Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 30th May 2020

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Saturday 23rd February 2019, 7:44am
Weather conditions: Cloud, fog up top?
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
It was a lovely 'spring' day yesterday here. (And I definitely have mixed feelings about that!)

This morning there is lots of cloud around and it is (happily) feeling colder and won't warm up as much, but as the forecast stands it does not look like we can expect any snow - and probably can't expect any before we get into March either (and if we do, very slight). Obviously I hope that is wrong but we're just going to have to sit tight and see. But I always say it's never good to wish the days away and as my grandmother always said 'make the most of every day'. So, I'm going to listen to my gran.

It might be more spring conditions than mid-winter at the moment, but there's tons of fun in that too. Hope to see some of you out there today!

Oh yes, sunny skies are forecast for tomorrow.


Saturday 23rd 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): 270cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 235cm
- Hikage (660m): 160cm
- Nagasaka (615m): 150cm
- Karasawa (563m): 110cm

All lifts apart from the following planned to be operating:

- 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 ...

Geto Kogen Now!

Saturday 23rd February 2019, 7:47am
Weather conditions: Mostly blue skies and sun
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --

So yes, yesterday it was fine weather through the day and this morning there's beautiful blue skies above us again. Maybe even more so than yesterday. And... similar forecast for tomorrow.

The season has a long way to go - we don't want "spring" yet. Let's hope there's more winter to come in early March!

Have a good weekend.


Official snow depths:

* Top: 380cm
* Base: 260cm

Planned operating lifts - subject to change due to weather:

* Number 1 Gondola
* Number 2 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   Read more ...

Madarao Now!

Saturday 23rd February 2019, 8:02am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Madarao.

Back to cloud and limited visibility today after the clearer skies of yesterday and I am pleased to be able to report that it is noticeably colder. Cloud is what is on the forecast for today and clearer skies again tomorrow. I'll take another look at the forecast tomorrow as not much seems to have changed for now.

Fireworks once nighta finishes tonight and look out for a screen made of snow to be used to view movies... Miyukino Snow Theater International Film Festival... 1:30-3pm and 6:30-9pm. Near the Madarao Kogen Hotel. Interesting.

Anyway, let's last weekend of February!


Planned operations for Saturday 23rd February 2019

Official snow depth at Madarao:


Madarao info:

All lifts 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 ...

Niseko Now!

Saturday 23rd February 2019, 8:24am
Weather conditions: Sunny, blue sky, some cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning.

Fine weather yesterday and today is starting with lots of blue sky with some cloud. It is feeling somewhat colder this morning which is good to be able to report - keeping those temps down is going to be important. We can probably expect more clearer weather conditions tomorrow too; and, yes, beyond that too.

I'm starting to wonder/worry if we will get any further cm of snow down here at base anyway within this month, and that's a bit of a shocking thing to be even thinking. We are usually still in regular snowfall mode in the last week of February. You can see this clearly by looking at the daily numbers from my reports on the Snowfall Analysis page - hit the big blue button link towards the top of this or just use this.

Maybe March will deliver?


Niseko Avalanche Report:

Mountain Base 6.00am: -5°, no new snow. Moiwa 800m: -5.5°, W5.39m/s. Annupuri 1120m: snow depth 250cm, Annupuri 1100m: -6.5°, W5.7m/s. Hirafu Peak: -7°, strong winds, Hirafu 1000m: -8.4°, N3.8m/s. Village Mizuno no Sawa: -6.85°, NW6.5m/s, no new snow in the last 24hrs, Village mountain base snow depth 154cm. Cape Benkei: NNW9m/s, Cape Kamui: WNW6m/s, pressure 1014hPa, wave 0.8m.

The atmospheric pressure gradient is shallow and the weather is calm, however above 1200m the wind is stronger. Radiant cooling overnight at the mountain base. The mountain will be frozen early but will thaw through the day. From observation the general avalanche risk is low. Please listen to the patrols advice before going out of bounds.

There are no special notices today. It is recommended to avoid riding cracked slopes and in the valley bottoms. Be aware of ice potatoes on the groomed runs. Enjoy the spring conditions, have a good day.


Ski resort operation information: Saturday 23rd February 2019
Subject to change due to weather conditions

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 345cm
- Base: 140cm

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: 250cm
- Base: 200cm

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: 320cm
- Base: 150cm

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.   Read more ...

Yuzawa Now!

Saturday 23rd February 2019, 8:30am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
9am update: It's snowing! Wonder how long it'll last...


Original report

Beautiful blue skies above Yuzawa yesterday and mild too up to around 8C in town. It felt very spring-like.

This morning it is noticeably more chilly at around 1C and it shouldn't be warming up too much beyond that. Cloudy at the start of the day but there's actually some very (very) light snow starting to fall in higher places. Light snow is on the forecast for later on, we shouldn't expect much. But can always hope to be wrong!

Tomorrow the sun should be out and will be a little warmer once again. Not too much please!

Have a good Saturday wherever you are.


Photos today from GALA Yuzawa, NASPA Ski Garden and Yuzawa Kogen.


Updated: 8:30am, Saturday 23rd 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
- 300cm (official snow depth)

- 210cm (official snow depth)

- Kagura: 350cm (official snow depth)
- Mitsumata Area: 310cm (official snow depth)
- Tashiro Area: 330cm (official snow depth)

Kandatsu Kogen
- 230cm (official snow depth)

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

NASPA Ski Garden
- 230cm (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
- 290cm (official snow depth)

Maiko Snow Resort
- Top: 280cm (official snow depth)
- Base: 120cm (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:
23rd February 2019
Extended until 6:00pm

Yuzawa Nakazato
Every Saturday until 9th March 2019
Number 2 romance pair lift
5:00pm until 8:30pm   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Saturday 23rd February 2019, 8:32am
Weather conditions: Mostly cloud, some blue sky and a bit of sun showing through
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Morning. Here we are, the last weekend of February.

After the beautiful blue skies and sunshine of yesterday, this morning there is a lot more cloud. It is colder too.

Currently the forecast shows tomorrow being kind of similar to what we had yesterday (clear and a bit warmer).

OK, let's just enjoy the weekend. Have a good one.


Ski resort information on Saturday 23rd 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: 250cm
- Usagidaira: 160cm
- Nakiyama: 95cm


Hakuba Goryu

Official snow depth:
- Top: 265cm
- Toomi: 140cm
- Iimori: 110cm


Hakuba 47

Official snow depth:
- Top: 265cm
- Base: 115cm


Tsugaike Kogen

Official snow depth:
- Tsuga-no-mori: 270cm
- Han-no-ki: 265cm
- Maruyama: 135cm
- Shirakaba: 230cm
- Champion: 130cm
- Oya-no-hara: 140cm
- Kane-no-naru-oka: 135cm


Hakuba Cortina

Official snow depth:
- Top: 245cm
- Base: 160cm


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: 100cm
- Base: 50cm


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 ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Saturday 23rd February 2019, 8:41am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Shiga Kogen.

We actually have some very light snow falling lazily at the moment in places - though it's not likely to last long and as of now it's just a light dusting so there's no new cm to report. Still better than none.

Expect clearer skies once again tomorrow along with milder temps.


Shiga Kogen resort info: Saturday 23rd February 2019

The below information is manually checked for each report.
Official snow depth numbers are as reported by the ski resorts themselves.

- Official snow depth: 180cm

- Official snow depth: 140cm

Hoppo Bunadaira
- Official snow depth: 180cm

- Official snow depth: 200cm

Ichinose Diamond
- Official snow depth: 230cm

Ichinose Family
- Official snow depth: 230cm

Ichinose Yamanokami
- Official snow depth: 230cm

- Official snow depth: 190cm

- Official snow depth: 140cm

- Official snow depth: 200cm

Okushiga Kogen
- Official snow depth: 240cm

Sun Valley
- Official snow depth: 150cm

Takamagahara Mammoth
- Official snow depth: 230cm

Tannenomori Okojo
- Official snow depth: 230cm

- Official snow depth: 220cm

- Official snow depth: 210cm

- Official snow depth: 185cm


Planned night time operations at the Shiga Kogen ski areas are as follows. Please note that separate lift tickets are required.

Ichinose Diamond
Every Saturday until 23rd March 2019
Quad lift
6:30pm until 9:00pm

Ichinose Family
Daily until 23rd March 2019 (except Mondays and Tuesdays)
Number 2 pair B lift
6:30pm until 9:00pm

Every Saturday until 30th March 2019
20th March 2019
Number 1 pair lift
6:30pm until 9:00pm

Sun Valley
Every Saturday until 2nd March 2019
Number 1 quad lift
7:00pm until 9:00pm

Every Saturday until 2nd March 2019
Number 3 high speed lift
6:00pm until 8:00pm   Read more ...

Aizu Bandai Now!

Saturday 23rd February 2019, 9:22am
Weather conditions: Generally cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning.

No fresh snowfall to report and it is a cloudy morning in the region.

The forecast tell us to expect some sun this afternoon and through tomorrow with a clear night tonight.

There's still a decent amount of snow on the ski hills, but we're patiently waiting for the next snowfall to freshen things up. Snow conditions are generally a bit wet with better conditions to be found higher up.

Usually, hike up to Mt Nishidaiten by Grandeco is popular in March due to the snow depth being than February but this winter, it is already a good season to hike up. Don't forget to register on the mountain report sheet at the information counter in the Ski Center when you hike up.


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


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

Zao Now!

Saturday 23rd February 2019, 9:25am
Weather conditions: Cloudy, blue sky, sun
New snowfall: 3cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Zao.

A few cm to report from the start of the day yesterday with no more this morning and a bit more cloud early this morning but signs of some blue sky and perhaps it will clear up further.

This morning the resort is reporting a temperature of -8C at the top of the resort with temps hovering around 0C at base.

Sunshine is forecast for tomorrow too and possibly the sun will be a regular feature of the coming few days. There's still not much snow there on the forecast I'm afraid.

Let's make do with what we have.


We apologise for the disruption to our normal Zao Now reporting at the moment. Unfortunately this is unavoidable due to some personal circumstances. We are doing what we can to keep things going during this period and hope to get things back to normal soon. Thank you for your patience.


Operation info from official sources:

- All lifts operating
- All main course areas open

Official snow depths (as reported by resort):

- Summit area: 115cm
- Paradise area: 165cm
- Chuo area: 165cm
- Utopia area: 145cm
- Uwanodai area: 120cm
- Oomori area: 110cm


Floodlit night skiing is planned as follows:

In the Uwanodai area:
Daily until 3rd March 2019
Friday 8th March until Sunday 10th March 2019
Saturday 16th March 2019

In the Yokokura area:
Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday between until 10th March 2019

Night time 'light up' sightseeing ropeway is planned for the upcoming dates:

February 2019: every day apart from every Tuesday
March 2019: 1st-3rd   Read more ...

Furano Now!

Saturday 23rd February 2019, 9:31am
Weather conditions: Partly cloudy
New snowfall: 1cm
Snow depth: --
There has been a dusting of 1cm of new snow in the ski village overnight. The day is calm with no wind at base level. Above, there is blue sky with a lot of broken cloud mixed in, but still a very clear day with great views all round. The temperature is currently -1c, so it looks like will will be into the positives again today. Lower slopes are frosty and will soften later in the sun, upper slopes have better snow conditions. It sure looks like spring has set in, and looking ahead for the next 6 days there is no snow on the forecast and mild temperatures will persist.

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 ...

Appi Kogen Now!

Saturday 23rd February 2019, 9:38am
Weather conditions: Mostly sunny skies
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Hello from Appi,

Well it’s a crazy Saturday here at Appi. The Red Bull Rampage is underway and we can expect LOTS of falls, fun and fast skiers/boarders heading down the mountain. It kicks off at 3pm and will liven the mountain up for sure.

Cold temperatures and fairly light winds over the weekend coupled with sunshine will certainly help.

Most of the runs are in good shape but a little icy. The groomers are the place to be this weekend.


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 4
- Central Number 5
- Central Number 6
- Sailer quad
- Sailer Number 2
- 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 ...

Naeba Now!

Saturday 23rd February 2019, 10:01am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Naeba.

It was a very fine and mild day yesterday, not doing any favours for the snow unfortunately. Some blue sky this morning as well earlier on but it has clouded over and some snow has started falling. No cm to report and we're not really expecting much from it, but it is good to have some colder conditions again. Too much warmth at this stage of the season isn't good.

It does look like we'll be having more sun and milder tomorrow. Fingers crossed not too warm.

The resort is noting that due to less-than-ideal icy conditions, the top Takenokoyama course might be closed at times so you'll need to keep an eye on that if you are heading up there.


Official snow depth:

- 210cm

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

- 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 ...

Myoko Now!

Saturday 23rd February 2019, 10:40am
Weather conditions: Snow/sleet
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Another day of gray; a bit of snow falling now; wind picking up.

It is not an exciting day, but it promises a bit of a change ahead (and at least the fog has blown out).

Tomorrow should be sunny and warm and spring-like. And there's even the possibility of heavy snow coming in about a week (the season is not even nearly over yet!)


Akakura Kanko:
290cm, -4°

Akakura Onsen:
370cm, -1°

Ikenotaira Onsen:
225cm, -2°

Myoko Suginohara:
170cm, -6° (top)

Seki Onsen:
490cm, -4°

Myoko Ski Park:
300cm, 5°

Kyukamura RunRun:
370cm, 1°

Tangram Ski Circus:
230cm, 0°

Madarao Kogen:
270cm, -3°

Lotte Arai Resort
504cm, 1.2°

Kurohime Kogen Snow Park
190cm, -2°    Read more ...

Minakami Now!

Saturday 23rd February 2019, 12:35pm
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
The snow was soft but things got much too warm yesterday and it froze into an ice sheet overnight.

Got to the top this morning and the wind was so strong that only the middle lift was open at Tenjindaira. Snow is falling but mostly getting blown around. The cat track wasn't too bad, icy and fast. Hiked the ridge and everything over the back is in the same condition from what I can tell, ice burn to use the local name.

Weather is forecast to warm tomorrow, hopefully it softens things up.

(Temps as at 8am)   Read more ...

SnowJapan Daily 'Now' reports

Shiga Kogen Now
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