Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 26th May 2019

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Saturday 16th February 2019, 7:33am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Nozawa.

After a clearer day yesterday - though not totally so - (and some really nice snow conditions), it's cloudy skies this morning.

It's not as cold as it has been and some light wet snow/sleet falling early on, snow being reported higher up along with a few cm of snow up there. Doesn't look like it should be warming up during the day, hopefully remaining close to 0C (just above that now).

Visibility looks very poor at the start of the day on the Yamabiko and Uenotaira areas, it's ok lower down close to base. Light snow due through until early tomorrow morning maybe, with a chance of some sun later on in the day tomorrow.

Start of what will be another busy weekend!


Saturday 16th February 2019

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

- Yamabiko (1407m): 2cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 2cm
- Hikage (660m): 0cm
- Nagasaka (615m): 0cm
- Karasawa (563m): 0cm

Official snow depth numbers (reported by resort):

- Yamabiko (1407m): 315cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 285cm
- Hikage (660m): 195cm
- Nagasaka (615m): 180cm
- Karasawa (563m): 150cm

All lifts apart from the following planned to be operating:

- 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 ...

Geto Kogen Now!

Saturday 16th February 2019, 7:44am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 8cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Geto Kogen.

Cloudy yesterday morning and clearer conditions in the afternoon. With more snow overnight there's 8cm to report this morning.

It is cloudy again this morning and there's a fairly strong wind but hopefully the resort will be able to open as planned.


Official snow depths:

* Top: 430cm
* Base: 300cm

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 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 ...

Yuzawa Now!

Saturday 16th February 2019, 7:46am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 2cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Yuzawa.

Just after I posted the report yesterday, it got rather cloudy. And then it started clearing up again by mid morning and it ended up being a fine day, though never totally clear. As I was driving down route 17 in mid afternoon the temperature panel said +3C.

I had a really good few hours yesterday morning; the snow was in really good condition.

This morning it is cloudy and I can't see much of the mountains and there's some light snow falling and a slight dusting on the top of the car; a few cm in places. It is noticeably not as cold this morning as it has been in recent mornings, though if the forecasts are correct the temp shouldn't be rising much during the day. (Early in the coming week, we can expect warmer conditions...)

Maiko Snow Resort are reporting 5cm of fresh snow with Kagura reporting 1cm. The latter are also saying that they expect some stronger winds later on.

So, light snow forecast for the day into tomorrow morning.

Have a good Saturday.


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


Updated: 7:45am, Saturday 16th 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)

- 230cm (official snow depth)

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

Kandatsu Kogen
- 260cm (official snow depth)

- 220cm (official snow depth)
- Please see our Naeba Now report for daily updates from Naeba

NASPA Ski Garden
- 290cm (official snow depth)

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

Yuzawa Park
- 240cm (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: 330cm (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 ...

Zao Now!

Saturday 16th February 2019, 7:52am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Zao.

After some clearer weather yesterday, it isn't quite as cold this morning and there are signs of a milder period in the middle of the coming week. Which makes any snow we get today and tomorrow more important... so come on!!

Limited visibility early on particularly in higher elevations.

Just two more weekends left in February - why does winter fly by so quickly - so we're expecting another busy one. Things usually tend to drop off when we get into March.

All areas open and all lifts operating.


Operation info from official sources:

- All lifts operating
- All main courses open

Official snow depths (as reported by resort):

- Summit area: 120cm
- Paradise area: 165cm
- Chuo area: 165cm
- Utopia area: 160cm
- 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 ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Saturday 16th February 2019, 7:55am
Weather conditions: Gas, cloud, snow
New snowfall: 2cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Shiga Kogen.

Very limited visibility this morning and snow is falling. There's just a dusting really so far but we might get some cm out of this if it carries on.

It is still cold, just not as cold as previous mornings.

Tomorrow should be clearer and then sun is due around Monday along with milder still conditions.


Shiga Kogen resort info: Saturday 16th 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 ...

Myoko Now!

Saturday 16th February 2019, 7:57am
Weather conditions: Cloudy with snow
New snowfall: 1cm
Snow depth: --
A pretty gray day out there; a little bit of snow falling and a generally gloomy kind of feeling.

Still good to be out skiing, of course...

Akakura Kanko:
350cm, -3°

Akakura Onsen:
450cm, -1°

Ikenotaira Onsen:
290cm, -2°

Myoko Suginohara:
200cm, -4°

Seki Onsen:
490cm, -6°

Myoko Ski Park:
390cm, 4°

Kyukamura RunRun:
430cm, 0°

Tangram Ski Circus:
280cm, -5°

Madarao Kogen:
350cm, -5°

Lotte Arai Resort
569cm, 1.1°

Kurohime Kogen Snow Park
220cm, -8°

   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Saturday 16th February 2019, 8:15am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 1cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Hakuba.

Recently it has been really very cold in a morning - noticeably less so this morning. Still hovering around 0C at the moment and hopefully it'll stay around there through the day today.

It was cloudy through the day yesterday and here's what the ski resorts are reporting this morning:

Hakuba Cortina: 1cm (base); 1cm (top)
Hakuba Happo-one: 5cm (top of Riesen)
Hakuba Goryu: 0cm (base); 10cm (top)
Hakuba 47: 0cm (base); 5cm (top)

So again, we can expect a modest amount of snow on the slopes with light snow falling this morning and just a dusting on lower base areas.

Looks like there's some very limited visibility early on. Take care out there.


Ski resort information on Saturday 16th 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: 180cm
- Nakiyama: 130cm


Hakuba Goryu

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


Hakuba 47

Official snow depth:
- Top: 290cm
- Base: 140cm


Tsugaike Kogen

Official snow depth:
- Tsuga-no-mori: 300cm
- Han-no-ki: 300cm
- Maruyama: 150m
- Shirakaba: 250cm
- Champion: 160cm
- Oya-no-hara: 160cm
- Kane-no-naru-oka: 165cm


Hakuba Cortina

Official snow depth:
- Top: 295cm
- Base: 190cm


Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field

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


Hakuba Norikura Onsen

Official snow depth:
- 245cm


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 ...

Niseko Now!

Saturday 16th February 2019, 8:23am
Weather conditions: Cloudy, bit of blue sky
New snowfall: 6cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning Niseko fans.

This morning I have measured 6cm to be added to my reports.

There's not much of a wind, earlier light snow has eased off, there is some blue sky to be seen between the clouds. And visibility is pretty good. Oh yes, it's not quite as cold as it has been over the last week or so.

Everywhere should be open as planned this morning.

The forecasts are showing less snow on the horizon over the coming week along with some upcoming milder conditions. Perhaps that is inevitable as we are closer to the end of February than the beginning but... I will resist! (Yeah, I know, that doesn't mean much. Just want to point out that I'm not yet ready to think about potential early signs of spring. See my report archives to see how much snow we usually get in late February and March).

Well, that's about it for this morning. I hope you have a good Saturday.


Niseko Avalanche Report:

Mountain base 6am: -6℃, 10cm snowfall in 24h. Moiwa800m: -6.5℃, NW4.5m/s, development of cornices/snowdrifts have settled. Annupuri1120m: 250cm snow depth, 1100, -8.9℃, calm, 15cm snowfall. Hirafu peak: calm, -12℃. Mizuno no sawa: -7.85℃, 4cm snowfall in 24h, 177cm snow depth, NW6.4-9.6m/s. Weather Station Suttsu: -0.9℃, NNW5.2-9.1m/s, Kutchan: -6℃, S0.9m/s, 188cm snow depth. Benkei cape: NNE9m/s, Kamui cape: NNW6m/s, 1008hPa, 1.2m waves.

Calm morning as a small low-pressure center is sitting right above the area. The cronices/snowdrifts development has settled and the general avalanche risk is low. Foggy conditions above 1000m elevation. All gates are scheduled to open. Listen to the ski patrol’s advice before stepping out of the gates. The wind is forecasted to pick up as the low-pressure moves east. Beware of sudden weather changes.

Avalanche forecast in Niseko emphasizes on the developments of wind-slabs. Drastically developing slabs (snowdrifts) are very unstable and easily triggers a surface slab slide with riding stimulations or falling cornices. Although cornices might look stable, they can collapse anytime and potentially initiate a slide depending on the slope stability underneath it. Cornice drops aren't a good idea.

The snow is still good today. Stay away from valley bottoms and do not traverse across knolls and slopes under cornices.

Have a great day.


Ski resort operation information: Saturday 16th February 2019
Subject to change due to weather conditions

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 370cm
- Base: 170cm

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: 288cm
- Base: 235cm

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: 330cm
- 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 ...

Madarao Now!

Saturday 16th February 2019, 8:38am
Weather conditions: Cloud, fog
New snowfall: 1cm
Snow depth: --

The cloudy and limited visibility conditions are back this morning with snow falling again and just a dusting so far. Not sure we can expect much in terms of cm, but I would be happy to be surprised come tomorrow...

It does not feel as cold this morning and there are signs that in the coming week we are going to be experiencing slightly warmer conditions. (I'm hoping 'slightly').

Anyway it's going to be another busy weekend.


Planned operations for Saturday 16th 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

Tangram Ski Circus info:

All lifts operating
All course areas open

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

Aizu Bandai Now!

Saturday 16th February 2019, 9:11am
Weather conditions: Cloudy some blue skies and light snow
New snowfall: 4cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning.

Light snowfall is falling at the moment (9am) but some blue skies at the same time in places. There is 4cm of fresh snow measured at Grandeco base this morning.

The snow is due to ease off soon with generally cloudy conditions due this afternoon.

The snow is very light and soft. A good day for skiing.

Snow festival tonight in Kita Shiobara; 6pm near Kyukamura Urabandai Hotel.


The photos for today are all from Grandeco.


Nekoma - lift 5/5, course 11/11 open *Closed 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 *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 25/25 open
Inawashiro - lift 8/8, course 18/18 open
Inawashiro resort - lift 3/4 include one gondola, course 7/9 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 ...

Naeba Now!

Saturday 16th February 2019, 9:53am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 2cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Naeba.

Light snow since last night and 2cm of snow on the ground. So nothing major but light snow is forecast for the day. And then we have some fireworks once nighta is finished.

The forecast seems to be showing us milder weather in the coming week with more snow than sun. (It does actually feel a bit milder today, though still fairly cold).

Fancy getting up the hill in a Subaru car? Today and tomorrow there is the "Subaru Gelende Taxi" service happening here in Naeba, from 2pm. Interesting! You won't be able to miss it on the lower base area of the resort and if you can get in there it's free.


Official snow depth:

- 220cm

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
- Lifts operating: Number 3 and 5 high speed lifts and Number 4 romance lift   Read more ...

Appi Kogen Now!

Saturday 16th February 2019, 10:36am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: --
Hello from Appi,

On again off again sunshine this morning with the winds picking up since daybreak. Light snowfall most of the day with warmer than usual temperatures. Sunday looks fairly similar with Monday bringing sunny skies and a warming spell heading our way on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The winds should die down on Sunday night giving us good conditions for a day out on the mountain Monday and Tuesday. We may see another few cm of snow during the week and maybe, just maybe, a few cm of rain.

There’s still a good base up on the mountain and the fresh snow will certainly help those heading out early before it gets chopped up from the weekend crowds.


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 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 ...

Minakami Now!

Saturday 16th February 2019, 12:09pm
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 10cm
Snow depth: --
No new snow down low until it started falling heavily around 6am.

Up top at Tenjin they had 10cm by 8am and it's pretty likely it's really piling up as snow fall at the base is moderate to heavy.

It's snowing lightly in the village now too.

Forecast is for snow showers at Tenjindaira through tomorrow night. The way things are going it could be lots of weekend snow.    Read more ...

Furano Now!

Saturday 16th February 2019, 14:17pm
Weather conditions: Mostly clear
New snowfall: 4cm
Snow depth: --
There was 3cm of new snow at base this morning and around 10cm higher up on the mountain. The day started at -9c but quickly rose up to -3c around midday. The weather has been clear but the upper half of the mountain was shrouded in passing cloud during the morning, but afternoon has been better at the top. With the sun quite strong, sloping roofs have self shed and the footpaths have been sunbaked and are quite slippery.

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 ...

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