Plenty of blue sunny weather over the last 4-5 days again here in Niseko where the last 6weeks of spring has offered more than normal sunny days to enjoy spring skiing and riding. The weekend looks good for settled conditions, yet the final 3 days of lifts may be challenging with some rain periods forecast.
We're down to last 5 days of season 14-15 Folks. Last lifts for Hirafu and Annupuri is next Wednesday May 6th, being the end of the Japanese Golden Week holidays. Downloading from the top of Ace Quad is necessary now with the snow at base pretty much vanished. Lift operations have been scaled back. The Hirafu and Annupuri sectors of the resort have 3-4 lifts open through Golden Week till May 6th..Weather and snow pack dependant !Hanazono is closed closed, yet Higashiyama (Niseko Village) is running their gondola during Golden Week April 29-May 6 for upper mountain access. I'll wrap up the season with the last report next Wednesday so have some fun final turns and as always Please Ski and Ride Wisely.
Two Tips for the last 5 days of season - 1) Enjoy it while you can -Wax on and dont foget the sun-screen 2) One of the more dangerous times to go touring / skinning BC is now - If venturing out, choose super safe touring routes with no under-laying creeks or streams. Strongly advise to carry communication, transceivers and well stocked packs. Stay away from terrain trap glide paths and steep low-mid altitude slopes. Big areas in side and back country are now sliding. Full depth !
Stay Safe and Focused - Please Obey and Respect The Niseko Rules - Never Break Rope Lines, Closed Gates and Areas Deemed Out of Bounds by Patrol.
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Snow report information is compiled and interpreted from various Japanese weather sites and models made current for the day and the 3-5 day outlook. Snow fall 24hr periods are measured at approximately 730am daily in Hirafu Village base lifts and data from the avalanche report which indicates accumulations at both the base of Moiwa and the 1000metre level. Further on mountain observations are also included and like any ski resort, more intense snow accumulations occur at mid and upper mountain elevations of average approximations of 20%. These approximations are conservative. Hence, base lift depth historically speaking is almost 50% less on any given year than mid to top station snow pack.
Mostly Sunny next few days