Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 28th May 2018

Yuzawa Now!

Saturday 6th December 2014, 7:40am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 15cm
Snow depth: 15cm
This is a bit more like it!

The morning rain yesterday turned into sleet and then in the afternoon it was snowing. It's still snowing now actually and outside SnowJapan HQ in Minamiuonuma we have probably around 10-15cm of snow on the ground. Not a massive amount for sure, but it's the first cm on the ground and a very welcome sight indeed. The forecast is for continued snow through the day today and tomorrow as well, so let's see it build up.

Kagura were last night reporting 15cm in the Mitsumata car park and this morning reporting 20-40cm of fresh snow up there on their slopes. From today the Mitsumata area will be used as a 'connection' to Kagura. Which means no more shuttle bus needed. So here's the line up at Kagura this morning, the first four being 'lifts open to get you there' so to speak:

- Mitsumata Ropeway
- Mitsumata Number 1 Quad lift
- Mitsumata Number 3 Romance pair lift
- Kagura Gondola
- Kagura Number 1 Quad (every day)
- Kagura Number 1 Romance pair lift (holidays)

I would imagine that with continued snowfall today, they will quite quickly be getting more terrain open up, (perhaps even today and probably tomorrow - just guessing there).

The Tashiro Ropeway is now scheduled to be open from tomorrow, so no opening there this morning.

There's no word yet from Iwappara and Joetsu Kokusai but surely there's not enough snow yet to open. They both planned to open today so will now be opening up as soon as they can.


Ski resorts in Yuzawa town
Ski resorts in Minamiuonuma City


Resorts currently open:

Kagura (Mitsumata Ropeway)


Planned opening dates for resorts in Yuzawa Town and Minamiuonuma City (by date):

Sunday 7th December:
Kagura Tashiro

As soon as there's enough snow to open:
Joetsu Kokusai

Saturday 13th December:
Maiko Snow Resort

Friday 19th December:
Ishiuchi Maruyama
Muikamachi Ski Resort
Yuzawa Nakazato
Yuzawa Kogen
Yuzawa Park

Saturday 20th December:
Chateau Shiozawa
GALA Yuzawa
Kandatsu Kogen
Ludens Yuzawa
Nakazato Snow Wood
Muimamachi Hakkaisan
NASPA Ski Garden
Yuzawa Kogen (Nunoba area)

Tuesday 23rd December:

Thursday 25th December:

Saturday 27th December:
Ishiuchi Hanaoka

Late December
Mt Granview   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Saturday 6th December 2014, 8:14am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 3cm
Snow depth: 30cm
Well, well, it's all very exciting this morning.

More snow this morning - though not a huge amount - and for the moment as I write this it's cloudy but snow is forecast to continue on and off through the day today, maybe easing off by tomorrow.

With the continued snow there's lots to report this morning, so let's get right to it.

Happo has 4 lifts moving this morning and more runs opening, as noted below. The resort is reporting snow depth of 15cm at base and 85cm at Usagidaira, with 15cm of fresh snow at Usagidaira this morning.

Open lifts:
-Kokusai Number 3
-Alpen Quad
-Kurobishi Number 2 Quad
-Adam Gondola and Kokusai Number 1 lifts open to take people up to the open area

Open courses:
-Kurobishi (part)


Hakuba 47
Hakuba 47 is almost all open this morning from 8am.

Open courses:
-Upper part of Route 1
-Route 2
-Route 3
-Route 5
-Route 6
-Route 8.
-The lower part of Route 1 and Route 7 are skiable 'at your own risk' which I think is the best way to translate 'jiko sekinin'.
-Route 4 is the only one closed as they deal with the snow, apparently.

Open lifts:
-Line A
-Line C
-Line E


Hakuba Goryu
The top area of Hakuba Goryu is open this morning.

Open lifts:
-Alps Number 1 Pair lift
-Alps Number 3 Pair lift
-Gondola is open to take people up to the open area

Open courses:
-Alps Daira Panorama
-Alps Daira Grand Prix


Tsugaike Kogen
Part of the upper slopes of Tsugaike Kogen is open.

Open lifts:
-Han-no-ki High Speed Pair
-Gondola is open to take people up to the open area

Open courses:
-Upper part of Han-no-ki


I think that's the situation as it is early this morning.

Hopefully there will be more snow to report tomorrow morning and perhaps more lifts and runs opening too.

If you are able to get out there today... take care and have fun!


Other planned opening dates:

Hakuba Sanosaka - mid December
Hakuba Norikura Onsen - mid December
Kashimayari Sports Village - Saturday 13th December
Hakuba Cortina - Saturday 13th December
Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field - Friday 19th December   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Saturday 6th December 2014, 8:30am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 30cm
Snow depth: 50cm
It's a very nice cold morning here in Niseko, and currently -7 degrees. Suitably wintery. And we now have three of the four resorts on the mountain part open. I have added the details of what lifts and courses are open at each area below.

Did I mention the snow?

The snow is still coming down this morning very nicely to add to the 30+cm of fine Niseko variety that we must have had since my last report (more than I was expecting given the forecasts) and I it doesn't take much to guess there'll be more higher up.

The Grand Hirafu resort has posted a snow depth of 110cm on their upper slopes this morning.

These are more like the kind of numbers we want to hear! And it's forecast to continue into tomorrow, so things are looking good at the moment.

Official open terrain is still limited as you can see below but with more snow to arrive I would imagine that we'll see operations opening up very quickly now.

We might be seeing the place open 2 weeks later than we had hoped and planned for, but that's in the past now! Time to enjoy the present. It should be a very fine day out there.


Here's what's open this morning:

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Courses: Family Course, Center Course
Lifts: Ace Family Lift, Ace Number 2 Center Four lift, Ace Number 3 lift

Niseko Hanazono
Courses: Silver Course, Yotei Sunset
Lifts: All 3 quad lifts operating

Niseko Village
Courses: Final Fling, Shaky Knees, Next Stage, Banzai
Lifts: Community Chair, Banzai Chair

Niseko Annupuri
Niseko Annupuri is not yet open


Official snow depth numbers at the time of writing:

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 110cm
Base - 50cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 50cm
Base - 40cm

Top - 50cm
Base - 35cm   Read more ...

Furano Now!

Saturday 6th December 2014, 8:34am
Weather conditions: Dark skys but quite bright outside
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 0cm
Its great to see a whiteness about the village this morning after a splattering of snow overnight. Unfortunately its not enough to fully cover the front lawn or to record as millimetres yet. So we still have a long way to go before we have enough coverage to open.

There is snow forcasted for the week and it is trying so it will be interesting to see where we are at in another weeks time.

Definitely cold enough out there.   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Saturday 6th December 2014, 9:00am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 20cm
Snow depth: 20cm
I bring very good news.

Yes, Nozawa has been on the receiving end of a good dump of fresh snow since yesterday and the resort is reporting an impressive 70cm of snow up on Yamabiko.

Surprises are great when they are nice snowy ones. :)

What's more, it's enough for the resort to spring (or is that winter) into action, as they have announced that Nozawa will be opening tomorrow morning.

It's snowing nicely down here at base as well with at least 20cm on the ground and the way it's coming down that will soon add up. Snow forecast for the day, perhaps easing off tomorrow and then maybe not much as we enter the new week. But Nozawa'll be open by then and we'll be able to enjoy the first runs of the season.


Nozawa Onsen will open at least some of the top Yamabiko runs tomorrow.


Nozawa Onsen 6 day weather and snow forecast
Nozawa Onsen main resort data   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Saturday 6th December 2014, 9:11am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 4cm
Snow depth: 80cm
It's Saturday 6th and the day of the official opening of the resort here, with the ceremony to be held on the Uwanodai area by the base centre at 11am. Prayers for safety will be made. And no doubt mochi will make some kind of appearance as well as some 'characters'.

What's even more interesting than that is the fact that more of the resort is opening up this morning. 6 lifts plan to be moving as well as the usual ropeways and gondolas, and here they are:

Onsen Number 1 pair lift
Mikaeri pair lift
Chuo pair lift
Paradise pair lift
Yokokura Number 1 pair lift
Utopia Number 2 pair lift

So basically we have 3 areas of the resort open - part of the base Uwanodai and Yokokura areas and the higher Paradise area.

Snow clouds look set to be with us today before easing tomorrow.

I think we can definitely say it is a very good start to the season. We're set for a good one, let's hope it continues.


Official snow depths (6th December 14):
Utopia: 130cm
Chuo: 80cm
Paradise: 80cm
Uwanodai: 80cm   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Saturday 6th December 2014, 9:31am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 15cm
Snow depth: 30cm
We have some new snow since yesterday - and it is still snowing here - but I can't see any changes to the resort operations this morning which surprises me a bit. I thought there'd be more action this morning, though it must be added that Shiga Kogen resorts are not the quickest to get information out there. But with this snow I would expect more open and definitely news of that tomorrow morning. That's my guess anyway.

So anyway yes it's snowing, right down to those cheeky monkeys down in the Yamanouchi town areas.


Still limited operations - as far as I can tell.
The lower run is open, with the Number 2 triple lift moving

Ichinose Family
The Number 2 Pair A line is moving and there's a 380m long and 30m wide course open

Number 2 Pair A and B lifts are servicing a 600m long and 60-70m wide course.

Expect changes over the next few days:
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Madarao Now!

Saturday 6th December 2014, 9:39am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 20cm
Snow depth: 20cm
Morning from a snowy Madarao Kogen.

It has been snowing since yesterday and we have nice amount of snow on the ground now.

All good preparation for opening in 2 weeks. It seems so long away. But I'm sure it will come round quickly and by that time everything will be ready to be fully open right from the go.


Madarao Kogen plans to open on Friday 19th December


Madarao Kogen 6 day weather and snow forecast
Madarao Kogen main resort data   Read more ...

Minakami Now!

Saturday 6th December 2014, 14:00pm
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: 30cm
Light snow falls at the valley level with around 5cm of snow on the ground, a current air temperature of -2 C and only a light breeze. The upper mountains have received between 15-25cm of new snow overnight but it is still not quite enough for resorts to Open. Tenjin was scheduled to open today but has postponed due to lack of snow base.

The snow is forecast to continue tonight through to tomorrow morning so Tenjin should get close to 40cm in total. Sundays onwards temps are expected to creep back up before the next cold front on the weekend.

It has been a warm start to the season for all of Japan. Hopefully Tenjin will have enough snow soon to open.

Valley 5cm
Upper Mountains 15-25cm

Planned opening dates:

Tenjindaira - Snow dependent
Houdaigi - December 13th
Norn Minakami - December 18th
White Valley- December 19th
Minakami Kogen - December 20th
Okutone - December 20th

   Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Saturday 6th December 2014, 14:00pm
Weather conditions: Cloud and snow alternating with quick moments of sun
New snowfall: 60cm
Snow depth: 60cm
Yesterday's forecast came true: we work up to about 60cm of fairly nice fresh snow - not as wet and heavy as is often the case early in the season. It's beautiful! It's very much welcome!

So why didn't I make this report the first thing of the day? There’s this thing called a battery that goes into the mighty snowthrower (which is often a part of, and occasionally defines) these reports. Mine was getting low, but at worst a quick jump and it was OK—until the first time I really needed the machine. All I can say is, I went to the local home center, found the right serial number of the battery (just one left), and in the five minutes I was there, at least three other men picked up batteries. And a huge line at checkout with a forest of shovels and scrapers heading out.

It always catches us to some degree.

Still snowing, with occasional sunny patches. Hope it keeps building up, so the planned openings around the 20th will go off on schedule!
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SnowJapan Daily 'Now' reports

Yuzawa Now
10th Sep, 17:36am
Niseko Now
27th Aug, 14:26am
Grandeco Now
24th Aug, 11:16am
Madarao Now
12th Aug, 0:17pm
Furano Now
06th May, 9:04am
Hakuba Now
06th May, 9:02
Nozawa Onsen Now
06th May, 8:41
Shiga Kogen Now
06th May, 8:35
Myoko Now
06th May, 8:35am
Zao Now
06th May, 8:30am
Naeba Now
06th May, 8:28am
Minakami Now
06th May, 8:27am
Appi Kogen Now
06th May, 8:04
Geto Kogen Now
06th May, 8:01