Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 20th January 2018
Friday 9th November 2012, 11:05am
We have had a lot of rain over the last few days in the Yuzawa region. It's been a real mix actually since the last report. We even got to see a nice amount of snow up on the top slope of Kagura last week but the rain seems to have washed that away for the most part - just a few patches up there at the moment.
More rain is forecast for today and over the weekend as well unfortunately... if the sun was out the autumn colours would be looking their best at the moment around town. Sunday looks like it might bring some sun and is a better choice to be out and about than Saturday - fingers crossed.
Looking ahead Kagura might be on the receiving end of some snowfall as we get into the middle of next week. Ski season is fast approaching now with Kagura hoping to be able to open up two weeks from today. Just two weeks!
Below are some more of the planned opening dates of ski resorts in Yuzawa and nearby Minamiuonuma, all subject to snowfall of course.
23rd November Kagura (Mitsumata)
8th December Iwappara Naeba Kagura (Tashiro) Joetsu Kokusai
15th December Yuzawa Nakazato Kandatsu Kogen Maiko Snow Resort
This year has been great for the autumn colours - the scenery in this region has been truly spectacular this year, and even now in the village area the colours of autumn are doing their thing. It won't be long now before the trees are looking barer and winter is with us.
We have had a few short blasts of winter like conditions actually. Around 2nd/3rd November there was a fair amount of white snow cover on the the mountain, though not down to the village area level. Great to see the white cover, but it has now gone for the moment again. The Echo Line road connecting Zao with Miyagi Prefecture is now closed for the season and everyone in the village is busy preparing for the coming winter season.
As always Zao will open basically as soon as there is enough snow and we can hope that may be around early December. We will just have to wait and see. I will be posting more in the coming weeks as we approach opening with the latest. Read more ...
Friday 9th November 2012, 14:18pm
Good afternoon from Niseko.
This week a fair few people have been seen hiking up the mountains to get a closer look at the snow up there. Or indeed just to get a feel of the mountain again. I was up there myself a few days ago, on the 5th - it was a rare day at this time of year when the skies are clearer and we were treated to some magnificent views of the surrounding mountains. The snow caps on Youtei and Annupuri were looking almost...cute, as my colleague commented! It was great to be able to get out walking on the snow again, though there really wasn't a huge amount - just patches really. The resorts have been busy of late making final preparations for the snow and the hills are now looking ready, stripped of their summer growth and just waiting to get that beautiful snow to fall.
Today started off with a lot of cloud around and there's still a lot covering the top half of Youtei but some blue skies now over the ski resorts. Temperatures have been hovering under double figures during the daytime at base. It looks like we might get to see some more sun over the weekend, but it should stay nice and cold. Rain is forecast early into next week but things are looking promising for snowfall - at least higher up on the mountains - around Tuesday and Wednesday.
With the resorts hoping to open in a few weeks, all eyes will be on the forecasts and what Mother Nature brings us as we get closer. Talking of which, below are the dates that the ski resort areas are hoping to be able to open on:
23rd November Niseko Grand Hirafu Niseko Annupuri
1st December Niseko Village
8th December Hanazono
Let's hope they can.
We'll bring you more news next week. Have a good weekend. Read more ...