Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 6th May 2019

Yuzawa Now!

Wednesday 14th January 2015, 7:20am
Weather conditions: Mostly blue skies, just a bit of cloud early
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 270cm
Almost clear skies for a change this morning!

Yesterday the clouds were hanging on for most of the day and it was even still snowing very lightly at times, especially at higher elevations. Nothing in terms of new cm though.

The forecast told us to expect sun today and that seems to be what we're going to get. Lovely blue skies with just a bit of cloud remaining over Yuzawa, clearer blue skies over Minamiuinuma looking north. Currently -1C but forecast to warm up to +6 degrees at town level during the day today. Getting a bit warmer than we would like, it should be a great day out today.

We haven't had many of these clearer days so far this season so it's a bit of a treat!

Cloud forecast tomorrow with a chance of rain before snow later in the day. Higher up, it should go straight to snow.


Official snow depths (some not updated today due to early report):

GALA Yuzawa:
Ishiuchi Maruyama:
Joetsu Kokusai:
Kandatsu Kogen:
Maiko Snow Resort:
320cm (upper)
240cm (lower)
NASPA Ski Garden:
Yuzawa Kogen:
290cm (Kogen)
240cm (Nunoba)
Yuzawa Nakazato:


Nighta in the area

Nighta 'night skiing' - where some slopes are floodlit for skiing and snowboarding in the evening, is available at the following resorts in the area.

Ishiuchi Maruyama:
Every day until 21st March (until 8:50pm)
Every day until 22nd March (until 8pm on weekdays and Sundays, 9pm on Saturdays)
Joetsu Kokusai:
Every day until 22nd March (until 9pm)
Kandatsu Kogen:
From 23rd January, 'all night' on holidays (6pm or 10pm until 4am the next morning)
Maiko Snow Resort:
Every day until 14th March (until 8pm)
Every day until 29th March (until 9pm)
NASPA Ski Garden (skiers only):
Saturdays until 29th February (until 7pm)
Yuzawa Nakazato:
Saturdays until 14th March (until 8:30pm)

Chateaux Shiozawa also have nighta but only on certain days - no fixed schedule available.
Resorts not mentioned above do not operate 'nighta' (or do not plan to have more this season).
Some resorts offer tickets that include nighta, others need a special lift ticket.


Ski and snowboard resorts in Yuzawa town
Ski and snowboard resorts in Minamiuonuma City
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Nozawa Onsen Now!

Wednesday 14th January 2015, 7:31am
Weather conditions: Mostly clear and sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 230cm
Blue skies over Nozawa! Yes, shocking as it is but it today is going to be fine, close to clear - just some cloud - and sunny... perhaps clouding a bit later on in the day. Temperatures are down there this chilly morning though it is going to warm up somewhat, with local forecasts giving us a high of around +4 later on.

This morning should be fantastic. If only for the somewhat rare sun!

Tomorrow is forecast cloudier conditions and we should see a return of some snowfall (alas with a chance of some rain down at village level before then).

Anyway my slightly selfish quest for first tracks this morning means the resort hasn't updated their info just yet at this early time, for which I apologise.


Fresh snow to report this morning since yesterday afternoon:

Yamabiko - 0cm
Uenotaira - 0cm
Hikage - 0cm
Nagasaka - 0cm
Karasawa - 0cm

Official snow depths:

Yamabiko - 370cm
Uenotaira - 315cm
Hikage - 235cm
Nagasaka - 230cm
Karasawa - 190cm


Courses open:

All courses are open except:

Grand Prix course
Jumping Course
Challenge 39
Kandahar West


Lifts open (subject to weather conditions):

All lifts operating except:

Yunomine pair
Mizunashi triple
Challenge pair
Hikage Number 2 Pair B line


Night skiing at Nozawa until 8pm on the following dates:

Every Saturday until 28th March


Nozawa Onsen 6 day weather and snow forecast
Nozawa Onsen main resort data   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Wednesday 14th January 2015, 7:43am
Weather conditions: Blue sky, cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 160cm
The sun is shining down early morning in Shiga Kogen. Well it's out, casting big mountain shadows in some places as it starts it's journey higher in the sky.

There is actually a fair amount of cloud up there still but I think we're on for a fine morning.

The cold start and sun should make for changeable conditions during the day today... starting off hard and perhaps softening up with the (relative) warmth. Though we're hoping it won't warm up too much, doesn't look like it will.

Back to some snowfall tomorrow and as we get into the weekend back to really cold conditions.


Resort areas status with official snow depths:

Okushiga Kogen:
Open (note: skiers only resort area)


Ichinose Family

Ichinose Yamanokami:

Ichinose Diamond:

Takamagahara Mammoth:




Most open

Happo Bundaraia:

Sun Valley:



Open (note: skiers only resort area)

Yokoteyama & Shibutoge:
Open except for Jumbo Course.


Planned night floodlit skiing at Shiga Kogen resort areas:

Sun Valley:
Every Saturday until March 21st

Ichinose Family:
Every day until March 29th

Ichinose Diamond:
Every Saturday until March 28th

Every Saturday until February 21st

Every Saturday until March 28th   Read more ...

Furano Now!

Wednesday 14th January 2015, 7:59am
Weather conditions: Cloud cover/overcast
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 160cm
It is a nice calm morning with overcast conditions, but we are hoping for the sun to show through later in the day. Temperatures are warm and are expected to hit 0c during the day. There is no new snow to report and piste conditions are firm but will soften if the sun breaks through later on.   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Wednesday 14th January 2015, 8:00am
Weather conditions: Cloudy, blue sky, sun
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 160cm
Morning from Hakuba and it's a fairly easy report this morning with no snowfall to report and a day of fine weather ahead of us.

There's quite a lot of cloud around - and some interesting looking cloud as well, check out the Happo image below - but quite a lot of blue sky on show as well at the moment. All looking very tempting! Forecast for the day is sunny skies until later with a cloudy evening expected and snow clouds will be back over Hakuba sometime tomorrow.

It was cold overnight and has started off very cold this morning but should quickly warm up with a high temp forecast of up to +6 degrees this afternoon.

Anyway it should be a very fine day.


Official snow depth numbers and operations at time of writing on Wednesday 14th January 2015. Subject to change during the day:

Hakuba Goryu:
Reporting 2cm of new snowfall at Alps Daira and 0cm on lower areas.
All courses open except Adventure Course.

- Alps Daira - 300cm
- Toomi - 160cm
- Iimori - 160cm


Hakuba 47:
Reporting 0cm of snowfall.
Tree Riding Zone is open.

- Upper - 280cm
- Lower - 160cm


Reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall.
Happo Banks The Snow Park opening event planned for 31st January.

- Usagidaira - 270cm
- Nakiyama - 160cm
- Sakka - 150cm


Hakuba Cortina:
Reporting 0cm of new snowfall this morning.
All runs plan to be open today.

- Upper - 375cm
- Lower - 240cm


Tsugaike Kogen:
Please note that the top Tsugaike Ropeway only opens for spring season.

- Tsuga-no-mori - 325cm
- Maruyama - 195cm
- Kane-no-naru-oka - 195cm


Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field:
Reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall.
All open except View B course.

- Upper - 260cm
- Lower - 160cm


Hakuba Norikura Onsen:
All courses open.

- 290cm


All areas now open.
Night skiing every day until 15th March.

- 210cm


Night skiing at resorts in the Hakuba area:

Hakuba Goryu:
Toomi area every day until 31st March. 6pm until 9:30pm.
Hakuba Happo-one:
Nakiyama area every day until mid March. 5pm until 9pm.
Hakuba Cortina:
Every day until 31st March. 5pm until 8pm.
Tsugaike Kogen:
Kane-no-naru-oka on Saturdays in January (and 11th); February 7th, 14th. 6pm until 8:50pm.
Karamatsu-Shirakaba on Saturdays in January 10th (and 11th); February 7th, 14th, 28th; Saturdays in March. 6pm until 9pm.
Every day until 15th March. 4:30pm until 9:30pm.   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Wednesday 14th January 2015, 8:12am
Weather conditions: Sun, blue sky, cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 140cm
The sun has got his/her hat on this morning and shining down through my window here. Yes, the sun does visit Niseko sometimes. And when it does, there is a real need to get out there on the snow and make the most of it.

It looks like it might just turn into a lovely morning here.

There's still quite a lot of cloud around and looking over towards Mt Yotei we can see that particular mountain is covered with a rather grey looking mass of cloud at the moment. But turn round and look towards the runs here on the mountain and it's all looking very inviting.

No new snowfall to report and a relatively mild start to the day with the temperature rising just above 0 degrees as we approach 8:30am.

We're going to have to hold tight and just enjoy things as they are for the next few days as the next fresh snowfall is due for later Friday into Saturday.

Peak gates scheduled to open this morning and all resort areas set to be open as planned.

A very good day ahead I think.


Resort specific news at time of writing - subject to change during the day

Niseko Grand Hirafu:
Looks set to be open as planned this morning.
'Early Morning' lift available daily until 1st February (for 500 yen, Ace Quad Number 2 lift from 8am until 8:20am).

Niseko Hanazono:
Looks set to be open as planned this morning.

Niseko Village:
Looks set to be open as planned this morning.
'Early Morning Gondola' available Saturdays and Sundays until February 8th (for 1300 yen, Gondola open from 7:30am until 8:30am).

Niseko Annupuri:
Looks set to be open as planned this morning.


Niseko Avalanche Report

Niseko base 6am: -3C, no snowfall. Moiwa 800m: W8m/s, -5C and slight development of snowdrifts. Annupuri 1150m: NW10m/s, -7C with snowdrift development. Hirafu ridge: SW10m/s, -8C with snowdrifts development. Coastal data: Benkei cape NW12m/s, Kamui cape SW12m/s, 1023hPa and 1.0m waves.

The ocean and the mountain range are in a calm condition as a high-pressure system approaches. There are no notable developments of snowdrifts and the snowpack is stable. The general avalanche risk is low. Peak gates are scheduled to open. Please listen to the ski patrol’s instructions before stepping out of the gates. Beware of hard-packed wind-slabs in steep faces around the peak. A fast & shallow slide could be triggered if falling; powerful enough to sweep a person down to the bottom. Do not cut across the slopes under cornices as it could cause an avalanche and bury people that are riding at the bottom of the valleys. Kickers must be destroyed once done with it. It can be a cause for unexpected accidents. Have you turned your avalanche beacon on? There will never be a 100% safe day at the mountain. Always remain prudent and think safety first. Too many cases of people intruding into Haru No Taki area are being reported. It is really a shame to see that people still cannot get their head around the significance of the Niseko Rules.
Have a great day.


Official snow depth numbers and any notes at time of writing:

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 340cm
Base - 140cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 250cm
Base - 160cm

Niseko Annupuri:
Top - 230cm
Base - 180cm


Lifts open for night skiing (planned):

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


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Madarao Now!

Wednesday 14th January 2015, 8:20am
Weather conditions: Mostly clear blue skies, with some interesting cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 210cm
It might be cold early this morning but things are going to warm up a bit today. Nice blue skies over Madarao with just a bit of cloud here and there. Curious looking clouds as well.

But the headline of the day is that it will be a fine and sunny one and a day that you don't want to miss.

Cloudy weather expected tomorrow and a chance of fresh snow with more coming in Saturday as well.

Might get rather toasty today in all the ski gear but not to worry as colder temps are due back soon after tomorrow.


Lifts planned to be open:

Number 1 lift
Number 2 quad lift
Number 3A
Number 5
Super quad lift
Number 11 lift
Number 12 lift
Number 13 lift
Number 15 lift
Moving Walkway
Kids Park
Freeride Park
Tree Run Courses should be open today

Night skiing at Madarao is every Saturday until 21st March 2015.


Madarao Kogen 6 day weather and snow forecast
Madarao Kogen main resort data   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Wednesday 14th January 2015, 8:31am
Weather conditions: Fine conditions this morning
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 200cm
As expected a fine morning here. The sun is out and we have mostly clear blue skies above us.

Rare this season so far!

The sun is going to warm things up today and we will probably see the temperature venture up into positive numbers. Though should remain low numbers.

No major snowfall on the 6 day forecast, though a good chance of snow falling on Saturday. Until then a mix of cloud, sun and the odd snow shower is on the forecast for Zao.


Official snow depths (Wednesday 14th January 15):

Utopia: 190cm
Chuo: 200cm
Paradise: 190cm
Uwanodai: 140cm

Zao Onsen is fully open (though note that the Karamatsu pair lift is closed on weekdays).


Night skiing operations at Zao this season

Uwanodai area:
Daily until 22nd March

Yokokura area:
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from until 15th March

Open times from 5pm until 9pm.


Juhyo 'Ice Monsters' Light Up night time ropeway operations

January 2015: 17th-18th, 24th-31st
February 2015: Every day 1st-28th

Operating from 5pm until 9pm; last ropeway up at 7:50pm.
In the event of poor weather conditions, operations are sometimes cancelled.
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Minakami Now!

Wednesday 14th January 2015, 8:37am
Weather conditions: Sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 310cm
It's clear and warm morning here in Minakami this morning. Should be a great day, with rare blue skies. Not had too many of them this season.

A bit of new snow are expected from tomorrow afternoon but more significant expected on Saturday.


New snowfall

Valley 0cm
Upper Mountains 0cm


Valley 40cm
Upper Mountains 310cm

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Myoko Now!

Wednesday 14th January 2015, 9:45am
Weather conditions: Blue sky and sun, some cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 340cm
A fine start to the day in the region with blue skies and the sun out, but it may well cloud over later on in the day. It is set to warm up a bit during the day and local forecasts tell us to perhaps expect a high of around 6 degrees later on.

Tomorrow cloudy conditions forecast and followed by snow late in the day, possibly with a bit of rain lower down before the snow comes. Please no! Going to be another fairly mild day though.

We should be back to the snow proper for Saturday though.


Akakura Kanko:
340cm, -6°

Akakura Onsen:
280cm, -2°

Ikenotaira Onsen:
270cm, -2°

Myoko Suginohara:
270cm, -2°

Seki Onsen:
450cm, -4°

Myoko Ski Park:
300cm, -2°

Kyukamura RunRun:
330cm, -2°

Tangram Ski Circus:
220cm, -5°

Madarao Kogen:
240m, -5°


Planned night skiing in the Myoko area:

Akakura Onsen - until 10pm every day until 22nd March
Tangram Ski Circus - until 8pm on Saturdays until 28th March
Madarao Kogen until - 9pm on Saturdays until 21st March   Read more ...

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