Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 30th May 2020

Shiga Kogen Now!

Monday 29th December 2014, 7:55am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 120cm
Fine snow falling early this morning and just a dusting on the slopes.

A big contrast to yesterday when we had all those clear skies. Not much in terms of cm expected and possibly some sunshine again tomorrow and Wednesday before a more serious period of snowfall around Thursday.

Relatively very mild here today but come mid week it's going to get very cold again.


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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Furano Now!

Monday 29th December 2014, 8:29am
Weather conditions: Partly cloudy
New snowfall: 10cm
Snow depth: 90cm
Surprising 10cm of fluff fell early this morning. Great news all round and very much needed as there is still some vegetation popping through in areas.
Its also a very sunny warm day today with temps being above 0c. Best to get out early to take advantage of it all.
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Minakami Now!

Monday 29th December 2014, 9:01am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 220cm
Overcast and snowing through till tomorrow morning and winds becoming stronger for this afternoon.

The forecast predicts clear skies for tomorrow morning and snow for the New Year.


New snowfall

Valley 0cm
Upper Mountains 0cm


Snow depth

Valley 10cm
Upper Mountains 220cm   Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Monday 29th December 2014, 9:19am
Weather conditions: Good up to base; looks pretty foggy up most of the hill
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 250cm
Yesterday's sunny skies did in fact turn to snow late last night, but, with great regret, I must say that the precipitation has gone soft (it is raining). Let us once again turn to the weather report pages of Snow Japan, and we will see that while rain is predicted for the morning, it will turn to snow this afternoon. And there's lots of snow ahead, so we won't worry about a little Monday morning rain.

Otherwise, there's a really excellent base for this time of the year—we have to remember that we're often on very thin cover or even dirt in places early in the season—and all the areas are in full operation. A nice way to end the year, ready for the new one.


Akakura Kanko:
250cm, 0°
All lifts operating

Akakura Onsen:
196cm, -1°
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, 0°
Shirakaba Capsule, Ikenotaira Quad, AB No. 1, AB No. 2, Karamatsu Pair, Chuo Pair

Myoko Suginohara:
190cm, -2°
Gondola, No. 1 Romance, No. 2 and 3 high-speed lifts

Seki Onsen:
280cm, -5°

Myoko Ski Park:
225cm, 1°

Kyukamura Myoko:
280cm, 1°

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

190cm, -1°
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!

Monday 29th December 2014, 9:30am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 190cm
As expected the blue skies continuted for the whole day yesterday - it was a cracker.

After the very cold start to the day it warmed up slightly but stayed cold.

This morning we have cloud cover and while the local forecast says there's a chance of snow (or sleet) during the day, it's actually raining at the moment. That's not good, hopefully it will be snow at higher elevations - Kagura are reporting light snow - and quickly turn that way down here as well.

Still due the next decent snowfall around New Years Day.


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 ...

Niseko Now!

Monday 29th December 2014, 10:01am
Weather conditions: Mostly cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 140cm
Good morning from Niseko and the sun is out at the moment. There has been some blue sky around but the mountain has cloud cover as well, so kind of varied conditions this morning.

There is no fresh snowfall to report this morning and it's a mild start to the day.

Temperatures should drop from tomorrow and by the end of the day we can expect some new snowfall.

Not long until New Years now. Just where did 2014 go?! There'll be events aplenty, one of the main ones being the 'Torchlight Skiing' on the lower part of the Kokutai Course - Kogen Course of Niseko Grand Hirafu on New Years Eve. It starts at 11:30pm with the torchlit skiing happening at midnight and that is followed by a firework display. This year will be the 39th time they hold this and fingers crossed for some clear weather conditions so it all can be seen. Obviously we want tons of snow to fall once the event has finished in time for our fun the next morning!


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 after a slightly late opening.

Niseko Annupuri:
Looks set to be open as planned.


Niseko Avalanche Report

Moiwa base: 0C, 1cm of wet snow. Moiwa 800m: -2C, SW10m/s, 3cm of new snow and moderate development of snowdrifts. Annupuri 1150m: -6C, SW10m/s, light snowfall and 185cm snowpack at 1000m. Hirafu 1000m: -2C, light snowfall and thick fog. Coastal data: Benkei cape WNW9m/s, Kamui cape SW12m/s, 1008hPa and 1.1m waves.

The atmospheric pressure gradient is small and the mountain in a calm condition. Warm air is flowing in and the mountain is blanketed with a thin layer of wet snow. The eastern (Hirafu) area is covered with a thick fog due to air mass displacement. The wind in higher elevation is sustaining around 10m/s, there are no notable developments of snowdrifts and the snowpack is stable. Gates 4, 5, 6 and 10 will open from the morning but the out of bounds area is mostly tracked out. Seek for the ski patrol’s advice before stepping out of the gate. It’s hard to see the surface with the flat-light. Never overestimate your knowledge and skills; remain prudent and stay safe. Do not enter the strictly off-limits area of Haru no Taki and Yu no Sawa.

There’s been a bunch of new Niseko Rules’ flyer thrown away in the mountain. Not sure for what purpose, but it seems some strange things happen as the number of people grows. Please respect the Rules and have a nice day.


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

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 270cm
Base - 140cm

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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Nozawa Onsen Now!

Monday 29th December 2014, 10:02am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 190cm
Hello from Nozawa where it's... cloudy.

After the very fine clear skies that we enjoyed yesterday, clouds have moved back over the region and it has been trying to snow though being a bit wetter than that at lower areas. Forecast says it will stay relatively mild today with sleet/snow at times.

Decent snow is due in the coming days though as it starts to get colder again. We're looking at quite possibly a very snowy New Years Day at Nozawa. That would be a fine way to start the new year off.


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

Nighta at the Nagasaka area will be open from 4:30pm until 11:30pm on Wednesday.


Fresh snow to report this morning since yesterday afternoon:

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

Official snow depths:

Yamabiko - 295cm
Uenotaira - 260cm
Hikage - 195cm
Nagasaka - 190cm
Karasawa - 180cm


Courses open:

All courses are now open except:

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


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

Monday 29th December 2014, 10:34am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 190cm
Back to the snow this morning after that bright blue day we had yesterday.

Not the lightest driest kind of snow for sure, a bit wet really, but better than rain that other lower places are getting right now. It doesn't feel that cold this morning. A few days of varied conditions which should be followed by more substantial snow late on New Years Eve into the new year.


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 ...

Hakuba Now!

Monday 29th December 2014, 11:05am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 10cm
Snow depth: 160cm
Sorry for the later report this morning.

It was a beautiful day yesterday in the area, but this morning I have new snow to report from Hakuba - around 10cm on lower areas and a bit more higher up with Hakuba 47 and Hakuba Cortina both reporting up to 20cm.

With hardly any wind at all, it actually doesn't feel that cold this morning and we are forecast to have a high of around 3 degrees this afternoon. Hopefully we won't get any rain - for now it's snowing.

Heavier snowfall is forecast as we click into 2015 around Wednesday into Thursday.


Official snow depth numbers and operations as of 29th December 2014. Subject to change during the day:

Hakuba Goryu:
Reporting 10cm 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 - 275cm
- Toomi - 160cm
- Iimori - 150cm


Hakuba 47:
Reporting 15cm of new snowfall at base and about 20cm higher up.
All courses open.
Tree Riding Zone open.

- Upper - 265cm
- Lower - 140cm


Reporting 15cm of fresh snowfall.
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 - 240cm
- Nakiyama - 130cm
- Sakka - 120cm


Hakuba Cortina:
Reporting 15cm of new snowfall at lower areas and 20cm on upper areas.
Night skiing every day until 31st March.

- Upper - 290cm
- Lower - 185cm


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

- Tsuga-no-mori - 270cm
- Maruyama - 145cm
- Kane-no-naru-oka - 180cm


Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field:
Reporting 20-25cm of fresh snowfall.
Most of Iwatake is now open.

- Upper - 210cm
- Lower - 125cm


Hakuba Norikura Onsen:
Reporting 5cm of fresh snowfall.
Resort is mostly open.

- 230cm


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

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Zao Now!

Monday 29th December 2014, 11:10am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 180cm
Turned into a really fine day yesterday in Zao.

Unfortunately, it's rather mild this morning and has been raining here in the village, though snowing higher up on the mountain.

We should be seeing a return to colder more winter like conditions starting tomorrow and gradually getting colder as we approach New Year. The forecast for New Year is potentially heavy snow so if you plan on being here... come prepared!


Official snow depths (29th 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

Shiga Kogen Now
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