All courses now at least part open except the following:
- Challenge 39 wall - Mukobayashi - Grand Prix - Hachiman - Kandahar Read more ...
Geto Kogen Now!
Sunday 24th December 2017, 8:02am
Good morning from Geto Kogen.
After a fine day of weather yesterday and no snowfall overnight, we start today with clouds and a light wind. And that is pretty much what is on the forecast for the day today.
The forecasts are still looking good for snow (and possibly strong winds) moving in on the region from tomorrow. The taps look like they are going to be turned on once again, so there should be good fresh conditions this coming week.
Possibly rain later on today before it snows. Hopefully not!
Enjoy your Sunday.
Official snow depths:
Top: 220cm Base: 110cm
* All lifts operating
Courses & Tree Runs:
* All main courses open * Tree Run courses not yet available
Nighta skiing operations are planned at Geto Kogen on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays 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. Read more ...
Sunday 24th December 2017, 8:05am
Good morning from Grandeco.
There was no snow fall last night.
The snow conditions around base area are getting hard this morning without that fresh layer as we all wait for the next snowfall. According to the forecast, late Monday through Tuesday will be snow. Fingers crossed.
The roads around Urabandai area are very slippery at the moment, extra care needed.
One of the photos below today is the view from the upper course taken yesterday evening.
Merry Christmas. Yes, here in Japan Christmas Eve (night) seems to be 'Christmas' more than Christmas Day itself. If that clumsy explanation makes sense! It's a night filled with joy, mostly featuring couples or families enjoying some traditional Kentucky Fried Chicken and delightfully light and fluffy decorated sponge cakes.
And on the subject of delightfully light and fluffy - actually, I don't have any cm of fresh snowfall to report this morning. Doh!
There was actually some light snow falling at times during the day yesterday, but it didn't amount to much in the end. That was all expected of course. No need to evacuate seeking better conditions just yet with regular snowfall - heavy at times, with added strong winds - due to be with us come tomorrow. Don't be too shocked if it rains before it snows again though. It shouldn't last long.
For the moment early this morning there is a lot of cloud around (bit of sun peeking through in places) and it is relatively mild and calm.
Lots of people were enjoying some gate action yesterday, though hearing various reports of some 'ducking' going on too. Let's respecting the rules, folks. There're really not there just for the sake of having some boring rules. And I think it is always good manners to respect the rules of places you are visiting.
Anyway, enjoy today. And prepare for what's to come!
With most lifts now operating I have adjusted the resort specific information bit below.
I'll continue to update the official snow depth data as well as noting any resort-specific information in the space below every day.
Niseko Avalanche Report:
Niseko base 6.00am: -2°, no new snow, calm. Moiwa 800m : -4.1°, WSW1.2m/s, no new snow. Annupuri 1150m: -6°, no new snow, calm. Hirafu 12500m: -8°, no new snow, calm. Coastal data: Benkei Cape:SSW4m/s. Kamui Cape: SW10m/s, 1018hPa, wave 0.9m.
The atmospheric pressure is stable and weather is calm. As a low pressure system approaches this afternoon expect temperature to rise, southerly wind to pick up and wet snow start to fall. From observation, data and snowfall transition the general avalanche risk is low. Gates are expected to be open this morning. Listen to the patrols advice.
Yesterday was the first day peak gates opened this season and lots of people used them to ride out of bounds. There was no accidents but some people were still ducking ropes. Thanks to all who respect the rules. Although today's avalanche risk is low we never know what is going to happen in the mountains. Always use caution. The weather is expected to deteriorate this afternoon. Head home a little earlier today.
At Annupuri 1000m on the ridge side, the cornice has grown to about 7m high and 150m long. Today the grooming machines will flatten it out, keep your distance while they are working. Be careful when visibility is bad, the cornices are very high at the moment and easy to fall off if you don't see them. The weather is turning bad today. Make decisions based on the current situation. Niseko is paying serious attention to the safety of users. Have a good day.
Sunday 24th December 2017
Resort specific information (operations subject to change):
Lifts operating: - All lifts except Country Road Chair are operating
Official snow depth: - Top: 220cm - Base: 170cm
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 below (subject to change):
* Niseko Grand Hirafu - Ace Family quad, Ace Number 2 quad, Hirafu Gondola, Holiday Number 1 pair * Niseko Annupuri - Jumbo Number 1 quad lift * Niseko Village - Village Express, Upper Village Gondola, Community Chair, Banzai Chair Read more ...
Sunday 24th December 2017, 8:38am
Lots of cloud, bit of sun
Good morning from Hakuba.
Anyone spot Santa yet? I hear he has been spotted at a number of resorts around the valley. Don't know how gets around so many places so quickly.
After lots of sunshine during the day yesterday, there is a lot more cloud around again this morning though visibility is generally pretty good. A grey-silver look to proceedings though the sun is breaking through in places. Perhaps it will clear up for the day. Definitely feels fairly mild.
OK Santa, we could do with some fresh snow. The good news is that it's due to be with us later tonight and that sustained snowfall -- and heavy snowfall at times -- looks inked in for this coming week. We should be in for some nice deep conditions in a few days time. I sure hope so and look forward to reporting it to you soon.
Ski resort opening status on Sunday 24th December 2017:
At -10c it is a very brisk morning but in true Furano fashion the cold temperatures are accompanied by clear skies, and this morning that means views right across the city to the live volcano of Mt Tokachi. Amazing! The temperature is going to warm up though, and it will hit +2c around midday. The sun should be out for the morning but it may cloud over around midday and then winds are expected to increase during the day. Tomorrow, heavy rain and strong winds are on the radar, so it may be a case of a white but wet Christmas day. The good news is that after the rain has passed continuous snow is forecast for the rest of the new week. While there maybe no new snow this morning the views are going to make up for it...take your camera. Read more ...
Appi Kogen Now!
Sunday 24th December 2017, 8:44am
Cloudy skies and warming temperatures today here at Appi may bring unwanted rain this evening and with it very gusty winds up to 20m/s... that's windy.
Yesterday was the first full open day here at the resort and it was expectedly busier than normal. Great crowds and the Second and Sailer runs were absolutely wonderful. Mt Nishimori for the intrepid powder buffs provided some wonderful playtime in deep powder.
Unfortunately the next 4 days don’t look too appetizing at all. Gusty winds with snowfall should bring near white out conditions on the mountain but at least it’s snow.
Have a great day out there but get out!
Lift operations on Sunday 24th December 2017 (at time of writing; subject to change):
- APPI Gondola - Central quad - Central number 2 lift - Central number 3 lift A - Central number 4 lift - Central number 5 lift - Central number 6 lift - Sailer Gondola - Vista quad - Sailer quad - Nishimori lift
I enjoyed some nighta last night. Ahhh, it's good to be back!
No fresh snow to report this morning but it is on the way - forecast still looking good starting tomorrow. Bring it on, I say!
Fine morning for the moment with some cloud and rather mild feeling.
Looking forward to the temperatures dropping again and that fresh snow to arrive for Christmas.
Official snow depth: 100cm
Number 1 lift Number 2 quad lift Number 3A lift Super quad lift Number 11 lift Number 12 lift Number 13 lift Number 15 lift
Powder Wave II Free Ride Park Adventure Aisle Kids Park
Planned nighta operations this season:
Daily between 29th December 2017 and 3rd January 2018 7th January 2018 11th February 2018 Every Saturday between 4th January and 24th March 2018 Read more ...
Sunday 24th December 2017, 9:12am
Overcast and cloudy
Morning everyone from Yuzawa.
Fine weather yesterday and relatively mild - almost felt a bit spring-like out there on lower slopes certainly at Ishiuchi where I was and I heard the same from a few friends. Higher slopes faring better in terms of snow condition.
Lots of people are continuing to arrive in Yuzawa this weekend and that will only continue as we approach New Year.
Anyway, this morning has started mostly grey and overcast.
By the end of the day or early tomorrow, the start of what we hope is a good winter storm should happen with decent snowfall forecast Monday through Thursday. There might also be strong winds as well at times so need to keep an eye on that.
In fact, this morning GALA Yuzawa are noting that strong winds are forecast for later on in the day - and that might mean an early closing.
Updated: Sunday 24th December 2017
** Official snow depths (where available) and resort specific information
Ski resorts in Yuzawa:
GALA Yuzawa GALA Yuzawa is open with 6 lifts operating and 10 courses (Central and Northern Areas) open. The sledding area is also open. - 120cm
Iwappara - Iwappara is open with most areas available (6 lifts and 17 courses). Nighta until 8pm. - 60cm
Kagura Almost all of Kagura is open. The Dragondola connecting Kagura with Naeba is now operating. The top Kagura Number 5 lift should be open from 1st January. - Kagura area: 180cm - Mitsumata area: 120cm - Tashiro area: 140cm
Overcast this morning as we wait for this upcoming storm. It will probably be raining lower down by the end of the day and hopefully we can avoid that up here. But lower down it should be turning into snow soon enough with decent snowfall lined up on the forecasts over the next few days. Looking good!
For now a fairly calm morning and the popular slopes are getting noticeably busier now.
As far as I can tell the only area that is still not yet open is Hasuike. All other areas are at least part open.
Official snow depths numbers reported by different areas of Shiga Kogen:
Most areas of Shiga Kogen is now at least part open. Please note that these numbers are the official numbers that ski resorts publish.
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 ...
Sunday 24th December 2017, 11:07am
Sun with high, thin clouds
A sunny day today; doesn’t feel as warm as it should yet, with the freezing level about to go up to over 2,000 meters. That’s pretty crazy, but then the temperatures are going to go way down (the freezing line, too), and the snow will be back.
Not that there’s anything wrong with the snow now, too; had a great day out there yesterday enjoying some really good snow all the way from top to bottom. Still a bit too much brush and stuff to be out on the backcountry (although there are people out there giving it a try. Not that I’d recommend it yet!). Going to be interesting days ahead... the temperatures below are from early in the morning; we’re in positive ranges now.
Good morning! It's again quite an overcast start today, with a thick cloud layer sitting above the summits of the mountains. The sun does keep peeping through, however a vast storm system is expected to start moving through tonight suggesting that the sun's efforts won't win out today. The pistes will again likely be a little hard first thing, but due to warmer temperatures they should soften around lunchtime.
The forecast looking forwards indicates that Storm "Claudia" will be rolling into town overnight tonight, potentially beginning with some rainfall that turns into snow into Monday morning. "Claudia" is suggested to stick around until at least Friday, gifting us up to 69cm at the base of the resort. The bulk of the heavy snow is expected on Tuesday night through until Wednesday. Temperatures are expected to drop significantly during the storm, meaning there should be plenty of light, fluffly powder to play in.