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Yuzawa Now!

Saturday 24th November 2018, 7:52am
Weather conditions: Sunny blue skies
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Kagura opens this morning!

In fact, it already has - with the first Mitsumata Ropeway starting the season at 7:30am.

What's more, after the snow/sleet/sometimes rain of yesterday here in town, it is beautiful start to the day here. Blue skies and sunshine. And the forecast seems to feature a fair bit of sunnier skies through lots of the coming week.

Here is what is planned to be open today and tomorrow at the Kagura resort to get the season off to a start.


Mitsumata Ropeway: 7:30am until 5:00pm
Mitsumata Number 1 high speed lift: 7:30am until 3:00pm
Mitsumata Number 2 romance lift: 8:30am until 4:30am
Kagura Gondola: 7:45am until 4:00pm
Kagura Number 1 high speed lift: 8:00am until 3:30pm
Kagura Number 1 romance lift: 9:00am until 3:30pm


Kagura main course - 1,300m in length


The Mitsumata area is open just as a connecting area.
The Tashiro area is closed. It plans to open from 8th December.
The open course is not recommended for beginners.


Planned opening dates - subject to change of course depending on weather/snow conditions.

- Kagura (via Mitsumata Ropeway)

Saturday 8th December 2018
- Iwappara
- Joetsu Kokusai
- Kagura (Tashiro)
- Naeba

Friday 14th December 2018
- Maiko Snow Resort
- Yuzawa Park

Saturday 15th December 2018
- GALA Yuzawa
- Kandatsu Kogen
- Yuzawa Kogen
- Yuzawa Nakazato

Friday 21st December 2018
- Ishiuchi Maruyama
- Muikamachi Hakkaisan
- NASPA Ski Garden

Saturday 22nd December 2018
- Chateau Shiozawa
- Ipponsugi
- Nakazato Snow Wood

Sunday 23rd December 2018
- Hakkai Sanroku
- Itsukamachi

Friday 28th December 2018
- Ishiuchi Hanaoka

Saturday 29th November 2018
- Mt Granview   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Saturday 24th November 2018, 8:07am
Weather conditions: Snow clouds
New snowfall: 19cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Niseko.

And it most certainly is a good morning. The snow has continued since my last report yesterday morning and I have measured 19cm of fresh to add to the 25cm I reported yesterday.

Very nice!

And as I mentioned in my excite noon update yesterday (did you see that?), today is officially the first day of the 18/19 ski season here in the Niseko region with the Niseko Grand Hirafu resort area opening this morning, and the Niseko Annupuri resort will be following on from tomorrow.

Niseko Grand Hirafu themselves are this morning reporting 95cm of snow depth at peak and 65cm at base.

Terrain wise, what is available is very limited (details below). But with the fresh that has been delivered over the last few days I imagine conditions should be really good for some fine first turns of the season. Keep in mind that this suddenly-arrived snowfall is will essentially be our base for the season; the fresh snow is settling in and getting into place. And still not deep enough to cover everything up properly in places. Perhaps good that only a limited area will be open.

Expect some snow on and off today on the mountain (note: I can actually see blue skies away from the mountain currently), and then some milder conditions for a few days. There may even be some rain mixed in there.

Anyway, if you are lucky enough to be here for the opening this weekend, I hope that you can have fun and take care.

I will see you tomorrow.


Niseko Grand Hirafu
Open from this morning

Ski lifts operating:

- Ace Number 2 Center Four Lift (8:30am until 3:10pm) * transport to the open area
- Ace Number 3 Pair Lift (8:40am until 3:30pm)
- The last quad lift down is at 4:00pm

Courses open:

- Center Course

1 day lift tickets (until 30th November):

- Adults: 2,000 yen
- Children and seniors: 1,000 yen
- Ticket valid only at Niseko Grand Hirafu

Niseko Annupuri
Open from Sunday 25th November 2018

Ski lifts operating:

- Annupuri Gondola (8:30am until 3:00pm) * transport to the open area
- Jumbo Number 3 Pair Lift (8:45am until 3:15pm)
- The last Gondola down is at 3:30pm

Courses open:

- Utopia Course

1 day lift tickets (until 30th November):

- Adults and seniors: 2,400 yen
- Children (up to 12): 1,400 yen
- Ticket valid only at Niseko Annupuri


Niseko Village
Niseko HANAZONO Resort

Both Niseko Village and Niseko HANAZONO areas plan to open from Saturday 1st December.   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Saturday 24th November 2018, 8:53am
Weather conditions: Sunny up top, clouds lingering below early on
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Hello and good morning from a sunny Nozawa.

Well, it is up on the mountain. There's a bunch of clouds remaining over the village and the valley but that will likely clear before long leaving us with a fine day.

No further news from the resort since yesterday so we are no basically going to be just waiting for further snowfall.

The forecast doesn't show much potential for that snow through until at least the end of the week; rather more sun and milder temperatures.

I will post a new report later in the week (or before if we do actually see any fresh snowfall).

Have a good weekend!


Nozawa Onsen 6 day snow and weather forecast

* Please note that it is always the top section of the resort that opens first, not the whole mountain.   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Saturday 24th November 2018, 8:58am
Weather conditions: Lovely and sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning and it's a beauty.

No fresh cm of snow to report, but lots of sunshine and blue skies this morning.

More sun than snow on the forecast for the coming week so I wouldn't expect anything major happening for a bit.

I will be back with you sometime in the coming week with an update.

Have a good weekend.


Official snow depths numbers reported by different areas of Shiga Kogen:

Please note that these numbers are the official numbers that ski resorts publish and we check and update them each morning.

- Official snow depth: 20cm
- A 600m long (and 30-50m wide) course area is open and the Number 2 pair lift is operating.

Other parts of Shiga Kogen are not yet open.   Read more ...

Madarao Now!

Saturday 24th November 2018, 9:11am
Weather conditions: Blue skies & sunny
New snowfall: 3cm
Snow depth: --
I promised a report with any snow news. And we got some snow yesterday (which is being logged in this report).

Not a huge amount, but this morning the mountain is looking white and frosted early on, and there is a beautiful blue sky background and the sun is out.

It looks fantastic.

Quite a bit of sunshine on the forecast for the next week or so actually along with some milder conditions. And not much fresh snow.

We are still three weeks from the planned opening date - 15th December 2018.

I'll be back with you with more soon...   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Saturday 24th November 2018, 11:59am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 1cm
Snow depth: --
Hello from Zao again.

Just a little more snow to report, less than 2cm, but continued cold and wintery conditions this morning.

Looks like we should expect milder conditions and clearer skies in the coming days with little chance of more snow.

I'll get back to you later in the coming week with any furher news.   Read more ...

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