Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 18th November 2017
Saturday 10th December 2011, 9:01am
Well the snow clouds left us another 5cm or so overnight, but this morning they seem to have made a quick departure leaving behind just a bit of cloud but revealing a lot of blue sky as well. It's a lovely morning in the region with bright sunshine really contrasting with the white of the snow. Lovely.
-7 degrees up at Kagura.
More news this morning.
The snow has allowed more of Kagura to open and indeed no longer any need for the bus connecting Mitsumata Ropeway with the Kagura Gondola. For now anyway, the Mitsumata No1 quad lift and Mitsumata No3 pair lifts are operating taking people down to the Kagura Gondola. There are just for connecting purposes and so those Mitsumata courses are not officially open as runs. Also, at Kagura the No10 pair lift is operating this weekend and so the Panorama Course is now skiable.
Over at Tashiro, as well as the Ropeway, the No1, No2, No4 pair lifts and No1 quad are all operating.
Tashiro and Kagura are not connected yet so it's one area or the other.
Naeba of course opens today as well with the No5 quad and No4 pair lifts operating. The whole of the base of the resort is white with a thin blanket of snow, but there's enough artificial snow for a decent length course to be open.
So a fine day. The sun is out, gradually more snow appearing from the skies. Oh yes, winter is (almost, pretty much) here!
Part of the Chuo area of the resort opened this morning. It's just the Chuo No1 pair lift that is open, so accessible by getting up there on the Zao Chuo Ropeway. Not a whole lot of terrain, but it's something and great to see a lift moving again after that false-start that we had a few weeks ago! They are reporting 35cm of snow up there.
Other areas of course on standby as we wait for that snow depth to increase. It is snowing this morning actually and temperatures remain below zero and so hopefully over the next few days that snow can build up a bit.
Snowy conditions are forecast for today and tomorrow as well, though it must be said it does not look like that big dump that will open up most areas is just around the corner yet. Read more ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Saturday 10th December 2011, 9:26am
Sunny, blue skies
Snow last night, but not enough to make the resort change their mind about opening today. The resort remains closed. The consolation is that everywhere is looking beautiful this morning with bright blue skies and the sun shining down on the snow-covered village and mountain. Soon we will be used to seeing this regularly, but for now it's still a treat early in the season to be reminded how just how amazing winter is.
OK now to more important things! The forecast. I'm afraid there isn't a whole lot of snow on the weekly forecast as it stands at the momemt and perhaps a bit too much of the sun on there as well. Perhaps some snow around Monday night, and a few sprinklings here and there, but overall no huge dumpage on the short-range radar as yet. It does look like it should stay cold up on the mountain at least, perhaps low positive numbers in village.
Edit: Rumours that the resort might be able to open the top part tomorrow. We'll let you know tomorrow morning. Read more ...
Shiga Kogen Now!
Saturday 10th December 2011, 9:34am
Sun, some cloud
All change with conditions this morning. After snow falling yesterday and overnight, this morning we wake up to the sun out and lots of blue sky in Shiga Kogen. While it was snowing for the most part of yesterday it was the kind of snow that doesn't really result in much accummulation and so there's no really change in numbers and conditions this morning. The biggest change seems to be Yakebitaiyama who are reporting 10cm increase in snow depth. They have started moving their No2 quad lift this morning. Over at Kumanoyu, they are now running three pair lifts (No2 A, No2 B, No4).
It remains cold still though with a temperature of -5 degrees out there and dipping into minus double digits higher up.
Forecast? Fine weather for the weekend, perhaps some snow around Monday night, then more clear conditions next week. Good news is that temperatures should stay low and below 0 through the week.
Official snow depths [10th Dec 11]: Takamagahara Mammoth - 20cm Ichinose Family - 20cm Kumanoyu - 30cm Yakebitaiyama - 30cm Terakoya - 30cm
Resorts part open [10th Dec 11]: Takamagahara Mammoth - one triple lift Ichinose Family - one pair lift Kumanoyu - three pair lifts Yakebitaiyama - one pair lift, one quad lift Read more ...
Saturday 10th December 2011, 9:43am
It did start snowing just after I wrote the report yesterday but generally through the day it was just cloudy with sprinklings every now and again. Not amounting to anything really. In the evening it was snowing quite hard for a short time and this morning we have a fresh cover or snow in town. Just another thin layer really and with the sun out and shining down there's a good chance that it will dry up during today.
This morning part of Naeba and Tashiro opened up as well as a bit more of the main Kagura area up there. Please check out our Naeba Now report for more details.
Yuzawa Park 'officially opened' this morning but it seems that does not mean that you can actually ski there! They are just saying this morning that there isn't enough snow and they will open when there is enough. So there you go!
Right now it is 2 degrees in Yuzawa, we have lots of blue sky around and the sun is out.
It's hard to see any significant snowfall out of the coming week up until next weekend - perhaps a sprinkling here and there. Generally, mild conditions here in town seems to be the theme of the week. Read more ...
Saturday 10th December 2011, 9:47am
The first "big" weekend of Nisekos season operation wise saw the opening up of all Hanazono lifts right on schedule, with the Gondola on standby this morning looking to start its operations later this morning.
Brilliant sunrise this morning, things have clouded over a bit since, few cm of snow overnight but not much more than a light dusting, snow depth hovering just under 2 metres at the peak. We are looking at a fairly heavy snowfall later this afternoon, possibly starting around midday. Saw many fully laden coaches driving into the village this morning giving the sense that Niseko`s season is really underway now.
Temperatures still below freezing, currently sitting at a positively cozy -4 degrees after yesterdays bracing conditions.
Current lift operations at time of writing (subject to change depending on conditions)
Hirafu: Hirafu family pair, Ace Quad, Ace Pair 3 and Hooded pair 3, swinging monkey and holiday pair running. Gondola on standby as of 9am
Annupuri: Gondola, jumbo quad and Pair 2 and Annupuri Pair 3 running.
Niseko Village: Banzai and Community chair and Gondola running
Hakuba is getting some nice sunshine this morning and the temperature looks like it going to rise as the day progresses. Unfortunately, this means the slight covering of snow we got yesterday is probably going to melt at lower elevations and any south facing slopes.
The good news is though that Goryu is re-opened today. Just the Dai Ichi Alps Pair Lift at the top of the resort is open - getting there using the gondola of course - so skiers and riders will be limited to basically one run, but we are not complaining. Skiing is on! They are reporting 40cm of snow up there with 5cm new since yesterday.
There are more snow flurries expected over the next few days, lets hope it stays cool and falls as snow and not dreary rain. Other than that though not a whole lot of precipitation due up until later on in the week.
Lets keep positive and help us try to bring those snow gods into Japan!
We have seen a bit more snow in Madarao yesterday and overnight, but not enough for the resort to have it's pre-open thing going on this weekend - so basically now the plan is for Madarao to open on Friday 16th. For today though the sun is out and it is a fine day.
Fingers crossed that there will be enough snow for that and we will update you on things in a few days. Right now though got to say the forecast isn't looking too hopeful - the coming week looks set to keep generally cold, but more clearer skies than the snowy skies we would like to see. Read more ...
Saturday 10th December 2011, 17:29pm
Another wintry day in Furano, with the occasional snow flurry finding its way through the clouds to touch up the already significant snowpack we've accumulated over the last month. Today warmed up nicely to a chilly 0 degrees after an overnight low of -13. Nothing major in the way of snowfall to report, but tomorrow should bring us more of the same, with cold temperatures, skies that look like they could snow at any second, and a chance for some significant accumulation towards evening.
Be sure to bundle up when you're out there on the slopes! Read more ...