Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 5th May 2018

Yuzawa Now!

Monday 19th March 2018, 6:33am
Weather conditions: Mostly cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Yuzawa.

Early morning and it is mostly cloudy with rain threatened for the day. Looks like it is raining to the north already.

We are still hoping for the chance of some snow higher up overnight but whatever happens in that respect, it should clear up by early morning and we may get to see some sunshine tomorrow.


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

Updated: Sunday 18th 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 ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Monday 19th March 2018, 6:44am
Weather conditions: Generally cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Hello and good morning from Nozawa on this Monday morning.

There is a lot of cloud around this morning and while it isn't just yet, rain is forecast along with a high temperature of around 5C later on. We are still hoping for the chance of snow falling overnight tonight and early tomorrow morning and more snow might be falling around Thursday on the mountain. Whether we'll get snow down to base is another matter, we'll just have to see.

With Nozawa hoping to be able to open until 6th May, that means we have another 7 weeks left to go.


Monday 19th 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): 120cm
- Nagasaka (615m): 115cm
- Karasawa (563m): 65cm

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 ...

Zao Now!

Monday 19th March 2018, 7:15am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Zao and it almost feels like a Monday morning.. light rain at the moment but hopefully that will clear up soon enough. Limited visibility out on the mountain as well by the looks of the early morning cam.

And then heavy rain and/or heavy snow around Thursday. Interesting to see how that is going to turn out. Of course, we all hope for the snow option there!


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: 190cm
- Chuo area: 190cm
- Utopia area: 180cm
- Uwanodai area: 115cm
- Oomori area: 95cm


Zao Onsen forecast:

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

Geto Kogen Now!

Monday 19th March 2018, 7:20am
Weather conditions: Fine, cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Beautiful day on the hill yesterday — just all round fantastic spring conditions. Tops of 5 degrees at the bottom with clear, sunny skies and light winds. The snow softened around lunchtime and it was a spring playground, forgiving under skis and boards.

Today, tops of 5C in the morning to cool into the minuses by the evening, with some light/moderate winds and light rain for the most part of the day. Not much hopefully, just a sprinkling, but should make it a little different out there for the most part.

Tomorrow’s looking sunny, though with considerably lower temps with tops of 0C and light winds that should calm even further…

Tuesday: mostly sunny, light winds & tops of 0C
Wednesday: mostly sunny with evening snow, light winds & tops of 2C
Thursday: heavy rain to light snow with moderate winds & tops of 3C


Official snow depths:

Top: 385cm
Base: 260cm   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Monday 19th March 2018, 7:30am
Weather conditions: Fine, cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Shiga Kogen.

Lots of cloud this morning but also some areas of clearer skies too. And unfortunately rain is expected.

I'm still looking at the forecast and wondering if we will get the snowfall that is being teased over the coming days...


'Planned closing dates' information for resorts in Shiga Kogen. Basically:

- all ski areas in Shiga Kogen plan to be at least part open until the end of March;
- a bunch of resorts will be open on specific dates (usually weekends and Golden Week) once we get into April;
- the remaining resorts will be open daily until 6th May and beyond that (they will close when there's not enough snow left to ski or board!)

Once we get to the end of March, I will add specific lift operation plans for the ski resorts that remain open during the months of April and May.


Planned closing date information for the ski areas around Shiga Kogen. Note that all are subject to change.

At least part open daily until Sunday 1st April:

Sun Valley
Hoppo Bunadaira

At least part open daily until Sunday 1st April; then open on some days (mostly weekends and Golden Week) until Sunday 6th May:

Takamagahara Mammoth
Ichinose Family
Ichinose Diamond

As least part open daily until 6th May; then part open from 7th May:

Okushiga Kogen
Yokoteyama & Shibutoge

Details of ski lift operations during the months of April and May will be posted by the end of March   Read more ...

Madarao Now!

Monday 19th March 2018, 7:35am
Weather conditions: Generally cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning and it is a cloudy start to the week here in Madarao.

There's no rain or snow yet, but we are forecast some of the former during the day today.

And hopefully there might be a chance of some of the latter overnight.

14 more days to go here in Madarao.


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 ...

Furano Now!

Monday 19th March 2018, 7:42am
Weather conditions: Rain
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
I hate to have to say it but there is a fair amount of rain coming down at the moment, and combined with +3c temperatures, the morning is going to be wet. However the temperature will slide downwards during the day and will be in the negatives by afternoon. It is overcast and forecast to stay like that for the day with a light wind.    Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Monday 19th March 2018, 7:44am
Weather conditions: Cloudy skies
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from my Hirafu base.

Not the most exciting of reports as it is a rather mild morning and it was raining lightly earlier on but I am happy to report that it is currently snowing. Not the most powdery variety of course, but snow is always better than rain.

Wind might affect some top lifts today so please check with resorts before you go if that is important.

I need to get myself to Sapporo this morning, so I'll see you again tomorrow morning.


Floodlit 'nighta' operations have now finished for the 2017-2018 season.


Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6.00am: -1°, no new snow. Moiwa 800m: -1.1°, WSW13.3m/s, no new snow. Annupuri 1150m: -3°, strong wind, no new snow. Elevation 1000m: Snowpack 440cm. Hirafu peak: -2°, strong winds, no new snow. Coastal data: Benkei Cape: WNW12m/s. Kamui Cape: WNW11m/s, 1010hPa, wave 1.6m.

As the low pressure front moves through it is bringing warm air and strong winds. The high pressure system to the west is causing the winds to pick up further and temperatures to drop. Above 800m the snow is not frozen, however lower areas have melted. Top gate openings are yet undecided due to strong winds. Please listen to the patrols advice. The low temperatures will continue for a while, but the danger of full depth avalanches is still present. Full depth avalanches do not only occur on warm days. Have a good day.


Monday 19th 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: 200cm

Niseko Village

Lifts scheduled to be operating:
- All lifts should be operating as planned (Country Road Chair lift not operating)

Official snow depth:
- Top: 410cm
- Base: 200cm   Read more ...

Grandeco Now!

Monday 19th March 2018, 8:41am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Grandeco.

A little snow is falling around top area this morning and the visibility is not good - no cm of snow to record though.

There is some snow forecast on Wednesday. It will be nice if we could record some cm of snow in this season. I wonder if it will happen...


Lifts operating:

- All lifts operating

Courses open:

- All courses open

Official snow depth:
- 250cm

- Grandeco snow and weather forecast
   Read more ...

Naeba Now!

Monday 19th March 2018, 8:57am
Weather conditions: Overcast
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Naeba. It's a damp start here, with some light rain starting us off for the week. There is little wind to speak of, but we can expect conditions to close in over the course of the day, leading to moderate to heavy snowfall overnight tonight. There will be little in the way of sunshine today! The air temperature will push all the way up to 7°C this morning, but again this will drop as the day presses on, with overnight temperatures being below freezing. The pistes will still be sugary and spring-like today, until the snow starts accumulating on top.

Looking forwards, we have a wet week ahead! Temperatures are expected to remain close to 0°C at the base until at least Thursday. With a moderate amount of precipitation heading our way from today until Friday, with a small respite on Tuesday, we can expect some of this to fall as rain and some to fall as snow at the base. The forecast is currently predicting moderate accumulations at the mid station and the top of the mountain. The wind will be calm through the week until Wednesday, when a blustery system will push into the valley from the south-east, bringing with it the aforementioned warm air and rain for Thursday. Fingers crossed for a nice top up of fresh snow at the top of the mountain this week.   Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Monday 19th March 2018, 10:19am
Weather conditions: Fog has slid in
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Rain and gloom. Well, after a nice sunny spring day, it feels like a very Monday day. One day you can be happy to be at work, doing your part to build society while things get wet out here in the hills. It could turn to snow later, and there is that possibility of a heavy snow on Wednesday. The predicting freezing level of 1350-1600 meters kind of says otherwise, but after this year, anything is possible.

Actually pretty fun, if very slow skiing in the backcountry yesterday, at least on sun-warmed slopes. That fresh snow of a few days ago really slowed things down where it remained in shadowy areas, and you couldn’t really say it was corn…. Might even be better today with the rain lubrication. If not so much fun to be out in, though.

I’ve added closing dates, as we are getting close. Note that Akakan and Seki Onsen plan to keep going to Golden Week in May; let’s hope the snow holds!


Akakura Kanko:
250 cm, 3°; closing May 6

Akakura Onsen:
235cm, -1°; closing April 8

Ikenotaira Onsen:
205cm, 2°

Myoko Suginohara:
140cm, 3°; closing April 1

Seki Onsen:
400 cm, -1°; closing May 6

Myoko Ski Park:
190 cm, 6°; closing April 1

Kyukamura RunRun:
200 cm, 5°; closing April 1

Lotte Arai Resort:
410cm, 6.4°; Exciter and Discovery permanently closed; Mamushigaeshi and Rindou Lower closed; Funaishi-zawa, Happy Place and Benzaku-zawa in the avalanche-controlled areas open; others closed, some for the season (see website for updates); no clear posted closing date (will check!)

Tangram Ski Circus:
140 cm, 3°; closing April 1

Madarao Kogen:
170 cm, 5°; closing April 1

Kurohime Kogen Snow Park:
140cm, 3°; closing April 1   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Monday 19th March 2018, 16:07pm
Weather conditions: Cloudy skies...
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good afternoon from Hakuba and apologies for the late report. Circumstance and real life getting in the way.

The day started off cloudy but it's raining now I'm afraid so I don't feel particularly talkative about that.

Might I get to talk about some fresh snow tomorrow? I will let you know.


Ski resort information on Monday 19th 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: 340cm
- Usagidaira: 200cm
- Lower: 60cm


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: 325cm
- Toomi: 115cm
- Iimori: 70cm


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: 115cm


Tsugaike Kogen

Operating lifts:
- All lifts should be operating as normal

Courses open:
- All course areas are open

Official snow depth:
- Tsuga-no-mori: 285cm
- Han-no-ki: 280cm
- Maruyama: 75cm
- Shirakaba: 240cm
- Champion: 95cm
- Oya-no-hara: 110cm
- Kane-no-naru-oka: 90cm


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 ...

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24th Aug, 11:16am
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12th Aug, 0:17pm
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06th May, 9:04am
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06th May, 9:02
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06th May, 8:41
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06th May, 8:35
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06th May, 8:30am
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06th May, 8:28am
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