Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 30th May 2020

Furano Now!

Tuesday 3rd December 2019, 7:35am
Weather conditions: Mostly cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Yesterday turned into a major rain event with constant rain hitting the village and the mountain for the whole day. By evening ther roads around town had had their snow washed away. This morning we are back to winter and there is light snow falling, although just a dusting of accumulation at the moment. After the rain yesterday the roads are extremely slippery and the slopes will also be icy at lower elevations. It is -2c as I write this and the temperature will get colder during the day, not warmer - down to -6c by midday The official resort base depth is 79cm.

Furano Zone: OPEN
Kitanomine Zone : CLOSED

Operating lifts: Furano Ropeway, Prince Romance #2 chair

Open courses: Sailer, Spies, Shirakaba   Read more ...

Geto Kogen Now!

Tuesday 3rd December 2019, 7:43am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 3cm
Snow depth: --
Quick report --- it's snowing again with a few cm on the ground and hopefully lots more to come in the next run of days...


Courses & Tree Runs:

* Closed as we wait for more snow
   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Tuesday 3rd December 2019, 8:12am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 10cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning all.

The last few days have been pretty miserable with rain and some glum feelings on display as we all wait for our lovely snow.

So I am happy to be able to report some fresh snow down to village this morning. 10cm of it and counting.

And it looks like the next few days is going to be the turning point, I think. :)

It's going to be cold, snowy and probably windy too... but most welcome.


Long time readers can probably skip this bit as it's a bit of the same old...

Already, SnowJapan has received at least one mail accusing me of being 'negative'.

No, I just report exactly what I see.

I get plenty excited when what I see genuinely enables me to get plenty excited**. Just look through my reports and you will clearly see that. And even if I am less excited (see miserable comment this morning), I try not to get too dramatic about it.

The whole idea of these reports is to give you some real information that you can trust, knowing that it is 100% untainted by that instinct some have to always be needing to sell you something.

I (and this website) am not part of the marketing machine - and I am jolly well happy about that.

I am not here to sell you on visiting Niseko. Just to tell you what is happening.

And if you want to read marketing fluff or fantasy, I have no doubt that there is plenty of it out there!

** And I'm not just talking about toast


Niseko Grand Hirafu 6-day snow and weather forecast


Opening information:

Niseko Annupuri

- 9:00am to 4:00pm
- Lower beginner course open; all other courses closed
- Dream quad lift operating

Niseko Grand Hirafu

Not open yet - it will open as soon as there is enough snow.

Niseko Village

- Upper Village Gondola
- That lower area only open

Niseko HANAZONO Resort

Saturday 7th December 2019


Night time operations will be available at the Niseko Grand Hirafu, Niseko Village and Niseko Annupuri resorts. That is planned daily between Wednesday 11th December 2019 and Sunday 22nd March 2020.


Lift ticket prices depend on the period - Early, Regular or Spring Season:

Early Season = open until Tuesday 10th December 2019
Regular Season = Wednesday 11th December 2019 until Sunday 22nd March 2020
Spring Season = Monday 23rd March 2020 until Wednesday 6th May 2020

You can find updated lift ticket prices on the ski resort pages within SnowJapan (links above).   Read more ...

Aizu Bandai Now!

Tuesday 3rd December 2019, 8:22am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 2cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning.

It is snowing on the mountains this morning. A bit wet, and not so cold just yet, but surely better than rain and there is 2cm of snow at Minowa base to report.

We are all hoping for some snowfall over the next few days.

Resort operations remain the same as yesterday.



- Number 1 lift operating
- 1800m Center course open


- B lift operating

It is another mild morning, currently 6C and we might get some rain, but temps are due to be taking a dive from tomorrow and snow is on the forecast.

Bring it on!



- Minowa


Opening information - subject to change of course depending on weather/snow conditions.

Part open:
- Grandeco Snow Resort
- Minowa

As soon as there is enough snow:
- Hoshino Resort Urabandai Nekoma

Saturday 21st December 2019
- Hoshino Resort Alts Bandai
- Inawashiro
- Inawashiro Resort
- Urabandai
   Read more ...

Yuzawa Now!

Tuesday 3rd December 2019, 8:24am
Weather conditions: Partly cloudy, blue sky
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
After hearing some favourable reports from up at Kagura on Sunday, unfortunately it was sad to have very mild conditions and rain yesterday which pretty much wiped out the snow on the ground around town as well as on the lower mountains - and surely hit Kagura too.

Kagura remains open this morning, but with 600m of course open (rather than the 1500m until now), and it looks like they have the Number 1 romance pair lift operating rather than the quad.

While some local forecasts are showing rain today too, right now there is lots of blue sky and sunshine above Yuzawa. It isn't as mild as yesterday but still going to be around 6C during the daytime.

Snow is on the forecast around mid week but it seems kind of difficult to read just now. We'll just have to wait and see how it all shapes up.

As much as we always want loads of early snow, a quick look below reminds us that most ski resorts in the area only plan to open in 2-3 weeks, so we have time.


Kagura is open and here are the details of what is open at the moment:

- Mitsumata Ropeway (8:00am-5:00pm, last one up a 3:30pm)
- Mitsumata Number 1 quad (8:00am-4:00pm)
- Mitsumata Number 2 romance pair (8:15am-4:30pm)
- Kagura Gondola (8:15am-4:00pm, last one up at 3:00pm)
- Kagura Number 1 romance (8:30am-3:30pm)

Note the times - opening a bit later on weekdays than over the weekend.

600m of the main Kagura course is available for skiing/snowboarding and they have a park area open too.

Mitsumata is available just as a 'connecting course' back down to the top of the Mitsumata Ropeway.


Photos below from Tuesday 3rd December 2019:

- Kagura
- NASPA Ski Garden
- Ishiuchi Maruyama


Planned opening dates - subject to change of course depending on weather/snow conditions.

Now part open:
- Kagura (via Mitsumata)

Saturday 7th December 2019
- Joetsu Kokusai
- Naeba

Friday 13th December 2019
- Maiko Snow Resort

Saturday 14th December 2019
- GALA Yuzawa
- Kagura (via Tashiro)
- Kandatsu Snow Resort
- Ishiuchi Maruyama
- Yuzawa Kogen
- Yuzawa Nakazato

Friday 20th December 2019
- Muica Snow Resort
- Muikamachi Hakkaisan
- NASPA Ski Garden
- Yuzawa Park

Saturday 21st December 2019
- Hakkai Sanroku
- Ipponsugi
- Iwappara
- Nakazato Snow Wood

Wednesday 25th December 2019
- Itsukamachi

Thursday 26th December 2019
- Chateau Shiozawa

Saturday 28th December 2019
- Ishiuchi Hanaoka
- Mt Granview   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Tuesday 3rd December 2019, 8:24am
Weather conditions: Fine, cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Shiga Kogen.

I am kind of glad yesterday is done. I'm ok with rain in summer but once it gets to be winter, it feels like an enemy!

We had a little trying-to-snow kind of thing going on last night, but no cm to report and this morning we actually have some sunshine.

OK nice, but... snow please. Forecasts look somewhat bitty (is that a word?) --- perhaps a bit tomorrow night, then Thursday into Saturday. Or something like that. We'll see.

I wouldn't expect much more to be opening at the weekend though...


Photos below:

- Kumanoyu
- Takamagahara Mammoth


Yokoteyama 6-day snow and weather forecast


These areas are part open:

- Ichinose Family: Number 2 pair lift A line
- Kumanoyu: Number 2 pair lift (to mid station)
- Takamagahara Mammoth: Number 2 triple lift


Official opening ceremony:

- 7th December at the Ichinose Diamond area


Other info:

- The section of road connecting the southern area of Shiga Kogen (from Yokoteyama onwards) with Gunma Prefecture is now closed for the season. It will be closed until 24th April 2020.   Read more ...

Appi Kogen Now!

Tuesday 3rd December 2019, 8:41am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 1cm
Snow depth: --
We are back to snow this morning with just a little on the ground at base.

It is a bit colder and set to get colder still with regular snowfall showing on the forecast for the week so... fingers crossed!

APPI remains part open as below:

- Shirakaba course open (about 1000m in length)
- Central quad lift
- 8:30am until 4:00pm

APPI 6 day snow and weather forecast   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Tuesday 3rd December 2019, 8:48am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Hakuba.

Rain was falling yesterday and it did get a bit colder later on, though still relatively mild, and this morning it looks like there is a bit of snow at higher elevations this morning, down at base it's a bit damp still.

I am believing the forecasts that show snowfall over the next few days which might - just might - let some lifts open for the weekend if it happens.

I'll be with you every morning to let you know.


Photos today:

- Hakuba Happo-one [Usagidaira]
- Hakuba Cortina
- Hakuba Goryu [Toomi base]


Planned ski resort opening dates:

As soon as there is enough snow
Hakuba 47
Hakuba Happo-one
Hakuba Goryu
Tsugaike Kogen

Friday 13th December 2019
Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field

Saturday 14th December 2019
Hakuba Cortina
Hakuba Valley Kashimayari

Mid December 2019
Hakuba Norikura Onsen
Hakuba Sanosaka
   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Tuesday 3rd December 2019, 8:51am
Weather conditions: Fine
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Hello from Nozawa.

Rain yesterday along with some wind and relative warmth. Not a nice day weather-wise for sure... a good time to take in some onsen hot springs I think.

This morning the sun is out and we have quite a lot of blue sky as well as cloud up there. It is still keeping quite mild but not as warm as yesterday.

Sadly, the rain yesterday melted away snow as you can see on the webcam images below.

The forecast is still telling us to look forward to some snow this week and I will tell you about it every morning.


Webcam still images below from 8:45am, 3rd December 2019:

- Yamabiko (1615m)
- Paradise (1230m)
- Nagasaka (616m)

Nozawa Onsen will open as soon as there is enough snow   Read more ...

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