Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 6th May 2019

Yuzawa Now!

Wednesday 13th December 2017, 7:20am
Weather conditions: Mostly cloudy
New snowfall: 4cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Yuzawa.

The snow clouds are still over the Niigata region - though they seem to be delivering more snow to the areas north of Yuzawa for the moment. That happens sometimes. I have another 4cm to add to the report this morning. There will be more at higher elevations of course, and I can indeed report that the Kagura resort is talking about 5-10cm of fresh snow on their slopes this morning.

Right now there are actually some breaks in the cloud above Yuzawa and even some blue sky on show, but snow is forecast for the day and it should remain cold and not getting much above 1C. More snow is due into tomorrow morning as well before easing off.

No movement from Iwappara and Joetsu Kokusai yet. I doubt there is enough snow yet but we'll keep an eye on that situation.

More snow please!


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

- Kagura area: 120cm
- Mitsumata area: 60cm
- Tashiro area: 60cm

- Base: 50cm


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 ...

Geto Kogen Now!

Wednesday 13th December 2017, 7:26am
Weather conditions: SNOW
New snowfall: 42cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Geto Kogen, which is delivering big time at the moment.

Another 42cm of snowfall since yesterday (and 30cm of that overnight). How about that then?

It just has not stopped and it's snowing still and continuing to pile up. There's a fairly gusty wind blowing about out there too this morning, so not the most friendly of conditions. Hopefully it won't affect lifts.

Once the storm passes though it should be excellent.


Official snow depths:

Top: 190cm
Base: 120cm

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!   Read more ...

Furano Now!

Wednesday 13th December 2017, 7:40am
Weather conditions: Overcast
New snowfall: 4cm
Snow depth: --
The big news today is that the resort will open up part of the Kitanomine Zone.

It is reasonably windy this morning and I would expect there to be at least moderate winds higher up on the resort. It is snowing lightly and this snow is forecast to stay for the rest of the day. Overnight there has been 4cm of light snow fall at village level. Tomorrow looks like it will be a return to calmer conditions in terms of wind and some sunshine.
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Myoko Now!

Wednesday 13th December 2017, 7:43am
Weather conditions: Overcast with snow
New snowfall: 15cm
Snow depth: --
A bit more snow through the day yesterday and into today; a nice base is building up there for the increased openings from Friday.

Interested to see the first snow reports up from Arai, who are posting 209cm at one of the lift stations. Possible, but... Maybe we have a new contender with Seki for the most enthusiastic reporting. And, after a certain point, when we know there’s good, solid coverage, we’re going to be more interested in that daily fall anyway, right?


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

Akakura Onsen:
60cm, -2° 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:
40 cm, 0°; 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 ...

Naeba Now!

Wednesday 13th December 2017, 7:43am
Weather conditions: Varied/Changable
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: --
Good Morning Everyone! The clouds are clearing above Naeba to reveal a dusting of fresh snow across the mountain. A sweet 5cm of fresh snow fell overnight, and the light snow is due to continue throughout today. Conditions will still be choppy underfoot and, as previously mentioned, the lack of base will mean sticking to the marked pistes is the best bet.

The forecast suggests we should expect continued light snowfall throughout today and tomorrow, with conditions clearing and warming up through into the weekend. Another short spell of snow is expected on Sunday with the freezing level dropping to 0m and temperatures falling below 0°C again.

The dose of fresh snow will have kept the pistes crisp, especially up towards the top of the mountain. With some patchy sun coming out as a type, it looks like a lovely day to stretch those legs.

Cracking!   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Wednesday 13th December 2017, 8:02am
Weather conditions: Snow clouds
New snowfall: 26cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning to you all from my Hirafu base.

An early report from me this morning as I am going to battle the road conditions and get somewhere...

It is another very good morning as that pesky rain the other day becomes a distant memory.

There has been lots of snow and blowing winds since my last report, and I have 26cm piled up at my official measuring point. The wind doesn't usually get to mess big time with my numbers, but I think we can expect a considerable amount of snow on the slopes this morning.

And it is still snowing.

Hopefully lifts will be operating this morning as scheduled.

And the forecast over the coming week shows regular snow lined up. Though tomorrow might provide a breather being calm with some sunshine.

Things couldn't really be much better for these first few weeks of the season.

Can it continue like this? I certainly hope so!


Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6.00am: -7°, 20cm new snow. Moiwa 800m : -9.4°, W10.2m/s, 30cm new snow. Annupuri 1100m: -12°,W15m/s, 50cm new snow, major snowdrift development. Hirafu: 1200m, -13°, W15m/s, gusty, 50cm new snow, snowdrift development. Coastal data: Benkei Cape:NW20m/s. Kamui Cape WSW9m/s, 1005hPa, wave 3.1m.

The typical winter weather pattern continues, the west side above 800m 10-15m/s blizzard continues. There has been drastic cornice and snowdrift development above 900m on the east side of the mountain, growth has been over 200cm in many places. The wind is relatively weak at 15m/s, but is gusting, increasing the amount of snow at each of the ski areas.

The snowdrifts are steadily increasing. From observation below 1000m avalanche risk is not extremely high. However the current conditions and snowfall transition cause the risk on leeward slopes like Haru no Taki like Yu no Sawa to be high. Expect 60cm deep surface slab fracture from the Dec 11 layer. Do not duck ropes to enter strictly off limits areas looking for deep snow.

The top lifts at each Niseko United area are expect to start on the 16th. Gates will open soon after when preparations are complete. Please be patient.

The snow is deep and good in the trees below 1000m. Be careful falling into hidden creeks, the water is cold. Be careful and take care.


Wednesday 13th 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)
- Morino Chair

* Top of Gondola to base is skiable.


Official resort snow depths on Wednesday 13th December 2017:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 240cm
Base - 100cm

Niseko Annupuri Kokusai
Top - 135cm
Base - 90cm

Niseko Village
Top - 145cm
Base - 80cm


Floodlit 'nighta' skiing:
Night skiing is planned for every evening at the Niseko Grand Hirafu, Niseko Village and Niseko Annupuri areas.
There is no nighta at the Niseko HANAZONO area.
Ski lifts that are scheduled to be operating for nighta are noted above.
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Grandeco Now!

Wednesday 13th December 2017, 8:06am
Weather conditions: Cloudy, blue sky
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Grandeco.

Snow has fallen on and off throughout last night and this morning there is 5cm of new snow in base areas with surely more on the mountain.

According to the forecast, it will be snowing again tonight but at the moment it's a mix of cloud and blue sky above the region.

The last ski hills in the Urabandai area will open from Friday.

Here at Grandeco, the Melissa course (beside number 3 lift) and Lavender 28 course are opening up from this morning.

The course maintenance team said they won’t groom the snow today, so there's ungroomed snow to enjoy.


Lifts operating:

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

Courses open:

- Center
- Basil
- Rainbow 3500
- Melissa
- Lavender B
- Lavender 28
- Mint A
- Mint C
- Connecting route

Official snow depth:
- 80cm

- Grandeco snow and weather forecast   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Wednesday 13th December 2017, 8:18am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 4cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Shiga Kogen.

It's a cold morning. From here in Maruike I can see right over to the top of Higashitateyama, so visibility is good. There's not much of a wind and it is snowing lightly at the moment. 4cm of fresh on the roads.

Perhaps some more snow today and then looks like a bit of a break from snow tomorrow and Friday --- and back to snow by Sunday.

I'd expect more to be opening up this weekend though don't have any specific news to report at the moment.


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

After Saturday as soon as there's enough snow:
Ichinose Family
Sun Valley
Ichinose Diamond
Tannenomori Okojo

Late December 2017
Ichinose Yamanokami   Read more ...

Appi Kogen Now!

Wednesday 13th December 2017, 8:43am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 34cm
Snow depth: --
More good news from Appi this morning.

How do you like the sound of another 34cm of snowfall.

It's cold, it's snowy and it's going to be a fine morning. Be sure to get wrapped up well though...

And just check the forecast - it's looking really good for regular snow still.



Lift operations on Wednesday 13th 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.
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Hakuba Now!

Wednesday 13th December 2017, 8:44am
Weather conditions: Snow clouds
New snowfall: 8cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Hakuba.

Snow was falling through the day yesterday on the mountains and quite heavily at times too. As you can see the official 'snow depths' at the resorts are all gradually increasing with upper levels now approaching 2m. The Hakuba 47 resort were reporting 30cm of fresh snowfall on their slopes. In short, lots of fresh snow and with things being really cold as well - great quality snow too.

Really excellent early conditions to enjoy. (And let me say, not bad for mid-season conditions either!)

This morning Hakuba 47 are reporting another 10cm of snowfall on their upper slopes.

So it should be another excellent morning up top.

(Less snowfall down at base, but that is what I am able to measure myself of course).

More snow is expected today with the snow clouds drying up by tomorrow morning and maybe a bit of sun before snow comes back later on Saturday into Sunday.

It's curious that I'm not being able to cull as much information from the other resorts in the mornings yet this season. Hopefully that will change once they all get into routine more. I will of course keep on checking and bringing you all of the numbers that I can find in these reports.

Soft Cream and Powder Snow now available once more at Goryu.


Ski resort opening status on Wednesday 13th 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: 185cm
- Usagidaira: 130cm

Hakuba Goryu

Operating lifts:
- Goryu Telecabin (gondola)
- Alps Number 1 pair lift
- Alps Number 3 pair lift
- Toomi Sky Four lift
- Milky Four lift
- Number 6 pair lift

Courses open:
- Panorama
- Grand Prix
- Technical
- Super
- Champion
- Champion Expert
- Woody
- Toomi
- Soft Cream
- Powder Snow

Official snow depth:
- Top: 170cm
- 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: 185cm
- Base: 50cm

Tsugaike Kogen

Operating lifts
- EVE Gondola
- Tsuga Number 2 pair lift
- 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: 163cm
- Han-no-ki: 163cm


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!

Wednesday 13th December 2017, 8:52am
Weather conditions: Lots of cloud around, some sun.
New snowfall: 3cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Nozawa.

Changeable conditions this morning. Light snow earlier on but actually the sun is shining down through the windows here as I write this.

I must admit to being somewhat confused with the numbers the resort is posting this morning in regards to fresh snowfall - a bit, not a huge amount... looks like around 5-10cm on upper slopes and there's just a bit to report down here at base.

Snow is due for today though so hopefully the snow clouds will be rolling in from the north west sooner than later and I'll have some numbers to report tomorrow.

The Uenotaira cross country course will officially be open from Saturday.


Wednesday 13th 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

Official snow depth numbers:

- Yamabiko (1407m): 75cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 65cm
- Hikage (660m): 20cm
- Nagasaka (615m): 20cm
- Karasawa (563m): 10cm   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Wednesday 13th December 2017, 9:07am
Weather conditions: Snow clouds
New snowfall: 18cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Zao.

There is a lot of cloud around but at the same time just a little before there was a bit of sunshine peeking through. The clouds have covered the sky again now though as snow falls again.

It's cold.

We're not forecast for much snow over the next few days but later on Saturday the next delivery seems due going into early next week.

Perhaps we can expect more lifts and courses to open from the weekend.


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: 55cm
- Paradise area: 60cm
- Chuo area: 60cm
- Utopia area: 75cm
- Uwanodai area: 45cm
- Oomori area: 30cm


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 ...

Minakami Now!

Wednesday 13th December 2017, 15:33pm
Weather conditions: Snow clouds
New snowfall: 10cm
Snow depth: --
Non-stop snow here and its really starting to accumulate. Snow quality is excellent, light dry fluffy stuff that's good for everything except making snow balls. Winds are mild and the forecast is that it keeps snowing in Minakami town till midday tomorrow. This often means it just keeps on dumping at higher elevations.

Looks like things clear on Friday and then back to snow for the weekend.

Tenjindaira is opening the backside of the Toge lift tomorrow from 10am and Hodaigi is opening this weekend with photos from the resort looking very promising.

Photo from Tenjin and Hodaigi.


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 ...

SnowJapan Daily 'Now' reports

Nozawa Onsen Now
12th Oct, 11:47
Yuzawa Now
07th Oct, 16:14am
Aizu Bandai Now
03rd Oct, 9:26
Hakuba Now
30th Sep, 16:20
Niseko Now
30th Sep, 14:01pm
Shiga Kogen Now
30th Sep, 13:56am
Myoko Now
30th Sep, 8:24am
Naeba Now
07th Jun, 10:08am
Furano Now
08th May, 8:47am
Minakami Now
06th May, 8:16
Madarao Now
06th May, 8:13am
Zao Now
06th May, 7:59
Appi Kogen Now
06th May, 7:59am
Geto Kogen Now
06th May, 7:12
Grandeco Now
02nd Feb, 12:34am