Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 16th December 2017
Thursday 28th November 2013, 8:58am
Drizzle in Yuzawa and also down to base at Kagura this morning, with the resort reporting light snow on the upper slopes. Hopefully we might get to see some snowfall tonight but tomorrow is set to be clear and sunny and so we can't expect anything significant.
It has to be said that over the last few weeks the local forecast for Yuzawa has been off a fair few times - it's all very 'yominikui' (difficult to read) at the moment.
Still, remember we are still in November. We need to keep patient!
Planned resort opening dates for all of the skijo in Yuzawa town (subject to snow conditions)
December 7th: Kagura (Tashiro) Naeba Iwappara
December 14th: Yuzawa Nakazato Yuzawa Kogen Nakazato Snow Wood
December 20th: Yuzawa Park
December 21st: GALA Yuzawa Ipponsugi Yuzawa Kogen (Nunoba area)
Resorts in neighbouring Minamiounuma city:
December 7th: Joetsu Kokusai
December 14th: Maiko Snow Resort Muikamachi Ski Resort
Snow to report this morning and just over 10cm of it outside my place here in Hirafu, and up to 15cm in places.
The snow started falling late last night. It was a colder night and as of 9am it is around -1C and -5C up top at Hirafu. Snow continued to fall and we should be looking at snow to continue through into tomorrow.
No official word from the resorts yet but if the snow falls as expected, hopefully we will be looking at openings on Saturday.
Planned resort opening dates:
Niseko Grand Hirafu - as soon as possible Niseko Annupuri - open as soon as possible Niseko Village - 1st December Hanazono - 7th December Read more ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Thursday 28th November 2013, 9:37am
The wait is nearly over. While I don't have any new snowfall down in the village to report, I can confirm that Nozawa will be opening on Saturday with the top Yamabiko runs planned to be open. The resort is reporting 32cm of snow as of yesterday and with snow due on those slopes today and tomorrow hopefully all will be good for a decent opening.
I'll update you more tomorrow, but for now here are the details of opening on Saturday:
Lifts Nagasaka Gondola - 8:40am until 3:30pm Yamabiko Four lift - 9am until 3:30pm Yamabiko Number 2 Four lift - 8:55am until 3:40pm
Courses Yamabiko A course - 1300m Yamabiko C course - 850m Yamabiko D course - 1250m Yamabiko E course - 10000m
Early season 1 day lift ticket special prices until 20th December: Adults @ 3000 yen Children @ 1500 yen Senior @ 2000 yen Read more ...
Thursday 28th November 2013, 11:50am
Cloud, thick cloud higher
Some fresh snow to report from around the resorts this morning - on the upper slopes:
5cm reported Happo (Usagidaira) 6cm reported by Hakuba 47 4cm reported by Hakuba Goryu
Operations at the resorts remains unchanged.
Light rain in the village this morning but as I write this it is just cloudy with most of the mountains hidden from view... hearing that it is snowing up there still. And snow is due to be falling today - down to village level as well. It does look likely that things will clear up sometime tomorrow and into the weekend so fingers crossed for that snowfall tonight.
I'll let you know.
Official snow depth numbers and operations (as of 28th November 2013):
Hakuba 47: Upper - 61cm Lower - 5cm Lifts operating: Line E
Happo-one: Usagidaira - 70cm Nakiyama - 0cm Sakka - 0cm Lifts operating: Adam Gondola, Usagidaira pair, Kurobishi Number 2 quad, Kokusai Number 3 pair, Panorama pair. The Gondola is just for 'getting there'.