Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 26th May 2019

Furano Now!

Friday 1st February 2019, 7:13am
Weather conditions: Overcast
New snowfall: 1cm
Snow depth: --
There is a light to moderate wind blowing and it is snowing very lightly. The snow is very fine and in the village there is only a dusting that has accumulated on the ground. It is forecast to get a little colder during the day. The slopes are in great condition with all the recent snow that has fallen. This pattern of light snow and some wind will remain through today and tomorrow.

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 ...

Geto Kogen Now!

Friday 1st February 2019, 7:52am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 1cm
Snow depth: --

Light snow in the morning yesterday with just a generally cloudy afternoon. Oh yes and back to light snow later in the evening leaving us with just a bit of snow on the ground to measure - actually just 1cm. Surely more than that built up on the mountain, I would think.

Cloudy skies again this morning with limited visibility just now.

Hopefully we might get some more snow tomorrow. Possibly some today too actually. We'll just have to see what nature delivers to us.


Official snow depths:

* Top: 360cm
* Base: 260cm

Planned operating lifts - subject to change due to weather:

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

* The Number 2 Gondola is normally rested on 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!

Friday 1st February 2019, 8:10am
Weather conditions: Cloudy some blue sky
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Urabandai.

It is a windy morning which might well be affecting some gondola/lift operations.

It is also a chilly morning with some nice soft powder snow on the slopes if you can get to it.

The wind is due to be blowing through the day today so if you plan on venturing out get wrapped up well.


The photos for today are from all from Grandeco.


Nekoma - lift 5/5, course 11/11 open *Closed on Wednesday and Thursday 1/16-2/28
Grandeco - lift 4/5 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 10/11 open
Alts Bandai - lift 7/8 include one gondola, course 19/25 open
Inawashiro - lift 7/8, course 18/18 open
Inawashiro resort - lift 3/4 include one gondola, course 8/9 open
Listel - lift 2/2, course 5/7 open
Family Bandai Bandai - lift 0/2, course 0/7 open *Only open on Saturday, Sunday and national holidays.

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Yuzawa Now!

Friday 1st February 2019, 8:27am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 32cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Yuzawa.

This morning Kagura are reporting 30cm of fresh snowfall and Maiko Snow Resort are reporting 20-30cm.

We have measured 32cm in town (and 35cm to the north of Yuzawa in the Shiozawa area of Minamiuonuma) and that what is going on the report. All those numbers sound like a good start to February!

Visibility is very limited in places though this morning and snow is forecast for most of the day today so not conditions for everyone.

Cloud with light snow is forecast for tomorrow and then some sunshine on Sunday - along with those rather warm temps that we are expecting.


Looks like the Tashiro Area of Kagura is closed due to wind conditions.

Other ski resorts appear to be opening as normal. Doesn't feel particularly winds down here in town...


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


Updated: 8:30am, Friday 1st 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
- 340m (official snow depth)

- 245cm (official snow depth)

- Unconfirmed

Kandatsu Kogen
- 295cm (official snow depth)

- 200cm (official snow depth)
- Please see our Naeba Now report for daily updates from Naeba

NASPA Ski Garden
- 310cm (official snow depth)

Yuzawa Kogen
- Top: 330cm (official snow depth)
- Base: 220cm (official snow depth)

Yuzawa Park
- 250cm (official snow depth)

Yuzawa Nakazato
- 225cm (official snow depth)


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

Ishiuchi Maruyama
- Top: 342cm (official snow depth)
- Base: 230cm (official snow depth)

Joetsu Kokusai
- 320cm (official snow depth)

Maiko Snow Resort
- Top: 340cm (official snow depth)
- Base: 180cm (official snow depth)

Muikamachi Hakkaisan
- 240cm (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 ...

Niseko Now!

Friday 1st February 2019, 8:30am
Weather conditions: Snow and wind
New snowfall: 21cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning everyone.

Blimey, it was extremely cold just before when I went out to measure the snow.

It was worth it though, with me measuring a good 21cm of fresh snowfall to start off the month of February. Looking like excellent quality snow too. And with more of it for sure out there at higher elevations, there's going to be some fun to have.

But. We might not get to lots of it today. That's because the wind is blowing again and lifts are on hold at the start of the day. As I post this report all of the top lifts are not starting the day as planned, as well as the main gondola at Niseko Village and Niseko Annupuri and a few more upper lifts.

Perhaps a break in snow over the weekend but more snow is due early week onwards. Let's see how this wind situation shapes up.

Conditions are likely going to be challenging today. If you are venturing out in such conditions, do take special care.


Niseko Avalanche Report:

Mountain Base 6.00am: -10.5°, 15cm new snow in the last 12 hrs. Moiwa 800m: -14.4, W9.4m/s, 15cm new snow in the last 12hrs, generally major cornice and snowdrift development. Mikaeri Weather Station: Forest road buried and un-usable. Annupuri 1120m: snow depth 210cm. Mizuno no Sawa: -14.23°, average windspeed NW10m/s. Kutchan Weather Station: -9.8°, snow depth 170cm. Suttsu Weather Station: -8.4°, snow depth 47cm. Coastal data: Benkei Cape: NNW19m/s. Kamui Cape: WNW13m/s, pressure 1004hPa,wave 2.8m.


Ski resort operation information: Friday 1st February 2019
Subject to change due to weather conditions

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 320cm
- Base: 125cm

Ski lifts operating:
- Top lifts 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: 220cm
- Base: 180cm

Ski lifts operating:
- Top two lifts on hold 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: 290cm
- Base: 150cm

Ski lifts operating:
- Top Jumbo Number 3 and 4 lifts as well as the Gondola 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: 290cm
- Base: 150cm

Ski lifts operating:
- Top lift and Gondola 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.
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Hakuba Now!

Friday 1st February 2019, 8:34am
Weather conditions: Lots of cloud, some blue sky
New snowfall: 3cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Hakuba.

Some more snow to report to you this morning though differing numbers, the northern Cortina reporting 20cm with Goryu and Happo reporting 3-5cm and 47 reporting 5-10cm. Sounds like the northern areas got a bit more of it this morning.

Hakuba Cortina: 20cm
Hakuba 47: 5-10cm
Hakuba Goryu: 3-5cm
Hakuba Happo-one: 3cm (top of Riesen)

It is good and cold this morning so conditions should be good out there. There's some breaks in the cloud too so visibility is good and there's some dramatic views.

OK so looking towards the weekend.

Some sun tomorrow perhaps and then there's that worryingly warm (and hopefully short) blip that is due on Sunday/Monday. Which might bring some rubbish rain but end up bringing smiles to our faces with snow on Monday. It's going to be interesting to see what happens with that lot. Fingers crossed.


Ski resort information on Friday 1st 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: 280cm
- Usagidaira: 185cm
- Nakiyama: 170cm


Hakuba Goryu

Official snow depth:
- Top: 300cm
- Toomi: 180cm
- Iimori: 130cm


Hakuba 47

Official snow depth:
- Top: 300cm
- Base: 155cm


Tsugaike Kogen

Official snow depth:
- Tsuga-no-mori: 350cm
- Han-no-ki: 310cm
- Maruyama: 155cm
- Shirakaba: 255cm
- Champion: 180cm
- Oya-no-hara: 185cm
- Kane-no-naru-oka: 185cm


Hakuba Cortina

Official snow depth:
- Top: 300cm
- Base: 205cm


Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field

Official snow depth:
- Mountain Side: 200cm
- Village Side: 120cm


Hakuba Norikura Onsen

Official snow depth:
- 270cm


Hakuba Valley Kashimayari

Official snow depth:
- 215cm


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 ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Friday 1st February 2019, 8:49am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 12cm
Snow depth: --
Hello and good morning from Nozawa.

Some fresh snow to report to start February off. The resort reports 25cm of fresh on the top Yamabiko area with 10-15cm on lower areas.

It's a cold start to the morning too with decent visibility in most areas, bit limited on the top. Snow forecast for today, easing off as the afternoon goes on.

OK so how's the forecast for the weekend shaping up? Well, currently it seems we can probably expect some cloud/sun tomorrow and then a warming up with temps nudging up a bit too high for comfort on Sunday. But hopefully it will be short lived and we'll be back to cold come Monday. And while we might get more snow on Monday, we should expect some rain before the snow.

So I would say that the pick of the weekend is going to be Saturday...


Friday 1st February 2019

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

- Yamabiko (1407m): 25cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 11cm
- Hikage (660m): 15cm
- Nagasaka (615m): 15cm
- Karasawa (563m): 10cm

Official snow depth numbers (reported by resort):

- Yamabiko (1407m): 335cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 295cm
- Hikage (660m): 210cm
- Nagasaka (615m): 200cm
- Karasawa (563m): 165cm

All lifts apart from the following planned to be operating:

- Yunomine pair
- Mizunashi triple
- Challenge pair
- Utopia pair
- Kandahar pair (open for general public on 12th Feb and 1st Mar 2019)

All courses open apart from the following planned to be open:

- Grand Prix
- Kamoshika (part)
- Kandahar (open for general public on 12th Feb and 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 ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Friday 1st February 2019, 8:51am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 14cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Shiga Kogen.

Blowing winds and snow on this very cold morning. It's affecting some lifts early on and certainly not the kindest of conditions to be outside. We're gnarlier than that though aren't we? ;)

I am measuring 14cm of fresh snow and I note that the Yakebitaiyama resort are are reporting about 20cm and Kumanoyu just 5cm. Regional variances as well as a bit of wind mixed into there explaining that I think. But it is coming down nicely now so there's more on the way during the day today.

The weekend is set to be calmer, clearer and brighter.

And warmer too, particularly on Sunday. We're high up here in Shiga Kogen and so avoid warm ups too much - still keeping fairly cold up here. Let us hope that is the case on Sunday because it looks like it's going to be borderline toasty down in the valleys.


Shiga Kogen resort info: Friday 1st 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: 200cm

- Official snow depth: 140cm

Hoppo Bunadaira
- Official snow depth: 200cm

- Official snow depth: 220cm

Ichinose Diamond
- Official snow depth: 230cm

Ichinose Family
- Official snow depth: 230cm

Ichinose Yamanokami
- Official snow depth: 230cm

- Official snow depth: 185cm

- Official snow depth: 140cm

- Official snow depth: 190cm

Okushiga Kogen
- Official snow depth: 230cm

Sun Valley
- Official snow depth: 150cm

Takamagahara Mammoth
- Official snow depth: 230cm

Tannenomori Okojo
- Official snow depth: 180cm

- Official snow depth: 220cm

- Official snow depth: 250cm

- 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
10th February 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
10th February 2019
20th March 2019
Number 1 pair lift
6:30pm until 9:00pm

Sun Valley
Every Saturday until 2nd March 2019
10th February 2019
Number 1 quad lift
7:00pm until 9:00pm

Every Saturday until 2nd March 2019
10th February 2019
Number 3 high speed lift
6:00pm until 8:00pm   Read more ...

Madarao Now!

Friday 1st February 2019, 9:02am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 27cm
Snow depth: --
Morning all!

Some lovely flakes of snow falling this morning. And while the resort is reporting 20cm, I am measuring 27cm. And counting. It's due for the day, perhaps less so this afternoon.

Limited visibility though so there's not much to see other than those lovely flakes falling against a grey/silver kind of soupy background.

It's a very cold morning too with a moderate northerly blowing around.

Calmer and clearer tomorrow? And rather warm due on Sunday. With the fresh from today, if you are choosing one of the weekend days, I'd go with Saturday.

Hope you come to enjoy it.


Planned operations for Friday 1st February 2019

Official snow depth at Madarao:


Madarao info:

All lifts apart from 3A plan to be open
All 31 courses should be open including tree run courses

Nighta operations at Madarao:
- Every Saturday until 23rd March 2019
- 10th February 2019

Tangram Ski Circus info:

All lifts operating
All course areas open

Nighta operations at Tangram:
- Every Saturday until 23rd March 2019
- 10th February 2019   Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Friday 1st February 2019, 9:44am
Weather conditions: Overcast and snowing
New snowfall: 59cm
Snow depth: --
Another good day of snow. Light snow. More snow than expected. Again.

Pretty good wind overnight, too, which shaped this nice, light snow into kind of amazing waves and dunes around my house (which is open to north winds) less so at base level, where we (and most of the ski areas) are more sheltered from gusts by forests and hills. And it's still snowing pretty heavily, probably coming down at a rate of a few fresh centimeters every hour. Another case from this season of we either get a whole lot, or just a little bit, and definitely more days when we get a lot.

Having said this, though, it seems like the ski areas have hardly added anything new to their snow depths, where right here at the base of Akakura Kanko we got a lot, and the total keeps inching up.... So I'm sure some won't believe me, but I'm recording what I found, and it's not what the resorts are reporting!


Akakura Kanko:
340cm, -8°

Akakura Onsen:
440cm, -3°

Ikenotaira Onsen:
280cm, -6°

Myoko Suginohara:
230cm, -12°

Seki Onsen:
430cm, -5°

Myoko Ski Park:
350cm, 1°

Kyukamura RunRun:
350cm, 1° (no new report)

Tangram Ski Circus:
240cm, -4°

Madarao Kogen:
330cm, -7°

Lotte Arai Resort
523cm, -3.2°

Kurohime Kogen Snow Park
240cm, -6°

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Naeba Now!

Friday 1st February 2019, 10:30am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 16cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Naeba.

Bit of disruption this morning. Firstly the Tashiro Area of Kagura is closed, so the Dragondola is also.

As well as that poor weather conditions are preventing the Number 2 Gondola from moving so the upper area of the mountain is closed.

Visibility is limited in places that are open due to the snow that is falling still.

16cm of snow to report this morning and cold conditions. It's coming down nicely too now.

Should be good for the weekend though we are expecting something of a mild weekend (perhaps a bit too much on Sunday in particular).


Official snow depth:

- 200cm

Planned night-time operations:

- Daily until Sunday 24th March 2019
- 4:00pm until 8:30pm
- Courses open: Number 5
- Lifts operating: Number 5 high speed lift   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Friday 1st February 2019, 15:48pm
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 1cm
Snow depth: --
[Report original missed: apologies! This has been added to keep track of the snowfall]

Next full report on 2nd February   Read more ...

Appi Kogen Now!

Friday 1st February 2019, 16:27pm
Weather conditions: Whiteout
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: --
Very late report sorry. About 5cm of snow but an unpleasant day here. Whiteout conditions with all of the lifts closed for lots of the day just one opening up later on. Not nice. Hopefully things will be calmer tomorrow...

(Images below from earlier this morning)   Read more ...

Minakami Now!

Friday 1st February 2019, 19:26pm
Weather conditions: Overcast
New snowfall: 20cm
Snow depth: --
[Apologies for later appearance of report]

Strong winds at Tenjin this morning but seems pretty isolated as a couple of valleys over at Hodaigi there was gentle snow falling and pretty good conditions. Tenjin didn't open all day due to howling winds and tomorrow will be a roll of the dice.

Forecast is for more strong winds before it all clears and turns blue on Sunday.

The dark side of the forecast, rain forecast for Sunday evening and warm temps to way up high.

Lets hope we can dodge that bullet as we haven't really had much of a rain event all season.
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07th Jun, 10:08am
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31st May, 13:35
Shiga Kogen Now
27th May, 9:56am
Furano Now
08th May, 8:47am
Niseko Now
07th May, 19:19pm
Myoko Now
06th May, 9:33am
Hakuba Now
06th May, 9:09
Nozawa Onsen Now
06th May, 8:46
Minakami Now
06th May, 8:16
Madarao Now
06th May, 8:13am
Zao Now
06th May, 7:59
Appi Kogen Now
06th May, 7:59am
Geto Kogen Now
06th May, 7:12
Grandeco Now
02nd Feb, 12:34am