Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 5th May 2018

Yuzawa Now!

Saturday 17th March 2018, 7:01am
Weather conditions: Lots of cloud but due to clear
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Yuzawa.

It was much colder yesterday, with light rain for most of the day in town but trying to snow as well, especially in higher areas - it even succeeded in snowing last night lower down too... though there is no new cm of snow to report in town this morning. And I notice that Kagura are reporting 3cm of fresh snowfall so a thin layer in higher areas.

There is a lot of cloud around early morning but we are due clearer skies and sunshine during the day today. It shouldn't warm up too much either... more sun but higher temperatures are expected tomorrow.

It should be a fine weekend.


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


Updated: Saturday 17th 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
- 190cm

- 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: 50cm

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

Geto Kogen Now!

Saturday 17th March 2018, 7:09am
Weather conditions: Mostly sunny skies
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Fairly sunny day with a few clouds forming into the afternoon and some very light snowfall across the base of the mountain. Tops of 2C.

Today we’re in for tops of -1C throughout the day with mostly sunny skies & light winds to be felt throughout the day.

Not much to report as for the rest of the week… Mostly sunny skies and light winds, but here’s your 3-day forecast…

Sunday: mostly sunny, light winds & tops of 5C
Monday: light rain easing to sunny conditions, moderate winds & tops of 5C
Tuesday: mostly sunny, light winds & tops of -1C


Official snow depths:

Top: 405cm
Base: 280cm

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Hakuba Now!

Saturday 17th March 2018, 7:17am
Weather conditions: Lots of cloud, some fog - expected to clear
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Hakuba and it is an early report today.

A bit of fresh snow falling on the mountains yesterday (Hakuba 47 reporting 5cm mid afternoon), but no new cm to report from base. It was good to get back to colder conditions though.

Sunshine is still expected today but early on there is a lot of cloud around and some fog too. Perhaps it will quickly clear up but it's not expected to warm up too much which is good.

More sunshine is forecast for tomorrow, along with warmer temperatures (perhaps up to around or slightly over 10C).


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: 145cm


Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field

Operating lifts:
- Should be open as planned

Official snow depth:
- Top: 180cm
- Base: 100cm


Hakuba Norikura Onsen

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

Official snow depth:
- 125cm


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!

Saturday 17th March 2018, 7:30am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Nozawa.

As of 3pm yesterday, the resort was reporting 4cm of fresh snowfall up on the top Yamabiko area of the resort and 2cm on the Uenotaira area (none at base level). Another 4cm is being reported in those upper areas since then, so 6-8cm of fresh since the last report. None to report from base - so you know where to head!

There is a lot of cloud this morning, though clearer sunny skies are still expected for the day. And while it likely won't be as cold as it was yesterday, it shouldn't warm up too much either.

More sun and rising temperatures (around 10C?) during the daytime tomorrow.


Saturday 17th March 2018

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

- Yamabiko (1407m): 8cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 6cm
- 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 ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Saturday 17th March 2018, 7:36am
Weather conditions: Fine
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Hello and good morning and welcome to the weekend!

It's pretty cold this morning! But the sun is out and fine weather is on the cards over the weekend.

Let's enjoy it while we can.

And hey check out the forecast for the middle of the week next week - is that decent snow I see on there?!

Have a fun Saturday.


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!

Saturday 17th March 2018, 7:44am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning all.

And there's some more fresh snow for me to report this morning. 5cm of it in fact here near base and no doubt more than that at higher elevations on the mountain. I wonder how much. Investigations are required.

It does feel rather more wintery and it is generally a cold and cloudy start to the day. Temperatures are forecast to not quite rise to zero during the day. Perhaps a little milder tomorrow and more sunshine.


There are just two more days of night time skiing operations left now - today and tomorrow.

Rasuto chansu!


Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6am: -7℃, 10cm snowfall. Moiwa 800m: -8.3℃, WSW7m/s, 20cm snowfall, light snowdrifts. Annupuri 1150m: -10℃, W10m/s, 15cm snowfall. 440cm snowpack at 1000m elevation. Hirafu peak: -10℃, W5m/s, 10cm snowfall. Benkei cape: NNW11m/s, Kamui cape W9m/s, 1024hPa, 1.0m waves.

The isobars gradient became a little steep during the night and generated 15-20cm new snow fall overnight. Snowdrift development is small, wet snow through to 20cm. The surface below 800m is frozen and the groomers are having a hard time maintaining the slopes. So called “potato fields” are present in many spots.

30cm of smaller wet surface slab slides are to be expected in leeward knolls and steep slopes above 900m. Better not stimulate knolls and cornices.

Decent snowfall since a while, the mountain is back to winter. Peak gates are expected to open. Listen to patrol’s advices, be prepared and step out of bounds from the gates. Beware of creeks, holes and cracks. Stay away from valley bottoms and in order to avoid glide avalanches. Quickly move away from steep slopes. No chances to outrun an avalanche. Avalanches are naturally happening, and would not be a problem as long as nobody is caught in one. The is not bad. Have a nice day.


Saturday 17th 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 ...

Grandeco Now!

Saturday 17th March 2018, 8:31am
Weather conditions: Fair blue skies
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Grandeco.

It is a chilly morning with clear blue skies.

There was a little snowfall yesterday but it just about covered on the course, so now cm for the report - maybe a little more higher on the mountains.

The wind is blowing about a little strong today so pay attention to the ski ground announcements with any news of possible disruptions to lift operations.


Lifts operating:

- All lifts operating

Courses open:

- All courses open

Official snow depth:
- 260cm

- Grandeco snow and weather forecast
   Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Saturday 17th March 2018, 9:20am
Weather conditions: A few blue patches
New snowfall: 2cm
Snow depth: --
Strong north winds through the day and especially in the evening yesterday. Colder than recent days as well, with minus numbers posted, We got about 2 cm of round pellets at base up to the morning; it was trying to snow earlier but we’re now seeing some blue patches here and there. I actually hope the forecast are correct and we get some sun to warm up that snowpack; it’s a bit crusty out in the natural snow and looks like it would be hard to get some nice, elegant turns in (more like hop and hope?). It would just be nice on the resorts, too, to go back to some sunny spring skiing for a few days before we go back to rain and snow. Or so it appears.


Akakura Kanko:
250 cm, -6°

Akakura Onsen:
240cm, -4°

Ikenotaira Onsen:
215cm, -4.5°

Myoko Suginohara:
150cm, -10°

Seki Onsen:
400 cm, -2°

Myoko Ski Park:
195 cm, 0°

Kyukamura RunRun:
220 cm, -1°

Lotte Arai Resort:
415cm, -0.7°; Exciter and Discovery closed; about half of the avalanche-controlled areas closed (see website for updates)

Tangram Ski Circus:
150 cm, -3°

Madarao Kogen:
180 cm, -6°

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

Madarao Now!

Saturday 17th March 2018, 10:14am
Weather conditions: Blue sky, cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Madarao.

And there has been a bit of fresh snowfall and even though it hasn't amounted to much it was good to see after all of the clearer skies and warmth of the last week. Most definitely colder as you would expect.

Clearer skies are again expected today but it should be keeping colder. (Warmer again tomorrow).

Some courses/runs were closed this morning due to conditions but the staff have been busy and were able to open them up pretty quickly. Otsukarasama deshita!

Should be a fun weekend on the slopes. And remember just over 2 weeks left now. Got to make the most of it.


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 ...

Appi Kogen Now!

Saturday 17th March 2018, 11:49am
Weather conditions: Blue sky, sun, cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Quick report for the weekend and we are enjoying fine weather today with a mix of sun, blue sky and white cloud.

A fine day to be on the slopes.

It appears that the Nishimori lift and area is now closed. It is currently unclear if that is just temporary or more final for the season...

I'm liking the look of the forecast showing a fair chance of snow around Thursday next week. Keep an eye on that.


Official snow depth:



Planned lift operations (subject to change):

- APPI Gondola
- Central quad
- Central number 2 lift
- Central number 3 lift A
- Central number 4 lift
- Central number 5 lift
- Central number 6 lift
- Sailer Gondola
- Sailer quad
- Vista quad

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 ...

Minakami Now!

Saturday 17th March 2018, 12:55pm
Weather conditions: Clear and sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Snow last night but not enough! Story of the Spring thus far however the weather here is nice today, a little warmer than forecast and the snow on mountain is once again, creamy, soft corn and plenty around still.

I'm not holding my breath but the forecast looks somewhat promising with snow through the week and a decent dump scheduled for Thursday at this point. We are certainly due a meaningful lug of snow so fingers crossed.


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 ...

Zao Now!

Saturday 17th March 2018, 13:24pm
Weather conditions: Cloud, blue sky
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Winter has returned - if feels like that, for the moment at least with some cold temperatures being reported... -12C at the summit at the start of the day and well below zero here at base too. It has got less cold by lunchtime but still the need for layers.

Last chance to get in some night time 'nighta' tomorrow evening.

Is that snow I see lurking on the forecast for mid week? I think it may well be!


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

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