Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 5th May 2018

Geto Kogen Now!

Saturday 10th March 2018, 7:03am
Weather conditions: Mostly sunny
New snowfall: 2cm
Snow depth: --
Rain, rain, go away…

Mainly heavy rain, yesterday, with some moderate winds and temps reaching 4C. By about 3pm, the rain slowly turned to snow and we had some messy flakes blown around by the wind into the evening. The snow became light later on, and continued into the early hours of this morning.

This morning we’ve got 2cm of fresh snow, and we’re expecting a beautiful bluebird on the hill with tops of 0C in the morning, but should hover around -3C at the base for the majority of the day. Winds are nice and light, with a cloud or two expected to pass over, clearing again by this evening.

With the relentless rain we’ve had over the past couple of days (and thank god it has indeed decided to relent for now), we’ve lost a fair amount of snow. This shouldn’t impact the conditions too much, as we’ve still got a fair base as you’ll see listed in the stats above, and after a groom and a weeks worth of sunshine coming up, it should (hopefully, please) be smooth sailing for the rest of the week.

It’s a day for the groomers — they should be pretty slick and soft under foot. We’ve had some colder temperatures and we’re in for some more throughout the week, so whatever damage the rain has done, should be rectified with a good freeze and a good groom (and a good cry from me).

Sunday: mostly clear with late snow showers (5-10cm), light winds & tops of 5C
Monday: light snow to clear in the evening, moderate winds & tops of 0C
Tuesday: mostly sunny, light to moderate winds & tops of 8C


Official snow depths:

Top: 420cm
Base: 280cm

Night skiing operations have finished for the season.

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Yuzawa Now!

Saturday 10th March 2018, 7:48am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 2cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Yuzawa.

And I am very glad to report a bit of fresh snow on the ground. It's not a lot - just a sprinkling of 1-2cm or so - but it is still better than the rain we had to put up with.

Kagura resort is reporting 3-5cm fresh snow and Maiko Snow Resort are actually reporting 5-10cm, so that's good to hear.

We are expecting clearer skies during the day today and actually a fair bit of sunshine over the coming week if the forecasts are correct. It's colder this morning but early week those spring like temperatures are due back too.


Photos from around 2pm (server stuff complicating things!!)


Updated: Saturday 10th March 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
- 260cm

- 155cm

- Kagura area: 330cm
- Mitsumata area: 230cm
- Tashiro area: 280cm

Kandatsu Kogen
- 230cm

- 220cm (base)

NASPA Ski Garden
- 170cm

Yuzawa Kogen
- Top: 220cm
- Base: 140cm

Yuzawa Park
- 140cm

Yuzawa Nakazato
- 150cm


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

Ishiuchi Maruyama
- 190cm

Joetsu Kokusai
- 200cm

Maiko Snow Resort
- Top: 190cm
- Base: 80cm

Muikamachi Hakkaisan
- Closed on Wednesdays until 14th March
- 260cm   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Saturday 10th March 2018, 8:04am
Weather conditions: Cloud, some blue sky
New snowfall: 1cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning.

There's just a dusting of fresh snow to report this morning here at base. Not quite 1cm, but there have been days when there's been an extra few mm, so I'm going to award the reports a mighty 1cm this morning! I am hearing reports of around 3-5cm higher up on the mountain this morning.

It's colder today which is very welcome and hopefully we will see some sunshine. For now it is cloudy with some blue sky.

Hopefully that rain is out of the system now and we can get on enjoying some spring skiing. And indeed, snowboarding.

We need to enjoy what we have as there's not much in terms of snow potential.


You may have noticed a very short time of downtime yesterday with the website. Actually, apparently it only lasted less than 5 minutes.

But hopefully you will this morning notice that the website in general is whizzing around rather quickly and pages are loading nice and faster than before. That's because SnowJapan has moved to a brand new server that is packing a lot more muscle. I hear it is shiny too. The new hardware will let us cope with the annually increasing traffic into the coming years. At times this season there had been a bit of a 'bottleneck' early morning when large numbers of people were checking the reports, but that should not be the case now. In theory, more than triple the number of people can now access the site at exactly the same time.


A big 'otsukaresama' to all the guys involved - it's way more complex and stressful than just a case of copying a bunch of files.


Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6.00am: -5°, 2cm new snow. Moiwa 800m: -7.3°, NW3.0m/s, 5cm new snow, inconsistent snowdrift development. Annupuri 1150m: -8°, NW5m/s, trace new snow. Hirafu peak: -10°, light winds, 3cm new snow. Coastal data: Benkei Cape: NNE6m/s. Kamui Cape: SE2m/s, 1021hPa, wave 1.9m.

The warm low pressure system has moved of to the north east and a north west snow wind is now blowing. Snow drift and cornice development at Moiwa peak over the last 12 hours has mainly been from wind blown snow which has settled down now. The warm air and strong winds yesterday have caused irregular snow drift development. From this mornings observation, there is the possibility of surface avalanches on leeward slopes, fracturing on Mar 9th low pressure snowfall layer at about 40cm. Be careful on cornice slopes and around knolls.

Peak gates are expected to be open. Please listen to the patrols advice. Be prepared before going out of bounds. Snow drift conditions are not bad, however there is a wet layer below the surface which can easily catch you. Ride carefully and take constant note of snow conditions. There is high possibility of a full depth avalanche at Kozan no Sawa 1000m elev, Annupuri Osawa 1000m elev SE slope. If an avalanche occurs it will be extremely dangerous. Avoid riding in the valley bottom, this is where the avalanche will run. Guides and group leaders remember you are responsible for the safety of your group. Do not lead groups onto cornice slopes or into valley bottoms. Death cookies on the groomers in places today, take care. Have a good day.


Saturday 10th March 2018

Resort specific information (operations subject to change):

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Niseko HANAZONO Resort

Lifts scheduled to be operating:
- All lifts should be operating as planned

Official snow depth:
- Top: 505cm
- Base: 210cm

Niseko Annupuri

Lifts scheduled to be operating:
- All lifts should be operating as planned

Official snow depth:
- Top: 450cm
- Base: 240cm

Niseko Village

Lifts scheduled to be operating:
- All lifts should be operating as planned (Country Road Chair lift not operating)

Official snow depth:
- Top: 420cm
- Base: 230cm


Floodlit 'nighta' skiing - until Sunday 18th March

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 ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Saturday 10th March 2018, 8:12am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 2cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Nozawa.

And happily here we are today with the weather of yesterday and the day before behind us.

Cloudy with some light snow falling higher up early this morning and a bit of fresh snow on the ground. Nozawa is reporting 5cm at Yamabiko, 11cm at Uenotaira and 3cm on Nagasaka lower down and I can report a few cm by base too. Good to see, even though we'd like to see more than that of course!

The skies might clear up and the sun might come out later on though it should be keeping quite cold today. A little warmer tomorrow with more sunshine expected.

Don't hold your breath for any decent fresh snowfall over the coming week. Rather, early week milder temperatures and sun look like they'll be the main headline.

That doesn't mean that there's not fun to be had of course - there's a lot of spring fun ahead of us. Almost 2 months of it if the snow lasts! I'm still holding on to the idea of more fresh snow ahead of us.

I'm definitely going to try and make the most of it.


Saturday 10th March 2018

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

- Yamabiko (1407m): 5cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 11cm
- Hikage (660m): -cm
- Nagasaka (615m): 3cm
- Karasawa (563m): -cm

Official snow depth numbers:

- Yamabiko (1407m): 280cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 210cm
- Hikage (660m): 150cm
- Nagasaka (615m): 145cm
- Karasawa (563m): 95cm

Lifts operations:

- All lifts should be open as planned this morning
- 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
- Hachiman   Read more ...

Appi Kogen Now!

Saturday 10th March 2018, 8:13am
Weather conditions: Cloudy, blue sky
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Appi.

No fresh snow to report today but generally cloudy with blue skies and some sunshine expected.

We may well get some more snow later on tomorrow with temperatures getting milder once again from early in the week.

Have a good Saturday.


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
- Vista quad
- Nishimori pair

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


We will endeavour to keep the reports updated regularly until the end of the season at Appi.


Official snow depth:

310cm   Read more ...

Furano Now!

Saturday 10th March 2018, 8:20am
Weather conditions: Blue sky, some cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Yesterday the rain persisted right through the day and early evening it turned into light snow. Overnight temperatures dropped and the roads froze. This morning we have blue sky with some cloud and plenty of sunshine. The wind is light to moderate and the temperatures is just below freezing, and will rise to around 0c. With that early morning sun there is a bit of melt starting as the snow sun bakes. The slopes will be firm after the thaw and rain, so take it easy.    Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Saturday 10th March 2018, 8:27am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 1cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Hakuba.

The rain turned into snow on the mountains around lunchtime but it was generally limited visibility out there and... not particularly nice.

Ah, better this morning and some fresh snow to report:

Hakuba Goryu: up to 3cm
Hakuba 47: 2-3cm
Hakuba Cortina: 1-2cm
Hakuba Happo-one: 1cm

Just a sprinkling down below and I'll be generous adding 1cm to the report.

So expect a thin layer on the slopes this morning. Not enough to cover things up good and proper, but welcome all the same.

And while it's cloudy with limited visibility generally at the start of the day, the sun should be out today. Should keep fairly cold though.


Hakuba Happo-one Super Riesen Competition is being held at Happo-one today and so there's a few course restrictions over there. Good luck to everyone taking part.


SnowJapan moved to a new server yesterday and everything seems to be in place and working as it should. Traffic increases every season and so the site needs more powerful hardware to keep up with it - hence the move. Things seem nice and very fast this morning which is great to see.

Good job guys. And congratulations on the continued growth. :)


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

Hakuba Happo-one

Operating lifts:
- All lifts appear to be operating

Courses open:
- All areas open as planned

Official snow depth:
- Kurobishi: 375cm
- Usagidaira: 220cm
- Lower: 90cm


Hakuba Goryu

Operating lifts:
- All lifts should be operation as normal today
- The top Alps Number 2/4 pair lifts are scheduled to be open daily until 18th March

Courses open:
- All courses should be open as normal (apart from Adventure)

Official snow depth:
- Top: 360cm
- Toomi: 135cm
- Iimori: 70cm


Hakuba 47

Operating lifts:
- All lifts should be operation as normal today
- Line D usually operates only when the Gondola is not operating

Courses open:
- All main courses should be available

Official snow depth:
- Top: 330cm
- Base: 130cm


Tsugaike Kogen

Operating lifts:
- All lifts should be operating as normal

Courses open:
- All course areas are open

Official snow depth:
- Tsuga-no-mori: 315cm
- Han-no-ki: 305cm
- Maruyama: 100cm
- Shirakaba: 255cm
- Champion: 110cm
- Oya-no-hara: 135cm
- Kane-no-naru-oka: 118cm


Hakuba Cortina

Operating lifts:
- All lifts should be operating as normal

Courses open:
- Some courses not available - check with resort

Official snow depth:
- Top: 280cm
- Base: 170cm


Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field

Operating lifts:
- Should be open as planned
Official snow depth:
- Top: 190cm
- Base: 100cm


Hakuba Norikura Onsen

Operating lifts:
- All lifts apart from Number 1, 7 and 10 should be operating

Official snow depth:
- 140cm


Hakuba Valley Kashimayari

Operating lifts:
- All lifts should be operating

Official snow depth:
- 170cm


Hakuba Sanosaka

Operating lifts:
- All three lifts are operating

Official snow depth:
- 110cm


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
Karamatsu Shirakaba area from 6pm until 9pm on 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 March 2018, 8:34am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Grandeco.

It was raining yesterday and it did change into snow in the evening but not so much, just a slight covering.

The weather will be getting better from now with some blue skies and there is some snow on the forecast for tomorrow afternoon still.

The snow depth has decreased a lot this week, waiting for the next snow fall. Fingers crossed.


Lifts operating:

- All lifts operating

Courses open:

- All courses open

Official snow depth:
- 280cm

- Grandeco snow and weather forecast
   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Saturday 10th March 2018, 8:45am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 4cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Shiga Kogen.

And I am happy to report - fresh snow on the ground! The main Shiga Kogen site is reporting 10cm, though I am measuring 4cm. Perhaps varying amounts around the area.

Good to see a return to colder conditions too. It's cloudy with light snow falling just now but a clearing up is expected.

Maybe some more snow tomorrow night but beyond that the forecast shows a fair bit of sunshine in the first half of the coming week.


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



220cm   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Saturday 10th March 2018, 8:45am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Zao.

It is cloudy now but I have some fresh snow to report. 5cm of it. Along with colder conditions too. Feels a bit more like winter once again.

Perhaps a little more snow later tomorrow but the trend seems to be towards milder temperatures early week as well as clear skies. Should be nice for some spring sliding.


Lifts and course info:

- All lifts moving as planned
- All areas open as planned
- Note: the Karamatsu pair lift has now closed for the season

Official snow depths:

- Summit area: 190cm
- Paradise area: 220cm
- Chuo area: 220cm
- Utopia area: 190cm
- Uwanodai area: 150cm
- Oomori area: 130cm


Zao Onsen forecast:

Zao Onsen 6-day snow and weather forecast   Read more ...

Madarao Now!

Saturday 10th March 2018, 8:53am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 7cm
Snow depth: --
Good news this morning folks!

That rain turned into snow and this morning the resort is reporting 10cm of fresh snow. It has been snowing early on as well but I'm not measuring quite that much. Still, it's great to see fresh snow on the ground. And it is definitely feeling colder as well. That's what we like.

Clearer skies are forecast though - and not only later today but tomorrow and beyond too. Looks like it's going to be a week of mild and sunny conditions.

Let's spring skiing, 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
Powder Theater
Free Ride Park
Adventure Aisle
Crystal Bowl

Kids Park

Planned nighta operations this season:

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

Minakami Now!

Saturday 10th March 2018, 9:24am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Started lightly snowing up here yesterday in the late afternoon. It's still falling and is crisp and cold outside but up on the mountain they are reporting only 1cm and similarly down here, the accumulation didn't happen.

Forecast is for weather to clear this afternoon and tomorrow before some snow Sunday evening. Then a week of clear warm weather. Could be time for some corn skiing.


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 ...

Myoko Now!

Saturday 10th March 2018, 9:47am
Weather conditions: Fog and snow
New snowfall: 12cm
Snow depth: --
Snow on the ground this morning - and happy to see more, as the snow walls along the roads are really, really low. Still pretty good levels at most of the ski areas, so no panic just yet (with a little over three weeks left in the season).

Snow today and maybe a bit tomorrow, but spring is coming back in the new week, as that freezing level heads up higher than the peak of Mt. Myoko.

Lots of sun, too, so at least if it isn't going to snow...


Akakura Kanko:
260 cm, -6°

Akakura Onsen:
280cm, -1°

Ikenotaira Onsen:
260cm, -6°

Myoko Suginohara:
180cm, -8°

Seki Onsen:
400 cm, -2°

Myoko Ski Park:
230 cm, -1°

Kyukamura RunRun:
260 cm, -3°

Lotte Arai Resort:
447cm, -0.9°; Mamushigaeshi, Exciter and Discovery courses closed; all avalanche controlled areas except Funaishi-zawa, Happy Place and Benzaku-zawa closed; see website for updates

Tangram Ski Circus:
170 cm, -3°

Madarao Kogen:
190 cm, -5°

Kurohime Kogen Snow Park:
150cm, 5°   Read more ...

SnowJapan Daily 'Now' reports

Myoko Now
06th Oct, 15:27am
Yuzawa Now
10th Sep, 17:36am
Niseko Now
27th Aug, 14:26am
Grandeco Now
24th Aug, 11:16am
Madarao Now
12th Aug, 0:17pm
Furano Now
06th May, 9:04am
Hakuba Now
06th May, 9:02
Nozawa Onsen Now
06th May, 8:41
Shiga Kogen Now
06th May, 8:35
Zao Now
06th May, 8:30am
Naeba Now
06th May, 8:28am
Minakami Now
06th May, 8:27am
Appi Kogen Now
06th May, 8:04
Geto Kogen Now
06th May, 8:01