*1cm has fallen in the last 24 hours in Niseko. At 7:00 today the temperature was 0°C. The snowfall overnight is not the amount we went to bed last night dreaming about after seeing last nights forecast on TV of 5-15cm overnight…feeling a bit let down. So, to put a positive spin on things..it has been snowing, the temperature remains low and snow is forecast for the next 3 days – and as we know A LOT of snow can come down in 24 hours here in Niseko.
Season Passes on Sale from Today!
One thing we know for certain – season passes will be on sale from today at .Base just above the Alpen Hotel in Hirafu Village. We will let you know as soon as we hear if Grand Hirafu plans to open tomorrow as scheduled – might as well be ready though and get your pass sorted.
Useful information from other places
- Accumulative snow fall to date in Niseko, 62.5cm
- 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 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 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.