Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 5th May 2018

Geto Kogen Now!

Wednesday 14th February 2018, 7:18am
Weather conditions: Cloud, some blue sky right now...but
New snowfall: 50cm
Snow depth: --
After waking up to plenty of fresh stuff yesterday, it was a pretty enjoyable day on the hill. Wind and visibility did little to dampen the awaited snow, though there definitely was some moderate wind about, and at times the vis struggled. The snow fell lightly throughout the day, about 10cm fell.

Today, the world celebrates love & Hallmark cards. In this hobby & on this website, a love for powder. Which there is plenty. Overnight we’ve seen the 40cm and we’re looking at tops of 0C around lunchtime and moderate winds with some light snow into the afternoon, to pick up intensity at night. Probably another 20cm by tomorrow morning. We’re expecting the snow to get blown around a little with 75km/h winds expected at the top tonight.

With a little less snow falling this morning as opposed to yesterday this is actually a good thing — we’ve given the snow a chance to settle and it will end up being a little more rideable today, and faster — less “good lord why am I willing along my skis/board as if my life depended on it down this trail”, and more “let’s do that run again”.

Trees may be closed this morning, keep an eye out on the conditions board in the dome. Ski Patrol will open if they deem it safe to do so — but as long as its closed the fresh snow isn’t going anywhere, so don’t stress.

Here’s your reminder to buy some flowers in case you forgot. Otherwise, enjoy yourselves.


Official snow depths:

Top: 520cm
Base: 380cm

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
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Zao Now!

Wednesday 14th February 2018, 7:25am
Weather conditions: Cloud, fog
New snowfall: 16cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Zao.

More snow (over 15cm) and cloudy conditions this morning but fog on mountain and so limited visibility at the start of the day.

Maybe some snow later today and overnight along with the chance of some windy conditions.

After that, the next decent snow looks to be due around Saturday.


Lifts and course info:

- All lifts appear to be opening as scheduled
- 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: 250cm
- Uwanodai area: 150cm
- 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 ...

Minakami Now!

Wednesday 14th February 2018, 7:41am
Weather conditions: Clear
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Light dusting of 10cm yesterday morning and was lightly snowing up top when lifts opened at 8:30am.

The snowfall picked up and was moderate throughout the day, adding plenty more pow in the backcountry. It was still snowing when I left yesterday afternoon.

Bluebird this morning and set to stay clear till this evening when lift snow is expected and the next big snowfall is due Saturday. Looks pretty formidable and set to start from morning.


Photo from Tenjin yesterday and from this morning (the bright/sunny one!)


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 ...

Yuzawa Now!

Wednesday 14th February 2018, 7:56am
Weather conditions: Clear and sunny
New snowfall: 3cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Yuzawa.

It's a beautiful morning here with clear skies over Yuzawa and the sun is out.

Some snow was falling yesterday and at times it was coming down fairly nicely, but in the end it didn't really end up giving us much in terms of fresh cm.

Here's what the resorts are reporting this morning:

Ishiuchi Maruyama: 5cm
Kagura: 1cm

10cm or so outside SJ HQ in Minamiuonuma, but less than that to measure in Yuzawa which is what is going on the report of course.

So sunny blue skies this morning and it should be a fine day. It's quite chilly for the start of the day but due to warm up to perhaps around +6C in town later on (back to colder conditions tomorrow).

I was outside just before and it felt a little windy. But it looks like all ski resorts should be open as planned this morning.

No excuse not to get out there this morning. Some ski resorts are even giving away chocolate for Valentines Day!


I had to go over to Tokamachi yesterday (to the north of Yuzawa and about 45 minutes by car) and there was a lot of snow falling there; it was really coming down hard. I called my friend who lives over there last night and they told me that there was probably 40-50cm of fresh snow on the top of their car from yesterday. Another example of how the snow clouds have been tracking just to the north of us more than a few times this season. (It's worth pointing out that Tokamachi always traditionally gets heavy snow, but oftentimes we get it at pretty much the same time). Please don't misunderstand - we have still got a lot of snow... just pointing out a pattern that has been happening a few times this season and that if those clouds made their way down here every time, we'd have a serious amount this season!


Images today from GALA Yuzawa, NASPA Ski Garden and Ishiuchi Maruyama (looking north).


Updated: Wednesday 14th 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 morning
- That is due to a competition being held there

- 195cm

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

Kandatsu Kogen
- 250cm

- 240cm (base)

NASPA Ski Garden
- 225cm

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
- 250cm

Maiko Snow Resort
- Top: 240cm
- Base: 160cm

Muikamachi Hakkaisan
- Closed on Wednesdays until 14th March
- 340cm
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Nozawa Onsen Now!

Wednesday 14th February 2018, 8:10am
Weather conditions: Clear and sunny blue skies
New snowfall: 1cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from a sunny Nozawa.

Yesterday I think it's fair to say that we were hoping for more snow than we got. While Tokamachi to the north-east of us got some heavy snowfall, we only got a modest amount. By 3pm yesterday the resort was reporting 1cm on base areas and 7-10cm up top. This morning those base numbers remain unchanged with a bit more higher up - with a total of 15cm of fresh on Yamabiko since yesterday morning.

This morning we are starting the day with cold conditions and beautiful blue skies. There's a bit of early morning low cloud around in places, but other than that it's clear and sunny and looks like it should be a beauty of a day.

The mountain is looking very inviting. :)

It might warm up a bit with the sun by this afternoon and by tomorrow hopefully we'll be back to snow falling and colder conditions. After that the next snow is due around Saturday.


Wednesday 14th February 2018

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

- Yamabiko (1407m): 15cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 9cm
- Hikage (660m): 1cm
- Nagasaka (615m): 1cm
- Karasawa (563m): 1cm

Official snow depth numbers:

- Yamabiko (1407m): 320m
- Uenotaira (1230m): 265cm
- 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 ...

Naeba Now!

Wednesday 14th February 2018, 8:22am
Weather conditions: Bluebird
New snowfall: 1cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Naeba! After a mixed day of weather yesterday, the accumulation at the base was limited to just 1cm. This doesn't seem to do justice to the condition of the pistes today, where small powder stashes are dotted about the mountain, on the lee-side of tree patches and roll overs. The skies are clear this morning, and despite the cool air temperature of -9°C, it feels pleasantly warm in the sunshine. There is little wind to concern ourselves with. Tonight, we can expect some clouds to roll in, with the potential from further small accumulations.

Looking forwards, we have a mixed bag of weather coming up. The remainder of today will be warm and sunny, but by tomorrow the skies will have clouded over again. These are being brought in by a moderate wind, and cause the maximum air temperature to drop to comfortably below 0°C. On Friday, we will have another clearer block of cool air moving through, but the clouds will be back again by Saturday. Light to moderate snowfall is predicted over the weekend.   Read more ...

Madarao Now!

Wednesday 14th February 2018, 8:24am
Weather conditions: Sunny, blue sky
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Madarao.

We're back to one of those blue sky mornings.

The snow yesterday didn't really amount to much and the resort is reporting 0cm this morning.

It is a cold start to the morning but it will be warming up a little during the daytime but we are expecting a return to colder conditions overnight and maybe some snowfall too.

There's a 'Valentines' event today from 1pm in Resthouse Heidi. Looks like there might be some prizes on offer as well as chocolate. So there you go, if you need some energy and are in the area...


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 ...

Grandeco Now!

Wednesday 14th February 2018, 8:28am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 30cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Grandeco.

Heavy snowfall for two days now and it's building up quickly and we are enjoying some excellent snow conditions - top powder season.

Most of the courses at Grandeco are groomed but if you are looking for fresh snow course, take that Number 4 lift and turn to the right when you get off for ungroomed goodness.

The snow park will be closed today due to the heavy snow as they deal with it.

Keep an eye on the forecast for what should be up next (button above or link below)


Lifts operating:

- All lifts operating

Courses open:

- All courses open

Official snow depth:
- 340cm

- Grandeco snow and weather forecast   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Wednesday 14th February 2018, 8:31am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 26cm
Snow depth: --
It's another good morning from here in Niseko, or technically... Kutchan. ;)

I have just measured 26cm of fresh snowfall this morning and nice big flakes of goodness are falling as I write this report. Even they look happy.

And I notice that todays haul takes my total observed snowfall for the season (from here at base) to over 10m. Hurray!

Conditions were excellent yesterday with some lovely deep conditions easily found. Visibility could certainly have been better but...

Remember, there's often (almost always?) going to be more snow on the mountain than I can report from base.

And the forecast is showing continued snowfall into next week. Looks like Niseko is delivering for the busy Chinese New Year period. (Though people wanting clear blue skies might get disappointed!)

I hope you can be here to enjoy this. I am going to get my gear on now and make my way to the lifts - might see some of you out there.


As of 8:30am it seems the top Jumbo lift at Annupuri is on hold due to wind. Other lifts currently opening as planned. May well change.


Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6.00am: -11°, 15cm new snow. Moiwa 800m: -12°, 40cm new snow, major cornice and snowdrift development. Annupuri 1150m: -15°, W18m/s, 40cm new snow, major snowdrift development. Hirafu 1250m: -15°, strong wind to dawn, 40cm new snow. Coastal data: Benkei Cape: NW14m/s. Kamui Cape: WSW14m/s, 1014hPa, wave 2.4m.

A strong westerly wind with snow blew until dawn causing new cornice and snow drift growth above 800m. The wind is starting to drop but is still strong above 1100m. New cornice and snowdrift growth is unstable and easily fractures. Avalanche risk continues to be high. Gate openings still undecided. Please listen to the patrols advice.

Today's avalanche risk is the same as yesterdays - High. Especially Osawa cornice face 1000m and Kozan no sawa around 1200m are dangerous. If gates do open, be wise about route choice, Do not stimulate cornices and knolls or traverse steep slopes. Most risks can be avoided be traveling on ridges and riding in forests. Be careful falling into cracks, they are everywhere and cannot be seen because they are covered in snow.

The slopes have been reset and the snow has good rebound. Visibility is also better than yesterday. Do not duck ropes and for everyone's safety please respect and follow Niseko Rules.


Wednesday 14th 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: 470cm
- Base: 240cm

Niseko Annupuri Kokusai

Lifts scheduled to be operating:
- All lifts should be operating
- The top Jumbo Number 4 lift is on hold at the start of the day due to winds

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: 380cm
- 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!

Wednesday 14th February 2018, 8:36am
Weather conditions: Sunny blue skies
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Hakuba.

It's a gorgeous morning here. Almost totally clear blue skies with just a bit of cloud hanging around the mountains.

The only fresh snow I can see being reported this morning is 2-3cm by Hakuba Cortina, though it was snowing during the day while I was out playing so it was at least going towards filling in tracks even if I'm not bringing you numbers. Really nice conditions yesterday and this morning should be excellent with a cold start and the sunny start to the day.

It is cold early morning but with the sun temperatures may well rise into low positive numbers this afternoon.

That's about it for now.

More snow tonight? Would be good.


Ski resort information on Wednesday 14th 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: 420cm
- Usagidaira: 255cm
- Lower: 135cm


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: 420cm
- 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: 360cm
- 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: 330cm
- Han-no-ki: 315cm
- Maruyama: 135cm
- Shirakaba: 255cm
- Champion: 160cm
- Oya-no-hara: 150cm
- Kane-no-naru-oka: 175cm


Hakuba Cortina

Operating lifts:
- All lifts apart should be operating

Courses open:
- All courses should be open

Official snow depth:
- Top: 360cm
- Base: 225cm


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:
- 230cm


Hakuba Valley Kashimayari

Operating lifts:
- All lifts apart from Number 8 should be operating

Official snow depth:
- 200cm


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

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Shiga Kogen Now!

Wednesday 14th February 2018, 8:41am
Weather conditions: Clear and sunny
New snowfall: 3cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Shiga Kogen.

It's a cold morning but the sun is out and we are expecting things to warm up somewhat during the day (relatively of course, it'll still be cold!)

Beautiful morning.

Just a little new snow, but conditions should be great.

Looks like we might get some fresh snow tonight and into tomorrow again...


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!

Wednesday 14th February 2018, 8:58am
Weather conditions: Partly cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
There is no significant new snow to report this morning, merely a dusting over the roads. The wind has been gusting intermittently and it is currently whipping around moderately in the village. Overhead we have partially cloudy conditions with plenty of blue sky and lots of sunshine. Overall it looks like a great day as long as theat wind doesn't get any stronger. On trail conditions are packed and firm.   Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Wednesday 14th February 2018, 12:28pm
Weather conditions: Clear blue sky
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Thanks to the team for picking up for me yesterday; don’t catch the current strain of influenza, it is not fun.

So reporting today from isolation here at the base of the mountain.

Sunny day with a steady southwest wind, as the freezing level heads up the mountain today. Won’t be up there too long, as we might have snow again from tomorrow. And will report earlier tomorrow!


Akakura Kanko:
310 cm, -6°

Akakura Onsen:
370cm, -7°

Ikenotaira Onsen:
255cm, -8°

Myoko Suginohara:
220cm, -11°

Seki Onsen:
430 cm, -5°

Myoko Ski Park:
270 cm, -3°

Kyukamura RunRun:
350 cm, -3°

Tangram Ski Circus:
220 cm, -5°

Madarao Kogen:
230 cm, -6°

Read more ...

Appi Kogen Now!

Wednesday 14th February 2018, 14:24pm
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 30cm
Snow depth: --
This report was initially missed and has been added retrospectively

Please see this report for more details.


Wednesday offered up 30cm of snowfall which settled quite nicely in anticipation for the net days deluge. It was relatively windy that day with cloudy skies.   Read more ...

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