Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 1st April 2018

Yuzawa Now!

Saturday 21st February 2015, 7:41am
Weather conditions: Bluebird. Beautiful.
New snowfall: 2cm
Snow depth: 270cm

It's an absolutely beautiful morning in Yuzawa with clear blue skies and the sun shining down doing it's thing. It's going to be warming up today and tomorrow further still. We can really expect spring-like conditions this weekend.

Snow falling during the day yesterday though it didn't amount to much in terms of cm, just logged a few that I had to move off the top of my unmoved car yesterday evening.

Rain is still looking on the forecast for tomorrow though on some forecasts it seems to have been pushed back to later in the day, so fingers crossed we might be lucky there.

In the meantime though a fantastic weather day to be outside and enjoying the snow.

Hope you can get to enjoy it.


Official snow depths (as of Friday 20th):

GALA Yuzawa:
Ishiuchi Maruyama:
Joetsu Kokusai:
Kandatsu Kogen:
Maiko Snow Resort:
400cm (upper)
270cm (lower)
NASPA Ski Garden:
Yuzawa Kogen:
360cm (Kogen)
320cm (Nunoba)
Yuzawa Nakazato:


Nighta in the area

Nighta 'night skiing' - where some slopes are floodlit for skiing and snowboarding in the evening - is available at the following resorts in the area.

Ishiuchi Maruyama:
Every day until 21st March (until 8:50pm)
Every day until 22nd March (until 8pm on weekdays and Sundays, 9pm on Saturdays)
Joetsu Kokusai:
Every day until 22nd March (until 9pm)
Kandatsu Kogen:
From 23rd January, 'all night' on Fridays and Saturdays (6pm or 10pm until 4am the next morning)
Maiko Snow Resort:
Every day until 14th March (until 8pm)
Every day until 29th March (until 9pm)
All night on 14th February and 14th March (10pm until 6am)
NASPA Ski Garden (skiers only):
Saturdays until 29th February (until 7pm)
Yuzawa Nakazato:
Saturdays until 14th March (until 8:30pm)

Chateaux Shiozawa also have nighta but only on certain days - no fixed schedule available.
Resorts not mentioned above do not operate 'nighta' (or do not plan to have more this season).
Some resorts offer tickets that include nighta, others need a special lift ticket.


Ski and snowboard resorts in Yuzawa town   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Saturday 21st February 2015, 7:54am
Weather conditions: Blue skies, just a bit of low cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 295cm
It's a stunner of a morning with blue skies all around and a sun shining brightly over Nozawa. Just a few low clouds about but I reckon they won't be around for long.

No new snow this morning.

Today it's all about the weather. Well, first impressions at least! ;)

Seems cold up on the top areas but it's going to warm fairly quickly today with a distinctly spring-like feel coming on. Don't worry, winter will be back (sure hope so).

Still forecast rain later in the day tomorrow and a further increase in temperature.

Hopefully things will be starting to get colder again in the first part of the new week.

Anyway, I'm off out to enjoy this great weather. See you up there perhaps.


Fresh snow to report since yesterday (reported by resort):

Yamabiko - 0cm
Uenotaira - 0cm
Hikage - 0cm
Nagasaka - 0cm
Karasawa - 0cm

Official snow depths:

Yamabiko - 470cm
Uenotaira - 425cm
Hikage - 295cm
Nagasaka - 295cm
Karasawa - 245cm


Courses open:

All courses are open except:

Jumping Course
Challenge 39
Kandahar Course East
Kandahar Course West


Lifts open (subject to change):

All lifts operating


Night skiing at Nozawa until 8pm on the following dates:

Every Saturday until 28th March


Nozawa Onsen 6 day weather and snow forecast
Nozawa Onsen main resort data

   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Saturday 21st February 2015, 8:15am
Weather conditions: Partly cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 370cm
Hello and good morning from Hirafu and.... it's more fine amd mild weather this morning.

Fine as in blue sky, with some thin wispy cloud in places. Actually it feels slightly colder this morning, but still generally the mild conditions are persisting.

We're going to have to put up with a few more days of that before getting back to colder conditions, and shouldn't be surprised if there's a bit of rain as well tomorrow.

(Sorry... I probably like writing it even less than you like reading it!)

All resorts planning to be open as normal this morning and gates too.

Take care and have fun; and see you tomorrow.


What I posted yesterday:

Interested in the observed snow depth I report on here and indeed the other reports on SnowJapan? Please go take a look at their new page that brings together all the existing data from the reports:

Observed snowfall tables & graphs

Just a week ago or so when I was checking it, Niseko was looking good and pretty with lots of fresh but it's down there looking a bit dry just now with the lack of fresh over the last week ... the table is sorted on the 'Last 7 days' snowfall.

Oh dear!

But that's part of the fun of it. You'll be able to see where the snow is falling in the last week, and also get a general idea of how the season is shaping up in different areas. Obviously not much here in Hokkaido right now compared with other areas.

And you can compare directly with the data from previous seasons.

Do remember to read the page marked VERY IMPORTANT, as it is... very important. The data isn't meant to be a scientific study, it's snow here at base rather than upper elevations, some places get more up there than others, different humans posting each report... all sorts of variables involved. But still, it makes for a very interesting read.

You'll see that I have recorded 957cm of snowfall so far here at base in Hirafu. Myoko and Yuzawa in Niigata Prefecture have recorded 13.5m and 12m respectively - so far! - and you'll also see how all those number compare with their previous seasons as well. While Niseko is currently a bit under what we had at the end of February last year, Niigata seems to have been delivered a great deal more snow than last season.

It's also interesting to see how this season December generally beat out January for snowfall. It was the other way round last season.

Anyway do take a look, it's one of those pages to bookmark and go back to every day! It will be linked from here soon.


Sorry no Avalanche Report was available yesterday, hence me not adding it! New one added this morning, below.


Resort specific news as of 8:30am - subject to change during the day

Niseko Grand Hirafu:
Looks set to be open as planned.

Niseko Hanazono:
Looks set to be open as planned.

Niseko Village:
Looks set to be open as planned.

Niseko Annupuri:
Looks set to be open as planned.


Niseko Avalanche Report

Niseko base 6am: -5C, no new snowfall. Moiwa 800m: light winds -7C, no new snowfall. Annupuri 1000m: snowpack 300cm. Hirafu 1000m: light winds, -7C, no new snowfall. Annupuri peak 1308m: N6.1m/s, -9.6C. Cape Benkei Lighthouse: ENE3m/s, Cape Kamui: WSW2m/s, 0.8m waves and 1026hPa.

Currently we are under the influence of high pressure system, the sea and mountains are calm. There has been no new snowdrift development and the general avalanche risk is low. All gates are expected to be open. Avoid the path of a sudden avalanche - don't ride in the valley bottoms. The mountain is in hard condition, take care loosing control, falling, falling into cracks.

There is the possibility of a full depth avalanche on the west ridge (coordinates E7). Take care traversing from Annupuri peak to Goshiki Onsen, if an avalanche occurs it can easily reach the road at the valley bottom. The BCA Beacon Checker will be installed at Hirafu Gate 3 today. Carrying a beacon is not mandatory but still recommended. If you are carrying a beacon it can not only help you, you may be able to help someone else as well. Don't duck ropes searching for fresh tracks. Please respect and follow the Niseko Rules.


Official resort snow depths:

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 370cm
Base - 130cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 300cm
Base - 190cm

Niseko Annupuri:
Top - 340cm
Base - 180cm


Lifts open for night skiing (planned):

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Ace Family Pair lift, Ace Number 2 Center Four lift, Hirafu Gondola, Holiday Number 1 Pair lift

Niseko Hanazono Resort
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 21st February 2015, 8:21am
Weather conditions: Bluebird
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 195cm
It's a pretty cold start to the morning but we're expecting to see it warm up quite a lot today. The sun is going to be out for the day, seemingly under the impression that it's spring! Silly sun.

Yes today and tomorrow in particular it's going to be the warmest days of the year so far and may even rise to approaching double digits here in the village tomorrow.

Sun and clear skies expected today with more cloud tomorrow to be followed by a fair chance of rain.

Looking back on yesterday, I enjoyed a very fine morning over at Cortina. Some great fresh conditions to be found in the morning in particular. By mid afternoon some of the cloud had cleared and there was blue sky and some sun in places too.

So, when will the cold conditions return? Wish I knew, but it should start to get colder again once we get into the new week.

For now enjoy the weekend wherever you choose to slide. Don't forget the camera - some stunning scenery to be enjoyed this morning.


Official snow depth numbers and operations at time of writing on Saturday 21st February 2015. Subject to change during the day:

Hakuba Goryu:
Reporting 0cm of new snowfall.
All courses planned to be open (except Adventure Course).

- Alps Daira - 365cm
- Toomi - 195cm
- Iimori - 195cm


Hakuba 47:
Reporting 0cm of new snowfall.
Tree Riding Zone is open.

- Upper - 355cm
- Lower - 205cm


Reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall.
Happo Banks The Snow Park is now open.

- Usagidaira - 340cm
- Nakiyama - 200cm
- Sakka - 210cm


Hakuba Cortina:
Reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall.
Looks set to be open as planned this morning.

- Upper - 530cm
- Lower - 300cm


Tsugaike Kogen:
Please note that the top Tsugaike Ropeway only opens for spring season.

- Tsuga-no-mori - 400cm
- Maruyama - 215cm
- Kane-no-naru-oka - 230cm


Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field:
Reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall.

- Upper - 280cm
- Lower - 165cm


Hakuba Norikura Onsen:
Reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall!
All areas now open.

- 300cm


All areas now open.

- 220cm


Night skiing at resorts in the Hakuba area:

Hakuba Goryu:
Toomi area every day until 31st March. 6pm until 9:30pm.
Hakuba Happo-one:
Nakiyama area every day until mid March. 5pm until 9pm.
Hakuba Cortina:
Every day until 31st March. 5pm until 8pm.
Tsugaike Kogen:
Kane-no-naru-oka on Saturdays in January; February 7th, 14th. 6pm until 8:50pm.
Karamatsu-Shirakaba on Saturdays in January; February 7th, 14th, 28th; Saturdays in March. 6pm until 9pm.
Every day until 15th March. 4:30pm until 9:30pm.   Read more ...

Naeba Now!

Saturday 21st February 2015, 8:30am
Weather conditions: Clear, blue skies
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 290cm
Today the sun has got its hat on and there is not a cloud in the sky.

With no snowfall to report from last night and temperatures getting down to -9 degrees this morning with only week winds.

Yesterday we had a cracking day with snow showers in the morning and clear skies in the afternoon.

With the weather looking like it will be sunny until mid day tomorrow with a warmer spell of weather coming in on Sunday afternoon with the chance of rain.

All lifts and gondolas are open this morning.


Official snow depths:

Naeba: 290cm
Kagura: 370cm


New snowfall:

0cm Naeba
0cm Kagura



This Naeba Now report started updating for the 2014/2015 season on 31st January 2015. As such, the 'observed snowfall season' numbers shown at the bottom of the report will only reflect data from that date onwards. Please read our Yuzawa Now daily reports section for more information on the first part of the season in the Yuzawa region.   Read more ...

Furano Now!

Saturday 21st February 2015, 8:44am
Weather conditions: Sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 180cm
Sun: heaps of, Snow: none of - this recipe of the week continues with the only difference was the night was very cold compared to what we have had lately.
The snow is really softening in areas but overall the grooming is holding up well.
However if we have another full week without much change it will really be like the end of March already.
   Read more ...

Madarao Now!

Saturday 21st February 2015, 8:57am
Weather conditions: Bluebird
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 310cm
Just take a look at the photo below taken this morning. Taken after the early morning thin cloud cleared... as if by magic.

Gorgeous blue skies, sun being very sunny... what a fantastic morning it is, weather wise at least.

Don't you just wish winter could go on all year.

Should be nice conditions this morning too as chilly start. It's expected to warm up though during the daytime.

Saturday night so the floodlights will be on for some nighta.

More cloud expected tomorrow and the wider region is expecting some rain as well, we might not escape it.


Lifts planned to be open:

Number 1 lift
Number 2 quad lift
Number 3A
Number 5
Super quad lift
Number 11 lift
Number 12 lift
Number 13 lift
Number 15 lift
Moving Walkway
Kids Park
Freeride Park
Tree Run Courses should be open today.

Night skiing at Madarao is every Saturday until 21st March 2015.


Madarao Kogen 6 day weather and snow forecast
Madarao Kogen main resort data   Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Saturday 21st February 2015, 10:07am
Weather conditions: Bluebird
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 470cm
Beautiful day here in Myoko with blue skies and sun - much like many other regions I see this morning.

Going to warm up as wall today and more so tomorrow too, with rain still probably later on in the day. A real feel of spring, even if it ia only (hopefully!) temporary.

It's also going to be a busy weekend. Hope you can enjoy it


(As of yesterday)

Akakura Kanko:
470cm, -4°

Akakura Onsen:
338cm, -3°

Ikenotaira Onsen:
330cm, -3°

Myoko Suginohara:
340cm, -8° (top)

Seki Onsen:
570cm, -2°

Myoko Ski Park:
400cm, -1°

Kyukamura RunRun:
400cm, 2°

Tangram Ski Circus:
290cm, -2°

Madarao Kogen:
330m, -3°


Night skiing in the Myoko area:

Akakura Onsen (Kumado): until 10pm every day until 22 March
Tangram Ski Circus: until 8pm on Saturdays until 28 March
Madarao Kogen: until 9pm on Saturdays until 21 March
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Shiga Kogen Now!

Saturday 21st February 2015, 10:13am
Weather conditions: Clear, sunny skies
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 250cm
Like many places today, it's clear blue skies over Shiga Kogen and the sun shining down on us and warming us up as well. Cold start though...

Snow might start getting bit heavier this afternoon, but it sure is a beautiful day to be out.

Might not be so forgiving tomorrow if it's more cloudy and windy.. lower regions are due rain, hopefully here if anything falls it will be snow. But it's certainly going to remain on the milder side of things.

Looking decent for mid week onwards again though with a bit of a drop in temperature and snow due.

In the meantime, what a beauty today!


Resort areas status with official snow depths:

Okushiga Kogen:
Open (note: skiers only resort area)


Ichinose Family

Ichinose Yamanokami:

Ichinose Diamond:

Takamagahara Mammoth:




Most open

Happo Bundaraia:

Sun Valley:



Open (note: skiers only resort area)

Yokoteyama & Shibutoge:


Planned night floodlit skiing at Shiga Kogen resort areas:

Sun Valley:
Every Saturday until March 21st

Ichinose Family:
Every day until March 29th

Ichinose Diamond:
Every Saturday until March 28th

Every Saturday until February 21st

Every Saturday until March 28th
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Minakami Now!

Saturday 21st February 2015, 11:35am
Weather conditions: Clear and sunny
New snowfall: 10cm
Snow depth: 450cm
Blue bird here in Minakami with lots of fresh snow to play in.

All resorts are fully open and with no snow on the horizon for a while, today is the day.

The snow finally stopped late last night and all of it came in with little to no wind so conditions are excellent.

Only negative is that temps are rising rapidly and look set to stay highish in the immediate forecast.


Snow depths:

Tenjindaira: 450cm
Hodaigi: 270cm


Base: 10cm
Tenjindaira: 15cm
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Zao Now!

Saturday 21st February 2015, 12:46pm
Weather conditions: Bluebird now
New snowfall: 15cm
Snow depth: 210cm
Some snow on the ground this morning, about 15cm or so, and cloudy earlier on but it's lovely and clear now with deep blue skies above the mountain.

Some excellent photos will be taken today, that's for sure.

More cloud due tomorrow along with milder temps..... and maybe some rainfall, even up top. Fingers crossed we can somehow avoid that...


Official snow depths (Saturday 21st February 15):

Utopia: 245cm
Chuo: 210cm
Paradise: 220cm
Uwanodai: 160cm

Zao Onsen is fully open (* note that the Karamatsu pair lift is closed on weekdays).


Night skiing operations at Zao this season

Uwanodai area:
Daily until 22nd March

Yokokura area:
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from until 15th March

Open times from 5pm until 9pm.


Juhyo 'Ice Monsters' Light Up night time ropeway operations

Every evening now until 28th February

Operating from 5pm until 9pm; last ropeway up at 7:50pm.
In the event of poor weather conditions, operations are sometimes cancelled.
   Read more ...

SnowJapan Daily 'Now' reports

Madarao Now
16th Jul, 11:46pm
Grandeco Now
16th Jul, 11:27am
Niseko Now
16th Jul, 11:26am
Yuzawa Now
29th Jun, 17:50am
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
Myoko Now
06th May, 8:35am
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