Snow and weather reports posted on Friday 18th May 2018

Yuzawa Now!

Friday 10th March 2017, 8:15am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 2cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Yuzawa.

It's snowing again!

First of all back to yesterday, and it was a lovely morning with the skies clouding over and getting overcast by around midday.

And this morning the snow is falling - just 2cm at our measuring point as of 8:20am but for the moment it is coming down nicely - let's hope it continues. It's not particularly cold, currently just slightly above zero, though it shouldn't warm up too much during the day. Not as much as yesterday, perhaps a high of around 3C in town.

Kagura are reporting 5-10cm of fresh snow and our guy in Naeba posted 7cm on the report, so it looks like we can expect around that might at higher elevations. And hopefully more come the end of today.

Snow clouds still might be hanging around tomorrow (yesterday the forecast was saying clearer weather), so let's see if they can stick around. Clearer weather is still forecast by Sunday.


Official snow depth information as of Friday 10th 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: 250cm

Official snow depth: 190cm

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 ...

Naeba Now!

Friday 10th March 2017, 8:16am
Weather conditions: Overcast and a little snow
New snowfall: 7cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Naeba everyone.

Good news, it's a powder day. 7cm of fresh snow overnight means that whilst we won't be swimming in it today there should be some excellent skiing for the morning.

Looking on we are still expecting snow every day except Sunday. Low wind and clear weather on Sunday means that this day should be an excellent groomer day. After this, we see a return to snow with potentially a big storm rolling in on Wednesday night. Stay posted!

Fabulous!   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Friday 10th March 2017, 8:47am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 20cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Hakuba.

More snow!

Here's what resorts are reporting:

Hakuba 47: 10-30cm
Hakuba Goryu: 10-15cm
Hakuba Happo-one: 20-30cm
Hakuba Cortina: 5-10cm

And we are measuring a healthy 20cm. Not bad at all!

It's great to see official snow depth numbers actually going up rather than down as well. Tsugaike Kogen is approaching 4m once again! Nice.

March is often thought of as a bit of a risk compared with January and February, but as we are seeing now it can also bring the goods. With the bonus of things being generally less busy too. So longer untouched time! If you are lucky with your timing, you can really hit the spot with a March visit. Of course, it's easy for a local to say that (I'm not bragging, honest!) :)

Enjoy yourselves and take care. Expecting clearer skies over the weekend.


Resort news as of 8:45am on Friday 10th 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 10-20-30cm (!) of fresh snowfall since yesterday evening.
The resort appears to be opening as planned this morning.
Official snow depth
Upper: 340cm
Base: 180cm

Hakuba Goryu:
Hakuba Goryu is reporting up to 10-15cm of fresh snowfall.
The resort appears to be opening as planned this morning.
Official snow depth
Alps: 325cm
Toomi: 170cm
Iimori: 120cm

Hakuba Happo-one:
Hakuba Happo-one is reporting 20cm of fresh snowfall (Riesen quad top). And groomers are reporting 30cm.
The resort appears to be opening as planned this morning apart from top lifts affected by wind.
Official snow depth:
Usagidaira: 285cm
Kurobishi: 350cm
Lower: 160cm

Tsugaike Kogen:
The resort appears to be opening as planned this morning.
Official snow depth:
Tsuga-no-mori: 395cm
Han-no-ki: 380cm
Maruyama: 175cm
Oya-no-hara: 150cm
Kane-no-naru-oka: 150cm

Hakuba Cortina:
Hakuba Cortina is reporting 5-10cm of fresh snowfall.
The resort appears to be opening as planned this morning.
Official snow depth:
Top: 375cm
Base: 240cm

Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field:
Official snow depth:
Top: 240cm
Base: 120cm

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 ...

Niseko Now!

Friday 10th March 2017, 8:48am
Weather conditions: Cloudy, light snow at times
New snowfall: 13cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Niseko.

There's another nice top-up of 13cm this morning. Less people around than peak season also means that fresh snow gets to remain untouched for a bit longer, which is always a bonus for the people here outside of the main peak months.

It is not quite as cold this morning but still -3C at 8:30am and temperatures shouldn't venture above zero during the day. The forecast is for a mix of snow/cloud for the day and over the last hour or so it has been snowing on and off.

Tomorrow is likely going to be a bit milder still and there's not much sign of snow on the forecast through into at least mid-week.

Still, we've had good period of regular fresh snowfall over the last four days or so along with some very nice conditions on the mountain. Hope that some of you are here to enjoy it.

And for those reading this report sometime in the future as an 'archive' (hi!!)... see how sometimes March can offer better conditions than in early February?

'Muzukashii desu ne!'

Let's hope there's further refreshes coming after the upcoming finer spell of clearer weather. In the meantime, let's enjoying!


Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base: -5℃, 10cm snowfall. Moiwa 800m; -8℃, 15cm snowfall with snowdrifts. Annupuri 1150m: -11℃, W10m/s, 20cm, 230cm snowpack. Hirafu 1250m: -12℃, 20cm snowfall. With snowdrifts. Sea of Japan Kamui cape lighthouse: light breeze, 1003hPa, 0.6m. Benkei cape: WSW4m/s.

The wind is calm and the mountain is blanketed with light snow. The snowdrifts that developed yesterday have stabilized and will form March 10th layer in the future snowpack. Looking at observations, the general avalanche risk is low except for the south facing steep/cliff slopes. South facing aspects are highly affected by the sun and slabs are more likely to form in there, which could trigger deeper layer slides. Please be careful and do not step into restricted areas. All gates are scheduled to open. The snow condition is very good on and off-piste. Please abide by all Rules and have a safe day. Most accidents can be avoided by being prudent and making conservative decisions.

The avalanche information will pause for a while due to mechanical trouble.

Please respect and follow the ski patrol’s decisions.


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

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Niseko HANAZONO Resort
Niseko Village
Niseko Annupuri
The Annupuri Gondola is undergoing some kind of maintenance and will be delayed opening - perhaps by about 2 hours.
Otherwise, resorts appear to be opening as planned at the start of the day.


Official resort snow depths as of Friday 10th March 2017:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 370cm
Base - 160cm

Niseko Village
Top - 315cm
Base - 140cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 315cm
Base - 170cm


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 ...

Furano Now!

Friday 10th March 2017, 8:50am
Weather conditions: Mostly cloudy
New snowfall: 3cm
Snow depth: --
It looks like another nice day with light grey skies and plenty of sun beaming down on the resort. We have received 3cm of new snow overnight.   Read more ...

Grandeco Now!

Friday 10th March 2017, 8:57am
Weather conditions: Fine blue skies, some thin cloud
New snowfall: 20cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Grandeco. And it's beautiful blue skies this morning.

Better still...20cm of fresh snow!

The whole village is covered with a blanket of fresh white snow.

Snow stopped falling early this morning and there are now many snowplough trucks starting to get to work everywhere.

All together, 44cm of new snow has fallen in Grandeco over these three days, so a very nice early March shaping up.

The courses are perfectly groomed and the Gondola start it's day from 8:25.

Time to ski!

Or snowboard!


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: snow   Read more ...

Madarao Now!

Friday 10th March 2017, 9:12am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 6cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Madarao.

It's snowing again... started from early morning and actually coming down at quite a speed just now and there's 6cm on the ground now.

We're expecting clearer skies over the region at the weekend, so we'd like as much snow falling from the skies as possible today. Come on!

Hard to believe that come Sunday we have just three weeks left in the snow season here at Madarao. How can time go so quickly. When you're having so much fun, I suppose. It's not fair though! I want a longer winter season.

Poor visibility outside at the time of writing and rather chilly.


Madarao Kogen plans to be open until Sunday 2nd April


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 ...

Appi Kogen Now!

Friday 10th March 2017, 9:20am
Weather conditions: Cloud with light snow
New snowfall: 10cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Appi,

Cloudy skies some very light snow falling and -3 outside right now. Yesterday brought some more snow and we're expecting another 10cm today. Not too bad for March considering this time last year we were nearly closed !!!

The weekend should bring some sunshine and light winds making it another picture perfect couple of days on the mountain.

As far as the snow forecast goes we might not see any until late Monday or Tuesday. Relatively stable weather conditions most of the week ahead with temperatures still firmly in the negative zone.


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 Number 2
Vista quad


Official snow depth:

210cm   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Friday 10th March 2017, 9:26am
Weather conditions: Fog, cloud
New snowfall: 3cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Zao.

Can't see much of anything outside at the moment as we seem to be completely covered in cloud.

Care needed, be sure you know where you are going this morning.

There's a chance of a bit more snow today but the skies should be clearer over the weekend - and more snow back on the forecast for later Monday into Tuesday and more later in the week so regular top-ups looking likely.


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 ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Friday 10th March 2017, 9:26am
Weather conditions: Generally cloudy with...
New snowfall: 2cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Shiga Kogen.

Very light snow currently falling here in the Maruike area of Shiga Kogen though visibility is pretty decent.

Fine weather is expected for the coming weekend and into early next week though there's more snow there on the forecasts next week. There's more refreshes on the way!


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 ...

Myoko Now!

Friday 10th March 2017, 9:29am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 15cm
Snow depth: --
The official snow report from Niigata has regained our trust and support today. It predicted 15cm, and as of earlier this morning there was 13cm and still falling (so I'm going to say 15cm, just to acknowledge them). It is nice snow, too: fluffy big flakes falling very nicely.

Just got a radio call from the top of the mountain, where it sounds even better.

Probably want to keep an eye out for sluffing if the snow continues to fall at a heavy rate.

On-piste it should be great today. Wish I wasn't stuck at the desk....


Akakura Kanko:
370cm, -4°

Akakura Onsen:
375cm, -3°

Ikenotaira Onsen:
280cm, -1°

Myoko Suginohara:
270cm, -6°

Seki Onsen:
500cm, -5°

Myoko Ski Park:
320cm, 0°

Kyukamura RunRun:
330cm, -1°

Tangram Ski Circus:
240cm, -4°

Madarao Kogen:
280cm, -4°

   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Friday 10th March 2017, 9:34am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 2cm
Snow depth: --
[** Todays report was written at 8:15am, apologies for the delay in it appearing]

Good morning from Nozawa.

Some more snow this morning with 6-8cm being reported up top and just a few cm down here at base so far.

It is snowing this morning though and there's a decent chance there'll be more numbers to report tomorrow morning; though clearer weather is generally forecast for the weekend once these clouds disperse...


I was just looking back at some of my reports from last year.

Check out the official snow depths on this day last year:

Yamabiko: 140cm
Uenotaira: 75cm
Hikage: 50cm
Nagasaka: 30cm
Karasawa: 10cm


That's some big difference with what we have at the moment - today Yamabiko is on 380cm and Karasawa on 120cm!



Friday 10th March 2017

Fresh snow reported by resort since yesterday morning:
- Yamabiko: 6cm
- Uenotaira: 8cm
- Hikage: 0cm
- Nagasaka: 2cm
- Karasawa: 0cm

Official snow depths:
- Yamabiko: 380cm
- Uenotaira: 290cm
- Hikage: 170cm
- 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 West   Read more ...

Minakami Now!

Friday 10th March 2017, 10:24am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: --
Technical difficulties mean a couple of days of missed reports during which Tenjin received 40cm plus of fresh snow.

It has been winter temps all week, plenty of snow and it's falling again moderately here now. The forecast is for this to continue all day, the snowfall is supposed to intensify this evening and continue throughout Saturday before clearing Sunday. Going out further we have snow expected on Monday and Wednesday too.

This weekend we have the local Yubiso snow festival in the park down the road. It's geared towards kids and this year the snow sculptures are a giant Anpanman, a penguin and some creature from Pokemon plus a really cool slide.


Fresh snowfall:

5cm Tenjin
0cm Hodaigi
0cm Okutone

Temps at 10am

Official snow depth:

410cm Tenjin
260cm Hodaigi
260cm 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 ...

SnowJapan Daily 'Now' reports

Yuzawa Now
20th May, 18:25pm
Niseko Now
06th May, 9:21am
Furano Now
06th May, 9:04am
Hakuba Now
06th May, 9:02
Nozawa Onsen Now
06th May, 8:41
Shiga Kogen Now
06th May, 8:35
Myoko Now
06th May, 8:35am
Zao Now
06th May, 8:30am
Grandeco Now
06th May, 8:29am
Naeba Now
06th May, 8:28am
Minakami Now
06th May, 8:27am
Appi Kogen Now
06th May, 8:04
Geto Kogen Now
06th May, 8:01
Madarao Now
05th May, 19:10pm