Snow and weather reports posted on Tuesday 24th November 2020
Sunday 25th November 2018, 8:28am
A decent start! I was able to snatch one hour out there yesterday. Such a great feeling after six month or so of forced rest, and the limited terrain and not-as-good-as-peak-season-snow doesn't seem to dampen spirits at all at the start of the season.
There's more snow to report (18cm) since yesterday but it has eased off now. Actually when I got up a little earlier it was more like sleet coming down and when I just went outside to check it was more like... rain. Not much though for the moment.
It is noticeably milder this morning and even milder conditions are forecast over the coming few days, so we probably can't expect much in terms of snowfall and should brace ourselves for the times of rain as well.
Later in the week should see temps drop once again and the return of snow clouds.
Niseko Annupuri joins the fun this morning so there are two choices here in Niseko. Details below.
Oh yes, while it is not a 'Niseko' resort of course, I thought I would mention that Kiroro resort also plans to be part open from this morning.
It's another fine morning here. Not a cloud in the sky, in fact. Nice and calm. Lovely.
Kagura remains open of course and they are reporting 50-70cm depth of snow.
There isn't much potential for snow on the forecast, not until at least the end of the week anyway. More of a chance of sunnier skies and a bit of a warm up mid week too and perhaps some rain before the next snow arrives.
In the meantime, there's always Kagura. They haven't said yet if there will be any changes to operations from tomorrow (being a weekday), so I'll update the report tomorrow morning with confirmation of what plans to be open.
Okutadami Maruyama isn't exactly in the Yuzawa region - more like an hour or so drive away to the north, but still in Niigata Prefecture. That ski hill usually opens on the 23rd November for some early skiing. They have delayed opening due to lack of snow, and not yet open. I thought I'd just mention that.
Mitsumata Ropeway: 7:30am until 5:00pm Mitsumata Number 1 high speed lift: 7:30am until 3:00pm Mitsumata Number 2 romance lift: 8:30am until 4:30am Kagura Gondola: 7:45am until 4:00pm Kagura Number 1 high speed lift: 8:00am until 3:30pm Kagura Number 1 romance lift: 9:00am until 3:30pm
Kagura main course - 1,300m in length, 50-70m wide
The Mitsumata area is open just as a connecting area. The Tashiro area is closed. It plans to open from 8th December. The open course is not recommended for beginners.
Planned opening dates - subject to change of course depending on weather/snow conditions.
Blizzard conditions might be what we all would like, but it's hard not to love a morning like we have this morning - sunny and clear, other than a few small clouds around the mountain peaks.
It looks like we are going to need to be patient as temperatures warm up a little over the next few days, perhaps even rising into double digit numbers. So there's not going to be snow falling in those conditions.
Furano Ski Area did a great job of getting the ski area open as planned yesterday on 24 November. Despite the scarcity of snow this season at village level the coverage on the open trails was not too bad, with a bit of bush coming through as is always the case at opening.
This morning there was about 3cm fresh snow at base level, but temperatures spiked to +7c during the day and brought rain in the afternoon. The warm weather is affecting the snow up higher and some ground was visible on trail today.
Just to recap the ski area status: Furano Zone is open with Furano Ropeway for uplifting/down lifting only. The skiable trails are Shirakaba and upper Sailer, with the Downhill #2 chair servicing those trails. Read more ...