Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 28th May 2018

Furano Now!

Monday 20th November 2017, 8:05am
Weather conditions: Partly cloudy
New snowfall: 16cm
Snow depth: --
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 ...
 

Niseko Now!

Monday 20th November 2017, 8:20am
Weather conditions: Snow clouds
New snowfall: 29cm
Snow depth: --
Wow!

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.

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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 ...
 

Yuzawa Now!

Monday 20th November 2017, 8:29am
Weather conditions: Snow clouds
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: --
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.

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Planned ski resort opening dates

Thursday 23rd November 2017
Kagura (via Mitsumta)

Saturday 9th December 2017
Iwappara
Kagura (via Tashiro)
Naeba
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
Ipponsugi
Muikamachi Hakkaisan

   Read more ...
 

Shiga Kogen Now!

Monday 20th November 2017, 8:50am
Weather conditions: Snow clouds
New snowfall: 16cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Shiga Kogen.

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.

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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

Mid December 2017:
Bunadaira
Giant
Higashitateyama
Ichinose Diamond
Maruike
Nishitateyama
Tannenomori Okojo

Late December 2017
Ichinose Yamanokami

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Other news:

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 ...
 

Hakuba Now!

Monday 20th November 2017, 8:55am
Weather conditions: Snow clouds lingering
New snowfall: 2cm
Snow depth: --
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!

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Official planned ski resort opening dates:

Thursday 23rd November 2017
Hakuba Happo-one
Tsugaike Kogen

Late November 2017
Hakuba 47
Hakuba Goryu

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

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From previous report:

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 ...
 

Grandeco Now!

Monday 20th November 2017, 9:00am
Weather conditions: Cloudy skies
New snowfall: 10cm
Snow depth: --
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.

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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:

Grandeco 6 day forecast

...and these reports!   Read more ...
 

Naeba Now!

Monday 20th November 2017, 9:06am
Weather conditions: Overcast, snow clouds
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: --
Quick report to keep up to date with snowfall over the weekend.

Not snowing now but snowfall due by tomorrow morning once again.

After that there's a short spell of slightly warmer temperatures forecast in the middle of the week.

Naeba snow and weather forecast

Kagura will be opening from Thursday so that's where the first turns will be possible! Kagura details will be mainly posted on the Yuzawa Now daily report.

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Official planned opening dates

Thursday 23rd November 2017
Kagura, via the Mitsumata Ropeway.

Saturday 9th December 2017
Naeba
The Tashiro area of Kagura   Read more ...
 

Zao Now!

Monday 20th November 2017, 9:31am
Weather conditions: Cloudy, snow clouds remain
New snowfall: 9cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Zao and a bit more snow to report.

9cm of it at base actually on this very cold morning. The cloud skies are still over the region though it isn't snowing just now. Looks like milder conditions are expected around mid-week.

Note that the Zao Chuo Ropeway is currently closed until 24th November and the Zao Sky Cable is closed until Wednesday.

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Keep an eye on the forecast for Zao Onsen here:

Zao Onsen 6-day snow and weather 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 ...
 

Myoko Now!

Monday 20th November 2017, 23:49pm
Weather conditions: Still snowing
New snowfall: 20cm
Snow depth: --
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!)

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Official planned season ski resort opening dates:

Saturday 9th December 2017:
Akakura Onsen

Friday 15th December 2017:
Akakura Kanko

Saturday 16th December 2017:
Ikenotaira Onsen
Kyukamura RunRun
Lotte Arai Resort
Tangram Ski Circus
Madarao Kogen

Sunday 17th December 2017:
Myoko Ski Park

Saturday 23rd December 2017:
Myoko Suginohara
Seki Onsen
Kurohime Kogen Snow Park   Read more ...
 

Myoko Now!

Monday 20th November 2017, 23:49pm
Weather conditions: Still snowing
New snowfall: 20cm
Snow depth: --
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!)

Official planned season ski resort opening dates:

Saturday 9th December 2017:
Akakura Onsen

Friday 15th December 2017:
Akakura Kanko

Saturday 16th December 2017:
Ikenotaira Onsen
Kyukamura RunRun
Lotte Arai Resort
Tangram Ski Circus
Madarao Kogen

Sunday 17th December 2017:
Myoko Ski Park

Saturday 23rd December 2017:
Myoko Suginohara
Seki Onsen
Kurohime Kogen Snow Park   Read more ...
 

SnowJapan Daily 'Now' reports

Yuzawa Now
28th May, 8:40am
Niseko Now
06th May, 9:21am
Furano Now
06th May, 9:04am
Hakuba Now
06th May, 9:02
Nozawa Onsen Now
06th May, 8:41
Shiga Kogen Now
06th May, 8:35
Myoko Now
06th May, 8:35am
Zao Now
06th May, 8:30am
Grandeco Now
06th May, 8:29am
Naeba Now
06th May, 8:28am
Minakami Now
06th May, 8:27am
Appi Kogen Now
06th May, 8:04
Geto Kogen Now
06th May, 8:01
Madarao Now
05th May, 19:10pm

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