Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 30th May 2020

Furano Now!

Wednesday 11th December 2019, 7:31am
Weather conditions: Clear
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
The rain arrived earlier than expected yesterday and hit Furano from morning continuing right through the day. The Kitanomine slopes are showing the effects of the rain, but hopefully this won't delay the opening which is expected soon. This morning is clear above and once again unseasonably warm at +4c. Towards evening more rain is on the forecast. From Thursday onwards a new snow front will be arriving and we will be back to winter conditions.

Open courses:


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

Hakuba Now!

Wednesday 11th December 2019, 7:34am
Weather conditions: Low sea of clouds but blue skies above that
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
It's an early report from Hakuba this morning.

As you can see from the images below, there is some cool looking low cloud hanging over parts of the valley, but above that it's clear and sunny and we are on for another day of warmth and sunshine. It will warm up to around 10C in the village this afternoon as the freezing level rises to over 2500m.

I am hoping this will be the last 'warm' of the year. From tomorrow a welcome return to somewhat colder conditions, though not yet a return to proper winter like cold. Forecasts currently show the chance of snow tomorrow though it may start off as rain at lower elevations. Come on!!

In resort news, Hakuba 47 the Line C quad lift is still not open this morning, so Hakuba 47 itself is kind of split into upper and lower areas. If you want to ride the top, you'll need to use the Hakuba Goryu gondola to get there and back. I can't see any other particular news to bring you at this early time.

A point definitely worth making: 7:45am is too early to be able to gather all the official information for my report - it simply isn't all there yet! That is one reason why my reports usually appear later than now.

I have not been up onto the slopes the last few days so I cannot comment on snow conditions. There's some choice to be had and definitely fun too - though obviously it is not full-on winter yet. For that, we need more snow. Obviously.

There are a number of planned opening dates for ski resorts looming this weekend. Unless we get a whole lot more snow than forecast before then, that actually happening is looking... unlikely.


Photos today (below):

- 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 area]
- Tsugaike Kogen [lower Kane-no-naru-oka area]
- 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 E pair lift

Courses open:
- Most courses open
- R7 and Tree Riding Zone are not open
- Line C is closed so need to take the Hakuba Gondola to top area

Official snow depth:
- Top: 50cm
- 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 ...

Geto Kogen Now!

Wednesday 11th December 2019, 7:56am
Weather conditions: Fine, sunny, some cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Sorry I made a mistake in my report yesterday... I meant to say, chance of snow 'the day after tomorrow' and have edited that now. Apologies.

What was tomorrow (and is now today, if that makes sense) is starting off sunny and mild (warm?), just a light wind.

Tomorrow snow is possible though it isn't going to be getting too cold so there is a chance that we might be dealt some rain.

Let's hope not and that this is the last 'bump' of the year....


Official snow depth (as reported by resort):

- Upper: 140cm
- Lower: 70cm

Lifts, courses & tree run info:

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

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Wednesday 11th December 2019, 8:03am
Weather conditions: Fine
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --

The sun is still out. Once the early morning low clouds clear, it's going to be another day of sunshine and temperatures rising to around 10C down at base.

Come the weekend, the ski resort opening will have been delayed by a full 3 weeks, which is sad/frustrating/annoying/worrying/etc - but it's not something that anyone can do anything about is it.

We are looking to tomorrow for the chance of fresh snow and perhaps Saturday too. Will it be enough for the upper areas to open? We will just have to wait and see what Nature brings us; hopefully a nice surprise!

All of us are hoping and waiting.


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 ...

Niseko Now!

Wednesday 11th December 2019, 8:15am
Weather conditions: Cloud, fog
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Niseko.

As you can see from the motley collection of webcam images this morning, there's varying levels of visibility this morning. From cloudy and a bit of a brighter feel with hints of sunshine, to thick soup can't-see-much-at-all fog.

It's mild too. So it really is not the most excite of mornings here. Once I post this I'm going to sit back and enjoy some toast and get a few other things done as we wait for more fresh goodies.

Hopefully tomorrow it will be a clearer case of 'it's snowing' for me to report as temperatures drop right back down to something more like later in the day. Just to be clear on that, I might well have to report rain in my report tomorrow before the dip and changing into snowfall happens.


Today was due to be the first day of 'nighta', if that makes sense, but it looks like due to a mix of conditions and weather that isn't going to happen at Niseko Grand Hirafu and Niseko Village.

However, Niseko Annupuri look set to go ahead with it just on the lower slope with the Dream quad scheduled to be open until 8:30pm.

There is no night time operations over at the HANAZONO area.


Niseko Grand Hirafu 6-day snow and weather forecast


Ski resort operation information: Wednesday 11th 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: 120cm
- Base: 40cm

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
- Ni-kabe
- Kokutai (part)
- Holiday
- Rinkan
- Jumbo


Niseko HANAZONO Resort

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 72cm
- Base: 25cm

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


Niseko Annupuri

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 70cm
- Base: 50cm

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: 70cm
- Base: 50cm

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


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

Naeba Now!

Wednesday 11th December 2019, 8:21am
Weather conditions: Sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Naeba.

It's sunshine and warmer conditions again this morning. A beautiful morning indeed.

The snow around the open base course has now disappeared but that course is still there and open for all you keen folk.

Later tomorrow, we will be happy to get colder once again and there does look to be snow due still as we click into Friday. Beyond that, next snow due around Saturday.


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 ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Wednesday 11th December 2019, 8:22am
Weather conditions: Sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Shiga Kogen.

It's more of the same today. Chilly start but a real warm up during the day with lots of sunshine.

Winter, please!


Photos below:

- Takamagahara Mammoth
- Kumanoyu


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 ...

Appi Kogen Now!

Wednesday 11th December 2019, 8:32am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from APPI.

A good mix of blue sky and cloud yesterday. Still not many people around - it is of course still very early season - but as we approach Christmas and then New Year that is set to change pretty soon... so getting the resort fully open is something that everyone wants to happen.

That is not going to be happening just yet. This morning it is cloudy, no new snow overnight. It is going to remain mild too.

The more exciting news is that tomorrow there should be snow falling and perhaps sustained into Saturday. There does look to be a chance that it might start as rain tonight, especially lower down, but snow is there on the forecast for the day tomorrow. Bring it on, I say.

The 2 lifts and 3 courses at APPI remain open.


APPI is part open:

- 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 ...

Yuzawa Now!

Wednesday 11th December 2019, 8:35am
Weather conditions: Fine and sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning.

More sunshine and warmth is what we have lined up for today. The local forecast says that it might get as warm as 13C in town early afternoon. Yikes. Almost feels like a nice spring day. Obviously, that is not the kind of thing I want to be saying at this time of the year!

But later in the day tomorrow temps should be dropping and, fingers crossed, we might get some fresh snow later in the day and overnight into Friday. (Even though it might rain in town before it gets to the snow. Just to tease us).

The Panorama Course at Kagura is going to have to be closed from today, so they are back to the three courses being open (Main, Family and Gondola courses).


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)
- 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 8:30am on Wednesday 11th 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 ...

Madarao Now!

Wednesday 11th December 2019, 8:59am
Weather conditions: Blue skies and sunshine
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --

No word yet from the resort regarding any kind of opening this coming weekend - it will very likely depend on how much snow we get tomorrow (it's still there on the forecast)...

For today it's remaining mild and the sun is out; it is mostly clear with just a few wispy thin clouds here and there. Lovely morning.

But... snow please.


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 ...

Aizu Bandai Now!

Wednesday 11th December 2019, 10:51am
Weather conditions: Fine and sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --

It's warm out there.

Still some decent courses open, though it's all limited as yet.

This clearer sunny weather is all well and good but what we want and need is for colder temperatures and snowfall. From tomorrow the temps are set to take a dip and we can hope for some fresh snow too - especially at higher elevations. The freezing level will be coming right down from around 2500m to around 200m. That's more like it. Not a huge amount of snow on the forecast so we'll just have to see what happens and hope for the best.


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 ...

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