An amazing run of blue bird crystal clear days here in Niseko this last 3-4 weeks with cool NW air along with some handy drops of fresh snow and hardly any rain is keeping the top to bottom base-pack and over-all spring skiing and riding conditions super pleasant.
More of the same set to roll out for this weekend with clear blue skies, lots of sun and cool air keeping the spring base depth of 3meters at upper mountain and around 75-100cm down low in top shape.
Heaps of fun turns being had up there, whether its off the peak, in the park, super long fast groomers top to bottom or perfect creamy corn turns in the now budding Birch trees. Sensational Spring conditions.
Hirafu and Annupuri have enough lifts open to access from base to the very top delivering top to bottom skiing and riding throughout the remainder of April into early May until all lifts close for this season on Tuesday May 6th. Weather and snow pack dependent
As of almost 2 weeks ago..Hanazono, Higashiyama / Niseko Village, Moiwa and Rusutsu Resorts are now closed.
Some lifts in Niseko village / Higashiyama may re-open for the Golden week holiday which is the last few days in April into the 1st week in May. That's a little way off yet so we'll see how the base lower down holds up.
Temps currently have the mercury at 4 C at village lift level and 0 C at mid to upper elevations.
Jet stream today from the NW at 10k down low and 10-25k at mid to upper points.
The daily avalanche reports have finished for this season yet their last report is one to remember till your last turn for this season.
On a further note....Be super careful if you're headed for hiking turns anywhere outside of the roped resort boundaries now. The strength / bond of the snow pack base that sits on the ground below and its ability to stay where its at, is now at a critical stage of weakness where mass and gravity, let alone any disturbance on top will lead to these areas letting go with major consequences for anything that's in front or on top.
Never Break Roped Off areas or Gates that have been Closed.
Till the last the chairs and gondolas that swing from bull-wheels on May 6th, I'll stop back in with snow, mountain and weather reports on Mondays and Fridays.
A cracker weekend of sunny blue top to bottom fun turns on approach so enjoy it while it lasts or where ever you find your adventure.
Go safely and as always ...Please Ride Wisely.
|Hirafu Village||Top Station|
|New Snow Past 24hrs||0cm||0cm|
|Current Snow Depth||75cm||300cm|
|Snow To Date||1218cm||1605cm|
|Temperature||-3°C / 5°C||-7°C / 1°C|
|Visibility||Sunny Blue Clear||Sunny Blue Clear|
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.