Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 25th May 2020

Yuzawa Now!

Monday 24th March 2014, 7:20am
Weather conditions: Clear
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 205cm
Yesterday was warm with quite a lot of cloud around, but felt very 'spring'.

An early report this morning and an easy one - the sun is out, bit hazy, and about 2 degrees. We are expecting a high temperature into double digits today, so it's going to warm up as expected and continue to do so over the next few days. There's going to be a lot of melting going on!

Courses at resorts aren't short of snow, not at the moment anyway, and so it's going to be a week to enjoy the spring conditions.


Here's the latest on when Yuzawa skijo intend to be open until:

Until 31st March:
Yuzawa Kogen
Ludens Yuzawa

Until 1st April:
Yuzawa Park

Until 6th April:
Yuzawa Nakazato
Nakazato Snow Wood
NASPA Ski Garden

Until 6th May:
Naeba (weekends only from 7th April)
GALA Yuzawa
Kagura (Tashiro)

Until 25th May:
Kagura (Mitsumata)


Here's the latest on when Minamiuonuma skijo intend to be open until:

until 30th March:
Ishiuchi Hanaoka
Mt Granview (weekends only)
Muikamachi Ski Resort

Until 31st March:
Chateaux Shiozawa

Until 6th April:
Ishiuchi Maruyama
Maiko Snow Resort - but open again on 12th/13th April
Joetsu Kokusai

(Muikamachi Hakkaisan closed on 23rd March)


Official resort snow depths @ Monday 24th March 2014, AM:
Too early for updates with most of these!
Kagura (Tashiro):
Kagura (Mitsumata):
NASPA Ski Garden:
Gala Yuzawa:
Yuzawa Kogen:
Yuzawa Nakazato:
Yuzawa Park:
Maiko Snow Resort:
Ishiuchi Maruyama:
Joetsu Kokusai:

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Niseko Now!

Monday 24th March 2014, 7:40am
Weather conditions: Clear and sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 180cm
It's a lovely morning here in Niseko - clear blue skies, sun shining, light breeze for now (perhaps more wind later on). No new snow to report and it is a mild start to the day.

Now that the long weekend is done, things get quieter still here; a big contrast to the bustle of the peak season. The snow may not be as good now of course, but much less people is appealing for some.

No snow on the weekly forecast - just lots of sun and warmer conditions, and warmer as the week moves on.

Hello Spring!


Niseko base 6am: -3C, no snowfall, bluebird. Moiwa peak: no data. Annupuri 1000m: 370cm snowpack. Hirafu 1000m NW5m/s, -5C, no snowfall. Peak 1308m: NW14.6m/s, -7.2C. Coastal data: cape Benkei WNW9m/s, cape Kamui: SSW8m/s, 1.2m waves, 1015hPa.

Although in the clear zone of the high-pressure system, the wind remains strong in high altitude. The snow below 800m will loosen as the temperature rises and the snow conditions in the trees and courses will soften. Some re-crystallized powder could be found in north facing slopes, however heavily wind-affected slopes are icy. Beware of falling and slip-drops. Deep layer avalanche hazard will raise in Kozan no sawa (Backbowl) sidewalls, Osawa sidewalls (1000m) and Higashi-one cornice area (1000m). Better stay away from valley bottoms. Peak gates will be open from the morning. The area outside the gates is not managed by any resorts, always be prudent in the backcountry. The mountain is slowly shifting to Spring.


Official snow depth numbers and lift news at time of writing:

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 385cm
Base - 180cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 385cm
Base - 185cm

Top - 370cm
Base - 190cm   Read more ...

Madarao Now!

Monday 24th March 2014, 7:52am
Weather conditions: Clear and sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 210cm
One more week to go and mostly it would appear that it's going to be warm and sunny.

(Bit of cloud and rain on Wednesday?)

Beautiful morning.

Please note that the joing lift ticket with connecting Tangram Ski Circus ski resort is no long available.


Operating lifts (planned):

Number 1
Number 2
Number 3A
Number 2 quad
Number 5
Super quad
Number 11
Number 12
Number 13
Number 15
Moving walkway
Kids Park


All tree run courses should be open.

Nighta has finished for the season.
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Hakuba Now!

Monday 24th March 2014, 7:58am
Weather conditions: Clear, sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 125cm
It was a warm spring-like day yesterday and with the warmth of course we have the inevitable decline in snow conditions so that fresh snow we had didn't keep for long. There's going to be more of the same today with another warm day and temperatures climbing to over 10 degrees in the village during the early afternoon. As I have been saying, this week it's going to all be about warm conditions, with some forecasts telling us to expect a bit of rain here and there too.

Spring of course brings with it cheaper lift tickets and all of the resorts now offer a lower lift ticket price for the last part of the season.

It was the last day of the season for Hakuba Iwatake yesterday. Just where did the season go?!


Official snow depth numbers and operations (as of 24th March 2014):

Hakuba Goryu:
Reporting 0cm of new snowfall.
Plans to be open until early May.
Upper - 250cm
Toomi - 125cm
Iimori - 80cm

Hakuba 47:
Reporting 0cm of new snowfall.
Plans to be open until early May.
Upper - 225cm
Lower - 60cm

Plans to be open until early May.
Usagidaira - 225cm
Nakiyama - 60cm
Sakka - 80cm

Tsugaike Kogen:
Plans to be open until early May.
Tsuganomori - 315cm
Maruyama - 145cm
Kanenonaruoka - 150cm

Hakuba Cortina:
Reporting 0cm of new snowfall.
Plans to be open until 6th April.
Upper - 330cm
Lower - 200cm

Hakuba Sanosaka and Hakuba Norikura plan to be open until 31st March.


Hakuba Iwatake and Hakuba Minekata are already closed.   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Monday 24th March 2014, 8:21am
Weather conditions: Sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 170cm
I was just reading some of the other reports already posted today.

Yep, it's more of the same here with the sun out early and already starting to warm up. And warm it is going to be this week.... expect some serious melt.

Not much else to say really! Warm, spring conditions is what we have lined up for the week.


Monday 24th March 2014:

Official snow depths:
Yamabiko - 360cm
Uenotaira - 290cm
Hikage - 170cm
Nagasaka - 165cm
Karasawa - 120cm

Weekday operations - all lifts operating except:
Yunomine pair
Mizunashi triple
Challenge pair
Utopia pair
Hikage Number 2 pair B

All courses open except:
Grand Prix
Kandahar West
Kandahar East   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Monday 24th March 2014, 8:27am
Weather conditions: Sun
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 170cm
The sun is out and it's already warming up. Welcome to spring proper this week as we expect toasty conditions through the week.


Please note that from this week until the last lifts of the season in early May, the plan is to post a few update reports per week on this Shiga Kogen Now page.

As the official snow depth numbers don't really move much at all, instead I'll keep the planned closing dates of each resort area on the latest Now report, as below.


Until 31st March

Until 31st March

Until 31st March

Until 31st March

Sun Valley:
Number 2 lift - closed
Number 3 lift - until 31st March
Number 1 lift - until 6th April

Number 8 quad lift - until 3rd April and then 5th, 6th, 12th, 13th April; 26th April until 6th May

Until 6th April

Happo Bunadaira:
Bunadaira quad - until 31st March
Happo quad - until 6th April

Ichinose Diamond:
Diamond triple lift - until 4th April
Diamond quad lift - until 6th April; then on weekends and 26th April until 6th May.
Connecting - until 31st March

Ichinose Family:
Ichinose Number 2 Pair A - until 31st March
Ichinose Number 3 quad - until 31st March
Ichinose Number 2 Pair B - until 6th May
Ichinose quad - until 6th May

Ichinose Yamanokami:
Until 6th April and then weekends and 26th April until 6th May

Quad lift - until 31st March and then weekends and 26th April until 6th May
Pair lift - until 31st March and then weekends and 26th April until 6th May

Number 3 pair lift - until 31st March
Quad lift - until 6th April and then weekends and 26th April until 6th May
Triple lift - until 6th April and then weekdays until 25th April; and then 3rd-6th May

Until 31st March

Okushiga Kogen:
Number 6 pair lift - until 30th March
Number 1 pair lift - until 6th April
Number 4 pair lift - until 6th April and then 12th, 13th, 19th, 20th April and 26th April until 6th May
Number 2 and 3 pair lifts - until 6th May
Gondola - until 6th May

Yakebitaiyama, Yokoteyama and Kumanoyu are yet to announce details.
Yokoteyama is usually able to remain open until late May.   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Monday 24th March 2014, 8:50am
Weather conditions: Blue sky, cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 260cm
We get to see the sun again this morning after a wintery feel to proceedings yesterday.

That might be it though, as we are into clearer conditions this morning and it's still forecast to warm up considerably this week. For now blue sky and some cloud still around but I suspect it will clear more during the day. A quite chilly start but quickly warming. A high of around +6 forecast for the day and warmer than that in the following days.

Sunglasses and sunscreen a must this week.


Official snow depths (24th March 14):
Utopia: 300cm
Chuo: 260cm
Paradise: 295cm
Uwanodai: 190cm

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Furano Now!

Monday 24th March 2014, 9:24am
Weather conditions: Bluebird
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 190cm
esterday was the final day of the season for Kitanomine Zone but the good news is Furano Zone continues, with the plan to remaiin open until May 6 - that's still another month and a half of skiing!

Spring has now definitely arrived and the pattern at the moment is cold mornings with temperatures rising rapidly mid morning. Roads and carparks are seeing the ski receed further and further everyday.

Conditions for skiing this morning are absolutely perfect. It is a bluebird day with not a cloud in the sky, not a breath of wind, and great snow. The slopes will be classic firm and fast early on and softening later, especially on the lower slopes. Lift operating hours have also chaged and the earliest lift of the day is 9:00am including Furano Ropeway.

Just a reminder that there is not way to ski been Furano and Kitanomine Zone now. If you are staying on the Kitanomine side there is no resort transporation to take you over the the Furano Zone.


Operating lifts:

Furano Ropeway 9:00am-4:00pm
Furano Downhill Swift Lift #1 CLOSED
Downhill Romance #2 chair 9:00am-4:00pm
Downhill Romance #3 chair 9:00am-4:00pm
Prince Romance 9:00am- 4:00pm

Kitanomine Zone is now closed for the season including the Link Lift and Link Course.

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Minakami Now!

Monday 24th March 2014, 10:11am
Weather conditions: Sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 440cm
Spring weather has kicked in with blue skies the sun shining and a current temp of 5 deg C heading for a high of 11 today. The remainder of the week also looks warm with midday temps staying over 10 deg.


440cm @ Tenjin
40m @ valley   Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Monday 24th March 2014, 10:17am
Weather conditions: Sunny and clear
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 300cm
Welcome to the post-regular-season, and it's appropriately spring-like this morning to welcome it in.

I'm happy to say that, due to some unclear original reporting, all the resorts are still operating! Suginohara had Sunday as their last day on their website, but in fact they are operating a limited number of lifts until the 30th. Akakan is also basically all open, except the very bottom lift on the Champion side. Should be going, too — there's lots of snow out there, despite the season of ever-changing weather.

Today should be good, though, with a really warm sun and clear skies. You know I like blinding powder days the most, but it should be a lot of fun to just have a cruisy day at one of the resorts and work up that reverse-panda tan (brown faces, white around the eyes).


Official info:

Akakura Kanko:
Spring operations: Currently all lifts except Champion No. 1 are oeprating. From this weekend teh Myoko Kogen Sky Cable gondola and hotel No. 3 lift will stay opena until May 6, or whenever the snow runs out. Spring rates from March 24 are adults ¥2,500, junior high students and seniors ¥2,000, kids ¥1,500.

Akakura Onsen:
Open until Sunday 30th March; no night skiing.

Planning to stay open until Sunday 6th April.

Myoko Suginohara:
Back in the game until the 30th; gondola and No. 2 lifts operating.

Seki Onsen:
Says it hopes to stay open until mid-May—at least for Golden Week, snow allowing.

Myoko Ski Park:
Open until Sunday 6th April.

Myoko Kyukamura Runrun
Closing Monday, March 31.


Tangram Ski Circus
Running the No. 3 lift only from March 31 until April 6.   Read more ...

SnowJapan Daily 'Now' reports

Shiga Kogen Now
25th May, 9:32
Geto Kogen Now
06th May, 15:13pm
Appi Kogen Now
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
Naeba Now
20th Apr, 9:49am
Myoko Now
20th Apr, 9:48am
Minakami Now
20th Apr, 9:47am
Hakuba Now
20th Apr, 9:40am
Aizu Bandai Now
20th Apr, 9:38am
Yuzawa Now
20th Apr, 9:37am
Grandeco Now
06th Dec, 14:16am