Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 1st April 2018

Yuzawa Now!

Monday 2nd December 2013, 7:54am
Weather conditions: Mostly cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 0cm
Early report from Yuzawa this morning.

It's a cloudy start to the day here, with rain falling as I write this report - though it looks like it will probably be a passing shower. It's brighter over Yuzawa than neighbouring Minamiuonuma and the local forecast does actually tell us to expect sun this morning, perhaps a bit of rain tomorrow. A high of around 8 degrees today and 10 degrees tomorrow.

Basiscally it's rather changeable at the moment and the forecasts haven't been too accurate of late, as I think I mentioned last week.

Kagura is reporting no new snow and a temperature of -2, northerly wind at 2m/s.

A recap on what Kagura currently has open:

Kagura main course - 1500m
Technical course - 500m
Giant course - 1100m

Mitsumata Ropeway
Kaguea Gondola
Kagura Number 1 quad (every day)
Kaguea Number 1 pair (just weekends for now - so not open today)


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 ...

Hakuba Now!

Monday 2nd December 2013, 8:15am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 0cm
Light snow falling on upper elevations earlier this morning and a bit wet with some rain here in the village as of 8am. It looks set to clear up though and cloud with sun later in forecast for the day. It is 2 degrees at the moment, with a high of around 8C forecast for later.

Not much else to report this morning. I'll be trying to keep up to date with all of the reported snowfall from the resorts below, as well as which lifts are moving at each of the resorts in this early stage of the season.


Official snow depth numbers and operations (as of 2nd December 2013):

Hakuba Goryu
Reporting 1cm of new snow on upper slopes.
Upper - 80cm
Iimori - 0cm
Toomi - 0cm
Lifts operating: Gondola, Alps Number 1, Alps Number 3.

Hakuba 47:
Reporting 1cm of new snow on upper slopes.
Upper - 83cm
Lower - 10cm
Lifts operating: Line C, Line E

Usagidaira - 90cm
Nakiyama - 0cm
Sakka - 0cm
Lifts operating: Adam Gondola, Alpen Quad, Kurobishi Number 2 quad, Hakuba Kokusai Number 3 pair, Panorama pair. The Gondola is just for 'getting there'.

Tsugaike Kogen:
Tsuganomori - 102cm
Maruyama - 30cm
Kanenonaruoka - 30cm
Lifts operating: Gondola, Hannoki pair, Tsuga Number 2 pair lift


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

Niseko Now!

Monday 2nd December 2013, 9:20am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 5cm
Snow depth: 70cm
Just over 5cm of fresh snow since my report yesterday. Yesterday it was a mix of light snow falling and strong winds at times during the daytime. This morning light snow falling once again with complete cloud cover. As of 9am it is 1C here in the Hirafu village area. Less wind than yesterday here at base, with winds up to 7m/s reported by Niseko Grand Hirafu.

It looks like ongoing light snowfall is the most we can expect over the coming few days. We'll just have to see whether the resorts continue to open up more gradually or wait until there's a considerable snowfall. For the moment, operations remain unchanged this morning.

In this very early part of the season I'll keep a note of which lifts are moving in the reports below


Lift operations (at time of writing):

Grand Hirafu:
Ace Family Pair
Ace Number 2 Quad (Center Four)
Ace Number 3 Pair

Niseko Village:
Community Chair
Banzai Chair

Jumbo Number 3


Official snow depth numbers:

Grand Hirafu:
Top - 100cm
Bottom - 70cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 60cm
Bottom - 30cm

Top - 65cm
Bottom - 55cm
   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Monday 2nd December 2013, 9:35am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 0cm
First weekday of the season at Nozawa and all feels quiet. Locals are still busy getting ready for the full-on season, but there's not many other people about.

No new snowfall to report in Nozawa and it's a cloudy start to the day. We might get to see the sun later, and tomorrow too.

The resort staff held a small formal ceremony yesterday praying for a safe season at the resort. The Nozawa mascot was also present. Let's hope it works!


Monday 2nd December 2013:

Official snow depth:
Yamabiko - 40cm
Base areas - 0cm

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 ...

Furano Now!

Monday 2nd December 2013, 9:40am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 20cm
Snow depth: 40cm
Furano Ski Area commenced operation for the 2013-14 season yesterday.

Very few made it up for the opening but those who did were treated to the best quality snow I have ever seen on an opening day. 10cm of snow fell Sunday morning and there has been another 10cm fall this morning, so conditions are improving substantially on a day by day basis.

Temperatures are still warmer than is ideal but the top is staying below the magic 0C mark.

Operating lifts:
Furano Ropeway - for access only.
Downhill Romance #2 chair 8:45am-3:00pm

Sailer for approx 800m next to Downhill Romance #2 chair.

   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Monday 2nd December 2013, 10:23am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 0cm
Good morning from Shiga Kogen. As we still wait for winter to really kick in, there remains 3 parts of Shiga Kogen that are part open this morning.

It's a cloudy morning with the temperature hovering around 0C at the moment. Just a light wind and not many people around. For the coming few days we can expect a mix of cloud and clear weather, perhaps a sprinkling of snow some nights - but nothing major.


Resorts that are currently part open (as of Monday 2nd December 2013):

Reporting 30cm of snow; -0.4C
Number 2 triple lift

Ichinose Family:
Reporting 30cm of snow; -1.8C
Ichinose Number 2 pair lift

Kumanoyu (skiers only):
Reporting 30cm of snow; -3.5C
Kumanoyu Number 2 pair lift

Other resort areas remain closed as we wait for snow.   Read more ...

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