Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 28th May 2018

Yuzawa Now!

Saturday 10th January 2015, 7:57am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 25cm
Snow depth: 245cm
Welcome to the long weekend! With Monday a holiday here in Japan, it's one of the main weekends of the season and so places expect to see quite a few people turn up.

So what's it going to be like? Snowy by the looks.

Back to yesterday and we had snowfall through most of the day, though it was pretty weak at times and we even had a few bits of sun and blue sky show through - but it was always short-lived.

Conditions out on the slopes was great though. Really very nice.

By evening it was back to at times heavy snow and this morning I have 25cm of new snow to report from outside the building here.

Maiko Snow Resort reports about 20cm.
Kagura reports 20cm.
Naeba reports 3-10cm.
No other specific numbers on offer that I can find early on.

It's snowing still and forecast to for the day today and tomorrow too.

So snow conditions should be excellent pretty much everywhere in the area. Visibility less so. A moderate wind at times maybe but all resorts are set to open as planned and it's not that cold.

It's one of the things lots of people like about this area - huges amounts of snow, but we don't get the crazy cold temperatures that some other regions get.


I was just looking back at the reports from last season. (You can find them in all the archive reports below). As of 10th January 2014, we had observed 208cm of snowfall around town here. Today, that same statistic stands at a whopping 794cm. Nearly 4 times as much. I don't THINK there's a mistake in the automatic calculations there (!), but while we are quite obviously getting a lot more snow fall this year than last, even I'm surprised at that number.

Worth noting that those observed numbers are posted by the same person from exactly the same place, so there's no change there.

Have a great weekend.


Official snow depths:

GALA Yuzawa:
Ishiuchi Maruyama:
Joetsu Kokusai:
Kandatsu Kogen:
Maiko Snow Resort:
NASPA Ski Garden:
Yuzawa Kogen:
270cm (Kogen)
220cm (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 holidays (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)
NASPA Ski Garden (skiers only):
Saturdays until 29th February (until 7pm)
Yuzawa Nakazato:
Saturdays from 10th January 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
Ski and snowboard resorts in Minamiuonuma City   Read more ...

Minakami Now!

Saturday 10th January 2015, 8:16am
Weather conditions: -
New snowfall: 10cm
Snow depth: 200cm
Many apologies for the break in the reports from Minakami the last few days.

We hope we can have them back updating soon.   Read more ...

Madarao Now!

Saturday 10th January 2015, 8:20am
Weather conditions: Cloud cover
New snowfall: 2cm
Snow depth: 210cm
Just a light cover of snow this morning amounting to a cm or two so not much.

But, it's snowing now and it's very cold. I haven't been out yet but conditions should be mighty good for the weekend. Snow forecast to be falling through until Monday, or at least never be far off, and for those of you wanting some clearer sunny skies look to Tuesday onwards for a few days of such conditions.

Remember, it's nighta tonight and also excite fireworks on Saturday from 9pm, followed by torchlit skiing and a few other things going on either side.


Lifts 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... and next Sunday, January 11th (the day after is a holiday).


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

Saturday 10th January 2015, 8:32am
Weather conditions: Mostly cloudy, some blue sky at times
New snowfall: 30cm
Snow depth: 170cm
Good morning from Niseko. And a very good morning it most certainly is.

Close on 30cm of light fresh snow in places outside my place this morning just in time for first lifts, so just imagine how much there must be higher up.

It's actually rather calm as well this morning, or it looks like it is anyway. Mostly cloudy and light snow at times forecast for the day, though I can see some blue now as well. It was snowing lightly when I started putting the report together, but isn't now. Can't make it's mind up!

Similar conditions are forecast for tomorrow with a good chance of sunny and clearer skies for a few days from Tuesday.

Thankfully all of the resorts are opening as planned this morning. Well, apart from the Gondola at Niseko Village having some kind of hiccup preventing it from it's first 'early morning' gig this morning. Other than that though it's open as normal.

As I think I mentioned before it's a long weekend in Japan with Monday being the 'Coming of Age Day' national holiday. So there'll be a lot of people about, but with the conditions being as fantastic as they very probably are this morning I would imagine there'll be lots of happy people around.

I hope you can have an extremely fun weekend - wherever you are!


Resort specific news at time of writing - subject to change during the day

Niseko Grand Hirafu:
Looks set to be open as planned this morning.
'Early Morning' lift available from today to 1st February (for 500 yen, you can ride Ace Quad Number 2 lift from 8am until 8:20am).

Niseko Hanazono:
Looks set to be open as planned this morning.

Niseko Village:
Looks set to be open as planned this morning.
Except... for the early morning Gondola, doh! - some kind of mechanical issue preventing that from happening today, though it's over by the time this gets posted anyway. (Sorry!)

Niseko Annupuri:
Looks set to be open as planned.
'Annupuri First Run' available 11th and 12th January (for 1000 yen, you can ride the Gondola from 7:20-8:20am).


Niseko Avalanche Report

Niseko base 6am: -3C, 20cm of crystal snow in 12 hours. Moiwa 800m: NNW12m/s, -7C, 30cm snowfall with gradual development of snowdrifts. Annupuri 1150m: NW12-17m/s, -10C, 50cm snowfall with development of snowdrifts up to 100cm. Hirafu ridge N15m/s, -10C, 25cm snowfall with snowdrifts development. Coastal data: Benkei cape NNW12m/s, Kamui cape NNW6m/s, 1005hPa, 1.8m waves.

The atmospheric pressure gradient is shelving and the weather at the ocean and the mountains is settling down. The snowfall amount above 800m altitude reached 30-40cm in the last 12 hours, the snowdrifts are slowly developing and yesterday’s snowpack has stabilized. Today’s general avalanche risk is low. Peak gates will open as soon as they’re ready. Listen to the ski patrol’s instructions before stepping out of the gates. There will be a lot of people in the mountain today, pay attention to other parties. Better stay away from the valley bottom to avoid secondary accidents. The mountains will never be 100% safe. Always remain prudent and think safety first. Niseko community is constantly concerned about your safety. The snow in the treeruns is in fantastic conditions.
Have you switched your avalanche transceiver on? Are you carrying safety equipments? Food & drink?


Official snow depth numbers and any notes at time of writing:

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 340cm
Base - 170cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 250cm
Base - 160cm

Niseko Annupuri:
Top - 230cm
Base - 180cm


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
(There is 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 ...

Myoko Now!

Saturday 10th January 2015, 8:33am
Weather conditions: Overcast with snow coming down
New snowfall: 10cm
Snow depth: 290cm
There's no place like home.... The snow began falling at around 7:30 this morning, and it's coming down really, really good (OK, not great grammar, but it just sounds right). Looks like there could be a pretty good accumulation by tonight; only 10cm or so right now, but it's starting to build up.

The reason for my wistfulness is that I'm actually in Niseko, where there's been some good snow, but nothing like the crazy snowfall we've had in Myoko this year - and nothing against Niseko, either!

Our information for today is guaranteed fresh, too, with the Myoko team dutifully reporting on the actual conditions on the ground. Which are: go out and ski today!

Not a lot of reports in this morning; I'll give you what I have, but the word is good across the area.


Akakura Kanko:
290cm, -6°

Akakura Onsen:
198cm, -1°

Ikenotaira Onsen:
260cm, -2°

Myoko Suginohara:
250cm, -8°

Seki Onsen:
420cm, -6° (no report yet)

Myoko Ski Park:
250cm, -1°

Kyukamura Myoko:
300cm, -3° (no report yet)

190cm, -3°

210cm, -6°   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Saturday 10th January 2015, 8:59am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 140cm
Good morning from Hakuba and it's the first day of the long weekend. Why the long weekend? Monday is Coming of Age Day in Japan and a national holiday and so a popular ski-board weekend for quite a few Japanese.

I don't have any significant snowfall to report from Hakuba this morning, apart from just a dusting and up to 5cm being reported from the resorts around the valley.

Cloud and light snow showers at times forecast for today - it is snowing now - and we're down for more significant snowfall tomorrow into Monday so hopefully we'll get a decent refresh.

That will be followed by some clear skies on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Have fun out there, and remember all the safety stuff too.


Official snow depth numbers and operations at time of writing on Saturday 10th January 2015. Subject to change during the day:

Hakuba Goryu:
Reporting 3cm of new snowfall at Alps Daira, 0cm on lower areas.
Top Alps Daira pair lifts on hold again early on due to windy conditions.
All courses open except Adventure Course (and currently Panorama course due to lifts affected by wind).

- Alps Daira - 260cm
- Toomi - 140cm
- Iimori - 120cm


Hakuba 47:
Reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall.
Line E lift on hold and to open if/when the top of Goryu opens. That's what it says here anyway.
Tree Riding Zone is closed due to conditions.

- Upper - 240cm
- Lower - 150cm


Reporting 3cm of fresh snowfall on mountain.
Gondola and Nakiyama lifts open from 7:30am for the long weekend.
Kids Park festival this morning from 9:30-11:30am.

- Usagidaira - 260cm
- Nakiyama - 140cm
- Sakka - 120cm


Hakuba Cortina:
Reporting 5cm of new snowfall this morning.
All open!

- Upper - 340cm
- Lower - 215cm


Tsugaike Kogen:
All open.

- Tsuga-no-mori - 300cm
- Maruyama - 190cm
- Kane-no-naru-oka - 195cm


Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field:
Reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall.
All of the resort open apart from View B course.

- Upper - 230cm
- Lower - 110cm


Hakuba Norikura Onsen:
Resort is mostly open.

- 270cm


All areas now open.
Night skiing every day until 15th March.

- 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 (and 11th); February 7th, 14th. 6pm until 8:50pm.
Karamatsu-Shirakaba on Saturdays in January 10th (and 11th); February 7th, 14th, 28th; Saturdays in March. 6pm until 9pm.
Every day until 15th March. 4:30pm until 9:30pm.   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Saturday 10th January 2015, 9:14am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: 200cm
Just a bit of snow overnight here in Nozawa with the resort reporting 5-10cm.

We're expecting a generally snowy weekend in the region. Snow clouds due to be hanging over Nozawa through the long weekend - on and off snowfall expected today with more moderate snowfall expected through tomorrow and perhaps into Monday as well.

Those wanting sunny skies will have to wait until Tuesday, according to the forecasts we should see lots of sun from Tuesday through Thursday along with milder temperatures. Doesn't look like it's set to warm up too much though which is good.

Anyway, time to enjoy the weekend. Have a good one!


Special long weekend early lift opening times (Sunday 11th and Monday 12th):

Base lifts at the resorts will start from 8am
Both gondolas will start from 8:10am


Fresh snow to report this morning since yesterday:

Yamabiko - 5cm
Uenotaira - 5cm
Hikage - 10cm
Nagasaka - 5cm
Karasawa - 5cm

Official snow depths:

Yamabiko - 325cm
Uenotaira - 285cm
Hikage - 200cm
Nagasaka - 195cm
Karasawa - 195cm


Courses open:

All courses are open except:

Grand Prix course
Jumping Course
Challenge 39
Kandahar West


Lifts open (subject to weather conditions):

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   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Saturday 10th January 2015, 9:20am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 10cm
Snow depth: 200cm
10cm of fresh snowfall this morning in the village on this calm but cold morning.

Light snow showers forecast for today and more volume of snow expected tomorrow and similar conditions will probably carry on into early Monday.

Once we get into next week that's when we might get to see one of those fabulous blue-sky days.

For now though it's all about the snow conditions on the slopes which are pretty good! Enjoy.


Official snow depths (Saturday 10th January 15):

Utopia: 190cm
Chuo: 200cm
Paradise: 190cm
Uwanodai: 140cm

Zao Onsen is fully open (though note that the Karamatsu pair lift is closed on weekdays).
Weather conditions may affect lifts.


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

January 2015: 10th-12th, 17th-18th, 24th-31st
February 2015: Every day 1st-28th

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

Shiga Kogen Now!

Saturday 10th January 2015, 9:22am
Weather conditions: Mostly cloud
New snowfall: 2cm
Snow depth: 145cm
After a calm evening yesterday, we're back to snow and winter conditions this morning in Shiga Kogen. Well we were when I got up, it has eased off again now and there's even some sun as well. I think 'changeable conditions' pretty much sums it up this morning.

The forecast is for that today - maybe get some fresh snow on the ground - with more snow expected tomorrow. Better chance of heavier snow falling come tomorrow.

After that once we get into next week we are looking at a good chance of a run of fine, clear days. Sun and milder 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:
Open except for Jumbo Course.


Planned night floodlit skiing at Shiga Kogen resort areas this season:

Sun Valley:
January 11th; Every Saturday from January 3rd to March 21st

January 10th, 11th

Ichinose Family:
Every day until March 29th

Ichinose Diamond:
January 11th; Every Saturday from January 3rd until March 28th

January 11th; Every Saturday from January 3rd until February 21st

Every Saturday until March 28th

   Read more ...

Furano Now!

Saturday 10th January 2015, 9:25am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 10cm
Snow depth: 160cm
Another great sunny day out there but made better with the reduced winds. The sun will make appearances through the clouds throughout the day and snow fall will be fairly light.
Early last night was some solid powder falls (around 10cm) which should also add to the excitement of the day.
Kitanomine now has a box rail set up on the front slope for the tricksters out there. If you want a break, have a rest down there and watch some of the boarders this weekend as yesterday they were hitting it hard and there were some good riders showing how its done.   Read more ...

SnowJapan Daily 'Now' reports

Yuzawa Now
10th Sep, 17:36am
Niseko Now
27th Aug, 14:26am
Grandeco Now
24th Aug, 11:16am
Madarao Now
12th Aug, 0:17pm
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
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