Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 26th May 2019

Yuzawa Now!

Tuesday 19th January 2016, 7:40am
Weather conditions: Clear and sunny
New snowfall: 4cm
Snow depth: 40cm
I was totally not expecting this.

Woke up this morning and looked out of the window to see.... clear blue skies.

Yes, it is a stunning beautiful morning here in Yuzawa and to the north in Minamiuonuma. Once again, the clouds seem to be missing our valley and tracking to the north of us.

Seemingly laughably as I look at the skies now, snow is still forecast for the whole day today here (!) with it getting really heavy overnight tonight and into tomorrow.

Yesterday we actually did get snowfall for lots of the day and at times it was snowing quite heavily as well. There was about 4cm of fresh snow on the ground through the day and so I would expect there will have been a better layer the higher you go, though I do not have any numbers this morning from the resorts.

With the snow from yesterday and the lovely early morning weather it should actually be a really good morning out on the slopes higher up.


Resort official snow depths (Monday 18th January 2016) and any specific news:

All resorts in the area are now generally open for the season, though please note that some areas and courses are not yet open.
Generally some steeper slopes that need more snow are still closed and some lower slopes are patchy, to varying degrees.

Not updated today due to early report.

Resorts in Yuzawa:

GALA Yuzawa

Ishiuchi Maruyama


Joetsu Kokusai

90cm (Mitsumata)
120cm (Tashiro)
150cm (Kagura)

Kandatsu Kogen

Maiko Snow Resort
90cm (upper)
20cm (lower)

Muikamachi Hakkaisan


NASPA Ski Garden

Yuzawa Kogen

Yuzawa Nakazato

Yuzawa Park


List of ski resorts in Yuzawa town
List of ski resorts in Minamiuonuma City


Iwappara 6 day snow and weather forecast
NASPA Ski Garden 6 day snow and weather forecast
Kagura 6 day snow and weather forecast
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Madarao Now!

Tuesday 19th January 2016, 8:05am
Weather conditions: Mostly blue skies above Madarao
New snowfall: 3cm
Snow depth: 90cm
The winds did get more friendly yesterday with Madarao Kogen able to open up around lunchtime.

And this morning, what's this... blue skies? Just some thin cloud around but lots of blue above Madarao and a much calmer picture that just 24 hours ago.

But hold on, I thought this week was all about snow and storms? Hmmm. What do I know (and apparently the forecasts too)!

Those same forecasts do still insist that heavy snowfall is just around the corner, that corner being today and tonight.

I sure want to believe!

Still, before then the slopes are looking very inviting this morning.


Madarao Kogen 6 day snow and weather forecast


Madarao Kogen lifts operating (planned at time of writing):

All lifts plan to be open today

Tangram Ski Circus lifts operating (planned at time of writing):

All lifts plan to be open today

Madarao Tree Run Courses:

Ninja and Kamoshika open - others not yet available   Read more ...

Appi Kogen Now!

Tuesday 19th January 2016, 8:18am
Weather conditions: Snow clouds
New snowfall: 42cm
Snow depth: 70cm
What a wonderful white day here at Appi.

I'm being a tad conservative when I say 42cm of snow fell yesterday and last night. Wonderful news for everyone here. Most of it fell last night after the runs had been groomed so those early morning first run skiers can expect knee deep powder to kick off their day.

Right now I'm looking at cloudy skies, moderate snowfall and a temperature of -4. Today's forecast is promising more snow in the 30cm range for the rest of the day with light winds and temperatures hovering in the -5 area for most of the day.

The official base has increased to 70cm and even with the fair amount of snow yesterday no more runs have opened which is disappointing to say the least. Perhaps tomorrow will bring additional open runs... maybe.

The snow will decrease in intensity over the next few days and the wind should pick up slightly but not too much. Temperatures remaining steady in the -6 range for the next two to three days.

The first lift awaits, enjoy the fresh snow!


Currently planned operating lifts:

- Appi Gondola
- Central Number 1 quad
- Number 2 lift A
- Number 2 lift B
- Number 3 lift B
- Number 4 lift
- Sailer quad   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Tuesday 19th January 2016, 8:32am
Weather conditions: Snow clouds
New snowfall: 3cm
Snow depth: 160cm
Good morning from here at Hirafu base.

The day started off seemingly fairly calm yesterday morning, but unfortunately by mid morning there were some lift disruptions due to windy conditions. First to be stopped was the top King Number 3 at Niseko Grand Hirafu as early as 9am, and then by 10:30am all of the top lifts at each of the four resort areas were not moving, with the Annupuri Gondola and Jumbo Number 3 lifts also finishing their day by early afternoon.

I have just 3cm of new snowfall to report to you this morning since yesterday. It is not as cold as it has been this morning but there are windy conditions on mountain from the start of the day. Niseko Annupuri are reporting northerly winds of up to 19m/s on their upper slopes.

From the start of the day the top lifts at all areas but Hanazono are waiting on conditions and the peak gates will be closed.

As mentioned in the Avalanche Report this morning we should expect conditions to be somewhat different from the last few days with the wind blowing the snow around and snowdrifts. Extra care is needed.

We can probably expect a similar picture tomorrow morning as well by the way.

This storm is so far bringing us here in Niseko less snow and just strong wind - where's the fun in that? - but it is great to see that lots of other ski resort areas of Japan have been getting some decent snow. Those scenes looked more like the usual scenes we see each winter, rather than all this talk of lack of snow. Let's hope that it continues.

Oh yes, and more snow up here too please. I know, I'm greedy.


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

Niseko Grand Hirafu
At the start of the day the top Ace Number 4, King Number 4 and King Number 3 lifts will not be open due to the windy conditions. Other lifts plan to be open.

Niseko HANAZONO Resort
All three lifts appear to be opening as planned.

Niseko Village
The lower Community, Banzai and Morino lifts plan to start the day. Other lifts plan to be open.

Niseko Annupuri
Only the lower Jumbo Number 1 and 2 lifts plan to start the day. Other lifts plan to be open.


Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6am: -5℃, light snowfall. Moiwa 800m: -6℃, E10m/s, snowdrifts development. Mikaeri 740m: -5.5℃, NW12.1m/s, large snowdrift development. Annupuri 1150m: E23m/s. Hirafu 1000m: -6℃, NE10m/s, snowdrifts development. Benkei cape: ESE7m/s, Kamui cape ESE4m/s, 998hPa, 1.9m waves.

The mountain base is relatively calm. Snowfall is scarce but a strong easterly wind is blowing above 800m, drifting snow and growing packed snowdrifts. Cornices and snowdrifts in knolls will drastically develop as the day goes by and the avalanche risk will rise accordingly. Be careful as heavy snowdrifts are also present inbounds.

Snowdrifts growth depends on the windspeed; the stronger the wind, the faster they grow, and fast growing snowdrifts are the most unstable, easily collapsing with the slightest stimulations, triggering larger avalanches as they slide. Today’s snow is totally different from yesterday’s. Be prudent and plan according to the conditions. Peak gates will be closed today. Please follow the ski patrol’s instructions and do not duck ropes to step out of bounds. The snow will be better soon.


Official resort snow depths as of Tuesday 19th January 2016:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 340cm
Base - 160cm

Niseko Village
Top - 260cm
Base - 150cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 230cm
Base - 160cm


Lifts planned to be open for night skiing:

Niseko Grand Hirafu:
Ace Family Pair lift, Ace Number 2 Center Four lift, Hirafu Gondola, Holiday Number 1 Pair lift
(There is no night skiing at the Hanazono area)

Niseko Village:
Community Chair and Banzai Chair

Niseko Annupuri:
Jumbo Number 1 Quad


Niseko Grand Hirafu 6 day weather and snow forecast   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Tuesday 19th January 2016, 8:49am
Weather conditions: Snow clouds
New snowfall: 9cm
Snow depth: 75cm
Morning from Hakuba where we have more snowfall piling up...

Yes things are looking better by the day now with another 20-30cm of fresh snow being reported by resorts (upper areas) around the valley this morning. It may not be the lightest driest snow there is - a bit on the heavier side than that - but still we need those cm and there were a lot of happy people around playing in it yesterday.

The stronger winds of early yesterday morning aren't causing much problems this morning (Alps 3 lift at Goryu affected?), and it's just generally cloudy at the moment though more snow is forecast. If the forecast is right, heavy snow tonight.

More lifts and runs are also opening up, I see some of the lower slopes of Happo-one seem to be available. Don't forget to check the resort-specific information that has been updated below (every day).

It should be a great day out there on the slopes and some fine conditions to find. I'm off to get a taste if it myself.



Resort news as of 8:35am on Tuesday 19th January 2015 (where available, all subject to change due to weather conditions)

Hakuba 47:
Hakuba 47 is reporting 10cm of fresh snowfall at base and 30cm up top.
All courses are now officially open.
Tree Riding Zone not yet open for the season.
Official snow depth
Upper: 175cm
Base: 60cm

Hakuba Goryu:
Hakuba Goryu is reporting 10-15cm of fresh snowfall at lower Toomi and Iimori areas and 30cm on upper areas.
All upper and Toomi areas are now open.
The Soft Cream, Merry Land, Powder Snow and Sunny Way courses in the Iimori area are open.
Planned lifts:
All lifts plan to be operating (* Alps Number 2 and 4 are weekends and holidays only).
Wind affecting the Alps Number 3 lift at time of writing this morning.
Official snow depth
Alps: 175cm
Toomi: 75cm
Iimori: 80cm

Hakuba Happo-one:
Hakuba Happo-one is reporting 20cm of fresh snowfall this morning.
Some lower areas of Happo-one are now opening up - parts of the Shirakaba (north area), Sakka, Kita One are now open.
Planned lifts:
Most lifts are now open at Happo-one
Official snow depth
Usagidaira: 140cm
Nakiyama: 45cm
Sakka: 30cm

Hakuba Cortina:
Hakuba Cortina is reporting another 20-30cm of fresh snowfall.
All courses except Mt Hieda Ridge, Mt Hieda 2 and 3, Itadaria Ridge and Giant now open.
Planned lifts:
All lifts apart from Number 7 pair operating
Official snow depth
Top: 140cm
Base: 90cm

Tsugaike Kogen:
Most course areas at Tsugaike Kogen are now open.
Planned lifts:
Most lifts are now operating.
Official snow depth
Tsuga-no-mori: 194cm
Maruyama: 50cm
Kane-no-naru-oka: 60cm

Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field:
Reporting up to 20cm of fresh snowfall.
Planned lifts:
View 2
3sen North
4sen East
5sen South
Paradise triple
Official snow depth
Upper: 120cm
Lower: 30cm

Hakuba Norikura Onsen:
Official snow depth
All lifts apart from Number 8 lift have been operating and 8 of the 12 courses open at Hakuba Norikura Onsen.
No further updates as yet this morning.

Hakuba Sanosaka:
Official snow depth
All lifts are operating though some courses are not yet open.   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Tuesday 19th January 2016, 9:01am
Weather conditions: Sunny over us, but clouds not too far away
New snowfall: 3cm
Snow depth: 35cm
Morning from Nozawa where... it's sunny.

Hmmm, where be the storm?

We did get some snowfall yesterday with the resort yesterday afternoon reporting 3-5cm across the mountain, but no more snowfall this morning and as I said sun along with some blue skies over us at the start of the day.

Good news this morning is that the upper parts of Skyline are once again open (lower part still closed) as well as Schneider and Kamoshika course.

A good storm for a few days would hopefully get most of the rest of them open... it is still being promised by the forecast. Proper heavy snowfall is expected tonight and snow clouds due to be over Nozawa and the region through the week and over the weekend.

Come on!!!


Official info at time of writing on Tuesday 19th January 2016 (subject to change):

Official snow depths:

Yamabiko: 100cm
Uenotaira: 95cm
Hikage: 35cm
Nagasaka: 35cm
Karasawa: 20cm

New snowfall as reported by the resort since yesterday morning:

Yamabiko: 5cm
Uenotaira: 3cm
Hikage: 5cm
Nagasaka: 5cm
Karasawa: 5cm

All lifts now planned to be operating except:

- Yunomine pair*
- Mizunashi triple*
- Challenge pair*
- Utopia pair*
- Kandahar pair
- Hikage Number 2 pair B line*
- Karasawa pair

(Lifts marked * are usually operating on weekends and holidays)

The following courses are not currently open:

- Skyline lower section
- Paradise connection
- Utopia 2
- Challenge 39
- Hikage no kabe
- Kurokura
- Grand Prix
- Jumping
- Hachiman
- Mukoubayashi
- Kandahar West
- Kandahar East
- Tanuki
- Usagi
- Karasawa
- Nagasaka connection


Nozawa Onsen 6 day weather and snow forecast

Nozawa Onsen main resort data
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Grandeco Now!

Tuesday 19th January 2016, 9:04am
Weather conditions: Snow clouds
New snowfall: 14cm
Snow depth: 180cm
Good morning from a very snowy Grandeco area.

More fine powder snow has been delivered with 14cm of fresh snowfall at the moment and more coming as I write this.

The density of snow is very high so it should be piling up quite quickly. The kind of snow we all love!

It does mean though that visibility is limited today. Be careful when you ride and remember to always be aware of dangers - sometimes not easy when we're excited to be out in the fresh snow.

A strong wind is still blowing but all lifts will be operating today. Some may operate at slower speeds at times due to the wind.

According to the weather forecast, snow will continue falling for a while yet.

The roads around the Ura Bandai area are this morning covered with snow. The snowplough trucks are still working on the roads due to the continued heavy snowfall.


Lifts operating:

All lifts operating

Courses open:

All courses open


Snow and weather forecast:

6 day snow and weather forecast for Grandeco   Read more ...

Furano Now!

Tuesday 19th January 2016, 9:14am
Weather conditions: Cloud cover/overcast
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 295cm
Yesterday it was a bone chilling day with cold temperatures, and when the wind was added into the equation it became quite an unpleasant day to be out on the mountain unless you were in the super hardy category of skiers. The winds increased during the day and were severe last night. This morning there is a light breeze around the village but it does increase once you get up to the ski area base, so much so that Kitanomine Gondola operation has been put on hold, as it was yesterday. Winds were approximately 30km/h at the top of the resort earlier this morning.

Today is significantly warmer than yesterday with temperatures around -4c in the village but that little bit of breeze whipping around once again makes it feel pretty cold outdoors. The weather is overcast and there is some morning fog hanging onto the top half of the mountain. Lighting is a bit flat and will likely remain that way for the remainder of the day. It is snowing very lightly now and the precipitation should increase this afternoon.

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Shiga Kogen Now!

Tuesday 19th January 2016, 9:20am
Weather conditions: Sunny and some cloud
New snowfall: 24cm
Snow depth: 50cm
There's some sunshine this morning but it should only be a temporary break from the snow as we have heavy snowfall forecast and expected tonight and through tomorrow. Looks like it could be lots.

Kind of wet snow yesterday even though we got quite a lot of it of course - not top season Shiga Kogen quality - but we'll take it. Tonight should see the lighter kind falling (though falling 'heavier' of course). We all expect!

We should be finding most lifts and courses now open and with the snow due by tomorrow as well I would have thought that by the coming weekend we can finally call it as 'all open', or certainly close to.

Some of the official snow depth numbers are a bit ridiculous considering the snowfall over the last day or so. But anyway, it's the fresh layer that really matters.

Very fine morning and maybe afternoon on the cards before the snow clouds move back in.


Official snow depths at Shiga Kogen resort areas (Tuesday 19th January 2016):

Sun Valley






Takamagahara Mammoth


Tannenomori Okojo

Ichinose Family


Ichinose Diamond

Ichinose Yamanokami


Okushiga Kogen


Yokoteyama & Shibutoge


6 day snow and weather forecasts:

Ichinose Family 6-day snow and weather forecast
Okushiga Kogen 6-day snow and weather forecast
Yokoteyama 6-day snow and weather forecast   Read more ...

Naeba Now!

Tuesday 19th January 2016, 9:30am
Weather conditions: Brilliant conditions on the mountain today.
New snowfall: 10cm
Snow depth: 80cm
Good morning from Naeba everyone.

Today's weather couldn't be much different from yesterday. Brilliant blue skies all around and not a breath of wind anywhere on the mountain. Since yesterday's 20 cm of snow in the morning we had another 10 cm fall throughout the day. Conditions on piste are fresh and powdery.

The weather forecast is still looking good for the coming week with snow forecast everyday although today's predicted snow does not look likely to turn up anytime in the immediate future.

Naeba 6-day snow and weather forecast   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Tuesday 19th January 2016, 9:37am
Weather conditions: Snow clouds + wind
New snowfall: 46cm
Snow depth: 130cm
There's absolutely loads of snow to report this morning.

Yesterday was blizzard conditions though lifts managed to open; this morning it's still pretty wild out there but more lifts moving from the start of the day.

Whiteout and deep snow conditions. How long did it take me to be able to say something like that this season?!

Wind has been blowing it around but the average in the space behind where I live gives me 46cm to report. Yes, forty six cm! Some of the official snow depth numbers have increased, but the official snow depth for Paradise at 70cm is... silly.

Never mind, with so much snow falling here in the village areas it should be an awesome morning up there if you can brave the conditions and just like playing in fresh. Some may be more tempted to sit it out again and wait for the storm to pass. With all this new snowfall, poor visibility and excitement due to the new snowfall, extra care is required. We don't want to be hearing news of lost skiers and boarders on the evening news.

It looks like the snow should continue coming down today and basically through the weekend, though perhaps ease off somewhat after today.

Thank you Snow Gods, we do love you. We always did.


Information as of Tuesday 19th January 2016 (subject to change)

All lifts apart from three Onsen lifts are closed as of 9am.

Official snow depths:

Utopia: 100cm
Chuo: 130cm
Paradise: 70cm
Uwanodai: 80cm


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

Myoko Now!

Tuesday 19th January 2016, 9:48am
Weather conditions: Full cloud cover
New snowfall: 1cm
Snow depth: 130cm
It seems like heavy snow is falling everywhere except Myoko. I suspect people here think we're getting some good snow, but the reality is that snow is falling but we're getting very little accumulation. That doesn't mean it won't get better, though!

The forecast still holds out a lot of promise, and we're grabbing on to it. Could be heavy tomorrow, they say? Alright, we says. We have lots of hope. Enough gloom. Skiing is possible (but it will be terrible offpiste today, sorry. Low snow, lots of brush, and ice crust to boot).

The wind has shifted to the west off the coast, and it is really screaming in (19m/s, or 68 kph), which is a good sign. That wind hitting the front range (us) can mean some good snowfall.

Oh, and the lifts are all running which is much better than yesterday morning's rain, high winds and few operating lifts.


Akakura Kanko:
Only No. 1 and 2 lifts operating
-2° / 130cm

Akakura Onsen:
-2° / 130cm

Ikenotaira Onsen:
-4° / 70cm

Myoko Suginohara:
-10° (top)/ 80cm

Seki Onsen:
-5° / 180cm

Myoko Ski Park:
-1° / 95cm

Kyukamura RunRun:
1° / 130cm

Tangram Ski Circus:
-5° / 95cm

Madarao Kogen:
Closed at least for the morning due to wind
-5° / 90cm

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Minakami Now!

Tuesday 19th January 2016, 10:18am
Weather conditions: Blue skies
New snowfall: 10cm
Snow depth: 105cm
Weather forecasts have been jumping around like crazy here lately.

Turns out yesterday we didn't get the strong winds which shut a lot of places down. Winds were fierce in the morning but not enough to stop the show at Tenjin or Hodaigi. Tenjin was literally snowed on all day, tracks filled in no time type conditions. The mountain I think reported zero snow yesterday but I was sinking at least 40cm deep in parts. The areas exposed to the Southerly wind had more like 10cm of snow.

This morning I was expecting snow but instead we have clear weather. Forecast is for significant snow this afternoon and tonight and snow forever more after that. Lets hope the forecasters have it right this time!


All snow resorts in Minakami now once again (apparently) all at least part open:

Minakami Kogen Fujiwara (Unconfirmed)
Minakami Hodaigi
Minakami Kogen Ski Resort
Norn Minakami
Okutone Snow Park
Tanigawadake Tenjindaira
White Valley


Weather forecast:

Tanigawa Tenjindaira 6 day snow and weather forecast

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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