Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 30th May 2020

Furano Now!

Tuesday 30th January 2018, 7:33am
Weather conditions: Partly cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
It is very very cold this morning, now -14c but will rise up to about -7c max during the day. Unfortunately I have no new snow to report but it is currently snowing with extremely fine flakes falling, but these won't lead to much accumulation. Plenty of clear sky is showing between the clouds so it will be at least partially sunny this morning, however a large cloud sitting at the top of the resort right now is rolling down - it will likely move on soon though. It looks like a great day!   Read more ...

Appi Kogen Now!

Tuesday 30th January 2018, 7:50am
Weather conditions: Fine
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: --
Hello from Appi,

Last night only brought a thin layer of fresh snow but over the past few days we have had some nice snowfall so the less ridden tracks will provide some good conditions.

Snow might be falling during the day today and tomorrow if the forecasts are correct...


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 ...

Yuzawa Now!

Tuesday 30th January 2018, 7:56am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 24cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Yuzawa.

A generally fine day yesterday with lots of cloud around but a few spells of sunshine and blue sky too added into the mix.

And this morning... it's colder and snowing once again! There's some nice big flakes coming down at the moment, and I am measuring nearly 25cm of fresh on the ground.

Kagura (all areas) are reporting 20cm of fresh snowfall.
Maiko Snow Resort are reporting 30cm.
Yuzawa Kogen are reporting 30cm. (It's nice to see them reporting fresh snowfall number this morning - though the snow depth numbers haven't moved!)

Snow is forecast to be falling through the day, easing off by later this afternoon.

I reckon tomorrow should be good. The forecasts are either cloudy or sun - might it be clear and sunny? I think there's a decent chance that it may be.

Local forecasts have more light snow lined up beyond that until the weekend, but I wouldn't expect it to be major snow like we have had over the last week. More like the chance of light snow at times.


Images today from GALA Yuzawa, NASPA Ski Garden and Ishiuchi Maruyama.


Updated: Tuesday 30th January 2018, 8am

Ski resorts in Yuzawa:

GALA Yuzawa
- 310cm

- 235cm

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

Kandatsu Kogen
- 255cm

- 240cm (base)

NASPA Ski Garden
- 240cm

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

Yuzawa Park
- 190cm

Yuzawa Nakazato
- 200cm


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

Ishiuchi Maruyama
- 340cm

Joetsu Kokusai
- 310cm

Maiko Snow Resort
- Top: 270cm
- Base: 190cm

Muikamachi Hakkaisan
- Closed on Wednesdays until 14th March
- 340cm   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Tuesday 30th January 2018, 8:25am
Weather conditions: Snow clouds
New snowfall: 13cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Zao.

More snow again this morning - over 10cm - with light snow falling early morning and not much wind. It should be a fine morning out there.

The snow clouds might remain over us until tomorrow with clearer conditions currently expected Thursday and Friday. More decent snowfall as we enter the weekend perhaps?

Keep an eye on the forecast.


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: 200cm
- Chuo area: 200cm
- Utopia area: 240cm
- 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 ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Tuesday 30th January 2018, 8:28am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 26cm
Snow depth: --

Something of a very nice surprise this morning with some very decent snowfall on the ground by base and the resort itself reporting between 20cm and 40cm of fresh snow - and interestingly less on the upper slopes than Hikage and Nagasaka. I am measuring 26cm myself - that's all overnight too, as there was none to report on the 3pm updates.

It will probably ease off by this afternoon and then tomorrow we might perhaps enjoy some sunny skies.

Basically, a very good time to be here. :)

Things shouldn't be so cold from tomorrow for a few days; hopefully it'll keep pretty cold and keep the snow conditions night and fluffy.


Tuesday 30th January 2018

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

- Yamabiko (1407m): 30cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 25cm
- Hikage (660m): 45cm
- Nagasaka (615m): 40cm
- Karasawa (563m): 20cm

Official snow depth numbers:

- Yamabiko (1407m): 330cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 275cm
- Hikage (660m): 230cm
- Nagasaka (615m): 220cm
- Karasawa (563m): 180cm

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
- Kandahar   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Tuesday 30th January 2018, 8:31am
Weather conditions: Snow clouds
New snowfall: 26cm
Snow depth: --
A very good morning to you.

We enjoyed some really heavy snow coming down last night and as we wake up and look outside the window, saw that it resulted in lots of fresh snow this morning.

I'm adding another 26cm of quality fresh snow to my reports and you'll notice 40cm being reported at Annupuri below too. Very nice. I really like those numbers.

It's very cold too. I hope all those folk lining up for early lifts - check out the images below as of 8:30am - had an extra piece of toast and are feeling warm and toasty as they embark on their exciting day of fun. And while visibility doesn't look too good, it should be a whole lot of fun out there this morning. I am somewhat jealous sitting here just writing about it! (Cue violins).

Anyway, as I write this report it is continuing to snow lightly. Wind doesn't seem to be causing any issues and all areas should be opening as planned.

Snow clouds might be with us today and tomorrow with the chance of clearer skies Thursday through Saturday; perhaps snow returning around Sunday.

It sounds like a plan!


Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6.00am: -11°, 20cm new snow, calm. Moiwa 800m: -13°, W6.9m/s. Annupuri 1150m: -13°, WSW9.4m/s, 40cm new snow. Hirafu 1250m: -13°, light winds, 20cm new snow. Coastal data: Benkei Cape:NW14m/s. Kamui Cape: WSW9m/s, 1008hPa, wave 1.6m.

The atmospheric isobaric lines are moving further apart and a north west wind around10m/s is blowing over the mountains and sea. From data and observation there is no significant snowdrift development and the general avalanche risk is low. With this light and deep snow, cracks are becoming hidden crevasses. They are very dangerous if you fall and go in one head first. Take care.

At higher elevations the risk of avalanche continues on 40deg slopes where wind and temperature gradient has formed layers in the snowpack. When checking the surface slab for stability it may appear OK but the risk persists from deep layers. Gates are expected to be open. Please listen to the patrols advice. Be prepared before going out of bounds. Do not duck ropes.

The massive cornices we have at the moment are in constant danger of collapse. Dont stand on top of them or below them. Beware bad visibility and frostbite. Have a good day.


Tuesday 30th 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 be operating

Official snow depth:
- Top: 420cm
- Base: 210cm

Niseko Annupuri Kokusai

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

Official snow depth:
- Top: 330cm
- Base: 210cm

Niseko Village

Lifts scheduled to be operating:
- All lifts apart from the Country Road Chair lift should 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 ...

Hakuba Now!

Tuesday 30th January 2018, 8:40am
Weather conditions: Snow clouds
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Hakuba.

The snow clouds remained over Hakuba yesterday and they remain over us this morning. Mostly light snow so not huge amounts to report - I have 5cm to add to the reports. Here is what the resorts are reporting:

Hakuba Goryu: 10cm on upper areas
Hakuba Cortina: 10cm across mountain

So we can expect a modest layer of fresh to play in early on.

It's keeping cold and generally limited visibility on the mountain. There's a good chance that tomorrow will be slightly milder and clearer. We might get some sunshine too and it seems we should have a few days of calmer and clearer weather and get back to snow by the end of the weekend.


Ski resort information on Tuesday 30th 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: 375cm
- 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: 130cm
- Shirakaba: 300cm
- Champion: 155cm
- 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: 220cm


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 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 ...

Madarao Now!

Tuesday 30th January 2018, 8:49am
Weather conditions: Snow clouds
New snowfall: 15cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Madarao.

More snow!

The resort was reporting 10+cm about an hour ago; I am measuring 15cm.

Snow is forecast to be falling until this afternoon. Earlier on the sun looked like it might break through the clouds but it has been blocked off again and it's generally limited visibility out on the slopes. Nice snow though, so worth checking out.

Forecasts also show clearer conditions due from tomorrow for a few days - fingers crossed keeping cold - and then more snow clouds moving back over the region come Sunday.

Definitely an agreeable weather pattern. Let's hope it keeps up!


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 ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Tuesday 30th January 2018, 8:58am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 14cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Shiga Kogen.

After the fine weather we had yesterday, snow started up again early this morning and heavy snow warnings are out. It's moderate to heavy snow falling right now and pretty windy too; at least here in Maruike too. Cold too. Mid-winter conditions once again.

Once this clears up later today, we are forecast a few days of calmer and clearer skies with the next decent snowfall coming in around Saturday night/Sunday.

The next few days should be very nice out there.


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 ...

Minakami Now!

Tuesday 30th January 2018, 9:04am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 30cm
Snow depth: --
It's fairy tale stuff here at Tenjin, yesterday's light snowfall was blown around enough to do a full refresh on the mountain, today we have plentiful amounts of very light, dry pow and it was windy last night up top but super calm and still snowing this morning.

Forecast is for snow all day and clear weather tomorrow.


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 ...

Grandeco Now!

Tuesday 30th January 2018, 9:05am
Weather conditions: Fair blue skies
New snowfall: 7cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Grandeco.

It is a quiet morning with beautiful blue skies.

There was a some more fresh snowfall last night and it is a cold morning with nice conditions - light powder snow.

According to the forecast, it will turn into a snowy day.

Roads to each of the ski hills in the Urabandai area are part icy this morning. Drive safely.


Lifts operating:

- All lifts operating

Courses open:

- All courses open

Official snow depth:
- 290cm

- Grandeco snow and weather forecast   Read more ...

Geto Kogen Now!

Tuesday 30th January 2018, 9:22am
Weather conditions: Cloudy, fog
New snowfall: 10cm
Snow depth: --
We had a cracker of a day on the mountain yesterday, started with a bit of fresh snow and as the winds eased, it just kept getting better as the skies cleared a little and left us with moment of bluebird slashing the deep pow.

Today, we’ve received 10cm of fresh snow overnight, expecting another 4-8cm today with tops of -8C. We are feeling some pretty gusty wind this morning, set to bring that wind chill down to -20C.

Mid-week on the mountain would be one of the best times, as there’s not much of a fight for fresh tracks. Though I still recommend hiking 5 minutes up the Green run from the 2nd Gondola and picking a point to drop down, you’ll find plenty of freshies down there and get to enjoy the beauty of the trees after fresh snow.

10am update

Currently the Quad lift isn’t running. Assuming wind troubles perhaps, though it could be something else. These areas are still available — hop on the second gondola and travel around to the quad chair and once at the bottom, there is an over snow shuttle that the resort has organised and will take you back to the Gondola in a few minutes.


Official snow depths:

Top: 415cm
Base: 310cm

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

The Number 1 Gondola is out of action at the moment - hopefully back online early February.
   Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Tuesday 30th January 2018, 9:36am
Weather conditions: Really snow. High snowing.
New snowfall: 54cm
Snow depth: --
Real Myoko snow! More than 50cm on the ground this morning, and the snow just keeps on falling, with a few more centimeters arriving every hour. It’s hard work for the locals (hello), especially when the plows decide not to arrive until after 6 am, so roads were a bit crowded up to the time the resorts opened, but all is good now.

With this much light, fresh snow, people in the backcountry should be careful about sluffing and even falling - a few reports of people crashing upside-down and not being able to get out without aid.

A reliable friend should be in your toolkit today (of course with avalanche beacon, shovel, probe, whenever you head off the groomed courses).


Akakura Kanko:
300 cm, -8°

Akakura Onsen:
370cm, -8°

Ikenotaira Onsen:
260cm, -7°

Myoko Suginohara:
225cm, -12°

Seki Onsen:
400 cm, -5°

Myoko Ski Park:
330 cm, -4°

Kyukamura RunRun:
350 cm, -5°

Tangram Ski Circus:
230 cm, -8°

Madarao Kogen:
230 cm, -5°

Read more ...

Naeba Now!

Tuesday 30th January 2018, 11:59am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 19cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Naeba! It's snowing in Mikuni valley, and we have had an accumulation for 19cm in the past 24 hours. It's a chilly morning here, with the air temperature maxing out at -8°C at the base. With very little wind, it shouldn't feel too much brisker than you would expect for that air temperature. The pistes have been repeatedly topped up with fresh snow for the past week, meaning today's new snow will likely reignite some of the tracked out un-groomed trails on the main face of Naeba.

Looking forwards, we can expect the snow to slow into the evening, giving way to a clear start tomorrow morning. Estimated maximum temperatures tonight are -10°C at base, however these should increase significantly with a block of warmer air traveling in tomorrow morning, raising air temperatures to -1°C. We should expect some respite from any moderate snow fall from Wednesday until Friday, when the next storm system is expected to move in over the weekend. Winds are expected to remain calm throughout the week.

Hadasamui!   Read more ...

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