Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 30th May 2020

Naeba Now!

Monday 2nd April 2012, 8:28am
Weather conditions: Generally cloudy
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Those clouds that came in yesterday ended up giving us about 5cm or so of new snowfall on the upper slopes of Kagura this morning, though no new snow to report in Naeba. It's a cloudy morning with some blue skies on show as well early on above parts of Kagura, and just a slight wind after the stronger blowing winds that we experienced at times yesterday.

The Dragondola is now closed for the ski season and so no direct connection between Naeba and Kagura. From today until Sunday, operations at Naeba are the following - No2 Gondola, No5 quad and Takenokodaira pair lifts. This will keep a pretty large section of the resort open, though obviously not as much as normal season. Most of Kagura remains open.

From Tuesday night onwards we are looking at more snowfall - potentially decent snowfall as well - so we are apparently not done with it yet. :)

Resort Operations, 2nd April (subject to change)
No2 Gondola, No5 quad and Takenokodaira pair lifts operating.
Mostly open.
Official snow depths
380cm   Read more ...

Madarao Now!

Monday 2nd April 2012, 8:42am
Weather conditions: -
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
That's it folks! Madarao Kogen ski-jo is now closed for the season.

And what as season it has generally been. I think we can safely say that we have enjoyed some pretty amazing snowfall in the region this season. At one point there it felt like we were getting huge amounts of new snowfall every day - it didn't seem to want to stop. And we actually have finished the season now with over 200cm of snow still out there on the slopes. It's going to take a while for the snow to disappear, especially as a look at the forecast shows more snow due this coming week! No doubt though later on this month it will suddenly start getting really warm and come May the snow will be a distant but fond memory.

Summer in Madarao is nice and (relatively) cool. Always worth a trip for general outdoor activities and of course the views over to Myoko in one direction and Shiga Kogen and Nozawa in the other is always spectacular on a clear day.

Thank you for reading these reports, hope you enjoyed them and were able to visit Madarao this season.

We'll see you in the autumn as we start posting reports again on Madarao Now in the run up to 12/13 season. Let's hope it's as snowy as this one has been.

Have a fun and safe spring/summer wherever you are.   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Monday 2nd April 2012, 9:09am
Weather conditions: Cloud and blue sky
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Another cold morning in the village but no new snow and hardly any wind. There is still quite a bit of cloud up there but it is bright and some blue sky as well. Quite similar to how things were yesterday actually.

From tomorrow night look for snow, cold temperatures and strong windy conditions for the following few days.

So from today less of the ski resort is open as many of the lifts close for the season. You can still ski from top to bottom though, with the main 'remaining open' area being the upper part of the resort - still a considerable area and still lots of snow out there. The upper slopes are due to remain open until 6th May.

Planned lifts operating are shown below.

Current lift operations at Zao, as of 2nd April - subject to change:

Uwanodai Area
Sky Cable (open all year, but closed from 7th May for maintenance)
Onsen No1 pair lift (until 8th April)
Onsen No2 quad lift (until 8th April)
Zao Ropeway (open all year, but closed for maintenance 9th-25th April except Saturdays and Sundays)

Chuo and Paradise Area
Chuo No1 pair lift (until 6th May, but only Sat/Sun from 9th April until 27th April)
Chuo No2 pair lift (until 6th May)
Katakai triple lift (until 6th May, but only Sat/Sun from 9th April until 27th April)
Paradise No1 pair lift (until 6th May (but only Sat/Sun from 9th April until 27th April)
Shobunuma No2 pair lift (until 8th April)

Yokokura and Utopia area
Zao Ropeway (open all year, closed for maintenance 7th-18th May)
Yokokura No1 pair lift (until 8th April)
Astraea No3 pair lift (until 8th April)
Utopia No2 pair lift (dependent on snow but latest until 6th May)

Omori and Kurohime Area
Kurohime No1 quad (no fixed closing date, dependent on snow)


Official snow depths (2nd April 12)
Utopia - 240cm
Chuo - 220cm
Paradise - 230cm
Uwanodai - 150cm

Operating lifts (2nd April 12)
All Ropeways (Skycable, Zao Chuo Ropeway, Zao Ropeway) operating.
Part of the resort remains open - see above.   Read more ...

Yuzawa Now!

Monday 2nd April 2012, 9:22am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Just a frosting overnight but no real cm of snow to report around town, though Kagura resort is reporting 5cm of new snow up top this morning. Temperatures were down to around 0 degrees overnight and right now about +3C with a high or around 6C forecast for the day.

It is just cloudy really this morning with lots of cloud hanging around the mountains and so variable visibility conditions out there.

Tomorrow some very strong winds are forecast for the region and will very likely affect some lifts at resorts. It might well be a day to avoid.

A number of resorts around Yuzawa and Minamiuonuma are closed from today.

In Yuzawa, Yuzawa Nakazato and Yuzawa Park are now closed for the season. Ludens Yuzawa is closed weekdays, but plans to be open on the 7th, 8th, 14th and 15th of the month.

In Minamiuonuma, Centleisure Maiko is closed this week Monday to Friday, but will re-open for a final few days this coming weekend on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th. Ishiuchi Maruyama remains open and Joetsu Kokusai is part open, both until the end of the coming weekend.

See below for the planned closing dates of the remaining resorts around town.

Official resort snow depths @ Monday 2nd April 12, AM:
Mt Naeba:
Kagura - Tashiro:
GALA Yuzawa:
Kandatsu Kogen:
NASPA Ski Garden:
Yuzawa Kogen:
Ishiuchi Maruyama:
Joetsu Kokusai:


Open until 8th April:
NASPA Ski Garden
Yuzawa Kogen
Naeba - after that open for 14th, 15th, 21st and 22nd April

Open until 15th April:
Kandatsu Kogen - after that opening on weekends and holidays from 16th April until 6th May)

Open until 6th May:
GALA Yuzawa
Kagura (Tashiro)

Open until 27th May:
Kagura (Mitsumata)   Read more ...

Furano Now!

Monday 2nd April 2012, 9:36am
Weather conditions: Snowing heavily
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
The late season skiing just keeps on getting better. It has snowed overnight and left 14cm on new powder snow on the ground. The new snow is of a very good quality, being light and dry, and promises some great rewards for those that venture out today. It is still snowing very heavily right at the moment and this is restricting visibility. The week ahead looks really good with continuing snowfalls.    Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Monday 2nd April 2012, 9:43am
Weather conditions: Fine
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
No new snow to report this morning in Shiga Kogen though it remains quite cold. Much less of a wind today though - got really windy at times later on in the day yesterday - and all is calm. It's bright but a kind of overcast fine morning here at the moment.

It's looking like tomorrow might start off quite mild but take a turn towards much colder and wilder conditions late on. Strong winds, very cold temperatures and possibly heavy snow tomorrow night and for that snow to continue for a few days? The snow and cold bit of that lot sounds encouraging, let's see if it happens!

A few resort areas of Shiga Kogen have closed for the season today, with a few others closing for weekdays. The latest information is posted below.

Official resort snow depths as of Monday 2nd April 2012 AM:

Ichinose Family:
Okushiga Kogen:


Resort areas that are now closed for the season are Maruike, Hasuike, Giant, Bunadaira, Nishitateyama and Kidoike. The planned closing dates of other ski areas are as follows, subject to change:

Sun Valley:
No1 quad until 8th April
No3 lift until 4th April

Closed at the moment. Re-open for April 7/8, 14/15, 21/22, 29th April - 6th May. Access to Terakoya still operating even when Higashitateyama closed.

Closed at the moment. Re-open for April 7/8, 14/15, 21/22, 29th April - 6th May.

Quad until 6th May. Triple until 8th April.

Until 6th May (but closed from 9th April until 28th April).

Ichinose Family:
Quad until 6th May. Pairs on April 7/8, 14/15, 21/22, 29th April - 6th May.

Ichinose Diamond:
Triple until 6th April. Quad open April 7/8, 14/15, 21/22, 29th April - 6th May.

Ichinose Yamanokami:
Until 8th April.

No2 Gondola & No2 quad until 8th April and then April 14/15, 21/22, 29th April - 6th May.
No2 lift until 8th April and then April 14/15, 21/22, 29th April - 6th May.
No3 lift March 17/18, 20, 24/25, April 7/8
No4 pair open when No2 Gondola closed

Okushiga Kogen:
Gondola open until 9th April and then 14th-16th April, 21st-23rd April, 28th April until 6th May.
No1 pair until 8th April.
No2 and No3 pairs until 6th May.
No4 pair until 8th April and then 14th-15th April, 21st-22nd April, 28th April until 6th May.

Some lifts open beyond 6th May (after that date the Shiga Kogen ticket not valid)

Plans to be open until late May. Beyond 6th May, the joint Shiga Kogen ticket not valid.   Read more ...

Minakami Now!

Monday 2nd April 2012, 10:08am
Weather conditions: Clear with some cloud
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
A bit of light snow this morning and last night with Tenjin reporting 5cm. It is a nice day down in the valley with blue sky and a few clouds floating around. Still masses of snow in all resorts but the closures for the season have begun with yesterday being the final day for some of the smaller resorts. Norn, Okutone and Minakami Kogen are all now closed until next winter. Houdaigi will be open for another week, with its final day on April 8th. Tenjin should be good until Golden Week.

It is supposed to be clear for today with the warm temperatures continuing into Tuesday. From Wednesday onwards it will be colder again and light snow is forecast for the rest of the week.   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Monday 2nd April 2012, 10:32am
Weather conditions: Fine, hazy
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
A fairly cold start to the day with lots of cloud but they have been clearing up over the last hour or so and there is now a fair bit of blue sky to be seen now over the village. Looks like it is going to be a fine though somewhat hazy looking day.

Temperature dropped to about -3C overnight but will rise to perhaps around 8 or 9 degrees later on today. All is calm and there's not much of a wind at all.

That all looks set to change later on tomorrow though. The forecast is telling us to expect decent snowfall and stormy like conditions. It might all start off with rain down in the village but after that the rest of the week looks set to be colder and hopefully snowy as well.


Official snow depths and operations @ Monday 2nd April 2012 AM:

Hakuba Goryu:
No new snowfall at Goryu this morning. Lifts now operating are the Gondola, the Alps daira No1 and No3 pair lifts and the Toomi Sky Four lift. The Iimori area of Hakuba Goryu is now closed for the season. Lift tickets are now cheaper until closing.
Official snow depths:
Alps daira - 270cm;
Toomi - 135cm

Hakuba 47:
All lifts apart from Line D operating and all courses remain open - the only resort area that remains fully open (courses). Lift tickets are now cheaper until closing.
Official snow depth:
Upper - 245cm
Lower - 165cm

Lifts operating: Grat quad, Alpen quad, Happo Riesen quad, Nakiyama No3 triple, Gondola, Panorama pair, Kurobishi No2 quad, Skyline No2 pair and Kita One No3 pair. Lift tickets are now cheaper until closing.
Official snow depth:
Usagidaira - 220cm;
Sakka - 80cm;
Nakiyama - 80cm.

Tsugaike Kogen:
Tsugaike Kogen is now part open - but still skiable from top to bottom. Lifts operating are Ropeway, Gondola, Tsuga No2 pair lift and the Hannoki pair.
Official snow depth:
Upper slopes - 280cm
Lower - 150cm


Planned ski resort closings in Hakuba and Otari, all subject to change:

Hakuba Goryu:
Toomi area open until Sunday 8th April.
Upper area hopefully open until 6th May.

Hakuba 47:
47 plants to be open until 6th May.

Upper slopes plan to be open until 6th May.

Tsugaike Kogen:
Plans to be open until Golden Week

The Hakuba Cortina, Norikura, Iwatake, Sanosaka and Minekata resorts are all now closed for the season.   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Monday 2nd April 2012, 11:53am
Weather conditions: overcast, light snow
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Light snow overnight as yesterdays sunny start clouded over in the afternoon and this morning we saw some huge light flakes falling around 9am... the kind of thing that you expect to see in January. No complaints!

Current conditions are a little bit windy with some lifts on standby due to those conditions, but with light snowfall continuing through the morning.

From tomorrow looking good for some new snowfall during the rest of the week, though may start off with rain falling as the daytime looks set to be warmer that today.


As we are now into April, there will be a scaling back of lift operations, especially from next week. More services around town are closing for the season as things start to wind down. Below is the latest information from the resort areas in Niseko regarding lift operation plans:

Grand Hirafu & Hanazono:
The following lifts remain open, with the planned closing dates for each also shown:

A Ace Family Pair Lift - until 8th April
C Ace Quad Lift No2 - until 6th May
F Hirafu Gondola - until 8th April
I King Hooded Triple Lift #3 - until 6th May
J King Lift #4 - until 6th May
K Swinging Monkey Pair Lift - until 9th April
N Hanazono Hooded Quad Lift #1 - until 9th April
O Hanazono Quad Lift #2 - until 9th April
P Hanazono Hooded Quad Lift #3 - until 9th April

Niseko Village:
Niseko Village plans to be open every day until Sunday 8th April with the following lifts operating - Gondola, Banzai, Wonderland and Community. Niseko Village also plans to be open again for the Golden Week holiday period from Sunday 29th April until Sunday 6th May.

Lifts at Annupuri plan to be open until 6th May.


Official snow depths:

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 405cm
Bottom - 175cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 440cm
Bottom - 190cm

Top - 470cm
Bottom - 180cm   Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Monday 2nd April 2012, 12:24pm
Weather conditions: High overcast, some sun
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Snow to start the day, and now some sun. We also have pretty cold temperatures, keeping the snowpack pretty much untouched so far. And it remains a massive snowpack; anywhere else in the world and there's no way the ski areas would be closed. Bring your shovels, make yourself your own park on one of the (sadly) closed slopes, or support those who are staying open!

Akakura Onsen: Kumado No. 3 and 4 lifts open April 2 to 8
Akakan: Sky Cable Gondola and No 3 lift, through to May
Ikenotaira: Shirakaba Capsule, Ikenotaira Quad and AB Dai 1 lifts, until April 8
Suginohara: Closed
Seki Onsen: You can't stop with 580cm of snow on the ground (open through May)
Myoko Ski Park: Closed
Kyukamura: At least open for kids' sledding (lift closed)
Tangram: Closed
Madarao: Closed

Current Official Snow Depths

Akakura Onsen:

Akakan (Akakura Kanko):


Myoko Suginohara:

Seki Onsen:

Myoko Ski Park:


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Nozawa Onsen Now!

Monday 2nd April 2012, 14:25pm
Weather conditions: Sunny
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Yesterday was the last day of the year that all the skilifts on the mountain were operating. But don't worry. Nozawa Onsen has still plenty of snow and lifts ready for you. The following lifts are still operating:

Nagasaka Gondola
Yamabiko Four
Yamabiko Four No2
Uenotaira Four
Skyline Link
Hikage triple

Good conditions yesterday with some fresh powder to enjoy up top and the sun out at times. Closed in towards the afternoon with light snow falling from the sky.

Today the early morning clouds gave way to a nice blue sky pretty quickly. Great views from the top of Yamabiko with a fresh dust of snow on the slopes. The snow covered trees looked stunning.

A lot of snow on the forecast this week. It all starts with heavy snow fall tomorrow night, then pretty much snow all Wednesday and Thursday. Before that though, strong winds are forecast for tomorrow - strong enough to very likely mean the resort won't be able to open....

Current Official Snow Depths Numbers:




Current Lift operations:
Nagasaka Gondola, Yamabiko Four, Yamabiko Four No2, Uenotaira, Skyline Link, Hikage triple lift

Current courses open:
All open   Read more ...

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