Sunday 12 April 2020
By Rod - 4pm JST
Well...It's time to wrap the wagon up for this season Folks. With Sunny warm weather on the charts for the next week followed by heavy rain next weekend and mercury heading to around 15c, this season is pretty much done. Some lifts will spin till last lifts May 6th and the mountain may see a late April dose of goodness yet the better depth days of pow that we saw in late Feb early March are likely long gone now till later this year.
Its definitely been a different winter and since posting these reports daily each season since 2008 and skiing here since the winter of 2003, personally, I haven't seen this light level of total accumulation in my experience. With around 750cm at base and 1070cm at top since around mid November, those 2 figures are well down. Fingers crossed we get the flip-side of this for next winter...
Keeping things in perspective though, 7-10 metres of snow is still a lot of snow for most resorts on the planet, yet for Niseko its been a surprising lean one toggled with this last 4-8 weeks of unprecedented events for everyone as the CV-19 pandemic continues to unfold.
We skiers and riders here in Niseko are not alone in our sadness where this very confusing time for us all has not left Japan and Hokkaido un-effected. The lack of happy smiles in the villages, various resorts and joy on the slopes has left its mark, yet we all realise that progress to beat this beast takes certain sacrifices. Social distancing, self isolation and systematic hygiene is key, we will nail this thing and we get back to doing what we love.
So there it is Powder-Hounds..Signing off for now ...We bid you farewell - Stay Safe - Stay Focused - Keep a Cool Head and Go Wisely...Thankyou for your support and following this past 5 months, It is very much appreciated. We look forward to seeing you all back at this report, on deck ready to roll ...NO Excuses - No Faffing...Later on in November this year. Bye bye for now...
Image Below - Our biggest 24hr drop for this last Winter was Jan 21st 2020 - 40cm New at base with 45-50cm at Top ..A sweet day that was...