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Niseko Now!

Thursday 1st November 2018, 7:23am
Weather conditions: Blue sky, cloud
New snowfall: 2cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning and a quick report to follow on from my report last week.

It has been getting colder over the last few days with the first snow to be seen up on the ski hills.

And... yesterday we got our first snowfall down to the village area. Enough for me to get my observed snowfall going and get officially excited.


The sun is out this morning and it looks like it should get a little warmer over the next few days.

Just over three weeks to go...


Here are the official planned opening dates of the ski resorts:

- Niseko Grand Hirafu: Friday 23rd November 2018
- Niseko Annupuri: Friday 23rd November 2018
- Niseko Village: Saturday 1st December 2018
- Niseko Hanazono: Saturday 1st December 2018

Once again I plan to be here with you every single day of the 2018-2019 ski season once it kicks off. And I will try to be here from time to time with some updates before then.

In the meantime, if you want to read the 'end of season' report page from last season, here it is.

PS: Update on that giant bug from my report last week: happily, it did not destroy the Hirafu Gondola, which is all there and ready to go. Phew.

PS2: The snowfall I logged in the report today should really have been recorded as being for yesterday, 31st October. I was out of Niseko yesterday and so could not post a report. I'll be more strict with myself once the daily routine gets going, I promise.   Read more ...

Yuzawa Now!

Thursday 1st November 2018, 7:42am
Weather conditions: Lots of cloud, small bits of blue sky...
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning everyone, and welcome back to the Yuzawa Now reports on SnowJapan.

That old cliché is true - time just seems to goes so fast. I'm sure it's speeding up. It doesn't seem that long ago since we were all sweating out a ridiculously hot summer and checking out the Fuji Rock Festival up at Naeba.

Happily that heat is well behind us now and it has been getting gradually colder. Much colder. Over the last week or so it seems to have suddenly become considerably colder - over the last few days temperatures have been struggling to rise much into double digits during the daytime. Heaters are now being used!

The autumn leaves are looking pretty spectacular at the moment and when the sun shines it is a truly beautiful sight to see. (See photo taken on Sunday 28th October below).

And if that is not enough... check out the images from Kagura below - natural snow has been spotted high up!

Exciting times.

The Kagura resort this season plans to open on Friday 23rd November, so we are now just over three weeks away.

Details and opening dates from other ski resorts around the area are still being gathered and we will post more details in a report over the coming weeks.


If you are new here, welcome, and please check out the archive reports (below) to see how things have gone in previous seasons to get an idea of what we can expect.   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Thursday 1st November 2018, 16:49pm
Weather conditions: Fair, cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good afternoon. And how are you all doing?

Welcome back to the 'Hakuba Now' report section for the upcoming 2018-2019 season.

It is November.
It has been getting cold (though over the next few days it will be less so...)
And the first sprinklings of snow have been spotted on upper ski slopes of the mountains. All exciting stuff.

My last report which included a 2017-2018 season wrap up (which can be found here) was on 6th May, so that was almost six months ago. Since then, Japan has endured a rather hot summer and more than a fair share of nature-related 'events' too. Various typhoons, flooding and that earthquake up in Hokkaido all made international news. We got some very heavy rain but avoided too much drama from all of that lot.

Hopefully, Nature will decide to give us a particularly consistently snowy winter!

I plan to be here with you every day throughout the upcoming season - daily once the first ski lifts start moving, which should be 23rd November. Which is just three weeks off.

I will be back with increasingly regular reports in the run up to that date with more info and (hopefully) snowy news.


Hakuba Now daily reports from many seasons can be found using the archive links lower down this page.   Read more ...

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