Sunday 08 April 2018
By Rod at 730am JST
Well Folks...Quite the fitting scene for our final report of this season here in Niseko with Hirafu Village displaying that Japanese quint-essential snowy picture one last time for us.
A mild cold front moved through our region overnight delivering 6-8cm of pretty decent quality crystal for this time of year. Temps currently at minus 5c at top and zero at base lifts with light westerly of 15-20k upper mountain and 5k down low. Perhaps 10cm of new up high today should keep the remaining guests and locals all smiles for this last day of full mountain access.
Its been a tremendous winter - Probably the 3rd best since 05-06, which was massive. In that 12-13 year period, this last season is up on the podium for sure. Late November and December smashed just about any previous starts to winter with colossal back to back daily snowfalls. Late January, from the 20th was great...perhaps a tad light on to kick off new year and then February blew us all away with insane continuous deep daily drops of further waist to chest deep madness. And then like a switch..the taps turns off in March - the way it is.
So there it is powder-hounds and with a total accumulation of around 17.6 meters at top and 15.2 meters at the base of Hirafu from our measurements taken since November 17, we bid you farewell for another winter and look forward to seeing you all back on deck ready to roll later on in November this year.
Many thanks for following our reports once again and your kind emails sent. They are appreciated. Enjoy your year and go easy.
Have a Great day of Turns – Keep a Cool Head - Ski Wise and Stay Focused..
Final lifts here in Hirafu and Annupuri are set for May 6th yet for the Hanazono and Niseko Village quadrants of Grand Hirafu, their season and lift system will come to a close at the end of business today Sunday April 8th, as will our snow reports.
The avalanche report season is now finished so extra caution is crucial for touring, back country and some inbound areas already affected by deep glide cracks - The spring thaw is widening the cracks meaning things are on the move folks with full depth base slides a serious issue if you're caught up in one letting go at the wrong time..
Keep your eye on the red buttons below via our Niseko App around 830am to see what lifts open.
Always keep out of roped and closed areas and adhere to the Niseko Rules. Don't break boundaries or go into strictly forbidden terrain. This information will help keep you safer up there - Red button below along with our quick links to lifts status and The Niseko Rules.
Equip yourself adequately with the tools and safety gear if heading out the gates or touring plans. Strong caution advised whenever stepping outside legal gate access or skinning / touring back country. Be smart - Living is good