Snow and weather reports posted on Friday 18th May 2018

Madarao Now!

Monday 20th March 2017, 7:55am
Weather conditions: Fine weather this morning
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Apparently over 200 people took part in the Madarao Speed Challenge yesterday.

This morning as expected there's blue skies above Madarao and it looks like it should be a fine day.

It's Monday, but a national holiday, so very likely busier than a normal Monday... the 'last ski of the season' for lots of folk, I imagine (including a few friends who are up here for the weekend).

Still looking at snow tomorrow, particularly in the evening, but got to watch out for potential rain before the snow. Fingers crossed everyone.


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:

- 270cm   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Monday 20th March 2017, 8:03am
Weather conditions: Lovely blue skies
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Niseko.

And it's another fine morning here. Clear blue skies and sunshine.

Rather lovely actually.

And as lovely as it is, we'd all really like a bit more fresh snow wouldn't we? And actually it's looking like it will be getting colder tomorrow and there's a chance of snowfall too tomorrow and beyond then as well (especially higher up). So we might get lucky!

In the meantime, it is another fine day to be outside and enjoy the spring slopes.

Last nighta of the season tonight - rasuto-chansu!


Niseko Avalanche Report:

Mountain base : -3°, no new snow, sunny. Moiwa 800m: -3.8°, W7m/s, no new snow, sunny. Annupuri 1150m: -5°, N8m/s, no new snow, sunny. Hirafu 1250m: -7°, W7m/s, no new snow, sunny. Coastal data: Kamui Cape: S4m/s, 1020hPa, wave 0.5m.

The high pressure continues with sunny weather today. Below 800m the surface is changing to spring corn snow and even more snow will melt. From observation general avalanche risk is low. All gates are expected to be open.

This last week of sunny weather will end today. Tomorrow a low pressure system will move in and snow is expected. If the snow is accompanied by wind, conditions will return mid winter. Snow drifts will form on leeward slopes and could easily avalanche exactly the same way they can in winter. Be careful of a sudden change in weather.

In south facing gullies, including Mizuno no sawa, the risk of full depth avalanches is high. Do not enter these areas. The snow will be hard in the morning but soften up during the day. Be careful of sun burn and sun blindness. Have a good 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 Monday 20th March 2017:

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

Niseko Village
Top - 300cm
Base - 140cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 295cm
Base - 140cm


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 ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Monday 20th March 2017, 8:19am
Weather conditions: Fine and sunny
New snowfall: 1cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Shiga Kogen.

The sun is out this morning - it's going to be a fine last-day-of-the-long-weekend.

I'm looking at the forecast for tomorrow night and through Wednesday and it's actually looking rather exciting. 'Heavy snow' --- could it be? We'll just have to see, let's hope we won't be disappointed. Personally I'd rather be surprised by not expected snow than be disappointed at a no-show!

It will be busier than a normal Monday, being a national holiday, but things should be quieter in the afternoon as people make their way back to real life.


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: last time on 25th March
Ichinose Diamond: last time on 25th March
Kumanoyu: last time on 25th March   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Monday 20th March 2017, 8:39am
Weather conditions: Fine, hazy feel to proceedings early morning
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Hello from Hakuba.

Last day of the long weekend.

Things were a bit warmer yesterday and a bit of wind at times on higher slopes where I was yesterday (Happo).

This morning it's a fine but hazy kind of feel to the early morning. Sunny clear skies are forecast for the day and things warming up to close on double digits later in the afternoon down in the village.

So very much a spring-like day.

Is that snow I see on the forecast for tomorrow...?!


Resort news as of 8:30am on Monday 20th 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: 160cm

Hakuba Goryu:
Hakuba Goryu is reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall.
The resort appears to be opening as planned this morning.
Official snow depth
Alps: 290cm
Toomi: 145cm
Iimori: 100cm

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: 245cm
Kurobishi: 310cm
Lower: 105cm

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: 355cm
Han-no-ki: 350cm
Maruyama: 140cm
Oya-no-hara: 125cm
Kane-no-naru-oka: 125cm

Hakuba Cortina:
Hakuba Cortina is reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall.
The resort appears to be opening as planned this morning.
Official snow depth:
Top: 355cm
Base: 210cm

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

Hakuba Norikura Onsen:
Official snow depth:
Top: 150cm

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 until 31st March (6pm until 9:30pm)

Hakuba Happo-one:
Planned to be open daily until 25th March (until 9pm on the Nakiyama area)   Read more ...

Grandeco Now!

Monday 20th March 2017, 8:48am
Weather conditions: Fair blue skies
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Just a dusting of snow this morning and the sunshine is very bright.

Blue skies above, the courses are clean white and perfectly groomed. All ready to go on this last day of three-day weekend.

Snow condition is not icy but waxing will be important, especially in the afternoon.

There is definitely more snow in the Urabandai area this year than last. Let's hope we can keep going through until early May!


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: wet, no snow   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Monday 20th March 2017, 8:49am
Weather conditions: Fine and sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Nozawa.

Here we are back on a Monday morning, though a slightly different Monday as it is a national holiday - so more people than normal around still. Things should be getting that bit quieter once again from tomorrow.

The resort is reporting 5cm of fresh snow on upper slopes this morning, though there's none to report from down here at base.

Some thin cloud around and a generally hazy look to the webcams up there, but it's nice and clear down here. The sun is out and it should be a fine day.

Snow is showing on the forecast tomorrow, so I'm looking forward to seeing what happens.


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

Remaining nighta: next Saturday (25th March)


Monday 20th March 2017

Fresh snow reported by resort since yesterday morning:
- Yamabiko: 5cm
- Uenotaira: 5cm
- Hikage: 0cm
- Nagasaka: 0cm
- Karasawa: 0cm

Official snow depths:
- Yamabiko: 390cm
- Uenotaira: 290cm
- Hikage: 150cm
- Nagasaka: 145cm
- Karasawa: 100cm

Lifts operations:
- All lifts operating

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

Yuzawa Now!

Monday 20th March 2017, 9:04am
Weather conditions: Hazy overcast
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Yuzawa.

It was raining in town for lots of yesterday, not nice, though by the evening in particular it was snowing and trying to snow closer to town too.

Kagura is reporting 15cm of fresh snow this morning and Tashiro is reporting 10cm -- none from Mitsumata, so it seems just the highest areas have had that fresh snow.

But very good to hear.

Bright and overcast skies at the moment over the region and perhaps things will get a bit clearer as the day goes on.

Snow is there on the forecast during the day tomorrow though with temperatures still in low positive numbers it's going to be borderline with rain; but we'll take wet snow over rain please!


Today is the last day of the season for the Yuzawa Kogen <> GALA Yuzawa <> Ishiuchi Maruyama link-up and special ticket that covers those three resorts.


I was just looking back at some photos from last few seasons. Very interesting to compare them:

By this time last year (March 2015) there was actually no snow left in my the back area of my garden.
The year before (March 2015) there was over 2m left.
As of today, there's still a bit over 1m in the same place.


Official snow depth information as of Monday 20th March 2017

GALA Yuzawa
Official snow depth: 360cm

Ishiuchi Maruyama
Official snow depth: 220cm

Official snow depth: 165cm

Joetsu Kokusai
Official snow depth: 230cm

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

Kandatsu Kogen
Official snow depth: 280cm

Maiko Snow Resort
Official snow depth: Upper - 280cm; Base - 120cm

Muikamachi Hakkaisan
Official snow depth: 280cm

Official snow depth: 240cm

NASPA Ski Garden
Official snow depth: 210cm

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

Yuzawa Park
Official snow depth: 170cm

Yuzawa Nakazato
Official snow depth: 135cm


Planned 'Nighta' operations (floodlit night skiing)

** Subject to change due to snow and weather conditions

Last night tonight!

Joetsu Kokusai
Last night tonight!

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

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!

Monday 20th March 2017, 9:22am
Weather conditions: Fine and sunny, some cloud
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: --
Morning form Naeba.

And yes, there's some fresh snow again. We're doing well! Especially when it was raining quite heavily down in town yesterday; happily we accepted that.

And just look at the forecast too... snow tomorrow. Even decent snowfall? Let's have it!

Less than 2 weeks left of daily operations.



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 ...

Zao Now!

Monday 20th March 2017, 9:23am
Weather conditions: Fine and sunny, just a bit of cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Zao.

The sun is out this morning; a fine day is on the cards. But, maybe some snow tomorrow?! We shall see.

Today is the last night for floodlit skiing or snowboarding, until 9pm.

It's always sad to talk about 'the last' of different things, but there you go... we still should have over 6 weeks left of the season here all being well...


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 - 135cm   Read more ...

Appi Kogen Now!

Monday 20th March 2017, 9:45am
Weather conditions: Clear and sunny skies
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Hello from Appi,

Another bluebird day here and we can expect sunny skies all day. The temperature right now is -1 outside my door with fairly light winds. The winds should die down this afternoon too making it an ideal photo day. I was out yesterday on the summit and haven’t seem it this clear in a very long time with excellent views of Mt.Iwate to be had off the second runs.

Tomorrow we may see the clouds roll in and bring a few snow flurries up to 6cm. The temperatures may also rise a degree or two but head firmly into the negative territory by Wednesday and throughout the rest of the week.

The slope were a little icy in parts yesterday until the sun loosened them up a little and we had a very large crowd too. Today may be the same with the holiday weekend extending into today.

Bring your camera and come and take some fantastic shots today.


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!

Monday 20th March 2017, 16:48pm
Weather conditions: Clear, but hazy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Sunny and hazy again today in Myoko; real spring skiing is here!

Pretty good snow all through the day yesterday; OK, it's soft, it gets near to sloppy... but it is fun.


Akakura Kanko:
360cm, 0°

Akakura Onsen:
360cm, 0°

Ikenotaira Onsen:
230cm, 1°

Myoko Suginohara:
245cm, -6° (top)

Seki Onsen:
500cm, -2°

Myoko Ski Park:
280cm, 5°

Kyukamura RunRun:
300cm, 3°

Tangram Ski Circus:
220cm, -4°

Madarao Kogen:
270cm, -1°
   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