*0.5cm has fallen in the last 24 hours in Niseko. At 7:00 today the temperature was 0°C. A beautiful day In Niseko with some exceptional weather. Not much in the way of fresh snowfall but after the last few days of wind weather there will be some nice sections up there.
Hanazono Niseko Opens for the 2016-17 Season!
Great to see Hanazono Niseko has opened for the season from today with all lifts in operation!
Grand Hirafu Opens the new Kind Quad Lift #3
In other news the new King Hooded Quad Lift #3 opened today and from all reports the new lift is fast and smooth! The Hirafu Gondola is also now open as is the Family Pair lift! Skiing and boarding just got a whole lot better in Niseko United. With plenty of snow in the forecast for next week the season is gathering pace.
Useful information from other places
- Accumulative snow fall to date in Niseko, 126cm
- Snow depth at the peak, 105cm
- Snow depth at the base, 40cm
- Real time lift operations.
- 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 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.