Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 7th May 2017
Saturday 8th December 2012, 9:05am
A bit of a dusting late yesterday and snow again up high today. Clouds around most of Minakami though a few patches of blue around. The forecast is for snow showers and cloud for the rest of the day and through the weekend. This weather should stay with us well into next week. Houdaigi will certainly hope that the snow showers continue. They are still aiming for opening next weekend but definitely need a bit more coverage.
Houdaigi - Dec 15 Norn - Dec 20 Minakami Kogen - Dec 22 Okutone - Dec 21
A week before the official opening, and the early morning rain has turned into some seriously nice snow. It's the kind that Myoko is famous for: nice, big flakes, falling steadily for hours. Days. A week.
I'm hopeful, and looking forward to getting on the skis! Read more ...
Saturday 8th December 2012, 9:43am
Yesterday, more of the mountain managed to open up after my initial report, with the Ace Number 3, the King Number 3 lift and the Center Four lifts eventually moving at Hirafu. For those that made it out though and braved the winds and snow, there were some really nice snow conditions to enjoy.
This morning there is another 10cm plus of fresh snow to report in the village. It's a generally cloudy and overcast kind of morning here with better visibility than we have had, and it is remaining cold at around -6 degrees now, while the snow is holding off for the moment. Winds have calmed down as well allowing for the ski lifts to operate as planned for the morning.
We have more lifts moving this morning and today is the first day of the season for the Hirafu Gondola and the Hanazono resort area. In fact we have all three gondolas operating today.
Hirafu are commenting that 26 of their 30 courses are now open with Hanazono reporting a snow depth on upper slopes of 220cm. The Kogen course now has a fair few items to play with in their Free Ride Park, so if table tops, boxes and rails are your thing, that's the place to head to.
Snowfall is still on the forecast through into middle of next week and we might have to watch out for the wind again tomorrow and Monday.
Lifts Operating (at time of writing)
Grand Hirafu Ace Family Pair Ace Number 2 Quad (Center Four) Ace Number 3 Pair King Number 3 Triple hooded Hirafu Gondola Holiday Number 1 Pair Swinging Monkey
I bring good news! It is a very snow morning here in Hakuba. Yes, the snow is coming down very nicely this morning but curiously we are without the strong winds just at the moment, though they are still forecast to be with us as this snowfall is due to continue right through the weekend into early next week.
We have at least 10cm of fresh snow down at village level at the moment but higher up on the mountain, for example, Happo-one are reporting an impressive 40cm of fresh snow up in the Usagidaira part of the resort. For those willing to venture out in the snow, like I said not as windy as we had forecast but visibility out there is very poor. Can't see much at all really. So need to take special care out there.
It is still snowing and should be like this all weekend so it's really exciting to wonder just how much we can get this weekend and how awesome the conditions will be once this passes.
Around the resorts, Happo have opened up the Panorama lift and course this morning. Hakuba Goryu have opened the Sky Four lift at the lower Toomi area. This morning also sees Hakuba 47 open up the lower Route 4 course and they now have the Line A and Gondola lifts operating as well. So gradually we are seeing more terrain open up, and with this snowstorm likely to bring us a good amount of snow, we can expect more of that in the coming days.
Well, so far our storm hasn't arrived. I was thinking I would wait a bit for the massive flakes to start falling and the winds to blow me over, but fall they have not done just yet. Just light snow started not long ago up top.
Part of Naeba has opened this morning and there are some events going on at base at the moment. It's 'a bit at base and a bit up top' that's open at Naeba really, so quite limited.
Things are different at Kagura. Tashiro has opened this morning and suddenly almost all of the Kagura official area is now open. Not bad going at all for 8th December for sure. Snow depth isn't mid-season yet and we could do with the forecast storm to come and give us the copious amounts of snow that we are used to at Kagura, but definitely for 8th December there is no cause for complaint! Just get up there and enjoy it, I reckon.
The connection to Naeba with the Dragondola, a few courses at Tashiro, the top spring course at Kagura and the 'back to car park' run at Mitsumata aside, the official stuff is pretty much all open... but don't expext certain tree runs and more 'unofficial' areas to be open!
So what's going on with the weather then? Early on we even had the sun appearing but it has clouded over since then and it has been just cloudy for most of the morning with snow imminent. It's not even that windy at all, but perhaps the stormy conditions are just around the corner. Forecasts clash a bit this morning so we will just have to see what nature decides on but I am hoping to be able to report some decent snowfall in my report tomorrow.
Official resort snow depth: Kagura - 130cm
Planned opening dates: Kagura (Tashiro) on December 8th Naeba on December 8th Read more ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Saturday 8th December 2012, 11:02am
Light snow, cloud
OK so to go over those bits of news I gave yesterday.
Uenotaira is indeed open this morning as is the Bunabayashi course, with the Uenotaira Four lift operating this morning in addition to the Nagasaka Gondola and the Yamabiko quads.
It's trying to snow but we're not seeing the blizzard that we were hoping for just yet. It seems to have been slightly delayed somewhere, but we are still likely to see good snowfall overnight into tomorrow. As I write this though, it's not particularly windy out there.
I'll get back to you tomorrow with the latest!
Lifts operating Nagasaka Gondola Yamabiko Four Yamabiko No 2 Four Uenotaira Four Bunabayashi
Courses open Yamabiko A Course Yamabiko B Course Yamabiko C Course Yamabiko D Course Yamabiko E Course Kokenashi Uenotaira
Just a dusting of new snow overnight and it was cloudy morning in the village but has been snowing since and we should be enjoying a decent snowfall this weekend. All fingers crossed!
As I speak the official 'opening ceremony' for Zao is taking place. A few more runs on the mountain have opened up for the weekend as well with parts of the Paradise and Utopia runs opening for the first time this season earlier on this morning.
Snow is still thin on the ground as we wait for that snow to arrive. I hope to bring good news on that front tomorrow.
I wasn't quite expecting to be reporting rain this morning but unfortunately that is what it is doing at the moment at town level anyway. It is snowing higher up now and with temperatures due to decrease during the day though it should hopefully be quickly turning into snow in town as well. We still look good for decent snowfall this weekend, so I'm looking forward to bringing that news soon.
Today sees Naeba part open and the Tashiro part of Kagura open as well. With Tashiro opening, most of the Kagura areas are now open. As mentioned on the Naeba Now report this morning, that's very good going for early December.
Daily updates from the Kagura and Naeba area of Yuzawa:
It's cold and snowing here in Furano. Things are starting to pick back up weather-wise after a relatively quiet morning, but the steady snow that's moved in over the last hour should be here to stay throughout the night and into tomorrow, bulking up those slopes with a healthy dose of fresh powder.
It's currently a nippy -4 with winds blustering around at 3-4 m/s. Hopefully we'll get another 10cm+ out of this storm too, making for a lot of happy skiers tomorrow. The snow is still blowing around out there, so be sure to keep bundled up while you're out there enjoying all that powder.