Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 30th May 2020

Geto Kogen Now!

Tuesday 26th February 2019, 7:40am
Weather conditions: Blue sky, sun, some cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --

Unfortunately, after fine weather during the daytime we had a bit of rain at the end of the day yesterday.

It didn't last too long and this morning we're back to fine weather. Feeling quite cold too.

Fresh snow would be nicer, but it should be a good morning out there.

Cloud forecast for tomorrow.


Official snow depths:

* Top: 365cm
* Base: 255cm

Planned operating lifts - subject to change due to weather:

* Number 1 Gondola
* Number 1 pair lift
* Number 2 pair lift
* Quad

- The Number 2 Gondola has closed for the season

Courses & Tree Runs - subject to change due to weather:

* All of the main official courses are available
* All tree runs open   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Tuesday 26th February 2019, 7:44am
Weather conditions: Cloud, some blue sky
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Nozawa.

I don't have a whole lot to report really. A fine day yesterday with warm conditions. Today quite a lot of cloud around, some blue sky and happily it won't be quite as warm perhaps rising to around 3C or 4C at base later in the day.

Forecasts still aren't showing a whole lot of snow potential into next week as the 'warmer than normal' conditions seem set to continue for at least a bit longer.


Tuesday 26th February 2019

Fresh snowfall reported by the ski resort (since yesterday morning):

- Yamabiko (1407m): 0cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 0cm
- Hikage (660m): 0cm
- Nagasaka (615m): 0cm
- Karasawa (563m): 0cm

Official snow depth numbers (reported by resort):

- Yamabiko (1407m): 265cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 235cm
- Hikage (660m): 150cm
- Nagasaka (615m): 145cm
- Karasawa (563m): 105cm

All lifts apart from the following planned to be operating:

- Yunomine pair
- Mizunashi triple
- Challenge pair
- Utopia pair
- Kandahar pair (open for general public on 1st Mar 2019)

All courses open apart from the following planned to be open:

- Grand Prix
- Kandahar (open for general public on 1st Mar 2019)   Read more ...

Madarao Now!

Tuesday 26th February 2019, 8:04am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning everyone. Still with me? There's still a month left yet, you know! Hopefully before then we'll have a return to some winter weather and fresh snow...

This morning it's rather grey and cloudy, actually the top of the mountain is shrouded and not visible at the moment.

I reckon it might clear up though.


Planned operations for Tuesday 26th February 2019

Official snow depth at Madarao:


Madarao info:

All lifts apart from Number 5 plan to be open
All 31 courses should be open including tree run courses

Nighta operations at Madarao:
- Every Saturday until 23rd March 2019

Tangram Ski Circus info:

All lifts operating
All course areas open

Nighta operations at Tangram:
- Every Saturday until 23rd March 2019   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Tuesday 26th February 2019, 8:28am
Weather conditions: Cloud, blue sky
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Hello and good morning to you all.

What do we have going on this morning? Well, no fresh snowfall to report but it does feel pretty cold outside. It is mostly cloudy but there is some blue sky as well. All is expected to be open this morning.

195cm of observed snowfall so far here at base in February 2019. Last season we got 299cm in February, so with little chance of any/much being added in the next two reports, we are going to be about 1m behind for the month compared with last year. I will of course do my usual monthly season so far thingy in a report at the beginning of March (probably on Friday).


There is still quite a while to go, of course, but I have today added the planned closing dates of each of the resorts below. Perhaps to just show how much there is left!


Niseko Avalanche Report:

Mountain Base 6.00am: -6°, no new snow. Moiwa 800m: -6.8°, WNW4.29m/s. Annupuri 1120m: snow depth 250cm. Annupuri 1100m: -10.2°, W4.1m/s. Hirafu Peak: -10. Hirafu 1000m: E1.8m/s, no new snow. Village Mizuno no Sawa: -8.59°, WSW6.2m/s, no new snow. Kutchan Weather Station: -2.3°, WSW3.3m/s, snow depth 152cm Cape Benkei: NNW8m/s, Cape Kamui: S3m/s, pressure 1017hPa, wave 0.9m.

Cold air continues to flow into the area, freezing the mountain but not bringing any snow. From observation the avalanche risk is low and all gates are expected to be open. The groomers are rough in places. There is a runaway danger. When on the ridges beware cornices collapsing, sometimes they break a lot further back than you would expect.

As the isobars move closer together the wind will get stronger, keep an eye out for a sudden weather change. Keep an eye ahead for cracks, they are hard to see from above. You may find some opening at the bottoms of slopes as well. Have an accident free day.


Ski resort operation information: Tuesday 26th February 2019
Subject to change due to weather conditions

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Plans to be open until Monday 6th May 2019

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 340cm
- Base: 140cm

Ski lifts operating:
- All lifts opening as normal at the start of the day (Ace Number 1 pair and King Number 2 quad rested)
- The Ace Family quad (until 8:30pm), Ace Center 4 quad (8:20pm), Hirafu Gondola (until 8:10pm) and Holiday Number 1 pair (until 8:30pm) lifts are normally open during the evening


Niseko HANAZONO Resort
Plans to be open until Sunday 7th April 2019

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 247cm
- Base: 193cm

Ski lifts operating:
- All lifts opening as normal at the start of the day
- The Hanazono lifts are normally open until 3:50pm (Number 3 until 3:30pm)


Niseko Annupuri
Plans to be open until Monday 6th May 2019

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 310cm
- Base: 140cm

Ski lifts operating:
- All lifts opening as normal at the start of the day
- The Jumbo 1 lift is normally open until 8:30pm during the evening


Niseko Village
Plans to be open until Sunday 7th April 2019

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 310cm
- Base: 140cm

Ski lifts operating:
- All lifts opening as normal at the start of the day (Country Road lift rested)
- The Upper Village Gondola, Village Express and Banzai Chair lifts are normally open until 8:00pm during the evening


Night time operations are available in the Niseko Grand Hirafu, Niseko Village and Niseko Annupuri resort areas. Until Wednesday 20th March 2019.
There is no nighta at the Niseko HANAZONO resort area.
   Read more ...

Yuzawa Now!

Tuesday 26th February 2019, 8:31am
Weather conditions: Cloud, fine (and increasingly so)
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Yuzawa.

A warm and sunny day yesterday. This morning there has been a lot of cloud around but increasingly sunshine is breaking through and breaks in the cloud. The photo below from Maiko was taken about an hour ago, the other two just 5 minutes ago and you can see the varying conditions.

Today shouldn't be as warm as yesterday (when it was getting close to 10C) but it will still probably get up to around 5C during the afternoon.


Anyway, nice morning. I'm going to get some 'spring skiing' in I reckon!


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


Updated: 8:30am, Tuesday 26th February 2019

** Official snow depths (where available) and resort specific information.
Information is checked manually each morning but sometimes official information is updated later than the time of these reports.

Ski resorts in Yuzawa:

GALA Yuzawa
- 290cm (official snow depth)

- 200cm (official snow depth)

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

Kandatsu Kogen
- 225cm (official snow depth)

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

NASPA Ski Garden
- 220cm (official snow depth)

Yuzawa Kogen
- Top: 260cm (official snow depth)
- Base: 160cm (official snow depth)

Yuzawa Park
- 180cm (official snow depth)

Yuzawa Nakazato
- 170cm (official snow depth)


Ski resorts in Minamiuonuma - just to the north of Yuzawa:

Ishiuchi Maruyama
- Top: 240cm (official snow depth)
- Base: 190cm (official snow depth)

Joetsu Kokusai
- 260cm (official snow depth)

Maiko Snow Resort
- Top: 270cm (official snow depth)
- Base: 110cm (official snow depth)

Muikamachi Hakkaisan
- 300cm (official snow depth)


Night time 'nighta' operations (listed in alphabetical order)

Below is information on night time floodlit skiing operations at ski resorts in the area. Subject to change due to weather and snow conditions.

Ishiuchi Maruyama
Open daily until Saturday 16th March 2019
The Chuo Area is open daily for nighta
The Hatsukaishi and Kanko Areas only open for nighta over New Year and nights before holidays
4:00pm until 8:30pm

Open daily until Sunday 24th March 2019
Part of the mid and lower area of the resort
5:00pm until 8:00pm on weekdays; until 9:00pm on Saturdays

Joetsu Kokusai
Open daily until Sunday 24th March 2019
Area in front of the base hotel, Osawa and lower Atema
5:00pm until 9:00pm

Kandatsu Kogen
'Hobo (Almost) All Night' every Friday, Saturday and night before holidays until 30th March 2019
6:00pm until 4:0am the next morning

Maiko Snow Resort
Open daily 'one-coin nighta' (500 yen) until Saturday 16th March 2019
Maiko Center Quad lift in the Maiko Area
4:00pm until 8:00pm

Open daily until Sunday 24th March 2019
Number 3 and 4 high speed and Number 4 romance pair lifts
4:00pm until 8:30pm

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

Hakuba Now!

Tuesday 26th February 2019, 8:41am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Hakuba.

It was a fine 'spring ski' kind of day yesterday with clear blue skies in the afternoon and then a beautiful evening.

This morning there's limited visibility on the mountain with a lot of cloud around. Not too cold but there might be some hard conditions early on. It's expected to be clearer as the day goes on today and won't be warming up quite as much with a high of about +4C forecast for the village.

There does seem to be a bit of snow on the forecast around Thursday still, though there is a good chance that it will rain down in the village. (Please can we avoid that). Let's see.


Ski resort information on Tuesday 26th February 2019:
The below info is checked manually each morning and believed to be correct at time of report.
All ski resorts in the area are currently open. Any further resort specific notes made below.

Hakuba Happo-one

Official snow depth:
- Kurobishi: 250cm
- Usagidaira: 160cm
- Nakiyama: 85cm


Hakuba Goryu

Official snow depth:
- Top: 255cm
- Toomi: 140cm
- Iimori: 100cm


Hakuba 47

Official snow depth:
- Top: 255cm
- Base: 105cm


Tsugaike Kogen

Official snow depth:
- Tsuga-no-mori: 260cm
- Han-no-ki: 255cm
- Maruyama: 135cm
- Shirakaba: 220cm
- Champion: 130cm
- Oya-no-hara: 140cm
- Kane-no-naru-oka: 120cm


Hakuba Cortina

Official snow depth:
- Top: 240cm
- Base: 150cm


Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field

Official snow depth:
- Mountain Side: 190cm
- Village Side: 90cm


Hakuba Norikura Onsen

Official snow depth:
- 165cm


Hakuba Valley Kashimayari

Official snow depth:
- 195cm


Hakuba Sanosaka

Official snow depth:
- Top: 90cm
- Base: 40cm


Night time skiing (nighta) at resorts in the region - weather & conditions permitting
The below 'nighta' information will not be updated every day - please check with resorts if you plan to go!

Hakuba Happo-one
Daily from 5:00pm until 9:00pm in the Nakiyama base area (Nakiyama Number 2 pair lift)

Hakuba Goryu
Daily from 6:00pm until 9:30pm in the Toomi area until 31st March
The Sky Four quad operates daily; the Number 2 pair mostly on Saturdays and holidays

Hakuba Cortina
Daily from 5:00pm until 8:00pm (until 9:00pm on Saturdays and certain holidays)

Tsugaike Kogen
Karamatsu Shirakaba area from 6:00pm until 9:00pm on 2nd March   Read more ...

Furano Now!

Tuesday 26th February 2019, 8:44am
Weather conditions: Mostly cloudy
New snowfall: 1cm
Snow depth: --
It is a little colder this morning at -6c and later in the day the high will peak at -3c. Things change quickly with weather, and 30 minutes ago conditions were clear affording a view of the whole resort, looking back from town. That has changed and low valley cloud has come across the ski resort and overhead it is high overcast. The cloud cover is thin though and the sun is pushing through and warming the village. It is forecast to stay mostly cloudy in the morning, with some light snow forecast in the afternoon. Overnight we have receive 1cm.

Open lifts:
Prince Romance chair
Downhill Romance #2 chair
Downhill Romance #3 chair
Furano Ropeway

Kitanomine quad chair
Kitanomine #2 chair
Kitanomine Gondola
Link chair   Read more ...

Aizu Bandai Now!

Tuesday 26th February 2019, 8:48am
Weather conditions: Fair some clouds
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning.

It is a bit warm and sunny again this morning. Due to the warm temps, there is some mist in the air so it is not as clear as it was yesterday.

Sorbet like snow condition in the base areas with some harder snow on the upper course. Not perfect! But still better than sitting here typing, I would guess. ;)

If you check out the tree run course, be aware of the holes around the trees.

The weather should be fine for the whole day today. A good day to hike up perhaps...


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


Nekoma - lift 4/5, course 9/11 open *Closed on Wednesday and Thursday 1/16-2/28
Grandeco - lift 4/5 include one gondola, course 12/13 open
Urabandai - lift 0/3, course 0/3 open *Closed on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
Minowa - lift 3/3, course 9/11 open
Numajiri - lift 4/4, course 10/11 open
Alts Bandai - lift 7/8 include one gondola, course 23/25 open
Inawashiro - lift 7/8, course 18/18 open
Inawashiro resort - lift 3/4 include one gondola, course 7/9 open
Listel - lift 2/2, course 5/7 open
Family Bandai Bandai - lift 0/2, course 0/7 open *Only open on Saturday, Sunday and national holidays.   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Tuesday 26th February 2019, 8:57am
Weather conditions: Mostly clear and sunny, bit of cloud remaining
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Shiga Kogen.

There was more cloud/gas around when I got up earlier, clearer now and the sun is out.

And that's about it really.

Ah, sorry. There is a chance of some snow still around Thursday and Sunday. Might it be enough to give us a nice new layer...? We shall see. It feels way to soon to be talking about full-on spring. I am hopeful.


Shiga Kogen resort info: Tuesday 26th February 2019

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

- Official snow depth: 180cm

- Official snow depth: 140cm

Hoppo Bunadaira
- Official snow depth: 180cm

- Official snow depth: 200cm

Ichinose Diamond
- Official snow depth: 210cm

Ichinose Family
- Official snow depth: 210cm

Ichinose Yamanokami
- Official snow depth: 210cm

- Official snow depth: 190cm

- Official snow depth: 140cm

- Official snow depth: 200cm

Okushiga Kogen
- Official snow depth: 230cm

Sun Valley
- Official snow depth: 150cm

Takamagahara Mammoth
- Official snow depth: 210cm

Tannenomori Okojo
- Official snow depth: 210cm

- Official snow depth: 220cm

- Official snow depth: 210cm

- Official snow depth: 185cm


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

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

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

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

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

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

Naeba Now!

Tuesday 26th February 2019, 9:05am
Weather conditions: Blue sky, sun, some cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Naeba.

The spring-like conditions continue this morning. More cloud around than there was yesterday, but the sun is out and there's some blue sky up there. It's not as warm as yesterday as we hope for temps to remain low.

All open as planned this morning. And that's it for today.


Official snow depth:

- 210cm

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

- Prince Number 1 gondola
- Number 8 high speed lift
- Daishamen romance pair lift

All courses now open apart from the following:

- Splash Bowl

Planned night-time operations:

- Daily until Sunday 24th March 2019
- 4:00pm until 8:30pm
- Lifts operating: Number 5 high speed lift   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Tuesday 26th February 2019, 9:11am
Weather conditions: Cloud, blue sky, sun in places
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Zao.

Cloudy with some breaks and sun shining through in places but it should be a fine day today. Again the summit is recording a temperature of -8C while at base they are reporting +1C as of 9am.

Some light snow possible on Thursday but it looks like it would be just that... very light. We can't reasonably expect anything big.

Looks like the Paradise Number 3 lift is on hold this morning. Not sure why. Will investigate.


Operation info from official sources:

- All lifts apart from Paradise Number 3, Karamatsu and Yokokura Number 2 operating
- All main course areas open

Official snow depths (as reported by resort):

- Summit area: 110cm
- Paradise area: 165cm
- Chuo area: 165cm
- Utopia area: 145cm
- Uwanodai area: 100cm
- Oomori area: 110cm


Floodlit night skiing is planned as follows:

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

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

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

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

Appi Kogen Now!

Tuesday 26th February 2019, 9:19am
Weather conditions: Sunny skies, some cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Hello from Appi,

It’s a clear sunny morning with light winds and so-so temperatures. The clouds may roll in this afternoon abut will clear again tomorrow. Unfortunately no snow in the forecast but at least we’ll have below zero temperatures until Sunday to keep what we have on the slopes.

We’re back with the positive temperatures on Sunday and yet again more rain heading our way.

This morning you can expect the slopes to be icy until the sun has a chance to loosen up what's there. Take your sunscreen and enjoy a few quiet runs this morning.


Planned lift operations & course areas (subject to change due to weather conditions):

- Appi Gondola
- Central Quad lift
- Central Number 2
- Central Number 3A
- Central Number 5
- Sailer quad
- Vista quad
- Nishimori

* All 5 tree run areas should be open as normal when the lift operations allow - register to use them at Plaza 1st Floor


Official groomed snow depth (as reported by resort):

- 120cm

   Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Tuesday 26th February 2019, 9:50am
Weather conditions: Misty below, gray on the hill
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Gray today. I keep writing this, don't I.... but it is a very springlike (and not in a good way) period we're going through. No snow or rain last night, mild temperatures. No wind, fog up high. Seems like waiting for something to happen on days like this. Looks like it might get sunny, which would make it a more pleasant springlike experience (and I want to say "springlike" cause there's still a chance for monster March snows to remind us what Myoko powder is all about. After most people have gone home).

Akakura Kanko:
290cm, -2°

Akakura Onsen:
360cm, -1°

Ikenotaira Onsen:
210cm, -1°

Myoko Suginohara:
165cm, -1°

Seki Onsen:
490cm, -2°

Myoko Ski Park:
290cm, 6°

Kyukamura RunRun:
320cm, 1°

Tangram Ski Circus:
210cm, 0°

Madarao Kogen:
270cm, -2°

Lotte Arai Resort
489cm, 2.7°

Kurohime Kogen Snow Park
175cm, -1°    Read more ...

Minakami Now!

Tuesday 26th February 2019, 16:05pm
Weather conditions: Clear, scattered cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
I was planning on a carbon copy of yesterday but today's sunshine was served with strong winds. Still made it to the peak of Mt Tanigawa but conditions were average to say the least.

Tomorrow promises more sun and after that the forecast is somewhat confusing. Snow showers at 1500m and rain at lower altitudes but just clouds for the Minakami town forecast. Basically sounds like nobody knows.

Looks like the weekend will be fine and let's hope so as the Tenjin Banked Slalom race is planned for Saturday and Sunday.

[Temp at 8am]   Read more ...

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Shiga Kogen Now
30th May, 10:10
Geto Kogen Now
06th May, 15:13pm
Appi Kogen Now
23rd Apr, 17:30
Furano Now
22nd Apr, 10:12am
Madarao Now
20th Apr, 9:52am
Zao Now
20th Apr, 9:52am
Nozawa Onsen Now
20th Apr, 9:51am
Niseko Now
20th Apr, 9:50am
Naeba Now
20th Apr, 9:49am
Myoko Now
20th Apr, 9:48am
Minakami Now
20th Apr, 9:47am
Hakuba Now
20th Apr, 9:40am
Aizu Bandai Now
20th Apr, 9:38am
Yuzawa Now
20th Apr, 9:37am
Grandeco Now
06th Dec, 14:16am