Snow and weather reports posted on Friday 4th May 2018

Furano Now!

Saturday 10th February 2018, 7:10am
Weather conditions: Partly cloudy
New snowfall: 4cm
Snow depth: --
It is -7c right now, but the temperature is set to rise rapidly going positive with a high of around +1c. Moderate rain is also forecast at village level around the middle of the day, but the upper resort should be fine and receive snow instead. The sky is partly cloudy and plenty of morning sun is hitting the slopes. There was a bit more snow after the report yesterday, around 4cm, but it has not snowed overnight. So, a bit of a warm blip today...enjoy the warm temps!   Read more ...

Geto Kogen Now!

Saturday 10th February 2018, 7:25am
Weather conditions: Sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
The good news? Kicking off the weekend with some sunshine on the hill! Overcast yesterday, with light snow here and there, but today we’re expecting tops of 3 degrees. The bad news? There’s light rain predicted into the afternoon. The silver lining is that the temps are sett to drop, and we should see the rain turn to snow fairly quickly.

Little to no winds today and all lifts spinning. Recommended runs today would be the Shooter area, and hitting the pow stashes off the main gondola runs. Due to the calm wind conditions over the fast few days, mixed in with cold temps, the snow has maintained a fresh feeling and can still be easily slashed, so get into it.

As for the next few days ahead we’re in for an exciting forecast, set to kick off tomorrow night with about 45cm predicted by Wednesday…

Sunday: light snow, moderate winds, tops of -2C
Monday: heavy/mod snow, light to moderate winds, tops of -8C
Tuesday: light snow, moderate winds, tops of -6C


Official snow depths:

Top: 440cm
Base: 300cm

Night skiing operations are scheduled at Geto Kogen on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays until 25th February 2018

The Number 2 Gondola is currently open on weekends and national holidays   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Saturday 10th February 2018, 7:33am
Weather conditions: Fine
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Nozawa.

First day of the long weekend (Monday is a national holiday) and to celebrate the lifts will be opening 30 minutes early today, tomorrow and on Monday.. so the first lifts will be moving from 8am.

The weekend is starting off with more fine weather and is going to be milder today. Hopefully we will miss rain that was (is) on (some) forecast(s) and get straight to snow tonight/overnight. It will all depend on how warm it gets and how quickly things get colder again tonight.

Whatever, snow is forecast from tomorrow into next week so we should be soon getting a nice mountain-wide reset.

Today and tomorrow over in the Hikage area you will be able to try 2019 model Burton snowboard gear if you so wish. That event will apparently be happening over by the Gondola Station, from 9am until 3pm.


Saturday 10th February 2018

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

- Yamabiko (1407m): 0cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 0cm
- Hikage (660m): 0cm
- Nagasaka (615m): 0cm
- Karasawa (563m): 0cm

Official snow depth numbers:

- Yamabiko (1407m): 320m
- Uenotaira (1230m): 265cm
- Hikage (660m): 195cm
- Nagasaka (615m): 195cm
- Karasawa (563m): 165cm

Lifts operations:

- All scheduled lifts appear to be operating as normal.
- The Yunomine pair, Mizunashi triple, Challenge pair and Utopia pair lifts usually rested on weekdays.

The following courses either closed (or not fully available):

- Grand Prix
- Kandahar   Read more ...

Yuzawa Now!

Saturday 10th February 2018, 7:48am
Weather conditions: Mostly fine and sunny, some thin high cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Yuzawa.

It was another fine day yesterday. Blue skies, but for the most part a more hazy kind of lighter blue than deep blue. No snow in the evening this time though and none to report this morning.

The sun is out once again this morning and more blue skies with a bit of very thin high cloud in places giving us that hazy look again in some directions. Another lovely morning.

It wasn't as cold overnight and as expected today we are going to experience some unseasonably mild conditions. It is likely that down at town level the temperature may well hit 10C degrees. By tomorrow things should be colder again and snow should be falling. The big question is whether we can avoid rain before the snow comes. Precipitation in whatever form is due tonight. I'll let you know how that goes tomorrow morning!

Remember, Monday is a national holiday meaning that this long weekend is a very popular one - so expect some crowded slopes.


Images today from GALA Yuzawa, NASPA Ski Garden and Maiko Snow Resort.


Updated: Saturday 10th February 2018

Ski resorts in Yuzawa:

Checked and updated every morning. Note that some ski resorts may not have updated their own info at the time this report is published.

GALA Yuzawa
- 320cm

- 205cm

- Kagura area: 350cm
- Mitsumata area: 250cm
- Tashiro area: 300cm

Kandatsu Kogen
- 250cm

- 240cm (base)

NASPA Ski Garden
- 240cm

Yuzawa Kogen
- Top: 280cm
- Base: 230cm

Yuzawa Park
- 190cm

Yuzawa Nakazato
- 170cm


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

Ishiuchi Maruyama
- 240cm

Joetsu Kokusai
- 250cm

Maiko Snow Resort
- Top: 240cm
- Base: 150cm

Muikamachi Hakkaisan
- Closed on Wednesdays until 14th March
- 340cm   Read more ...

Madarao Now!

Saturday 10th February 2018, 7:58am
Weather conditions: Blue skies again
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Madarao.

Guess what!? Blue skies once again this morning.

No fresh snow to report, but some feel good weather conditions to enjoy.

A chilly start but it's going to warm up today and it should be snowing by the end of the day. (Fingers crossed it goes straight to snow).

While all these blue sky mornings certainly feel good - especially when there's fresh overnight - I am hoping that we will be starting tomorrow with snow clouds delivering the goods.

With Monday being a national holiday, let's enjoying long weekend, as they say. :)


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

Planned nighta operations this season:

Every Saturday until 24th March 2018
11th February 2018   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Saturday 10th February 2018, 8:08am
Weather conditions: Mostly clear blue skies, just a bit of cloud in places
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Hakuba.

The sun stayed out yesterday though cloud did gather during the afternoon.

A lovely day though.

And it is another lovely morning here.


Theme of the day: lovely. :)

I wonder what is going to happen this afternoon though. Rain? Snow? Obviously we hope for straight into the latter, but it looks like there is a good chance we might get some of the former, particularly at lower elevations. It is certainly going to be warmer during the day today, with town level seeing temperatures up to around 6 or 7C.

Whatever happens later today though, the forecast still looks very nice from tomorrow with some decent snowfall expected.

I'll let you know tomorrow. Fingers crossed by then I'll be reporting fresh cm of snow on the ground.


Ski resort information on Saturday 10th February 2018 (at time of writing):

Hakuba Happo-one

Operating lifts:
- Lifts should be operating as normal

Courses open:
- All courses should be open as normal
- Happo Banks is now open

Official snow depth:
- Kurobishi: 385cm
- Usagidaira: 225cm
- Lower: 135cm


Hakuba Goryu

Operating lifts:
- Lifts appear to be operating as normal
- The top Alps Number 2/4 pair lifts are now scheduled to be open daily until 18th March

Courses open:
- All courses should be open as normal

Official snow depth:
- Top: 380cm
- Toomi: 135cm
- Iimori: 107cm


Hakuba 47

Operating lifts:
- All lifts operating as planned
- Line D usually operates only when the Gondola is not operating

Courses open:
- All main courses available

Official snow depth:
- Top: 330cm
- Base: 140cm


Tsugaike Kogen

Operating lifts:
- Should be open as normal

Courses open:
- All course areas are open

Official snow depth:
- Tsuga-no-mori: 310cm
- Han-no-ki: 305cm
- Maruyama: 130cm
- Shirakaba: 255cm
- Champion: 150cm
- Oya-no-hara: 145cm
- Kane-no-naru-oka: 160cm


Hakuba Cortina

Operating lifts:
- All lifts are operating

Courses open:
- All courses open (some restrictions on Itadaira Ridge)

Official snow depth:
- Top: 334cm
- Base: 204cm


Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field

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

Official snow depth:
- Top: 220cm
- Base: 130cm


Hakuba Norikura Onsen

Operating lifts:
- All lifts should be operating as planned

Official snow depth:
- 240cm


Hakuba Valley Kashimayari

Operating lifts:
- All lifts apart should be operating

Official snow depth:
- 190cm


Hakuba Sanosaka

Operating lifts:
- All three lifts are operating

Official snow depth:
- 150cm


Night time skiing (nighta) at resorts in the region - weather & conditions permitting
The below 'nighta' information will not be updated every day - please check with resorts if you plan to go!

Hakuba Happo-one
Daily from 5pm until 9pm in the Nakiyama 2 area
Adults - 2,000 yen; children - 1,200 yen

Hakuba Goryu
Daily from 6pm until 9:30pm in the Toomi area until 31st March
The Sky Four quad operates daily; the Number 2 pair mostly on Saturdays and holidays
Adults - 1,900 yen; children - 850 yen

Hakuba Cortina
Daily from 5pm until 8pm (until 9pm on Saturdays)
Adults - 1,500 yen; children - 1,000 yen

Tsugaike Kogen
Kane-no-naru-oka area from 6pm until 8:50pm on 3rd, 10th, 11th February
Karamatsu Shirakaba area from 6pm until 9pm on 10th, 11th, 17th February; 3rd, 10th March
Adults - 2,200 yen; children - 1,700 yen

There are no other nighta operations at other ski resorts in the region   Read more ...

Grandeco Now!

Saturday 10th February 2018, 8:12am
Weather conditions: Blue skies and sunshine
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Grandeco.

Blue skies above, a gentle wind, 5cm of fresh snow on the courses... it is a very fine day to go skiing. Lots of other people will surely be thinking the same; we can expect the resort to be on the busier side this weekend.

It will be windy tomorrow so it looks like today is the better choice for this weekend. Keep an eye on that forecast for what we have upcoming.

It is a beautiful day and the Olympic games have started - don’t try to jump or fly as high those Olympians!


Lifts operating:

- All lifts operating

Courses open:

- All courses open

Official snow depth:
- 300cm

- Grandeco snow and weather forecast   Read more ...

Naeba Now!

Saturday 10th February 2018, 8:14am
Weather conditions: Some High Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Naeba! It's another sunny morning here in the Mikuni valley. The air temperature was a little cool first thing, but it's warming up rapidly with the sun now peaking over the mountain tops. There is little wind to speak of currently, however we can expect this to pick up over lunchtime, bringing in the next block of moist air from the Japan Sea. Moderate to heavy snow is currently forecast overnight, with accumulations predicted to be at least 10cm in the valley. The air temperature is expected to remain above 0°C throughout today. The pistes are still in excellent condition due to the cooler temperatures over the past couple of days.

Looking forwards, the forecast indicates that we should expect moderate snowfall through until at least Wednesday. The air temperature will drop significantly below 0°C from tomorrow evening, and remain there until Wednesday also, when this imminent storm system will clear. Winds will be more prominent throughout the next couple of days, peaking on Monday morning. This may give way to a reasonable wind chill, so get out and enjoy the warm and sunny weather today!

Attakai!   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Saturday 10th February 2018, 8:31am
Weather conditions: Cloud, fog
New snowfall: 3cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning to you all and welcome to the first day of this long weekend.

This morning I have 3cm of fresh snow to report from yesterday, with light snow currently falling.

It is noticeably warmer this morning and the snow that is falling reflects that (it's not big, light, fluffy flakes).

Visibility looks rather limited on the webcams and the resorts are reporting foggy conditions up top. But lifts appear to be starting up for the day as planned - oh, apart from the top Wonderland Chair lift at Niseko Village as I get this report ready to go up at 8:30am. Maybe a changing situation with the lifts - best to check.

Is that bloke on the Hirafu gondola webcam waving to us? I think he is. Hi!

By tomorrow temps should be lower once again and the snow forecast is looking good through next week. I haven't been able to report that much snow over the last week - only 25cm over the last 9 reports - so I am looking forward to a return to hopefully bringing you good snowy news each morning.

Have a good Saturday and take care.


Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6am: -3℃, no snowfall, calm. Moiwa800: -4℃, light snow, W3.5m/s, Annupuri1150m: -7℃, light breeze and snow. Hirafu peak ridge1250m: -7℃, S15m/s, strong wind and thick fog, no snowfall. Coastal data: Benkei cape W12m/s, Kamui cape W19m/s, 1013hPa, 1.5m waves.

Relatively calm weather overnight without much new snowfall. The snowdrifts are stable and the overall avalanche risk is low. An atmospheric pressure trench is approaching as the next Low is rolling in, and would generate snowfall from this morning. All gates are expected to open, however may close as the weather deteriorates. Please follow the patrol’s instructions.

Some areas in the out of bounds is tracked out, be careful to remain in control. Guides are responsible to fully pay attention to their guests safety. Many risks are lurking in the mountains, however most hazards can be avoided if basic safety points are being considered. Beware of cracks, sudden weather changes and poor visibility. Do not traverse steep slopes and knolls. Do not stay put at the bottom of the valleys. The wind is forecasted to pick up above 1100m elevation during the day. Have a nice day.


Saturday 10th February 2018

Resort specific information (operations subject to change):

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Niseko HANAZONO Resort

Lifts scheduled to be operating:
- All lifts (apart from King Number 2) should be operating

Official snow depth:
- Top: 425cm
- Base: 210cm

Niseko Annupuri Kokusai

Lifts scheduled to be operating:
- All lifts should be operating
- The top Wonderland Chair lift is on standby at the start of the day

Official snow depth:
- Top: 360cm
- Base: 230cm

Niseko Village

Lifts scheduled to be operating:
- All lifts (apart from the Country Road Chair lift) should be operating

Official snow depth:
- Top: 360cm
- Base: 230cm


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   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Saturday 10th February 2018, 8:41am
Weather conditions: Sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Hello from Shiga Kogen.

The sun is out again this morning. We've had quite the run of blue sky mornings this week!

What happens from now on and later today is going to be interesting. It is noticeably warmer this morning and it's going to be an unseasonably warm day in the region (most of Japan?).

Temperatures are due to go back down by tomorrow which is good to see and - fingers crossed - it'll be snowing by the time I post my report tomorrow, and we will not have had rain before that. We'll see!

For the moment though, another beautiful morning.

Monday is a national holiday. This is one of the most popular weekends of the season.


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



250cm   Read more ...

Appi Kogen Now!

Saturday 10th February 2018, 9:44am
Weather conditions: Mostly clear skies
New snowfall: 3cm
Snow depth: --
Hello from Appi,

Currently blues skies with some clouds in the distance threatening to ruin the day. The snow the was forecast today hasn’t arrived so hopefully we will see it later this afternoon and into tonight. Temperatures will plummet this evening delivering minus double digit temperatures. That combined with the wind that’s supposed to arrive at the same time is going to make it very chilly indeed.

All the runs are open on this holiday weekend and they are in great shape. I’d get out there early though as they’ll be fairly lumpy by mid morning and after lunch.

We are still supposed to get a fair amount of snow in the next three to four days and as usual we’re hoping it arrives as forecast.


Planned lift operations (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
- Nishimori lift

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


Official snow depth:

250cm   Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Saturday 10th February 2018, 9:55am
Weather conditions: Mostly sunny, with some thin cloud coverage
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
It seems like something’s coming in, but it’s hard to tell just what yet.

We know it’s going to get warmer, that it might rain... but not just yet.

The morning started clear, with just a few clouds, but they’ve been growing, then dissipating a bit. The barometer continues to go down, and the winds are coming in pretty steady from the southwest.

On the forecast the freezing level (the line that’s right at 0°C) has gone up to 1550 meters, which is not reassuring, but it is going to go right back down again, so maybe rain will just be a fleeting thing down low and we can get back to some fresh powder soon.


Akakura Kanko:
310 cm, -4°

Akakura Onsen:
370cm, -3°

Ikenotaira Onsen:
260cm, -6°

Myoko Suginohara:
215cm, -9°

Seki Onsen:
430 cm, -3°

Myoko Ski Park:
280 cm, -1°

Kyukamura RunRun:
330 cm, -2°

Tangram Ski Circus:
220 cm, -8°

Madarao Kogen:
230 cm, -4°

Read more ...

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