Snow and weather reports posted on Wednesday 20th January 2021

Madarao Now!

Thursday 29th March 2012, 8:07am
Weather conditions: Cloud, light snow, fog
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
And yes the sun is out this morning and we are being treated to another dazzling day here. Only a few more days left this season in Madarao - I think I said it before but just so hard to believe - and it is still looking like we will see some snowfall for that last weekend. I'll craftily glaze over tomorrow which seems to be very warm and look towards Saturday when hopefully we will see snow falling. Looking at the forecast, potentially decent snowfall too. It would be a fine end to the season.

As for tomorrow, bring your air-conditioner equipped shirt as it is going to be w-a-r-m out there.

Lifts currently operating:
Super Quad
No 2 Quad
No 1 lift
Official snow depth:
230cm   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Thursday 29th March 2012, 8:56am
Weather conditions: Blue bird
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
It was pretty much snowing all day yesterday here in Nozawa. Heavy snow in the morning eased off a bit before lunch time only to continue strong in the afternoon. Skiers and Snowboarders were plowing their paths through knee deep powder. Visibility was limited at times but all in all a great day.

Today we are in for another blue bird here in Nozawa. There is not a single cloud on the sky. With the fresh snow from yesterday the conditions up top are perfect on and off the slopes. Still many fresh tracks on offer with hardly any people around. Make your way up to Nozawa. It is definitely still worth it.

Temperatures are a bit on the rise today and tomorrow before the next cold weather front with snow comes in on Saturday. Looking at the Snow forecast draws a big smile on my face. For next week we have more snow on the menu. Happy days in April.

Current Official Snow Depths Numbers:




Current Lift operations:
Whole resort is operational

Current courses open:
All open   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Thursday 29th March 2012, 9:06am
Weather conditions: Clear
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
No new snow, but another beautiful, clear day on its way in Niseko. The sky is a little gray this morning, but that will likely burn off like yesterday and give way to crystal blue skies. Yesterday got pretty warm (4-5C) and then refroze over night, but with today's temperatures and sun, the slopes should soften up pretty quickly today.

The forecast is for it to get a little cloudy today and tomorrow potentially rain with warm temperatures, but things should cool down a bit over the weekend. There's snow in the outlook for the weekend, but it's far from definite.

As always, keep in mind that with the sun and warm weather, steeper backcountry bowls can be more likely to slide than usual. Always keep aware, even in perfect visibility.

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 420cm
Bottom - 200cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 450cm
Bottom - 200cm

Top - 485cm
Bottom - 190cm

Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6am: -3C, no snowfall and sunny morning. Coastal data: WSW6m/s at Benkei cape, 1.5m waves and 1015hPa at Kamui cape. Annupuri peak 1308m: W11.4m/s, -5.9C. Annupuri 1000m: 485cm snowdepth.
Snowfall transition: There are no notable snowfall in the last 24 hours. The light snowfall of the 28th morning has re-crystallized to a fast running snow. The temperature is forecasted to rise today.
Hazard evaluation: The general avalanche risk is low. A strong westerly wind is blowing in high altitude (1100m), making wind-blown snowdrifts develop. Climax (ground) avalanche due to slides of older layer (Mar 16th or 21st ) should be considered in coordinate E6 Backbowl sidewalls, east of G7 Higashione. Riding gullies, valley bottoms and natural halfpipes is not recommended. The cornices are heavy and could collapse at anytime. Beware of slipdrops and shallow slides of winddrifted snow.
Gates: Peak gates are scheduled to open at 9:30am after lift operation. Gate 9 Oyajigawa will be closed due to snow melting and swelling of the river. Do not duck ropes to enter the area. The water is cold and potentially dangerous. Have a nice day.   Read more ...

Minakami Now!

Thursday 29th March 2012, 9:37am
Weather conditions: Clear
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Stunning blue sky day after a day of mixed weather yesterday. It was raining down in the valley and snowing in the resorts but today it is blue skies everywhere. It is already feeling quite warm outside and is likely to warm up a bit more throughout the morning. A day of soft, spring snow ahead.

These warm temperatures are set to continue tomorrow but we could have light snow again on the weekend with it due to get warmer again early next week.   Read more ...

Yuzawa Now!

Thursday 29th March 2012, 10:11am
Weather conditions: Clear and sunny
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Not a whole lot of snow to report yesterday in this area. Kagura is just reporting a dusting overnight.

This morning we have lovely clear skies once again - clear blue and mild temperatures this morning... currently about 5 degrees and a high of around 9 degrees is likely later on today, perhaps even hitting doube figures. More of the same tomorrow as well and even warmer temperatures likely. Some forecasts even saying it might get as warm as 15 degrees. Ouch!

Snow should be back on Saturday though it is looking like lower down at town level it might well be rain.

Top tip - go high!

Official resort snow depths @ Thursday 29th 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!

Thursday 29th March 2012, 10:26am
Weather conditions: Clear blue skies
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Light snowfall it was, but it didn't add up to more than a sprinkling really out on the slopes.

This morning there isn't much to report other than the amazing blue clear skies above us. Tomorrow is due to be similar - and even warmer. Very mild it is going to be. Followed by a drop in temperature on Saturday and perhaps heavy snow!! All over the place or what?! Today and tomorrow as they are, it's hard to believe that we will see heavy snow on Saturday, but that's what Mr Forecast is telling us. Let's see if he's right. And if he isn't, lets be annoyed that our hopes were raised!!

Just a bit of Naeba news - the last nighta of the season will be on Saturday night. Remember also that Naeba was planning on being open until April 8th, but has also added some extra dates when it will be open - 14th, 15th, 21st and 22nd April.

Resort Operations, 29th March (subject to change)
Should be open as normal. Splash Bowl and Mens Slalom now closed.
Open as normal.
Official snow depths

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Furano Now!

Thursday 29th March 2012, 10:35am
Weather conditions: Sunny
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
It was another cold start to the day for those of us that got up early, but as the sun gained strength it has warmed up considerably and there is already some melt on the roads at village level.It looks like day time temperatures will stay above freezing through until Friday at base level, so the best snow conditons will be on the upper half of the mountain. Snow is still on the forecast for the weekend.   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Thursday 29th March 2012, 11:09am
Weather conditions: Clear, bluebird
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
All change again!

After the almost no visibility of yesterday - and about 10cm or so of fresh but wet/heavy snow - today starts off with clear blue skies and hardly a cloud to be seen. Bright and sunny it is. Having said so, it was quite a cold start to the day but likely will warm up. Not as much as it is due to warm up tomorrow, in what looks likely to be a very warm day. But by Saturday colder temps are back with us along with snowfall. We might just see a bit of rain lower down especially before it turns into snow on Saturday.

Official snow depths (29th March 12)
Utopia - 260cm
Chuo - 220cm
Paradise - 240cm
Uwanodai - 165cm

Operating lifts (29th 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!

Thursday 29th March 2012, 11:13am
Weather conditions: Sun
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
The twists and turns continue. The snow continued yesterday and we probably got another (up to) 10cm in places, giving the runs a nice late March refresh. But this morning, it's back to bright sunshine and no clouds to break up the blue.

We are still due for a warm Friday with temperatures well into positive territory.

We are also still due for a snowy Saturday.

I know which I'm looking forward to most!

Nighta operations this evening planned at the following resort area:

- Ichinose Family

Official resort snow depths as of Thursday 29th March 2012 AM:

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

Hakuba Now!

Thursday 29th March 2012, 13:23pm
Weather conditions: Bluebird
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
No new snowfall to report from Hakuba this morning as conditions change once again. After the poor visibility of yesterday - and some pretty wild stormy like weather conditions at times - it's a stunner here this morning with lovely clear blue skies all around and a fantastic contrast of the blue skies with the white snow covered mountains. A cold overnight and start earlier on but about +5 degress in the village at 11am and destined to get a bit warmer still.... temperature will probably hit double digits tomorrow.

BUT. After that, moderate to heavy snow is still on the cards for Saturday along with a drop in temperatures and a return to winter like conditions. More snow possible next week as well, so it doesn't look like April is signalling an end to snowfall. And we of course like it that way.

We'll post some updated information regarding planned resort spring operations at resorts around Hakuba tomorrow.


Official snow depths and operations @ Thursday 29th March 2012 AM:

Hakuba Goryu:
Goryu reporting 3cm of new snowfall this morning. More stuff from yesterday than overnight I think! All lifts apart from No2 and No4 pairs operating.
Official snow depths:
Alps daira - 295cm;
Toomi - 150cm;
Iimori - 120cm

Hakuba 47:
47 reporting no new snowfall this morning. All lifts apart from Line D operating.
Official snow depth:
Upper - 290cm
Lower - 180cm

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

Tsugaike Kogen:
Official snow depth:
Upper slopes - 315cm
Champion - 230cm

Hakuba Cortina:
No new snow reported by Cortina. No2 and No4 lifts remain operating and some courses remain open.
Official snow depth:
Upper - 375cm
Lower - 240cm

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 - 215cm
Lower - 80cm

Hakuba Sanosaka:

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

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