Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 1st April 2018

Yuzawa Now!

Tuesday 5th December 2017, 7:36am
Weather conditions: Cloud, blue sky
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Yuzawa.

It was generally cloudy through the day yesterday. The roads are damp this morning though I didn't see any rain falling and right now there's actually quite a bit of blue sky around.

Fairly mild today (high of about 7-8C in town later on); tomorrow should be colder. Fresh snow tonight maybe?

There isn't mot else to report really as we just wait for the heavy snows to arrive and get things going around town.

Of course, the higher Kagura resort remains open - and there is a large area to enjoy up there.


Currently planned opening at Kagura (subject to change):

- Kagura Ropeway
- Mitsumata Number 1 quad
- Mitsumata Number 3 romance lift
- Kagura Gondola
- Kagura Number 1 quad
- Kagura Number 4 romance lift
- Kagura Number 1 romance lift (* operating only on weekends)
- Kagura Number 3 romance lift (* operating at busy times)

- Almost all of the runs at Kagura and Mitsumata are open; park items by the Kagura Number 1 romance lift.

Official snow depth at Kagura:

- Kagura area: 110cm
- Mitsumata area: 30cm

Kagura forecast:

Kagura snow and weather forecast


Other planned opening dates for ski resorts in Yuzawa and Minamiuonuma:

Saturday 9th December 2017
Kagura (via Tashiro)
Joetsu Kokusai

Friday 15th December 2017
Maiko Snow Resort
Muica Snow Resort
Yuzawa Park

Saturday 16th December 2017
GALA Yuzawa
Kandatsu Kogen
Yuzawa Kogen
Yuzawa Nakazato

Thursday 21st December 2017
Ishiuchi Maruyama

Friday 22nd December 2017
NASPA Ski Garden

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

Furano Now!

Tuesday 5th December 2017, 7:41am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 28cm
Snow depth: --
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
Weather conditions: Mostly cloudy; some blue sky & sun
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
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.

Until tomorrow!


Official snow depths:

Top: 110cm
Base: 30cm

Operating lifts:

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:

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.

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
Weather conditions: Mostly cloudy skies
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
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

Operating lifts:

- 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

Fresh snowfall - reported by the resort:

- Yamabiko (1407m): 8cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): -cm
- Hikage (660m): -cm
- Nagasaka (615m): 0cm
- Karasawa (563m): 0cm

Official snow depth numbers:

- Yamabiko (1407m): 45cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 35cm
- Hikage (660m): 10cm
- Nagasaka (615m): 10cm
- Karasawa (563m): 5cm (though I can only see ground!)   Read more ...

Grandeco Now!

Tuesday 5th December 2017, 8:10am
Weather conditions: Snowing
New snowfall: 2cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from a snowy looking Grandeco.

There's 2cm of fresh snow at base this morning and nice to see a fresh layer all around - and more on the slopes of course.

According to the forecast, it should be snowing all day; we are expecting more snow so hopefully I'll have more good news to bring tomorrow.

The snow conditions are a little wet as things remain relatively mild at the moment.

There is snow on the road as well, be careful, very slippery. Of course, snow tires are necessary.


Lifts operating:

- Gondola
- Number 1 lift
- Number 2 lift

Courses open:

- Center
- Basil
- Rainbow 3500
- Lavender B
- Mint C beside Number 2 lift
- Hotel connecting route

Official snow depth:
- 50cm

- Grandeco snow and weather forecast

Other resorts:

Minowa and Nekoma are also open.
Ura Bandai will open from 15th December.   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Tuesday 5th December 2017, 8:35am
Weather conditions: Cloudy, some blue sky, light snow
New snowfall: 7cm
Snow depth: --
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):

Niseko Grand Hirafu

Lifts operating:
- Ace Number 3 Pair lift
- Ace Number 2 Center Four quad lift
- Ace Family quad lift
- King Number 3 quad lift
- Hirafu Gondola
- Holiday Number 1 pair lift
- Swinging Monkey

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
- Dream Number 1 quad lift

Niseko Village

Lifts operating:
- Niseko Gondola
- Banzai Chair
- Community Chair


Official resort snow depths on Tuesday 5th December 2017:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 200cm
Base - 70cm

Niseko Annupuri Kokusai
Top - 140cm
Base - 70cm

Niseko Village
Top - 135cm
Base - 70cm


Floodlit 'nighta' skiing schedule:
Saturday 9th December 2017 until Sunday 18th March 2018   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Tuesday 5th December 2017, 8:44am
Weather conditions: Snow clouds
New snowfall: 3cm
Snow depth: --
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:

Hakuba Happo-one

Operating lifts:
- Gondola Adam
- Panorama pair lift
- Alpen quad lift
- Kurobishi Number 2 quad lift
- Skyline Number 2 pair lift

Courses open:
- Panorama area
- Usagidaira area
- Kurobishi area
- Skyline area

Official snow depth:
- Usagidaira: 110cm
- Kurobishi: 140cm

Hakuba Goryu

Operating lifts:
- Goryu Telecabin (gondola)
- Alps Number 1 pair lift
- Alps Number 3 pair lift

Courses open:
- Panorama
- Grand Prix
- Technical
- Super

Official snow depth:
- Top: 115cm
- Toomi: 0cm

Hakuba 47

Operating lifts:
- Line 8 Gondola
- Line AB pair lift
- Line C quad lift
- Line E high speed pair lift

Courses open:
- Route 1 (* upper area only)
- Route 2
- Route 3
- Route 4
- Route 5
- Route 6
- Route 8

Official snow depth:
- Top: 110cm
- Base: 15cm

Tsugaike Kogen

Operating lifts
- EVE Gondola
- Tsuga Number 2 pair lift
- Han-no-ki high speed pair lift

Courses open:
- Tsuga-no-mori
- Han-kou

Official snow depth:
- Top: 95cm


Other official planned ski resort opening dates:

Friday 15th December 2017
Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field

Saturday 16th December 2017
Hakuba Cortina
Hakuba Valley Kashimayari

Mid December 2017
Hakuba Norikura Onsen
Hakuba Sanosaka


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
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: --
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


Official snow depth:

70cm   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Tuesday 5th December 2017, 8:56am
Weather conditions: Bright, cloudy, light snow
New snowfall: 2cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Shiga Kogen.

As I write my report this morning from here in Hasuike, it's bright with good visibility over to Higashitateyama - but light snow is falling! An odd mix.

There's a light sprinkling of snowfall around with a few cm on the ground in places since last night.

Snow is there on the forecast, getting heavier tonight and regularly into the weekend too. Let's see how it turns out.

Currently the following areas of Shiga Kogen are part open:

- Ichinose Family
- Takamagahara Mammoth
- Yakebitaiyama
- Kumanoyu
- Yokoteyama

None of the above resorts are 'linked up'/connected - we'll have to wait for more snow for that to happen.

Okushiga Kogen plans to open from Saturday and hopefully if there is more snow before then... more courses and lifts at the other resorts.


Planned opening dates of other areas of Shiga Kogen

Saturday 9th December 2017:
Okushiga Kogen

Early December 2017:
Ichinose Family
Sun Valley

Mid December 2017:
Ichinose Diamond
Tannenomori Okojo

Late December 2017
Ichinose Yamanokami   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Tuesday 5th December 2017, 9:13am
Weather conditions: It's snowing
New snowfall: 2cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Zao.

Back to snow!

Not a huge amount as yet but it's snowing and there's a thin layer on the ground by base.

The forecast doesn't show heavy snow, but snow on and off over the coming few days. Come on, bring it on!


Operating lifts:
- Chuo Number 1 pair lift
- Zao Ropeway
- Zao Chuo Ropeway
- Sky Cable

Open course areas:
- Summit
- Chuo
- Utopia

Official snow depths:

- Summit area: 35cm
- Paradise area: 40cm
- Chuo area: 40cm
- Utopia area: 35cm
- Uwanodai area: 10cm
- Oomori area: 5cm


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 ...

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