Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 1st April 2018

Naeba Now!

Wednesday 23rd December 2015, 7:35am
Weather conditions: The weather is mostly dull today although this may clear up later in the morning.
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 35cm
Good morning from Naeba everybody.

Today is mostly cloudy although not quite overcast.

The morning is expected to start off quite cold with temperatures rising above freezing for most of the day.

Whilst we've received no snow overnight the weather forecast is still looking good for a decent amount of snow coming this weekend.

Today as always the official snow depth of 35 cm is only on the man made pistes in front of the Prince Hotel. Off to the side of these pistes has just a small amount of snow which is mostly not ridable.

At the top of Gondola No.2 the Takenokodaira beginner area still has plenty of snow for all.   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Wednesday 23rd December 2015, 8:34am
Weather conditions: Blue skies and sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 60cm
It's a nice cold start to the day here with mostly blue skies and just a small cloud here and there. Nice and calm. No new snow to report.

All of the lifts planned to be open should be open this morning I think.

Yesterday those clouds cleared to give us some blue sky. I was up at Hirafu and made my fun, good to see people enjoying themselves. Hope they stick around for a while longer as things are about to improve considerably...

The snow is due to start falling as we get into Friday. It's going to be a cold and snowy Christmas if the forecasts are right. And beyond Christmas too, into next week.

All very promising!


Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6.00am: -6deg, no new snowfall, visibility good. Elevation 1000m: WSW10m/s. Coastal data: Benkei Cape:SSW5m/s. Kamui Cape SSW7m/s, 1027hPa, wave 0.9m.
Currently we are experiencing a high pressure system and weather is calm. The current snow surface is frost effected and will become a weak layer in the future snowpack. From observation the general avalanche risk is low.

Due to the lack of snow, out of bounds gates cannot be opened yet. Please respect Niseko Rules.

Mountain climber Kei Taniguchi died in an accident on Kurodake, Daisetsuzan. She gave a Avalanche class to Niseko Junior High School students on the 17th December, where she talked about natures splendour and adventures around the world.

Our deepest condolences and sadness to all friends and family.


Planned resort operations (subject to change due to weather conditions during the day)

The lifts market with an asterix (*) below are planned to be open for night skiing

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Lifts planned to be running:
- Ace Family pair*
- Ace Number 2 Quad Center Four* (for transport)
- Ace Number 3 pair
- Hirafu Gondola*
- King Number 3 triple
- Holiday Number 1 pair*
- Swinging Monkey
Courses planned to be open:
- Family
- Beginners access
- Center
- Shirakaba
- Green
- Kokutai
- Ni-kabe
- Alpen
- Sennoki
- Kogen
- Boyo
- Holiday
- Rinkan
- Jumbo

Niseko HANAZONO Resort
Lifts planned to be running:
- Hanazono Number 1 quad
- Hanazono Number 2 quad
- Hanazono Number 3 quad
Courses planned to be open:
- Connecting
- Parallel
- Silver Dream
- Stairway to Heaven
- Setsuzoku course
- Crystal Garden
- Yotei Sunset (ungroomed)

Niseko Village
Lifts planned to be operating:
- Niseko Gondola
- Community Chair*
- Banzai Chair*
- Morino Chair

Niseko Annupuri
Lifts planned to be operating:
- Annupuri Gondola
- Jumbo Number 1 quad*
- Jumbo Number 2 pair
- Jumbo Number 3 pair
Courses planned to be open:
- Utopia
- Shirakaba
- Paradise
- Junior
- Family
- Dynamic
- Silver


Official resort snow depths as of Wednesday 23rd December 2015:

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 180cm
Base - 60cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 80cm
Base - 50cm

Niseko Annupuri:
Top - 75cm
Base - 50cm


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

Yuzawa Now!

Wednesday 23rd December 2015, 8:45am
Weather conditions: Overcast, cloud, sun trying to shine through
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 0cm
Good morning from Yuzawa.

It's a mostly cloudy morning here, and dry too. Overnight temperatures dropped to just under zero but today it highs of around 9C expected.

Yesterday we had to put up with rain again unfortunately. Perhaps once this snow starts falling at the end of the week, there's just be no rain left until sometime around May. That would be good!

The forecast remains the talk of the town of course, and it's still giving us snow at the end of the week. It might start off as rain in town on Friday but should be snowing by the end of the day. And, fingers crossed, a decent amount of snow on Saturday and Sunday when it should be getting winter-like cold again.

Sadly the Joetsu Kokusai resort - which had been part open for a number of days - will be closed today. The rain of yesterday put a stop to that. Which means that the limited skiing choices for right now are as noted below... Kagura, Naeba and GALA Yuzawa.

Kagura is offering by far the biggest (widest) open area. In fact, from today the skiable connection between Kagura and Tashiro is open which means that basically the majority of the 'Kagura' resort is now open. That's a big area.

Hopefully in a matter of days, there will be much more choice available to us all.


Resorts that are now at least part open (Wednesday 23rd December 2015) - subject to change:

Most of Kagura is now open.
Both Ropeways (Mitsumata and Tashiro) are open and you can ski or snowboard from one to the other.
The only areas now closed at Kagura seem to be the very top pair lift, one of the main Mitsumata slopes and the Mitsumata downhill course back to base.

Lower Number 4 and 5 courses are open (with the help of artificial snow) and the upper Takenokodaira course is open (100% natural snow).

GALA Yuzawa
GALA Yuzawa is part open - the Melody and part of the Entertainment courses in the main Central Area are open.

Muikamachi Hakkaisan
The Technical course and Rakuraku A courses open with just two pair lifts operating (one to get to the open area).

Resorts on standby to open as soon as there is enough snow to open:

Ishiuchi Maruyama
Kagura (Tashiro)
Kandatsu Kogen
Ludens Yuzawa
Muikamachi Ski Resort
Nakazato Snow Wood
NASPA Ski Garden
Yuzawa Nakazato
Yuzawa Park
Yuzawa Kogen

Planning to open on Thursday 24th December:
Chateau Shiozawa

Planning to open on Friday 25th December:

Planning to open on Saturday 26th December:
Ishiuchi Hanaoka
Mt Granview


List of ski resorts in Yuzawa town
List of ski resorts in Minamiuonuma City


Iwappara 6 day snow and weather forecast
NASPA Ski Garden 6 day snow and weather forecast
Kagura 6 day snow and weather forecast
   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Wednesday 23rd December 2015, 9:01am
Weather conditions: Cloud, bit of clearing up?
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 0cm
Hello from Nozawa where it's cloudy but might it be clearing up a bit? It might well be.

The resort is reporting up to 5cm of fresh snowfall up on the top runs since yesterday. Might just have to get up there to check!

High temperatures of around 6C expected for today and tomorrow.

Friday is the day. It should start getting colder and while rain might fall first, it should be snow soon after. And then snowfall over the weekend. Just how much, we'll leave to nature. But in nature we trust! Hopefully the snow clouds should be around until early into the week.


Planned lifts:

- Nagasaka Gondola (from 8:40am)
- Hikage Gondola (from 8:40am)
- Skyline link lift
- Yamabiko Four lift
- Yamabiko Number 2 lift
- Uenotaira
- Yu Road (from 8:30am)

Planned open courses:

- Yamabiko A course
- Yamabiko B course
- Yamabiko C course
- Yamabiko D course
- Yamabiko E course
- Kokenashi
- Uenotaira
- Bunabayashi


Official snow depths (as of 23rd December 2015):

Yamabiko: 50cm (+5cm)
Uenotaira: 45cm (+4cm)
Hikage: 10cm
Nagasaka: 5cm
Karasawa: 0cm


Nozawa Onsen 6 day weather and snow forecast

Nozawa Onsen main resort data   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Wednesday 23rd December 2015, 9:03am
Weather conditions: Generally cloudy and overcast
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 0cm
Morning from Hakuba. A bit of frost early on this morning with temperature here in the village at around +2 as of 9am.

No new snow fall to report for you... yet.

Today is a national holiday in Japan and so expect the limited number of courses that are open to be busy.

You might even see Santa out there as well there are rumours he is here in Hakuba. Hopefully once he has finished skiing or snowboarding (is he a skier or a snowboarder?!), he will get cracking on preparing to deliver lots of snow to us all soon.

The weather forecast is still looking good from Friday onwards with snow expected over the weekend along with a real drop in temperatures. This could be it folks.

Have fun and take care out there. (You should be able to bring out the brand new gear soon!)


6 day forecast for Happo-one:

6 day snow and weather forecast for Happo-one


Resort news as of 9:00am on Wednesday 23rd December (all subject to change due to weather conditions)

Hakuba 47:
Hakuba 47 is reporting 0cm of new snowfall.
Upper area of Route 1, Route 2, Route 4, Route 5, and Route 8 courses are open.
Planned lifts:
Line AB
Line C
Line E
Official snow depth
Upper: 70cm
Base: 0cm

Hakuba Goryu:
Hakuba Goryu is reporting 0cm of new snowfall.
The upper Panorama Course, Grand Prix and Super courses at Hakuba Goryu are open, as well as the lower Toomi run.
Upper and lower areas not connected - gondola needed to get down from upper area.
Planned lifts:
Telecabin Gondola
Alps Number 1 pair lift
Alps Number 2/4 pair lift
Alps Number 3 pair lift
Toomi Sky Four lift
Official snow depth
Alps: 70cm
Iimori: -cm
Toomi: 15cm

Hakuba Happo-one:
The Usagidaira, Panorama and Kurobishi areas are open.
The Gondola is operating to take skiers and boarders there and back.
Planned lifts:
Adam Gondola
Alpen quad lift
Usagidaira pair lift
Kurobishi Number 2 quad lift
Kokusai Number 1 lift
Kokusai Number 3 lift
Panorama pair lift
Official snow depth
Usagidaira: 50cm
Nakiyama: -cm
Sakka: -cm

Tsugaike Kogen:
The upper Tsuga-no-mori area and upper part of the Han-no-ki course areas are open.
Planned lifts:
Eve Gondola
Tsuga Number 1 pair lift
Tsuga Number 2 pair lift
Han-no-ki high speed pair lift
Official snow depth
Tsuga-no-mori: 77cm
Maruyama: -cm

Course 2 is open
Planned lifts:
Number 2 pair lift

Other planned resort opening dates

As soon as there is enough snow:
Hakuba Cortina:
Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field:
Hakuba Norikura Onsen:
Hakuba Sanosaka:   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Wednesday 23rd December 2015, 9:22am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 1cm
Snow depth: 30cm
Just a dusting really since my report yesterday here in Shiga Kogen.

It is a national holiday here in Japan today and resorts simply want to - and need to - be open. There's a bit of news on that front with the Bunadaira, Ichinose Diamond and Okushiga Kogen areas part opening and a few more lifts moving at resorts that have already been open. It's actually getting difficult keeping track of the details now - a heavy snowfall to allow everything to be open will be such a big help to all of us!

More might be open today but it's all still limited with not enough snow so do keep that in mind. Hopefully that will all change soon... this weekend?


Resort areas that are currently open (Wednesday 23rd December) - subject to change

The quad lift and part of the main run plan to be open

Ichinose Diamond
The quad lift and moving sidewalk plan to be open with part of the Diamond course open.

Ichinose Family
Ichinose Quad, Number 2 Pair A line and Number 2 Pair B line lifts are operating
Courses open:
Ichinose Family Front course (lower part) and part of Tengu course.

Kumanoyu Number 3 quad, Number 2 Pair A line and B line are operating
The resort area is part open

Okushiga Kogen
Okushiga Kogen Gondola and the Number 4 pair lifts plan to be operating
Part of the Number 4 course area is planned to be open

Sun Valley
Housaka Number 2 pair lift is operating
Part of the main gelende is open

All lifts are operating and parts of the courses open
Nunber 2 Gondola, Yakebitaiyama Number 2 rapid lift and Yakebitaiyama Number 4 romance lifts are operating
The South Course and Karamatsu Courses are open as well as the Panorama Course

Yokoteyama Number 1 Sky B Line, Yokoteyama Number 2 Sky, Yokoteyama Number 3 Sky and Yokoteyama Number 5 lifts are operating.


6 day snow and weather forecasts:

Ichinose Family 6-day snow and weather forecast
Okushiga Kogen 6-day snow and weather forecast
Yokoteyama 6-day snow and weather forecast   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Wednesday 23rd December 2015, 9:40am
Weather conditions: Fair, cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 50cm
Hello and good morning from Zao on this national holiday. There are lots of people around this morning... not quite as much snow! Expect things to be busy today.

No new snow but it's quite a cold start to the day.

Though hopefully the snow situation will be fixed up over the next run of days. Maybe some tonight and then from Friday through the weekend a decent snowfall is indicated on the forecast. It might get stormy (with strong winds) at the weekend. Keep that in mind.

A recap on what is open at Zao - parts of Utopia, Paradise, Shobunuma, Chuo, Diamond and Uwanodai areas. The top course down from the Gondola is not yet open for skiing and boarding.


Information as of Wednesday 23rd December 15 (subject to change)

Lifts that are planned to be operating at Zao Onsen:

- Sky Cable (gondola)
- Zao Chuo Ropeway
- Zao Ropeway
- Onsen Number 1 pair
- Mikaeri pair
- Chuo Number 1 pair AB
- Chuo Number 1 pair AB
- Katakai triple
- Diamond Number 1 pair
- Zao Paradise pair AB
- Shobunuma Number 1 triple
- Shobunuma Number 2 pair
- Utopia Number 2 pair


Official snow depths:

Utopia: 25cm
Chuo: 50cm
Paradise: 30cm
Uwanodai: 15cm


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

Furano Now!

Wednesday 23rd December 2015, 9:42am
Weather conditions: Stunner of a bluebird day.
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 95cm
Emperor would like his birthday in Furano.

It is a public holiday today for the Emperor's birthday, and it is really very beautiful. Great snow, absolute bluebird, frozen frost on the trees and diamond dust in the air. Furano -- nice one.

About 95cm base up top and 55 at bottom. Both sides of resort open and 9 of 10 lifts running. Still not the Gondola at Kitanomine. Snow forecast for 25 December and it should stick around. Hopefully the sun will make appearances because that's one of the Furano differences. But it's the weather so we shall see.

No wind today and quite a few people about.

I skied yesterday afternoon and it was magic. Mostly groomed skiing on the Furano Zone but the in between country has great fresh tracks deeper than boot deep (and my skis are very wide). The shadow play in the afternoon was something I will never forget.

Photo 1 is yesterday's photo on the resort. Sorry I have new pics from this morning but the device they are in has died. It looks the same but the sky is completely cloudless today.

Photo 2 is the view to Furano town from Kitanomine this morning. Beautiful.   Read more ...

Madarao Now!

Wednesday 23rd December 2015, 10:08am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 8cm
Snow depth: 15cm
Just a quick update... not nice weather yesterday (wet) but some snow overnight and the forecast is still giving us snow from Friday.

Keep an eye on the forecast below:


Madarao Kogen 6 day snow and weather forecast


Madarao Kogen is not yet open.
Tangram Ski Circus is not yet open.   Read more ...

Grandeco Now!

Wednesday 23rd December 2015, 11:34am
Weather conditions: Cloudy some sunshine at times
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 60cm
Grandeco has had just a slight dusting of snow - a few mm - overnight.

It was a cold overnight and start to the morning, but it has become more milder as the morning goes on and the snow on the slopes will have softened up.

It is probably going to get colder again tonight with some snow forecast, and the forecast for the coming weekend is still looking good with quite a lot of snow lined up.

It is still looking very likely to be a cold and snowy Christmas weekend with temperatures dropping to mid-winter levels. There may be some strong winds blowing around as well around Sunday. Be sure to wrap up well and be sure to be prepared for such conditions if you plan on being here.

60% of the slopes at Grandeco remain open with the gondola and two hi-speed lift currently operating at the resort. With a decent snowfall, hopefully by early next week the whole resort will be able to open.

The roads around the Ura Bandai area and up to Grandeco are covered with snow - snow tires are needed.

The ski resorts in the Inawashiro area on the southern side of Mt Bandai remain closed, waiting for more snowfall.


Snow and weather forecast:

6 day snow and weather forecast for Grandeco


Welcome to our new ‘Grandeco Now' reports, exclusive to SnowJapan.

As with all our Now daily reports, it extremely important to us that the information we publish is useful, honest and correct and we’ll be doing everything we can to bring you some good info from this region. Grandeco is located in Kita Shiobara village in the north western region of Fukushima Prefecture - we are very pleased to be able to begin reporting from this region of Japan. More information on Grandeco can be found here and a Resort Spotlight on SnowJapan here.

** There may be a few glitches early on but please bear with us while we settle in this new report section. Thank you. **
   Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Wednesday 23rd December 2015, 14:58pm
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 20cm
Akakura Onsen are till bravely continuing to be open today with the Yodel No. 2 quad and Yodel No. 3 triple lifts moving; and the lift over at Kyukamura RunRun is operating as well. Madarao Kogen couldn't keep open with the rain and milder conditions not doing the snow any favours so they had to shut up again.

So, we wait on this national holiday hoping ever so much for a forthcoming snowy Christmas.

It has been cloudy - and once again mild - today, with rain expected this evening. What about the snow? That should start on Friday hopefully, and look to the weekend for a real drop in temperatures and... continued snow.

Akakura Kanko:


Akakura Onsen:
Yodel Triple No. 3; Yodel No. 2 quad, shuttle bus up there

Ikenotaira Onsen:

Myoko Suginohara:

Seki Onsen:

Myoko Ski Park:

Kyukamura RunRun:
Lift operating!

Tangram Ski Circus:

Madarao Kogen:
Waiting again   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