Snow and weather reports posted on Wednesday 13th December 2017

Myoko Now!

Thursday 25th February 2016, 7:44am
Weather conditions: Fully overcast
New snowfall: 25cm
Snow depth: 195cm
Another jaw dropper: it kept on snowing overnight and into the morning! It looks like... it looks like a good December out there (we have no snow walls to mention this year). It's not particularly heavy at the moment, but it is falling steadily, and that has meant another 25cm by morning.

And, of course, this is the day that the snowthrower threw its fan belt....

Well, we can always find some sort of machinery to deal with the snow; the important thing is that it is snowing out there, and the resorts are reporting an increase in snow cover. After a season of writing grim snow reports, I have this warm feeling inside. If this keeps up, maybe we'll have some spring skiing, and resorts staying open as planned (not to jinx anything; the snowpack really is low, and one good south wind with rain can eat a sizeable portion of it!).

I have to run early this morning, so all old reports are marked with an *

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Akakura Kanko:
-7° / 195cm

Akakura Onsen:
-5° / 200cm

Ikenotaira Onsen:
-3° / 130cm

Myoko Suginohara:
-11° (top) / 130cm

Seki Onsen:
-5° / 320cm *

Myoko Ski Park:
-1° / 190cm

Kyukamura RunRun:
-2° / 180cm

Tangram Ski Circus:
-1° / 140cm

Madarao Kogen:
-5° / 120cm
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Yuzawa Now!

Thursday 25th February 2016, 7:59am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 7cm
Snow depth: 130cm
Morning from Yuzawa and I'm happy to report that there's some more fresh snow to report.

After the snow during the morning yesterday, there was a period during the afternoon when the sun was out and some blue sky but it was snowing once again in the evening and has been overnight as well.

It's another modest amount... 7cm of fresh on the ground here since yesterday morning; and just for the record, Maiko Snow Resort are reporting 10cm, Kagura are reporting 5-10cm and Naeba are reporting 10cm of fresh snowfall.

Right now light snow continues to fall though it has eased off just to the north with a few small patches of blue sky visible. The forecasts generally give us light snow during the morning and a bit of sunshine this afternoon with temperatures not rising much above zero during the day.

The 6-day forecast still has fairly regular light snowfall lined up with the most likely around Monday (though there may be a bit more rain sometime around the late weekend).

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By the end of February last season we had observed a whopping 1207cm (12+m!) of snowfall here in Yuzawa town - with the majority of that falling in the very snowy months of December 2014 and January 2015.

228cm of snowfall was observed in these reports during the month of February 2015.

So far this February I have observed 145cm of snow, and the number for the season as a whole is currently standing at just 380cm.

Once we got into March last season there was just another 96cm of snow left to fall at town level through until the end of the season. The season before (2013-2014), 196cm of snow fell from the beginning of March until the end of the season, so a decent March is definitely not beyond hope. I think it's reasonable to say that we'd need a buck in the trend of the season as a whole so far for that to happen though.

Onegai shimasu!

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Resort official snow depths (Thursday 25th February 2016) and any specific news at time of writing:

Resorts in Yuzawa:

GALA Yuzawa
170cm

Ishiuchi Maruyama
120cm

Iwappara
130cm

Joetsu Kokusai
160cm

Kagura
160cm (Mitsumata)
190cm (Tashiro)
220cm (Kagura)

Kandatsu Kogen
115-150cm

Maiko Snow Resort
170cm (upper)
60cm (lower)

Muikamachi Hakkaisan
160cm

Naeba
120cm

NASPA Ski Garden
125cm

Yuzawa Kogen
150cm

Yuzawa Nakazato
95cm

Yuzawa Park
90cm

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'Nighta' (floodlit night operations)

Details of the 'nighta' operations at ski and snowboards resorts around Yuzawa and Minamiuonuma.

Ishiuchi Maruyama
Open daily until 8:50pm (until 20th March).
The Chuo No 1 and Chuo No 2 lifts are open daily.
The Kanko No 1, Kanko No 2, Kanko No 3, Hatsukaishi Entrance lift, Hatsukaishi No 2 pair lifts are open on weekends and holidays.
The basic charge is 2000 yen but various tickets are available.

Iwappara
Open daily until 9pm on Saturdays and until 8pm on weekdays and Sundays (until 21st March).
The charge is 1500 yen for adults and 1000 yen for children and seniors.

Joetsu Kokusai
Open daily until 9pm (until 21st March).
The charge is 1500 yen for adults and 1000 yen for children and seniors.
On weekdays the area in front of the main hotel is open - a larger area (including Osawa and Atema) is open on weekends.

Kandatsu Kogen
Open from 6pm until 4am on Fridays, Saturdays and evenings before holidays through 26th March.
Open from 4:30pm until 11pm on weekdays until 24th March.
Various tickets are available starting at 2000 yen for adults, 1700 yen for seniors and 1000 yen for children.

Maiko Snow Resort
Open daily with the Maiko Center quad lift operating from 4pm until 8pm.
The charge is 500 yen for everyone.

Naeba
Open daily until 27th March.
From 4pm until 8:30pm on weekdays and Sundays (2000 yen); until 9pm every Saturday and on 20th March (3000 yen).
'All Night' opening is planned for Saturday 26th March when Naeba will be open from 10pm until 5am.

NASPA Ski Garden
Extended opening until 6pm (Number 1 lift) on Saturdays until 27th February.
There is no special ticket available just for the extended time.

Yuzawa Nakazato
Open on Saturdays from 5pm until 8:30pm (until 12th March).
Tickets are 1500 yen for adults and 1000 yen for children and seniors.

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List of ski resorts in Yuzawa town
List of ski resorts in Minamiuonuma City

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Iwappara 6 day snow and weather forecast
NASPA Ski Garden 6 day snow and weather forecast
Kagura 6 day snow and weather forecast


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Niseko Now!

Thursday 25th February 2016, 8:32am
Weather conditions: Snow clouds
New snowfall: 10cm
Snow depth: 160cm
Good morning everyone from here in snowy Niseko.

And this morning there's another 10cm of fresh snow here at Hirafu base. It's been there or thereabouts for the last five days now, so full marks for consistency! Good quality snow by the looks of it too - so conditions should be good up there this morning - even if I would prefer just a bit more each day. I must try to reign in my insatiable greed for fresh snow once again though after saying that.

This new 10cm brings the February total up to 228cm (32cm more than February 2015) and the season total up to 839cm. Let's see where those numbers stand come the end of February.

Over the previous two seasons, by the end of February we had received what ended up being just under 90% of the total snowfall of the season (here at base), with 139cm of snow observed in March 2015 and 113cm observed in March 2014.

But back to today.

It's nice and cold this morning and fingers crossed wind won't be an issue as well.

I almost might as well copy and paste it*, but the 6-day forecast remains one of consistent and regular snowfall as well as cold temperatures.

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(* not that I would ever do such a thing!)

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Resort specific lift opening news at time of writing (subject to change during the day):

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Niseko HANAZONO Resort
Niseko Village
Niseko Annupuri
Lifts at all four resort areas appear to be opening as planned at the start of the day.

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

There is no report today.

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Official resort snow depths as of Thursday 25th February 2016:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 370cm
Base - 160cm

Niseko Village
Top - 340cm
Base - 170cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 360cm
Base - 170cm

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Lifts planned to be open for night skiing:

Nighta will be open every day until Monday 21st March 2016

Niseko Grand Hirafu:
Ace Family Pair lift, Ace Number 2 Center Four lift, Hirafu Gondola, Holiday Number 1 Pair lift
(There is no night skiing at the Hanazono area)

Niseko Village:
Community Chair and Banzai Chair

Niseko Annupuri:
Jumbo Number 1 Quad

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

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Thursday 25th February 2016, 8:41am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: 80cm
Morning from Nozawa.

I'm down with a bad cold at the moment so I wasn't able to get out yesterday and enjoy the fresh snow but friends who came back seemed to have had a good time up there. There was more snow during the day yesterday and overnight with the resort reporting 3-5cm this morning (they also I believe had 10cm during the day on the upper slopes which isn't included).

So it should be a decent morning again - perhaps adjusted to 'this season standards'. Cold too this morning with the resort saying it was -10C up on Yamabiko as of 8am.

Light snow falling early on due to ease off during this morning. We might even get to see the sun this afternoon.

There is regular snow on the weekly forecast which is promising. It might get slightly warmer around Sunday with the chance of some rain at base, but should be cold enough even then to be snowing higher up.

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Official info at time of writing on Thursday 25th February 2016 (subject to change):

Official snow depths:

Yamabiko: 160cm
Uenotaira: 115cm
Hikage: 80cm
Nagasaka: 60cm
Karasawa: 50cm

New snowfall as reported by the resort since yesterday afternoon:

Yamabiko: 5cm
Uenotaira: 3cm
Hikage: 3cm
Nagasaka: 3cm
Karasawa: 3cm

All courses open except:

Paradise connection
Kurokura
Grand Prix
Hachiman
Mukoubayashi
Kandahar West
Kandahar East

Lifts planned to be rested today:

Yunomine pair
Mizunashi triple
Challenge pair
Utopia pair
Kandahar pair
Hikage Number 2 pair B line

There is currently an issue with the 'Yu Road' which means that for the time being it will be open going towards the lifts from 8am to 2pm and then coming back down towards the village from 2pm until 5:10pm.

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Nozawa Onsen 6 day weather and snow forecast

Nozawa Onsen main resort data
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Hakuba Now!

Thursday 25th February 2016, 8:44am
Weather conditions: Lots of cloud currently, clearer skies ahead?
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 110cm
I don't know if it was just me but it felt really cold yesterday out on the mountains! A good thing, cold is good. It was pretty calm up there as well which made for a decent day outside on the slopes even if it's not 'deep powder conditions' (as I read someone claim yesterday... how do they have the nerve?!)

It's a cloudy morning and about -3C here in the village, so another cold start to the day. There's no new snow to report from base or generally from resorts, apart from Hakuba Cortina who this morning seem to be reporting 3-5cm of fresh.

There is a lot of cloud around but a few patches of blue sky to be seen as well, and some forecasts to predict some clearer skies and maybe some sunshine later on in the day today. It should keep quite cold though.

The forecast? Back to snow tomorrow hopefully and snow should be falling on mountain on and off through into early week, though some forecasts do warn of the chance of rain sometime around Sunday at village level along with slightly warmer conditions.

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6 day forecast for Happo-one:

6 day snow and weather forecast for Happo-one

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Resort news as of 8:40am on Thursday 25th February 2016 (where available, all subject to change due to weather conditions)

Hakuba 47:
Hakuba 47 is reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall this morning.
All courses are open and all of the Tree Riding Zone is open.
There is no 'nighta' at Hakuba 47.
Official snow depth:
Upper: 215cm
Base: 110cm

Hakuba Goryu:
Hakuba Goryu is reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall this morning.
All courses are open except Snow Diving and Adventure.
The Toomi area will be open until 8:30pm tonight for 'nighta'.
Official snow depth
Alps: 210cm
Toomi: 110cm
Iimori: 110cm

Hakuba Happo-one:
All courses/areas open except the Kurobishi Off Piste Area.
The Happo Banks Snow Park looks set to be closed today for maintenance.
The lower Nakiyama area is open for 'nighta' every day until 9pm.
Official snow depth:
Usagidaira: 195cm
Nakiyama: 50cm
Sakka: 40cm

Hakuba Cortina:
Hakuba Cortina is reporting 3-5cm of fresh snowfall again this morning.
All courses open except Mt Hieda Ridge, Mt Hieda 2, Mt Hieda 3, Itadaira Ridge and Giant.
The Ikenota area will be open for 'nighta' until 8pm tonight (9pm on Saturdays).
Official snow depth:
Top: 175cm
Base: 103cm

Tsugaike Kogen:
All course areas are open.
Nighta at Karamatsu/Shirakaba on 5th/12th/19th March.
Note that the top Tsugaike Ropeway only opens from spring.
Official snow depth:
Tsuga-no-mori: 220cm
Maruyama: 75cm
Kane-no-naru-oka: 60cm

Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field:
Parts of the Mountain Side not open (Sonezawa, Dangan, Kamo 4, Five Side, View A, View B).
An event is currently being held on Kamoshika Pocket, Big Bahn and Up Bahn areas of the Village Side.
There is no 'nighta' at Hakuba Iwatake.
Official snow depth:
Upper: 120cm
Lower: 50cm

Hakuba Norikura Onsen:
All courses apart from Snake are open.
There is no 'nighta' at Hakuba Iwatake.
Official snow depth:
105cm

Hakuba Sanosaka:
All of the courses are open.
There is no 'nighta' at Hakuba Sanosaka.
Official snow depth:
75cm   Read more ...
 

Grandeco Now!

Thursday 25th February 2016, 8:45am
Weather conditions: Snow clouds
New snowfall: 1cm
Snow depth: 240cm
It’s snowing again this morning at Grandeco and it doesn't look at all like it's going to let up.

With yesterday's 10cm of new snow, 1cm over night and continued snow this morning all courses are open and in great condition. Again the snow flakes are light and big with very light winds.

The snow visibility is a bit less than average, so be sure to bring your googles, preferably one with a clear or light coloured lens.

With the new snow, the outback will be shaping up for those who want to venture out with snowshoes.

The forecast is looking good over the coming week with regular snowfall forecast into next week. 'Heavy snow' tomorrow night going into Saturday? That would be a perfect run up to the weekend.

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Lifts operating:

All lifts operating

Courses open:

All courses open

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Snow and weather forecast:

6 day snow and weather forecast for Grandeco   Read more ...
 

Madarao Now!

Thursday 25th February 2016, 8:50am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 7cm
Snow depth: 130cm
Nice conditions to enjoy yesterday morning and this morning there's another 7cm of snow here at base and Madarao Kogen are reporting 5-10cm of fresh snowfall on the slopes.

It is currently cold and snowing lightly though we're not really expecting much more in terms of snowfall today. It should be snowing lightly again tomorrow and Saturday, perhaps on and off rather than a sustained snowfall. Slightly higher temperatures are also expected over the weekend but hopefully not by too much.

Forecasts seem to be showing decent snow expected on Monday as well to finish off the month of February.

Pre-weekend update coming tomorrow morning.

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Madarao Kogen lifts operating (planned at time of writing):

All lifts plan to be open today

Tangram Ski Circus lifts operating (planned at time of writing):

All lifts plan to be open today

Tree Run Courses open at Madarao Kogen:

Powder Wave II
Powder Theater
Ninja
Crystal Bowl
Kamoshika
Sawa   Read more ...
 

Appi Kogen Now!

Thursday 25th February 2016, 8:52am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: 120cm
Good morning from a cloudy Appi.

Yesterday brought the few centimetres of snow forecast and we may see the same again today. It’s certainly nice making first tracks on the hill and then second tracks as the crowds have all gone home after the racing event over the weekend. The run conditions are relatively good with an icy undertone to keep you on your toes.

Todays forecast is much the same with cloudy skies most of the day, fairly cold -10 temperatures at the base making it around -20 with the wind-chill at the summit. Winds should remain steady today so it will be another fun day out there. Fresh power awaits anyone who’s out early today and the Sailer and Second runs will remain empty for most of the day.

The next few days will bring increasing temperatures with sporadic light showers. Winds are subject to varying intensity but nothing too blustery. Get dressed, get your hand warmers ready and get out. You might be skiing solo on the hill today.

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Currently planned operating lifts:

- Appi Gondola
- Central Number 1 quad
- Number 2 lift A
- Number 3 lift B
- Number 3 lift C
- Number 4 lift
- Sailer Gondola
- Sailer Quad
- Vista quad

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6 day forecast for Appi Kogen:

6 day snow and weather forecast for Appi Kogen   Read more ...
 

Furano Now!

Thursday 25th February 2016, 9:04am
Weather conditions: Partly cloudy
New snowfall: 1cm
Snow depth: 250cm
Those wintery temperatures are still with us and this morning and -17c was recorded at the top of the resort. There is not really anything to report in the way of fresh snow as only 1cm was recorded in the village. Perhaps there will be a bit more on the mountain, but nothing to get excited about today. There is plenty of blue showing through the partially cloudy skies. Like yesterday the blue will likely disappear during the morning leaving overcast skies. Visibility is excellent this morning.

For the rest of the week it is expected similarly chilly temperatures will persist with continuous light snow. The heaviest falls of snow are predicted for tonight and Friday night. Fingers crossed for a decent top up.   Read more ...
 

Shiga Kogen Now!

Thursday 25th February 2016, 9:10am
Weather conditions: Snow clouds
New snowfall: 14cm
Snow depth: 100cm
It almost feels like mid winter!

Some good snow falling here this morning and there's just under 15cm of fresh light snow on the ground.

Yesterday calmed down and we ended up with a fine day. But it was back to snow and this morning nice big snowflakes are still falling.

Like I said it feels like mid winter, oh yes. Please continue.

Regular snow (perhaps on and off) is forecast for the coming days and through into early next week so we can look forward to a decent end to the month of February. Could we be in for a good last third of the season?

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Official snow depths at Shiga Kogen resort areas (Thursday 25th February 2016):

Sun Valley
60cm
Nighta on Saturdays until 19th March (7pm-9pm)

Maruike
60cm

Hasuike
50cm

Giant
90cm

Higashitateyama
90cm

Bunadaira
80cm

Takamagahara Mammoth
120cm

Nishitateyama
100cm

Tannenomori Okojo
120cm

Ichinose Family
120cm
Nighta daily until 27th March (6:30pm-9pm)

Terakoya
100cm

Ichinose Diamond
120cm
Nighta on Saturdays until 26th March (6:30pm-9pm)

Ichinose Yamanokami
120cm

Yakebitaiyama
150cm
Nighta on Saturdays until 12th March (6pm-8pm)

Okushiga Kogen
90cm

Kumanoyu
100cm
Nighta on Saturdays until 26th March (6:30pm-9pm)
Also on 20th March

Yokoteyama & Shibutoge
95cm

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6 day snow and weather forecasts:

Ichinose Family 6-day snow and weather forecast
Okushiga Kogen 6-day snow and weather forecast
Yokoteyama 6-day snow and weather forecast
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Minakami Now!

Thursday 25th February 2016, 9:13am
Weather conditions: Overcast
New snowfall: 15cm
Snow depth: 170cm
Really good conditions up at Tenjin yesterday.

Enough snow fell that the ice layer was out of play, max 20 people on the mountain, decent visibility and it snowed through till around 2pm. Today things look like they are going to stay nice and cold, its overcast out but visibility is excellent and though the 20 of us managed to thrash the resort pretty good, the backcountry is set to be deep with about 50cm of fresh snow cover.

Doesn't appear as though the other resorts in Minakami got any but Tenjin is set up for a great day.

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All snow resorts in Minakami now all open:

Minakami Kogen Fujiwara
Minakami Hodaigi
Minakami Kogen Ski Resort
Norn Minakami
Oana
Okutone Snow Park
Tanigawadake Tenjindaira
White Valley

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Weather forecast:

Tanigawa Tenjindaira 6 day snow and weather forecast
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Zao Now!

Thursday 25th February 2016, 9:29am
Weather conditions: Generally cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 150cm
It's a cold morning here in Zao, mid-winter cold.

Fairly decent weather though generally cloudy, but the cold should be keeping the snow in decent condition. No new cm to report, just a thin dusting.

As we approach the end of February, the forecast for Zao is looking quite promising really with snow forecast for at least times on each day into early next week.. and moderate to heavy at times as well.

We should hopefully get enough over the next few days for a decent pre-weekend refresh and no doubt the evening light up will be ok through until the scheduled last one this coming Sunday.

I expect this weekend to be pretty busy.

It's funny - even in a season of lots of snow and great snow conditions, once we get into March things get quieter. And once news of cherry blossoms starts making the news, that's the clear sign for lots of people that spring is here and the snow season is behind us. A big mistake of course as we can have some great conditions in March and beyond and Zao Onsen always hopes to open for skiing and snowboarding through until early May.

Just how this particular season will turn out will be interesting as we don't have as much base as usual. It's all going to depend of course on how early sustained spring like weather arrives.

Late, please!

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The 'Juhyo Lightup' evening ropeway service is currently operating. All being well it should remain open every day until Sunday 28th February, from 5pm until 9pm - the last ropeway goes up at 7:50pm. Please note that you need to buy a separate ticket to use this service - it is not included in any of the normal ski lift tickets.

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Information as of Thursday 25th February 2016 (subject to change)

All planned lifts are operating this morning.
The Karamatsu pair lift does not operate on weekdays.

Official snow depths:

Utopia: 100cm
Chuo: 150cm
Paradise: 140cm
Uwanodai: 75cm

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6 day Zao Onsen snow and weather forecast

   
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Naeba Now!

Thursday 25th February 2016, 9:44am
Weather conditions: Fairly cloudy today about the mountain.
New snowfall: 20cm
Snow depth: 130cm
Good morning from Naeba everybody.

Well we had a decent amount of snow yesterday falling throughout the day which equaled a collective 20 cm as of 09:00 this morning. Whilst conditions aren't quite powdery on piste it's certainly still good conditions to go riding in.

Looking forwards snow is still predicted every day with the heaviest snow fall coming on Monday. Let's hope this all comes through.

Naeba 6-day snow and weather forecast   Read more ...
 

SnowJapan Daily 'Now' reports

Minakami Now
13th Dec, 15:37pm
Zao Now
13th Dec, 9:07
Nozawa Onsen Now
13th Dec, 8:52
Hakuba Now
13th Dec, 8:44
Appi Kogen Now
13th Dec, 8:43
Shiga Kogen Now
13th Dec, 8:18
Naeba Now
13th Dec, 8:17am
Myoko Now
13th Dec, 8:16am
Grandeco Now
13th Dec, 8:06
Niseko Now
13th Dec, 8:02
Furano Now
13th Dec, 7:40
Yuzawa Now
13th Dec, 7:39am
Geto Kogen Now
13th Dec, 7:26
Madarao Now
12th Dec, 8:56

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