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Nozawa Onsen Now!

Saturday 20th February 2016, 7:50am
Weather conditions: Generally cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 90cm
Morning from Nozawa.

It was another fine day yesterday in the region though warming up quite a bit as well - felt rather spring-like once again with snow unfortunately melting again.

One thing about this is strange and abnormal season (in terms of weather and snowfall) is how even when we do get some decent snowfall, it seems to be quickly followed up with warmer conditions that aren't the kindest to the snow conditions.

As things are and after the warmth of the last few days, as you might expect the better snow conditions are to be found on higher areas of the mountain.

This morning there's lots of cloud around and it's just over +1C here in the village. Temperatures are due to rise to about +6C later on with the freezing level rising to nearly 2500m. Unfortunately, we're very probably going to get rained on later...

The good news is that it should be turning into snow overnight with snow forecast for the day tomorrow along with colder conditions. Then we have regular snow on the forecast through lots of next week with potentially quite a lot again later on Tuesday.

Let's hope that is right. Fingers crossed! For the sake of the length of the season, we need as much base as possible.


There is currently an issue with the 'Yu Road' which means that for the time being it will be open going towards the resort from 8am to 2pm and then coming back down towards the village from 2pm until 5:10pm.


Official info at time of writing on Saturday 20th February 2016 (subject to change):

Official snow depths:

Yamabiko: 155cm
Uenotaira: 105cm
Hikage: 90cm
Nagasaka: 65cm
Karasawa: 55cm

New snowfall as reported by the resort since yesterday:

Yamabiko: 0cm
Uenotaira: 0cm
Hikage: 0cm
Nagasaka: 0cm
Karasawa: 0cm

All courses open except:

Paradise connection
Grand Prix
Kandahar West
Kandahar East

Lifts planned to be rested today:



Nozawa Onsen 6 day weather and snow forecast

Nozawa Onsen main resort data   Read more ...

Yuzawa Now!

Saturday 20th February 2016, 8:05am
Weather conditions: Cloudy, few breaks in the cloud, bright
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 145cm
Good morning from Yuzawa.

It was another sunny day yesterday with temperatures rising again to close on double digits. Lovely weather, though making things feel very spring-like once again out there on the slopes with better snow conditions being found in higher resorts/areas.

It's going to be warm again today. The day started off generally grey and cloudy but it's quite bright and there are now a few breaks in the cloud developing with a bit of sunshine appearing too.

Unfortunately, rain is forecast from this afternoon. Hey clouds, how about tracking to the north of our valley and missing us again, like you have done quite a lot this season? That would be great of course, but I think we need to expect it to be raining with the clouds are coming in from the south west. Even the higher Kagura resort might not escape rain, alas, as the freezing level rises to around 2800m. :(

Anyway, damage limitation later on today would be good and then a quick change into snowfall overnight - hopefully by this time tomorrow it will be snowing again with snow forecast for the day tomorrow.

After that, Tuesday night through Wednesday is looking to be the most promising for the next decent snowfall.

In the meantime I hope you can enjoy the weekend wherever you may be.

Todays photos (below) were taken on Thursday 18th February at NASPA Ski Garden.


Resort official snow depths (Saturday 20th February 2016) and any specific news at time of writing:

Resorts in Yuzawa:

GALA Yuzawa

Ishiuchi Maruyama


Joetsu Kokusai

160cm (Mitsumata)
190cm (Tashiro)
220cm (Kagura)

Kandatsu Kogen

Maiko Snow Resort
180cm (upper)
75cm (lower)

Muikamachi Hakkaisan


NASPA Ski Garden

Yuzawa Kogen

Yuzawa Nakazato

Yuzawa Park


'Nighta' (floodlit night operations)

Details of the 'nighta' operations at ski and snowboards resorts around Yuzawa and Minamiuonuma.

Ishiuchi Maruyama
Open daily until 8:50pm (until 20th March).
The Chuo No 1 and Chuo No 2 lifts are open daily.
The Kanko No 1, Kanko No 2, Kanko No 3, Hatsukaishi Entrance lift, Hatsukaishi No 2 pair lifts are open on weekends and holidays.
The basic charge is 2000 yen but various tickets are available.

Open daily until 9pm on Saturdays and until 8pm on weekdays and Sundays (until 21st March).
The charge is 1500 yen for adults and 1000 yen for children and seniors.

Joetsu Kokusai
Open daily until 9pm (until 21st March).
The charge is 1500 yen for adults and 1000 yen for children and seniors.
On weekdays the area in front of the main hotel is open - a larger area (including Osawa and Atema) is open on weekends.

Kandatsu Kogen
Open from 6pm until 4am on Fridays, Saturdays and evenings before holidays through 26th March.
Open from 4:30pm until 11pm on weekdays until 24th March.
Various tickets are available starting at 2000 yen for adults, 1700 yen for seniors and 1000 yen for children.

Maiko Snow Resort
Open daily with the Maiko Center quad lift operating from 4pm until 8pm.
The charge is 500 yen for everyone.

Open daily until 27th March.
From 4pm until 8:30pm on weekdays and Sundays (2000 yen); until 9pm every Saturday and on 20th March (3000 yen).
'All Night' opening is planned for Saturday 26th March when Naeba will be open from 10pm until 5am.

NASPA Ski Garden
Extended opening until 6pm (Number 1 lift) on Saturdays until 27th February.
There is no special ticket available just for the extended time.

Yuzawa Nakazato
Open on Saturdays from 5pm until 8:30pm (until 12th March).
Tickets are 1500 yen for adults and 1000 yen for children and seniors.


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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Furano Now!

Saturday 20th February 2016, 8:05am
Weather conditions: Clear conditions
New snowfall: 6cm
Snow depth: 280cm
Welcome to Saturday, and it looks like a good day out there. Temperatures remained warm last night and it was still +2c in the village at 10pm. It has however frozen overnight but temperatures are already at 0c at base and look set to push through into positive territory.

There has been 6cm of new snow accumulation since the early hours of the morning. There is a mix of cloud and blue sky sitting over the resort and no wind at all. From this evening we are expecting a very significant snow front to come through. Fingers crossed for this one, and Sunday morning could be pretty amazing.   Read more ...

Appi Kogen Now!

Saturday 20th February 2016, 8:18am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 8cm
Snow depth: 120cm
Well it’s the weekend here at Appi Kogen and we’re eagerly awaiting the masses to descend on the mountain as the Giant Slalom competition begins in earnest. Even if you’re not skiing this weekend it’s going to be a lot of fun so come and see these young hopefuls ski like crazy people. Be sure to get here early to get a good view.

As far as the weather goes it's currently cloudy, base temperature of -3 with steady light North Westerly winds. The temperature should creep up a little today to the zero zone and we may see a few centimetres of sporadic snowfall.

Yesterday was a strange day bringing snow, fog and windy conditions late in the afternoon. The fresh snow brought smiles to many faces but there was still the undercoat of ice from last weekend which could be felt after the wind picked up.

The next few days are going to get a little worse unfortunately with the wind picking up considerably tomorrow to the 16m/s range or 60kmh. Temperatures should be moderate but expect a nice wind-chill at the summit.

Come and see us and cheer for your favourite skier, they all deserve the applause.


Currently planned operating lifts:

- Appi Gondola
- Central Number 1 quad
- Number 2 lift A
- Number 3 lift B
- Number 3 lift C
- Number 4 lift
- Sailer Gondola
- Sailer Quad
- Sailer Number 2
- Vista quad


6 day forecast for Appi Kogen:

6 day snow and weather forecast for Appi Kogen

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Niseko Now!

Saturday 20th February 2016, 8:30am
Weather conditions: Fine, thin cloud
New snowfall: 4cm
Snow depth: 145cm
Good morning from Niseko.

I have 4cm of fresh snow to report to you this morning from my base here in Hirafu.

I was out of town yesterday but it sounds like fog and limited visibility were the headline of the day.

Relatively mild again this morning, just slightly colder than this time yesterday here at base. The light westerly wind this morning isn't an issue and it seems that all of the lifts on the mountain should be open and operating as planned from the start of the day.

It's a fine morning actually with some thin hazy cloud around and the sun shining through them at the moment.

Things are set to change though soon with a drop in temperatures and heavy snowfall due tonight and into tomorrow, followed by regular snow through the coming week. That sounds good to me! I look forward to bringing you good snowy news tomorrow morning.

In the meantime hope you have a fine Saturday.


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

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Niseko HANAZONO Resort
Niseko Village
Niseko Annupuri
All lifts look set to be operating as planned this morning.


Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6am: -3℃, 5cm snowfall. Moiwa 838m: -6.6℃, SW3.2m/s, 20cm snowfall with snowdrift development. Benkei cape: NNW7m/s (18m/s @ 8pm), Kamui cape: W6m/s, 1026hPa, wave height unknown (SW14m/s, 1020hPa @ 9pm). Hirafu peak ridge: -9℃. Annupuri 1000m: -8℃, mild wind, 10cm snowfall, 260cm snowpack.

A calm morning as the Low passed and the isobars spaced out. The wind peaked around 9pm last night, generated development of wet snowdrifts around 800m elevation, however have stabilized since then. Possibilities of avalanches from Feb 20th Low pressure snowfall layer is still to be considered around cornices, knolls and steep terrain above 900m elevation. Be alert. Peak gates will open from the morning, however may close anytime depending on the weather condition. Please respect the patrol’s decisions. The snow condition is better than it looks, slightly heavy & dense, typical Niseko snow. We strongly hope a safe day for all, please be mindful of your routes and always stay prudent in the mountains. Have a nice day.


Official resort snow depths as of Saturday 20th February 2016:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 345cm
Base - 145cm

Niseko Village
Top - 340cm
Base - 170cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 350cm
Base - 170cm


Lifts planned to be open for night skiing:

Nighta will be open every day until Monday 21st March 2016

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!

Saturday 20th February 2016, 8:32am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 125cm
Good morning from Hakuba.

A fine day again yesterday weather-wise, just getting warm and toasty once again leaving us with fairly wet and heavy snow conditions on lower areas in particular.

It is a cloudy start to this Saturday morning here in Hakuba and a temperature of +2C at 8:30am. I would expect fairly icy snow conditions early on but things should loosen up fairly quick as the temperatures rise further.

Today we are expecting a high of around 6 degrees in the village and rain/sleet to move in from the south. Different forecasts have different details but let's hope that we can avoid the 'heavy rain' that some of them threaten. Thankfully even that shouldn't be too prolonged though with snow due overnight, so hopefully I'll have good snow news in my report tomorrow morning.

The forecast over the coming week is fairly promising with a return to mid-winter like temperatures and heavy snow due around Tuesday into Wednesday.

It's the 46th Fire Festival at Happo-one tonight, starting at 7:30pm over at the Nakiyama area of the resort. Weather: please be friendly!


I have mentioned this before, but if you are new to our reports and indeed new to Hakuba, please do take a bit of time to look back at previous season reports to get a good idea of how a season usually goes.

Not just in Hakuba but in many regions of Japan, this winter season is proving to be very 'not normal' in terms of weather, temperatures and snowfall.

Anyway, you can find all the previous archive Hakuba Now reports at the bottom of this page.


6 day forecast for Happo-one:

6 day snow and weather forecast for Happo-one


Resort news as of 8:30am on Saturday 20th February 2016 (where available, all subject to change due to weather conditions)

Hakuba 47:
Hakuba 47 is reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall this morning.
All courses are open.
The Osaru (lower) area of the Tree Riding Zone open (Gate 3).
There is no 'nighta' at Hakuba 47.
Official snow depth:
Upper: 210cm
Base: 115cm

Hakuba Goryu:
Hakuba Goryu is reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall this morning.
All courses except Snow Diving and Adventure are open.
The Toomi area will be open until 8:30pm tonight for 'nighta'.
Official snow depth
Alps: 245cm
Toomi: 125cm
Iimori: 125cm

Hakuba Happo-one:
Happo-one is reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall this morning.
All open - including Kurobishi Off Piste Area.
Happo Banks Snow Park is also now open.
The lower Nakiyama area is open for 'nighta' every day until 9pm.
Official snow depth:
Usagidaira: 205cm
Nakiyama: 70cm
Sakka: 50cm

Hakuba Cortina:
Hakuba Cortina is reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall this morning.
All lifts open. All courses open except Mt Hieda Ridge, Mt Hieda 2, Mt Hieda 3, Itadaira Ridge and Giant.
The Ikenota area will be open for 'nighta' until 9pm tonight (9pm on Saturdays).
Official snow depth:
Top: 180cm
Base: 110cm

Tsugaike Kogen:
All course areas are open apart from Uma-no-se and part of Rinkan course.
Nighta at Karamatsu/Shirakaba on 20th February and 5th/12th/19th March.
Note that the top Tsugaike Ropeway only opens from spring.
Official snow depth:
Tsuga-no-mori: 215cm
Maruyama: 80cm
Kane-no-naru-oka: 80cm

Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field:
Reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall this morning.
All of the Village Side is open but parts of the Mountain Side not open (Sonezawa, Dangan, Kamo 4, Five Side, View A, View B).
Winter Triathlon Festa today and tomorrow, so the cross country area is currently closed to general public.
There is no 'nighta' at Hakuba Iwatake.
Official snow depth:
Upper: 120cm
Lower: 50cm

Hakuba Norikura Onsen:
All courses apart from Expert Course are open.
There is no 'nighta' at Hakuba Iwatake.
Official snow depth:

Hakuba Sanosaka:
All of the courses are open.
There is no 'nighta' at Hakuba Sanosaka.
Official snow depth:
85cm   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Saturday 20th February 2016, 8:34am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 150cm
It ended up being another fine day in Zao yesterday.

This morning we start the day with cloud but we still have that mix of rain and snow on the forecast(s). We're just going to have to sit tight and see what happens. Or better still, get out and enjoy the morning before precipitation (whatever it may be) starts. It is keeping quite mild though and expected to be another fairly warm day. Even if it does rain though hopefully it'll be snowing soon enough and I'll be bringing news of snowfall in my report tomorrow morning.

Good chance of strong winds later today and tomorrow as well.

After that the next snow forecast is from Tuesday onwards.

All the best for the weekend.


The 'Juhyo Lightup' evening ropeway service is currently open... with just over one more week to go.

All being well it should remain open every day until next Sunday (28th February) from 5pm until 9pm (last ropeway going up at 7:50pm).


Information as of Saturday 20th February 2016 (subject to change)

All planned lifts are operating this morning.
The Karamatsu pair lift does not operate on weekdays.

Official snow depths:

Utopia: 90cm
Chuo: 150cm
Paradise: 140cm
Uwanodai: 80cm


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

Madarao Now!

Saturday 20th February 2016, 9:01am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 130cm
Morning from Madarao where it's just cloudy early on.

No new snow to report and it's going to be another of the milder days today.

Unfortunately, it is probably going to rain later on, but it will be turning into snow hopefully by the end of the day today and I might be able to report new cm of snow on the ground in my report tomorrow.

Looking at the forecast it seems we can expect snowfall most days through the coming week with the best chance of decent snowfall being around Tuesday-Wednesday. Before and after that it might just be light snow that doesn't really give us much in terms of cm.

We'll see!

Fireworks scheduled for tonight after nighta at Madarao Kogen.


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

Tree Run Courses at Madarao Kogen:

Planned to be open after checking this morning
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Shiga Kogen Now!

Saturday 20th February 2016, 9:12am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 100cm
Morning from Shiga Kogen.

It's mild and cloudy this morning.

What's more we have a southerly wind thing going on and it is forecast to get stronger... to the point where it may even affect some lift operations later on.

I also have to mention the worry of rain that is forecast for later on.

Hmmm. So it might not end up being particularly nice this afternoon. Let's hope we can avoid these things as much as possible.

The good news is that by tomorrow it should be snowing and we may get a decent amount of it as well, and colder temperatures are due mid week with regular snowfall again.

Roller coaster season!

Have a good Saturday.


Official snow depths at Shiga Kogen resort areas (Saturday 20th February 2016):

Sun Valley
Nighta on Saturdays until 19th March (7pm-9pm)






Takamagahara Mammoth


Tannenomori Okojo

Ichinose Family
Nighta daily until 27th March (6:30pm-9pm)


Ichinose Diamond
Nighta on Saturdays until 26th March (6:30pm-9pm)

Ichinose Yamanokami

Nighta on Saturdays until 12th March (6pm-8pm)

Okushiga Kogen

Nighta on Saturdays until 26th March (6:30pm-9pm)
Also on 12th February and 20th March

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 ...

Grandeco Now!

Saturday 20th February 2016, 9:20am
Weather conditions: Overcast skies
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 240cm
It’s overcast at Grandeco this morning, but the weather is holding out.

It should be warming up over the next few hours making the conditions much like spring skiing/boarding.

Lift lines are not a problem and all course have been freshly groomed.

The Nishdaiten backcountry area is accessible from the Grandeco’s Number 4 Lift.

There is a chance of rain later in this afternoon, but with the high elevation this should turn to snow later on today and throughout the day tomorrow.

On a side note the Urabandai Snow Festival will be going on this evening from 10:00-21:00 with fireworks at 18:00. Parking is free and food and drinks are available.


Lifts operating:

All lifts operating

Courses open:

All courses open


Snow and weather forecast:

6 day snow and weather forecast for Grandeco

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Naeba Now!

Saturday 20th February 2016, 9:24am
Weather conditions: Solid covering of cloud today.
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 120cm
Good morning from Naeba everybody.

Well here we are. Will it rain or snow later today? We're off to a warm start here today in Naeba with already positive temperatures in the base are from 08:00 this morning so unfortunately my money is for rain at least at first. By the time night time rolls around though we should see a change to snow.

Looking onward the weather forecast is predicting snow for most of the week from Sunday forwards.

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

Myoko Now!

Saturday 20th February 2016, 10:26am
Weather conditions: Pretty gray
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 185cm
It's a warm one out there today in Myoko.

The temperatures are all positive (but not our attitudes because of that). It's not raining - yet, thankfully. But it's really spring out there, with water channels running down the snowfields around the ski areas. Lot of muddy boots as well. Yes, welcome to early April, now in Myoko.

Hopefully the drop in the freezing line later today/tonight will bring the promised snow. It may not be a lot, but it is going to keep going, which would be great.

The usual caution should be taken if by luck we do get any heavy snowfall on top of this wet old stuff, but that really doesn't seem likely. I'm heading out, though; time to get that creaky old knee in motion and have some fun, even if it is sloppy spring snow. Better than ice (which is only for cocktails).


Akakura Kanko:
3° / 185cm

Akakura Onsen:
3° / 190cm

Ikenotaira Onsen:
0° / 130cm

Myoko Suginohara:
0° / 110cm

Seki Onsen:
0° / 330cm

Myoko Ski Park:
5° / 150cm

Kyukamura RunRun:
3° / 200cm

Tangram Ski Circus:
0° / 145cm

Madarao Kogen:
2° / 130cm
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