Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 28th May 2018

Furano Now!

Wednesday 8th March 2017, 7:27am
Weather conditions: Partly cloudy
New snowfall: 9cm
Snow depth: --
This is the fifth consecutive day of snow, and this morning there is 9cm of accumulation in the village. Pleasingly it is light dry powder, so it will be a good day on the slopes with all main runs being groomed powder. Sky conditions are broken cloud with large patches of blue sky and sunshine, and little in the way of wind. Tomorrow looks like it will be overcast but the snow is forecast to continue.   Read more ...

Yuzawa Now!

Wednesday 8th March 2017, 8:12am
Weather conditions: Cloud, blue sky, sun! For the moment!
New snowfall: 24cm
Snow depth: --
Wow, what an early morning it should be today!

Yesterday it was snowing pretty much all the day, but it didn't amount to much - just a few cm by the time it got dark. But it snowed overnight and there's 22cn of fresh snow on the ground now. Here's what resorts are reporting:

Kagura: 20-30cm
Kagura (Mitsumata): 25cm
Kagura (Tashiro): 20cm
Maiko Snow Resort: 20cm

What's more, as of 8am, there's some blue sky up there as well as the hanging-on cloud. That wasn't expected with snow still forecast for the day, so it may well cover up and continue fairly soon. Indeed, there's more cloud to the north of Yuzawa.

But first tracks at least should be really great this morning.

There can't be many more mornings like this left this season, so we need to make the most of it!


Official snow depth information as of Wednesday 8th 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: 260cm

Official snow depth: 205cm

Joetsu Kokusai
Official snow depth: 260cm

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

Kandatsu Kogen
Official snow depth: 300cm

Maiko Snow Resort
Official snow depth:
Upper - 310cm
Base - 150cm

Muikamachi Hakkaisan
Official snow depth: 340cm

Official snow depth: 270cm

NASPA Ski Garden
Official snow depth: 240cm

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

Yuzawa Park
Official snow depth: 170cm

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 ...

Niseko Now!

Wednesday 8th March 2017, 8:30am
Weather conditions: Cloud, blue sky, sun
New snowfall: 26cm
Snow depth: --
And a good morning to you all!

And it most certainly is a very good morning. It feels like a long time since I have reported over 20cm in one report, but happily today is one of those days.

26cm since my last report.

Really nice quality snow too. Oh yes!

It is surely going to be a great day, and the lines of people waiting for early lifts on this March morning show how excited we all are.

Actually right now there's some blue sky appearing through the clouds, and the sun is shining through in places, casting big shadows in others. Changeable conditions early on, will be interesting to see if we get any more today...

Anyway, I hope you can be here to enjoy this! Have fun and take care.


Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base: -10℃, 20cm snowfall. Moiwa 800m: -12℃, 20cm snowfall with snowdrift development. Annupuri 1150m: -14℃, W8m/s, 40cm snowfall with snowdrifts. Hirafu 1250m: -12℃, 20cm snowfall with snowdrifts. Kamui cape lighthouse: SW5m/s, 997hPa, 1.3m waves. Benkei cape: W7m/s.

The wind is calming down but snowdrifts are still slowly developing. 30cm of good snow can be found below treeline. Snowdrifts are growing, however no notable layer activities has been observed and it seems the general avalanche risk is low. All gates are scheduled to open, please follow the ski patrol’s instructions.

We suggest paying more attention to slabs as a whole rather than just the layers. Layers can be found everywhere anytime. Avalanches occur in slopes with snowdrifts that became slabs. The wind or the sun can affect the cause of these slabs formations. If fissures appear when you run into a snowdrift, it is a red signal, or might even be too late. Fissures instantly transmit through a wide surface and triggers a slide.

Many of the accidents have occurred during or just after storms. Pay good attention to the past weather transition. The snow conditions changes everyday. Better not stay put on a steep slope, ride simultaneously or traverse knoll terrain and under cornices. Epic snow conditions this morning. Have a great 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 areas should be open as normal this morning. I want first lift. Make way!


Official resort snow depths as of Wednesday 8th March 2017:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 360cm
Base - 160cm

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!

Wednesday 8th March 2017, 8:31am
Weather conditions: Blue sky sun, some remaining clouds
New snowfall: 23cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Nozawa.

It's a very good morning as well.

Snow yesterday though it wasn't really the kind where the cm mounted up - but it got into another gear overnight and this morning there's 20-30cm of fresh snow being reported by the resort. Great to see a good fresh blanket of snow at base too, not just higher up.

We were expecting snow through the day today as well, but for the moment there's actually quite a bit of blue sky appearing and the sun is shining through my window now. Very bright.

That means that it should be an excellent morning here and I'm going to make my own way up to the top of the mountain as soon as this report is sent off.

Latest local forecasts seem to say the snow should be back falling by tomorrow.

Hope you can enjoy it.


Wednesday 8th March 2017

Fresh snow reported by resort since yesterday morning:
- Yamabiko: 23cm
- Uenotaira: 30cm
- Hikage: 20cm
- Nagasaka: 20cm
- Karasawa: 20cm

Official snow depths:
- Yamabiko: 380cm
- Uenotaira: 300cm
- Hikage: 190cm
- Nagasaka: 180cm
- Karasawa: 130cm

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 ...

Myoko Now!

Wednesday 8th March 2017, 8:36am
Weather conditions: Increasing sun at the moment
New snowfall: 33cm
Snow depth: --
It's almost perfect out today; nearly 30cm of fresh snow overnight on top of what we got through the day yesterday, the clouds lifting to let the sun in; a forecast that says more snow ahead.

Was it really raining a little while back?

March has a way of doing this, giving some great powder just when most of the international crowd has given up and headed home.

I'm not sure if this sun will hold, too; there are some pretty good cloud banks off to the north. Well, the sun is nice, I guess, but cloudy days don't give you sun crusts (and snow isn't delivered in the night by pixies).


Akakura Kanko:
345cm, -5° (no new report today)

Akakura Onsen:
355cm, -5°

Ikenotaira Onsen:
280cm, -2°

Myoko Suginohara:
270cm, -7°

Seki Onsen:
500cm, -6°

Myoko Ski Park:
330cm, -2°

Kyukamura RunRun:
330cm, -3°

Tangram Ski Circus:
240cm, -3°

Madarao Kogen:
280cm, -6°
   Read more ...

Madarao Now!

Wednesday 8th March 2017, 8:40am
Weather conditions: Lots of cloud still, some blue sky, some sunshine
New snowfall: 14cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Madarao.

And a good one it should be too with 10+cm since my last report - this time I am measuring a bit more than the 10cm being reported by the resort itself.

There's a break in the snow clouds now (for the day?) and the sun is out in places, and blue skies appearing.

It should be a very good morning.

The clock continues to tick faster than we would like and there can't be too many fresh snow mornings left in the season. So we must - it is our duty to - make the most of it...


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 ...

Hakuba Now!

Wednesday 8th March 2017, 8:45am
Weather conditions: Snow clouds
New snowfall: 12cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Hakuba.

Fresh snow!

Here's the headlines:

Hakuba 47: 25cm since yesterday evening (plus 15cm during the day yesterday)
Hakuba Goryu: 5-15cm
Hakuba Happo-one: 10cm top Riesen; 20cm by groomers
Hakuba Cortina: 10-20cm

So there's a mixed bunch of numbers there but the most important thing being that there's a decent layer of fresh snow out there on the slopes.

We are measuring 12cm to go on our report.

Great to see snow on the ground again - but (as always of course) we want more!

Clouds still over the mountains and still snowing up there with limited visibility in many resort areas, but latest local forecast seem to indicate any snow falling on mountain should ease off though we're due more snow overnight and through tomorrow.


Resort news as of 8:40am on Wednesday 8th 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 25cm of fresh snowfall since yesterday evening. And apparently 15cm during the day yesterday.
The resort appears to be opening as planned this morning.
Official snow depth
Upper: 300cm
Base: 150cm

Hakuba Goryu:
Hakuba Goryu is reporting 5-15cm of fresh snowfall.
The resort appears to be opening as planned this morning.
Official snow depth
Alps: 305cm
Toomi: 165cm
Iimori: 105cm

Hakuba Happo-one:
Hakuba Happo-one is reporting 10cm of fresh snowfall (Riesen quad top). And groomers reporting 20cm.
The resort appears to be opening as planned this morning.
Official snow depth:
Usagidaira: 250cm
Kurobishi: 325cm
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: 155cm
Oya-no-hara: 140cm
Kane-no-naru-oka: 140cm

Hakuba Cortina:
Hakuba Cortina is reporting 10-20cm of fresh snowfall.
The resort appears to be opening as planned this morning.
Official snow depth:
Top: 375cm
Base: 235cm

Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field:
Official snow depth:
Top: 230cm
Base: 110cm

Hakuba Norikura Onsen:
Official snow depth:
Top: 170cm

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 ...

Grandeco Now!

Wednesday 8th March 2017, 8:52am
Weather conditions: Snow, clouds
New snowfall: 8cm
Snow depth: --
God morning from Grandeco.

8cm of fresh snowfall fell last night and it is still falling now - very light and powder-like. Nice. A very good day to enjoy the fresh snow on Lavender A course. All courses except for Lavender A are groomed and ready to go.

Temperatures are remaining quite low, and happily it feels like middle of winter again.

According to the forecast, it will be snow until Friday. Let's hope we can enjoy the fresh snow every morning!


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 ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Wednesday 8th March 2017, 9:20am
Weather conditions: Snow, cloud, bright... can't decide what to do
New snowfall: 10cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Shiga Kogen.

Another kind of mixed bag this morning with light snow currently falling but quite bright skies and a few clearings in places. The sun even trying to break through again.

(Actually, make that moderate snow falling as I look out of the window now).

Oh yes, and about 10cm of snow since my last report.

Keeping cold.

It should be a good morning, and more snow still there on the forecast 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 ...

Zao Now!

Wednesday 8th March 2017, 9:49am
Weather conditions: Cloud, snow
New snowfall: 8cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Zao.

8cm of fresh snow on the ground this morning and it's snowing still now.

The forecast says more snow throughout the day today and tomorrow too, and perhaps into Friday.

Come on, bring it on!


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 - 175cm
Uwanodai - 130cm
Yokokura - 125cm   Read more ...

Naeba Now!

Wednesday 8th March 2017, 13:15pm
Weather conditions: Today there is a decent amount of cloud around with sun breaking through a fair amount.
New snowfall: 8cm
Snow depth: --
Good afternoon from Naeba everybody.

Today we had some nice powder to start off with, becoming fairly chopped up by mid morning.

Conditions are much softer over the whole mountain today due to today's fresh snow and less wind overnight.

Looking on we are expecting snow every day going on with potentially a storm rolling in on Monday,

Fruity!   Read more ...

SnowJapan Daily 'Now' reports

Yuzawa Now
28th May, 8:40am
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