Snow and weather reports posted on Wednesday 5th May 2021

Yuzawa Now!

Monday 26th November 2018, 7:58am
Weather conditions: Lots of cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Yuzawa.

A fine day yesterday but there has been some heavy rain overnight. Less so right now and Kagura is reporting sleet/cloud. Hopefully the rain will ease off completely with some sunshine possible during the day and for the day tomorrow too, when it will get rather warm - high temperature are forecast to approach mid-teens at town level.

Operation plans for the coming week at Kagura are: a start 30 minutes later than the weekend - the first Mitsumata Ropeway will start at 8:00am - and just the Kagura Number 1 high speed quad operating in the Kagura area (though the skiable area remains the same as the weekend).



Mitsumata Ropeway: 8:00am until 5:00pm (last going up at 2:30pm)
Mitsumata Number 1 high speed lift: 8:00am until 3:00pm
Mitsumata Number 2 romance lift: 9:00am until 4:30am
Kagura Gondola: 8:15am until 4:00pm
Kagura Number 1 high speed lift: 8:30am 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 ...

Niseko Now!

Monday 26th November 2018, 8:29am
Weather conditions: Clearing up nicely
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Hirafu base.

As I started putting this report together (just before 8am) there was lot of cloud around still, but as the lifts get moving at 8:30am there are increasingly blue skies and the sun is out. It feels like it is going to be a nice day. Look for a high temperature as high as +5C in base areas.

Not so much of a nice day yesterday weather wise. No fresh cm of snowfall to report to you since my last report and unfortunately I have to report rainfall and milder temperatures. Hold on a sec, let me dust off that looking-on-the-bright-side 'it's good for the base' comment. (Actually, it is!) :)

Probably less excite is the snow conditions for skiing which I imagine will probably be rather heavy and slushy, but I am sure it will still be early season fun. And of course, we need to remember that it is still November. Talking of which...

I have measured a total of 68cm of snowfall so far this season. Not bad. Last season, under the same conditions, that number (at the end of November) was a whopping 188cm. Last year was a really special start of course.

I was just refreshing my memory and looking back at my report about November 2017 and thought some of you might be similarly interested - here it is

Anyway, I will post similar 'analysis' of the numbers in a report early next month. I really enjoy putting those together.

Tomorrow is also going to be a rather warm day; more so than today. Thankfully, we should be back to colder conditions and fresh snow arriving beyond that.


Niseko Grand Hirafu
Part open

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 95cm
- Base: 40cm

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

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 ...

Furano Now!

Monday 26th November 2018, 9:07am
Weather conditions: Mostly cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
While mostly cloudy this morning there are some large areas of blue sky letting the morning sun through. Overnight there has been some rain and it is quite a warm start to the day at +2c. There is no new snow to report. Tomorrow looks to be warm again with +8c forecast and some rain.

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 ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Monday 26th November 2018, 9:13am
Weather conditions: Cloudy, fog, damp
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Shiga Kogen.

Quick report to start the week with, courtesy of a friend (as I am in Matsumoto right now)...

It was too warm for the snow machines to do their thing last night. It's very cloudy with a rather damp feel and some light snow falling in places this morning but there should be some sunshine over the next few days. It's going to be warmer still too, so there is little chance of any fresh snowfall until at least later in the week.

Next report coming to you towards the end of the week.


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 ...

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