* 8 cm has fallen in the last 24 hours in Niseko. At 6:10 am today the temperature was -3.1 °C.
Steady snow is falling as we type the report this morning and it’s looking like we are headed into a snowy weekend. Not going to be an epic day by Niseko standards today but there will be some great stashes out there. The forecast is looking amazing and from tonight onward it looks like steady snow and cold temps as Dumpcember marches on.
Today is like an unofficial marker in the seasons transition for the business community and we will see a big increase in visitors from this weekend. “Locals Season” has been the best in 5 years, lots of pow empty lift lines and all the things that make Niseko special. Now the town throws its arms out wide to welcome all the visitors who keep the lifts spinning and hotels busy. We went for a bit of a spin yesterday and have some frame grabs below the report pic for you as a reference on what conditions are like out and about.
If you want to see what the snow is doing live just jump on the live feed of Hirafu Zaka at the bottom of the page.
Useful information from other places
- Accumulative snow fall to date in Niseko, 367.5 cm
- Snow depth at the peak, 250cm
- 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.
- 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 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.