Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 30th May 2020

Furano Now!

Saturday 29th February 2020, 7:04am
Weather conditions: Clear
New snowfall: 6cm
Snow depth: --
It is a nice clear morning with the sun beaming down on the village and a few clouds above. At-17c it is a chilly start to the day but later on around midday we will see a high of -3c. Conditions should stay clear and at least partially sunny through the day. Although the base on the trails is firm there was a good fall of snow yesterday afternoon which was 6cm in the village and about 10cm on the upper mountain.

Operating lifts:

Kitanomine Gondola
Kitanomine Romance Chair
Kitanomine quad chair
Kitanomine Snow Escalator
Link lift

Furano Ropeway
Furano Downhill chair #1
Furano Downhill chair #2
Furano Downhill chair #3
Prince Romance chair
Furano Snow Escalator

Kitanomine Zone: Open
Furano Zone: Open   Read more ...

Geto Kogen Now!

Saturday 29th February 2020, 7:46am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 4cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning.

Just a few cm of snow on the ground this morning (from yesterday daytime - clearer overnight), with the resort reporting 5cm.

We have just cloudy skies at the start of the day though there may be a chance of some snow today and tomorrow at times. Wouldn't expect anything significant though.

Special (additional) night time operations at the resort tonight --- the last of the season. Rasuto-chansu!


Official snow depths:

* Top: 290cm
* Base: 145cm

Planned operating lift information - subject to change:

* Number 1 Gondola
* Number 2 Gondola (operates on weekends and holidays only)
* Number 1 pair lift
* Number 2 pair lift
* Quad lift

Courses & Tree Runs:

* All of the main official courses are available
* All tree runs apart from Extreme plan to be open
* Check with resort for latest on tree run courses

Nighta skiing operations

* One last special nighta scheduled for tonight   Read more ...

Madarao Now!

Saturday 29th February 2020, 8:22am
Weather conditions: Fine
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Madarao.

It's a lovely morning again.

No fresh snowfall this morning but conditions should remain very good this morning.

All open as normal.

Might get a bit of snow early morning tomorrow but not prolonged with a good chance of more sun in the afternoon.


Current operations: Saturday 29th February 2020


- All lifts should be operating
- Powder Wave tree run courses closed
- Other tree run courses open
- Official snow depth: 160cm

Tangram Ski Circus:

- All lifts are operating
- Most courses open
- Official snow depth: 110cm   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Saturday 29th February 2020, 8:23am
Weather conditions: Fine, thin cloud, sun
New snowfall: 3cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Niseko.

Cold conditions continue this morning with 3cm more fresh snowfall to report. While the day started off with those lovely blue skies, it did get to snow during a fair bit of the daytime yesterday.

This morning we once again have blue skies, but there's more of a kind of hazy thin cloud look going on. Still, it is a fine morning indeed.

It's March tomorrow. Yikes! (Recap coming on Monday or Tuesday).


As much as I have explained how I am not comfortable going into this kind of thing in the last few reports, I do feel that it would be almost irresponsible of me to not mention the Hokkaido-related news this morning as people are very naturally wondering about it.

I think the most appropriate thing for me to do is to share the official Hokkaido Prefectural non-Japanese information pages:

Prefecture site

Hokkaido Foreign Resident Support Center

As far as I can tell, this morning none of the ski resorts here in Niseko have posted anything about the situation on their websites ---- so from their point of view it is 'business as usual'.

Lifts are opening as planned. I think I'm going to catch a few hours myself.

I would expect things to be quiet today though so people heading out should be able to enjoy that rather novel situation!


Niseko Avalanche Report

Mountain base: -7℃, 2cm snowfall in 12h, sunny. Moiwa800m: ENE 58°2.8m/s, -9.4℃. Annupuri 1100m: W 259°1.4m/s, -13.1℃. Yu no sawa: NW 310°1.2m/s, -12.8℃. Village900m: N 338°1.1m/s, -11.3℃. Hirafu1000m: NW 329°3m/s, -12.7℃. Hanazono720m: W 282°1.5m/s, -9.8℃. Sea of Japan Benkei cape: S3m/s, Kamui cape: SE2m/s, 1022hPa, 0.6m waves.

A northerly wind persisted from yesterday and momentarily picked up during the night. 20+cm snowdrift patches can be found in leeward slopes above 600m. According to reports and observations, there seems to be no notable avalanche hazard today. All gates will open as they’re ready. A thin blanket of fresh snow can be found throughout the mountain, but the conditions can drastically change depending on elevation and aspect of the slope. Beware of over-speeding and hitting trees. A low-pressure system is approaching from the west; beware of sudden weather change. Always keep in mind that the area outside the gate is not within the resort management anymore. Better make conservative decisions.

Good groomers conditions. Have a nice day.


Ski resort operation information: Saturday 29th February 2020

Niseko Grand Hirafu

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 295cm
- Base: 125cm

All lifts are normally operating EXCEPT:
- Ace Number 1 pair lift (normally rested)
- King Number 2 quad lift (normally rested)

All courses normally open

Lifts scheduled for late operations:
- Ace Family quad until 8:30pm
- Ace Number 2 Center Four quad until 8:20pm
- Hirafu Gondola until 8:10pm
- Holiday Number 1 pair until 8:30pm


Niseko HANAZONO Resort

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 212cm
- Base: 125cm

All lifts are normally operating


Niseko Annupuri

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 180cm
- Base: 110cm

All lifts are normally operating

Lift scheduled for late operations:
- Jumbo Number 1 quad until 8:30pm


Niseko Village

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 190cm
- Base: 110cm

All lifts normally operating EXCEPT:
- Country Road Chair (normally rested)

Lifts scheduled for late operations:
- Annupuri Village Gondola until 8:00pm
- Village Express until 8:00pm
- Banzai Chair until 8:00pm   Read more ...

Appi Kogen Now!

Saturday 29th February 2020, 8:35am
Weather conditions: Sunny, some high cloud
New snowfall: 2cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Appi!

It’s a still, sunny day here at Appi, with some high cloud lurking around the top of the mountain.

Another 2cm of fresh snow has fallen since the last count. Yesterday the sun peeked out around mid morning, but light snow showers appeared consistently all day. Fingers crossed for more snow soon.

Today all lifts are operating as normal - weekend operations.


APPI is open with the following lifts normally operating (subject to change):

- Appi Gondola
- Central quad lift
- Central Number 2 lift
- Central Number 3A lift
- Central Number 4 lift
- Central Number 5 lift
- Central Number 6 lift
- Nishimori lift
- Sailer quad lift
- Vista quad lift

- All normal courses at APPI are open
- Dragon tail, Cruise 1, Cruise 2, Bravo, Attack tree run courses are normally open
- Subject to lift operations & weather conditions
Snowfall numbers
The below numbers are reported by the resort

Cumulative snowfall:

Natural snow depth:
210cm   Read more ...

Yuzawa Now!

Saturday 29th February 2020, 8:45am
Weather conditions: Clouds dispersing > increasingly blue skies
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Yuzawa.

Quite a lot of cloud around early this morning but it has been getting clearer over the last hour or so and there's lots of blue sky now. It should be a fine day and mild once again with a high of around 8C forecast for this afternoon.

We enjoyed that snow as reported over the previous two days. It felt pretty cold in the morning yesterday when I went out, but it was milder for a spell when the sun came out and quite a bit of the snow around my place seemed to dry up quite quickly rather than being good and just hanging out.

The next potentially decent snowfall looks due for around Thursday, with perhaps a bit around Tuesday. It does look like I'll be having to use the 'm' word fairly regularly before then. (Hopefully I can keep the 'r' word out of the reports!)

Anyway I think we should have decent conditions this morning, and there will likely be less people around than you would expect for a Saturday in (just about) February.

See you in March!


Individual ski resort information: Saturday 29th February 2020
All information checked and updated manually for each report. Subject to change.

GALA Yuzawa

- All lifts are operating
- All courses (apart from the downhill Falcon course) are open
- The Ropeway connecting GALA Yuzawa with Yuzawa Kogen is operating
- Official snow depth: 200cm

Ishiuchi Maruyama

- All areas are open
- Official snow depth: 170cm (upper); 100cm (mid)


- Most lifts operating (apart from Number 1 pair and parallel) and most of mid to upper area open
- Official snow depth: 90cm

Joetsu Kokusai

- All areas are now open; some courses unavailable
- Official snow depth: 120cm


- All areas of Kagura are open
- Top Kagura Number 5 lift is now open until 2pm and the Kagura-Tashiro course open until 3:30pm
- The Dragondola connecting the Tashiro Area with Naeba is operating
- Official snow depth: 220cm

Kandatsu Snow Resort

- All lifts are operating; most courses open
- Official snow depth: 150cm

Maiko Snow Resort

- All the main areas are now open; some course restrictions
- Official snow depth: 140cm (upper); 30cm (base)

Muikamachi Hakkaisan

- 13 of 14 courses open; all lifts operating
- Official snow depth: 180cm


- 21 of 22 courses open
- Official snow depth: 100cm
- Details on Naeba Now report here

NASPA Ski Garden

- All lifts operating and all courses open
- Official snow depth: 80cm

Yuzawa Kogen

- The top area via Yuzawa Kogen Ropeway is fully open
- The base areas is also open
- The downhill course is closed
- The Ropeway connecting Yuzawa Kogen with the Southern Area of GALA Yuzawa is operating
- Official snow depth: 120cm (Kogen); 30cm (base)

Yuzawa Nakazato

- Number 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 lifts are operating
- Official snow depth: 75cm

Yuzawa Park

- All lifts are operating
- Official snow depth: 80cm


Photos (below) from around 8:30am on Saturday 29th February 2020:

- Yuzawa Kogen
- NASPA Ski Garden
- Ishiuchi Maruyama (2)
- Route 17/Yuzawa IC exit
- Maiko Snow Resort   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Saturday 29th February 2020, 9:03am
Weather conditions: Mostly clear blue skies
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning.

After all that fresh snow up until yesterday, and some delightful conditions to enjoy, there's no fresh to report this morning and blue skies above.

It should be a fine day and post snow we are (again) back to milder temperatures.

Tomorrow it's March of course but we can expect more snow. Though who knows how it'll pan out in this... interesting... season. Thursday shows potential.

Anyway, should be a fine weekend.

Take care.


Saturday 29th February 2020

Fresh snowfall recorded by 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): 230cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 170cm
- Hikage (660m): 85cm
- Nagasaka (615m): 70cm
- Karasawa (563m): 40cm

All lifts normally operating apart from the following lifts:

- None! All lifts are running

All courses normally open apart from the following courses:

- Kandahar
- Grand Prix
- Hachiman
- Mukobayashi

Nighta until 8:00pm

- Nagasaka Four lift operates during nighta
- Every Saturday until 28th March
- 20th March
- Subject to change   Read more ...

Naeba Now!

Saturday 29th February 2020, 9:06am
Weather conditions: Mostly blue skies, sunshine, some cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Naeba.

The sun is out, blue skies, some cloud. It's a very nice morning.

With everything that is going on in the news, lots of folk are apparently deciding not to get out. That means that for those who are venturing out, a relatively quiet Naeba weekend can be enjoyed. I'll be one of them.

Take care everyone and have fun.


Planned course restrictions due to events:

Number 1 course: 24th February - 1st March
Number 3 course: Until 1st March


Official snow depth:

- 100cm

Planned operating lifts:

- Prince Number 1 Gondola
- Prince Number 2 Gondola
- Takenokodaira romance pair lift
- Takenokoyama romance pair lift
- Number 4 romance pair lift (open for nighta until 8:30pm)
- Number 3 high speed lift
- Number 4 high speed lift
- Number 5 high speed lift (open for nighta until 8:30pm)
- Hiuchi Number 1 romance pair lift
- Dragondola

Courses planned to be open:

- 21 of 22 courses are normally open
- The Dragondola is operating to get over to the Tashiro Area of the Kagura resort   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Saturday 29th February 2020, 9:20am
Weather conditions: Mostly blue sky, some cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Hakuba.

Yesterday started off with the blue skies though it clouded over and ended up being more overcast.

I had a great few hours out there. Snow was good. Felt good.

On to this morning and it's another beautiful start to the day. Mostly blue skies with a bit of cloud. Topped off with sunshine. I know I sometimes go on about how beautiful our mountains are, but I just love 'em so much. Their beauty never gets old.

Anyway, there is no fresh snow to report, alas but it is pretty cold early on and it should be a good morning getting a bit milder as the day goes on.

Here is the official data table:

The information in this table is data reported by the ski resortsNew snowfall (lower)New snowfall (upper)TOTAL ACCUMULATION (UPPER)
Hakuba 470cm0cm435cm
Hakuba Cortina0cm0cm535cm
Hakuba Goryu0cm0cm469cm
Hakuba Happo-one0cm0cm625cm

IMPORTANT: See below for an explanation of the above data

Next snowfall due around mid week? One day at a time!

I hope you have a fine weekend. Take care everyone.


Individual ski resort information
The below information is checked from official sources and manually adjusted each morning.

Hakuba Happo-one

Operating lifts:
- All lifts apart from the lifts noted below are normally operating:
- Nakiyama Number 2 pair
- Shirakaba Number 1 pair
- Shirakaba Number 2 pair
- Central pair
- Sakka Number 2 pair
- Sakka Number 3 triple

Courses open:
- All courses apart from the following are at least part open:
- Central
- Olympic II
- Kita-one
- Kokusai
- Nakiyama Wall/North
- Shirakaba North
- Sakka
- Nakiyama South and Shirakaba South base areas are open; others closed
- You can also take the Gondola or other lifts back down to base

Official snow depth:
- Kurobishi: 215cm
- Usagidaira: 155cm
- Nakiyama: 70cm

Hakuba 47

All lifts apart from the lifts noted below are normally operating:
- Pair Line D (usually only operates when Gondola not operating)

Courses open:
- All main courses now open
- Tree Riding Zones: upper area part open

Official snow depth:
- Top: 190cm
- Base: 65cm

Hakuba Goryu

Operating lifts:
- All lifts are normally operating

Courses open:
- All courses are open now apart from the following:
- Cosmo River
- Straight Whiskey
- Snow Diving
- Adventure

Official snow depth:
- Alps: 195cm
- Toomi: 70cm
- Iimori: 55cm

Tsugaike Kogen

Official snow depth:
- Tsuga-no-mori: 205cm
- Maruyama: 55cm
- Kane-no-naru-oka: 40cm
- All courses apart from Lower Forest are open (lower Kane-no-naru part open)
- Some restrictions on lower courses
- DBD gates: Gates 1, 2 and 3 open

Hakuba Cortina

Official snow depth & info:
- Top: 188cm
- Base: 102cm
- Most courses open

Hakuba Valley Kashimayari

Official snow depth & info:
- Top: 100cm
- Most courses open

Hakuba Norikura Onsen

Official snow depth & info:
- Top: 115cm
- Most courses open

Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field

Official snow depth & info:
- Top: 125cm
- Part open

Hakuba Sanosaka

Official snow depth & info:
- Top: 60cm
- All courses open


- Top: 10cm
- Closed


Photos today (below):

- Hakuba Happo-one [Usagidaira]
- Hakuba Happo-one [Usagidaira]
- Hakuba Goryu [base area]
- Hakuba 47
- Tsugaike Kogen [upper Tsuganomori area]
- Tsugaike Kogen [lower Kane-no-naru-oka area]
- Hakuba Iwatake
- Looking towards Hakuba Iwatake and Hakuba Happo-one


About the data in the above ‘snowfall as reported by ski resorts’ table
* The table within the above report contains data that is published by individual ski resorts
* The data shown is the amount of snowfall that the ski resorts are themselves reporting each 24 hour period on the upper areas of their mountain
* The source ‘new snowfall’ data and ‘total accumulation’ data is not updated at the same time
* The ‘new snowfall’ data is updated in the morning
* The ‘accumulation’ data is apparently updated/refreshed at midnight
* That means that there is a time lag between the two numbers being updated
* We manually check and update the data just before we publish each Hakuba Now report - so the data in each Hakuba Now report table is what is available at that time
* Any odd-looking numbers are due to the source data. We are not responsible for and have no control over the data. We are simply sharing the data with you
* 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
* A more in-depth introduction and explanation can be found in this report   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Saturday 29th February 2020, 9:25am
Weather conditions: Generally cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Zao.

A generally cloudy morning with a light south westerly wind.

There is a chance of some scattered light snow overnight but I wouldn't expect much from it and then sunshine tomorrow.

Perhaps a little snow Monday and then the chance of more around later Wednesday into Thursday.

Tonight is the last planned 'Light Up' night operations.

As I said the other day, Zao is quiet right now.


Official snow depths (as reported by resort):

- Summit area: 100cm
- Paradise area: 105cm
- Chuo area: 120cm
- Utopia area: 115cm
- Uwanodai area: 55cm
- Oomori area: 55cm

All lifts are now normally operating apart from the following:

- Zao Paradise Number 3 pair
- Diamond Number 1 pair
- Yokokura Number 2 pair

- All courses are now mostly open
- Yokokura and Omori part open


Night time operations:

** Subject to change. Please check with the resort! **

Nighta in the Uwanodai area is scheduled daily until 1st March 2020 and then 7th, 14th, 20th and 21st March 2020. 5:00pm until 9:00pm.

Nighta in the Yokokura area is scheduled for Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through 7th March 2020. 5:00pm until 9:00pm.

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:

February 2020: all days apart from Tuesdays, subject to conditions.

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

Shiga Kogen Now!

Saturday 29th February 2020, 9:27am
Weather conditions: Sunny, blue skies
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
The sun is out.

After some very fine snow conditions to be enjoyed yesterday, it seems wrong to not get out there this morning. It is remaining cold (early on anyway) and the snow should be very good again.

There is a chance of some snow overnight tonight though if it does happen probably just a little.


All areas and connections at Shiga Kogen are now open (with just a few minor exceptions).


Photos: Kumanoyu, Takamagahara Mammoth and Hasuike Junction


Shiga Kogen resort info: Saturday 29th February 2020

The below information is manually checked - but the report is too early for any changes today
Official snow depth numbers are as reported by the ski resorts themselves.

- Official snow depth: 160cm

Ichinose Family
- Official snow depth: 170cm

- Official snow depth: 180cm

- Official snow depth: 100cm

Okushiga Kogen
- Official snow depth: 170cm

Takamagahara Mammoth
- Official snow depth: 170cm

- Official snow depth: 160cm

- Official snow depth: 170cm

- Official snow depth: 200cm


Originally planned night time operations at the Shiga Kogen ski areas are as follows; subject to change, so please check with the resorts.
Note that separate lift tickets are required.

Ichinose Diamond
20th-21st March 2020
Quad lift
6:30pm until 9:00pm

Ichinose Family
Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays until 21st March 2020
Number 2 pair B lift
6:30pm until 9:00pm

Every Saturday until 28th March 2020
20th March 2020
Number 1 pair lift
6:30pm until 9:00pm

Takamagahara Mammoth
Saturdays until 21st March 2020
20th March 2020
Number 2 triple lift
6:30pm until 8:30pm

Every Saturday until 29th February 2020
23rd February 2020
Number 3 high speed lift
6:00pm until 8:00pm


The section of road connecting the southern area of Shiga Kogen (from Yokoteyama onwards) with Gunma Prefecture is now closed for the season. It will be closed until 24th April 2020. Approach Shiga Kogen using Route 292 from the west (Nagano/Nakano/Yamanouchi)   Read more ...

Aizu Bandai Now!

Saturday 29th February 2020, 9:28am
Weather conditions: Generally cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning.

No fresh snow to report and generally cloudy conditions to start the day off today.

We might get some light snow overnight, nothing major expected, and clearer skies tomorrow.

Minowa nighta operations tonight are unconfirmed at the moment due to some technical issue - check with them this afternoon if you want to check that out

The next fresh snowfall looks set to be here around Wednesday/Thursday, perhaps a dusting around Monday too.


Grandeco Snow Resort:
- 5 (of 5) lifts operating
- 13 (of 13) courses open
- Official snow depth: 170cm

Hoshino Resort Alts Bandai
- 6 (of 8) lifts operating
- 18 (of 25) courses open
- Walk course connecting Alts Bandai with Nekoma is open today
- Official snow depth: 145cm (top); 90cm (mid)

Hoshino Resort Urabandai Nekoma:
- Nekoma is closed on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays in February
- 5 (of 5) lifts operating
- 11 (of 11) courses open
- Walk course connecting Nekoma and Alts Bandai is open today
- Official snow depth: 160cm

- Chuo area part open
- 4 lifts operating
- 6 courses open
- Official snow depth: 40cm

Listel Ski Fantasia:
- Part open
- Official snow depth: 45cm

- 3 (of 3) lifts operating
- 8 (of 12) courses open
- Official snow depth: 110cm


Photo today:

- Grandeco
- Minowa (2)   Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Saturday 29th February 2020, 9:59am
Weather conditions: Just a few clouds
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Here we go again, with a sunny and increasingly warm period coming in until we get colder temps and more snow around Thursday.

Things have definitely gotten better way up on the hill; some people found some really deep snows yesterday (read that, almost unski-ably deep first thing in the morning), although the new snow did settle through the day.

It's blue skies and pretty pleasant out there now; the vent on the south side of Mt. Myoko is really pouring out the steam this morning, so there must be a lot of melt water flowing down.

It's also not terribly crowded, but Nagano City was almost ominously quiet for a Friday night last night.... are people staying home because of the infection threat? If so, this has really become a tough year for the snow industry.


Akakura Kanko:
220cm, -2°C

Akakura Onsen:
255cm, -2°C

Ikenotaira Onsen:
140cm, -2°

Myoko Suginohara:
135cm, -3°

Seki Onsen:
350cm, -5°

Myoko Ski Park:
140cm, 4°

Kyukamura RunRun:
210cm, 0°

Tangram Ski Circus:
110cm, -1°

Madarao Kogen:
160cm, -1°

Lotte Arai Resort
329cm, 4.3°

Kurohime Kogen Snow Park
60cm, -4°    Read more ...

SnowJapan Daily 'Now' reports

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