Snow and weather reports posted on Thursday 25th May 2017
Thursday 4th December 2014, 8:02am
Mostly cloudy, bright
Morning from Yuzawa. It feels like what I am going to write is similar to yesterday.
The forecast was for snow or sleet, but we got clear blue skies. A few white clouds around in the afternoon here and there, but they were never threatening snow. A beautiful day for what that's worth! I was watching the news last night and reading the Zao Now report - looks like those snow clouds have really come up with the goods up there in Yamagata...
Anyway, the local forecast for town today is rain followed by snow tonight and a high of around 6 degrees. Just been outside and what we have for the moment is mostly cloudy; in fact the sun has just started shining through from behind a cloud right now.
The forecast still also has snow likely over the next few days. That's all I'll say on that, until my report tomorrow!
So from today Kagura is going back to having the 1500m course open and the quad lift moving - the snow making machines have been busy helping out there. Not the best of conditions of course, they are saying that the course is 10-30m in width.
Kagura: From today Kagura will re-open the 1500m run that had open last week. A shuttle bus takes people from the top of the Ropeway to the base of the Kagura Gondola, which then takes them up to the base of the main Kagura area. The Kagura Number 1 Romance pair lift is operating to service the open course.
Planned opening dates for resorts in Yuzawa Town and Minamiuonuma City (by date):
I was just over at Hakuba 47 where there's about 10cm of fresh snow on the ground. Happo-one are reporting 45cm of snow at Usagidaira and 10cm on lower slopes. Goryu and 47 were both yesterday mentioning 30-40cm of snow higher up...
No news on lifts opening or firm plans for opening just yet at the moment, but we're nearly there!
It's forecast to get slightly warmer later today with a chance of snow changing to rain - down here in the village anyway, will surely remain snow higher up - but with snow still generally forecast through tomorrow and into the weekend... yes, we're nearly there.
EXCITE INFO UPDATE AT 1PM:
Happo-one have announced that they will open tomorrow - Friday 5th. The Panorama course will be open. Getting up there via the Gondola and the Kokusai Numer 1 lifts with the Kokusai Number 3 and Panorama lifts servicing the open area. Hurray! They plan to get the Gondola into action at 9am (until 4pm).
Expect more news when I post a new proper report tomorrow morning...
Planned opening dates :
Happo-one - confirmed to be part open from Friday 5th December Hakuba 47 - as soon as there's enough snow Hakuba Goryu - as soon as there's enough snow Tsugaike Kogen - as soon as there's enough snow Kashimayari Sports Village - early December Hakuba Sanosaka - mid December Hakuba Norikura Onsen - mid December Hakuba Cortina - Saturday 13th December Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field - Friday 19th December Read more ...
Thursday 4th December 2014, 8:40am
It's a good morning from Hirafu with a good 15-20cm of fresh snow to report. Snowing since yesterday and a nice welcome to the morning with the snow outside the front door. Still, we don't have quite enough to get the ski lifts moving yet.
Resorts are of course on standby waiting to open up and will certainly do so as soon as they feel possible, but no confirmed news yet on when lifts might get going. Niseko Village are this morning reporting 30cm of snow at both base and top, while Annupuri just ask us to wait a bit longer. Niseko Grand Hirafu are reporting 10cm at base and 30cm at top and that an announcement will be made tomorrow.
All depends on the snow of course.
So how's that looking? Snowfall is forecast on and off over the next few days and over the weekend and beyond as well, though quite how much will fall... it looks more like a bit at a time rather than major dumpage.
I will of course update you tomorrow with what is actually happening.
Planned opening dates for the different resort areas on the mountain:
Niseko Grand Hirafu - will open as soon as there's enough snow Niseko Annupuri Kokusai - will open as soon as there's enough snow Niseko Village - will open as soon as there's enough snow Niseko Hanazono - Saturday 6th December
Fog by the looks of things on the top of the mountain but down here it's just cloudy this morning.
Still, those snow clouds haven't made an appearance over Nozawa though the forecasts are not giving up on them with snow marks on each day from today until Sunday.
Todays local forecast is actually more chance of rain than snow this afternoon anyway with a relatively mild 6 degrees forecast, but it should get colder again overnight and perhaps a chance of a sprinkling of snow especially higher up. A few forecasts have 'heavy snow' down for times on Friday and Saturday, so yet that would be good.
The resort has been saying of course that it plans to open on Saturday but have posted a message about the lack of snow and that basically they'll open as soon as they can when there's enough of it. We'll obviously need a good dump of snow if they have any chance of opening on Saturday, so it's looking unlikely at the moment.
But as I have said before, things can change very quickly. Let's see what I have to report tomorrow.
Nozawa Onsen now hopes to open on Saturday 6th December if there's enough snow
Not as cold this morning and no fresh snow to report from Shiga Kogen and this morning it's just cloudy... though light snow is forecast to fall during the day today. We are hoping to get heavier snow tomorrow and Saturday perhaps when it's looking like it'll get much colder again.
Still very limited operations at the moment as we wait for decent snow to arrive:
Takamagahara The lower run is open, with the Number 2 triple lift moving
Ichinose Family The Number 2 Pair A line is moving and there's a 380m long and 30m wide course open
Kumanoyu Number 2 Pair A and B lifts are servicing a 600m long and 40-50m wide course. Read more ...
Thursday 4th December 2014, 9:23am
It is always nice to wake up, look outside and see your car park covered in snow. Its a good sign for a good day ahead.
Kiroro is reporting 20cm of fresh snowfall in the last 24 hrs and the snow has been steady throughout the night.
The lifts are still limited to The Family lift, Asari No1 A course and Asari No2 course and the Yochi No2 lift. However if it keeps snowing like it has been hopefully more lifts will open up soon.
Yesterday was still a bit windy and alot of the fresh snow was getting blown around so not much snow was settling. The runs were a bit icy yesterday.
Today skiers and snowboarders are riding all the way down to the base and things are looking up
I will keep you posted on how the day pans out today and hopefully have news of more lift operations.
My oh my what a start to December this is. Masses of snow. Over 30cm since my report yesterday to report.
But. No ski lifts running yet. I think all of the lifties are in some state of shock or something. Or maybe not. Just coping with this somewhat unexpected royally large dump of snow that we have had. Not that we are complaining...
Chuo area now officially reporting 120cm of snow and apparently up on Utopia there's 130cm.
The official opening ceremony for the resort is as I reported before on Saturday, but can we possibly see the whole mountain open then? I would say there's definitely a chance.
A bit clearer at hhe moment and less wind but snow still falling and snowy conditions likely into the weekend as well.
Official snow depths (4th December 14): Utopia: -cm Chuo: 120cm Paradise: -cm Uwanodai: -cm