Snow and weather reports posted on Friday 4th May 2018

Shiga Kogen Now!

Friday 16th March 2018, 7:46am
Weather conditions: Cloudy, fog
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Shiga Kogen.

I don't have that snow to report just yet - more like a wet sleet falling as I write my report. But perhaps there is a chance of snow later in the day. Fingers and toes crossed.

Limited visibility in most parts with some thick fog in places.

Certainly colder than it has been which is a bit of a relief.

Tomorrow we will likely see some more sunshine but it will be keeping colder (until Sunday).


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



205cm   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Friday 16th March 2018, 8:01am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 3cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning all.

After the rain we got yesterday, I am happy to be able to report some fresh snow this morning. Just a bit - I am measuring 3cm - and light snow falling as I prepare the report. So not a total reset of course, but hopefully there will be some more as you go higher up.

There's some snow on the forecast too on and off in the coming days, so fingers crossed!


Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6am: -3℃, 5cm snowfall. Moiwa800m: -5.5℃, WNW7.9m/s. Annupuri1150m: -7℃, N5m/s, 3cm snowfall, wet snow below 1000m. Hirafu peak: -6℃, 5cm snowfall. Benkei cape NNE13m/s, Kamui cape ENE3m/s, 1012hPa, 2.3m waves.

3-5cm new snow is blanketing the mountain. 20cm snowdrift just below ridgeline in 800m western area leeward slopes. Surface slab avalanche risk is moderately high in slopes above 900m. Caution is required in open steep slopes. New snow is pretty good but shallow, beware of overspeeding, falling into cracks and hitting trees. All gates are expected to open.

Glide avalanche from 1000m upper cornice/snowdrift slopes are to be highly expected. Drastic changes in temperature can also trigger those slides. Stay away from valley bottoms. There are no chances to override a glide avalanche.

Creeks are also swelling with the snowmelt. Falling from snowbridges could easily lead to crucial situation. Cross valley/creeks carefully.

This information is issued for the safety of all resort users. Please respect the Niseko Rules.


Friday 16th 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: 485cm
- Base: 200cm

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 ...

Madarao Now!

Friday 16th March 2018, 8:01am
Weather conditions: Fog
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Hello from Madarao.

Can't see much this morning, with foggy conditions. Light snow/sleet falling though no new cm either being observed by myself or being reported by the resort. Definitely colder though.

Expect the sun to be back tomorrow; hopefully not too warm though temps will be on the rise again by Sunday.

Just over two more weeks to go for Madarao resort operations.


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
Free Ride Park

Kids Park

Planned nighta operations this season:

Every Saturday until 24th March 2018

   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Friday 16th March 2018, 8:02am
Weather conditions: Cloud, fog
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Hakuba.

It is colder this morning. The warmth was kind of nice, but it was too warm for too long which of course is not the best friend of snow.

Anyway this morning it is raining early on but expected to be sleet or perhaps snow later as it gets a little colder still during the morning. I can't see anything being reported but perhaps a dusting of snow higher up.

Limited visibility too.

Tomorrow we are going to see more sunshine.


Ski resort information on Thursday 15th 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: 345cm
- Usagidaira: 205cm
- Lower: 70cm


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: 330cm
- Toomi: 120cm
- Iimori: 75cm


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: 305cm
- Base: 120cm


Tsugaike Kogen

Operating lifts:
- All lifts should be operating as normal

Courses open:
- All course areas are open

Official snow depth:
- Tsuga-no-mori: 290cm
- Han-no-ki: 280cm
- Maruyama: 90cm
- Shirakaba: 240cm
- Champion: 100cm
- Oya-no-hara: 110cm
- Kane-no-naru-oka: 100cm


Hakuba Cortina

Operating lifts:
- All lifts should be operating as normal

Courses open:
- Most courses should be open

Official snow depth:
- Top: 265cm
- Base: 150cm


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:
- 160cm


Hakuba Sanosaka

Operating lifts:
- All three lifts are operating

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

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Friday 16th March 2018, 8:25am
Weather conditions: Cloud, drizzle, fog
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Nozawa.

Lots of cloud, lots of fog especially higher up, and some kind of wet drizzle down here. there might be a bit of snow at higher elevations but no cm of fresh snow are being reported by the resort themselves.

It is definitely much colder though this morning with temperatures back down fairly close to zero, which is very welcome after the general warmth of this week.

After a cold overnight, sunny skies are due from tomorrow morning and it shouldn't be warming up too much (though warmer temps again for Sunday).


Friday 16th 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): 260cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 180cm
- Hikage (660m): 125cm
- Nagasaka (615m): 115cm
- Karasawa (563m): 70cm

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 ...

Geto Kogen Now!

Friday 16th March 2018, 8:32am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
A fairly sunny day on the mountain, moderate at the top in terms of wind, light at the bottom. Tops of about 6C, with all reports saying the snow was very spring-like, slushy and a bit of fun.

We saw some light rain into the evening which turned to snow in the early hours of this morning at the top, with more light snow on the way today. It won’t be much, probably less than a few cm, but better to be getting snow than losing it to rain…

Light winds, tops of 1C and the snow should ease down to snow showers this evening, but will stick around until tomorrow afternoon...

Saturday: snow showers, light winds & tops of -1C
Sunday: mostly sunny with some light rain in the evening, light winds & tops of 7C
Monday: rain showers clearing, moderate winds & tops of 3C


Official snow depths:

Top: 405cm
Base: 280cm

   Read more ...

Grandeco Now!

Friday 16th March 2018, 8:49am
Weather conditions: Cloudy with fog
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Grandeco.

It is a warm morning again - with thick fog... it's difficult to see 50 meters ahead. Careful not to hit someone else when you ski!

The wind will blow strongly this afternoon and then the fog should be disappearing.

Some snow showers might fall this afternoon as well - wouldn't expect more than a light covering though.


Lifts operating:

- All lifts operating

Courses open:

- All courses open

Official snow depth:
- 260cm

- Grandeco snow and weather forecast   Read more ...

Naeba Now!

Friday 16th March 2018, 10:09am
Weather conditions: Light Snow
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Naeba! The skies are currently having a go at a little snow, which is falling at a light pace, but is sadly not accumulating at the base just yet. The air temperature is sneaking in just below 0°C, which means that precipitation today should remain as snow throughout. There is a moderate wind accompanying the snowfall, and this can be expected to continue all day. We have a cooler night ahead, with highs of -3°C tonight. The pistes will be hard due to freezing temperatures last night, and due to the lack of sunshine today, I doubt they will soften up much today.

Looking forwards, we have another sunny spring day to look forwards to tomorrow, with temperatures at the base a more palatable 3°C. Sunday will bring with it cloud, warmer temperatures and some precipitation, which is predicted to fall as rain at the base and snow at the summit. Again, any accumulations will be modest. This will continue into Monday, with the skies clearing on Tuesday morning. Heavy snowfall is currently predicted on Wednesday night, however this is something which we will have to keep our eyes on in the coming days.   Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Friday 16th March 2018, 10:26am
Weather conditions: Sleet turning to snow
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
The warm turned to rain; the rain turned to snow.

I doubt if there will be much accumulation (Niigata Prefecture is forecasting between 1 and 5cm), at least at base level and up the hill a bit, as the streets are pretty wet and nothing much is showing except on the car windows.

It’s sunny tomorrow, then increasing warmth and rain again into next week.


Akakura Kanko:
250 cm, 3°

Akakura Onsen:
240cm, 2°

Ikenotaira Onsen:
220cm, 2°

Myoko Suginohara:
140cm, 0°

Seki Onsen:
400 cm, -2° (time to start bringing those totals down!)

Myoko Ski Park:
190 cm, 5°

Kyukamura RunRun:
220 cm, 4°

Lotte Arai Resort:
415cm, 2.5°; Exciter, Discovery, KG courses now closed; most avalanche-controlled areas closed (see website for updates)

Tangram Ski Circus:
150 cm, 3°

Madarao Kogen:
180 cm, 0°

Kurohime Kogen Snow Park:
140cm, 4°    Read more ...

Zao Now!

Friday 16th March 2018, 12:22pm
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
It is actually colder now than it was when I first got up, around 4C. But it's still cloudy with not much of a wind.

A little colder still tomorrow perhaps but warmer climes due around Sunday too and perhaps some sun.

Looking ahead it seems we can expect a mix of cloud, light snow, light rain and sun into next week. So difficult to read!


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 main areas apart from Karamatsu are open

Official snow depths:

- Summit area: 175cm
- Paradise area: 200cm
- Chuo area: 200cm
- Utopia area: 185cm
- Uwanodai area: 115cm
- Oomori area: 100cm


Zao Onsen forecast:

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

Yuzawa Now!

Friday 16th March 2018, 14:01pm
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good afternoon from Yuzawa and apologies for the late report today.

It was approaching 20 degrees in town yesterday which is pretty shocking, so I am happy to report a real drop in temperatures this morning.

Unfortunately, it has also been raining lightly at town level as temperatures level off at around 4-5C today. Some very light snow at Naeba best and some snow falling at higher elevations too but not the kind that is going to build up to anything significant.

Tomorrow should remain on the colder side of things but sunny skies are forecast with temperatures rising again on Sunday.


Images today from GALA Yuzawa, NASPA Ski Garden and Yuzawa IC exit (Route 17).


Updated: Thursday 15th 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
- 250cm

- 135cm

- Kagura area: 300cm
- Mitsumata area: 200cm
- Tashiro area: 250cm

Kandatsu Kogen
- 200cm

- 200cm (base)

NASPA Ski Garden
- 140cm

Yuzawa Kogen
- Top: 180cm
- Base: 100cm

Yuzawa Park
- 120cm

Yuzawa Nakazato
- 140cm


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

Ishiuchi Maruyama
- 150cm

Joetsu Kokusai
- 160cm

Maiko Snow Resort
- Top: 170cm
- Base: 60cm

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

Minakami Now!

Friday 16th March 2018, 16:03pm
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Cool temps and light snow falling at the base of Tenjin with moderate gusts of wind whipping down valley.

Minakami town is just overcast and windy.

No real accumulation as of late afternoon and temps in town are indicating it's about 0C up top.

Despite cooler weather, the corn got creamy again today.


Ski resorts in Minakami:

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


Resort Spotlights with more detail:

Norn Minakami
Okutone Snow Park


Please note that the snowfall numbers posted in this report will be observed from close to the base Tenjindaira Ropeway station - which is often much more than in the central town area of Minakami.    Read more ...

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