Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 30th May 2020

Yuzawa Now!

Thursday 25th December 2014, 7:40am
Weather conditions: Cloud, poor visibility
New snowfall: 15cm
Snow depth: 155cm
Good morning from Yuzawa and Merry Christmas!

It's a White Christmas too, with snow coming down very nicely at the moment.

First of all back to yesterday. Those early morning clouds lightened up and by mid morning there was some blue sky around and for a few hours before noon we enjoyed lots of sun and lots of blue sky. Lovely morning it turned out to be, and not cold either. The sun softened up the snow a bit too. More cloud just after lunch but it stayed generally fine for the day.

The photos on the report this morning were taken yesterday morning at the Joetsu Kokusai resort in Minamiuonuma.

So back to this morning and there's around 15cm or so of fresh snow on the top of my car.

Kagura reporting 30cm.
Naeba reporting 10-20cm.
Maiko Snow Resort reporting 20cm.

(By the way, someone asked why we only report the 'new snowfall' for a few resorts. Basically we want to post any useful information that we can find. Unfortunately lots of resorts don't mention the new snowfall every morning. If the info is available, we'll post it... as simple as that!)

It's not too cold, in town at least hovering around zero, and so definitely colder than yesterday. The forecast for today and tomorrow is basically... snow.

Once we get into the weekend some clearer skies are due and milder conditions as well.

Just to remind Kagura fans that the too Kagura Number 1 Romance pair lift will be starting up for the season on New Years Day. Sounds good to me.

Fresh snow, so it should be good out there today.


Official snow depths:

GALA Yuzawa:
Ishiuchi Maruyama:
Joetsu Kokusai:
Kandatsu Kogen:
Maiko Snow Resort:
NASPA Ski Garden:
Yuzawa Kogen:
200cm (Kogen)
150cm (Nunoba)
Yuzawa Nakazato:


Planned opening dates for resorts in Yuzawa Town and Minamiuonuma City (by date):

All resorts not noted here are now at least part open.

Saturday 27th December:
Ishiuchi Hanaoka

Late December
Mt Granview


Ski resorts in Yuzawa town
Ski resorts in Minamiuonuma City
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Madarao Now!

Thursday 25th December 2014, 7:57am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 25cm
Snow depth: 130cm
Good snowfall to report this morning from Madarao. Nice and cold, nice light snow, and still coming down.

Should be great conditions on the slopes this Christmas morning. Snow clouds set to be over Madarao today and tomorrow with clearing and milder weather conditions due from the weekend and towards New Year.

The famous Number 13 single pair lifts opens today! Always worth a ride that one. Though maybe not when it's too windy!

Normal full season lift ticket prices from today as well with the resort now fully open.

Nighta at Madarao over the New Year, from this Saturday (27th December). After the New Year, it's nighta on Saturdays and 11th January.


Lifts open:

Number 1 lift
Number 2 quad lift
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


Madarao Kogen 6 day weather and snow forecast
Madarao Kogen main resort data   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Thursday 25th December 2014, 8:14am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 20cm
Snow depth: 130cm
Top lifts open for Christmas!

More fresh snow. 20+cm outside my place, resort areas reporting 30cm.

Yes, it's very good morning from Niseko and... Merry Christmas!

SnowJapan has a Christmas present to give as well, with Stage 2 of the Lift Ticket Prize Draw now open for all to enter:

Enter here

OK, onto the details for the day.

A cold Christmas morning - no wonder Santa has that big bushy beard - and not so much wind this morning. It's still snowing though only lightly, with more due during the day today and tomorrow.

So, top lifts open at Niseko Grand Hirafu (well, the Ace Number 4), Niseko Village and Niseko Annupuri. All should be moving this morning with Gate 4 also scheduled to be open today as well.

Looking ahead, from Saturday we can expect the snow clouds to clear and maybe we'll have some sunny conditions to enjoy. Looks like a milder spell from the weekend too, hopefully it won't warm up too much.

Have a great day everyone and all the best for the holidays wherever you are reading this from in the world.


Resort specific news at time of writing - subject to change during the day

Niseko Grand Hirafu:
From today, the Ace Number 4 Pair lift will be open. Original plan was for King Number 4 lift to open but due to the 'discouraging' (!?) condition of the Dynamic Course, they've changed that plan. Curious to know more on that! Anyway, the Large Course and Miharashi Courses are now open. Dynamic Course aside, not 'fully open', I do believe.

Niseko Hanazono:
All Niseko Hanazono lifts will be open as normal.

Niseko Village:
Top Wonderland Chair now open - opened yesterday from around 10am actually.

Niseko Annupuri:
Top Jumbo Number 4 lift now open.


Niseko Avalanche Report

Moiwa base: -8C, 30cm of snowfall in 12 hours, calm morning. Moiwa 800m: -12C, 20cm of fresh snow and development of snowdrifts. Annupuri 1150m: -13C, 30cm and development of snowdrifts. Hirafu 1000m: -13C, 20cm of fresh snow and development of snowdrifts. Coastal data: Benkei cape NW12m/s, Kamui cape WSW10m/s, 1008hPa, 1.2m waves.

A mild winter weather pattern with a moderate westerly wind is prevailing, making snowdrifts develop in areas above 800m. The snow under treeline is in good shape, but 40cm slides from 23rd depth hoar layer are to be expected in steep slopes along the valley. Gate 4 is scheduled to open today at a lower elevation, however avalanche hazard still remains high in NE areas of 1000m altitude. High-traversing all the way to the slopes under Higashi-One (east ridge) cornices is strongly discouraged. Listen to the ski patrol’s instructions and always use gates to step out of bounds. Carrying and knowing how to use avalanche gears (beacon, probe & shovel) is strongly advised. The visibility is fluctuating.


Official snow depth numbers and any notes at time of writing:

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 280cm
Base - 130cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 170cm
Base - 120cm

Niseko Annupuri:
Top - 150cm
Base - 120cm


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
(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 ...

Hakuba Now!

Thursday 25th December 2014, 8:15am
Weather conditions: Cloudy - poor visibility on mountain
New snowfall: 10cm
Snow depth: 180cm
Merry Christmas to all Hakuba Now and SnowJapan readers.

The folk at SnowJapan have this morning put Stage 2 of their lift ticket draw online and anyone can now enter... lots of Hakuba-related lift tickets to win, you can enter here:

Lift Ticket Prize Draw

It's a white Christmas here in Hakuba. Most new snowfall being reported by Hakuba Cortina resort who say there's been up to 40cm of fresh on the upper slopes over there. Goryu reporting 25cm, 47 reporting 30cm higher up and 10-15cm at base, Happo-one reporting 10cm.

And my eyes report about 5-10cm or so on the ground in the village. It's not as fluffy and dry as it has been; a bit heavier and wet earlier on, but some good looking flakes coming down outside the window just now. Fresh snow is fresh snow, I'm sure it will be fine conditions out on the mountain this morning.

Looks like it's really coming down out there now looking at the webcams from around the resorts - very poor visibility with nothing to see other than a sheet of grey/white.

Snowfall is forecast on and off for the day today and tomorrow along with the continued cold conditions. Come Saturday the forecast is saying clearer skies and milder conditions through into at least early week.

Have a fun Christmas day folk and take care on the slopes.


Official snow depth numbers and operations as of 25th December 2014. Subject to change during the day:

Hakuba Goryu:
Reporting 25cm of new snowfall at Alps Daira, 15cm on Toomi.
All lifts operating except Alps Daira 2&4 and Toomi Number 2 Pair lift.
All courses open except Adventure Course.
Night skiing at Toomi every day until 31st March.

- Alps Daira - 275cm
- Toomi - 180cm
- Iimori - 150cm


Hakuba 47:
Reporting 10-15cm at base this morning and up to 30cm higher up.
All courses open.
Tree Riding Zone not open yet.

- Upper - 245cm
- Lower - 135cm


Reporting 10cm of fresh snow this morning.
Kokusai Number 1 Pair lift still out of action due to damage to the snow nets - they hope to have it fixed up before the end of the year.
Almost all areas of Happo-one are now open. The top Grad Quad lift is now open.
Snow Chao Kids Park open; Happo Banks The Snow Park not yet open.

- Usagidaira - 240cm
- Nakiyama - 120cm
- Sakka - 120cm


Hakuba Cortina:
Reporting 40cm of new snowfall on upper areas and 30cm on lower areas.
Lifts 5 and 7 not open - resort now mostly open. Heavy snow so Lift 5 closed due to Avalanche danger.
Night skiing every day until 31st March.

- Upper - 290cm
- Lower - 200cm


Tsugaike Kogen:
Most areas of Tsugaike Kogen are now open, most notably the Uma-no-se course not yet open.
Next night skiing is from 27th December through 1st January in both Kane-no-naru-oka and Karamatsu-Shirakaba areas.

- Tsuga-no-mori - 275cm
- Maruyama - 150cm
- Kane-no-naru-oka - 180cm


Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field:
Reporting 10-20cm of fresh snowfall.
Resort is part/mostly open.

- Upper - 200cm
- Lower - 110cm


Hakuba Norikura Onsen:
Resort is mostly open.

- 200cm


All areas now open.
Night skiing every day until 31st March.

- 130cm
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Shiga Kogen Now!

Thursday 25th December 2014, 9:01am
Weather conditions: Cloud, fog in places
New snowfall: 10cm
Snow depth: 80cm
Fine weather conditions yesterday made for somewhat crusty snow conditions in places on the slopes, and this morning there's about 5-10cm of fresh on top of that.

Intermittent snow showers forecast for today and tomorrow. From the weekend, somewhat milder weather is due for the region - it'll still be cold here and below zero of course! - with more sun than snow lined up.

Happy Christmas to everyone from here in Shiga Kogen.


Resort areas status with official snow depths:

Okushiga Kogen:
Almost all open (note: skiers only resort area)

Almost all open

Ichinose Family
Most open

Ichinose Yamanokami:

Ichinose Diamond:

Takamagahara Mammoth:




Most open

Happo Bundaraia:

Sun Valley:



Open (note: skiers only resort area)

Most open.
Shibutoge now open.


Planned night floodlit skiing at Shiga Kogen resort areas this season:

Sun Valley:
December 29th-30th; January 1st-2nd, 11th; Every Saturday from January 3rd to March 21st

December 29th-31st; January 1st-3rd, 10th, 11th

Takamagahara Mammoth:
December 27th-31st; January 1st-3rd

Ichinose Family:
Every day until March 29th

Ichinose Diamond:
December 27th-31st; January 1st-3rd, 11th; Every Saturday from January 3rd until March 28th

December 27th-31st; January 1st-3rd, 11th; Every Saturday from January 3rd until February 21st

December 27th-31st; January 1st-3rd; Every Saturday from January 3rd until March 28th
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Nozawa Onsen Now!

Thursday 25th December 2014, 9:01am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 20cm
Snow depth: 180cm
After some clearer skies yesterday, it's a snowy Chrismtas morning here in Nozawa, which always seems just so fitting.

The resort reports 20cm of new snowfall across the mountain (curiously a bit less at the top), and I can indeed confirm such amounts as once I finish this report I'm going to have to go and shovel that lot off the top of my Nozzlemobile.

Not too cold this morning just under freezing point and snow falling from the skies still so limited visibility especially on the higher slopes but the fresh powder to play should make up for that.

Snow might ease at times during the day.

Doesn't look too busy actually this morning, after all it isn't a national holiday here, but I would expect things to really start getting busy this coming weekend.

Outlook for the weekend is for the snow clouds to move on and the start of a run of perhaps clearer skies and it won't be as cold either. Maybe get some sunshine from Sunday into next week.

Merry Christmas!


Also to mention this Christmas morning is the second part of the prize draw running on SnowJapan, with Nozawa tickets to win.

Information and entry here

Good luck!


Fresh snow this morning:

Yamabiko - 15cm
Uenotaira - 20cm
Hikage - 20cm
Nagasaka - 20cm
Karasawa - 20cm

Official snow depths:

Yamabiko - 250cm
Uenotaira - 230cm
Hikage - 185cm
Nagasaka - 180cm
Karasawa - 150cm


Courses open:

All courses are now open except:

Hikage no kabe
Grand Prix course
Jumping Course
Challenge 39
Kandahara West
Kandahara East
Kamoshika Course


Lifts open (subject to weather conditions):

All lifts operating except:

Hikage Number 2 Pair A line


Nozawa Onsen 6 day weather and snow forecast
Nozawa Onsen main resort data
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Zao Now!

Thursday 25th December 2014, 9:20am
Weather conditions: Cloud, fog
New snowfall: 3cm
Snow depth: 180cm
Just a few more cm of snow to report this morning from Zao where it is snowing on and off at the moment and quite foggy in places. That's basically what the forecast is saying as well for the day today and for tomorrow as well, before the skies clear up by maybe Saturday or more definitely Sunday. We're not seeing that many clear days this month so far, so it will be good to have a run of them when the resort is busy.

Unfortunately, the famous Yokokura-no-kabe steel mogul course is closed due to avalanche danger at the moment. No word on when that will be able to re-open.

Other than that and the Ryuzan area, all of the areas of Zao are now open and enjoying some fine conditions.


Official snow depths (25th December 14):

Utopia: 170cm
Chuo: 180cm
Paradise: 170cm
Uwanodai: 130cm


Night skiing operations at Zao this season

Uwanodai area:
Daily until 22nd March

Yokokura area:
From Friday 26th December until 4th January;
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from Friday 9th January until 15th March

Open times from 5pm until 9pm.


Juhyo 'Ice Monsters' Light Up night time ropeway operations

December 2014: 27th-31st
January 2015: 1st-4th, 10th-12th, 17th-18th, 24th-31st
February 2015: 1st-28th

Operating from 5pm until 9pm; last ropeway up at 7:50pm.
Ropeway return charges are 2600 yen for adults and 1300 yen for children.
In the event of poor weather conditions, operations are sometimes cancelled.
   Read more ...

Minakami Now!

Thursday 25th December 2014, 10:01am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 10cm
Snow depth: 190cm
Snowing with moderate winds in the Upper Mountains this morning.

Snow is expected to continue through until Saturday evening, with clearer skies forecast for Sunday.


New snowfall:

Valley 10cm
Upper Mountains 20cm


Snow depth:

Valley 20cm
Upper Mountains 190cm   Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Thursday 25th December 2014, 10:11am
Weather conditions: Overcast and snow
New snowfall: 40cm
Snow depth: 240cm
Some really nice snow overnight and continuing to fall in Myoko. Big, crystally flakes; can we say it's perfectly Christmassy? (Merry Christmas, readers!) Nice stuff that's easy to shovel—and, of course, to ski on/in. Hopefully it will keep going through the day, as we can still use a bit more base, particularly for those who want to head into the backcountry. It's still pretty bushy out there, and valleys are not completely filled in yet—be careful with this light snow on a firm base.

Akakura Kanko:
240cm, -4°
All lifts operating

Akakura Onsen:
196cm, -2°
Yodel No. 1 Triple, Kumado No. 1 Quad, Kumado No. 4 Triple, Kumado No. 2, Ginrei No. 3 Pair, Ginrei No. 5 Pair

Ikenotaira Onsen:
180cm, -2°
Shirakaba Capsule, Ikenotaira Quad, AB No. 1, AB No. 2, Karamatsu Pair

Myoko Suginohara:
200cm, -7°
Gondola, No. 1 Romance, No. 2 high-speed (yesterday's report; nothing in yet)

Seki Onsen:
250cm, -5°

Myoko Ski Park:
220cm, 0°

Kyukamura Myoko:
220cm, 0°
Runrun Pair Lift

No. 1 Pair, No. 3 Quad, No. 5 Quad, No. 6 Quad

150cm, -5°
No. 1, No. 2 Quad, Super Quad, No. 11, No. 12, No. 15   Read more ...

Furano Now!

Thursday 25th December 2014, 14:12pm
Weather conditions: Partly cloudy
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: 85cm
Conditions in Furano have been great so far today. A cold day, but early morning cloud lifted to reveal some nice sunshine and spectacular views. More of Kitanomine opened today with Family being skiable for the first time this season. The day looks like it will stay clear and provide good skiing on the groomed runs.   Read more ...

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