Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 24th February 2020

Minakami Now!

Wednesday 2nd January 2013, 8:29am
Weather conditions: Sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 140cm
This morning it is a clear sky start again in Minakami and a temperature of around -3 now in the valley, possibly rising to around 4C later on today. The snow is still hard in the morning, with the lack of new decent snowfall over the last few days, so care is needed on the slopes.

The forecast has snow starting from tonight continuing until Friday, hopefully we'll bring you an update of fresh snow tomorrow morning. Fingers crossed.   Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Wednesday 2nd January 2013, 9:07am
Weather conditions: Very light snow; increasing snow on the hill
New snowfall: 8cm
Snow depth: 150cm
That great big snowstorm that triggered heavy snow warnings all across Niigata is... missing. Some very nice, light snow fell overnight, but less than 10cm of it (the resorts are reporting a bit more, and there may have been more snow up high). It's still snowing a bit in the hills, and it looks plenty dark and gray to the north over the ocean, but there definitely is not a lot of powder out there this morning.

Not that it would be a bad day for skiing, at least on the groomed slopes. It's sunny/partly cloudy at base level right now, the snow is firm (and probably not as hard as yesterday), and your hangover has most likely disappeared by now. So get out there, enjoy what we have, and see if that big fall actually comes true.

Operations and official snow depths

Akakura Kanko (Akakan)
150cm, -1C

Akakura Onsen
150cm, -1C

110cm, -1C

140cm, -7C

Seki Onsen
200cm, -3C

190cm, -1C

Myoko Ski Park
125cm, 0C

110cm, 0C

120cm, -2C    Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Wednesday 2nd January 2013, 9:50am
Weather conditions: Fine
New snowfall: 10cm
Snow depth: 295cm
At last the winds calm down and all of the lifts are either already operating or being prepared at the time of writing and so the mountain should be fully open today.

Temperatures about the same as yesterday, though to me it doesn't feel quite as cold - no doubt because of the wind factor. It is a nice clearish kind of morning though and some blue sky up there with fine views of the surrounding mountains to be enjoyed. No new snowfall overnight but probably about 10-15cm since my last report... one of those times when it is difficult to put a number on it as the wind was blowing it all around yesterday. We can probably expect to find varying conditions out on the mountain because of that.

Snow is due later on along with a dip in temperatures over the next few days.

Official Resort Snow Depths

Grand Hirafu & Niseko Hanazono
Top - 295cm
Bottom - 135cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 240cm
Bottom - 190cm

Niseko Village
Top - 290cm
Bottom - 180cm

Avalanche Information:

Niseko base 6am: -9C, no snowfall and calm weather. Coastal data: SSE4m/s, 1.1m waves and 1013hPa. Moiwa 800m: -13C, snowdrifts development has stopped and the snowpack is stabilizing. Annupuri peak predicted wind at noon: W20m/s. The wind is currently calm due to a passing low-pressure system, but will pick up as the system moves east. There has been no notable snowfall since late night and the snowpack is stabilizing.

Gates below 1000m are scheduled to open from the morning but may close anytime as the weather is forecasted to worsen. Gate 3 is ready but the opening hasn't been decided yet, it will depend on the weather. Please respect the patrol's decision.

The cornices have grown huge and are very unstable. Stabilization in avalanche terrain such as leeward knolls and heavy snowdrift slopes is delayed; slides triggered by riding stimulation are still to be highly expected in those terrains. Gates opening does NOT mean that it is safe out there. DO NOT traverse across slopes under cornices or unnecessarily stimulate suspicious slopes. The snow in the trees is in good shape. Think safety first, stay humble and reasonable in the mountains; the consequences can be much more severe than you think. Respect the Niseko Rules and have an enjoyable day.   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Wednesday 2nd January 2013, 9:58am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 15cm
Snow depth: 230cm
Light powder snow. How does that sound? There has been around 10-15cm of it fall in the village overnight and up to 30cm being reported from the mountains around Hakuba and Otari this morning. Hakuba 47 reporting 30cm on the upper slopes, as is Hakuba Cortina. There should be a decent layer of new snow on all of the slopes in the valley this morning.

It's snowing now and the forecast is for more snow today and tomorrow. Fair to poor visibility on the slopes this morning depending on where you are, and there's hardly any wind to report.

Get wrapped up and the goggles on and it should be great out there today.


Official snow depths and operations @ Wednesday 2nd January 2013 AM:
Please note that resort lift operations are subject to change at any time.

Hakuba Goryu:
10-15cm of new snow reported from Hakuba Goryu.
Official snow depths:
Alps daira - 230cm;
Toomi - 120cm;
Iimori - 95cm

Hakuba 47:
30cm of new snow reported on upper slopes by Hakuba 47 this morning.
Official snow depth:
Upper - 190cm
Lower - 90cm

Official snow depth:
Usagidaira - 180cm
Nakiyama/Shirakaba - 70cm
Sakka - 80cm

Tsugaike Kogen:
Official snow depth:
Upper slopes - 240cm
Lower slopes - 70cm

Hakuba Cortina:
20-30cm new snow to report from Hakuba Cortina.
Official snow depth:
Upper slopes - 235cm
Lower slopes - 130cm

Hakuba Iwatake:
Official snow depth:
Upper slopes - 130cm
Lower slopes - 55cm

Hakuba Sanosaka:
All lifts operating.
Official snow depth:

Hakuba Minekata:
60cm   Read more ...

Madarao Now!

Wednesday 2nd January 2013, 10:05am
Weather conditions: Overcast
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 120cm
Well, no snow to report since yesterday. It's a fairly chilly -2 this morning at base and just a slight wind. Kind of an overcast and cloudy but bright start to the day.

So when's this snow coming, I hear you ask? Forecast says today and tomorrow, so we'll just have to hope that the forecast gets it right. It should be getting colder from tomorrow as well so hopefully a return to mid-winter like conditions.

Lifts planned to be operating:
Number 1
Number 2
Number 3
Super quad
Number 5
Number 11
Number 12
Number 15
Kids Park
FreeRide Park   Read more ...

Yuzawa Now!

Wednesday 2nd January 2013, 10:24am
Weather conditions: Clear and bright
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 110cm
The snow didn't make it's way down to this region yesterday and this morning we have another clear and bright morning... more blue skies and the sun shining down and a temperature of 2C now in town, with a high of around 6C forecast this afternoon. It should be dropping quick though as evening approaches and - fingers crossed - that snow we have been waiting for - and tomorrow does certainly look set to be a colder day with snow falling.

Official resort snow depths @ Wednesday 2nd January 2013, AM:
Kandatsu Kogen:
NASPA Ski Garden:
Gala Yuzawa:
Yuzawa Kogen:
Yuzawa Nakazato:
Yuzawa Park:
Maiko Snow Resort:
Ishiuchi Maruyama:
Joetsu Kokusai:
150cm   Read more ...

Naeba Now!

Wednesday 2nd January 2013, 10:29am
Weather conditions: Sunny, some cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 140cm
Here I am again, and this morning is almost exactly how things were yesterday morning. Blue skies over Naeba with some small wispy white clouds. A cold winter front is moving in though, so I am reliably told, and snow should be falling this evening and into tomorrow and we'll be treated to some colder temps as well.

It's great to have sunny days with blue skies, but we'll be welcoming the next storm that will bring us some freshies.

All resort areas in Mt Naeba open as planned this morning.

Official resort snow depth:
Naeba - 140cm
Kagura - 270cm

All runs at Naeba open apart from Splash Bowl. Top area may be closed at times.   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Wednesday 2nd January 2013, 10:40am
Weather conditions: Cloud, sun
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 100cm
The sun is out this morning as a steady stream of cars comes up from Yamanouchi to us here in Shiga Kogen. So a bright and sunny start to the day. But things are about to change with a cold wintery weather pattern due with us today - I was hoping already, but it does still seem to be on it's way - and snow is very probably later today and tomorrow. With a good chance of strong winds... actually there's a fair wind this morning.

For now though a fine morning weather-wise.

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

Official resort snow depths as of Wednesday 2nd January 2013 AM:

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

Zao Now!

Wednesday 2nd January 2013, 10:49am
Weather conditions: Snow, cloud
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: 115cm
Good news this morning. While I only have a bit of snow to report, looking ahead we have a heavy snow warning in place in the region with lots of snow forecast for the next 24 hours and beyond. Bring it on! Strong winds are already with us and likely to stay for the next few days - for the moment though lifts seem to be unaffected and operating as normal.

So, light snow falling now but heavier snow probable as the day moves on, and snow likely to be falling through until the weekend.
Would be good.

Just watch out for the wind, and colder temperatures over the next few days.

Official snow depths

Chuo Area



50cm   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Wednesday 2nd January 2013, 12:05pm
Weather conditions: Mixed
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 170cm
Clear skies last night gave way to a few snow flurries this morning with just a centimeter freshening up the cover up top and no new snow to report in the village and lower slopes.

The clouds soon cleared and we have had some sun making an appearance so was looking to be a beautiful day for riding and the groomers will be in fine form to lay down a few carves as they soften up in the sun. It has been a bit icy in the mornings lately though without much new snow.

Everyone around town is looking forward to a fresh dump of snow and the forecast is looking promising. It has started to cloud over as the morning progressed and the temperature is forecast to drop over the next couple of days with a freezing level below sea level and it should be snowing later today. Hope to bring good news tomorrow morning.

Lifts operating:
All lifts operating.

Courses open:
All courses open except:
Mizunashi A

Official snow depths





Official new snowfall
1cm (Yamabiko)
0cm (Uenotaira)
0cm (Karasawa)   Read more ...

Furano Now!

Wednesday 2nd January 2013, 13:06pm
Weather conditions: Sunny
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: 120cm
The day started off overcast with low light making the dips and bumps in the ground difficult to see. There hasn't quite been enough snow to cover the rain damage from a couple of days ago so the slopes are still a little icy or more accurately frosty. Around 11am the sun broke through the clouds and the resort is bathing in sun. This has softend the frosty slopes just enough to make the day all that more pleasurable. The forecast is looking good for the next couple of days with moderate snow expected tonight and then continuous snow through until Friday evening. Looks like it could be a great weekend.   Read more ...

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