Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 25th May 2020

Yuzawa Now!

Wednesday 22nd February 2017, 7:59am
Weather conditions: Partly cloudy, sunny and bright
New snowfall: 20cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Yuzawa.

After a day of snow and sometimes strong winds yesterday -- 20cm more fresh on the ground around town (I kind of thought it would be more than that, but wind may be playing a part) -- this morning has started off calm and sunny.

Maiko Snow Resort are reporting 10cm from yesterday evening; and Kagura 5cm. Interesting.

There's some silky looking thin cloud up there along with blue sky, and somehow the sky and cloud is almost indistinguishable in the early morning light from some angles. So it is a bright and sunny start and that (and/or more cloud) is forecast for the day today.

It's going to be milder once again during the day today so I would imagine then that conditions will be best for the first tracks of the day while it is still cold... and it does feel cold outside at the moment.

Milder still tomorrow with temperatures currently forecast to be approaching 10 degrees, along with rain in town which should eventually turn back into snow.

It seems to be something of a pattern this season - decent amount of snow, but warming up more than we would like in between the snowfalls and more rain than we would like.

Anyhow, let's just see how things turn out.

For this morning at least, conditions should be very nice!


Official snow depth information as of Wednesday 22nd February 2017

GALA Yuzawa
Upper part of $2,600,000 closed today due to avalanche danger. Otherwise open as planned.
Official snow depth: 380cm

Ishiuchi Maruyama
Official snow depth: 270cm

Official snow depth: 230cm

Joetsu Kokusai
Official snow depth: 280cm

Official snow depth:
Kagura - 380cm
Mitsumata - 330cm
Tashiro - 350cm

Kandatsu Kogen
Official snow depth: 310cm

Maiko Snow Resort
Official snow depth:
Upper - 305cm
Base - 170cm

Muikamachi Hakkaisan
Official snow depth: 370cm

Official snow depth: 300cm

NASPA Ski Garden
Official snow depth: 265cm

Yuzawa Kogen
Official snow depth:
Top - 330cm
Base - 240cm

Yuzawa Park
Official snow depth: 200cm

Yuzawa Nakazato
Official snow depth: 210cm


'Nighta' (floodlit night operations)

Below are details of the planned 'nighta' operations at ski and snowboards resorts around Yuzawa and Minamiuonuma this season.
This information is subject to change due to snow and weather conditions.
*** Please note that this section will not be updated every day.

Ishiuchi Maruyama
Daily until 19th March 2017.
Nighta is from 5pm until 8:50pm.
The Chuo Number 1, Chuo Number 2 and Kanko Number 3 Express lifts are open daily.
The Kanko Number 1 Express lift, Hatsukaishi Entrance lift and Hatsukaishi Number 2 pair lifts are also open on weekends and holidays.

Daily until 20th March 2017.
Nighta is from 5pm until 9pm on Saturdays and until 8pm on weekdays and Sundays.
The Main course, Grand course and West courses are open during nighta.

Joetsu Kokusai
Daily until 20th March 2017.
Nighta is from 5pm until 9pm.
The area in front of the main base hotel is open for nighta.

Kandatsu Kogen
'Hobo All Night' ('Almost All Night') is on Fridays, Saturdays and nights before holidays until 1st April 2017.
The nighta opening times on those days is from 6pm until 4am the following morning.

Maiko Snow Resort
Daily until 19th March 2017.
Nighta is from 4pm until 8pm.
The Maiko center quad lift on the Maiko Side of the resort operates for nighta.

Daily until 26th March 2017.
Nighta is from 4pm until 8:30pm.

NASPA Ski Garden
'Thanks' (extended) opening on Saturdays in January and February.
On those days the Number 1 lift is open until 6pm.

Yuzawa Nakazato
Every Saturday until 11th March 2017.
Nighta is from 5pm until 8:30pm.
The Number 2 pair lift operates during nighta.

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Naeba Now!

Wednesday 22nd February 2017, 8:00am
Weather conditions: Nice blue skies with some cloud
New snowfall: 30cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Naeba everybody.

Thanks to all the new snow yesterday we have some lovely soft, smooth groomers out there this morning. Conditions should be ideal for carving it up today.

It will also get relatively warm today probably rising above freezing by midday.

For tonight we are expecting a little snow again with rain tomorrow morning then turning into snow. Hopefully the rain will pass us over though.

Smashing!   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Wednesday 22nd February 2017, 8:07am
Weather conditions: Sunny, some white cloud, blue sky
New snowfall: 14cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from SHiga Kogen.

And I don't think many words are necessary this morning.

The storm has passed and the weather is fine and calm this morning. The sun is out. It is cold. Everywhere looks beautiful. And there's another 14cm of snow to add.

It should be an excellent day to be here. The biggest problem is choosing where to ski or board. Oh, the problems we face.

I hope some of you can be here to enjoy it.


Official snow depths numbers reported by different areas of Shiga Kogen:

Please note that these numbers are the official numbers that ski resorts publish.
Also that they often don't update daily and don't reflect the amount of fresh snow falling!



Ichinose Family

Ichinose Diamond




Okushiga Kogen

Sun Valley

Takamagahara Mammoth




Planned nighta operations:

Sun Valley: Saturdays until 18th March (7pm-9pm)

Ichinose Family: Every day until 25th March (6:30pm-9pm)

Ichinose Diamond: Every Saturday until 25th March and 19th March (6:30pm-9pm)

Yakebitaiyama: Every Saturday until 4th March (6pm-8pm)

Kumanoyu: Every Saturday until 25th March and 19th March (6:30pm-9pm)   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Wednesday 22nd February 2017, 8:22am
Weather conditions: Blue sky and some cloud, sunny
New snowfall: 1cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Niseko.

Some blue skies and sun at times through the day yesterday and just slightly over 1cm of fresh snow on ground by base to report to you all this morning. I see the Avalanche Report is reporting 10-15cm in places higher up.

It was very cold overnight and is keeping cold at the moment which is all important. And after just saying that, it does seem to be the case that tomorrow will be milder during the daytime but with snow starting to fall once again later on. And then fingers crossed we'll see some consistent snow through Friday and over the weekend.

There's quite a lot of blue sky now and the sun is out. It should be a lovely morning. Things seem calm this morning and all lifts will be opening so I expect a rush to get up top.

That's about it really for today I think.

Until tomorrow!


Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6am: -9℃, light snowfall. Moiwa 800m: -8.6℃m, W2.9m/s (20.2m/s at 2pm and 16.2m/s at 6pm yesterday), 10cm snowfall. Annupuri 1150m: -13℃, W13m/s, 15cm snowfall. Hirafu 1250m: -9℃, light breeze and light snowfall. Kamui cape lighthouse: SW9m/s, 1022hPa, 2.0m waves.

The isobars are spreading out and the wind is calming down, The wind’s peak reached 20.2m/s at 2:20pm yesterday at 800m elevation in the west-side of the mountain, stagnating below 12m/s after 6pm. The snowdrifts that developed under this storm is consolidating and no outstanding instability has been observed during this morning’s pressure test. The general avalanche risk is lowering, however slides are still to be expected in leeward knolls and cornice slopes with large snowdrift development around 1100m elevation. Extended stimulation could trigger an avalanche any time. Expected sliding layer is Feb 17th hoar layer. Gate 1 and 4 will be kept closed during the morning, but 2, 3, 5 and 8 are expected to open. Please follow the ski patrol’s instructions. Do not duck ropes to enter O-sawa, Fujiwara-no-sawa, or any other area that are restricted. Today’s snow is fantastic.


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

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Niseko HANAZONO Resort
Niseko Village
Niseko Annupuri
All resort areas opening as planned at the start of the day.


Official resort snow depths as of Wednesday 22nd February 2017:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 315cm
Base - 120cm

Niseko Village
Top - 300cm
Base - 140cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 315cm
Base - 140cm


Night skiing is planned until Monday 20th March 2017 at the Niseko Annupuri, Niseko Grand Hirafu and Niseko Village resort areas. There is no nighta in the Hanazono area.   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Wednesday 22nd February 2017, 8:33am
Weather conditions: Blue sky and cloud
New snowfall: 4cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Nozawa.

Things have calmed down once again and as I put this report together we have a mix of blue sky and cloud this morning.

If the local forecasts are right (not necessarily so!), the clouds may end up winning the day but for now it's bright and sunny in places.

It's a good and cold start to the day as well, though set to warm up a bit (and more tomorrow - with a mix of rain/sleet/snow on the confused forecast... will depend on the temperatures. Cold please.)

Early tracks this morning should be fun!


Wednesday 22nd February 2017

Fresh snow reported by resort since yesterday morning:
- Yamabiko: 5cm
- Uenotaira: 9cm
- Hikage: 7cm
- Nagasaka: 5cm
- Karasawa: 5cm

Official snow depths:
- Yamabiko: 380cm
- Uenotaira: 290cm
- Hikage: 200cm
- Nagasaka: 190cm
- Karasawa: 150cm

Lifts operations:
- All lifts operating except:
- Yunomine pair (usually closed on weekdays)
- Mizunashi triple (usually closed on weekdays)
- Challenge pair (usually closed on weekdays)
- Utopia pair (usually closed on weekdays)

Courses not open today are:
- Grand Prix   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Wednesday 22nd February 2017, 8:34am
Weather conditions: Lots of blue sky and sunshine, bit of cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Hello and good morning from Hakuba.

It's going to be a short report...

No fresh snow this morning, but a cold start to the day and lots of blue sky and sunshine. Just some wispy cloud here and there over our mountain backdrop.


It is a great morning to be here indeed.


Resort news as of 8:35am on Wednesday 22nd February 2017:

All information as available and subject to change during the day due to weather and snow conditions.

Hakuba 47:
Hakuba 47 is reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall (and 5cm during the day yesterday).
The resort appears to be opening as planned this morning.
Official snow depth
Upper: 280cm
Base: 150cm

Hakuba Goryu:
Hakuba Goryu is reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall.
The resort appears to be opening as planned this morning.
Official snow depth
Alps: 345cm
Toomi: 180cm
Iimori: 130cm

Hakuba Happo-one:
Hakuba Happo-one is reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall (Riesen quad top).
The resort appears to be opening as planned this morning.
Official snow depth:
Usagidaira: 265cm
Kurobishi: 310cm
Lower: 160cm

Tsugaike Kogen:
The resort appears to be mostly opening as planned this morning. Part of Lower Han-no-ki and Champion not open; Uma-no-se closed.
Official snow depth:
Tsuga-no-mori: 390cm
Han-no-ki: 350cm
Maruyama: 170cm
Oya-no-hara: 170cm
Kane-no-naru-oka: 150cm

Hakuba Cortina:
The resort is reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall.
The resort appears to be opening as planned this morning.
Official snow depth:
Top: 380cm
Base: 250cm

Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field:
Official snow depth:
Top: 200cm
Base: 120cm

Hakuba Norikura Onsen:
Official snow depth:
Top: 250cm

Official snow depth:
Top: 210cm

Hakuba Sanosaka:
Official snow depth:
Top: 145cm


Planned nighta operations - be sure to check with resorts for latest:

Hakuba Goryu:
Planned to be open daily from 6pm until 9:30pm

Tsugaike Kogen:
Planned at the Katamatsu-Shirakaba area on March 4th, 11th, 18th, 19th (6pm until 9pm)

Hakuba Cortina:
Planned to be open daily from 5pm until 8pm (until 9pm on Saturdays)

Hakuba Happo-one:
Planned to be open daily until 9pm on the Nakiyama area.

Planned to be open daily.

There is no night skiing at the other resorts in the area.   Read more ...

Madarao Now!

Wednesday 22nd February 2017, 8:44am
Weather conditions: Mostly clear blue skies and sunshine
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: --
Hello from Madarao.

It's a fine morning in the region.

Things have calmed down and the clouds have for the most part cleared leaving us with lots of blue sky and sunshine at the start of the day today.

It's cold too, and conditions should be very fine on the mountain this morning.

The forecast still talks of milder conditions tomorrow with some rain before hopefully quickly once again turning into snow...


Operating status for the day at Madarao Kogen (at time of report):

- Number 1 lift
- Number 2 quad lift
- Number 3A lift
- Super quad lift on hold
- Number 11 lift
- Number 12 lift
- Number 15 lift
- Moving walkway
- Kids Park
- Free Ride Park

Tree runs should be open, currently being checked

- Powder Wave I
- Powder Wave II
- River Line
- Powder Theater
- Adventure Aisle
- Crystal Bowl
- Ninja
- Sawa
- Rabbit
- Kamoshika
- Bear

- Nighta at Madarao Kogen is every Saturday until 25th March (and also on 19th March)

Official snow depth:

- 300cm   Read more ...

Grandeco Now!

Wednesday 22nd February 2017, 8:54am
Weather conditions: Fine some overcast
New snowfall: 14cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Grandeco.

I am hearing that today is actually the middle day of the season, which I suppose means that I am just half way through my reporting duties!

Some more fresh snow at base - good quality stuff too by the looks.

Weather should be nice today but things warming up a bit tomorrow and less positive. Today is the pick if possible.

Snow Parks are back open today.

Here's to the second half of the season.


Snow Park Information:

[Dekodaira E park]
7m kicker and 8m kicker.

[Deokoboko park]
6m straight wide box, 6m straight box, Wave, Volcano, 6m straight box, 8m straight rail, 6m arch box, 3m table top and 6m table top.


Lifts operating:

Lifts Operating:

- Gondola
- Number 1 quad lift
- Number 2 quad lift
- Number 3 quad lift
- Number 4 quad lift

Courses open:

All courses now open

Official snow depth:

Road Condition to Grandeco:
Inawashiro through Goshikinuma: snow
Goshukinuma through Grandeco: snow   Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Wednesday 22nd February 2017, 9:38am
Weather conditions: Thin clouds cover most of the sky; increasing
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: --
The day is starting sunny in Myoko, not too warm, not too cold.

The snow continued on and off through the day yesterday, for a few added cms of white. The clouds are building up, though; off the coast the winds are light and from the south — a clear sign of what lies ahead (that is, rain again). In fact, the forecast has gotten worse over the past few days, with the freezing line predicted to go higher to 2,250 meters on Thursday morning. I guess this isn't that uncommon for February; powder snow often comes back in March!

I got an interesting call from a local friend and crazy skier. Apparently he set off a pretty sizeable avalanche in the sidecountry yesterday, and wanted to share the warning with everyone - and much appreciated, too! After the winds of a few days ago, there is a lot of wind-deposited snow that may be holding together in slabs. He also said there was a lot of whumphing - the snow dropping suddenly as a weak layer under the top layer of snow collapses, a definite sign to be careful. Could be caused by the rain layer, the new snow, changing conditions.

Regardless, it's a good day to be a little cautious in areas where snow has gathered, on lee slopes, on big steep and open faces.


Akakura Kanko:
380cm, -7°

Akakura Onsen:
330cm, -6°

Ikenotaira Onsen:
290cm, -6°

Myoko Suginohara:
280cm, -9°

Seki Onsen:
500cm, -4°

Myoko Ski Park:
330cm, -4°

Kyukamura RunRun:
320cm, -4°

Tangram Ski Circus:
260cm, -7°

Madarao Kogen:
300cm, -7°

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Furano Now!

Wednesday 22nd February 2017, 10:17am
Weather conditions: Clear
New snowfall: 9cm
Snow depth: --
Furano has received a solid amount of fresh snowfall overnight and it is extremely light and dry, even at village level. Weatherwise it couldn't be a better day with little in the way of wind and nice blue sky over the resort. With all this snow in the last few days the groomers are skiing superbly and likewise the off piste areas have plenty of unpacked powder to play around in.

Tomorrow is looking like it will be sunny again and the cream on the pudding will be a good dump of snow tomorrow evening if the forecast proves to be correct.
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Appi Kogen Now!

Wednesday 22nd February 2017, 12:15pm
Weather conditions: Cloudy skies
New snowfall: 3cm
Snow depth: --
Hello from Appi,

What started out as a sunny morning has now turned into overcast skies and light winds. A temperature of -3 right now. As far as snowfall goes we’re not expecting a lot of it today, perhaps 5 cm but tomorrow should bring another 10-15 hopefully.

Unfortunately the winds tomorrow will pick up an offer some of those gale force conditions we occasionally get here. Yesterday was windy too and with the windchill it was a fairly chilly day especially at the summit. The forecast for the weekend looks promising but I’d rather wait a day or so before committing to anything.

There's not much traffic at all on any of the runs and they are on very good shape right now.

Planned operating lifts at time of report (subject to change due to weather conditions):

Appi Gondola
Central quad
Central number 2
Central number 3a
Central number 4
Central number 5
Central number 6
Sailer Gondola
Sailer quad
Vista quad


Official snow depth:

195cm   Read more ...

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