Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 1st April 2018

Yuzawa Now!

Tuesday 2nd April 2013, 6:45am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 120cm
An early report from Yuzawa this morning... before any of the lifts move.

The day has started off cloudy and some spots of rain falling, light at the moment but the forecast for the day seems to be cloud and temps to rise to around 12 degrees. There's a moderate wind blowing around early on - whether that will be enough to impact on some lifts, not sure.

Rain is forecast for the day tomorrow.


Planned closing dates for resorts in Yuzawa and Minamiuonuma

Resorts in Yuzawa:

Ipponsugi - until 3rd April
Iwappara - until 7th April
Naeba - until 7th April
NASPA Ski Garden - until 7th April
Yuzawa Nakazato - until 7th April
Yuzawa Park - until 7th April
Kandatsu Kogen - until 14th April (and then weekends until Golden Week in early May)
GALA Yuzawa - until 6th May
Kagura (Tashiro) - until 6th May
Kagura (Mitsumata) - until 26th May

Resorts in Minamiuonuma:

Maiko Snow Resort - open on 6/7th April and then on 13/14th April
Ishiuchi Maruyama - until 7th April
Joetsu Kokusai - until 7th April

All are subject to snow conditions and may change.   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Tuesday 2nd April 2013, 7:05am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 225cm
Good morning and it's a very early and brief report today as SnowJapan are going to be doing some work on the site today.

Basically a cloudy start to the day here and already around +4 degrees in the village, with a high of around 14 degrees forecast for later on.

Rain is due later today as well and into tomorrow as well. Back with you tomorrow...


Official snow depths and operations @ Monday 1st April 2013 AM:
Not updated for Tuesday due to early report

Hakuba Goryu:
Official snow depths:
Alps daira - 225cm;
Toomi - 60cm;
Iimori - 40cm

Hakuba 47:
Official snow depth:
Upper - 138cm
Lower - 53cm

Official snow depth:
Usagidaira - 160cm
Nakiyama/Shirakaba - 20cm
Sakka - 30cm

Tsugaike Kogen:
Official snow depth:
Upper slopes - 245cm
Lower slopes - 80cm

Hakuba Cortina:
Official snow depth:
Upper slopes - 250cm
Lower slopes - 125cm

Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field, Hakuba Sanosaka and Hakuna Minekata resorts are now closed for the season.   Read more ...

Naeba Now!

Tuesday 2nd April 2013, 8:01am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 160cm
Unfortunately this morning it is raining in Naeba and also it looks like up at Kagura too. Not heavy rain just light at the moment and fingers crossed it might ease off as well.

It's pretty windy as well but all resort areas look to be open as planned this morning.

Looking like tomorrow might well be rainy as well, with the hope that higher up it might be snow.


Official resort snow depth:
Naeba - 160cm
Kagura - 370cm

Planned closing dates:
Naeba - April 7th
Kagura (Tashiro Ropeway) - May 6th
Kagura (Mitsumata Ropeway) - May 26th   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Tuesday 2nd April 2013, 8:08am
Weather conditions: Cloud, fog
New snowfall: 2cm
Snow depth: 495cm
Yesterday winds ended up affecting some lift operations on the mountain again but it seems today the resorts are getting ready to be open as normal.

Just a sprinkling of new snow, perhaps up to a few cm in places, but it's fairly wet. It's all a bit dull out there this morning actually with a fog on the mountain making visibility in places really poor. Just a slight wind at the moment at base.

Perhaps a bit brighter tomorrow but along with it the chance of rainfall.


Official Resort Snow Depths

Grand Hirafu & Niseko Hanazono
Top - 495cm
Bottom - 215cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 400cm
Bottom - 230cm

Niseko Village
Top - 430cm
Bottom - 200cm


Planned resort operations

Niseko Hanazono - until Sunday 7th April
Niseko Village - until Sunday 7th April
Niseko Annupuri - until Monday 6th May
Niseko Grand Hirafu - until Monday 6th May   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Tuesday 2nd April 2013, 8:23am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 260cm
A cloudy start to proceedings in Nozawa this morning and already around 5 degrees in village with it due to rise to around 11 degrees during the day today.

We're likely not going to avoid rain today unfortunately and that may well last into tomorrow. We'll have to see if it falls as snow on the upper slopes of the mountain. I will of course let you know!


Official snow depths



Lower slopes of the resort are now closed for the season.


Nozawa Onsen opening dates from 1st April to the end of season:

From 1st April until 6th May:
Nagasaka Gondola
Yamabiko Number 2 Four lift
Yamabiko Four lift

From 1st April until 7th April
12th April until 14th April
20th-21st April
27th April until 6th May

Uenotaira Four lift
Snow Park

6th-7th April
13th-14th April
20th-21st April
27th April until 6th May

Paradise Four lift


Courses open at Nozawa Onsen:

Yamabiko A
Yamabiko B
Yamabiko C
Yamabiko D
Yamabiko E
Bunabayashi (to the Nagasaka Gondola mid station)
Utopia A
Utopia B
Rinkan (until the Hikage area)

From tomorrow the resort will be 'working with snow' between the Nagasaka area and Hikage areas. Here's how you'll be able to get back to the Nagasaka Gondola from Rinkan:

On 2nd April - shuttle bus from Hikage
From 3rd April onwards - use shuttle bus from Isemiya course

Lift prices from 1st April are 3500 yen (adults), 1500 yen (children), 2500 yen (seniors) for a day ticket and 2500 yen (adults), 1000 yen (children), 2000 yen (seniors) for a half day.   Read more ...

Furano Now!

Tuesday 2nd April 2013, 9:05am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 180cm
Clouds hang over the mointain at the moment but as the morning progresses it looks like they may partially lift to expose some sunshine. Temperatures are pretty warm this morning and the feeling of spring is in the air. Day time temperatures will rise to +7c tomorrow in the village and light rain is forecast.   Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Tuesday 2nd April 2013, 10:38am
Weather conditions: Clear, but increasing high clouds
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 210cm
Sunny again today, but the wind is coming up from the west/southwest.

Rain on the scheudle for later today and tomorrow.


Operations and official snow depths

Akakura Kanko (Akakan)
210cm, 6C

150cm, 0C

no report; will reopen April 6 & 7

Seki Onsen
390cm, 2C

250cm, 1C (yesterday's report)

Myoko Ski Park
235cm, 9C

135cm, 3C


Akakura Kanko: Open (for as long as there's snow); Sky Cable gondola and No. 3 lift
Suginohara: Closed; will re-open on April 6 & 7
Ikenotaira: Last day 4/7
Tangram: Last day 4/7; No. 3 lift only
Kyukamura: Last day 4/7
Myoko Ski Park: Last day 4/4

Akakura Onsen and Madarao Kogen are now closed.    Read more ...

SnowJapan Daily 'Now' reports

Madarao Now
16th Jul, 11:46pm
Grandeco Now
16th Jul, 11:27am
Niseko Now
16th Jul, 11:26am
Yuzawa Now
29th Jun, 17:50am
Furano Now
06th May, 9:04am
Hakuba Now
06th May, 9:02
Nozawa Onsen Now
06th May, 8:41
Shiga Kogen Now
06th May, 8:35
Myoko Now
06th May, 8:35am
Zao Now
06th May, 8:30am
Naeba Now
06th May, 8:28am
Minakami Now
06th May, 8:27am
Appi Kogen Now
06th May, 8:04
Geto Kogen Now
06th May, 8:01