Current weather conditions:
Cloud, bit of fog, some blue sky and some sun!
Not snowing yet
N5m/s - NW13m/s (Hirafu)
Temperature (mountain top):
Good morning from Hirafu on this busy mid-season weekend.
But what's this... sun!?
It's a difficult one this morning with a whole bunch of different things going on. Mt Yotei has been looking rather beautiful this morning with a bit of cloud around upper areas but quite a bit of blue sky around those and the sun shining through. There's cloud over our mountain on this side, with early morning fog higher up according to the resorts.
Right now as I write this report the sun is shining down through my window.
No new snowfall to report.
Wind is causing issues this morning as well with Niseko Annupuri not opening this morning and top lifts affected at Niseko Village and Niseko Grand Hirafu. I have as always added any available details as of 8:30am in the area below.
So, is this impressive snowfall on the way like we were thinking and hoping for? Conditions are forecast to deteroirate later on in the day today with snow tomorrow and Monday. I think I'll just leave it at that and report on what actually happens in my report tomorrow morning.
It has been a bit of an odd end to Janaury I feel. But anyway, here's to a good start to February!
Resort specific news as of 8:30am - subject to change during the day
Niseko Grand Hirafu: Top King Number 4, King Number 3 and Ace Number 4 lifts on hold due to weather conditions. 'Early Morning' lift available daily until 1st February (for 500 yen, Ace Quad Number 2 lift from 8am until 8:20am).
Niseko Village: Niseko Gondola and top Wonderland lift on hold early on due to strong winds. 'Early Morning Gondola' available Saturdays and Sundays until February 8th (for 1300 yen, Gondola open from 7:30am until 8:30am).
Niseko base 6am: -3C, strong wind and no snowfall. Moiwa 800m: NE10m/s, -7C, no snowfall. Annupuri 1150m: NE15m/s, -8C, no snowfall. Hirafu ridge: mild wind, -9C, no snowfall. Coastal data: Benkei cape E11m/s, Kamui cape E4m/s, 1012hPa, 0.8m waves.
Strong wind is blowing but no snowfall. The weather is forecasted to deteriorate and peak gates will be closed. The hard-packed groomers are in good shape for practicing euro-carves, probably best option for today.
Apparently, crazy dumps are falling in Spain. Recent weather pattern seems to be strangely different from 10 years ago, closer to spring time weather patterns. Road is icy due to large temperature difference and less snowfall. Be careful driving. Sometimes the Nature does not comply with people’s expectations.
Official resort snow depths:
Grand Hirafu / Hanazono: Top - 360cm Base - 135cm
Niseko Village: Top - 280cm Base - 180cm
Niseko Annupuri: Top - 270cm Base - 160cm
Lifts open for night skiing (planned):
Niseko Grand Hirafu Ace Family Pair lift, Ace Number 2 Center Four lift, Hirafu Gondola, Holiday Number 1 Pair lift
Niseko Hanazono Resort No night skiing at the Hanazono area