Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 5th May 2018

Yuzawa Now!

Friday 23rd March 2018, 6:57am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Yuzawa.

We have light wet snow falling at some higher elevations and rain down in town this morning. Hopefully by this afternoon it will be drier and from tomorrow we have lots of sunshine and clearer skies on the forecast right into at least the middle of next week and some warm conditions too (especially from Monday onwards).

So it should be fine weather over the weekend. Full on spring snow conditions of course but come with that in mind and there's still a lot of fun to be had. As you might expect, better conditions the higher up you go.


The Muikamachi Hakkai-san resort in Minamiuonuma has now closed for the season.


Images today from GALA Yuzawa, NASPA Ski Garden and Yuzawa IC exit (Route 17).


Updated: Friday 23rd March 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

- 110cm

- Kagura area: 290cm
- Mitsumata area: 190cm
- Tashiro area: 240cm

Kandatsu Kogen
- 185cm

- 190cm (base)

NASPA Ski Garden
- 130cm

Yuzawa Kogen
- Top: 160cm
- Base: 80cm

Yuzawa Park
- 100cm

Yuzawa Nakazato
- 120cm


Ski resorts in Minamiuonuma (just to the north of Yuzawa):

Ishiuchi Maruyama
- 150cm

Joetsu Kokusai
- 150cm

Maiko Snow Resort
- Top: 160cm
- Base: 50cm

Muikamachi Hakkaisan
- Now closed for the season   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Friday 23rd March 2018, 7:04am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Shiga Kogen.

And early morning there is light snow falling here, though not enough to give us any new fresh cm on the ground. Perhaps a little in higher areas.

From tomorrow and into next week it looks like we can expect sun, sun and more sun. And perhaps some more sun with a bit of cloud here and there. But mostly sun! Along with rising temperatures especially from around Monday. There's a good chance this snow that is falling is the last we will see this season...

Anyway it should be really nice 'spring ski' conditions from the weekend, and of course next week is the last week of the season for a handful of the resort areas of Shiga Kogen.


'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 ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Friday 23rd March 2018, 7:24am
Weather conditions: Cloudy, fog
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Nozawa.

Spots of rain still here. The resort reported 1cm of snowfall during the day yesterday though no new cm down at base.

These clouds are set to clear up by tonight and from tomorrow it's sunshine all the way through at least the first part of next week in this north eastern region of Nagano-ken. Temps are going to be gradually rising as well from tomorrow, getting pretty toasty by mid-week. Looks like calm, settled, mild weather as we head towards the end of March and into April.

My oh my, it's nearly April.



Friday 23rd March 2018

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

- Yamabiko (1407m): 1cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 0cm
- Hikage (660m): 0cm
- Nagasaka (615m): 0cm
- Karasawa (563m): 0cm

Official snow depth numbers:

- Yamabiko (1407m): 260cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 170cm
- Hikage (660m): 115cm
- Nagasaka (615m): 110cm
- Karasawa (563m): 50cm

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 ...

Niseko Now!

Friday 23rd March 2018, 7:29am
Weather conditions: Some thin cloud, clear
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning to you all.

There is no fresh snowfall to report and we start with a mild morning. The sun is out, some high thin cloud and it is probably going to be a fine day.

And indeed, a fine run of days ahead with lots of sun forecast well into next week along with temperatures gradually rising (and possibly approaching mid-teens mid week).

Full on spring.


Not sure why, but my report got a massive amount of traffic/visitors yesterday - like, well over 10 times more than expected for this time of year. I wonder why. Perhaps a 'link in' from a major website or something. Anyway, if you are new here... haro! If you want to check out how the season has been here in Niseko, do look down at the bottom of this page to get to all the archive reports and of course you can also check that lovely blue tab near the top of the page that says 'Snowfall Analysis'.


Last Avalanche Report of the season today. From tomorrow, it's just me. Do stick around. I promise I'll post some 'Spring Season Toast Tips' when other information is a bit thin on the ground.

And I would like to extend my own big thank you and hearty 'otsukaresama deshita' to the very good folk involved in providing this important information.

Here it is...

Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6am: -1℃, no snowfall, clear sky. Moiwa 800m: -3.5℃, N5.7m/s, no snowfall. Annupuri 1150m: -5℃, W5m/s, 440cm snowpack at 1000m. Hirafu peak: -1℃, light breeze, no snowfall. Coastal data: Benkei cape ENE6m/s, Kamui cape ENE3m/s, 1009hPa, 2.0m waves.

That’s a wrap for this season’s avalanche information.

We would like to thank everyone who has been involved in the making of the daily report and everyone who has been trusting in the information for their mountain safety.

Our only hope is that the season would end safely without any accidents.

Still a lot of snow on the slopes, enjoy the Spring conditions and have a great end of the season.


Friday 23rd 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: 460cm
- Base: 190cm

Niseko Annupuri

Lifts scheduled to be operating:
- All lifts should be operating as planned

Official snow depth:
- Top: 440cm
- Base: 190cm

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: 190cm   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Friday 23rd March 2018, 7:40am
Weather conditions: Cloudy skies
New snowfall: 4cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Zao.

I have some fresh snow to report this morning! Almost 3cm here on the ground. It's kind of wet snow with the temperature currently at 3C, but certainly welcome at this stage of the season. Not much of a wind at all and cloudy skies with light snow falling.

Once these clouds pass, from tomorrow the forecast is showing that run of clear and fine weather conditions through next week - and it seems like it will be warming up as well particularly as we get to mid week.


Lifts and course info:

Most course areas remain open. Some lifts affected by weather this morning.

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 ...

Hakuba Now!

Friday 23rd March 2018, 7:44am
Weather conditions: Lots of cloud, some blue sky
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Hakuba.

It was a shame to see that precious fresh snow we got get washed away (at least down in the village) by rain yesterday morning. But by later afternoon we saw some blue sky though it remained mostly cloudy.

The only fresh snow I can see being reported this morning is 1cm by Happo-one at their top gondola station.

This morning there is a lot of cloud around. Some light snow falling in places I am told, but some sun shining through the cloud in others and generally clearing seems to be what we should expect.

Clearer skies are forecast for later and certainly from tomorrow through next week. We are going to be enjoying a lot of clear and sunny skies if the forecasts are correct. It is also going to be getting warmer as the days go on and particularly warm in the middle of the week.


Ski resort information on Friday 23rd March 2018 (at time of writing):

Hakuba Happo-one

Operating lifts:
- Lifts should be operating as planned

Courses open:
- All areas open as planned

Official snow depth:
- Kurobishi: 360cm
- Usagidaira: 245cm
- Lower: 60cm


Hakuba Goryu

Operating lifts:
- Lifts should be operation as planned today

Courses open:
- All courses should be open as normal (apart from Adventure)

Official snow depth:
- Top: 330cm
- Toomi: 110cm
- Iimori: 80cm


Hakuba 47

Operating lifts:
- Lifts should be operating as planned today
- Line D usually operates only when the Gondola is not operating

Courses open:
- All main courses should be available

Official snow depth:
- Top: 320cm
- Base: 110cm


Tsugaike Kogen

Operating lifts:
- Lifts should be operating as planned

Courses open:
- All course areas are open

Official snow depth:
- Tsuga-no-mori: 320cm
- Han-no-ki: 290cm
- Maruyama: 75cm
- Shirakaba: 230cm
- Champion: 90cm
- Oya-no-hara: 105cm
- Kane-no-naru-oka: 70cm


Hakuba Cortina

Operating lifts:
- All lifts apart from Number 5 appear to be operating

Courses open:
- Some courses closed or on hold - check with resort

Official snow depth:
- Top: 257cm
- Base: 140cm


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 7, 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 ...

Grandeco Now!

Friday 23rd March 2018, 8:01am
Weather conditions: Cloudy sometimes fair
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Grandeco.

The rain didn’t change into snow so there was no fresh snowfall yesterday.

Visibility is good at higher elevations but apart poor around the base area due to fog.

Gentle wind and all lifts will be open today.


Lifts operating:

- All lifts operating

Courses open:

- All courses open

Official snow depth:
- 250cm

- Grandeco snow and weather forecast   Read more ...

Naeba Now!

Friday 23rd March 2018, 8:14am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Naeba! After a day of rain yesterday, snow is falling from the sky, however it's not quite accumilating at the base yet. The air temperature is currently reading -1°C, which hopefully means the precipitation will remain snow for at least the coming few hours. The wind is currently blowing moderately through the Mikuni valley, but this is expected to taper off around the early evening. The precipitation is expected to end around this time also. The pistes are sugarly and spring-like all the way to the summit, so there is plenty of spring skiing around.

Looking forwards, there is a very stable weather forecast to report! Sun, sun and more sun! Air temperatures are expected to remain above 0°C for the foreseeable future, with highs of 17°C predicted for Wednesday. There will be very little wind during this period also, with a large blocking anticyclone sitting right over us. It looks as though Spring is really taking a hold!   Read more ...

Minakami Now!

Friday 23rd March 2018, 9:12am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Tenjin reporting 5cm overnight which can sometimes mean a decent snowfall up there but we shall see. Still half snowing wet cruddy stuff at the base here this morning after intermittent rain and snow overnight. Winds are pretty chilly and though it's clear in the village, it's certainly not good weather up here. The forecast is for snow showers here all day and this evening before clearing over the weekend and next week's looking like a heat wave. If I were riding a desk in Tokyo, I'd probably roll the dice on the mountains this weekend. Could be the last best slide given the trend thus far this March.


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 ...

Madarao Now!

Friday 23rd March 2018, 9:39am
Weather conditions: Cloudy, fog
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Madarao.

Not a very nice morning here really with lots of cloud, limited visibility and slight drizzle/sleet kind of precipitation at times.

But don't worry. From tomorrow, sun is forecast every day through until at least the second part of the coming week. It's also going to be gradually getting warmer again as we approach the end of March - and the end of the ski season here in Madarao. So it should be lots of clear and fine weather to enjoy those last turns of the season.

10 days to go.


Official snow depth:


Operating lifts:

Number 1 lift
Number 2 quad lift
Super quad lift
Number 11 lift
Number 12 lift
Number 13 lift
Number 15 lift

Powder Wave I
River Line
Free Ride Park
Crystal Bowl

Kids Park

Planned nighta operations this season:

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

Myoko Now!

Friday 23rd March 2018, 10:22am
Weather conditions: Fog with light rain/tiny sleet
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
It’s not very nice out there today. Gray and rain/icy bits and a bit colder than yesterday. Bad timing yesterday, too, because as soon as I put the report up it started to snow/rain a bit. I’ll say it again: crazy weather. If it’s not going to actually snow and add some base, we might as well get sunny and warm and enjoy the end of the season (at the resorts at least). Looks like that’s the case, from tomorrow at least, as the freezing level keeps on climbing and the temperatures rise and the sun shines down.


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

Akakura Onsen:
230cm, -1°; closing April 8

Ikenotaira Onsen:
190cm, 0°

Myoko Suginohara:
140cm, -3°; closing April 1

Seki Onsen:
350 cm, -1°; closing May 6

Myoko Ski Park:
180 cm, 5°; closing April 1

Kyukamura RunRun:
190 cm, 3°; closing April 1

Lotte Arai Resort:
413cm, 3.3°; Kokenashi Lift closed; Exciter and Discovery permanently closed; Be Free, Mamushigaeshi, Legendary, Rindou Upper and Rindou Lower closed; Ohkenashi Bowl, FK, North Bowl, Funaishi-zawa, Happy Place and Benzaku-zawa in the avalanche-controlled areas open; others closed (see website for updates); closing May 6

Tangram Ski Circus:
140 cm, 1°; closing April 1

Madarao Kogen:
160 cm, 0°; closing April 1

Kurohime Kogen Snow Park:
130cm, 1° closing April 1   Read more ...

Appi Kogen Now!

Friday 23rd March 2018, 16:13pm
Weather conditions: Mostly clear and sunny
New snowfall: 16cm
Snow depth: --
Fresh snow! Yes, there was some fresh snow on the ground this morning giving us a late season refresh. The resort itself is reporting 20cm and now a total snowfall of 720cm for the season. There's not going to be much left in the tank probably with clearer skies and warmer temperatures due early to mid week next week. Perhaps a little more over the weekend if it gets colder enough. Let's see.


Official snow depth:



Planned lift operations, Friday 23rd (subject to change):

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

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

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