Snow and weather reports posted on Wednesday 13th December 2017
Geto Kogen Now!
Sunday 3rd December 2017, 7:04am
Fresh snowfall measured at base: 7cm
The snow continued falling yesterday until evening when it eventually eased off, leaving us with a bit more on the ground to add to the report.
There was some sun visible very early this morning but it is now cloudy – and cloudy conditions are what are on the forecast.
There’s no wind just now so it should be a good day to get out and enjoy the good snow conditions of the moment.
All of the courses are available.
Number 1 Gondola (9:00am - 4:00pm) Number 1 pair lift (8:30am – 4:30pm
Courses & Tree Runs:
All of the courses are open! The 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.
Official snow depth:
Top: 140cm Base: 50cm
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 ...
Sunday 3rd December 2017, 7:37am
Sunny, blue skies
The early morning clouds gradually dispersed during the day yesterday and the sun was shining by the afternoon.
And this morning we have clear blue skies over Yuzawa. It's a truly beautiful morning. A bit of cloud to the north in Minamiuonuma, but we are expecting a day of clear and sunny skies and temperatures rising to around 9C this afternoon.
Kagura seem to be reporting the same '3-5cm of snowfall' as they did yesterday morning - with todays time stamp on it. I don't know if that is something left over from yesterday or they did actually get some fresh snow up there since yesterday... I'm guessing the former unless it was snow falling in the morning yesterday, but I cannot confirm. It is certainly the kind of day that would be nice to get up there and check first hand though!
By the end of today my garden area should be totally prepared for winter. There's a lot to get sorted.
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.
A quick report this morning... blue skies and sunshine.
It is a chilly start, but it will warm up somewhat.
Looking into the coming week, there's some decent snowfall for the mountains on the forecasts.
I am going to make my up to Yamabiko this morning. I hope you have a good Sunday.
Saturday 2nd 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 - Uenotaira - 2000m
Minowa and Nekoma are part open. Ura Bandai will open from 15th December. Read more ...
Sunday 3rd December 2017, 8:31am
Good morning from Niseko.
It's still snowing! This morning I have another 16cm to add to the tally. It doesn't feel as cold this morning and a quick look at the thermometer (and forecast) shows that to be the case. (Still, don't worry, it's certainly not warm!)
Perhaps there might be a break from snowfall tomorrow - maybe some sunshine? - before a return to it during the week.
I think it's fair to say that the people who were able to be out skiing or snowboarding here enjoyed themselves yesterday. There are more people turning up now but it's still not peak season busy of course. I myself spent about four hours on the mountain; the time whizzed by, I really didn't want to finish up.
All four of the resorts are open offering a lot of terrain and importantly... there are excellent snow conditions. What a wonderful start we are being treated to. :)
Niseko Avalanche Report:
Niseko base 6.00am: -5°, 10cm new snow, calm. Moiwa 800m WSW 8m/s, -10°, 20cm new snow, snowdrift slowly growing. Annupuri 1000m snowpack 135cm, cornice and snowdrift development. Coastal data: Benkei Cape:SSE3m/s. Kamui Cape WSW6m/s.
Overnight 15-20cm of snow fell blanketing mountain. Around 3am a high pressure system moved bringing light winds. Around 800m leeward slopes on the west side have 60cm of new snow drift on top of the Nov 29th layer, from the past 3 days of light winds. According to tests there is no obvious weak layer and pack seems stable. Warm weather is expected with next low pressure system and 3rd Dec layer will become notable in future snow pack.
Snow is not too light or too heavy, it is good. Bamboo and bushes are not buried yet, so take care riding off the runs. With the low light it is hard to see the contours of the snow. Its a bit early to ride out of the ski areas yet. Avoid having an accident, please respect Niseko Rules.
The 21st Annual Niseko Avalanche meeting will be held at 6pm on the 5th Dec at Old Stone Warehouse in front of Niseko Station. Yamaguchi san of the NIED will be speaking. I recommend your attendance.
The first aid and avalanche course by the Japanese Mountaineering Doctor Oshiro, sponsored by Japan Climbing Medicine World, finishes today. Beware of changes in weather and snow quality. Have a good day.
Sunday 3rd 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 ...
Shiga Kogen Now!
Sunday 3rd December 2017, 8:32am
It's a beautiful morning in Shiga Kogen.
The sun is out. There are blue skies all around. A stunning morning.
It is going to be a relatively mild day today but that shouldn't be lasting too long with colder conditions again due in the week. Looks for more fresh snow starting around Tuesday; the forecast looks positive.
That white frosting of all the trees that we had yesterday morning has gone by now, with the snow-covered ski course areas now clearly standing out. The open resorts remain unchanged this morning.
Just some small clouds here and there, but mostly it is blue skies and sunshine and Hakuba is looking suitably beautiful.
There is no fresh snow to report this morning.
Take a look at the forecast... it's looking good. It is looking like we can expect snowfall starting around Tuesday.
As far as I can tell, resort operations are unchanged this morning, so you have the choice of the big four - all of which have their top areas open. There's no lower course areas open at the moment as we wait for fresh snow.
Ski resort opening status on Sunday 3rd 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 ...
Sunday 3rd December 2017, 9:02am
Mostly blue sky and sun
A beautiful morning in Zao. More cloud early on but it has been clearing and leaving us with lots of blue skies and the sun is shining down on us at the moment - and set for the day with temperatures warming up a little as the day moves on. Tomorrow is forecast to be similarly relatively mild with a chance of rain lower down and snow at higher elevations... and snow forecast for Tuesday.
Decent snow cover on the open Chuo slopes - spent a few hours over there yesterday - snow is thin on the ground in base areas now. So we are looking forward to a large decent dumpage of snow for things to get going properly.
Operating lifts: - Chuo Number 1 pair lift - Chuo Number 2 pair lift - Zao Ropeway - Zao Chuo Ropeway - Sky Cable
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!
Sunday 3rd December 2017, 9:40am
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.
Morning from Appi.
More snowfall to report this morning (3cm) and it is snowing right now so hopefully quickly adding more during the day today. It's not as cold this morning
Forecast still looking good!
Planned lift operations for Sunday 3rd December 2017 (subject to change):
- APPI Gondola - Central quad - Central number 2 lift - Central number 3 lift (A) - Central number 4 lift
It was a reasonably nice day in Furano today with the sun around and light snow from morning until afternoon. The new snow accumulation was a respectable 9cm for the day. So far the season is impressive in terms of snow fall and the huge amount that fell in November has set up a fantastic base all over the mountain. Tomorrow it looks like we will have a break from snow and may get some more sun. Read more ...