Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 6th May 2019

Furano Now!

Monday 12th March 2018, 7:39am
Weather conditions: Overcast
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
It is -4c with no wind evident. Light snow has just started to fall, but this doesn't look like it will last too long. It is high overcast and visibility is good. The slopes are still hard and icy from the warm weather and rain.   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Monday 12th March 2018, 7:40am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Zao.

Snow expected to be falling this morning though I wouldn't be expecting new cm. Perhaps a dusting.

From tomorrow it's sun, sun and sun by the looks of the forecasts. And warmth too - getting a little warmer each day and into double digits on Thursday. So we can be expecting some nice spring conditions. We can't keep it cold, so might as well just accept it and enjoy it!


Lifts and course info:

- All lifts moving as planned
- All areas open as planned
- Note: the Karamatsu pair lift has now closed for the season

Official snow depths:

- Summit area: 185cm
- Paradise area: 220cm
- Chuo area: 220cm
- Utopia area: 190cm
- Uwanodai area: 135cm
- Oomori area: 130cm


Zao Onsen forecast:

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

Yuzawa Now!

Monday 12th March 2018, 7:43am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Yuzawa.

Wet looking roads this morning, but it sounds like there has been some fresh snow higher up and it is still snowing lightly in places. Kagura are reporting 5cm of this morning; Ishiuchi Maruyama are also reporting a thin layer of snow up top too. So head high for a bit of fresh.

Sunshine is expected along with temperatures of around 4C or 5C in town later on. Tuesday through Thursday, more sunshine and warmer conditions are coming... high temperatures of around mid teens are going to be the norm.

It's not looking like there's any chance of snow, I'm afraid.

Most resorts around town are planning on being open until the end of March or early April. If these (generally) warmer conditions and snow melt continue at the pace of the last week, some people are beginning to wonder if they'll be able to remain open as planned. We of course hope so and are still ever hopefully for some more cool in March.

We'll add the planned closing dates to the listings below in the coming days.


Updated: Sunday 11th March February 2018

Ski resorts in Yuzawa:

Checked and updated every morning. Note that some ski resorts may not have updated their own info at the time this report is published.

GALA Yuzawa
- 270cm

- 150cm

- Kagura area: 330cm
- Mitsumata area: 230cm
- Tashiro area: 280cm

Kandatsu Kogen
- 220cm

- 220cm (base)

NASPA Ski Garden
- 165cm

Yuzawa Kogen
- Top: 220cm
- Base: 140cm

Yuzawa Park
- 140cm

Yuzawa Nakazato
- 150cm


Ski resorts in Minamiuonuma (just to the north of Yuzawa):

Ishiuchi Maruyama
- 190cm

Joetsu Kokusai
- 190cm

Maiko Snow Resort
- Top: 190cm
- Base: 80cm

Muikamachi Hakkaisan
- Closed on Wednesdays until 14th March
- 260cm   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Monday 12th March 2018, 7:52am
Weather conditions: Cloud, blue sky
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --

Lots of cloud around still on this Monday morning but blue sky about and the cloud is probably going to retreat.

Forecasts show a lot of sunshine over the next 3-4 days. Today we'll see highs of about 3-4C in village, with things getting warmer from tomorrow - into low double digits. It's going to be lovely weather for some fun spring skiing.

Bit of a bonus - the resort is reporting 2cm of fresh snowfall up on the top Yamabiko and Uenotaira areas this morning.


The West and East Kandahar courses are open today. The East Kandahar course will be open tomorrow, Wednesday and Thursday. And then on Friday, just the West Kandahar course will be available.


Monday 12th March 2018

Fresh snowfall since yesterday (as reported by the resort):

- Yamabiko (1407m): 2cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 2cm
- Hikage (660m): 0cm
- Nagasaka (615m): 0cm
- Karasawa (563m): 0cm

Official snow depth numbers:

- Yamabiko (1407m): 280cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 200cm
- Hikage (660m): 145cm
- Nagasaka (615m): 140cm
- Karasawa (563m): 90cm

Lifts operations:

- All lifts should be open as planned this morning
- The Yunomine pair, Mizunashi triple, Challenge pair and Utopia pair lifts usually rested on weekdays.

The following courses either closed (or not fully available):

- Grand Prix
- Hachiman   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Monday 12th March 2018, 8:02am
Weather conditions: Cloud, snow, fog
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: --
Hello and good morning. Monday morning once again.

And I am happy to be able to bring you news of fresh snowfall on the ground at base. I have just about 5cm to report and it is still snowing now as I am putting this report together.

There's not much wind that I can tell and not being reported by the ski resorts either so I would expect everywhere to be open as well as the gates.

We might even get some sunshine today so it should be a decent day.

Warmer temperatures are likely tomorrow along with the chance of some rain, so keep an eye on that if you are making cunning plans for the next few days.


Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6am: -2℃, 5cm snowfall. Moiwa800m: -3.7℃, NW0.5m/s, Annupuri 1000m snowpack 440cm. Hirafu peak: -5℃, light wind, 5cm snowfall. Benkei cape N13m/s, Kamui cape NNE8m/s, 1016hPa, 0.6m waves.

A small low-pressure passed and brought cold air inflow with snowfall from the north. The mountain is blanketed with a thin layer of new snow. Visibility is pretty bad in some spots up above 1000m as cold/warm air mass is relocating. The overall avalanche risk is low, all gates are expected to open. Please listen to the patrol’s advice and be well prepared before stepping out of bounds. The snow underneath the new snow can be a bit tricky to ski, please be careful.

Many cracks are forming in south facing steep/cliff slopes in all elevation. Glide avalanche hazard is raising especially in Hirafu O-hiroma, Haru no Taki, Mikaeri bowl naka-one area. Glide avalanches due to temperature variation could also occur suddenly, even without any prominent cracks, in far-Higashi One, Backbowl and upper Osawa. Better not stay put under steep slopes and at valley bottoms.

The snow in the trees is pretty good. Thin surface slab slides may occur in open steep faces. Please stay vigilant anytime. Have a nice day.


Monday 12th March 2018

Resort specific information (operations subject to change):

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Niseko HANAZONO Resort

Lifts scheduled to be operating:
- All lifts should be operating as planned

Official snow depth:
- Top: 500cm
- Base: 210cm

Niseko Annupuri

Lifts scheduled to be operating:
- All lifts should be operating as planned

Official snow depth:
- Top: 450cm
- Base: 240cm

Niseko Village

Lifts scheduled to be operating:
- All lifts should be operating as planned (Country Road Chair lift not operating)

Official snow depth:
- Top: 430cm
- Base: 230cm


Floodlit 'nighta' skiing - until Sunday 18th March

Night skiing is planned for every evening at the Niseko Grand Hirafu, Niseko Village and Niseko Annupuri areas. There is no nighta at the Niseko HANAZONO area. Ski lifts that are scheduled to be operating for nighta are noted below (subject to change):

* Niseko Grand Hirafu - Ace Family quad, Ace Number 2 quad, Hirafu Gondola, Holiday Number 1 pair
* Niseko Annupuri - Jumbo Number 1 quad lift
* Niseko Village - Village Express, Upper Village Gondola, Community Chair   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Monday 12th March 2018, 8:21am
Weather conditions: Sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Hakuba.

After a day of changeable weather conditions yesterday, including some snow falling, today should be more settled.

This morning the sun is out and it's a beautiful morning. It's quite cold at the start of the day and it should get fairly mild during the day - and warmer tomorrow. In fact through until Thursday there should be lots of sunshine and warmth.

Spring ski!


Ski resort information on Monday 12th March 2018 (at time of writing):

Hakuba Happo-one

Operating lifts:
- All lifts appear to be operating

Courses open:
- All areas open as planned

Official snow depth:
- Kurobishi: 375cm
- Usagidaira: 220cm
- Lower: 90cm


Hakuba Goryu

Operating lifts:
- All lifts should be operation as normal today
- The top Alps Number 2/4 pair lifts are scheduled to be open daily until 18th March

Courses open:
- All courses should be open as normal (apart from Adventure)

Official snow depth:
- Top: 360cm
- Toomi: 130cm
- Iimori: 90cm


Hakuba 47

Operating lifts:
- All lifts should be operation as normal today
- Line D usually operates only when the Gondola is not operating

Courses open:
- All main courses should be available

Official snow depth:
- Top: 320cm
- Base: 130cm


Tsugaike Kogen

Operating lifts:
- All lifts should be operating as normal

Courses open:
- All course areas are open

Official snow depth:
- Tsuga-no-mori: 315cm
- Han-no-ki: 305cm
- Maruyama: 100cm
- Shirakaba: 255cm
- Champion: 110cm
- Oya-no-hara: 120cm
- Kane-no-naru-oka: 118cm


Hakuba Cortina

Operating lifts:
- All lifts should be operating as normal

Courses open:
- Most courses should be open

Official snow depth:
- Top: 290cm
- Base: 170cm


Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field

Operating lifts:
- Should be open as planned

Official snow depth:
- Top: 190cm
- Base: 100cm


Hakuba Norikura Onsen

Operating lifts:
- All lifts apart from Number 1 and 7 should be operating

Official snow depth:
- 135cm


Hakuba Valley Kashimayari

Operating lifts:
- All lifts apart from Number 8 and 10 should be operating

Official snow depth:
- 165cm


Hakuba Sanosaka

Operating lifts:
- All three lifts are operating

Official snow depth:
- 110cm   Read more ...

Appi Kogen Now!

Monday 12th March 2018, 8:23am
Weather conditions: Partly cloudy
New snowfall: 3cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Appi.

Earlier light snowfall has eased off and there's increasing blue sky above the mountain now.

More sun forecast tomorrow but perhaps some warmer temps and the chance of rain around mid week. Fingers crossed we might avoid that or at least minimise.

Back to weekday operations again now for the week.


Official snow depth:



Planned lift operations (subject to change):

- APPI Gondola
- Central quad
- Central number 2 lift
- Central number 3 lift A
- Central number 5 lift
- Central number 6 lift
- Sailer quad
- Nishimori pair

Note: The Sailer Gondola, Central Number 4 lift and Vista quad are usually rested on normal weekdays


We will endeavour to keep the reports updated regularly until the end of the season at Appi.   Read more ...

Madarao Now!

Monday 12th March 2018, 8:25am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 4cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning.

Some fresh snow this morning.

There is still some cloud hanging around but the skies are forecast to clear up during the day and the sun should make an appearance. And it's due to stay with us and be the major feature of the weather until Thursday. While today is going to keep fairly mild, from tomorrow the temps are going to start rising too. So it's probably going to feel like full on spring weather this week.

Less than 3 weeks left in the season here at Madarao - let's make the most of it.


Official snow depth:


Operating lifts:

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

Powder Wave I
Powder Wave II
River Line
Powder Theater
Free Ride Park
Adventure Aisle
Crystal Bowl

Kids Park

Planned nighta operations this season:

Every Saturday until 24th March 2018   Read more ...

Geto Kogen Now!

Monday 12th March 2018, 8:25am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 3cm
Snow depth: --
After some snow here and there yesterday, with tops of 0C and light winds that increased into he evening for a gusty night, we finally have some fresh snow to report.

We’ve seen 3cm into this morning, which isn’t much but I definitely prefer reporting snow, than rain. Today we’re in for some more light snow that should settle to snow showers this afternoon, with winds staying moderate for the time being. Tonight they should calm down a little for a mostly clear night. Tops of -2C today.

This week we should see some more Spring temperatures making an appearance. Tuesday through Friday we’re seeing tops of about 8-12C. Though, after some brief rain Thursday night, it’s looking like about 15cm of fresh stuff over Friday…

Tuesday: mostly sunny with moderate winds & tops of 9C
Wednesday: mostly sunny with some light afternoon rain, moderate winds & tops of 9C
Thursday: mostly sunny with light evening rain, light winds & tops of 12C


Official snow depths:

Top: 405cm
Base: 280cm   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Monday 12th March 2018, 8:28am
Weather conditions: Fine
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning.

Beautiful weather on this Monday morning. And it's looking like there's going to be lots of sun over the next run of days along with warming up temperatures too - particularly around Thursday. Hopefully not too much.

There is a bit of a northerly wind this morning and also a dusting of snow to report.

And that is about it. Going to be a fine few days for some spring skiing.


Official snow depths numbers reported by different areas of Shiga Kogen:

Please note that these numbers are the official numbers that ski resorts publish and we check and update them each morning.



Ichinose Family

Ichinose Diamond




Okushiga Kogen

Sun Valley

Takamagahara Mammoth



205cm   Read more ...

Grandeco Now!

Monday 12th March 2018, 9:25am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 2cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Grandeco.

2cm of new snow has fallen last night but it has already stopped this morning. There is also some strong wind blowing from the west this morning and that means it will probably get warmer after this. Because of this wind direction and strength, the nearby Nekoma ski hill will be closed for the whole day today.

Grandeco will open all lifts but if the wind gets too strong, some lifts may slow down or close - pay attention to the announcements.


Lifts operating:

- All lifts operating

Courses open:

- All courses open

Official snow depth:
- 280cm

- Grandeco snow and weather forecast
   Read more ...

Minakami Now!

Monday 12th March 2018, 9:36am
Weather conditions: Clear
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: --
Snow overnight but just a light dusting.

This morning was cold and windy but it looks like clearing and warming up this week.

Yesterday's Yuki matsuri was a great success (photo below).


Ski resorts in Minakami:

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


Resort Spotlights with more detail:

Norn Minakami
Okutone Snow Park


Please note that the snowfall numbers posted in this report will be observed from close to the base Tenjindaira Ropeway station - which is often much more than in the central town area of Minakami.    Read more ...

Naeba Now!

Monday 12th March 2018, 10:09am
Weather conditions: Bluebird
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Naeba. It's a bright start today, with clear blue skies and the sun beaming down. The air temperature is currently reading -3°C, however this is expected to push up to at least 2°C during the day today. There is currently a light wind in the valley, which is moderate up the mountain, but this is expected to ease off as the day goes on. There was a dusting of fresh snow last night, but there is no accumulation to report.

Looking forwards, we can expect warm, clear and windless days for the coming week, with the calm weather settling in until at least Friday. Air temperatures will push up as high as 15°C at the base on Thursday. On Friday, we can expect a band of moist, unsettled air to move through, bringing a little rain, but this should clear by Saturday.   Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Monday 12th March 2018, 10:17am
Weather conditions: A few blue patches; bright
New snowfall: 3cm
Snow depth: --
Surprise again, as we got just under an inch of snow (more little graupel, or soft hail pellets). It’s always nice to have everything a little more pristine and white, even if fresh snow is kind of a pain if you’re going off into the woods (powder or settled snow, I say).

The snow will have a good chance to settle in the coming days, though, as the freezing level once again rises above the peak of Mt. Myoko and we get sun, sun, sun. Actually looking forward to a little genuine corn snow off in the hills - as long as spring conditions are here, we might as well enjoy them!


Akakura Kanko:
270 cm, -5°

Akakura Onsen:
265cm, -3°

Ikenotaira Onsen:
230cm, -3°

Myoko Suginohara:
180cm, -7°

Seki Onsen:
400 cm, -1°

Myoko Ski Park:
220 cm, 1°

Kyukamura RunRun:
260 cm, 0°

Lotte Arai Resort:
443cm, 1.1°; Exciter, Discovery, Zendana-sawa, Wase-zawa, KG courses closed

Tangram Ski Circus:
170 cm, -4°

Madarao Kogen:
190 cm, -4°

Kurohime Kogen Snow Park:
160cm, Unknown temp (somebody mis-coded today!)   Read more ...

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