Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 26th May 2019

Furano Now!

Sunday 10th February 2019, 7:01am
Weather conditions: Bluebird
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
There has been just a dusting of new snow overnight but the weather this morning is perfect. It is partly cloudy to the east, but over the resort is perfect deep blue sky. With no wind present it is going to be a great morning on the slopes, however the temperatures are very cold again so best to put on an extra layer. There is the possibility of snow from around midday.

Open lifts:
Prince Romance chair
Downhill Romance #2 chair
Downhill Romance #3 chair
Furano Ropeway

Kitanomine quad chair
Kitanomine #2 chair
Kitanomine Gondola
Link chair   Read more ...

Geto Kogen Now!

Sunday 10th February 2019, 7:40am
Weather conditions: Fine day forecast
New snowfall: 8cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Geto.

8cm of fresh on the ground this morning.

Yesterday it was snowing in the morning, clearing up by later on in the day. And it looks like we should have a fine day today with some sunshine forecast and a glimpse of it early on.

Back to some snow tomorrow!


Official snow depths:

* Top: 370cm
* Base: 250cm

Planned operating lifts - subject to change due to weather:

* Number 1 Gondola
* Number 2 Gondola
* Number 1 pair lift
* Number 2 pair lift
* Quad

* The Number 2 Gondola is normally rested on weekdays

Courses & Tree Runs - subject to change due to weather:

* All of the main official courses are available
* All tree runs open

Nighta skiing operations

* Every Saturday until 24th February 2019   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Sunday 10th February 2019, 7:54am
Weather conditions: Cloud, some sun
New snowfall: 8cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Zao.

It's cold. But there is a bit of sun due today but perhaps some sprinkling of snow too with more coming on tomorrow.

Zao is really rather busy at the moment; there have been some long queues at times, especially for the Ropeway up to the top of the mountain. Cunning planning recommended (and a good talk with your accommodation on the best strategy). I would say an early start is always a good idea.

Lots of visitors from overseas too and of course that has been especially so this week with the Chinese New Year holidays.

We are also in the middle of the long 3-day weekend, with tomorrow being a national holiday.


Operation info from official sources:

- All lifts operating
- All main courses open

Official snow depths (as reported by resort):

- Summit area: 120cm
- Paradise area: 160cm
- Chuo area: 160cm
- Utopia area: 150cm
- Uwanodai area: 120cm
- Oomori area: 120cm


Floodlit night skiing is planned as follows:

In the Uwanodai area:
Daily until 3rd March 2019
Friday 8th March until Sunday 10th March 2019
Saturday 16th March 2019

In the Yokokura area:
Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday between until 10th March 2019

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

February 2019: every day apart from every Tuesday
March 2019: 1st-3rd   Read more ...

Aizu Bandai Now!

Sunday 10th February 2019, 7:59am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 8cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning.

8cm of fresh snow has measured at the base of Grandeco this morning and likely more than that higher up on the mountain.

The weather as of 8am is light snow in the Urabandai area (north of Mt. Bandai) area and just cloudy to the south of Mt. Bandai. Better snow here in the north this morning.

It's fairly cold and so conditions should keep pretty decent.

All ski resort will be busy today due to it being the middle day of the long weekend.


The photos for today are from Grandeco (the first) and Alts Bandai.


Nekoma - lift 5/5, course 11/11 open *Close on Wednesday and Thursday 1/16-2/28
Grandeco - lift 5/5 include one gondola, course 13/13 open
Urabandai - lift 3/3, course 3/3 open *Close on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
Minowa - lift 3/3, course 10/11 open
Numajiri - lift 4/4, course 10/11 open
Alts Bandai - lift 8/8 include one gondola, course 25/25 open
Inawashiro - lift 8/8, course 18/18 open
Inawashiro resort - lift 4/4 include one gondola, course 9/9 open
Listel - lift 2/2, course 5/7 open
Family Bandai Bandai - lift 2/2, course 7/7 open *Only open on Saturday, Sunday and national holidays.   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Sunday 10th February 2019, 8:28am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 11cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from the Niseko area.

Another 11cm of quality fresh snowfall to add to my reports this morning.

And it's another very, very cold morning with regular snowfall is still expected over the coming week.

Things are good. :)

And that's all for today. I will see you tomorrow.


Niseko Avalanche Report:

Mountain Base 6.00am: -12°, 5cm new snow in the last 12hrs, calm. Moiwa 800m: -13.7°, W6.4m/s, minor cornice and snowdrift development, good visibility. Mikaeri Weather Station: snowdrift development. Annupuri 1120m: snow depth 230cm, 1150m: -16°. Mizuno no Sawa: -15.85°, NNW6m/s, 11cm new snow in last 24hrs. Hirafu Peak: -18°, NNW10/ms, good visibility. Kutchan Weather Station:- 14.3°, ENE0.8m/s, snow depth 182cm. Cape Benkei: N9m/s, Cape Kamui: N3m/s, pressure 1021hPa, wave 0.8m.

Currently light winds of about 10m/s with no significant snow drift development, even above 800m. Snow fall is less than 20cm in the last 24hrs and from observation the avalanche risk is low. Cornice development from dawn is easily fracturing, be careful on cornice slopes. The snow above 800m is mostly reset and all gates are expected to be open. Please listen to the patrols advice and be prepared before going out the gates. Outside the gates is not the ski resort, following other's tracks can lead you astray, always know your current position.

There was an accident on the north slope of Higashi One yesterday, ski patrol and the Kutchan Fire Department were involved in the rescue. Hirafu Patrol would like to convey their appreciation to the Fire Department for their assistance. Avalanches are not the only danger in the winter mountains, many other hazards exist outside the ski resorts. Always take cautious actions. Snow is really good now, be careful of a sudden weather change


Ski resort operation information: Sunday 10th February 2019
Subject to change due to weather conditions

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 360cm
- Base: 160cm

Ski lifts operating:
- All lifts are planning operating as normal at the start of the day
- The Ace Family quad (until 8:30pm), Ace Center 4 quad (8:20pm), Hirafu Gondola (until 8:10pm) and Holiday Number 1 pair (until 8:30pm) lifts are normally open during the evening


Niseko HANAZONO Resort

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 265cm
- Base: 220cm

Ski lifts operating:
- All lifts are planning operating as normal at the start of the day
- The Hanazono lifts are normally open until 3:50pm (Number 3 until 3:30pm)


Niseko Annupuri

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 320cm
- Base: 170cm

Ski lifts operating:
- All lifts are planning operating as normal at the start of the day
- The Jumbo 1 lift is normally open until 8:30pm during the evening


Niseko Village

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 310cm
- Base: 165cm

Ski lifts operating:
- All lifts are planning operating as normal at the start of the day
- The Upper Village Gondola, Village Express and Banzai Chair lifts are normally open until 8:00pm during the evening


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

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Sunday 10th February 2019, 8:34am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 34cm
Snow depth: --
Morning everyone.

And yes it is going to be a very good early morning. Lots of fresh snow - 30-40cm of it being reported by the resort at least that lower number down below being measured by myself. Nice. And it's still snowing (though just cloud seems to be what is on the forecast for later in the day).

It is keeping cold, currently -4C down at base and -10C up top so wrap up well before heading out.

Tomorrow is a national holiday in Japan and so it will be busier than a normal Monday. It seems we might be enjoying a bit of sunshine in the morning.


Sunday 10th February 2019

Fresh snowfall reported by the ski resort (since yesterday morning):

- Yamabiko (1407m): 41cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 27cm
- Hikage (660m): 30cm
- Nagasaka (615m): 30cm
- Karasawa (563m): 20cm

Official snow depth numbers (reported by resort):

- Yamabiko (1407m): 320cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 280cm
- Hikage (660m): 210cm
- Nagasaka (615m): 190cm
- Karasawa (563m): 160cm

All lifts apart from the following planned to be operating:

- Kandahar pair (open for general public on 12th Feb and 1st Mar 2019)

All courses open apart from the following planned to be open:

- Grand Prix
- Kamoshika (part)
- Kandahar (open for general public on 12th Feb and 1st Mar 2019)


Lift operation times until end of March:

Nagasaka Gondola - until 4:00pm (time of last one down)
Hikage Gondola - until 4:20pm (time of last one down)
Yamabiko Number 2 Four - until 4:10pm
Skyline connecting pair - until 4:30pm
Base lifts - until 5:00pm
Yu Road - until 5:10pm   Read more ...

Madarao Now!

Sunday 10th February 2019, 8:37am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 38cm
Snow depth: --
Some really big snow flakes coming down at quite the pace when I was out there measuring just a bit earlier. I measured 38cm; the resort is reporting 30cm of fresh snowfall this morning.

Not sure how long it will last today as it's due to ease but for now it's adding cm pretty quickly... and there's fresh on the groomers.

Be prepared for cold conditions as well as the snow coming down.

Yes, it is a good morning. Though not one for scenery - visibility is very limited right now.

It's the middle day of the long weekend. Forecasts seem to be pointing towards some sunshine in the morning which should be nice for those here for the weekend. As long as it keeps cold, some sun will be welcomed.


Planned operations for Sunday 10th February 2019

Official snow depth at Madarao:


Madarao info:

All lifts plan to be open
All 31 courses should be open including tree run courses

Nighta operations at Madarao:
- Every Saturday until 23rd March 2019
- 10th February 2019

Tangram Ski Circus info:

All lifts operating
All course areas open

Nighta operations at Tangram:
- Every Saturday until 23rd March 2019
- 10th February 2019   Read more ...

Yuzawa Now!

Sunday 10th February 2019, 8:39am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 28cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Yuzawa.

Good news! A decent amount of fresh snowfall since yesterday, mostly overnight.

Maiko are reporting 20cm overnight and Kagura are reporting 30cm. We have measured and just wiped 28cm off our measuring point this morning. (Didn't do that yesterday so that is from yesterday morning). Kagura are reporting some moderate wind higher up but for the moment all appears to be open as normal.

It is still snowing, though expected to ease off. Currently -3C so it feels nice and cold.

We might even get some sunshine in the morning tomorrow and there's more snow due in the upcoming week.


Photos today from GALA Yuzawa, NASPA Ski Garden and Route 17/Yuzawa IC exit.

Updated: 8:30am, Sunday 10th February 2019

** Official snow depths (where available) and resort specific information.
Information is checked manually each morning but sometimes official information is updated later than the time of these reports.

Ski resorts in Yuzawa:

GALA Yuzawa
- 310cm (official snow depth)

- 225cm (official snow depth)

- Unconfirmed!

Kandatsu Kogen
- 255cm (official snow depth)

- 200cm (official snow depth)
- Please see our Naeba Now report for daily updates from Naeba

NASPA Ski Garden
- 270cm (official snow depth)

Yuzawa Kogen
- Top: 300cm (official snow depth)
- Base: 200cm (official snow depth)

Yuzawa Park
- 230cm (official snow depth)

Yuzawa Nakazato
- 200cm (official snow depth)


Ski resorts in Minamiuonuma - just to the north of Yuzawa:

Ishiuchi Maruyama
- Top: 280cm (official snow depth)
- Base: 220cm (official snow depth)

Joetsu Kokusai
- 310cm (official snow depth)

Maiko Snow Resort
- Top: 320cm (official snow depth)
- Base: 160cm (official snow depth)

Muikamachi Hakkaisan
- 320cm (official snow depth)


Night time 'nighta' operations (listed in alphabetical order)

Below is information on night time floodlit skiing operations at ski resorts in the area. Subject to change due to weather and snow conditions.

Ishiuchi Maruyama
Open daily until Saturday 16th March 2019
The Chuo Area is open daily for nighta
The Hatsukaishi and Kanko Areas only open for nighta over New Year and nights before holidays
4:00pm until 8:30pm

Open daily until Sunday 24th March 2019
Part of the mid and lower area of the resort
5:00pm until 8:00pm on weekdays; until 9:00pm on Saturdays

Joetsu Kokusai
Open daily until Sunday 24th March 2019
Area in front of the base hotel, Osawa and lower Atema
5:00pm until 9:00pm

Kandatsu Kogen
'Hobo (Almost) All Night' every Friday, Saturday and night before holidays until 30th March 2019
6:00pm until 4:0am the next morning

Maiko Snow Resort
Open daily 'one-coin nighta' (500 yen) until Saturday 16th March 2019
Maiko Center Quad lift in the Maiko Area
4:00pm until 8:00pm

Open daily until Sunday 24th March 2019
Number 3 and 4 high speed and Number 4 romance pair lifts
4:00pm until 8:30pm

NASPA Ski Garden
NASPA extends opening for the Number 1 lift on the following dates:
19th, 26th January 2019
2nd, 9th, 10th, 16th, 23rd February 2019
Extended until 6:00pm

Yuzawa Nakazato
Every Saturday until 9th March 2019
Sunday 10th February 2019
Number 2 romance pair lift
5:00pm until 8:30pm   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Sunday 10th February 2019, 8:47am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 7cm
Snow depth: --
Hello from Hakuba on this 'middle day of the long weekend' Sunday morning.

And here are your headlines for the day:

Hakuba Cortina: 20cm (base); 20cm (top)
Hakuba Norikura: 20cm
Hakuba Happo-one: 5cm (top of Riesen)
Hakuba 47: 5-10cm
Hakuba Goryu: 5-10cm

I was up at 47 yesterday afternoon and it was snowing lightly. Quite busy but found some fine pockets of powder that were untouched.

I think we were kind of expecting a bit more overnight. Sounds like there was a bit of wind blowing snow around, perhaps that goes some way to explaining different numbers. Or perhaps there was just more in the northern areas (Cortina and Norikura) as is sometimes the case. I think that some serious hands on investigation might be required, because I feel there's going to be more out there. Someone has to do it, so go on... I volunteer!

Light snow falling at the moment in places, but also some sun shining through clouds in places too so a mixed bag of conditions early on.

There's snow potential on the forecast over the coming week, the first decent amount due perhaps overnight tomorrow night.

But in the meantime it should be a good morning. Perhaps see some of you out there.


Ski resort information on Sunday 10th February 2019:
The below info is checked manually each morning and believed to be correct at time of report.
All ski resorts in the area are currently open. Any further resort specific notes made below.

Hakuba Happo-one

Official snow depth:
- Kurobishi: 270cm
- Usagidaira: 190cm
- Nakiyama: 130cm


Hakuba Goryu

Official snow depth:
- Top: 290cm
- Toomi: 155cm
- Iimori: 110cm


Hakuba 47

Official snow depth:
- Top: 275cm
- Base: 130cm


Tsugaike Kogen

Official snow depth:
- Tsuga-no-mori: 340cm
- Han-no-ki: 310cm
- Maruyama: 145cm
- Shirakaba: 255cm
- Champion: 150cm
- Oya-no-hara: 175cm
- Kane-no-naru-oka: 160cm


Hakuba Cortina

Official snow depth:
- Top: 270cm
- Base: 170cm


Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field

Official snow depth:
- Mountain Side: 200cm
- Village Side: 120cm


Hakuba Norikura Onsen

Official snow depth:
- 250cm


Hakuba Valley Kashimayari

Official snow depth:
- 215cm


Hakuba Sanosaka

Official snow depth:
- Top: 190cm
- Base: 120cm


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 5:00pm until 9:00pm in the Nakiyama base area (Nakiyama Number 2 pair lift)
Adults - 2,000 yen; children - 1,200 yen

Hakuba Goryu
Daily from 6:00pm 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 - 2,000 yen; children - 1,000 yen

Hakuba Cortina
Daily from 5:00pm until 8:00pm (until 9:00pm on Saturdays and certain holidays)
Adults - 1,500 yen; children - 1,000 yen

Tsugaike Kogen
Karamatsu Shirakaba area from 6:00pm until 9:00pm on 9th, 10th, 16th February; 2nd March
Adults - 2,200 yen; children - 1,700 yen   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Sunday 10th February 2019, 9:09am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 26cm
Snow depth: --

Yes!! A good new layer of fresh snow to report to you this morning. I like these mornings.

Kumanoyu are reporting 'over 20cm' and Yakebitaiyama are reporting about 30cm. And I measured 26cm. Good quality light powder snow too. Just how we like it.

It is very cold.

It's not due to continue for the whole day, perhaps cloudy or even clearing somewhat this afternoon. And there's more due over the coming week, so we're in pretty good shape at the moment.

Tomorrow may be Monday but it's a national holiday so there will be lots of weekend visitors staying on until tomorrow.


Shiga Kogen resort info: Sunday 10th February 2019

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

- Official snow depth: 180cm

- Official snow depth: 140cm

Hoppo Bunadaira
- Official snow depth: 180cm

- Official snow depth: 200cm

Ichinose Diamond
- Official snow depth: 230cm

Ichinose Family
- Official snow depth: 230cm

Ichinose Yamanokami
- Official snow depth: 230cm

- Official snow depth: 190cm

- Official snow depth: 140cm

- Official snow depth: 190cm

Okushiga Kogen
- Official snow depth: 240cm

Sun Valley
- Official snow depth: 150cm

Takamagahara Mammoth
- Official snow depth: 230cm

Tannenomori Okojo
- Official snow depth: 230cm

- Official snow depth: 220cm

- Official snow depth: 240cm

- Official snow depth: 185cm


Planned night time operations at the Shiga Kogen ski areas are as follows. Please note that separate lift tickets are required.

Ichinose Diamond
Every Saturday until 23rd March 2019
10th February 2019
Quad lift
6:30pm until 9:00pm

Ichinose Family
Daily until 23rd March 2019 (except Mondays and Tuesdays)
Number 2 pair B lift
6:30pm until 9:00pm

Every Saturday until 30th March 2019
10th February 2019
20th March 2019
Number 1 pair lift
6:30pm until 9:00pm

Sun Valley
Every Saturday until 2nd March 2019
10th February 2019
Number 1 quad lift
7:00pm until 9:00pm

Every Saturday until 2nd March 2019
10th February 2019
Number 3 high speed lift
6:00pm until 8:00pm   Read more ...

Appi Kogen Now!

Sunday 10th February 2019, 9:19am
Weather conditions: Sun, blue sky, some cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Hello from Appi,

Sunny skies today and light winds and no doubt a busy day on the slopes. Cold temperatures again today but nothing to spoil the fun.

The clouds should roll in tonight and stay with us until Thursday. More snow in the forecast most of the week with temperatures still in the minus double digits until Friday.

Most runs are open and in great condition although be prepared for some crud by mid day after they’ve been thoroughly used.

Get out and enjoy the last day of the Chinese New Year holiday.


All 5 tree run areas... open!


Planned lift operations & course areas (subject to change due to weather conditions):

- Appi Gondola
- Central Quad lift
- Central Number 1
- Central Number 2
- Central Number 3A
- Central Number 4
- Central Number 5
- Central Number 6
- Sailer quad
- Sailer Number 2
- Vista quad
- Nishimori

* All 5 tree run areas should be open as normal when the lift operations allow - register to use them at Plaza 1st Floor


Official groomed snow depth (as reported by resort):

- 120cm   Read more ...

Naeba Now!

Sunday 10th February 2019, 9:31am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 22cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Naeba.

20+cm of fresh snowfall on the ground and another cold morning here in Naeba.

And it's busy too on this long weekend. Lots of folk should be staying on until tomorrow, so it'll be busier than a normal Monday. The snow clouds might clear for tomorrow too with a bit of sunshine forecast. There's more snow due beyond tomorrow though so we should be enjoying regular top-ups.

All open as planned this morning. Go go!


Official snow depth:

- 200cm

All lifts plan to be operating apart from the following (some lifts rested on weekdays):

- Daishamen romance pair lift

All courses now open apart from the following:

- Splash Bowl

Planned night-time operations:

- Daily until Sunday 24th March 2019
- 4:00pm until 8:30pm
- Courses open: Number 5
- Lifts operating: Number 3 and 5 high speed lifts, Number 4 pair lift   Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Sunday 10th February 2019, 10:08am
Weather conditions: Gray and snow
New snowfall: 77cm
Snow depth: --
Way more snow than expected today, and it keeps coming.

Light, powdery snow (probably the best of the season). Lots of people out to enjoy it, too, with the parking lots filling up, and the access roads clogged with cars unprepared for the worst (don't put your chains on only when you come to a stop... Might want to get those on early, city folk!).

Pretty good winds, too, so lots of blowing and drifting snow. As I've noted, my spot for measuring snow depth is pretty well sheltered, so I stand by today's big numbers, even when the ski areas don't add on as much. The total snowpack figure is really close to what they have; what falls in a day will of course settle a lot, but if you're skiing, you've got a lot of depth to play with today!

In fact, with more international travelers now renting cars, it's just gotten worse. I refuse to apologize to the idiot who decided it would be OK to block the exit to the bus turnaround at Ikenotaira this morning so he could go over to the rental shop. I hollered that he was blocking buses (and me), and he said I should be polite... Just wait until the local bus drivers "inform" you of your poor decision (you won't understand them, but you'll know they're not at all polite). Follow local rules folks! People do stuff for good reasons, and sometimes that means you have to be like everyone else and park and then walk to the rental shop. Especially when deep, blowing snow means it's really tough just to be driving around. Don't need additional roadblocks by blockheads.


Akakura Kanko:
340cm, -8°

Akakura Onsen:
430cm, -4°

Ikenotaira Onsen:
270cm, -6°

Myoko Suginohara:
195cm, -12° (top)

Seki Onsen:
430cm, -5°

Myoko Ski Park:
350cm, 1°

Kyukamura RunRun:
400cm, -4°

Tangram Ski Circus:
260cm, -4°

Madarao Kogen:
300cm, -7°

Lotte Arai Resort
527cm, -3.5°

Kurohime Kogen Snow Park
200cm, -7°

   Read more ...

Minakami Now!

Sunday 10th February 2019, 11:05am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 30cm
Snow depth: --
Only 30cm in the car park and very light and dry. Up top at Tenjin it's at least 60cm deep in parts and more density to it. In short, lots of fun.

The snow is falling moderate to heavily up top. It's supposed to be snow showers but that was clearly a bad forecast.

It was- 12C this morning up top at 9am. The forecast is for consistent snow this week. Winter is back with a vengeance.

Photo of Tenjin yesterday and there is a snow boarder under all that snow
   Read more ...

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Yuzawa Now
14th Jun, 10:19am
Naeba Now
07th Jun, 10:08am
Aizu Bandai Now
31st May, 13:35
Shiga Kogen Now
27th May, 9:56am
Furano Now
08th May, 8:47am
Niseko Now
07th May, 19:19pm
Myoko Now
06th May, 9:33am
Hakuba Now
06th May, 9:09
Nozawa Onsen Now
06th May, 8:46
Minakami Now
06th May, 8:16
Madarao Now
06th May, 8:13am
Zao Now
06th May, 7:59
Appi Kogen Now
06th May, 7:59am
Geto Kogen Now
06th May, 7:12
Grandeco Now
02nd Feb, 12:34am