There has been little change in the fantastic snowfall across Niseko, with slightly warming conditions and brighter skies offering encouraging riding conditions as we move towards the weekend. With just shy of two metres falling in the first half of February, and almost four metres sitting on the upper slopes the season is progressing very well at the midpoint. All lifts and terrain were open on Friday, while the weekend is expected to see overcast conditions and potentially continued light snowfall.
It was far cooler in Hakuba, with lows of -14C reported on the upper slopes of Happo One. There continued to be a comparative lack of snowfall however, with the morning starting overcast but expecting to clear. The weekend is expected to deliver fresh snowfall at least. Despite the lack of recent snowfall, the low temperatures have meant that base depths being reported continue to show good coverage across the mountains.