Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 18th January 2021

Yuzawa Now!

Tuesday 6th March 2012, 7:45am
Weather conditions: Rain
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
We didn't do so bad yesterday. Yes, it did rain - even up at Kagura later in the day - but for the most part it wasn't heavy rain. I went out for a walk late last night and it wasn't raining then so hopefully we didn't get too much overnight. This morning though is a different story and some heavy rain falling early on. The good news is that that the local forecasts seem to be telling us that it won't last all day and things should hopefully clear up by afternoon. Let's hope so.

Tomorrow and Thursday look set to be generally cloudy with some clearing at times. After that, we might actually get to see more snowfall on Friday into Saturday - on upper slopes at least. Keep your eye on that.

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 ...

Madarao Now!

Tuesday 6th March 2012, 8:09am
Weather conditions: Rain
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
In protest at this weather, I am going to keep it short this morning!

It is raining and warm.

Hopefully it will ease off later in the day and the following few days, while still set to be mild, should see clearer skies and nothing falling from them.

There is a chance of snow around Friday though, so that would be great for the weekend. Bring it on (please!)


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

Niseko Now!

Tuesday 6th March 2012, 8:19am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Well, it is pretty bleak at the moment. No new snowfall last night and warm temperatures this morning. It's definitely a day off day here (if you have the luxury of choice of course!) We are expecting some snow later this afternoon and into the night - hopefully it will be enough that the crust underneath will not be much of an issue. Still lots of fun to be had, but it's spring-style.

It's always a good kind of day to get out and check out the island. If you can rent a car or find a way around, there is a lot to see.

If you decide to go out into the backcountry, the north facing slopes may still have some good snow. It's generally safe out there, I would just keep a heads up on cornices and wet slide prone areas.

The forecast is still open-ended. It's supposed to snow tonight and tomorrow pretty heavily, but today was also supposed to be a snowy one. The forecasters in Japan have one of the most difficult jobs out there. Hopefully, we get the snow they are looking at!

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 405cm
Bottom - 210cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 460cm
Bottom - 205cm

Top - 470cm
Bottom - 220cm

Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6am: +3C, 3cm of Wet Snow to Rain Shifting Coastal Data:. SE4m / s at Cape Benkei, and 0.7 m 1011HPa Waves at Cape Kamui Annupuri Peak:. SSE17.9M / s -3.7C. Moiwa Peak: Slight Snowfall and Calm, -1C. Snow depth 1000m Annupuri:. 460Cm.
Snowfall transition: Warm air inflow due to approaching low-pressure system Snowdrifts are developing in north facing slopes above 1100m due to strong southerly wind in high altitude The wind is still calm at the coast and below 800m, however the wind & snow is forecasted to pick up as the Low moves east.
Evaluation Snowpack: a notable hoar Layer (Mar an st.), Easily sliding, is present at fifty-60cm in depth 800 meters South Facing Slopes Mar A new five th form under the Future Will Layer Snowfalls.
Hazard Evaluation: Are Likely to Occur Avalanches Mar from a st five or th .. Layers The Snow and Wind is seen to Pick Up and Surface slab avalanche today from Risk Will Rise Drastically in South Leeward Slopes Facing Deeper Layer Around 1000m as it Does Avalanches risk is also rising as the temperature rises; better not remain in the bottom of the valleys where avalanches run through.
Gates: Peak gates are scheduled to open, please follow the ski patrol's instructions. Traversing all the way to the back of Higashione from gate 5 will only make ignorant people do the same and increase the chances of accidents to happen Voluntary restraint from guides for would be highly appreciated using this route. Beware of sudden weather changes and Have a Safe day.   Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Tuesday 6th March 2012, 9:29am
Weather conditions: Rainy and gray
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
After yesterday's winds, all the lifts are back in operation; now, whether you want to use them or not is the next question. After a nice cross-country session with the dog yesterday, I can say that rain-lubricated snow is a lot of fun (the dog's happy she doesn't have to slog in the powder, which she refuses to do in her middle years), but the rain been coming down pretty hard today. It's tapered off at the moment, but it is a pretty gray and foggy day in Myoko. If you do come to the ski area, though, they will love you for it. No lines for lunch, either....

Strike the tapered off comment; the rain is still coming down pretty steadily, Looks like sun tomorrow, though!

Current Official Snow Depths

Akakura Onsen:

Akakan (Akakura Kanko):


Myoko Suginohara:

Seki Onsen:

Myoko Ski Park:



260cm   Read more ...

Furano Now!

Tuesday 6th March 2012, 9:52am
Weather conditions: Overcast
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Strong winds have been whipping around the base area since last evening and have continued into the morning. Temperatures are relatively warm with -1c at the base but the wind chill factor really feels cold at the moment and it is only the hardy out there trying to make the most of it. With 4cm of fresh around the base there will be some new snow but it will be wind affected and of variable consistency.

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 ...

Minakami Now!

Tuesday 6th March 2012, 10:11am
Weather conditions: Rain / Overcast
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
We've had a bit of rain on and off this morning in Minakami. Patches of blue sky are visible now and it looks like it will clear up and the forecast has us down for cloud/sun this afternoon, so it might turn into a nice day. It feels very warm and spring-like today and the snow is pretty soft due to the warm temperatures and wet snow/rain of the last couple of days. Spring conditions have come early.

Cloud/sun are forecast for the next few day with the temperature starting to dip again towards the end of the week with the possibility of light snow over the weekend.

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Hakuba Now!

Tuesday 6th March 2012, 11:14am
Weather conditions: Heavy Rain in the morning, slightly clearing towards lunch and afternoon.
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Not the best of news this morning - it has been a rainy morning in Hakuba early on. The day started out with heavy rain over the valley though the more encouraging news is that it has been clearing up - hopefully easing off and leaving the rest of the day to be cloudy, perhaps even letting the sun come through at times. In fact it looks like that has been happening already with some blue skies opening up and the sun shining down in places. The rain obviously hasn't been doing the snow conditions many favors.

The base temperature is around 7C this morning with a high of around +10C forecast for a bit later this afternoon, so very mild. At the top is around 1C with light winds coming from the WSW.

Visibility is fair out there, and should get better as the day moves on.

Looks like we should see some sun and cloud tomorrow and Thursday with a chance of snow on Friday. While it looks set to get a bit colder later in the week it will still be relatively mild hovering around 0 degrees. For the next few days though this milder patch seems set to continue.

Keep your eye on the forecast for some snow on Friday though - let's will it to happen!


Official snow depths and operations @ Tuesday 6th March 2012 AM:

Hakuba Goryu:
No new snowfall reported this morning from Goryu. All lifts operating.
Official snow depths:
Alps daira - 260cm;
Toomi - 140cm;
Iimori - 105cm

Hakuba 47:
No new snow this morning.
Official snow depth:
Upper - 240cm
Lower - 110cm

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 - 250cm
Champion - 180cm

Hakuba Cortina:
No fresh snowfall reported at Cortina this morning. All lifts apart from No7 and most courses open.
Official snow depth:
Upper - 330cm
Lower - 200cm

Hakuba Norikura:
Official snow depth:

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

Hakuba Sanosaka:

Hakuba Minekata:
60cm   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Tuesday 6th March 2012, 13:03pm
Weather conditions: Cloud lifting and some sun
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Glad that I waited a while to post the report - after a bit of a wet and foggy start to the day the clouds have lifted and it is a stunning day. One of the guys just flew down Skyline with a jump in his step to get his camera and head back up. He said was a bit slushy in places but a beautiful day on the slopes.

Yesterday was as we thought certainly not the best of the season by far but the slopes were pretty empty so anyone that was keen got a private resort to play in.

The outlook is improving and I always know when there is snow on the way because my 70-year-old neighbour starts to shovel snow off his roof! Looks like we have a bit of sun over the next few days then snow marks kicking in from Thursday night through to Sunday morning.

Final day of racing today on Kandaha and some pretty fast crew coming down so well worth a look!

Current Official Snow Depths Numbers:




Current Lift operations:
All open

Current courses open:
All open
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Naeba Now!

Tuesday 6th March 2012, 15:34pm
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Later report today. I almost couldn't bare to put finger to key to type out 'rain' earlier on. Well, that sounds dramatic doesn't it. Truth is I had to be in Yuzawa town early this morning. But it was raining in Naeba and up at Kagura and down in Yuzawa town this morning.

Better news is that it eased off fairly quickly in the morning. So while we had some rain yesterday afternoon and then this morning, it could have been much worse especially taking into account what the forecasts were telling us to expect.

Clearer weather due tomorrow and the day after. And then.... all being well, snow on Friday into Saturday.   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Tuesday 6th March 2012, 15:40pm
Weather conditions: Cloud, rain at times
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
I was just looking over the other reports today. Unfortunately, it's raining in Zao as well. Or should I say, it was this morning, less so at the moment as I type this report. It was up to around +3 even early on this morning and its a bit warmer than that now.

Snow conditions out there feel like late rather than early March all of a sudden - amazing how quickly things can change, especially early and later in the season. The good thing about that is that we could be in for more twists and turns before we are done.

We might see a bit of snow tonight but it is just before the weekend that we should be looking to for the chance of a nice decent new covering on the slopes. Should be getting back to 'cold' as well.

In the meantime, a few more mild-ish and cloudy sort of days lined up.

Official snow depths (6th March 12)
Utopia - 255cm
Chuo - 220cm
Paradise - 260cm
Uwanodai - 170cm

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

Shiga Kogen Now!

Tuesday 6th March 2012, 16:13pm
Weather conditions: Cloud, light rain, clear at times
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
This morning started with rain. Warm and rain. Happily, the rain eased off mid morning and at times it has felt like clearing up today and it quite bright with hints of the sun, but clouds still hanging on and light rain falling in places. So it been rather variable conditions throughout the day today. One constant though is that is is warm. Well into positive numbers warm.

Of course, we all want things to snap back into something like winter mode, so (when) can we expect that? Well there is potentially good news. The next few days we should see generally sunny weather but after that Friday and Saturday we might actually get some decent snowfall. Not crazy cold for those days - colder than now of course - but temperatures set to drop later in the weekend and into next week. So lets hope that turns out to be right.

Nighta operations this evening planned at the following resort area:

- Ichinose Family

Official resort snow depths as of Tuesday 6th March 2012 AM:

Sun Valley:
Ichinose Family:
Ichinose Diamond:
Okushiga Kogen:
230cm   Read more ...

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