Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 26th May 2019

Yuzawa Now!

Monday 14th March 2016, 8:22am
Weather conditions: Cloudy, fog
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 90cm
A dusting of snow in places this morning but also the sound of sleet (borderline rain in places) as well - a bit wet at the moment really.

Snow is forecast for the day with temperatures remaining about where they are just now. I wouldn't expect much in terms of cm but maybe tonight there's a chance of more, so I might be able to report something tomorrow.

Come Wednesday and Thursday, sunny skies are forecast along with quickly rising temperatures through until the end of the week.

Let's hope not too much.


Resort official snow depths (Monday 14th 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 is not a problem higher up.

Resorts in Yuzawa and Minamiuonuma:

GALA Yuzawa

Ishiuchi Maruyama


Joetsu Kokusai

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

Kandatsu Kogen

Maiko Snow Resort
125cm (upper)
25cm (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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Hakuba Now!

Monday 14th March 2016, 8:45am
Weather conditions: Snow clouds
New snowfall: 4cm
Snow depth: 120cm
Fresh snow!

Good morning from Hakuba where we are enjoying some fresh snowfall. It's probably a bit on the heavy side, but I don't care... it's fresh snow! About 4cm outside my place and resorts this morning are reporting up to around 10-15cm of fresh early morning.

It's really great to see some fresh snow on the ground in the village, and think of how much more of it up there might be on the slopes. Even better to strap on the board(s) and get out playing in it!

It's also great to see the official numbers going up at most resorts this morning. Much better than seeing them go down.

But anyway fingers crossed we might get a bit more during the day today - snow is forecast - as today we're expecting more of a chance of clearer conditions and sunshine. It has been a cold day today and tomorrow temperatures will probably be slightly higher... and beyond tomorrow through until the weekend it will probably warm up further with temps reaching double digits down here in the village around Friday.

Back to the fresh snow today and I hope you can get to enjoy it.


6 day forecast for Happo-one:

6 day snow and weather forecast for Happo-one


Resort news as of 8:25am on Monday 14th March 2016 (where available, all subject to change due to weather conditions)

Hakuba 47:
Hakuba 47 is reporting 10cm of fresh snowfall this morning.
All courses set to open this morning.
The Tree Riding Zone is also open.
There is no 'nighta' at Hakuba 47.
Official snow depth:
Upper: 200cm
Base: 90cm

Hakuba Goryu:
Hakuba Goryu is reporting 5cm of fresh snowfall on lower slopes and 15cm on upper slopes 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: 260cm
Toomi: 120cm
Iimori: 70cm

Hakuba Happo-one:
Parts of the lower areas of Happo-one are now closed due to insufficient snow - still lots of upper mountain open though.
Night skiing has now finished for the season.
Official snow depth:
Usagidaira: 175cm
Nakiyama: 55cm
Sakka: 35cm

Hakuba Cortina:
Hakuba Cortina is reporting 10cm 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 19th March.
The top Tsugaike Ropeway is now open for spring season (extra charge required).
Official snow depth:
Tsuga-no-mori: 240cm
Maruyama: 60cm
Kane-no-naru-oka: 60cm

Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field:
Insufficient snow means that only limited areas of Village Side remain open - by3, Shinden connecting. Sunny Valley 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: 120cm
Lower: 40cm

Hakuba Norikura Onsen:
Closed courses are Kamoshika, Highway, Snake, Expert, Skyview 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:
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Niseko Now!

Monday 14th March 2016, 8:47am
Weather conditions: Cloud, some blue sky
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 160cm
Good morning from Niseko and there's just a dusting of snow to report to you today.

It's feeling milder this morning and the thermometer is confirming that with the temperature just hovering under zero at the moment. Cloud and a bit of blue sky as well appearing at the moment, and the chance of some (wet) snow later in the day. But perhaps the clearer weather will hold on - I think it might.

Tomorrow should be a bit colder but a bit sunnier as well... and actually there's a whole lot of sun forecast for a large part of this week. And unfortunately not a whole lot of snow. Perhaps a bit more before the weekend starts but warmer temperatures are due and with them a chance of rain instead. I'd prefer just the sun if possible!

Anyway, not a lot of fresh to play in this morning but it should be fun all the same. Bring that spring 'hat' with you and keep from being disappointed. Spring has to come sometime and it kind of feels like it's going to be turning on a bit more this week.


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: -5°C, 1cm snow. Moiwa 838m: -4.5°C, SW1.6m/s. Mikaeri 800m: 10cm new snow, snow drift development from east. Annupuri 1150m: -6°C, NW7m/s. Hirafu Ridgeline: -6°C, light winds, trace new snow. Coastal data: Benkei Cape:S3m/s. Kamui Cape S11m/s, 1017hPa, wave 1.0m.

Very little in the way of new snow and general avalanche risk is low. West faces received a bit of drifted snow from a small blizzard from the east and conditions there are good. The number and size of cracks are increasing. Cracks form as the snow pack tension releases on steep slopes, wrinkles below the crack indicate slope stability after the tension has released. However, at the time cracks form there is a possibility that an instantaneous full depth avalanche could occur. On the south face of Annupuri west ridge around 1000m many cracks have formed and slopes below are not wrinkled, indicating the slope is still under tension. Do not ride in this area-> there is a high possibility that a large scale avalanche could occur.

All peak gates are expected to open. Listen to the patrols instructions before going out of bounds. Do not duck any ropes to go out of bounds. Always hoping for no accidents. Have a good day.


Official resort snow depths as of Monday 14th March 2016:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 380cm
Base - 160cm

Niseko Village
Top - 360cm
Base - 170cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 390cm
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 ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Monday 14th March 2016, 8:55am
Weather conditions: Cloud, fog, snow
New snowfall: 1cm
Snow depth: 45cm
Good morning from Nozawa and I'm happy to report that snow is falling from top to bottom.

It's admittedly rather wet, but it's forecast to remain cold during the day today with more snow possible - especially higher up. Onegai shimasu.

Tomorrow once the clouds clear a bit we might get some sunshine but hopefully it won't warm up too much.

Warmer conditions seem unavoidable starting Wednesday...

It's White Day today (like a second Valentines Day, for men to give chocolate back to the ladies. A tradition going back thousands of years; or maybe not). There may be some free chocolate fondue on offer around the Hikage Information Center mid-morning so I hear!


Official info at time of writing on Monday 14th March 2016 (subject to change):

Official snow depths:

Yamabiko: 145cm
Uenotaira: 80cm
Hikage: 45cm
Nagasaka: 30cm
Karasawa: 10cm

New snowfall as reported by the resort since yesterday:

Yamabiko: 2cm
Uenotaira: 2cm
Hikage: 1cm
Nagasaka: 1cm
Karasawa: 1cm

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
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Naeba Now!

Monday 14th March 2016, 9:00am
Weather conditions: Today there's a fairly thick fog just above the base area.
New snowfall: 4cm
Snow depth: 110cm
Good morning from Naeba everybody.

Today is already off to a good start as I'm happy to report that we've received 1 cm of snow overnight and it's still snowing right now with a total accumulation as of 09:00 of 4 cm.

The weather going on is for snow from now until Tuesday. After we have a few days of what looks like relatively clear weather and then potentially rain on Friday night/Saturday morning.

Naeba 6-day snow and weather forecast    Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Monday 14th March 2016, 9:01am
Weather conditions: Snow clouds
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: 100cm

Yes, it's snowing this morning here in Shiga Kogen. And we always like that. Only silly people wouldn't like that.

I'm calling it at 5cm so far and it is still falling. Pretty decent snow as well... great to see it and no doubt even greater to get out and slide down on it.

Snow is due for the day today and tonight as well and so I am hoping that tomorrow I will also be able to bring further snow news.

The snow clouds will probably finish up sometime tomorrow and then after that sunny weather is forecast around Wednesday and Thursday, when it will also get a bit warmer.

It's keeping cold today though so I am going to get out there and enjoy it.


Official snow depths at Shiga Kogen resort areas (Monday 14th 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 ...

Zao Now!

Monday 14th March 2016, 9:03am
Weather conditions: Fog, cloud
New snowfall: 1cm
Snow depth: 130cm
Morning from Zao.

Just a dusting of snow enough for me to award 1cm at base!

This morning there's a lot of fog around with limited visibility on the mountain and just a light wind.

If it doesn't clear up much today it should more tomorrow and generally clearer and sunnier skies are likely over the next few days. Going to start getting warmer too

Nighta on the Yokokura area finished for the season last night, and the nighta over on the Uwanodai area will continue on until Monday 21st March - so just one more week.


Information as of Monday 14th March 2016 (subject to change)

Lifts closed: Karamatsu pair, Ryuzan pair

Official snow depths:

Utopia: 85cm
Chuo: 130cm
Paradise: 130cm
Uwanodai: 55cm


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

Grandeco Now!

Monday 14th March 2016, 9:10am
Weather conditions: Snow clouds
New snowfall: 2cm
Snow depth: 210cm
It's snowing this morning at Grandeco Resort. It was forecasted to snow on Tuesday, but it's started to snow earlier than expected and it looks like it will continue throughout the day into tonight. Inawashiro Ski Resort is also reporting new snow on the front side of Bandai. With luck there might be some decent new snow accumulating in the coming days before the warm up expected later in the week.

There is no wind today and visibility is still good, but bring your light lens goggles.

All the trail surfaces are freshly groomed packed snow with a mix of new snow.

All the Grandeco lifts are open and lift lines shouldn’t be a problem. Roads up to Deco are snowy and icy in places so be sure to come prepared.

Have fun and be safe out there.


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   Read more ...

Madarao Now!

Monday 14th March 2016, 9:15am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 100cm
Snow is falling.

A bit wet? Yes, but still we have got a few cm at least and it is still falling with hopefully today remaining cold. There may be some more to get out of today before things start clearing up and warming up as well.

If you like clear sunny skies, Wednesday and Thursday may be the days for you!

I'd recommend sooner than later as temperatures are forecast to start rising from Wednesday.


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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Furano Now!

Monday 14th March 2016, 9:24am
Weather conditions: Bluebird
New snowfall: 2cm
Snow depth: 190cm
Good morning on a glorious Monday.

Conditions are just looking perfect this morning. The area is surrounded in deep blue sky with not a hint of wind in the village. It will be a great day to take some photos with the blue sky providing a vivid contrast to the whiteness of the snow. There has been a couple of centimetres of new snow overnight and there is a little more expected later this afternoon.

Tomorrow is also looking good but will be more of a cloud/clear mix with a slight breeze and 6cm of snow forecast tomorrow evening. Looking further ahead in the week we are going to jump into a period of warm weather from Thursday onwards, and significantly there is moderate rain from Friday evening through Saturday afternoon.    Read more ...

Appi Kogen Now!

Monday 14th March 2016, 10:17am
Weather conditions: Sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 130cm
Good morning.

Another bluebird day here at Appi with bright sunny skies and a base temperature of -5. The winds are very light and variable making it a lovely day to get out there and have a little fun. Although the runs may be a little icy again this morning any day spent on the mountain is a day not spent wishing you were on it.

Yesterdays predicted snowfall, in typical fashion this year, did not arrive. It ended up being a nice overall day but we would have preferred a little snowfall with sunny skies, relatively warm temperatures and very light winds.

We will see a steady rise in temperatures over the next couple of days with the winds picking up tomorrow night and into Wednesday. The bad news here is that the temperature increase will continue into the weekend and may hit +6 bringing with it……..yes you guessed…….rain. It’s still 5 days away so keep your fingers crossed it will stay away.

Get out there while the going is good and as always on days like today don’t forget the sunscreen.


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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Myoko Now!

Monday 14th March 2016, 10:28am
Weather conditions: Increasing level of fog through the morning
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: 170cm
Woke up to some fresh, if very wet, snow. It's still coming down, light but steady, although it's piling up as slush rather than snow at our location here (about 670 meters, just below Akakan). We have about 5cm on the ground, which looks about the same up on the hill (Akakan and Suginohara both added another 5cm to their snowpack figures today, too).

We could be getting more light snow through the week, until that freezing line does start heading up again. At least there might be some sun before the possibility of rain on the weekend. At this point, it might as well be sunny and pleasant, since we most likely aren't going to see any major snowfall again this season.

It's getting pretty foggy at the moment, too, but at least snow is involved.


Akakura Kanko:
-2° / 170cm

Akakura Onsen:
0° / 150cm

Ikenotaira Onsen:
-1° / 100cm

Myoko Suginohara:
-4 (top) / 85cm

Seki Onsen:
-3° / 270cm

Myoko Ski Park:
3° / 120cm

Kyukamura RunRun:
1° / 150cm

Tangram Ski Circus:
-2° / 100cm

Madarao Kogen:
-2° / 100cm
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Minakami Now!

Monday 14th March 2016, 10:36am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 130cm
Sleet at the base of Tenjin and wettish snow up top this morning.

Forecast to continue all day and through the night when some Northerly winds will come in and probably lay down some nice snow. That's the plan anyway.

No wind right now but just a bit warm at the base for things to get going.

(Photo: Yesterdays Yubiso Snow Festival - snow courtesy of Tenjin's lower car park!)


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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