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Yuzawa Now!

Monday 16th March 2015, 7:50am
Weather conditions: Bright but generally overcast
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 230cm
Good morning from Yuzawa.

Yesterday the sun was out and it was a lovely day. I don't know if it was just me but it kept relatively cold as well - certainly colder than we are expecting conditions to be over the coming days...

It's 5 degrees now with temperatures expected to rise to around 12C (or higher) during the day today. I suppose that will depend on the sun. Sunny conditions are forecast and it will very probably end up that way but for the moment while it is bright it is fairly overcast and some cloud.

Warm days are lined up for the whole week (warmer than today) and the main break in the mostly clear skies will probably be Thursday - when rain is forecast.

It's looking like you'll need less layers, sunglasses rather than goggles and sun protection this week. Expect spring snow conditions as well, with the usual spring thing that conditions will probably be better the higher you go.

Still spring brings with it a different kind of fun. Get into the mindset and enjoy it if you can. And there's still a chance of more snow, just think of it as a real bonus if it happens.

Last month NASPA Ski Garden announced two extra weekends to their season; it will be interesting to see if other resorts do similar...


Official snow depths:

GALA Yuzawa:
Ishiuchi Maruyama:
Joetsu Kokusai:
Kandatsu Kogen:
Maiko Snow Resort:
350cm (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)


Planned closing dates for resorts in the Yuzawa and Minamiuonuma region
Information as currently available and of course subject to change depending on conditions.

Open until Saturday March 28th:

- Hakkaisanroku

Open until Sunday March 29th:

- Ishiuchi Hanaoka (open on March 27th, 28th, 29th)
- Itsukamachi
- Muikamachi Hakkaisan
- Muikamachi Ski Resort

Open until Monday March 30th:

- Mt Granview

Open until Tuesday March 31st:

- Chateau Shiozawa
- Yuzawa Kogen
- Nunoba
- Ludens Yuzawa

Open until Wednesday April 1st:

- Yuzawa Park

Open until Sunday April 5th:

- Ipponsugi
- Ishiuchi Maruyama
- Iwappara
- Joetsu Kokusai
- Yuzawa Nakazato
- Yuzawa Nakazato Snow Wood

Open until Sunday April 12th:

- Maiko Snow Resort (*daily until April 5th, then open on April 11th and 12th)

Open until Sunday April 19th:

- NASPA Ski Garden (*weekends only from April 5th, closed weekdays)

Open until Wednesday May 6th:

- Naeba (*weekends and holidays from April 5th [except April 29th], closed weekdays)
- GALA Yuzawa
- Kagura (Tashiro)

Open until Sunday May 31st:

- Kagura (Mitsumata)   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Monday 16th March 2015, 8:01am
Weather conditions: Mostly blue skies, some thin cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 230cm
Ah it's Monday once again. The good thing about Mondays is that things get much quieter. Now we are into mid March there's noticeably less people around on weekday in particular...

OK so no new snow as expected and also as expected it is a fine and mild-warm start to the day... and going to warm up and might approach 10 degrees later. Blue skies and some very thin cloud around, but the sun shining through and sun is what we expect from the day.

Pretty much that is what is forecast for the next few days, getting progressively a bit warmer each day. Around Thursday rain is forecast and with the freezing level at over 3000m, rain is what will be happening up top as well not just in the village.

There are signs that it will cool down again come the weekend and perhaps even some prospect of snowfall, on upper slopes at least. Something to look forward to.

In the meantime, spring weather in Nozawa!


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

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

Official snow depths:

Yamabiko - 430cm
Uenotaira - 375cm
Hikage - 230cm
Nagasaka - 220cm
Karasawa - 175cm


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 except:

Yunomine pair
Mizunashi triple
Challenge pair
Utopia pair
Hikage Number 2 Pair A line


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   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Monday 16th March 2015, 8:25am
Weather conditions: Cloudy and overcase, perhaps sun later
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 500cm
Hello once again on this generally overcast and cloudy Monday morning. Just a very slight dusting but no new cm of snow.

There's no snowfall expected over the coming week with generally warm early spring like weather dominating. Perhaps a bit of rain at times but hopefully if that happens it won't be long lasting.

I don't have much else to report really. Moderate wind expected for the day though resorts appear to be going to open as normal this morning with the possible exception of the top lift at Niseko Village.

Over 7 weeks to go! Will we get more snow? I was just looking back over the Niseko Now reports from last season and noticed that we did get snowfall in the second half of March and the last snowfall that I recorded here at base was actually on 11th April. Not a huge amount of course, but we're very probably not finished with the fresh snow yet.

You can of course read through the archives from last season, and indeed going back much further, from the links that you will find at the bottom of this page.

Have a good day wherever you are.


Resort specific news as of 8:20am - subject to change during the day

Niseko Grand Hirafu:
Resort area plans to be open as planned.

Niseko Hanazono:
Resort area plans to be open as planned.

Niseko Village:
Resort area plans to be open as planned, possibly top Wonderland lift not moving at start of day.

Niseko Annupuri:
Resort area plans to be open as planned.


Niseko Avalanche Report

Niseko base 6am: -2C, trace new snow. Moiwa 800m: not available. Annupuri 1000m: snowpack 330cm. Hirafu 1000m: Bad visibility, -4C. Annupuri peak 1308m: not available. Cape Benkei: W6m/s, Cape Kamui: SW17m/s, pressure 1019hPa, wave 1.4m.

We currently on north side of high pressure system and SW wind is moderatly strong. Above 800m there is poor visibility and there is trace of new snow. General avalanche risk is low. All peak gates are expected to be open. The risk of full depth avalanche is increasing in places like Osawa, Kozan no sawa, West side Annupuri, around 1100m. These places have thick heavy snowdrifts that may collapse and propagate fractures to ground level. To avoid accidents ride valley bottoms under these locations and also Mikaeri bowl and Moiwa bowl. In Niseko your freedom to ride out of bounds is protected by Niseko Rules. These rules were put in place to try and minimise avalanche accidents. The number of cases, besides avalanches, where the patrol have to rescue people is increasing. Last night the Mountain Rescue Team had to go and search for lost skiers near Goshiki Onsen. If the number people are entering the mountains without considering the dangers increases, we worry that more of these situations will occur, and soon someone wont be so lucky to be rescued uninjured. Make prudent decisions.


Official resort snow depths:

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 500cm
Base - 185cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 320cm
Base - 180cm

Niseko Annupuri:
Top - 420cm
Base - 220cm


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 ...

Hakuba Now!

Monday 16th March 2015, 8:35am
Weather conditions: Fine, bit hazy/overcast
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 180cm
Good morning from Hakuba.

A fine day yesterday, thin cloud started forming around the middle of the day and eventually ended the day with overcast but bright conditions.

This morning the sun is out again, bit hazy to start off with but fine and sunny weather conditions are forecast for the day. And of course we are expecting temperatures to rise as well into double digits this afternoon.

The next few days still forecast to be a bit warmer still as those spring conditions take over from the winter we had last week. Look out for rain on Thursday, even up on the resort upper areas.


In some resort news, the Tsugaike Ropeway (along with the helicopter ski and snowboard service, I do believe) is now open for the spring season! They planned to have it open from Saturday but didn't due to all of the snow of last week and preparing things. But it's open now. For those of you who don't know, it's up at the top of the resort and only opens (for skiing/snowboarding) in the spring season.


Official snow depth numbers and operations at time of writing on Monday 16th March 2015. Subject to change during the day:

Hakuba Goryu:
Reporting 0cm of new snowfall.

- Alps Daira - 360cm
- Toomi - 180cm
- Iimori - 180cm


Hakuba 47:
Reporting 0cm of new snowfall.

- Upper - 375cm
- Lower - 190cm


Reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall.

- Usagidaira - 340cm
- Nakiyama - 185cm
- Sakka - 200cm


Hakuba Cortina:
Reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall.
Confirming safety on some areas at time of writing.

- Upper - 480cm
- Lower - 285cm


Tsugaike Kogen:
Tsugaike Ropeway open!
Forest course areas closed this morning.

- Tsuga-no-mori - 435cm
- Maruyama - 210cm
- Kane-no-naru-oka - 210cm


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

- Upper - 295cm
- Lower - 170cm


Hakuba Norikura Onsen:

- 285cm



- 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 22nd 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.   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Monday 16th March 2015, 8:58am
Weather conditions: Blue skies, partly cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 230cm
Yesterday was a beautiful day with clear blue skies and the sun warming things up. Still, some very good ice-monster sights still to be seen higher up on the mountain thanks to the snow we got last week.

This morning the sun is out again, it's nice and clear - just some cloud - and no wind that I can feel.

Another great morning, bonus being that it is much quieter than the weekend.

More of the same with warmer still temperatures through Wednesday, while we are being threatened by rain on Thursday.


From Saturday 21st March it's officially "spring season" in terms of lift ticket prices - which are cheaper (by around 800 yen depending on the ticket) from that day.


Official snow depths (Monday 16th 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).


Current night skiing operations at Zao:

Uwanodai area:
Daily until 22nd March
Open from 5pm until 9pm.   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Monday 16th March 2015, 9:01am
Weather conditions: Fine, bit hazy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 250cm
It's a calm and fine morning here.

Things warmed up a bit yesterday giving us some fairly heavy snow conditions out there, but the good weather probably made up for that for many people.

Shiga Kogen folk talking of 'kyaku panda' (reverse panda), referring to sunburnt faces and white where the googles have been. Always find that term quite funny.

More of the same today and tomorrow. Wednesday into Thursday will remain warm but unfortunately right now rain is on the forecast.

Is that snow I see lined up for the weekend? It might well be!


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



Open until Tuesday 31st March


At least part open until Wednesday April 1st

Number 2 pair lift open until March 31st, Number 1 triple lift open until April 1st)

At least part open until Sunday April 5th

The Bunadaira quad lift will be open until March 29th; the quad open until April 5th


Sun Valley:

The Housaka Number 3 lift will be open until March 31st

At least part open until Sunday April 12th

Ichinose Yamanokami:
Open daily until April 5th and then open on April 11th and 12th

At least part open until Wednesday May 6th

Ichinose Diamond:
The Diamond triple lift will be open until April 3rd.
The Diamond quad lift will be open until March 31st, and then open on April 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th and from April 25th until May 6th.

Ichinose Family:
The Ichinose Number 3 quad will be open until 29th March.
The Ichinose Quad and Ichinose Number 2B pair lifts will be open daily until May 6th.

Takamagahara Mammoth:
The Takamagahara Number 3 pair lift will be open until March 31st.
The Takamagahara Number 2 triple lift will be open until April 5th.
The Takamagahara Quad will be open daily until April 12th, and then open on April 18th, 19th, and from April 25th until May 6th.

Okushiga Kogen:
The Okushiga Number 6 lift will be open until March 31st.
The Okushiga Number 1 pair lift will be open until April 5th.
The Okushiga Number 4 pair lift will be open until April 5th, and then on April 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th and from April 25th until May 6th.
The Okushiga Number 2 pair lift and Okushiga Number 3 pair lift and Gondola will all be open daily until May 6th.

Tannenomori Okujo:
Open daily until April 5th; and then on April 11th, 12th and April 25th until May 6th

Both lifts open daily until March 31st.
After that, they will be open on April 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th and then April 25th until May 6th

Open until April 5th and then on April 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th and then April 25th until May 6th
The Yakebitaiyama Gondola will run until April 5th.

Beyond Wednesday 6th May

Kumanoyu Number 3 quad open until April 5th and then on April 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th and April 25th until May 6th
Kumanoyu Number 1 and 2 pair lifts open until May 6th and beyond

Probably open until at least the end of May
   Read more ...

Madarao Now!

Monday 16th March 2015, 9:01am
Weather conditions: Mostly clear and sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 260cm
Another fine and warm day today. And tomorrow. And Wednesday too probably. Maybe rain on Thursday (noooo!).

It might well cool down though at the end of the week and some forecasts even tell stories of snow to fall as well. Bit ahead of ourselves there, but it would of course be great if we got another cold snap and freshen up for the weekend.

In the meantime, let's spring skiing or snowboarding!


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.

Last night skiing of the season on Saturday 21st March.


Madarao Kogen 6 day weather and snow forecast
Madarao Kogen main resort data   Read more ...

Furano Now!

Monday 16th March 2015, 9:09am
Weather conditions: Cloud cover/overcast
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 220cm
Overcast skies sit above the resort this morning with no sun to be seen. The temperatures are pretty mild and will rise well above zero today. The mild weather will stay at least for the next few days and the sun should appear from Wednesday onwards, but there is no significant snow on the radar this week. Snow conditions will be best on the upper half of the mountain with the lower slopes transforming to soft spring conditions by mid morning. All lifts are open today now that the ski competitions have finished.   Read more ...

Naeba Now!

Monday 16th March 2015, 9:47am
Weather conditions: Sunny, bit hazy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 280cm
Good morning everyone.

It is a beautiful day today, with virtually no wind and not a cloud in the sky, though somewhat hazy.

The temperature is already very mild, with it looking like it will get up to an high of 5 degrees today.

We have no new snow to report from last night.

Warm conditions expected for the week.

The Dragondola over to Tashiro and the Kagura area is open as normal.


Official snow depths:

Naeba: 280cm
Kagura: 370cm

(One day... they might change!)


New snowfall:

0cm Naeba
0cm Kagura



This Naeba Now report started updating for the 2014/2015 season on 31st January 2015. As such, the 'observed snowfall season' numbers shown at the bottom of the report will only reflect data from that date onwards. Please read our Yuzawa Now daily reports section for more information on the first part of the season in the Yuzawa region.
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Myoko Now!

Monday 16th March 2015, 10:19am
Weather conditions: High thin clouds, but sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 470cm
It's sunny again today, although with some high clouds that hint at the warming weather (and rain later) that is coming.

It's already warm today (ignore those resorts giving you minus figures, unless they're up high on the hill). I think we can say that spring is here.

Kind of looking forward to it, actually; we won't have any light fluffy powder so we might as well think about that snow settling down for some nice, fun-skiing corn.


Akakura Kanko:
470cm, 2°

Akakura Onsen:
274cm, 1°

Ikenotaira Onsen:
260cm, 0°

Myoko Suginohara:
270cm, -2° (top)

Seki Onsen:
510cm, -1°

Myoko Ski Park:
355cm, 4°

Kyukamura RunRun:
320cm, 3°

Tangram Ski Circus:
230cm, -5° (a repeat of yesterday?)

Madarao Kogen:
260m, 3°


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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Minakami Now!

Monday 16th March 2015, 13:07pm
Weather conditions: Clear
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 440cm
Spring has definitely arrived to the mountains here in Minakami.

Temperatures are around 10C here at the base of Tanigawadake, no wind and since yesterday around noon, plenty of sun.

The snow in Hodaigi yesterday was nice, soft, Spring corn and conditions look good this week till Thursday when some significant rain is forecast to arrive. In the meantime, the snow is all still fresh and no gloves or hat needed to cruise around on piste.

Photo from Hodaigi yesterday.


Snow depths:

Tenjindaira: 440cm
Hodaigi: 210cm

Base: 0cm
Tenjindaira: 0cm

   Read more ...

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06th May, 9:04am
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06th May, 9:02
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06th May, 8:41
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06th May, 8:35
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06th May, 8:35am
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06th May, 8:30am
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06th May, 8:28am
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06th May, 8:27am
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