Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 30th May 2020

Naeba Now!

Sunday 26th February 2017, 8:03am
Weather conditions: Overcast and snowing
New snowfall: 4cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Naeba everybody.

We have snow again! Not an awful lot of it but it is still snowing even now.

Temperatures are a little cooler today and thanks to this morning and yesterday's snow conditions should be fairly fresh on the piste. Definitely not a powder day but some good turns to be had still.

Looking on, the weather forecast is predicting snow every day except for Tuesday and Wednesday which are predicted to be clear. A little rain is predicted for Thursday, however, this is followed by snow so shouldn't be a big issue.

Magical!   Read more ...

Appi Kogen Now!

Sunday 26th February 2017, 8:20am
Weather conditions: Mostly blue skies with occasional cloud
New snowfall: 7cm
Snow depth: --

Appi Sunday,

It’s a beautiful morning here at Appi with some fairly light winds, clears skies for now and a temperature outside my door of -4. Things should stay this way all today if we’re lucky and the winds may even die down slightly to make the afternoon thoroughly enjoyable for those who are coming. To topic off we had around 7-10 cm of fresh snow last night to make those morning runs a little more pleasurable.

Monday and Tuesday should be bluebird days with mostly sunny skies coming and light winds. Temperatures steady around -5 or so.

The mountain overall is in great shape with the groomers doing a super job and if the temperatures remain low we can expect a decent rest of the season.

Get out of bed and get up here. Bring your camera and some sunscreen!


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 ...

Myoko Now!

Sunday 26th February 2017, 8:26am
Weather conditions: Increasing clouds
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
A quick one today; out to play in the light powder with crusty stuff below.

A tiny dusting of snow, sun shining - and now it's suddenly clouded up and very light snow has started to fall.

Hopefully more snow will fall to keep things nice and soft.


Akakura Kanko:
350cm, -3°

Akakura Onsen:
320cm, -4°

Ikenotaira Onsen:
280cm, -2°

Myoko Suginohara:
260cm, -7°

Seki Onsen:
500cm, -4° (no new report)

Myoko Ski Park:
290cm, 0°

Kyukamura RunRun:
300cm, -3°

Tangram Ski Circus:
250cm, -3°

Madarao Kogen:
290cm, -3°
   Read more ...

Madarao Now!

Sunday 26th February 2017, 8:32am
Weather conditions: Blue sky and cloud but due to cloud over and snow
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Madarao.

And after those fireworks and quite a lot of drink last night, I woke up to the sun shining through my window.

Lovely blue skies with a bit of cloud - though it is forecast to cloud over and possibly start snowing sometime soon this morning.

Perhaps I'll have some new cm to report tomorrow morning.

Look for clearer skies in the first half of the coming week and then hopefully they'll be followed up with more fresh snow.


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
- Snow Mobile Land

Tree runs should be open

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

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

Official snow depth:

- 300cm   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Sunday 26th February 2017, 8:32am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 18cm
Snow depth: --
Hello from Niseko.

The morning a similar amount of snow on the ground and another cold morning. Snow conditions should be really good out there but visibility remains generally limited and winds are causing top lifts to be on hold at the start of the day again.

Forgive me for being a bit quiet this morning as I have just heard the news in the Avalanche Report (below). While I don't know any more details myself, it is of course extremely sad to hear such things and thoughts are with his family.

Do take care out there everyone.


Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base: -8℃, 20cm snowfall. Moiwa800m: -11.5℃, W16.8m/s, 20cm snowfall with snow drifts development. Annupuri 1150m: -16℃, NNW18m/s, 30cm snowfall. Hirafu 1250m: -16℃, light breeze, 20cm snowfall. Kamui cape lighthouse: W12m/s, 1014hPa, 2.6m waves.

A westerly wind with snowfall is persisting as a cold front passed and barometric longitude shifted and delivered 20-30cm of fresh snow at the base overnight. The snow drifts have developed slowly around 800m elevation. Avalanche risk remains high around cornices and knoll terrains at Annupuri Osawa, Backbowl and Higashi-One. Potential trigger layer is Feb 23rd’s low-pressure snowfall. The stabilization of the newly formed snowdrifts is progressing, however hazard level remains high and caution is required at all times. Do not enter the south facing strictly off-limits areas. Traversing across cornice or steep slopes and/or many people dropping into the same slope at the same time is a very bad idea. Peak gates’ opening is yet to be decided. The snow in the tree runs is very good. We strongly demand everyone to play by the rules.

We would like to express our deepest condolences for Sam Armstrong who passed away in an avalanche in Haru No Taki area south-east slope yesterday and offer our heartfelt sympathy for his family and friends.


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 Number 4 lift is on hold at the start of the day.

Official resort snow depths as of Sunday 26th February 2017:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 370cm
Base - 160cm

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 ...

Hakuba Now!

Sunday 26th February 2017, 8:42am
Weather conditions: Cloud, blue sky, sun mix!
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Hakuba on this last Sunday of February.

Snow conditions may not have been top draw, but the weather was fantastic yesterday. A real stunner with a fair bit of cloud hanging around again - especially in the morning, less so in the afternoon - with lots of blue skies and sunshine too.

Resorts this morning are reporting dustings up to a few cm of snowfall at higher elevations.

This morning a bit more grey cloud added into the mix but it's a fairly similar kind of picture with a mix of blue skies, cloud and sunshine.

The forecast tells us to expect a bit of snow later on and then perhaps a few days more of sunnier skies. Decent snowfall should be back with us later in the week.


Resort news as of 8:40am on Sunday 26th 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, just a dusting.
The resort appears to be opening as planned this morning.
Official snow depth
Upper: 265cm
Base: 130cm

Hakuba Goryu:
Hakuba Goryu is reporting 0-2cm of fresh snowfall.
The resort appears to be opening as planned this morning.
Official snow depth
Alps: 325cm
Toomi: 170cm
Iimori: 120cm

Hakuba Happo-one:
Hakuba Happo-one is reporting 3cm of fresh snowfall (Riesen quad top).
The resort appears to be opening as planned this morning.
Official snow depth:
Usagidaira: 255cm
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: 370cm
Han-no-ki: 370cm
Maruyama: 170cm
Oya-no-hara: 150cm
Kane-no-naru-oka: 145cm

Hakuba Cortina:
Hakuba Cortina is reporting 2cm of fresh snowfall.
The resort appears to be opening as planned this morning.
Official snow depth:
Top: 350cm
Base: 230cm

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

Hakuba Norikura Onsen:
Official snow depth:
Top: 240cm

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 ...

Yuzawa Now!

Sunday 26th February 2017, 8:51am
Weather conditions: Snow clouds have moved in
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Yuzawa.

Yesterday was a fine day weather wise and hearing varying stories on snow conditions - from decent to 'crusty'. A fresh layer would be most welcome... but isn't it always!!

This morning is once again showing us some varied conditions in a short space of time. When I got up it was sunny and the skies were fairly clear. I thought it was going to be a fine and sunny day. But then just a while back snow started falling and the skies have almost completely clouded over. It has gone from being sunny blue skies to grey over the period of about one hour.

Kagura is reporting 1-3cm of fresh snow by the way.

Snow is actually on the forecast for the day today though it's not going to be too cold so I imagine a bit on the wet side of things.

We're then expecting a few days of generally fine and sunny skies and happily they should be followed up by what looks like more snowfall due later in the week.


Official snow depth information as of Sunday 26th 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: 210cm

Joetsu Kokusai
Official snow depth: 270cm

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

Kandatsu Kogen
Official snow depth: 290cm

Maiko Snow Resort
Official snow depth:
Upper - 295cm
Base - 150cm

Muikamachi Hakkaisan
Official snow depth: 370cm

Official snow depth: 290cm

NASPA Ski Garden
Official snow depth: 240cm

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

Yuzawa Park
Official snow depth: 190cm

Yuzawa Nakazato
Official snow depth: 180cm


'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 ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Sunday 26th February 2017, 9:01am
Weather conditions: Mix of blue sky and cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Nozawa.

The sun is out with lots of blue sky on view from here at base and more cloud as you go higher. Clouds are due and some snowfall likely as well, maybe even this morning. Though I wouldn't expect much.

This morning the resort is reporting 0-5cm of snow so if you want to hit that fresh, head high!

The region is expecting a period of clearer skies early in the coming week with the next snowfall due towards the end of the week.


Sunday 26th February 2017

Fresh snow reported by resort since yesterday morning:
- Yamabiko: 5cm
- Uenotaira: 5cm
- Hikage: 0cm
- Nagasaka: 1cm
- Karasawa: 0cm

Official snow depths:
- Yamabiko: 360cm
- Uenotaira: 275cm
- Hikage: 180cm
- Nagasaka: 175cm
- Karasawa: 135cm

Lifts operations:
- All lifts operating

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

Shiga Kogen Now!

Sunday 26th February 2017, 9:01am
Weather conditions: Partly cloudy, sunny, lots of blue sky
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Some curiously mixed weather conditions early this morning with some periods of clearer skies and then light snow falling.

For the moment, here in Maruike, it's mostly blue skies and sunshine. Though again, the forecast does predict cloudy skies and some snow falling too later and tonight.

Which will it be?

Don't know about you but with weather like this, I'm strapping on my board and getting out there.


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 ...

Grandeco Now!

Sunday 26th February 2017, 9:06am
Weather conditions: Cloudy, some blue sky
New snowfall: 8cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Grandeco.

Some blue skies this morning though lots of cloud too. 8cm of fresh snow has fallen last night and it is very light powder snow, good quality stuff so the courses are getting soft again rather than icy.

Many hikers are climbing up to Mt. Nishidaiten this morning with snowshoes. Don't forget to bring your maps, GPS, foods and extra warm clothing when you hike up. The mountain climbing report sheet is located in ski centre, so please apply before start climbing. The snow around the Mt. Nishidaiten peak will be very soft powder snow that your foot will considerably sink in, even you are wearing snowshoes.

Snow should start falling again around Tuesday, with sunshine forecast until then.

It is a good day for skiing and boarding.


Snow Park Information:

[Dekodaira E park]
9m kicker and 9m kicker.

[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: snow   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Sunday 26th February 2017, 9:22am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 3cm
Snow depth: --
This morning started off with light snow and cloudy conditions but we're expecting the snow to ease off leaving us with generally cloudy skies for the day.

A few cm of snow to report this morning at base so hopefully there'll be a bit more than that at higher elevations.

No snow on the forecast over the next few days and generally a tendency for clearer skies by the looks of the forecast, with the next snow due later in the upcoming week.

Just a few more days left in February and a week of the night time light-up Ropeway operations.


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 - 175cm
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 ...

Furano Now!

Sunday 26th February 2017, 9:23am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 19cm
Snow depth: --
There has been a solid dump of snow overnight with 19cm accumulation at the moment and still snowing. Despite the continued precipitation visibility is pretty reasonable. There are currently only light winds and temperatures are warm. The snow at village level reflects that warmth and is relatively heavy. For Monday through Wednesday, winds should be almost non existent, no fresh snow is on the forecast, but we should see some nice sunny days.   Read more ...

Minakami Now!

Sunday 26th February 2017, 18:06pm
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: --
Same weather conditions here in Minakami this morning but snow started sporadically through the day and as of late afternoon its falling moderately at the base of Tenjin so potentially looking good for tomorrow.


Fresh snowfall:

5cm Tenjin
0cm Hodaigi
0cm Okutone

Temps at 8am

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 ...

SnowJapan Daily 'Now' reports

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30th May, 10:10
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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