Sorry for the late report today - waiting for news on whether the lifts will be moving tomorrow or not.
The warmer weather and lack of further snowfall that we have been reporting in recent days has meant that things aren't going as everyone had hoped.
OK, so here is the official news after probably lots of umming and ahhing and sucking of air. The decisions have been made - no opening tomorrow.
Niseko Grand Hirafu: Hirafu have delayed opening and have said that they are now 'aiming for a new opening date of 29th November', so a week later.
Niseko Annpuri: Annupuri have also delayed their opening and will now just open when there's enough snow to do so without giving any date.
So we need to just sit back and wait for more snow.
It's always great to get off to a perfect 'on-time' start, and disappointing to not be able to, but in the big picture it's nothing to worry about. Though of course we want snow to fall. Now! And lots of it.
Alas, perhaps Grand Hirafu do know something with that mention of a week delay as a look at the forecast doesn't bring too much hope through into next week with more sun and relatively mild conditions than we would like and not much sign of snow.
Must be patient. Must be patient!
Niseko Village and Hanazono are of course not planning on being open just yet, their original planned dates noted below.
Planned opening dates for the different resort areas on the mountain:
Niseko Grand Hirafu - looking to 29th November for opening Niseko Annupuri Kokusai - will open as soon as possible Niseko Village - Monday 1st December Niseko Hanazono - Saturday 6th December
Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:
Planned opening tomorrow delayed - waiting for snow
Observed snowfall in the last 14 days
Observed snowfall in this season
Niseko Mountain Resort Grand Hirafu:
5cm snowfall in the last 7 days
30cm snowfall in November 2014
30cm snowfall since the beginning of the season