Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 18th January 2021

Yuzawa Now!

Friday 30th March 2012, 7:44am
Weather conditions: Overcast start
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Yesterday was as forecast a mild day - some wispy clouds in the afternoon but generally blue skies and a high of around 8 degrees I think. It only dropped down to about +4 overnight and right now the thermometer tells me +6. A high of about +14C is likely today. Warm!

It's kind of overcast early on but sun is forecast.

So you all want to know about that snow tomorrow hey? Well, in town it looks like it is going to start as rain tomorrow. By the afternoon at the latest hopefully snow higher up and hopefully might be snowing into Sunday. Can't help feel that the expectations for snow have been dialed down slightly. Let's see.


All resorts remain open except for the Nunoba gelende which has now closed. (Nunoba Family replains open). We'll be
adding more closing date info in the coming days. See below for a list of all resorts in Minamiuonuma.

Official resort snow depths @ Friday 30th March 12, AM:
Mt Naeba:
Kagura - Tashiro:
GALA Yuzawa:
Kandatsu Kogen:
NASPA Ski Garden:
Yuzawa Kogen:
Yuzawa Park:
Yuzawa Nakazato:
Ludens Yuzawa:
Ishiuchi Maruyama:
Centleisure Maiko:
Joetsu Kokusai:


Resorts in Minamiuonuma that are now closed:
Muikamachi Hakkai-san
Muikamachi Ski Resort
Mt Granview
Ishiuchi Hanaoka

Open until Friday 30th March:
Chateau Shiozawa

Open until Sunday 1st April:
Centleisure Maiko Snow Resort *** but will be open again for April 7th and 8th

Open until Sunday 8th April:
Ishiuchi Hanaoka
Joetsu Kokusai

Subject to change



Here's some more resort information for skijo in Yuzawa town. Please remember, the dates are subject to change.

Open util Sunday 1st April:
Yuzawa Nakazato
Yuzawa Park

Open until 3rd April:
Ludens Yuzawa

Open until 8th April:
NASPA Ski Garden
Yuzawa Kogen
Naeba - after that open for 14th, 15th, 21st and 22nd April

Open until 15th April:
Kandatsu Kogen - after that opening on weekends and holidays from 16th April until 6th May)

Open until 6th May:
GALA Yuzawa
Kagura (Tashiro)

Open until 27th May:
Kagura (Mitsumata)

   Read more ...

Naeba Now!

Friday 30th March 2012, 8:24am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Yesterday was a good spring skiing day one out there. Clear blue skies, no need for the bulky winter jacket. Not for me anyway, I suppose it depends on how gnarly you are. ;)

This morning has started off cloudy and mild. We should see the sun according to the forecast, but for now the sun is remaining hidden.

Hopefully tomorrow morning it will get down cold enough to see snow falling. Enough for up high anyway - at base we may see rain before we see snow but fingers crossed that it will be snowing top to bottom.

I'll let you know how things are looking tomorrow morning.

Resort Operations, 30th March (subject to change)
Should be open as normal. Splash Bowl and Mens Slalom now closed.
Open as normal.
Official snow depths

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Madarao Now!

Friday 30th March 2012, 8:29am
Weather conditions: Cloud, some blue patches of sky
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Three more days to go this season.

And it's a warm one as forecast. 6 degrees at the resort and it'll rise a bit more than that. Just a cloudy start to the day really with patches of blue sky visible in some places here and there. Not quite the clear skies we were expecting though the local forecast still says it should be a fine day.

Snow quality is as you might expect with 'zarame' granulated sugar-type snow out there.

Can the last few days bring us a last blast of fresher conditions? It still looks like there's a good chance of that happening. Snow lined up for tomorrow and Sunday - possibly rain/sleet before the white stuff arrives in the morning as temperatures look set to remain mild through until tomorrow morning and then drop as the day moves on.

I'll let you know.

Lifts currently operating:
Super Quad
No 2 Quad
No 1 lift
Official snow depth:
220cm   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Friday 30th March 2012, 8:47am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
It is a warmer morning this morning, but cloudy as well rather than sunny so perhaps it won't end up warming up as much as we expected - having said that, the forecast still calls for sun today so we'll just have to see what the people controlling the weather have in store for us today!

Stronger winds may be with us later on today and into tomorrow, when hopefully it will also be snowing. Should be starting to get colder tomorrow in the morning and we might get to see a nice new layer of snow to play in tomorrow afternoon and into Sunday.

A look at the list below shows that some lifts and resort areas will be closing after this coming weekend - but some places will be open through until Golden Week in early May and probably beyond that.

Nighta operations this evening planned at the following resort area:

- Ichinose Family

Official resort snow depths as of Friday 30th March 2012 AM:

Sun Valley:
Ichinose Family:
Ichinose Diamond:
Okushiga Kogen:


Here's a recap on the planned resort operations from now... please keep in mind subject to change:

Sun Valley:
No1 quad until 8th April
No3 lift until 4th April

Until 1st April

Until 1st April

Until 6th April

Until 1st April

Daily until 1st April. After that, April 7/8, 14/15, 21/22, 29th April - 6th May. Access to Terakoya still operating even when Higashitateyama closed.

Until 1st April

Daily until 1st April. After that, April 7/8, 14/15, 21/22, 29th April - 6th May.

Quad until 6th May. Triple until 8th April. Pair until 1st April.

Until 6th May (but closed from 9th April until 28th April).

Ichinose Familiy:
Quad until 6th May. Pairs until 1st April and then April 7/8, 14/15, 21/22, 29th April - 6th May.

Ichinose Diamond:
Quad until 1st April. Then April 7/8, 14/15, 21/22, 29th April - 6th May. Triple until 6th April.

Ichinose Yamanokami:
Until 8th April.

No1 Gondola until 1st April.
No2 Gondola & No2 quad until 8th April and then April 14/15, 21/22, 29th April - 6th May.
No2 lift until 8th April and then April 14/15, 21/22, 29th April - 6th May.
No3 lift March 17/18, 20, 24/25, April 7/8
No4 pair open when No2 Gondola closed

Okushiga Kogen:
Still confirming

Some lifts open beyond 6th May (after that date the Shiga Kogen ticket not valid)

Plans to be open until late May. Beyond 6th May, the joint Shiga Kogen ticket not valid.   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Friday 30th March 2012, 9:06am
Weather conditions: Cloudy, overcast
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
The clear weather has given way to overcast here in Niseko, with warming temperatures meaning we'll see a pretty slushy day... corn snow and spring conditions, anyone?

The winds are making life difficult up top, and a lot of lifts are closed, including anything above the Hirafu gondola and most of the lifts in Annupuri and Niseko Village. Make sure to take a look to ensure your favorite runs are going.

The temps today are supposed to get as warm as 10 degrees at the base and it's already supposedly 1C up top. Rain is forecast for later today and tomorrow morning, but that may give way to snow as it cools down over the weekend.

Snow depths:

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 410cm
Bottom - 185cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 440cm
Bottom - 190cm

Top - 475cm
Bottom - 180cm

Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6am: +5C, no snowfall in the past 12 hours. Coastal data: WSW5m/s at Benkei cape, SSW25m/s, 1.9m waves and 1005hPa at Kamui cape. Annupuri peak: wind data n/a, -1.7C. Annupuri 1000m: 485cm snowdepth.
Snowfall transition: A low-pressure system is sitting up north and a high-pressure down south. The wind is calm at the base of the mountain, however a strong SW20+m/s wind is blowing above 1100m. Snowfall is small and the temperature is forecasted to rise. Melting will accelerate below 1000m altitude.
Hazard evaluation: Danger of climax avalanche will rise as the temperature rises. Better not ride the valley bottom of the Backbowl and Osawa. The snowpack will be loose and are likely to slide in lower altitude (<800m) steep slopes. Do not enter Haru no taki strictly off limits area. It is highly recommended to remain within the boundaries today. The groomers condition is great this morning.
Gates: Peak gates and No.1 & 8 will be kept closed today. Please don’t duck ropes.
This information is released in order to prevent accidents in the out of bounds area. The resorts are respecting the freedom of skiing as much as possible, but is also deeply concerned about all resort user’s safety. We strongly demand everybody to respect the Niseko Rules.   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Friday 30th March 2012, 9:11am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
After that clear day yesterday we have more cloud to start the day off here this morning in Zao, and it is noticeably warmer outside. Basically just cloudy but fairly bright and a few signs of the cloudy breaking. I can easily see the top of the resort from base.

Rain hopefully quickly turning into snow tomorrow morning, says the forecast, and then snowy conditions for the weekend and temps dip once again. Sunday and Monday looking like it will be back to feeling cold out there.

Anyway hopefully that snowfall on the forecast will come sooner than later for weekend visitors to enjoy. For today, spring conditions to enjoy.

Official snow depths (30th March 12)
Utopia - 250cm
Chuo - 220cm
Paradise - 235cm
Uwanodai - 160cm

Operating lifts (30th March 12)
All Ropeways (Skycable, Zao Chuo Ropeway, Zao Ropeway) operating.
Most lifts remain operating.
All the runs at Zao scheduled to be open.

Here is the latest information on planned lift operations at Zao this spring season - subject to change:

Uwanodai Area
Ski Cable - open all year but closed from 7th May for maintenance
Onsen No1 pair lift - until 8th April
Onsen No2 quad lift - until 8th April
Onsen No4 quad lift - until 1st April
Kokutai pair lift - now finished for season
Ryuzan pair - now finished for season
Karamatsu pair - now finished for season
Sunrise pair lift - until 1st April
Zao Ropeway - open all year (but closed for maintenance 9th-25th April except Saturdays and Sundays)
Nakamori No1 triple lift - until 1st April
Nakamori No2 pair lift - until 1st April

Chuo and Paradise Area
Chuo No1 pair lift - until 6th May (but only Sat/Sun from 9th April until 27th April)
Chuo No2 pair lift - until 6th May
Katakai triple lift - until 6th May (but only Sat/Sun from 9th April until 27th April)
Mikaeri pair lift - until 1st April
Diamond No1 pair lift - until 1st April
Diamond No2 pair lift - until 1st April
Paradise No1 pair lift - until 6th May (but only Sat/Sun from 9th April until 27th April)
Paradise No3 pair lift - now finished for season
Shobunuma No2 pair lift - until 8th April

Yokokura and Utopia area
Zao Ropeway - open all year (closed for maintenance 7th-18th May)
Yokokura No1 pair lift - until 8th April
Yokokura No2 pair lift - now closed for season
Astraea No1 pair lift - until 1st April
Astraea No2 pair lift - until 1st April
Astraea No3 pair lift - until 8th April
Utopia No1 pair lift - now closed for season
Utopia No2 pair lift - dependent on snow but latest until 6th May

Omori and Kurohime Area
Omori quad - until 1st April
Kurohime No1 quad - dependent on snow
Kurohime No2 quad - now closed for season   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Friday 30th March 2012, 9:41am
Weather conditions: Overcast with some sunny bits
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
It looks like we are in for a warm spring day here in Nozawa. Temperatures are in the plus and climbed up to 3 degrees on the mountain this morning. Probably best to head up early, get a few runs in and take it easy in the afternoon. There are many great restaurants on the mountain where you can enjoy your lunch outside in the sun which is fun especially in spring. The slushy spring conditions will be still good fun to ride and it looks like the sun is just breaking through the clouds right now.

Great conditions yesterday. In the morning there were plenty of fresh lines on offer. Got a bit slushy in the afternoon, but over all a fine day. Not a single cloud in the sky all day long and again a stunning sunset in the evening.

After the warm spring conditions from today it looks like temperatures will drop overnight and snow will start coming in tomorrow morning. Heavy snow on the forecast Saturday afternoon.

Have a great weekend.

Current Official Snow Depths Numbers:




Current Lift operations:
Whole resort is operational

Current courses open:
All open   Read more ...

Furano Now!

Friday 30th March 2012, 9:45am
Weather conditions: Overcast
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Temperatures rose well above 0c yesterday and have stayed that way through the night. It is currently +9c at the base of the Furano Zone and it looks like these warm temperatures will persist through until this evening. It is an overcast day but still bright with the strong sun managing to penetrate the cloud cover. Snow conditions will be soft and heavy as we welcome spring skiing. Currently there is a light wind that has picked up over the last hour and it is whipping around the base area. Some snow is still on the forecast for Saturday.   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Friday 30th March 2012, 10:30am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
It is much more of a cloudy start to the day today, but quite bright with it. There's some blue sky just about visible over the village but cloudy and grey over the mountains. No new snow to report. As forecast, it's a mild start to the day and it might reach about 10 degrees this afternoon.

Tomorrow? We are still expecting snow higher up but more likely to be rain in the village it seems. Might be strong winds too.

Look for more snowfall around Tuesday into Wednesday as well, according to the forecast.

This coming weekend is the last weekend for a few resorts around town. We'll basically be left with Happo, Goryu, 47 and Tsugaike come Monday, but as always we can expect to still be skiing and snowboarding come Golden Week in May. Operations will gradually become more limited during April as the snow starts getting thin on the ground lower down, but for now we still have a lot of snow out there - so there surely won't be any worries about reaching that GW holidays.


Official snow depths and operations @ Friday 30th March 2012 AM:

Hakuba Goryu:
No new snowfall at Goryu. There's a competition on today over at Toomi meaning some course restructions. All lifts apart from No2 and No4 pairs operating.
Official snow depths:
Alps daira - 285cm;
Toomi - 145cm;
Iimori - 120cm

Hakuba 47:
47 reporting no new snowfall this morning. All lifts apart from Line D operating.
Official snow depth:
Upper - 290cm
Lower - 180cm

Most main lifts moving and all courses available.
Official snow depth:
Usagidaira - 260cm;
Sakka - 80cm;
Nakiyama - 80cm.

Tsugaike Kogen:
Official snow depth:
Upper slopes - 300cm
Champion - 230cm

Hakuba Cortina:
No new snow reported by Cortina. No2 and No4 lifts remain operating and some courses remain open.
Official snow depth:
Upper - 355cm
Lower - 225cm

Hakuba Norikura:
Official snow depth:

Hakuba Iwatake:
Village Side (lower slopes) plan to be open until 1st April (upper slopes open well beyond that date).
Official snow depth:
Upper - 200cm
Lower - 80cm

Hakuba Sanosaka:
Open until 1st April


Planned ski resort closings in Hakuba and Otari, all subject to change:

Hakuba Sanosaka:
Open until Sunday 1st April

Hakuba Iwatake:
Open until Sunday 1st April

Hakuba Cortina:
Open until Sunday 1st April

Hakuba Norikura:
Open until Sunday 1st April

Hakuba Goryu:
Iimori area open until Sunday 1st April
Toomi area open until Sunday 8th April
Upper area hopefully open until Golden Week

Hakuba 47:
Operations will become more limited but hoping to be open until Golden Week. More details in the daily report area above.

More lifts closing from Monday, but upper slopes hoping to be open until Golden Week.

Tsugaike Kogen:
Hoping to be open until Golden Week

Hakuba Minekata:
Closed for the season   Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Friday 30th March 2012, 11:58am
Weather conditions: Clear
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Two days of sun and warmth here in Myoko; it really feels like spring for the first time. We're not seeing huge drops in the snowpack, though, following some fresh on Tuesday and Wednesday. That made for some pretty fun skiing in the backcountry yesterday; almost powder in the shade, gluey stuff int he sun, so lots of go fast ans suddenly slow down. The snow should be settling even more with this warm weather, so real spring skiing can start soon.

Except that it looks like more snow ahead! The forecast is somewhere between rain and snow at base level, but we might get a pretty good accumulation up higher. More of the soft, heavy stuff for the backcountry, and nice white slopes on the courses. Champagne powder? It's fine for those just getting started; this full-bodied spring stuff will make you a much better skier or boarder.

Akakura Onsen: most lifts are running; night skiing has ended
Akakan: Sky Cable Gondola and Nos. 1 and 3 lifts are running
Ikenotaira: Shirakaba Capsule, Ikenotaira Quad and AB Dai 1 lifts
Suginohara: Closed until the weekend, then the season is over. With 260cm still on the ground....
Seki Onsen: You can't stop with 580cm of snow on the ground
Myoko Ski Park: Open
Kyukamura: Open
Tangram No. 3 and No. 5 lifts open until April 1
Madarao: Open

Current Official Snow Depths

Akakura Onsen:

Akakan (Akakura Kanko):


Myoko Suginohara:

Seki Onsen:

Myoko Ski Park:

34 0cm


220cm   Read more ...

Minakami Now!

Friday 30th March 2012, 13:46pm
Weather conditions: Clear
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Beautiful spring day in Minakami. It started off cloudy and warm but the sun soon burnt the clouds away. Blue sky everywhere and soft snow is the order of the day. Really warm temperatures even right at the top of the resort. Great day to be out on the slopes.

Tomorrow will be back to the light snow that we are used to for a couple of days. Clear again on Monday and then back to snow again for Tuesday and Wednesday.   Read more ...

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18th Jan, 8:59am
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18th Jan, 8:33
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