Snow and weather reports posted on Friday 15th December 2017

Myoko Now!

Wednesday 6th December 2017, 7:21am
Weather conditions: Fog and snow
New snowfall: 26cm
Snow depth: --
26cm of nice fresh out there this morning!

It's also a lot lighter than last month's pretty wet first falls... very encouraging.

We're getting very close now; that freezing line (the altitude where it's 0°C) will be mostly staying below 1000 meters, and there's a chance for some heavy snow toward the end of the week, so Akakura Onsen might just make its planned Saturday opening. If not, it's not far off.

And you have to remember, too, that we often wonder weather or not we'll have a white Christmas (sometimes right up to about the 23rd-24th) and then it turns around right away.

I'd say things are looking pretty positive.

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Official planned season ski resort opening dates:

Saturday 9th December 2017:
Akakura Onsen

Friday 15th December 2017:
Akakura Kanko

Saturday 16th December 2017:
Ikenotaira Onsen
Kyukamura RunRun
Lotte Arai Resort
Tangram Ski Circus
Madarao Kogen

Sunday 17th December 2017:
Myoko Ski Park

Saturday 23rd December 2017:
Myoko Suginohara
Seki Onsen
Kurohime Kogen Snow Park   Read more ...
 

Geto Kogen Now!

Wednesday 6th December 2017, 7:24am
Weather conditions: Snow clouds, fog
New snowfall: 2cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Geto Kogen.

Looks like more people are finding out about the reports... we'll do our best to bring good early morning info every day. Gambarimasu!

Yesterday was a day of sun at times and cloud at others; and it was relatively mild.

This morning there's a bit of wind around again and it is noticeably colder too. Light snow is falling and there is just a little fresh snow on the ground around base.

The forecast tells us to expect conditions to clear up during the day with a chance of some clearer skies later.

Expect some hard conditions early on with the cold, and there's a chance that the Gondola might be affected by wind. Let's hope not.

Snow is forecast for tomorrow. Bring it on!

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Official snow depths:

Top: 110cm
Base: 30cm

Operating lifts:

Number 1 Gondola (9:00am - 4:00pm)

Courses & Tree Runs:

All courses are open!
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.

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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:

Resort Spotlight on SnowJapan
Basic resort details 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 ...
 

Yuzawa Now!

Wednesday 6th December 2017, 7:30am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 3cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Yuzawa.

And we have some fresh snow. Not a huge amount - just a few cm on the ground around town - but things are looking white once again.

Yesterday, after I posted my report Kagura were reporting 3cm of fresh snow up there... and this morning they are reporting another 10cm of fresh at Kagura and 5cm at Mitsumata.

Temperatures aren't likely to rise much about 2C today so it should be keeping cold.

We're probably going to get some sunshine during the day tomorrow and slightly warmer conditions, with a return to snow on Friday. Early next week is also looking positive for some decent snowfall... let's hope it happens.

From Saturday, Naeba, the Tashiro area of Kagura, Iwappara and Joetsu Kokusai are planning to open. The first two are pretty much definitely going to happen; the latter two will depend on snowfall. With very little snow on those slopes just at the moment, we'll need some decent snow for them to get going. It's not impossible, but I wouldn't bet on it!

Keep your eye on the 6-day forecast pages for the resorts --- you can find them in the right hand side column of this report page.

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Currently planned opening at Kagura (subject to change):

- Kagura Ropeway
- Mitsumata Number 1 quad
- Mitsumata Number 3 romance lift
- Kagura Gondola
- Kagura Number 1 quad
- Kagura Number 4 romance lift
- Kagura Number 1 romance lift (* operating only on weekends)
- Kagura Number 3 romance lift (* operating at busy times)

- Almost all of the runs at Kagura and Mitsumata are open; park items by the Kagura Number 1 romance lift.

Official snow depth at Kagura:

- Kagura area: 110cm
- Mitsumata area: 30cm

Kagura forecast:

Kagura snow and weather forecast

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Other planned opening dates for ski resorts in Yuzawa and Minamiuonuma:

Saturday 9th December 2017
Iwappara
Kagura (via Tashiro)
Naeba
Joetsu Kokusai

Friday 15th December 2017
Maiko Snow Resort
Muica Snow Resort
Yuzawa Park

Saturday 16th December 2017
GALA Yuzawa
Kandatsu Kogen
Yuzawa Kogen
Yuzawa Nakazato

Thursday 21st December 2017
Ishiuchi Maruyama

Friday 22nd December 2017
NASPA Ski Garden

Saturday 23rd December 2017
Ipponsugi
Muikamachi Hakkaisan   Read more ...
 

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Wednesday 6th December 2017, 7:54am
Weather conditions: Cloud cover
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Nozawa and yes, we have some fresh snow on the ground.

I am measuring 5cm of fresh here near base, and the resort is reporting up to 25cm of fresh snow up on the open Yamabiko area.

So it should be very nice up there early this morning.

The forecast shows some more snow today on and off, followed by clearer skies tomorrow, more snow on Friday and then some really decent looking snowfall due at the end of the weekend into next week.

It all looks very promising. Expect the resort to open up more lifts and terrain as soon as they can - if the forecast comes off, perhaps next week?

Exciting times.

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* Apologies for leaving the Uenotaira quad lift in the 'currently operating' part of the report yesterday - my mistake. Will be extra careful to keep that updated correctly each day. :)

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Wednesday 6th December 2017

Operating lifts:

- Nagasaka Gondola (8:40am until 3:30pm)
- Yamabiko four lift (9:00am until 3:30pm)
- Yamabiko Number 2 lift (8:55am until 3:40pm)
- * Need to get the gondola back down to base

Planned open courses:

- Yamabiko A - 1,300m
- Yamabiko B - 800m
- Yamabiko C - 850m
- Yamabiko D - 1,250m
- Yamabiko E - 1,000m
- Yunomine B
- Bunabayashi course - 2,500m

Fresh snowfall - reported by the resort:

- Yamabiko (1407m): 25cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): -cm
- Hikage (660m): -cm
- Nagasaka (615m): -cm
- Karasawa (563m): -cm

Official snow depth numbers:

- Yamabiko (1407m): 65cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 35cm
- Hikage (660m): 10cm
- Nagasaka (615m): 10cm
- Karasawa (563m): 5cm (there really is about that now!) ;)   Read more ...
 

Furano Now!

Wednesday 6th December 2017, 7:58am
Weather conditions: Partly cloudy
New snowfall: 9cm
Snow depth: --
There has been another good amount of snow overnight, this time amounting to 9cm. It is a nice morning with some cloud and sun in the mix and no wind. Later in the day light snow is expected, but this shouldn't affect visibility. Temperatures will remain around the level that they are now throughout the day.   Read more ...
 

Appi Kogen Now!

Wednesday 6th December 2017, 8:22am
Weather conditions: Snow clouds
New snowfall: 4cm
Snow depth: --
PLEASE NOTE:
We are currently - and unavoidably - 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.


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Morning from Appi Kogen.

It's cold this morning. And there's another 4cm this morning as it gradually builds up.

From today the upper part of the Sailer Long Run and Sekirei courses should be opening.

I just looked at the forecast and it shows lots of regular snowfall into next week.

Nice.

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Planned lift operations for Wednesday 6th December 2017 (subject to change):

- APPI Gondola
- Central quad
- Central number 2 lift
- Central number 3 lift A
- Central number 4 lift

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Official snow depth:

70cm   Read more ...
 

Niseko Now!

Wednesday 6th December 2017, 8:31am
Weather conditions: Mostly cloudy
New snowfall: 17cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from my base here in Hirafu.

I went outside earlier on to measure the snow for the morning... and very quickly came back in! Very cold. Good job I had already had my toast.

I couldn't help smile though when I measured 17cm of fresh snowfall. Thank you very much, Nature.

So yes, the good news from Niseko continues, with that new 17cm bringing my observations for December up to 73cm. And it's good quality snow too.

And of course please remember that is at base. (I do not live at the top of the mountain). So you can expect a fair bit more than that on the slopes.

It's fair to say that conditions today should be excellent. It's not snowing just now and there is even a little blue sky to see in places. It's generally just cloudy though with a chance of more snow during the day. I am going to now go and check them for myself.

As I prepare to post the report it looks like the Annupuri Gondola is on hold as well as the Ace Number 3 lift at Hirafu. Not sure why, and hopefully just temporary.

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The mountain is not yet fully open just yet - I'm keeping my accusatory eye particularly on you, top lifts at Hirafu, Village and Annupuri; and gates of course - but with continued fresh snow coming in and more on the forecast I don't think we should be far off.

The official list of runs at Hirafu shows that only Large, Konayuki, Miharashi, Dynamic course areas still need to open. Really good show for early December.

Hurray, all round!

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

The next avalanche report will be issued when gates are ready to be opened.

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Wednesday 6th December 2017

What's planned to be open today in Niseko (subject to change):

Niseko Grand Hirafu

Lifts operating:
- Ace Number 3 Pair lift
- Ace Number 2 Center Four quad lift
- Ace Family quad lift
- King Number 3 quad lift
- Hirafu Gondola
- Holiday Number 1 pair lift
- Swinging Monkey

* All courses are open apart from Large, Konayuki, Miharashi and Dynamic.

Niseko HANAZONO Resort

Lifts operating:
- Hanazono Number 1 quad lift
- Hanazono Number 2 quad lift
- Hanazono Number 3 quad lift

* All lifts are operating

Niseko Annupuri Kokusai

Lifts operating:
- Annupuri Gondola
- Jumbo Number 1 quad lift
- Dream Number 1 quad lift

* Top of Gondola to base is skiable. And, indeed, snowboard-able (!?) too.

Niseko Village

Lifts operating:
- Niseko Gondola
- Banzai Chair
- Community Chair

* Utopia, Shirakaba, Silver, Paradise, Family, Dynamic and Junior courses are open.

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Official resort snow depths on Wednesday 6th December 2017:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 210cm
Base - 85cm

Niseko Annupuri Kokusai
Top - 140cm
Base - 70cm

Niseko Village
Top - 135cm
Base - 70cm

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Floodlit 'nighta' skiing schedule:
Saturday 9th December 2017 until Sunday 18th March 2018   Read more ...
 

Hakuba Now!

Wednesday 6th December 2017, 8:42am
Weather conditions: Mostly cloudy, bit of sun, changeable
New snowfall: 21cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Hakuba.

Excellent news to report this morning with decent snowfall down to the village.

Hakuba 47 is reporting 20cm of fresh snow up top and at base too; and if you look at the official snow depths this morning (below) they have all had a decent 'up'.

I can also report 21cm of snow measured myself that I can add to the report.

It was snowing really quite heavily just a bit earlier on, but has eased off since then and I can actually see some sun coming through the remaining clouds. Snow is on the forecast for the day though so maybe that will be short lived and won't be the start of a clear up.

Sun does look likely tomorrow to be followed by more snow Friday and then late weekend into next week. Actually the forecast is looking very exciting indeed and I encourage you to keep an eye on them. See the top tab or the links on the right hand side column of this page.

Looking good. Conditions on the mountain should be great this morning. I'm just unhappy that I can't make it out myself. Hope you can!

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Ski resort opening status on Wednesday 6th December 2017:

Hakuba Happo-one

Operating lifts:
- Gondola Adam
- Panorama pair lift
- Alpen quad lift
- Kurobishi Number 2 quad lift
- Skyline Number 2 pair lift

Courses open:
- Panorama area
- Usagidaira area
- Kurobishi area
- Skyline area

Official snow depth:
- Usagidaira: 130cm
- Kurobishi: 165cm

Hakuba Goryu

Operating lifts:
- Goryu Telecabin (gondola)
- Alps Number 1 pair lift
- Alps Number 3 pair lift

Courses open:
- Panorama
- Grand Prix
- Technical
- Super

Official snow depth:
- Top: 140cm
- Toomi: 20cm

Hakuba 47

Operating lifts:
- Line 8 Gondola
- Line AB pair lift
- Line C quad lift
- Line E high speed pair lift

Courses open:
- Route 1 (* upper area only)
- Route 2
- Route 3
- Route 4
- Route 5
- Route 6
- Route 8

Official snow depth:
- Top: 130cm
- Base: 30cm

Tsugaike Kogen

Operating lifts
- EVE Gondola
- Tsuga Number 2 pair lift (*** on hold at time of report - 'snow clearing')
- Han-no-ki high speed pair lift

Courses open:
- Tsuga-no-mori
- Han-kou

Official snow depth:
- Top: 135cm

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Other official planned ski resort opening dates:

Friday 15th December 2017
Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field

Saturday 16th December 2017
Hakuba Cortina
Hakuba Valley Kashimayari

Mid December 2017
Hakuba Norikura Onsen
Hakuba Sanosaka   Read more ...
 

Zao Now!

Wednesday 6th December 2017, 8:47am
Weather conditions: Snow clouds
New snowfall: 2cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Zao.

Light snow is falling as I write this and there's another 2cm on the ground at base to report. It is a cold -3C here at the moment and -11C up on the top area of the resort.

Not enough snow to change resort opening status so we wait for more snow to come. Perhaps around Friday and then the most promising cold front looks due to hit us around Monday. That could be a big one.

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Operating lifts:
- Chuo Number 1 pair lift
- Zao Ropeway
- Zao Chuo Ropeway
- Sky Cable

Open course areas:
- Summit
- Chuo
- Utopia

Official snow depths:

- Summit area: 35cm
- Paradise area: 45cm
- Chuo area: 45cm
- Utopia area: 35cm
- Uwanodai area: 10cm
- Oomori area: 5cm

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Zao Onsen forecast:

Zao Onsen 6-day snow and weather forecast

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 ...
 

Grandeco Now!

Wednesday 6th December 2017, 8:53am
Weather conditions: Fair blue skies
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Grandeco - beautiful blue skies in the region this morning.]

Happily, there was 5cm of fresh snowfall by the ski hill base area this morning as well, likely more on the mountains. So conditions should be nice this morning.

No clouds in the sky, the scene is just a beautiful contrast of blue and white.

It may be cold but strong sunrays this morning so don’t forget to protect you eyes.

According to the forecast, the next snowfall is due Friday.

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Lifts operating:

- Gondola
- Number 1 lift
- Number 2 lift

Courses open:

- Center
- Basil
- Rainbow 3500
- Lavender B
- Mint C beside Number 2 lift
- Hotel connecting route

Official snow depth:
- 50cm

Forecast:
- Grandeco snow and weather forecast

Other resorts:

Minowa and Nekoma are also open.
Ura Bandai will open from 15th December.   Read more ...
 

Shiga Kogen Now!

Wednesday 6th December 2017, 8:56am
Weather conditions: Cloudy, bit of sun
New snowfall: 14cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Shiga Kogen.

And it's a good one with a haul of around 14cm of fresh snowfall I am measuring on the ground since last night.

As we approach 9am, I'm reminded of yesterday morning. There's a bit of sunshine here in Maruike, visibility is good... and very light snow is falling lazily from the skies. Varied conditions early on then, depending on which part of Shiga Kogen you find yourself in.

We may have more today but clearer conditions are forecast for tomorrow before snow clouds making a welcome return on Friday. Monday looks very promising too with that lovely phrase 'heavy snow' on the forecast.

We can perhaps expect some more course areas to open up this weekend, and the Okushiga Kogen resort is scheduled to be open from Saturday.

Currently the following areas of Shiga Kogen are part open:

- Ichinose Family
- Takamagahara Mammoth
- Yakebitaiyama
- Kumanoyu
- Yokoteyama

None of the above resorts are 'linked up'/connected - we'll have to wait for more snow for that to happen.

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Planned opening dates of other areas of Shiga Kogen

Saturday 9th December 2017:
Okushiga Kogen

Early December 2017:
Hasuike
Ichinose Family
Shibutoge
Sun Valley
Terakoya

Mid December 2017:
Bunadaira
Giant
Higashitateyama
Ichinose Diamond
Maruike
Nishitateyama
Tannenomori Okojo

Late December 2017
Ichinose Yamanokami   Read more ...
 

Madarao Now!

Wednesday 6th December 2017, 12:57pm
Weather conditions: Mixed conditions this morning
New snowfall: 14cm
Snow depth: --
Hi everyone.

More snowfall so another update as we get closer to the opening date - a week on Saturday.

It's funny... it always seems 'too late' somehow, but then it all seems to make more sense with the unpredictability of late November and early December and as we approach the date. If we get the snowfall that is on the forecast - some on Friday and then again next week - things should be approaching just right as that opening date approaches. And the resort can hopefully get off to a kicking start!

I'll update you again before then.

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Official opening dates:

Madarao Kogen:
Saturday 16th December 2017

Tangram Ski Circus:
Saturday 16th December 2017

More updates over the coming weeks with snow news. Once the ski lifts start operating, this report will be updated daily.   Read more ...
 

SnowJapan Daily 'Now' reports

Naeba Now
15th Dec, 11:06am
Myoko Now
15th Dec, 8:58am
Shiga Kogen Now
15th Dec, 8:56
Grandeco Now
15th Dec, 8:54
Appi Kogen Now
15th Dec, 8:47
Zao Now
15th Dec, 8:44
Hakuba Now
15th Dec, 8:36
Niseko Now
15th Dec, 8:35am
Nozawa Onsen Now
15th Dec, 7:55
Geto Kogen Now
15th Dec, 7:31
Yuzawa Now
15th Dec, 7:27
Furano Now
15th Dec, 7:21
Madarao Now
14th Dec, 9:25
Minakami Now
14th Dec, 8:34

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