Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 30th May 2020

Niseko Now!

Friday 28th November 2014, 7:25am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 0cm
So here we are, near the end of November and basically sitting here waiting for the snow to fall, everything on standby now!

Obviously we won't be seeing an opening this weekend, so all eyes over to the forecast.

Things are still looking encouraging for snowfall from late Monday onwards. It will probably remain rather mild until Monday when it may well start off as rain but come Tuesday we can hope for a cover of white once again.


Yesterday, Sapporo City officially announced it's intention to bid for the 2026 Winter Olympics.

Sapporo has of course been the host city for the Winter Olympics before in 1972. At that time as well as hosting some of the events in the city, like the ski jump and other events at Teine, they also actually created the downhill ski courses and facilities from scratch on the west slopes of Mt Eniwa to the south of the city - including a two-stage ropeway, ski lift, press centre, heliport and no doubt also somewhere where you could find some curry rice! All of those facilities were made specificially for the Olympics with the agreement that once the Olympics were over, the mountain would be restored to nature. Indeed, if you go there now there is hardly any trace at all to be found. The man-made stuff was all taken down and nature has once again reclaimed the area. You can just about see traces of where the two downhill courses were if you look at Mt Eniwa on the satellite images.

Apparently the Mens course was 2626m in length with an average gradient of 17 degrees and steepest slope of 37 degrees with a starting point at 1126m. The Womens course was 2108m in lenght with an average gradient of 14 degrees and a steepest slope of 35 degrees; starting point at 870m.

There are of course no details yet as to where events would be held in the event of another Sapporo Olympics but it will be very interesting to hear what the plans might be. I heard a report on the news last night that suggested that they would be looking at facilities in Hokkaido outside of Sapporo - and even maybe further afield in other areas of Japan; one report even seemed to be suggesting using some of the facilities used in the Nagano Olympics. Whatever, it seems that cost will (obviously) be a big factor, so I doubt we'll be seeing a rebuilding of the facilities at Mt Eniwa!

Anyway I have heard that there's already one or two decent ski places in Hokkaido... ;)

It's all very interesting stuff and no doubt we will hear more about that in time. I will of course let you know when I hear any more details in the future.

OK so back to the present...


Planned opening dates for the different resort areas on the mountain:

Niseko Grand Hirafu - will open as soon as there's enough snow
Niseko Annupuri Kokusai - will open as soon as there's enough snow
Niseko Village - Monday 1st December
Niseko Hanazono - Saturday 6th December
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Yuzawa Now!

Friday 28th November 2014, 7:38am
Weather conditions: Clear blue skies and sun
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 0cm
The sun is out early on this morning and it's a beautiful clear sky morning here in Yuzawa. Going to be a stunner of a day I reckon. Which would be nice if we were mid season and had 2m of snow to play in!

A high temperature of 15 degrees is forecast for the town area today so it's borderline T-shirt weather. We're expecting mild conditions to continue through the weekend, but they seem set to change around Tuesday. Dropping temperatures and snowfall might give me something to grip on to for my reports early in the week!

Before then though, it's sun for today and rain at times tomorrow.

Due to the snow situation we find ourselves in (ie. not enough of it!), Kagura are having to make a change to what they have open. From today, the available course is 600m long (was 1500m until today) with the Kagura Romance pair lift open and the quad taking a break.


Resorts currently open:

A 600m run at the main Kagura area is open, access via Mitsumata Ropeway.
A shuttle bus takes people from the top of the Ropeway to the base of the Kagura Gondola, which then takes them up to the base of the main Kagura area.
The Kagura Number 1 Romance pair lift is operating to service the open course.


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 ...

Hakuba Now!

Friday 28th November 2014, 8:01am
Weather conditions: Clear and sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 0cm
It is a beautiful early morning here in Hakuba.

Blue skies all around, sunny. It's going to be warm-ish as well, the local forecast saying that a high of about 13 degrees possible this afternoon.

Rain is likely tomorrow, perhaps heavy at times.

The good news is that things continue to look promising for snow from late Monday onwards. Temperatures are going to drop right back down to 'winter-like' and while it might be raining Monday, through the night into Tuesday snow looks likely. Yey. Without getting too excited for now, we can definitely look forward to that.

Remember that on the resort pages of SnowJapan there is a 6-day forecast that is updated multiple times daily. Just check out the big blue tab at the top of the resort pages called Weather Info:

Happo-one forecast example

I'm going to be out of Hakuba for the weekend - probably my last full weekend away until May - which means that my next report will be on Monday, when hopefully I'll be bringing news of impending heavy snowfall! Well that would surely be nice. And I'll have the prospect of posting reports every single day for over 5 months.

In the meantime, I hope that you have a fine weekend wherever you may be.


Planned opening dates :

Hakuba 47 - as soon as there's enough snow
Hakuba Goryu - as soon as there's enough snow
Happo-one - as soon as there's enough snow
Tsugaike Kogen - as soon as there's enough snow
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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Zao Now!

Friday 28th November 2014, 8:22am
Weather conditions: Sunny and clear
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 0cm
We have been back to 'not open' since that 'pre-open' we had, though some snowfall in the village and down to Yamagata as well, but it was raining in Zao yesterday.

Sun is forecast for today and it is a very fine start. The sun is out and we have clear skies over the mountain. A return to winter weather patterns from Tuesday onwards with the forecast for mid week looking particularly promising. Strong winds may well come with the snow, but we're ok with that... right now we just need the snow to get going!   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Friday 28th November 2014, 9:08am
Weather conditions: Sunny, blue skies
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 0cm
We're back to sunny weather this morning in Nozawa. Looks like there's some fantastic views from the top of the mountain, some low lying cloud remaining in the valley. But generally nice clear blue skies.

We will get more rain before snow, but from Tuesday/Wednesday it's looking like there's a good chance snow will be falling in the region with a sudden drop in temperatures.

Something to look forward to next week and I will update you on that on Monday.


Nozawa Onsen now hopes to open on Saturday 6th December   Read more ...

Furano Now!

Friday 28th November 2014, 14:58pm
Weather conditions: Partly cloudy
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Furano Ski Area had planned to commence operations for the 2014-15 season starting tomorrow 29th November. Unfortunately the opening of the ski area will be delayed until further snowfall. Temparatures at village level look to remain mild for the rest of the week but are forecast to plunge to wintery negatives from Tuesday next week. The next snow on the radar is for Monday evening. Fingers crossed there will be a big dump to kick start the season.   Read more ...

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