Snow and weather reports posted on Wednesday 21st March 2018
Thursday 17th April 2014, 7:57am
Blue skies, sunny
Sunny and mild conditions continue today with just a few clouds here and there, but mostly blue sky.
Looks like we are due for a moderate westerly wind today, but hopefully the lifts that remain open will do just that.
More cloud expected tomorrow.
Niseko Grand Hirafu is hosting the FIS Official Niseko Grand Hirafu Cup GS event at the moment, last day today. Because of this there are some courses with restrictions - Furiko Course, Green Course (partial), Alpen Course. Onsenzawa Course and the King Area connecting are completely closed to the public.
Official snow depth numbers and planned operating lifts at time of writing:
Grand Hirafu: Top - 305cm Base - 80cm
Ace Number 2 Center Four lift King Number 3 Triple King Number 4 (* Hirafu Gondola will open only on 19th, 20th, 26th, 27th, 29th April and 3-6th May)
Annupuri: Top - 310cm Base - 100cm
Annupuri Gondola Jumbo No1 quad Jumbo No4 pair
Niseko Annupuri plans to be at least part open until Tuesday 6th May. Niseko Grand Hirafu plans to be at least part open until Tuesday 6th May.
Niseko Hanazono Resort is now closed for the season. Niseko Village is closed at the moment but plans to re-open between 26th April and 6th May (Golden Week). Read more ...
Thursday 17th April 2014, 8:08am
After a warm day yesterday, it's going to be another warm day today... warmer even. It was mild overnight with temperatures not dropping down to lower than 5 degrees in the village and today we expect highs approaching 20 degrees.
It's clear and bright, but hazy.
Tomorrow there will be more cloud around and a good chance of rain. With the freezing point forecast to be around 2500m, it might be rain up on the higher areas of resorts too, bit of snow if we are lucky perhaps.
(You know when we are approaching the end of the season when one of the webcams on the official page changes from a skijo to a sakura tree! I'll try to remember to bring you any sakura news as well if there is any!)
Official snow depth numbers and operations at resorts remaining open (as of 17th April 2014):
Hakuba Goryu: Plans to be open until early May. Top areas open, Champion Expert closed, Toomi used to get back to base though very patchy. Iimori area closed. Upper - 175cm Toomi - 30cm
Hakuba 47: Plans to be open until early May. Almost all of Hakuba 47 remains open. Upper - 145cm Lower - 30cm
Happo-one: Plans to be open until early May. Top areas (Riesen Grat, Usagidaira, Kurobishi, Panorama, Skyline) open. Need to get lift back down to base. Usagidaira - 115cm
Tsugaike Kogen: Plans to be open until early May. Upper areas remain open. Tsuganomori - 219cm