Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 18th January 2021

Niseko Now!

Wednesday 7th March 2012, 7:52am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Good morning and there's not too much to add today. It snowed a tiny bit last night, but the warm temps yesterday made things a bit tricky... borderline rain. It got warm almost to all elevations in the area. Yotei is likely to have escaped with some good snow still and some of the higher points in the Niseko backbowls. For everywhere else the snow was turned to slush rather quickly.

Backcountry travel is about the same as yesterday but you will have to go very high up to avoid the mashed potatoes snow. Definitely make sure to look out for cornices and wet slides.

We are hoping to get a bit of snowfall today. It seems almost cold enough at the moment and a change to possibly colder temps throughout the day with a low pressure holding strong. Clearer skies are forecast for tomorrow and Friday. The coming weekend is looking likely to bring some decent snowfall potential as well. I am hoping for the best and waiting patiently - most of us refuse to let go of winter so soon!

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

Niseko Village:
Top - 450cm
Bottom - 200cm

Top - 470cm
Bottom - 220cm

Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6am: +3C, 5cm of wet snow in the past 12 hours. Coastal data: SSE 4m/s at Benkei cape, 0.6m waves and 999hPa at Kamui cape. Annupuri peak: WSW 4.7m/s, -6.1C. Moiwa peak: calm wind, 10cm of wet snow, -2C and no new development of snowdrifts.
Snowfall transition: wind remains calm due to two low pressure systems located on each side of Hokkaido. Snowdrift development is small, warm air is flowing in. New snow is forming a thin slab on top of March 5th layer. Up to 15-20cm at 800m, 25cm at 1000m leeward slopes.
Hazard evaluation : Although the snowfall amount is small notable slabs are forming due to high temperature. These slabs sits unstably on top of March 5th layer and can slide easily in 40°slopes. Beware of 40cm slides of heavy snow in cornice and snowdrift areas of E6F5Backbowl, Osawa, H8Higashione. Avalanche from deeper hoar layers is also to be considered in north and northwest facing slopes around 1000m altitude. Be careful when traversing such slopes. Do not remain in valley bottoms in order to avoid worst cases. The snow in the trees is sticky but not bad conditions. Carefully remain in controllable speed.
Gates: peak gates will be closed during the morning. Please respect the ski patrol decision. Visibility is low.   Read more ...

Yuzawa Now!

Wednesday 7th March 2012, 8:59am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Generally just a cloudy one yesterday with light rain at times after that bad start to the day. It didn't take too long to get better, thankfully. Early this morning it is a similar kind of story. Cloudy for the most part and very light rain falling here and there. Up top Kagura are reporting that very light snow was falling early on.

The latest forecast tells us to expect a generally cloudy day though today with no rain or snow and a high temperature of about +3 degrees. Perhaps some sun tomorrow with a high or around +6 degrees.

There is some decent looking weather patterns ahead of us though. Chance of snow higher up Friday night into Saturday, though maybe rain lower down? And then snow again later on Sunday into Monday? They are still days away but it does look like colder temperatures should be back with us early next week even though up until then it will remain fairly mild.

Official resort snow depths @ Tuesday 6th 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 ...

Naeba Now!

Wednesday 7th March 2012, 9:14am
Weather conditions: Cloud, light snow
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Very light snow falling in the Naeba are this morning with temperatures hovering around the 0 degrees mark. It was actually more like light rain earlier but has thankfully changed. The mountain is covered in clouds, and so visibility up top is very poor this morning so along with the somewhat icy conditions care needed up there. The resort are saying today that the Downhill and Daishamen courses are open but are for 'advanced skiers/boarders only' - presumably because of the icy conditions. Otherwise all seems open apart from the Splash Bowl and Mens Slalom course.

Fresh snow on the horizon, hurray! Yes it is looking good for Friday night into Saturday and then again into Monday for some fresh snow. I'll try not to get too excited and let's just see how it pans out and the forecast is over the next few days. In the meantime, we might get to see some of the sun tomorrow.

Resort Operations, 7th March (subject to change)
All open apart from Splash Bowl and Mens Slalom course
Normal operations
Official snow depths

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Furano Now!

Wednesday 7th March 2012, 9:24am
Weather conditions: Light snow
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Yesterday temperatures in the village rose above the magic 0c mark and stayed there through the day and night. The roads around town have turned to slush and the spring clean up is in progress with snow clearing machinery in operation everywhere. Temperatures at base are still above 0c this morning and the sound of water dripping from roofs can be heard. This sounds so strange after having months of sub zero temperatures keeping everything frozen.

There has been 10cm of fresh snow around town and it has a high moisture content. On the ski area itself I would expect the moisture content to be less with higher elevations. From this evening temperatures at base will once again retreat to belwo zero and should stay that way for most of the week with evenings being particularly cold.

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
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Hakuba Now!

Wednesday 7th March 2012, 9:47am
Weather conditions: Partly cloudy at the top and clearing up at the bottom.
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Hakuba - I woke up to a nice view of most of the valley which is quite a change from the past few days. At the moment it is partly cloudy, though it should be clearing up by noon and then clouding over again in the evening and overnight.

It's going to be another mild one today with temperatures likely to rise to around 5C today and going down to -2C tonight. And then back up to around 8 degrees tomorrow with a sunny day forecast. Beyond that perhaps some light snow later Friday but late weekend into Monday is looking the most promising at the moment with decent snowfall forecast for Monday. Looks like it will get back to being cold as well, which will also be a welcome return.

The snow today is granulated hard packed at the top of the mountain and should stay that way all day. As for the lower mountain areas, the snow at the moment is nicely groomed terrain and should change to slush by the end of the day.


Official snow depths and operations @ Wednesday 7th March 2012 AM:

Hakuba Goryu:
No new snowfall reported this morning from Goryu. All lifts operating.
Official snow depths:
Alps daira - 255cm;
Toomi - 135cm;
Iimori - 100cm

Hakuba 47:
No new snow this morning. All courses and lifts open.
Official snow depth:
Upper - 222cm
Lower - 100cm

Ski lifts/courses:
All lifts apart from Usagidaira pair are operating today. The Nakiyama No2 pair lift will not be open for nighta from today (due to lack of snow).
Official snow depth:
Usagidaira - 180cm;
Sakka - 70cm;
Nakiyama - 70cm.

Tsugaike Kogen:
Official snow depth:
Upper slopes - 240cm
Champion - 170cm

Hakuba Cortina:
No fresh snowfall reported at Cortina this morning. All lifts apart from No7 and most courses open.
Official snow depth:
Upper - 315cm
Lower - 185cm

Hakuba Norikura:
Official snow depth:

Hakuba Iwatake:
Official snow depth:
Upper - 175cm
Lower - 85cm

Hakuba Sanosaka:

Hakuba Minekata:
60cm   Read more ...

Madarao Now!

Wednesday 7th March 2012, 9:59am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Happily, the rain of yesterday morning didn't last too long. It stayed warm for the day but we were left with just a cloudy day really. And that is pretty much what we have got this morning as well. Just cloud, but also colder than yesterday. The forecast is for cloud and possibly things clearing up a bit later on as the day moves on, and actually similar for tomorrow as well.

Things look more interesting later on Friday when we might get some snowfall and also - more so - Sunday into Monday. So there is hope for new snow to play in over the weekend and early in the week. Looks like from Monday it should get proper cold again after this prolonged period of mildish conditions. Let it be so!

For the moment as you might expect, spring like snow conditions out there.

Lifts currently operating:
All lifts should be open today and all courses open.
Official snow depth:
250cm   Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Wednesday 7th March 2012, 10:01am
Weather conditions: Light snow/rain
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
It was clear last night, but the mists are back today. It's not raining--exactly--but light ice/snow is falling. Still, it looks like good weather over the next couple of days with snow--maybe even some heavy snow--coming over the weekend and into next week.

Other than that, all the resorts are just purring along, all lifts operating, and there's still a ton of snow on the ground.

Current Official Snow Depths

Akakura Onsen:

Akakan (Akakura Kanko):


Myoko Suginohara:

Seki Onsen:

Myoko Ski Park:



250cm   Read more ...

Minakami Now!

Wednesday 7th March 2012, 10:01am
Weather conditions: Light snowOvercast
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Light dusting of snow falling up in the resorts today. Bit wet down in the valley and a blanket of grey cloud is hanging over the whole of Minakami. Conditions are still soft underfoot from the weather over the last couple of days but the temperature has dropped a bit so the snow conditions are better than they have been for a few days. Still plenty of snow about and the groomers are your best bet at the moment.

It might clear up a bit this afternoon but for foreseeable future it is on and off light snow with temperatures just below zero.

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Zao Now!

Wednesday 7th March 2012, 10:09am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Thankfully this morning brings us just cloud and temperatures not as mild as they were yesterday. Rain is never cool in winter of course and no doubt it did some damage and you can see the snow depth numbers taking a hit there below. So this morning just cloudy really, about +2 degrees in the village, a fairly strong wind but visibility is fair in most areas of the resort.

We can expect to see the sun tomorrow and also maybe Friday but snow is expected on Saturday. It probably won't get that cold until we get into next week. Looking forward to that snow though which would be great for the weekend.

Official snow depths (7th March 12)
Utopia - 245cm
Chuo - 220cm
Paradise - 250cm
Uwanodai - 170cm

Operating lifts (7th March 12)
All Ropeways (Skycable, Zao Chuo Ropeway, Zao Ropeway) operating.
All the runs at Zao are open.   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Wednesday 7th March 2012, 10:19am
Weather conditions: Cloud, foggy in places
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
And so today has started with a fair bit of fog and cloud. The fog has lifted somewhat now leaving us with just a cloudy morning really. Visibility in most areas is not so bad at all, though earlier on I was up in Kumanoyu and Yokoteyama areas and the upper slopes were not visible from base.

Not as mild as yesterday with temperatures just under zero around the resorts.

Fast forward a few more days of similar conditions and things look very promising for Friday night with some decent snowfall on the local forecast. That would make great timing for the weekend. Looks like we will have to wait for it to get really cold again (early next week?) but there are signs of snow so without getting too excited lets look forward to that and hope it comes off.

In the meantime, out there it is very quiet at the moment. This often happens as we get into March, regardless of conditions and weather! There's certainly no complains about crowds here though, especially on weekdays.

Nighta operations this evening planned at the following resort area:

- Ichinose Family

Official resort snow depths as of Wednesday 7th March 2012 AM:

Sun Valley:
Ichinose Family:
Ichinose Diamond:
Okushiga Kogen:
220cm   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Wednesday 7th March 2012, 14:31pm
Weather conditions: Overcast
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Definitely spring-like conditions in Nozawa at the moment at the lower part of the mountain anyway. Up high this morning was cold enough to create the ice trees we know so well. Not sure if was from a bit of a dusting last night or just a frost this morning, but it looks pretty all the same. Pretty icy on the slopes early though.

Yesterday got up to about 10 degrees in town and was almost walking around in a t-shirt weather. Was a beautiful day up top with the sun out and nice spring like conditions. As long as you weren't expecting powder you would not be disappointed.

The snow around the village has now pulled back a lot and we are seeing things pop up that had been forgotten about for almost three months - found a pair of gumboots I had been looking for all season! After having so much consistent snow this season it feels a bit funny to go for about 1 week now with no fresh snow.

Looks like we should slip back into winter mode at least at higher levels from Friday night with some decent snow
falls still on the forecast. So don't pack away the powder boards just yet!

Current Official Snow Depths Numbers:




Current Lift operations:
All open

Current courses open:
All open
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