Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 26th May 2019

Furano Now!

Sunday 6th March 2016, 7:32am
Weather conditions: Overcast
New snowfall: 1cm
Snow depth: 235cm
The wind has arrived and it is moderately gusty at village level and will certainly be stronger at the tops. It is snowing lightly and a small accumulation of 1cm has built up. The light snow is still predicted to turn into rain in the afternoon, and approximately 2cm of rain is forecast during today at mid mountain elevation. Temperatures at base are currently -2c. Not a fantastic day if the rain comes through but I will be hedging my bets and heading out early for a few runs.

The wind will be with us for a few days and should reduce by Thursday morning. There is some light snow on the radar for Tuesday and Wednesday.   Read more ...

Yuzawa Now!

Sunday 6th March 2016, 8:02am
Weather conditions: Clear and sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 105cm

Quite strong winds higher up this morning.
GALA Yuzawa resort is closed today due to the wind but it looks like all other resorts are opening as planned.


Good morning from Yuzawa.

After a mild overnight it's a lovely spring morning here with clear blue skies and lots of birdsong early on!

Yesterday some cloud turned up but it remained a fine, sunny day.

Hearing various accounts from people out at different resorts yesterday ranging from 'snow keeping pretty decent high up' to 'late April conditions' from other people.

There's some ground starting to show through in some lower areas and a few courses here and there closed off - mostly steeper areas that need more snow to get proper cover.

But there was definitely snow melt going on yesterday and more of the same is expected today. Temperatures rose to around 13C in Yuzawa during the day yesterday and today a high of 15C is forecast with a light (to maybe moderate at times) southerly wind.

One good thing that I'm happy to report is that we seem to be avoiding the rain that was originally on the forecast. Let's hope it stays that way.

More good news is that tomorrow should be getting cooler and come mid-week it might enjoy some late-winter like cold and even some fresh snow on the ground! So there is hope even if it may just feel too warm this weekend.

Have a good spring Sunday.


Resort official snow depths (Sunday 6th 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
150cm (upper)
45cm (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 ...

Grandeco Now!

Sunday 6th March 2016, 8:23am
Weather conditions: Fair blue skies
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 240cm
Good morning from Grandeco.

There was no snowfall last night and actually the weather right now feels more like mid-April than early-March (as with many regions of Japan at the moment).

Unfortunately, temperatures are reaching into positive numbers this weekend.

Snow conditions are changing during the day - yesterday early morning it was soft snow, but wet and not so slippy by late afternoon, hardening up again by the evening.

Perhaps we can expect a similar thing today though the groomers look like they are in good early morning condition.

According to the forecast we can still can expect some fresh snow around Wednesday... fingers crossed!


Lifts operating:

All lifts operating

Courses open:

All courses open


Snow and weather forecast:

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

Niseko Now!

Sunday 6th March 2016, 8:30am
Weather conditions: Cloud, fog
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 160cm
It was a beautiful day yesterday and even though there wasn't a fresh layer of snow to play in I think a lot of fun was had.

I find that come March it always helps to click the mind-set into 'spring' mode (or at least 'late season' mode), and just be particularly happy when we do get fresh snow and think of it as a bonus when it arrives.

This morning a system has moved in from the south and it's very noticeably milder. It looks like foggy conditions up top as well as strong winds and so early morning lifts are affected (as noted below).

The forecast warned us about rain and warm conditions today, and it looks like it is going to happen... let's just hope that it is limited. Damage limitation!

We can probably expect some sunshine tomorrow but mild conditions will likely continue.

Once we get past Monday though things are going to improve with a return to colder conditions and fresh snow due to be falling from Tuesday onwards.

So, far from ideal conditions today. But, looking forward to the prospect of fresh snow in a few days time.


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

Niseko Grand Hirafu
The top Ace Number 4 and King Number 4, as well as the Ace Number 3, King Number 3 and Swinging Monkey lifts are on hold at the start of the day due to strong winds and fog.

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

Niseko Village
The Niseko Gondola and top Wonderland Chair lift are on hold at the start of the day due to poor weather conditions.

Niseko Annupuri
The top Jumbo Number 4 lift is on hold at the start of the day due to poor weather conditions.


Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6am: 0℃, no snowfall, frozen surface. Moiwa 800m: -3℃, S5m/s, thick fog, no snowfall and slight snowdrifts. Annupuri 1000m snowpack 295cm. Hirafu peak ridge: -6℃, strong southerly wind, thick fog and light snowfall. Benkei cape: S18m/s. kamui cape: ENE5m/s, 1020hPa, 0.5m waves.

This is information is being written according to weather, snowfall and oceanic data, as well as observations from 5am snowcat rounds, reports from all resorts ski patrols and snowcat operators. Snowpit observations are done at Moiwa and Mikaeri Cat track, using snowcats’ blade in order to analyze general tendencies of the risk for the day. Many hazards are lurking in the winter mountains. Staying prudent and making wise decisions, not placing too much trust on skills/equipment and not blindly believing in paperwork knowledge, is key to avoid any accidents. The same thing can be said for all outdoor sports in natural environments. Never underestimate the power of mother nature. Always stay humble and make conservative decisions.

The snow will get better again soon. Peak gates will be closed today. Please respect the Niseko Rules.


Official resort snow depths as of Sunday 6th March 2016:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 390cm
Base - 160cm

Niseko Village
Top - 380cm
Base - 185cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 390cm
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 ...

Hakuba Now!

Sunday 6th March 2016, 8:40am
Weather conditions: Spring sunny morning
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 125cm
As expected yesterday was another warm day.

(Hakuba 47 seem to have been reporting a scarily high temperature of +13C at 1450m as of 3pm yesterday. Yikes.)

As you might expect with this warmth, it's spring snow conditions all round.

This morning there's something of a wind higher up but it doesn't seem to be affecting any of the top lifts at resorts at the start of the day.

So yes, today it's starting off warm again and things are going to be warming up to April-like temperatures.

The good news is that signs of rain have either been downgraded or disappeared from the forecasts so fingers crossed we can avoid that. Warm temperatures are one thing but we can definitely do without rain as well!

Better news still is that there are cold temperatures ahead and come mid-week snow is forecast down to village level as well. So hopefully there's more snow left in the season yet.

It is a lovely morning, so I'm going to get out there and make the most of it!


6 day forecast for Happo-one:

6 day snow and weather forecast for Happo-one


Resort news as of 8:45am on Sunday 6th 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 courses set to open this morning.
There is no 'nighta' at Hakuba 47.
Official snow depth:
Upper: 200cm
Base: 105cm

Hakuba Goryu:
Hakuba Goryu is reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall this morning.
The Hakuba Goryu Gondola has re-opened and is operating as normal.
All courses open apart from Snow Diving and Adventure.
The Toomi area will be open until 9:30pm tonight for 'nighta'.
Official snow depth
Alps: 260cm
Toomi: 125cm
Iimori: 80cm

Hakuba Happo-one:
Hakuba Happo-one reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall this morning.
All courses appear to be open.
The lower Nakiyama area is open for 'nighta' every day until 9pm.
Official snow depth:
Usagidaira: 200cm
Nakiyama: 55cm
Sakka: 35cm

Hakuba Cortina:
Hakuba Cortina is reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall this morning.
All courses set to open.
The Ikenota area will be open for 'nighta' until 8pm tonight (9pm on Saturdays).
Official snow depth:
Top: 190cm
Base: 114cm

Tsugaike Kogen:
All courses and areas are generally open.
Nighta at Karamatsu/Shirakaba on 12th/19th March.
Note that the top Tsugaike Ropeway only opens from spring (no fixed date yet).
Official snow depth:
Tsuga-no-mori: 240cm
Maruyama: 70cm
Kane-no-naru-oka: 100cm

Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field:
Parts of the Mountain Side not open - View A, View B, Sonezawa, Five Side.
Part of the Village Side not open - by4.
There is no 'nighta' at Hakuba Iwatake.
Official snow depth:
Upper: 130cm
Lower: 50cm

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:
75cm   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Sunday 6th March 2016, 8:45am
Weather conditions: Fine and sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 80cm
Morning from Nozawa.

More fine weather today as expected and warming up once again.

Quite strong (southerly) winds on the mountain mean that the following lifts are on hold at the time of me writing this report:

- Nagasaka Gondola
- Skyline connecting
- Hikage Nunber 2 pair A line

Hopefully they'll get moving soon.

So yes, it's warm again and feels very much like a spring morning. Today we are expecting temperatures in the village to rise to around 14C.

There's less mention of rain on the forecasts now which is good and it's also good that come Wednesday we can expect a chill in the air once again. Colder conditions should be on their way back and we are told to expect snowfall as well from Wednesday.

It's always worrying when it gets to this stage of the season if 'winter' will come back. The signs are good for a blast of it, let's hope there's more snow to come.

Today, though... let's spring skiing and boarding!


Official info at time of writing on Sunday 6th March 2016 (subject to change):

Official snow depths:

Yamabiko: 170cm
Uenotaira: 100cm
Hikage: 80cm
Nagasaka: 55cm
Karasawa: 40cm

New snowfall as reported by the resort since yesterday:

Yamabiko: 0cm
Uenotaira: 0cm
Hikage: 0cm
Nagasaka: 0cm
Karasawa: 0cm

All courses open except:

Paradise connection
Mizunashi A (closed for event)
Kandahar West
Kandahar East

Lifts planned to be rested today:

Kandahar pair


Nozawa Onsen 6 day weather and snow forecast

Nozawa Onsen main resort data   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Sunday 6th March 2016, 8:52am
Weather conditions: Sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 150cm
It is a warm spring morning here in Zao.

Not much else to say really! Did I say it was too warm? ;)

It's going to start getting colder again though and we can hope for some fresh snow around Wednesday. Might get some rain before then though (tomorrow).

It will be good to get back under freezing point though.


Information as of Sunday 6th March 2016 (subject to change)

All lifts are operating

Official snow depths:

Utopia: 120cm
Chuo: 150cm
Paradise: 145cm
Uwanodai: 85cm


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

Madarao Now!

Sunday 6th March 2016, 9:05am
Weather conditions: Sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 120cm
More clear and sunny skies this morning above us and warm conditions.

We're doing well avoiding the rain that was there on the forecast for the weekend, let's hope we can keep avoiding it through tomorrow as well.

Temperatures are going to start dropping again by around Tuesday-Wednesday and if the forecasts are right we can expect some snow.

* Summary - we want the forecasts that give us some rain to be wrong, and we want the forecasts that tell us about snow from Wednesday to be right!

In the meantime, another lovely spring morning here.


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:

Open   Read more ...

Appi Kogen Now!

Sunday 6th March 2016, 9:08am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 150cm
Good morning.

It’s the last day of the weekend and it brings cloudy skies, warm temperatures and rain late this evening. It should be a decent day for those venturing out, although icy in patches due to the overnight freeze. If you do head out there today please stop by the “ski only” runs where they’re having a disabled slalom competition. It’s truly inspiring to see these guys and girls hurtle down the course and doing something that was deemed impossible only a decade or so ago. Good luck to all the competitors.

Now reality sets in and so does the bad weather unfortunately. Tonight is not going to be nice and tomorrow may be even worse. It should start raining late this evening and tomorrow it will continue for most of the day. Temperatures will be steadily rising into the +8 range and the winds will increase tomorrow making conditions fairly miserable. The temperatures and rain should clear up by midweek and into Thursday and we may well see some snowfall by the end of the week. What it’s going to be like on the slopes is anyone's guess after 3 days of rain and warm temperatures. If you’re heading onto the slopes tomorrow or Tuesday I can guarantee you’ll be on your own.

Good luck again to all the competitors today and enjoy the cold temperatures while they last.


Currently planned operating lifts:

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

Shiga Kogen Now!

Sunday 6th March 2016, 9:09am
Weather conditions: Sunny and fine
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 100cm
Good morning from Shiga Kogen.

More sunshine to report and a bit of a southerly wind which means warmer temperatures (and the chance of some lifts being affected by it as well). For the moment we seem to be open as normal though but keep an eye on the wind if you're out there today.

No sign of rain at the moment and we are hoping to avoid any of that completely.

Winter-like temperatures and forecast snowfall still on the forecast from late Tuesday through until the end of the week. Looking very promising.


Official snow depths at Shiga Kogen resort areas (Sunday 6th 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   Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Sunday 6th March 2016, 9:10am
Weather conditions: Fine and sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 170cm
Well, rain has been expected today but it's not looking likely just now and for the day and tomorrow also.... the day has started once again with sunny blue skies.

Good news on the rain front though it is today once again going to be warming up considerably and feel more like sometime later in April than where we are in early March.

Different forecasts are disagreeing with each other as to what to expect over the coming few days. I prefer to believe that we might still avoid rain and that we'll be getting snowed on by the time I come to write my report on Wednesday morning. But we know how fickle the weather has been - and how incorrect forecasts have been - this year so who knows.

As always just need to take it one day at a time.

For today, spring time!


Akakura Kanko:
7° / 170cm

Akakura Onsen:
0° / 180cm (the only new report; use this one!)

Ikenotaira Onsen:
3° / 130cm

Myoko Suginohara:
4° / 100cm

Seki Onsen:
0° / 290cm

Myoko Ski Park:
9° / 140cm

Kyukamura RunRun:
5° / 180cm

Tangram Ski Circus:
4° / 125cm

Madarao Kogen:
7° / 120cm
   Read more ...

Naeba Now!

Sunday 6th March 2016, 9:24am
Weather conditions: There are some clouds in the sky today but on the whole things are blue skies and sun.
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 130cm
Good morning from Naeba everybody.

Well we're in for another hot one today I'm afraid. As of 09:30 this morning the temperature was 7 degrees Celsius and that is only going to rise.

Conditions on piste are going to be slushy today so I hope you packed your snorkel and flippers.

Today is also the day of truth for the weather going on. Will it rain or will it hold off.

Looking on the weather is supposed to rain later today (fingers crossed it doesn't) and snow is meant to start falling as of
Tuesday night after a small amount of rain.

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

Minakami Now!

Sunday 6th March 2016, 11:30am
Weather conditions: Clear
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 160cm
Finals day of the Tenjin Banked Slalom event here in Minakami and after a foggy start to the morning, the sun is out, the skies are blue and conditions are generally excellent.

No sign of the rain forecast for this afternoon and the weather guys now expect it to arrive this evening.

In terms of new snow, Wednesday is still looking like the day and cold weather and further snowfalls are forecast to continue into next weekend.


Resorts in Minakami:

Minakami Kogen Fujiwara
Minakami Hodaigi
Minakami Kogen Ski Resort
Norn Minakami
Okutone Snow Park
Tanigawadake Tenjindaira
White Valley

- Oana has now closed for the season.
- Akazawa is open on Saturdays and Sundays.


Weather forecast:

Tanigawa Tenjindaira 6 day snow and weather forecast
   Read more ...

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