Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 26th May 2019

Myoko Now!

Sunday 24th February 2019, 7:53am
Weather conditions: Sunny and clear
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Sunny, cold and hard snow today.

The snow really firmed up with some cold temperatures overnight; go out and walk right across the surface of the snow.... Looks like it will soften up with warm temperatures and a south wind gently blowing in today.

Not really any snow worth mentioning ahead, in fact. Oh, well, a spring spell before, maybe, hopefully, we get one more good powder session.


Akakura Kanko:
290cm, -4°

Akakura Onsen:
365cm, -3°

Ikenotaira Onsen:
225cm, -6°

Myoko Suginohara:
170cm, -6° (top)

Seki Onsen:
490cm, -2°

Myoko Ski Park:
300cm, 5°

Kyukamura RunRun:
330cm, 0°

Tangram Ski Circus:
220cm, 0°

Madarao Kogen:
270cm, -3°

Lotte Arai Resort
500cm, -0.6°

Kurohime Kogen Snow Park
190cm, -2°    Read more ...

Geto Kogen Now!

Sunday 24th February 2019, 7:56am
Weather conditions: Clear and sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
The blue skies and sunshine continue and there's not really much else to say right at the moment.

Cold overnight but milder during the day. And lots of sunshine.

There may be more cloud tomorrow and as with other regions of Japan there really isn't much sign of fresh snow on the horizon, until perhaps around Thursday.


Official snow depths:

* Top: 375cm
* Base: 260cm

Planned operating lifts - subject to change due to weather:

* Number 1 Gondola
* Number 2 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 ...

Furano Now!

Sunday 24th February 2019, 8:09am
Weather conditions: Bluebird
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
It is a really nice morning and as is usually the case with early morning clear skies, the temperature is cold. It is -11c as I write this up, and will head up to +1c by midday. There is no new snow to report, but yesterday's 1cm at base translated to a good 5-10cm at the top of the resort. Overnight the main runs have been nicely groomed and that powder from yesterday means there is a bit of fun to be had in the ungroomed areas.

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!

Sunday 24th February 2019, 8:28am
Weather conditions: Clear and sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Madarao.

There's really not much to say this morning other than - blue skies and sunshine!

Remember the sunscreen and protective eyewear otherwise you might regret it tonight.


Planned operations for Sunday 24th February 2019

Official snow depth at Madarao:


Madarao info:

All lifts 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 ...

Niseko Now!

Sunday 24th February 2019, 8:30am
Weather conditions: Blue skies and sunshine
New snowfall: 3cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from my Hirafu base.

Interesting. I have 3cm of fresh snowfall to report to you this morning which was delivered overnight. Very good to see that. And I notice that some of the resorts are adding a bit of snow to their snow depths. Perhaps there might be closer to 10cm of fresh up top> I think we need to investigate - don't worry, I will take on said task. (The things I have to do!)

It is a lovely morning with blue skies and sunshine. Temperature under zero now but will probably rise a bit into positive numbers at base during the day.

As 8:30am approaches, it seems that all top lifts are not starting up right away due to gusty westerly winds up there. Details below as they are at 8:30am. Lots of people lining up waiting for those first lifts.

Should be a good day.

And more sunshine is expected tomorrow.


Niseko Avalanche Report:

Mountain Base 6.00am: -6°, no new snow. Moiwa 800m: -7.6°, WSW2.19m/s. Annupuri 1100m: -9.7°, WSW9.2m/s, snow depth 250cm. Hirafu 1000m: -8.7°, N4.4m/s, Hirafu Peak: -12°. Kutchan Weather Station: -12.3°, NW0.4m/s, snow depth 158cm. Cape Benkei: SSW3m/s, Cape Kamui: SSW20m/s, pressure 1015hPa, wave 1.1m.

From data and observation the general avalanche risk is low. All peak gates are expected to be open. Please listen to the patrol's advice before going out the gates. Do not duck the ropes.

The atmospheric pressure gradient is getting steeper to the north and the wind is increasing. Beware of a sudden change in weather. Cold temperatures have kept the snow conditions hard, be careful falling and going for a long slide. To avoid getting caught in a large scale avalanche avoid riding in the valley bottoms. Although cornices seem stable, if they collapse the will cause a lot of damage. Expect pieces as big and heavy as a bus. Do not wait around under cornices. Have a good day.


Ski resort operation information: Sunday 24th February 2019
Subject to change due to weather conditions

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 340cm
- Base: 145cm

Ski lifts operating:
- Top Ace and Pair 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: 247cm
- Base: 206cm

Ski lifts operating:
- Top lift 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: 320cm
- Base: 150cm

Ski lifts operating:
- Top Jumbo pair lift 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: 320cm
- Base: 150cm

Ski lifts operating:
- Top Wonderland lift 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.   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Sunday 24th February 2019, 8:33am
Weather conditions: Clear blue skies
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning all.

Apparently today is 'Yuki-no-hi' (Snow Day?). It might be more appropriate if it were dumping fresh fluffy stuff rather than the brilliant clear blue skies that we have this morning, but let's take some time to appreciate the snow anyway. As if we don't every day!

Quite a lot of cloud around during the day yesterday - even some limited visibility out on the slopes in some places - but it cleared up for a beautiful evening.

So yes. This morning it is blue skies and sunshine. Kimochi-ii!

It was cold overnight and early morning - it's going to be warming up though. Expect temps hitting around 8C in the village this afternoon.

So yes (2). Feels rather spring-like.

More sun tomorrow but probably more cloud.

Next snow? Forecasts currently say around Thursday.


Ski resort information on Sunday 24th 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: 250cm
- Usagidaira: 160cm
- Nakiyama: 95cm


Hakuba Goryu

Official snow depth:
- Top: 265cm
- Toomi: 140cm
- Iimori: 100cm


Hakuba 47

Official snow depth:
- Top: 265cm
- Base: 115cm


Tsugaike Kogen

Official snow depth:
- Tsuga-no-mori: 270cm
- Han-no-ki: 265cm
- Maruyama: 135cm
- Shirakaba: 230cm
- Champion: 130cm
- Oya-no-hara: 140cm
- Kane-no-naru-oka: 135cm


Hakuba Cortina

Official snow depth:
- Top: 245cm
- Base: 160cm


Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field

Official snow depth:
- Mountain Side: 190cm
- Village Side: 120cm


Hakuba Norikura Onsen

Official snow depth:
- 210cm


Hakuba Valley Kashimayari

Official snow depth:
- 210cm


Hakuba Sanosaka

Official snow depth:
- Top: 100cm
- Base: 50cm


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 2nd March
Adults - 2,200 yen; children - 1,700 yen   Read more ...

Aizu Bandai Now!

Sunday 24th February 2019, 8:36am
Weather conditions: Mostly clear blue skies, some cloud
New snowfall: 1cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning.

1cm of fresh snow overnight on the ground and maybe a bit more on the mountain.

Clear mountain views from the slopes and perfectly groomed courses - so it should be a very nice day for skiing and boarding.

It is a sunny morning so expect the snow conditions to change by the afternoon; best snow in the morning. While the sun is out though be sure to protect your eyes from the strong sun rays.

It is also a good day to hike up to Mt. Nishidaiten from Grandeco for back country ski - be sure to fill in the mountain report sheet at the ski centre if you are hiking up to the mountain.

Snow shoeing to the yellow fall (frozen fall) from Urabandai is also a popular activity.


The photos for today are from Grandeco, Nekoma and Urabandai (the three ski resorts in Urabandai).


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

Yuzawa Now!

Sunday 24th February 2019, 8:44am
Weather conditions: Clear and sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Yuzawa.

It did start snowing lightly yesterday and continued on and off in places during the day. No new cm of snow to report though.

Today, it is a beautiful Sunday morning. The sun is out. There are clear blue skies.

The snow around my place this morning is hard and crusty early morning. Groomers at the resorts should be a good choice. With temperatures warming up during the day (to around 8C in town this afternoon), conditions will be further softening up during the day.

Just an interesting bit of info I saw; Kagura were reporting a temperature of -9 high up early this morning.

Similar temps are forecast for tomorrow; maybe a bit more cloud. Not much sign of snow on the weekly forecast for the moment.

It's definitely spring-like conditions right now but it should be a fine day to be out on the mountains. I'm going to go enjoy it anyway.


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


Updated: 8:45am, Sunday 24th 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
- 290cm (official snow depth)

- 210cm (official snow depth)

- Kagura: 350cm (official snow depth)
- Mitsumata Area: 310cm (official snow depth)
- Tashiro Area: 330cm (official snow depth)

Kandatsu Kogen
- 230cm (official snow depth)

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

NASPA Ski Garden
- 230cm (official snow depth)

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

Yuzawa Park
- 180cm (official snow depth)

Yuzawa Nakazato
- 175cm (official snow depth)


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

Ishiuchi Maruyama
- Top: 250cm (official snow depth)
- Base: 200cm (official snow depth)

Joetsu Kokusai
- 270cm (official snow depth)

Maiko Snow Resort
- Top: 280cm (official snow depth)
- Base: 120cm (official snow depth)

Muikamachi Hakkaisan
- 300cm (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

Yuzawa Nakazato
Every Saturday until 9th March 2019
Number 2 romance pair lift
5:00pm until 8:30pm   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Sunday 24th February 2019, 9:05am
Weather conditions: Sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Nozawa.

It's going to be a sunny day and while it was pretty cold overnight it will be warming up to around 5C at base this afternoon.

The groomers should be in good conditions this morning and it will certainly feel good to be out in this weather, even if it's now slicing through deep fluff.

For some new of that fluff, we can look and hope for something around Thursday with clearer skies likely before that.

Have a fun Sunday.


Just noticed on the official site - it looks like the West course at Kandahar is open to the public today.


Sunday 24th February 2019

Fresh snowfall reported by the ski 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): 270cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 240cm
- Hikage (660m): 160cm
- Nagasaka (615m): 150cm
- Karasawa (563m): 110cm

All lifts apart from the following planned to be operating:

- 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) --- West Course open today?


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 ...

Naeba Now!

Sunday 24th February 2019, 9:14am
Weather conditions: Blue sky and sunshine
New snowfall: 1cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Naeba.

After a bit of light snow yesterday (just about managing 1cm for the report this morning), it's a cracker of a morning here. Bright blue skies, sunshine, not much wind. Yes, it feels good (though it does feel like spring).

Settled conditions likely through Wednesday with the chance of some fresh snowfall on Thursday. (We'll be gagging for it by then!)

Have fun. :)


Official snow depth:

- 210cm

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

- 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!

Sunday 24th February 2019, 9:18am
Weather conditions: Sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Zao.

Blue skies above! It's a beautiful morning in the region. The resort is still reporting a temperature of -9C as of 9am; it is currently 2C down at base now.

It might be a fine day but we could be doing with some fresh snow. Looks like we might have to wait until around Thursday for that, and it's an all Japan thing.

Fingers crossed that early March brings with it a return to more winter-like conditions.


We apologise for the disruption to our normal Zao Now reporting at the moment. Unfortunately this is unavoidable due to some personal circumstances. We are doing what we can to keep things going during this period and hope to get things back to normal soon. Thank you for your patience.


Operation info from official sources:

- All lifts operating
- All main course areas open

Official snow depths (as reported by resort):

- Summit area: 115cm
- Paradise area: 165cm
- Chuo area: 165cm
- Utopia area: 145cm
- Uwanodai area: 110cm
- Oomori area: 110cm


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 ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Sunday 24th February 2019, 10:11am
Weather conditions: Clear and sunny
New snowfall: 2cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning.

It was actually snowing yesterday and quite a bit for a short time too... it didn't last.

And this morning it's clear skies and spring-like sunshine. It definitely feels like the seasons are changing, though we all hope for more blasts of winter. We're probably going to have to wait until it becomes March before that happens. Or, maybe on Thursday. Would be a good way to end this month.

Before Thursday though we can mostly expect clearer skies and relatively mild temperatures.


Shiga Kogen resort info: Sunday 24th 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: 210cm

Ichinose Family
- Official snow depth: 210cm

Ichinose Yamanokami
- Official snow depth: 210cm

- Official snow depth: 190cm

- Official snow depth: 140cm

- Official snow depth: 200cm

Okushiga Kogen
- Official snow depth: 230cm

Sun Valley
- Official snow depth: 150cm

Takamagahara Mammoth
- Official snow depth: 210cm

Tannenomori Okojo
- Official snow depth: 210cm

- Official snow depth: 220cm

- Official snow depth: 210cm

- 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 ...

Minakami Now!

Sunday 24th February 2019, 17:22pm
Weather conditions: Clear and sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
The early Spring has been both cruel and kind. The former yesterday and the latter today.

No wind, blue skies, the snow softened right back into what fell two days before after being a bullet proof ice sheet yesterday. Today was a good one and there were about 300 mountaineers who went to the peak of Mt Tanigawa and only about 15 who slid back down.

There was top quality Spring corn on South Westerly aspects at around 1700m at 3pm. For the next few days, it's all about finding that creamy corn.

There is a hint of some weather starting Wednesday night. I have my hopes pinned on a full return to Winter but only time will tell.

[Temp as of 8am (it got very warm during the day!)]   Read more ...

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08th May, 8:47am
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07th May, 19:19pm
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06th May, 9:33am
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06th May, 8:46
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06th May, 8:13am
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06th May, 7:59
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