Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 26th May 2019

Yuzawa Now!

Thursday 10th January 2019, 7:35am
Weather conditions: Mostly clear blue skies, bits of cloud
New snowfall: 12cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning.

An early report this morning. (Your reporter desperately wants to get out early on the skis this morning.)

After the snow, it's clearer blue skies this morning with just a little cloud here and there. Cold too!

Snow fell during the day yesterday, not as heavily as it had been by the afternoon, but I measured 12cm since morning by 5pm. There's no more to report this morning other than a slight dusting.

All the ski resorts should be open this morning and it's good to see the Southern Area of GALA Yuzawa also getting back open and also the Gondola at Maiko.

Also good to see some official snow depths reaching 3m (though the actual snow that has fallen is more important than those numbers).

It should be a fine morning, with perhaps a little wind.

We might even get a little snow overnight, but watch the temperatures - hopefully it's going to keep low enough.


Photos today from GALA Yuzawa, NASPA Ski Garden and Ishiuchi Maruyama (looking north).


Updated: 7:30am, Thursday 10th January 2019

** Official snow depths (where available) and resort specific information. Information is checked manually each morning but sometimes official information is updated later than the time of these reports.

Ski resorts in Yuzawa:

GALA Yuzawa
- 310cm (official snow depth)

- 185cm (official snow depth)

- Kagura area: 300cm (official snow depth)
- Mitsumata area: 250cm (official snow depth)
- Tashiro area: 280cm (official snow depth)

Kandatsu Kogen
- 210cm (official snow depth)

- 180cm (official snow depth)
- Please see our Naeba Now report for daily updates from Naeba

NASPA Ski Garden
- 250cm (official snow depth)

Yuzawa Kogen
- Top: 250cm (official snow depth)
- Base: 170cm (official snow depth)

Yuzawa Park
- 195cm (official snow depth)

Yuzawa Nakazato
- 170cm (official snow depth)


Ski resorts in Minamiuonuma - just to the north of Yuzawa:

Ishiuchi Maruyama
- 250cm (official snow depth)

Joetsu Kokusai
- 230cm (official snow depth)

Maiko Snow Resort
- Top: 265cm (official snow depth)
- Base: 160cm (official snow depth)

Muikamachi Hakkaisan
- 200cm (official snow depth)


Night time 'nighta' operations (listed in alphabetical order)

Below is information on night time floodlit skiing operations at ski resorts in the area. Subject to change due to weather and snow conditions.

Ishiuchi Maruyama
Open daily until Saturday 16th March 2019
The Chuo Area is open daily for nighta
The Hatsukaishi and Kanko Areas only open for nighta over New Year and nights before holidays
4:00pm until 8:30pm

Open daily until Sunday 24th March 2019
Part of the mid and lower area of the resort
5:00pm until 8:00pm on weekdays; until 9:00pm on Saturdays

Joetsu Kokusai
Open daily until Sunday 24th March 2019
Area in front of the base hotel, Osawa and lower Atema
5:00pm until 9:00pm

Kandatsu Kogen
'Hobo (Almost) All Night' every Friday, Saturday and night before holidays until 30th March 2019
6:00pm until 4:0am the next morning

Maiko Snow Resort
Open daily 'one-coin nighta' (500 yen) until Saturday 16th March 2019
Maiko Center Quad lift in the Maiko Area
4:00pm until 8:00pm

Open daily until Sunday 24th March 2019
Number 3 and 4 high speed and Number 4 romance pair lifts
4:00pm until 8:30pm

NASPA Ski Garden
NASPA extends opening for the Number 1 lift on the following dates:
12th, 13th, 19th, 26th January 2019
2nd, 9th, 10th, 16th, 23rd February 2019
Extended until 6:00pm

Yuzawa Nakazato
Every Saturday until 9th March 2019
Sunday 13th January 2019
Sunday 10th February 2019
Number 2 romance pair lift
5:00pm until 8:30pm   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Thursday 10th January 2019, 7:36am
Weather conditions: Fine, some cloud
New snowfall: 8cm
Snow depth: --
There's some cloud but the sun is going to be shining this morning.

There's lots of fresh snow around after the heavy snowfall into yesterday (it got less so as the day went on).

Today should just be superb, and I'm excited. It is a very cold start to the day, so let's get wrapped up and enjoy it.

What more can I say?!



Thursday 10th January 2019

Fresh snowfall recorded by resort (since yesterday at 3pm):

- Yamabiko (1407m): 0cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 2cm
- Hikage (660m): 0cm
- Nagasaka (615m): 0cm
- Karasawa (563m): 00cm

Official snow depth numbers (reported by resort):

- Yamabiko (1407m): 265cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 245cm
- Hikage (660m): 180cm
- Nagasaka (615m): 170cm
- Karasawa (563m): 135cm

All lifts apart from the following planned to be operating:

- Kandahar pair
- Yunomine pair
- Mizunashi triple
- Challenge pair
- Utopia pair

All courses open apart from the following planned to be open:

- Kandahar West
- Kandahar East
- Grand Prix
- Kamoshika (part?)   Read more ...

Furano Now!

Thursday 10th January 2019, 7:50am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 15cm
Snow depth: --
Conditions will be fantastic today on and off the trails with a fresh 15cm of new snow overnight. It is still snowing moderately heavy but may ease up soon. The temperature is a pleasant -5c, not too cold, and overcast skies. The weather for Friday and the weekend looks promising with some nice sunshine in the mix.

Open lifts:
Prince Romance chair
Downhill Romance #2 chair
Downhill Romance #3 chair
Furano Ropeway

Kitanomine quad chair
Kitanomine #2 chair
Kitanomine Gondola
Link chair   Read more ...

Madarao Now!

Thursday 10th January 2019, 8:13am
Weather conditions: Fine, cloud
New snowfall: 14cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Madarao.

It's shaping up to be a great morning here. Some cloud still around after the snow-fest of yesterday; the resort is not reporting any fresh but I have some to report since writing yesterday. There's more than that in wind-swept places. Basically, lots of snow - we are doing well at the moment.

A very cold start to the day too.

Great stuff.

Looks like there's going to be clearer skies rather than snow for the most part into next week now. As long as it keeps cold, should be good.

Monday is a national holiday in Japan so it's a long weekend upcoming.


The Madarao Kogen Fire Festival is on Saturday 12th January starting from 8:30pm.


Planned operations for Thursday 10th January 2019

Official snow depth at Madarao:

Madarao info:

All lifts apart from Number 5 plan to be open
30 courses available including tree run courses (not Powder Wave)

Nighta operations at Madarao:
- Every Saturday from 12th January until 23rd March 2019
- 13th January 2019
- 10th February 2019

Tangram Ski Circus info:

All lifts operating
All course areas open

Nighta operations at Tangram:
- Every Saturday between 22nd December 2018 and 23rd March 2019
- 13th January 2019
- 10th February 2019   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Thursday 10th January 2019, 8:21am
Weather conditions: Cloud, fog
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Zao.

It's a cloudy early morning here in Zao, poor visibility once again especially in higher areas due to cloud/fog. Looking moody!

Hopefully if we don't get snow (which seems likely), we'll be getting clearer skies and better visibility over the coming few days. Would be nice to see the beautiful mountain scenery! We just want temps to remain low keeping good snow conditions.


Operation info from official sources:

- All lifts operating apart from the Karamatsu pair and Yokokura Number 2 pair lifts
- All courses open

Official snow depths (as reported by resort):

- Summit area: 100cm
- Paradise area: 130cm
- Chuo area: 130cm
- Utopia area: 100cm
- Uwanodai area: 90cm
- Oomori area: 100cm


Floodlit night skiing is planned as follows:

In the Uwanodai area:
Daily from until 3rd March 2019
Friday 8th March until Sunday 10th March 2019
Saturday 16th March 2019

In the Yokokura area:
Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday between 11th January and 10th March 2019

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

January 2019: 11th-13th, 18th-20th, 25th-27th
February 2019: every day apart from every Tuesday
March 2019: 1st-3rd   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Thursday 10th January 2019, 8:31am
Weather conditions: Blue sky, some cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning everyone.

Taihen -- no cm of fresh snow to report! I was just looking back - the last time I wasn't able to report any fresh snowfall in a report was on 23rd December. Considering we are now on the 10th January. That really is impressive and I am suitably impressed. Unfortunately, that run has to end this morning as I cannot report any fresh cm to you this morning.


So while the mountain might be tracked and offer variable conditions today, especially after some very windy conditions last night in particular - noisy! - there's blue skies this morning and the sun is out in places; and casting shadows from behind clouds at times.

Maybe a bit of snow tonight into tomorrow but I wouldn't expect much. After that, more clearer skies likely so it does look like we are going to be having something of a break from that relentless snowfall.


At the start of the day all top lifts (apart from the Hanazono top lift) are on standby due to wind.

The Annupuri gondola is operating at reduced speed.

Keep an eye on that situation today.


Niseko Avalanche Report

Niseko base 6am: -3℃, no snowfall in 12 hours. Moiwa 800m: -7℃, SW4.6m/s, no new snow but snowdrifts have developed. Mikaeri data not available. Annupuri1150m: -7℃, no new snow but wind-packed snowdrifts are present in leeward slopes. Niseko Village Mizuno no sawa: -7℃, W7.3m/s, no new snow, snow depth 129cm. Hirafu Peak: -9℃m W15m/s with gusts, no new snow but snowdrifts have developed. Kutchan weather station: -0.8℃, snow depth 126cm. Benkei cape: N14m/s, Kamui cape: SW12m/s, 1011hPa, 2.7m waves.

A strong westerly wind without snowfall has sustained overnight. Cornices have grown big above 800m elevation due to this strong wind. Wind exposed ridges are crusty and icy and wind-packed snowdrifts have developed in some slope aspects. An unstable uneven layer that formed due to the wind and temperature changes has been observed 30cm under the surface. The avalanche risk is lowering, however slides caused by falling cornices and collapsing snowdrifts are still highly expected in leeward slopes above 800m elevation.

Gates’ opening is undetermined; please respect the ski patrol’s decision. There is no new snow and the mountain is mostly tracked out. Ride carefully. Do not enter strictly off-limits areas to seek fresh lines. A single track left under the rope would lead many others to follow it and increase the chances of accidents to happen. It’s not always perfect powder in Niseko, groomers are in excellent condition today.


Ski resort operation information: Thursday 10th January 2019
The below information is manually checked each morning and believed to be correct at time of report. Subject to change!

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 280cm
- Base: 140cm

Ski lifts operating:
- Top Ace Number 4 lift on hold due to wind at the start of the day
- The Ace Family quad (until 8:30pm), Ace Center 4 quad (8:20pm), Hirafu Gondola (until 8:10pm) and Holiday Number 1 pair (until 8:30pm) lifts are normally open during the evening
- The Center Four lift will be open from 8:00am until 8:20am until 31st January 2019. (500 yen charge).

Niseko HANAZONO Resort

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 220cm
- Base: 150cm

Ski lifts operating:
- All Hanazono lifts are normally operating
- The Hanazono lifts are normally open until 3:50pm (Number 3 until 3:30pm)

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono Courses:
- All official courses are now available


Niseko Annupuri

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 240cm
- Base: 140cm

Ski lifts operating:
- Top Jumbo Number 4 lift on hold due to wind at the start of the day
- The Jumbo 1 lift is normally open until 8:30pm during the evening
- Annupuri First run from 7:20am until 8:20am on 12th, 13th, 14th January. (1,500 yen charge).


Niseko Village

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 250cm
- Base: 140cm

Ski lifts operating:
- Top Wonderland lift on hold due to wind at the start of the day
- The Upper Village Gondola, Village Express and Banzai Chair lifts are normally open until 8:00pm during the evening


Night time operations are available in the Niseko Grand Hirafu, Niseko Village and Niseko Annupuri resort areas. There is no nighta at the Niseko HANAZONO resort area.   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Thursday 10th January 2019, 8:36am
Weather conditions: Cloud, thin cloud, blue sky, sun
New snowfall: 2cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Hakuba.

Brrrr, it's a very cold start to the morning.

No fresh snow to report overnight but there I have a bit to record since my report yesterday. I am not finding any reports of fresh snow from the ski resorts.

Things cleared up somewhat by the middle of the day yesterday with some blue sky appearing though some cloud remained.

Maybe some snow overnight tonight but beyond that we can probably expect some clearer weather over the upcoming long weekend (Monday is a national holiday). Next decent snow beyond that brewing up for around Tuesday, so let's keep an eye on that.


Photos today from Hakuba Happo-one (first two) and Hakuba Iwatake.


Ski resort information on Thursday 10th January 2019:
The below info is checked manually each morning and believed to be correct at time of report

Hakuba Happo-one

Official snow depth:
- Kurobishi: 210cm
- Usagidaira: 145cm
- Nakiyama: 80cm

- All course areas open apart from Riesen Grat
- Urakuro and Omusubi off-piste areas not yet open


Hakuba Goryu

Official snow depth:
- Top: 195cm
- Toomi: 95cm
- Iimori: 60cm

- All course areas open apart from Adventure and the ungroomed tree area


Hakuba 47

Official snow depth:
- Top: 190cm
- Base: 75cm

- All courses areas open
- Tree Riding Zones open


Tsugaike Kogen

Official snow depth:
- Tsuga-no-mori: 175cm
- Han-no-ki: 170cm
- Maruyama: 80cm
- Shirakaba: 120cm
- Champion: 110cm
- Oya-no-hara: 80cm
- Kane-no-naru-oka: 80cm

- All courses areas open


Hakuba Cortina

Official snow depth:
- Top: 215cm
- Base: 130cm

- All courses areas open


Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field

Official snow depth:
- Mountain Side: 120cm
- Village Side: 50cm

- Both the Mountain Side and Village Side are part open


Hakuba Norikura Onsen

Official snow depth:
- 180cm

- Most course areas are open
- All lifts apart from Number 1, 7 and 10 are operating


Hakuba Valley Kashimayari

Official snow depth:
- 100cm

- All courses areas are open
- All lifts apart from Number 8 are operating


Hakuba Sanosaka

Official snow depth:
- Top: 110cm
- Base: 60cm

- All lifts are operating


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 5:00pm until 9:00pm in the Nakiyama base area (Nakiyama Number 2 pair lift)
Adults - 2,000 yen; children - 1,200 yen

Hakuba Goryu
Daily from 6:00pm 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 - 2,000 yen; children - 1,000 yen

Hakuba Cortina
Daily from 5:00pm until 8:00pm (until 9:00pm on Saturdays and certain holidays)
Adults - 1,500 yen; children - 1,000 yen

Tsugaike Kogen
Kane-no-naru-oka area from 6:00pm until 8:50pm on 12th 13th January
Karamatsu Shirakaba area from 6:00pm until 9:00pm on 12th, 13th, 19th, 26th January; 9th, 10th, 16th February; 2nd March
Adults - 2,200 yen; children - 1,700 yen   Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Thursday 10th January 2019, 8:38am
Weather conditions: Sunny
New snowfall: 3cm
Snow depth: --
Sunny and cold after the big dump. After a big snow like that it almost seems like there's no more moisture left in the air to make clouds. Of which there are only a few right now.

It was really cold for Myoko, too; the outside thermometer read -9° earlier, but the sun is supposed to warm things up considerably during the day.

I hope it stays cold enough that the snow conditions remain good; OK, let's stick our collective neck out and predict that it will be a great day for getting out in the sun and sliding on great cold snow.


Akakura Kanko:
220cm, -7°

Akakura Onsen:
290cm, -5°

Ikenotaira Onsen:
260cm, -11°

Myoko Suginohara:
185cm, -11°

Seki Onsen:
300cm, -12°

Myoko Ski Park:
260cm, 0°

Kyukamura RunRun:
250cm, -7°

Tangram Ski Circus:
180cm, -6°

Madarao Kogen:
260cm, -7°

Lotte Arai Resort
398cm, -5.9°; still waiting on lifts and freezone openings

Kurohime Kogen Snow Park
200cm, -15°    Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Thursday 10th January 2019, 8:40am
Weather conditions: Cloud, fine, changeable
New snowfall: 10cm
Snow depth: --
Hello from Shiga Kogen.

Well, there's some cloud around this morning - some patches of clearer sky earlier on, but generally now it is not as sunny-fine as we thought it might be. Perhaps it will get to be clearer... after the stormy conditions of yesterday it kind of feels like we deserve a bit of sun!

It's cold too this morning. Snow conditions should be really good.

The snow being reported here is what fell after my report yesterday morning. Wind was really blowing it around yesterday - there's some nice deep conditions to be found.

Take care and have fun.


Shiga Kogen resort info: Thursday 10th January 2019

The below information is manually checked for each report.
Official snow depth numbers are as reported by the ski resorts themselves.

- Official snow depth: 110cm

- Official snow depth: 100cm

Hoppo Bunadaira
- Official snow depth: 110cm

- Official snow depth: 120cm

Ichinose Diamond
- Official snow depth: 170cm

Ichinose Family
- Official snow depth: 170cm

Ichinose Yamanokami
- Official snow depth: 170cm

- Official snow depth: 130cm

- Official snow depth: 100cm

- Official snow depth: 120cm

Okushiga Kogen
- Official snow depth: 190cm

Sun Valley
- Official snow depth: 110cm

Takamagahara Mammoth
- Official snow depth: 160cm

Tannenomori Okojo
- Official snow depth: 170cm

- Official snow depth: 130cm

- Official snow depth: 170cm

- Official snow depth: 110cm


Planned night time operations at the Shiga Kogen ski areas are as follows. Please note that separate lift tickets are required.

Ichinose Diamond
Every Saturday until 23rd March 2019
13th January 2019
10th February 2019
Quad lift
6:30pm until 9:00pm

Ichinose Family
Daily until 23rd March 2019 (except Mondays and Tuesdays)
Number 2 pair B lift
6:30pm until 9:00pm

Every Saturday until 30th March 2019
13th January 2019
10th February 2019
20th March 2019
Number 1 pair lift
6:30pm until 9:00pm

Sun Valley
Every Saturday until 2nd March 2019
13th January 2019
10th February 2019
Number 1 quad lift
7:00pm until 9:00pm

Every Saturday until 2nd March 2019
13th January 2019
10th February 2019
Number 3 high speed lift
6:00pm until 8:00pm   Read more ...

Aizu Bandai Now!

Thursday 10th January 2019, 9:10am
Weather conditions: Cloudy, some blue skies
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from the Urabandai area.

There was no snowfall last night but the snow condition is keeping good this morning.

The forecast shows a bit of snow tonight so maybe some fresh snow will cover on the slopes tomorrow.

It is a cloudy and quiet morning with not many people out on the mountain - some can be enjoyed is if they were your own!


The photos for today are from Nekoma, Grandeco and Alts Bandai this morning.


Nekoma - lift 4/5, course 11/11 open *Close on Wednesday and Thursday 1/16-2/28
Grandeco - lift 4/5 include one gondola, course 13/13 open
Urabandai - lift 3/3, course 3/3 open *Close on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
Minowa - lift 3/3, course 9/11 open
Numajiri - lift 4/4, course 10/11 open
Alts Bandai - lift 7/8 include one gondola, course 19/25 open
Inawashiro - lift 7/8, course 18/18 open
Inawashiro resort - lift 3/4 include one gondola, course 8/9 open
Listel - lift 2/2, course 4/7 open
Family Bandai Bandai - lift 2/2, course 7/7 open


There are shuttle bus services connecting 4 snow resorts (Hoshino Resort Alts Bandai / Inawashiro / Grandeco Snow Resort / Hoshino Resort Urabandai Nekoma) and 4 hotels from January 8th to Mach 15th 2019 running every Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. The bus is running early mornings so that you can enjoy fresh snow. Ask your accommodation for details   Read more ...

Appi Kogen Now!

Thursday 10th January 2019, 9:20am
Weather conditions: Mostly sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Appi,

Extremely gusty conditions which started yesterday afternoon have stayed with us this morning. Very strong westerly winds are hampering operations on the mountain again with the gondola remaining closed at the present time. Unfortunately there may be no respite from the winds until late this evening and into tomorrow.

A favorable forecast may make things a lot better for the weekend with winds dying down and the sun paying us a visit on Saturday and Sunday. Not much to say in the snow department but at least the winds will be gone.

Even though the temperature has increased somewhat it’s going to be a very chilly day on the mountain so bundle up


Official snow depth (as reported by resort):

- 95cm


Planned lift operations & course areas (subject to change due to weather conditions):


- Appi Gondola
- Central Quad lift
- Central Number 2
- Central Number 3 A
- Central Number 5
- Sailer Quad lift
- Sailer Number 2
- Vista Quad
- Nishimori

* Bravo, Cruise 1, Cruise 2 and Dragon Tail tree runs open   Read more ...

Naeba Now!

Thursday 10th January 2019, 10:18am
Weather conditions: Fine
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Naeba.

Less wind this morning and clearer skies - and very cold overnight and early on.

Snow conditions should be great this morning.


Official snow depth:

- 180cm

All lifts plan to be operating apart from the following:

- Prince Number 1 Gondola
- Number 4 high speed lift
- Number 8 high speed lift
- Daishamen romance pair lift
- Number 2 high speed lift

All courses now open apart from the following:

- Splash Bowl

Planned night-time operations:

- Daily until Sunday 24th March 2019
- 4:00pm until 8:30pm
- Courses open: Number 4 and 5
- Lifts operating: Number 5 high speed lift   Read more ...

Minakami Now!

Thursday 10th January 2019, 15:03pm
Weather conditions: Clear
New snowfall: 20cm
Snow depth: --
Snow fell heavily until mid-afternoon yesterday and today could have been a special one however winds kicked up over night and pressed the snow and then high humidity turned it a little sticky by mid morning.

Forecast is for some more snow this evening and much colder weather tomorrow so hopefully nature delivers.    Read more ...

SnowJapan Daily 'Now' reports

Yuzawa Now
14th Jun, 10:19am
Naeba Now
07th Jun, 10:08am
Aizu Bandai Now
31st May, 13:35
Shiga Kogen Now
27th May, 9:56am
Furano Now
08th May, 8:47am
Niseko Now
07th May, 19:19pm
Myoko Now
06th May, 9:33am
Hakuba Now
06th May, 9:09
Nozawa Onsen Now
06th May, 8:46
Minakami Now
06th May, 8:16
Madarao Now
06th May, 8:13am
Zao Now
06th May, 7:59
Appi Kogen Now
06th May, 7:59am
Geto Kogen Now
06th May, 7:12
Grandeco Now
02nd Feb, 12:34am