Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 1st April 2018

Yuzawa Now!

Thursday 5th December 2013, 8:44am
Weather conditions: Blue skies, sun, some cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 0cm
Some good very early season fun at Kagura yesterday. Snow is still rather thin on the ground, but at the same time complete cover and surprisingly decent conditions as well... for early season.

This morning is a similar story - sunny, blue skies, just some cloud. Looks like more cloud over Kagura this morning than down here in town.

So it's a beautiful morning in Yuzawa and that afternoon temperature of 10 degrees is still forecast. Rain tomorrow but it doesn't look like it's going to get much colder just yet. That might happen on Saturday though with some forecasts predicting possibly decent snowfall up at Kagura and perhaps even down to town level.

Latest news on those Tashiro and Naeba planned openings tomorrow. With no snow around town, Iwappara's planned opening will of course not be possible.


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 ...

Niseko Now!

Thursday 5th December 2013, 9:08am
Weather conditions: Cloudy but bright
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 65cm
After a day with some nice blue skies yesterday, we got lots of rain last night in the village.

As expected, there's no new snowfall to report from the Niseko region this morning and it's a very mild morning with the thermometer showing nearly +5 degrees as of 9am. Bit of a silver start to the day but quite bright.

OK so the good news. From tomorrow it should be getting colder and then hopefully on Saturday we will be treated to the much needed fresh snowfall.


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
Base - 65cm

Top - 90cm
Base - 50cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 60cm
Base - 30cm

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

Hakuba Now!

Thursday 5th December 2013, 9:10am
Weather conditions: Bluebird
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 0cm
It's an easy report today as there's really nothing much to report to you other than beautiful, almost totally clear blue skies and the sun shining down on Hakuba - warming us up again with highs approaching double digits later on. Temperatures dipped to around -3 last night here in the village area so it was pretty cold out there.

Later tomorrow into Saturday is looking more encouraging and it should get much colder over the weekend.


Official snow depth numbers and operations (as of 5th December 2013):

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

Hakuba 47:
Upper - 78cm
Lower - 3cm
Lifts operating: Line E (access via Hakuba Goryu gondola)

Usagidaira - 75cm
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 - 90cm
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!

Thursday 5th December 2013, 9:45am
Weather conditions: Clear and sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 0cm
More sun and blue sky over Nozawa Onsen this morning with the resort even reporting a temperature of +4 degrees up on the top Yamabiko area of the mountain. It's a very mild morning.

Keeping an eye on that forecast and we can expect and hope that from tomorrow it should start getting colder again. Friday night into Saturday there's potential for snowfall down to village level. Fingers crossed. We'll keep you updated.


Thursday 5th December 2013:

Official snow depth:
Yamabiko - 35cm
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 ...

Minakami Now!

Thursday 5th December 2013, 10:08am
Weather conditions: Blue skies
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 10cm
Another day of blue skies and bright sunshine. Lovely weather but not exactly what the ski resorts are after as they try to get more slopes open.

The forecast is predicting a little bit of snow from Friday through the weekend. Just a few centimeters but even that will be welcomed.

It is due to be a cold weekend so if you are heading to Tenjin for an early season slide, wrap up warm.

Planned opening dates

Tenjindaira - one lift at the top/2 courses
Houdaigi - Dec 14
Norn - Dec 19
Okutone - Dec 20
Fujiwara - Dec 20
Minakami Kogen - Dec    Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Thursday 5th December 2013, 11:00am
Weather conditions: Clear bluebird
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 0cm
Another fine and mild morning in the Shiga Kogen area as we continue to wait for winter to kick in. It feels very autumn or even spring like at the moment with temperatures rising above zero (after an admittedly cold overnight) and the remaining snow around the roads drying up.

It will all soon change of course, it's always just a difficult wait!

Snowfall looks due perhaps tomorrow night into Saturday, I'll update the page tomorrow with the latest.


Resorts that are currently part open (as of Thursday 5th December 2013):

Reporting 30cm of snow; 1C
Number 2 triple lift

Ichinose Family:
Reporting 30cm of snow; -3C at 8am
Ichinose Number 2 pair lift

Kumanoyu (skiers only):
Reporting 30cm of snow; -3C at 8am
Kumanoyu Number 2 pair lift A/B

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

Furano Now!

Thursday 5th December 2013, 16:00pm
Weather conditions: Overcast
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 40cm
Warm temperatures arrived last night and have held all through the day. By morning there was plenty of dripping to be heard from the melting snow on roof tops with a little bit of light rain thrown into the mixture.

It is currently a tropical +7.5c at base level. The slopes are getting a bit tired and definitely need a top up of snow. Expect to see some small twigs and stones mixed in with the snow if you are heading up.

Hopefully the snow forecast for the weekend comes through.

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 ...

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