Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 30th May 2020

Furano Now!

Tuesday 18th February 2020, 7:31am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 7cm
Snow depth: --
Things never really got going yesterday and the lifts were shut down before they got going due to the wind, however the afternoon turned out to be quite pleasant with clear skies. Today the winds are still with us and blowing moderately around the base area. There is 7cm of new snow but with the wind effect some areas will have significantly more, while some will have less. Visibility looks limited with moderate snow mixed in with the wind.

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!

Tuesday 18th February 2020, 7:44am
Weather conditions: Cloud, some blue sky
New snowfall: 10cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning.

Ah yes, a return to snow with 10cm on the ground after the rain turned to snow later in the day yesterday; most of that is from yesterday with a couple more overnight.

The resort has increased the top snow depth by 20cm so you'd think that means 20cm up there - worth checking out I'd say!

It was snowing an hour ago too, but right now there is actually some sun and blue sky to be seen. Early birds might well be rewarded.


Official snow depths:

* Top: 270cm
* Base: 140cm

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:

* All of the main official courses are available
* Rabbit scheduled to be open, subject to change
* Check with resort for latest on tree run courses

Nighta skiing operations

* Weekends and holidays from until 24th February 2020

   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Tuesday 18th February 2020, 7:53am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 10cm
Snow depth: --
The sight of fresh snow always does the trick.

Colder temperatures help too!

The resort is reporting 15cm of fresh snowfall on the top areas; 10cm across base areas... and I concur.

Just cloudy right now as I write this but snow is due through the day so I should have additional snow to report tomorrow


Tuesday 18th February 2020

Fresh snowfall recorded by resort since yesterday morning:

- Yamabiko (1407m): 15cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 15cm
- Hikage (660m): 10cm
- Nagasaka (615m): 10cm
- Karasawa (563m): -cm

Official snow depth numbers (reported by resort):

- Yamabiko (1407m): 195cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 135cm
- Hikage (660m): 75cm
- Nagasaka (615m): 60cm
- Karasawa (563m): 30cm

All lifts normally operating apart from the following lifts:

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

All courses normally open apart from the following courses:

- Skyline (upper part to Tanuki is open; lower part is closed)
- Grand Prix
- Jumping
- Hachiman
- Mukobayashi
- Kandahar (closed to public apart from 2nd and 16th March)

Nighta until 8:00pm

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

Minakami Now!

Tuesday 18th February 2020, 8:02am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 18cm
Snow depth: --
Moderate snow has fallen since sometime early this morning and it's snowing heavily here at the moment.

Winds forecast to be strong at higher elevations but at this point there's no sign of them at the base of Tenjin and I can't hear them ripping over the ridges at higher elevations. Should they strengthen, all bets are off but for now this is shaping up to be a good day with clear weather forecast for tomorrow and light snow the next day.

Temps are back to Winter levels and expected to stay that way till Saturday, more snow forecast for Sunday. The situation certainly appeared dire yesterday but it doesn't look too bad going forward.



Normally part open
Note: closed on Tuesdays

All lifts running; all courses open
Official snow depth: 80cm

Tanigawadake Tenjindaira
Official snow depth: 150cm

Minakami Hodaigi
All lifts apart from Number 1 running; all courses open
Official snow depth: 100cm

Minakami Kogen Ski Resort
All lifts are running
Official snow depth: 110cm

Norn Minakami
All lifts apart from Number 4 are running; all courses apart from Course A open
Official snow depth: 90cm

Okutone Snow Park
Number 1 pair A, Number 2 pair B, Number 3 pair B and Number 4 lifts are running
5 of 9 courses are open
Official snow depth: 70cm

White Valley
Mostly open
Official snow depth: 70cm   Read more ...

Appi Kogen Now!

Tuesday 18th February 2020, 8:22am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 12cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Appi,

We have woken up to what is expected to be an very good powder day. There has been another 12cm since the last count, and the snowfall is getting much stronger. The wind is gentle at present but this is also expected to increase in intensity. Thanks fully weather has accompanied this snow, with a temp of -4 degrees at the base.

Yesterday we had intermittent snow throughout the day, with a decent layer of powder atop icy conditions across the mountain. It made for a bit of a slip n slide in places but entertaining nonetheless.

The central gondola is delayed until 11am due to maintenance, and Nishimori lift is closed all day for maintenance.


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

- Appi Gondola DELAYED
- Central quad lift
- Central Number 1 lift
- Central Number 2 lift
- Central Number 3A lift
- Central Number 5 lift
- Nishimori lift CLOSED TODAY
- 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:
200cm   Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Tuesday 18th February 2020, 8:30am
Weather conditions: Lightening up a bit
New snowfall: 11cm
Snow depth: --
A little fresh snow today to cheer us up. A bit.

The temperature is still in the minus category at 8:30, also something nice (get that bracing, almost winter feel of the cold again). Not a whole lot, to be honest, but the snow is still falling, and could keep going through the day. Some pretty strong winds are also predicted, and the wind pattern offshore looks like there should be some breezes hitting us, but so far nothing.

The sun is trying to peek out from time to time, too, something that's happened far too often this season. What happened to week-long spells of snow, with no sun at all. Pale skin; happy skiing.

There is a pretty nasty breakable crust layer on the surface of natural snow, at least at the base, the result of the cooling over the past day. The groomed slopes should be fine, but the crust could be unpleasant for people on boots. Maybe on skis, too.


Akakura Kanko:
200cm, -5°C

Akakura Onsen:
260cm, -3°C

Ikenotaira Onsen:
140cm, -3°

Myoko Suginohara:
125cm, -8°

Seki Onsen:
350cm, -5°

Myoko Ski Park:
110cm, 4°

Kyukamura RunRun:
180cm, 0°

Tangram Ski Circus:
85cm, -1°

Madarao Kogen:
100cm, -5°

Lotte Arai Resort
297cm, -1.2°

Kurohime Kogen Snow Park
20cm, 3°    Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Tuesday 18th February 2020, 8:30am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 1cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Niseko.

So it was rather windy yesterday and that means that there's going to be some wind blown conditions this morning, meaning there'll probably be some deeper fresh in places and hard and icy conditions in others. And difficult to know what's where. That along with the recent changes in temperatures mean we really need to be aware and take care out there.

Down here at base I can only report (slightly over) 1cm which is a bit disappointing.

It feels kind of milder again this morning, maybe it's just me; generally cloudy-overcast with some light snow falling in places. Those stronger winds have eased off and we are starting the day with all lifts scheduled to start up as planned.

We can still expecting some more fresh snow over the coming few days.


Niseko Avalanche Report

Mountain Base: -2.0°, trace new snow, calm. Moiwa 800m: SSE 165deg 3.8m/s , -5.2°, snowdrift development. Annupuri 1100m: SSE 154deg 10.5m/s, no temp data. Yu no Sawa 1000m: SW 227deg 3.3m/s, -7.5. Niseko Village 900m: S 174 deg 5.2m/s, -6.7°. Hirafu 1000m : S 179deg 11.4m/s, -7.5°. Hanazono 720m: SSW 191deg 8.7m/s, -5.4°. Coastal data: Benkei Cape:SSE 8m/s. Kamui Cape E 2m/s, 999hPa, wave 2.2m.

In places above 700m there is large amounts of snowdrift development on the Niseko Range due to an easterly wind yesterday from a slow moving low pressure system. Snowdrifts are weakly bonded due to hail mixed with the low pressure snowfall and snowdrift stability will be delayed. Although the wind is starting to weaken it is still strong at higher elevations. Avalanche risk is continues to be high above 900m on steep open slopes and knolls. Gate openings are expected to be delayed. Please follow the patrols advice.

Most accidents happen during or right after a storm. Be cautious today. The snow in the trees is a bit unusual, a bit heavy but not too bad. Watch out for hidden snow bridges collapsing. We never know where an avalanche will occur. Is your beacon on? You have your probe and shovel? Wear a helmet. Have a good day.


Ski resort operation information: Tuesday 18th February 2020

Niseko Grand Hirafu

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 265cm
- 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: 185cm
- Base: 110cm

All lifts are normally operating


Niseko Annupuri

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 180cm
- Base: 110cm

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: 190cm
- Base: 110cm

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!

Tuesday 18th February 2020, 8:33am
Weather conditions: Clouds and...
New snowfall: 19cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Yuzawa.

And good news this morning.

After some wet conditions later on in the day, it was snowing by evening and overnight we have a fresh layer on the ground. 19cm measured here (and just as an extra note, 24cm just to the north of Ishiuchi Maruyama).

Maiko Snow Resort are reporting 30cm of snowfall on their upper area. Ishiuchi Maruyama are reporting 20cm. And the Kagura resort is reporting 15cm as of 7:30am.

So it sounds like there should be a decent amount across the mountains this morning. A very welcome refresh.

It is still snowing too, though only lightly at the moment. We can expect more cm to build up during the day with it forecast for the day and tonight.

Great to feel the colder temperatures as well after that period of warmer conditions. It's not crazy cold, more like just under zero for the moment, but Kagura are reporting a temperature of -10C on the mountain.

The snow doesn't look likely to continue beyond early tomorrow morning so we want to get as much as possible today. Come on!!


Individual ski resort information: Tuesday 18th February 2020
All information checked and updated manually for each report. Subject to change.

GALA Yuzawa

- All lifts are operating
- All courses in Central and Northern Area are open
- In the Southern Area, the Batman and Eliza courses are open
- The Ropeway connecting GALA Yuzawa with Yuzawa Kogen is operating
- Official snow depth: 130cm

Ishiuchi Maruyama

- Ginza course and above and the Hatsukaishi area open (14 courses)
- Official snow depth: 140cm (upper); 100cm (mid)


- All lifts (apart from Number 1 pair) and most of mid to upper area open
- Official snow depth: 105cm

Joetsu Kokusai

- All areas are now open, some courses unavailable
- Official snow depth: 140cm


- 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: 250cm

Kandatsu Snow Resort

- A, B and C lifts are operating; most courses open
- Official snow depth: 140cm

Maiko Snow Resort

- All the main areas are now open; some course restrictions
- Official snow depth: 140cm (upper); 50cm (base)

Muikamachi Hakkaisan

- 11 of 14 courses open; 3 of 4 lifts operating
- Official snow depth: 180cm


- 17 of 22 courses open
- Official snow depth: 90cm
- Details on Naeba Now report here

NASPA Ski Garden

- All main courses apart from D are open; all lifts operating
- Official snow depth: 90cm

Yuzawa Kogen

- The top area via Yuzawa Kogen Ropeway is fully open
- The base Family lift and course is operating
- Downhill course is closed; the lower Nunoba Snowland is closed
- The Ropeway connecting Yuzawa Kogen with the Southern Area of GALA Yuzawa is operating
- Official snow depth: 150cm (Kogen); 30cm (base)

Yuzawa Nakazato

- Number 1, 2, 3 and 5 lifts are operating
- Official snow depth: 90cm

Yuzawa Park

- Number 1, 3 and 7 lifts are operating
- Official snow depth: 70cm


Photos (below) from around 8:30am on Tuesday 18th February 2020:

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

Shiga Kogen Now!

Tuesday 18th February 2020, 8:42am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 17cm
Snow depth: --
Fresh snow!


It feels like winter!


Kumanoyu and Yakebitaiyama are both reporting about 15cm of fresh snowfall, wit the latter hinting at more on the mountain. My over enthusiastic friend (bless him) is reporting more than 30cm.

I can report 17cm from my two measuring points. So all in all I reckon that you can expect at least 15cm and probably more across the area this morning which is good to be able to report.

It's not too windy but stronger winds are forecast for later on in the day.

I should have more cm to report tomorrow as it is still snowing...


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


Photos: Takamagahara Mammoth and Hasuike Junction


Shiga Kogen resort info: Tuesday 18th February 2020

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

- Official snow depth: 160cm

Ichinose Family
- Official snow depth: 170cm

- Official snow depth: 170cm

- Official snow depth: 100cm

Okushiga Kogen
- Official snow depth: 180cm

Takamagahara Mammoth
- Official snow depth: 170cm

- Official snow depth: 160cm

- Official snow depth: 170cm

- Official snow depth: 240cm


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 ...

Naeba Now!

Tuesday 18th February 2020, 8:52am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 8cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Naeba.

It is good to see fresh snowfall this morning. Not a huge amount, 8cm being measured, but fresh snow all the same. Looks like Kagura and the main Yuzawa town area got more this time...

But hopefully we will get more today.

It's colder too which is good.


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

Preparations are being made.

Planned course restrictions for the above event and others are as follows:

18th-22nd February

Mens Riesen + Number 3 course:
Until 22nd February

Mens Riesen Slalom
24th-28th February

Number 1 course:
24th February - 1st March

Number 2 course:
24th-25th February

Number 3 course:
Until 1st March


Official snow depth:

- 90cm

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:

- 17 of 22 courses are normally open
- The Dragondola is operating to get over to the Tashiro Area of the Kagura resort
   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Tuesday 18th February 2020, 9:02am
Weather conditions: Snow clouds
New snowfall: 8cm
Snow depth: --
Good news this morning...

The information in this table is data reported by the ski resortsNew snowfall (lower)New snowfall (upper)TOTAL ACCUMULATION (UPPER)
Hakuba 4710cm15cm385cm
Hakuba Cortina8cm10cm460cm
Hakuba Goryu5cm15cm417cm
Hakuba Happo-one5cm15cm at Kurobishi
20cm at Usagidaira

IMPORTANT: See below for an explanation of the above data

So, resorts are reporting 10-20cm of fresh snowfall on their upper areas and 5-10cm down at base. And I have measured 8cm.


Should be a good morning!

Back to being cold too, so get wrapped up well.

Hopefully there'll be more to report tomorrow too as it continues to snow.

Less good news is stronger winds affecting lifts at the Happo-one resort. As of 9am, the gondola and upper lifts are on hold. It appears that just the Nakiyama triple and Kokusai Number 1 pair are going up from base. Cortina has some restrictions too but other resorts appear to be opening as normal, which brings me to....


Regarding details of individual ski resort operations - I continue to do my best providing as many details as possible each morning, but operations change literally every day; and sometimes during the day. Such changeable conditions means that is unavoidable.

I highly recommend that if you are here in Hakuba and heading out to a ski resort, you check with your chosen destination before going. If you are staying at an accommodation I am sure the staff there will be able to help too.


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:
- Central
- Olympic II
- Kita-one
- Kokusai
- Nakiyama Wall/North
- Shirakaba North
- Sakka
- Kurobishi off-piste
- Omusubi off-piste
- Nakiyama South and Shirakaba South base areas are open; others closed
- You can also take the Gondola or other lifts back down to base

Official snow depth:
- Kurobishi: 195cm
- Usagidaira: 130cm
- Nakiyama: 70cm

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: upper area part open

Official snow depth:
- Top: 185cm
- Base: 60cm

Hakuba Goryu

Operating lifts:
- All lifts are normally operating

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

Official snow depth:
- Alps: 190cm
- Toomi: 75cm
- Iimori: 45cm

Tsugaike Kogen

Courses open:
- All main course areas apart from Uma-no-se and Lower course through forest open
- DBD: Gate 1 open, reporting 20cm of fresh snow

Official snow depth:
- Tsuga-no-mori: 170cm
- Maruyama: 45cm
- Kane-no-naru-oka: 40cm

Hakuba Cortina

Official snow depth:
- Top: 140cm
- Base: 70cm

Hakuba Valley Kashimayari

Official snow depth:
- Top: 90cm

Hakuba Norikura Onsen

Official snow depth:
- Top: 90cm

Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field

Official snow depth:
- Top: 100cm

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]
- 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 ...

Madarao Now!

Tuesday 18th February 2020, 9:11am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Madarao.

This morning a bit of fresh snow on the ground and it is snowing so there should be more to report tomorrow.

Visibility fair at the moment but the snow clouds should be sticking around and hopefully delivering.

Sunshine is forecast for tomorrow.


Current operations: Tuesday 18th February 2020


- All lifts apart from Number 5 should be operating
- Powder Wave and Crystal Bowl tree run courses closed
- Other tree run courses open
- Official snow depth: 100cm

Tangram Ski Circus:

- All lifts are operating
- Most courses open
- Official snow depth: 85cm   Read more ...

Aizu Bandai Now!

Tuesday 18th February 2020, 9:16am
Weather conditions: Mostly cloudy
New snowfall: 6cm
Snow depth: --
After a spell of warmer weather - not the best of friends with snow - I am happy to report that it is noticeably colder this morning. And we have some fresh snowfall too.

Here at Minowa base there's 6cm.

Alts is back open as planned after that scaled back operation yesterday morning.

And because it's Tuesday, Nekoma is unfortunately closed.

Chance of sunshine tomorrow. Let's hope it remains on the colder side.


Grandeco Snow Resort:
- 4 (of 5) lifts operating
- 11 (of 13) courses open
- Normal weekend operations
- Official snow depth: 130cm

Hoshino Resort Alts Bandai
- 6 (of 8) lifts operating
- 17 (of 25) courses open
- Official snow depth: 110cm (top); 60cm (mid)

Hoshino Resort Urabandai Nekoma:
- Nekoma is closed on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays in February

- 3 (of 9) lifts operating
- 4 (of 18) courses open
- Official snow depth: 40cm

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

- 3 (of 3) lifts operating
- 8 (of 12) courses open
- Official snow depth: 90cm


Photos today:

- Grandeco
- Minowa (2)   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Tuesday 18th February 2020, 9:20am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 4cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning.

It's snowing and there's a few cm on the ground, with hopefully more to come.

Limited visibility this morning down to base but if it brings us snow... all good.

Feels much colder this morning.

Windy too - and some lifts are on hold at the time of writing including the top section of the Zao Ropeway. If you wish to get out there and hit the slopes, I'd check before moving...


All lifts are now normally operating apart from the following:


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

- All courses are now mostly open; some restricted areas

Official snow depths (as reported by resort):

- Summit area: 80cm
- Paradise area: 90cm
- Chuo area: 100cm
- Utopia area: 80cm
- Uwanodai area: 50cm
- Oomori area: 25cm


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 ...

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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
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20th Apr, 9:38am
Yuzawa Now
20th Apr, 9:37am
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06th Dec, 14:16am