Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 1st April 2018

Yuzawa Now!

Thursday 14th December 2017, 7:33am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 54cm
Snow depth: --
It's a very good morning to you all from here in Yuzawa.

Now this is more like it!!

Loads of snow has been falling in the region since yesterday morning.

It's one of those days where it is difficult to put one number on it, but I'm just going to have to go with how much I have measured... 54cm.

Kagura this morning are reporting 50-60cm of fresh snow, and I suspect there is actually probably more than that up there.

It has been pretty much snowing for most of the time since my report yesterday - sometimes lightly sometimes very heavily and so it has been building up nicely.

Snow is forecast for the morning easing off by evening and tomorrow should be cloudy with perhaps some sun.

This feels like winter - proper this time - and hopefully we won't see our plant pots in the garden again until April!




Excite resort opening news - as we have it this morning:

Maiko Snow Resort have announced that they will be opening tomorrow (Friday). They plan to have their Gondola as well as the two Okusoeji lifts operating - 6 courses will be available.

A bunch of ski resorts were hoping to open this weekend and it's full on bata-bata (people running around in panic!) right now with this snowfall arriving and decisions being made.

We will be trying to collect as much information as possible today and tomorrow morning and hope to bring you more details in the next report. Be sure to tune in!


Currently open in Yuzawa (and official snow depths where available):

- Kagura area: 150cm
- Mitsumata area: 90cm
- Tashiro area: 110cm

- Base: 60cm


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 ...

Geto Kogen Now!

Thursday 14th December 2017, 7:50am
Weather conditions: Mostly cloudy, some sun
New snowfall: 41cm
Snow depth: --
Another thick layer of snow to report this morning.

Snow was falling through the day yesterday again.

There was a lovely sunrise this morning but there's a fairly strong wind again. That might affect visibility out there with snow flying around so care is needed.

The last few days we have enjoyed some excellent heavy snow - and it's really quality snow too.


Official snow depths:

Top: 210cm
Base: 120cm

Operating lifts:

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

Courses & Tree Runs:

* All main courses 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.


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 ...

Naeba Now!

Thursday 14th December 2017, 8:01am
Weather conditions: Variable
New snowfall: 79cm
Snow depth: --
Good Morning from a very snowy Naeba!

It snowed heavily throughout yesterday depositing a total of 28cm before nightfall. Overnight the storm has continued giving and a further 51cm has fallen, meaning the total count at sunrise was a fine 79cm. The clouds are rolling in and out of the valley a little, making visibility very varied, however there are smatterings of clear patches coming through. Due to the new snow, the pistes will be fresh and fun today.

The forecast indicates that the current storm will ease off throughout today depositing a further few centimetres. Through into Saturday temperatures are predicted to warm up, however another storm is forecast to roll in later on Sunday.

Conditions look fabulous today, so be sure to get after it.

Fun!   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Thursday 14th December 2017, 8:23am
Weather conditions: Mostly cloudy
New snowfall: 8cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning.

It was an excellent day yesterday. There's not much more to say about that really; I'll keep my adjectives to myself. ;)

It's not quite as cold this morning and things generally feel calmer and they should be during today and tomorrow. This morning I have 'just' 8cm of fresh snow to report since my last report.

The big question is -- with all this snow and regular snow on the forecast over the next week, when will those top lifts and gates (other than Gate 6 over at Moiwa) get opening up? Surely it will be soon. Still, there's so much to enjoy out there at the moment I'm feeling chilled about that.

The holiday period is fast approaching and so things are starting to gear up with lots more people going to be arriving over the next week. They'll surely be happy with what they find. Ho ho ho!


Most folk ever reading the reports yesterday, I am informed.

Thank you! And a big 'haro' to all you folk who are new to Niseko and these reports. I hope you stick around.


Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6.00am: -2°, 10cm new snow, calm. Moiwa 800m : -4.8°, N4.3m/s, 20cm new snow, snowdrift development. Annupuri: -7°,strong NE winds, blizzard conditions, very little new snow but large snowdrift development. Hirafu: 1000m, -8°, above 1000m major snowdrift development. Coastal data: Benkei Cape:ENE8m/s. Kamui Cape ENE4m/s, 1016hPa, wave 2.9m.

The winter weather pattern continues with major snowdrift development above 800m from the strong NE wind. Light winds and more than 20cm of good snow in forest areas below 700m. From observation and data analysis there are no obvious weak layers in the snow drifts below 800m, the avalanche risk is low except in the south facing strictly off limits areas. However do not stimulate knolls or cornices. Fluctuations in wind speed are causing inconsistent stabilisation of snowdrifts. Better to be safe than sorry. The snow is good in the forest.

Most accidents happen right after the storm. Snow conditions are always changing. Be aware of the current and past snowfall. Make wise decisions for conditions and situation. Be careful of falling into creeks or hitting trees. Do not duck ropes to ride out of bounds. Moiwa Gate 6 is expected to open. Have a good day.


Thursday 14th 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, Panorama, "S" ji, 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)
- Morino Chair

* Top of Gondola to base is skiable.


Official resort snow depths on Thursday 14th December 2017:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 250cm
Base - 85cm

Niseko Annupuri Kokusai
Top - 135cm
Base - 90cm

Niseko Village
Top - 145cm
Base - 80cm


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 ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Thursday 14th December 2017, 8:26am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 38cm
Snow depth: --

Well, stormy. It will be brilliant once this passes.

Lots of wind blowing fine snow around here in Maruike this morning with a decent amount of fresh snow on the ground. I called a few friends around the area. One said 40cm, the other said 30cm. I'm measuring 38cm of fresh. Whatever number you choose to enjoy, it's a lot of fresh snow on the slopes around the region.

The 9cm being reported by the official site seems... low.

Anyway the snow should be continuing, perhaps easing off later on today.

I would expect more lifts and courses opening for the weekend and will try to gather more information for my report tomorrow.


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

After Saturday as soon as there's enough snow:
Ichinose Family
Sun Valley
Ichinose Diamond
Tannenomori Okojo

Late December 2017
Ichinose Yamanokami   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Thursday 14th December 2017, 8:32am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 41cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning to you from Nozawa.

I bring really great news of Nozawa-like heavy snowfall.

How about this for the amount of new snowfall to expect - as reported by the resort:

- Yamabiko (1407m): 70cm (...and 20cm yesterday afternoon)
- Uenotaira (1230m): 45cm (...and 20cm yesterday afternoon)
- Hikage (660m): 40cm
- Nagasaka (615m): 40cm
- Karasawa (563m): 20cm

That's fresh snow, not snow depth. By my reckoning, that means that the resort is actually reporting a whopping 90cm of fresh snowfall on the upper areas since yesterday morning. Wow.

(And I'm sat here writing about it!!)

With a thick layer of lovely snow down at base areas too, it's going to be an excellent morning out there if you want to brave the conditions.

Surely more of the mountain will open up from the weekend? Stay tuned.

Calmer and clearer conditions are likely for the next few days once things ease off sometime during the day today; with a return to snow by the time Sunday rolls round.


Thursday 14th 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
- Bunabayashi

Fresh snowfall (as reported by the resort):

- Yamabiko (1407m): 70cm (...and 20cm yesterday afternoon)
- Uenotaira (1230m): 45cm (...and 20cm yesterday afternoon)
- Hikage (660m): 40cm
- Nagasaka (615m): 40cm
- Karasawa (563m): 20cm

Official snow depth numbers:

- Yamabiko (1407m): 140cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 130cm
- Hikage (660m): 65cm
- Nagasaka (615m): 65cm
- Karasawa (563m): 30cm   Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Thursday 14th December 2017, 8:33am
Weather conditions: Cloudy with snow
New snowfall: 54cm
Snow depth: --
Man, when it snows... After yesterday’s report, the switch really turned on. We had 44cm by evening, and 54cm in total by morning. There was some pretty good wind at times, too; during the 6am snow moving (it really isn’t removal, is it?), there were a couple of complete whiteouts, with high winds.

Offshore, the winds bringing the snow are really howling, even now, so we could see some more gusting conditions. Pretty quiet now.

To be honest, conditions are shockingly good for the start of the season. Terrifyingly excellent.


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

Akakura Onsen:
75cm, -5° OPEN

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

Myoko Suginohara:
20cm, 3° (yesterday’s report; opening Dec. 23

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

Myoko Ski Park:
40 cm, 0° (12/12 report); opening Dec. 17

Kyukamura RunRun:
50 cm, - ° (12/13 report); 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 ...

Minakami Now!

Thursday 14th December 2017, 8:34am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 35cm
Snow depth: --
Dumped overnight here.

Most of my car park had 40cm on it as winter cometh to Tenjin. 20cm in Minakami town, Tenjindaira ski resort got 70 reported centimetres which means in parts it'll be more.

Okutone Snow Park is also now part open.

Giddy up!


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:

Already (part) open:
Tanigawadake Tenjindaira
Okutone Snow Park

Saturday 16th December 2017:
Minakami Hodaigi

Wednesday 20th December 2017:
Minakami Kogen Ski Resort
Norn Minakami

Friday 22nd December 2017:
Tanigawa Onsen White Valley

Saturday 23rd December 2017:
Minakami Kogen Fujiwara

Late December:


Resort Spotlights with more detail:

Norn Minakami
Okutone Snow Park   Read more ...

Furano Now!

Thursday 14th December 2017, 8:51am
Weather conditions: Clear
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Last night the weather transformed from cloud to clear skies which afforded perfect night views across the city. The clear skies have stayed and this morning is a mix of blue sky, sun and some cloud. The sun should stay around for the day and tomorrow it looks like we will get some sun as well. It is not so cold at -4c right now, and heating up to -1c during the day. That temperature with the sun out should get some sun baked melt going on roofs and roads. There is no snow on the radar for today or tomorrow.    Read more ...

Grandeco Now!

Thursday 14th December 2017, 8:58am
Weather conditions: Snow clouds
New snowfall: 11cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Grandeco.

It is a chilly morning with another 11 cm of new snow on the ground at base and it is still falling on and off this morning.

According to the forecast, it will be cloudy and occasionally fair after this today.

It should be a very good day to enjoy the fresh snow high up on the mountain.


Lifts operating:

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

Courses open:

- Center
- Basil
- Rainbow 3500
- Melissa
- Lavender B
- Lavender 28
- Mint A
- Mint C
- Connecting route

Official snow depth:
- 90cm

- Grandeco snow and weather forecast   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Thursday 14th December 2017, 8:59am
Weather conditions: Snow clouds remain
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Hakuba.

Early seasons are exciting - but difficult and time consuming for yours truly... there is a lot of information to check, gather and put together. Once the season gets going with all of the resorts open, things start to get a bit easier. But anyway, apologies if some reports are a little later than others. I'm not sleeping in, honest! The excitement keeps me going. And an early season with decent snowfall and really good conditions definitely helps a lot!

OK so onto this morning.

Well, yesterday. Snow during the day on mountain though not really much to report from base. 47 were saying they got 15cm on upper areas though.

Here's how much fresh snow the resorts are reporting this morning:

Hakuba 47: 5-10cm on the official site, 10-15cm being mentioned on FB
Hakuba Goryu: up to 10cm

I'm looking forward to seeing the numbers that Hakuba Cortina start reporting once they open on Saturday.

Interesting that today we're not seeing the large amounts of snow that some other nearby regions are getting. (Always interesting to see the snowfall hauls from the regions).

In resort news:

A few more course areas are open at Tsugaike this morning - namely, Shirakaba and 'Upper course through the forest' (catchy!)

At Happo-one the Riesen quad lift is due to start moving this morning from 10:30am, along with part of the Riesen Slalom Course being available. Though it seems the Alpen quad is on hold at the time of writing due to strong winds on mountain.

I think that's it for the moment. Expect somewhat clearer skies from later on today and maybe tomorrow too. More snow due over the weekend.


Ski resort opening status on Thursday 14th December 2017:

Hakuba Happo-one

Operating lifts:
- Gondola Adam
- Panorama pair lift
- Alpen quad lift
- Hakuba Riesen 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
- Riesen slalom (part)

Official snow depth:
- Kurobishi: 170cm
- Usagidaira: 130cm

Hakuba Goryu

Operating lifts:
- Goryu Telecabin (gondola)
- Alps Number 1 pair lift
- Alps Number 3 pair lift
- Toomi Sky Four lift
- Milky Four lift
- Number 6 pair lift

Courses open:
- Panorama
- Grand Prix
- Technical
- Super
- Champion
- Champion Expert
- Woody
- Toomi
- Soft Cream
- Powder Snow

Official snow depth:
- Top: 180cm
- Toomi: 60cm
- Iimori: 30cm

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: 195cm
- Base: 55cm

Tsugaike Kogen

Operating lifts
- EVE Gondola
- Tsuga Number 2 pair lift
- Han-no-ki high speed pair lift

Courses open:
- Tsuga-no-mori
- Han-kou
- Han-no-ki
- Upper course through forest
- Shirakaba

Official snow depth:
- Tsuga-no-mori: 171cm
- Han-no-ki: 171cm


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 ...

Appi Kogen Now!

Thursday 14th December 2017, 9:07am
Weather conditions: Cloudy, some blue sky appearing
New snowfall: 9cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Appi.

Light snow falling lazily earlier but right now there's some blue sky opening up and it should be a fine day.

9cm to add to the reports.

And the forecast remains good for regular snow in the coming week. Keep one eye on those forecasts.


Lift operations on Thursday 14th December 2017 (at time of writing; subject to change):

- APPI Gondola
- Central quad
- Central number 2 lift
- Central number 3 lift A (* on hold at time of writing)
- Central number 4 lift (* on hold at time of writing)


Official 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.
   Read more ...

Madarao Now!

Thursday 14th December 2017, 9:25am
Weather conditions: Snow clouds
New snowfall: 49cm
Snow depth: --
A very snowy morning to you from Madarao.

8cm from yesterday that I hadn't reported yet and another 41cm this morning. So 49cm is going on the report this morning.

The snow should ease off this afternoon and we should be enjoying clearer skies tomorrow. Then snow is due back over the weekend.

Things are feeling really (really) good for the beginning of the season. Just two more days to go before the lifts start moving at both Madarao Kogen and connected Tangram Ski Circus - and the resort has announced that opening will go ahead as planned on Saturday.

And here are the details:

8:30am until 5:00pm

Number 1 lift
Number 2 quad lift

Beginners B
Giant (lower)
Pole A

Lower lift ticket prices for opening until 22nd December.



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 ...

Zao Now!

Thursday 14th December 2017, 9:47am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 9cm
Snow depth: --
The snowy conditions continue here in Zao, with 9cm more snow to report at base. I'm a bit surprise that the official snow numbers aren't a bit higher, but anyway.

I have no official word but I would hope that there will be some more of the mountain open from this weekend.

Not much in terms of snow due until it comes back on Saturday night which is currently tagged as 'heavy snow' on the forecast. Looks like it might be strong winds too...


Operating lifts:
- Chuo Number 1 pair
- Chuo Number 2 pair
- Zao Paradise Pair AB (scheduled to be rested today)
- Katakai triple (scheduled to be rested today)
- Mikaeri pair
- Onsen Number 1 pair
- Zao Ropeway
- Zao Chuo Ropeway
- Sky Cable

Official snow depths:

- Summit area: 60cm
- Paradise area: 60cm
- Chuo area: 60cm
- Utopia area: 75cm
- Uwanodai area: 45cm
- Oomori area: 40cm


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 ...

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