Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 1st April 2018

Yuzawa Now!

Tuesday 24th February 2015, 8:06am
Weather conditions: Mostly cloudy but quite bright, esp to the north
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 255cm
Morning from Yuzawa.

Yesterday was one of the 'best forgotten' kind of days in a season in terms of weather at least. The light drizzly rain continued on falling longer than hoped during the daytime. It was foggy as well with generally visibility poor. It certainly was colder than the weekend which is a good thing to take from it.

This morning there is a lot of cloud around but just to the north of Yuzawa there's blue skies opening up and the sun making an appearance. Forecast is for cloudy conditions but perhaps the skies will clear somewhat.

Similar conditions on the forecast for tomorrow.

It looks set to keep on the mild side for the next few days still with snow (bit more rain beforehand at base?) around Thursday into Friday.

Until we get some fresh snow, it's going to be mostly spring-like conditions out on the slopes with the better conditions higher up.


Official snow depths:

GALA Yuzawa:
Ishiuchi Maruyama:
Joetsu Kokusai:
Kandatsu Kogen:
Maiko Snow Resort:
350cm (upper)
250cm (lower)
NASPA Ski Garden:
Yuzawa Kogen:
330cm (Kogen)
280cm (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 ...

Naeba Now!

Tuesday 24th February 2015, 8:30am
Weather conditions: Overcast
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 290cm
Good morning!

It is a cloudy morning with the temperature hovering around 0 degrees with weak winds and no new snowfall from last night.

Yesterday was a drizzly day with weak rain all day and poor visibility.

With temperatures looking like they are going to drop as the day continues there is a chance of some light snowfall in the afternoon and early evening.

All planned lifts open at Naeba.

The Dragondola over to Tashiro and Kagura are open as planned.


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 ...

Niseko Now!

Tuesday 24th February 2015, 8:31am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 10cm
Snow depth: 380cm
Fresh snow!

I wouldn't usually get so excited around 10cm or so of snowfall that may not be quite classic Niseko quality, but with the lack of fresh over the last week it's just really great to see snow back with us... and hopefully will be the start of more to come. The folk lining up for first lifts tells me that others feel the same way.

It's snowing pretty good heavily now actually. Please continue!

The Report below mentioning 20cm of fresh over at Moiwa. :)

It's a bit colder too as you might expect this morning.

Come on snow, stay with us! If the forecast is correct it should be snowing through until tomorrow and then around Friday. Temperatures are remaining borderline mild, so fingers crossed things go the colder way. (It's the best way, easy).

For now though I imagine fresh tracks will very quickly be made this morning so get up there earlier if you want to try and get some.


Wind played around with lifts yesterday but some got moving. The Annupuri Gondola stopped shortly after 10am but by mid morning Hirafu was open apart from the top Ace and King Number 4 lifts, with the Ace and King 3 moving at reduced speed. The Hanazono top lift also got started just before 11am.

Top lifts affected this morning again by wind, though less than yesterday. See below for details as at 8:30am.


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

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

Niseko Hanazono:
All lifts look set to be operating as normal from the start this morning.

Niseko Village:
Top Wonderland Chair will be on hold

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


Niseko Avalanche Report

Niseko base 6am: -4C, 10cm of new snowfall in last 12 hrs, wet broken crystals and hail. Moiwa 800m: SW5m/s, 20cm new snowfall and snowdrifts, -6C, bad visibility. Annupuri 1000m: snowpack 300cm. Hirafu 1000m: 10cm new snow, -6C. Annupuri peak 1308m: wind SW speed not avail, -8.3℃. Cape Benkei: WNW14m/s, Cape Kamui: WSW16m/s, pressure 1005hPa, wave 1.8m.

The powder came back! Strong SW wind and snowdrifts developing slowly above 800m. Knolls and steep slopes around 800m will easily fracture at Feb 21-22 layer. The depth is expected to be less than 30cm, however still dangerous. The snow in forest is good. All gates are expected to be open. Please listen to the patrols advice and be prepared before riding out of bounds. Always be aware on knoll and cornice slopes, ride one by one. The valley bottoms are the path of potential large scale avalanches, dont stop in them. Yesterday over 8 people entered strictly off limits area Yu no sawa. A lot of people work hard to protect your right to ride out of bounds in Niseko. Please dont disrespect them, follow the rules and help keep Niseko free.


Official resort snow depths:

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 380cm
Base - 135cm

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
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Nozawa Onsen Now!

Tuesday 24th February 2015, 8:36am
Weather conditions: Mostly cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 250cm
Good morning from here in Nozawa. It's just cloudy skies this morning and thankfully none of that rain stuff is with us today. No new snow either to give us some fresh feeling... we're just going to have to wait a bit longer for that.

So yes cloudy with a few breaks in the cloud here and there; the sun trying to show through as well just now. Foggy conditions higher up in the top Yamabiko area.

The forecast is looking mixed and bitty still over the next few days as conditions remain quite mild. Cloud, some rain rain, some snow? There looks to be decent changes of snowfall higher on the mountain though it probably won't make it down to lower areas.

And that's about it really for this morning. We'll just have to take it day by day and see what nature brings.


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

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

Official snow depths:

Yamabiko - 420cm
Uenotaira - 365cm
Hikage - 250cm
Nagasaka - 245cm
Karasawa - 205cm


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 operating except:

Yunomine pair
Mizunashi triple
Challenge pair
Utopia pair
Hikage Number 2 pair B line


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!

Tuesday 24th February 2015, 9:14am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 180cm
I wrote the report earlier and then my computer decided to play up just as I was about to submit it... so this is a re-write! Hopefully I can recreate what I had written first time round.

OK so yesterday was generally a very warm, wet and foggy (in places; at times) kind of day. I was over at Iwatake and there was a clearer period mid afternoon, but some thick fog in the morning. Very spring-like unfortunately and snow conditions have inevitably taken a hit from the rain and the warmth. I heard a resort guy saying it was like May... I think he was half joking! It certainly was a day to quickly move on from though.

Today shouldn't be quite as warm, though it is still +2C at base here and a high of about 6 degrees likely down in the village. The day has started off just cloudy and mild.

Looking forward things are looking more encouraging. Higher up on the mountains we will hopefully be seeing decent snowfall Thursday Friday and then late weekend. Down in the village it might be more borderline so we'll just have to see.


Official snow depth numbers and operations at time of writing on Tuesday 24th 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 - 345cm
- Toomi - 180cm
- Iimori - 180cm


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

- Upper - 330cm
- Lower - 180cm


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

- Usagidaira - 300cm
- Nakiyama - 170cm
- Sakka - 170cm


Hakuba Cortina:
Reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall.
Looks like all courses open except Giant.

- Upper - 420cm
- Lower - 265cm


Tsugaike Kogen:
Uma-no-se and Forest courses closed.
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.

- 260cm


All areas now open.

- 190cm


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!

Tuesday 24th February 2015, 9:22am
Weather conditions: Cloud and some blue sky
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 270cm
The fog has cleared, as has that scent of rain, and this morning we have much better views of Madarao. Some blue sky and some cloud. Might it clear up more today? It might well do. Nothing is forecast to be falling today with our next snowfall due around Thursdday and then perhaps Sunday. Temperatures still hovering around the zero mark though and tending to be venturing into positive numbers, so it's difficult to read just now.

With the weather we have had over the past few days, expect spring like snow conditions for the moment.

Refresh please!


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
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Shiga Kogen Now!

Tuesday 24th February 2015, 9:24am
Weather conditions: Thin cloud and fine
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 250cm
As expected, very spring like heavy-going conditions out there yesterday with the rain and warm conditions doing their damage.

Thankfully it's quite cold this morning. Certainly more than it has been and back under zero, where it should be. There should be some fast icy runs out there early on. Maybe a bit noisy, but fast!

Feels good out this morning actually. Nice and crisp and increasingly clear skies up there.

Still encouraging forecasts for the coming week with snow due on and off through until the end of the weekend. A return to winter proper would be most welcome -- we're not ready for spring yet!


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 ...

Zao Now!

Tuesday 24th February 2015, 9:42am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 220cm
Felt quite cold out there yesterday with some strong winds blowing around. Very poor visibility as well, good job I know where I'm going!

This morning there's lots of cloud around and it's +1C right now.

I'm encouraged by the forecast though. Friday onwards we should be getting snowed on. Hopefully the wind won't cause any lift issues.


Official snow depths (Tuesday 24th February 15):

Utopia: 220cm
Chuo: 210cm
Paradise: 220cm
Uwanodai: 150cm

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 ...

Myoko Now!

Tuesday 24th February 2015, 11:41am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 420cm
The rain and gloom are gone today, along with a lot of snow from around the houses - not unwelcome, really, when we're all living between five-meter-high walls.

Something's about to happen, as the wind is picking up as the clouds come down the mountain a bit. Could be rain, the forecast says, and the freezing line is staying up pretty high. I think we can all agree that snow would be better...


Akakura Kanko:
420cm, 0°

Akakura Onsen:
280cm, 2°

Ikenotaira Onsen:
290cm, 1°

Myoko Suginohara:
270cm, -4° (top)

Seki Onsen:
5610cm, 0°

Myoko Ski Park:
355cm, 5°

Kyukamura RunRun:
350cm, 5°

Tangram Ski Circus:
250cm, 0°

Madarao Kogen:
270m, -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
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Furano Now!

Tuesday 24th February 2015, 12:13pm
Weather conditions: Cloud cover/overcast
New snowfall: 3cm
Snow depth: 180cm
It has been snowing since this morning and the snowfall has progressively gotten heavier, however there hasn't been a great deal of accumulation on the ground so far, with about 3cm recorded in the village. The good news is the snow should contiune all day and be heaviest overnight. Visibility is limited due to the moderate snow coming down and flat light. Tomorrow and Wednesday should be a mix of cloud and sun.

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Minakami Now!

Tuesday 24th February 2015, 12:38pm
Weather conditions: Overcast clear
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 420cm
More Spring weather in the town today though up the top at Tenjin is apparently below freeze levels which is something.

This looks set to continue through late Wednesday after which rain is forecast before turning to snow on Friday.


Snow depths:

Tenjindaira: 420cm
Hodaigi: 270cm


Base: 0cm
Tenjindaira: 0cm

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