Snow and weather reports posted on Tuesday 20th November 2018

Furano Now!

Wednesday 7th February 2018, 6:59am
Weather conditions: Bluebird/clear
New snowfall: 2cm
Snow depth: --
It is a beautiful morning with the sun hitting the upper part of the resort and giving the mountain an orange hue. The sky is perfectly clear and blue with no clouds around, and there is no wind present. On the snow front we haven't been quite so lucky with only a light 2cm dusting overnight, although on the mountain itself there will be a bit more. Apart from the cold it is a perfect morning.   Read more ...

Minakami Now!

Wednesday 7th February 2018, 7:12am
Weather conditions: Clear
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
If the weather men can't get it right, what chance does your average man on the mountain have. Very little it seems. It stayed blue all yesterday and overnight and is freezing cold here this morning but no fresh to speak of.

Provided the forecasters are back on track, it's set to snow tonight and then remain clear through Saturday night when a multi-day storm is set to kick off.


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 ...

Madarao Now!

Wednesday 7th February 2018, 7:42am
Weather conditions: Blue skies
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --

Quick report this morning and thankfully an easy one to do -- no new snow to report and blue skies over Madarao.

It's a beautiful 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 ...

Yuzawa Now!

Wednesday 7th February 2018, 7:42am
Weather conditions: Clear blue skies
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Yuzawa.

What's going on with the forecasts at the moment? Particularly the local ones. A good example is the local Yahoo forecast which still has snow-snow-snow lined up on the forecast for the whole day today --- but we start the day again with clear blue skies and sunshine!

It's a beautiful morning and another cold start.

Yesterday was a mostly very fine day with cloud gathering later on and some very light snowfall, but none of the heavy snow that we were told could be with us. (It seems Kagura are reporting 0-5cm of fresh snow).

And it looks like once again this morning the clouds are being shy and remaining to the north of us and missing our region.

I hesitate to say what the forecasts tell us to look forward to over the next few days, for obvious reasons.

All very interesting. Fresh snow is of course always very welcome, but while the sun is out we should be sure to enjoy it. Like I said, it's a beautiful early morning.


Images today from GALA Yuzawa, NASPA Ski Garden and Ishiuchi Maruyama (looking north)


Updated: Wednesday 7th 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
- 250cm

- 240cm (base)

NASPA Ski Garden
- 245cm

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

Yuzawa Park
- 190cm

Yuzawa Nakazato
- 180cm


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

Ishiuchi Maruyama
- 260cm

Joetsu Kokusai
- 280cm

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

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

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Wednesday 7th February 2018, 7:44am
Weather conditions: Clear over Nozawa, clouds in the distance
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Nozawa.

There's no fresh snow to report this morning, and rather than snow falling as we were expecting... there's lovely blue skies over Nozawa.

Who knows what happens next?!

Never mind.

Let's enjoy the clear weather while we have it. Fresh snow shouldn't be far away!


Wednesday 8th February 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): 320m
- Uenotaira (1230m): 270cm
- Hikage (660m): 200cm
- Nagasaka (615m): 190cm
- 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 ...

Niseko Now!

Wednesday 7th February 2018, 8:12am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 1cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning

The Avalanche report below is reporting 10cm of fresh snowfall, but I can only report 1cm. (Actually I measured 8mm, but adding in that sprinkling from the other day makes me feel good about declaring 1cm).

Very (very) light snow has been falling as I put this report together, but you almost have to look hard to see it. So unless it changes it isn't the kind of snowfall that results in much.

I really don't have much else to say this morning. So, until tomorrow...


Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6am: -8℃, 10cm snowfall with snowdrifts. Moiwa800m: -12℃, NNE5m/s, 17m/s at night making snowdrifts grow large. Annupuri1150m: -15℃, NE15m/s, 10cm snowfall with cornice and snowdrifts developing. Hirafu1250m: light dusts, strong wind at night. Coastal data: Benkei cape ESE6m/s, Kamui cape NNE2m/s, 1008hPa, 1.6m waves.

Strong NE wind overnight with scarce snowfall, however made the cornices and snowdrifts grow drastically. The wind is calming down now. Peak gates are scheduled to open, please follow the patrol’s instructions.

Snowdrifts have developed in leeward slopes due to the strong NE wind. This new deposit can easily slide from Feb 6th layer and the avalanche risk is high. Hardpack wind-affected snow slabs in high elevation slopes, such as the Backbowl’s sidewalls, could easily slide with riding stimulation. A falling cornice triggered an avalanche near Annupuri Gate 2 this morning and buried a snow cat. The crown measured 60cm.

Many of the past avalanche accidents in Niseko occurred just after strong winds and been caused by sliding slabs that developed under windy conditions. Leeward slopes with heavy load of dense wind-affected snow are very likely to slide. Do not stimulate cornices and snowdrifts and stay away from valley bottoms. The snow in the trees is in pretty good shape. Beware of falling into cracks and sudden weather changes. Have a nice day.


Wednesday 7th 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: 410cm
- Base: 190cm

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 ...

Naeba Now!

Wednesday 7th February 2018, 8:28am
Weather conditions: Clear and sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Naeba.

Apologies for the missed report yesterday.

This morning is also starting with clear blue skies and sunshine. What happened to the snow we were expecting?!

Looking like the next decent snowfall we can expect will be from the weekend.

In the meantime, beautiful weather conditions.

   Read more ...

Grandeco Now!

Wednesday 7th February 2018, 8:29am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 33cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Grandeco.

Snow is falling heavily this morning here. 33cm of fresh snow has fallen and not only the slopes but the roads up to the resort are covered with it too. It's going to be a great day to dive into the fresh snow, but better not to go outside of the ski slope areas because of the poor visibility.

Hope you can get to enjoy this fresh delivery.


Lifts operating:

- All lifts operating

Courses open:

- All courses open

Official snow depth:
- 310cm

- Grandeco snow and weather forecast
   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Wednesday 7th February 2018, 8:32am
Weather conditions: Blue sky, bank of cloud around mountains
New snowfall: 3cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Hakuba.

Yesterday was a day of cloud and snow. Not a huge amount falling but some tracks being filled in and nice conditions out.

This morning here's how much fresh snow the ski resorts are reporting:

Happo-one: 10cm (gondola top station)
Hakuba 47: 5cm during the day reported; up to 10cm overnight
Hakuba Goryu: up to 5cm
Hakuba Cortina: 1cm

And the sun is out.

There is lots of blue sky with cloud hanging around the mountains - see the photo below to get an idea of how things are looking at 8:30am.

It looks like there are some fairly strong winds up there too with top lifts at Happo affected by wind at the time of writing and other possible lift delays at other resorts.

The forecast shows the chance of some more snow later on; for now though, a very fine morning. Just hope the wind co-operates!


Ski resort information on Wednesday 7th February 2018 (at time of writing):

Hakuba Happo-one

Operating lifts:
- Lifts should be operating as normal
- Top lifts affected by wind at the start of the day

Courses open:
- All courses should be open as normal
- Happo Banks is now open

Official snow depth:
- Kurobishi: 400cm
- Usagidaira: 235cm
- 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 apart from Adventure

Official snow depth:
- Top: 380cm
- Toomi: 135cm
- Iimori: 107cm


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: 340cm
- Base: 140cm


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: 330cm
- Han-no-ki: 315cm
- Maruyama: 130cm
- Shirakaba: 265cm
- 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: 347cm
- Base: 218cm


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 and 7 should be operating as planned

Official snow depth:
- 270cm


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 ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Wednesday 7th February 2018, 8:34am
Weather conditions: Clear and sunny
New snowfall: 3cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning.

A little snow overnight again and once again a sunny start with blue skies.

There was snow on the forecast for today, but it doesn't look like it is going to happen. Not any time soon anyway. Maybe later again.

We're expecting clearer skies than snow over the next few, with a return to decent snowfall sometime on Saturday and into the early week.

It's keeping nice and cold too - wrap up well and enjoy!


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 ...

Appi Kogen Now!

Wednesday 7th February 2018, 8:59am
Weather conditions: Blue skies and sunny
New snowfall: 50cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Appi,

It’s a bluebird day up in our corner of the world and what a day it’s going to be. Overnight brought us just over 30cm of fresh powder to play on today and combined with yesterdays amount it should be a truly good time out there.

Currently clear skies here with a temperature of -7 outside my front door. Expect stable temperatures all day with a low of -12 at the summit. Relatively calm winds this morning and that should continue into tomorrow night.

We may see a little more snow today with sporadic snow showers in the forecast. The rest of the week may see the winds pick up slightly into Thursday evening with a slight temperature increase. The weekend is looking great right now for another 40+cm of snow too.

Have a wonderful day up there and get your sunscreen on.


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:

250cm   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Wednesday 7th February 2018, 9:00am
Weather conditions: Snow clouds
New snowfall: 3cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Zao.

Snow is back this morning with a few cm on the ground and more falling as I write this; hopefully it will build up more during the day. Regular snow is forecast for todaty and tomorrow and then once again late weekend - which may bring us some decent numbers. Forecast as it current is, of course.

There was an incident yesterday with two boarders needing to be rescued. This is all hear-say but I believe the search apparently involved helicopters and a fair number of ski patrol and other folk. Stay safe out there.


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: 135cm
- 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 ...

Geto Kogen Now!

Wednesday 7th February 2018, 9:18am
Weather conditions: Mostly sunny
New snowfall: 8cm
Snow depth: --
Good Morning!

Shaping up to be an absolutely beautiful day out there, blue skies with a cloud or two from what we can see, with tops of -5C expected and some light snow showers on the cards. Light to moderate winds, bringing the wind chill down to -16C at times.

About 3cm overnight, but yesterday afternoon we saw about 5cm, so since our last report there’s been 8cm. Still, not that much to make do with, but the blue skies should compensate for fresh snow with runs groomed top to bottom with some slick corduroy available. Snow quality is hardpacked and groomed, with any leftover powder still dry thanks to these well-below zero temps.

As for the coming days leading into the weekend, we’re not set to see any major snow until what looks like Sunday into Monday morning, where we might see 30cm or so. Until then, just little bits here and there…

Thursday: light snow showers, moderate winds, tops of -5C
Friday: light snow showers, light winds, tops of -2C
Saturday: light snow, light to moderate 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 ...

Naeba Now!

Wednesday 7th February 2018, 9:37am
Weather conditions: Bluebird
New snowfall: 1cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Naeba! It's a bright and clear morning here, with the sun beating down into Mikuni valley. The air temperature is on the cool side at the moment, reading -10°C, however with this sunshine it feels more fresh rather than cold. We can expect the skies to remain clear for the best part of the skiing day, but clouds will push in this afternoon, potentially bringing a little snow with it. The wind is calm currently, but again as these clouds push in we should expect them to pick up a little later in the afternoon. The pistes are in fantastic condition this morning, with the fresh snow and cool temperatures that we have experienced recently.

Looking forwards, we can expect a slightly warmer day tomorrow, with a lesser wind and some light snow showers. On Friday we will see significantly warmer temperatures, with daytime highs of around -3°C, pushing up to 3°C during Saturday day time. This indicates the arrival of our next significant storm system, binging with it heavy snow on Friday night. followed by light snow to the end of the current forecast. The wind will, of course, pick up somewhat during this period.

Ekisaitingu!   Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Wednesday 7th February 2018, 10:16am
Weather conditions: Clouds in the distance, but bluebird here
New snowfall: 1cm
Snow depth: --
It is really beautiful out there today, with an almost perfect blue sky to start out the day. Strong winds on the peaks, though, and a strange pocket of really high winds out there off shore, coming from the southwest.

There’s a dark line of clouds out in that directions well: maybe there will be heavy snow coming from that side again today, rather than the more usual northwest winds that bring us heavy snow.

It’s staying cold out there, too! Looks like we could get snow, maybe even heavy, later in the day.

Lotte Arai now has all the avalanche-controlled areas open.


Akakura Kanko:
300 cm, -9°

Akakura Onsen:
370cm, -8°

Ikenotaira Onsen:
260cm, -9°

Myoko Suginohara:
220cm, -14°

Seki Onsen:
420 cm, -6°

Myoko Ski Park:
290 cm, -5°

Kyukamura RunRun:
320 cm, -6°

Tangram Ski Circus:
220 cm, -8°

Madarao Kogen:
240 cm, -9

Kurohime Kogen Ski Park:
200cm, -7°   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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07th Nov, 7:27
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19th Oct, 14:51am
Furano Now
06th May, 9:04am
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06th May, 8:28am
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06th May, 8:27am
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06th May, 8:04
Geto Kogen Now
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