Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 18th January 2021

Niseko Now!

Thursday 8th March 2012, 7:34am
Weather conditions: Snowing lightly
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Last night brought us a bit of snow. It was definitely nice to see rather than rain! About 10cm covered the ground here. Yesterday we saw some pretty warm temps but it did get colder in the afternoon, which was good. Up in the higher elevations, we expect the snow to be pretty good. If the backbowls open, it should be pretty good snow out there.

Getting out into the backcountry may not pay off unless you get up to Yotei or somewhere of very high elevation. The snow was pretty slushy and will have frozen over at anything under 800m or so. There will be some issues with the snowpack because of the heavy snowfall and possible rain in some areas.

The forecast isn't looking like it will bring a whole lot over the next couple days at the moment. Perhaps Tuesday, there is some heavy snow, but it is still too far away to properly tell. If we can get enough snow and cold temps to cover up this bad layer, we should be good for the rest of March. Keep those fingers crossed and have a great day!

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 405cm
Bottom - 200cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 450cm
Bottom - 200cm

Top - 475cm
Bottom - 220cm

Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6am: -2C, 10cm of humid broken particle snow in the past 12 hours. Coastal data: N5m/s at Benkei cape, 2.5m waves and 1018hPa at Kamui cape. Annupuri peak: not available, -9.4C. Moiwa peak: 20cm of heavy snowdrifts, -4C. Annupuri 1000m 475cm snow depth.
Snowfall transition: Warm air inflow on the 6th, wet snowfall and rain followed as the low-pressure system moved east and turned to strong snowfall again in the afternoon of the 7th. The storm calmed down by themorning of the 8th, the wind recorded SW22m/s at 1000m (Annupuri data & Benkei cape data), the snow-clouds are thin and snowfall is small, however snowdrifts, up to 80cm, have developed on top of Mar 6th surface (1200cm just below ridge-line).
Hazard evaluation: The snowdrifts under 800m altitude are stable, however cracks may still run on them. The stabilization of the snowdrifts above 1000m are delayed and surface snow avalanches are likely to occur with skiing stimulation.
Caution: Most of avalanche related accidents are happening during or just after storms. Caution is required in open slopes exceeding 30°steepness. Hoar layers are present at Mar 1st and 6th layer and may trigger a slide. Do not stay in valley bottoms where avalanches run through.
Gates: Peak gates are scheduled to open at 10am. Ask for the ski patrol’s adivice before stepping out of the gates. The snow is good.
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Zao Now!

Thursday 8th March 2012, 9:16am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
More cloud this morning but not as windy as it was yesterday with just a sort of slight breeze. A bit colder as well with the temperature in the village just below 0 degrees. Not a whole lot else to report this morning really.... oh yes, some good signs that snowy skies are going to be back with us from tomorrow and into next week really. Temperatures should also dip later in the weekend and early in the week. Hard to guess how much snow we'll get but some regular topis would all be welcome.

Official snow depths (8th March 12)
Utopia - 245cm
Chuo - 220cm
Paradise - 250cm
Uwanodai - 160cm

Operating lifts (8th March 12)
All Ropeways (Skycable, Zao Chuo Ropeway, Zao Ropeway) operating.
All the runs at Zao are open.   Read more ...

Furano Now!

Thursday 8th March 2012, 9:20am
Weather conditions: Overcast
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Skies are grey with high overcast conditions. Kitanomine is clear of cloud. On the Furano Zone the cloud is rolling down the top third of the mountain. There has been 3cm of new snow at village level overnight. The next significant snowfall is forecast for Sunday evening through to Monday afternoon. Overnight temperatures stayed below freezing and it is currently just on 0c at village level.

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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Yuzawa Now!

Thursday 8th March 2012, 9:37am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Yesterday was just cloudy for most of the day, and today looks set to be the same. The local forecast actually was telling us to expect the sun today, but it's nowhere to be seen early on with a grey cloud cover as I'm writing this report. Last night it dipped to just +1 degrees, and a high of around +7 is expected today.

So how about that forecast then? Well, still a chance of some snowfall tomorrow on the mountains though it might be sleet or rain in town as temperatures refuse to get colder just for the moment. Early in the week though it should get cold again with more snow forecast. So, some encouraging news for that new layer(s) of snow we want to get.

Will keep you informed!

Official resort snow depths @ Thursday 8th 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!

Thursday 8th March 2012, 9:45am
Weather conditions: Cloud, fog
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
The snow of yesterday didn't last long at all and didn't make much of a difference with the day ending up being just cloudy. And that is what we have this morning as well. Cloudy. And very poor visibility up on the top of Naeba, enough for them it seems to close a few courses up there. That might change because according to the forecast things should be clearer than they are...

Important info time - it seems that now on weekdays the Hiuchi No1 pair lift is not operating. This means that to get back to Naeba from the Dragondola you will need to get a shuttle bus.

You want good news right? Well, if the forecast is to be believe we can be fairly confident of snow tomorrow, perhaps on Saturday and also early in the week as well. It could really re-fresh the courses out there if it comes off. Staying relatively mild over the next few days and so perhaps not a huge amount but it should start getting colder at the end of the weekend and so it would seem that is the best bet for a decent snowfall.

Resort Operations, 8th March (subject to change)
Most open - Splash Bowl and Mens Slalom courses closed. Also today the Takenokoyama top course and No2 courses are closed due to poor visibility.
Normal operations
Official snow depths

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Madarao Now!

Thursday 8th March 2012, 10:11am
Weather conditions: Cloud, fog
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
It's a foggy, cloudy kind of start to the day in Madarao. No new snow to report. A bit colder than yesterday and right now it is about -1 degrees. We might get to see some snowfall over the next few days, though nothing major by all accounts. Late Sunday into Monday is looking good for some snowfall along with colder conditions and so both eyes should be kept on that.

From today the Natural Park will be open at the resort - bowl, wave, etc - for some spring fun.

It's hard to believe that we only have about three more weeks left to the snow season here in Madarao (originally plan to be open until 1st April). Partly because there is still so much snow around, but also because the season seems to have just whizzed by so fast. Winter always goes too fast!

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

Shiga Kogen Now!

Thursday 8th March 2012, 10:21am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
There isn't the fog this morning, but it is a cloudy start to the day in Shiga Kogen. Temperatures around what they were yesterday and similar conditions forecast. The roads are dried out once again as we can see the tarmac instead of the packed snow and ice that we usually see in the peak season.

Not much of a wind out there at all and visibility is good, so some spring fun to be had out there. As I mentioned a few days back, it is very quiet out on most slopes at the moment.

It does look like we are going to see another blast of winter though soon. Perhaps tonight and into tomorrow some snowfall along with colder temperatures. And while we look set to see some clearer skies at times over the weekend, later on Sunday and into the new week much colder temperatures are likely along with some more snow.

Nighta operations this evening planned at the following resort area:

- Ichinose Family

Official resort snow depths as of Thursday 8th March 2012 AM:

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

Myoko Now!

Thursday 8th March 2012, 11:31am
Weather conditions: Take your pick, from sun to fog
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
The weather is taunting us in Myoko; it was foggy below, with the peaks showing clear high up. Then the fog moved up and it's heard to see what's going on up there, although it's a little brighter at base level, so maybe it's sunny and warm up high. Sun was forecast for yesterday and today, but we got soupy fog and some pretty awful ski conditions, to be brutally honest with you, dear reader. We've had a super season, so why exaggerate; yesterday was not good (except below base on cross-country skis, which was great fun).

If you want to know how weird the weather is, today's official snow report has resorts announcing that it is sunny (Akakura Onsen, Akakan and Seki), raining (Suginohara), cloudy (Ikenotaira, Myoko Ski Park, Kyukamura and Tangram) and foggy (Madarao). Variety! So much in one region....

Snow is also on the menu, and we hope so, or backcountry (especially) is going to remain on pretty crusty, nasty snow. It would be better if it got warm and we could start to enjoy spring snow on the massive snowpack that is still out there. Sun would be nice, actually.... Or that March powder that can and in recent years has arrived.

Current Official Snow Depths

Akakura Onsen:

Akakan (Akakura Kanko):


Myoko Suginohara:

Seki Onsen:

Myoko Ski Park:

460cm (how did they get 10cm?)


250cm   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Thursday 8th March 2012, 11:43am
Weather conditions: Cloudy, hazy, sun shining through at times
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
It's kind of a cloudy overcast hazy kind of morning here so far. The sun has been shining down through the haziness at times and in some places. I can see that it looks sunny up at the park at 47 at the moment.

After the temperature dipping to just under freezing overnight at village level, it has quickly been warming up and early afternoon we will likely see a high of around +8 degrees. No new snow to report from around the resorts in Hakuba and Otari this morning.

Tomorrow we will likely see something similar - perhaps not as mild and a chance of a few flakes falling high up on the mountains, but nothing significant. Over the next three or four days it looks like we can expect to see temperatures falling with the chance of light snow showers and then early next week getting back to something we can call 'cold', down into minus territory once again, and perhaps we will see decent snowfall later in Sunday into Monday.

There's not much of a wind at all and visibility out on the slopes is generally good.


Official snow depths and operations @ Thursday 8th March 2012 AM:

Hakuba Goryu:
No new snowfall reported this morning from Goryu. All lifts operating.
The Hakuba Goryu Snow Festival on Saturday 10th March, including free nighta in Toomi, a talk show, fireworks and other fun stuff.
Official snow depths:
Alps daira - 250cm;
Toomi - 135cm;
Iimori - 95cm

Hakuba 47:
No new snow this morning. All courses and lifts (except Line D) open.
Official snow depth:
Upper - 233cm
Lower - 100cm

Ski lifts/courses:
All lifts apart from Usagidaira pair are operating today. Central Pair and Happo No1 pair lifts will be operating until Sunday 11th March and after that closed for the season. Most other lifts going through until April and then the gondola and upper lifts until 6th May - all being well with snow.
Official snow depth:
Usagidaira - 170cm;
Sakka - 70cm;
Nakiyama - 70cm.

Tsugaike Kogen:
Official snow depth:
Upper slopes - 235cm
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 - 310cm
Lower - 180cm

Hakuba Norikura:
Official snow depth:

Hakuba Iwatake:
Official snow depth:
Upper - 170cm
Lower - 80cm

Hakuba Sanosaka:

Hakuba Minekata:
60cm   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Thursday 8th March 2012, 12:57pm
Weather conditions: Overcast
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
More of the same in Nozawa today really with an overcast start to the day. No new snow to report as yet but we are all hoping that it will kick off tonight and into tomorrow.

Yesterday on the slopes was super icy, but softened up on the lower slopes and south facing pretty quickly.

There were a few nice runs to be had down Kandaha after it was reopened.

It is pretty warm in town again but the base is holding pretty well so if we get this new snow will be nice. Fingers crossed!

Current Official Snow Depths Numbers:




Current Lift operations:
All open

Current courses open:
All open
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Minakami Now!

Thursday 8th March 2012, 16:07pm
Weather conditions: Overcast
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
It was pretty spring-like this morning in Minakami with warm temperatures and blue skies. Cloudy up in the resorts with a bit of mist around for most of the day but it cleared up a bit midday. You can feel snow the change as you come down the hill with it quite hard up top and softening as you descend. Good spring conditions today but the forecast for the next week is for light snow every single day with it getting really cold again next week.

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Myoko Now
18th Jan, 9:29am
Madarao Now
18th Jan, 9:28am
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18th Jan, 9:05
Yuzawa Now
18th Jan, 8:59am
Niseko Now
18th Jan, 8:33
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