Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 30th May 2020

Furano Now!

Friday 14th February 2020, 7:29am
Weather conditions: Bluebird
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
It is bluebird over the resort with some low valley fog sitting over downtown through to the Daisetsuzan range. Yesterday was very warm and felt very much like a spring day. Snow during the morning was also spring like, while being soft but not slushy, but by around midday the lower mountain snow got heavy and vey soft. As it is already -1c and sunny the slopes today will be a bit spring like again. From tomorrow we are in for a few days of snow and cooler temperatures.

Operating lifts:

Kitanomine Gondola
Kitanomine Romance Chair
Kitanomine quad chair
Kitanomine Snow Escalator
Link lift

Furano Ropeway
Furano Downhill chair #1
Furano Downhill chair #2
Furano Downhill chair #3
Prince Romance chair
Furano Snow Escalator

Kitanomine Zone: Open
Furano Zone: Open   Read more ...

Geto Kogen Now!

Friday 14th February 2020, 7:43am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --

So, yes, it's mild and we had rain yesterday. No snowfall.

This morning it is just cloudy and that is what is on the forecast.

That's about it really.

I am just going on what is on the official site early morning but it looks like all the tree run courses are closed. If you are here - check with the resort.

The good news is that cold and snow is due early next week. Just a few more days of mild to go before that...


Official snow depths:

* Top: 295cm
* Base: 150cm

Planned operating lift information - subject to change:

* Number 1 Gondola
* Number 2 Gondola (operates on weekends and holidays only)
* Number 1 pair lift
* Number 2 pair lift
* Quad lift

Courses & Tree Runs - subject to change:

* All of the main official courses are available
* Rabbit, Summit, Beech, Stream, Shooter 2-4 tree run course are normally open - closed this morning (unconfirmed)
* Shooter 1 and Extreme tree run courses not yet available

Nighta skiing operations

* Weekends and holidays from until 24th February 2020
   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Friday 14th February 2020, 8:02am
Weather conditions: Generally cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Nozawa.

So yes as I updated yesterday it turned out to be clearer and sunny fairly soon after my early report, though cloudy again later on.

Good to avoid prolonged rain, though definitely a mild day.

We are going to have to put up with this mild spell through Sunday; Monday still shows a good chance of a return to colder conditions and snow potential./


Today is that most traditional of Japanese festivals, dating back from ancient times, called 'Valentines Day'. ;)

And to celebrate, if you are over at the Hikage area around 10:30am you might be able to sample some free chocolate fondue. I like the sound of that.

I wonder if Nasuki/Naski likes chocolate fondue. I can't imagine many vegetables enjoy eating chocolate. Even very special ones that ski.


Friday 14th February 2020

Fresh snowfall recorded by resort since yesterday morning:

- Yamabiko (1407m): 0cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 0cm
- Hikage (660m): 0cm
- Nagasaka (615m): 0cm
- Karasawa (563m): 0cm

Official snow depth numbers (reported by resort):

- Yamabiko (1407m): 215cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 170cm
- Hikage (660m): 120cm
- Nagasaka (615m): 80cm
- Karasawa (563m): 60cm

All lifts normally operating apart from the following lifts:

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

All courses normally open apart from the following courses:

- Kandahar

Nighta until 8:00pm

- Nagasaka Four lift operates during nighta
- Every Saturday until 28th March
- 23rd February
- 20th March
- Subject to change   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Friday 14th February 2020, 8:13am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Zao.

Actually, I am not in Zao - I needed to be away - but have just spoken to someone who is and going off official information as well.

The resort is reporting cloudy conditions. Looks like limited visibility up on the mountain.

For the weekend we are expecting sun tomorrow with the chance of rain on Sunday. Next chance of fresh snow remains later on Monday... we will certainly be in need of a fresh layer.

The Light Up night time operations had to be cancelled yesterday due to strong winds and unfortunately it looks like it has been cancelled from today until (at least) Sunday too due to the poor conditions of the ice monsters. :(


All lifts are now normally operating apart from the following:

- Zao Paradise Number 3 pair
- Diamond Number 1 pair
- Astraea Number 3 pair
- Yokokura Number 2 pair
- Karamatsu pair

- All courses are now mostly open; some restricted areas

Official snow depths (as reported by resort):

- Summit area: 90cm
- Paradise area: 100cm
- Chuo area: 110cm
- Utopia area: 90cm
- Uwanodai area: 60cm
- Oomori area: 35cm


Night time operations:

Subject to change. Please check with the resort!

Nighta in the Uwanodai area is scheduled daily until 1st March 2020 and then 7th, 14th, 20th and 21st March 2020. 5:00pm until 9:00pm.

Nighta in the Yokokura area is scheduled for Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through 7th March 2020. 5:00pm until 9:00pm.

The Zao Ropeway opens in the evenings on the below dates for 'Light Up' sightseeing purposes - to go and see the Juhyo monsters (not for skiing or boarding) on the following upcoming dates:

February 2020: all days apart from Tuesdays, subject to conditions.

Note: there is an extra charge for this night time Ropeway operation.   Read more ...

Appi Kogen Now!

Friday 14th February 2020, 8:23am
Weather conditions: Sunny blue skies
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Appi,

No new snow this morning.

Unfortunately rain showers persisted throughout the day yesterday, therefore slow and sticky snow ensued.

The rain ceased around 5pm, and the piste-bashers went to work.

The piste is hard today, but expected to soften up as it’s 5 degrees and sunny here today!

All lifts are operating as normal.


APPI is open with the following lifts normally operating (subject to change):

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

- Most normal courses at APPI are open
- Dragon tail, Cruise 1, Cruise 2, Bravo, Attack tree run courses are normally open

Snowfall numbers
The below numbers are reported by the resort

Cumulative snowfall:

Natural snow depth:
230cm   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Friday 14th February 2020, 8:30am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning.

I wish I had more exciting news to report, but it is what it is...

Mild and a bit of light rain early morning. The forecast is for a generally cloudy day and tomorrow too - today won't be quite as warm as yesterday and tomorrow should be a bit colder still.

We haven't had any (well, a few cm early week) fresh snow for a handful of days now, so plan accordingly.

All lifts appear to be starting the day as scheduled this morning.


So from tomorrow we are into the second half of February.

My oh my.

I have reported 69cm of snowfall so far this month thanks to that decent first week, and the total for the season so far currently stands at 585cm.

Last February - for the whole month, of course - I reported at total of 198cm.

Hopefully it's just because of this current 'spring thing' we have going on right now, but it does feel like we are struggling to keep up...

The forecast is looking much more exciting for the chance of fresh snow from Monday onwards.

Onegai shimasu!


Niseko Avalanche Report

Mountain base: -+3℃, light rain, melting snow. Moiwa 800m: NNW324°7.7m/s (3am 20m/s), -1.8℃. Yu no sawa 1000m: N348°3.4m/s, -1.8℃. Niseko Village 900m: WNW297°4.0m/s, -0.7℃. Hirafu1 000m: NNE95°1.5m/s, -2.1℃. Hanazono 720m: NNW346°6.1m/s, +1.9℃. Benkei cape: NW13m/s, Kamui cape: SW13m/s, 1014hPa, 1.1m waves. Annupuri 1000m snow depth 170cm.

A cold front passed around 3am with strong gusts. The wind calmed down, however remains strong in higher elevation. The temperature is forecasted to rise during the day and snow melt will continue. The snow is very sticky, not the kind of day for backcountry today. A cold airmass will flow in in the evening and will refreeze the mountain through tomorrow.

Many of the accidents occur when forcibly pushing something during bad weather. Better stay away from steep slopes today. Climax slides are expected in south facing steep slopes under 800m elevation. Gates opening is undecided, please respect the ski patrol’s decision and the Niseko Rules. The community is always concerned about all guests safety. Snow bridges are also likely to collapse, beware of falling into creeks. Treacherous road conditions too, drive safe!


Ski resort operation information: Friday 14th February 2020

Niseko Grand Hirafu

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 240cm
- Base: 100cm

All lifts are normally operating EXCEPT:
- Ace Number 1 pair lift (normally rested)
- King Number 2 quad lift (normally rested)

All courses normally open

Lifts scheduled for late operations:
- Ace Family quad until 8:30pm
- Ace Number 2 Center Four quad until 8:20pm
- Hirafu Gondola until 8:10pm
- Holiday Number 1 pair until 8:30pm


Niseko HANAZONO Resort

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 175cm
- Base: 100cm

All lifts are normally operating


Niseko Annupuri

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 170cm
- Base: 100cm

All lifts are normally operating

Lift scheduled for late operations:
- Jumbo Number 1 quad until 8:30pm


Niseko Village

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 200cm
- Base: 115cm

All lifts normally operating EXCEPT:
- Country Road Chair (normally rested)

Lifts scheduled for late operations:
- Annupuri Village Gondola until 8:00pm
- Village Express until 8:00pm
- Banzai Chair until 8:00pm   Read more ...

Yuzawa Now!

Friday 14th February 2020, 8:39am
Weather conditions: Bright and overcast
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Yuzawa.

It clouded over later in the day yesterday and this morning we are starting the day with a bright overcast feel.

We will have a few more days with temps rising to around 10C in town, so hold on tight and look forward to the fresh snow that is still on the forecast for early week.


Individual ski resort information: Friday 14th February 2020
All information checked and updated manually for each report. Subject to change.

GALA Yuzawa

- All courses and lifts are open
- The Ropeway connecting GALA Yuzawa with Yuzawa Kogen is operating
- Official snow depth: 210cm

Ishiuchi Maruyama

- All courses and lifts are open
- Official snow depth: 210cm (upper); 120cm (mid)


- All lifts (apart from Number 1 pair) and all courses (apart from Panorama) are open
- Official snow depth: 120cm

Joetsu Kokusai

- All areas are now open
- Official snow depth: 150cm


- All areas of Kagura are open
- The downhill course will not be open this season
- The Dragondola connecting with Naeba is operating
- Official snow depth: 280cm

Kandatsu Snow Resort

- A, B, C and E lifts and associated courses are open (weekday operations)
- Official snow depth: 145cm

Maiko Snow Resort

- All the main areas are now open
- Official snow depth: 150cm (upper); 60cm (base)

Muikamachi Hakkaisan

- All lifts are operating and most courses are open
- Official snow depth: 220cm


- 21 of 22 courses open
- Official snow depth: 120cm
- Details on Naeba Now report here

NASPA Ski Garden

- All main courses and lifts are open
- Official snow depth: 115cm

Yuzawa Kogen

- All courses and lifts are open
- The Ropeway connecting Yuzawa Kogen with the Southern Area of GALA Yuzawa is operating
- Official snow depth: 170cm (Kogen); 70cm (base)

Yuzawa Nakazato

- Number 1, 2, 3 and 5 lifts are operating (weekday operations)
- Official snow depth: 100cm

Yuzawa Park

- Number 1, 7, 8 and 9 lifts are operating; most courses open
- Official snow depth: 90cm


Photos (below) from around 8:30am on Friday 14th February 2020:

- Yuzawa Kogen
- NASPA Ski Garden
- Ishiuchi Maruyama (2)
- Route 17/Yuzawa IC exit
- Maiko Snow Resort   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Friday 14th February 2020, 8:59am
Weather conditions: Cloudy overcast
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Hakuba.

We ended up with some lovely blue skies above the village yesterday with a bank of cloud bunching up around the mountains. It made for some impressive and varied scenery in places. I spotted a very cool rainbow too when I was at Hakuba 47 early afternoon. I wish I had taken a camera! Rather windy too. With the rain earlier in the day, it's not the most friendly mix of weather for the snow.

This morning we start the day with a lot of cloud cover and it's a bit dull. I'd expect some early icy and hard conditions, softening up as it gets warmer during the day.

Sunshine is forecast for tomorrow. Mild conditions will be continuing through Sunday (when there is a chance of rain). So Saturday looks like it will be the best pick for the weekend. Kind of spring-like conditions, but of course still tons of fun to be had.

And we can look forward to fresh snow come Monday/Tuesday.

Here is the data table for today, unchanged:

The information in this table is data reported by the ski resortsNew snowfall (lower)New snowfall (upper)TOTAL ACCUMULATION (UPPER)
Hakuba 470cm0cm385cm
Hakuba Cortina0cm0cm460cm
Hakuba Goryu0cm0cm417cm
Hakuba Happo-one0cm0cm530cm

IMPORTANT: See below for an explanation of the above data


Individual ski resort information
This information is checked and manually adjusted each morning

Hakuba Happo-one

Operating lifts:
- All lifts apart from the lifts noted below are normally operating:
- Nakiyama Number 2 pair
- Shirakaba Number 1 pair
- Shirakaba Number 2 pair
- Central pair
- Sakka Number 2 pair
- Sakka Number 3 triple

Courses open:
- All courses apart from the following are at least part open:
- Kokusai
- Nakiyama Wall/North
- Kurobishi off-piste
- Omusubi off-piste
- Base areas apart from Nakiyama North and Kokusai are at least part open
- You can still also take the Gondola or other lifts back down to base

Official snow depth:
- Kurobishi: 195cm
- Usagidaira: 125cm
- Nakiyama: 65cm

Hakuba 47

All lifts apart from the lifts noted below are normally operating:
- Pair Line D (usually only operates when Gondola not operating)

Courses open:
- All main courses now open
- Tree Riding Zones are part open

Official snow depth:
- Top: 210cm
- Base: 70cm

Hakuba Goryu

Operating lifts:
- All lifts are normally operating apart from Toomi Number 2 pair
- That lift is scheduled to be open daily from 15th February

Courses open:
- All courses are open now apart from the following:
- Cosmo River
- Straight Whiskey
- Snow Diving
- Adventure

Official snow depth:
- Alps: 210cm
- Toomi: 80cm
- Iimori: 65cm

Tsugaike Kogen

Operating lifts:
- All lifts apart from the lifts noted below are normally operating:
- Han-no-ki Number 4
- Tsuga Number 1 pair
- Han-no-ki Number 2 pair
- Champion quad
- Kane-no-naru-oka Skyliner I
- Tsugaike Ropeway

Courses open:
- All main course areas are open
- DBD: All gates closed

Official snow depth:
- Tsuga-no-mori: 200cm
- Maruyama: 45cm
- Kane-no-naru-oka: 65cm

Hakuba Cortina

Official snow depth:
- Top: 170cm
- Base: 95cm

Hakuba Valley Kashimayari

Official snow depth:
- Top: 105cm

Hakuba Norikura Onsen

Official snow depth:
- Top: 130cm

Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field

Official snow depth:
- Top: 110cm

Hakuba Sanosaka

Official snow depth:
- Top: 65cm


Photos today (below):

- Hakuba Happo-one [Usagidaira]
- Hakuba Happo-one [Usagidaira]
- Hakuba Goryu [base area]
- Hakuba 47
- Tsugaike Kogen [upper Tsuganomori area]
- Tsugaike Kogen [lower Kane-no-naru-oka area]
- Hakuba Iwatake
- Looking towards Hakuba Iwatake and Hakuba Happo-one


About the data in the above ‘snowfall as reported by ski resorts’ table
* The table within the above report contains data that is published by individual ski resorts
* The data shown is the amount of snowfall that the ski resorts are themselves reporting each 24 hour period on the upper areas of their mountain
* The source ‘new snowfall’ data and ‘total accumulation’ data is not updated at the same time
* The ‘new snowfall’ data is updated in the morning
* The ‘accumulation’ data is apparently updated/refreshed at midnight
* That means that there is a time lag between the two numbers being updated
* We manually check and update the data just before we publish each Hakuba Now report - so the data in each Hakuba Now report table is what is available at that time
* Any odd-looking numbers are due to the source data. We are not responsible for and have no control over the data. We are simply sharing the data with you
* Just to be extra clear, unlike our own ‘observed snowfall’ data from base that we show at the top of each report, the data in the table is not an independent observation by SnowJapan
* A more in-depth introduction and explanation can be found in this report   Read more ...

Naeba Now!

Friday 14th February 2020, 9:07am
Weather conditions: Overcast but bright and sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --

We're in the middle of this rather warm spell - there's a few more days to go.

Fresh snow on Monday? That would be nice.

For now though, it's going to be rather spring-like conditions out there.


The Audi FIX Alpen Ski World Cup 2020 event will be held at Naeba on 22nd and 23rd February.

There are a few course restrictions in place as the resort prepares for the event.


Official snow depth:

- 120cm

Planned operating lifts:

- Prince Number 2 Gondola
- Takenokodaira romance pair lift
- Takenokoyama romance pair lift
- Number 4 romance pair lift
- Number 3 high speed lift
- Number 4 high speed lift
- Number 5 high speed lift (open for nighta until 8:30pm)
- Hiuchi Number 1 romance pair lift
- Dragondola

Courses planned to be open:

- 21 of 22 courses are normally open
- Splash Bowl currently not open
- The Dragondola is operating to get over to the Tashiro Area of the Kagura resort   Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Friday 14th February 2020, 9:12am
Weather conditions: Getting less sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
It was so warm yesterday (how warm was it?). Well, there was a lovely little stream running down the road here though most of the day as the snow decided to change into liquid (and can you blame it, with such balmy weather?). We lost another 30cm off the snowpack in our test area. And good wet, almost slushy snow conditions.

The worst is ahead, as that freezing level goes up over 3000 meters (in February?!). Probably will see some rain over the next day or so; it's looking a little more gray right now that it was earlier in the day.

So no skiing for me today; it's off to check out the ocean, seafood, saké.... it's a great area to be in, even if you're not doing what you'd really like to be doing.


Akakura Kanko:
250cm, 3°C

Akakura Onsen:
315cm, 3°C

Ikenotaira Onsen:
210cm, 3°

Myoko Suginohara:
150cm, 0°

Seki Onsen:
350cm, 0° (I don't think they're adding info; the temperature is actually written as 00°)

Myoko Ski Park:
140cm, 9°

Kyukamura RunRun:
270cm, 2°

Tangram Ski Circus:
120cm, 1°

Madarao Kogen:
150cm, 5.4°

Lotte Arai Resort
326cm, 7.7°

Kurohime Kogen Snow Park
80cm, 8°    Read more ...

Madarao Now!

Friday 14th February 2020, 9:30am
Weather conditions: Cloudy and overcast but kind of bright
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --

It's... warm. Yes, we have been expecting it, but it's a downer all the same.

I see snowfall there on the forecasts for around Monday, so I'm excited about that.

Before then, if you are coming over the weekend expect mild conditions and associated snow conditions. Sunshine is likely tomorrow with a good chance of rain on Sunday, so keep that in mind if you are choosing a day for the weekend.


Current operations: Friday 14th February 2020


- All lifts should be operating
- All main courses open
- All tree run course open apart from Powder Wave
- Official snow depth: 150cm

Tangram Ski Circus:

- All lifts are operating
- Almost all courses open
- Official snow depth: 120cm   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Friday 14th February 2020, 9:35am
Weather conditions: Fine thin cloud overcast and bright
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning.

Yesterday would have been a nice day if it were April, not the middle of February.

It got a bit colder at night, though we have some more mild to live through before it gets proper cold again.

Until we get that fresh snow (early next week?) expect spring like conditions, rather than fresh and fluffy. A different kind of fun...


All areas and connections at Shiga Kogen are now open (with just a few minor exceptions).


Photos: Kumanoyu, Takamagahara and Hasuike Junction


Shiga Kogen resort info: Friday 14th February 2020

The below information is manually checked.
Official snow depth numbers are as reported by the ski resorts themselves.

- Official snow depth: 180cm

Ichinose Family
- Official snow depth: 180cm

- Official snow depth: 180cm

- Official snow depth: 120cm

Okushiga Kogen
- Official snow depth: 200cm

Takamagahara Mammoth
- Official snow depth: 180cm

- Official snow depth: 180cm

- Official snow depth: 170cm

- Official snow depth: 260cm


Originally planned night time operations at the Shiga Kogen ski areas are as follows; subject to change, so please check with the resorts.
Note that separate lift tickets are required.

Ichinose Diamond
22nd-23rd February 2020
20th-21st March 2020
Quad lift
6:30pm until 9:00pm

Ichinose Family
Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays until 21st March 2020
Number 2 pair B lift
6:30pm until 9:00pm

Every Saturday until 28th March 2020
23rd February 2020
20th March 2020
Number 1 pair lift
6:30pm until 9:00pm

Takamagahara Mammoth
Saturdays until 21st March 2020
23rd February 2020
20th March 2020
Number 2 triple lift
6:30pm until 8:30pm

Sun Valley
22nd-23rd February 2020
Number 1 quad lift
7:00pm until 8:30pm

Every Saturday until 29th February 2020
23rd February 2020
Number 3 high speed lift
6:00pm until 8:00pm


The section of road connecting the southern area of Shiga Kogen (from Yokoteyama onwards) with Gunma Prefecture is now closed for the season. It will be closed until 24th April 2020. Approach Shiga Kogen using Route 292 from the west (Nagano/Nakano/Yamanouchi)   Read more ...

Aizu Bandai Now!

Friday 14th February 2020, 9:36am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --

It's an all-Japan thing, but yes, it's mild/warm here too.

We have a few more such days to endure before colder conditions (hopefully) return. That means that if you are here for the weekend, expect mild and a somewhat spring-like feel to conditions. There's a chance of rain on Sunday, so Saturday is looking like the best pick for the weekend.

Today is Friday and that means that Nekoma is back up and running this morning.

There is snow due later on Monday into Tuesday and so hopefully we'll get a fresh layer then.


Grandeco Snow Resort:
- 4 (of 5) lifts operating
- 11 (of 13) courses open
- Normal weekday operations
- Official snow depth: 170cm

Hoshino Resort Alts Bandai
- 6 (of 8) lifts operating
- 18 (of 25) courses open
- Official snow depth: 140cm (top); 100cm (mid)

Hoshino Resort Urabandai Nekoma:
- Nekoma is closed on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays in February
- 4 (of 5) lifts operating
- 11 (of 11) courses open
- Official snow depth: 160cm

- 7 (of 9) lifts operating
- 17 (of 18) courses part open
- Official snow depth: 60cm

Listel Ski Fantasia:
- Part open
- Official snow depth: 45cm

- 3 (of 3) lifts operating
- 8 (of 12) courses open
- Official snow depth: 110cm


Photos today:

- Grandeco
- Minowa   Read more ...

SnowJapan Daily 'Now' reports

Shiga Kogen Now
30th May, 10:10
Geto Kogen Now
06th May, 15:13pm
Appi Kogen Now
23rd Apr, 17:30
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