Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 26th May 2019

Myoko Now!

Saturday 11th February 2017, 7:46am
Weather conditions: Gray and snow
New snowfall: 31cm
Snow depth: --
We got snow throughout the day yesterday: it can be hard to find a really good total figure when wind is blowing, and some things get cleared and some don't - and you end up spending six hours doing shoveling around several locations. Ah, the other excitements of living in Snow Country (yes, I read the fine print in the contract before I signed on).

Looks like snow throughout the day; the Niigata prefectural website gives a very good prediction on its site and says 20cm. Other TV weather reports were mentioning the possibility of high winds in the region, although things are peaceful at the moment.

Even had a moment of sun there earlier, although it's turning pretty gray out there now.


Akakura Kanko:
340cm, -8°

Akakura Onsen:
340cm, -6°

Ikenotaira Onsen:
280cm, -3° (no new report yet)

Myoko Suginohara:
270cm, -12°

Seki Onsen:
490cm, -7° (no new report yet)

Myoko Ski Park:
300cm, -2° (no new report yet)

Kyukamura RunRun:
320cm, -5°

Tangram Ski Circus:
260cm, -6°

Madarao Kogen:
290cm, -5°

   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Saturday 11th February 2017, 8:24am
Weather conditions: Cloudy skies, snow forecast
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Morning everyone.

It's an overcast kind of start to the day though very light snow just about seems to be starting to fall - and snow is forecast for today and into tomorrow morning. It doesn't look like it will be anything major but let us cross our fingers and hope.

I have observed and recorded just 7cm of fresh snow here over the last eight days. Oh dear, after that nice start to the month that is... well, I'll let you insert your word. I know that perhaps one of two of you reading this don't choose Niseko to ski and board on groomers, but they are at least looking in good shape this morning. (Go on, give them a try!) ;)

Otherwise we really could do with a mountain-wide reset.

Let's see what tonight brings.

Have a fun Saturday, wherever you may be.


Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6am: no snowfall. Moiwa 800m: -7℃, no snowfall, N8m/s wind. Annupuri 1150m: -9℃, N13m/s, no snowfall and good visibility. Hirafu 1250m: -10℃, N5m/s, no snowfall. Sea of Japan Kamui cape: ENE2m/s, 1002hPa, 1.6m waves.

The little low-pressure present over the sea of Japan is flattening the pressure gradient. No snow-clouds are forming and no snow is falling. A moderate northerly wind is blowing at high elevation and the visibility is bad in western side above 1000m. The general avalanche risk is low. Peak gates will open from the morning. The out of bounds area is tracked out, ride carefully.

Do not duck ropes to step out of bounds. Enter strictly off-limits areas and you’ll be refused from any of the ski resort facilities.

This information is drafted based on observations and impact tests with a snow cat at Mikaeri sawa area at 5am, Japan Meteorological Agency’s data, Japan Coast Guard weather data and other relevant data. It is made for accidents prevention in the out of bounds areas and the hazard level is evaluated based on various elements such as snowfall transition and development of snowdrifts.

Today’s surface will remain as a notable hoar layer in the future snowpack.

The groomers condition is wonderful this morning.


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 Saturday 11th 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 ...

Yuzawa Now!

Saturday 11th February 2017, 8:32am
Weather conditions: Cloud, light snow, some blue sky - mixed conditions early on
New snowfall: 6cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Yuzawa.

Yesterday it was a mixed bunch of weather conditions in the area - light snow, cloudy, some blue sky, bit of sunshine. It couldn't make up it's mind. The snow didn't amount to much in the end, though snow clouds moved in overnight. As of 8:30am, there's 5cm to report here in town and this is how much fresh snowfall that resorts are reporting:

Kagura: 20cm
Kagura (Mitsumata): 15cm
Tashiro: 10cm
Maiko Snow Resort: dusting (7:15am)

Just this last hour or so has been mixed conditions as well actually and right now there's even a bit of blue sky over parts of Yuzawa...

The forecast though is for snowfall, with heavier conditions likely later on in the day and tonight with light snow forecast for the day tomorrow too. A good decent fresh layer is always welcome so let's hope we get that overnight.

All resorts in the area appear to be opening as planned this morning.


Official snow depth information as of Saturday 11th February 2017

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

GALA Yuzawa
Official snow depth: 360cm

Ishiuchi Maruyama
Official snow depth: 280cm

Official snow depth: 220cm

Joetsu Kokusai
Official snow depth: 280cm

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

Kandatsu Kogen
Official snow depth: 300cm

Maiko Snow Resort
Official snow depth:
Upper - 300cm
Base - 150cm

Muikamachi Hakkaisan
Official snow depth: 350cm

Official snow depth: 280cm

NASPA Ski Garden
Official snow depth: 260cm

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 ...

Madarao Now!

Saturday 11th February 2017, 8:35am
Weather conditions: Cloudy skies
New snowfall: 7cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Madarao.

Not a huge amount of fresh to report this morning after a day of rather mixed weather conditions yesterday.

The resort is reporting 5cm and I have just a bit more than that measured to report.

It's good and cold this morning and light snow is falling at the moment. Conditions should be good out there. Sadly once I post this I have to make my way to Nagano city. Not that I don't like Nagano city, of course. ;)

Anyway, we are expecting heavier snowfall later on today and tonight with things easing off once again as we get into tomorrow. That's what the forecast says anyway and that should be followed by a run of days with clearer skies expected. As long as it keeps cold, that sounds fine with me - let's get a good thick new layer tonight first shall we?

Have fun today. Tomorrow should be great.


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

- Number 1 lift
- Number 2 quad lift
- Number 3A lift
- Number 5 lift
- Super quad lift
- Number 11 lift
- Number 12 lift
- Number 13 lift
- Number 15 lift
- Moving walkway
- Kids Park
- Free Ride Park
- Snow Mobile Land

- 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:

- 290cm   Read more ...

Grandeco Now!

Saturday 11th February 2017, 8:44am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 20cm
Snow depth: --
Good Morning!

It is snowing heavy this morning here at Grandeco. With 20cm of new snow fall last night, the conditions are fresh across the resort. Today the trails are powder and packed powder. With a base of just under 3m, Grandeco is now 100% operational. The 3rd and 4th Lift should be especially good today for those who like deeper-snow skiing and boarding.

Also for people looking to climb Mt. Nishidaiten, please be sure to fill in the mountain climbing sheet located by the inforamtion desk next to the ticket counter. Take the gondola and the lift 3 or 4 to hike up. It takes about an hour and a half from the top of either lift to reach Mt. Nishidaiten peak on foot. Snowshoes or skinned skies are highly recommended for the hike up.


The Fukushima Local Government is hold a campaign for overseas visitors.


A. People who were born between 1993-1998, foreign passport holders can get a free lift pass during 1 December 2016 - 31 March 2017.
B. Australian passport holders of all ages can get a one day lift ticket for 2,000 yen per person during 1 Dec. 2016 - 31 Mar. 2017.

If you are eligible and want to take advantage of this, please show your passport when you buy a ticket at Grandeco or any of the other 22 ski areas, located throughout Fukushima.


Snow Park Information:

Waves, bank, 7m kicker, 8m kicker

4m straight rail, 5m straight rail, drum can, 6m straight box, 8m straight rail, 3m kicker, 5m table top. *Newly added to the park is a large 3.5m high x 8m long J-Curve Snowbank, as well as three volcano jumps. The Snow Park Team has built a second park on the lower part of Lavender 3500 with a 7m and 8m kicker. New items coming soon.


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 ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Saturday 11th February 2017, 8:46am
Weather conditions: Snow clouds
New snowfall: 9cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Nozawa.

It is cold and light snow is falling this morning.

Heavier snow is forecast for later on this afternoon and tonight and I predict some very nice fresh snow numbers in my report tomorrow.


All lifts moving. All good. That's about it really, it should be a fine weekend.

And I hope you can come and enjoy it.


Saturday 11th February 2017

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

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

Lifts operations:
- All lifts operating

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

Hakuba Now!

Saturday 11th February 2017, 8:48am
Weather conditions: Snow clouds
New snowfall: 18cm
Snow depth: --
Hello, and it's another snowy morning in Hakuba.

Going back to yesterday, in the afternoon we enjoyed a sometimes dramatic mix of cloud, blue skies and sunshine - beautiful views for some folk, all depending on where you were at the time! I was over at Hakuba Iwatake and the low cloud with blue skies above it made for some stunning scenery mid-afternoon.

Anyway, on to today and here's the headlines from around the resorts. This is how much fresh snowfall they are reporting this morning:

Hakuba 47: 20cm
Hakuba Happo-one: 15cm
Hakuba Goryu: 10cm
Hakuba Cortina: 10cm

I am measuring 18cm since my report yesterday morning up until the time I am posting this.

So a decent new layer out there, snow falling now and also forecast for the day today and tomorrow. Perhaps heavy snowfall tonight. Sounds good, right?

If you like sunshine, looks like there might be a few days to enjoy that this coming week. Fingers crossed temperatures remain low.

Anyway should be a good weekend. Get wrapped up well and I might meet a few of you out there on the lifts.


Resort news as of 8:45am on Saturday 11th 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 20cm of fresh snowfall this morning (and 10cm during the day yesterday).
The resort appears to be opening as planned this morning.
Official snow depth
Upper: 295cm
Base: 155cm

Hakuba Goryu:
Hakuba Goryu is reporting 10cm of fresh snowfall.
The resort appears to be opening as planned this morning.
Official snow depth
Alps: 340cm
Toomi: 180cm
Iimori: 140cm

Hakuba Happo-one:
Hakuba Happo-one is reporting 15cm of fresh snowfall (Riesen quad top).
The resort appears to be opening as planned this morning.
Official snow depth:
Usagidaira: 245cm
Kurobishi: 270cm
Lower: 155cm

Tsugaike Kogen:
The resort appears to be opening as planned this morning.
Official snow depth:
Tsuga-no-mori: 340cm
Han-no-ki: 340cm
Maruyama: 185cm
Oya-no-hara: 170cm
Kane-no-naru-oka: 165cm

Hakuba Cortina:
The resort is reporting 10cm of fresh snowfall.
Official snow depth:
Top: 360cm
Base: 235cm

Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field:
Official snow depth:
Top: 200cm
Base: 120cm

Hakuba Norikura Onsen:
Official snow depth:
Top: 240cm

Official snow depth:
Top: 210cm

Hakuba Sanosaka:
Official snow depth:
Top: 135cm


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 ...

Appi Kogen Now!

Saturday 11th February 2017, 8:51am
Weather conditions: Cloudy skies
New snowfall: 10cm
Snow depth: --
Appi Saturday,

Some high clouds today with a fairly brisk -6 outside my door. We are expecting some snow today but not much at all.

The snow that was forecast for the last two days seemed to have other plans and decided to visit somewhere else instead. The whole weekend will be cloudy with chances of snow showers and perhaps an increase in temperature on Sunday. Overall not a bad weekend but the snow would certainly have helped somewhat.

All runs but one are open and expect the morning groomers to get a good workout. If you’re not at the summit before 9am then it’s going to be too late. They’ll be well worn in by mid morning.

Enjoy the first day of the weekend.


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 ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Saturday 11th February 2017, 9:05am
Weather conditions: It's still snowing!
New snowfall: 14cm
Snow depth: --
Things cleared up a bit last night but this morning the snow is back.

It's snowing and it's cold and the conditions for those braving the weather should be great.

And guess what - we're expecting snow today and possibly heavy snow tonight. My oh my. :)

Things look set to settle down as we enter next week with more clearer and sunny weather forecast than fresh snow. I know what I'll be doing every day!

Have a great weekend. Get here if you can!


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

Please note that these numbers are the official numbers that ski resorts publish.
Also that they often 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 ...

Zao Now!

Saturday 11th February 2017, 9:26am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 3cm
Snow depth: --
A colder morning this morning and snow falling from the skies.

Snow is forecast for today and tomorrow, perhaps easing off during the day tomorrow.

Looks like we are on for a busy weekend in Zao.


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

Paradise Number 3 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 ...

Furano Now!

Saturday 11th February 2017, 11:04am
Weather conditions: Clear
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
The day started off very cold with low valley cloud settling on the lower half of the mountain. From above halfway temperatures were noticeably warmer, and being above the cloud below meant there was blue sky and sunshine. From 10am the cloud lifted completely to leave a great day with clear sky and plenty of sunshine from the top to the base of the resort...but still fairly cold. The pistes are firm powder, but not icy, but we will definitely appreciate any fresh snow that comes our way.    Read more ...

Minakami Now!

Saturday 11th February 2017, 13:02pm
Weather conditions: Significant cloud cover but generally sunny
New snowfall: 25cm
Snow depth: --
The wind closure yesterday at Tenjin has given way to beautiful conditions here today with plenty of fresh snow, clear skies and light winds.

The weather looks to be heading our way this afternoon or tonight though and its shaping up to be a lot of snow.

Just hope the winds don't come in too aggressively.

If the forecast delivers weekend warriors might be better served at Hodaigi and Okutone tomorrow though who knows till the morning.


Fresh snowfall:

25cm Tenjin
5cm Hodaigi
5cm Okutone

Temps at 8am

Official snow depth:

385cm 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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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
Geto Kogen Now
06th May, 7:12
Grandeco Now
02nd Feb, 12:34am