Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 19th November 2018

Geto Kogen Now!

Tuesday 6th March 2018, 7:35am
Weather conditions: Mostly sunny
New snowfall: 3cm
Snow depth: --
Mainly rain yesterday, with tops of 4C and fairly calm skies. We’ve lost a bit of snow with the rain, but hopefully our luck with the weather gods changes soon.

Lost snow or not, we also gained a little. This morning we’re recording 3cm of fresh stuff, though it fell on some fairly wet frozen ground yesterday, so don’t expect anything too fluffy. Should start out a little heavy, but with the temps expected to stay well below zero it should stay put.

Tops of -8C today with some moderate winds and some afternoon snow showers, that should continue into the evening, though we’re not expecting much to report on.

As for the next few days, I wish I could say the weather’s changing, but its stubbornly continuing to tell me that from Thursday evening into Saturday morning we’re going to get over 140mm of rain. I’ll keep you updating, and I ask you to pray to whoever/whatever you believe in, for a miracle. Because that’d be neat.

Wednesday: clear and sunny, calm skies & tops of -1C
Thursday: cloudy with late heavy rain, light winds & tops of 3C
Friday: heavy rain, calm skies & tops of 4C


Official snow depths:

Top: 460cm
Base: 300cm

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

Furano Now!

Tuesday 6th March 2018, 7:46am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
While there has been a dusting of snow in the village it hasn't been enough to repair the icy roads which are extremely slippery. Conditions on the slopes are also hard and icy in places. Cloud is rolling down the face of the mountain but it looks like it will lift soon and it should be pretty good for visibility today. Some light snow may occur but the next significant event on the radar is heavy rain on Thursday and Friday rather than snow.   Read more ...

Yuzawa Now!

Tuesday 6th March 2018, 7:54am
Weather conditions: Lots of cloud, fog
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Yuzawa.

I was hoping for the chance of reporting some fresh snow on the ground this morning.

It was raining lightly before the end of the morning yesterday and more heavily at times later on. I think I did hear the sprinklers starting up late last night so it may well have been snowing a little, but there's no fresh cm of snow to report on the ground in town.

Last night Kagura was mentioning a forecast of 'up to 20cm' of snow overnight... but the actual snowfall they are reporting is 1-2cm.

I just noticed that Maiko Snow Resort are reporting 5cm.

So it sounds like there has been a light dusting at higher elevations.

So, while that is somewhat disappointing, we are just going to put that out of our mind and play with what we got!

For now it is cloudy and colder than the last few days. It's actually snowing very lightly in some places early on, but that isn't expected to last and if the forecasts are right we might even get to see some sunshine during the day.

Sun is expected tomorrow - slightly warmer than today but not as warm as over the weekend thankfully!


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


Updated: Tuesday 6th 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
- 300cm

- 170cm

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

Kandatsu Kogen
- 230cm

- 240cm (base)

NASPA Ski Garden
- 205cm

Yuzawa Kogen
- Top: 270cm
- Base: 200cm

Yuzawa Park
- 170cm

Yuzawa Nakazato
- 155cm


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

Ishiuchi Maruyama
- 220cm

Joetsu Kokusai
- 200cm

Maiko Snow Resort
- Top: 220cm
- Base: 110cm

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

Zao Now!

Tuesday 6th March 2018, 8:00am
Weather conditions: Cloudy, blue sky
New snowfall: 3cm
Snow depth: --
Rain happened, I'm afraid.

Never nice to see in winter.

The good news is that it turned into snow overnight and there has been a few cm on the ground. Not enough to cover the damage done by the rain surely, but good to see all the same.

There's some blue sky on show now too so it feels like it is clearing up. And finer weather is forecast for tomorrow too.

Friday is looking ominous. (Heavy) rain again, but hopefully followed by snow on Saturday. Forecasts can change, and hopefully that one will.

In the meantime I am going to enjoy this nice weather with a 'spring ski' mindset.


Lifts and course info:

- All lifts open as planned
- All areas open as planned
- Note: the Karamatsu pair lift has now closed for the season

Official snow depths:

- Summit area: 215cm
- Paradise area: 240cm
- Chuo area: 230cm
- Utopia area: 230cm
- Uwanodai area: 160cm
- Oomori area: 160cm


Zao Onsen forecast:

Zao Onsen 6-day snow and weather forecast

Floodlit night skiing is planned as follows:

In the Uwanodai area:
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only until Sunday 18th March 2018

In the Yokokura area:
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only until Sunday 11th March 2018

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

Now finished for the season   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Tuesday 6th March 2018, 8:06am
Weather conditions: Cloud, fog
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Nozawa.

Looking on the webcams it looks like up top there's a dusting of snow up there and rather foggy conditions with very limited visibility.

The resort isn't reporting any fresh cm of snow on the mountain though (not at the time of writing anyway).

Down here it is a cloudy start to the day but happily it is noticeably colder after that warm weekend!

OK so the forecast seems to show rain around Friday and snow on Saturday. Nature may have other ideas.


After being open yesterday, the Kandahar courses are closed again to the general public today.

They will be open again next Monday and then the East course only will be open from Tuesday through Thursday and the West course only open on Friday.

After that, the West course will be open between 28th March and 1st April.


Tuesday 6th 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): 290cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 210cm
- Hikage (660m): 160cm
- Nagasaka (615m): 155cm
- Karasawa (563m): 115cm

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
- Kamoshika
- Tanuki
- Kandahar
   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Tuesday 6th March 2018, 8:31am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 1cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning all!

I have some fresh snow to report but just 1cm of it.

It is snowing very lightly (indeed) as I put this report together and it is keeping pretty cold which is of course a good thing.

Keeping cold will be good as it doesn't look like we should expect much snow over the next few days. I would be more than happy for that to be wrong.


It looks like the Hirafu Gondola is having some issues at the start of the day.


One thing I would like to point out once again. My snow measurements come from close to Niseko Grand Hirafu base and are done by myself (and sponsored by - or should I say fuel(l)ed by - toast). There is often more snowfall higher up on the mountain than at base. In early and late season in particular, this can easily mean the difference between no snow on the ground here at base and snowfall delivered to the mountain.

Having said that, today the Avalanche report is not reporting more than trace at each of their points.

I'll comment on it when I feel there is going to be any notable difference on a given day.


Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6.00am: -8°, trace new snow. Moiwa 800m: -10.1°, W8.6m/s(overnight 17m/s), trace new snow, cornice development. Annupuri 1150m: -14°, NW15m/s snow wind, trace new snow, poor visibility. Hirafu peak: -13°, snow wind, trace new snow, poor visibility. Coastal data: Benkei Cape: N9m/s. Kamui Cape: WNW7m/s, 1020hPa, wave 1.5m.

The barometric pressure gradient has steepened and a strong westerly wind blew overnight. Only a small amount of snow has fallen however new cornice development from wind blown snow is collapsing easily. In the past in similar conditions 3 high school students were buried by an avalanche caused by a cornice collapsing in Mikaeri Bowl. Take care on cornice slopes above 800m. An avalanche happens when conditions are right regardless of the amount of snow and only becomes an accident if people are involved.

Overall the general avalanche risk is low. Peak gates are expected to be open. Follow the patrol's decisions. To avoid getting caught in a full depth avalanche you should reconsider your habit of riding in the valley bottoms. On the south east side of Annupuri where there are steep slopes with large elevation changes, full depth avalanches can have a major impact on the topography and vegetation. Large avalanches like these have come down onto the forest road in the past. From the snowfall this winter strict precautions are needed for spring. Spring is here now with these freeze/thaw cycles. Have a good day.


Tuesday 6th March 2018

Resort specific information (operations subject to change):

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Niseko HANAZONO Resort

Lifts scheduled to be operating:
- All lifts should be operating as planned
- Hirafu Gondola having issues at the start of the day

Official snow depth:
- Top: 520cm
- Base: 230cm

Niseko Annupuri Kokusai

Lifts scheduled to be operating:
- All lifts should be operating as planned
- The Gondola might be delayed opening at the start of the day

Official snow depth:
- Top: 450cm
- Base: 240cm

Niseko Village

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

Official snow depth:
- Top: 450cm
- Base: 280cm


Floodlit 'nighta' skiing - until Sunday 18th March

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!

Tuesday 6th March 2018, 8:34am
Weather conditions: Cloud, some blue sky
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Grandeco.

Temperatures are getting colder once again but it was raining yesterday so the surface of the course snow especially around base area is a little icy.

There was no snowfall record on the base area but the mountains looks white so maybe some snowfall on the high elevation areas. An investigation is required!

There is no snow forecast for a while, but everyone is hopeful that we will get some. It's too early to be full-on spring... and March can sometimes give us some surprises. We shall see!


Lifts operating:

- All lifts operating

Courses open:

- All courses open

Official snow depth:
- 310cm

- Grandeco snow and weather forecast   Read more ...

Madarao Now!

Tuesday 6th March 2018, 8:35am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 3cm
Snow depth: --

Some fresh snow this morning. The resort is reporting 5cm but I'm only seeing 3cm myself - both can be correct of course - but it's great to see snow again even if it is just a little.

Visibility is pretty poor this morning though with cloud and fog.

It is colder too which is a welcome return.


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 ...

Hakuba Now!

Tuesday 6th March 2018, 8:36am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 1cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Hakuba.

Not a very appealing day yesterday with rain and a bit of wind. Not for me, thanks.

From what I heard the rain turned into snow later on higher up but this morning there is just a dusting to report:

Hakuba 47: up to 5cm
Hakuba Cortina: 1-3cm
Hakuba Happo: 2cm (top gondola station)

This morning we have cloudy skies and it feels colder too, which is good.

After the rain yesterday, some blowy winds and lower temperatures overnight and this morning I expect some icy conditions first up this morning.

Forecasts seem to show the chance of sunshine making an appearance during the day today. And sunny skies due tomorrow too.


Ski resort information on Tuesday 6th March 2018 (at time of writing):

Hakuba Happo-one

Operating lifts:
- All lifts apart from the Kita-one quad appear to be operating

Courses open:
- All areas open

Official snow depth:
- Kurobishi: 395cm
- Usagidaira: 225cm
- Lower: 100cm


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: 370cm
- Toomi: 140cm
- Iimori: 98cm


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: 330cm
- Base: 130cm


Tsugaike Kogen

Operating lifts:
- All lifts should be operating as normal

Courses open:
- All course areas are open

Official snow depth:
- Tsuga-no-mori: 320cm
- Han-no-ki: 310cm
- Maruyama: 110cm
- Shirakaba: 260cm
- Champion: 130cm
- Oya-no-hara: 140cm
- Kane-no-naru-oka: 135cm


Hakuba Cortina

Operating lifts:
- Number 4 and 5 lifts on hold at start of the day

Courses open:
- Only some courses open - check with resort if you are going

Official snow depth:
- Top: 311cm
- Base: 188cm


Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field

Operating lifts:
- Lifts should be opening as planned

Official snow depth:
- Top: 190cm
- Base: 100cm


Hakuba Norikura Onsen

Operating lifts:
- All lifts apart from Number 1 and 7 should be operating, though other possible delays

Official snow depth:
- 155cm


Hakuba Valley Kashimayari

Operating lifts:
- All lifts apart from 8 and 10 should be operating

Official snow depth:
- 200cm


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 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 ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Tuesday 6th March 2018, 8:44am
Weather conditions: Variable - fog, cloud, sun, blue sky!
New snowfall: 3cm
Snow depth: --
When I got up earlier this morning it was snowing but right now there's some sun shining through the remaining clouds over in Kumanoyu.

But I just came back from there to here in Hasuike which is enveloped in thick fog just now. So variable conditions at the moment depending where you are in the Shiga Kogen area.

Whatever, much nicer than the miserable wet of yesterday, for sure.

This early spring is serving up some rather unpredictable conditions. I'm no forecaster, I'll just let you check out the forecast yourself and we can all guess together! (See blue button above).


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



220cm   Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Tuesday 6th March 2018, 9:45am
Weather conditions: Snow and gray
New snowfall: 4cm
Snow depth: --
We got the rain, we got the wind, but we didn’t get the heavy snow some sites were predicting. It’s basically dust on crust today, with the soft snow of the weekend now hard and just 4 cm of ice pellets and soft hail on top.

Not a great day off the piste, for sure, although it could be just fine on the courses.

The wind is occasionally kicking up as well, so, as always, watch for lift closures.

There is snow falling, but it’s pretty small soft hail and ice pellets, and not building up very quickly... Sunny tomorrow? That might be nice….

Then rain again Thursday and Friday? Not such good news.


Akakura Kanko:
280 cm, -4°

Akakura Onsen:
330cm, -4°

Ikenotaira Onsen:
235cm, -3°

Myoko Suginohara:
190cm, -7°

Seki Onsen:
430 cm, -3°

Myoko Ski Park:
250 cm, 0°

Kyukamura RunRun:
270 cm, 0°

Tangram Ski Circus:
200 cm, -1°

Madarao Kogen:
190 cm, -5°

Read more ...

Minakami Now!

Tuesday 6th March 2018, 15:48pm
Weather conditions: Overcast
New snowfall: 1cm
Snow depth: --
The snow that fell overnight followed sporadic moderate rain throughout the day. It fell with strong winds up to higher elevation than we have here and the result is a solid, hard, crust. Nasty stuff and not enough snow even in the gullies.

The forecast isn't good with no snow on the horizon till Saturday and potentially more rain beforehand...


Temperatures shown above from 8am


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 ...

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