Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 5th May 2018

Minakami Now!

Thursday 22nd February 2018, 7:13am
Weather conditions: Overcast but the clouds are high and its blue in the valley
New snowfall: 15cm
Snow depth: --
Yesterday saw a full reset at Tenjindaira with deep snow in the backcountry and plenty on piste too. I spent the day at Hodaigi which was also sublime.

Looks like nothing fell overnight for a change here and the weather is looking good so I expect there will be a procession marching towards the peak of Mt Tanigawa.

Forecast is for some snow this evening, general snow showers over the next few days and some more snow on Saturday night. This season has been all time, so many good days and it looks set to continue.


The snow reported today is from yesterday


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 ...

Geto Kogen Now!

Thursday 22nd February 2018, 7:16am
Weather conditions: Cloud, some blue sky
New snowfall: 3cm
Snow depth: --
Some pretty light but consistent snow throughout yesterday, with tops of -6C and a moderate wind that cooled down into the evening.

3cm of snow overnight, but we’re in for a pretty pleasant day out there conditions wise. Tops of -4C with barely any wind (<10km/h). Also, the sun should be out for the majority of the day, a few clouds as well and some possible snow showers.

I wish I had more to say today, but conditions have been fairly similar for the past few days. Same rules apply — put on a helmet and hit the trees, or get out the all-mountain skis and carve up the groomers. For the weekend, as we have a bit more sunshine heading our way with some light snow Saturday night, maybe 10cm into Sunday morning if we’re lucky.

Seems as if we’ll have to wait another week for any decent snowfall, but as March looms closer, as does our biggest month of snowfall so stay tuned...

Friday: snow showers, light winds & tops of 0C
Saturday: light snow, strong winds & tops of -2C
Sunday: snow showers, moderate winds & tops of -6C


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 ...

Yuzawa Now!

Thursday 22nd February 2018, 7:52am
Weather conditions: Blue sky and sun, some cloud
New snowfall: 2cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Yuzawa.

Snow was falling for much of the day yesterday though it was generally fairly light and didn't end up with much in terms of a fresh layer on the ground.

Kagura resort is reporting up to 5cm of fresh snow and Maiko Snow Resort are reporting just a little without any numbers. There is a thin layer of snow on the top of cars parked since yesterday.

There is some cloud around as of 7:30am but blue sky too and we can probably expect more of the blue skies and sunshine during the day today.

It's a chilly start, -4C, and will likely rise to around +2C later this afternoon. It seems quite windy as well, though not enough to affect ski lift operations.

More sunshine is forecast for tomorrow along with slightly higher temperatures.

For those planning for the weekend, there might be some fresh snow falling on Saturday though it doesn't appear to be heavy snow.

Can hardly believe that this time next week we'll be in March. Too fast!


Images today from GALA Yuzawa, NASPA Ski Garden and Ishiuchi Maruyama (looking north).


Updated: Thursday 22nd 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
- 370cm

- 225cm

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

Kandatsu Kogen
- 285cm

- 250cm (base)

NASPA Ski Garden
- 280cm

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

Yuzawa Park
- 220cm

Yuzawa Nakazato
- 210cm


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

Ishiuchi Maruyama
- 290cm

Joetsu Kokusai
- 290cm

Maiko Snow Resort
- Top: 285cm
- Base: 180cm

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

Furano Now!

Thursday 22nd February 2018, 7:54am
Weather conditions: Bluebird
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
After yesterday's overcast weather today is a total contrast with clear blue sky sitting over the resort. There is nothing in the way of wind at the moment and just a light dusting of snow. The temperature is cold at -15c but it should warm up to around -7c by midday. There is still plenty of fresh snow around the resort from yesterday and with the cold temperatures it will still be in great condition today.   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Thursday 22nd February 2018, 7:57am
Weather conditions: Some low cloud, blue skies
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Nozawa.

Looks like it's going to be a lovely day.

A cold start but the sun is shining down and there is a lot of blue sky around - still some low cloud hanging on but I am guessing that will be gone pretty quickly this morning.

The resort is reporting up to 3cm of snow at Uenotaira.

Tomorrow looks set to be sunny too with slightly warmer conditions forecast for the afternoon. Still, it shouldn't be rising too much above zero so the snow should keep good.

More snow on Saturday?


Thursday 22nd February 2018

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

- Yamabiko (1407m): -cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 3cm
- Hikage (660m): 0cm
- Nagasaka (615m): 0cm
- Karasawa (563m): 0cm

Official snow depth numbers:

- Yamabiko (1407m): 365cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 290cm
- Hikage (660m): 210cm
- Nagasaka (615m): 200cm
- Karasawa (563m): 160cm

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 ...

Niseko Now!

Thursday 22nd February 2018, 8:06am
Weather conditions: Snow clouds
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: --
Morning greetings to you all.

And this morning I have 5cm of fresh snow to report.

And, yes, it is snowing. Quite bright though this morning (at least here in the village as I write this; not so much by looking at the webcams) and it feels fairly calm, so I expect the top lifts should be able to open as normal.

So there's not quite as much fresh this morning, but the forecast still shows consistent snowfall over the coming week and into March. If the sun does get to make a guest appearance sometime, make the most of it because it isn't due to stick around for too long!


Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 5.00am: -11°, trace new snow, calm. Moiwa 800m: -12°, WNW2.5m/s, cornice and snowdrift development until midnight. Annupuri 1150m: -13°, NW10m/s, snow wind is calming down. Hirafu 1250m: -15°, light wind, snow wind is calming down. Coastal data: Benkei Cape: NW11m/s. Kamui Cape: W9m/s, 1018hPa, wave 1.4m.

The pressure gradient is levelling out and the sea and mountains are finally calming down. Cornice and snowdrift development are starting to settle down. From observation snow has stabilised, the general slope avalanche risk is low. No 2,3 peak gates are expected to be open. Please listen to the patrols advice and be prepared before going out of bounds.

The weather is expected to deteriorate after lunch. Plan accordingly. Leeward slopes in the forest have good snow. Be careful falling into cracks, hitting trees or getting lost. Following someone you don't know is easy way to get lost, always know your current location. From data and analysis the avalanche risk at Kozan no sawa sidewall, Osawa cornice slope near 1000m, Higashi One far side continues to be high. Ride the fall line, don't ever traverse steep slopes under cornices. Many people are stopping in the valley bottoms so be careful near and under cornices they may collapse suddenly without warning. When above them stay a save distance (10m) from the edge.

This report is published daily to try and prevent accidents of ski resort users. Hoping there is no accident today. We are getting a little tired. Have a good day.


Thursday 22nd 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: 510cm
- Base: 255cm

Niseko Annupuri Kokusai

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

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 ...

Myoko Now!

Thursday 22nd February 2018, 8:07am
Weather conditions: Mostly sunny
New snowfall: 18cm
Snow depth: --
The snow kept on coming through the day yesterday - nice, big flakes. It just have done something to the resort’s collective brains, though; a lot don’t have new reports ready yet (at 8 am plus).

I’ve marked the new with *


Akakura Kanko:
350 cm, -6°

Akakura Onsen:
420cm, -5° *

Ikenotaira Onsen:
275cm, -8° *

Myoko Suginohara:
240cm, -10°

Seki Onsen:
450 cm, -8°

Myoko Ski Park:
340 cm, -2°

Kyukamura RunRun:
370 cm, -4° *

Tangram Ski Circus:
240 cm, -6° *

Madarao Kogen:
270 cm, -4°

Read more ...

Grandeco Now!

Thursday 22nd February 2018, 8:21am
Weather conditions: Fair blue skies
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Grandeco.

Finally, the snow stopped falling, there was no snowfall last night but enough good snow on the courses at this moment.

I think it's safe to say that we have more snow than usual for February.

Bright blue skies above, gentle wind, good snow -- it is a very good day to go for skiing.

The snow walls by the side of the roads are very high, extra care needed when driving particularly if you aren't used to it!


Lifts operating:

- All lifts operating

Courses open:

- All courses open

Official snow depth:
- 340cm

- Grandeco snow and weather forecast   Read more ...

Madarao Now!

Thursday 22nd February 2018, 8:32am
Weather conditions: Some cloud, blue sky, sun
New snowfall: 8cm
Snow depth: --
A nice morning here in Madarao.

There is some cloud around but lots of blue sky and the sun breaking through too.

I think we can expect more sunshine tomorrow with the next snow still due later in the day on Saturday. There's not a whole lot of snow there on the forecast (into next week) other than that though, but as long as temperatures remain low we should be in good conditions through the end of the month.

Hope you can come and enjoy it.


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 ...

Hakuba Now!

Thursday 22nd February 2018, 8:34am
Weather conditions: Lots of cloud, some blue sky
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Hakuba.

Snow was falling during the day yesterday while I was out (at 47) - there wasn't much wind at all and visibility was pretty decent.

Not much cm of snow to report from the resorts this morning though; here's the numbers that I can find being reported

Hakuba Cortina: 5cm
Hakuba Happo-one: 2cm

There is a lot of cloud around early on but an increasing amount of blue sky. We can expect to see the sun today and tomorrow but it should be keeping fairly cold (or at least not warming up too much).

The next snow appears to be due on Saturday.

It should be a good few days to be outside and enjoying the mountains.


Ski resort information on Thursday 22nd 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: 430cm
- Usagidaira: 250cm
- 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: 405cm
- Toomi: 150cm
- 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: 365cm
- 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: 330cm
- Han-no-ki: 325cm
- Maruyama: 130cm
- Shirakaba: 275cm
- Champion: 160cm
- Oya-no-hara: 155cm
- 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: 380cm
- Base: 225cm


Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field

Operating lifts:
- Should be opening as normal

Courses open:
- Most areas open

Official snow depth:
- Top: 220cm
- Base: 130cm


Hakuba Norikura Onsen

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

Official snow depth:
- 230cm


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!

Thursday 22nd February 2018, 8:38am
Weather conditions: Sunny
New snowfall: 1cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Shiga Kogen.

It's another of those sunny mornings.

Just a dusting of snow really since yesterday, and sunshine is making for a lovely bright start to the day.

The pattern we have seen of (some) snow overnight and fine weather in the morning is one we have seen a lot this season. And it's a pretty good pattern I feel. Seems like it might continue.

Fantastic morning to be out on the slopes.


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!

Thursday 22nd February 2018, 8:38am
Weather conditions: Bluebird
New snowfall: 6cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Naeba.

It's a crisp, icy start today. Temperatures dropped to -12°C overnight last night, meaning that even the water in the carparks is in a deep freeze! The sky is blue and the sun is just breaking over the top of the mountains. The air temperature is expected to rise rapidly once the sun is fully in the valley. The pistes are crunchy with the fresh snow from yesterday, and well-groomed. The remainder of the day will be bright and warm, with little wind to concern us. There is a chance some cloud will push in later in the evening, depositing some snow overnight tonight, however accumilations will be modest.

Looking forwards, we can expect a relatively warmer week, with much more Spring-like conditions. Little snow is forecast now through until Tuesday, however the wind is likely to pick up a little and blow some clouds through on Saturday. Daytime air temperatures are likely to remain above 0°C for the week. It looks as though Spring is starting to get fired up!   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Thursday 22nd February 2018, 10:14am
Weather conditions: Fine and sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Zao.

It's a lovely calm morning after a fine day yesterday once those earlier clouds cleared. The Snow Monsters are looking good! Feels like we haven't had that many chances to take some blue sky photos of them this season...

Expecting more sunny skies tomorrow for most of the day and perhaps a little snow going into Saturday; doesn't look like there's much snow after that into early week.

So remember the camera!


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: 260cm
- Uwanodai area: 165cm
- 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 ...

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