Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 30th May 2021

Niseko Now!

Sunday 25th November 2018, 8:28am
Weather conditions: Cloud cover
New snowfall: 18cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning.

A decent start! I was able to snatch one hour out there yesterday. Such a great feeling after six month or so of forced rest, and the limited terrain and not-as-good-as-peak-season-snow doesn't seem to dampen spirits at all at the start of the season.

There's more snow to report (18cm) since yesterday but it has eased off now. Actually when I got up a little earlier it was more like sleet coming down and when I just went outside to check it was more like... rain. Not much though for the moment.

It is noticeably milder this morning and even milder conditions are forecast over the coming few days, so we probably can't expect much in terms of snowfall and should brace ourselves for the times of rain as well.

Later in the week should see temps drop once again and the return of snow clouds.

Niseko Annupuri joins the fun this morning so there are two choices here in Niseko. Details below.

Oh yes, while it is not a 'Niseko' resort of course, I thought I would mention that Kiroro resort also plans to be part open from this morning.


Niseko Grand Hirafu
Part open from yesterday

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 100cm
- Base: 70cm

Ski lifts operating:
- Ace Number 2 Center Four Lift (8:30am until 3:10pm) * transport to the open course 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
Part open from this morning

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 70cm
- Base: 40cm

Ski lifts operating:
- Annupuri Gondola (8:30am until 3:00pm) * transport to the open course 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 the Niseko Village and Niseko HANAZONO areas plan to open from Saturday 1st December   Read more ...

Yuzawa Now!

Sunday 25th November 2018, 8:56am
Weather conditions: Clear and sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Yuzawa.

It's another fine morning here. Not a cloud in the sky, in fact. Nice and calm. Lovely.

Kagura remains open of course and they are reporting 50-70cm depth of snow.

There isn't much potential for snow on the forecast, not until at least the end of the week anyway. More of a chance of sunnier skies and a bit of a warm up mid week too and perhaps some rain before the next snow arrives.


In the meantime, there's always Kagura. They haven't said yet if there will be any changes to operations from tomorrow (being a weekday), so I'll update the report tomorrow morning with confirmation of what plans to be open.


Okutadami Maruyama isn't exactly in the Yuzawa region - more like an hour or so drive away to the north, but still in Niigata Prefecture. That ski hill usually opens on the 23rd November for some early skiing. They have delayed opening due to lack of snow, and not yet open. I thought I'd just mention that.



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, 50-70m wide


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 ...

Hakuba Now!

Sunday 25th November 2018, 9:05am
Weather conditions: Clear and sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Hello and good morning from Hakuba.

Blizzard conditions might be what we all would like, but it's hard not to love a morning like we have this morning - sunny and clear, other than a few small clouds around the mountain peaks.


It looks like we are going to need to be patient as temperatures warm up a little over the next few days, perhaps even rising into double digit numbers. So there's not going to be snow falling in those conditions.

Look to later in the week for a drop in temps.


Official planned ski resort opening dates:

As soon as there is enough snow
Hakuba 47
Hakuba Happo-one
Hakuba Goryu
Tsugaike Kogen

Friday 14th December 2018
Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field

Saturday 15th December 2018
Hakuba Cortina
Hakuba Valley Kashimayari

Mid December 2018
Hakuba Norikura Onsen

Friday 21st December 2018
Hakuba Sanosaka   Read more ...

Furano Now!

Sunday 25th November 2018, 19:37pm
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 8cm
Snow depth: --
Furano Ski Area did a great job of getting the ski area open as planned yesterday on 24 November. Despite the scarcity of snow this season at village level the coverage on the open trails was not too bad, with a bit of bush coming through as is always the case at opening.

This morning there was about 3cm fresh snow at base level, but temperatures spiked to +7c during the day and brought rain in the afternoon. The warm weather is affecting the snow up higher and some ground was visible on trail today.

Just to recap the ski area status:
Furano Zone is open with Furano Ropeway for uplifting/down lifting only. The skiable trails are Shirakaba and upper Sailer, with the Downhill #2 chair servicing those trails.   Read more ...

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