Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 1st April 2018

Yuzawa Now!

Saturday 21st March 2015, 8:01am
Weather conditions: Low cloud in places, but... clear and sunny!
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 200cm
Not so much sun yesterday more that cloud hanging on and actually increasing later on too - lots of low hanging cloud making for some moody scenes. I hear that visibility was very poor the higher up you went and that even affected a few resorts.

This morning there shouldn't be any of those problems. Here at SnowJapan HQ in Minamiuonuma which is where I am posting from today, we have cloud above us but a look at the Ishiuchi Maruyama webcam shows that it's low lying cloud in the valley with lovely blue skies above. And blue skies above Yuzawa. Going to be a very fine and sunny day and temperatures are going to probably just about reach 10 degrees here at town level.

We have of course been talking about snow coming back early week and yes it is still there on the forecasts and down to base and town too.

The chance should start later on tomorrow with the snow due on Monday and Tuesday. Just what kind of snowfall to expect is something we'll just have to wait and look forward to. I'd recommend not expecting much out of it and be pleasantly surprised if we do, rather than the other way round!

In the meantime have a fine weekend.


Last nighta of the season at Ishiuchi Maruyama tonight. Iwappara and Joetsu Kokusai go on until tomorrow.


Official snow depths:

Some not updated yet due to early report

GALA Yuzawa:
Ishiuchi Maruyama:
Joetsu Kokusai:
Kandatsu Kogen:
Maiko Snow Resort:
310cm (upper)
195cm (lower)
NASPA Ski Garden:
Yuzawa Kogen:
270cm (Kogen)
220cm (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 'all night' on Fridays and Saturdays (6pm or 10pm until 4am the next morning)
Every day until 29th March (until 9pm)


Planned closing dates for resorts in the Yuzawa and Minamiuonuma region
Information as currently available and of course subject to change depending on conditions.

Open until Saturday March 28th:

- Hakkaisanroku

Open until Sunday March 29th:

- Ishiuchi Hanaoka (open on March 27th, 28th, 29th)
- Itsukamachi
- Muikamachi Hakkaisan
- Muikamachi Ski Resort

Open until Monday March 30th:

- Mt Granview

Open until Tuesday March 31st:

- Chateau Shiozawa
- Yuzawa Kogen
- Nunoba
- Ludens Yuzawa

Open until Wednesday April 1st:

- Yuzawa Park

Open until Sunday April 5th:

- Ipponsugi
- Ishiuchi Maruyama
- Iwappara
- Joetsu Kokusai
- Yuzawa Nakazato
- Yuzawa Nakazato Snow Wood

Open until Sunday April 12th:

- Maiko Snow Resort (*daily until April 5th, then open on April 11th and 12th)

Open until Sunday April 19th:

- NASPA Ski Garden (*weekends only from April 5th, closed weekdays)

Open until Wednesday May 6th:

- Naeba (*weekends and holidays from April 5th [except April 29th], closed weekdays)
- GALA Yuzawa
- Kagura (Tashiro)

Open until Sunday May 31st:

- Kagura (Mitsumata)   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Saturday 21st March 2015, 8:05am
Weather conditions: Clear and sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 450cm
Good morning and after all that fog and limited visibility of yesterday morning, we are all set for a beautiful spring day today in Niseko.

Clear blue skies above us and the sun already out in force, it's going to be mild again. The forecast tell us that the skies might cloud over later in the day.

Expect all of the areas to be fully open and gates too this morning.

Those colder conditions we have been looking forward to - you know, the ones that are supposed to bring with them some fresh snowfall - are due from tomorrow night.

Very hopefully Monday and Tuesday I might be bringing you stories (true ones of course) of lovely white fresh snow. Wouldn't that be nice?

For now though it's a beautiful morning and time for an early ski for me. I'll see you tomorrow.


Resort specific news as of 8:00am - subject to change during the day

Niseko Grand Hirafu:
Set to open as planned this morning.

Niseko Hanazono:
Set to open as planned this morning.

Niseko Village:
Set to open as planned this morning.

Niseko Annupuri:
Set to open as planned this morning.


Niseko Avalanche Report

Niseko base 6am: -4C, no snowfall, sunny and icy morning. Moiwa 800m: no data. Annupuri 1000m snowpack 340cm. Hirafu 1000m: no snowfall, -5C. Peak data n/a. Coastal data: Benkei cape S3m/s, Kamui cape SSW12m/s, 1013hPa, 0.3m waves.

Calm morning under a high-pressure system. Snowmelt will continue during the day. Blocks of snow may fall from cracks in steep cliff slopes. Full depth climax (ground) avalanche hazard is rising in SE facing Osawa, Backbowl and Moiwa bowl. Avalanches run through the valley bottom, better avoid those terrains to prevent being caught in one. All gates are expected to open from the morning. Keep in mind that the areas outside the gates are outside ski area management. Always be alert; precaution is key to avoid accidents. Have a nice day.


Official resort snow depths:

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 450cm
Base - 130cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 320cm
Base - 170cm

Niseko Annupuri:
Top - 400cm
Base - 180cm


Lifts open for night skiing:

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

Floodlit night operations are due to continue until Sunday 22nd March.


Niseko Grand Hirafu 6 day weather and snow forecast   Read more ...

Madarao Now!

Saturday 21st March 2015, 8:15am
Weather conditions: Sunny and fine
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 220cm
It's a beautiful sunny morning in the region and a fine day to be out on the slopes. (Just remember - full on spring conditions now).

All is open and it's the last nighta of the season at Madarao tonight.

A cheeky and expectant look over at the forecasts still shows snow falling early Monday into Tuesday.

How much will we get? Can it give us another taste of winter before things close for the season? I will let you know.


Lifts planned to be open:

Number 1 lift
Number 2 quad lift
Number 3A (closed today and tomorrow)
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.


Madarao Kogen 6 day weather and snow forecast
Madarao Kogen main resort data
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Nozawa Onsen Now!

Saturday 21st March 2015, 8:17am
Weather conditions: Clear and sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 205cm
Hello and it's a clear and sunny morning here in Nozawa.

It's going to be a lovely spring ski day here.

Tomorrow morning might start similarly, but conditions should be deteriorating later in the day to be followed hopefully by snow into Monday. Fingers crossed.

What else to say... oh yes...


For those lucky enough to be in Nozawa this evening, there's the 'Niko Niko Fuyu Matsuri' event going on in the centre of the village from 7pm. Looks like there's be some food and drink taste testing along with some things to win. Make sure your 'janken' (paper, stone, scissors) skills are up to scratch! I hope that cheeky Nozawa character dude might appear too if it's not past his/her bedtime.


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

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

Official snow depths:

Yamabiko - 385cm
Uenotaira - 330cm
Hikage - 205m
Nagasaka - 200cm
Karasawa - 140cm


Courses open:

All courses are open except:

Jumping Course
Grand Prix
Challenge 39
Kandahar Course East
Kandahar Course West


Lifts open (subject to change):

All lifts open except:

Yunomine pair
Mizunashi triple
Challenge pair
Utopia pair
Hikage Number 2 Pair A line


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

Every Saturday until 28th March


Nozawa Onsen 6 day weather and snow forecast
Nozawa Onsen main resort data
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Furano Now!

Saturday 21st March 2015, 8:18am
Weather conditions: mostly clear
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 190cm
Nice bright sun to wake up to this morning and if you looked real hard you would see there was a very slight dusting of snow.
Conditions are holding up well but there are patches just starting to show through on the lower areas and around the trees.
No snow forecasted for the day with our next hope being Monday. However with the close of Kitanomine Zone after this weekend it is best to get our last turns in today.   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Saturday 21st March 2015, 8:29am
Weather conditions: Low valley cloud, clear above
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 150cm
Did you get to see those views early yesterday? Amazing. Though instead of clearing up, the clouds increased and took over from the blue skies.

This morning there's another sea of clouds hanging over the valley to be seen, though not quite on the scale of yesterday by the looks. Still, it's certainly an impressive sight.

Clear blue skies once again once you get above that low cloud. We are expecting sun today though so I think it's more likely to clear than cloud over like yesterday.

More sun expected tomorrow.

Last nighta of the season at Tsugaike Kogen tonight and at Happo-one tomorrow night.

How about this snow early week, I hear you asking! Yes, it is still there on the forecast. All being well we will be being snowed on Monday and Tuesday...


Happo-one have announced that they will be extending their season - the plan was until 6th May but they will now be opening daily until Sunday 10th May.


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

Hakuba Goryu:
Reporting 0cm of new snowfall.

- Alps Daira - 320cm
- Toomi - 150cm
- Iimori - 160cm


Hakuba 47:
Reporting 0cm of new snowfall.

- Upper - 310cm
- Lower - 145cm


Reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall.

- Usagidaira - 275cm
- Nakiyama - 120cm
- Sakka - 140cm


Hakuba Cortina:
Reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall.
Checking safety going on early morning.

- Upper - 370cm
- Lower - 235cm


Tsugaike Kogen:
Tsugaike Ropeway now open for spring.

- Tsuga-no-mori - 380cm
- Maruyama - 170cm
- Kane-no-naru-oka - 195cm


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

- Upper - 240cm
- Lower - 135cm


Hakuba Norikura Onsen:

- 230cm



- 165cm


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 22nd March. 5pm until 9pm.
Hakuba Cortina:
Every day until 31st March. 5pm until 8pm.
Tsugaike Kogen:
Last nighta tonight.   Read more ...

Minakami Now!

Saturday 21st March 2015, 8:42am
Weather conditions: Sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 380cm
Perfect Spring weather, zero degrees at the base and set to warm up but blue skies forecast all day and not a breath of wind.

For those out riding, enjoy!

(Photos from earlier this week - but very similar conditions to now!)


Planned closing dates of ski resorts in Minakami (subject to change):

Until 22nd March

Until 29th March
Norn Minamaki
Okutone Snow Park
White Valley

Until 30th March
Minakami Kogen

Until 5th April
Minakami Kogen Ski Resort
Minakami Hodaigi

Until early May
Tanigawa Tenjindaira


Snow depths:

Tenjindaira: 380cm
Hodaigi: 190cm


New snowfall:

Base: 0cm
Tenjindaira: 0cm   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Saturday 21st March 2015, 8:57am
Weather conditions: Sunny & clear
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 240cm
Actually quite chilly this morning, definitely more than it has been anyway.

The sun is out though and there's clear blue skies above.

Pretty much a perfect spring morning (fresh snow aside of course).

Talking of fresh snow - due on Monday!


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 March 28th



Open until Tuesday 31st March


At least part open until Wednesday April 1st

Number 2 pair lift open until March 31st, Number 1 triple lift open until April 1st)

At least part open until Sunday April 5th

The Bunadaira quad lift will be open until March 29th; the quad open until April 5th


Sun Valley:

The Housaka Number 3 lift will be open until March 31st

At least part open until Sunday April 12th

Ichinose Yamanokami:
Open daily until April 5th and then open on April 11th and 12th

At least part open until Wednesday May 6th

Ichinose Diamond:
The Diamond triple lift will be open until April 3rd.
The Diamond quad lift will be open until March 31st, and then open on April 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th and from April 25th until May 6th.

Ichinose Family:
The Ichinose Number 3 quad will be open until 29th March.
The Ichinose Quad and Ichinose Number 2B pair lifts will be open daily until May 6th.

Takamagahara Mammoth:
The Takamagahara Number 3 pair lift will be open until March 31st.
The Takamagahara Number 2 triple lift will be open until April 5th.
The Takamagahara Quad will be open daily until April 12th, and then open on April 18th, 19th, and from April 25th until May 6th.

Okushiga Kogen:
The Okushiga Number 6 lift will be open until March 31st.
The Okushiga Number 1 pair lift will be open until April 5th.
The Okushiga Number 4 pair lift will be open until April 5th, and then on April 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th and from April 25th until May 6th.
The Okushiga Number 2 pair lift and Okushiga Number 3 pair lift and Gondola will all be open daily until May 6th.

Tannenomori Okujo:
Open daily until April 5th; and then on April 11th, 12th and April 25th until May 6th

Both lifts open daily until March 31st.
After that, they will be open on April 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th and then April 25th until May 6th

Open until April 5th and then on April 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th and then April 25th until May 6th
The Yakebitaiyama Gondola will run until April 5th.

Beyond Wednesday 6th May

Kumanoyu Number 3 quad open until April 5th and then on April 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th and April 25th until May 6th
Kumanoyu Number 1 and 2 pair lifts open until May 6th and beyond

Probably open until at least the end of May
   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Saturday 21st March 2015, 8:58am
Weather conditions: Clear
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 210cm
There were some fantastic cloud views to be had yesterday.

A sunny morning here with the sun out but some thin overcast kind of clouds around. Nice and bright and very much a spring morning, if not slightly colder than the last few.

Snowfall and a return to colder conditions are still forecast for Monday.


Official snow depths (Saturday 21st March 15):

Utopia: 225cm
Chuo: 210cm
Paradise: 220cm
Uwanodai: 145cm

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


Current night skiing operations at Zao:

Uwanodai area:
Daily until 22nd March
Open from 5pm until 9pm.


Planned lift operating dates and closing dates

Subject to change. This is what the plans are currently...

Until Sunday 22nd March
Onsen Zao Kokutai Pair
Karamatsu Pair (only 21st and 22nd March)
Paradise Number 3 Pair

Until Sunday 29th March
Onsen Number 3 Parallel AB
Onsen Number 4 Quad
Ryuzan Pair
Nakamori Number 2 Pair
Diamond Number 1 Pair (every day until 22nd March, then 28th and 29th March)
Diamond Number 2 Pair

Until Tuesday 31st March
Shobunuma Number 2 Pair
Oomori Quad
Yokokura Number 2 Pair
Astraea Number 2 Pair
Astraea Number 3 Pair

Until Sunday 5th April
Onsen Number 1 Pair
Onsen Number 2 Quad
Sunrise Pair AB
Nakamori Number 1 Triple
Mikaeri Pair

Until Sunday 12th April
Yokokura Number 1 Pair AB

Until Sunday 19th April
Kurohime Number 1 Quad

Until Wednesday 6th May
Chuo Number 1 Pair AB
Chuo Number 2 Pair AB
Katakai Triple (every day until 5th April, then holidays and Golden Week)
Paradise Pair AB (every day until 5th April, then holidays and Golden Week)
Utopia Number 2 Pair


Last day of the snow season currently planned for Wednesday 6th May.

Operating through the year (for general tourism)
Sky Cable
Chuo Ropeway
Zao Ropeway   Read more ...

Naeba Now!

Saturday 21st March 2015, 9:12am
Weather conditions: Clear sunny blue skies
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 260cm
Good morning everyone.

Today’s weather is glorious! Blue skies, temperatures above zero early on - destined to warm up considerably - and no wind at all.

A day to get out and enjoy the beautiful weather.

There is a chance of some snow at the start of next week, so we are hoping that happens to freshen conditions up once again.

Both Naeba and Kagura areas are open as normal... remember from today the top Romance Number 5 lift at Kagura will be open until 2pm.


It's the Naeba Winter Festival fireworks tonight so nighta is from 4pm until 8pm (and a bit cheaper than normal too).

Nighta at Naeba continues until Sunday 29th March.


Official snow depths:

Naeba: 26
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.
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Myoko Now!

Saturday 21st March 2015, 11:33am
Weather conditions: Not a cloud in that sky
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 420cm
A lot of times on this page I have expressed my preference for pounding, deep, keep-the-weaklings-out heavy snowfall. Today, though is just great. After a few days of rain and gloom, it is perfectly blue agin in Myoko (just in time for the weekend), and cold enough overnight so there is some good snow, until it gets too warm and mushy - but that's OK; that's what beer is for.

Happy to see all the ski areas are open in full even though we are officially now in spring.

They tell me people stop coming out of the city once the cherry blossoms are out; I say come up here and ski and later on enjoy the Takada cherry blossoms (just up the road), which are still a while off!


Akakura Kanko:
400cm, 1°

Akakura Onsen:
230cm, 5°

Ikenotaira Onsen:
230cm, 3°

Myoko Suginohara:
235cm, -4° (top?)

Seki Onsen:
460cm, 0°

Myoko Ski Park:
310cm, 4°

Kyukamura RunRun:
340cm, 5°

Tangram Ski Circus:
200cm, 2°

Madarao Kogen:
220m, 2°


Night skiing in the Myoko area:

Akakura Onsen (Kumado): to 10pm every day until 22 March
Tangram Ski Circus: to 8pm on Saturdays until 28 March
Madarao Kogen: to 9pm on Saturdays until 21 March
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16th Jul, 11:46pm
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16th Jul, 11:27am
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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
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06th May, 8:04
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06th May, 8:01