Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 28th May 2018

Yuzawa Now!

Monday 9th February 2015, 7:50am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 20cm
Snow depth: 260cm
Guess what... it ended up overcast and cloudy again yesterday!

Another very busy day out there by the looks, and happily the rain waited until late on to start. Then it turned into snow.

This morning at my place here in Minamiuonuma, there's 35cm of snow on the top of my car. Seems we generally got more than Yuzawa as my colleague has just called with his observation of 20cm. Maiko Snow Resort nearby is saying 20-30cm, as is Kagura higher up. So 20cm goes on the report (but there's definitely 35cm on my car!)

Snow forecast all day today along with moderate wind, but all resorts are going to be open as normal. Kagura are not posting any wind-affected news just yet anyway.

Snow forecast for tomorrow too with some forecasts giving us a bit of a break from it around Wednesday - before a return to snow late week.

Limited visibility and colder than the weekend. Currently -4C in town.

It's going to be fresh out there!


Official snow depths:

GALA Yuzawa:
Ishiuchi Maruyama:
Joetsu Kokusai:
Kandatsu Kogen:
Maiko Snow Resort:
360cm (upper)
300cm (lower)
NASPA Ski Garden:
Yuzawa Kogen:
340cm (Kogen)
280cm (Nunoba)
Yuzawa Nakazato:


Nighta in the area

Nighta 'night skiing' - where some slopes are floodlit for skiing and snowboarding in the evening - is available at the following resorts in the area.

Ishiuchi Maruyama:
Every day until 21st March (until 8:50pm)
Every day until 22nd March (until 8pm on weekdays and Sundays, 9pm on Saturdays)
Joetsu Kokusai:
Every day until 22nd March (until 9pm)
Kandatsu Kogen:
From 23rd January, 'all night' on Fridays and Saturdays (6pm or 10pm until 4am the next morning)
Maiko Snow Resort:
Every day until 14th March (until 8pm)
Every day until 29th March (until 9pm)
All night on 14th February and 14th March (10pm until 6am)
NASPA Ski Garden (skiers only):
Saturdays until 29th February (until 7pm)
Yuzawa Nakazato:
Saturdays until 14th March (until 8:30pm)

Chateaux Shiozawa also have nighta but only on certain days - no fixed schedule available.
Resorts not mentioned above do not operate 'nighta' (or do not plan to have more this season).
Some resorts offer tickets that include nighta, others need a special lift ticket.


Ski and snowboard resorts in Yuzawa town   Read more ...

Madarao Now!

Monday 9th February 2015, 8:01am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 15cm
Snow depth: 290cm
Welcome back to snow!

The resort is reporting 15-20cm of fresh this morning and I can vouch for that on this very cold morning with a bit of a wind as well.

Going to need to get wrapped up proper today if you are venturing out there with similar conditions forecast for the day and possibly into tomorrow as well.

Some heavy snowfall brewing up in time for the weekend as well, so we shouldn't be short of fresh this week.


Lifts planned to be open:

Number 1 lift
Number 2 quad lift
Number 3A
Number 5
Super quad lift
Number 11 lift
Number 12 lift
Number 13 lift
Number 15 lift
Moving Walkway
Kids Park
Freeride Park
Tree Run Courses should be open today.

Night skiing at Madarao is every Saturday until 21st March 2015.


Madarao Kogen 6 day weather and snow forecast
Madarao Kogen main resort data

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Niseko Now!

Monday 9th February 2015, 8:30am
Weather conditions: Cloud and... some blue sky?!
New snowfall: 10cm
Snow depth: 380cm
I'm happy to report some fresh snow this morning. I have just got back from Hakodate and so I missed out on most of yesterdays warmth and (apparently) bit of wet as well.

Would like more than the 10cm there is here, and it should be here today. Snow is being blown around though as well so difficult to put one number on it... the Avalanche Report this morning is recording up to 25cm of fresh snowfall.

Right now though there's actually some breaks in the cloud, some blue sky and a bit of sunshine which wasn't quite expected, but the next snow clouds should be over us and delivering pretty quickly. Still hoping/expecting/praying for decent snow to fall over the next 2 days.

It's very cold this morning as well which is good after the warmth of yesterday but alas, I need to mention the wind again as we have top lifts on hold at the start of the day because of them.

Come on Niseko.... deliver, please! If not for me, for all the good folk visiting.


Resort specific news as of 8:30am - subject to change during the day

Niseko Grand Hirafu:
King Number 4, Ace Number 4 and King 3 lifts on hold due to strong winds.

Niseko Hanazono:
Hanazono Number 3 lift on hold due to strong winds.

Niseko Village:
Niseko Gondola and top Wonderland Chair lifts on hold due to weather conditions.

Niseko Annupuri:
Possibly late start for some lifts.


Niseko Avalanche Report

Niseko base 6am: -6C, moderate storm, 25cm snowfall in 12 hours with snowdrift and cornice developments. Moiwa 800m NW18m/s, -11C, strong wind and snowfall, poor visibility and developed snowdrifts. Annupuri 1000m snowpack 280cm. Hirafu 1000m: -11C, strong wind with developing snowdrifts. Peak 1308m: unmeasurable, -15.8C. Coastal data: Benkei cape NW24m/s, Kamui cape WSW17m/s, 996hPa, 3.2m waves.

A strong storm has made windload/snowdrifts develop in all areas. The newly formed snowdrift slabs reached up to 140cm thickness in some leeward knolls around 800m altitude, sitting on top of warm temperature (Feb 8th) layer. Those slabs are still very unstable and the avalanche hazard in leeward steep slopes is high. According to snowfall transition and observations, possibility of a large-scale avalanche is high in 700m leeward valleys. All gates above 800m will be closed. Avalanche risk is similarly high in all areas around Niseko. The storm is forecasted to continue and the avalanche risk will remain high a while after the wind calm down. Many of the avalanche accidents occur during and just after storms. Better stay away from cornice slopes, knolls and valley bottom even if the chairlifts starts running. The snow will get better soon. Have a safe day.


Official resort snow depths:

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 380cm
Base - 125cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 280cm
Base - 180cm

Niseko Annupuri:
Top - 285cm
Base - 160cm


Lifts open for night skiing (planned):

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Ace Family Pair lift, Ace Number 2 Center Four lift, Hirafu Gondola, Holiday Number 1 Pair lift

Niseko Hanazono Resort
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!

Monday 9th February 2015, 9:04am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 7cm
Snow depth: 160cm
Morning from Hakuba and there's new snow on them there mountains.

Clouds moved in yesterday reducing visibility on most resort areas mid afternoon and snow coming down.

There's up to 30-40cm of fresh if you are heading over to Cortina this morning - and that resort seems to be all open as well so it should be great times to be had over there.

Less so at the big resorts around the village here with Goryu reporting 15cm, 47 reporting 10-15cm and Happo also reporting 15cm.

A cold morning and it will remain cold through the day with snow forecast for most of the coming week as well. Cautioulsly very optimistic about what's in store!


Official snow depth numbers and operations at time of writing on Monday 9th February 2015. Subject to change during the day:

Hakuba Goryu:
Reporting 15cm of new snowfall and 1cm at Toomi
All courses planned to be open (except Adventure Course).

- Alps Daira - 300cm
- Toomi - 160cm
- Iimori - 160cm


Hakuba 47:
Reporting 10-15cm of new snowfall at base; reporting 5cm on mountain at 3pm yesterday
Tree Riding Zone is open.

- Upper - 300cm
- Lower - 180cm


Reporting 15cm of fresh snow at Usagidaira.
Happo Banks The Snow Park is now open.

- Usagidaira - 305cm
- Nakiyama - 160cm
- Sakka - 170cm


Hakuba Cortina:
Reporting 30-40cm of fresh snowfall.
Open as planned this morning.

- Upper - 446cm
- Lower - 280cm


Tsugaike Kogen:
All open as normal this morning.
Please note that the top Tsugaike Ropeway only opens for spring season.

- Tsuga-no-mori - 355cm
- Maruyama - 200cm
- Kane-no-naru-oka - 215cm


Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field:
Reporting 5cm of fresh snowfall

- Upper - 265cm
- Lower - 155cm


Hakuba Norikura Onsen:
New snowfall not updated in time for report

- 245cm


All areas now open.

- 190cm


Night skiing at resorts in the Hakuba area:

Hakuba Goryu:
Toomi area every day until 31st March. 6pm until 9:30pm.
Hakuba Happo-one:
Nakiyama area every day until mid March. 5pm until 9pm.
Hakuba Cortina:
Every day until 31st March. 5pm until 8pm.
Tsugaike Kogen:
Kane-no-naru-oka on Saturdays in January; February 7th, 14th. 6pm until 8:50pm.
Karamatsu-Shirakaba on Saturdays in January; February 7th, 14th, 28th; Saturdays in March. 6pm until 9pm.
Every day until 15th March. 4:30pm until 9:30pm.
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Nozawa Onsen Now!

Monday 9th February 2015, 9:15am
Weather conditions: Mostly cloudy, some blue sky
New snowfall: 15cm
Snow depth: 270cm
Back to a Monday morning after a very busy and lively weekend in Nozawa.

It's much colder this morning and there's some fresh snow on the ground - Nozawa is reporting 10-15cm across the mountain.

Snow forecast for all day today though right now there's actually a bit of blue sky on show and the sun peeking through as well in places. Almost feels like it could clear up but the clouds should be back and delivering sooner than later and I expect to bring you some more numbers in the report tomorrow.

Maybe a break from snow around Wednesday, but back to it before and over the coming weekend. Looks like there's going to be lots. :)


Fresh snow to report this morning since yesterday:

Yamabiko - 10cm
Uenotaira - 10cm
Hikage - 15cm
Nagasaka - 15cm
Karasawa - 15cm

Official snow depths (as of yesterday):

Yamabiko - 420cm
Uenotaira - 370cm
Hikage - 270cm
Nagasaka - 260cm
Karasawa - 220cm


Courses open:

All courses are open except:

Grand Prix course
Jumping Course
Challenge 39


Lifts open (subject to change):

All lifts operating except:

Yunomine pair
Mizunashi triple
Challenge pair
Utopia pair
Hikage Number 2 pair B line


Night skiing at Nozawa until 8pm on the following dates:

Every Saturday until 28th March


Nozawa Onsen 6 day weather and snow forecast
Nozawa Onsen main resort data   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Monday 9th February 2015, 9:21am
Weather conditions: Blue sky, cloud
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: 205cm
We had some blowing winds overnight as well as a bit of fresh but the thing about this morning is the cold. Very cold indeed. Yakebitaiyama are reporting a temperature of -18C!

And perhaps surprisingly some blue skies above and I just had to close the blinds on the window as the sun was shining through.... the slopes are looking very inviting this morning.

Snowfall is expected - maybe this afternoon or tonight...

For now though, wrap up well and enjoy those quiet slopes.


Resort areas status with official snow depths:

Okushiga Kogen:
Open (note: skiers only resort area)


Ichinose Family

Ichinose Yamanokami:

Ichinose Diamond:

Takamagahara Mammoth:




Most open

Happo Bundaraia:

Sun Valley:



Open (note: skiers only resort area)

Yokoteyama & Shibutoge:


Planned night floodlit skiing at Shiga Kogen resort areas:

Sun Valley:
Every Saturday until March 21st

Ichinose Family:
Every day until March 29th

Ichinose Diamond:
Every Saturday until March 28th

Every Saturday until February 21st

Every Saturday until March 28th
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Furano Now!

Monday 9th February 2015, 9:23am
Weather conditions: Mostly cloudy
New snowfall: 4cm
Snow depth: 180cm
The snow storm we have been waiting for has arrived with the first signs being the increase in wind in the early hours of the morning. It has been a bit of a disappointment so far with only 4cm of fresh snow in the village this morning and the snow has almost stopped for now. There is still more on the forecast through today and tomorrow, so fingers crossed that it does eventuate. The upper slopes have received more than the village and there will be some nice fresh powder to be skied. At the moment the resort is getting buffeted by strong winds which may interfere with some lift operations. The winds reduce to light winds by Wednesday morning.   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Monday 9th February 2015, 9:23am
Weather conditions: Cloud, fog
New snowfall: 3cm
Snow depth: 200cm
Coldest morning of the season. And by the looks of the other reports it seems it's a very cold start to the day Japan-wide!

Just a few cm of fresh snow to report this morning but snow is due today.... and lots of it. Get ready for some impressive numbers tomorrow morning.

Visibility low this morning with snow, fog and cloud. The village was in the cloud and fog early on, but that has improved since then. Still a lot of cloud around. And like I said, really cold.

A good refresh is always welcome.


Official snow depths (Monday 9th February 15):

Utopia: 210cm
Chuo: 200cm
Paradise: 200cm
Uwanodai: 150cm

Zao Onsen is fully open (* note that the Karamatsu pair lift is closed on weekdays).


Night skiing operations at Zao this season

Uwanodai area:
Daily until 22nd March

Yokokura area:
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from until 15th March

Open times from 5pm until 9pm.


Juhyo 'Ice Monsters' Light Up night time ropeway operations

Every evening now until 28th February

Operating from 5pm until 9pm; last ropeway up at 7:50pm.
In the event of poor weather conditions, operations are sometimes cancelled.
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Naeba Now!

Monday 9th February 2015, 9:45am
Weather conditions: Overcast, glimmers of sunshine
New snowfall: 10cm
Snow depth: 270cm
It's a Naeba-tastic morning report today.

Today we have had glimmers of sunshine after some heavy snowfall last night. The weather in the afternoon is going to get very wintery again with forecast for snow showers, getting heavier as the day goes on. Todays temperature is a chilly one (currently -9) with low winds so be sure to wrap up warm today when you head outside!

Yesterday’s weather was a mixed day with sunny and cloudy spells turning into heavy snow later on in the day.

Looking onto tomorrow, it’s forecast to have light snow showers through the day then a clear evening...


Official snow depths:

Naeba: 270cm
Kagura: 340cm


New snowfall:




This Naeba Now report started updating for the 2014/2015 season on 31st January 2015. As such, the 'observed snowfall season' numbers shown at the bottom of the report will only reflect data from that date onwards. Please read our Yuzawa Now daily reports section for more information on the first part of the season in the Yuzawa region.   Read more ...

Minakami Now!

Monday 9th February 2015, 10:55am
Weather conditions: Clear, sometimes light snow
New snowfall: 20cm
Snow depth: 385cm
25cm of fresh snow overnight has given way to a pretty clear day, moderate but gusty winds and the top of Tenjin is currently open with the bottom expected to follow suit around noon.

It is cold and we have a big snowfall predicted tonight.


Snow depths:

Tenjindaira: 385cm
Hodaigi: 230cm


Base: 20cm
Tenjindaira: 25cm   Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Monday 9th February 2015, 11:57am
Weather conditions: Cloudy; some fog higher up
New snowfall: 30cm
Snow depth: 380cm
Nice powder on the hill today, after some pretty strong winds overnight.

Cold, too; Akakan shows -10 early this morning (same as the trusty car thermometer). Hard to tell with all the drifting, but there's probably 30cm of fresh, and the possibility of even heavier snow late today and into tonight. Not too bad.

It's bright now, though—not sunny, but not gloomy either.


Akakura Kanko:
380cm, -10°

Akakura Onsen:
308cm, -3°

Ikenotaira Onsen:
290cm, -5°

Myoko Suginohara:
250cm, -13° (top)

Seki Onsen:
530cm, -7°

Myoko Ski Park:
380cm, -5°

Kyukamura RunRun:
400cm, -5°

Tangram Ski Circus:
250cm, -7°

Madarao Kogen:
280m, -8°


Night skiing in the Myoko area:

Akakura Onsen (Kumado): until 10pm every day until 22 March
Tangram Ski Circus: until 8pm on Saturdays until 28 March
Madarao Kogen: until 9pm on Saturdays until 21 March
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