Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 28th May 2018

Yuzawa Now!

Wednesday 11th March 2015, 7:39am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 24cm
Snow depth: 245cm
A very good morning to you all from Yuzawa.

The snow took a bit of time to get going properly yesterday but to get to the headlines... there's just under 25cm of snow on the top of my car this morning (it has been parked there since yesterday morning) and resorts are reporting around 30cm of fresh snowfall overnight.

Kagura were during the day (yesterday) reporting 20cm, so I reckon that's 50cm up there since yesterday.


It is a very welcome return to feeling like mid winter again!

Snow continues to fall and is expected for the day and tomorrow too; the snow clouds possibly even hanging around the region into Friday. This may very well be the last considerably fall of the season, so the more the better.

Not much wind this morning here at town level anyway but a chance of stronger later on. For now though, it would seem that the skijo will all be opening as planned.

It's brilliant to see the fresh snow on the ground.


Official snow depths:

GALA Yuzawa:
Ishiuchi Maruyama:
Joetsu Kokusai:
Kandatsu Kogen:
Maiko Snow Resort:
370cm (upper)
240cm (lower)
NASPA Ski Garden:
Yuzawa Kogen:
300cm (Kogen)
250cm (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 ...

Madarao Now!

Wednesday 11th March 2015, 8:03am
Weather conditions: Cloudy and snowy
New snowfall: 20cm
Snow depth: 260cm
Good morning from Madarao, where the resort were last night saying that there had been 20cm of snowfall, and this morning apparently another 20cm 'since last night'. 20+20 = 40cm right? The official site is giving us 20cm over the last 24 hours though, so I'm a bit confused there.

Whatever, it's a nice decent layer - and for the record here at base (which is the number I log anyway) it's around 20cm. Windy conditions yesterday were blowing around quite a lot.

It's cold too this morning, so it's feeling very much like we are back into winter again. Which of course is great.

The snow continues to fall and so we should be getting more to add to the haul so far.

Should be great out there this morning.


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 ...

Niseko Now!

Wednesday 11th March 2015, 8:32am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 10cm
Snow depth: 445cm
So yes it was pretty wild weather conditions yesterday in many parts of Hokkaido. The bad weather was affecting transportation as well as ski lifts. Not a nice day!

How about today then?

Well, the good news is that the rain did turn into snow during the day yesterday and this morning there is fresh snow on the ground. 10cm of it. Expect more higher up on the mountain of course - I am hearing 20-25cm from a friend who works at a resort.

Further good news is that it is still snowing rather heavily now and is forecast to continue through the day today; snowfall is likely to continue until the end of the week, perhaps today will be the heaviest. That all sounds good to me, and it should be building up nicely. Good numbers to report tomorrow I would imagine.

Less good news is that the stormy conditions are continuing...

Yesterday some of the lifts that had been stopped due to the weather gradually did seem to open mid to late morning, though just lower lifts, and even the Hirafu Gondola and Ace Number 2 Center Four lift managed to get going at 5pm.

This morning at the start of planned ski resort openings the situation is no lifts moving at Annupuri and Hanazono and lower lifts open at Niseko Grand Hirafu and Niseko Village. Details as of 8:30am in the area below. Keep an eye on the weather and with the resorts for the latest.

Winds will hopefully be less of an issue tomorrow.

Have a safe day if you plan to brave the elements!


Resort specific news as of 8:30am - subject to change during the day

Niseko Grand Hirafu:
Lower lifts open (Ace Family, Ace Number 1, Ace Numer 2 Center Four, King Number 1, Holiday Number 1, Hirafu Gondola)

Niseko Hanazono:
All lifts on hold.

Niseko Village:
Banzai and Community Chair open. Other lifts on hold.

Niseko Annupuri:
All lifts on hold.


Niseko Avalanche Report

Niseko base 6am: -3C, 20cm snowfall in 12 hours. Moiwa 800m: SE10m/s, large development of snowdrifts and difficult access to Mikaeri cat track. Annupuri 1000m snowpack 335cm. Hirafu 1000m: strong wind and heavy snowfall, large development of snowdrifts, poor visibility, -5C. Peak 1308m: -7.2C, anemometer data n/a. Benkei cape: WNW24m/s, Kamui cape WSW18m/s, 974hPa, 1.6m waves.

A developing low-pressure system is passing by generating heavy snowfall with strong gusts. Snowdrifts are developing drastically and the avalanche risk is extreme in all areas. Most gates will be closed, please don’t duck ropes to step out of bounds. All surrounding peaks are in an extremely hazardous condition; remember that many of the accidents occur during poor weather. Better not push it too far today. Hazardous conditions will persist a while after the weather ameliorates. 50cm thick slides from March 10th layer are highly likely to occur in leeward slopes above 700m altitude. Climax (ground) avalanches from 1100m areas are also to be expected. Better stay away from the valleys & bowls even after the storm settles down. This information is dedicated to prevent accidents of all ski resort users. Moiwa ski area will be closed due to the weather. Have a nice day.


Official resort snow depths:

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 445cm
Base - 140cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 300cm
Base - 160cm

Niseko Annupuri:
Top - 370cm
Base - 190cm


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
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Hakuba Now!

Wednesday 11th March 2015, 8:40am
Weather conditions: Snowy and poor visibility
New snowfall: 25cm
Snow depth: 170cm
It's a really great morning to everyone from Hakuba. Can you tell I'm happy? ;)

Yes, we are having a tremendous return to winter conditions at the moment. Don't you just love fresh snow.

Resorts reporting some good numbers this morning - up to 35cm at Hakuba Goryu and Hakuba 47, up to 40cm at Hakuba Cortina... details as we have them added below. I reckon it'll be more as sometimes it's really quite unclear as to whether that's for the 24 hours or 'since the previous evening'.

Around where I am in the village since yesterday the number I'm going to add to the report is 25cm.

With snow still falling and adding to those numbers, it's a good decent layer of snow which will transform conditions. (Also adding a level of potential danger as well - don't get too excited to lose the safety first thinking).

Love it.

Limited visibility though out there, and the weather conditions might affect some higher lifts this morning - see below for any info currently available.


Official snow depth numbers and operations at time of writing on Wednesday 11th March 2015. Subject to change during the day:

Hakuba Goryu:
Reporting 35cm of new snowfall at Alps Daira; 20cm on lower areas.
Top area affected by weather conditions at the start of the day.

- Alps Daira - 335cm
- Toomi - 170cm
- Iimori - 170cm


Hakuba 47:
Reporting 30-35cm of new snowfall on upper areas, 15-20cm at base.

- Upper - 335cm
- Lower - 165cm


Reporting 15cm of fresh snowfall on mountain.
Upper lifts on hold due to snow removing, hopefully will open soon.

- Usagidaira - 310cm
- Nakiyama - 170cm
- Sakka - 155cm


Hakuba Cortina:
Reporting up to 40cm of snow up top as of last night.
This morning reporting 20-40cm of fresh snowfall higher up (same or new?) and 20-30cm at base.
Ikenota Forest, Itadaira Ridge, Itadaira Forest, Giant course areas closed.

- 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 along with other upper lifts.
Uma-no-se and Forest course area closed.

- Tsuga-no-mori - 425cm
- Maruyama - 210cm
- Kane-no-naru-oka - 200cm


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

- Upper - 270cm
- Lower - 155cm


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

- 240cm



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

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Wednesday 11th March 2015, 8:54am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 20cm
Snow depth: 240cm

This is more like it.

Snow and some more snow on the mountain. Uenotaira since yesterday morning apparently signed off on a delivery of 48cm of fresh snowfall with nearly 40cm on Yamabiko and a healthly 20cm chunk lower down. And it continues to snow and forecast to the day, perhaps easing off by tomorrow though possibly snow showers through until early weekend.

These sudden March snowfalls are always fun. With time running out on winter, we can just hope for as much as possible over the next few days.

Quite a few people heading up to the upper slopes I see early on this morning and I can't blame them. I'll be going up there myself soon to see what it's like up there.

Pretty good I should imagine!


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

Yamabiko - 37cm
Uenotaira - 48cm
Hikage - 20cm
Nagasaka - 24cm
Karasawa - 20cm

Official snow depths:

Yamabiko - 410cm
Uenotaira - 390cm
Hikage - 240cm
Nagasaka - 230cm
Karasawa - 190cm


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

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Zao Now!

Wednesday 11th March 2015, 9:01am
Weather conditions: Cloud, fog
New snowfall: 25cm
Snow depth: 220cm
Welcome back winter! We really like you, so stick around please.

Over 20cm of snowfall outside this morning, and a cold morning it is too. Proper winter conditions with snow still falling. March sure can be unpredictable, but we love it when it throws up conditions like these.

Well apart from strong wind that affects lifts and it looks like many are indeed affected. In fact it seems only a limited area is open this morning mostly on the left side of the mountain around Sky Cable.

You might notice the snow depth number for Utopia has jumped 35cm this morning, whether there actually is that much new snow up there I can't confirm but it sounds reasonable. Might have to go check once the lifts open...


Official snow depths (Wednesday 11th March 15):

Utopia: 260cm
Chuo: 220cm
Paradise: 215cm
Uwanodai: 160cm

Zao Onsen is generally open as planned (* note that the Karamatsu pair lift is closed on weekdays).
Many lifts affected by strong wind this morning.


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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Naeba Now!

Wednesday 11th March 2015, 9:07am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 10cm
Snow depth: 280cm
It's March and we are still getting decent dumps of snow!

We got between 10-15cms of snow last night and the temperature is around -5 degrees. Wind conditions are similar to yesterday’s staying strong throughout the day causing problems with many of the lifts.

The snow and winds are looking like they will slow up later this evening. Tomorrow’s weather will be more calm with sunny intervals, before we are forecast to get more snow before the weekend.

Prince Number 2 Gondola is moving but the Dragondola over to Tashiro/Kagura is closed due to strong winds.


Official snow depths:

Naeba: 280cm
Kagura: 370cm


New snowfall:

10-15cm Naeba
30+cm 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 ...

Furano Now!

Wednesday 11th March 2015, 9:17am
Weather conditions: Cloud cover/overcast
New snowfall: 10cm
Snow depth: 190cm
The windy conditions persist and it is still gusting strongly around the base area. The only operating lift at the moment is the Prince Romance lift, with other lifts on hold due to the wind. There has been 10cm of new snow overnight and it is reasonably light compared to yesterdays wet snowfall. The snow will continue through until Saturday evening with the heaviest falls today. Fingers crosses that the winds drop and lifts open so that we can access some of that new snow.   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Wednesday 11th March 2015, 9:22am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 25cm
Snow depth: 260cm
Anyone for some powder?

Very un-mid-March like quality snow to behold this morning. And over 20cm of it too, hearing up to 30cm in places. It's cold as well.

Can't really ask for much more than that.

Some strong winds overnight but this morning it's less stormy like with snow still falling but less wind now. Snow is forecast for today and then maybe some more before the weekend as well.

Should be fantastic out this morning.


Resort areas status with official snow depths:

Okushiga Kogen:
(note: skiers only resort area)


Ichinose Family

Ichinose Yamanokami:

Ichinose Diamond:

Takamagahara Mammoth:





Happo Bundaraia:

Sun Valley:



(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
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Minakami Now!

Wednesday 11th March 2015, 13:02pm
Weather conditions: Cloudy and snowy
New snowfall: 35cm
Snow depth: 450cm
Plenty of snow overnight with a solid 30cm accumulated at the base and over 50cm in the drifts.

Tenjin was closed yesterday though today sees the gondola running along with the Toge and middle lift. With any luck the cat track will open tomorrow as the amount of snow falling appears to be slowing.

Winds, which were strong again overnight, have also settled down and with temperatures forecast to remain below freezing right throughout the weekend, the riding looks very promising. Saw photos of Hodaigi yesterday and conditions look excellent there too.

Worth packing a snorkel and calling in sick or at the least getting up here for the weekend!


Snow depths:

Tenjindaira: 450cm
Hodaigi: 270cm


Base: 35cm
Tenjindaira: 45cm

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Myoko Now!

Wednesday 11th March 2015, 13:22pm
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 20cm
Snow depth: 460cm
The snow has continued to fall, but not really in the "heavy snow" class - well, it is pretty heavy, in that it's full of water—pretty heavy pow today!

Probably another 20cm on top of yesterday's 20. One nice thing was that we didn't see the high winds that areas closer to the ocean and Hokkaido had yesterday (maybe Mt. Myoko shielded us to the west).

Nice light snow continues, though, and it is nice to have things white and clean again!


Akakura Kanko:
460cm, -8° (top?)

Akakura Onsen:
280cm, -5°

Ikenotaira Onsen:
250cm, -3°

Myoko Suginohara:
300cm, -10° (top)

Seki Onsen:
520cm, -5°

Myoko Ski Park:
390cm, -3°

Kyukamura RunRun:
350cm, -3°

Tangram Ski Circus:
230cm, -2°

Madarao Kogen:
270m, -7°


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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