Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 26th May 2019

Appi Kogen Now!

Sunday 19th February 2017, 7:45am
Weather conditions: Cloudy skies with snow showers at times
New snowfall: 10cm
Snow depth: --
Appi Sunday,

Thank goodness yesterday is over. It was rather unpleasant to say the least. Gale force winds over a very icy mountain made things just unpleasant. Only 3 lifts operating too.

Today is looking good so far. Cloudy skies, winds that are not making it blow sideways and a rather chilly -6 outside my door. Light showers are expected all day and for the next few days but Monday is going to be quite windy again so be prepared if you’re here for a while.

The snow that fell last night will be sitting on a decent layer of ice so please be careful.

Have a wonderful Sunday.


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

Appi Gondola
Central quad
Central number 2
Central number 3a
Central number 5
Central number 6
Sailer Gondola
Sailer quad
Vista quad
Nishimori - suspended early on due to wind conditions


Official snow depth:

200cm   Read more ...

Naeba Now!

Sunday 19th February 2017, 8:14am
Weather conditions: Fantastic blue skies with some cloud
New snowfall: 10cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning ladies and gents

Today's weather has been fairly changeable this morning starting off with snow falling and relatively overcast weather.

Now though it seems as though the weather has flipped and we have almost bluebird conditions.

We received 10 cm fresh snow overnight so the pistes should all be nice and soft. Perfect for laying down some big carves!

For the rest of the week snow is still predicted every day with the heaviest coming on Monday night.

Delectable!   Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Sunday 19th February 2017, 8:28am
Weather conditions: The sun is now starting to come out...
New snowfall: 21cm
Snow depth: --
Some good snow overnight (and a hasty report...gotta get out there!).

About 20cm, which hopefully will cover the crunchies underneath for this heading off-piste, and softening up the slopes for toe who are on the groomed.

As the report is being written, the sun is starting to appear; as well as light snow still falling. Which way will it go...?


Akakura Kanko:
340cm, -5° (no new report for today)

Akakura Onsen:
330cm, -6°

Ikenotaira Onsen:
290cm, -4°

Myoko Suginohara:
240cm, -12°

Seki Onsen:
500cm, -3° (no new report for today)

Myoko Ski Park:
330m, -2°

Kyukamura RunRun:
320cm, -3°

Tangram Ski Circus:
260cm, -5°

Madarao Kogen:
300cm, -7°

   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Sunday 19th February 2017, 8:38am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 16cm
Snow depth: --
A very good morning to you from Niseko.

This is a bit more like it. :)

There's a decent 16cm of fresh snow on the ground this morning here at base; with most of that coming overnight.

What's more, there's not much wind this morning and all areas should be open.

Snow forecast for the next few days, on-and-off at times and heavier at times, so fingers crossed the cm will keep on piling up. More and more please, come on let's keep it going.

I think it's time to ski and check out this fresh snow...


Niseko Avalanche Report:

Mountain base: -10°, 25cm new snow. Moiwa 800m: -12°, W10m/s, 30cm new snow, 60cm snowdrift development. Annupuri 1150m, -15°, W12m/s, 40cm new snow. Hirafu 1250m, -16°, W10m/s, 30cm new snow. Coastal data: Kamui Cape:NW8m/s, 1010hPa, wave 2.1m.

Wind is starting to drop and under 1000m elevation 30-40cm has fallen. The snowdrifts are continuing to stabilize however cornices are still fracturing easily. From snowfall transition and observation, Back Bowl around 1200m, Osawa cornice face 1100m and East Ridge cornice slope there is the possibility of large scale surface slab avalanche from the 17 Feb layer. Snowdrifts are still stabilizing- avoid riding open steep slopes and cornice slopes.

The snow is good in the forests. Do not wait in valley bottoms, this is an avalanche path and you may be caught in one. All peak gates are expected to open but at delayed time. Do not duck ropes to get out of bounds. Mountain condition is fantastic, have a good day.


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 areas are opening as normal at the start of the day.


Official resort snow depths as of Sunday 19th February 2017:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 330cm
Base - 135cm

Niseko Village
Top - 290cm
Base - 140cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 315cm
Base - 140cm


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.   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Sunday 19th February 2017, 8:40am
Weather conditions: Blue sky, some cloud around upper resort areas, sun
New snowfall: 4cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Hakuba.

Lots of cloud around yesterday with light snow falling in places (and at times), but some clearings in the clouds as well at times. I have heard from a few people who went to various areas and indeed got some very varying reports and opinions on conditions. I think everyone would agree though that a nice new fresh thick layer of snow would go down a treat. (Doesn't it always!)

This morning there's a few cm of snow on the ground which is curious because some of the resorts are saying 0cm. Oh well, I can see it sitting there looking all lovely and white. Still, would have been nicer to have had more, but we are going to have to wait for that.

This morning there is lots of blue sky around with a bank of cloud around the upper areas of the ski resorts for the moment. Sun/cloud appears to be on the forecast

There's a bit of a wind up top and at the time of writing I can confirm that top areas of Happo-one, Goryu and 47 are on hold. Hopefully they'll get going fairly quickly if and when conditions improve.

The forecast is looking good for snow in the coming week. Starting overnight tonight?

Have a great Sunday.


Resort news as of 8:35am on Sunday 19th February 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 this morning.
Top area not opening as planned at the start of the day due to wind conditions.
Official snow depth
Upper: 250cm
Base: 125cm

Hakuba Goryu:
Hakuba Goryu is reporting up to 1-8cm of fresh snowfall on upper slopes.
Top area not opening as planned at the start of the day due to wind conditions.
Official snow depth
Alps: 330cm
Toomi: 170cm
Iimori: 130cm

Hakuba Happo-one:
Hakuba Happo-one is reporting 10cm of fresh snowfall (Riesen quad top).
The resort appears to be opening as planned this morning.
Official snow depth:
Usagidaira: 225cm
Kurobishi: 265cm
Lower: 140cm

Tsugaike Kogen:
The resort appears to be opening as planned this morning.
Official snow depth:
Tsuga-no-mori: 335cm
Han-no-ki: 320cm
Maruyama: 150cm
Oya-no-hara: 140cm
Kane-no-naru-oka: 140cm

Hakuba Cortina:
The resort is reporting 5cm of fresh snowfall.
Official snow depth:
Top: 340cm
Base: 210cm

Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field:
Official snow depth:
Top: 200cm
Base: 120cm

Hakuba Norikura Onsen:
Official snow depth:
Top: 200cm

Official snow depth:
Top: 195cm

Hakuba Sanosaka:
Official snow depth:
Top: 140cm


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 February 18th; March 4th, 11th, 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.

Planned to be open daily.

There is no night skiing at the other resorts in the area.   Read more ...

Grandeco Now!

Sunday 19th February 2017, 8:42am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 6cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from a snowy Grandeco.

6cm of fresh snow has fallen overnight and it is still falling at this moment 8:30 lightly.

According to the weather local forecast, it will be a little windy this afternoon so pay attention to the ski resort announcements for any potential lift disruption.

Snow should keep falling on and off until tomorrow.

Hoping to have fresh snow every morning!


Snow Park Information:

[Dekodaira E park]
7m kicker and 8m kicker.

[Deokoboko park]
6m straight wide box, 6m straight box, Wave, Volcano, 6m straight box, 8m straight rail, 6m arch box, 3m table top and 6m 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 ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Sunday 19th February 2017, 8:42am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 14cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Nozawa.

Fresh snow and 15-20cm of it being reported by the report base to top; I'm measuring 14cm. So a nice new fresh blanket covering the mountain to play in and lots of people around early on eager to get up there and mess it all up!

It looks like snow is continuing to fall higher up but down here at base level there's breaks in the cloud and the sun is trying to appear. The snow clouds are expected to retreat and leave us with cloud or perhaps even clear up as the day goes on.

Tomorrow will likely be a bit warmer than today and snow is due again. Though during the daytime at lower levels and in the village there seems to be a decent chance of rain (before it turns into snow). Noooo----, don't do it!

For now though, it should be a good morning out there.


Sunday 19th February 2017

Fresh snow reported by resort since yesterday morning:
- Yamabiko: 20cm
- Uenotaira: 15cm
- Hikage: 15cm
- Nagasaka: 15cm
- Karasawa: 15cm

Official snow depths:
- Yamabiko: 370cm
- Uenotaira: 275cm
- Hikage: 205cm
- Nagasaka: 195cm
- Karasawa: 150cm

Lifts operations:
- All lifts operating

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

Madarao Now!

Sunday 19th February 2017, 8:48am
Weather conditions: Cloudy but bright and looks like it might be clearing up
New snowfall: 9cm
Snow depth: --
Hello from Madarao.

9cm of fresh snowfall overnight measured just before by myself, and at the moment it is cloudy but rather bright and I can actually see some blue sky over in some directions now - perhaps it is going to clear up today and we'll get some sunshine.

It should be back to snow again tomorrow though during the day some rather mild conditions are forecast so we'll have to keep an eye on that. Keep cold please!

It should be a good Sunday morning, and I hope to see a few of you out there.


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

- 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
- 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

- Nighta at Madarao Kogen is every Saturday until 25th March (and also on 19th March)

Official snow depth:

- 300cm   Read more ...

Yuzawa Now!

Sunday 19th February 2017, 9:21am
Weather conditions: Cloudy, bit of sun trying to break through at the moment
New snowfall: 21cm
Snow depth: --
And a good morning to you from Yuzawa.

Yesterday it was trying to snow for lots of the time but it didn't really amount to much at all, and zero in terms of cm down in town.

This morning it is good to wake up to some fresh snow. And just over 20cm of it at our measuring points as well.

Fresh snow numbers from resorts are as follows:

Kagura: 20-25cm
Maiko Snow Resort: 15cm

(The very simple reason why we keep on mentioning the 'new snowfall' numbers from those two resorts is because they actually publish those numbers each morning - most resorts don't seem to. If there are some other official numbers that we are somehow missing every day, please do let us know and we'll be more than happy to report them!)

Anyway back to the weather. It was snowing just before but has eased off for now and it looks like the sun is trying to break through the clouds. Changeable conditions just at the moment, though snow to just cloudy is what the local forecast have for the day.

Tomorrow? Well it does look like it's going to get mild again and while snow is due later in the day, there's a good chance that we might get a bit of rain again... particularly at lower areas, higher areas might get straight into snow. Let's see.

Today should be a nice improvement on yesterday though in terms of snow conditions, should be fun!


Official snow depth information as of Sunday 19th February 2017

GALA Yuzawa
Upper part of $2,600,000 closed today due to avalanche danger. Otherwise open as planned.
Official snow depth: 370cm

Ishiuchi Maruyama
Official snow depth: 280cm

Official snow depth: 220cm

Joetsu Kokusai
Official snow depth: 280cm

Official snow depth:
Kagura - 360cm
Mitsumata - 310cm
Tashiro - 330cm

Kandatsu Kogen
Official snow depth: 305cm

Maiko Snow Resort
Official snow depth:
Upper - 295cm
Base - 150cm

Muikamachi Hakkaisan
Official snow depth: 380cm

Official snow depth: 300cm

NASPA Ski Garden
Official snow depth: 265cm

Yuzawa Kogen
Official snow depth:
Top - 310cm
Base - 220cm

Yuzawa Park
Official snow depth: 210cm

Yuzawa Nakazato
Official snow depth: 200cm


'Nighta' (floodlit night operations)

Below are details of the planned 'nighta' operations at ski and snowboards resorts around Yuzawa and Minamiuonuma this season.
This information is subject to change due to snow and weather conditions.
*** Please note that this section will not be updated every day.

Ishiuchi Maruyama
Daily until 19th March 2017.
Nighta is from 5pm until 8:50pm.
The Chuo Number 1, Chuo Number 2 and Kanko Number 3 Express lifts are open daily.
The Kanko Number 1 Express lift, Hatsukaishi Entrance lift and Hatsukaishi Number 2 pair lifts are also open on weekends and holidays.

Daily until 20th March 2017.
Nighta is from 5pm until 9pm on Saturdays and until 8pm on weekdays and Sundays.
The Main course, Grand course and West courses are open during nighta.

Joetsu Kokusai
Daily until 20th March 2017.
Nighta is from 5pm until 9pm.
The area in front of the main base hotel is open for nighta.

Kandatsu Kogen
'Hobo All Night' ('Almost All Night') is on Fridays, Saturdays and nights before holidays until 1st April 2017.
The nighta opening times on those days is from 6pm until 4am the following morning.

Maiko Snow Resort
Daily until 19th March 2017.
Nighta is from 4pm until 8pm.
The Maiko center quad lift on the Maiko Side of the resort operates for nighta.

Daily until 26th March 2017.
Nighta is from 4pm until 8:30pm.

NASPA Ski Garden
'Thanks' (extended) opening on Saturdays in January and February.
On those days the Number 1 lift is open until 6pm.

Yuzawa Nakazato
Every Saturday until 11th March 2017.
Nighta is from 5pm until 8:30pm.
The Number 2 pair lift operates during nighta.
   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Sunday 19th February 2017, 9:30am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 2cm
Snow depth: --
Hello from Zao.

A few more cm of snow on the ground this morning and it is snowing now so fingers crossed we'll be getting some more over the next few days. We could do with a nice thick layer of fresh out there.

It's a very cold start to the day as well though tomorrow looks set to be somewhat milder.

Regular snow on the forecast for the week. The big question is... how much?

Hope you have a good Sunday.


All lifts apart from the following appear to be operating today:

Paradise Number 3 pair

All courses apart from Kotan are open.


Official snow depths (as published by the resort itself):
Summit - 125cm
Paradise - 220cm
Chuo - 220cm
Utopia - 170cm
Uwanodai - 130cm
Yokokura - 155cm


Juhyo 'Ice Monsters' Light Up night time Zao Ropeway operations

Every day until 5th March 2017.
Operating from 5pm until 9pm; last ropeway up at 7:50pm.
Ropeway return charges are 2,600 yen for adults and 1,300 yen for children.
In the event of poor weather conditions, operations are sometimes cancelled.   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Sunday 19th February 2017, 9:35am
Weather conditions: Cloud breaking up, more and more blue skies
New snowfall: 8cm
Snow depth: --
Another 9cm of snowfall to add to the reports this morning but as the morning progresses the clouds have been breaking up and there is now lots of blue sky above us. Turning into a lovely morning.

Enjoy it while you can because - guess what - snow is due to be falling once again by later on tonight and some decent snowfall through tomorrow.

Actually the forecast through the coming week is looking rather snowy as a whole so the regular top-ups are going to continue.

On that note, I can strap my skis on and enjoy the conditions this morning.


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

Please note that these numbers are the official numbers that ski resorts publish.
Also that they often don't update daily and don't reflect the amount of fresh snow falling!



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)

Yakebitaiyama: Every Saturday until 4th March (6pm-8pm)

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

Furano Now!

Sunday 19th February 2017, 15:36pm
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 17cm
Snow depth: --
It continued to snow for most of the day, but in classic Furano style visibility remained good even when snowing! Heavy snow is expected from tomorrow afternoon. After a rather dry start to February, it looks like the powder tap has been turned on again.   Read more ...

Minakami Now!

Sunday 19th February 2017, 21:40pm
Weather conditions: Cloud, clear patches
New snowfall: 15cm
Snow depth: --
Some fresh snow and cold temps overnight but winds kicked up this morning and Tenjin was closed today. The weather was pretty full on earlier but the sun poked through a little later and its clear and cold this evening.

The forecast is ambiguous, rain in the morning at Tenjin followed by heavy snow, showing good conditions and light snow later in Minakami.


Fresh snowfall:

15cm Tenjin
0cm Hodaigi
0cm Okutone

Temps at 8am

Official snow depth:

390cm Tenjin
240cm Hodaigi
250cm Okutone


Resorts in Minakami (forecasts available from each page):

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


Please note that the fresh snowfall number being reported on this report is taken from the ‘base area’ of Tenjindaira - which is just by the top station of the Ropeway at that resort. Other snowfall numbers and commentary will be mentioned within each report when available.   Read more ...

SnowJapan Daily 'Now' reports

Yuzawa Now
14th Jun, 10:19am
Naeba Now
07th Jun, 10:08am
Aizu Bandai Now
31st May, 13:35
Shiga Kogen Now
27th May, 9:56am
Furano Now
08th May, 8:47am
Niseko Now
07th May, 19:19pm
Myoko Now
06th May, 9:33am
Hakuba Now
06th May, 9:09
Nozawa Onsen Now
06th May, 8:46
Minakami Now
06th May, 8:16
Madarao Now
06th May, 8:13am
Zao Now
06th May, 7:59
Appi Kogen Now
06th May, 7:59am
Geto Kogen Now
06th May, 7:12
Grandeco Now
02nd Feb, 12:34am