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 ...
Appi Kogen Now!
Saturday 8th February 2020, 8:22am
Cloudy but bright and some blue sky to see in places
Morning from Appi.
The resort are reporting 10-20cm of fresh snowfall since yesterday morning; I can report 17cm from base. I'd expect 10-20cm out there.
Weekend operations with a few lifts joining in the fun and those 4 tree run courses open.
Cloudy but quite bright in places. It should be a good morning.
APPI is open with the following lifts normally operating (subject to change):
- Appi Gondola - Central quad lift - Central Number 2 lift - Central Number 3A lift - Central Number 4 lift - Central Number 5 lift - Central Number 6 lift - Nishimori lift - Sailer quad lift - Vista quad lift
- Most normal courses at APPI are open - Dragon tail, Cruise 1, Cruise 2 and Bravo tree run courses are open
Snowfall numbers The below numbers are reported by the resort
It's back to the snow this morning. It started from early on and we can hope for perhaps a decent amount over today and tomorrow.
It is going to be another busy weekend and the Prince Number 2 Gondola is joining in the fun.
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:
- Prince Number 1 Gondola - Prince Number 2 Gondola - Takenokodaira romance pair lift - Takenokoyama romance pair lift - Number 4 romance pair lift (open for nighta until 8:30pm) - Number 3 high speed lift (open for nighta until 8:30pm) - Number 4 high speed lift - Number 5 high speed lift (open for nighta until 8:30pm) - Number 8 high speed lift - Hiuchi Number 1 romance pair lift - Dragondola
Courses planned to be open:
- 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 ...
Saturday 8th February 2020, 8:30am
Good morning from Yuzawa.
Yesterday was a beauty of a day.
And this morning... it has started snowing again which is great to see.
Maiko Snow Resort were reporting 5cm early on and Kagura have reported 1cm. But it's coming down nicely now and as of 8:30am I have just measured 6cm (and counting). There will be more to report tomorrow and the snow clouds are due through the day today and tomorrow.
Ski resorts are all getting into 'mostly open' or 'almost fully open' territory now.
The downhill Falcon course at GALA should be available from later on today.
The individual ski resort information below has been updated with the latest that we can find as of 8:30am.
While it is snowing we need as much as possible.
It has been a very good few days, but in the big picture we are still playing catch-up. (And what looks like some rather warm conditions are upcoming later in the coming week).
Come on snow!
Individual ski resort information: Saturday 8th 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 - The Falcon downhill course is now open (or should be later today) - Official snow depth: 210cm
- The top Okusoechi area is open - The Nagamine Number 1 and 2 quads and Shuttle Pair are also open - The Maiko Area is also open with 3 lifts operating - Nighta operations in the Maiko Area have started - Official snow depth: 160cm (upper); 70cm (base)
- Yuzawa Ropeway operating - All Kogen lifts now operating and Kogen Snowland is open - The base area should also be open with a new 100m covered snow escalator - The Ropeway connecting Yuzawa Kogen with the Southern Area of GALA Yuzawa is operating - Official snow depth: 120cm (Kogen); 30cm (base)
- All lifts are operating - Official snow depth: 90cm
Photos (below) from around 8:30am on Saturday 8th February 2020:
- Snow on car! - GALA Yuzawa (2) - Yuzawa Kogen (2) - NASPA Ski Garden - Ishiuchi Maruyama (2) - Route 17/Yuzawa IC exit - Maiko Snow Resort Read more ...
Saturday 8th February 2020, 8:31am
Cloudy (some hints of blue sky and sunshine)
Good morning from Niseko.
There were some very, very cold temperatures being reported yesterday - throughout Japan, it seems, but particularly up here in Hokkaido. I might not like the cold for a few moments before I get up in a morning, but once I'm up and had some toast I like it at all other times. It's one reason why we enjoy such lovely snow up here. Some people who visit are certainly shocked though... so do come prepared!
This morning I have 10cm to add to my report from here close to Hirafu base, from yesterday and a little overnight - not enough for a total reset but still, I would expect some good conditions to enjoy this morning.
We have some varied weather conditions early morning with lots of cloud over on our mountain side, and some blue sky and sunshine over in other directions. Actually, there is more sun shining through over here since I started putting this report together and some blue to be seen through the thin clouds. (Might it be clearing up, I wonder... we are expecting more snow, so maybe not.)
Hopefully we will be on the receiving end of more snow over the next few days.
I hope that you have a good Saturday.
Niseko Avalanche Report
Mountain Base: -8.9°, 5cm new snow in last 12hrs, light NW winds. Moiwa 800m: N16deg 4.8m/s , -12.2°, minor snowdrift development. Yu no Sawa 1000m: N 16deg 5.1m/s, -15.0°. Niseko Village 900m:NNE 343deg 5.1m/s, -14.1°. Hirafu 1000m : NNE 343deg (speed:no data) , -15.1°. Hanazono 720m: NNW 333deg 3.8m/s, -12.4°. Coastal data: Benkei Cape: NNE8m/s. Kamui Cape N8m/s, 1016hPa, wave 1.4m.
The winter type pressure pattern continues bringing cold air into the area. Above 800m a northerly wind is fluctuating around 10m/s with minor snowdrift and cornice development. The mountain has generally been reset by 15-20cm snowdrifts. General avalanche risk is low and all gates are expected to be open. Please listen to the patrols advice and be prepared before going out the gates. The snow is good on and off-piste. Take care though.
A 20m/s wind can build heavy snowdrifts on leeward slopes in a very short time. The stronger the storm the faster this happens, making a dangerous situation very quickly. Many accidents happen in these conditions. Think before you enter a leeward valley during a blizzard too avoid the storm. Do not wait around on steep slopes or valley floors. Our decisions are always being questioned in the winter mountains. Have a good day.
Ski resort operation information: Saturday 8th February 2020
After the sunshine... it's back to snow from early this morning.
The resort has posted 5cm and I agree with that. And it is going to be more, so look forward to additional snowfall reported in the next few reports.
Limited visibility this morning due to the snow coming down.
Looks like all of the tree run courses will be open today other than Powder Wave.
Yey, as they say. (Poetry!)
Current operations: Friday 7th February 2020 - Subject to change
- All lifts are operating - All areas open - All tree run course open apart from Powder Wave - Official snow depth: 185cm
Tangram Ski Circus:
- All lifts are operating - Almost all courses open - Official snow depth: 110cm Read more ...
Saturday 8th February 2020, 8:54am
Good morning from Hakuba.
This morning Happo-one is reporting 20cm of fresh up on the Kurobishi area with 10cm on the lower Nakiyama courses; Cortina are reporting 5-10cm and 47 are reporting up to 15cm on upper slopes. So that should give you an idea of how much snow to expect on the mountain this morning and there's snow on the ground too in the village and at base areas as it continues to snow.
Not as cold this morning but still cold and hopefully we'll get more snow through into tomorrow.
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
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: - 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 - 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
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 ...
Aizu Bandai Now!
Saturday 8th February 2020, 9:00am
A bit more snow and continued very cold conditions. Check out those icicles on the Minowa building.
Generally decent visibility though you can't see distant mountains with a bank of cloud over most of the region this morning.
There is a good chance of snow clouds remaining with us for a few more days.
It's good to see more of Inawashiro being able to open this weekend...
Hoshino Resort Urabandai Nekoma: - Nekoma is closed on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays in February (apart from 11th) - 5 (of 5) lifts normally operating - 11 (of 11) courses normally open - Official snow depth: 160cm
Inawashiro: - 7 lifts operating - 10 courses part open - Official snow depth: 40cm
It's almost midday as I write this and the snow is coming down quite heavily down by base.
Clearer weather ahead and after this spell of colder conditions it looks like there is a bit of a warm spell coming around Wednesday/Thursday in the coming week. (Actually it looks a bit too warm for comfort, hopefully that will get forecast down a bit!)
For the moment should be a good weekend.
All lifts are now normally operating apart from the following: