Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 30th May 2020

Appi Kogen Now!

Friday 24th February 2017, 7:44am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 4cm
Snow depth: --
Hello from Appi,

This morning doesn’t look good at all people. The winds are howling outside and we’ve got near whiteout conditions where I live let alone what’s happening on the mountain. We can expect this most of the day and I believe there won’t be many lifts operating at all. It’s going to be chilly for those brave enough to head onto the mountain and you can expect a wind chill factor of -25 at least.

Thankfully tomorrow the winds will die down and the temperatures should increase slightly here. We’re expecting cloudy skies most of the weekend but with that comes some snowfall in the 15-25cm range.

Monday sunny skies should prevail with light and variable winds heading our way.

*** Update: all lifts currently closed due to the conditions!


Planned operating lifts at time of report (subject to change due to weather conditions):

All lifts currently closed!


Official snow depth:

195cm   Read more ...

Naeba Now!

Friday 24th February 2017, 8:06am
Weather conditions: Cloudy and snowy.
New snowfall: 9cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Naeba everybody.

Good news as we have received a decent amount of fresh snow overnight. Whilst it is not a massive powder day there is a lot of good riding to be had today!

Caution should still be advised however as the snow underneath the fresh is rock hard like a race course.

It is fairly cold out there today with a sharp wind so wrap up warm!

Looking on we have snow predicted every day except for Tuesday which should be clear.

Nice!   Read more ...

Yuzawa Now!

Friday 24th February 2017, 8:15am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 11cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Yuzawa and an improvement on yesterday, which turned out to be a proper wet and rainy day - in town anyway and I am hearing of wet conditions higher up too though it being wet snow in places. It was really belting it day at times. :(

But anyway, definitely better this morning with 11cm of fresh snow on the ground in town at our measuring point and here is what the 'resorts that report' are reporting:

Kagura: 15cm (20cm at Tashiro)
Maiko: 10-15cm

Not the driest of snow by any stretch of the imagination, but way better than rain that's for sure!

There was some quite noisy wind earlier on and indeed it looks like wind is affecting Kagura again. At the start of the day, Kagura is planning to open from the Mitsumata Ropeway up to the Kagura Number 1 pair lift. Other areas of Kagura are on a stand-by 'see how the weather goes' kind of status and might open if the wind situation improves.

It looks like all other ski resorts in the area are opening as planned this morning.

We can expect light snow for the day today and perhaps tomorrow morning too - though we probably shouldn't expect anything significant.


Official snow depth information as of Friday 24th February 2017

GALA Yuzawa
Upper part of $2,600,000 closed today due to avalanche danger. Otherwise open as planned.
Official snow depth: 370cm

Ishiuchi Maruyama
Official snow depth: 270cm

Official snow depth: 220cm

Joetsu Kokusai
Official snow depth: 280cm

Official snow depth:
Kagura - 380cm
Mitsumata - 330cm
Tashiro - 350cm

Kandatsu Kogen
Official snow depth: 295cm

Maiko Snow Resort
Official snow depth:
Upper - 310cm
Base - 160cm

Muikamachi Hakkaisan
Official snow depth: 370cm

Official snow depth: 290cm

NASPA Ski Garden
Official snow depth: 240cm

Yuzawa Kogen
Official snow depth:
Top - 310cm
Base - 220cm

Yuzawa Park
Official snow depth: 200cm

Yuzawa Nakazato
Official snow depth: 190cm


'Nighta' (floodlit night operations)

Below are details of the planned 'nighta' operations at ski and snowboards resorts around Yuzawa and Minamiuonuma this season.
This information is subject to change due to snow and weather conditions.
*** Please note that this section will not be updated every day.

Ishiuchi Maruyama
Daily until 19th March 2017.
Nighta is from 5pm until 8:50pm.
The Chuo Number 1, Chuo Number 2 and Kanko Number 3 Express lifts are open daily.
The Kanko Number 1 Express lift, Hatsukaishi Entrance lift and Hatsukaishi Number 2 pair lifts are also open on weekends and holidays.

Daily until 20th March 2017.
Nighta is from 5pm until 9pm on Saturdays and until 8pm on weekdays and Sundays.
The Main course, Grand course and West courses are open during nighta.

Joetsu Kokusai
Daily until 20th March 2017.
Nighta is from 5pm until 9pm.
The area in front of the main base hotel is open for nighta.

Kandatsu Kogen
'Hobo All Night' ('Almost All Night') is on Fridays, Saturdays and nights before holidays until 1st April 2017.
The nighta opening times on those days is from 6pm until 4am the following morning.

Maiko Snow Resort
Daily until 19th March 2017.
Nighta is from 4pm until 8pm.
The Maiko center quad lift on the Maiko Side of the resort operates for nighta.

Daily until 26th March 2017.
Nighta is from 4pm until 8:30pm.

NASPA Ski Garden
'Thanks' (extended) opening on Saturdays in January and February.
On those days the Number 1 lift is open until 6pm.

Yuzawa Nakazato
Every Saturday until 11th March 2017.
Nighta is from 5pm until 8:30pm.
The Number 2 pair lift operates during nighta.
   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Friday 24th February 2017, 8:31am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 13cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from here in Hirafu.

A nice layer of snow this morning.

Yes, 13cm of it here at base and the report below is mentioning up to 25cm on mountain, so it should be a decent new layer to enjoy this morning. And I see a lot of activity out there with people eager to get up and enjoy it. I hope they didn't sacrifice their toast.

Pesky wind is causing problems for top lifts at the start of the day I'm afraid.

Anyway, (as always) take care out there and have fun. Looks like it will be just cloudy once this light snow stops sometime during the day today.

I would say the forecast is looking pretty good for some snowy conditions over the weekend (starting just cloudy in the morning tomorrow?) and it should be keeping cold too.

So here's to a good upcoming weekend!


Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base: -5℃, 15cm snowfall. Moiwa 800m: -8.1℃, W13.2m/s, 3am 23.2m/s, 20-25cm snowfall with large development of snowdrifts and cornices. Annupuri 1150m: -12℃, W29m/s, large snowdrift development. Hirafu 1250m: -12℃, strong westerly wind with large snowdrift development. Kamui cape lighthouse: NNW13m/s, 1002hPa, 3.7m waves.

A strong westerly wind is blowing towards the low-pressure system laying on the sea of Okhostsk. Snowdrifts and cornices are developing big. The snowdrifts have reached 100-150cm thickness in leeward areas around 800m elevation and are very prone to collapse with a slight stimulation. The general avalanche risk is high today. Predicted trigger layer is Feb 23rd’s low-pressure snowfall. All peak gates will be closed. The hazard level will remain high a while after the wind calms down.

This info is issued in hopes to prevent accidents and is not for reporting make any comments of any avalanches or accidents. Niseko have been through bitter experiences in the past and know that analyzing the cause of an accident after it happened would not help much about preventing further similar cases. There has been 8 fatalities in the decade between 1980 and 1990 in this small mountain.

Some good snow can be found in the tree runs. Have a safe day.


Resort specific opening news at time of writing (subject to change during the day):

Niseko Grand Hirafu
The top Ace Number 4 and King Number 4 lifts are on hold at the start of the day due to strong winds. Looks like the Ace Number 2 Center quad might be a bit delayed opening too.

Niseko HANAZONO Resort
The top Hanazono Number 3 lift is on hold at the start of the day due to wind and fog/poor visibility.

Niseko Village
The Niseko Gondola and top Wonderland Chair lift are on hold at the start of the day.

Niseko Annupuri
The Annupuri Gondola, Jumbo 3 and Jumbo 4 lifts are on hold at the start of the day.


Official resort snow depths as of Friday 24th February 2017:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 330cm
Base - 130cm

Niseko Village
Top - 300cm
Base - 140cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 315cm
Base - 140cm


Night skiing is planned until Monday 20th March 2017 at the Niseko Annupuri, Niseko Grand Hirafu and Niseko Village resort areas. There is no nighta in the Hanazono area.   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Friday 24th February 2017, 8:36am
Weather conditions: Blue sky, sun, but a fair bit of cloud too esp. on mountain
New snowfall: 7cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Hakuba.

So... yesterday. Rain, clouds, some sunshine, some rainbows. Kind of odd weather, and late yesterday afternoon the field of snow behind my place was looking rather pockmarked due to it all.

There has been a bit of snowfall overnight to make things look a bit more pleasing - and resorts are reporting varying small layers of fresh, the most being reported by Hakuba Cortina (10cm). So I would imagine rather varied conditions this morning, some fresh snow on some hard scratchy ice and the wind blowing it around will make it more hit and miss. We must seek out the best.

Oh yes, the wind. Some fairly strong winds higher up appear to be stopping some top lifts at Goryu and Happo-one from opening at the start of the morning.

Down at village level this morning the sun is out and there's some nice blue skies as well as the cloud that is covering lots of the upper parts of the ski course areas. Webcams are showing limited visibility in places on mountain due to that cloud. Perhaps it will clear up... let's see how things go.

We might get a bit of snow overnight tonight but don't expect much. And a decent chance of sunshine during the day tomorrow and fingers crossed it'll keep chilly.


Resort news as of 8:35am on Friday 24th February 2017:

All information as available and subject to change during the day due to weather and snow conditions.

Hakuba 47:
Hakuba 47 is reporting 3cm of fresh snowfall.
The resort appears to be opening as planned this morning.
Official snow depth
Upper: 265cm
Base: 130cm

Hakuba Goryu:
Hakuba Goryu is reporting 3-5cm of fresh snowfall.
The resort appears to be opening as but top lifts are on hold due to strong wind.
Official snow depth
Alps: 330cm
Toomi: 180cm
Iimori: 120cm

Hakuba Happo-one:
Hakuba Happo-one is reporting 2cm of fresh snowfall (Riesen quad top).
The resort appears to be opening but Gondola and top lifts on hold due to wind conditions.
Official snow depth:
Usagidaira: 265cm
Kurobishi: 320cm
Lower: 150cm

Tsugaike Kogen:
The resort appears to be opening as planned this morning. Part of Champion not open; Uma-no-se closed.
Official snow depth:
Tsuga-no-mori: 385cm
Han-no-ki: 375cm
Maruyama: 170cm
Oya-no-hara: 160cm
Kane-no-naru-oka: 150cm

Hakuba Cortina:
Hakuba Cortina is reporting 15cm of fresh snowfall.
The resort appears to be opening as planned this morning.
Official snow depth:
Top: 350cm
Base: 240cm

Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field:
Official snow depth:
Top: 200cm
Base: 110cm

Hakuba Norikura Onsen:
Official snow depth:
Top: 230cm

Official snow depth:
Top: 215cm

Hakuba Sanosaka:
Official snow depth:
Top: 140cm


Planned nighta operations - be sure to check with resorts for latest:

Hakuba Goryu:
Planned to be open daily from 6pm until 9:30pm

Tsugaike Kogen:
Planned at the Katamatsu-Shirakaba area on March 4th, 11th, 18th, 19th (6pm until 9pm)

Hakuba Cortina:
Planned to be open daily from 5pm until 8pm (until 9pm on Saturdays)

Hakuba Happo-one:
Planned to be open daily until 9pm on the Nakiyama area.

Planned to be open daily.

There is no night skiing at the other resorts in the area.   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Friday 24th February 2017, 8:49am
Weather conditions: Snow clouds
New snowfall: 10cm
Snow depth: --
Hello from here in Nozawa.

And once again we can quickly (try to) forget the rain with a fresh blanket of snow this morning.

The resort is reporting 10cm across the mountain (15cm at Uenotaira) and indeed I agree. It is not top season dry snow, but sure beats the wet of rain. Probably not going to last long today with the snow clouds due to retreat and while we may get a slight bit of snow again overnight tonight, I think there's probably a decent chance of some sunshine tomorrow.


Apologies for my mistake yesterday. While I was clearly mentioning the rain in the report (and I think that was clear), I mistakenly assigned one incorrect weather icon (it showed snow rather than rain). I hope that wasn't too confusing - it has now been corrected.


Friday 24th February 2017

Fresh snow reported by resort since yesterday morning:
- Yamabiko: 10cm
- Uenotaira: 15cm
- Hikage: 10cm
- Nagasaka: 10cm
- Karasawa: 10cm

Official snow depths:
- Yamabiko: 365cm
- Uenotaira: 280cm
- Hikage: 190cm
- Nagasaka: 185cm
- Karasawa: 145cm

Lifts operations:
- All lifts operating except:
- Yunomine pair (usually closed on weekdays)
- Mizunashi triple (usually closed on weekdays)
- Challenge pair (usually closed on weekdays)
- Utopia pair (usually closed on weekdays)

Courses not open today are:
- Grand Prix   Read more ...

Madarao Now!

Friday 24th February 2017, 9:05am
Weather conditions: Cloudy, but signs that the sun might be making an appearance
New snowfall: 11cm
Snow depth: --
And a very good morning to you.

Things are much improved this morning! :)

There's fresh snow on the ground - Madarao is reporting 10cm and 15-20cm (official site and that Facebook thingy), and I am measuring 11cm for this report. Very nice to see. Don't you just love snow!

Lots of cloud still around but actually in places the sun appears to be making an effort to shine through... might it just clear up? Yes, it might well do.

The forecast for the weekend seems to be a mix of cloud, sun and snow showers - nothing major - so keep that in mind if you are coming our way.


Operating status for the day at Madarao Kogen (at time of report):

- Number 1 lift
- Number 2 quad lift
- Number 3A lift
- Super quad lift
- Number 11 lift
- Number 12 lift
- Number 13 lift
- Number 15 lift
- Moving walkway
- Kids Park
- Free Ride Park

Tree runs should be open, currently being checked

- Powder Wave I
- Powder Wave II
- River Line
- Powder Theater
- Adventure Aisle
- Crystal Bowl
- Ninja
- Sawa
- Rabbit
- Kamoshika
- Bear

- Nighta at Madarao Kogen is every Saturday until 25th March (and also on 19th March)

Official snow depth:

- 300cm   Read more ...

Furano Now!

Friday 24th February 2017, 9:10am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 21cm
Snow depth: --
Kitanomine Gondola and Downhill Romance #3 chairlift ***CLOSED DUE TO WIND***

Welcome to a windy Friday. As the forecast predicted the winds increased from late last night and are now moderate at base, gusting to strong intermitantly. On the resort itself expect very strong winds. The ski area has just anounced Kitanomine Gondola on the Kitanomine side, and Downhill Romance #3 chair on the Furano Zone side are closed due to wind. Visibility is poor due fog and high winds whipping up snow, and at times whiteout is occuring.

New snow overnight is 21cm in the village, but due to winds the amount of fresh snow will be variable on the slopes and is likely to be inconsistent. Take care of the limited visibility and inconsistent snow.

The outlook is for continuous snow through the day with wind gradually reducing to a reasonable level by tomorrow morning.

   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Friday 24th February 2017, 9:23am
Weather conditions: Lots of cloud, but some blue sky and a bit of sun too
New snowfall: 4cm
Snow depth: --
Hello from Shiga Kogen.

And I am happy to report that after that unwelcome spring storm, we're back to winter this morning.

It is colder and light snow is falling right now. Just a bit of fresh snow overnight, not enough for a full reset, but certainly better than yesterday. And while it is snowing lightly here in Maruike right now as I write this, visibility is good and I can actually see some blue sky over towards Ichinose and the sun is coming out in places so it feels like things are going to clear up.

The forecast currently seems to show some more snow on and off over the next few days, mixed in with some sun at times.


Official snow depths numbers reported by different areas of Shiga Kogen:

Please note that these numbers are the official numbers that ski resorts publish.
Also that they often don't update daily and don't reflect the amount of fresh snow falling!



Ichinose Family

Ichinose Diamond




Okushiga Kogen

Sun Valley

Takamagahara Mammoth




Planned nighta operations:

Sun Valley: Saturdays until 18th March (7pm-9pm)

Ichinose Family: Every day until 25th March (6:30pm-9pm)

Ichinose Diamond: Every Saturday until 25th March and 19th March (6:30pm-9pm)

Yakebitaiyama: Every Saturday until 4th March (6pm-8pm)

Kumanoyu: Every Saturday until 25th March and 19th March (6:30pm-9pm)   Read more ...

Grandeco Now!

Friday 24th February 2017, 9:37am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from a chilly Grandeco.

It was raining yesterday along with strong winds - like a Spring storm. The storm continued until this morning 9:00 with the gondola not being able to start as planned due to the wind. It has calmed down somewhat now and as if 9:30am and all lifts are moving.

It has got colder again, and without any fresh snow the courses are rather icy. Because of this hard snow condition, snow park "Dekodaira E park" with two 9m kickers will be closed today.

Hoping to have new snow soon - keep an eye on the forecast!


Snow Park Information:

[Dekodaira E park]

[Deokoboko park]
6m straight wide box, 6m straight box, Wave, Volcano, 6m straight box, 8m straight rail, 6m arch box, 3m table top and 6m table top.


Lifts operating:

Lifts Operating:

- Gondola
- Number 1 quad lift
- Number 2 quad lift
- Number 3 quad lift
- Number 4 quad lift

Courses open:

All courses now open

Official snow depth:

Road Condition to Grandeco:
Inawashiro through Goshikinuma: icy in parts
Goshukinuma through Grandeco: icy in parts   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Friday 24th February 2017, 9:57am
Weather conditions: Increasingly blue sky, some cloud
New snowfall: 1cm
Snow depth: --
After a rather wet and stormy day and evening yesterday - the evening light up operations were cancelled - early morning snow has stopped and the poor visibility is getting much better and things are clearing up nicely. There's actually quite a lot of blue sky up there now and the sun is shining down on us. Colder too this morning so I expect some rather icy slope conditions this morning.

Chance of light snowfall at times over the weekend though nothing too much and it should be keeping fairly cold.


All lifts apart from the following appear to be operating today:

Paradise Number 3 pair
Karamatsu pair

All courses apart from Kotan should be open.


Official snow depths (as published by the resort itself):
Summit - 145cm
Paradise - 220cm
Chuo - 220cm
Utopia - 180cm
Uwanodai - 130cm
Yokokura - 145cm


Juhyo 'Ice Monsters' Light Up night time Zao Ropeway operations

Every day until 5th March 2017.
Operating from 5pm until 9pm; last ropeway up at 7:50pm.
Ropeway return charges are 2,600 yen for adults and 1,300 yen for children.
In the event of poor weather conditions, operations are sometimes cancelled.   Read more ...

Minakami Now!

Friday 24th February 2017, 13:06pm
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 25cm
Snow depth: --
Plenty of snow overnight and its still falling moderately here this afternoon.

Winds were fierce earlier and Tenjin is having a closed Friday.

Should be on fire tomorrow and the forecast is for a bluebird morning and clouds to pull in later on. Next snow forecast for Sunday night.

All the Minakami resorts have had a decent snowfall so the last weekend of Feb is shaping up nicely.


Fresh snowfall:

25cm Tenjin
15cm Hodaigi
10cm Okutone

Temps at 8am

Official snow depth:

430cm Tenjin
260cm Hodaigi
260cm Okutone


Resorts in Minakami (forecasts available from each page):

Minakami Hodaigi
Minakami Kogen Ski Resort
Minakami Kogen Fujiwara
Norn Minakami
Okutone Snow Park
Tanigawa Tenjindaira
Tanigawa Onsen White Valley


Please note that the fresh snowfall number being reported on this report is taken from the ‘base area’ of Tenjindaira - which is just by the top station of the Ropeway at that resort. Other snowfall numbers and commentary will be mentioned within each report when available.   Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Friday 24th February 2017, 13:19pm
Weather conditions: Sun is peeking out from time to time
New snowfall: 21cm
Snow depth: --
Sorry for the late day; high winds through the night filled in the front of my house (although we really didn't get that much more than the Niigata Prefecture prediction of 15cm), meaning a lot more snowplowing than I thought. That was compounded a bit with that wet, soft, warm snow underneath that was making cars slide and nice cold hard surfaces turning mushy. Anyway, got the clearing done, then time to take some folks out snowshoeing, and now I'm finally here at the keyboard!

It was pretty out there today, with all the snow sticking up in the trees. Lots of really beautiful drifts and swirls on the surface of the snow (snowshoeing does let you appreciate the woods and hills and animals and trees....). Not a lot of snow ahead, although we could use a good reset out there in the natural world. Plenty out there for snowshoeing, though.


Akakura Kanko:
360cm, -5°

Akakura Onsen:
330cm, -5°

Ikenotaira Onsen:
290cm, -4°

Myoko Suginohara:
275cm, -6°

Seki Onsen:
500cm, -4°

Myoko Ski Park:
300cm, -2°

Kyukamura RunRun:
320cm, -2°

Tangram Ski Circus:
260cm, -3°

Madarao Kogen:
300cm, -6.5° (gold star for accuracy)

   Read more ...

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30th May, 10:10
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06th May, 15:13pm
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23rd Apr, 17:30
Furano Now
22nd Apr, 10:12am
Madarao Now
20th Apr, 9:52am
Zao Now
20th Apr, 9:52am
Nozawa Onsen Now
20th Apr, 9:51am
Niseko Now
20th Apr, 9:50am
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20th Apr, 9:49am
Myoko Now
20th Apr, 9:48am
Minakami Now
20th Apr, 9:47am
Hakuba Now
20th Apr, 9:40am
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20th Apr, 9:38am
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20th Apr, 9:37am
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06th Dec, 14:16am