Snow and weather reports posted on Friday 4th May 2018

Appi Kogen Now!

Tuesday 13th February 2018, 7:12am
Weather conditions: Cloudy and a tad on the windy side
New snowfall: 12cm
Snow depth: --
Hello from Appi,

It’s a cold cloudy morning here with the wind taking the temperature down to a bone chilling -30 at leas at the base and significantly colder at the summit. If you’re heading our way please make sure you bring plenty of layers and some warm gloves.

The wind will be with us most of the day unfortunately but with the crowds heading back to work after the holiday weekend you’ll be sure to have the mountain to yourself. We may see some snow today but I really doubt it’ll settle on the hill with the wind that we have.

The rest of the week is looking great though with a warming spell tomorrow and a possibility of another 30+cm of snow. The conditions into the weekend look ok with the winds staying with us and temperatures heading into minus double digits.

Wrap up and enjoy the mountain.


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 5 lift
- Central number 6 lift
- 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 ...

Minakami Now!

Tuesday 13th February 2018, 7:20am
Weather conditions: Overcast
New snowfall: 1cm
Snow depth: --
Keenly awaiting the open today after a fantastic day on the mountain yesterday. Arrived at Tenjin with 10-15cm of fresh snow that had fallen up top and spared my car park. It snowed all day adding around 20cm in the backcountry though the piste stayed pretty much run in. Looks like it's snowed all night up top and once again bypassed me and my snow clearing posse. Light, dry snow, falling slowly enough to remain stable and very little wind to complicate things. These conditions could continue indefinitely and I'd be stoked!


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 ...

Furano Now!

Tuesday 13th February 2018, 7:25am
Weather conditions: Overcast
New snowfall: 1cm
Snow depth: --
It is a nice crispy winter morning and currently -12c in Kitanomine village. Unfortunately there is only a slight dusting of snow to report, but with all the fresh snow and cold temperatures over the last few days there is plenty of good snow all over the mountain. Up high we have a thin cloud layer which is being brightened up by the sun behind it. Visibility is very good and there is now wind.   Read more ...

Yuzawa Now!

Tuesday 13th February 2018, 7:56am
Weather conditions: Snow clouds are back
New snowfall: 7cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Yuzawa.

The snow clouds are back this morning.

They were sort of back yesterday afternoon, though the snow was mostly very light and generally didn't give us much more than a dusting.

Interestingly, snowfall was still causing problems for the people to the north where they are getting lots of snow when they don't really expect or want it. I think pretty much everyone would prefer the snow come down here and deposit the snow on our mountains. (Though I am presuming/guessing that the ski resorts in the northern part of Niigata are enjoying a very good season this time round).

Anyway, back to this morning and here are the ski resort reports of fresh snowfall:

Ishiuchi Maruyama: 10cm
Maiko Snow Resort: 10cm
Kagura 3cm

I am measuring 7cm to add to the reports, and hopefully there will be more to add tomorrow with snow due to be falling through tonight.

It seems there is a decent chance of sunny skies tomorrow, so should make for a very nice mid week day out if you are so tempted!


If the webcams were any indication, most slopes were less busy yesterday than they were on Sunday; which will probably be a relief for the people out there.

Today we are back to a 'normal' weekday, albeit it being peak season, of course.


Images today from GALA Yuzawa, NASPA Ski Garden and Yuzawa IC exit (Route 17).


Updated: Tuesday 13th 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
- Part of the Jiji course in the Central area will be restricted this afternoon and tomorrow morning
- That is due to a competition being held there

- 195cm

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

Kandatsu Kogen
- 245cm

- 240cm (base)

NASPA Ski Garden
- 220cm

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

Yuzawa Park
- 180cm

Yuzawa Nakazato
- 165cm


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

Ishiuchi Maruyama
- 240cm

Joetsu Kokusai
- 240cm

Maiko Snow Resort
- Top: 240cm
- Base: 150cm

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

Grandeco Now!

Tuesday 13th February 2018, 8:04am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 32cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Grandeco.

It was snowing heavily yesterday and if the forecast is right it will falling heavily again during the day today too.

It is a good news for the ski hills, but some of the access roads are getting very narrow with the growing snow walls, and with the snowplow trucks everywhere doing their job you should be careful when you get to the area and perhaps take a little extra time.

All of the courses are covered with a lot of fresh snow, so we are enjoying excellent peak season powder snow at the moment. Hope some of you can get to enjoy it.

No wind, should be a very good morning.


Lifts operating:

- All lifts operating

Courses open:

- All courses open

Official snow depth:
- 340cm

- Grandeco snow and weather forecast   Read more ...

Madarao Now!

Tuesday 13th February 2018, 8:04am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 3cm
Snow depth: --
The long weekend is over and we're back to a normal weekday.

A bit more snow again this morning and the resort is reporting 5cm of fresh.

Maybe some more during the day today with the chance of some sunny sunshine tomorrow morning; and perhaps some milder temperatures too.


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 ...

Niseko Now!

Tuesday 13th February 2018, 8:06am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 32cm
Snow depth: --
Hello and good morning from Niseko.

And what a good morning it should be!

This morning I have 32cm of fresh snowfall measured and it is still snowing now - and really coming down with some conviction as of 8am. Oh yes. This is good. And if the forecasts are correct, we should be expecting continued snow through the week and at least into the weekend.

It is also very cold this morning and visibility is once again limited.

Extra care advised today with these conditions.

But you should be rewarded for making the efforts. :)

I have to post my report before all the resort areas are open so at the moment I don't have any specific news on any possible lift distruptions due to the conditions. Check with the resorts if you need to know.

Have a good one!


Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 5.00am: -12°, 30cm new snow. Moiwa 800m: -15.2°, WNW5.8m/s, 40cm new snow, snowdrift development. Annupuri 1150m: -17°, W15m/s, 50cm new snow, snowdrift development. Hirafu 1250m: -18°, 40cm new snow, snowdrift development. Coastal data: Benkei Cape: WNW16m/s. Kamui Cape: W14m/s, 1005hPa, wave 2.0m.

The isobars have moved apart a little, the wind has dropped and a lot of snow has fallen. Snowdrift growth is still increasing, development has not been consistent due to wind fluctuations and consolidation is delayed. From this mornings tests, fracture is occurring at 100cm on Feb 11th low pressure snowfall layer and general avalanche risk is high. Main gates will be closed.

From the snowfall transition all of Kozan no sawa, Osawa cornice face around 1100m, Mikaeri bowl and Higashi One steep slopes the avalanche risk is high. In strictly off limits areas Haru no Taki and Yunosawa the risk is also high. Pay special attention to slopes with wind ripples, there is risk of a deep fracture. Do not duck ropes to enter out of bounds areas.

The snow will settle down tomorrow. Best not to venture too far today, the snow is heavy and deep. Be careful falling down and suffocating. Snowboarders take snowshoes and poles. Skiing requires a bit of speed. Beware frostbite. Have a good day.


Tuesday 13th 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

Official snow depth:
- Top: 450cm
- Base: 230cm

Niseko Annupuri Kokusai

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

Official snow depth:
- Top: 380cm
- 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 ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Tuesday 13th February 2018, 8:16am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 3cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Nozawa.

Some good snow falling at times yesterday, but it curiously didn't result in big numbers. This morning the resort is reporting 1-2cm of fresh snow on the lower slopes and 4-6cm on the upper areas of the resort. So a modest amount of fresh higher up.

It is pretty cold this morning and snow is falling. Fingers crossed we get some through the day tomorrow and then we can probably expect to get some sunshine tomorrow morning (along with some fairly mild conditions again).


By the way, the West and East 'Kandahar' courses will be open today for general usage.

After that, the West Course will be open on Thursday and Friday this week.


Tuesday 13th February 2018

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

- Yamabiko (1407m): 6cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 4cm
- Hikage (660m): 2cm
- Nagasaka (615m): 2cm
- Karasawa (563m): 1cm

Official snow depth numbers:

- Yamabiko (1407m): 325m
- Uenotaira (1230m): 260cm
- 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   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Tuesday 13th February 2018, 8:31am
Weather conditions: Snow, fog (?)
New snowfall: 13cm
Snow depth: --

Good snow enjoyed by the last of the long weekend crowds yesterday, and check out what the resorts are reporting this morning:

Hakuba Happo-one: 50cm
Hakuba Goryu: 15cm-30cm
Hakuba 47: 10-20cm
Hakuba Cortina: 10-15cm

Today is probably a good example of a day when the numbers can vary quite a lot. Check that out, Hakuba 47 and Goryu are reporting 10-15cm at base and 20-30cm up top. Happo-one is reporting 50cm of fresh snow at the top of the Gondola station. And Cortina is reporting 10-15m across the mountain. I am not implying that any of them are wrong / misleading / incorrect / false (choose your accusatory word!) But it is worth pointing out the differences within relatively small areas. And as I always say, I think it is probably best to take a look at the numbers being reported and kind of average them out to get a general idea of what to expect in a day on the mountain.

And those numbers this morning tell me that we should be enjoying another fine day of conditions on the slopes.

It is still snowing and hopefully might be for the day; go out prepared for cold conditions and limited visibility.

Is that sun and clearer skies expected tomorrow morning? I think it might well be.


Ski resort information on Tuesday 13th February 2018 (at time of writing):

Hakuba Happo-one

Operating lifts:
- Lifts should be operating as normal

Courses open:
- All courses should be open as normal
- Happo Banks is now open

Official snow depth:
- Kurobishi: 410cm
- Usagidaira: 290cm
- Lower: 125cm


Hakuba Goryu

Operating lifts:
- Lifts should be operating as normal
- 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

Official snow depth:
- Top: 415cm
- Toomi: 150cm
- Iimori: 130cm


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: 365cm
- Base: 155cm


Tsugaike Kogen

Operating lifts:
- Lifts should be opening as normal

Courses open:
- All course areas are open

Official snow depth:
- Tsuga-no-mori: 320cm
- Han-no-ki: 310cm
- Maruyama: 130cm
- Shirakaba: 250cm
- Champion: 150cm
- Oya-no-hara: 150cm
- Kane-no-naru-oka: 175cm


Hakuba Cortina

Operating lifts:
- All lifts apart should be operating (Lift 5 confirming safety)

Courses open:
- All courses should be open if safety confirmed

Official snow depth:
- Top: 340cm
- Base: 210cm


Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field

Operating lifts:
- Should be opening as normal

Courses open:
- Most areas open; some restrictions on the Village Side due to competitions (13th-16th Feb)

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:
- 225cm


Hakuba Valley Kashimayari

Operating lifts:
- All lifts apart from Number 8 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 ...

Naeba Now!

Tuesday 13th February 2018, 8:34am
Weather conditions: Overcast
New snowfall: 2cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Naeba! It feels like a crisp start this morning, despite the comparatively warm air temperature this morning of -4°C. Light snow fell intermittently throughout yesterday and lsat night, however accumulations at the base were limited to a meager 2cm. However, any fresh snow will keep the pistes fresh when groomed and this is certainly the case this morning. There is a light wind currently, but this is expected to strengthen as the day presses on. We are forecast more snow today, but predicted accumulations are limited to 8cm at the base in the next 24 hours. Air temperatures are expected to remain comfortably below 0°C today.

Looking forwards, the skies should clear tomorrow morning, allowing for a sunny start to the day. This will enable air temperatures to push up above 0°C, however these will crash back down to well below 0°C again from Thursday onwards. The clouds will push back in tomorrow night, brought in by a moderate wind, and stick around until Friday afternoon. After the possible sunshine on Friday, more cloud pushes in again bringing with it some more light snow.

   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Tuesday 13th February 2018, 8:37am
Weather conditions: Cloud, bit of sun in places and...
New snowfall: 12cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Shiga Kogen.

I am seeing a bunch of different weather conditions going on this morning. Just a short while ago I was up at Kumanoyu and the sun was breaking through the clouds. Back here in Hasuike it's fairly bright and visibility is pretty good - I can see Higashitateyama over in the distance - but some light snow is falling.

There's some fresh snow on the ground. Kumanoyu are reporting about 20cm. I am measuring 12cm for the report. Will be interesting to see if we get any more snow out of today or if it clears up. Tomorrow morning might well start off sunny, if local forecasts are correct (with a return to some more snow around Thursday).

Should be a good morning, and as we are back to a normal weekday it should be less busy than this past weekend.


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 ...

Zao Now!

Tuesday 13th February 2018, 8:57am
Weather conditions: Cloudy, fog
New snowfall: 30cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Zao.

More snow to report, a good 30cm at base.

Limited visibility this morning but snow conditions should be really great.

I need to get out and sort it all out from around my place...


Lifts and course info:

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

Official snow depths:

- Summit area: 170cm
- Paradise area: 240cm
- Chuo area: 240cm
- Utopia area: 220cm
- Uwanodai area: 135cm
- Oomori area: 165cm


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 ...

Geto Kogen Now!

Tuesday 13th February 2018, 10:30am
Weather conditions: Snow!
New snowfall: 70cm
Snow depth: --
Apologies for the late report today.

Well... we saw some insane snowfall yesterday — thick, dry flakes falling in numbers without pause all day, and into the night with about 30cm hitting the ground. Cooler temps on the hill (hitting a top of -7C) means this snow should stay perfect — until you guys get to it.

We woke up to a further 40cm this morning, meaning since my last report we’ve seen 70cm of fresh snow. It should ease today, with moderate snow expected to chill out around lunchtime down to a light shower, then back to moderate tonight. A top of -8C in the morning cooling down to a top of -6C by this evening — but make no mistake, it will be a cold one again. Winds are moderate and the chill should be around -18C all day…

Same rules as yesterday — if you’re a powder hound get into the trees (provided you’ve got a helmet), and if you’re not quite up to scratch, cruise down the groomers and hit the pow on the sides of the runs. Above all, enjoy yourselves.

Advanced: C5 looks like it’ll be nice after being tracked out yesterday, the fresh snow should have filled into hose gaps making it a cruisier ride than usual.

Beginners/Intermediates: B1 and C4 should have some nice pow on the sides if you’re feeling adventurous.


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 ...

Myoko Now!

Tuesday 13th February 2018, 10:34am
Weather conditions: Snow clouds
New snowfall: 4cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning.

Our esteemed colleague who usually posts reports is unfortunately unavailable today, so we're somewhat nervously standing in after checking around for information. And here's what we got:

Suginohara are reporting up to 10cm of fresh snow in the places where there's the most, and Akakura are reporting 3cm of fluffy snow.

It is snowing this morning and visibility is limited.

There seems to be a chance of sunshine tomorrow morning along with milder temperatures once again. Hopefully back to colder conditions by the end of the week.


Akakura Kanko:
300cm, -8°

Akakura Onsen:
360cm, -6°

Ikenotaira Onsen:
260cm, -6°

Myoko Suginohara:
220cm, -12°

Seki Onsen:
430cm, -8°

Myoko Ski Park:
260cm, -2°

Kyukamura RunRun:
345cm, -3°

Tangram Ski Circus:
220cm, -6°

Madarao Kogen:
230cm, -8°

Read more ...

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