Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 30th May 2020

Furano Now!

Tuesday 10th December 2019, 6:52am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
This morning is mild and currently -3c with temperatures to rise to +3c during the day. The cloud cover is low and it is moderately windy in the village. In the morning there may be some snow flurries and then in the evening rain will set in and continue overnight. Tomorrow's temperatures will also be above freezing. While the weather may no be the best over the next couple of days, the actual snow on the resort is in great condition and there is plenty of enjoyment to be had on the slopes.

Open courses:


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

Geto Kogen Now!

Tuesday 10th December 2019, 7:54am
Weather conditions: Fine, some cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Geto.

It isn't as cold this morning, still under zero for the moment but that will change as the sun warms things up.

We are due these clearer skies until at least tomorrow with a chance of some fresh snow the day after.

Operations remain unchanged as we wait for that new snow.


Official snow depth (as reported by resort):

- Upper: 150cm
- Lower: 80cm

Lifts, courses & tree run info:

- Gondola lift operating
- All main courses open
- Tree runs not open yet   Read more ...

Aizu Bandai Now!

Tuesday 10th December 2019, 8:06am
Weather conditions: Mostly clear blue skies
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning.

As expected, it's going to be mild today and tomorrow too, perhaps a little warmer tomorrow than it will get today. Both days we can expect temps at base areas to be around 6-7C, more than that down in the village and town areas. The roads will not be icy!

OK so we wait for fresh snow and the forecast still shows the chance of that happening on Thursday. It doesn't look like it's going to be continuing for long so we can't really expect a huge dump to really get things going.

For now, the three resorts remain part open.


Grandeco Snow Resort:

- Number 1 lift and Gondola are operating
- 3000m of course available
- Rainbow 3500 (upper area)
- Lavender B
- Connecting to Center course


- B and C lifts operating

Hoshino Resorts Nekoma:

- Forest 3 course open


Photos today:

- Minowa


Opening information - subject to change of course depending on weather/snow conditions.

Currently part open:
- Grandeco Snow Resort
- Hoshino Resort Urabandai Nekoma
- Minowa

Saturday 21st December 2019
- Hoshino Resort Alts Bandai
- Inawashiro
- Inawashiro Resort
- Urabandai   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Tuesday 10th December 2019, 8:12am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Niseko.

Well, I sure had an enjoyable morning yesterday! We enjoyed some beautiful blue skies and sunshine. I just love that contrast between the blue and white. (The snow was really good yesterday, but even on days when snow conditions aren't 'peak', I always feel that kind of weather makes up for it).

It feels mild this morning (high of around 4C, possibly slightly higher today?) and there's no new fresh snowfall to report. It is a cloudy start to the day and rather grey and moody looking. The top half of Mt Yotei is shrouded in cloud. It sounded quite windy early morning though didn't feel particularly so when I was out before with a light southerly.

I would expect more variable snow conditions today.

Tomorrow is also going to be mild but we can expect colder temperatures to make a comeback from Thursday, hopefully bringing with it fresh snow (and probably some wind too).


Niseko Avalanche Report

Moiwa base 6am: +3℃, no snowfall, light rain. Coastal wind data: Benkei cape S 5m/s, Kamui cape S 18m/s, 1015hPa, 1.1m waves. Annupuri weather data not available.

A low pressure system is advancing on the Sea of Japan, making warm southerly wind flowing in. Snow is melting below 700m elevation and is forecasted to remain the same until the 11th.

This Information is issued for accident prevention in the out of bounds area. Niseko area, where the most avalanche related accidents occurred in the past, is working with an original and unique procedure for preventing accidents. Most avalanche accidents are triggered by human-related stimulation on drastically developing snowdrifts and the hazard level becomes highest in leeward steep slopes during snowstorms.

Access gates are yet to be set and stepping out of the resort boundaries is still prohibited at this stage. Please respect the Niseko Rules.

The snow condition today is tricky. Catchy snow and low light makes is difficult to navigate through the variable conditions. Beware not to injure yourself at the start of the season. Good snow will come eventually. Have a safe day.

The Avalanche Info will be suspended from today for a short while.


Niseko Grand Hirafu 6-day snow and weather forecast


Ski resort operation information: Tuesday 10th December 2019
The below information is manually checked each morning and believed to be correct at time of report.
Subject to change!

Niseko Grand Hirafu

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 135cm
- Base: 55cm

Ski lifts operating:
- Ace Family quad
- Ace Number 2 Center quad
- Ace Number 3 pair
- Hirafu Gondola
- Holiday Number 1 pair
- King Number 3 quad
- Swinging Monkey

Courses available:
- Family
- Sennoki
- Alpen (part)
- Detour for beginners
- Green (part)
- Shirakaba
- Center
- Boyo
- Kokutai (part)
- Holiday
- Jumbo


Niseko HANAZONO Resort

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 85cm
- Base: 35cm

Ski lifts operating:
- Hanazono Number 1 quad
- Hanazono Number 2 quad
- Hanazono Number 3 quad


Niseko Annupuri

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 80cm
- Base: 60cm

Ski lifts operating:
- Annupuri Gondola
- Dream Number 1 quad
- Jumbo Number 1 quad
- Jumbo Number 3 pair

Courses available (*when planned lifts operating) :
- Utopia Course
- Shirakaba Course
- Paradise Course
- Junior Course


Niseko Village

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 90cm
- Base: 60cm

Ski lifts operating:
- Niseko Gondola
- Upper Village Gondola
- Village Express
- Community Chair
- Banzai Chair


Night time operations are available in the Niseko Grand Hirafu, Niseko Village and Niseko Annupuri resort areas from Wednesday 11th December 2019. There is no nighta at the Niseko HANAZONO resort area.   Read more ...

Appi Kogen Now!

Tuesday 10th December 2019, 8:12am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from APPI.

No fresh snow to report this morning and cloudier skies as you can see below.

The snow is still due to return from Thursday onwards once this mild bump has passed.

Third photo below from yesterday as the resort tests the gondola...


APPI is part open as below:

- Central quad lift
- Central Number 2 lift

- Shirakaba course - about 1000m
- Hayabusa Course (Number 2 lift section) - about 1000m
- Ootaka Course (Number 2 lift section) - about 800m

APPI 6 day snow and weather forecast   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Tuesday 10th December 2019, 8:22am
Weather conditions: Sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Shiga Kogen.

You want sunshine and warmth? No, didn't think so. As nice as the sun is, would be better if we had a good base of snow to play with...

There was a bit of a blowy southerly wind last night but it is calmer now.

As it is we are going to have to sit through this mild spell and wait until later week for the chance of snow.


I simply cannot believe that one ski resort this morning is able to keep a straight face by describing conditions as 'saiko' (best).

Can we just stop that please? Is there not a more realistic description? The slopes may be well groomed. They may be in relatively good condition given the lack of snow currently.

But if conditions are 'saiko' today, what are they mid-January when we have enjoyed a few days each delivering 30+cm of beautiful fresh powder overnight?

Sorry, that kind of thing is a personal frustration of mine. I'll shut up now!


Photos below:

- Kumanoyu
- Takamagahara Mammoth


Yokoteyama 6-day snow and weather forecast


These areas are currently part open:

- Ichinose Family: Number 2 pair lift A line operating
- Ichinose Diamond: Diamond quad lift
- Kumanoyu: Number 2 pair lift A & B line operating
- Takamagahara Mammoth: Number 2 triple lift operating
- Yakebitaiyama: Number 4 romance lift
- Yokoteyama: Number 1 Sky A line and Number 5 lift operating

Other areas of Shiga Kogen are waiting for more snow.


Other info:

- 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.   Read more ...

Yuzawa Now!

Tuesday 10th December 2019, 8:23am
Weather conditions: Clear and sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Yuzawa.

Clear blue skies and sunshine this morning.

Today and tomorrow are going to be... warm. Perhaps as warm as around 12C in town during the day.

We're still hoping for snow on Thursday when temps will start to get lower and more like what we expect.


Kagura is currently part open:

- Mitsumata Ropeway (8:00am-5:00pm, last one up a 3:30pm)
- Mitsumata Number 1 quad (8:00am-4:00pm)
- Mitsumata Number 2 romance pair (8:30am-4:30pm)
- Kagura Gondola (8:15am-4:00pm, last one up at 3:00pm)
- Kagura Number 1 quad (8:30am-3:30pm)

- Main course (1500m)
- Panorama course (700m)
- Family course (1,100m)
- Gondola course (4,000m)


Naeba is also part open with the lower base course area available.

More details on the Naeba Now report here.


Photos (below) from around 8:15am on Tuesday 10th December 2019:

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


Planned opening dates - subject to change of course depending on weather/snow conditions.

Now part open:
- Kagura (via Mitsumata)
- Naeba

As soon as there is enough snow
- Joetsu Kokusai

Friday 13th December 2019
- Maiko Snow Resort

Saturday 14th December 2019
- GALA Yuzawa
- Kagura (via Tashiro)
- Kandatsu Snow Resort
- Ishiuchi Maruyama
- Yuzawa Kogen
- Yuzawa Nakazato

Friday 20th December 2019
- Muica Snow Resort
- Muikamachi Hakkaisan
- NASPA Ski Garden
- Yuzawa Park

Saturday 21st December 2019
- Hakkai Sanroku
- Ipponsugi
- Iwappara
- Nakazato Snow Wood

Wednesday 25th December 2019
- Itsukamachi

Thursday 26th December 2019
- Chateau Shiozawa

Saturday 28th December 2019
- Ishiuchi Hanaoka
- Mt Granview   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Tuesday 10th December 2019, 8:25am
Weather conditions: Beautiful blue skies
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Hakuba.

Fantastic weather yesterday and probably a similar kind of thing going on today. Early on the sun is out and there's blue skies.

It's actually kind of cold, but it will be warming up quite quickly this morning. As expected, warmer conditions forecast for both today and tomorrow, getting close to and perhaps beyond 10C at base and in the village.

Come Thursday morning things should be getting more winter-like once again. That day is expected to remain colder with the chance of fresh snowfall.


It looks like there's some kind of mechanical issue with the Line C quad lift at Hakuba 47 early morning.

While that lift isn't moving, I presume you'll need to get up top via the Hakuba Goryu gondola. They still have their top Line E lift moving, but you can't get up there via 47 lifts...


Photos today (below):

- Hakuba Happo-one
- Hakuba Happo-one [Usagidaira]
- Hakuba Happo-one [Usagidaira]
- Hakuba Goryu [base Toomi area]
- Hakuba Goryu [upper Alps daira area]
- Hakuba 47
- Tsugaike Kogen [upper Tsuganomori]
- Hakuba Iwatake
- Looking towards Hakuba Iwatake and Hakuba Happo-one


Hakuba Happo-one

Operating lifts:
- Happo Gondola Adam
- Kokusai Number 3 pair lift
- Panorama pair lift
- Alpen lift
- Kurobishi Number 2 lift

Courses open:
- Panorama
- Usagidaira
- Kurobishi
- Base areas closed - take the Gondola back down to base

Official snow depth:
- Kurobishi: 65cm
- Usagidaira: 55cm
- Lower: 5cm

New snowfall (**reported by the ski resort**):
- Kurobishi: 0cm
- Usagidaira: 0cm
- Lower: -cm

Hakuba 47

Operating lifts:
- Gondola
- Line A B pair lifts
- Line C quad lift
- Line E pair lift

Courses open:
- Most courses open
- R7 and Tree Riding Zone are not open

Official snow depth:
- Top: 55cm
- Base: 10cm

New snowfall (**reported by the ski resort**):
- Top: 0cm
- Base: 0cm

Hakuba Goryu

Operating lifts:
- Gondola
- Alps Number 1 pair lift
- Alps Number 3 pair lift

Courses open:
- Panorama
- Grand Prix
- Technical
- Super
- Base areas closed - take the Gondola back down to base

Official snow depth:
- Top: 65cm
- Toomi: 20cm
- Iimori: -cm

New snowfall (**reported by the ski resort**):
- Top: 0cm
- Base: 0cm


Tsugaike Kogen
Plans to open as soon as there is enough snow

Hakuba Cortina
Plans to open on Saturday 14th December 2019

Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field
Plans to open on Friday 13th December 2019

Hakuba Valley Kashimayari
Plans to open on Saturday 14th December 2019

Hakuba Norikura Onsen
Plans to open on Saturday 14th December 2019   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Tuesday 10th December 2019, 8:37am
Weather conditions: Fine and sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Nozawa.

Lovely morning it is too. There's ome early frost but that's not going to last long as things warm up.

Today and tomorrow are going to be very mild, temps down here in the village are going to be hovering around 10C.

For the chance of fresh snow, let's pin our hopes on Thursday...


Nozawa Onsen 6 day forecast


Webcam still images below from 8:40am, Tuesday 10th December 2019:

- Yamabiko (1615m)
- Uenotaira (1407m)
- Paradise (1230m)
- Hikage (660m)
- Nagasaka (616m)
- Karasawa (563m)

Nozawa Onsen will open as soon as there is enough snow.   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Tuesday 10th December 2019, 8:42am
Weather conditions: Fine
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Zao Onsen.

We were of course expecting it but it's a very mild morning and these conditions are due to continue through tomorrow.

More winter-like conditions forecast for Thursday.

Just a heads up, I might not be able to post a report tomorrow but will definitely be back by Thursday.


Zao Onsen 6-day forecast, updated multiple times daily


Lifts operating:

- Mikaeri pair
- Chuo Number 1 pair AB
- Utopia Number 2 pair lift
- Onsen Number 1 pair
- Zao Chuo Ropeway / Zao Ropeway / Sky Cable (for sightseeing)

Courses open:

- Chuo (part)
- Utopia
- Uwanodai (part)

Official snow depths (as reported by resort):

- Summit area: 25cm
- Paradise area: 20cm
- Chuo area: 45cm
- Utopia area: 45cm
- Uwanodai area: 30cm
- Oomori area: 25cm


Night time operations:

Nighta in the Uwanodai area is scheduled daily from 28th December 2019 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 New Year (28th December 2019 until 5th January 2020); and also on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays between 10th January and 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 dates:

December 2019: 28th, 29th, 30th, 31st
January 2020: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 10th-12th, 17th-19th, 24th-27th, 29h-31st
February 2020: all days apart from Tuesdays

There is an extra charge for this night time Ropeway operation.   Read more ...

Madarao Now!

Tuesday 10th December 2019, 9:04am
Weather conditions: Sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning everyone.

The sun is out. There's blue skies all around. It's a beautiful morning.

Rather mild and the same is due tomorrow too.

There is snowfall due around Thursday as colder conditions return, but will it be enough to open as planned on Saturday? I feel that is going to be a stretch, but I will bring you any news that I have from the resort in the lead up to the weekend. No official word on current thinking just yet.

For the moment, it really is a great day to be able to get out and enjoy this beautiful area.


Photo images below:

- Madarao
- Tangram Ski Circus



6 day snow and weather forecast for Madarao


Planned opening dates:

Madarao - Saturday 14th December 2019
Tangram Ski Circus - Saturday 21st December 2019   Read more ...

Naeba Now!

Tuesday 10th December 2019, 9:07am
Weather conditions: Fine, blue skies, sunshine
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
There's not much to report from here in Naeba really, other than the fine weather and mild conditions.

The snow that was surrounding the open base course is gradually melting away exposing ground to us once again. No doubt with warmer conditions today and tomorrow that will continue.

I am hoping for another coating of white goodness on Thursday........


Naeba is part open:

- Number 5 high speed lift (8:00am until 5:00pm)
- Number 4 romance pair lift (8:00am until 5:00pm)
- The lower base slopes between those lifts are open with a fairly narrow course of natural + artificial snow
   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