Snow and weather reports posted on Friday 17th April 2020

Myoko Now!

Saturday 20th December 2014, 8:37am
Weather conditions: Clouds are moving in at this time
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 220cm
Mostly sunny to start the day, although the wind is blowing and the clouds are moving in.

The freeze line is moving up the mountain, meaning there is a chance of rain this afternoon.

Not to worry, though; the weather will turn cold again with more snow on the forecast.


Akakura Kanko:
230cm, -1/-4°
All lifts operating

Akakura Onsen:
180cm, -2°
Kumado No. 1, No. 4 quad)

Ikenotaira Onsen:
200cm, -3/-6°
Shirakaba Capsule, Ikenotaira Quad, AB No. 1, AB No. 2, Karamatsu Pair

Myoko Suginohara:
210cm, -4/-8°
Gondola, No. 1 Romance, No. 2 high-speed

Seki Onsen:
230cm, -3/-5°
Open, but no detailed report yet

Myoko Ski Park:
200cm, 0°

Kyukamura Myoko:
Open, but no reports yet (or on their website)

Not sure what their website is saying: either the No. 5 lift only is running from 1pm, or it starts at 1pm and the rest are running (call ahead!)

150cm, -2°
No. 1, No. 2 Quad, Super Quad, No. 11, No. 12, No. 15

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Nozawa Onsen Now!

Saturday 20th December 2014, 8:40am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 195cm
Turned into a beautiful day yesterday... check out yesterdays updated report for a few photos from the day.

Blue skies, sunny, great snow and lots of it. Fantastic.

It's a cloudy start this morning and no new start to the day. It will warm up to around 4 degrees today and clouds bringing snow (fingers crossed for straight into snow and no rain before it) later on in the day. Tomorrow the forecast is for cloud/snow but I don't think we are expecting mad heavy snowfall again for the moment.

Great news this morning is that most of the mountain is open from today. There's a few steeper runs that they're no opening quite yet, but apart from that it's mostly open. See info updated below. Uenotaira Snow Park also now open with lots of waves and boxes and that sort of thing if that's what tickles your fancy.

It's the 'Grand Open' of the resort today. At 11am this morning at the Yamabiko top station of the Nagasaka Gondola, there'll be some events going on including drink and food and your chance to 'janken' (rock-paper-scissors) with Nasuki, that loveable kawaii green Nozawa character. You usually can find Nasuki in the Kids Park in the Hikage area at weekends, but he's making a special appearance further up the mountain this morning. Go Nasuki!

No doubt Santa is very busy this time of year, but on Monday and Tuesday he's going to take a break from his busy worldwide schedule and spend time at Nozawa. And, if you find him, apparently he'll give you a present. Not sure if that works for big kids (ie adults) as well as little kids!


Courses open:

All courses now open except:

Paradise link
Hikage no kabe
Grand Prix course
Jumping Course
Challenge 39
Kandahara West
Kandahara East
Kamoshika Course


Lifts open (subject to weather conditions):

All lifts operating except:

Kandahar Pair
Shinyu Pair
Hikage Number 2 Pair A line


Official snow depths:
Yamabiko - 260cm
Uenotaira - 250cm
Hikage - 200cm
Nagasaka - 195cm
Karasawa - N/A


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

Furano Now!

Saturday 20th December 2014, 8:50am
Weather conditions: Mostly Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 70cm
Bit of a Yawn day when it comes to new snowfall. None to report overnight and the day is looking to shape up the same. Though with temps not too bad and good visibility it will still be a nice comfortable day on the mountain.
Kitanomine Zone could open tomorrow so we will keep an eye out for the Gondola.   Read more ...

Yuzawa Now!

Saturday 20th December 2014, 9:28am
Weather conditions: Cloudy / overcast
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 175cm
Hello from Yuzawa.

Yesterday the clouds gradually broke up leaving us early afternoon with lots of blue sky above Yuzawa and Minamiuonuma. It turned into a beautiful afternoon with just a bit of cloud hanging on. Snow was great too - one of the things about this early snowfall was not just how much there was, but the quality... was like mid-season really nice condition.

Forum's member muikabochi took some photos from Maiko Snow Resort yesterday, and you can see them here.

It didn't warm up too much during the day yesterday, but it's a milder start this morning and cloudy - or is that overcast? Just generally grey skies basically.

As of 9am it's around 3 degrees here in town and it might rise to as high as around 8 degrees later on in the day. Bit too warm that, and while it will get colder later on there's a good chance it will rain. It should be snowing overnight though with tomorrow set to be colder. Fingers crossed for it to get colder quicker than the forecast suggests and we avoid that rain stuff.


Today sees another bunch of resorts open for the first time including GALA Yuzawa and NASPA Ski Garden and most places are either fully or close to be being fully open. It's great that we are in that position so early in the season and not worrying about the amount of snow.

Noticably more people around this morning as well, it's probably what you might call the first big weekend of the season and I reckon lots of people will be enjoying their first slides of the season today.

As most ski resorts in Yuzawa and Minamiuonuma are now at least part open, I'll just make a note below of which are still waiting to start their season. Just Itsukamachi, Hakkaisanroku, Ishiuchi Hanaoka and Mt Granview left now.


Official snow depths:

GALA Yuzawa:
Ishiuchi Maruyama:
Joetsu Kokusai:
Kandatsu Kogen:
Maiko Snow Resort:
NASPA Ski Garden:
Yuzawa Kogen:
Yuzawa Nakazato:


Planned opening dates for resorts in Yuzawa Town and Minamiuonuma City (by date):

All resorts not noted here are now at least part open.

Tuesday 23rd December:

Thursday 25th December:

Saturday 27th December:
Ishiuchi Hanaoka

Late December
Mt Granview


Ski resorts in Yuzawa town
Ski resorts in Minamiuonuma City   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Saturday 20th December 2014, 9:32am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 1cm
Snow depth: 90cm
Just a thin cover of new snow since my last report and it's noticeably warmer this morning.

It is generally cloudy right now, but we are expecting some rain this afternoon. We are hoping of course that will end up short-lived and it will soon turn into snowfall.

Tomorrow we expect snow to be falling and for colder conditions.


A few resort news thingies this morning.

Over at Hanazono, Strawberry Fields opens today as well as the Snowmobiling Course.

Niseko Grand Hirafu have noted that the top Large and Dynamic Courses accessed via the Ace Pair Number 4 lift and King Number 4 Lift cannot open yet due to 'insufficient snow cover'.

They are though extending the operation of the Hanazono Quad Number 3 and Swinging Monkey lifts to 3:30pm, with the two lower Hanazono Quads now doing their thing until 3:50pm.

Just a reminder of a few other things - the top connection between Niseko Annupuri and Niseko Village resorts is not yet available with thise top lifts not moving yet (shuttle bus needed) and those gates aren't open yet. For all the talk of large volumes of snowfall, it seems that we need more.


Niseko Avalanche Report

Moiwa base: -3C, light snowfall and calm morning. Moiwa 600m: -5C, light snowfall, calm and good visibility. Annupuri 1150m: -5C, light snowfall and development of snowdrifts. Annupuri 1000m: 130cm snowpack. Coastal data: Benkei cape SSW3m/s, Kamui cape S13m/s, 1017hPa, 1.3m waves.

A Low Pressure system is approaching and making warm air flow in from the south. The weather is predicted to deteriorate before noon. The general avalanche risk is low according to observations, however wet snow slab avalanches hazard in 40°slopes will rise in the afternoon. Be cautious. The groomers conditions and the snow in the trees is in good shape. Bushes are still sticking out above the surface and the streams at the bottom aren’t fully buried yet. Backcountry access from the resort is still restricted and will take some more time to have the gates ready. Do not duck ropes to step out of bounds. We strongly demand all Niseko accommodation to inform their guests about the Niseko Rules. Have a nice weekend.


Lifts planned to be operating, subject to change due to weather conditions. Any news at time of writing is noted in the main report above:

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Ace Family Lift, Ace Number 2 Center Four lift, Ace Number 3 lift, Holiday Number 1 Pair lift, Hirafu Gondola, King Number 3 Triple lift, Swinging Monkey.
Night skiing lifts:
Ace Family Pair lift, Ace Number 2 Center Four lift, Hirafu Gondola, Holiday Number 1 Pair lift

Niseko Hanazono
Hanazono Number 1, Hanazono Number 2, Hanazono Number 3
Night skiing lifts:
No night skiing at Hanazono

Niseko Village
Niseko Gondola, Community Chair, Banzai Chair, Morino Chair.
Night skiing lifts:
Community Chair and Banzai Chair

Niseko Annupuri
Annupuri Gondola, Jumbo Number 1 Quad, Jumbo Number 2 Pair, Jumbo Number 3 Pair
Night skiing lift:
Jumbo Number 1 Quad


Official snow depth numbers at the time of writing:

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 200cm
Base - 90cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 150cm
Base - 110cm

Top - 135cm
Base - 110cm


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

Madarao Now!

Saturday 20th December 2014, 9:41am
Weather conditions: Mostly cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 150cm
Mild this morning and more cloud than we had yesterday which ended up being really fine.

No new snow to report but it should be snowing again by the time I post my report tomorrow morning. Unfortunately, might be raining before we get there... :(

Madarao opens it's tree run courses this morning including the brand new 'Ninja'. Cool name.


If you like powder tree runs, make sure you give them a go.


Lifts open:

Number 1 lift
Number 2 quad lift
Super quad lift
Number 11 lift
Number 12 lift
Number 15 lift
Moving Walkway

Tree runs:


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

Hakuba Now!

Saturday 20th December 2014, 10:11am
Weather conditions: Mostly cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 175cm
Sorry about the report being a bit late this morning - making some changes to the information below now that most areas are open. As well as updating the official snow depth numbers and also noting any new snowfall that is reported, I'll also try to add any further info where possible.

It was a beauty of a day in the region yesterday with blue sky all round and bright sunshine making.


This morning started with lots of cloud around but in the last hour or so there has been more blue skies appear and the sun coming out as well at times. Maybe it will clear up more though I think it's more likely to cloud back over... we're due clouds and precipitation later on today. Depending on which forecast you read and being totally reliant on nature it will be rain/sleet/snow, no doubt better chance of snow the higher up you are. But even if it starts off wet later today, hopefully by my report tomorrow I'll be able to bring news of more snow on the ground.

Let's see.

Night skiing 'nighta' is starting up at a few resorts from this evening.

Today will by the busiest day of the season so far. All resorts now open. Christmas and then the more important New Year holidays approaching. Can't believe we're talking about New Year already. Slow down will you, Time!


Official snow depth numbers and operations as of 20th December 2014. Subject to change during the day:

Hakuba Goryu:
Reporting 0cm of new snowfall.
All lifts operating except Alps Daira 2&4.
All courses open except Adventure Course.
Night skiing at Toomi - every day from tonight until 31st March.

- Alps Daira - 230cm
- Toomi - 175cm
- Iimori - 150cm


Hakuba 47:
Reporting 0cm of new snowfall.
All courses open.
Tree Riding Zone not open yet.

- Upper - 250cm
- Lower - 120cm


Reporting 0cm of new snowfall.
Most courses at Happo-one are now open.
Happo Banks The Snow Park not yet open.

- Usagidaira - 200cm
- Nakiyama - 110cm
- Sakka - 110cm


Hakuba Cortina:
Reporting 0cm of new snowfall.
Lifts 3, 5 and 7 not operating.
Resort part open.
Night skiing from today - every day until 31st March

- Upper - 275cm
- Lower - 180cm


Tsugaike Kogen:
Most areas of Tsugaike Kogen are now open, most notably the Uma-no-se course not yet open.
Night skiing tonight. After that, from next weekend over the New Year period.

- Tsuga-no-mori - 275cm
- Maruyama - 270cm
- Kane-no-naru-oka - 160cm


Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field:
Resort is part open

- Upper - 160cm
- Lower - 100cm


All areas now open

- 120cm   Read more ...

Minakami Now!

Saturday 20th December 2014, 10:24am
Weather conditions: Overcast
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 200cm
Overcast day here with light winds.

Light rain/snow showers expected to start from noon today, with light snow fall beginning from this evening and continuing into tomorrow


No new snowfall to report


Snow depths:

Valley 50cm
Upper Mountains 200cm


Planned opening dates:

Tenjindaira - OPEN
Houdaigi - part OPEN
Norn Minakami - part OPEN
White Valley - OPEN
Minakami Kogen - OPEN
Okutone - OPEN

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Zao Now!

Saturday 20th December 2014, 10:25am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 160cm
Mild this morning. No new snowfall to report and hardly any wind either. We're expecting more cloud as the day progresses today with maybe rain at first but snow overnight and tomorrow. Possibly strong winds tomorrow.

Most course areas of Zao Onsen are now open for the season with just a few exceptions. Looks as if the Paradise Number 3 lift isn't operating and the far left mountain area isn't open this morning but other than that...

I'm hearing that there's been a snow slide over on the famous steep Yokokura Wall run and it's closed this morning. Hopefully not for long.


Official snow depths (20th December 14):

Utopia: 160cm
Chuo: 160cm
Paradise: 150cm
Uwanodai: 125cm


Night skiing operations at Zao this season

Uwanodai area:
From Sunday 21st December 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.   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Saturday 20th December 2014, 11:00am
Weather conditions: Lots of cloud, some blue sky
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 60cm
Relatively mild conditions this morning (which still means we are below zero!)

After the sun of yesterday, the runs will be 'suberiyasui' (easy to slide!) this morning. Hopefully it won't warm up too much. Don't think so as the sun isn't out like it was yesterday... more of a clouding over picture this morning but still some blue sky around.

Night skiing (and inded snowboarding) available from today at a few of the areas around Shiga Kogen - details below.

Well, it's the first "big weekend" of the snow season and most of Shiga Kogen is now open.


Resort areas status with official snow depths:

Okushiga Kogen:
Most open

Most open

Ichinose Family
Most open

Ichinose Yamanokami:

Ichinose Diamond:
Part open

Takamagahara Mammoth:




Most open

Happo Bundaraia:

Sun Valley:



Almost all open (note: skiers only resort area)

Most open now. Shibutoge area not yet open.


Planned night floodlit skiing at Shiga Kogen resort areas this season:

Sun Valley:
December 20th, 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 20th-22nd, 27th-31st; January 1st-3rd

Ichinose Family:
Every day from December 20th 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 20th-23rd, 27th-31st; January 1st-3rd; Every Saturday from January 3rd until March 28th   Read more ...

SnowJapan Daily 'Now' reports

Zao Now
15th Sep, 13:18am
Shiga Kogen Now
30th May, 10:10
Geto Kogen Now
06th May, 15:13pm
Appi Kogen Now
23rd Apr, 17:30
Furano Now
22nd Apr, 10:12am
Madarao Now
20th Apr, 9:52am
Nozawa Onsen Now
20th Apr, 9:51am
Niseko Now
20th Apr, 9:50am
Naeba Now
20th Apr, 9:49am
Myoko Now
20th Apr, 9:48am
Minakami Now
20th Apr, 9:47am
Hakuba Now
20th Apr, 9:40am
Aizu Bandai Now
20th Apr, 9:38am
Yuzawa Now
20th Apr, 9:37am
Grandeco Now
06th Dec, 14:16am