Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 30th May 2020
Tuesday 19th November 2019, 9:01am
Good morning from my top secret Hirafu base.
I had to be away yesterday so no report, my apologies. It is a bit colder again this morning after being noticeably warmer yesterday with some spots of rain as well. The 2cm of snow I am posting in this report appeared since my last report and before the rain (which meant it quickly disappeared from my measuring point).
It is cloudy right now as I look out the window but snow is due today and into tomorrow. Come on!!
No fresh opening related news from the ski resorts as yet regarding the upcoming weekend.
On 7th December, a new 'Mountain Center Annex' facility is planned to open by the base of Niseko Grand Hirafu. The resort says:
"Our aim is that visitors will easily be able to enjoy Niseko’s quality of snow while also experiencing a winter resort that is even more satisfying than before. The new Mountain Center Annex is situated in the perfect location, both adjacent to the HIRAFU Gondola Sanroku Station and right in front of the beginner-friendly Holiday Pair Lift, allowing for direct access to the slopes. The Mountain Center Annex features a public area, snow school reception desk, changing rooms and locker rooms on the first floor, with a large-scale ski and snowboard rental shop, boasting a floor area of 802 sqm, on the second floor."
So now you know!
Over at Niseko Hanazono, the new 'Hanazono EDGE' ski center will also be opening. And then early next year the Park Hyatt Niseko HANAZONO.
Loads of investment over the last however many years, mostly down at base (rather than things like lifts... but that is perhaps another talking point!)
The area sure looks rather different than it did ten and twenty years ago. As I munch on some morning toast, I often wonder how things will shape up ten and twenty years into the future...
Night time operations will be available at the Niseko Grand Hirafu, Niseko Village and Niseko Annupuri resorts. That is planned daily between Wednesday 11th December 2019 and Sunday 22nd March 2020.
Lift ticket prices depend on the period - Early, Regular or Spring Season:
Early Season = Saturday 23rd November 2019 until Tuesday 10th December 2019 Regular Season = Wednesday 11th December 2019 until Sunday 22nd March 2020 Spring Season = Monday 23rd March 2020 until Wednesday 6th May 2020
You can find updated lift ticket prices on the ski resort pages within SnowJapan (links above). Read more ...
Tuesday 19th November 2019, 9:34am
Good morning from Yuzawa.
It really was very warm yesterday. Not exactly nearby, but apparently it was as high as 27 degrees in Itoigawa, which is in Niigata Prefecture to the west of Myoko and the north of the Hakuba region of Nagano.
I am happy to report that it is colder again this morning, though we still we might see temperatures around 10C. Rain is due on and off today and tonight but might there be a chance of some snow in the mix tomorrow? That would be good to see.
In the meantime, below are all of the planned opening dates of ski resorts in Yuzawa and Minamiuonuma. Of course, all dependent on snowfall. Interesting to see the opening date of Iwappara - later than usual which probably makes more sense as they often cannot open in the first part of December. (Joetsu Kokusai are still gunning for 7th December though...)
You might have noticed that we have made some changes with the way listings appear on the site. The main related change is that we now have the Yuzawa and Minamiuonuma resorts together on the area listing page here. We think it makes more sense that way. You may also notice the nice new original maps that we have created (on that page, the prefecture listing and individual ski resort listing pages as well... over 800 of them in total! More on our new maps here.)
Planned opening dates - subject to change of course depending on weather/snow conditions.
Furano Ski Area is expected to open for the 2019/2020 winter season on 23 November.
With the skiing nearly upon us it was pleasing to see some heavy snowfalls last week deposit 40cm of snow in the village. The slopes are now completely covered and there is a solid base on the upper mountain. It has been snowing moderately today and further snowfall is forecast for tomorrow and Thursday. Read more ...