Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 6th May 2019

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Sunday 24th December 2017, 7:55am
Weather conditions: Mostly cloudy, bit of sun
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning all.

And Happy Christmas Eve! (Don't be surprised to see Christmas trees start to disappear tomorrow!)

No fresh snow to report just yet. Snow cover is not an issue but we could do with a fresh layer to make things soft and fluffy once again.

The snow we are waiting for is due to begin falling overnight. It may start as rain down at base but hopefully even there quickly turn to snow. Come on!!

Santa-san should be out doing his thing again today and no doubt tonight will be rather lively; lots of folk turning up in the village.


Sunday 24th December 2017

Fresh snowfall (as reported by the resort):

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

Official snow depth numbers:

- Yamabiko (1407m): 140cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 125cm
- Hikage (660m): 75cm
- Nagasaka (615m): 60cm
- Karasawa (563m): 60cm

All lifts operating except the following:

- Mizunashi triple
- Utopia pair
- Kandahar pair

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
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
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

Operating lifts:

* 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:

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.
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Grandeco Now!

Sunday 24th December 2017, 8:05am
Weather conditions: Fair
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
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.


Lifts operating:

- All lifts now operating

Courses open:

- All courses now open

Official snow depth:
- 110cm

- Grandeco snow and weather forecast   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Sunday 24th December 2017, 8:34am
Weather conditions: Lots of cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning all.

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):

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Niseko HANAZONO Resort

Lifts operating:
- All lifts except Ace Number 4 and King Number 2 are operating

Official snow depth:
- Top: 285cm
- Base: 135cm

Niseko Annupuri Kokusai

Lifts operating:
- All lifts are operating

Official snow depth:
- Top: 210cm
- Base: 160cm

Niseko Village

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 ...

Hakuba Now!

Sunday 24th December 2017, 8:38am
Weather conditions: Lots of cloud, bit of sun
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
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:

Hakuba Happo-one

Operating lifts:
- Most lifts (apart from a few lower lifts) are now operating

Courses open:
- The majority of course areas are now (at least part) open
- Areas still closed: Kurobishi off-piste, Nakiyama Wall, Nakiyama North, Central, Shirakaba North

Official snow depth:
- Kurobishi: 165cm
- Usagidaira: 115cm
- Lower: 50cm


Hakuba Goryu

Operating lifts:
- All lifts apart from Alps Number 2 & 4 are operating

Courses open:
- All courses apart from Cosmo River, Straight Whisky, Snow Diving and Adventure are open

Official snow depth:
- Top: 200cm
- Toomi: 70cm
- Iimori: 40cm


Hakuba 47

Operating lifts:
- All lifts apart from Line D are operating

Courses open:
- All main courses are open
- The Tree Riding Zone is now open (Gate 3 closed)

Official snow depth:
- Top: 180cm
- Base: 60cm


Tsugaike Kogen

Operating lifts:
- Most lifts are now operating

Courses open:
- All courses areas apart from Kane-no-naru-oka 2 are open

Official snow depth:
- Tsuga-no-mori: 165cm
- Han-no-ki: 165cm
- Maruyama: 50cm
- Shirakaba: 60cm
- Oya-no-hara: 45cm
- Kane-no-naru-oka: 40cm


Hakuba Cortina

Operating lifts:
- All lifts apart from Number 5 are operating

Courses open:
- Ikenota
- Hieda Forest
- Mt Hieda 1
- Mt Hieda 2
- Mt Hieda 3
- Itadaira
- Ipponmatsu
- Rabbit
- Kamoshika

Official snow depth:
- Top: 160cm
- Base: 90cm


Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field

Operating lifts:
- Gondola
- View 2
- 4 East
- 5 South
- Paradise triple
- Line

Courses open:
- View C
- View D
- East
- South
- Gezan
- Sunny Valley (part)
- Paradise (part)
- by1 (part)
- by2 (part)

Official snow depth:
- Top: 100cm
- Base: 30cm


Hakuba Norikura Onsen

Operating lifts:
- All lifts apart from Alps Number 3, Alps Number 7 and Alps Number 10 are operating

Official snow depth:
- 90cm


Hakuba Valley Kashimayari

Operating lifts:
- All lifts apart from Number 8 and 10 are operating

Official snow depth:
- 60cm


Hakuba Sanosaka

Operating lifts:
- All three lifts are operating

Official snow depth:
- 70cm   Read more ...

Furano Now!

Sunday 24th December 2017, 8:39am
Weather conditions: Clear
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
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
Weather conditions: Cloudy skies
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
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


Official snow depth:

150cm   Read more ...

Madarao Now!

Sunday 24th December 2017, 9:01am
Weather conditions: Fine, some cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
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:

Operating lifts:

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 ...

Yuzawa Now!

Sunday 24th December 2017, 9:12am
Weather conditions: Overcast and cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
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

- 50cm

- Iwappara is open with most areas available (6 lifts and 17 courses). Nighta until 8pm.
- 60cm

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

Kandatsu Kogen
Kandatsu Kogen is mostly open.
- 90cm

Most of Naeba is now open.
The Dragondola connecting Naeba with Kagura is now operating.
- Base: 70cm

NASPA Ski Garden
- NASPA Ski Garden is open with all lifts operating and all the main courses available. The Mogul and Slopestyle areas are not yet available.
- 85cm

Yuzawa Kogen
Yuzawa Kogen is open with all lifts operating and courses open.
- Top: 110cm
- Base: 40cm

Yuzawa Park
Yuzawa Park is now open with all lifts operating
- 65cm

Yuzawa Nakazato
Yuzawa Nakazato is part open with the six lifts operating.
- 50cm


Ski resorts in Minamiuonuma (just to the north of Yuzawa):

Ishiuchi Maruyama
Ishiuchi Maruyama is now open.
- 80cm

Joetsu Kokusai
Joetsu Kokusai is open.
- 100cm

Maiko Snow Resort
From today all three of the main areas of Maiko Snow Resort are (at least part) open.
Nighta operations are scheduled to begin from 28th December.
- Top: 100cm
- Base: 30cm

Muikamachi Hakkaisan
Most of Hakkaisan is now open.
- 120cm   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Sunday 24th December 2017, 9:18am
Weather conditions: Overcast
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --

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.



Ichinose Family

Ichinose Diamond




Okushiga Kogen

Sun Valley

Takamagahara Mammoth



70cm   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Sunday 24th December 2017, 9:33am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning.

Can't believe it is already Christmas Eve.

The day has started cloudy and mild.

From tomorrow - snow and possibly strong winds. Still seems we are in for a few days of continued snowfall which should be great for the slopes.

I look forward to reporting that to you.


Lifts and courses:

- Most lifts are now operating and most courses are now at least part open

Official snow depths:

- Summit area: 70cm
- Paradise area: 70cm
- Chuo area: 70cm
- Utopia area: 80cm
- Uwanodai area: 55cm
- Oomori area: 50cm


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 ...

Myoko Now!

Sunday 24th December 2017, 11:07am
Weather conditions: Sun with high, thin clouds
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
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.


Akakura Kanko:
140 cm, -2°

Akakura Onsen:
155cm, -2°

Ikenotaira Onsen:
75cm, -3°

Myoko Suginohara:
100cm, -5°

Seki Onsen:
150 cm, -1°

Myoko Ski Park:
110 cm, 2°

Kyukamura RunRun:
150 cm, 1°

Tangram Ski Circus:
100 cm, -4°

Madarao Kogen:
100 cm, -1°

Read more ...

Naeba Now!

Sunday 24th December 2017, 11:35am
Weather conditions: Overcast
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
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.

Exciting!   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