Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 30th May 2020

Geto Kogen Now!

Saturday 18th January 2020, 7:45am
Weather conditions: Blue sky and cloud
New snowfall: 1cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning. It's the weekend again!

And there is just a slight dusting of snow on the ground from overnight (after a fine day)... just about able to add 1cm to my report this morning.

Early on this morning the sun is out and there is blue sky and cloud above us.

It is a cold morning with the resort reporting -10C up top and -8C at base, though I would expect that cold-ness to ease off somewhat

A special sledding event will be held at the resort today over at the chibbiko childrens area and up to 120 people can take part. IF you are interested in taking part, you can sign up from 10:00am (in the Center Dome).

I hope you have a good Saturday.


Official snow depths:

* Top: 210cm
* 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 - subject to change:

* All of the main official courses are available
* Rabbit and Summit Tree Run course open
* Other tree run courses not yet available

Nighta skiing operations

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

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Saturday 18th January 2020, 7:57am
Weather conditions: Mostly cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Nozawa.

There is a lot of cloud around early this Saturday morning. I can see some blue sky too. Hopefully it will remain quite cold during the day.

All lifts apart from the Kandahar pair and Karasawa pair should be operating today.

Perhaps some flakes of snow tomorrow but more promising is later on Monday into Tuesday.

I think that's it for this morning. Have fun and take care if you are hitting the slopes.


Saturday 18th January 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): 120cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 100cm
- Hikage (660m): 55cm
- Nagasaka (615m): 30cm
- Karasawa (563m): 15cm

All lifts normally operating apart from these lifts:

- Kandahar pair
- Karasawa pair

All courses open apart from the following courses:

- Kandahar
- Skyline (the lower section is closed; upper area down to the Tanuki course is open)
- Grand Prix
- Jumping
- Mukobayashi
- Hachiman
- Karasawa
- Nagasaka link
- Usagi   Read more ...

Madarao Now!

Saturday 18th January 2020, 8:02am
Weather conditions: Blue sky and cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning.

Is it Saturday already again. The season is whizzing by...

Some cloud, some blue sky and the groomers are looking inviting before people get out there to mess them up! It should be a nice day; I hope it keeps quite cold.

No fresh snow to report. But the day after tomorrow looks good for some fresh to be falling.

Today and tomorrow there's an event at Madarao where you can test ride some 'BLASTRACK' gear (it always seems to be in capital letters, so that's why!). It's free though you will need to show identification to take part. Open from 9:30am until 2:30pm today and tomorrow. Head over to the Super Quad lift if you are interested.

Nighta tonight.


Just to recap. Almost all of the normal courses at Madarao are open; tree run courses not yet available apart from SAWA II. Over at Tangram, about half of the courses are available and all lifts are operating.

More snow please!


Current operations: Saturday 18th January 2020


- All ski lifts apart from Number 13 lift are operating
- Courses appear to be mostly open
- SAWA II is open
- Other tree run courses not currently available
- Official snow depth: 65cm

Tangram Ski Circus:
- All ski lifts are operating
- Some courses are not yet open
- Official snow depth: 45cm   Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Saturday 18th January 2020, 8:03am
Weather conditions: Increasing clouds
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Another cloudy day, which is good for the snow. No snow falling, which is bad. There's a light but variable wind coming out of the north, which is also good.

The scary thing is that next week the freezing level is predicted to go way up to 2200 meters, with rain all the way up to the top of the resorts.

The good thing is that longer forecasts have snow following that nationwide warming trend. Which means the crazy weather continues (where are our Siberian winds?)


Akakura Kanko:
100cm, -5°C
All lifts running

Akakura Onsen:
92cm, -2°C
All main lifts operating

Ikenotaira Onsen:
95cm, -4°
Capsule pair, Karamatsu pair, Ikenotaira Quad, AB1 & AB2 lifts

Myoko Suginohara:
110cm, -10°
Gondola, Mitahara No. 2 and 3 lifts; Suginohara No. 1 Romance lift

Seki Onsen:
180cm, -3°

Myoko Ski Park:
60cm, 3° (questionable temp; hasn't changed in days)

Kyukamura RunRun:
80cm, -2°

Tangram Ski Circus:
45cm, -3°
All lifts running

Madarao Kogen:
65cm, -5°
All lifts except No. 13

Lotte Arai Resort
202cm, -1
All lifts running

Kurohime Kogen Snow Park
15cm, -5°
All lifts running   Read more ...

Furano Now!

Saturday 18th January 2020, 8:03am
Weather conditions: Bluebird
New snowfall: 3cm
Snow depth: --
It is a true bluebird morning with brilliantly clear sky. Clear sky like this in the morning means a cold start to the day, and it is -17c as I write this. It will warm up to around -8c by midday. The last few days have seen daytime snow flurries deposit a few centimeters at base level, but on the upper half of the resort there has been more and the trails on the upper mountain have some really good snow on them. If you haven't tried night skiing yet I highly recommend giving it a go - the Kitanomine side gets a great night view over Furano City.

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 ...

Appi Kogen Now!

Saturday 18th January 2020, 8:04am
Weather conditions: Fine, sunny
New snowfall: 2cm
Snow depth: --
It is a lovely early morning here in APPI.

Mostly blue skies with just a few wispy clouds around.

Very cold too, which is good for keeping the snow in decent condition.

So it should be a fine morning to be out there.

Today the 'APPI JAZZY SPORT 2020' event is happening today and nighta is being extended to midnight.


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 4 lift
- Central Number 5 lift
- Central Number 6 lift
- Nishimori lift
- Sailer quad lift
- Vista quad lift

- Most normal courses at APPI are open (* Upper Otaka and Kakkou areas closed)
- Bravo, Dragon tail, Cruise 1 and Cruise 2 tree run courses are open

Snowfall numbers
The below numbers are reported by the resort

Cumulative snowfall:

Natural snow depth:
155cm   Read more ...

Minakami Now!

Saturday 18th January 2020, 8:06am
Weather conditions: Overcast
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
The untracked snow from a few days ago is still excellent quality here and in the middle of a decent day on mountain. Tenjin's cat track to the bottom has opened as of yesterday. It's seven days after last season but with such a tiny snowpack there's a world of difference.

Forecast is snow showers tonight and looks more promising on Monday and Tuesday.

Good to see all lifts and courses at Norn now open...


Updated photo from late morning from Tenjin



Normally part open
Note: closed on Tuesdays (apart from 11th February, when it will be closed on 12th February)

Part open
Number 1 and 2 lifts are running

Tanigawa Tenjindaira
135cm base
Cat track to base now open

Minakami Hodaigi
All Hodaigi lifts running except Number 1

Minakami Kogen Ski Resort
All lifts are running

Norn Minakami
All lifts are running and all courses are open

Okutone Snow Park
All lifts apart from Number 1B and Number 3 A are running
5 of 9 courses are open

White Valley
Mostly open   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Saturday 18th January 2020, 8:24am
Weather conditions: Lots of cloud, some blue sky; sunshine and clearer skies expected
New snowfall: 9cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning.

Did anyone have any fun out there on the Niseko slopes yesterday? I know I sure did. Very nice. That's what we love.

It was snowing during the day and as a result I have another 9cm of snowfall to add to my reports this morning from base.

I wouldn't be surprised if there was maybe up to around 50-60cm of fresh on upper areas over the last two days.

It has been a cloudy-overcast start to the day, but clearer sunny skies are forecast for the day with just a light wind. So perhaps it will gradually continue to clear as the morning progresses.

We are expecting a generally calm weekend. It is keeping nice and cold, and more fresh snow is due to be with us from around Monday. That all sounds good to me.

Take care and have fun, it should be another good one. I'll see you tomorrow.


Niseko Avalanche Report

Mountain base: -9℃, 5cm snowfall in 12h, calm. Moiwa 800m: 318°(NW) 2.3m/s, -9.4℃, 10cm snowfall. Hirafu 1000m: 333°(NNW) 2.7m/s, -9.4℃. Hanazono 720m: 342°(NNW) 2.0m/s, -9.3℃. Niseko Village Mizuno-no-sawa 900m: 269°(W) 0.5m/s, -10.9℃. Sea of Japan Benkei cape: W3m/s, Kamui cape: WSW2m/s, 1020hPa, 1.0m waves. Annupuri 1000m snow depth 140cm.

Cold air is flowing in from a high-pressure system. The isobars are spread out and the weather is calm over the ocean and the mountains. There are no notable developments of snowdrifts. Observations and data evaluations show that the general avalanche risk is low today. Peak gates are scheduled to open from the morning. Listen to the ski patrol’s advice and “always” use gates to access the out of bounds areas. Do not cross boundary ropes.

10cm of fresh snow can be found around 800m elevation. A fast kind of snow, unaffected by the wind, in contrary, wind-blown storm-snow is slower. The snow amount is still small, beware of falling into creeks. It’s recommended to carry at least a shovel and a short rope just in case. Snow sports are inherently dangerous, even more in unmanaged mountain areas. Better not underestimate the risk, being prudent is key to avoid accidents.

Have a nice day.


Ski resort operation information: Saturday 18th January 2020

Niseko Grand Hirafu

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 230cm
- Base: 100cm

All lifts are normally operating EXCEPT:
- 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: 160cm
- Base: 110cm

All lifts are normally operating


Niseko Annupuri

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 155cm
- Base: 95cm

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: 165cm
- Base: 105cm

All lifts normally operating EXCEPT:
- Country Road (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!

Saturday 18th January 2020, 8:26am
Weather conditions: Cloudy skies
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Yuzawa.

It is a generally cloudy morning, with an impressive looking sea of clouds over the Minamiuonuma valley, as you can see on the image below.

More ski lifts and courses appear to be opening for this morning, even though there's no fresh snow to report. See below for adjustments made. But still, it is of course good to see more open and it being the weekend there will be more people around. I would expect the popular places to be rather busy.

The next snowfall looks likely later on Monday into Tuesday (with a bit of a warm bump scheduled beyond that, which hopefully will be followed by snow again). Who knows. I give up!!

Let's just enjoy what we have. I hope you have a fun day wherever you are.


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

GALA Yuzawa

- All of the Central Area and Northern Area courses are open
- All lifts are now operating apart from the Ropeway lift connecting with Yuzawa Kogen in the Southern Area
- The Southern Area is part open - Batman and Eliza courses are open
- Take the Gondola back down at the end of the day (Falcon downhill course not yet available)
- Official snow depth: 120cm

Ishiuchi Maruyama

- Access via the three base Entrances is available
- 18 courses currently open
- Official snow depth: 70cm (upper); 50cm (mid)


- 6 lifts are operating with the central to upper area of the resort open
- Official snow depth: 40cm

Joetsu Kokusai

- 11 lifts operating (the Nagamine quad is operating to get up to the open top area)
- 9 courses open in the Panorama and Atema areas
- Official snow depth: 60cm


- All areas of Kagura are open
- Both the Mitsumata Ropeway and Tashiro Ropeway bases ropeways are operating
- The top Number 5 lift and top gate are normally open >> but apparently temporarily closed this morning
- The Dragondola connecting with Naeba is operating
- Official snow depth: 110cm

Kandatsu Snow Resort

- All lifts plan to be operating
- Official snow depth: 110cm

Maiko Snow Resort

- Gondola and top Okusoechi quad and pair lifts are operating
- 7 courses in the top Okusoechi area are open. Take the Gondola back down to base.
- 1 course and 1 lift (Center quad) open in the Maiko Area
- Official snow depth: 75cm (upper); -cm (base)

Muikamachi Hakkaisan

- Ropeway and Number 1 and 3 lifts operating
- Official snow depth: 100cm


- Naeba is open with most courses available
- Official snow depth: 70cm
- Details on Naeba Now report here

NASPA Ski Garden

- All lifts operating
- B, C, E, F, G and H courses are open (A and D closed)
- Mogul and Slopestyle not open
- Kids Garden open
- Official snow depth: 45cm

Yuzawa Kogen

- Yuzawa Ropeway operating
- All Kogen lifts now operating and Kogen Snowland is open
- Base area not currently open
- The Ropeway connecting Yuzawa Kogen with the Southern Area of GALA Yuzawa is not yet operating
- Official snow depth: 80cm (Kogen); -cm (base)

Yuzawa Nakazato

- Number 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 lifts operating
- Official snow depth: 40cm

Yuzawa Park

- Number 1 and 7 lifts operating
- Official snow depth: 25cm


Photos (below) from around 8:30am on Saturday 18th January 2020:

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

Naeba Now!

Saturday 18th January 2020, 8:41am
Weather conditions: Overcast
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning.

It's a mostly overcast start to the day. No fresh snowfall to report. And hopefully it will remain fairly cold.

We can probably expect the next snowfall around Monday-Tuesday.

A few more lifts are moving this morning for the weekend with three lifts scheduled to be open for nighta tonight. Details below.

It's that 'Subaru Gelande Taxi' event thingy today and tomorrow. I remember that from last year. So there's some cool looking Subaru cars parked at the base of the resort ready to zoom you around on the snow. You'll find details if you are in Naeba.


Official snow depth:

- 70cm (not updated this morning?)

Planned operating lifts:

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

- Almost all courses are now open
- The Dragondola is operating to get over to the Tashiro Area of the Kagura resort   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Saturday 18th January 2020, 8:55am
Weather conditions: Thin cloud, blue sky, sun
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Hakuba.

We have a mix of thin cloud, blue sky and sunshine this morning over Hakuba and that is probably what we can expect for the day today and hopefully it will keep fairly cold.

It seems to be looking good for fresh snowfall early week, so let's enjoy the weekend and look forward to that.

The data table is unchanged today.

The information in this table is data reported by the ski resortsNew snowfall (lower)New snowfall (upper)TOTAL ACCUMULATION (UPPER)
Hakuba 470cm0cm266cm
Hakuba Cortina0cm0cm213cm
Hakuba Goryu0cm0cm269cm
Hakuba Happo-one0cm0cm342cm

IMPORTANT: See below for an explanation of the above data

The new Tenbo course, aimed at very skilled folk, at Hakuba Happo-one has opened.

I think that is about all I have for today.

See you tomorrow.


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:
- Kurobishi Number 3 pair
- Nakiyama Number 2 pair
- Shirakaba Number 1 pair
- Shirakaba Number 2 pair
- Central pair
- Sakka Number 2 pair
- Sakka Number 3 triple

Courses open:
- Riesen Grat
- Panorama
- Usagidaira
- Kurobishi
- Skyline
- Riesen Slalom
- Kita-one 3
- Kita-one
- Nakiyama South
- Olympic Course
- Sakka South
- Sakka North
- The base Nakiyama South and Sakka areas are now open
- You can also take the Gondola or other lifts back down

Official snow depth:
- Kurobishi: 180cm
- Usagidaira: 110cm
- Nakiyama: ?cm

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 not yet available

Official snow depth:
- Top: 140cm
- Base: 45cm

Hakuba Goryu

Operating lifts:
- All lifts apart from the lifts noted below are normally operating:
- Toomi Number 2 pair

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

Official snow depth:
- Alps: 145cm
- Toomi: 65cm
- Iimori: 50cm

Tsugaike Kogen

Operating lifts:
- All lifts apart from the lifts noted below are normally operating:
- Han-no-ki Number 4
- Tsuga-no-mori Number 1
- Han-no-ki Number 3 quad
- Han-no-ki Number 2 pair
- Han-no-ki Number 1 quad
- Champion quad
- Kane-no-naru-oka Skyliner I
- Kane-no-naru-oka Skyliner IV
- Kane-no-naru-oka Number 11 romance

Courses open:
- Most course areas are now at least part open
- Lower course through the forest cloded
- DBD not available yet

Official snow depth:
- Tsuga-no-mori: 140cm
- Maruyama: 40cm
- Kane-no-naru-oka: 15cm

Hakuba Cortina

Operating lifts:
- All lifts are operating

Operating courses:
- A few courses restrictions (Giant currently closed)

Official snow depth:
- Top: 115cm
- Base: 50cm

Hakuba Valley Kashimayari
- All lifts are operating

Hakuba Norikura Onsen

Operating lifts:
- All lifts apart from Number 7 and 10 are operating

Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field

Operating lifts:
- Gondola
- 4sen East
- 4sen North
- View2
- 5sen South

Hakuba Sanosaka

Operating lifts:
- All four lifts are operating


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 ...

Zao Now!

Saturday 18th January 2020, 9:04am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Zao.

Welcome to the weekend. It is a cloudy start and quite cold. The resort was reporting a temperature of -11C up top and -7 at Uwanodai as of 7am.

It looks like the Astraea Number 3 pair lift as well as the Onsen Number 4 quad are both operating this morning. It will likely be a busy day out there.

I'm trying not to get overly-excited just yet but some forecasts are looking pretty good for around Monday in terms of potential snowfall. Let's have some of that!

Have a good Saturday.


Lifts normally operating:

- Zao Paradise pair A B
- Shobunuma Number 2 pair
- Katakai triple
- Chuo Number 1 pair AB
- Chuo Number 2 pair AB
- Mikaeri pair
- Diamond Number 2 pair
- Utopia Number 2 pair
- Astraea Number 3 pair
- Onsen Number 1 pair
- Onsen Number 2 quad
- Onsen Number 3 parallel A B
- Onsen Number 4 quad
- Kokutai pair
- Zao Chuo Ropeway / Zao Ropeway / Sky Cable

Ski course areas normally at least part open:

- Zangezaka (part)
- Chuo (part)
- Utopia
- Paradise (part)
- Shobunuma (part)
- Diamond (part)
- Uwanodai (part)

Official snow depths (as reported by resort):

- Summit area: 45cm
- Paradise area: 40cm
- Chuo area: 40cm
- Utopia area: 50cm
- Uwanodai area: 25cm
- Oomori area: 15cm


Night time operations:


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 dates:

January 2020: 17th-19th, 24th-27th, 29th-31st
February 2020: all days apart from Tuesdays

There is an extra charge for this night time Ropeway operation.   Read more ...

Aizu Bandai Now!

Saturday 18th January 2020, 9:14am
Weather conditions: Grey overcast clouds
New snowfall: 1cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning.

We have lots of grey clouds over the regions this morning, though it feels fairly bright out there.

It is a cold morning but no fresh cm of snowfall to report.

I notice that Alts have increased the number of courses open from 12 to 16 )(and reporting 1cm of snowfall). Nekoma also have all their lifts operating this morning.

Official snow depths need to be taken generally with a pinch of salt, but it's all information and so I have added them to the information below and I will keep on checking and updating that each morning. Let's hope they can get bigger quite soon...


Hoshino Resort Alts Bandai
- 5 (of 8) lifts operating
- 16 (of 25) courses open
- Official snow depth: 50cm

Grandeco Snow Resort:
- 4 (of 5) lifts operating
- 9 (of 13) courses open
- Kids Park open
- Official snow depth: 95cm

Hoshino Resort Urabandai Nekoma:
- In a change of original plan, they will be open every day in January
- 5 (of 5) lifts operating
- 9 (of 11) courses open
- Official snow depth: 85cm

- 3 (of 3) lifts operating
- 9 (of 12) courses open
- Official snow depth: 60cm

- IMPORTANT: Normally closed Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 21st January
- Number 1 and 2 lifts open


Photo today:

- Minowa (2)
- Nekoma   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Saturday 18th January 2020, 9:18am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Hello and good morning from Shiga Kogen.

It is a cloudy start to the weekend. Happily, a cold one too.

Looking ahead, we can hope for more snow maybe Monday night into Tuesday.

It looks like the freezing point is going to be rising after that which might be bad news for lower regions... one of the advantages of being high up. Anyway, let's deal with that when we have to, hopefully it might change before then.


Almost all courses and connections at Shiga Kogen are now open with just a few minor exceptions.


Photos: Takamagahara and Hasuike Junction


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 ...

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Shiga Kogen Now
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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