Snow and weather reports posted on Tuesday 20th November 2018

Zao Now!

Monday 5th February 2018, 7:30am
Weather conditions: Snow clouds
New snowfall: 12cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning all from Zao on this Monday morning.

Things are quieter once again after the weekend, but we have a good 10+cm of fresh snow on the ground and the courses should be at least partially reset.

Visibility looks limited early on and we can expect more snow today. On and off over the next few days actually.


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 ...

Furano Now!

Monday 5th February 2018, 7:39am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 3cm
Snow depth: --
Very fine snow is falling at the moment and there is 3cm so far in the village. It is expected to snow very lightly for the remainder of the day so there may be another few centimeters to come. The windy weather from yesterday has passed and it is nice and calm this morning. Visibility will be a bit limited due to low cloud cover. The forecast for the remainder of the week is for light snow off and on.   Read more ...

Yuzawa Now!

Monday 5th February 2018, 7:40am
Weather conditions: Blue sky, some cloud
New snowfall: 24cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Yuzawa.

Clouds moved in over Yuzawa during the day yesterday but it remained generally fine for the most part - with snow starting to fall in places while lifts were still moving.

And this morning we have a nice surprise - a decent amount of snow and (for now) sunny skies.

Here is what is being reported by the ski resorts:

Kagura (main): 50cm
Kagura (Mitsumata): 40cm
Kagura (Tashiro): 40cm
Maiko Snow Resort: 50cm

Big numbers, can't say I was expecting that.

I don't have quite such impressive numbers to report, measuring 24cm; still a very decent number and first tracks should be great this morning.

So right now the sun is out and there are clear skies again over the region. The snow clouds are currently to the north of us and appear to be heading this way and we do have snow forecast for the day so perhaps things are going to change quite quickly this morning. I have to get the report up now though so can't wait to see how things change over the coming hour.

I'll let you know how it went in my report tomorrow morning.


Images today from GALA Yuzawa, NASPA Ski Garden and Yuzawa IC (Route 17).


Updated: Monday 5th February 2018

Ski resorts in Yuzawa:

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

GALA Yuzawa
- 310cm

- 200cm

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

Kandatsu Kogen
- 250cm

- 240cm (base)

NASPA Ski Garden
- 230cm

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

Yuzawa Park
- 175cm

Yuzawa Nakazato
- 180cm


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

Ishiuchi Maruyama
- 280cm

Joetsu Kokusai
- 270cm

Maiko Snow Resort
- Top: 260cm
- Base: 170cm

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

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Monday 5th February 2018, 7:59am
Weather conditions: Cloudy for now
New snowfall: 24cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Nozawa.

I have a fine layer of fresh snow to report to you this morning. The resort is reporting 20-40cm of fresh and I am measuring 26cm.


It's just cloudy at the moment but more snow is due at times during the day today (and tomorrow), with perhaps the sun getting to shine through the clouds at times too.

In fact right now there's a bit of sun shining down through my window.

A fine morning, I would say and I know where I'm heading!


Monday 6th February 2018

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

- Yamabiko (1407m): 40cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 26cm
- Hikage (660m): 30cm
- Nagasaka (615m): 30cm
- Karasawa (563m): 20cm

Official snow depth numbers:

- Yamabiko (1407m): 335cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 275cm
- Hikage (660m): 200cm
- Nagasaka (615m): 195cm
- Karasawa (563m): 160cm

Lifts operations:

- All scheduled lifts appear to be operating as normal.
- The Yunomine pair, Mizunashi triple, Challenge pair and Utopia pair lifts usually rested on weekdays.

The following courses either closed (or not fully available):

- Grand Prix
- Kandahar
   Read more ...

Madarao Now!

Monday 5th February 2018, 8:00am
Weather conditions: Blue sky, some cloud
New snowfall: 20cm
Snow depth: --
A very good morning to you and it is a good start to the new week.

I am very happy to report that Nature delivered overnight giving us around 20cm of fresh snow to enjoy this morning. There's some blue sky above us too as well at the moment but I'm not sure it will last with snow there on the forecasts over the next few days.

Whatever, it's a very nice start to the day and early birds really will be rewarded.


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 ...

Naeba Now!

Monday 5th February 2018, 8:06am
Weather conditions: Mostly blue skies with a little cloud.
New snowfall: 20cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Naeba everybody.

With over 20cm of fresh snow overnight conditions are wonderful out there today. Beautiful surfable powder and nice soft groomers = all the fun!

Looking on we are expecting heavy snow to fall tonight, with light snow falling every day until Thursday.

Get those fat boys waxed!   Read more ...

Grandeco Now!

Monday 5th February 2018, 8:10am
Weather conditions: Snow clouds
New snowfall: 9cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Grandeco.

According to the forecasts, it will be a windy day but it is not so windy at the start of the day.

There has been 9cm of fresh snowfall last night and it is still falling lightly on and off.

Very soft snow and the trees are looking very beautiful with the snow hanging delicately on the branches.

One thing I want to point out is that the Gondola is not only open for skiers - sightseeing tourists are also welcome too use it and a gondola-only ticket is available.


Lifts operating:

- All lifts operating

Courses open:

- All courses open

Official snow depth:
- 280cm

- Grandeco snow and weather forecast
   Read more ...

Minakami Now!

Monday 5th February 2018, 8:21am
Weather conditions: Clear
New snowfall: 45cm
Snow depth: --
Plenty of light fluffy snow overnight with virtually no wind.

Between 40-50cm in the car park and after moderate snow early this morning, it's turned blue here.

Enough said on that as its a powder day and it looks like we have the same "moderate snowfall" expected tonight. Just the refresh we were looking for.

Avalanche rise high today.


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 ...

Niseko Now!

Monday 5th February 2018, 8:30am
Weather conditions: Snow clouds
New snowfall: 3cm
Snow depth: --
Hello and good morning from nearby Hirafu base.

I have some fresh snow to report this morning. Not a huge amount - just 3cm in fact - so not enough to fill in those tracks. But welcome all the same of course. It is snowing at the moment and snow showers are forecast for the day today and also tomorrow, though it doesn't look like we can expect too much snow from it.

Anyway all areas appear to be opening at the start of the day --- though I am hearing that the top lifts at Hirafu may be delayed due to poor visibility up there --- and we can expect gates to be open. Let's skiing. Or indeed let's boarding.

Today marks the start of the main Odori/Susukino area of the Sapporo Snow Festival over in... Sapporo city. Many visitors to Niseko and Hokkaido enjoy checking the festival out while they are here, and it is certainly worth a look. Some of those snow sculptures are seriously impressive.


Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 5.00am: -3°, 5cm new snow. Moiwa 800m: -6°, SE7.6m/s(midnight 12m/s), 5cm new snow, snowdrift development. Annupuri 1150m: -11°, ESE9.6m/s (midnight 12.1m/s), 10cm new snow, snowpack 330cm. Hirafu 1250m: -9°, E10m/s, 5cm new snow. Coastal data: Benkei Cape:S4m/s. Kamui Cape: E9m/s, 1003hPa, wave 2.2m.

The low pressure system over the Sea of Japan is bringing a weak snow wind above 800m, causing snowdrift development on the west side, which are becoming slabs. Although slabs are small they are not bonded well to the low pressure snow below them and will easily fracture. Above 1000m the avalanche risk is high. Depending on location, there is possibility of 40cm deep flow type avalanche on 40deg slopes, fracturing on Feb 3 layer. Kozan no Sawa sidewall, the far Higashi One cornice face and Iwaonupuri where soft snowdrifts are not bonded well, expect shallow avalanches from rider stimulation.

All peak gates are expected to be open. Please listen to the patrols advice and prepare before going out of bounds. Helmets and beacons are not mandatory, but are recommended. We are currently under a high pressure system between two lows, the wind is not that strong and snow is good. The number of cracks forming on steeper slopes is increasing. There have been fatalities in the past from falling in them, take care. Also the number of cracks is rapidly increasing in strictly off limits area Haru no Taki. The possibility of a full depth or deep layer avalanche is high here. Do not enter.

Snow conditions are good. Niseko Rules strictly prohibit ducking ropes. Don't duck ropes along the sides of the runs. Beware bad visibility and a sudden change in weather. Have a good day.


Monday 5th 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 lifts delayed opening due to poor visibility

Official snow depth:
- Top: 430cm
- Base: 200cm

Niseko Annupuri Kokusai

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

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

Niseko Village

Lifts scheduled to be operating:
- All lifts (apart from the Country Road Chair lift) should be operating

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   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Monday 5th February 2018, 8:35am
Weather conditions: Sunshine, blue sky, some cloud
New snowfall: 41cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Shiga Kogen.

And it's a really very good morning. Where did this come from?! Varying reports from around the area this morning... the official site is saying 50cm of fresh, Kumanoyu are reporting 30-50cm, my friends are reporting 32cm and 45cm. And I am measuring just slightly over 40cm. So hopefully you can get a good idea of what to expect this morning... lots of fresh snow to play in!

What's more, the sun is out at the moment! Folk who are sticking around for this morning are in for a treat. But don't worry, snow is due later on today again so there should be fresh to enjoy tomorrow too.



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 ...

Hakuba Now!

Monday 5th February 2018, 8:36am
Weather conditions: Cloudy, some blue sky
New snowfall: 22cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Hakuba.

Fresh snow.

The headlines:

Hakuba Goryu 30cm (upper)
Hakuba 47: 15-30cm
Hakuba Cortina: 20+cm
Hakuba Happo: 20cm

I am measuring 22cm.

So looks like we can expect a good new layer of snow out there on mountain this morning.

Yesterday was cold out there. I sure felt cold anyway. Snowy and quite windy too.

The snow clouds should be over Hakuba over the next few days, or at least close-by; as I write this report there's some blue sky on show...

Anyway, it should be fun to see how much fresh we get. And I am looking forward to checking out conditions this morning.

Biggest problem: where to go!


Some lifts at Happo-one are going to be slightly delated opening ('snow removal work') but should be spinning soon.


Ski resort information on Monday 5th 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: 380cm
- Usagidaira: 235cm
- 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: 375cm
- Toomi: 130cm
- Iimori: 100cm


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: 320cm
- Base: 135cm


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: 315cm
- Han-no-ki: 300cm
- Maruyama: 130cm
- Shirakaba: 250cm
- Champion: 160cm
- Oya-no-hara: 140cm
- Kane-no-naru-oka: 165cm


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: 330cm
- Base: 208cm


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 apart from Number 8 and 10 should be operating

Official snow depth:
- 190cm


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 ...

Geto Kogen Now!

Monday 5th February 2018, 8:36am
Weather conditions: Overcast
New snowfall: 20cm
Snow depth: --
Bit on and off yesterday, nothing crazy to report with some snow falling here and there (about 5cm), but no real fresh tracks made. Today however, we’ve seen 15cm overnight and with the sun peaking its day through the clouds the vis is set to remain fantastic all day. Tops of -6C today with some light snow throughout the day, but with some moderate winds we’re set to feel that wind chill at -16C.

These colder temperatures should keep the snow nice and dry and maintain its “fluffy” status for at least a few more days until we see some more on the horizon. At the moment, that's looking like maybe mid week, with about 10cm expected on Wednesday night, but hopefully more.

Tuesday: light snow, strong winds, tops of -4C
Wednesday: light snow, light winds, tops of -4C
Thursday: snow showers, light winds, tops of -5C


Official snow depths:

Top: 445cm
Base: 305cm

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

Appi Kogen Now!

Monday 5th February 2018, 8:50am
Weather conditions: Cloudy with some very light snow falling
New snowfall: 15cm
Snow depth: --
Hello from Appi,

Sunny skies right now with the wind picking up already which will continue for the next few days. Temperatures are forecast to drop slightly but by Thursday evening we can expect a warming spell to arrive into the weekend.

Tomorrow we can expect a lot of snow to arrive. Right now we’re looking at 40+cm paying us a visit which is going to make a few people happy who are planning on heading up the mountain. Most runs are open and they are in excellent shape.

At the summit it’s going to be windy and very chilly so wrap up.


Planned lift operations (subject to change):

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

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


Official snow depth:

240cm   Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Monday 5th February 2018, 10:17am
Weather conditions: Increasing clouds
New snowfall: 32cm
Snow depth: --
Nice snowfall overnight; once again the official Niigata Prefecture prediction was just about right on the money (forecast of 35cm; actual at base 32cm).

Oh yes, for evidence of this amount of fresh snowfall please see the photos below.

It's nice, light snow, too.

Could always use more, of course, and some of the weather shows are saying up to 70cm of additional snow by tomorrow morning.

We’re ready, and I see that a lot of the locals (like your writer) spent some time in the warmer, sunnier days getting old snow out of the way in preparation for the new.


Akakura Kanko:
300 cm, -7°

Akakura Onsen:
370cm, -9°

Ikenotaira Onsen:
260cm, -7°

Myoko Suginohara:
220cm, -6°

Seki Onsen:
400 cm, -5°

Myoko Ski Park:
290 cm, -3°

Kyukamura RunRun:
300 cm, -5°

Tangram Ski Circus:
220 cm, -6°

Madarao Kogen:
240 cm, -8°

Read more ...

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16th Nov, 12:39pm
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16th Nov, 10:48
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16th Nov, 10:21
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13th Nov, 9:34
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19th Oct, 14:51am
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06th May, 9:04am
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06th May, 8:27am
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