Snow and weather reports posted on Thursday 26th April 2018

Naeba Now!

Thursday 16th March 2017, 8:31am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 7cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Naeba.

And it's good news.

Yes, we have a layer of fresh snow this morning and Naeba is reporting 10-15cm and a bit less than that down at base.

The clouds are still with us and fingers crossed we might get a bit more during the day.


Here's how the rest of the season is planned for Naeba:

- open daily until Sunday 2nd April;
- open on weekends and holidays between Saturday 8th April until Sunday 23rd April;
- open daily from Saturday 29th April until Sunday 7th May

Nighta will continue daily until Sunday 26th March.   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Thursday 16th March 2017, 8:31am
Weather conditions: Lots of cloud, but still some blue sky and sun
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning Niseko fans.

There's more cloud around this morning after a run of clearer skies. Still a bit of blue sky and the sun breaking through in places and currently it is 0C.

Light snow is possible tonight and into tomorrow - particularly at higher elevations - though I wouldn't expect much. I would of course love to be wrong on that.

We've had a run of days now without be being able to report any fresh snow and more spring-like conditions, so come with expectations set with that in mind and have fun. I am finding the current conditions a better work out for my thighs and knees than the mid-winter fluffy powder. I'm looking on that as a good thing! Let's exercise-ing.


Niseko Avalanche Report:

Mountain base : -6°, no new snow. Moiwa 800m: -5.6°, W10m/s, no new snow. Annupuri 1000m: snowpack 190cm, 1150m: -8°, NNW15m/s, no new snow. Hirafu 1250m, -10°, strong westerly wind, no new snow. Coastal data: Kamui Cape: NNE4m/s, 1014hPa, wave 1.2m, Benkei Cape: N7m/s.

We are currently under influence of high pressure system, sunny with strong winds at higher elevations. Snow conditions are icy in the morning, softening up during the day. There has been no new snow and the mountain is completely tracked out. Be careful of falling in cracks and hitting trees. Peak gates are expected to be open, dependant on lift operation. Please respect the patrols decisions. Do not duck ropes to go out of bounds.

Do not wait in the valley bottoms or at the bottom of steep slopes. Even a small avalanche can bury you and be impossible to dig yourself out. Always act cautiously on the mountain. Nagoya University and The Snow and Ice Research Centre will be conducting avalanche tests in the Mikaeri ridge area this morning. At times the ridge trail will temporarily closed. Thank you for your cooperation. The mountain is moving into springtime. Have a nice day.


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 normal this morning.


Official resort snow depths as of Thursday 16th March 2017:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 335cm
Base - 135cm

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 ...

Hakuba Now!

Thursday 16th March 2017, 8:39am
Weather conditions: Mostly cloudy/gas, bit of blue sky/sun starting to appear
New snowfall: 2cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Hakuba.

A bit more snow to report this morning - from varying amounts in base areas (none to few cm) in base areas, and up to 10cm being reported by Hakuba Cortina.

Lots of cloud/fog covering lots of the ski slopes this morning and generally a lot of cloud around, though a few patches of blue sky to be seen from village areas - and the sun looks like it's trying to break through too.

Actually forecasts seem to point towards a clear-up today.

Just a bit of light snowfall is scattered around the forecast for the coming week, but there's more sun on that forecast than winter-like conditions. It doesn't look like it should be warming up too much though which is a good thing.


Resort news as of 8:35am on Thursday 16th 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 1-3cm of fresh snowfall.
The resort appears to be opening as planned this morning.
Official snow depth
Alps: 305cm
Toomi: 160cm
Iimori: 105cm

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: 260cm
Kurobishi: 325cm
Lower: 125cm

Tsugaike Kogen:
The resort appears to be opening as planned this morning.
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: 365cm
Han-no-ki: 360cm
Maruyama: 150cm
Oya-no-hara: 130cm
Kane-no-naru-oka: 135cm

Hakuba Cortina:
Hakuba Cortina is reporting 3-10cm of fresh snowfall.
The resort appears to be opening as planned this morning.
Official snow depth:
Top: 360cm
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: 115cm


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!

Thursday 16th March 2017, 8:42am
Weather conditions: Cloud, light snow
New snowfall: 9cm
Snow depth: --
Hello from Madarao!

And I am happy to report some fresh snow this morning.

Yes, light snow is falling and the resort are reporting 10cm of fresh snow and indeed I am measuring 9cm. Great to see it (of course!)

This snowfall isn't destined to last long beyond early this morning though - probably - with clearer skies expected later and also for tomorrow.

For this morning though, it's time to get outside and mess up that fresh snow!


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:

- 280cm   Read more ...

Yuzawa Now!

Thursday 16th March 2017, 8:48am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 1cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Yuzawa.

Some fresh snow this morning. Not really around town, but higher up; here's the numbers:

Kagura (main area): 15cm
Kagura (Mitsumata): 10cm
Kagura (Tashiro): 5cm
Maiko Snow Resort: 10cm (presumably top)

So it looks like we can expect around 5-15cm of fresh snow on higher course areas this morning.

Yesterday it was raining in town in the afternoon though just slightly above town it was sleet or wet snow.

It is snowing now - wet snow - and not really the kind that is going to give us any cm on the roads... though fingers crossed there will be some more higher up on the slopes. Snow clouds are forecast to be over the area during today and overnight. Currently it is not raining or snowing just to the north of Yuzawa.

Clearer skies are expected from tomorrow and over the weekend.

Resorts on weekdays are much quieter now, though weekends will still probably be quite busy.

Happily this season we aren't struggling for snow this March and resorts will likely all be able to remain open for as long as they originally planned.


Official snow depth information as of Thursday 16th March 2017

GALA Yuzawa
Official snow depth: 350cm

Ishiuchi Maruyama
Official snow depth: 240cm

Official snow depth: 175cm

Joetsu Kokusai
Official snow depth: 240cm

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

Kandatsu Kogen
Official snow depth: 290cm

Maiko Snow Resort
Official snow depth: Upper - 290cm; Base - 130cm

Muikamachi Hakkaisan
Official snow depth: 320cm

Official snow depth: 250cm

NASPA Ski Garden
Official snow depth: 220cm

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!

Thursday 16th March 2017, 8:59am
Weather conditions: Mostly cloudy, feels like it is clearing up
New snowfall: 7cm
Snow depth: --
Morning everyone.

I was a bit shocked - in a good way - to see the resort reporting up to 25cm of fresh snow this morning on the top area of the mountain... not quite as much as that down here at base, but still a fresh blanket of snow which is great to see.

It was snowing just before but has stopped now and there's a few breaks appearing in the clouds. Still, snow is there on the forecast so perhaps changeable conditions for the day today.

I'm off up to Yamabiko! Looks like visibility is limited up there still but I can't resist that fresh snow.


Thursday 16th March 2017

Fresh snow reported by resort since yesterday morning:
- Yamabiko: 25cm
- Uenotaira: 23cm
- Hikage: 10cm
- Nagasaka: 10cm
- Karasawa: 5cm

Official snow depths:
- Yamabiko: 395cm
- Uenotaira: 300cm
- Hikage: 160cm
- Nagasaka: 150cm
- Karasawa: 105cm

Lifts operations:
- All lifts operating apart from:
- 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 East


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

Shiga Kogen Now!

Thursday 16th March 2017, 9:03am
Weather conditions: Snow clouds
New snowfall: 11cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Shiga Kogen.

Great news!

Yes, 12cm of fresh snow on the ground and the official report is saying 15cm. Both sound good to me.

When we get to this stage of the season, the middle of March, you always start to wonder if this snow will be the last snow of the season. I was actually a bit surprised to see that we got 90cm during March last year (50cm this year so far) and some snowfall in April too - last season the last snow I reported was on 12th April, so there you go. I certainly hope so. Here's to more snowfall!


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 ...

Grandeco Now!

Thursday 16th March 2017, 9:06am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Grandeco.

Just a dusting of snow but not enough to record any cm this morning, but it is keeping cold and so snow conditions are keeping good for March.

According to the forecast it will be snowing today but it's not snowing as of 8:30am.

Snow is expected to be falling on and off until tomorrow and then the weekend will be cloudy with perhaps some clearer skies.

18-20 March is a three-day weekend in Japan and the weather will be good but the ski resorts will probably be crowded. Some ski grounds in the Bandai area will end their ski season after this three-day weekend.


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: dry
Goshukinuma through Grandeco: snow and icy in areas   Read more ...

Furano Now!

Thursday 16th March 2017, 9:44am
Weather conditions: Low cloud
New snowfall: 4cm
Snow depth: --
Good news on the snow front with moderate precipitation and 4cm accumulation on the ground in the village. Conditions are low cloud this morning and this is causing variable visibility on the mountain when combined with the snow. Temperatures are mild but it sure feels cold due to the moderate wind whipping around the village. The winds on the resort itself are varying between moderate to strong and are interferring with lift operations. See below for the lifts that are on hold.

Furano Ropeway 8:30am-16:00pm.
Furano Downhill Romance #2 chairlift 8:45am-16:00pm - on hold due to wind
Furano Downhill Romance #3 chairlift 9:00am-16:00pm - on hold due to wind
Prince Romance chairlift 8:30am-16:30pm.
Downhill Swift Lift #1 9:00am-19:30pm - on hold due to wind

Kitanomine Gondola 9:00am-16:00pm - on hold due to wind
Kitanomine Swift Lift #1 8:30am-19:30pm
Kitanomine Romance Lift #2 8:45am-16:00pm
Link Lift 9:00am-16:00pm

(Actual operation and times may change without notification and be different from the above information).
   Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Thursday 16th March 2017, 11:18am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 15cm
Snow depth: --
That nice weather yesterday did indeed turn to snow later in the day. Just as the Niigata Prefecture forecast called it, we got about 15cm of pretty wet snow, but nice all the same. Looks like snow showers will continue through the week, too, I would guess thanks to the big low pressure cells sitting off the Pacific side of Japan. It's brightening just a little to the south at the moment; maybe a little break before we get some more snow?


Akakura Kanko:
360cm, -2°

Akakura Onsen:
370cm, -1°

Ikenotaira Onsen:
250cm, -1°

Myoko Suginohara:
260cm, -5° (top)

Seki Onsen:
500cm, -4°

Myoko Ski Park:
300cm, 2°

Kyukamura RunRun:
300cm, 0°

Tangram Ski Circus:
230cm, -2°

Madarao Kogen:
280cm, -2°
   Read more ...

SnowJapan Daily 'Now' reports

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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