Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 18th February 2018
Saturday 16th December 2017, 6:58am
Clear east and south, cloudy west and north
The sky looks loaded this morning: ready to go, just waiting for that trigger to be pulled. Like, I think it’s going to snow and it could be a lot. Sunny to the east and south, dark clouds over the mountains.
Lots of resorts opening up today, so I wanted to get a report out early (and a busy day ahead for your writer), but no resort has fresh news up as of 7am (not just the town’s accumulator site, which has been a bit rusty lately). Which is not good. I guess there still isn’t the idea that skiers might choose one resort over another based on conditions; it’s more like the old days when people arrived here with a plan firmly in mind and only one or two days to carry it out. Sorry, bit of a rant, but even our new returnee, Lotte Arai, which did put up a snow report at 6:23am, and noted that three runs will open, didn’t say which lifts will run... oh, well. PR is not the greatest strength of Japanese companies.
And I ramble again, because the most important thing is that we have a great base for this time of the year, looks like days of fresh ahead, beautiful mountains…. Just a gentle prod for the fine resorts here to be a bit more proactive info-wise. Ya got the skiing down pretty good!
All snow reports the same as yesterday, except Lotte Arai.
Akakura Kanko: 80 cm, -6°; OPEN Lifts: Myokokogen Sky Cable (gondola); Hotel No. 2, 3, 5; Champion No. 1 and 3 (all runs open)
Some snow in the morning yesterday but easing off leaving us with a cloudy afternoon.
It's cloudy again this morning with a fairly strong wind. Snow might be falling at times during the day according to the forecast.
Today the 'regular season' begins with both of the gondolas and all of the lifts scheduled to be operating. The free shuttle bus service from Kitakami Station also begins from today.
If you are driving take care on the icy roads.
Have a good weekend!
Official snow depths:
Top: 190cm Base: 105cm
Number 1 Gondola Number 2 Gondola Number 1 pair lift Number 2 pair lift Quad lift
All lifts operating
Courses & Tree Runs:
* All main courses open
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 ...
Saturday 16th December 2017, 8:00am
it is snowing moderately here in the village right at the moment. A quick check has revealed 5cm of nice light powder on the ground. It will snow throughout the day but should ease up to just light snowfall during the morning. There is no word from the resort on whether the Kitanomine Gondola will open or not, so we will just have to wait and see. The forecast for Sunday looks pretty much like it is now, overcast, calm and light snow. Read more ...
Saturday 16th December 2017, 8:03am
Poor visibility this Saturday morning and it's not set to improve really with fresh snowfall due; which is good of course.
More lifts and courses are opening up at Zao Onsen from this morning. It's good to see Kurobishi quad moving - I like parking there as it is usually quieter and the lift itself if fast!
The forecast is looking pretty good at the moment for the upcoming week with regular snowfall due.
Hopefully almost all of the mountain can be open by next weekend.
Operating lifts: - Chuo Number 1 pair - Chuo Number 2 pair - Zao Paradise Pair AB - Shobunuma Number 2 pair - Katakai triple - Mikaeri pair - Utopia Number 2 pair - Astraea Number 3 pair - Kurobishi Number 1 quad - Onsen Number 1 pair - Onsen Number 2 quad - Yokokura Number 1 pair A - Zao Ropeway - Zao Chuo Ropeway - Sky Cable
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 ...
Saturday 16th December 2017, 8:16am
Good morning from Grandeco.
It has start snowing just now as I write this at 8:00am. According to the forecast, it will be snowing through until tomorrow, so hopefully some good numbers to report in the next report.
All courses at Grandeco are now except for Center 33 with and all of the lifts and the gondola operating. Nice.
Center 33 will open if the snowfall is enough tonight.
Fingers crossed. We could still do with some decent sustained snowfall to really get things kicking off in style.
There is just a little bit more fresh snowfall at base to add to the tally this morning. I measure it as 4cm.
It's a pretty cold early morning - not as full on as it has been - and light snow is currently falling.
The bigger news this morning is that the top lifts are getting started from today - the King Number 4 lift at Niseko Grand Hirafu, the Wonderland Chair lift at Niseko Village and the Jumbo Number 4 lift at Niseko Annupuri are now operating. Yey!
That means that the full area is now open with on-mountain access to and from each of the resorts now available. Very nice to be able to report that on this 16th December morning. We'll probably need it more and more too with lots of people starting to pile in seeking Niseko-tastic fun.
I must apologise for a mistake that I had not noticed... in previous reports I had tagged one of the pair lifts at Niseko Annupuri as a quad lift. My mistake, sorry!
Someone actually sent in an email to SnowJapan for me, asking if I prefer nuts or toast. That made me laugh out loud, thank you. :)
Hmmm. Toast easy wins early morning. Though I might have to go with nuts for an evening.
If you don't know what I'm blabbering on about, note my ongoing documented love of pre-report toast and my mention of nuts in the report yesterday.
Niseko Avalanche Report:
Niseko base 6.00am: -5°, 3cm new snow, calm. Moiwa 800m : -6°, light winds, 5cm new snow. Annupuri 1150m: -8°, W5m/s, 5cm new snow. Hirafu Ridgeline: -8°, light N winds, trace new snow. Coastal data: Benkei Cape:NE6m/s. Kamui Cape NNE6m/s, 1010hPa, wave 0.8m.
There is light snowfall is preceding a low pressure front, both mountains and sea are calm. As the low pressure system passes the wind will pick up above 800m. General avalanche risk is low, however if this low pressure snow fall increases, a surface flowing type of avalanche on steeps slopes is likely, take care. Snow conditions are good. The Dec 16 layer is expected to become notable in future snowpack.
Be careful with the low light, it is hard to see the contours of the snow surface. All top lifts will be running from today. Take care riding off the course and into the trees, there still isn't enough snow. The snow surface is uneven and there are still holes around. Peak gates are being prepared to open around Christmas. Please be patient. Please follow Niseko Rules, do not duck the ropes. Do not enter Strictly Off Limits areas Haru no Taki and Yu no Sawa. Have a good weekend.
Saturday 16th December 2017
What's planned to be open today in Niseko (subject to change):
Lifts operating: - Ace Number 3 Pair lift - Ace Number 2 Center Four quad lift (nighta) - Ace Family quad lift (nighta) - King Number 3 quad lift - Hirafu Gondola - Holiday Number 1 pair lift - Swinging Monkey - King Number 4
Floodlit 'nighta' skiing: Night skiing is planned for every evening at the Niseko Grand Hirafu, Niseko Village and Niseko Annupuri areas. There is no nighta at the Niseko HANAZONO area. Ski lifts that are scheduled to be operating for nighta are noted above. Read more ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Saturday 16th December 2017, 8:42am
Cloud, blue sky, sunshine for now
Good morning from Nozawa.
And more good news this morning. Not fresh snowfall news - of which there is none to report - rather, more of the mountain opening up... and you can now ski back down to base. Or snowboard back to base, if that is your preference. Either via the Rinkan (Forest) course for beginners or the more difficult Ushikubi
More courses and lifts are opening from this morning meaning that now a bit chunk of the resort is now available. Great stuff. Bit confused at seeing Uenotaira quad listed on the official site as not operating, but anyway... all good!
We still want lots more snow of course and hopefully after a calm and sunny start to today it should be snowing before the end of the day and through tomorrow. So I should have fresh snow to report in my next report.
There's also a little 'Opening Festival' going to be happening at the top station of the Nagasaka Gondola at 11am. I'm guessing that everyone's favourite friendly (and very green) skiing vegetable 'Nasuki' mascot will be present! Which makes it worth turning up for, no doubt. That... and the sake. Be careful not to drink (too much) and ride though!
Oh yes, and the 'janken taikai' for all you rock-paper-scissors fans. Sounds pretty wild doesn't it!
I'm guessing that some of you might be more interested in some serious snow action than playing janken...
Apologies for the rather late report this morning - there has been so much to check this morning with lots of ski resorts opening for the season. Phew! Details below and we will do our best to keep this all up to date and correct each day.
It's really great to see ski resorts able to open up though. Getting out of 'excitement mode' for a moment, the snow isn't deep just yet, so we are needing more (and more!) regular snowfall to keep things going and for those bases to build up. Thankfully it looks like we should be getting more snowfall later today and through the day tomorrow. There is also snow on the forecast over the coming week so things are looking good.
This morning we have been enjoying some sunshine over Yuzawa along with blue skies. That big bank of clouds just to the north will probably be moving in fairly soon though...
Have a fun Saturday.
Currently open in Yuzawa (official snow depths where available):
GALA Yuzawa GALA Yuzawa opens for the season from this morning. 6 lifts are operating and 7 courses are open in the Central and Northern area of the resort. - 90cm
Kagura Almost all of Kagura is open. - Kagura area: 150cm - Mitsumata area: 90cm - Tashiro area: 110cm
Kandatsu Kogen Kandatsu Kogen is reporting that 80% of their courses are open from this morning. - 90cm
Maiko Snow Resort Maiko Snow Resort is open with the Gondola and two Okusoeji lifts operating and 7 courses in that top area available. Nighta operations are scheduled to begin from 28th December. - Top: 95cm
Muica Snow Resort Muica Snow Resort are also opening from this morning, reporting over 1m of snow. No word on lift/course details.
Naeba A large part of Naeba is now open - Base: 60cm
Yuzawa Park Yuzawa Park is part open with the Number 7 and Number 1 lifts operating. - 50cm
Joetsu Kokusai - 100cm Joetsu Kokusai is part open from this morning. The area in front of the main base hotel as well as the lower part of the Atema area are open.
Yuzawa Kogen Yuzawa Kogen is open from this morning - even the town-level Nunoba Family lift apparently is moving! - Top: 80cm - Base: 30cm
Yuzawa Nakazato - 50cm The Number 1 high speed lift as well as Number 2 and 3 lifts are operating. Courses open are the Panorama course, Joyful course and Number 3 romance course.
Other planned opening dates for ski resorts in Yuzawa and Minamiuonuma:
Iwappara Iwappara is not opening just yet - waiting for more snow.
Here we are! The first day of the season at Madarao.
The Number 1 and Number 2 quad lifts are moving and the resort is reporting an official snow depth of 50cm.
And the sun is out.
I'm so happy; especially when I can see more snow due tonight and tomorrow.
Here's to an excellent season. Hope you will spend it with me. For now, I am going to get in my first tracks.
Operating lifts: Number 1 lift Number 2 quad lift
Open courses Paradise Beginners B Utopia Giant (lower) Curving Pole A
Lower lift ticket prices for opening until 22nd December. Read more ...
Saturday 16th December 2017, 9:17am
A few random clouds.
Good morning from Naeba everyone.
Today is looking like it's going to be absolutely beautiful. Blue skies all about with just a little cloud means that today is definitely a day to slap on the sun-screen!
The pistes are all still in fairly good condition from the last snow-storm "Alberto", however, as we've still only really had the one big dump of snow that's stuck around the snow base is not really established yet on a lot of the mountain so please attach caution.
Later on, the weather forecast is predicting a strong change in the weather with a moderate snowstorm "Barnaby" rolling in. Fingers crossed that Barnaby makes an appearance and sticks around until Monday as predicted.
I'm a little late this morning - I have been busy checking information to put into this report. There is a lot happening this morning and I think I have most of it covered. No fresh snow to report, so the news is all about resort openings and more terrain being available. Here's the headlines:
From today the Hakuba Cortina, Kashimayari and Sanosaka resorts open for the first time this season.
It looks like you can now ride back down to base at Happo-one via Riesen, with some other lower slopes now open (though not connected with the upper slopes).
There are more ski lifts moving at Hakuba Goryu and most of their courses are now available.
And a much larger part of Tsugaike Kogen is also open this morning.
It was a beautiful day yesterday with some cloud creeping in over the afternoon.
This morning there's a bit of sunshine coming through the clouds but the clouds seem set to win the day - fresh snow is due tonight and tomorrow.
And regularly over the coming week.
Ski resort opening status on Saturday 16th December 2017:
It's a lovely morning. The sun is out, a bit of a southerly wind blowing the flags around outside my building here.
A fine day to be on the slopes, with fresh snow due to be delivered overnight tonight and through tomorrow.
Without getting in my car and going round to check with my own eyes, I am relying on official information here. Sadly, it's inadequate and actually contradictory at times; I am constantly amazed at how difficult it seems to be to bring clear and collected information to folk about what is open. To me it seems like that should be the most important thing.
From what I can gather, this morning Shibutoge, part of Sun Valley and Maruike, part of Ichinose Diamond and Tanno join the fun -- with expanded parts of Okushiga Kogen. Yakebitaiyama is mostly open now.
So things are expanding, even though there's no new snowfall to report to you. We could do with more to really get things going because it's still not what you could call 'deep'.
Have a good Saturday.
Official snow depths numbers reported by different areas of Shiga Kogen:
Will be updated in the reports soon. Currently ranging from 30-100cm.
Good morning - quick report with a few cm of fresh and snow falling... and regular snow on the forecast.
Lift operations on Saturday 16th December 2017 (at time of writing; subject to change):
- APPI Gondola - Central quad - Central number 2 lift - Central number 3 lift A - Central number 4 lift
Official snow depth:
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.Read more ...