Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 26th May 2019

Yuzawa Now!

Thursday 9th February 2017, 7:31am
Weather conditions: Grey cloud cover
New snowfall: 1cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Yuzawa.

Yesterday it was snowing lightly for lots of the day but it really didn't amount to any new cm of snowfall at our measuring point - just 1cm since it was cleared after the report yesterday morning.

Uniform grey clouds cover the sky this morning above the region and while it is a chilly start to the day the temperature is forecast to get up to around +3C later on this afternoon in town.

Precipitation is possible later on - hopefully snow, possibly of rain/sleet in town - but it should be snowing from the early hours of tomorrow and through the day tomorrow, and potentially be quite windy too. Need to keep an eye on that as it might affect lifts are some resorts.

For the moment things seem calm this morning.

I have to post an early report this morning, meaning that I am posting this before most ski resorts have published any information for the day - but I expect ski resorts to be open as normal this morning.


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Official snow depth information as of Thursday 9th February 2017

Some data not updated for today due to the early report.

GALA Yuzawa
Official snow depth: 370cm

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.   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Thursday 9th February 2017, 7:55am
Weather conditions: Grey clouds
New snowfall: 6cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Nozawa.

There's another 6cm of snow to report from the yesterday morning and the resort is reporting 5-7cm with none further overnight.

I had an amazing morning enjoying some excellent conditions and had a chance to meet a few like-minded folk visiting from overseas. They seemed happy with their Nozawa experience.

This morning as expected it is calm and cloudy with grey clouds all around. There's a chance of snow later on this afternoon or this evening and then snow is forecast to be falling throughout the day tomorrow --- potentially heavy snow. I would expect some good numbers once again in my reports tomorrow and/or Saturday. There's a chance there'll be a moderate wind tomorrow but hopefully not enough to mess about with lift operations.

I'll update you tomorrow morning of course.


Thursday 9th February 2017

Fresh snow reported by resort since yesterday morning:
- Yamabiko: 5cm
- Uenotaira: 7cm
- Hikage: 7cm
- Nagasaka: 7cm
- Karasawa: 5cm

Official snow depths:
- Yamabiko: 365cm
- Uenotaira: 260cm
- Hikage: 200cm
- Nagasaka: 195cm
- Karasawa: 150cm

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 ...

Grandeco Now!

Thursday 9th February 2017, 8:19am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 4cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Grandeco.

Only 4cm of new snow has fallen last night and it is a very calm start to the morning.

The latest forecasts say that it may actually snow in the Tokyo region today - but not many snow here in Bandai! The opposite of the usual pattern, of course.

Temperatures are keeping cold and snow conditions are good - light powder.

Hopefully the snow will come back by this evening and the forecast has regular snowfall lined up over the coming week so we should be on the receiving end of regular top-ups.

Hope you can come and enjoy the fine conditions.


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

Niseko Now!

Thursday 9th February 2017, 8:30am
Weather conditions: Mostly cloudy, some blue sky
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning everyone.

A bit of snow falling on the mountain yesterday at times, but there's no new cm of fresh snowfall to report to you at base this morning.

There is lots of cloud up there this morning but an increasing amount of blue sky as well. We might even get some sunshine.

There's still not a huge amount of snow on the forecasts with maybe a chance of light to moderate snowfall at times over the 3-4 days. I wouldn't expect much today or tomorrow though, more is likely for over the weekend.


I just noticed yesterday that I have up until now observed exactly 5m of snowfall this season, here by Niseko base.

A friend of mine has just spent a few weeks down in Niigata - Myoko and Yuzawa - and we were and doing some 'let's comparing' talk about the snow. If you look at the daily reports for those regions you will notice that they have had a fair bit more snow than we have. But as is so often the case, the raw numbers perhaps don't always give a full picture. Happily up here even when we don't get fresh snow, for the most part temperatures usually remain low enough to keep snow conditions decent. He enjoyed some fine conditions down there and some periods of very heavy snow, but one of the things that he mentioned was how it warmed up in between the snowfall - and when that happened the snow conditions suffered.

Obviously what we all really want is lots of regular snowfall, and for it to keep really cold even when going through a dry spell.

Quality, quantity, cold temperatures!


Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6am: -7℃, no snowfall. Moiwa 800m: -8℃, light breeze and no snowfall. Annupuri 1150m: -13℃, SW5m/s, no snowfall. Hirafu 1250m: WSW5m/s, no snowfall. Sea of Japan Kamui cape lighthouse: WSW8m/s, 1007hPa, 1.3m waves.

The atmospheric pressure chart is flat and no snowfall is expected. A mild SW wind is blowing due to the influence of a small low-pressure system present over the seas of Japan. Looking at the observations, the snowdrifts are stable and the overall avalanche risk is low. All gates are scheduled to open from the morning. Listen and follow the ski patrol’s advice. Wearing beacons and helmets is strongly recommended. Do not duck ropes.

Those of you going touring, remember to always check your position and the snow. A shallow surface slab slide from Feb 7th layer is to be expected in steep slopes and/or gullies above 1000m. Some of the slopes above treeline are wind-blown, packed with ripples, but the snow in the trees stays relatively good.

Stay vigilant and 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 Thursday 9th February 2017:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 295cm
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 ...

Hakuba Now!

Thursday 9th February 2017, 8:37am
Weather conditions: Snow clouds
New snowfall: 1cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Hakuba.

Yesterday the clouds continued to clear leaving us with some bright sunshine and mostly blue skies in the afternoon. Lovely.

The skies have clouded over again by early this morning and light snow has started to lazily fall. We probably can't expect much during the day today but some forecasts are calling for potentially heavy snowfall overnight tonight, and then regular snowfall through the weekend as well.

There is just a light southerly wind this morning and all resorts look like they are opening as normal.

It has been cold overnight and it is a cold start to the day - so it should be a good morning!

It's going to be interesting to see how the next 24 hours turn out, and of course I will fill you in on that this time tomorrow. Lots of snow and it should be another great upcoming weekend.


Resort news as of 8:30am on Thursday 9th February 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 resort appears to be opening as planned.
Official snow depth
Upper: 260cm
Base: 130cm

Hakuba Goryu:
Hakuba Goryu is reporting 0cm 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 1cm of fresh snowfall (Riesen quad top).
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: 320cm
Han-no-ki: 310cm
Maruyama: 170cm
Oya-no-hara: 150cm
Kane-no-naru-oka: 150cm

Hakuba Cortina:
The resort is reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall.
Official snow depth:
Top: 350cm
Base: 225cm

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

Hakuba Norikura Onsen:
Official snow depth:
Top: 230cm

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 ...

Madarao Now!

Thursday 9th February 2017, 8:45am
Weather conditions: Snow clouds
New snowfall: 1cm
Snow depth: --
It's light snow this morning in Madarao and light snow forecast for the day... possibly heavy snow overnight tonight.

While it is snowing, visibility is pretty decent still at the moment and a fine conditions to be out on the slopes.

If that forecast is correct we should be on for another decent reset before the weekend and the chance of more snow through the weekend too. The main event looks set to be tonight into tomorrow morning though, so currently not a stormy weekend likely... just very nice conditions to enjoy.


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 on 19th March)

Official snow depth:

- 280cm   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Thursday 9th February 2017, 8:51am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 2cm
Snow depth: --
Hello and good morning from Shiga Kogen.

It is a grey start to the day with cloud cover and very light snow currently falling. At the same time, I can see the sun trying to shine through the grey clouds at the moment. So a bit of mixed conditions at the time of my report.

Forecast says snow though for overnight tonight and tomorrow in particular - another decent delivery? - and the chance of snow showers through the weekend as well.

Temperatures should remain cold and so the very good snow conditions should be continuing.


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 ...

Furano Now!

Thursday 9th February 2017, 9:49am
Weather conditions: Mostly cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
It is a fairly mild morning and the thermometer should rise to around 0c during the day. It is mostly cloudy at the moment with scattered breaks letting blue sky and sunshine through. Unfortunately there is no new snow to report. On Saturday and Sunday there should be some light snowfall, but over the next 6 days there is nothing significant on the snow front heading this way.   Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Thursday 9th February 2017, 10:19am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
It's a gray day out there today.

One of those days that seems like something is about to happen, and, with heavy snow on the forecast from later today, that something is once again about to arrive.

A low-pressure cell is about to move over the area; right now the winds are from the east off the coast, which is unusual and, again, a sign that things will be shifting soon. The sun is even trying to peek out at the moment.

Great snow out there, though, and hopefully we'll at least get enough for a good reset in the backcountry (and not so much that things become impossible).


Akakura Kanko:
340cm, -6°

Akakura Onsen:
340cm, -4°

Ikenotaira Onsen:
270cm, -2°

Myoko Suginohara:
250cm, -8°

Seki Onsen:
490cm, -6°

Myoko Ski Park:
300cm, -3°

Kyukamura RunRun:
300cm, -2°

Tangram Ski Circus:
260cm, -2°

Madarao Kogen:
280cm, -6°
   Read more ...

Appi Kogen Now!

Thursday 9th February 2017, 11:42am
Weather conditions: Cloudy skies
New snowfall: 2cm
Snow depth: --
Hello from Appi,

Another cloudy day today with a temperature of -2 outside right now. The sky is threatening snow but we’ll be lucky to see any today.

Tomorrow however looks different altogether and without getting too giddy we may see another 50cm !! day here. Yes that’s correct, maybe 50cm of snowfall tomorrow if the forecast holds true. The winds should remain relatively light too with temperatures stable at -4 at the base. It certainly bodes well for Saturday and Sunday here if we get that amount.

The sun may come out for a brief visit on Sunday afternoon but it’s really a little early to tell. The runs are in good shape and the crowds remain relatively light so you’ll have the mountain to yourself at least for the next 2 days anyway.


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 ...

Zao Now!

Thursday 9th February 2017, 12:46pm
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
A late report today, sorry.

It was snowing lightly early this morning but has stopped now and is just cloudy at the moment here in the village but still seems to be snowing in places on the mountain. The forecast still shows that snow clouds will probably be with us for most of the coming week though we can probably expect bit by bit rather than any major dumps. There is also a good chance of stronger winds tomorrow and 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!

Thursday 9th February 2017, 18:01pm
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: --
Tenjin opened at noon yesterday and has been in excellent form since with clouds covering the mountain the whole time.

More snow is falling here this afternoon though its light so far.

Forecast is for a sizeable dump tonight and hopefully it arrives minus the wind though that is forecast too.

Tomorrow may well be a Hodaigi day though that place has been cranking whenever Tenjin is closed.


Fresh snowfall:

5cm Tenjin
0cm Hodaigi
0cm Okutone

Temps at 8am

Official snow depth:

380cm Tenjin
200cm Hodaigi
230cm 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 ...

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31st May, 13:35
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27th May, 9:56am
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08th May, 8:47am
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07th May, 19:19pm
Myoko Now
06th May, 9:33am
Hakuba Now
06th May, 9:09
Nozawa Onsen Now
06th May, 8:46
Minakami Now
06th May, 8:16
Madarao Now
06th May, 8:13am
Zao Now
06th May, 7:59
Appi Kogen Now
06th May, 7:59am
Geto Kogen Now
06th May, 7:12
Grandeco Now
02nd Feb, 12:34am