Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 30th May 2020

Myoko Now!

Sunday 28th December 2014, 7:43am
Weather conditions: Sunny and nice, at least to start the day. Clouds likely to move in later in the day.
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 240cm
Not all the resorts have reports in, but I wanted to get a report out early so people can get out there and on the snow. Of which there is a lot (interesting grammar, I know).

It's sunny again today, but the word is the next cycle of snow is on the way. Our forecast here isn't showing it yet, but there have been a few reports on the TV that wmight see an "historic" snowfall on the 1st... That's exciting, but it can also mean transportation troubles and delays in all kind of ways. No complaints, mind you, just a little reality. The risk of avalanches also grows, of course, when you have a whole lot of new snow falling very fast (and an increased chance of just getting bogged down if you're not a great powder skier—sometimes even if you are!).

Could be an exciting start to 2015, in any case!


Akakura Kanko:
265cm, -7° (no report yet today)
All lifts operating

Akakura Onsen:
206cm, -2°
Yodel No. 1 Triple, Kumado No. 1 Quad, Kumado No. 4 Triple, Kumado No. 2, Ginrei No. 3 Pair, Ginrei No. 5 Pair

Ikenotaira Onsen:
210cm, -5°
Shirakaba Capsule, Ikenotaira Quad, AB No. 1, AB No. 2, Karamatsu Pair, Chuo Pair

Myoko Suginohara:
210cm, -10°
Gondola, No. 1 Romance, No. 1 and 2 high-speed lifts

Seki Onsen:
280cm, -5° (no report yet today)

Myoko Ski Park:
265cm, -3° (no report yet today)

Kyukamura Myoko:
280cm, 0°
Runrun Pair Lift

No. 1 Pair, No. 2 Pair, No. 3 Quad, No. 5 Quad, No. 6 Quad

190cm, -6°
No. 1, No. 2 Quad, No. 3, No. 5, Super Quad, No. 13 Single, No. 11, No. 12, No. 15

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Yuzawa Now!

Sunday 28th December 2014, 8:02am
Weather conditions: Clear blue skies
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 190cm
It's an absolute stunner of a morning here.

Thinga didn’t clear up as we were expecting yesterday – not until the evening anyway. For the most part it just kept on snowing through the day. By evening Kagura had reported a further 40cm of snowfall, though there was much less down here at town level. Still, very nice to get the tracks filled in during the day.
By late evening there was quite a lot of clear skies up above, though it was a cold night and it is a cold start to the day as well..

No new snowfall overnight to report, and we are all set for a lovely sunny day today in the region with the sun out from early on and temperatures likely to rise into positive numbers by mid-morning.

Not a cloud to be seen, just some early morning fog in places.


Conditions should be great everywhere today.

Things are gradually getting busier now It was on the news last night about how a fair few people are lucky enough to have a 9 day long holiday this New Year period and yesterday was the first of those with trains overcapacity and roads busy. No doubt more of those folk will be turning up to ski and snowboard tomorrow and in the coming days.


Official snow depths:

GALA Yuzawa:
Ishiuchi Maruyama:
Joetsu Kokusai:
Kandatsu Kogen:
Maiko Snow Resort:
NASPA Ski Garden:
Yuzawa Kogen:
230cm (Kogen)
180cm (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)
NASPA Ski Garden (skiers only):
27th December until 3rd January; 11th January; Saturdays until 29th February (until 7pm)
Yuzawa Nakazato:
27th December until 3rd January; 11th January; Saturdays from 10th January until 14th March (until 8:30pm)

Chateaux Shiozawa also have nighta but only on certain days - no fixed schedule available at the moment). Resorts not mentioned above do not operate 'nighta'. Some resorts offer tickets that include nighta, others need a seperate lift ticket.


Ski and snowboard resorts in Yuzawa town
Ski and snowboard resorts in Minamiuonuma City   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Sunday 28th December 2014, 8:05am
Weather conditions: Clear and sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 215cm
Good morning from Nozawa and a beautiful one it is too.

Back to yesterday though...

I remember saying yesterday that we were expecting the snow clouds to clear in the morning, but things didn’t happen that way with snow continuing to fall through most of the day and the resort as of 3pm reporting 10-14cm more snowfall on the slopes:

Yamabiko - 14cm
Uenotaira - 10cm
Hikage - 14cm
Nagasaka - 14cm
Karasawa - 14cm

Things looked much clearer last night and this morning we are starting the day with clear skies.

It’s a very cold early morning but the sun should warm things up a bit as we move on but hopefully not too much. Should keep pretty cold looking at the latest local forecast.

Kamoshika course and a few other steeper courses not yet open. All lifts operating today though so plenty of space for everyone.

A stunning day to be on the mountain.


A bit of news about lift operations for the New Year. On the following days, lifts will be opening 30 minutes earlier than usual with the lower lifts starting at 8am and the Gondolas starting up at 8:10am:

Tuesday 30th December
Wednesday 31st December
Friday 2nd December
Saturday 3rd December

Wednesday is, of course, New Years Eve and there'll be a few events going on to celebrate and bring in the new year. First of all nighta at the Nagasaka area will be open from 4:30pm until 11:30pm on Wednesday. There'll be sake and hot wine to sample from 11pm until midnight and once the New Year arrives there'll be a firework display. Sounds like fun!


Fresh snow to report this morning since yesterday afternoon:

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

Official snow depths:

Yamabiko - 300cm
Uenotaira - 270cm
Hikage - 215cm
Nagasaka - 215cm
Karasawa - 180cm


Courses open:

All courses are now open except:

Hikage no kabe
Grand Prix course
Jumping Course
Challenge 39
Kandahara West
Kamoshika Course


Lifts open (subject to weather conditions):

All lifts operating


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

Every Saturday until 28th March
27th December until 4th January


Second part of the prize draw running on SnowJapan, with Nozawa tickets to win.

Information and entry here

Good luck!


Nozawa Onsen 6 day weather and snow forecast
Nozawa Onsen main resort data
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Hakuba Now!

Sunday 28th December 2014, 8:30am
Weather conditions: Bluebird
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 160cm
As expected some fantastic mountain views yesterday. Some clouds hanging around the mountain peaks - depending on where you where at any point in the day you’ll have got a different view of the mountain backdrop. I was lucky up at Hakuba Goryu yesterday around lunchtime. However many times you go up there, on a day like today the view is never the same and never gets old.

The snow was great too.

Even better views this morning. We were treated to an amazing sunrise early on if you were up that early, and for the rest of the day the sun will be out with glorious blue skies.

It got very cold overnight and we have started the day with no clouds over the area. We expect a sunny day and the temperature to rise to around +3 later on this afternoon. As of early morning though it's still extremely cold.

The forecasts tell us that we can expect a return to snowfall around Tuesday - or maybe even overnight tonight? - though it's probably more light showers from time to time rather than heavy snow.

Getting busier by the day now in the run up to New Year! Early starts recommended.


Official snow depth numbers and operations as of 28th December 2014. Subject to change during the day:

Hakuba Goryu:
Reporting 0cm of new snowfall.
All lifts operating.
All courses open except Adventure Course.
Night skiing at Toomi every day until 31st March.
Early morning skiing from 6:30am from today until 4th January (and then on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays).

- Alps Daira - 280cm
- Toomi - 160cm
- Iimori - 155cm


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

- Upper - 250cm
- Lower - 135cm


Kokusai Number 1 Pair lift still out of action due to damage to the snow nets - they hope to have it fixed up before the end of the year.
Night skiing at Nakiyama every day until mid March.
Happo Banks The Snow Park yet to open.

- Usagidaira - 230cm
- Nakiyama - 120cm
- Sakka - 120cm


Hakuba Cortina:
Reporting 0cm of new snowfall on both upper and lower areas.
Night skiing every day until 31st March.

- Upper - 290cm
- Lower - 185cm


Tsugaike Kogen:
Almost all areas of Tsugaike Kogen are open.
Next night skiing through 1st January in both Kane-no-naru-oka and Karamatsu-Shirakaba areas; after that mostly Saturdays.

- Tsuga-no-mori - 260cm
- Maruyama - 140cm
- Kane-no-naru-oka - 180cm


Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field:
Reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall.
Most of Iwatake is now open, though some courses still closed.

- Upper - 190cm
- Lower - 110cm


Hakuba Norikura Onsen:
Resort is mostly open.

- 230cm


All areas now open.
Night skiing every day until 15th March.

- 170cm   Read more ...

Madarao Now!

Sunday 28th December 2014, 8:32am
Weather conditions: Clear, sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 190cm
Beautiful blue skies over Madarao on this calm but very cold morning.

-7 degrees outside.

But definitely worth getting wrapped up and out in the snow.

Events planned for the Wednesday evening - New Years Eve of course - including nighta until midnight and fireworks.

Dusting of snow possible into tomorrow but the next real snowfall seems due on New Years day. Until then definitely enough to enjoy.


Lifts 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 from 27th December until 3rd January; 11th January; every Saturday until 21st March 2015


Madarao Kogen 6 day weather and snow forecast
Madarao Kogen main resort data   Read more ...

Minakami Now!

Sunday 28th December 2014, 8:34am
Weather conditions: Clear and sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 245cm
It is a clear and sunny morning in Minakami.


The forecast predicts the chance of snow showers overnight through tomorrow morning, but not expecting much from that. Next up for substantial snowfall is around New Year.


New snowfall:

Valley 0cm
Upper Mountains 0cm


Snow depths:

Valley 30cm
Upper Mountains 245cm
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Niseko Now!

Sunday 28th December 2014, 8:35am
Weather conditions: Cloudy for now
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 150cm
Just cloudy-overcast feel to the start of the day today here in Niseko, and for once I don't have any fresh snow to report!

It's noticeably not as cold as well this morning and only a light wind. We might even get to see some sunshine at times today and tomorrow. There's a chance of a light dusting of snow overnight but nothing major. Back to snowy conditions from around Tuesday maybe...

There's not much else to report this morning really with resorts looking to be open as planned. So enough reporting, and time to get the skis on and get out there myself!

Until tomorrow.


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

Niseko Grand Hirafu:
Looks set to be open as planned.

Niseko Hanazono:
Looks set to be open as planned.

Niseko Village:
Looks set to be open as planned.

Niseko Annupuri:
Looks set to be open as planned.


Niseko Avalanche Report

Moiwa base: -4C, mild wind and no snowfall. Moiwa 800m: -6C, WSW5m/s, no snowfall and moderate development of snowdrifts. Annupuri 1000m: -7C, W12m/s, light development of snowdrifts and 185cm snowpack depth. Hirafu 1000m: -8C, mild wind, no snowfall. Coastal data: Benkei cape W6m/s, Kamui cape SW15m/s, 1018hPa, 1.3m waves.

Atmospheric pressure gradient is small and the mountain is in a calm condition. Occasional gusts are carrying snow and developing snowdrifts in some areas. No overnight snowfall. The powder snow around the courses are mostly tracked out, but please refrain from ducking ropes to seek fresh snow. One track left under the ropes will lead many others to do the same and increase the chance of accidents to happen. Out of bounds riding is only tolerated when accessed from the gates; violator’s lifts passes will be confiscated and will be banned from further using the resort facilities. The groomers are in excellent condition, great day for carving around on piste, but beware of overspeeding and loosing control. Gates 4, 5, 6 and 10 will open from the morning. Seek some advice from the ski patrol at the gates. The new Niseko Rules’ leaflet is available at the ticket offices and can be used as a map. Have a nice day.


Official snow depth numbers and any notes at time of writing:

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 285cm
Base - 150cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 200cm
Base - 140cm

Niseko Annupuri:
Top - 185cm
Base - 150cm


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
(There is 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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Furano Now!

Sunday 28th December 2014, 8:38am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 90cm
Well that snow just doesn't want to play with none overnight and the day looking very lean.
winds will pick up throughout the day slightly and if we are to have any fall it will be later in the day but is not expected to be anything but a dusting.
Kitanomine gondola won't be open today   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Sunday 28th December 2014, 8:44am
Weather conditions: Clear, blue skies and sun
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 120cm
Not a cloud in the sky, with blue skies all round. Absolutely beautiful morning in the region.

Very cold though! Kumanoyu -12C, Yakebitaiyama -15C. Extra 2 layers needed this morning!

But it should be worth it.

The chance of some light snow showers on and off from tomorrow with the next decent snowfall due around 1st January.

Hope you can come and enjoy over the new year.


Resort areas status with official snow depths:

Okushiga Kogen:
Almost all open (note: skiers only resort area)

Almost all open

Ichinose Family
Most open

Ichinose Yamanokami:

Ichinose Diamond:

Takamagahara Mammoth:




Most open

Happo Bundaraia:

Sun Valley:



Open (note: skiers only resort area)

Most open.
Shibutoge now open.


Planned night floodlit skiing at Shiga Kogen resort areas this season:

Sun Valley:
December 29th-30th; January 1st-2nd, 11th; Every Saturday from January 3rd to March 21st

December 29th-31st; January 1st-3rd, 10th, 11th

Takamagahara Mammoth:
December 27th-31st; January 1st-3rd

Ichinose Family:
Every day until March 29th

Ichinose Diamond:
December 27th-31st; January 1st-3rd, 11th; Every Saturday from January 3rd until March 28th

December 27th-31st; January 1st-3rd, 11th; Every Saturday from January 3rd until February 21st

December 27th-31st; January 1st-3rd; Every Saturday from January 3rd until March 28th
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Zao Now!

Sunday 28th December 2014, 9:10am
Weather conditions: Partly cloudy, but blue skies and sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 180cm
It's a very fine morning here in Zao.

The sun is out; blue skies, some cloud; no wind; lots of snow. The only thing that could be better really is another 20cm of fresh overnight, but let's not get too picky! Keeping cold snow conditions remain excellent.

Tomorrow more cloud is forecast perhaps some light snow overnight, with more substantial snow expected from Tuesday.


Official snow depths (28th December 14):

Utopia: 170cm
Chuo: 180cm
Paradise: 160cm
Uwanodai: 135cm

Zao Onsen is fully open.


Night skiing operations at Zao this season

Uwanodai area:
Daily until 22nd March

Yokokura area:
From Friday 26th December until 4th January;
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from Friday 9th January until 15th March

Open times from 5pm until 9pm.


Juhyo 'Ice Monsters' Light Up night time ropeway operations

December 2014: 27th-31st
January 2015: 1st-4th, 10th-12th, 17th-18th, 24th-31st
February 2015: 1st-28th

Operating from 5pm until 9pm; last ropeway up at 7:50pm.
Ropeway return charges are 2600 yen for adults and 1300 yen for children.
In the event of poor weather conditions, operations are sometimes cancelled.
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SnowJapan Daily 'Now' reports

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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