Snow and weather reports posted on Wednesday 20th January 2021

Minakami Now!

Saturday 31st March 2012, 7:22am
Weather conditions: Overcast
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
A warm morning again today in Minakami with the clouds gathering overhead. There is light snow forecast for later but it might fall as rain to start with and down in the valley but hopefully will be nice white stuff as you head up the slopes. It is still pretty soft underfoot after the warmer temperatures of the last few days.

Light snow forecast through to Monday morning when it should be a bit warmer and a chance of some sunshine. The snow is supposed to be back from Wednesday onwards.   Read more ...

Yuzawa Now!

Saturday 31st March 2012, 9:38am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
The good news is that it is not raining this morning. We have started the day with cloudy conditions. It was a very warm evening with temperatures keeping above 10 degrees in town. That was after the very warm day that we had yesterday - up to 16 degrees in Yuzawa!

So it's not raining or snowing at the moment but by this afternoon it probably will be - and in that order lower down and up on the mountains. Hopefully by tonight or overnight it will be snow even in town. It's going to be borderline though because while temperatures are due to fall, whether they can far enough or not is another matter. We'll just have to see.

There's a fairly strong wind in places as well and that seems to be affecting some lifts over at Kagura/Naeba. More on that in the Naeba Now report for today.

After the warmth we can only expect spring snow conditions out there of course. Better the higher you go, but still even at higher elevations conditions were quite heavy out there yesterday.

Official resort snow depths @ Saturday 31st 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:



Oh well, that didn't last long did it?!.... things have changed quickly, and the bad news is that it is now raining! We can just hope it turns into snow sooner than later.   Read more ...

Naeba Now!

Saturday 31st March 2012, 9:59am
Weather conditions: Cloudy, light rain
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
We were hoping for temperatures to keep on the lower side this morning but as of yet it is keeping warm. Overnight it was noticeably warm actually - I even kept my window open - and this morning it remains about 8 degrees at base.

Got to report it unfortunately, but it is raining. There's a fairly strong wind as well meaning that the Dragondola and top lifts at Naeba are closed and on stand by at the moment, though all of Kagura seems to be operating as normal. Still holding out for potentially decent snowfall later today into tomorrow, let's will these temps down. It also looks like there might be snow on the forecast on and off over the coming week.

From Monday 2nd April until Sunday 8th April the following lifts will be operating at Naeba: No2 Gondola, No5 quad and Takenokoyama pair lifts. This will keep a pretty large section of the resort open. Of course, with Dragondola closed there will be no direct connection with Tashiro.

Resort Operations, 31st March (subject to change)
Winds affecting Dragondola and upper slope early on. Splash Bowl and Mens Slalom now closed.
Open as normal.
Official snow depths

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Madarao Now!

Saturday 31st March 2012, 10:02am
Weather conditions: Cloud, rain
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
I was hoping to report snow this morning but unfortunately the day is starting off with rain. Just too warm for snow but we can expect the temperature to drop during the day and are still expecting it to turn into snow later on. Onegai shimasu! Just today and tomorrow left of the season so a nice new layer would be very nice.

Tomorrow should be colder and hopefully we might see the remains of the snow that we are due today still falling and just generally cloudy.

Lifts currently operating:
Super Quad
No 2 Quad
No 1 lift
Official snow depth:
220cm   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Saturday 31st March 2012, 10:13am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Early on this morning it is just cloudy. Let's hope it stays that way until snow decides to fall and we are still hoping for that to be the case later on today (tonight?) and into tomorrow. Fresh snow to ski on tomorrow? Would be nice.

Anyway for now just cloudy, not much of a wind and a fairly mild kind of morning. Perhaps getting colder this afternoon, with more wind and then that snow....

Official snow depths (31st March 12)
Utopia - 240cm
Chuo - 220cm
Paradise - 235cm
Uwanodai - 150cm

Operating lifts (31st March 12)
All Ropeways (Skycable, Zao Chuo Ropeway, Zao Ropeway) operating.
Most lifts remain operating.
All the runs at Zao scheduled to be open.

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Shiga Kogen Now!

Saturday 31st March 2012, 10:24am
Weather conditions: Cloud, rain, sleet > snow?
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Strong winds it is with them affecting a few lifts and resorts around Shiga Kogen - including the Higashitateyama gondola, Yakebitaiyama gondolas and Shibutoge early on... subject to change at any time along with the weather conditions.

Also... rain. Or sleet. Or just about snow, in places. It remains just a bit too warm for me to confidently give it a 'snow' call, but it is forecast to get colder quickly during today and be snowing soon. If the forecast is to be believed, we might be in for some decent snowfall before tomorrow. I like the sound of that, so I definitely believe it! We'll just have to hold on and see about that.

Nighta operations this evening planned at the following resort area:

- Ichinose Family
- Kumanoyu

Official resort snow depths as of Saturday 31st March 2012 AM:

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

Hakuba Now!

Saturday 31st March 2012, 10:39am
Weather conditions: Cloud, rain, snow higher up
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Did I say it might be raining today? Yes, well, it has been raining. Not the best news to start off the weekend, but we are hopeful that it will be snowing sooner than later, especially up on the mountains. And in fact it does seem to be coming down as snow higher up on the mountains while it remains around +3 degrees with rain in the village. The forecast is for the temperature to drop as we move on today and into tonight and snow likely to fall down to village level. A new cover for Sunday would be most welcome.

There are some strong and blowy winds around this morning as well and early on they have meant a few lifts opening late and now the top part of Happo remains closed because of the wind. Hopefully it might calm down somewhat this afternoon.

Upper areas of resorts are covered in cloud this morning so visibility is fair on lower slopes but less good higher up. With snow due, that's probably how it will remain for the day.


Official snow depths and operations @ Saturday 31st March 2012 AM:

Hakuba Goryu:
No new snowfall at Goryu. All lifts operating.
Official snow depths:
Alps daira - 275cm;
Toomi - 140cm;
Iimori - 110cm

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

Top lifts at Happo affected by wind this morning including the Grad quad, Alpen quad, Kurobishi No3 pair and Usagidaira pair lifts.
Official snow depth:
Usagidaira - 260cm;
Sakka - 80cm;
Nakiyama - 80cm.

Tsugaike Kogen:
Official snow depth:
Upper slopes - 285cm
Champion - 190cm

Hakuba Cortina:
No new snow reported by Cortina. No2 and No4 lifts remain operating and some courses remain open.
Official snow depth:
Upper - 350cm
Lower - 205cm

Hakuba Norikura:
Official snow depth:

Hakuba Iwatake:
Official snow depth:
Upper - 180cm
Lower - 80cm

Hakuba Sanosaka:
Open until 1st April


Planned ski resort closings in Hakuba and Otari, all subject to change:

Hakuba Sanosaka:
Open until Sunday 1st April

Hakuba Iwatake:
Open until Sunday 1st April

Hakuba Cortina:
Open until Sunday 1st April

Hakuba Norikura:
Open until Sunday 1st April

Hakuba Goryu:
Iimori area open until Sunday 1st April
Toomi area open until Sunday 8th April
Upper area hopefully open until Golden Week

Hakuba 47:
Operations will become more limited but hoping to be open until Golden Week. More details in the daily report area above.

More lifts closing from Monday 2nd April, but upper slopes hoping to be open until Golden Week.

Tsugaike Kogen:
Hoping to be open until Golden Week

Hakuba Minekata:
Closed for the season   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Saturday 31st March 2012, 12:13pm
Weather conditions: Rain
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
It has been a slow start this morning with rain drops falling from the sky.

Temperatures are well above freezing and it looks like we need to wait a bit longer for the snow to come. Temperatures are expected to drop through out the day so hopefully we will get the heavy snow which is on the forecast for tonight. Will be a great day to have a hot Onsen after skiing at one of the thirteen free public bath houses in Nozawa.

Turned out to be another blue bird yesterday. To head up early was the key to happiness. Hardly anyone on the slopes and great fun to put in the first tracks on the freshly groomed slopes. As temperatures were rising it got slushy towards the afternoon. But for sure another nice spring day.

Snow is still on the forecast. We are waiting until the temperatures drop and then we should be back to snow by tonight.


The following lifts will have their last day of the season this coming Sunday (unless otherwise noted):

Hikage Gondola
Paradise Four (but re-opening for wekeends and Golden Week)
Shinyu pair
Kandahar pair
Higake triple (open until 2nd)
Higake No2 pair AB
Nagasaka triple
Nagasaka four
Nagasaka gondola connecting pair
Karasawa pair
Mizunashi triple
Utopia pair
Challenge pair
Yunomine pair
'Yu' road (open until 2nd)

Good news for your pocket. There will be reduced lift tickets available from Monday 2 of April.
1 day Ticket Adult - 3500 yen (was 4600 yen)
1 day Ticket Kids - 2500 yen (was 3500 yen)


Current Official Snow Depths Numbers:




Current Lift operations:
Whole resort is operational

Current courses open:
All open   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Saturday 31st March 2012, 13:19pm
Weather conditions: Light snow
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Hope everyone's having a good weekend!

We're seeing teases of some more wintery weather here, but nothing super promising yet. It looks like we could get a good bit of cover tonight, though, as the temperatures have dropped and wet snow has already started.

The mountain is still reporting solid snow up top and corn snow down low today with no new buildup.

The forecast for the coming days is promising, but at this time of year nothing inspires much confidence. We could see a healthy dose of April snow, or we could simply see strong winds and a bit of somewhat miserable cold rain. Best bet is to be ready to take advantage of whatever comes and otherwise enjoy what spring conditions there are!

Snow depths:

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 400cm
Bottom - 180cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 440cm
Bottom - 190cm

Top - 470cm
Bottom - 180cm

Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6am:+2C, no snowfall in the past 12 hours but 10cm melted. Coastal data: NNE3m/s at Benkei cape, 0.9m waves and 1005hPa at Kamui cape. Annupuri peak: southerly wind, windspeed n/a, -5.6C. Annupuri 1000m: 475cm snowdepth.
Snowfall transition: A strong wind continued until late night due to passing low-pressure system and cold front. The wind calmed down early morning. Warm air is flowing in with the southerly wind and will make the snow melt under 1000m altitude. However, moderate cold air is flowing above 1100m making the temperature go down and thick fog due to air-mass transposition is expected.
Hazard evaluation: The surface is turning into wet grain corn snow under 800m though is suitable fro skiing. The largely developed snowdrifts and cornices in the leeward areas are unstable and likely to break. Climax (ground) avalanche risk is rising in the following coordinates: E7, E6, F5 and G8-H8.
Gates: Peak gates are scheduled to open as soon as they’re ready, however may close anytime if visibility is too bad. Please respect the ski patrol’s decisions. Stay away from valley and gully bottoms in order to avoid critical accidents. Route finding expresses that person’s senses. Niseko is not promulgating out of bounds skiing/riding, however is respecting everyone’s freedom to ski/ride and, at the same time, is deeply concerned about their safety.   Read more ...

Furano Now!

Saturday 31st March 2012, 15:06pm
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
What started out as a cold drizzle this morning has steadily transitioned from a wintry mix to all snow. It's currently 1 degree above freezing at the base, so we aren't expecting too much accumulation from this system, but perhaps the higher elevations will see some appreciable snowfall. Today saw the first real rain of 2012, and we were all on the edge of our seats to see how it would play it out, but in the end, the rain started later than forecast and transitioned over to snow very quickly with the passing of the front. Expect slushy and mushy Spring-like conditions on the lower half of the mountain, but the top is still in fairly good condition.

Temperatures should fall back below freezing for the first time in days overnight, with plenty of snow in the forecast for tomorrow.   Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Saturday 31st March 2012, 21:26pm
Weather conditions: Snowing
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
It could have been that mid-morning rain that got me off reporting.... But here I am at the end of the day, happy to report that the rain turned to snow, and that we might actually have a bit of powder for the last day for many of the ski areas. The day started pretty warm and wet, with some pretty heavy rain until about 11 am, then things got cooler, it turned to snow, and suddenly the mood lightened.

I'm not sure on all the ski areas after tomorrow, because we haven't received the official reports form the town for the past two days (well, they sent the emails, not the attachments). I'll know tomorrow, and I won't be leaving until I get the news up (and I plan to be up on the mountain tomorrow)!

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: Season is over after this weekend.
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:

34 0cm


220cm   Read more ...

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