Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 6th May 2019

Yuzawa Now!

Wednesday 25th March 2015, 7:38am
Weather conditions: Cloudy, hint of sun even in some areas
New snowfall: 20cm
Snow depth: 195cm
We are being treated to a good old late season blast of winter at the moment.

Snow fell for the day yesterday and there has been another 5+cm since last night. I think that it is safe to say that we can add at least another 20cm to add to what I posted yesterday morning, and there is certainly going to be more than that up on the mountains. Yesterday at the end of the day, for example, Kagura reported +30cm during the day, and this morning Maiko Snow Resort are saying that there is a fresh layer of 30cm. Kagura is also reporting this morning another 30cm of fresh (I hope it's not the same lot they reported yesterday evening!)

Whatever, these are very fine numbers indeed and the people lucky enough to be here today and tomorrow should be in for something of an unexpected treat.

It has been snowing lightly this morning still, but the last of the snowfall (this time anyway) should be falling this morning, with clearing up conditions expected. There's even a slight hint of sun shining through the clouds in places just now.

This snowfall might well be the last fresh hurrah of the season - if you can, do try to get to enjoy it.

Tomorrow onwards it's going to start warming up again and a lot of sun is forecast daily into next week.


Official snow depths:

GALA Yuzawa:
Ishiuchi Maruyama:
Joetsu Kokusai:
Kandatsu Kogen:
Maiko Snow Resort:
370cm (upper)
230cm (lower)
NASPA Ski Garden:
Yuzawa Kogen:
280cm (Kogen)
230cm (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 ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Wednesday 25th March 2015, 8:15am
Weather conditions: Cloud, light snow in places
New snowfall: 25cm
Snow depth: 220cm
Ahhh late March, don't you just love it (....when it gives us snow!)

According to the trusty resort folk, some upper areas of the mountain have been on the receiving end of up to 50cm of snow in the last day! Just think how warm it was last week and then re-read that. Mad.

Still a decent amount lower on the mountain as well giving us a refresh we can only have hoped for.

The sun will be back with us by tomorrow so we need to make the most of these fresh conditions while they last. Expect it to warm up by the weekend.


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

Yamabiko - 45cm!
Uenotaira - 50cm!!
Hikage - 35cm
Nagasaka - 30cm
Karasawa - 25cm

Official snow depths:

Yamabiko - 440cm
Uenotaira - 370cm
Hikage - 220m
Nagasaka - 220cm
Karasawa - 150cm


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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Madarao Now!

Wednesday 25th March 2015, 8:15am
Weather conditions: Mostly cloudy, bit of blue
New snowfall: 15cm
Snow depth: 230cm
Light snow has stopped at the moment and there's even some blue sky to be seen through the clouds that remain over the area (and there's quite a few of those).

But another 15cm of snow since yesterday making this a fine few days to be at Madarao.

Spring sun is scheduled to be back from tomorrow and into next week, so this is very probably going to be the last of fresh Madarao this season.


But it should be a lot of fun.



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 ...

Niseko Now!

Wednesday 25th March 2015, 8:31am
Weather conditions: Cloud, snow, wind
New snowfall: 20cm
Snow depth: 440cm
Wind messed around with us yesterday, be off with it!, and afraid it may might again today.

OK bad news out of the way.

You want the good news?

There's lots of fresh snow. Might not be able to get up to it using the wind-affected lifts again, but it's there for sure.

Once they do open though it should be some excellent late March conditions waiting to be ridden.

No more snow is likely to be falling after today through into early next weekb at least so we want as much as possible.


Resort specific news as of 8:30am - subject to change during the day

Niseko Grand Hirafu:
Top lifts on hol due to wind.

Niseko Hanazono:
Set to open as planned this morning.

Niseko Village:
Niseko Gondola and Wonderland Chair on hold due to wind.

Niseko Annupuri:
Annupuri Gondola and top Jumbo 4 lifts on hold due to wind.


Niseko Avalanche Report

Niseko base 6am: -2C, 20cm of humid snowfall in the last 12 hours. Moiwa data n/a. Annupuri 1000m snowpack 345cm. Hirafu1000m -7C, heavy wind. Peak data: N23.3m/s, -7.3C. Coastal data: Benkei cape ENE11m/s, Kamui cape ENE5m/s, 1019hPa, 3.3m.

Isobars are close together, generating heavy wind above 800m. Snowdrifts are developing in leeward slopes and gullies. Looking at the snowfall and various other data, the avalanche risk is high today, especially in alpine steep slopes. Peak gates will be closed. Do not duck ropes to step out of bounds. Wind and snow will clam down soon, but the hazards will remain high for a while. Most avalanche accidents are caused by snowdrift slabs sliding during or just after storms. Remember this term as a common sense and most accidents can be avoided. Climax (ground) avalanche risk from 1100m area is also rising. Stay away from valley bottoms. The snow along the course and in the trees is in good shape. Beware of hidden cracks and holes and they might have been covered and hard to notice from above. Have a nice day.


Official resort snow depths:

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

Niseko Village:
Top - 330cm
Base - 160cm

Niseko Annupuri:
Top - 340cm
Base - 160cm


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

Hakuba Now!

Wednesday 25th March 2015, 8:31am
Weather conditions: Cloud, blue sky, sun
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: 140cm
A bit more snow overnight - not as much as we might have hoped for, but hey look at the calendar - and right now there's some cloud about but lots of blue sky too.

The sun is out as well shining down through the window here at base. That sun is maybe making an appearance a bit sooner than expected, but now it's here I'd say there's a good chance it will stay.

Sunny skies are now forecast through into the weekend and possible even early next week along with warmer temperatures as well.

There's fresh snow to enjoy for now though and with the fine weather it should be a fun morning.


Official snow depth numbers and operations at time of writing on Wednesday 25th March 2015. Subject to change during the day:

Hakuba Goryu:
Reporting 10cm of new snowfall up top and Toomi, and 5cm at Iimori.
Night skiing up until 31st March - the only one left going now.

- Alps Daira - 310cm
- Toomi - 140cm
- Iimori - 14cm


Hakuba 47:
Reporting up to 20cm of new snowfall since yesterday morning.

- Upper - 320cm
- Lower - 140cm



- Usagidaira - 265cm
- Nakiyama - 100cm
- Sakka - 145cm


Hakuba Cortina:
Reporting 5-10cm of fresh snowfall.
Spring season operations from 23rd March - Lift 1, 2, 4 and 6 (reduced price tickets).

- Upper - 365cm
- Lower - 230cm


Tsugaike Kogen:
Tsugaike Ropeway now open for spring -- but closed this morning due to weather conditions.

- Tsuga-no-mori - 385cm
- Maruyama - 170cm
- Kane-no-naru-oka - 195cm


Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field:
Reporting 5+cm of fresh snowfall.

- Upper - 240cm
- Lower - 120cm


Hakuba Norikura Onsen:

- 220cm



- 160cm   Read more ...

Furano Now!

Wednesday 25th March 2015, 9:13am
Weather conditions: Cloud cover/overcast
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 180cm
Strong winds are hitting the resort right now and it is really gusty around the base area. The winds will gradually reduce during the day and should be light by the evening. Cloud is sitting just above the peaks of the resort so visibility is good and there may be some snow flurries during the day. Temperatures today are significantly colder than yesterday. The sub zero overnight temperatures mean that the slopes will be firmer than yesterday especially during the morning.    Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Wednesday 25th March 2015, 9:45am
Weather conditions: Cloud, snow
New snowfall: 32cm
Snow depth: 240cm
Mid winter style conditions remain this morning with a lot of new snow - one of the bigger amounts of the season actually... over 30cm.


Can you believe we are nearly at the end of March.


From tomorrow, the skies should be clearer; the temperatures should be warmer; and we'll start to get reminded that it is actually spring right now.

For now though it should be an excellent morning.


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 ...

Myoko Now!

Wednesday 25th March 2015, 10:02am
Weather conditions: Mostly sunny
New snowfall: 20cm
Snow depth: 450cm
The snow let up by this morning, with the sun now shining on Myoko.

We saw a few lightning flashes last night—something that can mean pretty heavy snowfall—and Akakan is reporting an additional 50cm, more than we got at base level (let's add on 20cm today, just to be conservative). Very strong winds earlier in the day; snow was really flying off the high ridges around 8 am. A little more settled now, although the wind is now coming from the east down in town, while the Coast Guard tells me it's form the northwest on the coast—signs the high pressure is moving in.

Looks to be warm again in the coming days.


Akakura Kanko:
450cm, -3°

Akakura Onsen:
240cm, 0°

Ikenotaira Onsen:
260cm, -2°

Myoko Suginohara:
260cm, 2°

Seki Onsen:
460cm, -3°

Myoko Ski Park:
345cm, -1°

Kyukamura RunRun:
350cm, 0°

Tangram Ski Circus:
190cm, -1°

Madarao Kogen:
230m, -5°


Night skiing in the Myoko area:

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

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Naeba Now!

Wednesday 25th March 2015, 11:00am
Weather conditions: Cloud and snow
New snowfall: 30cm
Snow depth: 260cm
Aaaannndddd it’s still dumping with snow!

It continued to snow heavily through the day yesterday and all the way through the night aaannndd it’s still snowing this morning.

It looks like it will stop snowing possibly later in the afternoon, but currently every run will be a fresh one.

It is around -4 degrees with weak to moderate winds currently.

All lifts are running as planned.


Official snow depths:

Naeba: 260cm
Kagura: 370cm


New snowfall:

30cm Naeba
30cm 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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Zao Now!

Wednesday 25th March 2015, 11:01am
Weather conditions: Cloud, fine
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: 220cm
Lots of cloud today with some clearer skies as well but good and cold too.

Warmer conditions going to make themselves known starting tomorrow as we switch back from winter to spring again... maybe for the last time this season?

Over the next week it's mostly sunny and warm that is forecast.


Official snow depths (Wednesday 25th March 15):

Utopia: 240cm
Chuo: 210cm
Paradise: 220cm
Uwanodai: 150cm

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

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Minakami Now!

Wednesday 25th March 2015, 11:30am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 45cm
Snow depth: 470cm
Heavy snowfall overnight and though it is still snowing, the accumulation has taken a break which is good for those of us who need to move it.

85cm reported up top and Tenjin is closed due to high wind.

At the lower elevations winds are moderate and the snow quality is excellent. The gondola will hopefully get moving this afternoon but the chances of the cat track opening today are zero. Tomorrow should be very good though as the snow appears to have largely abated and is forecast to finish by tonight before slightly warmer temperatures tomorrow.

If the forecast comes to pass, the upper elevations should be frozen all day though we shall see.


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: 45cm
Tenjindaira: 85cm

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