Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 30th May 2021

Yuzawa Now!

Wednesday 6th February 2008, 7:50am
Weather conditions: Sun, cloud
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Snow arrived yesterday afternoon and there was probably 5cm or so on the car by night time. After a cold night this morning starts off nice and bright with some blue skies (with cloud) and the sun already out.

It looks like it will be a fine day with a maximum temperature of around +2 degrees. There seems to be very little chance of any snowfall today, so people will be out there enjoying the fine weather.

Tomorrow the forecast is for another snowy day and colder temperatures with further snow lined up for Thursday and Friday so it is shaping up to be another good weekend.

It's worth pointing out that the coming weekend is a 3 day one as Monday is a national holiday. It is one of the peak periods of the season and so resorts can expect to be quite busy.   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Wednesday 6th February 2008, 8:02am
Weather conditions: Cloudy, with occasional clear patch.
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Well, the weather moved in yesterday afternoon and we were treated to the better part of 20cms in just a few hours. The hill really needs some fresh snow to repair the sun damamge from Monday and it looks like the repair process is well and truly underway. By late afternoon there was knee deep powder on many groomed areas away from the centre of the run. It looks like we will get some more moderate snowfalls as today progresses, although not likely as sudden and generous as yesterday.

The charts are showing more or less the same thing as yesterday, so it looks like Thursday and Friday (in particular) may bring some more fresh, deep snow. But after yesterday's sudden snowstorm it would be worthwhile keeping some warm clothes on standby.   Read more ...

Minakami Now!

Wednesday 6th February 2008, 8:06am
Weather conditions: Overcast
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Yesterdays snow only amounted to 7cm at the valley level and 20cm above 1300m. This morning the sky is slightly overcast and the forecast is for it to stay like this for the day.

The nest forecast snowfall is for Saturday when a low front moves in from the South. This should bring snow for most of the weekend, although it may be quite warm and wet.

The sun of last Monday has created a thick melt crust at 50cm in the snow pack on North slopes that has the wind packed fresh snow from the past 6 days sitting on top of it. Facets were starting to form in the interface between the crust and new snow creating a weak layer (CTM(11) @ 50cm). It would be advisable to pick your routes very wisely at present, especially avoiding steeper terrain.

Avalanche Hazard:
Alpine: Considerable
Tree Line: Considerable
Below Tree line: Moderate   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Wednesday 6th February 2008, 8:12am
Weather conditions: Sun, fine, some cloud
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
It's one of those lovely fine, sunny mornings this morning. The sun has been out from early on, just a few clouds in the sky, snow on the road and fresh snow on the slopes - great! It should be a fine day on the slopes of Shiga Kogen with the conditions we have right now.

It might be sunny but it is also very cold out there. The temperatures are back down to near the minus double figures once again in some areas, but wherever you are expect cold especially early on in the morning.

Night operations planned at the following resort areas of Shiga Kogen today:

- Ichinose Family
- Ichinose Diamond   Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Wednesday 6th February 2008, 8:28am
Weather conditions: SUNNY
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Easy come, easy go-snows yesterday. 3cm per hour snows that lasted only a few hours have given way to some really nice sunshine today. But temperatures remain low: -5C presently at the Akakura Resort, -6C at Suginohara, and a nice crispy -9C at Togakushi. The sun should bring these numbers up 3-5 degrees during the day.

Today's pick is Akakura, both Kanko and Onsen, as that's where most of yesterday's fresh powder fell. A bit of icing at the other spots is likely. But more snow this evening.

Your Myoko area levels for today:
255cm (Akakura Kanko);
260cm (Akakura Onsen);
220cm (Ikenotaira);
335cm at the top, 165cm bottom (Suginohara);
260cm (Kyukamura);
180cm (Pine Valley);
350cm (Seki Onsen);
160cm (Madarao Tangram Ski Circus);
160cm (Madarao Sympathique);
165cm (Madarao Kogen);
280cm (Myoko Ski Park);
130cm (Togakushi);
160cm (Kurohime);
130cm (Iizuna);
135cm (Iizuna Kogen)

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Nozawa Onsen Now!

Wednesday 6th February 2008, 8:39am
Weather conditions: Clear
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Yesterday in Nozawa we were blessed with an unforecast day of snow. When the village went to sleep it was still falling but alas we have awoken to a crisp, clear day with relatively light winds. The resort has just updated the official snow depth figures and they are saying only 5cm fell on top part of the mountain but we had about 10cm of fresh snow on the cars at the end of yesterday. It probably won`t be enough to fill in the tracks but I am sure the first few on the gondola today won`t have a problem finding freshies.

The forecast is for cloud to arrive in the afternoon followed by snow tonight. Light snow should continue tomorrow before another decent fall on Saturday night.    Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Wednesday 6th February 2008, 9:17am
Weather conditions: Clear skies
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Another beautiful blue bird day in the Japanese Alps. The snows of yesterday have subsided and the clouds have cleared. There is no wind in the valley to speak of and the temperature is cool but will rise significantly today. Wear some sun screen and enjoy the fine weather and great soft groomed runs.

Views of the Northern Alps all the way south as far as Mt. Fuji and the Sea of Japan to the north may be seen today. So if you are up the mountains look south and have a look for the mountain in the far distance that looks just like Fuji san as that would be what it is.

Backcountry Travel Advisory:

Today will see many people heading out into the backcountry because of the good weather and the recent new snow. Hopefully they will pick conservative lines and use good group control and safety measures. There are still multiple shear layers in the upper 1 m of the snow pack that may propagate and create avalanches in steep moderate and complicated terrain. Alpine bowls and chutes with big consequences should be avoided or reassessed for stability. Do not get fooled by the Ice Crust of January 12 as it is still a lingering week layer and faceting around this layer is prominent and depth hoar has also been found around this layer in multiple areas. Shear and compression tests have found moderate results on this layer and the shear plane is very clean and could produce problems so do assess stability of this layer before jumping in.

Solar radiated slopes will be warming and might produce loose avalanches in the upper layers of new snow.

Take due care out there and take mellow lines in simple terrain.

Avalanche Hazard as of Feb 6th:

Alpine: Considerable

Tree line: Considerable

Below Tree Line: Moderate
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Furano Now!

Wednesday 6th February 2008, 9:51am
Weather conditions: crystal clear blue sky morning
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
A beautiful day today. Blue skies and clear as far as the eye can see. Conditions on the mountain are great on the groomers. The snow yesterday was very fast and perfect for a groomer day. There is a significant change in the make up of guests on the mountain at the moment, as Japanese guests are notoriously lacking in the first 10 days of February. International guests are now the majority in the Furano Ropeway on a few occasions throughout the day.

Heavy snow for about 2 hours yesterday afternoon brought hopes of a powder day today, but the snow subsided around 7pm last night and left us just 5cm in the village, with probably a bit more up top.

Kuma Otoshi is tracked out. The 2 10minute openings per day have meant the snow has lasted longer than normal, but with no new snow in the last 3 days it is now a bit bumpy.

Tonight is a Maiko Welcoming Party. The Maiko (Geisha in training) girls are here for a special reciprocal promotion between Kyoto and Furano and they are stunning and very rare to have the opportunity to see. If you have a chance, make sure you get a ticket from the Furano Tourism Association for tonight’s 6pm party.
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Naeba Now!

Wednesday 6th February 2008, 10:15am
Weather conditions: Cloud, sunny spells
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
It felt cold this morning although when I lumbered up to the temperature gauge, I was surprised to see the red strip almost reaching zero...

No real snow to talk of over the last few days - though it HAS been snowing, it's just been the pretending flurry of snow the real tease. The visibility is good too as there are no clouds lingering below 1700m in this area. Here's sitting with ears pricked and eyes narrowed on the horizon for those dark clouds... in anticipation for the next dump of snow.   Read more ...

SnowJapan Daily 'Now' reports

Shiga Kogen Now
30th May, 8:56am
Niseko Now
25th May, 14:32pm
Yuzawa Now
23rd May, 8:47am
Furano Now
09th May, 16:56pm
Hakuba Now
09th May, 10:50am
Nozawa Onsen Now
09th May, 8:12am
Kiroro Now
06th May, 13:52pm
Myoko Now
05th May, 13:16pm
Madarao Now
05th May, 9:26am
Geto Kogen Now
05th May, 7:45
Zao Now
05th May, 7:41
Appi Kogen Now
05th May, 7:40
Aizu Bandai Now
19th Feb, 12:28
Minakami Now
13th Jan, 10:10am
Naeba Now
27th Nov, 11:21am