Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 26th May 2019

Appi Kogen Now!

Saturday 25th February 2017, 7:37am
Weather conditions: Cloudy skies
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Hello from Appi,

Well what a day yesterday was. It started with nearly white-out conditions and basically turned into kind of blueish skies if you looked up but the wind made it impossible to see anything straight ahead because of the blowing snow at the surface. Yes it was also cold and Appi basically came to a standstill as all of the lifts were not in operation.

Today thankfully is a much better scene here instead of flashbacks to “The Shining”. Cloudy skies but relatively light winds and some light snow falling. Temperatures firmly in the minus zone of around -8. We’re anticipating more snow all day with the bulk of it coming this evening. Hopefully we should see another 15-20cm of it. Sunday looks similar but Monday and Tuesday may bring Bluebird conditions here which should offer spectacular views on the backside range and Iwate san.

(Images from 8:30am)


Planned operating lifts at time of report (subject to change due to weather conditions):

Appi Gondola
Central quad
Central number 2
Central number 3a
Central number 4
Central number 5
Central number 6
Sailer Gondola
Sailer quad
Vista quad


Official snow depth:

195cm   Read more ...

Naeba Now!

Saturday 25th February 2017, 8:15am
Weather conditions: Brilliant weather.
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Naeba everybody.

Today has turned out to be an absolutely fantastic day weather wise. Blue skies with only the occasional cloud means we have one of our best bluebird days so far this season.

The groomers are all in brilliant condition for carving so get out there and lay them down!

Looking on we are supposed to get snow most days this week with clear weather on Tuesday and Wednesday only.

Minty!   Read more ...

Grandeco Now!

Saturday 25th February 2017, 8:33am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 2cm
Snow depth: --
(* Apologies for the late appearance of this report)

Good morning from Grandeco and the weekend has started with snowfall.

Snow start falling again this morning and there's now 2cm of new snow. It is falling at this moment (8:0am) and we're expecting to have more during the day snow.

Courses are still a little icy with only that thin layer on top but according to the forecast, snow will fall on and off until tomorrow and so hopefully conditions will continue to improved along with low temperatures.

Fingers crossed.


Snow Park Information:

[Dekodaira E park]

[Deokoboko park]
6m straight wide box, 6m straight box, Wave, Volcano, 6m straight box, 8m straight rail, 6m arch box, 3m table top and 6m table top.


Lifts operating:

Lifts Operating:

- Gondola
- Number 1 quad lift
- Number 2 quad lift
- Number 3 quad lift
- Number 4 quad lift

Courses open:

All courses now open

Official snow depth:

Road Condition to Grandeco:
Inawashiro through Goshikinuma: icy in parts
Goshukinuma through Grandeco: icy in parts   Read more ...

Madarao Now!

Saturday 25th February 2017, 8:41am
Weather conditions: Overcast cloudy kind of feel
New snowfall: 1cm
Snow depth: --
Some light flakes falling earlier when I was outside but it's generally just a cloudy start to this Saturday morning here in Madarao.

It's nighta tonight, to be followed by by some fireworks.

Not a whole lot of snow lined up on the forecast for the coming days - perhaps some tomorrow - but early week we can possibly expect some clearer and sunny skies... then back to snow around Thursday.

Enjoy your weekend.


Operating status for the day at Madarao Kogen (at time of report):

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

Tree runs should be open, currently being checked

- Powder Wave I
- Powder Wave II
- River Line
- Powder Theater
- Adventure Aisle
- Crystal Bowl
- Ninja
- Sawa
- Rabbit
- Kamoshika
- Bear

- Nighta at Madarao Kogen is every Saturday until 25th March (and also on 19th March)

Official snow depth:

- 300cm   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Saturday 25th February 2017, 8:46am
Weather conditions: Cloudy (snow higher up)
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Hakuba.

Some cloud remained yesterday but it was generally a lovely sunny day with lots of blue sky too. Bit of a wind in the morning but it died off leaving us with a very fine day weather wise. The clouds that remained just added to the drama of the awesome scenery. Hakuba never fails to deliver in that respect on a clearer day. How can it with the backdrop we have!

OK back to today. There's just a dusting of snow on the ground this morning, but it is snowing on mountain (and lightly in some base areas too). Today is not one of those clearer days and most of the mountains can't be seen from the village this morning as they are covered in cloud. It looks like generally limited to poor visibility for the moment. Forecasts seem to be hinting at a possible clear up again though - and I remember that is what was forecast for today anyway.

I'll let you know how that goes tomorrow.

Have a fun Saturday wherever you may be.


Resort news as of 8:45am on Saturday 25th February 2017:

All information as available and subject to change during the day due to weather and snow conditions.

Hakuba 47:
Hakuba 47 is reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall.
The resort appears to be opening as planned this morning.
Official snow depth
Upper: 265cm
Base: 130cm

Hakuba Goryu:
Hakuba Goryu is reporting 0-1cm of fresh snowfall.
The resort appears to be opening as planned this morning.
Official snow depth
Alps: 330cm
Toomi: 180cm
Iimori: 120cm

Hakuba Happo-one:
Hakuba Happo-one is reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall (Riesen quad top).
The resort appears to be opening as planned this morning. (Top Riesen Grad course closed - lift today only for mountain climbers and backcountry?)
Official snow depth:
Usagidaira: 260cm
Kurobishi: 315cm
Lower: 150cm

Tsugaike Kogen:
The resort appears to be opening as planned this morning. (Uma-no-se closed).
Official snow depth:
Tsuga-no-mori: 380cm
Han-no-ki: 375cm
Maruyama: 170cm
Oya-no-hara: 150cm
Kane-no-naru-oka: 150cm

Hakuba Cortina:
Hakuba Cortina is reporting 1cm of fresh snowfall.
The resort appears to be opening as planned this morning.
Official snow depth:
Top: 360cm
Base: 240cm

Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field:
Official snow depth:
Top: 200cm
Base: 110cm

Hakuba Norikura Onsen:
Official snow depth:
Top: 250cm

Official snow depth:
Top: 215cm

Hakuba Sanosaka:
Official snow depth:
Top: 140cm


Planned nighta operations - be sure to check with resorts for latest:

Hakuba Goryu:
Planned to be open daily from 6pm until 9:30pm

Tsugaike Kogen:
Planned at the Katamatsu-Shirakaba area on March 4th, 11th, 18th, 19th (6pm until 9pm)

Hakuba Cortina:
Planned to be open daily from 5pm until 8pm (until 9pm on Saturdays)

Hakuba Happo-one:
Planned to be open daily until 9pm on the Nakiyama area.

Planned to be open daily.

There is no night skiing at the other resorts in the area.   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Saturday 25th February 2017, 8:49am
Weather conditions: Blue sky, some cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Lovely sunny morning here in Shiga Kogen; blue skies and some cloud. Nice.

There's no fresh snowfall to report but it should be a fine morning to be strapping on the skis or board.

Some forecasts call for a bit of fresh snow before tomorrow and perhaps in the day tomorrow, and after that sunny skies in the first part of the new week.

Not much more to say really! Hope you can come to enjoy it.


Official snow depths numbers reported by different areas of Shiga Kogen:

Please note that these numbers are the official numbers that ski resorts publish.
Also that they often don't update daily and don't reflect the amount of fresh snow falling!



Ichinose Family

Ichinose Diamond




Okushiga Kogen

Sun Valley

Takamagahara Mammoth




Planned nighta operations:

Sun Valley: Saturdays until 18th March (7pm-9pm)

Ichinose Family: Every day until 25th March (6:30pm-9pm)

Ichinose Diamond: Every Saturday until 25th March and 19th March (6:30pm-9pm)

Yakebitaiyama: Every Saturday until 4th March (6pm-8pm)

Kumanoyu: Every Saturday until 25th March and 19th March (6:30pm-9pm)   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Saturday 25th February 2017, 8:49am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 19cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Niseko and it is another good one.. we're on a bit of a mini-roll at the moment. I like it - let's keep it up!

So this morning I have measured 19cm of nice light snowfall here at base. It's good and cold too, so it should be a very agreeable morning out on the slopes.

Visibility looks limited and rather poor higher up and while it doesn't feel windy to me down here, top lifts at Hirafu, Village and Annupuri are all waiting out on the conditions for the moment.

From the looks of the forecast, I should be reporting more snow in my report tomorrow too. :)

Take care out there and have fun.


Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6am: -8℃, 20cm snowfall. Moiwa 800m: light breeze, -9℃, 20cm snowfall with large development of snowdrifts. Annupuri 1150m: -13℃, W15m/s, blizzard and poor visibility, 30cm snowfall. Hirafu 1250m: -13℃, W10m/s, good visibility. Kamui cape lighthouse: WW8m/s, 1010hPa, 1.4m waves.

Westerly wind is staying in higher altitude but is forecasted to calm down. 20cm of light crystal snow is blanketing the mountain. 800m elevation impact test showed that a weak layer (Feb 23rd ) is present at around 60cm depth, but the snowdrift are mostly stable. Stimulation to knolls and cornices, and/or traversing leeward slopes around 1000m are highly likely to trigger a slide. The general avalanche risk is lowering but is still considerable. Gates are scheduled to open. Listen to the ski patrol’s opinion before stepping out the gates.

Do not duck ropes and do not enter strictly off-limits areas. Some east-European group tried to go through closed Gate 6 and got scolded. They probably didn’t know about the Niseko Rules, but selfish interpretation or neglecting the Rules will be strictly prosecuted.

The snow is in really good shape.


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

Niseko Grand Hirafu
The top Ace Number 4 and King Number 4 lifts are on hold at the start of the day due to strong winds and poor visibility.

Niseko HANAZONO Resort
All three lifts operating at the start of the day.

Niseko Village
The top Wonderland Chair lift is on hold at the start of the day.

Niseko Annupuri
The top Jumbo 4 lifts is on hold at the start of the day.


Official resort snow depths as of Saturday 25th February 2017:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 350cm
Base - 140cm

Niseko Village
Top - 315cm
Base - 140cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 315cm
Base - 140cm


Night skiing is planned until Monday 20th March 2017 at the Niseko Annupuri, Niseko Grand Hirafu and Niseko Village resort areas. There is no nighta in the Hanazono area.   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Saturday 25th February 2017, 9:10am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 4cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Nozawa.

No fresh overnight but the resort was reporting 5-10cm during the day yesterday by 3pm and I measured 4cm - so that's what is shown in the report this morning.

It's a cloudy start to the day with light snow falling in places especially higher up on the mountain where there's still fairly limited visibility. Forecasts point to things clearing up though and I notice variable conditions in other nearby regions so anyone's guess as to what might happen!

If you like clear and sunny, early week looks like it should be good for you.

Anyway, hope you have a good last Saturday of February. Wow, it's nearly March. Crazy.


Saturday 25th February 2017

Fresh snow reported by resort since yesterday morning:
- Yamabiko: 10cm
- Uenotaira: 10cm
- Hikage: 9cm
- Nagasaka: 7cm
- Karasawa: 5cm

Official snow depths:
- Yamabiko: 365cm
- Uenotaira: 285cm
- Hikage: 190cm
- Nagasaka: 180cm
- Karasawa: 145cm

Lifts operations:
- All lifts operating

Courses not open today are:
- Grand Prix   Read more ...

Yuzawa Now!

Saturday 25th February 2017, 9:24am
Weather conditions: Cloudy, sunny, bit of light snow -- mixed up!
New snowfall: 1cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Yuzawa.

Sorry for the later report but actually glad in a way because the weather has changed quite a bit over the last hour or so.

It was snowing quite heavily for a short while about an hour ago, but it didn't last long and it is all of a sudden much clearer just outside of Yuzawa to the north with very (very) light snow lazily falling from the sky in some places. It doesn't seem to be able to decide on what to do this morning...

Actually yesterday was a bit like that. Cloudy at times, bright at times, light snow at times and a few short periods of heavier snow. Didn't really add up to much though and I think I can just about award a cm to the report this morning. (Resorts themselves don't appear to be reporting any fresh snow).

Cloud and light snow tomorrow?

After that, some clearer skies are forecast over the coming week and there's not much in terms of fresh snowfall potential. Fingers crossed it doesn't warm up by much.

Look out for some fireworks at GALA Yuzawa this evening... base area from 5:45pm - and the last of these events at that resort for the season.


Official snow depth information as of Saturday 25th February 2017

GALA Yuzawa
Upper part of $2,600,000 closed today due to avalanche danger. Otherwise open as planned.
Official snow depth: 370cm

Ishiuchi Maruyama
Official snow depth: 260cm

Official snow depth: 215cm

Joetsu Kokusai
Official snow depth: 280cm

Official snow depth:
Kagura - 380cm
Mitsumata - 330cm
Tashiro - 350cm

Kandatsu Kogen
Official snow depth: 290cm

Maiko Snow Resort
Official snow depth:
Upper - 310cm
Base - 160cm

Muikamachi Hakkaisan
Official snow depth: 370cm

Official snow depth: 290cm

NASPA Ski Garden
Official snow depth: 250cm

Yuzawa Kogen
Official snow depth:
Top - 310cm
Base - 220cm

Yuzawa Park
Official snow depth: 200cm

Yuzawa Nakazato
Official snow depth: 190cm


'Nighta' (floodlit night operations)

Below are details of the planned 'nighta' operations at ski and snowboards resorts around Yuzawa and Minamiuonuma this season.
This information is subject to change due to snow and weather conditions.
*** Please note that this section will not be updated every day.

Ishiuchi Maruyama
Daily until 19th March 2017.
Nighta is from 5pm until 8:50pm.
The Chuo Number 1, Chuo Number 2 and Kanko Number 3 Express lifts are open daily.
The Kanko Number 1 Express lift, Hatsukaishi Entrance lift and Hatsukaishi Number 2 pair lifts are also open on weekends and holidays.

Daily until 20th March 2017.
Nighta is from 5pm until 9pm on Saturdays and until 8pm on weekdays and Sundays.
The Main course, Grand course and West courses are open during nighta.

Joetsu Kokusai
Daily until 20th March 2017.
Nighta is from 5pm until 9pm.
The area in front of the main base hotel is open for nighta.

Kandatsu Kogen
'Hobo All Night' ('Almost All Night') is on Fridays, Saturdays and nights before holidays until 1st April 2017.
The nighta opening times on those days is from 6pm until 4am the following morning.

Maiko Snow Resort
Daily until 19th March 2017.
Nighta is from 4pm until 8pm.
The Maiko center quad lift on the Maiko Side of the resort operates for nighta.

Daily until 26th March 2017.
Nighta is from 4pm until 8:30pm.

NASPA Ski Garden
'Thanks' (extended) opening on Saturdays in January and February.
On those days the Number 1 lift is open until 6pm.

Yuzawa Nakazato
Every Saturday until 11th March 2017.
Nighta is from 5pm until 8:30pm.
The Number 2 pair lift operates during nighta.
   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Saturday 25th February 2017, 10:04am
Weather conditions: Cloud, light snow
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
It's cloudy at the moment at base but snow is falling at higher elevations.

We're expecting a mix of cloud and light snow through today and tomorrow with clearer conditions on the forecasts for the first part of the coming week and perhaps warming up a bit towards Wednesday, though hopefully by not too much.

Last weekend of February! Can you believe it. Why does winter seem to go so much faster than the rest of the year!?


All lifts apart from the following appear to be operating today:

Paradise Number 3 pair

All courses apart from Kotan should be open.


Official snow depths (as published by the resort itself):
Summit - 145cm
Paradise - 220cm
Chuo - 220cm
Utopia - 180cm
Uwanodai - 130cm
Yokokura - 145cm


Juhyo 'Ice Monsters' Light Up night time Zao Ropeway operations

Every day until 5th March 2017.
Operating from 5pm until 9pm; last ropeway up at 7:50pm.
Ropeway return charges are 2,600 yen for adults and 1,300 yen for children.
In the event of poor weather conditions, operations are sometimes cancelled.   Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Saturday 25th February 2017, 10:56am
Weather conditions: Really clearing up at the moment
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: --
Very light snow has continued since yesterday, but has resulted in only a few cm of new snow. Apparently there is more down low than high up in the mountains, with some icy conditions in places above the ski areas as the rain-soaked snow of a few days ago is freezing.

In fact, I got a call from one of our most expert local skiers, who we'll call E. Climbing high above the resorts, he said the new snow on the icy layer below wasn't so much a worry for instability as it was very difficult to climb up on skins. WE don't have a lot of snow forecasted, but if heavy stuff does fall on this now-icy layer, it could also mean some instability. Let's take E's advice, and enjoy some lower-angle slopes on the more mellow (and better snow-covered) slopes further down.


Akakura Kanko:
350cm, -6°

Akakura Onsen:
330cm, -5°

Ikenotaira Onsen:
290cm, -4°

Myoko Suginohara:
260cm, -10°

Seki Onsen:
500cm, -4°

Myoko Ski Park:
300cm, -2°

Kyukamura RunRun:
320cm, -3°

Tangram Ski Circus:
260cm, -5°

Madarao Kogen:
300cm, -3°

   Read more ...

Minakami Now!

Saturday 25th February 2017, 16:38pm
Weather conditions: Clear
New snowfall: 10cm
Snow depth: --
Bluebird here today and plenty of people getting at it for the last weekend of February.

High expectations for the backcountry at Tenjin today but the fresh, featureless powder was covering up icy debris and we are in need of a reset. Looks like some snow up top this evening and tomorrow night so hopefully its enough. Next significant dump not forecast till Thursday.

Hearing Hodaigi was in really good shape today and the weather should be good tomorrow too.


Fresh snowfall:

10cm Tenjin
0cm Hodaigi
0cm Okutone

Temps at 10am

Official snow depth:

420cm Tenjin
260cm Hodaigi
260cm Okutone


Resorts in Minakami (forecasts available from each page):

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


Please note that the fresh snowfall number being reported on this report is taken from the ‘base area’ of Tenjindaira - which is just by the top station of the Ropeway at that resort. Other snowfall numbers and commentary will be mentioned within each report when available.   Read more ...

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08th May, 8:47am
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07th May, 19:19pm
Myoko Now
06th May, 9:33am
Hakuba Now
06th May, 9:09
Nozawa Onsen Now
06th May, 8:46
Minakami Now
06th May, 8:16
Madarao Now
06th May, 8:13am
Zao Now
06th May, 7:59
Appi Kogen Now
06th May, 7:59am
Geto Kogen Now
06th May, 7:12
Grandeco Now
02nd Feb, 12:34am