Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 5th May 2018

Geto Kogen Now!

Saturday 24th February 2018, 7:12am
Weather conditions: Sunny
New snowfall: 14cm
Snow depth: --
Another fairly cruisey day on the mountain yesterday, beautiful sunny skies in the morning with a bit of snow falling here and there (very lightly), then waivered between moderate and light snow into the evening.

This morning, there’s about 10cm of fresh snow on the ground but we’re expecting another 6-10cm by the end of the day, so fingers crossed. What may toy with that however, is that there’s some forecasted 80km/h winds for this afternoon at the top, and depending on when that hits, we may see some wind hold, if not total closure of the chairlifts in the afternoon due to the wind. Keep an eye out for information on that, to save yourself a hike should this be the case.

Temps should start off a few degrees below zero with tops of -3C in the morning, but we’ll see it hit 0C around lunchtime. Though if you’re planning on hitting the slopes for night skiing, rug up as it’ll get back down to -10C.

As for the snow, as I said above, today is when we’ll see the most amount of until at least Tuesday night when it’s looking like about 10cm overnight, but that could change at any moment so as always, take it with a grain of salt...

Sunday: light snow, light winds & tops of -4C
Monday: mostly sunny, light winds & tops of -3C
Tuesday: mostly sunny with snow developing, a light breeze & tops of -1C


Official snow depths:

Top: 530cm
Base: 390cm

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
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Minakami Now!

Saturday 24th February 2018, 7:23am
Weather conditions: Overcast but with significant blue patches about
New snowfall: 14cm
Snow depth: --
Yesterday was another reset with nearly half a foot on my car park and much more on mountain. The weather was sunny and really warmed up though with a temp inversion in the bottom of the valley down at Yubiso. Up top saw stronger winds but the valley snow wasn't so good in the afternoon. Last night's snow was very light and there's a possibility the top was reset but doubtful.

Forecast is for more snow this evening and decent weather tomorrow. The trend here has been very little snow for me to deal with at the base of Tenjin, virtually nothing in town but up top and the backcountry has been soft and fully or partially reset most of the time.

Tenjin is open from 7am on weekends and holidays henceforth till end March.


13cm yesterday
1cm today


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 ...

Furano Now!

Saturday 24th February 2018, 7:28am
Weather conditions: Foggy
New snowfall: 19cm
Snow depth: --
Yesterday things went a bit tropical and temperatures pushed through to +2c during the day. This was evident by the heavier snow on the lower slopes and plenty of melt around town on the roads. Today is cooler and it is -6c right now, and will top out at-3c. The really good news is there has been a substantial amount of overnight snow that amounts to a very respectable 19cm. It will be a great powder day all over the mountain. While there is no wind, the cloud is right down to base level, so visibility will be limited until that cloud lifts.   Read more ...

Naeba Now!

Saturday 24th February 2018, 7:35am
Weather conditions: Clear
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Naeba! It's a bright and clea morning here again, with a crisp air temperature of -7°C. The temperature today is predicted to get up as high as 4°C this morning, once the sun has risen above the adjacent mountainside. The wind is expected to pick up to a moderate breeze today, leaving the Dragondola is on standby for now.
Despite the brief spell of snow yesterday evening, which deposited no more than a dusting. the pistes will become spring-likely rapidly today with the sun shining on them.We can expect a similar dusting this afternoon and into the evening tonight.

Looking fowards seems especially tricky at the moment, as the forecast is widely fluctuating with each new release. Currently, we can expect similar conditions as is predicted for today, until Wednesday. Air temperatures will be above 0°C in the day time, and clouds will blow in in the afternoon and evening to deposit small dustings of snow. On wednesday we see a change, with air temperatures pushing up to as high as 4°C and rain predicted at the base. This will continue until Thursday. The wind will also pick up around this time, causing some unsettle weather conditions.

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Grandeco Now!

Saturday 24th February 2018, 7:48am
Weather conditions: Fair blue skies
New snowfall: 2cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Grandeco.

Just 2cm of fresh snow has covered on the base area, I hope more on the upper area.

It is not usual to have so many sunny days for several days in this area in February, but feel happy when you can ski under the blue skies.

So, when will be the next snow fall? According to the forecast, there is a snow on there tonight, but none other due during February. Fingers crossed.


Lifts operating:

- All lifts operating

Courses open:

- All courses open

Official snow depth:
- 330cm

- Grandeco snow and weather forecast   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Saturday 24th February 2018, 7:49am
Weather conditions: Fair but snow coming soon
New snowfall: 2cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Zao.

It isn't yet, but it looks like it should be snowing before mid morning today, so hope to be able to report some fresh in my next report.

Wrap up well and enjoy.


Today and tomorrow, the Zao Juhyo Matsuri festival is being held at 6pm, 7pm and 8pm in the 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 ...

Yuzawa Now!

Saturday 24th February 2018, 8:21am
Weather conditions: Sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Yuzawa.

Lovely day yesterday with lots of blue sky and sunshine. Fairly mild.

And it's another fine morning here this morning. It's sunny and blue skies, though more of a hazy overcast feel to the skies rather than deep contrast-y blue. It feels like it is gradually getting more overcast, so things might change quite quickly.

The local forecasts shows that temperatures are expected to rise a fair bit today (up to around +8 in town?!) and there's some precipitation on there too from this afternoon - starting with rain and hopefully fairly quickly turning to snow as temperatures drop.

I'll let you know how that goes in my next report. Fingers crossed!


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


Updated: Saturday 24th 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
- 350cm

- 205cm

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

Kandatsu Kogen
- 265cm

- 250cm (base)

NASPA Ski Garden
- 260cm

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

Yuzawa Park
- 210cm

Yuzawa Nakazato
- 200cm


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

Ishiuchi Maruyama
- 270cm

Joetsu Kokusai
- 260cm

Maiko Snow Resort
- Top: 260cm
- Base: 160cm

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

Niseko Now!

Saturday 24th February 2018, 8:30am
Weather conditions: Cloudy wish...
New snowfall: 2cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Niseko.

Just a little fresh snow to report this morning though I expect you'll see differences due to the strong winds overnight blowing it all about (example, check out the Avalanche report saying there's 40cm of wind blown snow over at Moiwa). Take care out there especially as that wind will have gone some way to sculpting the mountain to a new shape!

Less wind this morning and lifts appear to be moving as planned at the start of the day.

It is snowing lightly at the moment though it is fairly bright and visibility looks pretty decent.


Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 5.00am: -5°, no new snow. Moiwa 800m: -11°, NW7.1m/s, cornice and snowdrift development until early morning, 40cm wind blown snow. Annupuri 1150m: -11°, W11m/s, trace new snow, snowdrift development. Hirafu 1250m: -11°, NW15m/s, trace new snow. Coastal data: Benkei Cape: NW11m/s. Kamui Cape: W11m/s, 1019hPa, wave 2.8m.

A strong southerly wind picked up with the passing of a low pressure system, then from midnight till dawn a strong north westerly blew bring snowdrift and cornice development through wind blown snow. Avalanche risk on leeward slopes above 800m is high this morning. Although the amount of new snow is small, snowdrifts from the low pressure snowfall are easily collapsing. On slopes where new snowdrift growth has occurred be careful of shallow surface avalanches. From tests, fracture face is 23rd Feb low pressure layer. Cornices are fracturing with very little stimulation, keep well back from the edge.

All peak gates are expected to be open. Please listen to the patrols advice. Prepare before going out of bounds. The mountain has been savaged by the wind and in rough condition. Be careful riding. Do not cut under cornices and knolls. Today’s snowdrifts will easily fracture. Beacons switched on? Got your probe and shovel?

Moiwa Quad lift is still broken but expected to be running by tomorrow. Gate 6 will be closed and there is no access from ski area to Mikaeri/Goshiki area. A change in atmospheric pressure can be violent and the change in weather quick. Beware of strong winds and frostbite above the tree line. Visibility is poor. Take care. Being aware can prevent most accidents. Have a good day.


Saturday 24th 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: 505cm
- Base: 245cm

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: 410cm
- 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 ...

Appi Kogen Now!

Saturday 24th February 2018, 8:40am
Weather conditions: High thin overcast skies with the sun peaking through
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: --
Hello from Appi,

It’s the weekend here and it’s starting off in good fashion. Some high thin clouds and little to no wind this morning will make going pleasurable for those venturing out. We’re forecast to get some snow later this afternoon and into tomorrow which we certainly won’t say no to.

Mostly cloudy skies for the rest of the weekend and into early next week. We may see a slight warming trend by the end of the week but that’s a long way off right now.

All runs are open today along with all lifts so if you’re out early take advantage of the groomers.


Planned lift operations (subject to change):

- APPI Gondola
- Central quad
- Central number 2 lift
- Central number 3 lift A
- Central number 4 lift
- Central number 5 lift
- Central number 6 lift
- Sailer Gondola
- Sailer quad
- Vista qud
- Nishimori lift

Note: The Sailer Gondola, Central Number 4 lift and Vista quad are usually rested on normal weekdays


Official snow depth:

295cm   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Saturday 24th February 2018, 8:49am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 3cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Hakuba.

It was snowing by the time those Taiko drums got going during the Fire Festival last night and this morning just a little snow being reported by the resorts:

Hakuba Cortina: 2-3cm
Happo-one: 1cm

It has started snowing again this morning and there is a few cm on the ground to report.

It's going to be a little warmer today so expect snow conditions to match.

The Chinese New Year holidays have passed now and we are in the last weekend of February. Regular as clockwork, once we get into March we'll start hearing mention of 'spring' and less people will be inclined to ski --- many times, regardless of the weather and snow conditions. March can definitely deliver - so let's hope March 2018 does just that!


Ski resort information on Saturday 24th 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: 415cm
- Usagidaira: 240cm
- Lower: 125cm


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: 360cm
- Base: 160cm


Tsugaike Kogen

Operating lifts:
- Lifts should be opening as normal; some lifts delayed opening due to weather

Courses open:
- All course areas are open

Official snow depth:
- Tsuga-no-mori: 330cm
- Han-no-ki: 325cm
- Maruyama: 125cm
- Shirakaba: 275cm
- Champion: 160cm
- Oya-no-hara: 155cm
- Kane-no-naru-oka: 175cm


Hakuba Cortina

Operating lifts:
- All lifts apart should be operating; some confirming safety at time of report

Courses open:
- All courses should be open - if lifts moving

Official snow depth:
- Top: 365cm
- Base: 210cm


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:
- 220cm


Hakuba Valley Kashimayari

Operating lifts:
- All lifts apart 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!

Saturday 24th February 2018, 9:03am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --

No fresh snow to report this morning but hopefully there might be some of that to talk about tomorrow.

Lots of cloud this morning and the sun seems to be trying to break through at times (not much success there yet), and there is that precipitation forecast for later on. Hopefully in the form of snow.

A bit of a wind this morning and it is set to be milder during the day.

Fireworks tonight!


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 ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Saturday 24th February 2018, 9:03am
Weather conditions: Overcast/fine
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Nozawa.

A little later this morning so there's already folk up there on the top courses.

A sunny start but it feels more subdued now and an overcast feel to the skies and feels a bit windy. It is going to be fairly mild today and this afternoon we are expecting something to be falling. Hopefully it'll get colder and we'll be straight into snow, and we should get some snow by tomorrow morning; hopefully I'll be able to report that.


Saturday 24th 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): 340cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 275cm
- Hikage (660m): 195cm
- Nagasaka (615m): 190cm
- Karasawa (563m): 150cm

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!

Saturday 24th February 2018, 9:58am
Weather conditions: Decreasing sun
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Pretty weird weather today; we’ve had a strong south wind (which has now tapered off a bit), sun and fog, it’s supposed to snow.. hard to tell what kind of day it’s going to be.

The freezing level is moving pretty high again today, to about 1,000 meters, although not so high that we will have rain even here at base level.

That wind is bringing down the snow level, though, and a few of the resorts are reporting lower numbers on the snowpack.

Still a lot out there, and winter isn’t over yet (even if we might get some rain around Thursday….)


Akakura Kanko:
350 cm, -5°

Akakura Onsen:
420cm, -5°

Ikenotaira Onsen:
270cm, -5°

Myoko Suginohara:
225cm, -7°

Seki Onsen:
450 cm, -4°

Myoko Ski Park:
320 cm, 0°

Kyukamura RunRun:
330 cm, -3°

Tangram Ski Circus:
240 cm, -6°

Madarao Kogen:
270 cm, -4°

Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Saturday 24th February 2018, 10:01am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Hello and good morning from Shiga Kogen.

The sun was out earlier on this morning but I am glad I had to wait to post the report because it has clouded over considerably since then and it's now generally cloudy-overcast skies above the area.

There's a bit of a southerly wind this morning and it's set to be a milder day.

But perhaps some light snow later on and overnight. I'll let you know.


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 ...

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