Snow and weather reports posted on Thursday 26th April 2018

Appi Kogen Now!

Sunday 19th March 2017, 7:53am
Weather conditions: Clear sunny skies
New snowfall: 2cm
Snow depth: --
Hello from Appi,

It’s a beautiful bluebird day here at Appi with light winds and unrestricted visibility. Expect some fantastic views from the summit and for that matter all over the mountain. We did get a few cm of snow yesterday which might help today. This afternoon the clouds should roll in with the winds picking up slightly. The temperature’s relatively stable at -2 or so on the mountain and should remain that way for most of the week too.

As far was the forecast goes we can expect mostly sunny skies all week with perhaps a few cm of snow on Wednesday or Thursday with temperatures in the -2 zone most of the week.

I’m sure the runs are in great shape today but bring your sunscreen if your coming!


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 ...

Yuzawa Now!

Sunday 19th March 2017, 8:24am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
The report this morning is coming to you from SnowJapan base in Minamiuonuma, helped along with a phone call with Yuzawa friend.

An odd start to the day really. (Were we expecting this?!) I was woken up by thunder not too long ago along with the sound of some heavy rain. It's still raining now but not supposed to continue for long. And I am seeing that GALA Yuzawa were reporting snow falling at 7:30am, and so were Mitsumata Ropeway base. So it seems rain lower down and some light snow higher up early on.

It's forecast to be mild again - up to around 8C in town later on - and similar temperatures tomorrow, though we should be back to sunnier skies.


Official snow depth information as of Sunday 19th March 2017

GALA Yuzawa
Official snow depth: 380cm

Ishiuchi Maruyama
Official snow depth: 230cm

Official snow depth: 170cm

Joetsu Kokusai
Official snow depth: 240cm

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

Kandatsu Kogen
Official snow depth: 300cm

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: 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 ...

Naeba Now!

Sunday 19th March 2017, 8:30am
Weather conditions: Clouds
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Naeba.

It has been raining down in Yuzawa town this morning but up there in Naeba we're seeing light (wet) snow. Some wind has been blowing around as well, though I think things are forecast to ease off and clear up as the day goes on. Or maybe not.

It does look like tomorrow should see clearer skies and sunshine. Beyond that there's some more snow appearing on the forecast around Tuesday-Wednesday, so perhaps we can expect a fresh layer. That would be good.

Just two weeks of daily operations at Naeba left. Details below...


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 ...

Minakami Now!

Sunday 19th March 2017, 8:43am
Weather conditions: Cloud, sleet
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: --
Cloudy early this morning but for the past hour or so, winds have been coming in from the North and its alternating between rain and snow. Temps are well above zero at the base and Tenjin resort recorded 0 degrees at 9am so quality up top is going to be questionable but there is quite a bit of precipitation about.

Clear weather forecast for tomorrow and it would be nice to see some Sun as its been a week. Tuesday night they've bumped up the expected snowfall and looks like it could come in some size followed by lighter snow in the following days... Cold temps too, just pinching myself when I look at the calendar these days!


Fresh snowfall:

5cm Tenjin
0cm Hodaigi
0cm Okutone

Temps at 8am

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 ...

Grandeco Now!

Sunday 19th March 2017, 8:45am
Weather conditions: Clouds with scattered blue sky
New snowfall: 8cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Grandeco Resort!

8cm of fresh snow to report today and the conditions are fantastic early on.

The weather is relatively warm and should stay this way for the duration of the day.

Snow will soften up over the course of the day so expect early spring conditions.

Spring wax would, for sure, be a good idea.

All courses have been freshly groomed, with the exception of Lavender A.

It's a three-day weekend, so get out in the fresh air and enjoy your holiday.


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

Hakuba Now!

Sunday 19th March 2017, 8:45am
Weather conditions: Mostly cloudy, bits of blue sky
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Resort news as of 8:45am on Sunday 19th 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 5-10cm 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 0-2cm of fresh snowfall.
The resort appears to be opening as planned this morning.
Official snow depth
Alps: 295cm
Toomi: 145cm
Iimori: 105cm

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: 250cm
Kurobishi: 315cm
Lower: 110cm

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: 360cm
Han-no-ki: 350cm
Maruyama: 140cm
Oya-no-hara: 125cm
Kane-no-naru-oka: 125cm

Hakuba Cortina:
Hakuba Cortina is reporting 2cm of fresh snowfall.
The resort appears to be opening as planned this morning.
Official snow depth:
Top: 355cm
Base: 215cm

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

Hakuba Norikura Onsen:
Official snow depth:
Top: 155cm

Official snow depth:
Top: 140cm

Hakuba Sanosaka:
Official snow depth:
Top: 110cm


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 ...

Niseko Now!

Sunday 19th March 2017, 8:49am
Weather conditions: Clear blue skies and sunshine
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Niseko.

The fine weather continues this morning, and it'll very probably be more of the same tomorrow as well.

It's making my reports a bit short at the moment as there's not much to report.

Perhaps I'll have to up the 'toast' reporting (I'm just kidding). :)

Let's spring!


Doesn't feel like much wind down here at all but stronger winds being reported at higher elevations. Top lifts appear to be open as normal though.


2 more days (nights) of 'nighta': today (ie. tonight) and tomorrow (ie. tomorrow night).

It's crusty out there in the evenings but I always try to make a point of going out for a bit on last nighta, even if it's just for 30 minutes before a good soak in a bath.


Niseko Avalanche Report:

Mountain base : -2°, no new snow. Moiwa 800m: -4.2°, W10m/s, no new snow. Annupuri 1150m: Hirafu 1250m: Coastal data: Kamui Cape: N3m/s, 1018hPa, wave 0.6m.

High pressure continues with sunny weather. There is no new snow and strong westerly winds at higher elevations. From observation general avalanche risk is low. All gates are expected to be open.

Winter seasons where the snowfall has been average, full depth avalanches can be expected from the snowdrifts formed around Osawa 1100m. This year's much shallower snow pack causes this risk to decrease. However this doesn't mean they won't happen, with the right combination of high pressure, rain or a sudden freezing event, they will slide. To avoid accidents don't wait in the valley bottoms. Avalanches are natural occurrences and wont be in accident if no one is involved.

The amount of water in the creeks is increasing. If a snow bridge collapses and you land in the water, it will quickly become a life threatening situation if you get swept under snow bridges further downstream. Today's weather is good. Be careful hitting trees or falling into cracks. There is still good snow on the mountain.


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 Sunday 19th March 2017:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 320cm
Base - 130cm

Niseko Village
Top - 300cm
Base - 140cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 295cm
Base - 140cm


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 ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Sunday 19th March 2017, 8:56am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Nozawa.

Cloudy down here at the moment but the resort was reporting light snow on upper areas at 7am and it does look like visibility is still affected up there - no new cm being reported though.

Local forecasts point to some sun today, so perhaps it's going to clear up. There were a few spots of rain I felt just before, so yes, let's have things clear up!

Tomorrow is due to be fine and sunny too.

A special nighta (floodlit night skiing) tonight at the resort due to the fact that tomorrow is a national holiday. After tonight just one more nighta, next Saturday.


Nozawa Onsen plans to be open daily until Sunday 7th May

Remaining nighta: tonight next Saturday (25th March)


Sunday 19th March 2017

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

Official snow depths:
- Yamabiko: 385cm
- Uenotaira: 285cm
- Hikage: 160cm
- Nagasaka: 150cm
- Karasawa: 105cm

Lifts operations:
- All lifts operating

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

Shiga Kogen Now!

Sunday 19th March 2017, 9:18am
Weather conditions: Snow clouds
New snowfall: 1cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Shiga Kogen.

Back to snow, sort of! There is just about enough snow for me to give the report 1cm this morning, and light snow is actually still falling as I write this. It may not be much, but always good to see snow falling.

Clearer skies are forecast for tomorrow.


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:

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!

Sunday 19th March 2017, 9:39am
Weather conditions: Cloudy, looks like the sun is trying to break through
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Madarao and it is a cloudy start to the day. Is that a bit of sun trying to break through the clouds? It may well be.

Good luck to everyone taking part in the Madarao Speed Challeng today. Take care!

Sun is expected tomorrow... is that fresh snow on the horizon for mid week though?


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

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

- Remaining nighta at Madarao Kogen - today and Saturday 25th March.

Official snow depth:

- 280cm   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Sunday 19th March 2017, 10:03am
Weather conditions: Cloud + blue sky
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Zao.

This morning a lot of cloud but some blue sky too. A fine spring morning I would say.

Talking of spring, lift ticket prices are about to get a little cheaper - from Tuesday onwards actually. 'Spring season' lift ticket prices at Zao Onsen come into effect from Tuesday 21st March - most lift tickets getting cheaper, adult charges shown below:

4 hour ticket: from 4,000 yen down to 3,500 yen
5 hour ticket: from 4,500 yen down to 3,700 yen
1 day: from 5,000 yen down to 4100 yen
2 day ticket: from 9,200 yen down to 7,500 yen

Before that, nighta (night skiing) is about to come to a close for the season at Zao Onsen - just tonight and tomorrow night left at the Uwanodai area.

I cannot find any official information yet regarding the planned closing dates of individual lifts at the resort, but all being well some of them will be moving until Golden Week in early May.


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 - 190cm
Uwanodai - 130cm
Yokokura - 140cm   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