Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 6th May 2019

Yuzawa Now!

Tuesday 24th March 2015, 6:34am
Weather conditions: Cloudy and snowy
New snowfall: 10cm
Snow depth: 180cm
It is an early report this morning mainly due to some technical work that needs to be done today... which means that some of the other reports may be delayed today.

Anyway, back to this morning and it's pretty good news - 10cm of snow on the car outside and it is snowing still. Pretty decent snow too and coming down quite heavily at times... almost feels like winter again! Too early to hear any numbers from resorts but hopefully that and a bit more.

The forecast is for continued snowfall today and maybe into tomorrow morning, so hopefully we'll get some more.


Official snow depths:

Numbers as of yesterday

GALA Yuzawa:
Ishiuchi Maruyama:
Joetsu Kokusai:
Kandatsu Kogen:
Maiko Snow Resort:
290cm (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.

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!

Tuesday 24th March 2015, 7:40am
Weather conditions: Cloudy, snow and wind
New snowfall: 6cm
Snow depth: 440cm
Hello and good morning from Niseko. Apologies for the early report as the site folks need to do some kind of work and it's either early or late... but I wanted to let you know about the fresh snow.

Yes, some fresh this morning. Just over 5cm outside my place so hopefully, as almost always, more higher up.

Guess what, some wind too. Wind affected us yesterday and looks likely to today as well though it is too early for any specific news as I write this. Expect at least the upper lifts to be affected.

Snowfall forecast for today and maybe through into tomorrow morning. After that, back to spring come Thursday.

For this morning though I think I'll just have to go check out conditions!


Niseko Avalanche Report

Niseko base 6am: -5C, 5cm snowfall. Moiwa peak: NE8m/s, -5C, 10cm snowfall with notable development of snowdrifts. Annupuri 1000m snowpack 340cm. Hirafu 1000m: NE10m/s with development of snowdrifts. Annupuri peak: N12m/s, -8℃. Coastal data: Benkei cape NE16m/s, Kamui cape ENE8m/s, 1003hPa, 3.5m waves.

Cold air is flowing in as the low-pressure system passes. A northerly wind with snowfall is making snowdrifts develop. Surface slab avalanche of 30cm or less is likely to occur in open steep slopes and knolls. According to observations and snowfall transition, avalanche hazard (including climax slides) is high. Peak gates will be closed. New snow is still shallow and is not covering old tracks. Bumpy conditions around the course; be careful. Sunlight is weak and the snow surface is hard to ready. Beware of falls, collisions, falling into cracks and creek holes. All surrounding peaks are in a similar condition and the risk will rise in higher elevations. Carefully choose your touring route in steep slopes above 1000m. Winter is back for a short time. Have a nice day.


Official resort snow depths:

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 440cm
Base - 130cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 310cm
Base - 150cm

Niseko Annupuri:
Top - 340cm
Base - 160cm


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

Hakuba Now!

Tuesday 24th March 2015, 7:55am
Weather conditions: Cloud and snow
New snowfall: 3cm
Snow depth: 140cm
It's just a quick early report this morning from Hakuba.

More snow on the ground this morning with Cortina reporting 10-20cm and Hakuba 47 just a few cm at base and up to 10cm on the mountain.

So there should be fresh out there with snow forecast for the day today and overnight, clearing up tomorrow.

We'll probably be back to sunny skies by the weekend.   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Tuesday 24th March 2015, 8:14am
Weather conditions: Cloud, snow
New snowfall: 8cm
Snow depth: 200cm
It's snowing folks!

Snowfall during the day yesterday with 5+cm across the mountain and some more on top of that overnight. Cold too with the top Yamabiko area reporting a temperature of -8 degrees. Put those extra layers back on!

Snow continues to fall now so let's hope we can get more cm before it eases off as we enter tomorrow. It looks like once this has passed, we can expect spring conditions to return fairly quickly and into next week.

But this morning is a good chance to get that feel of fresh once again.


From next Monday, lift tickets at Nozawa get cheaper for the remaining chunk of the season (until 6th May). For example a one day ticket for an adult will be reduced from 4800 yen to 3700 yen, and for a child from 2200 yen to 1700 yen.


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

Yamabiko - 10cm
Uenotaira - 13cm
Hikage - 5+cm
Nagasaka - 5+cm
Karasawa - 5+cm

Official snow depths:

Yamabiko - 390cm
Uenotaira - 335cm
Hikage - 200m
Nagasaka - 195cm
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 next Saturday (28th March)


Nozawa Onsen plans to be open until Wednesday 6th May


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

Tuesday 24th March 2015, 8:20am
Weather conditions: Cloud, fog
New snowfall: 10cm
Snow depth: 210cm
Fresh snow to report from Zao this morning.

And a good 10cm of it as well. Decent quality to, with cold temperatures really helping this morning.

Last blast of winter? Very possibly.

This may last until tomorrow morning, but after that spring is going to come back and take control once again.

Should be a great morning out there though, given it's late March!


Official snow depths (Tuesday 24th March 15):

Utopia: 225cm
Chuo: 210cm
Paradise: 220cm
Uwanodai: 135cm

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


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 ...

Madarao Now!

Tuesday 24th March 2015, 8:24am
Weather conditions: Cloud, blue sky, snow
New snowfall: 10cm
Snow depth: 220cm
A funny old mix of light snow and some patches of blue sky as I sit here writing this report, but most importantly up to 10cm of fresh since yesterday.

It's good and cold as well, reminding us of winter.

With the snow clouds expected to be with us - or nearby - until early tomorrow morning, today and tomorrow might be the last chance of the season here at Madarao Kogen to get that 'fresh' fix.

Hope you can get to do that.


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 ...

Naeba Now!

Tuesday 24th March 2015, 9:29am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 10cm
Snow depth: 260cm
Good morning everyone, the weather has turned on its head totally with up to 10cms of fresh snow fallen this morning already and only supposed to get heavier as the day continues.

Temperatures are currently -3 degrees with relatively strong gusts of winds which are currently not causing any problems with lift operations here at Naeba. The Takenokoyama romance lift is closed due to avalanche danger and poor visibility, both the men’s and women’s down hill courses are also closed due to poor snow condition.

The Dragondola over to Tashiro is closed with the wind affecting things at Kagura as well this morning - Mitsumata Ropeway to the Kagura Romance Number 1 lift open at the moment.


Official snow depths:

Naeba: 260cm
Kagura: 370cm


New snowfall:

10cm Naeba
dusting 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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Shiga Kogen Now!

Tuesday 24th March 2015, 9:39am
Weather conditions: Cloudy, fog, snow
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: 240cm
A bit more snow this morning as the cold and wintery conditions continue - and should for the day today.

Tomorrow is when it should start easing off and clearing up, with sun likely by the end of the week.

Not deep of course but still good to have a nice fresh layer.


Planned night floodlit skiing at Shiga Kogen resort areas:

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 ...

Minakami Now!

Tuesday 24th March 2015, 10:03am
Weather conditions: Cloud, snow
New snowfall: 15cm
Snow depth: 405cm
The snow stepped up a notch overnight and 25cm has accumulated up top, 15cm at the base and its falling heavily here right now.

Strong winds late last night have dropped right off and the snow that has accumulated is virtually unaffected.

The cat track at Tenjin is still under inspection but the top of the resort is open as is the gondola. Late afternoon should be red hot today and the intensity of the snow is set to pick up even more this evening before calming tomorrow.

Some very good riding on offer if you can swing a day off work.


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: 405cm
Hodaigi: 190cm


New snowfall:

Base: 15cm
Tenjindaira: 25cm   Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Tuesday 24th March 2015, 10:08am
Weather conditions: Moments of sun, but mostly cloudy
New snowfall: 10cm
Snow depth: 400cm
Snow kept on falling overnight here, although the total from yesterday is only about 15cm (so 10 on top of yesterday's 5 or so). Snow showers continue to fall, although we're getting occasional moments of sun as well. Nice now, but not enough to fire up the mighty snowthrower (as much repair as those things require—good to use sparingly. And it will be time to dig out the north side of the house soon enough). The mailman can deal with 15cm of snow....


Akakura Kanko:
400cm, -4°

Akakura Onsen:
254cm, -1°

Ikenotaira Onsen:
230cm, -2°

Myoko Suginohara:
250cm, -7° (top)

Seki Onsen:
460cm, -3°

Myoko Ski Park:
340cm, 0°

Kyukamura RunRun:
340cm, 2°

Tangram Ski Circus:
190cm, -1°

Madarao Kogen:
220m, -4°


Night skiing in the Myoko area:

Tangram Ski Circus: to 8pm on Saturdays until 28 March

   Read more ...

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05th Sep, 13:14
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14th Jun, 10:19am
Naeba Now
07th Jun, 10:08am
Shiga Kogen Now
27th May, 9:56am
Furano Now
08th May, 8:47am
Niseko Now
07th May, 19:19pm
Myoko Now
06th May, 9:33am
Hakuba Now
06th May, 9:09
Nozawa Onsen Now
06th May, 8:46
Minakami Now
06th May, 8:16
Madarao Now
06th May, 8:13am
Zao Now
06th May, 7:59
Appi Kogen Now
06th May, 7:59am
Geto Kogen Now
06th May, 7:12
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02nd Feb, 12:34am