Snow and weather reports posted on Wednesday 22nd May 2019

Geto Kogen Now!

Monday 25th February 2019, 7:24am
Weather conditions: Blue sky and cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning.

Ah, another Monday morning.

And the weather is continuing as it has been over the weekend really. A bit of cloud around early this morning but lots of blue sky as well - perhaps more cloud coming in as the day moves on. It's pretty much the same expected tomorrow too and I think we're going to have to sit this out for a bit longer before any chance of fresh snowfall.

So - let's just enjoy what we got. Which is still a lot of snow!

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Introducing the SnowJapan Community

We would like to welcome everyone to a new section of our website, the SnowJapan Community:

https://www.snowjapan.com/community

What is SnowJapan Community?

- Any member can post a question (about Japan winter sports)
- Any member can answer questions that other people have posted
- Login/register easily using an existing social media account (Facebook, Google, etc)
- ...or using an existing ‘SnowJapanForums’ account
- There’s a new SnowJapan blog (which will be written by us)

The new Q&A area is a place where people can ask their questions about any aspect of winter sports in Japan. Hopefully, other people who have good answers will respond. Obviously, it will need knowledgeable people to be on hand to provide answers but if it works well it should become a good new source of useful information. Let’s see how it goes!

To read more about the SnowJapan Community please be sure to read the Welcome message.

Some of you will probably remember the ‘SnowJapanForums’. They were fun and useful for a lot of people and we had mixed feelings when we decided to close them in November 2014. It was a complicated situation, but we found ourselves needing to spend way too much of our time dealing with various issues (spam, trolls, people wanting to promote their business, behind the scenes issues, etc). We really wanted to be able to concentrate our energies on our main website.

We need to avoid getting back into a similar kind of situation. So, it is important to note that this new Q&A area is not an open-for-all discussion ‘Forum’ and that all submitted questions and answers will be moderated.

We are hoping to soon allow members to log in to our main SnowJapan site to post ‘Resort Reviews’ and upload ‘Resort Photos’ using the same account details. We’re currently working on that and will post news when that is ready.

There are a few other ideas that we are considering for this brand-new space, so you can expect some changes and adjustments as we move forward.

Please feel free to contribute to the Q&A. We just ask that if you do, please read the guidelines before posting a question or an answer.

https://www.snowjapan.com/community

Thank you!

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Official snow depths:

* Top: 370cm
* Base: 255cm

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 has closed for the season

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!

Monday 25th February 2019, 7:35am
Weather conditions: Generally cloudy, blue sky, bit of sun
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Nozawa.

It was up to about 8C yesterday afternoon. Yikes.

It is going to be similarly warm today, perhaps slightly lower with less sun and more cloud. Less warm forecast tomorrow too.

Anyway here's a word from SnowJapan...

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Introducing the SnowJapan Community

We would like to welcome everyone to a new section of our website, the SnowJapan Community:

https://www.snowjapan.com/community

What is SnowJapan Community?

- Any member can post a question (about Japan winter sports)
- Any member can answer questions that other people have posted
- Login/register easily using an existing social media account (Facebook, Google, etc)
- ...or using an existing ‘SnowJapanForums’ account
- There’s a new SnowJapan blog (which will be written by us)

The new Q&A area is a place where people can ask their questions about any aspect of winter sports in Japan. Hopefully, other people who have good answers will respond. Obviously, it will need knowledgeable people to be on hand to provide answers but if it works well it should become a good new source of useful information. Let’s see how it goes!

To read more about the SnowJapan Community please be sure to read the Welcome message.

Some of you will probably remember the ‘SnowJapanForums’. They were fun and useful for a lot of people and we had mixed feelings when we decided to close them in November 2014. It was a complicated situation, but we found ourselves needing to spend way too much of our time dealing with various issues (spam, trolls, people wanting to promote their business, behind the scenes issues, etc). We really wanted to be able to concentrate our energies on our main website.

We need to avoid getting back into a similar kind of situation. So, it is important to note that this new Q&A area is not an open-for-all discussion ‘Forum’ and that all submitted questions and answers will be moderated.

We are hoping to soon allow members to log in to our main SnowJapan site to post ‘Resort Reviews’ and upload ‘Resort Photos’ using the same account details. We’re currently working on that and will post news when that is ready.

There are a few other ideas that we are considering for this brand-new space, so you can expect some changes and adjustments as we move forward.

Please feel free to contribute to the Q&A. We just ask that if you do, please read the guidelines before posting a question or an answer.

https://www.snowjapan.com/community

Thank you!

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Monday 25th 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): 145cm
- Karasawa (563m): 110cm

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) --- West Course open today?

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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 ...
 

Madarao Now!

Monday 25th February 2019, 7:47am
Weather conditions: Fine, cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Madarao.

Early on, it's not as clear and bright blue as it was yesterday with quite a lot of high thin cloud around but it should be another generally fine day. It's quite chilly early on but another mild spring-like day is expected.

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Introducing the SnowJapan Community

We would like to welcome everyone to a new section of our website, the SnowJapan Community:

https://www.snowjapan.com/community

What is SnowJapan Community?

- Any member can post a question (about Japan winter sports)
- Any member can answer questions that other people have posted
- Login/register easily using an existing social media account (Facebook, Google, etc)
- ...or using an existing ‘SnowJapanForums’ account
- There’s a new SnowJapan blog (which will be written by us)

The new Q&A area is a place where people can ask their questions about any aspect of winter sports in Japan. Hopefully, other people who have good answers will respond. Obviously, it will need knowledgeable people to be on hand to provide answers but if it works well it should become a good new source of useful information. Let’s see how it goes!

To read more about the SnowJapan Community please be sure to read the Welcome message.

Some of you will probably remember the ‘SnowJapanForums’. They were fun and useful for a lot of people and we had mixed feelings when we decided to close them in November 2014. It was a complicated situation, but we found ourselves needing to spend way too much of our time dealing with various issues (spam, trolls, people wanting to promote their business, behind the scenes issues, etc). We really wanted to be able to concentrate our energies on our main website.

We need to avoid getting back into a similar kind of situation. So, it is important to note that this new Q&A area is not an open-for-all discussion ‘Forum’ and that all submitted questions and answers will be moderated.

We are hoping to soon allow members to log in to our main SnowJapan site to post ‘Resort Reviews’ and upload ‘Resort Photos’ using the same account details. We’re currently working on that and will post news when that is ready.

There are a few other ideas that we are considering for this brand-new space, so you can expect some changes and adjustments as we move forward.

Please feel free to contribute to the Q&A. We just ask that if you do, please read the guidelines before posting a question or an answer.

https://www.snowjapan.com/community

Thank you!

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Planned operations for Monday 25th February 2019

Official snow depth at Madarao:

270cm

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 ...
 

Yuzawa Now!

Monday 25th February 2019, 8:00am
Weather conditions: Bright, lots of thin cloud, fine
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Yuzawa.

Yesterday was a beautiful and warm day, temperatures rising to nearly 9C at Yuzawa town level. Lots of people out and about to enjoy the spring conditions.

Today the forecast is for less sun with more cloud and similar temperatures.

Tomorrow should be a bit colder.

There is some snow on the forecast for later in the week, but right now it isn't looking like it will be anything significant. I'd be happy for generally colder temperatures because with temps like yesterday and today there's snow melting before our eyes.

Will we see a return to winter like weather in March? Wouldn't we all like to know that - and for the answer to be YES!

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Photos today from GALA Yuzawa, NASPA Ski Garden and Ishiuchi Maruyama.

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Introducing the SnowJapan Community

We would like to welcome everyone to a new section of our website, the SnowJapan Community:

https://www.snowjapan.com/community

What is SnowJapan Community?

- Any member can post a question (about Japan winter sports)
- Any member can answer questions that other people have posted
- Login/register easily using an existing social media account (Facebook, Google, etc)
- ...or using an existing ‘SnowJapanForums’ account
- There’s a new SnowJapan blog (which will be written by us)

The new Q&A area is a place where people can ask their questions about any aspect of winter sports in Japan. Hopefully, other people who have good answers will respond. Obviously, it will need knowledgeable people to be on hand to provide answers but if it works well it should become a good new source of useful information. Let’s see how it goes!

To read more about the SnowJapan Community please be sure to read the Welcome message.

Some of you will probably remember the ‘SnowJapanForums’. They were fun and useful for a lot of people and we had mixed feelings when we decided to close them in November 2014. It was a complicated situation, but we found ourselves needing to spend way too much of our time dealing with various issues (spam, trolls, people wanting to promote their business, behind the scenes issues, etc). We really wanted to be able to concentrate our energies on our main website.

We need to avoid getting back into a similar kind of situation. So, it is important to note that this new Q&A area is not an open-for-all discussion ‘Forum’ and that all submitted questions and answers will be moderated.

We are hoping to soon allow members to log in to our main SnowJapan site to post ‘Resort Reviews’ and upload ‘Resort Photos’ using the same account details. We’re currently working on that and will post news when that is ready.

There are a few other ideas that we are considering for this brand-new space, so you can expect some changes and adjustments as we move forward.

Please feel free to contribute to the Q&A. We just ask that if you do, please read the guidelines before posting a question or an answer.

https://www.snowjapan.com/community

Thank you!

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Updated: 8:00am, Monday 25th 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)

Iwappara
- 205cm (official snow depth)

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

Kandatsu Kogen
- 225cm (official snow depth)

Naeba
- 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)

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

Ishiuchi Maruyama
- Top: 240cm (official snow depth)
- Base: 190cm (official snow depth)

Joetsu Kokusai
- 270cm (official snow depth)

Maiko Snow Resort
- Top: 280cm (official snow depth)
- Base: 110cm (official snow depth)

Muikamachi Hakkaisan
- 300cm (official snow depth)

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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

Iwappara
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

Naeba
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 ...
 

Furano Now!

Monday 25th February 2019, 8:16am
Weather conditions: Partly cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
The temperature has risen very quickly in the last hour and it is already at +1c. The high is predicted to be +3c and although lightly overcast right now, the day should be mostly sunny. The main runs are a little icy under the light layer of powder sitting on top but there are still some great ungroomed areas where the snow is in great condition. There is no snow forecast through this week.

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

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Introducing the SnowJapan Community

We would like to welcome everyone to a new section of our website, the SnowJapan Community:

https://www.snowjapan.com/community

What is SnowJapan Community?

- Any member can post a question (about Japan winter sports)
- Any member can answer questions that other people have posted
- Login/register easily using an existing social media account (Facebook, Google, etc)
- ...or using an existing ‘SnowJapanForums’ account
- There’s a new SnowJapan blog (which will be written by us)

The new Q&A area is a place where people can ask their questions about any aspect of winter sports in Japan. Hopefully, other people who have good answers will respond. Obviously, it will need knowledgeable people to be on hand to provide answers but if it works well it should become a good new source of useful information. Let’s see how it goes!

To read more about the SnowJapan Community please be sure to read the Welcome message.

Some of you will probably remember the ‘SnowJapanForums’. They were fun and useful for a lot of people and we had mixed feelings when we decided to close them in November 2014. It was a complicated situation, but we found ourselves needing to spend way too much of our time dealing with various issues (spam, trolls, people wanting to promote their business, behind the scenes issues, etc). We really wanted to be able to concentrate our energies on our main website.

We need to avoid getting back into a similar kind of situation. So, it is important to note that this new Q&A area is not an open-for-all discussion ‘Forum’ and that all submitted questions and answers will be moderated.

We are hoping to soon allow members to log in to our main SnowJapan site to post ‘Resort Reviews’ and upload ‘Resort Photos’ using the same account details. We’re currently working on that and will post news when that is ready.

There are a few other ideas that we are considering for this brand-new space, so you can expect some changes and adjustments as we move forward.

Please feel free to contribute to the Q&A. We just ask that if you do, please read the guidelines before posting a question or an answer.

https://www.snowjapan.com/community

Thank you!   Read more ...
 

Niseko Now!

Monday 25th February 2019, 8:29am
Weather conditions: Cloud, fine
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Niseko.

After that thin layer yesterday (and thin it was - alas, soon to be gone!), there's no more fresh snow to report this morning.

We are expecting a calmer day today with less wind with the top lifts opening as planned at the start of the day. I think they remained closed for the whole day yesterday due to the wind conditions at the top.

There is a lot of cloud around this morning and a bit more of a moody feel compared to the clearer blue skies yesterday. But it will probably clear up somewhat with sunshine and temps rising to around +2 at base. Currently hovering around 0.

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And now for something completely different (1):

Check this out! On 31st March the 'Old Boy' ski race will be taking place at Niseko Grand Hirafu... boys over the age of 50 only allowed! Apparently, this year is the 44th year of the event. If there are any such 'old boys' reading this and wanting to take part, ask at the resort. Looks like you can enter.

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And now, for something completely different (2):

Introducing the SnowJapan Community

We would like to welcome everyone to a new section of our website, the SnowJapan Community:

https://www.snowjapan.com/community

What is SnowJapan Community?

- Any member can post a question (about Japan winter sports)
- Any member can answer questions that other people have posted
- Login/register easily using an existing social media account (Facebook, Google, etc)
- ...or using an existing ‘SnowJapanForums’ account
- There’s a new SnowJapan blog (which will be written by us)

The new Q&A area is a place where people can ask their questions about any aspect of winter sports in Japan. Hopefully, other people who have good answers will respond. Obviously, it will need knowledgeable people to be on hand to provide answers but if it works well it should become a good new source of useful information. Let’s see how it goes!

To read more about the SnowJapan Community please be sure to read the Welcome message.

Some of you will probably remember the ‘SnowJapanForums’. They were fun and useful for a lot of people and we had mixed feelings when we decided to close them in November 2014. It was a complicated situation, but we found ourselves needing to spend way too much of our time dealing with various issues (spam, trolls, people wanting to promote their business, behind the scenes issues, etc). We really wanted to be able to concentrate our energies on our main website.

We need to avoid getting back into a similar kind of situation. So, it is important to note that this new Q&A area is not an open-for-all discussion ‘Forum’ and that all submitted questions and answers will be moderated.

We are hoping to soon allow members to log in to our main SnowJapan site to post ‘Resort Reviews’ and upload ‘Resort Photos’ using the same account details. We’re currently working on that and will post news when that is ready.

There are a few other ideas that we are considering for this brand-new space, so you can expect some changes and adjustments as we move forward.

Please feel free to contribute to the Q&A. We just ask that if you do, please read the guidelines before posting a question or an answer.

https://www.snowjapan.com/community

Thank you!

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Mountain Base 6.00am: -1°, no new snow. Moiwa 800m: -2.2°, W4.30m/s. Annupuri 1120m: snow depth 250cm. Annupuri 1100m: -4.6°, NNW3.70m/s. Hirafu 1000m: -8.7°, N4.4m/s. Village Mizuno no Sawa: -7.4°, WNW4.1m/s. Kutchan Weather Station: -2.8°, S0.8m/s, snow depth 154cm Cape Benkei: WNW6m/s, Cape Kamui: WNW3m/s, pressure 1011hPa, wave 1.7m.

The wind has dropped since yesterday, the snow is stable and general avalanche risk is low. Take note that below 700m on steep slopes and sidewalls near the valley bottoms, small full depth avalanches are likely to occur due to the temperature rise and melting snow. All gates are expected to be open. Before going out the gates please listen to the patrols advice. Never enter strictly off limits areas looking for fresh snow. Have a good day.

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Ski resort operation information: Monday 25th February 2019
Subject to change due to weather conditions

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 340cm
- Base: 140cm

Ski lifts operating:
- All lifts opening as normal at the start of the day (Ace Number 1 pair and King Number 2 quad 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

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Niseko HANAZONO Resort

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 255cm
- Base: 206cm

Ski lifts operating:
- All lifts opening as normal at the start of the day
- The Hanazono lifts are normally open until 3:50pm (Number 3 until 3:30pm)

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Niseko Annupuri

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 320cm
- Base: 140cm

Ski lifts operating:
- All lifts opening as normal at the start of the day
- The Jumbo 1 lift is normally open until 8:30pm during the evening

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Niseko Village

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 320cm
- Base: 150cm

Ski lifts operating:
- All lifts opening as normal at the start of the day (Country Road lift rested)
- The Upper Village Gondola, Village Express and Banzai Chair lifts are normally open until 8:00pm during the evening

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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!

Monday 25th February 2019, 8:32am
Weather conditions: Thin cloud, overcast for the moment, clearing up?
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
It's another Monday morning so we're back to a normal weekday after another busy weekend. I have a few Japanese friends who live in Tokyo and they always say that the last weekend of February is their last ski of the season - they start to concentrate on other things once it gets into March. My mind is still on the snow until early May (I have to write about it every day until then!) so there's still a long way to go. Will we get decent snow in March? Will ski resorts make it to May as planned if we don't? Lots of questions.

This morning there is quite a lot of thin high cloud around with a bit of an overcast feel, but it is quite bright and I suspect that we will have another fine day of weather and rather warm conditions after a chilly start... again, it might creep up to close on 10 degrees in town this afternoon. This should be the peak of this particular bump with tomorrow due to be colder. There's a mix of stuff on the forecast including the chance of rain low down and snow up top around Thursday. A fresh layer of snow would be most welcome. It's all going to be about how cold it can get. As I have noted before, and you can see with the previous season stats, March has been known to deliver us some very pleasing conditions. That's what we all want.

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Introducing the SnowJapan Community

We would like to welcome everyone to a new section of our website, the SnowJapan Community:

https://www.snowjapan.com/community

What is SnowJapan Community?

- Any member can post a question (about Japan winter sports)
- Any member can answer questions that other people have posted
- Login/register easily using an existing social media account (Facebook, Google, etc)
- ...or using an existing ‘SnowJapanForums’ account
- There’s a new SnowJapan blog (which will be written by us)

The new Q&A area is a place where people can ask their questions about any aspect of winter sports in Japan. Hopefully, other people who have good answers will respond. Obviously, it will need knowledgeable people to be on hand to provide answers but if it works well it should become a good new source of useful information. Let’s see how it goes!

To read more about the SnowJapan Community please be sure to read the Welcome message.

Some of you will probably remember the ‘SnowJapanForums’. They were fun and useful for a lot of people and we had mixed feelings when we decided to close them in November 2014. It was a complicated situation, but we found ourselves needing to spend way too much of our time dealing with various issues (spam, trolls, people wanting to promote their business, behind the scenes issues, etc). We really wanted to be able to concentrate our energies on our main website.

We need to avoid getting back into a similar kind of situation. So, it is important to note that this new Q&A area is not an open-for-all discussion ‘Forum’ and that all submitted questions and answers will be moderated.

We are hoping to soon allow members to log in to our main SnowJapan site to post ‘Resort Reviews’ and upload ‘Resort Photos’ using the same account details. We’re currently working on that and will post news when that is ready.

There are a few other ideas that we are considering for this brand-new space, so you can expect some changes and adjustments as we move forward.

Please feel free to contribute to the Q&A. We just ask that if you do, please read the guidelines before posting a question or an answer.

https://www.snowjapan.com/community

Thank you!

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Ski resort information on Monday 25th 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: 90cm

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Hakuba Goryu

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

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Hakuba 47

Official snow depth:
- Top: 260cm
- Base: 110cm

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Tsugaike Kogen

Official snow depth:
- Tsuga-no-mori: 260cm
- Han-no-ki: 255cm
- Maruyama: 135cm
- Shirakaba: 220cm
- Champion: 130cm
- Oya-no-hara: 140cm
- Kane-no-naru-oka: 120cm

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Hakuba Cortina

Official snow depth:
- Top: 245cm
- Base: 155cm

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Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field

Official snow depth:
- Mountain Side: 190cm
- Village Side: 90cm

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Hakuba Norikura Onsen

Official snow depth:
- 170cm

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Hakuba Valley Kashimayari

Official snow depth:
- 205cm

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Hakuba Sanosaka

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

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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 ...
 

Shiga Kogen Now!

Monday 25th February 2019, 9:02am
Weather conditions: Thin high cloud, bright
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Shiga Kogen.

It is fine, calm morning. Lots of thin high cloud around at the start of the day and those mild conditions are looking to continue for at least a bit longer.

I am really hoping that we might see some fresh snow falling from the skies around Thursday and Friday...

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Introducing the SnowJapan Community

We would like to welcome everyone to a new section of our website, the SnowJapan Community:

https://www.snowjapan.com/community

What is SnowJapan Community?

- Any member can post a question (about Japan winter sports)
- Any member can answer questions that other people have posted
- Login/register easily using an existing social media account (Facebook, Google, etc)
- ...or using an existing ‘SnowJapanForums’ account
- There’s a new SnowJapan blog (which will be written by us)

The new Q&A area is a place where people can ask their questions about any aspect of winter sports in Japan. Hopefully, other people who have good answers will respond. Obviously, it will need knowledgeable people to be on hand to provide answers but if it works well it should become a good new source of useful information. Let’s see how it goes!

To read more about the SnowJapan Community please be sure to read the Welcome message.

Some of you will probably remember the ‘SnowJapanForums’. They were fun and useful for a lot of people and we had mixed feelings when we decided to close them in November 2014. It was a complicated situation, but we found ourselves needing to spend way too much of our time dealing with various issues (spam, trolls, people wanting to promote their business, behind the scenes issues, etc). We really wanted to be able to concentrate our energies on our main website.

We need to avoid getting back into a similar kind of situation. So, it is important to note that this new Q&A area is not an open-for-all discussion ‘Forum’ and that all submitted questions and answers will be moderated.

We are hoping to soon allow members to log in to our main SnowJapan site to post ‘Resort Reviews’ and upload ‘Resort Photos’ using the same account details. We’re currently working on that and will post news when that is ready.

There are a few other ideas that we are considering for this brand-new space, so you can expect some changes and adjustments as we move forward.

Please feel free to contribute to the Q&A. We just ask that if you do, please read the guidelines before posting a question or an answer.

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Thank you!

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Shiga Kogen resort info: Monday 25th February 2019

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

Giant
- Official snow depth: 180cm

Hasuike
- Official snow depth: 140cm

Hoppo Bunadaira
- Official snow depth: 180cm

Higashitateyama
- Official snow depth: 200cm

Ichinose Diamond
- Official snow depth: 210cm

Ichinose Family
- Official snow depth: 210cm

Ichinose Yamanokami
- Official snow depth: 210cm

Kumanoyu
- Official snow depth: 190cm

Maruike
- Official snow depth: 140cm

Nishitateyama
- 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

Terakoya
- Official snow depth: 220cm

Yakebitaiyama
- Official snow depth: 210cm

Yokoteyama
- Official snow depth: 185cm

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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

Kumanoyu
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

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

Aizu Bandai Now!

Monday 25th February 2019, 9:14am
Weather conditions: Fine and sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning.

No snowfall yesterday of course and it is another sunny morning. Temperature is keeping pretty cold but the snow condition is a bit icy.

According to the forecast, we might have some snow falling on Thursday. Onegai shimasu!

There are not many people around this Monday morning - head up higher for some fun.

If you are going to the frozen yellow fall on snowshoe, please note that Urabandai closes on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday so after today next up is Friday.

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

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Some of you will probably remember the ‘SnowJapanForums’. They were fun and useful for a lot of people and we had mixed feelings when we decided to close them in November 2014. It was a complicated situation, but we found ourselves needing to spend way too much of our time dealing with various issues (spam, trolls, people wanting to promote their business, behind the scenes issues, etc). We really wanted to be able to concentrate our energies on our main website.

We need to avoid getting back into a similar kind of situation. So, it is important to note that this new Q&A area is not an open-for-all discussion ‘Forum’ and that all submitted questions and answers will be moderated.

We are hoping to soon allow members to log in to our main SnowJapan site to post ‘Resort Reviews’ and upload ‘Resort Photos’ using the same account details. We’re currently working on that and will post news when that is ready.

There are a few other ideas that we are considering for this brand-new space, so you can expect some changes and adjustments as we move forward.

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Nekoma - lift 4/5, course 9/11 open *Closed on Wednesday and Thursday 1/16-2/28
Grandeco - lift 4/5 include one gondola, course 12/13 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 7/8 include one gondola, course 23/25 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.
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Zao Now!

Monday 25th February 2019, 9:15am
Weather conditions: Cloud, some sun
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Zao.

Lots of cloud this morning but there is some sunshine breaking through too and I expect more sun during the day today. It is a mild morning as it has been and I think we'd all like a dramatic return to winter-like weather but we might have to wait a bit more for that. There seems to be a chance of snowfall around Thursday.

In the meantime, as with other regions, rather spring like feel to things right at the moment.

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The new Q&A area is a place where people can ask their questions about any aspect of winter sports in Japan. Hopefully, other people who have good answers will respond. Obviously, it will need knowledgeable people to be on hand to provide answers but if it works well it should become a good new source of useful information. Let’s see how it goes!

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Some of you will probably remember the ‘SnowJapanForums’. They were fun and useful for a lot of people and we had mixed feelings when we decided to close them in November 2014. It was a complicated situation, but we found ourselves needing to spend way too much of our time dealing with various issues (spam, trolls, people wanting to promote their business, behind the scenes issues, etc). We really wanted to be able to concentrate our energies on our main website.

We need to avoid getting back into a similar kind of situation. So, it is important to note that this new Q&A area is not an open-for-all discussion ‘Forum’ and that all submitted questions and answers will be moderated.

We are hoping to soon allow members to log in to our main SnowJapan site to post ‘Resort Reviews’ and upload ‘Resort Photos’ using the same account details. We’re currently working on that and will post news when that is ready.

There are a few other ideas that we are considering for this brand-new space, so you can expect some changes and adjustments as we move forward.

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Operation info from official sources:

- All lifts apart from Karamatsu and Yokokura Number 2 operating
- All main course areas open

Official snow depths (as reported by resort):

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

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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 ...
 

Naeba Now!

Monday 25th February 2019, 9:34am
Weather conditions: Fine, lots of cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning.

Beautiful weather yesterday and warm. More cloud up there this morning but it's another day of mild conditions.

Fingers crossed for some fresh snow later in the week.

The Number 1 course is being used for pole practice today and so appears not to be open to the general public.

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The new Q&A area is a place where people can ask their questions about any aspect of winter sports in Japan. Hopefully, other people who have good answers will respond. Obviously, it will need knowledgeable people to be on hand to provide answers but if it works well it should become a good new source of useful information. Let’s see how it goes!

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Some of you will probably remember the ‘SnowJapanForums’. They were fun and useful for a lot of people and we had mixed feelings when we decided to close them in November 2014. It was a complicated situation, but we found ourselves needing to spend way too much of our time dealing with various issues (spam, trolls, people wanting to promote their business, behind the scenes issues, etc). We really wanted to be able to concentrate our energies on our main website.

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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 ...
 

Myoko Now!

Monday 25th February 2019, 9:51am
Weather conditions: Cloudy with some sun
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
A mixed day so far, after yesterday's nice sun and springlike conditions.

It's overcast, but the sun keeps trying to shine through. Could be a little snow or (at base, and no thank you) rain later in the day. Some of the resort are reporting minus figures for the temperature, but I think that must have been the minimum recorded last night; it is not in the negative now!

The town has definitely gotten quieter very quickly; seems like our season is a 60-day event for many of the international travelers. Kinda makes you wonder how some of the new non-local owners are going to make it on such a short cycle. Of course, if we have a snowy March then next year more people will probably come in. Seen that before, too! At least we can get into our favorite restaurants without a reservation now...

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We need to avoid getting back into a similar kind of situation. So, it is important to note that this new Q&A area is not an open-for-all discussion ‘Forum’ and that all submitted questions and answers will be moderated.

We are hoping to soon allow members to log in to our main SnowJapan site to post ‘Resort Reviews’ and upload ‘Resort Photos’ using the same account details. We’re currently working on that and will post news when that is ready.

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Akakura Kanko:
290cm, 1°

Akakura Onsen:
365cm, -1°

Ikenotaira Onsen:
220cm, -2°

Myoko Suginohara:
165cm, -1°

Seki Onsen:
490cm, -2°

Myoko Ski Park:
300cm, 7°

Kyukamura RunRun:
320cm, 3°

Tangram Ski Circus:
210cm, -1°

Madarao Kogen:
270cm, 3°

Lotte Arai Resort
495cm, 4.5°

Kurohime Kogen Snow Park
180cm, -3°    Read more ...
 

Minakami Now!

Monday 25th February 2019, 12:19pm
Weather conditions: Clear, scattered clouds
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Carbon copy of yesterday, just a few more scattered clouds.

Ice in the morning, currently creamy corn up top at lunchtime, sticky down low.

Another clear day forecast for tomorrow. Photos below are from yesterday at the peak of Mt Tanigawa.

(-4C at 8am but well above zero at noon up top)

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To read more about the SnowJapan Community please be sure to read the Welcome message.

Some of you will probably remember the ‘SnowJapanForums’. They were fun and useful for a lot of people and we had mixed feelings when we decided to close them in November 2014. It was a complicated situation, but we found ourselves needing to spend way too much of our time dealing with various issues (spam, trolls, people wanting to promote their business, behind the scenes issues, etc). We really wanted to be able to concentrate our energies on our main website.

We need to avoid getting back into a similar kind of situation. So, it is important to note that this new Q&A area is not an open-for-all discussion ‘Forum’ and that all submitted questions and answers will be moderated.

We are hoping to soon allow members to log in to our main SnowJapan site to post ‘Resort Reviews’ and upload ‘Resort Photos’ using the same account details. We’re currently working on that and will post news when that is ready.

There are a few other ideas that we are considering for this brand-new space, so you can expect some changes and adjustments as we move forward.

Please feel free to contribute to the Q&A. We just ask that if you do, please read the guidelines before posting a question or an answer.

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Thank you!   Read more ...
 

Appi Kogen Now!

Monday 25th February 2019, 13:05pm
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Hello from Appi,

Well it’s a rainy day here at Appi with cloudy skies and little to no wind.

The rest of the week should improve at least temperature wise with a drop this evening forecast to -7 or so. No snow in the forecast either unfortunately. Thursday will see another warm spell heading our way although no rain to speak of.

This weekend was certainly different with everyone having a good time especially with the hour long racing bringing a lot of laughs to those who had difficulty strapping in. Quite a few thrills and spills to be seen especially at the start of the events.

You can expect a quiet week up here with the mountain turning icy overnight.

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The new Q&A area is a place where people can ask their questions about any aspect of winter sports in Japan. Hopefully, other people who have good answers will respond. Obviously, it will need knowledgeable people to be on hand to provide answers but if it works well it should become a good new source of useful information. Let’s see how it goes!

To read more about the SnowJapan Community please be sure to read the Welcome message.

Some of you will probably remember the ‘SnowJapanForums’. They were fun and useful for a lot of people and we had mixed feelings when we decided to close them in November 2014. It was a complicated situation, but we found ourselves needing to spend way too much of our time dealing with various issues (spam, trolls, people wanting to promote their business, behind the scenes issues, etc). We really wanted to be able to concentrate our energies on our main website.

We need to avoid getting back into a similar kind of situation. So, it is important to note that this new Q&A area is not an open-for-all discussion ‘Forum’ and that all submitted questions and answers will be moderated.

We are hoping to soon allow members to log in to our main SnowJapan site to post ‘Resort Reviews’ and upload ‘Resort Photos’ using the same account details. We’re currently working on that and will post news when that is ready.

There are a few other ideas that we are considering for this brand-new space, so you can expect some changes and adjustments as we move forward.

Please feel free to contribute to the Q&A. We just ask that if you do, please read the guidelines before posting a question or an answer.

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Thank you!

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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

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Official groomed snow depth (as reported by resort):

- 120cm   Read more ...
 

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