Current weather conditions:
Blue skies and sunny, just a bit of cloud
SW 5-7m/s (Hirafu)
Temperature (mountain top):
Hello and good morning from Niseko.
An early report this morning - Sapporo awaits - but it's fairly easy today as we have mostly clear blue skies and sunshine.
It should be a fine day warming up to close on 20C degrees later on, but by the end of the day rain is expected to be falling. And unfortunately, it looks like it's going to be raining - at least on and off, and heavily at times - through until the official end of the season on Thursday.
There's also the chance that winds may also messing with lift operations tomorrow and Thursday, so keep that in mind.
Personally, I'd be aiming to get out today for my last ski or snowboard... even if lifts are able to move, conditions might not be particularly nice out there.
Today, tomorrow and Thursday are national holidays here in Japan.
Thursday is the last planned day of the season for the remaining ski lifts here in Niseko.
Just look how quickly the last of the snow melts away from lower slopes! (by comparing the images in the last week or so of reports).
Resort specific lift opening news at time of posting:
Resort operations - subject to change due to snow and weather conditions
Niseko Grand Hirafu resort area lift operations: Ace Number 2 Center Four Quad (* this lift now used to get to and from the open courses - you can no longer ride back to base) Ace Number 3 Pair Ace Number 4 Pair
The resort is 'upgrading' the King Number 3 triple lift in time for next season. As part of that work the Hirafu Gondola, King Number 3 and 4 lifts have all now closed for this season. Niseko Grand Hirafu plans to remain open until Thursday 5th May.
Courses open - Large, Center, Shirakaba (Spring Park)
Niseko Annupuri plans to be open until Thursday 5th May with the Gondola, Jumbo 1 and Jumbo 4 lifts operating.
Niseko Village plans to be open for Golden Week until Thursday 5th May. The Gondola can be used as a way of getting to Niseko Grand Hirafu and for sightseeing. None of the courses at Niseko Village are open.