Snow and weather reports posted on Friday 18th May 2018

Niseko Now!

Wednesday 15th March 2017, 8:31am
Weather conditions: Mix of cloud and blue sky,
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Niseko.

It looks like we're on for another day of generally fine weather conditions here.

There's more cloud this morning early on, and perhaps they will clear up leaving us with clearer skies.

A chance of light snow on the forecasts for tomorrow to Friday.

That's about all I have to report this morning, so I'll leave it at that and see you tomorrow.

(Actually, check below for individual resort info - looks like wind at higher elevations might be affecting some lifts...)


Niseko Avalanche Report:

Mountain base : -6°, sunny, no new snow. Moiwa 800m: no data. Annupuri 1150m: -7°, NE8m/s, no new snow. Hirafu 1250m, -7°, light winds, no new snow. Coastal data: Kamui Cape: ENE4m/s, 1014hPa, wave 0.7m.

The high pressure continues, light winds and sunny today. There is no new snow and all the mountains are tracked out. Apart from strictly off limits areas on the south side, general avalanche risk is low. Cornices are stable but there is always the risk of collapse, and in that situation, rescue is often impossible. All gates are expected to be open. Off the groomers the snow surface will be icy in the morning, so take care falling or hitting trees.

The Niseko Rules are official land use rules and must be followed by all mountain users. These rules were created to prevent accidents on the western Prefectural Forest (Niseko) and eastern Nation Forest(Kutchan) sides of the mountain. It was recognised that just creating the off limits areas would not be a deterrent to accidents, but also that recognising the freedom to ride out of bounds was equally important. This is the basis of the rules and they have been successful stopping what at the time was the worst backcountry accident records in Japan.

Without knowing the history of the area it is foolish to casually disregard the rules. The recent Haru no Taki accident shows the ultimate price can still be paid. The Niseko Rules were set up to provide a minimum level of safety while at the same time protecting your freedom to ride out of bounds. Follow the rules. Have a good 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 wind conditions.
Also looks like the lower Holiday Number 1 pair lift is undergoing some kind of maintenance.

Niseko HANAZONO Resort
Seems to be opening as normal.

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

Niseko Annupuri
The top Niseko Annupuri lift is on hold at the start of the day due to strong winds.


Official resort snow depths as of Wednesday 15th March 2017:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 335cm
Base - 140cm

Niseko Village
Top - 315cm
Base - 140cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 315cm
Base - 155cm


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.

Planned closing dates
Niseko Grand Hirafu plans to be open daily until Sunday 7th May.
Niseko Hanazono plans to be open daily until Sunday 2nd April.
Niseko Village plans to be open daily until Sunday 2nd April (and then from 28th April until 7th May).
Niseko Annupuri plans to be open daily until Sunday 7th May.   Read more ...

Yuzawa Now!

Wednesday 15th March 2017, 8:32am
Weather conditions: Generally cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Morning all.

Lots of cloud around this morning but the roads are looking wet after some rain overnight... not raining just at the moment though. Just cloudy.

There was the hope of some snow today and tomorrow though it doesn't quite feel like that is going to happen - and if it does, it won't be much. I'd be glad to be wrong on that score of course, so let's see how conditions change. Both today and tomorrow the local forecast is for a high of 4C-5C in town.

We should be back to clearer skies by the weekend.

So we definitely feel like we are into spring season now. There's lots of fun still to be had... just a different flavour of fun from peak season conditions.

And remember, Kagura is open for another two and a half months!!


Official snow depth information as of Wednesday 15th March 2017

GALA Yuzawa
Official snow depth: 350cm

Ishiuchi Maruyama
Official snow depth: 230cm

Official snow depth: 175cm

Joetsu Kokusai
Official snow depth: 250cm

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

Kandatsu Kogen
Official snow depth: 285cm

Maiko Snow Resort
Official snow depth: Upper - 280cm; Base - 130cm

Muikamachi Hakkaisan
Official snow depth: 320cm

Official snow depth: 250cm

NASPA Ski Garden
Official snow depth: 215cm

Yuzawa Kogen
Official snow depth: Top - 250cm; Base - 150cm

Yuzawa Park
Official snow depth: 180cm

Yuzawa Nakazato
Official snow depth: 150cm


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!

Wednesday 15th March 2017, 8:40am
Weather conditions: Mostly cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning everyone.

The forecasts still give us a chance of snow today and tomorrow, but for the moment it is mostly cloudy over the region... bit of clearer sky, no precipitation falling from it!

We're probably going to see a high temperature of around +4C in the village today (and tomorrow also), so it's not a winter-like cold. Still, if it can't snow then it would be best if there's not 'other kind of precipitation'. ;)

For those looking to come here for the weekend - we will probably be back to sunny skies.


Wednesday 15th March 2017

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

Official snow depths:
- Yamabiko: 365cm
- Uenotaira: 275cm
- Hikage: 160cm
- Nagasaka: 155cm
- Karasawa: 105cm

Lifts operations:
- All lifts operating apart from:
- Yunomine pair
- Mizunashi triple
- Challenge pair
- Utopia pair

Courses not open today are:
- Grand Prix
- Kandahar West


Nozawa Onsen plans to be open until Sunday 7th May   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Wednesday 15th March 2017, 8:44am
Weather conditions: Cloud, blue sky
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --

Bit of sun and blue skies showing through later in the day yesterday and what was that... some decent snow falling late on. It didn't last long though and there's no fresh to report from base this morning.

Resorts are reporting 0-3cm of snow on mountain this morning.

There is a fair bit of cloud around this morning, but the sun is out too over the village and I can also see areas of blue sky. I can see some of the webcams showing poor visibility (is it snowing up there in places?!)

Forecasts still do talk about snow today and tonight.

I realise that might all sound a bit confusing. I will of course let you know what actually ends up happening in my report tomorrow!


Resort news as of 8:40am on Wednesday 15th 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: 325cm
Base: 165cm

Hakuba Goryu:
Hakuba Goryu is reporting 1-2cm of fresh snowfall.
The resort appears to be opening as planned this morning.
Official snow depth
Alps: 310cm
Toomi: 165cm
Iimori: 110cm

Hakuba Happo-one:
Hakuba Happo-one is reporting 3cm of fresh snowfall (Riesen quad top).
The resort appears to be opening as planned this morning.
Official snow depth:
Usagidaira: 270cm
Kurobishi: 330cm
Lower: 130cm

Tsugaike Kogen:
The resort appears to be opening as planned this morning.
Uma-no-se course is closed.
The Tsugaike Ropeway is now operating for the spring season. (Climbing notices need to be filled in, ropeway charge also applies)
Official snow depth:
Tsuga-no-mori: 355cm
Han-no-ki: 350cm
Maruyama: 150cm
Oya-no-hara: 130cm
Kane-no-naru-oka: 135cm

Hakuba Cortina:
Hakuba Cortina is reporting 3-5cm of fresh snowfall.
The resort appears to be opening as planned this morning.
Official snow depth:
Top: 365cm
Base: 220cm

Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field:
Official snow depth:
Top: 230cm
Base: 120cm

Hakuba Norikura Onsen:
Official snow depth:
Top: 160cm

Official snow depth:
Top: 155cm

Hakuba Sanosaka:
Official snow depth:
Top: 120cm


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 ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Wednesday 15th March 2017, 9:04am
Weather conditions: Cloudy, bit of sun shining through just now
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
There was just a thin dusting of snow early this morning, not enough for me to award a 1cm to my report.

Those earlier snow clouds have now backed off leaving us with a bright and just generally cloudy morning. The sun is managing to peek through as well just now.

Still, forecasts say snow likely today/tonight...

I'll let you know how that goes tomorrow morning.


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 ...

Madarao Now!

Wednesday 15th March 2017, 9:15am
Weather conditions: Blue sky, bit of cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Hello and good morning from Madarao.

Some nice blue skies this morning; some cloud; fairly chilly; sunshine.

No fresh snow to report - might we get some before tomorrow? Forecasts do still have us on for the chance of a bit of snow.

For now though, a lovely early spring morning.


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

- Powder Wave I
- Powder Wave II
- River Line
- Powder Theater
- Adventure Aisle
- Crystal Bowl
- Ninja
- Sawa
- Rabbit
- Kamoshika
- Bear

- Nighta at Madarao Kogen on Saturday 18th, Sunday 19th and Saturday 25th March.

Official snow depth:

- 290cm   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Wednesday 15th March 2017, 9:34am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 22cm
Snow depth: --
I'm happy to say that the forecasts were right.

I am measuring just over 20cm of fresh snow here at base, so there's surely that and upwards at higher elevations. A very nice new layer of fresh snow and even though it's heavier than peak season dry snow, it should really liven things up for mid March.

Taking a look at the forecasts and there seems to be the chance of regular refreshes in the coming days as well. Can't be bad.


Lift info:

Closed for the season:
- Paradise Number 3 pair
- Diamond Number 1 pair
- Karamatsu pair

Course info:
Closed for the season:
- Kotan


Official snow depths (as published by the resort itself):
Summit - 150cm
Paradise - 240cm
Chuo - 240cm
Utopia - 195cm
Uwanodai - 130cm
Yokokura - 140cm   Read more ...

Naeba Now!

Wednesday 15th March 2017, 9:44am
Weather conditions: Snow clouds
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
The forecast seemed to be talking about cold winter like weather, but it's fairly calm here in Naeba this morning. Fairly chill start but not too cold.

Cloudy skies with some light snow falling at higher elevations by the looks, but no fresh cm of snow to report. A slight dusting, that's all.

The forecast for today remains a mix of cloud with light snow at times.

Let's hope I might have a bit of fresh to report tomorrow morning...
   Read more ...

Grandeco Now!

Wednesday 15th March 2017, 9:49am
Weather conditions: Snow clouds
New snowfall: 16cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Grandeco.

Fresh snowfall! And good quality snow too - measuring 16cm to go on the report this morning.


Something of a surprise really, but we'll very happily accept it.

And there's still snow on the forecast through until the weekend too so it's exciting to think we might get some regular top-ups over the coming run of days.


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 and ice
Goshukinuma through Grandeco: snow and ice   Read more ...

Appi Kogen Now!

Wednesday 15th March 2017, 10:15am
Weather conditions: Cloudy skies with...
New snowfall: 12cm
Snow depth: --
Hello from Appi,

Well the snow came yesterday but not as much as we would have hoped but nonetheless it came and as opposed to last weeks it’s back to the dry snow we all love around here. Cloudy skies right now with light winds and a temperature of -2.

The clouds will stay around for the next few days with the temperature a stable -2 to -4 on the slopes. We may see another cm or so of snow but nothing really significant. After that it’s partly cloudy skies into the weekend with winds hardly picking up which should make conditions fairly good on the mountain.

It should be a great day up there today with relatively little traffic to speak of.


Planned operating lifts at time of report (subject to change due to weather conditions):

Appi Gondola
Central quad
Central number 2
Central number 3b
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 ...

Myoko Now!

Wednesday 15th March 2017, 10:43am
Weather conditions: Clear over the mountains, cloudy around
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
As bad it was yesterday, it's really nice today.

It was trying to snow earlier, even though the sun was shining. The mountains are beautifully white under a deep blue sky. There are more clouds to the east and south, but I don't think we can look forward to much snowfall until later today and into tomorrow.

I also discovered that the Niigata snow forecast which has been our best source for snowfall figures has an English page. Don't forget, though, that as helpful as that is, you still need your source on the ground here in Myoko for the real local story....


Akakura Kanko:
360cm, -4°

Akakura Onsen:
370cm, -1°

Ikenotaira Onsen:
250cm, 2°

Myoko Suginohara:
270cm, -7° (top)

Seki Onsen:
500cm, -2°

Myoko Ski Park:
290cm, 2°

Kyukamura RunRun:
300cm, 2°

Tangram Ski Circus:
230cm, -3°

Madarao Kogen:
270cm, -3°
   Read more ...

Minakami Now!

Wednesday 15th March 2017, 11:04am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: --
Some snow overnight, one inch down at my place and 5cm on the mountain.

Winds are hectic up top at Tenjin and they have the Takakura and Toge lifts shut for now but the cat track is open so not a bad day for some hot laps.

Forecast is still for snow right through Sunday night and its very lightly snowing outside right now with moderate winds from the North down in the valley.


Fresh snowfall:

5cm Tenjin
0cm Hodaigi
0cm Okutone

Temps at 10am

Official snow depth:

405cm 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 ...

Furano Now!

Wednesday 15th March 2017, 12:43pm
Weather conditions: Foggy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
It is a very wintery start to the day with morning temperatures into double digit negatives, even in the village. There is low cloud rolling right down the mountain meaning visibility is limited but this should lift later in the morning. There was a dusting of snow overnight in the village but it was closer to 1mm rather than 1cm. Light snow is on the forecast right through until Sunday, so hopefully we will get some decent accumulation somewhere in there to give us another powder day!

   Read more ...

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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
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05th May, 19:10pm