Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 1st April 2018
Tuesday 19th December 2017, 7:38am
Clear blue skies
Good morning from Yuzawa.
It's another beautiful morning here with blue skies and sunshine - quite similar to yesterday; there's just a few very small clouds here and there.
Unlike yesterday though, we are expecting clouds later on this afternoon and hopefully some snow. With temperatures being rather mild, I suppose there's a chance it'll be rain before snow (at town level). Hopefully not.
There's not much in terms of potential fresh snowfall through until the weekend by the looks of the forecast as it stands now so it looks like we will have to make do with what we have just for the moment.
Ishiuchi Maruyama plans to be part open from Thursday and NASPA Ski Garden have confirmed that they will be opening as planned on Friday.
In the meantime, Iwappara have also announced that they will open from Friday.
Todays webcam images are GALA Yuzawa and (not open yet) NASPA Ski Garden and Ishiuchi Maruyama.
Currently open in Yuzawa (official snow depths where available): Tuesday 19th December 2017
GALA Yuzawa GALA Yuzawa opens for the season from this morning. 6 lifts are operating and 8 courses (Central and Northern Areas) are open. The sledding area is also open. - 150cm
Kagura Almost all of Kagura is open. - Kagura area: 180cm - Mitsumata area: 120cm - Tashiro area: 140cm
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: 120cm - Base: 60cm
Yesterday it was snow on and off through the day (on in the morning; off in the afternoon; back to on in the evening!)
As a result I have another 12cm to report. So not massive amounts but a decent top up once again and the base continues to build nicely.
Early on this morning was fine, but as this report is being written now there is more cloud appearing and snow is on the forecast once again. We might see a break from the snow for the rest of the week after today - wouldn't be bad to have a day or two of fine and sunny conditions!
Official snow depths:
Top: 200cm Base: 115cm
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.
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 ...
Tuesday 19th December 2017, 8:03am
There is no snow falling now but there is 7cm of new snow on the ground that sneaked in there over night. It is calm in the village but probably a light breeze actually on the resort. It looks to be fully overcast and no sun is managing to break through that cloud barrier. From tomorrow the weather looks good with a cloud and sun mix through until the end of the week. Read more ...
Tuesday 19th December 2017, 8:12am
Morning from Hakuba.
It was a beautiful day yesterday. Lots of cloud around especially in the afternoon but definitely a feel-good day. I certainly felt good!
This morning there's no fresh snow on the ground to report but the clouds are back and we are expecting snow (apparently it is already snowing at higher elevations).
Hopefully we'll get a decent fresh layer as come tomorrow we are expecting sunshine and clearer skies into the weekend.
The resort-specific information below is updated each morning with available information. Please do keep looking as it is being updated every day.
And, if you haven't yet noticed the Webcam page on the site has had an overhaul:
Good morning from sunny Naeba! It's a beautiful clear day up here in the mountains. It's a chilly start to the day but temperatures will rise as the sun hits the base. The pistes are in fantastic condition and the ski area is very quiet as we still have the early season lift operations in place. Night skiing will be open until 2030 so there is plenty of time to take advantage of the lovely conditions.
The forecast is for the sky to cloud over this afternoon, bringing with it a few centimeters of new snow into the evening and overnight. Tomorrow we are expecting another blue bird day, followed by another potential dusting of new snow into Thursday.
It's another great day to sun cream up and get your shred on!
Bit of a wind this morning but lots of sunshine. The mountain looks very inviting.
The snow clouds are due to be moving in though so I am hoping to be able to bring you news of some fresh snow on the ground tomorrow morning.
Still just the two lifts operating; hopefully more action available from this weekend.
Official snow depth: 90cm
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 ...
Tuesday 19th December 2017, 8:29am
A very good morning from Niseko.
I have an impressive 35cm of fresh snow to report to you since yesterday morning.
Avalanche control at Mizuno-no-sawa started yesterday, as mentioned below, and hopefully we will see gates opening at the weekend. It's always exciting and it will be good to get that 'last piece' of the puzzle set up and going.
The snow I am reporting today takes the total haul for this season - observed by me, at base - to over 4m.
Lordy dordy, we really need to try to not get complacent about this. And to really appreciate it as well. Especially after the less spectacular starts we have had in recent years. I certainly hope that the season continues like this, but can it and will it? Obviously we will see as the weeks move on and we get a complete picture of the season.
For now though... sugoi!
I am hearing rumors/rumours that a certain Santa Claus has heard about the snowfall here in Niseko this year, and has decided to take a bit of time off from his main duties to appear on the slopes on 23rd and 24th December. It is unconfirmed if he will be skiing or snowboarding but apparently even as he enjoys himself, he will still have a supply of presents to give to folk.
What a thoroughly decent chap.
Niseko Avalanche Report:
Niseko base 6.00am: -6°, 30cm new snow, light winds. Moiwa 800m : -9.6°, W4.1m/s(overnight gusting to 15m/s), 40cm new snow, cornice and snowdrift development. Annupuri 1150m: -13°, W8m/s, 50cm new snow, snow depth 1000m- 170cm, increasing. Hirafu 1200m: -13°, light winds, 50cm new snow. Coastal data: Benkei Cape:NW9m/s(2am: 17m/s). Kamui Cape: W10m/s, 1014hPa, wave 1.7m.
The wind pattern hasn't changed and heavy snow continues falling in the Niseko mountains. Grooming machines are having a hard time keeping up with it. The snow is so deep you should take snow shoes if you are snowboarding. From survey and data, on leeward slopes, cornices and knolls, above 800m there is risk of large scale surface avalanches triggered by rider stimulation. Avoid cliffs and steep areas. Snow in the forest is good but too deep.
Mizuno no Sawa avalanche control started yesterday and is expected to open this weekend. Hirafu and Annupuri peak gates are also expected to open at the same time. Please be patient. Poor visibility today due to snow fall. Take care falling into holes or hitting trees. Cracks are hard to see from above. Do not duck ropes. Have a good day.
Tuesday 19th 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 ...
Appi Kogen Now!
Tuesday 19th December 2017, 8:39am
Cloudy skies light fog
Hello from a foggy Appi,
Last night brought a little snow again certainly helping things along nicely. Today may bring another 15+cm with snow forecast on and off all week.
It’s relatively calm right now but the winds may pick up this afternoon into typical Appi blustery conditions.
Limited runs still open unfortunately but expect them all to be open this coming weekend.
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
Another 12cm of new snow has been recorded and it is cloudy skies at this moment 8:30am.
The temperature is not as low as yesterday and so the snow conditions are slightly more wet this morning. It is probably better to go up to number 3 or 4 lifts area to get the best light snow conditions.
Lift operating information from resorts in the region:
Grandeco: 5 / 5 lifts operating include the gondola. Nekoma: 3 / 6 lifts operating Minowa: 2 / 3 lifts operating Urabandai: This ski hill opens from Friday through Monday except end of the year through new year. It is closed today.
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 ...
Tuesday 19th December 2017, 11:32am
Overcast with snow
Sorry web hassles (and a quick ski on some great snow this morning) has kept your reporter from doing his timely duty.
The ski is forgivable. I hope.
And it was really really good out there today. The web... ah, those digital gremlins make life miserable sometimes.
Things look very good out there. The snow is falling again, after a sunny day yesterday. It looks like things could get warmer around the 23rd and 24th—keep an eye on that freezing line. It’s already a little lower than was earlier reported, and that is a good thing.
Akakura Kanko: 170 cm, -3° Lifts: Myokokogen Sky Cable (gondola); Hotel No. 2, 3, 5; Champion No. 1 and 3
Great weather yesterday continued through this morning but that's in the rear view now and it's snowing again. A few flakes at first, starting around noon, now its somewhere between light and moderate snowfall.
The forecast is this continues through tomorrow early morning before clearing during the day.
The long range forecast is not looking particularly promising right now though small snow is expected for the next couple of evenings with another big system due Dec 26.
Planned opening dates at ski resorts in Minakami - subject to change:
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. Read more ...