Snow and weather reports posted on Friday 17th April 2020

Madarao Now!

Sunday 6th January 2013, 8:44am
Weather conditions: Clear blue sky, becoming cloudy later in the day.
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 160cm
It is another clear morning in Madarao today. With no cloud cover it was a particularly brisk start to the morning (in other words, extremely cold). But as the sun rises, it looks like it will be another great day on the mountain. A little snow is forecast for the afternoon, but nothing to really trouble the bean counters.

All in all, the powder is still around, the curry is in the pot, the ramen is steaming, the beer is on ice - another fine day basically.

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 ...

Hakuba Now!

Sunday 6th January 2013, 9:34am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 260cm
Yesterday was a very fine day in Hakuba - clear blue skies all round, just a few wispy thin clouds forming from time to time midday but then clearing up again before things got dark making way for a lovely evening.

There's no new snow to report this morning. Other than the 1cm that Goryu are reporting on upper slopes. Get up there!

The blue skies that I was seeing above the village early on have gradually been covered by cloud and visibility on upper areas of most resorts has changed from good to poor over the last hour or so. It's still sunny in the some lower parts of the valley but the clouds seem likely to take over and the forecast for the day is snow to be falling. I wouldn't expect too much though, more like light snow showers. Right now it is about -3C in Hakuba village area with a slight wind.


Official snow depths and operations @ Sunday 6th January 2013 AM:
Please note that resort lift operations are subject to change at any time.

Hakuba Goryu:
Just 1cm of new snow reported on upper slopes of Hakuba Goryu.
Official snow depths:
Alps daira - 260cm;
Toomi - 125cm;
Iimori - 100cm

Hakuba 47:
No new snow reported by Hakuba 47 this morning.
Official snow depth:
Upper - 185cm
Lower - 95cm

Official snow depth:
Usagidaira - 190cm
Nakiyama/Shirakaba - 80cm
Sakka - 90cm

Tsugaike Kogen:
Official snow depth:
Upper slopes - 270cm
Lower slopes - 80cm

Hakuba Cortina:
5cm new snow by last night reported from Hakuba Cortina.
Official snow depth:
Upper slopes - 265cm
Lower slopes - 150cm

Hakuba Iwatake:
Official snow depth:
Upper slopes - 130cm
Lower slopes - 55cm

Hakuba Sanosaka:
All lifts operating.
Official snow depth:

Hakuba Minekata:
70cm   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Sunday 6th January 2013, 9:46am
Weather conditions: Cloud, light snow
New snowfall: 20cm
Snow depth: 330cm
Good morning from Niseko. The clouds cleared yesterday but returned again overnight and I have another 20cm of snow to report this morning. Always good to be able to share such news in a morning and don't you just love how consistent it is?

Seems like very nice dry snow quality too so I think people will be in for another great day out on the slopes today.

Wind is affecting some of the top lifts on the mountain this morning. At the time of writing, the Ace Number 4 and King Number 4 lifts are Grand Hirafu; the Wonderland Chair at Niseko Village; and the Jumbo Number 4 top lifts are not operating due to the wind. The three lifts at Hanazono seem to be moving, though the top two at reduced speed.

Wind aside it's a familiar story with cloud and light snow falling at the moment and snow forecast for the day. Temperatures are unlikely to rise much during the day from the current -7C my thermometer is at now. Less wind and mostly just cloudy conditions likely tomorrow.

Official Resort Snow Depths

Grand Hirafu & Niseko Hanazono
Top - 350cm
Bottom - 170cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 310cm
Bottom - 190cm

Niseko Village
Top - 270cm
Bottom - 190cm

Avalanche Information:

Niseko base 6am: -7C, 20cm of new snow; broken crystal snow due to passing cold front. Moiwa 800m: WNW16m/s, -12C. Annupuri peak 1308m: WNW16m/s, -16C.

The current snowfall, generated by the passing low-pressure system, is forming a thick slab of unstable snow in leeward slopes above 800m altitude. The avalanche risk is rising. A slope that was good & safe yesterday is unstable and dangerous today. Avalanches often occur in slopes with heavy wind-drifted snow deposit that forms slabs. This type of snow is dense and won’t let much spray blowing off. It may be fun condition to ski/ride, but could easily collapse & slide with skiing stimulation. Watch behind you and ski/ride carefully.

Osawa cornice slopes, Backbowl's high-walls and Higashione cornice slopes should be avoided today. Most avalanche accidents occur during stormy weather. Avalanches are also to be expected in steep treeruns of any orientation, especially in inland mountains such as Mt. Shiribetsudake.

Gates 2 & 3 will be closed. Gate 1, 2 & 6 opening to be determined. Respect the ski patrol's instructions.    Read more ...

Naeba Now!

Sunday 6th January 2013, 9:52am
Weather conditions: Cloud, light snow
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 150cm
Yesterday clouded over fairly quickly actually, though it remained bright through the day. This morning there was no new snowfall to report in the region but it is snowing lightly this morning there's a moderate wind blowing in higher resort areas though not so much lower down at the moment.

Winds mean that the Dragondola is closed this morning connecting Naeba with Tashiro. Other than that, all lifts are moving. The resorts are hoping to get that open again if the winds calm down.

Official resort snow depth:
Naeba - 150cm
Kagura - 320cm

All runs at Naeba open apart from Splash Bowl.   Read more ...

Yuzawa Now!

Sunday 6th January 2013, 9:59am
Weather conditions: Snow, cloud
New snowfall: 1cm
Snow depth: 145cm
Interesting weather over the region yesterday. Thin wispy clouds developed mid morning and it all went more silvery than the early blue, though later in the day the skies cleared somewhat again for a lovely evening. It didn't warm up too much yesterday but there was inevitably some melt going on.

There has been no fresh snowfall overnight but snow started to fall earlier this morning. Looks like it is coming down quite nicely in some resorts now from the webcams from around town. The snow clouds will probably clear up by tomorrow though with a few days of clearer weather lined up early in the week.

Currently it is 0C in Yuzawa.

Official resort snow depths @ Sunday 6th January 2013, AM:
Kandatsu Kogen:
NASPA Ski Garden:
Gala Yuzawa:
Yuzawa Kogen:
Yuzawa Nakazato:
Yuzawa Park:
Maiko Snow Resort:
Ishiuchi Maruyama:
Joetsu Kokusai:
160cm   Read more ...

Minakami Now!

Sunday 6th January 2013, 10:10am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 200cm
Grey skies today over Minakami and light snow dusting down up high.

Still masses of snow out there and with the cold temperatures of last night there is some ice around on the roads this morning. The forecast is for snow showers on and off today and that looks as if it will be the weather for the most of next week too. Groomed slopes are in great condition and still patches of nice snow to be found, especially in shady spots.

There's a bit of wind blowing today which will make it feel colder than the -4 on the temperature gauges at the moment.

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Zao Now!

Sunday 6th January 2013, 10:18am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 150cm
After the clearer conditions we got yesterday this morning we are back to darker cloudier clouds hiding most of the mountain here in Zao. It's -3 degrees and just a slight dusting of snow overnight to report. Light snow falling in places at the moment, not the kind that will be bringing us a new deep layer of snow, and mainly just cloudy with fairly limited visibility out there.

There's a moderate wind but all lifts on the resort are operating as normal.

Next snowfall that will bring us new cm due around Wednesday. Until then cloudy skies, chance of the sun making appearances and/or light snow showers.

Official snow depths

Chuo Area



80cm   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Sunday 6th January 2013, 10:25am
Weather conditions: Cloudy, sun at times, light snow
New snowfall: 2cm
Snow depth: 110cm
Variable weather here in Shiga Kogen this morning.

From where I am writing in Maruike, there is a bit of sunlight peeking through the clouds every now and again. There is a lot of cloud around this morning though and in places light snow is falling. Only light though, nothing major at all.

Clear and sunny conditions are very likely tomorrow and perhaps the day after. It's going to be around Wednesday before we can expect the next potential decent snowfall.

Surprisingly quiet on the lifts this morning when I took a quick drive around earlier on...

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

Official resort snow depths as of Sunday 6th January 2013 AM:

Sun Valley:
Ichinose Family:
Ichinose Diamond:
Okushiga Kogen:
140cm   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Sunday 6th January 2013, 10:49am
Weather conditions: Cloud cover
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 250cm
It's a return to snowy conditions here in Nozawa Onsen this morning. After a spectacular clear starry night, a cloud front moved in around breakfast and we are currently experiencing some light snow which should continue for the rest of the day.

There are still quite a few fresh tracks to be found around the resort if you know where to look and the skiing is excellent in all areas of the resort.

Yesterdays partly cloudy blue skies and light winds prevailed throughout the afternoon. Cold temperatures ensured the snow remained in top quality even with the sun.

Current forecast suggests tomorrow we should see a mixed bag in terms with snow showers and possibly even a bit of sun across the resort. The following day should deliver similar conditions.

Lifts operating:
All lifts operating.

Courses open:
All courses open except:
Kandahar West
Kandahar East
Mizunashi A

Official snow depths





Official new snowfall
0cm (Yamabiko)
0cm (Uenotaira)
0cm (Karasawa)   Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Sunday 6th January 2013, 11:41am
Weather conditions: Snow cloud cover
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 210cm
The snow is again falling; nothing too heavy, it seems, but a nice, ongoing fall of beautiful flakes. yes, I'm feeling poetic on this last day before most of Japanese have to head back to the daily grind. Good job guys; we'll be thinking about you out here in the snow!

Anyway, while they're busy rebuilding Japan's economy, we have snow to deal with. Looks like a little more today on top of that dense base that is settling pretty well. Should be good conditions ahead. A little sun, and slightly warmer temperatures ahead, but no worries about rain or anything that drastic. There is a low pressure system moving in from the west that may settle in over the area in the next 48 hours - hope that means one of those un-predicted heavy falls. You just never know for sure (cross fingers).

Operations and official snow depths

Akakura Kanko (Akakan)
210cm, -3C

Akakura Onsen
210cm, -4C

150cm, -5C

170cm, -10C

Seki Onsen
280cm, -5C

280cm, -5C

Myoko Ski Park
220cm, -3C

160cm, -4C

160cm, -4C    Read more ...

Furano Now!

Sunday 6th January 2013, 12:09pm
Weather conditions: Snow Showers
New snowfall: 20cm
Snow depth: 140cm
Furano got slammed with 15-20cm+ of snow last night, quite the welcome sight to wake up to for those of you headed out on the mountain today. Things have quieted down to the occasional snow shower for now, but today is going to be a monster day out on the slopes. The ski resort has raised the official snow depth to 140cm, a nice jump from yesterday's 120cm.

Winds have shifted to the North, and a stiff breeze is blowing with stronger gusts at times. On the plus side, the sun is starting to come out, and it looks like it's going to turn out to be a really beautiful day. The weather is shaping up to be much better than yesterday's, especially with the milder temperatures, which are currently sitting at an easy to manage -7.

With all that fresh powder lying around, today is definitely going to be a good one.   Read more ...

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