Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 1st April 2018

Naeba Now!

Thursday 9th March 2017, 8:01am
Weather conditions: Fantastic blue skies with some cloud
New snowfall: 1cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Naeba everybody.

Today looks set to be a fantastic day on the slopes. There are some clouds around, however, not the ominous kind.

I would expect temperatures to rise fairly quickly, so the best turns will definitely be had during the early morning before the snow starts to become slushy.

There is a minimal amount of fresh snow which has fallen over night which will be helping to refresh conditions on the groomers.

Looking onwards, the weather forecast is still predicting snow most days this week with the most snow falling on Friday.

Delicious!   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Thursday 9th March 2017, 8:10am
Weather conditions: Light snow
New snowfall: 2cm
Snow depth: --
It's a cold morning here in Zao and there's a few cm of fresh snow on the ground and light snow falling as I write this report.

We're expecting snow and cloud for the day today and hopefully through tomorrow as well. Poor visibility early on - foggy up there? - but hopefully that will improve during the day.

The skies will probably be clearer by the time we roll on into the weekend and some fairly mild conditions are expected.


All lifts apart from the following appear to be operating this morning:

Paradise Number 3 pair
Diamond Number 1 pair
Karamatsu pair (closed now for the season)

All courses apart from Kotan should be open.


Official snow depths (as published by the resort itself):
Summit - 150cm
Paradise - 220cm
Chuo - 220cm
Utopia - 180cm
Uwanodai - 130cm
Yokokura - 125cm   Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Thursday 9th March 2017, 8:30am
Weather conditions: Increasing clouds
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Niigata prefecture has let us down for the first time: as I've said, their snow forecast is the best, most accurate source for snowfall. Our own forecast here at Snow Japan is great for the freezing line and general conditions, but the snowfall levels are, as we all know, hard to predict. But Niigata dropped the ball yesterday, with a prediction of 30cm. We got a little dust.

That's OK, it's staying cold, and snow remains on the menu up to Sunday.

The clouds are moving in a little right now, so there's still a chance for the prefecture to score a come-from-behind win (of course, the new forecast comes up at 10am, so it's not real likely that we'll get hit that hard in that short of a time).


Akakura Kanko:
360cm, -4°

Akakura Onsen:
355cm, -5°

Ikenotaira Onsen:
280cm, -1°

Myoko Suginohara:
265cm, -8° (top)

Seki Onsen:
500cm, -2°

Myoko Ski Park:
365cm, -3°

Kyukamura RunRun:
330cm, -3°

Tangram Ski Circus:
240cm, -3°

Madarao Kogen:
280cm, -4°

   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Thursday 9th March 2017, 8:31am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 14cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning.

There's more fresh snow to report this morning, so following on from yesterday today should also be very nice out there on the mountain.

14cm on the ground and more adding to it as snow is falling at a fair rate as I write this report. It's not likely to see the day out though and tomorrow and over the weekend we can probably expect slightly milder conditions. We shall see.

A few top lifts are affected by wind at the start of the day - more on that, as always, below.

Limited visibility out there at the moment. Go out prepared and have fun!


Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base: -6℃, 15cm snowfall. Moiwa 800m: -8℃, 20cm snowfall. Annupuri 1150m: -13℃, W15m/s, 20cm snowfall. Hirafu peak: -11℃, W10m/s, 20cm snowfall. Sea of Japan Kamui cape lighthouse: SW9m/s, 997hPa, 1.4m waves. Benkei cape: NW12m/s.

The snowdrifts are stabilizing as they grow, however caution is required in areas, such as the Backbowl’s 1000m elevation, where the wind affected the slabs development. All gates are scheduled to open. Remember to stay away from valley bottoms.

The strictly off limits areas were set because they were necessary in order to set the new Rules. The riding of the other out of bounds areas was guaranteed in exchange to those off-limits areas. Many people deny the Rules, saying it’s just local unofficial rules, while they, consciously or unconsciously, reap benefit from those Rules. It is those kind of interpretation that made the number of people riding the Haru no Taki area rise.

We beg to all of you who go to Haru no Taki, please refrain from going there. There are good reasons for having that place restricted. Your track will lead others to follow it and eventually end up in an accident. Mizuno no Sawa is open because it is being controlled, however the next valley, Haru no Taki is not controlled. The risk out there is very high today.

4 generations of local Omichi family are participating to the Mayor’s cup ski tournament in Moiwa on the 19th. 84, 54, 30 and 6 y/o. Omichi family is leaving a remarkable track in the Japanese Ski Realm. Skiing/snowboarding is not just about powder snow. Have a nice day.


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

Niseko Grand Hirafu
The top Ace Number 4 and King Number 4 lifts are on hold at the start of the day due to strong winds.

Niseko HANAZONO Resort
Hanazono appears to be open as planned at the start of the day.

Niseko Village
The top Wonderland Chair lift is on hold at the start of the day.

Niseko Annupuri
Annupuri appears to be open as planned at the start of the day.


Official resort snow depths as of Thursday 9th March 2017:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 360cm
Base - 160cm

Niseko Village
Top - 315cm
Base - 140cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 315cm
Base - 160cm


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 ...

Yuzawa Now!

Thursday 9th March 2017, 8:34am
Weather conditions: Bit of cloud, blue sky, sun
New snowfall: 3cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Yuzawa.

Yesterday, the snow clouds were generally tracking to the north of the Yuzawa and Minamiuonuma region, and here we actually had some sunshine and blue skies during the day. Very light snow at times in places. And in the evening it was snowing and overnight too I heard the sprinklers going - but there's not much to report in terms of cm. I would say that 3cm since my report yesterday is the number (even though that has mostly by now disappeared).

The sun is out this morning. Some cloud around but also increasingly blue sky and sunshine. Forecasts do say that it will probably be clouding over again later, so perhaps changeable conditions once again.

Forecasts still have snow there for tomorrow but like today it will probably be fairly mild so we'll just have to see what happens. Spring is coming on stronger of late and so any signs of winter are having to be stronger to win out. If that makes sense!

Should be a good morning today.


Official snow depth information as of Thursday 9th March 2017

GALA Yuzawa
The upper part of $2,600,000 closed today due to avalanche danger but otherwise GALA is open as planned.
Official snow depth: 370cm

Ishiuchi Maruyama
Official snow depth: 260cm

Official snow depth: 195cm

Joetsu Kokusai
Official snow depth: 260cm

Official snow depth:
Kagura - 380cm
Mitsumata - 330cm
Tashiro - 350cm

Kandatsu Kogen
Official snow depth: 290cm

Maiko Snow Resort
Official snow depth:
Upper - 290cm
Base - 150cm

Muikamachi Hakkaisan
Official snow depth: 340cm

Official snow depth: 260cm

NASPA Ski Garden
Official snow depth: 225cm

Yuzawa Kogen
Official snow depth:
Top - 280cm
Base - 190cm

Yuzawa Park
Official snow depth: 170cm

Yuzawa Nakazato
Official snow depth: 170cm


'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.

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 ...

Appi Kogen Now!

Thursday 9th March 2017, 8:40am
Weather conditions: Cloud with light snow
New snowfall: 35cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Appi,

Currently cloudy with some light snow falling and a temperature of -3 outside my door. It's been a good week so far with another 15cm falling last night on top of the 20cm the day before! We can expect another 15+cm today too.

Fairly light winds for most of the week and into the weekend should make on piste conditions wonderful. Stable temperatures most of the week too with the sun maybe trying to show its face on Saturday.

All the runs are open and are in great shape. Take advantage of the fresh overnight powder and get out there early.


*** PLEASE NOTE: Todays snowfall includes 20cm that was missed yesterday ***


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:

205cm   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Thursday 9th March 2017, 8:42am
Weather conditions: Snow clouds
New snowfall: 14cm
Snow depth: --
It's a good morning to you from Hakuba.

Always good to be able to report fresh snow. And we're doing all right at the moment!

Another 14cm to report since my report yesterday, and it is snowing still this morning and still forecast to be on and off for the day today and tomorrow too.

Resorts are reporting up to 20cm on upper slopes this morning - individual details, where available, are shown below.

After that, we can probably expect some generally clearer and milder conditions come the weekend.

In the meantime, it should be another good day.

Don't go yet winter... stay with us!


Resort news as of 8:35am on Thursday 9th March 2017:

All information as available and subject to change during the day due to weather and snow conditions.

Hakuba 47:
Hakuba 47 is reporting 20cm of fresh snowfall since yesterday evening. And 5cm in the day yesterday.
The resort appears to be opening as planned this morning.
Official snow depth
Upper: 300cm
Base: 150cm

Hakuba Goryu:
Hakuba Goryu is reporting up to 20cm of fresh snowfall.
The resort appears to be opening as planned this morning.
Official snow depth
Alps: 320cm
Toomi: 170cm
Iimori: 110cm

Hakuba Happo-one:
Hakuba Happo-one is reporting 10cm of fresh snowfall (Riesen quad top). And groomers are reporting 15cm.
The resort appears to be opening as planned this morning.
Official snow depth:
Usagidaira: 265cm
Kurobishi: 350cm
Lower: 150cm

Tsugaike Kogen:
The resort appears to be opening as planned this morning.
Official snow depth:
Tsuga-no-mori: 380cm
Han-no-ki: 370cm
Maruyama: 155cm
Oya-no-hara: 140cm
Kane-no-naru-oka: 140cm

Hakuba Cortina:
Hakuba Cortina is reporting 5cm of fresh snowfall.
The resort appears to be opening as planned this morning.
Official snow depth:
Top: 375cm
Base: 245cm

Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field:
Official snow depth:
Top: 230cm
Base: 110cm

Hakuba Norikura Onsen:
Official snow depth:
Top: 185cm

Official snow depth:
Top: 160cm

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 Katamatsu-Shirakaba area on 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 ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Thursday 9th March 2017, 9:01am
Weather conditions: Lots of sunshine and blue sky, some cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
This winter snap hasn't quite turned out as we thought it might. The snow clouds gave us more of a miss than we were hoping for yesterday and this morning the sun is out again. Still looking like snow tomorrow but more sun again after that. Might spring be taking a proper hold on proceedings come next week? Maybe, maybe not. March can always throw up some surprises.

For the moment anyway, it will be a good morning to be outside and sliding down the slopes.


Thursday 9th March 2017

Fresh snow reported by resort since yesterday morning:
- Yamabiko: 1cm
- Uenotaira: 2cm
- Hikage: 0cm
- Nagasaka: 0cm
- Karasawa: 0cm

Official snow depths:
- Yamabiko: 375cm
- Uenotaira: 290cm
- Hikage: 175cm
- Nagasaka: 165cm
- Karasawa: 120cm

Lifts operations:
- All lifts operating except:
- Yunomine pair (usually closed on weekdays)
- Mizunashi triple (usually closed on weekdays)
- Challenge pair (usually closed on weekdays)
- Utopia pair (usually closed on weekdays)

Courses not open today are:
- Grand Prix
- Kandahar East   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Thursday 9th March 2017, 9:16am
Weather conditions: Blue sky, bit of cloud, sun
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Not much to report this morning other than sunshine and blue skies.

Perhaps a bit different to what we were expecting, though snow is still there on the forecast to come back by the end of today...


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




Planned nighta operations:

Sun Valley: Saturdays until 18th March (7pm-9pm)

Ichinose Family: Every day until 25th March (6:30pm-9pm)

Ichinose Diamond: Every Saturday until 25th March and 19th March (6:30pm-9pm)

Yakebitaiyama: Every Saturday until 4th March (6pm-8pm)

Kumanoyu: Every Saturday until 25th March, and 19th March (6:30pm-9pm)   Read more ...

Grandeco Now!

Thursday 9th March 2017, 9:22am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 16cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Grandeco.

Finally, winter has come back - 16cm of fresh snow on the ground here at base.

There's lots of snow around all of a sudden, not only on the ski courses but also on the roads.

A good day to enjoy powder snow.

Snow is keep falling heavily at this moment 9:00 and visibility is poor.

Snow should be falling until tomorrow, hope to have more and more new fresh snow after this.


Snow Park Information:

[Dekodaira E park]
9m kicker and 9m kicker.

[Deokoboko park]
6m straight wide box, 6m down box, 6m straight rail, box, 6m straight box, box, 6m carve box, 6m arch box, deco-barrel, 3m table top and 5m table top.


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

Madarao Now!

Thursday 9th March 2017, 9:30am
Weather conditions: Sunny, blue skies, bit of cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from here in Madarao.

I think less snow than we thought might happen since my report yesterday, but... blue skies are nice too.

Still, snow is on the forecast for later on today and tomorrow too. Let's see what happens there.

A very fine morning.


Operating status for the day at Madarao Kogen (at time of report):

- Number 1 lift
- Number 2 quad lift
- Number 3A lift
- Super quad lift
- Number 11 lift
- Number 12 lift
- Number 13 lift
- Number 15 lift
- Moving walkway
- Kids Park
- Free Ride Park

Tree runs should be open

- 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 ...

Furano Now!

Thursday 9th March 2017, 18:52pm
Weather conditions: Partly cloudy
New snowfall: 7cm
Snow depth: --
Oops! I forgot to post the report this morning. I'll keep it brief...7cm new snow this morning and a nice sunny day. Spring is definitely creeping in with daytime sun getting stronger and all roads are now tar seal, rather than 10cm of ice and the footpaths are also breaking through.   Read more ...

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