Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 30th May 2020

Minakami Now!

Friday 6th April 2012, 8:54am
Weather conditions: Clear, some clouds
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Nice day out there today with blue skies and a few fluffy white clouds around. Spring snow conditions, a light breeze and crisp temperatures. Today, Saturday and Sunday left of the Houdaigi season and after that Tenjin will be the last place to get your snow fix in the Minakami area.

It is supposed to stay cold today and tomorrow with the possibility of some light snow but warmer temperatures and sunshine from Sunday onwards. Looking like it will stay warm into the middle of next week which may even mean some rain at the top on Wednesday.   Read more ...

Naeba Now!

Friday 6th April 2012, 9:01am
Weather conditions: Cloud, light snow
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Enjoyed some good conditions yesterday - didn't feel like April anyway.

This morning Kagura has got another 10cm or so of snow and while it was a bit brighter a little earlier on, it is now snowing and generally visibility out there is poor at the moment... all very grey and cloudy and... snowy! Just a dusting over here in Naeba again and so people hunting out the freshies will be heading over to Kagura again.

Cold morning as well and about -2 right now.

The forecast has snow for the day and perhaps into tomorrow.

What a decent start to April hey? With Kagura still saying '360cm' as their official snow depth (yes, I realise it hardly ever changes!) there is still a lot of snow out there. Unless we have a prolonged heatwave, late May is going to be no problem.

And today should be great out there.

Resort Operations, 6th April (subject to change)
Open as planned - No2 Gondola, No5 quad, Takenokodaira pair.
Open as normal.
Official snow depths
360cm   Read more ...

Furano Now!

Friday 6th April 2012, 9:11am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Snow has been falling overnight and this morning and has just stopped around 8am. Conditions are great out on the mountain with 10cm of new snow since yesterday. The snow is good quality powder and will provide some fantastic skiing. At village level it is currently 2 degrees and with the sun starting to break through, the roads are already warming up and starting to melt. On the mountain the top two thirds are in cloud cover at the moment which is limiting visibility, however it looks like this will lift as the morning progresses.   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Friday 6th April 2012, 9:17am
Weather conditions: Snow, cloud
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Yesterday was a fine day to be out there with some 'is it really April?' conditions. It was snowing for most of the day with generally poor visibility out there, but the snow more than made up for that. So more snowfall since yesterday and resorts around the village reporting 5-10cm. I'd guess there was more than that higher up.

Earlier on this morning while the mountains were covered in cloud, the sun was almost trying to make an appearance over the village, but since then snow has started falling here again. So right now it is snowing in the village and of course up on the mountains where once again visibility will be very limited.

Right now it is about 0 degrees and a bit of a northerly wind, perhaps getting stronger later on, but the resorts that are supposed to be open seem to be open as normal. Generally we can expect snow to be falling today and into tomorrow as well. It looks like things are going to clear up for Sunday and beyond with things once again set to get warm.

It's going to be a good weekend. Expect snow and cloudy skies tomorrow and clearer weather on Sunday. Hope you can get out there and enjoy it!

Official snow depths and operations @ Friday 6th April 2012 AM:

Hakuba Goryu:
Goryu is again reporting 5cm on lower slopes and 10cm up top on Friday morning. Gondola, Alps daira No1 and No3, and Sky Four lifts operating.
Official snow depths:
Alps daira - 280cm;
Toomi - 135cm

Hakuba 47:
47 also reporting 5cm of new snowfall this morning. All courses open and all lifts apart from Line D moving.
Official snow depth:
Upper - 267cm
Lower - 170m

Lifts normally operating: Grat quad, Alpen quad, Happo Riesen quad, Nakiyama No3 triple, Gondola, Panorama pair, Kurobishi No2 quad, Skyline No2 pair and Kita One No3 pair.
Official snow depth:
Usagidaira - 250cm;
Sakka - 80cm;
Nakiyama - 80cm.

Tsugaike Kogen:
Lifts operating are Ropeway, Gondola, Tsuga No2 pair lift and the Hannoki pair.
Official snow depth:
Upper slopes - 345cm
Lower - 150cm


Planned ski resort closings in Hakuba and Otari, all subject to change:

Hakuba Goryu:
Toomi area open until Sunday 8th April.
Upper area hopefully open until 6th May.

Hakuba 47:
47 plants to be open until 6th May.

Upper slopes plan to be open until 6th May.

Tsugaike Kogen:
Plans to be open until Golden Week

The Hakuba Cortina, Norikura, Iwatake, Sanosaka and Minekata resorts are all now closed for the season.   Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Friday 6th April 2012, 9:39am
Weather conditions: Moderate to heavy snow
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Heavy snow today. Yes, once again, it is April and it is snowing in Myoko. Should be excellent skiing. What are you doing today?

Sorry about that--all I see on the news in the morning is reports on how the cherry blossoms are doing, in the midst of the best snow in a long time. I like cherry blossoms, don't get me wrong (we have five cherry trees behind the house), but I like the big snow blossoms even more....

Powder on the peaks tomorrow, no question about it.

Akakura Onsen: Kumado No. 3 and 4 lifts open April 2 to 8
Akakan: Sky Cable Gondola and No 3 lift, through to May
Ikenotaira: Shirakaba Capsule, Ikenotaira Quad and AB Dai 1 lifts, until April 8
Suginohara: Closed
Seki Onsen: You can't stop with 580cm of snow on the ground (open through May)
Myoko Ski Park: Closed
Kyukamura: At least open for kids' sledding (lift closed)
Tangram: Closed
Madarao: Closed

Current Official Snow Depths

Akakura Onsen:

Akakan (Akakura Kanko):


Seki Onsen:
550cm   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Friday 6th April 2012, 9:44am
Weather conditions: Snow, cloud
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
The snow is still with us! It looked like it might not be with a clearer start but the snow clouds have come back to reclaim their position and the snow is coming down nicely right now. Mid-winter like conditions once again. We can expect this to continue (hopefully) for the rest of today and perhaps tomorrow as well, thought the forecast has this spell of snow losing grip during the day tomorrow. Followed by sunny clear conditions on Sunday and then into next week we are going to go back to more April-like mild-warm weather.

For now though, couldn't ask for much more for April.

Official resort snow depths as of Friday 6th April 2012 AM:

Ichinose Family:
Okushiga Kogen:


Resort areas that are now closed for the season are Maruike, Hasuike, Giant, Bunadaira, Nishitateyama and Kidoike. The planned closing dates of other ski areas are as follows, subject to change:

Closed at the moment. Re-open for April 7/8, 14/15, 21/22, 29th April - 6th May. Access to Terakoya still operating even when Higashitateyama closed.

Closed at the moment. Re-open for April 7/8, 14/15, 21/22, 29th April - 6th May.

Quad until 6th May. Triple until 8th April.

Until 6th May (but closed from 9th April until 28th April).

Ichinose Family:
Quad until 6th May. Pairs on April 7/8, 14/15, 21/22, 29th April - 6th May.

Ichinose Diamond:
Triple until 6th April. Quad open April 7/8, 14/15, 21/22, 29th April - 6th May.

Ichinose Yamanokami:
Until 8th April.

No2 Gondola & No2 quad until 8th April and then April 14/15, 21/22, 29th April - 6th May.
No2 lift until 8th April and then April 14/15, 21/22, 29th April - 6th May.
No3 lift March 17/18, 20, 24/25, April 7/8
No4 pair open when No2 Gondola closed

Okushiga Kogen:
Gondola open until 9th April and then 14th-16th April, 21st-23rd April, 28th April until 6th May.
No1 pair until 8th April.
No2 and No3 pairs until 6th May.
No4 pair until 8th April and then 14th-15th April, 21st-22nd April, 28th April until 6th May.

Some lifts open beyond 6th May (after that date the Shiga Kogen ticket not valid)

Plans to be open until late May. Beyond 6th May, the joint Shiga Kogen ticket not valid.   Read more ...

Yuzawa Now!

Friday 6th April 2012, 9:54am
Weather conditions: Cloud, light sleet/snow
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Early on this morning there was a bit of sun but it has since clouded over and wet snow is falling from the skies in town.

Good news - Kagura are reporting 10cm of snow since yesterday and so go high for that fresh snow! That seems to be what people are doing as well as the resorts around town that remain open are looking very quiet now - though I think we can expect more people to be here over their last weekend. People up at Kagura should be in for a treat today though with the new snow up there.

Snow is forecast for today and tomorrow as well as temperatures remain fairly low. After that clearer conditions are expected on Sunday and beyond and temperatures will also begin to rise. It's going to be all change again as we might see it warming up to close to 20 degrees come mid-week.

For now though, it's snow, so I hope you can enjoy it. There can't be that much left!

Official resort snow depths @ Friday 6th April 12, AM:
Mt Naeba:
Kagura - Tashiro:
GALA Yuzawa:
Kandatsu Kogen:
NASPA Ski Garden:
Yuzawa Kogen:
Ishiuchi Maruyama:
Joetsu Kokusai:


Open until 8th April:
NASPA Ski Garden
Yuzawa Kogen
Ishiuchi Maruyama
Naeba - after that open for 14th, 15th, 21st and 22nd April

Open until 15th April:
Kandatsu Kogen - after that opening on weekends and holidays from 16th April until 6th May)

Open until 6th May:
GALA Yuzawa
Kagura (Tashiro)

Open until 27th May:
Kagura (Mitsumata)   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Friday 6th April 2012, 10:46am
Weather conditions: Low wind, patchy skies
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Easter weekend kicks off in Niseko with a nice reduction in winds and a bonus sprinkle of overnight snow.

Official figures state 5cm at base and peak but eyeballing it looks about double that in places and I imagine some fine conditions out there.

King 4 is back open meaning visitors have good top to bottom access all over the mountain. The forecast remains in place for light snow over the weekend, so it should be a good one.

Niseko hasn't stopped delivering!


Below is the latest information from the resort areas in Niseko regarding planned lift operation plans - subject to change:

Grand Hirafu & Hanazono:
The following lifts remain open, with the planned closing dates for each also shown:

A Ace Family Pair Lift - until 8th April
C Ace Quad Lift No2 - until 6th May
F Hirafu Gondola - until 8th April
I King Hooded Triple Lift #3 - until 6th May
J King Lift #4 - until 6th May
K Swinging Monkey Pair Lift - until 9th April
N Hanazono Hooded Quad Lift #1 - until 9th April
O Hanazono Quad Lift #2 - until 9th April
P Hanazono Hooded Quad Lift #3 - until 9th April

Niseko Village:
Niseko Village plans to be open every day until Sunday 8th April with the following lifts operating - Gondola, Banzai, Wonderland and Community. Niseko Village also plans to be open again for the Golden Week holiday period from Sunday 29th April until Sunday 6th May.

Lifts at Annupuri plan to be open until 6th May.


Official snow depths:

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 415cm
Bottom - 175cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 440cm
Bottom - 190cm

Top - 460cm
Bottom - 180cm   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Friday 6th April 2012, 11:11am
Weather conditions: Cloud, clearing up for now
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
You want another 10cm of snow? You got it! Yes up top on Yamabiko there's another 10+cm of fresh this morning. It was whiteout as well earlier on up there, but right now the clouds seem to be moving on and there's a fair bit of blue sky out there which wasn't quite expected.

Snow is still on the forecast for today and also tomorrow, so we'll just have to see what it decides to do - perhaps this is just a temporary rest from the snow.

It does look like Sunday should be clear and sunny though as it starts to get warmer into early next week. Monday and Tuesday looking like they will be particularly warm.

In the meantime though it should be a good weekend.

Current Official Snow Depths Numbers:





Current Lift operations:
Nagasaka Gondola
Yamabiko Four
Yamabiko Four No2
Uenotaira Four
Skyline Link


Current courses open:
Yamabiko A-E courses
Utopia courses
Yunomine A, B
Bunabayashi (until the mid-way point of Nagasaka Gondola)
Rinkan   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Friday 6th April 2012, 13:32pm
Weather conditions: Cloud, snow likely any time
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
A bit more snow since yesterday and more snow falling this morning but things have cleared up somewhat as we get into the afternoon. Though there is still a lot of cloud around.

Rolling up here for the weekend? Conditions are pretty good especially when you consider today's date. Still fresh to be found, even if those monsters have long since left for the season. As noted below, this weekend is the last weekend for a number of lifts - after that it'll be more limited but running through until 6th May.

Forecast is for snowy clouds to remain over Zao through tomorrow and possibly somewhat clearer and milder weather on Sunday.


Official snow depths (6th April 12)
Utopia - 245cm
Chuo - 220cm
Paradise - 240cm
Uwanodai - 150cm

Operating lifts (6th April 12)
Some lifts delayed/slowed down due to wind, but generally open as planned.


Current planned lift operations at Zao, as of 3rd April - subject to change:

Uwanodai Area
Sky Cable (open all year, but closed from 7th May for maintenance)
Onsen No1 pair lift (until 8th April)
Onsen No2 quad lift (until 8th April)
Zao Ropeway (open all year, but closed for maintenance 9th-25th April except Saturdays and Sundays)

Chuo and Paradise Area
Chuo No1 pair lift (until 6th May, but only Sat/Sun from 9th April until 27th April)
Chuo No2 pair lift (until 6th May)
Katakai triple lift (until 6th May, but only Sat/Sun from 9th April until 27th April)
Paradise No1 pair lift (until 6th May (but only Sat/Sun from 9th April until 27th April)
Shobunuma No2 pair lift (until 8th April)

Yokokura and Utopia area
Zao Ropeway (open all year, closed for maintenance 7th-18th May)
Yokokura No1 pair lift (until 8th April)
Astraea No3 pair lift (until 8th April)
Utopia No2 pair lift (dependent on snow but latest until 6th May)

Omori and Kurohime Area
Kurohime No1 quad (no fixed closing date, dependent on snow)   Read more ...

SnowJapan Daily 'Now' reports

Shiga Kogen Now
30th May, 10:10
Geto Kogen Now
06th May, 15:13pm
Appi Kogen Now
23rd Apr, 17:30
Furano Now
22nd Apr, 10:12am
Madarao Now
20th Apr, 9:52am
Zao Now
20th Apr, 9:52am
Nozawa Onsen Now
20th Apr, 9:51am
Niseko Now
20th Apr, 9:50am
Naeba Now
20th Apr, 9:49am
Myoko Now
20th Apr, 9:48am
Minakami Now
20th Apr, 9:47am
Hakuba Now
20th Apr, 9:40am
Aizu Bandai Now
20th Apr, 9:38am
Yuzawa Now
20th Apr, 9:37am
Grandeco Now
06th Dec, 14:16am