Snow and weather reports posted on Thursday 13th December 2018

Furano Now!

Monday 1st January 2018, 8:01am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 4cm
Snow depth: --
Happy New Year 2018, which was welcomed in by a fireworks display last night at the base of the Furano Zone. For those that partied it up last night and are feeling sluggish, the weather outside may give you just the excuse you need for a couple of hours extra rest.

The wind is fairly significant here in the village with the snow coming in sideways. There is 4cm of new white on the ground which I scooped up in my hand only to find it was wetter than I expected. I guess that is not surprising given it is a warm -3c and will head up to +1c during the day. Anyway...time to put the boots on for the first time in 2018 and head up for some New Year freshies.

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Geto Kogen Now!

Monday 1st January 2018, 8:12am
Weather conditions: Cloud, sun
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Happy New Year!

No fresh snowfall to report on this first day of the year with fine weather yesterday and this morning too. There is some sun, there is a bit of a wind and it is relatively mild.

By the end of today we may get some snow falling and snow is expected tomorrow into Wednesday.


Number 1 Gondola news

Regarding the Number 1 Gondola. Unfortunately, it sounds like some repair work is needed to get that operating again and it may well take about another month or so (as of the end of December), according to staff at the resort. The resort will of course be doing all they can to get it back up and running and I will of course keep you up to date on that as things happen.

With the Number 1 Gondola out of action it means that some areas of the resort are 'hike-up' - this includes the upper area of A1 course, A4 course and A6 course. They are available but you need to 'hike up' - and the same rules/restrictions as per the tree run courses apply. Please contact the resort about those. The Shooter 1-4 areas will be closed as long as the Number 1 Gondola is not moving.


Official snow depths:

Top: 305cm
Base: 265cm

Operating lifts:

* All lifts scheduled to be operating apart from the Number 1 Gondola

Courses & Tree Runs:

* All main courses open apart from B2 today
* The 'Rabbit' tree run course open - others yet to open

Nighta skiing operations are planned at Geto Kogen over New Year, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays 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   Read more ...

Grandeco Now!

Monday 1st January 2018, 8:28am
Weather conditions: Snow clouds
New snowfall: 4cm
Snow depth: --
A happy new year from a snowy Grandeco.

It is a gentle and quiet New Year morning with some new snowfall and light snow falling at the start of the day.

Snow should keep falling through tomorrow according to the forecast.

The snow condition is a little wet at the moment, but it will change into nice light snow soon.

For the moment even though it is snowing lightly, visibility is good.

Enjoy your new year ride!


Lifts operating:

- All lifts now operating

Courses open:

- All courses now open

Official snow depth:
- 140cm

- Grandeco snow and weather forecast   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Monday 1st January 2018, 8:58am
Weather conditions: Cloud, blue sky
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning and a very Happy New Year to you all!

I will be upfront and honest - as always - I totally over-slept this morning, so that is why my report is unusually late. But I guess I am probably not going to be the only one today. My apologies anyway. I hope that you had a fun evening wherever you spent it.

Yesterday was a fun day out there with good weather, good snow and good spirited party people enjoying the evening. It was busy on the slopes of course but that is totally to be expected. The Avalanche Report says 'Yesterday's tracks are not covered' - and there were most definitely more than a few tracks being made! ;)

This morning there was just a very slight dusting of wet snow but no new cm to start the numbers off for 2018. As we expected it is relatively mild with the thermometer showing me +2C just now. It actually looks like it is going to get a bit warmer during the day too.

Right now there is quite a lot of blue sky to see and the sun is out, but later on rain seems probable down - at base at least. But that shouldn't last long with colder temps and good quality snow on the way; I hope to be bringing you news of fresh snowfall tomorrow morning.

One more thing, I see that top lifts appear to be affected by wind at the start of the day.

So there is a mixed bunch of weather going for this first morning of the year and seemingly changing conditions. We are of course all hoping that over the next few months the season will continue as it started. I will of course keep you informed every day.


Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6.00am: +1°, trace new snow. Moiwa 800m : -1.4°, E3.9m/s, trace new snow, easterly snowdrift development. Annupuri 1150m: -6°, E10m/s, trace new snow. Hirafu 1250m: -4°, E10m/s, trace new snow. Coastal data: Benkei Cape:S9m/s. Kamui Cape: E7m/s, 1009hPa, wave 0.8m.

A low pressure front from the east has brought wet snow. Blizzard conditions are expected above 1000m. All peak gates are expected to open, however if the weather deteriorates they will be closed. Strong easterly winds can easily make hard slabs on steep east facing slopes like Backbowl sidewall. There has been avalanche accidents in the past in these conditions. Avalanches occur when conditions are right regardless of the amount of snow. Today's conditions are not the same as yesterday's. After the low pressure system passes through a strong westerly wind and snow will pickup. Make reasonable plans according to weather conditions.

There are many ridiculous traverse lines in Osawa and Backbowl. Traversing steep slopes can trigger avalanches. Many people are riding out of bounds on Annupuri Mountain. Heading to Goshiki by putting in a traverse line from the top of the lifts across Osawa, up and over west ridge is dangerous and has no consideration for other mountain users. An avalanche could easily be triggered placing people below in danger. Also once there is one track, others follow, increasing the chance of an accident. If you are heading to Goshiki, we ask you to climb to the peak and follow the ridge line down to Chinpoko Rock, then to Goshiki.

Yesterday's tracks are not covered. Take care crashing and falling on the chopped up slopes. Beware weather change. Happy New Year


Monday 1st January 2018

Resort specific information (operations subject to change):

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Niseko HANAZONO Resort

Lifts scheduled to be operating:
- All lifts are operating
** But top Ace Number 4 and King Number 4 lift on hold at 8:50am (wind and visibility)

Official snow depth:
- Top: 315cm
- Base: 150cm

Niseko Annupuri Kokusai

Lifts scheduled to be operating:
- All lifts are operating
** But top Jumbo Number 4 is on hold at 8:50am (wind and visibility)

Official snow depth:
- Top: 240cm
- Base: 160cm

Niseko Village

Lifts scheduled to be operating:
- All lifts except Country Road Chair are operating
** But top Wonderland Chair lift on hold at 8:50am (wind and visibility)

Official snow depth:
- Top: 250cm
- Base: 170cm


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 below (subject to change):

* Niseko Grand Hirafu - Ace Family quad, Ace Number 2 quad, Hirafu Gondola, Holiday Number 1 pair
* Niseko Annupuri - Jumbo Number 1 quad lift
* Niseko Village - Village Express, Upper Village Gondola, Community Chair, Banzai Chair   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Monday 1st January 2018, 9:10am
Weather conditions: Snow clouds
New snowfall: 1cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning and a very Happy New Year to you all.

Enjoy last night?

The slopes were as you might expect very busy yesterday. More cloud moved in with snow falling in the afternoon again but there wasn't much wind and I don't think there'll be any complaints. I spent my evening last night indoors but I am already hearing a few stories of some raucous fun that was being enjoyed. I expect there might be a few hangovers than normal this morning!

Back to fresh snow and here is what the resorts are reporting:

Hakuba Goryu - 10cm up top
Hakuba Happo-one - 5cm top of Gondola
Hakuba Cortina - 2cm at base and 3cm up top

Just a bit of snow down at base to report myself and while we had a pretty early morning sunrise, things have clouded over further since then and right now visibility seems generally rather limited out on the mountains. Oh yes, and while it doesn't feel particularly cold, it has started snowing. Hopefully this is the start of decent snowfall over the next few days. Look to Wednesday in particular for potential heavy snow. I like the sounds of that.

Have a good New Years Day.


Ski resort opening status on Monday 1st January 2018:

Hakuba Happo-one

Operating lifts:
- All lifts (apart from Happo Number 1 pair) are operating

Courses open:
- All course are now generally open
- Only the Kurobishi Off-Piste Area remains closed
- Nighta for New Years Eve from 10:00pm until 11:40pm - free

Official snow depth:
- Kurobishi: 250cm
- Usagidaira: 120cm
- Lower: 80cm


Hakuba Goryu

Operating lifts:
- All lifts apart are operating

Courses open:
- All courses are open

Official snow depth:
- Top: 265cm
- Toomi: 90cm
- Iimori: 60cm


Hakuba 47

Operating lifts:
- All lifts are operating

Courses open:
- All main courses are open
- The Tree Riding Zone is now open

Official snow depth:
- Top: 225cm
- Base: 80cm


Tsugaike Kogen

Operating lifts:
- All lifts should be operating

Courses open:
- All course areas are open

Official snow depth:
- Tsuga-no-mori: 250cm
- Han-no-ki: 250cm
- Maruyama: 100cm
- Shirakaba: 200cm
- Oya-no-hara: 110cm
- Kane-no-naru-oka: 125cm


Hakuba Cortina

Operating lifts:
- All lifts operating

Courses open:
- All courses open

Official snow depth:
- Top: 268cm
- Base: 175cm


Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field

Official snow depth:
- Top: 160cm
- Base: 80cm


Hakuba Norikura Onsen

Operating lifts:
- All lifts apart from Alps Number 7 are operating

Official snow depth:
- 220cm


Hakuba Valley Kashimayari

Operating lifts:
- Number 1, 2, 3, 5, 6 and 7 lifts are operating

Official snow depth:
- 115cm


Hakuba Sanosaka

Operating lifts:
- All three lifts are operating

Official snow depth:
- 90cm   Read more ...

Yuzawa Now!

Monday 1st January 2018, 9:17am
Weather conditions: Generally cloudy, but changing conditions
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Happy New Year!

Here we are, 2018. Lots of regular heavy snow, please.

No fresh snow to report on this first morning (other than the 5cm that upper slopes of Kagura appear to be reporting).

Yesterday conditions were pretty good - especially in higher elevations. Unfortunately it was also quite windy up there and the GALA Yuzawa resort had to close.

There was a bit of dastardly drizzle last night at times so I hear (I stayed inside) and this morning it is kind of tying to snow though at times there has been some breaks in the cloud too and there's even some sun just to the north of Yuzawa now. It is keeping relatively mild, though not as much as yesterday. Not as windy either at the start of the day.

It feels like this morning we are in 'weather patterns are changing' mode.

Things are expected to be a little colder tomorrow and further still come tomorrow night and into Wednesday when 'heavy snow' is also on the forecast.

We'll have some of that, please!


Images today from GALA Yuzawa, NASPA Ski Garden and Maiko Snow Resort.


Updated: Monday 1st January 2018

** Official snow depths (where available) and resort specific information. Note that while we manually check this information each morning, sometimes official information is updated later than the time of these reports and so at times there may be an apparent delay.

Ski resorts in Yuzawa:

GALA Yuzawa
- All areas now open
- 180cm

- 130cm

- The top Kagura Number 5 lift is open from today!
- Kagura area: 280cm
- Mitsumata area: 180cm
- Tashiro area: 230cm

Kandatsu Kogen
- 150cm

- 200cm

NASPA Ski Garden
- 150cm

Yuzawa Kogen
- Top: 180cm
- Base: 130cm

Yuzawa Park
- 125cm

Yuzawa Nakazato
- 125cm


Ski resorts in Minamiuonuma (just to the north of Yuzawa):

Ishiuchi Maruyama
- 140cm

Joetsu Kokusai
- 140cm

Maiko Snow Resort
- Top: 160cm
- Base: 100cm

Muikamachi Hakkaisan
- 200cm   Read more ...

Minakami Now!

Monday 1st January 2018, 9:24am
Weather conditions: Cloudy skies
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
A happy New Year to all and after a warm and clear day yesterday we usher in the new year with light snow falling and a forecast for some serious snow here this evening.

Looks like this will be another significant dump with the forecast also calling for another big one tomorrow night.

There is supposed to be clear weather in between but given it's already started I suspect we may just see it snow right through the next 48 hours.


Ski resorts in Minakami:

Minakami Hodaigi
Minakami Kogen Fujiwara
Minakami Kogen Ski Resort
Norn Minakami
Okutone Snow Park
Tanigawadake Tenjindaira
Tanigawa Onsen White Valley


Resort Spotlights with more detail:

Norn Minakami
Okutone Snow Park


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 ...

Appi Kogen Now!

Monday 1st January 2018, 9:24am
Weather conditions: Mostly clear
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: --
Appi New Year!

Another beautiful day here at Appi to bring in the New Year. Expect sunny skies most of the day today. This afternoon the clouds will roll in depositing around 20cm of fresh powder on the resort. The winds may pick up late this afternoon but shouldn’t stay around that long, perhaps into Wednesday.

The rest of the week will bring us on and off sunshine during the day times with a smattering of snowfall each day.

Wishing all of you a Happy and Prosperous New Year.


Planned lift operations on Monday 1st January 2018 (subject to change):

- APPI Gondola
- Central quad
- Central number 2 lift
- Central number 3 lift A
- Central number 4 lift
- Central number 5 lift
- Central number 6 lift
- Sailer gondola
- Sailer quad
- Vista quad
- Nishimori lift

Note: The Sailer Gondola, Central Number 4 lift and Vista quad are usually rested on weekdays


Official snow depth:

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Nozawa Onsen Now!

Monday 1st January 2018, 9:36am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Nozawa and a very Happy New Year to you all.

A fine day yesterday both in terms of weather and snow on the mountain. Rather busy, but it was New Years Eve! Today will no doubt also be rather busy after perhaps a slightly later start than usual for some - myself included, sorry!

There's cloud around this morning and light snow falling on the mountain. Nothing serious yet, the heavy (but hopefully light and fluffy) snow is due to be falling come later on tomorrow and into Wednesday. Looks like there should be a fair amount being delivered.


Monday 1st January 2018

Fresh snowfall (as reported by the resort):

- Yamabiko (1407m): 5cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 3cm
- Hikage (660m): -cm
- Nagasaka (615m): -cm
- Karasawa (563m): -cm

Official snow depth numbers:

- Yamabiko (1407m): 230cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 185cm
- Hikage (660m): 140cm
- Nagasaka (615m): 135cm
- Karasawa (563m): 130cm

All lifts operating except the following:

- None! All lifts apparently operating

All courses now at least part open except the following:

- Challenge 39 wall
- Mukobayashi
- Grand Prix
- Kamoshika
- Kandahar East   Read more ...

Madarao Now!

Monday 1st January 2018, 9:44am
Weather conditions: Mostly cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Hello and a very Happy New Year!

Light snow falling later on yesterday but still lots of people turning up to see the fireworks go off and welcome in the New Year.

This morning we have very changeable conditions with fast moving clouds. Was that rain I heard earlier on before I got up? Some blue skies earlier on this morning but a more cloudy situation as we approach 10am.

Forecast? You can see for yourself using the above tab but looks like maybe a little snow today but decent snow due from tomorrow night into Wednesday and hopefully through Thursday too...


Official snow depth:

Operating lifts:

Number 1 lift
Number 2 quad lift
Number 3A lift
Super quad lift
Number 11 lift
Number 12 lift
Number 13 lift
Number 15 lift

Powder Wave II
Free Ride Park
River Line
Adventure Aisle
Crystal Bowl

Kids Park
Snow Mobile Land

Planned nighta operations this season:

Daily until 3rd January 2018
7th January 2018
11th February 2018
Every Saturday between 4th January and 24th March 2018   Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Monday 1st January 2018, 10:15am
Weather conditions: Snow with fog
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Happy New Year! Hope the Year of the Dog (which is my year, so you know my age is a multiple of 12) is a great one for you, especially, of course, on the snow.

I’m glad I’m reporting a little later than most days today, becasue we woke up early this morning to the sound of rain dripping off the roof. It does settle the old snow, and the new stuff has already started to fall.

The forecast is for snow, and probably a lot of it, over the next few days. Maybe even the next many days.


Akakura Kanko:
200 cm, -2°

Akakura Onsen:
255cm, -4°

Ikenotaira Onsen:
180cm, -3°

Myoko Suginohara:
170cm, -5°

Seki Onsen:
220 cm, -3°

Myoko Ski Park:
180 cm, -1°

Kyukamura RunRun:
220 cm, -1°

Tangram Ski Circus:
150 cm, -2°

Madarao Kogen:
200 cm, -2°

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Shiga Kogen Now!

Monday 1st January 2018, 10:23am
Weather conditions: Cloudy, but of blue sky in places
New snowfall: 2cm
Snow depth: --
Happy New Year!

I didn't spend the day in bed, as Mozzer might say, but I did have a bit of a lie-in this morning. I hear earlier on the sun was out but right now it is cloudy with light snow falling and a thin layer on the ground.

The forecasts are looking good for decent snowfall over the next few days - with the heaviest expected as we enter Wednesday. Temperatures will dip and there's a good chance of stronger winds too. Be prepared.

All the best for 2018.


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

Please note that these numbers are the official numbers that ski resorts publish.



Ichinose Family

Ichinose Diamond




Okushiga Kogen

Sun Valley

Takamagahara Mammoth



100cm   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Monday 1st January 2018, 10:23am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 1cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Zao.

Happy New Year!

Just a dusting of snow this morning but I am awarding 1cm to the report this morning (adding in the other 'dustings' up until now, feeling generous).

Visibility looks limited to poor in places at the moment out on the mountain.

Heavy snow due tomorrow. We don't have any snow problems but could do with a nice decent deep layer of fresh snow to freshen things up. It's that never ending need for fresh, isn't it.

All lifts operating and all courses open.


Lifts and courses:

- All open

Official snow depths:

- Summit area: 105cm
- Paradise area: 130cm
- Chuo area: 130cm
- Utopia area: 135cm
- Uwanodai area: 75cm
- Oomori area: 75cm


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 until Sunday 4th March 2018
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only from Friday 9th March until Sunday 18th March 2018.

In the Yokokura area:
Daily 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:

January 2018: 1st-7th, 13th-14th, 20th-21st, 27th-31st
February 2018: every day
March 2018: 1st-4th   Read more ...

Naeba Now!

Monday 1st January 2018, 14:01pm
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 2cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning and a Happy New Year from Naeba! The snow is back already, however it's a gentle start to the next storm system travelling through. We've had 2cm of now overnight already, which is keeping the pistes in good condition. We are expecting the snow to continue throughout the day, however the heaviest snow is still to come.

Looking forwards, the snow is set to continue all week, with the heaviest snow fall on Tuesday and Wednesday. Along with the snow, "Storm Dougle" is expected to bring with him some strong winds, particularly during Wednesday day time. Temperatures are also expected to be dropping well below 0°C and remain there for most of the week.

We in Naeba hope you all have a wonderful start to 2018 and we look forwards to seeing you here soon!

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SnowJapan Daily 'Now' reports

Myoko Now
13th Dec, 21:40
Niseko Now
13th Dec, 15:15pm
Appi Kogen Now
13th Dec, 9:40
Zao Now
13th Dec, 9:10
Madarao Now
13th Dec, 9:10
Nozawa Onsen Now
13th Dec, 9:07am
Shiga Kogen Now
13th Dec, 8:56
Aizu Bandai Now
13th Dec, 8:55
Minakami Now
13th Dec, 8:48
Naeba Now
13th Dec, 8:41
Hakuba Now
13th Dec, 8:32
Furano Now
13th Dec, 7:59
Geto Kogen Now
13th Dec, 7:44
Yuzawa Now
13th Dec, 7:40
Grandeco Now
23rd Nov, 11:11am