After a rather spring-like day yesterday, this morning is starting generally cloudy and grey. It should get to be around +6C in the village this afternoon with the chance of some rain.
We may see some snowfall tonight but the more exciting prospect is for around Wednesday night through Thursday. The forecast is looking promising for some decent snowfall again. The refresh will be very welcome.
Tuesday 25th February 2020
Fresh snowfall recorded by resort since yesterday morning:
All courses normally open apart from the following courses:
- Grand Prix - Jumping - Hachiman - Mukobayashi - Skyline (lower area)
Nighta until 8:00pm
- Nagasaka Four lift operates during nighta - Every Saturday until 28th March - 23rd February - 20th March - Subject to change Read more ...
Tuesday 25th February 2020, 8:09am
The good run on fresh snow continues and there is another 5cm of new snow to report this morning. There is plenty of fresh snow over all trails and the off piste runs are providing some great conditions. Cloud is high and partial, and it is expected to turn sunny later in the morning. The temperature will creep up to -2c in the daytime and is currently -7c. Overall it looks like a great day to ski on Furano, and conditions look clear for the next few days as well.
Some lovely snow to play in yesterday morning. Some lift disruption during the day and so I reckon there should still be some nice conditions this morning; helped along with the additional snow... I measure 6cm from overnight down here at base, likely more on the mountain.
The sun is out and lots of blue sky at the start of the day today. All lifts should be moving as scheduled.
There's not a whole lot of snowfall on the forecast for the week ahead. Rather, quite a bit of sunshine. But it should be remaining pretty cold which is good to see.
So if you want fresh, this morning is highly recommended.
I'll say this kind of quietly as it has not been officially announced yet (though with permission!):
You can now register and login to SnowJapan using your Facebook and Google login. Once you have an account - which is of course totally free - you can upload photos, write resort reviews and do some other non-public stuff like create a list of your fave ski resorts etc.
Many times people write in to thank SnowJapan for the service and ask what they can do in return for enjoying using the site.
I humbly suggest that if you have visited Niseko... or any other Japanese ski resort... that you share your experiences on the site by uploading some photos and maybe writing a review.
Of course, in the spirit of this website, strictly no promotional-style stuff is allowed.
Niseko Avalanche Report
Mountain Base: -4°, 5cm new snow in last 12hrs. Moiwa 800m: N 350deg 4.4m/s, -6.0°. Annupuri 1100m: W 285deg 3.0m/s, no temp data. Yu no Sawa 1000m: N 360deg 3.0m/s, -8.7°. Niseko Village 900m: NW 328deg 2.6m/s, -7.8°. Hirafu 1000m :N 343deg 3.9m/s, -8.6°. Hanazono 720m: N 349deg 2.4m/s, -6.0°. Coastal data: Benkei Cape: N 6m/s. Kamui Cape NNE 3m/s, 1021hPa, wave 0.7m.
The wind has dropped from yesterday afternoon and the mountains and seas are calm. There has been some minor snow drift development on SE slopes above 800m. From test and observation there is no obvious avalanche risk. All gates are expected to be open after preparations are made.
Open steep slopes like Kozan no Sawa sidewall, under Osawa wind lip and Higashi One are high risk.
There are cracks hidden by the last few days snowfall at elevations below 600m. Ride slopes 1 by 1 and it is strongly recommended that you have avalanche gear. Please listen to and follow the patrols advice. Accidents can be prevented. Snow is good, have a good day.
Ski resort operation information: Tuesday 25th February 2020
Official snow depth (reported by resort): - Peak: 190cm - Base: 110cm
All lifts normally operating EXCEPT: - Country Road Chair (normally rested)
Lifts scheduled for late operations: - Annupuri Village Gondola until 8:00pm - Village Express until 8:00pm - Banzai Chair until 8:00pm Read more ...
Tuesday 25th February 2020, 8:37am
Lots of cloud, fine
Hello from Madarao on this Tuesday morning.
It's a cloudy start to the day with the chance of clearer spells.
Fairly mild, though less so than yesterday. And continuing on from yesterday, conditions will be rather 'spring', but fun.
It will be getting colder later on and all being well there'll be some fresh snow to report by tomorrow morning - and more (probably heavier) the day after.
So the coming days should be... fun-er!
Current operations: Tuesday 25th February 2020
- All lifts apart should be operating - Powder Wave and Crystal Bowl tree run courses closed - Other tree run courses open - Official snow depth: 100cm
Tangram Ski Circus:
- All lifts are operating - Most courses open - Official snow depth: 70cm Read more ...
Tuesday 25th February 2020, 8:40am
Good morning from Yuzawa.
Yesterday was a fine and mild spring-like day.
This morning there is a lot of cloud around and there has been some spots of rain though it is holding off at the moment. Rain is likely later on though, I'm afraid, with a high of around 7C.
We all want the good news, and that is that light snow is possible later tonight and tomorrow; with some decent snowfall forecast for Thursday. I don't want to get too excited about it just now but Thursday looks quite promising. As has been the case so often this year, it's not going to be a full-on multiple day storm, so we will just hope for as much as possible within the day.
All slopes will welcome the fresh snow of course; lower slopes particularly thankful as it gets thin on the ground again.
And just to qualify that last comment, snow cover on upper areas is not a problem at all.
After the busy long weekend we are now back to weekday mode.
Thanks to everyone who entered the lift ticket giveaway over the last few days.
And for the kind comments.
All of the winners have been notified by email.
Individual ski resort information: Tuesday 25th February 2020 All information checked and updated manually for each report. Subject to change.
- All areas of Kagura are open - The downhill course will not be open this season (due to autumn typhoon damage) - The Dragondola connecting the Tashiro Area with Naeba is operating - Official snow depth: 250cm
- The top area via Yuzawa Kogen Ropeway is fully open - The base areas are also open - The Ropeway connecting Yuzawa Kogen with the Southern Area of GALA Yuzawa is closed (GALA closed today) - Official snow depth: 120cm (Kogen); 30cm (base)
Originally planned night time operations at the Shiga Kogen ski areas are as follows; subject to change, so please check with the resorts. Note that separate lift tickets are required.
Ichinose Diamond 20th-21st March 2020 Quad lift 6:30pm until 9:00pm
Ichinose Family Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays until 21st March 2020 Number 2 pair B lift 6:30pm until 9:00pm
Kumanoyu Every Saturday until 28th March 2020 20th March 2020 Number 1 pair lift 6:30pm until 9:00pm
Takamagahara Mammoth Saturdays until 21st March 2020 20th March 2020 Number 2 triple lift 6:30pm until 8:30pm
Yakebitaiyama Every Saturday until 29th February 2020 23rd February 2020 Number 3 high speed lift 6:00pm until 8:00pm
The section of road connecting the southern area of Shiga Kogen (from Yokoteyama onwards) with Gunma Prefecture is now closed for the season. It will be closed until 24th April 2020. Approach Shiga Kogen using Route 292 from the west (Nagano/Nakano/Yamanouchi) Read more ...
Aizu Bandai Now!
Tuesday 25th February 2020, 9:03am
It's a bit of a non-descript morning really. Just cloudy.
Keeping rather mild with the chance of some snow in the next few days.
It's Tuesday, so the Nekoma resort is closed again -- it will re-open on Friday. Nekoma being closed means that the walk route over to Alts Bandai is also closed.
Operating lifts: - All lifts apart from the lifts noted below are normally operating: - Nakiyama Number 2 pair - Shirakaba Number 1 pair - Shirakaba Number 2 pair - Central pair - Sakka Number 2 pair - Sakka Number 3 triple
Courses open: - All courses apart from the following are at least part open: - Central - Olympic II - Kita-one - Kokusai - Nakiyama Wall/North - Shirakaba North - Sakka - Nakiyama South and Shirakaba South base areas are open; others closed - You can also take the Gondola or other lifts back down to base
About the data in the above ‘snowfall as reported by ski resorts’ table * The table within the above report contains data that is published by individual ski resorts * The data shown is the amount of snowfall that the ski resorts are themselves reporting each 24 hour period on the upper areas of their mountain * The source ‘new snowfall’ data and ‘total accumulation’ data is not updated at the same time * The ‘new snowfall’ data is updated in the morning * The ‘accumulation’ data is apparently updated/refreshed at midnight * That means that there is a time lag between the two numbers being updated * We manually check and update the data just before we publish each Hakuba Now report - so the data in each Hakuba Now report table is what is available at that time * Any odd-looking numbers are due to the source data. We are not responsible for and have no control over the data. We are simply sharing the data with you * Just to be extra clear, unlike our own ‘observed snowfall’ data from base that we show at the top of each report, the data in the table is not an independent observation by SnowJapan * A more in-depth introduction and explanation can be found in this reportRead more ...
Tuesday 25th February 2020, 9:09am
Cloud, blue sky
Fine weather early on this morning and while it will remain mind, not as much as yesterday. Which was a fine spring-like day.
We are due some snow over the next few days and some of the base slopes are looking in need of it.
Planned course restrictions due to events:
Mens Riesen Slalom: 24th-28th February Number 1 course: 24th February - 1st March Number 2 course: 24th-25th February Number 3 course: Until 1st March
Official snow depth:
Planned operating lifts:
- Prince Number 2 Gondola - Takenokodaira romance pair lift - Takenokoyama romance pair lift - Number 4 romance pair lift - Number 3 high speed lift - Number 3 high speed lift - Number 5 high speed lift (open for nighta until 8:30pm) - Hiuchi Number 1 romance pair lift - Dragondola
Courses planned to be open:
- 20 of 22 courses are normally open - The Dragondola is operating to get over to the Tashiro Area of the Kagura resort Read more ...
Tuesday 25th February 2020, 9:34am
It is really spring-like out there in the Myoko hills today.
Even the birds seem to think so; they're singing like crazy in the trees just behind our reporting location. A bee even decided to crawl out from her winter hideaway in the firewood pile and stagger out across the snow.
It looks more like snow in the coming days than rain, at least high up (the cars are going to get a needed wash at base level).
More strange, changing weather over the next week or so....
Akakura Kanko: 200cm, -2°C (no new report today; they have opened the Buna (beech) glade run in the trees off of Hotel lift No. 3)