Snow and weather reports posted on Thursday 22nd November 2018

Furano Now!

Tuesday 27th February 2018, 6:44am
Weather conditions: Bluebird
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
It is a true winter morning and right now in the village it is a chilly -16c. It is going to warm up a lot during the day and it should head up to around -5c by midday. There hasn't been any new snow overnight. Conditions are just perfect with deep blue sky over the resort and not a cloud in the sky. There are also clear views over the city to the Daisetsuzan mountain range and the sun is shining in its full glory. Looking up at the resort you can see all the main runs have been groomed. It will be a great morning for photos.   Read more ...

Geto Kogen Now!

Tuesday 27th February 2018, 7:01am
Weather conditions: Mostly cloudy
New snowfall: 3cm
Snow depth: --
It was another fine and sunny day in the Geto yesterday, which is very unlike Geto Kogen. Tops of about -4C with some scattered snow showers but mainly sunny for the most part.

We had some snow showers into the night, but today there's 3cm of snow. We’re in for a pleasant morning on the hill, mostly sunny but some scattered snow showers here and there. Tops of -3C with light winds and into this afternoon we should see the weather turn with heavy snow forecast tonight, and about 20cm of snow into tomorrow morning.

As for my previous report regarding rain on Thursday, it appears that we may only see the lower slopes get hit. But make no mistake, they will get hit with some heavy rain. On the bright side, up the top we’ll see moderate snow with about 35cm falling from Wednesday night into Friday morning - so there’s that!

Get out there and enjoy it today, if you’re getting bored of the groomers you might find you enjoy the park — start small with the little kickers and you’ll be popping double corks in no time.

Wednesday: mostly sunny with light snow in the evening (5cm) & tops of 1C
Thursday: heavy rain at the bottom and moderate snow at the top (20cm), extreme winds (110km/h) & tops of 3C
Friday: light snow (7cm), extreme winds (85km/h) & tops of -4C


Official snow depths:

Top: 525cm
Base: 355cm

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

The Number 2 Gondola is currently open on weekends and national holidays   Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Tuesday 27th February 2018, 7:14am
Weather conditions: Pure blue skies
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Powder fans, this is not going to be your week.

It’s a perfect blue sky out there today; it’s likely to start out sunny tomorrow as well, then turning to rain in the afternoon/evening (and it could rain well up the mountain, too). Don’t bother climbing Mt. Myoko on Thursday, too, because the wind is going to howl and blow you right off the peak. Death crust out on the ungroomed as well. There was some talk that we might have some heavy snow after the freezing line comes down on Friday, but it looks more likely that it will be sunny with more rain to follow. I never count out March powder - it happens! - but spring corn is pretty fun, too. There’s more than a month remaining for the ski areas, right, and we should make the most of it...

Another early day out (the cross country races were great yesterday at the Kokutai, the national competition being held in Myoko through tomorrow), so I’ll note where there is no new report yet. Just figure sunny, no change in snow depths, and a bit warmer today.

I have to add that most everything is closed at Lotte Arai, and no reason is given in either English or Japanese. Check with them if you’re planing to go there!


Akakura Kanko:
350 cm, -6°

Akakura Onsen:
405cm, -5°

Ikenotaira Onsen:
270cm, -4.5° (yesterday’s report)

Myoko Suginohara:
230cm, -8° (yesterday’s report)

Seki Onsen:
450 cm, -4° (yesterday’s report)

Myoko Ski Park:
310 cm, 0° (yesterday’s report)

Kyukamura RunRun:
350 cm, -3°

Tangram Ski Circus:
230 cm, -4° (yesterday’s report)

Madarao Kogen:
270 cm, -5° (yesterday’s report)

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Yuzawa Now!

Tuesday 27th February 2018, 7:49am
Weather conditions: Clear
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Yuzawa.

Sunny yesterday, but there was a definite hazy feel to proceedings.

This morning the sun is out again but it feels less hazy; for now. Looks like it is going to be a beautiful morning.

Quite cold overnight but it is quickly going to be warming up during the day.

Friday aside, it seems that temperatures are generally going to be on the rise over the next week with little chance of fresh snow. A high of around 6C today and 8C tomorrow with rain likely still around tomorrow night/tomorrow. Hmmm. It does feel like Nature might be looking at the calendar and thinking that it's about to start making plans for spring.

March often brings a few surprises, let's see what it brings us this time round.


Back to 'winter' news and it is the (66th) Yuzawa Snow Festival this coming Saturday (3rd March).

Events are held by the Nunoba ski hill near Yuzawa Ropeway on the West side of Echigo Station and begin at 6pm.

Expect snow related fun, torch-lit skiing, 'Miss Komako' and fireworks. And, as they say, much more!


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


Updated: Tuesday 27th February 2018

Ski resorts in Yuzawa:

Checked and updated every morning. Note that some ski resorts may not have updated their own info at the time this report is published.

GALA Yuzawa
- 340cm

- 200cm

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

Kandatsu Kogen
- 260cm

- 250cm (base)

NASPA Ski Garden
- 255cm

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

Yuzawa Park
- 210cm

Yuzawa Nakazato
- 190cm


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

Ishiuchi Maruyama
- 270cm

Joetsu Kokusai
- 260cm

Maiko Snow Resort
- Top: 280cm
- Base: 160cm

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

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Tuesday 27th February 2018, 8:00am
Weather conditions: Clear, sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Nozawa.

The sun is out again and it's going to be a fine day weather-wise - and warm up from the cold early morning start to be a rather mild day.

Expect temperatures of around +5C in the village later on in the day.

Perhaps a little warmer still tomorrow. And warmer still over the weekend! Yikes. Let's hope it's more of a blip than a sustained trend into next week...


Tuesday 27th February 2018

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

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

Official snow depth numbers:

- Yamabiko (1407m): 330cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 270cm
- Hikage (660m): 190cm
- Nagasaka (615m): 185cm
- Karasawa (563m): 150cm

Lifts operations:

- All scheduled lifts appear to be operating as normal.
- The Yunomine pair, Mizunashi triple, Challenge pair and Utopia pair lifts usually rested on weekdays.

The following courses either closed (or not fully available):

- Grand Prix
- Kandahar   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Tuesday 27th February 2018, 8:09am
Weather conditions: Fine
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
More fine weather here in Zao this morning though not quite as 'blue' and the chance of some snow later on it would seem.

Is it really going to rain Thursday? Looks like it as things warm up somewhat, but we can always hope to avoid it.

Come the weekend it seems all of Japan is expecting rather warmer conditions. No doubt there will be lots of talk of spring going on.


Lifts and course info:

- All lifts appear to be opening as scheduled
- Note: the Karamatsu pair lift usually only operates on weekends
- All areas open

Official snow depths:

- Summit area: 215cm
- Paradise area: 240cm
- Chuo area: 240cm
- Utopia area: 260cm
- Uwanodai area: 165cm
- Oomori area: 175cm


Zao Onsen forecast:

Zao Onsen 6-day snow and weather forecast

Floodlit night skiing is planned as follows:

In the Uwanodai area:
Daily until Sunday 4th March 2018
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only from Friday 9th March until Sunday 18th March 2018

In the Yokokura area:
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only until Sunday 18th February 2018
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only from Friday 2nd March until Sunday 11th March 2018

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

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

Appi Kogen Now!

Tuesday 27th February 2018, 8:12am
Weather conditions: Cloudy skies
New snowfall: 1cm
Snow depth: --
Slightly overcast today but still good visibility on the mountain this morning. The wind has abated overnight but may pick up again this afternoon.

A mere sprinkling of fresh snow overnight, our fingers are crossed for some fresh snow to deliver later in the week - hopefully avoiding rain.


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


Official snow depth:

295cm   Read more ...

Madarao Now!

Tuesday 27th February 2018, 8:12am
Weather conditions: Fine
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
It's another very fine morning here in Madarao.

The sun is out and there's clear - if perhaps a little hazy - skies.

The sea of clouds below us over the valley is looking impressive this morning. It should be a fine day to be outside and sliding down the slopes.

The forecast remains pretty much the same - the chance of some rain tomorrow night or early Thursday, hopefully it'll get colder and be snow - but some generally milder conditions before and after then. It is looking like the weekend is going to be particularly... on the 'warm' side.


Official snow depth:

Operating lifts:

Number 1 lift
Number 2 quad lift
Number 3A lift
Super quad lift
Number 11 lift
Number 12 lift
Number 13 lift
Number 15 lift

Powder Wave I
Powder Wave II
River Line
Powder Theater
Free Ride Park
Adventure Aisle
Crystal Bowl

Kids Park

Planned nighta operations this season:

Every Saturday until 24th March 2018   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Tuesday 27th February 2018, 8:12am
Weather conditions: Blue skies and sunshine. Yey!
New snowfall: 3cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning all.

Sunshine and blue skies! Yes, it's a clear and sunny morning here. Just a bit of thin high cloud in places. A beauty.

We haven't had much of this kind of weather of late and so I'm sure there will be lots of people out to take advantage of it. Myself included!

It would be perfect if we had a deep layer of overnight snow, but alas I have just a few cm to report this morning.

All lifts should be moving and gates are expected to be open. It is colder this morning and feels it so get wrapped up and enjoy.

Next decent snowfall due around Thursday if the forecasts are correct.


Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 5.00am: -11°, slight snow from dawn, light surface hoar frost. Moiwa 800m: -9.7°, NE1.1m/s, trace new snow, no cornice or snowdrift development. Annupuri 1150m: -13°, light southerly winds, trace new snow. Snowpack 1000m: 430cm. Hirafu 1250m: -13°, trace new snow, light wind. Coastal data: Benkei Cape: NNW9m/s. Kamui Cape: E4m/s, 1023hPa, wave 0.7m.

The isobars are spaced widely apart and weather is calm. There is no notable snow drift development and from observation the general avalanche risk is low. At 800m impact test the snow pack is fracturing on Feb 23rd layer at 60cm down. This layer is light pre low pressure snow and has changed to a frost layer. Above 1000m take care around snowdrifts, cornice slopes and knolls. Snow conditions have changed since yesterday but you can still find deep snow if you look. Be careful of cracks, falling into creeks, hitting trees. Peak gates are expected to be open. Please listen to the patrols advice and prepare before going out of bounds.

Many people are following the trails in valley bottoms. To help prevent an accident I ask people to avoid doing this because the risk of a large full depth avalanche is increasing daily. Do not strictly off limits area Haru no Taki. The current snow surface (26-28Feb) together with inconsistency's from the next storm is likely to be come an avalanche generation layer in the future. Have a good day.


Tuesday 27th February 2018

Resort specific information (operations subject to change):

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Niseko HANAZONO Resort

Lifts scheduled to be operating:
- All lifts (apart from King Number 2) should be operating

Official snow depth:
- Top: 525cm
- Base: 260cm

Niseko Annupuri Kokusai

Lifts scheduled to be operating:
- All lifts should be operating

Official snow depth:
- Top: 420cm
- Base: 250cm

Niseko Village

Lifts scheduled to be operating:
- All lifts (apart from the Country Road Chair lift) should be operating

Official snow depth:
- Top: 420cm
- Base: 280cm


Floodlit 'nighta' skiing:

Night skiing is planned for every evening at the Niseko Grand Hirafu, Niseko Village and Niseko Annupuri areas. There is no nighta at the Niseko HANAZONO area. Ski lifts that are scheduled to be operating for nighta are noted below (subject to change):

* Niseko Grand Hirafu - Ace Family quad, Ace Number 2 quad, Hirafu Gondola, Holiday Number 1 pair
* Niseko Annupuri - Jumbo Number 1 quad lift
* Niseko Village - Village Express, Upper Village Gondola, Community Chair   Read more ...

Grandeco Now!

Tuesday 27th February 2018, 8:15am
Weather conditions: Fair blue skies
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Grandeco.

Three was no snowfall last night and it is very cold this morning.

Chilly morning with nice fresh air on the mountains, good weather and a gentle wind. Nothing to interfere with a fine day skiing.

Keep an eye on the forecast, link below.


Lifts operating:

- All lifts operating

Courses open:

- All courses open

Official snow depth:
- 330cm

- Grandeco snow and weather forecast   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Tuesday 27th February 2018, 8:22am
Weather conditions: Partly cloudy, blue sky
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Hakuba.

A beautiful day yesterday with blue skies, sunshine and some cloud. Dare I say it, especially around lower areas, there was a bit of a 'early spring' feel, though still some very nice snow conditions to enjoy higher up. That's what I experienced anyway.

There appears to be more cloud around early this morning and a bit more subdued, but blue sky and sun are expected today. It has been quite cold overnight and early on but will be warming up to maybe around +5C in the village this afternoon.

And a bit of a warm up looks like what will get over the next week - apart from around Thursday when there's that rain/snow event.


Ski resort information on Tuesday 27th February 2018 (at time of writing):

Hakuba Happo-one

Operating lifts:
- Lifts should be operating as normal

Courses open:
- All courses should be open as normal
- Happo Banks will be closed from Monday 26th February until Friday 2nd March for maintenance/renewal

Official snow depth:
- Kurobishi: 415cm
- Usagidaira: 235cm
- Lower: 115cm


Hakuba Goryu

Operating lifts:
- Lifts should be operating as normal
- The top Alps Number 2/4 pair lifts are scheduled to be open daily until 18th March

Courses open:
- All courses should be open as normal (Adventure course unconfirmed)

Official snow depth:
- Top: 390cm
- Toomi: 150cm
- Iimori: 110cm


Hakuba 47

Operating lifts:
- All lifts operating as planned
- Line D usually operates only when the Gondola is not operating

Courses open:
- All main courses available

Official snow depth:
- Top: 355cm
- Base: 155cm


Tsugaike Kogen

Operating lifts:
- Lifts should be opening as normal

Courses open:
- All course areas are open

Official snow depth:
- Tsuga-no-mori: 320cm
- Han-no-ki: 315cm
- Maruyama: 120cm
- Shirakaba: 265cm
- Champion: 150cm
- Oya-no-hara: 150cm
- Kane-no-naru-oka: 155cm


Hakuba Cortina

Operating lifts:
- All lifts apart should be operating

Courses open:
- All courses should be open. Ground cracks on Mt Hieda 3 and Itadaira Ridge

Official snow depth:
- Top: 358cm
- Base: 205cm


Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field

Operating lifts:
- Lifts should be opening as planned

Official snow depth:
- Top: 220cm
- Base: 130cm


Hakuba Norikura Onsen

Operating lifts:
- All lifts (apart from Number 7 & 10) should be operating as planned

Official snow depth:
- 195cm


Hakuba Valley Kashimayari

Operating lifts:
- All lifts apart from Number 8 should be operating

Official snow depth:
- 230cm


Hakuba Sanosaka

Operating lifts:
- All three lifts are operating

Official snow depth:
- 150cm


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

Hakuba Happo-one
Daily from 5pm until 9pm in the Nakiyama 2 area
Adults - 2,000 yen; children - 1,200 yen

Hakuba Goryu
Daily from 6pm until 9:30pm in the Toomi area until 31st March
The Sky Four quad operates daily; the Number 2 pair mostly on Saturdays and holidays
Adults - 1,900 yen; children - 850 yen

Hakuba Cortina
Daily from 5pm until 8pm (until 9pm on Saturdays)
Adults - 1,500 yen; children - 1,000 yen

Tsugaike Kogen
Karamatsu Shirakaba area from 6pm until 9pm on 17th February; 3rd, 10th March
Adults - 2,200 yen; children - 1,700 yen

There are no other nighta operations at other ski resorts in the region

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Shiga Kogen Now!

Tuesday 27th February 2018, 8:34am
Weather conditions: Fine and sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Shiga Kogen.

Fine and sunny weather again early on here though thankfully it's not warming up too much up here.

Would be nice if we could get that snowfall that is on the forecast tomorrow night as beyond that it does look like it is going to start getting a bit warmer. Perhaps even into low positive numbers around Sunday.




Official snow depths numbers reported by different areas of Shiga Kogen:

Please note that these numbers are the official numbers that ski resorts publish and we check and update them each morning.



Ichinose Family

Ichinose Diamond




Okushiga Kogen

Sun Valley

Takamagahara Mammoth



270cm   Read more ...

Naeba Now!

Tuesday 27th February 2018, 8:36am
Weather conditions: Bluebird
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Naeba! It's a bright and sunny start here today, with the warmest morning air temperature we have had for a while at 2°C. The pistes are crunchy for the time being, but these will soften quickly as the sun breaks further into the valley. The best snow today will be at higher elevations. We can expect today to remain mostly sunny, but there is a chance of some clouds blowing into the valley tonight offering some snow showers. The wind will remain light to moderate.

Looking forwards, things will be hotting up even more tomorrow, with a predicted morning temperature of 4°C. The morning will begin clear, but clouds will push in as the day goes on, bringing a moderate intensity of sleet overnight on Wednesday night. The air temperature is predicted to remain above 5°C overnight on Wednesday night, and Thursday will again start even warmer at 7°C.

Friday will be a little cooler again, with the air temperature dropping below 0°C again, however this isn't predicted to last. Sunday is currently expected to be a balmy 10°C first thing. It might be time to dig out the shorts, tshirts and BBQs!
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SnowJapan Daily 'Now' reports

Yuzawa Now
22nd Nov, 13:52
Nozawa Onsen Now
22nd Nov, 11:20
Niseko Now
22nd Nov, 10:43
Furano Now
21st Nov, 23:17
Hakuba Now
21st Nov, 8:54am
Aizu Bandai Now
20th Nov, 16:41pm
Myoko Now
19th Nov, 12:56pm
Shiga Kogen Now
19th Nov, 9:24
Madarao Now
16th Nov, 10:21
Zao Now
07th Nov, 7:27
Grandeco Now
19th Oct, 14:51am
Naeba Now
06th May, 8:28am
Minakami Now
06th May, 8:27am
Appi Kogen Now
06th May, 8:04
Geto Kogen Now
06th May, 8:01