Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 23rd March 2019

Naeba Now!

Sunday 31st December 2017, 7:22am
Weather conditions: Rapidly Clearing
New snowfall: 2cm
Snow depth: --
Good Morning from Naeba! It's the first clear morning we have seen in sometime, and the mountain looks wonderful with it's new caking of snow from the past week. The skies are rapidly clearing and the temperature at the base is exceptionally mild for this time of year at 0°C. We are expected the sun to break through for the majority of the day, before the snow returning overnight. It was the busiest day yet yesterday in Naeba and we're expecting similar today, so it's certainly worth getting up on the hill early to catch some fresh corduroy before everything softens up rapidly due to the mild temperatures.

Looking forwards, the forecast suggests that "Storm Dougle" is expected to slink into town on Monday, with the heaviest snow falling on Tuesday and Wednesday. With "Storm Dougle", temperatures are expected to plummet again, and of course the wind is expected to pick up somewhat during this period, too. Things are expected to clear up again later into next week.

Shinsen'na!   Read more ...

Geto Kogen Now!

Sunday 31st December 2017, 7:37am
Weather conditions: Fine, cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Geto Kogen.

No fresh snow to report on this last morning of 2017 for a change. It was snowing in the morning yesterday of course but soon was just cloudy as the snow eased off.

This morning is calm. The forecast is cloudy with the chance of snow at times but wouldn't expect much. Generally we are looking at a few days of less snow with more due around Wednesday.

Have a fine New Years Eve and see you in 2018.


Official snow depths:

Top: 310cm
Base: 270cm

Operating lifts:

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

Courses & Tree Runs:

* All main courses open apart from B2 today
* Tree Run courses not yet available

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

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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Niseko Now!

Sunday 31st December 2017, 8:30am
Weather conditions: Mostly cloudy at the start of the day
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Niseko.

There is no fresh snowfall to report this morning. Which means that I have observed a total of 594cm of snowfall here at base up until now this season. What an amazing number that is to be able to report at the end of December. Especially when you compare it to the number from the 16/17 season at the same point in the season - 293cm. That looks downright poor now doesn't it. (Not that it ever looked impressive, of course - please go back and read my reports from last year for the full story and me not being particularly excited about proceedings).

I will post a good old long-worded look back at the season so far... probably on Tuesday or Wednesday, because some cheeky monkeys may well not read my report tomorrow.

So back to today.

Things are calm this morning. There is cloud around but some breaks in the clouds too. We might see some end of the year sunshine during the day today. It is due to be somewhat milder during the day today and perhaps tomorrow too, though still hanging around zero at base, possibly just nudging above.

All resorts open and gates are expected to open. It should be a fine day. And as you can see from the webcam images below, quite a few people lined up for the early lifts. Come on, give us a wave!

You might notice the mention of the word 'wet' in the Avalanche Report below when talking about tomorrow. Wet is a word that we never want to hear in winter, but wet snow would be better than wet rain. Fingers crossed.

Things might not be so calm tonight. There might be one or two people out and about this evening, maybe even partaking in a celebratory sip or two of wine or other fave beverage. You can enjoy watching some torchlight skiing and fireworks if you like. Whatever you choose, have fun and take care. In the past there have been a few serious incidents involving people 'post-bar'. It's cold and slippy - be sure you know where you are going and be with a friend is my best advice.


Thank you for reading the reports and using SnowJapan in 2017. Here's to a very fine 2018; preferably without lots of the frustrating and downright strange 'news' going on in the world. (Oooh, political!)

I hope that you have a wonderful New Years Eve. And I will see you tomorrow, after my first toast of the year.


Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6.00am: -7°, no new snow. Moiwa 800m : -4.4°, N3.8m/s, no new snow. Annupuri 1150m: -7°, light winds, no new snow. Hirafu 1250m: -8°, light winds, no new snow. Coastal data: Benkei Cape: SSW2m/s. Kamui Cape: light wind, 1020hPa, wave 0.7m.

Atmospheric pressure is stable, weather is calm, no snow clouds over the Sea of Japan and no new snow in Niseko. A strong northerly wind yesterday afternoon caused snow development to become ribbed. Between 800-1000m a 50cm thick hard slab has formed in some locations. From observation and tests, snowdrifts are stable and except places like Backbowl sidewall, avalanche risk is low.

A low pressure system is expected to move into the area tomorrow bringing wet snow from the east. From this mornings survey, around 1000m a surface frost has formed from radiative cooling. This current surface is expected become an avalanche sliding surface in the future snowpack. All peak gates expected to open. Listen to the patrols advice and prepare before going out of bounds. There are lots of hard tracks from yesterday, be careful riding. Groomers are in really good shape.

Please respect and follow Niseko Rules. Entry into Haru no Taki and YunoSawa are Strictly monitored. If you get caught entering you will be banned from using ski resorts.

We thank all the people who come to Niseko and respect the rules, the ski patrol who protect us, the grooming operators, lift operators and all others who make Niseko the special place it is. Happy New Year.


Sunday 31st December 2017

Resort specific information (operations subject to change):

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Niseko HANAZONO Resort

Lifts scheduled to be operating:
- All lifts are operating

Official snow depth:
- Top: 325cm
- Base: 160cm

Niseko Annupuri Kokusai

Lifts scheduled to be operating:
- All lifts are operating

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

Niseko Village

Lifts scheduled to be operating:
- All lifts except Country Road Chair are operating

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 ...

Yuzawa Now!

Sunday 31st December 2017, 8:36am
Weather conditions: Mostly cloudy for the moment
New snowfall: 1cm
Snow depth: --

Unfortunately, the GALA Yuzawa resort has closed and some other lifts at other resorts may be affected by some fairly strong winds in higher areas this morning.


Good morning from Yuzawa.

And here we are on New Years Eve already. Time really does seem to just fly by, doesn't it. It has been a good end of the year though with the decent snowfall, helping to really get things kicking things off properly at resorts around the area. The popular slopes were really busy yesterday as is expected and today should be the same.

There is just a bit of fresh cm of snow to report this morning (from yesterday, with 10cm being reported by Kagura). It is a chilly start but it's destined to be rather mild today. And while we are starting off with generally cloudy/overcast skies, sunshine is likely later on. It should be a good day to be out enjoying the snow. As I said it is likely to be a busy day today with people enjoying their last ride of the season. Here's a shout out and thank you to all the busy folk out there at the ski resorts and hotels, keeping it all going! Otsukaresama.

The Southern Area of the GALA Yuzawa resort will be opening from this morning. There's often some nice deep snow over in that area and it always seems to be much quieter than the rest of the resort even on a busy day.

And of course the top pair lift of Kagura should be opening for the season from tomorrow.

Anyway I hope that you all enjoy New Years Eve and here's too a great 2018. Thanks for reading the reports and using the site. There's loads of the season left to go of course - and hopefully loads of regular snow too... and it should be snowing again from tomorrow.

See you in 2018.


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


Updated: Sunday 31st December 2017

** 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
- Southern Area opening from today
- 190cm

- 135cm

- The top Kagura Number 5 lift should be open from tomorrow!
- Kagura area: 280cm
- Mitsumata area: 180cm
- Tashiro area: 230cm

Kandatsu Kogen
- 160cm

- 190cm

NASPA Ski Garden
- 165cm

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

Yuzawa Park
- 135cm

Yuzawa Nakazato
- 130cm


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

Ishiuchi Maruyama
- 160cm

Joetsu Kokusai
- 150cm

Maiko Snow Resort
- Top: 170cm
- Base: 110cm

Muikamachi Hakkaisan
- 200cm   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Sunday 31st December 2017, 8:46am
Weather conditions: Mostly cloudy
New snowfall: 2cm
Snow depth: --
Hello and Happy New Years Eve!

It is going to be a long, long day for a lot of people. A good day to be out on the mountain for skiers and snowboarders. And a long and busy day for many people working at the resort and around all the accommodations in the village.

Just a small amount of snow since yesterday and we start today with mostly cloudy skies. Though there is a bit of sun and perhaps we will see clearer skies during the day today. Milder conditions are forecast for today too. The snow should be back tomorrow with heavy snow due around Tuesday night into Wednesday.

Night skiing is available daily on the Nagasaka area until 2nd January from 4:30pm until 8:00pm... and extended until 11:30pm tonight. From 11pm there will be some hot wine, sake and soft drinks on offer and then at midnight there will be a fireworks display. I don't know if Nasuki - our fave skiing vegetable character - goes to bed early or not, but if they are up I would imagine they might want to be at the celebrations. Always good to see Nasuki and have a few words.

All the best for the New Year everyone. The reports will of course continue tomorrow. I hope to be bringing you lots of news of heavy snow over the next few months.

Take care and see you soon.



Sunday 31st December 2017

Fresh snowfall (as reported by the resort):

- Yamabiko (1407m): 5cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 3cm
- Hikage (660m): -cm
- Nagasaka (615m): 2cm
- Karasawa (563m): -cm

Official snow depth numbers:

- Yamabiko (1407m): 255cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 195cm
- Hikage (660m): 145cm
- Nagasaka (615m): 140cm
- Karasawa (563m): 125cm

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   Read more ...

Grandeco Now!

Sunday 31st December 2017, 8:48am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Grandeco.

It is another calm morning here.

There was no fresh snow fall last night and it is quite cold. Should be a good day - and busy once again.

Keep warm and enjoy your last turns of the season.

Some good snowfall lined up there on the forecast I see, possibly starting tomorrow. Tuesday-Wednesday looks tasty.

See you tomorrow as we begin 2018.


Lifts operating:

- All lifts now operating

Courses open:

- All courses now open

Official snow depth:
- 140cm

- Grandeco snow and weather forecast   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Sunday 31st December 2017, 8:51am
Weather conditions: Mostly cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Hakuba.

It's a fairly easy report this morning. Pretty much everywhere is open and busy for the New Year.

There is a lot of cloud but some blue sky too. It was a cold start to the morning but the forecast shows some relatively mild conditions today with sunshine likely.

But we might well end 2017 with snow once again falling. And the forecast looks good for the start of the New Year still - look out for some heavy snow Tuesday into Wednesday.

There's lots going on for the New Year in Hakuba and if you are here no doubt the place you are staying at will be filling you in on the details. Wherever you decide to spend your new year - whether it's enjoying some extended nighta, watching fireworks, drinking and eating or just getting tucked up getting in some kip ready for first lifts of 2018 - have a fun and safe day.

See you tomorrow. Possibly a little later than usual. (Sorry in advance).



Just a few end of year thank yous:

Thanks for reading the reports.
Thanks Nature for this snow. You rock.
Thanks to the hard-working staff at ski resorts, accommodations and restaurants etc around the village who are in super hyper busy mode at the moment.
Thanks to the folk running SnowJapan. It's an amazing website and service that people should really appreciate - please keep it up!


Ski resort opening status on Sunday 31st December 2017:

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: 85cm


Hakuba Goryu

Operating lifts:
- All lifts apart are operating

Courses open:
- All courses are open

Official snow depth:
- Top: 260cm
- 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: 260cm
- Han-no-ki: 260cm
- Maruyama: 100cm
- Shirakaba: 200cm
- Oya-no-hara: 125cm
- Kane-no-naru-oka: 125cm


Hakuba Cortina

Operating lifts:
- All lifts operating

Courses open:
- All courses open

Official snow depth:
- Top: 287cm
- Base: 180cm


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:
- 230cm


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 ...

Myoko Now!

Sunday 31st December 2017, 8:51am
Weather conditions: The sun is mostly out, with some high clouds
New snowfall: 1cm
Snow depth: --
The last day of 2017, and some kind of strange weather to end the year: a south wind (although it seems to come from the west here at base level), only a little snow from yesterday, pretty good wind.

The snow will be coming back, though, with heavy snow predicted for Tuesday night!

Tough for us snow clearers; great for us skiers.


Akakura Kanko:
210 cm, -3°

Akakura Onsen:
255cm, -5°

Ikenotaira Onsen:
180cm, -4°

Myoko Suginohara:
170cm, -7° (high on the hill)

Seki Onsen:
220 cm, -5° (yesterday’s report)

Myoko Ski Park:
190 cm, -1°

Kyukamura RunRun:
250 cm, -1°

Tangram Ski Circus:
150 cm, -1° (yesterday’s report)

Madarao Kogen:
200 cm, -3.5°

Read more ...

Zao Now!

Sunday 31st December 2017, 9:16am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Zao.

It is a cloudy start to this last day of 2017.

Just a dusting of snow since yesterday with the next snowfall due probably tomorrow night with some decent snow lined up in the first half of the coming week.

It is going to be a busy out there today! I may be wrong but I think today is the first day when every lift is operating and every single course appears to be open.

Have a good one and see you tomorrow.


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: 80cm


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:

December 2017: 29th-31st
January 2018: 1st-7th, 13th-14th, 20th-21st, 27th-31st
February 2018: every day
March 2018: 1st-4th   Read more ...

Madarao Now!

Sunday 31st December 2017, 9:18am
Weather conditions: Thin cloud and some blue sky
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Morning everyone.

No cm of fresh snow to report New Years Eve morning and a lot of thin cloud around - but some blue sky too.

While the day started cold it's feeling less so now and indeed the forecast is for a relatively mild day today. We might end it with some light snow with more decent snowfall on the forecast for around Tuesday night into Wednesday. So it is looking like we will be receiving regular snowfall in the new year.

Looks like the Kamoshika tree run is open now. Worth checking out.

That's it for 2017. Here's to regular heavy snow in the first three months of 2018.

Have fun tonight, enjoy the fireworks and see you tomorrow.


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 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 ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Sunday 31st December 2017, 9:31am
Weather conditions: Mostly thin cloud, sun breaking through
New snowfall: 4cm
Snow depth: --

Mostly overcast and cloudy this morning on what promises to be a busy last day of the year. It's relatively mild as well. Perhaps we'll see sunshine during the day.

Come tomorrow the temps should be starting to drop back down again and also fresh snow is on the horizon starting tomorrow but more due around Wednesday. A good refresh looks set to be with us which always sounds good.

For now a good last day of the year.

I hope you enjoy your New Years Eve and will see you tomorrow.


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 ...

Appi Kogen Now!

Sunday 31st December 2017, 9:48am
Weather conditions: Mostly clear skies
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Appi,

A lovely day here at Appi with little to no wind at all. No snowfall yesterday but we’ve got enough to see us through the next few days.

New years day is going to bring the winds back and maybe a little snow starting tomorrow night. All the runs are open today and they’ll be night skiing until 11:40 pm this evening for those brave enough to last that long, or even show up after a late lunch and ski all night !

Wishing everyone a very happy and prosperous New Year.


Planned lift operations on Saturday 30th December 2017 (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:

185cm   Read more ...

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