Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 26th May 2019

Yuzawa Now!

Monday 23rd February 2015, 8:12am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 290cm
We escaped rain during the day yesterday and instead enjoyed lots of blue sky and sun again, more cloud than yesterday but a fine sunny day.

And very warm. Very warm.

The temperature on the sign at the side of the Route 17 said 12 degrees in Ishiuchi and 11 degrees in Yuzawa when I went past in the afternoon. It felt very spring like. I hear that temperatures even got as high as 19 degrees in some parts of Niigata Prefecture.

A fun day though, once you accept the spring-ness of the conditions. Lots of resorts very busy too over the weekend.

More cloud did turn up last night though and light rain was falling last time I was outside. It's still falling now but forecast to clear up this morning leaving us with a cloudy day. We seem to have managed to avoid the prolonged heavy rain that was on the forecast last week. Still, not the nicest of early mornings to be out, let's hope the rain eases off quickly.

It's another mild morning though it won't be warming up as much as over the weekend.

Looks like it should be gradually getting colder this week with the next decent snow maybe around Friday. Until then a mix of cloud, possible light rain and light snow if we are lucky.

Less wind this morning and all resorts look set to be open as planned.


Official snow depths:

GALA Yuzawa:
Ishiuchi Maruyama:
Joetsu Kokusai:
Kandatsu Kogen:
Maiko Snow Resort:
370cm (upper)
250cm (lower)
NASPA Ski Garden:
Yuzawa Kogen:
340cm (Kogen)
290cm (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)
Maiko Snow Resort:
Every day until 14th March (until 8pm)
Every day until 29th March (until 9pm)
All night on 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 ...

Niseko Now!

Monday 23rd February 2015, 8:35am
Weather conditions: Mostly cloudy for now
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 375cm
Good morning from Hirafu.

I wasn't around last night actually so this is coming to you via others who told me we didn't get too heavy rain, just some drizzle and even a bit of sleet and wet snow as well for a while.

Niseko Grand Hirafu have added 5cm to their upper snow depth and the avalanche report also mentions some new snow as well so there's a bit up there by the sounds. Just a bit. None that I can add to my observed number though down here at base.

This morning there's a lot of cloud about, just a bit of blue sky for the moment. And happily it isn't raining. It's quite windy up on mountain though and that southerly wind is affecting top lifts at the start of the day.

We want snow of course and perhaps tomorrow we will get some with more decent potential at the end of the week.


If you take a look lower down this page you'll see the table statistics for Niseko Now have been added, as well as a link to that new interesting Observed Snowfall table and graph page. Scroll down to take a look...


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

Niseko Grand Hirafu:
Top Ace Number 4, King Number 4 and King Number 3 lifts on hold at the start of the day due to wind.

Niseko Hanazono:
Top Hanazono Number 3 lift on hold.

Niseko Village:
Niseko Gondola at reduced speed at the start of the day. Looks like top Wonderland Chair will be on hold too.

Niseko Annupuri:
Top Jumbo Number 4 lift on hold early on due to strong wind.


Niseko Avalanche Report

Niseko base 6am: +1C, 5cm of new snowfall, heavy wet snow. Moiwa 800m: E10m/s, 10cm new snowfall, 0C, minor snowdrift development. Annupuri 1000m: snowpack 300cm. Hirafu 1000m: light winds, trace new snow, -1C. Annupuri peak 1308m: wind SSW speed unknown, -3.7C. Cape Benkei: W13m/s, Cape Kamui: SW25m/s, pressure 999hPa, wave 1.5m.

Low pressure over the sea of japan is producing warm airflow and strong westerly winds above 1200m as the front passes. Low pressure snowfall has been produced mainly on western side. Surface avalanches of about 10cm over large areas are to be expected around knolls and on open steep faces. These avalanches will be dangerous due to the heavy wet snow. All gates are expected to be open. Kozan no sawa sidewall will be unsafe to ride. The danger of full depth avalanches is increasing on south facing slopes. In Niseko full depth avalanches can start at any layer, propagate right down to the ground and run over long distances. In the past avalanches from 1100m Kozan no sawa have reached the Annupuri Northern Resort Hotel water source next to Junior course. Best not to ride in Osawa valley bottom as this is where the avalanche will run. Avalanches are a natural occurrence and only become an accident if people are involved. Make wise choices. Although the mountain looks like spring has come, winter will be coming back soon. Below 1000m the trees are good. Have a safe day.


Official resort snow depths:

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 375cm
Base - 130cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 290cm
Base - 170cm

Niseko Annupuri:
Top - 340cm
Base - 170cm


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 ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Monday 23rd February 2015, 9:04am
Weather conditions: Cloud cover and fog
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 255cm
This warm blast of early spring like weather continues. After the very warm day yesterday, it's not as much this morning and there's lots of cloud (and fog) around. Webcams show very poor visibility up on the top areas.

It's also raining I'm afraid. But forecast to stop this morning.

A mix of weather over the next few days as we keep on the milder side of things, but we're all hoping that come Friday it'll get colder and snow will be falling once again. Like it should!

Take a look back at previous seasons... March can often deliver the goods. Let's hope this season will be the same.


Also take a look lower down on this page as you'll see a nice new table of statistics for this season and last season, as well as a link to that new page that the SnowJapan folk have put together. I highly recommend you take a look as it's very interesting indeed....


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

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

Official snow depths:

Yamabiko - 430cm
Uenotaira - 380cm
Hikage - 255cm
Nagasaka - 250cm
Karasawa - 210cm


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 except:

Yunomine pair
Mizunashi triple
Challenge pair
Utopia pair
Hikage Number 2 pair B line
Nagasaka Gondola connecting pair


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 ...

Hakuba Now!

Monday 23rd February 2015, 9:05am
Weather conditions: Cloud, poor visibility
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 185cm
The mild spell continues with warm conditions and sadly rain started falling yesterday afteroon and continued overnight.

Happily it has stopped now and clouds are covering the mountains so limited visibility. Combine that with the snow conditions and it's definitely not the most enticing of mornings.

The clouds may clear with sun on some forecasts for the day and a high temperature in village of around +9 degrees.

We can look towards Thursday into Friday this week for the next snowfall that will come to help us. (Really looking forward to those reports!)

The rainfall has increased the likelihood of snowslides and resorts are advising extreme caution at the moment. Stick to the resort areas and give those legs a good work out rather than taking dangerous chances.


Official snow depth numbers and operations at time of writing on Monday 23rd 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 - 350cm
- Toomi - 185cm
- Iimori - 185cm


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

- Upper - 325cm
- Lower - 190cm


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

- Usagidaira - 310cm
- Nakiyama - 180cm
- Sakka - 180cm


Hakuba Cortina:
Reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall.
Confirming safety.

- Upper - 500cm
- Lower - 280cm


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

- Tsuga-no-mori - 375cm
- Maruyama - 195cm
- Kane-no-naru-oka - 225cm


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

- Upper - 265cm
- Lower - 160cm


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

- 270cm


All areas now open.

- 210cm


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 ...

Madarao Now!

Monday 23rd February 2015, 9:05am
Weather conditions: Cloud, fog, no visibility
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 280cm
Can hardly see a thing out there this morning. Thick fog covers Madarao and visibility down to close to zero.

It remained fairly warm overnight and now about +4 degrees.

Yesterday ended up rather wet after the fine weather but luckily we haven't endured too much rain and it's not raining or snowing or anything at the moment... just cloudy and foggy.

Clearer skies probable tomorrow.

Colder temperatures and snow coming our way at the end of the week. Hopefully!


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 ...

Furano Now!

Monday 23rd February 2015, 9:07am
Weather conditions: Bluebird/clear
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 180cm
An almost invisible dusting of snow is all that eventuated overnight, however we have an almost perfect spring day with nice blue skies, sunshine and warm temperatures. Snow conditions will be soft spring today with village temperatures topping out at +7c. It certainly wont be cold out there, so don't overdress, and get out there and enjoy the spring weather. Snow is on the forecast for today and the next few days with a heavy fall for Tuesday night and then Thursday night and Friday...lets hope this comes through.    Read more ...

Naeba Now!

Monday 23rd February 2015, 9:20am
Weather conditions: Overcast
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 290cm
Well, we have a spring like day today with light dare I say it... rain. Today is a mild 3 degrees with low winds, overcast skies and some low hanging fog.

Yesterday was an overcast but mild day all day, with small showers of rain in the evening.

Weather looking like it will stay warm until tomorrow evening where it looks like we will be in for some more snow towards the end of the week.

All lifts and gondolas are open at Naeba. But the Men’s and Women’s downhill courses are both closed today, because of poor snow conditions.

The Dragondola over to Tashiro and the Kagura resort is open.


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 ...

Zao Now!

Monday 23rd February 2015, 9:35am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 210cm
After the fine weekend weather it's back to cloud this morning. Did I mention the rain yesterday evening?

Yes, unfortunately we got some of that even up here.


Just cloudy now though and another warm feeling morning as we wonder when winter might come back...

The answer to that looks like --- late in the week, Friday.


Official snow depths (Monday 23rd February 15):

Utopia: 240cm
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 ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Monday 23rd February 2015, 9:44am
Weather conditions: Cloud, fog in places
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 250cm
The fine weekend weather continued pretty much until the end of the day, then last night we did get some drizzle-y rain into this morning it's a cloudy and foggy start.

Still we are hopeful for a return to more winter like weather patterns over the coming week with some decent snowfall especially seemingly on the way for just before next weekend. Perhaps some before then.

For this morning though it's still mild, a bit wet feeling, cloudy and foggy. Not the most pleasant of conditions.


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 March 28th

   Read more ...

Minakami Now!

Monday 23rd February 2015, 11:15am
Weather conditions: Clear down low, cloudy up top
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 430cm
Warm at the base of Tenjin and a few degrees above zero at the top today.

Was also quite foggy up top this morning and while clear at lower elevations the visibility looks poor up higher.


Snow depths:

Tenjindaira: 430cm
Hodaigi: 270cm


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

Myoko Now!

Monday 23rd February 2015, 12:56pm
Weather conditions: Pea soup out there
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 430cm
This is one of those days where you don't really want to put up a report (more like, "Good day to see the Snow Monkeys").

Luckily the rain didn't start yesterday until just after the lifts closed, and it really hasn't been that bad today. At least for rain.

It's extremely foggy, warm and misty today. Again, a great day to do something cultural, like drinking saké and hanging around the onsen. Kampai for rain!


But one nice bit of news: see the new snowfall table/chart page on SnowJapan - linked to below. Myoko wins again! We are the snow kings! Honestly, everybody I try to go out and accurately measure the actual snowfall (ski resorts are very strange about this, usually under-reporting).

Nice to be number one, but rest assured I don't look at my ongoing totals.


Akakura Kanko:
430cm, 3°

Akakura Onsen:
286cm, 4°

Ikenotaira Onsen:
300cm, 5°

Myoko Suginohara:
270cm, 2° (top)

Seki Onsen:
570cm, 0°

Myoko Ski Park:
355cm, 5°

Kyukamura RunRun:
350cm, 5°

Tangram Ski Circus:
260cm, 3°

Madarao Kogen:
280m, 2°


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
   Read more ...

SnowJapan Daily 'Now' reports

Yuzawa Now
14th Jun, 10:19am
Naeba Now
07th Jun, 10:08am
Aizu Bandai Now
31st May, 13:35
Shiga Kogen Now
27th May, 9:56am
Furano Now
08th May, 8:47am
Niseko Now
07th May, 19:19pm
Myoko Now
06th May, 9:33am
Hakuba Now
06th May, 9:09
Nozawa Onsen Now
06th May, 8:46
Minakami Now
06th May, 8:16
Madarao Now
06th May, 8:13am
Zao Now
06th May, 7:59
Appi Kogen Now
06th May, 7:59am
Geto Kogen Now
06th May, 7:12
Grandeco Now
02nd Feb, 12:34am