Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 5th May 2018

Furano Now!

Saturday 3rd February 2018, 7:11am
Weather conditions: Partly cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
It is a milder start to the day with temperatures warmer than the last couple of days. The significant factor is the wind which was gusting around the village an hour ago, but is more constant now and will stay through the day. There has been no overnight snow and it looks like at best the resort will receive not much more than a dusting over the weekend. It is clear this morning with high overcast and good views across town, but no blue sky.   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Saturday 3rd February 2018, 7:21am
Weather conditions: Fine
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Nozawa.

Another early report today.

And it looks like it is going to be another lovely morning here in Nozawa. I expect quite a few people are currently on their way to Nozawa to enjoy it this morning... it's probably going to be a very popular and busy weekend.

It's a cold start but it will be warming up a little - though not too much, perhaps just rising into low positive numbers.

Still expecting snow later in the day tomorrow and early week.

Have a good Saturday, wherever you find yourself.


Saturday 4th February 2018

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

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

Official snow depth numbers:

- Yamabiko (1407m): 320cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 265cm
- Hikage (660m): 200cm
- Nagasaka (615m): 190cm
- Karasawa (563m): 160cm

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 East   Read more ...

Minakami Now!

Saturday 3rd February 2018, 7:45am
Weather conditions: Cloudy with significant patches of blue
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Yesterday during the morning it was so foggy that it was virtually impossible to get around at Tenjin. That all changed from around 11am and the previous night's snowfall was enough to refresh the resort and backcountry. Soft, fluffy snow, prone to sluffing and in the end it was a great day on mountain. Average depth of what we were riding in was about 30cm so not bad. We had a little more of that same, Pacific weather system influenced snow last night but very little here at the base.

The skies are clear, the winds are calm and temps are just below zero. Looking like another good day.

Forecast is for snow each night through Wednesday morning.


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 ...

Yuzawa Now!

Saturday 3rd February 2018, 7:45am
Weather conditions: Cloud, blue sky, sunshine
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Yuzawa.

It was a fine day yesterday - sunny at times, though not clear deep blue skies with cloud sticking around.

There is less cloud around at the start of the day than there was yesterday, though since I started putting the report together there's less blue sky and a bit more cloud. So who knows how the day will turn out! But it kind of feels like we are going to be treated with bluer skies and sunshine this morning.

Temperatures area expected to rise to around +5C or slightly more during the day today, so it is going to be a little milder.

It's going to be a busy weekend!


Images today from GALA Yuzawa, NASPA Ski Garden and Maiko Snow Resort.


Updated: Saturday 3rd February 2018

Ski resorts in Yuzawa:

Checked and updated every morning. Note that some ski resorts may not have updated their own info at the time this report is published.

GALA Yuzawa
- 310cm

- 205cm

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

Kandatsu Kogen
- 260cm

- 240cm (base)

NASPA Ski Garden
- 245cm

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

Yuzawa Park
- 170cm

Yuzawa Nakazato
- 175cm


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

Ishiuchi Maruyama
- 250cm

Joetsu Kokusai
- 300cm

Maiko Snow Resort
- Top: 240cm
- Base: 160cm

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

Appi Kogen Now!

Saturday 3rd February 2018, 7:46am
Weather conditions: Snow clouds are back
New snowfall: 10cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Appi.

With 5-10cm of snow being reported overnight (and 10cm observed for this report) and along with fairly cold conditions - not as cold as it has been - it should be a good day.

Limited visibility early on but all lifts appear to be operating as planned scheduled including the Sailer gondola and Vista quad. Weekend!

The forecast is looking for some good heavy snowfall and we enter next week with regular snowfall all the way through the week.


Planned lift operations (subject to change):

- APPI Gondola
- Central quad
- Central number 2 lift
- Central number 3 lift A
- Central number 4 lift
- Central number 5 lift
- Central number 6 lift
- Sailer gondola
- Sailer quad
- Vista quad
- Nishimori lift

Note: The Sailer Gondola, Central Number 4 lift and Vista quad are usually rested on normal weekdays


Official snow depth:

225cm   Read more ...

Grandeco Now!

Saturday 3rd February 2018, 7:50am
Weather conditions: Blue skies
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Grandeco.

There was no snowfall last night and it is another beautiful morning again.

The ski slopes are perfectly groomed and ready for the lifts to get moving. For ungroomed goodness, take the Number 4 lift and turn to the right when you get off.

Don’t forget to bring GPS or compass when you hike up to Mt. Nishidaiten - even when it is good weather.

The first Saturday in February. It's likely going to be a popular and busy weekend.


Lifts operating:

- All lifts operating

Courses open:

- All courses open

Official snow depth:
- 280cm

- Grandeco snow and weather forecast   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Saturday 3rd February 2018, 7:59am
Weather conditions: Partly thin clouds, sunny, blue sky
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Hakuba.

It was a pleasing mix of cloud, blue sky and sunshine over Hakuba yesterday. A fine day to be out on the mountain.

There's no fresh snowfall to report but what we do have is sunshine. It's another mix of cloud and blue sky - this time the cloud that we have is generally high and thin. There's actually a bit more of it around than there was when I got up about an hour ago - is it perhaps starting to cloud over?

The Happo Banks park at Happo-one opens from today.

It's going to be a busy weekend.

Have fun!


Ski resort information on Saturday 3rd February 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
- Happo Banks is opening from today

Official snow depth:
- Kurobishi: 360cm
- Usagidaira: 195cm
- 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: 305cm
- Base: 120cm


Tsugaike Kogen

Operating lifts:
- Should be open as normal apart from Kane-no-naru-oka Skyliner I

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

Official snow depth:
- Tsuga-no-mori: 290cm
- Han-no-ki: 290cm
- Maruyama: 120cm
- Shirakaba: 260cm
- Champion: 140cm
- Oya-no-hara: 150cm
- 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: 320cm
- Base: 200cm


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 should be operating as planned

Official snow depth:
- 260cm


Hakuba Valley Kashimayari

Operating lifts:
- All lifts should be operating as planned

Official snow depth:
- 175cm


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
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Naeba Now!

Saturday 3rd February 2018, 8:22am
Weather conditions: Clear
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Naeba!

It's a crisp, clear morning here in Mikuni valley. The sun is just rising above the mountains now to break into the valley, likely warming the valley air as soon as it hits. Air temperatures are expected to be just above 0°C during the day time today, dropping just below freezing over night. There is little wind to report today also, meaning it will be a pleasant day to be out in the sunshine. The pistes are in excellent condition due to the cooler temperatures recently and fresh snow over the past few days. Tonight, we can expect the skies to cloud over, and we may possibly get a dusting of new snow.

Looking forwards, we can expect much the same tomorrow as we will have today; temperatures around freezing and sun followed by cloud and light snow. Temperatures are expected to drop on Sunday night, and not get above freezing again until at least Thursday. Overnight highs of -9°C are currently predicted on Wednesday night. The wind is predicted to pick up a little early in the week, with wind speeds of around 15 - 20 kmph. We can also expect a block of moisture bearing air to pass through from Monday afternoon until Wednesday morning, with a little snow predicted to accumulate.
   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Saturday 3rd February 2018, 8:30am
Weather conditions: Fine and sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Zao.

I feel things are pretty similar to yesterday. The sun is shining down on us and it's a lovely morning and not quite as cold.

Everywhere open and lots of cars coming up to Zao. It feels like it's going to be a bustling weekend here; as you might expect early February.


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: 170cm
- Paradise area: 200cm
- Chuo area: 200cm
- Utopia area: 200cm
- Uwanodai area: 120cm
- Oomori area: 140cm


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:

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

Niseko Now!

Saturday 3rd February 2018, 8:31am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning.

As expected, yesterday was a beautiful day. Ah, it is so good to be here. :)

It's a cloudy and calm start to the day this morning and there is no fresh snow to report to you. It's cold early on but will likely be milder than it has been during the day today and tomorrow.

The forecasts show a chance of some snowfall before the end of the day and into tomorrow.

And I think that's about it for this morning!


Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 5am: -14℃, no snowfall, calm. Moiwa800m: -17.5℃, light breeze, no snowfall. Annupuri1150m: mild breeze, -12℃, no snowfall. Hirafu1250m: mild wind, -16℃, no snowfall. Coastal data: Benkei cape no wind, Kamui cape: S5m/s, 1029hPa, 0.9m waves.

The winter pressure pattern has passed, isobars are spread out, the mountains and the seas are in a calm condition. No new snow has fallen and the slopes are mostly tracked out. The overall avalanche risk is low and all gates are expected to open from the morning. Be well prepared for the backcountry, anybody can step out of the gates, however carelessly following other people’s track could make you astray or end up in a dangerous situation.

South facing strictly off-limits areas such as Haru no Taki zone is being affected by the sun and dangerous slabs are drastically forming. Riding stimulations could trigger a large slide. Strictly off-limits areas are closed for good reasons. Please respect the boundaries.

The large temperature difference during the day will form a notable surface hoar layer, leading Feb 1st-2nd layer become a weak layer in the future snowpack. Surface slab slides from Jan 25th layer are still to be expected in highly wind-loaded steep slopes above 1200m. Better avoid concave terrains in Chisenupuri and Mt Yotei.

The snow is still deep, but a little denser, good conditions continues. Beware of sudden weather changes. Have a nice day.


Saturday 3rd February 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: 440cm
- Base: 210cm

Niseko Annupuri Kokusai

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

Official snow depth:
- Top: 360cm
- Base: 240cm

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) - last day tomorrow (Sunday). 1,400 yen special ticket required.

Official snow depth:
- Top: 360cm
- Base: 240cm


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 ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Saturday 3rd February 2018, 8:33am
Weather conditions: Fine weather, sun, some thin cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Shiga Kogen.

It's looking like we are going to have generally fine weather conditions over this weekend.

A little snow and slight reset overnight tonight would be great; some forecasts do point to that possibility.

More decent snowfall is still there on the forecast for Monday-Tuesday.


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!

Saturday 3rd February 2018, 8:38am
Weather conditions: Fine, some thin cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Hello and good morning from Madarao on this first Saturday of February.

And the weekend is off to a fine start - not new snow, but sunshine and blue skies. A lovely morning and it is going to be a little milder today.

There will be a special "Setsubun" event held at the resort today. It's a cultural thing, and may well involve throwing beans at a demon. Yikes! This is what Wikipedia says:

"Setsubun (節分) is the day before the beginning of spring in Japan. The name literally means "seasonal division", but usually the term refers to the spring Setsubun, properly called Risshun (立春) celebrated yearly on February 3 as part of the Spring Festival (春祭 haru matsuri). In its association with the Lunar New Year, spring Setsubun can be and was previously thought of as a sort of New Year's Eve, and so was accompanied by a special ritual to cleanse away all the evil of the former year and drive away disease-bringing evil spirits for the year to come. This special ritual is called mamemaki (豆撒き, literally "bean scattering"). Setsubun has its origins in tsuina (追儺), a Chinese custom introduced to Japan in the eighth century."

If you find that intriguing, you can go check it out at 1pm by the Restaurant Shirakaba.

Not sure I like the mention of "spring" at this stage of the season, but we'll ignore that for now!

Night operations tonight too, so it's full on today.


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 ...

Myoko Now!

Saturday 3rd February 2018, 8:53am
Weather conditions: Partly cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Starting the weekend out sunny, but (hopefully) the snow will start up again in the afternoon.

It’s pretty crusty wherever you’re on natural snow, except in the shade and on north-facing slopes.

The ski areas, of course, will be nicely groomed and ready for some speedy descents - and we all need to work on those turns, right?

Snow ahead, which makes us all happy (especially with the pre-plowing all completed).


Akakura Kanko:
290 cm, -3°

Akakura Onsen:
370cm, -8°

Ikenotaira Onsen:
250cm, -8°

Myoko Suginohara:
205cm, -8°

Seki Onsen:
400 cm, -2°

Myoko Ski Park:
260 cm, -2°

Kyukamura RunRun:
350 cm, -3° (yesterday’s report)

Tangram Ski Circus:
220 cm, -5°

Madarao Kogen:
230 cm, -3°

Read more ...

Geto Kogen Now!

Saturday 3rd February 2018, 8:55am
Weather conditions: Fine with snow showers at times
New snowfall: 3cm
Snow depth: --
Beautiful blue skies yesterday with some pristine groomed terrain to enjoy, and then some nice cold, dry powder to find on the sides and in the trees as well. Though we’ve only seen 3cm of fresh snow overnight, I have some better news — the main Gondola debuts this morning after its repairs. This means we now have access to the whole mountain, and plenty of fresh tracks still available I have no doubt, in the areas untouched due to lack of access.

Today we’re looking at clear skies for the most part, then a snow shower or two and tops of 2 degrees, with calm skies. As for the rest of the weekend, we’re meant to see a chance of a snow shower or two but nothing major, perhaps 10cm on Sunday into Monday, but It looks like the real snow is coming around Tuesday.

Sunday: snow showers, light to moderate winds, tops of -2C
Monday:snow showers, moderate winds, tops of -4C
Tuesday: light to heavy snow, strong winds, tops of -2C

All tree run areas are currently open. Please adhere to the resorts’ rules of access — you must wear a helmet when entering these runs, or risk the cancelling of your lift pass. Other important things include a charged and available mobile phone with an emergency contact number for the resort. Know your skill and ride accordingly.


Official snow depths:

Top: 450cm
Base: 310cm

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


The Number 1 Gondola is operating again.   Read more ...

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