Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 2nd November 2019
Saturday 30th November 2013, 9:00am
Morning and here we are on the official opening day of the season in Niseko with Niseko Grand Hirafu opening at 8:30am this morning.
Around 15cm of fresh snowfall since my last report here in the village.
As I mentioned yesterday afternoon, Niseko Grand Hirafu has the Ace Number 3 pair lift servicing the Center Course, and the Ace Number 2 Center Four lift taking people up (and down) from that upper area. Hirafu are reporting 60-100cm on it's slopes this morning and a temperature of -6 degrees.
Here in the Hirafu village area it's around -1C and currently just cloudy with light snow falling at times - was hoping for more sustained snowfall (aren't we always?!). Hopefully we will get more later on, but the forecast into next week not looking quite as encouraging as it was a few days back.
Anyway, Niseko Village plans to open tomorrow with the Community Chair and Banzai Chair lifts operating and 4 courses open. No further word yet from Annupuri.
Not only do we have a nice fresh layer of snow on the ground (10cm or so), but it's beautiful blue skies with just a few clouds hanging around. Stunning views of the mountains this morning and all is calm.
Hakuba 47 reporting 30cm of new snow up top with 10cm at base. Cold -4 as if 7am.
At the time of writing it is 2C here near Happo base and with the sun out a high of about 7C is likely later on in the day.
The forecast is... well, a bit dry looking actually with more of a chance of rain in the village than snow. But we can hope that if and when that happens, it will be snow on the upper slopes.
In terms of resort openings and skiable terrain, we're mostly unchanged this morning. At Happo, they have the Alpen quad lift moving today, in place of the previously operating Usagidaira pair lift. The Kokusai Number 1 pair is also moving but like the Gondola just to get people up to the snow and back.
Tsugaike Kogen now also has the Tsuga Number 2 lift operating this weekend.
Official snow depth numbers and operations (as of 30th November 2013):
Hakuba 47: Upper - 90cm Lower - 15cm Lifts operating: Line E
Happo-one: Usagidaira - 90cm Nakiyama - 0cm Sakka - 0cm Lifts operating: Adam Gondola, Alpen Quad, Kurobishi Number 2 quad, Hakuba Kokusai Number 3 pair, Panorama pair, Kokusai Number 1 pair. The Gondola is just for 'getting there'.
Other resorts planned opening dates: Hakuba Norikura - mid December Cortina - 14th December Hakuba Iwatake - 20th December Read more ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Saturday 30th November 2013, 10:30am
Clear and sunny
Good morning from Nozawa and the first day of the 13/14 season.
We have been gifted with 10cm of fresh snow on the top Yamabiko area and the sun is out for opening. It was cold overnight but will be warming up today to maybe 5 degrees - at the moment is it +3. It was -3 degrees at Yamabiko as of 10am. There's hardly any wind so it's all calm for the big day.
Snow has fallen overnight here in the village as well - not a huge amount, but enough to give make everything look nice and white again and get everyone totally in the mood.
Nozawa opening details, Saturday 30th November:
Lifts Nagasaka Gondola - 8:40am until 3:30pm Yamabiko Four lift - 9am until 3:30pm Yamabiko Number 2 Four lift - 8:55am until 3:40pm
Courses 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 ...
Saturday 30th November 2013, 10:59am
Clear and sunny
Rain started falling as it got dark last night and soon turned into snow, and this morning there was about 5cm on the top of cars around town - more from cars coming down from the Naeba and Kagura area.
The snow clouds have cleared though and now we have lovely blue skies over the region and the sun is out. All is calm, and it's right now about +4 degrees in Yuzawa town.
Up at Kagura, they are reporting up to 15cm of new snowfall. Operations remain as they have been, just with the Kagura Number 1 pair lift also open for the weekend as there are more people up there. Should be a great day for it.
Cloud forecast for tomorrow, perhaps some more snow.
This time next week, the Tashiro part of Kagura, Naeba, Iwappara and Joetsu Kokusai plan to open up. Lets hope they can!
Planned resort opening dates for all of the skijo in Yuzawa town (subject to snow conditions)
December 7th: Kagura (Tashiro) Naeba Iwappara
December 14th: Yuzawa Nakazato Yuzawa Kogen Nakazato Snow Wood
December 20th: Yuzawa Park
December 21st: GALA Yuzawa Ipponsugi Yuzawa Kogen (Nunoba area)
Resorts in neighbouring Minamiounuma city:
December 7th: Joetsu Kokusai
December 14th: Maiko Snow Resort Muikamachi Ski Resort
Pre-season report number two, from a slightly white but sunny Myoko.
We had what was actually our second snowfall of the season last night; the first caught us all by surprise, including the town, which failed to mark the road with red-and-white rods. This is not a small thing, as you won't be able to see where the road is a lot of times--I do the same thing around the house with 6-meter bamboo poles; if they aren't there I run over things with my monster snowthrower.
Not much of a snowfall, really; the first earlier in the month was probably 50 cm, but I didn’t bother to elaborate too much because you’d all just get too excited, and we knew it would all melt away (after pulling down tree branches, since it’s so heavy). Maybe 5cm last night, but it's sunny and nice today, so not really getting us in the ski mood. Well, the runs are white, but we know that if you did go up there and try to slide that early fresh snow would just stick to your skis, and you might just leave two brown lines down the slope (if you could actually move).
Not much new going on, except the ongoing invasion of foreign entities. Just remind people that it’s not that great here, the food is terrible and the snow is deep but essentially concrete (we can share this because, as a reader of Snow Japan, you are clearly of an entirely different class and deserve to come here and enjoy the fun with the locals. Just don’t tell anybody else).
More to come, as things happen.
Akakura Kanko Ski Area is scheduled to open on December 20, Suginohara on December 21st, Akakura Onsen Ski Area and Ikenotaira on the 14th. Read more ...