*1.5cm has fallen in the last 24 hours in Niseko. At 7:00 today the temperature was -1°C. Great to start the week off with some fresh snowfall. Conditions are expected to stay cold with week with significant snowfall predicted from Tuesday evening as a strong winter weather pattern moves into the region.
With Grand Hirafu scheduled to open this Wednesday it won’t be long until the season kicks off!
Useful information from other places
- Accumulative snow fall to date in Niseko, 61.5cm
- 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 a 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.