Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 25th May 2020

Hakuba Now!

Monday 24th November 2014, 8:32am
Weather conditions: Some cloud, bright
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 0cm
One day later, and while aftershocks continue - JMA has recorded over 50 that can be felt - there hasn't been any further major shocks.

People around the village have been getting on with things and once again in a situation like this we see some of the fine benefits of close-knit communities.

As far as I can tell, as of last night the village was reporting there was 15 light injuries with 2 more serious injuries; most damage to property seems to have been concentrated in a few relatively small areas. That of course does not make it any better for the people whose homes have been damaged though. A number of roads will remain closed presumably until they can be repaired, and a landslide needs to be cleared from the train line in Otari.

I do not want to dwell on this subject too much, but once again our thoughts and best wishes to everyone that has been affected by this.

The ski resorts around Hakuba and Otari all seem to be reporting that there is no damage to facilities with plans to go ahead with opening as planned.

After some rain yesterday, this morning we are back to clearer conditions and the sun. There's some cloud around and a bit of a hazy look early on. Temperatures are likely to rise over 10 degrees again here in the town later on in the day.

Late tonight and into tomorrow it's rain again with colder temperatures... snow up at higher levels?


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
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Yuzawa Now!

Monday 24th November 2014, 8:59am
Weather conditions: Nice and sunny, just some cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 0cm
3rd day of the season and a national holiday - so should be busy out there again today.

After a day of some rain and cloudy conditions in the region, this morning the sun is out once again. Not quite as clear as it was on Saturday (at the moment anyway) but still should be a nice sunny day and down below in town we are expecting temperatures of around 12 degrees again this afternoon.

It's change again tomorrow though as it will be colder and rain for perhaps a few days. The upper slopes of Kagura might be on for some snow, so fingers crossed there.

As you can see on the photo below, they have started churning out the 'snow' at the base of Naeba as well, though still a few weeks before they plan to open. Hoepfully by then we might have a cover of the real stuff on the ground.


Resorts currently open:

Kagura - 1500m run at the main Kagura area, access via Mitsumata Ropeway.


Planned opening dates for resorts in Yuzawa Town:

Saturday 6th December:
Kagura Tashiro

Saturday 13th December:

Friday 19th December:
Yuzawa Nakazato
Yuzawa Kogen
Yuzawa Park

Saturday 20th December:
NASPA Ski Garden
GALA Yuzawa
Ludens Yuzawa
Nakazato Snow Wood
Yuzawa Kogen (Nunoba area)
Kandatsu Kogen   Read more ...

Furano Now!

Monday 24th November 2014, 9:39am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 0cm
Despite some promising snowfalls earlier in the month the weather has been all over the place with reasonably warm temperatures and not much in the way of snow.

Temperatures have cooled down again, and the week ahead will see consistent negative temperatures on the upper mountain but positives at base level.

There is a light snow cover on the upper mountain of around 10cm but the snow line has retreated with the warm weather and the lower slopes are bare.

The forecast is showing 3cm of light snow today at the top and rain at base. After this there is nothing forecast over the next 6 days.

A substantial snowfall will be required, but the resort plans to open this Saturday 29 November if snow conditions allow.

Forecasts can rapidly change... fingers crossed.
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Niseko Now!

Monday 24th November 2014, 10:15am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 20cm
Nothing exciting to report this morning as we continue our wait on the weather.

Back to dreary skies this morning with the mountain shrouded in cloud. Might be snowing up there... rain low down here.

From tomorrow for a few days it's generally sunny conditions lined up. Forecasts can of course and do change though, so let's hope this one does!

If the forecast doesn't change though, opening at the weekend is surely going to be difficult.


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 there's enough snow
Niseko Village - Monday 1st December
Niseko Hanazono - Saturday 6th December   Read more ...

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