Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 28th May 2018

Niseko Now!

Saturday 18th March 2017, 8:09am
Weather conditions: Clear blue skies and sunshine
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning.

Almost completely clear blue skies early this morning as the spring weather continues.

Everywhere should be open today and it should be a fine day to be out and about, getting quite mild later on. Similar conditions are expected over the next few days at least.

And with that, I really don't have anything else to report this morning. Well apart from this...


3 more nights of nighta - the last one on Monday, a national holiday here in Japan.


Niseko Avalanche Report:

Mountain base : -6°, no new snow. Moiwa 800m: -5.5°, W5.1m/s, sunny, no new snow, no snowdrift development. Annupuri 1150m: -6°, N7m/s, no new snow. Hirafu 1250m, -9°, no new snow, light westerly winds, no new snow. Coastal data: Kamui Cape: SW2m/s, 1019hPa, wave 0.5m.

We are under influence of high pressure system bringing sunny weather. A hoar frost layer has formed on the snow surface at elevations below 600m. As the temperature increases the risk of full depth avalanches on steep south facing slopes is also increasing. Gate 11, Mizuno no sawa, is closed from today due to the high possibility of block or full depth avalanches around the 700m level. Do not enter the south facing strictly off limits areas Haru no Taki, Yuno no sawa. All peak gates are expected to be open.

Snow conditions are hard in the morning but should be softer by 10:30am. In springtime be aware of snow bridges over creeks, they can collapse easily and the water is cold. Out of bounds areas are out of the ski area and not controlled. There is still lots of snow, have a fun weekend.


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

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Niseko HANAZONO Resort
Niseko Village
Niseko Annupuri
All resort areas appear to be opening as normal this morning.


Official resort snow depths as of Saturday 18th March 2017:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 325cm
Base - 130cm

Niseko Village
Top - 315cm
Base - 140cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 315cm
Base - 150cm


Night skiing is planned until Monday 20th March 2017 at the Niseko Annupuri, Niseko Grand Hirafu and Niseko Village resort areas. There is no nighta in the Hanazono area.

Planned closing dates
Niseko Grand Hirafu plans to be open daily until Sunday 7th May.
Niseko Hanazono plans to be open daily until Sunday 2nd April.
Niseko Village plans to be open daily until Sunday 2nd April (and then from 28th April until 7th May).
Niseko Annupuri plans to be open daily until Sunday 7th May.   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Saturday 18th March 2017, 8:18am
Weather conditions: Clear and sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Hakuba on this first day of the 'long weekend', Monday being a holiday.

And what a start!

Nice and cold early on with clear blue skies and sunshine.

Probably some hard conditions out there early on but with the sun warming things up things should soften up. A chance of a bit of snow overnight (?) but tomorrow also looks like it will be similarly clear and sunny.

I am going to go and make the most of it!

See you tomorrow...


Resort news as of 8:30am on Saturday 18th March 2017:

All information as available and subject to change during the day due to weather and snow conditions.

Hakuba 47:
Hakuba 47 is reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall.
The resort appears to be opening as planned this morning.
Official snow depth
Upper: 325cm
Base: 165cm

Hakuba Goryu:
Hakuba Goryu is reporting 0-2cm of fresh snowfall.
The resort appears to be opening as planned this morning.
Official snow depth
Alps: 295cm
Toomi: 150cm
Iimori: 105cm

Hakuba Happo-one:
Hakuba Happo-one is reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall (Riesen quad top).
The resort appears to be opening as planned this morning.
Official snow depth:
Usagidaira: 250cm
Kurobishi: 315cm
Lower: 115cm

Tsugaike Kogen:
The resort appears to be opening as planned this morning.
Uma-no-se is closed.
The Tsugaike Ropeway is now operating for the spring season. (Climbing notices need to be filled in, ropeway charge also applies)
Official snow depth:
Tsuga-no-mori: 355cm
Han-no-ki: 350cm
Maruyama: 150cm
Oya-no-hara: 125cm
Kane-no-naru-oka: 125cm

Hakuba Cortina:
Hakuba Cortina is reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall.
The resort appears to be opening as planned this morning.
Official snow depth:
Top: 360cm
Base: 215cm

Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field:
Official snow depth:
Top: 230cm
Base: 120cm

Hakuba Norikura Onsen:
Official snow depth:
Top: 155cm

Official snow depth:
Top: 140cm

Hakuba Sanosaka:
Official snow depth:
Top: 115cm


Planned nighta operations - be sure to check with resorts for latest:

Hakuba Goryu:
Planned to be open daily from 6pm until 9:30pm

Tsugaike Kogen:
Planned at the Katamatsu-Shirakaba area on March 18th, 19th (6pm until 9pm)

Hakuba Cortina:
Planned to be open daily from 5pm until 8pm (until 9pm on Saturdays)

Hakuba Happo-one:
Planned to be open daily until 9pm on the Nakiyama area.    Read more ...

Grandeco Now!

Saturday 18th March 2017, 8:31am
Weather conditions: Fair blue skies
New snowfall: 10cm
Snow depth: --
We weren't really expecting it but there's 10cm of fresh snow has covering not only the ski courses but the village area this morning.

A nice surprise to see fresh white again. With blue skies and sunshine now it is beautiful and bright. The sunshine is strong, don't forget to protect your eyes.

All courses are perfectly groomed except Lavender A. Lifts start moving from 8:00. Three-day weekend starting from today.

Have a nice holiday!


Snow Park Information:

[Dekodaira E park]
9m kicker and 9m kicker.

[Deokoboko park]
6m straight wide box, 6m down box, 6m straight rail, box, 6m straight box, box, 6m carve box, 6m arch box, deco-barrel, 3m table top and 5m table top.


Lifts operating:

Lifts Operating:

- Gondola
- Number 1 quad lift
- Number 2 quad lift
- Number 3 quad lift
- Number 4 quad lift

Courses open:

All courses now open

Official snow depth:

Road Condition to Grandeco:
Inawashiro through Goshikinuma: icy in parts
Goshukinuma through Grandeco: icy in parts   Read more ...

Yuzawa Now!

Saturday 18th March 2017, 8:46am
Weather conditions: Mostly cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Yuzawa.

Looks like Kagura is reporting 3-10cm of snow (Mitsumata > Kagura) and Maiko Snow Resort are reporting a dusting. It looks like GALA Yuzawa have added 10cm to their official snow depth as well - so a bit of snow at higher elevations though there's no sign of fresh snow down here in town.

They still have close to 4m of snow up there, which is well over double what they had this time last year. Not bad at all!

This morning there's a lot of cloud around, a bit of blue sky in places and the sun has been out (though not at the moment).

Last chance for nighta this weekend at a few resorts...


Official snow depth information as of Saturday 18th March 2017

GALA Yuzawa
Official snow depth: 380cm

Ishiuchi Maruyama
Official snow depth: 230cm

Official snow depth: 170cm

Joetsu Kokusai
Official snow depth: 240cm

Official snow depth: Kagura - 380cm; Mitsumata - 330cm; Tashiro - 350cm

Kandatsu Kogen
Official snow depth: 300cm

Maiko Snow Resort
Official snow depth: Upper - 295cm; Base - 120cm

Muikamachi Hakkaisan
Official snow depth: 320cm

Official snow depth: 250cm

NASPA Ski Garden
Official snow depth: 220cm

Yuzawa Kogen
Official snow depth: Top - 250cm; Base - 150cm

Yuzawa Park
Official snow depth: 180cm

Yuzawa Nakazato
Official snow depth: 150cm


Planned 'Nighta' operations (floodlit night skiing)

** Subject to change due to snow and weather conditions

Ishiuchi Maruyama
Daily until 19th March 2017

Daily until 20th March 2017

Joetsu Kokusai
Daily until 20th March 2017

Kandatsu Kogen
'Hobo All Night' ('Almost All Night' from 6pm-4am) is on Fridays, Saturdays and nights before holidays until 1st April 2017. Spring nighta (6pm-10pm) on Saturdays and nighta before holidays from 7th April until 22nd April

Maiko Snow Resort
Daily until 19th March 2017

Daily until 26th March 2017


Planned season closing dates

** This information is subject to change due to snow and weather conditions. We will be checking and updating these dates as more information becomes available.

Sunday 26th March:
- Muikamachi Hakkai-san

Sunday 2nd April:
- Ishiuchi Maruyama
- Yuzawa Kogen
- Yuzawa Nakazato
- Yuzawa Park

Sunday 9th April:
- Iwappara
- Joetsu Kokusai
- Maiko Snow Resort
- NASPA Ski Garden

Sunday 7th May:
- GALA Yuzawa
- Kagura (Tashiro)
- Kandatsu Kogen
- Naeba (daily until 2nd April; weekends only 3rd-28th April; daily from 29th April)

Sunday 28th May:
- Kagura area (via Mitsumata)   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Saturday 18th March 2017, 9:00am
Weather conditions: Mostly blue sky and sunshine, bit of cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Hello and it is a fine start to the three-day long weekend.

The sun is out and it's --- well, it's a fine spring day really!

Actually the resort seems to be reporting 1cm of snow up on Uenotaira, though nothing at the other measuring points and there's none at base either.


Nozawa Onsen plans to be open daily until Sunday 7th May

Remaining nighta: tonight, tomorrow night and Saturday 25th March


Saturday 18th March 2017

Fresh snow reported by resort since yesterday morning:
- Yamabiko: 0cm
- Uenotaira: 1cm
- Hikage: 0cm
- Nagasaka: 0cm
- Karasawa: 0cm

Official snow depths:
- Yamabiko: 395cm
- Uenotaira: 295cm
- Hikage: 160cm
- Nagasaka: 155cm
- Karasawa: 105cm

Lifts operations:
- All lifts operating

Courses not open today are:
- Grand Prix
- Kandahar East
- Kandahar West   Read more ...

Naeba Now!

Saturday 18th March 2017, 9:08am
Weather conditions: Lots of blue sky, sunshine, some cloud
New snowfall: 2cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Naeba.

The resort is again reporting 5-10cm of fresh snow up top this morning, so you know where to head!

Right now the sun is out with some cloud. A lovely spring morning again and a fine day to be out on the skis or board.

The forecast is showing the chance of some fresh snow perhaps around Tuesday-Wednesday in the coming week, but before then we should enjoy more of this clearer weather.

Monday is a holiday in Japan so it's a long weekend and a fair few people expected to be here.

Hope you can enjoy it.


Here's how the rest of the season is planned for Naeba:

- open daily until Sunday 2nd April;
- open on weekends and holidays between Saturday 8th April until Sunday 23rd April;
- open daily from Saturday 29th April until Sunday 7th May

Nighta will continue daily until Sunday 26th March.
   Read more ...

Madarao Now!

Saturday 18th March 2017, 9:09am
Weather conditions: Sunny blue skies
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
It's the start of a new weekend and a long one - probably will be a popular one too... and the fine weather will help on that score.

Yes, it's fine blue skies and sunshine here in Madarao this morning.

Fairly chilly early on but it should be warming up a bit in the sun, and snow conditions will go from icy early on and soften up as well most likely.

Nighta tonight and tomorrow night (and then one more time next Saturday).

There's just 16 more days of the season left to go here including today.


Madarao Kogen plans to be open until Sunday 2nd April.


Operating status for the day at Madarao Kogen (at time of report):

- Number 1 lift
- Number 2 quad lift
- Number 3A lift
- Number 5 lift
- Super quad lift
- Number 11 lift
- Number 12 lift
- Number 13 lift
- Number 15 lift
- Moving walkway
- Kids Park
- Free Ride Park
- Snow Mobile Land

- Powder Wave I
- Powder Wave II
- River Line
- Powder Theater
- Adventure Aisle
- Crystal Bowl
- Ninja
- Sawa
- Rabbit
- Kamoshika
- Bear

- Remaining nighta at Madarao Kogen - Saturday 18th, Sunday 19th and Saturday 25th March.

Official snow depth:

- 280cm   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Saturday 18th March 2017, 9:15am
Weather conditions: Blue sky, sun, cloud
New snowfall: 1cm
Snow depth: --
There's lots of people coming up for the weekend this morning with a steady stream of cars going past at the moment.

There was some light snow early on this morning but things have cleared up and now the sun is out and there's an increasing amount of blue sky too.

Generally fine weather conditions are forecast for this long weekend (Monday is a holiday), though there looks like there might be a return to some snow around Tuesday. A fresh layer of snow will certainly be welcome by then.

In the meantime, enjoy the long weekend!


Official snow depths numbers reported by different areas of Shiga Kogen:

Please note that these numbers are the official numbers that ski resorts publish.



Ichinose Family

Ichinose Diamond




Okushiga Kogen

Sun Valley

Takamagahara Mammoth




Planned nighta operations:

Sun Valley: Saturdays until 18th March (7pm-9pm)

Ichinose Family: Every day until 25th March (6:30pm-9pm)

Ichinose Diamond: Every Saturday until 25th March and 19th March (6:30pm-9pm)

Kumanoyu: Every Saturday until 25th March, and 19th March (6:30pm-9pm)   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Saturday 18th March 2017, 9:48am
Weather conditions: Fine spring weather
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Fine weather conditions here in Zao this morning.

The sun is out.

It might get rather mild down here at base today though even at closing in on 10am the top area is reporting a temperature of -7C... so it's still cold up there!

Expect more fine weather over the coming days - right now there's not much in terms of snow potential on the weekly forecast.

Enjoy the weekend! Monday is a national holiday in Japan and so it's a long one.


Lift info:

Closed for the season:
- Paradise Number 3 pair
- Diamond Number 1 pair
- Karamatsu pair

Course info:
Closed for the season:
- Kotan


Official snow depths (as published by the resort itself):
Summit - 150cm
Paradise - 240cm
Chuo - 240cm
Utopia - 190cm
Uwanodai - 130cm
Yokokura - 140cm   Read more ...

Appi Kogen Now!

Saturday 18th March 2017, 10:21am
Weather conditions: Cloudy skies, sun trying to break through
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Hello from Appi,

It’s the weekend again here and we’re expecting another decent crowd given the conditions we have. Right now cloudy skies and a temperature of -2. The winds have picked up slightly overnight and you may get the occasional gust at the summit.

The rest of the weekend will remain the same with partly cloudy skies and fairly light winds. We may see the occasional snow flurry next week but nothing of consequence.

Overall the runs are in great shape still, albeit with a little morning ice that should thaw out by mid day.


Planned operating lifts at time of report (subject to change due to weather conditions):

Appi Gondola
Central quad
Central number 2
Central number 3b
Central number 4
Central number 5
Central number 6
Sailer Gondola
Sailer quad
Vista quad


Official snow depth:



Appi plans to be opening until Sunday 7th May this season   Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Saturday 18th March 2017, 10:28am
Weather conditions: Sunny, but with thin high clouds
New snowfall: 2cm
Snow depth: --
Sunny again today, but with the high haze/thin clouds we often see on sunny days.

Looks like it will stay sunny through the day, although there's still snow forecast for the coming days. I am adding a little snow to today's fresh; I didn't see it with my own eyes, but there's a light coating on the roof that wasn't there last night.

The other nice thing this time of year is that all of a sudden we have a lot of birds singing in the hills. I think they like that warm sun; maybe they know that dining is going to be a little more interesting soon, too...


Akakura Kanko:
370cm, -1°

Akakura Onsen:
365cm, -12°

Ikenotaira Onsen:
250cm, -2°

Myoko Suginohara:
250cm, -9° (top)

Seki Onsen:
500cm, -3°

Myoko Ski Park:
290cm, 1°

Kyukamura RunRun:
300cm, 3°

Tangram Ski Circus:
230cm, -3°

Madarao Kogen:
280cm, -2°
   Read more ...

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