Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 1st April 2018

Appi Kogen Now!

Sunday 1st January 2017, 8:19am
Weather conditions: Cloudy, some blue sky
New snowfall: 4cm
Snow depth: --
Hello from Appi,


The only resort that can say it and mean it1 Yesterday was busy-busy here and with the gondola in operation certainly made for a nice day out. 4 lifts in operation as well as the gondola today will make it another nice day on the slopes. The Sailer run that was open yesterday turned a little bumpy in the late morning and afternoon and you can expect the same today.

Mostly stable weather conditions with the clouds rolling in late evening and tomorrow hopefully bringing 10cm of snow with it. Temperatures rising slightly also to the -2 range at the base.

Have a fun and prosperous New Year!


Currently planned operating lifts:

Central quad
Central number 1
Central number 3a
Central number 2
Central number 5


Official snow depth:

55cm   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Sunday 1st January 2017, 8:20am
Weather conditions: Cloudy - overcast
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning and a very happy new year to you all. May it be a good one for you and yours. And may it be full of fresh, fluffy, dry and light snow.

Alas, I do not have any fresh snowfall to report to you this morning. After a rather boisterous and noisy New Years Eve (well, if you wanted it to be), it is a fairly calm and cloudy start to the day. Last night the weather was good for the fireworks and the torch-lit skiing display thingy, and the drinking and eating places were very lively with people celebrating. I suspect there might be one or two few sore heads this morning.

As I said, it is a calm morning here and generally cloudy conditions. We may get a light dusting over the next few days but the forecasts seem to be telling us to expect the next proper snowfall from Wednesday.

Gates are gradually opening with 4, 5 and 6 already open and 2 and 3 scheduled to open from today. There's more on that in the Avalanche Report below.

Snow-wise, the month of December ended up with me observing 181cm of snowfall. Better than most of the other reports posted on the site I notice, but definitely less than each of the previous (at least) four seasons... and in a few cases much less. Hmmmm. Anyway, you can see the numbers for yourself below and on the 'Snowfall Analysis' page (big blue tab button at the top of the page), but I'll do a little mini-review sometime in the next few days.

I observed 303cm of snowfall in January 2016. Let's beat that shall we...


Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6am: -5℃, no snowfall. Moiwa 800m: -7℃, mild wind and no snowfall. Annupuri 1150m: -9℃, no snowfall, foggy. Hirafu1200m: -9℃, mild wind, no snowfall, foggy and poor visibility. Coastal data: Kamui cape SW12m/s, 1019hPa, 1.0m waves.

Happy New Year.

The weather is calm under a high-pressure system. There are no snowfall or snowdrifts development and the general avalanche risk is low. Gates 6, 4 & 5 have opened, and Gate 2 (Annupuri peak) and 3 (Hirafu peak) are scheduled to open today. Gate 4 will open a while after the peak opens. Area above 1100m is foggy and visibility is very bad.

Although the snow is insufficient, slopes above 800m are relatively good. The lower you go, the thicker are the bushes and some streams aren’t filled in yet. Many holes are present in Annupuri Osawa valley’s bottom. Make sure to avoid the bottom of the valley and stick on the left bank (Annupuri resort side).

Cornices can collapse anytime; do not stimulate them. People may be riding under it.

Freedom to ride out of bounds is tolerated in Niseko, however safety of all users is also a great concern. The area outside the gates is not within the resort management. Many hazards are present in the backcountry, please be prudent.

Wearing helmets and avalanche beacons are strongly recommended. Carrying a rope would be handy if you fall in a hole. Following unknown tracks can leave you astray. Know where you go and know where you are. People ducking ropes will have their liftpass confiscated.

Have a nice 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 lifts appear to be operating as planned.


Official resort snow depths as of Sunday 1st January 2017:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 240cm
Base - 90cm

Niseko Village
Top - 140cm
Base - 100cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 140cm
Base - 90cm


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 ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Sunday 1st January 2017, 8:30am
Weather conditions: Cloudy, fog
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Nozawa. And Happy New Year!

There were lots of people out and about until the New Year rolled in, enjoying the firework display. I think most skipped the extended nighta to have a few drinks and then come back for the celebrations. I know that's what I did, though I must admit that the second part of yesterday is something of a haze.

This morning we can't see much down at base. It's foggy. (A bit like my head). Though I expect that to clear pretty soon - perhaps the fog quicker than my head!

Light snow has been falling as well with the resort reporting 2cm of fresh snow up on the top areas. Nothing down below and we expect the day to be generally cloudy.

It looks like the lower part of the Skyline course is closed again along with Kitsuki and Usagi.

Our next delivery of snow; perhaps we will see that come Tuesday. Temperatures are still tracking on the 'higher than usual' side of things - we could really do with a change to that pattern...


Sunday 1st January 2017

Lifts that are planned to be operating:
All lifts appear to be operating except for:
- Kandahar pair

Most courses at Nozawa Onsen are now open. Courses not yet open are:
- Skyline (lower)
- Kurokura
- Grandprix
- Jumping
- Hachiman
- Mukobayashi
- Kandahar East
- Kandahar West
- Kitsuki
- Usagi

Official snow depths:
- Yamabiko: 140cm
- Uenotaira: 105cm
- Hikage: 70cm
- Nagasaka: 55cm
- Karasawa: 40cm

Fresh snow reported by resort since yesterday morning:
- Yamabiko: 2cm
- Uenotaira: 2cm
- Hikage: 0cm
- Nagasaka: 0cm
- Karasawa: 0cm   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Sunday 1st January 2017, 8:35am
Weather conditions: Mostly cloudy to start with
New snowfall: 2cm
Snow depth: --
Happy New Year from Hakuba.

It was a good-looking mix of cloud and blue sky through the day yesterday. And then on to the last night of the year. Lots of celebrating going on as you might expect. I hope everyone behaved! :)

This morning light snow was falling and there's a bit on the ground. Not much and resorts are also reporting just a cm or two, up to 5cm. We are expecting sunshine today so the clouds are expected to clear up and for mild conditions this afternoon. And tomorrow too. Can't someone just push those temperatures down a bit somehow? Answers on a postcard please.

Everyone is of course anxiously wanting to hear about decent fresh snowfall; it looks like it'll be Tuesday when we can expect that. And hopefully it will be decent. Let it be, as they say.


Resort news as of 8:30am on Sunday 1st January 2017:

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

Hakuba 47:
The resort is reporting 5cm of fresh snowfall.
The top connection with Hakuba Goryu is open.
Operating lifts and course info:
- All lifts operating.
- All courses now open apart from Route 7.
- The Tree Riding Zones are not yet open.
Official snow depth
Upper: 110cm
Base: 20cm

Hakuba Goryu:
The resort is reporting 1-2cm of fresh snowfall.
The top connection with Hakuba 47 is open.
Operating lifts and course info:
- All lifts apart from the Iimori Number 1 lift and the Cosmo quad lift are operating.
The following courses are open:
- Grand Prix
- Panorama
- Super
- Toomi
- Soft Cream
- Powder Snow (part)
Official snow depth
Alps: 125cm
Toomi: 35cm
Iimori: 20cm

Hakuba Happo-one:
The upper areas of Hakuba Happo-one are open.
You can now ski or board back down to base via the Riesen Slalom and Nakiyama courses.
Downloading via Gondola or lift required in the other areas.
The resort is reporting 1cm of fresh snowfall.
Operating lifts and course info:
- Most lifts are now operating with just a number of base area lifts still to get moving.
The following courses are open:
- Kurobishi
- Usagidaira
- Skyline
- Riesen (part)
- Panorama
- Nakiyama South (part)
- Kita-one 3
Official snow depth:
Usagidaira: 90cm
Kurobishi: 110cm
Lower: 25cm

Tsugaike Kogen:
Tsugaike Kogen is now mostly open.
Operating lifts and course info:
- Most lifts are now operating.
The following courses are open:
- Most areas of Tsugaike Kogen are now open apart from Uma-no-se and Champion areas.
Official snow depth:
Tsuga-no-mori: 110cm
Han-no-ki: 100cm
Oya-no-hara: 30cm
Maruyama: 30cm
Kane-no-naru-oka: 15cm

Hakuba Cortina:
The resort is reporting up to 0cm of fresh snowfall.
Operating lifts and course info:
- Hakuba Cortina is now mostly open.
Official snow depth:
Top: 117cm
Base: 80cm

Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field:
Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field is currently part open.
Operating lifts and course info:
- Gondola
- Paradise triple
- 3-sen North lift
- 4-sen East lift
The following courses are at least part open:
- View C (part)
- East
- North
- Downhill (part)
- Paradise (part)
- by1
Official snow depth:
Top: 55cm
Base: 30cm

Kashimayari is currently part open.
Operating lifts:
- Number 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, and 7 lifts.
Official snow depth:
Top: 30cm

Hakuba Norikura Onsen:
Hakuba Norikura Onsen is currently part open.
Lift info:
- Most lifts are now operating with most courses planned to be available today.
Official snow depth:
Top: 85cm

Hakuba Sanosaka:
Hakuba Sanosaka is now part open.
Official snow depth:
Top: 20cm


Please note that Yanaba ski hill will not be opening for the 2016-2017 season   Read more ...

Madarao Now!

Sunday 1st January 2017, 8:44am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Happy New Year!

Everyone have a good night last night? The skies cleared up nicely for the torchlit skiing and fireworks last night.

Nice snow conditions to enjoy yesterday with the good weather to enjoy too.

It's altogether more cloudy this morning and while I don't have any additional new cm to report (just a dusting) - and if it doesn't warm up more than we'd like - it should be pretty good out there.

Next decent snowfall forecast for late Monday through Wednesday.


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
- Snow Mobile Land
- Free ride Park

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

Official snow depth:

- 120cm

Lifts currently operating at Tangram Ski Circus:

- Number 1
- Number 2
- Number 3
- Number 5
- Number 6   Read more ...

Grandeco Now!

Sunday 1st January 2017, 8:50am
Weather conditions: Foggy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
A Happy New Year to everyone from a calm Grandeco this morning.

There has been a dusting of snow, but not enough to record 1cm this morning...

Light snow is still falling on and off at this moment so hopefully we might get some to report tomorrow.

It is foggy this morning with the temperature a little higher than yesterday.

There are new items in the snow park this morning but it will close if and when visibility is too poor.

Most ski resorts in the Bandai area are open today but please check how many courses / lifts do they open from official sources before you go.

Snow park information - new items:
5m straight rail, 4m straight rail, 4m down box, 4 formed cask, drum can, 6m straight box, 8m straight rail, 6m down box and 6m wide box


Lifts operating:

- Gondola
- Number 1 quad lift
- Number 2 quad lift

Courses open:

[A-a] Rainbow 3500
[A-b] Rainbow 3500
[B-c] Mint C
[C] Center
[D-b] Lavender B

Official snow depth:

Road condition to Grandeco:
Inawashiro through Goshikinuma: snow.
Goshikinuma through Grandeco: snow.
Snow tires are necessary.   Read more ...

Yuzawa Now!

Sunday 1st January 2017, 9:01am
Weather conditions: Cloudy with...
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Happy New Year!

And a good morning to you from Yuzawa. Kotoshi mo yoroshiku!

Just a dusting of snow on the mountainsides overnight but it does look like it is snowing higher up early on.

I really (really!) don't want to be starting the year talking about rain, but unfortunately I have to. Rain was falling in town yesterday afternoon and we were hoping for a fresh layer of snow on the ground this morning in town... sadly, that's not the case and it is still raining - thankfully lightly. As mentioned snow appears to be happening higher up so head up there to avoid the wet.

It's just remaining too warm and though no rain is on the forecast for tomorrow, tomorrow is going to be warmer again - with a high of around 7C forecast in town. I wish we could get rid of all of this 'unseasonably warm' talk on the weather reports!

I see snow on the forecasts from Tuesday and so it's back to crossing those fingers.

Wherever you are though, I hope that you have a fun and safe 2017.



Resort-specific info as of Sunday 1st January 2017

GALA Yuzawa
11 courses in the Central and North areas are open.
Official snow depth: 140cm

Ishiuchi Maruyama
Lifts from all three base areas are now operating. All but one lift operating and all course areas are now available.
Nighta operations have also started.
Official snow depth: 80cm

Iwappara is part open. 7 lifts and 14 courses are open.
Nighta is now available.
Official snow depth: 50cm

Joetsu Kokusai
More of Joetsu Kokusai is now open with 17 lifts operating and 16 courses up there open.
Official snow depth: 50cm

All areas of Kagura are open.
The top Kagura Number 5 lift is open from today. It operates from 9am until noon (from 9:30am on weekdays).
Official snow depth:
Kagura - 170cm
Mitsumata - 150cm
Tashiro - 130cm

Kandatsu Kogen
Kandatsu Kogen is now mostly open with 5 lifts planned to be operating.
Nighta from 6pm until 4am tomorrow morning.
Official snow depth: 80cm

Most lifts operating. Please see Naeba Now report for more specific details.
Official snow depth: 90cm

Maiko Snow Resort
Maiko is now mostly open with all but one lift and 18 courses available.
'Nighta' (floodlit night skiing) operations at Maiko Snow Resort have started.
Official snow depth:
Upper - 110cm
Base - 30cm

Muikamachi Hakkaisan
The Ropeway, Number 1 and Number 3 romance pair lifts are operating.
Official snow depth: 100cm

NASPA Ski Garden
NASPA Ski Garden is open. All lifts are operating and all courses (apart from the mogul course) are open.
Official snow depth: 80cm

Yuzawa Kogen
Yuzawa Kogen is mostly open including the lower Nunoba area.
All lifts operating.
Official snow depth:
Top - 100cm
Base - 40cm

Yuzawa Park
Yuzawa Park is part open with the Number 1, 2, 3 and 7 lifts operating.
Official snow depth: 55cm

Yuzawa Nakazato
Yuzawa Nakazato is part open with all operating.
Official snow depth: 50cm


'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 between 29th December 2016 and 1st April 2017.
The nighta opening times on those days is from 6pm until 4am the following morning.

Maiko Snow Resort
Daily from 28th December 2016 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.
Part of the lower area of the resort is usually open for nighta.

NASPA Ski Garden
'Thanks' (extended) opening on Saturdays in December, January and February and also on 23rd December and from 30th December until 8th January 2017.
On those days the Number 1 lift is open until 6pm.

Yuzawa Nakazato
Every Saturday from 7th January until 11th March 2017, 29th December until 3rd January, 8th January 2017.
Nighta is from 5pm until 8:30pm.
The Number 2 pair lift operates during nighta.   Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Sunday 1st January 2017, 9:02am
Weather conditions: Increasing cloud cover
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Happy New Year! Sitting here along the main road leading up to Akakura Kanko; traffic is still low... Maybe a little too much fun last night? Tomorrow usually is a bigger day anyway. And it looks pretty good out there, some nice snow yesterday, with good cold temperatures. It warmed up a bit last night; we were almost afraid that some rain might fall, but this morning showed a very light dusting of fresh snow instead. Looking at the weather forecast for the week (just click the "6-Day Forecast" tab above here), we have the possibility of heavy snow again around Wednesday, and snow on several other days. So the news is good and we're ready to ski.

Outside the ski areas, there's still too much brush and small trees to really make it worthwhile. There are people out there finidng the good patches, but you really need to know where you are and where you're going, and a map alone is not going to get you back OK. Hope for a couple of more meters of snow to put that greenery to sleep for the winter!


Akakura Kanko:
120cm, -2°

Akakura Onsen:
160cm, -2°

Ikenotaira Onsen:
90cm, -1°

Myoko Suginohara:
80cm, -5° (top)

Seki Onsen:
150cm, -3°

Myoko Ski Park:
110cm, -1°

Kyukamura RunRun:
150cm, 2°

Tangram Ski Circus:
110cm, -3°

Madarao Kogen:
120m, 0°   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Sunday 1st January 2017, 9:11am
Weather conditions: Cloud, some clearings
New snowfall: 1cm
Snow depth: --
Happy New Year from Shiga Kogen.

It has been a cloudy start to the day here, but with the sun peeking through gaps in the clouds at times and in some places.

We're expecting calm and relatively mild conditions today and tomorrow before a return to fresh snowfall from later on Tuesday and the forecast showing a few days of snow beyond that.

So hope you can enjoy this first day of the year. Expect tomorrow to also be busy before starting to quieten down from Tuesday.


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

The majority of ski lifts and courses in Shiga Kogen are now open.



Ichinose Family

Ichinose Diamond




Okushiga Kogen

Sun Valley

Takamagahara Mammoth



   Read more ...

Furano Now!

Sunday 1st January 2017, 9:19am
Weather conditions: Overcast
New snowfall: 1cm
Snow depth: --
Happy New Year from Furano!

If you have headed out for first lifts this morning you will not have had to share the mountain with many others. There was a distinct lack of people for the 8:30am start to the lifts on the Kitanomine side. I am sure the crowds will make it up after they have a couple of hours extra rest.

There is only a dusting of new snow to report this morning. It looks like a pretty good day with high overcast conditions and no wind. All trails are open except Dynamic.

Looking to the week ahead there is nothing significant on the snow front, with only light dustings of snow expected on and off.   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Sunday 1st January 2017, 10:08am
Weather conditions: Cloud, some blue sky (base)
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Hello and a happy new year to you all from Zao Onsen.

Earlier cloud cover has been breaking this morning and just as I write this report the sun is making its way through into my room. Had to close the curtain actually! Looks like there is more blue sky out there as well now... having said that, the webcam for higher up appears to show poor visibility right now; so varied conditions on different parts of the mountain.

Not much to report really on this first day of the season. I notice that my observed snowfall for the season so far is pretty much the same as last season (not something we wanted!), so let's hope that January delivers - last season I observed 2.11m of snow here at base. Let's make that 3m this year shall we?

Taking a quick look at the forecast, perhaps some fresh snow to fall tomorrow night and then more around Wednesday.

The fact that we need some good consistent and heavy snowfall remains unchanged as we enter the new year.


>b>The following lifts are not operating:
Kurohime Number 1 quad
Onsen Number 4 quad
Zao Paradise Number 3 pair
Zao Kokutai pair
Ryuzan pair
Karamatsu pair
Sunrise pair AB
Nakamori Number 1 triple
Nakamori Number 2 pair
Zao Paradise Number 3 pair
Omori quad


Official snow depths:
Chuo - 60cm
Utopia - 35cm
Uwanodai - 25cm
Paradise - 50cm


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

January 2017: 1st-3rd, 7th, 8th, 14th, 15th, 21st, 22nd, 27th-31st
February 2017: 1st-28th
March 2017: 1st-5th

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 ...

Naeba Now!

Sunday 1st January 2017, 13:55pm
Weather conditions: Quite a thick layer of cloud near the tops of the ski area today.
New snowfall: 1cm
Snow depth: --
Happy new year from Naeba everybody and apologies for the late update today.

Since yesterday we have received a small amount of snow in fits and starts however it is difficult to tell exactly how much has fallen. As a result conditions are fresh on the slopes but not powdery.

From today most of the resort is now open. The only runs not open are:
The Takenokoyama Course,
The Takenokoyama Skyline Course,
The Men`s Riesen Slalom Trail,
The Men's Slalom Trail,
The Women's Riesen Slalom Trail.

From tomorrow we are meant to see the start of a two or three day snow storm which should help to get the final remaining runs to open.    Read more ...

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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, 8:35am
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06th May, 8:30am
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06th May, 8:28am
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