Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 16th November 2019

Niseko Now!

Wednesday 7th April 2010, 9:25am
Weather conditions: Overcast with light snow showers
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Light rain started moving over the region in the afternoon yesterday but it started changing to sleet later in the evening and then to snow. At lower levels there's been very little accumulation but higher on the mountain there would have been a few cm's at least. The winds have really picked up though and higher lifts are currently on wind hold.
The Hanazono and Niseko Village ski areas are now closed and Niseko Village are no longer updating snow depths.

Current Official Snow Depths:

Grand Hirafu:
Top - 320
Bottom - 140

Top - 330
Bottom - 170

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Minakami Now!

Wednesday 7th April 2010, 9:38am
Weather conditions: Overcast
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
A colder day today with grey cloud hanging overhead. The forecast is for cloud all day but it is already starting to spot with rain so we think there may be a few showers on the way. There was a bit of rain last night and looking at the forecast for the rest of the week it looks as if there is plenty more rain on the way.

Houdaigi's final day today. The park has been dismantled and there were just a few people up there yesterday, making the most of some pretty slushy and slow snow. Still a decent base with full coverage but time to call it a day for another year.

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Yuzawa Now!

Wednesday 7th April 2010, 9:41am
Weather conditions: Rain, cloud (snow/sleet higher up)
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
After a cloudy start followed by clearer sunny and warm conditions yesterday, it is raining in Yuzawa this morning. Fairly heavily as well at the moment, though higher up at Kagura they are reporting snow. It is certainly a colder morning and right now it is 3 degrees in town and 0 degrees at Kagura.

The next three days look like they will be warmer once again with lots of sun likely.

Official resort snow depths @ 7th April 10, AM:
Mt Naeba:
Kagura - Tashiro:
GALA Yuzawa:
Kandatsu Kogen:

Planned closing dates at resorts in Yuzawa:

Sunday 11th April 2010:
Kandatsu Kogen

Wednesday 5th May 2010:
Gala Yuzawa
Kagura (Tashiro Area)

Sunday 23rd May 2010:
Kagura (via Mitsumata)   Read more ...

Naeba Now!

Wednesday 7th April 2010, 10:22am
Weather conditions: Rain / sleet/&snow higher up
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
It is a wet morning in Naeba unfortunately, though higher up on the mountain wet snow is apparently falling. It might be raining but it is colder than it has been but thecold snap will probably be only short with clearer and warmer weather forecast from tomorrow into the weekend.

The following lifts at Naeba are now operating:

Prince No2 Gondola
No8 quad
Daishamen pair
Takenokodaira pair

It is still be possible to ride down from the top of Takenodaira lift (NOT the top of the resort) to the base at Naeba.

Most of the Kagura areas remain open.

Official Snow Depths:



Kagura (Tashiro):

Naeba plans to be open until Sunday 11th April.

The Tashiro part of Kagura plans to be open until Wednesday 5th May.

The main Kagura area, via Mitsumata Ropeway, plans to be open through until Sunday 23rd May.   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Wednesday 7th April 2010, 10:26am
Weather conditions: Cloud, fog
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
It is back to more wintery-like conditions this morning in Zao. Lots of cloud and fog around with poor visibility on the mountain - it is going to be difficult to see where you are going out there at the moment.

This morning it is around 2 degrees in the village and just below freezing at the top of the main Ropeway.

Finer weather with warmer temperatures once again is likely from tomorrow.

Chuo area:

Paradise area:

Utopia area:

Below are the lifts that remain open at the Zao Onsen resort (subject to change):

Uwanodai area:
Zao Sky Cable - open all year (closed 6th-28th May for maintenance)

Nakamori area:
Zao Chuo Ropeway - open all year (closed 12th-21st for maintenance, except Sat/Sun)

Chuo area:
Chuo No1 pair - until 5th May
Chuo No2 pair - until 11th April (after that open Sat/Sun/holidays until 5th May)
Katakai triple - until 11th April (after that open Sat/Sun/holidays until 5th May)

Diamond valley:

Paradise Pair lift - until 5th May
Shobunuma No1 triple and No2 pair - open Sat/Sun/holidays only until 5th May

Zao Ropeway - open all year (closed 6th-18th May for maintenance)
Omori / Kurohime:
Kurohime - until conditions allow

Zao Ropeway - open all year (closed 6th-18th May)
Utopia No2 pair - until conditions allow
Astraea No3 pair - until conditions allow   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Wednesday 7th April 2010, 10:32am
Weather conditions: Cloud, fog, light snow
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
It is a very cloudy and foggy start to the day in Shiga Kogen.

Lower down the mountain it has been raining but in these higher elevations it has been snowing lightly this morning and in places there is a new fresh (very thin!) blanket of snow on the ground.

All change again tomorrow though with clear sunny skies and warmer temperatures once again forecast.

Official resort snow depths as of 7th April 10:

Ichinose Family:
Ichinose Family:
Okushiga Kogen:

Planned closing dates at Shiga Kogen resorts:

The Giant area will be open again on 10th April.
The quad lift at Nishitateyama will be open on 10th and 11th April.
At Terakoya the quad and No1 pair will be open on Saturdays and also the 29th April until 5th May.
At the Mammoth area, the quad will be open until 5th May.
The Ichinose Family area will be open until 5th May.
Ichinose Diamond will do it's best to be open until 5th May, dependent on conditions.
At Yakebitaiyama, the No2 Gondola open again on 10th, 11th, 17th, 18th, 24th, 25th April and 29th April until 5th May. The No2 quad lift will be moving on 10th, 11th, 17th, 18th, 24th, 25th April and 29th April until 5th May.
At Okushiga Kogen, the Gondola will be open daily until 5th April and then also from 10th-12th April, 17th-19th April and the period 24th April - 5th May. The No 2 + 3 lifts until 5th May and the No 4 lift until 5th April and then the period 24th April - 5th May.
Kumanoyu plans to be open until at least 5th May and perhaps beyond depending on conditions. The No3 quad lift will be open on Saturdays, Sundays and the period 24th April until 5th May.
Yokoteyama plans to be open until late on in May, depending on snow conditions of course.


The above information is subject to change.   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Wednesday 7th April 2010, 10:37am
Weather conditions: Cloud, fog, rain
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --

Don't get too excited, it's just a sprinkling on the top slopes of the resort - the resort reporting up to 3cm in place on the top Yamabiko area.

It has been raining down below in the village though hopefully that will clear up by lunchtime as per the forecast. It is colder this morning than the last few but the temperature will likely rise again tomorrow and we should then see a run of days with clearer weather and a fair bit of sun.

Current Official Snow Depths Numbers:



Courses currently open (as of 7th Apr):
Yamabiko B course
Yamabiko C course
Yamabiko D course
Yamabiko E course
Uenotaira course
Uenotaira Snow Park
Paradise course
Challenge course
Utopia A course
Skyline course
Kokenashi A course
Kokenashi B course
Rinkan course
Paradise link
Yunomine A
Yunomine B

Lifts currently operating (as of 7th Apr):

Nagasaka Gondola (both sections);
Yamabiko quad
Yamabiko No2 quad
Skyline connecting pair lift
Uenotaira quad

The resort plans to stay open until 5th May.   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Wednesday 7th April 2010, 11:29am
Weather conditions: Cloudy, overcast, light rain
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
It has been a generally overcast morning here after rain last night and early this morning, though it seems to be generally holding off for now. Hakuba 47 are also reporting a fewcm of fresh snow up top!

It is 5 degrees now with some fairly strong winds up on the mountain.

Fine andsunny conditions are forecast for tomorrow and into the weekend along with warmer temperatures once again, especially on Friday when it will likely easily hit double figures.

The latest resort operations info posted below.

Official resort snow depths on 7th Apr 10:

40cm (Sakka/Kitaone)
150cm (Kurobishi/Usagidaira)
Hakuba Goryu:
70cm (Toomi)
235cm (Alps daira)
Hakuba 47:
Tsugaike Kogen:
280cm (Tsuganomori)

Here is the latest info from resort areas that remain open (subject to change):

The following lifts in the Kurobishi/Usagidaira area of the resort remain operating - Gondola, Grat quad, Alpen quad, Kurobishi No2 quad, Kurobishi No3 pair, Skyline No2 pair, Hakuba Kokusai No3 pair AB and the Panorama pair lift. Large parts of the upper slopes still skiable and the upper slopes plan to remain open serviced by lifts until 5th May.
In the Sakka/Kitaone area,the Saka Kitaone quad and the Kitaone No3 pair will both be operating until 11th April.

Hakuba Goryu
The Alps no daira area of Hakuba Goryu plans to be open until 9th May.
The Gondola, Alps No1 pair, Alps No3 pair lifts are currently operating.
The Toomi lifts are now closed but you can still ski or board back down to the bottom of the resort using the course.
The Iimori area of the resort is also now closed for the season.

Hakuba 47
Hakuba 47 plans to be open this season until 5th May.
All courses at Hakuba 47 remain open except the lower part of Route 7.
The following lifts at the resort are operating – Gondola, Line A pair, Line B pair, Line C quad, Line E high speed pair.

Tsugaike Kogen
The Gondola, Tsuga No2 pair lift and the Han-no-ki high speed pair lift plan to remain operating until 5th May.   Read more ...

Furano Now!

Wednesday 7th April 2010, 17:40pm
Weather conditions: Overcast
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
We woke up to a beautiful layer of 8cm of fresh snow. This was definitely spring snow... being very heavy and high in moisture was definitely a case of selecting the strong aluminium shovel instead of the light but flimsy plastic ones we use with powder. The spring snow left beautiful scenes of trees coverd in thick heavy snow - which doesn't happen so much with the light dry Furano powder. (See the photos below. The weather felt relatively cold today - I must be becoming accustomed to the spring temperatures.

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Myoko Now!

Wednesday 7th April 2010, 17:49pm
Weather conditions: Snowing
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
It may not seem possible, but it's snowing right now in Myoko! It may not be a lot, but a few centimeters will have fallen by tomorrow. It looks like a nice day tomorrow, too, so it might be a good day for some spring skiing.

Only a few runs at Akakan and Seki are open. There's still lots of snow, though, so enjoy while you can!

Lift operations:

Akakan: Sky Cable gondola, No. 3 lift

Seki Onsen: open (one lift)

Current Official Snow Depths:

Akakan (Akakura Kanko):

Seki Onsen:

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15th Nov, 8:30am
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15th Nov, 7:25
Yuzawa Now
15th Nov, 7:03
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14th Nov, 19:37pm
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13th Nov, 9:15
Myoko Now
12th Nov, 17:13pm
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