Snow and weather reports posted on Friday 17th April 2020

Minakami Now!

Thursday 6th January 2011, 8:14am
Weather conditions: Overcast
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Around 20cm of fresh snow on the ground at the valley level with up to 30cm in the upper mountains. It is forecast to continue through to tomorrow evening which should bring over 50cm to the upper mountains and set things up nicely for a powdery weekend.

Saturday looks like it will remain cloudy with more snow appearing on Sunday afternoon and snowing intermittently for the remainder of the week.   Read more ...

Madarao Now!

Thursday 6th January 2011, 8:25am
Weather conditions: Currently snowing and more snowfall is predicted for the rest of the day.
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
What a great way to start the morning for those in the mood for some awsome powder riding! Over night the resort of Madarao recieved 40 cm of fresh snow, and the fluffy stuff is predicted to continue for the rest of the day.

While it wont be the best visability on the slopes today, the continuous snowfall is promising, it will definately be worth getting to know the lifts and courses that are open. Keeping in mind our wonderful information staff are more than happy you give you an insight into the pick of the courses today.

Today around eleven lifts will be open as well as the fun for all kids park. The snowboard park will not be opening, fingers crossed todays snowfall will allow it to be ready and ridable tomorrow.

So put on an extra layer thismorning and get yourself out there and enjoy the new powder and thrilling slopes of Madarao Mountain!

Lifts currently operating:

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

Myoko Now!

Thursday 6th January 2011, 9:00am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
The waiting is over: the real snow is falling. Meaning cars were transformed overnight into mounds of snow, and we finally have some snow walls growing along the roadsides. It's very nice, light powder snow, too, quietly sluffing off the rooftops rather than rumbling down.

Your mission, should you choose to accept it: call in sick, get out in the powder. I'll report later on how much snow actually fell, as the offical report isn;t out yet.

Current Official Snow Depths:

Akakura Onsen:

Akakan (Akakura Kanko):


Myoko Suginohara:

Seki Onsen:

Myoko Ski Park:





Update, evening

It snowed, and it snowed a lot today. Some cold winds from the north at times, but it didn't matter—the first real Myoko-style snowfall of the year was going on all around us.

Right now the snow has slowed down a bit, but it will be interesting to see how much will be added to the figures tomorrow morning.   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Thursday 6th January 2011, 9:22am
Weather conditions: Snowing heavily
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
The snow has arrived in Nozawa Onsen with 30cm plus settling on the ground in the Village... it should and will be more up top.

It started to snow lightly at about 11pm last night and we weren't sure it was going to hit big time, but sure enough this morning we were woken with the sound of snow sliding off the roof. The best way to be woken up in winter!

This dump will hopefully go a long way to getting the lower runs having a healthy cover and some of the brush up the top getting covered up.

Yesterday was still a nice day but people were looking for some more and prayers have been answered.

It is still snowing heavily outside and forecast to continue with moderate snow throughout today. Getting lighter tomorrow then a sunshine day forecast for Saturday which should make it a big day on the mountain.

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 ...

Niseko Now!

Thursday 6th January 2011, 9:29am
Weather conditions: Snowing
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Well it is dumping out there this morning. Since last report we've had up around 35-40cm of fresh snow and it's only getting heavier out there. Heavy snow is expected to continue throughout the day and overnight into tomorrow.
It's going to be deep up on the mountain with bottomless turns across the resort and the last of the sasa should get well and truly covered over the next day or so. Winds are expected to get stronger today and overnight so there'll be some substantial drifting around the mountain with plenty of loading of lee slopes and cornice development. Of course this means avi danger will be very high for the next day or two. By the weekend the winds should abate and hopefully we'll see more of the gates around the resort opening up as avi danger decreases.

Current Official Snow Depths:

Grand Hirafu:
Top - 230
Bottom - 100

Niseko Village:
Top - 145
Bottom - 105

Top - 160
Bottom - 110

Avalanche Information:

Annupuri 800m at 6am: -10℃, 30cm of mixed hail overnight snowfall.
A southwesterly wind picked up from noon yesterday and has been stagnating around 20m/s at 1000m.
Although it slightly calmed down in the evening, it swung NW and picked up again during the night and keeps blowing pretty strongly this morning.
Unstable snowdrifts are developing all around the mountain and avalanche hazard is very high in all elevation and slope orientation.
The storm is forecasted to keep going on until tomorrow and the danger level would rise as the snowfall amount grows. All gates will be kept closed today for the sake of all resort users.
The out of bounds area is in an extremely hazardous condition, do not duck ropes or nets to seek fresh lines.
We should be able to start opening more gates once this storm settles and the snowpack stabilizes.
Please be patient and enjoy the powder within the boundaries for the moment.

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Furano Now!

Thursday 6th January 2011, 9:42am
Weather conditions: Snowing
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
It is currently snowing lightly on the mountain. Yesterday and overnight the fresh snow has amounted to 15cm. This combined with very cold temperatures means the finest powder snow and is pushing us into the depths of a central hokkaido winter. According to the forecast there is potential for even more snow to fall during the day. For those who like fresh tracks there should be good potential out on the mountain - get there early though.   Read more ...

Naeba Now!

Thursday 6th January 2011, 9:43am
Weather conditions: Cloudy and snowing.
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
After the sunny conditions yesterday, today I was surprised to see the cars outside with a nice new coating of snow, with more expected to come throughout the day. 10cm of snow fell last night and another 10cm is expected to come from the heavens by the end of the day.

Visibility is okay, with it being a little misty at the top of the mountain. Moderate winds are currently blowing, with an average strength of 25km predicted. The temperature is currently at -6 degreees with a windchill of -17 degrees expected by the afternoon.

In regards to the runs at Naeba, the Men's Slalom bahn and the area that is to the lower east of Hiuchi #1 slope are 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 still closed.

Have fun.

Official Snow Depths:



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Yuzawa Now!

Thursday 6th January 2011, 10:10am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Now this is more like it. Kagura reporting 20cm and it is snowing pretty good in Yuzawa this morning - it feels like winter.

I'll post more details later on this afternoon.



OK like I said this morning --- this is more like it! It feels like winter and we have seen some decent snowfall today... it's 'snowing well'. There is as much as 40-50cm or so on the top of some cars around town this afternoon. Very nice. Obviously it's great to see Yuzawa-like snowfalls once again - this is really the first decent dump of snow at town level this season really. Things can change quite quickly, as we are seeing now.

This morning Kagura were reporting 20cm of fresh snow, but curiously the official snow depth has not increased - I'm sure we will be seeing some decent changes in snow depth numbers for all resorts in the region come tomorrow morning.

The resorts are of course enjoying this new snow and very quickly opening up areas of their resorts that they were struggling to until now.

At Gala Yuzawa, the South area is open.... the first time in a number of years, so well worth a look.

According to the Yuzawa Town official tourism association data, the only resorts that are not now "fully open" are NASPA Ski Garden and Yuzawa Kogen. My guess is that come tomorrow morning, it will all be fully open.

The forecast? Snow should continue falling for the rest of today and hopefully a good part of tomorrow as well. Snow clouds will likely stick around over the next 5-6 days but Sunday looks best for the next decent snowfall.

I'll bring the latest snow depth data tomorrow morning.   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Thursday 6th January 2011, 12:16pm
Weather conditions: Overcast with very light snow
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Finally we got another huge snowfall with cars absolutely covered this morning and wading to the car is always a good start to the day.

There is around 40 cms on the tops of cars this morning and Hakuba Goryu resort has reported a whopping 80 cm of fresh new snow with mad powder out there this morning. The groomers are getting another good layer right now as well and all of this of course will help especially on the bottom runs which were a bit thin on the ground until now.

All resorts are today reporting large amounts of new snowfall, around 50cm or so, another notable is the increase in snow shown at Tsugaike Kogen which is now boasting 275cm on it's upper slopes.

Everyone was getting edgy for snow with continual teasers on the reports and so it was definitely a morning where smiles could be seen pretty much everywhere you look.

Snowflakes are still falling in the valley and not the best visibility above 1600.

Next solid snowfall on the forecast at the moment is Sun night, perhaps some snow showers and changing conditions before then.

Hope the powder sticks got a workout! People able to get out on the slopes today are the lucky ones. Enjoy the top conditions.


Official snow depths and operations @ Thursday 6th January AM:

Hakuba Goryu:
Huge amounts of snow today at Goryu up on top of the mountain well over half a meter of freshies according to reports. Night time operations from 6pm until 9:30pm. The Kids Area 'Family Land' in the Iimori area is open.
Alps daira - 245cm;
Toomi - 115cm;
Iimori - 90cm

Hakuba 47:
The resort and park at the resort are fully open. 50+cm of fresh snow reported overnight.
Snow depth (upper) - 197cm.

All of the Happo-one slopes are now open. Nakiyama nighta now operating. The below snow depth numbers don't seem to yet be reflecting the new snowfall we have had today. They will likely rise considerably tomorrow.
Usagidaira/Kurobishi - 170cm;
Shirakaba - 70cm
Nakiyama - 75cm

Tsugaike Kogen:
The Karamatsu nighta operations are now open and the Jib Park is now partly open.
Snow depth - 275cm
Maruyama area - 120cm
Champion - 150cm

Hakuba Iwatake:
All of the Iwatake resort is now open.
Upper - 130cm
Lower - 80cm

Hakuba Cortina:
All of the Cortina resort is also now open.
Upper - 230cm
Lower - 150cm

Hakuba Sanosaka:
All lifts at Sanosaka are now operating.
80cm   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Thursday 6th January 2011, 15:19pm
Weather conditions: Snow, windy
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
It has been a snowy day in Shiga Kogen. Blowy winds, poor visibility, cold temperatures.... and snow! That's what we want. I would guess up to around 30cm of snow since it started last night and it is continuing to snow now. It isn't really likely to continue much into tomorrow though and then calmer weather for Saturday before the next snowfall due around Sunday.

It will remain cold though so wrap up well. Right now it is around -10 degrees.

This morning in particular there were some fairly strong winds and that meant that some lifts were late getting started or moving slowly but I think things seem to be operating as normal now.

The official snow depth numbers, apart from Yokoteyama and Kumanoyu haven't really changed since yesterday - don't worry, there has been snow. I'm hoping that the resorts will update those numbers in time for the report tomorrow.

Official resort snow depths as of 6th December 2011 AM:

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

Zao Now!

Thursday 6th January 2011, 15:36pm
Weather conditions: Snow, cloud
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
A bit of a wild day today out there. Snow, blowing winds and poor visibility basically for the most part though there have been short periods when the clouds have broken for a few moments during the day. It's a very cold day as well with the wind making it very probably feel actually colder than it is in terms of the numbers.

I think that more than a few people will have opted to take an onsen rather than brave the elements.

Anyway there has been new snowfall since the last report and while the official snow depths at the resort have only increased slightly, there has actually been more fall - I had to scrap 15cm or so of snow off a car this afternoon.

Forecast? Just to remind you that on the resort page on this site (there is a link to it in the right column of this page) you can see a 6-day detailed forecast that is updated multiple times each day. Right now that forecast and other local forecasts are for the snow clouds to weaken and perhaps just bring a slight snowfall tomorrow, followed by clearer weather on Saturday and then more snow around Sunday. Staying cold though in the minus double digits area.   Read more ...

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