Snow and weather reports posted on Thursday 21st January 2021

Niseko Now!

Monday 5th March 2012, 8:29am
Weather conditions: Clear
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Yesterday got a bit warm and we didn't see any new snow. It was a great day for hiking and exploring as visibility was good for almost the whole day. Today should be similar weather to yesterday. It's expected to be relatively warm today.

Backcountry travel is pretty safe at the moment. South facing stuff may be a bit of concern because of wet sliding when it gets hot.

The forecast is looking mixed, but the most dependable sources are saying that it's going to be snow tomorrow and the day after. Let's hope this brings us some snow and it stays cold. Who wouldn't like another cold smoke powder day?!

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

Niseko Village:
Top - 460cm
Bottom - 210cm

Top - 470cm
Bottom - 220cm

Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6am: -8C, no Coastal Snowfall Data:. SSE5m / s at Cape Benkei, and 0.6 m 1028HPa Waves at Cape Kamui Annupuri Peak:. SSE1.1M / s -13.4C. Peak Moiwa:. -11C. , no new development of snowdrifts.
Snowfall transtition: Low temp high pressure system is overlaying Hokkaido No wind, no snow-clouds and pretty much no development of snowdrifts The snow surface is re-crystallizing and surface hoar is forming in some slopes.
Hazard evaluation:.... General avalanche risk is low. Beware of collapsing cornices. Possibilities of a deeper layer avalanche due to skiing stimulation or collapsing cornices is present in SE facing 1000m slopes Cautious approach is required. The snow is in good condition.
Ducking ropes and stepping into strictly off-limits areas is strictly prohibited by the Niseko Rules, do not seek fresh tracks in off-limits areas.
The weather will turn bad as the next low-pressure system approaches. Seek for the ski patrol's advice before stepping out of the gates.   Read more ...

Yuzawa Now!

Monday 5th March 2012, 9:22am
Weather conditions: Rain, cloud
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Yesterday was actually quite busy out there at the places I saw around the town area. Lots of people out enjoying the spring-like weather and conditions too. There was a real feel of spring in the air.

As forecast, it's raining this morning in town and most lower areas. Currently +5 degrees in town. Mitsumata, Kagura and Naeba are reporting snow falling and so fingers crossed it stays that way, though the day will warm up a bit as we go on. Winds from the south are affecting some resort operations as well - Gala Yuzawa is closed and the only part of Kagura that is open is the Mitsumata area. Naeba is only part open as well with all the gondolas there not running this morning.

Looks like we just have to bunker down and get through this particular hurdle before we can hope for a return to more winter-like conditions, though the whole week looks set to be mild and borderline warm. It's going to be at least the weekend before we can realistically see that happen. Still confident that it will!

Official resort snow depths @ Monday 5th 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:
240cm   Read more ...

Minakami Now!

Monday 5th March 2012, 9:24am
Weather conditions: Light snow/Rain
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Snow falling up high in Minakami today but pretty miserable down in the valley with a bit of rain falling. It feels pretty warm out and the snow is quite wet lower down. It is supposed to continue all day so the best bet for today is head as high as you can.

The temperatures will remain high until Friday when they should drop below zero again and there is the chance of light snow into the weekend.   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Monday 5th March 2012, 9:44am
Weather conditions: Rain, snow higher up, strong winds
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Strong winds this morning in Zao - so much so that it is affecting lifts here - right now the Chuo Ropeway, the top Zao Ropeway gondola, the Kurohime areas and a few other lifts are not moving due to the winds. Things may change as the day moves on but with strong winds forecast for the day, it might not be likely. Not often this happens in a season....

Apart from the wind it's a mix of sleet rainy kind of stuff in the village and snow falling higher up at the top. It is about +2 in the village. Not the best day to be out there and probably one best exploring the onsen around the village.

The rain should ease up hopefully by the end of the day with tomorrow forecast to just be cloudy at the moment.

Official snow depths (5th March 12)
Utopia - 270cm
Chuo - 225cm
Paradise - 260cm
Uwanodai - 180cm

Operating lifts (5th March 12)
Limited due to winds - see above report.   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Monday 5th March 2012, 9:51am
Weather conditions: Snow, sleet and strong winds
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
It's mostly about the wind this morning. Large parts of the resort are not open at the moment due to wind conditions. Places that seem to be open at the time of writing include Sun Valley, Maruike, Hasuike, Bunadaira, Mammoth. Ichinose Family, Yakebitaiyama and Okushiga Kogen are all operating just one lift early on while the southern resort areas of Yokoteyama and Kumanoyu are waiting for the winds to calm down.

So limited runs available this morning. It's not the most appealing morning to be out there anyway really with wet snow falling and being blown about (sleet in some areas apparently) as the temperature hovers around 0 degrees. A bit of snow to report actually but it has been blown around and so difficult to put a number on it.

Hopefully tomorrow should see much clearer skies. Next snow around Thursday perhaps?

Nighta operations this evening planned at the following resort area:

- Ichinose Family

Official resort snow depths as of Monday 5th March 2012 AM:

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

Madarao Now!

Monday 5th March 2012, 9:57am
Weather conditions: Rain after snow overnight
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
We got some snow. Just 5-10cm or so I would say, but good to see all the same and the resort saying that there has been up to 20cm in places. That will probably be due to the winds as it is very windy this morning and everything is being blown about everywhere. A bit wild really. What's more, the snow has turned into rain - so it's raining right now.

The wind means that the resort is only part open this morning. For those braving the conditions, the resort has the No2 quad lift and No5 lift operating but other lifts are on standby and waiting for (hopefully) the wind to die down somewhat before opening. Whether they will be able to or not is another question.

Hoping that the rain will stop by the end of today, it does look like we should have clearer skies tomorrow though temperatures don't look like dropping down again until the end of the week.

Lifts currently operating:
All lifts should be open today and all courses open.
Official snow depth:
270cm   Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Monday 5th March 2012, 10:01am
Weather conditions: Rainy
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
For better or worse, your Snow Japan weather report was right on the money today: rainy, windy and warmer. Lots of closings due to wind today: almost all the Akakura lifts (both resorts) were questionable as the morning started; the Mitahara No. 3 at Suginohara is closed; Seki Onsen Ski Area is closed due to bad weather; the No. 2 and No. 4 lifts at Tangram are closed.

I hate to tell you (well, you can find the same thing on the excellent wether pages of this site), but rain looks like the theme through the week, with the freezing line moving up above 1000 meters until Friday or so. Might be a nice day on Wednesday. ACtually, if it weren't for the wind, skiing in the rain can be pretty smooth and silky, you know... Or take that shopping trip to Nagano.

Current Official Snow Depths

Akakura Onsen:

Akakan (Akakura Kanko):

300cm (although they're suddenly reporting 390cm--typo, we think)

Myoko Suginohara:

Seki Onsen:

Myoko Ski Park:



270cm   Read more ...

Naeba Now!

Monday 5th March 2012, 10:04am
Weather conditions: Light snow, cloud. Strong winds
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Blowing winds. Oh yes, it has been howling out there at times and the wind this morning means that we are on really limited opening.

At Naeba only a few of the base lifts seem to be moving early this morning as all others are waiting on the chance of the wind getting calmer. Over at Kagura, both the Tashiro and Kagura areas are actually closed leaving only the Mitsumata area to be open. It looks like just the Mitsumata No1 quad lift is moving though they are hoping to open up the No2 quad as well.

We did actually get a bit of snow overnight as well - up to 10cm in places and more like 5cm here in Naeba - so a bit of a new layer on what was left over from the weekend.

Things may change later on so worth checking with the resort for the latest.

Just a recap on yesterday which was a fine and kind of hazy sunny day, clouding over later on. There was a warm, spring feel in the air.

Resort Operations, 4th March (subject to change)
Limited see above
Only part of Mitsumata open today due to wind
Official snow depths
380cm   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Monday 5th March 2012, 11:14am
Weather conditions: Freezing rain or light rain
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Hakuba. It has actually been a snowy start this morning after the great sunny day that we had yesterday. The base temperature is around 0c with 2m of SW wind. The good news is that there was about 10cm of new snow on my car this morning.

Goryu is reporting 15cm of new snow on the top, 47 is reporting up to 25cm this morning - and so a decent haul there and a good surprise.

This snow will likely change to rain this afternoon with the snow level rising to 2800m. Seems like we have no luck of fresh powder for a while, but keep our finger crossed, we never know what's gonna happen with the weather patterns. Stronger winds are due to be with us as well this afternoon.

Things are looking hopefully for later on in the week though and the beginning of the weekend with a possible chance of snowfall. Hopefully in the meantime we won't lose too much of the base and get unstable snow layers from this rainfall.

Visibility is poor today on the upper slopes but ok lower down nearer the village.


Official snow depths and operations @ Monday 5th March 2012 AM:

Hakuba Goryu:
10-15cm of new snowfall reported this morning from Goryu. All lifts operating.
Official snow depths:
Alps daira - 270cm;
Toomi - 150cm;
Iimori - 110cm

Hakuba 47:
No new snow this morning. All courses open though some restrictions due to a boarder-cross competition being held.
Official snow depth:
Upper - 249cm
Lower - 115cm

Ski lifts/courses:
All lifts apart from Usagidaira pair are operating today.
Official snow depth:
Usagidaira - 200cm;
Sakka - 90cm;
Nakiyama - 80cm.

Tsugaike Kogen:
Official snow depth:
Upper slopes - 260cm
Champion - 200cm

Hakuba Cortina:
10cm of fresh snowfall reported at Cortina this morning. All lifts and most courses open.
Official snow depth:
Upper - 335cm
Lower - 200cm

Hakuba Norikura:
Official snow depth:

Hakuba Iwatake:
Official snow depth:
Upper - 180cm
Lower - 85cm

Hakuba Sanosaka:

Hakuba Minekata:
70cm   Read more ...

Furano Now!

Monday 5th March 2012, 12:24pm
Weather conditions: Sunny
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Sunday morning provided some great powder conditions for the earlybirds, however the base warmed on Saturday and is now frosty under the powder sitting on top. Skies are clear today and while it is very cold there is plenty of warm sunshine out there.

During March there are race competitions being held on Furano Resort. The following courses are closed for the competitions:

Panorama Course, closed March 5-9
Technical Course, closed March 5-9
Spies Course, closed March 5-11 & 25
Ropeway Course, closed March 5-11
Giant Course, closed March 5   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Monday 5th March 2012, 14:45pm
Weather conditions: Overcast and raining
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Today has probably been a good day for a sleep in, or if you were were keen to sit by the fire with a good book it is as good as any. It was raining early this morning but has eased back a bit now. As predicted it was all the way to the top as well.

Do not fear too much though as looks like today is the peak in temps and getting cooler and the potential for a decent amount of snow expected to arrive late in the week. Even a note of heavy snow by the weekend so fingers crossed.

Over the past few seasons we have been hit with this early spring blanket then mother nature has done a back flip and blessed us with some good winter dumps through March so hoping for the same again.

Yesterday was nice sunny all day, no fresh powder to report but was a fun day on the slopes.

Current Official Snow Depths Numbers:




Current Lift operations:
All open

Current courses open:
All open
   Read more ...

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21st Jan, 10:02
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21st Jan, 9:35
Furano Now
21st Jan, 8:48
Myoko Now
21st Jan, 8:32am
Niseko Now
21st Jan, 8:31
Appi Kogen Now
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Hakuba Now
21st Jan, 8:24
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21st Jan, 8:08
Yuzawa Now
21st Jan, 7:52
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21st Jan, 7:41
Madarao Now
21st Jan, 7:17
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13th Jan, 10:10am
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27th Nov, 11:21am
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