Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 1st April 2018

Naeba Now!

Saturday 9th December 2017, 7:21am
Weather conditions: Snow falling.
New snowfall: 15cm
Snow depth: --
Good Morning Everyone! It's opening day in Naeba and there is fresh snow on the ground.

A total of 15cm has fallen so far during this storm, with 8cm coming yesterday afternoon and a further 7cm overnight. Snow is still falling and there is thin coverage across the mountain at the bottom. Despite everything looking white, be sure to stick to the marked pistes today due to lack of base. The pistes will likely be a little chunky today, despite the fresh conditions.

The forecast suggests it should be clearing up later today, with patchy sun and cloud tomorrow, coupled with slightly warmer temperatures. Later in the week, we may see some rain turning to snow moving towards the weekend.

Enjoy the first day of the season and get those legs warmed up.

Magic!   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Saturday 9th December 2017, 7:34am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 2cm
Snow depth: --
Morning all.

Quick report this morning as I need to dash off to deal with a bit of an emergency!

Fine day yesterday. Sunshine. Opening of new Lawson convenience store (big news in a little village).

A cold morning this morning and very cloudy conditions and snow at times. Snow is forecast for this morning.

Looks like the resort plans to open up a bit more... namely the Uwanodai area.

More info tomorrow.


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

Open course areas:
- Summit
- Chuo
- Utopia
- Uwanodai (?)

Official snow depths:

- Summit area: 40cm
- Paradise area: 45cm
- Chuo area: 45cm
- Utopia area: 40cm
- Uwanodai area: 20cm
- 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 ...

Geto Kogen Now!

Saturday 9th December 2017, 7:36am
Weather conditions: Snow clouds
New snowfall: 3cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Geto Kogen.

Yesterday we had some sun at times in the morning, but after that it was mostly cloudy skies above the region.

This morning there's a bit of fresh snowfall on the ground and a light wind. It's cold. Snow is forecast for the day today turning to just cloudy tomorrow.

Today the Number 1 Gondola and the Number 1 pair lift will be operating. The remaining lifts plan to start spinning from next Saturday.

The onsen also opens from today. Always good to have a soak after a day of fun exercise on the slopes.

Hope you have a good Saturday.


Official snow depths:

Top: 110cm
Base: 35cm

Operating lifts:

Number 1 Gondola (9:00am - 4:00pm)
Number 1 pair lift (8:30am - 4:30pm)

Courses & Tree Runs:

* 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!
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Appi Kogen Now!

Saturday 9th December 2017, 7:42am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 3cm
Snow depth: --
We are currently 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.


Good morning from Appi Kogen.

A bit more snow to add and light snow falling this morning. Forecast still looking good.

From today, it appears that the the Number 1 Sailer A and Shirakaba course will be opening up.


Planned lift operations for Saturday 8th 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:

90cm   Read more ...

Yuzawa Now!

Saturday 9th December 2017, 7:55am
Weather conditions: Cloudy skies
New snowfall: 6cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Yuzawa.

Snow started falling during the day yesterday in Yuzawa. Felt really cold last night and this morning there is around 6cm to add to the report.

It's a cloudy and chilly start to the day with sun and milder conditions currently forecast for tomorrow.

From this morning the Tashiro Ropeway and Tashiro area of the Kagura resort will be operating and conditions should be good - this morning Kagura are reporting 20cm of fresh snow at Kagura and 10cm at both the Mitsumata and Tashiro areas.

Today also sees Naeba opening for the season. They will have the Prince Number 2 Gondola operating as well as the upper Takenokodaira pair lift and course, and two lifts on the lower slopes. You won't be able to ski from the top area to base though.

The Iwappara and Joetsu Kokusai resorts are now both on standby and are ready to open as soon as there is enough snow... but that will not be today.

The forecast is still showing snow in the coming week, starting Monday. Fingers crossed Nature will deliver for us.


Currently open in Yuzawa (and official snow depths where available):

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

- Base: 30cm


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

Opening as soon as there is enough snow:
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 ...

Grandeco Now!

Saturday 9th December 2017, 8:28am
Weather conditions: Fair, sometimes cloudy
New snowfall: 2cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Grandeco.

Nice blue skies above us this morning.

Snow was falling on and off yesterday, but the wind was blowing quite strongly -- and there's not much new snow to be recorded. A little disappointing really.

Still, the mountains are covered with light dry snow, and there's some great scenery to enjoy this morning as a bonus.

The Number 3 lift and Mint A course - which is higher than the gondola top station - is now open.

The snow condition is quite dry in this area. It is quite cold this morning but of course, good day to enjoy skiing - just get wrapped up!


Lifts operating:

- Gondola
- Number 1 lift
- Number 2 lift
- Number 3 lift

Courses open:

- Center
- Basil
- Rainbow 3500
- Lavender B
- Mint A
- Mint C
- Connecting route

Official snow depth:
- 50cm

- Grandeco snow and weather forecast   Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Saturday 9th December 2017, 8:34am
Weather conditions: Clear skies
New snowfall: 25cm
Snow depth: --
The 2017-2018 season is now officially begun. Started. Going.

Can't think about grammar after bouncing for two hours in a front loader, clearing that 25cm or so of fresh snow that fell since yesterday. Now it's sunny, perfect for a first ski, even if it's only Akakura Onsen and there's not that much on the ground.

A more positive spin: there's a lot more on the ground than we would probably get this early in the season.

Some resorts are reporting snow depths, so we'll give their information when possible. OK, let's get snowy....


Akakura Kanko:
- cm, - °; no snow report yet, opening Dec. 15

Akakura Onsen:
500cm, -1° OPEN

Ikenotaira Onsen:
- cm, - °; no snow report yet, opening Dec. 17

Myoko Suginohara:
20cm, -° (a little old; from the 4th), opening Dec. 23

Seki Onsen:
80cm, -5° (a few days old), open Dec. 23

Myoko Ski Park:
- cm, - °; no snow report yet, opening Dec. 17

Kyukamura RunRun:
- cm, - °; no snow report yet, opening Dec. 16

Lotte Arai Resort:
- cm, -°, no snow report yet, opening Dec. 16

Tangram Ski Circus:
- cm, - °; no snow report yet, opening Dec. 16

Madarao Kogen:
- cm, - °; no snow report yet, opening Dec. 16

Kurohime Kogen:
20cm, 0°, opening Dec. 23   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Saturday 9th December 2017, 8:35am
Weather conditions: Snow clouds
New snowfall: 7cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Hirafu base.

It's really very cold this morning. This is a good thing of course, just need to be sure to be layered up enough and prepared.

The 7cm of fresh snow to report at base (and more on the slopes) should be a nice top-up this morning too. The snow has been a bit on and off since I have been up this morning. Pre-toast, it was snowing pretty good out there for a bit, then it eased off. There has even been a little bit of sun peeking through the mostly cloudy skies. And as I prepare to post this report, it's snowing again.

More folk are starting to turn up but things are still relatively quiet and so the snow isn't getting tracked out. It should be a good day for everyone lucky enough to be here.

I'm liking the look of the forecast as well with lots of snow on there. We may get some milder conditions tomorrow but it'll be back to cold quickly enough as we enter the new week and back to regular snow.

Night skiing 'nighta' starts up for the season from tonight. Remember, there's nighta at Niseko Grand Hirafu, Niseko Village and Niseko Annupuri areas, but not at the Hanazono area. At Hirafu they plan to have the Ace Family quad lift and the Ace Number 2 Center four lift operating from tonight; and then add the Holiday Number 1 pair lift and Gondola into the mix from next Saturday. I have made a note of which lifts are scheduled to operate for nighta on the lists below.


So here we are on 9th December with most of the pieces of the puzzle in place and up and running. We're now anxiously waiting for the top lifts and gates to also open.

And for Niseko to start getting (very) busy!


Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base -10℃, 10cm snowfall, calm. Moiwa800m: -12℃, 5cm snow, minimal snowdrift development and calm. Annupuri1000m: -14℃, light breeze, 5cm snowfall. Hirafu1000m: -12℃, light snowfall. Coastal data: Benkei cape NW10m/s, Kamui cape NW6m/s, 1010hPa, 0.9m waves.

The isobars are spread out and the weather is calm. No notable snowdrift development can be observed. 40-50cm of fresh snow is sitting on top of Dec 3rd layer. The snowpack reached 150cm in deepest area. A few layers can be observed, however snowpack is mostly stable and the avalanche hazard is relatively low.

The snow is good and fast. Moiwa gate 6 opens today. The snowpack is still shallow in places and terrain features are still distinguished, but fun to ride. Watch out for hidden branches and unburied streams. Water is ice cold.

Have you turned your beacon on? Although carrying one is not mandatory, it is strongly recommended to do so. It may save your and other’s lives, if you’re familiar how to use it.


Saturday 9th 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 (nighta)
- Ace Family quad lift (nighta)
- King Number 3 quad lift
- Hirafu Gondola
- Holiday Number 1 pair lift
- Swinging Monkey

* All courses are open apart from Large and Dynamic. Konayuki and Miharashi now open.

Niseko HANAZONO Resort

Lifts operating:
- Hanazono Number 1 quad lift
- Hanazono Number 2 quad lift
- Hanazono Number 3 quad lift

* All lifts are operating

Niseko Annupuri Kokusai

Lifts operating:
- Annupuri Gondola
- Jumbo Number 1 quad lift (nighta)
- Jumbo Number 2 quad lift
- Dream Number 1 quad lift

* Utopia, Shirakaba, Silver, Paradise, Family, Dynamic and Junior courses are open.

Niseko Village

Lifts operating:
- Niseko Gondola
- Banzai Chair
- Community Chair (nighta)
- Upper Village Gondola (nighta)
- Village Express (nighta)

* Top of Gondola to base is skiable.


Official resort snow depths on Saturday 9th December 2017:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 210cm
Base - 80cm

Niseko Annupuri Kokusai
Top - 135cm
Base - 80cm

Niseko Village
Top - 145cm
Base - 80cm


Floodlit 'nighta' skiing schedule:
From today!   Read more ...

Furano Now!

Saturday 9th December 2017, 8:43am
Weather conditions: Clear
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Yes you read the temperatures correctly. It is a cold one in the village with the thermometer showing -17c, so if you feel cold it is because it IS cold. The high will only go to -6c so although there is no wind it is going to be cold out there. Overnight there has been no new snow but we have a spectacular morning with sun, clear skies and the sparkling of the diamond dust in the air. Good to see the resort has finally opened up more of the Furano Zone with the mountain skiable top to bottom. Being the weekend and a decent amount of terrain now open I would expect a lot more people on the resort this weekend. Still no official announcement on the opening of the Kitanomine Zone. It certainly looks in good condition and next weekend it may be a goer.   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Saturday 9th December 2017, 8:46am
Weather conditions: Mostly cloudy
New snowfall: 12cm
Snow depth: --
A very good Saturday morning to you from Nozawa.

And I do have good news this morning in the form of 33cm of fresh snowfall on the ground around base and up to 25cm of fresh snow being reported by the resort on the upper areas of the mountain.

Light snow earlier but it has eased off now and we might get to see clearer skies later. It has been a cold start to the day and should remain cold - milder conditions expected tomorrow along with sunshine.

From next week I expect that things are going to quickly start getting busier; for the moment, it's still fairly quiet. Those top runs should be really nice this morning. Remember, it's still only the top area of the mountain that is open - though it's still a fairly big area.

I'm keeping my eye on the forecast too. It's still looking really good for decent snow in the coming week. We can expect the resort to open up more lifts and courses as soon as they can. Perhaps next weekend?

Have a good Saturday.


Saturday 9th 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
- Yamabiko B
- Yamabiko C
- Yamabiko D
- Yamabiko E
- Uenotaira
- Yunomine B
- Bunabayashi course

Fresh snowfall - reported by the resort:

- Yamabiko (1407m): 25cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 20cm
- Hikage (660m): 10cm
- Nagasaka (615m): 10cm
- Karasawa (563m): 5cm

Official snow depth numbers:

- Yamabiko (1407m): 75cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 55cm
- Hikage (660m): 20cm
- Nagasaka (615m): 20cm
- Karasawa (563m): 10cm   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Saturday 9th December 2017, 8:51am
Weather conditions: Cloud, some blue sky
New snowfall: 4cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Hakuba.

It was a snowy day yesterday the snow has eased off for this morning. It's mostly cloudy - bit of sunshine and perhaps more as the day progresses - and very cold!

The only official word on fresh snowfall I'm hearing from resorts is 10cm by Hakuba 47. I hope that once things settle down we get more numbers from different resorts. I'm pretty sure if I was operating a ski-jo, that'd be something I really wanted to let people know about early every morning...

This information has been update in the details below, but just to mention the changes that I have noticed this morning:

At Hakuba Goryu, today the base Toomi lift is moving and that lower course is now open. They are also opening up the Champion and Woody courses, with the Champion Expert course being prepared for a possible opening.

All of the main courses at Hakuba 47 are now open; the Tree Riding Zones not yet available.

Tsugaike Kogen is operating the same lifts as it has been, but have opened up part of the mid-level Han-no-ki course.

And at Happo-one, the Kokusai pair lifts are open this weekend with open courses remain the same.

I think that about covers it for this morning. Have a fun Saturday!


We'll probably get sun and milder conditions tomorrow but the forecast is still looking very promising indeed from Monday onwards. Keep an eye on the forecasts either using the top tab on this page or the links on the right hand side.


Ski resort opening status on Saturday 9th 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
- Kokusai Number 1 pair lift
- Kokusai Number 3 pair lift

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

Official snow depth:
- Usagidaira: 120cm
- Kurobishi: 170cm

Hakuba Goryu

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

Courses open:
- Panorama
- Grand Prix
- Technical
- Super
- Champion
- Woody
- Toomi

Official snow depth:
- Top: 140cm
- Toomi: 50cm

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
- Tree Riding Zone not open yet

Official snow depth:
- Top: 140cm
- Base: 30cm

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
- Han-no-ki (part)

Official snow depth:
- Top: 135cm


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   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Saturday 9th December 2017, 9:03am
Weather conditions: Increasingly fine weather
New snowfall: 8cm
Snow depth: --
Brrrrr, it's really cold here this morning!

A nice 8cm of fresh snow on the ground to report too.

Things are clearing up and there's some sun shining down now.

It's going to be a good day.


The Okushiga Kogen area opens from today and they have their Number 2 and Number 3 lifts operating from the hotel base area.

No other major changes as far as I can tell early this morning, apart from the quad at Takamagahara starting up for the season.

So, a bit more opening up but still limited. And, but, some nice early season conditions to enjoy.


Currently the following areas of Shiga Kogen are part open:

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

None of the above resorts are 'linked up'/connected.


Planned opening dates of other areas of Shiga Kogen

Early December 2017:
Ichinose Family
Sun Valley

Mid December 2017:
Ichinose Diamond
Tannenomori Okojo

Late December 2017
Ichinose Yamanokami   Read more ...

Minakami Now!

Saturday 9th December 2017, 10:05am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: --
After a soggy green season here in Minakami, which I hope you enjoyed wherever you were, the winds of Winter have arrived.

I spent a few weeks in tropical climes and missed the first big dumps of the season but I heard they were impressive and they put a nice white coat over the Tanigawa range.

Since then, clear weather has been the theme, with the exception of a couple of modest snow falls including one last night. It's still lightly snowing here this morning, temps are just below zero and conditions are overcast.

Perfect weather to incubate a fledgling snow pack.

Tenjindaira ski resort will officially open this morning at 10am, Hodaigi is planning to open next weekend and the forecasters are calling for snow from Tuesday to Thursday.


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. More on that later.


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

Already (part) open:
Tanigawadake Tenjindaira

As soon as there is enough snow:
Okutone Snow Park

Saturday 16th December 2017:
Minakami Hodaigi

Wednesday 20th December 2017:
Minakami Kogen Ski Resort
Norn Minakami

Friday 22nd December 2017:
Tanigawa Onsen White Valley

Saturday 23rd December 2017:
Minakami Kogen Fujiwara

Late December:


Resort Spotlights with more detail:

Norn Minakami
Okutone Snow Park   Read more ...

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16th Jul, 11:27am
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29th Jun, 17:50am
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06th May, 9:04am
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06th May, 9:02
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06th May, 8:41
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06th May, 8:35
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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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06th May, 8:27am
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