Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 17th November 2019
Saturday 22nd November 2014, 8:02am
Mostly fine and clear, bit of cloud
If all is going to plan, the first people should be getting on the Mitsumata Ropeway as I type this and the Yuzawa ski season will have officially kicked off. The first Ropeway is scheduled to start from 8am. Sadly I'm not there myself.
Recap on what is open - the Mitsumata Ropeway is operating taking people up to a waiting shuttle bus that will take them over to the base of the Kagura Gondola; from there the Gondola takes you up to the main Kagura area where the Number 1 quad lift is open daily (and the Kagura Number 1 Romance pair lift on weekends) and servicing the 20-50m wide, 1500m long main course.
After that beautiful day yesterday, it's another sunny start to the day this morning. Some cloud around but mostly blue sky and that is what the forecast tells us to expect today -- with a high of 14 degrees down in town, so it will feel rather warm out there today. It's already about 5 degrees at 8am so definitely not as cold as it has been of late.
There is no major snowfall on the weeks forecast, maybe a sprinkling early in the week which will be rain in town. Kagura will no doubt get the man-made top ups each evening to keep things 'fresh'. Have fun if you are making it up there.
Here are the planned opening dates for ski resorts in Yuzawa Town:
Today: Kagura (Mitsumata) 1500m course open
Saturday 6th December: Kagura Tashiro Iwappara
Saturday 13th December: Naeba
Friday 19th December: Yuzawa Nakazato Yuzawa Kogen Yuzawa Park
A few of the resorts were hoping that there might be a chance to open and start the season off this morning, but being a bit short on snow as yet that isn't going to happen. With the fine weather yesterday and similarly clear and mild conditions today, the snow line has actually been moving back up the hills unfortunately.
Hardly a cloud to be found yesterday morning, though some did appear later in the day. We start today with a few clouds around but mostly blue skies above Hakuba again with the local forecast predicting highs of around 13-14 degrees in the village later on this afternoon.
I'll update this Hakuba Now page early in the week with an update on the situation.
Planned opening dates :
Hakuba 47 - late November Hakuba Goryu - late November Happo-one - late November Tsugaike Kogen - late November Kashimayari Sports Village - early December Hakuba Sanosaka - mid December Hakuba Norikura Onsen - mid December Hakuba Cortina - Saturday 13th December Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field - Friday 19th December Read more ...
Saturday 22nd November 2014, 8:26am
This morning was of course supposed to be the first of the season, but lets not dwell on that! I get the feeling that there's more than a few people happy to have the extra time to get ready for the big rush. Hopefully people didn't come here from afar specificially for the opening.
For the record, Niseko Grand Hirafu as of yesterday were reporting 20cm of snow at base and 50cm at the peak.
As you can see on the photos below, there's less snow there at the base than there was yesterday with more ground clearly showing through... so the conditions yesterday didn't do us any favours.
I am actually over in the Sapporo area this morning where it's cloudy with a bit of rain at times, and that's what I am hearing it is like back over in Niseko. Cloud and rain is forecast for the day with a high temperature approaching 10 degrees this afternoon.
Things are expected to clear up and cool down from tomorrow with sun forecast and a slightly more winter-like high of around 4 degrees. Still, there's not a whole lot of encouragement snow-wise on the weekly forecast as it stands right now.
Planned opening dates for the different resort areas on the mountain:
Niseko Grand Hirafu - looking to 29th November for opening Niseko Annupuri Kokusai - will open as soon as possible Niseko Village - Monday 1st December Niseko Hanazono - Saturday 6th December Read more ...