Snow and weather reports posted on Thursday 25th May 2017
Saturday 6th December 2014, 7:40am
This is a bit more like it!
The morning rain yesterday turned into sleet and then in the afternoon it was snowing. It's still snowing now actually and outside SnowJapan HQ in Minamiuonuma we have probably around 10-15cm of snow on the ground. Not a massive amount for sure, but it's the first cm on the ground and a very welcome sight indeed. The forecast is for continued snow through the day today and tomorrow as well, so let's see it build up.
Kagura were last night reporting 15cm in the Mitsumata car park and this morning reporting 20-40cm of fresh snow up there on their slopes. From today the Mitsumata area will be used as a 'connection' to Kagura. Which means no more shuttle bus needed. So here's the line up at Kagura this morning, the first four being 'lifts open to get you there' so to speak:
- Mitsumata Ropeway - Mitsumata Number 1 Quad lift - Mitsumata Number 3 Romance pair lift - Kagura Gondola - Kagura Number 1 Quad (every day) - Kagura Number 1 Romance pair lift (holidays)
I would imagine that with continued snowfall today, they will quite quickly be getting more terrain open up, (perhaps even today and probably tomorrow - just guessing there).
The Tashiro Ropeway is now scheduled to be open from tomorrow, so no opening there this morning.
There's no word yet from Iwappara and Joetsu Kokusai but surely there's not enough snow yet to open. They both planned to open today so will now be opening up as soon as they can.
More snow this morning - though not a huge amount - and for the moment as I write this it's cloudy but snow is forecast to continue on and off through the day today, maybe easing off by tomorrow.
With the continued snow there's lots to report this morning, so let's get right to it.
Happo-one Happo has 4 lifts moving this morning and more runs opening, as noted below. The resort is reporting snow depth of 15cm at base and 85cm at Usagidaira, with 15cm of fresh snow at Usagidaira this morning.
Open lifts: -Kokusai Number 3 -Panorama -Alpen Quad -Kurobishi Number 2 Quad -Adam Gondola and Kokusai Number 1 lifts open to take people up to the open area
Open courses: -Panorama -Usagidaira -Kurobishi (part)
Hakuba 47 Hakuba 47 is almost all open this morning from 8am.
Open courses: -Upper part of Route 1 -Route 2 -Route 3 -Route 5 -Route 6 -Route 8. -The lower part of Route 1 and Route 7 are skiable 'at your own risk' which I think is the best way to translate 'jiko sekinin'. -Route 4 is the only one closed as they deal with the snow, apparently.
Open lifts: -Gondola -Line A -Line C -Line E
Hakuba Goryu The top area of Hakuba Goryu is open this morning.
Open lifts: -Alps Number 1 Pair lift -Alps Number 3 Pair lift -Gondola is open to take people up to the open area
Open courses: -Alps Daira Panorama -Alps Daira Grand Prix
Tsugaike Kogen Part of the upper slopes of Tsugaike Kogen is open.
Open lifts: -Han-no-ki High Speed Pair -Gondola is open to take people up to the open area
Open courses: -Upper part of Han-no-ki
I think that's the situation as it is early this morning.
Hopefully there will be more snow to report tomorrow morning and perhaps more lifts and runs opening too.
If you are able to get out there today... take care and have fun!
Other planned opening dates:
Hakuba Sanosaka - mid December Hakuba Norikura Onsen - mid December Kashimayari Sports Village - Saturday 13th December Hakuba Cortina - Saturday 13th December Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field - Friday 19th December Read more ...
Saturday 6th December 2014, 8:30am
It's a very nice cold morning here in Niseko, and currently -7 degrees. Suitably wintery. And we now have three of the four resorts on the mountain part open. I have added the details of what lifts and courses are open at each area below.
Did I mention the snow?
The snow is still coming down this morning very nicely to add to the 30+cm of fine Niseko variety that we must have had since my last report (more than I was expecting given the forecasts) and I it doesn't take much to guess there'll be more higher up.
The Grand Hirafu resort has posted a snow depth of 110cm on their upper slopes this morning.
These are more like the kind of numbers we want to hear! And it's forecast to continue into tomorrow, so things are looking good at the moment.
Official open terrain is still limited as you can see below but with more snow to arrive I would imagine that we'll see operations opening up very quickly now.
We might be seeing the place open 2 weeks later than we had hoped and planned for, but that's in the past now! Time to enjoy the present. It should be a very fine day out there.
Here's what's open this morning:
Niseko Grand Hirafu Courses: Family Course, Center Course Lifts: Ace Family Lift, Ace Number 2 Center Four lift, Ace Number 3 lift
Its great to see a whiteness about the village this morning after a splattering of snow overnight. Unfortunately its not enough to fully cover the front lawn or to record as millimetres yet. So we still have a long way to go before we have enough coverage to open.
There is snow forcasted for the week and it is trying so it will be interesting to see where we are at in another weeks time.
Yes, Nozawa has been on the receiving end of a good dump of fresh snow since yesterday and the resort is reporting an impressive 70cm of snow up on Yamabiko.
Surprises are great when they are nice snowy ones. :)
What's more, it's enough for the resort to spring (or is that winter) into action, as they have announced that Nozawa will be opening tomorrow morning.
It's snowing nicely down here at base as well with at least 20cm on the ground and the way it's coming down that will soon add up. Snow forecast for the day, perhaps easing off tomorrow and then maybe not much as we enter the new week. But Nozawa'll be open by then and we'll be able to enjoy the first runs of the season.
Nozawa Onsen will open at least some of the top Yamabiko runs tomorrow.
It's Saturday 6th and the day of the official opening of the resort here, with the ceremony to be held on the Uwanodai area by the base centre at 11am. Prayers for safety will be made. And no doubt mochi will make some kind of appearance as well as some 'characters'.
What's even more interesting than that is the fact that more of the resort is opening up this morning. 6 lifts plan to be moving as well as the usual ropeways and gondolas, and here they are:
Onsen Number 1 pair lift Mikaeri pair lift Chuo pair lift Paradise pair lift Yokokura Number 1 pair lift Utopia Number 2 pair lift
So basically we have 3 areas of the resort open - part of the base Uwanodai and Yokokura areas and the higher Paradise area.
Snow clouds look set to be with us today before easing tomorrow.
I think we can definitely say it is a very good start to the season. We're set for a good one, let's hope it continues.
Official snow depths (6th December 14): Utopia: 130cm Chuo: 80cm Paradise: 80cm Uwanodai: 80cm Read more ...
Shiga Kogen Now!
Saturday 6th December 2014, 9:31am
We have some new snow since yesterday - and it is still snowing here - but I can't see any changes to the resort operations this morning which surprises me a bit. I thought there'd be more action this morning, though it must be added that Shiga Kogen resorts are not the quickest to get information out there. But with this snow I would expect more open and definitely news of that tomorrow morning. That's my guess anyway.
So anyway yes it's snowing, right down to those cheeky monkeys down in the Yamanouchi town areas.
Still limited operations - as far as I can tell. 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 60-70m wide course.
Light snow falls at the valley level with around 5cm of snow on the ground, a current air temperature of -2 C and only a light breeze. The upper mountains have received between 15-25cm of new snow overnight but it is still not quite enough for resorts to Open. Tenjin was scheduled to open today but has postponed due to lack of snow base.
The snow is forecast to continue tonight through to tomorrow morning so Tenjin should get close to 40cm in total. Sundays onwards temps are expected to creep back up before the next cold front on the weekend.
It has been a warm start to the season for all of Japan. Hopefully Tenjin will have enough snow soon to open.
Valley 5cm Upper Mountains 15-25cm
Planned opening dates:
Tenjindaira - Snow dependent Houdaigi - December 13th Norn Minakami - December 18th White Valley- December 19th Minakami Kogen - December 20th Okutone - December 20th
Cloud and snow alternating with quick moments of sun
Yesterday's forecast came true: we work up to about 60cm of fairly nice fresh snow - not as wet and heavy as is often the case early in the season. It's beautiful! It's very much welcome!
So why didn't I make this report the first thing of the day? There’s this thing called a battery that goes into the mighty snowthrower (which is often a part of, and occasionally defines) these reports. Mine was getting low, but at worst a quick jump and it was OK—until the first time I really needed the machine. All I can say is, I went to the local home center, found the right serial number of the battery (just one left), and in the five minutes I was there, at least three other men picked up batteries. And a huge line at checkout with a forest of shovels and scrapers heading out.
It always catches us to some degree.
Still snowing, with occasional sunny patches. Hope it keeps building up, so the planned openings around the 20th will go off on schedule! Read more ...