Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 28th May 2018

Yuzawa Now!

Wednesday 2nd April 2014, 7:30am
Weather conditions: Clear and sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 130cm
Good morning from a sunny Yuzawa. Yes, it's going to be another sunny and warm day here with highs of above 14 degrees expected.

Cloud expected tomorrow, followed by rain on Friday... along with that chance of snow at higher elevations going into Saturday.


Planned resort closing dates in the region:

Until 6th April:
Ishiuchi Maruyama
Joetsu Kokusai
Maiko Snow Resort - but open again on 12th/13th April
Nakazato Snow Wood
Yuzawa Nakazato
NASPA Ski Garden

Until 6th May:
Naeba (weekends only from 7th April)
GALA Yuzawa
Kagura (Tashiro)

Until 25th May:
Kagura (Mitsumata)


These resorts are already closed:

Chateux Shiozawa
Ishiuchi Hanaoka
Ludens Yuzawa
Mt Granview
Muikamachi Hakkai-san
Muikamachi Ski Resort
Yuzawa Kogen
Yuzawa Park


Official resort snow depths @ Tuesday 1st April 2014, AM:
Too early to update today!
Kagura (Tashiro):
Kagura (Mitsumata):
NASPA Ski Garden:
Gala Yuzawa:
Yuzawa Kogen:
Yuzawa Nakazato:
Yuzawa Park:
Maiko Snow Resort:
Ishiuchi Maruyama:
Joetsu Kokusai:
   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Wednesday 2nd April 2014, 7:48am
Weather conditions: Sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 120cm
The sun is out again this morning here in Hirafu and it might well warm up to around 10C in town today.

Cloudier conditions forecast for tomorrow but it will be keeping warm and the chance of rain later on.

Snow is still looking likely going into the weekend. It's going to be fun finding out what happens there.


I'm going to post this again as lots of you probably missed it yesterday as it was an update to an already posted report....

As we are now into new month, lets look at those snow depth numbers for March and the season as a whole:

Observed snowfall in Hirafu for March 2014: 113cm
Observed snowfall in Hirafu for the 13/14 season so far: 1150cm

Compare that with the numbers from last season (observations made by the same person in the same place):

Observed snowfall in Hirafu for March 2014: 164cm
Observed snowfall in Hirafu for the 12/13 season at end of March 2013: 1549cm

Still lots of snow of course, but there was a fair chunk more of it last year - 5m more in fact.

Last year in April we observed 32cm by the way.

(All of these numbers can be found at the lower part of the Niseko Now reports).


Let's also take a look at the Japan Meteorological Agency statistics for snowfall recorded in Kutchan town as well:

March 2014: 118cm
March 2013: 124cm
March 2012: 79cm
March 2011: 210cm

The JMA Kutchan number for April ranges from nothing to around 30cm.


Official snow depth numbers at time of writing:

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 340cm
Base - 120cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 340cm
Base - 120cm

Top - 330cm
Base - 140cm


Niseko Village plans to be open until Sunday 6th April
Niseko Hanazono Resort plans to be open until Sunday 6th April
Niseko Annupuri plans to be at least part open until Tuesday 6th May
Niseko Grand Hirafu plans to be at least part open until Tuesday 6th May   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Wednesday 2nd April 2014, 8:02am
Weather conditions: Sun, blue sky
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 80cm
It is another clear and sunny spring morning in Hakuba. Temps dipped to just under zero here in the village overnight and it's a quite chilly start to the day but should be warming up again so the icy snow conditions should quickly loosen up.

Good chance of rain tomorrow and Friday, snow overnight into Saturday? I'm looking forward to finding out! It is definitely due to get much colder for the weekend though. Can we have another last quick blast of winter?


Official snow depth numbers and operations at resorts remaining open (as of 2nd April 2014):

Hakuba Goryu:
Plans to be open until early May.
Upper - 220cm
Toomi - 80cm
Iimori - 45cm

Hakuba 47:
Plans to be open until early May.
Upper - 160cm
Lower - 30cm

Plans to be open until early May.
Usagidaira - 150cm
Nakiyama - 10cm

Tsugaike Kogen:
Plans to be open until early May.
Tsuganomori - 272cm
Kanenonaruoka - 70cm

Hakuba Cortina:
Plans to be open until 6th April.
Upper - 245cm
Lower - 120cm   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Wednesday 2nd April 2014, 9:03am
Weather conditions: Sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 120cm
It's another bright start to the day here in Nozawa Onsen and as of 9am around 6 degrees, with a high temperature forecast of over 13. Rain is expected later on tomorrow and through into the weekend down in the village, but there's still this chance of snow falling on Friday/Saturday - whether it will reach the village or not...


Wednesday 2nd April 2014:

Official snow depths:
Yamabiko - 305cm
Uenotaira - 225cm
Hikage - 120cm
Nagasaka - 120cm

Planned operating lifts for today (weekday operations):
Nagasaka Gondola
Yamabiko Four
Yamabiko Number 2 Four
Uenotaira Four
Yu Road

Planned courses to be open:
Yamabiko A
Yamabiko B
Yamabiko C
Yamabiko D
Yamabiko E
Utopia 2


Note that the following lifts have closed for the season:
- Hikage Gondola
- Challenge pair lift
- Utopia pair lift
- Kandahar pair lift
- Nagasaka quad
- Nagasaka triple
- Nagasaka gondola connecting
- Karasawa pair   Read more ...

Furano Now!

Wednesday 2nd April 2014, 9:24am
Weather conditions: Sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 170cm
It is a glorious sunny morning here in Furano and the sun should stay with us all through the day. You will encounter clear blue skies in all directions and nice warm spring temperatures. Snow conditions on the lower mountain will be soft spring while the upper mountain will be firmer early on. Tommorrow looks like it will be a real warm one during the day with a rain front arriving early evening.


Operating lifts:

Furano Ropeway 9:00am-4:00pm
Furano Downhill Swift Lift #1 CLOSED
Downhill Romance #2 chair 9:00am-4:00pm
Downhill Romance #3 chair 9:00am-4:00pm
Prince Romance 9:00am- 4:00pm

Kitanomine Zone is now closed for the season including the Link Lift and Link Course.   Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Wednesday 2nd April 2014, 9:46am
Weather conditions: Sunny with some high cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 230cm
Still sunny, still warm, but a few light clouds coming in today. A small chance of rain, they say, although it's looking a little better than the original long-term forecast. The snow is really disappearing fast below the base of Akakan (especailly with the wind blowing pretty hard), so it's time to get out there and enjoy while you can.


Official info:

Akakura Kanko:
Myoko Kogen Sky Cable gondola and hotel No. 3 lift will stay open until May 6, or whenever the snow runs out.

Planning to stay open until April 6; three lifts running.

Seki Onsen:
Planning to stay open until May 6th.

Myoko Ski Park:
Open until April 6.

Tangram Ski Circus
Running the No. 3 lift only until April 6.


Suginohara, Akakura Onsen, Kyukamura Akakura Runrun and Madarao are now closed for the season.   Read more ...

SnowJapan Daily 'Now' reports

Yuzawa Now
10th Sep, 17:36am
Niseko Now
27th Aug, 14:26am
Grandeco Now
24th Aug, 11:16am
Madarao Now
12th Aug, 0:17pm
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