Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 19th February 2018
Thursday 21st December 2017, 7:03am
Good morning from Naeba!
As I type there is a patch of orange sunrise on the upper reaches of the mountain, however low cloud is moving about the valley and intermittently blocking the sun completely. Visibility is poor above this cloud level and this is forecast to hang around for most of the day today. There may be a little precipitation, but this is forecast to be high in elevation and just a centimeter or two. The pistes were topped up with 26cm of fresh snow just 2 days ago, so piste conditions are mostly excellent with patches of hard pack to be aware of.
The forecast tomorrow is indicating the skies will clear up for blue bird conditions through until Sunday, with what looks to be a significant storm rolling into town on Sunday night - I'm dreaming of a white Christmas! Temperatures will continue to rise throughout the week, again with Sunday currently being forecast as unusually warm for this time of year.
Just 1cm of fresh snowfall to report from Geto Kogen this morning.
Yesterday we had fine in the morning with more cloud over the region in the afternoon.
Earl this morning there was some light snowfall but there's blue skies opening up now and it's forecast to be a fine day weather wise. Not much of a wind, so it should be a good day to be out on the slopes.
We are into the regular season now - though the Tree Run courses are not open yet.
The G Park will be closed tomorrow for maintenance.
Official snow depths:
Top: 225cm Base: 130cm
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.
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. Read more ...
Thursday 21st December 2017, 7:34am
Computers, servers and the Internets are all purring along today, and I have to drive to the big city, so it’s time for an early morning report.
The weather is turning as I write this at around 7am; there was a very light dusting of snow on the car earlier as I headed up to the snow study plot near the resort base, and the snowfall is picking up at the moment. Offshore, the winds are coming from the east/northeast, which is kind of weird…. Snow usually comes with strong west and northwest winds. Maybe this is coming along with the rise in the freezing line—it will be 0°C all the way up at 1850m on Sunday the forecast says, meaning it will be even warmer below. But that’s going to drop back down just in time for Christmas, with another cycle of heavy snow. Yea! GEtting some good muscles (and a strong accelerator/brake foot) this season already from moving snow around.
I’ll add what new reports there are below (marked with NEW for 12/21). For the others, there was no new snowfall yesterday, and the pack did settle nicely through the day.
Akakura Kanko: 170 cm, -6° Lifts: Myokokogen Sky Cable (gondola); Hotel No. 2, 3, 5; Champion No. 1 and 3
Yesterday was a beautiful day with clear blue skies into the evening.
There's a fair bit of cloud over Yuzawa this morning with a bit of blue sky to see in some places.
From tomorrow we are expecting a few days of clear skies again along with fairly mild conditions. The good news is that come Monday we should be seeing a return to colder conditions and fresh snowfall.
Today sees the Ishiuchi Maruyama resort (just to the north of Yuzawa) open for the season, and from tomorrow NASPA Ski Garden will also be opening.
Thursday 21st December 2017
** Official snow depths (where available) and resort specific information
Ski resorts in Yuzawa:
GALA Yuzawa GALA Yuzawa is open with 6 lifts operating and 9 courses (Central and Northern Areas) open. The sledding area is also open. - 140cm
Iwappara - Iwappara plans to open tomorrow (Friday) - 70cm
Kagura Almost all of Kagura is open. The Dragondola connecting Kagura with Naeba plans to open from Saturday 23rd December. - Kagura area: 180cm - Mitsumata area: 120cm - Tashiro area: 140cm
Yuzawa Kogen Yuzawa Kogen is open including the town-level Nunoba Family lift. - Top: 110cm - Base: 50cm
Yuzawa Park Yuzawa Park is part open with the Number 7 and Number 1 lifts operating. - 40cm
Yuzawa Nakazato Yuzawa Nakazato is part open with the Number 1 high speed lift and Number 2 and 3 lifts operating. Courses open are the Panorama course, Joyful course and Number 3 romance course. - 50cm
Ski resorts in Minamiuonuma (just to the north of Yuzawa):
Joetsu Kokusai Joetsu Kokusai is part open. The area in front of the main base hotel as well as the lower part of the Atema area are open - 13 courses in total. - 110cm
Maiko Snow Resort Maiko Snow Resort is open with the Gondola and two Okusoeji lifts operating and 7 courses in that top area available. From today the Nagamine Number 2 quad is scheduled to begin operating. Nighta operations are scheduled to begin from 28th December. - Top: 130cm - Base: 50cm
After a clearer day again yesterday, cloud has been moving in on us this morning and it is generally cloudy conditions at the moment. Light wind and things are calm.
Fresh snowfall isn't expected in the region until the end of the weekend. Before then, we are still likely to have sunshine and over the weekend milder conditions.
Official snow depth: 95cm
Number 1 lift Number 2 quad lift
Paradise Beginners B Utopia Giant (lower) Curving Pole A
Lower lift ticket prices for opening until 22nd December.
Planned nighta operations this season:
Daily between 29th December 2017 and 3rd January 2018 7th January 2018 11th February 2018 Every Saturday between 4th January and 24th March 2018 Read more ...
Thursday 21st December 2017, 8:31am
A very good morning to you from Niseko.
Is it still snowing?
Yes, it most certainly is.
And today I add another 38cm of snow to the report. I am kidding you not. That brings my observed snowfall for the season so far to a whopping 464cm. Eek!
I see the report for today below is saying 'the snow is great, but maybe too deep'. That's just silly isn't it. ;) But seriously, while it is natural to get jolly excited and worked up about the special situation we are currently experiencing with all this lovely snowfall, we do indeed need to be remain mindful of the dangers that such things bring with them. Enjoy, but be careful.
It really does look like once the snow clouds clear up and disperse today, we are going to have a few days break from snow and perhaps get some of that sunshine we have been expecting on the forecast. If we do get some sun, enjoy it while it lasts...because more snow expected from Christmas Day.
Welcome to all of you folk arriving in Niseko at the moment. You chose wisely. Have fun! It won't be difficult. :)
Niseko Avalanche Report:
Niseko base 6am: -７℃, 20cm snowfall, calm. Moiwa800m: -9.6℃, W4.1m/s, 40cm snowfall, large development of snowdrifts. Annupuri1150m: -10℃, 40cm snowfall, NW10m/s, not easy to groom. Hirafu1200m: -10℃, 40cm snowfall, snowpack 280cm. Costal data: Benkei cape NW9m/s, Kamui cape W10m/s, 1014hPa, 1.7m waves.
The isobars are spreading out, a westerly wind is stagnating around 10m/s on the ocean and the mountains. The overnight snowfall deposited large settlements of snowdrifts in leeward slopes around 800m.
The snowdrifts are growing stably, however is growing too big. The avalanche risk is relatively low, however always think safety first. The snowpack in Hirafu is almost reaching 300cm.
100+cm thick avalanche is likely to occur in strictly off-limits Haru no Taki area, due to drastic accumulation of snowpack and forming of unstable slabs. If the sun comes out today, surface slabs will keep forming and hazard level will rise drastically. Do not enter strictly off-limits area, they are banned for good reasons.
The snow is great, but maybe too deep. Beware of suffocation during falls. This season’s snowfall is surprising people from around the world. Peak gates are scheduled to open this weekend. Please respect the ski patrol’s decisions. Do not duck ropes and respect the Niseko Rules.
Thursday 21st 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 ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Thursday 21st December 2017, 8:38am
After the lovely day yesterday, this morning there's lots more cloud around.
We're not expecting much in terms of snowfall though until late weekend and into Monday morning when the next cold and snowy front is due to move in and bring us the goods.
Should be nice and sunny over the weekend though generally.
It's a mix of cloud and blue sky at the moment over Shiga Kogen... with some fog in places I hear. So a mixed bag at the moment.
Keeping cold and so conditions should be good this morning.
Over the next few days it's very probably going to be a story of sunshine and by Saturday milder temperatures. That's before the dip we are expecting come Monday and that front should be bringing our next fresh snowfall.
Areas of Shiga Kogen that are at least part open:
- Okushiga Kogen - Yakebitaiyama - Ichinose Yamanokami - Ichinose Diamond - Ichinose Family - Tannenomori - Takamagahara Mammoth - Maruike - Sun Valley - Kumanoyu - Yokoteyama - Shibutoge Read more ...
Thursday 21st December 2017, 9:07am
Good morning from Zao.
The sun is out this morning and shining in through the windows. Over the next few days the forecasts are telling us to expect more sunshine and slightly warmer temperatures.
We want more snow of course and it looks like we are going to be waiting until Monday.
Nighta operations plan to begin from Saturday evening, as well as the first 'light up' (see below for dates).
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 ...
Appi Kogen Now!
Thursday 21st December 2017, 11:01am
Just a great bluebird day here at Appi with very light winds….sunscreen a plus.
Yesterday was mostly cloudy with just a light sprinkling of snow but nothing to add to the base. The clouds should roll back in tonight dropping a few cm of snow. The temperature is scheduled to increase a little into the weekend but lets hope it doesn’t get in the plus figures a few days before Xmas.
Fairly light winds most of the week increasing to fairly gusty condition by the evening of the 24th and into the 25th. That and lowering temperatures should bring us a nice windchill of at least -20….
Enjoy the slopes…only 2 more days till the whole mountain opens.
Lift operations on Tuesday 18th 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