Snow and weather reports posted on Wednesday 20th January 2021

Niseko Now!

Wednesday 28th March 2012, 7:47am
Weather conditions: Clear, partly cloudy
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Good morning! We woke up with a dusting here on the ground in Niseko. As of now it is cloudy with the sun trying to poke through. The peak is still buried under a layer of clouds. It's supposed to clear up today, but we will see if it does burn off.

Yesterday was a beautiful blue bird one and an amazing one at the resort for a lot of people. Unfortunately, there was a fairly serious avalanche in the back bowls to accompany that weather. It's crucial to remember that terrain is sometimes prone to avalanches which are capable of killing someone. Just because the peak gates are open doesn't mean that you will be safe. Taking secondary safety steps like having a beacon, probe, shovel (and knowing how to use them) can be the difference in life and death. Also, if you do happen to cause an avalanche, it is so important to check the debris field to make sure everyone is safe. If you don't have a beacon, flag down the nearest person who does and get searching as quickly as possible.

With that said, the backcountry is fairly stable except for some loaded slopes (like the backbowl that slid yesterday). We had quite a bit of snowfall and with the warmth, it was pretty easy to let go. There are quite a few slopes like this. A quick analysis on a case by case basis is the best way to check for stability.

Today and tomorrow are supposed to be fairly warm. It's looking like rain after that with really warm temperatures. Hopefully we can hold onto winter for just a bit longer - it has been a great season so far and there have been countless powder days. Let's hope for some more.

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 430cm
Bottom - 210cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 450cm
Bottom - 200cm

Top - 485cm
Bottom - 200cm

Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6am: -3C, no snowfall in the past 12 hours. Coastal data: NE2m/s at Benkei cape, 0.7m waves and 1015hPa at Kamui cape. Annupuri peak: E4.9m/s, -8.4C. Annupuri 1000m: 485cm snowdepth.
Snowfall transtition: There are no snowfall and no snowdrift development in the past 24 hours. The snowdrifts that developed until the 27th have re-crystallized and are partly crusty.
Hazard evaluation: The snowpack is stabilizing and the avalanche risk in 30°slopes are lowering. An avalanche happened in the Backbowl yesterday morning. 25cm thick and ran for 500m, the thickness of the debris was 150-200cm at the thickest. The crown area was at 1250m Backbowl sidewall and was triggered by skiing stimulation.
The traverse line from Osawa to the Backbowl (coordinate F5) should be kept high. If the altitude is not sufficient, people would reach the potential climax avalanche start point at 1100m. Try also to stay away from gullies and valley bottoms in order to avoid critical accidents. The cornices are extremely heavy and nobody should stay underneath.
Gates: Peak gates are scheduled to open at 9:3am. Moiwa gate has been removed as the lift operation has finished. Safely enjoy spring skiing and snowboarding.   Read more ...

Naeba Now!

Wednesday 28th March 2012, 7:52am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
After that lovely day yesterday it's all a bit less clear this morning with cloud up there and a moody look to the skies higher up. It's a bit brighter down at base in Naeba. The forecast really just calls for cloud with the chance of some light snowfall later on but tomorrow we should see a return to sunny conditions and warmer temperatures too with a high of around +9C forecast. For today the high will probably be about +5.

Resort Operations, 28th 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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Madarao Now!

Wednesday 28th March 2012, 7:57am
Weather conditions: Cloud, light snow, fog
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
It's a pretty cold morning here in Madarao and we have a bit of fresh snow to report... couple of cm or so. Poor visibility out there on the slopes as well by the looks with the mountain covered in fog/cloud early this morning and light snow falling.

Still looking at warming temps over the next few days with sunny skies tomorrow and then back down cold for Saturday and hopefully a last decent snowfall cover for the resort over the weekend.


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

Shiga Kogen Now!

Wednesday 28th March 2012, 8:08am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
And.... change once again.

It's snowing once again and the tarmac of the road once again whitened up and while it's not crazy cold, it's still definitely 'cold' and not feeling like almost April. Not a bad thing of course.

Guess what? While the snow should continue today into this afternoon, tomorrow we should be back to sunny skies and for a few days warmer temperatues before seeing more snow around Saturday falling. Possibly decent snowfall as well.

So it's all over the place at the moment. A nice freshen up this morning so conditions should be fun.

Nighta operations this evening planned at the following resort area:

- Ichinose Family

Official resort snow depths as of Wednesday 28th March 2012 AM:

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

Hakuba Now!

Wednesday 28th March 2012, 8:42am
Weather conditions: Snow!
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
We are back to snowy conditions this morning in Hakuba. Hakuba 47 are reporting the most with 15-20cm of fresh snowfall up top and 10-15cm at base. Curiously Goryu and Cortina only reporting a cm or two, but that's probably just a bit 'old' data as we definitely have a nice new cover of snowfall once again down to village. And it is actually really coming down nicely now as I write this report. Perhaps a bit of the heavier variety of snow, but looking out of the window now I'm sure no-one is going to complain! The roads are covered white this morning and I think it is going to be pretty much poor visibility out on the slopes everywhere in the region this morning.

There's not much of a wind at the moment, it's more a case of visibility this morning. If you're fine with that though there should be some great snow conditions out there once again this morning. Right now it is about -1 degrees in the village.

Once this snow clears up, tomorrow we will once again see the sun and it will warm up to perhaps around +10 degrees. Sounds unlikely looking at what is happening right now, but that's spring for you! More snow on Saturday. It's not over yet, that's for sure.

Hope you can come and enjoy!


Official snow depths and operations @ Wednesday 28th March 2012 AM:

Hakuba Goryu:
Goryu reporting 1cm of new snowfall but there has been more than that! All lifts apart from No2 and No4 pairs operating.
Official snow depths:
Alps daira - 280cm;
Toomi - 145cm;
Iimori - 120cm

Hakuba 47:
47 reporting 15cm of new snowfall this morning with the base area getting 10-15cm. All lifts apart from Line D operating.
Official snow depth:
Upper - 291cm
Lower - 175cm

Official snow depth:
Usagidaira - 270cm;
Sakka - 90cm;
Nakiyama - 90cm.

Tsugaike Kogen:
Official snow depth:
Upper slopes - 310cm
Champion - 220cm

Hakuba Cortina:
2-3cm of snow reported by Cortina early on. No2 and No4 lifts remain operating and just some courses open this morning.
Official snow depth:
Upper - 365cm
Lower - 245cm

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 - 210cm
Lower - 90cm

Hakuba Sanosaka:

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

Zao Now!

Wednesday 28th March 2012, 8:46am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Visibility outside this morning is really bad with snow falling and hardly any of the slopes even visible from base. Big flakes of snow are really coming down hard at the moment and while we have just a few cm of snowfall to report, if it continues falling like this it will soon pile up and be more.

About 0 degrees in the village this morning so not so cold really. The biggest issue today is going to be the fact that you won't be able to see where you are going out there. I guess it's one of those days when people might choose to make a late start and/or chill out in the onsen.

It's not going to last long though and we'll probably have clearer skies tomorrow and then a few days of warmer temperatures.

Official snow depths (28th March 12)
Utopia - 260cm
Chuo - 220cm
Paradise - 240cm
Uwanodai - 165cm

Operating lifts (28th 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 ...

Yuzawa Now!

Wednesday 28th March 2012, 8:59am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Yesterday was a fine day out but this morning the clouds are back and, well, it's just generally cloudy really at the moment. Some resorts around town are reporting some light snow falling - but it's just light snow and nothing that will be covering roads and piling up the new cm. Rather spring like conditions around town resorts yesterday, but with the sun and knowledge that it is nearly April, I don't think many people were doing anything other than enjoy it.

It's about +3 degrees in town at the moment and so fairly mild feeling. A high or around +7 is forecast for today, with higher temperatures due tomorrow and Friday as well... into double digits and really starting to feel warm with Friday due to be the warmest day of the year so far. Things might change again for the weekend though and we might even get to see more snow. So, really quickly changing conditions day by day at the moment.

Official resort snow depths @ Wednesday 28th 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 ...

Furano Now!

Wednesday 28th March 2012, 9:17am
Weather conditions: Sunny
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
It is a chilly -6c at village level this morning so winter is still definitely here. While there is no new snow to report overnight, the snow conditions on the mountain are excellent with plenty of powder at higher elevations. It looks like it will be a good day with clear skies. From Friday through Sunday it looks like it will snow with the possibility of rain around base level on Friday.

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

Wednesday 28th March 2012, 9:20am
Weather conditions: Overcast
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
The cloud is back today and it is threatening to snow down in the valley with the odd stray flake falling. A light breeze around which is making it feel colder than it actually is but not a bad day all in all. The snow is a bit soft. The sun from yesterday made it quite sugary by the afternoon and it isn't quite cold enough for it to become hard again.

The forecast has us down for the possibility of some light snow today then the temperature is supposed to climb significant tomorrow and Friday. Saturday, Sunday and Monday could be light snow again, so a bit of a mix coming up.   Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Wednesday 28th March 2012, 9:21am
Weather conditions: Snnow
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
The day started with rain, but quickly changed to heavy snow. Not a huge accumulation at base level, but another reminder that this is the winter that does not want to quit. This after a beautiful sunny day yesterday with lots of people on the slopes, and a big, red, sunburned forehead for your follically-challenged reporter (means the hair's a little thin on top, OK?). The wind has just started to come up a little, too, but not at a level that would interfere with lift operations.

Akakura Onsen: most lifts are running; night skiing has ended
Akakan: Sky Cable Gondola and Nos. 1 and 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:



230cm   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Wednesday 28th March 2012, 10:45am
Weather conditions: Snowing
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Fresh snow once again in Nozawa. Hard to believe after the warm spring temperatures yesterday afternoon. Was bucketing this morning and we got more than five centimeters of fresh snow down here in the village in under one hour. It is still snowing lightly out the window right now, so looks like another good powder day up top.

Yesterday was a day like in a picture book here in Nozawa. Cloudless blue sky all day long, good snow conditions up top and you could see people sunbathing down in the village. And the best thing about it, the slopes are all yours with very few skiers on the mountain. A wonderful sunset was the perfect end to this fantastic day.

Today it will keep on snowing through out the day before we are back to a clear, cloudless sky tomorrow. Heavy snow on the forecast this weekend. The winter continues here in Nozawa Onsen.

Current Official Snow Depths Numbers:




Current Lift operations:
Whole resort is operational

Current courses open:
All open   Read more ...

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