Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 28th May 2018

Yuzawa Now!

Tuesday 10th March 2015, 7:48am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 2cm
Snow depth: 230cm
Let's get down to it...

Rain overnight here at town level turning into sleet and snow early morning.

On the ground there has been perhaps up to a few cm in places - just a dusting on my car - with Maiko Snow Resort reporting 5-10cm (presumably higher up) and Kagura also giving us the number of 20cm of fresh.

So some snow up on the mountains and hopefully that will be increasing during the day today.

Might well be borderline sleet/rain this morning (again here in town) as temperatures remain in low positive numbers, before settling into proper decent snowfall later on today and tomorrow - which looks like it should be the 'main event'.

Looks like Tashiro is closed and Kagura limited to the Mitsumata area only due to already stronger winds up there. Winds expected to get stronger as the day goes on, so expect possible disruptions there. GALA Yuzawa open from early on.

I'll leave it at that until tomorrow morning. Fingers crossed!


Official snow depths:

GALA Yuzawa:
Ishiuchi Maruyama:
Joetsu Kokusai:
Kandatsu Kogen:
Maiko Snow Resort:
330cm (upper)
220cm (lower)
NASPA Ski Garden:
Yuzawa Kogen:
290cm (Kogen)
240cm (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 '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 March (10pm until 6am)
Yuzawa Nakazato:
Saturdays until 14th March (until 8:30pm)


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

Niseko Now!

Tuesday 10th March 2015, 8:10am
Weather conditions: Horrible
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 410cm
I remember saying I was excited yesterday.

With heavy rain falling outside right now, I can't say excited is how I am feeling just now! Oh dear, it's not very nice this morning I'm afraid. To say the least. Yuck.

With the horrid rain situation this morning, I don't even think the fact that strong winds are also stopping pretty much all of the lifts from starting up will even upset that many people.

Today is most definitely one of those days to do something else!

As of 8:15am it looks like Annupuri, Grand Hirafu and Hanazono will be at a standstill come opening time. Niseko Village seem to indicate that the lower lifts might be moving. (Updated below).

Happily, this lot won't be lasting. It should be getting colder as the day goes on, and with it hopefully the rain will turn to snow. And hopefully lots of it over the next few days. Winds are going to remain strong.

So let's try not to sulk and look forward to a lovely soft and fluffy fresh deep layer of snow... (we'll need it!)


Update at 8:45am

Two lifts open - Banzai Chair at Niseko Village and Ace Family at Niseko Grand Hirafu. All others closed.


Resort specific news as of 8:10am - subject to change during the day

Niseko Grand Hirafu:
All lifts on hold except Ace Family.

Niseko Hanazono:
All lifts on hold.

Niseko Village:
All lifts on hold except Banzai Chair.

Niseko Annupuri:
All lifts on hold.


Niseko Avalanche Report

There is no report available today.


Official resort snow depths:

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 410cm
Base - 120cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 300cm
Base - 160cm

Niseko Annupuri:
Top - 370cm
Base - 160cm


Night skiing will continue until Sunday 22nd March.
Lifts open for night skiing:

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

Floodlit night operations are due to continue until Sunday 22nd March.


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

Zao Now!

Tuesday 10th March 2015, 8:10am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 3cm
Snow depth: 210cm
Got to admit, I'm a bit disappointed this morning.

After some rain yesterday, it's still not that cold this morning and there's just a few cm of snow on the ground, of the wetter variety.... just cloudy at the moment but good snowy conditions are still forecast for the next few days.

Quite strong winds as the forecast told us to expect but the resort appears to be open as planned at the start of the day. If the wind gets stronger, we can expect the chance of some stoppages. OK for now though.


Official snow depths (Tuesday 10th March 15):

Utopia: 225cm
Chuo: 210cm
Paradise: 215cm
Uwanodai: 150cm

Zao Onsen is open as planned (* 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.
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Madarao Now!

Tuesday 10th March 2015, 8:17am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 7cm
Snow depth: 250cm
Fresh snow!

Yes, some fresh on the ground this morning. My trusty ruler says 7cm; the resort reports 10cm from the slopes.

It's expected to snow for the day today and tomorrow along with potentially strong winds though all is going to be open as normal to start the day off.

I'll be out there to try out this fresh snow. Yey.

Good number to report tomorrow hopefully...


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 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   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Tuesday 10th March 2015, 8:31am
Weather conditions: Cloud, limited visibility
New snowfall: 4cm
Snow depth: 160cm
Ahhh it's good to see snow falling again. And it's due to be falling for the next few days. Bring it on, lots of it please!

Not a massive amount yet so it's a mix of new on old out there this morning but if this front sets in and brings us a decent amount we should hopefully see a good new layer of fresh.

Resorts from around the valley generally reporting between 5cm and up to 20cm in places (Goryu), details as I have them added below.

It's limited visibility out there though pretty much everywhere with the mountains covered in cloud and snow coming down. Extra care needed.

See you tomorrow, hopefully with more good news.


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

Hakuba Goryu:
Reporting 20cm of new snowfall higher up; 0cm at base.
All courses planned to be open (except Adventure Course).

- Alps Daira - 320cm
- Toomi - 160cm
- Iimori - 160cm


Hakuba 47:
Reporting 5cm of new snowfall.
Tree Riding Zone is open.

- Upper - 315cm
- Lower - 145cm


Reporting 7cm of fresh snowfall on mountain.

- Usagidaira - 310cm
- Nakiyama - 160cm
- Sakka - 155cm


Hakuba Cortina:
Reporting 5cm of fresh snowfall.
Checking runs for safety at time of posting this report.

- Upper - 405cm
- Lower - 245cm


Tsugaike Kogen:
Please note that the top Tsugaike Ropeway only opens for spring season.
Top section of Gondola closed at the beginning of the day.
Uma-no-se area closed.

- Tsuga-no-mori - 385cm
- Maruyama - 180cm
- Kane-no-naru-oka - 200cm


Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field:
Reporting 5-10cm of fresh snowfall.

- Upper - 265cm
- Lower - 150cm


Hakuba Norikura Onsen:
No report in yet at time of posting.

- 240cm



- 185cm


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:
Karamatsu-Shirakaba on Saturdays in March. 6pm until 9pm.
Every day until 15th March. 4:30pm until 9:30pm.   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Tuesday 10th March 2015, 8:32am
Weather conditions: Cloud, fog
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 220cm
The good news is the resort reports 10-20cm of fresh snow on the upper slopes this morning (Yamabiko and Uenotaira).

We got rained on last night down here and overnight but it turned into snow with just a dusting down here, and borderline rain/sleet at times too. It's still snowing higher up though along with what looks like very limited visibility.

Forecast is still good for today and tomorrow with snow expected. Hopefully all over the mountain as well. Can't help feel it's not as good as the forecasts told us, but perhaps the goods will be delivered over the next 24 hours. I'll let you know.


Fresh snow to report since yesterday (reported by resort):

Yamabiko - 10cm
Uenotaira - 20cm
Hikage - 0cm
Nagasaka - 0cm
Karasawa - 0cm

Official snow depths:

Yamabiko - 410cm
Uenotaira - 360cm
Hikage - 220cm
Nagasaka - 215cm
Karasawa - 165cm


Courses open:

All courses are open except:

Jumping Course
Grand Prix
Challenge 39
Kandahar Course East
Kandahar Course West


Lifts open (subject to change):

All lifts open except:

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


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

Every Saturday until 28th March


Nozawa Onsen 6 day weather and snow forecast
Nozawa Onsen main resort data
   Read more ...

Naeba Now!

Tuesday 10th March 2015, 8:34am
Weather conditions: Cloud cover
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: 280cm
Hello everyone,

Well, we didn't get the large snowfall that was expected last night. It rained fairly heavily until about 5am this morning, then it started to snow relatively heavily and it is supposed to keep snowing throughout the week now.

Today’s temperature is around -2 degrees and we have 5cms at the base of the mountain and 10cms at the top of the mountain. (Kagura are reporting 20cm of fresh this morning).

We do have very strong winds, which is causing lift disruption higher up the mountain. Strong winds are looking like they will continue through tomorrow as well, with snow forecast all day.


Currently the Dragondola is closed along with the Tashiro area of Kagura. The Mitsumata area is also limited this morning due to the strong winds.
Here in Naeba that Takenokoyama lift is still closed and the Number 2 Gondola might have to have a late start too due to the conditions.


Official snow depths:

Naeba: 280cm
Kagura: 370cm


New snowfall:

5cm Naeba
20cm Kagura



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 ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Tuesday 10th March 2015, 8:58am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 10cm
Snow depth: 250cm
Morning from Shiga Kogen where we have a bit of snow to report, about 10cm or so in places. Not bad, but we want more.

After some wet sleet like snow last night, it is good to see some new snowfall and more is expected with things getting progressively colder and more winter like during the day today. Strong winds will also be a feature of the day we are being told.

Indeed even now some lifts are affected by wind most noticeably over at Okushiga Kogen.


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 March 28th
   Read more ...

Minakami Now!

Tuesday 10th March 2015, 9:45am
Weather conditions: Cloudy, snowy, windy
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: 420cm
Heavy winds overnight and lots of rain which turned to snow some time around day break.

It's currently coming in quite heavily and forecast to continue through Thursday when wind levels drop and the snow lightens up.

The mountains are frozen once again up here, winds are moderate now at the base but hearing they are still strong up top and Tenjindaira may not open today.


Snow depths:

Tenjindaira: 420cm
Hodaigi: 270cm


Base: 5cm
Tenjindaira: 5cm

   Read more ...

Furano Now!

Tuesday 10th March 2015, 10:18am
Weather conditions: Cloud cover/overcast
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 190cm
The strong winds that were forecast arrived in Furano early this morning. The winds will start to reduce in intensity from now but will remain strong throughout tomorrow as well. The good news is that the early morning rain has now chnaged into moderate snowfall which will continue through Wednesday. Lift operations have been affected by the winds and at the time of this report only the Prince Romance lift is operating.

Ski race competitions are being held on the Furano Zone this week so it is a great opportunity to watch some ski racing. The following courses will be closed until March 15 for the competitions:

Spies Course
Ropeway Course
Panorama Course
Technical Course    Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Tuesday 10th March 2015, 10:30am
Weather conditions: Cloudy now, with some brief moments of sun
New snowfall: 10cm
Snow depth: 420cm
The snow has started to fall, although it's not all that heavy yet.

A bit if wind, too - but things look to get much more interesting from later today/tonight.

The snowfall may pick up as the winds really come blowing in. If it's as high as some weather sites are predicting, expect some closures of the lifts, especially the gondolas at Akakan and Suginohara, and the No. 3 at Suginohara (which, sorry, I misidentified yesterday as the Akakan No. 5 having shut down due to wind, when it was Suginohara).

There is a super-big low pressure area forming off of Hokkaido, which will bring some very strong winds across the Sea of Japan. It will be nice to have some fresh snow to ski on, but it might be a day or two until it's calm enough to enjoy it.


Akakura Kanko:
420cm, -1°

Akakura Onsen:
260cm, -1°

Ikenotaira Onsen:
250cm, 1°

Myoko Suginohara:
250cm, -5° (top)

Seki Onsen:
490cm, -3°

Myoko Ski Park:
335cm, 0°

Kyukamura RunRun:
320cm, 0°

Tangram Ski Circus:
220cm, -2°

Madarao Kogen:
250m, -2.5°


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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