The Niseko snow has gone, the southern hemisphere riders are getting ready to make first tracks and we are still thinking about the amazing season we all enjoyed. If you want to know how much snow fell, read on…
Was it a normal season in Niseko?
The locals, ex-pats and snow clearing companies say that the same amount of snow falls in Niseko each year, with a standard deviation of around 10%, not bad when the average is 14m. Predicting when the big snow storms will hit is difficult, will it be the start, middle or end of the season?
Just to keep the area around our snow station clear we moved 490m³ of snow!
Snow fall in Hirafu village at 250m elevation
Our regular readers will know we logged the snow fall every morning in Hirafu village during the 2011/2012 winter and our total is 15.3m, that’s outside the front door!
We started measuring on 15 November 2011 and finished on 9 April 2012. During those 147 days the snow did not fall for only 27 days. That means it snowed 94.5% of the winter!
December was the biggest month with 5.1m in total, January and February weren’t bad either with 4.2m and 3.5m respectively.
How much snow fell higher up the mountain?
We have read through all of the Niseko Avalanche Information posts and noted the largest snow fall figure they published each day. This comes to an incredible 16.3m of snow fall.
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