*1cm has fallen in the last 24 hours in Niseko. At 7:00 today the temperature was -4°C. A top up over night. Nothing spectacular but….the winds have calmed down and chances are good that the upper lifts will open and possibly some of the side country gates…safe to say it is worth getting out of bed this morning if it is powder you seek!! We can expect more snowfall in a few days and in the meantime a few sunny days so….go go go!
We are now officially in the coldest part of winter which according to the news will last until the 3rd of February – brrrrrr!
Useful information from other places
- Accumulative snow fall to date in Niseko, 321.5cm
- Snow depth at the peak, 235cm
- Snow depth at the base, 85cm
- 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.
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.