Snow and weather reports posted on Friday 17th April 2020

Yuzawa Now!

Tuesday 4th January 2011, 8:10am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
It is a cloudy start to the day today after the fine weather of yesterday. Up on the mountains there has been a slight sprinkling of snow, but no snow down at town level. It is 0 degrees at the moment (Kagura is reporting a cold -8 degrees) and actually we do have snow forecast for the day though I doubt it will result in much snow at all. Tomorrow should be another clear and sunny day followed by this snowfall overnight that we are all hoping will bring some decent cm to the slopes.

Hopefully Thursday will be a snowy day here in town and we can see some of those snow depths increasing.

Official snow depths @ 4th January 2010 PM




Gala Yuzawa:

Yuzawa Kogen:

Yuzawa Park:

Kandatsu Kogen:


NASPA Ski Garden:
70cm   Read more ...

Madarao Now!

Tuesday 4th January 2011, 8:13am
Weather conditions: Fine weather with great visability.
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
The expected snow never came last night, so this morning feels like a bit of a post New Year hangover has set in.

The sky is clear but there are a lot of bumps on the mountain and not much powder left. The forecast is talking more snow tonight, so hopefully tomorrow will be better.

The weather looks like being fine all day though, so it should be a good day for enjoying some sun and some groomed courses.

Today twelve of the fifteen lifts, the kids park and the snowboard park will be open.

Lifts currently operating:

No 1 lift
No 2 quad lift
No 5 lift
Super Quad
No 11 Lift
No 12 Lift
No 13 Lift
No 15 lift
No 3 Lift
Moving Belt at Kids Park
Snowboard beginner course   Read more ...

Minakami Now!

Tuesday 4th January 2011, 8:24am
Weather conditions: Light cloud
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Yesterday the sun was out for most of the day turning lower resorts into almost Spring snow conditions.

The clouds have rolled back over today and the temps have dropped back down to under 0 deg C. Expecting light snow to the valley level to start mid afternoon today. Tomorrow will be mostly cloudy with some snow in the evening.

Moderate snowfalls are expected for Thursday and Friday this week, so it should be good snow conditions for the weekend.   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Tuesday 4th January 2011, 8:31am
Weather conditions: Clear
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
After the fine weather of yesterday it is a similar kind of start to the morning today... perhaps not as clear but another fine but briskly cold morning.

The forecast is for perhaps some light snow showers later on today and then some real snowfall hopefully coming tomorrow evening into Thursday.

The slopes should be much quieter today as many people return to work - so perhaps back to almost normal weekday conditions out there.

Official resort snow depths as of 4th December 2011:

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

Furano Now!

Tuesday 4th January 2011, 9:11am
Weather conditions: Brilliant sunshine
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Snow fell throughout yesterday afternoon and then very lightly overnight. This has left a total of 12cm of fresh snow at the base area. Timing couldn't have been better as the snow pack was showing significant signs of ice and wear. Night skiing last night was fantastic in fresh ungroomed powder. This morning all runs have been extensively groomed and the mountain is looking picture perfect against a backdrop of blue sky and bright sunshine. International guests have started to become very visible throughout the town in the last couple of days. The forecast from Wednesday is to bring snow snow snow.    Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Tuesday 4th January 2011, 9:27am
Weather conditions: Clear and sunny
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
It's another sunny day this Hakuba Morning!

Just like a yesterday morning, its a nice beautiful morning today too. It seems like the Japanese New Year rush has been slowing down a little bit as well with many people returning to work in Japan now so the slopes have been slightly quieter today. The forecast said it will be crowds and snow showers overnight but I guess it didn't happen at all.

There has been no new fresh snow here in the base. Freezing level is around 300 to 400 meters. Still there is some chopped out powder out there to find and you can find some good stashes of powder in the trees. More snow is of course always welcome especially on the lower slopes that still aren't that deep and could do with more snowfall.

The forecast tells us that it will be overcast with possible snow showers again and then we can look to Wednesday night for some potentially decent snowfall in the valley.


Official snow depths and operations @ Tuesday 4th January AM:

Hakuba Goryu:
Night time operations from 6pm until 9:30pm. The Kids Area 'Family Land' in the Iimori area is open.
Alps daira - 205cm;
Toomi - 95cm;
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 - 70cm
Nakiyama - 70cm

Tsugaike Kogen:
The Karamatsu nighta operations are now open and the Jib Park is now partly open.
Snow depth - 210cm
Maruyama area - 75cm
Champion - 105cm

Hakuba Iwatake:
All of the Iwatake resort is now open.
Upper - 100cm
Lower - 60cm

Hakuba Cortina:
All of the Cortina resort is also now open.
Upper - 185cm
Lower - 105cm

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

Naeba Now!

Tuesday 4th January 2011, 9:32am
Weather conditions: Fine and sunny.
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Today is fine with a few clouds in the sky. In the afternoon, it is expected to snow lightly.

Visibility is very good, with winds of only 10km. The temperature is expected to hit -3 with a windchill of -8 degress. The windchill is expected to drop to around -18 by the end of the day.

In terms of the lifts, all are currently in operation both in at Naeba and Kagura.

In regards to the runs at Naeba, the Women's Riesin and the lower eastern section of the Hiuchi #1 slope are still closed.

At Kagura, the Downhill Course in the Mitsumata Area, the Forestry Expert Course, and the Shirakaba and Intermediate Course in the Tashiro Area are all closed.

Have a nice day.

Official Snow Depths:



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Niseko Now!

Tuesday 4th January 2011, 9:36am
Weather conditions: Snowing lightly
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Light snow persisted through much of yesterday and overnight into this morning adding at least another 10cm of light powder. Conditions are much improved around the mountain and although it's not super deep there has been enough new snow over the last couple of days to soften the turns and make things much more enjoyable.
The current snow should ease a bit through the day with only occassional flurries continuing. Tomorrow though will see snow return and reasonably heavy falls can be expected for the remainder of the outlook. So conditions are just going to get better and better.

Current Official Snow Depths:

Grand Hirafu:
Top - 190
Bottom - 80

Niseko Village:
Top - 130
Bottom - 90

Top - 145
Bottom - 100

Avalanche Information:

Annupuri 800m at 6am: -8℃, 8cm of overnight snowfall of rimed crystal snow. The wind is stagnating around 10m/s NW in high elevation.
No notable development of snowdrifts can be observed, however some unstable patches have formed in leeward terrains. Stay alert especially in steep faces.
South facing bowls and gullies have been highly affected by the strong wind of the last few days, some slopes have been scuffed by the wind and resulted in a hard pack, crusts and some patches of fresh snow, mixed condition in the same slope.
The following snowfall will probably take relatively long time to settle on the present surface layer.
Also, it may be better to keep in mind that “depth hoar” layers are notably forming and developing because of the lack of snow. This season’s formation of facets and depth hoar layers (potential weak layer triggering slides) are more distinguished compared to other seasons. Be conscious and be prepared before dropping into suspicious terrain. Extra caution should be taken especially in southerly facing steep slopes.
Gate 6 (Moiwa) is scheduled to open today. Follow the ski patrol’s instructions.

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Nozawa Onsen Now!

Tuesday 4th January 2011, 10:37am
Weather conditions: Some low cloud expected to clear later
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
It is a fairly clear start to the day here in Nozawa with no new snow to report overnight.

There is some cloud hanging about up top that may clear as the day goes on.

It should be a much quieter day on the slopes today with the National New Years holidays finishing yesterday and people getting back to work.

A sure sign that the crowds are disappearing is the empty spots at the Onsen last night... just the usual familiar faces!

Snow Cat rides have started up at Uenotaira - it's not skiing, but is a good way to check out the slopes. There is also a sled competition on Saturday.

The forecast is looking like it will be a sunny day tomorrow but with a good fall of snow forecast for Wednesday night, which would be most welcome.

Courses open:

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

Lifts operating:

All except the following
Kandahar   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Tuesday 4th January 2011, 17:55pm
Weather conditions: Cloud, light snow
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
This morning started off cloudy in Zao and it has been pretty much cloudy with some light snow at times today.

We should see some more snowfall tonight - nothing major - but hopefully some heavier snow tomorrow evening and into Thursday. Get ready for temperatures to drop down to around perhaps -16 degrees as well on the mountain so it's going to be cold.

Snowy/cloudy conditions are forecast right through into next week now so we should be seeing regular topups on the slopes.   Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Tuesday 4th January 2011, 20:39pm
Weather conditions: Clear (after a day with a little of everything)
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Sort of a slow news day in Myoko. Not really sunny, not really snowing a lot... It's the waiting game for more snow. So, at least for the moment, we're seeing a tiny drop in the snowpack, but at least the quality of the snow is staying high.

Current Official Snow Depths:

Akakura Onsen:

Akakan (Akakura Kanko):


Myoko Suginohara:

Seki Onsen:

Myoko Ski Park:



110cm   Read more ...

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