*17.5cm has fallen in the last 21 hours in Niseko. At 5:45AM today the temperature was -11°C.
Above: Niseko is not all tree runs, you can imagine these chunks getting spat out of Mt Yotie when she was in her prime and active.
The current storm we are experiencing kicked in around 8.30 AM yesterday and has been hammering away since. There was a bunch of wind with the snow and some pretty complex layers in the snowpack so stability will be a rubics cube for everyone except for the most crusty of snow Gods. Depending on what aspect you are riding today caution is a must read the avie report when it come out later today.
The resorts are fully controlled though and as safe a bet that exists and should be great fun today with pow all over the place. We are in for an epic week that should mark the peak of winter so get the snow shovels out and make sure to ride as much as you can.
Above/Below: Jye Parkinson got out into the backcountry and flashed on the Lopez influence before the current storm cycle to shoot some toeside and heelside turns for our upcoming film “Beneath The Volcano”.
Above/Below: Jesse Parkinson making the most of the bluebird days before the storm that is currently hammering us.
Useful information from other places
- Accumulative snow fall to date in Niseko, 837cm
- Snow depth at the peak, 370cm
- Snow depth at the base, 170cm
- 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.
Live Web Cam from Hirafu Village
360niseko Snow Station Readings Disclaimer
The 360niseko now has 2 snow stations for the 2017-18 season in Higashiyama at 200m and 300m *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 houses on the ground.