Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 1st April 2018

Naeba Now!

Thursday 21st December 2017, 7:03am
Weather conditions: Variable
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Naeba!

As I type there is a patch of orange sunrise on the upper reaches of the mountain, however low cloud is moving about the valley and intermittently blocking the sun completely. Visibility is poor above this cloud level and this is forecast to hang around for most of the day today. There may be a little precipitation, but this is forecast to be high in elevation and just a centimeter or two. The pistes were topped up with 26cm of fresh snow just 2 days ago, so piste conditions are mostly excellent with patches of hard pack to be aware of.

The forecast tomorrow is indicating the skies will clear up for blue bird conditions through until Sunday, with what looks to be a significant storm rolling into town on Sunday night - I'm dreaming of a white Christmas! Temperatures will continue to rise throughout the week, again with Sunday currently being forecast as unusually warm for this time of year.

Mixed!   Read more ...

Geto Kogen Now!

Thursday 21st December 2017, 7:24am
Weather conditions: Cloud, some blue sky
New snowfall: 1cm
Snow depth: --

Just 1cm of fresh snowfall to report from Geto Kogen this morning.

Yesterday we had fine in the morning with more cloud over the region in the afternoon.

Earl this morning there was some light snowfall but there's blue skies opening up now and it's forecast to be a fine day weather wise. Not much of a wind, so it should be a good day to be out on the slopes.

We are into the regular season now - though the Tree Run courses are not open yet.

The G Park will be closed tomorrow for maintenance.


Official snow depths:

Top: 225cm
Base: 130cm

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.    Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Thursday 21st December 2017, 7:34am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Computers, servers and the Internets are all purring along today, and I have to drive to the big city, so it’s time for an early morning report.

The weather is turning as I write this at around 7am; there was a very light dusting of snow on the car earlier as I headed up to the snow study plot near the resort base, and the snowfall is picking up at the moment. Offshore, the winds are coming from the east/northeast, which is kind of weird…. Snow usually comes with strong west and northwest winds. Maybe this is coming along with the rise in the freezing line—it will be 0°C all the way up at 1850m on Sunday the forecast says, meaning it will be even warmer below. But that’s going to drop back down just in time for Christmas, with another cycle of heavy snow. Yea! GEtting some good muscles (and a strong accelerator/brake foot) this season already from moving snow around.

I’ll add what new reports there are below (marked with NEW for 12/21). For the others, there was no new snowfall yesterday, and the pack did settle nicely through the day.


Akakura Kanko:
170 cm, -6°
Lifts: Myokokogen Sky Cable (gondola); Hotel No. 2, 3, 5; Champion No. 1 and 3

Akakura Onsen:
180cm, -4° NEW for 12/21
Lifts: All main lifts

Ikenotaira Onsen:
90cm (under-reporting, Ikenotaira?), -5°; Shirakaba Capsule, Alpine Blick No. 1 and No.2

Myoko Suginohara:
125cm, -4°; gondola only

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

Myoko Ski Park:
160 cm, -2°; closed for lift inspection

Kyukamura RunRun:
230 cm, -1°

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

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

Read more ...

Yuzawa Now!

Thursday 21st December 2017, 7:47am
Weather conditions: Lots of cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Yuzawa.

Yesterday was a beautiful day with clear blue skies into the evening.

There's a fair bit of cloud over Yuzawa this morning with a bit of blue sky to see in some places.

From tomorrow we are expecting a few days of clear skies again along with fairly mild conditions. The good news is that come Monday we should be seeing a return to colder conditions and fresh snowfall.

Today sees the Ishiuchi Maruyama resort (just to the north of Yuzawa) open for the season, and from tomorrow NASPA Ski Garden will also be opening.


Thursday 21st December 2017

** Official snow depths (where available) and resort specific information

Ski resorts in Yuzawa:

GALA Yuzawa
GALA Yuzawa is open with 6 lifts operating and 9 courses (Central and Northern Areas) open.
The sledding area is also open.
- 140cm

- Iwappara plans to open tomorrow (Friday)
- 70cm

Almost all of Kagura is open.
The Dragondola connecting Kagura with Naeba plans to open from Saturday 23rd December.
- Kagura area: 180cm
- Mitsumata area: 120cm
- Tashiro area: 140cm

Kandatsu Kogen
Kandatsu Kogen is mostly open.
- 105cm

A large part of Naeba is now open.
The Dragondola connecting Naeba with Kagura plans to open from Saturday 23rd December.
- Base: 70cm

NASPA Ski Garden
- NASPA Ski Garden plans to open tomorrow (Friday)
- 105cm

Yuzawa Kogen
Yuzawa Kogen is open including the town-level Nunoba Family lift.
- Top: 110cm
- Base: 50cm

Yuzawa Park
Yuzawa Park is part open with the Number 7 and Number 1 lifts operating.
- 40cm

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


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

Ishiuchi Maruyama
Ishiuchi Maruyama opens from today.
- 100cm

Joetsu Kokusai
Joetsu Kokusai is part open.
The area in front of the main base hotel as well as the lower part of the Atema area are open - 13 courses in total.
- 110cm

Maiko Snow Resort
Maiko Snow Resort is open with the Gondola and two Okusoeji lifts operating and 7 courses in that top area available.
From today the Nagamine Number 2 quad is scheduled to begin operating.
Nighta operations are scheduled to begin from 28th December.
- Top: 130cm
- Base: 50cm

Muica Snow Resort
Muica Snow Resort is open.
- 100cm


Not yet open:

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

Madarao Now!

Thursday 21st December 2017, 8:28am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Madarao.

After a clearer day again yesterday, cloud has been moving in on us this morning and it is generally cloudy conditions at the moment. Light wind and things are calm.

Fresh snowfall isn't expected in the region until the end of the weekend. Before then, we are still likely to have sunshine and over the weekend milder conditions.


Official snow depth:

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.

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 ...

Niseko Now!

Thursday 21st December 2017, 8:31am
Weather conditions: Snow clouds
New snowfall: 38cm
Snow depth: --
A very good morning to you from Niseko.

Is it still snowing?

Yes, it most certainly is.

And today I add another 38cm of snow to the report. I am kidding you not. That brings my observed snowfall for the season so far to a whopping 464cm. Eek!

I see the report for today below is saying 'the snow is great, but maybe too deep'. That's just silly isn't it. ;) But seriously, while it is natural to get jolly excited and worked up about the special situation we are currently experiencing with all this lovely snowfall, we do indeed need to be remain mindful of the dangers that such things bring with them. Enjoy, but be careful.

It really does look like once the snow clouds clear up and disperse today, we are going to have a few days break from snow and perhaps get some of that sunshine we have been expecting on the forecast. If we do get some sun, enjoy it while it lasts...because more snow expected from Christmas Day.

Welcome to all of you folk arriving in Niseko at the moment. You chose wisely. Have fun! It won't be difficult. :)


Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6am: -7℃, 20cm snowfall, calm. Moiwa800m: -9.6℃, W4.1m/s, 40cm snowfall, large development of snowdrifts. Annupuri1150m: -10℃, 40cm snowfall, NW10m/s, not easy to groom. Hirafu1200m: -10℃, 40cm snowfall, snowpack 280cm. Costal data: Benkei cape NW9m/s, Kamui cape W10m/s, 1014hPa, 1.7m waves.

The isobars are spreading out, a westerly wind is stagnating around 10m/s on the ocean and the mountains. The overnight snowfall deposited large settlements of snowdrifts in leeward slopes around 800m.

The snowdrifts are growing stably, however is growing too big. The avalanche risk is relatively low, however always think safety first. The snowpack in Hirafu is almost reaching 300cm.

100+cm thick avalanche is likely to occur in strictly off-limits Haru no Taki area, due to drastic accumulation of snowpack and forming of unstable slabs. If the sun comes out today, surface slabs will keep forming and hazard level will rise drastically. Do not enter strictly off-limits area, they are banned for good reasons.

The snow is great, but maybe too deep. Beware of suffocation during falls. This season’s snowfall is surprising people from around the world. Peak gates are scheduled to open this weekend. Please respect the ski patrol’s decisions. Do not duck ropes and respect the Niseko Rules.


Thursday 21st 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 Thursday 21st December 2017:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 320cm
Base - 155cm

Niseko Annupuri Kokusai
Top - 200cm
Base - 140cm

Niseko Village
Top - 210cm
Base - 150cm


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 ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Thursday 21st December 2017, 8:38am
Weather conditions: Mostly cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Morning everyone.

After the lovely day yesterday, this morning there's lots more cloud around.

We're not expecting much in terms of snowfall though until late weekend and into Monday morning when the next cold and snowy front is due to move in and bring us the goods.

Should be nice and sunny over the weekend though generally.


Thursday 21st December 2017

All lifts operating except the following:

- Mizunashi triple
- Challenge pair
- Utopia pair
- Kandahar pair
- Karasawa pair

All courses now at least part open except the following:

- Challenge 39 wall
- Mukobayashi
- Grand Prix
- Hachiman
- Kandahar

Fresh snowfall (as reported by the resort):

- Yamabiko (1407m): 1cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 2cm
- Hikage (660m): 0cm
- Nagasaka (615m): 0cm
- Karasawa (563m): 0cm

Official snow depth numbers:

- Yamabiko (1407m): 165cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 150cm
- Hikage (660m): 95cm
- Nagasaka (615m): 85cm
- Karasawa (563m): 70cm   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Thursday 21st December 2017, 8:41am
Weather conditions: Cloud, some blue sky
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Hakuba.

A beautiful day yesterday, with lots of cloud around and light snow falling early morning today.

Hakuba 47 are reporting 3cm, Hakuba Goryu are reporting 1cm from their upper slopes, and Hakuba Cortina are reporting 1-2cm; other than that no other fresh snowfall to report.

It's cold this morning so I expect some good conditions up there and we are expecting some sunshine.

Hakuba 47 are apparently going to get their Tree Riding Zone opening from Saturday (23rd). More on that in my report tomorrow.

Forecast: Santa to bring snow - and potentially heavy snow - on Christmas Day. Come on Santa!


Ski resort opening status on Thursday 21st December 2017:

Updated daily

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
- Skyline Number 2 pair lift
- Sakka Kita-one quad lift
- Sakka Number 2 pair 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.

Official snow depth:
- Kurobishi: 170cm
- Usagidaira: 125cm
- Lower: 70cm

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

Courses open:
- All courses apart from Cosmo River, Sunny Way, Straight Whisky, Snow Diving and Adventure are open.

Official snow depth:
- Top: 205cm
- 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; the Tree Riding Zone is not available yet.

Official snow depth:
- Top: 190cm
- Base: 60cm

Tsugaike Kogen

Operating lifts
- Most lifts now operating.

Courses open:
- All courses areas apart from Champion and Kane-no-naru-oka 2 are now open.

Official snow depth:
- Tsuga-no-mori: 175cm
- Han-no-ki: 175cm
- Maruyama: 50cm
- Shirakaba: 60cm
- Oya-no-hara: 45cm
- Kane-no-naru-oka: 45cm

Hakuba Cortina

Operating lifts
- Number 1 pair lift
- Number 2 quad lift
- Number 4 pair lift

Courses open:
- Ikenota
- Hieda Forest
- Mt Hieda 1
- Mt Hieda 2
- Mt Hieda 3
- Itadaira
- Ipponmatsu

Official snow depth:
- Top: 175cm
- Base: 95cm

Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field

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

Courses open:
- View C
- View D
- East
- South
- Gezan
- Sunny Valley (part)
- Paradise (part)
- by1 (part)
- by2 (part)

Official snow depth:
- Top: 100cm
- Base: 30cm

Hakuba Norikura Onsen

Operating lifts
- Alps Number 4 pair lift
- Alps Number 5 high speed pair lift

Official snow depth:
- 90cm

Hakuba Valley Kashimayari

Operating lifts
- Number 2 pair lift
- Number 3 quad lift
- Number 6 quad lift

Official snow depth:
- 60cm

Hakuba Sanosaka

Operating lifts
- Number 3 quad lift

Official snow depth:
- 60cm   Read more ...

Grandeco Now!

Thursday 21st December 2017, 8:42am
Weather conditions: Fair
New snowfall: 2cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Grandeco.

2cm of fresh snow has fallen overnight, but we are welcomed by another beautiful morning today.

Snow on the courses around the higher elevation area are keeping in good condition with cold temperatures, though the snow on the base area is getting a little core (hard).

All roads around Inawashiro through Urabandai are covered with snow and partly icy.

Next snow due from Monday according to most forecasts by the looks of things.


Lifts operating:

- All lifts now operating

Courses open:

- All courses except Center 33 are now open

Official snow depth:
- 110cm

- Grandeco snow and weather forecast   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Thursday 21st December 2017, 8:52am
Weather conditions: Blue sky, cloud, fog in areas
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
It's a mix of cloud and blue sky at the moment over Shiga Kogen... with some fog in places I hear. So a mixed bag at the moment.

Keeping cold and so conditions should be good this morning.

Over the next few days it's very probably going to be a story of sunshine and by Saturday milder temperatures. That's before the dip we are expecting come Monday and that front should be bringing our next fresh snowfall.


Areas of Shiga Kogen that are at least part open:

- Okushiga Kogen
- Yakebitaiyama
- Ichinose Yamanokami
- Ichinose Diamond
- Ichinose Family
- Tannenomori
- Takamagahara Mammoth
- Maruike
- Sun Valley
- Kumanoyu
- Yokoteyama
- Shibutoge   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Thursday 21st December 2017, 9:07am
Weather conditions: Sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Zao.

The sun is out this morning and shining in through the windows. Over the next few days the forecasts are telling us to expect more sunshine and slightly warmer temperatures.

We want more snow of course and it looks like we are going to be waiting until Monday.

Nighta operations plan to begin from Saturday evening, as well as the first 'light up' (see below for dates).


Operating lifts:

- Most areas now at least part open

Official snow depths:

- Summit area: 70cm
- Paradise area: 70cm
- Chuo area: 70cm
- Utopia area: 85cm
- Uwanodai area: 50cm
- Oomori area: 55cm


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 ...

Appi Kogen Now!

Thursday 21st December 2017, 11:01am
Weather conditions: Clear sunny
New snowfall: 3cm
Snow depth: --
Just a great bluebird day here at Appi with very light winds….sunscreen a plus.

Yesterday was mostly cloudy with just a light sprinkling of snow but nothing to add to the base. The clouds should roll back in tonight dropping a few cm of snow. The temperature is scheduled to increase a little into the weekend but lets hope it doesn’t get in the plus figures a few days before Xmas.

Fairly light winds most of the week increasing to fairly gusty condition by the evening of the 24th and into the 25th. That and lowering temperatures should bring us a nice windchill of at least -20….

Enjoy the slopes…only 2 more days till the whole mountain opens.


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


Official snow depth:

150cm   Read more ...

SnowJapan Daily 'Now' reports

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16th Jul, 11:27am
Niseko Now
16th Jul, 11:26am
Yuzawa Now
29th Jun, 17:50am
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
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06th May, 8:27am
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06th May, 8:04
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