Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 26th May 2019

Minakami Now!

Friday 13th April 2012, 8:56am
Weather conditions: Overcast
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Overcast in Minakami this morning. Grey clouds everywhere and a couple of spots of rain have been falling on and off. The forecast is for heavy rain tonight and that probably means up at Tenjin too. It is still good spring conditions up there with soft snow and plenty of park features.

The forecast is looking a bit grim at the moment. Rain from tonight and into Saturday. Fine on Sunday and then it is due to cloud up again on Monday. Rain from Tuesday onwards.   Read more ...

Naeba Now!

Friday 13th April 2012, 9:15am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
It hasn't been the most eventful week weather wise though probably not as warm as we were expecting it to be.

Today starts off cloudy and mild, with clearer conditions likely later on.

While Kagura keeps on being pretty much fully open every day, tomorrow sees Naeba re-open for the weekend. Naeba plans to have the No2 Gondola, No5 quad and Takenokodaira pair lift moving and the following courses open - Takenokodaira, Daishamen, Downhill, No4 quad course, Wakuwaku course and No5 course.

Unfortunately, it's looking like tomorrow is going to bring some rain with it down at base anyway - with a chance of snow higher up on the mountain both at Naeba and Kagura.

Sunday should be clearer with the sun out and so that would be the pick of the weekend. Have fun!


We will update this Naeba Now report before each weekend right through until the season at Kagura, and in the meantime we will be keeping the Yuzawa Now! reports going on a daily basis right through until the last ski lift stops moving.

If you don't already know, the Yuzawa Now! page can be found here:
Yuzawa Now - updated daily until late May


Resort Operations, 13th April (subject to change)
Naeba re-opens on April 14th/15th and April 21st/22nd.
Open as normal.
Official snow depths
360cm   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Friday 13th April 2012, 9:34am
Weather conditions: Cloud, sleet, light snow
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
The clouds have been with us overnight in Niseko and still with us with a touch of sleet with even some snow falling on the mountain - no personal confirmation on that, but Grand Hirafu are reporting light snow falling up top this morning and it is definitely colder than it was yesterday morning. There's less of a wind as well, though visibility will be worse up there.

According to the local forecast the current conditions should clear up pretty quickly followed by that run of clear and sunny days we have been expecting. Should be sunny conditions for the weekend.

The lifts at both Hirafu and Annupuri are open as planned this morning, as noted below.

The Hirafu Gondola will be open for the weekend as well as the current lifts.


Current lift operations (13th April 2012):

Grand Hirafu & Hanazono:
Ace Quad Lift No2
King Hooded Triple Lift #3
King Lift #4
The Hirafu Gondola will operate on 14th, 15th, 21st, 22nd, 28th, 29th, 30th April, and also from 3rd May until 6th May.

Annupuri Gondola
Jumbo No1 quad
Jumbo No4 pair


Grand Hirafu and Annupuri both plan to be open until 6th May.
The Hanazono and Niseko Village areas are now closed.
Niseko Village plans to re-open for the Golden Week holiday period from Sunday 29th April until Sunday 6th May.


Official snow depths:

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 395cm
Bottom - 150cm

Top - 420cm
Bottom - 160cm   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Friday 13th April 2012, 9:45am
Weather conditions: Mostly clear and fine, some cloud
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Yesterday was a fine day weather wise, with some wispy thin cloud starting to develop in the afternoon.

This morning there is just a bit of cloud hanging around and a hazy kind of start to the day. The sun is shining down though in places and so generally it's another bright and cheerful one.

So tomorrow it's another weekend but I have to report that it's likely that it is going to be a wet one with rain forecast for the day. But, we might see it snowing higher up on the mountains, so fingers crossed for that. Whether that happens and if it can make up for conditions lower down, we'll just have to see...

Things look much better for Sunday when we can expect more sunny conditions.

Official snow depths and operations @ Friday 13th April 2012 AM:

Hakuba Goryu:
Gondola and Alps daira No1 and No3 lifts operating. The Toomi lifts are now closed but you can still ski down the courses. The Toomi Ski Four lift plans to re-open for Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th April.
Official snow depths:
Alps daira - 250cm;
Toomi - 105cm

Hakuba 47:
Top to bottom skiable. All lifts apart from Line D operating.
Official snow depth:
Upper - 220cm
Lower - 130m

Top to bottom skiable (via Riesen course to Gondola base station).
Lifts normally operating daily for spring are:
Grat quad
Alpen quad
Panorama pair
Skyline No2 pair
Kurobishi No2 quad.
Other lifts:
Nakiyama No3 pair, Riesen quad and Kokusai No3 pair lifts plan to open on 14th and 15th April.
Usagidaira pair plans to be open on 14th and 15th April and then from 28th April until 6th May.
Kurobishi No3 pair lift plans to be open on 21st and 22nd April and also from 28th April until 6th May.
Official snow depth:
Usagidaira - 200cm;
Sakka - 60cm;
Nakiyama - 60cm.

Tsugaike Kogen:
Top to bottom skiable. Planned lifts operating are Ropeway, Gondola, Tsuga No2 pair lift and the Hannoki pair.
Official snow depth:
Upper slopes - 300cm
Lower - 120cm


Planned ski resort closings in Hakuba and Otari, all subject to change:

Hakuba Goryu:
Upper area hopefully open until 6th May. (Toomi Sky Four lift will re-open 14th/15th April).

Hakuba 47:
47 plants to be open until 6th May.

Upper slopes plan to be open until 6th May.

Tsugaike Kogen:
Plans to be open until Golden Week

The Hakuba Cortina, Norikura, Iwatake, Sanosaka and Minekata resorts are all now closed for the season.   Read more ...

Furano Now!

Friday 13th April 2012, 9:55am
Weather conditions: Overcast
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Overnight Furano was buffeted by strong winds and rain. The winds have all but gone now, but there is still some light rain falling. Temperatures while still above zero, are much cooler than what we have experienced over the last couple of days. Just a couple of very warm days have reduced snowbanks at the side of the road by about half a metre. Snow conditons on the mountain are typical soft spring conditions.   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Friday 13th April 2012, 9:57am
Weather conditions: Fine, some cloud
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
After the fine weather of yesterday, there's a bit more cloud over Nozawa this morning, though there is still some blue sky on show and the sun out.

It's looking like we might get to see some fresh snowfall up top tomorrow, but it will most likely be raining lower down and in the village for most of the day. For those of you planning one day out this weekend, I might suggest Sunday as the better of the two as it does look like it should be back to clearer and sunnier skies for that day. Would be great to see some fresh snow up top though, lets hope it happens.

From today until Sunday, up in the Yamabiko area, there will be some 2013 new model ski and snowboard try-outs, and anyone at the resort can turn up and give it a go for free. Lots of the big manufacturers are represented and so maybe well worth a look.

Current Official Snow Depths Numbers:



* Readings by the resort from lower slopes now seem to have finished - though there's still plenty.


Current Lift operations (scheduled):
Nagasaka Gondola
Yamabiko Four
Yamabiko Four No2
Skyline Link


Main courses open (scheduled):
Yamabiko A
Yamabiko B
Yamabiko C
Yamabiko D
Yamabiko E
Utopia courses
Yunomine A, B

The above are subject to change.   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Friday 13th April 2012, 10:05am
Weather conditions: Fine
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
And sunny it is, this morning in Zao. It's about 5 degrees in the village (close to 0C up top) and there's a fairly strong wind blowing about.

So how about the weekend? Well, the latest forecast looks something like this - chance of rain/snow tomorrow and then clearer conditions on Sunday when it should be quite warm and perhaps a temperature into double figures.

A few lifts plan to re-open for the weekend - details below.


Official snow depths (13th April 12)
Utopia - 210cm
Chuo - 215cm
Paradise - 215cm
Uwanodai - 135cm

Operating lifts (13th April 12)
Limited lifts now open - see below.


Current planned lift operations at Zao, as of 13th April - subject to change:

Uwanodai Area
Sky Cable (open all year, but closed from 7th May for maintenance)

Chuo and Paradise Area
Zao Chuo Ropeway (closed for maintenance 9th-25th April except Saturdays and Sundays)
Chuo No1 pair lift (until 6th May, but only Sat/Sun from 9th April until 27th April)
Chuo No2 pair lift (until 6th May)
Katakai triple lift (until 6th May, but only Sat/Sun from 9th April until 27th April)
Paradise No1 pair lift (until 6th May (but only Sat/Sun from 9th April until 27th April)

Yokokura and Utopia area
Zao Ropeway (open all year, closed for maintenance 7th-18th May)
Yokokura No1 pair lift until 15th April
Utopia No2 pair lift (dependent on snow but latest until 6th May)

Omori and Kurohime Area
Kurohime No1 quad (no fixed closing date, dependent on snow)   Read more ...

Yuzawa Now!

Friday 13th April 2012, 10:40am
Weather conditions: Cloud, clear in places
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
This morning started off generally cloudy and a bit dull but it has been gradually clearing up and getting brighter over the last few hours. It is still quite cloudy over the town here, but blue patches opening up over Kagura and also to the north over the Minamiuonuma area. Forecast has this continuing as the day progresses and a high temperature of around 10C.

It might be raining by the end of the day though and tomorrow the forecast for Yuzawa is rain in town but a chance of snowfall higher up. Would be great if that happened. The sun will probably be back for Sunday though.

Naeba will be re-opening for the weekend - more information on the Naeba Now report.

Sunday sees the last 'daily' open for Kandatsu Kogen resort, which after that plans to open on 21st/22nd April and then from 28th April until 6th May. For those who don't know, Sunday 6th May is the last day of the Golden Week holidays in Japan. 6th May will also be the last day for Gala Yuzawa and the Tashiro area of Kagura.

Official resort snow depths @ Friday 13th April 12, AM:
Kagura - Mitsumata:
Kagura - Tashiro:
GALA Yuzawa:
Kandatsu Kogen:


Open only on 14th/15th April:
Ludens Yuzawa

Open only on 14th/15th and 21st/22nd April:

Open until 6th May:
Kandatsu Kogen (only opening on weekends and holidays from 16th April until 6th May)

Open until 6th May:
GALA Yuzawa
Kagura (Tashiro)

Open until 27th May:
Kagura (Mitsumata)

All other ski resorts in Yuzawa and Minamiuonuma are now closed for the season.   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Friday 13th April 2012, 10:55am
Weather conditions: Blue skies, some wispy cloud
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
It is another fine morning here in Shiga Kogen - more thin and wispy looking clouds around than there were yesterday but the sun is out and lots of blue sky again. Once again, it's quite a mild morning with a pleasant breeze.

Here's some good news... there is a decent chance that we might get some snow falling in Shiga Kogen over the weekend. Lower down in the valley it will be raining but up there, good chance of snow. So let's crossing all those fingers for that - would be brilliant to have some fresh snow to play in for the weekend.

For the upcoming weekend a few resorts that have been closed this week will be getting some lifts moving once again including Yakebitaiyama, Terakoya and Ichinose Diamond. For details please see below.

** Please note that the next Shiga Kogen Now report will be posted on Monday. Have a good weekend and see you on the other side.

Areas with lifts still operating on Friday (more to open for weekend - see below):
Mammoth (one quad)
Ichinose Family (one pair and one quad)
Okushiga Kogen (two pairs)
Kumanoyu (three pairs)
Yokoteyama/Shibutoge (one triple, four pairs)

Official resort snow depths as of Friday 13th April 2012 AM:

Ichinose Family:
Okushiga Kogen:


Planned lift operations, subject to change:

Open 14/15, 21/22, 29th April - 6th May. Access to Terakoya still operating even when Higashitateyama closed.

Open 14/15, 21/22, 29th April - 6th May.

Quad open until 6th May.

Open 21st, 22nd April

Ichinose Family:
Quad until 6th May. Pairs on April 14/15, 21/22, 29th April - 6th May.

Ichinose Diamond:
Quad open April 14/15, 21/22, 29th April - 6th May.

Plan to be part open on weekends (Gondola and No2 high quad lift) and Golden Week.

Okushiga Kogen:
Gondola open 14th-16th April, 21st-23rd April, 28th April until 6th May.
No2 and No3 pairs until 6th May.
No4 pair open 14th-15th April, 21st-22nd April, 28th April until 6th May.

Some lifts open beyond 6th May (after that date the Shiga Kogen ticket not valid)

Plans to be open until late May. Beyond 6th May, the joint Shiga Kogen ticket not valid.   Read more ...

SnowJapan Daily 'Now' reports

Yuzawa Now
14th Jun, 10:19am
Naeba Now
07th Jun, 10:08am
Aizu Bandai Now
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