Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 26th May 2019

Geto Kogen Now!

Wednesday 20th February 2019, 7:51am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --

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

Yesterday was cloudy, clearing up by lunchtime and the afternoon and this morning is again starting off with cloudy skies. Perhaps some chance of snow? It's relatively mild so we need to keep an eye on that. Keep cold please.

Fine/cloudy is what is on the forecast for tomorrow as of now.


Official snow depths:

* Top: 395cm
* Base: 270cm

Planned operating lifts - subject to change due to weather:

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

- The Number 2 Gondola is usually rested on normal 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 ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Wednesday 20th February 2019, 7:58am
Weather conditions: Fog, mist, cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
It's funny. I had to be away yesterday so I wasn't around to see if it rained or not yesterday. I hear it did in the afternoon/evening, even though some people insist that it didn't. I give up with some people. Take your pick! ;) And I am sorry that I wasn't here to see with my own eyes, I only just got back to Nozawa 30 minutes ago...

Anyway this morning the webcams show severely limited visibility - can you see your hand - on the upper slopes. Not so bad around base.

A high of around +5C expected today and perhaps we can get a bit of snow tonight with tomorrow set to be colder. Come on!!


Wednesday 20th February 2019

Fresh snowfall reported by the ski resort (since yesterday 3pm):

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

Official snow depth numbers (reported by resort):

- Yamabiko (1407m): 285cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 250cm
- Hikage (660m): 170cm
- Nagasaka (615m): 160cm
- Karasawa (563m): 135cm

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 1st Mar 2019)

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

- Grand Prix
- Kandahar (open for general public on 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 ...

Minakami Now!

Wednesday 20th February 2019, 8:05am
Weather conditions: Light rain
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
The rain most certainly arrived and it fell for about 6 hours so a proper soaking. Last night the snow was still soft outside but we will see today as the rain started up again here early this morning and is still gently falling.

I am not holding my breath but it's apparently stopped 5km down the road in Yubiso and a friend sent a photo with patches of blue sky.

Weather forecast is calling for snow showers this afternoon and this evening. Last week snow showers meant 30-40cm minimum on the mountain. After the last rain event, the forecast snow we received came in pretty small. Let's hope the spiggots are open this time.   Read more ...

Yuzawa Now!

Wednesday 20th February 2019, 8:31am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Yuzawa.

Not the most fun thing to report this morning with light rain falling, continuing on from some rain yesterday. It's all a bit drizzly and wet.

Temperatures should drop later in the day though and perhaps we will be getting snowed on again tonight and into tomorrow morning. That would be nice.

For the moment the forecast is showing clearer skies and sunshine for Friday.


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


Updated: 8:30am, Wednesday 20th 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
- 340cm (official snow depth)

- 220cm (official snow depth)

- Kagura: 370cm (official snow depth)
- Mitsumata Area: 330cm (official snow depth)
- Tashiro Area: 350cm (official snow depth)

Kandatsu Kogen
- 240cm (official snow depth)

- 220cm (official snow depth)
- Please see our Naeba Now report for daily updates from Naeba

NASPA Ski Garden
- 250cm (official snow depth)

Yuzawa Kogen
- Top: 270cm (official snow depth)
- Base: 170cm (official snow depth)

Yuzawa Park
- 200cm (official snow depth)

Yuzawa Nakazato
- 205cm (official snow depth)


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

Ishiuchi Maruyama
- Top: 270cm (official snow depth)
- Base: 210cm (official snow depth)

Joetsu Kokusai
- 300cm (official snow depth)

Maiko Snow Resort
- Top: 300cm (official snow depth)
- Base: 130cm (official snow depth)

Muikamachi Hakkaisan
- 320cm (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!

Wednesday 20th February 2019, 8:31am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 1cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning.

Lots of cloud yesterday with some blue skies once again in the morning at times.

It's a cloudy and calm morning with what looks like limited visibility on the slopes at the start of the day. And there's just a dusting of snow to report - I am able to add 1cm to this report. Any fresh snow is good to see of course, but 1cm is hardly going to make much of a difference on the slopes.

It is going to be a mild day and it feels very much so early on. We might well get another dusting tonight but sun is forecast for tomorrow and the forecasts are still showing mostly fine weather (as in sun) rather than snow.

Welcome back Ace Family Quad lift - opening as normal this morning.


Niseko Avalanche Report:

Mountain Base 6.00am: -0.5°, no new snow. Moiwa 800m: -1.9°, SW0.20m/s. Mikaeri Weather Station: minor snowdrift development. Annupuri 1120m: snow depth 250cm, 1100m: -3.9, NW1.30m/s. Hirafu Peak: light winds, -6°,1000m: -7.8°, N4.50m/s. Village: Mizuno no Sawa: -2.17°, NNW1.1m/s. Kutchan Weather Station: -0.7°, NW0.5m/s, snow depth 170cm. Cape Benkei: calm, Cape Kamui: ENE3m/s, pressure 1014hPa, wave 0.7m.

There is very little atmospheric pressure gradient, the sea and mountains are calm and only a little snow has fallen. The mountains are all tracked out and conditions are hard. On steep slopes above 1000m the thin snow can easily avalanche by rider stimulation. If you fall on it, it will take you away like a magic carpet. Even a shallow avalanche will take you to the valley bottom and bury you tightly. By careful in areas like Kozan no Sawa. There is a deep crack about 200m up from Annupuri Gate 2 on Annupuri sub peak. It cant be seen from above, be careful. Cracks are starting to appear around the mountain.

Today and tomorrow the Sapporo Olympic committee will be conducting a site survey at Yu no Sawa for the Olympic downhill event. This area is in a strictly off limits area and only accessible to committee members. Niseko Rules strictly prohibits entry to Yu no Sawa and Haru no Taki. Please understand and cooperate with the rules. Visibility is poor and be careful of a sudden change in weather.


Ski resort operation information: Wednesday 20th February 2019
Subject to change due to weather conditions

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 355cm
- Base: 160cm

Ski lifts operating:
- All lifts should be opening as planned (Ace Number 1 pair and King Number 2 quad lifts rested)
- 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: 260cm
- Base: 210cm

Ski lifts operating:
- All lifts should be opening as planned
- The Hanazono lifts are normally open until 3:50pm (Number 3 until 3:30pm)


Niseko Annupuri

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 330cm
- Base: 180cm

Ski lifts operating:
- All lifts should be opening as planned
- The Jumbo 1 lift is normally open until 8:30pm during the evening


Niseko Village

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 330cm
- Base: 180cm

Ski lifts operating:
- All lifts should be opening as planned (Country Road lift rested)
- 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.
   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Wednesday 20th February 2019, 8:37am
Weather conditions: Dramatic clouds, some blue sky up high
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Hakuba.

There has been some dramatic early morning images on the webcams this morning with a lot of low cloud around but some blue sky as well especially higher up. Cloud is forecast for the day, but it feels like it might clear up rather than remain cloudy.

We endured some rain yesterday at base though there was some sleet like snow falling at higher elevations. Nothing to get too excited about even though that's better than rain. Hopefully we shall get some more proper snow overnight tonight, though I wouldn't expect much. Would be happy to be surprised.

There's some wind as well this morning which seems to be affecting some lifts at Happo-one at the start of the day including the Gondola and top lifts.


Ski resort information on Wednesday 20th 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: 265cm
- Usagidaira: 170cm
- Nakiyama: 100cm


Hakuba Goryu

Official snow depth:
- Top: 280cm
- Toomi: 145cm
- Iimori: 100cm


Hakuba 47

Official snow depth:
- Top: 270cm
- Base: 120cm


Tsugaike Kogen

Official snow depth:
- Tsuga-no-mori: 285cm
- Han-no-ki: 280cm
- Maruyama: 140cm
- Shirakaba: 240cm
- Champion: 140cm
- Oya-no-hara: 150cm
- Kane-no-naru-oka: 140cm


Hakuba Cortina

Official snow depth:
- Top: 290cm
- Base: 170cm


Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field

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


Hakuba Norikura Onsen

Official snow depth:
- 250cm


Hakuba Valley Kashimayari

Official snow depth:
- 225cm


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 ...

Furano Now!

Wednesday 20th February 2019, 8:39am
Weather conditions: Clear
New snowfall: 2cm
Snow depth: --
Yesterday was sweltering as temperatures rose well above freezing and the sun shone down. It felt like an early arrival of spring, and the locals were quick to start clearing snow as the layer of white on the ground went to slush. Today is a very warm start, currently just below freezing and expected to rise to a high of +3c. The sun will be around for most of the day along with clear skies. Snow on the lower slopes will be a bit spring-like, while the snow on the upper mountain is still in really good condition.

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 ...

Madarao Now!

Wednesday 20th February 2019, 8:42am
Weather conditions: Fog
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Madarao.

Well, it's not the best morning.

Mild, fog and drizzle and a bit wet. Snow conditions will probably be rather soft and wet too. Good for practice maybe...

Check out the webcam image - nothing to see there!

Hopefully it will get colder tonight with the chance of a bit of snow.


Planned operations for Wednesday 20th February 2019

Official snow depth at Madarao:


Madarao info:

All lifts apart from Number 5 plan to be open
All 31 courses should be open including tree run courses

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

Tangram Ski Circus info:

All lifts operating
All course areas open

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

Shiga Kogen Now!

Wednesday 20th February 2019, 8:45am
Weather conditions: Cloud, fog
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Shiga Kogen.

Though, it's not the nicest of mornings.

Rewind a bit to yesterday and we got some light rain in the afternoon. This morning there is a lot of cloud and fog/mist around making some directions looking rather... spooky! And it is remaining unseasonably mild.

We are hopeful that tonight there might be some fresh snow falling for me to report in the morning.


Shiga Kogen resort info: Wednesday 20th 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: 180cm

- Official snow depth: 140cm

Hoppo Bunadaira
- Official snow depth: 180cm

- Official snow depth: 200cm

Ichinose Diamond
- Official snow depth: 230cm

Ichinose Family
- Official snow depth: 230cm

Ichinose Yamanokami
- Official snow depth: 230cm

- Official snow depth: 190cm

- Official snow depth: 140cm

- Official snow depth: 190cm

Okushiga Kogen
- Official snow depth: 240cm

Sun Valley
- Official snow depth: 150cm

Takamagahara Mammoth
- Official snow depth: 230cm

Tannenomori Okojo
- Official snow depth: 230cm

- Official snow depth: 220cm

- Official snow depth: 240cm

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

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

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

Naeba Now!

Wednesday 20th February 2019, 8:47am
Weather conditions: Cloud, fog
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Naeba.

Limited visibility this morning with cloud and fog, mild conditions and light rain. Not the most appealing of conditions but it should be getting colder as the day goes on today and we are hoping for some snow to be falling tonight and into early tomorrow morning.

After that, sunshine is due on Friday and a chance of snow as we enter the weekend which would be nice for weekend visitors.

Hard to believe that the upcoming weekend is the last of February. Traditionally, ski resorts start getting less busy as we enter March. Let's hope the end of this month and March brings us some decent snowfall.


Official snow depth:

- 210cm

All lifts plan to be operating apart from the following (some lifts rested on weekdays):

- Prince Number 1 Gondola
- Number 8 high speed lift
- Daishamen romance pair lift

All courses now open apart from the following:

- Splash Bowl

Planned night-time operations:

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

Zao Now!

Wednesday 20th February 2019, 8:48am
Weather conditions: Cloudy, fog
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Zao.

Unfortunately we couldn't avoid some rain last night down at base thought it might have been... sleeting... higher up. All a bit too mild and not the nicest of weather conditions. And not helping the snow either of course. This morning it is just cloudy and of course no fresh cm of snow to report.

We should be getting some clearer skies as well as sun tomorrow and possibly Friday too. Happily it is due to get a bit colder after today. If there's no fresh snow, at least we want cold!


Operation info from official sources:

- All lifts operating apart from Karamatsu and Yokokura Number 2.
- All main courses open

Official snow depths (as reported by resort):

- Summit area: 115cm
- Paradise area: 165cm
- Chuo area: 165cm
- Utopia area: 150cm
- Uwanodai area: 120cm
- Oomori area: 115cm


Floodlit night skiing is planned as follows:

In the Uwanodai area:
Daily until 3rd March 2019
Friday 8th March until Sunday 10th March 2019
Saturday 16th March 2019

In the Yokokura area:
Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday between until 10th March 2019

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

February 2019: every day apart from every Tuesday
March 2019: 1st-3rd   Read more ...

Aizu Bandai Now!

Wednesday 20th February 2019, 8:54am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from the Urabandai.

Well, unfortunately, it was raining last night.

As a result the snow on the slopes will be a bit wet this morning but it wasn't heavy rain so hopefully the damage is limited.

The road to the ski hills are slippery with wet snow.

So yes it a very warm morning and feels more like late March than late February. Snow will be melting in this weather, so we are waiting for the next snowfall which is on Saturday if the forecast is right. Fingers crossed.

In this condition, make sure to wax your gear well before you start.

Some sunshine might appear this afternoon so it will be kind of like a spring ski day.


The photos for today are from Alts Bandai (the first two) and Grandeco.


Nekoma - lift 0/5, course 0/11 open *Closed on Wednesday and Thursday 1/16-2/28
Grandeco - lift 5/5 include one gondola, course 13/13 open
Urabandai - lift 0/3, course 0/3 open *Closed on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
Minowa - lift 2/3, course 10/11 open
Numajiri - lift 4/4, course 11/11 open
Alts Bandai - lift 8/8 include one gondola, course 25/25 open
Inawashiro - lift 7/8, course 18/18 open
Inawashiro resort - lift 3/4 include one gondola, course 7/9 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.   Read more ...

Appi Kogen Now!

Wednesday 20th February 2019, 9:01am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 18cm
Snow depth: --
Hello from Appi,

The last few days have brought us a fair amount of snow although it’s certainly not the light dry powder we always expect. It’s wet, heavy and is making things unsavoury on the mountain.

Warmer than usual temperatures will stay with us for another day then head back south again. Not much snow looking out to the next week either but we will have some sunny days to look forward to.

Most runs are sluggish with the groomers offering at least a semi decent day.


The 18cm represents the fresh snow over the last three days with 7cm falling overnight. Apologies for the missed reports.


Planned lift operations & course areas (subject to change due to weather conditions):

- Appi Gondola
- Central Quad lift
- Central Number 2
- Central Number 3A
- Central Number 5
- Sailer quad
- Vista quad
- Nishimori

* All 5 tree run areas should be open as normal when the lift operations allow - register to use them at Plaza 1st Floor


Official groomed snow depth (as reported by resort):

- 120cm   Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Wednesday 20th February 2019, 9:16am
Weather conditions: Gray and foggy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
It is gray and soupy in Myoko today.

About as gloomy as it can get here, but the end is in sight over the next few days. Of the rain, at least, as it doesn't look like we'll get a lot of new snow. It could get sunny, too, although the freezing level is low enough that it probably won't be very springlike (which would be OK, frankly, if we don't get a lot of fresh snow).

Oh, well, mountain weather and all that. No sense in letting it get you down (although, looking outside right now, smoke-like tendrils of fog are flowing around the building....).

OK, a good day for an onsen soak or something!


Akakura Kanko:
300cm, 3°

Akakura Onsen:
410cm, 0°

Ikenotaira Onsen:
250cm, 2°

Myoko Suginohara:
180cm, 0°

Seki Onsen:
490cm, 0°

Myoko Ski Park:
330cm, 7°

Kyukamura RunRun:
380cm, 3°

Tangram Ski Circus:
240cm, 2°

Madarao Kogen:
290cm, 4°

Lotte Arai Resort
525cm, 4.7°

Kurohime Kogen Snow Park
220cm, -1° (no new report today)

   Read more ...

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