niseko snow forecast
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
BIT of a funny start to the season this one. There have been some really early and generous pre-season snowfalls in Niseko, but as soon as it came to crunch time and the resort opened, the tap stopped running.
TITLE :: Baby steps towards season 09/10
IT’S a little hard to get too excited about the dustings we got the last couple of days after the dump we got at the start of the month.
But inch by inch, we’re edging towards the resort opening on November 21,
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
NISEKO is a hard place to predict snowfall. We remember well a day in January, 2007 when we woke to a good 40cm overnight and it was still coming down hard. It looked like it was going to be one of the days of the season. Our crew decided to drive 45 minutes to Rusutsu Resort to try and escape the crowds, but two thirds of the way there, patches
TITLE :: Huge snowfalls hit Niseko
AFTER a subdued lead in to Christmas the real Niseko has returned as winter arrived with a bang.
A cumulative snowfall of over 1.5metres has fallen on Niseko since December 25 and the forecast is for continued snow every day into the New Year.
December 26 saw most of the mountain close
FOR once the weather forecasters were right. The early seasonal outlook for Hokkaido and most of Japan was low snowfall and above average temperatures.
We at Powderlife, and we guess many others in Niseko, chose to ignore these unimaginable predictions as we're so often let down by the meteorological soothsayers. Well, for once they were
TITLE :: Powder and parties kick off season
CHRISTMAS came early for Niseko locals and a handful of lucky visitors when Grand Hirafu decided there was enough snow to allow top to bottom skiing on opening day Saturday.
Often they only open the top half of the mountain because
Grand Hirafu has announced they have enough snow and will turn on the lifts at 8.30am tomorrow, and Niseko Village will follow suit 24 hours later.
In what is sure to be a popular move, season passes, 50-hour and 30-hour passes were