Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 6th May 2019

Madarao Now!

Wednesday 2nd March 2016, 7:46am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 7cm
Snow depth: 160cm
A very fine day yesterday.

Snow wasn't falling as hard but there was a lot of fresh snow to play in.


Snow clouds still nearby this morning, with light snow currently falling, but it is expected to clear up later in the day. And the day is starting cold so it should be another very good day to be out skiing and boarding.

From tomorrow, expect sunshine. And for temperatures to start rising, unfortunately and somewhat annoyingly. It looks like come the weekend it's going to be rather warm again. But we can't do anything about that can we... enjoy the now, and hope something happens to the forecasts.


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:

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Furano Now!

Wednesday 2nd March 2016, 8:13am
Weather conditions: Sunny
New snowfall: 4cm
Snow depth: 240cm
Good morning from Furano where it's perfectly calm and -7 degrees early on, with 4cm of fresh snow on the ground overnight.

The sun is out but there is a chance of some more snowfall later on so we should be on for another fine day!

As with all of Japan, look for warmer conditions this coming weekend and temperatures rising above zero. There's even some rain on some forecasts which does not sound appealing!

The Dynamic Course is closed today to the general public due to some reserved pole training.

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Niseko Now!

Wednesday 2nd March 2016, 8:30am
Weather conditions: Snow clouds not budging!
New snowfall: 22cm
Snow depth: 170cm
Good morning from Niseko and happily it's somewhat calmer this morning.

It might be calmer, but snow is really coming down at some speed right now. We're still in mid-winter here folks which is of course fantastic.

So that mad windy storm has passed us by, and we can hopefully soon get back to something like a normal day, even though as I did update yesterday a few lower lifts did actually manage to get moving yesterday. As always, lift status at 8:30am this morning added below. Looks like some top lifts are going to be at least late in opening as they pick up the pieces from the storm (and perhaps re-assemble some lift parts!)

There's 22cm of fresh snow on the ground this morning here at my base after some heavy snowing from last night and continuing now - I have added 2cm since I started putting this report together.

There will be more than that on the mountain, and of course with the upper lifts being closed for a few days there's going to be a lot more fresh untouched snow up there to play in. And with all of the wind over the last few days and limited visibility this morning, extra (extra) care is advised - there's going to be lots of wind blown areas where there's much more (or less) snow.

Right now it is continuing to snow pretty hard and visibility is limited even down at base here. Even so, at 8am, there's quite a lot of people already lined up waiting for the Ace Number 2 quad to get going at 8:30am. The lure of all that fresh snow is just too much!

The forecasts say we should expect the snowfall to ease off later in morning or this afternoon.

So basically, there'll surely be huge amounts of deep fun to be found this morning but do be careful out there.


The official snow depth on the upper areas of Niseko Grand Hirafu is back up to 400cm today.

Interestingly, I just noticed that it was 400cm on 1st March last year and 395cm on this day last year... so those measurements are pretty much exactly the same as last year. (The corresponding base numbers are actually higher than last year).


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

Niseko Grand Hirafu
The top Ace Number 4, King Number 4, Ace Number 3, King Number 3 and Swinging Monkey lifts are on hold at the start of the day. Hopefully will just be a delayed opening.

Niseko HANAZONO Resort
The top Hanazono Number 3 quad lift is on hold at the start of the day.

Niseko Village
The top Wonderland lift is on hold at the start of the day.

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


Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6am: -6℃, 25cm crystal snowfall and calm. Moiwa peak 800m: -10℃, light wind and 40cm snowfall. Hirafu peak ridge: -13℃, 15cm snowfall. Annupuri 1000m: -10℃, light breeze, 50cm snowfall. Benkei cape: NNW10m/s, Kamui cape: W7m/s, 1015hPa, wave height unknown.

The storm has passed and cold air is flowing in, bringing a heavy snowfall notably in the west side of the mountain. The wind stayed calm overnight and snowdrift development is minimal. The general avalanche risk is low, however the wind-affected Mar 1st storm layer just under the surface remains unstable especially in high-elevation north facing aspects. The gates’ opening will depend on the lift operations, please follow the ski patrol’s instructions. The snow in the trees is deep, better have snowshoes or skins ready with you for out of bounds riding. Snow remains good as we’re getting into March, but please be alarmed at all times, the mountain conditions are ever-changing. Better be flexible with your plans. Beware of cracks, as they’re not visible from above, remain in controllable speed. Beware also of creeks, ice-cold water flowing in there and would lead to hypothermia.


Official resort snow depths as of Wednesday 2nd March 2016:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 400cm
Base - 170cm

Niseko Village
Top - 380cm
Base - 190cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 385cm
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   Read more ...

Appi Kogen Now!

Wednesday 2nd March 2016, 8:32am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 10cm
Snow depth: 135cm
Good morning from Appi.

Right now we’ve got some light snow showers, steady winds and a temperature of -6 at the base. We should see steady snowfall most of the day with the winds dying down and temperatures increasing slightly.

Yesterday was not pleasant at all. Gale force winds and cold temperatures meant only the most intrepid skiers and boarders were out on the hill. The winds did die down overnight though meaning the snow that fell late yesterday afternoon and through the night is still here with us. The official base has also been increased to 135cm which is definitely a good sign. If you’re out early enough this morning it should be a lot of fun, especially with the light midweek crowds.

The next few days will see the snowfall decreasing to zero with temperatures still threatening to rise to near +6 this weekend. Lets try and forget about that for now and enjoy what we currently have. See you all out there.


Currently planned operating lifts:

- Appi Gondola
- Central Number 1 quad
- Number 2 lift A
- Number 3 lift A
- 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 ...

Naeba Now!

Wednesday 2nd March 2016, 8:36am
Weather conditions: Today has a fairly thick cloud cover.
New snowfall: 1cm
Snow depth: 130cm
Good morning from Naeba everybody.

Today was a chilly start to the day with snow having fallen lightly through the night. Unfortunately the snow that fell from around midday onward yesterday didn't really amass to much more than a cm.

Conditions today should be excellent for riding with the top of the mountain not having opened yesterday. All the fresh snow should still be there for you all to play in. The lower half of the mountain is nice and soft today too with some well groomed runs to get your carve on.

The weather forecast going on is predicting light snow through the week with potentially rain arriving from Saturday night onward.

Naeba 6-day snow and weather forecast   Read more ...

Yuzawa Now!

Wednesday 2nd March 2016, 8:36am
Weather conditions: Clouds
New snowfall: 7cm
Snow depth: 130cm
Yesterday it was great to see a return to a proper winter-like day and that good-to-great new layer of snow on the ground which really gave the resorts a good refresh.

It snowed for lots of yesterday, though wasn't particularly heavy for the most part and this morning there's another 7cm to add to what I observed yesterday morning.

Light snow is falling at the moment and that's what we have forecast for this morning until sometime later on this afternoon or this evening. It should keep quite cold as well, so today should also be a great day to be out on the skis or board.

As so often been the case this season though, annoyingly it looks like things are going to warm up from tomorrow. More worrying than there not being any snow on the weekly forecast are the warm temperatures due over the weekend... double digit temperatures are likely at town level, so it's very probably going to be another spring-like weekend. We can just hope that temperatures keep on the lower side of things to help protect the snow that we have...

If you can get out onto the snow today or tomorrow even, rather than the weekend, it should be really good. And you'll have less people to share the snow with as well. Bonus!


Resort official snow depths (Wednesday 2nd March 2016) and any specific news at time of writing:

Resorts in Yuzawa and Minamiuonuma:

GALA Yuzawa

Ishiuchi Maruyama


Joetsu Kokusai

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

Kandatsu Kogen

Maiko Snow Resort
180cm (upper)
70cm (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.
Subject to change due to snow conditions.

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.

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 ...

Hakuba Now!

Wednesday 2nd March 2016, 8:45am
Weather conditions: Snow clouds
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 130cm
Lots of happy people around yesterday enjoying all of the fresh snow on the slopes. I myself had a great time over at 47/Goryu, though wind did cause issues with some lifts.

Lots of the clouds cleared during the day leaving us with blue sky and some sunshine as well.

It's a cold morning again with light snow falling early on but we are expecting clearer conditions and maybe more sun and blue sky later on. Fingers crossed it'll keep cold for the duration of the day leaving us with really nice conditions again today.

Taking a quick look at the 6-day forecast... hmmm, really no snow on there after today by the looks. In fact, it looks more likely some rain around Sunday along with warming temperatures again. Hopefully they might dip again next week. March can be unpredictable and bring us some very nice surprises (like yesterday), so let us hope that we might get to see some more of that before the snowfall for the season is done.

Try to get out and enjoy things right now before it starts to warm up!


6 day forecast for Happo-one:

6 day snow and weather forecast for Happo-one


Resort news as of 8:40am on Wednesday 2nd March 2016 (where available, all subject to change due to weather conditions)

Hakuba 47:
Hakuba 47 is reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall this morning.
All areas and Tree Riding Zone open.
There is no 'nighta' at Hakuba 47.
Official snow depth:
Upper: 230cm
Base: 130cm

Hakuba Goryu:
Hakuba Goryu is reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall on lower areas and 2cm on upper areas this morning.
The Hakuba Goryu Gondola remains closed as they deal with an incident in the station.
Closed courses - Champion Dynamic, Champion Expert, Woody, Snow Diving and Adventure.
The Toomi area will be open until 8:30pm tonight for 'nighta'.
Official snow depth
Alps: 265cm
Toomi: 130cm
Iimori: 110cm

Hakuba Happo-one:
Hakuba Happo-one reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall this morning.
The top Grat quad, Alpen quad and Kurobishi pair lifts are on hold at the start of the day due to strong winds.
The lower Nakiyama area is open for 'nighta' every day until 9pm.
Official snow depth:
Usagidaira: 225cm
Nakiyama: 80cm
Sakka: 60cm

Hakuba Cortina:
Hakuba Cortina is reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall this morning!
Upper courses currently being checked for safety at time of writing.
The Ikenota area will be open for 'nighta' until 8pm tonight (9pm on Saturdays).
Official snow depth:
Top: 245cm
Base: 140cm

Tsugaike Kogen:
All courses and areas are generally 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: 268cm
Maruyama: 80cm
Kane-no-naru-oka: 100cm

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 areas of the Village Side.
There is no 'nighta' at Hakuba Iwatake.
Official snow depth:
Upper: 150cm
Lower: 60cm

Hakuba Norikura Onsen:
All courses 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:
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Nozawa Onsen Now!

Wednesday 2nd March 2016, 8:52am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 10cm
Snow depth: 120cm
Morning from Nozawa where there has been more snow since yesterday - not as much as the previous day but enough to top up tracks and keep things in good condition.

Light snow still falling this morning but it's forecast to stop this morning.

Tomorrow and Friday expect sunshine and also temperatures that gradually rise. It's happened quite a few times this season but we have some decent snowfall and then it decides to warm up too much - same story this weekend by the looks of things with temperatures probably rising to 10C or above at base level on Saturday and Sunday. And maybe some rain on Sunday too. Oh dear. Stop it, please!!

I was just reading a few of the other reports and I agree. If you are able to, be here today and tomorrow rather than the weekend. I know, it's not often possible.

Fingers crossed for a cooler than expected weekend.


There will be a few course closures (to the general public) in the coming days due to some ski races being held, as below:

Today until Friday 4th March: the Yamabiko A course will be closed.
Saturday 5th March until Tuesday 8th March: the Mizunashi A course will be closed.


Official info at time of writing on Wednesday 2nd March 2016 (subject to change):

Official snow depths:

Yamabiko: 210cm
Uenotaira: 150cm
Hikage: 120cm
Nagasaka: 90cm
Karasawa: 75cm

New snowfall as reported by the resort since yesterday afternoon:

Yamabiko: 18cm
Uenotaira: 14cm
Hikage: 13cm
Nagasaka: 13cm
Karasawa: 13cm

All courses open except:

Yamabiko A (closed due to competition being held there)
Paradise connection
Grand Prix
Kandahar West
Kandahar East

Lifts planned to be rested today:

Yunomine pair
Mizunashi triple
Challenge pair
Utopia pair
Kandahar pair
Hikage Number 2 Pair A line


Nozawa Onsen 6 day weather and snow forecast

Nozawa Onsen main resort data   Read more ...

Grandeco Now!

Wednesday 2nd March 2016, 8:55am
Weather conditions: Cloud, sun
New snowfall: 1cm
Snow depth: 260cm
It’s snowing lightly at Grandeco this morning, but the sun is out and it looks like it will be warming up later this morning and into the afternoon.

There was 1cm of new snow last night and 11cm the night before so the base is in good condition. Powder and pack powder terrain across the entire mountain.

Visibility is still good and wind minimal. All lifts are open today and crowds are not a problem.

Roads up to Deco are still a bit icy so 4Wheel Drive is suggested and snow tiers are a must for sure.

Sunshine is expected as we get towards the weekend along with temperatures rising further. Hopefully not too much...


Lifts operating:

All lifts operating

Courses open:

All courses open


Snow and weather forecast:

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

Zao Now!

Wednesday 2nd March 2016, 9:19am
Weather conditions: Cloud, bit of sun
New snowfall: 9cm
Snow depth: 150cm
More fresh snow this morning here in Zao.

Lots of cloud and a few hints of sun here and there this morning though we may see some more snow during the day today.

As with what looks like most or all of Japan, it's going to be much warmer come the weekend - and perhaps way too warm for our liking. We'll just have to hope it doesn't warm up too much...

Should keep cold today and tomorrow though and so snow conditions for the time being should remain good.


Information as of Wednesday 2nd March 2016 (subject to change)

The Karamatsu pair lift is generally closed on weekdays.
The evening light up ropeway service has now finished for the season.

Official snow depths:

Utopia: 115cm
Chuo: 150cm
Paradise: 145cm
Uwanodai: 85cm


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

Minakami Now!

Wednesday 2nd March 2016, 9:23am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 15cm
Snow depth: 190cm
Continuous snow here for about 36 hours at this point.

Only light this morning but the overcast conditions are keeping things nice and cold.

Everything open at the top of Tenjindaira, excellent conditions, deep, light powder.

They are still checking the Tajirisawa course at this point but should be open shortly.

Other resorts in Minakami got plenty of snow too but at Tenjin the dump has been anything between 50cm and 1m.

Warmer conditions coming at the weekend...


All snow resorts in Minakami now all open except Oana:

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   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Wednesday 2nd March 2016, 10:08am
Weather conditions: Cloud, blue sky, light snow
New snowfall: 3cm
Snow depth: 110cm
Yesterday the snow clouds cleared up somewhat and we were left with a fine afternoon.

This morning we have enjoyed one of those 'it's fine but snowing at the same time' kind of situation. Light snow is falling but there's quite a lot of blue sky up there and visibility is good. Keeping cold.

It's a good morning to be out on the slopes.

Let's take a look at the forecast. I'm afraid there's not much on there that shows potential for any significant snowfall, or indeed much at all. Over the next few days it's going to be more a case of sunshine and clearer skies if the forecasts are right. And also warmer conditions over the weekend. Down in the valleys it's really going to warm up but up here we should avoid the worst of that, but it'll still be mild. Hopefully not warming up too much.

Today and tomorrow should be good though. Hope you can enjoy it.


Official snow depths at Shiga Kogen resort areas (Wednesday 2nd March 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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Myoko Now!

Wednesday 2nd March 2016, 10:28am
Weather conditions: Mostly sunny, with high thin clouds and some cumulus here and there
New snowfall: 10cm
Snow depth: 220cm
The sun is out, mostly, this morning with a few flakes drifting down from time to time. Nice snow up higher yesterday, although it was pretty heavy lower (but good skiing onpiste). It's staying cold today; that rise in the freezing line is going to start on Friday, so get out before then (also Saturday, before Sunday's rain, could be a nice spring day).

Speaking of spring, I have some local knowledge to share. My newspaper guy/snowthrower repairman/hotel owner came by to change the fan belt on the snowthrower and gave the common knowledge on potential snowfall for the rest of the month/season. The first early fall of March can be a big one, but we probably can't expect much more. The exceptions, says folk knowledge, is White Day (March 14) and one more day that I thought he said was Newspaper Day, but that could only be Sports Newspaper Day (March 6 - not likely). That actually links up pretty well with other predictions that the snow is going to be disappearing early this year.

So I says, go out and get it while you can. It's nice out today, with snowy trees and nice white cover everywhere. With rain and wind, the snow figures could go down fast.


Akakura Kanko:
-7° / 220cm

Akakura Onsen:
-5° / 210cm

Ikenotaira Onsen:
-7° / 130cm

Myoko Suginohara:
-10° (top) / 130cm

Seki Onsen:
-7° / 330cm

Myoko Ski Park:
-3° / 190cm

Kyukamura RunRun:
-1° / 240cm

Tangram Ski Circus:
-5° / 140cm

Madarao Kogen:
-8° / 160cm
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