Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 26th May 2019

Furano Now!

Sunday 24th January 2016, 7:41am
Weather conditions: Partly cloudy
New snowfall: 2cm
Snow depth: 295cm
Welcome to Sunday morning and it looks like it is going to be a great day ahead.

The resort has blue skies above it with some cloud thrown in as well, but the sun is going to break through this morning and those nice warm rays will help to take the chill out of the -10c...well it will help a little! There is only a light flurry of snow coming down right now but overnight there has been 2cm of accumulation. While not a lot it certainly helps to refresh the runs. Being a Sunday, the mountain is likely to be a little more crowded that the other days of the week.

The forecast for Monday and Tuesday is similar today. The next significant snow is likely to be Wednesday and Thursday, but winds are also forecast to increase on those days.   Read more ...

Naeba Now!

Sunday 24th January 2016, 8:03am
Weather conditions: Snow clouds
New snowfall: 3cm
Snow depth: 100cm
Things started off pretty calm this morning with clearer skies but snow clouds moved in and about an hour ago it started snowing... and it's snowing fast right now.

2cm already and if it carries on like this a lot is going to be piling up today, and the forecast is for lots of snow today with it getting less tomorrow.

Let's see how it turns out, will let you know tomorrow morning!

Naeba 6-day snow and weather forecast

The 2016 Alpine Skiing World Cup will be held on the slopes of Naeba between 12th-14th February 2016. In preparation for that event, there are going to be some restrictions each day mainly involving the Men's Riesen Slalom run. That run is going to be closed until Friday 5th February and after that date there will be some different restrictions in the lead up to the World Cup event.
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Appi Kogen Now!

Sunday 24th January 2016, 8:18am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 80cm
Good morning from Appi.

The weekend's half over and we’re bracing for another chilly day here with temperatures steady most of the day at -8 to -10 at the base. Thankfully the wind will cooperate today remaining steady at 3m/s throughout most of the day picking up only slightly late this afternoon and into tomorrow morning.

Right now it’s cloudy with no snow currently falling but the forecast has changed somewhat and we should receive around 14cm of snow throughout the day, lets hope it comes to fruition. The official base still remains steady at 80cm’s and there are still only 17 runs open.

The next few days should bring more of the white powder with a ‘supposed’ 38cm of it heading our way in the next three days. Mid week should make for some good times on the mountain if we do get more snow. Winds are forecast to die down somewhat over the next few days also with temperatures in the -6 range at the base.

On a side note the main gondola was delayed in opening yesterday and with no official reason we’re hoping this doesn’t become a regular occurrence.

Enjoy the rest of the chilly weekend.


Currently planned operating lifts:

- Appi Gondola
- Central Number 1 quad
- Number 2 lift A
- Number 2 lift B
- Number 3 lift B
- Number 3 lift C
- Number 4 lift
- Sailer quad
- Vista quad   Read more ...

Madarao Now!

Sunday 24th January 2016, 8:19am
Weather conditions: Thick snow clouds
New snowfall: 2cm
Snow depth: 120cm
It has started snowing this morning and snowing good at the moment.

It's actually supposed to ease off a bit later on this morning or this afternoon and then heavy snow and perhaps winds are due later in the day and tonight.

May the snow be heavy (but light if you know what I mean) and plentiful!

I look forward to my report tomorrow.

By the way, clearer skies look likely Tuesday onwards for a few, so those days should be great especially if you get a lot of snow in the next 24+ hours.


Madarao Kogen 6 day snow and weather forecast


Madarao Kogen lifts operating (planned at time of writing):

All lifts plan to be open today

Tangram Ski Circus lifts operating (planned at time of writing):

All lifts plan to be open today

Tree Run Courses at Madarao Kogen:

Open   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Sunday 24th January 2016, 8:20am
Weather conditions: Cloud and fog
New snowfall: 2cm
Snow depth: 140cm
Morning from Zao.

I can see storms affecting lots of areas this morning but not here in Zao. Just 2cm of snowfall (just about) since my last report and not much of a wind. It's whiteout conditions on the mountain though with fog making visibility very poor.

Still all lifts are go and the resort remains open. Just take care where you're going!

We are forecast snow for today and maybe more tomorrow but things should ease off from Tuesday in terms of snow but there might be some strong winds this coming week.


Information as of Sunday 24th January 2016 (subject to change)

All planned lifts are operating this morning

Official snow depths:

Utopia: 110cm
Chuo: 140cm
Paradise: 135cm
Uwanodai: 95cm


6 day Zao Onsen snow and weather forecast   Read more ...

Grandeco Now!

Sunday 24th January 2016, 8:20am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 8cm
Snow depth: 220cm
Morning from Grandeco.

This morning it has so far been snowing on and off and generally lightly. There's also a fair wind around as well which is actually forecast to get stronger as the day goes on. Hopefully it won't affect the resort operations.

New 8cm of dry powder this morning at base... try making snowballs with it!

So heavy snowfall and strong winds are likely later today and maybe into tomorrow as well. There's regular snow on the forecast through until the end of the coming week as well so we should be enjoying regular topups.

If you like the sun, perhaps Tuesday is your best bet. Conditions should be great too once this storm passes.


Lifts operating:

All lifts operating

Courses open:

All courses open


Snow and weather forecast:

6 day snow and weather forecast for Grandeco   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Sunday 24th January 2016, 8:37am
Weather conditions: Snow clouds
New snowfall: 3cm
Snow depth: 70cm
Heavy snow!

Not much earlier on as it has only really taken hold this morning, but it's really falling quite heavily now and there's a wind as well so it feels very cold outside. Storm like conditions just at the moment.

Snow should ease off tomorrow and then we are due a few days of potentially clearer skies - a great time to be here if you can! In the meantime, lots of snowfall today please let's get as much in as possible...

Take care if you are out on the slopes though, visibility is generally limited and in some places very poor - be sure you know where you are going.


Official snow depths at Shiga Kogen resort areas (Sunday 24th January 2016):

Sun Valley






Takamagahara Mammoth


Tannenomori Okojo

Ichinose Family


Ichinose Diamond

Ichinose Yamanokami


Okushiga Kogen


Yokoteyama & Shibutoge


6 day snow and weather forecasts:

Ichinose Family 6-day snow and weather forecast
Okushiga Kogen 6-day snow and weather forecast
Yokoteyama 6-day snow and weather forecast   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Sunday 24th January 2016, 8:46am
Weather conditions: Mostly clear blue skies and sun
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 130cm
Hello from Niseko and it's another cold blue sky morning.

The Ace Number 1 lift at Niseko Grand Hirafu had about 90 minutes downtime for (official reason) 'inspection and maintenance' at around lunchtime yesterday, but other than that things were open as normal and it was a fine day with blue sky and some white cloud here and there hanging around the mountain.

It was snowing very lightly earlier on, but those clouds have quickly dispersed and there are blue skies above now. I can't award any cm of new snowfall this morning as it's more a case of there being just few mm dusting - so it's 0cm for the record today I'm afraid. That ain't enough of course to give us anything like a reset but with the fine weather this morning again it should still be another fine morning to be on the mountain.

Some forecasts do tell wonderful stories of snowfall today, but my eyes show me almost clear blue skies all round at the moment, just a few wispy bit of cloud here and there and Mt Yotei wearing a little cloud hat. Still, snow clouds have been known to move in quickly so you never know. More reliable ones tell of sunny spells over the next few days and that regular (but probably modest) snowfall through the end of the coming week.


I have said things along these lines before but it's worth mentioning again. Niseko is of course an extremely popular ski resort and that means that there's a large number of people eager to get out there early on and enjoy it. Obviously.

What it also means is that we do actually require decent regular snowfall to fill in the tracks and keep things in fresh shape.

I have a friend who lives near a small local ski hill in Nagano Prefecture and he says that he can go up on the lift at 4pm and still pretty much have an untouched mountain to enjoy. Ii ne! Alas, there's not much of that here in Niseko in these modern days. (I'll avoid the 'I remember when...' kind of stories!).

Having said that there are areas of the mountain that are much more popular than others, meaning there are also places that are quieter and get less tracked out. You too can find them. It is possible to get to experience Niseko without feeling that it is over-crowded with cunning planning and maybe a bit of luck and timing too. That discussion is perhaps for another day...

Anyway, perfect for me would be say 20-25cm of fresh each day, or rather overnight. Followed by some cold but fine weather in the daytime. But I suppose that applies for everywhere doesn't it!


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

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Niseko HANAZONO Resort
Niseko Village
Niseko Annupuri
All resort areas are opening as planned this morning.


Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6.00am: -10°C, 5mm new snowfall, moonlight. Moiwa 800m: light winds, no new snow, no snowdrift development. Mikaeri 740m: -10.2°C, N0.1m/s, trace of new snow, minor snowdrift development. Annupuri 1150m: -14°C, light winds, trace new snow. Hirafu 1000m: -10°C, no new snow. Coastal data: Benkei Cape:light winds. Kamui Cape s4m/s, 1003hPa, wave 0.9m.

No new snowfall and except for the strictly off limits areas the mountain is completely tracked out. From observation and data analysis avalanche risk is low. The Jan 24 snow surface has formed a frost layer during the clear night and will become a notable layer in the future snow pack. All peak gates are expected to be open. Out of bounds the snow surface is covered in hard tracks from yesterday, take care loosing control and hitting something. Please listen to the patrols advice before leaving the ski area.
Yesterday Haru no Taki strictly off limits area was entered by a number of people, two lift passes were confiscated. The number of people illegally entering Yu no Sawa is also increasing. The freedom and safety of all resort users is protected by the Niseko Rules and should not be tolerated by any mountain users. These rules must be followed by everyone regardless of their country of origin. People who disregard the rules will be banned from the ski resorts. Each accommodation provider has a duty to properly explain the rules to all guests. This information is issued for the purpose of accident prevention in out of bounds areas. The groomed runs are in excellent condition. Have a great day.


Official resort snow depths as of Sunday 24th January 2016:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 310cm
Base - 130cm

Niseko Village
Top - 270cm
Base - 160cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 250cm
Base - 160cm


Lifts planned to be open for night skiing:

Niseko Grand Hirafu:
Ace Family Pair lift, Ace Number 2 Center Four lift, Hirafu Gondola, Holiday Number 1 Pair lift
(There is 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 ...

Myoko Now!

Sunday 24th January 2016, 8:51am
Weather conditions: Cloudy, looks like fog but I think it's just snow
New snowfall: 12cm
Snow depth: 145cm
The snow is really coming down now; the flakes are getting bigger and bigger, and the volume is increasing.

Reports are for some serious snow later in the day, and it already looks good now. Not too much wind and it's hard to see for the snow. This is just what we want!

The figures for this morning don't show much increase yet, but hopefully we'll have much higher snowpack numbers tomorrow!


Akakura Kanko:
-7° / 145cm

Akakura Onsen:
-5° / 140cm

Ikenotaira Onsen:
-5° / 110cm

Myoko Suginohara:
-12° (top)/ 110cm

Seki Onsen:
-7° / 230cm

Myoko Ski Park:
-3° / 140cm

Kyukamura RunRun:
-4° / 170cm

Tangram Ski Circus:
-5° / 120cm

Madarao Kogen:
-6° / 120cm
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Nozawa Onsen Now!

Sunday 24th January 2016, 9:07am
Weather conditions: Cloud, fog
New snowfall: 2cm
Snow depth: 65cm
After a clearer start earlier on, snow has started to fall this morning and it's really coming down now as I write this at 9am.

Nozawa-like snowfall. (That's a very good thing).

Visibility on the mountain this morning looks very poor and so conditions this morning are for those who like getting out in heavy snow conditions... not for everyone!

I hope to bring you news of some large numbers tomorrow morning.

Clearer skies likely Tuesday and Wednesday so they should be excellent days to be here.

Half pipe fans -- head up to the Uenotaira area for some half-pipe action.


Official info at time of writing on Sunday 24th January 2016 (subject to change):

Official snow depths:

Yamabiko: 130cm
Uenotaira: 115cm
Hikage: 65cm
Nagasaka: 60cm
Karasawa: 45cm

New snowfall as reported by the resort since yesterday as of 8am:

Yamabiko: 2cm
Uenotaira: 2cm
Hikage: 0cm
Nagasaka: 0cm
Karasawa: 0cm

All lifts now planned to be operating except:

- Hikage Number 2 pair B line

The following courses are not currently open:

- Paradise connection
- Challenge 39
- Hikage no kabe
- Grand Prix
- Jumping
- Hachiman
- Mukoubayashi
- Kandahar West
- Kandahar East


Nozawa Onsen 6 day weather and snow forecast

Nozawa Onsen main resort data   Read more ...

Yuzawa Now!

Sunday 24th January 2016, 9:20am
Weather conditions: Snow clouds
New snowfall: 3cm
Snow depth: 100cm
Yesterday was an interesting one. The snowfall eased off and the clouds were stubborn for most of the morning but around lunchtime we did get some blue skies and sunshine over Yuzawa with cloud moving back over later in the afternoon. And quite a clear evening with a beautiful moon.

This morning I got up around 7:30am and looked out of the window hoping to see heavy snow falling only to see.... calm and quite clear skies. Not again, was my first thought.

But soon after light snow started falling and now (9:15am) it is snowing heavily. It looks and feels like it is set in as well. Proper snow this time, it's really coming down. Brilliant! I'm logging 3cm so far since the snow started.

Kagura reported 1-2cm overnight and Maiko reported 0cm, but that was before this morning snow started and it if does continue like this today we should be on for some decent numbers by tomorrow. Exciting.

Forecasts do say it should be snow all today and most of tomorrow as well. They disagree somewhat on what will happen Tuesday but it could definitely be one of those clear sky days after a storm and the perfect time to be here. We'll see.

For now we want as much snow as possible out of this storm.

I'll let you know how it goes tomorrow morning.


Resort official snow depths (Sunday 24th January 2016) and any specific news:

All resorts in the area are now open - and they are now 'mostly' open with just a few steeper courses still unavailable.
Importantly, lower slopes have also enjoyed a decent refresh of snow over the last few days.
But we still need more!

Resorts in Yuzawa:

GALA Yuzawa

Ishiuchi Maruyama


Joetsu Kokusai

110cm (Mitsumata)
140cm (Tashiro)
170cm (Kagura)

Kandatsu Kogen

Maiko Snow Resort
130cm (upper)
60cm (lower)

Muikamachi Hakkaisan


NASPA Ski Garden

Yuzawa Kogen

Yuzawa Nakazato

Yuzawa Park


List of ski resorts in Yuzawa town
List of ski resorts in Minamiuonuma City


Iwappara 6 day snow and weather forecast
NASPA Ski Garden 6 day snow and weather forecast
Kagura 6 day snow and weather forecast
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Hakuba Now!

Sunday 24th January 2016, 9:20am
Weather conditions: Snow clouds
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: 90cm
Apologies for the later than planned report this morning.

It's snowing again.

Just a bit of snow yesterday on the mountain and while there wasn't really much 'overnight', as we got into this morning it has been snowing heavily and it has been really coming down at times.

Visibility on the slopes this morning - especially higher ones - looks to be generally somewhat limited - and I am hearing there's some windy conditions as well on upper areas. Happo have their top lifts on hold at the moment and the top part of the Tsugaike gondola is also on hold. Hakuba Goryu seems unaffected just now but Line C quad and Line E pair at Hakuba 47 are also on hold.

Heavy snow is forecast through the day today with it probably getting lighter as we get into tomorrow and then perhaps some clearer skies around Tuesday; but more snow is lined up for later in the week.

Things feel more like normal now and it's good to see Happo-one showing all their lower areas open at last.

If we could now just get some days in where there's no complications or drama (mostly wind now that we have our snow), I'd really like that!


6 day forecast for Happo-one:

6 day snow and weather forecast for Happo-one


Resort news as of 9:15am on Sunday 24th January 2015 (where available, all subject to change due to weather conditions)

Hakuba 47:
Hakuba 47 is reporting 15cm of fresh snowfall at base and 20cm up top.
All courses are now open.
The lower part of the Tree Riding Zone is now open. Please see my report yesterday for more information on that.
There is no 'nighta' at Hakuba 47.
Official snow depth:
Upper: 190cm
Base: 60cm

Hakuba Goryu:
Hakuba Goryu is reporting 5cm of fresh snowfall at base and 20cm up top.
All courses except Snow Diving are now open.
The Toomi area will be open until 9:30pm tonight for 'nighta'.
Lift info:
All lifts operating as planned this morning.
Official snow depth
Alps: 205cm
Toomi: 90cm
Iimori: 90cm

Hakuba Happo-one:
Hakuba Happo-one is reporting 10cm of fresh snowfall.
The top lifts are on hold at the moment due to the weather conditions - Grat quad, Alpen quad, Usagidaira pair and Kurobishi Number 3 pair.
All lower areas of Happo-one are now open though so once the storm passes it should be an 'all open' situation!
The lower Nakiyama area plans to be open for 'nighta' every day until 9pm (note snow is still pretty limited down there).
Lift info:
All planned lifts are now operating.
Official snow depth:
Usagidaira: 185cm
Nakiyama: 70cm
Sakka: 40cm

Hakuba Cortina:
Hakuba Cortina is reporting 10cm of fresh snowfall.
All courses apart from Mt Hieda Ridge are now open.
The Ikenota area will be open for 'nighta' until 9pm tonight.
Lift info:
All lifts (apart from Number 7 pair) plan to be operating.
Official snow depth:
Top: 180cm
Base: 105cm

Tsugaike Kogen:
All course areas are now generally open, weather permitting.
'Nighta' is planned for Kane-no-naru-oka area until 8:50pm, and at the Karamatsu and Shirakaba areas until 9pm.
Lift info:
All lifts apart from the top part of the Gondola, the top Tsuga Number 1 pair lift and lower Kane-no-naru-oka Skyliner I are operating.
Note that the top Tsugaike Ropeway only opens from spring.
Official snow depth:
Tsuga-no-mori: 231cm
Maruyama: 90cm
Kane-no-naru-oka: 70cm

Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field:
Reporting up to 0cm of fresh snowfall.
Most of the Village Side is now open.
The Sonezawa area and View A and B areas are still closed on the Mountain Side.
There is no 'nighta' at Hakuba Iwatake.
Lift info:
All lifts on the Village Side are now operating and all lifts on Mountain Side except View 1 and Hikage are operating.
Official snow depth:
Upper: 140cm
Lower: 50cm

Hakuba Norikura Onsen:
All lifts apart from Number 8 lift and all courses except Snake and and Expert are open.
There is no 'nighta' at Hakuba Iwatake.
Official snow depth:

Hakuba Sanosaka:
All 5 lifts are operating though some of the courses are not yet open.
There is no 'nighta' at Hakuba Iwatake.
Official snow depth:
55cm   Read more ...

Minakami Now!

Sunday 24th January 2016, 16:12pm
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 12cm
Snow depth: 150cm
The forecast for snow last night came good with 20cm at the top of Tenjindaira as of this morning.

We had a flurry of snow heavy snow today at around 10am which was short lived and was starting to think the forecast storm was a Unicorn but it is dumping very heavily now and accumulating to the tune of 30cm in the past two hours at the base. This is supposed to continue all night. I expect Tenjin to be closed tomorrow and the spot in Minakami will most definitely be Hodaigi. Tuesday should be the day for Tenjin.


All snow resorts in Minakami now once again all (at least part) open:

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


Weather forecast:

Tanigawa Tenjindaira 6 day snow and weather forecast
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