Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 30th May 2020

Yuzawa Now!

Tuesday 8th March 2016, 8:01am
Weather conditions: Clear and sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 90cm
Morning from Yuzawa.

There's not a whole lot to report this morning as we start the day with clear blue skies once again. It got a bit chilly (relatively) early morning but should be another mild-warm day with temperatures rising to around 10 degrees during the day.

Things are still looking good for tomorrow. It's still due to get colder and snow is still on the forecast tomorrow, though it may well start out as rain. Snow is also currently on the forecast for around Friday as well.

It will be great to get back to colder conditions after this run of really mild weather. Let's hope we get some decent snowfall on the slopes to freshen things up.


Resort official snow depths (Tuesday 8th March 2016) and any specific news at time of writing:

After some very warm conditions over the weekend, there are some patches of ground on view on some lower slopes around town now. Southern facing slopes are generally the worst affected. Snow cover is better the higher up you are.

Resorts in Yuzawa and Minamiuonuma:

GALA Yuzawa

Ishiuchi Maruyama


Joetsu Kokusai

160cm (Mitsumata)
190cm (Tashiro)
220cm (Kagura)

Kandatsu Kogen

Maiko Snow Resort
140cm (upper)
40cm (lower)

Muikamachi Hakkaisan


NASPA Ski Garden

Yuzawa Kogen

Yuzawa Nakazato

Yuzawa Park


'Nighta' (floodlit night operations)

Details of the 'nighta' operations at ski and snowboards resorts around Yuzawa and Minamiuonuma.
Subject to change due to snow conditions.

Ishiuchi Maruyama
Open daily until 8:50pm (until 20th March).
The Chuo No 1 and Chuo No 2 lifts are open daily.
The Kanko No 1, Kanko No 2, Kanko No 3, Hatsukaishi Entrance lift, Hatsukaishi No 2 pair lifts are open on weekends and holidays.
The basic charge is 2000 yen but various tickets are available.

Open daily until 9pm on Saturdays and until 8pm on weekdays and Sundays (until 21st March).
The charge is 1500 yen for adults and 1000 yen for children and seniors.

Joetsu Kokusai
Open daily until 9pm (until 21st March).
The charge is 1500 yen for adults and 1000 yen for children and seniors.
On weekdays the area in front of the main hotel is open - a larger area (including Osawa and Atema) is open on weekends.

Kandatsu Kogen
Open from 6pm until 4am on Fridays, Saturdays and evenings before holidays through 26th March.
Open from 4:30pm until 11pm on weekdays until 24th March.
Various tickets are available starting at 2000 yen for adults, 1700 yen for seniors and 1000 yen for children.

Maiko Snow Resort
Open daily with the Maiko Center quad lift operating from 4pm until 8pm.
The charge is 500 yen for everyone.

Open daily until 27th March.
From 4pm until 8:30pm on weekdays and Sundays (2000 yen); until 9pm every Saturday and on 20th March (3000 yen).
'All Night' opening is planned for Saturday 26th March when Naeba will be open from 10pm until 5am.

Yuzawa Nakazato
Open on Saturdays from 5pm until 8:30pm (until 12th March).
Tickets are 1500 yen for adults and 1000 yen for children and seniors.


List of ski resorts in Yuzawa town
List of ski resorts in Minamiuonuma City


Iwappara 6 day snow and weather forecast
NASPA Ski Garden 6 day snow and weather forecast
Kagura 6 day snow and weather forecast   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Tuesday 8th March 2016, 8:26am
Weather conditions: Sort of overcast but bright
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 140cm
Good morning from Niseko.

It is an overcast kind of start but bright. There's no fresh snowfall to report this morning.

Snow is due to be back falling soon though, so.. hurray!

Yes hopefully by the end of today, or at least by the time that I post my next report, it'll be snowing. It's still going to be mild during the day today though and it may well start as rain before turning into snow.

Let us see.

Snowfall is on the forecast on and off through into the weekend once it gets started. Anyone's guess how much, though I wouldn't expect anything major - keep expectations on the lower side just in case. But let's hope that we might be able to get a decent amount to give the slopes a good freshening up. And a return to colder conditions will be most welcome.

It's probably a mix of the conditions and the fact that we are into March now but things suddenly seem to generally feel a good deal quieter. Just one example that I have discussed before in these reports - even at 8:25am, just before it opens, there's hardly anyone lined up for the Ace Number 2 quad at Niseko Grand Hirafu.


Resort specific lift opening news at time of posting (subject to change during the day):

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Niseko HANAZONO Resort
Niseko Village
Niseko Annupuri
All resorts should be opening as normal this morning.


Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6.00am: 0°C, no new snow, frozen snow surface. Moiwa 838m: -0.7°C, SW0.5m/s. Annupuri 1000m: snowpack 295cm. Hirafu Ridgeline: -3°C, frozen snow surface, fog, bad visibility. Coastal data: Benkei Cape:light winds. Kamui Cape SSW2m/s, 1013hPa, wave 0.8m.

A shallow pressure gradient preceding the coming low pressure system is giving calm weather at the sea and in the mountains. A cold wind has blown overnight and the mountain is covered with frozen tracks from previous days, making us lose interest in riding. The mountain is moving toward spring conditions with alternating warm and cold air moving through, often making foggy conditions and the snow difficult to ride. Also the frozen snow surface is hard to groom, so there are lots of ice potatoes left on the runs. Take care of hitting ice lumps both on and of the runs All peak gates are expected to open, however be very careful riding out of bounds. Falling into a crack can be a fatal accident. In the afternoon winds and the temperature are expected to rise. Make plans to suit the conditions.


Official resort snow depths as of Tuesday 8th March 2016:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 350cm
Base - 140cm

Niseko Village
Top - 370cm
Base - 160cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 370cm
Base - 160cm


Lifts planned to be open for night skiing:

Nighta will be open every day until Monday 21st March 2016

Niseko Grand Hirafu:
Ace Family Pair lift, Ace Number 2 Center Four lift, Hirafu Gondola, Holiday Number 1 Pair lift
(There is no night skiing at the Hanazono area)

Niseko Village:
Community Chair and Banzai Chair

Niseko Annupuri:
Jumbo Number 1 Quad


Niseko Grand Hirafu 6 day weather and snow forecast   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Tuesday 8th March 2016, 8:45am
Weather conditions: Fine, sun, some cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 125cm
Hello and good morning from Hakuba.

A fine day weather wise yesterday, and that sea of clouds in the morning was cool. Conditions were warm and spring like.

And it's another fine spring like morning again today with a mix of cloud and blue skies and temperatures forecast to rise to around 12C in the village this afternoon.

The snow melt has continued and some lower resort courses close to base now have areas of ground showing through.

Fresh snow please...

This time tomorrow hopefully it will be much colder and snow will be falling, though whether it will be giri-giri (borderline) rain at base remains to be seen. It should be snowing higher up on the mountains though at least and from tomorrow until at least the weekend scattered snow showers (or more) are forecast. So there's reasons to be hopeful for a refresh in the coming days.

I'm remaining cautiously optimistic about it all (and of course hope to be pleasantly surprised).

I will keep you updated.


6 day forecast for Happo-one:

6 day snow and weather forecast for Happo-one


Resort news as of 8:45am on Tuesday 8th March 2016 (where available, all subject to change due to weather conditions)

Hakuba 47:
Hakuba 47 is reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall this morning.
All courses set to open this morning.
The Tree Riding Zone is closed due to poor conditions.
There is no 'nighta' at Hakuba 47.
Official snow depth:
Upper: 190cm
Base: 95cm

Hakuba Goryu:
Hakuba Goryu is reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall this morning.
All courses open apart from Snow Diving and Adventure.
The Toomi area will be open until 9:30pm tonight for 'nighta'.
Official snow depth
Alps: 255cm
Toomi: 125cm
Iimori: 70cm

Hakuba Happo-one:
Hakuba Happo-one reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall this morning.
All courses appear to be open apart from Kurobishi Off-Piste Area.
The lower Nakiyama area is open for 'nighta' every day until 9pm.
Official snow depth:
Usagidaira: 185cm
Nakiyama: 45cm
Sakka: 20cm

Hakuba Cortina:
Hakuba Cortina is reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall this morning.
All courses open apart from Itadaira Ridge, Itadaira Forest and Giant.
The Ikenota area will be open for 'nighta' until 8pm tonight (9pm on Saturdays).
Official snow depth:
Top: 160cm
Base: 95cm

Tsugaike Kogen:
All courses and areas are generally open.
Nighta at Karamatsu/Shirakaba on 12th/19th March.
Note that the top Tsugaike Ropeway only opens from spring (no fixed date yet).
Official snow depth:
Tsuga-no-mori: 228cm
Maruyama: 50cm
Kane-no-naru-oka: 70cm

Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field:
Areas of Village Side that remain open - Sunny Valley, by1, by2, by3, Shinden connecting. Kometsuga and Paradise part open.
Parts of the Mountain Side that are closed - View A, View B, Dangan, Sonezawa, Five Side.
There is no 'nighta' at Hakuba Iwatake.
Official snow depth:
Upper: 110cm
Lower: 35cm

Hakuba Norikura Onsen:
All courses are open.
There is no 'nighta' at Hakuba Iwatake.
Official snow depth:

Hakuba Sanosaka:
All of the courses are open.
There is no 'nighta' at Hakuba Sanosaka.
Official snow depth:
70cm   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Tuesday 8th March 2016, 9:01am
Weather conditions: Sunny blue skies
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 55cm
Hello from Nozawa and it's another fine, sunny and warm morning here.

Happily, it still looks like things are going to change from tomorrow with colder conditions and snow on the forecast - perhaps rain to start off with but hopefully changing to snow sooner than later.

Things should remain on the colder side until at least the start of the weekend as well, and there's a chance of more snowfall in the week.

We'll all be eager to find out just how much of course.


Official info at time of writing on Tuesday 8th March 2016 (subject to change):

Official snow depths:

Yamabiko: 140cm
Uenotaira: 85cm
Hikage: 55cm
Nagasaka: 40cm
Karasawa: 20cm

New snowfall as reported by the resort since yesterday:

Yamabiko: 0cm
Uenotaira: 0cm
Hikage: 0cm
Nagasaka: 0cm
Karasawa: 0cm

All courses open except:

Yamabiko A
Paradise connection
Utopia Course 2
Kandahar West
Kandahar East

Lifts planned to be rested today:

Yunomine pair
Mizunashi triple
Challenge pair
Utopia pair
Kandahar pair
Hikage Number 2 pair A line


Nozawa Onsen 6 day weather and snow forecast

Nozawa Onsen main resort data   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Tuesday 8th March 2016, 9:01am
Weather conditions: Sunny blue skies
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 100cm
The spring weather, conditions and 'feel' continues this morning.

It really does feel more like sometime later in April than where we are here in March.

What a very strange season it has been. I know, I've said it before, but it needs repeating! Just to reminds us all that this is not normal.

Can we see a return to winter in the coming days? Maybe we can! The forecast is still looking promising. Cold conditions, snowfall. Quite a bit of that from tomorrow and through until the weekend as well.

Knowing how the season has been so far I'm going to try and contain my excitement until I see the snow actually falling from the sky! Then I'll get excited.

Today though it's more spring skiing time. I'm going to get out there myself and enjoy it.


Official snow depths at Shiga Kogen resort areas (Tuesday 8th March 2016):

Sun Valley
Nighta on Saturdays until 19th March (7pm-9pm)






Takamagahara Mammoth


Tannenomori Okojo

Ichinose Family
Nighta daily until 27th March (6:30pm-9pm)


Ichinose Diamond
Nighta on Saturdays until 26th March (6:30pm-9pm)

Ichinose Yamanokami

Nighta on Saturdays until 12th March (6pm-8pm)

Okushiga Kogen

Nighta on Saturdays until 26th March (6:30pm-9pm)
Also on 20th March

Yokoteyama & Shibutoge


6 day snow and weather forecasts:

Ichinose Family 6-day snow and weather forecast
Okushiga Kogen 6-day snow and weather forecast
Yokoteyama 6-day snow and weather forecast   Read more ...

Appi Kogen Now!

Tuesday 8th March 2016, 9:09am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 140cm
Good morning.

Right now it's cloudy and a balmy 2 degrees. Expect the temperature to remain steady most of the day. Hopefully tomorrow it will start decreasing again into the weekend.

Yesterday was quite surprising with the sun coming out although conditions on the hill were not great. We've obviously seen a reduction in base snow too with the rain and warm temperatures.

The forecast is for falling temperatures with the clouds rolling in and maybe some light flurries on Friday.


Currently planned operating lifts:

- Appi Gondola
- Central Number 1 quad
- Number 2 lift A
- T Bar
- Number 3 lift B
- Number 3 lift C
- Number 4 lift
- Sailer Gondola
- Sailer Quad
- Vista quad


6 day forecast for Appi Kogen:

6 day snow and weather forecast for Appi Kogen   Read more ...

Madarao Now!

Tuesday 8th March 2016, 9:22am
Weather conditions: Mostly clear and sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 100cm
Hello from Madarao where - once again - it's sunny blue skies above us, and warm conditions. Just a little fluffy white cloud here and there.

It's spring time at the moment, but what about this forecast of snow?

Well, it's still there on the forecast. Starting tomorrow lower temperatures expected along with snow. And there's a chance that the snow clouds might be hanging around for a few days as well, through Saturday.

Fingers crossed!


Madarao Kogen lifts operating (planned at time of writing):

All lifts plan to be open today

Tangram Ski Circus lifts operating (planned at time of writing):

All lifts plan to be open today

Tree Run Courses open at Madarao Kogen:

   Read more ...

Grandeco Now!

Tuesday 8th March 2016, 9:29am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 220cm
Good morning from a windy Grandeco.

It feels very warm this morning and the southerly parts of Mt. Bandai are foggy early this morning.

The snow depth is decreasing every day and we're really holding on to the thought of some fresh snow in the coming days - and perhaps it will start snowing tomorrow. According to some forecasts, Grandeco can maybe expect about 20cm new snow. It will be good if this happens and really refresh the slopes.

The snow condition is wet right now, and will change into lighter snow if temperatures get cold from tomorrow.

Winds might get a bit stronger from this afternoon, hopefully not enough to influence lift operations.

The forecast for the coming weekend, 11 Fri. through 13 Sun. is generally cloudy with sometimes snow and colder temperatures.


Lifts operating:

All lifts operating

Courses open:

All courses open


Snow and weather forecast:

6 day snow and weather forecast for Grandeco
   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Tuesday 8th March 2016, 9:36am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 130cm

It's another warm one.

Snow is still forecast over the next few days, as well as a drop in temperatures from tomorrow, though I can't help but feel that the snow part of the forecast has been downgraded somewhat since yesterday. Anyway, here's hoping for some fresh snowfall to liven things up.

This morning it's very much spring conditions out there. Come with that in mind and it'll be fun.


Information as of Tuesday 8th March 2016 (subject to change)

All lifts are operating apart from the Karamatsu pair lift which is closed on weekdays.

Official snow depths:

Utopia: 95cm
Chuo: 130cm
Paradise: 130cm
Uwanodai: 70cm


6 day Zao Onsen snow and weather forecast
Read more ...

Naeba Now!

Tuesday 8th March 2016, 9:39am
Weather conditions: Sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 120cm
More fine clear blue skies above Naeba this morning... no shortage of them this season!

Can we really be getting back to winter though tomorrow? The forecast still says yes, with snow expected tomorrow (rain before it turns to snow at base perhaps??) and then snow clouds not too far away until the weekend.

It would be fantastic if we could get some decent snowfall in again. Inevitably we are now into 'spring', and there's some patches of earth on show here and there now, but a blast or two of winter would of course be most welcome.

Naeba 6-day snow and weather forecast   Read more ...

Furano Now!

Tuesday 8th March 2016, 9:40am
Weather conditions: Overcast
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 200cm
Yesterday's thaw has frozen overnight and is slowly melting again as temperatures rise above 0c. It is cooler than yesterday and a thin layer of cloud is blocking the full amount of sun getting through to the resort. Snow conditions will be firm and frosty to start, and then will gradually soften as the morning progresses. There is moderate wind whipping around the village and this has meant that the Gondola operation has been put on hold.

It looks like the wind will increase in the afternoon and stay strong through until tomorrow afternoon. Temperatures will slide back well below freezing this afternoon and there is continuous light snow on the forecast through until Saturday.   Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Tuesday 8th March 2016, 10:11am
Weather conditions: The sun is shining, but it's hazy with very thin cloud coverage
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 150cm
Back on dry land today (great fishing in bad weather yesterday), and it is really and truly spring out there. It feels like a normal April about this time, with really warm winds and bare patches here and there up on the hill (although the lower areas are still well covered, I have to add).

Could be a nice day out therewith some good old sticky snow (we didn't really get a good freeze overnight, so it won't exactly be corn or anything super-fun like that, except maybe up higher).

The stranger thing is that the forecast will again turn to light snow for the rest of the week, as the freezing line again starts coming down the hill from late today. There was the possibility of heavy snow tomorrow, but that has faded (as has been the case throughout the season). Like I have said too often, this is one for the record books...

I notice a number of unchanged reports from yesterday; I think Ikenotaira's drop of 30cm from yesterday is a pretty honest assessment of what's going on out there.


Akakura Kanko:
8° / 150cm

Akakura Onsen:
4° / 170cm

Ikenotaira Onsen:
5° / 100cm

Myoko Suginohara:
5° / 80cm

Seki Onsen:
0° / 270cm

Myoko Ski Park:
8° / 115cm

Kyukamura RunRun:
5° / 180cm

Tangram Ski Circus:
3° / 120cm

Madarao Kogen:
6° / 100cm
   Read more ...

Minakami Now!

Tuesday 8th March 2016, 15:17pm
Weather conditions: Clear
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 140cm
Spring weather here with the river's raging and the sun beating down relentless over the past couple days.

Rain showers are expected this afternoon, however blue skies abound and tomorrow we're forecast to return to a more Wintery environment with significant snow forecast at the mid and top of Tenjindaira and hopefully extending all the way to the base.

Winds are picking up and weather looks like it could be forming to the North so fingers crossed.


Resorts in Minakami:

Minakami Kogen Fujiwara
Minakami Hodaigi
Minakami Kogen Ski Resort
Norn Minakami
Okutone Snow Park
Tanigawadake Tenjindaira
White Valley

- Oana is now closed for the season.
- Akazawa is now closed for the season.


Weather forecast:

Tanigawa Tenjindaira 6 day snow and weather forecast
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