Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 26th May 2019

Geto Kogen Now!

Sunday 17th February 2019, 7:38am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 18cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Geto.

Not so cold again this morning though still under zero and there's 18cm of fresh snow to report at base. Light snow currently falling though likely to ease off with possibly clearer weather tomorrow.

Looks like Japan is going to experience some milder conditions over the coming week. Not too much please. We want winter to remain!


Official snow depths:

* Top: 435cm
* Base: 305cm

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 ...

Aizu Bandai Now!

Sunday 17th February 2019, 8:03am
Weather conditions: Cloudy, blue skies
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning.

There's cloud and blue skies above the region on this Sunday morning.

According to the forecast, it should be a cloudy day today and we shouldn't be expecting any new snowfall. It is keeping cold though and the snow conditions should generally be nice and soft and light with the best conditions found on the upper area of Nekoma and Grandeco today.

It doesn't seem too busy for a weekend.


The photos for today are from Nekoma (first two) and 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 4/4 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 ...

Myoko Now!

Sunday 17th February 2019, 8:13am
Weather conditions: Cloudy with snow
New snowfall: 23cm
Snow depth: --
Nice snow yesterday: perfect snowflakes, falling gently in the morning.

A nice, light coating of 23cm on top of the considerable base we now have built up, so things are jsut about perfect.

Especially if it clears up later as looks likely.

Expect some warmer conditions around mid-week.

Akakura Kanko:
350cm, -6°

Akakura Onsen:
450cm, -1°

Ikenotaira Onsen:
290cm, -5°

Myoko Suginohara:
205cm, -10° (top)

Seki Onsen:
490cm, -5°

Myoko Ski Park:
400cm, 2°

Kyukamura RunRun:
430cm, -3°

Tangram Ski Circus:
270cm, -2°

Madarao Kogen:
340cm, -4°

Lotte Arai Resort
577cm, -2.2°

Kurohime Kogen Snow Park
220cm, -2°

   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Sunday 17th February 2019, 8:31am
Weather conditions: Cloudy, overcast
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Niseko.

Shock, horror... no cm of fresh snow to report this morning. Doh!

Yesterday we got to enjoy some nice clearer blue skies and sunshine too. It's back to cloudy-overcast this morning.

Looks like the top lifts are on hold at the start of the day due to fairly blowy winds up there. Details below.

Sun is expected tomorrow and actually seems like it going to be a regular feature in the coming week. We should get used to and accept that we can't be expecting much in terms of fresh snow over the coming week or so... so let's just enjoy it and think of any surprise delivery as a bonus.


Niseko Avalanche Report:

Mountain base 6am: no snowfall. Moiwa 800m: -7.8℃, SSW7.13m/s, no snowfall. Annupuri1120m: 250cm snow depth, -10.8℃, WSW7.5m/s. Hirafu 1000m: -10.5℃, NE3.5m/s. Mizuno no Sawa: -9.36℃, 0cm snowfall, W6.1-10.8m/s. Kutchan weather station: -2.5℃, 0cm snowfall, 180cm snow depth. Benkei cape: NW14m/s, Kamui cape WSW10m/s, 1006hPa, 2.1m waves.

Although scientists have denied weather based avalanche forecast for a long time, the forecast in Niseko emphasizes mainly in accidents prevention, not the mechanical aspects of avalanche occurrences and have been observing the weather transition as the main hazard evaluation. Surface slab avalanches slides from weak layers, and those weak layers forms mainly due to large temperature clines. The temperature change in Niseko during winter is small and weak layer evaluation is difficult. Most accidents occur during bad weather. If people venturing into the mountains pay attention to the danger of the snowdrifts development during storms, and avoid being in leeward slopes/valleys during and just after storms, then many of the accidents could be avoided.

A thin hoar layer (Feb 16th) formed due to yesterday noon warm air-flow, however the general avalanche risk is low as no new snow has fallen on top of it. All gates are scheduled to open from the morning. Listen to the ski patrol’s instructions before going out of the gates. Sun affected slabs are forming in south facing strictly off-limits Haru no Taki area and avalanches hazard from deeper weak layers should be considered. There is no avalanche control done in Haru no Taki. The wind is forecasted to pick up in the morning. Have a good day.


Ski resort operation information: Sunday 17th February 2019
Subject to change due to weather conditions

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 370cm
- Base: 165cm

Ski lifts operating:
- The top Ace and King Number 4 lifts are on hold at the start of the day
- 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: 280cm
- Base: 220cm

Ski lifts operating:
- All three lifts appear to be operating 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: 180cm

Ski lifts operating:
- The top Jumbo 4 lift is on hold 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: 330cm
- Base: 180cm

Ski lifts operating:
- The top Wonderland Chair is on hold at the start of the day
- 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 ...

Yuzawa Now!

Sunday 17th February 2019, 8:44am
Weather conditions: Snow cloud
New snowfall: 17cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Yuzawa.

Light snow through the day yesterday and there wasn't so much in terms of cm on the ground but this morning we just cleared away 17cm which was good to see. It is still snowing now and light snow is forecast for the day, with a chance it might stop sometime before late afternoon.

Kagura are reporting about 25cm and Maiko Snow Resort are reporting 15-20cm of fresh snowfall. (Just to explain once again; the reason why we mention the fresh snowfall being reported by those two ski resorts is simply because they put those numbers out in a morning. And good on them, I say. If other ski resorts put those numbers out into the world, we'd mention them too!)

Sunshine is currently forecast for tomorrow and as we approach mid week some warmer conditions are likely. Temps may even get into double digits around Tuesday and Wednesday which won't be great for the snow. Let's hope it's a blip and we can get back to winter by the end of February... keep an eye on that.


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


Updated: 8:45am, Sunday 17th 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
- 330cm (official snow depth)

- 245cm (official snow depth)

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

Kandatsu Kogen
- 270cm (official snow depth)

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

NASPA Ski Garden
- 295cm (official snow depth)

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

Yuzawa Park
- 240cm (official snow depth)

Yuzawa Nakazato
- 220cm (official snow depth)


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

Ishiuchi Maruyama
- Top: 300cm (official snow depth)
- Base: 220cm (official snow depth)

Joetsu Kokusai
- 320cm (official snow depth)

Maiko Snow Resort
- Top: 340cm (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 ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Sunday 17th February 2019, 8:48am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 9cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Nozawa.

About 10cm of fresh snowfall to report to you this morning with the resort reporting just a bit more than that up top since yesterday.

Light snow is falling this morning - fairly decent visibility lower down, a bit more restricted on the upper areas.

OK so sunshine is expected tomorrow along with milder conditions, but warmer still is forecast for around Tuesday and Wednesday. I'm hoping not too much, but there's definitely at least a bit of a warm bump ahead in the coming week. Let's just hope that it is just a bump.


Sunday 17th February 2019

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

- Yamabiko (1407m): 10cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 13cm
- Hikage (660m): 10cm
- Nagasaka (615m): 10cm
- Karasawa (563m): 10cm

Official snow depth numbers (reported by resort):

- Yamabiko (1407m): 320cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 295cm
- Hikage (660m): 200cm
- Nagasaka (615m): 190cm
- 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
- Kamoshika (part)
- 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 ...

Madarao Now!

Sunday 17th February 2019, 8:49am
Weather conditions: Cloud, fog
New snowfall: 7cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning.

Cloudy with fog this morning and 7cm of fresh snow to report (the resort itself is reporting 5cm this morning). Hopefully visibility will improve as the morning goes on and we might see clearer skies. Definitely a good chance of that tomorrow and as mentioned in other reports we are expecting warmer conditions in the region over the coming week. Especially around Tuesday and Wednesday. Fingers crossed it doesn't warm up too much. Keeping cold is important when that sun comes out to protect the snow we have.


Planned operations for Sunday 17th 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 ...

Hakuba Now!

Sunday 17th February 2019, 9:02am
Weather conditions: Cloud, increasing blue sky and sun
New snowfall: 1cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Hakuba.

And here's the new snowfall that I can find being reported by ski resorts this morning:

Hakuba Happo-one: 15cm (top of Riesen lift)
Hakuba Cortina: 5cm (base); 15cm (top)
Hakuba Goryu: 0cm (base); 5cm (top)

And just a little bit down below so I'd head up to hit that fresh on the upper slopes.

Lots of cloud around early on but blue sky and sun has been appearing places and it feels like we'll get more of that as the day goes on.

No-one could truthfully claim that this season has been 'classic' in terms of the amount of snowfall in this region, and we are all ever-hopeful for decent dumps of fresh snow. It's not looking like we are going to be able to celebrate that scenario over the coming week though. If anything, it is looking like the whole wider region is going to be warming up a bit with more sun than snow either side of Tuesday and Wednesday - when there's a good chance of some rain. Hmmmmm. Damn, I so don't want to have to report that kind of thing. :(

Anyhow. Swiftly recovering my mood, it's pretty cold this morning and so I'm going to go and enjoy the nice morning conditions. :)

Have a fun Sunday.


Photos today from Happo-one, Hakuba 47 and Hakuba Iwatake.


Ski resort information on Sunday 17th 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: 290cm
- Usagidaira: 170cm
- Nakiyama: 130cm


Hakuba Goryu

Official snow depth:
- Top: 295cm
- Toomi: 155cm
- Iimori: 110cm


Hakuba 47

Official snow depth:
- Top: 295cm
- Base: 145cm


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: 155cm


Hakuba Cortina

Official snow depth:
- Top: 310cm
- 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 ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Sunday 17th February 2019, 9:09am
Weather conditions: Cloud, sun
New snowfall: 6cm
Snow depth: --

Lots of cloud. Some sun. Bit of fresh snow on the ground since report yesterday. Varied weather early on this morning. I am guessing the sun might win through today. It's cold though so conditions should be very nice this morning.

Warmer conditions are ahead. Look to around mid-week for that. Everyone hopes not too much. With us being good and high up here in Shiga Kogen, we can often escape mid-season warmth and wet that places lower down can get. Just how this coming week will pan out... we'll just have to wait and see. Fingers crossed everyone.


Shiga Kogen resort info: Sunday 17th 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 ...

Minakami Now!

Sunday 17th February 2019, 10:05am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 45cm
Snow depth: --
It snowed a lot here over the past 24 hours. I cleared 15cm from my car park yesterday afternoon and another 45cm this morning. Had a day off from riding yesterday but the word was that the 10cm that was recorded up on Tenjin during the morning, provided a full reset. Then it snowed heavily all day. Last runs were apparently the best of the day.

It's still snowing here at nearly 11am this morning but lightly and the sun is poking out from between clouds down in the valley. Not sure tenjin will open their cat track today. They have recorded 45cm up top but they measure from the least snowy place and it will be at least 1m up on the ridges. Snow showers are forecast all day here and Monday and Tuesday are set to be blue skies.

Potential for some rain Tuesday evening. Lets hope we dodge that bullet. It's been lurking on the forecast for a while but given it's 2 days out now, there is a chance it's really coming.   Read more ...

Furano Now!

Sunday 17th February 2019, 11:30am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 8cm
Snow depth: --
It is snowing moderately with large flakes coming down. Looking at my thermometer it is showing +1c, and that warmth is evidenced by the fresh snow on the cars going to water and the sound of drips coming off roofs. Despite the warm temperature the snow is still surprisingly light and there has been a respectable 8cm of accumulation so far. Looking up at the mountain visibility does not look good, but there will be plenty of fresh snow to enjoy as long as you can see where you are going.

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 ...

Naeba Now!

Sunday 17th February 2019, 12:32pm
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 18cm
Snow depth: --
Apologies for the late report.

18cm to add to the report today and a cold morning but it might get fairly mild during the day. And there's mild weather on the way in the coming week.


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 5 high speed lift   Read more ...

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06th May, 9:33am
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