Snow and weather reports posted on Friday 18th May 2018

Naeba Now!

Saturday 11th March 2017, 7:55am
Weather conditions: Cloudy in some places, blue skies in others.
New snowfall: 7cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Naeba everybody.

Today is looking like it could go either way. There is a fair amount of cloud around and some snow still falling, however, in some parts of the sky blue skies and sunshine are showing through.

As of yesterday, we have another 7cm of snow so there should be some powder to be smashed during the morning.

For this coming week, we are expecting snow most days with mostly clear weather on Sunday. There is, unfortunately, some rain forecast for Monday, however, this should become snow later on in the night so don't worry! At the moment it seems that Wednesday will experience the best snow so get those powder planks ready.

Destructive!   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Saturday 11th March 2017, 8:30am
Weather conditions: Blue skies and sunshine
New snowfall: 2cm
Snow depth: --
Morning everyone - another weekend!

I have 2cm of fresh snowfall to report to you this morning on the ground here at base.

It's a beautiful crisp morning.

The clouds have for the most part disappeared, though Mt Yotei appears to be wearing a white cloud beanie early on (and looking rather charming for it too).

But it's mainly lovely blue skies all around and bright sunshine.

A beautiful morning.

All areas ready to go. Who wouldn't want to be out there skiing or snowboarding this morning.


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 appear to be opening as planned at the start of the day.


Official resort snow depths as of Saturday 11th March 2017:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 355cm
Base - 150cm

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 ...

Madarao Now!

Saturday 11th March 2017, 8:37am
Weather conditions: Blue sky, cloud
New snowfall: 18cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Madarao and what a great start to the weekend.

Fresh snow (20cm being reported by the resort, 18cm measured by me) on the ground and a mix of blue sky, sun and cloud at the time of writing.


It's perhaps not the driest of peak season snow quality, but we are approaching mid-March! (I feel bad even kind of mentioning that). ;)

That's about it really. Should be a great morning and tomorrow fine weather is forecast again.

AND... there's snow on them there forecasts mid week.


Madarao Kogen plans to be open until Sunday 2nd April. I want it to keep open longer!


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

- Number 1 lift
- Number 2 quad lift
- Number 3A 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
- Snow Mobile Land

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:

- 300cm   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Saturday 11th March 2017, 8:38am
Weather conditions: Blue sky, sunshine, cloud
New snowfall: 1cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning to you all from here in Hakuba.

Fabulous day on the slopes yesterday with that good layer of fresh snow to play in, and I am hearing some excited reports from people going backcountry... talk of up to 60cm out there.

Very nice!

This morning just a bit more snow being reported from mostly upper resort areas, just a bit outside here.

Still conditions should remain very nice for the start of the weekend and while there is still quite a bit of cloud around there's an increasing amount of blue sky and the sun is out. Less cloud as the morning goes on I reckon and it is going to be a fine day and importantly not like it is going to warm up too much.

More fine sunny weather is on the forecast for tomorrow though it will be getting a bit warmer.

Just check out the forecast too... some good potential around mid-week.

Have a fun Saturday wherever you may be.


Resort news as of 8:40am on Saturday 11th 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 0cm of fresh snowfall since yesterday evening, 5cm during the day yesterday.
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 10cm of fresh snowfall on upper slopes.
The resort appears to be opening as planned this morning.
Official snow depth
Alps: 330cm
Toomi: 170cm
Iimori: 120cm

Hakuba Happo-one:
Hakuba Happo-one is reporting 2cm of fresh snowfall (Riesen quad top).
The resort appears to be opening as planned this morning.
Official snow depth:
Usagidaira: 280cm
Kurobishi: 360cm
Lower: 160cm

Tsugaike Kogen:
The resort appears to be opening as planned this morning.
Official snow depth:
Tsuga-no-mori: 385cm
Han-no-ki: 380cm
Maruyama: 175cm
Oya-no-hara: 150cm
Kane-no-naru-oka: 150cm

Hakuba Cortina:
Hakuba Cortina is reporting 5-15cm of fresh snowfall.
The resort appears to be opening as planned this morning.
Official snow depth:
Top: 380cm
Base: 252cm

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 ...

Grandeco Now!

Saturday 11th March 2017, 8:48am
Weather conditions: Clear blue skies
New snowfall: 15cm
Snow depth: --
Amazing blue skies around Grandeco this morning.

It was fair in the morning yesterday but it change to snow in the afternoon until evening. In the end there is a 15cm of new snow at base this morning making for a very good start to the weekend.

This weekend should will be fair occasionally cloudy. All together, 59cm of new snow has fallen in Grandeco over these last four days though it looks like we might have to wait until around Thursday for the next lot.

For those of you visiting for the rainbow weekend event - have fun! Lots of cosplay going on here at the moment!


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 ...

Myoko Now!

Saturday 11th March 2017, 8:49am
Weather conditions: The sun's out at the moment, but lots of clouds
New snowfall: 18cm
Snow depth: --
Powder! Yes, that March snow has come again, just when a lot of people have left the country (and the Japanese start getting distracted by the cherry blossoms starting to come up from the south and west. It's not spring yet!).

A good fall overnight of pretty wet snow, we have to say, but it's going to be good up there.

It's hard to believe we're really in the last three weeks for the ski areas...


Akakura Kanko:
370cm, -4°

Akakura Onsen:
390cm, -3°

Ikenotaira Onsen:
280cm, 1°

Myoko Suginohara:
280cm, -8°

Seki Onsen:
500cm, -5°

Myoko Ski Park:
330cm, 0°

Kyukamura RunRun:
330cm, -3°

Tangram Ski Circus:
240cm, -2°

Madarao Kogen:
300cm, -5°

   Read more ...

Yuzawa Now!

Saturday 11th March 2017, 8:55am
Weather conditions: Snow clouds
New snowfall: 6cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Yuzawa.

And after a day of part fine / part cloud yesterday, it was snowing (rather wet snow) in the evening and overnight.

Here's how much fresh snow resorts are reporting this morning:

Kagura (main): 20cm
Kagura (Mitsumata): 10cm
Kagura (Tashiro): 15cm
Maiko Snow Resort: 10-15cm

Not as much as that on the ground in town - we are measuring 6cm - but it is snowing still now. It's not expected to continue much longer though with something of a clear up of conditions forecast by this afternoon.

Tomorrow should be fine and sunny and getting slightly milder again.

We can look forward to more snow next week though probably around Wednesday and Thursday. Let's keep the regular top-ups going...


Official snow depth information as of Saturday 11th March 2017

GALA Yuzawa
Official snow depth: 360cm

Ishiuchi Maruyama
Official snow depth: 260cm

Official snow depth: 200cm

Joetsu Kokusai
Official snow depth: 260cm

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

Kandatsu Kogen
Official snow depth: 300cm

Maiko Snow Resort
Official snow depth: Upper - 300cm; Base - 150cm

Muikamachi Hakkaisan
Official snow depth: 340cm

Official snow depth: 260cm

NASPA Ski Garden
Official snow depth: 235cm

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

Yuzawa Park
Official snow depth: 170cm

Yuzawa Nakazato
Official snow depth: 170cm


Planned 'Nighta' operations (floodlit night skiing)

** Subject to change due to snow and weather conditions

Ishiuchi Maruyama
Daily until 19th March 2017

Daily until 20th March 2017

Joetsu Kokusai
Daily until 20th March 2017

Kandatsu Kogen
'Hobo All Night' ('Almost All Night' from 6pm-4am) is on Fridays, Saturdays and nights before holidays until 1st April 2017. Spring nighta (6pm-10pm) on Saturdays and nighta before holidays from 7th April until 22nd April

Maiko Snow Resort
Daily until 19th March 2017

Daily until 26th March 2017


Planned season closing dates

** This information is subject to change due to snow and weather conditions. We will be checking and updating these dates as more information becomes available.

Sunday 26th March:
- Muikamachi Hakkai-san

Sunday 2nd April:
- Ishiuchi Maruyama
- Yuzawa Kogen
- Yuzawa Nakazato
- Yuzawa Park

Sunday 9th April:
- Iwappara
- Joetsu Kokusai
- Maiko Snow Resort
- NASPA Ski Garden

Sunday 7th May:
- GALA Yuzawa
- Kagura (Tashiro)
- Kandatsu Kogen
- Naeba (daily until 2nd April; weekends only 3rd-28th April; daily from 29th April)

Sunday 28th May:
- Kagura area (via Mitsumata)   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Saturday 11th March 2017, 9:10am
Weather conditions: Lots of cloud around some blue sky
New snowfall: 16cm
Snow depth: --
Hello from Nozawa on this Saturday morning.

And it's a good start to the weekend. Up to 10cm of snowfall on mountain yesterday morning and some more overnight gives us 10-30cm across the mountain since my report yesterday and I am measuring 16cm here near base.

It means that there's a good refresh from base up to top and there should be lots of fresh snow to play in especially at higher elevations this morning. It's keeping pretty cold up there too which is all good.

As you might notice from the images below, as of 9am it's a mix of conditions. Poor visibility and light snow still falling up top, and some clearing clouds and sunshine lower down. The forecast is for clearer weather so I expect things to go that way during the day today - with sunny clear skies expected from early morning tomorrow.

Snow is forecast in the coming week too, so another refresh is on the way.

Less people around too now that we are approaching March. Perhaps they don't know what they are missing!


Saturday 11th March 2017

Fresh snow reported by resort since yesterday morning:
- Yamabiko: 30cm
- Uenotaira: 20cm
- Hikage: 14cm
- Nagasaka: 19cm
- Karasawa: 10cm

Official snow depths:
- Yamabiko: 390cm
- Uenotaira: 300cm
- Hikage: 170cm
- Nagasaka: 165cm
- Karasawa: 120cm

Lifts operations:
- All lifts operating

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

Shiga Kogen Now!

Saturday 11th March 2017, 9:10am
Weather conditions: Mix of grey cloud, white cloud, blue sky and sun
New snowfall: 8cm
Snow depth: --

Really cold overnight last night and a cold start to the day.

Another close on 10cm of fresh to report this morning but right now the sun is out and it is clearing up to be a fine day. Nice start to the weekend for sure.

A bit of a blowy wind but not enough to cause any issues.

Tomorrow is set to be fine too -- the next snow is due sometime mid-week.

For now though, conditions are very good for the weekend. Come and join us!


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)

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

Zao Now!

Saturday 11th March 2017, 10:25am
Weather conditions: Fine, some cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Zao.

There's a mix of blue sky and cloud this morning with the sun breaking through the cloud at times. A fine morning.

Fine weather conditions are what are forecast for the weekend, with a chance of some snowfall in the first part of the coming week.

More people around this morning than on weekdays of course, but not nearly as many as in January and February.


Lift news:

Closed for the season:
- Paradise Number 3 pair
- Karamatsu pair

All other lifts operating as normal

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 ...

Appi Kogen Now!

Saturday 11th March 2017, 11:29am
Weather conditions: Partly cloudy skies
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: --
Appi Saturday,

Sunny skies with the clouds rolling in and a temperature of -1 outside. We did get more snow yesterday but not enough to be significant. Today the clouds should be on and off again all day and with the winds being relatively light it should be a fun start to the weekend.

Tomorrow should be equally nice with no snow forecast and a temperature of around -4 on the slopes. Looking ahead for next week we may see a deluge of snow coming our way on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning. It’s promising nearly 50cm of snow - I hope you’re as excited as I am about that!

All the runs are open and in good shape too.

Get out there and have some fun before it all ends.


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:



Appi plans to be opening until Sunday 7th May this season   Read more ...

Furano Now!

Saturday 11th March 2017, 11:44am
Weather conditions: Clear
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
It is a wintery start to the day with -10c in the village but daytime temperatures will rise to around 0c. It is full sunshine and nice clear skies with only the odd cloud floating about. There has been a dusting of snow overnight, but not enough to make one centimetre. The resort itself did receive some accumulation which is nice and powdery due to the cold overnight temperatures.

The outlook for tomorrow is sunshine and calm conditions. Enjoy the spring conditions...   Read more ...

Minakami Now!

Saturday 11th March 2017, 18:09pm
Weather conditions: Cloudy with occasional snow flurries
New snowfall: 15cm
Snow depth: --
Excellent day up at Tenjin with enough snowfall overnight to completely refresh everything.

On-piste the recorded snowfall wasn't all that much but we were cutting tracks at least 20cm deep.

The weather stayed cool with either snow or clouds all day. The cat track was shut due to avalanche risk so tomorrow should be good too.

Next snowfall due on Monday and then some significant snow due on Wednesday and Thursday.

Definitely one of the best starts to March I've seen in years.


Fresh snowfall:

15cm Tenjin
0cm Hodaigi
0cm Okutone

Temps at 10:45am

Official snow depth:

420cm 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