Snow and weather reports posted on Tuesday 21st January 2020

Geto Kogen Now!

Saturday 20th January 2018, 7:33am
Weather conditions: Thin clouds
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Another fun day on the mountain today with the temps having dropped significantly, and the sun out to join us.

Tops of 1 degree (though it’s currently -7.8C) with the sun out and shining, and a chance of snowfall in the afternoon.

Sunday: snow showers, moderate winds, tops of -3C
Monday: light to heavy snow, light winds, tops of -3C
Tuesday: light to heavy snow, winds increasing to strong, tops of 0C


Zones open include Summit, Rabbit, Beech & Stream. At this stage Shooter will remain closed until the main gondola is open.

News on Main Gondola:

At this time unfortunately the Main Gondola (Gondola 1) is closed for repair. The resort is working on the repairs, but it will require the next few weeks until it is back in operation. They estimate late January, early February for it to be back in action.


Official snow depths:

Top: 315cm
Base: 230cm

Nighta skiing operations are planned at Geto Kogen on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays until 25th February 2018.   Read more ...

Yuzawa Now!

Saturday 20th January 2018, 7:48am
Weather conditions: Clear skies
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Yuzawa.

No fresh snow to report, but it is a beautiful clear morning. The sun is out and we have blue skies all around. Lovely.

A chilly start but the sun should give us another fairly mild day; temps up to around 7C forecast for town later on.

We are still in need of fresh snow of course, and conditions this morning will probably be how you might expect them to be with the lack of fresh and weather that we have had since that snow last Sunday. Perhaps we will get some snow tonight and into tomorrow; though wouldn't expect heavy. It should be considerably colder tomorrow though.

The potentially heavy snow that we are all looking forward to is still there on the forecast from later on Monday and through the coming week. The forecast is still looking very promising. We are expecting a lot of snowfall.

In the meantime, enjoy your Saturday!


Images today from GALA Yuzawa, NASPA Ski Garden and Maiko Snow Resort.


Updated: Saturday 20th January 2018

Ski resorts in Yuzawa:

GALA Yuzawa
- 210cm

- 135cm

- Kagura area: 310cm
- Mitsumata area: 210cm
- Tashiro area: 260cm

Kandatsu Kogen
- 185cm

- 200cm (base)

NASPA Ski Garden
- 150cm

Yuzawa Kogen
- Top: 190cm
- Base: 130cm

Yuzawa Park
- 120cm

Yuzawa Nakazato
- 115cm


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

Ishiuchi Maruyama
- 160cm

Joetsu Kokusai
- 170cm

Maiko Snow Resort
- Top: 170cm
- Base: 80cm

Muikamachi Hakkaisan
- Closed on Wednesdays until 14th March
- 250cm   Read more ...

Grandeco Now!

Saturday 20th January 2018, 8:21am
Weather conditions: Blue skies
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Grandeco.

It is a cold but calm beautiful blue sky morning in the region.

There was no snow fall last night and because of this the snow condition will probably be little hard.

There is a snow on the forecast for tonight and in the coming week.

All ski hills in the area are waiting for that fresh delivery of new snow - fingers crossed.


Lifts operating:

- All lifts operating

Courses open:

- All courses open

Official snow depth:
- 240cm

- Grandeco snow and weather forecast   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Saturday 20th January 2018, 8:22am
Weather conditions: Fine, sunny, thin cloud
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning everyone on this lovely Saturday morning.

This morning I have 5cm of snow to report this morning - this is snow that fell from the skies during the day yesterday with no more overnight, and so again it's not enough to fill in tracks. But it's good quality snow all the same.

OK, I'm greedy - and needy! - and am really ready for us to get back to some decent snowfall numbers rather than this faffing around with single digit numbers! And the coming week is looking good with regular snowfall due every day, perhaps starting later on today. Look to mid-week for the best chance of those bigger numbers and complete resets.

In the meantime, it is a beautiful morning here. The sun is out and there's just some calm looking thin cloud hanging around.

That in itself is a good excuse to strap on the board(s).

It is nice and cold early on but temperatures are forecast to rise to close on zero later on before dropping again tonight and into tomorrow.

Until tomorrow!


Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6.00am: -10°, no new snow, calm. Moiwa 800m: -9.4°, NW2.8m/s, trace new snow, minor snowdrift development. Annupuri 1100m: -11°, WNW3.5m/s, trace new snow. Hirafu 1250m: -11°, no new snow, calm, good visibility. Coastal data: Benkei Cape:SW4m/s. Kamui Cape: SSW9m/s,1015hPa, wave 0.9m.

Temperatures dropped overnight with a clear sky. Low pressure snowfall and a rise in temperature is expected from around noon. From observation and tests the general avalanche risk is low. All gates are expected to be open. Please listen to the patrols advice. Be prepared before venturing outside the gates. Currently we are between a high and low pressure system and the winds are light, but they are expected to increase. Be careful of a sudden change in the weather. The weather in mountains can change quickly.

Although the government does not officially recognize Niseko Rules, through the use them you are allowed to ride out of bounds. Niseko Rules were first conceived to keep the out of bounds areas open while at the same time stop the alarming number of accidents that were happening on the mountain. Selfish interpretation and criticism of Niseko Rules risk the survival of them. Understanding and cooperation from all users is needed ensure the continuation of our current freedoms out of bounds. Please respect and follow Niseko Rules.

Out of bounds is all tracked up. Its not that good but fresh lines can still be found. Be careful falling into cracks and crashing into trees. Have a good day.


Saturday 20th January 2018

Resort specific information (operations subject to change):

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Niseko HANAZONO Resort

Lifts scheduled to be operating:
- All lifts apart from King Number 2 should be operating
- 'Early Morning' services from 8:00am until 8:20am (Ace Number 2 Center Four quad lift). Until 28th January. 500 yen special ticket required.

Official snow depth:
- Top: 370cm
- Base: 170cm

Niseko Annupuri Kokusai

Lifts scheduled to be operating:
- All lifts are generally operating

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

Niseko Village

Lifts scheduled to be operating:
- All lifts apart from the Country Road Chair lift should be operating
- 'Early Gondola' service from 7:30am until 8:30am (Niseko Gondola). January 20th-21st, 27th-28th; February 3rd-4th. 1,400 yen special ticket required.

Official snow depth:
- Top: 280cm
- Base: 170cm


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 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, Banzai Chair   Read more ...

Naeba Now!

Saturday 20th January 2018, 8:22am
Weather conditions: Bluebird
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning!

It's a cool, clear morning here in Naeba, with temperatures settling just below freezing overnight. The weather today is set to be sunny until lunchtime, when we can expected some high cloud to roll in, possibly depositing a couple of centimeters of snow. The wind will be light for most of the day.

The pistes are well-groomed, but will be a little hard before the sun hits them and softens them up a bit. It's certain a day for suncream and shredding the groomers!

Looking forwards, it appears that we will be getting eyes on "Storm Finn" on Monday afternoon, with winter kicking back off with moderate winds and heavy snow on Monday night. He will be gifting us plenty of snow throughout the week, with his presence forecast as far ahead as Thursday. Currently, temperatures are expected to remain just below freezing until Tuesday, when they are predicted to suddenly drop to as low as -12°C overnight on Wednesday. Certainly something to look forwards to!

Hareta!   Read more ...

Furano Now!

Saturday 20th January 2018, 8:26am
Weather conditions: Bluebird
New snowfall: 2cm
Snow depth: --
Magical! That is the word that comes to mind as I look up and see a bluebird morning with the sky looking absolutely perfect and the sun out in full force. There is only the slightest of breeze detectable but winds are expected to pick up a little in the afternoon. While the sky and sun are the positives, overnight snow is only a 2cm dusting so there will be no change to the firm packed slopes. Light snow is possible during the day. Overall it is a fantastic morning so I'd advise anyone to forgo the coffee and get up there asap.   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Saturday 20th January 2018, 8:30am
Weather conditions: Fine and sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Nozawa.

It's a cracker of a morning. The sun is out and blue skies.

All very nice, but we all want fresh snow - and the forecast is still promising some serious snow coming in from around Tuesday. Perhaps a little before then too.

Enjoy your Saturday.


Saturday 20th January 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): 240cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 185cm
- Hikage (660m): 130cm
- Nagasaka (615m): 120cm
- Karasawa (563m): 95cm

Lifts operations:

- All scheduled lifts should be operating as normal
- The Yunomine pair, Mizunashi triple, Challenge pair and Utopia pair lifts usually rested on weekdays

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

- Challenge 39
- Grand Prix
- Kandahar   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Saturday 20th January 2018, 8:33am
Weather conditions: Mostly clear blue skies and sunshine
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Hakuba.

It's a beautiful morning.

There is a bit of cloud around but it is mostly blue skies and sunshine at the start of the day. There's no fresh snow to report, but it's difficult to not want to be out there when the weather is like this. I'm a sucker for the clear skies and stunning mountain backdrop. It never gets old.

Let's take a look at the forecasts.

Yes, still looking good for some impressive snowfall - starting around Monday and going through the week. We can look forward to a cold and snowy week ahead.


Ski resort information on Saturday 20th January 2018 (at time of writing):

Hakuba Happo-one

Operating lifts:
- All lifts operating as planned

Courses open:
- All course are now open

Official snow depth:
- Kurobishi: 330cm
- Usagidaira: 160cm
- Lower: 75cm


Hakuba Goryu

Operating lifts:
- All lifts operating as planned (Alps Number 2 and 4 lifts usually operate on weekends only)

Courses open:
- All courses are open apart from Adventure

Official snow depth:
- Top: 290cm
- Toomi: 105cm
- Iimori: 50cm


Hakuba 47

Operating lifts:
- All lifts operating as planned (Line D usually operates only when the Gondola is closed)

Courses open:
- All courses available apart from lower part of R7. Beginners advised to use Gondola to get back to base.

Official snow depth:
- Top: 240cm
- Base: 70cm


Tsugaike Kogen

Operating lifts:
- All lifts apart from Kane-no-naru-oka Skyliner I are operating

Courses open:
- All course areas are open apart from some parts of Sawa-one and Kane-no-naru-oka Number 2

Official snow depth:
- Tsuga-no-mori: 255cm
- Han-no-ki: 250cm
- Maruyama: 100cm
- Shirakaba: 215cm
- Champion: 110cm
- Oya-no-hara: 105cm
- Kane-no-naru-oka: 100cm


Hakuba Cortina

Operating lifts:
- All lifts are operating

Courses open:
- All courses apart from Mt Hieda 3 and Itadaira Ridge are open (those courses closed due to ground cracks)

Official snow depth:
- Top: 250cm
- Base: 145cm


Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field

Operating lifts:
- Most lifts are operating with most courses open

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


Hakuba Norikura Onsen

Operating lifts:
- All lifts apart from Alps Number 7 and 10 are operating

Official snow depth:
- 215cm


Hakuba Valley Kashimayari

Operating lifts:
- All lifts apart are operating

Official snow depth:
- 135cm


Hakuba Sanosaka

Operating lifts:
- All three lifts are operating

Official snow depth:
- 105cm


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 5pm until 9pm in the Nakiyama 2 area
Adults - 2,000 yen; children - 1,200 yen

Hakuba Goryu
Daily from 6pm 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 - 1,900 yen; children - 850 yen

Hakuba Cortina
Daily from 5pm until 8pm (until 9pm on Saturdays)
Adults - 1,500 yen; children - 1,000 yen

Tsugaike Kogen
Kane-no-naru-oka area from 6pm until 8:50pm on 3rd, 10th, 11th February
Karamatsu Shirakaba area from 6pm until 9pm on 20th, 27th January; 10th, 11th, 17th February; 3rd, 10th March
Adults - 2,200 yen; children - 1,700 yen

There are no other nighta operations at other ski resorts in the region
   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Saturday 20th January 2018, 8:34am
Weather conditions: Sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Shiga Kogen.

The sun is out and it's relatively mild and calm. Kind of feels more like March than January. Which makes it a fine day to be outside and enjoying the skiing, but we could do with a return to that mid winter feel and lots of fresh snow.

That is due to happen early in the week and if the forecasts are right it is going to get really cold and really snowy. Oh yes. Tanoshi-mi!


Official snow depths numbers reported by different areas of Shiga Kogen:

Please note that these numbers are the official numbers that ski resorts publish and we check and update them each morning.



Ichinose Family

Ichinose Diamond




Okushiga Kogen

Sun Valley

Takamagahara Mammoth



180cm   Read more ...

Madarao Now!

Saturday 20th January 2018, 8:39am
Weather conditions: Sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from a sunny Madarao.

Blue skies and sunshine is how the weekend is starting.

Heavy snowfall - still coming soon. The forecasts still tell us to expect things to kick off around Monday night and through the coming week. :)

Today and tomorrow you can try out some Blastrack gear - it's free, so get yourself over the the Super quad lift if you want to check it out (9:30am - 2:30pm).


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
Powder Wave II
River Line
Free Ride Park
Powder Theater
Adventure Aisle
Crystal Bowl

Kids Park
Snow Mobile Land

Planned nighta operations this season:

11th February 2018
Every Saturday between 4th January and 24th March 2018   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Saturday 20th January 2018, 9:02am
Weather conditions: Sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Zao.

The sun is out again this morning. It's a beauty.

We could do with that fresh snow though and the forecasts are still showing that we should be enjoying that from later in the day on Monday with a strong winter snap continuing for the rest of the week.

It's great to have the sun out but a return to expected peak season weather will be very welcome.


Lifts and course info:

- All lifts operating
- All areas open

Official snow depths:

- Summit area: 135cm
- Paradise area: 150cm
- Chuo area: 150cm
- Utopia area: 160cm
- Uwanodai area: 90cm
- Oomori area: 90cm


Zao Onsen forecast:

Zao Onsen 6-day snow and weather forecast

Floodlit night skiing is planned as follows:

In the Uwanodai area:
Daily until Sunday 4th March 2018
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only from Friday 9th March until Sunday 18th March 2018

In the Yokokura area:
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only 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:

January 2018: 20th-21st, 27th-31st
February 2018: every day
March 2018: 1st-4th   Read more ...

Minakami Now!

Saturday 20th January 2018, 10:01am
Weather conditions: Overcast
New snowfall: 1cm
Snow depth: --
Tiny dusting at the base of Tenjin last night and looks like they got the same up top. Weather here is overcast and the forecast expects snow to start falling this afternoon. Fingers crossed for a reasonable amount as we could use it. Temperatures a little above zero here at 675m above sea level at 10am.

The coming week looks very promising and hoping for not too much snow. All gullies are filled, all streams are covered, there are a few pesky glide cracks on steep terrain but daily falls of 30cm would be ideal to keep things safe and accessible with good snow. Have a feeling it could be a lot more though given the forecast.


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.
   Read more ...

Appi Kogen Now!

Saturday 20th January 2018, 11:49am
Weather conditions: Clear blue skies
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: --
Apologies for the missed report yesterday.

Hello from Appi,

Clear blue here at Appi and light winds are going to make a great day here at Appi with about 5cm on and off received yesterday.

Light winds for most of the day then increasing through tomorrow night. Not much in the way of snow forecast for our corner of the world here until late Monday night and into Tuesday.

All runs are open today and fairly light crowds forecast. Bring your sunscreen if you are coming and a smile.


Planned lift operations:

- Weekend lift operations as normal

Note: The Sailer Gondola, Central Number 4 lift and Vista quad are usually rested on normal weekdays


Official snow depth:

195cm   Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Saturday 20th January 2018, 12:07pm
Weather conditions: Just a few clouds out there
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
It is a nice day.

I have to say that, although we would really like to see some powder snow again. It will come (it really looks like it’s coming in the next week!).

Pretty warm out there, though, and that sun is coming down hard. Spring skiing! In January!

The nasty rain crust is disappearing slowly into the snow. Interesting to see what it will do up the mountain. Hopefully it will just disappear into the snowpack and not leave a dangerous weak layer.

I realize it’s getting late here; lots of visitors coming in to share snow notes and my coffee! But that’s what Myoko is all about... So temps are a lot higher than what was reported early in the day (and shown below).


Akakura Kanko:
230 cm, -3°

Akakura Onsen:
265cm, -5°

Ikenotaira Onsen:
195cm, 0°

Myoko Suginohara:
160cm, -9°

Seki Onsen:
330 cm, -1°

Myoko Ski Park:
180 cm, 1°

Kyukamura RunRun:
200 cm, 0°

Tangram Ski Circus:
180 cm, -3°

Madarao Kogen:
170 cm, -1°

Read more ...

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21st Jan, 9:34am
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21st Jan, 9:34am
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21st Jan, 9:22
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21st Jan, 9:06
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21st Jan, 9:01
Niseko Now
21st Jan, 8:39
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21st Jan, 8:13
Appi Kogen Now
21st Jan, 8:12
Furano Now
21st Jan, 8:10
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21st Jan, 8:07
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19th Jan, 8:21
Grandeco Now
06th Dec, 14:16am