How much snow fell on Niseko in 2011 & 2012?

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?

A huge snow mushroom, 27 March 2012

A huge snow mushroom, 27 March 2012

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!

Niseko daily snow fall depth during the 2011/2012 season

Niseko daily snow fall depth during the 2011/2012 season

Niseko monthly snow depth total for 2011 2012 season

Niseko monthly snow depth total for 2011 2012 season

December was the biggest month with 5.1m in total, January and February weren’t bad either with 4.2m and 3.5m respectively.

Niseko daily snow fall depth from December 2011 to March 2012

Niseko daily snow fall depth from December 2011 to March 2012

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.

Niseko Avalanche Information largest daily snow fall readings 2011 2012

Niseko Avalanche Information largest daily snow fall readings 2011 2012

If you want to know when the snow first falls on Niseko in late 2012 and get our daily snow reports for the 2012 2013 season, just like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter to get the best reports first?

  1. Herman Kretinburger says:

    Guess we shouldnt have gone in early March this year!

  2. January and February are the guaranteed powder months. Accommodation is cheaper in December and March, but you don’t get the daily dumps…unless it’s a freak season like the one just past where we get the massive December dumps.

  3. Amazing …16.3 meters from Dec 16 till March 30 from Niseko Avalanche report …..and when you add the other falls of snow that your site and others reported between Nov 15 to Dec 15 which was a huge 3 -4 weeks and all of April which was before and after they post reports including one of the snowiest Easter’s in many years, there’s about another 5 meters to add to that 16.3 figure …up around 21 meters in total….amazing long winter…Lets hope 12 -13 is similar ….Cheers…Great site ..Keep it coming

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