Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 30th May 2020

Geto Kogen Now!

Thursday 28th February 2019, 7:36am
Weather conditions: Overcast thin cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning.

Yesterday the weather was fine through the day. A fine day to be outside and on the mountain.

No fresh this morning and it is much more of a cloudy/overcast feel to the morning. There is actually a chance of light snow today --- possibly light rain. Hopefully the former. Fingers crossed.

Either probably won't last too long and tomorrow should be dry.


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!

Thursday 28th February 2019, 8:08am
Weather conditions: Cloud, fog higher up
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Nozawa.

Light rain early this morning but the resort is actually reporting light snow on the upper Uenotaira and Yamabiko areas. That kind of seems to be what forecasts are saying for the daytime today. It shouldn't be warming up more than around 4-5C at base, but perhaps not cold enough to get into snow at base. But we can hope.

And then tomorrow sun and clearer skies are forecast again.

This last chunk of February has been unseasonably warm and it just feels way too soon for spring to be taking hold. We can just hope that March brings us a few surprises - good ones, please!


Thursday 28th 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): 260cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 230cm
- Hikage (660m): 150cm
- Nagasaka (615m): 140cm
- Karasawa (563m): 90cm

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 ...

Zao Now!

Thursday 28th February 2019, 8:24am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Quick report this morning.

Cloudy conditions and noticeably warmer - top of the resort is reporting a temp of -3C as of 7am and +2C at base.

Cloudy with some possible light snow at times over the next few days; the next sign of potential proper snow around Sunday night. Let's hope for that...


Operation info from official sources:

- All lifts apart from 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 ...

Madarao Now!

Thursday 28th February 2019, 8:28am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning all.

It is of course the last day of February so we have one more month left to go in the season here in Madarao. The official snow depth remains at 270cm and actually the resort itself is saying this morning how there is more snow at the moment than a 'normal/average' year. It seems they are getting people phoning up and asking if there is any snow left and if they are still open. I'm confident they'll be open as planned until the end of March. We might just have to enjoy a particularly long 'spring season', hoping that there might be another blast or two of winter in the meantime.

Today we have light sleet/rain forecast. Might it be snow? Might it be rain? Right now as I write this my friend is telling me it is wet snow falling.

The reason I am talking about what my friend is saying is that I am not in Madarao this morning, but I'll be returning later on. Let's see what happens. I'll let you know tomorrow.


Planned operations for Thursday 28th 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!

Thursday 28th February 2019, 8:30am
Weather conditions: Generally cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Here we are everyone, the last day of February.

And I don't have any more fresh snow to add to the reports, leaving us at 198cm for the month and 900cm for the season so far. Just 9cm of observed snowfall at base over the last 12 reports does not sound like late February... I am not sure if I will be able to get my 'monthly report' done today - if I can, I will post it tomorrow. If I can't, it will appear on Monday.

OK so to the current weather. Like I said no new snow this morning after a fine day yesterday with lots of blue sky and just a bit of white clouds in places. Lovely views, decent conditions though obviously not mid-winter powder. As you'd expect them to be without much fresh. Currently -2C at base with a high of around 2-3C forecast for later on.

As we get into March the forecast shows the chance of some (very) light snow here and there but generally clearer conditions continuing.

All areas and lifts should be open as planned this morning. Have a good one!


Niseko Avalanche Report:

Mountain base 6am: -4℃, no snowfall. Moiwa800m: -6.5℃, SSE0.28m/s. Annupuri1120m: 250cm snow depth, 1100m -8.6℃, W5m/s. Hirafu peak: -9℃, 1000m -8.1℃, SW3.2m/s. Mizuno no Sawa base snow depth 148cm. Kutchan weather station: -5.2℃, 151cm snow depth. Benkei cape: SSW2.0m/s, Kamui cape: SW16m/s, 1016hPa, 1.3m waves.

The atmospheric pressure gradient is flat and the weather is calm, however the wind remains relatively strong in higher elevation. The overall avalanche risk is low. Ask the ski patrol some advice before stepping out of the gates. There is no fresh snow and the slopes are firm. Beware of slipdrops and shallow slides in steep terrains.

The crack under the sub-peak is getting bigger, 80-250cm wide. Glide avalanches could occur due to temperature rise and/or rainfall. Use the ridge route near the creeping pine when hiking up. Thaw is not progressing as much, however the creeks are starting to open, beware of collapsing snow-bridges. The water is ice-cold.

Have a great day.


Ski resort operation information: Thursday 28th 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: 250cm
- Base: 198cm

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: 130cm

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: 130cm

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 ...

Hakuba Now!

Thursday 28th February 2019, 8:36am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning.

Yesterday was a day of thin cloud, hardly any wind. Fairly mild. Something like that.

This morning there is some light snow falling on the slopes, and some light rain falling in lower base areas. Light - it's not going to pile up and suddenly give us deep powder. It's currently around 1C and might get a little warmer later on so we'll just have to see how it will develop. And I will let you know.

Sunny clearer skies are forecast for tomorrow.


Ski resort information on Thursday 28th 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: 80cm


Hakuba Goryu

Official snow depth:
- Top: 255cm
- Toomi: 135cm
- Iimori: 100cm


Hakuba 47

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


Tsugaike Kogen

Official snow depth:
- Tsuga-no-mori: 255cm
- Han-no-ki: 250cm
- Maruyama: 125cm
- Shirakaba: 215cm
- Champion: 125cm
- Oya-no-hara: 135cm
- Kane-no-naru-oka: 120cm


Hakuba Cortina

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


Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field

Official snow depth:
- Mountain Side: 180cm
- Village Side: 90cm


Hakuba Norikura Onsen

Official snow depth:
- 155cm


Hakuba Valley Kashimayari

Official snow depth:
- 190cm


Hakuba Sanosaka

Official snow depth:
- Top: 70cm
- 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 ...

Yuzawa Now!

Thursday 28th February 2019, 8:46am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Yuzawa.

Cloudy skies this morning with a few spots of rain. I am hoping it will hold off and not rain properly, we might be so lucky. Fingers crossed. Kagura are reporting 'cloud' early morning with 'snow' possible. So even if we do get some light rain in town, it might be snowing higher up. And actually looking at the webcam for Route 17 between Tashiro and Naeba it does look like there is a dusting of snow up there.

Cloudy skies are forecast for tomorrow with no precipitation.

Temperatures both today and tomorrow forecast to get up to around 5C in town.


The Echigo Yuzawa Onsen Yuki Matsuri (Snow Festival) will be held in the central area of town on Saturday (2nd March). There will be things going on between the West Exit of Echigo Yuzawa Station and Yuzawa Kogen Ropeway, with events being held from 6pm until 9pm on the Nunoba area of Yuzawa Kogen resort (close to the Ropeway base station). Hopefully the weather will be good for the event.


Photos today from GALA Yuzawa, NASPA Ski Garden and Yuzawa Kogen.


Updated: 8:30am, Thursday 28th 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
- 270cm (official snow depth)

- 195cm (official snow depth)

- Kagura: ?cm (official snow depth)
- Mitsumata Area: ?cm (official snow depth)
- Tashiro Area: ?cm (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: 250cm (official snow depth)
- Base: 150cm (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: 230cm (official snow depth)
- Base: 198cm (official snow depth)

Joetsu Kokusai
- 260cm (official snow depth)

Maiko Snow Resort
- Top: 270cm (official snow depth)
- Base: 100cm (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 ...

Aizu Bandai Now!

Thursday 28th February 2019, 8:58am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Urabandai.

Thick clouds above us this morning and it is a bit dark and quiet with not many people around. Private slopes available for the lucky ones!

Just a little snow fell yesterday, but it was just a dusting. The snowfall wasn't as much as expected but the temps are keeping pretty cold so the snow condition is not so bad.

It is a last day of February. Most ski resorts in the Mt. Bandai area will end the season at the end of March but two resorts, Grandeco and Nekoma will keep going until early May - if they can, it will depend on the snow situation of course.

In addition, Nekoma will be open daily again from tomorrow.

Still lots more chance to explore this area. Have fun!


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


Nekoma - lift 0/5, course 0/11 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!

Thursday 28th February 2019, 9:05am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 2cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Shiga Kogen.

And I actually have some good news. It's snowing! It may be raining lower down but up here we have some snow flakes coming down - and actually really nicely as of 9am.

That is good to see on this last day of February. And it has been a strange February with some really unseasonal conditions with locals making that comment being the topic of the day.

I can even put 2cm on the report and hopefully there will be more to report come tomorrow (when clearer skies are likely).



Shiga Kogen resort info: Thursday 28th 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: 210cm

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: 180cm


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 ...

Appi Kogen Now!

Thursday 28th February 2019, 9:20am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Appi,

It's cloudy here today and it seems like it is going to rain a bit this afternoon...

We didn’t get any snow yesterday; the temperature at the base is -3C and it is quite icy on the slope today.

Hopefully we might get some more fresh snow in the next few days!


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 ...

Naeba Now!

Thursday 28th February 2019, 9:22am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 2cm
Snow depth: --
Good news from Naeba this morning.

Snow is falling.

I wouldn't expect a huge amount but any is welcome; by tomorrow the clouds will probably be cleared and we'll see more of the sun.

The third image below shows snow on the Route 17 road - this is the section between Tashiro Ropeway of Kagura and Naeba.

Come on!!!


Official snow depth:

- 200cm

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 ...

Minakami Now!

Thursday 28th February 2019, 9:41am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Missed report yesterday as I was too busy carving ice turns at Hodaigi. Been wondering what the weather would deliver all week and turns out its rain here at the base of Tenjindaira, rain in town down in Minakami and I heard about 9am that clouds were looking threatening at Hodaigi. The only positive to take out of this is that Tenjin has reported 5cm of snow up top and given the temps (pretty cold), it should still be snowing up there.

The forecast is for light snow or snow showers going forward at 1500m though Saturday is looking clear which will be nice for those racing in the 9th annual Tenjin banked slalom. The course is insane this year (should have taken a photo) and those who don't bring their A game are going to get bucked off that thing in short order.    Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Thursday 28th February 2019, 11:11am
Weather conditions: Gray with rain
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
It's not so good out here in Myoko today, but not that bad in a sense, either. There is wet stuff falling from the sky, but very lightly at the moment (it was raining fairly hard with some wet snow mixed in earlier this morning). It's fairly bright, too, so not as gloomy as it could be. Pretty foggy up on the hill, but it's not so bad from base up to halfway up the mountain.

It could well be snowing at the top of the resort and up the hill, but there's not a lot ahead on the forecast to make much new snow possible.

The freezing line is going to stay around 1000 meters and up, so it's going to stay mild if not warm for the near future.


Akakura Kanko:
290cm, 0°

Akakura Onsen:
350cm, 0°

Ikenotaira Onsen:
200cm, 1°

Myoko Suginohara:
160cm, -1°

Seki Onsen:
490cm, -1° (no new report today)

Myoko Ski Park:
280cm, 7°

Kyukamura RunRun:
320cm, 3°

Tangram Ski Circus:
210cm, 0°

Madarao Kogen:
270cm, 2°

Lotte Arai Resort
481cm, 4.4°

Kurohime Kogen Snow Park
175cm, -1°
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