Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 1st April 2018

Yuzawa Now!

Friday 27th February 2015, 8:00am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 240cm
It's getting difficult to know what to write in the reports at the moment... I was hoping that it would be colder and snowing by the time I get to write this, but not yet. We are still expecting 'heavy snow' today along with some stronger winds, but for the moment it's keeping on the mild side. It's cloudy with light spots of rain for now. Kagura reporting a dusting of snow so hopefully higher up it will be snowing.

The upcoming snowfall is expected to ease tomorrow morning.

Going to leave it at that for today in the hope that once I post this the snow clouds will come rolling in!


Official snow depths:

GALA Yuzawa:
Ishiuchi Maruyama:
Joetsu Kokusai:
Kandatsu Kogen:
Maiko Snow Resort:
330cm (upper)
240cm (lower)
NASPA Ski Garden:
Yuzawa Kogen:
320cm (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 'all night' on Fridays and Saturdays (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 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   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Friday 27th February 2015, 8:14am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 240cm
Morning from Nozawa but sorry no snow to report as yet... not here at base anyway though the resort does say light snow falling on upper slopes and a temperature of -5C up there.

Come on snow, get falling!

It's forecast for today, on and off, obviously we'd like on more than off please.


Fresh snow to report since yesterday (reported by resort):

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

Official snow depths:

Yamabiko - 400cm
Uenotaira - 355cm
Hikage - 240cm
Nagasaka - 240cm
Karasawa - 190cm


Courses open:

All courses are open except:

Jumping Course
Grand Prix
Challenge 39
Kandahar Course East
Kandahar Course West


Lifts open (subject to change):

All lifts operating except:

Yunomine pair
Mizunashi triple
Challenge pair
Utopia pair
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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Niseko Now!

Friday 27th February 2015, 8:45am
Weather conditions: Cloud, limited visibility higher
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: 415cm
Hello and good morning from Hirafu. Just another small amount of fresh snow this morning, around 5cm outside my place. It feels a bit warmer too and the snow quality is reflected by that - bit wet.

Looking at the report below there's a fairly decent amount to be found higher up so head up there for the goods.

Stronger winds likely later in the day and temperatures drop. It looks like even at 8:45am as I am about to post this, the top lifts at Annupuri, Village and Grand Hirafu are stopped because of the wind.

Anyway, hopefully I will have more snow to report tomorrow morning for you.


If you take a look down this page at that pretty little table of statistics, you'll see that this season so far we are on 992cm of observed snowfall, compared with 1037cm last season at the end of February. The numbers aren't all in yet of course but early in the month I'll take a more in depth look at those.


Resort specific news as of 8:45am - subject to change during the day

Niseko Grand Hirafu:
Top King Number 4 and Ace Number 4 lifts on hold.

Niseko Hanazono:
Looks set to be open as planned.

Niseko Village:
Top Wonderland lift on hold.

Niseko Annupuri:
Top Jumbo Number 4 lift on hold.


Niseko Avalanche Report

Niseko base 6am: +1C, 20cm of wet snow in last 12 hrs. Moiwa 800m: SW10m/s, 30-40cm of new snow and snowdrift development, -4C. Annupuri 1150m: SW15m/s, 20cm new snowfall, snowdrift development, -7C. Hirafu 1000m: SW15m/s, blizzard conditions, snowdrift development -6C. Annupuri peak 1150m: wind SW speed not avail, -6.0℃. Cape Benkei: SW3m/s, Cape Kamui: SSW12m/s, pressure 997hPa, wave 0.7m.

Low pressure system has brought warm air into the region with heavy falls of wet snow. From observation, snowdrifts above 1000m are unstable, Osawa, Kozan no sawa, Mikaeri Bowl, below Higashi one(east ridge), will easily fracture at Feb 26th layer, 40-50cm depth. These slabs are heavy and dangerous. All peak gates will closed this morning. Please respect and follow the patrol`s decisions. Cracks are hidden by new snow and cant be seen from above, take care not to fall in head first. Snow in the forest is heavy and hard to push through.

The local business group that was reported recently causing trouble on Niseko and nearby mountains has approached the local council to try and justify their behavior. These people do not even try to understand why there are Niseko Rules, and how they came to be put in place. They show there nativity by thinking they can complain to local government and every thing will be OK. The reason this trouble has started is because this business has the wrong view about what freedom means, overestimates their own experience and knowledge, and do not take any cultural differences into account. The Avalanche Institute is an independent organization who together with the ski area management and local government try to minimize accidents. If someone interferes with our ability to do this, we will react strongly.


Official resort snow depths:

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 415cm
Base - 150cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 300cm
Base - 180cm

Niseko Annupuri:
Top - 370cm
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

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Hakuba Now!

Friday 27th February 2015, 9:19am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 3cm
Snow depth: 175cm
Good to see snow back this morning. Just a bit down below here in the village and base areas but some places reporting 15cm higher up. And it looks like it's snowing nicely up there now as well, so let's hope it continues.

Bit of a wind but it doesn't seem to be affecting lifts.

Limited visibility generally though on the mountain this morning - a small price to pay for fresh. Just know where you're going.

Some decent (snow) potential late weekend into Monday too, so hopefully February will go out and March come in on a good note.


Official snow depth numbers and operations at time of writing on Friday 27th February 2015. Subject to change during the day:

Hakuba Goryu:
Reporting 15cm of new snowfall at Alps Daira; 2-5cm on lower areas.
All courses planned to be open (except Adventure Course).

- Alps Daira - 335cm
- Toomi - 175cm
- Iimori - 175cm


Hakuba 47:
Reporting 1-2cm of new snowfall at base and 10-15cm higher up.
Park re-opens today with new stuff apparently. Let's renewal!
Tree Riding Zone is open.

- Upper - 335cm
- Lower - 170cm


Reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall.
Happo Banks The Snow Park is now open.

- Usagidaira - 300cm
- Nakiyama - 165cm
- Sakka - 170cm


Hakuba Cortina:
Reporting 3cm of fresh snowfall.
All courses open except Itadaira Ridge, Itadaira Forest and Giant.

- Upper - 410cm
- Lower - 255cm


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

- Tsuga-no-mori - 360cm
- Maruyama - 190cm
- Kane-no-naru-oka - 215cm


Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field:
Reporting 5cm of fresh snowfall.

- Upper - 250cm
- Lower - 155cm


Hakuba Norikura Onsen:
Reporting 2cm of fresh snowfall!
All areas now open.

- 250cm


All areas now open.

- 190cm


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 ...

Madarao Now!

Friday 27th February 2015, 9:37am
Weather conditions: Cloud, some blue sky
New snowfall: 1cm
Snow depth: 260cm
Lots of cloud around this morning with just 1cm of snow to report. And blue skies opening up now too. Will it clear up proper today or be a day of mixed conditions and that snow that was/is forecast.

I'd prefer some heavy snow myself!

It's not making my report writing any easier, I can tell you! Here's to some decent snow before we hit the 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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Furano Now!

Friday 27th February 2015, 9:44am
Weather conditions: Cloud cover/overcast
New snowfall: 10cm
Snow depth: 185cm
The snow front has arrived and has dumped 10cm at village level and significantly more at higher elevations. The day ahead will be fantastic with plenty of powder to lay down some tracks in. Cloudy skies are complimented by moderately falling snow which will continue through the day. It will continue to snow tomorrow but falls will be lighter and the sun may even break through the clouds. Winds are light to moderate at the moment, but will increase this evening.   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Friday 27th February 2015, 9:44am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: 250cm
Ah yes, it feels like February again!

Got some fresh snow this morning, about 5cm or so, and it's good and fairly cold. Perhaps not the lightest driest snow ever, but heavier snow forecast for later on this afternoon too - onegai shimasu! - along with strong winds. Colder conditions as well hopefully. It's all not expected to last much into tomorrow though according to the forecasts.

I believe it was raining lower down yesterday afternoon, but up here in Shiga Kogen we got some light snow slowly falling.

Looking like there's some potential in the coming week as well. Perhaps March will start off well...


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:


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 March 28th
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Zao Now!

Friday 27th February 2015, 9:47am
Weather conditions: Cloud, fog, poor visibility
New snowfall: 2cm
Snow depth: 210cm
Feels like winter again this morning.

Just a few cm of snow so far but it is snowing now and snowing quite heavily as well.

Strong winds too. A few lifts affected it seems including the top section of the Zao Ropeway and Kurohime Number 1.

It's not forecast to last too long though, easing off tomorrow probably to be followed by warmer conditions again around Sunday... rain? Yuck, please no.

Anyway if we can get a decent amount to fall today, tomorrow might be pretty decent.


Official snow depths (Friday 27th February 15):

Utopia: 200cm
Chuo: 210cm
Paradise: 220cm
Uwanodai: 145cm

Zao Onsen is fully open (* 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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Naeba Now!

Friday 27th February 2015, 10:00am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 3cm
Snow depth: 280cm
Good morning all.

This morning we had a light dusting of snow form last night. It is not snowing just right now but forecast to start snowing again anytime. We do have strong winds today, which are preventing some lifts from opening, with temperatures around -3 degrees currently. It might get nasty out there today.

On the up side we are going to hopefully have lots of fresh snow for the weekend! Then forecast for a larger dump of snow on Sunday evening.

Yesterday we had a mixed bag with mainly wet snow showers, trying to turn into fluffy snowflakes further up the mountain.

Limited lifts are open at Naeba and Kagura today due to the weather conditions.


Official snow depths:

Naeba: 280cm
Kagura: 370cm


New snowfall:

0cm Naeba
0cm Kagura


This Naeba Now report started updating for the 2014/2015 season on 31st January 2015. As such, the 'observed snowfall season' numbers shown at the bottom of the report will only reflect data from that date onwards. Please read our Yuzawa Now daily reports section for more information on the first part of the season in the Yuzawa region.
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Minakami Now!

Friday 27th February 2015, 10:31am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 7cm
Snow depth: 420cm
Tenjin are reporting 15cm of fresh snow on top though have heard 20cm on the phone and the base has expanded by the latter amount.

Will be up there shortly to see how conditions are but hearing moderate winds at 8m/second. The cat track isn't open yet but unless the snow hasn't bonded or is significantly more on the test spots, it should be open around noon.

Still snowing lightly here, the quality has improved and its set to intensify into a proper cold snow fall this evening. If the snow is safe to ride, tomorrow is looking like the day!


Snow depths:

Tenjindaira: 420cm
Hodaigi: 270cm


Base: 7cm
Tenjindaira: 20cm

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Myoko Now!

Friday 27th February 2015, 14:34pm
Weather conditions: Fog, clouds and gloom
New snowfall: 2cm
Snow depth: 410cm
I said something was going to happen yesterday; unfortunately that meant some rain late in the day.

Fortunately, this turned to snow by morning, and is really picking up, along with the wind, at the present time.

We could use a good coating of powder; it's pretty icy out there today on the slopes (and in the trees as well!).

Again, keep an eye out if the wind really does get strong and deposits a lot of new snow on top of the hard base—things could get dicey off the ski areas.


Akakura Kanko:
410cm, -3°

Akakura Onsen:
259cm, 2°

Ikenotaira Onsen:
280cm, 0°

Myoko Suginohara:
250cm, -5° (top)

Seki Onsen:
560cm, -3°

Myoko Ski Park:
350cm, 1°

Kyukamura RunRun:
350cm, 5° (somebody didn't change the temperature reading today!

Tangram Ski Circus:
240cm, 0°

Madarao Kogen:
260m, -3°


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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