Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 6th May 2019

Naeba Now!

Tuesday 26th December 2017, 6:54am
Weather conditions: Clear
New snowfall: 16cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning!

A pink sun is rising on the beautifully white trees and peaks of Naeba! The pistes will be fresh and fun this morning, due to the 16cm of fresh snow which fell throughout yesterday day time. However, expect the clouds to be pushing back in this morning and conditions descending into a heavy snow storm by sunset. Perhaps we are just pausing in the eye of the storm.

The forecast for the week indicates the heaviest snow will be falling this afternoon and tonight, however despite "Storm Claudia" easing off tomorrow morning, the snow will continue to fall until Friday. Along with this snow, a strong wind could affect skiers using the upper lifts of the resort, so please take care when cruising around Naeba over the next 48 hours. Temperatures are expected to plummet to well below 0°C tonight, and not raise above -7°C at the base.

Cracking!   Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Tuesday 26th December 2017, 7:37am
Weather conditions: Moved from partly cloudy to cloudy and snowy
New snowfall: 20cm
Snow depth: --
Nice snowfall overnight, nothing too heavy. Yet.

The forecast is for the heaviest snow tonight, and it looks very likely over the mountains. It was clear out very early this morning (the sound of snowplows still gets me up early in the season; time to get ready to clerar out the snow) but there was snow blowing up high over Mt. Myoko. Pretty windy at moments too, with a strong wind coming from the ocean to the west.

Hopefully week get a nice big dump of snow. Yes, it’s hard work clearing up the driveways and parking lots, but that’s part of life in Myoko.

And I am up early today, so I’ll give as many new reports as possible, but many don’t come out until around 9 am.


Akakura Kanko:
140 cm, -4°

Akakura Onsen:
155cm, -5°

Ikenotaira Onsen:
75cm, -3°

Myoko Suginohara:
100cm, -3° (no new report yet)

Seki Onsen:
150 cm, -5°

Myoko Ski Park:
90 cm, 4°

Kyukamura RunRun:
170 cm, -1°

Tangram Ski Circus:
100 cm, 0°

Madarao Kogen:
100 cm, 0°

Read more ...

Geto Kogen Now!

Tuesday 26th December 2017, 7:54am
Weather conditions: Snow clouds
New snowfall: 24cm
Snow depth: --
This morning I am very happy to report a good layer of fresh snow.

Morning rain turned into snow in the afternoon and it is snowing still early this morning.

24cm of it on the ground since my last report. Nice. And cold too. With more snow on the way...


Official snow depths:

Top: 225cm
Base: 125cm

Operating lifts:

* All lifts scheduled to be operating

Courses & Tree Runs:

* All main courses open
* Tree Run courses not yet available

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


Welcome to our new Geto Kogen Now daily reports section

Geto Kogen is a ski and snowboard resort in Iwate Prefecture in the northern Tohoku region of Honshu, the main island of Japan. It’s known for heavy snowfalls, quality snow and tree run courses. Hopefully we will be able to bring you some good snowy reports through this season.

For more information on Geto Kogen please check out these pages on SnowJapan:

Resort Spotlight on SnowJapan
Basic resort details on SnowJapan

As with all our daily ‘Now’ reports, the bottom line is that they are independent and honest – they are published by us, not by the resort. The new snowfall number is being measured at the base area of the resort.
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Furano Now!

Tuesday 26th December 2017, 7:57am
Weather conditions: Overcast
New snowfall: 18cm
Snow depth: --
Christmas day was warm and wet. Temperatures went up to +6c, and that combined with heavy rain saw the snow base around the village collapse and become a slush bath which caused a lot of vehicles to become bogged.

Overnight, temperatures have returned to wintery norms. Yesterday's winds are still with us and are currently gusting moderately and are forecast to stick with us until at least tomorrow. It is likely the wind will affect some lift operations. The snow news is 18cm of fresh snow in the village which will help start to repair the damage to the snow base cause by the warm temperatures yesterday. Light to moderate snow is expected to fall continuously for the next few days.

Take it easy out there today. Conditions will be varied with icy patches under wind blown new snow. Ungroomed areas will be very rough under the new layer of snow.   Read more ...

Appi Kogen Now!

Tuesday 26th December 2017, 8:02am
Weather conditions: Snow clouds
New snowfall: 25cm
Snow depth: --
Happy Boxing Day.

It’s currently snowing here with light winds so if you want a great day out on the mountain I’d do it this morning before the wind picks up. Another good amount of snow last night and a lot more forecast all day today.

In typical Appi fashion the winds will probably pick up this afternoon and significantly lower the visibility an fun. Tomorrow the temperatures will dip even further south into firm minus double digits with another windy day in store.

Enjoy the fresh snow and wrap up.


Planned lift operations on Tuesday 26th December 2017 (at time of writing; subject to change):

- APPI Gondola
- Central quad
- Central number 2 lift
- Central number 3 lift A
- Central number 5 lift
- Central number 6 lift
- Sailer quad
- Nishimori lift

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


Official snow depth:

150cm   Read more ...

Yuzawa Now!

Tuesday 26th December 2017, 8:15am
Weather conditions: Fine, clouding over
New snowfall: 9cm
Snow depth: --

After that rain in the first part of the day yesterday, happily it turned into snow later on and this morning we have just under 10cm of fresh on the ground.

Kagura are this morning reporting 2cm of fresh snow at Kagura, 10cm at Mitsumata and 20cm at Tashiro. My best guess is that there's a typo there and it was actually 20cm at Kagura too. Maiko Snow Resort just to the north of Yuzawa is reporting 10-20cm of fresh.

More unexpected was the sunshine and clearer skies earlier on this morning, though it seems to gradually be clouding over again now and snow is still there on the forecast for the day. There is still regular snowfall on the forecast for the week, with perhaps the heaviest expected tonight and tomorrow. The third photo (below) for today is from Maiko (the first is GALA and the second is NASPA).

So it should be a nice early morning with hopefully snow starting to fall again fairly soon. And fingers crossed, a lot of it!


Updated: Tuesday 26th December 2017

** Official snow depths (where available) and resort specific information. Note that while we manually check this information each morning, sometimes official information is updated later than the time of these reports and so at times there may be an apparent delay.

Ski resorts in Yuzawa:

GALA Yuzawa
GALA Yuzawa is open with 6 lifts operating and 9 courses (Central and Northern Areas) open.
The sledding area is also open.
- 110cm

- 50cm

- Iwappara is open with the central and upper area available (4 lifts and 12 courses). Nighta until 8pm.
- 60cm

Almost all of Kagura is open.
The Dragondola connecting Kagura with Naeba is now operating.
The top Kagura Number 5 lift should be open from 1st January.
- Kagura area: 180cm
- Mitsumata area: 120cm
- Tashiro area: 140cm

Kandatsu Kogen
Kandatsu Kogen is mostly open.
- 90cm

Most of Naeba is now open.
The Dragondola connecting Naeba with Kagura is now operating.
- Base: 70cm

NASPA Ski Garden
- NASPA Ski Garden is open with all lifts operating and all the main courses available. The Mogul and Slopestyle areas are not yet available.
- 65cm

Yuzawa Kogen
Yuzawa Kogen is open with all lifts operating and courses open.
- Top: 90cm
- Base: 30cm

Yuzawa Park
Yuzawa Park is now open with all lifts operating
- 60cm

Yuzawa Nakazato
Yuzawa Nakazato is part open with four lifts operating.
- 50cm


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

Ishiuchi Maruyama
Ishiuchi Maruyama is now open.
- 80cm

Joetsu Kokusai
Joetsu Kokusai is open with 19 courses available.
- 90cm

Maiko Snow Resort
All three of the main areas of Maiko Snow Resort are (at least part) open.
Nighta operations are scheduled to begin from 28th December.
- Top: 100cm
- Base: 30cm

Muikamachi Hakkaisan
Most of Hakkaisan is now open.
- 120cm   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Tuesday 26th December 2017, 8:28am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 13cm
Snow depth: --
Morning everyone.

I promised better news this morning. And yes, sort of because it has got much colder once again and we do have some fresh snow. My number is 13cm but wind was a big factor yesterday so it's may well be wildly different in places. I suspect much more than that actually fell, but I record from the same place every day, so...

So yes, pretty intense weather since my last report. From around mid-morning things started getting a bit wild with snow and very strong winds blowing things about. There may have even been some flying cows. I think I made the right choice in staying in, eating and drinking.

I am having trouble accessing official information this morning, but expect lift disruptions today too. If you do decide to venture out, take extra care.

These are not friendly conditions.


Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 5.00am: -10°, 20cm new snow, snowdrift development. Moiwa 800m : -12.4°, W15.5m/s, 200cm snowdrift. Annupuri 1150m: -13.5°, W25m/s, major snowdrift development on eastern side slopes, 30cm new snow. Hirafu 1250m: 16°, strong wind, snowdrift development. Coastal data: Benkei Cape:NW25m/s. Kamui Cape: WSW21m/s, 997hPa, wave 7.5m.

Currently there is a high pressure to west and massive low pressure 943hPa in the Sea of Okhotsk, bringing strong winds that are savaging the mountains and the sea. A W30m/s blizzard continues blowing above 1000m and 7m swell on the ocean. Survey at 800m shows rapid snow drift development, drifts are unstable and more than 3m in some locations. Blade test instantly fractured, propagating over long distance. Snowdrift development continues. Avalanche risk is extremely high.

It is yet to be decided if top lifts will run. All gates will be closed. Steeps slopes at Nitonupuri, Iwaonupuri, Mikaeri Bowl, Kozan no Sawa, lower Osawa and Higashi One there is high possibility of over 100cm deep surface avalanches over wide areas. Best not to go backcountry today. Onsen or a Sushi resturant is a better plan. Roads are dangerous too, so be careful driving.

The weather and snow will soon get better. This low pressure is the biggest on the Pacific at the moment. Accidents can easily happen in bad weather. Take precaution


Tuesday 26th December 2017

Resort specific information (operations subject to change):

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Niseko HANAZONO Resort

Lifts scheduled to be operating:
- All lifts except Ace Number 4 and King Number 2 are operating
** Strong winds are affecting lifts at the start of the day - details unconfirmed

Official snow depth:
- Top: 270cm
- Base: 110cm

Niseko Annupuri Kokusai

Lifts scheduled to be operating:
- All lifts are operating
** Strong winds are affecting lifts at the start of the day - details unconfirmed

Official snow depth:
- Top: 210cm
- Base: 160cm

Niseko Village

Lifts scheduled to be operating:
- All lifts except Country Road Chair are operating
** Strong winds are affecting lifts at the start of the day - details unconfirmed

Official snow depth:
- Top: 220cm
- Base: 170cm


Floodlit 'nighta' skiing:

Night skiing is planned for every evening at the Niseko Grand Hirafu, Niseko Village and Niseko Annupuri areas. There is no nighta at the Niseko HANAZONO area. Ski lifts that are scheduled to be operating for nighta are noted below (subject to change):

* Niseko Grand Hirafu - Ace Family quad, Ace Number 2 quad, Hirafu Gondola, Holiday Number 1 pair
* Niseko Annupuri - Jumbo Number 1 quad lift
* Niseko Village - Village Express, Upper Village Gondola, Community Chair, Banzai Chair   Read more ...

Grandeco Now!

Tuesday 26th December 2017, 8:37am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Grandeco.

The storm has passed but it was a windy storm rather than snowy and unfortunately I don't have any new snow to record this morning... we expected more snow but just wind has blown and the remaining snow conditions are very icy, hard snow. You can hear the sound of the skis scratching ice. Honestly, it is not a good day for skiing, better to wait for next new snow fall tonight.

Come on!!


Lifts operating:

- All lifts now operating

Courses open:

- All courses now open

Official snow depth:
- 100cm

- Grandeco snow and weather forecast   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Tuesday 26th December 2017, 8:44am
Weather conditions: Snow clouds
New snowfall: 2cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Hakuba.

Lots of strong wind yesterday which ended up affecting lifts. It was one of those days that is probably best reserved for a soak in the onsen.

This morning it has started snowing again and the webcams show some poor visibility out on the slopes.

Here's the fresh snowfall that resorts are reporting this morning:

- Hakuba Cortina 5-10cm
- Hakuba Goryu 1-5cm
- Hakuba 47 0-5cm
- Hakuba Happo-one 2cm

So just a bit of fresh snow out there for the moment, but the promised heavy snow still seems to be imminent and I should be reporting some good numbers over the next few days. :)

It looks like most areas are able to open as normal this morning though I notice that the Skyline Number 2 pair lift at Happo-one will be delayed due to maintenance.

See you tomorrow.


Ski resort opening status on Tuesday 26th December 2017:

Hakuba Happo-one

Operating lifts:
- Most lifts (apart from a few lower lifts) are operating

Courses open:
- The majority of course areas are (at least part) open
- Areas still closed: Kurobishi off-piste, Nakiyama Wall, Nakiyama North, Central, Shirakaba North

Official snow depth:
- Kurobishi: 185cm
- Usagidaira: 110cm
- Lower: 50cm


Hakuba Goryu

Operating lifts:
- All lifts apart from Alps Number 2 & 4 are operating
- Scheduled to be open for nighta until 9:30pm, daily in the Toomi area

Courses open:
- All courses apart from Cosmo River, Straight Whisky, Snow Diving and Adventure are open

Official snow depth:
- Top: 205cm
- Toomi: 70cm
- Iimori: 35cm


Hakuba 47

Operating lifts:
- All lifts apart from Line D are operating

Courses open:
- All main courses are open
- The Tree Riding Zone is now open (Gate 3 closed)

Official snow depth:
- Top: 165cm
- Base: 50cm


Tsugaike Kogen

Operating lifts:
- Most lifts are now operating

Courses open:
- All courses areas apart from Kane-no-naru-oka 2 are open

Official snow depth:
- Tsuga-no-mori: 175cm
- Han-no-ki: 175cm
- Maruyama: 45cm
- Shirakaba: 60cm
- Oya-no-hara: 45cm
- Kane-no-naru-oka: 35cm


Hakuba Cortina

Operating lifts:
- All lifts apart from Number 5 are operating

Courses open:
- Ikenota
- Ikenota Forest
- Hieda Forest
- Mt Hieda 1
- Mt Hieda 2
- Mt Hieda 3
- Itadaira
- Ipponmatsu
- Rabbit
- Snake
- Kamoshika

Official snow depth:
- Top: 161cm
- Base: 85cm


Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field

Operating lifts:
- Gondola
- View 2
- 4 East
- 5 South
- Paradise triple
- Line

Courses open:
- View C
- View D
- East
- South
- Gezan (part)
- Sunny Valley (part)
- Paradise (part)
- by1 (part)
- by2 (part)

Official snow depth:
- Top: 100cm
- Base: 30cm


Hakuba Norikura Onsen

Operating lifts:
- All lifts apart from Alps Number 3, Alps Number 7 and Alps Number 10 are operating

Official snow depth:
- 70cm


Hakuba Valley Kashimayari

Operating lifts:
- Number 1, 2, 3 and 6 lifts are operating

Official snow depth:
- 60cm


Hakuba Sanosaka

Operating lifts:
- All three lifts are operating

Official snow depth:
- 60cm   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Tuesday 26th December 2017, 8:55am
Weather conditions: Cloudy, some breaks in the cloud
New snowfall: 4cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Nozawa.

Bit of a curious one this morning.

After the rain/snow mix that we got yesterday turning into snow proper later on and apparently set for the night - I was expecting to wake up to snow falling. But there are breaks in the cloud and even a bit of sun breaking through at times this morning. Still, that is not set to last with snow on the forecast for the day and the 'main event' - heavy snow - due tonight into tomorrow. That sounds good to me.

We do actually have fresh snow on the ground. Not so much on lower levels but the resort reported 15cm yesterday afternoon and another 20cm this morning so I make that over a foot of fresh snow on the top Yamabiko area. That sounds good to me, I know where I am heading.

Like I said, good snow expected into tomorrow and beyond so hopefully the whole mountain will be getting a significant upgrade!

Nighta operations are scheduled for every day over the New Year period, from Thursday 28th December until Wednesday 2nd January.


Tuesday 26th December 2017

Fresh snowfall (as reported by the resort):

- Yamabiko (1407m): 35cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 18cm
- Hikage (660m): 5cm
- Nagasaka (615m): 5cm
- Karasawa (563m): 5cm

Official snow depth numbers:

- Yamabiko (1407m): 160cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 130cm
- Hikage (660m): 75cm
- Nagasaka (615m): 60cm
- Karasawa (563m): 50cm

All lifts operating except the following:

- Mizunashi triple
- Utopia pair
- Kandahar pair

All courses now at least part open except the following:

- Challenge 39 wall
- Mukobayashi
- Grand Prix
- Hachiman
- Kandahar   Read more ...

Madarao Now!

Tuesday 26th December 2017, 8:58am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 11cm
Snow depth: --

The resort is reporting 11cm of fresh snowfall this morning, I am measuring a little less but still good to see a new layer. We are expecting more though and some bigger numbers over the next few days. Earlier on in particular things were clearer but the clouds have been moving in and fingers crossed we'll be seeing heavy snow very soon.

Lift operations remain the same for the moment. Bring on the heavy snow!


Official snow depth:

Operating lifts:

Number 1 lift
Number 2 quad lift
Number 3A lift
Super quad lift
Number 11 lift
Number 12 lift
Number 13 lift
Number 15 lift

Powder Wave II
Free Ride Park
Adventure Aisle
Kids Park

Planned nighta operations this season:

Daily between 29th December 2017 and 3rd January 2018
7th January 2018
11th February 2018
Every Saturday between 4th January and 24th March 2018   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Tuesday 26th December 2017, 9:06am
Weather conditions: Mostly cloudy
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Shiga Kogen.

The sometimes very strong winds from yesterday have calmed down somewhat this morning, though it is still windy in places from what I hear, and might still affect some more exposed lifts.

I am actually seeing some sun at the moment, after a very pretty sunrise earlier. Right now the clouds are gathering and it is generally cloudy with decent visibility.

Snow is expected later and potentially heavy snow over the next few days.


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

Most areas of Shiga Kogen is now at least part open.
Please note that these numbers are the official numbers that ski resorts publish.



Ichinose Family

Ichinose Diamond




Okushiga Kogen

Sun Valley

Takamagahara Mammoth



70cm   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Tuesday 26th December 2017, 9:24am
Weather conditions: Snow, fog
New snowfall: 3cm
Snow depth: --
Stormy conditions again this morning in Zao with snow falling, strong winds blowing and generally very poor visibility.

The wind stopped lifts yesterday and we might well see more of that today.

We are set for this kind of conditions to be with us for a few days now so the main hope is that we get a lot of snow out of it.

If you are going to get out on the skis or board, be certain to know where you are going and take extra care.


Lifts and courses:

- Most lifts are now operating and most courses are now open

Official snow depths:

- Summit area: 70cm
- Paradise area: 70cm
- Chuo area: 70cm
- Utopia area: 70cm
- Uwanodai area: 50cm
- Oomori area: 40cm


Zao Onsen forecast:

Zao Onsen 6-day snow and weather forecast

Floodlit night skiing for the 2017-2018 season is planned as follows:

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

In the Yokokura area:
Daily until Monday 8th January 2018
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only from Friday 12th January until Sunday 18th February 2018.
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only from Friday 2nd March until Sunday 11th March 2018.

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

December 2017: 29th-31st
January 2018: 1st-7th, 13th-14th, 20th-21st, 27th-31st
February 2018: every day
March 2018: 1st-4th   Read more ...

Minakami Now!

Tuesday 26th December 2017, 11:50am
Weather conditions: Clear earlier, light snow again now
New snowfall: 30cm
Snow depth: --
Plenty of snow and wind yesterday and we had a solid 30cm of the white stuff at the base of Tenjindaira. Little higher water content than we usually get.

The weather cleared overnight and it was blue this morning but at noon here it's just starting to snow again. Forecast is for days of snow including what looks like some heavy falls over the next couple of days.

Tenjin Ski resort reported 20cm and was closed due to strong wind yesterday so some of the early snow must have blown off.


Ski resorts in Minakami:

Minakami Hodaigi
Minakami Kogen Fujiwara
Minakami Kogen Ski Resort
Norn Minakami
Okutone Snow Park
Tanigawadake Tenjindaira
Tanigawa Onsen White Valley


Resort Spotlights with more detail:

Norn Minakami
Okutone Snow Park


Please note that the snowfall numbers posted in this report will be observed from close to the base Tenjindaira Ropeway station - which is often much more than in the central town area of Minakami.    Read more ...

SnowJapan Daily 'Now' reports

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07th Oct, 16:14am
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03rd Oct, 9:26
Hakuba Now
30th Sep, 16:20
Niseko Now
30th Sep, 14:01pm
Shiga Kogen Now
30th Sep, 13:56am
Myoko Now
30th Sep, 8:24am
Naeba Now
07th Jun, 10:08am
Furano Now
08th May, 8:47am
Minakami Now
06th May, 8:16
Madarao Now
06th May, 8:13am
Zao Now
06th May, 7:59
Appi Kogen Now
06th May, 7:59am
Geto Kogen Now
06th May, 7:12
Grandeco Now
02nd Feb, 12:34am