Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 26th May 2019

Geto Kogen Now!

Thursday 14th February 2019, 7:40am
Weather conditions: Cloudy, some breaks appearing
New snowfall: 26cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Geto Kogen.

Ah yes, more snow. 26cm since the report yesterday morning in total. And really good quality snow too. It was snowing during the day yesterday, just cloudy in the evening. Bit of a late start for the quad lift as they coped with all the snow and there was a bit of course closing (A6) for a bit due to poor visibility.

This morning it's cloudy and a bit windy. Bit of blue sky peeking through at times and maybe that will increase during the day.

Official snow depth numbers have debatable meaning (it's the fresh snow that counts on a day to day basis) but it's always good to see them shoot up to over 4m. :)


Official snow depths:

* Top: 415cm
* Base: 300cm

Planned operating lifts - subject to change due to weather:

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

* The Number 2 Gondola is usually rested on normal 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 ...

Appi Kogen Now!

Thursday 14th February 2019, 7:56am
Weather conditions: Fine
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Appi,

It's another sunny day here in Appi and conditions look good for the morning. We are expecting easterly winds and clear visibility today. We had about 5-6cm of snowfall yesterday, but that official snow depth remains firmly on 120cm (possibly next to move!)

The temperatures are really cold again today, and it is -9C at the bottom at the start of the day. Make sure to have extra layers on.


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

- Appi Gondola
- Central Quad lift
- Central Number 2
- Central Number 3A
- Central Number 5
- Sailer quad
- 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 ...

Yuzawa Now!

Thursday 14th February 2019, 7:59am
Weather conditions: Snowing still
New snowfall: 15cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning.

More snow with another 15cm since my report yesterday morning. (Kagura are reporting 20cm and Maiko are reporting 10cm, though those are presumably 'overnight' numbers). So another nice layer of snow to play in this morning and it is still snowing though expected to ease during the morning leaving us just with cloudy skies later.

There may be some sun in the morning tomorrow... and then back to snow on Saturday.

We have returned to some good consistency which is always good to be able to report.

Some ski resorts are giving away chocolate/cocoa/other goodies this morning to celebrate Valentines Day!


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


Updated: 8:00am, Thursday 14th 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
- 340cm (official snow depth)

- 240cm (official snow depth)

- Kagura: 390cm (official snow depth)
- Mitsumata Area: 350cm (official snow depth)
- Tashiro Area: 370cm (official snow depth)

Kandatsu Kogen
- 275cm (official snow depth)

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

NASPA Ski Garden
- 275cm (official snow depth)

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

Yuzawa Park
- 235cm (official snow depth)

Yuzawa Nakazato
- 210cm (official snow depth)


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

Ishiuchi Maruyama
- Top: 290cm (official snow depth)
- Base: 220cm (official snow depth)

Joetsu Kokusai
- 310cm (official snow depth)

Maiko Snow Resort
- Top: 335cm (official snow depth)
- Base: 180cm (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 ...

Furano Now!

Thursday 14th February 2019, 8:19am
Weather conditions: Bluebird
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
It is a glorious start to the day and looking back towards the resort the slopes are shining in the sun having been nicely groomed overnight. The top of the resort has some cloud hovering around the peak. It is a cold morning at -14c but the sun is taking the harshness off that temperature. The forecast is for light snow this morning, so we may see it cloud over possibly with light precipitation, but for now it is bluebird.

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 ...

Aizu Bandai Now!

Thursday 14th February 2019, 8:25am
Weather conditions: Partly cloudy, blue sky
New snowfall: 4cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from the Urabandai area.

It's a lovely morning with quite a lot of blue skies above, some cloud and a bit of fresh snow on the ground. The wind is gentle, not so many skiers around, so a very quiet chilly morning. Great for everyone who can be here now.

All the slopes are keeping in a good condition and the snow is looking lovely and white contrasting with blue skies.

Lots of sun shining through to the south of Mt. Bandai in particular.

There is a snow festival on Friday 15th and Saturday 16th in Kita Shiobara this village - the festival will start from 6pm near Kyukamura Urabandai Hotel. Might be worth checking out if you are around.


The photos for today are from Aits Bandai (first two) and Grandeco.


Nekoma - lift 0/5, course 0/11 open *Closed on Wednesday and Thursday 1/16-2/28
Grandeco - lift 4/5 include one gondola, course 12/13 open
Urabandai - lift 0/3, course 0/3 open *Closed on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
Minowa - lift 3/3, course 10/11 open
Numajiri - lift 4/4, course 11/11 open
Alts Bandai - lift 8/8 include one gondola, course 24/25 open
Inawashiro - lift 8/8, course 18/18 open
Inawashiro resort - lift 4/4 include one gondola, course 7/9 open
Listel - lift 2/2, course 5/7 open
Family Bandai Bandai - lift 0/2, course 0/7 open *Only open on Saturday, Sunday and national holidays.   Read more ...

Madarao Now!

Thursday 14th February 2019, 8:27am
Weather conditions: Snow clouds
New snowfall: 32cm
Snow depth: --
Still in Tokyo but making my way back to Madarao later today.

And it sounds like it is a good (and cold) morning. The resort is reporting 20cm of fresh snowfall; my trusted friend says he measured 32cm since yesterday. I like the sound of that. I always think 25-30cm is a good number to be aiming for!

The webcam shows some limited visibility once again.

Can't wait to get back and ride the snow again tomorrow.

The forecast shows snow easing off today and perhaps some sun tomorrow. Snow on Saturday and then perhaps a spell of clearer skies and milder conditions early next week. (Not too much please).


Planned operations for Thursday 14th February 2019

Official snow depth at Madarao:


Madarao info:

All lifts apart from Number 5 plan to be open
All 31 courses should be open including tree run courses

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

Tangram Ski Circus info:

All lifts operating
All course areas open

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

Niseko Now!

Thursday 14th February 2019, 8:28am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 14cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Niseko.

I almost feel like I could do a bit of automated copy-pasting and spend more time with my toast in a morning at the moment.

There was a bit of blue sky once again for a short time late morning yesterday, but for the most part not much scenery to be enjoyed. But there was most certainly lots of lovely snow to be enjoyed.

And this morning there's another 14cm of snowfall to report.

Snow. Very cold. Limited visibility. That kind of thing. It might be a little more windy today but I doubt enough to trouble the normal operation of lifts.

It still looks like there may be some clearer skies early in the week next week and probably a bit of snow every day until then.

It is Valentines Day today - hurray! - and I suspect there might be some sweets being handed out in places today. If not, I know I'll be jolly disappointed. I see Annupuri are going to be supplying chocolate to the first 100 people who buy a lift ticket this morning - boys or girls. (The 'tradition' in Japan is that Valentines day is when chocolate is supplied to boys from girls. And chocolate is supplied to girls from boys on White Day on March 14th. That lot is a discussion for a different place!)


Niseko Avalanche Report:

Mountain base 6am: -10℃, 15cm snowfall in 24h. Moiwa800m: -12.9℃, W7.3m/s, cornice and snowdrifts developments. Mikaeri junction: -12℃, snowdrifts developments. Annupuri1120m snow depth 250cm. Mizuno no sawa 12cm snowfall in 12h, NNW9-13.5m/s, 185cm snow depth. Hirafu peak: -17℃, strong winds developing snowdrifts, 25cm snowfall in 12h. Suttsu weather station: -5.0℃, 61cm snow depth. Kutchan: -16.9℃, 198cm snow depth. Benkei cape: N9m/s, Kamui cape: NNE3m/s, 1023hPa, 2.0m waves.

Intermittent 10-15m/s northerly storm has persisted above 800m elevation, making cornices and snowdrifts develop slowly. The sea surface temperature is relatively high, making snow clouds form more abundantly and resulting in higher snow precipitation than average. The avalanche hazard level in leeward slopes above 800m elevation is moderately high. All gates are scheduled to open. Do not stimulate cornices and knolls and ride one by one. Avoid valley bottoms and better not stop halfway down a slope. Do not traverse across slopes under cornices. The weather is changing quickly, beware of whiteouts. Safety is never guaranteed in Winter Mountains.

The snow condition is awesome again today.


Ski resort operation information: Thursday 14th February 2019
Subject to change due to weather conditions

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 380cm
- Base: 180cm

Ski lifts operating:
- All lifts planning to be operating as normal at the start of the day (Ace Number 1 and King Number 2 lifts rested)
- 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: 285cm
- Base: 240cm

Ski lifts operating:
- All lifts planning to be 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 planning to be 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: 320cm
- Base: 170cm

Ski lifts operating:
- All lifts planning to be operating as normal at the start of the day (Country Road lift rested)
- 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 ...

Hakuba Now!

Thursday 14th February 2019, 8:33am
Weather conditions: Mostly cloudy. (Bit of blue appearing)
New snowfall: 4cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Hakuba.

Your headlines this morning:

Hakuba Cortina: 20cm
Hakuba Happo-one: 5cm (top of Riesen lift)
Hakuba 47: 5cm
Hakuba Goryu 1-5cm

Light snow during the day yesterday and this morning not huge numbers (20cm sounds good at Cortina), but it is remaining cold and the snow quality looks great. Can't wait to go check it out on the mountain myself. And that's what I'm going to do, right now.

Just before that: looking ahead, perhaps some sun tomorrow, snow on Saturday and then clearer skies around Sunday and Monday. As long as it keeps cold...


Ski resort information on Thursday 14th 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: 280cm
- Usagidaira: 185cm
- Nakiyama: 135cm


Hakuba Goryu

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


Hakuba 47

Official snow depth:
- Top: 280cm
- Base: 135cm


Tsugaike Kogen

Official snow depth:
- Tsuga-no-mori: 345cm
- Han-no-ki: 335cm
- Maruyama: 150cm
- Shirakaba: 270cm
- Champion: 160cm
- Oya-no-hara: 190cm
- Kane-no-naru-oka: 170cm


Hakuba Cortina

Official snow depth:
- Top: 300cm
- Base: 190cm


Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field

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


Hakuba Norikura Onsen

Official snow depth:
- 265cm


Hakuba Valley Kashimayari

Official snow depth:
- 225cm


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 ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Thursday 14th February 2019, 8:33am
Weather conditions: Snow clouds still over us
New snowfall: 24cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Nozawa.

Chocolate fondue!

Yes, that's why people are flocking to Nozawa today. At 10:30am on the Hikage area the ski resort will be handing out some free chocolate fondue, whatever that actually is. Sounds good though. And even ladies can have some, it's not just for the blokes. (See: Japan Valentines Day tradition). And I would guess that our favourite skiing Nozawa mascot, who just so happens to be a friendly and bright green vegetable, will also be making an appearance. Though that bit is unconfirmed. Limited amount of chocolate fondue, so don't tell everyone...

Oh, you want some snow news too?!

About 10cm overnight and more during the day yesterday, so a nice fresh layer. It is keeping cold and it is keeping snowing but I wouldn't expect much out of today and there might be some clearer skies tomorrow.


Thursday 14th February 2019

Fresh snowfall reported by the ski resort (since yesterday 3pm):

- Yamabiko (1407m): 11cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 10cm
- Hikage (660m): 10cm
- Nagasaka (615m): 15cm
- Karasawa (563m): 5cm

Official snow depth numbers (reported by resort):

- Yamabiko (1407m): 330cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 300cm
- Hikage (660m): 210cm
- Nagasaka (615m): 190cm
- Karasawa (563m): 160cm

All lifts apart from the following planned to be operating:

- Yunomine pair
- Mizunashi pair
- Challenge pair
- Utopia pair
- Kandahar pair (open for general public on 1st Mar 2019)

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

- Grand Prix
- Kandahar (open for general public on 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 ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Thursday 14th February 2019, 8:49am
Weather conditions: Cloud, some blue sky right now
New snowfall: 12cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Shiga Kogen.

Snow has been falling (and still is) but right now and there's actually quite a bit of blue sky appearing over Maruike. I wonder if that will remain, clear up, or just be a temporary lull. I get the feeling it might clear a bit (total guess).

Still, it is keeping very cold and there's another layer of fresh snow, and it's top quality light snow too. Excellent conditions.

Good chance of some sun tomorrow and then the next snow on Saturday. Early week looks like sun and milder conditions are likely.


Some ski areas will be handing out some chocolate this morning. Valentines Day, you see.


Shiga Kogen resort info: Thursday 14th 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
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
20th March 2019
Number 1 pair lift
6:30pm until 9:00pm

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

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

Naeba Now!

Thursday 14th February 2019, 8:52am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 14cm
Snow depth: --
Morning all.

14cm of fresh on the ground and it's another cold morning here in Naeba. Looks like it's going to continue as well, though the forecasts do show an easing off during the day and perhaps even some sunshine and clearer skies tomorrow; before more snow on Saturday.

Open as normal and some fine snow conditions.


Official snow depth:

- 200cm

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

- Number 1 Gondola
- Number 8 high speed
- 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 5 high speed lift   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Thursday 14th February 2019, 9:12am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 12cm
Snow depth: --
[Stand-in report in the absence of our normal reporter]

12cm fresh snow to add to the reports and light snow falling, cold conditions and decent visibility.


Operation info from official sources:

- All lifts operating apart from Karamatsu and Yokokura Number 2
- 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 ...

Myoko Now!

Thursday 14th February 2019, 9:34am
Weather conditions: Really snowing
New snowfall: 91cm
Snow depth: --
I'm a little sheepish about yesterday's report; I wanted to get it out early, and report in the 20cm level.

And then it started to come down.

Our official poke in the snow, over 24 hours, is 91cm. That includes a lot from yesterday, and it is really coming down now - maybe 3 to 4 cm every hour (it's surprising, given that the snow is not falling that heavily around to the south, such as in Suginohara).

It's even worse at my house, which is open to the north; it's calm at base, but blowing hard from the north.

Probably the same on slopes open to the north wind (and it is cold today! Meaning very nice snow again).


Akakura Kanko:
380cm, -8°

Akakura Onsen:
445cm, -4°

Ikenotaira Onsen:
290cm, -6°

Myoko Suginohara:
215cm, -11° (top)

Seki Onsen:
470cm, -6° (no new report yet)

Myoko Ski Park:
420cm, 1°

Kyukamura RunRun:
400cm, -3°

Tangram Ski Circus:
270cm, -4°

Madarao Kogen:
340cm, -7°

Lotte Arai Resort
592cm, -3.2°

Kurohime Kogen Snow Park
220cm, -6°

   Read more ...

Minakami Now!

Thursday 14th February 2019, 11:11am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 15cm
Snow depth: --
It snowed all day yesterday and then backed off last night before recommencing this morning at around 5am. All told there has only been small amounts on the car park, only 20cm recorded up top at Tenjin but there is plenty up on the mountain and we have another full reset.

The wind is staying away and conditions remain all time here.

The weather is forecast to clear tonight and then snow again tomorrow night.    Read more ...

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31st May, 13:35
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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