Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 30th May 2020

Shiga Kogen Now!

Tuesday 6th December 2016, 8:20am
Weather conditions: It is snowing!
New snowfall: 1cm
Snow depth: --
Snow is falling here in Shiga Kogen this morning.

1cm of snow on the cars outside as of now, but it's coming down quite nicely now and so if this continues I'm confident I'll be able to write a good report tomorrow... the forecast for the day is strong winds and at times heavy snow.

I'll bring you the news in the morning!


Areas of Shiga Kogen currently open:

Ichinose Family
The Number 2 pair A lift is operating with the lower main course area open.

The Number 2 pair lift is operating with a 600m long run open.

Takamagahara Mammoth
The Number 2 triple lift is operating with the lower part of the slopes open.

The Number 4 pair lift is operating with the 960m South Course open.
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Niseko Now!

Tuesday 6th December 2016, 8:32am
Weather conditions: Snow clouds are back
New snowfall: 6cm
Snow depth: --
This is a bit more like it.

It is colder this morning and importantly there's 6cm of fresh snow outside my place here near Hirafu base. The temperature is currently slightly above 0C but we are actually expecting it to get colder as the day goes on.

Strong winds may well affect lifts throughout the day, and I have posted the latest on that situation below.

The forecast is looking very nice at the moment too, so here's to lots of fresh snowfall in the coming week. On and off by the looks of it rather than a full-on non-stop extravaganza but we'll see... bring it on, I say!


Frequently asked question answered:

"Why don't you post the reports earlier?"

I probably usually spend about 30 minutes or so on this report every day. Sometimes it is a bit less than that and sometimes it is much more – it depends on what is happening at the time and what there is to report. The first lifts at the ski resorts in Niseko start moving at 8:30am and it is around that time when it becomes clear if there might be any interruptions or changes to plans. Early morning weather often changes quickly too – from the time I get up to when I am about the post my report. As such I usually try and get my report posted at around that time.

It sounds like some people would like earlier reports but if I posted them earlier I wouldn’t have that up-to-date information at the time when the resorts open. And, I’d have to get up earlier. As dedicated as I am to these reports, I also need my beauty sleep and there’s a few things I need to do before settling down to report duties.

If you are in Niseko and need to know what the weather is doing before my report time… I suggest looking outside the window! Joking aside, I see each of these reports as one piece of an ongoing commentary of the season, rather than something that is aimed exclusively at people who are in Niseko and checking the weather before rushing off for first lifts.


A thank you to the kind people who sent me a message regarding the comments I made in my report yesterday. I wasn’t angling for comments, honest! Always appreciated, thank you. I will gambarimasu as much as possible and be particularly excited, when appropriate of course.


What is planned to be open today?

8:30am update - the lifts at Annupuri are on standby at the start of the day due to strong winds. The other planned lifts appear to be starting the day as planned.

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono

Lifts planned to be operating:

- Ace Family Pair
- Ace Number 2 Center Four
- Ace Number 3 pair
- Hirafu Gondola
- King Number 3 triple
- Swinging Monkey
- Hanazono 1 quad
- Hanazono 2 quad
- Hanazono 3 quad

Courses planned to be open:

- Family
- Beginners access course
- Shirakaba course
- Center course
- Jumbo course
- Parallel course
- Silver Dream (experts only)
- Yotei Sunset

Niseko Annupuri

Lifts planned to be operating:

- Jumbo Number 3 pair
- Annupuri Gondola

Courses planned to be operating:

- Utopia

Niseko Village

Lifts planned to be operating:

- Community Chair
- Upper Village Gondola
- Village Express (used as a connection)


Official resort snow depths as of Tuesday 6th December 2016:

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Top - 105cm
Base - 35cm

Niseko Village
Top - 30cm
Base - 10cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 55cm
Base - 30cm


Planned season dates for the four main Niseko United ski resorts:

Niseko Grand Hirafu: until Sunday 7th May 2017
Niseko Annupuri: until Sunday 7th May 2017
Niseko Hanazono: until Sunday 2nd April 2017
Niseko Village: until Sunday 2nd April 2017

Night skiing is planned from Saturday 10th December until Monday 20th March 2017 at the Annupuri, Grand Hirafu and Village resort areas.   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Tuesday 6th December 2016, 8:45am
Weather conditions: Rain - sleet - snow
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Quick report this morning and hopefully I will have more to report tomorrow.

It's still relatively mild but snow is falling on the mountain this morning and it's due to continue getting colder through the day today. We had some impressive sounding thunder earlier on as well. The snow is falling close to village level and definitely of the wet variety but again we are hoping for something down to base proper later.

The forecast is still showing some good promise too in the coming week.

Are we finally going to click into winter mode proper? Lets see what I can report tomorrow!


Here are the planned season opening dates for the ski and snowboard resorts in the Hakuba region. There are all subject to change depending on what happens weather-wise:

Hakuba Happo-one: as soon as there is enough snow
Hakuba 47: as soon as there is enough snow
Hakuba Goryu: as soon as there is enough snow
Tsugaike Kogen: as soon as there is enough snow
Hakuba Cortina: from 10th December
Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field: from 16th December
Hakuba Norikura Onsen: from mid December
Hakuba Sanosaka: from mid December

Reports will be posted daily once the lifts get moving.   Read more ...

Yuzawa Now!

Tuesday 6th December 2016, 8:57am
Weather conditions: Rain in town, snow higher
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Heavy rain, strong winds and some thunder added into the mix early this morning, with snow falling higher up... and it's forecast to be snowing here at town level later on today as the temperatures drop.

I'm hoping to be able to report something on the ground in my report tomorrow!


What is planned to be open today at Kagura:

Open courses are:

- Kagura main course
- Technical course
- Giant course
- Gondola course

Operating lifts are:

- Mitsumata Ropeway
- Mitsumata Number 1 quad
- Mitsumata Number 2 romance pair
- Kagura Gondola
- Kagura Number 1 quad lift


Ski resorts currently open:
Kagura - open courses as noted above, access via Mitsumata Ropeway

Planned opening dates for resorts in Yuzawa Town and Minamiuonuma City (by date):

As soon as there is enough snow:
Joetsu Kokusai

Saturday 10th December:
Kagura (Tashiro)
Maiko Snow Resort

Friday 16th December:
Muica Snow Resort
Yuzawa Park

Saturday 17th December:
GALA Yuzawa
Kandatsu Kogen
Ludens Yuzawa
Muikamachi Hakkaisan
Nakazato Snow Wood
Yuzawa Kogen
Yuzawa Nakazato

Wednesday 21st December:
Ishiuchi Maruyama

Thursday 22nd December:
NASPA Ski Garden

Friday 23rd December:
Chateaux Shiozawa

Saturday 24th December:
Hakkai Sanroku
Mt Granview

Wednesday 28thy December:
Ishiuchi Hanaoka


Ski resorts in Yuzawa town
Ski resorts in Minamiuonuma City   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Tuesday 6th December 2016, 9:01am
Weather conditions: It's raining
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Yesterday I said that today might start a bit wet.

Well, yes, it's a lot wet!

Lots of rain this morning, but I'm looking forward to it getting colder this afternoon and snow falling here in the village.

I am hoping to be able to bring you news of snow tomorrow morning.


Nozawa Onsen will open as soon as there is enough snow.   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Tuesday 6th December 2016, 9:10am
Weather conditions: Cloud and snow, fog
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
No snow to report yet, I'm afraid - well, no cm here at base - but it is snowing this morning after a bit of wet sleet falling earlier on, and so far just a very slight dusting on my car outside.

Hopefully this is the start of something good.

Colder conditions and snowfall are on the forecast for the day today and into tomorrow, so I'll let you know how it goes in the morning.


Zao Onsen will open as soon as there is enough snow.   Read more ...

Furano Now!

Tuesday 6th December 2016, 10:26am
Weather conditions: Overcast
New snowfall: 13cm
Snow depth: --
The mild temperatures and rain stuck with us all through yesterday but the forecast was bang on for today with a return to negative temperatures and snow. The snow has come down quickly this morning, and at 8am there was already an impressive 13cm in the village. The snow is quite heavy which will be ideal for covering up the bare patches and building up the base on the lower slopes. Snow and cold temperatures will stay with us for the rest of the week.    Read more ...

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