Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 30th May 2020

Geto Kogen Now!

Tuesday 5th February 2019, 7:35am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 13cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Geto.

So yesterday it was rain that turned into snow which started piling up properly from the evening. This morning there's 13cm to report on the ground.

Light snow this morning but clearer conditions are expected with a similar kind of forecast for tomorrow too.

Hopefully the lifts won't be affected today (gondola and quad had to stop yesterday).


Official snow depths:

* Top: 360cm
* Base: 250cm

Planned operating lifts - subject to change due to weather:

* Number 1 Gondola
* Number 1 pair lift
* Number 2 pair lift
* Quad

* The Number 2 Gondola is normally rested on weekdays

Courses & Tree Runs - subject to change due to weather:

* All of the main official courses are available
* All tree runs open

Nighta skiing operations

* Every Saturday until 24th February 2019   Read more ...

Yuzawa Now!

Tuesday 5th February 2019, 8:02am
Weather conditions: Fair bit of cloud, fine
New snowfall: 1cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning.

And a very 'Happy New Year' to everyone celebrating the Chinese New Year!

Yesterday was not a nice day weather-wise. Wet and mild (though actually when I was out it actually felt pretty chilly) and there was all sorts of weather news on the TV... record breaking temperatures and the like. Warm and wet spells have been known to happen in the middle of the winter season; it's what happens next that is important.

There was that chance of snow on the forecast yesterday, but just 3-5cm is being reported by Kagura. There was actually a dusting of snow on our measuring point - just about enough for me to be able to justify adding 1cm to the reports this morning. I am probably being a bit kind there, but there have been days when I have ignored a few mm too, so I think it is fair.

It is colder this morning which is good, currently around -1C, with temps due to rise to around +4C in town later on.

We are also expecting sunshine and clearer skies today. Early on there's a bright but overcast feel to the morning with some blue sky in places.

The forecasts show the next snowfall due for us around Thursday, with a better chance of a decent amount of fresh around Saturday.

For now the best snow conditions will be found the higher you go. Groomers should be good though and as long as it doesn't warm up too much it should be a nice day.

Have a good one.


Photos today from GALA Yuzawa, NASPA Ski Garden and Ishiuchi Maruyama.


Updated: 8:00am, Tuesday 5th February 2019

** Official snow depths (where available) and resort specific information.
Information is checked manually each morning but sometimes official information is updated later than the time of these reports.

Ski resorts in Yuzawa:

GALA Yuzawa
- 330cm (official snow depth)

- 215cm (official snow depth)

- Unconfirmed!

Kandatsu Kogen
- 250cm (official snow depth)

- 200cm (official snow depth)
- Please see our Naeba Now report for daily updates from Naeba

NASPA Ski Garden
- 260cm (official snow depth)

Yuzawa Kogen
- Top: 300cm (official snow depth)
- Base: 200cm (official snow depth)

Yuzawa Park
- 250cm (official snow depth)

Yuzawa Nakazato
- 180cm (official snow depth)


Ski resorts in Minamiuonuma - just to the north of Yuzawa:

Ishiuchi Maruyama
- Top: 280cm (official snow depth)

Joetsu Kokusai
- 320cm (official snow depth)

Maiko Snow Resort
- Top: 305cm (official snow depth)
- Base: 140cm (official snow depth)

Muikamachi Hakkaisan
- 320cm (official snow depth)


Night time 'nighta' operations (listed in alphabetical order)

Below is information on night time floodlit skiing operations at ski resorts in the area. Subject to change due to weather and snow conditions.

Ishiuchi Maruyama
Open daily until Saturday 16th March 2019
The Chuo Area is open daily for nighta
The Hatsukaishi and Kanko Areas only open for nighta over New Year and nights before holidays
4:00pm until 8:30pm

Open daily until Sunday 24th March 2019
Part of the mid and lower area of the resort
5:00pm until 8:00pm on weekdays; until 9:00pm on Saturdays

Joetsu Kokusai
Open daily until Sunday 24th March 2019
Area in front of the base hotel, Osawa and lower Atema
5:00pm until 9:00pm

Kandatsu Kogen
'Hobo (Almost) All Night' every Friday, Saturday and night before holidays until 30th March 2019
6:00pm until 4:0am the next morning

Maiko Snow Resort
Open daily 'one-coin nighta' (500 yen) until Saturday 16th March 2019
Maiko Center Quad lift in the Maiko Area
4:00pm until 8:00pm

Open daily until Sunday 24th March 2019
Number 3 and 4 high speed and Number 4 romance pair lifts
4:00pm until 8:30pm

NASPA Ski Garden
NASPA extends opening for the Number 1 lift on the following dates:
19th, 26th January 2019
2nd, 9th, 10th, 16th, 23rd February 2019
Extended until 6:00pm

Yuzawa Nakazato
Every Saturday until 9th March 2019
Sunday 10th February 2019
Number 2 romance pair lift
5:00pm until 8:30pm   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Tuesday 5th February 2019, 8:30am
Weather conditions: Cloud, blue sky, sun
New snowfall: 1cm
Snow depth: --

Well, this morning is better than yesterday which was not a very appealing on in terms of weather conditions.

There is a dusting of snow to report (the resort reporting 2cm up top!)

At the moment the sun is out but there is still a lot of cloud around. If the forecast is right, it'll clear up during the day but shouldn't be warming up too much. Kind of more of the same tomorrow, perhaps a little milder; and then back to snow from Thursday.

There's been a fair amount of melt with the weather the last few days and snow conditions aren't going to be the best at the moment. We'll need another fresh delivery to get us back to fluffy powder. Still, there is of course a lot of snow around and it doesn't need to be perfect to have a great day on the slopes.

And I'm off out there now! :)

See you tomorrow.


Tuesday 5th February 2019

Fresh snowfall reported by the ski resort (since yesterday morning):

- Yamabiko (1407m): 2cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 2cm
- Hikage (660m): 1cm
- Nagasaka (615m): 1cm
- Karasawa (563m): 1cm

Official snow depth numbers (reported by resort):

- Yamabiko (1407m): 280cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 250cm
- Hikage (660m): 180cm
- Nagasaka (615m): 170cm
- Karasawa (563m): 135cm

All lifts apart from the following planned to be operating:

- Yunomine pair
- Mizunashi triple
- Challenge pair
- Utopia pair
- Kandahar pair (open for general public on 12th Feb and 1st Mar 2019)

All courses open apart from the following planned to be open:

- Grand Prix
- Kandahar (open for general public on 12th Feb and 1st Mar 2019)


Lift operation times until end of March:

Nagasaka Gondola - until 4:00pm (time of last one down)
Hikage Gondola - until 4:20pm (time of last one down)
Yamabiko Number 2 Four - until 4:10pm
Skyline connecting pair - until 4:30pm
Base lifts - until 5:00pm
Yu Road - until 5:10pm   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Tuesday 5th February 2019, 8:31am
Weather conditions: Mostly cloudy
New snowfall: 11cm
Snow depth: --
Happy New Year!

And good morning to you all.

Yesterday the weather was a bit mad once again. I am no fan of strong winds; there're just... annoying. The wind messed around with the lift operations on the mountain and checking out the evening news there was some silly warmth going on in Japan, particularly in the south. A mid season blip please.

Up here in Niseko I am happy to report that this morning is much more pleasingly cold and somewhat calmer (though not exactly 'calm'), and there's 11cm of fresh snowfall.

At the start of the day, just the Annupuri Gondola is not managing to get open and all other lifts appear to be planning on moving as planned. Hurray!

There's regular snow on the forecast in the coming week so let's hope we can get back into a nice mid-winter (but strong wind blizzard-avoiding) pattern.


A look back at the season so far: January 2019

In case you missed it yesterday, you can find it here!


Niseko Avalanche Report:

Mountain Base 6.00am: -10°, 15cm new snow in the last 12hrs. Moiwa 800m: -13°,W7.8m/s, cornice and snowdrift development. Mikaeri Weather Station: -12°, major snowdrift development, forestry road buried. Annupuri 1120m: snow depth 220cm. Hirafu Peak: -16°, strong westerly wind, snowdrift development. Mizuno no Sawa: -14.72°, 10cm new snow in last 24hrs, mountain base snow depth 157cm. Suttsu Weather Station: -5.5°, max wind 2am WNW16.4m/s, snow depth 39cm. Kutchan Weather Station:- 7.6°, WNW17.5m/s at midnight, snow depth 160cm. Cape Benkei: NW16m/s, Cape Kamui: W12m/s, pressure 1019hPa, wave 3.7m.

A typical winter weather pattern continues and the mountain is experiencing blizzard conditions. From midnight the wind started to drop although it is still strong. Above 800m cornice and steep open leeward slopes, the avalanche risk continues from the Feb 4 low pressure snow layer. Especially above 1000m, snow drift stabilisation is delayed due to the low temperature and a deep fracture is possible from rider stimulation. If wind drops below 10m/s the snowdrifts will start to quickly consolidate and stabilise. Consider Osawa cornice and Backbowl sidewall dangerous today.

Snow in the trees is good but a bit wind packed. There is the possibility of shallow surface avalanches easily occurring on 40 deg slopes. Avalanches often occur during or right after a storm. Do not stimulate cornices or knolls. Do not wait in the valley bottoms. Gate openings yet to be decided. Please respect the patrols decisions. Is your beacon on? They are not compulsory but are recommended. Have a good day.


Ski resort operation information: Tuesday 5th February 2019
Subject to change due to weather conditions

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 345cm
- Base: 130cm

Ski lifts operating:
- All lifts opening as normal at the start of the day (Ace Number 1 pair and King Number 2 quad lifts rested)
- The Ace Family quad (until 8:30pm), Ace Center 4 quad (8:20pm), Hirafu Gondola (until 8:10pm) and Holiday Number 1 pair (until 8:30pm) lifts are normally open during the evening


Niseko HANAZONO Resort

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 230cm
- Base: 195cm

Ski lifts operating:
- All lifts opening as normal at the start of the day
- The Hanazono lifts are normally open until 3:50pm (Number 3 until 3:30pm)


Niseko Annupuri

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 300cm
- Base: 150cm

Ski lifts operating:
- The Gondola is on hold but other lifts open as planned at the start of the day
- The Jumbo 1 lift is normally open until 8:30pm during the evening


Niseko Village

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 300cm
- Base: 160cm

Ski lifts operating:
- All lifts opening as normal at the start of the day (Country Road lift rested)
- The Upper Village Gondola, Village Express and Banzai Chair lifts are normally open until 8:00pm during the evening


Night time operations are available in the Niseko Grand Hirafu, Niseko Village and Niseko Annupuri resort areas. There is no nighta at the Niseko HANAZONO resort area.   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Tuesday 5th February 2019, 8:42am
Weather conditions: Mostly cloudy
New snowfall: 1cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Hakuba.

Much better this morning!

It was good to see the rain turn into snow yesterday during the day on the mountain, and Hakuba 47 were reporting 5cm of snow by mid-afternoon.

It is definitely feeling colder and mostly cloudy (with a bit of light snow falling earlier on with a dusting on the ground). Some resorts are reporting a bit of fresh snow this morning - up to 2-3cm (Happo/47) and 5cm (Cortina).

We're expecting sunshine during the day today and perhaps more tomorrow.

Of course we all want to hear when the next decent snowfall is due. Looks towards Thursday and over the weekend for that.


Ski resort information on Tuesday 5th February 2019:
The below info is checked manually each morning and believed to be correct at time of report.
All ski resorts in the area are currently open. Any further resort specific notes made below.

Hakuba Happo-one

Official snow depth:
- Kurobishi: 260cm
- Usagidaira: 160cm
- Nakiyama: 150cm


Hakuba Goryu

Official snow depth:
- Top: 295cm
- Toomi: 165cm
- Iimori: 110cm


Hakuba 47

Official snow depth:
- Top: 270cm
- Base: 130cm


Tsugaike Kogen

Official snow depth:
- Tsuga-no-mori: 335cm
- Han-no-ki: 300cm
- Maruyama: 150cm
- Shirakaba: 250cm
- Champion: 150cm
- Oya-no-hara: 170cm
- Kane-no-naru-oka: 160cm


Hakuba Cortina

Official snow depth:
- Top: 260cm
- Base: 175cm


Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field

Official snow depth:
- Mountain Side: 200cm
- Village Side: 120cm


Hakuba Norikura Onsen

Official snow depth:
- 250cm


Hakuba Valley Kashimayari

Official snow depth:
- 205cm


Hakuba Sanosaka

Official snow depth:
- Top: 190cm
- Base: 120cm


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 5:00pm until 9:00pm in the Nakiyama base area (Nakiyama Number 2 pair lift)
Adults - 2,000 yen; children - 1,200 yen

Hakuba Goryu
Daily from 6:00pm 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 - 2,000 yen; children - 1,000 yen

Hakuba Cortina
Daily from 5:00pm until 8:00pm (until 9:00pm on Saturdays and certain holidays)
Adults - 1,500 yen; children - 1,000 yen

Tsugaike Kogen
Karamatsu Shirakaba area from 6:00pm until 9:00pm on 9th, 10th, 16th February; 2nd March
Adults - 2,200 yen; children - 1,700 yen   Read more ...

Furano Now!

Tuesday 5th February 2019, 8:45am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: --
Yesterday was characterized by strong winds throughout the day. There were many times during the day when so much snow was being whipped around that visibility in the village was at a minimum when walking or driving around. The good news this morning is that those winds have passed. There is 5cm of new snow at base and significantly more higher up, although it will be wind affected. The gondola didn't operate yesterday, so it will be powder heaven for the first couple of hours this morning.

Open lifts:
Prince Romance chair
Downhill Romance #2 chair
Downhill Romance #3 chair
Furano Ropeway

Kitanomine quad chair
Kitanomine #2 chair
Kitanomine Gondola
Link chair   Read more ...

Madarao Now!

Tuesday 5th February 2019, 8:55am
Weather conditions: Blue sky, sunny, just a little cloud in places
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: --

Blue skies over Madarao.

Some fresh snow too. Not tons, but some and this morning is a nice improvement on yesterday.

The mountain is looking very beautiful and tempting this morning. I will not be able to resist. I do not want to resist! :)

Today and tomorrow should be generally fine weather, with snow still due once again around Thursday.


Planned operations for Tuesday 5th February 2019

Official snow depth at Madarao:


Madarao info:

All lifts apart from 5 plan to be open
All 31 courses should be open including tree run courses

Nighta operations at Madarao:
- Every Saturday until 23rd March 2019
- 10th February 2019

Tangram Ski Circus info:

All lifts operating
All course areas open

Nighta operations at Tangram:
- Every Saturday until 23rd March 2019
- 10th February 2019   Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Tuesday 5th February 2019, 8:57am
Weather conditions: Mostly sunny
New snowfall: 7cm
Snow depth: --
Kind of a dust on crust morning today, although the crust is not all that bad and will probably improve with this morning's sun and its warmth.

About 7 centimeters of fresh today, on top of about 30cm of really wet snow.

Out in the trees, maybe not so much fun, but a great day for the groomers (hey, you can always improve that turn of yours!).

Make friends with a liftie, enjpy a cold one in the sun. Etc.


Akakura Kanko:
280cm, -4°

Akakura Onsen:
420cm, -2°

Ikenotaira Onsen:
250cm, -4°

Myoko Suginohara:
185cm, -9°

Seki Onsen:
430cm, 1° (no new report)

Myoko Ski Park:
300cm, 3°

Kyukamura RunRun:
400cm, -2° (no new report for two days)

Tangram Ski Circus:
230cm, -3°

Madarao Kogen:
280cm, -3.5°

Lotte Arai Resort
491cm, -1°

Kurohime Kogen Snow Park
190cm, -4°

   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Tuesday 5th February 2019, 9:01am
Weather conditions: Clear and sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning.

It's a fine and sunny one too. Colder as well with a dusting of snow.

Monday is a national holiday so the upcoming weekend is a 3 day weekend for many.

Thursday into Friday and then around Saturday seems the most likely for us to get fresh snow, so should be in time for the weekend.


Shiga Kogen resort info: Tuesday 5th February 2019

The below information is manually checked for each report.
Official snow depth numbers are as reported by the ski resorts themselves.

- Official snow depth: 180cm

- Official snow depth: 140cm

Hoppo Bunadaira
- Official snow depth: 200cm

- Official snow depth: 220cm

Ichinose Diamond
- Official snow depth: 230cm

Ichinose Family
- Official snow depth: 230cm

Ichinose Yamanokami
- Official snow depth: 230cm

- Official snow depth: 185cm

- Official snow depth: 140cm

- Official snow depth: 190cm

Okushiga Kogen
- Official snow depth: 250cm

Sun Valley
- Official snow depth: 150cm

Takamagahara Mammoth
- Official snow depth: 230cm

Tannenomori Okojo
- Official snow depth: 180cm

- Official snow depth: 220cm

- Official snow depth: 240cm

- Official snow depth: 185cm


Planned night time operations at the Shiga Kogen ski areas are as follows. Please note that separate lift tickets are required.

Ichinose Diamond
Every Saturday until 23rd March 2019
10th February 2019
Quad lift
6:30pm until 9:00pm

Ichinose Family
Daily until 23rd March 2019 (except Mondays and Tuesdays)
Number 2 pair B lift
6:30pm until 9:00pm

Every Saturday until 30th March 2019
10th February 2019
20th March 2019
Number 1 pair lift
6:30pm until 9:00pm

Sun Valley
Every Saturday until 2nd March 2019
10th February 2019
Number 1 quad lift
7:00pm until 9:00pm

Every Saturday until 2nd March 2019
10th February 2019
Number 3 high speed lift
6:00pm until 8:00pm   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Tuesday 5th February 2019, 9:03am
Weather conditions: Mostly clear and sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning.

It's as if yesterday never happened!

The sun is out and it is a beautiful start to the day here in Zao. Earlier clouds seem to be quickly disappearing.

Next snow? Perhaps Thursday, probably Saturday.


Operation info from official sources:

- All lifts operating apart from the Karamatsu pair and Yokokura Number 2 pair lifts
- All main courses open

Official snow depths (as reported by resort):

- Summit area: 120cm
- Paradise area: 160cm
- Chuo area: 160cm
- Utopia area: 145cm
- Uwanodai area: 120cm
- Oomori area: 115cm


Floodlit night skiing is planned as follows:

In the Uwanodai area:
Daily until 3rd March 2019
Friday 8th March until Sunday 10th March 2019
Saturday 16th March 2019

In the Yokokura area:
Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday between until 10th March 2019

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

January 2019: 25th-27th
February 2019: every day apart from every Tuesday
March 2019: 1st-3rd   Read more ...

Naeba Now!

Tuesday 5th February 2019, 9:07am
Weather conditions: Sunny
New snowfall: 1cm
Snow depth: --
Happy Chinese New Year!

And it is a lovely morning here in Naeba as we have calmer, clearer and colder conditions earlier on (but warming up a bit; hopefully not too much).

And sunnier.

Just a dusting of snow on the ground this morning which has already gone with the sun. It should be a fine day.

We can look forward to some more fresh snow from the day after tomorrow if the forecasts are correct.

Enjoy the day.


Official snow depth:

- 200cm

All lifts plan to be operating apart from the following (some lifts rested on weekdays):

- Prince Number 2 Gondola
- Daishamen romance pair lift

All courses now open apart from the following:

- Splash Bowl
- Men's Riesen Slalom (event being held)

Planned night-time operations:

- Daily until Sunday 24th March 2019
- 4:00pm until 8:30pm
- Courses open: Number 5
- Lifts operating: Number 5 high speed lift   Read more ...

Aizu Bandai Now!

Tuesday 5th February 2019, 9:31am
Weather conditions: Cloudy, foggy (clearer to the south)
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning.

Some fog is covering on the slopes in the Urabandai region this morning.

A little rain has fallen yesterday and the temps are still relatively warm so the snow conditions will be a little icy this morning.

The sunshine is now appearing in the southern part of Mt. Bandai, but fog remains here in the region to the north.

According to the forecast, it will be cold tonight and some new snowfall on the 7th.

Let's hope all the slopes will be covered with a nice fresh soft layer of snow before the weekend (it is a three day holiday in Japan).


The photos for today are from Nekoma (first one) and Alts Bandai.


Nekoma - lift 4/5, course 11/11 open *Closed on Wednesday and Thursday 1/16-2/28
Grandeco - lift 5/5 include one gondola, course 13/13 open
Urabandai - lift 0/3, course 0/3 open *Closed on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
Minowa - lift 3/3, course 10/11 open
Numajiri - lift 4/4, course 10/11 open
Alts Bandai - lift 8/8 include one gondola, course 23/25 open
Inawashiro - lift 7/8, course 18/18 open
Inawashiro resort - lift 3/4 include one gondola, course 8/9 open
Listel - lift 2/2, course 5/7 open
Family Bandai Bandai - lift 0/2, course 0/7 open *Only open on Saturday, Sunday and national holidays.   Read more ...

Appi Kogen Now!

Tuesday 5th February 2019, 10:10am
Weather conditions: Sunny
New snowfall: 2cm
Snow depth: --
Hello from Appi,

Beautiful sunny skies to greet us today with moderate westerly winds. Tomorrow should offer much of the same although the temperature will rise slightly into the pus zone. We do have some snow in the forecast for Thursday and into the weekend with temperatures taking a plunge into minus double digits.

As far as the slopes go you can expect the groomed slopes to offer some comfort from the rain/ice we had fall the last few days. Off piste will be crunchy to say the least as most of the slush has turned to lumpy ice here. Most runs are open today and no doubt with the long Chinese New Year happening will be particularly busy on the lower slopes.

Don’t forget the sunscreen !


Planned lift operations & course areas (subject to change due to weather conditions):

- Appi Gondola ** ON HOLD **
- Central Quad lift
- Central Number 1
- Central Number 2
- Central Number 3A
- Central Number 5 ** ON HOLD **
- Sailer quad ** ON HOLD **
- Sailer connecting
- Vista quad ** ON HOLD **
- Nishimori ** ON HOLD **

* Bravo, Cruise 1, Cruise 2 and Dragon Tail tree runs should be open as normal when the lift operations allow - register to use them at Plaza 1st Floor


Official groomed snow depth (as reported by resort):

- 120cm   Read more ...

Minakami Now!

Tuesday 5th February 2019, 14:17pm
Weather conditions: Blue skies
New snowfall: 10cm
Snow depth: --
Not as much snow as expected overnight and conditions at Tenjin were okay but not great this morning.

Up top of My Tanigawa was quite good though.

We need a big snow fall to sort things out and the first chance comes tomorrow night so fingers crossed.

(Temp shown at 8am)   Read more ...

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30th May, 10:10
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06th May, 15:13pm
Appi Kogen Now
23rd Apr, 17:30
Furano Now
22nd Apr, 10:12am
Madarao Now
20th Apr, 9:52am
Zao Now
20th Apr, 9:52am
Nozawa Onsen Now
20th Apr, 9:51am
Niseko Now
20th Apr, 9:50am
Naeba Now
20th Apr, 9:49am
Myoko Now
20th Apr, 9:48am
Minakami Now
20th Apr, 9:47am
Hakuba Now
20th Apr, 9:40am
Aizu Bandai Now
20th Apr, 9:38am
Yuzawa Now
20th Apr, 9:37am
Grandeco Now
06th Dec, 14:16am