*1.5 cm has fallen in the last 24 hours in Niseko. At 6:22 am today the temperature was -7.5 °C.
OK we are being brutally honest here … it’s a groomer day for sure. There has been only a small amount of snow overnight and yesterdays warm and wet conditions will have frozen to make for a pretty brutal base under todays light dusting, the roads are also going to be a “smash-up-derby” set up today so be carefull out there.
But there is good news this morning news this morning! If you scroll down you will see a bit of a new feature … a live cam!!! Thanks to the good folk at Rhythm we now have a live view of Hirafu Zaka under the report so you can see the snow falling any time of the day. Later today you may see the odd car or mother clinging to a pram blow past as it’s forecast to get windy outside as the low pressure in the sea of Japan moves north, depending on what time of day you check it out (it’s 24/7) it makes for strangely addictive viewing.
As we said it’s a good bit colder than the positive figures of yesterday. We would recomend keeping a close eye on the avie report across the next few days as there is a SOLID rain layer in the snow pack and with decent snowfall forecast this is the dream set-up for a avalanche.
Useful information from other places
- Accumulative snow fall to date in Niseko, 324.5 cm
- Snow depth at the peak, 215cm
- Snow depth at the base, 80cm
- 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.
Live Web Cam from Hirafu Village
360niseko Snow Station Readings Disclaimer
The 360niseko now has 2 snow stations for the 2017-18 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.