Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 30th May 2020

Hakuba Now!

Wednesday 8th February 2017, 8:42am
Weather conditions: Mostly cloudy but some patches of blue sky and sun at times
New snowfall: 3cm
Snow depth: --
Hello and good morning to you all from Hakuba.

Yesterday the snow kept falling on mountain and winds caused some issues - and made it feel extremely cold - but this morning things are calmer.

There is still a lot of cloud around but there is also some sun and blue sky appearing as well, depending on where you are. Perhaps the clouds will continue to clear this morning.

The forecast is looking good folks with snow due once again from later in the day tomorrow and it should continue through the weekend too, light at times and heavier at times. Doesn't look like wind should be a major issues, let's hope not.

But more fresh snow on the way. Wrap up well and I hope you can come and enjoy it all!


Resort news as of 8:40am on Wednesday 8th 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 overnight, but 5cm during the day yesterday.
The resort appears to be opening as planned.
Official snow depth
Upper: 260cm
Base: 130cm

Hakuba Goryu:
Hakuba Goryu is reporting 0-5cm of fresh snowfall.
The resort appears to be opening as planned.
Official snow depth
Alps: 320cm
Toomi: 155cm
Iimori: 130cm

Hakuba Happo-one:
Hakuba Happo-one is reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall.
The resort appears to be opening as planned.
Official snow depth:
Usagidaira: 215cm
Kurobishi: 230cm
Lower: 145cm

Tsugaike Kogen:
The resort appears to be opening as planned.
Official snow depth:
Tsuga-no-mori: 330cm
Han-no-ki: 325cm
Maruyama: 180cm
Oya-no-hara: 160cm
Kane-no-naru-oka: 150cm

Hakuba Cortina:
The resort is reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall.
Official snow depth:
Top: 360cm
Base: 245cm

Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field:
Official snow depth:
Top: 180cm
Base: 110cm

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

Official snow depth:
Top: 200cm

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 ...

Grandeco Now!

Wednesday 8th February 2017, 8:59am
Weather conditions: Snow clouds
New snowfall: 20cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Grandeco.

Another 20cm of fresh snow has fallen since my last report it is continuing to fall from the skies this morning.

With snow continuing to fall over the last three days, condition are a very nice light powder snow.

Courses are groomed but fresh snow keeps on covering them. Waxing must be important today!

According to the forecast, snow should stop falling this afternoon and start falling again in the evening.


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: snow
Goshukinuma through Grandeco: snow   Read more ...

Yuzawa Now!

Wednesday 8th February 2017, 9:08am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 37cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Yuzawa.

It was day of snow and wind yesterday for the most part, and those strong winds blowing around the snow that was falling - perhaps making it difficult to put a number on... our measuring points however had 9cm of snow by 6pm (I'm guessing probably more than that in some places) and then another 28cm of snow this morning, so a total if 37cm.

Here's what resorts are reporting this morning too:

Kagura: 30-40cm
Maiko Snow Resort: 30cm

So a decent amount of fresh snow wherever you are in the area this morning.

Happily this morning the wind doesn't seem to be causing problems and apparently all ski resorts are opening as planned. It is still snowing and likely to continue through the day until later this afternoon or this evening.

Tomorrow a cloudy start is forecast but by the end of the day snow should be falling once again and continuing through at least Friday and perhaps into the weekend.


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Official snow depth information as of Wednesday 8th February 2017

GALA Yuzawa
Official snow depth: 350cm

Ishiuchi Maruyama
Official snow depth: 270cm

Official snow depth: 220cm

Joetsu Kokusai
Official snow depth: 260cm

Official snow depth:
Kagura - 350cm
Mitsumata - 300cm
Tashiro - 320cm

Kandatsu Kogen
Official snow depth: 300cm

Maiko Snow Resort
Official snow depth:
Upper - 300cm
Base - 160cm

Muikamachi Hakkaisan
Official snow depth: 350cm

Official snow depth: 280cm

NASPA Ski Garden
Official snow depth: 260cm

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

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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Appi Kogen Now!

Wednesday 8th February 2017, 9:09am
Weather conditions: Cloudy skies
New snowfall: 15cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Appi,

Another cloudy day here with light very light snow falling and a temperature outside my door of -4 right now.

Yesterday was another 15cm day for us here and the official depth has now been raised to 210cm. we may get a few centimeters more today but not much more. And tomorrow will probably be the same with the winds dying down somewhat. The sun should peek it’s head out on and off today with temperatures steady in the -5 to -7 range. Friday may bring another 15cm or so but we’ll have to wait and see.

Most of the runs are in decent shape and with relatively light crowds and should be fine most of the day. Obviously the more the merrier

See you all out there.


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:

210cm   Read more ...

Naeba Now!

Wednesday 8th February 2017, 9:17am
Weather conditions: Snow with thick cloud cover
New snowfall: 14cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Naeba everybody.

More snow! It just doesn't seem to be stopping this season! With a fresh 14 cm of snow on the ground we once again have a mixture of nice groomers and powder.

Conditions are not too cold out there and whilst visibility is also not perfect you can definitely get by.

Looking on we are expecting this snow to continue without any real break in the weather at least for the next few days.

Smashing!   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Wednesday 8th February 2017, 9:29am
Weather conditions: Snow clouds
New snowfall: 21cm
Snow depth: --
Hello from Nozawa.

Check out what the resort are reporting this morning - 55cm of fresh up on Yamabiko, with 10cm during the day yesterday. That's an impressive number.

Now you know where to be this morning!

There's still a decent amount of fresh lower down the mountain and here at base as well.

I'm liking the look of the forecast as well. While today the snow may ease off and tomorrow start calm and cloudy, snow is due to be back over Nozawa by the end of the day tomorrow and through most of the weekend.

Regular resets. That's what we like. :)


Wednesday 8th February 2017

Fresh snow reported by resort since yesterday morning:
- Yamabiko: 65cm
- Uenotaira: 31cm
- Hikage: 17cm
- Nagasaka: 27cm
- Karasawa: 17cm

Official snow depths:
- Yamabiko: 370cm
- Uenotaira: 270cm
- Hikage: 205cm
- Nagasaka: 195cm
- Karasawa: 155cm

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

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

Niseko Now!

Wednesday 8th February 2017, 9:45am
Weather conditions: Cloudy, light snow at times
New snowfall: 4cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning and hello - and my apologies for the late report today. 'Unavoidable stuff' is my excuse!

Yesterday didn't totally clear up but we did have periods of blue sky and some sunshine - and lots of wind.

I have 4cm of fresh overnight snow to report to you this morning.

Light snow was falling earlier on this morning, it wasn't snowing when I started this report, but it is snowing again now. Doh! The good news is that the wind is much calmer and this morning all of the lifts that should be moving are open. I would expect with the conditions yesterday and the wind blowing everything around that it will be a mix of nice fresh snow in places but icy in others. Need to keep that in mind.

I'm looking at a few different forecasts here and they tell slightly different stories. I suppose the main thing to take from them is that while we may get some more snow later tomorrow and Friday, I wouldn't expect anything major. Snow clouds are forecast to be with us over the weekend too and so hopefully we'll get something out of them.

Have a fun day.


Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6.00am: -5°, 10cm new snow. Moiwa 800m: -8°, 15cm new snow, minor snowdrift development. Annupuri 1150m, -12°, W10m/s, 15cm new snow. Hirafu 1250m, -13°, W10m/s, 10cm ne snow, snowdrift development. Coastal data: Kamui Cape:NW8m/s, 1010hPa, wave 1.0m.

The wind has dropped and the snowdrifts are starting to stabilize. At the 5am observation, the avalanche risk is falling however around 1000m elevation, East ridge cornice slope, Backbowl sidewall and other leeward steep open slopes, the risk of surface avalanches remains high. Gates are expected to be open. Please listen and follow the patrols advice.

Don't ride or wait in the gullies at the valley bottoms. These are avalanche paths and avalanches can hit unexpectedly from above. Take care not to hit trees or fall in cracks. Cracks and holes are difficult to see from above. When riding out of bounds always be aware of your current location. Following unknown tracks is a quick and easy way to get lost. Your freedom to ride out of bounds is protected by the Niseko Rules. This also comes with responsibilities – Don't Duck Ropes. Be careful of sudden weather changes. 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 resort areas are open as planned this morning.


Official resort snow depths as of Wednesday 8th February 2017:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 300cm
Base - 130cm

Niseko Village
Top - 280cm
Base - 140cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 315cm
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 ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Wednesday 8th February 2017, 10:01am
Weather conditions: Snow clouds still with us
New snowfall: 14cm
Snow depth: --
More snow!

Yes, the fresh snow just keeps on falling on us here in Shiga Kogen. Can you tell how happy I am?

Not a huge amount since yesterday but another decent blanket reset I would imagine on the slopes.

Good news this morning is less wind and so nicer conditions to be out on the slopes.

We're not expecting a whole lot of snowfall today, perhaps just light snow. The heavier snowfall is due back tomorrow night though and snowy conditions should continue into the weekend too. There's not much sun on the forecasts for the moment! (Maybe a bit today at times).

It's a good time to be here. Try to get here is my advice!


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 ...

Madarao Now!

Wednesday 8th February 2017, 10:02am
Weather conditions: Clouds
New snowfall: 11cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Madarao.

Perhaps less fresh snow on the ground than I expected to be reporting this morning, but there's another fresh layer out there.

It was snowing earlier on but has eased off now and the forecast is generally for cloudy conditions today - maybe even clearer conditions later.

Don't worry, snow is due back over Madarao sometime later in the day tomorrow and a decent amount is expected as well.

Anyway should be a good day. I'm off out there myself.


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

- Number 1 lift
- Number 2 quad 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

- 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 ...

Zao Now!

Wednesday 8th February 2017, 10:36am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 12cm
Snow depth: --
More fresh snow this morning with just over 10cm outside my place, so I would expect more than that on the mountain.

Limited visibility out there by the looks and moderate blowing winds; the wind will likely mean varying amounts of fresh snow in different places. Caution advised.

Otherwise it should be nice out there this morning.

Tomorrow should be less windy though snow due back by evening time.

Maybe some sunshine on Saturday.


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 - 125cm
Paradise - 210cm
Chuo - 210cm
Utopia - 160cm
Uwanodai - 125cm
Yokokura - 135cm


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 ...

Minakami Now!

Wednesday 8th February 2017, 12:04pm
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 45cm
Snow depth: --
The forecast has been pretty good this time round and we are indeed experiencing light snow at the base of Tenjindaira.

Last night's snowfall was big but not as much as the previous evening. There is also substantially more sunlight refracting through the clouds that seem to have been enveloping us up here for an eternity.

Tenjin is just opening up now as of 12pm on Feb 8th so time is short. There is plenty of snow everywhere and Tenjin has just had 1m during the past two days. Hodaigi and Okutone have both got tons of snow too. Enjoy and stay safe


Fresh snowfall:

45cm Tenjin
20cm Hodaigi
20cm Okutone

Temps at 8am

Official snow depth:

390cm 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 ...

Furano Now!

Wednesday 8th February 2017, 12:23pm
Weather conditions: Clear
New snowfall: 3cm
Snow depth: --
It was good to see some new snowfall on the ground this morning even if it was on the light side, totalling 3cm. During the morning there were flakes of snow slowly falling down from the sky, but the precipitation just wasnt enough to add any further accumulation. There is some mist and cloud rolling a third of the way down the mountain on the Kitanomine side and half way down on the Furano Zone side, so there may be a little flat light around the tops. The sun should appear tomorrow and from the forecast it looks like there will be little if any wind.   Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Wednesday 8th February 2017, 17:57pm
Weather conditions: The sun poked out after lunch
New snowfall: 44cm
Snow depth: --
Sorry to be off here for a day; snow was falling, machines aren't working.... I promise to be a good boy and get the report out every day. It is fun, after all!

Tuesday: good snow (37cm), high winds closed the Capsule and quad lifts at Ikenotaira (one reason for panic by your writer) as well as the gondola at Suginohara, although both were running later in the day.

Wednesday: Gray start to the day, with some 7cm of light on top of everything. Meaning some great skiing on piste, but especially out in the trees.

Tomorrow looks good again, with the possibility of heavy snow late in the day into Friday, I promise to start my snowplowing early... 5am. Maybe.


Akakura Kanko:
340cm, -7°

Akakura Onsen:
340cm, -5°

Ikenotaira Onsen:
270cm, -3°

Myoko Suginohara:
270cm, -10°

Seki Onsen:
490cm, -5°

Myoko Ski Park:
310cm, -4°

Kyukamura RunRun:
320cm, -4°

Tangram Ski Circus:
270cm, -4°

Madarao Kogen:
280cm, -7°

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20th Apr, 9:52am
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20th Apr, 9:48am
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