Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 28th May 2018

Yuzawa Now!

Sunday 8th February 2015, 7:40am
Weather conditions: Bright but mostly overcast
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 250cm
After that beautiful start to the day yesterday, it remained a fine day. It was a real feel good day. I wish there was snow all year so we could enjoy this...

Once again though, as so often has been the case this season, thin wispy clouds started to form and by late afternoon the skies ended up rather overcast. Have we had any days that have remained totally cloud free?

Still, like I said it was a real feel good day with the snow keeping pretty good too. Popular resorts had a very busy day and I would imagine the same will be the case today as well.

There's no new snowfall to report.

This morning the sun has been out again actually. It wasn't cold overnight and it's nice and bright now and quite a mild morning. There was some blue sky around before but it has been gradually getting more overcast (again).

The forecast for the morning is cloudy conditions so perhaps that will continue. It should get colder this afternoon and we're expecting snow by tonight - we'll just have to see if we get any rain or sleet before it turns to snow like some of the local forecasts tell us. Surely it'll be straight into snow at least at higher elevations.

Snow and low temperates are lined up for tomorrow and beyond, so it'll be back to new fresh snow on the slopes once again.

Should be a good day. I hope you have a good one.


Official snow depths:

GALA Yuzawa:
Ishiuchi Maruyama:
Joetsu Kokusai:
Kandatsu Kogen:
Maiko Snow Resort:
370cm (upper)
270cm (lower)
NASPA Ski Garden:
Yuzawa Kogen:
340cm (Kogen)
280cm (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 23rd January, 'all night' on Fridays and Saturdays (6pm or 10pm until 4am the next morning)
Maiko Snow Resort:
Every day until 14th March (until 8pm)
Every day until 29th March (until 9pm)
All night on 14th February and 14th March (10pm until 6am)
NASPA Ski Garden (skiers only):
Saturdays until 29th February (until 7pm)
Yuzawa Nakazato:
Saturdays until 14th March (until 8:30pm)

Chateaux Shiozawa also have nighta but only on certain days - no fixed schedule available.
Resorts not mentioned above do not operate 'nighta' (or do not plan to have more this season).
Some resorts offer tickets that include nighta, others need a special lift ticket.


Ski and snowboard resorts in Yuzawa town   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Sunday 8th February 2015, 7:59am
Weather conditions: Cloudy skies
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 165cm
An early report from me this morning, I'm off to pick up some friends from Nagano this morning... here's hoping that they'll soon be enjoying lots of fresh snow.

There's none since yesterday as expected - it was a fine day, gradually getting overcast as the day went on.

This morning once again a beautiful sunrise early on. There's more cloud around though this morning but it's still pretty clear and quite bright with the sun shining through at times. Quite a chilly start to the day.

We are expecting things to change this afternoon or this evening and snow to be falling by the end of the day. Fingers crossed straight into snow. Tomorrow should be altogther much colder and it's looking promising for a decent amount of snowfall to come our way. That's what we like.

Let's Sunday!


Official snow depth numbers and operations at time of writing on Sunday 8th February 2015. Subject to change during the day:

Hakuba Goryu:
Reporting 0cm of new snowfall.
All courses planned to be open (except Adventure Course).

- Alps Daira - 295cm
- Toomi - 165cm
- Iimori - 165cm


Hakuba 47:
Reporting 0cm of new snowfall.
Tree Riding Zone is open.

- Upper - 295cm
- Lower - 175cm


Reporting 0cm of fresh snow.
Happo Banks The Snow Park is now open.

- Usagidaira - 310cm
- Nakiyama - 165cm
- Sakka - 170cm


Hakuba Cortina:
Reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall.
Open as planned this morning.

- Upper - 410cm
- Lower - 260cm


Tsugaike Kogen:
All open as normal this morning.
Please note that the top Tsugaike Ropeway only opens for spring season.

- Tsuga-no-mori - 345cm
- Maruyama - 190cm
- Kane-no-naru-oka - 215cm


Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field:
Reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall

- Upper - 260cm
- Lower - 150cm


Hakuba Norikura Onsen:
Reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall.

- 265cm


All areas now open.

- 190cm


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 mid March. 5pm until 9pm.
Hakuba Cortina:
Every day until 31st March. 5pm until 8pm.
Tsugaike Kogen:
Kane-no-naru-oka on Saturdays in January; February 7th, 14th. 6pm until 8:50pm.
Karamatsu-Shirakaba on Saturdays in January; February 7th, 14th, 28th; Saturdays in March. 6pm until 9pm.
Every day until 15th March. 4:30pm until 9:30pm.   Read more ...

Madarao Now!

Sunday 8th February 2015, 8:09am
Weather conditions: Cloud, blue sky
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 280cm
Fine weather through the day yesterday, mild conditions and a relatively mild night too.

It's a mix of cloud and blue skies above Madarao Kogen this morning, and a fairly crisp start to the morning.

Things should be changing later on this afternoon and snow is due sometime before the end of today; and through tomorrow as well. I'd say we are going to have some decent refresh over the next 2 days.

In the meantime should be a fun Sunday morning - probably end up being quite mild again this morning and cloud over if the forecast is right.


Lifts planned to be open:

Number 1 lift
Number 2 quad lift
Number 3A
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.

Night skiing at Madarao is every Saturday until 21st March 2015.


Madarao Kogen 6 day weather and snow forecast
Madarao Kogen main resort data

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Niseko Now!

Sunday 8th February 2015, 8:31am
Weather conditions: Grey and cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 370cm
Well we didn't get much out of yesterday (in terms of fresh snowfall) in the end, but I said not to worry didn't I, because it was coming today? So here's what is happening this morning...

No new cm of snow to report here at base, though I'm hearing that there may have been some very slight dustings higher up. I feel like I'm scraping around reporting that though!

The day has started off cloudy, mild (+1C), and with strong winds affecting upper lifts of all of the resorts on the mountain - the situation as of 8:30am is noted below.

Some forecasts even have a bit of rain in town forecast along with the mild conditions during the day today... but I am happy to report that snow has started falling here near Hanazono base where I am posting this report from this morning. It is mild though still so let's hope the snow can continue. We might have to wait until tonight for temperatures to really drop though.

Things ARE looking very good for some Niseko-like sustained snowfall, with that starting from today and continuing through the coming week. (Honest!) I say bring it on.

Do be sure to check out the Avalanche Report below.


Unfortunately the wind conditions prevented Niseko Village from running their early morning Gondola this morning. As far as I know that's the end of that particular service for this season. It sounds way too early to be saying something like that doesn't it. Just checking... yes, we do actually have (almost) 3 full months of lift operations left to go!


I really enjoyed checking out the Sapporo Snow Festival - very interesting. Those sculptures really are very impressive indeed. Otsukaresama, snow sculptors!


Resort specific news as of 8:30am - subject to change during the day

Niseko Grand Hirafu:
King Number 3, King Number 4, Ace Number 4, Swinging Monkey lifts on hold due to strong winds.

Niseko Hanazono:
Hanazono Number 2 and 3 lifts on hold due to strong winds.

Niseko Village:
Niseko Gondola and top Wonderland Chair lifts on hold due to weather conditions.

Niseko Annupuri:
Annupuri Gondola and top Jumbo Number 4 lifts on hold due to strong winds.


Niseko Avalanche Report

Niseko base 6am: 0C, no snowfall. Moiwa 800m: E10m/s, -5C, no snowfall, 30-50cm of wind-blown snowdrifts. Annupuri 1000m snowpack 280cm. Hirafu 1000m Peak 1308m: SSE26.8m/s, -6.2C. Coastal data: Benkei cape WSW5m/s, Kamui cape S8m/s, 1008hPa, 1.2m waves.

Strong SE wind is blowing above 800m due to approaching low-pressure system. There are no snowfall, however the strong wind is drifting snow and drastically developing snowdrifts in leeward slopes. The cornices around 800m altitude are extremely unstable and would collapse with the slightest stimulation. The general avalanche risk is still low, however will change with the future snowfall transition. Peak gates will be kept closed today. Many of the accidents happen during poor weather.

The light is weak and the surface is hard to see. Beware of falling head-first into cracks. Once the warm air inflow passes, a strong north-westerly storm is forecasted to pick up which will rise the avalanche hazard drastically. Adjust your touring plans with the weather. This information is published in hope to protect the safety of all Niseko locals and visitors.

A BCA beacon checker has been installed at Moiwa gate no.6. Carrying an avalanche beacon is not mandatory but is seriously recommended.


Official resort snow depths:

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 370cm
Base - 125cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 280cm
Base - 180cm

Niseko Annupuri:
Top - 285cm
Base - 160cm


Lifts open for night skiing (planned):

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


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

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Sunday 8th February 2015, 8:55am
Weather conditions: Mostly cloudy skies
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 280cm
Fine weather day yesterday and warming up to to around +3 degrees in the afternoon. It got chilly overnight but today will probably also see the temperature rise to low positive numbers again. Maybe not as much as there's more cloud up there this morning.

The resort is reporting a temperature of -3C up on the top Yamabiko area as of 7:30am this morning.

It's time for fresh snow I reckon. Look to tonight and overnight for temps to take a drop and snow to start, hopefully avoiding wetter conditions before then, and decent snowfall into tomorrow.

This coming week Wednesday (11th) is a national holiday - 'National Foundation Day' in fact. That sounds like a good day to slide on the snow. Should be a decent refresh by then too.


Fresh snow to report this morning since yesterday afternoon:

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

Official snow depths (as of yesterday):

Yamabiko - 410cm
Uenotaira - 365cm
Hikage - 280cm
Nagasaka - 270cm
Karasawa - 220cm


Courses open:

All courses are open except:

Grand Prix course
Jumping Course
Challenge 39


Lifts open (subject to change):

All lifts operating


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

Every Saturday until 28th March


Nozawa Onsen 6 day weather and snow forecast
Nozawa Onsen main resort data

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Zao Now!

Sunday 8th February 2015, 9:15am
Weather conditions: Mostly cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 200cm
It was a beautiful day yesterday, with lots of people in Zao as well... some busy lift lines there!

It's more cloudy this morning but another relatively mild start to the day.

Forecast is looking good for the next few days in terms of snowfall, should be falling sometime today and into mid week. Chance of stormy conditions as well though with strong winds so need to look out for that. Hopefully won't cause lift problems.

Temperatures to take a big drop from tomorrow too.


Official snow depths (Sunday 8th February 15):

Utopia: 205cm
Chuo: 200cm
Paradise: 200cm
Uwanodai: 150cm

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


Night skiing operations at Zao this season

Uwanodai area:
Daily until 22nd March

Yokokura area:
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from until 15th March

Open times from 5pm until 9pm.


Juhyo 'Ice Monsters' Light Up night time ropeway operations

Every evening now until 28th February

Operating from 5pm until 9pm; last ropeway up at 7:50pm.
In the event of poor weather conditions, operations are sometimes cancelled.
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Shiga Kogen Now!

Sunday 8th February 2015, 9:25am
Weather conditions: Fine start but clouded over
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 205cm
Today started off fine as well with some fine blue skies and a lovely sunrise as well, but since then it has been clouding over quite quickly and it's generally cloudy-overcast now. The forecast is for snow later on today though not sure when to expect it to start... it's still relatively mild, though cold enough for snow of course.

So should get some fresh tonight and snow is forecast through the day tomorrow as well and it should be much colder. A return to mid-winter like conditions.


Resort areas status with official snow depths:

Okushiga Kogen:
Open (note: skiers only resort area)


Ichinose Family

Ichinose Yamanokami:

Ichinose Diamond:

Takamagahara Mammoth:




Most open

Happo Bundaraia:

Sun Valley:



Open (note: skiers only resort area)

Yokoteyama & Shibutoge:


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 February 21st

Every Saturday until March 28th
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Naeba Now!

Sunday 8th February 2015, 10:01am
Weather conditions: Overcast
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 260cm
Good morning from Naeba.

Today had a sunny start and it is starting to cloud over with the forecast to start snowing in the afternoon. The temperature is currently -2, with low winds.

All lifts are open at Naeba today currently, weather permitting.

The Dragondola over to Tashiro/Kagura is open and all lifts are open at Tashiro and Kagura.

Yesterday’s weather was fantastic, with blue skis and plenty fresh lines to go around!

Looking onto tomorrow, its forecast to be sunny spells in the morning and then to start snowing again in the afternoon, turning into heavy snow in the evening.


Official snow depths:

Naeba: 260cm
Kagura: 340cm


New snowfall:




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 ...

Myoko Now!

Sunday 8th February 2015, 10:19am
Weather conditions: Cloudy, with fog/snow covering some of the peaks
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 380cm
We're in for something today in Myoko. I hope it is the forecasted moderate to heavy snow.... We could use a good reset after some sun the last few days.

It's warm today, warmer than the resort reports from earlier in the day.

It's looking good; the snow has started to come over the top of Kurohime to the southwest; the barometer is falling and the wind is beginning to shift on the coast. All good signs—but nothing just yet!


Akakura Kanko:
380cm, -1

Akakura Onsen:
292cm, 0°

Ikenotaira Onsen:
280cm, 0°

Myoko Suginohara:
250cm, -5° (top)

Seki Onsen:
490cm, -3°

Myoko Ski Park:
335cm, 1°

Kyukamura RunRun:
400cm, 0°

Tangram Ski Circus:
250cm, -5°

Madarao Kogen:
280m, -3°


Night skiing in the Myoko area:

Akakura Onsen (Kumado): until 10pm every day until 22 March
Tangram Ski Circus: until 8pm on Saturdays until 28 March
Madarao Kogen: until 9pm on Saturdays until 21 March
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SnowJapan Daily 'Now' reports

Yuzawa Now
28th May, 8:40am
Niseko Now
06th May, 9:21am
Furano Now
06th May, 9:04am
Hakuba Now
06th May, 9:02
Nozawa Onsen Now
06th May, 8:41
Shiga Kogen Now
06th May, 8:35
Myoko Now
06th May, 8:35am
Zao Now
06th May, 8:30am
Grandeco Now
06th May, 8:29am
Naeba Now
06th May, 8:28am
Minakami Now
06th May, 8:27am
Appi Kogen Now
06th May, 8:04
Geto Kogen Now
06th May, 8:01
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05th May, 19:10pm