Well..after a couple of wobbly mild wet days down low at village level here in Niseko, we've had pretty decent snow falling top to bottom since around 9pm last night.
About 15-20 of new currently here in the village and a more intense drop rate higher on the hill. Perhaps 20-25 new at those levels. Still no word from the lift company as to when they will be able crank bull wheels for first lifts - There are some rumours for Tuesday !...We will see.
Down low at base lifts will take significantly more than what we have on the ground presently yet the snow pack from around mid mountain (600-700mtr level) escaped the Thursday Friday rain and fell as snow so Ace # 3 double chair and triple hooded is hopefully not too far away.
Around the Hokkaido neighbourhood some resorts have opened some lifts in the last few days. Rusutsu east mountain has Isola Gondola and one chair spinning, Kiroro has 3 chairs going, Teine, Kokusai, Nakayama-toge and Furano all have some lifts going now so if you have wheels there are lifts and turns on offer.
The outlook has decent snow continuing till around midnight-3am tonight, then a pulse or two over Monday Tuesday. The moment we have official word of first lifts - we'll post it so Stay Tuned - Keep focused - Ski and Ride wisely
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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.
Steady Snow has Resumed