Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 1st April 2018

Grandeco Now!

Monday 30th January 2017, 8:36am
Weather conditions: Rain
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Grandeco.

Sadly, it is rain this morning... :(

This kind of rain in January makes the core ice level which will be the remaining snow through spring. It's still not nice though.

According to the forecast, rain will change into snow by this afternoon, as temperatures get colder.

Maybe it is good to maintenance your ski / board today! Take care out there if you plan on braving the elements.


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: wet road
Goshukinuma through Grandeco: some part icy   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Monday 30th January 2017, 8:47am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Niseko.

There is no fresh snowfall to report and it is just a cloudy kind of morning. There is a bit of some wind but not enough to stop lifts from moving, and they all appear to be opening as planned.

On Wednesday I'll be posting my round up of the season so far and month of January. Please nature, bring us some more snow before then!

I'll leave you to take a look at the forecast; and I will of course report the latest tomorrow morning.


Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6am: -7℃, no snowfall. Moiwa800m: -7.6℃, NNW2m/s, no snowfall, 170cm snowdepth. Annupuri 1150m: -11℃, W10m/s, no snowfall. Hirafu 1250m: mild wind, -13℃, some dusts. Kamui cape lighthouse: E4m/s, 1010hPa, 0.5m waves.

There are no new snowfall nor snowdrift developments. The snowpack is stable and the general avalanche risk is low. Gates opening is undecided, please follow the ski patrol’s decisions.

There are many people stepping into strictly off limits areas to seek fresh tracks. Some entered Haru no taki area through the broadcast tower. Some long term visitors use daypasses in case they get it confiscated. All we can say is, please acknowledge the situation and abide the Niseko Rules.

Today’s system has been set in place in order to reduce the deadly accidents that consecutively occurred 20 years ago. These bitter experiences were the foundation to create the Niseko Rules and they were founded solely for accident prevention, not for tourism promotion. One track under the rope will lead many others to do the same and eventually end up in an accident. There were more than 1000 people that went riding out of bounds yesterday. We’re simply relieved that no accidents were reported.


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

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Niseko HANAZONO Resort
Niseko Village
Niseko Annupuri
All areas opening as planned at the start of the day.


Official resort snow depths as of Monday 30th January 2017:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 295cm
Base - 120cm

Niseko Village
Top - 230cm
Base - 140cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 275cm
Base - 135cm


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 ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Monday 30th January 2017, 8:51am
Weather conditions: Rain
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Nozawa. Unfortunately I can't really call it a 'good' one.

Yes, it's raining (even up top apparently) and it's wet, after a fairly mild overnight and early morning. It should be getting colder through the day though with this hopefully changing to snow sooner than later.

A good day for a soak in an onsen, methinks.

Anyway I should have fresh snow to report tomorrow morning so we can look forward to that.


Monday 30th January 2017

Fresh snow reported by resort since yesterday morning:
- Yamabiko: 0cm
- Uenotaira: 0cm
- Hikage: 0cm
- Nagasaka: 0cm
- Karasawa: 0cm

Official snow depths:
- Yamabiko: 290cm
- Uenotaira: 240cm
- Hikage: 170cm
- Nagasaka: 165cm
- Karasawa: 135cm

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 ...

Hakuba Now!

Monday 30th January 2017, 8:55am
Weather conditions: Rain > snow
New snowfall: 3cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Hakuba.

I had some fresh (though rather heavy and wet) snow to report, from myself and from the resorts themselves:

My observation at base: 3cm
Hakuba 47: 5-10cm
Hakuba Goryu: 3-10cm
Hakuba Happo-one: 0cm
Hakuba Cortina: 0cm

...but unfortunately, it's now raining here in the village. But, happily it is snowing at higher elevations.

Yesterday by around mid-afternoon cloud have covered most of the sky above the village with snow starting to fall once dark.

And so here we are this morning. We are hoping and expecting things to get colder as the day progresses and remaining rain to turn into decent snowfall down to base once again. Hopefully sometime this morning - with me being able to report more snow in my next report.

Until then!


Resort news as of 8:55am on Monday 30th January 2017:

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

Hakuba 47:
Hakuba 47 is reporting 5-10cm of fresh snowfall.
All planned lifts are operating.
Tree Riding Zones closed today.
Official snow depth
Upper: 290cm
Base: 145cm

Hakuba Goryu:
Hakuba Goryu is reporting 3-10cm of fresh snowfall.
All scheduled lifts plan to be operating.
Official snow depth
Alps: 320cm
Toomi: 150cm
Iimori: 130cm

Hakuba Happo-one:
Hakuba Happo-one is reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall.
All courses open.
The Kurobishi off-piste area is open.
Official snow depth:
Usagidaira: 175cm
Kurobishi: 190cm
Lower: 110cm

Tsugaike Kogen:
All courses open.
Official snow depth:
Tsuga-no-mori: 275cm
Han-no-ki: 270cm
Maruyama: 180cm
Oya-no-hara: 135cm
Kane-no-naru-oka: 140cm

Hakuba Cortina:
The resort is reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall.
Official snow depth:
Top: 285cm
Base: 185cm

Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field:
Official snow depth:
Top: 150cm
Base: 100cm

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

Official snow depth:
Top: 170cm

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 ...

Yuzawa Now!

Monday 30th January 2017, 9:01am
Weather conditions: Rain
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Rain. We were hoping to avoid it, but unfortunately that wasn't to be. It's even raining up at Kagura and raining fairly hard at times here in town.

Yesterday it was a fine morning with clouds gradually increasing during the day. With the warmer conditions over the weekend snow conditions have generally taken a hit, and this rain of course won't be helping on that score.

Onto the good news!

The good news is that come this time tomorrow I should be able to report some fresh snow on the ground as it is expected to turn to snow during the day today. Hopefully by early afternoon. And there's more snow around mid-week, so we should be enjoying freshen-ups soon...


Official snow depth information as of Monday 30th January 2017

GALA Yuzawa
Official snow depth: 320cm

Ishiuchi Maruyama
Official snow depth: 230cm

Official snow depth: 175cm

Joetsu Kokusai
Official snow depth: 250cm

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

Kandatsu Kogen
Official snow depth: 240cm

Maiko Snow Resort
Official snow depth:
Upper - 255cm
Base - 120cm

Muikamachi Hakkaisan
Official snow depth: 300cm

Official snow depth: 230cm

NASPA Ski Garden
Official snow depth: 225cm

Yuzawa Kogen
Official snow depth:
Top - 280cm
Base - 190cm

Yuzawa Park
Official snow depth: 170cm

Yuzawa Nakazato
Official snow depth: 185cm


'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.
   Read more ...

Madarao Now!

Monday 30th January 2017, 9:09am
Weather conditions: Rain
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Well, unfortunately we have been unable to avoid rain... it's raining. Pretty poor visibility out there too - looks like thick fog out there.

Not the nicest of conditions to be out skiing or boarding, for sure. If you do venture out though, be sure you know where you're going and take care.

But, we're expecting it to be snowing by sometime this afternoon; quickly please!

I should have fresh snow to report tomorrow morning.


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

- Number 1 lift
- Number 2 quad lift
- 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:

- 260cm   Read more ...

Naeba Now!

Monday 30th January 2017, 9:19am
Weather conditions: Raining
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Naeba today.

Well today is not such great weather with moderate rain falling on the mountain.

The good news is that it is snowing at the top and we are expecting heavy snow by tonight across the whole base area.

Looking on we are expecting snow for most of this week.

Frosty!   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Monday 30th January 2017, 9:25am
Weather conditions: Snow, fog covering mountain
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
When I got up this morning it was raining but I'm glad to report that it has by now turned into snowfall (wet still) and should be snowing through today - if things get colder as forecast the snow quality should improve too.

I should have some fresh to report by this time tomorrow, fingers crossed for a decent amount.


All lifts apart from the following appear to be operating today:
Paradise Number 3 pair
Karamatsu pair

All courses apart from Kotan are open.


Official snow depths (as published by the resort itself):
Summit - 100cm
Paradise - 170cm
Chuo - 170cm
Utopia - 125cm
Uwanodai - 100cm
Yokokura - 110cm


Juhyo 'Ice Monsters' Light Up night time Zao Ropeway operations

Every day until 5th March 2017.
Operating from 5pm until 9pm; last ropeway up at 7:50pm.
Ropeway return charges are 2,600 yen for adults and 1,300 yen for children.
In the event of poor weather conditions, operations are sometimes cancelled.   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Monday 30th January 2017, 9:36am
Weather conditions: It's snowing again
New snowfall: 1cm
Snow depth: --
We almost avoided rain up here in Shiga Kogen - but not quite. Rain earlier on turned into sleet and is now snowing. A fairly wet and heavy kind of snow, but it's much better than rain so we'll take it. With the forecasts telling us to expect temperatures to drop and the chance of heavy snow overnight tonight, I am hoping that in my report tomorrow I might be able to talk of a decent amount of fresh snowfall on the ground.

Fairly regular snowfall seems to be lined up on the forecast through the week as well with a return to much colder conditions.


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



280cm   Read more ...

Furano Now!

Monday 30th January 2017, 9:43am
Weather conditions: Misty
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
With the big snow falls over the last few days the pistes are in great condition and the off piste areas have plenty of powder to play in. There is no new snow to report this morning but we are expecting some light snow fall on the resort during the day. The morning has started off fairly misty with cloud rolling more than half way down the mountain. Light snow is expected to fall continuously over the next 6 days.   Read more ...

Appi Kogen Now!

Monday 30th January 2017, 10:11am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Appi,

It's snowing outside my door and we can expect around 25cm of the stuff if the forecast is correct. Unlike last year where the forecasting was poor at best it seems we have a new keen bunch helping us out and so far they’ve been spot on... keep it up. Around 5cm last night and early this morning so far.

The temperature is -2 outside but that’s going to sink like the Titanic tonight and we should see -14 or so by Wednesday. Not a pleasant time to be skinny dipping for sure. The good news is lots more snow is heading our way so whenever you get here I can guarantee you’re going to be smiling.

All the runs are in good shape although Appi is doing things on the cheap again and tends not to groom most of the runs after the weekend. Lets hope Chinese New Year celebrations will lift their spirit and get them out there grooming what needs to be groomed.

See you up on the slopes.


Currently planned operating lifts (subject to change due to weather conditions):

Appi Gondola
Central quad
Central number 2
Central number 3a
Central number 4
Central number 5
Central number 6
Sailer Gondola
Sailer quad
Vista quad


Official snow depth:

150cm   Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Monday 30th January 2017, 10:15am
Weather conditions: Dense fog and rain
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
The dense fog has arrived as promised: a little late, but definitely dense.

Not a great day for being on the hill, with zero visibility and rain.

The freezing line will come crashing down fat, too, so things might get a little icy before hopefully the reset of good white snow arrives.

One request for the locals: turn your lights on! Had a white car coming downhill towards me as I was heading up to the hill; not visible until he was just a car length away.


Akakura Kanko:
300cm, 3°

Akakura Onsen:
320cm, 3°

Ikenotaira Onsen:
250cm, 3°

Myoko Suginohara:
210cm, 1°

Seki Onsen:
470cm, 0°

Myoko Ski Park:
250cm, 4°

Kyukamura RunRun:
370cm, 2°

Tangram Ski Circus:
230cm, 3°

Madarao Kogen:
260cm, 4°

   Read more ...

Minakami Now!

Monday 30th January 2017, 22:26pm
Weather conditions: Light rain throughout the day, heavy snow this evening
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Light rain throughout the day here but snow has been falling heavily this evening since dusk and we are already looking at 30cm at the base with little to no wind. Temps still a little warm but the snow is decent quality at 600m and probably awesome higher up.

The forecast is for this to be a big one and its looking that way at the moment.


Fresh snowfall:

0cm Tenjin
0cm Hodaigi
0cm Okutone

Official snow depth:

300cm 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.
   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