All lifts normally operating apart from the following lifts:
- None! All lifts operating
All courses normally open apart from the following courses:
- Kandahar - Hachiman - Mukobayashi - Kamoshika
Nighta until 8:00pm
- Nagasaka Four lift operates during nighta - Every Saturday until 28th March - 23rd February - 20th March - Subject to change Read more ...
Geto Kogen Now!
Sunday 16th February 2020, 7:55am
Slightly colder this morning and just cloudy again. Hopefully there'll be no (shhh) rain today.
A welcome return to colder still conditions is due overnight and tomorrow. Fresh snow please
Official snow depths:
* Top: 265cm * Base: 135cm
Planned operating lift information - subject to change:
* Number 1 Gondola * Number 2 Gondola (operates on weekends and holidays only) * Number 1 pair lift * Number 2 pair lift * Quad lift
Courses & Tree Runs:
* All of the main official courses are available * Rabbit scheduled to be open, subject to change * Check with resort for latest on tree run courses
Nighta skiing operations
* Weekends and holidays from until 24th February 2020 Read more ...
Appi Kogen Now!
Sunday 16th February 2020, 8:02am
Good morning from Appi,
No fresh snow overnight, but the weather is turning today with rain and snow forecast. At present it is cloudy and ominous outside!
Yesterday’s conditions were very similar to the previous day, with hard pistes across the mountain in the morning, softening into slush by the end of the day.
All lifts are operating as normal.
APPI is open with the following lifts normally operating (subject to change):
- Appi Gondola - Central quad lift - Central Number 2 lift - Central Number 3A lift - Central Number 4 lift - Central Number 5 lift - Central Number 6 lift - Nishimori lift - Sailer quad lift - Vista quad lift
- Most normal courses at APPI are open - Dragon tail, Cruise 1, Cruise 2, Bravo, Attack tree run courses are normally open
Snowfall numbers The below numbers are reported by the resort
Cold morning under a high-pressure. The groomers are firm and the out of bounds area condition is not good. An easterly wind is forecasted to pick up above 1000m elevation before noon. Snowdrifts can develop drastically under high winds (20+m/s) and those newly formed snowdrift slabs are extremely unstable and can easily trigger a surface slab slide. Plan you route according to the weather conditions and remain flexible with it. The mountain conditions changes by the hour. Always be prudent. Many cases of injuries because of falls are being reported. Beware of overspeeding and remain in control. All gates are scheduled to open from the morning. Listen to the ski patrol’s advice before stepping out of the gates.
This information is written based on daily observations, meteo and coast guard data, ski patrollers and CAT operators’ reports. The snow will get better eventually. Have a good & safe day.
Ski resort operation information: Saturday 15th February 2020
- All lifts are open - Downhill course closed due to avalanche - The Ropeway connecting Yuzawa Kogen with the Southern Area of GALA Yuzawa is operating - Official snow depth: 150cm (Kogen); 50cm (base)
Originally planned night time operations at the Shiga Kogen ski areas are as follows; subject to change, so please check with the resorts. Note that separate lift tickets are required.
Ichinose Diamond 22nd-23rd February 2020 20th-21st March 2020 Quad lift 6:30pm until 9:00pm
Ichinose Family Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays until 21st March 2020 Number 2 pair B lift 6:30pm until 9:00pm
Kumanoyu Every Saturday until 28th March 2020 23rd February 2020 20th March 2020 Number 1 pair lift 6:30pm until 9:00pm
Takamagahara Mammoth Saturdays until 21st March 2020 23rd February 2020 20th March 2020 Number 2 triple lift 6:30pm until 8:30pm
Sun Valley 22nd-23rd February 2020 Number 1 quad lift 7:00pm until 8:30pm
Yakebitaiyama Every Saturday until 29th February 2020 23rd February 2020 Number 3 high speed lift 6:00pm until 8:00pm
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. Approach Shiga Kogen using Route 292 from the west (Nagano/Nakano/Yamanouchi) Read more ...
Sunday 16th February 2020, 8:44am
Good morning from Naeba.
This mild spell continues - the resort is actually reporting +8C this morning! - with today perhaps being the warmest before things start to get colder again.
Quite windy this morning but lifts are starting the day as planned.
We could really do with fresh snow. It's rather noticeably thin on the ground in some places close to base...
Tuesday should be bringing us that fresh. Lots, please.
The Audi FIX Alpen Ski World Cup 2020 event will be held at Naeba on 22nd and 23rd February.
Official snow depth:
Planned operating lifts:
- Prince Number 1 Gondola - Prince Number 2 Gondola - Takenokodaira romance pair lift - Takenokoyama romance pair lift - Number 4 romance pair lift - Number 3 high speed lift - Number 4 high speed lift - Number 5 high speed lift (open for nighta until 8:30pm) - Hiuchi Number 1 romance pair lift - Dragondola
Courses planned to be open:
- 21 of 22 courses are normally open - Splash Bowl currently not open - The Dragondola is operating to get over to the Tashiro Area of the Kagura resort Read more ...
Sunday 16th February 2020, 8:45am
Cloudy and mild this morning with the chance of rain later on. Please no!!
Things are due to get cool down again from tomorrow with a blast of winter due around Tuesday. Yes please!!
All lifts are now normally operating apart from the following:
- Zao Paradise Number 3 pair - Yokokura Number 2 pair
- All courses are now mostly open; some restricted areas
Operating lifts: - All lifts apart from the lifts noted below are normally operating: - Nakiyama Number 2 pair - Shirakaba Number 1 pair - Shirakaba Number 2 pair - Central pair - Sakka Number 2 pair - Sakka Number 3 triple
Courses open: - All courses apart from the following are at least part open: - Kokusai - Nakiyama Wall/North - Kurobishi off-piste - Omusubi off-piste - Nakiyama South and Shirakaba South base areas are open; others closed - You can also take the Gondola or other lifts back down to base
Operating lifts: - All lifts apart from the lifts noted below are normally operating: - Han-no-ki Number 4 - Tsuga Number 1 pair - Han-no-ki Number 2 pair - Champion quad - Kane-no-naru-oka Skyliner I - Tsugaike Ropeway
Courses open: - All main course areas are open - DBD: All gates closed early morning due to icy conditions
About the data in the above ‘snowfall as reported by ski resorts’ table * The table within the above report contains data that is published by individual ski resorts * The data shown is the amount of snowfall that the ski resorts are themselves reporting each 24 hour period on the upper areas of their mountain * The source ‘new snowfall’ data and ‘total accumulation’ data is not updated at the same time * The ‘new snowfall’ data is updated in the morning * The ‘accumulation’ data is apparently updated/refreshed at midnight * That means that there is a time lag between the two numbers being updated * We manually check and update the data just before we publish each Hakuba Now report - so the data in each Hakuba Now report table is what is available at that time * Any odd-looking numbers are due to the source data. We are not responsible for and have no control over the data. We are simply sharing the data with you * Just to be extra clear, unlike our own ‘observed snowfall’ data from base that we show at the top of each report, the data in the table is not an independent observation by SnowJapan * A more in-depth introduction and explanation can be found in this reportRead more ...
Sunday 16th February 2020, 10:24am
Cloudy with light rain
Running late again, as I continue to find disagreements with my computer (he doesn't want to rise and shine and open the browser; I want a more responsive relationship).
There is very little good to report today, though, with conditions more like late March than mid February.
It is warm. Warmer than yesterday. Sprinkles of rain are falling. We have a pretty steady southwest wind that is eating up the snowpack again. The only positive: the windows that I failed to protect with a few horizontal boards at the beginning of the season are almost free of snow (they were covered after the recent deep falls). Not a drop of diesel was expended in this effort. There is the chance of snow in the coming days, though, so the boards will be put in place this afternoon. We never got around to putting them in, because we never had the November snow that sneaks up on us and reminds us of all the pre-snow preparations we have to get done. (The hydrangeas also did not get bound up this year, so they may be a bit flat come the real spring. Two weeks from now?).
But before that, the freezing level will very shortly plunge from the current 3000 meters to 0 by Tuesday. Yes, this is a season to remember, because everything is new. And weird.