Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 30th May 2021

Yuzawa Now!

Tuesday 27th November 2018, 7:52am
Weather conditions: Fine and sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
It is another fine morning.

Lovely sea of cloud to the north of Yuzawa over the Minamiuonuma valley, but that should clear quickly enough leaving us with clear skies and sunshine.

It is going to be warm too today. Perhaps as high as 15 degrees in town. So it's not feeling very wintery just now and we are going to need to remain patient. And indeed remember that it is still November!

Conditions up at the open Kagura (as of yesterday)? Well, there's some places that are a mix of snow and mud, pretty firm in parts. But the snow is not deep. To get back down to the Mitsumata Ropeway at the end of the day you need to either take the Mitsumata lift or risk your gear by riding down on the snow mats. I know which I'd choose! Thanks to Dan and Patrick for the information.

Actually this morning Kagura are saying that due to the snow conditions they are having to shorten the course area that is open. So it is down from 1,300m to 600m in length and they are now operating just the Number 1 romance lift at Kagura to service the open course.



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 main course - 600m in length, 30-40m 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.
Return to Mitsumata Ropeway via Mitsumata lift or snow mats.


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!

Tuesday 27th November 2018, 8:14am
Weather conditions: Cloudy, some blue sky and sun
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning.

It's rather mild this morning and temperatures might threaten to each 10C in Kutchan today.

Unseasonably toasty.

This warm spell seems to be a Japan-wide thing, but thankfully we should be back to colder conditions starting from tomorrow. There is snow on the forecast starting from tomorrow and potentially heavier into the weekend, so hopefully we should get a decent delivery to keep things going.

Niseko Grand Hirafu are reporting a snow depth of 85cm up top and 30cm at base this morning; Annupuri reporting 50cm and 30cm.

The images looking towards the mountain (below) are looking rather dark and ominous right now, but as you can see from the image pointing towards Mt Yotei it's brighter looking east.


Tuesday 27th November 2018

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Part open

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 85cm
- Base: 30cm

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: 50cm
- Base: 30cm

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!

Tuesday 27th November 2018, 10:31am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Earlier in the morning there was a decent amount of sunshine hitting Furano but the clouds have closed in and now it is looking a bit grey and bleak. Temperatures are warm today with +8c in the village and above zero at the top of the mountain. The warm temperatures and no new snow mean that the slopes are getting a bit chopped up with a bit of vegetation showing through the snow. Rain is forecast for today but as of yet it has not arrived. The temperatures will get colder from tomorrow and light snow is forecast.

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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30th May, 8:56am
Niseko Now
25th May, 14:32pm
Yuzawa Now
23rd May, 8:47am
Furano Now
09th May, 16:56pm
Hakuba Now
09th May, 10:50am
Nozawa Onsen Now
09th May, 8:12am
Kiroro Now
06th May, 13:52pm
Myoko Now
05th May, 13:16pm
Madarao Now
05th May, 9:26am
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05th May, 7:45
Zao Now
05th May, 7:41
Appi Kogen Now
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19th Feb, 12:28
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27th Nov, 11:21am