Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 26th May 2019

Yuzawa Now!

Sunday 28th January 2018, 7:35am
Weather conditions: Cloudy - might it be clearing up?
New snowfall: 16cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Yuzawa.

It was snow and mid-winter conditions through the day yesterday once again and light snow was falling when I got up earlier on this morning... but it has eased off now and is just cloudy with signs of a possible clear up.

Here is how much snow is being reported from around the ski resorts:

Kagura (main): 10cm
Kagura (Mitsumata): 0cm (?!)
Kagura (Tashiro): 10cm
Maiko Snow Resort: 10-15cm
Ishiuchi Maruyama: 20cm

I have moved 16cm of snow off my measuring point since the report yesterday morning (most of that when I cleared it yesterday evening).

So right now it is generally cloudy but like I said there are signs that the cloud might break and we may be treated to some clearer skies.

With all the snow over the last few days, conditions should be excellent this morning - wherever you choose to ski or board.

We might actually get some more snow tomorrow too.

It does look like in the coming week temperatures won't be quite as low as they have been.

Hope you can get to enjoy things!


Images today from GALA Yuzawa, NASPA Ski Garden and Yuzawa IC exit (Route 17).


Updated: Sunday 28th January 2018

Ski resorts in Yuzawa:

GALA Yuzawa
- 320cm

- 215cm

- Kagura area: 350cm
- Mitsumata area: 250cm
- Tashiro area: 300cm

Kandatsu Kogen
- 250cm

- 240cm (base)

NASPA Ski Garden
- 210cm

Yuzawa Kogen
- Top: 280cm
- Base: 230cm

Yuzawa Park
- 210cm

Yuzawa Nakazato
- 225cm


Ski resorts in Minamiuonuma (just to the north of Yuzawa):

Ishiuchi Maruyama
- 340cm

Joetsu Kokusai
- 310cm

Maiko Snow Resort
- Top: 260cm
- Base: 190cm

Muikamachi Hakkaisan
- Closed on Wednesdays until 14th March
- 300cm   Read more ...

Minakami Now!

Sunday 28th January 2018, 7:54am
Weather conditions: Bluebird
New snowfall: 15cm
Snow depth: --
Blue skies, light wind, meters of fresh snow accumulated and with the wind last night the snow should be a little wind packed on the ridges and pretty fast as opposed yesterday when their were Gofers popping their heads out above chest deep snow on resort.

Tenjin opened yesterday and in a timely manner with the top lifts running by 10am. The exception the far left one which was closed for wind.

Hodaigi also opened their top lifts. Conditions were excellent with easily a meter of soft fresh snow in many places.

I took a compilation of photos of people getting ready to dig their way out.


Ski resorts in Minakami:

Minakami Hodaigi
Minakami Kogen Fujiwara
Minakami Kogen Ski Resort
Norn Minakami
Okutone Snow Park
Tanigawadake Tenjindaira
Tanigawa Onsen White Valley


Resort Spotlights with more detail:

Norn Minakami
Okutone Snow Park


Please note that the snowfall numbers posted in this report will be observed from close to the base Tenjindaira Ropeway station - which is often much more than in the central town area of Minakami.    Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Sunday 28th January 2018, 7:55am
Weather conditions: Mostly cloudy still but may clear
New snowfall: 12cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Nozawa.

It is a cold morning again but it feels like we are now past the peak of that storm we have had. There's some more snow from yesterday and overnight. The fresh snowfall numbers below are from 3pm yesterday and overnight - sorry, I missed the numbers the resort was publishing during the day yesterday... so the totals will be more. My own observation is 12cm of fresh snowfall here at base.

All should be open this morning and if things clear up like they seem likely to, we should be in for an all round fantastic day. I'm off out to enjoy it.


Sunday 28th January 2018

Fresh snowfall since yesterday (as reported by the resort):

- Yamabiko (1407m): 20cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 10cm
- Hikage (660m): 5cm
- Nagasaka (615m): 5cm
- Karasawa (563m): 5cm

Official snow depth numbers:

- Yamabiko (1407m): 340cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 275cm
- Hikage (660m): 200cm
- Nagasaka (615m): 195cm
- Karasawa (563m): 170cm

Lifts operations:

- All scheduled lifts appear to be operating as normal.
- The Yunomine pair, Mizunashi triple, Challenge pair and Utopia pair lifts usually rested on weekdays.

The following courses either closed (or not fully available):

- Grand Prix
- Kamoshika
- Kandahar   Read more ...

Geto Kogen Now!

Sunday 28th January 2018, 7:58am
Weather conditions: Cloudy...
New snowfall: 15cm
Snow depth: --
Visibility is a little more forgiving today with temps warmer as well. We saw 10cm of fresh snow overnight and about 5 during the day yesterday, and today we’re heading for tops of -4C with some light snow in the mix and moderate winds.

With 100cm of fresh snow in the tree area zones, there’s a possibility we could see the resort open these areas today, but don’t take my word for it — keep an eye out on the resort info. Otherwise, there’s still plenty of powder to be found on the runs.

In the coming days we’re going to see a few cm of snow most days with conditions calming throughout the week before it looks like some clearer skies on Thursday…

Monday: light snow, light winds, tops of -7
Tuesday: light snow, moderate winds, tops of -8C
Wednesday: light snow, light winds, tops of -3C


Official snow depths:

Top: 410cm
Base: 305cm

Night skiing operations are scheduled at Geto Kogen on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays until 25th February 2018.
   Read more ...

Grandeco Now!

Sunday 28th January 2018, 8:02am
Weather conditions: Cloudy some blue skies
New snowfall: 18cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Grandeco.

Finally the wind has calmed down. It is a calm morning with some new snow - I have measured 18cm.

Most of the courses will be perfectly groomed this morning.

If you are looking for ungroomed goodness, head for the Number 4 lift and Lavender A course.

Temperatures are keeping cold, so it should be a very fine day to enjoy riding the fresh snow.


Lifts operating:

- All lifts operating

Courses open:

- All courses open

Official snow depth:
- 280cm

- Grandeco snow and weather forecast   Read more ...

Furano Now!

Sunday 28th January 2018, 8:09am
Weather conditions: Overcast
New snowfall: 2cm
Snow depth: --
If you wondered why the Kitanomine lights were on all night it was because they were having an all night skiing event until 5am this morning which is part of the ski festival running this weekend in Kitanomine. There will be lots of fun events today and it attracts lots of local kids. Be sure to check it out.

It is a very still morning here in the Kitanomine resort area. There is snow falling from the sky but it is very very light and overnight it has accumulated to a 2cm dusting. There will be a bit more that that on the slopes but nothing major. The good news is this evening the resort is forecast to receive a moderate dump of new snow. There is still plenty of nice light powder all over the resort from yesterday - enjoy!   Read more ...

Madarao Now!

Sunday 28th January 2018, 8:14am
Weather conditions: Blue sky, sun, some cloud
New snowfall: 8cm
Snow depth: --
A very good morning to you from Madarao.

The sun is out!

Yes, the snow clouds have at last cleared (not that I didn't like them of course) and it looks like we are on for a top notch Sunday.

Increasingly blue sky with some cloud with the sun shining down on the main slope area as I write this.

I know where I'm heading this morning... and so should you too! It's still very cold so wrap up well and enjoy.

And if you like take part in the 'Madarao Speed Challenge' that is happening today. Go to the Information Center from 9am to sign up.


Official snow depth:

Operating lifts:

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

Powder Wave I
Powder Wave II
River Line
Free Ride Park
Powder Theater
Adventure Aisle
Crystal Bowl

Kids Park

Planned nighta operations this season:

Every Saturday until 24th March 2018
11th February 2018   Read more ...

Appi Kogen Now!

Sunday 28th January 2018, 8:23am
Weather conditions: Partly cloudy, blue sky, sun
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: --
The snowstorm has now passed, and with only a light dusting of 5cm last night, there is not too much fresh powder left out there, however the slopes have enough to be nicely groomed, so the piste should be great.

Visibility is very good, and with a high of -4 it will feel little cold. Little to no wind makes it a nice day to be up on the mountain.


Planned lift operations (subject to change):

- APPI Gondola
- Central quad
- Central number 2 lift
- Central number 3 lift A
- Central number 4
- Central number 5 lift
- Central number 6 lift
- Sailer Gondola
- Sailer quad
- Vista quad
- Nishimori lift - affected by wind

Note: The Sailer Gondola, Central Number 4 lift and Vista quad are usually rested on normal weekdays


Official snow depth:

215cm   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Sunday 28th January 2018, 8:27am
Weather conditions: Blue sky, sun, some cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Zao.

The sun is out this morning and it should be an excellent Sunday here. Will be interesting to see how busy the resort will be...

More snow is there on the forecast into tomorrow and the first few days of the coming week so tracks should be getting filled in.

Hope you can enjoy things today.


Lifts and course info:

- All lifts appear to be opening as scheduled
- Note: the Karamatsu pair lift usually only operates on weekends
- All areas open

Official snow depths:

- Summit area: 165cm
- Paradise area: 180cm
- Chuo area: 180cm
- Utopia area: 225cm
- Uwanodai area: 120cm
- Oomori area: 145cm


Zao Onsen forecast:

Zao Onsen 6-day snow and weather forecast

Floodlit night skiing is planned as follows:

In the Uwanodai area:
Daily until Sunday 4th March 2018
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only from Friday 9th March until Sunday 18th March 2018

In the Yokokura area:
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only until Sunday 18th February 2018
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only from Friday 2nd March until Sunday 11th March 2018

Night time 'light up' sightseeing ropeway is planned for the following dates:

January 2018: 27th-31st
February 2018: every day
March 2018: 1st-4th   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Sunday 28th January 2018, 8:30am
Weather conditions: Snow clouds above us
New snowfall: 14cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning to you all.

And how are you doing on this Sunday morning?

This morning I have 14cm of fresh snowfall to add to the reports so another fairly nice layer of good quality snow.

It is snowing as this report goes up and the forecast is looking good over the coming week for regular resets. Sounds good.

There's a bit more wind around than yesterday, and it seems some lifts are affected at the start of the day - see below for info at 8:30am. Doh.

I think that's about all I have for you today. Have a good one!

Oh yes, today was the last scheduled 'early morning' gondola service at Hirafu; so there's just one more weekend (next week) of early operations over at Niseko Village.


Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 5.00am: -7°, 10cm new snow, calm. Moiwa 800m: -8°, W12.1m/s, 15cm new snow, cornice, snowdrift and ridge line skovla development. Annupuri 1150m: -16°, W10m/s, 20cm new snow, cornice and snowdrift development. Hirafu 1250m: -13°, W10m/s, 20cm new snow, cornice and snowdrift development. Coastal data: Benkei Cape:NW14m/s. Kamui Cape: SW12m/s, 1012hPa, wave 1.9m.

The winter weather pattern remains unchanged with snow and a westerly wind under 15m/s continuing, cornice and snowdrifts are growing even more. Wind crust has formed on ridgelines above 800m. Around 1100m Kozan no Sawa sidewall, Osawa cornice face and far East Ridge area avalanche risk is still high, propagating from Jan 25th layer or deeper. Until the wind drops and slab development settles down it is best not to ride these areas. Traversing cornice slopes is dangerous.

Snow in the trees is reset and in good shape. All gates are expected to open. Please listen to the patrols advice. Prepare before going out of bounds. Beacon and helmets are recommended. Being aware can prevent many accidents. Have a good day.


Sunday 28th January 2018

Resort specific information (operations subject to change):

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Niseko HANAZONO Resort

Lifts scheduled to be operating:
- All lifts apart from King Number 2 should normally be operating
- Top Ace Number 4 and King Number 4 lifts are on hold at the start of the day due to strong winds

Official snow depth:
- Top: 430cm
- Base: 225cm

Niseko Annupuri Kokusai

Lifts scheduled to be operating:
- All lifts should normally be operating
- Top Jumbo Number 4 lift is on hold at the start of the day due to strong winds

Official snow depth:
- Top: 310cm
- Base: 200cm

Niseko Village

Lifts scheduled to be operating:
- All lifts apart from the Country Road Chair lift should normally be operating
- Top Wonderland Chair lift is on hold at the start of the day due to strong winds
- 'Early Gondola' service from 7:30am until 8:30am (Niseko Gondola). On February 3rd-4th. 1,400 yen special ticket required.

Official snow depth:
- Top: 300cm
- Base: 180cm


Floodlit 'nighta' skiing:

Night skiing is planned for every evening at the Niseko Grand Hirafu, Niseko Village and Niseko Annupuri areas. There is no nighta at the Niseko HANAZONO area. Ski lifts that are scheduled to be operating for nighta are noted below (subject to change):

* Niseko Grand Hirafu - Ace Family quad, Ace Number 2 quad, Hirafu Gondola, Holiday Number 1 pair
* Niseko Annupuri - Jumbo Number 1 quad lift
* Niseko Village - Village Express, Upper Village Gondola, Community Chair, Banzai Chair   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Sunday 28th January 2018, 8:31am
Weather conditions: Partly cloud, sunny, blue sky
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Hakuba.

I'm keeping it fairly short this morning because too many words are unnecessary.

There's no cm of fresh snow being reported this morning, but it is remaining very cold and the sun is out. Thin high cloud but blue sky too, and it should just be an excellent day all round.

If you're not excited about the prospect of what's today should be like, you're just... silly!

No excuses allowed. :)

Hope to see some of you out there.


Ski resort information on Sunday 28th January 2018 (at time of writing):

Hakuba Happo-one

Operating lifts:
- Gondola and upper lifts are on standby at start of the day due to windy conditions

Courses open:
- Open as lifts allow

Official snow depth:
- Kurobishi: 370cm
- Usagidaira: 205cm
- Lower: 140cm


Hakuba Goryu

Operating lifts:
- Lifts appear to be operating as normal
- The top Alps Number 2/4 pair lifts will be open weekends until 4th Feb and then daily from 10th Feb until 18th March

Courses open:
- All courses should be open as normal

Official snow depth:
- Top: 365cm
- Toomi: 125cm
- Iimori: 95cm


Hakuba 47

Operating lifts:
- All lifts operating as planned (Line D usually operates only when the Gondola is closed)

Courses open:
- All main courses available

Official snow depth:
- Top: 290cm
- Base: 120cm


Tsugaike Kogen

Operating lifts:
- Most lifts apart from the Kane-no-naru-oka Skyliner I are operating.

Courses open:
- All course areas are open apart from parts Kane-no-naru-oka Number 2

Official snow depth:
- Tsuga-no-mori: 330cm
- Han-no-ki: 320cm
- Maruyama: 130cm
- Shirakaba: 300cm
- Champion: 150cm
- Oya-no-hara: 170cm
- Kane-no-naru-oka: 165cm


Hakuba Cortina

Operating lifts:
- All lifts are operating this morning

Courses open:
- All courses apart from Itadaira Ridge should be open

Official snow depth:
- Top: 350cm
- Base: 220cm


Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field

Operating lifts:
- Most lifts are operating with most courses open

Official snow depth:
- Top: 220cm
- Base: 130cm


Hakuba Norikura Onsen

Operating lifts:
- All lifts apart from Alps Number 7 are operating.

Official snow depth:
- 270cm


Hakuba Valley Kashimayari

Operating lifts:
- All lifts are operating

Official snow depth:
- 170cm


Hakuba Sanosaka

Operating lifts:
- All three lifts are operating

Official snow depth:
- 150cm


Night time skiing (nighta) at resorts in the region - weather & conditions permitting
The below 'nighta' information will not be updated every day - please check with resorts if you plan to go!

Hakuba Happo-one
Daily from 5pm until 9pm in the Nakiyama 2 area
Adults - 2,000 yen; children - 1,200 yen

Hakuba Goryu
Daily from 6pm until 9:30pm in the Toomi area until 31st March
The Sky Four quad operates daily; the Number 2 pair mostly on Saturdays and holidays
Adults - 1,900 yen; children - 850 yen

Hakuba Cortina
Daily from 5pm until 8pm (until 9pm on Saturdays)
Adults - 1,500 yen; children - 1,000 yen

Tsugaike Kogen
Kane-no-naru-oka area from 6pm until 8:50pm on 3rd, 10th, 11th February
Karamatsu Shirakaba area from 6pm until 9pm on 27th January; 10th, 11th, 17th February; 3rd, 10th March
Adults - 2,200 yen; children - 1,700 yen

There are no other nighta operations at other ski resorts in the region   Read more ...

Naeba Now!

Sunday 28th January 2018, 8:39am
Weather conditions: Clearing
New snowfall: 10cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning! It's a very different morning in Naeba today than it has been for the past few days. There are significant patches of blue sky, with some low, fluffy clouds clinging to the valley sides and peaks. The air temperature is still chilly, reading -7°C but without much wind it will feel pleasant compared to the last couple of days. Another 10cm of new snow in the past 24 hours will keep the pistes fresh as well. The sun will likely win out as the morning pushes on, so it will likely be a fantastic day to explore everything that Mt Naeba has to offer after the prolonged "Storm Finn". With the Dragondola open for the first time in a number of days.

Looking forwards, we should expect clearer conditions for the remainder of today, with another squall of snow and cloud blowing in early tomorrow morning. This should stick around and gift us a little new snow through until Wednesday, when we should expect another break in the cloud for a day. Temperatures are expected to remain just below 0°C during daylight hours until at least Wednesday, meaning the snow should stay fresh on the pistes. Later in the week, it appears that our next significant storm system may blow into Mikuni valley on Friday, but we will need to wait and see what materialises over the next couple of days.

Akarui!   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Sunday 28th January 2018, 8:43am
Weather conditions: The sun is out, blue skies, some thin cloud
New snowfall: 12cm
Snow depth: --

It's keeping really cold but this morning the clouds have been clearing and the sun is out. A contrast to the wilder conditions that we had yesterday, and which gave us another 14cm of quality snow.

Today should be really great conditions.


Official snow depths numbers reported by different areas of Shiga Kogen:

Please note that these numbers are the official numbers that ski resorts publish and we check and update them each morning.



Ichinose Family

Ichinose Diamond




Okushiga Kogen

Sun Valley

Takamagahara Mammoth



250cm   Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Sunday 28th January 2018, 10:08am
Weather conditions: Sunny, but increasing clouds
New snowfall: 11cm
Snow depth: --
A little break in the snow today, with sun and half-blue skies. Not that much additional snow, but with the cold temperatures it fell as nice big snowflaky flakes.

Really nice to be out in. Oh, yeah, it is still cold! Went down to -11°C last night.

Nothing much else to report on this nice weekend day.

The resorts are buzzing along, the parking lots are full.


Akakura Kanko:
290 cm, -9°

Akakura Onsen:
360cm, -10°

Ikenotaira Onsen:
230cm, -10°

Myoko Suginohara:
220cm, -15°

Seki Onsen:
380 cm, -8°

Myoko Ski Park:
280 cm, -5°

Kyukamura RunRun:
330 cm, -7°

Tangram Ski Circus:
220 cm, -8°

Madarao Kogen:
230 cm, -8.5°

Read more ...

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06th May, 9:33am
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06th May, 9:09
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06th May, 8:46
Minakami Now
06th May, 8:16
Madarao Now
06th May, 8:13am
Zao Now
06th May, 7:59
Appi Kogen Now
06th May, 7:59am
Geto Kogen Now
06th May, 7:12
Grandeco Now
02nd Feb, 12:34am