Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 6th May 2019

Yuzawa Now!

Thursday 1st January 2015, 8:10am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 40cm
Snow depth: 180cm
Good morning and Happy New Year from Yuzawa and from us at SnowJapan.

And as we hoped, things are getting off to a very snowy start!

It took until later in the day yesterday for it to get going but this morning there's 40+cm of fresh snow piled up outside and it is continuing to snow as the lifts start off on their daily trips.

Kagura reporting 50cm.
Naeba reporting 30-50cm.
Maiko Snow Resort reporting 40cm.

The current conditions are affecting some resorts, most noteably Kagura where only the Mitsumata area up to Kagura Number 1 Romance pair lift is operating - the Tashiro area closed.

Naeba seems to be open as planned, as does GALA Yuzawa and other resorts.

Generally pretty poor conditions due to the weather - I suspect a few folk might give it a late start or take a soak in an onsen before going out today.

Snow forecast to continue falling through tomorrow, so resorts everywhere will have had a very good refresh. A good start to the year!


Official snow depths:

GALA Yuzawa:
Ishiuchi Maruyama:
Joetsu Kokusai:
Kandatsu Kogen:
Maiko Snow Resort:
NASPA Ski Garden:
Yuzawa Kogen:
230cm (Kogen)
180cm (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):
27th December until 3rd January; 11th January; Saturdays until 29th February (until 7pm)
Yuzawa Nakazato:
27th December until 3rd January; 11th January; Saturdays from 10th January 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'. Some resorts offer tickets that include nighta, others need a seperate lift ticket.


Ski and snowboard resorts in Yuzawa town
Ski and snowboard resorts in Minamiuonuma City
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Madarao Now!

Thursday 1st January 2015, 8:23am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 40cm
Snow depth: 220cm
Ho Ho Ho! Oh, sorry wrong holiday.... Merry New Year!

And yes it's surely a merry one. Even those nursing some heavy heads this morning will look out of the window and love the sight of all the fresh snow that has fallen since last night.

Sadly the resort had to cancel some of the events it had planned last night including the fireworks due to the weather conditions. Wind, almost no visibility and heavy snow aren't the best conditions for a firework display!

That aside, it's obviously great that we have started the year with this snowfall.

It's cold out there this morning so an extra layer or two needed compared with the last few days. Get wrapped up though and it should be deep conditions on the slopes.

That's what we like.


Lifts 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 from 27th December until 3rd January; 11th January; every Saturday until 21st March 2015


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

Furano Now!

Thursday 1st January 2015, 8:45am
Weather conditions: Clouds around
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 100cm
Happy New Year
We welcomed the new year without any snow fall and it will be a bit chilly out there today.
Sun might make an appearance through the clouds and we can't expect there to be too much snow to come for the rest of the day.
Best way to clear that hangover head is to get the top and do some runs.   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Thursday 1st January 2015, 8:50am
Weather conditions: Partly cloudy, blue sky, sun
New snowfall: 15cm
Snow depth: 160cm
Akemashite omedeto gozaimasu! And a Happy New Year to all Niseko Now and SnowJapan readers. Here's to a powder filled, fun and safe 2015.

We may be into January already but there's over 4 months left of the Niseko season which of course stretches into May, so plenty to enjoy.

Back to today.

It is a cold New Years morning but calm and... the sun is out and there's quite a bit of blue sky above the area. Lovely morning.

15cm of fresh snow here outside my place, 20-25cm on mountain.

As is so often the case, even with the fine early morning conditions, snow clouds shouldn't be too far away over the next few days. Forecast clearer conditions for the late weekend and into Monday.

It might just be me but it seems that it's quieter than usual for just before 9am. I wonder why that might be! There were lots of parties and celebrations going on last night of course, I think that some people might be taking things a bit slow first thing!

For those who like getting up early and tracks before anyone else, Annupuri First Run from today - more on that below.


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

Niseko Grand Hirafu:
Looks set to be open as planned.

Niseko Hanazono:
Looks set to be open as planned.

Niseko Village:
Looks set to be open as planned.

Niseko Annupuri:
Looks set to be open as planned. 'Annupuri First Run' is available from today until Sunday and then also on the 11th and 12th January. For 1000 yen, you can get to ride the Gondola from 7:20-8:20am.


Niseko Avalanche Report

Niseko base 6am: -6C, 20cm snowfall in 12 hours, calm. Moiwa 800m: NW8m/s, 25cm of fresh snow with development of snowdrifts. Annupuri 1150m: NW10m/s, -10C with snowdrifts development. Hirafu 1000m: mild wind, -10C, 20cm snowfall. Coastal data: Benkei cape SSE4m/s, Kamui cape ENE4m/s, 997hPa and 0.7m waves.

The isobars are spread out and the weather is calm. Snowdrifts are developing slowly above 800m and the general avalanche risk is relatively low, except around 1100m cornice and knoll terrains where stabilization of the newly formed snowdrifts is being delayed. Hazards of surface slab slides up to 80cm thickness and 50m long is still to be highly considered.

The snow in the trees is in good shape. All gates except for gate 2 & 3 will open from the morning. Beware of sudden weather changes. Have you switched your avalanche transceiver on? Peak gates 2 & 3 should open after the 3rd.

Have a great New Year 2015.


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

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 290cm
Base - 160cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 210cm
Base - 150cm

Niseko Annupuri:
Top - 200cm
Base - 150cm


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


Niseko Grand Hirafu 6 day weather and snow forecast   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Thursday 1st January 2015, 8:55am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 50cm
Snow depth: 215cm
Happy New Year from Nozawa Onsen.

Ah yes this is a good way to start a year --- 50cm of fresh snow on the ground and across the mountain. Loads of snow. And it's piling up quickly as well right now with snow really coming down from the skies. It's like it's making some kind of statement!

If your body can accept any more sake after the celebrations of last night, or if you just want to say Happy New Year with other folk at Nozawa, head up to near the Uenotaira Resthouse Yunomine for 11am.

If you can find it of course... visibility is definitely limited for the moment! It's clearly much colder as well this morning. There's a heavy snow warning out for the region at the moment and snow is expected to continue falling for the day and into tomorrow.

Brave the conditions though to be rewarded with copious amounts of powder.


Lift operations for the New Year. On the following days, lifts are scheduled to open 30 minutes earlier than usual with the lower lifts starting at 8am and the Gondolas starting up at 8:10am:

Friday 2nd December
Saturday 3rd December


Fresh snow to report this morning since yesterday afternoon:

Yamabiko - 40cm
Uenotaira - 50cm
Hikage - 50cm
Nagasaka - 50cm
Karasawa - 50cm

Official snow depths:

Yamabiko - 330cm
Uenotaira - 295cm
Hikage - 220cm
Nagasaka - 215cm
Karasawa - 190cm


Courses open:

All courses are now open except:

Grand Prix course
Jumping Course
Challenge 39
Kandahara West


Lifts open (subject to weather conditions):

All lifts operating


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

Every Saturday until 28th March
27th December until 4th January


Nozawa Onsen 6 day weather and snow forecast
Nozawa Onsen main resort data
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Myoko Now!

Thursday 1st January 2015, 8:57am
Weather conditions: Socked in today
New snowfall: 50cm
Snow depth: 280cm
Happy New Year!

And tons of snow to get things going.

A lot of wind as well; less than last night, but it's blowing pretty hard at times. Hard to tell how much snow fell overnight, as things were drifting a lot, but probably 50+ cm, and possibly more.

It's still snowing steadily out there, with a few fresh centimeters per hour coming down. Some chance of the gondolas slowing down/stopping if the wind does pick up again, but otherwise a good, moderately cold, snowy day to start 2105.


Akakura Kanko:
280cm, -6°

Akakura Onsen:
240cm, -1°

Ikenotaira Onsen:
240cm, -1°

Myoko Suginohara:
220cm, -10° (top temperature)

Seki Onsen:
350cm, -8°

Myoko Ski Park:
225cm, 0°

Kyukamura Myoko:
280cm, 1°

200cm, -5°

190cm, -2°
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Zao Now!

Thursday 1st January 2015, 9:04am
Weather conditions: Cloud, fog
New snowfall: 30cm
Snow depth: 200cm
Happy New Year.

2015 has started off with a lot of snowfall to report. About 30cm outside my base here in the village area, so I expect more in places on the mountain. Seems nice and light too and so conditions should be very good on the runs this morning with lots of deep to find. Poor visibility on the mountain as well with an early morning (?) fog as well as the cloud covering the mountain.

Snow and moderate winds expected to continue through tomorrow as well as very low temperatures.

By the end of the weekend another milder spell with calmer conditions is forecast.


Official snow depths (1st January 15):

Utopia: 170cm
Chuo: 200cm
Paradise: 165cm
Uwanodai: 135cm

Zao Onsen is fully open.


Night skiing operations at Zao this season

Uwanodai area:
Daily until 22nd March

Yokokura area:
From Friday 26th December until 4th January;
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from Friday 9th January until 15th March

Open times from 5pm until 9pm.


Juhyo 'Ice Monsters' Light Up night time ropeway operations

December 2014: 27th-31st
January 2015: 1st-4th, 10th-12th, 17th-18th, 24th-31st
February 2015: 1st-28th

Operating from 5pm until 9pm; last ropeway up at 7:50pm.
Ropeway return charges are 2600 yen for adults and 1300 yen for children.
In the event of poor weather conditions, operations are sometimes cancelled.
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Hakuba Now!

Thursday 1st January 2015, 9:30am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 10cm
Snow depth: 175cm
A very happy new year to everyone reading this.

We're enjoying continued fresh snow conditions here at the moment and it's expected to continue more at least for the rest of today and perhaps easing off tomorrow.

Some lifts at Hakuba Cortina closed early due to avalanche danger. A reminder that while deep snow conditions are obviously very exciting for us, we need to keep that safety first thinking at the front of our minds as well. Do take care.

For those looking forward to seeing the mountains and sunshine, the weekend should bring calmer and clearer conditions to enjoy. With all the new snow it should be an excellent weekend.

After the fun of last night I think I'm going to take it easy for the day today and take an relaxing onsen.


Official snow depth numbers and operations as of 1st January 2015. Subject to change during the day:

Hakuba Goryu:
Reporting 30cm of new snowfall at Alps Daira, 10cm at Toomi and 5cm at Iimori.
All lifts operating. All courses open except Adventure Course.
Night skiing at Toomi every day until 31st March.
Early morning skiing from 6:30am until 4th January (and then on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays).

- Alps Daira - 295cm
- Toomi - 175cm
- Iimori - 175cm


Hakuba 47:
Reporting 10cm during the day yesterday on mountain and 20-25cm of new snowfall since last night at base.
All courses open.
Tree Riding Zone open.

- Upper - 285cm
- Lower - 155cm


Reporting 20cm of fresh snowfall at Riesen again, and another 10+cm at base.
Night skiing at Nakiyama every day until mid March.
Happo Banks The Snow Park yet to open.

- Usagidaira - 285cm
- Nakiyama - 150cm
- Sakka - 120cm


Hakuba Cortina:
Reporting 60cm of new snowfall since yesterday. (Later report saying 30-40cm... situation unclear. But lots.)
Number 4 and 5 lifts closed along with some courses due to avalanche danger.
Night skiing every day until 31st March.

- Upper - 310cm
- Lower - 210cm


Tsugaike Kogen:
Next night skiing through 1st January in both Kane-no-naru-oka and Karamatsu-Shirakaba areas; after that mostly Saturdays.

- Tsuga-no-mori - 330cm
- Maruyama - 190cm
- Kane-no-naru-oka - 195cm


Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field:
Reporting 20cm of fresh snowfall.
Most of Iwatake is now open.

- Upper - 250cm
- Lower - 150cm


Hakuba Norikura Onsen:
Reporting 20cm of fresh snowfall.
Resort is mostly open.

- 230cm


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

- 190cm   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Thursday 1st January 2015, 9:30am
Weather conditions: Cloud, fog
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: 130cm
Happy New Year!

Not much snow overnight here but nice light snow is falling heavily now giving us poor visibility on the slopes this New Year morning.

It's colder too as expected though winds aren't really an issue this morning.

Clearing weather conditions due from tomorrow with sun likely for the weekend and into early next week.


Resort areas status with official snow depths:

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

Open apart from Expert Course

Ichinose Family
Most open

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 this season:

Sun Valley:
December 29th-30th; January 1st-2nd, 11th; Every Saturday from January 3rd to March 21st

December 29th-31st; January 1st-3rd, 10th, 11th

Takamagahara Mammoth:
December 27th-31st; January 1st-3rd

Ichinose Family:
Every day until March 29th

Ichinose Diamond:
December 27th-31st; January 1st-3rd, 11th; Every Saturday from January 3rd until March 28th

December 27th-31st; January 1st-3rd, 11th; Every Saturday from January 3rd until February 21st

December 27th-31st; January 1st-3rd; Every Saturday from January 3rd until March 28th

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