Snow and weather reports posted on Tuesday 13th November 2018

Geto Kogen Now!

Tuesday 6th February 2018, 7:23am
Weather conditions: Partly cloudy
New snowfall: 15cm
Snow depth: --
Unexpectedly we saw snow falling for the majority of the day yesterday, and this morning we’re seeing the numbers read at 15cm since the last report. The suns trying its hardest to make its way out of those clouds, but I wouldn’t expect it around for long with light snow expected throughout the day. Tops of -5C and some light to moderate winds, with around 8cm of snow to hit the ground.

With these cold temperatures the fresh snow is set to stay dry and fresh for longer, but for those looking for the best fresh tracks, have a go at some tree zones as soon as you can and take the path less obvious — provided you’re not close to a gully, you’ll have a ball enjoying the fresh stuff.

The forecast keeps chopping and changing snow-wise, but it looks like by the weekend we should have seen just under 20cm of fresh snow...

Wednesday: snow showers, moderate winds, tops of -5C
Thursday: light snow, moderate winds, tops of -5C
Friday: light snow, light winds, tops of -2C


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 ...

Yuzawa Now!

Tuesday 6th February 2018, 7:46am
Weather conditions: Partly cloudy
New snowfall: 3cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Yuzawa.

Yesterday the clouds did move back over Yuzawa and we did get some snow falling at times (and overnight) - though nothing significant.

You might be thinking that I have heavy snowfall to report this morning - with news of that in the Hokuriku region on the TV News last night... but that's not the case. The sun is out and actually since early morning we have increasing amounts of blue sky appearing over the town.

For now it is a cold start and partly cloudy. The snow clouds are lingering to the north of us, moving from the west and missing our region for now. You might remember a similar pattern happened before a few weeks ago...

Kagura are reporting 5cm of fresh snow and I can report just 3cm.

Will the clouds move back to our area today and tomorrow (as forecast)?

In the meantime, it should be another very nice morning to be out there!


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


Updated: Tuesday 6th 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

- 225cm

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

Kandatsu Kogen
- 260cm

- 240cm (base)

NASPA Ski Garden
- 255cm

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

Yuzawa Park
- 200cm

Yuzawa Nakazato
- 180cm


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

Ishiuchi Maruyama
- 260cm

Joetsu Kokusai
- 270cm

Maiko Snow Resort
- Top: 260cm
- Base: 180cm

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

Niseko Now!

Tuesday 6th February 2018, 8:08am
Weather conditions: Clear blue skies
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning.

OK, so I wasn't expecting much and... well, I don't have any new cm to report to you this morning.

Weren't we expecting snow clouds this morning? Perhaps they've popped on over to Sapporo for the Snow Festival, coz they ain't here! (* Actually it looks like they are to the south of us).

Instead of snow and clouds, and in contrast to yesterday morning, we are enjoying some beautiful blue skies all around.

Really lovely.

The Avalanche Report below describes the mountain as in 'rough condition', and we are indeed in need of a refresh. But still, while the sun is out I think we need to make the effort to get out and there will still be a lot of fun to be found. I'm going to partake anyway.

It is cold at the start of the day, but it'll warm up with the sunshine. Hopefully not too much.

I think I'm safe to put the report up early as surely all areas will be open and we expect gates to be open too.

Have a fun day, and remember to do the snow dance at the top.


Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6.00am: -8°, no new snow, calm. Moiwa 800m: -9°, E2.2m/s, no new snow, good visibility. Annupuri 1150m: -12°, light SE winds, no new snow, snowpack 330cm. Hirafu 1250m: -11°, light winds, no new snow, good visibility. Coastal data: Benkei Cape:SSE3m/s. Kamui Cape: ENE5m/s, 1007hPa, wave 2.2m.

The atmospheric pressure gradient is shallow preceding a low pressure system, mountains and seas are both calm, but waves are starting to pick up. From observation the general avalanche risk is low, all peak gates are expected to be open. Please listen to the patrols advice. There is no new snow, the mountain is covered in tracks and in rough condition. Take care going fast, loosing a ski and hitting trees. You can't win against a tree.

Never enter strictly off limits area Haru no Taki. As the sun causes the snow to slab it can collapse easily from rider stimulation or even under its own weight, causing a deep layer or full depth avalanche. Do not duck ropes looking for fresh snow. Ducking ropes is strictly prohibited by Niseko Rules. You must use the gates to go out of bounds.

Take care falling into cracks, they cannot be seen from above and have claimed more than one life. Use caution on steep and cornice slopes. We hope for no accidents.


Tuesday 6th 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

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

Niseko Annupuri Kokusai

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

Official snow depth:
- Top: 360cm
- Base: 230cm

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 ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Tuesday 6th February 2018, 8:16am
Weather conditions: Low cloud, blue sky, sun
New snowfall: 6cm
Snow depth: --
Hello from Nozawa.

The sun is out!

I thought it might be snowing this morning, but the light snow overnight has eased off and clouds have mostly cleared - other than some low cloud remaining - and the sun is shining down on us.

The resort is reporting 10-15cm of fresh snow on the upper slopes and up to 5cm in lower areas.

Forecasts seem to be saying different things and I'm certainly no expert (no chuckling please).

So I'm going to sit tight and see what develops. Actually, no, I think I'll get my gear on and head up to the Yamabiko area. ;)


Tuesday 7th February 2018

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

- Yamabiko (1407m): 10cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 15cm
- Hikage (660m): -cm
- Nagasaka (615m): 5cm
- Karasawa (563m): -cm

Official snow depth numbers:

- Yamabiko (1407m): 340m
- Uenotaira (1230m): 280cm
- Hikage (660m): 200cm
- Nagasaka (615m): 200cm
- Karasawa (563m): 170cm

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 East   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Tuesday 6th February 2018, 8:32am
Weather conditions: Snow clouds
New snowfall: 8cm
Snow depth: --
Morning all.

I had a top day yesterday finding myself some very fine snow. I'm not telling you where; you'll have to check yourself. ;)

It was continuing to snow and not much of a wind.

And this morning this is how much snow the resorts are reporting:

Hakuba Cortina: 18cm at base; 20+cm up top
Hakuba Happo-one: 15cm (top gondola station)
Hakuba Goryu: 5-10cm
Hakuba 47: 5-10cm

47 reporting 10cm of snow overnight on upper slopes and 'not as much as they thought' - I'm a bit surprised myself, but still, conditions should be very agreeable this morning.

So we're expecting continued snow today into tomorrow. Sun is currently forecast around Friday and then some good-looking potentially heavy snow over the weekend. Though without wanting to spoil the excitement there seems to be a chance of a warm up and rain on Saturday before it turns into snow. Noooooooooooooo! Let's deal with that when we get to it, but keep it in mind.

In the meantime, wrap up well and have fun today.


Ski resort information on Tuesday 6th 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: 245cm
- Lower: 145cm


Hakuba Goryu

Operating lifts:
- Lifts appear to be operating as normal
- The top Alps Number 2/4 pair lifts will be open daily from 10th Feb until 18th March

Courses open:
- All courses should be open as normal

Official snow depth:
- Top: 380cm
- Toomi: 135cm
- 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: 330cm
- 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: 320cm
- Han-no-ki: 310cm
- Maruyama: 130cm
- Shirakaba: 260cm
- Champion: 160cm
- Oya-no-hara: 150cm
- 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: 345cm
- Base: 220cm


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 1, 7 and 10 should be operating as planned

Official snow depth:
- 260cm


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 ...

Madarao Now!

Tuesday 6th February 2018, 8:41am
Weather conditions: Thin cloud, sun
New snowfall: 11cm
Snow depth: --

Earlier cloud has been clearing and it's another fine morning here in Madarao with another layer of snow on the ground. Still, snow is there on some forecasts so perhaps we will get more today and tomorrow.

Looks like there's more sun due at the end of the week and back to snowfall over the weekend but there's a chance of milder conditions and a bit of rain before that happens. Hopefully not.

Anyway, another fine cold morning.


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 ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Tuesday 6th February 2018, 8:42am
Weather conditions: Mix of cloud, blue sky and sun
New snowfall: 14cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Shiga Kogen.

After all that snow to play in yesterday, we got some more fresh overnight... I feel that we have seen a lot of the 'snow overnight and fine in the day' pattern this season. (And I like it!)

It was snowing pretty heavily at times, but in the end probably generally around 10-15cm.

The sun is out now though and some blue skies again.

It should be another excellent morning.

The forecast is looking interesting. More clear weather towards the end of the week and then some heavy snow by the weekend. Areas lower down look set to get some rain, though we should avoid that clicking straight into the snow.


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 ...

Zao Now!

Tuesday 6th February 2018, 8:59am
Weather conditions: Cloudy, some sun
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Zao.

There are some pretty grey clouds hanging on this morning but as I am writing this report just after 9am the sun is shining through as well.

Snow clouds are forecast to remain over the region over the next few days though so we can expect snow at any time.

Temperatures should remain quite low until the weekend. Around Saturday some warmer conditions are likely and even the chance of some rainfall if the forecasts are correct. Let's hope that with regards to potential rain, they are wrong and/or change!


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: 130cm
- 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 ...

Grandeco Now!

Tuesday 6th February 2018, 9:02am
Weather conditions: Fine blue skies, just a bit of cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Grandeco.

It is a really beautiful morning with mostly blue skies and just a few clouds here and there.

There was no snowfall last night so no new cm to report this morning.

The temperature is remaining quite cold and the snow conditions should be very good today.

According to the forecast, was to be snowy and windy today --- that's a miss, then! Let's see how things develop... keep an eye on the forecast.


Lifts operating:

- All lifts operating

Courses open:

- All courses open

Official snow depth:
- 280cm

- Grandeco snow and weather forecast
   Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Tuesday 6th February 2018, 9:15am
Weather conditions: Blue way off to the east, clouds/snow over Mt. Myoko
New snowfall: 8cm
Snow depth: --
Talk about an underwhelming snowfall: maybe 70cm, the TV was saying. Most outside reports were also for the heaviest snow on Monday night. We got 8cm. Joetsu City, on the coast, really got hit; one informal report was that the beach got the 70cm we were supposed to get...

There was more snow up high through the day yesterday (Akakan, for example, is reporting an additional 20, which is what people climbing above the area yesterday noted, while lower Akakura Onsen added no new snow to its total).

All lifts seem to be running, but the bowls on the south side of Lotte Arai (the Mt. Okenashi side) have been closed the past several days. Something to keep in mind if you plan to go out for avalanche-controlled sidecountry.


Akakura Kanko:
320 cm, -9°

Akakura Onsen:
370cm, -9°

Ikenotaira Onsen:
260cm, -8°

Myoko Suginohara:
225cm, -14°

Seki Onsen:
400 cm, -5°

Myoko Ski Park:
290 cm, -3°

Kyukamura RunRun:
320 cm, -4°

Tangram Ski Circus:
220 cm, -6°

Madarao Kogen:
240 cm, -9

Kurohime Kogen Ski Park:
200cm, -4°

   Read more ...

Minakami Now!

Tuesday 6th February 2018, 9:50am
Weather conditions: Clear
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Supposed to be new snow today but it didn't arrive.

Instead we have pesky blue skies and no wind along with a backcountry snowpack which was only ridden yesterday between 1pm and close of resort due to avalanche risk in the morning. It will be another good day but we'll need a reset at the end of it I expect.

Looks like snow on the forecast today and this evening and tomorrow but obviously the weather models are having some issues at the minute so we shall see.


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!

Tuesday 6th February 2018, 10:21am
Weather conditions: Cloud...
New snowfall: 10cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Appi,

Currently cloudy skies with a little light snowfall. The snowfall should continue all day bringing some fresh powder our way. We may see up 25cm if the forecast holds true.

The forecast of increased winds has also changed thankfully and we’re looking at stable wind conditions at least until Thursday when the winds will pick up and temperatures rise. Again the typical Appi forecast of snow this week but it doesn’t look like too much of it and sporadic at that if it makes it here.

Still limited runs open for ski/boarding but there’s sure to be enough to keep you busy.


Note: Webcam images from 12:45pm


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 ...

Furano Now!

Tuesday 6th February 2018, 13:23pm
Weather conditions: Mostly cloudy
New snowfall: 3cm
Snow depth: --
There was just a light dusting of new snow overnight but the trickle has continued and the total build up in the village is 3cm. We can expect the constant light snow to continue throughout the remainder of the week. Early morning the upper part of the resort was shrouded in cloud but that lifted to reveal a partially sunny day. While it is cold today those direct sunlight rays did prove enough to melt a little of the ice on the roads.    Read more ...

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01st Nov, 17:00pm
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01st Nov, 10:07am
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Grandeco Now
19th Oct, 14:51am
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06th Oct, 15:27am
Madarao Now
12th Aug, 0:17pm
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06th May, 9:04am
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06th May, 8:28am
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