Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 28th May 2018

Myoko Now!

Tuesday 16th February 2016, 7:08am
Weather conditions: It's basically bluebird, with heavy cloud cover still far off over the ocean, and scattered clouds to the east
New snowfall: 50cm
Snow depth: 190cm
A good day and night of snow - real Myoko-style, hard-to-drive snow.

It's hard to tell the total snowfall, as there was a lot of wind and drifting through the day (the cars in our drive were buried on the south/lee side, not covered on the north/windward side. Looking at quiet/level spots, the total was probably 50cm, although when it was really coming down it seemed like there would be more. On a drive up to Seki Onsen yesterday afternoon it was almost impossible to see at times, and there were a couple of cars unable to make the climb up the hill (get those chains on early, cityfolk!).

The snow is nice and soft, too. I can always tell when the snowblower cuts through the big drifts without struggling, and everything gets totally obscured by light blowing flakes. OK, it's not as scientific as when I was doing a regular snow study plot outside, but it works!

Tomorrow looks good as well, with the potential for another good heavy fall. Light snow is forecast for today as well, although at the moment it's clear over the mountains, with dark clouds off to the north over the ocean.

Hope to have more good news for you tomorrow!


Akakura Kanko:
-7° / 190cm

Akakura Onsen:
-8° / 180cm

Ikenotaira Onsen:
-8° / 130cm

Myoko Suginohara:
-14° / 90cm

Seki Onsen:
-5° / 330cm

Myoko Ski Park:
-4° / 180cm

Kyukamura RunRun:
-4° / 180cm

Tangram Ski Circus:
-5° / 140cm

Madarao Kogen:
-3° / 110cm (new?)   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Tuesday 16th February 2016, 8:24am
Weather conditions: Clear and sunny
New snowfall: 10cm
Snow depth: 100cm
It's another calm-after-the-storm kind of morning.

Snow storm conditions yesterday with snow falling and strong winds blowing it around and so a number this morning is difficult to pin down but generally not as much as I was expecting there to be anyway... still, conditions should be better this morning.

It got really cold overnight and it's a cold morning too.

But there's blue skies above and the sun is shining.

There's more snow due later on today so expect things to cloud over sometime either this afternoon and this evening and snow to start falling; and perhaps a decent amount of snow to fall tomorrow.

If we get snow tomorrow Thursday should be great with clear skies and sun currently forecast.


Official snow depths at Shiga Kogen resort areas (Tuesday 16th February 2016):

Sun Valley
Nighta on Saturdays until 19th March (7pm-9pm)






Takamagahara Mammoth


Tannenomori Okojo

Ichinose Family
Nighta daily until 27th March (6:30pm-9pm)


Ichinose Diamond
Nighta on Saturdays until 26th March (6:30pm-9pm)

Ichinose Yamanokami

Nighta on Saturdays until 12th March (6pm-8pm)

Okushiga Kogen

Nighta on Saturdays until 26th March (6:30pm-9pm)
Also on 12th February and 20th March

Yokoteyama & Shibutoge


6 day snow and weather forecasts:

Ichinose Family 6-day snow and weather forecast
Okushiga Kogen 6-day snow and weather forecast
Yokoteyama 6-day snow and weather forecast   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Tuesday 16th February 2016, 8:31am
Weather conditions: Cloud, limited visibility in places
New snowfall: 15cm
Snow depth: 130cm
Morning from Niseko and it's a much improved picture this morning.

There's 15cm of fresh snow to report this morning and with 20-30cm being reported in the Avalanche Report on mountain, I would expect a decent reset for this morning. I think I might just have to go and find out for myself. Looks like gates are going to be closed though.

The overnight snow brings my observed snowfall number here at base for the month of February up to 136cm. Remember, last February it was 196cm for the month. If the forecast is correct and we can expect steady (and sometimes heavy) snowfall on most if not all days over the coming week, we should be well placed to do better than last year. Not that it's a competition or anything of course, just a bit of fun. And of course the more snow the better, not just when you think about daily refreshes but also when you start thinking about the spring season.

So anyway it's snowing - and quite heavily just at this moment (though I see less so over at Hanazono from the webcam). But snow is forecast for the day and through the day tomorrow as well. We'll have to see how the winds shape up and if they are strong enough to affect lift operations again today - latest just before posting this report added below.

Have a fine morning.


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

Niseko Grand Hirafu
The top Ace Number 4 and King Number 4 lifts are on hold at the start of the day due to strong winds and poor visibility.

Niseko HANAZONO Resort
Hanazono appears to be opening as planned at the start of the day.

Niseko Village
The top Wonderland Chair lift is on hold at the start of the day.

Niseko Annupuri
Niseko Annupuri appears to be opening as planned at the start of the day.


Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6.00am: -10°C, 20cm new snow, light winds. Moiwa 800m: W12m/s, 25cm new snow, snowdrift development. Mikaeri 740m: -13.1°C, SSW2.4m/s, 30cm new snow, snowdrift development. Hirafu Peak Ridgeline: -16°C, Strong westerly wind. Annupuri 1150m: -16°C, WNW15m/s, poor visibility, snowdrift development. Coastal data: Benkei Cape: NW17m/s. Kamui Cape W11m/s, 1005hPa, wave 2.4m.

At elevations above 800m wind slab development continues and although the storm is weakening, the upper 30cm of newly formed slabs is easily fractured. Kozan no Sawa, Osawa, Mikaeri Bowl and Higashi One cornice face, if a fracture propagates down to the Feb14 layer low pressure snow layer there is possibility of large avalanche with very deep crown. Gates 1,2, 3,4 will be closed. 5 and 6 yet to be determined. Please respect the patrols decisions.

There are many people using the resort and it just takes one person to duck a rope and many others will follow, creating a serious safety issue for the patrol. This is how accidents happen. Don't make selfish decisions, don't duck ropes. The mountain is reset and snow in the trees is great. Today, at Mikaeri ridge road we will be conducting avalanche tests, the road will be closed during this time. Take care with frostbite, have a good day.


Official resort snow depths as of Tuesday 16th February 2016:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 310cm
Base - 130cm

Niseko Village
Top - 320cm
Base - 170cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 330cm
Base - 150cm


Lifts planned to be open for night skiing:

Nighta will be open every day until Monday 21st March 2016

Niseko Grand Hirafu:
Ace Family Pair lift, Ace Number 2 Center Four lift, Hirafu Gondola, Holiday Number 1 Pair lift
(There is 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   Read more ...

Yuzawa Now!

Tuesday 16th February 2016, 8:33am
Weather conditions: Almost all clear blue skies
New snowfall: 26cm
Snow depth: 160cm
Good morning from Yuzawa... and what a lovely morning it is.

It's quite hard to believe just how good it was snowing at times yesterday when you think back to just the previous few days. But yes, it felt proper winter-like once again.

This morning there's 26cm of fresh snowfall built up here in town where I make my daily measurements. Very nice!

What's more, this morning we have mostly clear blue skies about us, so it should be a great morning to get out onto the slopes. It might get a bit mild in the afternoon but nothing like the crazy warmth of the weekend (hopefully).

New snow, blue skies, newly formed icicles dangling down from rooftops. Great morning I think.

Snow clouds are forecast to be back over the area later on today anyway with snowfall due once again overnight and through tomorrow... and perhaps even heavy snowfall again.

It's an impressive turnaround from the weekend, especially if we get another decent amount of snow tomorrow. I think I will have to strap on the skis and give it all a check-out this morning.


Resort official snow depths (Tuesday 16th February 2016) and any specific news at time of writing:

There's a few odd numbers being reported this morning, perhaps not updated. Anyway, take more note of the number mentioned in the report above!

Resorts in Yuzawa:

GALA Yuzawa

Ishiuchi Maruyama


Joetsu Kokusai

160cm (Mitsumata)
190cm (Tashiro)
220cm (Kagura)

Kandatsu Kogen

Maiko Snow Resort
185cm (upper)
75cm (lower)

Muikamachi Hakkaisan


NASPA Ski Garden

Yuzawa Kogen

Yuzawa Nakazato

Yuzawa Park


'Nighta' (floodlit night operations)

Details of the 'nighta' operations at ski and snowboards resorts around Yuzawa and Minamiuonuma.

Ishiuchi Maruyama
Open daily until 8:50pm (until 20th March).
The Chuo No 1 and Chuo No 2 lifts are open daily.
The Kanko No 1, Kanko No 2, Kanko No 3, Hatsukaishi Entrance lift, Hatsukaishi No 2 pair lifts are open on weekends and holidays.
The basic charge is 2000 yen but various tickets are available.

Open daily until 9pm on Saturdays and until 8pm on weekdays and Sundays (until 21st March).
The charge is 1500 yen for adults and 1000 yen for children and seniors.

Joetsu Kokusai
Open daily until 9pm (until 21st March).
The charge is 1500 yen for adults and 1000 yen for children and seniors.
On weekdays the area in front of the main hotel is open - a larger area (including Osawa and Atema) is open on weekends.

Kandatsu Kogen
Open from 6pm until 4am on Fridays, Saturdays and evenings before holidays through 26th March.
Open from 4:30pm until 11pm on weekdays until 24th March.
Various tickets are available starting at 2000 yen for adults, 1700 yen for seniors and 1000 yen for children.

Maiko Snow Resort
Open daily with the Maiko Center quad lift operating from 4pm until 8pm.
The charge is 500 yen for everyone.

Open daily until 27th March.
From 4pm until 8:30pm on weekdays and Sundays (2000 yen); until 9pm every Saturday and on 20th March (3000 yen).
'All Night' opening is planned for Saturday 26th March when Naeba will be open from 10pm until 5am.

NASPA Ski Garden
Extended opening until 6pm (Number 1 lift) on Saturdays until 27th February.
There is no special ticket available just for the extended time.

Yuzawa Nakazato
Open on Saturdays from 5pm until 8:30pm (until 12th March).
Tickets are 1500 yen for adults and 1000 yen for children and seniors.


List of ski resorts in Yuzawa town
List of ski resorts in Minamiuonuma City


Iwappara 6 day snow and weather forecast
NASPA Ski Garden 6 day snow and weather forecast
Kagura 6 day snow and weather forecast   Read more ...

Madarao Now!

Tuesday 16th February 2016, 8:43am
Weather conditions: Clear and sunny
New snowfall: 18cm
Snow depth: 130cm
Very changeable weather conditions continue but it's a happy story this morning... sunny blue skies with Madarao Kogen resort reporting 20-30cm of fresh snow on the mountain. And there is indeed a good 18cm of snow on the car to move once I get this report finished.

Conditions should be much improved this morning and the good weather should add to the fun.

There's more... heavy snowfall tomorrow? It might just happen. Snow is forecast to start falling again by the end of today, decent snowfall tomorrow, followed by more sun at the end of the week - and then more snow over the weekend.

That to me sounds like a great pattern - decent snowfall, sunshine, decent snowfall, sunshine, decent snowfall, sunshine. Yes, let's have some of that!

It should be a good morning.


Madarao Kogen lifts operating (planned at time of writing):

All lifts plan to be open today

Tangram Ski Circus lifts operating (planned at time of writing):

All lifts plan to be open today

Tree Run Courses at Madarao Kogen:

Planned to be open after checking this morning   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Tuesday 16th February 2016, 8:51am
Weather conditions: Mostly cloudy but bright in places
New snowfall: 1cm
Snow depth: 125cm
Morning from Hakuba.

We did have light snow falling yesterday morning but there's just 1cm of fresh to report from here at base, with resorts reporting a few cm on average on mountain. That's not as much as we were hoping for (of course), but at least we enjoyed a return to colder conditions yesterday.

It's a cold start to the day again and we can probably expect some icy hard conditions early morning.

There's lots of cloud around this morning but a few breaks in the clouds too with some sun shining through in places.

We are expecting snow again later today and through the day tomorrow. I'm happy to (cautiously) report the 'heavy snow' on the forecast below...

We'll have that please!


6 day forecast for Happo-one:

6 day snow and weather forecast for Happo-one


Resort news as of 8:50am on Tuesday 16th February 2016 (where available, all subject to change due to weather conditions)

Hakuba 47:
Hakuba 47 is reporting 2cm of fresh snowfall.
All courses are open.
The Tree Riding Zone is closed today due to poor conditions.
There is no 'nighta' at Hakuba 47.
Official snow depth:
Upper: 195cm
Base: 90cm

Hakuba Goryu:
Hakuba Goryu is reporting 1-5cm of fresh snowfall.
All courses except Snow Diving are open.
The Toomi area will be open until 8:30pm tonight for 'nighta'.
Official snow depth
Alps: 245cm
Toomi: 125cm
Iimori: 125cm

Hakuba Happo-one:
Happo-one is reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall on mountain.
All open (apart from the Kurobishi Off Piste Area).
Happo Banks Snow Park is now open.
The lower Nakiyama area is open for 'nighta' every day until 9pm.
Official snow depth:
Usagidaira: 210cm
Nakiyama: 70cm
Sakka: 40cm

Hakuba Cortina:
Hakuba Cortina is reporting 3-5cm of fresh snowfall.
All courses are open apart from Itadaira Ridge.
The Ikenota area will be open for 'nighta' until 8pm tonight (9pm on Saturdays).
Official snow depth:
Top: 165cm
Base: 110cm

Tsugaike Kogen:
All course areas are open apart from Uma-no-se.
Nighta at Karamatsu/Shirakaba on 20th February and 5th/12th/19th March.
Note that the top Tsugaike Ropeway only opens from spring.
Official snow depth:
Tsuga-no-mori: 232cm
Maruyama: 90cm
Kane-no-naru-oka: 70cm

Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field:
Reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall this morning.
All of the Village Side is open but parts of the Mountain Side not open (Hikage A, Hikage B, Sonezawa, Dangan, Kamo 4, Five Side, View A, View B).
There is no 'nighta' at Hakuba Iwatake.
Official snow depth:
Upper: 110cm
Lower: 40cm

Hakuba Norikura Onsen:
All courses are now open.
There is no 'nighta' at Hakuba Iwatake.
Official snow depth:

Hakuba Sanosaka:
All of the courses are open.
There is no 'nighta' at Hakuba Sanosaka.
Official snow depth:
90cm   Read more ...

Naeba Now!

Tuesday 16th February 2016, 8:56am
Weather conditions: Hardly a cloud in the sky today.
New snowfall: 10cm
Snow depth: 120cm
Good morning from Naeba everybody.

Well today has some really nice conditions to go riding in. With a collective snowfall of 10-20cm new snow yesterday and brilliant blue skies this morning you don't want to miss being out and about on the mountain today.

Eye protection is a must today so everyone get going on your goggle tans again!

The weather forecast is predicting snow starting this afternoon and carrying on all the way until Wednesday night with then a return to warmer temperatures and potentially rain on Saturday unfortunately.

Naeba 6-day snow and weather forecast   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Tuesday 16th February 2016, 9:04am
Weather conditions: Blue sky, sun, cloud
New snowfall: 32cm
Snow depth: 90cm
Morning from Nozawa and yesterday we were treated to a Nozawa-like snowfall, I'm very happy to report.

The resort reporting up 20-30cm of fresh since 3pm yesterday and up to 11cm since the morning report yesterday - so I made that as meaning there must be up to 40cm of snow up there to enjoy this morning.

I have measured myself here near base a 32cm of fresh snowfall. It's the kind of number that we are used to getting!

So after that rubbish weekend, we find ourselves enjoying a good new layer or snow - and some sunshine and cold conditions to enjoy it in as well this morning. Nice.

More snowfall is forecast for later today and tomorrow; some forecasts tell us to expect a fair amount too. Fingers crossed.


Official info at time of writing on Tuesday 16th February 2016 (subject to change):

Official snow depths:

Yamabiko: 150cm
Uenotaira: 110cm
Hikage: 90cm
Nagasaka: 80cm
Karasawa: 60cm

New snowfall as reported by the resort since 3pm yesterday (and the further amount reported up until 3pm yesterday in brackets):

Yamabiko: 20cm (7cm)
Uenotaira: 30cm (6cm)
Hikage: 25cm (11cm)
Nagasaka: 25cm (6cm)
Karasawa: 25cm (11cm)

All courses open except:

Paradise connection
Grand Prix
Kandahar West
Kandahar East

Lifts planned to be rested today:

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


Nozawa Onsen 6 day weather and snow forecast

Nozawa Onsen main resort data
   Read more ...

Grandeco Now!

Tuesday 16th February 2016, 9:06am
Weather conditions: Blue skies
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 220cm
Good morning from Grandeco where we have lovely clear blue skies above the mountain.

There is no new snow to report but the temperatures are keeping low.

We're expecting snow clouds to move back over the region later today and they might bring some stronger winds as well overnight as well as potentially quite a lot of fresh snowfall through the day tomorrow.


Lifts operating:

All lifts operating

Courses open:

All courses open


Snow and weather forecast:

6 day snow and weather forecast for Grandeco
   Read more ...

Furano Now!

Tuesday 16th February 2016, 9:13am
Weather conditions: Foggy
New snowfall: 4cm
Snow depth: 280cm
Good news this morning. It is snowing at a moderate rate and there has been 4cm accumulaton overnight. The snowflakes are very fine so there is not as much build up on the ground as would be expected for the rate of precipitation. The snowfall should continue throughout today. Temperatures are back to winter and it sure feels cold outside compared to the tropical blip that we have just experienced.

The slopes are still hard under the layer of fresh. The groomed areas are skiing pretty nicely, but the ungroomed areas are very rough underfoot and Premium Zone is closed for today. Wind is present but is light. Strong winds are expect from Wednesday afternoon onwards.

   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Tuesday 16th February 2016, 9:15am
Weather conditions: Cloud + blue sky
New snowfall: 1cm
Snow depth: 140cm
Good morning from Zao.

It's a cold morning and there's just a light sprinkling of snow to report. Lots of cloud but also some sunshine this morning. I'd expect some icy scratchy like conditions out on the slopes this morning in particular.

Snow is forecast to be falling today and tomorrow as well and we're hoping for a decent amount out of it as well.

Come Thursday and Friday we're expecting clearer skies once again to be followed by more snow on Saturday.


Information as of Tuesday 16th February 2016 (subject to change)

All planned lifts are operating this morning.
The Karamatsu pair lift does not operate on weekdays.

Official snow depths:

Utopia: 80cm
Chuo: 140cm
Paradise: 140cm
Uwanodai: 90cm


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

Appi Kogen Now!

Tuesday 16th February 2016, 9:17am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 16cm
Snow depth: 105cm
Good morning,

Well yesterday on the slopes was better than expected even though there was an icy sublayer. The limited open runs offered some nice powder and the few people that ventured out were treated to a great day.

Today it’s currently cloudy with light snow falling. We can expect the snowfall to intensify this afternoon and into tomorrow giving us a good helping of the stuff. Temperatures today are a little colder but the wind has died down somewhat so it should end up being a decent day. Unfortunately there are still only limited runs open and the main and Sailer Gondola are not operating. Most of the Second and Sailer runs are also closed. I think it may take another few days for them to open given the rain to ice combination we had a few days ago.

The next few days will see an increase in the temperature with snow forecast in the 10-15cm per day range. This weekend is shaping up to be a good one.

Enjoy the powder.
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Minakami Now!

Tuesday 16th February 2016, 12:43pm
Weather conditions: Clear
New snowfall: 15cm
Snow depth: 170cm
Nice 15cm dusting of light powder snow at the base of Tenjindaira overnight.

25cm reported on the resort and blue skies since the early morning. Snow is forecast to come in again sometime this afternoon and continue before intensifying tomorrow.

Temps are warm again here today at the moment but hopefully not for long.

Next clear weather forecast for Thursday.


All snow resorts in Minakami now all (at least part) open - except when weather conditions prevent them from:

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


Weather forecast:

Tanigawa Tenjindaira 6 day snow and weather forecast   Read more ...

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