Snow and weather reports posted on Thursday 23rd January 2020
Tuesday 3rd December 2019, 7:35am
Yesterday turned into a major rain event with constant rain hitting the village and the mountain for the whole day. By evening ther roads around town had had their snow washed away. This morning we are back to winter and there is light snow falling, although just a dusting of accumulation at the moment. After the rain yesterday the roads are extremely slippery and the slopes will also be icy at lower elevations. It is -2c as I write this and the temperature will get colder during the day, not warmer - down to -6c by midday The official resort base depth is 79cm.
Furano Zone: OPEN Kitanomine Zone : CLOSED
Operating lifts: Furano Ropeway, Prince Romance #2 chair
The last few days have been pretty miserable with rain and some glum feelings on display as we all wait for our lovely snow.
So I am happy to be able to report some fresh snow down to village this morning. 10cm of it and counting.
And it looks like the next few days is going to be the turning point, I think. :)
It's going to be cold, snowy and probably windy too... but most welcome.
Long time readers can probably skip this bit as it's a bit of the same old...
Already, SnowJapan has received at least one mail accusing me of being 'negative'.
No, I just report exactly what I see.
I get plenty excited when what I see genuinely enables me to get plenty excited**. Just look through my reports and you will clearly see that. And even if I am less excited (see miserable comment this morning), I try not to get too dramatic about it.
The whole idea of these reports is to give you some real information that you can trust, knowing that it is 100% untainted by that instinct some have to always be needing to sell you something.
I (and this website) am not part of the marketing machine - and I am jolly well happy about that.
I am not here to sell you on visiting Niseko. Just to tell you what is happening.
And if you want to read marketing fluff or fantasy, I have no doubt that there is plenty of it out there!
After hearing some favourable reports from up at Kagura on Sunday, unfortunately it was sad to have very mild conditions and rain yesterday which pretty much wiped out the snow on the ground around town as well as on the lower mountains - and surely hit Kagura too.
Kagura remains open this morning, but with 600m of course open (rather than the 1500m until now), and it looks like they have the Number 1 romance pair lift operating rather than the quad.
While some local forecasts are showing rain today too, right now there is lots of blue sky and sunshine above Yuzawa. It isn't as mild as yesterday but still going to be around 6C during the daytime.
Snow is on the forecast around mid week but it seems kind of difficult to read just now. We'll just have to wait and see how it all shapes up.
As much as we always want loads of early snow, a quick look below reminds us that most ski resorts in the area only plan to open in 2-3 weeks, so we have time.
Kagura is open and here are the details of what is open at the moment:
- Mitsumata Ropeway (8:00am-5:00pm, last one up a 3:30pm) - Mitsumata Number 1 quad (8:00am-4:00pm) - Mitsumata Number 2 romance pair (8:15am-4:30pm) - Kagura Gondola (8:15am-4:00pm, last one up at 3:00pm) - Kagura Number 1 romance (8:30am-3:30pm)
Note the times - opening a bit later on weekdays than over the weekend.
600m of the main Kagura course is available for skiing/snowboarding and they have a park area open too.
Mitsumata is available just as a 'connecting course' back down to the top of the Mitsumata Ropeway.
Photos below from Tuesday 3rd December 2019:
- Kagura - NASPA Ski Garden - Ishiuchi Maruyama
Planned opening dates - subject to change of course depending on weather/snow conditions.
Rain was falling yesterday and it did get a bit colder later on, though still relatively mild, and this morning it looks like there is a bit of snow at higher elevations this morning, down at base it's a bit damp still.
I am believing the forecasts that show snowfall over the next few days which might - just might - let some lifts open for the weekend if it happens.