Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 28th May 2018

Yuzawa Now!

Monday 9th March 2015, 7:52am
Weather conditions: Overcast with some cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 230cm
Good morning from Yuzawa and it's an overcast-cloudy start to the day here, one that promises to be very mild. It may reach 10 degrees and beyond today down here in town. It didn't get cold overnight and we are already at 6 degrees now at 8am.

But don't worry. We are still expecting that forecast blast of winter to be with us tomorrow - very likely with some rain beforehand, possibly starting tonight.

There has been a lot of snow melt in recent days of course, so a good thick new layer of fresh would be fantastic. I was taking a look back at photos from this season and last season yesterday. It's amazing how much more snow we still have compared with a year ago at this time.

December sure was special this season!


Official snow depths:

GALA Yuzawa:
Ishiuchi Maruyama:
Joetsu Kokusai:
Kandatsu Kogen:
Maiko Snow Resort:
330cm (upper)
220cm (lower)
NASPA Ski Garden:
Yuzawa Kogen:
290cm (Kogen)
240cm (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 '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 March (10pm until 6am)
Yuzawa Nakazato:
Saturdays until 14th March (until 8:30pm)


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

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Monday 9th March 2015, 8:03am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 225cm
A mild overnight and start to the day this morning in Nozawa.

I'm going to use few words today because as I fully expect to be able to use lots in the next few days, I don't want to go over my quota. ;)

Cloudy, mild. Rain later at base, turning into snow by the end of the day. Snow tomorrow and the following few days.

Be good to the Snow Gods today everyone.


(* Apologies for not updating the lift status information below over the weekend - my mistake).


Fresh snow to report since yesterday (reported by resort):

Yamabiko - 0cm
Uenotaira - 0cm
Hikage - 0cm
Nagasaka - 0cm
Karasawa - 0cm

Official snow depths:

Yamabiko - 395cm
Uenotaira - 350cm
Hikage - 225cm
Nagasaka - 220cm
Karasawa - 175cm


Courses open:

All courses are open except:

Jumping Course
Grand Prix
Challenge 39
Kandahar Course East
Kandahar Course West


Lifts open (subject to change):

All lifts open except:

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


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

Every Saturday until 28th March


Nozawa Onsen 6 day weather and snow forecast
Nozawa Onsen main resort data
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Niseko Now!

Monday 9th March 2015, 8:33am
Weather conditions: Cloudy, fog
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 410cm
Hello and welcome to another Monday morning, and the start of what promises to be a vetr interesting week.

There's no new snowfall to report to you this morning, but all eyes are looking to the next few days and what's about to happen.

A significant low pressure system is on the way and it's one that should be bringing with it lots of snow and strong winds. Expect lift disruptions over the next few days. It's probably the price we are going to have to pay for potentially (and very probably) large amounts of fresh snow.

The day has started off mild and overcast, foggy too up there. Stronger winds higher up already with top lifts not going to open at the start of the day.

The mild conditions may well continue into tomorrow, bringing with it rain before the main event which is due sometime tomorrow.

I'm quite excited actually. (Well, not about the rain and wind!) But looking forward to reporting what goes on - let's see what nature brings us.


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

Niseko Grand Hirafu:
Top Ace Number Number 4, King Number 4 and King Number 3 lifts on hold.

Niseko Hanazono:
Top Hanazono Number 3 lift on hold.

Niseko Village:
Top Wonderland Chair lift on hold.

Niseko Annupuri:
Top Jumbo 4 lift on hold.


Niseko Avalanche Report

Niseko base 6am: +2C, mild wind, no snowfall & overcast. Moiwa 800m: no CAT track data available. Annupuri 1000m snowpack 330cm. Hirafu 1000m: S5m/s, -3C, no snowfall. Peak data: S10.9m/s, -3.4C. Benkei cape SSE13m/s, Kamui cape NE4m/s, 1022hPa, 0.7m waves.

A low-pressure system is approaching from the Sea of Japan, the temperature will rise and wet snow & wind will start above 600m, making the avalanche hazard rise again. Many of the avalanches occur in slopes with heavy snowdrift slabs. Approaching leeward steep slopes during drastic snowdrift development is a very bad idea. Most of the accidents are caused by misjudgments during poor weather. Risks of climax (ground) avalanche from 1100m is rising earlier than usual due to warm weather, stay away from valley bottoms in order to minimize the risks. Gates are expected to open from the morning, however may close anytime due to various reasons. Please respect the ski patrol’s decisions. 200cm thick ground avalanche are also likely to occur in steep slopes under lift line and cliff terrain under 500m altitude. Stay away from cracked slopes as they might slide without warning. Most accidents can be avoided with precautions. Please respect the Niseko Rules.


Official resort snow depths:

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 410cm
Base - 140cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 300cm
Base - 180cm

Niseko Annupuri:
Top - 370cm
Base - 180cm


Night skiing will continue until Sunday 22nd March.
Lifts open for night skiing:

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

Floodlit night operations are due to continue until Sunday 22nd March.


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

Hakuba Now!

Monday 9th March 2015, 8:50am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 165cm
There was lots of cloud around yesterday and 'gas' too making for very limited visibility at times, depending on where you were of course. A bit of rain over at Hakuba 47 (when I was there), and then a bit of sun later in the afternoon. It kept pretty warm through the day and we are expecting more of that for today.

About 4 degrees currently at village level, so I would expect another spring-like day. Visibility improved on yesterday.

It might rain as well before the end of the day...

But! Forecasts are still looking very good for winter to take over proceedings as we go into tomorrow and possibly even through until the end of the week. If it all happens like we are being teased, late week and next weekend should be very good indeed.

Let's not get ahead of ourselves, one day at a time. Until tomorrow!


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

Hakuba Goryu:
Reporting 0cm of new snowfall higher up.
All courses planned to be open (except Adventure Course).

- Alps Daira - 315cm
- Toomi - 165cm
- Iimori - 165cm


Hakuba 47:
Reporting 0cm of new snowfall.
Tree Riding Zone is open.

- Upper - 315cm
- Lower - 145cm


Reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall.

- Usagidaira - 300cm
- Nakiyama - 160cm
- Sakka - 160cm


Hakuba Cortina:
Reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall.
Mt Hieda Ridge, Mt Hieda 2, Mt Hieda 3, Itadaira Ridge, Giant closed.

- Upper - 405cm
- Lower - 250cm


Tsugaike Kogen:
Please note that the top Tsugaike Ropeway only opens for spring season.

- Tsuga-no-mori - 375cm
- Maruyama - 175cm
- Kane-no-naru-oka - 200cm


Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field:
Reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall.

- Upper - 255cm
- Lower - 145cm


Hakuba Norikura Onsen:
Reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall.

- 240cm



- 185cm


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:
Karamatsu-Shirakaba on Saturdays in March. 6pm until 9pm.
Every day until 15th March. 4:30pm until 9:30pm.   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Monday 9th March 2015, 8:57am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 210cm
Hello from Zao village and it's going to be another mild day here.

Unfortunately we had some rain fall on us last night but for now it's just cloudy, with a lot of fog (gas) hanging around the mountain making visibility limited in places.

The weather is due to take a turn though starting today. Colder, windier.... and snowier. Is that a word?! Whatever, while we may see some more rain in the village, it's set to be snowing hopefully as we get into tomorrow to be followed by a few days of winter like conditions. Strong winds may cause a problem for some lifts.

Anyway will update you tomorrow with the latest on what may well be the last proper blast of winter for the season.


Official snow depths (Monday 9th March 15):

Utopia: 225cm
Chuo: 210cm
Paradise: 215cm
Uwanodai: 150cm

Zao Onsen is open as planned (* 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.
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Shiga Kogen Now!

Monday 9th March 2015, 9:02am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 250cm
Bit of a wind from early on this morning, southerly.

Mild start and expected to warm up a bit further, with the possibility of some rain. Hopefully we can avoid that (obviously!)

Fairly heavy going snow yesterday and similar expected today, but we are due a refresh very soon.

I am hoping that by the time it comes for me to write my report tomorrow morning I will have some fresh to talk about and the start of these few days of potentially heavy snow... and strong winds.


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

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Furano Now!

Monday 9th March 2015, 9:12am
Weather conditions: Cloud cover/overcast
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 200cm
Cloudy skies hover above the resort as do mild temperatures that are already sitting above zero. Today and tomorrow will see a freeze thaw cycle, meaning firm snow conditions in the morning and softening through the day. Light rain is expected this afternoon which will change to snow by tomorrow and then heavy snowfalls are forecast for Tuesday evening through until Wednesday evening. Winds are light at the moment but unfortunately will start to increase this afternoon and peak tomorrow morning with severe winds expected, gradually reducing to light winds by Friday morning.

Ski race competitions are being held on the Furano Zone this week so it is a great opportunity to watch some ski racing. The following courses will be closed until March 15 for the competitions:

Spies Course
Ropeway Course
Panorama Course
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Madarao Now!

Monday 9th March 2015, 9:15am
Weather conditions: Cloudy and overcast
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 250cm
After the busy day yesterday, the resort hasn't updated it's info yet this morning but there's not much to report really.

Generally cloudy and overcast this morning and mild temperature.

The next few days is what we have been looking forward to. Rain might happen later today but it should be turning into snow as temperatures drop and then the next few days.... fresh snow? Yes please.

I will give you the latest tomorrow morning.


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 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   Read more ...

Naeba Now!

Monday 9th March 2015, 9:25am
Weather conditions: Overcast
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 280cm
Good morning everyone,

Today we have a warm overcast day, with temperatures above zero (+2). We did not have any new snowfall last night. Visibility at the base of the mountain is good, but the visibility worsens the further you head up the mountain.

A bit of a weather warning, we are expected to get heavy snowfall this evening. As long as the temperatures do drop tonight if not we are in for some heavy rain.

Tomorrows weather is temperature dependent, we will either have a lot of snow or rain!

Takenokoyama lift closed this morning at Naeba. Otherwise normal weekday operations.

Stronger winds are currently affecting parts of the Tashiro part of Kagura this morning with a few lifts not moving and the connection between Tashiro and the main Kagura area closed at the beginning of the day. That may change with weather conditions during the day.


Official snow depths:

Naeba: 280cm
Kagura: 370cm


New snowfall:

0cm Naeba
0cm Kagura



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.
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Myoko Now!

Monday 9th March 2015, 9:43am
Weather conditions: Cloudy, but high clouds
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 420cm
Warm and windy in Myoko today; warm enough that the top lift at Akakan was closed for a while.

Today is also Yama no Kami, an event at the little shrine right in the middle of the Akakan area, just above the hotel, to give credit to the powers that be in bringing snow (and guests).

Also a good excuse for the old guys in the area, including your writer, to tie one on mid-day at the Kanko Hotel.... A local culture.

Looks like there could be a lot of snow coming from tonight; never sure, but there's a big low-pressure area forming off the east of Hokkaido again.


Akakura Kanko:
420cm, 3°

Akakura Onsen:
254cm, 2°

Ikenotaira Onsen:
250cm, 5°

Myoko Suginohara:
245cm, 0°

Seki Onsen:
490cm, 0°

Myoko Ski Park:
330cm, 5°

Kyukamura RunRun:
350cm, 0°

Tangram Ski Circus:
220cm, 0°

Madarao Kogen:
250m, 5°


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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Minakami Now!

Monday 9th March 2015, 11:06am
Weather conditions: Overcase low, foggy top
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 425cm
Warm again here today and quite foggy up top.

Forecast is for some rain this evening, turning to heavy snow some time during the night.

Temperatures are forecast to drop significantly back to deep Winter levels and the snow is forecast to continue through Thursday.

On the 6 day forecast for the base of Tenjin, its not expected to go above zero through next Saturday, combine that with plenty of snow and its time to dust off the pow sticks.


Snow depths:

Tenjindaira: 425cm
Hodaigi: 270cm


Base: 0cm
Tenjindaira: 0cm

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