Snow and weather reports posted on Wednesday 21st November 2018

Geto Kogen Now!

Sunday 4th March 2018, 7:03am
Weather conditions: Mostly sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
A fairly calm and uneventful day in the way of weather yesterday, tops of 4C and the sun shining with the runs freshly groomed.

Today, we’re in for an interesting morning on the hill. Starting with tops of 10C, though by this afternoon it should drop to about 4C. Clear blue skies and winds dipping up and down, at the most getting up to moderate, though a bit heavier up the top.

I’m afraid for the next week we’re in for some particularly disheartening weather. Though the sun will be out for the most part, we’re looking at about 30mm of rain tonight into Monday morning, and a bit of snow if we’re lucky. In this case, I’d take blizzards and zero visibility over this, any day of the week.

We should see some snow early in the week, but only about 10cm, then as the days go on the temps are set to just continue rising, with Thursday and Friday giving us more than a bit of rain… We can’t control the weather (yet), so here’s what we know so far…

Monday: moderate rain with light evening snow, calm skies & tops of 5C
Tuesday: snow showers, moderate winds & tops of -5C
Wednesday: snow showers, calm skies & tops of -2C
Thursday: cloudy with heavy rain & tops of 6C
Friday: more heavy rain… tops of 11C


Official snow depths:

Top: 485cm
Base: 325cm

Night skiing operations have finished for the season.   Read more ...

Furano Now!

Sunday 4th March 2018, 7:31am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Well there were plenty of people out yesterday enjoying the copious quantities of new snow that varied from about 50cm over 2 days in the village to over a metre on the resort! It was heavy in places but with the right aspect factored in there was some very good stuff up there. Temperatures were very warm yesterday with lots of melt evident by water starting to stream down roads and the tar seal just breaking through in places.

Today the warmth continues with temperature right now already +2c and heading up to +7c. The next not so great news is that it is raining. It was coming down moderately an hour ago but has eased back to light rain, and is forecast to continue through until about midday. Expect snow conditions on mountain to be heavy and a bit wet. Cloud is low at the moment so there is plenty of flat light.

The rest of the week should be colder with some light snow, but on Thursday and Friday heavy rain its on the forecast.   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Sunday 4th March 2018, 7:38am
Weather conditions: Clear skies
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Here we go folks.

Just how warm will it get, is what people are wondering today.

After a fine, mild day yesterday (some thin clouds appearing later in the day), today is starting with blue skies once again. Temperatures didn't dip below zero overnight and today the forecasts indicate a high of somewhere around 14-15C at base later on. Obviously that warmth is going to affect snow, so we can just hope that it doesn't get too warm while enjoying the fine weather.

I'm hearing a few people talk of itchy eyes as well - hay fever!

A return to colder conditions would be most welcome of course and we might get a bit more winter-like tomorrow into Tuesday, though there's a chance of rain tomorrow before the snow comes as it's due to remain warm during the daytime.

I really wish I could tell you more stories of potential upcoming heavy snow.

Being positive: Lots of snow remaining of course, very nice clear sunny weather to be outside. Go find that fun. I know I'm going to...


Sunday 4th March 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): 315cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 245cm
- Hikage (660m): 165cm
- Nagasaka (615m): 160cm
- Karasawa (563m): 125cm

Lifts operations:

- All lifts should be open as planned this morning
- 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 ...

Myoko Now!

Sunday 4th March 2018, 7:44am
Weather conditions: More pure blue skies
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Sun and sun. It was really nice out yesterday, although that snow got a bit spring sticky in places.

An even bluer sky today, it seems. Today will be warm; tomorrow looks very unusual, with the freezing level going up to 3400 meters, then coming down to 0 meters in just a little over a day.

Going out early today to check out the hills. Time to do a first spring skiing on some south-facing off-piste…. (so some reports aren’t in yet at 7:30 - but think positive temps, sun, and a little lower snowpack from yesterday).


Akakura Kanko:
320 cm, -2° (yesterday’s report)

Akakura Onsen:
360cm, -2°

Ikenotaira Onsen:
240cm, 2°

Myoko Suginohara:
215cm, -3° (yesterday’s report)

Seki Onsen:
450 cm, -5° (yesterday’s report)

Myoko Ski Park:
280 cm, 1° (yesterday’s report)

Kyukamura RunRun:
280 cm, 1°

Tangram Ski Circus:
220 cm, -1° (yesterday’s report)

Madarao Kogen:
230 cm, 2°

Read more ...

Yuzawa Now!

Sunday 4th March 2018, 7:46am
Weather conditions: Clear and sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Yuzawa.

Anyone get to festival last night? I wasn't able to go myself but could hear the fireworks!

It was a fine and sunny day yesterday, particularly in the morning. And the ski resorts around town generally seemed pretty busy too.

Mild too, as expected.

And also as expected, today is going to be warmer still. Perhaps even as a high as 17C in town this afternoon. Yes, seventeen! (!)

That kind of temperature is going to be melting snow pretty swiftly around town areas, and I have put a measuring stick in the snow round my house to see just how much. I'll let you know tomorrow.

So the sun is out and it is going to be another beautiful morning. I suggest getting out and enjoying it before the sun gets to work on the surface snow.

Tomorrow is also likely to be mild/warm, though not quite as much as today. Rain hopefully turning into snow for the afternoon-evening seems to be what the forecasts are predicting.

I'm going to go and get some early tracks in...


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


Updated: Sunday 4th March 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
- 320cm

- 175cm

- Kagura area: 370cm
- Mitsumata area: 270cm
- Tashiro area: 320cm

Kandatsu Kogen
- 230cm

- 250cm (base)

NASPA Ski Garden
- 215cm

Yuzawa Kogen
- Top: 290cm
- Base: 220cm

Yuzawa Park
- 175cm

Yuzawa Nakazato
- 160cm


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

Ishiuchi Maruyama
- 250cm

Joetsu Kokusai
- 230cm

Maiko Snow Resort
- Top: 230cm
- Base: 130cm

Muikamachi Hakkaisan
- Closed on Wednesdays until 14th March
- 320cm   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Sunday 4th March 2018, 8:14am
Weather conditions: Cloud, fog
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning everyone.

After some pleasing conditions to be found yesterday, I'm afraid that it is not a very pleasing report that I have to write this morning.

Yes, there's no fresh snow to report (a dusting higher up perhaps?) but and worse still... rain.

Light rain last night and it is raining now this morning. Soggy. Hopefully that rain thing might ease off but it is definitely going to be a mild day today with temperatures at base in positive numbers.

Tomorrow should see colder conditions again and some fresh snow by Tuesday? Dunno, let's see what this 'weather' thing serves us. Would be nice though, rain is always a big downer.


I mixed up the lift information thingies for Niseko Annupuri and Niseko Village yesterday; that will be fixed today.

My mistake; my apologies!


Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 5.00am: +1°, no new snow. Moiwa 800m: 0°, S5m/s, 5cm wet snow. Annupuri 1150m: -3°, SW15m/s, trace new snow. Hirafu peak: -4°, strong southerly wind, foggy, poor visibility. Coastal data: Benkei Cape: light southerly wind. Kamui Cape: SSW17m/s, 1008hPa, wave 1.4m.

Warm air is flowing into the region through a low pressure system in the Sea of Japan. Above 1000m a strong southerly wind is blowing and visibility is poor. Although only a small amount of snow has fallen, a shallow cover of wet snow above 700m is sliding easily over wide areas on steep slopes. From observation and tests the snowdrift development from the storm over the last 72hrs has stabilised and general avalanche risk is low. However because of the amount snow there is the possibility of a large scale full depth avalanche or avalanche from a deep layer on longer steep slopes like Kozan no Sawa west ridge side around 1000m, Osawa cornice slope and the far side of Higashi One. To avoid accidents don't ride in the valley bottoms. Gate openings yet to be decided. Please listen to the patrols advice. Don't duck ropes to go out of bounds.

It's raining and the weather conditions are not good today. It's easy to catch and edge in the wet snow. Be careful falling into cracks. If your going for a hike, pick a gentle route in the forest. Have a good day.


Sunday 4th March 2018

Resort specific information (operations subject to change):

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Niseko HANAZONO Resort

Lifts scheduled to be operating:
- Top Ace and King Number 4 lifts on hold currently due to strong winds

Official snow depth:
- Top: 510cm
- Base: 240cm

Niseko Annupuri Kokusai

Lifts scheduled to be operating:
- Top Jumbo Number 4 lift delayed opening

Official snow depth:
- Top: 420cm
- Base: 250cm

Niseko Village

Lifts scheduled to be operating:
- All lifts should be operating as planned (Country Road Chair lift not operating)

Official snow depth:
- Top: 420cm
- Base: 280cm


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
   Read more ...

Grandeco Now!

Sunday 4th March 2018, 8:20am
Weather conditions: Fair blue skies
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Grandeco.

It is a warm and sunny morning here. Temperatures in positive numbers recorded by the base area of the resort - the snow conditions are going to be like spring snow. The temperature will rise higher as well during the day which is somewhat alarming.

Head high to get the better snow conditions.

According to the forecast, warmer days will remain for several days and it doesn't look like there is currently any fresh snow forecast for the week.

The snow depth is still enough to ski of course and that is not a problem at all - there has been more snowfall than usual this year.

Enjoy your spring skiing. (Hoping for a return to winter later in the month in your mind!)


Lifts operating:

- All lifts operating

Courses open:

- All courses open

Official snow depth:
- 330cm

- Grandeco snow and weather forecast
   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Sunday 4th March 2018, 8:29am
Weather conditions: Clear and sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Hakuba.

Fine weather yesterday. Beautiful blue skies in the morning with some thin cloud turning up during the afternoon. And of course, those warm conditions. Spring feelings!

And today is starting similar to yesterday with clear blue skies. Snow conditions might be a bit hard first off but the sun is going to be out warming things up again today and they should be getting softer pretty quickly.

Double digit temperatures totally expected this afternoon. Don't get too high please!!

Warm conditions tomorrow too, though later on in the day temps are likely to drop -- cue rain and then hopefully snow overnight.

Well, I'm going to get my gear on and enjoy a few hours on the slopes this morning. I hope some of you can do that too.


Ski resort information on Sunday 4th March 2018 (at time of writing):

Hakuba Happo-one

Operating lifts:
- All lifts now appear to be operating

Courses open:
- All areas open

Official snow depth:
- Kurobishi: 415cm
- Usagidaira: 250cm
- Lower: 110cm


Hakuba Goryu

Operating lifts:
- All lifts should be operation as normal today
- The top Alps Number 2/4 pair lifts are scheduled to be open daily until 18th March

Courses open:
- All courses apart from Adventure should be open as normal

Official snow depth:
- Top: 400cm
- Toomi: 145cm
- Iimori: 100cm


Hakuba 47

Operating lifts:
- All lifts should be operation as normal today
- Line D usually operates only when the Gondola is not operating

Courses open:
- All main courses should be available

Official snow depth:
- Top: 340cm
- Base: 150cm


Tsugaike Kogen

Operating lifts:
- All lifts should be operating as normal

Courses open:
- All course areas are open

Official snow depth:
- Tsuga-no-mori: 350cm
- Han-no-ki: 340cm
- Maruyama: 120cm
- Shirakaba: 270cm
- Champion: 150cm
- Oya-no-hara: 150cm
- Kane-no-naru-oka: 155cm


Hakuba Cortina

Operating lifts:
- All lifts should be operating

Courses open:
- Most courses should be open

Official snow depth:
- Top: 350cm
- Base: 205cm


Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field

Operating lifts:
- Lifts should be opening as planned

Official snow depth:
- Top: 210cm
- Base: 130cm


Hakuba Norikura Onsen

Operating lifts:
- All lifts apart from Number 7 should be operating

Official snow depth:
- 160cm


Hakuba Valley Kashimayari

Operating lifts:
- All lifts should be operating

Official snow depth:
- 230cm


Hakuba Sanosaka

Operating lifts:
- All three lifts are operating

Official snow depth:
- 140cm


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
Karamatsu Shirakaba area from 6pm until 9pm on 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!

Sunday 4th March 2018, 8:33am
Weather conditions: Sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Madarao.

Fine, sunny, blue skies, warm, spring-like... kind of sums up the current situation in the region.

Tomorrow will start off with that warmth remaining but by the end of the day it is going to get colder and we might see some rain and then snow.

I'm just hoping that it doesn't get too warm today; though not sure if that'll be the case!

Whatever, we can't do anything about it so should just go out and enjoy things. Sounds like a plan.


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
Powder Theater
Free Ride Park
Adventure Aisle
Crystal Bowl

Kids Park

Planned nighta operations this season:

Every Saturday until 24th March 2018   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Sunday 4th March 2018, 8:37am
Weather conditions: Fine and sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Shiga Kogen.

Actually it is quite cold this morning (not mid-winter cold of course) - but it's going to warm up soon enough with the sun out and looking to take hold of the day.

Not much more to say really. Hoping for a cool down tomorrow afternoon which might bring us some fresh snow by Tuesday 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



260cm   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Sunday 4th March 2018, 8:42am
Weather conditions: Blue skies and sunshine
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
This 'warm' weekend continues.

The resort is reporting a temperature of +4C at Yokokura area as of 7am; it is looking like things will warm up to double digit temperatures at base today. Hopefully on the lower side!

Still seeing a good chance of colder conditions tomorrow but rain coming before snow.

In the meantime, a lovely spring-like day to be out on the slopes.


Lifts and course info:

- All lifts on standby due to weather conditions
- Note: the Karamatsu pair lift usually only operates on weekends
- All areas open

Official snow depths:

- Summit area: 215cm
- Paradise area: 240cm
- Chuo area: 240cm
- Utopia area: 250cm
- Uwanodai area: 165cm
- Oomori area: 180cm


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 from Friday 2nd March until Sunday 11th March 2018

Night time 'light up' sightseeing ropeway is planned for the following dates:

Daily until Sunday 4th March   Read more ...

Naeba Now!

Sunday 4th March 2018, 10:05am
Weather conditions: Bluebird
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Naeba! It's a warm start already here in the Mikuni Valley, with the air temperature reading 4°C. The pistes are soft and slushy, and there is plenty of spring skiing to be had across the mountain today. The temperature at the base is expected to get as high as 14°C this afternoon, and with no wind it's going to feel rather warm.

Looking forwards, we have a mixed few days ahead. Tomorrow, temperatures are expected to remain high, but will be accompanied by strong winds of up to 30kmph at the base. This will bring with it a moist band of air from the north west, which will initially bring heavy rain, which turns to snow overnight on Monday night. Tuesday is expected to be somewhat snowy, with the wind continuing to gust through the valley. Temperatures will drop below 0°C on Tuesday. Wednesday will be another warm and clear day. Later in the week, another band of warm, moist air will move into the valley, again forecast to bring with it heavy rain.   Read more ...

Minakami Now!

Sunday 4th March 2018, 10:36am
Weather conditions: Sunny with some clouds
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Blazing Spring sun again today. The mercury reached 13C in Yubiso village around noon yesterday and Minakami town has a forecast high of 19C this afternoon.

Between the heavy rain a few days ago and the intense heat and sun since then, Tanigawadake puked up quite a bit of avi debris into the gullies.

Tomorrow is also forecast to be warm but overcast and it may rain before heavy snow tomorrow night.

As for the resort itself, conditions are pretty good. Soft snow from around 10am on and the run to the bottom was still fast yesterday afternoon. The Northern faces are a bit icy and chunky. The banked slalom race sees the mountain a lot busier than usual.


Temps above as at 8am

Photo from 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 ...

Appi Kogen Now!

Sunday 4th March 2018, 11:45am
Weather conditions: Fine, getting more overcast-clear now
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Sunny conditions earlier on and getting a bit more of a bright but overcast feel now as we approach noon.

It is warming up here today and also pretty windy.

The Sailer gondola and quad are moving again today along with the Nishimori lift, but right now that wind is affecting the Central Number 4 and 5.

Fingers crossed for colder conditions again early week.


Planned lift operations (subject to change):

- APPI Gondola
- Central quad
- Central number 2 lift
- Central number 3 lift A
- Central number 4 lift - on hold now due to wind
- Central number 5 lift - on hold now due to wind
- Sailer Gondola
- Sailer quad
- Vista quad
- Nishimori pair

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


Official snow depth:

320cm   Read more ...

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21st Nov, 8:08am
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20th Nov, 16:41pm
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19th Nov, 12:56pm
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19th Nov, 9:24
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13th Nov, 9:34
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07th Nov, 7:27
Grandeco Now
19th Oct, 14:51am
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06th May, 8:28am
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06th May, 8:27am
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06th May, 8:04
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