Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 1st April 2018

Yuzawa Now!

Friday 13th February 2015, 7:22am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 2cm
Snow depth: 250cm
Another rather warm day yesterday with lots of sun in the morning, though becoming increasingly overcast and hazy as the day progressed.

Before I went to sleep last night I could hear some rain - how much that continued I don't know, but it is snowing lightly now and we are still expecting snow today and tomorrow at least. Hopefully it'll get going and be coming down harder than it is just now. As yet just around 2cm to report. Kagura is reporting 5cm as of 7:30am.

According to most of the forecasts, we can expect potentially heavy snow and strong winds as well at times over the next two days. So hopefully some good things to report tomorrow morning for the start of the weekend.

With Chinese New Year next week helping things along, the next week or two will probably be the peak of the season in terms of number of visitors from overseas. Lets hope the weather continues to deliver and shows them how brilliant this area is!


Official snow depths:

GALA Yuzawa:
Ishiuchi Maruyama:
Joetsu Kokusai:
Kandatsu Kogen:
Maiko Snow Resort:
360cm (upper)
270cm (lower)
NASPA Ski Garden:
Yuzawa Kogen:
360cm (Kogen)
300cm (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 23rd January, '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 February and 14th March (10pm until 6am)
NASPA Ski Garden (skiers only):
Saturdays until 29th February (until 7pm)
Yuzawa Nakazato:
Saturdays until 14th March (until 8:30pm)

Chateaux Shiozawa also have nighta but only on certain days - no fixed schedule available.
Resorts not mentioned above do not operate 'nighta' (or do not plan to have more this season).
Some resorts offer tickets that include nighta, others need a special lift ticket.


Ski and snowboard resorts in Yuzawa town
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Niseko Now!

Friday 13th February 2015, 8:31am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 2cm
Snow depth: 430cm
Hello and good morning from the Niseko area here on this Friday morning.

Just a few cm of snowfall to report to you this morning. It's cloudy and light snow has been falling - not the kind right now that is going to bring in big numbers, but it's forecast to get heavier during the day today with hopefully heavy snow overnight tonight and the snow continuing over the weekend and perhaps into early next week.

It's busy, busy here now - peak of the peak season and the Chinese New Year holidays.

All resorts look to be open as normal this morning, so another fun day ahead.


So far this month I have logged a total of 116cm as my observed snowfall. Last February for the whole month the corresponding observed number here at base was 178cm, which was if I remember correctly somewhat disappointing (even given the fact that we always want more!)

We're not halfway through the month yet so still a long way to go. Lots of regular fresh snow please!


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

Niseko Grand Hirafu:
Looks set to be open as planned this morning.

Niseko Hanazono:
Looks set to be open as planned this morning.

Niseko Village:
Looks set to be open as planned this morning.

Niseko Annupuri:
Looks set to be open as planned this morning.

Niseko Avalanche Report

Niseko base 6am: -7C, light breeze, 2cm snowfall. Moiwa 800m: light breeze, -10C, light dusts. Hirafu 1000m: W7m/s, -10C. Peak 1308m: northerly, speed n/a, -10.9C. Coastal data: Benkei cape S3m/s, Kamui cape WSW8m/s, 1005hPa, 0.8m waves.

The snowpack above Feb 7th layer is now mostly stable and the general avalanche risk is low. Peak gates 2 & 3 are scheduled to open. Listen to the ski patrol’s instruction and be prepared before stepping out of the gates. Traversing under cornices is total lack of common sense; we wonder if those who do have ever imagined the consequences and the risks they’re taking. The past avalanche accidents in Niseko have all been triggered by those nonsense traverses. Avalanches don’t happen all the time, but will do when the conditions allow. You might luckily get away, but people who follow your track may be caught in one. You are morally responsible of the results. There are so many people visiting Niseko; whether being a total beginner or experienced mountain skier, the value of one Life is equally precious. We beg you to, please, not make those awful traverse track from gate no.2 across O-sawa (Annupuri bowl) to the Western Ridge. Have a nice day.


Official resort snow depths:

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 430cm
Base - 160cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 300cm
Base - 190cm

Niseko Annupuri:
Top - 335cm
Base - 200cm


Lifts open for night skiing (planned):

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


Niseko Grand Hirafu 6 day weather and snow forecast
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Hakuba Now!

Friday 13th February 2015, 8:36am
Weather conditions: Cloud, fog
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: 170cm
About 5cm of snow on the ground and it's coming down nicely just now as I sit here writing this report. Looking like it's going to be poor visibility out on the slopes, or certainly most of them, this morning, and with moderate to heavy snowfall due to continue I think that's going to be the story today. The price we must pay for the goods!

Going to keep cold for the day too, and a real contrast with the relative warmth of yesterday which felt almost spring-like - and so did the snow in places as well. Don't want to even mention that word just yet! Luckily, we're back to winter today.

The snow and cold should continue through tomorrow maybe easing off as we get into Sunday.

Look for some decent numbers being reported tomorrow morning! Should be a good weekend. Just wrap up well and be ready for the weather.


Official snow depth numbers and operations at time of writing on Friday 13th February 2015. Subject to change during the day:

Hakuba Goryu:
Reporting 15cm of new snowfall at Alps Daira, 5cm at Toomi.
All courses planned to be open (except Adventure Course)

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


Hakuba 47:
Reporting 15-20cm of new snowfall at upper areas and 10cm at base.
Tree Riding Zone is open.

- Upper - 300cm
- Lower - 185cm


Reporting 10cm of fresh snow at Riesen.
Happo Banks The Snow Park is now open.

- Usagidaira - 320cm
- Nakiyama - 170cm
- Sakka - 190cm


Hakuba Cortina:
Reporting 5cm of fresh snowfall.
Open as planned this morning.

- Upper - 450cm
- Lower - 280cm


Tsugaike Kogen:
Uma-no-se and Forest course not open early on.
Please note that the top Tsugaike Ropeway only opens for spring season.

- Tsuga-no-mori - 365cm
- Maruyama - 190cm
- Kane-no-naru-oka - 215cm


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

- Upper - 260cm
- Lower - 155cm


Hakuba Norikura Onsen:

- 265cm


All areas now open.

- 200cm


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:
Kane-no-naru-oka on Saturdays in January; February 7th, 14th. 6pm until 8:50pm.
Karamatsu-Shirakaba on Saturdays in January; February 7th, 14th, 28th; Saturdays in March. 6pm until 9pm.
Every day until 15th March. 4:30pm until 9:30pm.   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Friday 13th February 2015, 8:55am
Weather conditions: Cloud, fog, limited visibility
New snowfall: 8cm
Snow depth: 210cm
It's back to cold this morning and some decent snowfall happening outside. Over 5cm so far and if it continues like it is now it should be piling up quite quickly. The cold and snow should take a firm grip on things today and there's a chance of stronger winds. Things seem ok for the moment in that respect.

Poor visibility this morning though.

Similar conditions are expected tomorrow as well.


Official snow depths (Friday 13th February 15):

Utopia: 230cm
Chuo: 205cm
Paradise: 210cm
Uwanodai: 155cm

Zao Onsen is fully open (* 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.


Juhyo 'Ice Monsters' Light Up night time ropeway operations

Every evening now until 28th February

Operating from 5pm until 9pm; last ropeway up at 7:50pm.
In the event of poor weather conditions, operations are sometimes cancelled.
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Madarao Now!

Friday 13th February 2015, 8:55am
Weather conditions: Cloud cover
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: 280cm
Well, not as much as I would have hoped to report this morning with just 5cm but the heavier snow is still due today and tomorrow. So come on down!

It's a colder morning and it is snowing now (after a clearer early morning), so fingers crossed I'll be able to report those deep conditions tomorrow.

The coming snowfall is forecast to ease off on Sunday, so if you prefer snow not actually falling when you're out there sliding on it, that might be the day to choose.


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 open today.

Night skiing at Madarao is every Saturday until 21st March 2015.


Madarao Kogen 6 day weather and snow forecast
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Nozawa Onsen Now!

Friday 13th February 2015, 9:01am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 1cm
Snow depth: 260cm
Not the snowfall I was hoping for overnight, but it has started and the resort is reporting up to 7cm on Uenotaira... just 1cm at Yamabiko.

It's certainly colder this morning so the signs are still on for some decent winter like conditions today and tomorrow.

We'll just have to see what nature brings and if it delivers.


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

Yamabiko - 1cm
Uenotaira - 7cm
Hikage - 0cm
Nagasaka - 0cm
Karasawa - 0cm

Official snow depths:

Yamabiko - 405cm
Uenotaira - 365cm
Hikage - 260cm
Nagasaka - 250cm
Karasawa - 210cm


Courses open:

All courses are open except:

Grand Prix course
Jumping Course
Challenge 39


Lifts open (subject to change):

All lifts operating except:

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


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

Every Saturday until 28th March


Nozawa Onsen 6 day weather and snow forecast
Nozawa Onsen main resort data
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Shiga Kogen Now!

Friday 13th February 2015, 9:10am
Weather conditions: Mostly cloudy but generally bright
New snowfall: 3cm
Snow depth: 215cm
A bit of snow overnight and a cold start to the day today.

Lots more cloud as well this morning, thin and wispy in places, and we should be breaking the pattern of fine weather during the daytime over the next few days.

Hopefully the moderate-heavy snowfall on the forecast will happen, without the winds please.

Cold conditions and snow falling lined up for the weekend.


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 February 21st

Every Saturday until March 28th

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Naeba Now!

Friday 13th February 2015, 9:16am
Weather conditions: Cloudy, glimmers of sunshine
New snowfall: 10cm
Snow depth: 270cm
Good morning from Naeba on this Friday morning.

We had a beautiful morning yesterday turning into snowfall in the afternoon, which carried through the night.

Today’s weather is currently cloudy with glimmers of sunshine, with snowflakes fluttering down as we speak.

It is around the -5 degrees mark currently at the base of the mountain with a low wind chill factor. We have a casual 10cms of fresh snow from last night.

We are forecast for it start snowing heavily as day goes on, and to continue snowing for the foreseeable future.

All lifts are open at Naeba today currently, weather permitting.

The Dragondola over to Tashiro/Kagura is open and all lifts are open at Tashiro and Kagura.


Official snow depths:

Naeba: 270cm
Kagura: 350cm


New snowfall:




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!

Friday 13th February 2015, 9:55am
Weather conditions: Cloud cover/overcast
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 180cm
There is no new snow to report overnight but in the last half hour it has started to snow moderately and this will continue through the day with the heaviest falls occuring in the evening. The winds have increased and are gusting moderately, evidenced by streams of snow being whipped off roofs in the village. Wind speed will increase further over the weekend with very strong winds predicted for Sunday evening. Information from the resort says all lifts are operating, but with the winds increasing it is possible some lift operations may be suspended. With low cloud and snowy conditions the light is quite flat right now.   Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Friday 13th February 2015, 10:29am
Weather conditions: We are socked in at the moment; dark and snowy
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: 400cm
As predicted, the snow is falling in Myoko today, and it is coming down pretty hard right now. The wind is pretty strong as well—some good gusting and blowing a few minutes ago. Could be pretty blustery high up on the hill.

There's a solid low pressure system coming in just to the north, then some high pressure further west that will probably give us some sun again early next week.

At least with snow falling the car (and the snow banks) are clean again. These mini-spring days of sun and warm and melt make everything brown.... Not ready to give up non winter yet!


Akakura Kanko:
400cm, -6°

Akakura Onsen:
290cm, -4°

Ikenotaira Onsen:
300cm, -2°

Myoko Suginohara:
260cm, -10° (top)

Seki Onsen:
530cm, -3°

Myoko Ski Park:
390cm, -2°

Kyukamura RunRun:
390cm, 0°

Tangram Ski Circus:
250cm, -3°

Madarao Kogen:
280m, -5.5° (an unusually precise figure today)


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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Minakami Now!

Friday 13th February 2015, 11:06am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 1cm
Snow depth: 395cm
Temps reached a high of 8 degrees at the base yesterday, a full thaw that saw plenty of cracks open up in the surrounding mountains. After a clear night we saw light snow this morning which has picked up strongly now with moderate wind involved.

The forecast is for this to continue with big snow to come Fri and Sat night and then taper off Sunday.


Snow depths:

Tenjindaira: 395cm
Hodaigi: 230cm


Base: 1cm
Tenjindaira: 5cm
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