Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 19th February 2018
Appi Kogen Now!
Sunday 10th December 2017, 7:56am
PLEASE NOTE: We are currently unable to post our regular reports at the moment. In the meantime we will be doing our best to cover and bring you news from Appi Kogen. Hopefully we will be able to get back to normal reporting back soon. Thank you for your understanding.
Good morning from Appi Kogen.
5cm of fresh snow on the ground but just cloudy this morning. Hardly any wind and not too cold so it should be a good morning.
The forecast is still looking good for some potentially heavy snow in the coming few days. Sounds good to me.
Nighta floodlit skiing is planned to start from next Saturday (23rd).
Planned lift operations for Sunday 9th December 2017 (subject to change):
- APPI Gondola - Central quad - Central number 2 lift - Central number 3 lift A - Central number 4 lift
21cm of fresh snowfall to add to my report this morning with snow ending up falling pretty much through the day yesterday (5cm of that being from overnight).
It's a feel good morning. Fresh snow on the ground and slopes with lots of cloud but a few breaks in the clouds too with sky on show. Not too cold either.
Today there's not much of a wind and it should be really great conditions out there. Hope some of you can get to enjoy it.
More snow forecast from tomorrow for the first part of the week.
Take care driving up to the resort.
Official snow depths:
Top: 135cm Base: 65cm
Number 1 Gondola (9:00am - 4:00pm) Number 1 pair lift (8:30am - 4:30pm)
Courses & Tree Runs:
A1-A5 B1 B2 * Tree Run Areas are closed.
The Number 2 pair lift, Number 2 Gondola and Quad lift plan to open for the season from Saturday 16th December.
Nighta skiing operations are planned at Geto Kogen on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 22nd December 2017 until 25th February 2018.
Welcome to our new Geto Kogen Now daily reports section
Geto Kogen is a ski and snowboard resort in Iwate Prefecture in the northern Tohoku region of Honshu, the main island of Japan. It’s known for heavy snowfalls, quality snow and tree run courses. Hopefully we will be able to bring you some good snowy reports through this season.
For more information on Geto Kogen please check out these pages on SnowJapan:
As with all our daily ‘Now’ reports, the bottom line is that they are independent and honest – they are published by us, not by the resort. The new snowfall number is being measured at the base area of the resort.
This is a brand new section involves people new to the process and so it may take a short while for us all to get used to it all. So please bear with us as we get into the gear! Read more ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Sunday 10th December 2017, 8:07am
Clear and sunny
Good morning from Nozawa.
The sun is out and it is going to be a very fine day.
Snow is due to be falling from later in the day tomorrow; hopefully through until Wednesday. Let's see how much piles up!
In the meantime, a beautiful Sunday with the pretty large top area of Nozawa Onsen open.
Have a good one!
Sunday 10th December 2017
- Nagasaka Gondola (8:40am until 3:30pm) - Yamabiko four lift (9:00am until 3:30pm) - Yamabiko Number 2 lift (8:55am until 3:40pm) - Uenotaira four lift (9:00am until 3:40pm) - * Need to get the gondola back down to base
Planned open courses:
- Yamabiko A - Yamabiko B - Yamabiko C - Yamabiko D - Yamabiko E - Uenotaira - Yunomine B - Bunabayashi course
There is a light breeze in the village this morning causing snow that has built up on the white birch trees to fall off occasionally, leaving a puff of powder in the air. The day is pretty clear with plenty of sun and some very high cloud. Temperatures are cold again today, currently at -8c, but it will warm up to -4c and the sun should be around until afternoon. There has been another 9cm of very light powder overnight. Tomorrow morning will be much warmer and bring with it some rain and then on Monday evening heavy snow is forecast with stronger winds. Read more ...
Sunday 10th December 2017, 8:27am
Anyone get out for nighta last night? I spend a few hours on the slopes yesterday afternoon and then just a few lifts in the evening as I had to get ready for a 'drinking party' as my friends call them. Fine conditions, and really not many people around - it was great. As Christmas and the end of the year start to loom on the horizon, that not busy thing is set to be changing. It sure is great to be able to enjoy Niseko without the crowds though. Now I know what most other ski resorts in Japan feel like! ;)
A friend told me that Niseko Moiwa opened the top gate 6 yesterday too, though we are still generally waiting for the top lifts and gates to open for the season.
Anyway, onto this morning.
11cm of fresh snow for the totals and light snow is currently falling - it should be on and off today. As we get into tomorrow it seems we should expect relatively milder temps. I'm hoping we will avoid rain in lower areas and just keep on getting snow (obviously). But generally regular snowfall is there on the forecast Monday and Tuesday.
Have a fun Sunday wherever you are.
Niseko Avalanche Report:
Niseko base 6.00am: -6°, trace new snow in the last 12 hours, calm winds. Moiwa 800m light winds, -10°, 20cm new snow in last 12hours, snowdrift development overnight from westerly wind. Annupuri 1000m snowpack 135cm. Hirafu 1000m, -12°, light winds, no obvious snow drifting., 15cm new snow. Coastal data: Benkei Cape:NW8m/s. Kamui Cape WSW9m/s, 1015hPa, wave 1.2m.
Isobars are spaced widely and weather is calm. 20cm of new snowfall on the mountain in the last 24hours. Above 1000m a strong westerly wind(15m/s) around 3pm yesterday caused significant snowdrift and cornice growth. From this mornings observation snowpack is stable and general avalanche risk is low.
The Niseko Avalanche Report is compiled from snowfall transition and snowpack observation daily. Snow conditions can change dramatically in blizzards and bad weather, snowdrifts and snow depth can increase rapidly and surface avalanches can occur easily during these times.
Light winds under 10m/s snowdrifts development stagnates and stabilises, the general avalanche risk lowers. However avalanche risk also depends on slope direction, terrain and elevation.
Out of Bounds areas are not part of the ski resorts. We care about your safety out of bounds, don't duck ropes to ride out of bounds. The snow changes everyday, Have a good day.
Sunday 10th December 2017
What's planned to be open today in Niseko (subject to change):
It's one of those glorious blue sky mornings. Just a bit of cloud in some places, but it is mostly clear blue skies with the sun shining down on us.
At the time of writing it seems the lifts at Tsugaike Kogen are on standby as they do some kind of maintenance, but hopefully that will quickly clear and they can get open for the day. There were some strong winds overnight and Happo are mentioning that (along with a potential delay of the opening of the Alpen lift as they clear snowdrifts), so perhaps that is what the issue is. I expect it to be temporary. I'm sure there are people anxiously waiting to get up to the top!
That forecast is still looking juicy so I'm excited to think how much snow we might be getting from tomorrow through Wednesday.
In the meantime, it's the kind of day when you really should not be indoors.
I'm off up the mountain. See you tomorrow!
Ski resort opening status on Sunday 10th December 2017:
Operating lifts - EVE Gondola (* on hold at time of writing for 'maintenance') - Tsuga Number 2 pair lift (* on hold at time of writing for 'maintenance') - Han-no-ki high speed pair lift (* on hold at time of writing for 'maintenance')
It's a beautiful sunny morning in the region and going to be fairly mild with a high of around +8C in town forecast.
Some of that snow that was around yesterday has melted away around town, and just to the north in Minamiuonuma the white cover has gone.
The forecast is still looking like late on tomorrow through Wednesday could bring us decent snowfall down to town. Can't help but feel that forecast seems to be less 'snow' than it was promising just a few days ago which is slightly disappointing. But let's see what nature decides to deliver.
Naeba opened yesterday of course, and as always the local TV crews were out to report on it. Good to see some snow cover on the mountain too for that first day.
With the Tashiro Ropeway also starting operations yesterday, pretty much all of Kagura is open and it's going to be a fantastic day to be outside and up there.
Iwappara and Joetsu Kokusai on standby waiting for enough snow to open.
Currently open in Yuzawa (and official snow depths where available):
Floodlit night skiing for the 2017-2018 season is planned as follows:
In the Uwanodai area: Daily from Saturday 23rd December 2017 until Sunday 4th March 2018 Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only from Friday 9th March until Sunday 18th March 2018.
In the Yokokura area: Daily from Saturday 23rd December 2017 until Monday 8th January 2018 Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only from Friday 12th January until Sunday 18th February 2018. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only from Friday 2nd March until Sunday 11th March 2018.
Night time 'light up' sightseeing ropeway is planned for the following dates:
December 2017: 23rd-24th, 29th-31st January 2018: 1st-7th, 13th-14th, 20th-21st, 27th-31st February 2018: every day March 2018: 1st-4th Read more ...
Shiga Kogen Now!
Sunday 10th December 2017, 8:59am
It's turned out to be a weekend of lovely weather, and this morning the sun is shining through my window and the slopes are looking very inviting.
I think once I get this posted I'll go and check out the Okushiga Kogen area, which of course opened up yesterday.
Later in the day tomorrow snow is due to be falling and should be at least on and off through the end of Wednesday.
Enjoy your Sunday.
Currently the following areas of Shiga Kogen are part open:
It is a beautiful Sunday morning here in Madarao and going to be a relatively mild one.
And we are now less than one week away from the planned opening of Madarao Kogen and connected Tangram Ski Circus. It's nearly here.
Some new snowfall since my last report that I am catching up on in this report (the day before yesterday), and the forecast shows snow from later on in the day yesterday through until Wednesday. Am I right in thinking it has been slightly 'downgraded'.... hmmm, let's see what we get.
I'll keep you updated.
Reports will be daily once the lifts start moving.
More updates over the coming weeks with snow news. Once the ski lifts start operating, this report will be updated daily. Read more ...
Sunday 10th December 2017, 10:11am
Good morning from Naeba everyone!
Today we're seeing overall much higher temperatures than yesterday. It'S fairly cold now but we expect the temperature to be above freezing before long.
The good news is that the weather is absolutely beautiful today. More or less a perfect bluebird!
We did see a little additional snow since yesterdays report however conditions on the slopes are going to be fairly chunky still.
Please be aware that not all the terrain is open at the resort yet. Just the areas where the snow has been collected together.
The weather going on is looking like it will be fairly warm tomorrow with a small amount of rain in the morning turning to snow in the afternoon. Then we're expecting a reasonable snow storm until Thursday.