TITLE :: Work begins on ski-in/ski-out access
SNOW is starting to build up for the first time on the ski slopes at village level.
A few flakes fell earlier in the week and settled, but chance are today we could see a bit of depth.
More snow forecast in the coming week and the resort is primed and ready to open on Friday if there is enough snow up high.
ANOTHER little milestone reached with the first snow on Mt Annupuri – the home of Niseko’s four skis resorts.
The snap above was taken by Niseko Photography’s Yasu Shimanuki around lunchtime yesterday.
The mountain was shrouded in cloud overnight and all morning, but when the weather lifted it revealed what powder
TITLE :: First flakes falls for 2012/13
RESIDENTS of Niseko woke this morning to see the first sight of snow for the coming winter.
Local Makoto Yamada snapped this pic of snow filling the higher gullies of Mt Yotei this morning before clouds covered it for much of the rest of the day.
Temperatures have been steadily dropping in recent weeks with overnight
It's dumping right now! Hirafu village is covered by a thick blanket of snow.
Yesterday we saw our first snowflakes at village level for the winter season of 2011/12, but not enough to cover the buildings and the ground. Looking at the weather forecast though, everyone in town knew that there was more snow coming. You could feel it in
TITLE :: Snow bugs are back
If you have been riding your bike in Niseko recently, you may have swallowed some “yukimushi” or “snow bugs”. It is an old Japanese tale, but Hokkaido locals swear they can tell when snow is going to fall by the presence of yukimushi. There have been flurries of those tiny white bugs that look like snow flakes, hovering in the air around Lake Hangetsu
TITLE :: First Snowfall of 2011/12 season
THE first snowflakes of the coming winter have fallen on Niseko.
Every autumn there is great expectation in Niseko of the arrival of the first snowfall of the season.
This weekend saw a generous cover of snow on the iconic local dormant volcano Mt Yotei on Saturday afternoon.
Sunday saw a dusting of snow
TITLE :: Snow tyres another sign snow is nigh
YOU know when the locals start putting their snow tyres that you probably should too.
While the first big dump that will set the foundation for the rest of the season hasn’t arrived, the increased snowfalls over the past week have seen plenty of jacks and spinning wheel braces witnessed in driveways across the town.
WHILE Mother Nature did her best to pretend it was winter in Niseko, there was no denying this was just a super early snowfall.
Some stunning images snapped by Niseko Photography’s Yasuyuki Shimanuki show that
TITLE :: Skiing / boarding kicks off early!
IS there any surer sign winter is on the way than people skiing and boarding in Niseko? And it’s basically still autumn!
With 15cm at village level overnight, keen local expats Glen, Paul and Nick hiked up at Hirafu to see if it was any deeper up high.
It was, and there’s a very good chance these were the first
TITLE :: It snows to village level in Niseko
Hold your bets – Niseko’s first snow has fallen. This morning local Niseko residents woke up to light dusting of snow on their cars and roofs. It also snowed overnight in Sapporo.
The first snow comes as a surprise for many, but a safe bet for some in the village who have outsmarted others in local betting rings.