Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 30th May 2020

Aizu Bandai Now!

Wednesday 4th December 2019, 7:53am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 10cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning and I it is looking rather winter like this morning.

10cm of snowfall at base of Minowa and a wintery scene outside. It's not mid season light fluffy, a bit wetter but perhaps that is even good for getting a base established which is hopefully what is happening now.

We are hoping for more over the next couple of days, perhaps will temps dipping more too...



- Number 1 lift operating
- 1800m Center course open


- B lift operating



- 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 ...

Furano Now!

Wednesday 4th December 2019, 8:03am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 20cm
Snow depth: --
Since yesterday's report a further 20cm of snow has accumulated on the ground in the ski village. Overnight there were strong winds. It is now calm and the snow has stopped falling, but is forecast to start again later in the morning and we could see moderate snowfall during the afternoon. The official base depth is now 89cm.

Furano Zone: OPEN
Kitanomine Zone : CLOSED

Operating lifts: Furano Ropeway, Prince Romance #2 chair

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

Yuzawa Now!

Wednesday 4th December 2019, 8:05am
Weather conditions: Cloud, some blue sky
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Yuzawa.

There is a bit of a damp feel about this morning, though it is not raining at the moment and we have some blue sky amongst the mostly cloudy skies.

The forecast for the day is for temperatures to remain fairly mild (a high of around 6C in town) with rain, sleet or snow - and perhaps in that order - as the day goes on.

Snow is on the forecast down to town levels tomorrow so we can look forward to that.


Kagura is currently part open:

- 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.

Other ski resorts in the region are closed as we wait for snow (and planned opening dates!)


Photos below from around 8am on Wednesday 4th December 2019:

- Kagura
- Yuzawa Kogen
- 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 ...

Niseko Now!

Wednesday 4th December 2019, 8:21am
Weather conditions: Snow storm
New snowfall: 17cm
Snow depth: --

Good news!

Niseko Grand Hirafu has announced that it will be part open from 8:30am tomorrow. They plan to have the Ace Family quad, Ace Number 2 Center 4 and Ace Number 3 pair lifts operating.

The Family Course and Center Course areas will be open.

Full details in my report tomorrow.



Hello and good morning to you all from Niseko.

Brrrr, it is really cold out there this morning! I see Niseko Annupuri are saying it's -17C up top, Niseko Village posting a less severe -10C.

It's windy too. And visibility has been limited at times early this morning.

Most importantly what I can see is a layer of lovely fresh snow on the ground.

With the wind blowing it all about I am guessing today will be one of those days when there's less/more snow in different places you look. So in the name of research I put all my warm gear on and had a bit of a walk outside just before. Yes, it is very cold. I noted a range of around 15cm-25cm of snow, with 17cm as my reading around my trusted spot.

There will be more than that on the mountain of course so with snow likely to continue over the next few days we can feel positive about more lifts soon being able to open. This storm will need to pass and then some thinking done (cue some very serious looks accompanied by stroking chins), preparations etc. It would be great if things could open up for the coming weekend wouldn't it. Let's see.

For now, the one lift at Niseko Annupuri and two lifts at Niseko Village remain open (weather permitting) with limited lower runs at both of those areas available for those brave enough to face the weather conditions head on. The available runs may not be gnarly but you sure need to have some of that gnarl thing going on to want to be outside this morning!


Niseko Grand Hirafu 6-day snow and weather forecast


Opening information:

Niseko Annupuri

- Dream quad lift
- Lower beginner course open; all other courses closed

Niseko Grand Hirafu

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

Niseko Village

- Upper Village Gondola
- Village Express
- Parts of lower Ageimo and Next Stage areas 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 ...

Appi Kogen Now!

Wednesday 4th December 2019, 8:22am
Weather conditions: Snow clouds above
New snowfall: 23cm
Snow depth: --
Good news everyone.

A good 20+cm of snowfall down to base this morning as the mountain turns white and it continues to snow.

Still limited opening as noted below but if we can get more snowfall as per forecast over the next few days we should soon be seeing more of the mountain opening up pretty soon.

Exciting times!


APPI is 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 ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Wednesday 4th December 2019, 8:31am
Weather conditions: Mostly cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Hello from Nozawa Onsen.

Not much to report this morning really, though clearer images to show you below.

It is still feeling fairly mild, there are lots of clouds around with a few bits of blue sky in places, and we are hoping to see snow falling before I get to post my report tomorrow morning. Perhaps as early as around lunchtime today, though it may be rain at lower elevations at least to start off with. Snow is likely tomorrow though too so we should be seeing a snow covered mountain again soon...


Webcam still images below from 8:30am, 4th December 2019:

- Yamabiko (1615m)
- Paradise (1230m)
- Hikage (660m)

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

Hakuba Now!

Wednesday 4th December 2019, 8:34am
Weather conditions: Snow clouds
New snowfall: 2cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Hakuba.

It's not crazy cold, but snow is falling and there is a few cm on the ground in base areas and hopefully there will be much more to come over the next few days...



Photos today:

- Hakuba Happo-one [Usagidaira]
- Tsugaike Kogen [Tsuganomori]
- 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 ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Wednesday 4th December 2019, 8:35am
Weather conditions: Cloud, fine
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Shiga Kogen.

It was pretty cold overnight and a cold start to the day so the snow making machines have been working hard, but there's no fresh snowfall to report.

We are hoping that the forecasts predicting some light snow to start during the day today are correct.


Photos below:

- Kumanoyu (2)
- Takamagahara Mammoth


Yokoteyama 6-day snow and weather forecast


These areas are currently part open:

- Ichinose Family: Number 2 pair lift A line operating
- Kumanoyu: Number 2 pair lift A and B line operating
- Takamagahara Mammoth: Number 2 triple lift operating

Other areas of Shiga Kogen are closed


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 ...

Madarao Now!

Wednesday 4th December 2019, 9:09am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --

I just wanted to keep in touch and give you an update.

Rain, wind and milder conditions since my last report means we are back to a mostly green/brown mountain once again, but snow is due - hopefully starting today through Friday.


10 days to go until the planned opening at Madarao.



6 day snow and weather forecast for Madarao


Planned opening dates:

Madarao - Saturday 14th December 2019
Tangram Ski Circus - Saturday 21st December 2019   Read more ...

Geto Kogen Now!

Wednesday 4th December 2019, 9:30am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 28cm
Snow depth: --
Did I say 'hopefully lots more' in my last report?

This morning... lots more! Nearly 30cm of it. Nice.

And it is still falling with snow forecast over the next couple of days.

I would expect an imminent re-opening; perhaps tomorrow morning.


Courses & Tree Runs:

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

SnowJapan Daily 'Now' reports

Shiga Kogen Now
30th May, 10:10
Geto Kogen Now
06th May, 15:13pm
Appi Kogen Now
23rd Apr, 17:30
Furano Now
22nd Apr, 10:12am
Madarao Now
20th Apr, 9:52am
Zao Now
20th Apr, 9:52am
Nozawa Onsen Now
20th Apr, 9:51am
Niseko Now
20th Apr, 9:50am
Naeba Now
20th Apr, 9:49am
Myoko Now
20th Apr, 9:48am
Minakami Now
20th Apr, 9:47am
Hakuba Now
20th Apr, 9:40am
Aizu Bandai Now
20th Apr, 9:38am
Yuzawa Now
20th Apr, 9:37am
Grandeco Now
06th Dec, 14:16am