Snow and weather reports posted on Friday 17th April 2020

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Thursday 2nd February 2017, 8:33am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 21cm
Snow depth: --
After the sun and blue skies of yesterday, it's all change again this morning.

It's cold out there! And wind is probably making it feel colder than it actually is too. It was really windy overnight but less so as the resort opens and from what I can tell all lifts should be starting the day as planned.

Oh, did I mention a nice new layer of snow too? I am measuring 21cm and the resort is reporting 15-30cm of fresh snowfall bottom-top this morning.

It is definitely a morning for those who like the cold, the powder and can cope with limited visibility. They will be rewarded.

Tomorrow and Saturday perhaps kinder conditions before more snow moving into the region later Sunday.


Thursday 2nd February 2017

Fresh snow reported by resort since yesterday morning:
- Yamabiko: 30cm
- Uenotaira: 30cm
- Hikage: 30cm
- Nagasaka: 15cm
- Karasawa: 15cm

Official snow depths:
- Yamabiko: 340cm
- Uenotaira: 275cm
- Hikage: 190cm
- Nagasaka: 180cm
- Karasawa: 145cm

Lifts operations:
All lifts plan to be operating apart from:
- Yunomine pair
- Mizunashi triple
- Challenge pair
- Utopia pair

Most courses at Nozawa Onsen are open. Courses not open are:
- Grand Prix   Read more ...

Minakami Now!

Thursday 2nd February 2017, 8:37am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 70cm
Snow depth: --
Snow and loads of it over here. Clear the stuff away and its piled up 10cm by the time I get back to it. Going to take a wild stab in the dark and assume Tenjin is shut due to strong wind. There are blizzard-like, sustained gusts of wind wailing through my car park regularly.

Spoke to Hodaigi on the phone and its windy up top there too so whether they can open their top lifts remains to be seen though they have been champs this season and things are usually in full swing by 10:30am-11am. Their reported 30cm at the base will mean 70-80cm at the top of their hooded quad. Okutone getting this too with 4m/s winds so not for the faint hearted out there this morning.

The forecast is for more of the same over the next 24 hours.


Fresh snowfall:

70cm Tenjin
30cm Hodaigi
20cm Okutone

Official snow depth:

305cm Tenjin
190cm Hodaigi
180cm Okutone


Resorts in Minakami (forecasts available from each page):

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


Please note that the fresh snowfall number being reported on this report is taken from the ‘base area’ of Tenjindaira - which is just by the top station of the Ropeway at that resort. Other snowfall numbers and commentary will be mentioned within each report when available.
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Yuzawa Now!

Thursday 2nd February 2017, 8:39am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 28cm
Snow depth: --
And it was a great morning yesterday. A few clouds popped up at times in the morning but for the most part clear blue skies and lots of sunshine.

During the afternoon the clouds did start to properly cover the sky and after a short bit of rain it quickly turned into snow in the evening.

And this morning I have 28cm of snow to report from ground... and if it carries on snowing like it is now, there will be a fair bit more during the day today. It is a cold morning too, which is a fair contrast to yesterday morning too.

Here is what resorts are reporting:

Kagura: 30cm
Maiko Snow Resort: 30cm

Sounds like about 30cm then!

It was very windy overnight - woke me up sometime around 3am - and this morning wind may affect some resorts. At the time of writing, the Tashiro area of Kagura and the Kagura Number 4 and 5 lifts are on hold due to the wind. Mitsumata to Kagura Number 1 lift is open. Subject to change with the weather conditions of course.

GALA Yuzawa and all other resorts currently appear to be opening as planned.

The forecast is for snow to continue through the day; heavy at times and stronger winds at times. And into tomorrow too, so I should be reporting a decent amount of fresh snow again in my next report.

Let's full reset!


Official snow depth information as of Thursday 2nd February 2017

GALA Yuzawa
Official snow depth: 320cm

Ishiuchi Maruyama
Official snow depth: 260cm

Official snow depth: 205cm

Joetsu Kokusai
Official snow depth: 270cm

Official snow depth:
Kagura - 330cm
Mitsumata - 280cm
Tashiro - 300cm

Kandatsu Kogen
Official snow depth: 260cm

Maiko Snow Resort
Official snow depth:
Upper - 270cm
Base - 150cm

Muikamachi Hakkaisan
Official snow depth: 300cm

Official snow depth: 250cm

NASPA Ski Garden
Official snow depth: 245cm

Yuzawa Kogen
Official snow depth:
Top - 320cm
Base - 230cm

Yuzawa Park
Official snow depth: 180cm

Yuzawa Nakazato
Official snow depth: 210cm


'Nighta' (floodlit night operations)

Below are details of the planned 'nighta' operations at ski and snowboards resorts around Yuzawa and Minamiuonuma this season.
This information is subject to change due to snow and weather conditions.
*** Please note that this section will not be updated every day.

Ishiuchi Maruyama
Daily until 19th March 2017.
Nighta is from 5pm until 8:50pm.
The Chuo Number 1, Chuo Number 2 and Kanko Number 3 Express lifts are open daily.
The Kanko Number 1 Express lift, Hatsukaishi Entrance lift and Hatsukaishi Number 2 pair lifts are also open on weekends and holidays.

Daily until 20th March 2017.
Nighta is from 5pm until 9pm on Saturdays and until 8pm on weekdays and Sundays.
The Main course, Grand course and West courses are open during nighta.

Joetsu Kokusai
Daily until 20th March 2017.
Nighta is from 5pm until 9pm.
The area in front of the main base hotel is open for nighta.

Kandatsu Kogen
'Hobo All Night' ('Almost All Night') is on Fridays, Saturdays and nights before holidays until 1st April 2017.
The nighta opening times on those days is from 6pm until 4am the following morning.

Maiko Snow Resort
Daily until 19th March 2017.
Nighta is from 4pm until 8pm.
The Maiko center quad lift on the Maiko Side of the resort operates for nighta.

Daily until 26th March 2017.
Nighta is from 4pm until 8:30pm.

NASPA Ski Garden
'Thanks' (extended) opening on Saturdays in January and February.
On those days the Number 1 lift is open until 6pm.

Yuzawa Nakazato
Every Saturday until 11th March 2017.
Nighta is from 5pm until 8:30pm.
The Number 2 pair lift operates during nighta.
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Grandeco Now!

Thursday 2nd February 2017, 8:41am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 18cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from a very snowy Grandeco.

Heavy snow is falling as I write this report at 8:30am.

18cm of fresh snowfall on the ground and it is forecast to be snowing for the day.

According to the forecast, the peak of snowfall will be this evening to overnight.

Pay attention to the road condition / highway / rail information.

Wind is not strong at this moment with the gondola start moving on time. Other lifts should follow on from that.

It is great day to enjoy fresh soft powder snow but keep an eye on the weather information too.

The snow park will close if/when visibility is very poor.


Snow Park Information:

Waves, bank, 7m kicker, 8m kicker

6m straight wide box, 6m straight box, wave, volcano, drum can, 6m straight box, 8m straight rail, 6m arch box, 3m table top, 5m table top and bank.

Lifts operating:

Lifts Operating:

- Gondola
- Number 1 quad lift
- Number 2 quad lift
- Number 3 quad lift
- Number 4 quad lift

Courses open:

All courses now open

Official snow depth:

Road Condition to Grandeco:
Inawashiro through Goshikinuma: many snow
Goshukinuma through Grandeco: lots of snow, snowplough trucks everywhere   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Thursday 2nd February 2017, 8:51am
Weather conditions: Snow clouds over Hakuba
New snowfall: 7cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Hakuba.

First up, headlines. This is how much fresh snowfall the resorts are reporting.

Hakuba Cortina: 30cm
Hakuba 47: 20-25cm
Hakuba Goryu: 5-10cm
Hakuba Happo-one: 10cm

As you can see the numbers are somewhat varied this morning, probably due in part to the windy conditions that have been blowing it about. We are measuring 5-7cm in the usual three different measuring points.

Strong winds on mountain seem to be affecting some lift operations at Happo-one, Goryu and 47 at the start of the day. Be sure to check if you are going to be out today just to make sure before making the trip.

The snow is expected to continue falling through the day today and overnight, leaving us with clearer conditions tomorrow morning and on Saturday.

Back to snow on Sunday.

Snow, clear, snow, clear. That sounds like a very good pattern to me! Talking of which...


Can you believe we are already into February? Why do the winter months seem to zoom by so fast… it’s not fair!

I thought I would take a quick look at the season so far and how we are comparing with previous seasons.

In terms of snowfall December 2016 wasn’t great and the season was taking it’s time to really get going properly. January proved to be a real improvement on the previous season though with me observing considerably more snowfall here at base with things really kicking off from the second week of the month.

For more of this data, please click on the tab at the top of this page called Snowfall Analysis. Have a play around with it all, it's very interesting.

What we want now is regular snowfall along with temperatures remaining cold. Some nice blue skies from time to time would also be ideal. Fingers crossed that February and beyond can deliver.


Resort news as of 8:45am on Thursday 2nd February 2017:

All information as available and subject to change during the day due to weather and snow conditions.

Hakuba 47:
Hakuba 47 is reporting 20-25cm of fresh snowfall.
Tree Riding Zones should be open today.
Official snow depth
Upper: 285cm
Base: 145cm

Hakuba Goryu:
Hakuba Goryu is reporting 5-10cm of fresh snowfall.
Strong winds affecting top pair lifts at the start of the day.
Official snow depth
Alps: 305cm
Toomi: 145cm
Iimori: 130cm

Hakuba Happo-one:
Hakuba Happo-one is reporting 10cm of fresh snowfall.
Gondola and a number of lifts affected by wind this morning.
Official snow depth:
Usagidaira: 195cm
Kurobishi: 195cm
Lower: 145cm

Tsugaike Kogen:
All courses are open.
Official snow depth:
Tsuga-no-mori: 305cm
Han-no-ki: 290cm
Maruyama: 175cm
Oya-no-hara: 150cm
Kane-no-naru-oka: 140cm

Hakuba Cortina:
The resort is reporting 30cm of fresh snowfall.
Official snow depth:
Top: 325cm
Base: 223cm

Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field:
Official snow depth:
Top: 180cm
Base: 100cm

Hakuba Norikura Onsen:
Official snow depth:
Top: 210cm

Official snow depth:
Top: 180cm

Hakuba Sanosaka:
Official snow depth:
Top: 130cm


Planned nighta operations - be sure to check with resorts for latest:

Hakuba Goryu:
Planned to be open daily from 6pm until 9:30pm

Tsugaike Kogen:
Planned at the Kane-no-naru-oka area on February 4th, 11th (6pm until 8:50pm)
Planned at the Katamatsu-Shirakaba area February 11th, 18th; March 4th, 11th, 18th, 19th (6pm until 9pm)

Hakuba Cortina:
Planned to be open daily from 5pm until 8pm (until 9pm on Saturdays)

Hakuba Happo-one:
Planned to be open daily until 9pm on the Nakiyama area.

Planned to be open daily.

There is no night skiing at the other resorts in the area.   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Thursday 2nd February 2017, 8:52am
Weather conditions: Snow clouds remain over the area
New snowfall: 15cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from here near my secret Hirafu base.

And there's more snow to report this morning. This is what I like to see. 15cm measured by myself just a short while ago and it is a very cold morning out there. Doesn't feel windy but wind is actually affecting some lifts (see below) so keep an eye on that.

Yesterday the sun didn't really appear other than when I was posting the report, and this fresh snow all came overnight.

And there will be more than what I measure up on the mountain of course, so conditions should be great this morning.

Let's keep this going and get some more in before it clears us... which seems likely during the day today sometime.

After today we can probably expect a few days of clearer and calmer conditions and then hopefully back to snow early week.

Have a fun day!


Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6am: -13℃, 25cm new snow. Moiwa 800m: -13℃, NW12m/s, 30cm new snow with snowdrifts. Annupuri 1150m: -19℃, W18m/s, 40cm snowfall with snowdrifts. Hirafu 1250m: -18℃, N15m/s, 30-40cm new snow with snowdrifts. Kamui cape lighthouse: NNW13m/s, 1006hPa, 3.1m waves.

Wind & snow picked up on the ocean and mountains from late night and started to calm down since dawn, however wind/snow of about 15m/s is persisting above 800m elevation. A 30+cm soft-slab is blanketing the mountains and the avalanche risk is high in 1000m leeward slopes during the morning. Extra caution is required in Kozan-no-Sawa (Backbowl), O-sawa (Annupuri bowl) and higashi-One. Gates opening is undecided; please respect the ski patrol’s decision.

The snow this is in very good shape. The new soft slabs are a bit dense and fun to ride, however avalanche risk is high in higher elevation where snowdrifts developed rapidly with 18+m/s winds. Better let the snow stabilize for a while. The hazard level depends on how strong the wind blew in that particular spot. The stronger the wind, the more drastically the snowdrifts develop, and are more likely to slide. Wind above 18m/s is a red flag to keep in mind. A weak layer within yesterday’s snowfall is present and can potentially be the trigger layer of a surface slab slide. The snow condition is ever-changing, plan accordingly and make conservative decisions, prudency is key to avoid accidents. Avalanches run through valley bottoms, stay away from it. Beware of frostbites.


Resort specific opening news at time of writing (subject to change during the day):

Niseko Grand Hirafu
The top Ace Number 4 and King Number 4 lifts are on stand-by at the start of the day due to strong winds.

Niseko HANAZONO Resort
The top Hanazono Number 3 lift is currently running at reduced speed. The other two lifts operating as normal.

Niseko Village
The top Wonderland Chair lift is on stand-by at the start of the day due to strong winds.

Niseko Annupuri
The Annupuri Gondola and top Jumbo Number 4 lift are on stand-by at the start of the day due to strong winds.


Official resort snow depths as of Thursday 2nd February 2017:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 325cm
Base - 140cm

Niseko Village
Top - 260cm
Base - 140cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 300cm
Base - 140cm


Night skiing is planned until Monday 20th March 2017 at the Niseko Annupuri, Niseko Grand Hirafu and Niseko Village resort areas. There is no nighta in the Hanazono area.   Read more ...

Furano Now!

Thursday 2nd February 2017, 9:06am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 14cm
Snow depth: --
***Kitanomine Gondola operation ON HOLD***
***Furano Downhill Romance #3 chair ON HOLD****

The weather is a bit rough today with moderate winds and snow coming down at a moderate rate. Visibility is limited due to the heavy snow that is falling and also the snow being whipped up by the wind.

I am pleased to be able to report 14cm of new snow in the village and the ski area has measured 30cm of new snow at the top of the resort. The snow is comparatively heavy compared to the usual snowfalls we get, so this will go a long way to filling in the tracked out slopes in ungroomed areas. Despite the wind and visibility it will be a great morning to get in some powder turns.

Kitanomine Gondola and Furano Downhill Romance #3 chair are on hold at the moment due to the wind. Moderate snowfall will continue through today and tomorrow should be light snowfall.   Read more ...

Appi Kogen Now!

Thursday 2nd February 2017, 9:17am
Weather conditions: Snow clouds
New snowfall: 40cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Appi,

It’s a winter wonderland here at Appi Kogen. Yesterday and overnight we saw a LOT of snow. Around 40cm in total. While it looks like a great sight from my dining room window rest assured it won’t be too pleasant of a day out there on the mountain. The winds have been blowing since late afternoon yesterday and are still blowing right now. Wind chill at the summit will be a frosty -34 or maybe colder.

As far as the rest of the day goes it’s cloudy skies with more snow falling and tomorrow more of the same. The temperatures today are going to be cold no matter where you are on the mountain. Expect an average of -8 to -10. If you are coming please bring a lot of layers to wear.

Temperatures should increase tomorrow which should help somewhat but as of now the lifts that are operating are limited due to the heavy snowfall and winds. It’s going to take a bit of work to clear it up but as soon as the mountain opens expect a fantastic time.


Operating lifts at time of report (subject to change due to weather conditions):

Central quad
Central number 1
Central number 2
Central number 3a
Sailer connecting
Sailer number 2


Official snow depth:

160cm   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Thursday 2nd February 2017, 9:21am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 30cm
Snow depth: --
It was a beautiful morning yesterday but conditions were quite different by the end of the day.

Snow, wind, cold... proper mid winter conditions overnight and snow still falling this morning.

There's another good new layer of fresh snow. A friend of mine seemingly getting carried away with himself said 70cm, but I can't 'replicate' that number. There's lots of wind-blown snow around - and it's light - so it's one of those mornings where a number is difficult to pin down but going with my usual measuring points (and talking with a few other people) I think that 30cm is the number to go with. (Executive decision made!)

As I said it is still snowing and we are expecting more during the day today but it should have stopped by tomorrow morning. Saturday is forecast clear skies too with another bank of snow clouds coming in before Monday morning.


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

Most of ski lifts and courses in Shiga Kogen are now open.
Please note that these numbers are the official numbers that ski resorts publish.



Ichinose Family

Ichinose Diamond




Okushiga Kogen

Sun Valley

Takamagahara Mammoth



290cm   Read more ...

Madarao Now!

Thursday 2nd February 2017, 9:38am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 28cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from a snowy Madarao. As it should be. A big contrast to how yesterday started.

Curious one this morning with the reports of fresh snow from the resort itself. They are reporting 20cm of fresh snow since yesterday on their daily Japanese report; their Facebook page however is saying 40cm since last night. Perhaps being measured in different places; and the blowing winds factoring into that? I myself am measuring 28cm so I think we can safely say that there is at least 20+cm of fresh snow out there and considerably more in places.


What's definite is that it is a very cold morning (wind-chill, it's seems pretty windy out there) and the snow looks great quality, and if you don't mind braving the conditions it should be an excellent morning to be floating on the powder.

Things are forecast to ease up by tomorrow and then sun is due around Saturday so it should be a great weekend to be here.

And guess what --- more snow due by the end of the weekend.

Oh yes!


Operating status for the day at Madarao Kogen (at time of report):

- Number 1 lift
- Number 2 quad lift
- Number 3A
- Number 5 lift
- Super quad lift
- Number 11 lift
- Number 12 lift
- Number 13 lift
- Number 15 lift
- Moving walkway
- Kids Park
- Free Ride Park

- Powder Wave I
- Powder Wave II
- River Line
- Powder Theater
- Adventure Aisle
- Crystal Bowl
- Ninja
- Sawa
- Rabbit
- Kamoshika
- Bear

- Nighta at Madarao Kogen is every Saturday until 25th March (and also 8th January and 19th March)

Official snow depth:

- 270cm   Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Thursday 2nd February 2017, 9:39am
Weather conditions: Still snowing
New snowfall: 41cm
Snow depth: --
Another night of winds and heavy snow.

Hard to tell how much actually fell with the big drifts, but it seems to be about 41cm when I found a sort of quiet spot.

Still windy high up, it seems, so be careful going into the backcountry (and there may be significant windloading of lee slopes, another thing to be very aware of). One more warm weather hiccup coming up, too, as the freezing line brings a chance of rain Sunday. And maybe a nice sunny day tomorrow.


Akakura Kanko:
330cm, -8°

Akakura Onsen:
360cm, -7°

Ikenotaira Onsen:
270cm, -4°

Myoko Suginohara:
245cm, -13° (top)

Seki Onsen:
490cm, -8°

Myoko Ski Park:
300cm, -5°

Kyukamura RunRun:
340cm, -3°

Tangram Ski Circus:
260cm, -5°

Madarao Kogen:
290cm, -9°

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Naeba Now!

Thursday 2nd February 2017, 21:37pm
Weather conditions: Snowing!
New snowfall: 13cm
Snow depth: --
Good Evening

Sorry for the super late report today. Things got a little hectic in resort!

Today has been super snowy and windy. As a result, all the pistes are nice and fresh with lots of wind blown powder all over the place.

Looking on we are expecting snow nearly every day this week.

Sploosh!   Read more ...

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