Snow and weather reports posted on Wednesday 21st April 2021
Sunday 25th November 2012, 9:51am
Cloud, blue skies opening up
It is a cold cold morning here again.
Since my last report we have had about 10cm of new snowfall. Light snow was falling earlier on but it eased off and became somewhat overcast and cloudy. It's quite bright actually with quite a few areas of blue sky increasingly on show as well at the moment. It almost feels like it could really clear up today and it is certainly going to warm up more than it has been over the last few days today, rising into positive C numbers.
There's even a chance that we may see rain fall tomorrow in village, but we can probably avoid that on the mountain where it will hopefully be snowing instead. Let's just see what nature brings us. We should be back to 'very cold' mode come Tuesday.
So, this morning welcomes some of the Niseko Annupuri lifts to the season, so we now have one gondola and three lifts operating in Niseko:
Grand Hirafu - Ace No2 Quad (Center Four) and Ace No3 Pair lifts. Annupuri - Gondola and Jumbo No3 pair lift.
8 hour lift tickets are 2000 yen for adults and 1000 yen for children and seniors, these special prices are valid until Friday 30th November.
Hirafu opened up the Furiko course yesterday and so gradually we are seeing more terrain opened up. Did I mention the snow conditions? Very nice... it's very exciting to think that we are still only in November.
It is clear and sunny across all of Hakuba this morning, an absolutely beautiful morning indeed. At the base in the village the temperature is around 0C but seems destined to rise quickly and top out in the afternoon at around 8 degrees. For now though it is chilly and the air is cool. The sun is out and all is good. Though we could do with a nice fresh dump of snow of course!
Hakuba 47, Hakuba Goryu, Happo-one and Tsugaike Kogen all remain operating as they have been with early skiers and boarders taking advantage of the un-crowded trails. Yesterday the higher parts of mountains actually enjoyed a bit of a topup of snowfall during the afternoon, which was of course welcome.
What you really want to know is when are we going to get our snow, right? Well, unfortunately it is looking likely that we will be rained on before we get snowed on. In the village at least, where tomorrow looks set to be a rainy day. The mountains may well be getting a new coat of snow at the same time, so fingers crossed on that. Tuesday should see a return to colder conditions.
I won't add in the snow depth numbers to the report below yet. For the record Goryu have 35cm and Happo 60cm as their official numbers at the moment. There's still decent cover up there which is good, but there's hardly any snow remaining on the lower areas now.
Resorts currently part open & operating lifts:
Happo-one: Gondola Usagidaira pair Kurobishi No2 quad Kokusai No3 pair Panorama pair (* expect the last two to not be open from tomorrow)
If yesterday was good today is even better with a nice fresh layer of powder on the upper mountain. The runs have been nicely groomed but there are some nice pow stashes to the sides. It was snowing heavily at village level early morning but the snow has stopped for now. On the upper mountain it is still snowing lightly. Temperatures should gradually lower during the day.
Furano Ropeway is open 8:30-14:40 for access to the upper mountain and the skiable lift is Furano Romance lift #2 open 8:45-15:00. At the moment the skiing is restricted to the upper mountain and to return to base it is necessary to use Furano Ropeway.
Good morning from a very sunny and clear Shiga Kogen morning. It is a beautiful morning. What would make it that much better would be lots of snow snow, but I can't report that to you just yet. We're still in a kind of 'waiting for winter' mood here.
Kumanoyu has both of the No2 pair lift lines moving and the triple lift at Takamagahara Mammoth is also moving for the weekend, and it would seem to be just for the weekend at the moment. So we should be back to just Kumanoyu open from tomorrow once again as we wait for snow.
After the sunny day that we will have today, snow should be back falling tomorrow and it will get real cold into Tuesday. It doesn't seem likely that it will be a particularly significant snowfall though, so we'll just have to see. I'll let you know.
Currently open: 2 lifts at Kumanoyu (skiers only) 1 lift at Takamagahara Mammoth Read more ...
Sunday 25th November 2012, 11:24am
Clear and sunny skies
The sun is out and it is a beautiful morning in the Yuzawa region.
A lot of people have been up at Kagura enjoying the first weekend of the season. And a decent start to the season as well, I would say, with the main Kagura course, Technical course and Giant course have been open. The resort says that they had up to 5cm or so of fresh snowfall overnight and now 70cm.
Looks like it will be raining tomorrow. Borderline rain or snow for higher elevations. After that, we should see some fairly bright and sunny conditions in the week... it's not looking much like there's good chances of decent snowfall just yet.
In the meantime, Kagura should satisfy any of those strong first slide urges! We're still a number of weeks off the planned openings of most of the resorts around town...
Planned opening dates:
8th December Iwappara Naeba Kagura (Tashiro) Joetsu Kokusai
15th December Yuzawa Nakazato Kandatsu Kogen Maiko Snow Resort
21st December Ishiuchi Maruyama Yuzawa Park
22nd December Gala Yuzawa NASPA Ski Garden Ipponsugi