Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 1st April 2018

Yuzawa Now!

Tuesday 14th March 2017, 8:11am
Weather conditions: Foggy, cloud, rain
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Yuzawa.

After a day of fine, overcast/hazy and warm conditions yesterday... we're starting today with rain, unfortunately. Currently it is +3C here in town.

It looks like it's raining up to Mitsumata Ropeway with wet snow falling higher up at Kagura (and 1cm being reported). GALA Yuzawa are also reporting snow, though Yuzawa Kogen are showing rain on their report. In lower areas then, for the moment it is raining. (We're not expecting it to continue though... it should be stopping this morning).

It's a fairly foggy start to the day so limited visibility in most places.

The forecast was for snow mid week, so how's that looking? Certainly nothing major in terms of snowfall, and quite possible we'll get a bit wet again as temperatures might not be cold enough for snow. We're just going to have to take it day by day and see what happens.


Official snow depth information as of Tuesday 14th March 2017

GALA Yuzawa
Official snow depth: 360cm

Ishiuchi Maruyama
Official snow depth: 240cm

Official snow depth: 175cm

Joetsu Kokusai
Official snow depth: 250cm

Official snow depth: Kagura - 380cm; Mitsumata - 330cm; Tashiro - 350cm

Kandatsu Kogen
Official snow depth: 280cm

Maiko Snow Resort
Official snow depth: Upper - 280cm; Base - 130cm

Muikamachi Hakkaisan
Official snow depth: 320cm

Official snow depth: 250cm

NASPA Ski Garden
Official snow depth: 215cm

Yuzawa Kogen
Official snow depth: Top - 250cm; Base - 150cm

Yuzawa Park
Official snow depth: 180cm

Yuzawa Nakazato
Official snow depth: 155cm


Planned 'Nighta' operations (floodlit night skiing)

** Subject to change due to snow and weather conditions

Ishiuchi Maruyama
Daily until 19th March 2017

Daily until 20th March 2017

Joetsu Kokusai
Daily until 20th March 2017

Kandatsu Kogen
'Hobo All Night' ('Almost All Night' from 6pm-4am) is on Fridays, Saturdays and nights before holidays until 1st April 2017. Spring nighta (6pm-10pm) on Saturdays and nighta before holidays from 7th April until 22nd April

Maiko Snow Resort
Daily until 19th March 2017

Daily until 26th March 2017


Planned season closing dates

** This information is subject to change due to snow and weather conditions. We will be checking and updating these dates as more information becomes available.

Sunday 26th March:
- Muikamachi Hakkai-san

Sunday 2nd April:
- Ishiuchi Maruyama
- Yuzawa Kogen
- Yuzawa Nakazato
- Yuzawa Park

Sunday 9th April:
- Iwappara
- Joetsu Kokusai
- Maiko Snow Resort
- NASPA Ski Garden

Sunday 7th May:
- GALA Yuzawa
- Kagura (Tashiro)
- Kandatsu Kogen
- Naeba (daily until 2nd April; weekends only 3rd-28th April; daily from 29th April)

Sunday 28th May:
- Kagura area (via Mitsumata)
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Niseko Now!

Tuesday 14th March 2017, 8:32am
Weather conditions: Mostly sunny and blue skies, just a bit of cloud again
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Niseko.

After a day of fine weather yesterday... we're probably going to have more of the same today. Only a bit warmer. It's actually already above zero this morning and we can just hope that it doesn't warm up too much.

Today we are expecting these blue skies and sunshine during the morning with perhaps more cloud moving in as the day goes on.

And sunny conditions tomorrow too.

With no fresh snow to freshen things up, it might be a bit crusty out there first thing. (Good on toast, but not the best for the ski slopes).

Still, the groomers are looking all pretty and ready to be messed up this morning and I am sure it will be a fun - spring - morning.


Niseko Avalanche Report:

Mountain base : -6°, no new snow. Moiwa 800m: -7°, light winds, no new snow. Annupuri 1000m, snowpack 240cm. Hirafu 1250m, -7°, light winds, no new snow. Coastal data: Kamui Cape: ENE3m/s, 1016hPa, wave 0.4m.

Sunny weather with the current shallow barometric pressure gradient. All gates are expected to be open. There is no new snow and the snow surface as developed a crust. Take care riding in the morning it is easy to catch edge. After 11am conditions will be softer. As the temperature rises the risk of full depth avalanches increases. Around 1000m Osawa, Backbowl, full depth avalanches will run long distances down the valley floors, clearing everything in their paths. Best to avoid riding in valley bottoms. Do not enter strictly off limits areas.

20 years ago Niseko Rules were set up under the leadership of local government in response to the high number of accidents occurring in Backbowl, Osawa, Mizuno no sawa. Although they are not perfect, they have achieved the desired results, and the number of accidents have dramatically decreased since that time. Niseko respects everybody's freedom to ride out of bounds, while at the same time aiming to protect the safety of all mountain users. We request everybody's continued support of the Niseko Rules.


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

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Niseko HANAZONO Resort
Niseko Village
Niseko Annupuri
Resorts appear to be opening as planned at the start of the day.


Official resort snow depths as of Tuesday 14th March 2017:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 340cm
Base - 140cm

Niseko Village
Top - 315cm
Base - 140cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 315cm
Base - 160cm


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.

Planned closing dates
Niseko Grand Hirafu plans to be open daily until Sunday 7th May.
Niseko Hanazono plans to be open daily until Sunday 2nd April.
Niseko Village plans to be open daily until Sunday 2nd April (and then from 28th April until 7th May).
Niseko Annupuri plans to be open daily until Sunday 7th May.   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Tuesday 14th March 2017, 8:36am
Weather conditions: Cloudy and foggy, with...
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Nozawa.

The resort is reporting snow up top this morning and light snow at base. At base here, I'm going more with sleet as it's a very wet kind of 'snow' but whatever, it's actually forecast to ease off fairly quickly this morning. The early morning fog and poor visibility should hopefully improve too.

What about this snow we were forecast for mid week? Hmmm, maybe tomorrow though I wouldn't be expecting a major event. And it may well be a case of snowing on the upper parts of the mountain and not snowing below. Difficult to read, let's see.


Tuesday 14th March 2017

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

Official snow depths:
- Yamabiko: 365cm
- Uenotaira: 280cm
- Hikage: 160cm
- Nagasaka: 155cm
- Karasawa: 110cm

Lifts operations:
- All lifts operating apart from:
- Yunomine pair
- Mizunashi triple
- Challenge pair
- Utopia pair

Courses not open today are:
- Grand Prix
- Kandahar West


Nozawa Onsen plans to be open until Sunday 7th May   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Tuesday 14th March 2017, 8:46am
Weather conditions: Fog, cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --

I was over at Iwatake yesterday - very quiet it was too. Changeable weather conditions but the sun was out for a fair bit of the time as well as lots of varying clouds.

This morning there's a bit of fresh snow being reported from a few resorts on upper slopes - along with gas/fog (?) and limited visibility - whereas down below it's a bit of rain or light snow depending on where you find yourself.

Forecast do seem to predict that the weather will clear up later on today and the sun might even come out.

Still hoping for some snow sometime tomorrow and Thursday, would be nice if we could get a new fresh layer.


Resort news as of 8:45am on Tuesday 14th March 2017:

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

Hakuba 47:
Hakuba 47 is reporting 3cm of fresh snowfall.
The resort appears to be opening as planned this morning.
Official snow depth
Upper: 325cm
Base: 165cm

Hakuba Goryu:
Hakuba Goryu is reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall.
The resort appears to be opening as planned this morning.
Official snow depth
Alps: 315cm
Toomi: 165cm
Iimori: 110cm

Hakuba Happo-one:
Hakuba Happo-one is reporting 3cm of fresh snowfall (Riesen quad top).
The resort appears to be opening as planned this morning.
Official snow depth:
Usagidaira: 270cm
Kurobishi: 330cm
Lower: 140cm

Tsugaike Kogen:
The resort appears to be opening as planned this morning.
The Tsugaike Ropeway is now operating for the spring season. (Climbing notices need to be filled in, ropeway charge also applies)
Official snow depth:
Tsuga-no-mori: 365cm
Han-no-ki: 355cm
Maruyama: 155cm
Oya-no-hara: 130cm
Kane-no-naru-oka: 140cm

Hakuba Cortina:
Hakuba Cortina is reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall.
The resort appears to be opening as planned this morning.
Official snow depth:
Top: 365cm
Base: 225cm

Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field:
Official snow depth:
Top: 240cm
Base: 120cm

Hakuba Norikura Onsen:
Official snow depth:
Top: 170cm

Official snow depth:
Top: 155cm

Hakuba Sanosaka:
Official snow depth:
Top: 120cm


Planned nighta operations - be sure to check with resorts for latest:

Hakuba Goryu:
Planned to be open daily from 6pm until 9:30pm

Tsugaike Kogen:
Planned at the Katamatsu-Shirakaba area on March 18th, 19th (6pm until 9pm)

Hakuba Cortina:
Planned to be open daily from 5pm until 8pm (until 9pm on Saturdays)

Hakuba Happo-one:
Planned to be open daily until 9pm on the Nakiyama area.    Read more ...

Zao Now!

Tuesday 14th March 2017, 9:03am
Weather conditions: Fog
New snowfall: 1cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Zao.

It's foggy this morning with poor visibility mountain-wide and including down here at base, and snow is falling too.

Interesting to see some forecasts say that we are on for heavy snow tonight. That would be great of course, so I look forward to being able to report that tomorrow!


Lift info:

Closed for the season:
- Paradise Number 3 pair
- Diamond Number 1 pair
- Karamatsu pair

Course info:
Closed for the season:
- Kotan


Official snow depths (as published by the resort itself):
Summit - 150cm
Paradise - 220cm
Chuo - 220cm
Utopia - 180cm
Uwanodai - 130cm
Yokokura - 120cm   Read more ...

Madarao Now!

Tuesday 14th March 2017, 9:05am
Weather conditions: Fog
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Hello from Madarao.

Light snow and fog is pretty much the headline for the morning I would say. Limited visibility out there, not much to see at all!

Things are forecast to change by this afternoon though with clearer conditions expected.

That snow that was on the forecast for mid-week has dried up to just a bit sometime tomorrow by the looks of things. Fingers crossed for a fairly nice layer of fresh.

In the meantime, be sure you know your way around this morning and take care if you are going out.


Madarao Kogen plans to be open until Sunday 2nd April.


Operating status for the day at Madarao Kogen (at time of report):

- Number 1 lift
- Number 2 quad lift
- Number 3A lift
- Super quad lift
- Number 11 lift
- Number 12 lift
- Number 13 lift
- Number 15 lift
- Moving walkway
- Kids Park
- Free Ride Park

- Powder Wave I
- Powder Wave II
- River Line
- Powder Theater
- Adventure Aisle
- Crystal Bowl
- Ninja
- Sawa
- Rabbit
- Kamoshika
- Bear

- Nighta at Madarao Kogen on Saturday 18th, Sunday 19th and Saturday 25th March.

Official snow depth:

- 290cm   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Tuesday 14th March 2017, 9:12am
Weather conditions: Fog, light snow
New snowfall: 2cm
Snow depth: --
Things feel a bit more 'winter' this morning.

We are engulfed in some rather foggy conditions early on with snow falling as well - just about 2cm on the top of my car at the moment.

We're still looking for snowfall tomorrow too, perhaps even a decent amount tomorrow night...


Official snow depths numbers reported by different areas of Shiga Kogen:

Please note that these numbers are the official numbers that ski resorts publish.



Ichinose Family

Ichinose Diamond




Okushiga Kogen

Sun Valley

Takamagahara Mammoth




Planned nighta operations:

Sun Valley: Saturdays until 18th March (7pm-9pm)

Ichinose Family: Every day until 25th March (6:30pm-9pm)

Ichinose Diamond: Every Saturday until 25th March and 19th March (6:30pm-9pm)

Kumanoyu: Every Saturday until 25th March, and 19th March (6:30pm-9pm)   Read more ...

Grandeco Now!

Tuesday 14th March 2017, 9:33am
Weather conditions: Cloud, snow
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Grandeco.

Snow started falling around 8am this morning so there's no new cm, but it is snowing.

The temperature is relatively high - low positive numbers - this morning and the snow condition will be soft. Lucky, it is not raining - better to have wet snow than that!

Waxed up boards highly recommended this morning.

There's snow on the forecast until tomorrow so we shall see what I can perhaps report tomorrow.


Snow Park Information:

[Dekodaira E park]
9m kicker and 9m kicker.

[Deokoboko park]
6m straight wide box, 6m down box, 6m straight rail, box, 6m straight box, box, 6m carve box, 6m arch box, deco-barrel, 3m table top and 5m table top.


Lifts operating:

Lifts Operating:

- Gondola
- Number 1 quad lift
- Number 2 quad lift
- Number 3 quad lift
- Number 4 quad lift

Courses open:

All courses now open

Official snow depth:

Road Condition to Grandeco:
Inawashiro through Goshikinuma: icy in parts
Goshukinuma through Grandeco: icy in parts
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Furano Now!

Tuesday 14th March 2017, 10:03am
Weather conditions: Bluebird
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Furano is still getting very cold overnight temperatures and this means that the snow is staying in great condition, particularly on the upper half of the mountain. It is another glorious clear day with brilliant sunshine and no wind at all. Tomorrow looks like another good day, although it will be partially cloudy. We could also get some new snow soon, with light snow predicted from Thursday evening through until Sunday.   Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Tuesday 14th March 2017, 10:36am
Weather conditions: I'm choosing fog over light rain here
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Oh, it is unpleasant out there today. I thought it was supposed to be sunny, then head toward snow later.

Instead we have a thick soup of fog, rain and the occasional snowflake coming down. The fog, we'd hope, could be coming from colder temperatures coming in. The freezing line isn't moving that far up the hill (so why have we got rain?). Oh, well, looks like there could be some good snow tomorrow, especially late in the day. Always nice this time of the year to get one more clean, white cover of snow on top of the spring gunk along the roads. The mountains are beautiful, though....


Akakura Kanko:
360cm, -1°

Akakura Onsen:
380cm, 0°

Ikenotaira Onsen:
260cm, 2°

Myoko Suginohara:
250cm, -3° (and that's up high)

Seki Onsen:
500cm, -2°

Myoko Ski Park:
290cm, 3°

Kyukamura RunRun:
300cm, 2°

Tangram Ski Circus:
230cm, 2°

Madarao Kogen:
290cm, -1°

   Read more ...

Minakami Now!

Tuesday 14th March 2017, 11:45am
Weather conditions: Overcast
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Panic stations here this morning with what looks like another warmish day, a snow pack shrinking by 10cm per day and the fresh snow expected last night didn't materialize at the base. We had some tiny, sporadic snowfalls overnight and no doubt a bit more up top but nothing noteworthy.

The forecast is now for some snow tonight though and more tomorrow evening though the expected fall tomorrow is now looking small to moderate. Going forward we have snow showers or light snow forecast right through the next 6 days so there is hope yet.

Today's photo is actually from last Sunday, Mar 11th, in the backcountry towards Mt Tanigawa.


Fresh snowfall:

0cm Tenjin
0cm Hodaigi
0cm Okutone

Temps at 8am

Official snow depth:

400cm Tenjin
250cm Hodaigi
210cm Okutone


Resorts in Minakami (forecasts available from each page):

Minakami Hodaigi
Minakami Kogen Ski Resort
Minakami Kogen Fujiwara
Norn Minakami
Okutone Snow Park
Tanigawa Tenjindaira
Tanigawa Onsen White Valley


Please note that the fresh snowfall number being reported on this report is taken from the ‘base area’ of Tenjindaira - which is just by the top station of the Ropeway at that resort. Other snowfall numbers and commentary will be mentioned within each report when available.   Read more ...

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16th Jul, 11:46pm
Grandeco Now
16th Jul, 11:27am
Niseko Now
16th Jul, 11:26am
Yuzawa Now
29th Jun, 17:50am
Furano Now
06th May, 9:04am
Hakuba Now
06th May, 9:02
Nozawa Onsen Now
06th May, 8:41
Shiga Kogen Now
06th May, 8:35
Myoko Now
06th May, 8:35am
Zao Now
06th May, 8:30am
Naeba Now
06th May, 8:28am
Minakami Now
06th May, 8:27am
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06th May, 8:04
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06th May, 8:01