Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 26th May 2019

Furano Now!

Thursday 25th January 2018, 7:19am
Weather conditions: Partly cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
It is a nice clear morning with a light breeze blowing that will get a bit stronger later in the day. Yesterday the slopes were fantastic after a refresh the night before, and although there has only been a light dusting of snow overnight the snow conditions will be great today again I think. On the snow front things are looking good. There is light snow expected on and off today, and over the next 6 days the forecast is predicting continuous snow.   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Thursday 25th January 2018, 7:26am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 24cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Zao.

This storm is really delivering - and is forecast to continue delivering. Perhaps the heaviest today and less so from tomorrow but snow clouds are there on the forecast into early next week.

It is really cold this morning. The coldest yet this season. The top summit station is reporting -19C just after 7am with lower slopes also into minus double digits.

Visibility is limited at best and really poor at worst and it's windy too... some lifts are going to be affected by the conditions.

These are not the friendliest of conditions to be out skiing or snowboarding; so be well prepared.

All this fresh snow is most welcome, though!


Lifts and course info:

- Some lifts may well be affected by winds this morning - too early for info
- All areas open (if lifts are moving)

Official snow depths:

- Summit area: 160cm
- Paradise area: 180cm
- Chuo area: 180cm
- Utopia area: 210cm
- Uwanodai area: 110cm
- Oomori area: 130cm


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 ...

Geto Kogen Now!

Thursday 25th January 2018, 7:35am
Weather conditions: Snowy
New snowfall: 70cm
Snow depth: --
50cm overnight, I’m as shocked as you are. We had heavy snow falling for the majority of the day today with about 20cm falling, and overnight we’ve recorded another 50cm.

Visibility is pretty varied, low hanging cloud mixed with snowy conditions means its definitely a day for the low light lenses. Winds are moderate to strong with moderate snow set to fall throughout the day and tops of -9C so rug up if you want to enjoy yourselves. Pretty much no matter where you go it’s going to be magic today, so just get out there.

Friday: light snow, moderate winds, tops of -9C
Saturday: light snow, moderate to strong winds, tops of -8C
Sunday: light snow, light to moderate winds, tops of -3C


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.


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


Official snow depths:

Top: 370cm
Base: 290cm

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

Naeba Now!

Thursday 25th January 2018, 7:56am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 32cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning! It's a very snowy and cool start today in Naeba, with an additional 32 cm accumulating in the past 24 hours. The air temperature is currently reading -10°C and is not predicted to rise much above this during the day today so be sure to wrap up warm out there. There is a moderate wind in the valley also, which is continuing to blow in more lovely snow. It will likely be a slow start for the lifts again today, due to the new snow and the moderate winds. The pistes, once we can reach them, will be fresh and deep, particularly in some wind-sheltered areas. Stay safe out there today and make sure to stay in bounds in Mt Naeba - there will be plenty of fun to be had on the piste with possible free refills!

Looking forwards, we can expect "Storm Finn" to keep bombarding us for a few more days yet. Heavy snowfall is predicted overnight tonight and on Friday night, with moderate snow throughout daylight hours. We can expect today to be the windiest day of the storm, with winds easing overnight tonight. The next break in snowfall is currently predicted to be Sunday morning, with a clear morning being forecast. A smaller squall of snow is expected to pass through Mikuni early next week.

Yukigafuru!   Read more ...

Yuzawa Now!

Thursday 25th January 2018, 8:02am
Weather conditions: Snow clouds
New snowfall: 57cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Yuzawa.

It took a while to get going yesterday but come mid-afternoon the snow was really coming down hard... real Snow Country-style heavy snow.

The kind we really love and the kind where the snow piles up very quickly indeed. By the evening I measured 45cm of snowfall around my place with lots more being forecast to fall overnight.

So it was a bit of a surprise this morning that there was only an additional 12cm to record overnight. Perhaps the wind had something to do with it. But that's what I measured anyway, so the total for this report is 57cm of fresh snowfall since my report yesterday.

(By the way, don't expect official snow depths to increase by anything like that much. There are various reasons including snow compacting, grooming, etc. We'll make a comment on that kind of thing in an upcoming report).

Here is how much fresh snowfall ski resorts are reporting this morning:

Ishiuchi Maruyama: 40cm
Maiko Snow Resort: not saying yet

Right now it is snowing lightly and at times it has felt like it might even stop. But the forecast remains snowfall through until Saturday and perhaps beyond that. At least on and off, and hopefully heavily at times. So we should still be getting a lot more from this storm.

It is very cold this morning and there is a moderate wind blowing.

The wind is affecting operations at Kagura where only the Mitsumata area is going to be opening today. And I just noticed that Maiko are not opening their Gondola and top Okusoeji lifts as scheduled due to wind. Other ski resorts in Yuzawa appear to be opening as planned, but do keep an eye on the wind if you plan to be out.

[Update: Kagura open up until Kagura Number 1 pair lift as well as Mitsumata]

One thing is for sure: once this snow storm moves on and things calm down again, conditions should be transformed out on the mountains.


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


Updated: Thursday 25th January 2018

Ski resorts in Yuzawa:

GALA Yuzawa
- 240cm

- 150cm

- Only the Mitsumata area will be open today (Thursday)
- Kagura area: 330cm
- Mitsumata area: 230cm
- Tashiro area: 280cm

Kandatsu Kogen
- 230cm

- 220cm (base)

NASPA Ski Garden
- 175cm

Yuzawa Kogen
- Top: 200cm
- Base: 150cm

Yuzawa Park
- 140cm

Yuzawa Nakazato
- 170cm


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

Ishiuchi Maruyama
- 180cm

Joetsu Kokusai
- 190cm

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

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

Grandeco Now!

Thursday 25th January 2018, 8:08am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 12cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Grandeco.

It was snowy day yesterday with some strong winds and it is still falling and blowing about.

According to the forecast, it will be a snowy day again today and some lifts may be operating slow or stop in the morning.

Plenty of light powder snow has fallen, it's possible to dive into it.

It is a good day to enjoy the powder snow but do pay attention to the announcements made in the ski area, the lift operations will change easily today.


Lifts operating:

- All lifts operating

Courses open:

- All courses open

Official snow depth:
- 260cm

- Grandeco snow and weather forecast   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Thursday 25th January 2018, 8:29am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 47cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Nozawa.

It's really very cold this morning. Possibly and probably the coldest of the season.

And we have some Nozawa-like snow on the ground too.

The resort is reporting a bunch of varied numbers - since yesterday morning the numbers add up to more on Nagasaka area than Yamabiko which is interesting - and I have measured 47cm myself.

Bottom line - a lot of fresh snow.

With more on the way today, tomorrow and into and beyond the weekend. It's exciting to think how much we might get out of this.

Conditions out there this morning are very cold with poor visibility and some wind thrown into the mix too - so not for everyone, but if you make it out you should be rewarded with some lovely light snow. And once this storm moves on, conditions should be awesome mountain-wide for everyone.

Lifts appear to be opening as planned as the report goes up.

In the meantime, lots more please.

Take care!


Thursday 25th January 2018

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

- Yamabiko (1407m): 25cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 27cm
- Hikage (660m): 34cm
- Nagasaka (615m): 44cm
- Karasawa (563m): 29cm

Official snow depth numbers:

- Yamabiko (1407m): 290cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 235cm
- Hikage (660m): 180cm
- Nagasaka (615m): 170cm
- Karasawa (563m): 140cm

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 ...

Niseko Now!

Thursday 25th January 2018, 8:30am
Weather conditions: Snow clouds
New snowfall: 7cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning everyone on this very cold morning here in Niseko.

I have already spoken to a handful of locals and the talk of the town appears to be that it is 'the coldest morning of the season', and I do not doubt it.

After a very fine day yesterday, overnight there has been just over 7cm of snowfall here at base to add to my report. While it's not a huge number, it's top quality snow so conditions should be very tasty out there this morning.

Snow is falling as I write the report and it's there on the forecast over the coming days and into next week so we can expect consistent snow - how much? We'll just have to see day by day.

I always say I'd ideally like around 25-30cm most nights, followed by some blue skies in a morning - that sounds just about perfect to me. Let's have some of that.

Unfortunately, strong winds might well mess with lift operations and gate openings again today. Indeed at the start of the day a number of lifts are on hold. As always, please see the updated info for individual resorts below. Correct as of 8:30am.

Be sure to wrap up enough this morning; it's going to be very cold out there. Wouldn't want that the cold to spoil the excite fun!


By the way, on the third photo below, you can't see Mt Yotei this morning. (You can when it's clear).

That large Mt Yotei-like white shape on the right hand side is an impressive pile of snow. ;)


Thursday 25th January 2018

Resort specific information (at time of report & subject to change):

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Niseko HANAZONO Resort

Lifts scheduled to be operating:
- All lifts (apart from King Number 2) are generally operating
- Ace Number 3 & 4, King Number 3 & 4 and Hanazono Number 3 lifts on hold at the start of the day due to wind
- '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: 375cm
- Base: 170cm

Niseko Annupuri Kokusai

Lifts scheduled to be operating:
- All lifts are generally operating
- Annupuri Gondola, Jumbo 3 and Jumbo 4 lifts are on hold at start of the day due to wind

Official snow depth:
- Top: 300cm
- Base: 180cm

Niseko Village

Lifts scheduled to be operating:
- All lifts (apart from the Country Road Chair lift) are generally operating
- Niseko Gondola and top Wonderland Chair lift on hold at start of the day due to wind
- '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: 300cm
- Base: 180cm


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 ...

Hakuba Now!

Thursday 25th January 2018, 8:34am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 42cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from a very snowy and a very cold Hakuba.

Mid-winter. Loads of snow. It's here.

Fresh snow headlines:

Hakuba Happo-one: 45cm (top gondola station)
Hakuba Cortina: 30cm (base); 40cm (upper)
Hakuba 47: mixed numbers, at least 40cm since last night; they were reporting 30cm yesterday evening
Hakuba Goryu: Toomi 10cm (honto ni?!); 40cm (upper)

So some very good numbers there.

You shouldn't be surprised to be able to find (well) over 50cm of deep out there with the snow over the last few.

Lots of the official snow depths have seen big increases over the last few days - as you might expect with all this snow coming on. Check out Happo-one reporting nearly 4m up top there.

It is still snowing with more lined up over the coming days.

Strong winds are this morning preventing some upper lifts from moving. Some info as available below as of 8:30am but be sure to check for the latest with resorts if you wish to brave the elements and get to that fresh snow.

If you do be sure to wrap up extra good and take extra care on the mountain. All this fresh snow is exciting but bring with it dangers. Ki-o-tsukete!


Ski resort information on Thursday 25th January 2018 (at time of writing):

Hakuba Happo-one

Operating lifts:
- Upper lifts on hold at start of the day

Courses open:
- Only lower slopes available at start of the day

Official snow depth:
- Kurobishi: 390cm
- Usagidaira: 220cm
- Lower: 140cm


Hakuba Goryu

Operating lifts:
- Top lifts not open yet as they deal with snow

Courses open:
- All courses should be open once the lifts get going

Official snow depth:
- Top: 350cm
- Toomi: 120cm
- Iimori: 95cm


Hakuba 47

Operating lifts:
- All lifts operating; Line E delayed (Line D usually operates only when the Gondola is closed)

Courses open:
- All courses available as long as the lifts are moving

Official snow depth:
- Top: 320cm
- Base: 130cm


Tsugaike Kogen

Operating lifts:
- All lifts apart from the upper Gondola, Tsuga Number 2 pair and Kane-no-naru-oka Skyliner I are operating

Courses open:
- All course areas are open apart from parts of Sawa-one and Kane-no-naru-oka Number 2

Official snow depth:
- Tsuga-no-mori: 340cm
- Han-no-ki: 320cm
- Maruyama: 120cm
- Shirakaba: 300cm
- Champion: 170cm
- Oya-no-hara: 170cm
- Kane-no-naru-oka: 155cm


Hakuba Cortina

Operating lifts:
- All lifts are apart from Number 4 and 5 are operating

Courses open:
- A number of courses closed - check with resort if you are going

Official snow depth:
- Top: 320cm
- Base: 210cm


Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field

Operating lifts:
- Most lifts are operating with most courses open

Official snow depth:
- Top: 210cm
- Base: 130cm


Hakuba Norikura Onsen

Operating lifts:
- All lifts apart from Alps Number 7 are operating. Some delayed.

Official snow depth:
- 250cm


Hakuba Valley Kashimayari

Operating lifts:
- All lifts apart from Number 8 and 10 are operating

Official snow depth:
- 170cm


Hakuba Sanosaka

Operating lifts:
- All three lifts are operating

Official snow depth:
- 125cm


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 ...

Myoko Now!

Thursday 25th January 2018, 8:46am
Weather conditions: Cloudy, snowy, gray
New snowfall: 51cm
Snow depth: --
Snow and snow and some wind and a bit more snow. And cold—the news says the coldest day in the entire Heisei era (the past 30 years).

The official snow poke says 51 cm of new snow, and it is still falling out there. It’s going to be a tough day for people who want to hike up, and not entirely safe, either: there was stuffing and whumpfing on an rain/ice layer down in the pack. We also have some people lost on the hill since last night after heading off from the ski area (more later). Please be smart, because the conditions are not easy to deal with.

But it is great to see some real Myoko days out there after that rain twice this month. The wind may remain strong for the next few days, so lift closings are possible.

Clearing snow is not fun, but the skiing makes it worth it all! Some super powder yesterday, and today is even better.


Akakura Kanko:
290 cm, -12°

Akakura Onsen:
340cm, -11°

Ikenotaira Onsen:
215cm, -9°

Myoko Suginohara:
210cm, -14°

Seki Onsen:
330 cm, -11° (don’t know why they’re reporting less snow…)

Myoko Ski Park:
220 cm, -3° (yesterday’s report)

Kyukamura RunRun:
270 cm, -4° (yesterday’s report)

Tangram Ski Circus:
200 cm, -5°

Madarao Kogen:
220 cm, -12°

Read more ...

Madarao Now!

Thursday 25th January 2018, 8:56am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 47cm
Snow depth: --
Loads of snow. This is more like classic Madarao. The resort are reporting a full 50cm and my measurement if not far off that.

And it is still coming down with snow clouds still due over the region for the coming days.

It's really cold too and somewhat windy.

If you are going to tackle these conditions; be prepared. Extra layers, a friend, and I highly recommend sticking to well used areas.

It'll be powder everywhere - no need to stray far. And I suspect there is a chance of some courses/lifts unavailable - check with the resort for latest.

Take care and see you tomorrow.


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
Adventure Aisle
Crystal Bowl

Kids Park
Snow Mobile Land

Planned nighta operations this season:

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

Shiga Kogen Now!

Thursday 25th January 2018, 9:02am
Weather conditions: Snow clouds
New snowfall: 50cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Shiga Kogen.

The headlines say it all today.

Lots of fresh snow. 50cm, more or less depending on where you are and if the wind has got to it.

Very cold.


More snow on the way.

Be careful if you are out riding today. Not friendly conditions. Though some fantastic snow being delivered!


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



220cm   Read more ...

Minakami Now!

Thursday 25th January 2018, 9:38am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 50cm
Snow depth: --

Missed report, snowfall logged for the day...   Read more ...

Appi Kogen Now!

Thursday 25th January 2018, 13:08pm
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 30cm
Snow depth: --
The snow storm has hit, the heavy snowfall last night and previous days has put down a thick base layer of snow, which makes the piste slow and beautiful for carving.

The visibility is low but in between the trees is excellent. The low temperatures will keep the snow dry and fluffy, the accumulation of the wind chill, cold and snow will mean you'll need one or two more layers than normal.

Time to try new tricks in the park, cause with a nice layer of powder the consequences are smaller. Have fun!

Some lifts affected by wind at time of report


Planned lift operations (subject to change):

- APPI Gondola
- Central quad
- Central number 2 lift
- Central number 3 lift A - affected by wind
- Central number 5 lift - affected by wind
- Central number 6 lift
- Sailer quad
- Nishimori lift - affected by wind

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


Official snow depth:

210cm   Read more ...

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