Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 28th May 2018

Yuzawa Now!

Sunday 15th March 2015, 7:45am
Weather conditions: Clear, blue skies and sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 240cm
Some clouds moved in on the area again yesterday and by late morning a bit of snow was falling in higher areas, with spots of rain down below. Didn't seem to last long though.

This morning it's clear blue skies all round.

Quite chilly outside as of 7:30am, but forecast to warm up to nearly 10 degrees in town this afternoon.

Over the following few days it will be even warmer than that. Full on spring this week by the looks of things and snow conditions will change as you would expect. I think early tracks today should be good though. Definitely feel good weather anyway!


Official snow depths:

GALA Yuzawa:
Ishiuchi Maruyama:
Joetsu Kokusai:
Kandatsu Kogen:
Maiko Snow Resort:
335cm (upper)
220cm (lower)
NASPA Ski Garden:
Yuzawa Kogen:
300cm (Kogen)
250cm (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 'all night' on Fridays and Saturdays (6pm or 10pm until 4am the next morning)
Every day until 29th March (until 9pm)
All night on 14th March (10pm until 6am)


Ski and snowboard resorts in Yuzawa town   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Sunday 15th March 2015, 7:53am
Weather conditions: Clear and sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 235cm
Hello and good morning from Nozawa and it's an easy report this morning.

The sun is out, we have blue skies above and while it's quite cold to start the day off it will be warming up during the morning.

The forecasts show that tomorrow will be warmer still and Tuesday warmer again - we might have temperatures getting up to around mid-teens by mid week. Later on in the week there looks like a good chance of rain but that can always change. Hoping for snow seems somewhat unrealistic though with the freezing point so high. We can but hope!

So anyway, for now it's probably time to put on the Spring Ski cap and enjoy the beautiful weather and the snow we have. Lots of it too of course!


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

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

Official snow depths:

Yamabiko - 440cm
Uenotaira - 385cm
Hikage - 235cm
Nagasaka - 225cm
Karasawa - 180cm


Courses open:

All courses are open except:

Jumping Course
Grand Prix
Challenge 39
Kandahar Course East
Kandahar Course West


Lifts open (subject to change):

All lifts open


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

Every Saturday until 28th March


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

Sunday 15th March 2015, 7:58am
Weather conditions: Mostly clear and sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 260cm

Blue skies.

Lots of snow (though no fresh since yesterday) though cold start.

It sounds good to me!

Things are going to start warming up now over the next few days, getting 'very warm' by mid week.

(Madarao Speed Challenge again today. Better weather for it as well this time. Gambatte everyone taking part).


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
Madarao Kogen main resort data
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Hakuba Now!

Sunday 15th March 2015, 8:15am
Weather conditions: Clear blue skies
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 185cm
Yesterday things got cloudier as the day progressed - well they certainly did over at 47 which is where I was, had a great day - and a bit of snow falling as well there for a short while, though no new cm to report from any of the resorts this morning and nothing in the village.

Still, we can't complain with all we got the previous few days.

This morning the sun is out and it's going to be a fine day. Bit hazy looking over east, but some lovely deep blue skies against the backdrop of the mountains.

It actually feels fairly cold at the start of the day but the sun will be warming us up during the day and over the next three days it's going to get warmer and warmer still.

By Wednesday we are expecting some silly warm temperatures (like around 15C kind of silly!) Alas, the fact is that it's mid March and while we enjoyed some winter this last week, inevitably spring is going to want to get back in on proceedings.

Still, I can imagine that this morning should be very good fun and there seem to be lots of people agreeing. Must get out there quickly!


Official snow depth numbers and operations at time of writing on Sunday 15th March 2015. Subject to change during the day:

Hakuba Goryu:
Reporting 0cm of new snowfall.

- Alps Daira - 365cm
- Toomi - 185cm
- Iimori - 185cm


Hakuba 47:
Reporting 0cm of new snowfall.

- Upper - 385cm
- Lower - 195cm


Reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall.

- Usagidaira - 360cm
- Nakiyama - 220cm
- Sakka - 200cm


Hakuba Cortina:
Reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall.
All areas open.

- Upper - 510cm
- Lower - 325cm


Tsugaike Kogen:
Please note that the top Tsugaike Ropeway only opens for spring season.
Uma-no-se and Forest course areas closed this morning.

- Tsuga-no-mori - 465cm
- Maruyama - 240cm
- Kane-no-naru-oka - 210cm


Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field:
Reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall.

- Upper - 300cm
- Lower - 185cm


Hakuba Norikura Onsen:
No update yet for today.

- 290cm



- 195cm


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:
Karamatsu-Shirakaba on Saturdays in March. 6pm until 9pm.
Every day until 15th March. 4:30pm until 9:30pm.   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Sunday 15th March 2015, 8:27am
Weather conditions: Lots of cloud, bit of blue sky
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 500cm
Good morning from Hirafu and this morning there is no new snow to report.

There's quite a lot of cloud around this morning and a bit of an overcast feel going on, but there's some blue sky as well. Might it clear up? We'll just have to wait and see, though forecasts say generally cloudy for the day.

They also give us some sunshine in the coming few days and some warmer conditions, though certainly not as extreme as some places down on Honshu seems destined to get this week. Fingers crossed it can keep fairly cold. Not much to expect in terms of snowfall, possibly some light overnight tonight but other than that...

All gates expected to be open this morning. Most lifts seem set to be open though I am hearing maybe some top lift stoppages or late starts - still quite windy up there. As always check with the resorts for the latest up to date if you plan on going out.

It should be another very fine day.


Japan's just great though isn't it. Just take a look at the 'observed' snowfall that the Now report folk have amassed this season (sorted by 'season so far'):

Myoko (Niigata) - 1503cm
Yuzawa (Niigata) - 1272cm
Kiroro (Hokkaido) - 1234cm
Niseko (Hokkaido) - 1114cm
Madarao (Nagano) - 1029cm
Nozawa (Nagano) - 1009cm

All of them lot over 10m at base!
But fantastic.

(And don't forget to read the 'Please read' page to explain those numbers if you haven't already!)


Resort specific news as of 8:25am - subject to change during the day

Niseko Grand Hirafu:
Top lift may be late starting, strongish winds threatening opening this morning by the sounds!

Niseko Hanazono:
All seems set to open as normal.

Niseko Village:
Top Wonderland lift may not be opening as planned.

Niseko Annupuri:
All seems set to open as normal. Top lift might be affected by wind.


Niseko Avalanche Report

Niseko base 6am: -7C, no new snow, sunny. Moiwa 800m: SW5m/s, -8C, no new snow. Annupuri 1000m: snowpack 340cm. Hirafu 1000m: light winds, no new snow, -7℃. Annupuri peak 1308m: -8.6C. Cape Benkei: light winds, calm sea, Cape Kamui: SSW12m/s, pressure 10216hPa, wave 0.8m.

We are in middle of high pressure system, pressure gradient is shallow and experiencing calm weather. No snow clouds and no new snowdrift development. From snowfall transition and observation general avalanche risk is low. All gates are expected to be open. Please listen to patrols advice before going out of bounds. Dont stimulate cornices, they will break easily. Take care not to fall into cracks, they are hidden from above. Take care of collisions with trees. We are expecting snow this afternoon. Beware stopping in valley bottoms, this is the path of large scale avalanche, which will bring trees, rocks, etc. Your freedom to ride out of bounds is protected by Niseko Rules. No mountain is 100% safe, but if you are careful we can minimise accidents. Dont over estimate your knowledge and equipment. Is your beacon on? Have a good day.


Official resort snow depths:

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 500cm
Base - 190cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 320cm
Base - 180cm

Niseko Annupuri:
Top - 420cm
Base - 240cm


Night skiing will continue until Sunday 22nd March.
Lifts open for night skiing:

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

Floodlit night operations are due to continue until Sunday 22nd March.


Niseko Grand Hirafu 6 day weather and snow forecast   Read more ...

Furano Now!

Sunday 15th March 2015, 8:30am
Weather conditions: Mixed Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 230cm
Stunning sun out there this morning. We received a surprising little dump yesterday afternoon and conditions have been really enjoyable. As there have been some good coverage at the top the official base level has been raised. At the village we haven't received anything overnight and again there is nothing but clouds and sun to entertain the sky today.
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Zao Now!

Sunday 15th March 2015, 8:45am
Weather conditions: Bluebird
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 230cm
Morning from Zao and it's a lovely start to the day here with a bright sun shining down on us and clear blue skies.

No wind and a chilly start to the morning.

Excellent weather conditions to put on the board(s) and slide down the slopes.

While the sun will see that it gets quite mild today, warmer temperatures are due over the coming few days at least, particularly around Tuesday and Wednesday when a lot of melt is going to happen. Rain around Thursday.

Let's forget about that last bit for now though and enjoy what should be a great day today.


Official snow depths (Sunday 15th March 15):

Utopia: 275cm
Chuo: 230cm
Paradise: 225cm
Uwanodai: 170cm

Zao Onsen is generally open as planned (* 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:
Last day today

Open times from 5pm until 9pm.   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Sunday 15th March 2015, 8:57am
Weather conditions: Clear and sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 250cm
It is a cold early morning here in Shiga Kogen but going to warm up.

The sun is out and we have clear blue skies above the region. Lots of that expected in the next 3-4 days.

Yesterday was really fun, with snow conditions that you would not expect for mid March. As we enter the second part of March, it's sad to think that there's only just over two weeks left for the whole of Shiga Kogen to be open (with some areas planning on closing at the end of the month). As I mentioned before though we may see some ski lifts opening into June!

I'll try to bring you information on planned closing dates when available.


Resort areas status with official snow depths:

Okushiga Kogen:
(note: skiers only resort area)


Ichinose Family

Ichinose Yamanokami:

Ichinose Diamond:

Takamagahara Mammoth:





Happo Bundaraia:

Sun Valley:



(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 March 28th   Read more ...

Minakami Now!

Sunday 15th March 2015, 9:04am
Weather conditions: Overcast
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 450cm
Slightly overcast morning but good visibility and virtually no wind.

The clouds are keeping the warmer temperatures at bay to a certain extent though its set to warm to around +1C around midday and up to +5C at the base.

From tomorrow its forecast to get significantly warmer still but for now its as close to Winter snow as you could expect this late in March.


Snow depths:

Tenjindaira: 450cm
Hodaigi: 270cm

Base: 0cm
Tenjindaira: 0cm

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Myoko Now!

Sunday 15th March 2015, 9:50am
Weather conditions: Perfect blue skies
New snowfall: 10cm
Snow depth: 470cm
It's aother bluebird day in Myoko - although yesterday those blue skies turned to impenetrable, soupy fog by lunchtime. Literally visibility of 5 meters or less. A little snow also fell, which was nice—probably 10cm of extra, just to keep things pristine.

Today looks much more likely to remain sunny and nice; a high-pressure system has definitely moved in, the winds are down, and it is warm in the sun.

It's going to get much warmer ahead, so today would be a good day to get into the snow and enjoy some pre-slop soft snow.


Akakura Kanko:
470cm, -2°

Akakura Onsen:
286cm, -1°

Ikenotaira Onsen:
260cm, -5°

Myoko Suginohara:
290cm, -8° (top)

Seki Onsen:
520cm, -1°

Myoko Ski Park:
380cm, -1°

Kyukamura RunRun:
320cm, 3°

Tangram Ski Circus:
230cm, -5°

Madarao Kogen:
260m, -4°


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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SnowJapan Daily 'Now' reports

Yuzawa Now
10th Sep, 17:36am
Niseko Now
27th Aug, 14:26am
Grandeco Now
24th Aug, 11:16am
Madarao Now
12th Aug, 0:17pm
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
Appi Kogen Now
06th May, 8:04
Geto Kogen Now
06th May, 8:01