Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 1st April 2018

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Sunday 8th January 2017, 8:02am
Weather conditions: Blue sky, thin cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Morning folks on this second day of the long weekend.

No fresh snow to report this morning and this morning it's a mix of blue sky and thin cloud over Nozawa. It is currently -4C so a cold start to the day as well though it will get into low positive numbers later on.

There is no change in what is open either this morning - we'll likely need the upcoming fresh snow for that - with all lifts apart from Kanahar and most courses available. Another busy day is expected.

There may be rain/sleet due for the village and lower areas sometime during tonight and tomorrow - straight into snow up top? - but beyond that the forecast is looking very promising. The most promising it has looked all season so far. It looks like we can expect some very decent snowfall in the coming week. Proper Nozawa-like snowfall. We expect, let's hope it happens...


Sunday 8th January 2017

Lifts that are planned to be operating:
All lifts appear to be operating except for:
- Kandahar pair

Most courses at Nozawa Onsen are now open. Courses not open are:
- Skyline (lower part)
- Kurokura
- Grandprix
- Jumping
- Hachiman
- Mukobayashi
- Kandahar East
- Kandahar West
- Usagi

Official snow depths:
- Yamabiko: 145cm
- Uenotaira: 100cm
- Hikage: 40cm
- Nagasaka: 30cm
- Karasawa: 30cm

Fresh snow reported by resort since yesterday morning:
- Yamabiko: 0cm
- Uenotaira: 0cm
- Hikage: 0cm
- Nagasaka: 0cm
- Karasawa: 0cm   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Sunday 8th January 2017, 8:28am
Weather conditions: Mostly cloudy-overcast, more sun/blue sky expected
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning everyone from my base here in Hirafu.

There were more than a few people out there yesterday enjoying the fine weather with periods of blue sky and sunshine.

And what do we have to report this morning... let me see. No fresh snowfall again of course and it is was an overcast and calm start to the day. More blue sky has been appearing with more of that and sunshine expected throughout the day. It is about -3C here just now and it should remain under zero even with the sunshine.

Fine weather is all very nice but we want (and need) fresh snow and I'm quietly excited to see that the forecasts for the coming week are looking very promising. (And not only for Niseko either but lots of areas of Japan). Let's hope that it happens, big style! Steady snowfall is forecast over the week starting from tomorrow, and there might be stormy blizzard like conditions on the way as well - particularly around Wednesday. I don't like strong winds, but I'll gladly take them if it means a major delivery of fresh snow.

I'm looking forward to reporting all that lot to you soon.

In the meantime, have a fun day.


Niseko Avalanche Report:
Niseko base 6am: -4℃, no snowfall. Moiwa850m: -8℃, mild wind, no snowfall, 20cm of snowdrift from yesterday. Annupuri 1150m: -10℃, N10m/s, snowdrift development. Hirafu1200m: -10℃, N10m/s, light snowfall and snowdrifts. Kamui cape lighthouse: mild wind, 1020hPa, 1.2m waves.

No new snow and the out of bounds area is tracked out, however the snow stays soft as the temperature variation stayed small. The general avalanche risk is low.

Annupuri Gate 7 will open today. Follow the instruction and enter “Aee-Sawa” from the gate. However the area is already ruined thanks to all the violators. Bushes are still thick in the out of bounds area and tricky to come back in. Beware of collisions, slipdrops and falling into stream holes.

There are more people entering the strictly off-limits areas of Yu no sawa and Haru no Taki to seek fresh lines. We strongly demand everyone to acknowledge the gist of the Niseko Rules and respect them. The freedom to ride out of bounds is only protected by having the Rules in place. Violators will be severely punished. Any ropes shall not be crossed.

The groomers are in a fantastic condition today.


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 four resort areas appear to be opening as planned this morning.


Official resort snow depths as of Sunday 8th January 2017:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 235cm
Base - 85cm

Niseko Village
Top - 150cm
Base - 100cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 155cm
Base - 95cm


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 ...

Madarao Now!

Sunday 8th January 2017, 8:36am
Weather conditions: Overcast feel
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
It is another calm morning here in Madarao (after that lively evening last night).

In contrast to yesterday with those blue skies, it is a more grey and overcast start to the day. It is keeping cold and hopefully will remain so during the day though temperatures are forecast to venture into low positive numbers this afternoon.

There might be a bit of rain falling before it starts but the forecast is shaping up for some very decent snowfall this coming week. It looks very promising for regular and at times heavy snowfall. That's what we like. Fingers crossed it is right.

Meanwhile, there's fun to be had.

Tomorrow is a national holiday and so there is night skiing open tonight.


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

- Number 1 lift
- Number 2 quad lift
- Number 3A lift
- Number 5 lift
- Super quad lift
- Number 11 lift
- Number 12 lift
- Number 13 lift
- Number 15 lift
- Moving walkway
- Kids Park
- Snow Mobile Land
- Free ride Park

- Powder Theater
- Adventure Aisle
- Crystal Bowl
- Ninja
- Rabbit
- Kamoshika
- Bear

- Nighta at Madarao Kogen is every Saturday until 25th March (and also 8th January and 19th March)

Official snow depth:

- 130cm

Lifts currently operating at Tangram Ski Circus:

- All lifts operating   Read more ...

Yuzawa Now!

Sunday 8th January 2017, 8:37am
Weather conditions: Overcast-cloudy, some blue sky, some sunshine
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
PM Update

Some strong winds are starting to blow around this afternoon. At the moment GALA Yuzawa have announced that they will be closing early due to the wind conditions. No word yet from other resorts that I can find, but there is a chance that other lifts might be affected.


Original morning report

Morning from Yuzawa.

It's a mix of cloudy and overcast and fine this morning. The sun is shining through the windows right now. It got quite cold overnight but today is expected to be mild. Today should be fine in the morning and clouding over more later on in the day.

Let's quickly skip to the really exciting news. The weather forecast has been changing over the last few days for the better and this morning it really is looking very promising for the coming week. If it happens, we should be seeing regular, consistent and at times heavy snowfall late Monday onwards and for the week. That sounds something like normal for this region but something that has been missing so far this season.

Everyone is hoping that it really gets stuck in and we get snow bombed in style! I'm wary of getting my (and your) hopes up too much here, but I just can't help it.

Not wanting to dampen the excitement, but we might rained on before the snow arrives in town. Precipitation is on the forecast for before the end of the today but with the mild conditions we are expecting I think I'd prefer none today.


Resort-specific info as of Sunday 8th January 2017

GALA Yuzawa
The South Area is now open with the Batman and Eliza courses available.
13 courses in the Central and North areas are open in total as well as the sledding area.
Official snow depth: 170cm

Ishiuchi Maruyama
Lifts from all three base areas are operating and most course areas are available.
Official snow depth: 80cm

Iwappara is now mostly open. 9 lifts and 17 courses are available.
Official snow depth: 60cm

Joetsu Kokusai
21 lifts are operating and 17 courses are open.
Official snow depth: 60cm

All areas of Kagura are open.
Official snow depth:
Kagura - 190cm
Mitsumata - 170cm
Tashiro - 150cm

Kandatsu Kogen
Kandatsu Kogen is now 'fully open'. (Note that Milky Way and Andromeda courses are open only on weekends and holidays).
Nighta from 6pm until 4am tomorrow morning.
Official snow depth: 120cm

Maiko Snow Resort
All lifts now operating as planned and most courses are available.
Official snow depth:
Upper - 120cm
Base - 30cm

Muikamachi Hakkaisan
All lifts are now operating and all main courses now open.
Official snow depth: 100cm

Most lifts operating and most courses now open. Please see Naeba Now report for more specific details.
Official snow depth: 100cm

NASPA Ski Garden
NASPA Ski Garden is open. All lifts are operating and all courses (apart from the mogul course) are open.
Official snow depth: 95cm

Yuzawa Kogen
All lifts operating and all courses open.
Official snow depth:
Top - 120cm
Base - 50cm

Yuzawa Park
Yuzawa Park is now fully open.
Official snow depth: 50cm

Yuzawa Nakazato
Yuzawa Nakazato is open with all lifts operating.
Official snow depth: 65cm


'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 between 29th December 2016 and 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.
Part of the lower area of the resort is usually open for nighta.

NASPA Ski Garden
'Thanks' (extended) opening on Saturdays in January and February and also from 30th December until 8th January 2017.
On those days the Number 1 lift is open until 6pm.

Yuzawa Nakazato
Every Saturday from 7th January until 11th March 2017, 8th January 2017.
Nighta is from 5pm until 8:30pm.
The Number 2 pair lift operates during nighta.
   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Sunday 8th January 2017, 8:46am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Hello and good morning from Hakuba.

Beautiful weather in the region yesterday with clear blue skies in the morning and just some thin cloud developing in the afternoon, but it remained fine and sunny through the day.

This morning there's lots more cloud around from the start of the day. It's going to be mild during the daytime but some local forecasts also say that we might have snow falling by the end of the day.

Check out the weekly forecast (top tab on this page)! Excellent. If that happens, we're going to be having a very good week and by next weekend we'll be looking at a very different and improved situation overall. Might I soon be able to replace the daily 'what's open today' info (below) to a much more simpler and happier 'everywhere is fully open'? :)

Bring on that heavy snow please.

Today is the second day of the long weekend and so it will be busy on the slopes.

Until tomorrow when hopefully that forecast won't have changed.


Resort news as of 8:40am on Sunday 8th January 2017:

All information as available and subject to change during the day due to weather and snow conditions.

Hakuba 47:
Hakuba 47 is reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall.
The top connection with Hakuba Goryu is open.
Operating lifts and course info:
- All lifts are operating.
- All courses now open apart from Route 7.
- The Tree Riding Zones are not yet open.
Official snow depth
Upper: 125cm
Base: 20cm

Hakuba Goryu:
Hakuba Goryu is reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall.
The top connection with Hakuba 47 is open.
Operating lifts and course info:
- All lifts apart from the Cosmo quad lift are operating.
The following courses are open:
- Grand Prix
- Panorama
- Super
- Champion Dynamic
- Woody
- Toomi
- Soft Cream
- Merry Land
- Powder Snow
Official snow depth
Alps: 130cm
Toomi: 30cm
Iimori: 20cm

Hakuba Happo-one:
Hakuba Happo-one is reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall.
You can ski or board back down to base via the Riesen Slalom and Nakiyama South course.Downloading via Gondola or lift required in the other areas.
Operating lifts and course info:
- Most lifts are now operating with just a number of base area lifts still to get moving.
The following courses are open:
- Kurobishi
- Usagidaira
- Skyline
- Riesen (part)
- Panorama
- Nakiyama South (part)
- Kita-one 3
Official snow depth:
Usagidaira: 90cm
Kurobishi: 120cm
Lower: 25cm

Tsugaike Kogen:
Tsugaike Kogen is mostly open.
Operating lifts and course info:
- Most lifts are now operating.
The following courses are open:
- Kane-no-naru-oka areas are part open.
- All other course areas are available.
Official snow depth:
Tsuga-no-mori: 125cm
Han-no-ki: 120cm
Maruyama: 40cm
Oya-no-hara: 25cm
Kane-no-naru-oka: 25cm

Hakuba Cortina:
Hakuba Cortina is now mostly open.
Operating lifts and course info:
- Number 6 and 7 lifts are not operating yet.
- Itadaira One course closed.
- Connection to Hakuba Norikura from top area only.
Official snow depth:
Top: 135cm
Base: 75cm

Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field:
Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field is part open.
Operating lifts and course info:
- Gondola
- Paradise triple
- 3-sen North lift
- 4-sen East lift
- 5-sen South lift
The following courses are at least part open:
- East
- North
- South (part)
- Gezan (part)
- Sunny Valley (part)
- Paradise (part)
- by1
Official snow depth:
Top: 65cm
Base: 30cm

Hakuba Norikura Onsen:
Hakuba Norikura Onsen is mostly open.
Lift info:
- All but one lift are now operating with most courses planned to be open.
Official snow depth:
Top: 85cm

Kashimayari is part open.
Operating lifts:
- Number 1, 2, 3, 5, 6 and 7 lifts.
Official snow depth:
Top: 30cm

Hakuba Sanosaka:
Hakuba Sanosaka is part open.
Official snow depth:
Top: 30cm


Please note that Yanaba ski hill will not be opening for the 2016-2017 season   Read more ...

Grandeco Now!

Sunday 8th January 2017, 8:59am
Weather conditions: Beautiful blue skies
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning Grandeco.

There's a beautiful blue-white contrast thing going on this morning. Lovely.

There was no snowfall last night but the temperature is keeping low and the courses are perfect groomed this morning.

Today is the middle day of "three days holiday" and that means that every ski ground will be crowded.

For people wanting to climb Mt. Nishidaiten, please fill in the mountain climbing sheet located by the ticket counter. Take the gondola and the Number 3 lift to hike up. It will take one and half hours from the top of the lift to Mt. Nishidaiten peak by foot.

The Fukushima local government is having a campaign for overseas visitors and here's some details:

A. People who were born between 1993-1998, foreign passport holders can get a free lift pass during 1 December 2016 - 31 March 2017.
B. Australian passport holders of all ages can get a one day lift ticket for 2,000 yen per person during 1 Dec. 2016 - 31 Mar. 2017.

If you are eligible and want to take advantage of this, please show your passport when you buy a ticket at Grandeco.


Snow park information:
4m straight rail, 5m straight rail, 4 formed cask, drum can, 6m straight box, 8m straight rail, 3m kicker, 5m table top.


Lifts operating:

- Gondola
- Number 1 quad lift
- Number 2 quad lift
- Number 3 quad lift

Courses open:

[A-a] Rainbow 3500
[A-b] Rainbow 3500
[A-c] Rainbow 3500
[B-a] Mint A
[B-c] Mint C
[C] Center
[D-b] Lavender B
[F] Basil

Official snow depth:

Road condition to Grandeco:
Inawashiro through Goshikinuma: icy
Goshikinuma through Grandeco: snow
Snow tires are necessary.   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Sunday 8th January 2017, 9:04am
Weather conditions: Cloudy - overcast
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Shiga Kogen.

It's a calm and generally overcast start to this morning but perhaps that old "calm before the storm" phrase can be used.

I'm loving the look of the weekly forecast at the moment. Go take a look. If the weather happens like that, we're going to be having a very good week!

So yes, hopefully the first of the snow will be on the ground by my report tomorrow morning with more and lighter/drier lined up for the following days.


Official snow depths numbers reported by different areas of Shiga Kogen:

Most of ski lifts and courses in Shiga Kogen are now open.



Ichinose Family

Ichinose Diamond




Okushiga Kogen

Sun Valley

Takamagahara Mammoth



60cm   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Sunday 8th January 2017, 9:34am
Weather conditions: Fine
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Hello from Zao and fine weather today.

The calm before the storm perhaps...

The forecast is looking good. Expect potentially heavy snow from Tuesday night through until at least the end of the week and some strong winds as well particularly around Wednesday and Thursday. A good old blizzard is something we really want - not only for getting more snow on the slopes but also helping those famous Ice Monsters form. Fingers crossed everyone, it looks like it should be a big week.


The following lifts are not operating:
Paradise Number 3 pair
Yokokura Number 2 pair


Official snow depths:
Chuo - 80cm
Utopia - 60cm
Uwanodai - 45cm
Paradise - 75cm


Juhyo 'Ice Monsters' Light Up night time Zao Ropeway operations

January 2017: 7th, 8th, 14th, 15th, 21st, 22nd, 27th-31st
February 2017: 1st-28th
March 2017: 1st-5th

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 ...

Appi Kogen Now!

Sunday 8th January 2017, 9:50am
Weather conditions: Sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Sunny Days from Appi Kogen,

It’s a beautiful sunny day here at Appi so if you’re coming bring your camera (does anyone use those anymore?) and sunscreen. Even though it hasn’t snowed for the last few days it should be a great day up there and as of 9:15 the slopes are already getting busy.

I’m trying not to get too excited about the forecast this week but it’s hard not to. Starting tomorrow we should see daily increases in snowfall with a weekly total approaching 50cm - I know it sounds like a dream right now but dreams do happen don’t they?

Enjoy your Sunday wherever it is.


Currently planned operating lifts:

Central quad
Central number 1
Central number 2
Central number 3a
Central number 5
Sailer quad


Official snow depth:

60cm   Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Sunday 8th January 2017, 9:54am
Weather conditions: High clouds
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
After a day of perfect blue skies yesterday, the high clouds driven by the low pressure moving in from the southwest are covering the sky this morning.

The wind has shifted to a pretty steady blow from the west, although it's tapered off a bit since early this morning.

Things have been pretty variable lately, so I'm hoping that the potential heavy rain predicted for later today in fact becomes snow (it seems right on the edge, anyway).

Naturally we could use more snow, but we seem to be doing pretty well compared to a lot of resorts around the country...


Akakura Kanko:
130cm, -3°

Akakura Onsen:
160cm, -5°

Ikenotaira Onsen:
100cm, -4°

Myoko Suginohara:
80cm, -7° (top)

Seki Onsen:
180cm, -3°

Myoko Ski Park:
90cm, 0°

Kyukamura RunRun:
130cm, -3° (yesterday's report)

Tangram Ski Circus:
120cm, -4°

Madarao Kogen:
130m, -2°

   Read more ...

Minakami Now!

Sunday 8th January 2017, 10:05am
Weather conditions: Overcast
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Stunning day yesterday though no fresh snow in the area.

Today is overcast and warm down in the valley. Snow is alright at higher elevations but not so good down low.

Forecast is for weather to come in tonight and build over the next five days on the back of a deepening Low in the Pacific.


New snowfall:

0cm Tenjin
0cm Hodaigi
0cm Okutone

Official snow depths:

155cm Tenjin
120cm Hodaigi
50cm 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   Read more ...

Naeba Now!

Sunday 8th January 2017, 10:24am
Weather conditions: It's a clear and mild day today
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Naeba.

If you enjoyed all those great groomer runs yesterday then you're in luck: this morning is looking just as good.

This morning the temperature is pretty mild so you can enjoy the riding without too much of a chill and look forward to the snow that we are expecting this afternoon/evening.

The forecast needs a mention too - it's looking very good for the coming week with lots of snow on the forecast.    Read more ...

SnowJapan Daily 'Now' reports

Madarao Now
16th Jul, 11:46pm
Grandeco Now
16th Jul, 11:27am
Niseko Now
16th Jul, 11:26am
Yuzawa Now
29th Jun, 17:50am
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