Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 30th May 2020

Naeba Now!

Friday 10th February 2017, 8:07am
Weather conditions: Snowing and overcast
New snowfall: 20cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Naeba everybody.

Well, today is definitely going to be a cold one! Relatively strong winds and heavy snow combined have created partial blizzard conditions on the mountain. This, unfortunately, means that some of the mountain will not open today with The Dragondola and Prince Gondola No. 2 both currently on wind hold. However, the good news is that there will be awesome powder to ride all day long!

There should be powder in most places on the mountain, however, there will be a degree of drifting and wind accumulation going on as well meaning that you may have to hunt a little bit to find the best powder.

Looking onwards, this heavy snow is predicted to continue all week until Wednesday when there is expected to be a break in the weather.

Delectable!   Read more ...

Grandeco Now!

Friday 10th February 2017, 8:25am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 18cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from a snowy Grandeco.

There's 18cm of fresh snow this morning at base. Nice.

It should stop falling later and there's a chance that the sun will appear.

Center 33 course is the advanced course and usually the course is not groomed but this morning it has been groomed as a flat surface. No doubt it will soon be carved up by eager skiers and snowboarders.

It will be snowing again tonight probably with snow still lined up on and off over the coming week.

Enjoy the powder snow!


Snow Park Information:

Waves, bank, 7m kicker, 8m kicker

6m straight wide box, 6m straight box, wave, volcano, drum can, 6m straight box, 8m straight rail, 6m arch box, 3m table top, 5m table top and bank


Lifts operating:

Lifts Operating:

- Gondola
- Number 1 quad lift
- Number 2 quad lift
- Number 3 quad lift
- Number 4 quad lift

Courses open:

All courses now open

Official snow depth:

Road Condition to Grandeco:
Inawashiro through Goshikinuma: snow
Goshukinuma through Grandeco: snow   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Friday 10th February 2017, 8:49am
Weather conditions: Mostly cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Niseko.

We did get some sunshine yesterday morning, it turned into a cracker weather wise. Very nice.

There's no fresh snow to report this morning and all the resort areas appear to be opening as planned.

The day has started mostly cloudy but again it looks like the sun might just break through.

Next fresh snowfall? Tomorrow perhaps. Fingers crossed!


There is an obviously frustrated message from the Niseko Avalanche folk this morning though - see below.

Unfortunately some people come here and seem to think that 'their rules apply', rather than the other way round. All I want to say is that if you are visiting, please remember that you are the visitor. I don't know any specific stories but it's particularly disappointing to hear that apparently some people who are based here (even doing business here?) and really should know better and be co-operating are being naughty in this respect.


Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6am: -4℃, no snowfall. Moiwa 800m: -6℃, moderate northerly wind, no snowfall. Hirafu 1250m: -8℃, strong northerly wind, no snowfall. Sea of Japan Kamu cape lighthouse: ENE6m/s, 999hPa, 1.1m waves.

A moderate NE wind is blowing, however no snow has fallen and according to observations, the general avalanche risk is low. All gates will open, however the out of bounds area is tracked out. Be careful.

Too many people are crossing boundary ropes and stepping into strictly off-limits areas to seek fresh tracks. Although, we feel sorry about anyone getting hurt, seeing people not caring at all about entering strictly off-limits areas is reaching the end of the ski patrol’s patience. Using day passes as a measure to avoid having long-term passes confiscated, and thinking it’s ok to duck ropes as long as you’re not being seen by ski patrol. Such a wrong idea to think that you’re allowed to do whatever you want in a small mountain in a small country in the far east.

People who deny the Niseko Rules and talk about introducing the western system seems to have no idea that this Rules is a rare case that strikes a balance between the freedom and safety of ski resort users. Disagreeing with it is pure ignorance. Is there any just reason why you shouldn’t respect Japanese regulations? Accommodations and tourism related operators also have the duty and responsibility to correctly explain the Niseko Rules to their guests.


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

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Niseko HANAZONO Resort
Niseko Village
Niseko Annupuri
All resort areas are open as planned this morning.


Official resort snow depths as of Friday 10th February 2017:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 290cm
Base - 120cm

Niseko Village
Top - 280cm
Base - 140cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 315cm
Base - 140cm


Night skiing is planned until Monday 20th March 2017 at the Niseko Annupuri, Niseko Grand Hirafu and Niseko Village resort areas. There is no nighta in the Hanazono area.   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Friday 10th February 2017, 8:49am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 17cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Hakuba, and what a morning it should be!

Lots of fresh new snow to play with, and it's very nice and light too. Conditions on the mountain should be top this morning.

Here's what the resorts are reporting...

Hakuba 47: 30-35cm
Hakuba Goryu: 20-30cm
Hakuba Cortina: 30cm
Hakuba Happo-one: 20cm

...and I have 17cm to report.

The only downer this morning is that strong northerly winds are preventing lots of top lifts from opening and so access to some areas not possible right now. Hopefully the wind conditions may ease off, though snow and wind is forecast for the day. And snow through the day tomorrow too. Actually regular snow looks set for the coming week. :)

Should be a great weekend. Take care out there, and have fun.


Resort news as of 8:40am on Friday 10th February 2017:

All information as available and subject to change during the day due to weather and snow conditions.

Hakuba 47:
Hakuba 47 is reporting 30-35cm of fresh snowfall.
Strong winds affecting top area at the start of the day.
Official snow depth
Upper: 280cm
Base: 150cm

Hakuba Goryu:
Hakuba Goryu is reporting 20-30cm of fresh snowfall.
Strong winds affecting top area at the start of the day.
Official snow depth
Alps: 335cm
Toomi: 175cm
Iimori: 140cm

Hakuba Happo-one:
Hakuba Happo-one is reporting 20cm of fresh snowfall (Riesen quad top).
Strong winds affecting top area at the start of the day.
Official snow depth:
Usagidaira: 230cm
Kurobishi: 255cm
Lower: 155cm

Tsugaike Kogen:
Strong winds affecting top area at the start of the day.
Official snow depth:
Tsuga-no-mori: 350cm
Han-no-ki: 340cm
Maruyama: 180cm
Oya-no-hara: 170cm
Kane-no-naru-oka: 160cm

Hakuba Cortina:
The resort is reporting 30cm of fresh snowfall.
Official snow depth:
Top: 350cm
Base: 230cm

Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field:
Official snow depth:
Top: 180cm
Base: 110cm

Hakuba Norikura Onsen:
Official snow depth:
Top: 210cm

Official snow depth:
Top: 210cm

Hakuba Sanosaka:
Official snow depth:
Top: 130cm


Planned nighta operations - be sure to check with resorts for latest:

Hakuba Goryu:
Planned to be open daily from 6pm until 9:30pm

Tsugaike Kogen:
Planned at the Kane-no-naru-oka area on February 11th (6pm until 8:50pm)
Planned at the Katamatsu-Shirakaba area February 11th, 18th; March 4th, 11th, 18th, 19th (6pm until 9pm)

Hakuba Cortina:
Planned to be open daily from 5pm until 8pm (until 9pm on Saturdays)

Hakuba Happo-one:
Planned to be open daily until 9pm on the Nakiyama area.

Planned to be open daily.

There is no night skiing at the other resorts in the area.   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Friday 10th February 2017, 9:05am
Weather conditions: Snow clouds above!
New snowfall: 17cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Nozawa and it's a cold and snowy morning.

10-20cm of fresh snowfall being reported bottom to top at the resort this morning.

It is snowing lightly at the moment and there's snow on the forecast through today - and indeed through the weekend, so it should continue to pile up.

Great conditions on the cards for people visiting over the weekend.

I hope you can come to enjoy it.


Friday 10th February 2017

Fresh snow reported by resort since yesterday morning:
- Yamabiko: 25cm
- Uenotaira: 15cm
- Hikage: 15cm
- Nagasaka: 15cm
- Karasawa: 10cm

Official snow depths:
- Yamabiko: 370cm
- Uenotaira: 265cm
- Hikage: 200cm
- Nagasaka: 190cm
- Karasawa: 150cm

Lifts operations:
- All lifts apart from the following lifts are operating
- Yunomine pair
- Mizunashi pair
- Challenge pair
- Utopia pair

Most courses at Nozawa Onsen are open. Courses not open are:
- Kandahar West
- Kandahar East
- Kamoshika
- Grand Prix   Read more ...

Furano Now!

Friday 10th February 2017, 9:06am
Weather conditions: Mostly cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
After a warmish day yesterday we are back to true February weather with -15c recorded at base. There is no new snow to report for today. A top up to freshen the slopes would be great but there is not much on the forecast for the next 6 days excpet for a very light dusting on Saturday and Sunday. However, putting all this in perspective we have received a total of 99cm at village level over the last 14 days which is very impressive in itself.

Wind! Right now in the village there is merley a breeze, but the resort is reporting moderate to strong winds at the top and because of this has made the decision not to operate Kitanomine Gondola.

Kitanomine Gondola ***CLOSED DUE TO WIND***
   Read more ...

Madarao Now!

Friday 10th February 2017, 9:33am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 18cm
Snow depth: --
It is another snowy morning in Madarao with a nice new fresh layer of snow on the ground.

The resort is reporting 20cm of fresh and I am measuring just less than that, but snow continues to fall and it should be increasing through the day today. It was actually snowing more earlier on, just lightly for the moment.

The weekend is approaching of course and so many people will be making their way here. We can expect further snow but it probably won't be heavy and there might even be some changes of clearings at times. It should remain cold though so come prepared for mid-winter conditions.

And come expecting some nice snow conditions!


Operating status for the day at Madarao Kogen (at time of report):

- Number 1 lift
- Number 2 quad lift
- Number 3A
- Super quad lift
- Number 11 lift
- Number 12 lift
- Number 13 lift
- Number 15 lift
- Moving walkway
- Kids Park
- Free Ride Park

- Powder Wave I
- Powder Wave II
- River Line
- Powder Theater
- Adventure Aisle
- Crystal Bowl
- Ninja
- Sawa
- Rabbit
- Kamoshika
- Bear

- Nighta at Madarao Kogen is every Saturday until 25th March (and also on 19th March)

Official snow depth:

- 280cm   Read more ...

Yuzawa Now!

Friday 10th February 2017, 9:40am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 12cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from a snowy Yuzawa.

Yesterday was a generally cloudy day. At times you could just above make out the sun from behind the cover of cloud, but cloudy it remained.

Then the snow started falling and overnight we have a fresh blanket of fresh:

Kagura (main area): 20cm
Kagura (Mitsumata): 15cm
Kagura (Tashiro): 10cm
Maiko Snow Resort: 10cm

Our measurement for the day down in town is also 10cm.

It is still snowing and probably will be for all today and tomorrow too. (Is that a chance of sunshine tomorrow morning I see on some forecasts?)

The Tashiro area of Kagura is closed today, as are some of the lifts up at the main area of Kagura - the resort is open from Mitsumata Ropeway to the Kagura Number 1 pair lift.

The South Area section of GALA Yuzawa is not open yet this morning and they are going to keep an eye on the conditions regarding that. Other lifts may be running at slower than usual speeds but the resort is open.


Thank you to everyone who entered the lift ticket giveaway. Winners will be notified later today!


Official snow depth information as of Friday 10th February 2017

Some data not updated for today due to the early report.

GALA Yuzawa
Official snow depth: 360cm

Ishiuchi Maruyama
Official snow depth: 260cm

Official snow depth: 210cm

Joetsu Kokusai
Official snow depth: 270cm

Official snow depth:
Kagura - 350cm
Mitsumata - 300cm
Tashiro - 320cm

Kandatsu Kogen
Official snow depth: 290cm

Maiko Snow Resort
Official snow depth:
Upper - 290cm
Base - 150cm

Muikamachi Hakkaisan
Official snow depth: 350cm

Official snow depth: 280cm

NASPA Ski Garden
Official snow depth: 255cm

Yuzawa Kogen
Official snow depth:
Top - 320cm
Base - 230cm

Yuzawa Park
Official snow depth: 200cm

Yuzawa Nakazato
Official snow depth: 200cm


'Nighta' (floodlit night operations)

Below are details of the planned 'nighta' operations at ski and snowboards resorts around Yuzawa and Minamiuonuma this season.
This information is subject to change due to snow and weather conditions.
*** Please note that this section will not be updated every day.

Ishiuchi Maruyama
Daily until 19th March 2017.
Nighta is from 5pm until 8:50pm.
The Chuo Number 1, Chuo Number 2 and Kanko Number 3 Express lifts are open daily.
The Kanko Number 1 Express lift, Hatsukaishi Entrance lift and Hatsukaishi Number 2 pair lifts are also open on weekends and holidays.

Daily until 20th March 2017.
Nighta is from 5pm until 9pm on Saturdays and until 8pm on weekdays and Sundays.
The Main course, Grand course and West courses are open during nighta.

Joetsu Kokusai
Daily until 20th March 2017.
Nighta is from 5pm until 9pm.
The area in front of the main base hotel is open for nighta.

Kandatsu Kogen
'Hobo All Night' ('Almost All Night') is on Fridays, Saturdays and nights before holidays until 1st April 2017.
The nighta opening times on those days is from 6pm until 4am the following morning.

Maiko Snow Resort
Daily until 19th March 2017.
Nighta is from 4pm until 8pm.
The Maiko center quad lift on the Maiko Side of the resort operates for nighta.

Daily until 26th March 2017.
Nighta is from 4pm until 8:30pm.

NASPA Ski Garden
'Thanks' (extended) opening on Saturdays in January and February.
On those days the Number 1 lift is open until 6pm.

Yuzawa Nakazato
Every Saturday until 11th March 2017.
Nighta is from 5pm until 8:30pm.
The Number 2 pair lift operates during nighta.   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Friday 10th February 2017, 9:43am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 28cm
Snow depth: --
Another 28cm of fresh light snow this morning.

And guess what - it's still snowing... and coming down pretty heavily right at this moment, with a gusty wind as well for good measure.

Not best conditions for everyone but once this calms down we should be in for another treat with the conditions.

Can't think of much else to say really. Should be an excellent weekend. Just wrap up well and bring your goggles. If we are lucky we might see some breaks in the clouds at times...


Official snow depths numbers reported by different areas of Shiga Kogen:

Please note that these numbers are the official numbers that ski resorts publish.
Often they don't update daily and don't reflect the amount of fresh snow falling!



Ichinose Family

Ichinose Diamond




Okushiga Kogen

Sun Valley

Takamagahara Mammoth



300cm   Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Friday 10th February 2017, 9:54am
Weather conditions: Gray and snow
New snowfall: 27cm
Snow depth: --
I got called out by some visitors yesterday for missing a few days (thanks for reading, boys!), and, as promised, I got out snowthrowing at 5 am. OK, 5:30, to be completely honest, but your reporter is out there in the snow, gathering data, making life possible for the people of our fair city....

OK, let's talk snow. A pretty good fall overnight, but once again it's hard to tell total fall due to the pretty strong winds out there. The really strong winds have tapered off a bit, but we're still seeing some big gusts and blowing snow. There's a good chance of some lift closure, although nothing has been posted except for the top No. 3 lift at Suginohara, which will open at 10:30.

Extra care should be taken offpiste, though, with the wind very likely depositing a lot of snow on lee slopes. Slide danger is definitely higher, and even sluffs shouldn't be ignored (loose sluffs of lots of snow in the wrong place can be a real problem...).There's plenty of powder out there to enjoy, so choose a safe line, have fun and be safe.


Akakura Kanko:
340cm, -5°

Akakura Onsen:
330cm, -5°

Ikenotaira Onsen:
280cm, -3°

Myoko Suginohara:
270cm, -10°

Seki Onsen:
490cm, -7°

Myoko Ski Park:
300cm, -2°

Kyukamura RunRun:
310cm, -3°

Tangram Ski Circus:
260cm, -4°

Madarao Kogen:
290cm, -5°

   Read more ...

Appi Kogen Now!

Friday 10th February 2017, 10:12am
Weather conditions: Cloudy skies, light snow
New snowfall: 7cm
Snow depth: --
Hello from Appi,

It’s only -1 outside right now with some very light snow falling and it certainly feels warmer after the -15 or so we had last week. The forecast snowfall has seemingly dropped off the cliff which is too bad. We can expect another 15-20cm throughout the day today which will certainly help over the weekend. Stable temperatures for the next few days hovering in the zero to -3 range at the base.

The clouds and overcast sky will stay with us for the next three to four days with the sun making an appearance perhaps on Tuesday.

All but one run is open and they’re in great shape with the groomers doing a wonderful job.

Come and join us before the crowds come.


Planned operating lifts at time of report (subject to change due to weather conditions):

Appi Gondola
Central quad
Central number 1
Central number 2
Central number 3a
Central number 4
Central number 5
Central number 6
Sailer Gondola
Sailer quad
Vista quad


Official snow depth:

210cm   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Friday 10th February 2017, 10:25am
Weather conditions: Cloudy, fog, snow
New snowfall: 4cm
Snow depth: --
A few cm of snow on the ground this morning.

It doesn't seem as cold this morning (though still just under zero here are base) and while it was just cloudy earlier the snow is back now.

Regular snowfall still on the forecast for the weekend, along with some moderate winds at times. It's going to keep cold and with any wind probably feel colder than the headline numbers, so if you are coming for the weekend come prepared for mid-season snowy conditions.


All lifts apart from the following appear to be operating today:

Paradise Number 3 pair
Karamatsu pair

All courses apart from Kotan are open.


Official snow depths (as published by the resort itself):
Summit - 125cm
Paradise - 210cm
Chuo - 210cm
Utopia - 160cm
Uwanodai - 125cm
Yokokura - 135cm


Juhyo 'Ice Monsters' Light Up night time Zao Ropeway operations

Every day until 5th March 2017.
Operating from 5pm until 9pm; last ropeway up at 7:50pm.
Ropeway return charges are 2,600 yen for adults and 1,300 yen for children.
In the event of poor weather conditions, operations are sometimes cancelled.   Read more ...

Minakami Now!

Friday 10th February 2017, 11:37am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 25cm
Snow depth: --
Filthy weather here today with extremely strong winds. The snow at the base of Tenjindaira is the same stuff we had a few days ago. Feels light and fluffy and great to ski but despite the lightness there is a significant water content to it and it was very prone to avalanche a few days ago. It also settled extremely quickly too though so tomorrow could be a good one.

Was over at Hodaigi where they have a healthy 25cm and lighter winds. It's all systems go there and Okutone is looking great too.

Forecast is for light snow tomorrow and possibly the day to get Tenjin if you're able. Saturday night they are forecasting heavy snow which is actually the last thing we need. That said, the longer range forecast is for smaller dumps all next week which is the perfect scenario for this area.


Fresh snowfall:

25cm Tenjin
20cm Hodaigi
20cm Okutone

Temps at 8am

Official snow depth:

380cm Tenjin
200cm Hodaigi
230cm Okutone


Resorts in Minakami (forecasts available from each page):

Minakami Hodaigi
Minakami Kogen Ski Resort
Minakami Kogen Fujiwara
Norn Minakami
Okutone Snow Park
Tanigawa Tenjindaira
Tanigawa Onsen White Valley


Please note that the fresh snowfall number being reported on this report is taken from the ‘base area’ of Tenjindaira - which is just by the top station of the Ropeway at that resort. Other snowfall numbers and commentary will be mentioned within each report when available.   Read more ...

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23rd Apr, 17:30
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22nd Apr, 10:12am
Madarao Now
20th Apr, 9:52am
Zao Now
20th Apr, 9:52am
Nozawa Onsen Now
20th Apr, 9:51am
Niseko Now
20th Apr, 9:50am
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20th Apr, 9:49am
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20th Apr, 9:48am
Minakami Now
20th Apr, 9:47am
Hakuba Now
20th Apr, 9:40am
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20th Apr, 9:38am
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