Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 5th May 2018

Geto Kogen Now!

Sunday 11th March 2018, 7:05am
Weather conditions: Sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
A mostly clear day on the hill yesterday with tops of -2C and some light winds. The sun was out throughout, and it was all round a pretty calm one.

Today, more of the same with tops of 3C in the afternoon, mostly clear skies and some light snow into this evening. Winds should start off light and pick up to 50km/h in the evening, with the temperatures dropping down to -5C. Groomers were out overnight as usual, and with these nice sunny conditions and perhaps some more warmth today (though, not dangerously warm), the snow should be a bit of fun as the day goes on.

Tomorrow we should wake up to about 5cm or so of snow, hopefully. Here’s what this week’s looking like so far...

Monday: light snow, moderate winds & tops of 0C
Tuesday: mostly sunny, light winds increasing & tops of 9C (come on now)
Wednesday: … light rain, moderate winds easing & tops of 8C


Official snow depths:

Top: 420cm
Base: 280cm

Night skiing operations have finished for the season.   Read more ...

Yuzawa Now!

Sunday 11th March 2018, 7:45am
Weather conditions: Clear and sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Yuzawa.

Some good fun to be had yesterday, especially with that little bit of fresh snow higher up. And it kept fairly cold too.

And this morning the sun is out, the skies are clear and it is going to be a beautiful day.

The local forecasts seems to show the chance of some light snow overnight to be followed by more sun during the day tomorrow.


Updated: Sunday 11th 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
- 270cm

- 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 ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Sunday 11th March 2018, 7:48am
Weather conditions: Blue skies and sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
There's not much to report this morning other than it's is a beautiful morning here. The sun us out and there's blue skies above. Going to be a good one. Chilly start but should warm up to around 8C down at in the village during the day. And then a bit colder tomorrow, hopefully after a sprinkling of snow on the mountain overnight.

Have a good Sunday.


Sunday 11th March 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): 280cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 210cm
- Hikage (660m): 150cm
- Nagasaka (615m): 145cm
- Karasawa (563m): 90cm

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 ...

Niseko Now!

Sunday 11th March 2018, 7:54am
Weather conditions: Blue skies. Lovely.
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning all. And how are you doing.

It is an easy report for me today, and I'm posting early so I can get outside. Hope you don't mind!

The sun is out, blue skies above, calm. And just a dusting of snow (but not enough for me to contemplate 'rounding up'!) The lifts should all be open as normal and we're expecting gates to be open.

Toast eaten. Check. Gear ready. Check!

I hope you all have a good day wherever you are.


Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6.00am: -5°, no new snow. Moiwa 800m: -7.4°, W2.3m/s, no new snow or snowdrift development, good visibility. Annupuri 1150m: -10°, light winds, trace new snow. Hirafu peak: -10°, light winds, trace new snow. Coastal data: Benkei Cape: SW2m/s. Kamui Cape: light winds, 1020hPa, wave 0.7m.

The sea and mountains are both calm, there is little atmospheric pressure gradient and there has been almost no snowfall in the last 12 hours. From observation the general avalanche risk is low. All gates are expected to be open. Please listen to the patrols advice and prepare accordingly before going out the gates. Beacons and helmets are not mandatory but are recommended. Cracks are increasing everywhere. They cannot be seen from above and are very deep this year. Avoid riding on cracked slopes.

From this winters snowfall trend the risk of full depth avalanches is getting high in Kozan no Sawa and Osawa. When deep snowdrifts fracture down to the ground they release a huge amount of snow into an avalanche, running at high speed down to and along the valley bottom for long distances, pulling out boulders and trees, leaving devastation in their path. Its easy to ride out the valley bottoms, but should be avoided.

This information is published for the safety of resort users who want to ride out of bounds. Locals are always on the lookout for everyone’s safety. The deep fresh snow has finished this year, but spring skiing is still fun. Have a good day.


Sunday 11th 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: 500cm
- 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 ...

Grandeco Now!

Sunday 11th March 2018, 7:59am
Weather conditions: Fair blue skies
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Grandeco.

It is a beautiful Sunday morning here with lovely blue skies above us.

Chilly and no wind so it feels very quiet and calm.

The snow condition is not hard even in this weather, it is not powder either but soft conditions this morning.

It is difficult to imagine right now with this sunny morning but according to the forecast, it may well be snowing this afternoon through tomorrow morning. That would be nice actually.


Lifts operating:

- All lifts operating

Courses open:

- All courses open

Official snow depth:
- 280cm

- Grandeco snow and weather forecast
   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Sunday 11th March 2018, 8:18am
Weather conditions: Mostly blue skies
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Hakuba.

Anyone make it out yesterday? It was generally mostly cloudy and actually remaining pretty cold.

This morning the sun is out and we have lots of blue skies. It's quite cold again early on, but due to warm up more than yesterday during the daytime. So we can probably expect harder earlier snow conditions to be softening up.

There is a lot of sun on the forecast through Thursday, along with some warmer-than-usual temperatures particularly mid-week.

Is that a chance of a bit of snow overnight tonight?


Ski resort information on Sunday 11th 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: 130cm
- 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:
- Most should be open

Official snow depth:
- Top: 290cm
- 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 7 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 ...

Appi Kogen Now!

Sunday 11th March 2018, 8:27am
Weather conditions: Clear and sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Appi.

It's beautiful blue skies and sunshine this morning.

Perhaps some snow overnight tonight (?) and then mid week slightly warmer conditions again with some rain possible before turning into snow hopefully around Thursday.

Anyway, let's see how that develops. For now, a lovely day.


Official snow depth:



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.   Read more ...

Madarao Now!

Sunday 11th March 2018, 8:34am
Weather conditions: Fine weather
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Madarao.

It is one of those lovely mornings again with blue skies and sunshine.

Beautiful weather conditions including a chilly start though it will be warming up somewhat during the day.

No excuses not to make the most of this. Remember there's only 3 more weeks left. Wow, I'm almost shocking myself just saying that.

Winter goes way too fast! I suppose that must mean that we are having a lot of fun. :)


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 ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Sunday 11th March 2018, 8:38am
Weather conditions: Sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
The clouds cleared up during the afternoon yesterday turning into a fine day to be out sliding down the slopes. And this morning it is clear skies and sunshine above Shiga Kogen. Another cold start but it should be warming up with the sun.

There is a lot of sunshine on the forecast for the coming week along with some rather warm temps too.

My friend was mentioning that there are now only 3 weeks left with all of the Shiga Kogen areas open. Of course there are some areas that are open until Golden Week in early May and even beyond that. But still...

I will bring you more details on planned closing dates sometime soon.


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



205cm   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Sunday 11th March 2018, 8:58am
Weather conditions: Sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Appropriately enough, the sun is out this Sunday morning and it is going to be a very fine day.

If the forecasts are right there might be some light snow overnight tonight but we can more likely expect sun and warmer temperatures in the coming week than snow.

Full on spring season? Maybe so. Let's enjoy it!


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: 185cm
- Paradise area: 220cm
- Chuo area: 220cm
- Utopia area: 190cm
- Uwanodai area: 135cm
- Oomori area: 130cm


Zao Onsen forecast:

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

Naeba Now!

Sunday 11th March 2018, 9:14am
Weather conditions: Partly Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Naeba! It's a bright start today, with just a few fluffy clouds clinging to the mountain tops in the Mikuni valley. The sun is up and over the peaks, meaning that despite the cool air temperature of -4°C, the feels-like temperature will increase to comfortably above 0°C this morning. We can expect some thicker cloud to roll in later today, possibly bringing with it some snow showers at higher elevations, however accumulations will be very modest. Overnight tonight the temperature will just dip below 0°C. The pistes today will be a mix of hard up top and soft down towards the base. Make sure those edges are nice and sharp if you plan to explore the whole mountain.

Looking forwards, we have very much a spring outlook. Temperatures are expected to peak above 0°C on Monday morning, and remain there until at least the weekend. There is a block of high pressure moving in over us, deflecting any moist, low pressure systems that might have wanted to push into the area this week. This means we will have warm, settled, sunny weather for the week. Time to crack out the BBQs and deck chairs to enjoy a bit of spring skiing.   Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Sunday 11th March 2018, 10:51am
Weather conditions: Sun is shining through thin clouds
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Not much to report, really. No new snow on the ground; sun shining; not too warm (yet).

Didn’t even bother plowing up the 12 cm of fall yesterday - the sun will be shining a lot in the coming days, and that temperature is going to keep on going up.


Akakura Kanko:
260 cm, -3°

Akakura Onsen:
270cm, -4°

Ikenotaira Onsen:
230cm, -5°

Myoko Suginohara:
180cm, -5°

Seki Onsen:
400 cm, -1°

Myoko Ski Park:
230 cm, -2°

Kyukamura RunRun:
260 cm, 0°

Lotte Arai Resort:
445cm, -1.9°; almost everything open (just a couple of the avalanche-controlled areas)

Tangram Ski Circus:
170 cm, -3°

Madarao Kogen:
190 cm, -5°

Kurohime Kogen Snow Park:
160cm, -7°   Read more ...

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