Snow and weather reports posted on Friday 6th December 2019

Yuzawa Now!

Tuesday 3rd February 2015, 7:29am
Weather conditions: Cloud cover
New snowfall: 10cm
Snow depth: 290cm
Good morning from the Yuzawa area where we still have snow clouds up above. It's not actually snowing just now, but light snow is expected during the day today. There's 10cm on the top of my car, fallen from the skies since yesterday day time and the snow walls around town are now once again looking refreshed and - high!

Someone pointed this out yesterday... official snow depths for resorts have many with more than Kagura which we always expect to have the most. Whether lower down actually has had more or not is certainly open for question - especially when we remember that official snow depths at Kagura often don't budge even when they get 40cm for a few days in a row! Sometimes you feel certain resorts actually downplay the amount of snow. Having said that, and just an observation, but I feel there's more snow piled up on the side of the roads in the Shiozawa and Muikamachi area than there is in Yuzawa. Still huge amounts everywhere of course at the moment...

OK so it's -2 degrees at the moment. Lots of fresh snow, should be excellent conditions everywhere right now.

Forecasts disagree on what we have in store after tomorrow - clearer weather on Thursday, or rain? I know which I'd prefer.


Official snow depths:

GALA Yuzawa:
Ishiuchi Maruyama:
Joetsu Kokusai:
Kandatsu Kogen:
Maiko Snow Resort:
380cm (upper)
300cm (lower)
NASPA Ski Garden:
Yuzawa Kogen:
320cm (Kogen)
260cm (Nunoba)
Yuzawa Nakazato:


Nighta in the area

Nighta 'night skiing' - where some slopes are floodlit for skiing and snowboarding in the evening - is available at the following resorts in the area.

Ishiuchi Maruyama:
Every day until 21st March (until 8:50pm)
Every day until 22nd March (until 8pm on weekdays and Sundays, 9pm on Saturdays)
Joetsu Kokusai:
Every day until 22nd March (until 9pm)
Kandatsu Kogen:
From 23rd January, 'all night' on Fridays and Saturdays (6pm or 10pm until 4am the next morning)
Maiko Snow Resort:
Every day until 14th March (until 8pm)
Every day until 29th March (until 9pm)
All night on 17th January; 14th February and 14th March (10pm until 6am)
NASPA Ski Garden (skiers only):
Saturdays until 29th February (until 7pm)
Yuzawa Nakazato:
Saturdays until 14th March (until 8:30pm)

Chateaux Shiozawa also have nighta but only on certain days - no fixed schedule available.
Resorts not mentioned above do not operate 'nighta' (or do not plan to have more this season).
Some resorts offer tickets that include nighta, others need a special lift ticket.


Ski and snowboard resorts in Yuzawa town
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Madarao Now!

Tuesday 3rd February 2015, 7:40am
Weather conditions: Cloud and blue sky
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: 300cm
Early report this morning an hour before the lifts start moving.

It is another cold morning with a few more cm of snow on the ground again.

Some cloud above but blue sky too. Maybe some slight snow during the day today, though clearing conditions may well win out in the end.

Over the next few days the cold should continue with an increasing chance of seeing some sunshine.


Lifts planned to be open:

Number 1 lift
Number 2 quad lift
Number 3A
Number 5
Super quad lift
Number 11 lift
Number 12 lift
Number 13 lift
Number 15 lift
Moving Walkway
Kids Park
Freeride Park
Tree Run Courses should be open today.

Night skiing at Madarao is every Saturday until 21st March 2015.


Madarao Kogen 6 day weather and snow forecast
Madarao Kogen main resort data
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Shiga Kogen Now!

Tuesday 3rd February 2015, 7:53am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: 200cm
Well, no sun yet that's for sure as clouds remain over us early this morning. Very cold too.

Snow falling still too!

Perhaps clearing later in the day? Some forecasts still say that we can expect clearing to an extent sometime later on in the day today.

For now though, still mid-winter mode.


Resort areas status with official snow depths:

Okushiga Kogen:
Open (note: skiers only resort area)


Ichinose Family

Ichinose Yamanokami:

Ichinose Diamond:

Takamagahara Mammoth:




Most open

Happo Bundaraia:

Sun Valley:



Open (note: skiers only resort area)

Yokoteyama & Shibutoge:


Planned night floodlit skiing at Shiga Kogen resort areas:

Sun Valley:
Every Saturday until March 21st

Ichinose Family:
Every day until March 29th

Ichinose Diamond:
Every Saturday until March 28th

Every Saturday until February 21st

Every Saturday until March 28th
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Minakami Now!

Tuesday 3rd February 2015, 9:08am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 15cm
Snow depth: 440cm
Light snow overnight and Tenjin has just opened with the top lifts in operation and the Tajirisawa Course to the bottom currently closed.

Best case scenario is for a 11am open for the whole mountain but we shall see.

Light snow still falling, visibility pretty good and a lot of snow up there for the taking!


Snow depths:

Tenjindaira: 440cm
Hodaigi: 220cm
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Naeba Now!

Tuesday 3rd February 2015, 9:22am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: 260cm
Good morning from Naeba on this not so blustery morning.

Snowflakes were falling slowly last night, giving us 10cms of snow up top and a small covering of 5cm at the bottom of the slopes. The snow is still fluttering down this morning but looking like it might stop snowing at any moment. The wind has dropped right down allowing all lifts to be open at Naeba today. With the winds calming down and the snow fall coming to afault, visibility is much better today.

It is currently cold (-5) and snowy with weak to moderate winds.

All lifts are open at Naeba today currently, weather permitting.

The Dragondola over to Tashiro/Kagura is open today as well, so there should be a lot of untracked goodness over there too.

With the winds slowing up and the snow coming to a halt it looks like there could be dare I say it a couple days of sunshine on the way. A rare occasion this winter!


Official snow depths:

Naeba: 260cm
Kagura: 340cm


New snowfall:




This Naeba Now report started updating for the 2014/2015 season on 31st January 2015. As such, the 'observed snowfall season' numbers shown at the bottom of the report will only reflect data from that date onwards. Please read our Yuzawa Now daily reports section for more information on the first part of the season in the Yuzawa region.   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Tuesday 3rd February 2015, 10:22am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 15cm
Snow depth: 370cm
(Sorry for the late posting today - the below report was actually submitted as normal at 8:30am but we have been experiencing a few technical issues which prevented it from going up)

Morning from my base here in Hirafu, it's another cold and windy one but importantly there's another 15cm of fresh snow on the ground to report this morning... and I would imagine more being added to that quite quickly as well this morning if it carries on like it is now.

The pesky winds are messing with us once again unfortunately with lift disruption at the beginning of the day including all three gondolas.

Hopefully it will improve this morning and the forecast does seem to point to a decent chance of that happening along with a break in the snowfall and maybe even a bit of blue sky appearing.

Calmer and clearer skies expected tomorrow as well.

Next decent snow up after that at the end of the week into the weekend.


Resort specific news as of 8:30am - subject to change during the day

Niseko Grand Hirafu:
The Gondola, King Number 3, King Number 4, Ace Number 4 and Swingling Monkey lifts on hold due to wind situation.

Niseko Hanazono:
Top Hanazono Number 3 lift on hold due to wind situation.

Niseko Village:
Niseko Gondola and top Wonderland Chair lift on hold due to wind.
'Early Morning Gondola' on Saturday (7th) and Sunday (8th) for 1300 yen, Gondola open from 7:30am until 8:30am.

Niseko Annupuri:
Annupuri Gondola and Top Jumbo Number 4 lift on hold due to wind.


Niseko Avalanche Report

Niseko base 6am: -6C, 15cm crystal snowfall in 12 hours, Moiwa 800m: N12m/s, -10C, 20cm snowfall with 60cm snowdrifts, poor visibility. Annupuri 1150m: N15-20m/s, 20cm snowfall with large development of snowdrifts. Hirafu 1000m: NE15m/s, -11C, 15cm snowfall with snowdrifts development. Annupuri peak N18.5m/s, -13.5C. Coastal data: Benkei cape ENE12m/s, Kamui cape ESE4m/s, 1022hPa, 2.6m waves.

The isobars are spacing out, however the northerly wind remains high above 1000m altitude and snow deposit is larger in the western areas. 60cm softslabs has developed in leeward 800-1000m slopes and are likely to collapse with light stimulation. Snow has been blown away in Higashi-One area and wind-ripples are forming, making it difficult to ride. The avalanche risk is high in 1000m cornice slopes and knolls. Slides would be triggered by failure of weak lines within the Feb 2nd layer. Caution is required even in slopes with thin deposit; surface slab avalanches can occur regardless the amount of snow on top. Peak gates (2 & 3) will be kept closed, others to be determined. Please follow the ski patrol’s instructions. One track left under the rope would lead many others to do the same and increase the chances of accidents to happen. Please respect the Niseko Rules. Beware of falling into cracks forming in various areas. Cracks are difficult to see from above. The snow in the trees is in excellent condition. Have you switched your beacon on? It is not mandatory to carry one, however is strongly recommended.


Official resort snow depths:

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 370cm
Base - 125cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 280cm
Base - 180cm

Niseko Annupuri:
Top - 280cm
Base - 170cm


Lifts open for night skiing (planned):

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Ace Family Pair lift, Ace Number 2 Center Four lift, Hirafu Gondola, Holiday Number 1 Pair lift

Niseko Hanazono Resort
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
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Hakuba Now!

Tuesday 3rd February 2015, 10:25am
Weather conditions: Blue sky, cloud around the mountains
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 170cm
(Apologies - posting of the report was delayed due to some technical issues, report written before 9am).

Morning from Hakuba, and although I don't have any new snowfall to report - well, apart from the 1cm at Usagidaira on Happo! - it's a lovely morning here with lots of blue sky to enjoy early on. Cloud hanging around the mountains but no snow falling or expected today.

It's keeping cold and less wind this morning with a light north-westerly wind at the moment - all ski areas appear to be open as normal this morning.

Cloud expected overnight and another cold one, to be followed by a sunny day tomorrow.

No significant snowfall on the forecast through into early next week as things stand just now, maybe just a light topup here and there.


Official snow depth numbers and operations at time of writing on Tuesday 3rd February 2015. Subject to change during the day:

Hakuba Goryu:
Reporting 0cm of new snowfall.
All courses planned to be open(except Adventure Course).

- Alps Daira - 290cm
- Toomi - 170cm
- Iimori - 170cm


Hakuba 47:
Reporting 0cm of new snowfall.
Tree Riding Zone is open.

- Upper - 290cm
- Lower - 175cm


Reporting 1cm of fresh snow at Usagidaira.
Happo Banks The Snow Park is now open.

- Usagidaira - 320cm
- Nakiyama - 180cm
- Sakka - 180cm


Hakuba Cortina:
Reporting 0cm of new snowfall.
Open as planned this morning.

- Upper - 440cm
- Lower - 265cm


Tsugaike Kogen:
Open as planned this morning.
Please note that the top Tsugaike Ropeway only opens for spring season.

- Tsuga-no-mori - 350cm
- Maruyama - 200cm
- Kane-no-naru-oka - 215cm


Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field:
Reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall.

- Upper - 270cm
- Lower - 165cm


Hakuba Norikura Onsen:
Reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall.

- 285cm


All areas now open.

- 200cm


Night skiing at resorts in the Hakuba area:

Hakuba Goryu:
Toomi area every day until 31st March. 6pm until 9:30pm.
Hakuba Happo-one:
Nakiyama area every day until mid March. 5pm until 9pm.
Hakuba Cortina:
Every day until 31st March. 5pm until 8pm.
Tsugaike Kogen:
Kane-no-naru-oka on Saturdays in January; February 7th, 14th. 6pm until 8:50pm.
Karamatsu-Shirakaba on Saturdays in January; February 7th, 14th, 28th; Saturdays in March. 6pm until 9pm.
Every day until 15th March. 4:30pm until 9:30pm.   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Tuesday 3rd February 2015, 11:01am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 10cm
Snow depth: 290cm
Hello from Nozawa, I was in Nagano city yesterday and just made my way back to Nozawa mid-morning.... where it's snowing lightly at the moment. Another 10-15cm of fresh snowfall across the mountain since yesterday afternoon keeping things nice and fresh no doubt.

Still lots of cloud around and limited visibility especially higher up from what I can see on the webcams now.

Kamoshikla and Tanuki are back open.

Expecting some sunshine in the day tomorrow, with more snow later on Thursday forecast.


Fresh snow to report this morning since yesterday:

Yamabiko - 15cm
Uenotaira - 10cm
Hikage - 10cm
Nagasaka - 10cm
Karasawa - 10cm

Official snow depths:

Yamabiko - 440cm
Uenotaira - 410cm
Hikage - 290cm
Nagasaka - 280cm
Karasawa - 240cm


Courses open:

All courses are open except:

Grand Prix course
Jumping Course
Challenge 39


Lifts open (subject to change):

All lifts operating except:

Yunomine pair
Mizunashi triple
Challenge pair
Utopia pair
Hikage Number 2 Pair B line


Night skiing at Nozawa until 8pm on the following dates:

Every Saturday until 28th March


Nozawa Onsen 6 day weather and snow forecast
Nozawa Onsen main resort data
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Zao Now!

Tuesday 3rd February 2015, 11:11am
Weather conditions: Cloudy skies
New snowfall: 2cm
Snow depth: 200cm
Morning from Zao, and it was just a cloudy one to start us off and there has been light snow falling at times but not the kind that will add up to new cm.

Still cloudy now, with some breaks here and there and glimpses of the sky, but usually quickly covered again.

Expecting clearer skies tomorrow and maybe even some sun before heading back into snow falling from the skies later on Thursday and into Friday.


Official snow depths (Tuesday 3rd January 15):

Utopia: 220cm
Chuo: 200cm
Paradise: 200cm
Uwanodai: 150cm

Zao Onsen is fully open (* note that the Karamatsu pair lift is closed on weekdays).


Night skiing operations at Zao this season

Uwanodai area:
Daily until 22nd March

Yokokura area:
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from until 15th March

Open times from 5pm until 9pm.


Juhyo 'Ice Monsters' Light Up night time ropeway operations

Every evening now until 28th February

Operating from 5pm until 9pm; last ropeway up at 7:50pm.
In the event of poor weather conditions, operations are sometimes cancelled.   Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Tuesday 3rd February 2015, 11:36am
Weather conditions: Increasing cloudiness since this morning, but still sunny at base level
New snowfall: 10cm
Snow depth: 343cm
It started out sunny in Myoko this morning; it's still fairly clear at base level, but the peaks are now in the clouds.

Not much wind down low, either, although it could be a bit more blustery higher up (which seems to be the case in other NIigata ski areas.

Other than that, not much going on. Some good snow on the hill, not too bad weather.

All in all a good day to be out enjoying the snow.


Akakura Kanko:
380cm, -7°

Akakura Onsen:
304cm, -2°

Ikenotaira Onsen:
290cm, -5°

Myoko Suginohara:
275cm, -14° (top)

Seki Onsen:
470cm, -5°

Myoko Ski Park:
355cm, -3°

Kyukamura RunRun:
390cm, -3°

Tangram Ski Circus:
260cm, -5°

Madarao Kogen:
300m, -7°


Night skiing in the Myoko area:

Akakura Onsen (Kumado): until 10pm every day until 22 March
Tangram Ski Circus: until 8pm on Saturdays until 28 March
Madarao Kogen: until 9pm on Saturdays until 21 March
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Furano Now!

Tuesday 3rd February 2015, 12:56pm
Weather conditions: Bluebird/clear
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 180cm
It is a picture perfect day in Furano, and as the weather forecast predicted we have blue skies surrounding the resort allowing for some really nice views across the valley. It is fairly cold today and the slopes are firm and in need of a bit of a top up of snow to bring them back to the regular soft Furano powder conditions. It looks like this may happen around Sunday with some significant snow on the radar for Sunday night. Tomorrow's weather will be much the same as today, but the wind should reduce even further.   Read more ...

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