Snow and weather reports posted on Thursday 21st November 2019

Naeba Now!

Thursday 7th December 2017, 6:27am
Weather conditions: Looking like a fairly clear day today.
New snowfall: 7cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Naeba everyone!

Apologies for the late update as this report was meant to go out at this time yesterday.

As of yesterday morning, we had received 7cm of new snow in Naeba town which was a nice thing to wake up to!

There's a lot of snow in the forecast, especially this Friday, so my prediction is for a fairly good amount of snow for opening.

Fingers crossed please everyone.

Naeba will open this Saturday 9th December.



Planned opening on Saturday:

- Prince Number 2 Gondola
- Number 4 romance lift
- Number 5 high speed lift
- Takenokodaira romance lift

- A lower area and the top Takenokodaira area plan to be open (* not skiable top to bottom)   Read more ...

Yuzawa Now!

Thursday 7th December 2017, 7:50am
Weather conditions: Clear and sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Morning from Yuzawa.

Cloudy up at Kagura yesterday and I hear first hand there was some light snow falling at times too. And some fine snow conditions, especially for so early in the season.

Down around town lots of that snowfall yesterday morning dried up though there's still a bit around in places.

This morning things are looking much clearer with blue skies and sunshine. Clear skies and mild conditions are expected.

The forecast still looks good for snow during the day tomorrow (borderline rain at times during the day in town) and then some possible decent snowfall as we enter early next week.


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: 30cm

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 ...

Furano Now!

Thursday 7th December 2017, 7:51am
Weather conditions: Partly cloudy
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: --
The sun is out today and sitting inside in the light of the sun sure feels warm. Outside it is a different story with the temperature a nice round -10c in the village. This should rise to a high of -6c around lunch time and the sun is expected to give way to cloud. After the report was posted yesterday we received a further 5cm of snow mainly late in the afternoon.

Skiing is no longer restricted to only the upper part of the Furano Zone with Sailer Course now open back to the base of the mountain.    Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Thursday 7th December 2017, 7:53am
Weather conditions: Low early cloud, but sun up top
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Nozawa.

It may not feel like it to us down here at base early on as we have lots of low lying cloud engulfing us, but it's going to be a fine day. A look at the upper webcams shows sunshine and lots of blue skies; once this early morning cloud clears up it will be sunny and fine for the day - and relatively mild again.

Forecast shows snow tomorrow and then early next week. Potentially decent snowfall too - that sounds good to me.

The Uenotaira lift and course area will be open from Saturday.


Thursday 7th 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)
- * 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 - 2,500m

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): 65cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 55cm
- Hikage (660m): 10cm
- Nagasaka (615m): 10cm
- Karasawa (563m): 5cm (there really is about that now!) ;)   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Thursday 7th December 2017, 8:12am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning to you all.

It is another very cold early December morning. -7C outside and I see Niseko Village are reporting a temperature of -11C on their upper area. Not much of a wind at all, so resorts should be open as normal.

I have 5cm of lovely fresh snowfall to add to my report this morning and it is currently coming down at quite a pace (8:10am), so expect some more in my report tomorrow too. The forecast seems to be indicating that snowfall should be easing off sometime during the day today and we might even see a day of no snow tomorrow. Objection!

I spent a good three hours at Hirafu yesterday and shared the lifts with some lovely folk from Brazil... they were understandably rather happy at their choice of 'early season' after worrying about it for the past ten months. Phew! Conditions were really nice and it is still not particularly busy. I have a few friends based in the Tokyo region though who have heard about the conditions and have decided to make an extra early season trip up here. I am pretty sure that they will not be the only ones thinking those thoughts.

Heavy snowfall looks due around Monday and into next week. What more can I say!


I'm keeping an eye on early morning resort operation info and updated the data below each morning; this morning the only change I can see is that Konayuki course at Niseko Grand Hirafu is now open.


Niseko Avalanche Report:

The next avalanche report will be issued when gates are ready to be opened.


Thursday 7th 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

* All courses are open apart from Large, Miharashi and Dynamic. Konayuki now open.

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
- Dream Number 1 quad lift

* Top of Gondola to base is skiable. And, indeed, snowboard-able (!?) too.

Niseko Village

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

* Utopia, Shirakaba, Silver, Paradise, Family, Dynamic and Junior courses are open.


Official resort snow depths on Thursday 7th December 2017:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 210cm
Base - 85cm

Niseko Annupuri Kokusai
Top - 140cm
Base - 70cm

Niseko Village
Top - 135cm
Base - 70cm


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

Geto Kogen Now!

Thursday 7th December 2017, 8:21am
Weather conditions: Cloud, bit of blue sky
New snowfall: 19cm
Snow depth: --
Fresh snowfall measured at base since last report: 19cm (5cm overnight)

Good morning from a snowy Geto Kogen.

A good 19cm of fresh snow measured at base since yesterday with 5cm of that overnight; it was snowing for the day yesterday.

This morning the snow has eased off - it's calmer and there's even a bit of sun at times through the mostly cloudy skies. Having said that, a return to snowfall is on the forecast for this afternoon... and beyond into next week. It's looking good.

With the fresh snowfall and calm conditions this morning should see excellent conditions.


Official snow depths:

Top: 125cm
Base: 45cm

Operating lifts:

Number 1 Gondola (9:00am - 4:00pm)

Courses & Tree Runs:

* 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 ...

Hakuba Now!

Thursday 7th December 2017, 8:36am
Weather conditions: Blue skies, sun, bit of cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Hakuba.

After that fresh snow reported yesterday - this morning it's another cracker weather-wise with blue skies and sunshine.

I checked our Hakuba 47 yesterday. Really great conditions. Didn't feel like early December, for sure. That lovely fresh snow made for a fine morning.

There is no fresh cm of snowfall to report this morning; just those lovely sunny skies, and with cold conditions the snow conditions should be really good this morning as well.

The forecast remains very positive for snow tomorrow and then at the end of the weekend into early week.

I would expect more lifts and courses to be open at the weekend - if not then, with the decent snowfall that is due next week.


Looking back to yesterday morning, I notice that the Hakuba Cortina resort were saying they had 35cm of fresh snowfall by base. Very nice.

They plan to open on 16th December.


Ski resort opening status on Thursday 7th 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

Courses open:
- Panorama area
- Usagidaira area
- Kurobishi area
- Skyline area

Official snow depth:
- Usagidaira: 130cm
- Kurobishi: 165cm

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: 140cm
- Toomi: 20cm

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: 130cm
- Base: 30cm

Tsugaike Kogen

Operating lifts
- EVE Gondola
- Tsuga Number 2 pair lift (*** on hold at time of report)
- Han-no-ki high speed pair lift

Courses open:
- Tsuga-no-mori
- Han-kou

Official snow depth:
- Top: 115cm


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 ...

Grandeco Now!

Thursday 7th December 2017, 8:38am
Weather conditions: Snow clouds
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Grandeco.

There are cloudy skies around Inawashiro town through into the Urabandai area, but it is snowing here at Grandeco this morning.

5cm of new snowfall around base last night, and it is still falling now.

This snow was not on the forecast so you can say we are lucky to get it.

The ski courses have been covered with this layer of soft new snow, so it should be a good day to enjoy skiing.

More snow forecast for tomorrow and then early week.


Lifts operating:

- Gondola
- Number 1 lift
- Number 2 lift

Courses open:

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

Official snow depth:
- 60cm

- Grandeco snow and weather forecast

Other resorts in the region:

Nekoma - all courses and lifts open
Minowa - part open with two lifts
Ura Bandai - plans to open from 15th December   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Thursday 7th December 2017, 8:39am
Weather conditions: Sunny blue skies
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
It is a very cold but bright and sunny morning here in Shiga Kogen.

The cold should be keeping those snow conditions in excellent shape, even if we don't have any fresh to report this morning.

The next snow is due tomorrow with possibly clearer weather again at the weekend and then a return to snow on Monday.

Currently the following areas of Shiga Kogen are part open:

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

The above areas are not 'linked up' yet.

Expect a few more places to open this coming weekend.


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 ...

Zao Now!

Thursday 7th December 2017, 8:52am
Weather conditions: Blue sky, sun, some cloud
New snowfall: 2cm
Snow depth: --
It's a bright and sunny morning here in Zao with just a little more snow to report.

There's some cloud around and blocking the sun at times but we're probably set up to enjoy a day of fine weather conditions.

The forecast predicts some more snow later in the day tomorrow and then some decent snow early in the coming week.

Expect Zao Onsen to get more lifts moving and courses open as soon as there's enough snow.


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

Open course areas:
- Summit
- Chuo
- Utopia

Official snow depths:

- Summit area: 40cm
- Paradise area: 45cm
- Chuo area: 45cm
- 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 ...

SnowJapan Daily 'Now' reports

Furano Now
21st Nov, 13:31pm
Naeba Now
21st Nov, 10:17
Madarao Now
21st Nov, 10:16
Nozawa Onsen Now
21st Nov, 9:31
Shiga Kogen Now
21st Nov, 9:00
Yuzawa Now
21st Nov, 8:50
Niseko Now
21st Nov, 8:34
Geto Kogen Now
21st Nov, 7:47
Appi Kogen Now
20th Nov, 17:25
Zao Now
20th Nov, 10:08am
Hakuba Now
20th Nov, 8:30
Aizu Bandai Now
18th Nov, 11:47
Minakami Now
16th Nov, 11:38am
Myoko Now
12th Nov, 17:13pm
Grandeco Now
02nd Feb, 12:34am