Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 25th May 2020

Furano Now!

Sunday 3rd February 2019, 7:33am
Weather conditions: Clear
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
It is a nice calm morning here in the Kitanomine village, and it is most satisfying to step outside and see that the wind of yesterday has now passed. While there is no new snow to report, the day is going to be a really good one with full sun and blue sky. The clouds will come in later in the afternoon, so best to grab so photos in the AM. From Monday there is continuous snow on the forecast.

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 ...

Geto Kogen Now!

Sunday 3rd February 2019, 7:42am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 2cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Geto Kogen.

Limited visibility during the day yesterday with a rather strong wind blowing around. Some very light snow in the morning and a bit of blue sky in the afternoon. So it was a day of mixed weather.

This morning starts off cloudy with breaks in the clouds expected.

As with most regions of Japan we are expecting some warmer conditions over the next day or so but hopefully we'll soon be back to snow early week.


Official snow depths:

* Top: 375cm
* Base: 260cm

Planned operating lifts - subject to change due to weather:

* Number 1 Gondola
* Number 2 Gondola
* Number 1 pair lift
* Number 2 pair lift
* Quad lift

* The Number 2 Gondola is normally rested on weekdays

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 ...

Yuzawa Now!

Sunday 3rd February 2019, 8:02am
Weather conditions: Clear and sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Cloud and some light snow (and a bit wetter in places at times) yesterday but this morning it's almost completely clear skies and sunshine.

As expected.

And also as expected, it's going to be rather mild / unseasonably warm today. (We'll see what the verdict is on the news this evening but temps might be approaching 10C later on). Rain is due overnight and into tomorrow. Let's hope that by this time tomorrow we might be starting to see things getting a bit colder again and back to snow by the end of the day.

In the meantime though, a very lovely morning!


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


Updated: 8:00am, Sunday 3rd 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
- 370m (official snow depth)

- 230cm (official snow depth)

- Unconfirmed!

Kandatsu Kogen
- 275cm (official snow depth)

- 200cm (official snow depth)
- Please see our Naeba Now report for daily updates from Naeba

NASPA Ski Garden
- 290cm (official snow depth)

Yuzawa Kogen
- Top: 330cm (official snow depth)
- Base: 220cm (official snow depth)

Yuzawa Park
- 250cm (official snow depth)

Yuzawa Nakazato
- 220cm (official snow depth)


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

Ishiuchi Maruyama
- Top: 342cm (official snow depth)
- Base: 230cm (official snow depth)

Joetsu Kokusai
- 330cm (official snow depth)

Maiko Snow Resort
- Top: 330cm (official snow depth)
- Base: 180cm (official snow depth)

Muikamachi Hakkaisan
- 320cm (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

NASPA Ski Garden
NASPA extends opening for the Number 1 lift on the following dates:
19th, 26th January 2019
2nd, 9th, 10th, 16th, 23rd February 2019
Extended until 6:00pm

Yuzawa Nakazato
Every Saturday until 9th March 2019
Sunday 10th February 2019
Number 2 romance pair lift
5:00pm until 8:30pm   Read more ...

Aizu Bandai Now!

Sunday 3rd February 2019, 8:12am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Urabandai.

I am happy to report that the wind has calmed down (at last) and it is a generally cloudy morning in the region.

There was no snowfall last night.

It is a little warm this morning and so that will surely be affecting snow conditions. I'd personally recommend the area to the north of Mt. Bandai in the morning.

Unfortunately it will likely be raining this afternoon, let's hope it is short lived and we can see a return to more winter-like conditions early week.


The photos for today are from all from Alts Bandai.


Nekoma - lift 5/5, course 11/11 open *Closed on Wednesday and Thursday 1/16-2/28
Grandeco - lift 5/5 include one gondola, course 13/13 open
Urabandai - lift 3/3, course 3/3 open *Closed on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
Minowa - lift 3/3, course 10/11 open
Numajiri - lift 4/4, course 10/11 open
Alts Bandai - lift 7/8 include one gondola, course 19/25 open
Inawashiro - lift 7/8, course 18/18 open
Inawashiro resort - lift 3/4 include one gondola, course 8/9 open
Listel - lift 2/2, course 5/7 open
Family Bandai Bandai - lift 2/2, course 7/7 open *Only open on Saturday, Sunday and national holidays.   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Sunday 3rd February 2019, 8:14am
Weather conditions: Low lying early cloud, sunny up top
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning all.

There is some low lying cloud and foggy like conditions early on (see photo below - Nasuki knows that it'll clear up, just look at that charismatic smile!)

Up top it is already mostly clear and sunny and I expect that early cloud to quickly clear leaving us with a fine and sunny day. Or morning at least.

And yes, very mild.

And sadly, probably rain sometime tonight/overnight. (At least down in the village).

Let's see how it all shapes up. Before all that lot though, it should be a very nice morning.


Sunday 3rd 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): 320cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 285cm
- Hikage (660m): 195cm
- Nagasaka (615m): 185cm
- Karasawa (563m): 150cm

All lifts apart from the following planned to be operating:

- Mizunashi triple
- Kandahar pair (open for general public on 12th Feb and 1st Mar 2019)

All courses open apart from the following planned to be open:

- Grand Prix
- Kandahar (open for general public on 12th Feb and 1st Mar 2019)


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 ...

Niseko Now!

Sunday 3rd February 2019, 8:22am
Weather conditions: Clear blue skies
New snowfall: 3cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning.

All clear blue skies this morning. Hurray!

It's keeping pretty cold early on and it is no surprise that a lot of people are lining up waiting for the first lifts of the day to take them to all that lovely snow on the mountain. We should be 'all open' today after a few days of lift disruption.

A lot of folk are coming to enjoy their Chinese New Year holidays here in Niseko at the moment. Today is a fine day to be arriving!

I will post my excite look back at January in the report tomorrow.


Niseko Avalanche Report:

Mountain Base 6.00am: -4°, no new snow in the last 12 hrs. Moiwa 800m: -5.9, W6.5m/s, cornice development settled. Mikaeri Weather Station: snowdrift development, calm. Annupuri 1120m: snow depth 2105cm. Hirafu Peak: -10°. Mizuno no Sawa: -8.73°, no new snow in last 12 hrs, snow depth 157cm. Suttsu Weather Station: -0.9°, snow depth 44cm. Kutchan Weather Station: -2.0°, snow depth 158cm. Cape Benkei: NW12m/s, Cape Kamui: W10m/s, pressure 1008hPa, wave 2.3m.

The isobars have moved further apart and the sea and mountains are calm. Leeward snow drifts development is stable, on impact there is no obvious weak layer. From observation the general avalanche risk is low. Cornice growth has been massive (bus size), no room for a careless attitude under one of them. If they collapse, giant block avalanche will occur. Do not traverse under or on top of cornices, this could trigger a surface avalanche and with so many people in the valley bottom a serious accident could happen.

Osawa cornice face and Kozan no Sawa 1000m line, avalanche risk is hard to predict. Better not to ride there. Snow conditions are good everywhere. Is your beacon switched on? Niseko respects your freedom to ride outside the resort areas, but has a serious interest in your safety. Please listen to the patrol's advice before going through the gates. Do not stay at the bottom of the valley. Have a nice day.


Ski resort operation information: Sunday 3rd February 2019
Subject to change due to weather conditions

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 330cm
- Base: 125cm

Ski lifts operating:
- All lifts should be operating as normal (Ace Number 1 pair and King Number 2 quad lift 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

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 230cm
- Base: 190cm

Ski lifts operating:
- All lifts should be operating as normal
- The Hanazono lifts are normally open until 3:50pm (Number 3 until 3:30pm)


Niseko Annupuri

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 300cm
- Base: 150cm

Ski lifts operating:
- All lifts should be operating as normal
- The Jumbo 1 lift is normally open until 8:30pm during the evening


Niseko Village

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 300cm
- Base: 160cm

Ski lifts operating:
- All lifts should be operating as normal (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. There is no nighta at the Niseko HANAZONO resort area.
   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Sunday 3rd February 2019, 8:32am
Weather conditions: Fine, blue skies
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Hakuba.

It is a stunner of a morning. Beautiful blue skies. You know I love a morning like this...

Cold early on but it's going to mild up during the day and tonight. Unfortunately, rain is due later on and overnight, as the freezing level zooms right up. Let's just hope that it doesn't last long.

Anyway, I am going to get out and enjoy this fine morning and I'll be back with you tomorrow.

Have a great Sunday.


Photos today from Hakuba Happo-one (first two) and Hakuba Iwatake.


Ski resort information on Sunday 3rd 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: 270cm
- Usagidaira: 170cm
- Nakiyama: 170cm


Hakuba Goryu

Official snow depth:
- Top: 295cm
- Toomi: 180cm
- Iimori: 130cm


Hakuba 47

Official snow depth:
- Top: 290cm
- Base: 150cm


Tsugaike Kogen

Official snow depth:
- Tsuga-no-mori: 345cm
- Han-no-ki: 305cm
- Maruyama: 155cm
- Shirakaba: 255cm
- Champion: 160cm
- Oya-no-hara: 180cm
- Kane-no-naru-oka: 180cm


Hakuba Cortina

Official snow depth:
- Top: 295cm
- Base: 195cm


Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field

Official snow depth:
- Mountain Side: 200cm
- Village Side: 120cm


Hakuba Norikura Onsen

Official snow depth:
- 270cm


Hakuba Valley Kashimayari

Official snow depth:
- 215cm


Hakuba Sanosaka

Official snow depth:
- Top: 190cm
- Base: 120cm


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 9th, 10th, 16th February; 2nd March
Adults - 2,200 yen; children - 1,700 yen   Read more ...

Madarao Now!

Sunday 3rd February 2019, 8:34am
Weather conditions: Fine, sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --

We expected clear and sunny skies this morning and that's what we have got.

Warm conditions are expected throughout the region today and into tomorrow along with a good chance of rain.

(I'll report on the 'damage' tomorrow morning).

Fingers crossed while you enjoy the lovely morning, everyone.


Interested in seeing a traditional mame-maki 'bean throwing' setsubun event? I thought you might be.

Get yourself over to the Restaurant Shirakaba at 1pm to check it out. 'Oni wa soto!'


Planned operations for Sunday 3rd February 2019

Official snow depth at Madarao:


Madarao info:

All lifts apart from 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
- 10th February 2019

Tangram Ski Circus info:

All lifts operating
All course areas open

Nighta operations at Tangram:
- Every Saturday until 23rd March 2019
- 10th February 2019   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Sunday 3rd February 2019, 8:56am
Weather conditions: Blue sky, sun, some cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
The sun is out and it is a beautiful morning across the region.

Let's just hope that it doesn't warm up too much. The day is starting off cold enough... but, it is due to quickly get warmer during the day.

Rain is due down in the valley but we might be able to avoid that up here. Snow for us? Wet snow would be preferably to rain. We shall see.

For now though - great morning to be outside.


Shiga Kogen resort info: Sunday 3rd 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: 200cm

- Official snow depth: 140cm

Hoppo Bunadaira
- Official snow depth: 200cm

- Official snow depth: 220cm

Ichinose Diamond
- Official snow depth: 230cm

Ichinose Family
- Official snow depth: 230cm

Ichinose Yamanokami
- Official snow depth: 230cm

- Official snow depth: 185cm

- Official snow depth: 140cm

- Official snow depth: 190cm

Okushiga Kogen
- Official snow depth: 250cm

Sun Valley
- Official snow depth: 150cm

Takamagahara Mammoth
- Official snow depth: 230cm

Tannenomori Okojo
- Official snow depth: 180cm

- Official snow depth: 220cm

- Official snow depth: 250cm

- Official snow depth: 185cm


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
10th February 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
10th February 2019
20th March 2019
Number 1 pair lift
6:30pm until 9:00pm

Sun Valley
Every Saturday until 2nd March 2019
10th February 2019
Number 1 quad lift
7:00pm until 9:00pm

Every Saturday until 2nd March 2019
10th February 2019
Number 3 high speed lift
6:00pm until 8:00pm   Read more ...

Naeba Now!

Sunday 3rd February 2019, 8:59am
Weather conditions: Clear and sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Naeba.

Clear blue skies up above this morning, it's a beauty!

And as we have been expecting it is going to quickly be warming up today and not feel particularly winter-like.

We are being warned of the chance of rain later today and tonight. We'll have to see how that turns out and what happens on the mountain. I hope we can be seeing snow again tomorrow as things get colder again...


Official snow depth:

- 200cm

All lifts plan to be operating apart from the following (some rested on weekdays):

- Number 8 high speed lift
- Daishamen romance pair lift

All courses now open apart from the following:

- Splash Bowl
- Men's Riesen Slalom (closed due to event being held there today)

Planned night-time operations:

- Daily until Sunday 24th March 2019
- 4:00pm until 8:30pm
- Courses open: Number 5
- Lifts operating: Number 5 high speed lift   Read more ...

Appi Kogen Now!

Sunday 3rd February 2019, 9:01am
Weather conditions: Clear, some cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Appi,

If you’re being up the mountain today I suggest you get up there now while the sun is out and the winds are calm otherwise you'll be looking at clouds this afternoon that are dispensing rain. That's correct! Afternoon temperatures approaching 6 degrees on the positive side coupled with the clouds will deposit around 2cm of rain here.

The next few days aren’t looking that good either with a freezing spell overnight and gusty winds to greet us tomorrow morning. Wednesday is supposed to offer a little reprieve from the winds then we’re in for another rainy day. All in all not a fun few days here.

The slopes today are in great shape with the snow that’s been deposited the last week so make the most of it.


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 4
- Central Number 5
- Sailer quad
- Sailer Number 2
- Vista quad
- Nishimori

* Bravo, Cruise 1, Cruise 2 and Dragon Tail tree runs should be open as normal when the lift operations allow - register to use them at Plaza 1st Floor


Official groomed snow depth (as reported by resort):

- 120cm   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Sunday 3rd February 2019, 9:01am
Weather conditions: Mostly cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Zao.

Some cloud around this morning but it's quite bright and it feels like the sun might break through.

Tonight we are hoping to be able to avoid some rain as temps get warmer. Not sure we'll be lucky enough for that though.

The next snow seems due from around mid week.


Operation info from official sources:

- All lifts normally operating
- All main courses normally open

Official snow depths (as reported by resort):

- Summit area: 130cm
- Paradise area: 170cm
- Chuo area: 170cm
- Utopia area: 160cm
- Uwanodai area: 120cm
- Oomori area: 125cm


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:

January 2019: 25th-27th
February 2019: every day apart from every Tuesday
March 2019: 1st-3rd   Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Sunday 3rd February 2019, 9:49am
Weather conditions: Blue skies (for now)
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Another sunny day - actually a beautiful sunny day - in Myoko today.

The formerly fresh snow around me is pretty crusty this morning; it got cold enough to firm up yesterday's warm, soft end to the day, but it should be softening up again shortly.

Might as well enjoy it, as the freezing level goes up to 2700 meters (even higher than previously forecast) and the rain comes in. Blech.

But it will go away quickly and be replaced once again with snow, so consider this as a sign taht you need to sit in the onsen and sip a saké or do some other non-strenuous thing for a day or so before heading back for more fun on the white (OK, there may be some extra risk outside the resorts with a potential ice layer and fresh snow, but let's cross that ski field when we get there).

Go! Ski! Enjoy!


Akakura Kanko:
330cm, -4°

Akakura Onsen:
440cm, -3°

Ikenotaira Onsen:
270cm, -5°

Myoko Suginohara:
220cm, -10°

Seki Onsen:
430cm, -3°

Myoko Ski Park:
350cm, 4°

Kyukamura RunRun:
400cm, -2°

Tangram Ski Circus:
240cm, -5°

Madarao Kogen:
320cm, -3°

Lotte Arai Resort
510cm, 0.3°

Kurohime Kogen Snow Park
230cm, -7°

   Read more ...

Minakami Now!

Sunday 3rd February 2019, 10:22am
Weather conditions: Clear
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Pleasant surprise on mountain at Tenjindaira yesterday. Plenty of fresh, soft snow and the cat track was open by 9:30am.

Clouds and light snow were around for most of the day but things cleared up last night.

Today we're having beautiful weather but all eyes are on the forecast for rain and warmer temps this evening. Be nice to dodge this bullet and even if we don't, snow is forecast for tomorrow.

   Read more ...

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20th Apr, 9:52am
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20th Apr, 9:52am
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20th Apr, 9:51am
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20th Apr, 9:50am
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20th Apr, 9:49am
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20th Apr, 9:48am
Minakami Now
20th Apr, 9:47am
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20th Apr, 9:40am
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