Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 5th May 2018

Yuzawa Now!

Wednesday 21st March 2018, 6:52am
Weather conditions: Generally cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Yuzawa.

A quick and early report this morning and it is just cloudy to start the day off with the chance of some snow/sleet/rain later in the day along with a high temperature of around +5C. Tomorrow is going to be warmer with a higher chance of rain at base but we do have a chance of getting some fresh snow at higher elevations over the next few days.

Unfortunately it seems like wind is going to be affecting some lifts today. The GALA Yuzawa resort is going to be closed today, as is the Tashiro area of the Kagura resort. Just how much of the main Kagura area (via Mitsumata) will open remains to be seen at the time of this report going live. Check if you plan to go there.

Clear and sunny conditions are expected from the weekend.


Images today from GALA Yuzawa, NASPA Ski Garden and Ishiuchi Maruyama.


Updated: Wednesday 21st 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

- 190cm (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 ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Wednesday 21st March 2018, 7:01am
Weather conditions: Cloudy skies
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Nozawa.

It might be a weekday, but it's a national holiday here in Japan - Vernal Equinox Day. So weekend operations at the resort with all lifts planning on operating.

A cloudy start to the day with a bit of a southerly wind but I'm feeling optimistic and hoping for some snow today, higher probabilities for higher elevations with the chance of some wet down at base. We shall see. Come on, let's have some fresh snow!

I will let you know how it goes in my report tomorrow morning...


Tuesday 20th March 2018

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

- Yamabiko (1407m): 0cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 0cm
- 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 ...

Geto Kogen Now!

Wednesday 21st March 2018, 7:03am
Weather conditions: Clouds
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Mostly cloudy on the mountain yesterday with tops of -2C and winds easing into the evening for a very calm night.

This morning its mostly sunny with clouds expected to roll in this afternoon and tops of 2C into this evening. Winds are light for the morning, though will increase a little into this afternoon.

We’re set to see some rain turn to snow overnight, though tomorrow morning the temps aren’t in our favour for the most part of the mountain, so we’re set to see quite a bit of rain fall, around 40mm at the base of the mountain. At the top however, temps should hover around 0C, so if the forecast is telling the truth, we’re in for about 25cm across Thursday as a whole.

After Thursday, we’re back to blue skies mainly, so enjoy it!

Thursday: heavy rain/moderate snow, moderate winds & tops of 3C
Friday: light rain, light winds & tops of 4C
Saturday: light rain showers, light winds & tops of 3C


Official snow depths:

Top: 380cm
Base: 260cm   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Wednesday 21st March 2018, 7:24am
Weather conditions: Clear blue skies
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Niseko.

It's a national holiday here. The 'Vernal Equinox Day' to be exact. Hurray! Sounds pretty cool doesn't it.

Well anyway, there has been a slight dusting of snow but the skies are now clear and it is a real beauty of a morning. Cold, blue skies, sunny.


Niseko base 6am: -10℃, no snowfall, bluebird. Moiwa800m: -9.3℃, W0.9m/s, no snowfall. Annupuri1100m: -9℃, N2.2m/s, 440cm snowpack at 1000m elevation. Hirafu peak: -9℃, light wind, no snowfall. Benkei cape: WSW2m/s, Kamui cape: W5m/s, 1025hPa, 0.9m waves.

A high-pressure system is dominating, the wind is calm and the sky is clear. Radiative cooling has created some surface hoar on the foothill fields. The temperature is forecasted to rise during the day and thaw will progress. Peak gates are expected to open. Be prepared for snow touring if you’re going out. The area outside the gates is uncontrolled and unpatrolled backcountry zone. Beware of hitting trees and falling into creeks.

There are many hazards lurking in the mountains. The snow condition varies from elevation. It may be Spring condition at the base, however still Winter above 1000m. Avalanches triggered by collapsing snowdrifts/cornices and/or deeper weak layers are still to be considered in steep slopes & gullies above 1100m elevation. Glide avalanche are also to be highly expected in Kozan no Sawa (Backbowl) and O-sawa 1000m area. Always be aware of the hazards and stay vigilant. Do not take a nap at the bottom of the valleys. Have a nice day.


Wednesday 21st 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 ...

Appi Kogen Now!

Wednesday 21st March 2018, 7:26am
Weather conditions: Fine
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --


Official snow depth:



Planned lift operations (subject to change):

- APPI Gondola
- Central quad
- Central number 2 lift
- Central number 3 lift A
- Central number 4 lift
- Central number 5 lift
- Central number 6 lift
- Sailer Gondola
- Sailer quad
- Vista quad

Note: The Sailer Gondola, Central Number 4 lift and Vista quad are usually rested on normal weekdays


We will endeavour to keep the reports updated regularly until the end of the season at Appi.   Read more ...

Minakami Now!

Wednesday 21st March 2018, 7:35am
Weather conditions: Overcast
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
The weather has cooled off here this morning and is just below zero at the base. The recorded temp on mountain is the same which is a bit odd. Looks like it wants to snow and snow is on the forecast but its not happening as yet. This evening rain and warmer temps are forecast right to the top before it potentially cools off and snows again tomorrow and Friday. The weekend is potentially going to be clear and cold on Saturday before warming Sunday. In other words, it will be a roll of the dice. Tenjin opened at 7am this morning due to the public holiday.


Ski resorts in Minakami:

Minakami Hodaigi
Minakami Kogen Fujiwara
Minakami Kogen Ski Resort
Norn Minakami
Okutone Snow Park
Tanigawadake Tenjindaira
Tanigawa Onsen White Valley


Resort Spotlights with more detail:

Norn Minakami
Okutone Snow Park


Please note that the snowfall numbers posted in this report will be observed from close to the base Tenjindaira Ropeway station - which is often much more than in the central town area of Minakami.    Read more ...

Furano Now!

Wednesday 21st March 2018, 7:47am
Weather conditions: Bluebird
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
It is a cool start to the day at -8c and will warm up to 0c around lunch time. It is a sunny day with blue sky all around, and the sun is forecast to stay with us through the day. The snow will be frosty and firm to start but should soften up nicely after a while in the sun. Looks like a great day!   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Wednesday 21st March 2018, 7:57am
Weather conditions: Cloudy, fog
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Hakuba.

It is a cloudy start to this national holiday with some very poor visibility going on higher up by the looks of the webcams from around the region. Care needed - know where you are going!

So it is not snowing now but we are hoping that it might be today. So all fingers and other bits crossed that I might have some snow news tomorrow morning.

Quite strong winds might also be a feature of the day so look out for that as it might affect upper lift operations.


Ski resort information on Wednesday 21st 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: 335cm
- Usagidaira: 205cm
- 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: 285cm
- Han-no-ki: 275cm
- Maruyama: 75cm
- Shirakaba: 235cm
- Champion: 100cm
- Oya-no-hara: 105cm
- Kane-no-naru-oka: 80cm


Hakuba Cortina

Operating lifts:
- Some lifts may be affected by wind today

Courses open:
- Some courses closed or on hold

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 8 and 10 should be operating

Official snow depth:
- 120cm


Hakuba Sanosaka

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

Official snow depth:
- 85cm   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Wednesday 21st March 2018, 8:00am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Shiga Kogen.

It is probably going to be very windy today - maybe enough to be affecting some ski lifts. Which would be a shame really as people would have been looking forward to visiting Shiga Kogen this morning as it is a national holiday. So anyway keen an eye on that.

Oh yes and maybe some snow as well. Onegai shimasu! Let us see.


'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 ...

Grandeco Now!

Wednesday 21st March 2018, 8:31am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Grandeco.

It is a chilly morning and the snow condition is a little hard but it should be snowing this afternoon according to the forecast.

Snow will fall not only in northern area of Japan but also in north area of Kanto area - snow due in Tokyo!


Lifts operating:

- All lifts operating

Courses open:

- All courses open

Official snow depth:
- 250cm

- Grandeco snow and weather forecast   Read more ...

Madarao Now!

Wednesday 21st March 2018, 8:38am
Weather conditions: Clouds
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Madarao.

Limited visibility and potential snow and wind is what we have in store today, this national holiday. The wind may well get to affect the operations of some lifts as well so you might need to keep an eye on that.

Would be great to see a bit more fresh snow sprinkled across the mountain sometime today and tomorrow. Let's hope raindrops stay away.

From the weekend it seems clearer sunny skies are due along with warmer temperatures. And that'll be the last week of the season!


Official snow depth:


Operating lifts:

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

Powder Wave I
River Line
Free Ride Park

Kids Park

Planned nighta operations this season:

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

Zao Now!

Wednesday 21st March 2018, 9:32am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Zao.

It's another pretty cold morning here and generally just cloudy. Might there be snow coming?

A national holiday too so it should be somewhat busier than a normal mid-week day.

And also, from today, cheaper 'spring season' lift tickets are available. For example, an adult 1 day lift ticket will now cost 4100 yen instead of the normal 5000 yen.


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: 175cm
- Uwanodai area: 95cm
- Oomori area: 90cm


Zao Onsen forecast:

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

Naeba Now!

Wednesday 21st March 2018, 10:19am
Weather conditions: Sleet
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Naeba! It's a snowy start down here in the valley, with some moderate sleety-snow falling. The air temperature is just above freezing at the moment, meaning that the sleet is just about holding out against the potential of rain! The snow should persist throughout today, with a building wind from the south east. Overnight tonight we can expect temperatures to rise to well above 0°C, ensuring that the snow turns to rain overnight tonight and into tomorrow. The pistes are spring-like and slushy.

Looking forwards, we can expect the precipitation to keep hold of the Mikuni valley until Friday night. There will be a mix of sleet, rain and snow at the base, but it will mostly be falling as snow at the top of the mountain. From Saturday onwards, we can expect very warm temperatures again, with plenty of sunshine!   Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Wednesday 21st March 2018, 10:20am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 2cm
Snow depth: --
All that talk of heavy snow (NHK!) has not come to anything in Myoko (although the TV did show us the “heavy” snow falling in Kanagawa). The day is still just starting, so things could change… but I doubt that there will be a lot of new snow. There was a band of fresh snow right across the mountain, though, from just above the Akakura Kanko Hotel (about 1000 meters, right in the middle of the hill) up to the top of the lifts, so around 1550 meters. So I’m adding 2 cm just to be optimistic and accurate.

The gondola at Suginohara has closed due to wind, while Akakan’s is still going. Could change if that wind picks up a bit more, so keep an eye on the reports. Looks like precipitation is just coming in from the southeast as we type, with the far mountains now obscured.


Akakura Kanko:
250 cm, -1°; closing May 6

Akakura Onsen:
235cm, -2°; closing April 8

Ikenotaira Onsen:
195cm, -0.5°

Myoko Suginohara:
145cm, 0°; closing April 1

Seki Onsen:
350 cm, -2°; closing May 6

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

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

Lotte Arai Resort:
410cm, 5.3°; Exciter and Discovery permanently closed; Be Free, Mamushigaeshi and Discovery closed, Rindou Lower possibly closed; Funaishi-zawa, Happy Place, Benzaku-zawa and Small Mamushi 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:
165 cm, -2°; closing April 1

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

SnowJapan Daily 'Now' reports

Myoko Now
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