Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 5th May 2018

Geto Kogen Now!

Friday 23rd February 2018, 7:02am
Weather conditions: Sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Yesterday mainly cloudy with some sun here and there and tops of -4C.

Welcome to Friday, today we’re headed for a pretty beautiful day with some clouds about in the morning, and snow showers for the rest of the day. Winds should start off very light, but by the evening become moderate/strong.

Might see some snow overnight tonight, with maybe 5cm into tomorrow afternoon. Nothing to ring home about, but nonetheless better than nothing. Also, winds might get a bit hectic over the weekend, particularly tomorrow, but calm a little into Sunday…

Until I have anything to report, that’s all the information I can give you at the moment, so enjoy yourselves and we’ll speak again tomorrow...

Saturday: light snow, strong winds, tops of -1C
Sunday: snow showers, moderate winds, tops of -5C
Monday: mostly sunny, light winds, tops of -3C


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 ...

Zao Now!

Friday 23rd February 2018, 7:22am
Weather conditions: Blue skies and sunshine
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Zao and more sunshine at the start of the day. Beautiful blue skies.

It's going to be a cracker and another day to not forget the camera.


From today until Sunday, it is the Zao Juhyo Matsuri festival, with the opening ceremony from 7:30pm and then for 15 minutes from 6pm, 7pm and 8pm tomorrow and Sunday.

The place - Yokokura area.

What to expect? The flyer says "Projection Mapping & Extreme Air" and promises "The Coolest Performance EVER". There'll be fireworks too after the last event each day.

Talk about setting expectations at a high level! ;)

It's free to see, so if you are around might be worth checking out.


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 ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Friday 23rd February 2018, 7:24am
Weather conditions: Blue skies over Nozawa
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
An early report this morning before Nasuki gets up for the day!

The sun is out and it is going to be a very fine day in the region. Cold to start off with, and temperatures in low positive numbers forecast in the village later on this afternoon.

There appears to be a chance of some light snow overnight but back to sun for the morning. More of a chance of decent snowfall lined up for Sunday.

Have a fun day, wherever you are.


Friday 23rd February 2018

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

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

Official snow depth numbers:

- Yamabiko (1407m): 355cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 285cm
- Hikage (660m): 200cm
- Nagasaka (615m): 195cm
- Karasawa (563m): 155cm

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 ...

Furano Now!

Friday 23rd February 2018, 7:40am
Weather conditions: Foggy
New snowfall: 6cm
Snow depth: --
It is good news on the snow front with a further 6cm falling overnight. It is snowing moderately now, so more accumulation of snow is to be expected during the day. The cloud is quite low at the moment which means that there will be varied vis on mountain with low light in places. This may improve soon though. It will be a warm day overall with -4c high now which will go through to a high of +2c.   Read more ...

Yuzawa Now!

Friday 23rd February 2018, 7:55am
Weather conditions: Clear, blue sunny skies over Yuzawa
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Yuzawa.

It was a mostly sunny day yesterday though varying amounts of cloud around... especially later in the afternoon.

This morning it's clear blue skies over Yuzawa (just a few clouds to the north) and it is going to be a beautiful day. Quite chilly to start off but it will be warming up to around 4C later on. Local forecasts show the chance of light snowfall overnight tonight but clearer skies in the morning again.

The Kagura resort appears to be reporting 2cm of snow overnight, but other than that there is no fresh snow to report.

Enjoy the day. The last weekend of February just ahead of us. Where is the time going?!


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


Updated: Friday 23rd 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

- 205cm

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

Kandatsu Kogen
- 285cm

- 250cm (base)

NASPA Ski Garden
- 275cm

Yuzawa Kogen
- Top: 320cm
- Base: 250cm

Yuzawa Park
- 210cm

Yuzawa Nakazato
- 200cm


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

Ishiuchi Maruyama
- 280cm

Joetsu Kokusai
- 290cm

Maiko Snow Resort
- Top: 270cm
- Base: 170cm

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

Hakuba Now!

Friday 23rd February 2018, 8:02am
Weather conditions: Mostly blue skies and sun, some cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Hakuba.

It was a beautiful day yesterday.

And what a lovely start to the day it is today as well.

There is a bit of cloud around the mountains, but it is mostly blue skies and sunshine.

No fresh snow to report but we can look beyond that on a day like today. Especially as it is a good cold start to the day once again (though curiously the road outside my place isn't looking icy at all).


Remember, it's the Happo-one Fire Festival tonight from 7:30pm on the Nakiyama area of that resort. Here's what the resort says will be happening, I hope they don't mind me adding this here:

- Fire flame 'torch' ski formation
- Sake Fest 'break the barrel' custom
- Live Japanese Taiko performance
- Lottery & Prize
- Ski & Snowboard demonstration
- Piston bully demo (groomer &snowmaker)
- Traditional ski re-enactment
- Japanese character ski demo
- Ski & Snowboard instructor demo
- Fireworks

So there you go! I'll probably go check it out, perhaps meet some of you there.


Ski resort information on Friday 23rd 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: 420cm
- Usagidaira: 245cm
- 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: 400cm
- 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: 370cm
- Base: 220cm


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 & 10 should be operating

Official snow depth:
- 235cm


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 ...

Madarao Now!

Friday 23rd February 2018, 8:24am
Weather conditions: Mostly clear blue over Madarao, some cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Madarao and it's a beauty.

The sun is out and there's blue skies above the mountain. And some pretty cool looking low clouds to be seen hanging over the valleys.


No fresh snow to report; a cold start; will get milder during the day. An early start should be great.

What else to say... nothing! Just let's get out there and enjoy it.


Madarao Kogen plans to be open until Sunday 1st April. It's scary to think that come next week we'll already be into March.



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 ...

Grandeco Now!

Friday 23rd February 2018, 8:26am
Weather conditions: Blue skies, some cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Grandeco.

No fresh snowfall to report this morning, so the surface of the snow out there might be a little hard this morning.

The sunshine is strong again this morning so that will have an effect and the snow should soften up.

It is a quiet Friday morning. No reason to stay in your house this morning.

Maybe some snow tonight and later tomorrow too though it doesn't look like it would be anything major.


Lifts operating:

- All lifts operating

Courses open:

- All courses open

Official snow depth:
- 330cm

- Grandeco snow and weather forecast   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Friday 23rd February 2018, 8:30am
Weather conditions: Cloudy, some sun shining through in places
New snowfall: 17cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning all you Niseko fans wanting to know just how much snow I have to report this morning.

Drum roll...


And because this has all been delivered from late last night - after a bit of sunshine yesterday! - that means that there'll be a nice new fresh layer for everyone to play in this morning. I expect the first lifts to be particularly popular this morning.

It is not actually snowing as I write my report this morning, for a change. Just cloudy with a bit of sun peeking through in places.

Perhaps my mentioning the lack of sunshine is bringing it out. (I may have that power, it seems). But seriously, a mix of lots of quality fresh snow and some sunshine - what could be better than that?

It is not quite as cold this morning but temperatures should remain in minus numbers through the day. Not much wind and so we should expect lifts and gates to be open as planned.


Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6.00am: -5°, 10cm new snow. Moiwa 800m: -6.4°, E0.5m/s, 20cm new snow, calm. Annupuri 1150m: -8°, light wind, 10cm new snow. Hirafu 1250m: -10°, light wind, calm, 15cm new snow. Coastal data: Benkei Cape: S4m/s. Kamui Cape: SE2m/s, 1016hPa, wave 0.5m.

The sea and mountains are both calm. The mountain has a thin cover of good quality pre-low pressure snowfall. No notable cornice or snowdrift development. From observation the general avalanche risk is low. Be careful today on steep slopes, flowing shallow surface avalanches occur easily with this type of snow. Although yesterdays tracks are not covered, snow condition is good.

Peak gates are expected to open. Please listen to the patrols advice and be prepared before going out of bounds. The current snow surface is expected to become a fracture face in the future snowpack. This 22-23rd layer has a large temperature gradient and frost within. Deeper layers are stable however there is possibility of avalanches on steep north facing slopes (inconsistent snowdrift development) from 21st Feb layer.

Moiwa quad lift is broken so cannot ride Mikaeri area, should be good snow when its fixed! The heavy snowfall this winter is causing many cracks to open on leeward slopes. Be careful they cannot be seen from above. Entering March the risk of full depth avalanche at Kozan no sawa 1100m and Osawa cornice slope is rapidly increasing. Think about whether your habit of riding back to the ski area in the valley bottom is worth getting taken out by a massive tree, rock and mud laden avalanche. Guides and experienced riders especially should reconsider taking beginners these routes. The weather is expected to deteriorate this afternoon. Be careful of change in weather, bad visibility and strong winds. Have a good day


Friday 23rd 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: 410cm
- 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 ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Friday 23rd February 2018, 8:32am
Weather conditions: Sun
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
It's a beautiful morning in Shiga Kogen and there's really not much I can think to say.

The sun is out and it's cold (but should mild up with the sun).

Perhaps a little snow tonight and later tomorrow, but wouldn't expect much. Maybe some more sun if the forecasts are right.

That's it, I can't stay indoors any more. Must. Get. Outside!

See you tomorrow...


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!

Friday 23rd February 2018, 9:01am
Weather conditions: Bluebird
New snowfall: 11cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Naeba! It's a bright and sunny start in the Mikuni valley today. We can expect a clear day today, with possible cloud pushing in later bringing some snow showers. The air temperature will remain around 0°C today, keeping the snow and the pistes in good condition today, expecially with the 11cm of fresh snow that accumilated last night. There will be a light wind later in the day.

Looking forwards, tomorrow we can expect another sunny day, however the wind will pick up moderately and there is a chance of some snow overnight. Daytime temperatures throughout the week will remain above 0°C with sunny, spring-like days mixed with snow showers. Next Wednesday is the most noteable day in the forecast currently, with temperatuers expected to push up as high as 5°C. This may give way to some rain on Wednesday night.   Read more ...

Appi Kogen Now!

Friday 23rd February 2018, 9:18am
Weather conditions: Blue skies and light winds
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Hello from Appi,

It’s another beautiful morning here at Appi Kogen with clear skies and light winds for now. Pretty much the same as yesterday. Although we’ve had no snowfall overnight it’s a great day to be heading up the hill.

Although the static temperatures are fairly cold the sun is bound to keep you warm all day. Sunny skies will prevail the whole day with clouds visiting us later this evening and into the weekend. Tomorrow may bring some gusty winds in the afternoon but will die down in the evening and into next week.

For those venturing out you’ll pretty much have the whole mountain.

Sunscreen a must today. Have a great day and make sure you take some pictures from the summit. Mt.Iwate will look great 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 ...

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