Snow Report 19 January 2013 - Japan


The past week has seen much snow across the ski areas of Central Japan. As usual, Myokokogen scored the most snow with two dumps, each close to half a metre. Everywhere else saw snow on and off, freshening the pistes and keeping the trees nice and white.

I've been fortunate to have been at the wonderful Zao Onsen ski area in Yamagata Prefecture since Monday this week, so this report's snow condition pictures come direct to you from this morning's skiing at Zao!


Snow on and off all week in the Hakuba area meant freshies most days! Happo One cracked 2 metres on the upper slopes.

Happo One ski area - 200/110cms
Shiga Kogen - 175/100cms


Myokokogen ski areas are chasing 3-metre snow depths on the upper slopes and there is around 2 metres at the base and in the ski towns. Aside from the big dumps this week, there have been regular top-ups.

The high-altitude areas of Nozawa Onsen and Kagura already have over 3 metres as we enter mid-winter.

Akakura Onsen ski area - 290cms
Nozawa Onsen ski area - 325/150cms
Naeba ski area - 200cms
Kagura ski area- 340cms


It has snowed every day this week at Zao Onsen, but no huge dumps. Very nice to be greeted by some powder each morning and the quiet post-holiday-weekend slopes have kept it fresh with little stashes to be found around the place.

Visibility has been generally poor up high, and on the upper slopes it has been bitterly cold the last few days. Down to -16c regularly at the top and -11c around the middle of the mountain. Today the sun came out, but its back to snow again this afternoon!

Zao Onsen ski area - 180/100cms

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