Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 6th May 2019

Yuzawa Now!

Thursday 22nd January 2015, 7:29am
Weather conditions: Cloud cover, overcast
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 265cm
As you might recall we were pretty excited about the prospect of a day of clear blue skies yesterday morning after that lovely start to the day.

Those blue skies didn't last for long though with clouds starting to appear not too long after the report was posted and by 10am it was almost completely overcast/grey. Sure did change quickly! Probably because the sun wasn't allowed to do much, it remained cold for the whole day.

Early afternoon the skies started to clear again and for an hour or two late afternoon we were treated once again to some sunny conditions.

The day has started with grey clouds all round this morning. No fresh snow to report.

It's not going to be as cold today - well, that's what the forecast tells us anyway with a high of around +6C expected later.

Unfortunately, there's a good chance of rain here in town but lets hope not for long as it should be snowing by the end of the day with snow forecast for the day tomorrow as well. Should go straight into snow at higher elevations.


Official snow depths:

GALA Yuzawa:
Ishiuchi Maruyama:
Joetsu Kokusai:
Kandatsu Kogen:
Maiko Snow Resort:
350cm (upper)
260cm (lower)
NASPA Ski Garden:
Yuzawa Kogen:
320cm (Kogen)
270cm (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)
All night on 17th January; 14th February and 14th March (10pm until 6am)
NASPA Ski Garden (skiers only):
Saturdays until 29th February (until 7pm)
Yuzawa Nakazato:
Saturdays 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' (or do not plan to have more this season).
Some resorts offer tickets that include nighta, others need a special lift ticket.


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

Thursday 22nd January 2015, 7:45am
Weather conditions: Cloud cover
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 170cm
Yesterday didn't end up being the bluebird that it looked like it might early in the morning - there was lots of cloud around for most of the day in the end with a few sunny spells at times and in places through the valley.

Overnight there has been a bit of snow up at higher elevations overnight and a dusting down below and it's snowing now as I write this report... slightly heavier variety at the moment from what I can see here near the base of Goryu.

This morning it's noticeably not as cold as it has been early mornings and currently just under freezing. As it gets slightly warmer later on we are expecting sleet and very possibly rain down here at village and lower levels, though it should remain snowing higher up on the mountains.

Snowfall due to continue through tonight and into tomorrow morning and should clear up by the afternoon.

Looking ahead to the weekend, for now on the forecast it's a good chance of sunny and fine weather conditions.

Would be good if we could get in a good refresh before then, as is always the case.

See you tomorrow.


Official snow depth numbers and operations at time of writing on Thursday 22nd January 2015. Subject to change during the day:

Hakuba Goryu:
Reporting 0cm of new snowfall.
All courses open (except Adventure Course).

- Alps Daira - 300cm
- Toomi - 170cm
- Iimori - 170cm


Hakuba 47:
Reporting 5cm of snowfall overnight on upper slopes.
Tree Riding Zone is open.

- Upper - 300cm
- Lower - 180cm


Reporting 2cm of fresh snowfall at Usagidaira.
Happo Banks The Snow Park opening event planned for 31st January.

- Usagidaira - 290cm
- Nakiyama - 170cm
- Sakka - 180cm


Hakuba Cortina:
Reporting 0cm of new snowfall this morning.
All courses open.

- Upper - 399cm
- Lower - 265cm


Tsugaike Kogen:
Please note that the top Tsugaike Ropeway only opens for spring season.

- Tsuga-no-mori - 355cm
- Maruyama - 195cm
- Kane-no-naru-oka - 210cm


Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field:
Reporting 5-15cm of fresh snowfall.
Mostly open (some course areas on the Mountain Side not open).

- Upper - 255cm
- Lower - 170cm


Hakuba Norikura Onsen:
All courses open.

- 295cm


All areas now open.

- 230cm


Night skiing at resorts in the Hakuba area:

Hakuba Goryu:
Toomi area every day until 31st March. 6pm until 9:30pm.
Hakuba Happo-one:
Nakiyama area every day until mid March. 5pm until 9pm.
Hakuba Cortina:
Every day until 31st March. 5pm until 8pm.
Tsugaike Kogen:
Kane-no-naru-oka on Saturdays in January (and 11th); February 7th, 14th. 6pm until 8:50pm.
Karamatsu-Shirakaba on Saturdays in January 10th (and 11th); February 7th, 14th, 28th; Saturdays in March. 6pm until 9pm.
Every day until 15th March. 4:30pm until 9:30pm.

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Nozawa Onsen Now!

Thursday 22nd January 2015, 7:50am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 260cm
Morning from Nozawa and in contrast to the start of the day yesterday it's much cloudier this morning. With a bit of snow starting to fall to boot.

It's not as cold this morning with the temperature now just over freezing and our forecasts give us a chance of sleet or rain down at base during the day at times. Let's hope it keeps on the colder side. Higher up it will surely be snowing and possibly quite heavily at times later today/tonight.

Let's see what I can get to report come tomorrow morning!


Fresh snow to report this morning since yesterday:

Yamabiko - 0cm
Uenotaira - 0cm
Hikage - 0cm
Nagasaka - 0cm
Karasawa - 0cm

Official snow depths:

Yamabiko - 380cm
Uenotaira - 330cm
Hikage - 260cm
Nagasaka - 255cm
Karasawa - 210cm


Courses open:

All courses are open except:

Grand Prix course
Jumping Course
Challenge 39


Lifts open (subject to weather conditions):

All lifts operating except:

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


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

Every Saturday until 28th March


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

Thursday 22nd January 2015, 8:15am
Weather conditions: Cloudy, overcast
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 155cm
No snowfall this morning to report from Niseko.

It's just a cloudy-overcast kind of start to the day here, with foggy conditions holding up most of the top lifts apparently. Gates are scheduled to open again though today.

A calm morning with not much of a wind.

Fresh snowfall isn't far off of course and it should be snowing from today through until Saturday and hopefully a decent amount of fresh coming overnight, so I'm looking forward to bringing you news of that tomorrow morning.

For the moment take care out there, know where you're going and have a fun day.


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

Niseko Grand Hirafu:
Top Ace Number 4 and King Number 4 lifts delayed opening due to foggy conditions.
'Early Morning' lift available daily until 1st February (for 500 yen, Ace Quad Number 2 lift from 8am until 8:20am).

Niseko Hanazono:
Looks set to be open as planned this morning.

Niseko Village:
Top Wonderland lift delayed opening due to foggy conditions.
'Early Morning Gondola' available Saturdays and Sundays until February 8th (for 1300 yen, Gondola open from 7:30am until 8:30am).

Niseko Annupuri:
Top Jumbo Number 4 lift delayed opening due to foggy conditions.


Niseko Avalanche Report

Niseko base 6am: -5C, no snowfall and calm. Moiwa 800m: calm, -7C, no snowfall. Annupuri 1000m snowpack 230cm. Hirafu 1000m: mild wind, -7C, no snowfall. Coastal data: Benkei cape SSE2m/s, Kamui cape SSW8m/s, 1020hPa, 0.6m waves.

A calm morning without wind or snowfall. About 2000 people stepped out of the peak gates yesterday, but not a single accident has been reported. Hard to believe it, it’s almost a miracle.

According to observations and snowfall transitions, the general avalanche risk is low today. Gates will open from the morning. There is no 100% safety in the mountain, but most accidents can be avoided with modest and respectful attitude towards the mountain.

A storm is forecasted to pick up tonight, make sure to be back in time.


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

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 355cm
Base - 155cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 270cm
Base - 180cm

Niseko Annupuri:
Top - 250cm
Base - 180cm


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

Niseko Hanazono Resort
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
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Zao Now!

Thursday 22nd January 2015, 8:32am
Weather conditions: Overcast, cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 200cm
A relatively mild (warm?!) morning here in Zao with it already just sneaking above zero at base here.

Calm too with only a slight breeze.

We're expecting snow today though and through into tomorrow, possibly quite heavy at times and stronger winds especially tomorrow.

An update on the Yokokura wall course... not much to report there really. Unfortunately and very sadly, it's still not open with some rather large cracks on show. Hmmm...


Official snow depths (Thursday 22nd January 15):

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

Zao Onsen is fully open (though note that the Karamatsu pair lift is closed on weekdays).


Night skiing operations at Zao this season

Uwanodai area:
Daily until 22nd March

Yokokura area:
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from until 15th March

Open times from 5pm until 9pm.


Juhyo 'Ice Monsters' Light Up night time ropeway operations

January 2015: 17th-18th, 24th-31st
February 2015: Every day 1st-28th

Operating from 5pm until 9pm; last ropeway up at 7:50pm.
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Madarao Now!

Thursday 22nd January 2015, 8:42am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 280cm
Yesterday the clearer skies didn't last for the day, but it was still a good one I reckon.

No new cm of fresh snowfall yet to report this morning but it has started snowing now.

It's somewhat milder this morning and the snow is wetter - it seems to be raining down lower - so hopefully we will avoid the rain here and get more snow.

Which I will of course report tomorrow morning.


Lifts planned to be 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 is every Saturday until 21st March 2015.


Madarao Kogen 6 day weather and snow forecast
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Myoko Now!

Thursday 22nd January 2015, 8:56am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 360cm
Morning from Myoko. And it's not the best of mornings for skiing really. Or snowboarding even.

Something of a nasty sleet coming down at resort base just now with rain down below in the town and wet snow falling higher up.

There's also a westerly wind adding to the not ideal conditions this morning.

The good news though is that it should be snowing on us properly later today and overnight, though conditions may remain wet down in town. (We don't ski down at town though do we!)

Might even get a decent amount to report on mountain by tomorrow.

So fingers crossed on that. Might be time for an onsen I think!


Akakura Kanko:
360cm, 0°

Akakura Onsen:
286cm, +1°

Ikenotaira Onsen:
290cm, -1°

Myoko Suginohara:
270cm, -2° (top)

Seki Onsen:
450cm, -6°

Myoko Ski Park:
335cm, 0°

Kyukamura RunRun:
390cm, -1°

Tangram Ski Circus:
240cm, -1°

Madarao Kogen:
270m, -3°


Planned night skiing in the Myoko area:

Akakura Onsen (Kumado): until 10pm every day until 22 March
Tangram Ski Circus: until 8pm on Saturdays until 28 March
Madarao Kogen: until 9pm on Saturdays until 21 March
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Shiga Kogen Now!

Thursday 22nd January 2015, 9:02am
Weather conditions: Cloud, fog
New snowfall: 2cm
Snow depth: 185cm
Mild start to the day here in Shiga Kogen, but snow is falling... we're avoiding the rain that is falling at down in the valley. Not the best snow ever, some 'moisture' going on there, but I'll take it over rain any day.

Cloud covering lots of the mountains so generally quite limited visibility this morning.

There's a bit of wind blowing as well and it probably feels a bit colder than it actually is.

Snow is expected to continue falling today through into tomorrow morning.

Weekend visitors might be happy to hear that the forecast for Saturday and Sunday is currently fine and sunny. Should be a good one especially if we can get a decent amount of snow in the next 24 hours.


Resort areas status with official snow depths:

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


Ichinose Family

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:

Sun Valley:
Every Saturday until March 21st

Ichinose Family:
Every day until March 29th

Ichinose Diamond:
Every Saturday until March 28th

Every Saturday until February 21st

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