Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 30th May 2020

Geto Kogen Now!

Tuesday 3rd March 2020, 7:44am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Geto.

Some fresh snowfall this morning. It started falling in the evening yesterday with a few cm last night and 5-7cm this morning.

It is snowing lightly now.

A similar kind of picture is forecast for tomorrow too.


Official snow depths:

* Top: 300cm
* 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

Nighta skiing operations

* Finished for the season   Read more ...

Furano Now!

Tuesday 3rd March 2020, 7:59am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 2cm
Snow depth: --
It is snowing with a light breeze from the south. There is a small amount of accumulation of new snow on the ground in the village area. The day is cloudy with cloud sitting on the upper half of the mountain and the lower half clear at the moment. The light snow is forecast to continue until early afternoon and the high will be around -1c.

Furano Ropeway operation has been suspended as a measure to prevent the spread of Corona Virus.

Operating lifts:

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

Furano Ropeway CLOSED
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 ...

Niseko Now!

Tuesday 3rd March 2020, 8:20am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 6cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Niseko.

6cm of fresh snowfall to report to you this morning. Yey!

It is relatively mild, so the snow doesn't look like top season fluffy light powder, but we'll take it.

There was lots of fog yesterday, this morning there is less but generally very cloudy and grey and while visibility is improved it's all a bit one-tone. And Annupuri are reporting fog this morning.

Here's lots more words...


What we do... What they do

* Todays version ;)

Just yesterday, more than 15 people sent emails to SnowJapan asking specific – and sometimes very detailed - questions about the status of various businesses in Niseko. Are specific hotels and restaurants open as normal? Are opening times changed? Are ski lessons being held? Have transportation timetables changed? That kind of thing.

As I have tried to explain before, this website is not directly involved in such businesses, and we are not a tourism advice bureau. Everyone involved in keeping this website running smoothly is very busy doing ‘what we do’.

If you have questions regarding a hotel or a restaurant, I suggest directing those questions directly to that hotel or restaurant. Perhaps you could also direct questions to the people/company you have booked your holiday/accommodation with... or the tourism association.

These people will surely be able to answer such questions. After all, that is part of ‘what they do’.

While I unfortunately cannot be of specific help, I do wish you all good luck.

And with regards to the ski resorts; I report on this every day - they are open as planned each morning.


The 2019-2020 season so far: through until the end of February 2020

The days and weeks and months whizz by, and here we are in March already. So once again it is time for me to take a look back on February and the season so far.

The usual up-front notes:

I take my measurements from close to the base of the Niseko Grand Hirafu area of our mountain. There is usually more snow at higher elevations; many locals often say there’s often ‘about 1.5 times the amount’ that there is at base. And often that seems reasonable. It is impossible for me to take measurements from the top of the mountain every morning for all sorts of practical reasons. The observed snowfall numbers on these Niseko Now reports over the years can all be compared like-for-like, because they are my observations and are coming from the same place each season. And it goes without saying that there's much more to the story than just bare numbers; they may be interesting, but they are not the complete picture. For a more complete idea of the season, please read the reports for each day!

This is how much snowfall I have measured during the month of February over the last eight winter seasons:

February 2020: 143cm
February 2019: 198cm
February 2018: 299cm
February 2017: 160cm
February 2016: 266cm
February 2015: 196cm
February 2014: 178cm
February 2013: 316cm

The month got off to a decent start with snow on nine consecutive days from the 2nd. Not massive numbers, but some consistency. There was then a period of five reports when I had no fresh to report before another consistent period of snowfall between 17th and 25th February. The month ended with a three-day spell of no fresh snowfall, and then a bit on the ‘bonus’ 29th!

I was able to report snowfall here at base on 19 of the 29 days in the month. The most in one day was 19cm. I definitely remember being up there and seeing 40+cm on one day though.

So, I observed a total of 143cm of snowfall over the month of reports. That unfortunately was the least number for a February since I started these reports in 2013.

Here are my ‘season to date’ numbers, from the beginning of this season to the end of February 2020:

2019/2020 season up to end of February 2020: 659cm
2018/2019 season up to end of February 2019: 900cm
2017/2018 season up to end of February 2018: 1198cm
2016/2017 season up to end of February 2017: 605cm
2015/2016 season up to end of February 2016: 877cm
2014/2015 season up to end of February 2015: 1002cm
2013/2014 season up to end of February 2014: 1037cm
2012/2013 season up to end of February 2013: 1295cm

The total for the season is better than – but comparable with - with the 2016-2017 season.

Continuing from the comments last month, it really has been an odd season in Japan.

Considering some of the very low snowfall numbers from many ski resorts to our south – and an agonisingly bad season for parts of western Japan – we have done relatively well, and we should be thankful for that.

And while it is not classic by any means, we have had days of excellent conditions and many visitors I have met have enjoyed themselves.

Then the coronavirus story appeared and over the last month or so has become louder and louder. Unfortunately, it has started to have a real effect on tourism and everyone involved. I don’t want to get into the gloom of all that, rather say that all we can do is hope that yhr situation clears quickly without there being too much further damage.

And of course, the current season is not over yet of course. Here’s how much snow I have observed over the month of March in previous seasons:

March 2019: 45cm
March 2018: 49cm
March 2017: 83cm
March 2016: 109cm
March 2015: 139cm
March 2014: 113cm
March 2013: 164cm

From 1st March 2019 until the end of that season: 51cm
From 1st March 2018 until the end of that season: 62cm
From 1st March 2017 until the end of that season: 83cm
From 1st March 2016 until the end of that season: 115cm
From 1st March 2015 until the end of that season: 142cm
From 1st March 2014 until the end of that season: 126cm
From 1st March 2013 until the end of that season: 198cm

That trend over recent years isn’t very encouraging, but we should be getting more snow. How much, we'll just have to wait and see.

Here is what the Japan Meteorological Agency have reported from their observation station in Kutchan town for the month of February over the last eight years:

February 2020: 158cm
February 2019: 141cm
February 2018: 202cm
February 2017: 173cm
February 2016: 210cm
February 2015: 167cm
February 2014: 130cm
February 2013: 228cm

And these are the JMA numbers for the season so far up until the end of January 2020:

2019/2020 season up to end of February 2020: 609cm

2018/2019 season up to end of February 2019: 808cm
2017/2018 season up to end of February 2018: 954cm
2016/2017 season up to end of February 2017: 741cm
2015/2016 season up to end of February 2016: 698cm
2014/2015 season up to end of February 2015: 825cm
2013/2014 season up to end of February 2014: 804cm
2012/2013 season up to end of February 2013: 900cm

That’s about it from me today.

Stay positive, stay healthy and let’s skiing!

Next monthly recap in early April.


Niseko Avalanche Report

Mountain Base: -1°, 5cm new snow in last 12hrs. Moiwa 800m: NE 33 deg 1.6m/s, -3.8°, cloudy. Annupuri 1100m: N 10deg 5.0m/s, -6.8°. Yu no Sawa 1000m: NE 46deg 5.1m/s, -6.4°. Niseko Village 900m: NNE 21deg 0.2m/s, -5.2°. Hirafu 1000m :N 5deg 5.1m/s, -6.3°. Hanazono 720m: N 345deg 2.4m/s, -4.1°. Coastal data: Benkei Cape: light winds. Kamui Cape light winds, 1021hPa, wave 0.8m.

Winds are calm and there has been a small amount of new snow. From data and observation there is no obvious avalanche risk. All gates are expected to be open. The poor visibility above 600m continues due to fog. Take care going fast, hitting trees. The snow doesn't seem sun affected, but there is only a little new snow. The weather is calm this morning but watch for a sudden change. Have a good day.


Ski resort operation information: Tuesday 3rd 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: 210cm
- Base: 130cm

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 ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Tuesday 3rd March 2020, 8:32am
Weather conditions: Cloud and...
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --

I have to report some rain this morning - you can see it on the Nagasaka cam image below - though the resort is reporting 3cm of fresh snowfall on the upper Yamabiko and Uenotaira areas. Sounds like that is the place to head. Both are not due to continue for long this morning.

Still hoping for fresh snow on Thursday.


Tuesday 3rd March 2020

Fresh snowfall recorded by resort since yesterday morning:

- Yamabiko (1407m): 3cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 3cm
- Hikage (660m): 0cm
- Nagasaka (615m): 0cm
- Karasawa (563m): 0cm

Official snow depth numbers (reported by resort):

- Yamabiko (1407m): 210cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 140cm
- Hikage (660m): 50cm
- Nagasaka (615m): 40cm
- Karasawa (563m): 10cm

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 ...

Aizu Bandai Now!

Tuesday 3rd March 2020, 8:33am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 2cm
Snow depth: --

A few cm of fresh snow down here at Minowa base though it's not down to town level.

There is a lot of cloud around and it is a bit dark early on but perhaps will get to be clearer.

Nekoma is taking a nap now until Thursday and will be back with us from Friday... hopefully from there onwards it will be open daily.


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
- 17 (of 25) courses open
- Walk course connecting Alts Bandai with Nekoma is closed today
- Official snow depth: 140cm (top); 80cm (mid)

Hoshino Resort Urabandai Nekoma:
- Nekoma is closed today, tomorrow and Thursday and then...
- Open daily from 6th March
- Official snow depth: 150cm

- 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 ...

Yuzawa Now!

Tuesday 3rd March 2020, 8:37am
Weather conditions: Cloud and...
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Yuzawa.

Well, yesterday was (guess what) mild again and it was raining when I was outside late evening. And the roads are wet this morning too.

Kagura is reporting 1cm of snow up there, but I note that GALA Yuzawa are reporting rain. Looks like Maiko is getting a bit of snow up top.

Various lower areas are struggling once again so the best advice is to head up high for the better snow cover.

Hopefully we'll get another dose of relief on Thursday when snow is still forecast. Just how much, I wouldn't dare guess!

The forecast for the day today and tomorrow is generally cloudy.


Individual ski resort information: Tuesday 3rd 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: 170cm

Ishiuchi Maruyama

- 15 courses are open (all above Ginza course)
- Official snow depth: 120cm (upper); 60cm (mid)


- The central area is open; 3 lifts operating
- Official snow depth: 75cm

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); 10cm (base)

Muikamachi Hakkaisan

- 8 of 14 courses open; 3 of 4 lifts operating
- Official snow depth: 160cm


- 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: 65cm
- 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: 60cm

Yuzawa Park

- Number 1, 3 and 7 lifts are operating
- Official snow depth: 60cm


Photos (below) from around 8:30am on Tuesday 3rd March 2020:

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

Shiga Kogen Now!

Tuesday 3rd March 2020, 8:45am
Weather conditions: Cloud, gas, fog
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --

Lots of cloud/gas around this morning with light snow falling in places. Yakebitaiyama are reporting a dusting of snow and that's about it. Still, better than rain!

Fresh snow remains on the forecast for tomorrow night into Thursday.


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: Tuesday 3rd 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: 190cm


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 ...

Zao Now!

Tuesday 3rd March 2020, 8:46am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Zao.

Lots of cloud this morning and looking at the cams it looks like trees above a certain altitude have a bit of a frosted look so perhaps a bit of snow up there?

The resort itself is reporting cloud at all elevations early morning and just one change on the official snow depth numbers - Utopia appears to have increased by 5cm.

The forecast currently still shows snowfall due around Thursday along with the chance of strong winds.


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
- 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 ...

Madarao Now!

Tuesday 3rd March 2020, 8:49am
Weather conditions: Cloud, fog
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --

Limited visibility this morning, according to the webcam image and my friend who is in Madarao. I'm out of town this morning so relying on them.

The forecast that Tangram uses shows sun this morning so perhaps the clouds will clear up?

Thursday still looking to be that bit colder with the chance of decent snowfall. Got to wonder how many more times we'll see it... but staying positive!


Current operations: Tuesday 3rd March 2020


- All lifts apart from Number 5 should be operating
- Powder Wave closed
- Other tree run courses open
- Official snow depth: 120cm

Tangram Ski Circus:

- All lifts are operating
- Most courses open
- Official snow depth: 90cm   Read more ...

Naeba Now!

Tuesday 3rd March 2020, 8:51am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Naeba.

Lots of cloud around again this morning and it's a rather grey. Theres rain falling in Yuzawa as well this morning and I see that Kagura are reporting 1cm of snow on the top area of that resort.

We all want fresh snow and looking to Thursday to bring it.


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!

Tuesday 3rd March 2020, 9:10am
Weather conditions: Cloud, some blue sky
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Hakuba.

Some strong winds yesterday and overnight and it seems calmer this morning with a lot of cloud but some blue sky too and the sun making an appearance.

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

To get a good idea of how things are looking, be sure to check the photos in the report each day - they can be found below. I don't think I need to write a commentary on those every day...

47 (not in the photos) still looking pretty good down to base, they always seem to be able to keep it going well.


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
- Kurobishi
- 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: 200cm
- Usagidaira: 140cm
- 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: 170cm
- Base: 50cm

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: 185cm
- Toomi: 65cm
- Iimori: 50cm

Tsugaike Kogen

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

Hakuba Cortina

Official snow depth & info:
- Top: 168cm
- Base: 70cm
- 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: 100cm
- 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 ...

Appi Kogen Now!

Tuesday 3rd March 2020, 9:24am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 21cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Appi.

It started snowing here around 3pm yesterday and hasn’t stopped since. We are currently at 21cm of fresh powder.

It is slightly warmer today so around the base the snow is a bit heavier, but it’s cloud nine up the top. Currently at 0 degrees at the base with no wind and cloudy skies.

Today all lifts are operating as normal.


The Sailer quad lift will not be operating through Thursday this week - some kind of maintenance. In the meantime, 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 Number 2 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:
225cm   Read more ...

Minakami Now!

Tuesday 3rd March 2020, 10:13am
Weather conditions: Clearing
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Light rain yesterday and overnight though it was snowing at one point this morning.

Looks like the weather is clearing and I'll be going up for a few leg burners imminently.

The forecast is for snow to start falling tomorrow night and continue right through Friday. Could be a good weekend in the mountains.



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

Tanigawadake Tenjindaira
Official snow depth: 205cm

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 ...

Myoko Now!

Tuesday 3rd March 2020, 10:13am
Weather conditions: Foggy
New snowfall: 2cm
Snow depth: --
It's snowing! Kind of a surprise to wake up and see some wet white stuff. Not a lot; not really beautiful snow (it's turning to slush almost instantly) but it is snow and every cm is needed.I see most resorts are showing a slow decline in snowpack (apart from one place that miraculously still has way more than three meters on the ground. Ha).

The Yama no Kami at Akakan on March 9, which was opened to the public last year (and was a lot of fun; a little ceremony out at the mini-shrine in the woods just about the Akakura Kanko) is, unfortunately, a victim of the corona virus. Just a handful of locals will risk infection to ask the kami for safety on the hill, and maybe more snow (don't know if the yama no kami handles weather, too). Probably smart, but I'll miss the big luncheon event inside the Kanko Hotel...


Akakura Kanko:
190cm, -2°C

Akakura Onsen:
245cm, -1°C

Ikenotaira Onsen:
110cm, 0°

Myoko Suginohara:
100cm, -3°

Seki Onsen:
350cm, -3°

Myoko Ski Park:
110cm, 6°

Kyukamura RunRun:
180cm, 3°

Tangram Ski Circus:
90cm, 1°

Madarao Kogen:
120cm, no temperature reported

Lotte Arai Resort
309cm, 3.6°

Kurohime Kogen Snow Park
20cm, 1°    Read more ...

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