Snow and weather reports posted on Thursday 21st March 2019

Naeba Now!

Monday 4th March 2013, 7:16am
Weather conditions: Fine
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 330cm
The lifts haven't started moving yet but an early report anyway... Tokyo beckons for your reporter.

No new snow, no wind and it's a calm morning. Some blue sky to enjoy as well. It's a cold start to the day but it should warm up a fair bit during the day.

Lots of sun on the week long forecast and some gasp-inducing warm temperatures as well. The second half of the week in particular will be very spring-like indeed.


Official resort snow depth:
Naeba - 330cm
Kagura - 390cm   Read more ...

Madarao Now!

Monday 4th March 2013, 7:56am
Weather conditions: Fine, some cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 290cm
No new snow to report this morning and to begin with we have fog-like clouds and a temp of -5 at base. There's some blue sky on show as well and get the feeling that we are going to see more of that.

Taking a look at the forecast for the coming week. It looks like lots of sun, no snow and gradually warming up to the weekend when it might be borderline t-shirt weather.

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
Powder Wave I
Powder Wave II
Powder Theater
Adventure   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Monday 4th March 2013, 8:13am
Weather conditions: Blue skies
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 160cm
Clear up it did. And this morning we have blue skies all around. It's a beautiful morning in Shiga Kogen. Not much else to say really, should be a fine day to be sliding down the slopes. Yesterday was quite busy in places but not as much as previous weekends - it seems some people just stop skiing when we get into March. Good news for everyone else of course but curious nevertheless. I'll stop when there's no snow.

For now a chilly morning. Temps this week set to rise considerably towards the end of the week.

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

Official resort snow depths as of Monday 4th March 2013 AM:

Sun Valley:
Ichinose Family:
Ichinose Diamond:
Okushiga Kogen:
270cm   Read more ...

Yuzawa Now!

Monday 4th March 2013, 8:40am
Weather conditions: Fine, some cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 285cm
Snow falling for most of yesterday though it didn't add up to much in terms of cm on the ground, perhaps a few cm on the slopes.

This morning there's still some cloud around but increasing amounts of blue sky - it's going to be a fine day. At the moment it is around -2 degrees but probably will rise to around 5 degrees later on. Still looking like this week is going to be a week of sunny conditions and a gradual warming up.

From Thursday through Saturday we are looking at temperatures rising above 15 degrees in town, perhaps even approaching 20. Yikes. Spring would seem to have arrived!

Official resort snow depths @ Monday 4th March 2013, AM:
Kandatsu Kogen:
NASPA Ski Garden:
Gala Yuzawa:
Yuzawa Kogen:
Yuzawa Nakazato:
Yuzawa Park:
Maiko Snow Resort:
Ishiuchi Maruyama:
Joetsu Kokusai:
280cm   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Monday 4th March 2013, 8:47am
Weather conditions: Overcast
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 380cm
We have had a light dusting of snow overnight in Nozawa Onsen; not much, just 1cm being reported by the resort up at Uenotaira (and 0cm in other areas).

It's currently overcast with light winds but we expect clouds to move away some time this morning with a clear bluebird day forecast. Temperatures are set to remain relatively cool with a freezing level at about 600m.

Groomed runs will be silky smooth and fast this morning and are set to remain in good condition with light weekday crowds. Through the trees will be mostly tracked out in obvious areas but with a bit of a hunt powder stashes are still on offer.

With the fresh snow yesterday the whole mountain was in great form and the weekend crowds relished in the conditions. Off piste it was still possible to feel the icy base beneath and there were a few submerged death cookies, which required a good sense of the terrain, but riding was otherwise pretty good.

Looking further ahead at the extended forecast we expect light snow showers tomorrow. These will be the last for some time so best to make the most of the conditions. Following that we expect an extended run of clear, warm spring days and cool nights. A gradual warming trend will occur until Saturday, when it was really warm up, after which a brief cool change is looking likely.


Lifts operating:
All lifts scheduled to be operating except
Yunomine Pair
Mizunashi Triple
Challenge Pair
Utopia Pair
Hikage Number 2 Pair B line

Courses open:
All courses open except
Grand Prix
Kandahar East
Kandahar West
Challenge 39

Official snow depths




150cm   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Monday 4th March 2013, 8:53am
Weather conditions: Fine, some cloud
New snowfall: 10cm
Snow depth: 465cm
It may be March but I have another 10cm of snow to report from Hirafu this morning... Niseko isn't forgetting to be consistent, for now anyway.

There's quite a bit of cloud around but it's a fine morning and calm too. Annupuri have been reporting some stronger winds up top, but over here in Hirafu all seems fairly calm - the flags are taking a rest from being blown about, the sun is out. Yes, a nice morning. Feels like the cloud that is remaining might well clear up.

Hardly any snow on the forecast in the coming week - more sun and/or cloud - with a pattern of temperatures gradually warming up as the week goes on.


Official Resort Snow Depths

Grand Hirafu & Niseko Hanazono
Top - 490cm
Bottom - 245cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 400cm
Bottom - 250cm

Niseko Village
Top - 460cm
Bottom - 240cm

Avalanche Information:

Niseko base 6am: -10C, 5cm of new snow. Weather sunny and calm. Moiwa 800m: -12C, 10cm new snow, minimal snowdrift development. Wind calm. Coastal data: wind SSE14/s, 0.5m waves, pressure 1016hPa. Annupuri peak: -14.5C. Wind is expected to pick up by 12pm, WSW 10m/s at 1500m.

All peak gates are expected to open at 10am. Do not traverse under cornices or stimulate knolls. On slopes above 1100m there is possibility of fracture from March 1st layer. Have you switched your beacon on? Are you carrying shovel? Probe? Headlamp? If not, avoid the valley bottoms. It is recommended you ski in the trees.

The snow is in great condition. Be careful of cracks and avoid hitting trees. Have a safe day.   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Monday 4th March 2013, 9:15am
Weather conditions: Mostly clear and sunny, blue skies
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 320cm
Light snow falling on and off yesterday on the mountain, with variable visibility as clouds moved in and out of the area and over the slopes. I was at Iwatake yesterday and one minute we had fine views of the valley.. the next it was thick fog and cloud with nothing to be seen apart from the guy 10m in front!

It's a much clearer morning. Resorts not reporting any new cm of snowfall. Lots of blue sky over the village and just a few clouds here and there. But for the most part, bluebird.

A fairly cold start to the day and today and tomorrow shouldn't warm up... too much. From Wednesday though it looks like someone in charge of the heating is going to be turning the dial up to '11', and it might actually get to be that warm by Wednesday afternoon. And warmer still as move into next weekend.

No significant snow on the forecast through into next week I'm afraid (perhaps a sprinkling overnight tonight?) and lots of sunny and clear weather is likely.

It seems odd talking about resorts closing for the season, but the first one to do so will be the small Hakuba Minekata... their last day of the season will be Sunday 10th March. Of course, some of the main resorts in the Hakuba region open through until May and so there's no need to panic! Take a look at archives of the Hakuba Now reports from previous seasons to get an idea of what is open until when.


Official snow depths and operations @ Monday 4th March 2013 AM:

Hakuba Goryu:
0cm of new snowfall reported by Goryu since yesterday.
Official snow depths:
Alps daira - 320cm;
Toomi - 160cm;
Iimori - 130cm

Hakuba 47:
0cm of new snowfall reported by Hakuba 47 since yesterday.
Official snow depth:
Upper - 265cm
Lower - 165cm

Official snow depth:
Usagidaira - 300cm
Nakiyama/Shirakaba - 120cm
Sakka - 110cm

Tsugaike Kogen:
Official snow depth:
Upper slopes - 370cm
Lower slopes - 160cm

Hakuba Cortina:
5-10cm of new snow reported by Hakuba Cortina since yesterday.
Official snow depth:
Upper slopes - 410cm
Lower slopes - 260cm

Hakuba Iwatake:
Official snow depth:
Upper slopes - 210cm
Lower slopes - 90cm

Hakuba Sanosaka:
Official snow depth:

Hakuba Minekata:
140cm   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Monday 4th March 2013, 9:26am
Weather conditions: Clear, some cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 320cm
Yesterday I mentioned temperatures possibly warming up starting today. Well, it has been a really cold morning here actually (-6C earlier when I got up) but with the sun out it will be rising fairly quickly. Just a light wind around the village and on the slopes, some cloud but generally nice and clear and the sun shining down on us.

I was just reading the other reports from different parts of Japan and it looks like a similar pattern is going to be happening here -- temps rising later on in the week and it becoming warm. Looks like we can't avoid spring moving in to take over from winter. Lots of weeks left in the season though, through until May. And I'm sure we'll be seeing more snow. But perhaps just not this week.

The 'light up' gondola operations to the top of the resort in the evening have now finished for the season. Nighta skiing on lower slopes continues.

Official snow depths

Chuo Area



175cm   Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Monday 4th March 2013, 10:07am
Weather conditions: Partly sunny; clouds covering upper peaks
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 350cm
The sun's out in Myoko today, although the top of the peaks are covered in clouds. The sun makes it feel warmer than it really is--the temperatures are staying in the minus range, at least for today and tomorrow. Enjoy the cold (and some snow tomorrow, it seems), because April weather will be coming later in the week. Not excited about temps in the teens, to be honest....


Operations and official snow depths)

Akakura Kanko (Akakan)
350cm, -4C

Akakura Onsen
345cm, -5C

280cm, -3C

260cm, -4C

Seki Onsen
550cm, -3C

420cm, -3C

Myoko Ski Park
385cm, -2C

235cm, -2C

290cm, -6C   Read more ...

SnowJapan Daily 'Now' reports

Myoko Now
21st Mar, 10:44am
Aizu Bandai Now
21st Mar, 8:48
Hakuba Now
21st Mar, 8:46
Nozawa Onsen Now
21st Mar, 8:46am
Minakami Now
21st Mar, 8:42
Shiga Kogen Now
21st Mar, 8:40
Madarao Now
21st Mar, 8:32
Niseko Now
21st Mar, 8:27
Naeba Now
21st Mar, 8:14
Yuzawa Now
21st Mar, 8:00
Geto Kogen Now
21st Mar, 7:24
Appi Kogen Now
21st Mar, 7:14
Zao Now
21st Mar, 7:09
Furano Now
20th Mar, 7:50
Grandeco Now
02nd Feb, 12:34am