Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 6th May 2019

Yuzawa Now!

Friday 6th March 2015, 7:47am
Weather conditions: Blue sky, sun, some thin cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 245cm
I was hoping for something decent to report this morning and I suppose I do, but it's bright blue skies rather than the snowfall we were hoping for.

Yes, yesterday we did see snow falling but it really didn't amount to much of anything in terms of new cm and none of the resorts are reporting any fresh. For the moment, early spring continues to be winning out the battle of the seasons. Come on winter, we know you have more left.

(Tuesday onwards next week looks quite promising).

For now though it's looking like it will be a fine day here with temperatures rising to around +5 in town and sunny conditions likely.

It's time for the Yuzawa Snow Festival tomorrow. If you are in Yuzawa and want to check it out, just head for the main onsen road side (station West Exit) and follow the people.

Cloudy weather is expected for the day and evening tomorrow.


Official snow depths:

GALA Yuzawa:
Ishiuchi Maruyama:
Joetsu Kokusai:
Kandatsu Kogen:
Maiko Snow Resort:
360cm (upper)
230cm (lower)
NASPA Ski Garden:
Yuzawa Kogen:
300cm (Kogen)
250cm (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 'all night' on Fridays and Saturdays (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)
All night on 14th March (10pm until 6am)
Yuzawa Nakazato:
Saturdays until 14th March (until 8:30pm)


Ski and snowboard resorts in Yuzawa town
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Madarao Now!

Friday 6th March 2015, 8:08am
Weather conditions: Blue sky and sun, thin cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 250cm
Morning from Madarao.

The resort themselves this morning are describing the snow conditions out there as 'corn snow' (thankfully it's not yellow!) and that from now it's time to enjoy spring.

I think it's kind of a case of any proper blasts of winter now seen as a bonus, though I recommend you take a look back at what happened last March in the archive reports. You never know! We can surely expect more snow - just how much is anyones guess of course.

Anyway this morning the sun is out and there's blue skies above us, with just a bit of thin cloud around. Quite chilly. Should be a fun morning with those first tracks.

(The tree runs remain closed).


Fireworks after nighta tomorrow.


On this coming Sunday (and the Sunday after - 8th and 15th), it's time for a Madarao Speed Challenge again over on the No1 Paradise Course.

As you might expect, it's all about speed and none of this messing about with silly turns. There's a number of categories and anyone can enter. It's free too. Up to 200 folk allowed. Entries accepted from 9am in the morning.

I might say 'don't go too fast', but that wouldn't be much god would it! ;)


Lifts planned to be 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 closed today.

Night skiing at Madarao is every Saturday until 21st March 2015.


Madarao Kogen 6 day weather and snow forecast
Madarao Kogen main resort data   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Friday 6th March 2015, 8:32am
Weather conditions: Cloud, blue sky
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 410cm
Good morning from Niseko and the sun is out right now.

Light snow was falling just a little earlier but it's cleared now. No new cm of snow to report on the ground here, just a dusting really, though I suspect there might be a bit more higher up. There is less wind this morning as well thankfully and so with lifts planning to be open I think there'll be a rush to the top areas to hit the untouched snow after the lift disruption of yesterday.

It feels colder this morning and temperatures will probably rise to just over zero at base today. As of 7:30am, Niseko Village was reporting a temperature of -10C on upper areas so we still need to wrap up.

So still quite a bit of cloud around, but blue sky too and the sun making an appearance.

Generally cloudy conditions forecast for tomorrow and a chance of sunny skies on Sunday. The next potentially decent snow looks to be due early in the week.

Have a good day and stay safe.


I have just added this information below... night skiing will be continuing through until Sunday 22nd March so just another few weeks left. On the last night Hirafu plan to have an excite fireworks display starting at 9:30pm.

They are also of course keen to remind people that daytime operations plan to continue until Wednesday 6th May. You might well wonder why the last day will be a Wednesday - the reason being, it's the last day of the Golden Week holidays in Japan.


Resort specific news as of 8:30am - subject to change during the day

Niseko Grand Hirafu:
Plans to be open as normal this morning.

Niseko Hanazono:
Plans to be open as normal this morning.

Niseko Village:
Plans to be open as normal this morning.

Niseko Annupuri:
Plans to be open as normal this morning.


Niseko Avalanche Report

Niseko base 6am: -5C, no snowfall. Moiwa 800m: light breeze and light snowfall, -7C. Annupuri 1000m snowpack 325cm. Hirafu 1000m: light breeze, light snow, -7C. Annupuri Peak: W2.4m/s, -8.3C. Benkei cape: light breeze, Kamui cape: SSE4m/s, 1024hPa, 0.8m waves.

The mountains and the ocean are calm under a dominating high-pressure system. The snowdrifts are stable and the general avalanche risk is low. All gates are expected to open from the morning. Be well prepared when going out of bounds. Many hazards are present in the winter mountains. Better not overestimate your own skills and knowledge, constantly staying alert and cautious is key to accident prevention. Sometime experiences are useless, but lots of experiences are needed to acknowledge this fact. Devastating full-depth avalanche hazard is rising. These gigantic slides will sweep everything on its path: the valley bottoms. Better stay away from there. Avalanches are natural occurrences and won’t be an accident unless human beings are involved. The snow is not bad, have a nice day.


Official resort snow depths:

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 410cm
Base - 140cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 300cm
Base - 180cm

Niseko Annupuri:
Top - 370cm
Base - 180cm


Night skiing will continue until Sunday 22nd March.
Lifts open for night skiing:

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Ace Family Pair lift, Ace Number 2 Center Four lift, Hirafu Gondola, Holiday Number 1 Pair lift

Niseko Hanazono Resort
No night skiing at the Hanazono area

Niseko Village
Community Chair and Banzai Chair

Niseko Annupuri
Jumbo Number 1 Quad

Floodlit night operations are due to continue until Sunday 22nd March.


Niseko Grand Hirafu 6 day weather and snow forecast   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Friday 6th March 2015, 8:37am
Weather conditions: Mostly clear and sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 235cm
Morning from Nozawa and no fresh snowfall to report to you this morning. It didn't quite happen yesterday unfortunately.

This morning there's lots of blue sky above the region and we are set for a day of fine weather conditions. Hopefully not warm up too much. Similar conditions expected tomorrow too.

Not much snow lately hey. It certainly feels like spring in lots of ways now. But March has in the past surprised us and there's every chance it might this year too. Take a look at the weekly forecast into next week for example. I like the look of what might happen around Tuesday.

In the meantime, we'll have to enjoy what we have - and there's certainly a lot of fun to be had in spring like conditions. Just a different kind of fun.

Hope you can enjoy it.


And on Saturday night it's festival time!

The place to be - Hikage area.
The time to be there - before 7:30pm. Well, that's when it kicks off with... a quiz (?!). Sounds curious indeed.
But we can expect all sorts of other things snow festival type things going on including Japanese sake and fireworks, which sounds good to me. I suppose we need to be there to find out.


Fresh snow to report since yesterday (reported by resort):

Yamabiko - 0cm
Uenotaira - 0cm
Hikage - 0cm
Nagasaka - 0cm
Karasawa - 0cm

Official snow depths:

Yamabiko - 410cm
Uenotaira - 355cm
Hikage - 235cm
Nagasaka - 230cm
Karasawa - 180cm


Courses open:

All courses are open except:

Jumping Course
Grand Prix
Challenge 39
Kandahar Course East
Kandahar Course West


Lifts open (subject to change):

All lifts open except:

Yunomine pair
Mizunashi triple
Challenge pair
Utopia pair
Hikage Number 2 pair B line


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

Every Saturday until 28th March


Nozawa Onsen 6 day weather and snow forecast
Nozawa Onsen main resort data   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Friday 6th March 2015, 8:59am
Weather conditions: Clear and sunny over the mountains
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 170cm
It's a beautiful morning here in Hakuba. Lovely clear blue skies over the mountains and the sun shining down on us. There's cloud to the east but early on the views looking towards the mountains are spectacular. I could just look at that all day... :)

There's no fresh snow being reported from the resorts this morning. It's a chilly start to the day but forecast to warm to around +4C in the village later on.

The 6 day forecast on the site here has some extremely exciting sounding snowfall numbers forecast for Monday night. Now that would be good. Those numbers may well fix themselves up as we get nearer but definitely something to look forward to.

Not much forecast to be dropping before then though so generally the weekend will be what we have now. Cloud and sometimes sun is forecast for both Saturday and Sunday and wind should not be a problem either so expect everywhere to be open as normal.


Official snow depth numbers and operations at time of writing on Friday 6th March 2015. Subject to change during the day:

Hakuba Goryu:
Reporting 0cm of new snowfall.
All courses planned to be open (except Adventure Course).

- Alps Daira - 330cm
- Toomi - 170cm
- Iimori - 170cm


Hakuba 47:
Reporting 0cm of new snowfall.
Tree Riding Zone is open.

- Upper - 330cm
- Lower - 155cm


Reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall.
Riesen course to re-open to the public after the race event today, in the early afternoon.

- Usagidaira - 310cm
- Nakiyama - 170cm
- Sakka - 160cm


Hakuba Cortina:
Reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall.
Mt Hieda 2, Mt Hieda 3, Itadaira Ridge, Giant closed this morning.

- Upper - 424cm
- Lower - 260cm


Tsugaike Kogen:
Please note that the top Tsugaike Ropeway only opens for spring season.
Uma-no-se course closed.

- Tsuga-no-mori - 380cm
- Maruyama - 185cm
- Kane-no-naru-oka - 200cm


Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field:
Reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall.

- Upper - 260cm
- Lower - 150cm


Hakuba Norikura Onsen:
Reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall.

- 245cm



- 185cm


Night skiing at resorts in the Hakuba area:

Hakuba Goryu:
Toomi area every day until 31st March. 6pm until 9:30pm.
Hakuba Happo-one:
Nakiyama area every day until mid March. 5pm until 9pm.
Hakuba Cortina:
Every day until 31st March. 5pm until 8pm.
Tsugaike Kogen:
Karamatsu-Shirakaba on Saturdays in March. 6pm until 9pm.
Every day until 15th March. 4:30pm until 9:30pm.
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Zao Now!

Friday 6th March 2015, 9:07am
Weather conditions: Clear blue skies
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 210cm
It's a stunner of a morning here in Zao.

Blue skies and sun.

Happily it's a good crisp morning too and feels pretty cold though no doubt it will warm up as the day goes on.

More clear conditions are expected tomorrow and Sunday early week we are expecting slightly warmer conditions. Should take a dip as we get to Tuesday though when some fresh snow is forecaqst.

Don't forget the sunscreen (and camera) today!


Official snow depths (Friday 6th March 15):

Utopia: 235cm
Chuo: 210cm
Paradise: 215cm
Uwanodai: 155cm

Zao Onsen is open as planned (* note that the Karamatsu pair lift is closed on weekdays).


Night skiing operations at Zao this season

Uwanodai area:
Daily until 22nd March

Yokokura area:
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from until 15th March

Open times from 5pm until 9pm.
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Shiga Kogen Now!

Friday 6th March 2015, 9:24am
Weather conditions: Fine, some cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 250cm
Things turned out sunny yesterday despite the forecast saying otherwise... the expected snowfall didn't happen.

It was cold overnight and it is a cold start to the day here in Shiga Kogen.

Fine weather this morning as well. Some cloud around but blue sky too and the sun making it through in places.

Slight snowfall possible tomorrow but after that it's Monday into Tuesday that looks most interesting. Heavy snow on the forecast but the numbers look too good to be true. We'll wait and see how that situation develops!

Cloud, sun, chance of light snow showers seems to be what to expect tomorrow.


Resort areas status with official snow depths:

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


Ichinose Family

Ichinose Yamanokami:

Ichinose Diamond:

Takamagahara Mammoth:




Most open

Happo Bundaraia:

Sun Valley:



Open (note: skiers only resort area)

Yokoteyama & Shibutoge:


Planned night floodlit skiing at Shiga Kogen resort areas:

Sun Valley:
Every Saturday until March 21st

Ichinose Family:
Every day until March 29th

Ichinose Diamond:
Every Saturday until March 28th

Every Saturday until March 28th

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Furano Now!

Friday 6th March 2015, 9:27am
Weather conditions: Bluebird/clear
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 200cm
The mountain has fantastic snow conditions due to yesterdays snow falls which produced the truely light dry powder that Furano is famous for. Temperatures have been cold overnight and have maintained the quality of yesterdays fresh snow, so there will be fantstic skiing once again from top to bottom. To supplement the snow we have been blessed with clear blue skies and sunshine to enjoy the views across the valley. Through until Sunday the clear weather looks set to continue with a mix of sun and broken cloud on the forecast, and then from Monday snow is forecast with heavy falls on Tuesday.   Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Friday 6th March 2015, 12:59pm
Weather conditions: Beautiful blue skies
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 430cm
It is beautiful in Myoko today - pure white snow, deep blue sky, a huge plume of steam rising from the onsen vent on the south side of the mountain. The sun is warm, but the air temperature isn't that high.

If it isn't a snowing, blowing, fresh powder day, you can't get much better than this.

The weekend is also more promising than before; the freezing line is going to move up the mountain (meaning it will be warmer), but rain looks less likely than it was on the extended forecast earlier in the week.


Akakura Kanko:
430cm, -4°

Akakura Onsen:
270cm, -3°

Ikenotaira Onsen:
260cm, -3°

Myoko Suginohara:
260cm, -9° (top)

Seki Onsen:
510cm, -3°

Myoko Ski Park:
345cm, 0°

Kyukamura RunRun:
350cm, 0°

Tangram Ski Circus:
230cm, -3°

Madarao Kogen:
250m, -4°


Night skiing in the Myoko area:

Akakura Onsen (Kumado): until 10pm every day until 22 March
Tangram Ski Circus: until 8pm on Saturdays until 28 March
Madarao Kogen: until 9pm on Saturdays until 21 March
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Naeba Now!

Friday 6th March 2015, 16:16pm
Weather conditions: Clear and sunny
New snowfall: 2cm
Snow depth: 280cm
Apologies for the very late report today...

It has been a beautiful day with the sun shining down and lovely blue skies.

It actually started off chilly with a few cm of snow on the top of the car early on, though the resorts didn't actually report anything this morning.

More fine weather likely over the weekend before things get cold again early in the week and some snow due again.

So it will be spring like conditions for the weekend then. When the sun's out though, what's not to like. (Though, I prefer heavy snowfall!)


Official snow depths:

Naeba: 280cm
Kagura: 370cm


New snowfall:

2cm Naeba
0cm Kagura



This Naeba Now report started updating for the 2014/2015 season on 31st January 2015. As such, the 'observed snowfall season' numbers shown at the bottom of the report will only reflect data from that date onwards. Please read our Yuzawa Now daily reports section for more information on the first part of the season in the Yuzawa region.
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Minakami Now!

Friday 6th March 2015, 20:01pm
Weather conditions: Clear
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 435cm
Blue bird on the mountain today and conditions are pretty good generally. Temperatures were above zero up the top today but Northern aspects remain largely unaffected.

The mountain is buzzing with pros from all over Japan and North America gearing up for the Tenjin Banked Slalom event this weekend. Heats are scheduled for tomorrow with the Final on Sunday. Your snow reporter helped dig out the course yesterday but I hiked the peak today and road the Northern aspects on the way down.

Photo taken today added below.


Snow depths:

Tenjindaira: 435cm
Hodaigi: 270cm


Base: 0cm
Tenjindaira: 0cm

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