Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 30th May 2020

Yuzawa Now!

Wednesday 26th March 2014, 7:33am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 190cm
Warmest day of the year yesterday with temperatures going just above 15 degrees in Yuzawa town in the afternoon. Joetsu City in Niigata Prefecture saw temperatures rise to over 20 degrees!

Lots of sunshine, lots of melting going on. The slopes around town seemed very quiet so there's no crowds to hinder the enjoyment of these spring conditions.

Today isn't going to be as hot (I suppose I can use that word), with a high of around 12C forecast. We have a cloudy morning early on with rain forecast from the early afternoon and that might continue overnight.

It should be back to clearer skies sometime tomorrow with those temperatures set to rise further still.


Here's the latest on when Yuzawa skijo intend to be open until:

Until 31st March:
Yuzawa Kogen
Ludens Yuzawa

Until 1st April:
Yuzawa Park

Until 6th April:
Yuzawa Nakazato
Nakazato Snow Wood
NASPA Ski Garden

Until 6th May:
Naeba (weekends only from 7th April)
GALA Yuzawa
Kagura (Tashiro)

Until 25th May:
Kagura (Mitsumata)


Here's the latest on when Minamiuonuma skijo intend to be open until:

until 30th March:
Ishiuchi Hanaoka
Mt Granview (weekends only)
Muikamachi Ski Resort

Until 31st March:
Chateaux Shiozawa

Until 6th April:
Ishiuchi Maruyama
Maiko Snow Resort - but open again on 12th/13th April
Joetsu Kokusai

(Muikamachi Hakkaisan closed on 23rd March)


Official resort snow depths @ Tuesday 25th March 2014, AM:
Updated tomorrow
Kagura (Tashiro):
Kagura (Mitsumata):
NASPA Ski Garden:
Gala Yuzawa:
Yuzawa Kogen:
Yuzawa Nakazato:
Yuzawa Park:
Maiko Snow Resort:
Ishiuchi Maruyama:
Joetsu Kokusai:

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Niseko Now!

Wednesday 26th March 2014, 8:00am
Weather conditions: Clear, hazy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 170cm
Good morning from Hirafu.

The sun is out once again this morning and it is already rather warm here in the village area and it will again warm up quickly with a high somewhere around 8 degrees or above expected at base. It's hazy looking over towards Mt Yotei, but clearer blue skies looking up towards the slopes.

Not much wind here but hearing of stronger winds at higher elevations, though each resort area plans to get the lifts moving at normal times.

It's forecast to remain warm over the next few days, but actually seems likely to cool down a bit from around Sunday into early week.

The last few days have been very quiet.


Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6am: +1C, no snowfall, bluebird. Moiwa 800m: no data. Annupuri snowpack 350cm. Hirafu 1000m: -1C. Peak 1308m: NW13.6m/s, -0.1C. Coastal data: cape Benkei SSE2m/s, cape Kamui SSW12m/s, 1.1m waves, 1010hPa.

Clear sky with no snow clouds. A 15m/s northwesterly wind is blowing up high, but is forecasted to calm down in the morning. The temperature will rise and spring climax avalanches hazard will rise accordingly in south facing slopes under 800m, as well as 1100m leeward slopes with heavy snow load. Dangerous areas are the Backbowl, Osawa and Higashi-One. These spring slides occur in slopes with heavy snowdrifts loaded through the winter. They occur when the slope’s snow tension is released and can run for 2000m with 500m vertical drop. Keep a reasonable distance from the valley bottom when taking a break, and riding the bottom should not be taken too easily. The snow is hard in the morning but will soon soften. Peak gates will open from the morning. Enjoy the spring mountain.


Official snow depth numbers and lift news at time of writing:

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 370cm
Base - 170cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 370cm
Base - 170cm

Top - 370cm
Base - 180cm
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Furano Now!

Wednesday 26th March 2014, 8:20am
Weather conditions: Sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 180cm
It is a nice sunny start to the day. Visibility is perfect and there are great views across the town to the live volcano of Tokachidake.

Snow conditions are spring conditions and there is great skiing all over the Furano Zone.

Tip of the day would be to head for Panorama and Technical courses as the higher the slope the better the snow.


Operating lifts:

Furano Ropeway 9:00am-4:00pm
Furano Downhill Swift Lift #1 CLOSED
Downhill Romance #2 chair 9:00am-4:00pm
Downhill Romance #3 chair 9:00am-4:00pm
Prince Romance 9:00am- 4:00pm

Kitanomine Zone is now closed for the season including the Link Lift and Link Course.   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Wednesday 26th March 2014, 8:32am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 150cm
After that sunny and very warm day esterday, this morning it's cloudy and grey.

It was mild overnight and already 5 degrees now; temps should approach double digits later (so not quite as warm as yesterday).. and we have rain forecast for the afternoon. So the pick of the day would definitely be early on before that rain starts.

Once the rain clouds clear sometime tomorrow, the sun should be back and we're expecting some serious warmth still for the end of the week.

Rain due around Sunday again with some forecasts saying there's a chance of a delivery of snow on the upper slopes; that would be great, please.


Wednesday 26th March 2014:

Official snow depths:
Yamabiko - 345cm
Uenotaira - 270cm
Hikage - 150cm
Nagasaka - 145cm
Karasawa - 100cm

Weekday operations - all lifts operating except:
Yunomine pair
Mizunashi triple
Challenge pair
Utopia pair
Hikage Number 2 pair B

All courses open except:
Grand Prix
Kandahar West
Kandahar East   Read more ...

Minakami Now!

Wednesday 26th March 2014, 9:32am
Weather conditions: Overcast
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 430cm
Currently cloudy but rain forecast for the afternoon today with midday temps staying above 10 deg C. More sun back tomorrow for the following 3 days.

There is still plenty of snow in Minakami so all resorts will have no problem operating until scheduled closing dates.


430cm @ Tenjin
30m @ valley   Read more ...

Madarao Now!

Wednesday 26th March 2014, 10:00am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 210cm
It is cloudy today and still mild, though it doesn't feel as warm as yesterday. Rain forecast for this afternoon and perhaps into tomorrow as well.

Friday should be clear, sunny and warm and as the forecast stands now Saturday looks set to be mostly fine with a good chance of rain again on Sunday.


I have to be away for a few days, so the next report on Saturday as we approach the end of the season.


Operating lifts (planned):

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


All tree run courses should be open.

Nighta has finished for the season.
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Hakuba Now!

Wednesday 26th March 2014, 10:06am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 110cm
After lots of sun and lots of warmth yesterday, it's cloudy this morning. Not as warm and it doesn't feel as warm with the sun hiding behind the clouds but temps are forecast to rise to about +10 degrees later on.

We're told to expect some rain as well this afternoon and tonight.

The sun should return tomorrow once the clouds clear and we'll return to that stead (or is that rather sudden?!) increase in temperatures.


Official snow depth numbers and operations (as of 26th March 2014):

Hakuba Goryu:
Reporting 0cm of new snowfall.
Plans to be open until early May.
Upper - 240cm
Toomi - 110cm
Iimori - 80cm

Hakuba 47:
Reporting 0cm of new snowfall.
Plans to be open until early May.
Upper - 200cm
Lower - 45cm

Plans to be open until early May.
Usagidaira - 205cm
Nakiyama - 45cm
Sakka - 40cm

Tsugaike Kogen:
Plans to be open until early May.
Tsuganomori - 299cm
Maruyama - 100cm
Kanenonaruoka - 140cm

Hakuba Cortina:
Reporting 0cm of new snowfall.
Plans to be open until 6th April.
Upper - 300cm
Lower - 180cm

Hakuba Sanosaka and Hakuba Norikura plan to be open until 31st March.


Hakuba Iwatake and Hakuba Minekata are already closed.
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Shiga Kogen Now!

Wednesday 26th March 2014, 10:10am
Weather conditions: Cloudy conditions
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 160cm
Sunny yesterday but cloudy this morning.

It got very warm during the day yesterday and while it is quite mild today still, not as high as yesterday. Still, snow will be melting.

So for the moment cloudy, but we might not be able to avoid the rain that is forecast - though hoping that we might even get so see a bit of fresh snow in some places overnight if we are lucky. Going to be girigiri at base, that.

Tomorrow conditions should clear up and then Friday and Saturday very warm spring weather is due back.

I'll post a report on Friday with an update.


Until 31st March

Until 31st March

Until 31st March

Until 31st March

Sun Valley:
Number 2 lift - closed
Number 3 lift - until 31st March
Number 1 lift - until 6th April

Number 8 quad lift - until 3rd April and then 5th, 6th, 12th, 13th April; 26th April until 6th May

Until 6th April

Happo Bunadaira:
Bunadaira quad - until 31st March
Happo quad - until 6th April

Ichinose Diamond:
Diamond triple lift - until 4th April
Diamond quad lift - until 6th April; then on weekends and 26th April until 6th May.
Connecting - until 31st March

Ichinose Family:
Ichinose Number 2 Pair A - until 31st March
Ichinose Number 3 quad - until 31st March
Ichinose Number 2 Pair B - until 6th May
Ichinose quad - until 6th May

Ichinose Yamanokami:
Until 6th April and then weekends and 26th April until 6th May

Quad lift - until 31st March and then weekends and 26th April until 6th May
Pair lift - until 31st March and then weekends and 26th April until 6th May

Number 3 pair lift - until 31st March
Quad lift - until 6th April and then weekends and 26th April until 6th May
Triple lift - until 6th April and then weekdays until 25th April; and then 3rd-6th May

Until 31st March

Okushiga Kogen:
Number 6 pair lift - until 30th March
Number 1 pair lift - until 6th April
Number 4 pair lift - until 6th April and then 12th, 13th, 19th, 20th April and 26th April until 6th May
Number 2 and 3 pair lifts - until 6th May
Gondola - until 6th May

Yakebitaiyama, Yokoteyama and Kumanoyu are yet to announce details.
Yokoteyama is usually able to remain open until late May.   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Wednesday 26th March 2014, 10:45am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 260cm
It's cloudy over Zao this morning and there's a moderate wind blowing things about.

Even early on when I got up it was already +3 degrees. There's a fair chance of rain falling today (possibly even some snow higher up overnight?)


I will continue updating the Zao Now report page until the last ski lift of the season stops at the end of Golden Week.

Please note however that in the last part of the season the updates may not be posted every day.


Operating ski lifts at Zao (* subject to change):

Until 6th April:
Onsen Number 1 Pair
Onsen Number 1 Quad
Nakamoro Number 1 Triple
Mikaeri Pair

Sometime in April:
Yokokura Number 1 Pair
Kurohime Number 1 Quad

Until 6th May:
Ropeways and Gondolas (open through the year)
Chuo Number 1 Pair AB
Chuo Number 2 Pair AB (every day until 14th April, then holidays)
Katakai Triple (every day until 14th April, then holidays)
Paradise Pair AB
Utopia Number 2 Pair


Official snow depths (26th March 14):
Utopia: 290cm
Chuo: 260cm
Paradise: 280cm
Uwanodai: 170cm   Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Wednesday 26th March 2014, 12:36pm
Weather conditions: Overcast
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 270cm
No snow report from the town, so I almost forgot to give my Myoko Now. Which I should, as it is not raining. Yet. Looks likely, but it's still dry, and warm enough that things should be pretty pleasant.

Precipitation does look likely tomorrow... and it won't be snow.


Official info:

Akakura Kanko:
Spring operations: Currently all lifts except Champion No. 1 are operating. From this weekend the Myoko Kogen Sky Cable gondola and hotel No. 3 lift will stay open until May 6, or whenever the snow runs out. Spring rates from March 24 are adults ¥2,500, junior high students and seniors ¥2,000, kids ¥1,500.

Akakura Onsen:
Open until Sunday 30th March; no night skiing.

Planning to stay open until Sunday 6th April.

Myoko Suginohara:
Back in the game until the 30th; gondola and No. 2 lifts operating.

Seki Onsen:
Says it hopes to stay open until mid-May—at least for Golden Week, snow allowing.

Myoko Ski Park:
Open until Sunday 6th April.

Myoko Kyukamura Runrun
Closing Monday, March 31.


Tangram Ski Circus
Running the No. 3 lift only from March 31 until April 6.   Read more ...

SnowJapan Daily 'Now' reports

Shiga Kogen Now
30th May, 10:10
Geto Kogen Now
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