surface is grazed it will be ice-ville and the best we can hope for at the moment is sunshine and Spring conditions - plenty of fun especially with the solid base we have this year.

It's not over yet, of course. Lets hope for a good turnaround in March.

Official resort snow depths on 27th Feb 10:

90cm (Shirakaba)
110cm (Sakka/Kitaone)
300cm (Kurobishi/Usagidaira)
Hakuba Goryu:
110cm (Iimori)
120cm (Toomi)
290cm (Alps daira)
Hakuba 47:
Tsugaike Kogen:
150cm (Kanenonaruoka)
125cm (Maruyama)
330cm (Tsuganomori)
Hakuba Iwatake:
90cm (Shomen)
230cm (Sancho)
Sun Alpina Sanosaka:
Hakuba Minekata:
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Shiga Kogen Now!

Saturday 27th February 2010, 10:10am
Weather conditions: Cloud, light rain though clearing up - and foggy
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Thankfully the rain that we saw yesterday has, for the most part, stopped falling and it is very cloudy and foggy morning in Shiga Kogen. Poor visibility out there in many areas, though it may well clear up later on this afternoon.

We haven't had much snow of late of course and with the warmer temperatures there has been a fair bit of melt going on too. We might be lucky to see some snow fall tomorrow morning if the temps can keep low enough.

Right now it is +2 degrees in Maruike, still warm for the time of year but cooling down from what it has been... may that cooling down continue!

Nighta this evening planned at the following resort area:

- Sun Valley
- Ichinose Family
- Yakebitaiyama
- Kumanoyu

Official resort snow depths as of 27th February 10:

Sun Valley:
Ichinose Family:
Ichinose Diamond:
Okushiga Kogen:
200cm   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Saturday 27th February 2010, 11:22am
Weather conditions: Mostly cloudy with some light snow
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Well finally late yesterday temperatures dropped back to where they should be at this time of year well below freezing. And this morning there has even been a little light snow falling. Certainly not enough to make conditions overly enjoyable but the groomers should be a lot more fun today and reasonably fast.
Off-piste will be very icy and difficult. They are looking to open the peak gates and maybe up high it won't be too bad but really I think sticking to the groomers will be much safer and more fun.
A little light snow should continue on and off through the weekend with more substantial falls expected on Tuesday. Currently some reasonably heavy falls forecast for Thursday but I suspect the forecast will change a little between now and then. Fingers crossed a big dump actually occurs!

Current Official Snow Depths:

Grand Hirafu:
Top - 290
Bottom - 170

Niseko Village:
Top - 370
Bottom - 200

Top - 350
Bottom - 230

Avalanche Information:
(Information as of this morning)

Niseko Avalanche Info No.74

Moiwa base -6℃, clear sky no snowfall, icy.
Coastal data: NW10m/s at Benkei cape, W7m/s, 1.9m waves and 1017hPa at Kamui cape.
Annupuri peak: NW17.8m/s, -13℃, the snow has turned to ice and is difficult to walk.
The Sea of Japan is covered by a cold high pressure system, resulting in strong NW wind, completely freezing the whole mountain.
Beware of slipdrops even within the courses until the snow starts to soften around 10am.
Peak gates are scheduled to open at 9:30, but no fresh snow can be found out there.
Avalanches from deeper layers or full depth slides are to be highly considered in the Backbowl, Osawa, Mikaeri no sawa or backside Higashi-One.
Stay away from slopes with cracks and avoid riding gulley bottoms.
Very tricky snow today, the out of bounds areas are not suitable for pleasant skiing. You get itchy feet!
Snow blocks fallen from the trees have also frozen and left ice blocks in the tree runs. Beware of lost of control and hitting trees, or falling into crevasses.
Have a nice day.

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Furano Now!

Saturday 27th February 2010, 11:24am
Weather conditions: Sunny Skies
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
For the past few days it has been spring here in Furano with unseasonably warm temperatures and even a bout of rain yesterday. Things cooled down a bit last night, and we finally ducked down below the freezing mark again. Temperatures should remain around -2 throughout the midday, but unfortunately the damage to the slopes has been done. Expect some slushy patches near the bottoms of the runs, and some tricky, icy spots further up the mountain. On the plus side, it is a beautiful day outside, and if you don't mind the less than pristine conditions, it might be time to hit the slopes and take advantage of all this sun. Dress in layers, but there will be no need to overdo it today. Next week promises to be cooler, and perhaps we will get another round of significant snow to replace the 10cm we lost to the sun and rain this week.   Read more ...

Minakami Now!

Saturday 27th February 2010, 11:44am
Weather conditions: Sunny
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Another sunny day in Minakami. The forecast rain has luckily not eventuated but the temperatures remain high with 8 deg. at present. Spring snow conditions still prevail with some large Spring wet avalanches starting to occur around the valley. Caution advised in avalanche run out zones and on convex rolls as large glide cracks are starting to open up.   Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Saturday 27th February 2010, 12:58pm
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
It is a cloudy day in Myoko and the good news is that after a drizzly start it is just cloudy with low cloud covering the mountains. It is also happily a bit colder than it has been and overnight there is even a chance that we might see a bit of snowfall especially higher up. Generally though it should be a faily clear day tomorrow with clouds hanging on and more of the same on Monday. Colder tomorrow as well though it looks like it is a mixed line up over the coming week with temperatures up and down.

Current Official Snow Depths:

Akakura Onsen:

Akakan (Akakura Kanko):


Myoko Suginohara:

Seki Onsen:

Myoko Ski Park:



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