Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 6th May 2019

Madarao Now!

Tuesday 27th January 2015, 7:57am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 270cm
Mild spell alert! Mild spell alert!

We always get one or two each season, and we're in one now.

Around +3 degrees now here, with rain the headline of the day today unfortunately.

BUT, it will be turning to snow hopefully sooner than later as colder conditions come back.

Snow forecast into tomorrow, and then a break until Friday when some more decent snow is still on the forecast.

A plentiful refresh is called for, onegai shimasu.


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
Madarao Kogen main resort data
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Yuzawa Now!

Tuesday 27th January 2015, 8:00am
Weather conditions: Cloud cover, overcast
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 230cm
Things really warmed up yesterday... very mild conditions.

The temperature shown by the side of Route 17 was saying +7 degrees when I went past at 10:30am, even heard people saying how it was a bit 'like spring'. It's way too early to mention that word yet of course, I prefer calling it something like a 'temporary mild spell mid season'. Yes that sounds much better!

Still it was the first evening this year when I didn't reach to put the heater on.

The sun was out through the day though it kind of got overcast in the middle of the day before clearing up once again later in the afternoon.

A fine day to be outside though for sure, though we are now ready for some fresh snow to freshen things up.

I heard some rain late last night but this morning it's a generally cloudy-overcast start to the day, and currently around 4 degrees. Very light rain falling on and off. During the day today we might have some rain down at lower levels, but we I am happy to report that we should be back to snowfall by tonight and snow is forecast for the day tomorrow.

After a break from snow the day after, some potentially heavy snowfall is on the way late Friday and on Saturday.

So it's looking like our refresh is on the way!


Official snow depths:

GALA Yuzawa:
Ishiuchi Maruyama:
Joetsu Kokusai:
Kandatsu Kogen:
Maiko Snow Resort:
310cm (upper)
220cm (lower)
NASPA Ski Garden:
Yuzawa Kogen:
300cm (Kogen)
250cm (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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Niseko Now!

Tuesday 27th January 2015, 8:20am
Weather conditions: Cloud, fog
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 350cm
Oh dear... rain.

I like rain a lot when it feeds the plants and trees in my garden, and cools us down a bit on a hot summer day (yes, it can get quite hot here even in Hokkaido)... but not when it falls peak snow season!

Enough of my sad talk because it's not going to continue forever of course - or even that long, as yes we are still looking forward to snowfall today.

It looks like it is snowing already higher up on the mountain, though I seriously doubt it's the light powder that we love and expect in these parts - I don't think I'm going to try and find out.

Currently it is +3 degrees here after a very mild overnight in the region but temperatures will be dropping during the day today and that horrid rain turning into snow; and then we should be having snow falling through tomorrow as well so fingers crossed for a nice new layer to report tomorrow.

Weekend onwards it's looking positive as well for snow.

It's never far away, honest! :)


Please see my previous report for an explanation about change in the official 'snow depth' number on the reports.


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

Niseko Grand Hirafu:
Looks set to open as planned this morning, some lifts maybe opening a bit later than normal.
'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 open as planned this morning.

Niseko Village:
Niseko Gondola and top Wonderland Chair on hold early on due to weather 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 not open early on.


Niseko Avalanche Report

Niseko base 6am: +3C, Moiwa 800m: ESE10m/s, thick fog and 10cm of wet snow with snowdrifts development. Annupuri 1150m: SW15m/s, 0C, wind & snow with snowdrift development. Coastal data: Benkei cape WNW8m/s, Kamui cape SW12m/s, 1002hPa, 1.2m waves.

Warm air is flowing in due to the passing low-pressure system. Rain is falling at the base and thick fog lies up high. As the cold-front passes this afternoon, the temperature will drop and snow & wind will pick up. Cracks are forming in south facing slopes. Those cracks are the result of the snowpack’s tension release and usually won’t immediately slides, however it can be the trigger of a large avalanche in steep/cliff terrains, especially hazardous in Haru no Taki off-limits area. Cracks cannot be seen from above, beware not to fall in them. Intruders to strictly off-limits areas never seem to cease, but we will not ignore this situation. Violators will have their lift passes confiscated and will be refused to further use the resort facilities.
Good condition will come back soon. Better call it a day early and head to the onsen today. Have a good day.


Official resort snow depths:

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 350cm
Base - 130cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 270cm
Base - 180cm

Niseko Annupuri:
Top - 260cm
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   Read more ...

Minakami Now!

Tuesday 27th January 2015, 8:42am
Weather conditions: Clear
New snowfall: 1cm
Snow depth: 320cm
Light rain overnight at lower elevations and some negligible snowfall but shaping up to be a clear day and the forecast is for a return to proper Winter temperatures starting from around noon with snow this evening.

Not a breath of wind around either.

Looks like the last chance for Spring skiing this morning before the Winter switch gets flicked.


New snowfall:

Base: 1cm
Tenjindaira: 0cm


Snow depths:

Tenjindaira: 320cm
Hodaigi: 220cm

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Hakuba Now!

Tuesday 27th January 2015, 8:50am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 165cm
Morning from Hakuba.

No new snow on the ground in the village but some resorts reporting some fresh, as I have noted below. We could really do with a more significant all-mountain refresh though now, with the snow conditions on the heavier side brought on by the generally mild conditions at the moment.

It's another mild start to the day here and as I write this currently just cloudy with some foggy conditions in places on the mountains.

Happily, a return to colder conditions should be happening later on today and it should also be snowing by the end of the day. There's a good chance of significant snowfall going into the weekend as well, so that refresh is hopefully imminent.

In the meantime, look on current snow conditions as a challenge and a good work out with the softer fluffy variety coming soon!


Official snow depth numbers and operations at time of writing on Tuesday 27th January 2015. Subject to change during the day:

Hakuba Goryu:
Reporting 15cm of new snowfall at Alps Daira, 2cm at Toomi.
All courses open (except Adventure Course).

- Alps Daira - 290cm
- Toomi - 165cm
- Iimori - 165cm


Hakuba 47:
Reporting 5cm of new snowfall.
Tree Riding Zone is open.

- Upper - 290cm
- Lower - 180cm


Reporting 12cm of fresh snowfall on mountain, 0cm at base.
Happo Banks The Snow Park opening event planned for 31st January.

- Usagidaira - 290cm
- Nakiyama - 160cm
- Sakka - 170cm


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

- Upper - 380cm
- Lower - 250cm


Tsugaike Kogen:
Uma-no-se course and Forest course closed early this morning.
Please note that the top Tsugaike Ropeway only opens for spring season.

- Tsuga-no-mori - 340cm
- Maruyama - 180cm
- Kane-no-naru-oka - 210cm


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

- Upper - 260cm
- Lower - 165cm


Hakuba Norikura Onsen:
Reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall.
All courses planned to be open.

- 270cm


All areas now open.

- 190cm


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; February 7th, 14th. 6pm until 8:50pm.
Karamatsu-Shirakaba on Saturdays in January; February 7th, 14th, 28th; Saturdays in March. 6pm until 9pm.
Every day until 15th March. 4:30pm until 9:30pm.   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Tuesday 27th January 2015, 8:51am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 225cm
Morning from Nozawa.

Spots of rain this morning and cloudy on another mild morning here in Nozawa as we wait for the return to winter. Limited visibility on the upper parts of the mountain - or perhaps I should say on most of the mountain - with a thick fog up there. Hopefully some snow falling as well.

OK so proper snowfall is due later on today as temperatures take a dip and through the day tomorrow as well.

It's looking promising (as is into and over the coming weekend as well), so let's just wait and see what nature brings.


Fresh snow to report this morning since yesterday afternoon:

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

Official snow depths:

Yamabiko - 385cm
Uenotaira - 320cm
Hikage - 225cm
Nagasaka - 220cm
Karasawa - 190cm


Courses open:

All courses are open except:

Grand Prix course
Jumping Course
Challenge 39
Kandahar West


Lifts open (subject to weather conditions):

All lifts operating except:

Yunomine pair
Mizunashi triple
Challange 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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Furano Now!

Tuesday 27th January 2015, 9:08am
Weather conditions: Cloud cover/overcast
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 180cm
Right now we are sweltering in warm temperatures that are hovering around +3c at the resort base and melting the roads and footpaths around the village. There is light precipitation coming down which has been varying between snow and rain, but is currently back to rain. The temperatures are forecast to get colder today though and there is some significant snow forecast for later today through until tomorrow. For now fingers crossed that this snow comes through and it doesn't turn into rain.   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Tuesday 27th January 2015, 9:28am
Weather conditions: Mostly cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 200cm
Mild weather conditions prevail this morning. It's actually around +4 degrees now in the village which is very rare for January. At least it isn't raining!

Just cloudy really, and mild. No wind.

So winter... when you coming back?!

It will be getting cold again from tomorrow with perhaps some snowfall. Should keep cold from there but not a significant amount of snow on the weekly forecast just for the minute.


It's the Zao Juhyo Festival coming up on Saturday 31st January. 7:15pm until 8:30pm at the stage area by the Base Center at Uwanodai - be there for some traditional snow and fire themed festival fun. Below I have posted a rather scary looking photo from the festival last year!


Official snow depths (Tuesday 27th January 15):

Utopia: 190cm
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

Every evening now until 28th February

Operating from 5pm until 9pm; last ropeway up at 7:50pm.
In the event of poor weather conditions, operations are sometimes cancelled.

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Shiga Kogen Now!

Tuesday 27th January 2015, 9:30am
Weather conditions: Cloud, fog
New snowfall: 2cm
Snow depth: 185cm
Up to 10cm of wet snowfall in some areas of Shiga Kogen overnight (Kumanoyu report 10cm), but it's a warm morning - well, warm for us, with the thermometer showing the temp to be around 2 degrees now.

Still, it is snowing here in the Maruike area. Not the fluffiest of powder, but snow all the same and with the temps set to drop during the day we're hoping for some nicer snow to report tomorrow... should be continuing snowing through tomorrow too with another wave following up as we get into the weekend.


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

Every Saturday until March 28th
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Myoko Now!

Tuesday 27th January 2015, 9:54am
Weather conditions: It is soupy out there
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 330cm
Welcome to the report for late March - well, that's the way it felt this morning.

Things were warm and even a bit sunny earlier, with a light south wind; the wind has now shifted to the northwest along the coast and here as well; fairly heavy rain started to fall; and now is colder, still raining, foggy and generally miserable. Even the official weather map for today has most of the country marked as "Fog."

No sense in sugar-coating it. Not a day to be outside.

Hopefully, though, this increasing cold will bring some snow with it. We could use it; the lower snow levels are nice around the house, but not so great on the hill.

Still a solid base out there, of course; we just want something light to ski in.


Akakura Kanko:
330cm, 3°

Akakura Onsen:
250cm, 2°

Ikenotaira Onsen:
280cm, 1°

Myoko Suginohara:
250cm, 0°

Seki Onsen:
450cm, 0°

Myoko Ski Park:
290cm, 4°

Kyukamura RunRun:
300cm, 3°

Tangram Ski Circus:
210cm, 0°

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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