Snow and weather reports posted on Friday 4th May 2018

Geto Kogen Now!

Wednesday 21st February 2018, 7:31am
Weather conditions: Snow clouds
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: --
Yesterday was a stunning day, mild temps with tops of -4C, some moderate winds and sun in the sky for the majority of the day. We saw some very light snow showers during the day, but it added more to the scenery than it did to the ground. Overnight however, we’ve got 5cm to report.

Should be a pretty nice day out there again today. No forecasted sunshine, though you never know what could happen — tops of -5C with light snow to fall throughout the day and winds to dip up and down but stay light to moderate.

Snow condition is fantastic at the moment, dry temps with bearable winds means it is pretty light and fluffy, and it’s been staying like that for the past couple of days which means even if we have to wait for the next snowfall, at least we’ve got some great leftovers to enjoy.

Since our last mammoth snowfall, they’ve had to close the quad lift as of late — due to too much snow (the chairlift can’t quite clear the growing level of snow beneath it. The resort has been working on it, but you’ll have to check the conditions board for updates on when it will be open. Or ask a member of staff, I’ve prepared this for you — "Chearifuto wa aiteimasu ka?” (Is the chairlift open?)

Thursday: light snow with a bit of sunshine, a light breeze & tops of -4C
Friday: partly cloudy & late snow showers, winds increasing & tops of 1C
Saturday: light-moderate snow, strong winds & tops of -2C


Official snow depths:

Top: 530cm
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 ...

Furano Now!

Wednesday 21st February 2018, 7:35am
Weather conditions: Foggy
New snowfall: 14cm
Snow depth: --
Overnight, snow has been falling and continues to do so as I write this. There has been a total of 14cm since yesterday and it is currently snowing moderately. It is forecast to snow lightly throughout the day. The cloud is low this morning so visibility won't be perfect but hopefully it will lift. With all this fresh snow it will be a great powder morning and first lifts are a must do.   Read more ...

Yuzawa Now!

Wednesday 21st February 2018, 7:45am
Weather conditions: Snow clouds
New snowfall: 8cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Yuzawa.

Yesterday light snow continued in the morning but by late in the afternoon we had beautiful clear skies over Yuzawa and the sun shining. A beautiful end to the day. Out of the wind it felt fairly mild (and surprisingly 20+cm of snow has disappeared off the top of my garden shed by evening), colder when there was some wind on your face.

But this morning, snow is back. Here's how much the ski resorts are reporting:

Kagura (main): 20cm
Kagura (Mitsumata): 15cm
Kagura (Tashiro): 10cm
Maiko Snow Resort: 10-20cm

And I am measuring 8cm.

So there should be a nice new layer of snow on the slopes; a little deeper in higher areas.

The forecasts seem to be predicting light snow or cloud for the day, to be followed by the chance of some clearer skies and sunshine again during the day tomorrow.


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


Updated: Wednesday 21st 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
- 275cm

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

Yuzawa Park
- 230cm

Yuzawa Nakazato
- 205cm


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

Ishiuchi Maruyama
- 290cm

Joetsu Kokusai
- 290cm

Maiko Snow Resort
- Top: 290cm
- Base: 200cm

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

Grandeco Now!

Wednesday 21st February 2018, 8:23am
Weather conditions: Fair skies
New snowfall: 8cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Grandeco.

It is another beautiful morning here with blue skies around the region and the sun out.

Happily there was also some fresh snowfall in the evening and through the night yesterday, and I can add 8cm of fresh snow to the reports.

It's a very cold morning. Keep warm when you start skiing and protect your eyes and skin from the strong sunshine today.

Best not to forget your camera either - should be beautiful scenery from the mountain today.


Lifts operating:

- All lifts operating

Courses open:

- All courses open

Official snow depth:
- 340cm

- Grandeco snow and weather forecast   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Wednesday 21st February 2018, 8:26am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 1cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Nozawa.

Just a dusting on lower areas as it snows this morning with the resort reporting 10cm on the upper Yamabiko and Uenotaira areas.

Fingers crossed we'll get some more fresh today and then it looks like there's a chance of a sunny day tomorrow though thankfully it's not set to warm up.

I feel less people around on the slopes this week, but Nozawa is a big place anyway so there's plenty snow to share around.


Wednesday 21st February 2018

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

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

Official snow depth numbers:

- Yamabiko (1407m): 360cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 290cm
- Hikage (660m): 210cm
- 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 ...

Myoko Now!

Wednesday 21st February 2018, 8:27am
Weather conditions: Snowing
New snowfall: 30cm
Snow depth: --
Another nice surprise this morning: when elderly dog needed an early morning excursion, she was met with a big drift of snow right outside the door.

We got about 30cm, something the forecasts didn’t catch - only about 10cm was predicted.

Still coming down, too, although lightly.

Another great day on the resorts; a nice reset for the backcountry, too, with some good light snow.


Akakura Kanko:
350 cm, -6°

Akakura Onsen:
415cm, -5°

Ikenotaira Onsen:
275cm, -5°

Myoko Suginohara:
240cm, -10°

Seki Onsen:
450 cm, -8°

Myoko Ski Park:
340 cm, -2°

Kyukamura RunRun:
370 cm, -3°

Tangram Ski Circus:
240 cm, -4°

Madarao Kogen:
270 cm, -4°

Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Wednesday 21st February 2018, 8:31am
Weather conditions: Snow clouds parked over Niseko
New snowfall: 13cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning.

This morning I have 13cm of fresh snowfall to report with most of that coming during the day yesterday.

With that being adding to my totals, I have observed 237cm for the month of February up until today, and the total for the whole season rises to 1136cm.


We have a week left in February and with regular snow on the forecast it seems very likely that we are going to surpass the number for February 2016 (266cm). Can we get up to the 316cm observed in February 2013?

And how about those season totals. Already I have observed more than each of the previous four seasons - and close on double what I observed during that 'Epic' season ;) last year - and the numbers are creeping up on the 2012/2013 season.


The snowfall usually slows down and there's not as much during the month of March of course, but we can still usually expect around 100cm more or less.

It's noticeably colder this morning and - without wanting to sound boring - it's snowing. :)

Top lifts appear to be opening as planned this morning. Yey!

Oh hold on (as I am about to post this)... it looks like the Gondola and top lift at Annupuri are affected by windy conditions over there. Doh!


Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6.00am: -8°, 5cm new snow. Moiwa 800m: -13°, NW12m/s, 20cm new snow, cornice development. Annupuri 1150m: -16°, NW20m/s, 30cm new snow, cornice and snowdrift development. Hirafu 1250m: -18°, SW10m/s, 20cm new snow. Coastal data: Benkei Cape: NNW15m/s. Kamui Cape: WNW13m/s, 1013hPa, wave 2.2m.

We are in the middle of a typical winter weather pattern and a westerly snow wind 10-15m/s is blowing above 800m on west side, cornices and snowdrifts are slowly becoming very large. Snowdrift development is not uniform and breaks easy from an inconsistent surface. Beware of cornice collapse or rider stimulated avalanche at following locations: Mikaeri bowl cornice slope, Osawa cornice slope, Kozan no sawa side wall cornice slope, Fujihara no sawa cornice slope and Higashi One cornice slope.

Cornice growth is has been massive and they are breaking much further back than you would expect. Do not get too close, if you go down with one when it collapses you will get hurt, or worse. From observation and data, the general avalanche risk is low. Below the tree line in the forest snow is good. Avoid the valley terrain under cornices and steep knolls.

Gate opening is yet undecided and dependant on lift operation. Please listen to the patrols advice. Entering strictly off limits areas is prohibited under Niseko Rules. Do not duck ropes to go out of bounds. Beacons are recommended, they may save your or your friends life. Beware bad visibility and frostbite. Have a good day.


Wednesday 21st 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: 260cm

Niseko Annupuri Kokusai

Lifts scheduled to be operating:
- All lifts should be operating
- Annupuri Gondola and top Jumbo Number 4 lifts are on hold at the start of the day

Official snow depth:
- Top: 400cm
- 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: 400cm
- 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 ...

Hakuba Now!

Wednesday 21st February 2018, 8:35am
Weather conditions: Generally cloudy
New snowfall: 3cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Hakuba.

Lots of blue sky in the morning yesterday with cloud gathering once again in the afternoon, temperatures dropping and and some light snow falling in places. Quite windy too. A bit of a contrast in conditions during the day and also base to higher up.

And there is fresh snow to report this morning. So here we go:

Hakuba Cortina: 15-20cm
Hakuba Happo-one: 15cm (top Gondola station)
Hakuba Goryu: 2-5cm
Hakuba 47: 5-15cm

I am measuring 3cm.

So just looking at those numbers in themselves, looks like the places to the north got a bit more.

It's the 48th Happo-one Fire Festival on Friday and you'll be able to find that over on the lower Nakiyama area. There will be lots of events and entertainment going on including Taiko drums and ski/board demonstrations... and it will apparently the finale will 'end with a bang'. So there you go! It all starts at 7:30pm (on Friday).


Ski resort information on Wednesday 21st 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: 410cm
- Usagidaira: 255cm
- Lower: 130cm


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: 370cm
- Base: 165cm


Tsugaike Kogen

Operating lifts:
- Lifts should be opening as normal

Courses open:
- All course areas are open

Official snow depth:
- Tsuga-no-mori: 345cm
- Han-no-ki: 340cm
- Maruyama: 130cm
- Shirakaba: 285cm
- 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: 360cm
- Base: 215cm


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:
- 220cm


Hakuba Valley Kashimayari

Operating lifts:
- All lifts apart from Number 8 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!

Wednesday 21st February 2018, 8:49am
Weather conditions: Cloudy...
New snowfall: 6cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Shiga Kogen.

Cloudy skies at the start of the day here. A bit of a fresh snow covering though not major (I noticed Kumanoyu are reporting 10cm) and it is actually snowing lightly at the moment. Visibility is generally decent though.

Forecasts seem to generally be showing the chance of some sunshine tomorrow morning. Should be a good one.

Keeping nice and cold so snow conditions keeping good.


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 ...

Naeba Now!

Wednesday 21st February 2018, 8:59am
Weather conditions: Light Snow
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Naeba! After a clear afternoon and evening yesterday, the snow is back! We have had 5cm already, and the clouds are still rolling in. We can expect light snow to continue throughout today, with modeset accumilations of a few centremeters. The wind will be light to moderate today. The air temperature will remain just below 0°C at the base, which will feel cool without the sun. The pistes will be a little slower today than yesterday, due to the fresh snow.

Looking forwards, we can expect a clearer day tomorrow with mild air temperatures. There will be some snow later in the afternoon and into the evening. Temperatures will stay mild until at least Saturday, when conditions are expected to become cooler after a potentially small snow deposition on Saturday night. The wind will remain moderate to light throughout the week, with the exception of Saturday night, with stronger winds accompanying the snow.   Read more ...

Madarao Now!

Wednesday 21st February 2018, 9:15am
Weather conditions: Light snow
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: --

Our reporter is down at the doctors with is possibly influenza.

So we are covering and this morning going with what the resort is reporting. Will edit later if required.

Reporting 5cm of snow and light snow this morning.

The forecast shows a decent chance of sunshine tomorrow morning. Should be good!


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!

Wednesday 21st February 2018, 10:07am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 11cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Zao.

It was a snowy start to the day with some light snow falling earlier but that has eased off with the clouds clearing - and there's 11cm of fresh on the ground to report.

We might see some sunshine from the start tomorrow though snow clouds shouldn't be too far away as we head into the weekend.


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 ...

Appi Kogen Now!

Wednesday 21st February 2018, 12:13pm
Weather conditions: Cloudy skies and...
New snowfall: 10cm
Snow depth: --
Hello from Appi,

Currently cloudy here on the mountain with snow falling and a fairly chilly temperature. The wind has picked up again today unfortunately making conditions less than ideal. The winds will be with us until tomorrow then should ease up somewhat into the weekend when they’ll increase considerably.

Not much forecast in the way of snow until the weekend when we may get another 20+cm of it. Steady temperatures and cloudy skies will reign throughout the weekend.

All the runs are in great shape after the snow fall we’ve had and are ready for action.


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 ...

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