Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 12th November 2018

Niseko Now!

Sunday 29th November 2015, 9:01am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 15cm
Snow depth: 10cm
This ia a bit more like it!

Yesterday ended up mild and sunny but temperatures dropped later in the day and it got cold.

There is some snow on the ground this morning after it started falling last night, and it is still snowing now with a fairly strong wind blowing around as well. It seems the forecast is for snowfall to ease off later today but hopefully resume sometime tomorrow.

There is not enough snow to get the lifts moving just at the moment - but look to an opening of some upper slopes before the full mountain opens...more snow up there and all that.

Niseko Grand Hirafu resort this morning reports 10cm at base and 40cm up top.

Niseko Grand Hirafu and Niseko Annupuri are on standby to open as quickly as possible, with Niseko Village planning to open on Tuesday and Hanazono on Saturday.

I will bring you the latest information tomorrow.


Planned opening dates for the Niseko resorts:

Niseko Grand Hirafu: as soon as there's enough snow
Niseko Annupuri: as soon as there's enough snow
Niseko Village: Tuesday 1st December
Niseko HANAZONO: Saturday 5th December

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Furano Now!

Sunday 29th November 2015, 9:06am
Weather conditions: Possibly heading for bluebird
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 60cm
Sunny and clear at Furano

Minus 4 at base at 7am. About 2mm of typically dry Central Hokkaido snow fell overnight. No wind. Lovely.

Photo 1 Kitanomine Zone at 7am
Photo 2 flag and view to Furano town.
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Hakuba Now!

Sunday 29th November 2015, 9:40am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 0cm
Morning from Hakuba.

Soon after the report went up yesterday I heard that Tsugaike Kogen was also opening up - for what they are calling pre-open! - so from yesterday we had four of the big resorts in the valley starting their season. In the big picture of course it is very limited but all the same, turns to be had. And there were a fair few people willing to try them out as well. It's good to have the ski lifts moving again. Hakuba is great in other seasons of course, but for me there's just nothing like winter.

OK so back to yesterday. Snowing on the mountain - reports of around 10cm new up there yesterday - though it was a bit sleety and wet down in the village unfortunately which kind of washed away a bit (just a bit) of the enthusiasm of some of us not able to be riding the lifts to higher areas.

It is cloudy down here at the moment this morning with a high of about 5 degrees expected later, the last of this current snowfall easing off with the upper areas of the mountains covered in cloud. Then we have some sun likely tomorrow with slightly warmer temperatures expected too. Not too much please.

Can't say that large amount of snowfall is expected over the next few days, but looking towards the end of the week a cold front laden with snow looks like it might be about to arrive.

In the meantime, below is the information available this morning. As I said yesterday please remember that things can change quickly and it's best to see the official resort info if you plan on going at this early stage. I'll do my best to bring you the latest and keep you informed with regards to resorts opening and lifts.


Resorts that are currently at least part open

Hakuba 47:
The base area of Hakuba 47 base is still closed open but the top areas of Goryu/47 are open via Hakuba Goryu, as well as the Line E lift. 2500 yen for adults, 1350 yen for children. Reporting 10cm of new snow on upper slopes.
Lifts operating:
Line E lift
Official snow depth
Upper: 23cm
Base: -

Hakuba Goryu:
The upper area of Hakuba Goryu is open along with one of the Hakuba 47 lifts. 2500 yen for adults; 1350 yen for children
Lifts operating:
Telecabin Gondola (to get to the open area)
Alps Number 1 pair lift
Official snow depth
Alps: 60cm
Iimori: -
Toomi: -

Hakuba Happo-one:
The Panorama area of Happo-one is now open. 2600 yen for adults; 1600 yen for children
Lifts operating:
Adam Gondola (to get to the open area)
Kokusai Number 3 lift
Panorama pair lift
Official snow depth
Usagidaira: 40cm
Nakiyama: -
Sakka: -

Tsugaike Kogen:
Part of the upper area of Tsugaike Kogen are open. 3500 yen for adults; 2000 yen for children
Lifts operating:
Eve Gondola
Han-no-ki high speed pair lift
Official snow depth
Tsuga-no-mori: 25cm
Maruyama: -

Other planned resort opening dates

Early December until mid April

12th December
Hakuba Cortina:

18th December
Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field:

Mid December until late March
Hakuba Norikura Onsen:
Hakuba Sanosaka:   Read more ...

Naeba Now!

Sunday 29th November 2015, 9:44am
Weather conditions: Low level fog is covering the mountains just above the base area today.
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 0cm
Hello everyone from Naeba.

The snow has finally started to fall and whilst there's not much sticking in the base area the mountain is definitely benefiting from a light covering.
As well as this the colder conditions today mean that snow making in the base area is going ahead at full blast.

Kagura Mitsumata also has been receiving snow over the last few days with the snow mats now being supplemented with a small amount of real snow on top of them.
Hopefully the rest of the ski area will begin to open up after this weekend.

Planned resort opening dates:

Naeba: Saturday 12th December
Kagura (Mitsumata Ropeway): Mitsumata area now open using snow-mats and some small amounts of natural snow
Kagura (Tashiro Ropeway): Saturday 12th December

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Shiga Kogen Now!

Sunday 29th November 2015, 10:01am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 1cm
Snow depth: 0cm
Just a quick report this morning to let you know that Kumanoyu are open this morning, kicking off the ski season here in Shiga Kogen.

The Number 2 pair lift is moving with a 600m run open - it's a mix of artificial and natural snow.

It's a cold morning with very light snow lazily falling here in the central part of Shiga Kogen just now.

Looks like we can expect clearer skies and some sunshine tomorrow and look to later in the week for the chance of any decent snowfall.

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Nozawa Onsen Now!

Sunday 29th November 2015, 10:01am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 0cm
The official 'let the season be a safe one' ceremony was held yesterday at the resort... so now you know it will be a safe one!

There is no new snow to report this morning. Yesterday was cold but ended up being wet and down by base things are now back to that green/brown look that we don't really want to see again until April!

It is a cloudy morning and it's expected if anything to clear up a bit today, with sun due tomorrow and quite possibly temperatures here in the village getting to around 10 degrees.

The resort isn't going to be opening in the next few days, but there is a promising look to the forecast approaching next weekend...


Official snow depths:

Yamabiko - 0cm
Uenotaira - 0cm
Hikage - 0cm
Nagasaka - 0cm
Karasawa - 0cm



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Resort not open yet


Nozawa Onsen 6 day weather and snow forecast
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Yuzawa Now!

Sunday 29th November 2015, 10:39am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 0cm
Yesterday was a cold day and wet too, though it was snowing higher up which brings me to the news of the day...

Kagura has opened the lower part of it's main course this morning -- 600m of it with a width of 20-30m. The snow-mat fun over at Mitsumata remains open but I would expect most people are going to be seeking out the real snow from today.

The Kagura Number 1 Romance pair lift is running with of course the Kagura Gondola taking you from Mitsumata up to the main Kagura area.

Good to see Kagura opening up, even though it is still limited.

Forecast? It is still a bit wet with light rain falling just now but today looks like clear up later on and then sunny clearer skies are forecast for the day tomorrow in the region. It will be warmer as well with temps likely to rise above 10 degrees in town. Fingers crossed it will at least keep cold up there at Kagura.

The next potentially decent snowfall is likely at towards the end of the coming week.


Planned opening dates for resorts in Yuzawa Town and Minamiuonuma City (by date):

Currently part open:
Kagura (Mitsumata) - lower part of the main Kagura area (real snow) and snow mats helping things along at Mitsumata

Saturday 5th December:
Joetsu Kokusai

Saturday 12th December:
Kaguta (Tashiro)
Maiko Snow Resort

Friday 18th December:
Ishiuchi Maruyama
Muikamachi Ski Resort
Yuzawa Nakazato
Yuzawa Park

Saturday 19th December:
GALA Yuzawa
Kandatsu Kogen
Ludens Yuzawa
Nakazato Snow Wood
Muimamachi Hakkaisan
NASPA Ski Garden
Yuzawa Kogen

Thursday 24th December:
Chateaux Shiozawa

Friday 25th December:

Saturday 26th December:
Ishiuchi Hanaoka
Mt Granview


Ski resorts in Yuzawa town
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