Snow and weather reports posted on Thursday 13th December 2018

Furano Now!

Friday 9th March 2018, 7:22am
Weather conditions: Rain
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
The predicted rain front has arrived and it is raining heavily. The rain is expected to continue throughout the day. Moderate winds are whipping around with trees moving quite a bit. The temperature is already +4c and the high for the day will be +12c. Those roads have turned into into steams of water and cars are getting stuck in the slushy snowpack as people try to head off to work. Those who decide to hit the slopes today will fall into the truly dedicated category. The others will head to an onsen of cafe.   Read more ...

Yuzawa Now!

Friday 9th March 2018, 7:42am
Weather conditions: Rain
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Yuzawa.


It was more about the wind during the day yesterday. The wind messed around with an increasing number of ski lifts at different resorts as the day went on.

But by late night the howling winds had calmed down and overnight it was more about the mild conditions and rain. Heavy rain at times. :(

This warmth, wind and rain will inevitably not have been kind to the snow.

And indeed it is very noticeable how much snow has disappeared around my neighbourhood in the last day. You can probably notice the same thing on the webcam image from near the Yuzawa IC today (see below and compare it with a few days ago).

It is actually forecast to get colder as the morning goes on and we hope that this rain might turn into sleet and then snow by tonight and overnight. The best case is that we might get a bit of a fresh layer of snow by tomorrow morning. That is more likely to happen at higher elevations.

Anyway, sorry for brining this somewhat gloomy news this morning.

We might not have any fresh snow, but weather conditions should be more settled from tomorrow into early next week with quite a lot of sunshine forecast. So while the snow conditions may be 'spring', we should be able to enjoy the pleasant spring weather.

All of the ski resorts should be opening this morning.


Updated: Friday 9th March February 2018

Ski resorts in Yuzawa:

Checked and updated every morning. Note that some ski resorts may not have updated their own info at the time this report is published.

GALA Yuzawa
- 290cm

- 170cm

- Kagura area: 330cm
- Mitsumata area: 230cm
- Tashiro area: 280cm

Kandatsu Kogen
- 230cm

- 240cm (base)

NASPA Ski Garden
- 195cm

Yuzawa Kogen
- Top: 220cm
- Base: 140cm

Yuzawa Park
- 160cm

Yuzawa Nakazato
- 145cm


Ski resorts in Minamiuonuma (just to the north of Yuzawa):

Ishiuchi Maruyama
- 190cm

Joetsu Kokusai
- 200cm

Maiko Snow Resort
- Top: 220cm
- Base: 110cm

Muikamachi Hakkaisan
- Closed on Wednesdays until 14th March
- 300cm   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Friday 9th March 2018, 7:54am
Weather conditions: Rain
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
In protest at the horrid wet weather we have now, I am going to stake out my place in a few onsen today.

Though I suspect there's going to be quite a few people thinking the same.

Perhaps as it gets colder we might get to see something like snow by the end of the day and into tomorrow. I sure hope so.

I'll come back in a sunnier mood tomorrow - promise!


Friday 9th March 2018

Fresh snowfall since yesterday (as reported by the resort):

- Yamabiko (1407m): 0cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 0cm
- Hikage (660m): 0cm
- Nagasaka (615m): 0cm
- Karasawa (563m): 0cm

Official snow depth numbers:

- Yamabiko (1407m): 275cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 195cm
- Hikage (660m): 150cm
- Nagasaka (615m): 145cm
- Karasawa (563m): 95cm

Lifts operations:

- All lifts should be open as planned this morning
- The Yunomine pair, Mizunashi triple, Challenge pair and Utopia pair lifts usually rested on weekdays.

The following courses either closed (or not fully available):

- Grand Prix
- Kandahar
   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Friday 9th March 2018, 8:14am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --

And... oh yuck, this is really nasty. Rainy and wet.

Annupuri is reporting 'mizore' (sleet) at higher elevations, but it's definitely raining down here.

Can't help but feel that it somehow seems that 'winter' weather is over, but I would be extremely glad to be wrong on that. And of course I welcome the prospect of a March surprise.

If you are keen on getting out in these conditions, the resorts appear to be opening as normal though gates will be closed.

And we can look forward to some sunny skies tomorrow and it should be a bit colder.


Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6.00am: +5°, snow melting, rain. Moiwa 800m: +4.4°, E4m/s, foggy. Annupuri 1150m: -3°, grooming machines having difficulty. Hirafu peak: +2°, strong winds at midnight, wet snow, snowdrift development. Coastal data: Benkei Cape: NE8m/s. Kamui Cape: light winds, 1003hPa, wave 0.7m.

Warm air with rain is entering the region with the passage of a low pressure system. Above 1000m there is positive temperatures and strong easterly winds. Out of bounds areas are in dangerous condition today and all gates will be closed as an accident prevention measure. Cold air is expected to re-enter the area tonight with a westerly snow wind. Pay attention to the snowfall transition. Accidents occur easily in bad weather. Rain and warm air are able to enter the snowpack through cracks, making full depth avalanches more likely to occur. Also be careful under lift lines and other clear cut areas. Avalanches are a natural occurrence when conditions are right and are only an accident when people are involved.

Although Niseko Rules are not perfect they are based on bitter experiences from the past to protect your freedom to ride safely. The Rules treat everyone fairly and if the gates are open anyone can go out of bounds. You must not force your skills and knowledge on others. You are free to criticise the rules but remember these rules allow your freedom to ride out of bounds. Beacons have never been mandatory. Today is good day to read a book. Have a good one.


Friday 9th March 2018

Resort specific information (operations subject to change):

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Niseko HANAZONO Resort

Lifts scheduled to be operating:
- All lifts should be operating as planned

Official snow depth:
- Top: 515cm
- Base: 220cm

Niseko Annupuri

Lifts scheduled to be operating:
- All lifts should be operating as planned

Official snow depth:
- Top: 450cm
- Base: 240cm

Niseko Village

Lifts scheduled to be operating:
- All lifts should be operating as planned (Country Road Chair lift not operating)

Official snow depth:
- Top: 450cm
- Base: 260cm


Floodlit 'nighta' skiing - until Sunday 18th March

Night skiing is planned for every evening at the Niseko Grand Hirafu, Niseko Village and Niseko Annupuri areas. There is no nighta at the Niseko HANAZONO area. Ski lifts that are scheduled to be operating for nighta are noted below (subject to change):

* Niseko Grand Hirafu - Ace Family quad, Ace Number 2 quad, Hirafu Gondola, Holiday Number 1 pair
* Niseko Annupuri - Jumbo Number 1 quad lift
* Niseko Village - Village Express, Upper Village Gondola, Community Chair   Read more ...

Grandeco Now!

Friday 9th March 2018, 8:22am
Weather conditions: Rain
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Grandeco.

It was raining all night and it is still falling this morning.

It is really hard to say something good today because of this rain and strong winds - perhaps the best thing is that all lifts and courses should be open!

It will be rain until this afternoon and tomorrow should be fair. There is even a bit of snow on the forecast for Sunday afternoon which would be nice. So the weekend will be good for skiing but expect spring conditions.


Lifts operating:

- All lifts operating

Courses open:

- All courses open

Official snow depth:
- 280cm

- Grandeco snow and weather forecast
   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Friday 9th March 2018, 8:23am
Weather conditions: Fog, cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
After a bit of a wild day yesterday with strong winds and lifts being rested, this morning we also have fog and cloud.. and some wet sleet falling - ranging from rain to snow depending on where abouts you are in the region.

There seems to be a chance of some (decent?) snow tonight before clearer weather tomorrow and over the weekend.

That would be very welcome.


Official snow depths numbers reported by different areas of Shiga Kogen:

Please note that these numbers are the official numbers that ski resorts publish and we check and update them each morning.



Ichinose Family

Ichinose Diamond




Okushiga Kogen

Sun Valley

Takamagahara Mammoth



220cm   Read more ...

Madarao Now!

Friday 9th March 2018, 8:23am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Madarao.

Strong winds messed with the ski-jo operations yesterday - the Number 1 lift was rested and people had to get back up to the hotel using a bus from the Number 8 car park. Not the nicest of days, and today isn't particularly friendly either.

I am actually writing this from Matsumoto city and so what I say now is going on info from the resort this morning - and they seem to be saying it is snowing this morning, with a temperature of 5C (?). Interesting. But definitely sounds better than rain for sure.

I'll be back in Madarao later tonight. Looks like the weather should be clearer and sunnier from tomorrow into next week.


Official snow depth:


Operating lifts:

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

Powder Wave I
Powder Wave II
River Line
Powder Theater
Free Ride Park
Adventure Aisle
Crystal Bowl

Kids Park

Planned nighta operations this season:

Every Saturday until 24th March 2018   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Friday 9th March 2018, 8:25am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Morning all.

There was actually a bit of snow to be seen falling yesterday, but this morning it's rain and wet. And it is warm after a particularly warm overnight. It's going to be getting colder as the day goes on and we can hope for some (wet) snow. Come on, let's have it!

From tomorrow the forecast looks more sun than snow as things start to get warm into mid week again.

Repeat after me: spring skiing is fun! ;)


Ski resort information on Friday 9th March 2018 (at time of writing):

Hakuba Happo-one

Operating lifts:
- All lifts appear to be operating

Courses open:
- All areas open as planned

Official snow depth:
- Kurobishi: 390cm
- Usagidaira: 220cm
- Lower: 90cm


Hakuba Goryu

Operating lifts:
- All lifts should be operation as normal today
- The top Alps Number 2/4 pair lifts are scheduled to be open daily until 18th March

Courses open:
- All courses should be open as normal (apart from Adventure)

Official snow depth:
- Top: 360cm
- Toomi: 135cm
- Iimori: 70cm


Hakuba 47

Operating lifts:
- All lifts should be operation as normal today
- Line D usually operates only when the Gondola is not operating

Courses open:
- All main courses should be available

Official snow depth:
- Top: 330cm
- Base: 130cm


Tsugaike Kogen

Operating lifts:
- All lifts should be operating as normal

Courses open:
- All course areas are open

Official snow depth:
- Tsuga-no-mori: 315cm
- Han-no-ki: 305cm
- Maruyama: 110cm
- Shirakaba: 255cm
- Champion: 130cm
- Oya-no-hara: 135cm
- Kane-no-naru-oka: 118cm


Hakuba Cortina

Operating lifts:
- Limited operations

Courses open:
- Limited - check with resort

Official snow depth:
- Top: 280cm
- Base: 160cm


Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field

Operating lifts:
- Limited operations

Official snow depth:
- Top: 190cm
- Base: 100cm


Hakuba Norikura Onsen

Operating lifts:
- All lifts apart from Number 1, 7 and 10 should be operating

Official snow depth:
- 145cm


Hakuba Valley Kashimayari

Operating lifts:
- All lifts apart from 8 and 10 should be operating

Official snow depth:
- 180cm


Hakuba Sanosaka

Operating lifts:
- All three lifts are operating

Official snow depth:
- 130cm


Night time skiing (nighta) at resorts in the region - weather & conditions permitting
The below 'nighta' information will not be updated every day - please check with resorts if you plan to go!

Hakuba Happo-one
Daily from 5pm until 9pm in the Nakiyama 2 area
Adults - 2,000 yen; children - 1,200 yen

Hakuba Goryu
Daily from 6pm until 9:30pm in the Toomi area until 31st March
The Sky Four quad operates daily; the Number 2 pair mostly on Saturdays and holidays
Adults - 1,900 yen; children - 850 yen

Hakuba Cortina
Daily from 5pm until 8pm (until 9pm on Saturdays)
Adults - 1,500 yen; children - 1,000 yen

Tsugaike Kogen
Karamatsu Shirakaba area from 6pm until 9pm on 10th March
Adults - 2,200 yen; children - 1,700 yen

There are no other nighta operations at other ski resorts in the region   Read more ...

Geto Kogen Now!

Friday 9th March 2018, 8:31am
Weather conditions: Rain
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Started off fairly cloudy yesterday with some looming clouds in the distance. They got close enough in the afternoon to start raining on our parade (no parade I don't think, though it definitely did, literally rain. A lot). We saw tops of 11C (hence the rain, not snow) and winds that climbed to 90km/h in the evening.

The rain was heavy overnight, and unfortunately still heavy this morning. Into this afternoon the temps are set to get below zero, alas, the precipitation will have moved on and we're going to see maybe a cm of snow if we're lucky. Headed for tops of 7C in the morning, with the temps dropping in the evening to a top of -4C.

We have lost a bit of cover after last night, though the groomers have been out there as always getting it nice and slick. I believe the banked slalom is coming up soon (Early this coming week), so get practicing and enjoy your Friday.

Though we're not set to see any snow until maybe Monday morning, the sun is out tomorrow and after a good freeze, the snow quality should sharpen up...

Saturday: clear, sunny skies with light winds & tops of 0C
Sunday: sunny with some afternoon snow showers, light winds & tops of 3C
Monday: light snow to clear by the evening, moderate wins & tops of -1C


Official snow depths:

Top: 450cm
Base: 300cm

Night skiing operations have finished for the season.

   Read more ...

Naeba Now!

Friday 9th March 2018, 9:18am
Weather conditions: Rain
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from a very wet Naeba! It's been raining and sleeting for 24 hours now. The air temperature this morning is a relatively cool 1°C, however due to the current rain being brought up in from the south east, this is cool enough to change the precipitation into snow at the base. The forecast indicates that it is in fact snowing at the top of Naeba resort, however due to today being the second day of top lift closures, we have no way to find out just yet. The precipitation is expected to continue for the day, with the wind swinging around to the north west. Winds should remain moderate. The pistes are, of course, sticky and damp, but with cooler weather on the horizon they should begin to firm up a bit.

Looking forwards, we can expect a sunny, clear day tomorrow, with temperatures around 2°C during the day time. There will be little wind. Temperatures will remain around 0°C until approximately Tuesday, when things rapidly warm up to around 11°C again. There will be some precipitation on Sunday, however we must wait to find out if this will fall as rain or snow. There is little to note about the wind this week either.   Read more ...

Minakami Now!

Friday 9th March 2018, 9:56am
Weather conditions: Light rain
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Took an evening out from the mountains and returned around noon yesterday to light, sporadic rain.

Overnight the mountains have seen heavier rain and the river is running through the valley this morning with more light rain and light to moderate winds from the North.

It was 2.5C above zero at 1300m which means our freezing level is somewhere above 1600m.

Grim stuff but temps are forecast to drop and snow to fall this afternoon before clear cool weather over the weekend.

This weekend is a gamble on conditions but best hunt out some Southerly aspects which should soften up in the sun.


Ski resorts in Minakami:

Minakami Hodaigi
Minakami Kogen Fujiwara
Minakami Kogen Ski Resort
Norn Minakami
Okutone Snow Park
Tanigawadake Tenjindaira
Tanigawa Onsen White Valley


Resort Spotlights with more detail:

Norn Minakami
Okutone Snow Park


Please note that the snowfall numbers posted in this report will be observed from close to the base Tenjindaira Ropeway station - which is often much more than in the central town area of Minakami.    Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Friday 9th March 2018, 10:00am
Weather conditions: Fog with snow
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Heavy rains overnight, with some really strong winds that threw shovels all over the yard and really seemed like it would remove roofing panels (we didn’t even light the wood stove).

The heavy rain tapered off this morning, and is now turning to snow. Which is much more pleasant - and needed; note the continuing loss of snowpack.

Off to the Yama no Kami (Mountain God) event, where we will all be doing our best to plead for a little less exciting weather. Oh, and expect those positive temperatures to go negative as the freezing line comes down the mountain; it’s already given us a good, thick fog as the air cools.


Akakura Kanko:
260 cm, 4°

Akakura Onsen:
305cm, 1°

Ikenotaira Onsen:
235cm, 3°

Myoko Suginohara:
170cm, 1°

Seki Onsen:
400 cm, 2° (yesterday’s report)

Myoko Ski Park:
220 cm, 5°

Kyukamura RunRun:
250 cm, 5°

Lotte Arai Resort:
448cm, 7.6°; everything except Sanroku 1st and 2nd lifts are closed, some in preparation, with only the Myoko Long Lower Run open; see website for updates

Tangram Ski Circus:
190 cm, 3°

Madarao Kogen:
190 cm, 0°

Kurohime Kogen Snow Park:
150cm, 5°    Read more ...

Zao Now!

Friday 9th March 2018, 11:01am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Zao.

I'm afraid it's rain today. Rather wet and not very appealing.

Looks like the Paradise Number 3 lift and Diamond Number 2 lifts are currently on hold - with all others moving as planned.

Still got fingers crossed for a little snow - particularly higher up - before tomorrow. It does look like the clouds are going to clear up and the sun will be with us from tomorrow. Keeping chilly on Saturday but gradually warming up again early week. Not much chance of snow by the looks...


Lifts and course info:

- Most lifts moving as planned
- All areas open as planned
- Note: the Karamatsu pair lift has now closed for the season

Official snow depths:

- Summit area: 200cm
- Paradise area: 220cm
- Chuo area: 220cm
- Utopia area: 200cm
- Uwanodai area: 150cm
- Oomori area: 140cm


Zao Onsen forecast:

Zao Onsen 6-day snow and weather forecast

Floodlit night skiing is planned as follows:

In the Uwanodai area:
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only until Sunday 18th March 2018

In the Yokokura area:
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only until Sunday 11th March 2018

Night time 'light up' sightseeing ropeway is planned for the following dates:
Now finished for the season   Read more ...

Appi Kogen Now!

Friday 9th March 2018, 11:38am
Weather conditions: Cloudy and raining
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Appi,

Spring has officially arrived here with quite the rain showers yesterday and today. The temperature has risen sharply and is now 9 degrees on my thermometer. We’ll see rain most of the day here variable westerly winds.

The weekend will hopefully bring another freeze to make the weekend at least semi pleasurable. Now that it’s March we’re going to have some fairly wide temperature swings and next week promises anything from -6 to plus 10 degrees.

The slopes are, well... they’re wet. You can expect a fair amount of thick, slushy wet snow out there today and for that matter most of next week too.

Lets face it though after the amount of great snow we’ve had this year it’s still not a bad way to end.


We will endeavour to keep the reports updated regularly until the end of the season at Appi (though it won't be daily).


Planned lift operations (subject to change):

- APPI Gondola
- Central quad
- Central number 2 lift
- Central number 3 lift A
- Central number 5 lift
- Central number 6 lift
- Sailer quad
- Nishimori pair

Note: The Sailer Gondola, Central Number 4 lift and Vista quad are usually rested on normal weekdays


Official snow depth:

310cm   Read more ...

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13th Dec, 15:15pm
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13th Dec, 9:40
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13th Dec, 9:10
Madarao Now
13th Dec, 9:10
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13th Dec, 9:07am
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13th Dec, 8:56
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13th Dec, 8:55
Minakami Now
13th Dec, 8:48
Naeba Now
13th Dec, 8:41
Hakuba Now
13th Dec, 8:32
Furano Now
13th Dec, 7:59
Geto Kogen Now
13th Dec, 7:44
Yuzawa Now
13th Dec, 7:40
Grandeco Now
23rd Nov, 11:11am