Snow and weather reports posted on Friday 4th May 2018

Minakami Now!

Wednesday 31st March 2010, 7:48am
Weather conditions: Blue skies
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Clear blue skies this morning with a forecast of sun for the entire day and temperatures creaping above 0 to a high of 8 deg C. Very cool temperatures last night left the snow dry, so there is still plenty of powder around today. Up to 60 cm of powder was found yesterday in pockets at Tenjin with 30cm in most places. Not bad for the end of March.

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Nozawa Onsen Now!

Wednesday 31st March 2010, 8:53am
Weather conditions: Clear and sunny.
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
A beautiful sunny morning in Nozawa today. Temperatures are comfortable; -3C at the summit. Visibility is excellent and there is a 15km/h South westerly blowing.

Yesterday was a great day on the mountain with terrific powder and no lift lines other than the first gondola in the morning. Temperatures stayed cold all day so the snow condition at the top is still very good.

The forecast is for snow showers over the day today, with the possibility of rain all day tomorrow and a mixture of rain and snow in the evening. Friday should see a return of the colder temperatures and light snow.

Current Official Snow Depths Numbers:



A large part of Nozawa resort is open and will continue to be open right through (hopefully) until Wednesday 5th May. Some areas of the resort though are now closed for the season. The lower central Karasawa and Nagasaka areas are now closed along with the Hikage Gondola and the Paradise quad lift. All of the main top Yamabiko area, Uenotaira, Paradise and Skyline courses remain open. The Paradise quad lift is expected to run on the weekends all April. Top to bottom skiing is still possible.

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Furano Now!

Wednesday 31st March 2010, 9:13am
Weather conditions: Overcast
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Things are looking a little grey at the moment with overcast conditions. Temperatures are above freezing so it will be warm out there today. The snow conditions are powder, but this will change as the warmth gets to the snow. It could well be the time to change over to a spring type wax.

Just a reminder that Kitanomine Zone is now closed for the season. All lifts are operational on the Furano Zone except Furano Downhill Swift Lift No.1

Lifts are operating from 9am-4:00pm   Read more ...

Yuzawa Now!

Wednesday 31st March 2010, 9:22am
Weather conditions: Cloud, sun
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Today marks the end of the season for a few of the smaller resorts in Yuzawa - Ludens Yuzawa and Kayama Captain Coast - with a few resorts in neighbouring Minamiuonuma also ending their season today.

It has started sunny though a hazy grey-like blue, with the forecast telling us to expect things to cloud over as the morning progresses. It was cold last night and a fairly cold start to the morning but it is set to warm up with a high of around 9 degrees likely later on.

Tomorrow is set to be even warmer with a fine and sunny day forecast. Perhaps some rain on Friday but after that a run of fine weathr is forecast... and no real snowfall on the weekly forecast.

Have we now seen the last of the snowfall this season? We shall see!

Official resort snow depths @ 31st March 10, AM:
Mt Naeba:
Kagura - Tashiro:
GALA Yuzawa:
Kandatsu Kogen:
NASPA Ski Garden:
Yuzawa Kogen:
Yuzawa Park:
Yuzawa Nakazato:
Kayama Captain Coast:

Planned closing dates at resorts in Yuzawa:

Wednesday 31st March 2010:
Ludens Yuzawa
Kayama Captain Coast

Sunday 4th April 2010:
Yuzawa Nakazato
Nakazato Snow Wood
Yuzawa Park
NASPA Ski Garden
Yuzawa Kogen

Sunday 11th April 2010:
Kandatsu Kogen

Wednesday 5th May 2010:
Gala Yuzawa
Kagura (Tashiro Area)

Sunday 23rd May 2010:
Kagura (via Mitsumata)

In neighbouring Minamiuonuma, Muikamachi Hakkaisan, Urasa, Ishiuchi Hanaoka, Hakkaisanroku are now closed for the season. The remaining resorts planned closing dates are as below (subject to change):

Itsukamachi - 31st March
Muikamachi Ski Resort - 31st March
Centleisure Maiko Resort - 31st March
Ishiuchi Maruyama - 4th April
Joetsu Kokusai - 4th April   Read more ...

Naeba Now!

Wednesday 31st March 2010, 9:29am
Weather conditions: Sun, fine
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Yesterday was a very fine day on the slopes, even if it started off with the resort not full open. After a cold night and early start today things are back to normal this morning - no new snow to report but a fairly clear and bright start to the day.

The cold temperatures will be keeping that snow in top condition up there, though over the next few days we can expect things to warm up a fair bit.

More sun is forecast for tomorrow.

Official Snow Depths:



Kagura (Tashiro):
310cm   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Wednesday 31st March 2010, 9:34am
Weather conditions: Mostly cloudy
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Yesterday remained fine but it became quite cloudy overnight which kept temperatures reasonably mild, only dropping to -2. This morning is mostly cloudy and there's been a little frozen drizzle about the mountain. Warmer air is starting to move up over the region as a high pressure system moving through Honshu directs a more Southerly airstream up through the island. Today is expected to get up to around 5 degrees at the base of the mountain. Tomorrow will see similar temperatures with a little rain later. Beyond that we can expect a little snow Friday night into Saturday but then milder temperatures will return. Certainly looks like Spring has arrived up North.

Current Official Snow Depths:

Grand Hirafu:
Top - 350
Bottom - 170

Niseko Village:
Top - 340
Bottom - 140

Top - 350
Bottom - 200

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Hakuba Now!

Wednesday 31st March 2010, 9:43am
Weather conditions: Sunny
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Blue skies and sunshine today in Hakuba!

It was a cold clear night last night so anything that was slushy or wet froze up pretty hard, so might be fast and icy out there on certain aspects. Other shaded areas and north facing slopes should remain drier and still should have nice snow to enjoy. By 11AM or so the snow should have softened up by warming temperatures and sunshine.

Conditions on the slopes today will be powder (gotta search for it), chopped powder and crud, hard pack and softer spring snow at lower elevations. It looks like a nice to get some good spring turns in, get some nice panorama pictures and catch some rays.

Lift operation on some resorts may be limited due to lack of customers and lateness of the season.

Still great skiing top to bottom so get out there and enjoy it if you can!

Official resort snow depths on 31st Mar 10:

50cm (Shirakaba)
60cm (Sakka/Kitaone)
230cm (Kurobishi/Usagidaira)
Hakuba Goryu:
85cm (Iimori)
100cm (Toomi)
275cm (Alps daira)
Hakuba 47:
Tsugaike Kogen:
130cm (Kanenonaruoka)
105cm (Maruyama)
330cm (Tsuganomori)
Hakuba Iwatake:
50cm (Shomen)
165cm (Sancho)
Sun Alpina Sanosaka:

Here are the latest planned closing dates for resorts (subject to change depending on conditions):

Happo-one plans to be open until Wednesday 5th May.

Hakuba Goryu plans to be open until Sunday 9th May.

Hakuba 47 plans to be open until Wednesday 5th May.

Tsugaike Kogen plans to be open until Wednesday 5th May.

Hakuba Iwatake plans to be open until Sunday 4th April.

Hakuba Cortina Kokusai plans to be open until Sunday 4th April.

Sun Alpina Sanosaka will close on 31st March.   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Wednesday 31st March 2010, 9:50am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
It is a cloudy morning in Zao, just a slight wind and not as cold as the lastfew days with a temperature of -1 degrees currently in the village and -7 on the top of the mountain. No new snow to report this morning and good visibility out there.

There is a chance ofsome rain tomorrow later in the day and then light snow on Friday before forecast sunny weather for the weekend and warmer temperatures.

Good conditions still!

Chuo area:

Paradise area:

Utopia area:

The following lifts at Zao Onsen are now closed for the season:

Onsen No3 parallel AB lifts
Onsen No4 quad
Zao Kokutai pair lift
Ryuzan pair lift
Katamatsu pair lift
Sunrise pair AB lifts
Yokokura No2 pair lift
Kurohima No2 quad lift
Nakamori No1 triple
Nakamori No2 pair

Other lifts are still operating as normal. The other lifts at the resort plan to be open until the following dates, subject to change:

Uwanodai area:
Zao Sky Cable - open all year (closed 6th-28th May for maintenance)
Zao Onsen No1 pair lift - until 4th April
Zao Onsen No2 quad lift - until 4th April

Nakamori area:
Zao Chuo Ropeway - open all year (closed 12th-21st for maintenance, except Sat/Sun)

Chuo area:
Chuo No1 pair - until 5th May
Chuo No2 pair - until 11th April (after that open Sat/Sun/holidays until 5th May)
Katakai triple - until 11th April (after that open Sat/Sun/holidays until 5th May)

Diamond valley:
Diamond No1 pair lift - until 4th April
Diamond No2 pair lift - until 4th April

Paradise Pair lift - until 5th May
Paradise No3 pair - until 4th April
Shobunuma No1 triple and No2 pair - until 4th April (after that open Sat/Sun/holidays until 5th May)

Zao Ropeway - open all year (closed 6th-18th May for maintenance)
Yokokura No1 pair - until 4th April
Astraea No1 and No2 pair lifts - until 4th April
Omori / Kurohime:
Omori quad - until 4th April
Kurohime - until conditions allow

Zao Ropeway - open all year (closed 6th-18th May)
Utopia No2 pair - until conditions allow
Astraea No3 pair - until conditions allow   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Wednesday 31st March 2010, 9:58am
Weather conditions: Clear, sunny
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Well, no more new snow to report this morning but as it is keeping fairly cold the conditions on the slopes this morning remain very good. It isn't actually as cold this morning with a current temperature of -1 degrees in Maruike.

With today looking like it will generally be a fine day, it will warm up a bit though and tomorrow looks set to be warmer still as we enter a fairly mild period once again.

Nighta tonight is planned at the following resorts:
- Ichinose Family

Official resort snow depths as of 31st March 10:

Sun Valley:
Ichinose Family:
Ichinose Diamond:
Okushiga Kogen:

Here is the latest on when resorts plan to open and when they plan to be closing for the season.

Planned closing dates at Shiga Kogen resorts:

The Sun Valley area will be open until 4th April.
The Maruike area will also be open until 4th April, but the No2 pair lift will only be operating until 31st March.
The Hasuike area will be open until 4th April.
The Giant area will be open until 4th April and then again opening on 10th April.
The Higashiyama area will be open until 4th April.
The No1, No2 and Quad lifts at Nishitateyama will be operating until 4th April, with the quad lift also planning to open on 10th and 11th April.
At Terakoya the quad and No1 pair will be open until 4th April, and after that will also open on Saturdays and also the 29th April until 5th May.
At the Mammoth area, the quad will be open until 5th May, the No 2 triple and No 3 pair until 4th April, and the No 1 triple until 31st March.
The Ichinose Family area will be open until 5th May (with the No3 quad open until 31st March).
Ichinose Diamond will do it's best to be open until 5th May, dependent on conditions.
At Yakebitaiyama, the No1 Gondola will be open until 4th April. The No2 Gondola will operate daily until 4th April and then open again on 10th, 11th, 17th, 18th, 24th, 25th April and 29th April until 5th May. The No2 quad lift will operate daily until 4th April and then open again on 10th, 11th, 17th, 18th, 24th, 25th April and 29th April until 5th May.
At Okushiga Kogen, the Gondola will be open daily until 5th April and then also from 10th-12th April, 17th-19th April and the period 24th April - 5th May. The No 1 lift will be open until 4th April, the No 2 + 3 lifts until 5th May and the No 4 lift until 5th April and then the period 24th April - 5th May.
Kumanoyu plans to be open until at least 5th May and perhaps beyond depending on conditions. The No3 quad lift will be open daily until 31st March and then operating again on Saturdays, Sundays and the period 24th April until 5th May.
Yokoteyama plans to be open until late on in May, depending on snow conditions of course.


The above information is subject to change.   Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Wednesday 31st March 2010, 10:00am
Weather conditions: Partly cloudy, with increasing cover from the west
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
It's starting off today a bit like yesterday: a perfect, deep blue sky to start the morning, but increasing clouds from the west as we come up to 10 a.m. It's still nice, though, and today is definitely the weekday to go out and play on the hill; tomorrow looks like rain, perhaps even a lot of it.

Towards the weekend that might once again turn to snow, sort of the pattern we've come to expect recently. For this time of year, we can't complain much. It still looks like midwinter, rather than spring, with nice fresh white all around.

Lift operations:

Akakura Onsen: Ginrei No. 3 and No. 5; Kumado No. 3 Quad, No. 4 Triple; Yodel Super Quad; Akakura Chuo Triple. Kumado No. 3 open for night skiing (5 to 10 p.m.)

Akakan: all open

Ikenotaira: Shirakaba Capsule Ikenotaira Quad, Alpen Blick No. 1

Suginohara: closed

Seki Onsen: open (one lift)

Myoko Snow Park: all open

Kyukamura Myoko: all open

Tangram: No. 3 and No. 5 lifts

Madarao: No. 1, No. 2, Super Quad

Current Official Snow Depths:

Akakura Onsen:

Akakan (Akakura Kanko):


Myoko Suginohara:

Seki Onsen:

Myoko Ski Park:



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SnowJapan Daily 'Now' reports

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
Madarao Now
05th May, 19:10pm