Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 30th May 2021

Yuzawa Now!

Wednesday 28th November 2018, 7:26am
Weather conditions: Clear morning again
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Yuzawa where conditions continue to be mild and today temps will likely rise above 10 degrees in town (they only dipped down to around 5C overnight). Fine clear skies over Yuzawa this morning; more cloud to the north over Minamiuonuma.

As far as I can tell there are no changes to what remains open at Kagura.

It should be colder tomorrow again but there's still not much to get excited about on the weekly forecast with warmer conditions once again early next week. It looks like it's going to something of an up and down experience in this very early stage of the season.



Mitsumata Ropeway: 8:00am until 5:00pm (last going up at 2:30pm)
Mitsumata Number 1 high speed lift: 8:00am until 3:00pm
Mitsumata Number 2 romance lift: 9:00am until 4:30am
Kagura Gondola: 8:15am until 4:00pm


Kagura main course - 600m in length, 30-50m wide


The Mitsumata area is open just as a connecting area.
The Tashiro area is closed. It plans to open from 8th December.
The open course is not recommended for beginners.
Return to Mitsumata Ropeway via Mitsumata lift or snow mats.


Planned opening dates - subject to change of course depending on weather/snow conditions.

- Kagura (via Mitsumata Ropeway)

Saturday 8th December 2018
- Iwappara
- Joetsu Kokusai
- Kagura (Tashiro)
- Naeba

Friday 14th December 2018
- Maiko Snow Resort
- Yuzawa Park

Saturday 15th December 2018
- GALA Yuzawa
- Kandatsu Kogen
- Yuzawa Kogen
- Yuzawa Nakazato

Friday 21st December 2018
- Ishiuchi Maruyama
- Muikamachi Hakkaisan
- NASPA Ski Garden

Saturday 22nd December 2018
- Chateau Shiozawa
- Ipponsugi
- Nakazato Snow Wood

Sunday 23rd December 2018
- Hakkai Sanroku
- Itsukamachi

Friday 28th December 2018
- Ishiuchi Hanaoka

Saturday 29th November 2018
- Mt Granview   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Wednesday 28th November 2018, 8:09am
Weather conditions: Lots of cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning.

We enjoyed some blue skies during the day yesterday, along with those less welcome warmer conditions.

Happily it is colder this morning - currently +2C - and we are hopeful for some more snow to set in starting today through Saturday along with a further drop in temperature. Back down into minus numbers.

There is lots of cloud around this morning with a very grey feel going on, and some extremely light snow ('light' as in the rate it is falling, rather than fluffiness) trying to fall as of 8:00am. Which is better than the very light rain when I first went outside this morning. By tonight hopefully it will be snowing properly, maybe allowing me to be able to report fresh cm in my report tomorrow morning.

The lifts that are operating and the courses that are open at Niseko Grand Hirafu and Niseko Annupuri remain the same, even though there is less snow each day.

A fresh delivery please!


Wednesday 28th November 2018

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Part open

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 75cm
- Base: 20cm

Ski lifts operating:
- Ace Number 2 Center Four Lift (8:30am until 3:10pm) * transport to the open course area
- Ace Number 3 Pair Lift (8:40am until 3:30pm)
- The last quad lift down is at 4:00pm

Courses open:
- Center Course

1 day lift tickets (*until 30th November):
- Adults: 2,000 yen
- Children and seniors: 1,000 yen
- Ticket valid only at Niseko Grand Hirafu

Niseko Annupuri
Part open

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 50cm
- Base: 20cm

Ski lifts operating:
- Annupuri Gondola (8:30am until 3:00pm) * transport to the open course area
- Jumbo Number 3 Pair Lift (8:45am until 3:15pm)
- The last Gondola down is at 3:30pm

Courses open:
- Utopia Course

1 day lift tickets (*until 30th November):
- Adults and seniors: 2,400 yen
- Children (up to 12): 1,400 yen
- Ticket valid only at Niseko Annupuri


Niseko Village
Niseko HANAZONO Resort
Both the Niseko Village and Niseko HANAZONO areas plan to open from Saturday 1st December   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Wednesday 28th November 2018, 8:23am
Weather conditions: Fine
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Shiga Kogen.

Well, it's a lovely morning. But we could do with snow rather than sunshine right now. With warm conditions over the last few days, Kumanoyu have been struggling to get their snow making machines going so the course that remains open is --- not ideal. Snow is thin on the ground.

So, we wait for snow.

Over the coming week temps look set to dip (the next few days) before rising once again early week; it doesn't look like I am going to be able to bring you much snow news before next week. Having said that there might be some night - if there's any new cm on the ground, I'll post another report.


Official snow depths numbers reported by different areas of Shiga Kogen:

Please note that these numbers are the official numbers that ski resorts publish and we check and update them each morning.

- Official snow depth: 20cm
- A 600m long (and 30-50m wide) course area is open and the Number 2 pair lift is operating.

Other parts of Shiga Kogen are not yet open.   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Wednesday 28th November 2018, 8:30am
Weather conditions: Fine, partly cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Hello from Nozawa.

I thought I would post a new report to keep you up to date.

It has been a very mild few days - in pretty much all of Japan it seems - and unfortunately the snow up top is getting less, rather than more. There's just a bit of snow on the upper areas right now (Paradise and upwards) as the resort waits for snow to arrive and get going for the season.

We are going to have to wait a bit longer.

While the next few days should see colder conditions than we have had over the last few days, temps are set to rise once again early next week. There is a chance of some snowfall on upper slopes overnight tonight (rain likely in the village) and perhaps around Saturday too, but I think it is reasonable to say that there's little chance of the resort being able to open for at least another week. I would be very happy to be wrong, and I will of course post a new report with any news.


Nozawa Onsen 6 day snow and weather forecast

* Please note that it is always the top section of the resort that opens first, not the whole mountain.   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Wednesday 28th November 2018, 8:44am
Weather conditions: Fine, cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Hakuba.

Yesterday was... unseasonably warm. In all of Japan. And lots of snow that we did have on the upper slopes has sadly, for the most part, disappeared.

Today is going to remain mild, though perhaps not as much as yesterday, and thankfully it should be a little colder from tomorrow into the weekend.

But warmer conditions are due again from Sunday into the early week.

Hmmm. I think we are going to need to work on being patient. It's still very early of course, but always difficult when you're itching to get out there. And in my case desperate to try out some beautiful looking brand new gear! I'm going to wait until it's deep and fluffy before breaking that lot in though...


Official planned ski resort opening dates:

As soon as there is enough snow
Hakuba 47
Hakuba Happo-one
Hakuba Goryu
Tsugaike Kogen

Friday 14th December 2018
Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field

Saturday 15th December 2018
Hakuba Cortina
Hakuba Valley Kashimayari

Mid December 2018
Hakuba Norikura Onsen

Friday 21st December 2018
Hakuba Sanosaka   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Wednesday 28th November 2018, 8:54am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Hello from Zao.

I said I'd be back with news. Unfortunately, it's not the exciting kind.

Yesterday was rather warm. Even early on it was 6C and got higher than that during the daytime of course. And the snow that we had on the mountain has pretty much gone.

This morning visibility is limited with cloud and fog over the mountain.

Temps look set to take a bumpy ride over the next week. A bit colder the next few days, then warmer once again Sunday-Monday. Not much chance of snow.

Everyone on standby!

Zao Onsen 6-day snow and weather forecast   Read more ...

Furano Now!

Wednesday 28th November 2018, 11:02am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
The warm weather lasted throughout the day yesterday and in the early evening I saw the thermometer spike to +10c! Today the weather is more representative of winter and temperatures have dived well into the negatives up on the mountain. It has been snowing lightly since early morning but the ground temperatures in the village are still warm and there has been no accumulation. On the open trails there is a light layer of new fresh snow. The cold temperatures will persist for the remainder of the week along with light snow.

Furano Zone is open with Furano Ropeway for uplifting/down lifting only. The skiable trails are Shirakaba and upper Sailer, with the Downhill #2 chair servicing those trails.    Read more ...

SnowJapan Daily 'Now' reports

Shiga Kogen Now
30th May, 8:56am
Niseko Now
25th May, 14:32pm
Yuzawa Now
23rd May, 8:47am
Furano Now
09th May, 16:56pm
Hakuba Now
09th May, 10:50am
Nozawa Onsen Now
09th May, 8:12am
Kiroro Now
06th May, 13:52pm
Myoko Now
05th May, 13:16pm
Madarao Now
05th May, 9:26am
Geto Kogen Now
05th May, 7:45
Zao Now
05th May, 7:41
Appi Kogen Now
05th May, 7:40
Aizu Bandai Now
19th Feb, 12:28
Minakami Now
13th Jan, 10:10am
Naeba Now
27th Nov, 11:21am