Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 19th November 2018

Yuzawa Now!

Monday 12th February 2018, 7:40am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Nozawa.

It did get cloudy yesterday and there was some snow falling in the afternoon - especially as you went higher up - though it didn't amount to any new cm to report this morning.

The Niigata forecast was telling us to expect up to 20cm of snow overnight, but there isn't any to report from town level (though I see that the higher Kagura resort is reporting 2-3cm of fresh).

Once again we have seen snow falling to the north of Yuzawa in places that don't want the snow! Some odd weather patterns of late in these parts.

Anyway, we should be seeing snow fall during the day and it does look like light snow is starting to fall now...


I took a look at the webcam from GALA Yuzawa yesterday just before lunch... it looked very busy indeed!

Today is also a holiday for many though traditionally it won't be as busy as Saturday and Sunday; especially after lunch when lots of folk will be making their way back home. But expect slopes to be busier than on a normal Monday.


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


Updated: Monday 12th 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
- 310cm

- 190cm

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

Kandatsu Kogen
- 240cm

- 240cm (base)

NASPA Ski Garden
- 225cm

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

Yuzawa Park
- 180cm

Yuzawa Nakazato
- 160cm


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

Ishiuchi Maruyama
- 230cm

Joetsu Kokusai
- 240cm

Maiko Snow Resort
- Top: 230cm
- Base: 150cm

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

Naeba Now!

Monday 12th February 2018, 7:46am
Weather conditions: Overcast
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Naeba! It's a overcast start here, with the tops of the mountains shrouded in a thick cloud. Despite some snowfall yesterday with a little accumulation on the pistes, there is no evidence of this this morning in the valley. The air temperature is reading a cool -9°C, with this expected to creep up to highs of -5 today. We can expect this thick cloud to hang around for most of the day, with the potential for a small amount of new snowfall. The wind will be moderate.

Looking forwards, we can expect much of the same as today until at least Wednesday, where the wind will drop off and the sun will come out. Air temperatures will remain comfortably below 0°C until at least Wednesday also, when we can expect a spring-like day. Disappointingly, it seems as though despite the grumpy clouds, we will not receive any significant accumulations of snow over the next few days. Beyond Wednesday, it seems as though things will return to cloud and small snow accumulations.   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Monday 12th February 2018, 7:48am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 42cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning.

Something of a return to more like mid-winter conditions this morning. And I have been digging and moving snow early on.... lots of it!

How does 42cm sound?!

Cold temperatures, lots of snow falling, windy and limited visibility on the slopes down to base areas. The snow and cold looks like it should be continuing for a few days - and possibly windy conditions too - so come prepared.

If it stays like this today I can't see the night time light up going ahead but check anyway if you are here.

Once the storm passes things should be in top condition.


Lifts and course info:

- All lifts appear to be opening as scheduled - apart from Zao Paradise Number 3 pair
- Note: the Karamatsu pair lift usually only operates on weekends
- All areas open

Official snow depths:

- Summit area: 170cm
- Paradise area: 220cm
- Chuo area: 220cm
- Utopia area: 210cm
- Uwanodai area: 135cm
- Oomori area: 160cm


Zao Onsen forecast:

Zao Onsen 6-day snow and weather forecast

Floodlit night skiing 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:
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only 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:

February 2018: every day
March 2018: 1st-4th   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Monday 12th February 2018, 7:50am
Weather conditions: Snow clouds, fog
New snowfall: 1cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Nozawa.

I'm sorry, while I do have some fresh snow to report this morning, they're not exciting numbers! Just 1-2cm of fresh is being reported by the resort (base to top), and I can add 1cm to the report with a light dusting on my car.

It is snowing now though and forecast for the day and hopefully tomorrow too.

Definitely colder as well this morning so it feels more winter-like than over the weekend. Let's see what we get from it.

Visibility looking rather limited on the mountain, especially on the higher areas.

It's the last day of the three day long weekend. Nozawa was a popular choice over the weekend and I suspect this morning will be busy too, though any crowds should start to disperse come the afternoon. And then tomorrow we should be back to a normal mid-season Tuesday.


Monday 12th February 2018

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

- Yamabiko (1407m): 2cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 1cm
- Hikage (660m): 1cm
- Nagasaka (615m): 1cm
- Karasawa (563m): 1cm

Official snow depth numbers:

- Yamabiko (1407m): 315m
- Uenotaira (1230m): 255cm
- Hikage (660m): 185cm
- Nagasaka (615m): 185cm
- Karasawa (563m): 140cm

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 ...

Geto Kogen Now!

Monday 12th February 2018, 7:52am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 45cm
Snow depth: --
Yesterday we started to see some of the forecasted snowfall come through — windy at times but the snow was definitely falling fairly consistently throughout the day, around 10cm fell. Mainly tops of about -5C throughout the day, and some heavy snowfall into the evening...

This morning, I’m rather happy to report that we’ve seen 35cm of fresh snowfall across the resort, and probably an extra 5cm at the top.

We’re in for similar conditions today, with moderate to heavy snowfall fairly consistently into the evening, and tops of -7C — definitely a day for all the gear. Even if it isn’t as steezy as you want it to be. Wind chill should get down to -17C, so I would recommend a neck warmer for sure. Hopefully, by the end of the day we’ll see another 25-30cm, so we’re in for a beautiful couple of days on the mountain.

Back to weekdays, so we’re back to just the main gondola spinning. Again, this shouldn’t affect your riding at all — minimal crowds and all terrain still easily accessible.

Pick for the day for our advanced riders is the cruise down B3 into C1, or C5 a few runs over. For you Beginners just finding your feet in the pow — B1 will do just nicely. All tree areas should be magic today, after the slightly overdue yet much appreciated top-up, so just get into it and enjoy yourselves.


Official snow depths:

Top: 465cm
Base: 330cm

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 ...

Minakami Now!

Monday 12th February 2018, 7:59am
Weather conditions: Overcast
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Dusting of snow here this morning after a light fall overnight and some snow yesterday afternoon.

Expecting dust on crust but Tenjin has delivered plenty of nice surprises in similar circumstances this year.

The forecast is for snow today and tomorrow but it's not happening just yet.


9:15am update

10-15cm up top. Photo added below.


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 ...

Grandeco Now!

Monday 12th February 2018, 8:19am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 20cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Grandeco.

Heavy snow is falling at this moment and the visibility is very poor out there.

If the snow keep falling, the course maintenance truck will be out on the courses during daytime to make the course flat. There is an announcement before they start working and the patrol snowmobile will lead the truck, but be sure to keep distance from the truck!

Temperature is quite cold and the snow condition is excellent powder today.

You can dive into the fresh snow anywhere but try not to stop or stay in the middle of the slopes - visibility is very poor.


Lifts operating:

- All lifts operating

Courses open:

- All courses open

Official snow depth:
- 320cm

- Grandeco snow and weather forecast   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Monday 12th February 2018, 8:31am
Weather conditions: Snow clouds
New snowfall: 14cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Niseko.

This feels a bit more like it!

While there's not a huge amount of snow to report from here at base (14cm), I suspect there's going to be a fair bit more higher up and there'll be more in places lower down too as wind has probably been a factor, blowing it about. Really nice quality snow though and it is very cold this morning. Wrapping up appropriately will be especially important today.

As of 8am it is snowing quite nicely too and forecast to continue so things are looking good. Some lifts were affected by strong winds yesterday and wind might well be an issue over the next few days as well. Visibility is looking very limited as well (and increasingly so over the last 30 minutes as I have been putting this report together).

I have updated things as they are at 8:30am in the bit below but best to keep an eye on the live conditions with the resorts.


Sunday is typically the day when my reports gets read the least. I'm suitably outraged! And Monday is typically when they get read the most. Or so I hear.

And so forgive me for copy-pasting something that I posted yesterday, as I'd like some of those naughty people who didn't tune in yesterday to see it. Here goes:

It's busy-busy-busy here at the moment. I went out to meet a some friends for a few drinks last night and was reminded at just how busy Hirafu can get, particularly in this peak part of the season. I usually don't venture out in the evening during this period - one less person at the bar is probably better for everyone! There's certainly a party atmosphere though, and everyone where I was seemed to be having a blast.

And with the Chinese New Year holidays from this week, things are being ramped up that bit more.

This year Chinese New Year is on 16th February - please correct me if I am wrong, but I believe that the festival period lasts for 15 days from Chinese New Year Eve to Lantern Festival on the 15th day of the Lunar New Year with holidays from 15th-21st February.

The slopes, the bars, the restaurants... are going to be busy! Planning for all these things is recommended.

Here's to large doses of fun (and fresh snow) for everyone.


Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6.00am: -12°, wind blown snow, 10cm new snow, snowdrift development. Moiwa 800m: -15°, NW19m/s, major cornice and snowdrift development. Annupuri 1150m: -18°, WSW20m/s, 20cm new snow, snowdrift development. Hirafu 1250m: -19°, strong gusty westerly winds, 10cm new snow. Coastal data: Benkei Cape:WNW19m/s. Kamui Cape: WSW16m/s, 1002hPa, wave 2.6m.

A typical winter weather pattern has returned, the base of the mountain is experiencing a snowstorm, new snowdrift growth is fracturing easily on the layer of low pressure snowfall from Feb10-11th and the avalanche risk is very high. Osawa elevation 800-1000m there is possibility of surface generated avalanche with fracture face more than 60cm. Danger is similar on all SE facing slopes and other slopes where rapid snowdrift growth from the strong wind has occurred. All top gates will be closed, do not duck ropes to go out of bounds.

Most avalanche accidents occur on leeward snowdrift slopes during bad weather. Strong wind and snow can cause extremely rapid cornice and snowdrift growth in a short time. Even though the amount of new snow is small, when conditions are right an avalanche will occur. Do not disregard the danger of the storm. Isobars do not tell a lie. Have a safe day.


Monday 12th 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
- Top Ace Number 4 and King Number 4 lifts on hold at start of the day due to strong winds and poor visibility

Official snow depth:
- Top: 430cm
- Base: 215cm

Niseko Annupuri Kokusai

Lifts scheduled to be operating:
- All lifts should be operating
- Top Jumbo Number 4 lift on hold at start of the day due to strong winds and poor visibility
- The Gondola might be delayed by about 30 minutes

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 ...

Hakuba Now!

Monday 12th February 2018, 8:38am
Weather conditions: Snow clouds
New snowfall: 18cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Hakuba.

Ah, I'm glad to be back and also to see some decent snow on the ground this morning.

First of all back to yesterday. Visibility seemed to improve soon after my report was posted with bits of sunshine breaking through the clouds which lifted generally showing the lower slopes by mid morning. The day ended up cloudy once again. Bit of a wind at times. A few friends were out on the slopes and they were reporting less than exciting conditions, but this morning I am happy to be able to report a fresh reset.

This is how much fresh snowfall the resorts are reporting:

Hakuba Goryu: 40cm (top); 15cm (Toomi)
Hakuba 47: 25cm (top); 10cm (base)
Hakuba Happo: 20cm (top Gondola station)
Hakuba Cortina: 10cm

Interesting to see Cortina reporting less than the places to the south. I like the look of that 40cm that Goryu is reporting. Worth investigating, though from the other reports it looks like we can expect 20+cm out there. I am measuring 18cm.

It's colder too this morning so the snow should be much improved over yesterday. :)

Some lifts affected by windy conditions (and 'snow removal') this morning - at 8:30am it looks like top lifts at Goryu, Happo-one and Tsugaike are affected but hopefully they'll get spinning again soon.


Ski resort information on Monday 12th February 2018 (at time of writing):

Hakuba Happo-one

Operating lifts:
- Lifts should be operating as normal, but top lifts affected by wind at the start of the day

Courses open:
- All courses should be open as normal (when lifts are moving to service them!)
- Happo Banks is now open

Official snow depth:
- Kurobishi: 410cm
- Usagidaira: 270cm
- Lower: 115cm


Hakuba Goryu

Operating lifts:
- Lifts should be operating as normal
- Top lifts opening is apparently delayed
- 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: 400cm
- Toomi: 145cm
- Iimori: 125cm


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: 355cm
- Base: 150cm


Tsugaike Kogen

Operating lifts:
- Top lifts affected by weather conditions at the start of the day

Courses open:
- All course areas are open

Official snow depth:
- Tsuga-no-mori: 315cm
- Han-no-ki: 310cm
- Maruyama: 125cm
- Shirakaba: 260cm
- Champion: 150cm
- Oya-no-hara: 150cm
- Kane-no-naru-oka: 170cm


Hakuba Cortina

Operating lifts:
- All lifts apart from Number 5 should be operating

Courses open:
- Most courses open - Giant and Itadaira Forest & Ridge closed

Official snow depth:
- Top: 330cm
- Base: 200cm


Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field

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

Official snow depth:
- Top: 230cm
- Base: 140cm


Hakuba Norikura Onsen

Operating lifts:
- All lifts apart from Number 7 should be operating as planned

Official snow depth:
- 220cm


Hakuba Valley Kashimayari

Operating lifts:
- All lifts apart should be operating

Official snow depth:
- 195cm


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 ...

Madarao Now!

Monday 12th February 2018, 8:40am
Weather conditions: Snow clouds
New snowfall: 4cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Madarao.

It's colder this morning I am happy to report and this morning snow has started falling again (the resort is reporting 5cm as of 8am) and fingers crossed it's going to continue during the day today and tomorrow too. Bring it on, I say.

Last day of the long weekend today, though I guess things should be quieter especially as the day goes on.

Have a good Monday.


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 ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Monday 12th February 2018, 8:59am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 7cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Shiga Kogen.

It's colder once again this morning and snow is falling with 7cm that I am measuring on the ground; I notice that Kumanoyu are reporting about 10cm.

Snowing nicely now too so it might be building up today and perhaps tomorrow too. Sounds good.


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 ...

Furano Now!

Monday 12th February 2018, 9:15am
Weather conditions: Foggy
New snowfall: 11cm
Snow depth: --
It is a calm morning in the village. Early on there were some strong winds gust sporadically coming through, but these have passed. Yesterday there was significant snow throughout the day and this has amounted to 11cm, which will mean great powder on the resort with up to double that amount at the top I would expect. Cloud is rolling down the resort again today so visibility will be varied. Vis does seem to be improving already. A great day to be out - tomorrows weather looks similar with continuous light snow and cloud.   Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Monday 12th February 2018, 9:44am
Weather conditions: Cloudy with snow
New snowfall: 7cm
Snow depth: --
Yesterday was one of the most insane weather days I’ve seen. Heavy fog in the morning, increasing sun and wind through the afternoon, beautiful blue skies around 2 pm and then the wind just started howling high up on all the peaks. Lots of snow tornadoes circling the ridges; tons of snow flying high in the air.

It was pretty windy early this morning as well, but tapered off by 8-8:30 or so. It looks like once again our neighbors further north and along the coast are going to get heavier snowfall than Myoko... It’s not entirely bad, though; we do have about 7cm of fresh at base level, and there may well be more snow higher up the hill.

With lots of TV reports about the possibility of very heavy snow in Niigata, a lot of people here for the three-day weekend may have decided to head home early. NO lines at the lifts this morning, where it was pretty busy yesterday (like LOTS of people out enjoying the snow and sun in the afternoon).

It will be cold, too, so add an extra layer today.


Akakura Kanko:
300 cm, -9°

Akakura Onsen:
365cm, -6°

Ikenotaira Onsen:
255cm, -7°

Myoko Suginohara:
210cm, -10°

Seki Onsen:
430 cm, -5°

Myoko Ski Park:
260 cm, -3°

Kyukamura RunRun:
340 cm, -4°

Tangram Ski Circus:
220 cm, -4°

Madarao Kogen:
230 cm, -9°

Read more ...

Appi Kogen Now!

Monday 12th February 2018, 12:36pm
Weather conditions: Cloud, fog and...
New snowfall: 35cm
Snow depth: --
Hello from Appi,

Well what a night we had with the snowfall and it’s still coming down. The temperature dropped last night too and the wind as I type this is starting to pick up creating conditions that are less than ideal.

The snow will continue to bless us with its’ presence and with the temperature rising again on Wednesday we’re hopefully going to have another 30+cm day.

All the runs are open on this holiday Monday and the resort is going to be busy and fairly tracked out by mid afternoon. There are still plenty of places to go have fun if you know where to go.


Planned lift operations (subject to change):

Current conditions may affect lift operations

- APPI Gondola
- Central quad
- Central number 1 lift
- 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:

260cm   Read more ...

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