Snow and weather reports posted on Tuesday 20th November 2018

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Wednesday 14th March 2018, 6:42am
Weather conditions: Clear
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Nozawa.

And there really isn't much to report to you this morning... as expected, it is going to be a warm and sunny day again. Temps will be rising to the low teens C this afternoon.

And tomorrow should be a similar story too.

I don't want to believe that we won't see much (or even any?!) fresh snow again this season, though with these conditions we're having to come round to the possibility. (There, that was a dare! Part of a cunning plan!)


Wednesday 14th March 2018

Fresh snowfall since yesterday (as reported by the resort):

- Yamabiko (1407m): 0cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 0cm
- Hikage (660m): 0cm
- Nagasaka (615m): 0cm
- Karasawa (563m): 0cm

Official snow depth numbers:

- Yamabiko (1407m): 280cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 200cm
- Hikage (660m): 145cm
- Nagasaka (615m): 135cm
- Karasawa (563m): 90cm

Lifts operations:

- All lifts should be open as planned this morning
- The Yunomine pair, Mizunashi triple, Challenge pair and Utopia pair lifts usually rested on weekdays.

The following courses either closed (or not fully available):

- Grand Prix
- Hachiman
- Kandahar   Read more ...

Yuzawa Now!

Wednesday 14th March 2018, 7:00am
Weather conditions: Clear and sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --

Clear skies, sunshine and warmth here again from early on today, and similar weather conditions are due to continue tomorrow.

Just 11cm of snow observed here in town since we entered March - the lowest since we started our 'same conditions' records in 2012. Would be interesting to go back and read our reports beyond that date to see how other seasons were before that.

A real lack of fresh snow this March, but it is really beautiful weather to be outside. (Having said that, hay fever sufferers might need to be watching out come the weekend).


Images today from GALA Yuzawa, NASPA Ski Garden and Ishiuchi Maruyama


Updated: Wednesday 14th March February 2018

Ski resorts in Yuzawa:

Checked and updated every morning. Note that some ski resorts may not have updated their own info at the time this report is published.

GALA Yuzawa
- 260cm

- 145cm

- Kagura area: 320cm
- Mitsumata area: 220cm
- Tashiro area: 270cm

Kandatsu Kogen
- 210cm

- 200cm (base)

NASPA Ski Garden
- 165cm

Yuzawa Kogen
- Top: 220cm
- Base: 140cm

Yuzawa Park
- 135cm

Yuzawa Nakazato
- 150cm


Ski resorts in Minamiuonuma (just to the north of Yuzawa):

Ishiuchi Maruyama
- 170cm

Joetsu Kokusai
- 180cm

Maiko Snow Resort
- Top: 190cm
- Base: 70cm

Muikamachi Hakkaisan
- Closed on Wednesdays until 14th March
- 240cm   Read more ...

Geto Kogen Now!

Wednesday 14th March 2018, 7:15am
Weather conditions: Cloud/drizzle
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Mostly sunny with temps reaching 11C on the mountain yesterday. The skies were clear, though the winds became strong into the evening.

Today we’re starting off the day with some predicted light rain/light rain showers, and they should stick around all day by the looks of the forecast. Tops of 8C at the bottom and 5C at the top, with winds easing to light as we go on.

As the week goes on, it looks like we might see a tiny bit more rain come Thursday night, though that should be it for the foreseeable future (my foreseeable future is restricted to 7 days). Mostly sunny conditions for the week ahead, with the winds easing off…

Thursday: clear and sunny with moderate winds & tops of 13C
Friday: snow showers with moderate winds easing & tops of 0C
Saturday: clear and sunny with calm skies & tops of 4C


Official snow depths:

Top: 405cm
Base: 280cm   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Wednesday 14th March 2018, 7:26am
Weather conditions: Clear and sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Another beautiful and rather warm clear and sunny spring day today here, with another one of those lined up for tomorrow too.

Expect highs of around 15C in the village.

I'm not sure what else to say!


Ski resort information on Wednesday 14th March 2018 (at time of writing):

Hakuba Happo-one

Operating lifts:
- All lifts appear to be operating

Courses open:
- All areas open as planned

Official snow depth:
- Kurobishi: 370cm
- Usagidaira: 215cm
- Lower: 85cm


Hakuba Goryu

Operating lifts:
- All lifts should be operation as normal today
- The top Alps Number 2/4 pair lifts are scheduled to be open daily until 18th March

Courses open:
- All courses should be open as normal (apart from Adventure)

Official snow depth:
- Top: 360cm
- Toomi: 130cm
- Iimori: 90cm


Hakuba 47

Operating lifts:
- All lifts should be operation as normal today
- Line D usually operates only when the Gondola is not operating

Courses open:
- All main courses should be available

Official snow depth:
- Top: 320cm
- Base: 130cm


Tsugaike Kogen

Operating lifts:
- All lifts should be operating as normal

Courses open:
- All course areas are open

Official snow depth:
- Tsuga-no-mori: 305cm
- Han-no-ki: 300cm
- Maruyama: 130cm
- Shirakaba: 245cm
- Champion: 110cm
- Oya-no-hara: 115cm
- Kane-no-naru-oka: 110cm


Hakuba Cortina

Operating lifts:
- All lifts should be operating as normal

Courses open:
- Most courses should be open

Official snow depth:
- Top: 280cm
- Base: 160cm


Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field

Operating lifts:
- Should be open as planned

Official snow depth:
- Top: 190cm
- Base: 100cm


Hakuba Norikura Onsen

Operating lifts:
- All lifts apart from Number 1 and 7 should be operating

Official snow depth:
- 135cm


Hakuba Valley Kashimayari

Operating lifts:
- All lifts apart from Number 8 and 10 should be operating

Official snow depth:
- 165cm


Hakuba Sanosaka

Operating lifts:
- All three lifts are operating

Official snow depth:
- 110cm   Read more ...

Madarao Now!

Wednesday 14th March 2018, 7:31am
Weather conditions: Clear blue skies and sunshine
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Madarao.

I just read a few of the other early reports this morning on here and I too don't really know what to say other than - more clear blue skies, sunshine and spring warmth is on the cards for today and for tomorrow too. A dip in temps can be expected Friday.


Official snow depth:


Operating lifts:

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

Powder Wave I
Powder Wave II
River Line
Powder Theater
Free Ride Park
Adventure Aisle
Crystal Bowl

Kids Park

Planned nighta operations this season:

Every Saturday until 24th March 2018
   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Wednesday 14th March 2018, 7:33am
Weather conditions: Clear and sunny skies
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Shiga Kogen.

It's more of the same and will be more of the same again tomorrow as we enjoy some full on spring weather mid March. Hopefully around Friday it might get a little colder and there may even be some snow to report...

I'd say with us being higher up than many ski resorts we have the better snow conditions, though it's still 'spring mode' at the moment.


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

Please note that these numbers are the official numbers that ski resorts publish and we check and update them each morning.



Ichinose Family

Ichinose Diamond




Okushiga Kogen

Sun Valley

Takamagahara Mammoth



   Read more ...

Appi Kogen Now!

Wednesday 14th March 2018, 7:38am
Weather conditions: Fine, cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Appi.

Fine today with some cloud along with a very spring like feel in the air.

Some winds as well which appear to have the chance of affecting some lift operations this morning - so keep an eye on that.

Warmth expected tomorrow as well with the chance of some rain and if it gets colder especially higher up, possibly a bit of snow. More sun after that again though...


Official snow depth:



Planned lift operations (subject to change):

- APPI Gondola
- Central quad
- Central number 2 lift
- Central number 3 lift A
- Central number 5 lift
- Central number 6 lift
- Sailer quad
- Nishimori pair

Note: The Sailer Gondola, Central Number 4 lift and Vista quad are usually rested on normal weekdays


We will endeavour to keep the reports updated regularly until the end of the season at Appi.   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Wednesday 14th March 2018, 7:50am
Weather conditions: Cloudy, fog
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning all.

It's a mix of cloud and fog out there this morning by the looks with some limited visibility higher up on the slopes. Hirafu seem to be saying 'snow' on upper elevations too, but it's not snowing down here. Not raining either thankfully, but it is definitely on the mild side. (Thankfully our 'mild' is not quite on the same level as many places to the south of us here. Talk about toasty!)

I like the look of the snow on some forecasts tomorrow (less so the chance it might fall as rain). Fingers crossed the temps drop back down colder again quickly later in the day tomorrow.


Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6am: +3℃, no snowfall, cloudy. Moiwa800m: +1℃, 1.4m/s, fog. Annupuri 1150m: -1℃, no snowfall, bad visibility. Hirafu peak: -1℃, light breeze, fog. Benkei cape: NW10m/s, Kamui cape SW4m/s, 1021hPa, 1.1m waves.

Warm airmass is flowing in and glide avalanche hazard is rising in all elevation. Creeks are swelling and snow-bridges are prone to collapse. Falling into creeks can be extremely dangerous as it would be almost impossible to come out of it. Valley bottom are where the creeks flow and also where avalanches run through. Better stay away from there. All gates are expected to open as the weather ameliorates. Please follow the patrol’s instructions.

This information is released in hope to prevent accidents in the out of bounds areas. If everybody is aware of the risks involved, most accidents can be avoided. Regretting after the accident is too late. Always be vigilant and do not underestimate the risks. Large glide avalanches are likely to happen from slopes with large snowdrift deposit at 1000m. Better stay away from avalanche path and valley bottoms. The mountain is rapidly shifting to Spring. Have a nice day.


Wednesday 14th March 2018

Resort specific information (operations subject to change):

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Niseko HANAZONO Resort

Lifts scheduled to be operating:
- All lifts should be operating as planned (King Number 2 lift not operating)

Official snow depth:
- Top: 500cm
- Base: 210cm

Niseko Annupuri

Lifts scheduled to be operating:
- All lifts should be operating as planned

Official snow depth:
- Top: 440cm
- Base: 220cm

Niseko Village

Lifts scheduled to be operating:
- All lifts should be operating as planned (Country Road Chair lift not operating)

Official snow depth:
- Top: 430cm
- Base: 220cm


Floodlit 'nighta' skiing - until Sunday 18th March

Night skiing is planned for every evening at the Niseko Grand Hirafu, Niseko Village and Niseko Annupuri areas. There is no nighta at the Niseko HANAZONO area. Ski lifts that are scheduled to be operating for nighta are noted below (subject to change):

* Niseko Grand Hirafu - Ace Family quad, Ace Number 2 quad, Hirafu Gondola, Holiday Number 1 pair
* Niseko Annupuri - Jumbo Number 1 quad lift
* Niseko Village - Village Express, Upper Village Gondola, Community Chair
   Read more ...

Naeba Now!

Wednesday 14th March 2018, 8:04am
Weather conditions: Bluebird
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Naeba! It's another bright start in the valley today. The current air temperature is 0°C, with the forecast predicted it will push up as high as 9°C today in the valley. The snow is hard this morning, but will soften up as the sun breaks over the opposite mountain tops. It will be a classic spring day today, with little wind and lots of sun!

Looking forwards, we can expect the temperature to be even warmer tomorrow, with predictions of 11°C in the valley at lunchtime. Some cloud will move into the valley overnight tomorrow, bring very modest accumulations of snow, along with some brisker winds. The skies will clear for Saturday, but clouds will push in again on Sunday bringing further precipitation. This is currently predicted to fall as snow at the top of the mountain.   Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Wednesday 14th March 2018, 8:05am
Weather conditions: Blue skies
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Another spring day in Myoko; no other word for it.

Yesterday was super warm, and the snow off in the trees was a nice corn (easy turns, nice scenery).

It is sticky; wax up and get out there and have some warm-weather fun.

Heading out early today and will get up high and check out the snow on the peak. Hope the resorts area early on their reports, too... will mark appropriately


Akakura Kanko:
270 cm, 6°

Akakura Onsen:
260cm, 0°

Ikenotaira Onsen:
230cm, 2°

Myoko Suginohara:
170cm, ?° (no temp info on their site)

Seki Onsen:
400 cm, -2°

Myoko Ski Park:
220 cm, 3° (yesterday’s report)

Kyukamura RunRun:
260 cm, 1°

Lotte Arai Resort:
431cm, 7.2°; Exciter, Discovery, Zendana-sawa, Wase-zawa, KG courses now closed (see website for updates)

Tangram Ski Circus:
170 cm, 2°

Madarao Kogen:
190 cm, 2.5° (yesterday’s report)

Kurohime Kogen Snow Park:
160cm, 0° (yesterday’s report)   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Wednesday 14th March 2018, 8:44am
Weather conditions: Cloudy, fine
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Zao.

It's warm. A Japan-wide thing by the way, but still difficult not to be surprised at just how warm it is feeling. 8C early on. It might get slightly more so tomorrow with temperatures set to rise a few above ten degrees.

Two lifts have now finished up for the season - the Karamatsu and Diamond Number 1 lifts. No full details as yet but expect some lifts to be open until Golden Week - snow permitting of course. (And of course the Ropeways are operating throughout the year for sightseeing).


Lifts and course info:

- All lifts should be moving as planned
- Exceptions are the Diamond Number 1 and Karamatsu lifts which are now closed for the season
- All areas apart from Karamatsu are open

Official snow depths:

- Summit area: 180cm
- Paradise area: 200cm
- Chuo area: 200cm
- Utopia area: 190cm
- Uwanodai area: 130cm
- Oomori area: 120cm


Zao Onsen forecast:

Zao Onsen 6-day snow and weather forecast   Read more ...

Grandeco Now!

Wednesday 14th March 2018, 8:48am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Grandeco.

It is a warm and windy morning here. All lifts are opening at the start of the day, but some of them might be operating at slower speeds due to the conditions.

According to the forecast, it will be cloudy through Thursday and there is a chance of some snow on Friday.


Lifts operating:

- All lifts operating

Courses open:

- All courses open

Official snow depth:
- 270cm

- Grandeco snow and weather forecast

   Read more ...

Furano Now!

Wednesday 14th March 2018, 9:46am
Weather conditions: Partly cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
It is warm today and we are already on the high temperature for the day of +4c. The village will stay at this temperature all day and dip down to freezing early evening. It is a nice day with sunshine that is forecast to stay with us through the day.    Read more ...

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