Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 1st April 2018

Yuzawa Now!

Monday 9th December 2013, 8:28am
Weather conditions: Clear and sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 0cm
Lovely skies over the whole of the Yuzawa and Minamiuonuma area this morning. There's some thin wispy kind of clouds around but they aren't stopping the sun shining through.

It got down to about -2C overnight but will probably warm up to about 9-10C early this afternoon.

A mild night tonight and rain expected tomorrow. It's looking good for after that though and I'm hoping that we'll be reporting some decent snowfalls by mid week through the end of the week.

Resort openings as noted below remain unchanged.


Currently part open (limited operations):

> Kagura:

Mitsumata Ropeway
Mitsumata Number 1 quad
Mitsumata Number 3 pair
Kagura Gondola
Kagura Number 1 quad
Tashiro Ropeway
Tashiro Number 1 pair
Tashiro Number 2 pair
Tashiro Number 1 quad

> Naeba:
Number 5 quad


Planned resort opening dates for all of the skijo in Yuzawa town (subject to snow conditions)

As soon as possible:
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:

As soon as snow allows!:
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!

Monday 9th December 2013, 8:40am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 10cm
Snow depth: 75cm
Another 10cm or so of fresh snowfall here in the Hirafu area since the report yesterday with some nice snow coming down in the afternoon yesterday making for poor visibility on the mountain. But some very nice snow conditions to be found out there.

It looks like it's going to be a milder day today, overnight and into tomorrow - we may even see some rain fall into tomorrow unfortunately.

For now, it's just a cloudy morning with no snow falling.

Temperatures are set to drop considerably in the second part of the week though and hopefully that will bring with it lots of fresh powder.

As the snow continues to gradually build up, we are seeing more of the mountain open up. More of Niseko Grand Hirafu terrain is officially opening from today and it looks like the King area access, lower part of the Kokutai course, Kogen Course, Holiday Course and connecting course are opening up. For the record, Hirafu are now reporting 145cm at peak - which is a fair bit more than the other areas.


Lift operations (at time of writing):

Grand Hirafu:
Ace Family Pair
Ace Number 3 Pair
Ace Number 2 Quad Center Four
King Number 3 Triple
Swinging Monkey
Hirafu Gondola

Hanazono Number 1 lift
Hanazono Number 2 lift
Hanazono Number 3 lift

Niseko Village:
Community Chair
Banzai Chair

Jumbo Number 3


Official snow depth numbers:

Grand Hirafu:
Top - 145cm
Base - 75cm

Top - 90cm
Base - 50cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 80cm
Base - 40cm

Top - 90cm
Base - 65cm   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Monday 9th December 2013, 9:10am
Weather conditions: Fine and sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 0cm
It's a beautiful morning here in Nozawa with the sun out. It was cold overnight but there's no new snowfall to report. A high temp of around 8 degrees is forecast for today so it's going to warm up a fair bit, and tomorrow is looking to be mild as well. Less sun and more of a chance of rain tomorrow though.

Once we get past tomorrow (and perhaps Wednesday) though, we are looking at much colder temperatures especially higher up and a run of snowy days. We're all hoping that by the weekend, more of the resort will be able to open up of course.


Monday 9th December 2013:

Official snow depth:
Yamabiko - 65cm
Base areas - few cm

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 ...

Hakuba Now!

Monday 9th December 2013, 9:12am
Weather conditions: Clear and sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 0cm
Blue skies above Hakuba this morning, more silvery blue than deep blue for the moment. But it is another fine day here. No new snow to report.

It was very cold overnight and I see temperatures dropped down to around -4 degrees in the village. They're going to zoom up to around +7 degrees later on today though and tonight should be much milder.

Tomorrow might start off with rain here at base but things are still looking very encouraging mid-week onwards with lots of snow due to be falling on them there hills. I am looking forward to reporting that info to you all!

Hakuba Cortina still planning on opening 14th December, with Hakuba Iwatake planning on 20th December.


Official snow depth numbers and operations (as of 9th December 2013):

Hakuba Goryu
Reporting 0cm of fresh snow this morning.
Upper - 80cm
Iimori - -cm
Toomi - -cm
Lifts operating: Gondola, Alps Number 1, Alps Number 3.
Upper slope area open.

Hakuba 47:
Reporting 0cm of fresh snow this morning.
Upper - 100cm
Lower - 2cm
Lifts operating: Gondola, Line A, Line C, Line E.
Upper and mid slope area open.

Reporting 0cm of fresh snow this morning
Usagidaira - 100cm
Nakiyama - -cm
Sakka - -cm
Lifts operating: Adam Gondola, Alpen Quad, Kurobishi Number 2 quad, Hakuba Kokusai Number 3 pair, Panorama pair. The Gondola is just for getting to and from the open slopes.
Upper slopes (excluding top quad lift) area open.

Tsugaike Kogen:
Tsuganomori - 115cm
Maruyama - 10cm
Kanenonaruoka - 10cm
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 ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Monday 9th December 2013, 9:25am
Weather conditions: Sunny
New snowfall: 10cm
Snow depth: 0cm
About 10cm of snow yesterday morning (which I will note in the new snow this morning for the record), but no new snowfall to report this morning. The roads still have that white icy cover though at the moment.

It was very cold overnight and even this morning resort areas are reporting temps close to -10C.

We're still sitting waiting for that real snowfall to get more of Shiga Kogen open up. This week we will hopefully see that happen with snowmen lined up on all of the local weather forecasts basically from tomorrow through into the weekend.


Resorts that are currently part open (as of Monday 9th December 2013):

Reporting 30cm snow depth; -2C at 8:30am
Takamagahara Number 2 triple lift

Ichinose Family:
Reporting 30cm snow depth; -4.3C at 8am
Ichinose Number 2 pair lift A/B

Kumanoyu (skiers only):
Reporting 30cm snow depth; -9.5C at 8:30am
Kumanoyu Number 2 pair lift A/B

Reporting 40cm snow depth; -8C at 8:30am
Yakebitaiyama Number 2
Yakebitaiyama Number 4

Reporting 20cm snow depth; -5C at 9am
Yokoteyama Number 1 Sky B
Yokoteyama Number 2 Sky


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

Zao Now!

Monday 9th December 2013, 9:40am
Weather conditions: Sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 0cm
A bright and sunny morning here in Zao with some lovely blue skies above the mountain. -1C, no wind, all is calm.

That's great, but we want and need snow, so when's it coming Snow Gods? If the forecast is to be believed, perhaps our calls and prayers will be answered in the second half of this week with consistent snowfall forecast. Cold, snowy, windy. That's what we need. (Well, maybe not the wind bit!)

In the meantime, there may not be much snow yet but it's a beautiful day to be out on the mountain.


Official snow depths (9th December 13)
Utopia: 45cm
Chuo: 50cm
Paradise: 40cm
Uwanodai: 10cm

Operating lifts (8th December 13)
All Ropeways (Skycable, Zao Chuo Ropeway, Zao Ropeway) operating.
Chuo Number 1 Pair
Zao Paradise Pair lift
Utopia Number 1 Pair lift   Read more ...

Furano Now!

Monday 9th December 2013, 9:48am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 8cm
Snow depth: 40cm
Good news from Furano.

Sailer Course is now completely open from top of the roeway, down to the base. The lower course still has a few thin patches but overall the condition is not bad for this time of year and being able to carve turns for a continuous 3.4km is a great feeling.

There was a total of 8cm fresh snow over the weekend.

Operating lifts:
Furano Ropeway 8:30am-3:00pm
Downhill Romance #2 chair 8:45am-3:00pm

Shirakaba (closed)
Spies (partially open) from top of Ropeway until bottom of Down Hill Romance #2 chair.

   Read more ...

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16th Jul, 11:27am
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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
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