Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 30th May 2021

Yuzawa Now!

Friday 30th November 2018, 8:02am
Weather conditions: Cloud and rain
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Yuzawa.

Kagura are once again reporting -2C and very light snow, and down in town we have wet roads again this morning and it is currently about +4C in town.

The forecast has similar kind of conditions tomorrow with clearer skies likely on Sunday and Monday.

There's not much else to report this morning so I'll just see you again tomorrow.



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 romance lift: 8:30am until 3:30pm


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 ...

Niseko Now!

Friday 30th November 2018, 8:03am
Weather conditions: Snow
New snowfall: 15cm
Snow depth: --
1:45pm update:

I have waited as late as I can to make this update (I need to get myself somewhere else for the rest of the day).

The only news I have at the moment is that the Niseko Annupuri resort plans to have their Dream Number 1 quad lift operating from tomorrow morning in addition to what they have going today. That lift should be open 9:00am until 4:30pm. Dreamy! I'll be checking and updating all available information for my report tomorrow.

* All other info in this report remains as it was when first posted this morning.


Original morning report:

Good morning from Niseko and here we are on the last day of November 2018.

Fresh snowfall news? I have measured 15cm of fresh snow to round off the month, bringing us to a total of 84cm of snowfall measured at base this season so far. I'll make more comments on that in my report on Monday.

So yes, it's good news this morning. It is definitely colder - the coldest yet this season - and great to see that fresh snow on the ground. As always, there should be more at higher elevations so there should be some fun to be had this morning.

Snow is forecast for today and tomorrow, perhaps easing off and clearing during Sunday.

Operations are still very limited and at the time of writing unchanged. Tomorrow of course the Niseko Village and Niseko HANAZONO areas plan to open for the season. There is no firm related news as of yet - or when we might see more of Hirafu and Annupuri opening - but I will update this report later on today if I have any more information to share.


I had a good chat with the good folk down in Niigata who run SnowJapan and provide us with this wonderful platform, and they passed on some of your comments sent in for me. Thank you very much for the (mostly!) kind words of encouragement.

We have a long season ahead of us, but I ate large amounts of toast before enjoying a long down-time hibernation period, so I'm full of energy - ready and waiting for the daily project that is Niseko Now. I am very excited about it and will endeavour to bring you interesting reports every morning through until May 2019. Hopefully they will be full of fluffy snow stories. They will definitely be devoid of marketing cheese. For you newcomers, you may disagree with some of my comments (and my measurements to the nearest mm!) but you can always be 100% sure that I am writing truthfully and I won't be hiding anything from you... even if it's something that could be filed under 'bad news'.

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Friday 30th November 2018

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Part open

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 90cm
- 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 today):
- 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
- * Not updated yet today. One reason why my reports usually go live around 8:30 ;)

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 today):
- 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 tomorrow, Saturday 1st December   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Friday 30th November 2018, 8:33am
Weather conditions: Mostly cloudy, some blue sky
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning Hakuba fans.

Slightly colder it is, though it is still rather mild and there's no new snow to report other than an ever so slight dusting at higher elevations.

Temps down here in the village will be around 8C-9C today and tomorrow.

Currently there is lots of white and grey cloud around with some blue sky in places.

Warmer conditions are expected to be back with us Monday/Tuesday and there may be some heavy rain coming too. It would be good if we could flush this last bit of autumn out of the system and get down to some proper winter after that. (Obviously!)

As the season hasn't started yet I am going to be away for the weekend and I'll get back to you in the first part of the week.

Have a good weekend wherever you are.


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 ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Friday 30th November 2018, 9:53am
Weather conditions: Mostly cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning from Shiga Kogen.

Another slight dusting of snow to report, though nothing significant.

Takamagahara Mammoth (Number 2 triple lift) and Yakebitaiyama (Number 4 romance lift, from 8:30am) both plan to open up from tomorrow morning. Going to be very limited at them all as there still is not much snow out there.

The official 'opening ceremony' is also planned for tomorrow at Yakebitaiyama.

I will post as many details as I can gather together in a report tomorrow morning.   Read more ...

Aizu Bandai Now!

Friday 30th November 2018, 13:15pm
Weather conditions: Cloud, some blue sky
New snowfall: 6cm
Snow depth: --
Good morning.

There was a little snowfall last night but it has stopped falling in the morning.

6cm of new snowfall has been recorded by the base ground of Grandeco. The snow is very wet, a bit like sorbet.

It is still difficult to open courses though as there just isn't enough and all ski resorts in the region are waiting for enough snow to consider opening.

There is another snowfall due around Saturday, but it will not be major. Hope to report the ski hills open on the next report. Fingers crossed.

   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Friday 30th November 2018, 14:49pm
Weather conditions: Snow clouds above
New snowfall: 2cm
Snow depth: --
Well, I do have a bit of snow to report!

2cm of fresh snowfall on my car this morning and to add to the reports.

Next report when there's more snow to report!

Zao Onsen 6-day snow and weather forecast   Read more ...

Furano Now!

Friday 30th November 2018, 19:44pm
Weather conditions: Partly cloudy
New snowfall: 41cm
Snow depth: --
The snow started last night and came down heavily through until morning. This morning there was 41cm of fresh snow on the ground in the village and the resort reported 48cm at the top of the ropeway. The snow was relatively heavy and was just exactly what was needed to bulk up the base. This is the first significant snowfall of the season at village level. Although nice and sunny through the day the temperatures were cold and this allowed the resort to really blast the snowmakers on the lower slopes to give nature a helping hand. Hopefully this new snow is enough for the resort to open up a run down to the base on the Furano Zone tomorrow.

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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27th Nov, 11:21am