Snow and weather reports posted on Friday 18th May 2018

Furano Now!

Sunday 5th March 2017, 7:39am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 19cm
Snow depth: --
Got a bit of a surprise a few minutes ago when I looked out the window to see some serious snow on the ground. It is snowing heavily in the village and the accumulation is 19cm as of right now. Needless to say this will be a powder Sunday and not a day to be missed. Visibility will be a bit limited due to overcast skies and the heavy precipitation. More heavy snowfall is forecast for Monday!   Read more ...

Naeba Now!

Sunday 5th March 2017, 7:49am
Weather conditions: Fantastic blue skies
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Naeba everybody.

Today is set to be another beautiful one without even one cloud in the sky. Temperatures are expected to rise quickly so expect riding conditions to be fairly firm to start, becoming softer and slushier as the day goes on.

The weather forecast is predicting rain turning into snow both today and tomorrow. Then from Monday night onwards, we are expecting quite a decent snow storm. Maybe not the huge 50cm dumps of midwinter but there should be enough fresh snow to keep us all happy.

That's a spicy meatball!   Read more ...

Appi Kogen Now!

Sunday 5th March 2017, 8:20am
Weather conditions: Clear blue skies
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Appi Sunday,

Clear blue skies right now and a temperature of -3 outside. Very light winds at the base too. You can expect another bluebird day here at Appi today with the clouds slowly creeping in late this afternoon and evening.

The week starting tomorrow looks very promising for snow and although we may have another slight rise in temperature tomorrow the rest of the week should mean the snow that does arrive might be here for a while too. We may see around 70cm of fresh powder throughout the week which will make those venturing here extremely happy to say the least.

The runs are still in decent shape although the relatively wet snow made things a little trying sometimes. Today should be a great day up there with the morning groomers offering some decent runs.

Sunscreen is a must and so is a camera. The views today should be quite spectacular.


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 ...

Grandeco Now!

Sunday 5th March 2017, 8:33am
Weather conditions: Cloud, light snow
New snowfall: 2cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Grandeco.

It is a little warm this morning but light snow is falling. Snow started falling earlier on and there is 2cm of new snow recorded now with all courses are covered with a think layer of fresh. Snow condition are a little wet snow with temperatures on the mild side.

Enjoy your Sunday ride!


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
Goshukinuma through Grandeco: snow   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Sunday 5th March 2017, 8:33am
Weather conditions: Overcast, thin cloud, pale blue sky
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning.

It's kind of a mix of grey and pale blue behind the some thin clouds early on this morning. Might it clear up today? It feels like it might and we are due a bit of sunshine tomorrow as well.

No fresh snowfall to report.

There's a fairly strong westerly wind this morning which seems destined to mess around with top lift operations, at least at the start of the day.

Anyway, it's keeping cold which is important as we wait for some fresh snowfall.


Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base: -7℃, no snowfall. Moiwa 800m: -9.6℃, WSW5.6℃. Annupuri 1150m: -14℃, W18m/s, 220cm snowpack. Hirafu 1250m: -14℃, W12m/s. Kamui cape lighthouse: WSW12m/s, 1014Pa, 2.6m waves.

No snowfall but a strong westerly wind up high. Cornices and snowdrifts are developing above treeline and are prone to collapse or slide in leeward steep slopes. The avalanche hazard level is lowering, however surface slab slides from March 3-4th layer is still to be expected in the Backbowl, Annupuri bowl, Higashi-One 1100m and Mikaeri bowl cornice areas. Better not traverse across under cornices, it the riskiest thing to do, and better not stay at the valley bottoms since avalanches strike from above. Gates are scheduled to open. Seek for advice from the ski patrols and be prepared for backcountry touring.

Do not duck ropes and do not enter south facing strictly off limits areas.

People who has been inciting riding off-limits areas with their own selfish theory are not entitled to speak about safety, education or world standard.

Beware of obstacles hidden under the surface. Some pockets of good snow can be found in the trees.


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 strong winds.

Niseko HANAZONO Resort
The lower lift is opening but operating at a reduced speed at the start of the day.

Niseko Village
The top Wonderland Chair lift is on hold and the Gondola operating at reduced speed at the start of the day.

Niseko Annupuri
The Annupuri Gondola and top Jumbo Number 4 lift are on hold at the start of the day due to strong winds.


Official resort snow depths as of Sunday 5th 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 ...

Hakuba Now!

Sunday 5th March 2017, 8:45am
Weather conditions: Fine, some cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Hakuba.

A bit windy up there at times yesterday, but nice sunny weather for the day with a bit more cloud and hazy feel later on in the day.

No fresh snow to report as expected and this morning there's some cloud around the mountains but generally blue skies once again. The sun is out and casting some shadows in places as it sometimes gets covered by cloud.

Looks like it's quite windy again on mountain this morning (doesn't feel windy down here now) but at the time of writing the only lift disruption I can see is on a few higher lifts at Happo-one. Hopefully that will quickly change.

It's the '2017 Alpine Skiing World Cup Hakuba' event starts from today and runs through until Tuesday. Apparently there are people from 14 countries taking part. There are some course restrictions at some courses at Happo-one (Panorama - Olympic - Sakka) for the event.

The forecast is looking good for fresh snow in the coming week still. It might start off as a bit of rain tomorrow but get stuck into snow fairly quickly. Bring it on, I say!


Resort news as of 8:35am on Sunday 5th 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: 310cm
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: 240cm
Kurobishi: 305cm
Lower: 135cm

Tsugaike Kogen:
The resort appears to be opening as planned this morning. Uma-no-se course is closed.
Official snow depth:
Tsuga-no-mori: 360cm
Han-no-ki: 340cm
Maruyama: 160cm
Oya-no-hara: 135cm
Kane-no-naru-oka: 135cm

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: 225cm

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

Hakuba Norikura Onsen:
Official snow depth:
Top: 180cm

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 ...

Yuzawa Now!

Sunday 5th March 2017, 8:48am
Weather conditions: Fine and sunny, bit of cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Yuzawa.

The sun is out this morning again - it's going to be another fine morning though more cloud is expected later on in the day along with those mild conditions again.

We may get rained on a bit tomorrow later in the day but signs are that it'll turn into snowfall and actually the forecast is looking quite promising in that respect from Tuesday onwards. Would be great if we could get a run of snowy days in this week to freshen things up once again.

In the meantime, nice weather to be out. And that's where I am headed right now.

Have a good Sunday!


Official snow depth information as of Sunday 5th March 2017

GALA Yuzawa
The upper part of $2,600,000 closed today due to avalanche danger but otherwise GALA is open as planned.
Official snow depth: 370cm

Ishiuchi Maruyama
Official snow depth: 250cm

Official snow depth: 195cm

Joetsu Kokusai
Official snow depth: 260cm

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

Kandatsu Kogen
Official snow depth: 280cm

Maiko Snow Resort
Official snow depth:
Upper - 290cm
Base - 135cm

Muikamachi Hakkaisan
Official snow depth: 340cm

Official snow depth: 270cm

NASPA Ski Garden
Official snow depth: 220cm

Yuzawa Kogen
Official snow depth:
Top - 280cm
Base - 190cm

Yuzawa Park
Official snow depth: 180cm

Yuzawa Nakazato
Official snow depth: 165cm


'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 ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Sunday 5th March 2017, 8:59am
Weather conditions: Fine and sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Nozawa.

And the sun is out again this morning.

Things set to change from tomorrow and it should be a good week if the forecasts are correct as we are on for what looks like should be a good delivery of snow over a period of at least a few days. Let's hope it starts piling up again.

A fair few people gathered last night for the festivities and fireworks over at the Hikage area. Have fun?


Sunday 5th March 2017

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

Official snow depths:
- Yamabiko: 360cm
- Uenotaira: 270cm
- Hikage: 160cm
- Nagasaka: 155cm
- Karasawa: 120cm

Lifts operations:
- All lifts operating

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

Shiga Kogen Now!

Sunday 5th March 2017, 9:07am
Weather conditions: Sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Hello and good morning from Shiga Kogen.

The fine weather continues this morning and it's relatively mild (but not too much high up where we are).

Things should be changing soon though and there's snow on the forecast! The coming week is looking like it might bring some decent snowfall too. Exciting.

So we can look forward to that but in the meantime another nice morning. Sunscreen and sunglasses a must.


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 ...

Madarao Now!

Sunday 5th March 2017, 9:20am
Weather conditions: Clear and sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Hello from Madarao.

After a fine Saturday... it's a fine (and going to be mild) Sunday!

We could do with a nice new fresh layer of snow to freshen things up, and happily it looks like it is on the way this week.

Hopefully starting later on tomorrow.


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

- Nighta at Madarao Kogen is every Saturday until 25th March (and also on 19th March)

Official snow depth:

- 280cm   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Sunday 5th March 2017, 10:03am
Weather conditions: Fine, cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Zao.

No fresh snowfall (as expected) and it is another fine morning here.

Fresh snow is on the way this coming week. Just how much, we'll have to wait and see.

In the meantime, it's a fine early March Sunday. Not quite as busy as peak season weekends, but still a fair few people around.

Today is the last night of the 'light up' evening Ropeway.


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

Last night tonight.
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 ...

Myoko Now!

Sunday 5th March 2017, 10:09am
Weather conditions: Mostly blue, gray over the hills
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Sun yesterday; sun today. March is the first month of spring, right? (even though the forecast says we might get a heavy snow Monday into Tuesday... rhat would be fun!).

Kind of interesting how the temperatures reported by the areas are all over the place today; that sun is warm, but the air temperature actually is not so high. Yet. Let's see what happens as the freezing line once again heads up the mountain.

The same pattern we've seen this season is repeating again: freezing line moves up, we see a little rain, the freezing line comes down and it all turns to snow.

We can use the snow off the areas; it was a great day for snowshoeing yesterday, but pretty tricky for the sliding people — crust, powder, slush, ski-catchingly sticky was all out there. Not surprising when it's really not spring skiing yet, but not really powder time any more.


Akakura Kanko:
345cm, -2°

Akakura Onsen:
310cm, 0°

Ikenotaira Onsen:
280cm, -1°

Myoko Suginohara:
250cm, -6°

Seki Onsen:
500cm, -3°

Myoko Ski Park:
280cm, 3°

Kyukamura RunRun:
290cm, 0°

Tangram Ski Circus:
240cm, -4°

Madarao Kogen:
280cm, -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