Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 30th May 2020

Yuzawa Now!

Tuesday 19th December 2017, 7:38am
Weather conditions: Clear blue skies
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Yuzawa.

It's another beautiful morning here with blue skies and sunshine - quite similar to yesterday; there's just a few very small clouds here and there.

Unlike yesterday though, we are expecting clouds later on this afternoon and hopefully some snow. With temperatures being rather mild, I suppose there's a chance it'll be rain before snow (at town level). Hopefully not.

There's not much in terms of potential fresh snowfall through until the weekend by the looks of the forecast as it stands now so it looks like we will have to make do with what we have just for the moment.

Ishiuchi Maruyama plans to be part open from Thursday and NASPA Ski Garden have confirmed that they will be opening as planned on Friday.

In the meantime, Iwappara have also announced that they will open from Friday.


Todays webcam images are GALA Yuzawa and (not open yet) NASPA Ski Garden and Ishiuchi Maruyama.


Currently open in Yuzawa (official snow depths where available):
Tuesday 19th December 2017

GALA Yuzawa
GALA Yuzawa opens for the season from this morning.
6 lifts are operating and 8 courses (Central and Northern Areas) are open. The sledding area is also open.
- 150cm

Almost all of Kagura is open.
- Kagura area: 180cm
- Mitsumata area: 120cm
- Tashiro area: 140cm

Kandatsu Kogen
Kandatsu Kogen is open
- 120cm

Maiko Snow Resort
Maiko Snow Resort is open with the Gondola and two Okusoeji lifts operating and 7 courses in that top area available.
Nighta operations are scheduled to begin from 28th December.
- Top: 120cm
- Base: 60cm

Muica Snow Resort
Muica Snow Resort is open with all lifts operating.
- 100cm

A large part of Naeba is now open.
- Base: 70cm

Yuzawa Park
Yuzawa Park is part open with the Number 7 and Number 1 lifts operating.
- 50cm

Joetsu Kokusai
- 110cm
Joetsu Kokusai is part open from this morning.
The area in front of the main base hotel as well as the lower part of the Atema area are open - 12 courses in total.

Yuzawa Kogen
Yuzawa Kogen is - even the town-level Nunoba Family lift apparently is moving.
- Top: 110cm
- Base: 50cm

Yuzawa Nakazato
- 50cm
The Number 1 high speed lift as well as Number 2 and 3 lifts are operating.
Courses open are the Panorama course, Joyful course and Number 3 romance course.


Other planned opening dates for ski resorts in Yuzawa and Minamiuonuma:

Iwappara is not opening just yet - waiting for more snow.

Thursday 21st December 2017
Ishiuchi Maruyama

Friday 22nd December 2017
NASPA Ski Garden

Saturday 23rd December 2017
Muikamachi Hakkaisan   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Tuesday 19th December 2017, 7:55am
Weather conditions: Sun up top; fog over base areas
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Nozawa.

After that beaut of a day yesterday - in terms of weather and snow conditions - this morning... there's more sun.

Well, up on top anyway. Lower areas are covered in low morning fog but that should clear up soon leaving us with a fine morning.

The forecast promises snow though so fingers crossed and I'll have more to report in my next report.

Beyond that it is looking like we can expect a few days of sunny-cloudy skies into the weekend.


Tuesday 19th December 2017

All lifts operating except the following:

- Mizunashi triple
- Challenge pair
- Utopia pair
- Kandahar pair
- Karasawa pair

All courses now at least part open except the following:

- Challenge 39 wall
- Utopia B
- Mukobayashi
- Karasawa
- Kandahar

Fresh snowfall (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): 175cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 160cm
- Hikage (660m): 110cm
- Nagasaka (615m): 100cm
- Karasawa (563m): 90cm   Read more ...

Geto Kogen Now!

Tuesday 19th December 2017, 7:57am
Weather conditions: Mostly cloudy
New snowfall: 12cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning.

Yesterday it was snow on and off through the day (on in the morning; off in the afternoon; back to on in the evening!)

As a result I have another 12cm to report. So not massive amounts but a decent top up once again and the base continues to build nicely.

Early on this morning was fine, but as this report is being written now there is more cloud appearing and snow is on the forecast once again. We might see a break from the snow for the rest of the week after today - wouldn't be bad to have a day or two of fine and sunny conditions!


Official snow depths:

Top: 200cm
Base: 115cm

Operating lifts:

Number 1 Gondola
Number 2 Gondola
Number 1 pair lift
Number 2 pair lift
Quad lift

All lifts operating

Courses & Tree Runs:

* All main courses open
* Tree Run courses not yet available

Nighta skiing operations are planned at Geto Kogen on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 22nd December 2017 until 25th February 2018.


Welcome to our new Geto Kogen Now daily reports section

Geto Kogen is a ski and snowboard resort in Iwate Prefecture in the northern Tohoku region of Honshu, the main island of Japan. It’s known for heavy snowfalls, quality snow and tree run courses. Hopefully we will be able to bring you some good snowy reports through this season.

For more information on Geto Kogen please check out these pages on SnowJapan:

Resort Spotlight on SnowJapan
Basic resort details on SnowJapan

As with all our daily ‘Now’ reports, the bottom line is that they are independent and honest – they are published by us, not by the resort. The new snowfall number is being measured at the base area of the resort.

This is a brand new section involves people new to the process and so it may take a short while for us all to get used to it all. So please bear with us as we get into the gear!   Read more ...

Furano Now!

Tuesday 19th December 2017, 8:03am
Weather conditions: Overcast
New snowfall: 7cm
Snow depth: --
There is no snow falling now but there is 7cm of new snow on the ground that sneaked in there over night. It is calm in the village but probably a light breeze actually on the resort. It looks to be fully overcast and no sun is managing to break through that cloud barrier. From tomorrow the weather looks good with a cloud and sun mix through until the end of the week.   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Tuesday 19th December 2017, 8:12am
Weather conditions: Cloud cover
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Hakuba.

It was a beautiful day yesterday. Lots of cloud around especially in the afternoon but definitely a feel-good day. I certainly felt good!

This morning there's no fresh snow on the ground to report but the clouds are back and we are expecting snow (apparently it is already snowing at higher elevations).

Hopefully we'll get a decent fresh layer as come tomorrow we are expecting sunshine and clearer skies into the weekend.


The resort-specific information below is updated each morning with available information. Please do keep looking as it is being updated every day.

And, if you haven't yet noticed the Webcam page on the site has had an overhaul:

SnowJapan Webcams


Ski resort opening status on Tuesday 19th December 2017:

Hakuba Happo-one

Operating lifts:
- Gondola Adam
- Alpen quad lift
- Hakuba Riesen quad lift
- Nakiyama Number 3 triple lift
- Panorama pair lift
- Kokusai Number 1 pair lift
- Kokusai Number 3 pair lift
- Kurobishi Number 2 quad lift
- Skyline Number 2 pair lift
- Sakka Kita-one quad lift

Courses open:
- Majority of course areas are now at least part open
- Areas still closed: Riesen Grat, Kurobishi off-piste, Nakiyama Wall, Nakiyama North, Central, Shirakaba North, Kitaone 3.

Official snow depth:
- Kurobishi: 185cm
- Usagidaira: 130cm
- Lower: 65cm

Hakuba Goryu

Operating lifts:
- Goryu Telecabin (gondola)
- Alps Number 1 pair lift
- Alps Number 3 pair lift
- Toomi Number 1 pair lift
- Number 1 high speed pair lift
- Number 6 pair lift

Courses open:
- All courses apart from Soft Cream, Cosmo River, Sunny Way, Straight Whisky, Snow Diving and Adventure are open.

Official snow depth:
- Top: 200cm
- Toomi: 70cm
- Iimori: 40cm

Hakuba 47

Operating lifts:
- Line 8 Gondola
- Line AB pair lift
- Line C quad lift
- Line E high speed pair lift

Courses open:
- All main courses are open; the Tree Riding Zone is not available yet.

Official snow depth:
- Top: 180cm
- Base: 60cm

Tsugaike Kogen

Operating lifts
- Most lifts now operating. Looks like the top part of the Gondola is having some early morning issues.

Courses open:
- All courses areas apart from Champion and Kane-no-naru-oka 2 are now open.

Official snow depth:
- Tsuga-no-mori: 170cm
- Han-no-ki: 170cm
- Maruyama: 50cm
- Shirakaba: 60cm
- Oya-no-hara: 45cm
- Kane-no-naru-oka: 45cm

Hakuba Cortina

Operating lifts
- Number 1 pair lift
- Number 2 quad lift
- Number 4 pair lift

Courses open:
- Ikenota
- Hieda Forest
- Mt Hieda 1
- Mt Hieda 2
- Mt Hieda 3
- Itadaira
- Ipponmatsu

Official snow depth:
- Top: 185cm
- Base: 110cm

Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field

Operating lifts
- Gondola
- View 2
- 4 East
- 5 South

Courses open:
- View C
- View D
- East
- South
- Sunny Valley (part)
- Kometsuga (part)
- Paradise (part)
- by1 (part)
- by2 (part)

Official snow depth:
- Top: 100cm
- Base: 30cm

Hakuba Norikura Onsen

Operating lifts
- Alps Number 1 pair lift
- Alps Number 4 pair lift

Official snow depth:
- 80cm

Hakuba Valley Kashimayari

Operating lifts
- Number 2 pair lift
- Number 3 quad lift
- Number 6 quad lift

Official snow depth:
- 50cm

Hakuba Sanosaka

Operating lifts
- Number 3 quad lift

Official snow depth:
- 50cm   Read more ...

Naeba Now!

Tuesday 19th December 2017, 8:20am
Weather conditions: Sunny day
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from sunny Naeba! It's a beautiful clear day up here in the mountains. It's a chilly start to the day but temperatures will rise as the sun hits the base. The pistes are in fantastic condition and the ski area is very quiet as we still have the early season lift operations in place. Night skiing will be open until 2030 so there is plenty of time to take advantage of the lovely conditions.

The forecast is for the sky to cloud over this afternoon, bringing with it a few centimeters of new snow into the evening and overnight. Tomorrow we are expecting another blue bird day, followed by another potential dusting of new snow into Thursday.

It's another great day to sun cream up and get your shred on!

   Read more ...

Madarao Now!

Tuesday 19th December 2017, 8:23am
Weather conditions: Sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Madarao.

Bit of a wind this morning but lots of sunshine. The mountain looks very inviting.

The snow clouds are due to be moving in though so I am hoping to be able to bring you news of some fresh snow on the ground tomorrow morning.

Still just the two lifts operating; hopefully more action available from this weekend.


Official snow depth:

Operating lifts:

Number 1 lift
Number 2 quad lift

Open courses

Beginners B
Giant (lower)
Pole A

Lower lift ticket prices for opening until 22nd December.

Planned nighta operations this season:

Daily between 29th December 2017 and 3rd January 2018
7th January 2018
11th February 2018
Every Saturday between 4th January and 24th March 2018   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Tuesday 19th December 2017, 8:29am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 35cm
Snow depth: --
A very good morning from Niseko.

I have an impressive 35cm of fresh snow to report to you since yesterday morning.

Avalanche control at Mizuno-no-sawa started yesterday, as mentioned below, and hopefully we will see gates opening at the weekend. It's always exciting and it will be good to get that 'last piece' of the puzzle set up and going.


The snow I am reporting today takes the total haul for this season - observed by me, at base - to over 4m.

Lordy dordy, we really need to try to not get complacent about this. And to really appreciate it as well. Especially after the less spectacular starts we have had in recent years. I certainly hope that the season continues like this, but can it and will it? Obviously we will see as the weeks move on and we get a complete picture of the season.

For now though... sugoi!


I am hearing rumors/rumours that a certain Santa Claus has heard about the snowfall here in Niseko this year, and has decided to take a bit of time off from his main duties to appear on the slopes on 23rd and 24th December. It is unconfirmed if he will be skiing or snowboarding but apparently even as he enjoys himself, he will still have a supply of presents to give to folk.

What a thoroughly decent chap.


Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6.00am: -6°, 30cm new snow, light winds. Moiwa 800m : -9.6°, W4.1m/s(overnight gusting to 15m/s), 40cm new snow, cornice and snowdrift development. Annupuri 1150m: -13°, W8m/s, 50cm new snow, snow depth 1000m- 170cm, increasing. Hirafu 1200m: -13°, light winds, 50cm new snow. Coastal data: Benkei Cape:NW9m/s(2am: 17m/s). Kamui Cape: W10m/s, 1014hPa, wave 1.7m.

The wind pattern hasn't changed and heavy snow continues falling in the Niseko mountains. Grooming machines are having a hard time keeping up with it. The snow is so deep you should take snow shoes if you are snowboarding. From survey and data, on leeward slopes, cornices and knolls, above 800m there is risk of large scale surface avalanches triggered by rider stimulation. Avoid cliffs and steep areas. Snow in the forest is good but too deep.

Mizuno no Sawa avalanche control started yesterday and is expected to open this weekend. Hirafu and Annupuri peak gates are also expected to open at the same time. Please be patient. Poor visibility today due to snow fall. Take care falling into holes or hitting trees. Cracks are hard to see from above. Do not duck ropes. Have a good day.


Tuesday 19th December 2017

What's planned to be open today in Niseko (subject to change):

Niseko Grand Hirafu

Lifts operating:
- Ace Number 3 Pair lift
- Ace Number 2 Center Four quad lift (* nighta)
- Ace Family quad lift (* nighta)
- King Number 3 quad lift
- Hirafu Gondola (* nighta)
- Holiday Number 1 pair lift (* nighta)
- Swinging Monkey
- King Number 4

Niseko HANAZONO Resort

Lifts operating:
- Hanazono Number 1 quad lift
- Hanazono Number 2 quad lift
- Hanazono Number 3 quad lift

Niseko Annupuri Kokusai

Lifts operating:
- Annupuri Gondola
- Jumbo Number 1 quad lift (* nighta)
- Jumbo Number 2 pair lift
- Jumbo Number 4 pair lift
- Dream Number 1 quad lift

Niseko Village

Lifts operating:
- Niseko Gondola
- Banzai Chair
- Community Chair (* nighta)
- Upper Village Gondola (* nighta)
- Village Express (* nighta)
- Wonderland Chair


Official resort snow depths on Tuesday 19th December 2017:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 310cm
Base - 140cm

Niseko Annupuri Kokusai
Top - 170cm
Base - 140cm

Niseko Village
Top - 180cm
Base - 120cm


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 above.
   Read more ...

Appi Kogen Now!

Tuesday 19th December 2017, 8:39am
Weather conditions: Cloudy skies light fog
New snowfall: 12cm
Snow depth: --
Hello from a foggy Appi,

Last night brought a little snow again certainly helping things along nicely. Today may bring another 15+cm with snow forecast on and off all week.

It’s relatively calm right now but the winds may pick up this afternoon into typical Appi blustery conditions.

Limited runs still open unfortunately but expect them all to be open this coming weekend.


Lift operations on Tuesday 18th December 2017 (at time of writing; subject to change):

- APPI Gondola
- Central quad
- Central number 2 lift
- Central number 3 lift A
- Central number 4 lift


Official snow depth:

135cm   Read more ...

Grandeco Now!

Tuesday 19th December 2017, 8:45am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 12cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Grandeco.

Another 12cm of new snow has been recorded and it is cloudy skies at this moment 8:30am.

The temperature is not as low as yesterday and so the snow conditions are slightly more wet this morning. It is probably better to go up to number 3 or 4 lifts area to get the best light snow conditions.

Lift operating information from resorts in the region:

Grandeco: 5 / 5 lifts operating include the gondola.
Nekoma: 3 / 6 lifts operating
Minowa: 2 / 3 lifts operating
Urabandai: This ski hill opens from Friday through Monday except end of the year through new year. It is closed today.


Lifts operating:

- All lifts now operating

Courses open:

- All courses except Center 33 are now open

Official snow depth:
- 110cm

- Grandeco snow and weather forecast   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Tuesday 19th December 2017, 9:02am
Weather conditions: Sunny, partly cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Shiga Kogen.

More sunshine this morning. A bit more thin cloud around than yesterday and the forecast points to clouds and snow later on in the day today and tonight.

All areas are planning to be open from this coming Saturday - though depending on the snowfall there may well still be courses and lifts that are not available.


Areas of Shiga Kogen that are at least part open:

- Okushiga Kogen
- Yakebitaiyama
- Ichinose Yamanokami
- Ichinose Diamond
- Ichinose Family
- Tannenomori
- Takamagahara Mammoth
- Maruike
- Sun Valley
- Kumanoyu
- Yokoteyama
- Shibutoge   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Tuesday 19th December 2017, 9:10am
Weather conditions: Snow clouds
New snowfall: 9cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Zao.

It's snowing!

Hopefully it still will be when I get back from Sendai later today and I can report more tomorrow.


Operating lifts:

- Most areas now at least part open

Official snow depths:

- Summit area: 65cm
- Paradise area: 70cm
- Chuo area: 70cm
- Utopia area: 90cm
- Uwanodai area: 50cm
- Oomori area: 55cm


Zao Onsen forecast:

Zao Onsen 6-day snow and weather forecast

Floodlit night skiing for the 2017-2018 season is planned as follows:

In the Uwanodai area:
Daily from Saturday 23rd December 2017 until Sunday 4th March 2018
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only from Friday 9th March until Sunday 18th March 2018.

In the Yokokura area:
Daily from Saturday 23rd December 2017 until Monday 8th January 2018
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only from Friday 12th January 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:

December 2017: 23rd-24th, 29th-31st
January 2018: 1st-7th, 13th-14th, 20th-21st, 27th-31st
February 2018: every day
March 2018: 1st-4th
   Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Tuesday 19th December 2017, 11:32am
Weather conditions: Overcast with snow
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Sorry web hassles (and a quick ski on some great snow this morning) has kept your reporter from doing his timely duty.

The ski is forgivable. I hope.

And it was really really good out there today. The web... ah, those digital gremlins make life miserable sometimes.

Things look very good out there. The snow is falling again, after a sunny day yesterday. It looks like things could get warmer around the 23rd and 24th—keep an eye on that freezing line. It’s already a little lower than was earlier reported, and that is a good thing.


Akakura Kanko:
170 cm, -3°
Lifts: Myokokogen Sky Cable (gondola); Hotel No. 2, 3, 5; Champion No. 1 and 3

Akakura Onsen:
160cm, -4°
Lifts: Yodel No. 1, No. 3, No. 4 lifts

Ikenotaira Onsen:
90cm, -3°; Shirakaba Capsule, Alpine Blick No. 1 and No.2

Myoko Suginohara:
125cm, -4°; gondola only

Seki Onsen:
80 cm, -5° (old report); open Dec. 22

Myoko Ski Park:
130 cm, 0°

Kyukamura RunRun:
200 cm, 1°

Tangram Ski Circus:
100 cm, -3°; No. 1 pair, No. 3 quad, No. 5 quad, No. 6 pair

Madarao Kogen:
90 cm, -1°; No. 1, No. 2 quad

Read more ...

Minakami Now!

Tuesday 19th December 2017, 13:49pm
Weather conditions: Overcast
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Great weather yesterday continued through this morning but that's in the rear view now and it's snowing again. A few flakes at first, starting around noon, now its somewhere between light and moderate snowfall.

The forecast is this continues through tomorrow early morning before clearing during the day.

The long range forecast is not looking particularly promising right now though small snow is expected for the next couple of evenings with another big system due Dec 26.


Planned opening dates at ski resorts in Minakami - subject to change:

Already (part) open:
Tanigawadake Tenjindaira
Okutone Snow Park
Minakami Hodaigi

Wednesday 20th December 2017:
Minakami Kogen Ski Resort
Norn Minakami

Friday 22nd December 2017:
Tanigawa Onsen White Valley

Saturday 23rd December 2017:
Minakami Kogen Fujiwara

Late December:


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.    Read more ...

SnowJapan Daily 'Now' reports

Shiga Kogen Now
30th May, 10:10
Geto Kogen Now
06th May, 15:13pm
Appi Kogen Now
23rd Apr, 17:30
Furano Now
22nd Apr, 10:12am
Madarao Now
20th Apr, 9:52am
Zao Now
20th Apr, 9:52am
Nozawa Onsen Now
20th Apr, 9:51am
Niseko Now
20th Apr, 9:50am
Naeba Now
20th Apr, 9:49am
Myoko Now
20th Apr, 9:48am
Minakami Now
20th Apr, 9:47am
Hakuba Now
20th Apr, 9:40am
Aizu Bandai Now
20th Apr, 9:38am
Yuzawa Now
20th Apr, 9:37am
Grandeco Now
06th Dec, 14:16am