Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 26th May 2019

Niseko Now!

Monday 6th February 2017, 8:18am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Lovely day yesterday especially in the morning. During the afternoon there was more thin cloud around but generally a fine day weather wise.

And now here we are on a Monday morning once again.

It's not a particularly exciting morning. I don't have any fresh snow fall to report and the day has started generally overcast-cloudy. It is also on the milder side of things again this morning, about -1C here at base as of 8am.

We could well do with a fresh delivery of snow to reset the mountain now, so all eyes to the skies and the forecasts. The latter are showing different levels of promise in terms of potential snowfall over the next few days, so let's just see what good old nature (we love you!) brings us.


Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6am: -2℃, no snowfall. Moiwa800m: -3℃, no snowfall. Anupuri1150m: n/a, Hirafu1250m: -6℃, light breeze, no snowfall. Kamui cape lighthouse: ENE12m/s, 1001hPA, 1.0m waves.

No snowfall and calm morning. The general avalanche risk is low. All gates are scheduled to open form the morning. NE wind will pick up from higher elevation as the next low pressure approaches.

Gates closes at 3pm. Plan ahead of time. The out of bounds area is tracked out.

The snow is still soft in north facing shady aspects and high elevation steep slopes, however a hoar layer is present and is likely to slide with riding stimulation. Beware.

We recommend paying attention to the snowfall strength and its transition for preventing avalanche accidents. Many of the accidents occur during poor weather.

Today’s surface layer will remain as a notable layer in the future snowpack.

People touring into surrounding peaks should beware of sudden weather changes and always check your present position.


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 Monday 6th February 2017:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 310cm
Base - 130cm

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.
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Shiga Kogen Now!

Monday 6th February 2017, 8:28am
Weather conditions: Snow is back
New snowfall: 3cm
Snow depth: --
The snow is back!

A few cm on the ground and counting.

There's quite a wind as well outside where I am here near Maruike and the blowy/snowy conditions are expected to continue for the day. Regular snowfall is expected through this week too, so if you are planning on being here wrap up well and come prepared. The slopes are on for a good reset, so conditions should be getting back up there.

A decent amount of fresh snow to report tomorrow I think. O-tanoshi-mi-ni!


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 ...

Yuzawa Now!

Monday 6th February 2017, 8:30am
Weather conditions: Rain in town, snow just higher up -- snow coming soon
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Yuzawa and here's something to cheer you up on this Monday morning:

A chance to win a lift ticket voucher that is valid at any one of the resorts in the Yuzawa region!


And on to the report, which is not quite as exciting...

Unfortunately, we did not escape the rain and we are being rained on this morning here in town.

The good news is that it is snowing as you just get a bit higher up than town level, and I am hearing there's over 5cm of fresh already up by Naeba, and Kagura are reporting 5cm as of 7am. So as it gets colder this morning we can hope it will soon be snowing down to town level soon. And the better still news is that snow is forecast over the next few days at least so we should be able to recover from this rain pretty quickly.

I should be able to bring you news of fresh snow in my report tomorrow.

In the meantime, this morning I would head up high for that bit of fresh snow and better conditions...


Official snow depth information as of Monday 6th February 2017

GALA Yuzawa
Official snow depth: 330cm

Ishiuchi Maruyama
Official snow depth: 240cm

Official snow depth: 175cm

Joetsu Kokusai
Official snow depth: 250cm

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

Kandatsu Kogen
Official snow depth: 260cm

Maiko Snow Resort
Official snow depth:
Upper - 265cm
Base - 130cm

Muikamachi Hakkaisan
Official snow depth: 330cm

Official snow depth: 260cm

NASPA Ski Garden
Official snow depth: 230cm

Yuzawa Kogen
Official snow depth:
Top - 300cm
Base - 210cm

Yuzawa Park
Official snow depth: 160cm

Yuzawa Nakazato
Official snow depth: 190cm


'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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Hakuba Now!

Monday 6th February 2017, 8:35am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 12cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Hakuba.

Fresh snow on the ground this morning, though not the lightest and fluffiest kind. A bit heavy and wet, but certainly much better than the rain that we were worrying about. It was snowing from late morning yesterday which was good to see. It is going to be interesting to see how the snow conditions are up there this morning. Investigations required!

Anyway here's what the resorts are reporting this morning:

Hakuba Happo-one: 10-30cm
Hakuba 47: 20cm
Hakuba Goryu: 10-15cm
Hakuba Cortina: 15-20cm

It looks like some top lifts may be delayed this morning as the resorts cope with the conditions, but hopefully they'll get going quick.

Hakuba Cortina this morning are putting out a warning of dangerous avalanche conditions, and that their Number 4 and 5 lifts are closed. Wherever you are today, take care out there and be sure you know where you're going.

The forecast is looking good with colder conditions and snowfall lined up for most days in the coming week. That sounds good to me, bring it on.


Resort news as of 8:30am on Monday 6th 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 20cm of fresh snowfall.
Top area opening delayed.
Official snow depth
Upper: 255cm
Base: 115cm

Hakuba Goryu:
Hakuba Goryu is reporting 10-15cm of fresh snowfall.
Top area lifts opening delayed.
Official snow depth
Alps: 300cm
Toomi: 150cm
Iimori: 130cm

Hakuba Happo-one:
Hakuba Happo-one is reporting 10cm to 30cm (top of Riesen quad) of fresh snowfall.
Some top area lifts opening delayed.
Official snow depth:
Usagidaira: 205cm
Kurobishi: 210cm
Lower: 140cm

Tsugaike Kogen:
Resort appears to be mostly open as planned, though Uma-no-se and Forest course may not be fully available.
Official snow depth:
Tsuga-no-mori: 310cm
Han-no-ki: 290cm
Maruyama: 160cm
Oya-no-hara: 150cm
Kane-no-naru-oka: 140cm

Hakuba Cortina:
The resort is reporting 15-20cm of fresh snowfall.
Official snow depth:
Top: 300cm
Base: 200cm

Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field:
Official snow depth:
Top: 175cm
Base: 100cm

Hakuba Norikura Onsen:
Official snow depth:
Top: 195cm

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 ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Monday 6th February 2017, 8:36am
Weather conditions: It's snowing on the mountain!
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Nozawa.

It is really trying to snow down here at village level, but not quite there yet. It is definitely snowing higher up on the mountain though and the resort has not reported any fresh cm in their morning report.

I should be bringing you news of fresh cm of snow tomorrow morning though. It's due to be snowing through the day today and tomorrow too; in fact snow clouds shouldn't be far off for the whole week according to the forecasts so we can hopefully expect some decent refreshes.

I'll let you know!


Monday 6th February 2017

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

Official snow depths:
- Yamabiko: 320cm
- Uenotaira: 225cm
- Hikage: 175cm
- Nagasaka: 170cm
- Karasawa: 130cm

Lifts operations:
- All lifts apart from the following lifts are operating
- Yunomine pair
- Mizunashi pair
- Challenge pair
- Utopia pair
- Kandahar pair

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

Grandeco Now!

Monday 6th February 2017, 8:37am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 1cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Grandeco.

It was raining yesterday evening but has happily changed into snow this morning. 1cm of fresh snow and keep falling at this moment 8:30.

Temperature is a little high; the snow condition is soft but not powder today... a bit wet.

All roads around Urabandai are covered with wet snow and conditions are very slippery.

We hope to be back to powder snow again tomorrow!


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 ...

Appi Kogen Now!

Monday 6th February 2017, 8:46am
Weather conditions: Cloudy skies, wet snow
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Appi,

Well the temperatures are on the rise today and we’ve got some wet snow falling. Right now it’s -1 outside with relatively light winds for now at least. We may well see a temperature of 2 degrees at the base and perhaps -3 or a little lower at the summit.

Snowfall most of the day today and tomorrow with perhaps a total of 15-20 cm today. The temperatures are expected to fall tomorrow to around -6 so we may have a little ice layer develop overnight unfortunately. Looking further into the week we’ll probably see another good snowfall on Thursday into Friday with stable temperatures in the -4 to -6 zone.

All the runs were well used by noon yesterday but for those of you visiting today expect fairly light crowds and some fresh snow to play in especially on the Second and Sailer runs.


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 ...

Madarao Now!

Monday 6th February 2017, 9:06am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 3cm
Snow depth: --
The forecast yesterday warned of rain but when I got back to Madarao in the afternoon it was snowing which was good to see. A bit wet snow with the milder conditions but will definitely take it over wet rain!

And from early this morning the snow was falling again and there's a few cm on the ground. It remains relatively mild but should be getting colder as the day goes on today.

Snow is forecast for lots of the coming week so let's hope that happens and I'll be able to report some decent resets over the coming days.


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

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

- 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 ...

Naeba Now!

Monday 6th February 2017, 9:18am
Weather conditions: Snowing
New snowfall: 8cm
Snow depth: --
Hello and morning from Naeba, another Monday morning!

I am glad to be able to report snow falling here in Naeba this morning and there's already some decent snow on the ground and it should be building up during the day. I'm so happy to be able to talk about that than rain - looks like it is still raining down at town level in Yuzawa. It is still relatively mild but should be getting colder as the day progresses and this week should remain colder and most importantly... snowy!



Here's some more good news:

A chance to win a lift ticket voucher that is valid at any one of the resorts in the Yuzawa region!

Good luck!
   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Monday 6th February 2017, 10:06am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 3cm
Snow depth: --
The snow clouds are back with us this morning - not a whole lot of fresh yet but snow should be falling through the day and probably tomorrow as well.

It is keeping relatively mind this morning but will get colder as the day progresses, with colder temperatures due tomorrow.

Looks like it's poor visibility on mountain this morning and there's a gusty wind with us as well.

Let's see how much snow we can get today.


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

Paradise Number 3 pair
Karamatsu pair

All courses apart from Kotan are open.


Official snow depths (as published by the resort itself):
Summit - 120cm
Paradise - 210cm
Chuo - 210cm
Utopia - 145cm
Uwanodai - 120cm
Yokokura - 120cm


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!

Monday 6th February 2017, 10:25am
Weather conditions: Snowing
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: --
I decided not to jump out of bed early this morning (still got up early; just decided not to move much) when I heard rain dripping from the roof.

By 8 am, though, that rain had turned to snow, so time to get up and move some around so the fresh can start piling up again. Not a lot yet, but it's coming down pretty steadily now.

The wind is coming in off the ocean from the northwest, completely different from yesterday and the usually accompaniment to snow.


Akakura Kanko:
320cm, 0°

Akakura Onsen:
320cm, -13°

Ikenotaira Onsen:
270cm, 0°

Myoko Suginohara:
240cm, -3°

Seki Onsen:
480cm, -5°

Myoko Ski Park:
270cm, 1°

Kyukamura RunRun:
320cm, -3°

Tangram Ski Circus:
250cm, -0°

Madarao Kogen:
280cm, -1°

   Read more ...

Furano Now!

Monday 6th February 2017, 14:57pm
Weather conditions: Light snow
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
It is not really a report today as it is late, so it is more of a wrap up of the day. Unfortunately the Kitanomine Gondola did not get going due to wind. While at base it was pretty calm, mid mountain was breezy and up on the peaks there were moderate winds. Overall it was a mild day with temperatures creeping up just above freezing, which happend yesterday as well. The result of this is that those nice fluffy powder areas at the sides of runs on the lower half of the mountain have melted and firmed up as they have refrozen. Higher elevations should have fared better. Light varied between very flat in the morning to good later on around lunch time. We should see light snow continue through to Wednesday.   Read more ...

Minakami Now!

Monday 6th February 2017, 17:55pm
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: --
We received some light snow last night but moisture content was high and it cleared after dropping a few centimeters. Most likely very wet snow or rain down in the town. The night was clear till late and then rain came in followed by snowfall which kicked off around 8:30am this morning. Its been piling up all day with strong winds and there is 30-40cm in various parts and most importantly, its quite unstable.

Am writing this at 6pm and its coming in really hard but still a bit more moist than what we usually get though not heavy at all... Weird snow, make your riding decisions accordingly and expect tomorrow that Hodaigi and Okutone will be pumping and that Tenjin will be closed due to Avi risk.

Forecast is for it to keep on snowing through the end of the forecast.


Fresh snowfall:

5cm Tenjin
0cm Hodaigi
0cm Okutone

Temps at 8am

Official snow depth:

310cm 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 ...

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14th Jun, 10:19am
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07th Jun, 10:08am
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31st May, 13:35
Shiga Kogen Now
27th May, 9:56am
Furano Now
08th May, 8:47am
Niseko Now
07th May, 19:19pm
Myoko Now
06th May, 9:33am
Hakuba Now
06th May, 9:09
Nozawa Onsen Now
06th May, 8:46
Minakami Now
06th May, 8:16
Madarao Now
06th May, 8:13am
Zao Now
06th May, 7:59
Appi Kogen Now
06th May, 7:59am
Geto Kogen Now
06th May, 7:12
Grandeco Now
02nd Feb, 12:34am