*10cm has fallen in the last 24 hours in Niseko. At 7:00 today the temperature was -12°C. Cold crisp conditions and minimal wind and light snowfall this morning. There has not been a lot of snowfall overnight but here should be still plenty of pockets of powder to be had and if the upper gates open…wow. We have lot’s of snow in the forecast so here’s hoping Japanuary finishes with a bang!
*Caution is advised and for anyone exiting the gates – essential safety gear is a must: beacon, probe, shovel. Take a look at the image below and you can see the massive wind loaded cornices.
Photos – Glen Claydon Photography
Useful information from other places
- Accumulative snow fall to date in Niseko, 441cm
- Snow depth at the peak, 280cm
- Snow depth at the base, 110cm
- Real time lift operations.
- JMA’s six hour precipitation forecast, possibly the most accurate weather map
- Snow Forecast 6 day weather summary
- The latest Niseko avalanche report.
- Please follow the Niseko Rules.
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.