Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 25th May 2020

Yuzawa Now!

Monday 8th January 2018, 7:04am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 1cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Yuzawa.

There's no new snow on the ground this morning, though it did continue snowing past my report yesterday morning so that is where the 1cm is coming from in the report today.

We start the day today with cloudy skies.

I need to post my report early today, which unfortunately means that much of the ski resort information below has not been updated (as it is not yet available!)

The main news I can find at this early hour is that GALA Yuzawa will not be open today - apparently due to windy conditions due today.

Kagura appears to be planning on opening as normal, as are other resorts.

It is going to be a (very) mild day today but perhaps we can survive without getting rained on until late tonight or early tomorrow morning. But rain seems inevitable and possibly heavy rain at times too along with a borderline 'warm' night tonight. Temperatures are going to gradually increase during the day into tonight with up to +10C temps due tonight on some local forecasts!

Hopefully we'll be getting back down to more winter-like conditions and snow from Wednesday.

I will of course update you tomorrow morning with the latest.


Images today from GALA Yuzawa, NASPA Ski Garden and Ishiuchi Maruyama.


Updated: Monday 8th January 2018

...but many resorts not yet reporting at this early hour

** Official snow depths (where available) and resort specific information. Note that while we manually check this information each morning, sometimes official information is updated later than the time of these reports and so at times there may be an apparent delay.

Ski resorts in Yuzawa:

GALA Yuzawa
- 270cm

- 185cm

- Kagura area: 320cm
- Mitsumata area: 220cm
- Tashiro area: 270cm

Kandatsu Kogen
- 220cm

- 220cm (base)

NASPA Ski Garden
- 240cm

Yuzawa Kogen
- Top: 230cm
- Base: 170cm

Yuzawa Park
- 190cm

Yuzawa Nakazato
- 165cm


Ski resorts in Minamiuonuma (just to the north of Yuzawa):

Ishiuchi Maruyama
- 240cm

Joetsu Kokusai
- 200cm

Maiko Snow Resort
- Top: 260cm
- Base: 170cm

Muikamachi Hakkaisan
- Closed on Wednesdays between 10th January and 14th March (!)
- 240cm   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Monday 8th January 2018, 7:42am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 1cm
Snow depth: --
Morning all!

There has been no fresh snowfall overnight, but yesterday some more falling across the mountain with the resort itself reporting up to 6cm. It remained mostly cloudy but we enjoyed a bit of sunshine and blue sky in the afternoon as well.

This morning is mostly cloudy and that is what is on the latest forecast for today.

It is a fairly chilly start to the day but as the day progresses today things are going to warm up, perhaps rising to around 8C later tonight (!)

I'm afraid rain really does look like it is going to happen overnight tonight; we can just hope it doesn't last too long and that we perhaps get back to snow in the day tomorrow; it is actually supposed to not be as warm tomorrow.

All fingers crossed!

And the snow forecast around Wednesday looks promising. :)

Today is the last day of the long weekend and a national holiday in Japan. It will be busier than a normal Monday but should start getting quieter in the afternoon.


Monday 8th January 2018

Fresh snowfall since yesterday (as reported by the resort):

- Yamabiko (1407m): 5cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 6cm
- Hikage (660m): -cm
- Nagasaka (615m): 2cm
- Karasawa (563m): -cm

Official snow depth numbers:

- Yamabiko (1407m): 290cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 230cm
- Hikage (660m): 180cm
- Nagasaka (615m): 175cm
- Karasawa (563m): 150cm

All lifts operating except the following:

- All lifts should be operating

All courses open except the following:

- Challenge 39
- Grand Prix
- Kandahar   Read more ...

Grandeco Now!

Monday 8th January 2018, 7:53am
Weather conditions: Fair
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Grandeco.

There was no fresh snowfall last night.

This morning there is no wind. It is a calm and beautiful morning with fine views on offer. Beautiful.

It is a little warm too and so the snow conditions may well be changing by the afternoon. Early morning will very probably the best conditions of the day.

According to the forecast, rain is due this evening but it should hopefully be snowing higher up on the mountains. Let's see. Keep an eye on that forecast!


Lifts operating:

- All lifts now operating

Courses open:

- All courses now open

Official snow depth:
- 190cm

- Grandeco snow and weather forecast   Read more ...

Furano Now!

Monday 8th January 2018, 8:05am
Weather conditions: Mostly cloudy
New snowfall: 16cm
Snow depth: --
There has been no new snow overnight and today, stepping outside feels very mild. Checking the temperature I got -4c and later in the day this is expected to rise to +1c. So expect the snow to get heavy as the temperature increases. The cloud is quite high and still affords views across Furano town. The rain that was expected today looks like it will arrive tomorrow and the winds are forecast to get stronger tomorrow.

Unfortunately I was unable to post a report yesterday but there was an impressive dump of 16cm of snow, meaning yesterday was a fantastic powder day. So don't get confused, the "new snow" figure of 16cm happened yesterday not today!   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Monday 8th January 2018, 8:14am
Weather conditions: Cloudy and somewhat moody
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Hakuba.

A nice day yesterday with just a bit of wind, lots of cloud and the sun breaking through at times too.

It was generally very busy out there - as is to be expected on one of the most popular weekends of the season.

Ski resorts sometimes like to throw around phrases like 'best conditions' way too easily and such comments sometimes need to be taken with several grains (or large bags) of salt. They certainly were not 'best conditions', but I enjoyed some good snow yesterday in a few of my fave off-the-beaten-path areas. Still, we always want fresh snow to play in and look forward to the next to cover up all the tracks that have been laid over the last few days.

Alas, we're going to get rained on before that happens.

Early this morning we have cloudy conditions. Bit of a moody feel actually.

As today warms up, expect rain - possibly heavy rain - by the end of today or over tonight but hopefully it will turn into snow sooner than later. The good news here is that potentially heavy snow is due once we get past this mild blip with Tuesday night through Wednesday looking good.

Today is a national holiday in Japan - Coming of Age Day. Congratulations to all those who have 'become adults' (definition: 20 years old).

Hey, how about 'Adult' lift ticket prices only being valid for those age 20 and over?



Ski resort information on Monday 8th January 2018 (at time of writing):

Hakuba Happo-one

Operating lifts:
- All lifts are operating

Courses open:
- All course are now open

Official snow depth:
- Kurobishi: 270cm
- Usagidaira: 135cm
- Lower: 90cm


Hakuba Goryu

Operating lifts:
- All lifts operating as planned

Courses open:
- All courses are open

Official snow depth:
- Top: 290cm
- Toomi: 120cm
- Iimori: 65cm


Hakuba 47

Operating lifts:
- All lifts are operating (apart from Line D - which usually only operates when the Gondola is closed)

Courses open:
- All courses available
- The Tree Riding Zone is now open

Official snow depth:
- Top: 250cm
- Base: 95cm


Tsugaike Kogen

Operating lifts:
- All lifts apart from the Kane-no-naru-oka Skyliner I and IV lifts are operating

Courses open:
- All course areas are open; some restrictions at Sawa-one at the start of the day

Official snow depth:
- Tsuga-no-mori: 240cm
- Han-no-ki: 240cm
- Maruyama: 110cm
- Shirakaba: 220cm
- Champion: 150cm
- Oya-no-hara: 120cm
- Kane-no-naru-oka: 125cm


Hakuba Cortina

Operating lifts:
- All lifts operating

Courses open:
- All courses open

Official snow depth:
- Top: 275cm
- Base: 170cm


Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field

Operating lifts:
- Most lifts are operating with most courses open

Official snow depth:
- Top: 170cm
- Base: 90cm


Hakuba Norikura Onsen

Operating lifts:
- All lifts apart from Alps Number 7 are operating

Official snow depth:
- 190cm


Hakuba Valley Kashimayari

Operating lifts:
- All lifts apart from Number 8 are operating

Official snow depth:
- 140cm


Hakuba Sanosaka

Operating lifts:
- All three lifts are operating

Official snow depth:
- 110cm   Read more ...

Madarao Now!

Monday 8th January 2018, 8:21am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning everyone on this 'Coming of Age' national holiday.

No fresh snow overnight and as we have been mentioning, it looks like after a chilly start this morning the temperatures are due to rise during the day today and overnight. Bit of a wind at the start of the day.

We are still very likely to endure some rain later on.

We can just hope it is less rather than more and that by tomorrow it will get colder again and turn into snowfall. The forecast does look positive on that front so we can look forward to that.


Official snow depth:

Operating lifts:

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

Powder Wave I
Powder Wave II
River Line
Free Ride Park
Powder Theater
Adventure Aisle
Crystal Bowl

Kids Park
Snow Mobile Land

Planned nighta operations this season:

7th January 2018
11th February 2018
Every Saturday between 4th January and 24th March 2018   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Monday 8th January 2018, 8:25am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 1cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Shiga Kogen.

A bit of snowfall since my report yesterday, the snow eased off and we enjoyed some clearer weather conditions for a while. There is no fresh snow to report from overnight.

We start the day today with cloudy skies.

Higher temperatures today into tomorrow... can we avoid rain here and go straight into snow? Whichever it is, snow is lined up on the forecast from tomorrow.

Today is a national holiday in Japan and so will be busier than a normal Monday.


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

Please note that these numbers are the official numbers that ski resorts publish and we check and update them each morning.



Ichinose Family

Ichinose Diamond




Okushiga Kogen

Sun Valley

Takamagahara Mammoth



170cm   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Monday 8th January 2018, 8:27am
Weather conditions: Cloudy skies, fog up top
New snowfall: 3cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning all.

I have just a 3cm of fresh snowfall to report to you since my report yesterday.

It looks like most - all? - regions of Japan are going to experience something of a warm up today, tonight and into tomorrow.

Temperatures are going to rise and... we might get rained on tonight. Nooooooo!

The good news is that snow is due back tomorrow and possibly heavy snow on Wednesday. Yes!

We shall see. The hope is for rain to be limited and be snow quickly.

For now, Hirafu are reporting sleet at base and snow higher up and Annupuri are reporting snow. It won't be the light and fluffy kind though. It will be interesting to see what we get over the next 24 hours

I will of course let you know how things are going this time tomorrow.


Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6.00am: -2°, trace new snow. Moiwa 800m : -3.4°, W3.8, trace new snow, minor snowdrift development. Annupuri 1150m: -5°, trace new snow, minor snowdrift development. Hirafu 1250m: -6°, trace new snow. Coastal data: Benkei Cape:WNW11m/s. Kamui Cape: WSW12m/s, 1014hPa, wave 1.4m.

Currently we are under influence of low pressure system, the pressure gradient is shallow and weather is calm. Expect the temperature to rise as the low pressure system approaches from the Japan Sea. At 800m, 30cm of snowdrift growth on leeward slopes was observed at the 4am survey. In some areas yesterdays tracks are also covered. From tests there is no obvious weak layer and with other data general avalanche risk is low. Peak gates are expected to be open.

Although it didn't snow much, the resorts groomers are in fantastic condition. Off the runs is tracked out from yesterday still, be careful going fast and hitting trees. Also careful falling into holes. Yesterday at Waterfall Gate 9 someone had to be rescued.

Do not ever enter Strictly Off Limits areas Haru no Taki and YunoSawa. If one person ignores the rules and enters others will follow their tracks leading to increased chances of an accident. Under Niseko Rules it is prohibited to ride in these areas. In Niseko we respect your right to ride safely out off bounds. Make sure if you are going out of bounds you do so through a gate. Beware of a sudden weather change. Have a good day.


Monday 8th January 2018

Resort specific information (operations subject to change):

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Niseko HANAZONO Resort

Lifts scheduled to be operating:
- All lifts are operating
- 'Early Morning' services from 8:00am until 8:20am (Ace Number 2 Center Four quad lift). Until 28th January. 500 yen special ticket required.

Official snow depth:
- Top: 350cm
- Base: 170cm

Niseko Annupuri Kokusai

Lifts scheduled to be operating:
- All lifts are operating
- 'First Run Early Morning' services from 7:20am until 8:20am (Annupuri Gondola). Until today. 1,000 yen special ticket required.

Official snow depth:
- Top: 270cm
- Base: 150cm

Niseko Village

Lifts scheduled to be operating:
- All lifts except Country Road Chair are operating
- 'Early Gondola' service from 7:30am until 8:30am (Niseko Gondola). January 8th, 13th-14th, 20th-21st, 27th-28th; February 3rd-4th. 1,400 yen special ticket required.

Official snow depth:
- Top: 260cm
- Base: 160cm


Floodlit 'nighta' skiing:

Night skiing is planned for every evening at the Niseko Grand Hirafu, Niseko Village and Niseko Annupuri areas. There is no nighta at the Niseko HANAZONO area. Ski lifts that are scheduled to be operating for nighta are noted below (subject to change):

* Niseko Grand Hirafu - Ace Family quad, Ace Number 2 quad, Hirafu Gondola, Holiday Number 1 pair
* Niseko Annupuri - Jumbo Number 1 quad lift
* Niseko Village - Village Express, Upper Village Gondola, Community Chair, Banzai Chair   Read more ...

Geto Kogen Now!

Monday 8th January 2018, 8:28am
Weather conditions: Mostly sunny, scattered cloud cover
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Moderate winds and indecisive clouds described the day at Geto Kogen yesterday, with little to no snow falling and temperatures around -3C across the resort.

Scattered cloud cover today, with light winds and temps to hover above zero, expected to reach a top of 4 degrees at the base. Keep in mind there’s some precipitation set to fall, possibly around lunchtime, and a high chance for some moderate rain into the evening, so if you’re heading out for night skiing — pack the poncho.

Snow cover is hard packed but set to soften as the day warms a little.

Road cover: hard packed, icy in places due to wind.

Tuesday: light snow, moderate winds, top of 4C
Wednesday: moderate to heavy snow, winds calming, tops of -2C
Thursday: possible light snow, little to no winds, tops of -5C


Zones open include Summit, Rabbit, Beech & Stream. At this stage Shooter will remain closed until the main gondola is open.

News on Main Gondola:

At this time unfortunately the Main Gondola (Gondola 1) is closed for repair. The resort is working on the repairs, but it will require the next few weeks until it is back in operation. They estimate late January, early February for it to be back in action.


Official snow depths:

Top: 330cm
Base: 250cm

Nighta skiing operations are planned at Geto Kogen on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays until 25th February 2018.   Read more ...

Naeba Now!

Monday 8th January 2018, 8:33am
Weather conditions: Overcast
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Naeba! It's a cloudy, overcast start to day today. The weather's plans for today are rather disappointing, with the rain that has been on the radar for a few days coming this afternoon and into the night. The temperature is expected to suddenly rise to well above 0°C overnight, to possibly as high as 5°C, which is giving way to the rain! The pistes will be in good condition this morning, profiting from the 20cm of fresh snow from yesterday. However, this is likely to change with the addition of rain!

The forecast looking forwards suggests that "Storm Ezaruza" will cool down tomorrow, meaning that the rain will turn to snow later on Tuesday. Snow is then expected through until Friday, with the heaviest falling on Wednesday. Temperatures are expected to settle back below 0°C on Wednesday night, and stay firmly there until at least the weekend. The wind is predicted not to pick up above 20kmph all week.

Shimetta!   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Monday 8th January 2018, 8:45am
Weather conditions: Cloudy skies
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Zao.

Mostly cloudy skies this morning over Zao though thinner in places and perhaps things might clear up for a while.

I expect things to be quieter than over the weekend, though it is a national holiday today and so things should be more crowded than usual for a Monday.

Rain is still lurking there on the forecast for later on and tonight - it's followed by snow from tomorrow.

All lifts and courses open.


Lifts and courses:

- All lifts operating and all courses open

Official snow depths:

- Summit area: 120cm
- Paradise area: 140cm
- Chuo area: 140cm
- Utopia area: 150cm
- Uwanodai area: 85cm
- Oomori area: 90cm


Zao Onsen forecast:

Zao Onsen 6-day snow and weather forecast

Floodlit night skiing for the 2017-2018 season is planned as follows:

In the Uwanodai area:
Daily until Sunday 4th March 2018
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only from Friday 9th March until Sunday 18th March 2018.

In the Yokokura area:
Daily until today
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only from Friday 12th January until Sunday 18th February 2018.
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only from Friday 2nd March until Sunday 11th March 2018.

Night time 'light up' sightseeing ropeway is planned for the following dates:

January 2018: 13th-14th, 20th-21st, 27th-31st
February 2018: every day
March 2018: 1st-4th   Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Monday 8th January 2018, 10:26am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
It’s windy and getting warmer out there; the barometer is going down. Not great signs for the coming day. If you want to slide, best to get out there early and enjoy, before things get wet and nasty.

Heavy rain is still forecast for tonight, after which the freezing level will come way down quickly, meaning icy and nasty for a short time until we get refilled with a good serving of that Myoko powder. Which won’t take long.

We did have an avalanche reported up on Mt. Mitahara, on one of the chutes down to the base of Mt. Myoko. Very likely wind-loading, although people on the spot say it was really hard to tell from higher up. Could get dicey again if this rain followed by cold creates an icy layer; hopefully it will snow, not rain, high up on mountain, but the freezing level is predicted to rise to 2,700 meters. Higher than the peak of Mt. Myoko.

In short, be extra cautious, and maybe stay lower down in the trees. If it’s not too unpleasant.


Akakura Kanko:
260 cm, -1°

Akakura Onsen:
300cm, 1°

Ikenotaira Onsen:
240cm, -1.5°

Myoko Suginohara:
200cm, -4° (top)

Seki Onsen:
290 cm, -1°

Myoko Ski Park:
240 cm, 2°

Kyukamura RunRun:
300 cm, -2°

Tangram Ski Circus:
200 cm, -1°

Madarao Kogen:
210 cm, -2°

Read more ...

Appi Kogen Now!

Monday 8th January 2018, 10:49am
Weather conditions: Mostly clear skies
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Appi,

Another mostly clear day here at Appi with light winds. We can expect this most of the day. Unfortunately temperatures are on the rise today but as soon as the sun sets we can expect a return to normal temperatures in the -4-8 zone tomorrow.

The winds will pick up Tuesday morning bringing a new covering of snow. We’re expecting around 30-40cm of fresh powder tomorrow and Wednesday.

Cloudy skies to prevail most of the week with light and variable winds.

Appi has surprisingly opened all of the runs and lifts again today which is welcome news for everyone. Enjoy the mountain and don’t forget your sunscreen.


Planned lift operations on Monday 8th January 2018 (subject to change):

- APPI Gondola
- Central quad
- Central number 1 lift
- Central number 2 lift
- Central number 3 lift A
- Central number 4 lift
- Central number 5 lift
- Central number 6 lift
- Sailer Gondola
- Sailer quad
- Vista quad
- Nishimori lift

Note: The Sailer Gondola, Central Number 4 lift and Vista quad are usually rested on normal weekdays


Official snow depth:

190cm   Read more ...

Minakami Now!

Monday 8th January 2018, 15:31pm
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
My sincere apologies for the tardy posting of today's report dear reader. The rigors of mountain town living were too much for me this morning and with the busiest time of year safely in the rear view, I thought I'd best check conditions more thoroughly before taking up my quill.

What better way then to hike Mt Tanigawa and ride the South face. Snow was great up top but slightly warmer temps have made it heavy at elevations below 1000m. There was also quite a bit of debris in the gullies.

Weather wise it was lovely all morning but clouds rolled in around 1pm and it's actually snowing now. Big fat flakes, definitely the biggest I've seen all season.

The forecast is for the possibility of rain starting now but looks like the snow has trumped it. Tomorrow Minakami town has a forecast high of 10C which would not be good, next snow forecast to begin Wednesday and continue as far as the forecast stretches.


Ski resorts in Minakami:

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


Resort Spotlights with more detail:

Norn Minakami
Okutone Snow Park


Please note that the snowfall numbers posted in this report will be observed from close to the base Tenjindaira Ropeway station - which is often much more than in the central town area of Minakami.    Read more ...

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