Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 26th May 2019

Myoko Now!

Sunday 10th January 2016, 8:00am
Weather conditions: Mostly sunny, with scattered clouds
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 100cm
Not all the reports are in yet, but it will be the same story; no new snow overnight, and a sunny day today.

That's OK, I guess, but it's kind of sad that the heavy snow originally predicted first for Saturday, then for Sunday then Monday, petered out into snow showers. Which, read carefully, means 'just a bit'.

Things are better at the ski areas, though, but we will want some fresh to soften things up. It got a bit icy yesterday, with fairly wet snow being compacted down. Snow is likely ahead; today is a day to play in the sun but wish for more snow ahead.


Akakura Kanko:
All lifts running
-4° / 100cm (no new report yet)

Akakura Onsen:
All runs open
-4° / 110cm (no new report yet)

Ikenotaira Onsen:
All main lifts running
-5° / 50cm

Myoko Suginohara:
Main lifts running
-9° (top)/ 50cm

Seki Onsen:
-5° / 140cm (no new report yet)

Myoko Ski Park:
1° / 95cm (no new report yet)

Kyukamura RunRun:
0° / 110cm (no new report for two days)

Tangram Ski Circus:
Partially open; No. 2 lift closed today
-3° / 80cm

Madarao Kogen:
Main lifts open
-2° / 80cm
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Nozawa Onsen Now!

Sunday 10th January 2016, 8:15am
Weather conditions: Blue sky and grey cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 25cm
There's no new cm of fresh snow to report this morning.

I suppose we were expecting a break in the snow but with it again yesterday ending up that bit too mild I think people are getting increasing impatient now... not that we can do anything about what nature provides of course.

We are actually starting the day with lots of blue sky and sunshine with the grey looking clouds are mostly staying to the north of us.

The forecast still promises snow later today and through the day tomorrow and hopefully into Tuesday as well. There's more snow action for later in the week.

Forecasts haven't always been reliable so far this season so far, but if it comes through, it should be a good week.


A competition is being held on the Yunomine A course from today through Monday meaning that course will be closed to the public during that period.


Official info at time of writing on Sunday 10th January 2016 (subject to change):

Official snow depths:

Yamabiko: 105cm
Uenotaira: 90cm
Hikage: 25cm
Nagasaka: 20cm
Karasawa: 10cm

New snowfall as reported by the resort since yesterday:

Yamabiko: 0cm
Uenotaira: 0cm
Hikage: 0cm
Nagasaka: 0cm
Karasawa: 0cm

All lifts now planned to be operating except:

- Kandahar pair
- Karasawa pair

The following courses are not currently open:

- Skyline
- Paradise connection
- Yunomine A (competition)
- Schneider
- Utopia 2
- Challenge 39
- Hikage no kabe
- Kurokura
- Grand Prix
- Jumping
- Hachiman
- Mukoubayashi
- Kandahar West
- Kandahar East
- Kamoshika
- Tanuki
- Usagi
- Karasawa


Nozawa Onsen 6 day weather and snow forecast

Nozawa Onsen main resort data
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Grandeco Now!

Sunday 10th January 2016, 8:18am
Weather conditions: Mostly cloudy some hints of blue sky at times
New snowfall: 10cm
Snow depth: 150cm
I have a very nice 10cm of quality fresh snow this morning to report from Grandeco. Early birds this morning will have been rewarded!

Beginner courses getting a good grooming and all is looking good.

We are in the middle of the three day long weekend and so the resort is busy this weekend - there may be varying waiting needed for some of the lifts today. Tomorrow is a holiday too and so I recommend and early start.

The roads up the resort are covered in snow and so snow tyres are a must.

The forecast remains positive for snow over the next few days and perhaps some quite heavy snow tonight. That would be good - we'll have some of that please!


Lifts operating:

Number 1 quad
Number 2 quad
Number 3 quad

Courses open:

(A-a) Rainbow 3500
(A-b) Rainbow 3500
(A-c) Rainbow 3500
(B-a) Mint
(B-c) Mint
(C) Center
(D-b) Lavender
(E) Melissa
(F) Basil

The Snow Park (Decodaira E Park) is open on Lavender B course with a 5m kicker, 5m table top and other box items.


Snow and weather forecast:

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

Hakuba Now!

Sunday 10th January 2016, 8:40am
Weather conditions: Cloud and blue sky
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 45cm
Morning from Hakuba on this middle day of the long weekend.

Things generally cleared up as the day went on yesterday with some nice blue sky in the afternoon. A good day to enjoy that fresh snow that we had and there were more than a few other people thinking exactly the same thing.

This morning there is no new fresh snow to report in village with just a bit on upper areas of resorts. It's a mix of cloud, blue sky and sunshine at the moment and currently around -1C here in the village.

Unfortunately, it's apparently rather windy in places up on the mountains which is affecting a few resorts. As I write this, the Happo-one resort is closed and it also looks like the Gondola and top lifts at Tsugaike Kogen are affected by the wind conditions as well. Keep an eye on their official information if you are wanting to be there, let's hope they can open.

Other resorts seem to be open as planned for now.

We are expecting more fresh snowfall today which should continue through tomorrow as well. The potential for later in the week is looking pretty tasty as well, but let's not wish away all these days. There's still a lot to enjoy in the here-and-now as we look forward to more (and more) snowfall... perhaps we'll appreciate it all the more when it comes. Sounds like a plan!

Hope you have a good day.


6 day forecast for Happo-one:

6 day snow and weather forecast for Happo-one


Resort news as of 8:35am on Sunday 10th January 2015 (all subject to change due to weather conditions)

Hakuba 47:
Hakuba 47 is reporting 1cm of fresh snowfall.
All courses apart from Route 7 officially open.
Tree Riding Zone not yet open for the season.
Official snow depth
Upper: 125cm
Base: 20cm

Hakuba Goryu:
Hakuba Goryu is reporting 0-3cm of fresh snowfall.
Panorama, Grand Prix, Super Course, Champion Dynamic and Woody Courses in upper area; the main Toomi course and the Soft Cream course in the Iimori area are planned to be open today.
Planned lifts:
Telecabin Gondola
Alps Number 1 pair lift
Alps Number 2/4 pair lift
Alps Number 3 pair lift
Toomi Sky Four lift
Toomi Number 1 pair lift
Toomi Number 2 pair lift
Milky Four lift
Official snow depth
Alps: 145cm
Toomi: 45cm
Iimori: 40cm

Hakuba Happo-one:
** The resort is closed at the time of writing due to strong winds - check during the day for any changes. **
Hakuba Happo-one is reporting 5cm of new snowfall on upper areas.
The Grat quad is planned to be operating along with the Riesen Grat course.
Usagidaira, Kurobishi, Panorama, Skyline, Kita One and Riesen Slalom areas are planned to be open, lower course areas still closed.
Take one of the Gondola, Kokusai Number 1 pair, Sakka Kita-one quad or Nakiyama Number 3 triple lifts to get back down to base.
Planned lifts:
Adam Gondola
Grat quad lift
Alpen quad lift
Usagidaira pair lift
Happo Riesen quad
Nakiyama Number 3 triple
Kurobishi Number 2 quad lift
Kurobishi Number 3 pair lift
Skyline Number 2 pair lift
Kokusai Number 1 lift
Kokusai Number 3 lift
Panorama pair lift
Kita One quad lift
Kita One Number 3 pair lift
Official snow depth
Usagidaira: 90cm
Nakiyama: 30cm
Sakka: 15cm

Hakuba Cortina:
Hakuba Cortina reporting 0cm of fresh snow and have their Number 1, 5 and 6 lifts moving once again.
More courses at Cortina are now open. Courses that remain closed are: Mt Hieda Ridge, Mt Hieda 2 and 3, Itadaria Ridge and Giant.
Planned lifts:
All lifts apart from Number 7 pair lift now operating
Official snow depth
Top: 120cm
Base: 40cm

Tsugaike Kogen:
Most areas of Tsugaike Kogen are now at least part open.
Planned lifts:
Most lifts at Tsugaike Kogen are now operating.
Official snow depth
Tsuga-no-mori: 125cm
Kane-no-naru-oka: 30cm

Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field:
Very limited area of the Mountain Side (North and East courses) is currently open.
Planned lifts:
Noah Gondola
3Sen Line North
4Sen Line East
Line Lift
Official snow depth
Upper: 60cm
Lower: 10cm

Hakuba Norikura Onsen:
Official snow depth
3 lifts are operating and 3 courses are now open at Hakuba Norikura Onsen.

Planned lifts:
Kashimayari is part open.

Hakuba Sanosaka:
Part open with the Number 1 triple lift operating (Number 2 quad used for connection).   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Sunday 10th January 2016, 8:41am
Weather conditions: Cloud, a hint of sun peeking through in places
New snowfall: 20cm
Snow depth: 140cm
A very good morning to you from Niseko.

And this morning I have another full 20cm of light fresh snow to report. That's since my last report up until the time I took my measurement at 8am this morning.

Oh yes. I like 20cm and above. It's enough to fill in the tracks very nicely. And there's lots of tracks to fill in here in Niseko of course.

Since I started putting this report together it has been snowing lightly and then eased off. And there's actually a hint of sun coming through the clouds at the moment in some places but that probably won't last long with continued snowfall forecast for the day.

Yesterday we did see some wind higher up that was threatening to affect everyone's fun again, but today I hope there won't be much of that. It seems fairly calm this morning actually here in Hirafu, though I note that Niseko Village and Niseko Annupuri have clocked up some stronger wind numbers this morning (up to 14m/s westerly). To start the day though all four resort areas are opening as planned.

What can I say other than it should be another excellent day out on the slopes today. People here in Niseko at the moment are getting to experience it at it's best.

Wrap up well, have fun and... take care out there.


With the consistent snowfall we have enjoyed here over the last few weeks - and seemingly that is still set to continue - it's hard to believe how lots of areas on the main island of Honshu are suffering this season; it just doesn't seem to want to snow properly yet in some places.

Like I mentioned before I do not see it as a competition - something you get by not being in the 'selling' business! - so I'd be very happy for everyone and everywhere to have at least a normal season in terms of snowfall. But I have heard a few people up here almost enjoying reading the news from other places which seems somewhat... nasty. That's not cool. We had a pretty poor start as well this season, if you remember. Happily, nature turned on the snow taps for us. It can happen to us all so let's not get carried away and just hope for a very snowy Japan winter everywhere. That's what I think anyway.


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

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Niseko HANAZONO Resort
Niseko Village
Niseko Annupuri
All resort areas appear to be opening as planned this morning.


Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6am: -5℃, 20cm new snowfall, no snowdrift development. Moiwa 800m: -9℃, W10m/s with snowdrift developments. Annupuri 1150m: -10℃, W10m/s, snowdrifts above 1100m. Hirafu 1000m: -6℃, 20cm snowfall, light development of snowdrifts. Benkei cape: NNW13m/s, Kamui cape W8m/s, 1012hPa, 1.9m waves.

A passing small low-pressure system dropped 20cm of fresh snow in areas above 800m Looking at observations, the snowdrifts’ growth is relatively slow and seems stable, however it is strongly recommended to stay away from cornices, refrain from dropping into a slope at once and to stay away from valley bottoms. The snow condition is very different in areas above 1100m. If the westerly wind picks up during the day, the avalanche hazard will rise drastically in areas above 1000m.

Most of the accidents occur in snowdrifts loaded slopes during stormy weather. Be flexible with your touring routes. The snow in the trees is in excellent condition. Beware of collision and falling into cracks, which are difficult to notice from above. Most gates are scheduled to open, please follow the patrol’s instructions, be aware and be prepared of the risks you’re taking. Have a nice day.


Niseko Grand Hirafu 'Early Morning'
Dates: Until Sunday 31st January 2016
Time: 8:00am until 8:20am
Cost: 500 yen
Details: Ace Number 2 Quad lift with the Super, Furiko, Green, Alpen and Sen-no-ki courses open

Niseko Annupuri 'First Run'
Dates: Monday 11th January 2016
Time: 7:20am until 8:20am
Cost: 1,000 yen
Details: Gondola operation

Niseko Village 'Early Morning Gondola'
Dates: Monday 11th January 2016
Time: 7:30am until 8:30am
Cost: 1,300 yen
Details: Gondola operation

It's important to note that these early morning lift operations require special tickets, which basically means that you have to pay extra for them. Season tickets and normal day passes cannot be used. In the case of bad weather conditions they may be cancelled.


Official resort snow depths as of Sunday 10th January 2016:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 285cm
Base - 140cm

Niseko Village
Top - 190cm
Base - 110cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 150cm
Base - 100cm


Lifts planned to be open for night skiing:

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 ...

Naeba Now!

Sunday 10th January 2016, 8:56am
Weather conditions: Only a few clouds in an otherwise perfectly blue sky.
New snowfall: 4cm
Snow depth: 70cm
Good morning from Naeba everybody.

Today is another brilliant day for all you goggle tan enthusiasts out there. Brilliant blue skies with only a few clouds in the sky means that we've got yet another blue bird day on our hands.

Yesterday snow fell through most of the morning and early afternoon meaning that today's riding conditions should be pretty good.

There's still what looks like good news on the forecast for snow this coming week. Light snow is forecast every day for the coming week with hopefully a big dump supposed to arrive on Friday.

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

Yuzawa Now!

Sunday 10th January 2016, 8:59am
Weather conditions: Blue sky, some cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 40cm
Good morning from Yuzawa.

The forecast I mentioned yesterday seems to have been fairly accurate. The snow eased off around lunchtime yesterday - though it was very light snow anyway for most of the time since my report (so new cm of fresh) - and we ended the afternoon with mostly clear skies above Yuzawa and Minamiuonuma. It was another lovely afternoon, though most of us probably would have preferred a snowstorm and banked the clear skies for when everywhere is fully open!

This morning it's more blue skies over Yuzawa though there does seem to be more cloud now than there was just an hour ago. The forecast does have cloud for the day and snowfall as well, so let's hope that those snow clouds are on their way. I must add that some forecasts tell us to expect a bit of rain again before it turns into snow with a high of 4 degrees expected this afternoon.

We are still looking at snowfall tonight and tomorrow and maybe some light snow mid week, and some decent snowfall at the end of the week. Are we going to get some typical Yuzawa dumpage? Unclear.

But I will continue to let you know how things progress.


Resort official snow depths (Sunday 10th January 2016) and any specific news:

All resorts in the area are now generally open for the season, though please note that some areas and courses are not yet open.
Generally steeper slopes that need more snow are still closed.

Resorts in Yuzawa:

GALA Yuzawa

Ishiuchi Maruyama


Joetsu Kokusai

90cm (Mitsumata)
120cm (Tashiro)
150cm (Kagura)

Kandatsu Kogen

Maiko Snow Resort
90cm (upper)
20cm (lower)

Muikamachi Hakkaisan


NASPA Ski Garden

Yuzawa Kogen

Yuzawa Nakazato

Yuzawa Park


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


Iwappara 6 day snow and weather forecast
NASPA Ski Garden 6 day snow and weather forecast
Kagura 6 day snow and weather forecast   Read more ...

Appi Kogen Now!

Sunday 10th January 2016, 9:03am
Weather conditions: Partly cloudy
New snowfall: 4cm
Snow depth: 45cm
Yesterday was a very busy day on the mountain and the limited runs that were open made for a tight squeeze on some of them.

Last night brought us another 4cm of much needed snow and hopefully today will bring a significant amount throughout the day and into the early hours of the morning. The forecast calls for a lot more snow over the next 3-4 days so lets see if the forecasters are going to surprise us and be right for a change.

This morning brings partly sunny skies with a very light snow falling. This afternoon the winds will no doubt pick up again a little but shouldn’t impact the main gondola operation in any significant way. The open runs are being taken care of quite nicely and just like yesterday the -12 degree overnight temperatures should bring a little icy coating that will be skied off by early morning.

Have a great Sunday.


Currently planned operating lifts:

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


Welcome to our brand new independent ‘Appi Kogen Now' daily report, exclusive to SnowJapan.

As with all the ‘Now’ daily reports on SnowJapan, it is extremely important to us that the information we publish is useful, totally honest and correct – we are not posting the reports to try and sell you something, and we certainly do not wish to mislead in any way. We’ll be doing everything we can to bring you good information from this popular region of Iwate.

Appi Kogen resort is located in Hachimantai in the north western area of Iwate Prefecture in the Tohoku region. We are very pleased to be able to start our daily reporting from this region of Japan. More information on Appi Kogen can be found here.

** Please note that there may be a few glitches early on but please bear with us while we settle in this new report section to the site. Thank you. **

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Furano Now!

Sunday 10th January 2016, 9:08am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: 285cm
Good morning from Furano.

There's 5cm of fresh snow to report from base here, most of which has fallen in the last couple of hours. It is currently snowing moderately so there should be some more decent accumulation during the day today. The forecast sees continued snowfall every day through towards the end of the week.

It's really interesting comparing this season with last season - you can read through how last season went in the archives below. Furano is certainly being very consistent this time round!

The photo is from the 'All Night' last night - no doubt there's probably a few blurry-eyed people around this morning. A good soak in an onsen should cure that.

The Dynamic Course and part of the Training Course areas are hosting some pole training today and so won't be available to the general public but other than that the resort is fully open.   Read more ...

Madarao Now!

Sunday 10th January 2016, 9:19am
Weather conditions: Mostly clear blue skies
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 80cm
Morning from Madarao.

Enjoy the fireworks last night?

It was a clear night and it's a mostly clear morning as well. Beautiful sunrise earlier on.

It probably won't last though with snowfall expected later on, as early maybe as this afternoon. And then hopefully that will be continuing through the day tomorrow though I don't think we can expect it to be a dump.

Snow clouds should be over the region most days now in the coming week with the end of the week looking like it has more potential for a decent layer of fresh.

Anyway, I'll keep you posted.

Madarao and Tangram open. Just waiting for more snow for those Tree Run courses to get started.


Madarao Kogen 6 day snow and weather forecast


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

All lifts operating

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

All lifts operating

Tree Run Courses:

Not yet open   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Sunday 10th January 2016, 9:54am
Weather conditions: Fog, cloud
New snowfall: 10cm
Snow depth: 70cm
I have another 10cm of fresh snowfall to report this morning from here in Zao. Good to see that, but we of course need more.

Light wind and snow continuing to fall this morning with limited visibility on the mountain with cloud and foggy conditions.

Forecast has consistent snowfall over the coming week. What we want is consistent heavy snowfall!

Remember that tomorrow is also a holiday in Japan, so it will be busier than a normal Monday.

Photos below are were taken yesterday... it was busy out there.


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Information as of Sunday 10th January 2016 (subject to change)

All lifts at Zao Onsen are now operating except for the Omori quad.
All areas of Zao Onsen apart from Omori are now at least part open, but snow is still thin on the ground and patchy in some lower areas of the resort.

Official snow depths:

Utopia: 50cm
Chuo: 70cm
Paradise: 55cm
Uwanodai: 30cm


6 day Zao Onsen snow and weather forecast   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Sunday 10th January 2016, 10:01am
Weather conditions: Mostly clear blue skies and sun
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 40cm
Clearer skies we got (yesterday) and we are starting the day with blue skies and sunshine as well.

As you might expect, no new snowfall overnight.

I enjoyed the conditions yesterday though, there was some decent snow to be found out there. It was a little busy, but you can expect that on a long weekend.

The blue skies probably won't last the day with snowfall forecast for later today and snowy conditions tomorrow as well. After a break from the snow later Tuesday and the start of Wednesday, snow is due back later on Wednesday. That is what the forecast is saying anyway and it sounds pretty good.

Enjoy your Sunday.


Official snow depths at Shiga Kogen resort areas (Sunday 10th January 2016):

Sun Valley






Takamagahara Mammoth


Tannenomori Okojo

Ichinose Family


Ichinose Diamond

Ichinose Yamanokami


Okushiga Kogen


Yokoteyama & Shibutoge


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!

Sunday 10th January 2016, 12:55pm
Weather conditions: Slightly cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 100cm
Warmish weather today at 5 degrees in town, 3 degrees at the base of Tenjindaira and hovering around zero up on the mountain. These temps from midday.
The morning started out clear but clouds have moved in and looks like we get snow tonight.

The forecast ahead looks promising too with daily snow from Wednesday though after the slow start to the year on Honshu I'll count those chickens when they hatch.

Still calling a base of 100cm at Tenjin though was up there yesterday and it was clearly above 110cm in the afternoon.


Weather forecast:

Tanigawa Tenjindaira 6 day snow and weather forecast
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07th Jun, 10:08am
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31st May, 13:35
Shiga Kogen Now
27th May, 9:56am
Furano Now
08th May, 8:47am
Niseko Now
07th May, 19:19pm
Myoko Now
06th May, 9:33am
Hakuba Now
06th May, 9:09
Nozawa Onsen Now
06th May, 8:46
Minakami Now
06th May, 8:16
Madarao Now
06th May, 8:13am
Zao Now
06th May, 7:59
Appi Kogen Now
06th May, 7:59am
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06th May, 7:12
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02nd Feb, 12:34am