Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 30th May 2021

Niseko Now!

Tuesday 12th November 2013, 11:21am
Weather conditions: Mostly cloudy, some clearings
New snowfall: 30cm
Snow depth: 0cm
It is really almost feeling like mid season here with a really good amount of fresh snow since my last report just yesterday. A whopping 30+cm of snow has fallen since last report, taking us to already nearly 50cm or so - and it's only November 12th. Let's hope this is a sign of things to come this season. But lets not get too worked up just yet... (*easier to say than do!)

Anyway, earlier on this morning there were clearer conditions and there are still a few patches of blue here and there with the sun making the odd appearance, but mostly cloudy with some light snow falling at times. The forecast for today is cloud/snow, with heavier snowfall likely tonight. It should be clearing up by tomorrow though, and then we will see temperatures rise a bit with clearer conditions due on Thursday. After this current snowfall clears up it does look like the next snow falling in the village might be into next week.

The planned resort opening dates are as follows:

Niseko Grand Hirafu - 23rd November
Hanazono - 23rd November
Niseko Annupuri - 23rd November
Niseko Village - 1st December   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Tuesday 12th November 2013, 11:51am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: 0cm
Not a huge amount of snow this morning but a nice cover early on... great to see snow back in the village.

It has since for the most part disappeared from these lower areas but snow is still falling this morning up on the mountains with it due to continue into tomorrow - we might get another coating down here as well by tomorrow morning.

After that clearer and warmer weather conditions are likely on Thursday and more nice weather due over the weekend. It will be warming up again as well over the weekend with temps very possibly hitting double digits.


Hakuba Goryu - late November
Hakuba 47 - late November
Happo-one - 23rd November
Tsugaike Kogen - 23rd November
Hakuba Norikura - mid December
Cortina - 14th December
Hakuba Iwatake - 20th December   Read more ...

Yuzawa Now!

Tuesday 12th November 2013, 12:10pm
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: 0cm
It was snowing later on in the evening when I last looked outside and this morning there was about 5cm of snow on the top of the car... with light snow still falling. This morning it has been somewhat on and off - with the sun making some brief appearances - and for the moment it is just cloudy. Snow is likely to fall on and off for the day though and it does look like higher up on the slopes some snow is falling right now. It is a chilly +1 degrees in town.

Great to see the first snowfall of the season in town.

Tomorrow might be slightly milder with a chance of sleet/snow continuing but it does look like it will warm up a fair bit from Thursday through the weekend.

Kagura is of course the first resort planning to open for the season - on 23rd November. I'll be posting the other planned resort opening dates within the next few days.   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Tuesday 12th November 2013, 15:21pm
Weather conditions: Cloud, some breaks
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: 0cm
The resort this afternoon is reporting 40cm of snow up on the top runs of the resort after the snowfall of yesterday. Exciting times!

It's looking really nice and white up there now on the webcams. A bit more down here at base and in the village.

It has struggled to warm up beyond freezing point at base today, and we have had sporadic snow but at the moment there are breaks in the cloud and I can see some blue sky out there as well. The forecast is for cloud/sleet/snow into tomorrow.

This spell of winter weather will make way for clearer conditions and a warm up later in the week and over the weekend.   Read more ...

Minakami Now!

Tuesday 12th November 2013, 16:00pm
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 20cm
Snow depth: 0cm
A cold snap and some early snow for Minakami.

It started yesterday, late afternoon and there were a few centimeters at town level this morning, catching many people by surprise. It is on the way out already after a few flakes this morning but is a taste of things to come.

Tenjin were reporting 20cm since yesterday so would be good if it stuck around up there.

Tenjindaira - ?
Houdaigi - Dec 14
Norn - Dec 19
Okutone - Dec 20
Fujiwara - Dec 20
Minakami Kogen - Dec 21   Read more ...

Myoko Now!

Tuesday 12th November 2013, 21:56pm
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 20cm
Snow depth: 0cm
Just as it got to be time to write up a little warm-up for the coming season, the first snowfall decided to arrive (before most of the locals were ready — no roadside markers, lots of cars without snow tires, my own pending finish to firewood splitting and tree tying).

About 20cm of super-heavy early-season stuff fell, enough to put that smell of fresh snow into the air. Why does snow have that distinct smell, or is this just a remembrance from the childhood days of powder coming down? It always melts, so we have a chance to get out on the coming sunny weekend and get things cleared up, but it’s always great to see the first white cover.

Not a lot new in Myoko this year—thankfully, in a sense! It's got it's same old charm, the same old buildings that look a lot better in winter than summer (amazing how snow can substitute for a slap of paint). There will definitely be a lot more international travelers arriving this year, but coming from more countries than before. One of the smaller hotels is full of Finns for most of January, for example, I hear.

Other than that, no old lifts going out, if no new ones coming in. But, after all, it’s the deep snow you’re coming here for, right (and good food, saké, nice locals, etc.).

Now just to wait for the snow that stays!
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