Snow and weather reports posted on Tuesday 26th March 2019

Geto Kogen Now!

Thursday 4th January 2018, 7:40am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 12cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Geto Kogen.

Yesterday was a really good day with little wind and generally fine weather; and those snow conditions!

This morning is starting cloudy with a stronger wind presence - the forecast is for cloud through the day so it should be another great day to be out on the slopes.

The New Year holidays may be over for many now, but nighta continues each evening until Monday (which is also a national holiday).

More snow due tomorrow, though it doesn't look like it will be heavy.


Number 1 Gondola news

Regarding the Number 1 Gondola. Unfortunately, it sounds like some repair work is needed to get that operating again and it may well take about another month or so (as of the end of December), according to staff at the resort. The resort will of course be doing all they can to get it back up and running and I will of course keep you up to date on that as things happen.

With the Number 1 Gondola out of action it means that some areas of the resort are 'hike-up' - this includes the upper area of A1 course, A4 course and A6 course. They are available but you need to 'hike up' - and the same rules/restrictions as per the tree run courses apply. Please contact the resort about those. The Shooter 1-4 areas will be closed as long as the Number 1 Gondola is not moving.


Official snow depths:

Top: 320cm
Base: 250cm

Operating lifts:

* All lifts scheduled to be operating apart from the Number 1 Gondola

Courses & Tree Runs:

* All main courses open apart from B2 today
* The 'Rabbit' tree run course open - others yet to open

Nighta skiing operations are planned at Geto Kogen over New Year, 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   Read more ...

Naeba Now!

Thursday 4th January 2018, 7:45am
Weather conditions: High Cloud
New snowfall: 30cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning! The snow is still falling here in Naeba, with another 30cm added overnight to "Storm Dougle's" running total of 104cm. The wind has calmed down a lot today so everything is open in resort today. Skiing conditions should be a little more pleasant after yesterday's snow-blasting experience. The temperature is still comfortably below 0°C so make sure to wrap up warm today. The pistes are well groomed and should be in good condition throughout the day as the snow accumilation slows into this afternoon.

Looking forwards, we should be expecting some moderate to light snow through into tonight, with things clearing up significantly tomorrow. It seems as though a far smaller storm system will drag through the valley on Saturday, to clear by the evening. Temperatures are expected to warm up over the weekend, in advance of the next larger storm system moving through. On Monday, heavy rainfall is currently forecast, however we will have to keep our eyes on that one to see if it plays out as predicted.

Kode~yuroi!   Read more ...

Furano Now!

Thursday 4th January 2018, 7:52am
Weather conditions: Partly cloudy
New snowfall: 12cm
Snow depth: --
Firstly, apologies for not being able to get a report up yesterday, which was a very good day, with the gondola getting back in operation and a good dump of 12cm of new snow. Suddenly there seem to be more people on the Kitanomine Zone with overseas guests seeming to out number the locals for the first time this season.

Today looks like a good one in terms of weather. The high broken cloud is letting through plenty of sun and just a little wind here at base. The wind will be a bit stronger up on the mountain but certainly not gusty. While there is no new snow to report there is still plenty of fun to be had in the 12cm from yesterday.   Read more ...

Madarao Now!

Thursday 4th January 2018, 7:59am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 21cm
Snow depth: --
Morning all.

It's another snowy morning here and I have 21cm to report which is about the same as the resort itself is reporting this morning.

Snow continues to fall and visibility is limited at the start of the day.

We're not expecting too much snow from now on and possibly even some sunshine tomorrow (maybe even later today?)

More snow due on Saturday and then in the first part of next week.

Regular snowfall. Sounds good!

It should be a very good day today. :)


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 15 lift

Powder Wave II
Free Ride Park
River Line
Adventure Aisle
Crystal Bowl

Kids Park
Snow Mobile Land

Planned nighta operations this season:

Daily until 3rd January 2018
7th January 2018
11th February 2018
Every Saturday between 4th January and 24th March 2018   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Thursday 4th January 2018, 8:04am
Weather conditions: Snow clouds
New snowfall: 4cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Zao.

A few cm of good quality light snow on the ground on this cold morning.

Snow falling now with limited visibility in places, but it doesn't look like there should be much so conditions out on the slopes should be very good.

Fewer people expected today as the New Year holidays come to an end though next Monday is a national holiday in Japan so we have another "long weekend" coming up... expect Zao to be busy.


Lifts and courses:

- All lifts (apart from Karamatsu pair) operating

Official snow depths:

- Summit area: 120cm
- Paradise area: 140cm
- Chuo area: 140cm
- Utopia area: 150cm
- Uwanodai area: 80cm
- Oomori area: 85cm


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 until Sunday 4th March 2018
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only from Friday 9th March until Sunday 18th March 2018.

In the Yokokura area:
Daily 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:

January 2018: 1st-7th, 13th-14th, 20th-21st, 27th-31st
February 2018: every day
March 2018: 1st-4th   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Thursday 4th January 2018, 8:12am
Weather conditions: Snow clouds
New snowfall: 25cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Nozawa.

Yesterday the Nagasaka Gondola was able to get moving soon after 10:30am, meaning all of the lifts were in action.

This morning another 20-33cm of fresh snowfall is being reported by the resort (since yesterday morning) and I am measuring 25cm to go on the report. A good number indeed and while visibility is very limited especially on the upper parts of the mountain this morning, the snow should be worth it. A cold start to the day so wrap up well and enjoy.

We are expecting the snow to ease off by later this afternoon and tomorrow to be generally cloudy. (Sometimes those days end up being lovely and sunny - that'd be good if it happened).

Further snowfall is due to move into the region come Saturday with clearer weather again on Sunday. Oh yes, and more snow as we enter the new week.

Many people will be back to work now and so expect Nozawa to be quieter. Monday 8th January is a national holiday which means that the upcoming weekend is a 3 day one for many, so it will be another of the peak weekends of the winter season.


Thursday 4th January 2018

Fresh snowfall since yesterday (as reported by the resort):

- Yamabiko (1407m): 33cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 32cm
- Hikage (660m): 20cm
- Nagasaka (615m): 28cm
- Karasawa (563m): 20cm

Official snow depth numbers:

- Yamabiko (1407m): 300cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 230cm
- Hikage (660m): 190cm
- Nagasaka (615m): 180cm
- Karasawa (563m): 150cm

All lifts operating except the following:

- All lifts should be operating

All courses open except the following:

- Challenge 39
- Mukobayashi
- Grand Prix
- Kamoshika
- Kandahar East   Read more ...

Grandeco Now!

Thursday 4th January 2018, 8:28am
Weather conditions: Clouds
New snowfall: 25cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Grandeco.

Very heavy snow yesterday and there is 25cm of fresh snowfall to record this morning.

The road conditions around Urabandai were very bad yesterday due to the heavy snow, but things have cleared considerably this morning.

The snow condition is light and powder, really good snow conditions to enjoy tree run courses in the morning (located beside number 4 lift).

The forecast currently shows some more snow today (not heavy) followed by more on Saturday and then in the first part of next week. So it looks like we should be enjoying regular top-ups.

Hope you can get to enjoy it.


Lifts operating:

- All lifts now operating

Courses open:

- All courses now open

Official snow depth:
- 190cm

- Grandeco snow and weather forecast   Read more ...

Yuzawa Now!

Thursday 4th January 2018, 8:43am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 28cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Yuzawa.

Lots more snow again to report this morning.

The fresh snowfall headlines:

Kagura: 70cm
Kagura Mitsumata: 30cm
Kagura Tashiro: 50cm
Naeba: 20cm
Maiko Snow Resort: 40cm

I have measured a fresh 28cm since yesterday morning down at town level.

Summary - very nice top-up of snow from upper slopes down to base with really heavy snow up top.

It is still snowing this morning. Heavier at times than others and the forecast shows things easing off later on today.

Tomorrow is currently forecast to be cloudy with some forecasts showing a chance of sun. With all the fresh new snowfall out on the slopes, it should be a great day.

Less people around now with the New Year holidays over though the upcoming weekend is another very popular weekend of the season due to Monday being a national holiday in Japan.


Images today from GALA Yuzawa, NASPA Ski Garden and Yuzawa IC.


Updated: Thursday 4th January 2018

** Official snow depths (where available) and resort specific information. Note that while we manually check this information each morning, sometimes official information is updated later than the time of these reports and so at times there may be an apparent delay.

Ski resorts in Yuzawa:

GALA Yuzawa
- 240cm

- 190cm

- Only the Mitsumata Area open today due to strong winds
- The top Kagura Number 5 lift is now open for the season
- Kagura area: 300cm
- Mitsumata area: 200cm
- Tashiro area: 250cm

Kandatsu Kogen
- 220cm

- 220cm (base)

NASPA Ski Garden
- 225cm

Yuzawa Kogen
- Top: 220cm
- Base: 160cm

Yuzawa Park
- 170cm

Yuzawa Nakazato
- 160cm


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

Ishiuchi Maruyama
- 200cm

Joetsu Kokusai
- 170cm

Maiko Snow Resort
- Top: 250cm
- Base: 150cm

Muikamachi Hakkaisan
- Closed on Wednesdays between 10th Jan and 14th Mar
- 230cm   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Thursday 4th January 2018, 8:52am
Weather conditions: Cloudy...
New snowfall: 3cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from my secret Hirafu base.

A modest 3cm of fresh snow to report to you this morning with (very) light snow falling as I write this.

Visibility looks pretty good out there and there's not much of a wind - not here at base anyway. The resorts look set to be opening as planned this morning with gates also opening. Oh hold on; it looks like Ace Number 3 lift at Niseko Grand Hirafu has some issues this morning and that lift is not going to be opening as normal.

The forecasts show we probably have a few days of calmer weather ahead. The next decent snowfall is currently forecast to be with us later on Monday into Tuesday. Perhaps some on Saturday but it's not looking like it will be major. Though these things can of course change.

And I think that's about it for today.

I very much hope that you have a good one.


Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6am: -4℃, 5cm snowfall, calm. Moiwa 800m: -5.4℃, W4.8m/s, moderate development of snowdrifts. Annupuri 1150m: -9℃, light northerly wind, 10cm snowfall with moderate snowdrift development. Hirafu 1250m: -13℃, N5m/s, 10cm snowfall with snowdrifts. Coastal data: Benkei cape: N8m/s, Kamui cape NNE9m/s, 1014hPa, 1.5m waves.

Typical winter pressure map, west-high/east-low, with spread out isobars is generating light northerly wind below 10m/s with intermittent snowfall and moderate snowdrifts development. The slopes in the valleys are being reset with new snow. Observations, pressure test and other data shows that the overall avalanche risk is low today. Peak gates are scheduled to open from the morning. Please ask the ski patrol’s advice before stepping out of the gates.

The snow is not too deep, not too light, in good shape. The avalanche risk may be low, but better not underestimate the hazards of Winter Mountains. Always be vigilant. Slides are still to be expected in steep gullies in the shades. Better not traverse slopes too easily. People who are not familiar with the terrain should not thoughtlessly follow other people’s tracks. You may end up astray in certain zones without a way to come back to the resort. There are no buses coming to Goshiki area.

Please respect the Niseko Rules. This information is issued for the sake of all Niseko resort users.

Niseko has been blessed with good snow this season. Have a great day.


Thursday 4th January 2018

Resort specific information (operations subject to change):

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Niseko HANAZONO Resort

Lifts scheduled to be operating:
- All lifts are operating apart from Ace Number 3 which appears to have some mechanical issues

Official snow depth:
- Top: 320cm
- Base: 140cm

Niseko Annupuri Kokusai

Lifts scheduled to be operating:
- All lifts are operating

Official snow depth:
- Top: 240cm
- Base: 140cm

Niseko Village

Lifts scheduled to be operating:
- All lifts except Country Road Chair are operating

Official snow depth:
- Top: 250cm
- 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!

Thursday 4th January 2018, 8:53am
Weather conditions: Snow clouds over Hakuba
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Hakuba.

I was out on 47/Goryu yesterday where it was snowing and pretty windy at times. Nothing getting wrapped up well can't solve, and the snow was good. Snow was falling but getting blown around by the wind.

This morning light snow falling down to village level and I have just 3cm to report here.

And here is what the resorts themselves are reporting:

Hakuba Goryu: 5cm
Hakuba Happo-one: 3cm
Hakuba 47: 0cm (?)
Hakuba Cortina: 15-20cm

Cortina wins!

It is a cold morning so the conditions should be great first up

More snow during the day today; some more Saturday; and early next week.

Regular snowfall. I like the sound of that.



Ski resort opening status on Thursday 4th January 2018:

Hakuba Happo-one

Operating lifts:
- All lifts should be operating today; top Grat quad delayed

Courses open:
- All course are now generally open
- Only the Kurobishi Off-Piste Area remains closed

Official snow depth:
- Kurobishi: 260cm
- Usagidaira: 140cm
- Lower: 95cm


Hakuba Goryu

Operating lifts:
- All lifts operating as planned

Courses open:
- All courses are open (Adventure after safety checks)

Official snow depth:
- Top: 290cm
- Toomi: 120cm
- Iimori: 90cm


Hakuba 47

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

Courses open:
- All courses available
- The Tree Riding Zone is now open

Official snow depth:
- Top: 250cm
- Base: 95cm


Tsugaike Kogen

Operating lifts:
- All lifts apart from Kane-no-naru-oka Skyliner I operating

Courses open:
- All course areas are open

Official snow depth:
- Tsuga-no-mori: 270cm
- Han-no-ki: 280cm
- Maruyama: 110cm
- Shirakaba: 230cm
- Oya-no-hara: 130cm
- Kane-no-naru-oka: 125cm


Hakuba Cortina

Operating lifts:
- All lifts operating

Courses open:
- All courses open

Official snow depth:
- Top: 313cm
- Base: 185cm


Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field

Operating lifts:
- Most lifts are operating

Official snow depth:
- Top: 170cm
- Base: 90cm


Hakuba Norikura Onsen

Operating lifts:
- All lifts apart from Alps Number 7 are operating

Official snow depth:
- 240cm


Hakuba Valley Kashimayari

Operating lifts:
- Number 1, 2, 3, 5, 6 and 7 lifts are operating

Official snow depth:
- 140cm


Hakuba Sanosaka

Operating lifts:
- All three lifts are operating

Official snow depth:
- 110cm   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Thursday 4th January 2018, 9:30am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 47cm
Snow depth: --
I had to shovel my way out this morning.

Heavy snowfall alert.

It isn't actually snowing as hard now - though still coming down at a good pace - and I had close on 50cm of new snow to move earlier. There's still a wind blowing it all around as well, so it feels pretty stormy.

I have to get back out there... snow should ease off by tomorrow.

Ignore Sun Valley having an official snow depth of 70cm. That just has to be silly! ;)


Official snow depths numbers reported by different areas of Shiga Kogen:

Please note that these numbers are the official numbers that ski resorts publish and we check and update them each morning.



Ichinose Family

Ichinose Diamond




Okushiga Kogen

Sun Valley

Takamagahara Mammoth



170cm   Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Thursday 4th January 2018, 9:33am
Weather conditions: Snowing
New snowfall: 56cm
Snow depth: --
The round soft hail of yesterday has turned to nicer, flakier snow — and a lot of it. Nearly 60cm so far, and it’s still really coming down.

It hasn’t settled at all, though, so it could still be pretty “exciting” off the groomed (and I mean that in all possible ways!).

Hard to believe it’s still only the fourth day of 2018 - both because of the conditions, and because it seems like we’re continuously shoveling and blowing snow (and we’re just not yet in the snowy groove...)


Akakura Kanko:
280 cm, -6°

Akakura Onsen:
290cm, -5°

Ikenotaira Onsen:
240cm, -4°

Myoko Suginohara:
220cm, -10° (top)

Seki Onsen:
290 cm, -7°

Myoko Ski Park:
270 cm, -2°

Kyukamura RunRun:
260 cm, -4°

Tangram Ski Circus:
170 cm, -3° (yesterday’s report, and try finding news on their site!)

Madarao Kogen:
210 cm, -6°

Read more ...

Minakami Now!

Thursday 4th January 2018, 10:39am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 39cm
Snow depth: --
Minakami saw heavy snow all yesterday and last night it was blown all over the place by very strong winds.

This morning was clear for an hour or two but it's snowing moderately here now.

Tenjin is shut again.

Hodaigi's top lifts aren't humming yet but I expect they will be very shortly, Okutone is the usual, all systems go and friends there for a night ski last night reported excellent conditions.


Ski resorts in Minakami:

Minakami Hodaigi
Minakami Kogen Fujiwara
Minakami Kogen Ski Resort
Norn Minakami
Okutone Snow Park
Tanigawadake Tenjindaira
Tanigawa Onsen White Valley


Resort Spotlights with more detail:

Norn Minakami
Okutone Snow Park


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.    Read more ...

Appi Kogen Now!

Thursday 4th January 2018, 12:25pm
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 8cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Appi,

Light snow most of the evening and into this morning. It should add a good powder layer to the runs today. The forecast hasn’t changed much either for the next few days with a smattering of snow forecast and stable westerly winds. The temperatures may warm slightly into the weekend but are still firmly in the minus zone.

All the runs are in good condition and Mt. Nishimori should offer a great ungroomed day for the adventurers.


Planned lift operations on Wednesday 3rd January 2018 (subject to change):

- APPI Gondola
- Central quad
- Central number 2 lift
- Central number 3 lift A
- Central number 5 lift
- Central number 6 lift
- Sailer gondola
- Nishimori lift

Note: The Sailer Gondola, Central Number 4 lift and Vista quad are usually rested on normal weekdays


Official snow depth:

190cm   Read more ...

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