Snow and weather reports posted on Tuesday 18th February 2020

Naeba Now!

Sunday 5th February 2017, 7:52am
Weather conditions: Hardly a cloud in the sky
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Naeba everybody.

Today looks set to be a glorious day with hardly a cloud in the sky. The pistes are all in perfect corduroy condition and are still nice and soft thanks to yesterday's' snowfall.

Temperatures will almost certainly get above freezing today. Make sure you sun block up!

According to the weather forecast, we should be expecting rain later today turning into snow overnight. Let's hope we skip the rain!

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Nozawa Onsen Now!

Sunday 5th February 2017, 8:01am
Weather conditions: Fair, some cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
It was a beautiful day yesterday - if not perhaps warming up a little more than we would like.

This morning there's a bit more cloud around but a fair start to the day. Precipitation due later on - hopefully not the wet kind but possible - though as we get into tomorrow it should be snowing down to village level and there's some decent regular snow forecast in the coming week too which is good.

In the meantime, early tracks probably a good idea today before things change.

See you tomorrow.


Sunday 5th February 2017

Fresh snow reported by resort this morning:
- Yamabiko: 0cm
- Uenotaira: 0cm
- Hikage: 0cm
- Nagasaka: 0cm
- Karasawa: 0cm

Official snow depths:
- Yamabiko: 330cm
- Uenotaira: 240cm
- Hikage: 180cm
- Nagasaka: 170cm
- Karasawa: 135cm

Lifts operations:
- All lifts plan to be operating

Most courses at Nozawa Onsen are open. Courses not open are:
- Kandahar West
- Grand Prix   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Sunday 5th February 2017, 8:22am
Weather conditions: Clear blue skies
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning to you all.

And what a lovely morning it is as well, after a very fine day on the mountain yesterday. Nice conditions.

This morning the sun is out, there are clear blue skies all around and it is calm. And it is feeling colder again too.

There is no fresh snowfall to report this morning to fill in tracks, but the groomers are looking ready for some action and the clear weather conditions in themselves should make today a good one.

Cloudy conditions are expected tomorrow with hopefully more fresh snow coming in by Tuesday.

That's about it for today, so until tomorrow...


Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6am: -8℃, no snowfall. Moiwa 800m: -8.5℃, light NE breeze, no new snow, 169cm snowpack. Annupuri 1150m: -8℃, W5m/s, no snow. Hirafu 1250m: -8℃, mild wind, no snowfall. Kamui cape lighthouse: WSW3m/s, 1014hPa, 0.8m waves.

The ocean and the mountains are both calm. No snow-cloud is present over the Sea of Japan. The general avalanche risk is low today. All gates are scheduled to open from the morning. The whole mountain is tracked out, beware of bumpy conditions. DO NOT enter strictly off-limits areas to seek fresh tracks. Always use access gates to step out of bounds. Ducking ropes is strictly prohibited in Niseko.

Today’s freedom to freely step out of bounds is protected by the Niseko Rules. We strongly demand everybody to respect them. Fecklessly claiming individual responsibility or selfish interpretation/denial of the Rules cannot be tolerated for the sake of all resort users.

There might not be fresh snow, the groomers and backcountry conditions are fantastic.

The snow will come again, have a nice day.


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

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Niseko HANAZONO Resort
Niseko Village
Niseko Annupuri
All areas appear to be open as planned this morning.


Official resort snow depths as of Sunday 5th February 2017:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 320cm
Base - 140cm

Niseko Village
Top - 280cm
Base - 140cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 305cm
Base - 150cm


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 ...

Grandeco Now!

Sunday 5th February 2017, 8:22am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Grandeco.

All courses apart from CENTER33 and LAVENDER28 look perfectly groomed this morning and the snow conditions remain soft and dry.

According to the forecast, it will probably be snowing from this afternoon and through into tomorrow so the conditions should be keeping good.


Snow Park Information:

Waves, bank, 7m kicker, 8m kicker

6m straight wide box, 6m straight box, wave, volcano, drum can, 6m straight box, 8m straight rail, 6m arch box, 3m table top, 5m table top and bank


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: partly icy
Goshukinuma through Grandeco: snow and icy   Read more ...

Yuzawa Now!

Sunday 5th February 2017, 8:23am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
What a beautiful day it was yesterday.


It was very mild though, and the local news was reporting temperatures that are normal for mid-March. There was definitely some snow being melted.

Decent snowfall followed by fine weather but warming up perhaps a bit too much - that cycle does seem to be happening more than a few times this season.

Anyway, today started off with the sun out and some light blue skies to be seen as well, but it has clouded over in the last hour or so over the town. It is mild again and a high of around 6C is expected later on. So there is a very good chance that we'll get the rain that the forecast is warning us about, perhaps from early afternoon. Fingers crossed it is light and turns into snow as things get colder tonight. Doesn't look like it's going to get that much colder though. Come on nature, help us out!

From tomorrow the forecast is looking quite promising once again with regular snow expected in the coming week and hopefully moderate-heavy at times.

Probably best to get any skiing or snowboarding in early today before conditions change.


Official snow depth information as of Sunday 5th February 2017

GALA Yuzawa
Official snow depth: 330cm

Ishiuchi Maruyama
Official snow depth: 240cm

Official snow depth: 185cm

Joetsu Kokusai
Official snow depth: 260cm

Official snow depth:
Kagura - 330cm
Mitsumata - 280cm
Tashiro - 300cm

Kandatsu Kogen
Official snow depth: 260cm

Maiko Snow Resort
Official snow depth:
Upper - 270cm
Base - 140cm

Muikamachi Hakkaisan
Official snow depth: 330cm

Official snow depth: 260cm

NASPA Ski Garden
Official snow depth: 230cm

Yuzawa Kogen
Official snow depth:
Top - 320cm
Base - 230cm

Yuzawa Park
Official snow depth: 185cm

Yuzawa Nakazato
Official snow depth: 200cm


'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.

NASPA Ski Garden
'Thanks' (extended) opening on Saturdays in January and February.
On those days the Number 1 lift is open until 6pm.

Yuzawa Nakazato
Every Saturday until 11th March 2017.
Nighta is from 5pm until 8:30pm.
The Number 2 pair lift operates during nighta.
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Madarao Now!

Sunday 5th February 2017, 8:24am
Weather conditions: Clouding over
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
After the beautiful weather of yesterday and a top day to be out on the slopes and in those tree runs, weather-wise today looks set to be another changing point.

Earlier on this morning there was more blue sky and it has clouded over somewhat since then. And that will probably continue during the day with later on that chance of rain still there on the forecasts. Even if that does happen, it should be snowing once again by the time we get up tomorrow morning and snow clouds should be with us for a few days - and then again later in the week.

Let's see what happens.

For the moment, it should be a fine morning and an early start is probably a very good idea. (I suppose it almost always is, isn't it!)


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

- Number 1 lift
- Number 2 quad lift
- Number 3A lift
- Number 5 lift
- Super quad lift
- Number 11 lift
- Number 12 lift
- Number 13 lift
- Number 15 lift
- Moving walkway
- Kids Park
- Free Ride Park
- Snow Mobile Land

- 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 8th January and 19th March)

Official snow depth:

- 280cm   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Sunday 5th February 2017, 8:32am
Weather conditions: Cloudy now
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Yesterday was a real stunner with the sun out and blue skies for the whole day. The weather was so nice I was even happy lining up for lifts!

I was up early this morning and enjoyed a lovely sunrise, but since then things have quickly clouded over and it is mostly cloud-covered skies now above Hakuba, actually some quite dark looking clouds especially to the south.

We're probably best to expect some rain this afternoon with milder conditions - particularly at village and lower elevations - though hopefully that will be soon sleet and into snow, and potentially decent snow tomorrow too. So we should be able to forget and forgive if we do get some wet later today. Those clouds are looking like they are ready to give us something very soon actually...

I'll let you know what nature serves up tomorrow morning.


Resort news as of 8:20am on Sunday 5th February 2017:

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

Hakuba 47:
Hakuba Goryu is reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall.
Resort appears to be open as planned.
Official snow depth
Upper: 240cm
Base: 110cm

Hakuba Goryu:
Hakuba Goryu is reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall.
Resort appears to be open as planned.
Official snow depth
Alps: 295cm
Toomi: 150cm
Iimori: 130cm

Hakuba Happo-one:
Hakuba Happo-one is reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall.
Resort appears to be open as planned.
Official snow depth:
Usagidaira: 195cm
Kurobishi: 180cm
Lower: 140cm

Tsugaike Kogen:
Resort appears to be open as planned.
Official snow depth:
Tsuga-no-mori: 285cm
Han-no-ki: 280cm
Maruyama: 170cm
Oya-no-hara: 140cm
Kane-no-naru-oka: 130cm

Hakuba Cortina:
The resort is reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall.
Official snow depth:
Top: 300cm
Base: 190cm

Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field:
Official snow depth:
Top: 165cm
Base: 100cm

Hakuba Norikura Onsen:
Official snow depth:
Top: 220cm

Official snow depth:
Top: 175cm

Hakuba Sanosaka:
Official snow depth:
Top: 130cm


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 Kane-no-naru-oka area on February 11th (6pm until 8:50pm)
Planned at the Katamatsu-Shirakaba area February 11th, 18th; 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 ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Sunday 5th February 2017, 8:54am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
After that beautiful day yesterday, this morning the clouds are back.

It's not as cold as usual once again - though I'm sure people visiting may well still call it 'cold'! - and it should be getting colder later on today and tomorrow.

Did I mention the snow that is due as well? Yes, we have snow lined up pretty much every day in the coming week so we are should be on for regular resets. Looks for the heaviest snow around tomorrow night and then Thursday into Friday.

Lower down in the valleys it will probably be raining sometime later this afternoon but we'll probably/hopefully go straight into snow up here. May start off as wetter than usual snow though should be better once things get colder tomorrow.

I'll let you know how it goes tomorrow morning.


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



290cm   Read more ...

Appi Kogen Now!

Sunday 5th February 2017, 8:55am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Appi Sunday!

Cloudy skies today with a thermometer temperature of -3. The clouds may clear a little this morning but will be back this afternoon and with the more snow. Perhaps another 10cm this afternoon and tonight with a lot coming tomorrow. I won’t spoil it though so standby for a snowfall update. Temperatures are on the rise today reaching perhaps zero but hopefully not much warmer.

Expect cloudy skies for the next couple of days at least with steadily falling temperatures too.

As far as the slope conditions go it was hard to determine yesterday as there were so many people out there. It was by far the busiest day here so far this season and everyone seemed to be having fun. They’ll be groomed this morning but expect them to be fairly choppy by noon if the crowds remain the same.


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 ...

Zao Now!

Sunday 5th February 2017, 9:24am
Weather conditions: Blue sky, cloud, sun
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
I'm back and from now things should be back to normal. Sorry for being away, but it was unavoidable.

It's a fine day here in Zao as well and relatively mild.

Snow is due back soon though with colder conditions and regular flakes due - it might start before today ends. We should be having snow falling tomorrow and Tuesday through the day and so a good reset looks like it is on the cards.


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

Paradise Number 3 pair

All courses apart from Kotan are open.


Official snow depths (as published by the resort itself):
Summit - 120cm
Paradise - 210cm
Chuo - 210cm
Utopia - 160cm
Uwanodai - 120cm
Yokokura - 130cm


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 ...

Myoko Now!

Sunday 5th February 2017, 9:36am
Weather conditions: HIgh clouds now covering the sky
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
The weather is definitely changing right now in Myoko.

Early morning's clear skies are becoming increasingly overcast; that threat of rain from the afternoon looks very real. So far so good, but it is a kind of cold, crunchy ice in the parking lot day. Not as welcoming as yesterday's sun; not as fun as hopefully the next blast of snow from tomorrow will make the hills.

I do see that what looked like heavy snow tomorrow is now being predicted as snow showers accompanied by pretty high winds.


Akakura Kanko:
330cm, -5° (no new report today)

Akakura Onsen:
330cm, -3°

Ikenotaira Onsen:
270cm, -4°

Myoko Suginohara:
230cm, -6° (top)

Seki Onsen:
470cm, 00° (that's what the report on the town site, and Seki's, says)

Myoko Ski Park:
300cm, -2°

Kyukamura RunRun:
320cm, -3°

Tangram Ski Circus:
250cm, -3°

Madarao Kogen:
280cm, -3°

   Read more ...

Furano Now!

Sunday 5th February 2017, 11:26am
Weather conditions: Mostly clear sky
New snowfall: 7cm
Snow depth: --
It is a great day on the slopes with plenty of overnight fresh snow. Premium Zone seems to have caught a substantial amount of snow and would have to be run of the day. The weather is clear and sun is hitting the resort making things feel pretty warm.    Read more ...

Minakami Now!

Sunday 5th February 2017, 12:53pm
Weather conditions: Clear
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Quick recap of the past few days.

No fresh yesterday or this morning and the wind had really hammered things on piste at Tenjin when it opened yesterday.

Probably the most crowded I've seen it all season and despite the average conditions on resort, snow in the trees was in far better shape.

Still, the town could use with a reset and it looks like that is coming in. After one and a half days of blue skies, the snow has just started falling here this afternoon. The forecast is that it comes with strong winds but they get things right about 50% of the time so whatever...


Fresh snowfall:

0cm Tenjin
0cm Hodaigi
0cm Okutone

Temps at 8am

Official snow depth:

320cm Tenjin
200cm Hodaigi
210cm Okutone


Resorts in Minakami (forecasts available from each page):

Minakami Hodaigi
Minakami Kogen Ski Resort
Minakami Kogen Fujiwara
Norn Minakami
Okutone Snow Park
Tanigawa Tenjindaira
Tanigawa Onsen White Valley


Please note that the fresh snowfall number being reported on this report is taken from the ‘base area’ of Tenjindaira - which is just by the top station of the Ropeway at that resort. Other snowfall numbers and commentary will be mentioned within each report when available.   Read more ...

SnowJapan Daily 'Now' reports

Zao Now
18th Feb, 9:20
Aizu Bandai Now
18th Feb, 9:16
Madarao Now
18th Feb, 9:11
Hakuba Now
18th Feb, 9:02
Myoko Now
18th Feb, 9:01am
Naeba Now
18th Feb, 8:52
Shiga Kogen Now
18th Feb, 8:42
Yuzawa Now
18th Feb, 8:33
Niseko Now
18th Feb, 8:30am
Appi Kogen Now
18th Feb, 8:22
Minakami Now
18th Feb, 8:02
Nozawa Onsen Now
18th Feb, 7:53
Geto Kogen Now
18th Feb, 7:44
Furano Now
18th Feb, 7:31
Grandeco Now
06th Dec, 14:16am