Snow and weather reports posted on Friday 18th May 2018

Niseko Now!

Tuesday 7th March 2017, 8:31am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 9cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Niseko.

And good news this morning with 9cm of fresh snow on the ground outside my place near the base of Hirafu. It's cold too. Yey.

From what I can gather a lot of that has been since early morning (pre-toast) and hopefully it will continue to build up during the day today with snow showers forecast - though the forecasts don't seem to be forecasting major dumpage. They are sometimes wrong of course. It has been coming down quite nicely post-toast and I am guessing that is the reason that I am seeing more than what is in Avalanche Report below.

Snow clouds should be with us through this week though so regular top-ups should be happening. Whether they will be enough for a proper reset or not is something we'll have to wait on. Let's see.

In fact, I will be a responsible reporter and go out there to do some investigating myself this morning. :)


Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base: -8℃, light breeze with 5cm crystal snowfall. Moiwa 800m: -9℃, 10cm snowfall. Annupuri 1150m: -13℃, W8m/s, 5cm snowfall, poor visibility. Hirafu 1250m: -13℃, light breeze, no snowfall. Kamui cape lighthouse: SW8m/s, 999hPa, 0.8m waves. Benkei cape lighthouse: NW16m/s.

First snowfall in a while and the mountain is blanketed by a thin coat of fresh snow. According to the observations, the avalanche risk is low, however shallow slides from March 6th are to be expected in 35+ grade slopes above 800m elevation. Please do not underestimate the risks as, although shallow, these slides are fast and powerful enough to sweep you down the slope. All gates are scheduled to open however will be subject to the wind and visibility. Please respect the ski patrol’s decisions.

The ski patrols and avalanche institute are working hard for maintaining a balance between accident prevention and freedom to ride.

Sorry to hear that people are complaining to the town office about what we do.

Beware of sudden weather changes.


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 areas should be open as normal this morning.


Official resort snow depths as of Tuesday 7th March 2017:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 330cm
Base - 135cm

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!

Tuesday 7th March 2017, 8:31am
Weather conditions: Snowing
New snowfall: 2cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning.

As forecast, after a mild yesterday it is colder this morning and there has been some fresh snow. I was out of Hakuba last night so I can't report first hand on what happened there - but I am happy to see some snow this morning.

Not a huge amount - around 2cm - and resorts reporting between that and up to 10cm at higher elevations but hopefully we will see more falling today and tomorrow and indeed the snow clouds are due to be on hand right through until Friday so it will be interesting to see what we can get out of them.

Looks like some restricted visibility out on the slopes early morning - close to white-out in some places. Take care out there.


Resort news as of 8:40am on Tuesday 7th 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 3-5cm of fresh snowfall.
The resort appears to be opening as planned this morning.
Official snow depth
Upper: 275cm
Base: 130cm

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: 230cm
Kurobishi: 300cm
Lower: 130cm

Tsugaike Kogen:
The resort appears to be opening as planned this morning. Uma-no-se course is closed.
Official snow depth:
Tsuga-no-mori: 355cm
Han-no-ki: 335cm
Maruyama: 155cm
Oya-no-hara: 130cm
Kane-no-naru-oka: 130cm

Hakuba Cortina:
Hakuba Cortina is reporting 5-10cm of fresh snowfall.
The resort appears to be opening as planned this morning.
Official snow depth:
Top: 345cm
Base: 220cm

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

Hakuba Norikura Onsen:
Official snow depth:
Top: 165cm

Official snow depth:
Top: 160cm

Hakuba Sanosaka:
Official snow depth:
Top: 130cm


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!

Tuesday 7th March 2017, 8:34am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: --
Hello and good morning from Yuzawa.

Yesterday was cloudy and grey for the day, with rain coming in the evening.

Not to worry though because this morning we have some snow on the ground.

Here's what resorts are reporting:

Kagura: 10cm
Maiko: 5-10cm

And there's 5cm of snow on the top of my car this morning and at our measuring points both in Yuzawa and just to the north in Minamiuonuma.

It's snowing still as well with snow still on the forecast for today, tomorrow and beyond.

Exciting to get more fresh - let's have lots of it please.

Will report again tomorrow morning.


Official snow depth information as of Tuesday 7th 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: 350cm

Ishiuchi Maruyama
Official snow depth: 240cm

Official snow depth: 190cm

Joetsu Kokusai
Official snow depth: 250cm

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

Kandatsu Kogen
Official snow depth: 280cm

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

Muikamachi Hakkaisan
Official snow depth: 340cm

Official snow depth: 270cm

NASPA Ski Garden
Official snow depth: 225cm

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

Yuzawa Park
Official snow depth: 170cm

Yuzawa Nakazato
Official snow depth: 160cm


'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 ...

Grandeco Now!

Tuesday 7th March 2017, 8:35am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 1cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Grandeco and it is snowing lightly in the area early on.

Snow start falling this morning and there is 1cm of new snow at this moment (8:00am).

According to the forecast, it will be a heavy snow tomorrow so that should be good, with snow on and off through Friday.

Temperatures are getting cold again, maybe snow condition will be a powder again from this afternoon.

After the snow fall, the weather for next weekend will be nice for the "Grandeco Rainbow Weekend" event. Some snow sculptures and many candles will be placed around ski ground area, with a lot of skiers and snowboarders waving rainbow flags and dressed up in cosplay!


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
Goshukinuma through Grandeco: snow   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Tuesday 7th March 2017, 8:49am
Weather conditions: Snow clouds
New snowfall: 4cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Nozawa.

Fresh snow!

The resort is this morning reporting 5-10cm of fresh snow (base-top) and I am measuring 4cm myself here by base.

It is snowing lightly just at the moment and snow is still there on the forecast over the next few days so we can hope for more.

Should be fun playing in that fresh snow up top this morning. I might see some of you out there.


Tuesday 7th March 2017

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

Official snow depths:
- Yamabiko: 365cm
- Uenotaira: 275cm
- Hikage: 165cm
- Nagasaka: 165cm
- Karasawa: 115cm

Lifts operations:
- All lifts operating except:
- 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   Read more ...

Minakami Now!

Tuesday 7th March 2017, 8:56am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 15cm
Snow depth: --
Fluffy pow falling out the sky here since last night though its coming in a little light at the moment. Accumulation is 15cm at the base of Tenjin and just a little more reported up top so a good start and its forecast to intensify this afternoon and this evening.

Nothing warms my cockles more than a mid-week pow fest in March and one day storms are great but 5 day storms are significantly better! Apart from the truckloads of fresh snow forecast for this weekend, Yubiso park will be hosting the annual Yuki Matsuri which is free and geared toward small children.

Work to commence today on shaping the giant mounds of snow into Anpanman and various other fun stuff.


Fresh snowfall:

15cm Tenjin
0cm Hodaigi
0cm Okutone

Temps at 10am

Official snow depth:

410cm 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 ...

Madarao Now!

Tuesday 7th March 2017, 9:00am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 2cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Madarao.

Some fresh snow this morning - the resort seem to be reporting up to 10cm on the mountain. I'm only measuring a few cm myself so a thin layer. I would expect some icy and hard conditions still this morning, but the forecast is still good for regular snow over the coming days.

Fingers crossed!


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

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:

- 280cm   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Tuesday 7th March 2017, 9:01am
Weather conditions: Snow clouds
New snowfall: 1cm
Snow depth: --
It's nice and colder this morning and there is a dusting of snow on the ground... just about enough for me to add 1cm to the report. I would expect more higher up so there might be a light top-up to enjoy this morning, though surely nothing like a reset.

Good looking forecast still with snow expected daily through until the weekend, and it should also be keeping cold.


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

Paradise Number 3 pair
Diamond Number 1 pair
Karamatsu pair (closed now for the season)

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 - 125cm   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Tuesday 7th March 2017, 9:14am
Weather conditions: Cloud, light snow, bit of sun in places
New snowfall: 2cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Shiga Kogen.

Just a few cm of snow this morning. There's a lot of cloud around but just as I write this there's actually a bit of sun shining through the clouds in places. And a few patches of blue sky to see. But at the same time, it's snowing. So a real mixed bag of weather conditions this morning.

Snow is what is on the forecasts for the next few days, so perhaps it'll set in and I'll have some decent numbers to report over the next few days.


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 ...

Myoko Now!

Tuesday 7th March 2017, 9:46am
Weather conditions: Snow continues to fall
New snowfall: 13cm
Snow depth: --
The snow is back, and a little more than the prefecture's forecast of 10cm. Some wind, as usual when the wind changes and the snowy weather blows in, and a bit of drifting. But it's nice to have things white again (it was getting pretty dirty along the roads. My car is shocking; don't lean against it).

Looks like the snow will continue for several days now, maybe not a whole lot every day, but bit by bit works well, too. Easier to keep up with than that three meters in less than two weeks that we got in January. Winter's not completely dead yet...


Akakura Kanko:
345cm, -5°

Akakura Onsen:
325cm, -4°

Ikenotaira Onsen:
280cm, -1° (this isn't changing, even though the site says it's today)

Myoko Suginohara:
255cm, -5°

Seki Onsen:
480cm, -4°

Myoko Ski Park:
320cm, 0°

Kyukamura RunRun:
300cm, -1

Tangram Ski Circus:
240cm, -4°

Madarao Kogen:
280cm, -5°

   Read more ...

Appi Kogen Now!

Tuesday 7th March 2017, 10:20am
Weather conditions: Snow clouds
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Appi,

Currently cloudy with some light snow falling and a temperature of -2. We can expect about another 15cm of snow today and a lot more coming tomorrow and Thursday. Great news for all heading this way.

Relatively light winds the rest of the week and stable temperatures of around -4 all week too. Let's all hope the snow arrives as planned.

The runs are in decent shape but you can expect the upper runs to be cloud covered most of the day with reduced visibility. Still any day on the slopes is better than a day in the office.

Have a great day out there.


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 - *** actually looks like this Gondola affected by wind at the moment
Sailer quad
Vista quad


Official snow depth:

195cm   Read more ...

Furano Now!

Tuesday 7th March 2017, 11:42am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: --
March is turning out to be good for snow with a further 5cm of fresh to report. It has been snowing all morning, although it has eased off to snow flurries in the village at the moment. It is an overcast day but still quite bright with strong sunlight breaking through. Wind around the base is light, but is gusting to moderate at times. The outlook for tomorrow is much the same as today with light snow and light winds, but there should be more direct sun with broken cloud conditions.   Read more ...

Naeba Now!

Tuesday 7th March 2017, 14:32pm
Weather conditions: Overcast and snowing
New snowfall: 7cm
Snow depth: --
Good afternoon from Naeba everyone.

Many apologies for the late report today. As of this morning, there was 7 cm of fresh snow on the ground, however, this will have increased during the day as it has been more or less non-stop.

Conditions today were very much dust on crust. Nice cruddy snow on the off piste sections. Conditions on piste were powdery and smooth in places and very icy in other places. All in all a day to enjoy but not to push it too hard.

Looking on there is no end in sight for this snow. Light to moderate snow is predicted for every day this week.

WOOP!   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