Snow and weather reports posted on Friday 28th February 2020

Yuzawa Now!

Monday 16th April 2012, 9:15am
Weather conditions: Clear and sunny
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Yuzawa to a sunny but fairly hazy spring morning. It is already about 10 degrees and a high of around 13C is forecast. Today should be fine but it is still looking like we will get some rain tomorrow though there is a chance of something more like snow falling higher up at the open resorts.

Yesterday was the last of the last days for Ludens Yuzawa (which was open just for the weekend) and actually there seemed to be a fair few people over at that small resort.

Naeba is once again closed from today until Friday and then will re-open for it's last weekend on Saturday and Sunday.

Kandatsu Kogen will be closed for weekdays but will open again next weekend and then for Golden Week from 28th April until 6th May.

So for the moment, we are left with just Kagura and Gala Yuzawa open.

Official resort snow depths @ Monday 16th April 12, AM:
Kagura - Mitsumata:
Kagura - Tashiro:
GALA Yuzawa:


Open only on 21st/22nd April:

Open only 21st/22nd April and then 28th April until 6th May:
Kandatsu Kogen

Open daily until 6th May:
GALA Yuzawa
Kagura (Tashiro)

Open daily until 27th May:
Kagura (Mitsumata)

All other ski resorts in Yuzawa and Minamiuonuma are now closed for the season.   Read more ...

Minakami Now!

Monday 16th April 2012, 9:30am
Weather conditions: Overcast
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Overcast this morning in Minakami. The sun is trying to fight its way out but with little success at the moment. It is warm again with no wind and soft spring snow up at Tenjin. There is the possibility of rain tomorrow but the rest of the week looks like it will be much like today - overcast with the sun breaking through now and again.   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Monday 16th April 2012, 9:37am
Weather conditions: Sunny and blue skies
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
It's another sunny morning in Zao with similar conditions as yesterday - a mild, spring day basically.

Lifts open now for the week are just the Ropeways, the Chuo No2 pair, the Utopia No2 pair and Kurohime quad - with more operating at the weekend and then over Golden Week. See below for more details.

I'm not sure when Zao Echoline road plans to re-open for the spring after a long winter close. It's usually late April but there has been a lot of snow this year. Having said that, I am sure they are keen to have it open for Golden Week. Anyway I'll let you know when we find out.


Official snow depths (16th April 12)
Utopia - 190cm
Chuo - 190cm
Paradise - 190cm
Uwanodai - 100cm

Operating lifts (16th April 12)
Limited lifts now open - see below.


Current planned lift operations at Zao, as of 16th April - subject to change:

Uwanodai Area
Sky Cable (open all year, but closed from 7th May for maintenance)

Chuo and Paradise Area
Zao Chuo Ropeway (closed for maintenance 9th-25th April except Saturdays and Sundays)
Chuo No1 pair lift (only 21st and 22nd April, 28th April until 6th May)
Chuo No2 pair lift (until 6th May)
Katakai triple lift (only 21st and 22nd April, 28th April until 6th May)
Paradise No1 pair lift (only 21st and 22nd April, 28th April until 6th May)

Yokokura and Utopia area
Zao Ropeway (open all year, closed for maintenance 7th-18th May)
Utopia No2 pair lift (dependent on snow but latest until 6th May)

Omori and Kurohime Area
Kurohime No1 quad (no fixed closing date, dependent on snow)   Read more ...

Furano Now!

Monday 16th April 2012, 9:41am
Weather conditions: Overcast
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
After yesterdays beautiful blue sky and sunshine, today is a little grey in comparison. Skies are overcast but the sun will come through later in the morning. The snow conditions are soft spring snow which should be lots of fun. Temperatures are warm although a little cooler than yesterday.   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Monday 16th April 2012, 9:46am
Weather conditions: Fine
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Into another week - only three more left now! - and it's another fine morning here in Niseko. Not quite as bright and blue are yesterday but contrary to the forecast it is a reasonably warm morning here, definitely a bit warmer than yesterday morning. There's more of a wind as well which has been affecting lifts a bit early on...

At Hirafu the Ace Quad Lift is moving along with Ace No3 pair lift, which seems to be open because they have the King No3 and No4 lifts on standby due to the wind early on. That may well change this morning so worth checking if you are out there of course. The Gondola at Hirafu is of course closed again Monday to Friday, but will be open again for the weekends and Golden Week.

At Annupuri, the four lifts seem to be moving as planned.

Still on for some rain (chance of snow higher up) tomorrow, followed by things warming up in the second half of the week.


Current lift operations (16th April 2012):

Grand Hirafu & Hanazono:
Ace Quad Lift No2
Ace No3 pair
King Hooded Triple Lift #3 [STANDBY]
King Lift #4 [STANDBY]
The Hirafu Gondola will operate on 21st, 22nd, 28th, 29th, 30th April, and also from 3rd May until 6th May.

Annupuri Gondola
Jumbo No1 quad
Jumbo No3 pair
Jumbo No4 pair


Grand Hirafu and Annupuri both plan to be open until 6th May.
The Hanazono and Niseko Village areas are now closed.
Niseko Village plans to re-open for the Golden Week holiday period from Sunday 29th April until Sunday 6th May.


Official snow depths:

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 375cm
Bottom - 140cm

Top - 390cm
Bottom - 140cm   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Monday 16th April 2012, 10:15am
Weather conditions: Clear
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Monday morning again! How was the weekend for you? Saturday brought with it some rain/wet snow for a while there in places and yesterday the sun was out and it warmed up into a fine spring day.

This morning is more of a hazy start to the day than yesterday but warm and calm all the same. The forecast is telling us to expect some rain later on today and into tomorrow and after that clearer conditions again. Typical spring time weather really.

Lift operations at this time of the season always become somewhat confusing with all the different resorts having different policies - and seemingly adjusting without much notice. The above info seems to be correct at the time of writing, but always worth a latest check if you are planning to come to Shiga Kogen for some last runs of the season.

Areas with lifts still operating on Monday:
Mammoth (one quad)
Ichinose Family (one pair and one quad)
Okushiga Kogen (gondola and two pairs)
Kumanoyu (three pairs)
Yokoteyama/Shibutoge (one triple, four pairs)

Official resort snow depths as of Monday 16th April 2012 AM:

Ichinose Family:
Okushiga Kogen:


Planned lift operations, subject to change:

Open 21/22, 29th April - 6th May. (Even when courses closed access to Terakoya available)

Open 21/22, 29th April - 6th May.

Quad open until 6th May. Triple lift open 17th-19th April and 24th-26th April.

Open 28th April until 6th May

Ichinose Family:
Quad until 6th May.
No2 pair open until 6th May except 16th, 17th and 27th April.

Ichinose Diamond:
Quad open 21/22 April, 28th April - 6th May.

Gondola and No2 high quad lift open weekends and Golden Week.

Okushiga Kogen:
Gondola open 16th April and then 21st-23rd April, 28th April until 6th May.
No2 and No3 pairs until 6th May.
No4 pair open 21st-22nd April, 28th April until 6th May.

Some lifts open beyond 6th May (after that date the Shiga Kogen ticket not valid)

Plans to be open until late May. Beyond 6th May, the joint Shiga Kogen ticket not valid.   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Monday 16th April 2012, 10:29am
Weather conditions: Overcast but quite bright
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Yesterday was a warm one with a fair few people out there having fun on the mountains, myself included. Fun spring conditions was on the menu... my legs sure got a good workout!

It's a much more overcast start to the day today in Hakuba, but warm with it and already about 10C (with a high of around 12C on the local forecast).

Potential bit of rain later on and tomorrow, though it doesn't look like it should be much. The rest of the week we should see more sun and warm conditions, so I'm afraid those hoping for one last blast of winter conditions are probably going to be disappointed.

As I was mentioning in a recent report, lots of the snow at village level has quickly been disappearing and that has continued. Lots of fields around town now have almost no snow on them at all now and as always the last bits should quickly melt away too. Thats the village though - the mountains still have a lot of snow on them. There's patches on lower slopes but higher up there's still a lot of snow as can be seen by the snow depth numbers. Goryu reports 230cm; Happo reports 180cm; Hakuba 47 reports 205cm and Tsugaike says it has 290cm up top there. That lot will take a while to disappear!

Official snow depths and operations @ Monday 16th April 2012 AM:

Hakuba Goryu:
Gondola and Alps daira No1 and No3 lifts operating. The Toomi lifts are now closed but you can still ski down the courses.
Official snow depths:
Alps daira - 230cm;
Toomi - 90cm

Hakuba 47:
Top to bottom skiable. All lifts apart from Line D operating.
Official snow depth:
Upper - 205cm
Lower - 120m

Top to bottom skiable (via Riesen course to Gondola base station).
Lifts normally operating daily for spring are:
Grat quad
Alpen quad
Panorama pair
Skyline No2 pair
Kurobishi No2 quad
Other lifts:
Usagidaira pair plans to be open from 28th April until 6th May.
Kurobishi No3 pair lift plans to be open on 21st and 22nd April and also from 28th April until 6th May.
Official snow depth:
Usagidaira - 180cm;
Sakka - 50cm;
Nakiyama - 50cm.

Tsugaike Kogen:
Top to bottom skiable. Planned lifts operating are Ropeway, Gondola, Tsuga No2 pair lift and the Hannoki pair.
Official snow depth:
Upper slopes - 290cm
Lower - 110cm


Planned ski resort closings in Hakuba and Otari, all subject to change:

Hakuba Goryu:
Upper area plans to be open until 6th May.

Hakuba 47:
47 plans to be open until 6th May.

Upper slopes plan to be open until 6th May.

Tsugaike Kogen:
Plans to be open until Golden Week

The Hakuba Cortina, Norikura, Iwatake, Sanosaka and Minekata resorts are all now closed for the season.   Read more ...

SnowJapan Daily 'Now' reports

Furano Now
28th Feb, 7:12
Yuzawa Now
27th Feb, 10:30am
Minakami Now
27th Feb, 10:12am
Aizu Bandai Now
27th Feb, 9:56am
Naeba Now
27th Feb, 9:22
Myoko Now
27th Feb, 9:14am
Hakuba Now
27th Feb, 9:12
Shiga Kogen Now
27th Feb, 9:00
Zao Now
27th Feb, 8:59
Nozawa Onsen Now
27th Feb, 8:46
Madarao Now
27th Feb, 8:44
Appi Kogen Now
27th Feb, 8:40
Niseko Now
27th Feb, 8:20
Geto Kogen Now
27th Feb, 7:56
Grandeco Now
06th Dec, 14:16am