Snow and weather reports posted on Thursday 22nd March 2018

Zao Now!

Tuesday 2nd January 2018, 7:24am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 1cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Zao.

Just another slight dusting of snow this cloudy morning. Early this morning the webcams show very limited visibility on the mountain though perhaps that will clear up before the lifts open.

Lots of people still around for the New Year of course. All of the lifts are operating with all courses at Zao Onsen open.

I'd like to see some decent fresh snow fall and a look at the forecast shows that we can possibly expect some of that tonight and tomorrow. Onegai shimasu!


Lifts and courses:

- All open

Official snow depths:

- Summit area: 105cm
- Paradise area: 130cm
- Chuo area: 130cm
- Utopia area: 135cm
- Uwanodai area: 75cm
- Oomori area: 75cm


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 Monday 8th January 2018
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: 1st-7th, 13th-14th, 20th-21st, 27th-31st
February 2018: every day
March 2018: 1st-4th   Read more ...

Geto Kogen Now!

Tuesday 2nd January 2018, 7:25am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 29cm
Snow depth: --

More good fresh snow to report this morning. The snow clouds moved in during the day yesterday and this morning it is snowing lightly and there is a light wind. We are expecting generally cloudy weather during the day today.


Number 1 Gondola news

Regarding the Number 1 Gondola. Unfortunately, it sounds like some repair work is needed to get that operating again and it may well take about another month or so (as of the end of December), according to staff at the resort. The resort will of course be doing all they can to get it back up and running and I will of course keep you up to date on that as things happen.

With the Number 1 Gondola out of action it means that some areas of the resort are 'hike-up' - this includes the upper area of A1 course, A4 course and A6 course. They are available but you need to 'hike up' - and the same rules/restrictions as per the tree run courses apply. Please contact the resort about those. The Shooter 1-4 areas will be closed as long as the Number 1 Gondola is not moving.


Official snow depths:

Top: 300cm
Base: 240cm

Operating lifts:

* All lifts scheduled to be operating apart from the Number 1 Gondola

Courses & Tree Runs:

* All main courses open apart from B2 today
* The 'Rabbit' tree run course open - others yet to open

Nighta skiing operations are planned at Geto Kogen over New Year, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays until 25th February 2018.


Welcome to our new Geto Kogen Now daily reports section

Geto Kogen is a ski and snowboard resort in Iwate Prefecture in the northern Tohoku region of Honshu, the main island of Japan. It’s known for heavy snowfalls, quality snow and tree run courses. Hopefully we will be able to bring you some good snowy reports through this season.

For more information on Geto Kogen please check out these pages on SnowJapan:

Resort Spotlight on SnowJapan
Basic resort details on SnowJapan   Read more ...

Appi Kogen Now!

Tuesday 2nd January 2018, 7:32am
Weather conditions: Cloudy skies...
New snowfall: 30cm
Snow depth: --
Good Morning from Appi,

The second day of 2018 has me looking at least 30cm of fresh snow. It should be an excellent day on the mountain today even though it may be a little cold and windy at the top.

More snow coming our way throughout the day, around 10-20cm worth by the looks of the forecast. Winds should be steady all day and hopefully drop somewhat tomorrow and stay relatively modest throughout the week. Steady temperatures all week to in the -5 to -12 zone.

All runs are open today again and although there’s a chance of a little ice beneath the surface hopefully the fresh snow and groomers have done a sufficient job of making it a non issue.

Enjoy the fresh snow.


Planned lift operations on Monday 1st January 2018 (subject to change):

- APPI Gondola
- Central quad
- 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 weekdays


Official snow depth:


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Furano Now!

Tuesday 2nd January 2018, 7:46am
Weather conditions: Mostly cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Yesterday was a fairly gusty day but there were some nice breaks in the clouds allowing for some blue sky views. Given that it was New Years Day, you really had to wonder where all the skiers were as the slopes were very very quiet. It was also warm yesterday breaking into positive temperatures and this was evidenced by very slippery roads in the afternoon.

This morning is mostly cloudy but during the morning we should at least get some sun beaming down. Temperatures are warm again, currently -1c and heading to a high of 0c, so not much variation during the day. It is snowing lightly but there is no accumulation on the ground and the snow is forecast to ease off and then return in the evening. The big question is will the Gondola operate was shut down all yesterday for maintenance...fingers crossed on that one.   Read more ...

Naeba Now!

Tuesday 2nd January 2018, 7:47am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 21cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning! It's looking like "Storm Dougle" has well and truly hit town last night, with 21cm of new snow in the past 24 hours. It's quite breezy today, so there are a number of lifts on standby, but the pistes will be in good condition with that layer of fresh snow topping them. The temperature is just below 0°C, however it feels a little cooler due to the wind.

The forecast looking forwards indicates that "Storm Dougle" will continue to blast us with snow for a good few days to come, with the heaviest snow falling tonight and throughout Wednesday day and night time. The wind will pick up a little more overnight tonight and into tomorrow, but it should ease off once the bulk of the snow has fallen tomorrow night. Temperatures are expected to remain just below 0°C at the base of Naeba, however the wind chill will make things feel a little chillier than the air temperature suggests. "Storm Dougle" is expected to head off on Friday, when we will once again get a day's respite from storm mode before the next storm rolls in for the weekend.


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Niseko Now!

Tuesday 2nd January 2018, 8:31am
Weather conditions: Cloudy and...
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning everyone.

Yesterday was not the most impressive way to start the New Year, weather-wise. All a bit wet come the afternoon. The folk with hangovers, clutching for straw-like excuses for not having to get up, sort of had their good excuse! Having said that, it was busy out there on the slopes and I am sure people were having their fun. Remember, unless you live in Marketing Brochure Land, it can't be 'amazing conditions' all the time.

I am not able to add any new cm to my report this morning though I notice the Avalanche Report is mentioning new (wet) snow on the mountain.

Earlier on, pre-toast, it was kind of wet sleet-y snow coming down, but things seem to have improved with snow currently falling outside with a slight dusting of snow on the top of my car now. It's not the light and fluffy variety, but it is certainly better than rain.

So when do we get back to fresh light and fluffy? That will be tomorrow hopefully. And hopefully more to fall than is on the forecast. I know, I'm greedy.


I plan to post my season recap in the report tomorrow morning.



Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6.00am: 0°, 5cm wet new snow. Moiwa 800m : -1.6°, NE2.6m/s, 10cm new snow, easterly large snowdrift development yesterday afternoon. Annupuri 1150m: -4°, SE10m/s, 5cm new snow. Hirafu 1250m: -5°, E10m/s, 10cm new snow. Coastal data: Benkei Cape:WSW4m/s. Kamui Cape: E4m/s, 1005hPa, wave 0.7m.

Mixed snow and rain falling at the mountain base, the mountain is covered in wet snow and trees look beautiful. The low pressure system has remained near Shakotan. Above 800m there is E10m/s winds and snow, with slow snowdrift development covering old tracks. From test and observation, avalanche risk is low below 1000m. However in lower Kozan no Sawa and SE facing steep slopes like West Ridge there is risk of flow type avalanche, particular to this type of low pressure snow. Take care. Around 600m under lift lines and in steep cliff areas, full depth avalanches from cracks starting to open can easily occur. If there is a lot of snow a full depth avalanche will occur even in the middle of winter. Dont stand around under these slopes.

Peak gates are expected to be open. However may close due to bad weather or bad visibility. Listen to patrol and plan ahead. Never enter Haru no Taki. The risk of avalanche from the surface layers and also from deeper layers persists. Do not disregard the danger.

Niseko Rules respects your freedom to ride safely. Respect for Rules. Snow is not too bad. Have a good day. Winter will begin its return tomorrow, the temperature will drop and the snow will be back.


Tuesday 2nd January 2018

Resort specific information (operations subject to change):

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Niseko HANAZONO Resort

Lifts scheduled to be operating:
- All lifts are operating

Official snow depth:
- Top: 320cm
- Base: 145cm

Niseko Annupuri Kokusai

Lifts scheduled to be operating:
- All lifts are operating

Official snow depth:
- Top: 240cm
- Base: 140cm

Niseko Village

Lifts scheduled to be operating:
- All lifts except Country Road Chair are operating
** But top Wonderland Chair lift on hold at 8:30am

Official snow depth:
- Top: 250cm
- Base: 170cm


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 ...

Hakuba Now!

Tuesday 2nd January 2018, 8:39am
Weather conditions: Cloud and some blue sky
New snowfall: 1cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Hakuba.

Fairly strong winds yesterday with snow falling on the mountains.

And this morning here are the fresh snowfall headlines, as reported by the ski resorts:

Hakuba Goryu: 2-5cm
Hakuba 47: 5cm (they were reporting 10cm on the upper slopes yesterday. Unclear.)
Hakuba Happo-one: 2cm at top of the Gondola
Hakuba Cortina: 25-30cm

Check out the numbers from Cortina. I'm sure there will be more than a few people heading out there after seeing what they are reporting this morning. Looks like the resorts to the north of the valley got the best deliveries.

It's quite windy this morning too in upper areas, not so down in the village, and so some higher lifts may be operating at reduced speeds. I can see that the Gondola and top lifts at Happo-one are on hold at the start of the day as well due to the wind. Fingers crossed that will ease off and the lifts can get moving.

There is lots of cloud around this morning - light snow falling earlier on but right now mostly just cloudy with some blue sky appearing in places. Feels like it might be clearing up...

We're still seeing potential heavy snow on the forecast for tonight and tomorrow though.

A nice deep fresh layer of snow is always welcome of course, so bring it on.


Ski resort opening status on Tuesday 2nd January 2018:

Hakuba Happo-one

Operating lifts:
- All lifts (apart from Happo Number 1 pair) are operating
- Gondola and top lifts affected by wind at the start of the day

Courses open:
- All course are now generally open
- Only the Kurobishi Off-Piste Area remains closed

Official snow depth:
- Kurobishi: 260cm
- Usagidaira: 120cm
- Lower: 80cm


Hakuba Goryu

Operating lifts:
- All lifts apart are operating

Courses open:
- All courses are open

Official snow depth:
- Top: 270cm
- Toomi: 90cm
- Iimori: 60cm


Hakuba 47

Operating lifts:
- All lifts are operating

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

Official snow depth:
- Top: 235cm
- Base: 85cm


Tsugaike Kogen

Operating lifts:
- All lifts should be operating

Courses open:
- All course areas are open

Official snow depth:
- Tsuga-no-mori: 255cm
- Han-no-ki: 255cm
- Maruyama: 100cm
- Shirakaba: 200cm
- Oya-no-hara: 110cm
- Kane-no-naru-oka: 125cm


Hakuba Cortina

Operating lifts:
- All lifts operating

Courses open:
- All courses open

Official snow depth:
- Top: 300cm
- Base: 190cm


Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field

Operating lifts:
- All lifts apart from 3 North are operating

Official snow depth:
- Top: 160cm
- Base: 80cm


Hakuba Norikura Onsen

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

Official snow depth:
- 200cm


Hakuba Valley Kashimayari

Operating lifts:
- Number 1, 2, 3, 5, 6 and 7 lifts are operating

Official snow depth:
- 115cm


Hakuba Sanosaka

Operating lifts:
- All three lifts are operating

Official snow depth:
- 90cm   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Tuesday 2nd January 2018, 8:41am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 8cm
Snow depth: --
Hello from Nozawa.

Some fresh snow on the ground this morning with up to 16cm of snow being reported by Nozawa up on the top runs since yesterday morning.

It has been snowing this morning but right now has eased off and there are actually a few breaks in the clouds appearing... may be temporary as snow is on the local forecasts for the day.

Tonight and tomorrow is what we are really looking forward to though with some heavy snow still there on the forecast. I hope to be bringing some nice numbers to you in my report tomorrow.

The Kandahar courses of Nozawa Onsen are not always available for public use, but the Kandahar West course is actually available for everyone to enjoy every day until Friday.


Tuesday 2nd January 2018

Fresh snowfall (as reported by the resort):

- Yamabiko (1407m): 16cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 11cm
- Hikage (660m): 10cm
- Nagasaka (615m): 10cm
- Karasawa (563m): 10cm

Official snow depth numbers:

- Yamabiko (1407m): 245cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 195cm
- Hikage (660m): 150cm
- Nagasaka (615m): 140cm
- Karasawa (563m): 130cm

All lifts operating except the following:

- None! All lifts apparently operating

All courses now at least part open except the following:

- Challenge 39 wall
- Mukobayashi
- Grand Prix
- Kamoshika
- Kandahar East   Read more ...

Grandeco Now!

Tuesday 2nd January 2018, 8:45am
Weather conditions: Fair
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Grandeco and we have blue skies above us this morning and the sun shining down.

There was no fresh snowfall last night.

Snow conditions are a little hard this morning and at times the wind is blowing rather strongly but all lifts are operating.

It is a good day for skiing and also good to enjoy the beautiful mountain views.

More snow due tonight into tomorrow.


Lifts operating:

- All lifts now operating

Courses open:

- All courses now open

Official snow depth:
- 140cm

- Grandeco snow and weather forecast   Read more ...

Yuzawa Now!

Tuesday 2nd January 2018, 9:05am
Weather conditions: Snow clouds
New snowfall: 24cm
Snow depth: --
Good news this morning!

Yesterday it was snowing on and off during the day - clearer skies in places at times. The snow was a bit wet really down in town, but overnight we have more fresh snow on the ground around town. I am measuring 24cm.

And here is what the ski resorts are reporting:

Kagura: 20cm
Kagura Mitsumata: 30cm
Kagura Tashiro: 30cm
Naeba: 20-30cm
Maiko Snow Resort: 30cm

So we can expect around 20-30cm of fresh snow out there on the slopes around town this morning.

Light snow is falling at the moment, and it is expected to get heavier later on with a decent amount of snow due to fall overnight and through tomorrow; possibly with strong winds too.

Big number potential!


Images today from GALA Yuzawa, NASPA Ski Garden and Yuzawa IC.


Updated: Tuesday 2nd January 2018

** 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
- All areas now open
- 180cm

- 150cm

- The top Kagura Number 5 lift is now open
- Kagura area: 280cm
- Mitsumata area: 180cm
- Tashiro area: 230cm

Kandatsu Kogen
- 180cm

- 200cm

NASPA Ski Garden
- 185cm

Yuzawa Kogen
- Top: 190cm
- Base: 140cm

Yuzawa Park
- 150cm

Yuzawa Nakazato
- 135cm


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

Ishiuchi Maruyama
- 160cm

Joetsu Kokusai
- 150cm

Maiko Snow Resort
- Top: 190cm
- Base: 120cm

Muikamachi Hakkaisan
- Closed on Wednesdays between 10th Jan and 14th Mar
- 200cm   Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Tuesday 2nd January 2018, 9:10am
Weather conditions: Overcast and snowing
New snowfall: 45cm
Snow depth: --
A nice fall of snow for the second day of 2018, a day I know means the first day of skiing for many in the new year (after the fun of New Year’s Eve!).

45cm of fresh, and it’s coming down very steadily now. And I haven’t got much more to say than that!

It’s good, light snow, all the resorts are fully open and all we have to do now is get out there and enjoy it.


Akakura Kanko:
220 cm, -6°

Akakura Onsen:
260cm, -5°

Ikenotaira Onsen:
200cm, -3.5°

Myoko Suginohara:
190cm, -9° (top)

Seki Onsen:
240 cm, -5°

Myoko Ski Park:
200 cm, -2°

Kyukamura RunRun:
240 cm, -1°

Tangram Ski Circus:
200 cm, -5°

Madarao Kogen:
200 cm, -2°

Read more ...

Madarao Now!

Tuesday 2nd January 2018, 9:13am
Weather conditions: The clouds of snow
New snowfall: 12cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Madarao.

Fresh snow to report this morning. The resort itself is reporting 10cm of fresh snow; I am measuring 13cm to go on our reports.

There is more on the way. Look for heavier snow in the region by the time I post tomorrow and we're hoping the snowfall will continue into Thursday.

Visibility is limited this morning.

Here's to heavy snow!


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 II
Free Ride Park
River Line
Adventure Aisle
Crystal Bowl

Kids Park
Snow Mobile Land

Planned nighta operations this season:

Daily until 3rd January 2018
7th January 2018
11th February 2018
Every Saturday between 4th January and 24th March 2018   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Tuesday 2nd January 2018, 9:19am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 16cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Shiga Kogen.

It's snowing! A good 15-20cm of snow on the ground this morning and it is going to be adding up the way it is falling now.

The forecast is looking good too. Snow expected through today, getting heavier tonight and tomorrow and hopefully through into Thursday as well.

All of the Shiga Kogen resort areas are open and most courses are available. There are still a few areas not yet 100% open - those being Terakoya through Hoppo, as well as Sun Valley and Hasuike).

Surely after the next few days we'll be able to proudly proclaim 'fully open'. Looking forward to being able to say that.

In the meantime, wrap up well and be prepared for the wintery conditions over the next few days.


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



100cm   Read more ...

Minakami Now!

Tuesday 2nd January 2018, 15:50pm
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 40cm
Snow depth: --
Decent snow fall overnight with a solid 40cm for me to shift about on the car park this morning.

Really good quality snow and down in the valley it came in without too much wind. Circumstances saw me up valley last night and I could hear wind roaring at higher elevations.

Tenjin opened at noon today due to wind. Forecast is calling a big dump tonight and all day tomorrow.


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 ...

SnowJapan Daily 'Now' reports

Myoko Now
22nd Mar, 9:49
Naeba Now
22nd Mar, 8:58
Furano Now
22nd Mar, 7:43
Yuzawa Now
22nd Mar, 6:56am
Nozawa Onsen Now
22nd Mar, 6:54
Zao Now
21st Mar, 9:32
Madarao Now
21st Mar, 8:38
Grandeco Now
21st Mar, 8:31
Shiga Kogen Now
21st Mar, 8:00
Hakuba Now
21st Mar, 7:57
Minakami Now
21st Mar, 7:35
Appi Kogen Now
21st Mar, 7:26
Niseko Now
21st Mar, 7:24
Geto Kogen Now
21st Mar, 7:03