Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 30th May 2020

Furano Now!

Thursday 21st February 2019, 7:23am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 2cm
Snow depth: --
There is a light dusting of snow on the ground and it is snowing very lightly with fine snow flakes. Yesterday was tropical again and has had an effect on the snow on the lower slopes and all around the village. On slope conditions will be a bit frosty on the lower slopes, but okay higher up. There is low cloud this morning and the start of -4c will head up to +1c by midday. It sure feels like spring has arrived early and this warmer weather is forecast to stay through until next week.

Open lifts:
Prince Romance chair
Downhill Romance #2 chair
Downhill Romance #3 chair
Furano Ropeway

Kitanomine quad chair
Kitanomine #2 chair
Kitanomine Gondola
Link chair   Read more ...

Geto Kogen Now!

Thursday 21st February 2019, 7:43am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 16cm
Snow depth: --

Not sure I was expecting this, but 15cm of fresh snow on the ground this morning. We got some light rain during the day from mid-morning but we can perhaps forgive that with some snow to see this morning. As you might expect with the milder temperatures, it isn't top notch mid winter powder... it's a bit heavy, but it's definitely better than rain.

It is snowing now so it will be interesting to see how the day goes.

Fine weather is currently forecast for tomorrow.


Official snow depths:

* Top: 395cm
* Base: 270cm

Planned operating lifts - subject to change due to weather:

* Number 1 Gondola
* Number 1 pair lift
* Number 2 pair lift
* Quad

- The Number 2 Gondola is usually rested on normal weekdays

Courses & Tree Runs - subject to change due to weather:

* All of the main official courses are available
* All tree runs open

Nighta skiing operations

* Every Saturday until 24th February 2019
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Niseko Now!

Thursday 21st February 2019, 8:20am
Weather conditions: Blue skies and sunshine, just a bit of cloud
New snowfall: 2cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Niseko.

Some more snow this morning - 2cm of it in fact, and it looks pretty decent condition too for what it's worth.

It is a beautiful morning. The sun is out and we have mostly clear blue skies with just a bit of cloud over our mountain and Mt Yotei is looking magnificent. Currently -2C here at base. The forecast shows a fair bit of sun to be expected over the coming days so we can enjoy that, just hoping that it doesn't warm up too much.


SnowJapan launched something new yesterday. They are still keeping fairly quiet about it for the moment as it settles in and plan to be telling you more properly next week, but I thought I would mention it today. With permission of course! It's called SnowJapan Community. There's an sort-of-experimental member-to-member Q&A section in there. If you follow the link below, be sure to read the 'Welcome' blog entry that explains things. And if you want to participate - ask a question or answer a question (*for the moment) - you can easily join or login using an existing social media account:

The new SnowJapan Community

It's all new and shiny for the moment, so I know that SnowJapan will be putting a lot of effort into developing it over the coming months. I'd keep an eye on it.

And a big otsukaresama-deshita to SnowJapan folk!


Niseko Avalanche Report:

Mountain Base 6.00am: -2°, 2cm new snow. Moiwa 800m: -3.8°, WSW0.8m/s, 2cm new snow, no snowdrift development. Annupuri 1120m: snow depth 250cm, 1100m: light winds, -6.2°. Hirafu 1000m: -5.8°, SSE2.0m/s. Village: Mizuno no Sawa: -4.88°, SSE0.4m/s, 2cm new snow in the last 24hrs. Kutchan Weather Station: -0.4°, SSW0.8m/s, snow depth 163cm. Cape Benkei: N6m/s, Cape Kamui: calm, pressure 1016hPa, wave 0.7m.

We are currently in a low pressure zone but the sea and mountains are calm. There has been no new snow and only minor cornice and snowdrift development. From observation the general avalanche risk is low. All gates are expected to be open. Please listen to the patrols advice and be prepared before going out of bounds. Large cracks are starting to open up around the mountain. Be careful falling into them. Its a good idea to carry 7.7mm/20m of rope for rescues. The snow is hard and a bit savage, be careful.

Today ski patrol are doing a more snow tests in Yunosawa. Do not follow them to ride in Yunosawa area. By Niseko Rules, Yunosawa and Harunotaki are strictly off limits areas, but these tests are being conducted with the aim of opening up Yunosawa for future riding. Have a good day.


Ski resort operation information: Thursday 21st February 2019
Subject to change due to weather conditions

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 350cm
- Base: 150cm

Ski lifts operating:
- All lifts should be opening as planned (Ace Number 1 pair and King Number 2 quad lifts rested)
- The Ace Family quad (until 8:30pm), Ace Center 4 quad (8:20pm), Hirafu Gondola (until 8:10pm) and Holiday Number 1 pair (until 8:30pm) lifts are normally open during the evening


Niseko HANAZONO Resort

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 258cm
- Base: 203cm

Ski lifts operating:
- All lifts should be opening as planned
- The Hanazono lifts are normally open until 3:50pm (Number 3 until 3:30pm)


Niseko Annupuri

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 330cm
- Base: 160cm

Ski lifts operating:
- All lifts should be opening as planned
- The Jumbo 1 lift is normally open until 8:30pm during the evening


Niseko Village

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 330cm
- Base: 160cm

Ski lifts operating:
- All lifts should be opening as planned (Country Road lift rested)
- The Upper Village Gondola, Village Express and Banzai Chair lifts are normally open until 8:00pm during the evening


Night time operations are available in the Niseko Grand Hirafu, Niseko Village and Niseko Annupuri resort areas. There is no nighta at the Niseko HANAZONO resort area.
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Yuzawa Now!

Thursday 21st February 2019, 8:25am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Yuzawa.

First of all the snow news: Kagura are reporting 5cm of fresh snow and Maiko Snow Resort are reporting 2cm.

I can't add any snow to the report as there has been no new cm down at town level, a dusting in areas as you get a little higher out of town. It has been a bit of a wet few days with some snow trying to fall earlier on. The sprinklers in the road were turned on for a while there earlier on this morning.

Right now though it doesn't feel like it is about to snow - in any decent way anyway - though there is a chance according to the forecast; there's also a chance it will be raining.

It is feeling somewhat colder today though and I would imagine a better chance of there being snow at higher elevations. No word from Kagura as yet at the time of writing.

Sunshine is forecast for tomorrow with a high of around 6-7C.

I wish I could report the prospect of some heavy snowfall sometime in the coming week to give us a good fresh layer, but that is not looking likely. We may need to play with what we got and hope temperatures keep on the cold side.


Photos today from GALA Yuzawa, NASPA Ski Garden and Maiko Snow Resort.


Updated: 8:20am, Thursday 21st February 2019

** Official snow depths (where available) and resort specific information.
Information is checked manually each morning but sometimes official information is updated later than the time of these reports.

Ski resorts in Yuzawa:

GALA Yuzawa
- 340cm (official snow depth)

- 215cm (official snow depth)

- Kagura: 370cm (official snow depth)
- Mitsumata Area: 330cm (official snow depth)
- Tashiro Area: 350cm (official snow depth)

Kandatsu Kogen
- 240cm (official snow depth)

- 220cm (official snow depth)
- Please see our Naeba Now report for daily updates from Naeba

NASPA Ski Garden
- 240cm (official snow depth)

Yuzawa Kogen
- Top: 270cm (official snow depth)
- Base: 170cm (official snow depth)

Yuzawa Park
- 200cm (official snow depth)

Yuzawa Nakazato
- 205cm (official snow depth)


Ski resorts in Minamiuonuma - just to the north of Yuzawa:

Ishiuchi Maruyama
- Top: 260cm (official snow depth)
- Base: 200cm (official snow depth)

Joetsu Kokusai
- 300cm (official snow depth)

Maiko Snow Resort
- Top: 280cm (official snow depth)
- Base: 130cm (official snow depth)

Muikamachi Hakkaisan
- 320cm (official snow depth)


Night time 'nighta' operations (listed in alphabetical order)

Below is information on night time floodlit skiing operations at ski resorts in the area. Subject to change due to weather and snow conditions.

Ishiuchi Maruyama
Open daily until Saturday 16th March 2019
The Chuo Area is open daily for nighta
The Hatsukaishi and Kanko Areas only open for nighta over New Year and nights before holidays
4:00pm until 8:30pm

Open daily until Sunday 24th March 2019
Part of the mid and lower area of the resort
5:00pm until 8:00pm on weekdays; until 9:00pm on Saturdays

Joetsu Kokusai
Open daily until Sunday 24th March 2019
Area in front of the base hotel, Osawa and lower Atema
5:00pm until 9:00pm

Kandatsu Kogen
'Hobo (Almost) All Night' every Friday, Saturday and night before holidays until 30th March 2019
6:00pm until 4:0am the next morning

Maiko Snow Resort
Open daily 'one-coin nighta' (500 yen) until Saturday 16th March 2019
Maiko Center Quad lift in the Maiko Area
4:00pm until 8:00pm

Open daily until Sunday 24th March 2019
Number 3 and 4 high speed and Number 4 romance pair lifts
4:00pm until 8:30pm

NASPA Ski Garden
NASPA extends opening for the Number 1 lift on the following dates:
19th, 26th January 2019
2nd, 9th, 10th, 16th, 23rd February 2019
Extended until 6:00pm

Yuzawa Nakazato
Every Saturday until 9th March 2019
Sunday 10th February 2019
Number 2 romance pair lift
5:00pm until 8:30pm
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Madarao Now!

Thursday 21st February 2019, 8:40am
Weather conditions: Cloud, fog
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Madarao.

Visibility is... slightly better this morning! Though still limited. It feels colder this morning.

There's no cm of fresh snow to report other than a dusting with things having being a bit... damp. Though perhaps we might get a bit of snow today before the sunshine that is forecast for tomorrow.

Snow conditions are surely not going to be perfect this weekend, but that doesn't mean not fun. Just come with an adjusted 'early spring' mind-set and then we can just be surprised and happy when the next snow arrives to make things light and fluffy again. I do believe we will have that -- just not for the next run of days.


Planned operations for Thursday 21st February 2019

Official snow depth at Madarao:


Madarao info:

All lifts apart from Number 5 plan to be open
All 31 courses should be open including tree run courses

Nighta operations at Madarao:
- Every Saturday until 23rd March 2019

Tangram Ski Circus info:

All lifts operating
All course areas open

Nighta operations at Tangram:
- Every Saturday until 23rd March 2019   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Thursday 21st February 2019, 8:42am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Shiga Kogen.

I was hoping to be able to report some snow this morning and it's just a dusting really. No new cm to add to the report just a thin layer but it has been snowing this morning on and off, in places. Nothing major. Still, better than rain and it does feel colder today.

The week ahead though is looking more like relatively mild than really cold, though there seems to be a chance of snow around Saturday. I wouldn't expect anything big though.
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Hakuba Now!

Thursday 21st February 2019, 8:44am
Weather conditions: Mostly cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Hakuba.

Just a bit of fresh snow to report from Hakuba Cortina (base and top) and Hakuba Happo-one (top of Riesen lift), both reporting 3cm of snowfall in those places. Other resorts don't seem to be mentioning any fresh.

There is a lot of cloud around this morning with some blue sky added into the mix in places. It is noticeably colder this morning but I don't have any fresh snow to report on the ground.

Clearer weather and sun is forecast for tomorrow and it's going to be mild.

Please don't shout at the messenger! ;)


Ski resort information on Thursday 21st February 2019:
The below info is checked manually each morning and believed to be correct at time of report.
All ski resorts in the area are currently open. Any further resort specific notes made below.

Hakuba Happo-one

Official snow depth:
- Kurobishi: 255cm
- Usagidaira: 165cm
- Nakiyama: 100cm


Hakuba Goryu

Official snow depth:
- Top: 275cm
- Toomi: 145cm
- Iimori: 100cm


Hakuba 47

Official snow depth:
- Top: 270cm
- Base: 120cm


Tsugaike Kogen

Official snow depth:
- Tsuga-no-mori: 280cm
- Han-no-ki: 275cm
- Maruyama: 140cm
- Shirakaba: 240cm
- Champion: 130cm
- Oya-no-hara: 150cm
- Kane-no-naru-oka: 140cm


Hakuba Cortina

Official snow depth:
- Top: 250cm
- Base: 165cm


Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field

Official snow depth:
- Mountain Side: 190cm
- Village Side: 120cm


Hakuba Norikura Onsen

Official snow depth:
- 210cm


Hakuba Valley Kashimayari

Official snow depth:
- 210cm


Hakuba Sanosaka

Official snow depth:
- Top: 120cm
- Base: 60cm


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 5:00pm until 9:00pm in the Nakiyama base area (Nakiyama Number 2 pair lift)
Adults - 2,000 yen; children - 1,200 yen

Hakuba Goryu
Daily from 6:00pm 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 - 2,000 yen; children - 1,000 yen

Hakuba Cortina
Daily from 5:00pm until 8:00pm (until 9:00pm on Saturdays and certain holidays)
Adults - 1,500 yen; children - 1,000 yen

Tsugaike Kogen
Karamatsu Shirakaba area from 6:00pm until 9:00pm on 9th, 10th, 16th February; 2nd March
Adults - 2,200 yen; children - 1,700 yen   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Thursday 21st February 2019, 8:46am
Weather conditions: Cloudy and moody
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Nozawa.

There's lots of moody grey clouds around this morning. Nothing happening right now but we might get some light snow today as it keeps cold - definitely colder this morning - but even if we get that it will probably clear up by tonight.

And then tomorrow sun and clearer skies are on the forecast.

Maybe some snow on Saturday? Not a whole lot more on the weekly forecast as it stands now.


Thursday 21st February 2019

Fresh snowfall reported by the ski 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): 280cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 245cm
- Hikage (660m): 165cm
- Nagasaka (615m): 155cm
- Karasawa (563m): 120cm

All lifts apart from the following planned to be operating:

- Yunomine pair
- Mizunashi triple
- Challenge pair
- Utopia pair
- Kandahar pair (open for general public on 1st Mar 2019)

All courses open apart from the following planned to be open:

- Grand Prix
- Kandahar (open for general public on 1st Mar 2019)


Lift operation times until end of March:

Nagasaka Gondola - until 4:00pm (time of last one down)
Hikage Gondola - until 4:20pm (time of last one down)
Yamabiko Number 2 Four - until 4:10pm
Skyline connecting pair - until 4:30pm
Base lifts - until 5:00pm
Yu Road - until 5:10pm   Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Thursday 21st February 2019, 9:14am
Weather conditions: Increasing cloudiness
New snowfall: 1cm
Snow depth: --
The gloom is gone today in Myoko; we even have a little bit of blue sky and occasional sunshine to brighten things up.

A tiny bit of fresh snow on top of the wet and crunchy stuff below. It's still not great outside the ski area, but there are dark clouds coming in from the north that look like they might bring in some fresh white stuff. The winds offshore have definitely moved from yesterdays west/southwest to the north, which is a good sign. Temperatures are also down today, another good indicator of things other than rain and fog.

It's been pretty quiet and stable this season, though. No upheavals at the resorts, no major electrical failures or riots or anything really to report. Boring, I know. Even the mighty snowthrower, a constant companion in this report, has been a very good worker this year. No belts thrown to delay putting out the Now! page....


Akakura Kanko:
290cm, -2°

Akakura Onsen:
390cm, -1°

Ikenotaira Onsen:
240cm, 2°

Myoko Suginohara:
175cm, -6° (top)

Seki Onsen:
490cm, -3°

Myoko Ski Park:
330cm, 4°

Kyukamura RunRun:
380cm, -2°

Tangram Ski Circus:
240cm, 0°

Madarao Kogen:
290cm, -2°

Lotte Arai Resort
516cm, 2.9°

Kurohime Kogen Snow Park
200cm, -1°

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Aizu Bandai Now!

Thursday 21st February 2019, 9:24am
Weather conditions: Cloudy, some blue skies
New snowfall: 2cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from the Urabandai region.

It was a rainy day yesterday but it happily turned into snow overnight and there's some fresh snow covering the slopes this morning. Not a lot, just a few cm.

The weather yesterday was very warm feeling like the end of March, but I am happy to report that this morning it feels much colder. It's more than 10 degrees colder than yesterday.

There is a lot of cloud but some blue skies are appearing, so conditions this morning should be nice.

Ski resorts in the southern area of Mt, Bandai open today are Alts Bandai, Inawashiro, Inawashiro resort and Listel.

The Mt. Adatara area ski resorts - Minowa and Numajiri - are also covered with some fresh snow this morning.


The photos for today are from Alts Bandai (the first two) and Grandeco.


Nekoma - lift 0/5, course 0/11 open *Closed on Wednesday and Thursday 1/16-2/28
Grandeco - lift 5/5 include one gondola, course 13/13 open
Urabandai - lift 0/3, course 0/3 open *Closed on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
Minowa - lift 2/3, course 10/11 open
Numajiri - lift 4/4, course 11/11 open
Alts Bandai - lift 8/8 include one gondola, course 25/25 open
Inawashiro - lift 7/8, course 18/18 open
Inawashiro resort - lift 3/4 include one gondola, course 7/9 open
Listel - lift 2/2, course 5/7 open
Family Bandai Bandai - lift 0/2, course 0/7 open *Only open on Saturday, Sunday and national holidays.   Read more ...

Naeba Now!

Thursday 21st February 2019, 9:31am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 1cm
Snow depth: --
Mprning from Naeba.

1cm of snow to add to the reports this morning and light snow falling early on. We need much more for a proper reset, though obviously it is preferable to rain. So rather hand icy conditions on the slopes at the moment.

It does feel a bit colder this morning and currently around 0C.

We're likely to have some sunshine tomorrow, with the chance of some more (light?) snow on Saturday.


Official snow depth:

- 210cm

All lifts plan to be operating apart from the following (some lifts rested on weekdays):

- Prince Number 1 Gondola
- Number 8 high speed lift
- Daishamen romance pair lift

All courses now open apart from the following:

- Splash Bowl

Planned night-time operations:

- Daily until Sunday 24th March 2019
- 4:00pm until 8:30pm
- Lifts operating: Number 5 high speed lift   Read more ...

Appi Kogen Now!

Thursday 21st February 2019, 9:38am
Weather conditions: Mostly sunny skies, some cloud
New snowfall: 4cm
Snow depth: --
Hello from Appi,

Calm winds, sunny skies and a few cm of snow that fell yesterday will make for a decent time on the mountain. Temperatures have dipped south again into the minus zone and will stay that way through the weekend.

Not much in the way of snow in the forecast and sunny skies over the weekend with fairly light winds. Most runs are in decent shape with very little traffic to break them up.

If you want a few quite hours I’d recommend heading up there today or tomorrow as this weekend may turn into a veritable madhouse.


Planned lift operations & course areas (subject to change due to weather conditions):

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

* All 5 tree run areas should be open as normal when the lift operations allow - register to use them at Plaza 1st Floor


Official groomed snow depth (as reported by resort):

- 120cm   Read more ...

Minakami Now!

Thursday 21st February 2019, 9:49am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 1cm
Snow depth: --
Tenjin is in very poor shape.

Ice with a healthy smattering of death cookies. Good place to send those troublesome in-laws!

The resort got some snow overnight but it's been blown off the ice into isolated areas. Snow is falling but we need a lot more to fix this...   Read more ...

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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