Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 30th May 2021

Niseko Now!

Thursday 29th November 2018, 7:59am
Weather conditions: Mostly cloudy, but some blue sky places and even a bit of sun
New snowfall: 1cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning.

This is a little bit more like it, sort of. Not a whole lot of fresh snow down at base so far - ever so slightly over 1cm - but it is definitely colder with the temperature back down below zero (where it jolly well should be) and we are expecting snow to be falling every day now through until Sunday. Just how much, I will let you know every morning.

For the moment it is mostly cloudy with some very light snow falling in places but some sun actually shining through in others. Pretty. Let's snowing please.

Tomorrow if course is the last day of November. I plan to post my 'season so far' November report on Monday.


Thursday 29th November 2018

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Part open

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 75cm
- Base: 20cm

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: 20cm

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
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Yuzawa Now!

Thursday 29th November 2018, 8:10am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Yuzawa.

Rain moved in later in the day yesterday.

Kagura are reporting light snowfall overnight with a thin layer on the course area that is open and it looks rather foggy up there as of 8am too. Hoping for a bit more snow tonight, though it doesn't look like we can expect anything significant for a while yet (as well as warmer conditions again late weekend/early in the week).

Roads are wet around town this morning but rain is holding off for now and we might even see clearing clouds as the day goes on.



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, 30-50m 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 ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Thursday 29th November 2018, 8:12am
Weather conditions: Cloud, blue sky, sun
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Quick update - slight dusting of snow overnight making everywhere look nice and sparkling... in the sun which is peeking through the clouds.

Perhaps a bit more snow tonight? Don't expect much though; we're going to have to wait longer for that.


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 ...

Furano Now!

Thursday 29th November 2018, 9:32am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 3cm
Snow depth: --
The snow flurries continued through the day yesterday with no accumulation on the ground until early evening. This morning the ground in the ski village is well and truly frozen, and there is 3cm of fresh light snow on the ground. The resort is reporting 20cm at the top of Furano Ropeway. There is a light breeze and although mainly cloudy, a bit of sun is making its way through. Overall quite a pleasant day and worth popping up for a ski on that fresh snow.

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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