Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 19th November 2017
Wednesday 21st November 2012, 8:58am
Things started off well yesterday with the snow falling and it continued throughout the day with some decent snowfall to report this morning. There has been over 20cm here in Hirafu, up to 30cm in places and no doubt more as you get higher up on the mountain. It's a nice and cold -1 degrees at the moment on the old thermometer and I can't see much of the mountain. Looking at the forecast, we can likely expect snow on and off - hopefully more on than off - into the weekend. It would seem that winter has properly arrived in Niseko and there's no going back.
I'd say we were all going to be good for a Friday opening. Not long now!
It snowed in the early hours of the morning above 1500m over the peaks of Mt. Tengunokashira and Mt. Shiroumadake. The fierce wind was blowing snowflakes over Hakuba village around 1:00am which melted away with the rising sun. The weather outlook for today is cloudy, windy and showers throughout the day with temperatures between 1 degree and 6 degrees Celsius.
At the moment there are a few breaks in the cloud and areas of blue sky above the village - the sun making appearances as well - but clouds are shrouding the upper half of the mountains. Tomorrow and possibly Saturday 24th there is a greater chance of snow showers.
Hakuba Goryu is back open today after the winds forcing closure yesterday and Hakuba 47 is waiting on snow. As we all are of course. No other news at the moment I'm afraid, we'll just have to wait on nature. Read more ...
Wednesday 21st November 2012, 9:52am
The winter weather has truly settled in and we have woken up this morning to find the first significant snowfall at village level. Currently there is 5cm on the ground in the village, but on the upper mountain there is a depth of around 30cm. With more snow forecast throughout the week and temperatures consistently below freezing the ski area opening will not be too far away. Read more ...
Wednesday 21st November 2012, 10:10am
Morning from Yuzawa. Another dusting of snow overnight though with the last few days seeing the snow line move back up the mountain after that fall last week, we are still looking mid-season with autumn colours still on show on the lower mountains.
This was mentioned on the Naeba Now report yesterday, but Kagura have confirmed their intentions to open on Friday 23rd - the day after tomorrow! Get to Kagura on Friday and be at the Mitsumata Ropeway between 2pm and 4pm and you might be on for some free 'tonjiru' soup and 'oshiruko'. How about that then?!
So Mitsumata Ropeway will be operating from 8am on Friday and then people will have to take a shuttle bus from the top ropeway station to the base of the Kagura Gondola. The Kagura Gondola will then take people up to the main Kagura area of the resort where 1500m of course should be open. They are even planning on having some of the 'Kagura Park' facility up and running from day 1.
Exciting times. There's not a great deal of snow on the week long forecast at the moment, even at Kagura. But it does seem like they have enough and each day now the snow making machines are busy pumping out some man-made snow to help things along on top of the natural snow. Read more ...
Wednesday 21st November 2012, 10:26am
Genuine snow down past the highway today; about 10cm at the lifts. Not enough to ski, of course, but it's the first for the season. Very heavy, too; glad a lot didn't fall, because these early snows always bring down trees and power lines. There were a few crews running around with power line equipment, so there must have been some minor damage.
I have set up a proper snow study area right near the house here (so just below the base at Akakan), so I can give more accurate snow depths and snowfall figures (but I won't bore you with snow density reports unless it's really light or super heavy). So I can tell you that we had exactly 8cm here, and a walk up to the lifts showed a little more. Not bad, huh? Now to set up the automated weather station (if prompt work payment comes in soon!). Read more ...