Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 30th May 2020
Thursday 19th December 2019, 7:15am
It looks like the warm weather has passed and we are back into the cold winter. Yesterday there was some light snowfall that amounted to 4cm. Today is cloudy and probably there will be no snow during the day, but Friday should bring in more of the white stuff. The lower slopes of Kitanomine were looking very patchy yesterday morning, a victim of the warm wether. Signage and fencing has been erected for the Kitanomine quad lift and I would take this as a sign that opening is very close.
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Both Madarao and Tangram Ski Circus will open as soon as there is enough snow Read more ...
Thursday 19th December 2019, 8:02am
Good morning from Naeba.
It's mostly cloudy at the moment but feels like it might get clearer and brighter.
It is not as mild this morning and tomorrow should be a bit colder still, with some snow due too. There's snow due around Sunday and early week too... that in particular is looking quite promising. So let's hope that it happens.
Just one thing I haven't mentioned in the report yet. There's a sledding area open at the base of the top Takenokodaira area - if you just want to use that a return Gondola ticket is required.
For skiing and snowboarding, that top Takenokodaira slope and the lower slopes between the operating Number 4 and Number 5 lifts are open.
Official snow depth:
Planned operating lifts:
- Prince Number 2 Gondola - Takenokodaira pair lift - Number 4 romance pair lift - Number 5 high speed lift
Courses planned to be open:
- Lower base course area between Number 4 and 5 lifts - Upper Takenokodaira course (you need to get the Gondola back down to base) Read more ...
Appi Kogen Now!
Thursday 19th December 2019, 8:05am
Lots of cloud, some blue sky
Hello and good morning from APPI.
There's not a whole lot to report this morning.
There is some cloud around and some blue sky. It is around -2C.
The resort is open with 9 courses available and 5 lifts operating including the Gondola - they keep on adding a bit more which is really good to see. Gambatte-imasu!
Forecast is looking increasingly promising which is also good news...
APPI is part open:
- Central quad lift - Appi Gondola - Central Number 2 lift - Central Number 3 lift - Central Number 5 lift
- Shirakaba course between Hayabusa Number 2 Number 3 lift area - Ootaka Course by Number 2 lift - Sailer Long - Sekirei Course - Kakesu Course by Number 2 lift - Kakkou Course - Karugamo Course
I am feeling rather better and more chirpy this morning.
There isn't a huge amount of snowfall to report to you - I have measured 6cm outside on the ground - but it is feeling colder. I am guessing that there might be 10cm or so of fresh at higher elevations, so perhaps worth investigating even if not deep yet.
The forecast is also looking much more Niseko-like, which is really great to see.
Santa-san is going to be visiting Niseko on 24th-25th December. Niseko is his main place of call you see; he will make appearances in various locations. And it sounds like he is going to bring us what we want. He's a good bloke. I will leave him a mince pie, a piece of toast and some carrots for his reindeer friends.
At Niseko Grand Hirafu, the middle section of the mountain is currently mostly closed and you can either take the gondola or the Ace Number 2 Center Four lift back down.
A good few days of decent snowfall should get things going properly without the need to be worried about what is open and what is not open.
In other news, you can buy a 'Snow Duck Builder' in the shops.
Official snow depth (reported by resort): - Peak: 80cm - Base: 45cm
Ski lifts operating: - Niseko Gondola ON HOLD - Upper Village Gondola - Village Express - Community Chair - Banzai Chair
Night time operations are normally available in the Niseko Grand Hirafu, Niseko Village and Niseko Annupuri resort areas. Subject to weather conditions. There is no nighta at the Niseko HANAZONO resort area. Read more ...
Thursday 19th December 2019, 8:41am
Cloud, some signs of clearer
Morning from Yuzawa.
As you can see from the images today, there is a lot of cloud around, but some places where blue sky is appearing and it feels like things might be on the verge of clearing. The forecast is mainly cloudy though.
No fresh snowfall to report yet but I am encouraged to see what look like positive signs for early next week in particular.
Heavy snow would be fantastic, of course, but right now we just want enough for ski resorts to get themselves up and running. Open for Christmas is what we all want!
Kagura and Naeba remain open; GALA Yuzawa is open again like yesterday (not for skiing/snowboarding; rather playing in the snow and sightseeing).
- Part open - Mitsumata Ropeway - Mitsumata Number 1 quad - Mitsumata Number 2 romance pair - Kagura Gondola - Kagura Number 1 quad - Tashiro Ropeway - Tashiro Number 1 romance pair - Tashiro Number 2 romance pair - Tashiro Number 1 quad
- The Mitsumata and Tashiro Ropeways are now both operating - Access to the main Kagura Area is via Mitsumata Ropeway only - Tashiro is open up to the Tashiro Number 1 high speed lift - The Mitsumata Area course is used as a connecting area - The Kagura Area and Tashiro Area lift/course connection is not yet open
This morning there is a lot of cloud around but also some blue sky and the sun breaking through in places too.
As we wait for snow, a few bits of news this morning:
The top area of Hakuba Goryu/47 is not open today and tomorrow. The Hakuba Gondola is still operating, but it's for 'sightseeing' only. The top course is not available for skiing or boarding. The lower Toomi course at Hakuba Goryu is open for skiing/snowboarding, and a good chunk of Hakuba 47 remains open (where you will need to take the Gondola back down).
The top Grat quad lift at Happo-one is also open now but for sightseeing and climbing purposes only - the skiing course is not open. It looks like the Alpen quad lift has a delayed opening this morning but it should get going soon. At Happo-one you need to take either the Gondola or Kokusai Number 1 lift back down to base.
Basically, the ski resorts are doing the best with what they got. Otsukaresama deshita.
Hopefully this situation will be changing/improving soon. The forecast is showing some snowfall due tomorrow, but there is more snowfall potential for early in the coming week, just in time for Christmas.
These areas are currently part open, subject to change:
- Ichinose Family: Number 2 pair lift A & B line operating - Ichinose Diamond: Diamond quad lift - Kumanoyu: Number 2 pair lift A & B line and Number 3 quad lift operating - Takamagahara Mammoth: Number 2 triple and Number 3 pair lifts operating - Yakebitaiyama: Number 2 high speed lift and Number 4 romance lift
Other areas of Shiga Kogen are waiting for more snow.
- The section of road connecting the southern area of Shiga Kogen (from Yokoteyama onwards) with Gunma Prefecture is now closed for the season. It will be closed until 24th April 2020. Read more ...
Aizu Bandai Now!
Thursday 19th December 2019, 9:41am
Not a whole lot of things to report to you this morning but the best thing for me to say is that there is snowfall on them there forecasts. A bit here and there over the next few days, but the best looks due early in the week. 'Heavy snow' --- I like the sound of that. Music to our ears.
There is cloud around but some breaks in the cloud in places. A fine morning really.
Anyway, here's to the upcoming snowfall.
The rest of the ski resorts in the area around Mt Bandai were all hoping to open from Saturday. That is looking extremely unlikely right now but hopefully the delay beyond that won't be too prolonged.
Grandeco Snow Resort:
- Number 1 lift and Gondola are operating - 3000m of course available - Rainbow 3500 (upper area) - Center - Lavender B - Connecting - Hotel connecting course
- B lift operating, one course area open
Hoshino Resorts Nekoma:
- 4 courses open - 1 lifts operating (Forest Cat)
Opening information - subject to change of course depending on weather/snow conditions.
Nighta in the Uwanodai area is scheduled daily from 28th December 2019 until 1st March 2020 and then 7th, 14th, 20th and 21st March 2020. 5:00pm until 9:00pm.
Nighta in the Yokokura area is scheduled for New Year (28th December 2019 until 5th January 2020); and also on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays between 10th January and 7th March 2020. 5:00pm until 9:00pm.
The Zao Ropeway opens in the evenings on the below dates for 'Light Up' sightseeing purposes - to go and see the Juhyo monsters (not for skiing or boarding) on the following dates:
December 2019: 28th, 29th, 30th, 31st January 2020: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 10th-12th, 17th-19th, 24th-27th, 29h-31st February 2020: all days apart from Tuesdays
There is an extra charge for this night time Ropeway operation. Read more ...