Snow and weather reports posted on Wednesday 20th March 2019

Minakami Now!

Saturday 27th January 2018, 7:45am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 40cm
Snow depth: --
So much snow, and its still falling heavily. The wheels are falling off the wagon somewhat, forgot to send yesterday's report after writing the whole thing (has been added since).

Anyway, the snow quality is excellent but wind has been a factor.

Doesn't appear that's the case today though its often far less windy down in the valley of late compared to up top.

Tenjin opened yesterday at 10:30am and heard it was too much snow if you can believe it. I was at Hodaigi, awesome conditions but they couldn't run their top 2 lifts due to wind.

Hopefully today it's a different story. Forecast is for the snow to finish by Wednesday and they've been highlighting a blue bird tomorrow morning for a while but will believe it when I see it.

Today's car park number is an underestimate - was out yesterday and my guys had the car park clear by 6pm when I returned so the total is from 6pm.


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 ...

Yuzawa Now!

Saturday 27th January 2018, 8:03am
Weather conditions: Snow clouds
New snowfall: 32cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Yuzawa.

The snow hasn't stopped yet!

There were a few times during the day yesterday when it eased off, only to come back.

Result? I have measured another 32cm of snow on the ground. That means that I have measured over 1.5m of snowfall over the last 4-5 days!


Locals are getting tired having to 'deal' with it all, but I'm sure generally happy that we have been blessed with all this snow. It's good for now and for later on in the season.

So here is what ski resorts are reporting this morning.

- Kagura is reporting 20-30cm of fresh snowfall (which kind of seems low...)
- Maiko Snow Resort is reporting 20cm of fresh snowfall
- Ishiuchi Maruyama is reporting 40cm of fresh snowfall

So yes, it is still snowing this morning and it is still quite windy. It is still cold as well.

When is this going to stop? Well, perhaps tomorrow will see an end to the snow falling and it will start being not quite as cold as it has been; so it looks like today should be the tail end of this huge delivery of snow.

Conditions today should be great but with the continued snow, cold and limited visibility... it won't be everyone's cup of tea.

But once things do eventually calm down, conditions should be fantastic in anyone's book.


Images today from GALA Yuzawa, NASPA Ski Garden and Yuzawa IC exit (Route 17).


Updated: Saturday 27th January 2018

Ski resorts in Yuzawa:

GALA Yuzawa
- 310cm

- 215cm

- Kagura area: 350cm
- Mitsumata area: 250cm
- Tashiro area: 300cm

Kandatsu Kogen
- 255cm

- 240cm (base)

NASPA Ski Garden
- 210cm

Yuzawa Kogen
- Top: 270cm
- Base: 220cm

Yuzawa Park
- 210cm

Yuzawa Nakazato
- 225cm


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

Ishiuchi Maruyama
- 320cm

Joetsu Kokusai
- 290cm

Maiko Snow Resort
- Top: 270cm
- Base: 200cm

Muikamachi Hakkaisan
- Closed on Wednesdays until 14th March
- 300cm
   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Saturday 27th January 2018, 8:18am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 16cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Niseko.

Things seems rather calm this morning.

Oh, and yes, I have another 16cm of snowfall on ground at base to report to you.

Excellent conditions yesterday and things should be similar today too.

Without wind messing with plans, all resorts and gates should be open.

Light snow falling at a fair pace currently and visibility looks fairly limited out on the mountain.

Have fun!


Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 5am: -8℃, 15cm snowfall, calm. Moiwa800m: -8.8℃, W4.6m/s, 30cm snowfall, 100cm snowdrift development overnight. Annupuri1150m: -12℃, 40cm snowfall with snowdrifts. Hirafu1250m: -14℃, 30cm snowfall with development of soft slabs due to westerly winds. Coastal data Benkei cape: NW12m/s, Kamui cape N11m/s, 1006hPa, 2.2m waves.

The wind has started to calm down, however snowdrifts are still slowly growing above 800m. No notable weakness has been observed during pressure test this morning. The avalanche risk is relatively low below 800m elevation. Avalanche hazard is still considerable in higher elevation as the Jan 25th low-pressure snowfall layer in the snowpack could trigger a 60cm thick surface slab avalanche in wind-loaded slopes above 1100m. Better not stimulate slopes around cornices and steep unobstructed slopes above treeline.

Do not traverse under cornices. Ski one by one. Stay away from valley bottoms. These are all common sense for out of bounds riding. There are deep cracks lurking under new snow, be careful not to fall in. All gates are expected to open from the morning. Listen to the patrol’s advice, be prepared for the backcountry and always use gates. One track under the rope will lead others to follow and increase the chances of accidents.

The snow is excellent this morning. Enjoy your day safely. Beware of bad visibility and frostbites.


Saturday 27th January 2018

Resort specific information (operations subject to change):

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Niseko HANAZONO Resort

Lifts scheduled to be operating:
- All lifts apart from King Number 2 should be operating
- 'Early Morning' services from 8:00am until 8:20am (Ace Number 2 Center Four quad lift). Until 28th January. 500 yen special ticket required.

Official snow depth:
- Top: 420cm
- Base: 220cm

Niseko Annupuri Kokusai

Lifts scheduled to be operating:
- All lifts should be operating

Official snow depth:
- Top: 300cm
- Base: 180cm

Niseko Village

Lifts scheduled to be operating:
- All lifts apart from the Country Road Chair lift should be operating
- 'Early Gondola' service from 7:30am until 8:30am (Niseko Gondola). January 27th-28th; February 3rd-4th. 1,400 yen special ticket required.

Official snow depth:
- Top: 300cm
- Base: 180cm


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 ...

Geto Kogen Now!

Saturday 27th January 2018, 8:22am
Weather conditions: Cloud, fog
New snowfall: 30cm
Snow depth: --
We’ve had a pretty wild couple of days snow-wise on the mountain, yesterday we saw about 15cm fall throughout the day with tops hovering around -9C. Overnight we’ve seen another 15cm hit the ground, making for a pretty good start to the weekend.

It’s been a few days since the dump in the middle of the week so the snow should begin to settle, however at this stage the resort has decided to close the Tree Run areas until they can be sure the snow is staying put. If you’re heading up today, keep an eye out on the resort info in the dome, though there is plenty of terrain to enjoy today, with the amount of powder accumulating on the sides of the runs I doubt it will run out today.

Visibility has improved today, still varied though more to work with. There’s a chance for some light snow throughout the day, but nothing major just a cm or two. Other than that, we’ve got moderate winds and tops of -7C with a wind chill sitting around -20C.

Sunday: light snow, winds calming, tops of -5C
Monday: light to moderate snow, moderate winds, tops of -7C
Tuesday: light snow, light winds, tops of -6C


Gondola One Update:

According to the resort, they’re aiming for early February for the Gondola to be back up and running. Fingers crossed for the first week, but we’ll have to wait and see.


Official snow depths:

Top: 370cm
Base: 290cm

Night skiing operations are scheduled at Geto Kogen on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays until 25th February 2018.   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Saturday 27th January 2018, 8:27am
Weather conditions: Snow clouds still over Hakuba
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Hakuba.

I have to get this report up quick this morning - as much data below as possible has been updated as of 8:30am.

Hakuba Cortina are reporting 10-15cm, Happo-one and 47 are also reporting 10cm of fresh.

I can report 5cm of snow on the ground.

It is another cold morning and while it is snowing at the start of the day it might just ease off later on. We might even get a bit of sunshine tomorrow.

Have a fun Saturday. Tons of fun out there waiting!


Ski resort information on Saturday 27th January 2018 (at time of writing):

Hakuba Happo-one

Operating lifts:
- Gondola and upper lifts are on standby at start of the day due to windy conditions

Courses open:
- Open as lifts allow

Official snow depth:
- Kurobishi: 380cm
- Usagidaira: 200cm
- Lower: 140cm


Hakuba Goryu

Operating lifts:
- Lifts appear to be operating as normal
- The top Alps Number 2/4 pair lifts will be open weekends until 4th Feb and then daily from 10th Feb until 18th March

Courses open:
- All courses should be open as normal

Official snow depth:
- Top: 365cm
- Toomi: 125cm
- Iimori: 95cm


Hakuba 47

Operating lifts:
- All lifts operating as planned (Line D usually operates only when the Gondola is closed)

Courses open:
- All main courses available

Official snow depth:
- Top: 310cm
- Base: 120cm


Tsugaike Kogen

Operating lifts:
- Most lifts apart from the Kane-no-naru-oka Skyliner I are operating.
- Top section of Gondola closed early on (?). Check for details.

Courses open:
- All course areas are open apart from parts of Sawa-one and Kane-no-naru-oka Number 2

Official snow depth:
- Tsuga-no-mori: 330cm
- Han-no-ki: 320cm
- Maruyama: 130cm
- Shirakaba: 300cm
- Champion: 150cm
- Oya-no-hara: 170cm
- Kane-no-naru-oka: 165cm


Hakuba Cortina

Operating lifts:
- All lifts are operating this morning

Courses open:
- All courses apart from Itadaira Ridge should be open

Official snow depth:
- Top: 350cm
- Base: 225cm


Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field

Operating lifts:
- Most lifts are operating with most courses open

Official snow depth:
- Top: 220cm
- Base: 130cm


Hakuba Norikura Onsen

Operating lifts:
- All lifts apart from Alps Number 1 and 7 are operating.

Official snow depth:
- 255cm


Hakuba Valley Kashimayari

Operating lifts:
- All lifts are operating

Official snow depth:
- 170cm


Hakuba Sanosaka

Operating lifts:
- All three lifts are operating

Official snow depth:
- 150cm


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 5pm until 9pm in the Nakiyama 2 area
Adults - 2,000 yen; children - 1,200 yen

Hakuba Goryu
Daily from 6pm 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 - 1,900 yen; children - 850 yen

Hakuba Cortina
Daily from 5pm until 8pm (until 9pm on Saturdays)
Adults - 1,500 yen; children - 1,000 yen

Tsugaike Kogen
Kane-no-naru-oka area from 6pm until 8:50pm on 3rd, 10th, 11th February
Karamatsu Shirakaba area from 6pm until 9pm on 27th January; 10th, 11th, 17th February; 3rd, 10th March
Adults - 2,200 yen; children - 1,700 yen

There are no other nighta operations at other ski resorts in the region   Read more ...

Grandeco Now!

Saturday 27th January 2018, 8:28am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 11cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Grandeco.

There is 11cm of fresh snow to report this morning and with the snow over the last few days, snow conditions should be very good this morning.

A strong wind is blowing again early on but it is forecast to calm down soon. Some lifts may slow down but the resort is planning on opening as planned.


Lifts operating:

- All lifts operating

Courses open:

- All courses open

Official snow depth:
- 270cm

- Grandeco snow and weather forecast   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Saturday 27th January 2018, 8:34am
Weather conditions: Snow, fog
New snowfall: 18cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning all.

We're still in the middle of this mid-winter storm with snowy, cold and somewhat windy conditions continuing. I have measured another 18cm of snowfall since yesterday and as you can see below there's some varied numbers being reported by the resort since yesterday morning.

Local forecasts show no snow falling tomorrow so I expect a flood of folk coming on over to enjoy all of the fresh snow we have got this week.

Excite times!


Saturday 27th January 2018

Fresh snowfall since yesterday (as reported by the resort):

- Yamabiko (1407m): 45cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 17cm
- Hikage (660m): 25cm
- Nagasaka (615m): 30cm
- Karasawa (563m): 15cm

Official snow depth numbers:

- Yamabiko (1407m): 320cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 255cm
- Hikage (660m): 200cm
- Nagasaka (615m): 190cm
- Karasawa (563m): 170cm

Lifts operations:

- All scheduled lifts appear to be operating as normal - check with resort due to current weather conditions
- The Yunomine pair, Mizunashi triple, Challenge pair and Utopia pair lifts usually rested on weekdays

The following courses either closed (or not fully available):

- Challenge 39
- Grand Prix
- Kamoshika
- Kandahar   Read more ...

Naeba Now!

Saturday 27th January 2018, 8:43am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 13cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Naeba! It's a snowy, blustery morning up in Mikuni valley today. The air temperature is a cool -7°C, but the moderate wind is making it feel a little cooler than this. We should expect the snow to continue throughout the day, but accumulations will likely be modest. With the addition 13cm of fresh snow in the past 24 hours, we have had 92cm at the base so far during "Storm Finn". The pistes will be fresh today, likely with some powder stashes hidden where the wind can't get! The stronger winds overnight will have stripped some aspects and deposited on others, so seeking out the right aspect will get you the good snow today.

Looking forwards, we should expect a dramatic change in the weather tomorrow, with calm winds and clearer skies. Air temperatures are expected to increase significantly, to around -1°C at the base. Into Monday, we can expect some more unsettled weather to blow through the valley, bringing a little snow and cooler temperatures again. The wind will remain less blustery than it has been over the past few days.

Shinsen'na!   Read more ...

Madarao Now!

Saturday 27th January 2018, 8:53am
Weather conditions: Snow clouds over the region still
New snowfall: 12cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Madarao.

A little earlier on I enjoyed some lovely scenery with the sun trying to break through thin cloud, with some light snow falling at the same time.

A calm start to the weekend. Excellent snow conditions for this Saturday morning with another layer on the ground since yesterday and temperatures remaining very cold.

There is night skiing available this evening and that will be followed by fireworks. Would be nice if the skies were clearer for that! Looks like it might be the case with clearer skies possible tomorrow.


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 I
Powder Wave II
River Line
Free Ride Park
Powder Theater
Adventure Aisle
Crystal Bowl

Kids Park

Planned nighta operations this season:

Every Saturday until 24th March 2018
11th February 2018   Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Saturday 27th January 2018, 9:01am
Weather conditions: Snow clouds
New snowfall: 22cm
Snow depth: --
Your cover reporter with you this morning for a quick report.

Light snow with 22cm on the ground. It is still cold and still snowing, but feels like it is getting brighter.

Perhaps some clearer weather tomorrow; or at least just cloudy without the snow?

Conditions should be excellent.


Akakura Kanko:
290 cm, -10°

Akakura Onsen:
355cm, -8°

Ikenotaira Onsen:
240cm, -4°

Myoko Suginohara:
225cm, -13°

Seki Onsen:
380 cm, -10°

Myoko Ski Park:
290 cm, -6°

Kyukamura RunRun:
320 cm, -3°

Tangram Ski Circus:
220 cm, -5°

Madarao Kogen:
230 cm, -10°

Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Saturday 27th January 2018, 9:02am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 18cm
Snow depth: --
Stormy conditions this morning in Shiga Kogen - snow, wind, poor visibility.

It continues... but maybe not for much longer.

Might we even get some sunshine tomorrow?

If we do, it'll be a superb day to be here.

I'm taking an onsen this morning though...


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

Please note that these numbers are the official numbers that ski resorts publish and we check and update them each morning.



Ichinose Family

Ichinose Diamond




Okushiga Kogen

Sun Valley

Takamagahara Mammoth



250cm   Read more ...

Appi Kogen Now!

Saturday 27th January 2018, 9:08am
Weather conditions: Partly cloudy, sun is out!
New snowfall: 10cm
Snow depth: --
Another good day of skiing/snowboarding ahead, with a high of -8 estimated at the base. With the moderate chilling wind it'll be a cold one.

There has been 10cm overnight so a nice new base layer has been deposited.

At the time of writing the earlier snow has eased off and blue skies are opening up with the sun making an appearance.


Planned lift operations (subject to change):

- APPI Gondola
- Central quad
- Central number 2 lift
- Central number 3 lift A
- Central number 4
- Central number 5 lift
- Central number 6 lift
- Sailer Gondola
- Sailer quad
- Vista quad
- Nishimori lift - affected by wind

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


Official snow depth:

215cm   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Saturday 27th January 2018, 9:28am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 24cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Zao.

It has been a bit of a wild morning for myself, coping with the snow and some friends who are visiting.

I have 24cm of fresh snowfall to report to you this morning as the mid-winter conditions continue. The snowfall over the last few days has really changed things up.

The cold and snow are not letting up just yet but maybe we are getting towards the end of it and those sticking around for tomorrow might be treated to less wind and potentially better visibility and clearer skies.

Can't wait to get out there and check it all out myself.

All open.


Lifts and course info:

- All lifts appear to be opening as scheduled
- Note: the Karamatsu pair lift usually only operates on weekends
- All areas open

Official snow depths:

- Summit area: 160cm
- Paradise area: 180cm
- Chuo area: 180cm
- Utopia area: 225cm
- Uwanodai area: 120cm
- Oomori area: 140cm


Zao Onsen forecast:

Zao Onsen 6-day snow and weather forecast

Floodlit night skiing 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:
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only 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:

January 2018: 27th-31st
February 2018: every day
March 2018: 1st-4th   Read more ...

Furano Now!

Saturday 27th January 2018, 14:49pm
Weather conditions: Overcast
New snowfall: 20cm
Snow depth: --
The report is late today so I guess it is more of a wrap up of the day. There was moderate snowfall overnight and then quite a bit accumulated mid morning as well, bringing the total since the last report to 20cm. On the resort it was fantastic this morning with large areas left ungroomed and plenty of trackless powder for everyone. The day started of with low cloud on the resort, which limited visibility on the upper half of the mountain and then later the cloud lifted, although light was still flat at times. Continuous light snow is forecast through tomorrow and then some heavy snow Sunday night.   Read more ...

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20th Mar, 8:56
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20th Mar, 8:53
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20th Mar, 8:43
Myoko Now
20th Mar, 8:42am
Madarao Now
20th Mar, 8:36
Niseko Now
20th Mar, 8:30
Yuzawa Now
20th Mar, 8:08am
Nozawa Onsen Now
20th Mar, 8:02
Furano Now
20th Mar, 7:50
Geto Kogen Now
20th Mar, 7:42
Grandeco Now
02nd Feb, 12:34am