Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 25th May 2020

Naeba Now!

Tuesday 28th February 2017, 7:49am
Weather conditions: Some clouds in a blue sky
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning everybody.

Today is shaping up to be a super nice day. There is a little cloud with a lovely blue sky behind it.

Conditions will be nice and groomed to start off with potentially getting a little slushy and choppy later on. My recommendation is to get out early and enjoy the corduroy.

Looking on we are expecting light snow starting on Wednesday night, then, unfortunately, rain on Thursday during the day which will then turn into snow by night time. Hopefully more snow than rain! Stay tuned to find out what happened!

Cliffhanger!   Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Tuesday 28th February 2017, 8:12am
Weather conditions: Clear skies
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Nice sunny, cold day in Myoko today.

And I got nothin much more to say.

It's going to get warmer while remaining clear tomorrow, then suddenly we see the possibility of heavy snow on Thursday. It would be great to get a reset on snow for that backcountry fun.

Oh, and I have a long-winded diatribe waiting for you on setting good skin lines and screwing things up by mindlessly bootpacking up hills, but that can wait for another day...


* means new report for today

Akakura Kanko:
345cm, -4° *

Akakura Onsen:
320cm, -7° *

Ikenotaira Onsen:
280cm, -2°

Myoko Suginohara:
270cm, -9°

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

Myoko Ski Park:
290cm, -2° *

Kyukamura RunRun:
300cm, -1°

Tangram Ski Circus:
250cm, -5°

Madarao Kogen:
290cm, -6° *   Read more ...

Appi Kogen Now!

Tuesday 28th February 2017, 8:35am
Weather conditions: Mostly blue skies
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Hello from Appi,

It's a bluebird day here. Clear skies, -5 degrees and very little wind. You can e pact a nice sunny day if you're venturing out on the slopes today.

Not much change in the forecast either with the clouds rolling in tomorrow with a possibility of some light snow showers. The slopes are in great shape too so get out there earlier to enjoy the morning groomers.

Sunscreen is a must today .


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 ...

Grandeco Now!

Tuesday 28th February 2017, 9:12am
Weather conditions: Blue skies
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Grandeco and it's clear blue skies this morning.

You can see all of the mountains in the Bandai area clearly this morning. So beautiful!

Just a dusting of snow so can't record any new cm in the report.

It will be a lovely day to hike up to Mt. Nishidaiten. Snowshoe trekking is popular in this area too.

According to the forecast, this good weather will continue until tomorrow, and the next snow fall will be on 2nd March.

The sunshine is strong - do protect your eyes.

Today will be the lovely day to take photographs as well as ski and board down the slopes.


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.


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: dry
Goshukinuma through Grandeco: dry, icy in parts   Read more ...

Furano Now!

Tuesday 28th February 2017, 9:34am
Weather conditions: Partly cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
It is another great morning in Furano with very cold temperatures to start but it will warm up quickly as the day progresses. There is high cloud over the ski area and then blue skies immediately to the east. There has been no new snow overnight. The next snowfalls will be from Thursday evening through to Saturday evening, and expect them to be light rather than heavy dumps. Temperatures will be pretty mild on Wednesday and Thursday breaking into positive figures.   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Tuesday 28th February 2017, 10:37am
Weather conditions: Blue sky, sun, cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Something of a later report today as I knew there were some technical things going on. (Honest!)

There's not a whole lot to report really, other than the current fine weather conditions... both yesterday and this morning.

Right now as of 10:30am it's a nice mix of blue sky, sunshine and cloud. It was a cold start to the day but temperatures down at base might be getting to just over 0C later on.

Not a whole lot of snow on the forecast, the next expected on Friday and Saturday.

Anyway, I might go and enjoy this weather for a few hours now. Which base to start from. Oh, the dilemma!


Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base: -10℃, no snowfall. Moiwa800m: -6.5℃, WSW1.6m/s, no snowfall. Annupuri1150m: slight breeze and no snowfall. Hirafu1250m: -12℃, SW10m/s, no snowfall. Sea of Japan Kamui cape lighthouse: SSW10m/s, 1026hPa, 0.9m waves.

Calm weather under a high-pressure system. Observations shows that the avalanche risk is low. Gates will open from the morning. Surface hoar due to radiative cooling are forming under 500m elevation. The mountain is pretty much tracked out, beware of bumps and stay in control. Stay away from strictly off-limits areas. The temperature will rise during the day and slabs will form with radiation heat.

There are suggestions to strengthen the enforcement of the Rules. But we believe that it would only lead to further restrictions of the current freedom. People who are beneficiating from the current Niseko Rules system should be careful of what they say.

The Japanese Law prohibits snowmobiles in the Niseko Shakotan Quasi National Park mountain areas. People who violate it are subject to 5 months imprisonment and maximum of ¥500,000 penalties. Better not make light of it.

Have a nice day.


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 are open as planned this morning.


Official resort snow depths as of Tuesday 28th February 2017:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 355cm
Base - 155cm

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!

Tuesday 28th February 2017, 10:41am
Weather conditions: Clear blue sunny skies
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning.

The last day of February. Winter, or spring? There's a certain feel of spring in the air at the moment it must be said. Though another blast of winter would soon put us back into winter gear...

Yesterday didn't quite clear up as we thought it would with a fair amount of cloud hanging around for the day.

This morning, it was clear from the start. Lovely blue skies over Yuzawa and Minamiuonuma and as it's going to be rather mild once again. A beautiful day though and one where you just want to be outside.

So, any blasts of winter due soon? Looks like Thursday is the day when precipitation arrives, but as it is going to be relatively warm it will very likely be in the form of rain before turning into snow... with a snowy Friday forecast.

I think I mentioned this before recently but March can be very unpredictable. It can really click into spring mode, or we can have numerous of those blasts of winter and some very nice conditions. Or somewhere in between of course. It will be interesting to see how the March part of the season story goes.


Official snow depth information as of Tuesday 28th 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: 205cm

Joetsu Kokusai
Official snow depth: 260cm

Official snow depth:
Kagura - 380cm
Mitsumata - 330cm
Tashiro - 350cm

Kandatsu Kogen
Official snow depth: 280cm

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 ...

Madarao Now!

Tuesday 28th February 2017, 10:58am
Weather conditions: Sunny blue skies
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
(Apologies for the report appearing late today - technical stuff. The report itself was written before 9am)

It's going to be fantastic weather today. Not just over Madarao but the whole wider region.

Just a bit of cloud at the beginning of the day but I suspect that won't last and it'll be clear blue skies; we're probably going to be having more of the same tomorrow too so be prepared for bright conditions and sunscreen is highly recommended.

Hopefully it won't get too warm, but it's definitely not going to be that cold out there.



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 ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Tuesday 28th February 2017, 11:01am
Weather conditions: Sunny blue skies
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Shiga Kogen.

And the whole region this morning is cloud-free with clear, blue skies and sunshine.

Sunscreen and strong sunglasses/goggles a must today.

A great day to be outside and sliding down the slopes, though there's no fresh snow to report.

We're not doing badly though!

Next snow? Probably Thursday-Friday.

Parts of Shiga Kogen are usually able to open through until early May (with some even until the end of May). Some areas start closing once March has finished though, so we have one more full month to go for 'fully open' status. Blimey, it's scary to think how fast the season whizzes by us. Slow down... please!!!


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 ...

Hakuba Now!

Tuesday 28th February 2017, 11:10am
Weather conditions: Clear blue skies
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
A sea of clouds early on over the village but mid morning they have gone and it's a white-blue contrast-y kind of beautiful morning.

A stunner.

No fresh snow, so we have to play with what we have for the moment - and basically more of the same is expected tomorrow.

The forecast still shows snow due late Thursday into Friday, with it raining before the snow at lower elevations...

A beautiful day to be outside today tomorrow though and likely so tomorrow too. Let's make the most of it while we can!


Resort news as of 11:10am on Tuesday 28th 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 0cm of fresh snowfall.
The resort is open as planned this morning.
Official snow depth
Upper: 270cm
Base: 130cm

Hakuba Goryu:
Hakuba Goryu is reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall.
The resort is open as planned this morning.
Official snow depth
Alps: 320cm
Toomi: 170cm
Iimori: 115cm

Hakuba Happo-one:
Hakuba Happo-one is reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall (Riesen quad top).
The resort is open 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: 365cm
Han-no-ki: 360cm
Maruyama: 160cm
Oya-no-hara: 140cm
Kane-no-naru-oka: 140cm

Hakuba Cortina:
Hakuba Cortina is reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall.
The resort is open 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: 210cm

Official snow depth:
Top: 185cm

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 ...

Zao Now!

Tuesday 28th February 2017, 11:25am
Weather conditions: Lovely blue skies
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
There's really not much to report today other than the lovely blue skies this morning.

And while it is hovering close to 0C at the moment at base, the resort is still reporting a temperature of -11C up top as of 11am. So it's cold up there!

It's nice to have clear skies again but I think lots of us would currently prefer a good dose of fresh snow. We're probably looking at later Thursday through Friday for the chance of that as the forecast currently stands.


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 ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Tuesday 28th February 2017, 11:35am
Weather conditions: Sunny clear skies
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
(This report was written at 8:30am - apologies for the delay in the report appearing)

It's a beautiful morning here in Nozawa.

No fresh snow to report... just clear, blue skies on this last day of February.

The next chance of decent snowfall (rain before it) is still there on the forecast for Friday.


Tuesday 28th February 2017

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

Official snow depths:
- Yamabiko: 360cm
- Uenotaira: 270cm
- 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 ...

SnowJapan Daily 'Now' reports

Shiga Kogen Now
25th May, 9:32
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