Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 30th May 2020

Geto Kogen Now!

Wednesday 4th March 2020, 7:40am
Weather conditions: Cloudy, bright
New snowfall: 3cm
Snow depth: --
Hello from Geto Kogen.

The resort is reporting 5cm of snow this morning. There is a lot of cloud around but it is quite bright in places.

Forecasts are looking encouraging for snowfall still, though perhaps some strong winds through tomorrow so look out for that. I'd personally be looking to Friday for my fix of fresh snow... let's see how it plays out.


Official snow depths:

* Top: 305cm
* Base: 150cm

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 ...

Zao Now!

Wednesday 4th March 2020, 7:44am
Weather conditions: Fine and sunny, some thin cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Zao.

The sun is out this morning and it looks like it will be a feel-good day.

No fresh snow to report.

We are still expecting snow and windy conditions tomorrow, so I would perhaps recommend today or better still Friday when hopefully there'll be a fresh layer.

Come on snow!


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 ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Wednesday 4th March 2020, 7:44am
Weather conditions: Partly cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Nozawa.

It is a bright early morning with blue sky and some thin cloud around. Cloud is forecast for the day.

And tomorrow - fresh snow is still there on the forecast (different forecasts predicting different intensity) and potentially we might get a fair amount of it.

The base Karasawa and Nagasaka slopes are looking in need of a refreshing patch-up. Hikage and upwards is still looking white cover but of course the whole mountain would benefit from a fresh reset.

Let us hope Nature provides! Fingers crossed...


Wednesday 4th 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): 35cm
- 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 closed; the upper area down to Tanuki course is open)
- Kandahar (last opening to public for season on 16th March)

Nighta until 8:00pm

- Nagasaka Four lift operates during nighta
- Every Saturday until 28th March
- 20th March
- Subject to change; check with resort   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Wednesday 4th March 2020, 7:54am
Weather conditions: Fine mostly blue skies and sunshine, bit of thin high cloud in places
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Shiga Kogen.

The sun is out this morning and I don't know what else to say really.

Oh yes, I'll mention that fresh snow is still on the way and due tomorrow so hopefully we'll get a nice layer to play in come later tomorrow or perhaps Friday. Look forward to reporting that.


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: Wednesday 4th 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 ...

Naeba Now!

Wednesday 4th March 2020, 8:02am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --

A bit windy this morning meaning that the Prince 2 Gondola and the top Takenokodaira and Takenokoyama lifts are on hold at the start of the day.

Cloudy but bright at the start of the day with snow still expected tomorrow along with a dip in the temperatures.

If the snow does come, Friday might be a good day to find yourself here! Let us hope so as lower slopes have suffered somewhat in the last few days with this mild thing going on. (Grrrrr).


Official snow depth:

- 90cm

Planned operating lifts:

- Prince Number 2 Gondola ON HOLD
- Takenokodaira romance pair lift ON HOLD
- Takenokoyama romance pair lift ON HOLD
- 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, depending on lift operation
- The Dragondola is operating to get over to the Tashiro Area of the Kagura resort   Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Wednesday 4th March 2020, 8:07am
Weather conditions: Mostly sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
The sun is out again today, after a day of a very light fall of wet snow turning to almost rain.

The surface of the snow is really hard to start the day, with melt/sun cups all over the surface. No problem on the groomed slopes, of course. Could be pretty nice to have a firm base of well groomed corduroy. Out in the woods? Maybe not so much.


Akakura Kanko:
170cm, 2°C

Akakura Onsen:
237cm, 0°C

Ikenotaira Onsen:
105cm, 0°

Myoko Suginohara:
100cm, -31°

Seki Onsen:
350cm, -3°

Myoko Ski Park:
110cm, 8°

Kyukamura RunRun:
170cm, 3°

Tangram Ski Circus:
80cm, 0°

Madarao Kogen:
120cm, 4°

Lotte Arai Resort
304cm, 4.7°

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

Appi Kogen Now!

Wednesday 4th March 2020, 8:28am
Weather conditions: Cloud, fine
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Appi.

A sprinkling of frost around but no real snow to report.

It’s cool and breezy today at Appi with a temp of -3. It definitely feels like an extra-layer day. There is a trickle of cloud lurking around the summit at present, but it looks to clear up, with blue sky in the distance.

Yesterday was a heavy powder day, more moisture and a warmer night meant it wasn’t the fluffy powder we know and love, but still good fun. It was cloudy most of the day with occasional, light snow showers.

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 ...

Niseko Now!

Wednesday 4th March 2020, 8:35am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Hello and good morning.

It is a mostly cloudy morning and quite calm. A few bits of blue sky I can see right now. But mostly cloudy. All areas and gates should be open.

By the time I come round to posting my next report, hopefully there'll be fresh snow to tell you about and it should be snowing. This upcoming snowfall doesn't look likely to continue beyond Friday with some milder conditions due over the weekend and into early next week.


Niseko Avalanche Report

Mountain base: -2℃, no snowfall. Moiwa 800m: E 91°0.3m/s, -6.6℃, clouds. Annupuri 1100m: E 97°2.5m/s, -9.4℃. Yu no sawa: E 79°1m/s, -8.9℃. Village 900m: E 100°0.5m/s, -8℃. Hirafu 1000m: SSE 156°0m/s, -8.8℃. Hanazono 720m: SE 137°0.5m/s, -6.5℃. Sea of Japan Benkei cape: NNE2m/s, Kamui cape: calm, 1025hPa, 0.6m waves.

Calm morning. Avalanche risk is low today. All gates will open as they’re ready. New cracks are forming as the average temperature is rising and they’re difficult to see from above. Mountain conditions are never the same, always be prudent. Have a nice day.


Ski resort operation information: Wednesday 4th March 2020

Niseko Grand Hirafu

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 290cm
- 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: 208cm
- Base: 123cm

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 ...

Yuzawa Now!

Wednesday 4th March 2020, 8:47am
Weather conditions: Cloudy, some blue sky
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Yuzawa.

As I put this report together there is a lot of cloud around but it is a bright morning with some areas of blue sky at times. Quite windy too. Top lifts at Naeba are affected by wind but as far as I can tell Kagura is open. Ishiuchi is saying that the Sunrise Express posh gondola/6 person combo lift is on hold at the start of the day and you should use the Kanko Entrance quad to get up to the open lifts.

Over at Maiko Snow Resort, the top Okusoechi area is open though the lower Nagamine runs and lifts are closed. You'll need to get the Gondola up (and back from) there. They also have one lift moving over on the Maiko Area, though that's rather limied. Okusoechi is surely the pick at Maiko.

OK so it is mostly cloudy, mild and a bit windy this morning.

Cool looking sea of clouds over the Minamiuonuma valley early morning (see photo below).

Tomorrow we can still expect a welcome blast of winter. And we might even get some quite heavy snowfall for a short while later in the day. That would be very nice.


Noticing that a few resorts are now specifically mentioning the coronavirus situation on their official websites - mainly precautionary things like staff wearing masks, alcohol hand wash and some non-essential facilities being adjusted.

The ski resorts themselves though are operating.

And if you are here you can enjoy some very quiet slopes.


Individual ski resort information: Wednesday 4th 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: 150cm

Ishiuchi Maruyama

- Sunrise Express on hold at the start of the day due to windy conditions
- Use the Kanko base quad to get up top
- Official snow depth: 120cm (upper); 60cm (mid)


- The central area is open; 3 lifts operating
- Official snow depth: 70cm

Joetsu Kokusai

- 4 lifts operating; 5 courses open in the main base hotel area and Panorama Area
- Official snow depth: 100cm


- 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: 120cm

Maiko Snow Resort

- The top Okusoechi area is open; take the Gondola up there and back down to base
- The Nagamine runs and lifts are closed today and tomorrow
- The quad lift is operating in the Maiko Area
- Official snow depth: 120cm (upper); 10cm (base)

Muikamachi Hakkaisan

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


- 16 of 22 courses open
- Official snow depth: 90cm
- Details on Naeba Now report here

NASPA Ski Garden

- All lifts operating; all courses except A and D are open
- Official snow depth: 60cm
- NASPA Ski Garden will operate until 10th March this season

Yuzawa Kogen

- The top area via Yuzawa Kogen Ropeway is fully open
- The base Family lift is also open
- The downhill course and base Snow Land areas 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: 55cm

Yuzawa Park

- Number 1, 3 and 7 lifts are operating
- Official snow depth: 50cm


Photos (below) from around 8:30am on Wednesday 4th March 2020:

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

Madarao Now!

Wednesday 4th March 2020, 8:55am
Weather conditions: Fine, thin cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --

The Madarao image below is nice and sunny, but more cloudy right now as I post this report (2nd image), but still sunny and bright.

It's mild but windy so probably feeling colder than that. We might get some rain later on today but the story should be one of snow tomorrow.

I am looking forward to that.


Current operations: Wednesday 4th 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 ...

Hakuba Now!

Wednesday 4th March 2020, 9:02am
Weather conditions: Cloudy, overcast
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Hakuba.

Ended up being fine weather yesterday, if not mid-winter like we'd prefer!

It is still looking likely that we will get a welcome taste of winter again tomorrow with snow lined up on the forecast. Let us hope for some good numbers.

Cloudy and overcast this morning with the chance of some light rain later on.

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

I'm finding myself low on words at the moment. I'm all worded out! (Please do not read anything into that, I'm simply apologising for my shorter report).


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

- 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: 130cm
- 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: 45cm

Tsugaike Kogen

Official snow depth:
- Tsuga-no-mori: 192cm
- Maruyama: 45cm
- Kane-no-naru-oka: 20cm
- 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: 162cm
- Base: 65cm
- Most courses open

Hakuba Valley Kashimayari

Official snow depth & info:
- Top: 90cm
- Most courses open

Hakuba Norikura Onsen

Official snow depth & info:
- Top: 65cm
- 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 ...

Aizu Bandai Now!

Wednesday 4th March 2020, 9:04am
Weather conditions: Fog, cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --

The main thing this morning is limited visibility in the mountains.

Cloudy and fog with some stormy conditions coming up tomorrow. Hopefully involving snow. Lots of it please.

This current coronavirus situation is definitely affecting ski resorts - well, it's affecting everyone isn't it. Things are generally very quiet. Lets hope that story can become less of a story quickly...


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); 75cm (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
- 10 (of 12) courses open
- Official snow depth: 110cm


Photo today:

- Grandeco
- Minowa (2)   Read more ...

Minakami Now!

Wednesday 4th March 2020, 11:37am
Weather conditions: Overcast
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Humid morning here and the odd bit of rain but it is sporadic and when it does fall its so light I don't know how to categorize it. Lighter than a light mist. That said it feels quite cold on account of the humidity.

Took some turns at Tenjin yesterday around midday and it wasn't too bad. A few pockets of dust on crust, mostly icy but soft enough to be pretty easy and forgiving. Not highly recommended to anyone without a season pass but we have snow on the way.

The storm is expected to start tonight and run through Friday afternoon and if it comes in as forecast it's expected to be a solid snowfall and stay quite cold too. That's the good news.

Looking down the track, the Minakami Vibes (bowl event) will be held the weekend of Mar 28-29 at Tenjindaira and the resort will wind down the ski season at the close of business on Sunday March 29. That will be a full 40 days before the usual finish at the end of Golden Week.



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

Tanigawadake Tenjindaira
Official snow depth: 200cm

Minakami Hodaigi
All lifts apart from Number 1 running; all courses open
Official snow depth: 100cm

Minakami Kogen Ski Resort
All lifts are running; most courses open
Official snow depth: 100cm

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 ...

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