Snow and weather reports posted on Tuesday 13th April 2021

Geto Kogen Now!

Thursday 28th January 2021, 7:55am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning.

Yesterday ended up being a cloudy day with some light rain and sleet.

We start this morning with cloudy skies and some windy conditions... and there is no new cm of snow to report.

The snow is coming... tomorrow!


Official non compacted snow depth (as reported by the ski area):

Top: 330cm
Base: 210cm

Planned operating lifts:

Number 1 Gondola
Number 1 pair lift
Number 2 pair lift
Number 2 Gondola [* weekends & holidays only]
Quad lift

Planned open courses (subject to change):

Main courses:

- All open

Tree Run course:

- All should be open after checking for safety

Night skiing:

- Planned for weekends and holidays until 28th February
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Madarao Now!

Thursday 28th January 2021, 8:02am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Madarao.

A cloudy start to this Thursday morning but if the forecasts have got it right it should be clearing up to some degree and the sun will say hello. So things are looking up. It really should be snowing tomorrow (starting tonight over overnight) and Saturday. Let's hope for a decent amount!


By the way, you may have heard that the Naeba, Kagura and Hakkaisan ski areas over in Niigata are currently closed. Well, if you happen to have a season ticket covering those areas you can buy a one day lift ticket at Madarao for the reduced charge of 2500 yen. That offer is available as long as those ski areas are closed.


Madarao info:

- Official snow depth: 170cm
- New snow reported by ski area (24 hours): 0cm
- All lifts operating apart from Number 3A and 5
- All main runs open
- Snow Park open
- Kids Park open
- Tree Run: all open apart from Powder Wave

Tangram info:

- Official snow depth: 120cm
- 3 of 5 lifts operating


- Madarao
- Tangram
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Nozawa Onsen Now!

Thursday 28th January 2021, 8:09am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Nozawa.

No fresh snow to report from base, though I see the ski area is reporting 1cm up top.

After the less than brilliant day yesterday (I stayed inside all day!) things are going to be improving now. Hopefully by the time we get to 'tomorrow' there should be snow falling and then snow tomorrow and Saturday. This snow storm is apparently going to be bringing with it some windy conditions, though perhaps we might avoid the worst of that. Snow without the wind... yes please!!

For the moment it is cloudy and we might even get some spells of sunshine during the day.

Check out the Hikage webcam image below (next to last). You can see Naski 'waking up'. Usually just after 8am, after breakfast. Always with a big smile. :)


Thursday 28th January 2021

Fresh snowfall recorded by the resort (since yesterday afternoon):

- Yamabiko (1407m): 1cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 1cm
- Hikage (660m): 0cm
- Nagasaka (615m): 0cm
- Karasawa (563m): 0cm


Yamabiko (1407m)801cm
Uenotaira (1230m)732cm
[Original daily numbers published by Nozawa Onsen and compiled by Nozawa Now reporter for SnowJapan]

Official snow depth numbers (reported by the ski area):

- Yamabiko (1407m): 230cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 200cm
- Hikage (660m): 135cm
- Nagasaka (615m): 125cm
- Karasawa (563m): 110cm

All courses apart from the following plan to be open:

- Challenge 39 Wall
- Yunomine A
- Grand Prix
- Kandahar area not open to the public this season

Ski lift information:

- The following lifts are normally rested on weekdays:
- Utopia pair, Challenge pair, Yunomine pair and Mizunashi triple
- The Kandahar area is not open to the public this season
- The Shinyu pair lift will be closed for the remainder of the season due to obstruction by fallen tree


The ‘total snowfall accumulation so far’ table in this report shows the amount of snowfall that has been reported on the upper areas of Nozawa Onsen. The numbers used are reported each day by Nozawa Onsen. They are manually updated for this report with any new snowfall reported by the resort. This table was first introduced in this report, including a longer explanation
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Niseko Now!

Thursday 28th January 2021, 8:32am
Weather conditions: Kind of cloudy but bright with hints of blue
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Niseko.

Interesting weather this morning. Kind of bright with hints of blue sky and sun, but an overcast kind of feel too. Perhaps I'm not choosing the best words this morning...

It definitely feels colder once again with the thermometer outside my place currently saying -7C. Local forecasts to seem to be telling us that we should expect a cloudy day with periods of sunshine.

(Just for the record, on the official site this morning Niseko Grand Hirafu is saying 10cm of snowfall over the last 24 hours and Hanazono is saying 2-9cm. 0cm being reported by the other two).

All the ski lifts are lined up to open as planned at the start of the day and top gates should be opening.

Anyway, it has been about a week now since we have received any decent snowfall, so I think everyone is ready and eager for a fresh layer to arrive. And it does look like we should be getting back to consistent snow once again, starting overnight tonight. Yey!


Niseko Avalanche Report

Coastal Data 6:25am. Cape Benkei:NW7m/s. Cape Kamui:WSW8m/s, 1019hPa, wave 2.3m. Hanazono 1000m: -13.8℃, NNW7.5m/s. Hanazono 720:-10.7℃, NNW4.8m/s. Moiwa 800m: -10.8℃, NNE7.3m/s(max 8pm NNE30m/s). Annupuri 1100m: -13.9℃, WNW7.9m/s. Yu no Sawa 1100m: -13.4℃, NNW2.4m/s. Mizuno no Sawa Top: -12.5℃, NW5.1m/s. Kutchan Town:-5.6℃, NW1.8, snow depth 134cm, 1019.4hPa. Moiwa base: -8, trace new snow in last 12hrs, light winds, frozen road.

Above the treeline at 800m the hard snowdrifts developed late yesterday have stabilized, then following the wind dropping under 12m/s overnight, development continued slowly on leeward slopes until dawn. From the snowfall transition, there is the possibility of avalanches on knolls, under cornices and on creek sidewalls, fracturing 40cm on Jan 26 layer. From observation and data, the general avalanche risk is falling, however above 1000m on SE faces, Hanazono aspect knoll terrain or under cornices rider stimulation could trigger avalanches. Take care. All gates are expected to be open. Please listen to the patrol's advice and prepare before going out of bounds. Be careful falling into cracks, they cannot be seen from above.

This information is published to prevent accidents in out of bounds areas. Knowing the cause of an accident after the fact wont bring anyone's life back. There is no safety in the winter mountains, be cautious to prevent accidents. You shouldn't be riding the mountain without a helmet and beacon. Some snowdrifts are hard, be careful hitting trees. Don't head out of bounds alone.


Planned ski area operations: Thursday 28th January 2021
The below information is manually checked each morning and believed to be correct at time of report.
The numbers in brackets show the change in the official snow depth numbers since the previous report.

Niseko Grand Hirafu

Official snow depth (reported by the ski area):
- Peak: 320cm (+5cm)
- Base: 175cm (+0cm)

Ski lifts operating:
- Planned: Ace Family Quad, Ace Quad Center 4, Hirafu Gondola, King Number 3 Quad, King Number 4
- Ace Family Quad and Ace Number 2 Center Four lifts operate for night skiing


Niseko HANAZONO Resort

Official snow depth (reported by the ski area):
- Peak: 247cm (+7cm)
- Base: 170cm (-5cm)

Ski lifts operating:
- Planned: All three lifts
- There is no night skiing at Hanazono


Niseko Annupuri

Official snow depth (reported by the ski area):
- Peak: 260cm (+0cm)
- Base: 190cm (+0cm)

Ski lifts operating:
- Planned: All lifts apart from Jumbo Number 2 and 3
- Jumbo Number 1 quad lift operates for night skiing


Niseko Village

Official snow depth (reported by the ski area):
- Peak: 240cm (+0cm)
- Base: 160cm (+0cm)

Ski lifts operating:
- Planned: Niseko Gondola, Community Chair, Mori no Chair, Banzai Chair and Wonderland Chair
- Community Chair and Banzai Chair lifts operate for night skiing


Night time operations are available in the Niseko Grand Hirafu, Niseko Village and Niseko Annupuri areas until 7th March 2021.
There is no night skiing in the Niseko HANAZONO area.

The Ace Pair Number 1, 3 and 4, King Pair Number 1 lift and King Quad Number 2 lifts are being rested for the season at Niseko Grand Hirafu.
There may be other lift operation changes at the moment due to coronavirus situation.
Do be sure to check for details with ski areas.

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Yuzawa Now!

Thursday 28th January 2021, 8:41am
Weather conditions: Cloudy/overcast, some blue sky opening up
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Yuzawa.

Now that we got the damp and wet of yesterday out of the way, we can look forward to improved conditions. This morning is starting off generally overcast and grey but there are increasing signs that it is brightening up and some blue sky starting to appear to the north. (Actually as I write this some sun is breaking through in places...)

So while snow conditions might not be great at the moment, today should be a much more feel-good kind of day than yesterday.

With the weather over the last week or so, quite a lot of snow has disappeared. One of the great things about having a season where we get a huge amount of of snow early on is that we can cope with a dry/melt period like this... there is a still a lot of snow around. And of course, we can now look forward to more snow incoming.

It should be snowing tonight (overnight) and during the day tomorrow and Saturday - possibly quite a lot of it, and possibly quite windy too (but hopefully not enough to affect operations).

There are also signs of a return to more consistent snow beyond that in the coming week.

Bring on the snow! :)


Individual ski area information: Thursday 28th January 2021
Information on a selection of the larger ski areas in the region, listed in alphabetical order.
All information is checked with official sources and updated manually every day. Subject to change.

GALA Yuzawa
All courses are open
Official snow depth:

Ishiuchi Maruyama
All areas open; Green Lift and Chuo triple lifts closed weekdays
Official snow depth:
Mid: 190cm

Number 2 and 3 pair lifts in central area open today
Official snow depth:

Joetsu Kokusai
9 courses open in the main Nagamine and Panorama areas
Official snow depth:

Currently closed

Kandatsu Snow Resort
Open as planned (D lift is rested on weekdays)
Official snow depth:

Maiko Snow Resort
All courses open
Official snow depth:
Top: 245cm
Base: 140cm

Muikamachi Hakkaisan
Currently closed

NASPA Ski Garden
All courses apart from C Course are open
Official snow depth:

Currently closed

Yuzawa Kogen
All areas open
Official snow depth:
Top: 220cm
Base: 180cm

Yuzawa Nakazato
Number 1, 2 and 3 lifts operating
Official snow depth:

Yuzawa Park
Currently closed on weekdays


Various changes to operations at various ski areas at the moment:

GALA Yuzawa:
The Sociable lift will be closed on weekdays for the time being, with slightly earlier closing times. These lift changes will not affect the ski runs that are open.

Ishiuchi Maruyama:
The Green Lift and Chuo triple lift will be closed. Currently no confirmed re-opening date.

On weekdays only the Number 2 pair lift in the central area of Iwappara will be open. This change is planned until 10th February. Weekends unchanged.

All areas of Kagura will be closed from until early February. Currently no confirmed re-opening date.

Joetsu Kokusai:
The Atema and Osawa areas are currently closed for the time being. On weekdays the area in front of the hotel is open. The Panorama area is open on weekends and certain weekdays. These changes planned until 10th February.

Muikamachi Hakkaisan:
Currently closed and will closed be until early February. Currently no confirmed re-opening date.

Closed until early February. Currently no confirmed re-opening date.

NASPA Ski Garden:
The Number 3 lift will be rested on weekends but all courses will remain available. The Number 2 and 3 lifts will be rested on weekdays, when the C course will be closed (all other courses open). This change is planned until 7th February.

Yuzawa Park:
Yuzawa Park will be closed Mondays through Thursdays until 19th February (though open on Monday 25th January).


Floodlit night skiing at ski areas in Yuzawa and Minamiuonuma
Below are the general plans for night skiing during the 2020-2021 season - this information will be checked periodically for any major changes. All are subject to change at short notice.

Ishiuchi Maruyama
Time: 4:00pm until 8:00pm [*adjusted]
Dates: Daily until 28th February; then 6th-7th, 13th-14th March 2021
Lifts: Sunrise Express, Tyrol triple, Kanko Number 3

Time: Until 8:00pm
Dates: Weekends only [*adjusted]
Lifts: Number 2 and 3 pair lifts

Joetsu Kokusai
Time: 5:00pm until 9:00pm
Dates: Adjusted to only on Saturdays until 7th Feb; unconfirmed beyond that
Lifts: In front of the base hotel and Nagamine

Kandatsu Snow Resort
Time: 6:00pm until 2:00am
Dates: Saturdays and nights before holidays until 3rd April 2021

Maiko Snow Resort
Time: 4:00pm until 8:00pm
Dates: Saturdays until 14th March 2021
Lifts: Maiko Center quad, Maiko Number 1 pair


Other operating ski areas in the region:
- Chateau Shiozawa
- Hakkai Sanroku
- Ipponsugi
- Itsukamachi
- Mt Granview (usually weekends only)
- Muica Snow Resort


Closed during the 2020-2021 winter season
- Ishiuchi Hanaoka

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Myoko Now!

Thursday 28th January 2021, 8:43am
Weather conditions: Brightening a bit now
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Earlier this morning it looked like a day where it's supposed to snow (a nice dark sky, some dramatic light coming in), while now it's just kind of a nondescript gray morning.

We did get a light dusting of tiny soft hail crystals, now sitting on a nice crunchy breakable crust layer. Ouch. Saw the neighbor who is a well-known backcountry skier heading up this morning; EH-san, I hope the snow is a lot more forgiving up on the hill than it was down here! (just a little nod to him, as he often gives us good information from the hill on current conditions).

Tomorrow the snow will start, the national broadcast said, with Saturday the time for a heavy fall. Hope it sticks really well to that nasty crust, or the avalanche risk could go way up.


Akakura Kanko:
240cm, 3°
Myokokogen Sky Cable gondola is not running today

Akakura Onsen:
240cm, -1°C

Ikenotaira Onsen:
200cm, -2°

Myoko Suginohara:
160cm at summit, 80cm at base; -6°
Top #3 lift is not running

Seki Onsen:
420cm, -3°

Kyukamura RunRun:
230cm, 4° (no report yet)

Tangram Ski Circus:
120cm, -3°
No. 2 Pair and No. 6 Pair closed

Madarao Kogen:
170cm, -3°

Lotte Arai Resort
408m, 0.0°

Kurohime Kogen Snow Park
80cm, -2°

Myoko Ski Park:
Closed this season
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Hakuba Now!

Thursday 28th January 2021, 8:57am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Hakuba.

Some light snowfall apparently on the mountain overnight though none to report from down at base.

It is a mostly cloudy kind of morning but it might well clear up during the day.

That's all well and good but we really want snow, right? It's still forecast for tomorrow and Saturday and we should be on the receiving end of a decent delivery. I will be ready to sign for it!


Hakuba 47505cm
Hakuba Cortina617cm
Hakuba Goryu657cm
Hakuba Happo-one593cm
Tsugaike Kogen658cm


Individual ski area data: Thursday 28th January 2021
All ski areas in the region are now open. The below information is checked from official sources and manually adjusted each morning.
There are currently various adjustments to operations in effect at some ski areas due to the coronavirus situation.
Please check with ski areas before you go just to make sure of exactly what is open.

Hakuba Happo-one
Reported snowfall:
- Kurobishi: 5cm
- Usagidaira: 1cm
- Nakiyama: 0cm
Official snow depth:
- Kurobishi: 240cm
- Usagidaira: 195cm
- Nakiyama: 75cm

Hakuba 47
Reported snowfall:
- Summit: 0cm
- Base: 0cm
Official snow depth:
- Top: 270cm
- Base: 115cm

Hakuba Goryu
Reported snowfall:
- Upper: 1cm
- Iimori: 0cm
Official snow depth:
- Upper: 280cm
- Iimori: 115cm

Hakuba Cortina
Reported snowfall:
- Summit: 0cm
- Base: 0cm
Official snow depth:
- Top: 245cm
- Base: 140cm

Tsugaike Kogen
Reported snowfall:
- Summit: 0cm
Official snow depth:
- Top: 270cm
- Base: 75cm

Hakuba Iwatake
Official snow depth:
- Top: 170cm
- Base: 60cm

Official snow depth:
- 250cm

Official snow depth:
- Top: 150cm
- Base: 70cm


Floodlit night skiing at ski areas in the Hakuba area
Below are the general plans for night skiing during the 2020-2021 season.
Subject to change at short notice.

Hakuba Goryu
Daily apart from Wednesdays
Toomi Sky Four quad lift
6:00pm until 9:30pm

Tsugaike Kogen
6:00pm until 9:00pm
23rd, 30th January 2021
13th, 20th, 27th February 2021
Karamatsu and Shirakaba areas

Night skiing is not planned at other ski areas during the 2020-2021 season


The 'total snowfall accumulation' data shown in the table on this page (above) is the total amount of snowfall that the ski areas have themselves reported from the upper areas of their resort since the beginning of the season. We manually check and update this official data just before we publish each Hakuba Now report. Any odd-looking numbers are due to the source data. We have no control over the data. 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.


Photos (below):

- Hakuba Happo-one
- Hakuba Happo-one
- Hakuba 47
- Hakuba Iwatake
- Hakuba Goryu (upper)

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Shiga Kogen Now!

Thursday 28th January 2021, 9:03am
Weather conditions: Cloud, blue sky
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Shiga Kogen.

It was more cloudy earlier on and has been clearing up this morning. Currently the sun is out and it's a fine morning.

After the warmer day yesterday this morning is more chilly, though not mid-winter like cold.

A storm looks to be on the way but it remains to be seen how much of the wind we might get. Would be good if we could avoid wind and just get some decent snow. We shall see. Expect it to be colder too.


Official reported snow depths:

Ichinose Family:


Okushiga Kogen:

Takamagahara Mammoth:





Photos today:

- Okushiga Kogen
- Takamagahara Mammoth
- Hasuike Junction
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Kiroro Now!

Thursday 28th January 2021, 9:09am
Weather conditions: Mostly clear
New snowfall: 3cm
Snow depth: --
Good news here in Kiroro this morning as the power outage which caused yesterday’s full lift closure has been fixed and the resort will operate as per usual today.

Conditions are calm, clear and cold. 3cm of snow fell overnight. Temperature at base level is -10, so throw on an extra layer today. Due to the power outage yesterday, the temperature gauge at the peak is temporarily out of service. Visibility is perfect. The Kiroro Gondola, Yoichi 1 and 2, and Family lifts are spinning.

A storm is on its way, scheduled to arrive overnight delivering a lot of snow but also strong winds and persisting throughout the weekend.


Official data (as reported by the ski area):

Peak: 260cm snow depth
Base: 200cm snow depth

Lifts: 4/10
Trains: 20/24

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Zao Now!

Thursday 28th January 2021, 9:30am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Zao.

It is a fairly cold and cloudy start to the day here, and that looks like what we should be expecting for the day. Fairly decent visibility at the moment.

The forecast still shows snow due from either late today or early tomorrow morning. A good fresh new layer of snow would be most welcome.


All lifts scheduled to be operating apart from:

- Ryuzan pair
- Kokutai pair
- Karamatsu pair
- Paradise Number 3 pair

All areas open apart from:

- Ryuzan
- Kotan

Official snow depths (as reported by the ski area):

- Summit area: 115cm
- Paradise area: 130cm
- Chuo area: 130cm
- Utopia area: 120cm
- Uwanodai area: 120cm
- Omori area: 90cm
- Kurohime: 135cm

Floodlit night skiing:

Uwanodai area:

- Daily until 6th March 2021
- 13th, 19th, 20th March 2021

Yokokura area:

- Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays until 6th March 2021

'Light Up' Ropeway operations:

The Zao Ropeway opens in the evenings on the below dates for 'Light Up' sightseeing purposes - to go and see the Juhyo monsters (not for skiing or boarding) on the following upcoming dates:

- Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday in January 2021
- 27th, 28th January 2021
- Every day in February 2021 except Tuesdays

Note: there is an extra charge for this night time Ropeway operation.

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SnowJapan Daily 'Now' reports

Yuzawa Now
13th Apr, 8:06am
Geto Kogen Now
13th Apr, 7:59
Hakuba Now
12th Apr, 8:40
Niseko Now
12th Apr, 8:30
Shiga Kogen Now
12th Apr, 8:26
Nozawa Onsen Now
12th Apr, 8:00am
Appi Kogen Now
12th Apr, 7:39
Zao Now
11th Apr, 9:40
Myoko Now
11th Apr, 8:39
Kiroro Now
10th Apr, 8:10
Furano Now
09th Apr, 6:55
Madarao Now
04th Apr, 9:40am
Aizu Bandai Now
19th Feb, 12:28
Minakami Now
13th Jan, 10:10am
Naeba Now
27th Nov, 11:21am