Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 28th May 2018

Yuzawa Now!

Monday 23rd March 2015, 7:50am
Weather conditions: Cloudy, limited visibility
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 180cm
Lots of us have been looking forward to today for a while with that promise of a return to more winter like weather.

We are starting the day with rain and wet conditions here in town, with wet snow falling higher up (apparently). Naeba seem to be reporting 3cm at their base with 5cm higher up, though Kagura just a dusting and nothing in terms of cm in other places. Snow is on the forecast for the day (same for tomorrow and into Wednesday as well) so let's hope that it can get a bit colder and bring us some...

It is definitely colder though this morning which wouldn't be difficult after the warmth of yesterday which was generally bright but rather hazy and overcast for most of the day.


Official snow depths:

GALA Yuzawa:
Ishiuchi Maruyama:
Joetsu Kokusai:
Kandatsu Kogen:
Maiko Snow Resort:
290cm (upper)
190cm (lower)
NASPA Ski Garden:
Yuzawa Kogen:
250cm (Kogen)
200cm (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.

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 ...

Madarao Now!

Monday 23rd March 2015, 8:12am
Weather conditions: Cloud, bit of blue sky
New snowfall: 1cm
Snow depth: 220cm
Light snow this morning and the resort reporting 2cm; 1cm here outside my place.

It is surely much colder though after the warm weekend and fingers crossed we can expect snow over the next few days.

Let's see how much we get!


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.


Madarao Kogen 6 day weather and snow forecast
Madarao Kogen main resort data   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Monday 23rd March 2015, 8:22am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 450cm
That snow that was falling when I posted my report yesterday... it quickly cleared up and blue skies started to appear. 30 minutes later and my report would have been quite different!

A slight dusting of snow but it's gone now and so it's 0cm for the report this morning. It is snowing again now though so let's see what happens today.

There's a bit of a southerly wind around this morning but hopefully it won't be messing with the lifts and they all seem to be opening as planned at the start of the day.


No more nighta floodlit for the 2014/2015 season with the last one last night.

Thank you nighta, and see you next season!


Resort specific news as of 8:20am - 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: -1C, light dusts. Moiwa data n/a. Annupuri 1000m snowpack 340cm. Hirafu 1000m SW5m/s, light snowfall, -2C. Peak data n/a. Coastal data: Benkei cape SW8m/s, Kamui cape SSW16m/s, 1004hPa, 1.2m waves.

Relatively calm morning in a low-pressure system. All gates are expected to open, however may close depending on the weather. Please follow the ski patrol instruction. A thin layer of new snow is present and is likely to slide. Please do not underestimate the hazards. Climax (ground) avalanche risk from 1100m ridge line is rising. These slides are extremely devastating; better stay away from potentially hazardous areas like cornices and valley bottom. Block avalanche hazard are also to be aware of under 700m slopes with cracks. A block of snow can easily injure a person.

Some holes are present at the valley bottom and creeks under the snow are swollen due to snowmelt. If you fall in a hole, the current may push you down under a snowbridge and consequences can be really serious. Another reason to avoid riding the valley bottoms, if you have to, do it one by one where the grade is low. Making correct judgment is always important in the mountains, critical moments will come without notice. Have a nice day.


Official resort snow depths:

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

Niseko Village:
Top - 310cm
Base - 150cm

Niseko Annupuri:
Top - 340cm
Base - 170cm


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

Zao Now!

Monday 23rd March 2015, 8:32am
Weather conditions: Cloud, fog
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 210cm
Fair amount of snow due over the next few days?

Well, I don't have any cm to report just yet - just a dusting - but it is snowing now and hopefully will continue and get heavier as the day goes on.

Forecasts still say snow and stronger winds over the next few days. Light wind for the moment, but limited visibility up there on the mountain.


Official snow depths (Monday 23rd March 15):

Utopia: 225cm
Chuo: 210cm
Paradise: 220cm
Uwanodai: 140cm

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 ...

Hakuba Now!

Monday 23rd March 2015, 8:40am
Weather conditions: Cloudy, some blue sky
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 140cm
After that very 'spring' weekend, it is colder this morning and snow has been falling. Not much on the ground other than a dusting really but Hakuba 47 mentioning that there might be up to 10cm of fresh up there on them there mountains.

We have all been excited about the chance of snow from today of course and it's still there featured on the forecast through until Wednesday. Remains to be seen how much will be falling.

Right now there's quite a lot of blue sky on show and the sun is breaking through in places. While there is still a lot of cloud around the snow has eased off so it's difficult to read.

Until tomorrow!


Official snow depth numbers and operations at time of writing on Monday 23rd March 2015. Subject to change during the day:

Hakuba Goryu:
Reporting 0cm of new snowfall up top, but 1cm at Iimori!
Night skiing up until 31st March - the only one left going now.

- Alps Daira - 310cm
- Toomi - 140cm
- Iimori - 14cm


Hakuba 47:
Reporting 0cm of new snowfall.

- Upper - 305cm
- Lower - 140cm


Reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall.

- Usagidaira - 260cm
- Nakiyama - 110cm
- Sakka - 140cm


Hakuba Cortina:
Reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall.
Spring season operations from 23rd March - Lift 1, 2, 4 and 6 (reduced price tickets).

- Upper - 365cm
- Lower - 230cm


Tsugaike Kogen:
Tsugaike Ropeway now open for spring -- but closed this morning due to weather conditions.

- Tsuga-no-mori - 370cm
- Maruyama - 165cm
- Kane-no-naru-oka - 195cm


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

- Upper - 230cm
- Lower - 115cm


Hakuba Norikura Onsen:

- 220cm



- 160cm   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Monday 23rd March 2015, 8:59am
Weather conditions: Cloudy, fog
New snowfall: 3cm
Snow depth: 240cm
Fresh snow and cold conditions. Feels a bit like winter again. Yakebitaiyama posting a temperature of -10C.

And a big change from the weather of the last few days.

A few cm on the top of cars that have been here overnight and snow is continuing to fall from the skies now.

Snow hopefully is going to be falling at least into tomorrow and some strong winds possible tomorrow too.


Planned night floodlit skiing at Shiga Kogen resort areas:

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 ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Monday 23rd March 2015, 8:59am
Weather conditions: Cloudy, fog
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 200cm
Good morning from Nozawa.

That was a warm weekend!

It is coldert this morning as we enter these few days when we hope for fresh snow. The resort is just reporting 1cm up on Yamabiko this morning and it is snowing lightly now. Some local forecasts tell us to expect a bit of sun even later on today, so changeable conditions seem to be what we can expect. The most snowfall is expected tomorrow with snow clouds likely to be hanging around through Wednesday. Come on, fresh snow please!

The webcams show some very limited visibility on the upper areas of Nozawa early this morning.


From next Monday, lift tickets at Nozawa get cheaper for the remaining chunk of the season (until 6th May). For example a one day ticket for an adult will be reduced from 4800 yen to 3700 yen, and for a child from 2200 yen to 1700 yen.


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

Yamabiko - 1cm
Uenotaira - 0cm
Hikage - 0cm
Nagasaka - 0cm
Karasawa - 0cm

Official snow depths:

Yamabiko - 385cm
Uenotaira - 330cm
Hikage - 200m
Nagasaka - 200cm
Karasawa - 135cm


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


Last night skiing of the season planned for next Saturday (28th March)


Nozawa Onsen plans to be open until Wednesday 6th May


Nozawa Onsen 6 day weather and snow forecast
Nozawa Onsen main resort data
   Read more ...

Naeba Now!

Monday 23rd March 2015, 10:48am
Weather conditions: Cloudy, limited visibility
New snowfall: 3cm
Snow depth: 260cm
Morning from Naeba.

And it is snowing! Not a huge amount, but there's a few cm on the ground here and the resort reports up to 5cm at higher areas. It's continuing to snow as well and so we can hope for more during the day today and tomorrow too. Good chance that it'll be heavier later on tomorrow.

Due to avalanche danger, the Mens Riesen Slalom course is are closed this morning.

Otherwise both Naeba and Kagura are open as normal this morning.


Official snow depths:

Naeba: 260cm
Kagura: 370cm


New snowfall:

3-5cm Naeba
dusting 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 ...

Myoko Now!

Monday 23rd March 2015, 11:22am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: 400cm
The SnowJapan forecast had it exactly right; the warm weather and sun (and sunburn for me) over the weekend has given way to winds, colder temperatures and snow!

We could see it coming from about 5pm yesterday, as some big clouds started to form over Mt. Myoko. The winds have now moved to the west on the coast (mostly northerly around here, due to the mountains) and we probably have 5-10 cm of fresh and it's falling pretty well at the moment. You kind of feel like you don't really want any more snow at some point, but it almost felt like the first snowfall again this morning. Nice to have things white again, too...

We're also entering the last week of scheduled lift operations at some of the resorts. Suginohara will open just the gondola next Monday and Tuesday, and then close. Most of the rest are open at least until early April—more to follow as they post these dates.


Akakura Kanko:
400cm, -2°

Akakura Onsen:
226cm, -3°

Ikenotaira Onsen:
230cm, 0°

Myoko Suginohara:
230cm, -5° (top)

Seki Onsen:
460cm, -2°

Myoko Ski Park:
315cm, 2°

Kyukamura RunRun:
340cm, 2°

Tangram Ski Circus:
190cm, -1°

Madarao Kogen:
220m, -2°


Night skiing in the Myoko area:

Tangram Ski Circus: to 8pm on Saturdays until 28 March   Read more ...

Furano Now!

Monday 23rd March 2015, 12:51pm
Weather conditions: Cloud cover/overcast
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 190cm
We are moving into spring now and the big change for Furano is that Kitanomine Zone has closed for the season. Furano Zone will coninue operating through until the end of the season, and there is plenty of good skiing left. While today is very mild there was a dusting of new snow overnight in the village and it has been snowing off and on on the mountain during the day. The snow is forecast to continue to fall until Wednesday evening and then we are in for some pretty warm temperatures for Friday and Saturday.   Read more ...

Minakami Now!

Monday 23rd March 2015, 20:21pm
Weather conditions: Clear
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 380cm
Snowing all day here with temps around zero and moderate winds. Not enough snow has accumulated yet to really take the sting out of the pack underneath which has frozen right up again. Its stopped snowing this evening and cleared right up outside but hopefully as forecast the snow comes back this tonight, continues through Tuesday and Wednesday before clearing up and warming slightly Thursday...


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

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

Now closed for the season

Until 22nd March


Snow depths:

Tenjindaira: 380cm
Hodaigi: 190cm


New snowfall:

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

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