*6.5cm has fallen in the last 24 hours in Niseko. At 7:00 today the temperature was -7°C. The first big storm cycle of the season has rolled into the region sucking down super cold air from the northwest. This morning we have a beautiful fresh layer of light and dry Hokkaido powder. With Kutchan only forecast to hit a top temperature of -7 today i really doesn’t get much colder than this throughout the season. Looking ahead the forecast has plenty of snowfall for the next week so let’s hope that translates to solid accumulations and the resort opening soon!
- Accumulative snow fall to date in Niseko, 69cm
- JMA’s six hour precipitation forecast, possibly the most accurate weather map
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 vise 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.