Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 30th May 2020

Furano Now!

Thursday 12th December 2019, 6:58am
Weather conditions: Rain
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
We have been hit by some heavy rain from the early hours of the morning and the rain will be with us until around midday, when it will turn into snow. The warm weather and sun yesterday caused a lot of melt in the village with roads and footpaths turning to slush. The lower slopes of the ski area have been visibly affected by the mild weather and small patches of brown have broken through the white. The good news is that temperatures will drop below freezing in a few hours time and hopefully a good dump of snow is on the way.

Open courses:

Shirakaba
Spies
Sailer
Ropeway
Prince
Panorama

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

Geto Kogen Now!

Thursday 12th December 2019, 7:39am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Yes, a bit of rain before the snow and for early morning mild conditions continuing.

It's not the most inspiring of mornings but hopefully tomorrow I will be bringing tales of snow on the ground. (Tales as in stories, not made up stuff -- of course. Probably not the best word to use!)

Rather windy conditions are forecast today too...

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Official snow depth (as reported by resort):

- Upper: 130cm
- Lower: 60cm

Lifts, courses & tree run info:

- Gondola lift operating, other lifts due to start from Saturday
- All main courses open
- Tree runs not open yet   Read more ...
 

Madarao Now!

Thursday 12th December 2019, 7:45am
Weather conditions: Mostly cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning.

A quick report this morning with the perhaps inevitable news - Madarao have announced that they will not be able to open on Saturday as planned.

There is still snow forecast for later today, but even so just not enough likely to be able to open. The forecast for the week ahead isn't looking particularly snowy either, I'm afraid. Perhaps a bit more on Saturday.

Anyway we just need to be patient. Or try to be anyway. ;)

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Photo images below:

- Madarao
- Tangram Ski Circus

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Forecast:

6 day snow and weather forecast for Madarao

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Planned opening dates:

Madarao - Saturday 14th December 2019 - opening delayed, will open as soon as there is enough snow
Tangram Ski Circus - Saturday 21st December 2019   Read more ...
 

Zao Now!

Thursday 12th December 2019, 7:57am
Weather conditions: Cloud, fog and...
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Zao.

Fine weather yesterday. Lots of cloud and fog around this early morning with limited visibility on the mountain - and down in the village too in places. There is some light rain falling as well, though snow is being reported by the resort up top. It is due to get colder as the day moves on, bringing the freezing level down and hopefully snow to base as well. Might be windy today too. Not the most pleasant of mornings!

Limited parts of the mountain remain open but we need more snow to really feel like things are 'happening'.

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Zao Onsen 6-day forecast, updated multiple times daily

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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: 20cm
- Paradise area: 20cm
- Chuo area: 40cm
- Utopia area: 35cm
- Uwanodai area: 30cm
- Oomori area: 15cm

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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 ...
 

Yuzawa Now!

Thursday 12th December 2019, 8:02am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Yuzawa.

It's a bit... dark... this morning. Moody.

There's a bit of a frost on the car windscreen this morning.

It is just cloudy right at the moment, but already raining just to the north in Minamiuonuma. It should either be raining or snowing here soon - almost certainly starting as the former in town, but by later on we should be seeing some white falling and hopefully some snow overnight.

As much as I'd love to be able to report a forecast that shows loads of snow, it doesn't look like it's going to be much. Let's hope we have a nice surprise.

Maiko Snow Resort were hoping to open tomorrow (Friday), and they are going to make an announcement later today - I'll let you know about that tomorrow.

No other news to share with you yet from resorts planning to open from Saturday. It clearly isn't going to happen for lower ski resorts.

As a recap, here are the resorts that hoped to open from Saturday:

- GALA Yuzawa
- Kagura (via Tashiro)
- Kandatsu Snow Resort
- Ishiuchi Maruyama
- Yuzawa Kogen
- Yuzawa Nakazato

The Yuzawa Now report tomorrow may be a bit later than usual as we check up on as many available details as possible.

For the moment, part of Kagura and Naeba remain open.

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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)

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

More details on the Naeba Now report here.

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Photos (below) from around 8:00am on Thursday 12th December 2019:

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

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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 ...
 

Naeba Now!

Thursday 12th December 2019, 8:05am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Morning friends.

Just between friends, after a beautiful day yesterday (warmer than we would like), it's a bit miserable this morning. A bit dark and a bit damp. We are told that there is a chance of snowfall today but we may get rained on first. That should be starting fairly soon...

Until tomorrow. Snow, snow, snow, snow... (repeat)...

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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 ...
 

Aizu Bandai Now!

Thursday 12th December 2019, 8:23am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Hello and I'm afraid I don't have happy news to report.

It's raining across the region.

The good news is that it should be getting colder as the day progresses and we are hopeful for snowfall, though it does not seem likely to continue much into tomorrow morning and there looks to be a bit of a milder spell coming early next week too.

It is a bit concerning but as we can't do anything about it we'll just have to play with what we have.

At Minowa, the C lift is going to be taking a rest until there's more snow. Other resort operations appear to be unchanged for the moment.

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Grandeco Snow Resort:

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

Minowa:

- B lift operating

Hoshino Resorts Nekoma:

- Forest 3 course open

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Photos today:

- Minowa

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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 ...
 

Appi Kogen Now!

Thursday 12th December 2019, 8:30am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Rain, rain go away.... come back another day (preferably in May!)

Unfortunately we're back down to just the Shirakaba course and the Central quad lift being open now.

We are still hoping for snow though as the day goes on. Fingers crossed everyone!

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APPI is part open:

- Central quad lift
- Shirakaba course - about 1000m

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

Niseko Now!

Thursday 12th December 2019, 8:32am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning to you all.

It's not good news this morning.

We have been enduring some rather annoying rain and this morning conditions are forcing some changes to ski lift operations (as well as nerves and hurt feelings).

Niseko Grand Hirafu have reported that due to the rain yesterday the lower areas are now closed, leaving them with just Shirakaba and Center courses open. The Ace Number 2 Center quad and Ace Number 3 lifts are on hold. The Niseko Village and Niseko Annupuri gondolas - as well as the upper Jumbo Number 4 lift (at Annupuri) - are also on hold due to the conditions this morning. The Jumbo Number 1 quad lift will be opening about an hour late as they scramble to work with the snow conditions.

Not great.

Hmmmmm... I note that many other regions of Japan have had a few days of rather warm conditions and there seems to be a general lack of snow. That makes me sad, as I'm sure it does you too. It's not like we can do much about it though...

OK, so trying to pick myself up a little, we should be seeing snowfall in time for my report tomorrow. It is trying now and hopefully will be trying harder in the coming hours.

I'll see you tomorrow, hopefully with improved conditions.

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Niseko Grand Hirafu 6-day snow and weather forecast

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Ski resort operation information: Thursday 12th 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: 110cm
- Base: 30cm

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

Courses available:
- Shirakaba
- Center

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Niseko HANAZONO Resort

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 60cm
- Base: 15cm

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

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Niseko Annupuri

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 70cm
- Base: 40cm

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

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

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Niseko Village

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 70cm
- Base: 40cm

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

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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 ...
 

Hakuba Now!

Thursday 12th December 2019, 8:52am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Hakuba.

OK so just the facts.

It's raining down below, but it is snowing up top.

It remains relatively mild but it is due to get colder as the day goes on, so we can hope for snow down to lower areas. It doesn't look like it is going to be continuing beyond today though, with perhaps with some more snow around Saturday.

Happo-one is reporting 2cm of snowfall by the top of the Gondola on social media. On their official site they are reporting 10cm at Kurobishi and 0cm at Usagidaira.

Hakuba 47 are reporting 1cm (and then 2-3cm) on social media; and recording 1cm on the official site.

(See how it can all be ever so confusing? Still, I am going to report what is out there...).

Hakuba 47 is hoping to get the Line C lift back up and running from Saturday. Gambatte!

I hope to bring you snowy news tomorrow morning.

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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

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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: 75cm
- Usagidaira: 50cm
- Lower: 5cm

New snowfall (**reported by the ski resort**):
- Kurobishi: 10cm
- Usagidaira: 0cm
- Lower: 0cm

Hakuba 47

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

Courses open:
- R4, R5, R6 and R8 (upper) open
- Other courses closed
- Tree Riding Zones not open
- Line C is closed so need to take the Hakuba Gondola to the top area

Official snow depth:
- Top: 50cm
- Base: 5cm

New snowfall (**reported by the ski resort**):
- Top: 1cm
- 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: 55cm
- Toomi: 20cm
- Iimori: 0cm

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

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Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field
Hakuba Cortina
Tsugaike Kogen
Hakuba Valley Kashimayari
Hakuba Norikura Onsen
Plan to open as soon as there is enough snow   Read more ...
 

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Thursday 12th December 2019, 9:00am
Weather conditions: Cloud, fog
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Nozawa.

Foggy up top, cloudy, light rain and hopefully some snow falling up there... can't tell by looking at the webcams.

Fingers crossed for snow later on.

There's not much else to say really for the moment.

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Nozawa Onsen 6 day forecast

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Webcam still images below from 9:00am, Thursday 12th 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 ...
 

Shiga Kogen Now!

Thursday 12th December 2019, 9:03am
Weather conditions: Cloud, fog
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --

Good morning.

A variety of scenery early this morning. There was some breaks in the cloud in places but right now it's thick fog in the central Maruike area.

Light rain hopefully changing to snow. Who knows? I wouldn't expect huge amounts but hopefully there will be a layer of fresh on the ground to report tomorrow...

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Photos below:

- Takamagahara Mammoth
- Kumanoyu

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Yokoteyama 6-day snow and weather forecast

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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 and Number 3 pair lifts 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.

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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 ...
 

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

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