Snow and weather reports posted on Thursday 26th April 2018

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Sunday 12th March 2017, 8:06am
Weather conditions: Sunny, some thin cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
A very fine day was had by myself and the people I was wish yesterday. Oh yes indeed.

This morning there's some thin cloud around but generally the sun is out and it is fine and bright.

Yamabiko reporting a temperature of -9C at 7am this morning so it's still pretty cold up there. Less so down at base, currently hovering around zero and likely to warm up to around +4C later on in the day.

Tomorrow should bring us clear skies and mild conditions, but there's still snow on the forecast for after that.

Have a fun Sunday.


Sunday 12th March 2017

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

Official snow depths:
- Yamabiko: 390cm
- Uenotaira: 300cm
- Hikage: 165cm
- Nagasaka: 160cm
- Karasawa: 115cm

Lifts operations:
- All lifts operating

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

Niseko Now!

Sunday 12th March 2017, 8:06am
Weather conditions: Fine and sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning.

And today it will be a short report.

After a fine morning yesterday with a bit more cloud coming in during the afternoon, there's no fresh snow to report and there are clear and sunny blue skies above us this morning. Mt Yotei is beanie-less. A chilly start but temperatures will probably rise to low positive numbers later on.

And with that, I am going to head out for first lifts!


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 Sunday 12th March 2017:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 350cm
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 ...

Yuzawa Now!

Sunday 12th March 2017, 8:21am
Weather conditions: Fine and sunny in an overcast/thin cloud kind of way!
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Yuzawa.

The snow yesterday morning didn't last long and there's no fresh snow to report this morning.

The sun is out this morning, though it's a kind of hazy-overcast-y kind of fine featuring thin cloud rather than deep blue clear skies. See the images below to get an idea!

The forecast for tomorrow is fine weather again and a rise in temperatures further than we should see today (perhaps closing in on double digit numbers).

But don't worry, it still seems that we are going to get more snow mid-week. Just how much, we'll have to wait and see.

In the meantime it should be a fun few days of spring-like conditions.


If you suffer from hay fever, might be a good idea to cover your face up - some locals beginning to get the sneezes and itchy eyes. It always feels strange when there is still so much snow around!


Just in case you have not noticed yet, we have added 'planned closing dates' for resorts in the region on the report below. We'll be checking and updating that a few times a week.

It hard to believe that Muikamachi Hakkaisan will only be open for another two weeks - that resort always seems to close way too early! - but then we can feel better by remembering that Kagura plans to be open until late May!


Official snow depth information as of Sunday 12th March 2017

GALA Yuzawa
Official snow depth: 380cm

Ishiuchi Maruyama
Official snow depth: 250cm

Official snow depth: 190cm

Joetsu Kokusai
Official snow depth: 250cm

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

Kandatsu Kogen
Official snow depth: 295cm

Maiko Snow Resort
Official snow depth: Upper - 290cm; Base - 140cm

Muikamachi Hakkaisan
Official snow depth: 340cm

Official snow depth: 260cm

NASPA Ski Garden
Official snow depth: 230cm

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 ...

Myoko Now!

Sunday 12th March 2017, 8:35am
Weather conditions: Clear, but with thin cloud cover
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
The sun is out, and it looks like a nice day out there.

Thin, high clouds cover the sky, but not enough to obscure the sun.

Not as warm as early forecasts predicted (that freezing line is staying lower than it has on some of these cycles), so it could be a great day on or off that piste.

Not much more to say, except that I'm heading out myself....


Akakura Kanko:
380cm, -5°

Akakura Onsen:
390cm, -4°

Ikenotaira Onsen:
280cm, -4°

Myoko Suginohara:
270cm, -11°

Seki Onsen:
500cm, -5°

Myoko Ski Park:
300cm, 0° (I think we have two different people measuring here; how could they lose 30cm yesterday?)

Kyukamura RunRun:
330cm, -2°

Tangram Ski Circus:
240cm, -2°

Madarao Kogen:
300cm, -4°

   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Sunday 12th March 2017, 8:37am
Weather conditions: Some blue sky, lots of overcast cloud, bright
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Hakuba.

Lovely day yesterday. Mix of blue sky, sunshine and cloud; not much wind; and while not much fresh snow, decent conditions from the snow the previous day. Anyway, a very nice start to the weekend.

This morning it was a cold start and while we can see some blue sky, it's a more overcast feel to the start to the day. The sun is out and it's bright, just lots of thin cloud up there. The forecast is for good weather today though so we can expect to see lots of the sun and fairly mild conditions by this afternoon. And perhaps tomorrow too, getting slightly warmer still.

The forecast still shows snow for around mid-week so that is something to keep an eye on.

For now though, have a good Sunday.


Resort news as of 8:30am on Sunday 12th 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.
The resort appears to be opening as planned this morning.
Official snow depth
Upper: 335cm
Base: 175cm

Hakuba Goryu:
Hakuba Goryu is reporting 0cm 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 0cm of fresh snowfall (Riesen quad top).
The resort appears to be opening as planned this morning.
Official snow depth:
Usagidaira: 280cm
Kurobishi: 355cm
Lower: 160cm

Tsugaike Kogen:
The resort appears to be opening as planned this morning.
Official snow depth:
Tsuga-no-mori: 380cm
Han-no-ki: 375cm
Maruyama: 170cm
Oya-no-hara: 145cm
Kane-no-naru-oka: 145cm

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: 245cm

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

Hakuba Norikura Onsen:
Official snow depth:
Top: 190cm

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 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.    Read more ...

Madarao Now!

Sunday 12th March 2017, 8:52am
Weather conditions: Thin, high cloud; sun
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Madarao.

The sun is out, though there's a lot of thin, high cloud up there. It looks like it will be a day of spring-like fine weather - and perhaps tomorrow too, just a little warmer.

Things should be getting colder around Tuesday though with snow due once again. Let's keep an eye on that and see what happens.


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
- 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 ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Sunday 12th March 2017, 8:55am
Weather conditions: Sunny, overcast thin cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Hello from Shiga Kogen.

The sun is out this morning. It's not vivid blue skies though; there's thin cloud up there so looks overcast. Still pretty cold though at the start of the day anyway... there was actually a bit of light snow at times and in places around the region yesterday. Only very slight though.

Still, we're continuing to do well as we approach the middle of March - and there's more snowfall due this coming week for a nice top-up.


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!

Sunday 12th March 2017, 9:02am
Weather conditions: Cloud and blue sky
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
It was -4C when I got up and around -1C now and will probably end up being a rather mild day here in Zao. Still, the resort is reporting -10C at the summit as of 9am.

No fresh snow to report and a mix of cloud and blue sky.

The forecast shows promise for snowfall around Wednesday, something to look forward to.

Tonight I believe is the last day for nighta on the Yokokura area... the remaining nighta at the resort is in the Uwanodai area, this coming Friday through until Monday next week.


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 ...

Grandeco Now!

Sunday 12th March 2017, 9:09am
Weather conditions: Fair clear blue skies
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Grandeco.

The stars were out last night - as well as lots of dancers in the ski centre restaurant! - and there is no fresh snowfall to report.

It is a chilly but calm morning. Snow conditions are very soft so shouldn't hurt if you fall down!

All courses except Lavender A are perfectly groomed and ready and waiting to get tracked up by eager skiers and boarders.

It is also a good day to hike up to Mt. Nishidaiten with snowshoes. To hike up to the mountain, please buy 4 single tickets to get on the gondola and No.4 lift.

Enjoy your Sunday!


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: icy in parts
Goshukinuma through Grandeco: icy in parts   Read more ...

Naeba Now!

Sunday 12th March 2017, 10:38am
Weather conditions: Almost perfect blue skies
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Naeba everybody.

Things are looking absolutely fantastic here today. Hardly a cloud in the sky and brilliant sun means we have perfect conditions to get out and enjoy the mountain.

The weather forecast is currently predicting rain tomorrow afternoon which will then turn into snow later on. From then on there is snow predicted every day.

Spanking!   Read more ...

Appi Kogen Now!

Sunday 12th March 2017, 12:16pm
Weather conditions: Partly cloudy skies - more forecast later
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Hello from Appi,

Another beautiful day here at Appi with the sun showing its face and light winds. The next few days should be relatively sunny too but on Tuesday we can see the clouds rolling in and we are still expecting a relatively heavy snowfall amount coming our way starting on Tuesday night and into Wednesday. It certainly looks promising.

The mountain is in great shape still and all runs are open for fun. Although the crowds are thinning out somewhat the resort is still in full bloom and by the looks of things we are going to be open through till the first week in May if we don’t see a wild swing in temperatures that is.


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!

Sunday 12th March 2017, 12:55pm
Weather conditions: Bluebird
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
While there is no snow to report, it is a truely glorious day with perfect blue sky. You would be struggling to see any cloud over the resort - the day is that good. Tommorrow looks like it will be a repeat of today's weather.   Read more ...

Minakami Now!

Sunday 12th March 2017, 16:49pm
Weather conditions: Clear with scattered clouds
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Excellent morning at Tenjin, the run to the bottom opened early and the snow was in great shape after yesterday's closure and a very cold night.

The blue skies unfortunately warmed things quickly and by the afternoon the transformation to stickiness had begun.

Tomorrow morning should still be good and the forecast for tomorrow night is small snow up top and small rain down the bottom. Let's hope they have underestimated things!

The next largish snowfall is forecast for Wednesday.


Fresh snowfall:

0cm Tenjin
0cm Hodaigi
0cm Okutone

Temps at 8am

Official snow depth:

420cm Tenjin
250cm Hodaigi
210cm 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

Shiga Kogen Now
26th Apr, 9:22am
Nozawa Onsen Now
26th Apr, 8:31am
Hakuba Now
26th Apr, 8:17
Naeba Now
26th Apr, 8:16
Yuzawa Now
26th Apr, 8:09
Niseko Now
26th Apr, 8:00
Zao Now
26th Apr, 7:59
Geto Kogen Now
26th Apr, 7:47
Grandeco Now
25th Apr, 8:37
Myoko Now
23rd Apr, 9:59am
Minakami Now
23rd Apr, 8:02
Appi Kogen Now
23rd Apr, 7:59
Furano Now
20th Apr, 11:47
Madarao Now
01st Apr, 10:32