Friday 22 November 2019
By Rod at 9am JST
Well here we go Folks. Yotei san image below looking Grand at 7am this morning as we mark-up SkiJapan.com Niseko Snow Report #1 for Winter 2019-20.
A Huge Welcome back to you all from our Team here in Hirafu Village Niseko with news just this last hour from Tokyu Lift and Mountain operations here in Hirafu that we will need to wait a little longer than the planned 23rd November 1st lifts until further base pack builds sufficiently.
Steady snowfall this last week right down to sea level has seen around a meter of snow fall at upper mountain and 65cm here in Hirafu Village. Another 20-30cm up top would have probably secured tomorrows planned debut yet they are very cautious here and safety is their No.1 priority. As it should be. There is a good amount of snow down at present yet over this coming weekend and next week, the maps and stats have some late Autumn / early Winter troughs of pesky mild south air persisting into our region where some plus temps are expected. This is the issue.
Jet stream this last 7-10 days has held the right formula, tracking in from the Siberian NW > across The Sea of Japan engaging our Shiribeshi West Coast Alps dropping steady snow. We need a little more up top to cat pack it safely and hit the game on switch. Its early days with almost 6 months of lift operations to roll out.
Plenty of activity again at the base of all 4 areas of Grand Hirafu over this past Summer as Nisekos' demand for further 5-star amenities, accommodation and services keep the inbound heading back for more of the goods as the regions reputation for consistent quality deep n dry has powder hungry folk feverish for more.
We're almost there Folks - Book that Jet and set your Sat Nav to Niseko as the Hokkaido Monster Machine awakes from Hibernation.
We'll be with you daily now until early April 2020 delivering reports from right here in Hirafu Village, posting at 730am with the 24hr 7am to 7am daily accumulation photo, along with the most up to date weather and mountain information available. Stay Tuned ..More to come
1130AM UPDATE -
While Hirafu and Kiroro have post-poned their opening tomorrow ...News Just in as of 1130am today that Rusutsu will open tomorrow 23rd offering 5 courses on Mt Isola and 2 courses on West Mountain...ready for turns. Lifts will spin from 9am to 4pm ...
Annupuri Resort has just announced they will fire up their Dream Quad tomorrow the 23rd. NB - This will be the only lift in operation here in Grand Hirfu which is on the Grand Hirafu All Mountain Pass.
No lifts in Hanazono, Hirafu nor Niseko Village will operate at this stage yet from tomorrow Nov 23 we will have lifts spinning at the Zoo and 1 lift in Annupuri.
Awesome ! Turntime...Ski Wise and Stay Focused.
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