Good morning from Niseko and the sun is out right now.
Light snow was falling just a little earlier but it's cleared now. No new cm of snow to report on the ground here, just a dusting really, though I suspect there might be a bit more higher up. There is less wind this morning as well thankfully and so with lifts planning to be open I think there'll be a rush to the top areas to hit the untouched snow after the lift disruption of yesterday.
It feels colder this morning and temperatures will probably rise to just over zero at base today. As of 7:30am, Niseko Village was reporting a temperature of -10C on upper areas so we still need to wrap up.
So still quite a bit of cloud around, but blue sky too and the sun making an appearance.
Generally cloudy conditions forecast for tomorrow and a chance of sunny skies on Sunday. The next potentially decent snow looks to be due early in the week.
Have a good day and stay safe.
I have just added this information below... night skiing will be continuing through until Sunday 22nd March so just another few weeks left. On the last night Hirafu plan to have an excite fireworks display starting at 9:30pm.
They are also of course keen to remind people that daytime operations plan to continue until Wednesday 6th May. You might well wonder why the last day will be a Wednesday - the reason being, it's the last day of the Golden Week holidays in Japan.
Resort specific news as of 8:30am - subject to change during the day
The mountains and the ocean are calm under a dominating high-pressure system. The snowdrifts are stable and the general avalanche risk is low. All gates are expected to open from the morning. Be well prepared when going out of bounds. Many hazards are present in the winter mountains. Better not overestimate your own skills and knowledge, constantly staying alert and cautious is key to accident prevention. Sometime experiences are useless, but lots of experiences are needed to acknowledge this fact. Devastating full-depth avalanche hazard is rising. These gigantic slides will sweep everything on its path: the valley bottoms. Better stay away from there. Avalanches are natural occurrences and won’t be an accident unless human beings are involved. The snow is not bad, have a nice day.
Official resort snow depths:
Grand Hirafu / Hanazono: Top - 410cm Base - 140cm
Niseko Village: Top - 300cm Base - 180cm
Niseko Annupuri: Top - 370cm Base - 180cm
Night skiing will continue until Sunday 22nd March. Lifts open for night skiing:
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
Niseko Village Community Chair and Banzai Chair
Niseko Annupuri Jumbo Number 1 Quad
Floodlit night operations are due to continue until Sunday 22nd March.