Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 30th May 2020

Furano Now!

Tuesday 12th February 2019, 7:08am
Weather conditions: Clear
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
It was a great day yesterday with the clear weather and sun staying with us through the day. This morning, the good weather continues with clear sky above and the sun beaming down. Conditions are calm outside with no detectable wind. There was been only the slightest dusting of snow overnight, barely enough to cover the paint color on the cars outside.

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 ...

Geto Kogen Now!

Tuesday 12th February 2019, 7:43am
Weather conditions: Snow clouds
New snowfall: 18cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Geto Kogen.

Clearer weather in the morning yesterday with snow falling from the evening... result? 18cm on the ground at base this morning.

This morning snow is falling and visibility is limited - and it's a bit windy too. And that's what we are expecting for the day. For the moment it seems that all lifts are going to be starting the day as planned but we might need to keep an eye on the wind situation.

Conditions should be good though. Just go out prepared for the weather.


Official snow depths:

* Top: 380cm
* Base: 260cm

Planned operating lifts - subject to change due to weather:

* Number 1 Gondola
* Number 1 pair lift
* Number 2 pair lift
* Quad

* The Number 2 Gondola is usually rested on normal weekdays

Courses & Tree Runs - subject to change due to weather:

* All of the main official courses are available
* All tree runs open

Nighta skiing operations

* Every Saturday until 24th February 2019   Read more ...

Yuzawa Now!

Tuesday 12th February 2019, 8:06am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 13cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Yuzawa.

Yesterday slowly cleared up and ended up with lovely clear skies by later in the afternoon.

We're back to snow this morning and 13cm of new snow just measured here in town. It's actually coming down really nicely at the moment; big flakes. Light snow seems to be the forecast for the day and tomorrow too, so we should be seeing more cm pile up.

Both Kagura and Maiko Snow Resort are reporting 15cm of fresh snowfall.

It's not as cold as it was yesterday morning and currently about -1C and probably won't get much higher than that during the day.


Photos today from GALA Yuzawa, NASPA Ski Garden and Route 17/Yuzawa IC exit.


Updated: 8:15am, Tuesday 12th February 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
- 330cm (official snow depth)

- 225cm (official snow depth)

- Unconfirmed!

Kandatsu Kogen
- 255cm (official snow depth)

- 200cm (official snow depth)
- Please see our Naeba Now report for daily updates from Naeba

NASPA Ski Garden
- 270cm (official snow depth)

Yuzawa Kogen
- Top: 300cm (official snow depth)
- Base: 200cm (official snow depth)

Yuzawa Park
- 230cm (official snow depth)

Yuzawa Nakazato
- 200cm (official snow depth)


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

Ishiuchi Maruyama
- Top: 290cm (official snow depth)
- Base: 220cm (official snow depth)

Joetsu Kokusai
- 310cm (official snow depth)

Maiko Snow Resort
- Top: 320cm (official snow depth)
- Base: 160cm (official snow depth)

Muikamachi Hakkaisan
- 320cm (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:
19th, 26th January 2019
2nd, 9th, 10th, 16th, 23rd February 2019
Extended until 6:00pm

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

Madarao Now!

Tuesday 12th February 2019, 8:25am
Weather conditions: Snowing again
New snowfall: 22cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Madarao.

After the long weekend we have... fresh snow and another cold morning.

There's a good 20cm of snow overnight which should make for an excellent morning. It's coming down nicely as well now so just get wrapped up and the right googles before heading out.

Seems the Super Quad lift is going to be a bit delayed getting going but apart from that all lifts (apart from the rested Number 5) should be moving.

Snow clouds due to be over us through tomorrow.



Planned operations for Tuesday 12th February 2019

Official snow depth at Madarao:


Madarao info:

All lifts apart from Number 5 plan to be open
All 31 courses should be open including tree run courses

Nighta operations at Madarao:
- Every Saturday until 23rd March 2019

Tangram Ski Circus info:

All lifts operating
All course areas open

Nighta operations at Tangram:
- Every Saturday until 23rd March 2019   Read more ...

Aizu Bandai Now!

Tuesday 12th February 2019, 8:28am
Weather conditions: Fair, some clouds
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning!

It is a beautiful morning. Blue skies and 5cm of new snow measured at the base of Grandeco. It is keeping cold too. All of the areas will likely be quiet today after the busy long weekend so it should be a very fine morning to be out there.

According to the forecast, it will be a bit windy this afternoon so better conditions likely in the morning.

Protect your eyes from the sunshine and keep warm in the afternoon!


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


Nekoma - lift 4/5, course 11/11 open *Closed on Wednesday and Thursday 1/16-2/28
Grandeco - lift 4/5 include one gondola, course 12/13 open
Urabandai - lift 0/3, course 0/3 open *Closed on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
Minowa - lift 3/3, course 10/11 open
Numajiri - lift 4/4, course 11/11 open
Alts Bandai - lift 8/8 include one gondola, course 23/25 open
Inawashiro - lift 8/8, course 18/18 open
Inawashiro resort - lift 4/4 include one gondola, course 7/9 open
Listel - lift 2/2, course 5/7 open
Family Bandai Bandai - lift 0/2, course 0/7 open *Only open on Saturday, Sunday and national holidays.   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Tuesday 12th February 2019, 8:31am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 17cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning all.

The consistent snowfall continues. This morning I have measured 17cm of snow down here close by Hirafu so we can expect 20+cm on the slopes. Another nice overnight reset, just what we want. And yes it does look like the snow should be continuing over the next few days as well as the very cold conditions.

I really hope all this consistent snow isn't getting boring. ;)

We're past the busiest Chinese New Year holiday period now, so... what's next. Valentines Day! I'm kidding (sort of). Though there may well be some free chocolate on Thursday to celebrate this most traditional of Japanese traditions. Just as long as it's from the heart, and not 'giri-choco'.

But seriously: we're now almost in the middle of February, which means that we are now slap bang in the middle of the snow season and I am half way through my commentary of the season. It has been a pleasing and mostly drama-free first half. Let's try to not forget how lucky we are to be able to enjoy all of this. And here's to a similar second half...


By the way, SnowJapan has some interesting 'new stuff' news coming soon, so keep your eyes out for that!


Niseko Avalanche Report:

Mountain Base 6.00am: -8°, 20cm snowfall in the last 12hrs, calm. Moiwa 800m: -11.5°, W6.2m/s. Mikaeri Weather Station: 15cm new snow, minor snowdrift development. Annupuri 1120m: snow depth 240cm. Hirafu Peak: -16°, snowfall 20cm in last 12hrs. Mizuno no Sawa: -13.01°, NW3.8-5.6m/s, 11cm snowfall in last 12hrs, mountain base: snow depth 180cm. Cape Benkei: NNW12m/s, Cape Kamui: WNW9m/s, pressure 1022hPa, wave 1.3m.

10-20cm new snow until early morning with no significant snowdrift development. Snow quality is varying dependant on elevation. Snow pack is not showing any obvious inconsistent layers and general avalanche risk is low. Above 1100m a weak slab 30-40cm has formed from the NW wind and there is the possibility of fracture from rider stimulation. Be careful on leeward steep slopes. Do not wait halfway down or in the valley bottoms. Avoid traversing under knolls and cornices. All gates are expected to be open. Be aware of a sudden weather change.

Parents or guardians taking children into out of bounds areas carry a heavy responsibility. Children (or beginners) cannot bear this responsibility. There are many dangers lurking in the winter mountains. Playing around cornices and other dangerous features can end in a very serious accident. Always act with safety in mind. Snow is good today. New cornice growth is easily collapsing, be careful.


Ski resort operation information: Tuesday 12th February 2019
Subject to change due to weather conditions

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 375cm
- Base: 175cm

Ski lifts operating:
- All lifts planning to be operating as normal 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


Niseko HANAZONO Resort

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 273cm
- Base: 240cm

Ski lifts operating:
- All lifts planning to be operating as normal at the start of the day
- The Hanazono lifts are normally open until 3:50pm (Number 3 until 3:30pm)


Niseko Annupuri

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 320cm
- Base: 170cm

Ski lifts operating:
- All lifts planning to be operating as normal at the start of the day
- The Jumbo 1 lift is normally open until 8:30pm during the evening


Niseko Village

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 320cm
- Base: 170cm

Ski lifts operating:
- All lifts planning to be operating as normal 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 ...

Zao Now!

Tuesday 12th February 2019, 8:33am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 14cm
Snow depth: --
Hello from Zao.

Some strong winds are forecast today and there's a good 10+cm of snow on the ground. I imagine less or more in places.

Hopefully a bit more into tomorrow though I don't think we can expect any big numbers.


Operation info from official sources:

- All lifts operating apart from Yokokura Number 2.
- All main courses open

Official snow depths (as reported by resort):

- Summit area: 120cm
- Paradise area: 160cm
- Chuo area: 160cm
- Utopia area: 150cm
- Uwanodai area: 120cm
- Oomori area: 120cm


Floodlit night skiing is planned as follows:

In the Uwanodai area:
Daily 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 until 10th March 2019

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

February 2019: every day apart from every Tuesday
March 2019: 1st-3rd   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Tuesday 12th February 2019, 8:42am
Weather conditions: Snow clouds
New snowfall: 23cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Nozawa.

It doesn't feel quite as cold this morning (still cold though) and we're back to snow falling from the skies and 20+cm on the ground. Visibility might be limited in the higher areas this morning, but there should be some very good conditions to be found up there. Snow is due through today and into tomorrow.

So yes, the Kandahar lift and slope is open to the general public today. That area - the far left as you look to the mountain from the village - is only open to the general public on limited days during the season (it is usually used for competitions and training), and today is one of those days.

Let's Kandahar! Chansu! I bet Nasuki is going to be checking it out.....


Tuesday 12th February 2019

Fresh snowfall reported by the ski resort (since yesterday morning):

- Yamabiko (1407m): 25cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 20cm
- Hikage (660m): 23cm
- Nagasaka (615m): 23cm
- Karasawa (563m): 15cm

Official snow depth numbers (reported by resort):

- Yamabiko (1407m): 325cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 290cm
- Hikage (660m): 210cm
- Nagasaka (615m): 195cm
- Karasawa (563m): 165cm

All lifts apart from the following planned to be operating:

- Yunomine pair
- Mizunashi pair
- Challenge pair
- Utopia pair

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

- Rinkan (part, not sure what's going on with that)
- Grand Prix

Lift operation times until end of March:

Nagasaka Gondola - until 4:00pm (time of last one down)
Hikage Gondola - until 4:20pm (time of last one down)
Yamabiko Number 2 Four - until 4:10pm
Skyline connecting pair - until 4:30pm
Base lifts - until 5:00pm
Yu Road - until 5:10pm   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Tuesday 12th February 2019, 8:50am
Weather conditions: Cloud, snow, blue sky mix
New snowfall: 4cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning everyone.

The long weekend is over and today we are back to something like normal. Though of course it is still peak season.

Fresh snowfall headlines as I can find them:

Hakuba Cortina: 10cm (base); 15cm (top)
Hakuba Norikura: 10cm
Hakuba 47: 0cm (but saying that blowing winds stole the measuring point of 5-10cm of fallen snow!)
Hakuba Happo-one: 10cm (top of Riesen)

Some snow falling later in the afternoon yesterday though nothing major and this morning we seem to have around 10cm of fresh on the mountain. Earlier snow has eased away and right now there's actually an increasing amount of blue sky over the village, though still a lot of cloud around the mountains and snow falling along with very limited visibility in places. So a real mix of weather conditions over the region this morning, as you sometimes get of course.

Hopefully we'll be getting some more snowfall tonight.

I know the numbers are far from the whole story and as always I encourage people to not dwell on them. Just to dwell on them for a moment though (doh); I just wish that I could have more days when I was able to report some really big silly mad snow numbers to you. They're always fun and exciting. We're just not seeing many of those days this time... BUT, I have had some excellent days out there and I plan to have many more. And I hope that you can too!


Ski resort information on Tuesday 12th February 2019:
The below info is checked manually each morning and believed to be correct at time of report.
All ski resorts in the area are currently open. Any further resort specific notes made below.

Hakuba Happo-one

Official snow depth:
- Kurobishi: 270cm
- Usagidaira: 175cm
- Nakiyama: 135cm


Hakuba Goryu

Official snow depth:
- Top: 290cm
- Toomi: 155cm
- Iimori: 110cm


Hakuba 47

Official snow depth:
- Top: 280cm
- Base: 135cm


Tsugaike Kogen

Official snow depth:
- Tsuga-no-mori: 350cm
- Han-no-ki: 320cm
- Maruyama: 140cm
- Shirakaba: 260cm
- Champion: 150cm
- Oya-no-hara: 180cm
- Kane-no-naru-oka: 160cm


Hakuba Cortina

Official snow depth:
- Top: 285cm
- Base: 180cm


Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field

Official snow depth:
- Mountain Side: 200cm
- Village Side: 120cm


Hakuba Norikura Onsen

Official snow depth:
- 260cm


Hakuba Valley Kashimayari

Official snow depth:
- 215cm


Hakuba Sanosaka

Official snow depth:
- Top: 190cm
- Base: 120cm


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
Karamatsu Shirakaba area from 6:00pm until 9:00pm on 9th, 10th, 16th February; 2nd March
Adults - 2,200 yen; children - 1,700 yen   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Tuesday 12th February 2019, 9:07am
Weather conditions: Mostly cloud and...
New snowfall: 12cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Shiga Kogen.

The long weekend was... busy! Lots of people around, as you might expect. Things are of course quieter this morning but we have some fresh snow to play in. Bit windy overnight and that perhaps explains why Kumanoyu are reporting 5cm of snowfall and Yakebitaiyama are reporting 20cm. Perhaps somewhere in the middle of that is a fair representation of how me we have got. (I have measured 12cm).

Less windy now and even some breaks in the clouds though it is still snowing here in Maruike. Not quite as cold though it is still well under zero. And long may it stay there! The forecasts show the chance of snow over the next few days so fingers crossed we'll get some more cm building up.


Shiga Kogen resort info: Tuesday 12th February 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: 180cm

- Official snow depth: 140cm

Hoppo Bunadaira
- Official snow depth: 180cm

- Official snow depth: 200cm

Ichinose Diamond
- Official snow depth: 230cm

Ichinose Family
- Official snow depth: 230cm

Ichinose Yamanokami
- Official snow depth: 230cm

- Official snow depth: 190cm

- Official snow depth: 140cm

- Official snow depth: 190cm

Okushiga Kogen
- Official snow depth: 240cm

Sun Valley
- Official snow depth: 150cm

Takamagahara Mammoth
- Official snow depth: 230cm

Tannenomori Okojo
- Official snow depth: 230cm

- Official snow depth: 220cm

- Official snow depth: 240cm

- Official snow depth: 185cm


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

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

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

Naeba Now!

Tuesday 12th February 2019, 9:19am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 9cm
Snow depth: --

After clearer skies, overnight we have another 9cm of snowfall on the ground and another cold morning. Bit of a blowy wind but it doesn't seem to be affecting lift operations at the moment. Might need to keep an eye on that.

Snow clouds are forecast to be with us for a few days so more cm to report tomorrow I think.

Naeba is somewhat quieter this morning after the busy weekend. If you can get here on weekdays, make it so!


Official snow depth:

- 200cm

All lifts plan to be operating apart from the following (some lifts rested on weekdays):

- Number 1 Gondola
- Number 8 high speed
- Daishamen romance pair 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 5
- Lifts operating: Number 5 high speed lift   Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Tuesday 12th February 2019, 10:23am
Weather conditions: Cloudy with snow
New snowfall: 50cm
Snow depth: --
Another day of unexpectedly deep snow.

I had a quiet day planned, so thought about sleeping late (the stars were out last night; the 3am plows didn't wake me up, either). And woke up to a buried house.

It's nice snow again; lots of stellar flakes that put air and lightness into your snowpack.


Akakura Kanko:
340cm, -6°

Akakura Onsen:
430cm, -4°

Ikenotaira Onsen:
280cm, -4°

Myoko Suginohara:
200cm, -9° (top)

Seki Onsen:
470cm, -6°

Myoko Ski Park:
360cm, 2°

Kyukamura RunRun:
410cm, -1°

Tangram Ski Circus:
270cm, -4°

Madarao Kogen:
310cm, -6°

Lotte Arai Resort
542cm, -2°

Kurohime Kogen Snow Park
210cm, -9°

   Read more ...

Appi Kogen Now!

Tuesday 12th February 2019, 10:30am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 14cm
Snow depth: --
Hello from Appi,

Cloudy skies and windy conditions here today. Thankfully we got a dumping of snow yesterday to help out.

Cloudy conditions to remain with us through the weekend with sporadic snowfall in the forecast too. Hopefully the winds will stay relatively light to make things on the mountain palatable.

Cold temperatures remain with us in the minus double digits.

The slopes are in great shape and with the crowds thinning it will be a great couple of days if you’re heading out.


All 5 tree run areas... open!


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

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

* All 5 tree run areas should be open as normal when the lift operations allow - register to use them at Plaza 1st Floor


Official groomed snow depth (as reported by resort):

- 120cm   Read more ...

Minakami Now!

Tuesday 12th February 2019, 10:33am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 15cm
Snow depth: --
Small snow on the car park, big on top. Just the way I like it.

They recorded 30cm at Tenjin but there is much more on the ridges and in the bowls.

Yesterday was one of the days of the season, good visibility, all open early, today it's borderline blizzarding up top but the snow is first class.

More on the forecast tonight and if this is the result of their forecasted snow showers, it could be big.

(Photo from yesterday at Tenjin)   Read more ...

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Furano Now
22nd Apr, 10:12am
Madarao Now
20th Apr, 9:52am
Zao Now
20th Apr, 9:52am
Nozawa Onsen Now
20th Apr, 9:51am
Niseko Now
20th Apr, 9:50am
Naeba Now
20th Apr, 9:49am
Myoko Now
20th Apr, 9:48am
Minakami Now
20th Apr, 9:47am
Hakuba Now
20th Apr, 9:40am
Aizu Bandai Now
20th Apr, 9:38am
Yuzawa Now
20th Apr, 9:37am
Grandeco Now
06th Dec, 14:16am