Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 5th April 2020

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Sunday 16th February 2020, 7:32am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Nozawa.

It's just cloudy for now but we need to be prepared for some rain at times today. Hopefully not much. Well, hopefully not at all but that is too much to ask for.

It is going to be another very mild day too. Creeping up slightly over 10C at base?

Tomorrow should be a bit colder, and then on Tuesday colder still along with.... fresh snow!


Sunday 16th February 2020

Fresh snowfall recorded by resort since yesterday morning:

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

Official snow depth numbers (reported by resort):

- Yamabiko (1407m): 200cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 140cm
- Hikage (660m): 80cm
- Nagasaka (615m): 60cm
- Karasawa (563m): 35cm

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
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --

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
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
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

Cumulative snowfall:

Natural snow depth:
230cm   Read more ...

Madarao Now!

Sunday 16th February 2020, 8:22am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --

Some grey and threatening looking clouds up there this morning along with the expected warmth. They are threatening rain any time this morning and we can only hope they give us a pass.

We all want more positive news and over in that corner is snowfall forecast to be falling from tomorrow night into Tuesday.


Current operations: Sunday 16th February 2020


- All lifts should be operating
- All main courses open
- All tree run course open apart from Powder Wave
- Official snow depth: 125cm

Tangram Ski Circus:

- All lifts are operating
- Most courses open
- Official snow depth: 90cm   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Sunday 16th February 2020, 8:25am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --

So, there's no fresh cm of snow to report to you again this morning but we should be back to numbers in my next report.

We are still due stormy conditions to roll in and if the forecasts are correct I would expect some lifts to be affected.

It's going to be interesting to see how this next few days shapes up...

For the moment it is a cloudy morning; back to feeling cold and seems calm.

And now, it's time for a quiet and relaxing Sunday. First up, toast! Yum.


Niseko Avalanche Report

Mountain base: -6℃, no snowfall, calm. Moiwa 800m: NNE37°0.3m/s, -9.1℃. Yu no sawa 1000m: NE48°3.8m/s, -11.6℃. Niseko Village 900m: N14°3.2m/s, -10.7℃. Hirafu 1000m: N10°1.3m/s, -11.7℃. Hanazono 720m: W278°1.1m/s, -9.3℃. Benkei cape: SE5m/s, Kamui cape: E3m/s, 1020hPa, 0.7m waves. Annupuri 1000m snow depth 170cm.

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

Niseko Grand Hirafu

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 240cm
- Base: 90cm

All lifts are normally operating EXCEPT:
- Ace Number 1 pair lift (normally rested)
- King Number 2 quad lift (normally rested)

All courses normally open

Lifts scheduled for late operations:
- Ace Family quad until 8:30pm
- Ace Number 2 Center Four quad until 8:20pm
- Hirafu Gondola until 8:10pm
- Holiday Number 1 pair until 8:30pm


Niseko HANAZONO Resort

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 170cm
- Base: 97cm

All lifts are normally operating


Niseko Annupuri

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 170cm
- Base: 100cm

All lifts are normally operating

Lift scheduled for late operations:
- Jumbo Number 1 quad until 8:30pm


Niseko Village

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 190cm
- Base: 110cm

All lifts normally operating EXCEPT:
- Country Road Chair (normally rested)

Lifts scheduled for late operations:
- Annupuri Village Gondola until 8:00pm
- Village Express until 8:00pm
- Banzai Chair until 8:00pm   Read more ...

Yuzawa Now!

Sunday 16th February 2020, 8:31am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Yuzawa.

It is an overcast but fairly bright start to this Sunday morning.

It looks like some rain is coming in from the west, and as expected it is going to be a mild day; there is a pretty high chance of rain overnight tonight.

Tomorrow should see temperatures drop back down a bit and then more colder still come Tuesday when we are still due fresh snow.

Courses are in need of some fresh snow now, so let us all hope that we can get a decent new layer.


It is the second day of the Tokamachi Snow Festival today.

Please see the report from yesterday from for a bit more info on that.


Individual ski resort information: Sunday 16th February 2020
All information checked and updated manually for each report. Subject to change.

GALA Yuzawa

- All courses and lifts are open
- The Ropeway connecting GALA Yuzawa with Yuzawa Kogen is operating
- Official snow depth: 170cm

Ishiuchi Maruyama

- All courses and lifts are open
- Official snow depth: 160cm (upper); 100cm (mid)


- All lifts (apart from Number 1 pair) and all courses (apart from Panorama) are open
- Official snow depth: 100cm

Joetsu Kokusai

- All areas are now open
- Official snow depth: 130cm


- All areas of Kagura are open
- The downhill course will not be open this season
- The Dragondola connecting with Naeba is operating
- Official snow depth: 280cm

Kandatsu Snow Resort

- All lifts are operating
- Official snow depth: 125cm

Maiko Snow Resort

- All the main areas are now open
- Official snow depth: 130cm (upper); 40cm (base)

Muikamachi Hakkaisan

- All lifts are operating and most courses are open
- Official snow depth: 180cm


- 21 of 22 courses open
- Official snow depth: 90cm
- Details on Naeba Now report here

NASPA Ski Garden

- All main courses apart from D are open; all lifts operating
- Official snow depth: 80cm

Yuzawa Kogen

- 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)

Yuzawa Nakazato

- All lifts are operating
- Official snow depth: 90cm

Yuzawa Park

- All lifts are operating
- Official snow depth: 85cm


Photos (below) from around 8:30am on Sunday 16th February 2020:

- Yuzawa Kogen
- NASPA Ski Garden
- Ishiuchi Maruyama (2)
- Route 17/Yuzawa IC exit
- Maiko Snow Resort   Read more ...

Aizu Bandai Now!

Sunday 16th February 2020, 8:33am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --

As expected it's mild again this morning.

Just cloudy at the moment but rain is likely later on unfortunately.

Good news is that we should be seeing some fresh snow starting from tomorrow.


Grandeco Snow Resort:
- 5 (of 5) lifts operating
- 13 (of 13) courses open
- Normal weekend operations
- Official snow depth: 150cm

Hoshino Resort Alts Bandai
- 6 (of 8) lifts operating
- 18 (of 25) courses open
- Official snow depth: 115cm (top); 60cm (mid)

Hoshino Resort Urabandai Nekoma:
- Nekoma is closed on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays in February
- 5 (of 5) lifts operating
- 11 (of 11) courses open
- Official snow depth: 120cm

- 6 (of 9) lifts operating
- 9 (of 18) courses part open
- Official snow depth: 50cm

Listel Ski Fantasia:
- Part open
- Official snow depth: 45cm

- 3 (of 3) lifts operating
- 8 (of 12) courses open
- Official snow depth: 110cm


Photos today:

- Grandeco
- Minowa   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Sunday 16th February 2020, 8:40am
Weather conditions: Thin cloud overcast
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Shiga Kogen.

It was clearer when I got up earlier but there seems to be more thin cloud around now.

There is a decent chance that we are going to get some rain later this morning. Just how much, the forecasts seem to be saying different things...

We should be feeling much colder come tomorrow night when that next snow is still forecast.


All areas and connections at Shiga Kogen are now open (with just a few minor exceptions).


Photos: Kumanoyu and Hasuike Junction


Shiga Kogen resort info: Sunday 16th February 2020

The below information is manually checked.
Official snow depth numbers are as reported by the ski resorts themselves.

- Official snow depth: 180cm

Ichinose Family
- Official snow depth: 180cm

- Official snow depth: 180cm

- Official snow depth: 120cm

Okushiga Kogen
- Official snow depth: 200cm

Takamagahara Mammoth
- Official snow depth: 180cm

- Official snow depth: 180cm

- Official snow depth: 170cm

- Official snow depth: 260cm


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

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

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 ...

Naeba Now!

Sunday 16th February 2020, 8:44am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
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:

- 90cm

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 ...

Zao Now!

Sunday 16th February 2020, 8:45am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --

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

Official snow depths (as reported by resort):

- Summit area: 85cm
- Paradise area: 100cm
- Chuo area: 110cm
- Utopia area: 85cm
- Uwanodai area: 60cm
- Oomori area: 25cm


Night time operations:

** Subject to change. Please check with the resort! **

Nighta in the Uwanodai area is scheduled daily 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 Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through 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 upcoming dates:

February 2020: all days apart from Tuesdays, subject to conditions.

Note: there is an extra charge for this night time Ropeway operation.   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Sunday 16th February 2020, 8:56am
Weather conditions: Cloud and...
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Hello from Hakuba.

It's not great news, I'm afraid. Rain and warmth. It is light for now but it is due to get heavier this afternoon.

As much as we were expecting it, it doesn't stop the feelings that come with it. :(

Fresh snow is needed and we look towards tomorrow night and Tuesday for that to happen.

Here is the data table for today:

The information in this table is data reported by the ski resortsNew snowfall (lower)New snowfall (upper)TOTAL ACCUMULATION (UPPER)
Hakuba 470cm0cm385cm
Hakuba Cortina0cm0cm460cm
Hakuba Goryu0cm0cm417cm
Hakuba Happo-one0cm0cm530cm

IMPORTANT: See below for an explanation of the above data


Individual ski resort information
This information is checked and manually adjusted each morning

Hakuba Happo-one

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

Official snow depth:
- Kurobishi: 190cm
- Usagidaira: 115cm
- Nakiyama: 65cm

Hakuba 47

All lifts apart from the lifts noted below are normally operating:
- Pair Line D (usually only operates when Gondola not operating)

Courses open:
- All main courses now open
- Tree Riding Zones are part open

Official snow depth:
- Top: 190cm
- Base: 60cm

Hakuba Goryu

Operating lifts:
- All lifts are normally operating

Courses open:
- All courses are open now apart from the following:
- Cosmo River
- Straight Whiskey
- Snow Diving
- Adventure

Official snow depth:
- Alps: 200cm
- Toomi: 80cm
- Iimori: 50cm

Tsugaike Kogen

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

Official snow depth:
- Tsuga-no-mori: 170cm
- Maruyama: 40cm
- Kane-no-naru-oka: 40cm

Hakuba Cortina

Official snow depth:
- Top: 145cm
- Base: 75cm

Hakuba Valley Kashimayari

Official snow depth:
- Top: 105cm

Hakuba Norikura Onsen

Official snow depth:
- Top: 100cm

Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field

Official snow depth:
- Top: 100cm

Hakuba Sanosaka

Official snow depth:
- Top: 65cm


Photos today (below):

- Hakuba Happo-one [Usagidaira]
- Hakuba Happo-one [Usagidaira]
- Hakuba Goryu [base 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


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 report   Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Sunday 16th February 2020, 10:24am
Weather conditions: Cloudy with light rain
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
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.


Akakura Kanko:
220cm, 8°C

Akakura Onsen:
290cm, 3°C

Ikenotaira Onsen:
180cm, 3°

Myoko Suginohara:
120cm, 5°

Seki Onsen:
No data on their site

Myoko Ski Park:
140cm, 9°

Kyukamura RunRun:
180cm, 7°

Tangram Ski Circus:
90cm, 2°

Madarao Kogen:
125cm, 10°

Lotte Arai Resort
305cm, 10°

Kurohime Kogen Snow Park
50cm, 3°    Read more ...

Minakami Now!

Sunday 16th February 2020, 13:47pm
Weather conditions: Ovecast
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Nice slushy soft snow at Hodaigi today and weather is overcast with fog above 1400m.

It very lightly rained briefly but generally speaking conditions on piste are pretty good. Soft but fast enough that it's fun.

It's forecast to rain this evening before cooling down and turning to snow later tomorrow. Best case scenario is for pow from Tuesday so time will tell.


Temps are 8am



Normally part open
Note: closed on Tuesdays

All lifts running; all courses open
Official snow depth: 80cm

Tanigawadake Tenjindaira
Official snow depth: 225cm

Minakami Hodaigi
All scheduled lifts running; all courses open
Official snow depth: 110cm

Minakami Kogen Ski Resort
All lifts are running
Official snow depth: 110cm

Norn Minakami
All lifts are running; all courses apart from Course A open
Official snow depth: 100cm

Okutone Snow Park
Number 1 pair A, Number 2 pair B, Number 3 pair B and Number 4 lifts are running
5 of 9 courses are open
Official snow depth: 70cm

White Valley
Mostly open
Official snow depth: 70cm   Read more ...

SnowJapan Daily 'Now' reports

Myoko Now
05th Apr, 10:31am
Naeba Now
05th Apr, 9:01
Hakuba Now
05th Apr, 8:44
Niseko Now
05th Apr, 8:29
Aizu Bandai Now
05th Apr, 8:24
Yuzawa Now
05th Apr, 7:47
Nozawa Onsen Now
05th Apr, 7:42
Geto Kogen Now
05th Apr, 7:29
Zao Now
03rd Apr, 9:51
Shiga Kogen Now
03rd Apr, 8:44
Appi Kogen Now
03rd Apr, 8:28
Minakami Now
03rd Apr, 8:01
Furano Now
03rd Apr, 7:47
Madarao Now
31st Mar, 9:23am
Grandeco Now
06th Dec, 14:16am