Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 28th May 2018

Appi Kogen Now!

Sunday 10th December 2017, 7:56am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: --
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


Official snow depth:

90cm   Read more ...

Geto Kogen Now!

Sunday 10th December 2017, 8:02am
Weather conditions: Mostly cloudy
New snowfall: 21cm
Snow depth: --
It's a very good morning here in Geto Kogen.

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

Operating lifts:

Number 1 Gondola (9:00am - 4:00pm)
Number 1 pair lift (8:30am - 4:30pm)

Courses & Tree Runs:

* 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:

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!
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Nozawa Onsen Now!

Sunday 10th December 2017, 8:07am
Weather conditions: Clear and sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
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

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)
- 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

Fresh snowfall - reported by the resort:

- Yamabiko (1407m): 0cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 0cm
- Hikage (660m): 0cm
- Nagasaka (615m): 0cm
- Karasawa (563m): 0cm

Official snow depth numbers:

- Yamabiko (1407m): 75cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 50cm
- Hikage (660m): 20cm
- Nagasaka (615m): 20cm
- Karasawa (563m): 10cm   Read more ...

Grandeco Now!

Sunday 10th December 2017, 8:16am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 4cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Grandeco.

Not a whole lot to report this morning. We have another 4cm of fresh snow at base.

It is a little warm morning at the base area but enough cold at the gondola top station.

Snow conditions keep fairly good around the higher elevation No.3 lift area.

No wind - it's a calm day.

Have a nice Sunday.


Lifts operating:

- Gondola
- Number 1 lift
- Number 2 lift
- Number 3 lift

Courses open:

- Center
- Basil
- Rainbow 3500
- Lavender B
- Mint A
- Mint C
- Connecting route

Official snow depth:
- 60cm

- Grandeco snow and weather forecast   Read more ...

Furano Now!

Sunday 10th December 2017, 8:17am
Weather conditions: Partly cloudy
New snowfall: 9cm
Snow depth: --
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 ...

Niseko Now!

Sunday 10th December 2017, 8:27am
Weather conditions: Snow clouds
New snowfall: 11cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning.

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):

Niseko Grand Hirafu

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

* All courses are open apart from Large 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 (nighta)
- Jumbo Number 2 quad lift
- Dream Number 1 quad lift

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

Niseko Village

Lifts operating:
- Niseko Gondola
- Banzai Chair
- Community Chair (nighta)
- Upper Village Gondola (nighta)
- Village Express (nighta)

* Top of Gondola to base is skiable.


Official resort snow depths on Sunday 10th December 2017:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 220cm
Base - 90cm

Niseko Annupuri Kokusai
Top - 135cm
Base - 80cm

Niseko Village
Top - 145cm
Base - 80cm


Floodlit 'nighta' skiing schedule:
From today!   Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Sunday 10th December 2017, 8:30am
Weather conditions: Cloudless at the moment
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
The first days are always tough, right? Especially after a mind-liquidating ride in the snowplow in the morning (love playing with the heavy metal).

Almost immediately after I noted the pristine blue skies, the clouds instantly moved in. OK, it did clear up for most of the day, but it just reminds us of the vagaries of mountain weather.

Also, we have a good base developing here, but Akakura Onsen does not yet have 500cm (five meters) of snow. The official word is 50cm (and that's proably pretty accurate higher up the hill).

OK, I've made my apologies, and it's time to move ahead. The forms are in order so I can get this stuff in quickly and accurately.

Another sunny day (as of 8:30 am). The freezing line - the line where the temperature is 0°C - is going to be coming down the hill from tonight. And that means precipitation in the coming days.


Akakura Kanko:
- cm, - °; no snow report yet; opening Dec. 15

Akakura Onsen:
50cm, -1° OPEN

Ikenotaira Onsen:
- cm, - °; no snow report yet; opening Dec. 17

Myoko Suginohara:
- cm, - °; no new snow report; opening Dec. 23

Seki Onsen:
- cm, - °; no new snow report; open Dec. 23

Myoko Ski Park:
- cm, - °; no snow report yet; opening Dec. 17

Kyukamura RunRun:
- cm, - °; no snow report yet; opening Dec. 16

Tangram Ski Circus:
- cm, - °; no snow report yet; opening Dec. 16

Madarao Kogen:
- cm, - °; no snow report yet; opening Dec. 16

Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Sunday 10th December 2017, 8:42am
Weather conditions: Sunny, blue skies
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Hakuba.

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:

Hakuba Happo-one

Operating lifts:
- Gondola Adam
- Panorama pair lift
- Alpen quad lift
- Kurobishi Number 2 quad lift
- Skyline Number 2 pair lift
- Kokusai Number 1 pair lift
- Kokusai Number 3 pair lift

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

Official snow depth:
- Kurobishi: 160cm
- Usagidaira: 110cm

Hakuba Goryu

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

Courses open:
- Panorama
- Grand Prix
- Technical
- Super
- Champion
- Champion Expert
- Woody
- Toomi

Official snow depth:
- Top: 140cm
- Toomi: 50cm

Hakuba 47

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

Courses open:
- All main courses are open
- Tree Riding Zone not open yet

Official snow depth:
- Top: 135cm
- Base: 30cm

Tsugaike Kogen

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')

Courses open:
- Tsuga-no-mori
- Han-kou
- Han-no-ki (part)

Official snow depth:
- Top: 130cm


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 ...

Yuzawa Now!

Sunday 10th December 2017, 8:54am
Weather conditions: Clear blue skies and sun
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Yuzawa.

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):

- Kagura area: 110cm
- Mitsumata area: 50cm
- Tashiro area: 50cm

- Base: 40cm


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

Opening as soon as there is enough snow:
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
Muikamachi Hakkaisan   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Sunday 10th December 2017, 8:58am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 1cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Zao.

The safety ceremony took place over on the Uwanodai base area yesterday. Fittingly, snow was falling for the occasion.

It's cloudy at the moment and it looks like visibility up on the open Chuo area is pretty poor.

A recap on what is open at Zao - parts of Utopia, Paradise, Chuo and Uwanodai areas. I have updated the operating lifts list below to reflect what appears to be open this morning.

We probably need a decent and prolonged dump of snow for more to open up. Later tomorrow into Wednesday shows potential still.

Fingers crossed.


Operating lifts:
- Chuo Number 1 pair
- Chuo Number 2 pair
- Zao Paradise Pair AB
- Katakai triple
- Mikaeri pair
- Onsen Number 1 pair
- Zao Ropeway
- Zao Chuo Ropeway
- Sky Cable

Official snow depths:

- Summit area: 40cm
- Paradise area: 45cm
- Chuo area: 45cm
- Utopia area: 45cm
- Uwanodai area: 25cm
- Oomori area: 5cm


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 ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Sunday 10th December 2017, 8:59am
Weather conditions: Sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
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:

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

None of the above resorts are 'linked up'/connected.


Planned opening dates of other areas of Shiga Kogen

Early December 2017:
Ichinose Family
Sun Valley

Mid December 2017:
Ichinose Diamond
Tannenomori Okojo

Late December 2017
Ichinose Yamanokami   Read more ...

Madarao Now!

Sunday 10th December 2017, 9:49am
Weather conditions: Sunny
New snowfall: 14cm
Snow depth: --
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.


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 ...

Naeba Now!

Sunday 10th December 2017, 10:11am
Weather conditions: Very nice
New snowfall: 1cm
Snow depth: --
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.

Strap in!   Read more ...

SnowJapan Daily 'Now' reports

Yuzawa Now
29th Jun, 17:50am
Grandeco Now
28th Jun, 19:23am
Niseko Now
06th May, 9:21am
Furano Now
06th May, 9:04am
Hakuba Now
06th May, 9:02
Nozawa Onsen Now
06th May, 8:41
Shiga Kogen Now
06th May, 8:35
Myoko Now
06th May, 8:35am
Zao Now
06th May, 8:30am
Naeba Now
06th May, 8:28am
Minakami Now
06th May, 8:27am
Appi Kogen Now
06th May, 8:04
Geto Kogen Now
06th May, 8:01
Madarao Now
05th May, 19:10pm