Snow and weather reports posted on Tuesday 11th December 2018

Yuzawa Now!

Wednesday 4th April 2018, 5:54am
Weather conditions: Lots of cloud, some blue sky
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Yuzawa.

Yesterday it warmed up to over 21 degrees in Yuzawa. It was over 25 degrees in Joetsu city, just to the north of Myoko here in Niigata Prefecture. They are temperatures more suited to later in May than early April!

Today is going to be warm too and there is a good chance of rain falling this afternoon. This report is going up very early and at the moment there is a lot of cloud around.

Come Saturday it is set to cool down somewhat with a good chance of some persistent rain over the weekend... not the ideal way for some resorts to finish up their ski season.

As noted below, Sunday will be the last day of the season for a handful of ski resorts, and from next week we will be left with just Kagura, GALA Yuzawa, Kandatsu Kogen and Naeba (on weekends) remaining open.


Updated: Wednesday 4th April 2018

At least part open until Sunday 8th April

- Official snow depth: 65cm
- The central area remains open with two lifts operating

Ishiuchi Maruyama
- Official snow depth: 120cm
- Top areas remain open via Chuo Entrance with four lifts operating

Joetsu Kokusai
- Official snow depth: 80cm
- The North and East areas remain at least part open

Maiko Snow Resort
- Official snow depth: Top - 95cm, Base - 20cm
- The Gondola, Nagamine Number 2 quad and Okusoeji quad lift are operating

At least part open until Sunday 22nd April

Kandatsu Kogen
- Official snow depth: 140cm
- Most of Kandatsu remains open with four lifts operating

At least part open until Sunday 6th May

GALA Yuzawa
- Official snow depth: 170cm
- The Central Area and North Area remain open
- The South Area and Falcon course back to base are now closed for the season

- Official snow depth: Kagura area - 250cm; Mitsumata area - 150cm; Tashiro area - 200cm
- Tashiro Ropeway plans to be at least part open until Sunday 6th May
- Mitsumata Ropeway and the main Kagura area plan to be at least part open until Sunday 27th May
- The Dragondola connecting Tashiro with Naeba is now closed for the season

- Official snow depth: 140cm (base)
- Naeba plans to be at least part open until Sunday 6th May (** only on weekends from 9th-27th April; closed weekdays **)
- The Dragondola connecting Naeba with Tashiro is now closed for the season   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Wednesday 4th April 2018, 7:01am
Weather conditions: Fine
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Nozawa.

After the warmth of yesterday, perhaps today will be slightly cooler and while we are starting the morning with the sun shining down on us once again, rain is forecast for later in the day. Doesn't look like it will last too long though and it's back to sun tomorrow.

I think I'm going to get out and enjoy some first tracks this morning.

Taking a quick look at the forecast, Friday seems to be particularly warm again before temperatures drop back down to single digit numbers and there's still that mix of rain (base) and snow (mountain) forecast over the weekend.


Wednesday 4th April 2018

Fresh snowfall since yesterday (as reported by the resort):

- Yamabiko (1407m): 0cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 0cm
- Hikage (660m): 0cm
- Nagasaka (615m): 0cm
- Karasawa (563m): 0cm

Official snow depth numbers:

- Yamabiko (1407m): 220cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 130cm
- Hikage (660m): 60cm
- Nagasaka (615m): -cm
- Karasawa (563m): -cm

Lifts operations:

- Nagasaka Gondola
- Yamabiko Four
- Yamabiko Number 2 Four
- Uenotaira Four
- Paradise Four

The following courses remain open:

- Yamabiko area
- Kokenashi course
- Uenotaira
- Paradise
- Rinkan (use this course to get back down to base)

General resort operations information until Sunday 6th May:

The Gondola will be open from 8:10am daily;
The Number 1 car park will be free daily;
There will be no village shuttle bus between 2nd April and 27th April;
A resort shuttle bus may operate between Hikage and Nagasaka (Number 1 car park) depending on snow conditions;
Nozawa Onsen plans to remain open until Sunday 6th May.
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Minakami Now!

Wednesday 4th April 2018, 7:10am
Weather conditions: Sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
The season is winding down here and no real snow for the whole of March has taken its toll. Highly unusual, but the season kicked off earlier than normal and it was fun while it lasted.

Okutone is still running up the top though I imagine it's rather scrappy. They claim 70cm and last day will be April 8th.

Hodaigi has their lower runs open including the 1km beginner run. They also have their number 9 lift to the top still running though I've not been over there in quite a while.

Tenjin appears to have closed their cat track to the bottom on Monday. Kind of a bummer as there is still snow all over it. Up the top they are digging out underneath the Toge lift and moving that snow in for the Minakami Vibes bowl. That also started on Monday and the event will be held the weekend of April 14th. The base up top is still at 170cm so they are a chance to run through to their usual closing time around May 7th or the end of Golden Week but we shall see. I think they should last through the end of April at the least. The snow, is super soft and slushy, not too bad and with temps so high, it softens up by 8-9am.

Toured up to the peak of Tanigawa on Monday evening, stayed up top and traversed the top ridge at dawn the next morning before dropping into the gentle, North facing, Shibakurasawa and out the bottom. The peaks up top are patchy in places and it was hard going though still plenty of snow in that particular valley if you don't mind picking your way around avi debris in the bottom part of the valley. Probably one of few safe touring options in the area right now and probably the last time I'll turn on a beacon here at Tanigawa.


Photo below from yesterday morning at Tanjgawadake


Ski resorts in Minakami:

Minakami Hodaigi
Plans to be open until 8th April

Minakami Kogen Ski Resort
Plans to be open until 8th April

Okutone Snow Park
Plans to be open until 8th April

Tanigawadake Tenjindaira
Plans to be open until early May


Closed for the season:

Minakami Kogen Fujiwara
Norn Minakami
Tanigawa Onsen White Valley


Resort Spotlights with more detail:

Norn Minakami
Okutone Snow Park


Please note that the snowfall numbers posted in this report will be observed from close to the base Tenjindaira Ropeway station - which is often much more than in the central town area of Minakami.    Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Wednesday 4th April 2018, 8:02am
Weather conditions: Blue sky, partly cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Hakuba.

Yesterday was another fine spring day. It ended up not quite as hazy as it started but really warmed up -- and so too today. I feel like I have been talking about warmth quite a lot over the last month or so!

Less of a hazy start this morning with lots of blue sky and a bit of cloud. It is another fine morning. Rain is due later today though and that should cool things down later on and overnight.

That forecast still shows the chance of some snowfall over the weekend, especially in higher areas. There's a fair bit of rain on the forecasts too down at village level. I'm holding out for the chance of riding on some fresh snow once again. Come on Nature, you know you want to have one last spurt of winter-like conditions!


Ski resort information on Wednesday 4th April 2018 (at time of writing):

Hakuba Happo-one

Lift & course info:

- Upper areas of the resort remain open
- The Nakiyama South and Shirakaba South base courses remain open but other base areas are now closed

Official snow depth:

- Kurobishi: 280cm
- Usagidaira: 165cm
- Lower: 35cm


Hakuba Goryu

Lift & course info:

- Gondola
- Alps Number 1 pair
- Alps Number 3 pair
- Toomi Four

- The top area and Toomi run remain open
- The Iimori area is now closed

Official snow depth:
- Top: 265cm
- Toomi: 80cm
- Iimori: 50cm


Hakuba 47

Lift & course info:

- Gondola
- Pair Line A-B
- Quad Line C
- Pair Line E

- All main courses remain open
- The Tree Riding Zones are now closed for the season

Official snow depth:
- Top: 265cm
- Base: 80cm


Tsugaike Kogen

Lift & courses info:

- Uma-no-se and Champion courses now closed
- Kane-no-naru-oka and Lower Course through forest courses are partially closed

Official snow depth:
- Tsuga-no-mori: 260cm
- Han-no-ki: 240cm
- Maruyama: 60cm
- Shirakaba: 165cm
- Champion: 50cm
- Oya-no-hara: 60cm
- Kane-no-naru-oka: -cm   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Wednesday 4th April 2018, 8:08am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Hello to you all from here near Hirafu base.

Yesterday we did indeed get rained on. It was a misty/foggy/wet kind of scenario with limited visibility. Not the most appealing of days!

This morning it is mostly cloudy but we can perhaps get to see some sunshine later on.

Chance of fresh snow on mountain is still there on the forecasts around Friday/Saturday. Come on!!!!


Wednesday 4th April 2018

Resort specific information (operations subject to change):

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Plans to be open daily until Sunday 6th May
Niseko HANAZONO Resort
Plans to be open daily until Sunday 8th April

Lifts info:
- The King Number 1 and 2 and Ace Number 1, 3 and 4 lifts are rested.
- Other lifts should be operating.

Official snow depth:
- Top: 425cm
- Base: 135cm

Niseko Annupuri
Plans to be open daily until Sunday 6th May

Lifts info:
- The Jumbo Number 2 and 3 lifts are rested.
- Other lifts should be operating.

Official snow depth:
- Top: 400cm
- Base: 130cm

Niseko Village
Plans to be open daily until Sunday 8th April

Lifts info:
- The Village Express, Niseko Gondola and Wonderland Chair lifts remain operating.

Official snow depth:
- Top: 380cm
- Base: 130cm   Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Wednesday 4th April 2018, 8:10am
Weather conditions: Clear and less hazy than yesterday
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Warm and sunny; the cherries are in bloom in nearby Joetsu (and even the north/low part of Myoko City).

Could snow over the weekend as the freezing level comes way down. Very weird.


Akakura Kanko:
190cm, 10°; Myokokogen Sky Cable Gondola, Hotel No. 3 lifts; closing May 6

Akakura Onsen:
155cm, 7° Yodel No. 2, No. 4, No. 5; Kumada No. 1, no. 4 lifts open; closing April 8

Ikenotaira Onsen:

Myoko Suginohara:

Seki Onsen:
290 cm; 5° (no updates here); closing May 6

Myoko Ski Park:

Kyukamura RunRun:

Lotte Arai Resort:
337cm, 11.7°; All lifts running; Mamushigaeshi, Exciter, Legendary and Discovery courses closed; Ohkenashi Bowl, FK, North Bowl, Funaishi-zawa, Happy Place and Benzaku-zawa in the avalanche-controlled areas open; closing May 6

Tangram Ski Circus:

Madarao Kogen:

Kurohime Kogen Snow Park:

   Read more ...

Geto Kogen Now!

Wednesday 4th April 2018, 8:12am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
It's cloudy again this morning and calm - no wind at all.

And that is pretty much what remains on the forecast for the day today along with warm conditions.

The tree run courses should be fun and there's also other activities such as snowmobile experience tours to enjoy. It's not over yet!

We may even get some fresh snow over the coming days if we are lucky so a bit of a mix in the forecast; worth keeping an eye on.


Official snow depths:

Top: 340cm
Base: 210cm

Number 1 Gondola and Number 1 pair lift are operating

   Read more ...

Grandeco Now!

Wednesday 4th April 2018, 8:44am
Weather conditions: Cloudy, fog
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Grandeco.

It was raining last night but I am happy to report that the rain has stopped by this morning.

The gondola peak station is surrounded by fog at the moment with limited visibility.

Some more rain possible over the coming days and perhaps even some snow over the weekend. That would be nice. Keep your eye on the forecasts.

The Number 4 lift has finished up for this season now but the Number 3 will be open on the weekend. People who want to climb up to Mt. Nishidaiten, the Number 3 and 4 lifts are not open anymore during weekdays.

Nekoma ski resort is operating 5 of the 6 lifts and all of the courses remain open today. They have 170cm of (official) snow depth and the condition is a little wet but not bad.


Lifts operating:

- Gondola
- Number 1
- Number 2

Courses open:

- Courses beside the open lifts remain open

Official snow depth:
- 220cm

- Grandeco snow and weather forecast
   Read more ...

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11th Dec, 8:27
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11th Dec, 8:20
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11th Dec, 7:47
Yuzawa Now
11th Dec, 7:40
Myoko Now
10th Dec, 11:30am
Geto Kogen Now
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Grandeco Now
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