Snow and weather reports posted on Thursday 14th December 2017
Wednesday 9th December 2015, 8:13am
Clear and sunny. Beautiful.
I know you don't want to hear this, but it's another absolute stunner of a morning in the region. Blue skies, no cloud, sunshine. And it's going to warm up to double digits later on today, so says the local forecast.
The Tashiro area of Kagura as well as Naeba plan to open on Saturday. As for Tashiro, no word yet on what might be happening there. Naeba will be able to open due to the artificial snow that is being made each day now.
Maiko also originally had plans to open this weekend but there's no snow and so that of course won't be possible. Iwappara and Joetsu Kokusai remain on standby as well.
Next weekend is a big weekend with lots of other ski resorts around town hoping to be able to open.
Let's take a look at the forecast. Fine and sunny and warm today, and tomorrow might well start off with sun again and get even warmer (up to around 14 degrees!), though later on these conditions are supposed to break. We're probably going to be treated to some rain in town and hopefully snow higher up on Friday. Into next week though there's really no sign of the decent snowfall that we need.
Planned opening dates for resorts in Yuzawa Town and Minamiuonuma City (by date):
Currently part open: The main Kagura course - 1500m in length, real snow (and artificial) - is open. The Mitsumata (snow-mat) area is currently being used as a connection to get to the open Kagura area. Operating lifts are Mitsumata Ropeway, Mitsumata Number 1 lift, Mitsumata Number 3 lift, Kagura Gondola and the Kagura Number 1 high speed quad. The Kagura Gondola needs to be taken to return back to the Mitsumata area.
On standby to open as soon as there is enough snow: Iwappara Joetsu Kokusai
Good morning from Hirafu and this morning we have blue skies and some sunshine from early on.
Mt Yotei is looking particularly beautiful and the early morning 'cloud hat' has now disappeared with clear blue all around. There are just a few clouds mountain-side remaining for the moment.
Yesterday there were a few times when there was a bit of snow falling but nothing in terms of new cm and there is no new snowfall to report overnight.
The clear skies might not last the day with cloudy skies forecast for later on and generally cloudy tomorrow as well. Temperatures today probably rising to around 5C and perhaps a little higher tomorrow.
It looks like Sennoki and Ni-kabe course areas are now open at Niseko Grand Hirafu. Grand Hirafu have snow depth up top as 160cm this morning and 70cm at base. The other areas not quite as much, with 70-80cm on upper areas.
There's 'enough' to enjoy, but we want and need more. It should get a bit colder during the day around Friday but it might be a rain-or-snow situation. The weekly forecast does not currently tempt us with the promise of a major dump.
Last year I recorded 519cm of snowfall here at base during the month of December 2014. Currently my same observations this month are standing at 73cm so there's lots of snowfall expected! Don't let us down!
Skiable connections between the Niseko Grand Hirafu, Niseko Village and Niseko Annupuri resort areas are not yet available - Niseko United shuttle bus is required to get between them.
If you are here, hope you can enjoy the day on the mountain... morning should be very nice.
Resort specific news as of 8:30am - subject to change during the day
Niseko Grand Hirafu Lifts planned to be running: - Ace Family pair - Ace Number 2 Quad Center Four (for transport) - Ace Number 3 pair - Hirafu Gondola (for transport) - King Number 3 triple - Swinging Monkey Courses planned to be open: - Family - Sennoki - Kogen - Boyo - Ni-kabe - Alpen - Beginners access - Center - Shirakaba - Green - Rinkan (lower part) - Jumbo - Kokutai - Holiday - Connecting
Niseko HANAZONO Resort Lifts planned to be running: - Hanazono Number 1 quad (for transport) - Hanazono Number 2 quad - Hanazono Number 3 quad Courses planned to be open: - Parallel Course - Silver Dream (upper part) - Stairway to Heaven - Setsuzoku course - Legend of Shinya - Crystal Garden - Yotei Sunset (ungroomed)
Niseko Village Lifts planned to be operating: - Niseko Gondola - Community Chair - Banzai Chair
Niseko Annupuri Lifts planned to be operating: - Annupuri Gondola - Jumbo Number 1 quad - Jumbo Number 2 pair - Jumbo Number 3 pair Courses planned to be open: - Utopia - Shirakaba - Paradise - Junior - Family - Dynamic
'Nighta' should be starting on Saturday 12th December 2015. Nighta is available at Niseko Grand Hirafu, Niseko Village and Niseko Annupuri (none in the Niseko Hanazono area)
I don't have much to report this morning other than the continued clear, sunny and mild conditions.
Getting somewhat restless, with a real desire to see large amounts of snow piling up outside forcing me get up earlier in a morning to shovel. Shovelling itself may not be much fun but it means it's snowing a lot!
Today temperatures to rise to around 7-8 degrees, and a bit higher tomorrow though cloudier skies expected. Then rain (lower) / snow (higher, hopefully) on Friday.
Nozawa Onsen remains on standby to open as soon as there's enough snow.
As we expected, more of the same this morning. Third day now for clear and sunny skies. Another chilly start but again will warm up to around 8-9C degrees in the village this afternoon. Tomorrow is forecast to be slightly warmer still with temps rising into low double digits though more cloud is expected... and rain later on in the day.
Snowfall at higher elevations on Friday?
Let's see...! For now though it is another beautiful day here in Hakuba.
Resort news as of 8:30am on Tuesday 8th December - subject to change
Hakuba 47: Hakuba 47 is reporting 0cm of new snowfall. The upper area of Route 1, Route 2, Route 3, Route 4 (should be open today), Route 5, Route 6 and Route 8 are now open. Planned lifts: Gondola Line AB Line C Line E Official snow depth Upper: 85cm Base: 10cm
Hakuba Goryu: Hakuba Goryu is reporting 0cm of new snowfall. The upper Panorama Course and Grand Prix courses at Hakuba Goryu are now open. Planned lifts: Telecabin Gondola (to get to the upper area that is currently open) Alps Number 1 pair lift Alps Number 3 pair lift Official snow depth Alps: 70cm Iimori: -cm Toomi: -cm
Hakuba Happo-one: Hakuba Happo-one is reporting 0cm of new snowfall. The Usagidaira, Panorama and part of Kurobishi areas are now skiable. Planned lifts: Adam Gondola Alpen quad lift Kurobishi Number 2 quad lift Kokusai Number 3 lift Panorama pair lift Official snow depth Usagidaira: 85cm Nakiyama: -cm Sakka: -cm
Tsugaike Kogen: The upper part of the Han-no-ki course area is open. Planned lifts: Eve Gondola Han-no-ki high speed pair lift Official snow depth Tsuga-no-mori: 64cm Maruyama: -cm
Another cold and frosty start to the day, with more blue skies above with the sun out and shining down on us.
A beautiful morning, even if we would prefer a snowstorm blizzard right now!
One of the main fine things about Shiga Kogen is that due to the area being so high up we can often avoid the warmth when things warm up down below in the valleys. This is of course good for keeping the snow conditions decent even if there isn't as much.
Having said that, it is going to warm up again during the day today, hopefully not too much.
Hoping for snow later tomorrow into Friday, but it might be rain. We'll just have to see how that turns out.
Resort areas that are currently open (Wednesday 9th December) - subject to change
Ichinose Family Number 2 Pair A line lift is operating. Courses open: Ichinose Family Front course (lower part)
Kumanoyu Number 2 Pair A and B line lifts are operating. Courses open: Kumanoyu Number 2 Beginner Course Kumanoyu Number 3 Beginner Course (part) Kumanoyu Number 4 Beginner Course (part)
Takamagahara Takamagahara Number 2 triple lift is operating. Courses open: The lower course area is open.
Yakebitaiyama Number 2 and Number 3 Rapid lifts are operating. Courses open: Karamatsu Course (part - 850m) South Course (part - 960m)
Yokoteyama Yokoteyama First Sky B Line and Yokoteyama Second Sky lifts are operating. Courses open: Yokoteyama Number 1 Gelende Yokoteyama Number 2 Gelende A course (part) Yokoteyama Number 2 Gelende Yokoteyama Number 2 Gelende Rinkan (part)
And it looks really, really nice. Much nicer than my office which has a bright blue sky out the window, fluffy white clouds, gleaming snowpack everywhere, and a ski resort where he is right now. Not where I am right now. Seeing the resort out my window was almost tolerable from this distance but now is excruciatingly out of reach.
No wind today, was -6C at 8am when I took my daughter to school. Warmed up to a balmy -5 now but the sunshine is glorious so I dare say my so-called friend will be taking off a few layers. On the mountain. Where he is.
The forecast has no snow on it, but what is interesting is at this stage at 6am tomorrow, they are forecasting 1C and rain. I am not panicking myself, though, because the weather stations that they use to determine our forecast are in Asahikawa (60km north) and Tokachidake (about 70km east), both with different micro climates to ours. But I will keep an eagle eye and let you know. 6am is worryingly early for 1C though... Mother nature is definitely a minx.
The resort's official snow depth is still listed as 105cm.
Photo 1 is what my friend just saw from the gondola near the New Prince Hotel at Furano Resort. That's the hotel to the left. That far chair near the hotel is now spinning, too.
Photo 2 is what my friend just saw from the gondola as it took him up, up, up the hill to ski down. While we all look at our screens longingly. Read more ...