Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 6th May 2019

Yuzawa Now!

Saturday 5th December 2015, 7:50am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 0cm
Cloud and rain for the day yesterday here and this morning for now it is just cloudy but rain on and off is what the forecast is telling us to expect today.

It was relatively mild last night with a low of about 5 degrees in town and it's not much higher than that now as of 8am. Temperatures will rise to around 9 degrees in town later on this afternoon.

We have better visibility this morning so can see that the top areas of the mountains have a dusting of white up there.

Kagura are reporting 5cm of fresh snowfall since yesterday in upper areas.

On the subject of Kagura, yesterday they decided that from today (Saturday) they are going to get their Kagura Number 1 quad lift moving as well as opening part of the Kagura Park ('jib items only'!) from the afternoon. So the main course at Kagura should be open this morning (1500m in length) and while I expect cover the snow isn't 'Kagura deep' yet. The Mitsumata area remains a connecting course to get to Kagura.

Forecast is unfortunately still looking like from tomorrow starting to clear up and during the week sun and warmer conditions. The signs are that we are going to have to wait a bit longer for that first decent snowfall here in town.

We have quite a lot of people emailing SnowJapan asking us if there'll be any resorts open on particular dates. If only we knew the answers! All I can suggest is that you keep an eye on our reports as well as the forecast, and to get an idea of how previous seasons have gone read through the archive reports. There's lots of them.


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

Currently part open:
The main Kagura course - 1500m in length, real snow (and artificial) - is open.
The Mitsumata (snow-mat) area is currently being used as a connection to get to the open Kagura area.
Operating lifts are Mitsumata Ropeway, Mitsumata Number 1 lift, Mitsumata Number 3 lift, Kagura Gondola, Kagura Number 1 romance pair lift and the Kagura Number 1 high speed quad.
The Kagura Gondola needs to be taken to return back to the Mitsumata area.

On standby to open as soon as there is enough snow:
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
Ski resorts in Minamiuonuma City   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Saturday 5th December 2015, 8:10am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 6cm
Snow depth: 20cm
Good morning.

I need to get myself to Nagano this morning on some urgent business and so unfortunately I am unable to post an in-depth report this morning. My apologies. Below is how things seem to be shaping up early this morning...

Resorts that are part open as of this morning:

- Takamagahara Mammoth
- Kumanoyu (more area able to open from today)
- Ichinose Family
- Yakebitaiyama

I will be going into more detail in my report tomorrow morning.   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Saturday 5th December 2015, 8:31am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 14cm
Snow depth: 50cm
14cm of fresh snow to report to you this morning from my base area here in Hirafu and it feels like a cold wintery morning out there.

I was hoping for more - the news last night was warning us of up to 80cm of snowfall in parts of Hokkaido by the end of today. I do like those warnings, especially when they are right - and perhaps with more snow falling today we'll get bigger numbers. Anyway, it was very windy overnight and still is and this wind means that the snow has been blowing about and been 're-distributed', so in places there's more than that. Certainly expect more accumulated on the mountain. Niseko Grand Hirafu have adjusted their snow depths this morning to 125cm up top and 50cm at base.

From today more of the mountain is going to be open. It is the first day of the season for the Hanazono area, and more lifts and runs at Niseko Grand Hirafu and Niseko Annupuri are going to be open this morning. I have added details, as much as I can get them at the time of writing this report, in the details below. Hopefully wind won't mess around with those plans.

We still have snow forecast for today, tomorrow and hopefully into Monday too.

(Oh yes, and apologies for my mixing up the courses at Village/Annupuri yesterday - by the time you read this that will have been fixed up).


Resort specific news as of 8:30am - subject to change during the day

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Niseko HANAZONO Resort
Lifts planned to be running:
- Ace Family Pair
- Ace Number 2 Quad Center Four
- Ace Number 3
- Hirafu Gondola (for transport)
- King Number 3 triple
- Swinging Monkey
- Hanazono Number 1 quad (for transport)
- Hanazono Number 2 quad
- Hanazono Number 3 quad
Courses planned to be open:
- Family Course
- Beginners access
- Center Course
- Jumbo Course
- Parallel Course
- Silver Dream (upper part)
- Yotei Sunset (ungroomed)

Niseko Village
Lifts planned to be operating:
- Community Chair
- Banzai Chair
Courses planned to be open:
- Banzai Course
- Next Stage
- Final Fling
- Shaky Knees

Niseko Annupuri
Lifts planned to be operating:
- Annupuri Gondola
- Jumbo Number 1 quad
- Jumbo Number 2 pair
- Jumbo Number 3 pair
Courses planned to be open:
- Utopia
- Shirakaba
- Paradise
- Junior
- Family


'Nighta' should be starting on Saturday 12th December 2015


Official resort snow depths:

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 125cm
Base - 50cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 50cm
Base - 30cm

Niseko Annupuri:
Top - 50cm
Base - 30cm


Niseko Grand Hirafu 6 day weather and snow forecast   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Saturday 5th December 2015, 8:37am
Weather conditions: Cloudy, bit of sun at times
New snowfall: 2cm
Snow depth: 0cm
Morning and not a whole lot to report really. Not much was added to what we got yesterday and this morning it is cloudy here in Nozawa. There was even a bit of sun peeking through the clouds before though back to just cloud now. It's not particularly cold and a high of about 6 degrees is expected in the village later.

So as you might expect from that, there is not enough snow to open yet.

I almost don't want to report it but there's not much sign of snow on the weekly forecast either I'm afraid, with clearer skies expected Monday through until around Thursday, so it seems that we are going to need to be more patient for a while longer.


Official snow depths:

Yamabiko - 20cm
Uenotaira - 10cm
Hikage - 0cm
Nagasaka - 0cm
Karasawa - 0cm



Resort not open yet



Resort not open yet


Nozawa Onsen 6 day weather and snow forecast

Nozawa Onsen main resort data   Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Saturday 5th December 2015, 8:41am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 6cm
Snow depth: 15cm
Good morning from Hakuba and there's more snow to report - generally resorts are reporting 15-30cm of snow from lower to upper areas, less than that since my last report at base here.

With this new snowfall there is more terrain and lifts opening up from this morning. I have added the details below under each resort. It's great to see more opening up. Remember - early season things can change quickly so for the very latest if you are going best to check the official resort websites.

We might get more snow down to village today though with temperatures heading to around 5 degrees it might be rain - but probably snow on the mountains. At this moment though there is even a bit of sunshine breaking through the cloud in places.

Unfortunately beyond today we are looking at more settled and fine weather. 'Fine' as in a good chance of sun and clear skies, and that is due to last for most of the week by the looks of things.

Still the season is going and there is snow to play in. Hopefully we'll get winter settle in good and proper soon.


Resorts that are currently at least part open - subject to change

Hakuba 47:
Hakuba 47 is reporting 15-30cm of fresh snow this morning.
Planned lifts:
Line AB
Line C
Line E
Official snow depth
Upper: 90cm
Base: 30cm

Hakuba Goryu:
Hakuba Goryu reporting 30cm of snow on upper slopes.
The upper Panorama Course and Grand Prix courses at Hakuba Goryu are now open.
Planned lifts:
Telecabin Gondola (to get to the open area)
Alps Number 1 pair lift
Alps Number 3 pair lift
Official snow depth
Alps: 50cm
Iimori: -cm
Toomi: -cm

Hakuba Happo-one:
More of Happo-one is open from this morning with the Kurobishi, Usagidaira and Panorama areas now skiable.
Planned lifts:
Adam Gondola
Alpen quad lift
Kurobishi Number 2 quad lift
Kokusai Number 3 lift
Panorama pair lift
Official snow depth
Usagidaira: 90cm
Nakiyama: -cm
Sakka: -cm

Tsugaike Kogen:
The upper part of the Han-no-ki course area is open
Planned lifts:
Eve Gondola
Han-no-ki high speed pair lift
Official snow depth
Tsuga-no-mori: 97cm
Maruyama: -cm

Other planned resort opening dates

12th December:
Hakuba Cortina:

18th December
Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field:

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

Zao Now!

Saturday 5th December 2015, 9:11am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 20cm
Snow depth: 30cm
There's another 20cm of snow on the ground here in Zao since yesterday as we feel the effects of this storm coming across northern Japan.

There is enough for the resort to be part open from today. Yes, Zao is open.

What we seem to have open is as follows:

- Ropeways
- Onsen Number 1 pair lift
- Chuo Number 1 pair AB
- Utopia Number 2 pair a few different parts of the mountain open (Uwanodai, Chuo and Utopia). It's limited and fragmented at this stage of course, but it is a start and cause for celebration.

Lighter wind just at the moment but snow and wind is forecast for the day today again with things starting to calm down from tomorrow. After that calm and clear weather forecast for mid week.


6 day Zao Onsen snow and weather forecast


Official snow depths (Saturday 5th December 15):

Utopia: 60cm
Chuo: 50cm
Paradise: -cm
Uwanodai: 30cm   
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Furano Now!

Saturday 5th December 2015, 11:46am
Weather conditions: Completely cloudy but bright. Snow clouds.
New snowfall: 45cm
Snow depth: 95cm
Very snowy in Furano

At 7.30am we had 29 centimetres of fresh snow in Kitanomine Village and it is still falling. There was a light easterly breeze at that time, also (coming from the Tokachidake region).

The resort has updated their snow depth measurement at the top to 95 centimetres and their depth at the bottom of the resort to 50cm. Rings right with me.

We should see the sun on Tuesday afternoon but the forecast only has snow until then.

Not such a bad thing.

Photo 1 is Kitanomine gondola building. There is a resort behind it but the snowfall obscures it.
Photo 2 is the view back towards town. There is Furano behind it but the snowfall obscures that, too.

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