Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 30th May 2020

Appi Kogen Now!

Thursday 18th January 2018, 7:20am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 3cm
Snow depth: --
Hello from Appi,

Cloudy skies this morning again showing a temperature of zero outside my door. Last night we had a few cm of snow to put a nice thin layer on the slopes. The sun may break through later in the morning and winds will pick up later this afternoon.

Although today is on the warm side the temperatures will start to slide in the afternoon and by tomorrow will be hovering around -6 at the base. No snow in the forecast until Tuesday next week. Lets hope they’re right about it as we could certainly use some fresh powder.

The resort is fairly quite right now so if you’re up and out early this morning you’ll probably have the mountain to yourself.


Planned lift operations (subject to change):

- APPI Gondola
- Central quad
- Central number 2 lift
- Central number 3 lift A
- Central number 5 lift
- Central number 6 lift
- Sailer quad
- Nishimori lift

Note: The Sailer Gondola, Central Number 4 lift and Vista quad are usually rested on normal weekdays


Official snow depth:

190cm   Read more ...

Furano Now!

Thursday 18th January 2018, 7:34am
Weather conditions: Partly cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
It is a very cold start to the morning and right now it is -12c. There will be a wide range to the temperature today and it is going to rapidly warm up to around -1c. There is no new snow to report but we should see at least a brief period of light snowfall within today, and then light snow is forecast for Friday and the weekend continuosly. With no fresh snow overnight the slopes will be compact and fairly fast however we really need a good powder dump to liven things up...its all bit ho hum at the moment.   Read more ...

Geto Kogen Now!

Thursday 18th January 2018, 7:41am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 15cm
Snow depth: --
Good Morning!

Pretty on and off day yesterday, with some low hanging cloud sticking around and messing with the visibility throughout the day. Eventually, it cleared and the snow started falling lightly. Since then, we’ve seen 10cm overnight and 15cm since my last report.

As for today, heading for tops of 1C with partly cloudy conditions and a chance of some light snow here and there. Wind is light but will build to moderate into the evening so rug up as that wind chill is going to get down to -13C.

Enjoy it — doesn’t look like we’re in for any more snowfall until Tuesday.

Friday: snow showers, moderate winds, tops of -3C
Saturday: light snow, light winds, tops of 0C
Sunday: snow showers, light to moderate winds, tops of -3C


Zones open include Summit, Rabbit, Beech & Stream. At this stage Shooter will remain closed until the main gondola is open.

News on Main Gondola:

At this time unfortunately the Main Gondola (Gondola 1) is closed for repair. The resort is working on the repairs, but it will require the next few weeks until it is back in operation. They estimate late January, early February for it to be back in action.


Official snow depths:

Top: 315cm
Base: 230cm

Nighta skiing operations are planned at Geto Kogen on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays until 25th February 2018.   Read more ...

Madarao Now!

Thursday 18th January 2018, 8:02am
Weather conditions: Cloud, thick fog
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Madarao.

It's as thick as some particularly thick soup out there early this morning. Can't see much of anything at all. That will probably improve and leave us with cloudy skies.

Yesterday was mild and wet. This morning it's kind of trying to snow, though still on the wet side and not significant.

It looks like we can expect some clearer skies tomorrow and Saturday. Hopefully back to snow by the end of the weekend and into next week. Hopefully we will see a return to more like normal mid-winter January weather. Keeping an eye on the forecasts...


Official snow depth:

Operating lifts:

Number 1 lift
Number 2 quad lift
Number 3A lift
Super quad lift
Number 11 lift
Number 12 lift
Number 13 lift
Number 15 lift

Powder Wave I
Powder Wave II
Free Ride Park
Powder Theater
Adventure Aisle
Crystal Bowl

Kids Park
Snow Mobile Land

Planned nighta operations this season:

11th February 2018
Every Saturday between 4th January and 24th March 2018   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Thursday 18th January 2018, 8:05am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 12cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Zao.

About 10cm of fresh snow to report this morning which is welcome though right now it's just cloudy.

Take a look at the forecast - decent snow due early next week.

From today a FIS Women's World Cup event will be held at the ski jump hill in Zao.


Lifts and course info:

- All lifts operating (apart from Karamatsu, which is rested on normal weekdays)
- All areas open

Official snow depths:

- Summit area: 135cm
- Paradise area: 150cm
- Chuo area: 150cm
- Utopia area: 160cm
- Uwanodai area: 90cm
- Oomori area: 90cm


Zao Onsen forecast:

Zao Onsen 6-day snow and weather forecast

Floodlit night skiing is planned as follows:

In the Uwanodai area:
Daily until Sunday 4th March 2018
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only from Friday 9th March until Sunday 18th March 2018

In the Yokokura area:
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only until Sunday 18th February 2018
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only from Friday 2nd March until Sunday 11th March 2018

Night time 'light up' sightseeing ropeway is planned for the following dates:

January 2018: 20th-21st, 27th-31st
February 2018: every day
March 2018: 1st-4th   Read more ...

Grandeco Now!

Thursday 18th January 2018, 8:17am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Grandeco.

It was raining yesterday afternoon but the good news after that is that the rain changed into snow in the evening.

5cm of new snow has fallen overnight, and it is still falling on and off this morning.

The snow condition is a little wet due to the relatively warmer temperatures but it should be colder once again from tomorrow.


Lifts operating:

- All lifts operating

Courses open:

- All courses open

Official snow depth:
- 240cm

- Grandeco snow and weather forecast   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Thursday 18th January 2018, 8:24am
Weather conditions: Cloud, fog
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Nozawa.

We're still in the middle of this mild and wet spell, though the good news is that the resort is reporting snow falling on upper slopes (and 3-4cm of fresh up there). It's raining down at base though but will hopefully ease off. The webcam images from upper areas shows very limited visibility.

Mixed weather on the forecast the next few days before some potentially significant snow as we enter early next week.

With the weather since that decent snowfall I reported on Sunday, we could really now be doing with that mountain-wider reset.


Thursday 18th January 2018

Fresh snowfall since yesterday (as reported by the resort):

- Yamabiko (1407m): 3cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 4cm
- Hikage (660m): 0cm
- Nagasaka (615m): 0cm
- Karasawa (563m): 0cm

Official snow depth numbers:

- Yamabiko (1407m): 240cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 185cm
- Hikage (660m): 140cm
- Nagasaka (615m): 130cm
- Karasawa (563m): 100cm

Lifts operations:

- All scheduled lifts should be operating as normal
- The Yunomine pair, Mizunashi triple, Challenge pair and Utopia pair lifts usually rested on weekdays

The following courses either closed (or not fully available):

- Challenge 39
- Grand Prix
- Kamoshika
- Kandahar   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Thursday 18th January 2018, 8:30am
Weather conditions: Cloudy, fog higher up
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Hello and good morning.

No fresh snowfall to report this morning and the day is starting rather calm and overcast. Resorts are reporting thick fog up on higher elevations so limited visibility should be expected this morning so keep that in mind. As of 8:30am the top Jumbo lift at Annupuri is on hold due to the conditions, but other lifts appear to be opening as normal.

Some very light snow falling earlier on but that has stopped for now. Perhaps we will get some snow during the day today, but I wouldn't expect much from it and as it is relatively mild it's not going to be light and dry.

Without the fresh layer, things are tracked out and I would guess that the groomers should be in good condition.

Looking ahead in search of fresh thick blankets of fluffy goodness, the forecast seems to be showing regular snowfall from the weekend onwards and happily a return to colder conditions - particularly from Sunday.



Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6am: 0℃, no snowfall. Moiwa800m: -5.9℃, E3.4m/s, Annupuri 1100m: -8.5℃, S2.7m/s, 92.6% humidity, thick fog. Hirafu 1250m: -9℃, mild wind and thick fog. Coastal data: Benkei cape S2m/s, Kamui cape SSW4m/s, 1014hPa, 1.0m waves.

A high pressure zone is lying in between two low pressure systems. The wind is calm and snowfall is scarce. A thick fog is present above 1100m elevation. Peak gates opening is to be confirmed. Please follow the ski patrol’s instructions. The general avalanche risk is low.

Lift accessible area is pretty much tracked out. A wet snow is forecasted to start falling as the next low pressure system rolls in in the afternoon. The slopes should reset in the net couple of days. The groomers condition is excellent today, perfect conditions to brush up carving skills. Beware of low visibility.

Cracks are starting to form in steep slopes of all elevations. Keep it in mind as they’re difficult to notice from above. Hidden bushes and branches are also lurking under the surface. Be prudent, not overconfident.

Do not enter strictly off limits area to seek fresh snow. Ducking ropes is strictly prohibited by the Niseko Rules. This information is issued to protect the minimum safety and the maximum freedom of all resort users. Please respect the Niseko Rules. New snow will eventually come.


Thursday 18th January 2018

Resort specific information (operations subject to change):

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Niseko HANAZONO Resort

Lifts scheduled to be operating:
- All lifts apart from King Number 2 should be operating
- 'Early Morning' services from 8:00am until 8:20am (Ace Number 2 Center Four quad lift). Until 28th January. 500 yen special ticket required.

Official snow depth:
- Top: 360cm
- Base: 160cm

Niseko Annupuri Kokusai

Lifts scheduled to be operating:
- All lifts are generally operating
** The top Jumbo Number 4 lift is on hold at the start of the day due to weather conditions

Official snow depth:
- Top: 280cm
- Base: 170cm

Niseko Village

Lifts scheduled to be operating:
- All lifts apart from the Country Road Chair lift should be operating
- 'Early Gondola' service from 7:30am until 8:30am (Niseko Gondola). January 20th-21st, 27th-28th; February 3rd-4th. 1,400 yen special ticket required.

Official snow depth:
- Top: 270cm
- Base: 180cm


Floodlit 'nighta' skiing:

Night skiing is planned for every evening at the Niseko Grand Hirafu, Niseko Village and Niseko Annupuri areas. There is no nighta at the Niseko HANAZONO area. Ski lifts that are scheduled to be operating for nighta are noted below (subject to change):

* Niseko Grand Hirafu - Ace Family quad, Ace Number 2 quad, Hirafu Gondola, Holiday Number 1 pair
* Niseko Annupuri - Jumbo Number 1 quad lift
* Niseko Village - Village Express, Upper Village Gondola, Community Chair, Banzai Chair   Read more ...

Naeba Now!

Thursday 18th January 2018, 8:31am
Weather conditions: Foggy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning!

It's another damp morning in Naeba today. There are low clouds swirling about the peaks, but occasionally patches of brighter light cast onto the pistes, perhaps suggesting we can hope for this rain to clear into the afternoon. It rained heavily last night, consolidating the snowpack even further and creating a slippery surface layer of dense, moist snow. Fortunately, this is still glassy enough to produce some quick skiing conditions, despite the air temperature being above 0°C.

Looking forward, we should expect this warm weather system to clear out over the next 24 hours, perhaps even leaving us a little snow before it goes. Temperatures will be hovering around 0°C overnight tonight, before dropping below 0°C tomorrow evening. For most of the week, we should expect lighter winds and overall calm conditions, with a mix of sun and cloud. Monday is the day to keep our eyes on for now, with winds picking up and blowing in a fruitful cold and moist weather system. The heaviest snow is currently forecast for Monday night.

Shimetta!   Read more ...

Yuzawa Now!

Thursday 18th January 2018, 8:37am
Weather conditions: Grey clouds
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Yuzawa.

Yesterday could have been much worse as the rain held off at times, though it was with us on and off - with some heavier rain heard on the roof late night.

Temperatures shouldn't be as high as they were yesterday, though still in positive numbers with a high of around 5C expected this afternoon.

You might notice the official snow depths mostly being reduced by the resorts as well. Snow cover isn't an issue though... more important is a layer of fresh snowfall. This morning I notice that Kagura are reporting up to 3cm of fresh snow and light snow falling early on, though there's none to report down in town.

When can we expect that fresh layer of snow? Well, if the forecasts are right perhaps it will be around Monday when that next wave of snow clouds delivers anything significant. Before then, a mixed up line up of sun, cloud and possible rain and/or snow showers is forecasted.


Images today from GALA Yuzawa, NASPA Ski Garden and Yuzawa IC exit (Route 17).


Updated: Thursday 18th January 2018

Ski resorts in Yuzawa:

GALA Yuzawa
- 220cm

- 140cm

- Kagura area: 310cm
- Mitsumata area: 210cm
- Tashiro area: 260cm

Kandatsu Kogen
- 185cm

- 220cm (base)

NASPA Ski Garden
- 155cm

Yuzawa Kogen
- Top: 190cm
- Base: 130cm

Yuzawa Park
- 120cm

Yuzawa Nakazato
- 130cm


Ski resorts in Minamiuonuma (just to the north of Yuzawa):

Ishiuchi Maruyama
- 170cm

Joetsu Kokusai
- 170cm

Maiko Snow Resort
- Top: 180cm
- Base: 90cm

Muikamachi Hakkaisan
- Closed on Wednesdays between 10th January and 14th March (!)
- 250cm   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Thursday 18th January 2018, 8:40am
Weather conditions: Cloudy, fog
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Hakuba.

I'm glad we got yesterday out of the way. It wasn't the best. While some snow was falling up in higher elevations earlier in the morning, it turned into rain. Still, let's try to get something positive out of it and think how that is preparing the snow for the upcoming spring season. (Though really I don't want to be thinking about anything 'spring' right now because it's only mid-January).

This morning is starting with generally cloudy conditions with some spots of light rain. Webcams also show some very limited visibility on the mountains - fog?

It is another fairly mild morning though so keeping all that in mind I would expect some spring-like conditions. There's that word again. Next time I mention it, it'll be March... honest! ;)

I just took a look at the forecast and I am happy to see some potentially really good snow coming through at the start of next week. It's looking good. Bring it on!

With that to look forward to, I'm going to get myself out there and do what I can to enjoy what we got this morning. A good workout ahead.


Ski resort information on Thursday 18th January 2018 (at time of writing):

Hakuba Happo-one

Operating lifts:
- All lifts operating as planned - though some upper lifts affected by weather early morning

Courses open:
- All course are now open

Official snow depth:
- Kurobishi: 345cm
- Usagidaira: 160cm
- Lower: 85cm


Hakuba Goryu

Operating lifts:
- All lifts operating as planned (Alps Number 2 and 4 lifts usually operate on weekends only)

Courses open:
- All courses are open apart from Adventure

Official snow depth:
- Top: 290cm
- Toomi: 105cm
- Iimori: 50cm


Hakuba 47

Operating lifts:
- All lifts operating as planned (Line D usually operates only when the Gondola is closed)

Courses open:
- All courses available apart from lower part of R-7 due to avalanche risk. Beginners recommended to take the Gondola back down to base.

Official snow depth:
- Top: 250cm
- Base: 75cm


Tsugaike Kogen

Operating lifts:
- Most lifts are operating as planned

Courses open:
- All course areas are open apart from some parts of Sawa-one and Kane-no-naru-oka Number 2

Official snow depth:
- Tsuga-no-mori: 265cm
- Han-no-ki: 265cm
- Maruyama: 100cm
- Shirakaba: 220cm
- Champion: 110cm
- Oya-no-hara: 110cm
- Kane-no-naru-oka: 100cm


Hakuba Cortina

Operating lifts:
- All lifts apart from Number 5 are operating

Courses open:
- A number of courses closed today - check with resort for latest info

Official snow depth:
- Top: 260cm
- Base: 160cm


Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field

Operating lifts:
- Most lifts are operating with most courses open

Official snow depth:
- Top: 180cm
- Base: 100cm


Hakuba Norikura Onsen

Operating lifts:
- All lifts apart from Alps Number 7 and 10 are operating

Official snow depth:
- 235cm


Hakuba Valley Kashimayari

Operating lifts:
- All lifts apart from Number 8 and 10 are operating

Official snow depth:
- 140cm


Hakuba Sanosaka

Operating lifts:
- All three lifts are operating

Official snow depth:
- 110cm


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 5pm until 9pm in the Nakiyama 2 area
Adults - 2,000 yen; children - 1,200 yen

Hakuba Goryu
Daily from 6pm 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 - 1,900 yen; children - 850 yen

Hakuba Cortina
Daily from 5pm until 8pm (until 9pm on Saturdays)
Adults - 1,500 yen; children - 1,000 yen

Tsugaike Kogen
Kane-no-naru-oka area from 6pm until 8:50pm on 3rd, 10th, 11th February
Karamatsu Shirakaba area from 6pm until 9pm on 20th, 27th January; 10th, 11th, 17th February; 3rd, 10th March
Adults - 2,200 yen; children - 1,700 yen

There are no other nighta operations at other ski resorts in the region
   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Thursday 18th January 2018, 9:19am
Weather conditions: Cloud, bit of sun...
New snowfall: 1cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Shiga Kogen.

A mix of weather yesterday that included that rain. It is not something that we expect here in January.

Anyway, there's a little snowfall to report to you this morning - just 2cm - and it is actually snowing right now as I write this here in the Hasuike area. But visibility is good and there's also a bit of sun shining through the clouds. So a mix of conditions this morning.

We should be enjoying a return to proper mid-winter conditions early next week.


Official snow depths numbers reported by different areas of Shiga Kogen:

Please note that these numbers are the official numbers that ski resorts publish and we check and update them each morning.



Ichinose Family

Ichinose Diamond




Okushiga Kogen

Sun Valley

Takamagahara Mammoth



180cm   Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Thursday 18th January 2018, 10:42am
Weather conditions: Sun trying to peek out now, but clouds/fog likely
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Was really trying to turn to snow there around 8 am; it’s probably snowing up high, but right now that really wet stuff keeps coming down from the sky.

The freezing line (the level of 0°C) is once again going up to near the top of the ski areas, but then it should come down (please come down! Oh, please come down!).

Snow is on the menu for the coming days, so we remain hopeful. And it can seem like the end of all goodness when rain falls in January, but there’s still a lot of winter ahead of us. More powder turns. More grins and hooting.

Just not today.


Akakura Kanko:
240 cm,- 1°

Akakura Onsen:
265cm, 0°

Ikenotaira Onsen:
200cm, 0°

Myoko Suginohara:
160cm, -4°

Seki Onsen:
330 cm, -1°

Myoko Ski Park:
180 cm, 3°

Kyukamura RunRun:
240 cm, 1° (yesterday’s report)

Tangram Ski Circus:
190 cm, 1°

Madarao Kogen:
170 cm, -1°

Read more ...

Minakami Now!

Thursday 18th January 2018, 11:00am
Weather conditions: Clearing
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Was sure we were going to dodge the rain yesterday and it was still at bay until around noon but during the afternoon it rained in the valleys and quite a bit. Heard from a guy who skinned up the cat track at Tenjin that it was wet snow up top. Warm though and the sort of conditions that get your gear soaked. Last night temps dipped and it may well have snowed but winds were strong.

The weather has settled now and it's clearing up. Temps are just above zero in the valley and just below at 1300m

A run around town saw a pretty thin snow pack at Okutone but the pistes are still in good shape. Hodaigi doing better and there is a still a nearly 2m base at Tenjin and over a meter in my backyard which is close to the base.

Small snow forecast tonight which can mean big snow here however in this case the base is potentially looking at some rain too. Unlikely to be the reset we need and there is no significant weather expected till Monday when the reset could well be on.

Some snow is forecast at Tenjin this evening.


Ski resorts in Minakami:

Minakami Hodaigi
Minakami Kogen Fujiwara
Minakami Kogen Ski Resort
Norn Minakami
Okutone Snow Park
Tanigawadake Tenjindaira
Tanigawa Onsen White Valley


Resort Spotlights with more detail:

Norn Minakami
Okutone Snow Park


Please note that the snowfall numbers posted in this report will be observed from close to the base Tenjindaira Ropeway station - which is often much more than in the central town area of Minakami.

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