Some thin cloud up there this morning but generally another fine start to the day here. It was rather chilly overnight actually - I'm seeing it was down to around -5 degrees - though a high of around 7 is expected.
We have had one or two people ask about the snow depth numbers posted below. I have explained this in a previous report before in that they are the 'official' snow depth numbers that the resort publish each day. Is there a uniform 75cm at the base of the resort? Well, no. There's still very good cover of snow on the slopes, but as you can see from the images we post each day, there's places here and there where the snow has dried up and there's ground showing through. So just take the numbers with a pinch of finest salt, but we think it is interesting to have a record of the numbers throughout the season.
Oh yes, someone else asked why we continue to post reports at this late stage of the season. The easy answer to that one is that we simply want to cover the entire Niseko season. Just because it's not peak season and it isn't snowing regularly now doesn't mean that Niseko is closed. There might not be much to report these days, but we'll be updating Niseko Now right through until the last day of the season.
(I'll very much enjoy those first few lie-ins once the reports finish though!)
Official snow depth numbers and planned operating lifts at time of writing:
Grand Hirafu: Top - 300cm Base - 75cm
Ace Number 2 Center Four lift King Number 3 Triple King Number 4 (* Hirafu Gondola will open only on 19th, 20th, 26th, 27th, 29th April and 3-6th May)
Annupuri: Top - 310cm Base - 100cm
Annupuri Gondola Jumbo No1 quad Jumbo No4 pair
Niseko Annupuri plans to be at least part open until Tuesday 6th May. Niseko Grand Hirafu plans to be at least part open until Tuesday 6th May.
Niseko Hanazono Resort is now closed for the season. Niseko Village is closed at the moment but plans to re-open between 26th April and 6th May (Golden Week).
Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:
Please see main report
Observed snowfall in the last 14 days
Observed snowfall in this season
Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu:
0cm snowfall in the last 7 days
13cm snowfall in April 2014
1163cm snowfall since the beginning of the season