Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 30th May 2020

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Saturday 7th March 2020, 7:09am
Weather conditions: Fine and sunny, some thin cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Nozawa.

An early report this morning (and too early for an update from the resort). I am meeting some friends at the start of the day and today I really just want to get out on the mountain, breath in some fresh air and escape the news.

It looks like it is going to be a fine day to do that.

Sunny skies and mild with likely more of that tomorrow too.

And perhaps Monday too.

It might be a chilly start to this morning but we have a warmer spell ahoy.

Take care everyone and have fun.


Saturday 7th March 2020

Fresh snowfall recorded by resort since yesterday morning:

- Yamabiko (1407m): 0cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 0cm
- Hikage (660m): 0cm
- Nagasaka (615m): 0cm
- Karasawa (563m): 10cm

Official snow depth numbers (reported by resort):

- Yamabiko (1407m): 220cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 150cm
- Hikage (660m): 55cm
- Nagasaka (615m): 50cm
- Karasawa (563m): 20cm

All lifts normally operating apart from the following lifts:

- Karasawa

All courses normally open apart from the following courses:

- Grand Prix
- Hachiman
- Mukobayashi
- Jumping
- Skyline (lower area closed; the upper area down to Tanuki course is open)
- Kandahar (last opening to public for season on 16th March)

Nighta until 8:00pm

- Nagasaka Four lift operates during nighta
- Every Saturday until 28th March
- 20th March
- Subject to change; check with resort   Read more ...

Geto Kogen Now!

Saturday 7th March 2020, 7:36am
Weather conditions: Cloud, fine, sun
New snowfall: 14cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning.

The sun is shining through a break in the clouds early morning.

Yesterday we had some stormy conditions for a while though it cleared up for the evening.

Resulting in 15cm or so of fresh snow at base.

So it should be a good day and we are expecting clearer skies over the weekend with temperatures getting milder.


Official snow depths:

* Top: 320cm
* Base: 160cm

Planned operating lift information - subject to change:

* Number 1 Gondola
* Number 2 Gondola (operates on weekends and holidays only)
* Number 1 pair lift
* Number 2 pair lift
* Quad lift

Courses & Tree Runs:

* All of the main official courses are available
* The resort usually makes a final decision on tree run courses before 9am
* Generally, all tree runs apart from Extreme are opening   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Saturday 7th March 2020, 7:43am
Weather conditions: Fine and sunny
New snowfall: 3cm
Snow depth: --

The sun is out this morning.

It is a cold start but it will get to be milder during the day and with the fresh snow we got yesterday (the number reported today is since my morning report yesterday), conditions should be good.

Cloudier skies forecast for later today and tomorrow before more sunshine on Monday.


All areas and connections at Shiga Kogen are now open (with just a few minor exceptions).


Photos: Okushiga Kogen, Takamagahara Mammoth and Hasuike Junction


Shiga Kogen resort info: Saturday 7th March 2020

The below information is manually checked - but the report is too early for any changes today
Official snow depth numbers are as reported by the ski resorts themselves.

- Official snow depth: 160cm

Ichinose Family
- Official snow depth: 170cm

- Official snow depth: 190cm

- Official snow depth: 110cm

Okushiga Kogen
- Official snow depth: 170cm

Takamagahara Mammoth
- Official snow depth: 170cm

- Official snow depth: 160cm

- Official snow depth: 190cm

- Official snow depth: 210cm


Originally planned night time operations at the Shiga Kogen ski areas are as follows; subject to change, so please check with the resorts.
Note that separate lift tickets are required.

Ichinose Diamond
20th-21st March 2020
Quad lift
6:30pm until 9:00pm

Ichinose Family
Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays until 21st March 2020
Number 2 pair B lift
6:30pm until 9:00pm

Every Saturday until 28th March 2020
20th March 2020
Number 1 pair lift
6:30pm until 9:00pm

Takamagahara Mammoth
Saturdays until 21st March 2020
20th March 2020
Number 2 triple lift
6:30pm until 8:30pm


The section of road connecting the southern area of Shiga Kogen (from Yokoteyama onwards) with Gunma Prefecture is now closed for the season. It will be closed until 24th April 2020. Approach Shiga Kogen using Route 292 from the west (Nagano/Nakano/Yamanouchi)   Read more ...

Madarao Now!

Saturday 7th March 2020, 7:44am
Weather conditions: Partly cloudy, blue sky and sun
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Morning and welcome to the weekend.

It is looking likely that we will enjoy some clear skies and sunshine this morning and perhaps more cloud later and tomorrow.

I wonder how many people will turn up today...

Tuesday still looking like it will be t-shirt wearing warm (though the chance of rain).

Have a good day and stay safe.


Current operations: Saturday 7th March 2020


- All lifts apart from Number 5 should be operating
- Powder Wave closed
- Other tree run courses open
- Official snow depth: 130cm

Tangram Ski Circus:

- All lifts are operating
- Most courses open
- Official snow depth: 85cm   Read more ...

Naeba Now!

Saturday 7th March 2020, 7:44am
Weather conditions: Fine, some thin high cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Naeba.

Ah, the weekend once again.

And this morning the sun is out and it is a fine morning. It is pleasingly cold too. I like a cold morning.

As I think I mentioned, we are looking at some warmer conditions again over the next 3 or 4 days with Tuesday being the biggest bad boy.

This morning should be good.

I wish you a fine Saturday and let's all taking care whilst living our lives.


Official snow depth:

- 90cm

Planned operating lifts:

- Prince Number 2 Gondola
- Takenokodaira romance pair lift
- Takenokoyama romance pair lift
- Number 4 romance pair lift
- Number 3 high speed lift
- Number 5 high speed lift (open for nighta until 8:30pm)
- Hiuchi Number 1 romance pair lift
- Dragondola

Courses planned to be open:

- 19 of 22 courses are normally open


Planned lift operations at Naeba from 16th March 2020:

- Prince Number 2 Gondola
- Number 5 high speed lift
- Takenokodaira pair lift   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Saturday 7th March 2020, 8:07am
Weather conditions: Blue sky and cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Niseko.

We are starting this Saturday morning with quite a lot of blue sky over our lovely mountain and the sun is shining through my window here. There's more cloud out towards Mt Yotei. Will it clear up, or will it stay like this? Exciting!

There is just a dusting of snow really since yesterday, so no new cm to report.

The next chance of fresh snowfall looks likely to be on the other side of the warm bump that is expected on Tuesday. Generally milder conditions should be expected until then.

All lifts should be running as scheduled and the mountain is open.

Have a good one!


Niseko Avalanche Report

Mountain base: -2℃, 1cm snowfall in 12h. Moiwa 800m: NNW 345° 3.9m/s, -5.9℃, sunny. Annupuri 1100m: NW 322° 3.3m/s, -9.4℃. Yu no sawa: N 6° 3.1m/s, -9.1℃. Village 900m: NW 312° 1.2m/s, -8℃. Hirafu 1000m: N 346° 4.8m/s, -9.1℃. Hanazono 720m: N 358° 2.6m/s, -5.8℃. Sea of Japan Benkei cape: NE5m/s, Kamui cape: ENE2m/s, 1023hPa, 0.9m waves.

Many of the avalanche accidents are caused by collapsing snow-slabs that formed during storms. The avalanche risk evaluation in Niseko bases on studying the development of those snowdrifts and take accident prevention manners by opening/closing the gates depending on the hazard level. Although we are unaware of the details regarding the accident in Panorama Line the day before yesterday, there have been accidents in the same zone under similar weather conditions in the past. It is very unfortunate to see a handful of people venturing out in the backcountry when thousands of others acknowledge the hazards and remained in-bounds. This Avalanche Information shouldn’t be used just to check gates opening. We do not deny all-weather mountaineering and riding, however nobody should over-estimate their experiences and/or knowledge. Overconfidence causes accidents. Ideally, the backcountry should be reserved for good weather conditions.

All gates are scheduled to open, however avalanche risk remains considerable.

Have you switched your beacon on? Have a nice day.


Ski resort operation information: Saturday 7th March 2020

Niseko Grand Hirafu

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 320cm
- Base: 120cm

All lifts are normally operating EXCEPT:
- Ace Number 1 pair lift (normally rested)
- King Number 2 quad lift (normally rested)

Lifts scheduled for late operations:
- Ace Family quad until 8:30pm
- Ace Number 2 Center Four quad until 8:20pm
- Hirafu Gondola until 8:10pm
- Holiday Number 1 pair until 8:30pm


Niseko HANAZONO Resort

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 225cm
- Base: 138cm

All lifts are normally operating


Niseko Annupuri

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 185cm
- Base: 110cm

All lifts are normally operating

Lift scheduled for late operations:
- Jumbo Number 1 quad until 8:30pm


Niseko Village

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 190cm
- Base: 110cm

All lifts normally operating EXCEPT:
- Country Road Chair (normally rested)

Lifts scheduled for late operations:
- Annupuri Village Gondola until 8:00pm
- Village Express until 8:00pm
- Banzai Chair until 8:00pm   Read more ...

Appi Kogen Now!

Saturday 7th March 2020, 8:16am
Weather conditions: Fine
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Appi!

Bluebird powder day! Unfortunately no new snow since yesterday’s fall, but today is looking great; no wind and crystal clear blue sky.

Yesterday saw intense wind all morning and many lift closures remained so throughout the day. A few snow showers drifted through, but mostly a grey, overcast day. Things started to calm down in the afternoon and the weather cleared completely overnight.

Today all lifts are operating as normal.


APPI is open with the following lifts normally operating (subject to change):

- Appi Gondola
- Central quad lift
- Central Number 2 lift
- Central Number 3A lift
- Central Number 4 lift
- Central Number 5 lift
- Nishimori lift
- Sailer quad lift
- Vista quad lift

- All normal courses at APPI are open
- Dragon tail, Cruise 1, Cruise 2, Bravo, Attack tree run courses are normally open
- Subject to lift operations & weather conditions

Snowfall numbers
The below numbers are reported by the resort

Cumulative snowfall:

Natural snow depth:
230cm   Read more ...

Yuzawa Now!

Saturday 7th March 2020, 8:26am
Weather conditions: Fine blue skies, just some very thin cloud in places
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Yuzawa.

The sun is out, there is a lot of blue sky, it's quite cold to start off. It's a lovely morning.

Mild temperatures are expected over the next few days, perhaps approaching 10C in town today and gradually rising towards a positively balmy warm day come Tuesday.

That's about it from me for this morning. The individual ski resort info below has been checked updated (as it is every day!)

See you tomorrow.


Individual ski resort information: Saturday 7th March 2020
All information checked and updated manually for each report. Subject to change.

GALA Yuzawa

- All lifts are operating
- All courses (apart from the downhill course) are open
- The Ropeway connecting GALA Yuzawa with Yuzawa Kogen is operating
- Official snow depth: 190cm

Ishiuchi Maruyama

- 14 courses open; above Ginza course
- Official snow depth: 120cm (upper); 60cm (mid)


- The central and upper areas are open; 5 lifts operating
- Official snow depth: 70cm
- Iwappara will open until tomorrow (Sunday 8th March)

Joetsu Kokusai

- 10 lifts operating; 10 courses open in the East, North and West areas
- Official snow depth: 110cm


- The Tashiro Area is closed today due to wind
- Official snow depth: 210cm

Kandatsu Snow Resort

- All lifts are operating; most courses open
- Official snow depth: 140cm

Maiko Snow Resort

- All areas open with some restrictions
- Official snow depth: 140cm (upper); 30cm (base)

Muikamachi Hakkaisan

- 12 of 14 courses open; all lifts operating
- Official snow depth: 160cm


- 19 of 22 courses open
- Official snow depth: 90cm
- Details on Naeba Now report here

NASPA Ski Garden

- All lifts operating; all courses except A and D are open
- Official snow depth: 80cm
- NASPA Ski Garden will be open until Tuesday 10th March

Yuzawa Kogen

- All areas are open
- The downhill course may open after checking
- The Ropeway connecting Yuzawa Kogen with the Southern Area of GALA Yuzawa is operating
- Official snow depth: 120cm (Kogen); 30cm (base)

Yuzawa Nakazato

- Number 1, 2, 3 and 5 lifts are operating
- Official snow depth: 50cm

Yuzawa Park

- All lifts are operating
- Official snow depth: 60cm


Photos (below) from around 8:15am on Friday 6th March 2020:

- Yuzawa Kogen
- NASPA Ski Garden
- Ishiuchi Maruyama (2)
- Route 17/Yuzawa IC exit   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Saturday 7th March 2020, 8:29am
Weather conditions: Partly cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Zao.

It's a mix of cloud and clearer skies this morning over Zao. A fine morning that is starting off cold.

Temperatures are going to be rising over the next few days, so the pick of the weekend is... this morning! It is a very pleasant morning to be out and about... and the slopes are much quieter than you would normally expect for a weekend.

Weekend operations and so the Ryuzan and Karamatsu lifts are operating.


Official snow depths (as reported by resort):

- Summit area: 100cm
- Paradise area: 110cm
- Chuo area: 120cm
- Utopia area: 130cm
- Uwanodai area: 60cm
- Oomori area: 60cm

All lifts are now normally operating apart from the following:

- Zao Paradise Number 3 pair
- Diamond Number 1 pair
- Yokokura Number 2 pair

- All courses are now mostly open


Night time operations:

** Subject to change. Please check with the resort! **

Nighta in the Uwanodai area is scheduled for 7th, 14th, 20th and 21st March 2020. 5:00pm until 9:00pm.

Nighta in the Yokokura area is scheduled for Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through 7th March 2020. 5:00pm until 9:00pm.   Read more ...

Furano Now!

Saturday 7th March 2020, 8:40am
Weather conditions: Bluebird/clear
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
It is a very pleasant morning with clear conditions. Blue sky is above and the sun is beaming down on the resort. Already the sun is causing melt on roofs despite the -7c temperatures. Views are pretty amazing with the mountain range across the valley looking very picturesque. All lifts are operating except Furano Ropeway.

Operating lifts:

Kitanomine Gondola
Kitanomine Romance Chair
Kitanomine quad chair
Kitanomine Snow Escalator
Link lift

Furano Ropeway CLOSED
Furano Downhill chair #1
Furano Downhill chair #2
Furano Downhill chair #3
Prince Romance chair
Furano Snow Escalator

Kitanomine Zone: Open
Furano Zone: Open   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Saturday 7th March 2020, 8:49am
Weather conditions: Fine and sunny, thin cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Hakuba.

A fine morning weather wise, though generally light blue rather than deep blue skies at the moment.

It has been a cold start to the morning but we are expecting a mild day with lots of sunshine perhaps more cloud later on in the day.

Happo-one seems to be reporting 5cm up on their Kurobishi area, but other than that there's no snow being reported from around the ski resorts this morning.

And here are all those official numbers:

The information in this table is data reported by the ski resortsNew snowfall (lower)New snowfall (upper)TOTAL ACCUMULATION (UPPER)
Hakuba 470cm0cm445cm
Hakuba Cortina0cm0cm561cm
Hakuba Goryu0cm0cm479cm
Hakuba Happo-one0cm5cm675cm

IMPORTANT: See below for an explanation of the above data

Take care, stay safe, have fun!


Individual ski resort information
The below information is checked from official sources and manually adjusted each morning.

Hakuba Happo-one

Operating lifts:
- All lifts apart from the lifts noted below are normally operating:
- Nakiyama Number 2 pair
- Shirakaba Number 1 pair
- Shirakaba Number 2 pair
- Central pair
- Sakka Number 2 pair
- Sakka Number 3 triple

Courses open:
- All courses apart from the following are at least part open:
- Central
- Olympic II
- Kita-one
- Kokusai
- Nakiyama Wall/North
- Shirakaba North
- Sakka
- Nakiyama South and Shirakaba South base areas are open; others closed
- You can also take the Gondola or other lifts back down to base

Official snow depth:
- Kurobishi: 195cm
- Usagidaira: 135cm
- Nakiyama: 70cm

Hakuba 47

All lifts apart from the lifts noted below are normally operating:
- Pair Line D (usually only operates when Gondola not operating)

Courses open:
- All main courses now open
- Tree Riding Zones: upper area part open

Official snow depth:
- Top: 165cm
- Base: 50cm

Hakuba Goryu

Operating lifts:
- All lifts are normally operating

Courses open:
- All courses are open now apart from the following:
- Cosmo River
- Straight Whiskey
- Snow Diving
- Adventure

Official snow depth:
- Alps: 180cm
- Toomi: 65cm
- Iimori: 50cm

Tsugaike Kogen

Official snow depth:
- Tsuga-no-mori: 200cm
- Maruyama: 40cm
- Kane-no-naru-oka: 35cm
- All course areas apart from Uma-no-se and Lower Forest course are at least part open
- Lower Kane-no-naru and Champion areas are part open
- DBD gates: Closed at the start of the day; may open depending on conditions

Hakuba Cortina

Official snow depth & info:
- Top: 187cm
- Base: 83cm
- Most courses open

Hakuba Valley Kashimayari

Official snow depth & info:
- Top: 95cm
- Most courses open

Hakuba Norikura Onsen

Official snow depth & info:
- Top: 75cm
- All courses open

Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field

Official snow depth & info:
- Top: 95cm
- Part open

Hakuba Sanosaka

Official snow depth & info:
- Top: 55cm
- All courses open


- Top: 10cm
- Closed


Photos today (below):

- Hakuba Happo-one [Usagidaira]
- Hakuba Happo-one [Usagidaira]
- Hakuba Goryu [base area]
- Hakuba 47
- Tsugaike Kogen [upper Tsuganomori area]
- Tsugaike Kogen [lower Kane-no-naru-oka area]
- Hakuba Iwatake
- Looking towards Hakuba Iwatake and Hakuba Happo-one


About the data in the above ‘snowfall as reported by ski resorts’ table
* The table within the above report contains data that is published by individual ski resorts
* The data shown is the amount of snowfall that the ski resorts are themselves reporting each 24 hour period on the upper areas of their mountain
* The source ‘new snowfall’ data and ‘total accumulation’ data is not updated at the same time
* The ‘new snowfall’ data is updated in the morning
* The ‘accumulation’ data is apparently updated/refreshed at midnight
* That means that there is a time lag between the two numbers being updated
* We manually check and update the data just before we publish each Hakuba Now report - so the data in each Hakuba Now report table is what is available at that time
* Any odd-looking numbers are due to the source data. We are not responsible for and have no control over the data. We are simply sharing the data with you
* Just to be extra clear, unlike our own ‘observed snowfall’ data from base that we show at the top of each report, the data in the table is not an independent observation by SnowJapan
* A more in-depth introduction and explanation can be found in this report   Read more ...

Aizu Bandai Now!

Saturday 7th March 2020, 8:53am
Weather conditions: Fine and sunny
New snowfall: 3cm
Snow depth: --
It is a beautiful morning in the region.

Cold early morning though very likely to end up being rather mild. But definitely a beautiful morning to be out on the mountains, whichever mountain you choose.

As with all of Japan - by the looks - it is going to get warmer still as we head towards Tuesday when we might get rained on.

Temps should be dropping once we get to Wednesday though. Whether it will be enough to get some snow, we shall see.

It is the last day of the season for Inawashiro tomorrow.


Grandeco Snow Resort:
- 5 (of 5) lifts operating
- 13 (of 13) courses open
- Official snow depth: 180cm

Hoshino Resort Alts Bandai
- 6 (of 8) lifts operating
- 18 (of 25) courses open
- Walk course connecting Alts Bandai with Nekoma is open today
- Official snow depth: 140cm (top); 30cm (base)

Hoshino Resort Urabandai Nekoma:
- Now open daily
- 5 (of 5) lifts operating
- 11 (of 11) courses open
- Walk course connecting Nekoma with Alts Bandai is open today
- Official snow depth: 165cm (top)

- Chuo area part open
- 3 lifts operating
- Official snow depth: 30cm

Listel Ski Fantasia:
- Part open
- Official snow depth: 45cm

- 3 (of 3) lifts operating
- 10 (of 12) courses open
- Official snow depth: 130cm


Photo today:

- Grandeco
- Alts Bandai
- Minowa   Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Saturday 7th March 2020, 9:28am
Weather conditions: Clear, hazy skies
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Nice snow yesterday; it warmed up yesterday, then got cold overnight (it dropped to about -6°), so the surface of the snow is pretty firm today.


Akakura Kanko:
180cm, -5°C

Akakura Onsen:
235cm, -2°C

Ikenotaira Onsen:
95cm, -6°

Myoko Suginohara:
130cm, -7°

Seki Onsen:
350cm, -1°

Myoko Ski Park:
115cm, 3°

Kyukamura RunRun:
150cm, 0°

Tangram Ski Circus:
85cm, -3°

Madarao Kogen:
130cm, -4°

Lotte Arai Resort
317cm, -0.7°

Kurohime Kogen Snow Park
20cm, -3°    Read more ...

SnowJapan Daily 'Now' reports

Shiga Kogen Now
30th May, 10:10
Geto Kogen Now
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