Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 5th May 2018

Furano Now!

Tuesday 20th March 2018, 7:28am
Weather conditions: Bluebird
New snowfall: 3cm
Snow depth: --
What a contrast today is to the recent gloomy weather. We have brilliant blue sky sitting over the resort with only a couple of clouds showing. The clear sky and sun is forecast to stay with us throughout the day. There is no wind and there has been 3cm of snow overnight that has settled across the village covering all the roads.    Read more ...

Geto Kogen Now!

Tuesday 20th March 2018, 7:30am
Weather conditions: Blue skies
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Another partly cloudy day on the mountain yesterday with cooler temps reaching tops of 3C, but with some light to moderate gusts of wind here and there it was chilly at times.

Today, mostly sunny to clear into the afternoon and tops of 2C. Some snow showers should make their way across to us in the evening, but nothing much expected.

Thursday is looking like a bit of a messy one, at the bottom we’ll see about 40mm of rain (heavy, most of the day), while at the top the snow should be falling moderately, with about 20cm if we’re lucky!

Wednesday: mostly sunny with evening rain/snow, winds increasing & tops of 1C
Thursday: heavy rain/mod snow at the top, moderate winds & tops of 3C
Friday: light snow easing, moderate winds & tops of 3C


Official snow depths:

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

Zao Now!

Tuesday 20th March 2018, 7:48am
Weather conditions: Fine, thin cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Zao.

A fine morning with some thin cloud around.

Come tomorrow the snow clouds should be back though some forecasts are calling for borderline rain/snow at base. We'll just have to see what develops.

A number of lifts have now closed for the season, though most course areas remain open. See below for more info.


Lifts and course info:

Most course areas remain open.

The following lifts have now closed for the season:

- Zao Paradise Number 3 pair
- Diamond Number 1 pair
- Zao Kokutai
- Ryuzan pair
- Karamatsu pair

Official snow depths:

- Summit area: 175cm
- Paradise area: 190cm
- Chuo area: 190cm
- Utopia area: 180cm
- Uwanodai area: 100cm
- Oomori area: 90cm


Zao Onsen forecast:

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

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Tuesday 20th March 2018, 8:06am
Weather conditions: Cloud, fog
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Nozawa.

And there is some fresh snow to report. No cm down at base here but 3cm being reported by the resort on the top Yamabiko and Uenotaira course areas.

Lots of cloud around this morning and generally limited visibility - especially around base and lower areas of the mountain. We are forecast mostly cloudy conditions today and there is a chance of more snow (or rain) over the next few days with temperatures keeping fairly cold.

Pretty much all of Nozawa remains open.


Tuesday 20th March 2018

Fresh snowfall since yesterday (as reported by the resort):

- Yamabiko (1407m): 3cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 3cm
- Hikage (660m): 0cm
- Nagasaka (615m): 0cm
- Karasawa (563m): 0cm

Official snow depth numbers:

- Yamabiko (1407m): 260cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 180cm
- Hikage (660m): 115cm
- Nagasaka (615m): 110cm
- Karasawa (563m): 55cm

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 ...

Niseko Now!

Tuesday 20th March 2018, 8:21am
Weather conditions: Cloud, blue sky
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Niseko.

No new cm of snow since yesterday and it is a fine start to the morning with a mix of cloud and blue skies and sunshine.

After some strong winds yesterday, things seem somewhat calmer this morning so the lifts should be opening as scheduled.

Over the next few days it looks like we are more likely to have more sunshine and cloud than any kind of precipitation and it will be getting a little warmer as we approach the weekend. Hopefully not too warm.


Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 5.00am: -5°, 3cm new snow. Moiwa 800m: -8.8°, NW7.4m/s, major snowdrift development. Annupuri elevation 1000m: snowpack 440cm. Hirafu peak: -10°, trace new snow to valley. Coastal data: Benkei Cape: NNE11m/s. Kamui Cape: N8m/s, 1021hPa, wave 2.1m.

Cold air is entering the region, above the 800m tree line there is cornice and snowdrift development on leeward slopes. There is possibility of surface avalanches fracturing on 18 Mar layer, about 30cm depth, on upper steep areas of knoll and cornice slopes. The wind is starting to drop and snowdrifts are stabilising, although take care in the morning. A slope that was good yesterday might not be good today.

The risk of full depth avalanches is still high. To avoid an accident please change your habit of riding in the valley bottoms. The mountain is obviously heading into spring now with repeated freeze thaw cycles. Powder isn’t Niseko's only attraction, corn snow season is coming. Today expect dust on crust, be careful hitting trees. Have a good day.


Tuesday 20th 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: 195cm

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 ...

Yuzawa Now!

Tuesday 20th March 2018, 8:22am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Yuzawa.

A slight dusting of snow to be seen this morning with some light wet snow falling in places (and sleet/rain in others) but generally cloudy conditions forecast for the day today and a high of around 4 degrees - so it's not warming up too much. There's more borderline snow/rain on the forecast for tomorrow too.


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


Updated: Tuesday 20th 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
- 240cm

- 115cm

- Kagura area: 300cm
- Mitsumata area: 200cm
- Tashiro area: 250cm

Kandatsu Kogen
- 190cm

- 200cm (base)

NASPA Ski Garden
- 130cm

Yuzawa Kogen
- Top: 180cm
- Base: 100cm

Yuzawa Park
- 120cm

Yuzawa Nakazato
- 125cm


Ski resorts in Minamiuonuma (just to the north of Yuzawa):

Ishiuchi Maruyama
- 150cm

Joetsu Kokusai
- 160cm

Maiko Snow Resort
- Top: 165cm
- Base: 50cm

Muikamachi Hakkaisan
- Closed on Wednesdays until 14th March
- 240cm   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Tuesday 20th March 2018, 8:29am
Weather conditions: Cloud, fog, snow
New snowfall: 2cm
Snow depth: --
It's great to see a bit of fresh snowfall here in Shiga Kogen this morning. A bit wet as it's relatively mild, but snow all the same. And there may be a bit more snow for us to get before we arrive at the weekend. Fingers crossed everyone.

It is snowing right now.


'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!

Tuesday 20th March 2018, 8:32am
Weather conditions: Fog
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
We are in some thick fog this morning. There's even a bit of fresh snow sprinkled around the area.

Tomorrow a little warmer and possibly rain again, but I'm always hopeful for some fresh snow. After that, another dip in temperature and then clearer sunny weather currently forecast for over the weekend.

It's all rather changeable at the moment.

13 days to go.


Official snow depth:


Operating lifts:

Number 1 lift
Number 2 quad lift
Super quad lift
Number 11 lift
Number 12 lift
Number 13 lift
Number 15 lift

Powder Wave I
River Line
Free Ride Park

Kids Park

Planned nighta operations this season:

Every Saturday until 24th March 2018   Read more ...

Grandeco Now!

Tuesday 20th March 2018, 8:35am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Grandeco.

It is cloudy around the base area of the resort but some light snow is falling in the top area.

Some fog is covering the courses and so visibility is generally not good this morning.

It is also a relatively warm morning and it should be sunny day after this.


Lifts operating:

- All lifts operating

Courses open:

- All courses open

Official snow depth:
- 250cm

- Grandeco snow and weather forecast   Read more ...

Naeba Now!

Tuesday 20th March 2018, 9:13am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Naeba! It's a snowy start here, with light snow falling at the base of the mountain. Sadly, it is insufficient to accumilate, but we can hold out hope for the top of the mountain. From about 1300m, the mountain is shrouded in a thick fog, so visibility up at the top will be limited. The air temperature is far cooler than it has been, as the wind has swung around to the north again bringing in this cold air. We can expect the light snow to continue throughout today. The pistes will likely be quite hard this morning, but with the fresh snow on top they should soften up as the day goes on.

Looking forwards, the wind is predicted to swing back to the south and strengthen tomorrow first thing, increasing the air temperature to just about freezing at the base. Snow is predicted for tomorrow, but this precipitation will turn to rain on Wednesday at 900m elevation. Air temperatures are currently predicted to push up comfortably above freezing also. Fortunately, this preciptation is predicted to fall as snow at higher elevations. As the weekend arrives, we can expect clear skies again, with some more sunny spring skiing on the cards.   Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Tuesday 20th March 2018, 9:30am
Weather conditions: Foggy/snow
New snowfall: 2cm
Snow depth: --
The rain has turned to light snow; the national news is still reporting that it could really snow tomorrow. Looks like the Kanko area (including Tokyo) might get snow as well, which means white flakes falling during cherry blossom viewing in the capital city. It has been a unique season on the weather front.

I’m a bit confused by Lotte Arai’s reporting; they noted some of their avalanche-controlled areas “Course closed” instead of “Temporarily closed” yesterday, but they’re back to temporary only. When in doubt, check their website before going! And good job, Seki Onsen, for finally revising your snow depth (-50cm overnight, even with the snow falling! Yes, I am being snarky...)


Akakura Kanko:
250 cm, 0°; closing May 6

Akakura Onsen:
235cm, -3°; closing April 8

Ikenotaira Onsen:
200cm, -1.5°

Myoko Suginohara:
150cm, 0°; closing April 1

Seki Onsen:
350 cm, -5°; closing May 6

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

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

Lotte Arai Resort:
409cm, 0°; 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 (see website for updates); closing May 6

Tangram Ski Circus:
140 cm, 0°; closing April 1

Madarao Kogen:
170 cm, -3°; closing April 1

Kurohime Kogen Snow Park:
140cm, 3° (yesterday’s report); closing April 1   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Tuesday 20th March 2018, 14:27pm
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Hakuba.

The day is starting with a mix of rain, sleet and snow in base areas - and snow falling on the mountain. By the time this report is going up, Happo-one is reporting 5-8cm of fresh snow and it seems Hakuba Goryu is also reporting 8cm. So it sounds like there's a fresh layer higher up on the mountain, even if I don't have any cm to report from base.

Poor visibility from early on this morning too.

Still should be interesting to see what we see falling here over the next few days...


Ski resort information on Tuesday 20th 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: 210cm
- Lower: 60cm


Hakuba Goryu

Operating lifts:
- All lifts should be operation as normal today

Courses open:
- All courses should be open as normal (apart from Adventure)

Official snow depth:
- Top: 315cm
- Toomi: 105cm
- 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: 290cm
- Han-no-ki: 280cm
- Maruyama: 75cm
- Shirakaba: 240cm
- Champion: 100cm
- Oya-no-hara: 110cm
- Kane-no-naru-oka: 85cm


Hakuba Cortina

Operating lifts:
- Number 5 lift not operating

Courses open:
- Some courses closed

Official snow depth:
- Top: 250cm
- Base: 130cm


Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field

- Resort remains part open

Official snow depth:
- Top: 180cm
- Base: 50cm


Hakuba Norikura Onsen

Operating lifts:
- All lifts apart from Number 1 and 7 should be operating

Official snow depth:
- 120cm


Hakuba Valley Kashimayari

Operating lifts:
- All lifts apart from Number 7, 8 and 10 should be operating

Official snow depth:
- 135cm


Hakuba Sanosaka

Operating lifts:
- All three lifts are operating
- Last day of the season planned as 25th March

Official snow depth:
- 90cm   Read more ...

SnowJapan Daily 'Now' reports

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06th Oct, 15:27am
Yuzawa Now
10th Sep, 17:36am
Niseko Now
27th Aug, 14:26am
Grandeco Now
24th Aug, 11:16am
Madarao Now
12th Aug, 0:17pm
Furano Now
06th May, 9:04am
Hakuba Now
06th May, 9:02
Nozawa Onsen Now
06th May, 8:41
Shiga Kogen Now
06th May, 8:35
Zao Now
06th May, 8:30am
Naeba Now
06th May, 8:28am
Minakami Now
06th May, 8:27am
Appi Kogen Now
06th May, 8:04
Geto Kogen Now
06th May, 8:01