Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 1st April 2018

Niseko Now!

Wednesday 9th April 2014, 7:25am
Weather conditions: Sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 100cm
Good morning from Niseko and it's another clear, sunny and quite mild start to the day here and today will once again warm up to double digit temperatures. A moderate wind expected today, but it's too early at the time of writing to bring any news of possible lift disruptions...

There might be some rain/snow overnight tonight though into tomorrow, so would be good if I could report a fresh layer of snow in my next report. (Don't expect anything significant though!)


Official snow depth numbers and planned operating lifts at time of writing:

Grand Hirafu:
Top - 330cm
Base - 110cm

Ace Number 2 Center Four lift
King Number 3 Triple
King Number 4
(* Hirafu Gondola will open only on 12th, 13th, 19th, 20th, 26th, 27th, 29th April and 3-6th May)

Top - 320cm
Base - 120cm

Annupuri Gondola
Jumbo No1 quad
Jumbo No2 pair
Jumbo No4 pair


Niseko Annupuri plans to be at least part open until Tuesday 6th May
Niseko Grand Hirafu plans to be at least part open until Tuesday 6th May


Niseko Hanazono Resort is now closed for the season.
Niseko Village is closed at the moment but plans to re-open between 26th April and 6th May (Golden Week)   Read more ...

Yuzawa Now!

Wednesday 9th April 2014, 7:30am
Weather conditions: Clear, sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 0cm
It actually clouded over quite a bit in the morning yesterday before ending up fine and sunny again.

And that's how we start the day today with highs of around 15 degrees expected in Yuzawa.

All of Kagura and the Central and North areas of GALA Yuzawa resort are open.


Current planned resort operations:

Just next weekend (12th, 13th) only:
Maiko Snow Resort

Until 6th May:
Naeba (weekends only from 7th April and then Golden Week)
GALA Yuzawa (Central and North Areas)
Kagura (Tashiro area)

Until 25th May:
Kagura (Mitsumata and main Kagura area)


All other resorts in the region are now closed for the season.


Official resort snow depths @ Wednesday 9th April 2014, AM:
Kagura (Tashiro):
Kagura (Mitsumata):
Gala Yuzawa:
280cm   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Wednesday 9th April 2014, 7:52am
Weather conditions: Sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 210cm
The sun is out again here in Nozawa and we have a lot of it lined up over the next week by the looks of the latest forecasts. The only interruption to the fine spring sun seems to be later on tomorrow when rain is expected in the village and perhaps some fresh snow on the top areas of the resort. That shouldn't last long though and we will soon enough be back to sun.

From Friday to Sunday this week, we'll all have the chance to test out new model skis and snowboards. If you are interested, head up to the top Yamabiko area of the resort at any of the times below...

Friday 11th - 10am until 3pm
Saturday 12th - 9:30am until 3pm
Sunday 13th - 9:30am until 2:30pm

...and check out some next season gear. It's free, but you will need some kind of formal identification that has a photo of yourself on it to sign up and take part. Looks like they have a lot of brands lined up so should be fun.


Wednesday 9th April 2014:

Official snow depths:
Yamabiko - 300cm
Uenotaira - 210cm

Planned operating lifts for today (weekday operations):
Nagasaka Gondola
Yamabiko Four
Yamabiko Number 2 Four

Planned courses to be open:
Yamabiko B
Yamabiko C
Yamabiko D
Yamabiko E
Utopia 2


Note that the following lifts have closed for the season:

- Hikage Gondola
- Challenge pair lift
- Utopia pair lift
- Kandahar pair lift
- Nagasaka quad
- Nagasaka triple
- Nagasaka gondola connecting
- Karasawa pair
   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Wednesday 9th April 2014, 7:58am
Weather conditions: Sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 45cm
A few clouds forming in the afternoon yesterday but mostly it was clear and sunny.

We're starting off with the same this morning. Clear, blue skies, sunny, calm. Warming up to a forecast 15 degrees in the village this afternoon.

Tomorrow? Well, the day will likely start off again with the sun shining, but later on in the day there's a chance of rain or possibly even snow higher up on the mountains.

Looking towards the weekend though and we're expected more sunny skies.


Official snow depth numbers and operations at resorts remaining open (as of 9th April 2014):

Hakuba Goryu:
Plans to be open until early May.
Upper - 205cm
Toomi - 45cm

Hakuba 47:
Plans to be open until early May.
Upper - 165cm
Lower - 30cm

Plans to be open until early May.
Usagidaira - 135cm

Tsugaike Kogen:
Plans to be open until early May.
Tsuganomori - 255cm

All other resorts now closed for the season.   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Wednesday 9th April 2014, 8:01am
Weather conditions: The sun is out
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 200cm
Like yesterday, the sun is out and it's a beautiful, calm morning in Zao Onsen. Going to get quite warm as well today.

The Yokokura and Kurohime lifts are still moving and they plan to remain open as long as snow allows. Still very good snow cover, though a few patches in places starting to show on lower areas.


Operating ski lifts at Zao (* subject to change):

Sometime in April, depending on snow conditions:
Yokokura Number 1 Pair
Kurohime Number 1 Quad

Until 6th May:
Ropeways and Gondolas (open through the year)
Chuo Number 1 Pair
Utopia Number 2 Pair
Chuo Number 2 Pair (every day until 13th April, then holidays)
Katakai Triple (every day until 13th April, then holidays)
Paradise Pair (every day until 13th April, then holidays)


Official snow depths (9th April 14):
Utopia: 200cm
Chuo: 200cm
Paradise: 200cm
Uwanodai: 90cm
   Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Wednesday 9th April 2014, 9:49am
Weather conditions: Clear
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 210cm
Just had to add a note today, with a lot of cars in the Akakan parking lot, a great sunny day and some still very white snow.

Looks like there may be a little more fresh, even, over the next day and a half or so! Seems like the town decided that the arrival of cherry blossoms in nearby Joetsu also meant they should take down all ski information from official website. OK, the last of my complaints about the bureaucrats for this season but they have really not done the area many favors with late reports, incomplete information and a slow start and fast close. You, good reader, are at Snow Japan, so you know better, of course....

Come up and play!


Official info:

Akakura Kanko:
Myoko Kogen Sky Cable gondola and hotel No. 3 lift will stay open until May 6, or whenever the snow runs out.

Seki Onsen:
Planning to stay open until May 6th.
   Read more ...

Furano Now!

Wednesday 9th April 2014, 11:05am
Weather conditions: Clear and sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 160cm
It is another clear sunny day here in Furano. The temperatures have fallen well below freezing overnight so the melting snow on the footpaths around town has turned to ice. All runs have been groomed and are in great condition for this time of year. Snow is still on the forecast and should start falling from evening.


Operating lifts:

Furano Ropeway 9:00am-4:00pm
Furano Downhill Swift Lift #1 CLOSED
Downhill Romance #2 chair 9:00am-4:00pm
Downhill Romance #3 chair 9:00am-4:00pm
Prince Romance CLOSED

Kitanomine Zone is now closed for the season including the Link Lift and Link Course.   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