Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 26th May 2019

Geto Kogen Now!

Wednesday 6th February 2019, 7:43am
Weather conditions: Fine, thin cloud
New snowfall: 3cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Geto Kogen.

Since my report yesterday morning, cloudy and some breaks in the cloud at times with a light wind and all of the lifts moving as normal.

This morning it's fine with some thin cloud around and that is pretty much what the forecast tells us to expect. And similarly for tomorrow too (with the chance of some snow overnight into Friday).

So a settled kind of feeling going on at the moment.


Official snow depths:

* Top: 340cm
* Base: 230cm

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 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!

Wednesday 6th February 2019, 8:00am
Weather conditions: Cloudy, overcast
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Yuzawa.

The early clouds disappeared pretty quickly yesterday and it ended up being a beautiful clear an sunny day.

And very spring like.

That is both in terms of the weather and temperature and the general snow conditions. The spring season does bring with it a lot of fun, but we don't want it just yet. We want winter! And it does look like the winter conditions are coming back fairly soon but we are going to be living with milder conditions for a day or so more. Maybe some snow tomorrow night and then again Saturday.

This morning it is generally cloudy and overcast and while the forecast shows the chance of some sun later on I doubt it will end up like yesterday.

A high of around +8C is expected in town later on.

I'd expect some rather icy conditions this morning softening up during the day.


From the weekend, the top Number 5 lift at Kagura will be open for longer - until 2pm.

Apparently the Number 2 pair lift at Muikamachi Hakkaisan had been closed due to avalanche risk, but they will be re-opening that from this morning.


Photos today from GALA Yuzawa, NASPA Ski Garden and Yuzawa Kogen (looking north towards Minamiuonuma).


Updated: 8:00am, Wednesday 6th 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
- 320cm (official snow depth)

- 210cm (official snow depth)

- Unconfirmed!

Kandatsu Kogen
- 250cm (official snow depth)

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

NASPA Ski Garden
- 260cm (official snow depth)

Yuzawa Kogen
- Top: 300cm (official snow depth)
- Base: 200cm (official snow depth)

Yuzawa Park
- 195cm (official snow depth)

Yuzawa Nakazato
- 175cm (official snow depth)


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

Ishiuchi Maruyama
- Top: 270cm (official snow depth)
- Base: 210cm (official snow depth)

Joetsu Kokusai
- 290cm (official snow depth)

Maiko Snow Resort
- Top: 305cm (official snow depth)
- Base: 140cm (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 ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Wednesday 6th February 2019, 8:05am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Nozawa.

It kind of feels more like spring than winter just at the moment.

A day of fine and clear weather yesterday, cloudy just this morning. Mild. And the relative mild-ness will probably remain today and into tomorrow too with the chance of some snow tomorrow night. And then beyond. So we can look forward to that.


Wednesday 6th 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): 280cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 245cm
- Hikage (660m): 175cm
- Nagasaka (615m): 165cm
- Karasawa (563m): 125cm

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 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 ...

Madarao Now!

Wednesday 6th February 2019, 8:20am
Weather conditions: Cloudy skies
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Madarao.

It was a beautiful day yesterday. We'll even forgive the relative warmth. (But won't be as forgiving for much longer!)

This morning it is much more cloudy. It is still going to be mild with the next fresh snow due to be falling tomorrow night.

Time for some practice in the groomers perhaps as we wait for fluffy.


Planned operations for Wednesday 6th February 2019

Official snow depth at Madarao:


Madarao info:

All lifts apart from 3A 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 ...

Niseko Now!

Wednesday 6th February 2019, 8:22am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 18cm
Snow depth: --
Morning all!

Spring? Nope, not up here! It's still mid-winter here and it looks set to continue. Temperatures remain down cold and after some good snowfall from the afternoon yesterday there's almost 20cm of fine quality fresh light snowfall to add to my reports.

All lifts appear to be preparing for a busy day. Gambatte! And, Otsukaresama, etc.

The forecast is looking good for regular snowfall along with wintery cold conditions over the coming week. All is good.


Niseko Avalanche Report:

Mountain base 6am: -7℃, 15cm snowfall in 12 hours, calm weather overnight. Moiwa800m: -8.6℃, N0.7m/s, 20cm snowfall in 12hours, no snowdrift development. Mikaeri Junction: calm, -9℃, small snowdrift development. Annupuri 1120m: 220cm snow depth. Hirafu peak: -13℃, 20cm snowfall, snowdrifts developments and calm. Misuno no sawa: -9.99℃, calm, 165cm snow depth at mountain base, 6cm snowfall in 12 hours. Suttsu weather station: -3.4℃, calm wind, 47cm snow depth, Kutchan -7.1℃, calm wind, 163cm snow depth. Coastal data Benkei cape ENE4m/s, Kamui cape NNE2m/s, 1012hPa, 1.2m waves.

The atmospheric pressure gradient is flat and the weather is calm in the mountain and on the ocean. The snowfall settled down around noon yesterday, but another set came in and dropped 15cm of fresh snow in 3h. There were no wind influence during that snowfall and the new snow is not forming notable slabs. The overall avalanche risk is low. All peak gates are scheduled to open from the morning. Please follow the patrol’s instructions. Do not cut across slopes under cornices and knolls. Traversing over and over on the same slope could stimulate deeper weak layers and trigger a slide. Special caution is required in O-sawa (Annupuri bowl) and Kozan no sawa (Back bowl).

We would like to repeatedly remind that it is strongly advised not to ride the bottom of the valleys. Hazards of slides striking from higher slopes are ever-present. Do not party ride in suspicious terrains. One slide could take in the whole group. The snow condition is excellent today. Ducking ropes is strictly prohibited in Niseko. Please show respect to the local customs. They may be different from your country, but as the proverb says, "when in Rome, do as the Romans do."

We appreciate your understanding.


Ski resort operation information: Wednesday 6th February 2019
Subject to change due to weather conditions

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 350cm
- 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 lifts 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: 240cm
- Base: 202cm

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

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

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

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

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. There is no nighta at the Niseko HANAZONO resort area.   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Wednesday 6th February 2019, 8:31am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Hakuba.

Yesterday by late morning the clouds had mostly gone leaving us with some beautiful blue skies in the afternoon. There was hardly any wind and, dare I say it, an early spring feel. Kimochi-ii!

There's some more 'mild' to get through today and tomorrow. (Today we expect temps to be around +6 in the village in the afternoon).

I'm chilled about it though because we can see a return to more mid-winter like conditions in the coming days. There's some snow due tomorrow night and then on Saturday. I am expecting...


Webcam image this morning from Happo-one, Hakuba 47 and Hakuba Iwatake.


Ski resort information on Wednesday 6th 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: 165cm


Hakuba Goryu

Official snow depth:
- Top: 290cm
- Toomi: 165cm
- Iimori: 110cm


Hakuba 47

Official snow depth:
- Top: 265cm
- Base: 125cm


Tsugaike Kogen

Official snow depth:
- Tsuga-no-mori: 330cm
- Han-no-ki: 300cm
- Maruyama: 150cm
- Shirakaba: 245cm
- Champion: 150cm
- Oya-no-hara: 170cm
- Kane-no-naru-oka: 160cm


Hakuba Cortina

Official snow depth:
- Top: 260cm
- Base: 170cm


Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field

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


Hakuba Norikura Onsen

Official snow depth:
- 240cm


Hakuba Valley Kashimayari

Official snow depth:
- 205cm


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 ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Wednesday 6th February 2019, 8:39am
Weather conditions: Generally cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Shiga Kogen.

After the sun of yesterday, it is cloudy this morning. Perhaps we'll get some breaks in the cloud later on, but I don't think we can expect it to be clearer like yesterday. The milder conditions continue and snow conditions are as you might expect. Bit icy especially early on, softening up to some extent in the daytime.

When's the next fresh coming? Tomorrow night and Saturday appears to be what forecast folk are predicting.

I can't think of much else to report really for the moment, and so I'll be back with you tomorrow.


Shiga Kogen resort info: Wednesday 6th 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: 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: 240cm

- 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 ...

Zao Now!

Wednesday 6th February 2019, 9:01am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Zao.

Yesterday did indeed turn into a very fine day with clear brilliant blue skies.

This morning, back to cloudier conditions. As of 9am the resort is reporting a temperature of -5C up top and +2C at base areas. So we're still experiencing warmer than usual temps right now. If the forecast is right the next decent cm of snow to arrive should be around Saturday.

In the meantime kind of icy conditions in the morning.


Operation info from official sources:

- All lifts operating apart from the Karamatsu pair and Yokokura Number 2 pair lifts
- All main courses open

Official snow depths (as reported by resort):

- Summit area: 120cm
- Paradise area: 160cm
- Chuo area: 160cm
- Utopia area: 145cm
- Uwanodai area: 120cm
- Oomori area: 115cm


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 ...

Aizu Bandai Now!

Wednesday 6th February 2019, 9:14am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Urabandai.

It was a sunny day in the region yesterday.

Temps are keeping quite cold this morning, I expect some icy early morning conditions on the slopes. Higher courses will be offering the better snow conditions just at the moment.

Some more sun is due later on today with and some fresh snowfall forecast for tomorrow afternoon. Not a major snowfall but we will hopefully be seeing some fresh snow on all the slopes. Refresh please!


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


Nekoma - lift 0/5, course 0/11 open *Closed on Wednesday and Thursday 1/16-2/28
Grandeco - lift 5/5 include one gondola, course 13/13 open
Urabandai - lift 0/3, course 0/3 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 8/8 include one gondola, course 23/25 open
Inawashiro - lift 7/8, course 18/18 open
Inawashiro resort - lift 3/4 include one gondola, course 8/9 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 6th February 2019, 10:03am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Naeba.

Well, yesterday was sunshine and warmth... this morning is cloudy and not-quite-as-warm. Yes, mostly cloudy conditions this morning.

After this mild spell though, we could really be doing with some nice fresh snowfall to freshen things up and for all the Chinese New Year guests to enjoy.

When might that be? We're hoping it will be tomorrow, probably later in the day or overnight into Friday. And then there's some more lined up for over the weekend. Onegai shimasu!


Official snow depth:

- 200cm

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

- Prince Number 1 Gondola
- Daishamen romance pair lift

All courses now open apart from the following:

- Splash Bowl
- Men's Riesen Slalom (event being held)

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!

Wednesday 6th February 2019, 10:35am
Weather conditions: Mostly sunny
New snowfall: 7cm
Snow depth: --
Hello from Appi,

Fairly sunny skies this morning to greet us and relative calm winds,

We saw a few centimetres of wet snow last night but it will certainly help cover the icy slopes we has yesterday. Temperatures hovering around zero at the base today with thankfully no rain in sight.

Tomorrow looks promising for snowfall with over 20cm forecast to be heading our way. That coupled with light winds will make it a perfect day off piste.

Looking to Friday and into the weekend the temperatures will turn south firmly into minus double digits with sporadic snowfall.


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 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 ...

Myoko Now!

Wednesday 6th February 2019, 11:22am
Weather conditions: Gray. Very gray.
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
It's a gray day out there today.

We were hoping that, if it was going to stay warm, we might as well have sun. But it is a bit gloomy instead.

It's pretty crusty as well; the rain seems to have gone all the way to the top of the mountain, so it's challenging snow out there off the areas.

Ready for some fresh new snow!


Akakura Kanko:
270cm, 1°

Akakura Onsen:
415cm, -1°

Ikenotaira Onsen:
240cm, -1°

Myoko Suginohara:
180cm, -1°

Seki Onsen:
420cm, -2°

Myoko Ski Park:
280cm, 5°

Kyukamura RunRun:
380cm, -2°

Tangram Ski Circus:
220cm, 0°

Madarao Kogen:
280cm, 2°

Lotte Arai Resort
478cm, 5°

Kurohime Kogen Snow Park
170cm, -2°

   Read more ...

Minakami Now!

Wednesday 6th February 2019, 16:07pm
Weather conditions: Clouds over Tanigawa, clear elsewhere in Minakami
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Snow forecast has pushed back to tomorrow night.

Conditions still pretty bad with a nasty rain crust just about everywhere. One good line down from the peak yesterday, went to Kagura today and same there and it appears to have got all of Honshu up to Hakkoda.

Small snow tomorrow night and looks like back to business as usual from Saturday.

It had to happen sometime but it ain't easy being a backcountry guide in these conditions!

May the healing snow fall for us all and in the meantime, best avoid steeps and tight trees.

(Temps from early this morning)

   Read more ...

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27th May, 9:56am
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08th May, 8:47am
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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