Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 1st April 2018

Yuzawa Now!

Thursday 5th February 2015, 7:17am
Weather conditions: Mostly cloudy, but maybe clearing like yesterday
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 285cm
Report was too early yesterday morning with conditions quickly changing and by 9am lots of blue sky above the region. It turned into a lovely morning, though by lunchtime there was more grey cloud developing and hiding the sun... by late afternoon it was totally overcase once again.

No snowfall overnight and currently -2 degrees. A mix of cloud, overcast with a bit of clear sky as well with the forecast teasing us with the prospect of more sun during the day today. So perhaps it will change like it did yesterday.

As with many regions it would seem that the next decent snowfall will be with us from Sunday. Perhaps some snow tomorrow as well.


Todays photos below were taken at NASPA Ski Garden yesterday.


Official snow depths:

GALA Yuzawa:
Ishiuchi Maruyama:
Joetsu Kokusai:
Kandatsu Kogen:
Maiko Snow Resort:
360cm (upper)
280cm (lower)
NASPA Ski Garden:
Yuzawa Kogen:
350cm (Kogen)
290cm (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!

Thursday 5th February 2015, 7:18am
Weather conditions: Partly cloudy, lots of clear sky
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 290cm
It's fairly similar this morning to what we had yesterday - a cold start, some cloud but lots of clearer sky and a fine day on the cards.

No fresh snowfall to report, but with temps staying low snow is keeping good.

Maybe a bit of snow overnight into tomorrow but afer that it's still late weekend for the next big forecast snowfall.


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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Nozawa Onsen Now!

Thursday 5th February 2015, 7:50am
Weather conditions: Cloud, fine
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 280cm
No new cm of snow this morning after that day of generally fine weather yesterday. This morning is also a mix of cloud and clearer sky and we are expecting the sun to make a starring role today. Visibility ok on all mountain from early on today. Should be some very fine views if it clears properly.

Maybe some snow tonight into tomorrow morning but that will probably clear up as well. The main (snow) event to look to is from Sunday when the already pretty cold temperatures will take a drop down further and some significant snowfall probable.

In the meantime, fine weather on Saturday perhaps.


Fresh snow to report this morning since yesterday afternoon:

Yamabiko - 0cm
Uenotaira - 0cm
Hikage - 0cm
Nagasaka - 0cm
Karasawa - 0cm

Official snow depths (as of yesterday):

Yamabiko - 430cm
Uenotaira - 395cm
Hikage - 280cm
Nagasaka - 270cm
Karasawa - 235cm


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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Niseko Now!

Thursday 5th February 2015, 8:02am
Weather conditions: Lots of blue skies and sunny, bit of cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 365cm
Hello and it's surely a beautiful morning here.

Clear skies, hardly any cloud around, the sun is out. And maybe similar lined up for tomorrow as well. Certainly a few days for getting to enjoy seeing what the surrounding scenery looks like - some people visit Niseko and never get to see it!

For those of us more interested in huge amounts of powder snow falling from the skies, eyes are on the forecast for the weekend with snow starting sometime on Saturday and hopefully setting in for at least the first part of the week as well. Looks like it's going to get very cold and very snowy. Total refresh time.

In the meantime and while we look forward to that, it should be a fine few days. All open including peak gates. Have fun and take care.


The Chinese New Year holiday period is fast approaching. The Chinese New Year is of course this year on February 19th and the period before and after that date are one of the peak times each season here in Niseko with many guests coming from overseas and enjoying their holidays here. Let's hope that conditions are also 'peak'!


The SnowJapan folk showed me something really cool yesterday. Something new that they are working on that people reading these reports will surely be interested in. Hopefully they'll be able to share it with us all sometime later this month. Whenever it is, I'll be sure to mention it here when it's online. O-tanishimi-ni!


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

Niseko Grand Hirafu:
Looks set to open as planned this morning.

Niseko Hanazono:
Looks set to open as planned this morning.

Niseko Village:
Looks set to open as planned this morning.
'Early Morning Gondola' on Saturday (7th) and Sunday (8th) for 1300 yen, Gondola open from 7:30am until 8:30am.

Niseko Annupuri:
Looks set to open as planned this morning.


Niseko Avalanche Report

Niseko base 6am: -11C, no snowfall. Moiwa 800m: NE5m/s, -10C, no snowfall, 40cm snowdrifts. Annupuri 1000m snowpack 275cm. Annupuri 1150m NE14m/s(5am), -13C. Hirafu 1000m light breeze, -8C, no snowfall. Coastal data: Benkei cape E4m/s, Kamui cape SSE2m/s, 1018hPa, calm ocean. Peak anemometer: N5m/s, -12.4C.

The wind is calm in the high-pressure system, however intermittent easterly gusts has drifted snow under 1000m and snowdrifts developed in leeward slopes and trees. Surface hoar will form under 800m due to temperature drop and will become a notable layer (feb 5th) in the future snowpack. The general avalanche risk is low today. Peak gates will open, please talk to the ski patrol at the gates. The snow above 1000m has been blown away, the surface is hard-packed in many slopes; be careful riding. Many hazards other than avalanches also reside in the Winter Mountains. Traversing under cornices can easily trigger an avalanche. Ride the fall line, not across it.

Deeper layer slides risk is rising in south facing slopes. Beware of slopes with cracks and/or swells. Cracks are the result of the slopes releasing its tension, however are hard to see from above, be careful not to fall in them. Cracks have also started to open in steep treeruns. Have a nice day.


Official resort snow depths:

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 365cm
Base - 120cm

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   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Thursday 5th February 2015, 8:22am
Weather conditions: Blue sky, some cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 165cm
Morning from Hakuba and another fairly easy one to report on!

We had that beautiful start to the day yesterday and it stayed fine for the day, though with thin cloud starting to appear from early afternoon. Still, a very fine day with temperatures keeping low and hardly any wind.

It's another cold start to the day here and more cloud around this morning but still generally blue sky above Hakuba.

No new snowfall and none expected during the day though perhaps we'll get some overnight tonight. That's not going to be prolonged though, probably clearing up for the day again.

The weekend is looking promising for snow, from later on Saturday. Sunday and Monday should be all about the snow.


Official snow depth numbers and operations at time of writing on Thursday 5th 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 - 165cm
- Iimori - 170cm


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

- Upper - 290cm
- Lower - 175cm


Reporting 0cm of fresh snow at Usagidaira.
Happo Banks The Snow Park is now open.

- Usagidaira - 310cm
- Nakiyama - 170cm
- Sakka - 170cm


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

- Upper - 400cm
- Lower - 260cm


Tsugaike Kogen:
Uma-no-se and Forest courses not open first thing this morning.
Please note that the top Tsugaike Ropeway only opens for spring season.

- Tsuga-no-mori - 330cm
- Maruyama - 190cm
- Kane-no-naru-oka - 215cm


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

- Upper - 260cm
- Lower - 155cm


Hakuba Norikura Onsen:
Reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall.

- 260cm


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 ...

Zao Now!

Thursday 5th February 2015, 8:23am
Weather conditions: Mostly clear and sunny, some cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 200cm
Ah a fine morning with mostly blue sky and a bright sun shining through my window.

Time to get out and up there - days like this are rare this season!!

Forecast tells us a chance of light snow before start of lifts tomorrow morning, then some more fine.

Heavy snow due around Monday, possibly snow clouds starting to deliver before then on Sunday.


Official snow depths (Thursday 5th 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 ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Thursday 5th February 2015, 8:41am
Weather conditions: Thin cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 200cm
Great day yesterday with the weather, even with the thin cloud that creeped in during the afternoon.

It's much cloudier this morning and that's it really - cold and thin cloud. I can see the shape of the sun behind there. Might it clear today?

Local forecast calls light snow tonight but then next snow around Sunday and Monday.

Yesterday for the first time I noticed how it's not getting as dark as quick in the evenings... a few friends were talking about it too.


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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Furano Now!

Thursday 5th February 2015, 9:16am
Weather conditions: Bluebird/clear
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 180cm
It is another picture perfect day in Furano. Full sunshine surrounds the resort and there is not a cloud in sight. Super cold temperatures continue with -23c recorded this morning. If you haven't been outside yet, be warned it does feel really cold. The snow conditions are hard and we really need some new snow to freshen things up. Luckily the forecast for Sunday is for snow and quite a lot of it, so fingers crossed that this does eventuate. Wind conditions are calm this morning and the sunny weather will run right through until Saturday.   Read more ...

Naeba Now!

Thursday 5th February 2015, 9:50am
Weather conditions: Cloud, sunny spells
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 260cm
Good morning from Naeba.

Today is a hazy/cloudy day with calm winds.

The temperature is going to stay bellow freezing today with no snowfall to report from last night.

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

The Dragondola over to Tashiro/Kagura is open and all lifts are open at Tashiro and Kagura.

Discounted lift tickets are available today... as its ladies day at Naeba!

Looking onto tomorrow, it looks like we might get some snow tonight/tomorrow morning. Turning into a cloudy day with some sunny intervals in the afternoon.


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 ...

Myoko Now!

Thursday 5th February 2015, 12:57pm
Weather conditions: Sunny with some high thin clouds—looked darker to the west earlier
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 370cm
A very sunny and nice day today, although pretty cold start to the day.

Kind of nice to see the mountains really pop out (but, of course, the sun makes us hope that more snow is coming - wwich looks likely, but not guaranteed over the next few days).


Akakura Kanko:
370cm, -5°

Akakura Onsen:
286cm, -1°

Ikenotaira Onsen:
290cm, -5°

Myoko Suginohara:
250cm, -12° (top)

Seki Onsen:
470cm, -5°

Myoko Ski Park:
335cm, -3°

Kyukamura RunRun:
390cm, -3°

Tangram Ski Circus:
240cm, -5°

Madarao Kogen:
290m, -5°


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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Minakami Now!

Thursday 5th February 2015, 17:24pm
Weather conditions: Mostly clear conditions but clouds rolling in regularly
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 380cm
No fresh snow and the morning saw warmish temps but the snow remains soft with plenty of powder on the Northern aspects that haven't been ridden over the past 2 days.

Never got above zero up the top either which is good from a stability perspective.

Big cracks have opened up on the Southern faces of Tanigawadake and hopefully the forecasted snow for tomorrow is enough to move anything unstable.

Looks like moderate snow tomorrow so conditions Saturday should be good.


Snow depths:

Tenjindaira: 380cm
Hodaigi: 220cm


Base: 0cm
Tenjindaira: 0cm   Read more ...

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