Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 6th May 2019

Yuzawa Now!

Friday 2nd January 2015, 8:10am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 40cm
Snow depth: 210cm
There has been lots more snow fall over the region since my report yesterday morning. The snow depths may not change much (or change at all in the case of Kagura) but resorts report 30-50cm fresh since yesterday and the snow on my car tells the story too.

It has really been coming down at times!

While there was a bit of a break in the snow earlier on this morning when I first got up, it's back again now and the forecast remains for snow to continue falling today and also into tomorrow as well.

How's that for a snowy start to the year?

Somewhat clearer and milder conditions due around Sunday.


Official snow depths:

GALA Yuzawa:
Ishiuchi Maruyama:
Joetsu Kokusai:
Kandatsu Kogen:
Maiko Snow Resort:
NASPA Ski Garden:
Yuzawa Kogen:
240cm (Kogen)
190cm (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)
NASPA Ski Garden (skiers only):
27th December until 3rd January; 11th January; Saturdays until 29th February (until 7pm)
Yuzawa Nakazato:
27th December until 3rd January; 11th January; Saturdays from 10th January 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'. Some resorts offer tickets that include nighta, others need a seperate lift ticket.


Ski and snowboard resorts in Yuzawa town
Ski and snowboard resorts in Minamiuonuma City   Read more ...

Madarao Now!

Friday 2nd January 2015, 8:22am
Weather conditions: Partly cloudy, blue sky
New snowfall: 20cm
Snow depth: 220cm
20-30cm more snow on the mountain this second day of the year, and some blue skies as well above Madarao. Some cloud still but it's definitely a good start to the day. Very cold. Early tracks should be awesome too.

Forecast says more snow due later on so those snow clouds should be back. It shouldn't be as cold from Sunday as well.

The resort is talking about a new item for New Year called PowArch located at the top of Powderwave II. Instructions are to shout Pow Pow when you use it. Now you know! Certainly looks worth a try anyway.


Lifts 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 tonight and tomorrow - after that on 11th January and every Saturday until 21st March 2015


Madarao Kogen 6 day weather and snow forecast
Madarao Kogen main resort data
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Zao Now!

Friday 2nd January 2015, 8:40am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: 200cm
Up to 5cm of snow again this morning I'd say and while early morning I could see the mountain.... it's covered in cloud again now. Not the best of timing for people coming hoping to take spectacular blue sky photos, that's for sure!

It remains very cold this morning and snow showers likely through into tomorrow.

From Sunday we can look forward to an easing off of the snow and colder conditions and maybe some sunshine.

Please note that unfortunately the Yokokura wall run remains closed for the moment.


Official snow depths (2nd January 15):

Utopia: 170cm
Chuo: 200cm
Paradise: 170cm
Uwanodai: 135cm

Zao Onsen is fully open.


Night skiing operations at Zao this season

Uwanodai area:
Daily until 22nd March

Yokokura area:
From Friday 26th December until 4th January;
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from Friday 9th January until 15th March

Open times from 5pm until 9pm.


Juhyo 'Ice Monsters' Light Up night time ropeway operations

January 2015: 1st-4th, 10th-12th, 17th-18th, 24th-31st
February 2015: 1st-28th

Operating from 5pm until 9pm; last ropeway up at 7:50pm.
Ropeway return charges are 2600 yen for adults and 1300 yen for children.
In the event of poor weather conditions, operations are sometimes cancelled.   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Friday 2nd January 2015, 8:40am
Weather conditions: Cloud, some blue sky and bit of a sunshine
New snowfall: 25cm
Snow depth: 180cm
Morning from Niseko and I have another 25cm of snow to report for you. Just been and moved it out from the front of my place. Always a pleasure! Take a look at the Avalance report too - Moiwa 30cm; Annupuri 50cm; Hirafu 30cm.

So yes, tracks will have been filled in nicely and reset... and it's time to get out once again.

Lots of cloud around still but there's also some sky on show again and as I type this the sun is putting in an appearance too.

The forecast though is for snowfall at times through today and tomorrow.

Generally clearer conditions are expected on Monday, along with 'not as cold' temperatures, followed by the next delivery of snow to come starting later on Tuesday.


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

Niseko Grand Hirafu:
Looks set to be open as planned.

Niseko Hanazono:
Looks set to be open as planned.

Niseko Village:
Looks set to be open as planned.

Niseko Annupuri:
Looks set to be open as planned. 'Annupuri First Run' is available from until Sunday and then also on the 11th and 12th January. For 1000 yen, you can get to ride the Gondola from 7:20-8:20am.


Niseko Avalanche Report

Niseko base: -6C, 20cm snowfall in 12 hours. Moiwa 800m: -9C, 30cm snowfall and moderate development of snowdrifts. Annupuri 1150m:W10m/s, -12C, 50cm snowfall with snowdrifts development. Hirafu 1000m: -13C, 30cm snowfall and heavy development of snowdrifts in 1200m NE area. Coastal data: Benkei cape NW12m/s, Kamui cape NW8m/s, 1004hPa, 1.8m waves.

Typical winter weather pattern is generating a moderate snowfall above 800m treeline and snowdrifts are slowly developing. Wide 40cm surface slab avalanches are likely to occur in 40°open slopes above 1000m altitude. Gates 2 & 3 are scheduled to open from today but the time yet to be determined. Please follow the ski patrol’s instructions. Moderate to high avalanche hazards in Kozan no Sawa sidewalls (Backbowl), Higashi-One cornice slope and Osawa cornice slopes. These faces should be left untouched until the weather settles down and the snowpack stabilizes.

The snow in the trees has been reset and in excellent condition. Cutting across knolls and/or traversing underneath cornices is total foolishness. Avalanches strikes from above; stay away from gullies and bottom of valleys. It is strongly recommended to carry an avalanche beacon. They are not the ultimate solution, but may save your life.


Official snow depth numbers and any notes at time of writing:

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 310cm
Base - 180cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 220cm
Base - 150cm

Niseko Annupuri:
Top - 210cm
Base - 150cm


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
(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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Nozawa Onsen Now!

Friday 2nd January 2015, 9:01am
Weather conditions: Partly cloudy, sun!
New snowfall: 40cm
Snow depth: 235cm
A bit of sunshine and quite a lot of blue sky this morning actually. There's still a fair amount of cloud around but it's really nice conditions this morning here in Nozawa. Can actually see where you're going!

And there's lots more snow to enjoy as well with the top areas of the resort reporting over 50cm of fresh snowfall once again over the last 24 hours. Check the numbers below. Yamabiko now officially on 3.5m snow depth.

It's a cold start again so that extra layer is still very much needed. It should start getting slightly less cold from tomorrow and then more so on Sunday and Monday when we will probably (maybe?) have lots of sunshine to enjoy. Local forecast says maybe a bit of snow later on today.

Back to fresh snowfall around Tuesday?

Yes... things are good.


Tomorrow (Saturday) is the last day for the lifts opening 30 minutes earlier than normal for the New Year holidays.


Fresh snow to report this morning since yesterday (during day + overnight):

Yamabiko - 38cm + 20cm
Uenotaira - 25cm + 50cm
Hikage - 23cm + 30cm
Nagasaka - 23cm + 30cm
Karasawa - 23cm + 30cm

Official snow depths:

Yamabiko - 350cm
Uenotaira - 315cm
Hikage - 235cm
Nagasaka - 235cm
Karasawa - 190cm


Courses open:

All courses are now open except:

Grand Prix course
Jumping Course
Challenge 39
Kandahara West


Lifts open (subject to weather conditions):

All lifts operating


Night skiing at Nozawa until 8pm on the following dates:

Every Saturday until 28th March
27th December until 4th January


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

Friday 2nd January 2015, 9:10am
Weather conditions: Mostly cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 175cm
There's lots of cloud around on this cold morning. Light snow showers earlier but eased off for now and just a bit of fresh snowfall being reported from around the valley - most from Cortina who have clocked up another 20cm on their upper slopes.

Some snow clouds over the mountains remain but it's somewhat clearer weather down at base and over the village. Feels like it could go either way, and local weather forecasts give us a mix of sun, cloud and snow for the day.

Quite strong winds are affecting some top lifts at Goryu and the top Grat quad at Happo. Hopefully they might get going this morning as the winds ease off.

Should be a very fine day to be out on the mountain. It will remain cold through tomorrow. Milder weather is forecast for Sunday and Monday when we might get to see some clear mountain views worthty of posters.


Official snow depth numbers and operations as of 2nd January 2015. Subject to change during the day:

Hakuba Goryu:
Reporting 10cm of new snowfall at Alps Daira, 5cm at Toomi and Iimori. Snow depth up to 3m at Alps Daira.
Strong winds preventing top Alps Daira pair lifts from moving early on.
All courses open except Panorama Course and Adventure Course.
Night skiing at Toomi every day until 31st March.
Early morning skiing from 6:30am until 4th January (and then on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays).

- Alps Daira - 300cm
- Toomi - 175cm
- Iimori - 180cm


Hakuba 47:
Reporting 5cm during the day yesterday on mountain.
All courses open.
Tree Riding Zone open.

- Upper - 280cm
- Lower - 155cm


Top Grat quad not moving early on due to wind. Alpen, Kurobishi and Skyline were on hold too but seem to be moving now as I check the latest.
Night skiing at Nakiyama every day until mid March.
Happo Banks The Snow Park yet to open.

- Usagidaira - 280cm
- Nakiyama - 160cm
- Sakka - 140cm


Hakuba Cortina:
Reporting 10-20cm of new snowfall since yesterday.
Number 4 and 5 lifts back open, just Itadaira Ridge closed.
Night skiing every day until 31st March.

- Upper - 340cm
- Lower - 240cm


Tsugaike Kogen:
Next night skiing through 1st January in both Kane-no-naru-oka and Karamatsu-Shirakaba areas; after that mostly Saturdays.

- Tsuga-no-mori - 320cm
- Maruyama - 190cm
- Kane-no-naru-oka - 195cm


Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field:
Reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall.
Most of Iwatake is now open.

- Upper - 245cm
- Lower - 150cm


Hakuba Norikura Onsen:
Resort is mostly open.

- 250cm


All areas now open.
Night skiing every day until 15th March.

- 190cm   Read more ...

Furano Now!

Friday 2nd January 2015, 9:13am
Weather conditions: Bluebird/clear
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 110cm
If you walk outside today and feel cold there is good reason for that with the resort recording -20c at the top of the mountain this morning and a not much warmer -17c at base level. Apart from the cold it is a perfect day on mountain with blue sky surrounding Furano and the slopes are basking in glorious morning sun. There is no new snow to report, but the forecast is showing some snow for today and tomorrow. More terrain in Kitanomine has opened up with WIDE and TRAINING now open. The big news of the day is Kitanomine Gondola will operate from today...however the only run open from the top of the Gondola is the Premium Zone which is only suitable for advanced skiers as it is an ungroomed steep gradient area.    Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Friday 2nd January 2015, 9:23am
Weather conditions: Cloudy, blue sky, some sun
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: 130cm
The sun is out!

Hiding behind some of the remaining clouds at times, but it looks like things might well clear today. That certainly looks like what will happen generally over the next few days anyway. Clearer skies, not as cold.

It's keeping very cold this morning though, helping keep the snow conditions in shape.


Resort areas status with official snow depths:

Okushiga Kogen:
Open (note: skiers only resort area)

Open apart from Expert Course

Ichinose Family
Most open

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 this season:

Sun Valley:
December 29th-30th; January 1st-2nd, 11th; Every Saturday from January 3rd to March 21st

December 29th-31st; January 1st-3rd, 10th, 11th

Takamagahara Mammoth:
December 27th-31st; January 1st-3rd

Ichinose Family:
Every day until March 29th

Ichinose Diamond:
December 27th-31st; January 1st-3rd, 11th; Every Saturday from January 3rd until March 28th

December 27th-31st; January 1st-3rd, 11th; Every Saturday from January 3rd until February 21st

December 27th-31st; January 1st-3rd; Every Saturday from January 3rd until March 28th

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Minakami Now!

Friday 2nd January 2015, 11:02am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 30cm
Snow depth: 270cm
Happy New Year!

Snow continues to fall in Minakami since yesterday early in the morning with a total snow depth of 30 cm at the valley level and 50 cm in the upper mountains.

The forecast predicts snow showers until tomorrow afternoon, clearing in the night. For Sunday we can expect clear sunny day.


New snowfall

Valley 30cm
Upper Mountains 50cm


Snow depth

Valley 30cm
Upper Mountains 270cm
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