Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 30th May 2020

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Saturday 8th February 2020, 7:30am
Weather conditions: Snow clouds are back
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Nozawa.

It was a fine, fine day yesterday. Best of the season for many, I am sure.

And it has started snowing again early this morning. No fresh snow being added by the resort just yet. We can expect some more numbers to report tomorrow and hopefully Monday too.

Limited visibility this morning in places and it is keeping pretty cold (though not quite as cold as yesterday).

It should be another good day.


Saturday 8th February 2020

Fresh snowfall recorded by resort since yesterday morning:

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

Official snow depth numbers (reported by resort):

- Yamabiko (1407m): 215cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 175cm
- Hikage (660m): 115cm
- Nagasaka (615m): 85cm
- Karasawa (563m): 65cm

All lifts normally operating apart from the following lifts:

- Kandahar pair

All courses normally open apart from the following courses:

- Challenge
- Kandahar
- Mukobayashi
- Hachiman   Read more ...

Geto Kogen Now!

Saturday 8th February 2020, 7:37am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 6cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Geto.

To start off the weekend we have cloudy skies - very light snow falling as I write this - and I have 6cm of fresh snowfall to report since yesterday morning.

It isn't quite as cold - but still well below zero so we need those layers still.

Perhaps today we will see similar to yesterday; that is cloudy with light snow at times. Tomorrow snow followed by cloud seems to be what the forecasts say.

Have fun and take care, wherever you might be this weekend.

Oh yes sorry the biggest news ---- Shooter tree run area should be open today!


Official snow depths:

* Top: 360cm
* Base: 230cm

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 - subject to change:

* All of the main official courses are available
* Rabbit, Summit, Beech and Stream tree run course are open
* Shooter should be open today!
* Extreme not yet available

Nighta skiing operations

* Weekends and holidays from until 24th February 2020   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Saturday 8th February 2020, 7:43am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --

No cm to report yet, just a dusting, but it has started to snow early morning and we have snow due over the weekend.

I see it is coming down quite nicely over at Okushiga Kogen just now.

It is keeping very cold, though not quite as cold as yesterday which was REALLY cold!

Conditions should be good. Just wrap up and choose googles wisely.

Have a fine Saturday.


Pretty much all courses and connections at Shiga Kogen are now open (with just a few minor exceptions).


Photos: Kumanoyu, Takamagahara and Hasuike Junction


Shiga Kogen resort info: Saturday 8th February 2020

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

- Official snow depth: 120cm

Ichinose Family
- Official snow depth: 100cm

- Official snow depth: 100cm

- Official snow depth: 80cm

Okushiga Kogen
- Official snow depth: 120cm

Takamagahara Mammoth
- Official snow depth: 120cm

- Official snow depth: 80cm

- Official snow depth: 130cm

- Official snow depth: 200cm


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
22nd-23rd February 2020
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
23rd February 2020
20th March 2020
Number 1 pair lift
6:30pm until 9:00pm

Takamagahara Mammoth
Saturdays until 21st March 2020 (not 7th February)
23rd February 2020
20th March 2020
Number 2 triple lift
6:30pm until 8:30pm

Sun Valley
22nd-23rd February 2020
Number 1 quad lift
7:00pm until 8:30pm

Every Saturday until 29th February 2020
23rd February 2020
Number 3 high speed lift
6:00pm until 8:00pm


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 ...

Appi Kogen Now!

Saturday 8th February 2020, 8:22am
Weather conditions: Cloudy but bright and some blue sky to see in places
New snowfall: 17cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Appi.

The resort are reporting 10-20cm of fresh snowfall since yesterday morning; I can report 17cm from base. I'd expect 10-20cm out there.

Weekend operations with a few lifts joining in the fun and those 4 tree run courses open.

Cloudy but quite bright in places. It should be a good morning.


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
- Central Number 6 lift
- Nishimori lift
- Sailer quad lift
- Vista quad lift

- Most normal courses at APPI are open
- Dragon tail, Cruise 1, Cruise 2 and Bravo tree run courses are open

Snowfall numbers
The below numbers are reported by the resort

Cumulative snowfall:

Natural snow depth:
220cm   Read more ...

Naeba Now!

Saturday 8th February 2020, 8:28am
Weather conditions: Cloud and
New snowfall: 1cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Naeba.

It's back to the snow this morning. It started from early on and we can hope for perhaps a decent amount over today and tomorrow.

It is going to be another busy weekend and the Prince Number 2 Gondola is joining in the fun.


The Audi FIX Alpen Ski World Cup 2020 event will be held at Naeba on 22nd and 23rd February.


Official snow depth:

- 90cm

Planned operating lifts:

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

Courses planned to be open:

- 21 of 22 courses are now open
- Splash Bowl currently not open
- The Dragondola is operating to get over to the Tashiro Area of the Kagura resort   Read more ...

Yuzawa Now!

Saturday 8th February 2020, 8:30am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 6cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Yuzawa.

Yesterday was a beauty of a day.

And this morning... it has started snowing again which is great to see.

Maiko Snow Resort were reporting 5cm early on and Kagura have reported 1cm. But it's coming down nicely now and as of 8:30am I have just measured 6cm (and counting). There will be more to report tomorrow and the snow clouds are due through the day today and tomorrow.

Ski resorts are all getting into 'mostly open' or 'almost fully open' territory now.

The downhill Falcon course at GALA should be available from later on today.

The individual ski resort information below has been updated with the latest that we can find as of 8:30am.


While it is snowing we need as much as possible.

It has been a very good few days, but in the big picture we are still playing catch-up. (And what looks like some rather warm conditions are upcoming later in the coming week).

Come on snow!


Individual ski resort information: Saturday 8th February 2020
All information checked and updated manually for each report. Subject to change.

GALA Yuzawa

- All of the Central Area and Northern Area courses are open
- The Eliza and Batman courses in the Southern Area are open
- The Ropeway connecting GALA Yuzawa with Yuzawa Kogen is operating
- The Falcon downhill course is now open (or should be later today)
- Official snow depth: 210cm

Ishiuchi Maruyama

- All main courses open
- Official snow depth: 200cm (upper); 120cm (mid)


- All main courses open
- Official snow depth: 80cm

Joetsu Kokusai

- 18 lifts operating
- 19 courses open
- Nighta operations have started
- Official snow depth: 130cm


- All areas of Kagura are open
- 21 of 23 courses open
- The Dragondola connecting with Naeba is operating
- Official snow depth: 200cm

Kandatsu Snow Resort

- All lifts operating
- Official snow depth: 140cm

Maiko Snow Resort

- The top Okusoechi area is open
- The Nagamine Number 1 and 2 quads and Shuttle Pair are also open
- The Maiko Area is also open with 3 lifts operating
- Nighta operations in the Maiko Area have started
- Official snow depth: 160cm (upper); 70cm (base)

Muikamachi Hakkaisan

- All lifts are operating
- 13 of 14 courses open
- Official snow depth: 190cm


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

NASPA Ski Garden

- All lifts are operating and all main courses are open
- Kids Garden open
- Mogul and Slopestyle areas not open just yet
- Official snow depth: 135cm

Yuzawa Kogen

- Yuzawa Ropeway operating
- All Kogen lifts now operating and Kogen Snowland is open
- The base area should also be open with a new 100m covered snow escalator
- The Ropeway connecting Yuzawa Kogen with the Southern Area of GALA Yuzawa is operating
- Official snow depth: 120cm (Kogen); 30cm (base)

Yuzawa Nakazato

- All lifts are operating
- Official snow depth: 80cm

Yuzawa Park

- All lifts are operating
- Official snow depth: 90cm


Photos (below) from around 8:30am on Saturday 8th February 2020:

- Snow on car!
- GALA Yuzawa (2)
- Yuzawa Kogen (2)
- NASPA Ski Garden
- Ishiuchi Maruyama (2)
- Route 17/Yuzawa IC exit
- Maiko Snow Resort   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Saturday 8th February 2020, 8:31am
Weather conditions: Cloudy (some hints of blue sky and sunshine)
New snowfall: 10cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Niseko.

There were some very, very cold temperatures being reported yesterday - throughout Japan, it seems, but particularly up here in Hokkaido. I might not like the cold for a few moments before I get up in a morning, but once I'm up and had some toast I like it at all other times. It's one reason why we enjoy such lovely snow up here. Some people who visit are certainly shocked though... so do come prepared!

This morning I have 10cm to add to my report from here close to Hirafu base, from yesterday and a little overnight - not enough for a total reset but still, I would expect some good conditions to enjoy this morning.

We have some varied weather conditions early morning with lots of cloud over on our mountain side, and some blue sky and sunshine over in other directions. Actually, there is more sun shining through over here since I started putting this report together and some blue to be seen through the thin clouds. (Might it be clearing up, I wonder... we are expecting more snow, so maybe not.)

Hopefully we will be on the receiving end of more snow over the next few days.

I hope that you have a good Saturday.


Niseko Avalanche Report

Mountain Base: -8.9°, 5cm new snow in last 12hrs, light NW winds. Moiwa 800m: N16deg 4.8m/s , -12.2°, minor snowdrift development. Yu no Sawa 1000m: N 16deg 5.1m/s, -15.0°. Niseko Village 900m:NNE 343deg 5.1m/s, -14.1°. Hirafu 1000m : NNE 343deg (speed:no data) , -15.1°. Hanazono 720m: NNW 333deg 3.8m/s, -12.4°. Coastal data: Benkei Cape: NNE8m/s. Kamui Cape N8m/s, 1016hPa, wave 1.4m.

The winter type pressure pattern continues bringing cold air into the area. Above 800m a northerly wind is fluctuating around 10m/s with minor snowdrift and cornice development. The mountain has generally been reset by 15-20cm snowdrifts. General avalanche risk is low and all gates are expected to be open. Please listen to the patrols advice and be prepared before going out the gates. The snow is good on and off-piste. Take care though.

A 20m/s wind can build heavy snowdrifts on leeward slopes in a very short time. The stronger the storm the faster this happens, making a dangerous situation very quickly. Many accidents happen in these conditions. Think before you enter a leeward valley during a blizzard too avoid the storm. Do not wait around on steep slopes or valley floors. Our decisions are always being questioned in the winter mountains. Have a good day.


Ski resort operation information: Saturday 8th February 2020

Niseko Grand Hirafu

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 270cm
- Base: 125cm

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

All courses normally open

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: 205cm
- Base: 133cm

All lifts are normally operating


Niseko Annupuri

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 170cm
- Base: 115cm

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: 200cm
- Base: 120cm

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 ...

Myoko Now!

Saturday 8th February 2020, 8:36am
Weather conditions: Fog earlier
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: --
After a day of sun, and a little light crust formation on areas exposed to the sun, the snow is on again.

While there hasn't been much, it looks like there could be a lot. Anyone for another meter added to the base?

Of course a lot of new snow will mean a higher risk of avalanches offpiste, and in Myoko that often means sluffs ending up in steep valleys (so be careful where you ride, and where you could end up!).


Akakura Kanko:
210cm, -4°C

Akakura Onsen:
245cm, -4°C

Ikenotaira Onsen:
190cm, -4°

Myoko Suginohara:
160cm, -15°

Seki Onsen:
270cm, -6°

Myoko Ski Park:
170cm, 2°

Kyukamura RunRun:
250cm, -2°

Tangram Ski Circus:
110cm, -4°

Madarao Kogen:
185cm, -3°

Lotte Arai Resort
329cm, -1.3

Kurohime Kogen Snow Park
80cm, -4°    Read more ...

Madarao Now!

Saturday 8th February 2020, 8:36am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Madarao.

After the sunshine... it's back to snow from early this morning.

The resort has posted 5cm and I agree with that. And it is going to be more, so look forward to additional snowfall reported in the next few reports.

Limited visibility this morning due to the snow coming down.

Looks like all of the tree run courses will be open today other than Powder Wave.

Yey, as they say. (Poetry!)


Current operations: Friday 7th February 2020
- Subject to change


- All lifts are operating
- All areas open
- All tree run course open apart from Powder Wave
- Official snow depth: 185cm

Tangram Ski Circus:

- All lifts are operating
- Almost all courses open
- Official snow depth: 110cm   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Saturday 8th February 2020, 8:54am
Weather conditions: Snow clouds
New snowfall: 10cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Hakuba.

This morning Happo-one is reporting 20cm of fresh up on the Kurobishi area with 10cm on the lower Nakiyama courses; Cortina are reporting 5-10cm and 47 are reporting up to 15cm on upper slopes. So that should give you an idea of how much snow to expect on the mountain this morning and there's snow on the ground too in the village and at base areas as it continues to snow.

Not as cold this morning but still cold and hopefully we'll get more snow through into tomorrow.

The information in this table is data reported by the ski resortsNew snowfall (lower)New snowfall (upper)TOTAL ACCUMULATION (UPPER)
Hakuba 4710cm15cm316cm
Hakuba Cortina5cm10cm350cm
Hakuba Goryu0cm8cm361cm
Hakuba Happo-one10cm20cm445cm

IMPORTANT: See below for an explanation of the above data


Individual ski resort information
This information is checked 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
- Kokusai
- Nakiyama Wall/North
- Shirakaba South/North
- Kurobishi Off-Piste
- The base Nakiyama South area is open
- The base Sakka areas are part open
- Otherwise, take the Gondola or other lifts back down to base

Official snow depth:
- Kurobishi: 200cm
- Usagidaira: 130cm
- Nakiyama: 40cm

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 are part open

Official snow depth:
- Top: 185cm
- Base: 60cm

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: 195cm
- Toomi: 70cm
- Iimori: 55cm

Tsugaike Kogen

Operating lifts:
- All lifts apart from the lifts noted below are normally operating:
- Han-no-ki Number 4
- Tsuga Number 1 pair
- Han-no-ki Number 2 pair
- Tsugaike Ropeway

Courses open:
- Most course areas are now at least part open; lower slopes part open
- 'Lower course through the forest' is closed
- DBD: Gate 1 is open

Official snow depth:
- Tsuga-no-mori: 185cm
- Maruyama: 50cm
- Kane-no-naru-oka: 65cm

Hakuba Cortina

Operating lifts:
- All lifts are operating

Courses open:
- All courses open

Official snow depth:
- Top: 170cm
- Base: 100cm

Hakuba Valley Kashimayari
- All lifts apart from Number 8 are operating

Hakuba Norikura Onsen
- All lifts apart from Number 7 are operating

Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field

Operating lifts:
- Gondola
- 4sen East
- 3sen North
- View2
- 5sen South
- Paradise

Open courses:
- 5 courses open on the Mountain Side
- 3 courses open in Village Side

Hakuba Sanosaka
- All lifts are operating


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 8th February 2020, 9:00am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 3cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning.

A bit more snow and continued very cold conditions. Check out those icicles on the Minowa building.

Generally decent visibility though you can't see distant mountains with a bank of cloud over most of the region this morning.

There is a good chance of snow clouds remaining with us for a few more days.

It's good to see more of Inawashiro being able to open this weekend...


Grandeco Snow Resort:
- 5 (of 5) lifts operating
- 13 (of 13) courses open
- Official snow depth: 150cm

Hoshino Resort Alts Bandai
- 6 (of 8) lifts operating
- 18 (of 25) courses open
- Official snow depth: 170cm (top); 95cm (mid)

Hoshino Resort Urabandai Nekoma:
- Nekoma is closed on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays in February (apart from 11th)
- 5 (of 5) lifts normally operating
- 11 (of 11) courses normally open
- Official snow depth: 160cm

- 7 lifts operating
- 10 courses part open
- Official snow depth: 40cm

Listel Ski Fantasia:
- Part open
- Official snow depth: 35cm

- 3 (of 3) lifts operating
- 10 (of 12) courses open
- Official snow depth: 100cm


Photo today:

- Grandeco
- Minowa (2)   Read more ...

Minakami Now!

Saturday 8th February 2020, 10:03am
Weather conditions: Snow clouds
New snowfall: 3cm
Snow depth: --
Clear, cold night, snow started falling light to moderately this morning.

Looks like a good day with heavy snow expected this evening and snow generally right through till Tuesday.

Tenjin is in excellent shape and not crowded despite it being the weekend!



Normally part open
Note: closed on Tuesdays (apart from 11th February, when it will be closed on 12th February)

All lifts running; all courses open
Official snow depth: 80cm

Tanigawa Tenjindaira
Official snow depth: 200cm

Minakami Hodaigi
All lifts running; all courses open
Official snow depth: 100cm

Minakami Kogen Ski Resort
All lifts are running
Official snow depth: 100cm

Norn Minakami
All lifts are running; all courses are open
Official snow depth: 100cm

Okutone Snow Park
Number 1 pair A, Number 2 pair B, Number 3 pair B and Number 4 lifts are running
5 of 9 courses are open
Official snow depth: 80cm

White Valley
All open
Official snow depth: 60cm   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Saturday 8th February 2020, 11:53am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 4cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Zao.

It's almost midday as I write this and the snow is coming down quite heavily down by base.

Clearer weather ahead and after this spell of colder conditions it looks like there is a bit of a warm spell coming around Wednesday/Thursday in the coming week. (Actually it looks a bit too warm for comfort, hopefully that will get forecast down a bit!)

For the moment should be a good weekend.


All lifts are now normally operating apart from the following:

- Diamond Number 1 pair
- Yokokura Number 2 pair

- All courses are now (mostly) open

Official snow depths (as reported by resort):

- Summit area: 90cm
- Paradise area: 100cm
- Chuo area: 110cm
- Utopia area: 120cm
- Uwanodai area: 50cm
- Oomori area: 35cm


Night time operations:

Nighta in the Uwanodai area is scheduled daily until 1st March 2020 and then 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.

The Zao Ropeway opens in the evenings on the below dates for 'Light Up' sightseeing purposes - to go and see the Juhyo monsters (not for skiing or boarding) on the following upcoming dates:

February 2020: all days apart from Tuesdays

Note: there is an extra charge for this night time Ropeway operation.   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