Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Wednesday 4th April 2012

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 10:12am on Wednesday 4th April 2012
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Archive report: Posted at 10:12am on Wednesday 4th April 2012
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Yesterday mornings snow turned into rather heavy rain by early evening going through much of the night before turning to snow before sunrise this morning. It's still snowing now and being blown around too, but I would say there has been perhaps a few new cm of snow so far. Hopefully while the winds do their thing we will get some decent snowfall during the day today.

The Japan Meteorological Agency has issued a severe weather warning for Hokkaido today as it looks as if Japans worst spring storm in a long time that has been battering Kyushu and Honshu moves north. We can expect very high winds over the next 24 hours and be prepared for many lift closures, currently most of the lifts are on standby with only the Ace family pair and Ace No1 lifts operating although talk is of the Holiday Pair lift 1 starting soon. Over at Niseko Village it looks like the Banzai and Community lifts have been moving. Lift operations will likely be changing with conditions, so best to check with the resorts for the latest. That's if you really want to get out there today - it's pretty wild and I'm not sure how much fun it would be personally!

Snowfall is forecast for tomorrow as well, though with less wind hopefully more of the resorts will be open from early on.

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Below is the latest information from the resort areas in Niseko regarding planned lift operation plans - subject to change:

Grand Hirafu & Hanazono:
The following lifts remain open, with the planned closing dates for each also shown:

A Ace Family Pair Lift - until 8th April
C Ace Quad Lift No2 - until 6th May
F Hirafu Gondola - until 8th April
I King Hooded Triple Lift #3 - until 6th May
J King Lift #4 - until 6th May
K Swinging Monkey Pair Lift - until 9th April
N Hanazono Hooded Quad Lift #1 - until 9th April
O Hanazono Quad Lift #2 - until 9th April
P Hanazono Hooded Quad Lift #3 - until 9th April

Niseko Village:
Niseko Village plans to be open every day until Sunday 8th April with the following lifts operating - Gondola, Banzai, Wonderland and Community. Niseko Village also plans to be open again for the Golden Week holiday period from Sunday 29th April until Sunday 6th May.

Annupuri:
Lifts at Annupuri plan to be open until 6th May.

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Official snow depths:

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 410cm
Bottom - 170cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 440cm
Bottom - 190cm

Annupuri:
Top - 470cm
Bottom - 180cm

Archive report: Posted at 10:12am on Wednesday 4th April 2012
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