Niseko Snow Report, 13 April 2017

*0.5cm has fallen in the last 24 hours in Niseko. At 8:00 today the temperature was 0°C. Amazingly a strong cold front that we typically experience in mid winter has hit us here in Niseko. Cold air is being sucked down from the north and it is snowing! The only downside is that we also have some extremely strong winds as well …so much so that the trusty old 360niseko snow station was blown off it’s perch this morning.

Snowfall in Niseko, 13 April 2017

Snowfall in Niseko, 13 April 2017

Dare we say it…. “Wind Blown Powder Stashes”!?!

Although we only have a dusting down here higher up on the mountain the chances are good for some spectacular spring turns…if you can get up there that is. The wind is forecast to remain strong for the next few days and the temperature is forecast to rise tomorrow. It is a delicate situation. Could we see a squeal to the classic “April Awesomeness” shot April 8th 2012?

April Awesomeness, 8 April 2012 from Glen Claydon Photography on Vimeo.

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360niseko Snow Station Readings Disclaimer

The 360niseko snow station is now in a new location for the 2016-17 between Hirafu and Higashiyama at 200m in altitude. There is 27m difference in altitude to last seasons position in lower Hirafu village 227m. *The Hirafu Gondola is at 305m. Please be aware that this new reading is NOT in Hirafu village but a few kilometers down the road. There is always a deviation how and where the snow falls – the area is famous for micro climates and mini weather patterns. Some days there may be 10cm in Annupuri and 25cm in Hanazono and vice versa – some days 30cm of fresh snowfall comes down everywhere!! Altitude plays a big part as well so please don’t take the 360niseko snow readings as being definitive – the readings are what is outside our house on the ground.

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