Snow and weather reports posted on Friday 28th February 2020

Myoko Now!

Tuesday 12th December 2017, 7:06am
Weather conditions: Snowing
New snowfall: 10cm
Snow depth: --
It seemed like we were going to get a lot of snow overnight, with a quick flash of lightning - one of the sure signs of heavy snow - at about 10 pm.

At 6 this morning, though, there was maybe 10cm of snow on the ground and nothing much falling. Before 7, though, it really started to come down, so we might get another good addition to the base through the day.


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

Akakura Onsen:
45cm, -1° OPEN

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

Myoko Suginohara:
20cm, 3° (yesterday’s report; opening Dec. 23

Seki Onsen:
- cm, - °; no new snow report; open Dec. 23

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

Kyukamura RunRun:
- 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

Read more ...

Furano Now!

Tuesday 12th December 2017, 7:21am
Weather conditions: Clear
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Yesterday turned out to be a warm day with temperatures well into the positives. The rain that was predicted arrived and made the already wet snow from the morning even wetter. Today we are back to winter temps with -7c right now and heading for a high of -4c. It is a nice clear morning with some light snow expected during the day. Night skiing is now operating on the Furano Zone until 19:30. At the moment the night skiing lift is just the Prince Romance beginners lift.   Read more ...

Yuzawa Now!

Tuesday 12th December 2017, 7:36am
Weather conditions: Snow clouds
New snowfall: 6cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Yuzawa.

It's good to see fresh snow on the ground. Not as much as we were hoping for perhaps - I am measuring 6cm.

Kagura aren't reporting any fresh snowfall numbers this morning - so much more interesting than 'official snow depths' which are... far less useful (if you ask me). I see Naeba are reporting 10-20cm of fresh snow.

So it looks like conditions higher up at the open places should be pretty good.

But anyway, snow clouds should be over the region for today and perhaps through Thursday and then back with us on Sunday. As I write this report the snow has eased off a little and there's even a bit of sky on show in some areas, but I am hearing it is snowing just to the north in Minamiuonuma.


(Or Kagura/Naeba).


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

- Kagura area: 110cm
- Mitsumata area: 50cm
- Tashiro area: 50cm

- Base: 40cm


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 ...

Naeba Now!

Tuesday 12th December 2017, 7:46am
Weather conditions: Closing in
New snowfall: 7cm
Snow depth: --
Good Morning Everyone! Naeba will be opening at 0800 today and with some fresh snow on the ground, it could be a great early season day on the mountain.
As was hoped for yesterday, Naeba has received a fresh deposit of 7cm of snow overnight, which should freshen up the pistes a little. However, despite this, conditions will likely still be choppy underfoot. Due to the lack of base, please make sure to stick to the marked pistes today.

The forecast suggests we should expect continued snowfall over the next 3 days, with up to 30cm falling at the base of the resort. Alongside this there are strengthening winds, which may generate a significant wind chill of around -11°C, with the temperature at the base feeling as low as -22°C going into the afternoon today. After a dry, clear spell towards the latter part of the week, Naeba is expected to plunge back into storm mode towards the end of the weekend.

With the fresh snow and cooler temperatures overnight last night, the condition of the pistes should be an improvement on the last couple of days, so certainly an early season day to get after it!

Tidy!   Read more ...

Geto Kogen Now!

Tuesday 12th December 2017, 7:48am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 47cm
Snow depth: --
It's an excellent morning here in Geto Kogen.

Loads of new snow.

Almost 50cm of it!

I'm measuring 47cm of fresh snow since my last report.

First of all let's go back to yesterday. The snow started falling in the afternoon. This morning we are treated to snowfall up to knee level (disclaimer: depending on your height!!) and snow is forecast for the day. So there is more on the way.

What's more, there's not much of a wind either.

Excellent. Hope some of you can come to enjoy it.


Official snow depths:

Top: 170cm
Base: 100cm

Operating lifts:

Number 1 Gondola (9:00am - 4:00pm)

Courses & Tree Runs:

* All main courses 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!

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Nozawa Onsen Now!

Tuesday 12th December 2017, 8:31am
Weather conditions: Snow clouds
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Nozawa.

There's fresh snow on the ground. Around 5cm in base areas and 10cm is being reported by the resort up at the top Yamabiko area. As I write the report this morning light snow is falling and snow is still forecast for today, tomorrow and perhaps into Thursday as well. After that look to Sunday for a promising cold front moving in that should bring some decent snowfall.

Over to you Nature!


Tuesday 12th 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
- Bunabayashi

Fresh snowfall - reported by the resort:

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

Official snow depth numbers:

- Yamabiko (1407m): 70cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 50cm
- Hikage (660m): 20cm
- Nagasaka (615m): 20cm
- Karasawa (563m): 10cm   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Tuesday 12th December 2017, 8:32am
Weather conditions: Snowing
New snowfall: 2cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning to you all.

Yesterday wasn't very excite. It was rather mild and rather wet. But happily that is behind us now.

When I got up this morning things weren't looking particularly exciting with just a dusting of just under 1cm of snow on the ground.

But it was quite noticeably much colder than yesterday, and as I am writing this report snow is coming down nicely. (So my fresh snowfall number for the report is 2cm).

There's going to be some windy conditions today though at the start of the day lift operations appear to be proceeding as planned, as well as limited visibility with more snow piling up during the day today and tomorrow.

Things should be good again once this storm passes.


One (actually two) thing(s) I feel I should mention this morning.

If you are driving, be especially careful this morning. It looks pretty dangerous out there. Best to be on the extra careful side.

And if you are skiing or snowboarding, I imagine there's just that thin layer of snowfall on the hard icy conditions that yesterdays weather dealt us. What's the term, dust on crust?

Let's careful riding.


Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6.00am: -6°, light winds and snow. Moiwa 800m : -10°, SW8m/s, 10cm new snow, no snowdrift development. Annupuri 1150m: -12°,SW20m/s, new snow all blown away. Hirafu: 1000m, -14°, trace new snow. Coastal data: Benkei Cape:WNW17m/s. Kamui Cape SW18m/s, 995hPa, wave 2.4m.

The isobaric lines have moved closer together and the westerly wind has become strong. Although not much snow has fallen, snow drift development is progressing rapidly above 1100m. From this mornings observation, leeward slopes above 800m are easily fracturing. The avalanche risk will increase through the day. Below 700m, yesterdays tracks are frozen from the warm weather yesterday, not good riding. Be careful on lift lines, cliffs and 40deg slopes, surface avalanches will fracture easily on Dec 11 layer. Avalanches occur if conditions are right regardless of the amount of snow, accidents happen only when people are involved.

Blizzards can quickly create unstable snowdrifts and cornices. Many accidents occur on leeward slopes during blizzards. After today's storm passes, the snow will stabilise..

Do not duck ropes to enter Strictly Off Limits south facing slopes like Haru no Taki. Niseko Rules are there to try and prevent accidents while giving you freedom to ride out of bounds.

The mountain will be better after the storm passes, be patient today. Be careful of frostbite. Have a good day.


Tuesday 12th 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.

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, Panorama, "S" ji, 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 Tuesday 12th December 2017:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 215cm
Base - 80cm

Niseko Annupuri Kokusai
Top - 135cm
Base - 80cm

Niseko Village
Top - 145cm
Base - 80cm


Floodlit 'nighta' skiing:
Scheduled daily at Niseko Grand Hirafu, Niseko Village and Niseko Annupuri.
There is no nighta at the Niseko HANAZONO area.   Read more ...

Grandeco Now!

Tuesday 12th December 2017, 8:36am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 20cm
Snow depth: --
Good news this morning.

It is snowing heavily as of 8am with 20cm of fresh snow to report on the ground.

Wind was blowing strongly last night but it is getting gentler now - the lifts should be starting to move from 8:30, on time.

No changes of open courses today but hopefully some will open tomorrow with the new snowfall that we have got... snow should continue falling on and off through tomorrow.

Light powder snow too, really nice.

All roads from Koriyama through Urabandai are covered with snow and the snowplow trucks are working everywhere Be careful when you drive.


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:
- 80cm

- Grandeco snow and weather forecast   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Tuesday 12th December 2017, 8:36am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 16cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning everyone.

There was a bit of wind and light snow falling when I was up at Hakuba Goryu in the afternoon. Had a good few hours up there, though today will be better...!

Hakuba is enjoying some more snowfall. I have 16cm to report from base area. The Hakuba 47 resort was reporting 5cm of snow during the day yesterday and this morning 25-30cm of fresh snow on the slopes with 20cm at base.

Nice. Though with snow falling visibility looks limited in all areas.

It looks like the Iimori courses at Goryu are closed again - not sure why - and the lifts at Tsugaike Kogen are on hold at the time of writing due to 'adverse weather conditions' - perhaps the poor visibility. There doesn't feel like much of a wind down here in the village.

But if you want to check out that fresh snowfall you can take the lifts at Goryu, 47 or Happo-one to get up there.

There should be more snow to report tomorrow morning. Sunday looking good too.


Ski resort opening status on Tuesday 12th 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:
- Kurobishi: 170cm
- Usagidaira: 120cm

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
- Champion Expert
- Woody
- Toomi

Official snow depth:
- Top: 155cm
- Toomi: 60cm

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: 150cm
- Base: 45cm

Tsugaike Kogen

Operating lifts
- EVE Gondola (* on hold at the start of the day due to weather conditions)
- Tsuga Number 2 pair lift (* on hold at the start of the day due to weather conditions)
- Han-no-ki high speed pair lift (* on hold at the start of the day due to weather conditions)

Courses open:
- Tsuga-no-mori
- Han-kou
- Han-no-ki (part)

Official snow depth:
- Tsuga-no-mori: 150cm
- Han-no-ki: 120cm


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!

Tuesday 12th December 2017, 8:45am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 14cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Shiga Kogen.

A good new layer of fresh snow this morning as it continues to fall here in the Maruike area of Shiga Kogen.

It's cold and it's snowy and generally limited visibility out there too... though I see some clearer conditions just at the moment over in the Kumanoyu area.

Snow should be falling for the day as well and through tomorrow.


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 ...

Madarao Now!

Tuesday 12th December 2017, 8:56am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 6cm
Snow depth: --
6cm more snow folks and it's snowing.

The countdown continues... just a few more days to go.

Some more snowfall before then will all help towards a decent opening on Saturday.

Onegai shimasu!


Official opening dates:

Madarao Kogen:
Saturday 16th December 2017

Tangram Ski Circus:
Saturday 16th December 2017

More updates over the coming weeks with snow news. Once the ski lifts start operating, this report will be updated daily.   Read more ...

Appi Kogen Now!

Tuesday 12th December 2017, 9:10am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 24cm
Snow depth: --
Heavy snow tomorrow, I think I said yesterday.

Good news. We got 24cm of fresh snow at base this morning.. it has just kept on snowing.

And the forecast over the coming week is looking really good for regular snowfall; heavy at times.

I like it!


Lift operations on Tuesday 12th December 2017 (at time of writing; subject to change):

- APPI Gondola
- Central quad
- Central number 2 lift
- Central number 3 lift A (* on hold at time of writing)
- Central number 4 lift (* on hold at time of writing)


Official 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.
   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Tuesday 12th December 2017, 9:12am
Weather conditions: It's snowing...
New snowfall: 23cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Zao.

And it is a cold and snowy morning.

Some decent increases in the official snow depths and I am observing 12cm on the ground by base.

There's some wind on the mountain too apparently, along with limited visibility. Not the kindest of conditions to be out there, but a storm is what we need.

Should be more snow to report tomorrow morning too. Lots please!!


Operating lifts:
- Chuo Number 1 pair
- Chuo Number 2 pair
- Zao Paradise Pair AB (scheduled to be rested today)
- Katakai triple (scheduled to be rested today)
- Mikaeri pair
- Onsen Number 1 pair
- Zao Ropeway
- Zao Chuo Ropeway
- Sky Cable

Official snow depths:

- Summit area: 50cm
- Paradise area: 50cm
- Chuo area: 50cm
- Utopia area: 70cm
- Uwanodai area: 40cm
- Oomori area: 5cm (* not updated)


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
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Minakami Now!

Tuesday 12th December 2017, 10:32am
Weather conditions: Snow clouds
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: --
Snow overnight and things cleared early this morning but weather is already pushing its way back in to the Tanigawa valley.

We have snow forecast through Thursday morning and then a potential break in the weather before more from Saturday night.


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
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SnowJapan Daily 'Now' reports

Niseko Now
28th Feb, 8:24
Yuzawa Now
28th Feb, 8:10
Geto Kogen Now
28th Feb, 7:35
Furano Now
28th Feb, 7:12
Minakami Now
27th Feb, 10:12am
Aizu Bandai Now
27th Feb, 9:56am
Naeba Now
27th Feb, 9:22
Myoko Now
27th Feb, 9:14am
Hakuba Now
27th Feb, 9:12
Shiga Kogen Now
27th Feb, 9:00
Zao Now
27th Feb, 8:59
Nozawa Onsen Now
27th Feb, 8:46
Madarao Now
27th Feb, 8:44
Appi Kogen Now
27th Feb, 8:40
Grandeco Now
06th Dec, 14:16am