Another lovely spring morning today as we see more and more signs of the snow retreating certainly at village level and on lower areas of the mountain as well.
Tomorrow should see similar warm conditions but more cloud expected to cover the blue skies. Maybe a bit of rain in the evening. After that it looks like there'll be slightly colder conditions later on in the week.
The mountain should be open as planned today along with the gates.
Resort specific news as of 8:30am - subject to change during the day
Niseko Grand Hirafu: Open as normal (all lifts apart from Ace Number 1, Ace Number 4, King Number 1 and 2).
Niseko base 6am: 0C no snowfall, spring haze. Moiwa data n/a. Annupuri snowpack 320cm. Hirafu 1000m: SW8m/s, 0C. Peak data: NNE3.8m/s, -2.3C, misty. Coastal data: Benkei cape WSW2m/s, Kamui cape ENE4m/s, 1016hPa, 0.9m waves.
The mountain and the ocean is calm under a high-pressure system. The temperature will rise and avalanche hazard will rise accordingly in SE facing slopes above 800m. Most of the snowpack is sitting on bamboo grass in Niseko and makse climax slides occur easily in heavy snowdrift loaded slopes with temperature rise in spring. When it occurs at a steep slope, the debris will run on the surface of the lower grade slopes for a long distance in high speed, destroying all everything on its way. Those slides are very hard to predict, but can be avoided by not riding suspicious slopes and valley bottoms. Peak gates will open. Mountains are never 100% safe. Always be prudent and avoid hazardous places. Creeks are swollen with snowmelt runoff, be careful not to fall in. Moiwa gate no.6 will be removed as the quad lift operation ends. Have a nice spring day.
Niseko Hanazono - open daily until Monday April 6th Niseko Village - open daily until Tuesday April 7th and then April 29th until May 6th Niseko Annupuri - open daily until Wednesday May 6th Niseko Grand Hirafu - open daily until Wednesday May 6th