Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 26th May 2019

Furano Now!

Wednesday 27th February 2019, 7:21am
Weather conditions: Partly cloud
New snowfall: 1cm
Snow depth: --
There is a light dusting of snow across the village, and although only 1cm at base level, I would expect around 5cm at the top of the resort. It is a colder start to the day, currently -9c, and temperatures will rise up to around -2c by midday. Plenty of cloudy lies above but that is expected to clear and it should be a sunny afternoon. There is no significant snow forecast for the rest of the 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   Read more ...

Yuzawa Now!

Wednesday 27th February 2019, 8:17am
Weather conditions: Overcast but bright and sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Yuzawa.

I was woken up a little earlier by the sound of wind... but it looks like all ski resorts are opening as planned.

Fine weather again yesterday and this morning it's more overcast but bright and sunny with a high of around 6C forecast.


Photos today from GALA Yuzawa, NASPA Ski Garden and Yuzawa Kogen.


Updated: 8:15am, Wednesday 27th 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
- 280cm (official snow depth)

- 200cm (official snow depth)

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

Kandatsu Kogen
- 225cm (official snow depth)

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

NASPA Ski Garden
- 220cm (official snow depth)

Yuzawa Kogen
- Top: 260cm (official snow depth)
- Base: 160cm (official snow depth)

Yuzawa Park
- 180cm (official snow depth)

Yuzawa Nakazato
- 170cm (official snow depth)


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

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

Joetsu Kokusai
- 260cm (official snow depth)

Maiko Snow Resort
- Top: 270cm (official snow depth)
- Base: 110cm (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 ...

Niseko Now!

Wednesday 27th February 2019, 8:30am
Weather conditions: Blue sky and cloud
New snowfall: 3cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning and what about this...

3cm of fresh snow has gathered on the ground overnight. Hurray!

Hopefully that will mean slightly more than that at higher elevation. I think we're going to have to take these fairly small offerings when we can now; there is little sign that we are going to be getting much more. As things look right now anyway.

Blue skies, some sunshine and some cloud hanging around. It should be a fine morning. All should be open.


Niseko Avalanche Report:

Mountain base 6am: -6℃, 3cm snowfall. Moiwa800m: -7.2℃, W4.34m/s, cornice and snowdrifts developments. Annupuri1120m snow depth 250cm, -10.3℃ at 1000m. Hirafu peak: -10℃, swowdrifts developing. Hirafu1000m: -10.1℃, N2.5m/s. Niseko Village Mizuno no Sawa: -8.59℃, WSW4.4m/s, 150cm snow depth at base. Kutchan weather station: -8℃, NNE0.6m/s, 154cm snow depth. Sea of Japan Benkei cape: NW9m/s, Kamui cape WSW8m/s, 1021hPa, 1.3m waves.

A snowstorm picked up around 8pm yesterday, making cornices and snowdrifts up to 30cm thickness develop in leeward slopes above 800m elevation. The avalanche risk in knolls and slopes under cornices is moderately high. Some gusts are still blowing in higher elevation. All gates are scheduled to open, please follow the ski patrol’s instructions. A layer of new snow has blanketed most slopes, but not deep conditions. Thin surface slab slides from Feb 26th layer should be considered in open steep slopes. Ride one by one, do not cut across slopes and stay away of valley bottoms. The mountain is back to winter today. Have a nice day.


Ski resort operation information: Wednesday 27th February 2019
Subject to change due to weather conditions

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Plans to be open until Monday 6th May 2019

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


Niseko HANAZONO Resort
Plans to be open until Sunday 7th April 2019

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 245cm
- Base: 198cm

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)


Niseko Annupuri
Plans to be open until Monday 6th May 2019

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 310cm
- Base: 130cm

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


Niseko Village
Plans to be open until Sunday 7th April 2019

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 310cm
- Base: 130cm

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


Night time operations are available in the Niseko Grand Hirafu, Niseko Village and Niseko Annupuri resort areas. Until Wednesday 20th March 2019.
There is no nighta at the Niseko HANAZONO resort area.   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Wednesday 27th February 2019, 8:34am
Weather conditions: Thin cloud, overcast, bit of blue sky
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Hakuba.

Some clearer skies in the middle of the day yesterday before more cloud coming in later in the afternoon, though conditions were variable depending on where you were (as is often the case, of course).

This morning it's kind of overcast with some thin cloud and some blue sky starting to appear - perhaps we'll see some more of that as the morning moves on. It is quite cold again early on with a high of about +4 forecast for the village later on.

Tomorrow there is a chance of precipitation at times during the daytime, and it might turn out to be light rain or snow at different times and different elevations. Keep cold please!


There's increasing talk around town now about just how long the season will be able to stretch to. Happo-one, Tsugaike Kogen, Hakuba Goryu and Hakuba 47 all plan to be open until the end of Golden Week on Monday 6th May. It is sometimes a struggle to get there but they are very good at making use of the snow that remains in the upper areas of ski resorts. That is still over two months off and obviously the lower slopes are not going to be lasting too much longer if the current weather pattern continues. This season the 10 (!) days up until 6th May are holidays so I imagine the ski resorts would very much like to be able to see it through until then.

All I can say is: more snow please.

And, gambare! I think they are going to have a challenge on their hands.


Ski resort information on Wednesday 27th 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: 85cm


Hakuba Goryu

Official snow depth:
- Top: 255cm
- Toomi: 135cm
- Iimori: 100cm


Hakuba 47

Official snow depth:
- Top: 255cm
- Base: 105cm


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


Hakuba Cortina

Official snow depth:
- Top: 240cm
- Base: 150cm


Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field

Official snow depth:
- Mountain Side: 180cm
- Village Side: 90cm


Hakuba Norikura Onsen

Official snow depth:
- 160cm


Hakuba Valley Kashimayari

Official snow depth:
- 190cm


Hakuba Sanosaka

Official snow depth:
- Top: 80cm
- Base: 40cm


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)

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

Hakuba Cortina
Daily from 5:00pm until 8:00pm (until 9:00pm on Saturdays and certain holidays)

Tsugaike Kogen
Karamatsu Shirakaba area from 6:00pm until 9:00pm on 2nd March   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Wednesday 27th February 2019, 8:38am
Weather conditions: Lots of cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Hello and good morning from Nozawa.

Lots of cloud this morning with the sun trying to break through in place but as of 8:30am it's on the greyer-darker side of things. Temperature is currently -1C and a high of around +4C forecast later in the day.

Tomorrow? Well, there's both light rain and light snow on the forecasts. It might end up snowing early on and turning to rain down in the village. Or something different. Let's see where we are in the morning.


Wednesday 27th 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): 265cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 235cm
- Hikage (660m): 150cm
- Nagasaka (615m): 140cm
- Karasawa (563m): 95cm

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)   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Wednesday 27th February 2019, 8:54am
Weather conditions: Generally overcast, thin cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Hello from Shiga Kogen.

It's bright but cloudy - the thin kind - at the start of the day today. Perhaps we will see more sunshine if these clouds start to clear up.

Still hoping for the chance of some snow maybe early morning tomorrow and there's some potential brewing for late Sunday/early Monday on some forecasts. We'll have some of that please!


Someone asked if the official snow depth data below hasn't been updated. Yep. Silly me, I check them every morning. They only rarely change though. My advice - don't dwell on them.


Shiga Kogen resort info: Wednesday 27th 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: 210cm

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: 180cm


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 ...

Aizu Bandai Now!

Wednesday 27th February 2019, 8:55am
Weather conditions: Fine, some cloud
New snowfall: 3cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning.

And I bring good news this morning. There was no snow on the forecast yesterday, but this morning there is 3-4cm of fresh snow at Grandeco base. And not only the Urabandai area, but also on the south side of Mt. Bandai which has a thin covering of fresh snow this morning. The mountains look freshly white again which is of course great to be able to report, even if it isn't a significant amount.

It is a bright sunny morning but the weather will probably change by the evening and there is a chance of more snowfall tonight, according to the forecast. Fingers crossed.


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


Nekoma - lift 0/5, course 0/11 open *Closed on Wednesday and Thursday 1/16-2/28
Grandeco - lift 4/5 include one gondola, course 12/13 open
Urabandai - lift 0/3, course 0/3 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.   Read more ...

Naeba Now!

Wednesday 27th February 2019, 9:02am
Weather conditions: Overcast and bright
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Naeba.

It's a bright morning with thin cloud around but the sun shining down on us. Feels like it is going to be a fine day.

There's a chance of something falling early tomorrow and in the daytime. Though it is unclear if we will get a bit of rain or some fresh snow. Fingers crossed!


Official snow depth:

- 200cm

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 ...

Geto Kogen Now!

Wednesday 27th February 2019, 9:12am
Weather conditions: Partly cloudy
New snowfall: 12cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning.

And I bring you good news. Yes, we have some fresh snowfall. And a good 10cm of it too, starting to fall from around 5pm.

It might be sunny right now but it has been a cold overnight and early morning as well. Nice.

Fine today and cloud tomorrow is basically the forecast as it is.

For now, should be a good morning. I like fresh.


Official snow depths:

* Top: 365cm
* 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
   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Wednesday 27th February 2019, 9:15am
Weather conditions: Partly cloudy, sun
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Zao.

It's a fine morning, there is some cloud around but lots of nice clear skies and the sun is out. Going to be a nice day. Cold this morning again currently around -2C at base.

Back to normal weekday operations with Karamatsu and Yokokura Number 2 lifts rested.

Perhaps some snow overnight and tomorrow morning? Looks like there might be a chance...


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: 100cm
- 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 ...

Madarao Now!

Wednesday 27th February 2019, 9:20am
Weather conditions: Thin cloud, sun
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --

Another fine day yesterday and this morning there's more of that thin cloud around but the sun is casting shadows down on the mountain. Once again we might see more of the sun during the day but we are hoping for something falling from the skies tomorrow - and hopefully in the form of some light snow. Let's see where we stand come tomorrow morning...

The Number 13 lift at Madarao appears to be closed this morning due to icy conditions - hopefully they'll get it moving this afternoon.


Planned operations for Wednesday 27th February 2019

Official snow depth at Madarao:


Madarao info:

All lifts apart from Number 5 plan to be open. * Number 13 lift closed in the morning.
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 ...

Myoko Now!

Wednesday 27th February 2019, 10:21am
Weather conditions: Increasingly cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
The quiet before the..rain? snow?

It is very still, with a lot of dark clouds starting to come in from the south. The barometer is still pretty high, so we'll watch that and wait for the fall (and be ready for precipitation). The freezing level just don't look like it's going to come down very much.

The snowpack is definitely going down; the walls along the roads have moved back away from the road surface. The national news just predicted a warm March, so not much positive news for those of us who still want some more white stuff!


Akakura Kanko:
290cm, -4°

Akakura Onsen:
350cm, -2°

Ikenotaira Onsen:
205cm, -5°

Myoko Suginohara:
160cm, -8°

Seki Onsen:
490cm, -1°

Myoko Ski Park:
290cm, 4°

Kyukamura RunRun:
320cm, 0°

Tangram Ski Circus:
210cm, -4°

Madarao Kogen:
270cm, -2°

Lotte Arai Resort
485cm, 3.1°

Kurohime Kogen Snow Park
175cm, -2°
   Read more ...

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14th Jun, 10:19am
Naeba Now
07th Jun, 10:08am
Aizu Bandai Now
31st May, 13:35
Shiga Kogen Now
27th May, 9:56am
Furano Now
08th May, 8:47am
Niseko Now
07th May, 19:19pm
Myoko Now
06th May, 9:33am
Hakuba Now
06th May, 9:09
Nozawa Onsen Now
06th May, 8:46
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