Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 30th May 2020

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Thursday 5th January 2017, 8:11am
Weather conditions: It's snowing
New snowfall: 1cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Nozawa and it is snowing - as it should be!

Coming down nicely just now and so hopefully we'll be able to get a decent amount of snow through today and into tomorrow... just a thin layer down below just now and 5cm being reported up top by the resort.

Clouds are expected to be clearing by tomorrow morning and perhaps some sunshine over the weekend. Let's hope it keeps cold. After that, forecast has the next snow lined up around Monday.

Monday 9th January is a national holiday in Japan and for the long weekend (Saturday through Monday) the lifts will be opening 30 minutes earlier than usual - base lifts at 8am and gondolas from 8:10am.


Thursday 5th January 2017

Lifts that are planned to be operating:
All lifts appear to be operating except for:
- Challenge pair
- Utopia pair
- Kandahar pair
- Karasawa pair

Most courses at Nozawa Onsen are now open. Courses not open are:
- Skyline (lower part)
- Kurokura
- Grandprix
- Jumping
- Hachiman
- Mukobayashi
- Kandahar East
- Kandahar West
- Usagi

Official snow depths:
- Yamabiko: 140cm
- Uenotaira: 100cm
- Hikage: 40cm
- Nagasaka: 30cm
- Karasawa: 20cm

Fresh snow reported by resort since yesterday morning:
- Yamabiko: 5cm
- Uenotaira: 1cm
- Hikage: 0cm
- Nagasaka: 0cm
- Karasawa: 0cm   Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Thursday 5th January 2017, 8:17am
Weather conditions: SNowing
New snowfall: 3cm
Snow depth: --
Didn't think we'd see much/any snow this morning, after the stars were out last night in a clear sky.

But now we're seeing some blustery conditions, with a strong wind coming in from the north blowing snow, and about 3cm on the ground so far (can be hard to tell with the drifting).

Looks like more of the same today, before the wind comes down and it gets clear towards the weekend.

At least the freezing line will stay low until the next batch of snow (when it actually will move up the hill a bit). Still too much brush to make it great outside the ski areas, although some intrepid skiers are finding what open white spaces they can!


Akakura Kanko:
130cm, -4°

Akakura Onsen:
150cm, -4°

Ikenotaira Onsen:
90cm, 0° (yesterday's report)

Myoko Suginohara:
80cm, -8° (top)

Seki Onsen:
170cm, -5°

Myoko Ski Park:
110cm, -1°

Kyukamura RunRun:
110cm, -2°

Tangram Ski Circus:
110cm, -2°

Madarao Kogen:
120m, 0° (yesterday's report)
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Niseko Now!

Thursday 5th January 2017, 8:33am
Weather conditions: Cloud, increasing blue sky
New snowfall: 8cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning.

It is a cold morning and there's fresh snow on the ground.

I have measured just 8cm but it's a welcome sight - and good quality stuff too; and there'll be more higher up on the places that really matter.

There's an increasing amount of blue sky turning up now to, so it feels like it is going to be a fine morning. It should be staying really cold though so need to be prepared for that.

Unfortunately, wind is affecting things at the start of the day and keeping some lifts from opening. See below for resort specific info as of 8:30am.

Might the snow of today (whether it has finished up or be more later on) be the last until around Monday evening? Let's keep an eye on the forecast for that ongoing story...


Niseko Avalanche Report:
Niseko base 6am: -6℃, 10cm snowfall since early dawn. Moiwa850m: -6℃, 10cm snow, strong wind and snowdrifts developing. Annupuri1150m: -8℃, N15m/s, snowfall & wind from early dawn. Hirafu 1200m: -10℃, snow and wind picked up from 5am and snowdrifts are developing. Kamui cape lighthouse: NE2m/s, 1017hPa, 1.9m waves.

Snow and wind picked up from 5am under the winter barometric pattern. Drastic developments of snowdrifts have been observed around 800m elevation. The wind-affected slabs’ density is uneven and unstable. 40cm thick new snow sitting on top of Jan 4th layer can slide anytime. The general avalanche risk is high. Do not stimulate knolls and cornices. Remember that most accidents occur during bad weather.

Finally some long awaited snow has come, however still insufficient to cover the bushes. If you push your line too far down, you will have trouble coming back. Snowboarders better carry snowshoes if you are venturing out far. No matter the amount of snow, avalanches happen when conditions are right. The gate opening is yet to be decided.

Lift passes will be confiscated if ropes are crossed.

Beware of frostbites.


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

Niseko Grand Hirafu
The top Ace Number 4 and King Number 4 lifts are on hold due to wind conditions.

Niseko HANAZONO Resort
All three lifts appear to be opening as planned.

Niseko Village
The Gondola is moving at reduced speed at the start of the day.

Niseko Annupuri
The Gondola and top Jumbo Number 4 lift are on hold due to wind conditions.


Official resort snow depths as of Thursday 5th January 2017:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 235cm
Base - 85cm

Niseko Village
Top - 140cm
Base - 100cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 150cm
Base - 95cm


Night skiing is planned until Monday 20th March 2017 at the Niseko Annupuri, Niseko Grand Hirafu and Niseko Village resort areas. There is no nighta in the Hanazono area.   Read more ...

Madarao Now!

Thursday 5th January 2017, 8:37am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 7cm
Snow depth: --
Snow storm conditions here this morning with snow falling and a strong wind blowing about too. That is making it harder to see how much snow has actually fallen, but in the few places I usually measure I have 7cm so far - the resort is this morning reporting 10cm. We should be getting more during most of the day today, so let's see how much we can amass...

From tomorrow a few days of clearer sunnier skies are on the forecast. Hopefully it will remain pretty cold as well keeping the snow in good condition.

It is the Madarao Fire Festival is on Saturday (7th January) and starts at 8pm. There'll be lots of festivities going on including food and drink, fireworks from 9pm and 'taimatsu' (torch lit skiing) from 9:05pm. Let's hope for clearer weather for the event.


Operating status for the day at Madarao Kogen (at time of report):

- Number 1 lift
- Number 2 quad lift
- Number 3A lift
- Super quad lift
- Number 11 lift
- Number 12 lift
- Number 13 lift
- Number 15 lift
- Moving walkway
- Kids Park
- Snow Mobile Land
- Free ride Park

- Powder Theater
- Adventure Aisle
- Crystal Bowl
- Ninja
- Rabbit
- Kamoshika
- Bear

- Nighta at Madarao Kogen is every Saturday until 25th March (and also 8th January and 19th March)

Official snow depth:

- 120cm

Lifts currently operating at Tangram Ski Circus:

- Number 1
- Number 2
- Number 3
- Number 5
- Number 6   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Thursday 5th January 2017, 8:37am
Weather conditions: Snow and wind
New snowfall: 20cm
Snow depth: --
It is a cold and windy morning here in Shiga Kogen. And snowy too, and it's coming down quite heavily now - though rather small snowflakes rather than that big fluffy kind - though hopefully it will be bringing us new cm of the lovely stuff by the time it's done.

It's windblown as I said so difficult to put a number on it but I think 20cm is probably representative (the official Shiga Kogen lift organisation is going with 25cm this morning). May adjust and update that tomorrow when things are clearer...

Clearer skies are forecast for tomorrow and perhaps the day after, so it's today that we need the delivery.

If you can put up with the conditions today, should be fun out there!

Some lifts may be affected by wind this morning...


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

Most of ski lifts and courses in Shiga Kogen are now open.



Ichinose Family

Ichinose Diamond




Okushiga Kogen

Sun Valley

Takamagahara Mammoth



50cm   Read more ...

Yuzawa Now!

Thursday 5th January 2017, 8:45am
Weather conditions: Snow clouds
New snowfall: 12cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Yuzawa.

And after enduring some more rain/sleet during the day yesterday in town (snow if you went higher), this morning we have some proper snow to report.

Here's the headlines from the ski resorts (fresh snowfall):

Kagura: 20cm
Mitsumata: 15cm
Tashiro: 15cm
Maiko Snow Resort: 10-15cm on lower areas; 25cm at top

We are measuring 12cm in Yuzawa and 8cm outside the office in Shiozawa, so somewhere around 10cm at town level and more as you go higher.

I'm also happy to report that it is still snowing and hopefully should be for the day and into tomorrow so there should be more in my next report.

We might get some clearer weather conditions for a few days from tomorrow, with a return to snow sometime around Monday-Tuesday.

Good to see a refresh; more please!


Resort-specific info as of Thursday 5th January 2017

GALA Yuzawa
11 courses in the Central and North areas are open as well as the sledding area.
Official snow depth: 140cm

Ishiuchi Maruyama
Lifts from all three base areas are operating and most course areas are available.
Official snow depth: 80cm

Iwappara is part open. 5 lifts and 14 courses are open - mid to upper areas.
The resort has stopped nighta for the moment.
Official snow depth: 40cm

Joetsu Kokusai
13 lifts are operating and 11 courses are open in front of the hotel and in the Panorama and Atema areas.
The resort has stopped nighta for the moment.
Official snow depth: 50cm

All areas of Kagura are open.
The top Kagura Number 5 lift is now open.
Official snow depth:
Kagura - 170cm
Mitsumata - 150cm
Tashiro - 130cm

Kandatsu Kogen
Kandatsu Kogen is now mostly open and four lifts operating.
Official snow depth: 100cm

Maiko Snow Resort
The upper Okusoeji area and part of the Maiko area are open.
The resort has stopped nighta for the moment.
8 lifts and 12 courses are available.
Official snow depth:
Upper - 120cm
Base - 20cm

Muikamachi Hakkaisan
The Ropeway, Number 1 and 3 romance pair lifts are operating.
Official snow depth: 80cm

Most lifts operating. Please see Naeba Now report for more specific details.
Official snow depth: 100cm

NASPA Ski Garden
NASPA Ski Garden is open. All lifts are operating and all courses (apart from the mogul and slopestyle course) are open.
Official snow depth: 80cm

Yuzawa Kogen
Yuzawa Kogen is mostly open including the lower Nunoba area.
All lifts operating.
Official snow depth:
Top - 110cm
Base - 40cm

Yuzawa Park
Yuzawa Park is part open with the Number 1, 3 and 7 lifts operating.
Official snow depth: 50cm

Yuzawa Nakazato
Yuzawa Nakazato is open with all lifts operating.
Official snow depth: 50cm


'Nighta' (floodlit night operations)

Below are details of the planned 'nighta' operations at ski and snowboards resorts around Yuzawa and Minamiuonuma this season.
This information is subject to change due to snow and weather conditions.
*** Please note that this section will not be updated every day.

Ishiuchi Maruyama
Daily until 19th March 2017.
Nighta is from 5pm until 8:50pm.
The Chuo Number 1, Chuo Number 2 and Kanko Number 3 Express lifts are open daily.
The Kanko Number 1 Express lift, Hatsukaishi Entrance lift and Hatsukaishi Number 2 pair lifts are also open on weekends and holidays.

Daily until 20th March 2017.
Nighta is from 5pm until 9pm on Saturdays and until 8pm on weekdays and Sundays.
The Main course, Grand course and West courses are open during nighta.

Joetsu Kokusai
Daily until 20th March 2017.
Nighta is from 5pm until 9pm.
The area in front of the main base hotel is open for nighta.

Kandatsu Kogen
'Hobo All Night' ('Almost All Night') is on Fridays, Saturdays and nights before holidays between 29th December 2016 and 1st April 2017.
The nighta opening times on those days is from 6pm until 4am the following morning.

Maiko Snow Resort
Daily until 19th March 2017.
Nighta is from 4pm until 8pm.
The Maiko center quad lift on the Maiko Side of the resort operates for nighta.

Daily until 26th March 2017.
Nighta is from 4pm until 8:30pm.
Part of the lower area of the resort is usually open for nighta.

NASPA Ski Garden
'Thanks' (extended) opening on Saturdays in January and February and also from 30th December until 8th January 2017.
On those days the Number 1 lift is open until 6pm.

Yuzawa Nakazato
Every Saturday from 7th January until 11th March 2017, 8th January 2017.
Nighta is from 5pm until 8:30pm.
The Number 2 pair lift operates during nighta.   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Thursday 5th January 2017, 8:55am
Weather conditions: Snow clouds
New snowfall: 1cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Hakuba.

Yesterday was an odd one with that mix of wind (and then another spell of wet conditions to put the boot in down at lower levels). But there was some decent snow falling higher up, with Hakuba 47 reporting 5cm of fresh on upper areas by late afternoon.

So the gusty winds did ease off a bit and let the resorts open up not long after my report.

There seems to be less wind this morning though it still sounds like it's out there. For example the Happo gondola was delayed opening - but seems to be operating as normal now.

I noticed that the Champion Dynamic course at Goryu is also now open (but they are saying conditions aren't the best and only suitable for skilled riders).

Light snow at the moment here at base but I can see from the webcams that it's snowing more up there and visibility looks pretty limited in places too. Snow clouds should be with us for the day today and we're hoping they'll deliver some more goods.

Clearer weather conditions are forecast from tomorrow through Sunday presently with the next snow due at the end of the weekend and into the start of next week.

Let's keep an eye on the forecast, without wishing time to pass too quickly of course. One day soon, all the resorts will be "fully open". I eagerly await that day!


Resort news as of 8:55am on Thursday 5th January 2017:

All information as available and subject to change during the day due to weather and snow conditions.

Hakuba 47:
The resort was reporting 5cm of fresh snowfall on the upper areas yesterday, no additional reported this morning.
The top connection with Hakuba Goryu is open.
Operating lifts and course info:
- All lifts operating apart from Line D.
- All courses now open apart from Route 7.
- The Tree Riding Zones are not yet open.
Official snow depth
Upper: 120cm
Base: 25cm

Hakuba Goryu:
The resort is reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall.
The top connection with Hakuba 47 is open.
Operating lifts and course info:
- All lifts apart from the Alps Number 2/4, Iimori Number 1 pair and Cosmo quad lift are operating.
The following courses are open:
- Grand Prix
- Panorama
- Super
- Champion Dynamic
- Woody
- Toomi
- Soft Cream
- Powder Snow
Official snow depth
Alps: 125cm
Toomi: 30cm
Iimori: 20cm

Hakuba Happo-one:
The upper areas of Hakuba Happo-one are open.
You can now ski or board back down to base via the Riesen Slalom and Nakiyama South course.
Downloading via Gondola or lift required in the other areas.
The resort is reporting 3cm of fresh snowfall.
Operating lifts and course info:
- Most lifts are now operating with just a number of base area lifts still to get moving.
The following courses are open:
- Kurobishi
- Usagidaira
- Skyline
- Riesen (part)
- Panorama
- Nakiyama South (part)
- Kita-one 3
Official snow depth:
Usagidaira: 90cm
Kurobishi: 130cm
Lower: 20cm

Tsugaike Kogen:
Tsugaike Kogen is part open.
Operating lifts and course info:
- Most lifts are now operating.
The following courses are open:
- The Tsuga-no-mori, Upper Han-no-ki, Lower Han-no-ki, Maruyama and Oya-no-hara areas are open.
- The Forest course, Shirakaba and Kane-no-naru-oka areas are part open.
- The Uma-no-se course and Champion area are closed.
Official snow depth:
Tsuga-no-mori: 110cm
Han-no-ki: 100cm
Maruyama: 40cm
Oya-no-hara: 25cm
Kane-no-naru-oka: 25cm

Hakuba Cortina:
The resort is reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall.
Operating lifts and course info:
- Hakuba Cortina is now mostly open.
- Snake course closed.
Official snow depth:
Top: 134cm
Base: 85cm

Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field:
Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field is currently part open.
Operating lifts and course info:
- Gondola
- Paradise triple
- 3-sen North lift
- 4-sen East lift
The following courses are at least part open:
- East
- North
- Paradise (part)
- by1
Official snow depth:
Top: 60cm
Base: 30cm

Kashimayari is currently part open.
Operating lifts:
- Number 1, 2, 3, 6, and 7 lifts.
Official snow depth:
Top: 30cm

Hakuba Norikura Onsen:
Hakuba Norikura Onsen is currently mostly open.
Lift info:
- All but one lift are now operating with most courses planned to be open.
Official snow depth:
Top: 70cm

Hakuba Sanosaka:
Hakuba Sanosaka is now part open.
Official snow depth:
Top: 25cm


Please note that Yanaba ski hill will not be opening for the 2016-2017 season   Read more ...

Furano Now!

Thursday 5th January 2017, 9:09am
Weather conditions: Clear
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Looking up at the resort it looks like a great day to head out early and make the most of the great conditions that we have at the moment. There are clear skies and it is a fairly chilly morning with -7c in the village. On piste the snow will be firm and will be skiing reasonably fast. Over the next few days there is very little in the way of snow on the forecast with the next significant snow falls forecast to arrive on Monday afternoon.

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Naeba Now!

Thursday 5th January 2017, 9:13am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 14cm
Snow depth: --
Cover report:

14cm on the ground (with 10cm being reported by the resort) with more snowfall expected during the day today and clearer skies expected from tomorrow and a return to snowfall forecast from late Monday.

Most courses now open.   Read more ...

Grandeco Now!

Thursday 5th January 2017, 9:45am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 15cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Grandeco.

More good news with 15cm of fresh snowfall in this area last night.

The resort has now opened Basil course (intermediate) and Rainbow 3500 lower course (beginners) from this morning which is good to see. That means that there is now 3500m of beginners course available, and 70% of the courses at the resort are open.

The snow condition is nice and light this morning because of the low temperature.

The forecast tells us to expect snowfall to stop this afternoon and be back around Sunday.

Once there's enough decent snowfall, the remaining advanced course will open. Fingers crossed.


Lifts operating:

- Gondola
- Number 1 quad lift
- Number 2 quad lift

Courses open:

[A-a] Rainbow 3500
[A-b] Rainbow 3500
[A-c] Rainbow 3500
[B-c] Mint C
[C] Center
[D-b] Lavender B
[F] Basil

Official snow depth:

Road condition to Grandeco:
Inawashiro through Goshikinuma: wet snow
Goshikinuma through Grandeco: snow
Snow tires are necessary.   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Thursday 5th January 2017, 12:35pm
Weather conditions: Cloud, snow
New snowfall: 25cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Zao and sorry for the late report today.

It was great to see some proper snowfall yesterday with a decent amount falling both at base and on the slopes. I have measured 25cm since my report yesterday and hopefully we'll be adding to that during the day today too.

Should be very nice snow conditions out there today.

There's not a whole lot of snow forecast through until early in the week. And while we still need and want more snow we should be good for now.


The following lifts are not operating:
Kurohime Number 1 quad
Zao Kokutai pair
Ryuzan pair
Karamatsu pair
Nakamori Number 2 pair
Zao Paradise Number 3 pair
Yokokura Number 2 pair
Omori quad


Official snow depths:
Chuo - 75cm
Utopia - 60cm
Uwanodai - 40cm
Paradise - 70cm


Juhyo 'Ice Monsters' Light Up night time Zao Ropeway operations

January 2017: 7th, 8th, 14th, 15th, 21st, 22nd, 27th-31st
February 2017: 1st-28th
March 2017: 1st-5th

Operating from 5pm until 9pm; last ropeway up at 7:50pm.
Ropeway return charges are 2,600 yen for adults and 1,300 yen for children.
In the event of poor weather conditions, operations are sometimes cancelled.   Read more ...

Appi Kogen Now!

Thursday 5th January 2017, 12:59pm
Weather conditions: Cloudy, some blue sky
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Appi,

Not much to report unfortunately this morning. Stable weather has meant no snowfall for us and cold temperatures on the mountain of -4 to -8 at the summit.

Lift operations remain the same at 4 plus the gondola. We're in need of more snow and today we may see another 5 or 6cm.

Not much ahead of us either in the snow department.

The runs are groomed and in good shape for those joining us here. Let's hope the forecast is wrong and we see plenty of powder here soon.


Currently planned operating lifts:

Central quad
Central number 3a
Central number 2
Central number 5


Official snow depth:

60cm   Read more ...

Minakami Now!

Thursday 5th January 2017, 18:22pm
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 40cm
Snow depth: --
Missed report yesterday but Tenjindaira Ski resort called it 15cm of fresh in the morning and its been snowing ever since. The resort was shut today due to 10m/s winds up top but the snow has been coming in large. Was over at Hodaigi and it was fantastic in the morning with about 30cm of fresh, it then snowed all day culminating in a virtual blizzard in the late afternoon. It's going to be great over there tomorrow.

Expect Tenjin to not open all lifts till around 11:30am as all this snow will need to settle on the steep terrain. Unless the wind has packed the snow down, I expect the base is going to be very healthy when we find out what the number is tomorrow morning.


New snowfall:

45cm Tenjin
40cm Hodaigi
10cm Okutone

Official snow depths:

120cm Tenjin
80cm Hodaigi
45cm Okutone


Resorts in Minakami (forecasts available from each page):

Minakami Hodaigi
Minakami Kogen Ski Resort
Minakami Kogen Fujiwara
Norn Minakami
Okutone Snow Park
Tanigawa Tenjindaira
Tanigawa Onsen White Valley
   Read more ...

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