Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 6th May 2019

Furano Now!

Saturday 27th February 2016, 7:25am
Weather conditions: Cloud, overcast
New snowfall: 1cm
Snow depth: 240cm
Good morning from Furano.

There's just 1cm of fresh snow to report this morning, just a dusting. The sky is overcast and it is currently snowing lightly, but it's very fine flakes so I wouldn't expect much in terms of accumulation.

No wind this morning and -10c in the village, with cloud/fog halfway down the mountain.

Still looks like we might get some clearer weather tomorrow but the snow clouds shouldn't be far away during the coming week.   Read more ...

Yuzawa Now!

Saturday 27th February 2016, 7:58am
Weather conditions: Clear and sunny, bit of a hazy feel early on
New snowfall: 1cm
Snow depth: 130cm
Good morning from Yuzawa.

Yesterday started off with those clear blue skies but by late morning mostly thin cloud had covered lots of the sky and it was even snowing lightly in a few higher areas and down to town for a short while as well. It didn't amount to much though. I think I heard the sprinklers overnight as well but there's just a dusting down here in town since yesterday... just about give it 1cm.

Kagura are this morning saying that there's 2-5cm of fresh snow on their slopes with Maiko Snow Resort reporting 3cm of fresh. So just a bit.

This morning it's another bright start. There's a bit more of a hazy feel to the blue skies this morning and it does look like it's going to be a very mild day again - perhaps temperatures rising to around +6 degrees at town level.

There may be some slight snowfall tonight again but don't expect anything significant. Tomorrow is likely to be more cloudy than today but temperatures are forecast to be around the same.

Later in the day on Monday is still looking good -- on the forecast anyway. Once we get into Wednesday though expect a spell of sunny skies and warmer conditions.


Resort official snow depths (Saturday 27th February 2016) and any specific news at time of writing:

Resorts in Yuzawa:

GALA Yuzawa

Ishiuchi Maruyama


Joetsu Kokusai

160cm (Mitsumata)
190cm (Tashiro)
220cm (Kagura)

Kandatsu Kogen

Maiko Snow Resort
170cm (upper)
60cm (lower)

Muikamachi Hakkaisan


NASPA Ski Garden

Yuzawa Kogen

Yuzawa Nakazato

Yuzawa Park


'Nighta' (floodlit night operations)

Details of the 'nighta' operations at ski and snowboards resorts around Yuzawa and Minamiuonuma.

Ishiuchi Maruyama
Open daily until 8:50pm (until 20th March).
The Chuo No 1 and Chuo No 2 lifts are open daily.
The Kanko No 1, Kanko No 2, Kanko No 3, Hatsukaishi Entrance lift, Hatsukaishi No 2 pair lifts are open on weekends and holidays.
The basic charge is 2000 yen but various tickets are available.

Open daily until 9pm on Saturdays and until 8pm on weekdays and Sundays (until 21st March).
The charge is 1500 yen for adults and 1000 yen for children and seniors.

Joetsu Kokusai
Open daily until 9pm (until 21st March).
The charge is 1500 yen for adults and 1000 yen for children and seniors.
On weekdays the area in front of the main hotel is open - a larger area (including Osawa and Atema) is open on weekends.

Kandatsu Kogen
Open from 6pm until 4am on Fridays, Saturdays and evenings before holidays through 26th March.
Open from 4:30pm until 11pm on weekdays until 24th March.
Various tickets are available starting at 2000 yen for adults, 1700 yen for seniors and 1000 yen for children.

Maiko Snow Resort
Open daily with the Maiko Center quad lift operating from 4pm until 8pm.
The charge is 500 yen for everyone.

Open daily until 27th March.
From 4pm until 8:30pm on weekdays and Sundays (2000 yen); until 9pm every Saturday and on 20th March (3000 yen).
'All Night' opening is planned for Saturday 26th March when Naeba will be open from 10pm until 5am.

NASPA Ski Garden
Extended opening until 6pm (Number 1 lift) on Saturdays until 27th February.
There is no special ticket available just for the extended time.

Yuzawa Nakazato
Open on Saturdays from 5pm until 8:30pm (until 12th March).
Tickets are 1500 yen for adults and 1000 yen for children and seniors.


List of ski resorts in Yuzawa town
List of ski resorts in Minamiuonuma City


Iwappara 6 day snow and weather forecast
NASPA Ski Garden 6 day snow and weather forecast
Kagura 6 day snow and weather forecast   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Saturday 27th February 2016, 8:32am
Weather conditions: Snow clouds. They like Niseko.
New snowfall: 20cm
Snow depth: 190cm

The official upper snow depth of Niseko Grand Hirafu breaks through the 4m mark this morning.

But what is of more immediate interest is the 20cm of fresh snow on the ground again this morning so once again tracks should be filled in and it should be a fine morning out there. I'm writing this and taking the webcam images at 8am and I see there's already quite a few people lined up waiting for the Ace Number 2 quad. It may be a pain waiting 30+ minutes, but I'm sure it'll be worth it once again.

I just noticed that even at yesterday we had more snow during the month of February 2016 than we did during the month of December 2015. Check this out:

This season
December 2015: 244cm
January 2016: 303cm
February 2016: 266cm (up until and including today)

Last season
December 2014: 519cm
January 2015: 257cm
February 2015: 196cm

Not bad at all!

I'll do a full round up of number stuff once we get into March.

Back to today. It's keeping cold still, and snow is still falling. The report below mentions calm conditions but as we approach opening time for lifts it does look like there'll be disruptions to many of the top lifts with stronger winds up on upper areas. Details as they are at 8:30am shown below.

The forecast remains good for the coming week with continued regular snowfall. Yey!

Have a great day if you are here in Niseko and a fun weekend wherever you are.


Resort specific lift opening news at time of posting (subject to change during the day):

Niseko Grand Hirafu
The top Ace Number 4 and King Number 4 lifts are on hold at the start of the day due to strong winds.

Niseko HANAZONO Resort
Looks like all three lifts still appear to be opening as planned.

Niseko Village
The top Wonderland lift is on hold at the start of the day due to strong winds.

Niseko Annupuri
The top Jumbo Number 4 lift is on hold at the start of the day due to strong winds.


Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6am: -8℃, 20cm of crystal snow and calm morning. Moiwa 800m: -11℃, SW10m/s, 25cm snowfall. Mikaeri 700m: -10.8℃, 30cm snowfall. Annupuri 1150m: NW10m/s, 20cm snowfall. Hirafu Peak Ridge: -13℃, mild wind, 25cm snowfall. Benkei cape: NW14m/s, Kamui cape WNW11m/s, 1023hPa, wave height unknown.

The isobars are spacing out and the weather is calm. The overnight snowfall is light and good, most tracks are filled in. The stabilization of the cornices and snowdrifts that have developed in the past couple of days (westerly wind 15-20m/s) is delayed due to cold temperature and are likely to crack. Pit-checks and ski test should be done with a rope & harness. 60cm surface slab avalanche from Feb 24th layer is likely to occur in 1100m elevation leeside cornice/knolls terrain. Be extra prudent in the Backbowl sidealls, Osawa cornice and Higashi-One cornice area. Beware of falling into cracks and hitting trees.

Please follow the ski patrol’s instructions at the gates. It is severely prohibited by the Niseko Rules to duck any ropes, enter strictly off-limits areas and ignore the patrol’s orders. Lifts passes will be confiscated. Have a nice day.


Official resort snow depths as of Saturday 27th February 2016:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 410cm
Base - 190cm

Niseko Village
Top - 360cm
Base - 180cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 380cm
Base - 190cm


Lifts planned to be open for night skiing:

Nighta will be open every day until Monday 21st March 2016

Niseko Grand Hirafu:
Ace Family Pair lift, Ace Number 2 Center Four lift, Hirafu Gondola, Holiday Number 1 Pair lift
(There is 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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Shiga Kogen Now!

Saturday 27th February 2016, 8:34am
Weather conditions: Clear skies and sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 100cm
It was very cold overnight and it's a cold morning here in Shiga Kogen.

The sun is out though and it's a fine morning. Wrap up well and enjoy!

The forecasts show a chance of some light or possibly moderate snow overnight and then a mix of clearer conditions and snow tomorrow as well. Monday shows some decent snowfall on the forecast - we should be on for some decent cm if it happens as per forecast.

Anyway it's a great morning to be out and about on the slopes.


Official snow depths at Shiga Kogen resort areas (Saturday 27th February 2016):

Sun Valley
Nighta on Saturdays until 19th March (7pm-9pm)






Takamagahara Mammoth


Tannenomori Okojo

Ichinose Family
Nighta daily until 27th March (6:30pm-9pm)


Ichinose Diamond
Nighta on Saturdays until 26th March (6:30pm-9pm)

Ichinose Yamanokami

Nighta on Saturdays until 12th March (6pm-8pm)

Okushiga Kogen

Nighta on Saturdays until 26th March (6:30pm-9pm)
Also on 20th March

Yokoteyama & Shibutoge


6 day snow and weather forecasts:

Ichinose Family 6-day snow and weather forecast
Okushiga Kogen 6-day snow and weather forecast
Yokoteyama 6-day snow and weather forecast

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Madarao Now!

Saturday 27th February 2016, 8:34am
Weather conditions: Clear and sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 130cm
It's a cold morning and there's blue skies above the Mt Madarao once again.


There's no new cm of fresh to report but especially this morning conditions should be pretty good. Hopefully it won't warm up too much later on.

Later today or tonight there might be a bit of snow, though more sun is likely for tomorrow.

The most interesting forecast is for Monday. It's looking very encouraging for a good dump of snow as it stands at the moment... that would be a great way to end the month and enter March.

March already? Can hardly believe it.

Anyway, time to strap on the skis.

Have a good Saturday.


Madarao Kogen lifts operating (planned at time of writing):

All lifts plan to be open today

Tangram Ski Circus lifts operating (planned at time of writing):

All lifts plan to be open today

Tree Run Courses open at Madarao Kogen:

Powder Wave II
Powder Theater
Crystal Bowl
Sawa   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Saturday 27th February 2016, 8:37am
Weather conditions: Sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 75cm
Good morning from Nozawa.

No new snow to report but rather blue skies above us. It's a cold chilly start to the day though temperatures down here at base village level may rise to around +5C later on.

I'll let you take a look at the forecast for yourself (below) as it's all over the place, but the bit that I like the look of most of course is that decent snowfall that is forecast for sometime on Monday.

Nozawa-like dumpage? Yes please!

In the meantime best conditions early on this morning as it keeps cold.

Have a good weekend.


Official info at time of writing on Saturday 27th February 2016 (subject to change):

Official snow depths:

Yamabiko: 160cm
Uenotaira: 115cm
Hikage: 75cm
Nagasaka: 60cm
Karasawa: 40cm

New snowfall as reported by the resort since yesterday afternoon:

Yamabiko: 0cm
Uenotaira: 0cm
Hikage: 0cm
Nagasaka: 0cm
Karasawa: 0cm

All courses open except:

Paradise connection
Grand Prix
Kandahar West
Kandahar East

Lifts planned to be rested today:

Kandahar pair


Nozawa Onsen 6 day weather and snow forecast

Nozawa Onsen main resort data
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Hakuba Now!

Saturday 27th February 2016, 8:41am
Weather conditions: Sunny, bit hazy
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: 110cm
A good cold overnight here in Hakuba and a nice cold morning as well.

Resorts reporting up to 10cm of fresh snow on upper slopes after some good snowy conditions on the slopes yesterday.

This morning it's more of a bright, hazy and sunny start to the day in Hakuba and while it's a cold start it will be warming up somewhat during the day. Hopefully it'll be snowing by the end of the day though, but we might get a bit of drizzle before that. Perhaps a similar kind of story for tomorrow as well though as the weather people on the news said last night 'it's hard to read'. Tell me about it!

I'm looking forward to the decent snowfall that's forecast for Monday, let's see if that happens.

Looks like Hakuba Goryu have some kind of issue with their Gondola this morning meaning it's not running this morning.

Anyway, have a great weekend wherever you are.


6 day forecast for Happo-one:

6 day snow and weather forecast for Happo-one


Resort news as of 8:40am on Saturday 27th February 2016 (where available, all subject to change due to weather conditions)

Hakuba 47:
Hakuba 47 is reporting 10cm of fresh snowfall this morning.
All courses are open and all of the Tree Riding Zone is open.
There is no 'nighta' at Hakuba 47.
Official snow depth:
Upper: 220cm
Base: 120cm

Hakuba Goryu:
Hakuba Goryu is reporting 0-5cm of fresh snowfall this morning.
All courses are generally open except Snow Diving and Adventure.
However there seems to be a problem with the Gondola this morning meaning the top area is closed.
The Toomi area will be open until 8:30pm tonight for 'nighta'.
Official snow depth
Alps: 220cm
Toomi: 110cm
Iimori: 100cm

Hakuba Happo-one:
All courses/areas open.
The lower Nakiyama area is open for 'nighta' every day until 9pm.
Official snow depth:
Usagidaira: 200cm
Nakiyama: 60cm
Sakka: 50cm

Hakuba Cortina:
Hakuba Cortina is reporting 5cm of fresh snowfall this morning.
All courses open except Itadaira Ridge.
The Ikenota area will be open for 'nighta' until 9pm tonight (8pm on weekdays).
Official snow depth:
Top: 188cm
Base: 115cm

Tsugaike Kogen:
All course areas are open.
Nighta at Karamatsu/Shirakaba on 5th/12th/19th March.
Note that the top Tsugaike Ropeway only opens from spring.
Official snow depth:
Tsuga-no-mori: 242cm
Maruyama: 75cm
Kane-no-naru-oka: 60cm

Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field:
Parts of the Mountain Side not open (Sonezawa, Dangan, Kamo 4, Five Side, View A, View B).
An event is currently being held on Kamoshika Pocket, Big Bahn and Up Bahn areas of the Village Side.
There is no 'nighta' at Hakuba Iwatake.
Official snow depth:
Upper: 120cm
Lower: 50cm

Hakuba Norikura Onsen:
All courses apart from Snake are open.
There is no 'nighta' at Hakuba Iwatake.
Official snow depth:

Hakuba Sanosaka:
All of the courses are open.
There is no 'nighta' at Hakuba Sanosaka.
Official snow depth:
75cm   Read more ...

Grandeco Now!

Saturday 27th February 2016, 8:56am
Weather conditions: Clear and sunny
New snowfall: 16cm
Snow depth: 240cm
It's nothing but blue skies this morning at Grandeco.

The weather is great and with 16cm of new fresh snowfall last night alone, the slopes are in perfect condition.

As it is a weekend there are more people on the trails than usual, but still few if any lift lines.

All lifts and trails are open today and the backcountry should be fantastic with all the new snow.

If you have sunnies this is the time to use them, mirror lenses as well.

Roads up to Deco are a bit slippery so drive with care, and watch for passing traffic.

The forecast remains good for the region over the coming week, so we should be enjoying regular refreshes.


Lifts operating:

All lifts operating

Courses open:

All courses open


Snow and weather forecast:

6 day snow and weather forecast for Grandeco   Read more ...

Appi Kogen Now!

Saturday 27th February 2016, 9:38am
Weather conditions: Partly cloudy
New snowfall: 4cm
Snow depth: 120cm
Well it’s another weekend here at Appi and it’s shaping up to be on par with most other weekends here.

We did see a few centimetres of snow last night but the base has remained steady for a while now because of the afternoon winds sweeping away what fell. Hopefully today with the winds supposed to calm down somewhat tonight and tomorrow coupled with a forecast 15cm of snow tonight we will see a wonderful Sunday morning for some fresh powder skiing. I’m eagerly anticipating my alarm clock tomorrow.

As far as yesterday goes it was ok. Most of the runs are in good shape with the groomed runs bringing fun before lunch before they’ve been chewed up somewhat. The Sailer and Second runs were fairly deserted most of the day but you can anticipate a decent crowd on them today and tomorrow.

Weather forecasting wise it looks great for Sunday and morning till noon. Temperatures should rise somewhat into the zero zone and winds should become very light this afternoon and into tomorrow night. They’ll pick up again Sunday night and should be strong on Monday and Tuesday. We’re talking 15m/s strong with gusts a little higher. Snowfall is what I’m concerned about and we may see nearly 30cm fall the next few days. How much of it stays around is anyone's guess right now given the windy conditions heading our way.

The good news today is that the Main and Sailer Gondolas are open until 4:30PM, probably because of the increasing daylight.

Come on up and get on the slopes. See you all out there.


Currently planned operating lifts:

- Appi Gondola
- Central Number 1 quad
- Number 2 lift A
- Number 3 lift B
- Number 3 lift C
- Number 4 lift
- Sailer Gondola
- Sailer Quad
- Vista quad


6 day forecast for Appi Kogen:

6 day snow and weather forecast for Appi Kogen   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Saturday 27th February 2016, 10:28am
Weather conditions: Fine day
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: 150cm
A fine day it's going to be here today with the sun out warming us up after a cold start.

Forecast tells stories of snow overnight tonight and then regular snowfall from later tomorrow. Might get to have a snowy start to March.-

The 'Juhyo Lightup' evening ropeway service going to be finishing tomorrow, Sunday 28th February. Last chansu!


Information as of Saturday 27th February 2016 (subject to change)

All planned lifts are operating this morning.
The Karamatsu pair lift does not operate on weekdays.

Official snow depths:

Utopia: 100cm
Chuo: 150cm
Paradise: 145cm
Uwanodai: 75cm


6 day Zao Onsen snow and weather forecast
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Minakami Now!

Saturday 27th February 2016, 17:47pm
Weather conditions: Clear, blue skies
New snowfall: 10cm
Snow depth: 170cm
Great day at Tenjin, 20cm of fresh up there and the resort was tracked out soon enough but the backcountry was very stable and these days its virtually all accessible.

None of the Mach 5 riding we get on a normal season but the terrain is a lot more interesting this year with bumps where its usually wide and flat. Looks like we might get some more snow this evening which would make it 4 or 5 days in a row, next big dump set for Monday night.

Tomorrow looking clear and warmish.


All snow resorts in Minakami now all open:

Minakami Kogen Fujiwara
Minakami Hodaigi
Minakami Kogen Ski Resort
Norn Minakami
Okutone Snow Park
Tanigawadake Tenjindaira
White Valley


Weather forecast:

Tanigawa Tenjindaira 6 day snow and weather forecast
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