Snow and weather reports posted on Friday 10th April 2020

Furano Now!

Saturday 22nd February 2020, 7:56am
Weather conditions: Partly cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
It is a nice Saturday morning here in Furano. Conditions above are partly cloudy and some snow is on the forecast for the afternoon. There is a light to moderate breeze at the base of the resort. It is -7c at the moment will warm up to around -1c by midday.

Operating lifts:

Kitanomine Gondola
Kitanomine Romance Chair
Kitanomine quad chair
Kitanomine Snow Escalator
Link lift

Furano Ropeway
Furano Downhill chair #1
Furano Downhill chair #2
Furano Downhill chair #3
Prince Romance chair
Furano Snow Escalator

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

Geto Kogen Now!

Saturday 22nd February 2020, 8:01am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Geto.

Fine weather yesterday, no fresh snow and cloudy conditions this morning in the region.

Rather mild conditions too.

It should be getting colder tonight though and perhaps some fresh snow incoming.

Monday is a national holiday and it will be the last nighta (night floodlit opening) of the season.

Wow, can hardly believe I'm saying that but indeed March is just around the corner...


Official snow depths:

* Top: 295cm
* Base: 165cm

Planned operating lift information - subject to change:

* Number 1 Gondola
* Number 2 Gondola (operates on weekends and holidays only)
* Number 1 pair lift
* Number 2 pair lift
* Quad lift

Courses & Tree Runs:

* All of the main official courses are available
* Summit, Beech, Stream, Rabbit and Shooter 2-4 open; subject to change
* Check with resort for latest on tree run courses

Nighta skiing operations

* Weekends and holidays until 24th February 2020   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Saturday 22nd February 2020, 8:31am
Weather conditions: Overcast
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning.

Monday 24th is a national holiday in Japan (to celebrate the Emperor's birthday) - a new national holiday for this year with the new Emperor - and so for many people it is the start of a long weekend.


There's no fresh snow to celebrate this morning and it's fairly mild and overcast to start the day.

It's going to get milder as well, along with the chance of some rain later on.

The report below made me chuckle a bit with the 'off-piste is tracked out and horrible' comment. (No messing about there!)

But: all being well, it will be snowing again overnight so hopefully we can enjoy some fresher conditions tomorrow.

But (2): It's going to be windy during the day today probably but stormy windy conditions are expected tomorrow, enough for us to expect likely lift disruption so do keep that in mind.


Actually, as this report goes up at 8:30am, all top lifts and the Hanazono lifts appear to be on hold according to the official site (though I can see the base Hanazono one moving on the webcam, not sure what's happening there)... I'd check with the resorts for the latest.


Niseko Avalanche Report

Moiwa Mountain Base320m -5°@4am, -2°@6am, no new snowfall. Moiwa 800m: SW 5m/s(wind meter failure), -7.0°, no new snow or snowdrift development. Annupuri 1000m: Snowpack 180cm, strong S wind, -6° no new snow. Yu no Sawa 1000m: WSW 237deg 7.8m/s, -8.1°. Niseko Village 900m: S 187deg 6.8m/s, -7.0°. Hirafu 1000m :S 189deg 11.8m/s, -8.4°. Hanazono 720m: SSW 206deg 9.4m/s, -5.1°. Coastal data: Benkei Cape: S 11m/s. Kamui Cape S 5m/s, 1024hPa, wave 0.7m.

A southerly wind has picked up bringing warm air into the area with the approach of a low pressure system. There is no new snow and above 1000m strong winds and bad visibility on the east side of the mountains. Expect gates 2,3 to be closed. Off-piste is tracked out and horrible and low light is making it hard to see the snow surface. Groomers are still OK though, best to stay close by and ride them today. Be careful crashing and falling down. This information is published to help minimize accidents in out of bounds areas. Helmets are strongly recommended. Next winter wearing a helmet and beacon will be compulsory to use the Niseko gates system. Have a good day.


Ski resort operation information: Saturday 22nd February 2020

Niseko Grand Hirafu

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 270cm
- Base: 105cm

All lifts are normally operating EXCEPT:
- Ace Number 1 pair lift (normally rested)
- King Number 2 quad lift (normally rested)

All courses normally open

Lifts scheduled for late operations:
- Ace Family quad until 8:30pm
- Ace Number 2 Center Four quad until 8:20pm
- Hirafu Gondola until 8:10pm
- Holiday Number 1 pair until 8:30pm


Niseko HANAZONO Resort

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 193cm
- Base: 120cm

All lifts are normally operating


Niseko Annupuri

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 180cm
- Base: 110cm

All lifts are normally operating

Lift scheduled for late operations:
- Jumbo Number 1 quad until 8:30pm


Niseko Village

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 190cm
- Base: 110cm

All lifts normally operating EXCEPT:
- Country Road Chair (normally rested)

Lifts scheduled for late operations:
- Annupuri Village Gondola until 8:00pm
- Village Express until 8:00pm
- Banzai Chair until 8:00pm   Read more ...

Yuzawa Now!

Saturday 22nd February 2020, 8:34am
Weather conditions: Generally cloudy but bright, some blue sky in places and to the north
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Yuzawa.

After a sunny and mild spring-like day yesterday, it is a very mild start to the day today and currently 7C. A high of around 12C is expected in town later on. And there is that chance of us catching some rain too.

But. But!

Snow is due overnight and tomorrow, so hopefully things will look better soon.

Unfortunately GALA Yuzawa is closed for the day today due to some strong southerly winds that are forecast. It looks like Kagura and other ski resorts are opening as normal.

Right now it doesn't feel particularly windy down here in town.

Monday is a national holiday in Japan and so it's a long weekend. Normally we'd expect it to be a busy one. Weather forecasts and those other things at the top of the the news might affect people coming up for the weekend, so we'll just have to see...


The weather might not be very inspiring today, but I do have something that will be good news for some of you.

We have a limited number of 1 day ski lift ticket vouchers to give away to SnowJapan readers:

Yuzawa Town:
This voucher can be exchanged at any ski resort in Yuzawa town (valid until 31st March 2020)
Minamiuonuma City:
This voucher can be exchanged at any ski resort in Minamiuonuma city (valid until 29th March 2020)

If you would like one of those please send us an email to with 'Lift ticket' as the subject line and let us know which you would like (Yuzawa or Minamiuonuma). You could perhaps also let us know how we're doing; or how you're doing!

Please only request if you are pretty sure that you would be able to use the ticket if you win.

We will be able to send them out on Tuesday next week, so this offer is open until late Monday. We will contact winners (chosen at random) late Monday, asking for a postal address in Japan. (Sorry, we can't send them outside Japan).

Good luck.


The Audi FIX Alpen Ski World Cup 2020 event is being held at the Naeba resort today and tomorrow.

Hope it goes well and good luck to everyone taking part.


Individual ski resort information: Saturday 22nd February 2020
All information checked and updated manually for each report. Subject to change.

GALA Yuzawa

- Closed today due to wind
- Official snow depth: 170cm

Ishiuchi Maruyama

- All areas are open
- Official snow depth: 130cm (upper); 80cm (mid)


- All lifts (apart from Number 1 pair) and most of mid to upper area open
- Official snow depth: 95cm

Joetsu Kokusai

- All areas are now open, some courses unavailable
- Official snow depth: 130cm


- All areas of Kagura are open
- The downhill course will not be open this season (due to autumn typhoon damage)
- The Dragondola connecting with Naeba is operating
- Official snow depth: 250cm

Kandatsu Snow Resort

- All lifts are operating; most courses open
- Official snow depth: 115cm

Maiko Snow Resort

- All the main areas are now open; some course restrictions
- Official snow depth: 130cm (upper); 30cm (base)

Muikamachi Hakkaisan

- 12 of 14 courses open; all lifts operating
- Official snow depth: 180cm


- 19 of 22 courses open
- Some course restrictions due to World Cup event
- Official snow depth: 90cm
- Details on Naeba Now report here

NASPA Ski Garden

- All main courses apart from D are open; all lifts operating
- Official snow depth: 75cm

Yuzawa Kogen

- The top area via Yuzawa Kogen Ropeway is fully open
- The base areas are also open
- The Ropeway connecting Yuzawa Kogen with the Southern Area of GALA Yuzawa is closed (GALA closed today)
- Official snow depth: 120cm (Kogen); 30cm (base)

Yuzawa Nakazato

- Number 1, 2, 3 and 5 lifts are operating
- Official snow depth: 85cm

Yuzawa Park

- All lifts are operating
- Official snow depth: 80cm


Photos (below) from around 8:30am on Saturday 22nd February 2020:

- Yuzawa Kogen
- NASPA Ski Garden
- Ishiuchi Maruyama (2)
- Route 17/Yuzawa IC exit
- Maiko Snow Resort   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Saturday 22nd February 2020, 8:42am
Weather conditions: Cloud, blue sky
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Nozawa.

It's going to be mild again today, even more so than yesterday, with the chance of light rain sometime later this afternoon. We are expecting colder conditions tomorrow as well as some fresh snow so tomorrow should be more exciting.

The Nagasaka Gondola and top lifts are on hold at the start of this morning due to windy conditions on the upper mountain. That may well change if conditions allow.


For this long weekend (Monday is a national holiday), lifts plan to be open 30 minutes than usual through Monday.


Saturday 22nd February 2020

Fresh snowfall recorded by resort since yesterday morning:

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

Official snow depth numbers (reported by resort):

- Yamabiko (1407m): 180cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 125cm
- Hikage (660m): 60cm
- Nagasaka (615m): 40cm
- Karasawa (563m): 20cm

All lifts normally operating apart from the following lifts:

- Top lifts on hold at the start of the day due to wind
- Nagasaka Gondola, top Yamabiko, Uenotaira, Skyline pair, Mizunashi and Yunomine lifts on hold

All courses normally open apart from the following courses:

- Grand Prix
- Jumping
- Hachiman
- Mukobayashi
- Skyline (lower area)

Nighta until 8:00pm

- Nagasaka Four lift operates during nighta
- Every Saturday until 28th March
- 23rd February
- 20th March
- Subject to change   Read more ...

Madarao Now!

Saturday 22nd February 2020, 8:53am
Weather conditions: Cloud, blue sky
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Madarao.

A bit windy this morning but lifts appear to be starting up as planned.

Cloudy to start the day though more blue sky to see now. We are forecast generally cloudy skies and a bit of rain later this afternoon but by the time I post my next report I should hopefully be able to talk about some fresh snow on the ground and snowy conditions are forecast for tomorrow. Sounds good.

Nighta tonight.

Monday is a holiday in Japan (Emperor's Birthday), so for many people it's a long weekend. Fresh snow tomorrow would be most welcome.


Current operations: Saturday 22nd February 2020


- All lifts apart should be operating
- Powder Wave and Crystal Bowl tree run courses closed
- Other tree run courses open
- Official snow depth: 100cm

Tangram Ski Circus:

- All lifts are operating
- Most courses open
- Official snow depth: 75cm   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Saturday 22nd February 2020, 9:25am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Hakuba.

It was a beautiful spring-like day yesterday with blue skies, sunshine and incredible scenery.

This morning we have cloudy skies above us.

There might be rain later on, but by tomorrow morning I hope there will be some snow on the ground to report to you making for a nicer Sunday!

The information in this table is data reported by the ski resortsNew snowfall (lower)New snowfall (upper)TOTAL ACCUMULATION (UPPER)
Hakuba 470cm0cm400cm
Hakuba Cortina0cm0cm471cm
Hakuba Goryu0cm0cm432cm
Hakuba Happo-one0cm0cm550cm

IMPORTANT: See below for an explanation of the above data

Monday is a new national holiday in Japan.

Tomorrow is the Emperor's Birthday, and so because tomorrow is a Sunday that means that Monday is the national holiday. So it is a long 3-day weekend for many people.


The 'most courses open' / 'part open' notes for each ski resort (below) are what the resorts are saying.

They're kind of official info - just like the snow depth numbers.

Please keep in mind though that - as one clear example - Tsugaike Kogen are classifying themselves as 'all courses open', when one of the lower courses can be seen in the webcam image below (the 7th image)...


Individual ski resort information
The below information is checked from official sources and manually adjusted each morning.

Hakuba Happo-one

Operating lifts:
- All lifts apart from the lifts noted below are normally operating:
- Nakiyama Number 2 pair
- Shirakaba Number 1 pair
- Shirakaba Number 2 pair
- Central pair
- Sakka Number 2 pair
- Sakka Number 3 triple

Courses open:
- All courses apart from the following are at least part open:
- Central
- Olympic II
- Kita-one
- Kokusai
- Nakiyama Wall/North
- Shirakaba North
- Sakka
- Kurobishi off-piste
- Nakiyama South and Shirakaba South base areas are open; others closed
- You can also take the Gondola or other lifts back down to base

Official snow depth:
- Kurobishi: 170cm
- Usagidaira: 110cm
- Nakiyama: 70cm

Hakuba 47

All lifts apart from the lifts noted below are normally operating:
- Pair Line D (usually only operates when Gondola not operating)

Courses open:
- All main courses now open
- Tree Riding Zones: upper area part open

Official snow depth:
- Top: 170cm
- Base: 55cm

Hakuba Goryu

Operating lifts:
- All lifts are normally operating

Courses open:
- All courses are open now apart from the following:
- Cosmo River
- Straight Whiskey
- Snow Diving
- Adventure

Official snow depth:
- Alps: 185cm
- Toomi: 75cm
- Iimori: 45cm

Tsugaike Kogen

Official snow depth:
- Tsuga-no-mori: 155cm
- Maruyama: 40cm
- Kane-no-naru-oka: 30cm
- All courses open

Hakuba Cortina

Official snow depth & info:
- Top: 137cm
- Base: 67cm
- Most courses open

Hakuba Valley Kashimayari

Official snow depth & info:
- Top: 100cm
- All courses open

Hakuba Norikura Onsen

Official snow depth & info:
- Top: 110cm
- Most courses open

Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field

Official snow depth & info:
- Top: 90cm
- Part open

Hakuba Sanosaka

Official snow depth & info:
- Top: 60cm
- All courses open


- Top: 10cm
- Closed


Photos today (below):

- Hakuba Happo-one [Usagidaira]
- Hakuba Happo-one [Usagidaira]
- Hakuba Goryu [base 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


About the data in the above ‘snowfall as reported by ski resorts’ table
* The table within the above report contains data that is published by individual ski resorts
* The data shown is the amount of snowfall that the ski resorts are themselves reporting each 24 hour period on the upper areas of their mountain
* The source ‘new snowfall’ data and ‘total accumulation’ data is not updated at the same time
* The ‘new snowfall’ data is updated in the morning
* The ‘accumulation’ data is apparently updated/refreshed at midnight
* That means that there is a time lag between the two numbers being updated
* We manually check and update the data just before we publish each Hakuba Now report - so the data in each Hakuba Now report table is what is available at that time
* Any odd-looking numbers are due to the source data. We are not responsible for and have no control over the data. We are simply sharing the data with you
* Just to be extra clear, unlike our own ‘observed snowfall’ data from base that we show at the top of each report, the data in the table is not an independent observation by SnowJapan
* A more in-depth introduction and explanation can be found in this report   Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Saturday 22nd February 2020, 9:27am
Weather conditions: Increasingly cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Warm and windy to start the three-day weekend.

We are definitely in spring in February now; the snow is nice and rotten and breakable (don't venture beyond where the grooming cats go!). It's getting cloudier, too. Can rain be far behind? So far so good, so get out early and make some turns in soft snow and smile a bit.

The beer is cold and waiting for you (see, we can be positive). Never mind the disappearing snowpack (and it is going down, whatever the resort report...)


Akakura Kanko:
200cm, -3°C

Akakura Onsen:
260cm, 3°C

Ikenotaira Onsen:
130cm, -1°

Myoko Suginohara:
80cm, 1°

Seki Onsen:
350cm, -3 (and don't believe this at all)

Myoko Ski Park:
130cm, 3°

Kyukamura RunRun:
150cm, 5°

Tangram Ski Circus:
75cm, 1°

Madarao Kogen:
100cm, 5°

Lotte Arai Resort
282cm, 11.1°

Kurohime Kogen Snow Park
20cm, 8°    Read more ...

Appi Kogen Now!

Saturday 22nd February 2020, 9:30am
Weather conditions: Mostly cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Appi!

Unfortunately no new snow this morning.

At present it is cloudy above the mountain with gentle winds. Snow and stronger winds are set to move in this afternoon, following a significantly warmer bluebird day yesterday.

Today all lifts are operating as normal.


APPI is open with the following lifts normally operating (subject to change):

- Appi Gondola
- Central quad lift
- Central Number 2 lift
- Central Number 3A lift
- Central Number 4 lift
- Central Number 5 lift
- Central Number 6 lift
- Nishimori lift
- Sailer quad lift
- Vista quad lift

- Most normal courses at APPI are open
- Dragon tail, Cruise 1, Cruise 2, Bravo, Attack tree run courses are normally open

Snowfall numbers
The below numbers are reported by the resort

Cumulative snowfall:

Natural snow depth:
205cm   Read more ...

Naeba Now!

Saturday 22nd February 2020, 9:55am
Weather conditions: Sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Naeba.

The big event is here - the Audi FIX Alpen Ski World Cup 2020 is being held here in Naeba today and tomorrow. A lot of people have been working hard to put it all together.

Tons of fresh snow would have been ideal, of course, but we'll have to make do with what we have. Happily, there are blue skies above and any rain might hold off until late today... and then there is a chance of snow overnight tonight.

It is a mild morning with a bit of wind but that shouldn't be affecting the event.

Let's hope it is a success and all the very best to everyone competing.

Let's Naeba!


The resort remains open to the public of course, but restrictions apply. If you are here, there's plenty of info around to keep you heading in the right direction.


Planned course restrictions for the above event and others are as follows:

18th-22nd February

Mens Riesen + Number 3 course:
Until 22nd February

Mens Riesen Slalom
24th-28th February

Number 1 course:
24th February - 1st March

Number 2 course:
24th-25th February

Number 3 course:
Until 1st March


Official snow depth:

- 90cm

Planned operating lifts:

- Prince Number 2 Gondola
- Takenokodaira romance pair lift
- Takenokoyama romance pair lift
- Number 4 romance pair lift
- Number 3 high speed lift
- Number 5 high speed lift (open for nighta until 8:30pm)
- Hiuchi Number 1 romance pair lift
- Dragondola

Courses planned to be open:

- 19 of 22 courses are normally open
- The Dragondola is operating to get over to the Tashiro Area of the Kagura resort   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Saturday 22nd February 2020, 10:02am
Weather conditions: Fine/cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Hello from Shiga Kogen.

It doesn't feel too windy right now but stronger winds are forecast for today. Naughty southerly ones too.

A mixed bag early morning with varying levels of clearer conditions and sunshine and cloud.

It will be a relatively mild day and colder tomorrow. Chances of some fresh snow.

Mid week is looking fairly promising too for more snowfall. That would be good.


All areas and connections at Shiga Kogen are now open (with just a few minor exceptions).


Photos: Kumanoyu, Takamagahara Mammoth and Hasuike Junction


Shiga Kogen resort info: Saturday 22nd February 2020

The below information is manually checked.
Official snow depth numbers are as reported by the ski resorts themselves.

- Official snow depth: 160cm

Ichinose Family
- Official snow depth: 170cm

- Official snow depth: 170cm

- Official snow depth: 100cm

Okushiga Kogen
- Official snow depth: 170cm

Takamagahara Mammoth
- Official snow depth: 170cm

- Official snow depth: 160cm

- Official snow depth: 160cm

- Official snow depth: 220cm


Originally planned night time operations at the Shiga Kogen ski areas are as follows; subject to change, so please check with the resorts.
Note that separate lift tickets are required.

Ichinose Diamond
22nd-23rd February 2020
20th-21st March 2020
Quad lift
6:30pm until 9:00pm

Ichinose Family
Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays until 21st March 2020
Number 2 pair B lift
6:30pm until 9:00pm

Every Saturday until 28th March 2020
23rd February 2020
20th March 2020
Number 1 pair lift
6:30pm until 9:00pm

Takamagahara Mammoth
Saturdays until 21st March 2020
23rd February 2020
20th March 2020
Number 2 triple lift
6:30pm until 8:30pm

Sun Valley
22nd-23rd February 2020
Number 1 quad lift
7:00pm until 8:30pm

Every Saturday until 29th February 2020
23rd February 2020
Number 3 high speed lift
6:00pm until 8:00pm


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. Approach Shiga Kogen using Route 292 from the west (Nagano/Nakano/Yamanouchi)
   Read more ...

Aizu Bandai Now!

Saturday 22nd February 2020, 10:06am
Weather conditions: Cloud, some blue sky
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning.

A cloudy morning but some blue sky too - and mild conditions as expected.

Things should be changing from tonight though and we can hope for some snow tomorrow.

In the meantime, there's some big news to report to you this morning...


Alts Bandai --- Nekoma walk route open from today

Readers of this report last year might remember the experimental opening of a 'walk course' that connects the top area of the Alts Bandai and Nekoma resorts, which are located on the south and north sides of the mountain.

Well, they are opening it up again from today.

This official walking course is about 800m long and takes about 15 minutes, give or take.

See the image below. Alts is on the left side of the line, Nekoma is on the right. The walking route is shown in orange.

The route is scheduled to be open every day when Nekoma is operating (so it will not be available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays until 3rds March), and might also close due to bad weather conditions.

Planned opening times are 10:00am until 3:00pm.

Make sure you have a valid ticket:

If you have an Alts Bandai 1 day or afternoon ticket, you can use the course and lifts over on the Nekoma side during the opening times.

If you have a Nekoma 1 day (+ Alts) ticket, you can use the course and lifts over at Alts Bandai during the opening times.

I recommend checking with the resorts if you want to check it out.

Good to see it open again!


Grandeco Snow Resort:
- 5 (of 5) lifts operating
- 13 (of 13) courses open
- Official snow depth: 130cm

Hoshino Resort Alts Bandai
- 6 (of 8) lifts operating
- 15 (of 25) courses open
- Official snow depth: 110cm (top); 70cm (mid)

Hoshino Resort Urabandai Nekoma:
- Nekoma is closed on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays in February
- 5 (of 5) lifts operating
- 11 (of 11) courses open
- Official snow depth: 120cm

- 3 (of 9) lifts operating
- 4 (of 18) courses open
- Official snow depth: 30cm

Listel Ski Fantasia:
- Part open
- Official snow depth: 45cm

- 3 (of 3) lifts operating
- 8 (of 12) courses open
- Official snow depth: 95cm


Photos today:

- Walk route image
- Grandeco
- Minowa   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Saturday 22nd February 2020, 10:10am
Weather conditions: Mostly cloudy, possibly clearing up
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning.

Lots of cloud early on this morning but there are signs that it might be clearing a little and we might get some sunshine. Might end up being another fine day.

It's the weekend and so the Karamatsu pair is spinning.

And to celebrate, the forecast is looking quite promising actually... in terms of snow over the coming week. We may have some strong winds affecting operations tomorrow, but snow at the same time. And more snow due mid week too.

Today would probably the better pick over tomorrow.

It is also a long weekend because Monday is a national holiday. This is a new national holiday for this year as it is to celebrate the birthday of the new Emperor.


All lifts are now normally operating apart from the following:

- Zao Paradise Number 3 pair
- Diamond Number 1 pair
- Astraea Number 3 pair
- Yokokura Number 2 pair

- All courses are now mostly open; some restricted areas

Official snow depths (as reported by resort):

- Summit area: 85cm
- Paradise area: 95cm
- Chuo area: 110cm
- Utopia area: 90cm
- Uwanodai area: 50cm
- Oomori area: 40cm


Night time operations:

** Subject to change. Please check with the resort! **

Nighta in the Uwanodai area is scheduled daily 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 Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through 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 upcoming dates:

February 2020: all days apart from Tuesdays, subject to conditions.

Note: there is an extra charge for this night time Ropeway operation.   Read more ...

Minakami Now!

Saturday 22nd February 2020, 10:48am
Weather conditions: Sunny with scattered clouds
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
It didn't freeze at my place overnight, that's never a good sign.

It's also quite warm today and a drive to Hodaigi and back reveals a very distinct lack of snow all over the place.

That said, it was pretty good up high at Mt Tanigawa yesterday and looks like some snow tonight through Monday when it's forecast to clear.

Strong winds are expected tomorrow but the forecasters got this wrong last time they predicted a big wind event. Looks like a solid storm on the menu for Wednesday and Thursday.



Normally part open
Note: closed on Tuesdays

Number 1 and 2 lifts running and associated courses open
Official snow depth: 60cm

Tanigawadake Tenjindaira
Official snow depth: 170cm

Minakami Hodaigi
All lifts apart from Number 1 running; all courses open
Official snow depth: 110cm

Minakami Kogen Ski Resort
All lifts are running; most courses open
Official snow depth: 105cm

Norn Minakami
All lifts are running; all courses apart from Course A open
Official snow depth: 90cm

Okutone Snow Park
Number 1 pair A, Number 2 pair B, Number 3 pair B and Number 4 lifts are running
5 of 9 courses are open
Official snow depth: 70cm

White Valley
Part open
Official snow depth: 50cm   Read more ...

SnowJapan Daily 'Now' reports

Myoko Now
10th Apr, 10:24
Niseko Now
10th Apr, 8:24
Appi Kogen Now
10th Apr, 8:09
Nozawa Onsen Now
10th Apr, 8:02
Minakami Now
10th Apr, 8:01
Zao Now
10th Apr, 7:59
Shiga Kogen Now
10th Apr, 7:52
Yuzawa Now
10th Apr, 7:38
Hakuba Now
10th Apr, 7:29am
Aizu Bandai Now
10th Apr, 7:23
Furano Now
09th Apr, 8:09
Geto Kogen Now
09th Apr, 7:47
Naeba Now
05th Apr, 9:01
Madarao Now
31st Mar, 9:23am
Grandeco Now
06th Dec, 14:16am