Monday 02 May 2016
Well well well - Snow in Japan !! ..Last Friday and Saturday did deliver as forecast ;-) - around 5-8cm of new snow higher up here in Niseko with 12 cm reported in Kiroro to begin our Golden Week Holiday period. Strong wind however had lifts on hold Friday yet Sat and Sunday were much better. Touring/skinning off the back side yesterday was great as will be on the higher BC peaks for the next 3-4 weeks. Nishi onsen terrain looks particularly good !
Still enough base pack higher up with around 200cm to slide around on yet the access to the village is now chewed out so downloading from the top of ace quad is now necessary. The jibber park off ace # 3 double chair is in great shape with plenty of fun features and BIG kickers to refine the air skills along with some excellent bump zipper lines off Ace # 4 double to pump up the mogul action.
Advise to get the last turns in quickly folks as the outlook till closing day Thursday has decent conditions for today and most of tomorrow prior to a wet windy change moving in later tomorrow with rain likely for Weds Thursday being the last 2 days of season and Golden week holidays. It’s then shut down for this season with 4 more days of lift assisted turns remaining, so if you’re in town for some late spring turns - have fun and go easy.
Lift services operating (weather and snow dependant) are: Here in Hirafu, Ace #2 Quad, Ace #3 and Ace #4 double chairs open till May 5th. Annupuri have Jumbo #1 quad + the 6 seat Gondola + Jumbo # 4 double chair until May 5th. Hanazono and Higashiyama / Niseko Village areas are now closed. Niseko Village has their gondola open till Thursday for access to Hirafu Ace 3 and 4
The avalanche report for this season has finished. Many thanks to the team at Moiwa Avalanche Institute for their info, advisories and wise words during this season. Be super conservative and prudent with decisions for ANY back country touring from here in as all elevations are in rapid thaw mode and things are on the move !
Always caution and always pack and peep up if heading BC. Never break rope lines and please adhere to the Niseko Rules. Stay Tuned and Focused - Please Ski and Ride Wisely.
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