Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 1st April 2018

Geto Kogen Now!

Friday 22nd December 2017, 7:31am
Weather conditions: Mostly cloudy
New snowfall: 2cm
Snow depth: --
The day ended up being fine yesterday through the day.

It is cloudy this morning with just a bit of light wind and the forecast tells us that there is a chance of snow at times. For now it is remaining on the milder side of things - still cold, just not as cold as it usually gets.

Nighta (night skiing) operations begin today; and remember the G Park will be closed just for today 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 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.
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Yuzawa Now!

Friday 22nd December 2017, 7:48am
Weather conditions: Fine and sunny. Lovely.
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Yuzawa.

A fine day yesterday with temperatures rising to around 6C at town level in the afternoon. Today is going to be similarly mild - if not a little warmer still - and we are starting the day with mostly clear and blue skies; just a bit of cloud around. It's forecast to be sunny through the day... and tomorrow too.

So it should be a good day weather wise for the first day of the season for the Iwappara and NASPA Ski Garden resorts. They both start their seasons today and NASPA is off to a flying start with all of their courses and lifts open.

Definitely really good days to be out on the mountain.

Snow cover on the slopes is very good - even lower down - but it's not particularly deep yet and with the fine and mild daytime conditions we are experiencing at the moment, we could definitely be doing with more to really kick things into high gear.

It is still looking likely that the next snowfall will be with us from Monday. It may well start off with some rain at lower elevations, but turning into snow and carrying on into the week.

Come on Santa!


Updated: Friday 22nd 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.
- 130cm

- Iwappara is open from this morning. The central and top area are open today with more scheduled to be available tomorrow.
- 70cm

Almost all of Kagura is open.
The Dragondola connecting Kagura with Naeba plans to open from Saturday 23rd December.
The top Kagura Number 5 lift should be open from 1st January.
- 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 is open from this morning with all courses and lifts up and running.
- 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 is now open.
- 90cm

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

Maiko Snow Resort
Maiko Snow Resort is part open. From tomorrow all three of the main areas of Maiko will be (at least part) open.
Nighta operations are scheduled to begin from 28th December.
- Top: 120cm
- Base: 40cm


Not yet open:

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

Furano Now!

Friday 22nd December 2017, 7:52am
Weather conditions: Overcast
New snowfall: 4cm
Snow depth: --
It is a warm morning at -2c and the town temperature should rise to a high of 0c. It is snowing very lightly and has been since last night, depositing a nice layer of 4cm of fresh snow on the ground. Due to the warm temperatures this is not quite as powdery as usual. Tomorrow looks like we will get a good bit of sunshine and rumor has it the Kitanomine Gondola may start operations for the season....wooohooo.   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Friday 22nd December 2017, 8:04am
Weather conditions: Sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning.

Quick report today as I need to leave the village but it's an easy one...

Bright sunshine and blue skies for the day today - and likely tomorrow too - along with fairly mild temperatures at base, about 4-5C maybe.

Next snow still due from Monday.


Friday 22nd 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): 0cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 0cm
- Hikage (660m): 0cm
- Nagasaka (615m): 0cm
- Karasawa (563m): 0cm

Official snow depth numbers:

- Yamabiko (1407m): 155cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 140cm
- Hikage (660m): 90cm
- Nagasaka (615m): 80cm
- Karasawa (563m): 70cm   Read more ...

Naeba Now!

Friday 22nd December 2017, 8:19am
Weather conditions: Clear
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good Morning from a very sunny Naeba!

Despite it being a fresh start to the day due to the clear skies last night, the sun is shining so expect things to warm up quickly this morning. The pistes will likely be crisp first thing, softening up a little into lunch time providing the perfect conditions for a fun ride today.

The forecast moving forwards is for this period of high pressure to continue through until Saturday evening, when it will give way to an area of low pressure bringing cloud and heavy snow. Sunday is forecast to be exceptionally warm currently, but once the storm has settled in they are expected to drop back well below 0°C.

A superb day to catch some winter sun and lay down some nice turns.


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Hakuba Now!

Friday 22nd December 2017, 8:32am
Weather conditions: Blue skies, some cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Hakuba.

There was quite a lot of cloud around during the morning yesterday but by mid afternoon there was less cloud and more blue sky with the sun shining through in places. Dramatic!

Less cloud and more blue sky and sun over Hakuba this morning.

It seems most of northern Nagano is going to be enjoying lots of sunshine through today and tomorrow. Cold nights but warming up somewhat during the daytime in the village.

With good snow cover on the mountain and a lot of terrain open, definitely very nice days to be out there.

But, of course, inevitably, we want more snow. It's there on the forecast still from Sunday night into the new week. It is looking like it will should be a snowy Christmas day.


Ski resort opening status on Friday 22nd 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: 120cm
- 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: 180cm
- 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: 170cm
- Han-no-ki: 170cm
- Maruyama: 50cm
- Shirakaba: 60cm
- Oya-no-hara: 45cm
- Kane-no-naru-oka: 40cm

Hakuba Cortina

Operating lifts
- Number 1 pair lift
- Number 2 quad lift
- Number 4 pair lift
- Number 6 lift

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

Official snow depth:
- Top: 171cm
- 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 ...

Niseko Now!

Friday 22nd December 2017, 8:32am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 11cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning friends.

This morning I measured 11cm of fresh snowfall to add to the report as the snow keeps on piling up.

Well, actually, not at the moment as it has eased off leaving us with generally cloudy skies at the moment. It is going to be slightly less cold today as well and over the next few days temperatures may well venture into low positive numbers during the daytime. It remains to be seen if we will get to see much sunshine.

So it seems we are going to have a little breather from the relentless snowfall.

I'm not exactly sure why but as we approach 8:30am it would seem that the top lifts at Hirafu, Village and Annupuri are on hold. Hopefully that should be a temporary early morning thingie.

Not to fear. Colder temps and snow should be back by Monday.

Remember, Santa-san should be here in Niseko over the weekend. Obviously, his chosen destination. (Note: there might even be some dudes dressing up and pretending to be Santa-san around town; don't be fooled by them!)

As per the Avalanche Report below it seems that decisions are yet to be made regarding gates. There's lots of talk about them opening tomorrow, but we'll have to wait and see. I will of course bring you any news when I have it.

I hope you have a fun day wherever you are.


Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 4am: -1℃, light snowfall, calm. Moiwa800m: -4.9℃, W5.5m/s, developing snowdrifts and cornices, light snowfall, good visibility. Annupuri/Hirafu data n/a. Coastal data: NNW10m/s, WSW8m/s, 1021hPa, 1.3m waves.

The wind is calming down as the atmospheric pressure gradient is flattening. The snowdrifts are stabilizing, however a weak layer of yesterday’s hail is present at around 40cm depth.

Leeward cornice/knoll slopes above 800m are starting to stabilize, however precaution is still required. 150cm thick slab avalanche hazard continues in strictly off limits Haru no Taki area. South facing slopes are the most affected by the sun and thin wet snow slabs that can be the trigger of a large slide are more likely to form. Potential trigger layer is Dec 14th’s low pressure system snowfall.

Many of the avalanche accidents occur during and just after storms and heavy snowfall. Looking at the snowfall transition of the last few days, if a slide occurs in the Backbowl’s higher slopes, it would be a very large avalanche that would run a very long distance at a great speed. Do not underestimate the hazard of avalanches. Once the wind calms down and snowfall stops, the snowpack will eventually stabilize. Just a little more patience, please. The snow in the trees is dense and in great shape.

Peak lifts operation is undecided as hazard of cornice collapse off the peak is present. Once safety is confirmed, the lifts will start running. Peak gates opening will be delayed. Have a nice day.


Friday 22nd December 2017

What's planned to be open today in Niseko (subject to change):

Niseko Grand Hirafu

Lifts operating:
- Hirafu Gondola (* nighta)
- Ace Number 1 pair lift
- Ace Number 2 Center Four quad lift (* nighta)
- Ace Number 3 pair lift
- Ace Family quad lift (* nighta)
- Holiday Number 1 pair lift (* nighta)
- Swinging Monkey
- King Number 1 pair lift
- King Number 3 quad lift
- 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)
- Morino Chair
- Wonderland Chair


Official resort snow depths on Friday 22nd December 2017:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 300cm
Base - 150cm

Niseko Annupuri Kokusai
Top - 210cm
Base - 160cm

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 ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Friday 22nd December 2017, 8:33am
Weather conditions: Sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Hello and good morning from Shiga Kogen.

The sun is out and quite possibly has his/her hat on.

It has been cold early on but we are expecting things to warm up a bit during the day.

More of the same is due tomorrow too.

Snow? Still showing on the forecasts by the end of Sunday and through at least the first part of the week.

Hopefully what we have now is a calm before a storm.

I'll post my report later than usual tomorrow in an effort to gather as much information as possible - expect most/all areas to be (at least part) open.   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Friday 22nd December 2017, 8:33am
Weather conditions: Sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Hello and good morning from Shiga Kogen.

The sun is out and quite possibly has his/her hat on.

It has been cold early on but we are expecting things to warm up a bit during the day.

More of the same is due tomorrow too.

Snow? Still showing on the forecasts by the end of Sunday and through at least the first part of the week.

Hopefully what we have now is a calm before a storm.

I'll post my report later than usual tomorrow in an effort to gather as much information as possible - expect most/all areas to be (at least part) open.   Read more ...

Madarao Now!

Friday 22nd December 2017, 8:35am
Weather conditions: Excellent
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Madarao.

We are going to be having a few more days of fine and sunny weather in the region.

It feels cold this morning but should be warming up a bit during the daytime, and more so tomorrow.

While it's always nice to have the beautiful views and all, what we would really like now is lots more snow. That is still due to arrive from Monday.

Three items appearing in the Free Ride Park from tomorrow.


Official snow depth:

Operating lifts:

Number 1 lift
Number 2 quad lift

Open courses

Beginners B
Giant (lower)
Pole A

Kids Park open

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 ...

Zao Now!

Friday 22nd December 2017, 8:40am
Weather conditions: Mostly cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Zao.

Today and tomorrow we are expecting a mix of cloud, sun and perhaps some light snowfall at times, but nothing major.

Tomorrow we should be seeing more lifts and courses opening at the resort as more people arrive for the holiday period.

Decent snowfall is showing up on the forecast early in the coming week, hopefully from Monday.


Operating lifts:

- Most areas now at least part open

Official snow depths:

- Summit area: 70cm
- Paradise area: 70cm
- Chuo area: 70cm
- Utopia area: 80cm
- Uwanodai area: 50cm
- 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 ...

Grandeco Now!

Friday 22nd December 2017, 9:11am
Weather conditions: Fair partly cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from blue sky Grandeco.

There was no snow fall last night and this morning the snow conditions around base are a little hard.

The Center 33 course will open from tomorrow, which means that all lifts and courses will be available - good to be able to report.

The next snow will be Tuesday, according to the forecast so fingers crossed we get a decent amount as we enter the last week of the year.

Enjoy your weekend.


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 ...

Minakami Now!

Friday 22nd December 2017, 9:21am
Weather conditions: Clear
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Clear weather here today, same as yesterday.

More snow due Monday!


Planned opening dates at ski resorts in Minakami - subject to change:

Already (part) open:
Minakami Hodaigi
Minakami Kogen Ski Resort
Norn Minakami
Okutone Snow Park
Tanigawadake Tenjindaira
Tanigawa Onsen White Valley

Saturday 23rd December 2017:
Minakami Kogen Fujiwara

Late December:


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!

Friday 22nd December 2017, 9:28am
Weather conditions: High thin overcast layer
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Another nice day up here with mild temperatures and light winds.

We’re expecting more clouds to roll in later this afternoon and the winds to pick up slightly. On the snowfall front don’t expect too much in the next day or so. Maybe another 1-2 cm today and a few more tomorrow and into Sunday. Xmas day is still forecasting gale force winds with light to moderate snowfall….that should be fun!

The runs are still in limited action and you can expect a little ice on top until the sun hits it then a great afternoon.

Have a great Friday.


Lift operations on Friday 22nd 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
- Central number 5 lift


Official snow depth:

150cm   Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Friday 22nd December 2017, 11:27am
Weather conditions: Mostly sunny with scattered clouds
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
A little delay agin this morning - but, hey, it was to be Santa for the local preschool. I’m sure there are no Scrooges out there among the SnowJapan readership….

A nice, sunny day today, and it’s likely to stay sunny and increasingly warm over the net two days or so as the freezing level heads up the hill. Says it could hit 1900 meters which means Sunday could be pretty balmy (time to break out the aloha shirts already?).

Then the line goes down, and we’re back to snow for Christmas Day and beyond. It’s a great start any which way, and if we can avoid rain it will all be OK. Kind of interested to see what will happen at the new Lotte Arai, as it is quite a bit lower than the Mt. Myoko and surrounding resorts, and they are reporting higher temperatures even now.


Akakura Kanko:
150 cm, -4°
Lifts: Myokokogen Sky Cable (gondola); Hotel No. 2, 3, 5; Champion No. 1 and 3

Akakura Onsen:
180cm, -6°
Lifts: All main lifts

Ikenotaira Onsen:
90cm (under-reporting, Ikenotaira?), -2.5°; Shirakaba Capsule, Alpine Blick No. 1 and No.2

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

Seki Onsen:
150 cm, -2° open today!

Myoko Ski Park:
130 cm, 0°

Kyukamura RunRun:
160 cm, 0°

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

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

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26th Jul, 8:14am
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25th Jul, 15:02am
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29th Jun, 17:50am
Furano Now
06th May, 9:04am
Hakuba Now
06th May, 9:02
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06th May, 8:41
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06th May, 8:35
Myoko Now
06th May, 8:35am
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06th May, 8:30am
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06th May, 8:28am
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06th May, 8:27am
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06th May, 8:04
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