Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 1st April 2018

Furano Now!

Monday 25th December 2017, 7:09am
Weather conditions: Rain
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Merry white Christmas from Furano. As predicted the rain arrived and it definitely is a front of heavy rain, at the moment anyway. Yesterdays warm temperatures are still here and it will get even warmer today, going up to +5c in the day, before heading back down into solid negatives in the evening. Apart from the rain the wind is likely to increase in intensity this morning to very strong levels which may interfere with lift operations potentially. The good news in all of this is that once the rain has passed a lot of snow will be upon us. In the meantime I'll go and have my coffee, open my presents and wait for the rain to ease up.   Read more ...

Geto Kogen Now!

Monday 25th December 2017, 7:25am
Weather conditions: Rain
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Not the best of things to report this Christmas morning... it's raining and it's windy.

Unfortunately just the Number 2 pair lift is operating this morning due to the wind.

Come on Santa, we want snow.

The good news is that it should be snowing today and over the next few days too so we will soon be able to forget about the wet.

Fingers crossed!


Official snow depths:

Top: 210cm
Base: 110cm

Operating lifts:

* All lifts scheduled to be operating - but at the start of the day only the Number 2 pair lift can get going due to conditions.

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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Minakami Now!

Monday 25th December 2017, 7:38am
Weather conditions: Sleet
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Varying between rain and sleet here, not what I was hoping for in the Christmas stocking.

It's cold enough though that up top at Tenjin they are probably getting average quality snow and the mountain forecast is for seven days of the white stuff.

Minakami town can expect snow starting tomorrow night and all through Wednesday which generally means big snowfalls up here. Today the weather is expected to clear shortly, lets hope so as I am out on a Christmas snowshoe shortly!

Hearing the week without snow up here has hit conditions at Hodaigi so the lower elevation resorts are very likely out of the question. Merry Christmas to all!


Update at 8am: turned into snow!


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 ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Monday 25th December 2017, 8:10am
Weather conditions: Rain (snow higher)
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Merry Christmas.

It's probably a good one to enjoy a lie in and relax I think, with some nasty rain falling at base; though the resort is reporting snow higher up and we are expecting the rain to turn into snow... hopefully quickly this morning.

Pretty limited visibility on the mountain too by the looks of the webcams. Not the most appealing of conditions, but they are about to change for the better and there should be a fresh blanket of fresh snow on the ground tomorrow morning - and beyond.

I'll let you know.

In the meantime, I hope you enjoy your day.


Monday 25th December 2017

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): 130cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 120cm
- Hikage (660m): 65cm
- Nagasaka (615m): 50cm
- Karasawa (563m): 45cm

All lifts operating except the following:

- Mizunashi triple
- Utopia pair
- Kandahar pair

All courses now at least part open except the following:

- Challenge 39 wall
- Mukobayashi
- Grand Prix
- Hachiman
- Kandahar   Read more ...

Yuzawa Now!

Monday 25th December 2017, 8:23am
Weather conditions: Rain (snow at higher elevations)
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Yuzawa and Merry Christmas.

I'd rather not have to report this morning because it's raining. And pretty heavily at times too overnight. You might notice that the official snow depth info from resorts have generally been going down over the last few days.

The good news that I can give you is that it is snowing at higher elevations and the rain should turning into snow down to town sometime during the day today. And then snow is forecast over the next few days, so we should be on the receiving end of quite a lot in the coming days. We all know how quickly things can transform with a storm that lasts a few days; let's hope that what we are about to get is one of them.

For today though - it's not very appealing out there and while lots of people around town now, I expect many will be put off and taking an onsen instead.

If you are still keen to get out there, Kagura is only open up to the Number 1 romance lift and the Tashiro area is closed for the day due to the weather conditions. GALA Yuzawa are also saying that the forecast strong winds today may well affect lift/gondola operations.


Updated: Monday 25th 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.
- 110cm

- 50cm

- Iwappara is open with the central and upper area available (4 lifts and 12 courses). Nighta until 8pm.
- 50cm

Almost all of Kagura is open.
The Dragondola connecting Kagura with Naeba is now operating.
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.
- 90cm

Most of Naeba is now open.
The Dragondola connecting Naeba with Kagura is now operating.
- Base: 70cm

NASPA Ski Garden
- NASPA Ski Garden is open with all lifts operating and all the main courses available. The Mogul and Slopestyle areas are not yet available.
- 65cm

Yuzawa Kogen
Yuzawa Kogen is open with all lifts operating and courses open.
- Top: 90cm
- Base: 30cm

Yuzawa Park
Yuzawa Park is now open with all lifts operating
- 60cm

Yuzawa Nakazato
Yuzawa Nakazato is part open with the four lifts operating.
- 40cm


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

Ishiuchi Maruyama
Ishiuchi Maruyama is now open.
- 80cm

Joetsu Kokusai
Joetsu Kokusai is open with 19 courses available.
- 90cm

Maiko Snow Resort
All three of the main areas of Maiko Snow Resort are (at least part) open.
Nighta operations are scheduled to begin from 28th December.
- Top: 85cm
- Base: 20cm

Muikamachi Hakkaisan
Most of Hakkaisan is now open.
- 120cm   Read more ...

Naeba Now!

Monday 25th December 2017, 8:24am
Weather conditions: It's snowing!
New snowfall: 1cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning and Happy Christmas from a very snowy Naeba! It looks like "Storm Claudia" has blown into town, bringing with her some snow! Cloud is blowing in and out of the valley currently, with visibility coming and going. Due to strong winds at the top of the mountain, the Dragondola and Takenokodaira lifts are on hold for the time being. It is a little gusty out there with low visibility so please do be care on your Christmas ski today.

The forecast indicates that we should expect 7cm snow throughout today, meaning we will have to wait for the heaviest snowfall of the storm, which is expected to come on Tuesday night and through to Wednesday. "Claudia" is expected to stick around until Friday, so there should be plenty of snow to come.

Happy Christmas!   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Monday 25th December 2017, 8:31am
Weather conditions: RAIN. Yikes.
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Ho ho ho!

Merry Christmas! Again! (Remember to take the Christmas tree down this morning before you go out...)

It may be Christmas Day, but I'm afraid I cannot report lots of fluffy white snow to you this morning.

Instead, I'm lumped with talking about very mild conditions, wind and rain.


Of course things can't be perfect all the time. Not even in Niseko 17/18.

But the good news is that we are looking at a quick turn around with conditions and snow is due to be falling by this evening - possibly much sooner - and then we are on for snow falling throughout the coming week and heavily at times. And we'll need to keep an eye on the winds as well. But we should be able to forget this rainy blip quite quickly.

My recommendation is some bonus festive toast with extra jam this morning and a relaxing day, perhaps a good soak in an onsen. Or if you are particularly keen you could perhaps bravely battle the conditions; though wind looks like it's going to be playing against you though with mostly only lower lifts looking to be open at the start of the day. See below for the situation at 8:30am.

I will bring you much better news tomorrow morning. Promise.


Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6.00am: +5°, rain, snow melt. Moiwa 800m : +2.4°, ESE6.4m/s, fog. Annupuri 1150m: +2°, light easterly winds, thick fog. Hirafu 1250m: +1°, SE10m/s, fog. Coastal data: Benkei Cape:S8m/s. Kamui Cape: SW10m/s, 987hPa, wave 0.9m.

Above zero temperatures have made runs difficult to groom. A low pressure system will pass through before noon. Expect temperature drop, blizzard and conditions to deteriorate even more than now on the mountain. With the rain and heavy melt snow, snow bridges over the creeks can easily collapse. Also under lift lines, off the side of the course and even snow on the roof will crumble easily. This snow is heavy and very dangerous. If you get buried you cant inflate your chest and will suffocate.

Winter rain causes unexpected problems. It's no fun riding in these bad conditions. Make flexible plans according to the situation. The snow is soft and skiis tips can dig into the snow, careful going fast, crashing and breaking bones.

It is foggy with poor light and bad visibility, better not go out of bounds today. Stay in the ski resort. To avoid accidents all gates are closed today. Dont duck ropes to ride out of bounds. No1 tip for things to do today: go to an onsen.


Monday 25th December 2017

Resort specific information (operations subject to change):

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Niseko HANAZONO Resort

Lifts scheduled to be operating:
- All lifts except Ace Number 4 and King Number 2 are operating
** Strong winds are affecting all but the lower lifts at the start of the day

Official snow depth:
- Top: 270cm
- Base: 110cm

Niseko Annupuri Kokusai

Lifts scheduled to be operating:
- All lifts are operating
** Strong winds are affecting Gondola, Jumbo 3 and 4 lifts at the start of the day

Official snow depth:
- Top: 210cm
- Base: 160cm

Niseko Village

Lifts scheduled to be operating:
- All lifts except Country Road Chair are operating
** Strong winds are affecting Gondola and top Wonderland lift at the start of the day

Official snow depth:
- Top: 220cm
- 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 ...

Myoko Now!

Monday 25th December 2017, 8:32am
Weather conditions: Gray and snowy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Maybe we weren’t such good kids this year, I thought: Santa brought us high winds and rain through the night and into early morning, but the real present didn’t come until about 7, when snow started to fall. It’s still grapple, or soft hail, but the temperature is going down so we should see some more fun, skiable snow shortly.

The Coast Guard’s reports from off the coast - which tells a lot about what’s coming this way - shows strong winds from the north and west. Just what we want to see for more white stuff. It’s getting pretty windy here, too, though….

Hope you’re having a great holiday season; we’re doing all we can here to make sure there’s good snow when you’re ready to get out and work off that Christmas cheer!


Akakura Kanko:
140 cm, -1°

Akakura Onsen:
145cm, -1°

Ikenotaira Onsen:
70cm, 1.5°

Myoko Suginohara:
100cm, -3°

Seki Onsen:
150 cm, -1°

Myoko Ski Park:
90 cm, 4°

Kyukamura RunRun:
150 cm, 2°

Tangram Ski Circus:
100 cm, 0°

Madarao Kogen:
100 cm, 0°

Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Monday 25th December 2017, 8:34am
Weather conditions: Clouds and...
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Merry Christmas and good morning from Hakuba.

It would have been nice to be able to report fine clear skies after 30cm of fresh snow overnight but unfortunately it's a much less appealing set of things to report this morning. It's a mix of rain/sleet down below and snow and wind up top.

And actually as I am about to post this report the rain is turning into snow in some base areas which is good to see and hopefully we'll be getting snowed on properly down here too sooner than later today. And I am pleased to see that the forecast is still looking good for decent snow for most of this week.

Fresh snow to report from the upper areas this morning is 5cm by Happo-one, 1-3cm by Hakuba Cortina, and 47/Goryu are also reporting up to 10cm of snow.

Early on this morning strong winds are affecting the top Line E lift at Hakuba 47 and it looks like many lifts are on hold at Tsugaike Kogen and the top lifts at Happo-one are also affected.

That's about it for today. Hope to bring you news of fresh snow on the ground tomorrow morning.

I hope you have a good day wherever in the world you are!


Ski resort opening status on Monday 25th December 2017:

Hakuba Happo-one

Operating lifts:
- Most lifts (apart from a few lower lifts) are now operating
- Wind affecting top lifts at the start of the day

Courses open:
- The majority of course areas are now (at least part) open
- Areas still closed: Kurobishi off-piste, Nakiyama Wall, Nakiyama North, Central, Shirakaba North

Official snow depth:
- Kurobishi: 165cm
- Usagidaira: 115cm
- Lower: 45cm


Hakuba Goryu

Operating lifts:
- All lifts apart from Alps Number 2 & 4 are operating

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

Official snow depth:
- Top: 205cm
- Toomi: 70cm
- Iimori: 35cm


Hakuba 47

Operating lifts:
- All lifts apart from Line D are operating
- Top lift affected by wind at the start of the day

Courses open:
- All main courses are open
- The Tree Riding Zone is now open (Gate 3 closed)

Official snow depth:
- Top: 165cm
- Base: 50cm


Tsugaike Kogen

Operating lifts:
- Most lifts are now operating
- Wind is affecting many lifts at the start of the day

Courses open:
- All courses areas apart from Kane-no-naru-oka 2 are open

Official snow depth:
- Tsuga-no-mori: 175cm
- Han-no-ki: 175cm
- Maruyama: 45cm
- Shirakaba: 60cm
- Oya-no-hara: 45cm
- Kane-no-naru-oka: 30cm


Hakuba Cortina

Operating lifts:
- All lifts apart from Number 5 are operating

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

Official snow depth:
- Top: 155cm
- Base: 85cm


Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field

Operating lifts:
- Gondola
- View 2
- 4 East
- 5 South
- Paradise triple
- Line

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

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


Hakuba Norikura Onsen

Operating lifts:
- All lifts apart from Alps Number 3, Alps Number 7 and Alps Number 10 are operating

Official snow depth:
- 80cm


Hakuba Valley Kashimayari

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

Official snow depth:
- 60cm


Hakuba Sanosaka

Operating lifts:
- All three lifts are operating

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

Madarao Now!

Monday 25th December 2017, 8:42am
Weather conditions: Sleet > snow
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Morning and Merry Christmas!

Perhaps a good morning to take things easy and soak in an onsen because it ain't too pretty out there for the moment.

We had to endure rain unfortunately overnight but happily it has been changing into (wet for now) snow and that should be the start of a run of a few days with snow falling in the region. There's some wind too and we are due for some stormy conditions. We need it of course so the more the better. (Snow, not wind!)

I hope to be bringing you news of fresh snow on the ground in my next report.

Hope you have a good day.


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
Adventure Aisle
Kids Park

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 ...

Grandeco Now!

Monday 25th December 2017, 8:46am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Grandeco.

It is a very windy morning here. It is also actually snowing, but I can't report any new cm of fresh snow at base - it is being blown around by the strong winds.

Due to the conditions the Gondola and number 4 lift will be close for the day today. Lifts at other resorts may well also be affected today, so best to check with official sources if you plan on going somewhere.

I think it is better to relax or do something else today and wait for all the fresh snow that is on the forecast.


Lifts operating:

- All lifts now operating

Courses open:

- All courses now open

Official snow depth:
- 110cm

- Grandeco snow and weather forecast   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Monday 25th December 2017, 9:12am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Zao.

And a happy Christmas to you all.

Not the most perfect Christmas Day report this morning!

Wet snow is falling now and after some strong winds during the day yesterday it's a mild morning but we are hoping that it will be getting colder during the day and the quality of the snow improving too. The forecast still looks good for consistent snow over the coming week.

Watch out for winds though and visibility is poor as well.

I suspect the onsen hot springs will be popular today. It's always great to be relaxing in an outdoor onsen watching the snow come down.


Lifts and courses:

- Most lifts are now operating and most courses are now at least part open

Official snow depths:

- Summit area: 70cm
- Paradise area: 70cm
- Chuo area: 70cm
- Utopia area: 70cm
- Uwanodai area: 50cm
- Oomori area: 40cm


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!

Monday 25th December 2017, 9:18am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Merry Xmas from Appi Kogen.

Thankfully it’s stopped raining now and we’re finally having a white Xmas. It’s snowing and it should continue throughout the day. Unfortunately the wind is going to pick up considerably throughout the day reaching around 20 m/s by mid morning and throughout the day.

Lifts apart from the base ones are being affected by the wind conditions at the start of the day. Check with the resort for the latest.

The temperature is going to drop for the next few days into minus double digits and with it perhaps another 30-40cm of fresh snow.

Get dressed and get out for a few hours and have a great Xmas with your friends and family.


Planned lift operations on Monday 25th 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
- Central number 6 lift
- Sailer Gondola
- Sailer quad
- Nishimori lift


Official snow depth:

150cm   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Monday 25th December 2017, 9:34am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 3cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Shiga Kogen.

Happy Christmas.

It has started snowing now and strong gusty winds are blowing... we're at the start of a storm which will hopefully bring us a decent amount of snow over the next few days. It should be getting much colder too - relatively mild for the moment.

Wind will probably be around as well but hopefully it won't affect operations too much - I'd check with the resorts themselves though if you plan to get out in this.

All areas of Shiga Kogen except Hasuike are now at last part open.


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

Most areas of Shiga Kogen is now at least part open.
Please note that these numbers are the official numbers that ski resorts publish.



Ichinose Family

Ichinose Diamond




Okushiga Kogen

Sun Valley

Takamagahara Mammoth



70cm   Read more ...

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