Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 1st April 2018

Furano Now!

Wednesday 4th December 2013, 9:10am
Weather conditions: Overcast
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 40cm
This morning is a complete contast to yesterday's perfect weather with the resort being enveloped with drab grey skies. There is no new snow to report, but the snow making team has been hard at work over the last few days giving mother nature a hand and trying to get more courses open as soon as possible. The next substantial snow is forecast for Friday evening through until Sunday morning.

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.

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Niseko Now!

Wednesday 4th December 2013, 9:35am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 65cm
The mild conditions continue here in Niseko with no new snow to report this morning and a temperature at the moment of +3 degrees.

There's not much to report other than that really. There aren't many people about yet, being so early in the season, so it seems that it's a waiting game now. It's not often you get Niseko almost to yourself, so it's quite a novel experience.

It still doesn't look like that huge dumpage is just around the corner as the forecasts stand now. We may well get topups bit by bit, but what we want and need is a good old snowstorm to deposit 50cm or so and really get things going.


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 - 95cm
Bottom - 65cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 60cm
Bottom - 30cm

Top - 65cm
Bottom - 40cm   Read more ...

Yuzawa Now!

Wednesday 4th December 2013, 10:10am
Weather conditions: Mostly clear and sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 0cm
Bright sunshine this morning over Yuzawa town. A bit overcast looking and a few clouds here and there but generally another fine day here. It's not that cold either and it should warm up to about 10C later on this afternoon. So not altogether winter-like at the moment.

Let's take a look at the forecasts for the region. More of the same lined up for tomorrow followed by a few days with a chance of rain or perhaps some snowfall higher up - but nothing really significant.

I'm off up to Kagura now, so I'll let you know how it is tomorrow.


Currently open - parts of Kagura:

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!

Wednesday 4th December 2013, 10:15am
Weather conditions: Blue skies, some cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 0cm
Another lovely morning here in Hakuba. The sun is out, blue skies, some fluffy white clouds hanging around the peaks...

The mild conditions continue here with a high of around 8 degrees expected today. Temperatures didn't drop into minus territory last night at village level. It's looking like tomorrow will be a fairly similar story with milder conditions continuing into next week.

There's still the usual last minute preparations being made around the village. Not many people out on the open slopes yet.

I think generally the locals are ready for the season to properly get started. All we need now is the snow!


Official snow depth numbers and operations (as of 4th December 2013):

Hakuba Goryu
Upper - 75cm
Iimori - 0cm
Toomi - 0cm
Lifts operating: Gondola, Alps Number 1, Alps Number 3.

Hakuba 47:
Upper - 82cm
Lower - 5cm
Lifts operating: Line E (access via Hakuba Goryu gondola)

Usagidaira - 80cm
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 - 101cm
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 ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Wednesday 4th December 2013, 10:30am
Weather conditions: Mostly clear and sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 40cm
The sun is out again this morning in Nozawa. Beautiful. High temps of 8-9 degrees this afternoon. Tomorrow the forecast is very similar. All well and good, but I think I speak for pretty much everyone when I say we would prefer a blizzard just now!

Down in the village it's feeling almost like we are still in autumn as the snow has all gone now and there's actually still a bit of colour left in the trees.

As we know though things can change quickly here and it certainly won't be long before winter arrives to stick around until spring. It's just not clear at the moment when that will happen. The milder conditions do look set to remain with us at least into next week.

In the meantime, unchanged lift operations and course openings on the mountain.


Wednesday 4th 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   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Wednesday 4th December 2013, 11:24am
Weather conditions: Lovely skies
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 40cm
Lovely (mostly) clear blue skies over Zao this morning. No wind to speak of. Just lovely. But... a lack of snow! It's getting very thin on the ground by base now, though still enough cover for the Chuo Number 1 paid lift to be open -- it's just that part of Chuo open at the moment I'm afraid. It is though a lovely day to be out in the fresh air, if you can take any good from that!

So, when is the snow coming? Perhaps snowfall on Friday and Saturday, though I can't say it looks like it will be anything significant. I think we are going to have to wait a little while longer as nature conjures up her magic!


Official snow depths (4th December 13)
Utopia: 40cm
Chuo: 40cm
Paradise: 40cm
Uwanodai: -cm

Operating lifts (1st December 13)
All Ropeways (Skycable, Zao Chuo Ropeway, Zao Ropeway) operating.
Chuo Number 1 Pair   Read more ...

SnowJapan Daily 'Now' reports

Madarao Now
16th Jul, 11:46pm
Grandeco Now
16th Jul, 11:27am
Niseko Now
16th Jul, 11:26am
Yuzawa Now
29th Jun, 17:50am
Furano Now
06th May, 9:04am
Hakuba Now
06th May, 9:02
Nozawa Onsen Now
06th May, 8:41
Shiga Kogen Now
06th May, 8:35
Myoko Now
06th May, 8:35am
Zao Now
06th May, 8:30am
Naeba Now
06th May, 8:28am
Minakami Now
06th May, 8:27am
Appi Kogen Now
06th May, 8:04
Geto Kogen Now
06th May, 8:01