It is snowing heavily here in Furano with monstrous snow flakes belting down as I write this. With 28cm of fresh snow on the ground conditions on the mountain will be awesome today. Shoveling the snow this morning I noticed that the quality is far lighter than we have had recently. The rate of precipition will ease up but continue through today and tomorrow. Temperatures will rise to a relatively warm -4c maximum. There still hasn't been any announcement from the resort about opening up more lifts. Read more ...
Geto Kogen Now!
Tuesday 5th December 2017, 7:45am
Mostly cloudy; some blue sky & sun
Good morning from Geto Kogen.
Fresh snowfall measured at base: 0cm
A little light rain later on in the day yesterday that changed into sleet later on at night as things remain relatively mild for the moment.
This morning there's quite a strong wind blowing but the sun is out in places though there's still a lot of cloud around. A feel good early winter morning and if the wind behaves it should be a nice day to be out on the slopes.
Looks like the next snowfall is due later tomorrow and Thursday. Keep an eye on the forecast with the blue tab up top.
Official snow depths:
Top: 110cm Base: 30cm
Number 1 Gondola (9:00am - 4:00pm)
Courses & Tree Runs:
All courses are open! Tree Run Areas are closed.
The Number 2 pair lift, Number 2 Gondola and Quad lift plan to open for the season from Saturday 16th December.
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:
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.
This is a brand new section involves people new to the process and so it may take a short while for us all to get used to it all. So please bear with us as we get into the gear! Read more ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Tuesday 5th December 2017, 8:04am
Mostly cloudy skies
Good morning from Nozawa.
The resort is this morning reporting 8cm of fresh snow on the top (open) Yamabiko course areas and have added 5cm to the official snow depth; there's no fresh snowfall down to base.
Temperatures should be dropping further tonight and we are confident of some fresh snowfall - fingers crossed we'll have a nice new layer of white in the village. The snow is continuing to retreat back up the mountain with lots of ground on show on the lower areas now, so a new layer will be welcome.
I will let you know!
Tuesday 5th December 2017
- Nagasaka Gondola (8:40am until 3:30pm) - Yamabiko four lift (9:00am until 3:30pm) - Yamabiko Number 2 lift (8:55am until 3:40pm) - Uenotaira four lift (9:00am until 3:40pm) - * Need to get the gondola back down to base
Planned open courses:
- Yamabiko A - 1,300m - Yamabiko B - 800m - Yamabiko C - 850m - Yamabiko D - 1,250m - Yamabiko E - 1,000m - Yunomine B - Bunabayashi course - 2,500
Minowa and Nekoma are also open. Ura Bandai will open from 15th December. Read more ...
Tuesday 5th December 2017, 8:35am
Cloudy, some blue sky, light snow
Good morning from Niseko.
If you are one of the naughty people who didn't get to read my report yesterday, which included a bit of a recap of the season so far, please do check it out here.
7cm more fresh snowfall measured this morning (since my last report of course, as always). More snow is expected through today - when I started writing my report it wasn't snowing and there were some patches of blue sky to be seen, but it has now once again started snowing lightly. So 'light snow at times' is probably the best way to describe this early morning.
The top half of Mt Yotei is covered in thick dark grey cloud.
The forecast remains good and suitably snowy over the coming week.
Good and cold too.
With regular snow on the horizon, night skiing should get off to a good start from this Saturday. I don't actually get out for nighta that often myself, but when it's good... it's really good! Definitely recommended if you are visiting Niseko.
Thanks for the comments some of you sent me yesterday. If you contact SnowJapan here, they will forward your comments to me. Even any moans! SnowJapan do tell me how many 'page views' the reports get, but they're just numbers to me. It is always nice to read comments and feedback - makes it more real to know that people are actually reading the reports.
Someone asked if I could post a bit more personal info. As much as I would like to in some ways, I think that it is definitely best that I remain 'anonymous'... my life would change if everyone here knew who I was. If not just because some folk would treat me differently. As it is, I don't tell anyone and neither does SnowJapan - so anyone claiming to know is just guessing!
Oh, the mystery! :)
If you are lucky though, I may share some more of my morning toast and jam secrets this season.
Niseko Avalanche Report:
Niseko base 6.00am: -4°, 5cm new snow. Moiwa 800m 8m/s, -8°, 10cm new snow, snowdrift development from northerly wind. Annupuri 1000m snowpack 135cm. Hirafu 1000m, -8°, snow drifting from Northerly wind, light snow. Coastal data: Benkei Cape:N11m/s. Kamui Cape N7m/s, 1007hPa, wave 0.8m.
From around midnight to early morning a northerly wind blew above 600m on the West side of the mountain, producing some snowdrift and cornice growth in a short time. Although not a great deal of growth, they are unstable and break easily. Around 700m snowdrift growth has been uneven along east facing ridge lines due to the strong winds. Groomed runs are in good condition today, take care of snowdrifts off the groomers. Above 800m this morning the avalanche risk on south facing slopes is elevated. It is predicted to fracture on Dec 3-4 layer, when the warm low pressure system passed through the area. Around 800m there is a frost layer evident in snowpack. All peak gates are still closed. Do not duck ropes looking for fresh tracks.
Tonight is the 21st Niseko Avalanche meeting at 6.30pm, Old Stone Warehouse in front of Niseko Station. Yamaguchi San of National Disaster Mitigation Research Institute will be speaking about the latest avalanche research, the future of avalanche research and accident prevention in Japan. The next avalanche report will be issued when gates are ready to be opened. The snow in the forest is good.
Tuesday 5th December 2017
What's planned to be open today in Niseko (subject to change):
Floodlit 'nighta' skiing schedule: Saturday 9th December 2017 until Sunday 18th March 2018 Read more ...
Tuesday 5th December 2017, 8:44am
Morning from Hakuba.
And there's some fresh snow to report this morning
Here's what I am seeing the resorts report:
- Hakuba 47: about 20cm on upper slopes
Er, that's it I'm afraid. Resorts don't seem to be into gear yet with their morning info.
But 20cm on uppper slopes at Hakuba 47 probably means a similar haul at other nearby resort areas, so it should be a very good morning. Though visibility looking very limited this morning as the snow falls and covered in cloud.
There's 0cm of snow down in the central village area, with a few cm around resort base areas as you get slightly higher (which is where my number is coming to you from).
The forecast is looking really nice for regular snowfall over the coming week. And decent amounts too. Let's hope that forecast is right.
Until tomorrow, when I hope to bring more snow news.
Ski resort opening status on Tuesday 5th December 2017:
Click on the 'Forecast' tab at the top of the page for the latest snow and weather forecast for Hakuba Happo-one. Forecasts for individual resorts are available on the respective resort pages within SnowJapan. Read more ...
Appi Kogen Now!
Tuesday 5th December 2017, 8:47am
PLEASE NOTE: We are currently - and unavoidably - unable to post our regular reports at the moment. In the meantime we will be doing our best to cover and bring you news from Appi Kogen. Hopefully we will be able to get back to normal reporting back soon. Thank you for your understanding.
About 5cm of fresh snow to report to you on the ground this morning.
There's lots of cloud around and limited visibility especially on the upper area.
Not much snow expected today but tomorrow night into Thursday looks promising... as does around Sunday.
The 5 lifts remain operation this morning.
Planned lift operations for Tuesday 5th December 2017 (subject to change):
- APPI Gondola - Central quad - Central number 2 lift - Central number 3 lift A - Central number 4 lift
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 ...