Snow and weather reports posted on Wednesday 13th December 2017

Furano Now!

Friday 8th December 2017, 7:44am
Weather conditions: Sunny
New snowfall: 11cm
Snow depth: --
The sun is out on this very chilly -11c morning. Overnight there has been 11cm of new snow. It seems not only was November a huge snow month, but December is tracking to be a big one as well. The resort has now opened Sailer and Spies courses from the top to base of the mountain, so that is good progress. Kitanomine looks to be in great condition and it has been groomed and shows good snow cover, but at the moment there is no word from the resort when it will open. Temperatures will remain chilly with a high of -5c and it will cloud over later in the day. Light snow is on the forecast for tonight and tomorrow evening.    Read more ...
 

Geto Kogen Now!

Friday 8th December 2017, 7:57am
Weather conditions: Mostly cloudy
New snowfall: 1cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Geto Kogen.

Just 1cm of fresh snow on the ground at base to report to you this morning.

Yesterday was a feel good day with decent weather, temperatures keeping fairly low and snow conditions keeping good.

This morning light snow started falling with snow forecast on and off during the day today and some periods of clearer weather as well. Sounds like it should be mixed and I wouldn't expect much in terms of snow.

The forecast is still looking good starting tomorrow and going into next week - particularly around Monday.

The Number 1 pair lift will be joining the Gondola for operations tomorrow and Sunday. The other lifts will join the party from Saturday 16th.

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Official snow depths:

Top: 110cm
Base: 35cm

Operating lifts:

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.

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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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Yuzawa Now!

Friday 8th December 2017, 8:03am
Weather conditions: Snow clouds
New snowfall: 1cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Yuzawa.

Colder this morning and somewhat wet snow is falling at the moment with a thin cover of snow on the ground. Just slightly under 1cm at my measuring point so that's what I'll add to the report.

Hopefully this is the start of more through the day today and tonight, though it does seem that we are going to have clearer skies again over the weekend.

Might next week be the start of the proper snowfall for the season? The forecast shows potential for that with the little snowmen lined up on the local forecasts and snow on the forecasts shown on our pages too. Fingers crossed.

From tomorrow, the Tashiro area of Kagura will open along with the Naeba resort.

Tomorrow is not going to happen for Iwappara and Joetsu Kokusai, but from tomorrow they'll be on standby to open as soon as there is enough snow to do so.

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At the time of writing no word yet on fresh snowfall at Kagura that I can report.

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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

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

Saturday 9th December 2017
Iwappara
Kagura (via Tashiro)
Naeba
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
Ipponsugi
Muikamachi Hakkaisan   Read more ...
 

Grandeco Now!

Friday 8th December 2017, 8:11am
Weather conditions: Snow clouds
New snowfall: 3cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from a snowy Grandeco.

There was some snowfall last night - not a huge amount - and it should be snowing through tomorrow. I hope I can report more good news with it piling up into tomorrow.

Temperatures are keeping cold so the snow conditions are not bad, not icy or wet. New fresh layers will only improve on that of course.

The Number 3 lift and some additional courses beside the lift should be opening from tomorrow.

Enjoy your weekend.

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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:
- 60cm

Forecast:
- Grandeco snow and weather forecast

Other resorts in the region:

Nekoma - all courses and lifts open
Minowa - part open with two lifts
Ura Bandai - plans to open from 15th December   Read more ...
 

Appi Kogen Now!

Friday 8th December 2017, 8:13am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 13cm
Snow depth: --
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.


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Morning from Appi Kogen.

The same lifts and courses remain open in this early section of the season.

The top of the mountain is covered in cloud this morning - it's generally just cloudy.

Keep an eye on the forecast, it continues to look good for regular snowfall from tomorrow and intensifying from Monday.

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Planned lift operations for Friday 7th December 2017 (subject to change):

- APPI Gondola
- Central quad
- Central number 2 lift
- Central number 3 lift A
- Central number 4 lift

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Official snow depth:

70cm   Read more ...
 

Niseko Now!

Friday 8th December 2017, 8:32am
Weather conditions: Cloudy skies
New snowfall: 2cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning.

I have just a little bit of fresh snow to add to the reports this morning, 2cm in fact. Actually I measured 1.9mm, but I'll round it up. My crazy off-the-scale over-reporting instincts have taken over!

It has been snowing lightly this morning though not as I am writing this and perhaps today will just be mostly cloudy and calm. Still, regular snowfall is what is up there on the forecasts so it looks like we can expect a steady supply of fresh snow; heavier once we get into next week.

Expect more folk to turn up and things start to get busier this weekend.

Hopefully more lifts and courses will be available too. Is that Miharashi open at Niseko Grand Hirafu now I see? I believe it is. And it looks like Niseko Village might be getting their Upper Village Gondola and Village Express lifts prepared...

Until tomorrow - the first day for nighta. (I just realise that sounds a bit odd).

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

The next avalanche report will be issued when gates are ready to be opened.

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Friday 8th 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

* 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
- 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
- Upper Village Gondola (from today? * unconfirmed)
- Village Express (from today? * unconfirmed)

* Top of Gondola to base is skiable.

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Official resort snow depths on Friday 8th December 2017:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 200cm
Base - 80cm

Niseko Annupuri Kokusai
Top - 140cm
Base - 70cm

Niseko Village
Top - 135cm
Base - 80cm

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Floodlit 'nighta' skiing schedule:
From tomorrow until Sunday 18th March 2018   Read more ...
 

Hakuba Now!

Friday 8th December 2017, 8:39am
Weather conditions: Snow clouds
New snowfall: 7cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Hakuba.

Yesterday was a really beautiful day to be outside and on the mountain.

Increasing clouds moved in later in the day and this morning the snow clouds are back over Hakuba and there's some fresh snow on the ground. Some really nice snow flakes were coming down when I got up earlier on, and while the flakes are smaller it is still snowing and should be (at least on and off) through the day today. Expecting more cm into early tomorrow but finer skies again over the weekend... to be followed by some potentially heavy snow early in the week. Looking good!

Hakuba 47 is reporting 10cm of fresh snow this morning, and there is 5-10cm on the ground around base areas.

In complete contrast to the fine lovely blue skies of yesterday, this morning visibility on the slopes looks set to be limited - early on at least.

Should be a fine upcoming weekend if you can get here.

Apologies in advance if my report is a little later tomorrow. It's my local community 'end of year party' tonight!

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Ski resort opening status on Friday 8th 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: 130cm
- Kurobishi: 165cm

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: 135cm
- 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:
- Route 1 (* upper area only)
- Route 2
- Route 3
- Route 5
- Route 6
- Route 8

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

Official snow depth:
- Top: 120cm

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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 ...
 

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Friday 8th December 2017, 8:53am
Weather conditions: Cloudy, foggy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Nozawa.

Yesterday was a beauty. Once those low clouds cleared.

This morning it's all a bit mysteriously foggy with a little bit of light snow falling.

The resort is reporting 5cm of fresh on the upper Yamabiko area. It's the place to head to.

Hopefully there might be some fresh snow down to base by tomorrow morning, and tomorrow they plan to get the Uenotaira lift and course open too.

Monday onwards is still looking oishii with the potential for decent snowfall. Come on!!!

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Friday 8th 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)
- * 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

Fresh snowfall - reported by the resort:

- Yamabiko (1407m): 2cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 0cm
- Hikage (660m): 0cm
- Nagasaka (615m): 0cm
- Karasawa (563m): 0cm

Official snow depth numbers:

- Yamabiko (1407m): 50cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 35cm
- Hikage (660m): 10cm
- Nagasaka (615m): 10cm
- Karasawa (563m): 5cm   Read more ...
 

Shiga Kogen Now!

Friday 8th December 2017, 8:59am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 2cm
Snow depth: --
Morning!

When I got up it was snowing lightly but as I'm typing this, it is actually coming down rather quickly.

The Okushiga Kogen area of Shiga Kogen is planning on opening tomorrow - it looks like their lower pair lift is moving now but perhaps it's just 'training' for tomorrow. Still, great to see other areas opening up and I would expect (hope) to see a few more lifts operating and courses open tomorrow. It may well depend on how much snow we get over the next 24 hours.

The snow clouds are expected to clear up tomorrow leaving us with generally fair weather over the weekend. And then decent snowfall is due from Monday.

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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.


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Planned opening dates of other areas of Shiga Kogen

Saturday 9th December 2017:
Okushiga Kogen

Early December 2017:
Hasuike
Ichinose Family
Shibutoge
Sun Valley
Terakoya

Mid December 2017:
Bunadaira
Giant
Higashitateyama
Ichinose Diamond
Maruike
Nishitateyama
Tannenomori Okojo

Late December 2017
Ichinose Yamanokami   Read more ...
 

Zao Now!

Friday 8th December 2017, 9:11am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 7cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Zao.

It's snowing again. Again, not a huge amount to report - just a few cm on the ground - and hopefully more by the time we get into tomorrow.

We may get to see some sunshine over the weekend and not expecting much snow, but at least the first part of next week is looking very positive. Will that be the start of the proper prolonged snowfall for the season? Would be good, and I'll keep you updated.

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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: 40cm
- Paradise area: 45cm
- Chuo area: 45cm
- Utopia area: 35cm
- Uwanodai area: 15cm
- Oomori area: 5cm

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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 ...
 

Naeba Now!

Friday 8th December 2017, 10:41am
Weather conditions: Semi overcast today
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Naeba everybody.

One day to go until the grand opening!

We have had a little snow overnight but less than a cm has accumulated. Still, I'm not one for complaining.

Things are looking ok out there. Not masses of snow meaning that at least for opening most of the skiing down low will only be on the trails where snow has been collected together.

Looking at the weather though we have some big snowstorms rolling in this week so I predict that it will not be too long before we have some more terrain to play with.

Stay fresh out there!   Read more ...
 

Naeba Now!

Friday 8th December 2017, 16:17pm
Weather conditions: Thick low-level cloud. Snowstorm.
New snowfall: 8cm
Snow depth: --
Good afternoon from Naeba everyone.

Just a quick afternoon update for you all.

Since this morning a big old storm has rolled in and blessed us with a nice dump of fresh snow! We've had 8cm of new snow since this morning and it's showing no signs of stopping!

Things are looking significantly better for the resort opening tomorrow.

Expect terrain to still be fairly limited as whilst there will be coverage all over, there is no established base across most of the lower half of the resort. So please keep an eye open for the piste markers!

The weather forecast is looking snowy! This current storm is predicted to last all through the night. Slightly clearer weather on Sunday but then a return to snow storms from Monday onwards!

It's looking like a fairly strong start to the season.   Read more ...
 

SnowJapan Daily 'Now' reports

Minakami Now
13th Dec, 15:37pm
Zao Now
13th Dec, 9:07
Nozawa Onsen Now
13th Dec, 8:52
Hakuba Now
13th Dec, 8:44
Appi Kogen Now
13th Dec, 8:43
Shiga Kogen Now
13th Dec, 8:18
Naeba Now
13th Dec, 8:17am
Myoko Now
13th Dec, 8:16am
Grandeco Now
13th Dec, 8:06
Niseko Now
13th Dec, 8:02
Furano Now
13th Dec, 7:40
Yuzawa Now
13th Dec, 7:39am
Geto Kogen Now
13th Dec, 7:26
Madarao Now
12th Dec, 8:56

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