Niseko Snow Report

Friday 01 May 2015

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.

WINTER IS COMING ! - SkiJapan.com Mountain Guiding Bookings for Winter 15-16 are now Open. Contact us at guiding@skijapan.com 

By Rod at 10:24



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.


Snow Cam at Alpen Ridge

Weather Condition
Current Temp
12°/14°
Top Station / Hirafu Village

Mostly Sunny next few days


Top Station
Temperature
10°/12°
min/max °C
Wind Speed
25.00
KM/H
Wind Dir
WNW
 
Snow 24H
0
CM
Snow To Date
1795
CM
Visibility
Good
 

Hirafu Village
Temperature
13°/17°
min/max °C
Wind Speed
5.00
KM/H
Wind Dir
WNW
 
Snow 24H
0
CM
SnowToDate
1253
CM
Visibility
Good
 

Weather Forecast
Tue

3°/3°
Wed

3°/4°
Thu

4°/4°
Fri

6°/7°
Sat

1°/2°
Forecast issued on 8am Mon 04, May 2015 by Snow-Forecast.com | Niseko Hirafu Resort
Excellent weather, beautiful MT. Yotei and Jake having so much fun in the sun, soaking up all the sun ray! Lifts in Hirafu and Annupuri are still running till May 6th! Enjoyyyyyy! #Niseko #japan #hirafu #hokkaido #mtyotei #spring #bluebird #stunning #dog #beautiful #niceweather #springishere #sun #uvray #ski #snowboard #lastriding #riding #snow #winter #japow #pow
3 weeks ago
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4 weeks ago
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Recalling the time plowing gleefully through backcountry powder in Niseko? Yes, It's time to book for 2015-16 season!
1 month ago
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An overcast day after a fantastic run of clear blue sunny spring days! It is forecast to have light snowfall in the upper mountains as a mild low pressure system moves through with perhaps a little drizzle in the village later today! Enjoy some spring riding conditions! #Niseko #japan #hirafu #springskiing #springriding #springtime #powderheaven #japow #hokkaido #snow #ski #snowboard #iloveniseko #skiresort #mtyotei #yotei #overcast #springdays #pow #powder
1 month ago
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Yes, beautiful stunning bluebird day here in Niseko again! More park fun times ~ the forecast has a mild change of weather expected throughout our region tomorrow to Thursday, we will see! Plenty of spring turns to go! Enjoy!!! #Niseko #japan #hirafu #spring #springpark #japow #springishere #hokkaido #mtyotei #yotei #ski #snowboard #skiing #snow #winter #shredding #tricks #iloveniseko #bluebird #stunning #bluebirdday
1 month ago
145 145 Likes
Good morning! After an amazing Thursday of late March powder under the blue sunny  skies we have another magic bluebird day today! Nice... Enjoy the Sun ray and soak it all in! #Niseko #japan #mtyotei #Yotei #sunray #sun #sunshine #ski #snowboard #japow #powder #fun #spring #springskiing #skijapan #iloveniseko #livingthdream #powderheaven #hokkaido
1 month ago
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And... back to spring! Hello there Mt.Yotei! Spectacular March conditions here, with an outstanding last 48hours of deep powder! Beautiful morning, sunny day and plenty of fresh lines waiting up there! Have a great riding/skiing day! Cheers! #Niseko #japan #Hirafu #mtyotei #park #spring #springpark #tricks #jumps #ski #snowboard #hittingthepark #bluebird #sunshine #beautifulweather #japow #pow #powderheaven #season #resort #hokkaido #shred #epicday #skijapan
1 month ago
137 137 Likes
There we are thinking its spring... and Niseko decided to dump 40-45cm of new powder over the last 24hour period and it is still dropping! Good job Niseko, unexpected surprise! #Niseko #hirafu #japan #japow #snow #springonhold #iloveniseko #stillsnowing #hokkaido #ski #snowboard #shredding #shred #dumping #amazing #winterisnotoveryet
1 month ago
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Niseko suddenly decided to put spring on hold... Yesterday and today's photo.. It's still snowing heavily here with 7-10cm of new freshies over the last 24hr period. Late March snow is moving through our magic little region over the next 24-36hrs with significant accumulation expected! Yewwwww! Amazing! #Niseko #japan #hirafu #springonhold #winteralloveragain #snow #japow #powder #pow #iloveniseko #shredding #newsnow #hokkaido #winterwonderland #bestplaceonearth #ski #snowboard #riding #skiing #resort #winter #epic #amazing
1 month ago
145 145 Likes
A bit of a dusting again here in Niseko early this morning! Late season snow are forecast to fall later this week, fingers crossed! Still plenty of turns to go, last lifts for Hirafu and Annupuri being May 6th ~ Spring riding time! #Niseko #japan #hirafu #hokkaido #japow #spring #riding #springski #skiing #ski #snowboard #snow #winter #bluebird #sunny #springishere #resort #powderheaven
1 month ago
151 151 Likes
Fourteen year old local Tenra slaying it in the Hirafu park with a flat 540! Suns out funs out!! Another beautiful day in Niseko!! #niseko #hirafu #park #parkrats #locals #shred #winter #winterwonderland #bluebird #beautiful #japan #flat5
1 month ago
94 94 Likes
An overcast and foggy to start our Friday here in Niseko, but it is forecast for the weekend to have more sunny blue skies! Down to the last couple of night skiing/riding for this winter - it will close on the 22nd of March, so get out there before it closes! Enjoyyyyyy!!! #Niseko #japan #hirafu #nightskiing #ski #snowboard #japow #skiresort #lastnightskiing #winter #beautiful #lights #iloveniseko #livingthedream #hokkkaido
1 month ago
183 183 Likes
All gates and lifts are opened today with pretty civilised spring conditions and plenty of blue sunny periods! A cloudy start today thus there is a chance of a few flakes to come our way later tonight - so finger crossed! Here you go with a photo of Alezia-chan having a blast in the spring snow! #Niseko #japan #hirafu #hokkaido #ski #snowboard #springski #spring #weather #snow #skiresort #bluebird #japow #fun #iloveniseko #sunny #sunshine
1 month ago
91 91 Likes
Happy Monday! A beautiful bluebird day today as milder spring like temperature move into our region! Niseko United Hirafu is reporting a 5 meter base back on the upper lifts this morning, so that should set out nicely until May 6th (the last lifts). Still a lot of snow for some epic spring park and riding! Enjoy the sun ray! #monday #niseko #japan #hirafu #spring #springpark #riding #ski #snowboard #sendingit #snow #winter #skiresort #hokkaido #jumps #tricks #park #japow #bluebird #bluebirdday #stunning #mtyotei #yotei
1 month ago
173 173 Likes
Over 120cm of snow in just 3 days! Feels like January all over again - some amazing deep dry powder yesterday and again today with 28-35cm of new POW over the 24hour period, what's more, it is still thumping down out there! We will have better access with the lifts today as the wind slowly dies down. Snow is forecast to keep dropping into early tomorrow with further pulses throughout the weekend. Winter all over again! Yesss Niseko! You are killing it! #Niseko #japan #hirafu #hanazono #firstchairlift #epic #powder #pow #japow #killingit #sendingit #ski #snowboard #faceshot #somuchpow #iloveniseko #shredding #frothing #hokkaido #freshsnow
1 month ago
177 177 Likes
Biggest snow fall of the season!! At least 50cms across all the resorts in Niseko! The pow is definitely back!! #deep #pow #powder #snow #snowboard #snowboarding #japan #japow #hokkaido #discoverhokkaido #niseko #hirafu #hanazono #sendingit #senditson #gobigorgohome
1 month ago
179 179 Likes
Yes, the snow is back... Niseko didn't let us down! Over 25cm of accumulative powder in the last 24hour period and the storm continues, the next couple of days will be epic, can't wait already!!! #Niseko #japan #hirafu #snowstorm #snowisback #japow #dry #powder #ski #snowboard #skijapan #hokkaido #resort #winter #springisonabreak #iloveniseko #shred #frothing #puking #epic
1 month ago
195 195 Likes
Finally it's snowing again! Thank you! Keep the faith! #Niseko #japan #hirafu #snowingagain #stopraining #snow #winter #resort #skijapan #ski snowboard #japow #keepthefaith
1 month ago
107 107 Likes
Fresh snow overnight has made for some awesome conditions once again! Snow is forecast for the rest of the day and a bluebird day is forecast for tomorrow! It's going to be epic!! #ski #snow #shred #snowboard #powder #winter #winterwonderland #skijapan #japan #japow #hokkaido
1 month ago
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