Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 1st April 2018

Minakami Now!

Monday 26th January 2015, 8:00am
Weather conditions: Clear
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 330cm
Slightly overcast day here in Minakami and forecast to warm significantly for the afternoon and then rain this evening.

Hopefully the upper half of Tenjindaira dodges that bullet but in the meantime we can look forward to Spring conditions in late January.

New snow expected tomorrow along with a return to proper cold Winter temperatures so fingers crossed!


New snowfall

Tenjindaira base: 0cm


Snow depth

Tenjindaira: 330cm
Hodaigi: 220cm   Read more ...

Yuzawa Now!

Monday 26th January 2015, 8:06am
Weather conditions: Overcast but clearing and sun likely
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 235cm
We ended up with another fine day yesterday - not quite as blue, with the skies ending up a more silvery bright later in the afternoon - but the sun out for most of the day.

Resorts around town all looked suitably busy.

This morning it's an overcast start but we are once again expecting the skies to clear up to some degree and welcome sunshine.

It didn't get that cold overnight - only just managing to dip into minus numbers - and the forecast tells us to expect a warm day today... the warmest of the year so far if the forecast of a high of around +8 degrees is correct.

Snow should be back tomorrnw night, with rain beforehand at lower elevations, and a return to colder temperatures come Wednesday.


Official snow depths:

GALA Yuzawa:
Ishiuchi Maruyama:
Joetsu Kokusai:
Kandatsu Kogen:
Maiko Snow Resort:
325cm (upper)
230cm (lower)
NASPA Ski Garden:
Yuzawa Kogen:
310cm (Kogen)
260cm (Nunoba)
Yuzawa Nakazato:


Nighta in the area

Nighta 'night skiing' - where some slopes are floodlit for skiing and snowboarding in the evening - is available at the following resorts in the area.

Ishiuchi Maruyama:
Every day until 21st March (until 8:50pm)
Every day until 22nd March (until 8pm on weekdays and Sundays, 9pm on Saturdays)
Joetsu Kokusai:
Every day until 22nd March (until 9pm)
Kandatsu Kogen:
From 23rd January, 'all night' on holidays (6pm or 10pm until 4am the next morning)
Maiko Snow Resort:
Every day until 14th March (until 8pm)
Every day until 29th March (until 9pm)
All night on 17th January; 14th February and 14th March (10pm until 6am)
NASPA Ski Garden (skiers only):
Saturdays until 29th February (until 7pm)
Yuzawa Nakazato:
Saturdays until 14th March (until 8:30pm)

Chateaux Shiozawa also have nighta but only on certain days - no fixed schedule available.
Resorts not mentioned above do not operate 'nighta' (or do not plan to have more this season).
Some resorts offer tickets that include nighta, others need a special lift ticket.


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

Monday 26th January 2015, 8:19am
Weather conditions: Mostly cloudy early on
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 270cm
After that weekend of sun and frolicks on the snow, it's back to a Monday morning and a relatively mild one too as we expected.

Quite a lot of cloud around and a temperature of +1 degree as of 7:30am; expecting clearer skies later in the day, maybe some sun, and slightly warmer temperatures still.... lets hope it doesn't warm up too much.

Should be seeing a return to the cold and more mid-wintery like conditions sometime tomorrow - snow! - though we might have to grin and bear some of that rain stuff first.

Looking good for later in the week as well though with some potentially decent snow lined up going into next weekend.


Lifts planned to be open:

Number 1 lift
Number 2 quad lift
Number 3A
Number 5
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.

Night skiing at Madarao is every Saturday until 21st March 2015.


Madarao Kogen 6 day weather and snow forecast
Madarao Kogen main resort data
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Niseko Now!

Monday 26th January 2015, 8:33am
Weather conditions: Cloudy, foggy up there
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 350cm
No fresh snowfall to report this morning I'm afraid... but not to fear as it's just ahead of us now and I'm hoping that we'll be seeing fresh tomorrow.

Generally cloudy skies this morning with fog on mountain. A light wind at the moment - stronger winds are forecast for later in the day.

Relatively mild conditions at the moment and unfortunately there's a chance that we will get rained on before we can get back to snowfall tomorrow. Stay higher up on the mountain and you might avoid that. ;)

Once the snow gets going again though and temperatures set to take a drop later Tuesday, we should have a return to something like the cold conditions we expect and a few days of snowy conditions.

Going into the weekend is looking quite promising for snow as well.

Oh yes, just on the chance that there might be one or two Australians in Niseko at the moment... a very happy Australian Day to you fine folk!


Please see my report yesterday for an explanation about the official 'snow depth' number on the reports.


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

Niseko Grand Hirafu:
Looks set to open as planned this morning.
'Early Morning' lift available daily until 1st February (for 500 yen, Ace Quad Number 2 lift from 8am until 8:20am).

Niseko Hanazono:
Looks set to open as planned this morning.

Niseko Village:
Looks set to open as planned this morning.
'Early Morning Gondola' available Saturdays and Sundays until February 8th (for 1300 yen, Gondola open from 7:30am until 8:30am).

Niseko Annupuri:
Looks set to open as planned this morning.


Niseko Avalanche Report

Niseko base 6am: -3C, light wind, no snowfall. Moiwa 800m: light wind, no snowfall, foggy. Annupuri 1150m: SW10m/s, -7C, no snowfall and no development of snowdrifts. Hirafu peak ridge: SW10m/s, -8C, thick fog with light dusts and snowdrifts. Coastal data: Benkei cape SSE5m/s, Kamui cape SSW9m/s, 1023hPa, 0.6m waves.

A thick fog is present above 1000m due to air-mass displacement. Peak gates are scheduled to open, please follow the ski patrol’s instructions. The snowpack is stable at the moment and the general avalanche risk is low, however a notable Jan 26th layer will form due to this warm air inflow and the weather is forecasted to deteriorate from this afternoon. Better end the day early today. The area outside the gate is not within the resort, it is uncontrolled and unmanaged backcountry area. Various hazards reside in the mountains and caution is required at all times. Better not carelessly follow other people to the peak, you may find yourself astray if you don’t know the way down. More than 2000 people stepped out of the gates again yesterday. No serious accidents have been reported, but the situation is worrying. Please do not cross boundary ropes and stay away from strictly off-limits areas. Have a nice day.


Official resort snow depths:

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 350cm
Base - 140cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 270cm
Base - 180cm

Niseko Annupuri:
Top - 255cm
Base - 180cm


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

Niseko Hanazono Resort
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 ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Monday 26th January 2015, 8:41am
Weather conditions: Mostly cloudy, expecting some sun
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 245cm
Hello from Nozawa as we start another week. Those weekends come and go pretty quick. Another busy weekend in Nozawa and lots of people were enjoying the sun and fine weather conditions.

I'd like to see huge amounts of fresh snow now though, so when's that coming?

Well today the forecast is for mild temperatures (up to over +5 in the village?), cloud and sun. Generally cloudy now but the sun has been showing up as well and it will probably clear up more.

Snow is due tonight/tomorrow, with some forecasts also giving mention to that pesky rain word here at base at least - straight into the snow on upper parts of the mountain.

Let's see. I will of course be here tomorrow with my update.


Fresh snow to report this morning since yesterday afternoon:

Yamabiko - 0cm
Uenotaira - 0cm
Hikage - 0cm
Nagasaka - 0cm
Karasawa - 0cm

Official snow depths:

Yamabiko - 385cm
Uenotaira - 330cm
Hikage - 235cm
Nagasaka - 230cm
Karasawa - 195cm


Courses open:

All courses are open except:

Grand Prix course
Jumping Course
Challenge 39
Kandahar West


Lifts open (subject to weather conditions):

All lifts operating except:

Hikage Number 2 Pair B line


Night skiing at Nozawa until 8pm on the following dates:

Every Saturday until 28th March


Nozawa Onsen 6 day weather and snow forecast
Nozawa Onsen main resort data

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Hakuba Now!

Monday 26th January 2015, 8:54am
Weather conditions: Mostly cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 165cm
It was a mix of cloud and sun through the day yesterday in the region with hardly any wind at all and relatively mild conditions. Most of the places I saw yesterday seemed busy with people out there enjoying themselves.

Temperatures dropped overnight but we are set for another day of mild, almost warm, conditions today with them whizzing back up again and due to be helped on with the sun if it decides to have a starring role today. Lots of cloud early on.

I'd expect the snow conditions on the lower slopes today to get a bit wet and heavy.

Forecasts disagree on what we're on for over the next 24 hours or so - will it rain before fresh snow falls tomorrow?

I'll have at least an update on that for you in my report tomorrow morning.


Official snow depth numbers and operations at time of writing on Monday 26th January 2015. Subject to change during the day:

Hakuba Goryu:
Reporting 0cm of new snowfall.
All courses open (except Adventure Course).

- Alps Daira - 290cm
- Toomi - 165cm
- Iimori - 165cm


Hakuba 47:
Reporting 0cm of new snowfall.
Tree Riding Zone is open.

- Upper - 290cm
- Lower - 180cm


Reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall.
Happo Banks The Snow Park opening event planned for 31st January.

- Usagidaira - 285cm
- Nakiyama - 160cm
- Sakka - 180cm


Hakuba Cortina:
Reporting 0cm of new snowfall.
All courses open.

- Upper - 390cm
- Lower - 265cm


Tsugaike Kogen:
Uma-no-se course and Forest course closed first thing this morning.
Please note that the top Tsugaike Ropeway only opens for spring season.

- Tsuga-no-mori - 340cm
- Maruyama - 190cm
- Kane-no-naru-oka - 210cm


Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field:
Reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall.

- Upper - 265cm
- Lower - 160cm


Hakuba Norikura Onsen:
Reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall.
All courses planned to be open.

- 280cm


All areas now open.

- 200cm


Night skiing at resorts in the Hakuba area:

Hakuba Goryu:
Toomi area every day until 31st March. 6pm until 9:30pm.
Hakuba Happo-one:
Nakiyama area every day until mid March. 5pm until 9pm.
Hakuba Cortina:
Every day until 31st March. 5pm until 8pm.
Tsugaike Kogen:
Kane-no-naru-oka on Saturdays in January; February 7th, 14th. 6pm until 8:50pm.
Karamatsu-Shirakaba on Saturdays in January; February 7th, 14th, 28th; Saturdays in March. 6pm until 9pm.
Every day until 15th March. 4:30pm until 9:30pm.   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Monday 26th January 2015, 9:14am
Weather conditions: Mostly cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 200cm
There's not a whole lot to report this Monday morning.

Cloudy, no wind and a mild +1C as of 9am and it doesn't look like it's cold on the mountain either.

Hoping we can avoid some spots of rain before the snow that is due to be with us by the end of tomorrow. Temps should drop back down sometime tomorrow as well.


It's the Zao Juhyo Festival coming up on Saturday 31st January. 7:15pm until 8:30pm at the stage area by the Base Center at Uwanodai - be there for some traditional snow and fire themed festival fun. Below I have posted a rather scary looking photo from the festival last year!


Official snow depths (Monday 26th January 15):

Utopia: 200cm
Chuo: 200cm
Paradise: 200cm
Uwanodai: 135cm

Zao Onsen is fully open (though note that the Karamatsu pair lift is closed on weekdays).


Night skiing operations at Zao this season

Uwanodai area:
Daily until 22nd March

Yokokura area:
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from until 15th March

Open times from 5pm until 9pm.


Juhyo 'Ice Monsters' Light Up night time ropeway operations

Every evening now until 28th February

Operating from 5pm until 9pm; last ropeway up at 7:50pm.
In the event of poor weather conditions, operations are sometimes cancelled.
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Shiga Kogen Now!

Monday 26th January 2015, 9:14am
Weather conditions: Partly cloudy, clearing up, sun
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 185cm
Fine weather for the weekend crowds on Saturday and Sunday.

What will the new week bring.

This morning started off overcast but we're seeing more blue sky and sunshine again now.... another fine day? Going to be mild too, hopefully not too much.

From tomorrow temperatures should dip again and snow clouds should be back over Shiga Kogen. Though it doesn't look like we can expect any major snowfall.

Looking ahead, end of the week there might be some good snow brewing!


Resort areas status with official snow depths:

Okushiga Kogen:
Open (note: skiers only resort area)


Ichinose Family

Ichinose Yamanokami:

Ichinose Diamond:

Takamagahara Mammoth:




Most open

Happo Bundaraia:

Sun Valley:



Open (note: skiers only resort area)

Yokoteyama & Shibutoge:
Open except for Jumbo Course.


Planned night floodlit skiing at Shiga Kogen resort areas:

Sun Valley:
Every Saturday until March 21st

Ichinose Family:
Every day until March 29th

Ichinose Diamond:
Every Saturday until March 28th

Every Saturday until February 21st

Every Saturday until March 28th
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Furano Now!

Monday 26th January 2015, 9:16am
Weather conditions: Cloud cover/overcast
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 180cm
Light snow is refreshing the pistes at elevation at the moment. The weather is cloudy with some cloud rolling down from the tops onto the resort, but visibility is still good. Temperatures are chilly this morning but will warm up a little during the day but are expected to remain in the negatives. Winds will increase from tonight through until tomorrow midday and warmish temperatures are expected during this time.    Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Monday 26th January 2015, 10:18am
Weather conditions: Sunnier earlier, now increasingly cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 347cm
I'm happy to say that it is not raining in Myoko today; not so happy about the temperature, which was 1°C at 8 am at the base.

It is sunny, which is nicer than rain as well, although we can clearly see the snow going down since yesterday (nice for clearing out the driveway of the heavy accumulations, not so nice on the hill).

The winds have moved steadily toward the south, and some dark clouds are moving in from that direction (the blue skies to the north kind of tricked us). And that barometer keeps on falling—get ready for something to fall, and with these temperatures, it might not be white.

Don't believe the resorts' temperature reports today! It's warmer than most are saying (OK, I know some do get up early for these—but think positive at the base of most resorts).


Akakura Kanko:
350cm, -1°

Akakura Onsen:
266cm, 0°

Ikenotaira Onsen:
290cm, 0°

Myoko Suginohara:
250cm, -5° (top)

Seki Onsen:
450cm, -2°

Myoko Ski Park:
300cm, 1°

Kyukamura RunRun:
400cm, 0°

Tangram Ski Circus:
230cm, -2°

Madarao Kogen:
270m, 1°


Planned night skiing in the Myoko area:

Akakura Onsen (Kumado): until 10pm every day until 22 March
Tangram Ski Circus: until 8pm on Saturdays until 28 March
Madarao Kogen: until 9pm on Saturdays until 21 March
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