Snow and weather reports posted on Friday 17th April 2020

Geto Kogen Now!

Monday 2nd March 2020, 7:40am
Weather conditions: Cloud and blue sky
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Geto Kogen.

Monday once again.

During the day yesterday we had cloud in the morning, a bit of light snow around lunchtime and then clearer weather in the afternoon and evening.

And this morning there is blue sky and cloud - the image below makes it look more cloudy than it actually is by the way.

Oh yes, tree run courses all appear to now be closed.


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 currently closed
* Check with resort for latest on tree run courses

Nighta skiing operations

* Finished for the season   Read more ...

Madarao Now!

Monday 2nd March 2020, 7:50am
Weather conditions: Some cloud but bright and the sun shining through
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Madarao.

After a rather spring-like day yesterday, we will probably get a similar feel going on today.

There's some early morning cloud but the sun is shining through and visibility is good.

My report needs to go online too early for official info updates this morning, but I doubt there's any change to the below...


Current operations: Monday 2nd March 2020


- All lifts apart from Number 5 should be operating
- Powder Wave tree run courses closed
- Other tree run courses open
- Official snow depth: 140cm

Tangram Ski Circus:

- All lifts are operating
- Most courses open
- Official snow depth: 100cm   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Monday 2nd March 2020, 7:56am
Weather conditions: Cloud, some blue sky
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --

Things did clear yesterday and this morning it's a cloudy with some blue sky kind of start to the day.

Feels kind of mild. Feels kinds of... spring. Though we are still due a dip in temps and fresh snow around Thursday this week. Until then we can probably expect more of similar to what we have now or clearer skies.


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: Monday 2nd March 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


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 ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Monday 2nd March 2020, 8:10am
Weather conditions: Fine and sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Nozawa.

Another fine day looks to be on the cards today.

Sunshine, mild temperatures, early spring-like snow conditions - come expecting that and you won't be disappointed; and you might find conditions better than those expectations...

Today is one of those rare days when the Kandahar course area is open to the public. The Nishi (West) course is open today so if you want to check it out, today is the day.

Nasuki looked a little deflated as of 8am (see photo below!) but I reckon they'll get up and be genki within no time. That's everyone's favourite bright green skiing vegetable for you!


Monday 2nd March 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): 215cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 150cm
- Hikage (660m): 60cm
- Nagasaka (615m): 40cm
- Karasawa (563m): 20cm

All lifts normally operating apart from the following lifts:

- Challenge pair
- Utopia pair
- Mizunashi pair
- Yunomine pair
- The above lifts are usually rested on weekdays

All courses normally open apart from the following courses:

- Grand Prix
- Hachiman
- Mukobayashi
- Jumping
- Skyline (lower area; the upper area down to Tanuki course is open)

Nighta until 8:00pm

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

Zao Now!

Monday 2nd March 2020, 8:26am
Weather conditions: Fine, some cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Zao.

The sun is out and it is a fine morning, though there is still the chance of snow showing for later today. (And then on Thursday).

The slopes were quiet over the weekend so I expect that to be even more so today now we are back to weekdays.

The low levels of snow and now this coronavirus scare really has shaped the story of this season, unfortunately. Not just for Zao of course but wider through lots of Japan. Let us hope for more positive and exciting news next season.

How long this season will continue is unknown yet of course so let's just keep on going! (The original plan - as always - is until Golden Week in early May).


Official snow depths (as reported by resort):

- Summit area: 100cm
- Paradise area: 105cm
- Chuo area: 120cm
- Utopia area: 110cm
- Uwanodai area: 55cm
- Oomori area: 55cm

All lifts are now normally operating apart from the following:

- Zao Paradise Number 3 pair
- Astraea Number 3 pair
- Diamond Number 1 pair
- Ryuzan pair
- Karamatsu 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 for 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.   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Monday 2nd March 2020, 8:30am
Weather conditions: Cloudy, overcast, foggy higher up
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning.

It is an overcast morning with just a dusting of snow on the ground, though Niseko Grand Hirafu and Annupuri both appear to be reporting 5cm on the mountain. It is sort of snowing very light again but so lightly that I can't really award a 'snowing' icon above. Just can't, sorry. (Watch it start snowing properly once I post my report... doh!)

Temperatures on the milder side continue this morning, though it looks like it should be colder tonight. (And it's not as if it's major melt off warm, thankfully).

Foggy conditions being reported on upper areas so visibility is limited.

I'm not sure what ruckus in town the Avalanche Report is referring to... things felt eerily quiet to me yesterday in the larger towns I went through.

OK I'll have some toast and then get on with writing my February 2020 recap; I will post it in my report tomorrow.


Niseko Avalanche Report

Mountain Base: -2°, no new snow in last 12hrs. Moiwa 800m: S 178deg 0.6m/s, -4.6°, foggy. Annupuri 1100m: SW 238deg 1.1m/s, -7.0°. Yu no Sawa 1000m: W 258deg 1.9m/s, -6.3°. Niseko Village 900m: SW 217deg 0.2m/s, -6.0°. Hirafu 1000m :S 195deg 2.5m/s, -6.3°. Hanazono 720m: SW 206deg 0.5m/s, -4.5°. Coastal data: Benkei Cape: light winds. Kamui Cape E 2m/s, 1021hPa, wave 1.0m.

The weather has calmed with fog above 800m. From data and observation there is no obvious avalanche risk. All gates are expected open. Take care in poor visibility from the fog. With the higher temperatures the mountain is starting to change to spring. Never enter strictly off limits areas looking for fresh snow. The mountain is quiet compared to all the ruckus in town. Have a good day.


Ski resort operation information: Monday 2nd March 2020

Niseko Grand Hirafu

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 295cm
- Base: 120cm

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

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: 205cm
- Base: 123cm

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 ...

Yuzawa Now!

Monday 2nd March 2020, 8:42am
Weather conditions: Blue skies, sun, some cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Yuzawa.

Yesterday ended up being a fine one weather wise; it was a nice spring-like day (and generally snow conditions to match).

This morning the sun is out again with lots of blue sky above Yuzawa. We can expect a high of around 9C again today. Some resorts mentioning some moderate wind conditions though I can't see any sign of lift disruption at the start of the day. Feels fairly calm down here in town.

Tomorrow should be less warm; the mountains might even get a sprinkling of snow.

The forecasts are still showing the chance of some proper snowfall around Thursday.

The resort news I can gather this morning is that the top area of Iwappara appears to be closed - no reason given so not exactly sure why - leaving just the main central chunk of that resort open.

Joetsu Kokusai to the north of Yuzawa are also opening just the main area in front of the base hotel and the adjoining Panorama area on the other side of the mountain this morning.


Individual ski resort information: Monday 2nd March 2020
All information checked and updated manually for each report. Subject to change.

GALA Yuzawa

- All lifts are operating
- All courses in the Central and Northern Area are open
- The Batman and Eliza courses in the Southern Area are open
- The Ropeway connecting GALA Yuzawa with Yuzawa Kogen is operating
- Downhill Falcon course is closed
- Official snow depth: 180cm

Ishiuchi Maruyama

- 15 courses are open (all above Ginza course)
- Official snow depth: 140cm (upper); 70cm (mid)


- Central area open (top area closed today?); 3 lifts operating
- Official snow depth: 80cm

Joetsu Kokusai

- 5 lifts operating; 6 courses open in the main base hotel area and Panorama Area
- Official snow depth: 110cm


- 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

- Lifts A, B, C and E are operating; most courses open
- Official snow depth: 125cm

Maiko Snow Resort

- All the main areas are now at least part open; some course restrictions
- Official snow depth: 120cm (upper); 20cm (base)

Muikamachi Hakkaisan

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


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

NASPA Ski Garden

- All lifts operating; all courses except A and D are open
- Official snow depth: 70cm
- NASPA Ski Garden will operate until 10th March this season

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 and 5 lifts are operating
- Official snow depth: 70cm

Yuzawa Park

- All lifts are operating
- Official snow depth: 60cm


Photos (below) from around 8:30am on Monday 2nd March 2020:

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

Naeba Now!

Monday 2nd March 2020, 8:50am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Naeba.

It looks like the sun is out over the main area of Yuzawa town to the north but early morning here we have had some spots of rain and there is a lot of cloud around. Hopefully it will just be cloudy and maybe clear up like in Yuzawa.

Forecast still show fresh snow due mid week, perhaps as we go into Thursday.


Official snow depth:

- 100cm

Planned operating lifts:

- Prince Number 2 Gondola
- Takenokodaira romance pair lift
- Takenokoyama romance pair lift
- Number 4 romance pair lift
- Number 3 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:

- 19 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!

Monday 2nd March 2020, 8:55am
Weather conditions: Fine, cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Hakuba.

Things cleared up pretty quickly yesterday morning leaving us with lots of blue sky for lots of the day and getting a bit overcast before it got dark. Which is getting noticeably later, by the way.

A fun spring-like day.

And here is the official data, the only change being that 1cm from yesterday added to the Cortina total number:

The information in this table is data reported by the ski resortsNew snowfall (lower)New snowfall (upper)TOTAL ACCUMULATION (UPPER)
Hakuba 470cm0cm435cm
Hakuba Cortina0cm0cm536cm
Hakuba Goryu0cm0cm469cm
Hakuba Happo-one0cm0cm625cm

IMPORTANT: See below for an explanation of the above data

It will be another mild day today, perhaps less so tomorrow and hopefully there will be some fresh snow later Wednesday and Thursday.

We shall see, as they say.

Have a good day.


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
- Omusubi
- 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: 205cm
- Usagidaira: 150cm
- Nakiyama: 65cm

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: 180cm
- Base: 55cm

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: 190cm
- Toomi: 65cm
- Iimori: 50cm

Tsugaike Kogen

Official snow depth:
- Tsuga-no-mori: 192cm
- Maruyama: 45cm
- Kane-no-naru-oka: 30cm
- All courses areas apart from Uma-no-se and Lower Forest course are at least part open
- Lower Kane-no-naru and Champion areas with some restrictions
- DBD gates: Closed at the start of the day, may open later

Hakuba Cortina

Official snow depth & info:
- Top: 170cm
- Base: 78cm
- Most courses open

Hakuba Valley Kashimayari

Official snow depth & info:
- Top: 95cm
- Most courses open

Hakuba Norikura Onsen

Official snow depth & info:
- Top: 75cm
- All courses open

Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field

Official snow depth & info:
- Top: 110cm
- Part open

Hakuba Sanosaka

Official snow depth & info:
- Top: 55cm
- 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 ...

Aizu Bandai Now!

Monday 2nd March 2020, 8:56am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --

Generally cloudy skies this morning.

Snow is forecast from later this evening/tonight so we can hope for something of a refresh.

In resort news:

Nekoma will be closed again tomorrow, Wednesday and Thursday. But... it will be open every day from 6th March onwards, presumably until the end of the season (whenever that ends up being this year!)

Inawashiro have announced that the Minero area of the resort will not be opening. It's hardly surprising but always sad to have to report that kind of stuff.


Grandeco Snow Resort:
- 4 (of 5) lifts operating
- 11 (of 13) courses open
- Weekday operations
- Official snow depth: 160cm

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: 140cm (top); 80cm (mid)

Hoshino Resort Urabandai Nekoma:
- Nekoma is closed on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays in February
- Open daily from 6th March
- 4 (of 5) lifts operating
- 11 (of 11) courses open
- Walk course connecting Nekoma and Alts Bandai is open today
- Official snow depth: 155cm

- Chuo area part open
- 3 lifts operating
- 4 courses open
- Official snow depth: 30cm

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

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


Photo today:

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

Myoko Now!

Monday 2nd March 2020, 9:23am
Weather conditions: Just a few clouds, and haze
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Sunny, hazy, windy and warm today.

Nice soft snow, I guess... hope it's not sticky spring snow, but, hey, it's a nice day and there is snow out there to enjoy.

And it's not raining, although the forecast says it might later.

Nothing much else to add today, with lifts running, snow machines awaiting work later in the week, no major loss to the snowpack since yesterday.


Akakura Kanko:
220cm, 3°C

Akakura Onsen:
245cm, -1°C

Ikenotaira Onsen:
120cm, 2°

Myoko Suginohara:
100cm, 1°

Seki Onsen:
350cm, -1°

Myoko Ski Park:
110cm, 8°

Kyukamura RunRun:
180cm, 4°

Tangram Ski Circus:
100cm, 1°

Madarao Kogen:
130cm, 3.8°

Lotte Arai Resort
315cm, 4.3°

Kurohime Kogen Snow Park
30cm, 4°    Read more ...

Appi Kogen Now!

Monday 2nd March 2020, 9:58am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Appi.

No fresh snow to add, but it’s a great day here with cool temps and low winds.

There is a bit of cloud hanging around above the mountain, but it looks to be another clear day.

It was almost identical yesterday, plus a few clouds and very light snow showers.

Today all lifts are operating as normal.


The Sailer quad lift will not be operating on Tuesday through Thursday this week - some kind of maintenance.

On those days, the Sailer Number 2 lift will be operating.


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 5 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 ...

Minakami Now!

Monday 2nd March 2020, 10:08am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Yesterday the weather cleared up and warmed. Things got slushy at lower elevations as the day progressed but it was a nice day of Spring skiing.

It's raining lightly here this morning and forecast to continue to do so before turning to snow this evening. Looks like better weather tomorrow followed by light rain on Wednesday afternoon. This is expected to usher in a return to Winter temps and a significant snowfall through Friday morning. Looks like lots of wind during the storm and decent weather over the weekend.

Generally speaking, conditions are good at Tenjin and Hodaigi, plenty of snow at both those resorts and only the bottom part of the very lowest run at Hodaigi is shut. Seems like things are patchy just about everywhere else and even around my place, which usually has a 3m snow base at this time of year, the ground is starting to appear in parts. No Yubiso snow festival this year as the park just has small patches of snow on it.

May we not see another season like this again.

Amongst all the uninteresting news, on the plus side, coronavirus does mean that the resorts are really uncrowded. I hear it can't live in the snow but have the experts checking on that.



Number 1 and 2 lifts running and associated courses open
Official snow depth: 60cm

Tanigawadake Tenjindaira
Official snow depth: 210cm

Minakami Hodaigi
All lifts apart from Number 1 running; all courses open
Official snow depth: 105cm

Minakami Kogen Ski Resort
All lifts are running; most courses open
Official snow depth: 105cm

Norn Minakami
Number 1, 2 and 3 lifts operating; all courses apart from Course A and B are open
Official snow depth: 100cm

Okutone Snow Park
Number 1 pair A, Number 2 pair B, Number 3 pair B and Number 4 lifts are running
5 of 9 courses are open
Official snow depth: 70cm

White Valley
Part open
Official snow depth: 60cm


Important note:

The snowfall recorded in this report is measured from the base area of Tenjindaira (which is higher than the town area of Minakami).   Read more ...

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20th Apr, 9:49am
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20th Apr, 9:48am
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20th Apr, 9:47am
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