Snow and weather reports posted on Friday 4th May 2018

Furano Now!

Tuesday 20th February 2018, 7:19am
Weather conditions: Bluebird/clear
New snowfall: 1cm
Snow depth: --
Overnight there has been a light dusting of snow in the ski village of 1cm. The groomers are just finishing off the lower slopes so they will be nice corduroy first up. It is a nice looking day with mostly blue sky and the morning sun shining brightly. A light breeze is blowing.   Read more ...

Geto Kogen Now!

Tuesday 20th February 2018, 7:20am
Weather conditions: Snow clouds
New snowfall: 17cm
Snow depth: --
Sun in the sky yesterday with some snow here and there and tops of -7C.

Today, very similar with some more snow showers throughout the day. We’re likely to see some moderate snow in the evening giving us about 10cm throughout the day and into the night. Tops of -4C and winds are light to moderate, so it’s looking like a beautiful day.

Both gondolas will be spinning today, as the quad chairlift is out of action. But I promise the resort has a good reason — the snow has gotten so high that the chairlifts can’t clear it. A day of digging for the resort ops by the looks of things, so hopefully we’ll see it open on Wednesday. Told you I had a good reason.

As for the week ahead, the further we get down the week the better its looking — particularly Friday and Saturday with about 20cm between the two — nothing crazy, I know, but we’ll cross our fingers and hope that next week we yield a better snowflake harvest...

Wednesday: snow showers, moderate winds & tops of -5C
Thursday: light snow, a light breeze & tops of -4C
Friday: light snow, winds increasing & tops of 0C


Official snow depths:

Top: 520cm
Base: 385cm

Night skiing operations are scheduled at Geto Kogen on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays until 25th February 2018

The Number 2 Gondola is currently open on weekends and national holidays   Read more ...

Naeba Now!

Tuesday 20th February 2018, 7:34am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 6cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Naeba! We have had 6cm of very dry, light snow since about 5:30am this morning, and it's currently showing no signs of slowing. The dryness of the snow indicates that it was formed in a cool band of air, meaning it will likely feel cold out there today despite the relatively comfortable -6°C air temperature. There is little wind to report at the base, but as you ascend up the mountain it picks up to a moderate wind. The snow is predicted to continue throughout today and tonight, at albeit a lighter rate of accumilation.

Looking forwards, we can expect light snow to continue tomorrow, accompanied by light winds and an air temperature of just below 0°C. Accumilations will likely be modest. On Thursday and through Friday we can expect the skies to clear a little, with possible some sunshine. On Friday night, temperatures are predicted to drop again and the wind to pick up, with some further snow blowing in for the weekend.   Read more ...

Yuzawa Now!

Tuesday 20th February 2018, 7:57am
Weather conditions: Snow clouds
New snowfall: 4cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Yuzawa.

Light snow was falling for much of yesterday, with clearer skies by evening. Some more snow falling overnight and early this morning but not a huge amount of fresh on the ground... here's what ski resorts are reporting:

Ishiuchi Maruyama: 10cm
Kagura: 5cm
Maiko Snow Resort: 5cm

And I have measured an additional 4cm since yesterday.

Like yesterday, we can expect light snow falling at times today with just cloudy skies at other times. During the day temperatures will probably stay fairly close to 0 degrees in town or slightly higher. And a similar kind of picture for tomorrow - possibly a bit colder.


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


Updated: Tuesday 20th 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
- 360cm

- 250cm

- Kagura area: 370cm
- Mitsumata area: 270cm
- Tashiro area: 320cm

Kandatsu Kogen
- 285cm

- 250cm (base)

NASPA Ski Garden
- 285cm

Yuzawa Kogen
- Top: 320cm
- Base: 270cm

Yuzawa Park
- 230cm

Yuzawa Nakazato
- 200cm


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

Ishiuchi Maruyama
- 290cm

Joetsu Kokusai
- 290cm

Maiko Snow Resort
- Top: 300cm
- Base: 200cm

Muikamachi Hakkaisan
- Closed on Wednesdays until 14th March
- 370cm   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Tuesday 20th February 2018, 8:01am
Weather conditions: Snow clouds
New snowfall: 14cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from here near Hirafu base.

And this morning I have 14cm of fresh snow to report, mostly from yesterday during the daytime, and light snow is currently falling.

I need to post my report early this morning and so at the moment I don't have any specific news of possibly lift disruptions due to windy conditions. My apologies.


Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 5.00am: -8°, 15cm new snow. Moiwa 800m: NW17.6m/s, 30cm new snow, cornice and snowdrift development. Annupuri 1150m: -13°, strong NW wind, major cornice and snowdrift development. Hirafu 1250m: -15°, strong wind from varying directions, snowdrift development, 15cm new snow. Coastal data: Benkei Cape: NNW12m/s. Kamui Cape: WNW9m/s, 1013hPa, wave 2.0m.

A strong NW snow wind is blowing above the tree line with rapid snowdrift development and cornice growth on leeward slopes. From tests, snowdrifts are fracturing on a granular layer (from large wind and temperature gradient), causing 50cm surface avalanches. Mikaeri Bowl 800m, Osawa cornice face 1000m, all of Kozan no sawa, upper Fujihara no sawa, far side Higashi One the avalanche risk is high all day. Avoid riding cornice slopes, knolls and steep open slopes. Ride one by one from ridgeline. Avoid going near cornices.

Avalanches are a natural occurrence and only become an accident if people are involved. Danger is everywhere, by making wise decisions most avalanches can be avoided. Do over estimate your knowledge, skills and equipment. Make cautious choices.

The weather above 1000m is a lot different to the valley. Beware a sudden change in weather. Gate openings yet to be decided. Please listen to the patrols advice.

This avalanche report is published to prevent accidents of ski resort users. The avalanche risk is not that high when evaluating individual data. Avoid riding in valley bottom. Snow in the forest is fantastic, is your beacon switched on?


Tuesday 20th 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: 515cm
- Base: 245cm

Niseko Annupuri Kokusai

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

Official snow depth:
- Top: 390cm
- Base: 260cm

Niseko Village

Lifts scheduled to be operating:
- All lifts (apart from the Country Road Chair lift) should be operating

Official snow depth:
- Top: 390cm
- Base: 280cm


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 ...

Grandeco Now!

Tuesday 20th February 2018, 8:11am
Weather conditions: Blue skies
New snowfall: 8cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Grandeco.

It is a beautiful morning with a gentle wind and blue skies, just a bit of cloud.

And... some fresh snow last night waiting to be played in this morning.

The snow condition is very light powder snow and the weather is keeping cold making it an excellent time to be here in the Urabandai area to enjoy quality snow.


Lifts operating:

- All lifts operating

Courses open:

- All courses open

Official snow depth:
- 340cm

- Grandeco snow and weather forecast
   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Tuesday 20th February 2018, 8:15am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 3cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Nozawa.

A bit more fresh snow to report this morning and the day is starting with mostly cloudy skies and very light snow falling just now. Snow falling at times over the next few days seems to be what the forecasts are saying. And maybe by the end of the week we will see some sunshine.

Visibility looks pretty good on most of the mountain, limited currently on the top Yamabiko runs.

Nasuki is all set for the day and looking particularly happy and definitely up for it.

Hope to see some of you on the slopes. I think I must have spoken to folk from 20 different countries over the last week here in Nozawa. That wasn't something you could do when I first came here over twenty years ago...


Tuesday 20th February 2018

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

- Yamabiko (1407m): 5cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 6cm
- Hikage (660m): 3cm
- Nagasaka (615m): 3cm
- Karasawa (563m): 1cm

Official snow depth numbers:

- Yamabiko (1407m): 365cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 295cm
- Hikage (660m): 215cm
- Nagasaka (615m): 205cm
- Karasawa (563m): 165cm

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
- Kandahar   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Tuesday 20th February 2018, 8:17am
Weather conditions: Mostly cloudy, some sun peeking through in places
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Hakuba.

Lovely day yesterday with those blue skies and sunshine for lots of the time. More cloud turning up during mid to late afternoon leaving us with generally grey skies as things were getting dark. A fine day to be out there enjoying the slopes.

Very light snow has been slowly falling as I started writing this morning report (stopped now), and there's no cm of fresh snow to report.

There's lots of cloud around this morning but visibility on the ski slopes generally looks pretty good.

Actually there is even a bit of sun getting through the clouds in places now so perhaps we're going to end up enjoying more of that. The webcam from Happo-one is looking very dramatic at the moment - see below - with blue skies above a thick bank of cloud. Wonder how long they will last... Looks amazing.

All of the ski resorts in the area should be open as normal this morning.


Ski resort information on Tuesday 20th 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

Official snow depth:
- Kurobishi: 415cm
- Usagidaira: 240cm
- 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: 410cm
- Toomi: 160cm
- Iimori: 110cm


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: 355cm
- Base: 160cm


Tsugaike Kogen

Operating lifts:
- Lifts should be opening as normal

Courses open:
- All course areas are open

Official snow depth:
- Tsuga-no-mori: 340cm
- Han-no-ki: 340cm
- Maruyama: 135cm
- Shirakaba: 280cm
- Champion: 160cm
- Oya-no-hara: 165cm
- 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: 365cm
- Base: 220cm


Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field

Operating lifts:
- Should be opening as normal

Courses open:
- Most areas open

Official snow depth:
- Top: 230cm
- Base: 140cm


Hakuba Norikura Onsen

Operating lifts:
- All lifts (apart from Number 1 & 7) should be operating as planned

Official snow depth:
- 245cm


Hakuba Valley Kashimayari

Operating lifts:
- All lifts apart from Number 8 & 10 should be operating

Official snow depth:
- 240cm


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
Karamatsu Shirakaba area from 6pm until 9pm on 17th February; 3rd, 10th March
Adults - 2,200 yen; children - 1,700 yen

There are no other nighta operations at other ski resorts in the region   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Tuesday 20th February 2018, 8:34am
Weather conditions: Blue sky, sun, cloud
New snowfall: 1cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Shiga Kogen.

A little light snow falling earlier on, but that has cleared up for now and while there is still cloud around - more in some places than others - there's an increasing amount of blue sky and the sun is out.

Just a slight cover of snow to report, but it's keeping cold and conditions should be really great this morning. I know where I'm going!


Good questions asked: "How can Sun Valley have an official snow depth of only 110cm, and the fairly close-by Nishitateyama be on 300cm?"

I'm not the one to answer that - in fact I'd love to know myself! I'm just passing on what they put out there. Sun Valley always seems silly low, especially after we enjoy heavy snowfall over a few days and it doesn't move.

I don't take much notice of the official snow depths for a bunch of reasons.

The most important number to me is how much fresh snow has been falling over the last few days.


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



270cm   Read more ...

Madarao Now!

Tuesday 20th February 2018, 8:36am
Weather conditions: Snow clouds
New snowfall: 3cm
Snow depth: --
Morning all.

Limited visibility out there this morning and just a bit of snow - I'm measuring 3cm, the resort is reporting 5cm.

Light snow is currently falling and we can probably expect the chance of snow through tomorrow. If you are hoping for some sunshine, the end of the week might deliver in that respect.

Oh yes, the Free Ride Park is now back open featuring the Bank Line, 4m and 6m kickers.


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
Powder Theater
Free Ride Park
Adventure Aisle
Crystal Bowl

Kids Park

Planned nighta operations this season:

Every Saturday until 24th March 2018   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Tuesday 20th February 2018, 8:49am
Weather conditions: Cloudy, fine
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --

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: 215cm
- Paradise area: 240cm
- Chuo area: 240cm
- Utopia area: 265cm
- Uwanodai area: 160cm
- Oomori area: 185cm


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 ...

Myoko Now!

Tuesday 20th February 2018, 10:32am
Weather conditions: Foggy
New snowfall: 6cm
Snow depth: --
Nice surprise this morning to wake up to a little fresh snow. Not a lot, but really light snow, and it keeps falling, so we keep hoping for more. But it’s also really foggy today, just like yesterday from about 10:30-11am. Warmer today, too, although still in minus territory.

Not much to add; only that the big Kokutai—the national ski meet—is coming up this weekend. Shouldn’t interrupt too much of the regular resort business, and there is the chance to watch some jumping or cross country or ski racing.

Akakura Kanko:
350 cm, -6°

Akakura Onsen:
400cm, -4°

Ikenotaira Onsen:
275cm, -4.5°

Myoko Suginohara:
240cm, -10°

Seki Onsen:
450 cm, -8°

Myoko Ski Park:
270 cm, -4°

Kyukamura RunRun:
370 cm, -3°

Tangram Ski Circus:
240 cm, -4°

Madarao Kogen:
270 cm, -4°

Read more ...

Appi Kogen Now!

Tuesday 20th February 2018, 10:39am
Weather conditions: Fine
New snowfall: 18cm
Snow depth: --
Hello from Appi,

Clear blue skies this morning, light winds and a seemingly perfect day up on the hill today, The next few days should give us similar results with the occasional snow flurry to help a little.

Most runs are open but they’ve had a little trouble with the Yellow Gondola for a few days now so hopefully it’s in full operation this week and into the weekend. Fairly stable temperatures with a warming spell coming our way on Friday bringing with it some more snowfall.

The runs are in great condition and you’ll have very little competition to find some nice snow today.


Planned lift operations (subject to change):

- APPI Gondola
- Central quad
- Central number 2 lift
- Central number 3 lift A
- Central number 5 lift
- Central number 6 lift
- Sailer quad
- Nishimori lift

Note: The Sailer Gondola, Central Number 4 lift and Vista quad are usually rested on normal weekdays


Official snow depth:

   Read more ...

Minakami Now!

Tuesday 20th February 2018, 11:22am
Weather conditions: Overcast
New snowfall: 3cm
Snow depth: --
Partial reset here with enough snow to soften things up on resort but full reset in most of the backcountry. Great weather with light snow this morning and the sun peaking through the clouds.

Below photo is from yesterday afternoon, Mt Tanigawa south face

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 ...

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