Snow and weather reports posted on Tuesday 22nd May 2018
Geto Kogen Now!
Sunday 17th December 2017, 7:46am
Yesterday we had cloudy conditions in the morning with snow starting to fall once again by evening.
There's more wind this morning but some snow on the ground as well - 7cm since my last report. The forecast is for snow on and off during the day.
All of the lifts are now operating at Geto and of course all the courses open. Tree Run courses will open as soon as there is enough snow - which isn't just yet.
Regular snowfall on the forecast - looking good. It should be building up very nicely over the coming week.
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 * Tree Run courses not yet available
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.
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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 ...
Sunday 17th December 2017, 7:55am
A few missed reports but the excuse is it's early season and who wants to hear about the past few days of clear, calm and warmish weather. Perfect if you're a snow hater who likes to see snow packs shrink!
Anyway, the good news is we are getting nuked on here and it's not by the North Koreans. Fluffy, dry pow is accumulating very rapidly. I cleared off a few car windows before getting the snow chewer out and within an hour there was already another 10cm on them. Light winds and the forecast is for this to continue all day, clear tomorrow and then snow again Tuesday night.
Photo from Hodaigi this morning.
Please note that the snowfall numbers posted in this report will be observed from close to the base Tenjindaira Ropeway station - which is often much more than in the central town area of Minakami. More on that later.
Planned opening dates at ski resorts in Minakami - subject to change:
The skies will likely be high overcast today with some light snow falling, however for now we have blue above and brilliant sunshine. It is a cold start to the morning at -11c and will warm up to around -5c by midday. There is no wind to speak of. Overnight there has been only a dusting of snow, but during yesterday another 5cm accumulated on the ground after the morning report was posted. Unfortunately the Kitanomine Gondola did not open and no announcement has been made by the resort regarding when they intend to start it for the season. Read more ...
Sunday 17th December 2017, 8:25am
Snow clouds over Niseko
Good morning from Niseko.
Snow in the day yesterday and this morning there's 15cm of it piled up and to report from here at base.
It is another very cold morning and so I imagine that conditions should be really nice - report below mentioning things not completely reset - just get wrapped up sufficiently to get out and enjoy it. There's not much of a wind down here but it seems more so on the mountain so take that into account as well. Lifts appear to be starting up as planned though.
Niseko Avalanche Report:
Niseko base 6.00am: -8°, 15cm new snow, calm. Moiwa 800m : -10.6°, W5.8m/s. Annupuri 1150m: -11°, W10m/s, 30cm new snow. Hirafu 1200m: -14°, W10m/s, 20cm new snow. Coastal data: Benkei Cape:NW12m/s. Kamui Cape NW9m/s, 1010hPa, wave 2.0m.
The winter weather pattern continues and with a shallow atmospheric pressure gradient the wind is westerly wind around 15m/s. Heavy snowfall overnight. From the 5am snow test, there was no obvious snowdrift fracture. From snowfall transition and data, the avalanche risk is low below 1100m. Snow is good although not completely reset everywhere. Expect bad visibility at times, watch for the transition from the groomers into fresh snow.
Niseko Rules was established to allow you to ride out of bounds and issues this daily avalanche information to help prevent accidents out of bounds. Ropes mark the ski resort boundary's and outside the rope is not the ski resort. Use the gates to go out of bounds, do not duck the rope.
Rescue activities outside the ski resorts are charged expenses outlined by the Niseko Annupuri Area Avalanche Accident Prevention Council. Ski resorts, Patrol and local community respect your freedom to ride out of bounds and always wish for your safety. Snow is getting deeper day by day. Have a good day.
Sunday 17th December 2017
What's planned to be open today in Niseko (subject to change):
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 ...
Sunday 17th December 2017, 8:33am
A very good morning to you from Hakuba.
Quickly forgetting the bit of rain we got before it turned into the good stuff, I have good snow news this morning!
My headline is 18cm of fresh here at base, and here is how much fresh snow the resorts are reporting this morning (* information that I can find):
Couldn't be much better news this morning on the second day of the season with a good 24cm of fresh snowfall to report, and the resort themselves reporting 30cm on the slopes; with 10cm on top of groomed slopes this morning.
Whatever - it's a good new layer of fresh snow this morning.
It's still snowing and visibility is poor but we want as much snow as possible so I don't think anyone is going to be complaining!
Sunshine is due tomorrow with more snow coming Tuesday. That kind of regular snow-fine-snow-fine-snow pattern sounds pretty good to me. Emphasis on the snow of course.
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 ...
Sunday 17th December 2017, 8:40am
Morning from Yuzawa.
It was a lovely morning yesterday... and then later on... it rained! Grrrr.
But, happily we can quickly erase that from our minds because this morning there is a nice new layer of fresh snow on the ground around town.
Kagura is reporting 20cm of fresh snow this morning. And so are Maiko. Personally, I am measuring 19cm of snow to add to the report. And it is snowing very nicely at the moment so it should be building up.
Interesting that Iwappara are still holding off on opening for the season. I would imagine that with this snowfall, their opening is imminent.
After today not a whole lot of major snowfall on the weekly forecast - next up Tuesday? - so it would be good if we could get a decent amount from today. Tomorrow morning we might get some sunshine so it should be a great day to be out on the mountain.
Todays webcam images are from (the not yet open) NASPA Ski Garden, GALA Yuzawa and Route 17 by the Yuzawa IC exit.
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 (Central and Northern Areas) are open. The sledding area is also open. - 90cm
Kagura Almost all of Kagura is open. - Kagura area: 180cm - Mitsumata area: 120cm - Tashiro area: 140cm
Kandatsu Kogen Kandatsu Kogen is reporting that 80% of their courses are open. - 100cm
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 - Base: 40cm
Another 14cm of fresh new snowfall has been delivered to us by this morning. It is still falling and the forecast said it should be snowing on and off until tomorrow. The snow condition around number 3 and 4 lift is light powder snow. Take the gondola and you're good to go riding on the light snow up there. Nice.
All roads from Inawashiro town through Urabandai area are currently covered with snow and many snow plow trucks are working hard this morning, careful when you drive.
The resort is reporting 20cm of fresh snow across the mountain - with up to 50cm up top on Yamabiko. I concur with that 20cm number, actually my number is 22cm. A nice new layer of snow and apparently lots of it the higher up you go.
Visibility is poor this morning as snow continue to fall and it feels pretty cold to me. So you need to get wrapped up but should be rewarded with some fine conditions if you brave the elements.
Schneider, Challenge and Isemiya courses are now open and we can now ride back to base via Rinkan (Forest), Ushikubi or Kurokura courses.
Skyline yet to make the debut for the season, but there's still lots to choose from with most of the mountain now available.
23cm of fresh snow on the ground to report as it continues to pile up. It's cold and visibility is limited.
Hopefully the snow will continue through the day today, as it is due to ease off for tomorrow. Perhaps more snow clouds moving in on Tuesday.
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 ...
Sunday 17th December 2017, 12:34pm
Man we’re getting snow! After railing at the ski resorts for not getting reports out early enough, here I am coming to you late on the second day of an expanded available resort menu.
Well, there was snow to plow; there was a new snow plot to fire up for the first time (you’re going to get scientific snow depths!). 65cm so far, people! And I did ski yesterday and it was great; can only be greater today.
It really is January-style snow, coming down at about 3 centimeters an hour. Heavy winds overnight. Crazy for this time of year. We’ve basically doubled the base overnight.
One surprise: Suginohara had listed the 23rd for its opening date, but it’s open now!
Akakura Kanko: 140 cm, -5°; OPEN Lifts: Myokokogen Sky Cable (gondola); Hotel No. 2, 3, 5; Champion No. 1 and 3