Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 1st April 2018

Geto Kogen Now!

Wednesday 24th January 2018, 7:16am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 30cm
Snow depth: --
Once again, snow! Fresh Snow! The weather turned about mid morning yesterday and we saw about 10cm of snow falling, with heavy snow into the afternoon and night. Overnight we’ve recorded 20cm of fresh snow hitting the ground.

The snow is set to stay dry and fluffy with the temps remaining cold for the next few days. Today we’re looking at tops of a chilly -9C with heavy snow set to fall all day and some light to moderate winds. Take a look at the forecast for the rest of the working week…

Thursday: moderate snow, moderate winds, tops of -8C
Friday: light snow, moderate winds, tops of -9C
Saturday: light to heavy snow, moderate winds, tops of -8C

No tip for the day today — freshies will be everywhere. Just pick a line down and enjoy! Perhaps pack the snorkel…

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Gondola One Update:

According to the resort, they’re aiming for early February for the Gondola to be back up and running. Fingers crossed for the first week, but we’ll have to wait and see.

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Zones open include Summit, Rabbit, Beech & Stream. At this stage Shooter will remain closed until the main gondola is open.

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Official snow depths:

Top: 310cm
Base: 225cm

Night skiing operations are scheduled at Geto Kogen on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays until 25th February 2018.

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About the volcanic eruption at Kusatsu-Shirane-san in Gunma Prefecture on 23rd January 2018

As you may have heard, yesterday morning there was a limited volcanic eruption followed by an avalanche in western Gunma Prefecture, close to the border with northern Nagano Prefecture. The eruption at Motoshirane happened close to the more famous Kusatsu-Shirane-san - and also the slopes of the Kusatsu Kokusai ski resort. Around 80 skiers were evacuated to an area near the upper area of Kusatsu-Shirane with some trapped in the gondola and on lifts for a while.

Very sadly, as a result of this event there was one fatality and a number of injuries, apparently due to flying rocks and the avalanche. As far as we can tell there have been no further eruptions since yesterday morning.

Our thoughts are with everyone involved and caught up in this.

This incident made the international news with some people visiting Japan asking if their ski resort will be safe, and so we thought we would add this information to our daily reports this morning.

The only ski resort affected by this event is Kusatsu Kokusai in Gunma Prefecture.

It is currently unclear how this will affect the top area of the resort, but it seems that the lower slopes of Kusatsu Kokusai will remain open today – those slopes are quite a distance from the affected area. (And perhaps this is a good example of how Japanese people are used to living with the threat of earthquakes and volcanos!)

The ski resorts in Shiga Kogen (Nagano) and Manza Onsen (Gunma) are the other closest ski resorts, but they are outside of the 2km restricted area -- and are unaffected.

And of course, ski resorts that are further away than that are also totally unaffected.

The central part of Kusatsu town itself is about 7km away from the volcano and so also unaffected.

We hope this information helps.   Read more ...
 

Yuzawa Now!

Wednesday 24th January 2018, 7:55am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 15cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Yuzawa.

Lots of nature news yesterday with the eruption (see below for more on that - Yuzawa is totally unaffected) and the Kanto region still coping with the snowfall that they got. Phew!

It took until evening for snow to start falling properly here yesterday. Those curiously shy clouds moved in during the day with some wet snow by later on, then some decent snow as things got darker. We were hoping for up to 40cm of snow this morning (as per the local Niigata forecast) but... that didn't quite happen.

Yes, we do have a welcome layer of snow - I am measuring 15cm - but can't help but feel a little disappointed with that. Still, the forecasts remain firm in their absolute promise of tons of snow over the next few days.

I still believe! And I can't wait to report it...

For the record here is the amount of fresh snowfall that resorts are reporting:

Kagura (main): 40cm
Kagura (Mitsumata): 30cm
Kagura (Tashiro): 20cm
Maiko Snow Resort: 20-30cm
Ishiuchi Maruyama: 10cm

Some good numbers up at Kagura there.

More please!

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About the volcanic eruption at Kusatsu-Shirane-san in Gunma Prefecture on 23rd January 2018

As you may have heard, yesterday morning there was a limited volcanic eruption followed by an avalanche in western Gunma Prefecture, close to the border with northern Nagano Prefecture. The eruption at Motoshirane happened close to the more famous Kusatsu-Shirane-san - and also the slopes of the Kusatsu Kokusai ski resort. Around 80 skiers were evacuated to an area near the upper area of Kusatsu-Shirane with some trapped in the gondola and on lifts for a while.

Very sadly, as a result of this event there was one fatality and a number of injuries, apparently due to flying rocks and the avalanche. As far as we can tell there have been no further eruptions since yesterday morning.

Our thoughts are with everyone involved and caught up in this.

This incident made the international news with some people visiting Japan asking if their ski resort will be safe, and so we thought we would add this information to our daily reports this morning.

The only ski resort affected by this event is Kusatsu Kokusai in Gunma Prefecture.

It is currently unclear how this will affect the top area of the resort, but it seems that the lower slopes of Kusatsu Kokusai will remain open today – those slopes are quite a distance from the affected area. (And perhaps this is a good example of how Japanese people are used to living with the threat of earthquakes and volcanos!)

The ski resorts in Shiga Kogen (Nagano) and Manza Onsen (Gunma) are the other closest ski resorts, but they are outside of the 2km restricted area -- and are unaffected.

And of course, ski resorts that are further away than that are also totally unaffected.

The central part of Kusatsu town itself is about 7km away from the volcano and so also unaffected.

We hope this information helps.

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Images today from GALA Yuzawa, NASPA Ski Garden and Yuzawa IC exit (Route 17)

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Updated: Wednesday 24th January 2018

Ski resorts in Yuzawa:

GALA Yuzawa
- 220cm

Iwappara
- 140cm

Kagura
- Kagura area: 310cm
- Mitsumata area: 210cm
- Tashiro area: 260cm

Kandatsu Kogen
- 190cm

Naeba
- 220cm (base)

NASPA Ski Garden
- 160cm

Yuzawa Kogen
- Top: 180cm
- Base: 130cm

Yuzawa Park
- 120cm

Yuzawa Nakazato
- 130cm

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

Ishiuchi Maruyama
- 180cm

Joetsu Kokusai
- 180cm

Maiko Snow Resort
- Top: 200cm
- Base: 110cm

Muikamachi Hakkaisan
- Closed on Wednesdays until 14th March
- 250cm   Read more ...
 

Furano Now!

Wednesday 24th January 2018, 7:56am
Weather conditions: Bluebird
New snowfall: 20cm
Snow depth: --
There haven't been too many bluebird days this season but today adds one to the total. After yesterdays severe winds left the resort mostly closed, today couldn't be more of a contrast with no wind in the village and mainly clear sky. It is cold though. Don't be deceived by the sun, put on that extra layer and turn on the boot warmers. There is 20cm of new snowfall, which will vary a lot due to the strong wind effect yesterday.

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About the volcanic eruption at Kusatsu-Shirane-san in Gunma Prefecture on 23rd January 2018

As you may have heard, yesterday morning there was a limited volcanic eruption followed by an avalanche in western Gunma Prefecture, close to the border with northern Nagano Prefecture. The eruption at Motoshirane happened close to the more famous Kusatsu-Shirane-san - and also the slopes of the Kusatsu Kokusai ski resort. Around 80 skiers were evacuated to an area near the upper area of Kusatsu-Shirane with some trapped in the gondola and on lifts for a while.

Very sadly, as a result of this event there was one fatality and a number of injuries, apparently due to flying rocks and the avalanche. As far as we can tell there have been no further eruptions since yesterday morning.

Our thoughts are with everyone involved and caught up in this.

This incident made the international news with some people visiting Japan asking if their ski resort will be safe, and so we thought we would add this information to our daily reports this morning.

The only ski resort affected by this event is Kusatsu Kokusai in Gunma Prefecture.

It is currently unclear how this will affect the top area of the resort, but it seems that the lower slopes of Kusatsu Kokusai will remain open today – those slopes are quite a distance from the affected area. (And perhaps this is a good example of how Japanese people are used to living with the threat of earthquakes and volcanos!)

The ski resorts in Shiga Kogen (Nagano) and Manza Onsen (Gunma) are the other closest ski resorts, but they are outside of the 2km restricted area -- and are unaffected.

And of course, ski resorts that are further away than that are also totally unaffected.

The central part of Kusatsu town itself is about 7km away from the volcano and so also unaffected.

We hope this information helps.   Read more ...
 

Niseko Now!

Wednesday 24th January 2018, 8:26am
Weather conditions: Blue sky, sun, part cloud
New snowfall: 21cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Niseko.

Gunma Prefecture is a very long way from Niseko, but still some people have even asked me about the volcano that happened down there yesterday, so please do read the message below about that situation and be assured that Hokkaido is 100% unaffected by that unfortunate event.

Back up here in Niseko.

...and it is a morning when I can say a hearty (or is that 'heartful') hurray!

I have 21cm of fresh snow to report at base. And I'm confident that there'll be a good layer more than that up on the mountain.

What's more, the silly strong winds that we had to put up with from yesterday evening have seemingly calmed down. Well, down here anyway. Those winds will have mixed things up out there though so be aware of avalanche danger and be sure to play safe - take care out there.

It's surely going to be a fantastic morning here.

Good amount of nice fresh snow with cold conditions.

The sun is out, just a bit of cloud.

Mt Yotei looking particularly beautiful (and wearing a funny little hat).

Ace.

The forecast still has consistent snowfall lined up over the coming week though, so these early morning weather conditions may not last. Good to get them while you can and indeed the early queues for first lifts shows that there are lots of people thinking the same. Clever folk, people who come to Niseko. ;)

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About the volcanic eruption at Kusatsu-Shirane-san in Gunma Prefecture on 23rd January 2018

As you may have heard, yesterday morning there was a limited volcanic eruption followed by an avalanche in western Gunma Prefecture, close to the border with northern Nagano Prefecture. The eruption at Motoshirane happened close to the more famous Kusatsu-Shirane-san - and also the slopes of the Kusatsu Kokusai ski resort. Around 80 skiers were evacuated to an area near the upper area of Kusatsu-Shirane with some trapped in the gondola and on lifts for a while.

Very sadly, as a result of this event there was one fatality and a number of injuries, apparently due to flying rocks and the avalanche. As far as we can tell there have been no further eruptions since yesterday morning.

Our thoughts are with everyone involved and caught up in this.

This incident made the international news with some people visiting Japan asking if their ski resort will be safe, and so we thought we would add this information to our daily reports this morning.

The only ski resort affected by this event is Kusatsu Kokusai in Gunma Prefecture.

It is currently unclear how this will affect the top area of the resort, but it seems that the lower slopes of Kusatsu Kokusai will remain open today – those slopes are quite a distance from the affected area. (And perhaps this is a good example of how Japanese people are used to living with the threat of earthquakes and volcanos!)

The ski resorts in Shiga Kogen (Nagano) and Manza Onsen (Gunma) are the other closest ski resorts, but they are outside of the 2km restricted area -- and are unaffected.

And of course, ski resorts that are further away than that are also totally unaffected.

The central part of Kusatsu town itself is about 7km away from the volcano and so also unaffected.

We hope this information helps.

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Wednesday 24th January 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 are generally operating
- 'Early Morning' services from 8:00am until 8:20am (Ace Number 2 Center Four quad lift). Until 28th January. 500 yen special ticket required.

Official snow depth:
- Top: 385cm
- Base: 180cm

Niseko Annupuri Kokusai

Lifts scheduled to be operating:
- All lifts are generally operating
- Top Jumbo lift will be delayed

Official snow depth:
- Top: 290cm
- Base: 170cm

Niseko Village

Lifts scheduled to be operating:
- All lifts apart from the Country Road Chair lift should be operating
- 'Early Gondola' service from 7:30am until 8:30am (Niseko Gondola). January 27th-28th; February 3rd-4th. 1,400 yen special ticket required.

Official snow depth:
- Top: 290cm
- Base: 170cm

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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, Banzai Chair   Read more ...
 

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Wednesday 24th January 2018, 8:28am
Weather conditions: Snow clouds
New snowfall: 20cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Nozawa.

Did you see that news about the eruption over in Kusatsu yesterday?! Yikes. Nozawa is unaffected - more on that situation below.

Anyway, you want snow news don't you?

Here it is:

The resort is reporting around 20cm of fresh snow since yesterday morning across the mountain and that is pretty much what I have measured too. So a nice new layer - perhaps not as much as we expected. But the forecast remains snow, snow and more snow over the next few days.

So we continue to expect some big numbers.

Conditions should be good this morning; visibility somewhat limited on the upper parts of the resort.

More snow news tomorrow.

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About the volcanic eruption at Kusatsu-Shirane-san in Gunma Prefecture on 23rd January 2018

As you may have heard, yesterday morning there was a limited volcanic eruption followed by an avalanche in western Gunma Prefecture, close to the border with northern Nagano Prefecture. The eruption at Motoshirane happened close to the more famous Kusatsu-Shirane-san - and also the slopes of the Kusatsu Kokusai ski resort. Around 80 skiers were evacuated to an area near the upper area of Kusatsu-Shirane with some trapped in the gondola and on lifts for a while.

Very sadly, as a result of this event there was one fatality and a number of injuries, apparently due to flying rocks and the avalanche. As far as we can tell there have been no further eruptions since yesterday morning.

Our thoughts are with everyone involved and caught up in this.

This incident made the international news with some people visiting Japan asking if their ski resort will be safe, and so we thought we would add this information to our daily reports this morning.

The only ski resort affected by this event is Kusatsu Kokusai in Gunma Prefecture.

It is currently unclear how this will affect the top area of the resort, but it seems that the lower slopes of Kusatsu Kokusai will remain open today – those slopes are quite a distance from the affected area. (And perhaps this is a good example of how Japanese people are used to living with the threat of earthquakes and volcanos!)

The ski resorts in Shiga Kogen (Nagano) and Manza Onsen (Gunma) are the other closest ski resorts, but they are outside of the 2km restricted area -- and are unaffected.

And of course, ski resorts that are further away than that are also totally unaffected.

The central part of Kusatsu town itself is about 7km away from the volcano and so also unaffected.

We hope this information helps.

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Wednesday 24th January 2018

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

- Yamabiko (1407m): 19cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 21cm
- Hikage (660m): 18cm
- Nagasaka (615m): 18cm
- Karasawa (563m): 10cm

Official snow depth numbers:

- Yamabiko (1407m): 270cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 210cm
- Hikage (660m): 150cm
- Nagasaka (615m): 145cm
- Karasawa (563m): 120cm

Lifts operations:

- All scheduled lifts should 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):

- Challenge 39
- Grand Prix
- Kamoshika
- Kandahar   Read more ...
 

Hakuba Now!

Wednesday 24th January 2018, 8:29am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 24cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Hakuba.

Snow and wind yesterday and it looks like we should be getting more of that today too.

First up, the all important fresh snow headlines from the ski resorts (what they are reporting):

Hakuba Goryu: Toomi - 5cm (!?); upper areas - 35cm
Hakuba 47: 20cm-30cm
Hakuba Cortina: 20+cm (base); 25+cm (upper)
Hakuba Happo-one: 30cm (top gondola station)
Hakuba Iwatake: 20cm

With the 24cm we are measuring here at base (and 21cm and 30cm at our two other checking points), it looks like you can generally expect 20-30cm and upwards on the slopes this morning.

That sounds good to me. And there's more coming in.

There's a fair few upper lifts and courses around the valley being affected by the weather conditions this morning and information is changing as I write this. And admittedly confusing me in the process. So in the interest of getting the report online sooner than later - and also not wanting to put out incorrect and quickly outdated info - I'm going to avoid specific lift info. So just the snow depth data updated this morning below.

If you are in Hakuba and planning on being out this morning please check with official resort info sources to see what is and isn't open.

Snow is forecast to continue through into the weekend.

With poor visibility and this sudden increase in snow, do take extra care in these conditions.

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About the volcanic eruption at Kusatsu-Shirane-san in Gunma Prefecture on 23rd January 2018

As you may have heard, yesterday morning there was a limited volcanic eruption followed by an avalanche in western Gunma Prefecture, close to the border with northern Nagano Prefecture. The eruption at Motoshirane happened close to the more famous Kusatsu-Shirane-san - and also the slopes of the Kusatsu Kokusai ski resort. Around 80 skiers were evacuated to an area near the upper area of Kusatsu-Shirane with some trapped in the gondola and on lifts for a while.

Very sadly, as a result of this event there was one fatality and a number of injuries, apparently due to flying rocks and the avalanche. As far as we can tell there have been no further eruptions since yesterday morning.

Our thoughts are with everyone involved and caught up in this.

This incident made the international news with some people visiting Japan asking if their ski resort will be safe, and so we thought we would add this information to our daily reports this morning.

The only ski resort affected by this event is Kusatsu Kokusai in Gunma Prefecture.

It is currently unclear how this will affect the top area of the resort, but it seems that the lower slopes of Kusatsu Kokusai will remain open today – those slopes are quite a distance from the affected area. (And perhaps this is a good example of how Japanese people are used to living with the threat of earthquakes and volcanos!)

The ski resorts in Shiga Kogen (Nagano) and Manza Onsen (Gunma) are the other closest ski resorts, but they are outside of the 2km restricted area -- and are unaffected.

And of course, ski resorts that are further away than that are also totally unaffected.

The central part of Kusatsu town itself is about 7km away from the volcano and so also unaffected.

We hope this information helps.

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Ski resort information on Wednesday 24th January 2018 (at time of writing):

Hakuba Happo-one

Official snow depth:
- Kurobishi: 360cm
- Usagidaira: 225cm
- Lower: 115cm

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Hakuba Goryu

Official snow depth:
- Top: 300cm
- Toomi: 110cm
- Iimori: 60cm

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Hakuba 47

Official snow depth:
- Top: 260cm
- Base: 80cm

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Tsugaike Kogen

Official snow depth:
- Tsuga-no-mori: 300cm
- Han-no-ki: 295cm
- Maruyama: 110cm
- Shirakaba: 270cm
- Champion: 130cm
- Oya-no-hara: 150cm
- Kane-no-naru-oka: 110cm

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Hakuba Cortina

Official snow depth:
- Top: 295cm
- Base: 195cm

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Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field

Official snow depth:
- Top: 200cm
- Base: 120cm

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Hakuba Norikura Onsen

Official snow depth:
- 195cm

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Hakuba Valley Kashimayari

Official snow depth:
- 160cm

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Hakuba Sanosaka

Official snow depth:
- 115cm

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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
Kane-no-naru-oka area from 6pm until 8:50pm on 3rd, 10th, 11th February
Karamatsu Shirakaba area from 6pm until 9pm on 27th January; 10th, 11th, 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!

Wednesday 24th January 2018, 8:44am
Weather conditions: Snow clouds
New snowfall: 19cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning.

Nice snow falling last night and there's a good fresh layer of snow outside this morning - close on 20cm - with more lined up over the coming days.

Hopefully heavier still ahead of us; though with the quality of snow remaining light and powdery of course.

It's good and cold this morning so wrap up well and get out there to enjoy it. Just light snow for the moment and visibility looks fairly decent. Is that even a bit of sunshine peeking through? (Personally I'd prefer full on heavy snow).

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About the volcanic eruption at Kusatsu-Shirane-san in Gunma Prefecture on 23rd January 2018

As you may have heard, yesterday morning there was a limited volcanic eruption followed by an avalanche in western Gunma Prefecture, close to the border with northern Nagano Prefecture. The eruption at Motoshirane happened close to the more famous Kusatsu-Shirane-san - and also the slopes of the Kusatsu Kokusai ski resort. Around 80 skiers were evacuated to an area near the upper area of Kusatsu-Shirane with some trapped in the gondola and on lifts for a while.

Very sadly, as a result of this event there was one fatality and a number of injuries, apparently due to flying rocks and the avalanche. As far as we can tell there have been no further eruptions since yesterday morning.

Our thoughts are with everyone involved and caught up in this.

This incident made the international news with some people visiting Japan asking if their ski resort will be safe, and so we thought we would add this information to our daily reports this morning.

The only ski resort affected by this event is Kusatsu Kokusai in Gunma Prefecture.

It is currently unclear how this will affect the top area of the resort, but it seems that the lower slopes of Kusatsu Kokusai will remain open today – those slopes are quite a distance from the affected area. (And perhaps this is a good example of how Japanese people are used to living with the threat of earthquakes and volcanos!)

The ski resorts in Shiga Kogen (Nagano) and Manza Onsen (Gunma) are the other closest ski resorts, but they are outside of the 2km restricted area -- and are unaffected.

And of course, ski resorts that are further away than that are also totally unaffected.

The central part of Kusatsu town itself is about 7km away from the volcano and so also unaffected.

We hope this information helps.

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Official snow depth:
180cm

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
Free Ride Park
Powder Theater
Adventure Aisle
Crystal Bowl
Ninja
Sawa
Rabbit
Kamoshika
Bear

Kids Park
Snow Mobile Land

Planned nighta operations this season:

11th February 2018
Every Saturday between until 24th March 2018   Read more ...
 

Naeba Now!

Wednesday 24th January 2018, 8:46am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 19cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Naeba!

We have had another 19cm in the past 24 hours, making the storm total so far to 43cm so far. The pistes are in fantastic condition, with lots of powder stashes hidden around in bounds. It's a slow start with the lifts this morning, most likely due to the fresh snow fall we have experienced over the past couple of days. Light snow is still falling, which will increase to moderate snowfall this afternoon. This evening we should expect another dumping of heavy snow. Temperatures are expected to be cool throughout today, dropping to as low as -12°C overnight tonight.

Looking forwards, "Storm Finn" certainly isn't finished with us yet. We continue with our current track record of a entire six day forecast being filled with snowfall, with significant snowfall predicted to continue until at least Saturday. Temperatures are expected to remain much cooler than in preceding weeks, with overnight highs repeatedly dropping below -10°C. We should expect moderate winds to accompany the persistent snowfall through until the weekend.

Finally, our thoughts are with all those involved in the terrible incident at Mount Kusatsu-Shirane yesterday. We wish to thank all those who responded to the incident and provided support to those trapped and injured on the mountain. More info from SnowJapan below...

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About the volcanic eruption at Kusatsu-Shirane-san in Gunma Prefecture on 23rd January 2018

As you may have heard, yesterday morning there was a limited volcanic eruption followed by an avalanche in western Gunma Prefecture, close to the border with northern Nagano Prefecture. The eruption at Motoshirane happened close to the more famous Kusatsu-Shirane-san - and also the slopes of the Kusatsu Kokusai ski resort. Around 80 skiers were evacuated to an area near the upper area of Kusatsu-Shirane with some trapped in the gondola and on lifts for a while.

Very sadly, as a result of this event there was one fatality and a number of injuries, apparently due to flying rocks and the avalanche. As far as we can tell there have been no further eruptions since yesterday morning.

Our thoughts are with everyone involved and caught up in this.

This incident made the international news with some people visiting Japan asking if their ski resort will be safe, and so we thought we would add this information to our daily reports this morning.

The only ski resort affected by this event is Kusatsu Kokusai in Gunma Prefecture.

It is currently unclear how this will affect the top area of the resort, but it seems that the lower slopes of Kusatsu Kokusai will remain open today – those slopes are quite a distance from the affected area. (And perhaps this is a good example of how Japanese people are used to living with the threat of earthquakes and volcanos!)

The ski resorts in Shiga Kogen (Nagano) and Manza Onsen (Gunma) are the other closest ski resorts, but they are outside of the 2km restricted area -- and are unaffected.

And of course, ski resorts that are further away than that are also totally unaffected.

The central part of Kusatsu town itself is about 7km away from the volcano and so also unaffected.

We hope this information helps.   Read more ...
 

Zao Now!

Wednesday 24th January 2018, 8:49am
Weather conditions: Snow clouds, fog
New snowfall: 24cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Zao.

It's white-out full on snow and wind conditions here this morning.

Lots of fresh snow with more on the way and I reckon a day when lots of people will choose to soak in an onsen.

Once the storm passes, things should be totally refreshed and in excellent conditions.

Keep an eye on the forecast...

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About the volcanic eruption at Kusatsu-Shirane-san in Gunma Prefecture on 23rd January 2018

As you may have heard, yesterday morning there was a limited volcanic eruption followed by an avalanche in western Gunma Prefecture, close to the border with northern Nagano Prefecture. The eruption at Motoshirane happened close to the more famous Kusatsu-Shirane-san - and also the slopes of the Kusatsu Kokusai ski resort. Around 80 skiers were evacuated to an area near the upper area of Kusatsu-Shirane with some trapped in the gondola and on lifts for a while.

Very sadly, as a result of this event there was one fatality and a number of injuries, apparently due to flying rocks and the avalanche. As far as we can tell there have been no further eruptions since yesterday morning.

Our thoughts are with everyone involved and caught up in this.

This incident made the international news with some people visiting Japan asking if their ski resort will be safe, and so we thought we would add this information to our daily reports this morning.

The only ski resort affected by this event is Kusatsu Kokusai in Gunma Prefecture.

It is currently unclear how this will affect the top area of the resort, but it seems that the lower slopes of Kusatsu Kokusai will remain open today – those slopes are quite a distance from the affected area. (And perhaps this is a good example of how Japanese people are used to living with the threat of earthquakes and volcanos!)

The ski resorts in Shiga Kogen (Nagano) and Manza Onsen (Gunma) are the other closest ski resorts, but they are outside of the 2km restricted area -- and are unaffected.

And of course, ski resorts that are further away than that are also totally unaffected.

The central part of Kusatsu town itself is about 7km away from the volcano and so also unaffected.

We hope this information helps.

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Lifts and course info:

- All lifts scheduled to be operating (apart from Karamatsu which is normally closed on weekdays)
- All areas open

Official snow depths:

- Summit area: 150cm
- Paradise area: 170cm
- Chuo area: 170cm
- Utopia area: 190cm
- Uwanodai area: 105cm
- Oomori area: 110cm

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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:

January 2018: 27th-31st
February 2018: every day
March 2018: 1st-4th   Read more ...
 

Minakami Now!

Wednesday 24th January 2018, 9:07am
Weather conditions: Overcast
New snowfall: 35cm
Snow depth: --
Apologies for the missed report yesterday.

Yesterday was fairy tale stuff, Goldilocks in particular. 15cm of snow on my car park and 25cm up on the mountain with more in most areas. Tenjin opened right on time and the piste was deep, fast and dry. They opened the run to the base at around 10am and the backcountry was on from there. The snow turned a little in the afternoon but by 2pm it was snowing again and my last run of the day, around 3pm, was very deep, very dry.

It snowed throughout the evening, 20cm on the car park this morning, 35cm up top and they started selling tickets at Tenjin this morning at 9am.

(35cm going on the report this morning from yesterday and this morning).

The forecast is for a lot of snow tonight, probably may not be a goldilocks type scenario but if we do end up with a meter of the pow, which seems likely, Hodaigi or Okutone will be the best options unless you want to wait for Tenjin.

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Below photo is from yesterday.

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About the volcanic eruption at Kusatsu-Shirane-san in Gunma Prefecture on 23rd January 2018

As you may have heard, yesterday morning there was a limited volcanic eruption followed by an avalanche in western Gunma Prefecture, close to the border with northern Nagano Prefecture. The eruption at Motoshirane happened close to the more famous Kusatsu-Shirane-san - and also the slopes of the Kusatsu Kokusai ski resort. Around 80 skiers were evacuated to an area near the upper area of Kusatsu-Shirane with some trapped in the gondola and on lifts for a while.

Very sadly, as a result of this event there was one fatality and a number of injuries, apparently due to flying rocks and the avalanche. As far as we can tell there have been no further eruptions since yesterday morning.

Our thoughts are with everyone involved and caught up in this.

This incident made the international news with some people visiting Japan asking if their ski resort will be safe, and so we thought we would add this information to our daily reports this morning.

The only ski resort affected by this event is Kusatsu Kokusai in Gunma Prefecture.

It is currently unclear how this will affect the top area of the resort, but it seems that the lower slopes of Kusatsu Kokusai will remain open today – those slopes are quite a distance from the affected area. (And perhaps this is a good example of how Japanese people are used to living with the threat of earthquakes and volcanos!)

The ski resorts in Shiga Kogen (Nagano) and Manza Onsen (Gunma) are the other closest ski resorts, but they are outside of the 2km restricted area -- and are unaffected.

And of course, ski resorts that are further away than that are also totally unaffected.

The central part of Kusatsu town itself is about 7km away from the volcano and so also unaffected.

We hope this information helps.

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Ski resorts in Minakami:

Akasawa
Minakami Hodaigi
Minakami Kogen Fujiwara
Minakami Kogen Ski Resort
Norn Minakami
Oana
Okutone Snow Park
Tanigawadake Tenjindaira
Tanigawa Onsen White Valley

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Resort Spotlights with more detail:

Norn Minakami
Okutone Snow Park

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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.

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Shiga Kogen Now!

Wednesday 24th January 2018, 9:11am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 19cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Shiga Kogen.

I am measuring 19cm of fresh snow this morning. It is snowing now and coming down at quite the pace. I think some will be choosing to sit this out - we're still expecting lots of snow over the next few days.

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Now to get something off my chest.

I can't quite believe the almost total lack of information on the official Shiga Kogen websites about the eruption yesterday at nearby Kusatsu-Shirane.

While that unfortunate event may well not be affecting the operations of any of the Shiga Kogen ski resorts - which is important information in itself - it was surely close enough to warrant some information.

Surely!

I might well be mistaken but I have tried quickly looking at Shiga Kogen individual ski resorts official sources this morning, and the only one that I can see mentioning this is Kumanoyu. Good on you, Kumanoyu. They are correctly saying that it is not affecting the resort.

I'll go calm down now.

In the meantime, here is the message that SnowJapan is putting on all of the Now reports this morning...

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About the volcanic eruption at Kusatsu-Shirane-san in Gunma Prefecture on 23rd January 2018

As you may have heard, yesterday morning there was a limited volcanic eruption followed by an avalanche in western Gunma Prefecture, close to the border with northern Nagano Prefecture. The eruption at Motoshirane happened close to the more famous Kusatsu-Shirane-san - and also the slopes of the Kusatsu Kokusai ski resort. Around 80 skiers were evacuated to an area near the upper area of Kusatsu-Shirane with some trapped in the gondola and on lifts for a while.

Very sadly, as a result of this event there was one fatality and a number of injuries, apparently due to flying rocks and the avalanche. As far as we can tell there have been no further eruptions since yesterday morning.

Our thoughts are with everyone involved and caught up in this.

This incident made the international news with some people visiting Japan asking if their ski resort will be safe, and so we thought we would add this information to our daily reports this morning.

The only ski resort affected by this event is Kusatsu Kokusai in Gunma Prefecture.

It is currently unclear how this will affect the top area of the resort, but it seems that the lower slopes of Kusatsu Kokusai will remain open today – those slopes are quite a distance from the affected area. (And perhaps this is a good example of how Japanese people are used to living with the threat of earthquakes and volcanos!)

The ski resorts in Shiga Kogen (Nagano) and Manza Onsen (Gunma) are the other closest ski resorts, but they are outside of the 2km restricted area -- and are unaffected.

And of course, ski resorts that are further away than that are also totally unaffected.

The central part of Kusatsu town itself is about 7km away from the volcano and so also unaffected.

We hope this information helps.

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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.

Giant
130cm

Higashitateyama
150cm

Ichinose Family
170cm

Ichinose Diamond
170cm

Kumanoyu
180cm

Maruike
80cm

Nishitateyama
130cm

Okushiga Kogen
180cm

Sun Valley
80cm

Takamagahara Mammoth
170cm

Terakoya
150cm

Yakebitaiyama
200cm

Yokoteyama
200cm   Read more ...
 

Grandeco Now!

Wednesday 24th January 2018, 9:22am
Weather conditions: Snow clouds
New snowfall: 24cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Grandeco.

The wind was blowing very strongly yesterday and that meant that some lifts stopped operations in the afternoon.

There is a strong wind forecast again during the morning today - some lifts will slow down but the wind should be gentle by the afternoon. All lifts are operating at this moment 9:20am.

With 20+cm of snow down by base, snow conditions should be excellent today, very light and fine powder snow.

Keep warm and enjoy the powder snow.

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About the volcanic eruption at Kusatsu-Shirane-san in Gunma Prefecture on 23rd January 2018

As you may have heard, yesterday morning there was a limited volcanic eruption followed by an avalanche in western Gunma Prefecture, close to the border with northern Nagano Prefecture. The eruption at Motoshirane happened close to the more famous Kusatsu-Shirane-san - and also the slopes of the Kusatsu Kokusai ski resort. Around 80 skiers were evacuated to an area near the upper area of Kusatsu-Shirane with some trapped in the gondola and on lifts for a while.

Very sadly, as a result of this event there was one fatality and a number of injuries, apparently due to flying rocks and the avalanche. As far as we can tell there have been no further eruptions since yesterday morning.

Our thoughts are with everyone involved and caught up in this.

This incident made the international news with some people visiting Japan asking if their ski resort will be safe, and so we thought we would add this information to our daily reports this morning.

The only ski resort affected by this event is Kusatsu Kokusai in Gunma Prefecture.

It is currently unclear how this will affect the top area of the resort, but it seems that the lower slopes of Kusatsu Kokusai will remain open today – those slopes are quite a distance from the affected area. (And perhaps this is a good example of how Japanese people are used to living with the threat of earthquakes and volcanos!)

The ski resorts in Shiga Kogen (Nagano) and Manza Onsen (Gunma) are the other closest ski resorts, but they are outside of the 2km restricted area -- and are unaffected.

And of course, ski resorts that are further away than that are also totally unaffected.

The central part of Kusatsu town itself is about 7km away from the volcano and so also unaffected.

We hope this information helps.

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Lifts operating:

- All lifts operating

Courses open:

- All courses open

Official snow depth:
- 260cm

Forecast:
- Grandeco snow and weather forecast   Read more ...
 

Appi Kogen Now!

Wednesday 24th January 2018, 11:20am
Weather conditions: Snow clouds
New snowfall: 45cm
Snow depth: --
Today is a fine day to get into the snow.

There's nearly 50cm of fresh snow around base. That base layer is set. And with the snow falling fast, this should prevent the slopes from getting too tracked out.

Only a little wind and decent visibility considering the snow.

The temperature is -12 at the base which will prevent that powder from slushing up.

Hope some of you can get to enjoy it.

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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

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Official snow depth:

200cm

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About the volcanic eruption at Kusatsu-Shirane-san in Gunma Prefecture on 23rd January 2018

As you may have heard, yesterday morning there was a limited volcanic eruption followed by an avalanche in western Gunma Prefecture, close to the border with northern Nagano Prefecture. The eruption at Motoshirane happened close to the more famous Kusatsu-Shirane-san - and also the slopes of the Kusatsu Kokusai ski resort. Around 80 skiers were evacuated to an area near the upper area of Kusatsu-Shirane with some trapped in the gondola and on lifts for a while.

Very sadly, as a result of this event there was one fatality and a number of injuries, apparently due to flying rocks and the avalanche. As far as we can tell there have been no further eruptions since yesterday morning.

Our thoughts are with everyone involved and caught up in this.

This incident made the international news with some people visiting Japan asking if their ski resort will be safe, and so we thought we would add this information to our daily reports this morning.

The only ski resort affected by this event is Kusatsu Kokusai in Gunma Prefecture.

It is currently unclear how this will affect the top area of the resort, but it seems that the lower slopes of Kusatsu Kokusai will remain open today – those slopes are quite a distance from the affected area. (And perhaps this is a good example of how Japanese people are used to living with the threat of earthquakes and volcanos!)

The ski resorts in Shiga Kogen (Nagano) and Manza Onsen (Gunma) are the other closest ski resorts, but they are outside of the 2km restricted area -- and are unaffected.

And of course, ski resorts that are further away than that are also totally unaffected.

The central part of Kusatsu town itself is about 7km away from the volcano and so also unaffected.

We hope this information helps.   Read more ...
 

Myoko Now!

Wednesday 24th January 2018, 11:43am
Weather conditions: Cloudy and snowing
New snowfall: 31cm
Snow depth: --
Not as much snow as the forecasts predicted, but not as strong winds, either.

A few moments of southwest wind blasts, especially right after all the lifts closed down (my office windows suddenly went all white). But it was a good snow, and steady applications of 30cm or so is much more welcome than a dump of 60 and then the sun/snow again. Nice and cold, too. But it is still snowing; Niigata prefecture is predicting 25cm up to 4pm.

The Akakan Hotel No. 2 is down as of midday. Probably won’t last long, they say (and that’s usually the case). Suginohara’s No. 3 also closed yesterday and today becausee of wind. The wind was really strong up high yesterday, too.

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About the volcanic eruption at Kusatsu-Shirane-san in Gunma Prefecture on 23rd January 2018

As you may have heard, yesterday morning there was a limited volcanic eruption followed by an avalanche in western Gunma Prefecture, close to the border with northern Nagano Prefecture. The eruption at Motoshirane happened close to the more famous Kusatsu-Shirane-san - and also the slopes of the Kusatsu Kokusai ski resort. Around 80 skiers were evacuated to an area near the upper area of Kusatsu-Shirane with some trapped in the gondola and on lifts for a while.

Very sadly, as a result of this event there was one fatality and a number of injuries, apparently due to flying rocks and the avalanche. As far as we can tell there have been no further eruptions since yesterday morning.

Our thoughts are with everyone involved and caught up in this.

This incident made the international news with some people visiting Japan asking if their ski resort will be safe, and so we thought we would add this information to our daily reports this morning.

The only ski resort affected by this event is Kusatsu Kokusai in Gunma Prefecture.

It is currently unclear how this will affect the top area of the resort, but it seems that the lower slopes of Kusatsu Kokusai will remain open today – those slopes are quite a distance from the affected area. (And perhaps this is a good example of how Japanese people are used to living with the threat of earthquakes and volcanos!)

The ski resorts in Shiga Kogen (Nagano) and Manza Onsen (Gunma) are the other closest ski resorts, but they are outside of the 2km restricted area -- and are unaffected.

And of course, ski resorts that are further away than that are also totally unaffected.

The central part of Kusatsu town itself is about 7km away from the volcano and so also unaffected.

We hope this information helps.

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Akakura Kanko:
250 cm, -8°

Akakura Onsen:
300cm, -7° (over three meters again!)

Ikenotaira Onsen:
205cm, -6°

Myoko Suginohara:
180cm, -9°

Seki Onsen:
340 cm, -4°

Myoko Ski Park:
220 cm, -3°

Kyukamura RunRun:
270 cm, -4°

Tangram Ski Circus:
190 cm, -5°

Madarao Kogen:
180 cm, -7°

Read more ...
 

SnowJapan Daily 'Now' reports

Madarao Now
16th Jul, 11:46pm
Grandeco Now
16th Jul, 11:27am
Niseko Now
16th Jul, 11:26am
Yuzawa Now
29th Jun, 17:50am
Furano Now
06th May, 9:04am
Hakuba Now
06th May, 9:02
Nozawa Onsen Now
06th May, 8:41
Shiga Kogen Now
06th May, 8:35
Myoko Now
06th May, 8:35am
Zao Now
06th May, 8:30am
Naeba Now
06th May, 8:28am
Minakami Now
06th May, 8:27am
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06th May, 8:04
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