Snow and weather reports posted on Friday 18th May 2018

Yuzawa Now!

Saturday 4th March 2017, 8:15am
Weather conditions: Clear and sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Yuzawa.

Yesterday it was a mix of cloudy and snowing - almost hail-like at times, though didn't amount to any new cm to report this morning and resorts aren't reporting any either.

This morning the clouds are gone and it's clear, bright and sunny from the start of the day. It's forecast to warm up to around 8C later on this afternoon in town.

Things may feel rather spring-like at the moment but there is signs of more snow on the way in the coming week, so we can perhaps look forward to that.

It's the snow festival in Yuzawa this evening... good weather for fireworks!


Official snow depth information as of Saturday 4th March 2017

GALA Yuzawa
Upper part of $2,600,000 closed today due to avalanche danger. Otherwise open as planned.
Official snow depth: 350cm

Ishiuchi Maruyama
Official snow depth: 250cm

Official snow depth: 200cm

Joetsu Kokusai
Official snow depth: 250cm

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

Kandatsu Kogen
Official snow depth: 275cm

Maiko Snow Resort
Official snow depth:
Upper - 300cm
Base - 150cm

Muikamachi Hakkaisan
Official snow depth: 370cm

Official snow depth: 290cm

NASPA Ski Garden
Official snow depth: 230cm

Yuzawa Kogen
Official snow depth:
Top - 300cm
Base - 210cm

Yuzawa Park
Official snow depth: 180cm

Yuzawa Nakazato
Official snow depth: 170cm


'Nighta' (floodlit night operations)

Below are details of the planned 'nighta' operations at ski and snowboards resorts around Yuzawa and Minamiuonuma this season.
This information is subject to change due to snow and weather conditions.
*** Please note that this section will not be updated every day.

Ishiuchi Maruyama
Daily until 19th March 2017.
Nighta is from 5pm until 8:50pm.
The Chuo Number 1, Chuo Number 2 and Kanko Number 3 Express lifts are open daily.
The Kanko Number 1 Express lift, Hatsukaishi Entrance lift and Hatsukaishi Number 2 pair lifts are also open on weekends and holidays.

Daily until 20th March 2017.
Nighta is from 5pm until 9pm on Saturdays and until 8pm on weekdays and Sundays.
The Main course, Grand course and West courses are open during nighta.

Joetsu Kokusai
Daily until 20th March 2017.
Nighta is from 5pm until 9pm.
The area in front of the main base hotel is open for nighta.

Kandatsu Kogen
'Hobo All Night' ('Almost All Night') is on Fridays, Saturdays and nights before holidays until 1st April 2017.
The nighta opening times on those days is from 6pm until 4am the following morning.

Maiko Snow Resort
Daily until 19th March 2017.
Nighta is from 4pm until 8pm.
The Maiko center quad lift on the Maiko Side of the resort operates for nighta.

Daily until 26th March 2017.
Nighta is from 4pm until 8:30pm.

Yuzawa Nakazato
Every Saturday until 11th March 2017.
Nighta is from 5pm until 8:30pm.
The Number 2 pair lift operates during nighta.   Read more ...

Naeba Now!

Saturday 4th March 2017, 8:31am
Weather conditions: Yeah baby!
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Naeba everyone.

Today is looking like it's going to be hot and sunny. Groomers will be in good condition for the morning, however expect them to get slushy by the time the afternoon comes around.

Today is a good day for taking pictures and enjoying life in the mountains.

Excellent news as the rain that was predicted in the weather forecast has been massively downgraded. Now we are expecting just minimal amounts of rain on Sunday evening. Then from Monday onwards we have snow every day again.

YES!   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Saturday 4th March 2017, 8:43am
Weather conditions: Clear blue skies and sunshine
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from a sunny and blue sky Hakuba.

By lunchtime yesterday the clear up was well underway and we enjoyed an afternoon of lovely weather - less cloud as the evening approached - along with a bit of snow on the upper slopes that had fallen earlier. Fairly strong winds at times but I found some really good areas of fresh snow to play in... it was a good day.

This morning it's (almost totally) clear skies and sunshine.

Quite chilly too early on, but destined to warm up to around 7C here in the village. We're expecting sunshine tomorrow morning too, so it should be a weekend of calm and fine weather.

Keeping an eye on the forecast, looking good for fresh snow from Monday and during the week.


Resort news as of 8:40am on Saturday 4th 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: 280cm
Base: 135cm

Hakuba Goryu:
Hakuba Goryu is reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall.
The resort appears to be opening as planned this morning.
Official snow depth
Alps: 315cm
Toomi: 165cm
Iimori: 110cm

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.
Some course restrictions at the moment due to racing events.
Official snow depth:
Usagidaira: 245cm
Kurobishi: 315cm
Lower: 140cm

Tsugaike Kogen:
The resort appears to be opening as planned this morning. Uma-no-se course is closed.
Official snow depth:
Tsuga-no-mori: 370cm
Han-no-ki: 350cm
Maruyama: 160cm
Oya-no-hara: 140cm
Kane-no-naru-oka: 135cm

Hakuba Cortina:
Hakuba Cortina is reporting 10cm of fresh snowfall.
The resort appears to be opening as planned this morning.
Official snow depth:
Top: 360cm
Base: 235cm

Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field:
Official snow depth:
Top: 220cm
Base: 110cm

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

Official snow depth:
Top: 170cm

Hakuba Sanosaka:
Official snow depth:
Top: 135cm


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 4th, 11th, 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.

Planned to be open daily.

There is no night skiing at the other resorts in the area.
   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Saturday 4th March 2017, 8:44am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 1cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning.

Just a slight snowfall to report this morning along with colder conditions as well which is good.

There is just about enough for me to very kindly award 1cm to the report this morning. Within my own strict self-imposed guidelines, I'm feeling generous!

Generally cloudy skies.

Temperatures should be keeping quite cold through the coming week with just a bit of snow on the forecast at times, perhaps the best chance of something being around Tuesday.

When we get into March and on the way to 'spring' (I still don't like using that word yet, it's too early!), it is often the case that there'll be none or little snow down here at base but more higher up on the mountain. That seemed to be the case yesterday; I really enjoyed it out there and was happy to find some fresh snow. I also feel that once we get into this part of the season it is best to expect 'spring' rather than mid-winter conditions -- and then potentially be positively surprised when things surpass that. They often can. It's a cunning plan, and actually it works. For me, anyway.


Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base: -6℃, light snowfall. Moiwa800m: -7.9℃, WSW9m/s, 10cm snowdrifts. Annupuri1150m: -13℃, W6m/s, 10cm snowfall, 30cm snowdrifts, 220cm snowpack at 1000m elevation. Hirafu1250m: -12℃, light snowfall with snowdrift developments. Sea of Japan Kamui cape lighthouse: W7m/s, 1012hPa, 2.1m waves.

After the warm air inflow on March 2nd, a cold air mass rolled in and made a layer of ice and hoar (March 3-4th), making 40°slopes prone to avalanches in the current conditions. The newly formed snowdrift slabs at 800m elevation seemed relatively stable during this morning’s impact test, however unstable activities are still to be highly expected in leeward slopes between 750 and 1100m elevation. Do not enter south facing strictly off-limits areas. Gates are scheduled to open. Listen to the ski patrol’s instructions. Beware of falling into cracks, collisions and sudden weather changes.

Many of the accidents occur during and just after storms. There are many things we can all learn from last week’s accident. Think about it and remember how and in what situations it all happened.


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 are open as planned this morning.


Official resort snow depths as of Saturday 4th March 2017:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 330cm
Base - 130cm

Niseko Village
Top - 315cm
Base - 140cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 315cm
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.   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Saturday 4th March 2017, 8:45am
Weather conditions: Clear and sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Nozawa.

And what a lovely morning it is.

No cm of snow to report here at base from yesterday (though the resort does seem to be reporting a lonely 2cm on Uenotaira!).

The skies have cleared for this morning though and the sun is out. A cold start to the day but things will warm up, so expect snow conditions to change early on to later this afternoon.

Keep an eye on that forecast too - snow potential in the coming week. :)

Oh yes and remember, festival time in the Hikage area this evening from 7pm!


Saturday 4th March 2017

Fresh snow reported by resort since yesterday morning:
- Yamabiko: 0cm
- Uenotaira: 2cm
- Hikage: 0cm
- Nagasaka: 0cm
- Karasawa: 0cm

Official snow depths:
- Yamabiko: 370cm
- Uenotaira: 280cm
- Hikage: 165cm
- Nagasaka: 160cm
- Karasawa: 125cm

Lifts operations:
- All lifts operating

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

Madarao Now!

Saturday 4th March 2017, 9:02am
Weather conditions: Sunny and clear
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Hello from Madarao.

The sun is out and it's blue skies all around.

It is a beautiful morning and there's some fantastic scenery on offer.

It was pretty cold overnight and a chilly start to the morning as well, though it will be warming up a bit with the sun.

We're still seeing snow on the forecast over the coming week so fingers crossed that turns up.

In the meantime, a fantastic day to be out on the mountain.


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:

- 290cm   Read more ...

Grandeco Now!

Saturday 4th March 2017, 9:04am
Weather conditions: Clear blue skies
New snowfall: 1cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Grandeco.

The blue skies are with us again this morning.

Observed snowfall at base is only 1cm, however there are many places on the slopes where there'll be more so it should be fun finding the fresh this morning.

The lifts will be operating for longer this weekend (16:30).

According to weather forecast, snow should be falling once again from this evening, so fingers crossed there'll be more fresh on the ground in time for opening time tomorrow.


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, in part icy
Goshukinuma through Grandeco: snow, in part icy   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Saturday 4th March 2017, 9:10am
Weather conditions: Clear, blue skies, sun
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Shiga Kogen.

Yesterday the clouds started to part and we were left with a fine afternoon and evening.

And this morning, it's sunny clear skies over the region.

Great weather for skiing and boarding and after the snow we got yesterday conditions should be pretty good too. Especially if it keeps fairly cold.

And for those coming in the next week - there's more snow on the way.

I'm off out there!


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)

Yakebitaiyama: Every Saturday until 4th March (6pm-8pm)

Kumanoyu: Every Saturday until 25th March, and 19th March (6:30pm-9pm)   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Saturday 4th March 2017, 9:15am
Weather conditions: Fine
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Zao.

No new cm to report unfortunately and this morning we have fine weather.

I would expect some icy conditions early on perhaps softening up as it gets slightly warmer during the day, particularly lower slopes. At 9am they are still reporting a temperature of -8C at the summit so it's keeping nice and cold up there!

I just took a look at the forecast and it looks like it has been 'upgraded' and showing some good potential especially Tuesday onwards.

We could do with a nice new layer of snow and of course as spring approaches proper, it all matters. It's all precious!


All lifts apart from the following appear to be operating today:

Paradise Number 3 pair

All courses apart from Kotan should be open.


Official snow depths (as published by the resort itself):
Summit - 145cm
Paradise - 220cm
Chuo - 220cm
Utopia - 170cm
Uwanodai - 130cm
Yokokura - 135cm


Juhyo 'Ice Monsters' Light Up night time Zao Ropeway operations

Every day until tomorrow!
Operating from 5pm until 9pm; last ropeway up at 7:50pm.
Ropeway return charges are 2,600 yen for adults and 1,300 yen for children.
In the event of poor weather conditions, operations are sometimes cancelled.   Read more ...

Appi Kogen Now!

Saturday 4th March 2017, 10:13am
Weather conditions: Cloudy skies light snowfall
New snowfall: 8cm
Snow depth: --
Hello from Appi,

Another cloudy day today but at least we have a little snow falling to make things a little better. The temperature is -2 outside my door. The wind is still fairly light this morning but you can expect it to pick up this afternoon somewhat.

The rest of the weekend offers cloudy skies with some light snowfall on and off again. Stable temperatures around -2 or so at the base and fairly light westerly winds should make it an enjoyable weekend for those coming.

Next week should be interesting with quite a bit of snow in the forecast. If it arrives it'll be a great week for those coming here. We may even see over 20cm each day.

Get your gear on and come and play. The season is winding down here so get some snow while you can.


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:

195cm   Read more ...

Furano Now!

Saturday 4th March 2017, 10:25am
Weather conditions: Mostly cloudy
New snowfall: 3cm
Snow depth: --
There has been a a nice top up of snow overnight with around 10cm at the top of the mountain and 3cm at base. The new snow is very supportive and the upper mountain is kising nicely while the lower mountain is quite frosty underfoot. From halfway to the top was covered in early morning valley fog. This is lifting now and the day is light overcast with the sun penetrating the thin layer of high cloud.    Read more ...

Minakami Now!

Saturday 4th March 2017, 12:43pm
Weather conditions: Clear
New snowfall: 10cm
Snow depth: --
Plenty of snow yesterday and howling winds but Tenjin opened as they were prepping the banked slalom course for the weekends racing.

The piste was constantly refreshed which was cool but there is a punchy ice layer underneath everything and the bare patches are hard work.

Today's blue skies and warmer temps should get to work softening things up and the banked slalom course will be around for a while.

Looks like more snow on the way Tuesday through Thursday.


Fresh snowfall:

0cm Tenjin
0cm Hodaigi
0cm Okutone

Temps at 8am

Official snow depth:

400cm Tenjin
260cm Hodaigi
260cm 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

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