Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 18th January 2021

Niseko Now!

Saturday 3rd March 2012, 7:52am
Weather conditions: Clear
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Well, looking out at the sun and feeling the warmth it looks like it is going to be a hot one out there (relatively speaking of course), even after a cold start. We didn't see any snowfall last night in the region. Yesterday brought us a ton of sun which lasted almost all day. It was a great day to get out and see everything. It isn't often you can catch a full-on glimpse of Yotei, but it was visible all day.

Backcountry is pretty settled now because of the freeze-thaw. It will be an issue when we do get some snow. Looks like another great day to get up Yotei-zan or Shirabetsu-dake. Both will be great views from the top.

The forecast is looking really good. As of right now, it is saying Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday are all going to be snow days with the potential of quite a strong low pressure. That could mean a decent snowfall if it stays cold enough, though whether it will or not is another matter. Woohoo! Let's keep those fingers crossed.

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 410cm
Bottom - 210cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 460cm
Bottom - 210cm

Top - 470cm
Bottom - 220cm

Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6am: -7C, no snowfall in the past 24 hours. Coastal data: NNW5m/s at Benkei cape, 0.6m waves and 1023hPa at Kamui cape. Moiwa 800m -10C, no snowdrifts developments. Annupuri peak: N9m/s -16.3C.
Snowfall transition: The wind remained calm and snowdrifts development is virtually non-existent. A cold air mass is flowing from the north making slight snowdrifts develop in south facing slopes above 800m. A notable Mar 1st layer is present in slopes under 800m.
Hazard evaluation: Avalanche triggered by slip-drops is to be considered in steep slopes above 1100m, however the general avalanche hazard is low. The surface’s re-crystallization due cold temperature is making the snow little easier to ski than yesterdays. However, old tracks remains and are frozen. Watch your speed and carefully remain in control.
Caution: This Information’s objective is to minimize not only avalanche accidents but also all kinds of incidents occurring in Niseko’s out of bounds area. Although self-responsibility is the basic premise in the backcountry, the resorts and the local community has established the Niseko Rules in hope to minimize accidents while maximizing and respecting the freedom of skiers and snowboarders to step outside the resort boundaries.
Gates: Peak gates will be open at 9:30. Better never pause at the bottom of the valleys; avalanches run through there.   Read more ...

Yuzawa Now!

Saturday 3rd March 2012, 8:38am
Weather conditions: Cloud, light snow in some higher areas
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
It turns out that the forecast last night was being rather optimistic.... there's no new snow on the ground here this morning with a few resorts high up reporting just a sprinkling really. Kagura are saying they got 3-5cm on the upper area, so if you are looking for fresh snow that's the place to go. You might have missed it though if you are going after reading this!

It is just a cloudy morning here. Very light snow falling up high and the mountains are covered in snow for the most part, so it's not a day for magnificent views. Keeping fairly cold compared to the last few days and right now it is 0 degrees in town.

Perhaps today is one for the park, improving technique and just simply having some early March fun. A day on the slopes is better than most other things I can think of, I'm sure lots of you will agree.

Right now it is looking like we will see the sun tomorrow and Monday and Tuesday are still looking likely to bring rain.

Official resort snow depths @ Saturday 3rd March 12, PM:
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:
270cm   Read more ...

Naeba Now!

Saturday 3rd March 2012, 9:01am
Weather conditions: Cloud, light snow
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Just a little bit of snowfall to report this morning, a sprinkling here in Naeba and Kagura reporting 3-5cm up top. It's a bit colder this morning as well with a chilly -7 degrees up at the top of Naeba.

It is snowing lightly this morning and the mountains are in the clouds so not much to see from base early on other than the lower slopes in front of the hotel base. We do have a moderate to strong wind though which is causing the Dragondola to be on standby. All lifts apart from the Daishamen pair should be moving today at Naeba. It looks like the No3 course at Naeba will be limited today due to a competition being held but apart from that, Splash Bowl and the Mens Slalom course all should be open.

Tomorrow's forecast is sun so should be a nice day out there, followed by milder conditions and a good chance of rain Monday/Tuesday -- perhaps even higher up on the mountain. Let's avoiding that lot!

All the best for a fun weekend.

Resort Operations, 3rd March (subject to change)
All open apart from Splash Bowl and Mens Slalom course. Dragondola on standby at time of writing to due wind.
Open as normal - top Kagura No5 lift now open.
Official snow depths
380cm   Read more ...

Madarao Now!

Saturday 3rd March 2012, 9:17am
Weather conditions: Cloud, snow
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
But before we get to Monday, we have the weekend to enjoy.

And it's a decent start. I see at least 5cm on the tops of cars etc, and the resort is saying 10-15cm of fresh snow on the mountain this morning. It's definitely colder and right now -2 degrees in Madarao. The forecast for the day today is light snow with things clearing up later on to make way for a clear and sunny day tomorrow. Great to have that new layer to enjoy this morning.

I'm afraid it is still looking likely it will be raining Monday and Tuesday, probably even up to the top of the resort as well. All we can do is hope that doesn't happen.

For now though, a fun weekend to be had. Have fun!

Lifts currently operating:
All lifts should be open today and all courses open.
Official snow depth:
280cm   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Saturday 3rd March 2012, 9:26am
Weather conditions: Cloud, snow at times
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Did I say perhaps decent snow overnight? I was almost thinking it was just a hope and it won't happen but I bring good news.... decent snow overnight! Yes, it might not be the coldest of mornings here in Zao, but we got a decent amount of snow - 20cm or so perhaps, though winds have been blowing it about - and it has eased off for all those early morning skiers and boarders out there.

It is mostly just cloudy at the moment with some snow falling higher up but the pattern set for clearing conditions as the day moves on. At the moment I can't see the top of the mountain from base as it is covered in cloud, so while decent visibility on the lower slopes it's poor up top at the moment.

There's has been fairly strong wind as well early on but all of the resort appears open this morning.

A women's World Cup Ski Jump event is being held at the ski jump in Zao at the moment, so lots of activity over there and it's always fun to watch people launch themselves off that thing!

Today and tomorrow children can get a ticket for the special low price of 1000 yen, so we can expect to see a lot of young ones out there this weekend.

Official snow depths (3rd March 12)
Utopia - 270cm
Chuo - 225cm
Paradise - 260cm
Uwanodai - 185cm

Operating lifts (3rd March 12)
All Ropeways (Skycable, Zao Chuo Ropeway, Zao Ropeway) operating.
All the runs at Zao are open.   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Saturday 3rd March 2012, 10:07am
Weather conditions: Cloud, clearings over village at times
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
A cloudy start to the day here in Hakuba with very slight snow falling down lazily earlier on. A few resorts are reporting a bit of fresh snowfall - Cortina up to 5cm, 47 reporting 2cm up top - but generally no new snow to report this morning. The sun is even peeking through at times casting shadows in the village clouds are mostly covering up the upper parts of the mountains.

The mildish conditions continue and right now it is hanging around 0 degrees in the village. Up top at 47 a little earlier it was -4 degrees - at least it is on the right side of zero on the slopes. This evening should be a cold one though with temperatures dipping to around -7 degrees, to be followed by a day of sunshine and clearer skies tomorrow and a high of around +4 degrees in the village.

Monday and Tuesday are looking like days to forget and avoid if possible. Rain seems almost certain, heavy rain in fact, and possibly even right up on the mountains as well.... there's not going to be much escape from it by the looks of things. We need to look later on in the week for the chance of temperatures to drop and bring us more snow.

Anyway, for the moment early spring-like conditions out there, come with that in mind and have some fine fun. I'm certainly going to!


Official snow depths and operations @ Saturday 3rd March 2012 AM:

Hakuba Goryu:
No new snowfall reported this morning. All lifts operating.
Official snow depths:
Alps daira - 280cm;
Toomi - 155cm;
Iimori - 115cm

Hakuba 47:
47 reporting 2cm of new snow up top this morning. All courses open though some restrictions due to a boarder-cross competition being held. The halfpipe re-opens today.
Official snow depth:
Upper - 233cm
Lower - 111cm

Ski lifts/courses:
All lifts apart from Happo No1 pair are operating today.
Official snow depth:
Usagidaira - 190cm;
Sakka - 80cm;
Nakiyama - 80cm.

Tsugaike Kogen:
Official snow depth:
Upper slopes - 250cm
Champion - 180cm

Hakuba Cortina:
5cm of new snowfall on upper slopes and a few cm lower slopes at Cortina this morning. All lifts and most courses open.
Official snow depth:
Upper - 345cm
Lower - 205cm

Hakuba Norikura:
Official snow depth:

Hakuba Iwatake:
Official snow depth:
Upper - 175cm
Lower - 95cm

Hakuba Sanosaka:

Hakuba Minekata:
70cm   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Saturday 3rd March 2012, 10:18am
Weather conditions: Cloud, variable conditions
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
This morning is indeed colder in Shiga Kogen though not much more than a thin layer of snow since yesterday really. The trees are looking frosted and there's a chill in the air which is good to feel. Just generally cloudy this morning though differing conditions in different parts of the Shiga Kogen area - ranging from a few breaks in the cloud to reveal a bit of blue sky here and there (but not much) to light snow falling and poor visibility in others (Yokoteyama) at the time of writing this.

Tomorrow we might get to see the sun after a cold night tonight and it should keep cold for tomorrow. Keeping cold is helping with the snow, but without much refresh over the last run of days and milder conditions, there's a spring-like feel to proceedings at the moment.

Early in the week might be a different story though and we might see temperatures rise into positive numbers and it's going to be borderline snow/rain even up here. All fingers and everything else crossed please as we will the former.

Hopefully once we get past this warmer spell, we might see a return to colder and more wintery conditions.

It's the weekend though for now. Time to have some fun!

Nighta operations this evening planned at the following resort area:

- Ichinose Family
- Ichinose Diamond
- Yakebitaiyama
- Kumanoyu

Official resort snow depths as of Saturday 3rd March 2012 AM:

Sun Valley:
Ichinose Family:
Ichinose Diamond:
Okushiga Kogen:
260cm   Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Saturday 3rd March 2012, 10:36am
Weather conditions: Light snow
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Theres' a light dusting of very fine-grained snow on the ground today--small crystals meaning it's pretty heavy stuff. Heavy dust on crust; I think that's a fair description of the day. But it's a pretty good day for being out (just be sure to put your chains on; it's a bit slippy out there). The temperatures are in the below-zero category, so no mush yet (wait until early in the coming week, when we're expected to see some rains).

Current Official Snow Depths

Akakura Onsen:

Akakan (Akakura Kanko):


Myoko Suginohara:

Seki Onsen:

Myoko Ski Park:



270cm   Read more ...

Minakami Now!

Saturday 3rd March 2012, 10:45am
Weather conditions: Overcast/Light snow
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Another grey day in Minakami today but a bit of light snow falling up high which is good. The groomers are in great condition though the off-piste isn't up to much at the moment. Bit more snow would help. It is supposed to clear up a bit this afternoon.

It is supposed to be a cold, clear night tonight with sunshine tomorrow morning. Monday is still looking wet and with warmer temperatures for next week there might be a bit of rain or light snow.   Read more ...

Furano Now!

Saturday 3rd March 2012, 13:24pm
Weather conditions: Sunny and cloudy
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Blue skies and mild temperatures is the story of the day. It is absolutely beautiful outside and should remain so for the rest of Saturday. It's currently -3 and it won't get much warmer, but that is plenty warm to leave little excuse for not being out there on the piste. No new snow to speak of overnight, but the fresh powder that fell yesterday has the slopes in decent shape. The only thing to be concerned about is all that sun creating a few slick spots in places. However, with weather like this, it is hard to complain.

Some clouds moving in overnight, but nothing big precipitation-wise is on the horizon for the immediate future. We may be in for some big snows come Tuesday and Wednesday, but we shall see.   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Saturday 3rd March 2012, 14:10pm
Weather conditions: Sunshine with some fog higher
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
We're starting to get used to these warmer sunny days in Nozawa. Went up to the kid's park today for a play and there were kids everywhere having a ball.

Preparations were under way for tonights Festival and it was looking good. There was also a lot of action over on the Kandaha racecourse with a big downhill race meet starting tomorrow. So quite a buzz around the village. Crowds not as big as past weekends but with 6000 guests recorded not too bad.

On the mountain was pretty foggy up high early but has blown off a bit now. Snow was a bit soft in places but the groomers were pretty nice.

Looking ahead it is a bit of a mixed bag with winds also all over the place. Tomorrow should be a fairly clear day. Rain down in town highly likely Monday and Tuesday, borderline what will be falling up top when that is happening. Hope by the end of the week we should see some cooler temps and a bit of snow on the radar. Anyway will be a fun weekend in town so get into the celebrations, stay safe and have a great time.

Current Official Snow Depths Numbers:




Current Lift operations:
All open

Current courses open:
All open
   Read more ...

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