Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 25th May 2020

Niseko Now!

Wednesday 14th April 2010, 9:31am
Weather conditions: Blizzard
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
After a miserably wet day yesterday winter has returned to Niseko with blizzard conditions out there this morning and snow right to sea level. There's been 5-10cm of new snow around the resort, possibly more up high, but the winds have been very strong and there's quite a bit of drifting. Exposed areas will be stripped bare to ice and lee slopes may actually accumulate some reasonable amounts. Currently though it's way too windy and the Ace #1 beginner lift in Hirafu is the only operational lift in the whole resort. The snow is expected to continue into the early afternoon but should clear later. The winds should abate tomorrow allowing those still here to get some turns in fresh snow.

Current Official Snow Depths:

Grand Hirafu:
Top - 300
Bottom - 120

Top - 315
Bottom - 140

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Furano Now!

Wednesday 14th April 2010, 9:34am
Weather conditions: Snowing and strong winds
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
The winds have come up again this morning. While they are not as strong a s yesterday, they are still significant. Once again the only lift operating is Prince Romance chairlift. If the winds calm down operation of Furano Ropeway will commence.

The good news is that it is snowing. Snow is forecast for tomorrow, and then Friday and Saturday should see the sun again.   Read more ...

Yuzawa Now!

Wednesday 14th April 2010, 10:05am
Weather conditions: Cloud, sun
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
There is some snow to report on the mountains around Yuzawa this morning!

Kagura is reporting 2-3cm and Gala Yuzawa is also claiming a sprinkling up there.

It wasn't looking too likely yesterday. After the fine start to the day, clouds moved in and it was raining by evening with some strong winds again.

The wind is still with us this morning, and it is colder, but the rain/snow has stopped and there is a fair amount of blue sky on show. Gala Yuzawa is openbut thewinds are affecting operations over at Kagura - with just the Mitsumata Ropeway > Kagura No1 pair lift open this morning.

Perhaps more rain/sleet/snow (higher up) tonight but things should be clearer come Friday and the weekend.

Official resort snow depths @ 14th April 10, AM:
Kagura - Tashiro:
GALA Yuzawa:

Planned closing dates at resorts in Yuzawa:

Wednesday 5th May 2010:
Gala Yuzawa
Kagura (Tashiro Area)

Sunday 23rd May 2010:
Kagura (via Mitsumata)   Read more ...

Minakami Now!

Wednesday 14th April 2010, 10:20am
Weather conditions: Light snow
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Bit of light snow falling at the moment and there was a light dusting overnight. Cars are coming down from higher up with about a centimetre of snow on them. It started raining last night and then the temperature dropped and it turned to sleet.

Temperatures are still cold today and likely to stay that way through tomorrow as well. There are some blue patches appearing in the cloud and the sun looks as if it is trying to find a way through but the forecast has us down for cloud for the rest of the day.

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Nozawa Onsen Now!

Wednesday 14th April 2010, 10:28am
Weather conditions: Cloud, sun
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Yesterday was clearer but ended up clouding over again and bringing some rain with it and fairly strong winds overnight.

It is turning into a fine morning in Nozawa with the sun out casting shadows on the mountain and more blue skies as clouds clear up... there is still a fair few around at the moment though.

There is even a chance of snow onvernight, but better warmer weather again from Friday into the weekend.

Current Official Snow Depths Numbers:



Courses currently open (as of 14th Apr):
Yamabiko B course
Yamabiko C course
Yamabiko D course
Yamabiko E course
Kokenashi A course
Kokenashi B course
Uenotaira course
Paradise course
Yunomine A
Yunomine B
Challenge course
Utopia A course
Skyline course
Rinkan course
Paradise link

Lifts currently operating (as of 14th Apr):

Nagasaka Gondola (both sections);
Yamabiko Four (quad)
Yamabiko No2 Four (quad)

The resort plans to stay open until 5th May.   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Wednesday 14th April 2010, 10:37am
Weather conditions: Cloud, light snow
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Well.... winter seems to have returned for perhaps what will be one last blast!

It is a very cold, almost mid-winter like morning in Zao - it is snowing lightly and there is a very strong wind.

The strong winds though mean that no lifts moving this morning and the resort has announced that it is closed today.

Things should calm down by tomorrow.

Chuo area:

Paradise area:

Utopia area:

Below are the lifts that remain open at the Zao Onsen resort (subject to change):

Uwanodai area:
Zao Sky Cable - open all year (closed 6th-28th May for maintenance)

Nakamori area:
Zao Chuo Ropeway - open throughout the year but closed from 12th-21st April for maintenance, except Sat/Sun.

Chuo area:
Chuo No1 pair - until 5th May
Chuo No2 pair - open only Sat/Sun/holidays until 5th May
Katakai triple - open only Sat/Sun/holidays until 5th May

Paradise Pair lift - until 5th May
Shobunuma No1 triple and No2 pair - open only Sat/Sun/holidays until 5th May

Zao Ropeway - open all year (closed 6th-18th May for maintenance)
Omori / Kurohime:
Kurohime - until conditions allow

Zao Ropeway - open all year (closed 6th-18th May)
Utopia No2 pair - until conditions allow   Read more ...

Naeba Now!

Wednesday 14th April 2010, 11:08am
Weather conditions: Cloud, sun
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --

Yes, we have seen some more snow fall on the uppper slopes of Kagura overnight. 2-3cm in fact, according to the resort. It was rain lower down the mountain.

While it has now cleared up somewhat, it is very windy and as such today only the Mitsumata Ropeway station is open (Tashiro is closed) taking people up to the Kagura No1 pair lift.

Looking forward towards the coming weekend, it looks like it should be warmer once again with some clear and sunny weathe.

We plan to post new Naeba Now weather update reports a few times a week until the end of the season at Kagura. The Yuzawa Now report will continue to be updated on a mostly daily basis - including any information on Kagura as well - so please keep an eye on that report as well for the most up-to-date information.

Official Snow Depths:


Kagura (Tashiro):

The Tashiro part of Kagura plans to be open until Wednesday 5th May.

The main Kagura area, via Mitsumata Ropeway, plans to be open through until Sunday 23rd May.   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Wednesday 14th April 2010, 11:30am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
It was raining last night even in the upper areas of Shiga Kogen and with the warm temperatures a fair bit of snow has been disappearing in the last few days.

After the warm conditions of yesterday, this morning we were back below zero and it has been a cold and cloudy morning with some fairly moderate wind.

Clearer and warmer weather is expected once again in the run up to the weekend.

Lifts moving today:

Yokoteyama - 4 lifts
Shibutoge - 1 lift
Kumanoyu - 3 lifts
Mammoth - 2 lifts
Ichinose Family - 2 lifts
Okushiga Kogen - 2 lifts

Official resort snow depths as of 14th April 10:

Ichinose Family:
Ichinose Diamond:
Okushiga Kogen:

Planned closing dates at Shiga Kogen resorts:

Higashitateyama will be open on Saturdays and then from 29th April until 5th May.
At Terakoya the quad and No1 pair will be open on Saturdays and also the 29th April until 5th May.
At the Mammoth area, the quad will be open until 5th May.
The Ichinose Family area will be open until 5th May.
Ichinose Diamond will do it's best to be open until 5th May, dependent on conditions.
At Yakebitaiyama, the No2 Gondola open again on 17th, 18th, 24th, 25th April and 29th April until 5th May. The No2 quad lift will be moving on 17th, 18th, 24th, 25th April and 29th April until 5th May.
At Okushiga Kogen, the Gondola will be open 17th-19th April and the period 24th April - 5th May. The No 2 + 3 lifts until 5th May and the No 4 lift the period 24th April - 5th May.
Kumanoyu plans to be open until at least 5th May and perhaps beyond depending on conditions. The No3 quad lift will be open on Saturdays, Sundays and the period 24th April until 5th May.
Yokoteyama plans to be open until late on in May, depending on snow conditions of course.


The above lift operation information is subject to change.   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Wednesday 14th April 2010, 15:45pm
Weather conditions: Strong winds, blue skies
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Not the weather that was forecast but strong winds today forced Gondolas to close and so there was little action with lower slopes pretty devoid of snow and lower lifts no longer operating. There's also been some strong rain since last update and the snow starts to melt off quick when it goes.

Pretty cold today but blue skies so warm inside in the sun. Forecast for cold weather again overnight with light (and by this we mean l-i-g-h-t) snow tomorrow. Possible rain Friday with the Sun coming out again Sunday. Spring is in the air though it comes late here with Sakura still nowhere near blooming.

Official resort snow depths on 14th Apr 10:

120cm (Kurobishi/Usagidaira)
Hakuba Goryu:
45cm (Toomi)
190cm (Alps daira)
Hakuba 47:
Tsugaike Kogen:
240cm (Tsuganomori)

Here is the latest info from resort areas that remain open (subject to change):

The following lifts in the Kurobishi/Usagidaira area of the resort remain operating - Gondola, Grat quad, Alpen quad, Kurobishi No2 quad, Kurobishi No3 pair, Hakuba Kokusai No3 pair AB and the Panorama pair lift. The upper slopes of Happo-one are still skiable - get there via the Gondola - and plan to be open until 5th May.

Hakuba Goryu
The Alps no daira area of Hakuba Goryu plans to be open until 9th May.
The Gondola, Alps No1 pair, Alps No3 pair lifts are currently operating.
The Toomi lifts are now closed but you can still ski or board back down to the bottom of the resort using the course.

Hakuba 47
Hakuba 47 plans to be open this season until 5th May.
All courses at Hakuba 47 remain open except the lower part of Route 7.
The following lifts at the resort are operating – Gondola, Line A pair, Line B pair, Line C quad, Line E high speed pair.

Tsugaike Kogen
The Gondola, Tsuga No2 pair lift and the Han-no-ki high speed pair lift plan to remain operating until 5th May.   Read more ...

SnowJapan Daily 'Now' reports

Shiga Kogen Now
25th May, 9:32
Geto Kogen Now
06th May, 15:13pm
Appi Kogen Now
23rd Apr, 17:30
Furano Now
22nd Apr, 10:12am
Madarao Now
20th Apr, 9:52am
Zao Now
20th Apr, 9:52am
Nozawa Onsen Now
20th Apr, 9:51am
Niseko Now
20th Apr, 9:50am
Naeba Now
20th Apr, 9:49am
Myoko Now
20th Apr, 9:48am
Minakami Now
20th Apr, 9:47am
Hakuba Now
20th Apr, 9:40am
Aizu Bandai Now
20th Apr, 9:38am
Yuzawa Now
20th Apr, 9:37am
Grandeco Now
06th Dec, 14:16am