Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 26th May 2019

Hakuba Now!

Monday 27th February 2017, 7:38am
Weather conditions: Cloud, sun trying to appear, increasing blue sky, clearer weather forecast
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Hakuba.

It did get cloudier as the day went on yesterday. While I was over at Hakuba Iwatake snow started falling from early afternoon - initially at the same time as the sun was out, but by later in the afternoon it was close to white-out conditions... couldn't see a thing!

Resorts this morning are reporting up to 8cm of fresh snow on upper areas (Cortina).

This morning there is still a lot of cloud up there but it's quite bright and it feels like it is going to quickly clear up. That's what the local forecasts say too. Right now there's a bank of greyer lower cloud with the sun lighting up the backdrop making for some interesting scenery.

Enough of scenery, what about snow as we approach the end of February. Well, we probably shouldn't expect much (if any) over the next few days but snowfall due again on Thursday/Friday though there looks to be a good (or is that bad) chance of rain before snow once again (on Thursday). We'll just have to wait and see how that develops and hopefully changes for the better.

In the meantime, it should be a good day to be out today. That's where I'm heading right now.


Resort news as of 7:30am on Monday 27th 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 3-5cm of fresh snowfall.
The resort appears to be opening as planned this morning.
Official snow depth
Upper: 270cm
Base: 130cm

Hakuba Goryu:
Hakuba Goryu is reporting 0-8cm 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 5cm of fresh snowfall (Riesen quad top).
The resort appears to be opening as planned this morning.
Official snow depth:
Usagidaira: 250cm
Kurobishi: 315cm
Lower: 150cm

Tsugaike Kogen:
The resort appears to be opening as planned this morning.
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 5cm 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: 220cm

Official snow depth:
Top: 190cm

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 ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Monday 27th February 2017, 7:44am
Weather conditions: Cloudy, light snow - clearer skies forecast
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Nozawa.

Very light snow falling early this morning but the forecast says clearer skies are due today.

The resort is reporting up to 5cm of snowfall on the upper areas this morning with none down below, so a similar kind of situation as yesterday morning in that respect.

We're expecting a few days of generally clearer skies with the chance of a light snow shower here and there and the next potentially decent snowfall looks to be around Thursday. There's mention of rain before the snow on that day, so let's keep an eye on that...

Just a few more days and it will be March. Inevitably, talk of spring increases once we get into March but let's hope that winter sticks around with us for as long as possible. March can be somewhat unpredictable in terms of snowfall, and it can also bring some decent snowfalls. Let's have lots of that this season please.

Nozawa likes to be open until the first part of May, so there's a long way to go yet!


Monday 27th February 2017

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

Official snow depths:
- Yamabiko: 360cm
- Uenotaira: 275cm
- Hikage: 175cm
- Nagasaka: 170cm
- Karasawa: 130cm

Lifts operations:
- All lifts operating except:
- Yunomine pair (usually closed on weekdays)
- Mizunashi triple (usually closed on weekdays)
- Challenge pair (usually closed on weekdays)
- Utopia pair (usually closed on weekdays)

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

Naeba Now!

Monday 27th February 2017, 7:56am
Weather conditions: Cloudy with brilliant sunshine shining through
New snowfall: 3cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Naeba everybody.

Today is looking like it could potentially be a super beautiful day. It is cloudy and snowing right now however it looks as though this cloud will burn off pretty quick.

Conditions today are relatively soft due to a small amount of new snow received overnight.

The weather forecast is currently predicting clear weather tomorrow and the day after with the snow starting again on Wednesday night. There is some rain predicted on Thursday morning which will then turn into snow by the aafternoon and night time.

Fantastic!   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Monday 27th February 2017, 8:16am
Weather conditions: Almost totally clear
New snowfall: 3cm
Snow depth: --
Hello from me here near Hirafu base in 'Niseko'.

And wow, after the snow clouds clearing yesterday to give us a clear evening, it is a lovely morning. Almost totally clear blue skies all around - just a few white clouds hanging on for the scenery in places - making for a beauty of a morning. (The snow added to the report this morning fell during the day yesterday).

It's really cold too. Very cold.

A mix of sunshine and cloud is forecast over the next few days with the next snow apparently due later in the week.

That means that we probably have our 'snowfall total' for February as it stands now. I will of course go over the numbers and do a season update - that will probably appear on Wednesday or Thursday.

Extra layer, check. Time for me to go---!


Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base: -12℃, no snowfall. Moiwa 800m: -11.3℃, NW2.3m/s. Annupuri 1150m: -13℃, NE8m/s, no snowfall. Hirafu 1250m:-16℃, light NE breeze and some dust. Sea of Japan Kamui cape lighthouse: WSW3m/s, 1026hPa, 1.2m waves.

A high-pressure system is dominating and barometric gradient is flat. Calm condition over the mountain and the ocean. According to observations, the general avalanche risk is low. All gates are opening from the morning. The slabs are mostly stable, however strong stimulations can make the Feb 23rd layer to slide and cause a large avalanche. Beware especially in south facing steep slopes where sun affects the snow the most. Today’s surface will remain as a hoar layer under the future snowpack and is highly likely to become the next trigger layer. Keep an eye on the snowfall transition.

Please respect the Niseko Rules and stay away from the strictly off-limits areas.

Nobody wants another accident.


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

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Niseko HANAZONO Resort
Niseko Village
Niseko Annupuri
All resort areas should be open as planned at the start of the day today.


Official resort snow depths as of Monday 27th February 2017:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 360cm
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 ...

Yuzawa Now!

Monday 27th February 2017, 8:28am
Weather conditions: Cloudy now, but due to clear up quickly
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Some snow falling yesterday at times but it was generally rather wet - here in town anyway - and not adding up to much. Just a dusting outside here this morning.

This morning this is what resorts are reporting:

Kagura: 3-5cm
Maiko Snow Resort: 5cm

So you can probably expect between 0cm and 5cm of fresh out there this morning.

When I first got up it was snowing lightly. Right now it is snowing very lightly indeed and probably about to stop. There are a few small patches of blue sky to be seen at times behind the clouds and we're expecting lots more of that... sunny clear skies are forecast for today.

And for tomorrow too, probably from the start of the day.

So nice weather conditions, let's hope it keeps fairly cold.

Next decent snowfall? Probably late Thursday into Friday (but best to be prepared for some rain before it turns into snow).


Official snow depth information as of Monday 27th 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: 250cm

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 - 300cm
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 ...

Zao Now!

Monday 27th February 2017, 8:34am
Weather conditions: Cloud, clearing up?
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Zao.

Monday once again. And after a busy weekend, things are quieter once more.

It's a mix of cloud and some parts clearer conditions this morning - at base anyway. I can see the webcam for Chuo area is looking 'limited visibility'. Perhaps it will clear up there as the day goes on.

A cold start to the day.

Sunny skies forecast tomorrow and Wednesday along with some milder conditions, but we should be back to snow by the end of the week.


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

Paradise Number 3 pair
Karamatsu 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 ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Monday 27th February 2017, 8:48am
Weather conditions: Mostly clear skies and sunshine, bit of cloud
New snowfall: 2cm
Snow depth: --
We did in the end get a bit of fresh snow yesterday but this morning we are back to blue skies and sunshine with a bit of cloud.

Not really much else to report... may be a snow shower here or there tonight and tomorrow but generally calm weather and a chance of sun over the next few days. Next snowfall due Thursday.

The weekend crowds are gone and things are quieter.

Oh yes, I heard that the weather folk have announced their 6 month forecast. What's most important to us of course is what happens in March and April and the forecast generally seems to be for temperatures to be a bit higher than average. That's all very vague of course, but thought I would just share it.

We'll take it day by day here right through until May!


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 ...

Madarao Now!

Monday 27th February 2017, 8:49am
Weather conditions: Mostly cloudy for now but quickly clearing conditions expected
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Madarao. No new cm of snow to report this morning, just a dusting yesterday.

The top half of the mountain was a bit earlier covered in cloud but that has been gradually retreating and not it's just the top - and I can see a bit of blue sky as well now.

Generally we are expecting the clouds to continue disappearing and for clearer skies during the day today. And probably tomorrow too with snow returning to the region around Thursday.

I've got to get myself to Nagano this morning, so see you tomorrow.


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

- Number 1 lift
- Number 2 quad lift
- Number 3A 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

- 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:

- 290cm   Read more ...

Grandeco Now!

Monday 27th February 2017, 9:10am
Weather conditions: Mostly blue skies
New snowfall: 1cm
Snow depth: --
Happy Monday from Grandeco.

The sun is out this morning with spots of clouds. Only 1cm of fresh snow has fallen since last night, but we had 8cm the day before, so the overall trail conditions have improved greatly since the last rain fall. The sun should stay with us for most of the morning and hopefully into the mid-afternoon as well to help soften up the snow.

Many hikers have been climbing up Mt. Nishidaiten over the weekend. If you decide to make the trek don't forget to bring maps, GPS, foods and extra warm clothing. Also please be sure to sign into the mountain climbing report sheet, located in at the ski centre information desk, before start climbing.

The snow around the Mt. Nishidaiten peak should be soft powder snow, however the areas lower down may be crusted-over just under the 10 or so cms of new snow that has fallen over the weekend. Proceed with causation.

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

It`s a good day to get out on the slopes, but be sure to bring some sunnies and sun cream.


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.

* New Bowl Park in the works so stay posted for details on that.


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: relatively clear
Goshukinuma through Grandeco: relatively clear   Read more ...

Furano Now!

Monday 27th February 2017, 9:15am
Weather conditions: Bluebird
New snowfall: 2cm
Snow depth: --
We have awoken to a cracker of a day. There has been plenty of wow factor with the great snowfalls that have been received recently, and today rather than a pow WOW, it is a weather WOW. The skies are crystal clear deep blue with not a cloud in sight over the resort. With -21c recorded at the top of the resort this morning, and a not much warmer -19c at base, you may just be feeling a bit chilly even if you are bathing in the full rays of the morning sunshine.

Snow wise there is not much exciting to report with only a dusting of a couple of centimetres at base. All main trails have been nicely groomed overnight and the ungroomed areas, although all tracked, have great amounts of powder in them from the last few days.

Wrap up warm and enjoy!    Read more ...

Appi Kogen Now!

Monday 27th February 2017, 9:26am
Weather conditions: Mostly blue skies
New snowfall: 10cm
Snow depth: --
Appi Monday,

Blue skies and a brisk -4 right now. It’s actually a beautiful day here at Appi and the views that you’ll get today will be spectacular if you’re coming. Tomorrow should be even sunnier with the temperatures rising slightly with the winds being ever so light too.

The forecast for Thursday and Friday look promising for more snow. The clouds will roll in on Wednesday night and stay until Sunday or Monday. Winds are expected to remain relatively calm all week thankfully.

The mountain is in good shape overall and the groomed runs should be a lot of fun this morning.

Sunscreen is a must. See you out there.


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 ...

Minakami Now!

Monday 27th February 2017, 9:32am
Weather conditions: Clear
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Snow overnight failed to intensify and didn't amount to much here at the base of Tenjin or up on the mountain.

The sun is out here this morning, winds are non-existent and the next decent snowfall isn't expected till Thursday/Friday.

Let's hope the weather dudes have it wrong.


Fresh snowfall:

0cm Tenjin
0cm Hodaigi
0cm Okutone

Temps at 8am

Official snow depth:

400cm 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 ...

Myoko Now!

Monday 27th February 2017, 10:04am
Weather conditions: Occasional sun, but cloudy over the mountains
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: --
Not a lot of snow through the day yesterday.

It was pretty nice with some sun out there in the hills; the snow that started to fall later looked like it might just amount to something. But in the end we only got about 5cm of fresh. Could really use more in the natural world to cover over that big layer of wet stuff below (knowing that does bring some potential issues as fresh snow accumulates on that old wet, potentially hardening stuff).

It's trying to be sunny at the moment. The streets are pretty wet and nasty, but the temperature at base level is still in the minus numbers.


Akakura Kanko:
350cm, -6°

Akakura Onsen:
320cm, -5°

Ikenotaira Onsen:
280cm, -2°

Myoko Suginohara:
270cm, -9°

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

Myoko Ski Park:
290cm, 0°

Kyukamura RunRun:
300cm, -1°

Tangram Ski Circus:
250cm, -5°

Madarao Kogen:
290cm, -3°

   Read more ...

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06th May, 9:33am
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06th May, 8:46
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06th May, 8:13am
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06th May, 7:59
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06th May, 7:59am
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02nd Feb, 12:34am