Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 7th May 2017
Tuesday 29th November 2016, 6:58am
Just a quick note here, as the snow is slowly drifting down.
Just a nice white dusting, but enough to give that tingle to the spine and that snow smell for the nose (why does snow smell different than rain?). It's that kind of snowy day that hints that we might really be in winter now, and that snow just might keep on coming (although the weather forecast courtesy of SnowJapan shows that the freezing line is going to be moving up the hill over the coming days - oh well). Just as a hint, check out the freezing level section of the weather report; precipitation can be hard to predict up here on the hill, but the freezing line prediction is pretty accurate and really helpful.
It's a nice and cold morning here and I measured 9cm of fresh snowfall a short while ago.
It was snowing more when I first got up this morning but as I write this it is snowing lightly and that seems to be what is forecast for the morning, with the snow easing off later on leaving us with a generally cloudy end to the day.
Look for a return to snowfall later on Thursday.
Niseko Grand Hirafu and Niseko Annupuri are updating their official snow depth numbers so I have added those to the report here. (The numbers on the right hand side of the report will begin updating some time in the first half of December.
And that's about it for today really. The same lifts and courses should be open again today, same as since opening.
We could do with some big dumps of snowfall to really get things kicking off but at the same time must remember that is it still November!
What should be open today? (Weather permitting)
Niseko Grand Hirafu plans to be part open from 8:30am with the Ace Number 2 Center Four quad lift taking folk up to the Ace Number 3 pair lift and the open Center Course. The last lift servicing the open run will be at 3:30pm and the last quad lift coming back down to base at 4pm. Lift tickets for 1 day are 2,000 yen for adults and 1,000 yen for children and seniors, and those charges are valid until 30th November.
Niseko Annupuri also plans to be part open. The Annupuri Gondola starts moving at 8:30am, taking people up to the Jumbo Number 3 pair lift which is open from 8:45am until 3:15pm. The last Gondola down is at 3:30pm. 1 day lift tickets for this limited Niseko Annupuri opening are 2,100 yen for adults and seniors, and 1,300 yen for elementary school age children.
Official resort snow depths as of Tuesday 29th November 2016:
Planned season dates for the four main Niseko United ski resorts:
Niseko Grand Hirafu: partly open already, until Sunday 7th May 2017 Niseko Annupuri: partly open already, until Sunday 7th May 2017 Niseko Hanazono: Saturday 3rd December 2016 until Sunday 2nd April 2017 Niseko Village: Thursday 1st December 2016 until Sunday 2nd April 2017
Night skiing is planned from Saturday 10th December until Monday 20th March 2017 at the Annupuri, Grand Hirafu and Village resort areas. Read more ...
Tuesday 29th November 2016, 8:25am
Rain - sleet - snow
Greetings from Yuzawa.
It is snowing higher up this morning and Kagura are reporting 5-10cm of fresh snow on the upper Kagura areas and about 3cm at the Mitsumata area.
Further down here in town there has been lots of rain since yesterday but it is really trying to snow and in places it is turning to sleet and hopefully we might get a bit of snow on the ground here by the end of the day. Gambare!
It's still on the milder side of the things this morning in town around 4C but quickly getting colder as you go higher - Kagura reporting a temperature of -4C up there, along with a moderate wind.
The forecast doesn't have much snow lined up after today through until at least the end of the weekend.
A recap on what is planned to be open today:
A 1,500m section of the main run at Kagura. The course is 30-50m in width and the natural snow has been helped on by snow making machines giving what the resort reports as 50cm snow depth.
Operating lifts are:
- Mitsumata Ropeway - Mitsumata Number 1 quad - Mitsumata Number 2 romance pair - Kagura Gondola - Kagura Number 1 quad lift
All but the Kagura quad lift are basically operating to get people over to the course area that is open. The lifts can be used to get back down as well, which means that there is no shuttle bus needed. The Mitsumata Ropeway plans to be operating from 8am until 5pm, with the last one going up at 4:30pm.
Ski resorts currently open: Kagura via Mitsumata Ropeway - a 1,500m long run is now open at the main Kagura area
Planned opening dates for resorts in Yuzawa Town and Minamiuonuma City (by date):
The resort have reported 10cm of fresh snowfall since yesterday afternoon on the top Yamabiko area, and here by base there is right now a modest speckled-like covering of white, though the snow that is falling is of the very wet variety. Still, it is better than being rained on and we have to start somewhere.
Unfortunately the forecast isn't currently showing much in terms of snow to expect over the coming few days and if anything falls it will more than likely be rain rather than snow.
Nozawa Onsen will open as soon as there is enough snow. Read more ...
Shiga Kogen Now!
Tuesday 29th November 2016, 8:33am
Hello from Shiga Kogen and it is a snowy morning here.
Yesterday it was snowing pretty good in the morning but it eased off and left us with some really blowing winds for lots of the day.
There has been about 4cm on the ground since my last report and it is currently snowing lightly, but it doesn't look like we can expect much more once the clouds clear.
Yakebitaiyama have their opening day as 3rd December... but... looking at the same official information this morning, it looks like they are opening their Number 4 pair lift today with (part of) the 960m long South Course open. Yes, I'm unclear on that too, will have to go check...
In the meantime, Kumanoyu remains open as it has been the last few days.
Areas of Shiga Kogen currently open:
A 600m long run at Kumanoyu area, serviced by one pair lift. Part of the 960m long South Course at Yakebitaiyama (apparently). Read more ...
Tuesday 29th November 2016, 8:39am
Overcast with constant snow fall.
Good morning from Naeba everybody!
Overnight we have been treated to a fair snowfall and today there is constant light to moderate snow in the village with good build up.
There is still a few weeks to go but things are looking good for the season opening on the 10th of December. Keep going with the snow dances as they are paying off! Read more ...
Tuesday 29th November 2016, 8:40am
Cloudy, light snow at times
A report this morning as I wanted to update you on the snow yesterday and add that to the total.
It was snowing pretty good at times yesterday though it cleared up somewhat later in the afternoon, but there has been more snow falling overnight and this morning. Not huge amounts, but cold and consistent snowfall is what we want - and it is good to have it before we get into December.
As we approach December, the forecast doesn't seem to be showing much promise in the coming week. Still, over 2 weeks to go before Madarao plans to open. A lot can happen in over two weeks!
The official opening date for Madarao Kogen this season is Saturday 17th December. Read more ...
Tuesday 29th November 2016, 8:40am
Hello and good morning from Hakuba.
I don't have a whole lot to report this morning, but am trying to getting into the habit of posting daily reports after over 6 months off!
This morning light snow is falling at higher elevations, though nothing significant.
There is lots of cloud around for us down here in the village, and as per forecast we might get some sun showing through this morning.
Keep an eye on the forecast page, and perhaps click on Snowfall Analysis above to play around with previous season data.
Below are the official planned season opening dates for the ski and snowboard resorts in the Hakuba region. There are all subject to change depending on what happens weather-wise:
Hakuba Happo-one: as soon as there is enough snow Hakuba 47: as soon as there is enough snow Hakuba Goryu: as soon as there is enough snow Tsugaike Kogen: as soon as there is enough snow Hakuba Cortina: from 10th December Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field: from 16th December Hakuba Norikura Onsen: from mid December Hakuba Sanosaka: from mid December
Reports will be posted daily once the lifts get moving. Read more ...
Tuesday 29th November 2016, 9:11am
Hello again from Zao, and there's another dusting of snow to report - well actually 2cm outside my place.
It is continuing to snow now so fingers crossed there might be a bit more to come, especially as there doesn't look to be much beyond today in the coming week.
I'll post my next report when there is any more fresh snowfall or any news.
Zao Onsen will open as soon as there is enough snow. Read more ...
Tuesday 29th November 2016, 11:26am
Cloudy, some breaks
Hello and a very warm welcome to you from a cold Grandeco!
We are all hoping that the upcoming 2016-2017 season will bring with it a lot of regular and heavy snowfall.
There has been some snowfall already here at base, as follows:
10th November 2016 - 1cm 24th November 2016 - 1cm 26th November 2016 - 2cm 29th November 2016 - slight dusting
So I am going to add 4cm to this report for the season so far.
Grandeco actually hoped to open the Center Course (2km) today, but part of the course isn't covered with snow and so it's not possible.
The resort is currently preparing to open on 3rd December, with the hope that the forecast for snow on 1st and 2nd December is correct!
Usually this area Urabandai has a lot of snow in early December.
There was a couple of centimetres of new snow on the ground this morning and it has continued snowing since but not as much as the forcast predicted. There is a reasonably significant wind blowing around at the moment but other than that it is a great day and the slopes that are open are in great condition.
Later in the week the winds will increase to very strong levels and heavy rain is forecast at village level, but this is likely to be a significant snowfall on the mountain itself - fingers crossed for that one.
Furano Zone is partially open with Furano Ropeway operating to upload and download skiers to and from the upper mountain. It is not possible to ski from the top to bottom of the mountain yet. The skiable lift is Downhill Romance no.2 chair and the skiable courses are the upper part of Sailer and Spies Course, and Shirakaba Course. Restaurant Downhill is open.