Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 1st April 2018

Madarao Now!

Friday 25th December 2015, 6:12am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 15cm
Quick update:

The forecast for today is cloud and light rain/sleet/snow, and snow for tomorrow as temperatures drop during the day.

Madarao is hoping to open from tomorrow (26th), depending of course on how much snow we get. One thing is for sure - the lifts will be moving as soon as is possible.

Fingers and everything else crossed please!


Madarao Kogen 6 day snow and weather forecast


Madarao Kogen is not yet open.
Tangram Ski Circus is not yet open.
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Myoko Now!

Friday 25th December 2015, 7:39am
Weather conditions: Gray and foggy at base level
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 8cm
Merry Christmas!

I wish I had a nice big white present all spread out for you, dear reader.... But we got rain instead of snow. If only it were, oh, 10 degrees lower, we'd be seeing heavy snow instead of moderate and miserable rain. That's all I'm going to write to dampen your holiday cheer; hopefully that snow is coming soon.

Akakura Onsen says it's opening, but the base is down to 10cm. Well done, people; well done. I applaud your ambition.

Akakura Kanko:


Akakura Onsen:
Yodel Triple No. 3; shuttle bus from base

Ikenotaira Onsen:

Myoko Suginohara:

Seki Onsen:

Myoko Ski Park:

Kyukamura RunRun:

Tangram Ski Circus:

Madarao Kogen:
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Yuzawa Now!

Friday 25th December 2015, 8:01am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 0cm
Happy Christmas!

...and hopefully it will be by the end of the day.

Rain falling overnight and it is raining this morning and remaining mild.

We were kind of expecting this rain though, so there's no need to overly worry just yet. It should be getting colder later on today with snow due to be falling sometime this afternoon. (Kagura say it is already snowing higher up there this morning and sleet being reported by Naeba early on).

There's huge debate as to how much snow we'll actually going to get over the next few days. Everyone is of course hoping for lots. The forecasts seems to agree snow later today and overnight, some on and off tomorrow and all day through Sunday - with Sunday due to be the coldest and most winter-like of the lot.

We're here now though so we are going to find out soon enough.

Snow Gods, onegai shimasu!


Resorts that are now at least part open (Friday 25th December 2015) - subject to change:

Almost all of Kagura is now open.
Both Ropeways (Mitsumata and Tashiro) are open and you can ski or snowboard from one to the other.
The only areas now closed at Kagura are the very top pair lift, one of the main Mitsumata slopes and the Mitsumata downhill course back to base.

Lower Number 4 and 5 courses are open (with the help of artificial snow) and the upper Takenokodaira course is open (100% natural snow).

GALA Yuzawa
GALA Yuzawa is part open - the Melody and part of the Entertainment courses in the main Central Area are open.

Muikamachi Hakkaisan
The Technical course and Rakuraku A courses open with just two pair lifts operating (one to get to the open area).

Resorts on standby to open as soon as there is enough snow to open:

Chateau Shiozawa
Ishiuchi Maruyama
Kagura (Tashiro)
Kandatsu Kogen
Ludens Yuzawa
Muikamachi Ski Resort
Nakazato Snow Wood
NASPA Ski Garden
Yuzawa Nakazato
Yuzawa Park
Yuzawa Kogen

Planning to open on Saturday 26th December:
Ishiuchi Hanaoka
Mt Granview


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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Niseko Now!

Friday 25th December 2015, 8:31am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 7cm
Snow depth: 55cm
Good morning from Niseko and ho ho ho, Merry Christmas!

Santa started his deliveries of snow last night with 7cm of it outside my place here at base this morning. He has promised much more.

It doesn't feel particularly cold this morning and the snow that has fallen isn't the lightest for sure, but later on today the temperatures are expected to drop further and it should be pretty cold tonight.

Most importantly, snow clouds are due to be over the region right into early next week and hopefully bring us lots of lovely fluffy snow. Cold temperatures into next week too so come prepared for the conditions.

That old friend of Niseko - 'Wind' - may well play a part this weekend as well with blizzard like conditions possible. We're ok for this morning though so a good time to go out and enjoy the modest new layer early on.

Snow conditions should be quickly improving by the day now if the forecast is right...

Have a fun day.


Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6am: -1℃, flurries of wet crystal snow, 5cm in 12 hours, no development of snowdrifts. -3℃ and 90cm snowpack at Moiwa peak. Light snow and wind is continuing and snowdrifts are moderately developing. Coastal data: Benkei cape wind NNW11m/s, Kamui cape wind WNW6m/s, pressure 1006hPa, waves 0.6m.

A passing small low-pressure system made the wind shift westerly and brought some, relatively wet, but good snow. The groomers conditions is good in the morning, however sunlight is weak and visibility is poor. Beware of hitting obstacles.

The general avalanche risk is low except for steep 40+ grade slopes. Carefully follow the coming snowfall transition as the hazards may rise quickly.

Avalanche occurrence in Niseko is closely related to the rapidly growing snowdrifts that develop during storms.

Do not duck ropes to seek fresh tracks, it is against the Niseko Rules and all resort users are expected to respect them.


Planned resort operations (subject to change due to weather conditions during the day)

The lifts market with an asterix (*) below are planned to be open for night skiing

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Lifts planned to be running:
- Ace Family pair*
- Ace Number 2 Quad Center Four* (for transport)
- Ace Number 3 pair
- Hirafu Gondola*
- King Number 3 triple
- Holiday Number 1 pair*
- Swinging Monkey
Courses planned to be open:
- Family
- Beginners access
- Center
- Shirakaba
- Green
- Kokutai
- Ni-kabe
- Alpen
- Sennoki
- Kogen
- Boyo
- Rinkan
- Jumbo

Niseko HANAZONO Resort
Lifts planned to be running:
- Hanazono Number 1 quad
- Hanazono Number 2 quad
- Hanazono Number 3 quad
Courses planned to be open:
- Connecting
- Parallel
- Silver Dream
- Stairway to Heaven
- Setsuzoku course
- Crystal Garden
- Yotei Sunset (ungroomed)

Niseko Village
Lifts planned to be operating:
- Niseko Gondola
- Community Chair*
- Banzai Chair*
- Morino Chair

Niseko Annupuri
Lifts planned to be operating:
- Annupuri Gondola
- Jumbo Number 1 quad*
- Jumbo Number 2 pair
- Jumbo Number 3 pair
Courses planned to be open:
- Utopia
- Shirakaba
- Paradise
- Junior
- Family
- Dynamic
- Silver


Official resort snow depths as of Friday 25th December 2015:

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 190cm
Base - 55cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 85cm
Base - 60cm

Niseko Annupuri:
Top - 80cm
Base - 50cm


Niseko Grand Hirafu 6 day weather and snow forecast   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Friday 25th December 2015, 8:32am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 0cm
Good morning from Nozawa and Merry Christmas to everyone. We all wish it was a much whiter Christmas than it is so far, but...

It was rain again overnight and this morning too after a night that remained quite mild.

Temperatures are due to drop from now though and fingers crossed it will soon be snowing down here to base. The forecast is still looking positive for snow today, later tomorrow and through Sunday as well. Maybe into early week. :)

What we need of course is for a Nozawa-like blast of full-on winter to get everything into action. Will we get something like that? Let's see.

The resort is reporting 2cm of fresh on the upper Yamabiko runs this morning and somehow they are managing to open the Paradise course. Which means that there's literally 12km of course open up there now, so quite the area really.

All the best for Christmas and I hope to bring you good snow news tomorrow morning.


Planned lifts:

- Nagasaka Gondola (from 8:40am)
- Hikage Gondola (from 8:40am)
- Skyline link lift
- Yamabiko Four lift
- Yamabiko Number 2 lift
- Uenotaira
- Yu Road (from 8:30am)

Planned open courses:

- Yamabiko A course
- Yamabiko B course
- Yamabiko C course
- Yamabiko D course
- Yamabiko E course
- Paradise
- Kokenashi
- Uenotaira
- Bunabayashi


Official snow depths (as of 25th December 2015):

Yamabiko: 30cm (+2cm)
Uenotaira: 30cm (+0cm)
Hikage: 0cm
Nagasaka: 0cm
Karasawa: 0cm


Nozawa Onsen 6 day weather and snow forecast

Nozawa Onsen main resort data   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Friday 25th December 2015, 8:34am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 15cm
Hello and Happy Christmas and best wishes to everyone reading SnowJapan.

The weather this Christmas morning in Hakuba is --- cloud and light rain.

Now to the good news. Higher up, snow is falling and temps are forecast to drop this morning and into tonight and it should soon be snowing down here at base too.

The forecast is still looking promising for the weekend with the promise of decent snowfall along with really cold conditions particularly on Sunday.

Bring it on, I say!

Once decent snowfall does come, expect sudden changes to which lifts and courses are open - quick changes very likely. I'll try to keep you updated as best I can each morning with the latest...


6 day forecast for Happo-one:

6 day snow and weather forecast for Happo-one


Resort news as of 8:30am on Friday 25th December (all subject to change due to weather conditions)

Hakuba 47:
Hakuba 47 is reporting 0cm of new snowfall at base and a few cm higher up.
Route 2, Route 4, Route 5, and upper Route 8 courses are open.
Planned lifts:
Line AB
Line C
Line E
Official snow depth
Upper: 70cm
Base: 0cm

Hakuba Goryu:
Hakuba Goryu is reporting 0cm of new snowfall.
The upper Panorama Course, Grand Prix and Super courses at Hakuba Goryu are open, as well as the lower Toomi run.
Upper and lower areas not connected - gondola needed to get down from upper area.
Planned lifts:
Telecabin Gondola
Alps Number 1 pair lift
Alps Number 2/4 pair lift
Alps Number 3 pair lift
Toomi Sky Four lift
Official snow depth
Alps: 65cm
Iimori: -cm
Toomi: 15cm

Hakuba Happo-one:
The Usagidaira, Panorama and Kurobishi areas are open.
The Gondola is operating to take skiers and boarders there and back.
Planned lifts:
Adam Gondola
Alpen quad lift
Usagidaira pair lift
Kurobishi Number 2 quad lift
Kokusai Number 1 lift
Kokusai Number 3 lift
Panorama pair lift
Official snow depth
Usagidaira: 50cm
Nakiyama: -cm
Sakka: -cm

Tsugaike Kogen:
The upper Tsuga-no-mori area and upper part of the Han-no-ki course areas are open.
Planned lifts:
Eve Gondola
Tsuga Number 1 pair lift
Tsuga Number 2 pair lift
Han-no-ki high speed pair lift
Official snow depth
Tsuga-no-mori: 69cm
Maruyama: -cm

Course 2 is open
Planned lifts:
Number 2 pair lift

Other planned resort opening dates

As soon as there is enough snow:
Hakuba Cortina:
Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field:
Hakuba Norikura Onsen:
Hakuba Sanosaka:   Read more ...

Grandeco Now!

Friday 25th December 2015, 8:36am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 50cm
Merry Christmas!

This morning it is raining here at base though thankfully some snow is falling higher up on the mountain.

Unstable weather conditions forecast for the day so the gondola and hooded quad lift will be your friends.

Looking to the forecast, it's supposed to get colder as the day progresses today. Cold overnight tonight and then hopefully some heavy snow later on Saturday.

50% of the slope areas remain open at Grandeco with the Gondola and two quads operating; operations same as yesterday.

The resorts around Inawashiro on the south side of Mt. Bandai remain closed due to the lack of snow still. Luckily in this Ura Bandai on this northern side we get more snowfall, though obviously want more!

Lifts operating:

Number 1 quad
Number 2 quad

Courses open:

(A-a) Rainbow 3500
(A-b) Rainbow 3500
(B-c) Mint
(C) Center
(D-b) Lavender


Snow and weather forecast:

6 day snow and weather forecast for Grandeco


Welcome to our new ‘Grandeco Now' reports, exclusive to SnowJapan.

As with all our Now daily reports, it extremely important to us that the information we publish is useful, honest and correct and we’ll be doing everything we can to bring you some good info from this region. Grandeco is located in Kita Shiobara village in the north western region of Fukushima Prefecture - we are very pleased to be able to begin reporting from this region of Japan. More information on Grandeco can be found here and a Resort Spotlight on SnowJapan here.

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Naeba Now!

Friday 25th December 2015, 8:39am
Weather conditions: Today we have fairly low level cloud covering from just above the base area.
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 35cm
Merry Christmas from Naeba everybody.

Good and bad news today. Fortunately the temperature has dropped sufficiently for snow to start falling today, unfortunately it's currently a mixture of snow and rain. Snain if you will. This is in a way good news though as it means that higher up the mountain we do have real snow falling.

As before the snow depth of 35 cm is only for the man made courses in front of the Prince Hotel. Off to the side of these courses is still currently not ridable.

Up at the top of the mountain the Takenokodaira beginner area is still where the best snow is to be found.

The weather forecast for the next few days is looking like we should have snow later on today and over the next couple of days with Saturday being the day with the biggest dump.

Naeba 6-day snow and weather forecast   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Friday 25th December 2015, 9:05am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 2cm
Snow depth: 30cm
Good morning and a very merry Christmas to all readers of Shiga Kogen Now and SnowJapan.

It is a white Christmas. Not quite as white as we might have liked of course, but I do have a few cm of snow to report this morning - and the forecast is good for the next few days at least.

It was quite mild overnight actually (for Shiga Kogen of course!) but from early dawn that snow has been falling and fingers crossed it will continue as it is likely that it will get colder during the day today.

Rumours of Nishitateyama opening their Number 2 triple lift this morning, though other than that things seem to be the same as yesterday.

The situation will of course change quickly once we get some decent snowfall.

Looking forward to bringing you news tomorrow morning!

Have a fun Christmas Day wherever you are.


Resort operations (Friday 25th December) - subject to change

The following resort areas of Shiga Kogen are part open. Snow and courses that are open remain limited as wait for more snowfall.

Ichinose Diamond
Ichinose Family
Okushiga Kogen
Sun Valley
Takamagahara Mammoth

All other ski areas of Shiga Kogen currently remain closed.


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 ...

Zao Now!

Friday 25th December 2015, 9:16am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 50cm
It's a mild (doh), cloudy and foggy morning in Zao.

No wind, but could it start snowing any time? Or will it rain a bit before it gets to snow? Looks like the Onsen Number 2 lift is not moving this morning, just not enough snow.

Temperatures are forecast to drop from this afternoon bringing with them snow... and then it's snow into next week. Could this be 'it'? I sure hope so.

Oh, and Merry Christmas!

Come on Santa, bring us some snow. We need it.


Information as of Friday 25th December 15 (subject to change)

Lifts that are planned to be operating at Zao Onsen:

- Sky Cable (gondola)
- Zao Chuo Ropeway
- Zao Ropeway
- Mikaeri pair
- Chuo Number 1 pair AB
- Chuo Number 1 pair AB
- Katakai triple
- Diamond Number 1 pair
- Zao Paradise pair AB
- Shobunuma Number 1 triple
- Shobunuma Number 2 pair
- Utopia Number 2 pair


Official snow depths:

Utopia: 25cm
Chuo: 50cm
Paradise: 30cm
Uwanodai: 10cm


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

Furano Now!

Friday 25th December 2015, 12:02pm
Weather conditions: Full cloudcover bucketing snow.
New snowfall: 15cm
Snow depth: 105cm
Snow ho ho in Furano today

Nice falls, more than 10cm in town, probably twice that up top. Kitanomine Gondola is the 10th and final lift to open and it is spinning today but not for passengers at this stage. Feels imminent. We will let you know. Warmish, about -3 in town, no wind. Fat stunning dry light glorious lovely floaty Central Hokkaido snow falling since I woke up at 6am.

Happy Chrimbo today if it's your bag, and if it isn't, happy winter solstice! If you're in the Southern Hemisphere, happy heatwave and stay safe if there are fires where you are.   Read more ...

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