Snow and weather reports posted on Thursday 22nd April 2021
Friday 19th October 2018, 13:39pm
Hello from Niseko everyone.
It almost feels like it should be a 'Happy New Year' greeting as I have been quiet for over five months and we have a brand new snow season to look forward to.
So here we are in the middle of October. I am just about out of hibernation. With bit of sleep still in my eyes, and scoffing on some fresh toast in an effort to gain energy for the upcoming season!
You may well have heard about a rather annoying earthquake that very rudely woke us up one morning in September. More on that here. It was a reminder that here in Japan we need to always be 'ready' for such events; or at least try be as ready as we can be.
For those of you planning a winter visit - there is no need to worry. All is fine here in Niseko and the season will be going ahead just as normal.
And we are now just over one month away from planned ski-jo openings. Hurray!
Here are the official planned opening dates of the ski resorts:
- Niseko Grand Hirafu: Friday 23rd November 2018 - Niseko Annupuri: Friday 23rd November 2018 - Niseko Village: Saturday 1st December 2018 - Niseko Hanazono: Saturday 1st December 2018
Right now we are enjoying autumn. It is a lovely time of the year. Especially as Mt Yotei has now enjoyed a first slight dusting of snowfall and the leaves are doing their very pleasing autumn thing. (Thanks leaves).
I'm actually happy to enjoy a nice long autumn before the snow comes as it really is a beautiful time of the year. But I know that lots of you will be uncontrollably excited about your visit to this lovely place - and so you should be. :)
Once again I plan to be here with you every single day of the 2018-2019 ski season once it kicks off. And I will try to be here from time to time with some updates before then.
In the meantime, if you want to read the 'end of season' report page from last season, here it is.
I will see you soon!
(PS Don't be scared by that huge bug on the webcam image below. It's not as big as it looks and it is not attacking the gondola. Just be thankful you can't smell it!)