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Minakami Now!

Sunday 2nd January 2011, 7:31am
Weather conditions: Light cloud
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
There was light snow most of the day yesterday and that looks set to continue for most of the day today. Snow conditions are still fantastic as the cold temperatures persist. Another large snowfall on top of this would be ideal as there is the odd bit of grass poking through in places though the snow over the last few days has made for some great New Year's riding.

The cold weather is here to stay for the next week although the forecast is for the sun to make a brief appearance tomorrow. After that it will be overcast again for the rest of the week and hopefully some light snow too.   Read more ...

Madarao Now!

Sunday 2nd January 2011, 8:17am
Weather conditions: Conditions are snowy and the visability is poor.
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --

Winter has come in a big way to Madarao. This morning it is still snowing and last night the resort received 30 to 40 cm of new snow. The conditions are perfect to get amongst it, though visability is poor and it is cold enough to freeze the nuts off your Mitsubishi. The powder is also a little heavy for those who like their powder light, but still a lot of fun.

There will be powder up top on Number 3 lift and Ocean View course will be open for the first time this year, giving some new trees and powder to explore. No 13 lift and the powder line and Air Wave II courses are still closed, as are the other tree courses such as Riverline and Usagi. Madarao still needs a bit more snow to open up the full range of tree skiing, but it seems it won`t be long now!

Today eleven of the fifteen lifts and the kids park will be open at Madarao. The snowboard park will be closed. Night skiing should be open until January 3 and there are plenty of free giveaways going at Heidi Restaurant to keep you entertained in between runs tonight.

Lifts currently operating:

No 1 lift
No 2 quad lift
No 5 lift
Super Quad
No 11 Lift
No 12 Lift
No 15 lift
No 3 Lift
Moving Belt at Kids Park
Snowboard beginner course   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Sunday 2nd January 2011, 8:47am
Weather conditions: Snowy and windy at the moment expected to clear later
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Wintery day here in Nozawa, temperatures are cold with an overnight low of -22 degrees expected up top overnight
20cm of fresh snow awaits the brave so get up there.

Looking like a good weather pattern ahead with sunny days in between good size dumps.
Just what we like to see in the Mountains.

Will be a busy day today on the slopes with the New Years crowd but will start to thin out tomorrow and from the 4th Tuesday onwards should be fairly quiet again

Looking like a nice start to 2011 in Nozawa.
Bits of sun shine and a nice and calm in the Village.

Actually it seemed to be a pretty quiet night in town last night with just a few rock stars in the Karaoke bars! Most people were hitting the snow.

There was a festive vibe up in the Nagasaka slopes last night and an impressive Fireworks display to welcome in the New Year.

Unfortunately not much snow fell last night, it was pretty cold and clear.

Light to Moderate snow is forecast over today and tonight and the next good dump is looking like Thursday.

Snow quality is pretty good but will be good to get some more to cover up the smaller shrubs and get the lower slopes firing.

Happy New Year from Nozawa and we look forward to seeing you on the slopes in 2011
Snow permitting the lifts are open until May 5th so we still have a good long season ahead.

Courses open:

All except the following
Challenger 39 degrees
Grand Prix
Uenotaira Half Pipe
Karasawa Wave Park

Lifts operating:

All except the following
Karasawa Pair   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Sunday 2nd January 2011, 9:49am
Weather conditions: Overcast
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Hakuba is overcast and cloudy today, but good visibility and even some fresh snow to play in. We received about 3-4 cms in the valley overnight and the snow is dry and light.

Cold temperatures late afternoon yesterday and snow into the night made for ideal skiing conditions out on the resorts.

Expect some freshies on the main ungroomed runs, chopped powder and crud on the sides and nice groomers on the beginner and intermediate runs. There are still quite a few skiers and boarders out there so be wary of lines in the AM and after lunch on certain lower gondolas.

We are expecting some nice weather Monday and Tuesday (no snow in pipes yet) but it will be nice to see the peaks around Hakuba again. WIth any luck we can get some more snow this coming week to top up the already good base on the resorts.


Official snow depths and operations @ Sunday 2nd January AM:

Hakuba Goryu:
The Toomi area of Goryu will be opening from 6:30am every morning until tomorrow and is also now open for night time operations, from 6pm until 9:30pm.
Alps daira - 215cm;
Toomi - 100cm;
Iimori - 80cm

Hakuba 47:
The resort and park at the resort are fully open.
Snow depth (upper) - 145cm.

All of the Happo-one slopes are now open. Nakiyama nighta now operating.
Usagidaira/Kurobishi - 160cm;
Shirakaba - 90cm
Nakiyama - 90cm

Tsugaike Kogen:
The Karamatsu nighta operations are now open and the Jib Park is now partly open.
Snow depth - 225cm
Maruyama area - 110cm
Champion - 110cm

Hakuba Iwatake:
Almost all of the Iwatake resort is open.
Upper - 100cm
Lower - 65cm

Hakuba Cortina:
Most of Cortina is also now open.
Upper - 195cm
Lower - 120cm

Hakuba Sanosaka:
All lifts at Sanosaka are now operating.
70cm   Read more ...

Naeba Now!

Sunday 2nd January 2011, 9:50am
Weather conditions: Overcast, with light snow.
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Yesterday, it was blue skies in the morning, but by the afternoon the clouds had arrived and the snow was falling down. We've gained 10cm since the last report, with a light amount of snow still drizzling down.

The skies are overcast today, with a slight haze at the top of the mountain. Overall, visibility is good. There is a moderate wind of 15km, but this is expected to reduce in strength throughout the day. The current temperature is -3 degrees with a windchill of -8. However, these temperatures are expected to drop later in the day. If you plan on doing night skiing, you might want to wear an extra layer with the windchill expected to drop to -18.

In terms of the lifts, all are currently in operation. In regards to the runs, the Women's Riesin and the lower eastern section of the Hiuchi #1 slope are still closed.

Have a fun day skiing.

Official Snow Depths:



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Myoko Now!

Sunday 2nd January 2011, 11:27am
Weather conditions: Moderately heavy snow
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
A belated Happy New Year from Myoko! Nothing much happened on the weather front yesterday until the evening, when the snow started and has continued on into today. Right now some serious snow is falling, so it looks like we'll get some much-needed addition to the base for these last busy days of the holidays. Nice to see that vision-obscuring, keeps-on-falling snow.

Some of the big resorts are reporting about 10cm of new snow, but there's more than that out there. The morning snow-thrower test was more like 25-30cm here at the Akakan base, and we've seen another 10 at least since then. Yea!

Current Official Snow Depths:

Akakura Onsen:

Akakan (Akakura Kanko):


Myoko Suginohara:

Seki Onsen:

Myoko Ski Park:



70-110cm   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Sunday 2nd January 2011, 13:25pm
Weather conditions: Partly cloudy with a little snow later
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Thankfully the wind eased overnight and besides a couple of flurries of snow yesterday there's still no fresh snow. There looks to be a band of precipitation that will come through this afternoon but it will pass quickly and not much new snow is expected. Tomorrow will be similar. Wednesday onwards is still looking pretty good with a more typical NW airstream over Hokkaido bringing snow back to the region. So just a couple more days of hardpack and then hopefully we'll finally see a return of powdery conditions.
Obviously pretty busy on the mountain with the New Year holidayers converging on the region.

Current Official Snow Depths:

Grand Hirafu:
Top - 175
Bottom - 70

Niseko Village:
Top - 125
Bottom - 85

Top - 140
Bottom - 90

Avalanche Information:

800m at 6am: Temp. -7.9℃, Wind NNE6m/s. Very light overnight snowfall. Yesterday’s strong N - NE wind has now calmed down in all elevations.
There has been no notable snowfall in the last couple of days and the snow-pack is settling and stabilizing. The surface in high altitude has been scraped off by the strong wind, resulting in an uneven wind-rippled surface in many areas. The snow is super hard-packed in those slopes, and only small broken pieces of thin crust would come off the surface even when stimulated forcibly.
The general avalanche risk is low.
Soft and fresh snow is hard to find anywhere and the general condition is not suitable for pleasant skiing. Bushes are still yet to be covered and creeks aren’t fully buried yet. Remain in control and beware of hidden traps and holes.

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Yuzawa Now!

Sunday 2nd January 2011, 17:45pm
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Some snow last night and into this morning but not much especially down at lower levels and it was a bit of a wet snow morning on and off, though it had cleared up by this afternoon and is now just a cloudy evening.

Resorts seem to be reporting between 5cm and 15cm of fresh snow over the last day or so, though in town I would put that at just a few cm

Hopefully we might get another slight sprinkling overnight.

Tomorrow looks set to be clear and sunny in the area with a high of around 2 degrees so it should stay chilly. The next snow will likely be from Wednesday evening into Thursday, so fingers crossed for a decent fall then.

Official snow depths @ 2nd January 2010 PM




Gala Yuzawa:

Yuzawa Kogen:

Yuzawa Park:

Kandatsu Kogen:


NASPA Ski Garden:
70cm   Read more ...

Furano Now!

Sunday 2nd January 2011, 18:10pm
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
It's been cold and calm all Sunday long, but there should be a few scattered snow showers working their way through the area this evening. If you're out on the slopes taking advantage of Furano's excellent night skiing, and it seems like many of you are, then be sure to dress in layers to keep out the cold. The winds are relatively calm at 2 m/s out of the north/northwest, so the windchill should not be that much of a factor.

Things have been pretty dry around here for the last couple of days, but a system heading our way on Wednesday and Thursday promises to bring some significant snows. The base is already built up to a nice 70cm, but this week's weather could be just what we need to push us over the 100 mark.   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Sunday 2nd January 2011, 18:24pm
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
It has been a cloudy day today in Zao with grey skies all around but fairly bright with it. There have been sometimes when there has been some blue sky on show.

The next snow seems due to start around Tuesday evening and then we should hopefully see some more decent snowfall overnight on Wednesday/Thursday.

In the meantime, tomorrow looks like it will be a fine and sunny day, though it will keep cold probably in the minus double digits.

The 'Snow Monsters' at the top of the resort are taking shape. Please check the ZaoNow photo section (below) to see some photos taken over the New Year.   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Sunday 2nd January 2011, 18:42pm
Weather conditions: Cloud, light snow
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Today was a day of just cloud, then snowing, then cloud, then light snowing.... it has been changing for most of the day. As of earlier this morning resorts around Shiga Kogen were reporting around 10cm or so of fresh snow (Yakebitaiyama saw the larges increase to their official numbers and now say they have 100cm), so there will have been a few more added onto that since then.

It was good conditions to be out there skiing/snowboarding though and visibility for the most part remained good.

Tomorrow should be clear and sunny and a fine day to be out there. Some people will have already started going back after the New Year and more following on tomorrow, so it should be a bit quieter on the slopes tomorrow and then quieter still from Tuesday as people go back to work.

Nighta this evening at the following resort areas:

- Sun Valley
- Yakebitaiyama
- Ichinose Family
- Ichinose Diamond
- Kumanoyu

Official resort snow depths as of 2nd December 2011:

Sun Valley:
Ichinose Family:
Ichinose Diamond:
Okushiga Kogen:
100cm   Read more ...

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