Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 28th May 2018

Yuzawa Now!

Thursday 28th November 2013, 8:58am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 0cm
Drizzle in Yuzawa and also down to base at Kagura this morning, with the resort reporting light snow on the upper slopes. Hopefully we might get to see some snowfall tonight but tomorrow is set to be clear and sunny and so we can't expect anything significant.

It has to be said that over the last few weeks the local forecast for Yuzawa has been off a fair few times - it's all very 'yominikui' (difficult to read) at the moment.

Still, remember we are still in November. We need to keep patient!


Planned resort opening dates for all of the skijo in Yuzawa town (subject to snow conditions)

December 7th:
Kagura (Tashiro)

December 14th:
Yuzawa Nakazato
Yuzawa Kogen
Nakazato Snow Wood

December 20th:
Yuzawa Park

December 21st:
GALA Yuzawa
Yuzawa Kogen (Nunoba area)

Resorts in neighbouring Minamiounuma city:

December 7th:
Joetsu Kokusai

December 14th:
Maiko Snow Resort
Muikamachi Ski Resort

December 20th:
Ishiuchi Maruyama

December 21st:
Muikamachi Hakkaisan

December 28th:
Mt Granview   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Thursday 28th November 2013, 9:17am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 12cm
Snow depth: 20cm
Snow to report this morning and just over 10cm of it outside my place here in Hirafu, and up to 15cm in places.

The snow started falling late last night. It was a colder night and as of 9am it is around -1C and -5C up top at Hirafu. Snow continued to fall and we should be looking at snow to continue through into tomorrow.

No official word from the resorts yet but if the snow falls as expected, hopefully we will be looking at openings on Saturday.


Planned resort opening dates:

Niseko Grand Hirafu - as soon as possible
Niseko Annupuri - open as soon as possible
Niseko Village - 1st December
Hanazono - 7th December   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Thursday 28th November 2013, 9:37am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 0cm
The wait is nearly over. While I don't have any new snowfall down in the village to report, I can confirm that Nozawa will be opening on Saturday with the top Yamabiko runs planned to be open. The resort is reporting 32cm of snow as of yesterday and with snow due on those slopes today and tomorrow hopefully all will be good for a decent opening.

I'll update you more tomorrow, but for now here are the details of opening on Saturday:

Nagasaka Gondola - 8:40am until 3:30pm
Yamabiko Four lift - 9am until 3:30pm
Yamabiko Number 2 Four lift - 8:55am until 3:40pm

Yamabiko A course - 1300m
Yamabiko C course - 850m
Yamabiko D course - 1250m
Yamabiko E course - 10000m

Early season 1 day lift ticket special prices until 20th December:
Adults @ 3000 yen
Children @ 1500 yen
Senior @ 2000 yen   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Thursday 28th November 2013, 11:50am
Weather conditions: Cloud, thick cloud higher
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 0cm
Some fresh snow to report from around the resorts this morning - on the upper slopes:

5cm reported Happo (Usagidaira)
6cm reported by Hakuba 47
4cm reported by Hakuba Goryu

Operations at the resorts remains unchanged.

Light rain in the village this morning but as I write this it is just cloudy with most of the mountains hidden from view... hearing that it is snowing up there still. And snow is due to be falling today - down to village level as well. It does look likely that things will clear up sometime tomorrow and into the weekend so fingers crossed for that snowfall tonight.

I'll let you know.

Official snow depth numbers and operations (as of 28th November 2013):

Hakuba Goryu
Upper - 65cm
Iimori - 0cm
Toomi - 0cm
Lifts operating: Gondola, Alps Number 1.

Hakuba 47:
Upper - 61cm
Lower - 5cm
Lifts operating: Line E

Usagidaira - 70cm
Nakiyama - 0cm
Sakka - 0cm
Lifts operating: Adam Gondola, Usagidaira pair, Kurobishi Number 2 quad, Kokusai Number 3 pair, Panorama pair. The Gondola is just for 'getting there'.

Tsugaike Kogen:
Tsuganomori - 90cm
Maruyama - 30cm
Kanenonaruoka - 30cm


Other resorts planned opening dates:
Hakuba Norikura - mid December
Cortina - 14th December
Hakuba Iwatake - 20th December   Read more ...

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