Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 6th May 2019

Geto Kogen Now!

Sunday 18th March 2018, 7:01am
Weather conditions: Clear and sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
We saw it all yesterday (except rain, thankfully) — sunshine, light snow, clouds and a bit of wind. Temps hit tops of -4C on the hill, with light winds, mostly clear skies by the evening. Conditions on the groomers were good in the morning, though with the faux covering of semi-fresh snow it left the ice below a little deceiving...

This morning we’re looking at tops of 5C for the majority of the day with mostly sunny skies in the morning and light winds. Clouds will roll in towards the end of the day with winds picking up, and the temperature dropping slightly.

This temperature hike will actually fair very well for us riding — with the up and down and rain and snow we’ve seen lately, we need some heat from the sun & air to soften the snow a little. By this afternoon, it should be a spring playground out there.

We’re seeing a bit more weather as we look at the 6 day forecast for Geto Kogen now, with some rain expected Thursday and possibly some snow around it here and there. But remember, we can only trust 3 days ahead, if that...

Monday: light early morning rain then mostly cloudy throughout the day, moderate winds & tops of 4C
Tuesday: clear skies, light winds & tops of 0C
Wednesday: mostly sunny with evening snow, light winds & tops of 2C


Official snow depths:

Top: 405cm
Base: 280cm

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Niseko Now!

Sunday 18th March 2018, 7:46am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from here near Hirafu base.

No fresh snowfall to report to you this morning and it is a cloudy/overcast start to the day but wind conditions might well affect top lifts later on today (afternoon?). Keep an eye on the latest if you are planning on being out. (I need to submit my report before info is in this morning).

There seems to be the chance of some fresh snow coming around Tuesday. So that would of course be most welcome.

Have a good Sunday.


Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 5.00am: -3°, no new snow. Moiwa 800m: -5.5°, SSW2.6m/s, no new snow. Annupuri 1150m: -8°, strong NW wind, thick fog, bad visibility. Hirafu peak: -10°, strong winds, no new snow. Coastal data: Benkei Cape: WNW11m/s. Kamui Cape: SSW22m/s, 1019hPa, wave 1.8m.

A low pressure is approaching from the west, the atmospheric pressure gradient is getting steeper and strong SW winds are blowing above 1000m. However below 800m winds are light. Snowmelt will continue as daytime temperatures rise. Gates 2 and 3 openings yet to be decided and are dependant on lift operation. Please listen to the patrols advice. Other gates are expected to be open. The possibility of a massive full depth avalanche is still looming. Do not ride cracked slopes or in the valley bottoms. The mountain is rapidly heading towards spring with repeated freeze thaw cycles.

Niseko rules were established to allow your freedom to ride out of bounds safely. Most rules are straight forward and easily understood, however because this a ski resort certain restrictions are unavoidable.. The rules are meant to be fair to everyone, not discriminating by knowledge, technology or tools. Please understand the basic principle of Niseko Rules and we thank you for your support.


Sunday 18th March 2018

Resort specific information (operations subject to change):

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Niseko HANAZONO Resort

Lifts scheduled to be operating:
- All lifts should be operating as planned (King Number 2 lift not operating)

Official snow depth:
- Top: 485cm
- Base: 210cm

Niseko Annupuri

Lifts scheduled to be operating:
- All lifts should be operating as planned

Official snow depth:
- Top: 440cm
- Base: 200cm

Niseko Village

Lifts scheduled to be operating:
- All lifts should be operating as planned (Country Road Chair lift not operating)

Official snow depth:
- Top: 410cm
- Base: 200cm


Floodlit 'nighta' skiing - until Sunday 18th March

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   Read more ...

Yuzawa Now!

Sunday 18th March 2018, 8:20am
Weather conditions: Fine sunny conditions
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Yuzawa.

It's a lovely morning but cloudier conditions are expected by the end of the day, along with temperatures of around 10C in town.

Slightly cooler conditions are probable tomorrow - as is some rain, I'm afraid. But there is some chance of snow as well by Tuesday, with higher chances especially at higher elevations.

Let's see what we get served this time. Fingers crossed all.


Images today from GALA Yuzawa, NASPA Ski Garden (both from 2:30pm) and an early morning Maiko Snow Resort.


Updated: Sunday 18th March February 2018

Ski resorts in Yuzawa:

Checked and updated every morning. Note that some ski resorts may not have updated their own info at the time this report is published.

GALA Yuzawa
- 250cm

- 135cm

- Kagura area: 300cm
- Mitsumata area: 200cm
- Tashiro area: 250cm

Kandatsu Kogen
- 190cm

- 200cm (base)

NASPA Ski Garden
- 140cm

Yuzawa Kogen
- Top: 180cm
- Base: 100cm

Yuzawa Park
- 120cm

Yuzawa Nakazato
- 140cm


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

Ishiuchi Maruyama
- 150cm

Joetsu Kokusai
- 160cm

Maiko Snow Resort
- Top: 170cm
- Base: 50cm

Muikamachi Hakkaisan
- Closed on Wednesdays until 14th March
- 240cm

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Myoko Now!

Sunday 18th March 2018, 8:25am
Weather conditions: Clear, but with thin high clouds
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Sunny yesterday, but not too warm.

The trees remained white all through the day (looked more like ice than snow up in the branches, but it was pretty!). Not too bad snow off of the piste, too, my contacts tell me. I’ll check for myself this morning.

But we can see the end of the season coming soon; I’ll post closing dates next week, and some predictions, too (can Akakan actually stay open until Golden Week?)

But one last surprise might be coming: national broadcaster NHK says there’s a chance of heavy snow on Wednesday... it ain’t over until it’s over...


Akakura Kanko:
250 cm, 2°

Akakura Onsen:
240cm, -1°

Ikenotaira Onsen:
210cm, -1°

Myoko Suginohara:

Seki Onsen:
400 cm, -2° (yesterday’s report)

Myoko Ski Park:
190 cm, 4°

Kyukamura RunRun:
220 cm, 4°

Lotte Arai Resort:
418cm, 2.1°; Exciter and Discovery closed; about half of the avalanche-controlled areas closed (see website for updates)

Tangram Ski Circus:
150 cm, 0°

Madarao Kogen:
170 cm, 0°

Kurohime Kogen Snow Park:
140cm, -2°    Read more ...

Grandeco Now!

Sunday 18th March 2018, 8:36am
Weather conditions: Clear
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Grandeco.

It is a beautiful Sunday morning here. There are no clouds in the sky, just lovely clear blue skies, a gentle wind, perfectly groomed courses and all lifts are open.

School spring holidays coming in a week, this weekend is not a crowded weekend.

Hope you can enjoy it.


Lifts operating:

- All lifts operating

Courses open:

- All courses open

Official snow depth:
- 260cm

- Grandeco snow and weather forecast
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Furano Now!

Sunday 18th March 2018, 8:41am
Weather conditions: Partly cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
In the village the sun is shining down, and roofs and roads are already starting to melt. Looking up at the resort the sky is mainly blue with a few clouds dotted around. Tree branches are moving significantly enough to indicate that a light to moderate breeze is blowing, but with a temperature of +4c that breeze will be most welcome as a cooling fan. All up it looks like a fantastic spring morning.   Read more ...

Madarao Now!

Sunday 18th March 2018, 9:00am
Weather conditions: Fine and sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Madarao.

A fine day is lined up today with perhaps more cloud later in the day.

In the coming week, the forecast shows the chance of some snow. It is going to be interesting to see if we can get a few nice bonus surprises over the coming week.

Fingers crossed.


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
Free Ride Park

Kids Park

Planned nighta operations this season:

Every Saturday until 24th March 2018   Read more ...

Minakami Now!

Sunday 18th March 2018, 9:10am
Weather conditions: Clear and sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Cool, clear night and now a sunny, coolish morning here at the base of Tanigawadake.

According to the forecast it's supposed to cloud over and hit a high of 4C up at 1500m.

They are calling for light rain tomorrow morning followed by moderate snow.

Let's hope that doesn't change and we get a decent reset.


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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Shiga Kogen Now!

Sunday 18th March 2018, 10:36am
Weather conditions: Sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Hello from Shiga Kogen.

The sun is out this morning.

I'm still looking at the forecast and excited at the prospect of some fresh snow in the coming week.


Today I am starting to post the 'planned closing dates' information for resorts and I'll keep this on the report every day. Basically:

- all ski areas in Shiga Kogen plan to be at least part open until the end of March;
- a bunch of resorts will be open on specific dates (usually weekends and Golden Week) once we get into April;
- the remaining resorts will be open daily until 6th May and beyond that (they will close when there's not enough snow left to ski or board!)

Once we get to the end of March, I will add specific lift operation plans for the ski resorts that remain open during the months of April and May.


Planned closing date information for the ski areas around Shiga Kogen. Note that all are subject to change.

At least part open daily until Sunday 1st April:

Sun Valley
Hoppo Bunadaira

At least part open daily until Sunday 1st April; then open on some days (mostly weekends and Golden Week) until Sunday 6th May:

Takamagahara Mammoth
Ichinose Family
Ichinose Diamond

As least part open daily until 6th May; then part open from 7th May:

Okushiga Kogen
Yokoteyama & Shibutoge

Details of ski lift operations during the months of April and May will be posted by the end of March   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Sunday 18th March 2018, 12:04pm
Weather conditions: Blue sky, some cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Hello from Hakuba and it has been a lovely spring morning here.

A chilly start to the early morning but things have warmed up quickly and right now around lunchtime it is hovering around +10C here in the village.

It has been a beautiful spring morning with more thin cloud gradually developing.

The weather of the last few weeks has of course meant that there has been a lot of snow melt going on around base. The slopes are fine with excellent cover still, though my friend pointed out to me last night how much snow has been disappearing from around town areas. Always sad, but we should be thankful that there's a lot on the mountain and there's still a good 6 weeks left of ski lift operations - all being well.

In fact, the forecast (for the mountains) seems to be looking quite interesting actually for the coming week with the chance of snow. That might be rain down at base. Let's see!


Ski resort information on Sunday 18th March 2018 (at time of writing):

Hakuba Happo-one

Operating lifts:
- All lifts appear to be operating

Courses open:
- All areas open as planned

Official snow depth:
- Kurobishi: 340cm
- Usagidaira: 205cm
- Lower: 60cm


Hakuba Goryu

Operating lifts:
- All lifts should be operation as normal today
- The top Alps Number 2/4 pair lifts are scheduled to be open daily until 18th March

Courses open:
- All courses should be open as normal (apart from Adventure)

Official snow depth:
- Top: 325cm
- Toomi: 120cm
- Iimori: 75cm


Hakuba 47

Operating lifts:
- All lifts should be operation as normal today
- Line D usually operates only when the Gondola is not operating

Courses open:
- All main courses should be available

Official snow depth:
- Top: 310cm
- Base: 120cm


Tsugaike Kogen

Operating lifts:
- All lifts should be operating as normal

Courses open:
- All course areas are open

Official snow depth:
- Tsuga-no-mori: 290cm
- Han-no-ki: 280cm
- Maruyama: 80cm
- Shirakaba: 240cm
- Champion: 100cm
- Oya-no-hara: 110cm
- Kane-no-naru-oka: 95cm


Hakuba Cortina

Operating lifts:
- All lifts should be operating as normal

Courses open:
- Most courses should be open

Official snow depth:
- Top: 265cm
- Base: 145cm


Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field

Operating lifts:
- Should be open as planned

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


Hakuba Norikura Onsen

Operating lifts:
- All lifts apart from Number 1 and 7 should be operating

Official snow depth:
- 125cm


Hakuba Valley Kashimayari

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

Official snow depth:
- 160cm


Hakuba Sanosaka

Operating lifts:
- All three lifts are operating

Official snow depth:
- 110cm   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Sunday 18th March 2018, 12:40pm
Weather conditions: Fine
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Zao.

Fine bright conditions this morning in Zao but by this time tomorrow there might be some rain/snow falling though it doesn't seem destined to continue for too long.

Around Thursday in the coming week is looking interesting - some decent snowfall perhaps?


Lifts and course info:

- All lifts should be moving as planned
- Exceptions are the Diamond Number 1 and Karamatsu lifts which are now closed for the season
- All main areas apart from Karamatsu are open

Official snow depths:

- Summit area: 175cm
- Paradise area: 200cm
- Chuo area: 200cm
- Utopia area: 185cm
- Uwanodai area: 115cm
- Oomori area: 100cm


Zao Onsen forecast:

Zao Onsen 6-day snow and weather forecast   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Sunday 18th March 2018, 14:01pm
Weather conditions: Fine, increasing cloud appearing
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good afternoon from Nozawa.

It has been another fine morning. Quite cold at the start but quickly warming up to around 11C now. The skies were also clearer early on, with more cloud around now. But it is still bright and fine.

Not quite as warm tomorrow but it won't be not cold enough for us to avoid rain -- rain is forecast at base but hopefully turning into snow.

Can March give us a bit of a nice surprise? I think we deserve it, don't you.


Sunday 18th March 2018

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

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

Official snow depth numbers:

- Yamabiko (1407m): 260cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 180cm
- Hikage (660m): 120cm
- Nagasaka (615m): 115cm
- Karasawa (563m): 65cm

Lifts operations:

- All lifts should be open as planned this morning
- The Yunomine pair, Mizunashi triple, Challenge pair and Utopia pair lifts usually rested on weekdays.

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

- Grand Prix
- Hachiman
- Kandahar   Read more ...

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