Ah, here we are at another weekend. The weeks just whiz by don't they.
Thick fog up top apparently and a few lifts not going to be operating at the start of the day due to very poor visibility apparently. The Gondola at Hirafu also is going to be a bit delayed due to some kind of maintenance. Hopefully that will get going quickly.
Some new somewhat wet snow on the ground this morning - I make it 6cm - and light snow has still falling but not much is expected and it will very probably finish up this morning. Definitely limited visibility out there though, even lower down on the mountain.
It feels rather mild too this morning.
We will likely see some sun tomorrow and it will get a bit warmer.
Tuesday through until the end of the week is looking quite tasty at the moment with some significant snowfalls and cold weather lined up on the forecasts. Let's hope that arrives unchanged.
In the meantime, be sure you know where you're going and have a funtastic Saturday.
Resort specific news as of 8:30am - subject to change during the day
Niseko Grand Hirafu: Top King Number 4 and Ace Number 4 lifts on hold due to poor visibility. Hirafu Gondola set for a late start due to some maintenance.
The wind is calm under the high-pressure system and a humid snow has blanketed the mountain due to warm air inflow. The wind has slowly drifted snow in knolls and steep slopes above 700m; surface slab slides up to 20cm are likely to occur. Those slides may be thin, but the snow is heavy and is powerful enough to carry a person to the bottom. Potential failure from March 7th layer. The snow in the trees has been partially recovered and in good shape during the morning. Refrain from riding the valley bottoms. Climax (ground) avalanches hazard, as well as creek holes, are present in Osawa and Kozan no sawa (Backbowl). When falling into creeks, the stream could easily drag you downstream and drown you under snowbridges. Do not traverse open steep slopes under cornices, it could easily trigger a slide. Peak gates are expected to open if the visibility improves. Please follow the ski patrol’s instructions. Still a long way before the end of the season, 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.