Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 30th May 2020

Naeba Now!

Sunday 8th March 2015, 8:00am
Weather conditions: Cloud, fog
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 280cm
Morning from Naeba.

Lots of cloud hanging over the middle section of mountain early this morning with light snow falling. It's keeping quite mild with the temperature keeping just around freezing point... for now. Visibility limited in places, so care needed.

Resort is actually reporting 10cm of snow on the Daishamen course, with just a dusting here at base.

The number 3 course area is hosting a race event today and so that area be closed to the general public until that finishes.

Apart from that, both Naeba and Kagura areas look open as normal.

Weather forecast shows a real drop back down to cold winter like temperatures around Tuesday along with hopefully what might be a fair amount of fresh snow.

That would be good!

In the meantime have a good and safe Sunday.


Official snow depths:

Naeba: 280cm
Kagura: 370cm


New snowfall:

dusting Naeba
dusting 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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Hakuba Now!

Sunday 8th March 2015, 8:02am
Weather conditions: Cloud, fog
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 170cm
Hello and good morning from Hakuba.

Yesterday it warmed up once again and we went from the fine start to clouding over and then some rain unfortunately - though it was snowing higher up and a few resorts are reporting a few cm or so higher up.

It's currently around +2C here in the village and we seem to have had some sleet/rain overnight with a dusting to be seen in places. Very cloud with a lot of fog around, so limited visibility in many areas.

Saw a few accidents on the slopes yesterday, hopefully nothing too serious. Check your speeds, there'll be some more fast runs out there this morning and with the limited visibility as well...

Another mild day tomorrow, to be followed by that line-up of snowmen on the forecasts from Tuesday. They look really happy too. Fingers crossed they'll be making us happy!


Official snow depth numbers and operations at time of writing on Sunday 8th March 2015. Subject to change during the day:

Hakuba Goryu:
Reporting 3cm of new snowfall higher up.
All courses planned to be open (except Adventure Course).

- Alps Daira - 320cm
- Toomi - 170cm
- Iimori - 170cm


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

- Upper - 315cm
- Lower - 145cm


Reporting 10cm of fresh snowfall higher up.

- Usagidaira - 300cm
- Nakiyama - 160cm
- Sakka - 160cm


Hakuba Cortina:
Reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall.
All courses open this morning.

- Upper - 420cm
- Lower - 250cm


Tsugaike Kogen:
Please note that the top Tsugaike Ropeway only opens for spring season.

- Tsuga-no-mori - 370cm
- Maruyama - 175cm
- 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.

- 240cm



- 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.
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Yuzawa Now!

Sunday 8th March 2015, 8:17am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 235cm
I wasn't around for the festival last night, hope it was fun if you managed to go.

By mid morning yesterday it was generally overcast.

This morning rather than just cloud, unfortunately it's raining here in town.

Snow is falling in higher areas with GALA Yuzawa, Kagura and Naeba reporting so. I even see that Naeba report up to 10cm of fresh snow on their Daishamen course this morning.

It wasn't really expected and shouldn't be lasting, with just cloud forecast for the day and mild conditions again - up to around +7 degrees.

There's hardly any wind at all.

Tuesday onwards is still looking promising and we're all eager to see what happens there.


Official snow depths:

GALA Yuzawa:
Ishiuchi Maruyama:
Joetsu Kokusai:
Kandatsu Kogen:
Maiko Snow Resort:
340cm (upper)
220cm (lower)
NASPA Ski Garden:
Yuzawa Kogen:
290cm (Kogen)
240cm (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!

Sunday 8th March 2015, 8:31am
Weather conditions: Fog, cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 250cm
Clearer weather is forecast for today, but the day has started with a thick fog reducing visibility to, well, very low, to say the least!

It is snowing lightly - wet snow, but better than rain. Hopefully it won't warm up too much...

It's the Speed Challeng this morning of course and entries will be accepted from 9am. Good luck to all those taking part and do take care. It's not the softest of conditions out there now and with the reduced visibility. Gambatte!

The resort plans to have the tree run courses open this morning too. Will be interesting to see how they are shaping up right now.


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 should be today.

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


Madarao Kogen 6 day weather and snow forecast
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Niseko Now!

Sunday 8th March 2015, 8:31am
Weather conditions: Foggy, clearing, sun
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 420cm
Poor visibility this morning here at base with fog engulfing lots of the mountain. Once it clears up though we should be left with a day of sunshine and indeed in some places around the region that is what we got already.

Looking at the different webcams from around Niseko, it's as if they are all in completely different places or some are not updating or something... some show not much of anything at all other than fog, others showing clearer sunny conditions.

Around Tuesday we hope to see the current milder conditions take a turn with cold and snow returning. Interesting forecasts for around mid-week, so fingers crossed it brings with it the decent snowfall that some are indicating.

In the meantime have a good Sunday.


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: mild wind, -6C, no snowfall. Annupuri 1000m snowpack 325cm. Hirafu 1000m: mild wind, -7C no snowfall. Annupuri peak 1308m: W4.7m/s, -8.1C. Benkei cape: light breeze. Kamui cape SSW9m/s, 1025hPa, 1.0m waves.

Sunny and mild weather under the high-pressure system. Sea of clouds. The snowdrifts have stabilized and the general avalanche risk is low. The trees are covered with rimes. Loose snow avalanche are likely to occur in south facing slopes as the temperature rises. Caution is required in steep open slopes. Today’s surface will develop into a hoar layer in the future snowpack and potentially become the next trigger layer. Deeper snowpack is stable. Climax avalanches from around 1100m are to be expected early this season. Always stay away from valley bottoms. Cracks are forming and getting larger. Those cracks are the result of the slope releasing its tension and may not slide right away, however sudden rise in temperature and/or rainfall could lead to a climax slide. Cracks are also difficult to notice from above, beware not falling in them. The ridgeline is crusty due to the wind, but the snow in the trees remains good. Beware of hitting trees. All gates are expected to open as soon as they’re ready.


Official resort snow depths:

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 420cm
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!

Sunday 8th March 2015, 8:33am
Weather conditions: Cloud, fog
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 230cm

Can't say I was expecting to be reporting rain this morning but unfortunately that's what is happening. Resort reporting light rain on lower slopes and light snow on the top Yamabiko area. Looks quite foggy up there too. Not the kindest of conditions then this morning.

This rain/snow thing this morning will surely stop fairly quick time as the forecast is still just cloudy skies for the day.

Let's see how the forecast is looking. Yes, still snow Tuesday and Wednesday.

The big question is... how much!


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

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

Official snow depths:

Yamabiko - 400cm
Uenotaira - 350cm
Hikage - 230cm
Nagasaka - 225cm
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
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Furano Now!

Sunday 8th March 2015, 8:38am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 1cm
Snow depth: 200cm
Beautiful morning with temps already above minus. Again a slight top up of snow overnight to keep it interesting with nothing forcasted for the day. Cloud will increase along with winds.
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Shiga Kogen Now!

Sunday 8th March 2015, 9:10am
Weather conditions: Cloud, some fog
New snowfall: 7cm
Snow depth: 250cm
We have some fresh - but rather wet and heavy - snow from overnight to report, with up to 10cm in places too. There was about 7cm on my car this morning.

Keeping relatively warm with temperares trying to nudge just above zero now and probably going to succeed.

Cloudy conditions now with limited visibility in places.

Weather forecasts for the coming week remain positive for a return to more winter-y conditions so I am looking forward to bringing more news of cold and snow. It's due to hit from around Tuesday.


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

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Zao Now!

Sunday 8th March 2015, 9:19am
Weather conditions: Cloud, fog
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 210cm
Good morning from Zao.

Not much to report this morning. Cloudy, no wind, rather mild. Bit of fog on the mountain by the looks.

Snow expected sometime late tomorrow and into Tuesday and quite possibly somewhat stormy conditions. Should definitely be getting colder and snow is expected. We might get rained on a bit before the snow down in the village.

Looks like a potentially interesting week ahead. Hope to be bringing you snowy news.


Official snow depths (Sunday 8th March 15):

Utopia: 230cm
Chuo: 210cm
Paradise: 215cm
Uwanodai: 150cm

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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Myoko Now!

Sunday 8th March 2015, 9:25am
Weather conditions: Cloud, fog
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 420cm
Hello from a Moyko of varying conditions this morning. It's a mix of cloud, fog, light rain lower down and apparently light snow higher up this morning.

Take a look at the webcam images below... not much to see, hey? Limited visibility out this morning, so make sure you know where you're going. Things ahould improve as the day goes on and we might even get to see some sunshine later.

It's going to remain mild today and tomorrow too, more so tomorrow than today in fact, before temperatures will hopefully 'plunge' (sounds dramatic doesn't it) come Tuesday to bring us this fresh snow and cold that we are now fully on expecting after the forecasts persist with it.

We will of course be here to excitedly tell you about it. (And be jolly annoyed if it doesn't quite happen!)


Akakura Kanko:
420cm, +1°

Akakura Onsen:
262cm, 0°

Ikenotaira Onsen:
250cm, +2°

Myoko Suginohara:
240cm, -2° (top)

Seki Onsen:
510cm, -1°

Myoko Ski Park:
330cm, +3°

Kyukamura RunRun:
350cm, 0°

Tangram Ski Circus:
230cm, -1°

Madarao Kogen:
250m, 0°


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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Minakami Now!

Sunday 8th March 2015, 19:24pm
Weather conditions: Overcast early, clear later
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 430cm
Pretty good day on the mountain, warmer temperatures turned all the snow to Spring corn and while there was a tiny bit of drizzle in the morning, the afternoon saw blue skies and excellent conditions.

Forecast is calling for rain tomorrow night but a weather change is coming in and looks like a lot of snow forecast for Monday night, all day Tuesday and light snow Wednesday with cold temps throughout.

The Winter still has something to give!


Snow depths:

Tenjindaira: 430cm
Hodaigi: 270cm


Base: 0cm
Tenjindaira: 0cm
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