Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 30th May 2021
Geto Kogen Now!
Thursday 22nd November 2018, 9:16am
Note: this is a backdated report to record snowfall on Thursday 22nd November 2018
The first main report of the season is on 4th December 2018Read more ...
Thursday 22nd November 2018, 10:43am
As expected, ski lifts opening tomorrow at Hirafu and Annupuri is not going to happen and both resorts have confirmed this. They will basically just open as soon as there is enough snow.
The good news is that it is currently snowing and there's a little more on the ground. It does look like we can expect snowfall over the next few days, so we can feel positive and excited about what is to come.
Hirafu are officially reporting 30cm of snow up top and 5cm at base this morning.
Now, I don't make a habit of looking at blogs and other stuff that people in Niseko say - it's definitely best that way - but I had to laugh yesterday when I read something about massive amounts of snow falling. Some people just cannot take off that marketing hat.
I'm definitely happy that I don't have the pressure of owning such a hat. :)
The official planned opening dates of the ski resorts are as follows:
- Niseko Grand Hirafu: as soon as there is enough snow - Niseko Annupuri: as soon as there is enough snow - Niseko Village: Saturday 1st December 2018 - Niseko Hanazono: Saturday 1st December 2018
Actual opening dates will depend on snow conditions. Read more ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Thursday 22nd November 2018, 11:20am
Good morning from Nozawa.
Well, it was inevitable. No snow, so no opening tomorrow.
It's nothing to panic about of course, though it is always good when we can open 'as planned'.
The forecast tells us to expect some snow on the mountain overnight tonight and perhaps tomorrow too along with a drop down to rather colder temps; and then clearing up from the weekend. So we shall just have to see how much falls before tomorrow.
With no fresh snowfall to report, this morning Kagura have announced that they will of course not be able to open as planned tomorrow. Looks foggy up there and the roads are wet around town today. We can however expect some snow on the mountains tonight, so let's see the result of that tomorrow.
I'll update you tomorrow.
Planned opening dates - subject to change of course depending on weather/snow conditions.
As soon as there is enough snow - Kagura (via Mitsumata Ropeway)