Snow and weather reports posted on Friday 10th April 2020
Geto Kogen Now!
Thursday 6th February 2020, 7:32am
Of the (very) good kind.
The resort is reporting 80cm of snow this morning, and I have to agree. I might even say there is a bit more in my usual spot, but I think wind has been a factor there so 80cm is a fair number here.
I can't remember posting that big a number before.
The resort may be struggling to get things open this morning but I'm sure they'll do their best. There are people waiting to get out there!!!
Oh yes, it's still snowing and more is due.
Officially very excited.
Official snow depths:
* Top: 360cm * Base: 240cm
Planned operating lift information - subject to change:
* Number 1 Gondola * Number 2 Gondola (operates on weekends and holidays only) * Number 1 pair lift * Number 2 pair lift * Quad lift
Courses & Tree Runs - subject to change:
* All of the main official courses are available * Rabbit, Summit, Beech and Stream tree run course are open * Extreme and Shooter tree run courses not yet available
Nighta skiing operations
* Weekends and holidays from until 24th February 2020 Read more ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Thursday 6th February 2020, 7:55am
Not many words this morning.
You don't need many when you can report.... 50cm of fresh snow on the ground! That's from base to top (where there's even a bit more). The official numbers below include a few cm that were recorded yesterday afternoon - most of it came since then.
I just took a few measurements in my usual place and beyond and my number is 51cm.
I woke up and found myself saying something like 'Yes, this is Nozawa'.
It's still snowing and very cold. Care needs to be taken in these conditions with all that fresh snow. But there sure will be a lot of fun to be had.
Thursday 6th February 2020
Fresh snowfall recorded by resort since yesterday morning:
Official snow depth (reported by resort): - Peak: 200cm - Base: 110cm
All lifts normally operating EXCEPT: - Country Road Chair (normally rested)
Lifts scheduled for late operations: - Annupuri Village Gondola until 8:00pm - Village Express until 8:00pm - Banzai Chair until 8:00pm Read more ...
Thursday 6th February 2020, 8:17am
Pounded with snow today. A real Myoko day!
Lots of snow, lots of wind. This is the first day where we can really say it could be pretty dangerous outside the resort, with deep, unsettled snow and wind loading in places.
And it will be incredibly tough getting up the hill, too (which will keep many away).
Kind of funny reports on the total snowfall from the resorts (and I think sometimes the resorts may understate the total, to not scare away the course skier who's not interested in thigh-high powder). Seki reported new snow of 150cm, which would have meant the depth before this storm was 80cm (and that's not what they were reporting!). And, for some reason, Lotte Arai gave a new snow depth of 5cm, while the total pack went way up.
The good news is, regardless of what the "official" reports are saying, we know there's lots of new snow, and your reporters here in Myoko went out there, poked in the snow, and can honestly state that we found 105cm. Really.
For a moment yesterday morning I was wondering if we might be disappointed (again) because the sun was out and it didn't really feel like we were on the verge of getting heavy snow. It started at higher elevations around the middle of the day and then properly in the afternoon.
This morning is easily - clearly - the best snowfall of the season so far.
It is the first time that I have big icicles hanging off the side of my house. And a thick layer of snow on the ground.
It just feels... RIGHT!
This is the 'normal'.
I have measured 48cm of snow (you can see 44cm of snow on the top of the car, photo below, which was parked just to the north of Ishiuchi overnight).
This morning Maiko Snow Resort are reporting 50cm of fresh snowfall.
Kagura haven't announced a snowfall number today, but the Tashiro Area is closed due to windy conditions.
This snowfall will of course make a good difference to some resorts around town. Right now they are probably just 'dealing' with it and changes may happen during the day today or tomorrow. For the moment I note that Ishiuchi Maruyama are now saying that they are almost all open (down to base) and Maiko are preparing more courses to open. I would expect more of that at other resorts too.
The top area of Yuzawa Kogen (via the Ropeway) appears to be on hold early on due to wind. That might open later on if conditions allow.
It is still snowing but due to ease off later on this afternoon or this evening; sun is expected tomorrow with more snow due on Saturday. I like the sound of that weather pattern.
And on that note I hope you have a good day.
Individual ski resort information: Thursday 6th February 2020 All information checked and updated manually for each report. Subject to change.
- All of the Central Area and Northern Area courses are open - The Eliza and Batman courses in the Southern Area are open - The Ropeway connecting GALA Yuzawa with Yuzawa Kogen is operating - Take the Gondola back down at the end of the day (Falcon downhill course not yet available) - Official snow depth: 180cm
- The Gondola, Nagamine Number 2 quad and two top Okusoechi lifts are operating with 12 courses open on that gondola side. - Take the Gondola back down to base - The Maiko Area is open with 1 lift operating and 3 courses open - Plans to open more as quickly as they can; changes expected today - Official snow depth: 150cm (upper); 55cm (base)
- Yuzawa Ropeway operating - All Kogen lifts now operating and Kogen Snowland is open - The base area should also be open - The Ropeway connecting Yuzawa Kogen with the Southern Area of GALA Yuzawa is operating - Official snow depth: 120cm (Kogen); 30cm (base)
Hoshino Resort Urabandai Nekoma: - Nekoma is closed on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays in February (apart from 11th) - 4 (of 5) lifts normally operating - 10 (of 11) courses normally open - Official snow depth: 120cm
Inawashiro: - 3 lifts operating (one is for connecting to upper area) - 4 courses part open - Official snow depth: 30cm
It's another morning where the number is kind of difficult due to wind blown areas and regional variations.
The Yakebitaiyama resort is reporting 30cm of fresh snowfall. Kumanoyu are reporting a very low 10cm which I am really surprised about, it seems really low. My over-enthusiastic friend is talking half a metre again.
I need to go with my trusted spot (with nearby backup checks) any my number is 37cm.
A specific number isn't the important thing though - it's the fact that we have fresh snowfall and conditions this morning are a bit wild.
Tomorrow should be calmer with good visibility.
Don't worry about the official snow depths not changing below. Some don't seem to update often; some are just '??'. As mentioned in a report last week --- bring along a pinch of salt.
Almost all courses and connections at Shiga Kogen are now open with just a few minor exceptions.
Photos: Kumanoyu, Takamagahara and Hasuike Junction
Shiga Kogen resort info: Thursday 6th February 2020
The below information is manually checked. Official snow depth numbers are as reported by the ski resorts themselves.
Originally planned night time operations at the Shiga Kogen ski areas are as follows; subject to change, so please check with the resorts. Note that separate lift tickets are required.
Ichinose Diamond 22nd-23rd February 2020 20th-21st March 2020 Quad lift 6:30pm until 9:00pm
Ichinose Family Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays until 21st March 2020 Number 2 pair B lift 6:30pm until 9:00pm
Kumanoyu Every Saturday until 28th March 2020 23rd February 2020 20th March 2020 Number 1 pair lift 6:30pm until 9:00pm
Takamagahara Mammoth Saturdays until 21st March 2020 (not 7th February) 23rd February 2020 20th March 2020 Number 2 triple lift 6:30pm until 8:30pm
Sun Valley 22nd-23rd February 2020 Number 1 quad lift 7:00pm until 8:30pm
Yakebitaiyama Every Saturday until 29th February 2020 23rd February 2020 Number 3 high speed lift 6:00pm until 8:00pm
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. Approach Shiga Kogen using Route 292 from the west (Nagano/Nakano/Yamanouchi) Read more ...
Thursday 6th February 2020, 9:20am
Good morning from Naeba.
It is snowy and windy. I think the wind might have something to do with the fact that I am reporting 18cm this morning... thought it would be more, and it is more in places.
Just 4 lifts operating at the moment due to the conditions. That may change as conditions do. So it's a changeable situation this morning and a chat with the resort is recommended.
Tomorrow should be clearer.
The Audi FIX Alpen Ski World Cup 2020 event will be held at Naeba on 22nd and 23rd February.
Official snow depth:
Planned operating lifts:
- Number 4 romance pair lift - Number 3 high speed lift - Number 3 high speed lift - Number 5 high speed lift (open for nighta until 8:30pm)
Courses planned to be open:
AFFECTED BY LIFT OPERATIONS THIS MORNING
- 21 of 22 courses are now open - Splash Bowl currently not open - The Dragondola is operating to get over to the Tashiro Area of the Kagura resort Read more ...
Thursday 6th February 2020, 9:32am
Good morning from Hakuba and good news with fresh snow on the ground.
This morning there's a few different numbers to report: Goryu, 47 and Happo-one all reporting 5cm down at base and 10cm higher up. (To add to that, Hakuba 47 seem to have been mentioning up to 15cm of snow on the upper slopes yesterday afternoon which is admittedly kind of confusing).
Hakuba Cortina is looking good with an impressive 40cm being reported across the mountain and I note that also Tsugaike are reporting up to 40cm too... so going on those numbers it would seem that those resorts in a more northerly location got more overnight.
I myself can report 8cm on the ground at base since yesterday. I have been over to Goryu and Happo-one early morning as an additional look round before making this report.
It is a very cold morning with light snow still falling.
As of 9am it looks like the top lifts at Happo-one are on hold due to the weather conditions. As far as I can tell other resorts are open as planned.
We can expect some sunshine tomorrow so while today should of course be good, tomorrow should be a real feel-good day out on the mountain. :)
Here is the OFFICIAL DATA table for today.
The information in this table is data reported by the ski resorts
New snowfall (lower)
New snowfall (upper)
TOTAL ACCUMULATION (UPPER)
IMPORTANT: See below for an explanation of the above data
The seemingly never-ending tension served up from some people regarding snowfall numbers in Hakuba continues.
I report from base. It is clearly stated on the report - with added additional emphasis this season - just to be sure that people who are reading the reports are clear on that point.
Just like the other reports on this website. They too are also reporting from the base of their ski resort areas. They aren't all unfairly reporting from the summit. It isn't a competition.
But I cannot / will not report more than I observe.
The number that I report is the amount of snowfall that has fallen at base.
In that new table above, I am also very clearly reporting what the ski resorts themselves are reporting.
Today Goryu, 47 and Happo-one are all reporting 5cm at base.
Are these ski resorts plotting some cunning plan against Hakuba?
No, of course not.
They are just reporting the situation.
They love Hakuba dearly, just as I do.
(* Note that I am actually reporting more than they are this morning)
Cortina are reporting 40cm of snowfall at their base this morning.
Do I mention that or do I hide it from readers? Of course I report it. Why on earth would I not be excited about that? Read my report above.
Look at the photos in the report.
I would like to note that out of the literally hundreds of email messages we have received after those recent general comments, almost all of them were very kind and sometimes long messages of support from people who are really happy that they are not just being 'sold to' in the reports on this website. Sadly, the only sarcastic negative comments came from a few people who are apparently in the business of selling Hakuba. That makes me sad, and a few other things too. (Might I add that there are many, many fine people here doing very good things).
I am pretty sure that most 'normal' people who are reading the reports will make a note of how much snow has fallen on the mountain as well as at base and read the commentary text that goes with them. Because these things are clearly laid out in the reports.
They will read the reports, take them for what they are and not sit up at night agonising over numbers. (Normal people just don't do that).
There, I've had my say.
To the 99% - my apologies for the above, I just felt the need to say it.
Individual ski resort information This information is checked and manually adjusted each morning
Operating lifts: - All lifts apart from the lifts noted below are normally operating: - Kurobishi Number 3 pair - Nakiyama Number 2 pair - Shirakaba Number 1 pair - Shirakaba Number 2 pair - Central pair - Sakka Number 2 pair - Sakka Number 3 triple
Courses open: - All courses apart from the following are at least part open: - Central - Kokusai - Nakiyama Wall/North - Shirakaba South/North - Kurobishi Off-Piste - Omusubi Off-Piste - The base Nakiyama South area is open - The base Sakka areas are part open - Otherwise, take the Gondola or other lifts back down to base
Operating lifts: - All lifts apart from the lifts noted below are normally operating: - Han-no-ki Number 4 - Tsuga Number 1 pair - Han-no-ki Number 2 pair - Kane-no-naru-oka Skyliner I - Tsugaike Ropeway
Courses open: - Most course areas are now at least part open; lower slopes part open - 'Lower course through the forest' is closed - DBD: Gate 1 is open
About the data in the above ‘snowfall as reported by ski resorts’ table * The table within the above report contains data that is published by individual ski resorts * The data shown is the amount of snowfall that the ski resorts are themselves reporting each 24 hour period on the upper areas of their mountain * The source ‘new snowfall’ data and ‘total accumulation’ data is not updated at the same time * The ‘new snowfall’ data is updated in the morning * The ‘accumulation’ data is apparently updated/refreshed at midnight * That means that there is a time lag between the two numbers being updated * We manually check and update the data just before we publish each Hakuba Now report - so the data in each Hakuba Now report table is what is available at that time * Any odd-looking numbers are due to the source data. We are not responsible for and have no control over the data. We are simply sharing the data with you * Just to be extra clear, unlike our own ‘observed snowfall’ data from base that we show at the top of each report, the data in the table is not an independent observation by SnowJapan * A more in-depth introduction and explanation can be found in this reportRead more ...
Thursday 6th February 2020, 9:33am
The snow arrived around 11am yesterday, hearing there was already 30cm at higher elevations by late yesterday afternoon. The snowfall then intensified overnight and in terms of my car park, I cleared 10cm at 5pm and another 55cm early this morning. It's still dumping.
Tenjin is postponed, possibility of closure all day due to strong winds.
Hodaigi has 30-35cm low down and is the spot today I think. Question mark over there top lifts due to wind.
It's a big storm and is forecast to continue through the day before dropping off this evening.
Clear weather expected tomorrow, more snow on Saturday through Monday.
Akasawa Normally part open Note: closed on Tuesdays (apart from 11th February, when it will be closed on 12th February)
Fujiwara Part open Number 1 and 2 lifts are running Official snow depth: 60cm