Snow and weather reports posted on Tuesday 24th November 2020
Friday 30th November 2018, 8:02am
Cloud and rain
Good morning from Yuzawa.
Kagura are once again reporting -2C and very light snow, and down in town we have wet roads again this morning and it is currently about +4C in town.
The forecast has similar kind of conditions tomorrow with clearer skies likely on Sunday and Monday.
There's not much else to report this morning so I'll just see you again tomorrow.
Mitsumata Ropeway: 8:00am until 5:00pm (last going up at 2:30pm) Mitsumata Number 1 high speed lift: 8:00am until 3:00pm Mitsumata Number 2 romance lift: 9:00am until 4:30am Kagura Gondola: 8:15am until 4:00pm Kagura Number 1 romance lift: 8:30am until 3:30pm
Kagura main course - 600m in length, 30-50m 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. Return to Mitsumata Ropeway via Mitsumata lift or snow mats.
Planned opening dates - subject to change of course depending on weather/snow conditions.
I have waited as late as I can to make this update (I need to get myself somewhere else for the rest of the day).
The only news I have at the moment is that the Niseko Annupuri resort plans to have their Dream Number 1 quad lift operating from tomorrow morning in addition to what they have going today. That lift should be open 9:00am until 4:30pm. Dreamy! I'll be checking and updating all available information for my report tomorrow.
* All other info in this report remains as it was when first posted this morning.
Original morning report:
Good morning from Niseko and here we are on the last day of November 2018.
Fresh snowfall news? I have measured 15cm of fresh snow to round off the month, bringing us to a total of 84cm of snowfall measured at base this season so far. I'll make more comments on that in my report on Monday.
So yes, it's good news this morning. It is definitely colder - the coldest yet this season - and great to see that fresh snow on the ground. As always, there should be more at higher elevations so there should be some fun to be had this morning.
Snow is forecast for today and tomorrow, perhaps easing off and clearing during Sunday.
Operations are still very limited and at the time of writing unchanged. Tomorrow of course the Niseko Village and Niseko HANAZONO areas plan to open for the season. There is no firm related news as of yet - or when we might see more of Hirafu and Annupuri opening - but I will update this report later on today if I have any more information to share.
I had a good chat with the good folk down in Niigata who run SnowJapan and provide us with this wonderful platform, and they passed on some of your comments sent in for me. Thank you very much for the (mostly!) kind words of encouragement.
We have a long season ahead of us, but I ate large amounts of toast before enjoying a long down-time hibernation period, so I'm full of energy - ready and waiting for the daily project that is Niseko Now. I am very excited about it and will endeavour to bring you interesting reports every morning through until May 2019. Hopefully they will be full of fluffy snow stories. They will definitely be devoid of marketing cheese. For you newcomers, you may disagree with some of my comments (and my measurements to the nearest mm!) but you can always be 100% sure that I am writing truthfully and I won't be hiding anything from you... even if it's something that could be filed under 'bad news'.
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Slightly colder it is, though it is still rather mild and there's no new snow to report other than an ever so slight dusting at higher elevations.
Temps down here in the village will be around 8C-9C today and tomorrow.
Currently there is lots of white and grey cloud around with some blue sky in places.
Warmer conditions are expected to be back with us Monday/Tuesday and there may be some heavy rain coming too. It would be good if we could flush this last bit of autumn out of the system and get down to some proper winter after that. (Obviously!)
As the season hasn't started yet I am going to be away for the weekend and I'll get back to you in the first part of the week.
Another slight dusting of snow to report, though nothing significant.
Takamagahara Mammoth (Number 2 triple lift) and Yakebitaiyama (Number 4 romance lift, from 8:30am) both plan to open up from tomorrow morning. Going to be very limited at them all as there still is not much snow out there.
The official 'opening ceremony' is also planned for tomorrow at Yakebitaiyama.
I will post as many details as I can gather together in a report tomorrow morning. Read more ...
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Friday 30th November 2018, 13:15pm
Cloud, some blue sky
There was a little snowfall last night but it has stopped falling in the morning.
6cm of new snowfall has been recorded by the base ground of Grandeco. The snow is very wet, a bit like sorbet.
It is still difficult to open courses though as there just isn't enough and all ski resorts in the region are waiting for enough snow to consider opening.
There is another snowfall due around Saturday, but it will not be major. Hope to report the ski hills open on the next report. Fingers crossed.
The snow started last night and came down heavily through until morning. This morning there was 41cm of fresh snow on the ground in the village and the resort reported 48cm at the top of the ropeway. The snow was relatively heavy and was just exactly what was needed to bulk up the base. This is the first significant snowfall of the season at village level. Although nice and sunny through the day the temperatures were cold and this allowed the resort to really blast the snowmakers on the lower slopes to give nature a helping hand. Hopefully this new snow is enough for the resort to open up a run down to the base on the Furano Zone tomorrow.
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 ...