*23.5cm has fallen in the last 24 hours in Niseko. At 6:00 today the temperature was -7.2°C.
Our friend the trend breaking November is still shining bright and this morning there is a solid Hokkaido chill in the air. Most of the forecasts are showing no snow for today but looking out the window from 360’s snow station at 300m at 6.00 am this morning the fat flakes were still coming down and there was little to no wind. Temps are forecast to rise though and there is some warm conditions due for Tuesday and Wednesday before the pump gets turned on again for the rest of the week. If you are in Niseko it’s highly recomemded that you get out and ride, the resorts that are open (Grand Hirafu, Annupuri, Rusutsu) are all CRAZY uncrowded, tickets are cheap and the pow is as good or better than mid season last year.
More resorts and higher up is all set to open soon so keep an eye on the Niseko United Lift Status.
Useful information from other places
- Accumulative snow fall to date in Niseko, 207.5cm
- Snow depth at the peak, 210cm
- 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
- Please follow the Niseko Rules.
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.