Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 26th May 2019

Furano Now!

Saturday 12th March 2016, 8:20am
Weather conditions: Foggy
New snowfall: 9cm
Snow depth: 190cm
Good morning to Saturday. The day is looking really good out there with a whopping 9cm of light powder in the village overnight. There is no wind and it continues to snow moderately at the moment. Temperatures are pretty warm, but importantly the resort is still sitting below freezing, meaning the pow will be good this morning. Cloud is rolling three quarters of the way down the hill but it should lift as the morning progresses.

Tomorrow's forecast is positive with largely clear skies and no wind.   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Saturday 12th March 2016, 8:34am
Weather conditions: Snow clouds
New snowfall: 24cm
Snow depth: 170cm
What a lovely Saturday morning it is.

I don't mean that the sun is out and it's clear blue skies... no, we have 24cm of fresh snow on the ground here at Hirafu base and surely more than that up on the mountain. Just about right that isn't it, 20+cm. Fantastic to see so much snow overnight and here on the 12th March, must admit I was not expecting this.

There was a hint of sun just bit earlier on, but right now it's back to snowing with limited visibility.

The skies might just clear up though during the day today.

It does look likely to get a bit warmer from tomorrow - sunshine tomorrow morning? - but there is some more snow lined up on the forecast for Monday-Tuesday.

We can't escape the fact that it is indeed approaching mid-March now so spring is inevitably going to start winning through sometime soon.

In the meantime though, it's a fab mid-winter like morning here now!

I hope you can get to enjoy it.


Resort specific lift opening news at time of posting (subject to change during the day):

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Niseko HANAZONO Resort
Niseko Village
Niseko Annupuri
All resort areas look set to be opening as planned this morning.


Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6.00am: -6°C, light winds, 25cm new snow. Moiwa 838m: -8.9°C, light winds, 30cm new snow. Mikaeri: 35cm new snow, no snow drift development. Annupuri 1000m: snowpack 300cm. Hirafu Ridgeline: -11°C, light winds, 20cm new snow. Coastal data: Benkei Cape:NNW10m/s. Kamui Cape W5m/s, 1020hPa, wave 1.0m.

Atmospheric pressure gradient is shallow and winds are calm. However cold air at higher elevations is continuing to produce snow. From observation there is no notable snowdrift development. Under 1000m avalanche risk is low. On north faces, steep slopes above 1200m and leeward cornice slopes the slab on top of the Mar 9th layer is stabilsing, but due to the increased weight from the continued snowfall these slabs could fracture from sudden stimulation, such as a cornice breaking, fracturing up to 50cm. Avoid riding in the valley bottoms-> this is the avalanche path. There are many cracks appearing just below ridgelines, many are hidden by new snow. Use caution. Do not enter strictly off limits areas. Do not duck any of the ropes. All peak gates are expected to be open. Snow in the forest is good. Have a good day.


Official resort snow depths as of Saturday 12th March 2016:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 395cm
Base - 170cm

Niseko Village
Top - 360cm
Base - 160cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 380cm
Base - 180cm


Lifts planned to be open for night skiing:

Nighta will be open every day until Monday 21st March 2016

Niseko Grand Hirafu:
Ace Family Pair lift, Ace Number 2 Center Four lift, Hirafu Gondola, Holiday Number 1 Pair lift
(There is no night skiing at the Hanazono area)

Niseko Village:
Community Chair and Banzai Chair

Niseko Annupuri:
Jumbo Number 1 Quad


Niseko Grand Hirafu 6 day weather and snow forecast   Read more ...

Minakami Now!

Saturday 12th March 2016, 8:40am
Weather conditions: Clouds up top, clear in the village
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 130cm
More light snow last night and yesterday and flakes were gently drifting down this morning however the weather appears to have cleared.

Supposed to be more snow this afternoon and again tomorrow.

Cold temperatures are keeping the snow pack from melting away and the base level has been maintained now for 3 days running.

Appears as though things will stay cool till Wednesday after which all bets are off for the season in my opinion.

Yubiso snow festival will be held in Yubiso park tomorrow and your scribe had a hand in one of the creatures. This years slide is understandably, quite a bit smaller than usual.


Resorts in Minakami:

Minakami Kogen Fujiwara
Minakami Hodaigi
Minakami Kogen Ski Resort
Norn Minakami
Okutone Snow Park
Tanigawadake Tenjindaira
White Valley

- Oana is now closed for the season.
- Akazawa is now closed for the season.
- Okutone Snow Park is open up top (piste to the bottom closed).
- White Valley is part open.


Weather forecast:

Tanigawa Tenjindaira 6 day snow and weather forecast
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Hakuba Now!

Saturday 12th March 2016, 8:44am
Weather conditions: Blue sky, sun and cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 125cm
Good morning from Hakuba.

No new snow to report this morning other than a slight dusting on the mountains and a few resorts reporting the odd cm.

Right now the sun is out, there's cloud around but lots of blue sky and sunshine as well... a beautiful morning. It's quite cold as well actually which is always good.

Is that 'heavy snow' I see on the forecast for tomorrow night right now? That would be great, wouldn't it.

Things do look set to get somewhat warmer again come mid-week, and so the more we can get in the better. (But that goes without saying that, doesn't it?)

Have a fun Saturday.


6 day forecast for Happo-one:

6 day snow and weather forecast for Happo-one


Resort news as of 8:40am on Saturday 12th March 2016 (where available, all subject to change due to weather conditions)

Hakuba 47:
Hakuba 47 is reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall this morning.
All courses set to open this morning.
It appears that the Tree Riding Zone has re-opened.
There is no 'nighta' at Hakuba 47.
Official snow depth:
Upper: 195cm
Base: 90cm

Hakuba Goryu:
Hakuba Goryu is reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall this morning.
All courses open apart from Snow Diving and Adventure.
The Toomi area will be open until 9:30pm tonight for 'nighta'.
Official snow depth
Alps: 252cm
Toomi: 125cm
Iimori: 70cm

Hakuba Happo-one:
Part of the lower Kokusai and Kitaone areas are closed.
Night skiing has now finished for the season.
Official snow depth:
Usagidaira: 180cm
Nakiyama: 50cm
Sakka: 25cm

Hakuba Cortina:
Hakuba Cortina is reporting 1cm of fresh snowfall this morning.
All courses open apart from Itadaira Ridge, Itadaira Forest and Giant.
The Ikenota area will be open for 'nighta' until 8pm tonight (9pm on Saturdays).
Official snow depth:
Top: 155cm
Base: 90cm

Tsugaike Kogen:
All courses are generally open.
Nighta at Karamatsu/Shirakaba on 12th/19th March.
Note that the top Tsugaike Ropeway only opens from spring (no news yet).
Official snow depth:
Tsuga-no-mori: 230cm
Maruyama: 60cm
Kane-no-naru-oka: 50cm

Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field:
Areas of Village Side that remain open - Sunny Valley, by2, by3, Shinden connecting. Kometsuga and Paradise remain part open.
Parts of the Mountain Side that are closed - View A, View B, Kamo 4, Dangan, Sonezawa, Five Side.
There is no 'nighta' at Hakuba Iwatake.
Official snow depth:
Upper: 110cm
Lower: 35cm

Hakuba Norikura Onsen:
Closed courses are Kamoshika, Highway, Snake, Expert, Sky View and lower part of Satomi Ridge.
There is no 'nighta' at Hakuba Norikura.
Official snow depth:

Hakuba Sanosaka:
All of the courses are open.
There is no 'nighta' at Hakuba Sanosaka.
Official snow depth:
60cm   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Saturday 12th March 2016, 8:49am
Weather conditions: Cloud, fog
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 45cm
Morning from Nozawa.

The local forecast says 'sun' but right now there's clouds up above and limited visibility up on the upper areas of the mountain as well. Perhaps conditions will clear up as the morning progresses.

The resort is reporting a few cm of fresh snow on top areas, but nothing down low.

Still looks like there might be a chance of light snow over the next few days and it will be keeping quite cold too. Temperatures are looking likely to start rising around Wednesday.

All lifts apart from the Kandahar pair lift moving this morning.


Official info at time of writing on Saturday 12th March 2016 (subject to change):

Official snow depths:

Yamabiko: 130cm
Uenotaira: 75cm
Hikage: 45cm
Nagasaka: 30cm
Karasawa: 10cm

New snowfall as reported by the resort since yesterday:

Yamabiko: 2cm
Uenotaira: 0cm
Hikage: 0cm
Nagasaka: 0cm
Karasawa: 0cm

The following courses are closed:

Paradise connection
Utopia Course 2
Grand Prix
Kandahar West
Kandahar East

Lifts planned to be rested today:

Kandahar pair


Nozawa Onsen 6 day weather and snow forecast

Nozawa Onsen main resort data   Read more ...

Madarao Now!

Saturday 12th March 2016, 9:09am
Weather conditions: Cloudy, bit of blue sky starting to appear
New snowfall: 2cm
Snow depth: 100cm
Early on this morning there was a lot of fog around but now the lifts are spinning it has lifted leaving us with a good view of the frosty looking mountain.

There has been a few cm of fresh snow since yesterday and it's a cold and calm morning. The groomers are looking inviting and I believe all of the courses and tree runs should be open as normal.

Still the chance of a bit of fresh snowfall tomorrow though I wouldn't expect much from it; it should be remaining cold though.

Warmer conditions are forecast for mid-week.

For now though a good cold morning to get some sliding done.

Have a good Saturday wherever you are.


Snow and weather forecast:

6 day snow and weather forecast for Madarao Kogen


Madarao Kogen lifts operating (planned at time of writing):

All lifts plan to be open today

Tangram Ski Circus lifts operating (planned at time of writing):

All lifts plan to be open today

Tree Run Courses open at Madarao Kogen:


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Shiga Kogen Now!

Saturday 12th March 2016, 9:10am
Weather conditions: Cloud, some blue sky here and there
New snowfall: 2cm
Snow depth: 90cm
A bit more snow to report since yesterday morning and light snow falling early morning.

It's remaining cold too which is good for the snow conditions so things are relatively pretty decent at the moment for the start of the weekend. (Obviously I'd prefer 40cm of deep fresh...!)

There's some blue sky to be seen here and there at the moment so perhaps it's going to clear up during the day. Or will there be more snow to come? Still some there on the forecast for today and especially tomorrow night as well, so we may not have seen the last of it for the moment.

As we get into next week especially around Wednesday we can expect some warmer conditions to arrive.


Official snow depths at Shiga Kogen resort areas (Saturday 12th March 2016):

Sun Valley
Nighta on Saturdays until 19th March (7pm-9pm)






Takamagahara Mammoth


Tannenomori Okojo

Ichinose Family
Nighta daily until 27th March (6:30pm-9pm)


Ichinose Diamond
Nighta on Saturdays until 26th March (6:30pm-9pm)

Ichinose Yamanokami

Nighta on Saturdays until 12th March (6pm-8pm)

Okushiga Kogen

Nighta on Saturdays until 26th March (6:30pm-9pm)
Also on 20th March

Yokoteyama & Shibutoge


6 day snow and weather forecasts:

Ichinose Family 6-day snow and weather forecast
Okushiga Kogen 6-day snow and weather forecast
Yokoteyama 6-day snow and weather forecast   Read more ...

Yuzawa Now!

Saturday 12th March 2016, 9:13am
Weather conditions: Cloud, increasingly blue sky and sun
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 90cm
It was an odd mix of conditions yesterday with some sporadic snowfall at times into the evening as well.

There's just a dusting of snow being reported by the higher resort areas this morning.

As I write this report some of the early morning cloud and fog has lifted and while there is still a lot of cloud around there's also an increasing amount of blue sky as well and the sun is out. It feels like it's going to turn into a very fine day, with a high of around +6C forecast for town.

We might get some more sporadic light snow at times over the next few days, though it might end up being rain as well especially lower down in town - though some have things completely dry through until Tuesday.

Into next week and come Wednesday temperatures are going to be rising further.

I've noticed some people start to take down the winter protection surrounding trees and the like; even see some tulips pushing up through the soil at the side of my house... both people and nature seems to be thinking it's 'spring'!

There's a few events going on at both Maiko Snow Resort and Joetsu Kokusai tonight, both finishing off with fireworks. The firework times are 8:20pm in the Maiko area of Maiko Snow Resort, and at 9:30pm at Joetsu Kokusai. Looks like the weather should be ok for both of those.


Resort official snow depths (Saturday 12th March 2016) and any specific news at time of writing:

After some very warm conditions recently, there are some patches of ground on view on some lower slopes around town now. Southern facing slopes are generally more affected. Some courses at resorts are closed due to the snow situation - best to check with the individual resorts for their up-to-date details. Snow cover remains good higher up and is not a problem.

Resorts in Yuzawa and Minamiuonuma:

GALA Yuzawa

Ishiuchi Maruyama


Joetsu Kokusai

160cm (Mitsumata)
190cm (Tashiro)
220cm (Kagura)

Kandatsu Kogen

Maiko Snow Resort
130cm (upper)
30cm (lower)

Muikamachi Hakkaisan


NASPA Ski Garden

Yuzawa Kogen

Yuzawa Nakazato

Yuzawa Park


'Nighta' (floodlit night operations)

Details of the 'nighta' operations at ski and snowboards resorts around Yuzawa and Minamiuonuma.
Subject to change due to snow conditions.

Ishiuchi Maruyama
Open daily until 8:50pm (until 20th March).
The Chuo No 1 and Chuo No 2 lifts are open daily.
The Kanko No 1, Kanko No 2, Kanko No 3, Hatsukaishi Entrance lift, Hatsukaishi No 2 pair lifts are open on weekends and holidays.
The basic charge is 2000 yen but various tickets are available.

Open daily until 9pm on Saturdays and until 8pm on weekdays and Sundays (until 21st March).
The charge is 1500 yen for adults and 1000 yen for children and seniors.

Joetsu Kokusai
Open daily until 9pm (until 21st March).
The charge is 1500 yen for adults and 1000 yen for children and seniors.
On weekdays the area in front of the main hotel is open - a larger area (including Osawa and Atema) is open on weekends.

Kandatsu Kogen
Open from 6pm until 4am on Fridays, Saturdays and evenings before holidays through 26th March.
Open from 4:30pm until 11pm on weekdays until 24th March.
Various tickets are available starting at 2000 yen for adults, 1700 yen for seniors and 1000 yen for children.

Maiko Snow Resort
Open daily with the Maiko Center quad lift operating from 4pm until 8pm.
The charge is 500 yen for everyone.

Open daily until 27th March.
From 4pm until 8:30pm on weekdays and Sundays (2000 yen); until 9pm every Saturday and on 20th March (3000 yen).
'All Night' opening is planned for Saturday 26th March when Naeba will be open from 10pm until 5am.

Yuzawa Nakazato
Open on Saturdays from 5pm until 8:30pm (until 12th March).
Tickets are 1500 yen for adults and 1000 yen for children and seniors.


List of ski resorts in Yuzawa town
List of ski resorts in Minamiuonuma City


Iwappara 6 day snow and weather forecast
NASPA Ski Garden 6 day snow and weather forecast
Kagura 6 day snow and weather forecast
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Grandeco Now!

Saturday 12th March 2016, 9:29am
Weather conditions: Clear sunny skies
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 210cm
It's all sun and blue sky this morning at Grandeco Resort and it should stay sunny until around 3pm today.

There is no fresh snow in the forecast for the weekend and it looks like temperatures will be warming up bit for Sunday as well.

The trail surfaces are freshly groomed packed snow which should warm up to spring snow later in the day.

With all the lifts open lift lines shouldn’t be a problem. Advanced skiers and boarders can check out #3 and #4 lifts for more challenging terrain and fewer people.

All lifts and trails are open today, except Trail #33 located under #1 Main Lift.


Lifts operating:

All lifts operating

Courses open:

All courses open except [H] Center 33 and the Snow Park


Snow and weather forecast:

6 day snow and weather forecast for Grandeco
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Myoko Now!

Saturday 12th March 2016, 9:38am
Weather conditions: Lots of sun, with some clouds here and there
New snowfall: 3cm
Snow depth: 165cm
Not a lot of fresh snow on the ground this morning, maybe three cm, but it is a nice day out there!

Sunny, not too hot, white trees up on the hill.... could be a lot worse!

We might get some more, especially tomorrow, but that's going to be it for a while. It is going to be warm from Wednesday, with that freezing line going way up. Again.

Let's just get out there, and enjoy what we can during this strange year.


Akakura Kanko:
-6° / 165cm

Akakura Onsen:
-5° / 160cm

Ikenotaira Onsen:
-4° / 100cm

Myoko Suginohara:
-11 (top) / 80cm

Seki Onsen:
-2° / 270cm

Myoko Ski Park:
-1° / 125cm

Kyukamura RunRun:
2° / 150cm (yesterday's report?)

Tangram Ski Circus:
-2° / 100cm

Madarao Kogen:
-5° / 100cm
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Naeba Now!

Saturday 12th March 2016, 9:47am
Weather conditions: Today there's a relatively thick fog just above the base area.
New snowfall: 1cm
Snow depth: 110cm
Good morning from Naeba everybody.

Well today is a little colder than yesterday with a small amount of snow (totaling approximately 1 cm) having fallen overnight. The snow is still falling now though so we should see a bit more accumulation by the end of today.

Weather going forwards is for small amounts of snow for the next few days and then a mix of sun and cloud from then on.

Naeba 6-day snow and weather forecast
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Appi Kogen Now!

Saturday 12th March 2016, 10:04am
Weather conditions: Cloudy, sunny skies
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 130cm
Good morning on this sunny Saturday morning.

Right now its a little chilly with the temperature outside my front door of -6. Currently mostly sunny skies with very light winds. We can expect that to continue most of the day today with the temperature remaining the same.

Yesterday was quite uneventful with a sprinkling of snow and mostly sunny skies. The base has remained at 130cm mainly due to the cold temperatures and clear nights. The next few days we should have fairly favourable conditions, if you like sun and no snow that is. The winds should stay relatively light and variable over the weekend with perhaps a little snow heading our way at the beginning of the week.

The run conditions are average at best with a lovely icy layer greeting most people in the mornings and the sun doing it’s best to make it a little easier in the late morning and early afternoon. We’ve literally got 15 days till Appi starts winding down it’s operations so I suggest you head our way and get whatever fun you can in while we still have some snow left.


Currently planned operating lifts:

- Appi Gondola
- Central Number 1 quad
- Number 2 lift A
- T Bar
- Number 3 lift B
- Number 3 lift C
- Number 4 lift
- Sailer Gondola
- Sailer Quad
- Vista quad


6 day forecast for Appi Kogen:

6 day snow and weather forecast for Appi Kogen
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Zao Now!

Saturday 12th March 2016, 10:17am
Weather conditions: Cloud, blue sky
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 130cm
Good morning from Zao.

Another weekend and the sun is out at the moment. Up above it's a mix of cloud and blue sky and generally a nice chilly morning.

Still not much in terms of potential snow on the forecast, but as with many regions of Japan it does look like it's going to be starting to get warmer around mid-week.

Have we seen the last of the snow down to base here? I hope not. You never know, especially in this strange season we have had!

Have a good Saturday.


Information as of Saturday 12th March 2016 (subject to change)

All lifts are operating this morning.

Official snow depths:

Utopia: 95cm
Chuo: 130cm
Paradise: 130cm
Uwanodai: 65cm


6 day Zao Onsen snow and weather forecast   Read more ...

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