Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 30th May 2020

Furano Now!

Thursday 19th December 2019, 7:15am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 4cm
Snow depth: --
It looks like the warm weather has passed and we are back into the cold winter. Yesterday there was some light snowfall that amounted to 4cm. Today is cloudy and probably there will be no snow during the day, but Friday should bring in more of the white stuff. The lower slopes of Kitanomine were looking very patchy yesterday morning, a victim of the warm wether. Signage and fencing has been erected for the Kitanomine quad lift and I would take this as a sign that opening is very close.

Open courses:


Kitanomine Zone: Closed
Furano Zone: Open   Read more ...

Geto Kogen Now!

Thursday 19th December 2019, 7:35am
Weather conditions: Cloud, blue sky
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Geto.

Some blue sky, some cloud this morning. No fresh snow but it feels cold outside.

I am looking at the forecast for the coming week and it does look better than it has. Is that some heavier snow due around the time Santa-san is expected to be bringing us some presents? :)

Before then there is some light snow forecast for tomorrow too and perhaps Saturday.

Come on, let's have it!

All main courses remain open. Tree run courses are not yet open.


Official snow depths:

* Top: 113cm
* Base: 30cm

Planned operating lifts - subject to change:

* Number 1 Gondola
* Number 1 pair lift
* Quad

Courses & Tree Runs - subject to change:

* All of the main official courses are available
* All tree runs not yet open for the season

Nighta skiing operations

* Weekends and holidays from 21st December 2019 until 24th February 2020   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Thursday 19th December 2019, 7:45am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Nozawa.

This morning it is mostly just cloudy and still relatively mild, though less so than it has been - and tomorrow should be colder again.

It looks like there has been some snowfall up top since yesterday; but just a bit.

I am really liking the look of that 'heavy snow' lined up on the forecast as it currently stands for early next week.

Early next week is showing the most promise but there's a chance of snow tomorrow too.


In my report tomorrow, I will bring you exciting news on the brand new Nagasaka Gondola lift that is due to open at Nozawa Onsen next season.


Nozawa Onsen 6 day forecast


Webcam still images below from 7:40am, Thursday 19th December 2019:

- Yamabiko (1615m)
- Uenotaira (1407m)
- Paradise (1230m)
- Hikage (660m)
- Nagasaka (616m)
- Karasawa (563m)

Nozawa Onsen will open as soon as there is enough snow.   Read more ...

Madarao Now!

Thursday 19th December 2019, 7:52am
Weather conditions: Thin cloud, fine
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Sorry for my missed report yesterday. It wasn't in protest at the rain, honest! ;)

This morning we have some cloud and blue sky above our beautiful mountain. It is a fine morning. Though as you can see on the image below, the mountain is looking rather bare right now.

There might be some snow falling tomorrow but beyond that, there does look like something good/exciting brewing for the first part of next week. Fingers crossed everyone.

Both Madarao and Tangram will open as soon as there is enough snow.


Photo images below:

- Madarao
- Tangram Ski Circus



6 day snow and weather forecast for Madarao


Planned opening dates:

Both Madarao and Tangram Ski Circus will open as soon as there is enough snow   Read more ...

Naeba Now!

Thursday 19th December 2019, 8:02am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Naeba.

It's mostly cloudy at the moment but feels like it might get clearer and brighter.

It is not as mild this morning and tomorrow should be a bit colder still, with some snow due too. There's snow due around Sunday and early week too... that in particular is looking quite promising. So let's hope that it happens.

Just one thing I haven't mentioned in the report yet. There's a sledding area open at the base of the top Takenokodaira area - if you just want to use that a return Gondola ticket is required.

For skiing and snowboarding, that top Takenokodaira slope and the lower slopes between the operating Number 4 and Number 5 lifts are open.


Official snow depth:

- 30cm

Planned operating lifts:

- Prince Number 2 Gondola
- Takenokodaira pair lift
- Number 4 romance pair lift
- Number 5 high speed lift

Courses planned to be open:

- Lower base course area between Number 4 and 5 lifts
- Upper Takenokodaira course (you need to get the Gondola back down to base)   Read more ...

Appi Kogen Now!

Thursday 19th December 2019, 8:05am
Weather conditions: Lots of cloud, some blue sky
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Hello and good morning from APPI.

There's not a whole lot to report this morning.

There is some cloud around and some blue sky. It is around -2C.

The resort is open with 9 courses available and 5 lifts operating including the Gondola - they keep on adding a bit more which is really good to see. Gambatte-imasu!

Forecast is looking increasingly promising which is also good news...


APPI is part open:

- Central quad lift
- Appi Gondola
- Central Number 2 lift
- Central Number 3 lift
- Central Number 5 lift

- Shirakaba course between Hayabusa Number 2 Number 3 lift area
- Ootaka Course by Number 2 lift
- Sailer Long - Sekirei Course
- Kakesu Course by Number 2 lift
- Kakkou Course
- Karugamo Course

APPI 6 day snow and weather forecast   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Thursday 19th December 2019, 8:30am
Weather conditions: Cloud...
New snowfall: 6cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Niseko.

I am feeling rather better and more chirpy this morning.

There isn't a huge amount of snowfall to report to you - I have measured 6cm outside on the ground - but it is feeling colder. I am guessing that there might be 10cm or so of fresh at higher elevations, so perhaps worth investigating even if not deep yet.

The forecast is also looking much more Niseko-like, which is really great to see.

Santa-san is going to be visiting Niseko on 24th-25th December. Niseko is his main place of call you see; he will make appearances in various locations. And it sounds like he is going to bring us what we want. He's a good bloke. I will leave him a mince pie, a piece of toast and some carrots for his reindeer friends.


At Niseko Grand Hirafu, the middle section of the mountain is currently mostly closed and you can either take the gondola or the Ace Number 2 Center Four lift back down.

A good few days of decent snowfall should get things going properly without the need to be worried about what is open and what is not open.


In other news, you can buy a 'Snow Duck Builder' in the shops.

Don't all rush now!

Quite cute actually.


Niseko Grand Hirafu 6-day snow and weather forecast


Ski resort operation information: Thursday 19th December 2019
The below information is manually checked each morning and believed to be correct at time of report. Subject to change.

Niseko Grand Hirafu

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 130cm
- Base: 45cm

Ski lifts operating:
- Ace Family quad
- Ace Number 2 Center quad
- Ace Number 3 pair
- Hirafu Gondola
- Holiday Number 1 pair
- King Number 3 quad
- Swinging Monkey

Courses available:
- Family
- Detour for beginners
- Shirakaba
- Center
- Kogen
- Boyo
- Holiday
- Rinkan (lower area)
- Jumbo


Niseko HANAZONO Resort

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 80cm
- Base: 25cm

Ski lifts operating:
- Hanazono Number 1 quad
- Hanazono Number 2 quad
- Hanazono Number 3 quad


Niseko Annupuri

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 80cm
- Base: 45cm

Ski lifts operating:
- Annupuri Gondola
- Dream Number 1 quad
- Jumbo Number 1 quad
- Jumbo Number 2 pair
- Jumbo Number 3 pair

Courses available:
- Utopia Course
- Silver Course
- Shirakaba Course
- Paradise Course
- Family Course
- Junior Course


Niseko Village

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 80cm
- Base: 45cm

Ski lifts operating:
- Niseko Gondola ON HOLD
- Upper Village Gondola
- Village Express
- Community Chair
- Banzai Chair


Night time operations are normally available in the Niseko Grand Hirafu, Niseko Village and Niseko Annupuri resort areas. Subject to weather conditions.
There is no nighta at the Niseko HANAZONO resort area.   Read more ...

Yuzawa Now!

Thursday 19th December 2019, 8:41am
Weather conditions: Cloud, some signs of clearer
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Yuzawa.

As you can see from the images today, there is a lot of cloud around, but some places where blue sky is appearing and it feels like things might be on the verge of clearing. The forecast is mainly cloudy though.

No fresh snowfall to report yet but I am encouraged to see what look like positive signs for early next week in particular.

Heavy snow would be fantastic, of course, but right now we just want enough for ski resorts to get themselves up and running. Open for Christmas is what we all want!

Kagura and Naeba remain open; GALA Yuzawa is open again like yesterday (not for skiing/snowboarding; rather playing in the snow and sightseeing).


Currently part open:

GALA Yuzawa

- GALA Yuzawa is open for playing in the snow, snow shoe activity and sightseeing.
- Not open for skiing/snowboarding yet.


- Part open
- Mitsumata Ropeway
- Mitsumata Number 1 quad
- Mitsumata Number 2 romance pair
- Kagura Gondola
- Kagura Number 1 quad
- Tashiro Ropeway
- Tashiro Number 1 romance pair
- Tashiro Number 2 romance pair
- Tashiro Number 1 quad

- The Mitsumata and Tashiro Ropeways are now both operating
- Access to the main Kagura Area is via Mitsumata Ropeway only
- Tashiro is open up to the Tashiro Number 1 high speed lift
- The Mitsumata Area course is used as a connecting area
- The Kagura Area and Tashiro Area lift/course connection is not yet open


- Part open
- Lower base slope and top Takenokodaira run open
- Details on Naeba Now report here


Photos (below) from around 8:00am on Wednesday 18th December 2019:

- Kagura
- GALA Yuzawa (2)
- Yuzawa Kogen (2)
- NASPA Ski Garden
- Ishiuchi Maruyama (2)
- Route 17/Yuzawa IC exit


Other planned opening dates - subject to change of course depending on weather/snow conditions.

As soon as there is enough snow
- Ishiuchi Maruyama
- Joetsu Kokusai
- Kandatsu Snow Resort
- Maiko Snow Resort
- Yuzawa Kogen
- Yuzawa Nakazato

Friday 20th December 2019
- Muica Snow Resort
- Muikamachi Hakkaisan
- NASPA Ski Garden
- Yuzawa Park

Saturday 21st December 2019
- Hakkai Sanroku
- Ipponsugi
- Iwappara
- Nakazato Snow Wood

Wednesday 25th December 2019
- Itsukamachi

Thursday 26th December 2019
- Chateau Shiozawa

Saturday 28th December 2019
- Ishiuchi Hanaoka
- Mt Granview   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Thursday 19th December 2019, 8:45am
Weather conditions: Cloud, some blue sky too
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Hakuba.

This morning there is a lot of cloud around but also some blue sky and the sun breaking through in places too.

As we wait for snow, a few bits of news this morning:

The top area of Hakuba Goryu/47 is not open today and tomorrow. The Hakuba Gondola is still operating, but it's for 'sightseeing' only. The top course is not available for skiing or boarding. The lower Toomi course at Hakuba Goryu is open for skiing/snowboarding, and a good chunk of Hakuba 47 remains open (where you will need to take the Gondola back down).

The top Grat quad lift at Happo-one is also open now but for sightseeing and climbing purposes only - the skiing course is not open. It looks like the Alpen quad lift has a delayed opening this morning but it should get going soon. At Happo-one you need to take either the Gondola or Kokusai Number 1 lift back down to base.

Basically, the ski resorts are doing the best with what they got. Otsukaresama deshita.

Hopefully this situation will be changing/improving soon. The forecast is showing some snowfall due tomorrow, but there is more snowfall potential for early in the coming week, just in time for Christmas.

Please may it be so!!


Photos today (below):

- Hakuba Happo-one [Usagidaira]
- Hakuba Happo-one [Usagidaira]
- Hakuba Goryu [base Toomi area]
- Hakuba Goryu [upper Alps 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


Hakuba Happo-one

Operating lifts:
- Happo Gondola Adam
- Kokusai Number 1 pair lift
- Kokusai Number 3 pair lift
- Panorama pair lift
- Alpen lift
- Kurobishi Number 2 lift
- Grat quad (sightseeing only)

Courses open:
- Panorama
- Usagidaira
- Kurobishi
- Base areas closed - take the Gondola or Kokusai Number 1 pair lift back down to base

Official snow depth:
- Kurobishi: 30cm
- Usagidaira: 30cm
- Lower: 0cm

New snowfall (**reported by the ski resort**):
- Kurobishi: 0cm
- Usagidaira: 0cm
- Lower: 0cm

Hakuba 47

Operating lifts:
- Gondola
- Line A B pair lifts
- Line C quad lift

Courses open:
- R1 (upper part), R2, R3, R4, R5, R6 and R8 open
- R7 not open
- Tree Riding Zones not open

Official snow depth:
- Top: 40cm
- Base: 0cm

New snowfall (**reported by the ski resort**):
- Top: 0cm
- Base: 0cm

Hakuba Goryu

Operating lifts:
- Gondola (sightseeing only)
- Toomi quad

Courses open:
- Toomi (part)

Official snow depth:
- Top: 50cm
- Toomi: 25cm
- Iimori: 0cm

New snowfall (**reported by the ski resort**):
- Top: 0cm
- Base: 0cm

Hakuba Valley Kashimayari

- Closed


Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field
Hakuba Cortina
Tsugaike Kogen
Hakuba Norikura Onsen
Plan to open as soon as there is enough snow   Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Thursday 19th December 2019, 9:15am
Weather conditions: Clear with a bit of haze
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Not a lot has changed from yesterday, except that today's clear skies have revealed some very lovely white mountains above the ski areas.

It was cold and rainy below, so snow up high. That white line will come down lower. We can feel it (positive thoughts on a nice day, even if we can't ski yet).


Akakura Kanko:
Partial opening announced for the 20th, but it depends on the snow

Akakura Onsen:
Scheduled to open when there's snow

Ikenotaira Onsen:
Scheduled to open when there's snow

Myoko Suginohara:
Scheduled to open on 21 December

Seki Onsen:
Scheduled to open on 21 December

Myoko Ski Park:
Scheduled to open on 21 December

Kyukamura RunRun:
Scheduled to open on 21 December

Tangram Ski Circus:
Scheduled to open on 14 December

Madarao Kogen:
Scheduled to open when there's snow

Lotte Arai Resort
61cm, 3°
Arai Gondola, Zendana lift

Kurohime Kogen Snow Park
Scheduled to open on 21 December   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Thursday 19th December 2019, 9:37am
Weather conditions: Thin cloud, fine
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Things are a big brighter this morning after a few days of warmer temps and wet... there's thin cloud and some sunshine this morning and I can feel it is colder.

Five areas of Shiga Kogen are currently part open - unfortunately, Yokoteyama (which was part open) have decided to stop the lifts until there is more snow.

Hopefully there will be some snow tonight into tomorrow; and then there is snow due early next week. Everyone is hoping that it will be a fine white Christmas.



Photos below:

- Takamagahara Mammoth
- Kumanoyu


Yokoteyama 6-day snow and weather forecast


These areas are currently part open, subject to change:

- Ichinose Family: Number 2 pair lift A & B line operating
- Ichinose Diamond: Diamond quad lift
- Kumanoyu: Number 2 pair lift A & B line and Number 3 quad lift operating
- Takamagahara Mammoth: Number 2 triple and Number 3 pair lifts operating
- Yakebitaiyama: Number 2 high speed lift and Number 4 romance lift

Other areas of Shiga Kogen are waiting for more snow.


Other info:

- 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.   Read more ...

Aizu Bandai Now!

Thursday 19th December 2019, 9:41am
Weather conditions: Cloud, fine
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning.

Not a whole lot of things to report to you this morning but the best thing for me to say is that there is snowfall on them there forecasts. A bit here and there over the next few days, but the best looks due early in the week. 'Heavy snow' --- I like the sound of that. Music to our ears.

There is cloud around but some breaks in the cloud in places. A fine morning really.

Anyway, here's to the upcoming snowfall.

The rest of the ski resorts in the area around Mt Bandai were all hoping to open from Saturday. That is looking extremely unlikely right now but hopefully the delay beyond that won't be too prolonged.


Grandeco Snow Resort:

- Number 1 lift and Gondola are operating
- 3000m of course available
- Rainbow 3500 (upper area)
- Center
- Lavender B
- Connecting
- Hotel connecting course


- B lift operating, one course area open

Hoshino Resorts Nekoma:

- 4 courses open
- 1 lifts operating (Forest Cat)


Photo today:

- Grandeco


Opening information - subject to change of course depending on weather/snow conditions.

Currently part open:
- Grandeco Snow Resort
- Hoshino Resort Urabandai Nekoma
- Minowa

Saturday 21st December 2019
- Hoshino Resort Alts Bandai
- Inawashiro
- Inawashiro Resort
- Urabandai   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Thursday 19th December 2019, 9:54am
Weather conditions: Cloud, fine
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Zao.

It is a brighter morning here in Zao.

My feelings have recovered somewhat too. The onsen here are really good!

I don't have any fresh snow to report just yet; the skies are clearer though and more importantly I am seeing snow on the forecast for the coming week.

Let's hope much more of the mountain might be able to be open by Christmas.


Zao Onsen 6-day forecast, updated multiple times daily


Lifts operating:

- Mikaeri pair
- Chuo Number 1 pair AB
- Utopia Number 2 pair lift
- Onsen Number 1 pair
- Zao Chuo Ropeway / Zao Ropeway / Sky Cable (for sightseeing)

Courses open:

- Chuo (part)
- Utopia
- Uwanodai (part)

Official snow depths (as reported by resort):

- Summit area: 25cm
- Paradise area: 20cm
- Chuo area: 40cm
- Utopia area: 30cm
- Uwanodai area: 15cm
- Oomori area: 5cm


Night time operations:

Nighta in the Uwanodai area is scheduled daily from 28th December 2019 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 New Year (28th December 2019 until 5th January 2020); and also on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays between 10th January and 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 dates:

December 2019: 28th, 29th, 30th, 31st
January 2020: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 10th-12th, 17th-19th, 24th-27th, 29h-31st
February 2020: all days apart from Tuesdays

There is an extra charge for this night time Ropeway operation.   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