Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 1st April 2018

Naeba Now!

Tuesday 25th December 2012, 7:54am
Weather conditions: Clear and sunny
New snowfall: 10cm
Snow depth: 100cm
Santa has been kind to us and delivered another 10-20cm of fresh snow since yesterday. The sun is out as well, so it should be a fine morning out on the slopes of Naeba and Kagura. Cold and icy on the roads this morning but the fresh snow should be much softer out on the mountain.

With the Dragondola now operating and linking up Naeba with Tashiro, there's no excuse for not getting out there. Well, maybe if you are far away that might be an excuse. ;)

It might be a clear morning but snow should be falling again by the end of the day.

After tomorrow though a few days of clearer weather promised in the run up to the last weekend of the year.

Have a fun day wherever and whatever you are up to with all my seasons greetings from Naeba.

Official resort snow depth:
Naeba - 100cm
Kagura - 250cm   Read more ...

Madarao Now!

Tuesday 25th December 2012, 8:03am
Weather conditions: Clear
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 130cm
After the excitement of snowy-ness of yesterday, the weather decides to bring us an all blue sky start to the day at Madarao. No new snow to report and a cold temperature of -7C here on this beautiful Christmas morning.

There was an accident on the main road connecting Madarao with central Iiyama city yesterday which blocked off that road for a time and caused some traffic problems, but we are all clear today.

We are expecting more snow overnight tonight into tomorrow, so perhaps the clouds will gradually move back in as the day moves on today. We'll see. Enjoy your Christams Day.

Lifts planned to be operating:
Number 1
Number 2
Super quad
Number 5
Number 11
Number 12
Number 15
Kids Park
Powder Wave I   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Tuesday 25th December 2012, 8:13am
Weather conditions: Cloud, blue sky
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 270cm
Happy Christmas from Niseko.

There may well be a few sore heads out there early on this morning, but the cold conditions might help snap some people out of it and the the ski lifts will be going about their job as normal. We have just a slight dusting of snow overnight after that lovely day that we had yesterday with clear blue skies all day. Overnight it was very cold indeed with temperatures closing in on -20C.

There's a few more clouds around this morning but lots of blue sky again as well, so it should be another fine morning here at least.

Snow is never going to be far away though and the forecast is telling us to expect it to be falling before the day is over with no let up in the cold temperatures as well. If anything it is going to dip further before getting milder once again around the weekend.

Strong winds likely tomorrow but for today it's a calm start and lifts at the resorts should be operating as normal.


Lifts Operating (at time of writing)

Niseko Grand Hirafu
All lifts due to be operating

Niseko Annupuri
All lifts due to be operating

Niseko Village
All lifts apart from Country Road due to be operating on mountain

Niseko Hanazono
All lifts due to be operating

Official Resort Snow Depths

Grand Hirafu
Top - 270cm
Bottom - 140cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 200cm
Bottom - 190cm

Niseko Village
Top - 225cm
Bottom - 155cm

Niseko Hanazono
Top - 280cm
Bottom - 145cm

Avalanche Information:

Niseko base 6am: -8C, very light snowfall, no wind and no development of snowdrifts. Coastal wind: SSW3m/s. No notable development of snowdrifts can be observed above treeline. Annupuri 1000m: 210cm snowpack, -15C.

The atmospheric pressure gradient is shelving and the mountain is in a calm condition. There are no noteworthy developments of snowdrifts and the overall avalanche risk is low this morning. The tracks aren’t recovered; beware of loosing control and hitting trees. Keep the traverse line high enough at gate 2 and make a habit to avoid riding valley bottoms of Osawa & Kozan no sawa (Annupuri 1st & 2nd bowl). The avalanche risk in Higashi-One cornice slopes is high at all time. Always keep in mind the possibilities of avalanche striking you from the sidewalls or from behind. According to data evaluations and observations, all layers are mostly stable and today's surface (Dec 25th) will form a notable layer in the future snowpack.

Peak gates are scheduled to open at 10am and close at 1:30pm. Seek for the ski patrol advice before stepping out the gates. Beware of sudden weather changes, the wind is forecasted to shift NW and pick up from noon. Many accidents occur in leeward slopes with heavy snowdrift load and during storms.

Do not seek fresh tracks in Harunotaki/Yunosawa strictly prohibited area. One track left on a slope leads many others to follow it and increase the chances of accidents to happen. Think safety first.   Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Tuesday 25th December 2012, 8:17am
Weather conditions: Clear at base, snow higher
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 160cm
Merry/Happy Christmas everyone! A really nice day in Myoko, after the good snows of yesterday. Clear to the east, still some snow falling high up over the mountains.

All the reports aren't in from the resorts yet, but I'll add what new snow levels are in--and then it's time for a Ho! Ho! Ho! and play in the snow (sorry, eggnog overload from last night).

Operations and official snow depths

Akakura Kanko (Akakan)
160cm, -4C

Akakura Onsen
160cm, -5C

90cm, -5C

140cm, -10C

Seki Onsen
180cm, -10C

Open; no snow report (see neighboring Myoko Ski Park)

Myoko Ski Park
145cm, -2C

120cm, -8C

130cm, -7C
   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Tuesday 25th December 2012, 8:25am
Weather conditions: Clear and sunny
New snowfall: 15cm
Snow depth: 60cm
Probably 15cm or so yesterday but the snow eased off and overnight no more to report. What I can report is the sun shining down over Shiga Kogen and a lovely calm and blue-sky Christmas morning. It will be a fine day to be out on the mountain.

Snow is expected later today though into tomorrow before a few more clearer days running up to New Year.

Nighta operations planned for tonight at the following resort areas:
Ichinose Family
Ichinose Diamond

Official resort snow depths as of Tuesday 25th December 2012 AM:

Sun Valley:
Ichinose Family:
Ichinose Diamond:
Okushiga Kogen:
80cm   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Tuesday 25th December 2012, 8:53am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 1cm
Snow depth: 190cm
Merry Christmas!

Some great conditions being reported from yesterday, especially from Otari where they got a whole lot of snow as mentioned in the report yesterday. Stories of powder pockets up to 60cm waist deep over at Cortina and Tsugaike. Very nice.

May there be many more of those this season, as no doubt there will be.

Freezing temperatures early this morning in Hakuba village with temperatures down to minus double digits overnight and about -5C here in the village now. It's a cold one, for sure.

The cloud has moved in over some parts of Hakuba with just a few glimpses of sunlight from time to time over the village. So it's cloudy in the village at the moment but snow showers possible throughout the day and snow forecast overnight into tomorrow. Beyond that it looks likely we'll see clearer conditions on Thursday and Friday.

The heavy snow had an impact on some lift operations in the valley yesterday, so on days like that it is a good idea to check official resort websites for reports if lifts close/re-open. They can be found on the resort pages within SnowJapan. As much as we would like to be able to, we can't update this page in realtime.

Anyway today we had roughly 1cm of fresh snowfall in the village and few cm higher up - 5cm+ was reported by ski patrol at Happo-one. There is just a slight wind and visibility is clear up to 1200m.

Have a fun Christmas Day wherever in the world you are...


Official snow depths and operations @ Tuesday 25th December 2012 AM:
Please note that resort lift operations are subject to change at any time.

Hakuba Goryu:
2cm of new snow reported down to Toomi area by Hakuba Goryu this morning.
All main areas and courses at Hakuba Goryu are now open.
Official snow depths:
Alps daira - 190cm;
Toomi - 95cm;
Iimori - 60cm

Hakuba 47:
3cm of new snow reported by Hakuba 47 this morning.
All runs at Hakuba 47 are now open.
Official snow depth:
Upper - 157cm
Lower - 90cm

Ski lifts/courses:
Most courses now open.
Official snow depth:
Usagidaira - 160cm
Nakiyama/Shirakaba - 50cm
Sakka - 50cm

Tsugaike Kogen:
Large parts of the resort now open.
Official snow depth:
Upper slopes - 250cm
Lower slopes - 60cm

Hakuba Cortina:
Number 1 pair, Number 2 quad, Number 4 and Number 6 pair lifts are operating.
Official snow depth:
Upper slopes - 210cm
Lower slopes - 120cm

Hakuba Iwatake:
Official snow depth:
Upper slopes - 130cm
Lower slopes - 60cm

Hakuba Sanosaka:
All lifts operating.
Official snow depth:

Hakuba Minekata:
Both lifts operating.
40cm   Read more ...

Yuzawa Now!

Tuesday 25th December 2012, 9:03am
Weather conditions: Clear, sun, some cloud
New snowfall: 10cm
Snow depth: 100cm
It was cold overnight and some icy conditions on the road this morning. The sun has been out though and the day started off with some nice blue skies over Yuzawa. The sun is still shining down on us though there seems to be more cloud gathering to the north and the forecast does tell us to expect snow clouds to move in and snow to be falling later on.

Right now it is -2C in town.

Snow tonight and tomorrow, followed by a few days of clearer conditions into the weekend. Looks like it might warm up again around Sunday, but that's a while off.

For now, nice conditions out there this Christmas morning.

From us here at SnowJapan World Headquarters in nearby Minamiuonuma, we wish you all the very best for Christmas and the holidays. Hope you can get out to enjoy the snow. Our present to you - a completely new version of SnowJapan - is coming in a few weeks, so look out for that.

Official resort snow depths @ Tuesday 25th December 12, AM:
Mt Naeba:
Kandatsu Kogen:
NASPA Ski Garden:
Gala Yuzawa:
Yuzawa Kogen:
Yuzawa Nakazato:
Yuzawa Park:
Maiko Snow Resort:
Ishiuchi Maruyama:
Joetsu Kokusai:

Planned resort openings

29th December
Mt Granview
Ishiuchi Hanaoka   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Tuesday 25th December 2012, 9:12am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 70cm
Too cold to snow? That's what people are saying. One thing for sure is that it is certainly cold. -5C here in Zao village area this morning, just a very fine dusting of snow overnight, cloudy and just a light wind and good visibility. That about sums up this morning.

The forecast still has us down for snow and strong winds, so maybe they are on the way and will be with us soon. I think most people are hoping for the snow as we really could do with it. While the mountain is mostly open, as you can see the snow depth numbers aren't so exciting right now. We all love deep anyway don't we, and I don't think there's ever 'enough'!

'Light Up' operations - where the Ropeway and Gondola to the top of the resort are open in the evening... for sightseeing, not skiing - will be open for New Year from 29th December. . The famous snow monsters are not yet with us but it is still a lovely sight up there and popular with visitors.

Official snow depths

Chuo Area



40cm   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Tuesday 25th December 2012, 12:03pm
Weather conditions: Bluebird
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 190cm
As a kid you often dream of Santa and snow covered trees and cute little houses. If you woke up in Nozawa this morning you would have been pretty happy!

With 75cm of snow falling in this recent storm and then clear skies this morning the scene is set for a perfect Christmas day. Temperatures were down to -10C overnight, but round abouts 0C at noon.

Yesterday the snow was relentless just bucketing on us all day and there were many reports of waist deep powder runs on the mountain. It snowed right up until the close of lifts yesterday and with no crowds to compete with this morning should be more of the same but with much better visibility.

The forecast is for a bit more snow tonight and into tomorrow followed by a few sun filled days Thursday and Friday as we run up to the New Year holidays.

We would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas from snowy and sunny Nozawa Onsen.

Lifts operating:
All lifts operating except for Kandahar and Hikage No2 Pair B.

Courses open:
Most courses open, except:
Grand Prix
Challenger 39
Mizunashi A

Official snow depths





Official new snowfall
0cm (Yamabiko)
0cm (Uenotaira)
0cm (Karasawa)   Read more ...

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