The sun is out today and sitting inside in the light of the sun sure feels warm. Outside it is a different story with the temperature a nice round -10c in the village. This should rise to a high of -6c around lunch time and the sun is expected to give way to cloud. After the report was posted yesterday we received a further 5cm of snow mainly late in the afternoon.
Skiing is no longer restricted to only the upper part of the Furano Zone with Sailer Course now open back to the base of the mountain. Read more ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Thursday 7th December 2017, 7:53am
Low early cloud, but sun up top
Good morning from Nozawa.
It may not feel like it to us down here at base early on as we have lots of low lying cloud engulfing us, but it's going to be a fine day. A look at the upper webcams shows sunshine and lots of blue skies; once this early morning cloud clears up it will be sunny and fine for the day - and relatively mild again.
Forecast shows snow tomorrow and then early next week. Potentially decent snowfall too - that sounds good to me.
The Uenotaira lift and course area will be open from Saturday.
Thursday 7th 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) - * 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 - 2,500m
- Yamabiko (1407m): 65cm - Uenotaira (1230m): 55cm - Hikage (660m): 10cm - Nagasaka (615m): 10cm - Karasawa (563m): 5cm (there really is about that now!) ;) Read more ...
Thursday 7th December 2017, 8:12am
Good morning to you all.
It is another very cold early December morning. -7C outside and I see Niseko Village are reporting a temperature of -11C on their upper area. Not much of a wind at all, so resorts should be open as normal.
I have 5cm of lovely fresh snowfall to add to my report this morning and it is currently coming down at quite a pace (8:10am), so expect some more in my report tomorrow too. The forecast seems to be indicating that snowfall should be easing off sometime during the day today and we might even see a day of no snow tomorrow. Objection!
I spent a good three hours at Hirafu yesterday and shared the lifts with some lovely folk from Brazil... they were understandably rather happy at their choice of 'early season' after worrying about it for the past ten months. Phew! Conditions were really nice and it is still not particularly busy. I have a few friends based in the Tokyo region though who have heard about the conditions and have decided to make an extra early season trip up here. I am pretty sure that they will not be the only ones thinking those thoughts.
Heavy snowfall looks due around Monday and into next week. What more can I say!
I'm keeping an eye on early morning resort operation info and updated the data below each morning; this morning the only change I can see is that Konayuki course at Niseko Grand Hirafu is now open.
Niseko Avalanche Report:
The next avalanche report will be issued when gates are ready to be opened.
Thursday 7th 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 ...
Geto Kogen Now!
Thursday 7th December 2017, 8:21am
Cloud, bit of blue sky
Fresh snowfall measured at base since last report: 19cm (5cm overnight)
Good morning from a snowy Geto Kogen.
A good 19cm of fresh snow measured at base since yesterday with 5cm of that overnight; it was snowing for the day yesterday.
This morning the snow has eased off - it's calmer and there's even a bit of sun at times through the mostly cloudy skies. Having said that, a return to snowfall is on the forecast for this afternoon... and beyond into next week. It's looking good.
With the fresh snowfall and calm conditions this morning should see excellent conditions.
Official snow depths:
Top: 125cm Base: 45cm
Number 1 Gondola (9:00am - 4:00pm)
Courses & Tree Runs:
A1-A5 B1 B2 * 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 ...
Thursday 7th December 2017, 8:36am
Blue skies, sun, bit of cloud
Good morning from Hakuba.
After that fresh snow reported yesterday - this morning it's another cracker weather-wise with blue skies and sunshine.
I checked our Hakuba 47 yesterday. Really great conditions. Didn't feel like early December, for sure. That lovely fresh snow made for a fine morning.
There is no fresh cm of snowfall to report this morning; just those lovely sunny skies, and with cold conditions the snow conditions should be really good this morning as well.
The forecast remains very positive for snow tomorrow and then at the end of the weekend into early week.
I would expect more lifts and courses to be open at the weekend - if not then, with the decent snowfall that is due next week.
Looking back to yesterday morning, I notice that the Hakuba Cortina resort were saying they had 35cm of fresh snowfall by base. Very nice.
They plan to open on 16th December.
Ski resort opening status on Thursday 7th December 2017:
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 ...