Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 28th May 2018

Geto Kogen Now!

Sunday 17th December 2017, 7:46am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 7cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning.

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

Operating lifts:

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:

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 ...

Minakami Now!

Sunday 17th December 2017, 7:55am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 40cm
Snow depth: --
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:

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!

Sunday 17th December 2017, 7:56am
Weather conditions: Bluebird
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: --
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 ...

Niseko Now!

Sunday 17th December 2017, 8:25am
Weather conditions: Snow clouds over Niseko
New snowfall: 15cm
Snow depth: --
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.

Let's Niseko.


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):

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 (* nighta)
- Holiday Number 1 pair lift (* nighta)
- Swinging Monkey
- King Number 4

Niseko HANAZONO Resort

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

Niseko Annupuri Kokusai

Lifts operating:
- Annupuri Gondola
- Jumbo Number 1 quad lift (* nighta)
- Jumbo Number 2 pair lift
- Jumbo Number 4 pair lift
- Dream Number 1 quad lift

Niseko Village

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


Official resort snow depths on Sunday 17th December 2017:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 255cm
Base - 95cm

Niseko Annupuri Kokusai
Top - 150cm
Base - 90cm

Niseko Village
Top - 160cm
Base - 100cm


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 ...

Hakuba Now!

Sunday 17th December 2017, 8:33am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 18cm
Snow depth: --
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):

Hakuba Goryu: 10-35cm
Hakuba 47: 20-50cm
Hakuba Cortina: 20-30cm
Hakuba Happo-one: 17cm (base)

There's some good numbers there - top areas in particular should be in very good shape this morning.

More of the Happo-one resort is open now with further lower runs opening up. Note that the top quad is not yet operating. Oh, and it seems that the Skyline Number 2 pair lift has some issues early on.

We're expecting the snow to clear up sometime today and might get to see some sunshine later on and tomorrow morning -- before more snow comes by the end of tomorrow into Tuesday.



Ski resort opening status on Sunday 17th December 2017:

Hakuba Happo-one

Operating lifts:
- Gondola Adam
- Alpen quad lift
- Hakuba Riesen quad lift
- Nakiyama Number 3 triple lift
- Panorama pair lift
- Kokusai Number 1 pair lift
- Kokusai Number 3 pair lift
- Kurobishi Number 2 quad lift
- Kurobishi Number 3 pair lift
- Skyline Number 2 pair lift (** early morning technical issues)
- Sakka Kita-one quad lift

Courses open:
- Majority of course areas are now at least part open
- Areas still closed: Riesen Grat, Kurobishi off-piste, Nakiyama Wall, Nakiyama North, Central, Shirakaba North, Kitaone 3

Official snow depth:
- Kurobishi: 190cm
- Usagidaira: 140cm
- Lower: 55cm

Hakuba Goryu

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

Courses open:
- All courses apart from Straight Whisky, Snow Diving and Adventure are now open at Hakuba Goryu

Official snow depth:
- Top: 200cm
- Toomi: 70cm
- Iimori: 40cm

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: 175cm
- Base: 50cm

Tsugaike Kogen

Operating lifts
- Most lifts now operating

Courses open:
- Most courses are now available (Uma-no-se, Champion, Kane-no-naru-oka 2 still closed)

Official snow depth:
- Tsuga-no-mori: 190cm
- Han-no-ki: 190cm
- Maruyama: 30cm
- Oya-no-hara: 30cm
- Kane-no-naru-oka: 40cm

Hakuba Cortina

Operating lifts
- Number 1 pair lift
- Number 2 quad lift
- Number 5 pair lift
- Number 6 pair lift

Official snow depth:
- Top: 150cm
- Base: 90cm

Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field

Operating lifts
- Gondola
- View 2
- 4 East
- 5 South

Courses open:
- East
- South

Official snow depth:
- Top: 70cm
- Base: 20cm

Hakuba Valley Kashimayari

Operating lifts
- Number 2 pair lift
- Number 4 quad lift

Official snow depth:
- 30cm

Hakuba Norikura Onsen
Two courses are scheduled to be open from today.

Official snow depth:
- 80cm

Hakuba Sanosaka
Number 6 pair lift plans to be operating today.   Read more ...

Madarao Now!

Sunday 17th December 2017, 8:38am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 24cm
Snow depth: --

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
Beginners B
Giant (lower)
Pole A

Lower lift ticket prices for opening until 22nd December.   Read more ...

Yuzawa Now!

Sunday 17th December 2017, 8:40am
Weather conditions: SNOW
New snowfall: 19cm
Snow depth: --
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

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

Muica Snow Resort
Muica Snow Resort is open with all lifts operating.
- 100cm

A large part of Naeba is now open.
- Base: 70cm

Yuzawa Park
Yuzawa Park is part open with the Number 7 and Number 1 lifts operating.
- 50cm

Joetsu Kokusai
- 100cm
Joetsu Kokusai is part open from this morning.
The area in front of the main base hotel as well as the lower part of the Atema area are open - 12 courses in total.

Yuzawa Kogen
Yuzawa Kogen is - even the town-level Nunoba Family lift apparently is moving.
- Top: 90cm
- Base: 40cm

Yuzawa Nakazato
- 50cm
The Number 1 high speed lift as well as Number 2 and 3 lifts are operating.
Courses open are the Panorama course, Joyful course and Number 3 romance course.


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

Iwappara is not opening just yet - waiting for more snow.

Thursday 21st December 2017
Ishiuchi Maruyama

Friday 22nd December 2017
NASPA Ski Garden

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

Shiga Kogen Now!

Sunday 17th December 2017, 8:44am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 23cm
Snow depth: --
Lots of fresh snow to report this morning.

And some really cold conditions too - with heavy snow falling as I write this.

There's a decent chance of sun tomorrow, so I'm personally looking forward to greeting this fresh snow then!


Official snow depths numbers reported by different areas of Shiga Kogen:

Will be updated in the reports soon.
Currently ranging from 30-110cm.

Ichinose Family
Ichinose Diamond
Okushiga Kogen
Sun Valley
Takamagahara Mammoth
Yokoteyama   Read more ...

Grandeco Now!

Sunday 17th December 2017, 8:51am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 14cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Grandeco.

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.


Lifts operating:

- All lifts now operating

Courses open:

- All courses except Center 33 are now open

Official snow depth:
- 100cm

- Grandeco snow and weather forecast   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Sunday 17th December 2017, 8:58am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 22cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning.

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.

Hope you have a good Sunday.


Sunday 17th December 2017

Operating lifts:

- Nagasaka Gondola
- Hikage Gondola
- Yamabiko four lift
- Yamabiko Number 2 lift
- Uenotaira four lift
- Skyline connecting lift
- Paradise four lift
- Challenge pair
- Utopia pair
- Hikage triple
- Hikage pair
- Shinyu pair
- Nagasaka triple
- Yu Road

Planned open courses:

- Yamabiko A-E
- Kokenashi
- Uenotaira
- Paradise
- Yunomine
- Mizunashi
- Bunabayashi
- Schneider
- Challenge
- Rinkan
- Ushikubi
- Kurokura
- Hikage
- Isemiya
- Nagasaka (part)
- Kumataka

Fresh snowfall (as reported by the resort):

- Yamabiko (1407m): 50cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 20cm
- Hikage (660m): 20cm
- Nagasaka (615m): 20cm
- Karasawa (563m): 20cm

Official snow depth numbers:

- Yamabiko (1407m): 160cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 135cm
- Hikage (660m): 80cm
- Nagasaka (615m): 75cm
- Karasawa (563m): 50cm   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Sunday 17th December 2017, 9:20am
Weather conditions: Snow clouds
New snowfall: 23cm
Snow depth: --
Good news this Sunday morning.

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

Official snow depths:

- Summit area: 65cm
- Paradise area: 70cm
- Chuo area: 70cm
- Utopia area: 80cm
- Uwanodai area: 45cm
- Oomori area: 50cm


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 ...

Myoko Now!

Sunday 17th December 2017, 12:34pm
Weather conditions: Snowing
New snowfall: 65cm
Snow depth: --
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

Akakura Onsen:
90cm, -6° OPEN
Lifts: Yodel No. 1, No. 3, No. 4 lifts

Ikenotaira Onsen:
80 cm, -6° (earlier); Shirakaba Capsule, Alpine Blick No. 1 and No.2, Karamatsu

Myoko Suginohara:
110cm, -3°; gondola only

Seki Onsen:
80 cm, -5° (old report); open Dec. 22

Myoko Ski Park:
110 cm, -2°

Kyukamura RunRun:
120 cm, -2°

Tangram Ski Circus:
80 cm, -2°; No. 1 pair, No. 3 quad, No. 5 quad, No. 6 pair

Madarao Kogen:
70 cm, -6°; No. 1, No. 2 quad

Read more ...

Naeba Now!

Sunday 17th December 2017, 14:18pm
Weather conditions: Thick cloud and snow!
New snowfall: 41cm
Snow depth: --
Good afternoon everybody, apologies for the late update.

Well, storm Barnaby has hit and he has hit hard! We've had 41cm of fresh snow since midnight yesterday and I cannot see any signs of stopping.

Conditions on the hill today are powdery! Hip deep powder at the top of the resort! Today

Looking onwards we're expecting Barnaby to carry on until Monday, then, the weather should calm down and be a little clearer for the rest of week.

   Read more ...

SnowJapan Daily 'Now' reports

Yuzawa Now
10th Sep, 17:36am
Niseko Now
27th Aug, 14:26am
Grandeco Now
24th Aug, 11:16am
Madarao Now
12th Aug, 0:17pm
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