Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 26th May 2019

Geto Kogen Now!

Friday 8th February 2019, 7:44am
Weather conditions: Snow clouds are back
New snowfall: 32cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning.

Ah this is good. 32cm of fresh snowfall on the ground. Nice.

Very cold too.

(I'll try not to dwell on the rain last night. Easier to forgive when there's a fresh blanket of snow!)

Bit windy though as the snow continues to fall and there's more on the forecast through tomorrow too.


Official snow depths:

* Top: 360cm
* Base: 240cm

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!

Friday 8th February 2019, 8:29am
Weather conditions: Snow clouds
New snowfall: 8cm
Snow depth: --
Update: The Tashiro Area of Kagura is closed due to strong winds up there. Kagura is open up to the Kagura Number 1 romance pair lift, they might get the quad going if conditions allow. GALA Yuzawa and other resorts appear to be open as normal.


Good morning.

After that rather prolonged spell of mild (with a bit of rain added into the mix last night), it is sure good to see some fresh snow this morning.

Maiko Snow Resort is reporting 5-10cm and Kagura are reporting 10cm. I have measured 8cm. So that gives you a good idea of what to expect. Not enough to give us a deep fresh cover yet, but an improvement and hopefully we will get some more today (though I'm not sure we should expect too much).

The forecasts are still looking good for the chance of some fairly regular snow over the coming week.

It's noticeably colder too and temps today should remain just under zero.

Monday is a national holiday in Japan so the upcoming weekend is a long 3-day one for many. It's a busy one traditionally so come on nature.. bit more fresh please!


Photos today from GALA Yuzawa, NASPA Ski Garden and Route 17/Yuzawa IC exit.


Updated: 8:30am, Friday 8th 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
- 310cm (official snow depth)

- 210cm (official snow depth)

- Unconfirmed!

Kandatsu Kogen
- 230cm (official snow depth)

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

NASPA Ski Garden
- 240cm (official snow depth)

Yuzawa Kogen
- Top: 280cm (official snow depth)
- Base: 180cm (official snow depth)

Yuzawa Park
- 195cm (official snow depth)

Yuzawa Nakazato
- 170cm (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: 290cm (official snow depth)
- Base: 130cm (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 ...

Niseko Now!

Friday 8th February 2019, 8:30am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 19cm
Snow depth: --
After saying I wasn't feeling well yesterday, a few kind souls sent me messages via the SnowJapan folk... suggesting that I have some toast to feel better. And you know what, it worked wonders; I am feeling almost back to normal this morning. The magic of toast! (And, thank you - those messages made me chuckle and cheered me up).

OK back to the important stuff.. I have 19cm of fresh snowfall at base to report to you as of 8am and snow is continuing to fall this morning. Not absolutely massive amounts perhaps, but certainly good quality.

Also very noticeable this morning is how cold it is. Extremely cold. (Might be left-overs of my not genki condition, but it feels to me like it might be the coldest morning this season). Niseko Annupuri and Niseko Village are both reporting temperatures of -22C up top and it's a 'far-from-toasty' -15C down here.

Brrrrr, indeed.

Visibility is also rather limited.

Extra special care advised on a morning like this.

Wind is affecting some ski lifts at the start of the day: currently on hold are the top lifts at Hirafu, Gondola and top lift at Village, Gondola and top lift at Annupuri.

Continued snowfall is what the forecast is telling us to expect over the coming week.


Niseko Avalanche Report:

Mountain base 6am: -15℃, 10cm snowfall in 12h, light storm. Moiwa800m: -18.3℃, W10.1m/s, stormy and snowdrifts developing. Mikaeri junction: cornices and snowdrifts developing. Annupuri1120m snow depth 220cm. Hirafu peak: -20℃, stormy, snowdrifts developing. 165cm snow depth at Mizuno no sawa base, -19.75℃, 10cm snowfall in 12h, WNW13.2m/s at the entry knoll of the valley. Suttsu weather station: -12.0℃, NW9.9m/s, 58cm snow depth, Kutchan -13.8℃, NW8.9m/s, 179cm snow depth. Benkei cape: NNW18m/s, Kamui cape: NW14m/s, 1011hPa, 2.8m waves.

Winter pressure distribution with a strong cold airmass flowing resulted in a cold stormy morning above 800m elevation making cornices and snowdrifts develop considerably. Pressure test showed some weakness activities at Feb 8th hoar layer 20-40cm below the surface, most prominent in knoll terrains and surface slab slides are very likely to occur. The overall avalanche hazard level is HIGH. All gates opening are undetermined. Follow the ski patrol’s instructions. The snow in the tree runs is overhead conditions, however be sure to avoid dropping all the way down to the valley bottoms (avalanche paths).

Do not cut across cornices and knolls, that’s the easiest way to trigger a slide. Avalanches in Niseko mainly occur as a slab (snowdrifts) that drastically grew during a storm collapses. Beware of your route, better avoid open steep slopes. Have you switched your beacon ON? It is not mandatory to wear one, but it could save yours or your buddy’s life. Beware of frostbites.

We would like to apologize for some inappropriate expressions used in yesterday’s report.

Have a great day.


Ski resort operation information: Friday 8th 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:
- Top two lifts on hold at the start of the day
- 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: 253cm
- Base: 210cm

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:
- Gondola and top lift on hold 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:
- Gondola and top lift on hold at the start of the day
- 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 ...

Madarao Now!

Friday 8th February 2019, 8:40am
Weather conditions: Snow clouds
New snowfall: 9cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Madarao.

Back to snow and cold.

The resort is reporting 10cm of fresh and I have measured 9cm myself. And it is snowing still and fingers crossed we'll get more today.

It feels much colder this morning too.


Planned operations for Friday 8th February 2019

Official snow depth at Madarao:


Madarao info:

All lifts apart from Number 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 ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Friday 8th February 2019, 8:42am
Weather conditions: Snow is back
New snowfall: 4cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning.

Ahhh, fresh snow. We all love it, don't we. And we always want more. With the warmer conditions over the last week and some wet as well we have been looking forward to seeing some more fresh on the ground, and this morning we have some. Just 2-5cm as being reported by the resort so far and I can report a similar number and it is snowing right now.

I am happy to also report colder conditions too.

So it feels like we are back to winter. Let's hope it will stay that way and the fairly regular snow on the forecast in the week ahead delivers.

It's another long weekend here in Japan because Monday is a national holiday. Expect Nozawa to be busy!


Friday 8th February 2019

Fresh snowfall reported by the ski resort (since yesterday morning):

- Yamabiko (1407m): 5cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 3cm
- Hikage (660m): 3cm
- Nagasaka (615m): 5cm
- Karasawa (563m): 2cm

Official snow depth numbers (reported by resort):

- Yamabiko (1407m): 275cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 245cm
- Hikage (660m): 170cm
- Nagasaka (615m): 160cm
- Karasawa (563m): 120cm

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 ...

Naeba Now!

Friday 8th February 2019, 8:44am
Weather conditions: Snow clouds
New snowfall: 2cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Naeba.

A bit of fresh snow this morning and most definitely colder conditions. Good to see that and hopefully we will be seeing more snow during the day.

It's a bit windy too with the top lift on hold and the Tashiro area of Kagura closed because of the wind.

We have a busy weekend coming up with Monday being a national holiday.

More snow less wind please!


Official snow depth:

- 200cm

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 ...

Hakuba Now!

Friday 8th February 2019, 8:45am
Weather conditions: Cloudy (some breaks in the cloud in places)
New snowfall: 3cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Hakuba.

Fine in the morning with clouds in the afternoon is how things ended up yesterday. Hakuba 47 were reporting 'mizore' (sleet), I experienced something a bit wetter than that.

But this morning it is noticeably colder and there is some fresh snow to report. Here is what the ski resorts are reporting:

Hakuba Cortina: 0-cm (base); 10-cm (top)
Hakuba Happo-one: 5cm (top of Riesen)
Hakuba 47: 5cm
Hakuba Goryu: 2cm (Toomi); 10cm (top)

Lots of cloud still and snow falling in places, though there's actually some small bits of blue sky showing through in places - so it's a case of varying current conditions depending on where you are in the valley.

Some forecasts look good for tomorrow night, others seem less excited about the chance of snow. As we can't do much about it, let's just enjoy what we have and see what happens (as they say).

Long weekend ahead, as Monday is 'National Foundation Day' and a national holiday. It's usually one of the most popular and busy weekends of the winter season.


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


Ski resort information on Friday 8th 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: 165cm
- Nakiyama: 125cm


Hakuba Goryu

Official snow depth:
- Top: 285cm
- Toomi: 155cm
- 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: 145cm
- Shirakaba: 245cm
- Champion: 145cm
- Oya-no-hara: 170cm
- Kane-no-naru-oka: 160cm


Hakuba Cortina

Official snow depth:
- Top: 250cm
- Base: 165cm


Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field

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


Hakuba Norikura Onsen

Official snow depth:
- 235cm


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!

Friday 8th February 2019, 8:58am
Weather conditions: Mostly cloud
New snowfall: 3cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Shiga Kogen.

It feels more like winter this morning, I am happy to be able to report.

Temperatures are much lower, it is noticeably much colder and there's some fresh snow. Not large amounts - both Yakebitaiyama and Kumanoyu are reporting 5cm. Hopefully more over the weekend for the many visitors to enjoy.

Earlier snowfall has eased off now and it's actually fairly bright here in the Maruike area. Come back snow, we want more of you!


Shiga Kogen resort info: Friday 8th 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: 180cm

- Official snow depth: 200cm

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 ...

Aizu Bandai Now!

Friday 8th February 2019, 9:16am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 2cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning.

The rain changed into snow last night and snows is still falling this morning. There's not a massive amount -- just 2cm of fresh snow measured at the base area of Grandeco this morning but there should be more at higher areas on the mountain.

It is a chilly morning so snow conditions improving.

The new snow has covered the slopes but it's not a thick layer so remaining a bit hard and icy under the fresh snow. Need to keep that in mind.

It will be softer in the afternoon if the snow continues falling.

The forecast say cloudy this evening.

It's a three day holiday start from tomorrow and all the ski hills should be busy with weekend visitors. An early start is recommended.


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


Nekoma - lift 4/5, 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 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 15/25 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 ...

Appi Kogen Now!

Friday 8th February 2019, 10:17am
Weather conditions: Snow clouds
New snowfall: 25cm
Snow depth: --
Hello from Appi,

It’s still snowing here this morning with a considerable amount deposited last night. Gusty conditions here until this evening then tapering off through the weekend.

Rather cold temperatures today with a wind chill on the mountain reaching -30 in places. We may see a few cm of snow over the weekend with sunny skies heading our way on Sunday.

Great conditions out there to be had for those braving the winds and temperatures.


Planned lift operations & course areas (subject to change due to weather conditions):

- Appi Gondola
- Central Quad lift
- Central Number 1
- Central Number 2
- Central Number 3A
- Central Number 5
- Sailer quad
- 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 ...

Minakami Now!

Friday 8th February 2019, 10:29am
Weather conditions: Snow clouds are back
New snowfall: 11cm
Snow depth: --
Back to Winter, only 11cm on the car park but will be significant up top.

Tenjin is officially closed due to wind but lots of fresh on top of ice needs time to settle too.

Hodaigi has 15-20cm of fresh up top and at least 30cm on the ridges.

It's snowing moderate to heavy at Tenjin, a little less at Hodaigi but it feels like winter is back and plenty of snow on the forecast going forward.

   Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Friday 8th February 2019, 13:15pm
Weather conditions: Overcast and snowing
New snowfall: 25cm
Snow depth: --
Sorry to be a bit late (snow to throw, computers to strangle).

The snow is back, and it's coming down hard. The sun was/is out at Suginohara, it seems, but it's remained overcast with solid snowfall all morning at the base of Akakan.

Pretty strong winds through the night and into the day, and there are some strong gusts with swirling snow from time to time. About 25 cm of fresh at 9am, and it's continuing to come down steadily. There is a wet layer underneath the new snow that is a bit of a concern; it's still wet and apparently bonding well with the new snow, at least at base level. Could be a more dangerous situation higher up where the wet may be ice, and a lot of snow on top could mean easy sliding of the new. Good time to take it a little easy in the backcountry!


Akakura Kanko:
280cm, -7°

Akakura Onsen:
410cm, -4°

Ikenotaira Onsen:
230cm, -5°

Myoko Suginohara:
175cm, -11° (top)

Seki Onsen:
420cm, -5°

Myoko Ski Park:
300cm, 1°

Kyukamura RunRun:
380cm, -3°

Tangram Ski Circus:
230cm, -4°

Madarao Kogen:
280cm, -7°

Lotte Arai Resort
507cm, -3°

Kurohime Kogen Snow Park
180cm, -6°

   Read more ...

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14th Jun, 10:19am
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07th Jun, 10:08am
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31st May, 13:35
Shiga Kogen Now
27th May, 9:56am
Furano Now
08th May, 8:47am
Niseko Now
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