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Yuzawa Now!

Tuesday 9th December 2014, 7:57am
Weather conditions: Mostly cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 50cm
No new snow to report this morning.

Yesterday the sun stayed out for pretty much all day, some clouds gathering as the day progressed. But generally a really lovely day, and though it did warm up slightly and there was the sound of dripping melting snow, it didn't get too warm.

This morning it wasn't snowing but just now I have just speaking with my colleague in Minamiuonuma where it has just started snowing in the last 10 minutes. Looks like it's coming south and the bit of sunshine that we have had this morning will be replaced by snow soon. Bit wetter compared to the mid-season snow we got over the weekend. Will be interesting to see how much we get on the ground today, not a huge amount expected.

It has been on the news to look for heavy snow at the weekend again though, starting around Friday.



-Main Course
-Giant Course
-Technical Course
-Gondola Course
-Family Course
-Gondola Line

Lifts operating: Mitsumata Ropeway, Mitsumata Number 1 Quad, Mitsumata Number 3 Romance lift, Kagura Gondola, Kagura Number 1 Quad (every day)


Tashiro Number 1 Course
Rakuraku Course
Tashiro Ladies Course
Number 1 Quad connecting course
Skyline Course
Tashiro Aries Course

Lifts operating: Tashiro Ropeway, Tashiro Number 1 Romance lift, Tashiro Number 2 Romance lift, Tashiro Number 1 high speed

Kagura isn't connected up with Tashiro yet, but fairly big chunks of either side are now open.


No detailed news yet from Iwappara and Joetsu Kokusai. They'll be opening as soon as they can.


Resorts currently open:

Kagura (Mitsumata)
Kagura (Tashiro)


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

As soon as possible:
Joetsu Kokusai

Saturday 13th December:
Maiko Snow Resort

Friday 19th December:
Ishiuchi Maruyama
Muikamachi Ski Resort
Yuzawa Nakazato
Yuzawa Kogen
Yuzawa Park

Saturday 20th December:
Chateau Shiozawa
GALA Yuzawa
Kandatsu Kogen
Ludens Yuzawa
Nakazato Snow Wood
Muimamachi Hakkaisan
NASPA Ski Garden
Yuzawa Kogen (Nunoba area)

Tuesday 23rd December:

Thursday 25th December:

Saturday 27th December:
Ishiuchi Hanaoka

Late December
Mt Granview


Ski resorts in Yuzawa town
Ski resorts in Minamiuonuma City   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Tuesday 9th December 2014, 8:01am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 65cm
Lovely day yesterday and certainly a bit of melt going on around the village at least, but I don't think too much damage done - still felt cold to me!

I wasn't able to get out onto the mountain but it must have been great out there. A real feel-good day.

This morning has started off cloudy - and looks like foggy too up on the upper areas of the resort - and we might get some snow, though not expecting much if it does.

Might warm up slightly again and maybe even some rain around Thursday, but the weekend is still looking very promising for large amounts of snow.



Yamabiko A
Yamabiko B
Yamabiko C
Yamabiko D
Yamabiko E



Nagasaka Gondola
Yamabiko Four Lift
Yamabiko Number 2 Four Lift


Official snow depth:
Yamabiko - 90cm
Uenotaira - 90cm
Nagasaka - 65cm


Nozawa Onsen 6 day weather and snow forecast
Nozawa Onsen main resort data
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Hakuba Now!

Tuesday 9th December 2014, 8:01am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 2cm
Snow depth: 40cm
A cloudy day forecast today with snow at times, one of those times being now and it will be staying cold not straying too far above the zero mark.

We're expecting clearer and warmer and sunny conditions again tomorrow.

Later in the week though all eyes on that cold and snowy winter pattern that seems to be scheduled to arrive over Hakuba and also quite a few other areas on the Japan Sea side of Japan. Looks like it could bring with it quite a lot of snow. Would be good!

Hakuba 47 reporting no fresh snowfall on the mountain overnight though there was some that came down during the day yesterday. Goryu reporting 3cm, while Happo-one mention 5cm at Usagidaira.


Reporting 5cm of new snow at Usagidaira, few at base since yesterday.

Official Snow depths:
Base - 20cm
Usagidaira - 95cm

Open lifts:
-Kokusai Number 3
-Alpen Quad
-Kurobishi Number 2 Quad
-Adam Gondola open to take people up to the open area.

Open courses:
-Panorama (part)
-Kurobishi (part)
-Please note, can't ski back down to base.


Hakuba 47
The upper part of Hakuba 47 it seems is not open until Thursday due to a commercial being filmed - they hope to have it back fully open from Friday.

Official Snow depths:
Base - 30cm
Upper - 90cm

Open courses:
-Lower part of Route 1
-Route 5
-Route 6
-Route 7.
-The Tree Riding Zone is not open yet.

Open lifts:
-Line A


Hakuba Goryu
The top area of Hakuba Goryu is open.

Official Snow depths:
Base - n/a
Alps Daira - 95cm

Open lifts:
-Alps Number 1 Pair lift
-Alps Number 3 Pair lift
-Gondola is open to take people up to the open area

Open courses:
-Alps Daira Panorama
-Alps Daira Grand Prix
-Super Course


Tsugaike Kogen
From yesterday, more of Tsugaike Kogen opened, now 4000m long course open from top to bottom.

Official Snow depths:
Base - n/a
Upper - 133cm

Open lifts:
-Han-no-ki High Speed Pair
-Gondola is open to take people up to the open area

Open course areas:
-Upper Han-no-ki
-Lower Han-no-ki
-Part of Maruyama
-Part of Oya-no-hara


Other planned opening dates:

Hakuba Sanosaka - mid December
Hakuba Norikura Onsen - mid December
Kashimayari Sports Village - Saturday 13th December
Hakuba Cortina - Saturday 13th December
Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field - Friday 19th December   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Tuesday 9th December 2014, 8:20am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: 14cm
Snow depth: 85cm
Another 10-15cm of fresh snow here at base in Hirafu since my last report as the snow steadily comes down. Just spoken with a patrol guy from Hirafu who said there is at least 20cm of fresh up on the upper slopes there.

Still, while certainly there's plenty to play in for now, all of resort areas are still mentioning that the snow isn't that deep just yet with sasa and other things popping up through in places and in some cases narrow courses. The other thing to be careful of is the fact that the snow that we have pretty much came without snow base. Care needed whilst having fun. Always the case of course but early season considerations need to be taken into account.

There's still not that many people around at the moment, but things will change quite dramatically over the next few weeks. Once we get into Christmas week that's when Niseko will really come to life in a big way. It will be interesting to see how things might have changed once again this season. One thing's for sure - it will be lively! Let's hope the nature does it's bit with the snow in terms of quality and quantity.

Niseko Grand Hirafu and Hanazono are connected and skiable; however the top lifts aren't moving yet and so the connection between Grand Hirafu and Niseko Village and Niseko Village and Annupuri are not open yet... shuttle bus required.


Here's what's open this morning:

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Courses: Family Course, Alpen, Detour for Beginners, Green, Center, Kokutai, Kogen, Ni-Kabe, Jumbo, Parallel, Rinkan (lowe), Setsuzoku.
Lifts: Ace Family Lift, Ace Number 2 Center Four lift, Ace Number 3 lift, Hirafu Gondola, King Number 3 Triple lift, Swinging Monkey.

Niseko Hanazono
Courses: Stairway to Heaven, Silver Dream, Legend of Shinya, Yotei Sunset, Crystal Garden
Lifts: All 3 quad lifts operating

Niseko Village
Courses: Final Fling, Shaky Knees, Next Stage, Banzai, Cruiser, Don't Blink, beginners course from Gondola, Junkyard, Namara (part ungroomed), Jagaimo (ungroomed), Misoshiru (ungroomed)
Lifts: Gondola, Community Chair, Banzai Chair

Niseko Annupuri
Courses: Paradise Course, Junior Course
Lifts: Jumbo Number 1 Quad


Nighta is scheduled to open from Saturday 13th December.


Official snow depth numbers at the time of writing:

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 145cm
Base - 85cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 80cm
Base - 50cm

Top - 120cm
Base - 80cm   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Tuesday 9th December 2014, 8:47am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 90cm
A cloudy start to the day in Zao this morning, not so cold (*for Zao!) just around 0 degrees. Clouds look like they are threatening snow though. I dare you, clouds! No wind and all feels calm.

About the same with the resort this morning so nothing new to report really.

Sun expected tomorrow and a bit of a rise in temperatures. Colder over the coming weekend though with heavy snow possible - going to have to look out for strong winds too. Stormy conditions ahead!


Official snow depths (9th December 14):

Utopia: 140cm
Chuo: 90cm
Paradise: 110cm
Uwanodai: 90cm


Operating lifts at time of writing:

Onsen Number 1 pair lift
Mikaeri pair lift
Chuo pair lift
Paradise pair lift
Yokokura Number 1 pair lift
Utopia Number 2 pair lift
All Ropeways/gondolas   Read more ...

Minakami Now!

Tuesday 9th December 2014, 9:09am
Weather conditions: Sunny
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 60cm
Clear blue skies this morning but the Tanigawa range is covered in cloud and appears to be lightly snowing. The snow will slowly move over downtown Minakami towards lunchtime bringing an extra few cm to the lower lying resorts.

Thursday, Friday may see some rain at the valley level but the upper resorts should remain snowing.

Saturday onwards sees the next storm cycle coming through with at least 4 days of snow forecast.


Valley 25cm
Upper Mountains 60cm


Planned opening dates:

Tenjindaira - Opened this morning
Houdaigi - December 13th
Norn Minakami - December 18th
White Valley- December 19th
Minakami Kogen - December 20th
Okutone - December 20th

   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Tuesday 9th December 2014, 9:34am
Weather conditions: Mostly cloud, some blue sky
New snowfall: 0cm
Snow depth: 40cm
A bit of sun again this morning at times and in places, but lots of cloud around as well. Not snowing though we expect some light snowfall during the day today, and that will probably be followed by clearer skies tomorrow.

As far as I can tell, resorts operations are unchanged this morning again. The next change will perhaps be the weekend when we have some heavy snowfall forecast.

If you plan to be here for the weekend, cold and snowy is what you should be expecting. Come prepared!


What's open

The lower run is open, with the Number 2 triple lift moving.

Ichinose Family
The Ichinose Quad and Number 2 Pair A line are moving.

Number 2 Pair A and B lifts operating.

Number 2 Gondola is operating. South course and part of Panorama Course open.

Yokoteyama First Sky B Line and Yokoteyama Second Sky lifts open.
Yokoteyama First Gelende and part of Yokoteyama Second Gelende open.   Read more ...

Furano Now!

Tuesday 9th December 2014, 13:26pm
Weather conditions: Overcast
New snowfall: 3cm
Snow depth: 10cm
The weather is overcast and there are light snow flurries adding to what the snow making machines are producing. Overnight there has been around 3cm of new snow. Today the Prince Romance chairlift is operating and servicing the Prince Romance Course. Further snow is need to open other courses.   Read more ...

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