Snow and weather reports posted on Wednesday 21st March 2018
Monday 20th November 2017, 8:05am
At the time of posting the report yesterday it looked as if the snowfall was done for the day, however I could not have been more wrong. From afternoon the rate of snowfall ramped up and by late afternoon the village had received a whopping 16cm of relatively wet snow.
This morning it is partly cloudy with strong sunshine through the clear areas of the sky. It is not snowing but light snow is on the forecast for today through until Tuesday. Wednesday may see moderate rain at base level but it is likely this will arrive as snow on the upper slopes accompanied by high winds. Read more ...
Monday 20th November 2017, 8:20am
I have another 29cm of fresh snowfall to report to you since yesterday.
This really is a very nice run up to the lifts opening at Niseko Grand Hirafu on Thursday, which surely they will be able to do now. It is very likely that it will not continue being full-on winter from now on - we can expect some milder temperatures around Wednesday and Thursday - but still, very happy with how things are shaping up right now.
Let's hope that we can avoid rain that might spoil the fun around mid-week... unfortunately it's there on the forecast at the moment. Still, even so fingers crossed it might be snowing at higher elevations.
I think there'll be a lot of folk lining up for those first lifts in a few days. It will be fun to see how much can open too, no doubt we'll hear more about that around Wednesday.
I will keep you posted, hopefully with news of further snow in my report tomorrow morning.
Planned season dates:
Niseko Grand Hirafu: Thursday 23rd November 2017 until Sunday 6th May 2018
Niseko Annupuri: Saturday 25th November 2017 until Sunday 6th May 2018
Niseko Village: Friday 1st December 2017 until Sunday 8th April 2018
Niseko Hanazono: Saturday 2nd December 2017 until Sunday 8th April 2018
Floodlit 'nighta' skiing schedule: Saturday 9th December 2017 until Sunday 18th March 2018 Read more ...
Monday 20th November 2017, 8:29am
Good morning from Yuzawa.
Yesterday was a generally snowy day. Light snow mostly, but coming down harder at times. And at our measuring point we have an additional 5cm as a result. I'm not hearing reliable news about how much snow has been falling higher up, but we can reasonably expect a fair bit more.
The snow clouds are still above us this morning and may well be until tomorrow so we can perhaps expect a bit more.
One thing I feel I should mention at this point. This is a very nice early snowfall of course and we're more than happy to take it as a good sign for the upcoming season! But it has to be noted that we often get early snowfall which more often than not melts away to be followed by a stretch of no snowfall before it starts snowing proper for the season. That's the normal pattern. As the forecast stands just now it seems we can expect slightly warmer conditions after today and more rain than snow (in town anyway).
Kagura will be opening on Thursday. How much of Kagura night open?! We don't know that yet and they will probably announce the details on Wednesday - I will of course bring those details to you on this report.
The 2017-2018 snow season officially started here on Saturday (18th) with the Kumanoyu area of Shiga Kogen operating the Number 2 pair lift and a 600m length of ski course available to slide down.
With another 16cm of fresh snowfall being measured over the weekend helped along with snow-making machines, the official snow depth is just 20cm so it's all rather limited - but still, great to see things starting to happen. And good to hear those snow moving machines - I don't even mind if they wake me up early morning!
More snow is due tonight so hopefully I might have more to report tomorrow.
Already open! Kumanoyu
Saturday 2nd December 2017: Yakebitaiyama
Saturday 9th December 2017: Okushiga Kogen
Late November 2017: Takamagahara Mammoth Yokoteyama
Early December 2017: Hasuike Ichinose Family Shibutoge Sun Valley Terakoya
The section of the Route 292 road that connects Shiga Kogen with Gunma Prefecture is now closed for the winter season. It is scheduled to re-open from 10:00am on 20th April 2018. The road connecting Okushiga Kogen with Nozawa Onsen is also closed for the winter season. Read more ...
Monday 20th November 2017, 8:55am
Snow clouds lingering
Just a little bit more (wet) snow to report here at base, and good to see and hear about more up on the mountains.
Down here around the village the fields are partly covered with snow; kind of like a speckled look going on there!
There will hopefully be some new cm to report down to village by tomorrow morning though after that I think we should be expecting milder temperatures for a short while and maybe some sunshine into the mix as well.
No official word yet on what might be opening come Thursday. We'll post any news for you here, of course!
In ski resort news, the main thing I can report is that this season Hakuba Sanosaka will not be part of the joint ‘Hakuba Valley’ ticket deal. There were various rumours going around about Sanosaka over summer... it will be opening but it looks like operations will be somewhat scaled down with just three lifts (Number 2 quad lift, Number 3 quad lift, Number 6 pair lift) scheduled to be operating. The ‘Hakuba Valley’ lift ticket prices for the 2017-2018 season have been updated on each of the 9 ski resort pages on SnowJapan.
Hakuba Now will be updated daily once the ski lifts start operating. If you want more pre-season reading and info on how previous early seasons went, you can check the archive Hakuba Now reports using the links lower down this page. Read more ...
Monday 20th November 2017, 9:00am
Hello from Grandeco.
10cm of new snow has fallen around Grandeco last night.
It is still falling on and off at the moment (8:30am) and it is very cold... the snow making machines are also working hard.
According to the forecast, snow should be falling today through tomorrow morning so expecting for more.
The Minowa resort announced it would open the today, but apparently there is not enough snow to open this morning.
Grandeco resort plan to officially open the Center Course (2km length) and the Number 1 lift from 1st December, all being well. If there is a decent snowfall before that, they might open before that planning date. It will all depend on the snowfall. Keep an eye on the forecast:
Some more news for the upcoming season as we wait for the snow and ski resort opening.
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 ...
Monday 20th November 2017, 23:49pm
It's still pre-season, so I wasn't really going to add more reports for awhile. But when we get another 20cm, I have to say something!
It's almost the end of the day now, and it is still snowing a bit. The weather report says it probably won't last, but I guess we can all share the fun of the pre-season, up to the time the doors open and we're out on the hill (although a few brave/foolhardy folks were out there today, hiking up and bouncing their way down the slopes—there's lots of stuff under that snow!)
It's still pre-season, so I wasn't really going to add more reports for awhile. But when we get another 20 cm, I have to say something! It's almost the end of the day now, and it is still snowing a bit. The weather report says it probably on't last, but I guess we can all share the fun of the pre-season, up to the time the doors open and we're out on the hill (although a few brave/foolhardy folks were out there today, hiking up and bouncing their way down the slopes—there's lots of stuff under that snow!)