Well...That's a wrap folks ..Season 13-14 done and dusted.
All lifts are now closed in Grand Hirafu Niseko after a pretty decent last few days of turns to usher out the season and the Japanese Golden week holiday period. Downloading was necessary from the top of the Ace Quad this last few days yet the mid to upper mountain was still loads of fun on around 175cm of base to slide around on or those grabbing some final air time in the park up top.
In as far as how this last season stacked up against, say, the previous 2 winters ? -- well...over this last 5-6months, we had around 12meters of accumulation at base lifts and around 16 meters of accumulation at upper mountain. Seasons 11-12 and 12-13 delivered around 4-6 meters more of accumulation with 15-16 meters at base and 21-22 meters at upper mountain over the same periods.
The marked difference this last winter was the surprising crystal drought in the February and March period where we saw only around half the accumulation that we normally see. Yet on the flip side, we've had an absolute cracker spell of blue sunny spring conditions over March and April.
Still plenty of base pack from around the 850 meter level and up to the various summits of our surrounding peaks to skin and hike for the die-hards that aren't quite ready to pack the boards away just yet. Should be some fun corn turns up there for perhaps another 2-4 weeks.
That's about it as far as snow reports go for this season, so a huge thanks to you all for stopping by our snow report web page. Hits to this link have gone completely nuts this last 6 months so thanks a bunch. We'll be back on-line around the last week in November this year as we head into Niseko Winter 14-15, so for our Nthn Hemi Folk, have a safe, fun and adventurous off-season and if you're back there Down Under or cruising the Land of the Long White Cloud...Fingers crossed for plenty Silky Dust.
As always..Please Ride Wisely.
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.