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Geto Kogen Now!

Sunday 3rd December 2017, 7:04am
Weather conditions: Generally cloudy
New snowfall: 7cm
Snow depth: --
Fresh snowfall measured at base: 7cm

The snow continued falling yesterday until evening when it eventually eased off, leaving us with a bit more on the ground to add to the report.

There was some sun visible very early this morning but it is now cloudy – and cloudy conditions are what are on the forecast.

There’s no wind just now so it should be a good day to get out and enjoy the good snow conditions of the moment.

All of the courses are available.


Operating lifts:

Number 1 Gondola (9:00am - 4:00pm)
Number 1 pair lift (8:30am – 4:30pm

Courses & Tree Runs:

All of the courses are open!
The 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.

Official snow depth:

Top: 140cm
Base: 50cm


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 ...

Yuzawa Now!

Sunday 3rd December 2017, 7:37am
Weather conditions: Sunny, blue skies
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
The early morning clouds gradually dispersed during the day yesterday and the sun was shining by the afternoon.

And this morning we have clear blue skies over Yuzawa. It's a truly beautiful morning. A bit of cloud to the north in Minamiuonuma, but we are expecting a day of clear and sunny skies and temperatures rising to around 9C this afternoon.

Kagura seem to be reporting the same '3-5cm of snowfall' as they did yesterday morning - with todays time stamp on it. I don't know if that is something left over from yesterday or they did actually get some fresh snow up there since yesterday... I'm guessing the former unless it was snow falling in the morning yesterday, but I cannot confirm. It is certainly the kind of day that would be nice to get up there and check first hand though!

By the end of today my garden area should be totally prepared for winter. There's a lot to get sorted.


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: 60cm

Kagura forecast:

Kagura snow and weather forecast


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

Saturday 9th December 2017
Kagura (via Tashiro)
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 ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Sunday 3rd December 2017, 7:52am
Weather conditions: Clear and sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
A quick report this morning... blue skies and sunshine.

It is a chilly start, but it will warm up somewhat.

Looking into the coming week, there's some decent snowfall for the mountains on the forecasts.

I am going to make my up to Yamabiko this morning. I hope you have a good Sunday.


Saturday 2nd 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 - 1,300m
- Yamabiko B - 800m
- Yamabiko C - 850m
- Yamabiko D - 1,250m
- Yamabiko E - 1,000m
- Yunomine B
- Bunabayashi course - 2,500
- Uenotaira - 2000m

Fresh snowfall - 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): 40cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 35cm
- Hikage (660m): 10cm
- Nagasaka (615m): 10cm
- Karasawa (563m): 5cm   Read more ...

Grandeco Now!

Sunday 3rd December 2017, 8:25am
Weather conditions: Fair blue skies
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Grandeco.

It is a chilly morning with bright sunshine and lots of blue sky over the region.

There was no snowfall last night.

Taking a look at the forecast, it should hopefully be snowing around Tuesday.

The lower part of the Mint C course (beside Number 2 lift) is open now - a course that is suitable for beginners.

Snow condition are a little hard this morning. Good practice!


Lifts operating:

- Gondola
- Number 1 lift
- Number 2 lift

Courses open:

- Center
- Basil
- Rainbow 3500
- Lavender B
- Mint C beside Number 2 lift
- Connecting route

Official snow depth:
- 50cm

- Grandeco snow and weather forecast

Other resorts:

Minowa and Nekoma are part open. Ura Bandai will open from 15th December.   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Sunday 3rd December 2017, 8:31am
Weather conditions: Snow clouds
New snowfall: 16cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Niseko.

It's still snowing! This morning I have another 16cm to add to the tally. It doesn't feel as cold this morning and a quick look at the thermometer (and forecast) shows that to be the case. (Still, don't worry, it's certainly not warm!)

Perhaps there might be a break from snowfall tomorrow - maybe some sunshine? - before a return to it during the week.

I think it's fair to say that the people who were able to be out skiing or snowboarding here enjoyed themselves yesterday. There are more people turning up now but it's still not peak season busy of course. I myself spent about four hours on the mountain; the time whizzed by, I really didn't want to finish up.

All four of the resorts are open offering a lot of terrain and importantly... there are excellent snow conditions. What a wonderful start we are being treated to. :)


Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6.00am: -5°, 10cm new snow, calm. Moiwa 800m WSW 8m/s, -10°, 20cm new snow, snowdrift slowly growing. Annupuri 1000m snowpack 135cm, cornice and snowdrift development. Coastal data: Benkei Cape:SSE3m/s. Kamui Cape WSW6m/s.

Overnight 15-20cm of snow fell blanketing mountain. Around 3am a high pressure system moved bringing light winds. Around 800m leeward slopes on the west side have 60cm of new snow drift on top of the Nov 29th layer, from the past 3 days of light winds. According to tests there is no obvious weak layer and pack seems stable. Warm weather is expected with next low pressure system and 3rd Dec layer will become notable in future snow pack.

Snow is not too light or too heavy, it is good. Bamboo and bushes are not buried yet, so take care riding off the runs. With the low light it is hard to see the contours of the snow. Its a bit early to ride out of the ski areas yet. Avoid having an accident, please respect Niseko Rules.

The 21st Annual Niseko Avalanche meeting will be held at 6pm on the 5th Dec at Old Stone Warehouse in front of Niseko Station. Yamaguchi san of the NIED will be speaking. I recommend your attendance.

The first aid and avalanche course by the Japanese Mountaineering Doctor Oshiro, sponsored by Japan Climbing Medicine World, finishes today. Beware of changes in weather and snow quality. Have a good day.


Sunday 3rd 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

Niseko HANAZONO Resort

Lifts operating:
- Hanazono Number 1 quad lift
- Hanazono Number 2 quad lift
- Hanazono Number 3 quad lift

Niseko Annupuri Kokusai

Lifts operating:
- Annupuri Gondola
- Jumbo Number 1 quad lift
- Jumbo Number 2 pair lift
- Dream Number 1 quad lift

Niseko Village

Lifts operating:
- Niseko Gondola
- Banzai Chair
- Community Chair


Official resort snow depths on Sunday 3rd December 2017:

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

Niseko Annupuri Kokusai
Top - 130cm
Base - 60cm

Niseko Village
Top - 135cm
Base - 70cm


Floodlit 'nighta' skiing schedule:
Saturday 9th December 2017 until Sunday 18th March 2018   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Sunday 3rd December 2017, 8:32am
Weather conditions: Sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
It's a beautiful morning in Shiga Kogen.

The sun is out. There are blue skies all around. A stunning morning.

It is going to be a relatively mild day today but that shouldn't be lasting too long with colder conditions again due in the week. Looks for more fresh snow starting around Tuesday; the forecast looks positive.

That white frosting of all the trees that we had yesterday morning has gone by now, with the snow-covered ski course areas now clearly standing out. The open resorts remain unchanged this morning.

Currently part open in Shiga Kogen:

- Ichinose Family
- Takamagahara Mammoth
- Yakebitaiyama
- Kumanoyu
- Yokoteyama

None of the above resorts are 'linked up'/connected.


Planned opening dates of other areas of Shiga Kogen

Saturday 9th December 2017:
Okushiga Kogen

Early December 2017:
Ichinose Family
Sun Valley

Mid December 2017:
Ichinose Diamond
Tannenomori Okojo

Late December 2017
Ichinose Yamanokami   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Sunday 3rd December 2017, 8:41am
Weather conditions: Mostly blue sky and sunshine
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Hakuba.

It's one of those stunners!

Just some small clouds here and there, but mostly it is blue skies and sunshine and Hakuba is looking suitably beautiful.

There is no fresh snow to report this morning.

Take a look at the forecast... it's looking good. It is looking like we can expect snowfall starting around Tuesday.

As far as I can tell, resort operations are unchanged this morning, so you have the choice of the big four - all of which have their top areas open. There's no lower course areas open at the moment as we wait for fresh snow.


Ski resort opening status on Sunday 3rd December 2017:

Hakuba Happo-one

Operating lifts:
- Gondola Adam
- Panorama pair lift
- Alpen quad lift
- Kokusai Number 1 pair lift
- Kokusai Number 3 pair 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: 100cm
- Kurobishi: 130cm

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: 105cm
- Toomi: 0cm

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 4
- Route 5
- Route 6
- Route 8

Official snow depth:
- Top: 90cm
- Base: 10cm

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: 80cm


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


Click on the 'Forecast' tab at the top of the page for the latest snow and weather forecast for Hakuba Happo-one. Forecasts for individual resorts are available on the respective resort pages within SnowJapan.
   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Sunday 3rd December 2017, 9:02am
Weather conditions: Mostly blue sky and sun
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
A beautiful morning in Zao. More cloud early on but it has been clearing and leaving us with lots of blue skies and the sun is shining down on us at the moment - and set for the day with temperatures warming up a little as the day moves on. Tomorrow is forecast to be similarly relatively mild with a chance of rain lower down and snow at higher elevations... and snow forecast for Tuesday.

Decent snow cover on the open Chuo slopes - spent a few hours over there yesterday - snow is thin on the ground in base areas now. So we are looking forward to a large decent dumpage of snow for things to get going properly.


Operating lifts:
- Chuo Number 1 pair lift
- Chuo Number 2 pair lift
- Zao Ropeway
- Zao Chuo Ropeway
- Sky Cable

Open course areas:
- Summit
- Chuo
- Utopia

Official snow depths:

- Summit area: 35cm
- Paradise area: 40cm
- Chuo area: 40cm
- Utopia area: 35cm
- Uwanodai area: 10cm
- Oomori area: 5cm


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 ...

Appi Kogen Now!

Sunday 3rd December 2017, 9:40am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 3cm
Snow depth: --
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.


Morning from Appi.

More snowfall to report this morning (3cm) and it is snowing right now so hopefully quickly adding more during the day today. It's not as cold this morning

Forecast still looking good!

Planned lift operations for Sunday 3rd December 2017 (subject to change):

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


Official snow depth:

70cm   Read more ...

Furano Now!

Sunday 3rd December 2017, 15:59pm
Weather conditions: Clear
New snowfall: 9cm
Snow depth: --
It was a reasonably nice day in Furano today with the sun around and light snow from morning until afternoon. The new snow accumulation was a respectable 9cm for the day. So far the season is impressive in terms of snow fall and the huge amount that fell in November has set up a fantastic base all over the mountain. Tomorrow it looks like we will have a break from snow and may get some more sun.   Read more ...

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28th Feb, 7:35
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28th Feb, 7:12
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27th Feb, 10:30am
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
Niseko Now
27th Feb, 8:20
Grandeco Now
06th Dec, 14:16am