Snow and weather reports posted on Tuesday 13th November 2018

Appi Kogen Now!

Sunday 4th February 2018, 7:40am
Weather conditions: Fine
New snowfall: 30cm
Snow depth: --
Hello from Appi,

It had been snowing all day and over night yesterday giving us about 35cm of snow in the one day.

This morning has started off beautiful and sunny day with no wind, but it is not expected to last with snow forecast to move in again fairly quickly. So hopefully there might be some more fresh numbers to report tomorrow.

In the meantime, should be a great first part of the day.


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:

235cm   Read more ...

Yuzawa Now!

Sunday 4th February 2018, 7:49am
Weather conditions: Clear and sunny at the start of the day
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning.

Yesterday the morning was fine with the skies clouding over by the afternoon and there was also some light snow (and also some rain in places) falling for a while.

This morning Kagura is reporting 0-5cm of snowfall and that's about it; other resorts aren't reporting and I can't add any to my numbers.

But this morning... it's beautiful! Clear blue skies above Yuzawa early on in the morning. But once again we are forecast cloudier skies and snow during the day so let's see how long these blue skies will last.

Snow is forecast over the next few days, and different forecasts are predicting different scenarios varying from light snow at times to heavier snow.

Over to you Nature!

For now though it's a lovely morning and first tracks should be a lot of fun.


Images today from GALA Yuzawa, NASPA Ski Garden and Ishiuchi Maruyama (looking north).


Updated: Sunday 4th 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
- 300cm

- 200cm

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

Kandatsu Kogen
- 250cm

- 240cm (base)

NASPA Ski Garden
- 235cm

Yuzawa Kogen
- Top: 270cm
- Base: 220cm

Yuzawa Park
- 175cm

Yuzawa Nakazato
- 170cm


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

Ishiuchi Maruyama
- 250cm

Joetsu Kokusai
- 270cm

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

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

Grandeco Now!

Sunday 4th February 2018, 7:54am
Weather conditions: Snow clouds
New snowfall: 2cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Grandeco.

It is a snowy Sunday morning here for a change with just a bit of snow since last night, giving the courses a slight covering. Hopefully more during the day.

Lots of people on their way up to the resort this morning - early tracks recommended. Of course, with snow on the road, snow tires are necessary at the moment.

Have a good day.


Lifts operating:

- All lifts operating

Courses open:

- All courses open

Official snow depth:
- 280cm

- Grandeco snow and weather forecast   Read more ...

Geto Kogen Now!

Sunday 4th February 2018, 7:55am
Weather conditions: Clear
New snowfall: 7cm
Snow depth: --
We saw some serious snowflakes hit the ground yesterday but unfortunately not for long. Since my last report we’ve recorded around 7cm. All runs open today, with all lifts spinning as well as we welcomed the 1st Gondola back to the game yesterday.

The snow is nice and dry, remaining intact thanks to the cold weather and light winds. Today we’re headed for tops of -2C with some light snow and light winds to match. As for the rest of the week we’re set to see the winds increase in the next few days, with some snow falling tonight into tomorrow, and then again on Tuesday. Waiting patiently for the next big dump to hint itself over the horizon.

Monday: light snow, light to moderate winds, tops of -5C
Tuesday: light snow, moderate winds, tops of -4C
Wednesday: light snow, moderate calming to light winds, tops of -4C


Official snow depths:

Top: 440cm
Base: 300cm

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

Furano Now!

Sunday 4th February 2018, 8:06am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: --
Furano has been blasted by strong winds overnight and they are still gusting around the village. It is likely this will affect some lift operations, so it will be best to get the latest lift information from the resort before buying a lift ticket. There has been some snow overnight which is about 5cm in the village. Due to the wind effect exposed places are likely to have had the new snow blow straight past. Snow has not settled on cars outside in the wind. It is quite warm at -4c and the high will be -2c. Slope conditions will be variable with pockets of fresh wind blown snow scattered around.    Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Sunday 4th February 2018, 8:22am
Weather conditions: Mostly blue skies and sun, bit of cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Nozawa.

Like yesterday, the sun is out this morning. I wonder how long it will last; if it can last longer than it did yesterday... the local forecast does show some little snowmen lined up for later on in the day and also over the next few days. So perhaps we are about to get our next delivery of fluff.

For now though, remember to take the camera. Should be beautiful up there.

Our friend Nasuki (or Naski, if you will) is looking particularly happy this morning on the webcam image, as you can see below). I think he/she likes a good sunny Sunday morning. By the way, if anyone knows if our popular bright green local wild vegetable mascot character is a boy or a girl, do let us know. Answers on a postcard please!

Have a fun Sunday.


Sunday 5th 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): 300cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 255cm
- Hikage (660m): 195cm
- Nagasaka (615m): 190cm
- Karasawa (563m): 150cm

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!

Sunday 4th February 2018, 8:24am
Weather conditions: Snow clouds
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning everyone.

I had my extra piece of toast (after all, it's Sunday) and went outside to check up on those fresh cm of snowfall and... there ain't any! Doh! A little disappointing, but since then it has started to snow again and there's already a dusting of snow. Not enough to add a cm to my observed snowfall though.

It is noticeably milder this morning. Wind might also be an issue today and indeed just as I prepare to post this report, top lifts appear to be on hold. See below for my 8:20am updates on that situation.

I am also noticing that this is the third report in a row with no fresh to report, which in itself kind of reminds me of what we had over New Year.

More importantly, it also means that both the resort and backcountry are impressively tracked out, as you might expect. So a nice fresh delivery would be most welcome. I'm a bit confused looking at various forecasts, so I think I'll settle on just waiting to see what our friend nature delivers.

Have a good Sunday.


Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 5.00am: -6°, no new snow. Moiwa 800m: -76°, SE11m/s, no new snow, snowstorm. Annupuri 1150m: -9°, SSE12m/s, no new snow. Hirafu 1250m: -7°, strong southerly wind, snowstorm, trace new snow. Coastal data: Benkei Cape:SSE13m/s, 1007hPa, wave 0.7m.

With the approach of a low pressure system, a strong SE wind has picked up. Although there is no new snowfall, strong wind and snow are causing snowdrift development in various locations on ridgelines above 800m. From observation, the older existing snowdrifts are stable and there is no obvious weak layer. The general avalanche risk is low. All peak gates are expected to be open, although dependent on lift operation. Please listen to the patrols advice. There is almost no fresh lines to found out of bounds now. Its better to stay in the resort and practice carving on a day like today.

Do not enter strictly off limits area Haru no Taki looking for fresh tracks. There are lots of cracks on the slope where the accident occurred last year. Haru no Taki is loaded with a lot of snow this year and the possibility of a full depth avalanche is high from now on. Surveillance is being increased. Be careful.

Niseko Rules were developed to stem the frequent accidents that were occurring on the Niseko mountains, not for any tourist promotion purpose. An avalanche is a natural phenomenon and accidents happen only when there is a person there. In Niseko we not only respect your freedom to ski out of bounds, but we also want that to happen safely. Accidents are more likely to happen in bad weather. Plan flexibly depending on weather conditions. The weather will improve soon.


Sunday 4th 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
- Top Ace Number 4, King Number 4 and Hanazono Number 3 lifts are on hold at the start of the day due to wind/poor visibility

Official snow depth:
- Top: 425cm
- Base: 200cm

Niseko Annupuri Kokusai

Lifts scheduled to be operating:
- All lifts should be operating
- Top Jumbo Number 4 lifts is on hold at the start of the day due to wind

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
- - Top Wonderland Chair lift is on hold at the start of the day due to wind

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 ...

Hakuba Now!

Sunday 4th February 2018, 8:35am
Weather conditions: Snow clouds back over Hakuba
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Hello and good morning from Hakuba.

I remember yesterday saying that it may well be starting to cloud over... well, actually by mid afternoon there was a lot more blue sky around and sunshine and it ended up being a really nice afternoon.

This morning the snow clouds are back and while I have no fresh snow to report, snow has been falling and snow is on the forecast (at least on and off) over the next few days. So hopefully we'll see some decent reset going on. I will of course let you know.

So light snow falling on the mountains and generally fair to limited visibility but it shouldn't be an issue.


Ski resort information on Sunday 4th 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 now open

Official snow depth:
- Kurobishi: 355cm
- Usagidaira: 200cm
- Lower: 130cm


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: 360cm
- 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:
- Should be open as normal apart from Kane-no-naru-oka Skyliner I

Courses open:
- All course areas are open

Official snow depth:
- Tsuga-no-mori: 285cm
- Han-no-ki: 285cm
- Maruyama: 120cm
- Shirakaba: 240cm
- Champion: 140cm
- Oya-no-hara: 140cm
- Kane-no-naru-oka: 155cm


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: 316cm
- Base: 190cm


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 7 should be operating as planned

Official snow depth:
- 240cm


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   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Sunday 4th February 2018, 8:36am
Weather conditions: Blue skies and sunny
New snowfall: 2cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Shiga Kogen.

There was a bit of snow falling last night and I am able to add 2cm to the reports from that.

But this morning the sun is out and it's a beauty of a morning. Cold too, at the start of the day anyway.

Snow is due again later on today believe it or not, though we are not expecting significant amounts. And hopefully there will be snow clouds overhead until around mid week.

It should be a fine Sunday morning.


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!

Sunday 4th February 2018, 8:39am
Weather conditions: Mostly clear blue skies over the mountain
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Another beautiful morning here in Madarao and while there's no fresh cm of snow to report the weather should make up for that.

...and we have snow due later on today and snow clouds over the region for a few days.

I'm feeling the forecast was previously a bit more 'snowy' than it is right now, but of course those things can change.

In the meantime as we wait for a refresh, enjoy your Sunday.


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 ...

Zao Now!

Sunday 4th February 2018, 10:15am
Weather conditions: Cloudy skies this morning
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Zao.

After some fine weather conditions there is more cloud around this morning as we head into more expected colder conditions along with fresh snowfall on the ground. Hopefully I'll be reporting that tomorrow. Bring it on, I say.

All of the resort is open.


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 ...

Myoko Now!

Sunday 4th February 2018, 10:40am
Weather conditions: Sunny to the east, snow moving in from the west
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
No real snowfall yesterday although here were some perfect snowflakes coming down early in the afternoon - just didn’t amount to much at the end of the day.

Another sunny day to start and to the east, but it’s snowing up on the mountain, and the forecast is for some serious accumulation this evening.

We could use the reset of the natural slopes...

Lots of unchanged reports today—they reported in, but no change in snow depth or temperature (except Suginohara, which somehow lost 25cm)


Akakura Kanko:
290 cm, -6°

Akakura Onsen:
370cm, -8°

Ikenotaira Onsen:
250cm, -8°

Myoko Suginohara:
180cm, -11°

Seki Onsen:
400 cm, -2°

Myoko Ski Park:
260 cm, -2°

Kyukamura RunRun:
350 cm, -3°

Tangram Ski Circus:
220 cm, -5°

Madarao Kogen:
230 cm, -6°

Read more ...

Naeba Now!

Sunday 4th February 2018, 10:50am
Weather conditions: Lovely blue skies with some cloud about.
New snowfall: 2cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Naeba everybody.

Thanks to a small amount of fresh snow yesterday and exceedingly cold temperatures overnight conditions today are lovely. The groomers are in excellent condition so get out there and lay down some arcs!

Looking ahead the weather forecast is predicting moderately heavy snow tonight, with light to moderate snow falling every day until Friday. Whilst I wouldn't predict any completely insane powder days this week, conditions should still be very nice.

   Read more ...

Minakami Now!

Sunday 4th February 2018, 16:39pm
Weather conditions: Mostly clear today...
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
A little snow overnight was enough to partially reset things on mountain.

It was soft and pretty good in places but we need a full reset and the forecast is saying its coming this evening.

4:30pm as I write and no sign of it so far but moderate snow is the word which usually means a minimum of 40cm up at Tenjin.

Looking like snow for the next few days...


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 ...

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01st Nov, 17:00pm
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01st Nov, 10:07am
Shiga Kogen Now
30th Oct, 13:09pm
Grandeco Now
19th Oct, 14:51am
Myoko Now
06th Oct, 15:27am
Madarao Now
12th Aug, 0:17pm
Furano Now
06th May, 9:04am
Naeba Now
06th May, 8:28am
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