Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 1st April 2018

Naeba Now!

Friday 3rd March 2017, 8:15am
Weather conditions: Overcast and snowing
New snowfall: 15cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Naeba.

Good news everyone. Yesterday's forecast snow has come through and delivered 15cm of fresh snow overnight. It's still falling fairly thickly even now so get out there!

Conditions will be soft and playful potentially for most of the day.

Looking on the forecast is predicting precipitation most days. This is unfortunately predicted to be rain on Sunday and Monday, however, I am not too worried as we have a return to snow on Monday night.

POWDER!   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Friday 3rd March 2017, 8:32am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning everyone.

It is a bit colder this morning and I am happy to report that light snow has started falling and there's a dusting of snow on my car outside.

It looks suspiciously like rain on the webcam image below, but I can attest to a more snow-like something falling outside my window. I would not expect it to be light dry powder variety though...

Light snow is what is on the forecasts on and off in the coming days as well really. It will likely be a mix of cloudy conditions and a bit of snow falling from time to time - something like that. Temperatures should be keeping on the right side of zero so that at least is a good thing.

It seems strong winds on mountain are preventing some of the top lifts to start up and a few gondolas may be operating at reduced speed too.

And that is about it really!

There's no Avalanche Report today.


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

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Niseko HANAZONO Resort
The top Ace Number 4 and King Number 4 lifts are on hold at the start of the day.

Niseko Village
The top Wonderland Chair lift is on hold at the start of the day.

Niseko Annupuri
The top Jumbo Number 4 lift is on hold at the start of the day.


Official resort snow depths as of Friday 3rd March 2017:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 330cm
Base - 135cm

Niseko Village
Top - 315cm
Base - 140cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 315cm
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 ...

Yuzawa Now!

Friday 3rd March 2017, 8:34am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 4cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Yuzawa.

And it is good to see some fresh snow on the ground this morning.

Yesterday fairly quickly became a generally 'cloudy/overcast' day with some rain starting in the afternoon. But it turning into snow overnight of course and here are the numbers being reported:

Kagura: 5-10cm
Maiko Snow Resort: up to 15cm

I am posting the report from near Ishiuchi this morning and there's just about 1cm here; and 4cm at our Yuzawa measuring point. So expect a light layer on lower slopes by town and something more substantial in higher areas.

It is still snowing now and with clear skies (and warmer conditions again) expected tomorrow, we want as much as possible to fall during the day today... it's forecast to be snowing until evening.


Official snow depth information as of Friday 3rd March 2017

GALA Yuzawa
Upper part of $2,600,000 closed today due to avalanche danger. Otherwise open as planned.
Official snow depth: 350cm

Ishiuchi Maruyama
Official snow depth: 250cm

Official snow depth: 200cm

Joetsu Kokusai
Official snow depth: 250cm

Official snow depth:
Kagura - 380cm
Mitsumata - 330cm
Tashiro - 350cm

Kandatsu Kogen
Official snow depth: 275cm

Maiko Snow Resort
Official snow depth:
Upper - 300cm
Base - 150cm

Muikamachi Hakkaisan
Official snow depth: 370cm

Official snow depth: 290cm

NASPA Ski Garden
Official snow depth: 230cm

Yuzawa Kogen
Official snow depth:
Top - 300cm
Base - 210cm

Yuzawa Park
Official snow depth: 180cm

Yuzawa Nakazato
Official snow depth: 170cm


'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.

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 ...

Myoko Now!

Friday 3rd March 2017, 8:35am
Weather conditions: Snowing
New snowfall: 23cm
Snow depth: --
Just like the forecasts said, it's snowing today.

Pretty good fall, too; Niigata's official forecast was for 15cm, and I got a 23cm average after poking around outside. Nice, heavy, spring snow, and it continues to come down at a good rate.

Nice to see things clean and white again, after an afternoon of dirt and gray following the bulldozer in my parking lot (and some of the snow walls collapsing onto the road).

Sunny tomorrow, it says, meaning that's the day to get out there while the snow is still fresh (well, better today to be out in the fresh as it falls).


Akakura Kanko:
360cm, -2°

Akakura Onsen:
310cm, -1°

Ikenotaira Onsen:
280cm, 0°

Myoko Suginohara:
265cm, -9°

Seki Onsen:
500cm, -5°

Myoko Ski Park:
300cm, 2°

Kyukamura RunRun:
300cm, 2°

Tangram Ski Circus:
245cm, 2°

Madarao Kogen:
290cm, -2°

   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Friday 3rd March 2017, 8:40am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Hakuba.

Light snow started falling higher up around lunch time yesterday though not amounting to much.

But this morning - fresh snow! Yes, it's always good to be able to report fresh snow and this morning while there's just a bit at lower levels, resorts are reporting up to 20cm of fresh snow in places so 'head high' would be the advice this morning.

Can't see much of the mountains at all this morning as they are covered in snow clouds and visibility looks generally rather poor out there. If it means more snow, I'm all for it. But take care if you are venturing out.

Having said that, the forecasts don't seem to be indicating that this snowfall will continue for much longer. Some even showing some sunshine for later on in the day.

Weather for the weekend? Probably sunshine and mild conditions.

Good to see snow lined up on the forecast for early week again though so the snow will be back.


Resort news as of 8:45am on Friday 3rd March 2017:

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

Hakuba 47:
Hakuba 47 is reporting 10-15cm of fresh snowfall.
The resort appears to be opening as planned this morning.
Official snow depth
Upper: 280cm
Base: 135cm

Hakuba Goryu:
Hakuba Goryu is reporting 3-20cm of fresh snowfall.
The resort appears to be opening as planned this morning.
Official snow depth
Alps: 320cm
Toomi: 168cm
Iimori: 115cm

Hakuba Happo-one:
Hakuba Happo-one is reporting 20cm of fresh snowfall (Riesen quad top).
The resort appears to be opening as planned this morning.
Some course restrictions at the moment due to racing events.
Official snow depth:
Usagidaira: 250cm
Kurobishi: 325cm
Lower: 140cm

Tsugaike Kogen:
The Gondola is not moving at the start of the day due to 'adverse weather'. Uma-no-se course is closed.
Official snow depth:
Tsuga-no-mori: 370cm
Han-no-ki: 350cm
Maruyama: 160cm
Oya-no-hara: 145cm
Kane-no-naru-oka: 135cm

Hakuba Cortina:
Hakuba Cortina is reporting 10cm of fresh snowfall.
The resort appears to be opening as planned this morning.
Official snow depth:
Top: 340cm
Base: 220cm

Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field:
Official snow depth:
Top: 220cm
Base: 110cm

Hakuba Norikura Onsen:
Official snow depth:
Top: 180cm

Official snow depth:
Top: 170cm

Hakuba Sanosaka:
Official snow depth:
Top: 135cm


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 Katamatsu-Shirakaba area on 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 ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Friday 3rd March 2017, 8:49am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Nozawa and we have a fresh layer of snow this morning.

Around 5cm at base but up to 20cm of fresh snow is being reported on the upper Yamabiko and Uenotaira courses... so you know where to head this morning! The snowfall probably won't continue for much beyond lunchtime today, so let's get some more cm in!

We're expecting sunshine and mild conditions tomorrow.

Tomorrow evening there's a big event going on over on the Hikage area. It starts at 7pm with a live act (so I believe) and then there's other things going on like a ski torch lit display and then the fireworks which should begin at around 9pm. No doubt our favourite friendly green vegetable character 'Nasuki' will be making an appearance too. Which in itself will make being there be worth it. :)


Friday 3rd March 2017

Fresh snow reported by resort since yesterday morning:
- Yamabiko: 20cm
- Uenotaira: 20cm
- Hikage: 5cm
- Nagasaka: 5cm
- Karasawa: 5cm

Official snow depths:
- Yamabiko: 370cm
- Uenotaira: 275cm
- Hikage: 165cm
- Nagasaka: 160cm
- Karasawa: 125cm

Lifts operations:
- All lifts operating except:
- Yunomine pair (usually closed on weekdays)
- Mizunashi triple (usually closed on weekdays)
- Challenge pair (usually closed on weekdays)
- Utopia pair (usually closed on weekdays)

Courses not open today are:
- Grand Prix
- Kandahar West   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Friday 3rd March 2017, 9:06am
Weather conditions: Snow and wind
New snowfall: 16cm
Snow depth: --
It's back to snow this morning in Shiga Kogen, along with something of a blowy wind making visibility really poor just now here in the Maruike area. Bit of a blizzard-like feel at the moment.

Did I mention the 16cm of fresh snow on the ground? With this wind, a bit more and a bit less in places no doubt.

The snow is forecast to ease off by early afternoon and tomorrow we are fully expecting clear and sunny skies.

Should be a good weekend. Perhaps less busy than February weekends as some folk apparently seem to decide that the ski season has finished for them come March. Silly them!


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

Please note that these numbers are the official numbers that ski resorts publish.



Ichinose Family

Ichinose Diamond




Okushiga Kogen

Sun Valley

Takamagahara Mammoth




Planned nighta operations:

Sun Valley: Saturdays until 18th March (7pm-9pm)

Ichinose Family: Every day until 25th March (6:30pm-9pm)

Ichinose Diamond: Every Saturday until 25th March and 19th March (6:30pm-9pm)

Yakebitaiyama: Every Saturday until 4th March (6pm-8pm)

Kumanoyu: Every Saturday until 25th March and 19th March (6:30pm-9pm)
   Read more ...

Furano Now!

Friday 3rd March 2017, 9:10am
Weather conditions: Overcast
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
It is another mild day, but at least there is some light snowfall happening. The winds are moderate and it is a rather grey looking day with overcast skies. Snow conditions are likely to be firm and frosty after yesterday's melt. The forecast is showing that winds will be at least moderate over the weekend with continuous light snow.   Read more ...

Madarao Now!

Friday 3rd March 2017, 9:26am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 17cm
Snow depth: --
It was good to get the clearer weather yesterday morning rather than rain, and then... the snow came. Nice.

This morning the resort is reporting 20cm of fresh snowfall and for my report I'm measuring 17cm. It's snowing still and a bit windy at times with windy conditions forecast for the day, so it's getting blown about somewhat. Great to have that layer of fresh though.

Tomorrow clear skies and sunshine are expected across the region along with once-again milder conditions. But if we get a bit more snow before it eases off today, first lifts Saturday morning should be great.


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

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

Tree runs should be open

- 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 on 19th March)

Official snow depth:

- 290cm   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Friday 3rd March 2017, 9:30am
Weather conditions: Cloud, snow
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Zao.

After a mild day yesterday, it's a bit colder this morning. There's just a dusting of snow overnight but it is snowing this morning and fingers crossed we might get some cm during the day today.

Tomorrow we're probably going to get some sunshine tomorrow though the forecast does tell us that snow clouds won't be too far away, even if it keeps fairly mild. And indeed as we enter early next week it's looking pretty hopeful for some decent snowfall which would be good.

Difficult to read - we'll just have to see what nature decides to give us.


All lifts apart from the following appear to be operating today:

Paradise Number 3 pair
Karamatsu pair

All courses apart from Kotan should be open.


Official snow depths (as published by the resort itself):
Summit - 145cm
Paradise - 220cm
Chuo - 220cm
Utopia - 170cm
Uwanodai - 130cm
Yokokura - 140cm


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 ...

Grandeco Now!

Friday 3rd March 2017, 9:30am
Weather conditions: Cloud, bit of sunshine...
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Grandeco.

There's a light dusting of snow to report this morning.

A fairly strong wind from the north might affect the Gondola this morning but the other lifts are moving as usual.

The forecast is looking fairly decent over the coming week especially the first part of next week with the potential for some good snowfall - and intermittent snow showers in the meantime.


Snow Park Information:

[Dekodaira E park]
9m kicker and 9m kicker.

[Deokoboko park]
6m straight wide box, 6m down box, 6m straight rail, box, 6m straight box, box, 6m carve box, 6m arch box, deco-barrel,3m table top and 5m table top.


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
Goshukinuma through Grandeco: wet, icy in parts   Read more ...

Appi Kogen Now!

Friday 3rd March 2017, 11:26am
Weather conditions: Cloudy skies with some light snow falling
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: --
Hello from Appi,

Cloudy skies today with some light snow falling and a temperature outside of -2. We can expect the same conditions most of today with around 2-4 cm of additional snow falling.

Stable temperatures over the weekend of around -5 and some light snow flurries await those venturing up here. For those staying longer than the weekend we may be in for a surprise with up to 50cm supposedly coming our way from Monday to Wednesday. Let keep our fingers crossed that it comes.

Overall the runs are in good shape with very few threadbare patches to annoy you.

Have fun up there.


Planned operating lifts at time of report (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:

195cm   Read more ...

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