Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 7th May 2017
Wednesday 4th December 2013, 9:10am
This morning is a complete contast to yesterday's perfect weather with the resort being enveloped with drab grey skies. There is no new snow to report, but the snow making team has been hard at work over the last few days giving mother nature a hand and trying to get more courses open as soon as possible. The next substantial snow is forecast for Friday evening through until Sunday morning.
The mild conditions continue here in Niseko with no new snow to report this morning and a temperature at the moment of +3 degrees.
There's not much to report other than that really. There aren't many people about yet, being so early in the season, so it seems that it's a waiting game now. It's not often you get Niseko almost to yourself, so it's quite a novel experience.
It still doesn't look like that huge dumpage is just around the corner as the forecasts stand now. We may well get topups bit by bit, but what we want and need is a good old snowstorm to deposit 50cm or so and really get things going.
Lift operations (at time of writing):
Grand Hirafu: Ace Family Pair Ace Number 2 Quad (Center Four) Ace Number 3 Pair
Bright sunshine this morning over Yuzawa town. A bit overcast looking and a few clouds here and there but generally another fine day here. It's not that cold either and it should warm up to about 10C later on this afternoon. So not altogether winter-like at the moment.
Let's take a look at the forecasts for the region. More of the same lined up for tomorrow followed by a few days with a chance of rain or perhaps some snowfall higher up - but nothing really significant.
I'm off up to Kagura now, so I'll let you know how it is tomorrow.
Another lovely morning here in Hakuba. The sun is out, blue skies, some fluffy white clouds hanging around the peaks...
The mild conditions continue here with a high of around 8 degrees expected today. Temperatures didn't drop into minus territory last night at village level. It's looking like tomorrow will be a fairly similar story with milder conditions continuing into next week.
There's still the usual last minute preparations being made around the village. Not many people out on the open slopes yet.
I think generally the locals are ready for the season to properly get started. All we need now is the snow!
Official snow depth numbers and operations (as of 4th December 2013):
Hakuba Goryu Upper - 75cm Iimori - 0cm Toomi - 0cm Lifts operating: Gondola, Alps Number 1, Alps Number 3.
Hakuba 47: Upper - 82cm Lower - 5cm Lifts operating: Line E (access via Hakuba Goryu gondola)
Happo-one: Usagidaira - 80cm Nakiyama - 0cm Sakka - 0cm Lifts operating: Adam Gondola, Alpen Quad, Kurobishi Number 2 quad, Hakuba Kokusai Number 3 pair, Panorama pair. The Gondola is just for 'getting there'.
Other resorts planned opening dates: Hakuba Norikura - mid December Cortina - 14th December Hakuba Iwatake - 20th December Read more ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Wednesday 4th December 2013, 10:30am
Mostly clear and sunny
The sun is out again this morning in Nozawa. Beautiful. High temps of 8-9 degrees this afternoon. Tomorrow the forecast is very similar. All well and good, but I think I speak for pretty much everyone when I say we would prefer a blizzard just now!
Down in the village it's feeling almost like we are still in autumn as the snow has all gone now and there's actually still a bit of colour left in the trees.
As we know though things can change quickly here and it certainly won't be long before winter arrives to stick around until spring. It's just not clear at the moment when that will happen. The milder conditions do look set to remain with us at least into next week.
In the meantime, unchanged lift operations and course openings on the mountain.
Wednesday 4th December 2013:
Official snow depth: Yamabiko - 40cm Base areas - 0cm
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 Read more ...
Wednesday 4th December 2013, 11:24am
Lovely (mostly) clear blue skies over Zao this morning. No wind to speak of. Just lovely. But... a lack of snow! It's getting very thin on the ground by base now, though still enough cover for the Chuo Number 1 paid lift to be open -- it's just that part of Chuo open at the moment I'm afraid. It is though a lovely day to be out in the fresh air, if you can take any good from that!
So, when is the snow coming? Perhaps snowfall on Friday and Saturday, though I can't say it looks like it will be anything significant. I think we are going to have to wait a little while longer as nature conjures up her magic!
Official snow depths (4th December 13) Utopia: 40cm Chuo: 40cm Paradise: 40cm Uwanodai: -cm
Operating lifts (1st December 13) All Ropeways (Skycable, Zao Chuo Ropeway, Zao Ropeway) operating. Chuo Number 1 Pair Read more ...