Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 30th May 2020

Yuzawa Now!

Monday 29th January 2018, 7:56am
Weather conditions: The snow clouds are back
New snowfall: 3cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Yuzawa.

Get to enjoy yesterday? I got to spend a few hours at Kagura where the snow was really great. Came back and saw that the snow level down by my house had reduced by over 15cm, which surprised me. It wasn't as cold as it had been but wasn't particularly warm either. Anyway... a quick look around town and the popular ski resorts seemed busy.

It was a fine day weather wise. Not deep blue skies - more like an overcast kind of sunny, with a bit more cloud at times.

And this morning the snow is back and I have 3cm to report.

Kagura and Ishiuchi Maruyama are both reporting 5cm of fresh snowfall; Naeba is reporting 5-10cm; and Maiko Snow Resort is reporting 2-5cm.

It is snowing as I write this and if the forecasts are correct we can expect snow through today and tomorrow.

Temperatures here in town should peak at around 2-3C later on today.

The weekend crowds will have dispersed and so it should be a good day to be out again I would say. Limited visibility aside perhaps.


Images today from GALA Yuzawa, NASPA Ski Garden and Yuzawa IC exit (Route 17).


Updated: Monday 29th January 2018

Ski resorts in Yuzawa:

GALA Yuzawa
- 320cm

- 215cm

- Kagura area: 350cm
- Mitsumata area: 250cm
- Tashiro area: 300cm

Kandatsu Kogen
- 240cm

- 240cm (base)

NASPA Ski Garden
- 270cm

Yuzawa Kogen
- Top: 280cm
- Base: 230cm

Yuzawa Park
- 210cm

Yuzawa Nakazato
- 230cm


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

Ishiuchi Maruyama
- 340cm

Joetsu Kokusai
- 310cm

Maiko Snow Resort
- Top: 260cm
- Base: 190cm

Muikamachi Hakkaisan
- Closed on Wednesdays until 14th March
- 300cm   Read more ...

Geto Kogen Now!

Monday 29th January 2018, 8:05am
Weather conditions: Overcast
New snowfall: 17cm
Snow depth: --
Since our dump of snow over the past week we saw some more forgiving conditions yesterday with the visibility perfect and the wind easing for most of the day. Snow was falling here and there, and overnight 15cm has fallen across the resort.

Today, we’re looking at tops of -6C with about 5cm set to fall throughout the day and light to moderate winds. That wind chill is set to get down to about -17C so keep that in mind and dress for the occasion.

Pick for the day would definitely be the tree zones — at the moment all are open and ripe for the taking with the snow quality best in the trees where its been sheltered from the wind.

Though if we give it another couple of days the powder everywhere else should become more forgiving as it sets a base.

As for the next few couple of days...

Tuesday: light snow, moderate winds, tops of -8C
Wednesday: light snow, light winds, tops of -4C
Thursday: light snow/ partly cloudy, light winds, tops of -5C


Official snow depths:

Top: 410cm
Base: 330cm

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

Zao Now!

Monday 29th January 2018, 8:07am
Weather conditions: Cloud, fog
New snowfall: 14cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Zao.

Another 14cm of snow to add to the report from here at base this morning with snow falling and forecast to be never far away over the next few days.

Visibility is ok down by base but limited higher up with cloud/fog covering the mountain.

Monday morning and so with the weekend folk returning things should be relatively quiet out there.


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: 165cm
- Paradise area: 180cm
- Chuo area: 180cm
- Utopia area: 230cm
- Uwanodai area: 120cm
- Oomori area: 145cm


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:

January 2018: 27th-31st
February 2018: every day
March 2018: 1st-4th
   Read more ...

Grandeco Now!

Monday 29th January 2018, 8:10am
Weather conditions: Fair skies
New snowfall: 7cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Grandeco.

It is a beautiful clear morning with blue skies all around. Lovely.

There was 7cm of new snow last night so the snow conditions should be excellent.

It is Monday and not many folk around - I expect that the courses will feel like your own private ski run. Highly recommended!


Lifts operating:

- All lifts operating

Courses open:

- All courses open

Official snow depth:
- 280cm

- Grandeco snow and weather forecast   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Monday 29th January 2018, 8:31am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 15cm
Snow depth: --
Happy Monday morning to you all.

It's the start of another week and we are of course not in the very last bit of January 2018. Including the 15cm I am adding today, my observed snowfall haul for January here at base so far is 234cm. With a few more reports to go, what will that number get to? O-tanoshi-mi-ni! I plan to post my monthly review by the end of the week.

OK, so there's another decent layer of snow; it's still snowing nicely as I write this report and it is another very cold morning. Visibility is looking rather limited out there on the mountain at the moment but I expect conditions will be worth being checked out.

We are now in peak season. And with that, of course, we expect peak conditions. The month of February is also 'peak', and includes the popular Chinese New Year holidays around the middle of the month. With so many people around over the next few weeks we are going to be needing that regular refresh of snow, so let's hope Nature delivers.

As the report goes up at 8:30am, the top lifts appear to be opening as scheduled this morning. Hurray!


Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 5.00am: -10°, 15cm new snow, light winds. Moiwa 800m: -10.6°, W4m/s (at 10pm last night N0.7m/s, 11.00pm:W15.6m/s), major snowdrift development. Annupuri 1150m: -17°, NW10m/s, 30cm new snow, snowdrift development. Hirafu 1250m: -18°, NW10m/s, 20cm new snow. Coastal data: Benkei Cape:NW14m/s. Kamui Cape: WSW9m/s, 1016hPa, wave 1.5m.

Low pressure snowfall preceded the passing of low pressure system last night followed by a strong westerly wind which caused rapid snow drift development. From tests snow drift growth on leeward slopes above 800m is more than 100cm and unstable. There is possibility of powder avalanche fracturing about 60cm on 28th Jan or deeper layer at Kozan no sawa side wall and lower West ridge around 1100m, Osawa cornice slope at 900m and Higashi One cornice slope 1000m. This current weather pattern creates heavy slabs which fail instantaneously and travel at high speeds. The avalanche risk on leeward slopes effected by wind is high.

There is 20-30cm of good snow in the trees. All gates are expected to be open. Please listen to the patrols advice before going out the gates. Cornices collapse down the slope, don't ride carelessly near them or rest under them to get out of the wind. Have a safe day. Beware of frostbite.


Monday 29th January 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 normally be operating

Official snow depth:
- Top: 430cm
- Base: 210cm

Niseko Annupuri Kokusai

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

Official snow depth:
- Top: 310cm
- Base: 200cm

Niseko Village

Lifts scheduled to be operating:
- All lifts apart from the Country Road Chair lift should normally be operating
- 'Early Gondola' service from 7:30am until 8:30am (Niseko Gondola). On February 3rd-4th. 1,400 yen special ticket required.

Official snow depth:
- Top: 310cm
- Base: 200cm


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, Banzai Chair   Read more ...

Naeba Now!

Monday 29th January 2018, 8:32am
Weather conditions: Snow and Cloud
New snowfall: 1cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Naeba! "Storm Finn" has most certainly moved on from Mikuni valley, however the next bout of snow has already arrived! After a sunny afternoon yesterday, the clouds rolled in again overnight, starting off with just 1cm of snow before 8am. It's still snowing lightly but consistently, so we should expect some additional new snow accumulation today. The air temperature is predicted to be a little below 0°C, and with the light winds expected to drop off this afternoon there will be little effect of the wind on what the temperature feels like.

Looking forwards, tomorrow is looking to be a chilly start, with daytime air temperatures expecting to max out at about -5°C. Light snow will continue to fall until Wednesday morning, when the skies will clear and gift us another sunny day to break up the winter storms. Later in the week, we should expect a mix of snow and cloud, however there are no significant snow accumulations predicted as it stands. In addition to this, there is nothing of note regarding the wind until at least Saturday. Air temperatures are expected to remain closer to 0°C than recently, which will feel warm compared to what we have experienced this last week.

Kūru!   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Monday 29th January 2018, 8:33am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 2cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Nozawa.

After a break in the snow falling yesterday and some sunshine breaking through, this morning the snow is back and a thin layer on the ground - and the resort reporting between 1cm and 7cm of fresh snow, base to top. Actually as I write this report and look outside my window it isn't snowing, but it's due on and off during the day today and looks like it is snowing on the upper areas of the resort.

The snow clouds should be remaining over the region today and tomorrow with the chance of some sun shining down on us around Wednesday.

From today - until 1st April - the resort will be opening during the daytime until 5pm, rather than 4:30pm. Interesting that for the first time yesterday I did actually notice how it was keeping lighter for longer. Are we already somewhere near 'mid-season'?! The days whizz by too quickly. But I feel better when I remember that Nozawa Onsen will be open until early May. And then I remember that I have lots and lots of daily reports still to write!

Have a good one.


Monday 29th January 2018

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

- Yamabiko (1407m): 7cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 2cm
- Hikage (660m): 1cm
- Nagasaka (615m): 2cm
- Karasawa (563m): -cm

Official snow depth numbers:

- Yamabiko (1407m): 320cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 250cm
- Hikage (660m): 200cm
- Nagasaka (615m): 195cm
- Karasawa (563m): 170cm

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
- Kamoshika
- Kandahar   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Monday 29th January 2018, 8:42am
Weather conditions: Snow clouds
New snowfall: 2cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Hakuba.

It was good to enjoy the calm conditions and the sunshine yesterday morning.

By mid afternoon though the skies had clouded over and snow had started falling once again.

By this morning here is how much fresh snow the ski resorts are reporting:

Hakuba Goryu: 5-10cm
Hakuba 47: 5-10cm
Hakuba Cortina: 3cm
Hakuba Happo-one: 0cm

So not a huge amount of fresh, more like a thin layer. Snowfall is forecast on and off for today, perhaps easing tomorrow. Maybe even some more sun making an appearance. We shall see.

Last few days of January. Can't quite believe that come Thursday we will already be into February. Slow down please!!


Ski resort information on Monday 29th January 2018 (at time of writing):

Hakuba Happo-one

Operating lifts:
- Lifts appear to be operating as normal

Courses open:
- All courses should be open as normal

Official snow depth:
- Kurobishi: 370cm
- Usagidaira: 205cm
- Lower: 135cm


Hakuba Goryu

Operating lifts:
- Lifts appear to be operating as normal
- The top Alps Number 2/4 pair lifts will be open weekends until 4th Feb; then daily from 10th Feb until 18th March

Courses open:
- All courses should be open as normal

Official snow depth:
- Top: 370cm
- Toomi: 130cm
- Iimori: 95cm


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: 300cm
- Base: 120cm


Tsugaike Kogen

Operating lifts:
- Most lifts apart are operating as scheduled

Courses open:
- All course areas are open apart from parts Kane-no-naru-oka Number 2

Official snow depth:
- Tsuga-no-mori: 310cm
- Han-no-ki: 310cm
- Maruyama: 125cm
- Shirakaba: 300cm
- Champion: 150cm
- Oya-no-hara: 170cm
- Kane-no-naru-oka: 160cm


Hakuba Cortina

Operating lifts:
- All lifts are operating this morning

Courses open:
- All courses apart from Itadaira Ridge should be open

Official snow depth:
- Top: 340cm
- Base: 210cm


Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field

Operating lifts:
- Most lifts are operating with most courses open

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


Hakuba Norikura Onsen

Operating lifts:
- All lifts apart from Alps Number 1 and 7 are operating.

Official snow depth:
- 265cm


Hakuba Valley Kashimayari

Operating lifts:
- All lifts apart from Number 8 and 10 are operating

Official snow depth:
- 170cm


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
Kane-no-naru-oka area from 6pm until 8:50pm on 3rd, 10th, 11th February
Karamatsu Shirakaba area from 6pm until 9pm on 27th January; 10th, 11th, 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   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Monday 29th January 2018, 8:53am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 2cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Shiga Kogen.

A little dusting of snow to report with a cloudy morning. Earlier snow easing off - it is not snowing now as I look outside my place.

Still, light snow is forecast occasionally during the day today and perhaps tomorrow too. Wednesday is currently looking like it might bring some clearer skies for mid-week skiers and boarders.

Keeping cold so hopefully conditions should remain good.


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



250cm   Read more ...

Madarao Now!

Monday 29th January 2018, 9:04am
Weather conditions: Clouds
New snowfall: 1cm
Snow depth: --

After that lovely morning yesterday, the clouds are back.

Snow has started falling again this morning with just a dusting so far, perhaps some more during the day today and tomorrow.

Clearer skies are due around Wednesday.


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
Free Ride Park
Powder Theater
Adventure Aisle
Crystal Bowl

Kids Park

Planned nighta operations this season:

Every Saturday until 24th March 2018
11th February 2018   Read more ...

Appi Kogen Now!

Monday 29th January 2018, 9:28am
Weather conditions: Sunny
New snowfall: 25cm
Snow depth: --
A nice, clear day with around 25cm overnight, and a current temp of -8 at the foot of the hill.

Good visibility, but high winds will create a strong chill factor so bring an extra layer.

The pistes are groomed to perfection and there should be stashes of powder everywhere, so it should be a great day to get stuck in!.


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:

220cm   Read more ...

Minakami Now!

Monday 29th January 2018, 10:07am
Weather conditions: Clear down valley, overcast up top
New snowfall: 1cm
Snow depth: --
Light dusting of snow overnight with 5cm reported at the top of Tenjin and an insignificant amount on my car park. It was lightly snowing this morning but is cleared down the valley in Minakami town and is overcast up around Tenjin and Mt Tanigawa.

Snow quality yesterday was excellent and the mountain was pretty tracked by day end so last night's refresher will make a world of difference in the backcountry gullies. The mountain forecast is for snow showers all week, low temps and appears we might see some clear weather at some point Wednesday.


Below photo from Tenjin yesterday.


Ski resorts in Minakami:

Minakami Hodaigi
Minakami Kogen Fujiwara
Minakami Kogen Ski Resort
Norn Minakami
Okutone Snow Park
Tanigawadake Tenjindaira
Tanigawa Onsen White Valley


Resort Spotlights with more detail:

Norn Minakami
Okutone Snow Park


Please note that the snowfall numbers posted in this report will be observed from close to the base Tenjindaira Ropeway station - which is often much more than in the central town area of Minakami.    Read more ...

Furano Now!

Monday 29th January 2018, 10:21am
Weather conditions: Overcast
New snowfall: 10cm
Snow depth: --
It feels really cold with temperatures into the double negatives and a slight breeze. Around 7am winds were blowing strongly but dropped off very soon after. There has been 10cm of new snow overnight but it is wind affected and quite firm. On slope is a good mix of groomed skiing and powder runs that have been left alone. All in all it is a good day... just a bit chilly.   Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Monday 29th January 2018, 12:21pm
Weather conditions: Cloudy and snowing
New snowfall: 10cm
Snow depth: --
Needle-like snow falling earlier today, but turning to more Myoko-like big flakes.

Great skiing lately with cold temperatures.

A little warmer today, and a little more light snow.


Akakura Kanko:
290 cm, -6°

Akakura Onsen:
360cm, -8°

Ikenotaira Onsen:
230cm, -4.5°

Myoko Suginohara:
220cm, -9°

Seki Onsen:
380 cm, -5°

Myoko Ski Park:
280 cm, -2°

Kyukamura RunRun:
330 cm, -3°

Tangram Ski Circus:
220 cm, -4°

Madarao Kogen:
230 cm, -5°

Read more ...

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20th Apr, 9:52am
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20th Apr, 9:52am
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20th Apr, 9:47am
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