TITLE :: From Bluebird to Whiteout
Wind chills of - 28 degrees Celcius in last night’s storm, bluebird and milder temperatures early this morning and now it’s whiteout – Niseko’s weather can be unpredictable. One thing is for sure: The powder is back and with it light to moderate snowfall until the end of next week, according to the local forecast.
Expect wind to be strong
TITLE :: All It Takes Is A Day
YESTERDAY, roads were still black, and the ground was still green. Today, everything is white. The transformation to winter happens quickly here.
While it’s not enough snow to open the resort, the 20cm that fell overnight (and it’s still falling) brings us one step closer to the resort finally being open.
TITLE :: The Temperature Is Right
TEMPERATURES have started to drop again in the last few days, which is lifting spirits of everyone who is eager to get out onto the mountain.
Overnight temperatures have been dropping below zero. The beautiful clear skies and sunshine temperatures during the day also haven’t been too high.
Maybe this drop in temperature
TITLE :: Resort Opening Delayed
IN a bitter blow to powder hounds eager to get on the slopes, Hirafu’s official opening date of the 2010/2011 season has been postponed due to a lack of snow.
To residents in the village this doesn’t come as much of a surprise, however it’s still a disappointment. As can be seen, the lower half of the mountain is quite
Residents woke to a white surprise again this morning
TITLE :: An end to the rain?
Locals woke to a thin layer of snow covering town for the first time in over a week.
While it may not seem like much, it's (fingers crossed) a sign that the rain which has been plaguing us for the past week is coming to an end, and the weather cycle is returning back to normal.
The precipitation is set to continue,
IT’S official. Tomorrow it will be game on for the 09-10 season!
At 8.30am tomorrow, the highly anticipated switching on of the lifts will finally take place, kicking off what will surely be another epic, powderiffic
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 :: Niseko Cycle Week was ‘perfect’
THE second Niseko Cycle Week fulfilled its promise to be bigger and better than the first, with organisers and participants agreeing the event was a huge success.
"It was perfect," declared Jess Ripper, one of the many volunteer event organisers.
"Weather-wise we hit the nail on the head and there were definitely
AFTER weeks of unseasonal rain, the Kutchan Jaga Matsuri (Kutchan Potato Festival) was graced with perfect weather on Saturday.
It seemed the whole of Kutchan took advantage of the picture-perfect bluebird weather to celebrate their