TITLE :: Snow bugs to bring big falls?
WITH the first big snowfall forecast to hit Niseko Tuesday, theories about whether it’s going to be a big one or not are in the air.
If the snow does eventuate, it will be a particularly early village-level first snowfall (a week earlier than last year), and there have been lots of yukimushi (snowbugs) around this year
TITLE :: Hirafu awaits snow and winter crowds
LATE sunsets, sundowner barbecues and minimal attire are just distant memories.
Now, you’ll find locals in lockdown mode, hunched over their computers, interviewing new staff, confirming deals, testing menus and discussing the lack of time they have.
The excitement (or panic) is everywhere and you can really
TITLE :: First pow for the season has fallen
TIME to wax and tune those powder boards and skis – the first snowflakes for the coming season have fallen.
The first snow fall on 1984m Mt Kurodake and 2291m Mt Asahidake in the Daisetsuzan mountain range yesterday comes two weeks later than last year, but two days earlier than two years ago, thanks to a cold front moving
TWO days and nights of heavy snow have instantly plunged Niseko in to winter, and pumped locals have already hiked up to score the first waist-deep tracks of the season.
The first snow of the season at village level fell on Saturday afternoon, with a centimeter or two settling before melting back on Sunday.
Overnight Sunday temperatures
WHILE snow dusted the top of the 1500m+ peaks around Niseko almost a month ago, the first snow fell at village level (250m) this afternoon.
Just after 1pm, reports came in to Powderlife of the first sight of falling snow for the season in Kutchan and at Annupuri.
Light snow fell across Niseko throughout
TITLE :: First snow settles on Mt Yotei
MT Yotei received its first dusting of snow for the season yesterday, heightening excitement among powder lovers and reminding us that the season is just around the corner.
After a summer that had above average rainfall, hopes are high that this winter will see big snowfalls.
The first snow on Yotei comes
THE first snow has fallen in Japan in the lead up to winter 2009/10, on the 1984m peak of Mt Kurodake,the Kyodo News Agency has reported.
Last year's first snow fall was on Mt Asahidake - Hokkaido's highest peak - on September 24 so
TITLE :: Another early dump buries village
THE forecast said light snow at village level, but no one expected the 5-10cm that piled up all over the village overnight.
By late last night there was already a thick, albeit wet layer of fresh snow on cars, and roads were completely
NISEKO'S ski season is unofficially open after significant snowfalls overnight left up to half a metre of powder up high, with locals hiking up for first runs.
It unexpectedly started snowing at village level across Niseko at about
AFTER a couple of false starts, the snow looks to have arrived for good this season with falls almost to village level overnight.
Skiers and boarders were excited to see the cleared main upper runs of all the Niseko resorts unexpectedly