Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 6th May 2019

Madarao Now!

Sunday 22nd March 2015, 7:36am
Weather conditions: Clear and fine
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 220cm
It's another fine early spring morning here in Madarao Kogen.

All eyes to the forecast then. Will it be colder and snow tomorrow? They still say... yes.

For the moment today should be another good spring one. We can enjoy the day while looking forward to what early week might bring us.


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.


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

Myoko Now!

Sunday 22nd March 2015, 7:36am
Weather conditions: I'm calling it clear, since the sun is shining, but thin high clouds above
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 420cm
An early report today, as I'm going out there in the hills and away from suitable computing devices.

Another sunny day, although with higher thin clouds today and a light breeze—a hint that the freezing line is going to come falling down the mountain from late today, and we can expect...wait for it... snow for a few days.

Hard to believe, as warm as it was yesterday, good to remember that we have had pretty good dumps right into early April (not time to change those snow tires just yet....)

The figures below are all from yesterday; the temps are probably all about right; subtract 10-20cm from total snow depths and we should be pretty accurate.

Akakura Kanko:
400cm, 1°
Akakura Onsen:
230cm, 5°
Ikenotaira Onsen:
230cm, 3°
Myoko Suginohara:
235cm, -4° (top?)
Seki Onsen:
460cm, 0°
Myoko Ski Park:
310cm, 4°
Kyukamura RunRun:
340cm, 5°
Tangram Ski Circus:
200cm, 2°
Madarao Kogen:
220m, 2°
Night skiing in the Myoko area:
Akakura Onsen (Kumado): to 10pm every day until 22 March
Tangram Ski Circus: to 8pm on Saturdays until 28 March
Madarao Kogen: to 9pm on Saturdays until 21 March

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Yuzawa Now!

Sunday 22nd March 2015, 7:55am
Weather conditions: Bright and fine, hazy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 190cm
It was a lovely fine and warm day yesterday and today is probably going to be more of the same.

More hazy I would say early on this morning, but sun is forecast with the temperature again expected to rise to just over 10C this afternoon.

So... tomorrow. What's going to happen?

Latest forecasts still point to a cool down with colder conditions, and also some snowfall. It seems down at town level at least, it might well be giri-giri (borderline) rain or sleet at times - so we are just going to have to hope that it gets as cold as possible and we'll see the snow. Snow possible through until Wednesday though so we can be hopeful. Difficult to read though, so we'll just have to sit back and see what we are given.

Before we get any possible fresh, it's full on spring conditions out there of course with the usual thing where better snow conditions the higher you go.

Still lots of fun to be had.

And lots of snow still. With the warmer conditions it is melting of course, but there is still between 1.5m - 2m of snow round the side of our building!


Official snow depths:

GALA Yuzawa:
Ishiuchi Maruyama:
Joetsu Kokusai:
Kandatsu Kogen:
Maiko Snow Resort:
300cm (upper)
190cm (lower)
NASPA Ski Garden:
Yuzawa Kogen:
250cm (Kogen)
200cm (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 'all night' on Fridays and Saturdays (6pm or 10pm until 4am the next morning)
Every day until 29th March (until 9pm)


Planned closing dates for resorts in the Yuzawa and Minamiuonuma region
Information as currently available and of course subject to change depending on conditions.

Open until Saturday March 28th:

- Hakkaisanroku

Open until Sunday March 29th:

- Ishiuchi Hanaoka (open on March 27th, 28th, 29th)
- Itsukamachi
- Muikamachi Hakkaisan
- Muikamachi Ski Resort

Open until Monday March 30th:

- Mt Granview

Open until Tuesday March 31st:

- Chateau Shiozawa
- Yuzawa Kogen
- Nunoba
- Ludens Yuzawa

Open until Wednesday April 1st:

- Yuzawa Park

Open until Sunday April 5th:

- Ipponsugi
- Ishiuchi Maruyama
- Iwappara
- Joetsu Kokusai
- Yuzawa Nakazato
- Yuzawa Nakazato Snow Wood

Open until Sunday April 12th:

- Maiko Snow Resort (*daily until April 5th, then open on April 11th and 12th)

Open until Sunday April 19th:

- NASPA Ski Garden (*weekends only from April 5th, closed weekdays)

Open until Wednesday May 6th:

- Naeba (*weekends and holidays from April 5th [except April 29th], closed weekdays)
- GALA Yuzawa
- Kagura (Tashiro)

Open until Sunday May 31st:

- Kagura (Mitsumata)   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Sunday 22nd March 2015, 8:15am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 1cm
Snow depth: 450cm
Hurray, it is actually snowing this morning! Can't help but smile seeing fresh snow fall outside at the moment.

Don't get overly excited, there's just a thin layer on the ground and it's hardly peak season quality... but still, it's snow. And it's a good sign that things are getting colder... hold on though... sun was forecast for this morning, along with a high of around 6C later on. Still is actually, so perhaps it will stop and clear. It's all very confusing!

Limited visibility on mountain this morning at the moment, but like said above that may well change quickly as things are forecast to clear.

Anyways, we should get some more snow tomorrow and perhaps Tuesday as well and it should be colder and keep colder for a few days anyway.

I suppose the best thing is for me to shut up for now and just report again in the morning! Have a good day.


It's the last nighta of the season tonight.

Expect fireworks around 9:30pm. Clear weather for that would be nice.


Resort specific news as of 8:10am - subject to change during the day

Niseko Grand Hirafu:
Set to open as planned this morning.

Niseko Hanazono:
Set to open as planned this morning.

Niseko Village:
Set to open as planned this morning.

Niseko Annupuri:
Set to open as planned this morning.


Niseko Avalanche Report

Niseko base 6am: 0C, 2cm snowfall from predawn. Moiwa data n/a. Annupuri snowpack 340cm. Hirafu 1000m: -2C, wet snow and bad visibility. Coastal data: Benkei cape NW6m/s, Kamui cape WNW7m/s, 1010hPa, 0.7m waves.

Block avalanches from cracked slopes are likely to occur in 700m and lower Mikaeri bowl and Osawa. Avalanches always happen without warning. Stay away from valleys with cracked or wrinkled slopes. Most accidents occur due to repeated carelessness and can be avoided by being cautious. All gates are expected to open. Listen to the ski patrol’s advice before stepping out of the gates. Niseko community is concerned about all guests’ safety and operates accident prevention practices. The Niseko Rules are not implemented to regulate the freedom to ride out of bounds, but to protect it. Please respect those Rules to protect everyone’s freedom to enjoy snow riding.


Official resort snow depths:

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 450cm
Base - 135cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 310cm
Base - 160cm

Niseko Annupuri:
Top - 390cm
Base - 170cm


Lifts open for night skiing:

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

Last night of nighta tonight!


Niseko Grand Hirafu 6 day weather and snow forecast
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Nozawa Onsen Now!

Sunday 22nd March 2015, 8:29am
Weather conditions: Sunny but hazy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 200cm
Very fine day yesterday in the area and this morning the sun is out again but it's more generally hazy out there. Still, temperatures probably rising to about 8-10 degrees this afternoon so another mild one.

OK so tomorrow then and that snow we were 'promised'! It is certainly still forecast to get colder and still snow is expected though it might start off at least rather wet. But snow clouds may bring the goods tomorrow and Tuesday and possibly even through into Wednesday. Let's hope it's a worthy delivery and not just a tease!


Fresh snow to report since yesterday (reported by resort):

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

Official snow depths:

Yamabiko - 385cm
Uenotaira - 330cm
Hikage - 200m
Nagasaka - 200cm
Karasawa - 135cm


Courses open:

All courses are open except:

Jumping Course
Grand Prix
Challenge 39
Kandahar Course East
Kandahar Course West


Lifts open (subject to change):

All lifts open except:

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


Last night skiing of the season planned for Saturday 28th March


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

Sunday 22nd March 2015, 8:35am
Weather conditions: Clear
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 240cm
More fine weather here in Shiga Kogen this Sunday morning, but it's about to change from tomorrow.

If that forecast is right, it will be snowing by tomorrow morning and snowfall possible through until around Wednesday. Yes please, I say!

Going to be colder too so don't be fooled by the warmth of the last few days; that layer will be needed once again.


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 March 28th



Open until Tuesday 31st March


At least part open until Wednesday April 1st

Number 2 pair lift open until March 31st, Number 1 triple lift open until April 1st)

At least part open until Sunday April 5th

The Bunadaira quad lift will be open until March 29th; the quad open until April 5th


Sun Valley:

The Housaka Number 3 lift will be open until March 31st

At least part open until Sunday April 12th

Ichinose Yamanokami:
Open daily until April 5th and then open on April 11th and 12th

At least part open until Wednesday May 6th

Ichinose Diamond:
The Diamond triple lift will be open until April 3rd.
The Diamond quad lift will be open until March 31st, and then open on April 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th and from April 25th until May 6th.

Ichinose Family:
The Ichinose Number 3 quad will be open until 29th March.
The Ichinose Quad and Ichinose Number 2B pair lifts will be open daily until May 6th.

Takamagahara Mammoth:
The Takamagahara Number 3 pair lift will be open until March 31st.
The Takamagahara Number 2 triple lift will be open until April 5th.
The Takamagahara Quad will be open daily until April 12th, and then open on April 18th, 19th, and from April 25th until May 6th.

Okushiga Kogen:
The Okushiga Number 6 lift will be open until March 31st.
The Okushiga Number 1 pair lift will be open until April 5th.
The Okushiga Number 4 pair lift will be open until April 5th, and then on April 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th and from April 25th until May 6th.
The Okushiga Number 2 pair lift and Okushiga Number 3 pair lift and Gondola will all be open daily until May 6th.

Tannenomori Okujo:
Open daily until April 5th; and then on April 11th, 12th and April 25th until May 6th

Both lifts open daily until March 31st.
After that, they will be open on April 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th and then April 25th until May 6th

Open until April 5th and then on April 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th and then April 25th until May 6th
The Yakebitaiyama Gondola will run until April 5th.

Beyond Wednesday 6th May

Kumanoyu Number 3 quad open until April 5th and then on April 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th and April 25th until May 6th
Kumanoyu Number 1 and 2 pair lifts open until May 6th and beyond

Probably open until at least the end of May   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Sunday 22nd March 2015, 8:36am
Weather conditions: Bright and the sun out, but hazy/overcast
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 145cm
A fine morning yesterday, the skies getting a bit overcast in the afternoon but another warm day here with just a slight wind. Very spring like of course.

This morning starts off with bright but hazy skies and it might be just me but it feels a bit more chilly outside early this morning.

While it's set to warm up during the day, tomorrow is still expected to be much colder and hopefully in my next report I'll be reporting that along with news of snow as well...


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

Hakuba Goryu:
Reporting 0cm of new snowfall.

- Alps Daira - 315cm
- Toomi - 145cm
- Iimori - 145cm


Hakuba 47:
Reporting 0cm of new snowfall.

- Upper - 305cm
- Lower - 140cm


Reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall.

- Usagidaira - 250cm
- Nakiyama - 110cm
- Sakka - 140cm


Hakuba Cortina:
Reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall.
Safety checks going on early morning - check with the resort for the latest.

- Upper - 370cm
- Lower - 230cm


Tsugaike Kogen:
Tsugaike Ropeway now open for spring.

- Tsuga-no-mori - 375cm
- Maruyama - 165cm
- Kane-no-naru-oka - 195cm


Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field:
Reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall.

- Upper - 235cm
- Lower - 115cm


Hakuba Norikura Onsen:

- 230cm



- 160cm


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 22nd March. 5pm until 9pm.
Hakuba Cortina:
Every day until 31st March. 5pm until 8pm.   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Sunday 22nd March 2015, 8:39am
Weather conditions: Bright and hazy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 210cm
More sunny weather this morning, though hazy. Proper spring weather.

How much of a return to winter can we expect tomorrow? Just been looking at the forecasts. Colder weather is a definite, and we are all hoping for some snowfall as well over the period Monday to Wednesday. Stronger winds look like a possibility too.

I will fill you in on the latest tomorrow morning.


Official snow depths (Sunday 22nd March 15):

Utopia: 225cm
Chuo: 210cm
Paradise: 220cm
Uwanodai: 140cm

Zao Onsen is generally open as planned (* note that the Karamatsu pair lift is closed on weekdays).


Current night skiing operations at Zao:

Uwanodai area:
Daily until 22nd March
Open from 5pm until 9pm.


Planned lift operating dates and closing dates

Subject to change. This is what the plans are currently...

Until Sunday 22nd March
Onsen Zao Kokutai Pair
Karamatsu Pair (only 21st and 22nd March)
Paradise Number 3 Pair

Until Sunday 29th March
Onsen Number 3 Parallel AB
Onsen Number 4 Quad
Ryuzan Pair
Nakamori Number 2 Pair
Diamond Number 1 Pair (every day until 22nd March, then 28th and 29th March)
Diamond Number 2 Pair

Until Tuesday 31st March
Shobunuma Number 2 Pair
Oomori Quad
Yokokura Number 2 Pair
Astraea Number 2 Pair
Astraea Number 3 Pair

Until Sunday 5th April
Onsen Number 1 Pair
Onsen Number 2 Quad
Sunrise Pair AB
Nakamori Number 1 Triple
Mikaeri Pair

Until Sunday 12th April
Yokokura Number 1 Pair AB

Until Sunday 19th April
Kurohime Number 1 Quad

Until Wednesday 6th May
Chuo Number 1 Pair AB
Chuo Number 2 Pair AB
Katakai Triple (every day until 5th April, then holidays and Golden Week)
Paradise Pair AB (every day until 5th April, then holidays and Golden Week)
Utopia Number 2 Pair


Last day of the snow season currently planned for Wednesday 6th May.

Operating through the year (for general tourism)
Sky Cable
Chuo Ropeway
Zao Ropeway   Read more ...

Furano Now!

Sunday 22nd March 2015, 8:54am
Weather conditions: Cloud Cover
New snowfall: 1cm
Snow depth: 190cm
Surprise to wake to snow this morning as it wasn't expected till later tonight. With temps up and the snow being quite wet it hasn't made much impact at village level.
Great to see it is still lightly snowing and giving us a fond farewell to the Kitanomine Zone which closes today.
Snow should lighten off before lunch before trying to give us some more snow tonight.   Read more ...

Naeba Now!

Sunday 22nd March 2015, 9:22am
Weather conditions: Sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 260cm
Today’s weather is yet again fantastic with clear blue skies.

Temperatures are currently around 3 degrees, but it's looking like they will decrease as the day continues. As the temperatures start to decrease, it looks like we could be in for the start of a small snowstorm as well... with the main part of the snow looking like to be through the day on Tuesday.

Get out and enjoy the good weather while it lasts.

Both Naeba and Kagura areas are open as normal this morning.


Official snow depths:

Naeba: 260cm
Kagura: 370cm


New snowfall:

0cm Naeba
0cm Kagura



This Naeba Now report started updating for the 2014/2015 season on 31st January 2015. As such, the 'observed snowfall season' numbers shown at the bottom of the report will only reflect data from that date onwards. Please read our Yuzawa Now daily reports section for more information on the first part of the season in the Yuzawa region.
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Minakami Now!

Sunday 22nd March 2015, 21:08pm
Weather conditions: Sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 380cm
Another very fine Spring day here in Minakami.

Rain was forecast for the afternoon but didn't turn up though for the next 3 days we are looking at a return to Winter temperatures and a constantly falling snow.

Lets hope so anyway.


Planned closing dates of ski resorts in Minakami (subject to change):

Until 29th March
Norn Minamaki
Okutone Snow Park
White Valley

Until 30th March
Minakami Kogen

Until 5th April
Minakami Kogen Ski Resort
Minakami Hodaigi

Until early May
Tanigawa Tenjindaira

Now closed for the season

Until 22nd March


Snow depths:

Tenjindaira: 380cm
Hodaigi: 190cm


New snowfall:

Base: 0cm
Tenjindaira: 0cm
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