0 cm of fresh snow has accumulated in Niseko in the 12 hours to 7am.
Conditions at Hirafu midway station (820m)
Snowfall estimated: 0 cm
Temperature: -7.6 °C
Wind: WSW 7 m/s
Conditions observed in Niseko Town (139m)
Snowfall observed: 0 cm
Temperature: -3 °C
Wind: WSW 1 m/s
It’s cloudy and no new snow fall this morning. I went to Grand Hirafu yesterday and hiked up to the summit. I was expecting blue birds but it was cloudy and windy. I couldn’t see Mt. Yotei but I saw a cute white rabbit at the summit! As the visibility was not good, I rode down in Fujiwara bowl. Snow was amazingly soft, deep and fast.
I will take a day off not riding today. I will go “Hatsumode” , it means the first shrine visit of the year. There is “Kaributo shrine” in Niseko town next to Seico mart. Many Japanese people visit shrines or temples in January. At Hatsumoude, we wish New Year’s health, happiness, and so on.
Snow will start falling again from tonight and keep falling for a week.
– Maiko :)