Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 1st April 2018

Naeba Now!

Tuesday 13th December 2016, 7:04am
Weather conditions: Beautiful blue sky with some wispy cloud.
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Naeba everybody.

Well today is shaping up to be almost bluebird day very similar to the fantastic conditions we had yesterday.

The forecast is not looking all that positive at the moment with rain forecast all of today but then turning to snow by the early hours of tomorrow morning.

At the moment however there is no sign of rain in sight so lets hope that passes over us and just the snow decides to fall.

Conditions on piste today will be fairly firm to start off, but as we are expecting temperatures to rise a bit above freezing it should soften up a little bit later into the day.    Read more ...

Furano Now!

Tuesday 13th December 2016, 8:18am
Weather conditions: Overcast
New snowfall: 2cm
Snow depth: --
There is a moderate breeze around the base and at the top of Furano Ropeway it is fairly strong. Needless to say with a temperature of -9c and a strong wind it feels extremely chilly when exposed to the elements. There is a light trickle of snow coming down which overnight has given us another dusting of 2cm.

For the rest of the week light snow should continue to fall and the temperatures are going to stay very chilly. There is no large dump on the radar at the moment so it will be more of a light top up each night.

The following courses are expected to be open today:

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Hakuba Now!

Tuesday 13th December 2016, 8:30am
Weather conditions: Cloudy skies
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Hakuba.

It was a beautiful day yesterday with a bit of thin cloud here in places but mostly just lots of blue skies and sunshine.

This morning there's just a dusting on the ground. I see that Hakuba 47 are reporting 5cm of fresh snow but Cortina not reporting any.

It is forecast to be mild today with temperatures rising to around +6C later on this afternoon. While it has been snowing early on, we'll just have to hope that precipitation holds off rather than get rained on, but that rain is still a distinct possibility.

The forecast remains good for snowfall tonight - especially at higher elevations - and tomorrow.

Early season can be a bit of a ride, we just need to be patient for nature to do it's thing.

In the meantime it appears that resorts remain open as per yesterday.


Resort news as of 8:30am on Tuesday 13th December 2016:

All information as available and subject to change during the day due to weather and snow conditions

Hakuba 47:
Hakuba 47 is currently part open.
Gondola downloading required. Connection with Goryu not yet open.
The resort is reporting 5cm of fresh snowfall since yesterday.
Lift & course info:
The Gondola, Line A.B and Line C lifts are operating.
The following courses are open:
- Route 1 (Upper)
- Route 2
- Route 3
- Route 5
- Route 6
- Route 8 (Lower)
Official snow depth
Line C Upper: 100cm
Base: 20cm

Hakuba Goryu:
Hakuba Goryu is currently part open.
Gondola downloading required. Connection with Hakuba 47 not yet open.
The resort is reporting 5cm of fresh snowfall on the upper slopes.
Lift & course info:
The Gondola and the Alps Number 1 and 3 lifts are operating.
The following courses are open:
- Grand Prix
- Panorama
Official snow depth
Alps: 65cm
Toomi: -cm
Iimori: -cm

Hakuba Happo-one:
Hakuba Happo-one is currently part open.
Lift & course info:
The Adam Gondola, Alpen Quad, Panorama pair, Kokusai Number 3 pair and Kurobishi Number 2 quad lifts are operating.
Gondola downloading required.
The following courses are at least part open:
- Kurobishi
- Usagidaira
- Panorama
Official snow depth:
Usagidaira: 85cm
Nakiyama: -cm
Sakka: -cm

Tsugaike Kogen:
Tsugaike Kogen is currently part open.
Lift info:
The Eve Gondola and the top Han-no-ki and Tsuga Number 2 pair lifts are operating.
The following courses are at least part open:
- Han-no-ki
- Tsuga-no-mori
Official snow depth:
Tsuga-no-mori: 85cm
Han-no-ki: 85cm
Oya-no-hara: 20cm
Kane-no-naru-oka: -cm

Hakuba Cortina:
Hakuba Cortina is currently part open.
The resort is reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall.
Lift info:
The Number 2 quad lift and Number 4 pair lifts are operating.
The following courses are at least part open:
- Ikenoda
- Mt Hieda Rinkan
- Mt Hieda 1
- Itadaria
Official snow depth:
Top: 100cm
Base: 55cm


Kashimayari plans to open from Saturday 17th December.

Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field:
Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field plans to open from Friday 16th December.

Hakuba Norikura Onsen:
Hakuba Norikura Onsen plans to open from Saturday 17th December.

Hakuba Sanosaka:
Hakuba Sanosaka plans to open from Saturday 17th December.


Please note that Yanaba ski hill will not be opening for the 2016-2017 season   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Tuesday 13th December 2016, 8:32am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 2cm
Snow depth: --
Hello from Niseko base here and after that run of much colder temperatures, it is a much warmer start to the day this morning. Having said that it is still only hovering around 0 degrees as of 8am and probably won't venture much more than a few degrees into positive numbers during the day, so it's nothing to get startled about.

After clouds clearing and leaving us with a fine day yesterday with blue skies, we did actually get a limited delivery of fresh snow overnight. I measured 2cm, and as you might expect it is not as light and fluffy as we had previously, but light snow does continues to fall early on. It is expected to ease off soon.

Hopefully it will be snowing once again by the end of tomorrow and continue through the weekend.

In the meantime, pesky southerly winds might well affect higher lifts in particular today so be wary of that.

The Free Ride Park at Niseko Grand Hirafu is now open. (Well, open from 10am-4pm!)


Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6am: -4℃, mild wind and 4cm snowfall in 12 hours. Coastal data: Kamui cape ENE8m/s, 1012hPa, 0.7m waves.

A southerly storm is picking up above 800m as the next low-pressure system is approaching. Typical pre-low pressure snowfall crystals are observed below 600m elevation, however the snowfall amount is small.

Bushes and bamboos are not buried and the out of bounds areas are not suitable for riding yet. Still many hollow space lurking under the bamboo. Try to bootpack and you will sink to your chest and have a very hard time walking out. Better not carelessly drop into the valleys.

The storm is forecasted to pick up as the wind swings westerly. Beware of sudden weather changes. The light is weak and the visibility is poor. Ride carefully.

The general avalanche risk is low.

An Avalanche Institute member’s son has been caught ducking ropes in Hirafu yesterday. Both father and son are deeply reflecting on this matter and we made sure it would never happen again.

Sincere apologies to the Hirafu Ski Patrollers for the troubles caused.


Resort specific opening news at time of writing (subject to change during the day):

All four resort areas appear to be able to open as planned at the start of the day. The King Number 3 and Swinging Monkey lifts at Niseko Grand Hirafu might be affected by winds this morning.

Niseko Grand Hirafu

Lifts planned to be operating:

- Ace Family pair*
- Ace Number 2 Center Four*
- Ace Number 3 pair
- Hirafu Gondola*
- King Number 3 quad
- Holiday Number 1 pair*
- Swinging Monkey

Courses that are not yet open:

- Sennoki
- Onsenzawa
- Super
- Large
- Kogen
- Ni-kabe
- Konayuki
- Miharashi
- Dynamic

Niseko HANAZONO Resort

Lifts planned to be operating:

- Hanazono 1 quad
- Hanazono 2 quad
- Hanazono 3 quad

Courses planned to be open:

- All open apart from Hanazono Park

Niseko Village

Lifts planned to be operating:

- Niseko Gondola
- Upper Village Gondola*
- Village Express*
- Community Chair*
- Banzai Chair

Niseko Annupuri

Lifts planned to be operating:

- Jumbo Number 1 quad* (opening late this morning)
- Jumbo Number 2 pair
- Jumbo Number 3 pair
- Annupuri Gondola

Courses planned to be open:

- Utopia
- Shirakaba
- Silver
- Paradise
- Junior
- Family


Official resort snow depths as of Tuesday 13th December 2016:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 200cm
Base - 70cm

Niseko Village
Top - 80cm
Base - 60cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 70cm
Base - 60cm


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.

The lifts marked with a * above are the lifts that are planned to be operating for nighta.   Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Tuesday 13th December 2016, 8:35am
Weather conditions: The sun's coming in from the east, but it's pretty gray over Mt. Myoko
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
It's sunny and a little warmer today; looks like we might have a little rain later on and into tomorrow, before things cool down again and snow falls from Thursday. As I always advise visitors, we're always really looking at Christmas or so for things to be secure on the snow front, so we're off to a good start even if the snow isn't coming down every day.

I notice that some of the areas have started issuing snow figures, so I'll add the listing and keep adding figures as they are released.


Akakura Kanko:
Opening 16th
-, -°

Akakura Onsen:
60cm, 2°
Lifts: Yodel No. 1 Triple, Yodel No. 3 Triple, Yodel No. 4 Pair.

Ikenotaira Onsen:
-, -°
Opening 17th (and they were out grooming yesterday)

Myoko Suginohara:
-, -°
Opening 23rd

Seki Onsen:
-, -°
Opening 23rd

Myoko Ski Park:
-, -°
Opening 18th

Kyukamura RunRun:
-, -°
Opening 17th

Tangram Ski Circus:
70cm, 5°
Opening 17th

Madarao Kogen:
50m, -2°
Opening 17th
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Nozawa Onsen Now!

Tuesday 13th December 2016, 8:39am
Weather conditions: Mostly cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
It was a really fine day in the region yesterday, but this morning there's a lot more grey cloud around.

There is a bit of blue sky still on show, but most of it is covered with the clouds. And while nothing is falling from the skies at the moment, it is expected to later on. With mild conditions forecast for this afternoon in particular - rising to around 6C - we might get rained on.

The good news though is that it should be snowing up on the open areas of the resort, and should be turning into snow down here at base sometime tomorrow as well. So fingers crossed.


Tuesday 13th December 2016

Lifts that are planned to be operating:
Nagasaka Gondola (8:30am-3:30pm)
Yamabiko Four Lift (9:00am-3:30pm)
Yamabiko Number 2 Four Lift (8:55am-3:40pm)
Uenotaira Four Lift (9:00am-3:40pm)

Courses that are planned to be open
Yamabiko A course
Yamabiko B course
Yamabiko C course
Yamabiko D course
Yamabiko E course
Uenotaira course

Official snow depths
Yamabiko: 110cm
Uenotaira: 95cm
Hikage: 80cm
Nagasaka: 80cm
Karasawa: 60cm

Fresh snow reported by resort since yesterday morning
Yamabiko: 0cm
Uenotaira: 0cm
Hikage: 0cm
Nagasaka: 0cm
Karasawa: 0cm   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Tuesday 13th December 2016, 8:47am
Weather conditions: Some cloud, some clear skies
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Just a little earlier it was snowing very lightly, with the sun shining through the clouds at the same time. A magical sight (even if huge flakes of snow falling at a high pace are more magical!)

The snow has eased off now and it feels like the day might end up being calm and fine at least in the daytime, and it's rather mild too.

Snow clouds are due back by the end of the day and hopefully tomorrow I'll have fresh snow to report and it will be coming down for the day too.

Lift operations appear to be unchanged this morning, though now the Tannenomori Okojo slope is available connecting the lower parts of Ichinose Family and Takamagahara Mammoth.

More snow please!


Areas of Shiga Kogen currently open:

Ichinose Family
The Number 2 pair A and B lifts are operating with 600m of course open.

The Number 2 lifts are operating.

Okushiga Kogen
The Number 1 pair, Number 2 pair and Number 3 pair lifts are operating.

Takamagahara Mammoth
The Number 2 triple lift is operating with the lower part of the slopes open.

The Number 2 high speed lift and Number 4 pair lifts are operating with the South Course and Karamatsu Course open.

The Number 1 Sky B and Number 2 Sky pair lifts are operating.   Read more ...

Yuzawa Now!

Tuesday 13th December 2016, 8:49am
Weather conditions: Blue skies, sun, some cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Yuzawa.

After a very fine day yesterday - some cloud moving in as the day progressed - it's another fine start to the day. There's a lot of blue sky and sunshine here in Yuzawa, while there's more cloud to the north and perhaps moving in as the forecast does say precipitation. And with today set to be very mild, up to 10C later on, it will be rain if anything is falling...

In somewhat better news, tomorrow is looking to be colder though still not mid-winter cold. Hopefully cold enough for snow, and definitely snow up on the mountains so Kagura will be getting a fresh coat.

Maiko Snow Resort didn't open yesterday of course and they are clearly waiting for the next delivery of snow. So hopefully by the weekend!


Resort-specific info as of Tuesday 13th December 2016

Ski resorts that are currently open in the region:
Pretty much all of Kagura is now open. They are reporting 0cm of fresh snow overnight.
Official snow depth:
Kagura - 120cm
Mitsumata - 80cm
Tashiro - 100cm

A few of the lower slopes of Naeba are open.
Official snow depth: 60cm

Planned opening dates for other resorts in Yuzawa Town and Minamiuonuma City (by date):

Opening as soon as there is enough snow:
Joetsu Kokusai
Maiko Snow Resort

Friday 16th December:
Muica Snow Resort
Yuzawa Park

Saturday 17th December:
GALA Yuzawa
Kandatsu Kogen
Ludens Yuzawa
Muikamachi Hakkaisan
Nakazato Snow Wood
Yuzawa Kogen
Yuzawa Nakazato

Wednesday 21st December:
Ishiuchi Maruyama

Thursday 22nd December:
NASPA Ski Garden

Friday 23rd December:
Chateau Shiozawa

Saturday 24th December:
Hakkai Sanroku
Mt Granview

Wednesday 28th December:
Ishiuchi Hanaoka


'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.

Ishiuchi Maruyama
Daily from 23rd December 2016 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 from 17th December 2016 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 from 17th December 2016 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 between 29th December 2016 and 1st April 2017.
The nighta opening times on those days is from 6pm until 4am the following morning.

Maiko Snow Resort
Daily from 28th December 2016 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 from 17th December 2016 until 26th March 2017.
Nighta is from 4pm until 8:30pm.
Part of the lower area of the resort is usually open for nighta.

NASPA Ski Garden
'Thanks' (extended) opening on Saturdays in December, January and February and also on 23rd December and from 30th December until 8th January 2017.
On those days the Number 1 lift is open until 6pm.

Yuzawa Nakazato
Every Saturday from 7th January until 11th March 2017, 29th December until 3rd January, 8th January 2017.
Nighta is from 5pm until 8:30pm.
The Number 2 pair lift operates during nighta.   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Tuesday 13th December 2016, 9:16am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Greetings from Zao.

No new snow to report to you this morning and the day is starting cloudy and calm with no wind. The temperature here at base right now is just slightly below zero.

Lift and course openings remain the same as we wait for more snow.

Hopefully we'll be getting some of that by the time I write my report tomorrow morning...


Lifts that are planned to be operating today at Zao Onsen:

Zao Ropeway
Chuo Ropeway
Sky Cable
Mikaeri pair
Chuo Number 1 pair AB
Onsen Number 1 pair
Utopia Number 2 pair

   Read more ...

Grandeco Now!

Tuesday 13th December 2016, 9:38am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Grandeco.

There was no snowfall last night but the temperature remains fairly low - good for snow making!

According to the forecast, there should be some fresh snowfall tomorrow early morning.

Ski resorts that are now open in the region are just Grandeco and Minowa (one lift with a 640m course), so things are still very limited in this early season as we all wait for more snow to arrive.


Lifts operating:

- Gondola
- Number 1 quad lift
- Number 2 quad lift

Courses open:

- Center Course (2km)
- Upper part of Rainbow 3500 (1km)
- Lavender B course (1km)

Official snow depth:
- 50cm

Road condition to Grandeco:
- Goshikinuma through Grandeco, icy, slippery.   Read more ...

Minakami Now!

Tuesday 13th December 2016, 10:26am
Weather conditions: Cloudy with patches of sun
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Cloudy weather with patches of sun here this morning and very calm with no fresh snow for a change. Temp inversion in effect, cold early in the valley and measured as slightly warmer up top but looks like it could warm up from here and snow is coming off the roof. At Tenjindaira the base has settled to the tune of 10% and they're just running the top lift but hey, its early season and there is plenty of snow.

Hodaigi's site shows a base of 50cm and is set to open Saturday and Okutone will be hosting ladies day tomorrow.

Rain forecast for tonight so lets hope the weather people have it very wrong on that front.

The forecast thereafter is snow for the week, particularly at the top of the resort where its forecast to be quite cold too.

Official snow depths:

110cm Tenjin
50cm Hodaigi
50cm Okutone


Currently part open

Okutone Snow Park
Tanigawa Tenjindaira

Planned opening dates of ski resorts in Minakami

As soon as there is enough snow:
Minakami Hodaigi
Minakami Kogen Fujiwara

Saturday 17th December:
Norn Minakami

Thursday 22nd December:
Tanigawa Onsen White Valley

Friday 23rd December:
Minakami Kogen Ski Resort
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Appi Kogen Now!

Tuesday 13th December 2016, 14:01pm
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 3cm
Snow depth: --
It's currently snowing outside with a bunch more forecast this week. The winds are supposed to die down somewhat thank goodness as it's quite chilly on the mountain.

Only one lift still operating but it's fun nonetheless. The one run that is open has been groomed and is in very good shape. Let's hope the additional snowfall will mean a lot more runs opening this weekend.

We're expecting more snow and relative steady winds out of the west all week with temperatures in the -4 to -8 range. Cold but enjoyable!!


Currently planned operating lifts:

Central quad


Official snow depth:

30cm   Read more ...

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