5 cm of fresh snow has accumulated in Niseko in the 12 hours to 7am.
Conditions at Hirafu midway station (820m)
Snowfall estimated: 10 cm
Temperature: -6 °C
Wind: WSW 11 m/s
Conditions observed in Niseko Town (139m)
Snowfall observed: 5 cm
Temperature: -3 °C
Wind: WSW 3 m/s
It’s a beautiful morning, I can see all mountains clearly. It snowed pretty hard yesterday afternoon. I was surprised and excited as it wasn’t expected.
Better to get up early and go out today before wind gets stronger in the afternoon, upper lifts might be closed later. We might be able to find some powder spots today! I might go to Hanazono or Moiwa and try to find fresh snow. But please remind that 5 cm of new snow is not enough to cover all old tracks. Icy bumps might be under fresh snow, please ride carefully and control your speed well.
It might snow a bit on Tuesday. Fingers crossed.
– Maiko :)