Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 26th May 2019

Grandeco Now!

Sunday 31st January 2016, 8:30am
Weather conditions: Cloud, a bit of sun at times
New snowfall: 3cm
Snow depth: 250cm
Good morning from Grandeco.

There has been a new 3cm of fresh snowfall overnight and all of the groomed courses are looking ready for people to enjoy this Sunday morning. It's generally cloudy and has been snowing lightly this morning though a bit of light blue sky on show as well at times.

Not too cold this morning but cold enough to keep the snow in decent condition.

Snow at times today is forecast and maybe again around Tuesday, though probably not significant - heavier snow looks due around the end of the week.


Lifts operating:

All lifts operating

Courses open:

All courses open


Snow and weather forecast:

6 day snow and weather forecast for Grandeco
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Niseko Now!

Sunday 31st January 2016, 8:33am
Weather conditions: Cloud, blue sky and sun starting to appear
New snowfall: 8cm
Snow depth: 140cm
Yesterday there was more cloud at the end of the day than the beginning, but generally a very fine day yesterday weather wise with a lot of people out enjoying it as well. Come the evening and it was snowing again, just how it should be!

It looks like Grand Hirafu got their Ace Number 2 quad going eventually (about an hour late I hear), and hopefully there'll be no more problems there... looks like it is open as normal at 8:30am.

I have measured 8cm of new snowfall this morning and with the resorts reporting around 15cm up top it's a reasonable refresh so conditions early on in particular should be very good. It's another cold morning, currently -9C degrees here at base and light snow was snowing just before but has stopped now. There's even some blue sky to be seen through some breaks in the cloud, quite a lot looking back over towards Mt Yotei, and the sun is starting to break through as well.

More wind this morning than yesterday but as I write this report the lifts that should be moving are and there's no sign of disruptions to top lifts; and the peak gates are expected to be open.

So here we are at the end of January 2015. Just over 3 months to go! Sounds good that, doesn't it. Either tomorrow or Tuesday I'll look back over the statistics for January and for the season so far and look forward to what we can hope for an expect for February.

In the meantime, it's time for me to get some skiing in!


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

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Niseko HANAZONO Resort
Niseko Village
Niseko Annupuri
All resort areas appear to be opening as planned this morning

Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6.00am: -8°C, crystal snow, 15cm new snow. Moiwa 800m: -10°C, N5m/s, 20cm new snow. Mikaeri 740m: -12.0°C, W2.7m/s, Annupuri 1150m: -18°C, NW15m/s, 15cm new snow. Hirafu 1000m -10°C, 15cm new snow. Coastal data: Benkei Cape:NW16m/s. Kamui Cape WNW8m/s, 1020hPa, wave 1.4m.

Above 1000m on western aspects, NW wind around 15m/s continues, cornices and snowdrifts are slowly growing. All peak gates are expected to be open. Please listen to the patrols advice. You can still see yesterdays tracks but the snow in the forest is reset. From observation and data general avalanche risk is low, however caution is always advised. There is no guaranteed safety on the mountain. Cracks are starting to form in Mizu no Sawa, they are difficult to see from above. Don't be to over confident, new ski designs allow high speeds, but trees still hurt when you hit them. Be careful of holes. Yesterday over 1000 people went through the gates to ride out of bounds and we are thankful there was no big accidents. We appreciate everyone who respects Niseko Rules and ski safely on the mountain. Have a good day.


Official resort snow depths as of Sunday 31st January 2016:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 320cm
Base - 140cm

Niseko Village
Top - 280cm
Base - 170cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 270cm
Base - 150cm


Lifts planned to be open for night skiing:

Niseko Grand Hirafu:
Ace Family Pair lift, Ace Number 2 Center Four lift, Hirafu Gondola, Holiday Number 1 Pair lift
(There is no night skiing at the Hanazono area)

Niseko Village:
Community Chair and Banzai Chair

Niseko Annupuri:
Jumbo Number 1 Quad


Niseko Grand Hirafu 6 day weather and snow forecast   Read more ...

Madarao Now!

Sunday 31st January 2016, 8:33am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 135cm
Light snow is falling this morning and the temperature is -3 degrees.

Good conditions yesterday, though the snow was a bit heavier than the prime Madarao quality that we often get.

Still there are a lot of people around for the weekend and lots of fun to be had.

So, this morning, light snow falling but not the kind that will bring lots of new cm. 'Light snow' is on the forecast for at times today and perhaps tomorrow but we're not expecting that much out of it (cm). Hopefully we might get surprised.

This coming week it should remain cold which is what we want.


Madarao Kogen 6 day snow and weather forecast


Madarao Kogen lifts operating (planned at time of writing):

All lifts plan to be open today

Tangram Ski Circus lifts operating (planned at time of writing):

All lifts plan to be open today

Tree Run Courses at Madarao Kogen:

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Nozawa Onsen Now!

Sunday 31st January 2016, 8:34am
Weather conditions: Cloud, some blue sky
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: 80cm
Morning from Nozawa and the forecasts did tell us to expect some snowfall overnight - and we got some, a modest 5cm or so.

This morning there's some breaks in the cloud for us here in the village but I can see that visibility is very limited up on the Yamabiko and Uenotaira areas... it might even be snowing up there still - it was down here until just before.

It will likely clear up fairly quickly though and we're forecast a generally cloudy day with the chance of more snow overnight (probably light snow again).

Not much else to report really at the moment as we fast approach February. In the coming days I'll take a look back at the season so far and compare snowfall with previous seasons.

Have a good Sunday.


Official info at time of writing on Sunday 31st January 2016 (subject to change):

Official snow depths:

Yamabiko: 150cm
Uenotaira: 125cm
Hikage: 80cm
Nagasaka: 70cm
Karasawa: 65cm

New snowfall as reported by the resort since yesterday:

Yamabiko: 2cm
Uenotaira: 6cm
Hikage: 5cm
Nagasaka: 5cm
Karasawa: 5cm

All lifts now planned to be operating except:

- Kandahara
- Hikage Number 2 pair B line

The following courses are not currently open:

- Paradise connection
- Challenge 39
- Grand Prix
- Hachiman
- Mukoubayashi
- Kandahar West
- Kandahar East


Nozawa Onsen 6 day weather and snow forecast

Nozawa Onsen main resort data   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Sunday 31st January 2016, 8:45am
Weather conditions: Cloud, blue sky and sunshine
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 100cm
Good morning from Hakuba.

There was lots of cloud around yesterday - depending on where you chose to ride, at times limited visibility. There wasn't much wind about and generally lots of folk out enjoying themselves.

The snow was definitely on the heavy side of things but there was a decent amount of fresh to be found.

This morning it's a mix of clouds, blue sky and sunshine. There was lots of 'gas' and fog higher up earlier on but that is quickly clearing. It might even turn out to be a very fine day.

There's no new snow to report overnight but a friend of mine has just called me and told me of nice and soft snow conditions after getting the first gondola up at 47 this morning. I'm jealous. Talking of Hakuba 47, I believe that from yesterday part of the upper Kamoshika area of the Tree Riding Zone also opened up. (Their report this morning says that just the area by Route 2 of Kamoshika is closed).

There's a chance of more snowfall overnight tonight though after that we may well need to wait until the end of the week for the chance of anything more significant.

As always I'll keep you updated.


6 day forecast for Happo-one:

6 day snow and weather forecast for Happo-one


Resort news as of 8:45am on Sunday 31st January 2015 (where available, all subject to change due to weather conditions)

Hakuba 47:
Hakuba 47 is reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall.
All courses are open.
The lower part of the Tree Riding Zone is now open.
There is no 'nighta' at Hakuba 47.
Official snow depth:
Upper: 200cm
Base: 80cm

Hakuba Goryu:
Hakuba Goryu is reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall.
All courses except Snow Diving are open.
The Toomi area will be open until 9:30pm tonight for 'nighta'.
Official snow depth
Alps: 215cm
Toomi: 100cm
Iimori: 100cm

Hakuba Happo-one:
All open (apart from the Kurobishi Off Piste Area).
Happo Banks Snow Park is now open.
The lower Nakiyama area plans to be open for 'nighta' every day until 9pm.
Official snow depth:
Usagidaira: 180cm
Nakiyama: 70cm
Sakka: 55cm

Hakuba Cortina:
Hakuba Cortina is reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall.
All courses are open.
The Ikenota area will be open for 'nighta' until 9pm tonight.
Official snow depth:
Top: 180cm
Base: 125cm

Tsugaike Kogen:
All course areas open.
Nighta at Kane-no-naru-oka on Saturday 6th, 13th February; at Karamatsu/Shirakaba on 13th/20th February and 5th/12th/19th March.
Note that the top Tsugaike Ropeway only opens from spring.
Official snow depth:
Tsuga-no-mori: 224cm
Maruyama: 90cm
Kane-no-naru-oka: 70cm

Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field:
Hakuba Iwatake is reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall.
Most of the Village Side is now open but parts of the Mountain Side not yet available (Dangan, Kamo4, East, View A, View B).
There is no 'nighta' at Hakuba Iwatake.
Official snow depth:
Upper: 140cm
Lower: 70cm

Hakuba Norikura Onsen:
All courses except Snake and Expert are now open.
There is no 'nighta' at Hakuba Iwatake.
Official snow depth:

Hakuba Sanosaka:
All of the courses are open.
There is no 'nighta' at Hakuba Sanosaka.
Official snow depth:
100cm   Read more ...

Naeba Now!

Sunday 31st January 2016, 8:58am
Weather conditions: Complete cloud cover today with the upper parts of the mountain being inside the clouds.
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: 110cm
Good morning again from Naeba everybody.

Today their has been a small 5cm of snow overnight which will have kept the pistes fresh for today. Although the mountain is semi busy today because it's the weekend, tomorrow should be less crowded and good snow conditions.

According to the weather forecast the snow is meant to carry on falling for most of today although not in massive amounts. After today there's meant to be snow everyday although it's not predicted in massive quantities. Let's hope this changes and we get another dump some time soon.

Naeba 6-day snow and weather forecast   Read more ...

Yuzawa Now!

Sunday 31st January 2016, 9:05am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 105cm
Good morning from Yuzawa.

Just a dusting of snow overnight here in town and somewhat wet snow is falling at the moment. I see that while Maiko are not reporting any new cm this morning, Kagura are reporting 2-5cm and so it looks like higher up there has been a bit and it still coming down now.

Currently it is hovering around 0 degrees here in town.

The snow is probably going to dry up by this afternoon but more snow is possible again overnight tonight and tomorrow morning. Again, probably not much more than light snow so I wouldn't be expecting the cm to be piling up. (But perfectly prepared and happy if I am proved wrong!)

Tomorrow I'll be bringing you some interesting data that I have come across as well as looking back on the season so far.


Resort official snow depths (Sunday 31st January 2016) and any specific news at time of writing:

All resorts in the area are either mostly or fully open.

Resorts in Yuzawa:

GALA Yuzawa

Ishiuchi Maruyama


Joetsu Kokusai

140cm (Mitsumata)
170cm (Tashiro)
200cm (Kagura)

Kandatsu Kogen

Maiko Snow Resort
160cm (upper)
60cm (lower)

Muikamachi Hakkaisan


NASPA Ski Garden

Yuzawa Kogen

Yuzawa Nakazato

Yuzawa Park


'Nighta' (floodlit night operations)

Details of the 'nighta' operations at ski and snowboards resorts around Yuzawa and Minamiuonuma.

Ishiuchi Maruyama
Open daily until 8:50pm (until 20th March).
The Chuo No 1 and Chuo No 2 lifts are open daily.
The Kanko No 1, Kanko No 2, Kanko No 3, Hatsukaishi Entrance lift, Hatsukaishi No 2 pair lifts are open on weekends and holidays.
The basic charge is 2000 yen but various tickets are available.

Open daily until 9pm on Saturdays and until 8pm on weekdays and Sundays (until 21st March).
The charge is 1500 yen for adults and 1000 yen for children and seniors.

Joetsu Kokusai
Open daily until 9pm (until 21st March).
The charge is 1500 yen for adults and 1000 yen for children and seniors.
On weekdays the area in front of the main hotel is open - a larger area (including Osawa and Atema) is open on weekends.

Kandatsu Kogen
Open from 6pm until 4am on Fridays, Saturdays and evenings before holidays through 26th March.
Open from 4:30pm until 11pm on weekdays until 24th March.
Various tickets are available starting at 2000 yen for adults, 1700 yen for seniors and 1000 yen for children.

Maiko Snow Resort
Open daily with the Maiko Center quad lift operating from 4pm until 8pm.
The charge is 500 yen for everyone.

Open daily until 27th March.
From 4pm until 8:30pm on weekdays and Sundays (2000 yen); until 9pm every Saturday and on 20th March (3000 yen).
'All Night' opening is planned for Saturday 26th March when Naeba will be open from 10pm until 5am.

NASPA Ski Garden
Extended opening until 6pm (Number 1 lift) on Saturdays until 27th February.
There is no special ticket available just for the extended time.

Yuzawa Nakazato
Open on Saturdays from 5pm until 8:30pm (until 12th March).
Tickets are 1500 yen for adults and 1000 yen for children and seniors.


List of ski resorts in Yuzawa town
List of ski resorts in Minamiuonuma City


Iwappara 6 day snow and weather forecast
NASPA Ski Garden 6 day snow and weather forecast
Kagura 6 day snow and weather forecast   Read more ...

Appi Kogen Now!

Sunday 31st January 2016, 9:07am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 95cm
Good morning from a chilly Appi.

The temperatures have taken a bit of a tumble since yesterday and outside my place right now it’s reading -10... with the wind at blowing somewhat at 8m/s it certainly feels a little colder. There’s some very light snow falling too but it certainly won’t help much if at all with the base. The sun is supposed to peak its head out around mid day and we’re expecting snow showers into the evening hours. The wind chill at the higher elevations will be in the -20 to -24 range. Appropriate clothing would be desirable.

The next few days remain the same with mostly cloudy skies and temperatures and wind both steady at -10 and 9m/s respectively. The extended forecast doesn’t give us much hope for more snow so lets hope the forecasters are wrong about that too.

As far as the mountain goes most runs are open and the Sailer gondola should be in operation again today. Expect some icy crud this morning and late afternoon as the surface freezes over. Late morning and early afternoon should make for some decent conditions on the hill.

Enjoy the last day of January here at Appi and lets pray February brings us a deluge of snow!


Currently planned operating lifts:

- Appi Gondola
- Sailer Gondola
- Central Number 1 quad
- Number 2 lift A
- Number 3 lift B
- Number 3 lift C
- Number 4 lift
- Sailer Quad
- Vista quad   Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Sunday 31st January 2016, 9:29am
Weather conditions: The sun's trying to peek out, but cloudy, occasionally foggy
New snowfall: 1cm
Snow depth: 195cm
A pretty foggy start to the day, after a cold, clear night last night.

Fortunately the fog has been rising up the hill, so I can see the top of the lifts from base level (skiing in the trees in fog can be very nice, but whiteout on a big white ski slope is not that entrancing). It's pretty warm, too, hovering right around 0°C at the moment. But light snow keeps on falling - really light at the moment - but the forecast has continuous snow showers or light snow, so it might not be a lot, but it's good.

Having written that the fog is moving up, it now has decided to come back down and visit.... but bringing a little more snow with it. I have a feeling the air is kind of pulsing like a wave out there. And now the sun is trying to peek out.

Well, it's a mixed day in Myoko! Lots of people heading up to the ski areas, though, so a good day as well.


Akakura Kanko:
-5° / 195cm

Akakura Onsen:
-1° / 140cm

Ikenotaira Onsen:
-3° / 150cm

Myoko Suginohara:
-8° (top)/ 115cm

Seki Onsen:
-3° / 270cm

Myoko Ski Park:
0° / 145cm

Kyukamura RunRun:
-1° / 150cm

Tangram Ski Circus:
-4° / 145cm

Madarao Kogen:
-4° / 135cm
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Zao Now!

Sunday 31st January 2016, 9:38am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 160cm
Hello from Zao and I don't have any new snow to report to you this morning.

It's cloudy and looks like higher areas of the mountain are once again going to be having limited visibility.

Over by the Kids Park at the Omori car park area today there's an interesting looking event with various resort snow machines on show. The boy in me who has always liked big diggers and other big machinery is interested to go take a look at that.

It's also the day when kids can ride the lifts for free, so expect to see lots of young ones out there!

The forecast says a chance of some light snow tonight and then more around Tuesday and towards the end of the week. That last lot shows the most potential to bring us a decent fresh layer of snow.


Information as of Sunday 31st January 2016 (subject to change)

All planned lifts are operating this morning.

Official snow depths:

Utopia: 125cm
Chuo: 160cm
Paradise: 140cm
Uwanodai: 110cm


6 day Zao Onsen snow and weather forecast   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Sunday 31st January 2016, 10:25am
Weather conditions: Mix of light snow, cloud and sun
New snowfall: 1cm
Snow depth: 80cm
Yesterday was a relatively 'warm' one (for Shiga Kogen) with lots of fog around at times.

By evening time it was colder and clearer but... it just... doesn't feel like late January weather. Hard to believe that come tomorrow we are already into February.

Earlier on this morning snow was falling and there's a cm or two around base areas and it is colder.

It has gradually been clearing but having said that, light snow is still falling right now here in Maruike area.... but the sun is shining down as well! It looks and feels like it might clear up, but who knows.

The forecast says that snow clouds might be with us today and tomorrow to be followed by clearer weather around Tuesday and Wednesday.


Official snow depths at Shiga Kogen resort areas (Sunday 31st January 2016):

Sun Valley






Takamagahara Mammoth


Tannenomori Okojo

Ichinose Family


Ichinose Diamond

Ichinose Yamanokami


Okushiga Kogen


Yokoteyama & Shibutoge


6 day snow and weather forecasts:

Ichinose Family 6-day snow and weather forecast
Okushiga Kogen 6-day snow and weather forecast
Yokoteyama 6-day snow and weather forecast   Read more ...

Minakami Now!

Sunday 31st January 2016, 17:33pm
Weather conditions: Light snow early, clear later
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 155cm
Light snow early today followed by clear weather in the afternoon and generally beautiful weather for a day on the slopes.

Forecast is for snow at the top of Tenjindaira this evening and tomorrow morning and snow showers all day down at the bottom so we shall see.

Temperature wise its looking cooler until Thursday when clear weather is forecast.


All snow resorts in Minakami now all (at least part) open:

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


Weather forecast:

Tanigawa Tenjindaira 6 day snow and weather forecast
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