Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 6th May 2019

Minakami Now!

Thursday 18th February 2016, 5:50am
Weather conditions: Clear blue skies
New snowfall: 25cm
Snow depth: 190cm
Great morning on the mountain with around 40cm of fresh light powder.

The sun was blazing all day and things warmed up to around zero at Tenjindaira by mid-afternoon.

The whole town got yesterday's snow and all resorts were looking good this morning.

Weather is forecast to warm somewhat tomorrow but North facing slopes should still be pretty good.

Saturday is currently looking rainy before some snow again Sunday. Would be nice if the former comes in as snow but we shall see.


All snow resorts in Minakami now all open:

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


Weather forecast:

Tanigawa Tenjindaira 6 day snow and weather forecast

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Yuzawa Now!

Thursday 18th February 2016, 7:15am
Weather conditions: Clear, blue skies, sunny
New snowfall: 18cm
Snow depth: 160cm
Snow started falling very soon after I posted my report yesterday morning.

And it continued through the day - and it was coming down hard as well for quite a lot of the time. Result? Another 18cm of fresh snow outside my place. (I actually thought it would be more than that).

Kagura reported 30cm of fresh snowfall during the day on their blog, and this morning just going with 5-10cm since last night (meaning that if you didn't read the blog bit, you'd think it was just 5-10cm rather than 35-40cm! I know if I had a ski-jo, I'd be shouting out about these numbers especially in a season like this!)

This morning Maiko Snow Resort are reporting 15-20cm of fresh snow.

But anyway, excellent. These snowfalls are what feels like 'normal' for us!

The snow eased off late last night and the skies cleared, leaving us with a beautiful clear blue sky early morning. It's going to be a very fine day with sun forecast and temperatures to rise to perhaps 6-7 degrees.

That means that early tracks this morning should be fantastic pretty much wherever you choose to go - perhaps just more fantastic in higher places.

Depending on just how much it does warm up this afternoon, conditions may change later on. So, get out there early and make the most of it!

Tomorrow should also be generally good clear weather as well by the way.

(I'll deal with the weekend weather in the report tomorrow - in the meantime do take a look at the forecast below for that).


Resort official snow depths (Wednesday 17th February 2016) and any specific news at time of writing:

Not updated today as it's too early - this data will be updated again tomorrow.

Resorts in Yuzawa:

GALA Yuzawa

Ishiuchi Maruyama


Joetsu Kokusai

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

Kandatsu Kogen

Maiko Snow Resort
185cm (upper)
75cm (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.

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.

NASPA Ski Garden
Extended opening until 6pm (Number 1 lift) on Saturdays until 27th February.
There is no special ticket available just for the extended time.

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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Madarao Now!

Thursday 18th February 2016, 7:26am
Weather conditions: Clear and sunny
New snowfall: 20cm
Snow depth: 140cm
Early report this morning.

It's going to be a great morning too, as we expected.

20cm of snow on the ground last night and overnight the clouds have cleared leaving us with clear blue skies.

Perfect morning to be out on the skis or board, hopefully not warming up too much in the afternoon.

Tomorrow is also expected to be sunny and clear but hopefully with snow clouds moving in late on. Saturday is forecast to be borderline rain/snow, and obviously we want to avoid the former. Let's see.


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 at Madarao Kogen:

Planned to be open after checking this morning   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Thursday 18th February 2016, 8:32am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 8cm
Snow depth: 160cm
The report this morning is appearing late (sorry) but we have time stamped it as the time it was originally submitted this morning.


An excellent day for enjoying the snow conditions yesterday even though there were a few lift disruptions due to wind by mid-day.

There's another 8cm of snow to report to you this morning from here at Hirafu base.

Happily things seem somewhat calmer this morning as well. There's less wind and it's not quite as cold.

Regular but generally light snow is forecast over the next few days - looks like it's going to get slightly warm tomorrow and there's a chance that we might have to endure a bit of rain; but hopefully even if that happens it will be short-lived.

More snowfall - and perhaps heavier snowfall - is expected around Saturday. And more snow into next week, so it looks like we should be able to enjoy regular fresh each morning.


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

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Niseko HANAZONO Resort
Niseko Village
Niseko Annupuri
All resorts appear to be opening as normal at the start of the day.


Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6.00am: -5°C, 5cm, calm. Moiwa 800m: -6°C, W8m/s, 15cm new snow. Mikaeri 740m: light wind. -6.9°C. Coastal data: Benkei Cape: NW14m/s. Kamui Cape WSW11m/s, 1005hPa, wave 2.6m. Hirafu Peak ridge line: light wind, -7°C. Annupuri 1150m: -9°C, W12m/s, snow conditions heavy with huge cornice development, snowpack 260cm.

The winds dropped around midnight and the rapid snowdrift development from yesterday has slowed. From observation and data avalanche risk around 800m is dropping, however at 1000m leeward cornice, knoll, open 30deg slopes high avalanche risk continues. Avalanche risk from rider stimulation or careless traverses is still high. The scale of predicted avalanches is over 60cm. Please take special care today.

All peak gates are expected to be open. Please listen to the patrol and make proper preparations before entering out of bounds areas. These areas are not managed and can deliver a serious lesson very quickly. There is many people riding out of bounds, carelessly triggering an avalanche could take out many people below. Dont stop and wait in the gullies, this is the avalanche path. Snow is a little slow but good. The temperature is rising and snow will become heavy by lunchtime. Take care to not hit obstacles.

Early yesterday a full depth avalanche occurred at 800m in Mizo no Sawa. Air temperature is not the only cause of these deep avalanches. Cracks give an indication of the instabilities, however in this instance the crack and collapse happened at the same time. This is not uncommon in Niseko area. Take care. Have a good day.


Official resort snow depths as of Thursday 18th February 2016:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 360cm
Base - 160cm

Niseko Village
Top - 340cm
Base - 170cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 350cm
Base - 170cm


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 ...

Grandeco Now!

Thursday 18th February 2016, 9:03am
Weather conditions: Cloudy, clear later on
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: 240cm
Good morning from Grandeco.

This morning we have another 5cm of fresh snow to report.

Temperature is around where it should be for the time of year, and snow conditions remain pretty good with dry soft snow.

We're going to enjoy some blue skies today after a more cloudy start, and more sunshine during the day tomorrow too.

Next snow? Looks to that later on Saturday and through Sunday.


Lifts operating:

All lifts operating

Courses open:

All courses open


Snow and weather forecast:

6 day snow and weather forecast for Grandeco
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Furano Now!

Thursday 18th February 2016, 9:07am
Weather conditions: Foggy
New snowfall: 17cm
Snow depth: 280cm
The heavy snow that was on the forecast has arrived and the village area has received a whopping 17cm overnight. Neeedless to say we are looking at a serious powder morning on the mountain, and with 17cm in the village the depth on the resort itself is going to be much much more. It is still snowing heavily but the precipatition rate will lighten up as the day progresses.

There is low cloud on the resort, and combined with the snow falling , means that visibility is not perfect, but still pretty good. There is no detectable breeze in the village right at the moment.

Tomorrow, temperatures are going to be warmer and around the base may even just break into the positives during the day. It looks like the sun will be out during the first part of the day. On Saturday night there is another significant fall of snow predicted.   Read more ...

Naeba Now!

Thursday 18th February 2016, 9:10am
Weather conditions: Not even a hint of a cloud in the sky.
New snowfall: 15cm
Snow depth: 130cm
Good morning from Naeba everybody! In all honesty this is probably the best day for riding we've had so far this season.

Get excited because it's both a perfect blue bird and a powder day today! We had around 15cm of snow fall since 16:00 yesterday and this has led to perfectly fresh groomed runs with plenty of powder pockets off the side to go and have some extreme fun in.

You'll definitely want to sun cream up today as well unless you fancy the perma-beard goggle tan look (which I know most of you do).

The weather forecast for tomorrow is looking like it should be another brilliant day for riding although the snow will not be so fresh. Then another big dump of snow is predicted for the weekend. However you look at it things are exciting!

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

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Thursday 18th February 2016, 9:11am
Weather conditions: Clear and sunny; bluebird
New snowfall: 40cm
Snow depth: 115cm
Some very respectable snow numbers since the report yesterday morning with some really heavy snow falling for quite a lot of the day.

Proper Nozawa style!

The resort made a few updates during the day all adding up to around 50cm of fresh snow in places and not that much less than that down at base either.

It was a good day and this morning should be excellent - helped along by some very fine clear skies and sunshine.

Going to warm up a little this afternoon, hopefully not too much. Tomorrow is also going to probably be sunny and a bit warmer than today too, with a high of around 6-7 degrees expected at base.

Then we come to Saturday which promises snow later in the day and the chance of some rain ( earlier on before the snow - though it'll probably start off as snow on upper parts of the mountain.

The roller-coaster like and odd weather of the season continues! (Let's have some more days like yesterday!)


Official info at time of writing on Thursday 18th February 2016 (subject to change):

Official snow depths:

Yamabiko: 170cm
Uenotaira: 125cm
Hikage: 115cm
Nagasaka: 90cm
Karasawa: 80cm

New snowfall as reported by the resort since yesterday:

Yamabiko: 50cm
Uenotaira: 52cm
Hikage: 48cm
Nagasaka: 48cm
Karasawa: 40cm

All courses open except:

Paradise connection
Grand Prix
Kandahar West
Kandahar East

Lifts planned to be rested today:

Yunomine pair
Mizunashi triple
Challenge pair
Utopia pair
Kandahar pair
Hikage Number 2 pair B line


Nozawa Onsen 6 day weather and snow forecast

Nozawa Onsen main resort data
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Hakuba Now!

Thursday 18th February 2016, 9:19am
Weather conditions: Bluebird
New snowfall: 10cm
Snow depth: 125cm
Yesterday was a good day.

Lots of snow falling mountain side and some very good snow conditions to enjoy. What we like.

Hakuba Cortina were reporting an impressive 40cm of fresh snowfall during the day yesterday with Hakuba 47 also reporting a good 20cm and over.

It always seems rather odd to me that the resorts don't seem to keep an ongoing clear record of all of this - not counting some social media posts which are sometimes a bit all over the place. I know that if I had a ski resort and 20cm of fresh snow had fallen since the previous morning, I'd want to be letting everyone know about it... but for example, up there on the 47 website they have "New snow: 0cm" this morning.


/End personal observation!

Anyway, it was certainly falling on the mountain for lots of the day yesterday - big smiling faces - though not a huge amount down in the village with about 10cm to add to the total for down here.

This morning as expected it's all change again with clear blue skies and sunshine. One of those stunningly beautiful Hakuba mornings.

It has started off cold but it's going to be a fine day and probably going to feel warm as well especially down in the village - perhaps rising to about 5 degrees.

Tomorrow looks likely to be more of the same, and perhaps a little bit warmer still (but we hope not).

The next snow will probably over the weekend.


It's the 46th Fire Festival at Happo-one on Saturday. Lots of festival-type events going on including a torchlit skiing display, performances and fireworks. It's usually fun to see and mingle with the crowds. Anyway, that starts at 7:30pm over at Nakiyama (Happo-one) - on Saturday 20th.


6 day forecast for Happo-one:

6 day snow and weather forecast for Happo-one


Resort news as of 8:40am on Thursday 18th February 2016 (where available, all subject to change due to weather conditions)

Hakuba 47:
Hakuba 47 is reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall.
There was on the mountain during the day yesterday.
All courses are open.
The Osaru (lower) area of the Tree Riding Zone open.
There is no 'nighta' at Hakuba 47.
Official snow depth:
Upper: 215cm
Base: 120cm

Hakuba Goryu:
Hakuba Goryu is reporting 0-2cm of fresh snowfall on lower areas and 10cm on upper area.
There was more on the mountain during the day yesterday.
All courses except Snow Diving and Adventure are open.
The Toomi area will be open until 8:30pm tonight for 'nighta'.
Official snow depth
Alps: 250cm
Toomi: 125cm
Iimori: 125cm

Hakuba Happo-one:
Happo-one is reporting 5cm of fresh snowfall on mountain. There was more on the mountain during the day yesterday.
All open - including Kurobishi Off Piste Area!
Happo Banks Snow Park is also now open.
The lower Nakiyama area is open for 'nighta' every day until 9pm.
Official snow depth:
Usagidaira: 220cm
Nakiyama: 90cm
Sakka: 60cm

Hakuba Cortina:
Hakuba Cortina is reporting 40cm of fresh snowfall during the day yesterday.
All courses scheduled to be open apart from Itadaira Ridge. Currently being checked at time of writing.
The Ikenota area will be open for 'nighta' until 8pm tonight (9pm on Saturdays).
Official snow depth:
Top: 210cm
Base: 135cm

Tsugaike Kogen:
All course areas are open apart from Uma-no-se and part of Rinkan course.
Nighta at Karamatsu/Shirakaba on 20th February and 5th/12th/19th March.
Note that the top Tsugaike Ropeway only opens from spring.
Official snow depth:
Tsuga-no-mori: 228cm
Maruyama: 100cm
Kane-no-naru-oka: 80cm

Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field:
Reporting 0-10cm of fresh snowfall this morning since last night. There was more on the mountain during the day yesterday.
All of the Village Side is open but parts of the Mountain Side not open (Sonezawa, Dangan, Kamo 4, Five Side, View A, View B).
There is no 'nighta' at Hakuba Iwatake.
Official snow depth:
Upper: 130cm
Lower: 50cm

Hakuba Norikura Onsen:
All courses apart from Expert Course are open.
There is no 'nighta' at Hakuba Iwatake.
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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Shiga Kogen Now!

Thursday 18th February 2016, 9:41am
Weather conditions: Clear and sunny
New snowfall: 18cm
Snow depth: 100cm
It's going to be a fantastic morning.

A cold start.
Blue skies.
The sun is out.

And the snow that we got yesterday, all 18cm or so of it. Wind was blowing it around and so it's going to be more or less than that in places but that's my best number based on a few nearby observations.

More sunshine is forecast for tomorrow as well and getting a little warmer for Saturday, but we should be seeing more snowfall later on in the day on Saturday as well.


Official snow depths at Shiga Kogen resort areas (Thursday 18th February 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 12th February and 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 ...

Myoko Now!

Thursday 18th February 2016, 9:47am
Weather conditions: Really blue and sunny today
New snowfall: 50cm
Snow depth: 200cm
A good day of snow, followed by a cloudless sky... Like to see more continuous days of snow, but we got a pretty good addition to the snowpack. Looks like a meter around the house, but that's more due to the drifts caused by high winds blowing the snow in from the north. If we average it out, we're looking at about 50cm of fresh, which is not bad and certainly welcome. And it is really blue, cloudless and probably going to get warmer through the day.

The winds do raise the possibility of wind loading higher up; there's still way too many small trees and brush out there, which might help anchor things, but where we do have open steep lee slopes there's always some concern that things could slide. That's especially true as we get some energy into the snowpack from the sun. Just be a bit careful until things settle down. But it's a nice day to ski some powder, so get out there!


Akakura Kanko:
-5° / 200cm

Akakura Onsen:
-6° / 230cm

Ikenotaira Onsen:
-8° / 130cm

Myoko Suginohara:
-12° (top)/ 120cm

Seki Onsen:
-5° / 330cm (still no change in the report for days)

Myoko Ski Park:
-3° / 215cm

Kyukamura RunRun:
-2° / 250cm

Tangram Ski Circus:
-5° / 155cm

Madarao Kogen:
-7° / 150cm
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Zao Now!

Thursday 18th February 2016, 10:26am
Weather conditions: Bluebird
New snowfall: 1cm
Snow depth: 150cm
As expected, it's going to be a beautiful day here in Zao today.

Clear blue skies are the headline for the day, with just a dusting of snow since my last report.

No wind and not too cold - but hopefully won't be getting too warm either even with the sun.

There's likely going to be more sunshine tomorrow and a return to snowfall on Saturday, though it might get slightly too warm with a chance of some rain. Let's just hope we can avoid that.

For the moment though, beautiful weather.


Information as of Thursday 18th February 2016 (subject to change)

All planned lifts are operating this morning.
The Karamatsu pair lift does not operate on weekdays.

Official snow depths:

Utopia: 90cm
Chuo: 150cm
Paradise: 140cm
Uwanodai: 90cm


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

Appi Kogen Now!

Thursday 18th February 2016, 14:30pm
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 18cm
Snow depth: 120cm
Below report was written at 8:30am. Apologies for the delay in it appearing online (due to maintenance issues).


Good morning from Appi,

Yesterday was a good snow day here with an unofficial 18cm dropping outside my house. The official Appi base layer has also increased to 120cm because of the 2 days of snow. Right now I’m looking at cloudy skies, a temperature of -8 and some very light snow falling. The snowfall should continue throughout the day increasing in intensity late evening when we should see a fair amount fall overnight.

Winds should increase somewhat tomorrow but we’ll see a steadily increasing temperature until Sunday when it dips to the -10 range again. Overall the next few days look good for heading on to the mountain.

The Main and Sailer Gondola should be in operation today along with most Second and Sailer runs. Those of you who are first lift people you’re going to have a few hours of nice powder and empty runs.


Currently planned operating lifts:

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


6 day forecast for Appi Kogen:

6 day snow and weather forecast for Appi Kogen

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