Snow and weather reports posted on Thursday 25th May 2017

Yuzawa Now!

Wednesday 18th March 2015, 7:01am
Weather conditions: Clear but a bit hazy/overcast early on
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 230cm
Things got rather toast by lunchtime and early afternoon yesterday. I saw the Route 17 roadside thermometer say 14C, and I heard it reached 15C at one point. Warm. Lovely weather with the sun getting stronger by the day, (or so it feels), just not the best friend to the snow conditions out there of course.

Today is going to be similarly warm, perhaps slightly less so tomorrow - but rain is expected.

Looking ahead, it looks like there might actually be a chance of some snowfall again late weekend or early in the week with temperatures set to 'plunge' right back down there. We'll have some of that please!

All resorts set to open as planned this morning.

Let's spring skiing.


Official snow depths:

Some not updated yet due to early report

GALA Yuzawa:
Ishiuchi Maruyama:
Joetsu Kokusai:
Kandatsu Kogen:
Maiko Snow Resort:
340cm (upper)
210cm (lower)
NASPA Ski Garden:
Yuzawa Kogen:
300cm (Kogen)
250cm (Nunoba)
Yuzawa Nakazato:


Nighta in the area

Nighta 'night skiing' - where some slopes are floodlit for skiing and snowboarding in the evening - is available at the following resorts in the area.

Ishiuchi Maruyama:
Every day until 21st March (until 8:50pm)
Every day until 22nd March (until 8pm on weekdays and Sundays, 9pm on Saturdays)
Joetsu Kokusai:
Every day until 22nd March (until 9pm)
Kandatsu Kogen:
From 'all night' on Fridays and Saturdays (6pm or 10pm until 4am the next morning)
Every day until 29th March (until 9pm)
All night on 14th March (10pm until 6am)


Planned closing dates for resorts in the Yuzawa and Minamiuonuma region
Information as currently available and of course subject to change depending on conditions.

Open until Saturday March 28th:

- Hakkaisanroku

Open until Sunday March 29th:

- Ishiuchi Hanaoka (open on March 27th, 28th, 29th)
- Itsukamachi
- Muikamachi Hakkaisan
- Muikamachi Ski Resort

Open until Monday March 30th:

- Mt Granview

Open until Tuesday March 31st:

- Chateau Shiozawa
- Yuzawa Kogen
- Nunoba
- Ludens Yuzawa

Open until Wednesday April 1st:

- Yuzawa Park

Open until Sunday April 5th:

- Ipponsugi
- Ishiuchi Maruyama
- Iwappara
- Joetsu Kokusai
- Yuzawa Nakazato
- Yuzawa Nakazato Snow Wood

Open until Sunday April 12th:

- Maiko Snow Resort (*daily until April 5th, then open on April 11th and 12th)

Open until Sunday April 19th:

- NASPA Ski Garden (*weekends only from April 5th, closed weekdays)

Open until Wednesday May 6th:

- Naeba (*weekends and holidays from April 5th [except April 29th], closed weekdays)
- GALA Yuzawa
- Kagura (Tashiro)

Open until Sunday May 31st:

- Kagura (Mitsumata)   Read more ...

Madarao Now!

Wednesday 18th March 2015, 7:03am
Weather conditions: Clear, fine and warm
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 250cm
I thought I would post an early report this morning to show you the current lovely webcam image and also because it's easy to report on.

Like yesterday, we are going to be having a very warm spring day here in Madarao.

Rain might be a feature overnight and tomorrow but the better and much more interesting news is that looking further ahead towards the weekend it should be getting colder and it might even snow on us as we get through into Monday. So the new snow might not be over just yet.

Hard to believe that we have less than 2 weeks left planned for the season here...


Lifts planned to be open:

Number 1 lift
Number 2 quad lift
Number 3A (closed today and tomorrow)
Number 5
Super quad lift
Number 11 lift
Number 12 lift
Number 13 lift
Number 15 lift
Moving Walkway
Kids Park
Freeride Park

Tree Run Courses should be open today.

Last night skiing of the season on Saturday 21st March.


Madarao Kogen 6 day weather and snow forecast
Madarao Kogen main resort data
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Kiroro Now!

Wednesday 18th March 2015, 7:26am
Weather conditions: High Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 270cm
Another snowless night.

Rather overcast this morning, temperatures have dropped slightly and so too have the winds which is what we want. It seems they started to ease late yesterday afternoon and have continued doing so through the night and today we only have very calm breezes.

This means the upper mountain will be able to open fully, so there will be plenty more piste trails to access, and with the temperatures being slightly lower the conditions on snow should be a bit better then they were yesterday.

Once again today it is looking like it will remain slightly overcast most of the day with the sun breaking through at times which will make for pleasent skiing and boarding conditions.    Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Wednesday 18th March 2015, 7:32am
Weather conditions: Lovely blue skies and sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 175cm
Beautiful spring day yesterday - and warm too.... temperatures rising to 15 degrees! Yikes.

I saw more than a few people even higher up having to take off layers.

It's hard to believe we got all that snow just last week and goes to show just how quickly things can change.

Still, like I said a beautiful day for some spring skiing or boarding and quite a lot of people enjoying it too.

On to today and it's starting off sunny again and will be another warm day.

Overnight and into tomorrow rain is forecast but the most interesting thing on the that same forecast is that by the end of the weekend temperatures will drop and it will once again get pretty cold. And it might snow too. Bit more winter still to come?

I will of course keep you updated on that.

For now though it's going to be another lovely day here.


Official snow depth numbers and operations at time of writing on Wednesday 18th March 2015. Subject to change during the day:

Hakuba Goryu:
Reporting 0cm of new snowfall.

- Alps Daira - 350cm
- Toomi - 175cm
- Iimori - 175cm


Hakuba 47:
Reporting 0cm of new snowfall.

- Upper - 375cm
- Lower - 190cm


Reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall.

- Usagidaira - 320cm
- Nakiyama - 200cm
- Sakka - 180cm


Hakuba Cortina:
Reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall.
All looks set to be open this morning.

- Upper - 410cm
- Lower - 260cm


Tsugaike Kogen:
Tsugaike Ropeway open!

- Tsuga-no-mori - 420cm
- Maruyama - 195cm
- Kane-no-naru-oka - 210cm


Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field:
Reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall.

- Upper - 265cm
- Lower - 170cm


Hakuba Norikura Onsen:

- 260cm



- 185cm


Night skiing at resorts in the Hakuba area:

Hakuba Goryu:
Toomi area every day until 31st March. 6pm until 9:30pm.
Hakuba Happo-one:
Nakiyama area every day until 22nd March. 5pm until 9pm.
Hakuba Cortina:
Every day until 31st March. 5pm until 8pm.
Tsugaike Kogen:
Karamatsu-Shirakaba on Saturdays in March. 6pm until 9pm.

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Niseko Now!

Wednesday 18th March 2015, 7:50am
Weather conditions: Blue skies above us
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 480cm
Conditions this morning allow me to make an early report.

There is some cloud hiding Mt Yotei at the moment but over on our side and above us on the mountain here we have clear blue skies.

You might notice in the Avalance report below the mention of soot and dust making things sticky. The other thing I don't like about that is the discolouratio of the snow. I like my white! But we are being picky.

All should be opening as normal this morning so it should be a beautiful warm spring day.

Fresh snowfall from Monday? It's what some of the forecasts tease us with just now. Does look like it will get colder again at the end of the weekend though we might get some spots of rain on the way.

Something to look forward to.


Resort specific news as of 7:45am - subject to change during the day

Niseko Grand Hirafu:
Likely to be open as normal from the start of the day.

Niseko Hanazono:
Likely to be open as normal from the start of the day.

Niseko Village:
Likely to be open as normal from the start of the day.

Niseko Annupuri:
Likely to be open as normal from the start of the day.


Niseko Avalanche Report

Niseko base 6am:-2C, no snowfall, bluebird. Moiwa 800m: no data. Annupuri snowpack 340cm. Hirafu 1000m: NE8m/s, -2C, no snowfall. Peak data n/a. Benkei cape NNE6m/s, Kamui cape ENE3m/s, 1019hPa, 0.5m waves.

Clear sky under the high-pressure system, no snowdrift development and snowmelt is expected during the day. A NE wind is forecasted to pick up above 800m later in the day. All gates will open from the morning. Always remember that the area outside the gate is outside the ski resort management; be well prepared and carry the necessary equipments.

Be careful, the snow is very sticky, partly due to soot and dust flying over from China. Spring storms used to carry fine sand from the Gobi desert, making the mountain yellow, however the color turned more black in the last few years. Creeks are swollen and snow-bridges may collapse anytime. Giant climax avalanches do slide all the way through the valley bottom, better stay away from there. Avalanches are natural occurrences and would not be an accident if nobody were involved in there.


Official resort snow depths:

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 480cm
Base - 150cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 320cm
Base - 180cm

Niseko Annupuri:
Top - 420cm
Base - 200cm


Night skiing will continue until Sunday 22nd March.
Lifts open for night skiing:

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Ace Family Pair lift, Ace Number 2 Center Four lift, Hirafu Gondola, Holiday Number 1 Pair lift

Niseko Hanazono Resort
No night skiing at the Hanazono area

Niseko Village
Community Chair and Banzai Chair

Niseko Annupuri
Jumbo Number 1 Quad

Floodlit night operations are due to continue until Sunday 22nd March.


Niseko Grand Hirafu 6 day weather and snow forecast   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Wednesday 18th March 2015, 8:00am
Weather conditions: Blue skies, some very thin cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 225cm
Good morning from Nozawa.

Things really warmed up yesterday here, as they did in many regions of Japan. Into double digits.

Today will once again be warm and very spring like, perhaps not quite as warm as yesterday. But we're starting off with bright sunshine and blue skies. Just a few very thin clouds and a hazy feel in certain directions.

Early tomorrow rain is due, and perhaps temperatures will slowly start to get lower again.

Still looking at a decent hope of colder and snowfall early next week. Keep an eye on that.


Fresh snow to report since yesterday (reported by resort):

Yamabiko - 0cm
Uenotaira - 0cm
Hikage - 0cm
Nagasaka - 0cm
Karasawa - 0cm

Official snow depths:

Yamabiko - 415cm
Uenotaira - 355cm
Hikage - 225cm
Nagasaka - 220cm
Karasawa - 175cm


Courses open:

All courses are open except:

Jumping Course
Grand Prix
Challenge 39
Kandahar Course East
Kandahar Course West


Lifts open (subject to change):

All lifts open except:

Yunomine pair
Mizunashi triple
Challenge pair
Utopia pair
Hikage Number 2 Pair A line


Night skiing at Nozawa until 8pm on the following days:

Every Saturday until 28th March


Nozawa Onsen 6 day weather and snow forecast
Nozawa Onsen main resort data
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Shiga Kogen Now!

Wednesday 18th March 2015, 8:05am
Weather conditions: Bluebird again
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 260cm
It was full on spring mode yesterday with the sun warming everything up good and proper.

Today is starting similarly but later on today, perhaps late tonight, conditions will be changing and unfortunately rain is due. Yes even up here. With the freezing point well above 3000m, we'll be lucky to get snow.

Over the next few days though temperatures should start to lower - what looks like mid-winter style cold back around Monday along with snow. Hard to imagine with the weather we have had in the last few, but March often shows us how conditions can rapidly change.

I'm all for it, fresh snow please!


Planned night floodlit skiing at Shiga Kogen resort areas:

Sun Valley:
Every Saturday until March 21st

Ichinose Family:
Every day until March 29th

Ichinose Diamond:
Every Saturday until March 28th

Every Saturday until March 28th



Open until Tuesday 31st March


At least part open until Wednesday April 1st

Number 2 pair lift open until March 31st, Number 1 triple lift open until April 1st)

At least part open until Sunday April 5th

The Bunadaira quad lift will be open until March 29th; the quad open until April 5th


Sun Valley:

The Housaka Number 3 lift will be open until March 31st

At least part open until Sunday April 12th

Ichinose Yamanokami:
Open daily until April 5th and then open on April 11th and 12th

At least part open until Wednesday May 6th

Ichinose Diamond:
The Diamond triple lift will be open until April 3rd.
The Diamond quad lift will be open until March 31st, and then open on April 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th and from April 25th until May 6th.

Ichinose Family:
The Ichinose Number 3 quad will be open until 29th March.
The Ichinose Quad and Ichinose Number 2B pair lifts will be open daily until May 6th.

Takamagahara Mammoth:
The Takamagahara Number 3 pair lift will be open until March 31st.
The Takamagahara Number 2 triple lift will be open until April 5th.
The Takamagahara Quad will be open daily until April 12th, and then open on April 18th, 19th, and from April 25th until May 6th.

Okushiga Kogen:
The Okushiga Number 6 lift will be open until March 31st.
The Okushiga Number 1 pair lift will be open until April 5th.
The Okushiga Number 4 pair lift will be open until April 5th, and then on April 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th and from April 25th until May 6th.
The Okushiga Number 2 pair lift and Okushiga Number 3 pair lift and Gondola will all be open daily until May 6th.

Tannenomori Okujo:
Open daily until April 5th; and then on April 11th, 12th and April 25th until May 6th

Both lifts open daily until March 31st.
After that, they will be open on April 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th and then April 25th until May 6th

Open until April 5th and then on April 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th and then April 25th until May 6th
The Yakebitaiyama Gondola will run until April 5th.

Beyond Wednesday 6th May

Kumanoyu Number 3 quad open until April 5th and then on April 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th and April 25th until May 6th
Kumanoyu Number 1 and 2 pair lifts open until May 6th and beyond

Probably open until at least the end of May
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Zao Now!

Wednesday 18th March 2015, 8:45am
Weather conditions: Fine, some cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 230cm
Hello and it's kind of sad in a way because with the announcement of which lifts will be open and until when, the end of the season is kind of in sight - even if it is still actually quite a long way off.

Anyway, lift closing dates have been added to the report below so please do take a look. A bunch of lifts closing at the end of March but some going on right through until 6th May. We'll keep an eye on that information as we go forward in case there are any changes.

It's another spring day here and bright and sunny but more cloud around.

Maybe rainfall early tomorrow but it should be the beginning of a cool down before the weekend and perhaps maybe possibly even some fresh snow falling from the skies as we enter early next week.


Official snow depths (Wednesday 18th March 15):

Utopia: 250cm
Chuo: 230cm
Paradise: 225cm
Uwanodai: 165cm

Zao Onsen is generally open as planned (* note that the Karamatsu pair lift is closed on weekdays).


Current night skiing operations at Zao:

Uwanodai area:
Daily until 22nd March
Open from 5pm until 9pm.


Planned lift operating dates and closing dates

Subject to change. This is what the plans are currently...

Until Sunday 22nd March
Onsen Zao Kokutai Pair
Karamatsu Pair (only 21st and 22nd March)
Paradise Number 3 Pair

Until Sunday 29th March
Onsen Number 3 Parallel AB
Onsen Number 4 Quad
Ryuzan Pair
Nakamori Number 2 Pair
Diamond Number 1 Pair (every day until 22nd March, then 28th and 29th March)
Diamond Number 2 Pair

Until Tuesday 31st March
Shobunuma Number 2 Pair
Oomori Quad
Yokokura Number 2 Pair
Astraea Number 2 Pair
Astraea Number 3 Pair

Until Sunday 5th April
Onsen Number 1 Pair
Onsen Number 2 Quad
Sunrise Pair AB
Nakamori Number 1 Triple
Mikaeri Pair

Until Sunday 12th April
Yokokura Number 1 Pair AB

Until Sunday 19th April
Kurohime Number 1 Quad

Until Wednesday 6th May
Chuo Number 1 Pair AB
Chuo Number 2 Pair AB
Katakai Triple (every day until 5th April, then holidays and Golden Week)
Paradise Pair AB (every day until 5th April, then holidays and Golden Week)
Utopia Number 2 Pair


Last day of the snow season currently planned for Wednesday 6th May.

Operating through the year (for general tourism)
Sky Cable
Chuo Ropeway
Zao Ropeway   Read more ...

Furano Now!

Wednesday 18th March 2015, 9:03am
Weather conditions: Bluebird/clear
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 200cm
Perfect weather awaits today with nice blue skies sitting above the resort and some sunshine thrown in to remind us that spring is here. Temperatures will be warm and are already above freezing. The snow will be firm eary morning then getting slushy by afternoon on the lower mountain. Some light snow is on the forecast for Friday and another snow front is expected on Monday.   Read more ...

Naeba Now!

Wednesday 18th March 2015, 9:30am
Weather conditions: Sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 270cm
Good morning everyone on yet another fine morning in the area.

Today’s weather yet again perfect, not a cloud in the sky, no breath of wind and the temperature is already above zero. More of the same.

We have no new snow to report from last night.

Be sure to get out and enjoy today’s weather this morning as it looks like we are in for some rain early this evening and through the day tomorrow.

All areas open as normal.


Official snow depths:

Naeba: 270cm
Kagura: 370cm


New snowfall:

0cm Naeba
0cm Kagura



This Naeba Now report started updating for the 2014/2015 season on 31st January 2015. As such, the 'observed snowfall season' numbers shown at the bottom of the report will only reflect data from that date onwards. Please read our Yuzawa Now daily reports section for more information on the first part of the season in the Yuzawa region.   Read more ...

Minakami Now!

Wednesday 18th March 2015, 11:49am
Weather conditions: Clear
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 420cm
The beautiful weather continues up here, warm with blue skies, light winds and longer days. The snow is still super sugary and soft though looks like a lot of rain coming in this evening and falling more lightly throughout tomorrow. Will see how it all shakes out with clear weather expected again Friday before things cool over the weekend.

Snow is actually forecast along with sub-zero temperatures from Sunday evening at the top of Tenjindaira though its too far off to plan around.


Snow depths:

Tenjindaira: 420cm
Hodaigi: 200cm


New snowfall:

Base: 0cm
Tenjindaira: 0cm

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